APTN National NewsIt looks like a former inmate of an Alberta correctional centre has turned his life around.Jeff Chalifoux was well known among corrections staff as an advocate for inmate rights.While that reputation may have gotten him into trouble on the inside, life on the outside is a little different these days.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has that story.
MONTREAL – Transcontinental Inc. is closing its Metropolitain printing plant in Montreal in January.The company says it hopes to be able to offer the majority of the close to 60 workers at the plant positions at its other operations, but says there will be some job losses.Transcontinental says the decision to close the plant was due to the upcoming end of the printing of La Presse.The newspaper announced earlier this year that its last Saturday print edition will be published Dec. 30. La Presse stopped publishing a daily print edition on Jan. 1, 2016.Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B) says most of the work done at the Metropolitain plant will be transferred to the Transcontinental Transmag plant in Montreal.Regional plants in Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., will also increase work.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this article: (TSX:QSR)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Tim Hortons will be removing imitation meat sandwiches from thousands of Canadian locations other than in B.C. and OntarioParent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it is pulling Beyond Meat vegetable-based burgers and breakfast sandwiches from menus in all provinces except B.C. and Ontario, where the “positive reaction” means customers can continue to enjoy them.In an email, spokeswoman Jane Almeida says the products were introduced as a “limited-time offer.”The company announced in May it would test its three Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at some stores.In June, it said those products would be rolled out in all of its almost 4,000 Tim Hortons restaurants nationwide and, in July, it announced it would offer Beyond Burgers as well. In neither of the later releases did it say the new products would have a limited availability.Almeida says the Beyond Burger will continue to be offered for a limited time in stores outside Ontario and B.C. without being specific, and the breakfast sandwiches while supplies last.“We are always listening to our guests and testing a wide variety of products across the country,” she said.“Like any limited-time offer, we may explore offering the product again in other provinces at a future date based on ongoing guest feedback.”
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the death and paid tribute to the legacy of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, one of the seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates for which Sheikh Maktoum also served as Prime Minister and Vice-President. “Sheikh Maktoum ruled Dubai during a crucial era of development, modernization and growth,” Mr. Annan said through a spokesman. “He will be remembered for his many years of visionary leadership, which helped build stability and prosperity in the UAE in the midst of dramatic developments in the Gulf region as a whole.”The Secretary-General also conveyed his support to Sheikh Maktoum’s successor, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wishing him “every courage and fortitude in the years ahead.”
Mr Michel, who hopes to acquire it and return it to Hampton Court, said: “The existence of the Henry VIII set is as well documented as it could possibly be.”They are recorded in inventories and also in paintings, but after about 1820 they just disappear to the four winds. Where did they go, how could they possibly have been sold off without anyone knowing?”One possibility is there are frequent references to tapestries being sent for repair or rehanging and perhaps they were never collected.” “When the property of Charles I was inventoried after his execution, these tapestries were the second most valuable thing in the whole of the royal collection.”Made by highly skilled craftsmen, the tapestry took years to design and weave. Each individual piece from the Caesar set was more than 9ft high by 25ft long and, hung end to end, the tapestries measured 86 yards (79 metres). Prof Mary Beard believes she might have stumbled across one of the tapestries in mid-town ManhattanCredit:Clara Molden for The Telegraph The Caesar tapestries, last seen in the background of a watercolour painted in the 19th century, had since mysteriously disappeared and their whereabouts was not known until now.Professor Beard believes she may have stumbled across one of them at Persian Gallery, a shop selling antique carpets in mid-town Manhattan. They were colossally valuable. They were the most prized possessions of the royal householdProfessor Mary Beard If its authenticity is confirmed, the set will be returned to Henry VIII’s former home at Hampton Court Palace, where it was originally displayed.Professor Beard, from the University of Cambridge, found the tapestries during her research into how Roman emperors were depicted in later European art. Roger Michel, director of the Institute of Digital Archaeology, is convinced that the New York tapestry is the original masterpiece, showing Caesar crossing the Rubicon. A priceless 16th century tapestry commissioned by Henry VIII is thought to have been found in a rug shop in New York by Mary Beard, the academic and television presenter.The giant tapestry, which depicts scenes from the life of Julius Caesar, was recognised by Ms Beard after she saw a picture of it while researching on the internet.The set of 10 tapestries were commissioned by King Henry VIII at the height of his power and were said to be one of his greatest treasures.In 1649, more than a century after the Tudor monarch’s death in 1547, the set was valued at £5,022, a vast sum that made it one of the most valuable items in the royal collection. The Caesar tapestries were a key piece of the story of how classical iconography was adopted by monarchs, such as Henry, for their own purposes.Professor Beard told The Times: “I was searching for an image for a lecture and I put ‘Caesar tapestry’ into the search engine and saw it on Google images.” She added: “They were colossally valuable. They were the most prized possessions of the royal household. The 10 tapestries were commissioned by King Henry VIII at the height of his powerCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCPA steps up fight against sexual abuse in Amerindian communities …to launch advertisements in 4 Amerindian languagesAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”Over 4000 child abuse cases recorded in 2016 so far – CCPADecember 15, 2016In “latest news”Most cases of child abuse recorded on ECD – CCPAApril 23, 2019In “Crime” Guyana is currently observing Child Protection Week which runs until September 30 – a week marred from the outset by news of the sodomising and murder of a 13-year-old Berbice boy, whose bound, decomposing corpse over the weekend washed up on a nearby river bank.The Social Protection Ministry is adamant that “this rape of our children must stop” in its message outlining its plans for the observance of “a week set aside annually as a national project with the main purpose of increased common awareness and understanding of the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in our society by instilling the core principle that child protection is everybody’s business.”SilenceThis is particularly pertinent in light of the revelations that the two men who allegedly raped and murdered the young Berbice lad were in fact accused of sexually molesting numerous other village boys.Leonard Archibald, of Lot 51 Brothers, East Bank Berbice, went missing two Sundays ago after he left home to accompany his three sisters from a birthday party in the neighbouring village of Sisters. As his siblings were on their way home, he rode ahead of them but never arrived home.The two suspects, who live three buildings away from the Sisters Police Station, were later arrested and confessed to sodomising the First Form student.On Saturday, when INews visited the community, residents alleged that one of the reported perpetrators was a known child molester, who had a reputation of tying up young boys and sexually assaulting them.According to the Social Protection Ministry, there is still too much silence on childhood sexual abuse in society and documented that for the first half of the year there have been 424 cases reported to the Child Care and Protection Agency.It was noted too that “this is not the true picture since child sexual abuse is a hidden crime; done behind closed doors with victims literally without a voice to tell of abuse.”The Ministry noted too that “incest and underage sexual activity resulting in pregnancy is (also) of grave concern”.RallyDuring this year’s observance of Child Protection Week, the Ministry has organised as its main activity a rally to be held Wednesday at Anna Regina – to be held under the theme “Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse.”The general theme for the one-week observance centres on “partnering with families and communities for the positive outcomes for children”.As part of its activities, the Social Protection Ministry, in collaboration with the Child Care and Protection Agency, has launched a national multi-media child abuse awareness campaign, aimed at sensitising the populace “of the plight of those children who suffer abuse and to highlight signs and symptoms to propel the public into protective action”.The Social Protection Ministry said another focus of the campaign was the strengthening and capacity building of parents in their protective roles.Child Protection Week is observed in 120 countries around the world, but at different times and with different themes.
FRANCE HAS WARNED that the Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide”, as the UN considers sending thousands of peacekeepers to the strife-torn country.“It’s total disorder,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France 2 television today, adding that the United Nations was considering authorising African and French troops to intervene in the country.“You have seven surgeons for a population of five million, an infant mortality rate of 25 per cent in some areas and 1.5 million people who have nothing, not even food, and armed gangs, bandits, etc,” he said.The former French colony, an impoverished country rich in natural resources, has faced growing chaos since a coalition of rebels known as Seleka staged a coup in March, forcing president Francois Bozize to flee.The transitional government has lost the grip on the large country of 4.5 million people, with retaliatory attacks between Muslims and Christians on the rise.SanctionsThe United States today called for sanctions against the leaders of strife in Central African Republic.The call by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, added to international concern over anarchy in Central African Republic.Power said there must be a “swift deployment” of the full African force. She added, in a comment on her Twitter account, that the international community should be “imposing sanctions on perpetrators of violence.”The call came after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced $40 million of financing for the African force. Kerry said the government was failing to control what he called an “increasingly sectarian” crisis.- © AFP, 2013Read: Charity tells of “appalling scenes of murder” in Central African Republic >Read: People of Central African Republic “abandoned” and in need >
High-resolution photography is good for two things: zooming in and zooming out. The briefly famous photo of President Obama’s inauguration zoomed way in, letting attendees tag themselves with extreme accuracy amid a crowd tens of thousands strong. Zooming out, on the other hand, is more about scale than detail, and this week the Landsat Data Continuity Mission took that principle to the furthest extreme yet: a 720,000 square mile photo that stretches from Russia all the way to South Africa.This is one of the only places in the world that such a photo could be taken without showing huge areas of featureless water. At over 6000 miles long and 120 wide, a stripe from Alaska down to Brazil might work, but even that would include many miles of water from the Gulf of Mexico. Even then, we wouldn’t get to see things like the Syria-Iraq border or the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe.If you’d like more detail you can view the full 15-minute version or see the images separately. Probably the best way the view the shot, however, is over on the GigaPan website. The 56 shots that collectively make up this strip of land were taken over just a 20-minute span as the newly launched satellite zoomed around the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour. In fact, the satellite had only been at its operational altitude of 438 miles for a little over a week when these shots were taken.The Landsat missions were designed to keep tabs on human expansion around the world (among other things) and the state of infrastructure viewable from space; Landsat should monitor everything from urban planning and rural agricultural production. Views like this one can reveal where the borders of a particular rainforest are retreating, and by how much. They can show us the effects of large-scale earthquakes and other natural disasters, or the progression of algae blooms on the shores of Lake Victoria.You cannot, however, use the Landsat technology to check up on the progression of your own bald spot. The resolution on these amazing panoramas is between 15 and 100 meters, depending on the light band used. For moderate wavelengths, like those in visible light, you’re unlikely to see much detail beyond the distinctions between buildings on a street. What you get in return, though, is the largest unbroken view of the Earth that anyone has ever seen.Now read: 360-degree, 80 Gigapixel panorama is world’s highest resolution image
By Hayley Halpin Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 7:31 AM 42,163 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4513206 Man (19) dies after car he was travelling in struck ditch in Co Wicklow The incident happened at Vale Road, Arklow at around 9.40pm last night. 15 Comments Vale Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow Vale Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow Share101 Tweet Email Feb 26th 2019, 7:31 AM Short URL A 19-year-old man has died after the car he was travelling in struck a ditch in Co Wicklow last night. The incident happened at Vale Road, Arklow at around 9.40pm. The man was fatally injured when the car he was a front-seat passenger in struck a ditch.The 18-year-old male driver was injured. There were no other occupants in the car. The stretch of road where the incident took place is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Arklow Garda Station on 0402 26320, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The rediscovery of an Ancient Greek snake species in Italy was announced on Thursday in the scientific journal Acta Herpetologica.Scientists in Italy have come across the Javelin Sand Boa, a type of snake that the ancient Greeks used to hurl at their enemies as a projectile to create panic and confusion during sea battles.The Javelin Sand Boa, officially known as Eryx jaculus, has been recorded in Italy for 80 years, however sightings by locals suggested its presence in the region of Licata, on Sicily’s south coast.According to the researchers, said snake (among other species) was introduced to places conquered and settled by the ancient Greeks for “religious cults or war rituals”“The Greeks used to use snakes as projectiles, hurling them at enemy ships before attacking in order to create confusion and fear,” Dr Gianni Insacco said.“In general they used vipers that had had their venom removed. Alternatively they would use similar species, like the sand boa.”Eryx jaculus can grow up to 20 inches in length, and mainly feeds on lizards, mice and snails while it is also found in Greece, the southern Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East.
MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Dave Made A Maze Good?It’s charming.Does that mean good?Yes, just a pretty particular type of good: Cute, small, slight, a fantasy-comedy more concerned with being glibly endearing than laugh-out-loud funny.What’s it about?Ostensibly it’s about Nick Thune as a struggling, directionless artist named “Dave;” but the more-or-less actual main character is Meera Rohit Kumbhani as his girlfriend, Annie; who returns home from a work trip to discover that Dave has constructed an elaborate cardboard box fort in their living room. He describes it as a “maze” and claims to have become lost somewhere inside. Unable to coax him out Annie is joined by an assortment of her and Dave’s friends, who crawl into the “maze” to find him. They discover that it’s actually bigger on the inside… like, A LOT bigger. It’s a full-scale labyrinth full of rooms, passages, booby-traps, dead ends, and elaborate mechanisms; all made out of cardboard and craft supplies. More disturbingly, while they find Dave pretty easily, he can’t lead them back out: The maze has started to expand and change on its own, and has even generated a literal Minotaur to keep anyone from escaping.That sounds… different?It is definitely that, yes.So is it a comedy, a fantasy movie or some kind of horror movie?All three, sort of. It leans really hard on “These people are surprised, but not THAT surprised” as its main source of humorous detachment. And there’s no real explanation of HOW any of the magic-realism business with the maze is happening. And to be clear: it IS happening. This isn’t a “dream movie,” outside of hints you’ll pick up if you’re familiar with the “evil interiors” type of stories it’s riffing on. Once things start to get dangerous in the maze it probably would qualify as a horror movie, if not for… well, that would be spoilingDoes it compare to anything else?In terms tone, you could probably compare it to those bizarre Adult Swim “standalone” viral shorts like Too Many Cooks or Uninterrupted Footage of A Bear but without the acidic mean-streak; but it’s kind of closer to the sci-fi/fantasy/paintball episodes of Community. In fact, if you’d told me this started out as an abandoned pitch for Community: The Movie I’d have believed it.So what’s the point of all this?It’s mainly about the tendency of frustrated artistic types to both become lost in their own creative projects and also pull their friends and loved-ones along with them – obvious metaphor is obvious. If I’m being honest, the main thing that keeps the film from transcending the clever gimmick premise into something greater is that it kind of arrives at this as it’s central “point” pretty early on and then just kind of… stays there.Is that a problem?Not really, no. It doesn’t prevent the film from achieving its central goals of “being charming” and showing off the elaborate DIY effects and Maze sets. But if you go in thinking that the film couldn’t possibly be going to all this elaborate trouble just to say “even artists and friends-of-artists have to keep an eye on the work/life balance”… nope, that’s pretty much what it’s got to say. Which, yes, does mean that it kind of slides into that Ready Player One problem where it’s trying to be critical of its subject. Plus it doesn’t seem to recognize how much there actually is to be critical of (i.e., there’s probably a lot more for Dave to “work on” given the level of self-involvement the maze is working as a metaphor for.)How is the acting?Solid, especially considering how weird their situation is. The characters are somewhat insufferable by nature (outside Kumbhani, whose thankless role as “the grownup” is kind of the point of her character’s frustration), but the cast is all game for it, and it’s always nice to see James Urbaniak (the voice of Dr. Venture from Venture Bros) turn up in live-action to steal a bunch of scenes. Honestly, there’s not much higher praise I can offer a movie of this specific type than to say that one of the characters shows up, announces themselves as an independent filmmaker and somehow DOESN’T become an obnoxious faux-meta gag.So you recommend it?I do. It’s for everyone, but it’s a unique and amusing little thing that doesn’t wear out its welcome like a lot of similar high-concept indies often do.Where can I see it?It’s a small release, so it’s currently making the rounds of small-chain and independent theatres in the U.S. and is also available through various On Demand services.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Board of Education is drafting an ethnic studies curriculum that would be a graduation requirement for high school and state university students on the premise that California is now a majority “minority” state.The purpose is to have students think critically about cultural diversity and inclusion to eradicate bigotry, hate and racism.California’s Department of Education describes the curriculum in depth on their website. You can read it by clicking here. Mike McKinnon III, Posted: August 14, 2019 Ethnic Studies course may be graduation requirement for California high school and university students August 14, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
A Vancouver man has been sentenced to three years in a federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.Gary Joe Clark, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. He also received 10 years of supervised release.Clark was convicted of rape in Oklahoma in 1992, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. He was released from prison in 1998.Last year, he moved to Vancouver to live with a woman he met over the Internet. According to the attorney’s office, he did not reveal he was a sex offender or register as one. In September of last year, he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in front of her daughter and was arrested by Vancouver police.He pleaded guilty in April 2011 to the failing to register charge and was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle.
WASHINGTON — Boosting tax credits for the working poor emerged as one area of common ground as administration officials testified Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s budget for 2016.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, said he hoped that lawmakers and the administration could agree on ways to finance expanding the credit.“Let’s see if we can make the reforms pay for these groups,” Ryan said. “That would be enormous step in the right direction and that too perhaps could lead to a bipartisan common ground.”But there was little sign of cooperation at the Senate Budget Committee, where Obama’s budget director Shaun Donovan defended the $4 trillion plan as stabilizing the deficit while raising taxes to ease the “mindless austerity” of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. “I want to emphasize that every investment in the budget — including both the discretionary investments made possible by reversing sequestration and mandatory (spending) and tax changes — are more than paid for through spending or tax reforms,” he said.
MELBOURNE, Australia (WSVN) — An Australian highway scare was caught on camera when a freeway sign crushed a car.A dashcam captured the moment in Melbourne, Tuesday.Video shows the sign suddenly falling onto the unsuspecting car — completely destroying it.The driver, a 53-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital and miraculously is said to only have suffered minor neck injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
According to a ‘Focused Enforcement’ state trooper dispatch, while the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, which started on December 13, and lasts until January 1. The Department of Public Safety reminds you that if you plan on partaking in alcohol during holiday festivities, don’t drive. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic. The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. You can make a REDDI report by calling 911 (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over.mp3VmJennifer-on-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over.mp300:00RPd
Road Accident logoAt least 20 people were injured as a picnic bus carrying college students and teachers plunged into a roadside ditch in Masjidpara of Akhaura, Brahmanbaria on Monday morning.The injured include Geography department lecturer Mokaddes Mia, lecturer of Political Science department Rasel Mia, Accounting department lecturer Pradeep Saha and first year honour’s student Tamanna AktarThey were rushed to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital in critical condition, said police.According to witnesses and police, a Srimangal-bound picnic bus of Gopinathpur Al Haj Shah Alam Degree College, carrying 45 people including teachers and students, fell into a roadside ditch when the driver lost control in the area around 9:30am, leaving 20 students and three teachers injured.On information, police and fire service men rushed in for the rescue.Akhaura police station officer in-charge Mosharraf Hossain Tarafdar confirmed the incident.
Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid, III is a candidate for Bishop at this year’s 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference and Bicentennial of the A.M.E. Church. (Bethel A.M.E. Church)The Rev. Frank M. Reid III, one who has used his religious clout to climb the ranks of popularity among Baltimore City’s Black church community, is the senior pastor of the widely recognized Bethel AME Church, located on Druid Hill Avenue in West Baltimore.As the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates its 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference and Bicentennial, Reid is a candidate for Bishop in the church.“God just made it clear to me that I was called to run for Episcopal service, and if I get elected I will go where the [AME] church sends me and will give the church good day’s service, Reid told the AFRO. “If I don’t get elected, I’ll come back to Bethel and grow Bethel to even greater heights.”Reid’s campaign theme promotes sound and effective leadership, particularly in Baltimore City. He has resided in Baltimore for 28 years.“Our theme is ‘It’s Time to Lead with Reid’… It’s a time to lead change – it’s time to lead change in our communities. It’s time to lead change in our churches. It’s time to lead change in our city. It’s time to lead change in our nation,” he said.Reid, 65, was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis, where he attended school. As a fifth-generation minister, Reid has been preaching for more than 40 years.He said there isn’t a region in particular where he thinks or hopes he’ll be assigned, and highlighted that the Episcopal Committee makes those assignments.“My focus right now is on getting elected, and once that happens, I still believe in the will of God. And if it’s God’s will that I get elected, the district they assign me to will be in the will of God and I will accept wherever that might be,” he said.Reid added the person who will succeed him as the pastor at Bethel, if possible, is “rooted in the bishop who makes the appointment.” The official Reid was referring to is the presiding bishop of the AME Church’s second district, including churches in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina. The second district’s presiding bishop, who will also be appointed at the general conference, will consult various officials and parishioners at Bethel to base his decision on what is in the best interests of the church.The Rev. William DeVeaux, Sr., who currently serves as the bishop for the second Episcopal district, sponsored Reid’s candidacy.Reid has received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.A number of influential Black intellectuals and religious leaders have made appearances at Bethel AME, including Cornel West, Terry McMillan, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Dick Gregory, Marian Wright Edelman and the Rev. Al Sharpton.In 2004, Reid ran for Bishop, but withdrew.“Because my father would have retired in 2004, I kept my name off the ballot… I did not run a campaign. I did not go to any of the meetings. I just wanted my name to stay on the ballot. And then after the first [round of] votes, then I would’ve pulled my name out, which I did anyway,” he said.Furthermore, Reid is regarded as an accomplished author and motivational speaker, and has voiced his opinion on several social issues concerning race and the Black religious community. He and his wife, Marlaa’ Hall Reid, have been married for more than 30 years. Reid also has three children, all of whom are heavily involved in ministry.Before relocating to Baltimore, Reid has held leadership ministerial roles in churches located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Monrovia, Liberia.
Kolkata: The ninth edition of “Destination East” will be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre from January 12 to 19 with the aim to attract more foreign tourists in Bengal and at the same time, position the state among the top in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) tourism. The event is a joint endeavour of the state Tourism department and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).”Kolkata has enormous potential to emerge as a MICE destination. We have at present 3,860 hotel rooms in the city with all modern facilities. Another 1,700 rooms will be coming up in the next five years with an investment to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore. We have a state-of-the-art convention centre in the form of Biswa Bangla Convention Centre at New Town and the Milan Mela convention centre is being developed. This shows the city’s potential as a MICE destination,” said Vijay Dewan, chairman of Tourism Subcommittee, CII, Eastern Region. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis year’s “Destination East” will have 110 international buyers from 42 countries with 65 percent of the representatives from North American and European countries. Last year, there was representation from 30 countries. Principal Secretary of state Tourism department Atri Bhattacharya said: “We are taking all possible measures to promote the state as an all-season destination. “We are focusing on the development of heritage tourism. We will also be interacting with the international tour operators and based on their suggestions, necessary steps will be taken for giving the tourism circuit a boost.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Tourism department is laying special emphasis on promoting homestays across the state. “We are grading the homestays and those scoring good grades will be integrated into the app that we will be developing soon. This will convince the tourists of the quality of the homestays,” a senior official of the state Tourism department said. The state government, in coordination with the CII Tourism subcommittee, will soon start training for the homestay owners so that they are familiar with the nitty gritties that a tourist seeks during his stay and take measures accordingly.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than 200 motorists were caught taking an illegal shortcut in a Staffordshire town centre – in just 24 hours. Police say footage revealed hundreds of vehicles ignored the ‘no motor vehicles, except for access’ signage on Back Lane in Uttoxeter during a 24 hour period – which is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Now officers in the East Staffordshire town say they are now cracking down on traffic using the shortcut after people living in the area raised concerns. Neighbourhood Sergeant Sally Bebbington added “We want to remind drivers that Back Lane, Uttoxeter, is a designated no motor vehicles permitted, except for access. Read MoreM6 truckstop closed for eight hours due to ‘acid leak’ “In the instances captured vehicles are clearly using the road as a cut through and as a result we will continue to conduct road traffic enforcement in this area. “Anyone found to be using this lane for anything other than access could risk prosecution.” A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: ” Drivers responsible will receive advice letters which include a warning that further offences could face enforcement by prosecution. “By proactively educating residents and carrying out enforcement, officers hope to protect local pedestrians which include children and staff from the local high school, who are facing the daily challenge of vehicles illegally using this road as a short cut.” Read MoreMotorists advised to avoid area as damaged water main floods road Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .