Saskatchewan government Saskatoon Tribal Council face off in court over child welfare

first_imgJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLeaders from the seven Saskatoon Tribal Council First Nations are fighting the province of Saskatchewan over the jurisdiction child welfare cases. They were joined by over 100 supporters and community members in traditional regalia in Regina court Tuesday. The high interest in the case forced media to be seated in the jury booth. Media interest was piqued earlier this month when the province announced they would be terminating the 1996 Bilateral Accord, which was entered into with the Ministry of Social Services through the Indian Child Welfare and Family Support Act (ICWFSA). The Act outlines a general standard for First Nations child welfare agencies in the province, as well as a provision allowing individual agencies to develop their own standards and practices. The 1996 Bilateral Accord was negotiated between the province and First Nations to provide “joint protective mechanisms”.“The bilateral agreement we signed declared us equal partners in caring for our children,” said Chief Felix Thomas. “Our sovereign rights as nations are not being honoured.” Those agreements have been terminated by the province because of the STC’s refusal to hand over child welfare case files. The Social Services ministry filed an application in court to assume jurisdiction of child welfare cases on STC member reserves. There are reportedly 101 children in care living on STC member reserves. The province holds the files and information for 34 of those children, whereas the STC refuses to hand over files for the other 67 children. The STC believes that the province’s objective is “subordination of First Nations people to policies that undermine inherent treaty rights.” Thomas brought attention to the ‘irreparable harm’ caused by the Sixties Scoop and residential school system.  “We don’t want to go down that road anymore,” he said. The tribal council said it is willing to share data with the province, providing that the it respects the sovereignty of STC First Nations. The judge is expected to make her decision in the coming weeks. read more

Middle East Quartet calls on Israel Palestinians to launch direct negotiations

20 August 2010The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East Quartet today called on the Israelis and the Palestinians to resume direct talks starting next month with the aim of reaching a wide-ranging agreement within the next 12 months to end the region’s long-running conflict. In a statement issued this morning, the Quartet members – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – called on the two sides to launch direct negotiations on 2 September in Washington “to resolve all final status issues and fulfil the aspirations of both parties.” Direct bilateral talks have not been held since late 2008, but indirect, or proximity, talks resumed in May this year, with the former United States senator George Mitchell shuttling between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Seven rounds of indirect talks have been held and earlier this week Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told a Security Council meeting that the push to resume direct talks had reached a turning point. Late last month, Arab League foreign ministers agreed to give their backing in principle to Mr. Abbas re-starting direct negotiations when he deems it appropriate. Today’s statement noted that “the Quartet expresses its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations, which can be completed within one year, and the implementation of an agreement. “The Quartet again calls on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric.” The statement stressed that direct negotiations will only be successful if there is “sustained regional and international support” for both the talks and the “parallel process of Palestinian State-building and the pursuit of a just, lasting and comprehensive regional peace as envisaged in the Madrid terms of reference, Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.” Quartet members have consistently called on the two sides to adhere to their commitments under the Roadmap, the internationally approved plan for a two-State solution in which Israel and the Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security. read more

Gibson buys Louisiana environmental services firm for US445 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2012 4:07 pm MDT CALGARY – Gibson Energy Inc. (TSX:GEI) signed a deal Thursday to buy a Louisiana-based environmental and production services firm for US$445 million.Privately held Omni Energy Services Corp. is active in several major oil and natural gas liquids-rich formations across the United States.“Omni broadens Gibson’s footprint in most of the major U.S. liquids focused basins, provides the scale we believe is required to grow the environmental services business in North America, expands upon the Palko Environmental Ltd. acquisition in December of 2011 and adds new customers in the U.S.,” Gibson CEO Stewart Hanlon said.The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the month, will add nearly 1,100 employees to Gibson’s workforce.Gibson said the deal will take advantage of an industry trend toward greater environmental scrutiny of oil and gas drilling.“Omni comes with a strong management team, a significant growth profile and a substantial opportunity to expand the current Gibson suite of offerings to new geographies as well as to Omni’s current customers,” Hanlon said.Gibson also plans to increase its quarterly dividend by four per cent or a penny to 26 cents per share once the deal closes.In connection with the acquisition, Gibson is raising at least $350 million through a bought-deal financing. The subscription receipts, priced at $22.10 apiece, will be offered through a syndicate of investment dealers co-led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets.Gibson shares rose 11 cents to $22.74 in late afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday. Gibson buys Louisiana environmental services firm for US$445 million read more

Despite JaQuan Lyles 29 points Ohio State mens basketball trounced by Indiana

OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) dribbles the ball up the court in a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 74-50. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the ball at the top of the key, Ohio State freshman guard JaQuan Lyle drove right and blew by two Indiana defenders, resulting in a nearly uncontested layup. He rose up and flicked the ball off his right hand toward the hoop, except the ball rolled around the rim and fell out. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, it landed into the hands of redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson on the left block, who quickly muscled up a put-back shot. But that, too, missed. Indiana freshman Center Thomas Bryant grabbed the rebound, quickly throwing an outlet pass to his teammate. A blink of an eye later and freshman forward OG Anunoby was finishing off an alley-oop pass to give the Hoosiers a 34-14 lead with 5:02 left in the first half. That 22-second sequence is just a small sample of what happened between the two teams Sunday at Assembly Hall, as the Hoosiers (14-3, 4-0) thoroughly dismantled the Buckeyes (11-6, 3-1) by a score of 85-60. Junior forward Troy Williams tied a career-high with 23 points to lead Indiana but he was not alone in burying the Buckeyes, as three other Hoosiers were in double-figures. Senior guard Yogi Ferrell had 16 points, Bryant had 18 points and 13 rebounds and sophomore guard Robert Johnson added 11 in the scoring column. Perhaps the lone bright spot for OSU was the much-aligned Lyle. His freshman season has had its fair share of ups and downs, but Sunday was definitely a positive showing for the 6-foot-5 guard. After just five points in the first half, Lyle exploded in the second frame, finishing the game with 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The rest of Lyle’s teammates looked lost for much of the day, providing him with little assistance. Outside of junior forward Marc Loving’s 12 points, no other player had more than six points. From the opening tip it was clear which team was the better one, as the Hoosiers scored just 15 seconds into the game on a layup from junior forward Troy Williams.  It took OSU, on the other hand, nearly five minutes before it was able to tally a point when  Loving got to the rim. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Buckeyes looked relatively competitive, as the two teams traded buckets, making it a 24-12 game with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. But that was as close as it got for the remainder of the game. Behind seven points apiece from Williams and Anunoby, the Hoosiers peeled off an 18-2 run to grab full control of the game, as they led 42-14 with three minutes left in the opening frame. OSU’s only points during that stretch came from a pair of free throws by Loving, while it also turned the rock over five times during that same span. The Buckeyes entered the locker room trailing 48-18. It was their largest halftime deficit since Feb. 9, 2003, when they trailed Illinois by 27 points. At the break, Williams paced Indiana with 16 points — nearly as many as OSU had — and three rebounds. As a team, the energetic Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded OSU 24-14 to build their lead. Loving led the Buckeyes with eight points but they were inhibited by their 11 turnovers and 28-percent shooting from the field. The script was slightly different in the second half, as OSU was more energetic and physical, while also being more careful with the ball. That led to a more competitive 20 minutes of basketball between the teams. The Buckeyes did, in fact, outscore the Hoosiers 42-37 in the second half but it was a case of too little, too late. Overall, the Buckeyes shot 39 percent from the field and lost the second-chance points battle 32-5. Sunday’s defeat ended a seven-game winning streak for OSU, while Indiana extends its win streak to nine. OSU is set to get back in action Wednesday against Rutgers (6-11, 0-4) at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. read more

Jodie Chesney Boy 15 due in court charged with murder of teenager

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. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney in east London, the Metropolitan Police said. The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, will appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.A second teenager, an 18-year-old man from Romford, is being held in police custody on suspicion of the 17-year-old’s murder, the force said.He was one of four people arrested on Sunday as part of the probe into the teen’s death.A 50-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham, east London, and a 17-year-old boy, were held on suspicion of assisting an offender.Jodie’s death sparked a national outcry over knife crime and detectives are continuing to investigate the stabbing on March 1.The teen was playing music with friends near a children’s playground at Harold Hill, Romford, when she was knifed from behind in a seemingly motiveless attack.She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called at about 9.25pm.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of the Girl Scout’s death as trauma and haemorrhage.A 20-year-old man, Manuel Petrovic of Highfield Road, Romford, was later arrested and charged with her murder.He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday. read more

Watch Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling

first_imgStay on target Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonThis Boeing 747 Will Be Sunk as Part of Underwater Theme Park You might not want to watch this if you have a flight coming up. A passenger shared a frightening video captured during severe turbulence that sent a flight attendant and her drink cart into the ceiling during a flight from Pristina, Kosovo, to Basel, Switzerland, last week.The ALK Airlines plane landed at the EuroAirport near Basel and was met with ambulances to hospitalize at least 10 passengers injured by the violent turbulence, according to ABC News.The 30-second video posted by Mirjeta Basha showed the cabin violently shaking, when the flight attendant (seen on the right-hand side of the video, in yellow) was suddenly thrown into the ceiling. Overhead compartments can also be seen opening and spilling contents out.Drinks can also be seen spilling into passengers, some of which appear to be praying. Some passengers said they were burned by the hot water that was thrown from the cart, ABC News reported.“The flight from Pristina with airline ALK experienced turbulence in the air around 20 minutes before landing,” a EuroAirport spokesperson told ABC News. “The pilot alerted handling agents so that the airport firemen were immediately on the scene when the plane arrived.”ALK Airlines told ABC that the turbulence was expected, and the flight attendant was trying to “collect all drinks and full glasses from passengers” before the “downward impulse occurred.”ALK Airlines said the flight attendant in the video was not injured and is still in “absolutely good health.”Still, the video is a good reminder to keep seatbelts buckled on flights. Several studies in the last few years have predicted that climate change could create more unpredictable weather patterns and wind, leading to bumpier flights.“Stronger winds will increase the amount of shear in the jet stream,” Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading in the UK, told the Guardian last year. Shear creates turbulence – particularly what is called “clear-air turbulence,” which occurs away from storm clouds and is hard for pilots to spot and fly round.More on Scary Cockpit Footage of Plane Landing in ThunderstormThis Boeing 747 Will Get Sunk for Underwater Theme ParkHere’s What It’s Like to Fly Upside-Down in a Fighter Jetlast_img read more

Manchester United sanctions Anthony Martial

first_imgManchester United have fined Anthony Martial for two weeks wages after the player went AWOL during the club’s tour of the United States, according to This Is Futbol.Reports in the English press suggest that Frenchman has been fined £180,000 after he flew to Paris for the birth of his newborn baby boy.Martial was supposed to return to pre-season training with United after the child’s birth but the forward has missed eight days of training with the club as speculation over his future with Jose Mourinho’s team continues to be an issue.It is understood that the manager would rather sell him but the club hierarchy are keen to retain his services as they believe in his enormous potential.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…There is talk of the former Monaco player being offered to French side Paris Saint-Germain for £70million, according to a few media outlets in France.Martial has been linked with a move to fellow Premier League rivals, with reports also suggesting that German Bundesliga duo of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are interested in his services.last_img read more

Free Summer Lunch Program kick off BBQ

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 20, 2019 June 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District have once again partnered to offer free summer lunches to kids and teens 18 and younger weekdays all summer long.Participation is free and no registration or verification is required.The City of San Diego will be kicking off the program with a community kick off BBQ later that morning starting at 10:30 am at Penn Athletic Field with burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob and seedless watermelon.There will also be activities for the kids including crafts, face painting, fitness camp, a circus performance by Fern Street Circus and more. Free Summer Lunch Program kick off BBQlast_img read more

ASA Applauds New Legislation to Give Fuel Suppliers Partial Exemption to Diesel

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) praised Senators Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) and Mark Dayton (D-MN) for introducing the “Biodiesel Renewable Fuels Act” today. The legislation (S. 1058) would provide a partial exemption to the diesel fuel excise tax to fuel suppliers who choose to include low-blend biodiesel. “Soybean farmers, the public as well as fuel providers and users benefit from this legislation,” said ASA First Vice President Bart Ruth, a producer from Rising City, Neb. “It boosts the farm market for soybean oil, which is used to make biodiesel. Furthermore, it helps the public and fuel users reap the rewards of a cleaner-burning domestically produced fuel.”“The production and use of biofuels offers our nation a safe, renewable source of energy for travel and transport, not to mention the long-term economic benefits for farmers and consumers,” Senator Hutchinson said. “That is why I am introducing the Biodiesel Renewable Fuels Act. This bill encourages the use of biodiesel, establishing a tax credit for manufacturers who produce a blend of conventional diesel and soybean or oilseed additives. By reducing the diesel fuel excise tax, suppliers will receive a 3-cent-per-gallon credit for using a diesel blend that contains at least 2 percent biodiesel. I believe a tax incentive for soy-based biodiesel will increase domestic production and capture the agricultural, environmental and economical benefits associated with using this renewable source of energy.”“Renewable fuels need to be a key part of our national energy policy,” Senator Dayton said. “With surging energy prices in Minnesota and across the country hitting consumers, businesses, farmers, and communities, we need to explore new options – such as encouraging production of biodiesel – which will help decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil and help the farm economy,” Dayton said. “In addition, biodiesel is an environmentally sound resource that will reduce emissions from motor fuels. Further, as we increase demand for soybeans, we are investing in the economic well being of farmers and rural communities across the country.”The biodiesel tax incentive would provide a partial exemption to the federal excise tax in the amount of 3 cents for diesel fuel that contains 2 percent biodiesel. This approach is similar to the partial tax exemption for ethanol, which provides a 5.4 percent exemption for gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol. (Biodiesel and ethanol are complementary renewable fuels since they are made from different agricultural co-products and are sold in separate fuel markets.)The proposal would boost farm prices and save taxpayer dollars. Every 100 million gallons of biodiesel requires 760 million pounds of a feedstock, such as vegetable oils, recycled grease or animal fats. If soybean oil were the only feedstock used, 100 million gallons of biodiesel would reduce by one-third the current surplus of 2.1 billion pounds of soy oil. Reducing soy oil supplies by this amount would increase the U.S. soy oil price by an estimated 1.5 cents per pound. With 11 pounds of soy oil in a bushel of soybeans, this would raise U.S. soybean prices by as much as 16.5 cents per bushel.The new legislation would save taxpayer dollars because it would reimburse the Federal Highway Trust Fund through U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The cost to the CCC would be offset, at least initially, by the savings from increased biodiesel sales that would reduce government expenditures under the soybean marketing loan program.For example, if 100 million gallons of biodiesel were used under this program, it would be blended at 2 percent per gallon into five billion gallons of diesel fuel. At a cost of 3 cents per gallon, the cost of the program would be $150 million. Reduced soybean oil surpluses will result in higher soybean prices, and raising soybean prices in the marketplace would reduce CCC outlays under the soybean marketing loan program. Using a conservative 13 cents per bushel impact on price, the cost savings on this year’s estimated 3.0 billion bushel soybean crop would be $390 million. As a result, the proposal will save more than two dollars for each dollar it costs.Biodiesel is commonly produced from soybean oil, which is currently in surplus and depresses the price of soybeans and other oilseed crops. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended easily with diesel or used in its pure form. The fuel offers many environmental and operational benefits. It has the highest energy content of any alternative fuel, which is especially important in heavy-duty diesel applications. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have passed the rigorous Health Effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act, and it is nontoxic, biodegradable and free of sulfur. Independent studies also show that the use of biodiesel in conventional diesel engines results in a substantial reduction of emissions, including carbon dioxide and other air toxics. Moreover, it increases the lubricity of diesel, which is especially valuable when the sulfur content of diesel is reduced. Additional information on the attributes of biodiesel is available at read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday June 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 11, 2019:#1) How To Make Your Own Ice CreamThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on how to make your own ice cream at 7pm. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin for a demonstration on how to make everyone’s favorite sweet summer treat. No ice cream maker? No problem! Both ice cream maker and no churn recipes will be shown. Handouts and samples provided.  Register HERE.#2) Wilmington Finance Committee’s Appointing CommitteeThe Wilmington Finance Committee’s Appointing Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, June 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Burning battery pack apparently forced Virgin flights emergency landing

first_img Post a comment Mobile Accessories Mobile The 217 passengers onboard the flight were successfully evacuated, with one refusing treatment for “a smoke-related complaint,” police said.”The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances,” a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said in emailed statement. “All our customers were offered overnight accommodation and onward travel today (Friday).”Massachusetts State Police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Infamously, the FAA in 2016 banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone from US flights after a manufacturing error caused its battery to overheat and explode. The Korean company recalled more than 2.5 million of the phones.It was actually the second emergency landing at Logan Airport on Thursday, the Telegraph reported. A cockpit light on an American Airlines flight from Chicago suggested a mechanical problem, but it touched down in Boston without any problems.First published at 2:41 a.m. PT.Updated at 7 a.m. PT: Adds Virgin Atlantic statement. Samsung explains what went wrong with exploding Note… Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:center_img BREAKING NEWS – State Police confirm to @wbz a Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK to London made an emergency landing here in Boston after a fire onboard. Initial clues point to a seat fire. Everyone is safe. Hear from a passenger on @wbz News At 11:00 – Image from Cory Tanner— Chris (@ChrisNWBZTV) July 5, 2019 A Virgin Atlantic plane (not this one) had to make an emergency landing on Thursday. Nicolas Economou/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A Virgin Atlantic flight had to make an emergency landing Thursday night after a passenger’s seat burst into flames. The fire was apparently caused by a portable battery pack, according to the Associated Press and police. The A330 Airbus was flying from New York’s JFK Airport to London Heathrow, but was forced to land in Boston’s Logan Airport after a passenger’s seat ignited.The initial investigations revealed “a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger” between the cushions of the seat that caught fire, but Massachusetts State Police didn’t offer any further details. The airline’s rules say you can’t bring spare ion batteries exceeding 100 watt-hours (or up to 160Wh with approval) on in your carry-on baggage. You aren’t allowed to keep such batteries in your checked luggage at all. 1:29 0 Virginlast_img read more

Fairbanks North Star Borough works to improve trash drop off location

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough is beginning a three week experiment aimed at improving conditions of a heavily used trash drop off location. The borough is cutting hours at the Farmers Loop East transfer site in Fairbanks from 24 to 12 hours per day during the trial period, which starts Thursday, June 8. Borough solid waste manager Bob Jordan said the facility will also be staffed.“We’re planning on greeting customers as they come in and asking them some simple questions about what they’re there for and directing them where they need to go,” Jordan said. “And then having someone just sort of roving around assisting, helping, answering questions, just trying to make the experience a little bit more pleasant and safer, and a little bit more orderly.”Jordan said it’s an attempt to halt unauthorized commercial use, stop dumping of wrecked cars and to address vehicle and pedestrian safety, and general lawlessness at the transfer site.“We often find trash strewn all over the ground that’s been pulled out of the bins,” Jordan said. “And the bins are constantly getting spray-painted and the contractors just simply can’t keep up with that. As well as we’re finding a lot of needles and other things, and observing some drug activity.”Last summer the borough made major upgrades to both the Farmers Loop east and west transfer sites, adding new lights, re-use shelters, hazardous waste collection bins, and access roads.last_img read more

Indias First Disneyland Andhra Pradesh Could be Home to Happiest Place on

first_imgAndhra Pradesh could become home to India’s first Disneyland.ReutersMickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all other Disney characters may soon be heading to India. The Andhra Pradesh government is reportedly on talks with a private investor regarding land and other requirements for setting up the Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland – similar to the one in Paris.While the talks are still in the initial stages, the state government is actively pursuing the matter, according to The Hindu. Disneyland is among the many initiatives planned by the government to tap the state’s tourism potential.Development convention centres similar to the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) have also been planned in Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as part of the tourism initiative. Andhra Pradesh would also be home to many theme parks and promote water sports, cruise tourism, spiritual tourism and beach tourism in an attempt to increase revenue.Andhra Pradesh government under Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to detail these initiatives in the tourism mission document, which is to be released later this year. The state government, in the mean time, has received the final draft of the tourism policy to regulate the tourism investment.The Hindu reports that this year’s policy aspires to improve the tourism sector by focusing on indirect revenue such as tax collections, as opposed to Andhra Pradeh’s 2010 policy, which depended on direct revenue such as lease rentals to garner income.”A few suggestions have been put forth in the new policy, which is aimed at lowering lease rentals but maximising government revenue through indirect revenue. This would attract investors and also help accrue revenue in the long run,” an official told The Hindu.last_img read more

NZ mosque shootings hit tightknit Bangladesh community hard

first_imgFarid ahmed: Farid Ahmed, who survived the Al Noor mosque shootings but his wife Husna was killed, speaks to the media in Christchurch on 17 March 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. Photo: AFPHusna Ahmed was 19 when she arrived in New Zealand from Bangladesh on her wedding day. Waiting to meet her was Farid, the man she would marry in a few hours, as their families had agreed.A quarter of a century later, the life they had built together was torn apart at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when a gunman walked into the building, firing on worshippers at Friday prayers.Husna encountered the gunman on his way out of the mosque. He shot her on the footpath. She fell and he fired two more shots, killing her instantly.Farid, who uses a wheelchair after an earlier accident, was talking to a friend and was delayed from joining worshippers at his usual spot at the front of the mosque, instead praying in a small side room.He managed to escape when he heard the shooting begin, returning when the gunman left, to find many of his friends and community members dead, and comfort those who were dying.Farid found out about his wife’s death when a detective he knew called his niece as they waited outside the mosque.She passed the phone: “I don’t want you to wait the whole night, Farid. Go home, she will not come,” Farid said the detective told him.”At the moment I hear that, my response was I felt numb,” Farid told Reuters. “I had tears but I didn’t break down.” His niece crumbled.A total of 50 people were killed in the rampage, with as many wounded, as the gunman went from Al Noor to another mosque in the South Island city.Most victims were migrants or refugees from countries including Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Syria, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.Husna was one of five members of a growing but tight-knit Bangladeshi community killed, according to the Bangladesh consul in New Zealand, Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan. Four others were wounded, one critically, he added.“The country is viewed as a slice of paradise,” he told Reuters. “Everyone is in shock. It will certainly take time for the residents to come out of the trauma.”Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, in town for a test match against New Zealand, narrowly avoided the carnage, turning up at the Al Noor mosque soon after the attack took place.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with murder. He entered no plea and police said he is likely to face more charges.The slaughter has rocked Christchurch, and New Zealand, to its core, blanketing the city in grief and driving Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to promise swift gun law reform.Based on what eyewitnesses told him, Farid said instead of hiding, Husna helped women and children inside the mosque and ran to the front of the building to look for him.”She’s such a person who always put other people first and she was even not afraid to give her life saving other people,” Farid said.Farid said he had forgiven his wife’s killer.”I want to give the message to the person who did this, or if he has any friends who also think like this: I still love you,” Farid said. “I want to hug you and I want to tell him in face that I am talking from my heart. I have no grudge against you, I never hated you, I will never hate you.”Like A MotherA few hours after the massacre as evening fell, the front room of Farid’s home in a sleepy Christchurch suburb where he runs a homeopathy business was full with survivors and friends, grieving for a woman many described as like a mother to them.Husna was born on 12 October in 1974 in Sylhet, a city on the banks of the Surma River, in northeastern Bangladesh. She was so fast that Shahzalal Junior High School would only let her run three races, to give her rivals a chance, Farid said.She moved to New Zealand in 1994.Thin, nervous and overwhelmed by leaving everyone she knew for a new life in an alien country, she burst into tears when her husband-to-be picked her up from Auckland airport.He comforted her on the long drive back to Nelson, where he was living, and where she quickly found her feet.With almost no other Bangladeshis in the small city, Husna made English-speaking friends and learned the language within six months. Farid said she spoke it with more of a Kiwi accent than he did.When Farid’s workmates at a meatpacking plant agreed to work half an hour longer on Fridays so he could take a break to pray, she cooked them a feast every week in thanks.And when Farid was partially paralysed after being run over by a car outside his house, after four years of marriage, she moved with him to Christchurch and became his nurse.”Our hobby was we used to talk to each other. A lot. And we never felt bored,” he said.Rebuilding ChristchurchWhen Christchurch was razed by a deadly earthquake in 2011, Husna helped settle an influx of Bangladeshi migrants – qualified engineers, metalworkers and builders – who came to assist the rebuilding of the shattered city.Mohammad Omar Faruk, 36, was one of the new arrivals. Faruk was working as a welder in Singapore but leapt at the opportunity to come to New Zealand where working conditions were better and permanent residency was possible.Faruk was also killed at Al Noor mosque.His employer, Rob van Peer, said he had allowed his team to leave early last Friday after they finished a job by lunchtime, meaning Faruk could attend Friday prayers.Van Peer said Faruk was loved by his colleagues for his loyal and friendly personality and fast, precise welds.Faruk’s wife in Bangladesh is three months pregnant.”My husband had so many dreams for our baby,” said Sanjida Zaman, 19. “He dreamed of us being moved to New Zealand in a few years and my baby will get education there. What will happen to baby? Who will take care of my baby? I just can’t think.”Zakaria Bhuiyan, a welder at another engineering firm, also died. He was waiting for a visitor visa so his wife could travel from Bangladesh.Mojammel Haque worked as a dentist in Bangladesh and was studying in New Zealand for an advanced medical qualification when he was killed.All three men knew Husna, said their friend Mojibur Rahman, a welder and former flatmate of Faruk.”It’s really hard because we are a little community but everyone’s living here in unity, we know each other, we share everything with each together,” he said. “Now I don’t know what’s going to happen, how we become normal.”The fifth Bangladeshi victim was Abus Samad, 66, a former faculty member of Bangladesh Agriculture University who had been teaching at Christchurch’s Lincoln University.Customs And CareMany new workers to Christchurch brought young families, or were starting them and Husna took it upon herself to care for women through their pregnancies, often waking Farid at all hours so he could drive her to the births.”We think she’s like a mother…if there’s something we needed, we go to Husna,” said Mohammed Jahangir Alan, another welder.Husna guided his wife, then 19, to a midwife and a doctor and joined her in the delivery room as she gave birth to a baby girl, Alan said.A few days later Husna shaved the infant’s head, an Islamic ritual which she did for dozens of children in the community. She was so gentle the baby fell asleep while she pulled the razor over the soft skin.Husna would also lead the customary washing and prayer ritual for women who died. She was due to lead a workshop the day after her death to teach other women the process.Now, Husna’s devastated female family members will wash her for her funeral, expected later this week.”We know she would just want us to be a part of it, to wash her,” said her sister-in-law Ayesha Corner.After the burial, Farid says he wants to continue the work he and his wife used to do and to care for their 15-year-old daughter.When the lockdown at her school lifted on Friday, their daughter returned home, knowing only her mother was missing and asking where she was.”I didn’t miss a second, I said: ‘She is with God,'” Farid said.”She said: ‘You are lying’. She said: ‘Are you telling me I don’t have a mother?'””I said: ‘Yes, but I am your mother now and I am your father…we have to change the roles.”last_img read more

GOPLed House Panel Clears Trump Campaign In Russia Probe

first_img Share AP Photo/Alex Brandon, FileIn this June 6, 2017, file photo Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, left, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee speak after closed meeting in Washington.The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president and rebuttals from Democrats.The report caps an investigation that began with the promise of bipartisanship but quickly transformed into an acrimonious battle between Democrats and Republicans over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and whether there were any connections with the Trump campaign.Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday, calling the report “totally conclusive, strong, powerful, many things.”“No collusion, which I knew anyway. No coordination, no nothing. It’s a witch hunt, that’s all it is,” he told reporters in the Oval Office.Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.” Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018But the committee’s Republicans didn’t let the Trump campaign completely off the hook. They specifically cited the Trump campaign for “poor judgment” in taking a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower that was described in emails to Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., as part of a Russian government effort to aide his father’s presidential bid. The report also dubbed the campaign’s praise of WikiLeaks “objectionable.”“While the committee found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government, the investigation did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns,” the House intelligence committee wrote.The report’s conclusion on collusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who accused their Republican colleagues of playing “defense counsel” for the White House throughout the investigation.“Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said in a statement. Schiff cited several “secret meetings and communication” between people linked to Russia and Trump campaign officials, including and Trump Jr. and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.Schiff called on the committee to publicly release the transcripts from dozens of interviews with key witnesses, saying the public should be able to judge the evidence gathered by the committee. Democrats also released a 98-page rebuttal .Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, meanwhile called on intelligence officials to clear the committee to release more information from the report that was deemed classified. The 253-page document is packed with details and assessments, but is also spackled with redacted names and blacked-out passages. For instance, several pages are redacted in the section on Russian cyberattacks. One page is blacked out entirely except for a line reading, “Attribution is a Bear.”The report faults intelligence officials during the Obama administration for not telling the Trump campaign that some of its members were “potential counterintelligence concerns.” It specifically cites Flynn, former Trump campaign foreign policy advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.The panel also singles out Manafort for criticism, saying the numerous criminal charges he faces unrelated to Russia illustrated the need for better vetting by the campaign.“If the accusations against Manafort are true, he should have never served as a senior official with a campaign for the U.S. presidency, much less campaign chairman or manager,” the report said.The report largely confirms the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was assessed to be responsible for cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions, including the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails. The panel found “no credible evidence” that the computer systems were compromised by another cyber actor or by “an insider threat.”The panel also found that Russians leveraged social media in the U.S. to sow discord during the campaign.The report challenges one part of a January 2017 intelligence assessment that found that Russian meddling was an effort to help Trump. The report says committee staff found “intelligence failings” that undermine that assessment by the FBI, CIA and NSA, though specifics are not detailed and some portions of that section are redacted.Last month, in response to the committee’s announcing that finding, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it stood by the intelligence community’s findings and it will review the committee’s report.The House investigation is the first of several inquiries probing Russian election interference to conclude. A separate investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller continues, as do probes led by the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees.The House investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling. But the probe did provide important public revelations.Former FBI Director James Comey chose the March 20, 2017, hearing of the House intelligence committee to publicly reveal that the FBI had been investigating the Trump campaign since July 2016. One day later, the committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes, took a clandestine trip to the White House grounds to review classified information that quickly drew scrutiny after he publicly disclosed that Trump associates’ communications had been swept up by U.S. spy agencies and accused Obama administration officials of misconduct.The episode drew questions about whether Nunes was coordinating with the White House and ultimately led to his recusing from the probe amid an ethics investigation into whether he mishandled classified information. In his absence, Conaway took over the probe. Nunes was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but never formally rejoined the House investigation. Instead he launched a pair of investigations on his own, taking aim at the Justice Department and FBI.At the start of 2018, Nunes and the committee’s Republican staff crafted a memo revealing details of the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Trump ultimately chose to declassify the sensitive contents of the memo — including details from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for Page.House investigators cautioned that Russia will continue meddling in U.S. elections and suggested some fixes that would help the government and politicians better defend against that interference.The panel wrote that intelligence officials should immediately alert presidential candidates and Congress when they discover “legitimate” threats to a campaign. The panel also recommended the executive branch “crack down” on leaks by conducting polygraphs.last_img read more

Cardinals Wrap Up Lenny LylesClark Wood Invitational

first_imgMen’s High Jump (Seeded)2. Luke Nichols, 2.06m/06-097. Skyler VanMeter, 1.96m/06-05 Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood InvitationalCardinal Park | Louisville, Ky.April 27, 2019 Final Results Women’s Discus Throw (Open)2. Gianna Gaul, 48.75m/159-113. Lilli Popovich, 47.67m/156-05 Women’s 100m Hurdles 3. Sydney Hill, 13.66 (+1.8)9. Holly Hankenson, 14.20 (+1.8) Men’s Pole Vault (Seeded)8. Lucas Weaver, 4.63m/15-02.25 Women’s 800m16. Lindsay Fanz, 2:18.22 Noah McBride finished second in the 200m with a time of 21.03.  McBride also finished third in the 100m with a time of 10.57.  Sydney Hill finished third in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.66.    Women’s High Jump (Open)6. Holly Hankenson – 1.61m/05-03.25T7. Gabryella Pinnow – 1.56m/05-01.25 Men’s 200m2. Noah McBride, 21.33 (+1.1)7. Donald McClinton, 21.55 (+1.1)12. Anthony Crandon, 21.99 (+0.8) Men’s 400m Hurdles4. Kameron Jones, 53.75 Photo Gallery The Cardinals will take next week off to prepare for the ACC Championships, held May 9-11 in Charlottesville, Va. Women’s 400m Hurdles8. Kelsey Heyward, 1:02.42 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase1. Albert Kosgei, 8:57.307. Cameron Stephens, 9:17.32 Rashida Harris finished third in the shot put with a throw of 15.70m/51-6.25.  Makenli Forrest finished third in the seeded discus with a mark of 52.38m/171-10.  Women’s 200m9. Sharnae Alston, 24.26 (+2.1)12. Angel Amadi, 24.62 (+2.2)27. Sydney Hill, 25.63 (+1.0) Gabriela Leon finished second in the pole vault, clearing 4.02m/13-2.25.  Senior Morgan Zacharias finished third with a mark of 4.02m/13-2.25. Albert Kosgei won the 3000m steeplechase to give the Cardinals their first win of the day.  Kosgei finished with a time of 8:57.30.  Martice Moore won the 110m hurdles handily with a time of 14.08. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team wrapped up the final day of the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on Saturday with two wins and 11 top-three finishes.  Overall, the Cardinals had four wins on the weekend. center_img Freshman Luke Nichols finished second in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.06m/6-09.  Alivia Ash finished tied for third in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.71m/5-7.25.  Men’s 100m3. Noah McBride, 10.57 (+2.6)5. Donald McClinton, 10.64 (+2.6) Women’s 3000m Steeplechase6. Aurilla Wilson – 10:59.019. Abigail Wright – 11:17.9012. Lauren Radenhausen – 11:34.60 Men’s Discus Throw (Open)6. Cade Richeson, 43.40m/142-05 Men’s 400m4. Martice Moore, 47.445. Anthony Crandon, 47.7233. Aaron Johnson, 52.42 Men’s 110m Hurdles1. Martice Moore, 14.08 (+1.3) Men’s 800m20. Alex Lynch, 1:56.53 Women’s High Jump (Seeded)T3. Alivia Ash, 1.71m/05-07.25 Gianna Gaul tied her personal best with a throw of 48.75m/159-11 to finish second in the women’s open discus.  Teammate Lilli Popovich finished third with a season best time of 47.67/156-05.  Women’s 100m6. Sharnae Alston, 11.77 (+1.4)7. Angel Amadi, 11.84 (+1.4) Men’s Shot Put (Seeded)6. Cade Richeson, 17.14m/56-03 Women’s 1500m31. Brittney Hansen, 4:55.70 Men’s Javelin 20. Clay Moss – 39.20m/128-0728. Aaron Johnson – 33.51m/109-11 Men’s Pole Vault (Unseeded)7. Clay Moss – 3.28m/10-09 Women’s Discus Throw (Seeded)3. Makenli Forrest, 52.38m/171-10 Women’s Pole Vault (Seeded)2. Gabriela Leon, 4.02m/13-02.253. Morgan Zacharias, 4.02m/13-02.254. Aliyah Welter, 3.87m/12-08.25 Women’s Shot Put (Seeded)3. Rashida Harris, 15.70m/51-06.25 Men’s 1500m50. Clay Moss, 4:46.51  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

New carbon allotrope could have a variety of applications

first_img Citation: New carbon allotrope could have a variety of applications (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Carbon comes in many different forms, and now scientists have predicted another new form, or allotrope, of carbon. The new form of carbon, which they call T-carbon, has very intriguing physical properties that suggest that it could have a wide variety of applications. The scientists, Xian-Lei Sheng, Qing-Bo Yan, Fei Ye, Qing-Rong Zheng, and Gang Su, from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, have published their study on the first-principles calculations of T-carbon in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Allotropes are formed when the atoms in a substance that contains only one type of atom are arranged differently. Although many substances have multiple allotropes, carbon has the greatest number of known allotropes. The three best-known carbon allotropes are amorphous carbon (such as coal and soot), graphite, and diamond. Since the 1980s, scientists have been synthesizing newer allotropes, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and fullerenes, all of which have had a significant scientific and technological impact.With more recent advances in synthetic tools, scientists have been investigating a wide variety of new – and sometimes elusive – carbon allotropes. In light of these investigations, Sheng, et al., write in their study that it appears that we might be entering the era of carbon allotropes.Here, the scientists explained how to obtain a new carbon allotrope by substituting each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron (hence the name “T-carbon”). They were inspired by the substitution of each carbon atom in methane with a carbon tetrahedron, which forms tetrahedrane.“[Our study] adds a possible new allotrope of carbon with amazing properties,” Su told “T-carbon has bond angles different from graphite and diamond, but the interesting structure is still quite stable and has the same group symmetry as diamond, thereby widening people’s vision and knowledge on carbon bonding.”Each unit cell of the T-carbon structure contains two tetrahedrons with eight carbon atoms. As the scientists’ calculations showed, T-carbon is thermodynamically stable at ambient pressure and is a semiconductor. T-carbon is one-third softer than diamond, which is the hardest known natural material. The new carbon allotrope also has a much lower density than diamond, making it “fluffy.” The structure of the new carbon allotrope, T-carbon, is shown from different directions. T-carbon is obtained by replacing each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron. Image credit: Sheng, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Structure of new form of super-hard carbon identified The scientists also calculated that T-carbon has large interspaces between atoms compared to other forms of carbon, which could make it potentially useful for hydrogen storage. In addition, the unique physical properties of this new carbon allotrope make it a promising material for photocatalysis, adsorption, and aerospace applications.“We believe that, if obtained, T-carbon is so fluffy that it can be used to store hydrogen, lithium, and other small molecules for energy purposes,” Su said. “It can be used as photocatalysis for water-splitting to generate hydrogen, or as an adsorption material for environmental protection. As it has very low density but a high modulus and hardness, it is quite suitable for aerospace materials, sports materials like a tennis racket, golf club, etc., and cruiser skin, and so forth.”The scientists also noted that T-carbon could have astronomical implications as a potential component of interstellar dust and carbon exoplanets.“There is a long-standing puzzle in astronomy known as the ‘carbon crisis’ in interstellar dust,” Su said. “Observations by the Hubble telescope revealed that the carbon budget in dust is deep in the red, and there is not sufficient carbon in dust to account for the light distortions.”In addition, the exoplanet WASP-12b has recently been found to have a large amount of carbon, making it the first carbon-rich exoplanet ever discovered. Since the structure of the carbon in WASP-12b is still unclear, T-carbon might also be one of possible candidates for this carbon planet.To investigate T-carbon further, the researchers would like to synthesize the new allotrope in the lab, although they say that this would likely be very difficult.“A synthesis of T-carbon in the lab poses a great challenge for materials scientists and chemists,” Su said. “We suggest the following ways: using the CVD technique under a negative pressure environment; detonation on diamond or graphite; crystallization of amorphous tetragonal carbon; or stretching cubic diamond under extremely large strength.” More information: Xian-Lei Sheng, et al. “T-Carbon: A Novel Carbon Allotrope.” Physical Review Letters 106, 155703 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.155703last_img read more

Cancer survivor talks about pets and positive thinking

first_imgMandy Woodall is a survivor who cherishes every moment of life.Born in 1963 in Hull, East Yorkshire, in England and marrying at the age of 20, she and her husband Colin moved to South Africa in the mid-80s. “We wanted to do something different with our lives and experience something other than the way we were brought up,” says Mandy.They initially said they were going to give it five years and see how things go, but that was 30 years ago! Originally settling in Durban, it wasn’t long before they relocated to Ladysmith, where they have been ever since.They have no less than seven pets, consisting of three dogs and four cats. Woody, Rhino, Leo, Alf, Uil, Scampi and Benny were all rescue animals.In September last year, Mandy was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and the family put their lives on hold due to the illness. They sold their business and Mandy thought the cancer was a death sentence. However, with the help of her husband, two children Iain Woodall and Chelsea Fook, and the community, she beat the cancer.“The main thing that got me through this traumatic time was positive thinking.“If there is one thing I learnt, it is that you cannot go through this kind of thing alone. Don’t keep it a secret; allow people to help you through the difficult time,” explains Mandy. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite She is still having tests done on a regular basis, but everything seems to be fine. “I would not have been able to do it alone, without the help from the community, as well as positive thinking on my part,” she adds.Now she can carry on with her life and do the things she enjoys, such as bird watching and camping.“Every day and every moment is something to be cherished. I am so grateful and blessed to be able to live my life to the fullest with a family that loves me and gives me tremendous support! I would not have been able to do this without great friends like Judy Smith and my entire Ladysmith family,” concludes Mandy.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Ungroup with new small group operator Okushu Tours

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share ‘Ungroup’ with new small group operator Okushu Tours center_img Posted by TORONTO — Okushu Tours has launched its small group tours to Peru, Japan, China, India, South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand & Cambodia.Clients can now experience these destinations in small groups of like-minded guests with no more than 16 fellow travellers, says co-owner Michael Yiptong.“Based on our research, we are confident that today’s travellers still seek the safety and companionship of travelling in a group led by an experienced tour director without the structure, and rigidity of traditional group travel,” says Yiptong.“Our groups are limited to 16 – not 20, not 24 – which allows us to offer our guests the most immersive and authentic experience at destination. All our tours are custom designed to allow our guests to ‘ungroup’ and have their own time. We know our product and our small groups only go to our seven destinations. We do not sell the whole world!”The Okushu Tours small group difference, says Yiptong, also includes a choice of included (as opposed to optional) activities, immersive and authentic experiences and value and peace of mind. There’s also “flexibility to experience the unexpected”.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemOkushu’s first departures are in September 2019. For more information, itineraries and departure dates, visit read more