TravCorp ME to WE mark World Tourism Day with new Kenya Amazon

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TravCorp, ME to WE mark World Tourism Day with new Kenya, Amazon, India tripscenter_img Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Tags: The Travel Corporation TORONTO — Seven brands under The Travel Corporation’s umbrella – Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Lion World Travel, African Travel, Adventure World – along with TravCorp’s TreadRight Foundation have a new partnership with ME to WE that includes immersive volunteer trips to India, the Ecuadorian Amazon and Kenya.Guests can book ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip extensions on upcoming set departure dates or as a requested custom trip.As part of the culturally immersive experience, travellers will stay among local communities in comfortable lodges, fully owned and operated by ME to WE. All meals, ground transfers, transportation and local sightseeing excursions hosted by an expert facilitator are included.“Through our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, we have been working to create a positive impact to promote sustainable tourism worldwide, with carefully selected partners and projects and some of the numerous local communities we visit,” said The Travel Corporation’s CEO, Brett Tollman. “Many of our travellers are open to experiencing meaningful travel with unforgettable, moving experiences. We are therefore very excited to be supporting ME to WE’s outstanding immersive volunteer trips, which we will help promote with our 10,000 team members across the globe and with the involvement of our loyal travel partners globally.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaEach ME to WE Trip takes place in a community where ME to WE’s charitable partner puts its 20-year history of holistic, sustainable development to work through its WE Villages program. Half of ME to WE’s net profits are donated to its charitable partner. The other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.On a journey to Ecuador, travellers will have the chance to help local women collect water for their families, learn to make chapatti bread or build a classroom for future generations. In Kenya, guests will stay at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp in the Maasai Mara. They will join the women of the Maasai and Kispigis communities to learn the craft of beading, a tradition passed down through generations that empowers local women to earn a sustainable income to provide for their families.For more details about these Travel Corporation trips see:trafalgar.com/metowecontiki.com/contikicares/me-to-we.htmlmetowe.com/insightvacationsmetowe.com/uniworldlionworldtravel.com/safari/me-to-we-kenyaafricantravelinc.com/safari/me-to-we-kenyaadventureworld.com/metowelast_img read more

CNTA unveils Beautiful China – 2017 Year of Silk Road Tourism campaign

first_img Friday, December 30, 2016 TORONTO — The China National Tourism Administration(CNTA)has launched a large-scale thematic advertising campaign in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square, unveiling its ‘Beautiful China – 2017 Year of Silk Road Tourism’ campaign.The same campaign was unveiled simultaneously in more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan and South Korea.In 2015 the total number of tourist visits between Canada and China was more than 1.2 million, and in the first three quarters of 2016 the visitor number surpassed the one million mark, an increase of 15.6%. China has become Canada’s largest tourist destination in Asia.The Beautiful China – 2017 Year of Silk Road Tourism ad campaign will run for five weeks, through the Chinese Spring Festival holiday season. Posted by Tags: China CNTA unveils ‘Beautiful China – 2017 Year of Silk Road Tourism’ campaigncenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Streets near San Josés Childrens Museum to close Wednesday

first_imgNo related posts. Some 100 police officers will close streets and regulate traffic near the Children’s Museum, north of San José, Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, to provide a route for participants in annual holiday festivities at the museum.Calle 4, which heads south from the museum, will be completely closed to automobile traffic and will become what authorities call the “safe route” for people attending the event.Seven blocks of this street will be closed to traffic and are set to host various activities starting at 2 p.m.The official lighting of approximately 4,000 Christmas lights, concerts and other events are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Video U2 loves Costa Rica as Bono gives a lucky Tica fan

first_img* Video courtesy of Ernesto Adduci Facebook Comments Bono, lead singer of legendary Irish band U2, last week left an unforgettable impression on a Costa Rican fan who climbed onstage waving a Costa Rican flag during a concert at the United Center in Chicago.The Tica told Bono her name is Marcela, and on several videos circulating on social media she is seen suddenly appearing as the band played “Mysterious Ways.” The Thursday show is part of U2’s Innocence + Experience 2015 tour.Bono hugged Marcela and danced with her through the entire song. At song’s end, Marcela told Bono: “Costa Rica loves you.” Bono replied: “And I love Costa Rica. Yes I do. Yes I do.”Wow.The singer then recalled a 2013 incident in Costa Rica when his wife Alison “Ali” Hewson was treated for a broken leg at a local hospital. “They looked after us very, very well. … Will you pass on to the people of Costa Rica our great gratitude,” he said.Bono then told the audience that Costa Rica “is an incredible country, so sophisticated, so civilized, teaching the world a lesson on how to live in harmony and how to be extremely beautiful and not arrogant, just joyful.”Marcela asked Bono to repeat the popular Tico motto, “¡Costa Rica Pura Vida!” and the singer complied.The band then resumed the concert with “Angel of Harlem,” and Bono took the girl’s hat and handed her a smartphone with which she broadcast the concert to a live video feed and on the United Center’s Jumbotron.How cool is that? Related posts:Wife of U2’s Bono injured during Costa Rica trip? Tommy Ramone, punk band’s last original member, dies at 62 Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? EXCLUSIVE: Name Santos & Zurdo’s new song and win a free weekend beach triplast_img read more

Canadian expats in Costa Rica hope to regain right to vote

first_imgRelated posts:Still time to cast an absentee ballot for US midterm elections Expats ‘feel the Bern’ as Democrat Global Primary kicks off in Costa Rica U.S. family works to set up Costa Rican halfway house in wake of son’s death Bernie Sanders ‘wins’ Costa Rica in Democrats Global Primary Joan Dewar, a Canadian citizen who has been living near Grecia, Costa Rica since 2005, got a rude surprise when she tried to vote in Canada’s federal elections in 2011.“My husband and I tried to vote and realized we weren’t allowed to,” Dewar told The Tico Times, “It was a total surprise.”The Dewars were among the million-plus Canadians living abroad who came up against a rule that limits citizens from voting in federal elections if they have lived outside the country for more than five years.That might be about to change, however. The Canadian Supreme Court announced that it would hear an appeal that could definitively grant Canadians abroad the right to vote, regardless of how long they’ve lived outside Canada.“Prisoners in Canada can vote but I can’t,” Dewar said. “It’s not like we stopped paying taxes and receiving benefits.”In 1993, Canada’s parliament passed legislation allowing most Canadians living abroad to vote by special ballot if they had been living outside of the country for no more than five years. Before that, Canadians living abroad were not allowed to vote in federal elections at all.The five-year rule was enforced loosely, allowing Canadians to “renew” their time out of the country every time they passed through Canada, even if only to change flights.That changed in 2011, when the country’s electoral authorities changed their interpretation of the five-year rule, barring many Canadians living abroad long-term, including the Dewars, the right to vote.Two Canadians living in the United States, Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong, sued for the right to vote and won in 2014.The victory was short-lived, however. In July 2015, the Court of Appeal for Ontario overturned the 2014 ruling, saying that allowing Canadian expats the right to vote would be “unfair” to resident Canadians.Frank and Duong appealed and the Supreme Court agreed last week to hear the case.Dewar said she’s hopeful the Supreme Court will rule in their favor.“It’s time to get our rights back,” she said, citing Section 3 of the Canadian Charter that says, “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.”The Court will likely take up the case in 2017.Supporters are trying to raise $50,000 to support the Supreme Court challenge. The effort has collected $14,000 at this writing. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Chanels new antiaging serum contains Costa Rican green coffee

first_img Facebook Comments Cosmetic giantChanel has developed a new anti-aging product with ingredients including green coffee from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.The northwestern Pacific region, in the province of Guanacaste, is known as one of the world’s Blue Zones: regions with the highest concentrations of people over 100 years of age.The Chanel website states that research for its serum sourced three longevity ingredients from the diet of the Blue Zones’ populations. These include Nicoya green coffee; Bosana olives from Sardinia, Italy; and the wild herb lentisk from Ikaria, Greece.Tico coffee producers in Nicoya are using a special extraction process that results in “an ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient containing 70 times more antioxidant active molecules than are found in regular coffee beans,” Chanel stated.The company says that a clinical evaluation of 44 women showed that after four weeks of use, skin appears 26 percent firmer and 37 percent more even, with a 35 percent reduction in the appearance of wrinkles,The green coffee used in the product is produced by a small cooperative in Nandayure, in the middle of the peninsula. Online stores are already displaying bottles of 1 fluid ounce costing between $110 and $165.Chanel also made a two-week visit to Guanacaste to shoot a spot for the product. Check it out below. Related posts:Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer Route 32 expansion project receives environmental permits Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organizationlast_img read more

SKorea to chemically castrate repeat sex offender

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea plans to chemically castrate a sex offender convicted of repeated crimes against children, the country’s first use of the punishment, officials said Thursday.The 45-year-old man will get an injection Friday that lowers testosterone-producing hormones and aims to inhibit sexual impulses, Justice Ministry officials said on condition of anonymity citing department rules. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk South Korea passed a law in 2010 allowing judges or a Justice Ministry panel the option of ordering chemical castration after a series of violent sexual assaults on children sparked public outrage.The man to be castrated this week was convicted four times between 1984 and 2002 of raping or sexually molesting girls under the ages of 13, the ministry said in a separate statement. A psychiatric test has concluded the man is a pedophile and needs medication, the officials said.He will be released from prison in July under the condition that he receive injections every three months for three years, according to the ministry.Under the law, those who refuse or miss an injection could be returned to prison for up to seven years.Other countries also have been moving ahead with laws allowing chemical castration for sex offenders.Russian lawmakers in October gave first-round approval to a bill that would impose chemical castration on repeat sex offenders. Poland legalized the procedure in 2009 for offenders who rape minors or close relatives.Already, Britain, Denmark and Sweden offer chemical castration drugs to sex offenders on a voluntary basis. In the United States, several states have laws allowing chemical castration. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Revered Jerusalem church comes alive at night

first_imgAssociated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – After the last tourists leave the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City at nightfall, a little-known but centuries-old tradition unfolds at one of Christianity’s holiest sites.Clerics from the three largest denominations represented in the church _ Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic _ gather each night for special prayers reserved for the men who take care of the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements While the Tomb of Jesus and the main passages of the Holy Sepulcher are considered common spaces, the three main religious communities each own a part of the church: The Chapel of Saint Helen, near the place where Jesus’ cross is said to have been found, belongs to the Armenians; the Greek-Orthodox Church has ownership over the largest part of the church, including the Altar of the Calvary, where Jesus’s cross was raised; the Franciscans own the Chapel of the Crucifixion where Jesus was crucified, along with the northern part of the Church, where according to tradition Jesus appeared to his mother.The church was first built by Roman Emperor Constantine in 325, at the site where the tomb of Jesus was believed to have been found.Constantine’s structure was destroyed in 1009 by Muslim Caliph al-Hakim. A 12th century restoration by the Crusaders gave the Holy Sepulcher its current appearance.Life inside the Holy Sepulcher is regulated by a complex maze of norms that are often subject to different interpretations, said Father Samuel Aghoyan, the Armenian Superior of the Holy Sepulcher. At times, tensions have even spilled over into violence, with monks pushing and punching each other. The vital role family plays in society Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Starting at midnight, clerics and monks sing and pray for hours, their chants echoing through the cavernous chambers of the Holy Sepulcher’s darkest rooms.“The door of the church is closed, no pilgrims, no tourists, it’s very quiet,” said Father Isidoros Fakitsas, the superior of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate at the church. “It’s amazing to feel the liturgy with no people, only the monks.”Isidoros said he has attended the services for 21 years.The preparations require a rigid routine. Before the first prayers of the new day, the Christian shrine needs to be cleaned, and maintenance work has to be done.The clerics sweep the floors, replace oil lamps and clean candle holders, after thousands of pilgrims visited throughout the previous day. Occasionally a small number of devoted pilgrims help them with the cleanup and are permitted to stay and pray inside the church all night.The early morning mass is a tradition associated with monastic life, said Father Eugenio Alliata, professor of Christian Archaeology at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem. “Mostly monks and religious people want to pray not only all the day, but also all the night, or part of the day or part of the night. It is part of the desire to pray without ceasing because prayers to God must be given all the time, day and night,” Alliata said. Sponsored Stories Father Fergus Clarke, the guardian for the Franciscan community inside the Holy Sepulcher, said the night prayers require a certain amount of personal sacrifice, but also bring greater spiritual fulfillment. “That’s a wonderful vocation … to be able to do something like that, to know that while people are sleeping, others are praying,” he said.The night liturgies inside the Holy Sepulcher are regulated by a consolidated tradition: The Greek-Orthodox start to celebrate mass inside Jesus’ Tomb at 12:30 a.m., before handing over to the Armenians and then the Franciscans. The Greek Orthodox liturgy at the tomb is the longest, lasting for about three and a half hours; the Armenians then take over for an hour and a half and the Franciscans for another half hour.The night service is subject to some variations. On the feast of Saint Matthias on the morning of May 14, for example, Catholics lead a procession to Jesus’ tomb during the Greek Orthodox liturgy.Sounds collided with one another that night. The celestial voices of Armenian priests rose from their wing of the Church as the sound of a Franciscan pipe organ came from the opposite direction.Competing for attention is nothing new in the ancient church. The three main denominations that share the church jealously guard their turf, and an air of mistrust lingers as each group makes sure no one else crosses into their space. “We keep almost awake at night here to see that things are done properly, on time, that no one will trespass the other’s right by doing things that he’s not supposed to do,” said Father Samuel. “So we have to be careful and watch what we do or what they do.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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Nigeria 1 billion infrastructure loan from China

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s finance minister says President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to China will finalize $1.1 billion in low-interest loans for much-needed infrastructure in Africa’s giant, from airports and roads to a hydropower plant.Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told The Associated Press she is also looking for Chinese investment and increased trade with Nigeria.She also said “China is desirous of increasing its lifting of Nigerian oil.” The petroleum minister is among senior Cabinet members on the trip along with several state governors. She said as U.S. demand for Nigerian oil has fallen, India and China have taken up the slack. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Okonjo-Iweala said the loans are part of $3 billion approved by China at interest rates less than 3 percent.She leaves with Jonathan Monday night for the four-day visit starting Tuesday.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

Indonesia lifts travel ban for foreign journalists to Papua

first_img Sponsored Stories Two French television journalists were sentenced to 2 1/2 months in jail last year for illegal reporting in Papua.There are at least 100 political prisoners in Indonesia, most in Papua province and the Molucca islands, many of whom complain of being tortured or psychologically abused by guards.In 2010, two political prisoners were freed after then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono granted them clemency. They were jailed for raising the banned flag and involvement in a violent pro-independence rally.Twenty-six prisoners convicted of treason in Papua have rejected a proposed plan to be freed under a government amnesty program, arguing that leaving jail would amount to admitting guilt for crimes they didn’t commit.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life MERAUKE, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Sunday announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country’s easternmost province, a day after freeing five Papuan political prisoners, part of government efforts to improve human rights in Papua.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who took office in October, has vowed to improve human rights and economic conditions in Papua, where a low-level insurgency for independence has persisted since the region was transferred from Dutch to Indonesian rule in 1963. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   FILE – In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers his remarks during Asian African Business Summit on the sideline of Asian African Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia’s president has announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country’s easternmost Papua province and freed five Papuan political prisoners following their appeal for clemency. Widodo announced the lifting of the ban Sunday, May 10, 2015 during his three-day visit to the province. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File) Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Jokowi announced during his three-day visit to the province that the government was lifting a restriction for foreign journalists to Papua as part of his administration’s efforts to stop decades of abuses by Indonesia’s military and the stigma of a separatist conflict.“Starting today, we allow foreign journalists to go freely to Papua, as well as to other Indonesian provinces,” he told reporters in Papua’s Merauke district. “It’s time that we should think positively. There must be mutual trust that we’ve lost.”On Saturday, Jokowi released five Papuan political prisoners. The men were serving jail sentences ranging from 19 years to life for an attack on a military arsenal in 2003 that killed two army soldiers.Indonesia, a nation of about 240 million people, has made tremendous strides toward democracy since former dictator Suharto was ousted in 1998, but it remains highly sensitive to ongoing separatist struggles in Papua and the Molucca islands.The government has restricted visits by human rights workers and journalists to Papua, and pro-independence activists have been given lengthy prison terms for peacefully expressing their views, organizing rallies or for simply raising separatist flags.last_img read more

Kerry Iran nuclear deal could be lesson for North Korea

first_img“I am sure Foreign Minister Wang would join me in expressing the hope that if we can get an agreement with Iran, … that agreement would indeed have some impact or have a positive influence” on North Korea, Kerry said.Although Wang did not appear to respond, Kerry explained that an Iran deal could help in showing North Korea how “your economy can do better, your country can do better, and you can enter into good standing with the rest of the global community by recognizing that there is a verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization for weaponization, even as you can have a peaceful nuclear power program.”“Hopefully that can be a message, but whether or not DPRK is capable of internalizing that kind of message or not, that’s still to be proved,” he said, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.International negotiators are rushing to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of June under which Iran’s program would be curbed to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.Nuclear talks with North Korea, which has already developed atomic weapons despite previous attempts to forestall it, broke down three years ago as it has continued atomic tests and other belligerent behavior, including ballistic missile launches. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and is now believed to have at least 10 such weapons despite some of the toughest international sanctions in existence. It conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013, and U.S.-based experts forecast that it could increase its nuclear arsenal to between 20 and 100 weapons by 2020.Kerry travels on Sunday to South Korea, where North Korea will be a major topic of discussion.He said the United States will continue to work with its partners “to make it absolutely clear to the DPRK that their actions, their destabilizing behavior is unacceptable against any international standard.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday he is hopeful that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran will send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.Speaking at a joint news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Kerry said he believed an Iran agreement could have “a positive influence” on North Korea, because it would show that giving up nuclear weapons improves domestic economies and ends isolation. He stressed, though, that there was no way to tell if North Korea’s reclusive leadership would be able to “internalize” such a message. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

House passes 6 bills aimed at helping veterans

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a series of bills Monday aimed at helping veterans win government-paid jobs, get small business loans or obtain other assistance.The House passed six bills aimed at veterans. One bill would give preference to government contractors who employ veterans on a full-time basis. Another bill would allow all veterans to receive official identification cards through the VA.A third would require that written reprimands and admonishments received by VA employees be kept on file for as long as the person works for the VA. Under current policy, an admonishment only remains in an employee’s file for two years and a reprimand for three years. Lawmakers said this hurts the VA’s ability to get a true picture of an employee’s performance history. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said the bill on ID cards responds to veterans who have expressed frustration over their inability to document their service without carrying around official military records.Under current law, veterans who do not qualify for a VA-issued ID card must carry other documents to prove their veteran status. Some of the documents contain sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers and service details that put veterans at risk for identity theft, Buchanan said.The bills now go to the Senate.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

AP PHOTOS Filipino Muslims observe holy month of Ramadan

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too MARIKINA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino Muslim Munib Dalidig, 33, is a vendor who sells DVDs from his pedicab. He’s married with three children and lives in a small house in a flood-prone area near the Islamic mosque in Tumana, in Marikina city, east of Manila. He’s among the Muslim minority in the Philippines, whose population is predominantly Roman Catholic.Like many Muslims, Dalidig is currently observing Ramadan — a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. He answers some questions about his faith and Islam’s holiest month: Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___HOW IMPORTANT IS PRAYER TO YOU?That is the order of Allah. It is our obligation. We can lose everything but not our prayers. It is the key to enter paradise.___DO YOU ALWAYS PRAY HERE?Yes, because it is just outside my home. I use my pedicab (three-wheeled bicycle) to peddle DVDs around town. If there is no mosque nearby, then I pray where I am. I bring my prayer rug if I know that I will go to a place where mosques are not available. I rarely miss prayers since I make an effort to go home during prayer time.___IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF DURING RAMADAN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?I would like to refrain from being late during prayer time. I would like to stop gossip mongering about people.___DO YOU THINK YOUR NON-MUSLIM FRIENDS UNDERSTAND ISLAM AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE MUSLIM?Yes, I explain Islam to them and many have become Muslim after I have told them about our teachings.___WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO YOU ABOUT BEING A MUSLIM IN THE PHILIPPINES?It is about improving yourself. I would like to do good. Praying is the most important thing for me. How to follow the orders of Allah.___Each day this week, The Associated Press will focus on a Muslim devotee living in the minority in Asia, illustrating what the fasting month of Ramadan means to the Muslim community in that country.center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology In this July 9, 2015, photo, Filipino Muslim Munib Dalidig prays at the Marikina Islamic Mosque in Marikina city, in suburban Tumana, east of Manila, Philippines. Dalidig, who is fasting this month for Ramadan, is among the Muslim minority in the Philippines, whose population is predominantly Roman Catholic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Dubai Expert launched in Australia NZ

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Government of Dubai has announced the launch of “Dubai Expert” in Australia and New Zealand, an online training programme designed to provide the travel trade with an ‘expert’s’ knowledge of Dubai. The programme, which will showcase new training techniques for the travel industry, has been divided into three core modules: Know Dubai, Sell Dubai and Add Dubai. “The program will assist to develop in-depth knowledge to promote and sell one of the world’s most vibrant destinations for tourism and commerce to your prospective clients and convince them that Dubai is definitely the destination of choice for all ages – all year round,” DTCM, Government of Dubai, Australia & New Zealand representative office director Julie King said. Once certified as a ‘Dubai Expert’, participants of the programme will receive priority selection for famil trips to Dubai, special deals on travel, a regular newsletter, priority on educational workshops and incentives and prizes throughout the year. “Australia & New Zealand is a very important market for Dubai, the number of guests in hotel establishments from Australia in 2010 rose to 158,907, a 5.9 per cent increase over 2009 and in New Zealand this figure rose to 31,904 representing a 15.2 per cent increase, with increasing the knowledge of the destination we are confident we will see these figures increase significantly,” Ms King said. “Airlines are also adding more capacity to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha providing more frequencies and choice to the Consumer.”Those wishing to participate in the programme should visit http://anz.dubaixperts.com and go to “Register me now”. Dubai: on the Australian and NZ radarslast_img read more

2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award Finalists Announced

first_imgThe Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA) is delighted to announce the finalists of the prestigious GWN7 Top Tourism Awards.Of the nineteen nominations, the judges have advised there are six entrants who have been selected as finalists for the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award.These include Busselton, Denmark, Dunsborough, Kununurra, Margaret River (2011 Winner) and Rottnest Island.In addition, each of the nominees is eligible for the West Australian Regional Newspaper Special Category Awards which include:– Heritage Award– Cultural Award– Website Development Award– Management & Staff Training Award– Community Relations Award– Environment Award– Special Events AwardThe judges will also be awarding the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award with a population of less than 5,000, as well as the RAC Travel Services Business Planning & Marketing Award and the Vanguard Press Judges Award.Now in their 23rd year of the Awards, the VCAWA and GWN7 are extremely proud to once again be recognising the importance of Visitor Centres and the Tourism Industry in Western Australia.According to the Chair of the judging panel, Gabrielle Ausden “The judges were very impressed with the extremely high standard and quality of the submissions this year. It is clear that many of the entrants have taken on board feedback provided in previous years and this really shone through in the quality of the submissions in 2012. This process has reinforced for the judging panel, the diverse range of Tourism opportunities that WA has to offer and we can’t wait to visit the finalists to experience our extraordinary State”.Each of the six finalists for the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive a site visit from the judges and the winning entrant of the GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive from GWN7 an airtime package valued at $25,000 to utilise in support of their overall marketing activities to attract visitors to their area.The award winners will be announced at the GWN7 Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner on Thursday the 20th of September in Mandurah, which forms part of the Annual Visitor Servicing Conference.The Visitor Centre Association of WA is a not-for-profit peak industry body, representing more than 102 Visitor Centres and sub-representation of approximately 4,500 tourism businesses throughout Western Australia. Source = Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA)last_img read more

Top cruise execs head down under

first_imgTourism Australia have partnered with Cruise Down Under and Qantas to host a group of senior cruise executives from the U.K. and U.S. in a continued effort to increase Australia’s share of the lucrative international cruise market. The delegation will be welcomed by the Minister, The Hon. Martin Ferguson at the Park Hyatt, Sydney on 23 September ahead of the famil designed to showcase the country’s port facilities, shore excursion products and pre and post-cruise options.Recorded as the fastest growing segment in the Australian tourism industry, Cruise Down Under’s latest Economic Impact Study confirmed that Australia’s cruise industry is now contributing over AUD$2 billion to the local economy with the organisation’s chairperson Chris White announcing that the industry also recorded a 30 percent increase in the number of ship visits in 2011. “The cruise market has been experiencing strong year-on-year growth for more than a decade, with the 2012/13 season alone expecting 11 new ships in Australia, so the time is right to bring these key executives to showcase our amazing country,” Ms White said.Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said that the famil aims to demonstrate the Australian tourism industry’s desire and ability to cater to both larger cruise ships and a mix of international cruisers.“As an island destination, Australia has an enormous amount to offer cruise travellers,” Mr McEvoy said.“We are fortunate in having access points for cruise ships right around our country, welcoming visitors into the most beautiful harbours and docks in the world.”Executives from RCI, Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania/Prestige and Silversea have all confirmed their attendance. “The biggest consumers of cruising holidays are Americans and Europeans, so to get the chance to make our pitch to such a top level delegation representing eight of the biggest cruise operators in the U.S. and U.K. is a real coup and an opportunity we intend to make the very best of,” Mr McEvoy said. The VIP cruise famil will take in every Australian state and territory between 23 – 30 September. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Life death and beyond at 35000 feet

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N Whilst for most the biggest surprise on an aeroplane consists of finding a piece of much craved chocolate as part of their meal, others are (un)lucky to come out with a book worthy story. Travel metasearch engine, Wego, recently conducted a campaign to find out some of the more unusual airplane occurrences.LifeAlthough mid-air births are more common than deaths, they are still not something I want to experience on my next trip to the Gold Coast, apparently neither do others with some planes rerouting as soon as a woman goes into labour. Wego’s respondents reported seeing women give birth in the aisle, whilst some were lucky enough to be flying with a doctor on board.Citizenship laws for mid-air babies are somewhat grey, according to Wego, who found that the United Nations insists that the child take the citizenship of the country where the aircraft is registered, whilst the US will gift their passport to babies born within 12 nautical miles of the country. Parent’s nationalities are also considered.On the topic of life, a respondent shared that they were on a flight from Vietnam to Singapore with ten European couples returning home with newly adopted babies.DeathAs babies are born, unfortunately some people die on flights as well. Heart attacks were reported as the most common cause of death, with some passengers even stepping in to help out. In one case, an elderly man was lucky to survive after resuscitation procedures were administered on him, whilst a newlywed had to have passengers give her oxygen for almost five hours after the entire cabin crew came down with a stomach bug. The saddest story reported was of a family receiving a postcard relaying a wonderful adventure from their grandmother who unfortunately passed away on her return flight.To ensure the safety (and sanity) of others on board, most airlines will move the deceased body to a spare row of seats and cover them up with a blanket and oxygen mask, whilst Singapore Airlines reportedly is the first and only airline to install a ‘corpse cupboard’ on their A340-500 aircrafts.BeyondWego also found that some passengers experienced beings that enjoyed their flight a little too much. One respondent stated that he felt kicking at the back of his seat which turned out to be empty, and another became infatuated with a woman sitting behind him, only to find that she had disappeared upon runway approach. Births are more common that deaths on flights…luckily?last_img read more

Fires wont extinguish summer tourism NSW

first_imgWith a state of emergency declared on Sunday, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said the government would be doing all it could to help communities affected by the infernos “rebuild their businesses and tourism livelihoods”. The New South Wales Government has vowed to support tourism as fires continue to rage across large parts of the state, most notably in and around the popular tourist region of the Blue Mountains. “Once the fires have been controlled, the Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will work with local operators and community leaders to prioritise where help is needed the most.” Key to its support, will be ensuring visitors know the regions are “open for business” in the lead up to a “busy summer holiday period”, Mr Souris added. An RFS firefirghter battles a fire near Bell in the Blue Mountains. Image AAP- Paul Millercenter_img Visitors planning to travel to affected areas including Lithgow, the Blue Mountains, Wyong (Central Coast), Heathbrae (Hunter region) and Balmoral (Southern Highlands) are advised to check the latest bushfire information on the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and for road closures www.lifetraffic.com before travelling.  “Tourism is a critical part of many of these communities,” he said. Source = ETB News: M.H.last_img read more

Mumbai ranked fifth most budgetfriendly city in the world

first_imgMumbai ranked fifth most budget-friendly city in the worldMumbai has been ranked the fifth most budget-friendly city among 40 key tourist cities of the world, according to a survey by TripAdvisor.Mumbai comes after Hanoi (Vietnam), Warsaw (Poland), Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) and Bangkok (Thailand), in the 2015 TripIndex Cities, the annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study showed.The most expensive destination in the world is Cancun, Mexico, while Zurich in Switzerland was ranked second, followed by New York City, London and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic).The total cost of a three-night break in Mumbai comes to ₹53,911 with accommodation costing the most at ₹23,091 for three nights, the report showed.It said Mumbai is 39 per cent more expensive than Hanoi. However, for the taxi ride, it turns out to be cheaper than Bangkok, Sharm el Sheikh and Warsaw. TripIndex Cities compares the cost of a three-night break during summer travel months of June to August in 40 key tourist cities across the world, taking into account typical cost for two persons.It included cost of stay at a four-star hotel for three nights, visit to three tourist spots, lunch and dinner on each day, and the to-and-fro taxi fare from the dining place to the hotel. Mumbai TourismSource = Press Trust of Indialast_img read more

Collette Cares announces campaign to Give Back this Festive Season

first_imgSource = Collette ColletteCollette Cares announces campaign to Give Back this Festive SeasonCollette Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of leading global tour operator Collette, has announced a matching campaign to donate 100,000 meals this festive season.Partnering with international hunger relief organisation Stop Hunger Now, Collette will donate one meal for every ‘Like’ the campaign’s Facebook video generates. Every ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’ the video receives will also provide a meal to assist the hunger relief effort.Collette is encouraging individuals and companies to get involved and help give back to the less fortunate. With the Share a Meal campaign video, it has never been easier to provide meals to those in need.“Here at Collette we are passionate about caring for all members of the international community. With Christmas around the corner, this is a wonderful time to start thinking about how to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves,” said James Hewlett, Australian Head of Marketing.Currently the video has reached over 60,000 views on Facebook, and Collette has already donated over 10,000 meals to partner organisation Stop Hunger Now to assist those in need.View the campaign video on the official Collette Cares’ Facebook page now by clicking HERETo make an impact this season and help end world hunger, like and spread the video to as many people as possible.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.comAbout ColletteEstablished in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!last_img read more