first_imgzoom Affirming its already strong standing in Asia’s offshore oil & gas support services sector, Pacific Radiance Ltd. has bagged a contract worth up to $100 million for its latest maintenance work vessel (MWV).Under the terms of the contract, the MWV, which joined the Group’s diverse fleet in the first quarter of FY2014, will be chartered to an international oil major for up to seven years, including extensions.The Group expects the MWV, which will be deployed to provide maintenance services for a project in South East Asia, to contribute to its earnings from 2QFY14.The MWV has accommodation for 208 men and is equipped with a 64 tonne crane.Mr Pang Yoke Min, the Executive Chairman of Pacific Radiance, said: “This latest win reinforces Pacific Radiance’s firm standing in the sector and underlines our strategy to add larger and more sophisticated vessels while keeping our fleet diverse and relevant to market trends. Furthermore, our strategic newbuild programme places the Group in a prime position to widen our footprint in Asia as well as make inroads into our target markets in Africa, Australia, South and Central America where E&P spending is expected to rise.”Under the Group’s strategic newbuild programme, Pacific Radiance expects 13 more vessels ranging from Platform Supply Vessels and Anchor Handling Tug & Supply Vessels, to a ROV support vessel, to be delivered in FY2014.These diverse newbuilds which are more technologically advanced, will enhance the Group’s medium to deepwater capabilities to capture opportunities in the market as its clients move into deeper waters.Last month, Pacific Radiance announced a 76% jump in Group net attributable profit to $56.8 million in FY2013, on the back of revenue growth of 29%. This is the result of higher utilisation and firm charter rates of its fleet of offshore support vessels. The Board has also proposed a final tax-exempt ordinary dividend of 2 Singapore cents per share for FY2013 which is expected to be paid on 23 May 2014 when approved by shareholders at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. pacificradiance, April 1, 2014last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Intensifying their drive against encroachments, SDMC on Wednesday remove the encroachments in Mayapuri Industrial area.In the encroachment drives 49 trucks, tata 407, 76 crains, 146 labours are deployed and approximately 355 tons scrap removed from the Mayapuri area during the period of three weeks. SDMC also takes the enforcement action in which illegally parked vehicles and temporary structures removed from the area. SDMC has also conducted 12 meetings with STF under Deputy Commissioner, West Zone in the pursuance of the orders of the NGT. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDuring the drive SDMC has also issued challans to 271 units. The Civic body also conducted a survey of Mayapuri Industrial Area and total 2,530 units were found 575 units were running without trade license and all the units owners were directed to obtain the trade license. 404 factory owners have obtained trade license whereas challans have issued to 11 factory owners. Rest of the unit owners are also in the process of obtaining the trade licenses. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA night patrolling team has also been constituted to take coercive action against the unscrupulous elements which are carrying out illegal activities during the night and wee hours. SDMC has also written letters to Police authority to keep vigil in the area to prevent resurfacing of any illegal activity keeping in view of Supreme Court orders that Police has the responsibility to ensure encroachments do not resurface after encroachment removal drives.last_img read more

28 December 2010A new video game being launched by the United Nations aims to provide young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention, while educating, entertaining and promoting healthy behaviour. The computer game “Fast Car: Travelling Safely around the World,” launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), targets young people over the age of 16 and is available in English, French and Russian.While racing on circuits on five different continents and virtually visiting some of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, players will receive information on existing prevention practices, treatment and care for HIV and AIDS. “The importance of the game consists in providing young people with information materials on HIV and AIDS that can be widely distributed through communication channels in order to help them to gain an accurate understanding of these issues and preventive practices,” the Paris-based agency stated in a news release. UNESCO notes that HIV-related issues can be a difficult topic of conversation, both for children and adults. “Children may worry about parents’ disapproval and have fears about the risk of becoming infected with HIV,” says the agency. “Parents,” it adds,” are often shy, lack accurate information about HIV and AIDS, or do not have sufficient skills to speak about prevention with their children, and teachers frequently assume that parents will talk with children at home.”Empowering young people to protect themselves from HIV is one of the priority areas of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which notes that young people aged 15 to 24 account for two out of every five new HIV infections globally. This means worldwide almost 3,500 young people are infected with HIV every day. Most young people still do not have access to the information, skills, services or social support required to enable them to prevent HIV infection, according to UNAIDS. read more

Ohio State will be losing some offensive line depth next season, as fourth-year junior offensive lineman Evan Lisle will reportedly transfer to Duke University next season.Bucknuts of 247Sports was the first to report. Duke Athletics confirmed that Lisle had joined the program officially on Jan. 11.Lisle, a 6-foot-7, 308 pound native of Centerville, Ohio, backed up multiple positions this year on the line. Last season, the junior saw playing time on special teams, including extended time on the offensive line against Rutgers.Even with the praise of the backup offensive line from OSU by coach Greg Studrawa in the preseason, Lisle had limited time in the trenches for the Buckeyes this year. Lisle is a graduate transfer, and will be available immediately for the Blue Devils next season. While the departure might hurt the depth of the offensive line, it aids in OSU meeting the scholarship limit of 85. The Buckeyes currently have 91 players on scholarship, which includes the incoming 2017 recruiting class, with that number likely to grow as more members of the commit to OSU for 2017.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with confirmation from Duke Athletics read more

Lebron at 30 5 Ways to Look at How

LeBron James, the consensus best player on the planet, turns 30 today. What better opportunity to compare/contrast his career to that of the player widely considered G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) at this point in his remarkable career. Some believe James can overtake Jordan by the time he is done. Tall order. Here’s a look at some their stats, facts and other stuff.A Legend is BornIn a sense, 30 years ago two legends were born—one literally, one figuratively. When Michael Jordan started his career as the No. 2 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, LeBron James was. . . less than two months old. So, James did not see Jordan win Rookie of the Year or see him in his second season, after playing just 18 regular-season games because of a broken foot, go for 63 points against Larry Bird in an epic playoff performance at old Boston Garden and follow it up with 49 points in the next game. It was then that “Air Jordan” was born and the phenomenon of Michael Jordan erupted—just as James was learning how to walk. read more

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. The body of a missing Scottish man who vanished during his brother’s stag weekend in Hamburg has been found in a river.Liam Colgan, 29, from Inverness, was last seen on a night out in the German city on February 10. His body was recovered from the River Elbe at 6.30am on Monday morning.The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity which has supported Mr Colgan’s family during his disappearance, confirmed the discovery.In a statement issued on behalf of his family, it said: “Whilst formal identification is yet to be carried out, Mr Colgan’s driving licence was in the pocket of the jacket and the clothes were those he was wearing the night he disappeared,” it said in a statement.”The Trust asks that Mr Colgan’s family be given space and privacy to grieve at this difficult time.”Chief executive Matthew Searle added: “An astonishing amount of support has been apparent in this case.”The search for Liam has been joined by thousands of people – both German and British – and we would like to thank all of them for their support. Our thoughts are of course with Liam’s family and friends today.” read more

Army veterans are plotting a boycott of the Cenotaph remembrance parade in protest at the prosecution for murder of a former paratrooper over Bloody Sunday. The veteran – known only as Soldier F – is being prosecuted for two charges… The decision to bring charges against the soldier, now in his 70s, has stirred up huge resentment among comrades who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Former members of the Parachute Regiment have said they will refuse to attend the official Remembrance Sunday service  and parade as a result. They are in talks with other units to join their boycott. Applications to take part in the National Service of Remembrance, held in Whitehall, open next month. read more

first_imgABB Switzerland organized the fourth global GMD last month with the conference hosting over 150 participants. This conference was the sixth ABB GMD User Meeting, after three global events were held in Switzerland (2007 and 2009) and Peru (2008), and after two regional events in Santiago de Chile and Sydney, Australia, both held in 2006.ABB says the meeting “has become a distinctive interactive networking platform where all parties, not only ABB, but also end users and suppliers present educational sessions and exchange experiences. The conference attendees learn and profit from each other’s experience, and maintain an open and trustful relationship that eases and improves their future cooperation. In the past four years, this unique event has become a well established and accepted worldwide platform in the grinding industry.”ABB GMDs are operating in mining, minerals and cement plants around the globe. To date, ABB has installed or won orders for 100 GMD units in 23 countries on five continents. Groundbreaking is one of the most recent orders, placed by Newmont Mining: As the first supplier in the market ABB won an engineering contract for a 28 MW GMD system for the first 42′ SAG mill, the world’s largest diameter mill.The 2010 conference hosted over 150 key leaders in the GMD world, coming from all five continents. End users, major mill and motor suppliers as well as consultants, EPCMs and insurance representatives accepted ABB’s invitation and came to Las Vegas for the event. ABB GMD specialists from around the globe were happy to share their knowledge on new technologies with all involved partners and give them the opportunity to talk about their experiences and ideas.Günter Becker, Senior Underwriter for Mining at Munich RE, Germany, stated: “Manufacturers and insurers are on the same side when it comes to the reliability of equipment such as GMDs. In case of a failure both want to have it running again as soon as possible. Therefore it was of great value to hear from end users, most of which are my clients as well, as well as from ABB about actual challenges and – more important – about ways and means to overcome those in a professional and timely manner. I want to thank the ABB GMD team for giving me that great opportunity.”And Mikael Burck, Electrical Super Intendent at Boliden Mineral, Sweden, added: “For us as a new member in the GMD family it is most helpful to get in touch with the “veterans” in the GMD world. These meetings allow a great exchange of experiences and hence improvements, also with regard to services between the different sites. The presentations held were very interesting and of high quality.”ABB says the meeting “is a beneficial event for all involved parties. It is an important forum for end users to learn about the latest developments in the GMD applications and make contacts for other services and support. It also provides valuable customer feedback for ABB on where it can improve its performance. The User Meeting helps to strengthen the bonds and trust between all involved parties by giving operators and suppliers their say.”The 2011 GMD User Meeting will take place in Basel, Switzerland, in October. Date and venue will be communicated in due course.As a variable speed drive, the GMD allows the mill to start smoothly, without any mechanical stress and fulfills the customer’s requirements for flexibility and adjustability of the process, enabling maximum control over the grinding process. Furthermore, ABB gearless mill drive systems feature several benefits when compared with conventional geared drive systems: superior reliability, availability, extended life span and improved energy efficiency. ABB delivered the world’s first gearless machine drive in 1969, which is still operating at the Ciment Lamberg-Lafarge cement plant in Le Havre, France.last_img read more

first_imgDr Will Goodall of MinAssist says that “increasingly mining companies are recognizing the need to take on new technology developments in order to increase the efficiency and productivity of their operations and stay ahead of their competitors. Having highly skilled staff is important in making the implementation of new technology a success; however, finding such staff is an increasingly difficult task.”Mining operations employ a vast variety of people with many different skill sets and “upskilling these existing staff is the best way to fill any new positions created,” he says. “Providing training and further education for existing staff can have many other benefits in the longer term including increasing staff morale, longer staff retention, and higher productivity.“One example of new technology is the development of site suitable, ruggedised automated mineral systems, such as the Zeiss MinSCAN, that has made it possible to undertake routine mineralogical analysis at the mine site. This allows for routine, daily, mineralogical analysis to be performed, providing ongoing mineralogical trending information to process engineers and managers to assist in day to day decision making and longer term continuous improvement.”Operational mineralogy allows an operation to shift its focus of mineralogical information from a reactive process optimisation tool to being a decision support tool.  The major impediment to the widespread uptake of this new technology, as well as the data it creates, is the requirement for expert mineralogists to be present at the operation to run the program and analyse the data.  This is a major roadblock as there are insufficient skilled mineralogists and engineers to allow even a fraction of sites to run an operational mineralogy program.  Development of any program therefore needs to focus on both training of site personnel to operate the equipment and remote support for data analysis, allowing the operation to generate full value from the mineralogical data collected.“To provide a practical solution to these difficulties,” Goodall explains, “iMin Solutions offers a program to setup and commission the MinSCAN system and associated sample preparation laboratory, along with an extensive training program.  This will allow site personnel to operate the system and undertake basic reporting themselves.  This model focuses on upskilling of on-site capability to undertake routine mineralogical analysis and basic reporting.  iMin Solutions will provide remote data analysis, auditing and QA/QC to allow the operational personnel real time access to world leading experts in operational mineralogy.  In addition, iMin Solutions will provide ongoing training to continually improve the skills of the operations personnel, allowing progressively more complex data analysis to be completed on-site.”On one site that has recently set up a MinSCAN system, 14 personnel have been trained in sample preparation, data analysis and basic reporting, resulting in the successful operation of the operational mineralogy project onsite. The project has already resulted in $1.5 million per month of increased revenue based on the mineralogical data being generated.last_img read more

first_img By Cianan Brennan Carrig-on-Bannow, Wexford Source: Google MapsA 53-YEAR-OLD man has died following a domestic incident involving an incinerator in Co Wexford.Aidan Cummins, a native of Carrig-on-Bannow and a father-of-three, died following the incident which occurred yesterday morning.It’s believed that he was struck by an aerosol can that had accidentally fallen into his home-made incinerator.He was brought to Wexford General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that it is investigating the incident.“A sudden death occurred at Carrig-on-Bannow on Saturday morning at approximately 7am,” gardaí said in a statement.A man in his early 50s was fatally injured when an explosion occurred.  The HSA will conduct an investigation as will An Garda Síochána.Aidan is survived by his wife Joan, two sons, and one daughter.Read: ‘The system is a joke’: A quarter of Irish fishing vessels caught with illegal workersRead: Proposal on table to cut jobs of 120 drivers at Bus Éireann Short URL 40,940 Views Apr 9th 2017, 6:38 PM Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 6:38 PM Share177 Tweet Email3 Wexford father-of-three dies following domestic accident involving incinerator The tragic accident occurred yesterday morning. 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police announced the arrest of two suspects, a 31-year-old Belgian national and a 36-year-old Greek, for setting up an organised hydroponics farm where they grew large quantities of hydroponic cannabis, as well as trading in other drugs. The operation was set up in a rented rooms complex on the Psachna-Politikon road in Evia. The arrests were made on Monday by the Attica drugs squad, in an operation mounted with the help of Halkida security police.Authorities confiscated roughly 2,000 cannabis plants, more than 2,000 esctasy pills, 76.5 grammes of cocaine, 138 grammes of MDMA and 385 grammes harvested hydroponic cannabis. Other evidence confiscated included a gun with two clips, hundreds of shells, a set of electronic scales, gardening tools and equipment and a small sum of money.The lab was discovered following a tip-off and a surveillance operation on the Evia complex. The two suspects had converted this to a hydroponics farm, buying cannabis seeds on the Internet and growing them indoors using specialised equipment, such as hydrators, ventilation systems, artificial light and special fertilizers.The two suspects will be led before a Halkida Misdemeanours Court prosecutor. Source: AMNAlast_img read more

Turkish media Fenerbahce target Mesut Ozil

first_imgFenerbahce will reportedly make an approach for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the January transfer windowThe former Germany international had only agreed on a new three-year contract with the Gunners in January following months of uncertainty surrounding his future.Ozil’s relationship with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery is understood to have become strained, which led to renewed speculation that the 29-year-old could be on his way out of the Emirates in the winter.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now, Fotomac claims that Fenerbahce are keeping close tabs on Ozil’s ongoing troubles in North London and are preparing a January bid to test Arsenal’s resolve.Ozil joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid and has since recorded 37 goals and 71 assists in 199 appearances for the club.last_img read more

Allegri says combating racism is easy

first_imgFor the Juventus manager, the Italian Lega Serie A has what it takes to fight racism but “there’s fear to make decisions.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes there’s an easy way to combat racism in the Italian Lega Serie A.But according to him, there is a fear of making decisions stopping this fight.“This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said to Sport 360.“It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy, we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions,” he added.“We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.”“And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?” he commented.“This thing amuses me because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy, we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”last_img read more

Board of Supervisors vote to increase availability use of electric vehicles

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 10, 2019 Updated: 6:58 PM 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 San Diego County Board of Supervisors will discuss a proposal today to increase the availability and use of electric vehicles throughout the county.The proposal, penned by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, would create an “electric vehicle roadmap” to identify ways in which the county can accelerate electric vehicle usage among the county fleet and by county employees. Fletcher will also call for the board to allocate funding for electric vehicles and charging stations.“The development and implementation of the Electric Vehicle Roadmap will help position San Diego County as a leader in electric vehicle infrastructure,” Fletcher said. “We need to accelerate the county’s electric vehicle and charging station program or we’ll be left in the dust.”According to Fletcher, the county has already bought 35 electric vehicles, has another 15 on order and has installed roughly 80 charging stations around the county. However, the city of Chula Vista has installed 123 electric vehicle chargers and has 49 electric vehicles in its fleet. Chula Vista also has roughly half the population of the county as a whole.Fletcher pointed to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, headquartered in Diamond Bar in L.A. County, as an example of a successful electric vehicle program.The district, which is similar to San Diego’s Air Pollution Control District and represents Orange County and the non-desert areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, launched an incentive program in 2015 and received nearly 1,000 electric vehicle chargers last year from Mercedes-Benz.“Zero-emission vehicles have long been part of South Coast AQMD’s arsenal to tackle regional air quality challenges, but now it is clear they are also necessary to reduce impacts to environmental justice communities and combat greenhouse gases,” said SCAQMD Governing Board Member Judith Mitchell. “We welcome and support San Diego’s efforts to implement electric vehicles andlook forward to partnering with them on future efforts.” center_img KUSI Newsroom, Board of Supervisors vote to increase availability, use of electric vehicles April 10, 2019last_img read more

Thousands more Rohingyas cross into Bangladesh border

first_imgRohingya refugees are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after they illegally crossed the border, in Teknaf. ReutersNearly 30,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since Friday, straining scarce resources of aid agencies and local communities already helping tens of thousands of refugees from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar.Quoting United Nations’ sources working in the Cox’s Bazar district, Reuters says humanitarian workers operating in the area say contingency stocks of materials are low and the biggest problem is extreme overcrowding in the existing makeshift settlements.With another 20,000 people currently trapped in no-man’s land between the two countries, they expect more people to cross the border than during the crisis in the fall of last year, when more than 70,000 people made the journey. They say funding for enough rice to feed all the people who have crossed since October “may be problematic”.Aid workers’ data shows that some 40 per cent of the people who have crossed in August were very young, aged 4-14 years old. They fear lack of accommodation and sanitation facilities may lead to abuse of young girls.In the last three days, 256 women and girls, including 42 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, have received psychological and other support, while 66 newly-identified unaccompanied children were also receiving help.Seven schools have been opened to new arrivals to take shelter in the refugee camps.Sanitation and access to safe water is a concern especially at the no man’s land with no facilities.Humanitarian agencies had already been building, prior to the fresh influx of refugees, 450 emergency latrines, 50 accessible latrines, 200 bathing cubicles for women and adolescent girls, repairing 200 existing latrines, distributing 800 hand-washing devices and 650 hygiene promotion sessions in two border regions.last_img read more

Money launderers have ties with ruling party men

first_imgKamal HossainCriticising the government for what he said not taking action against those who siphoned off money, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Monday alleged that the country’s real development is not possible if money laundering is not stopped.”Huge money is being siphoned off abroad from Bangladesh. It can’t be called development when money is being laundered in the name of development,” he said.Speaking at an Iftar party, Kamal, also the president of Gano Forum, further said, “The country’s real development won’t be possible if the siphoning off money is not stopped.”Dhaka south city unit Gano Forum arranged the programme at its Arambagh central office.Kamal said the government cannot take any action against those involved in money laundering since they have connections with ruling party men.Terming the money launderers as the country’s enemies, he urged people to get united to resist them.The Gano Forum president alleged that though the government used to talk about the country’s development, farmers are not getting fair prices of paddy while the RMG workers are being deprived of their due wages.He strongly condemned Sunday’s attack on DUCSU vice-president Nurul Haque Nur in Bogura, and urged law enforcers to take action against the attackers.last_img read more

first_imgIt used to be the case that a new Tony Hawk’s game would be met with lots of critical acclaim, millions of sales, and gamers looking forward to the next in the series after playing the last to completion. That’s definitely not the case for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which looks terrible in pretty much every regard. Even so, Activision expects you to pay $60 to play it.If you’d like to see just how bad Pro Skater 5 is, just watch the video below remembering this is a PS4 and Xbox One title (also coming to last-gen in November):Yes, it looks terrible. And now for some more bad news if you have pre-ordered the game and plan to download it. Where as most PS4/Xbox One titles can expect to require a 30-40GB download, Pro Skater 5 is only 4.6GB. That’s good, right? Except, there’s also a day one patch that’s actually larger than the game itself, coming in at 7.7GB.So even if you preloaded the game, there’s that patch to get at launch, too. And such a large patch compared to the overall game suggests there was a lot to fix in the run up to launch. Or maybe we should look at this positively and it will fix everything wrong with the title and be a return to form for the series. Yeah, I’ll go with that and cross my fingers.Pro Skater 5 is actually the 10th game in the series, and depending where you are in the world you may already be playing it. North America got it yesterday, Australia gets it tomorrow, and Europe gets it on Friday. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be kept waiting until November 10.I’d suggest everyone reads a few reviews before opting to pay full price for this title. I can tell you Metacritic is mostly red scores right now, with the two critic reviews awarding it 40 and 30, respectively. Ouch.last_img read more

Dont miss out on Diwali with Luxury Golds 2019 India Collection

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Luxury Gold has launched its 2019 India and Indian Subcontinent Collection, featuring eight itineraries that include many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including Diwali.During the annual four-day celebration, which takes place this year on Nov. 7, the country appears illuminated with homes full of lights, candles and spiritual offerings while fireworks light up the skies.“During Diwali, clients can experience a deeper level of cultural immersion as our journeys get up close and personal with locals celebrating and the customs that make for a truly magical experience – from discovering Diwali dishes with plenty of sweets, to decorating homes with Rangoli, colourful artwork made with rice powder that locals use to decorate their porches with gorgeous designs – we exist to offer travellers once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Brad Ford, president of Luxury Gold.Here are a few sample itineraries for 2019:Classical India with Nepal: This 13-day journey begins in Delhi with a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar and visits to Red Fort, Qutub Minar and the Gandhi memorial. Guests then fly to Nepal to enjoy highlights like the Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Swayambhunath, and a meet and greet with an Everest summiteer.Imperial Rajasthan with ME to WE extension: While on this 16-day adventure, guests travel to Agra to visit the Sadar Bazzar and tour the Royal Pavilions and gardens, journey to Taj Mahal before and enjoy High Tea at Jaipur’s City Palace. Other highlights include dinner and wine amidst the Kanoi Sand Dunes and a stay at the five-star Leela Palace in Udaipur. The ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience extension begins at the Aravalli Mountains and allows guests to contribute to a sustainability project in a local village.Essence of India with Ranthambore: This eight-day trip starts in Old Delhi before heading to the Taj Mahal at dawn. Guests then journey to Ranthambore where they’ll stay at the Royal Palace of Nahargarh Ranthambhore and search for the elusive Bengal Tiger with an expert naturalist. The trip concludes with a visit to Jaipur’s City Palace and a Celebration Dinner at Baradari Restaurant. Tags: India, Luxury Goldcenter_img Don’t miss out on Diwali with Luxury Gold’s 2019 India Collection Posted by Friday, November 2, 2018 last_img read more

first_imgSource = BIG4 Holiday Parks The 2010 State Tourism Awards have been announced, with BIG4 Holiday Parks repeating history by receiving six out of the seven awards in the ‘Caravan and Tourist Park’ category for the second year running. BIG4 Holiday Parks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania took out the top award in the highly competitive category at each of their respective State award nights this month.The annual State Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The following BIG4 Holiday Parks were recognised as this year’s elite accommodation providers and therefore a great summer holiday destination choice for the upcoming holiday period:BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff (VIC)BIG4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns (QLD) BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, Adelaide (SA)MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, Alice Springs, which also won the Chairman’s Choice Award (NT)Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, Exmouth (WA)BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park, St Helens (TAS) Ray Schleibs, BIG4 Holiday Parks CEO, is thrilled for the winners, stating that the State Tourism Awards provide well-deserved recognition for park’s who work exceptionally hard to maintain the standard that sets BIG4 apart from its competitors, and showcases the cream of the crop for guests to visit this summer.“These awards reinforce BIG4’s position as the leading holiday park operator in Australia which sees us attracting new guests, whilst also ensuring our current guests continue to choose to stay at BIG4. These six award-winning businesses are testament to the quality of Parks in our family and we are very proud they wear the BIG4 badge,” Ray adds.Those wanting to enjoy the BIG4 experience for themselves can start their journey and book at read more

Northwests on a Roll in a Booming Housing Market

first_img Share January 10, 2018 706 Views Northwest’s on a Roll in a Booming Housing Market The U.S. housing market continues its strong growth with all factors pointing towards an overall annual forecast appreciation of 4.2 percent according to Veros Real Estate Solutions (Veros), a collateral valuations services provider. The VeroFORECAST, the company’s quarterly real estate market forecast for the 12-month period ending December 2018 expects only 3 percent of the markets to depreciate.The forecast throws up some interesting trends and has predicted boom time for the Northwestern region of the U.S. with Washington leading the way. It indicated that parts of California are starting to see an uptick in appreciation with top performing markets such as San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Sacramento expected to appreciate in the range of 7.5 percent to 8 percent. On the other hand Dallas and Austin markets in Texas are softening and dropped 1 percent in forecast appreciation.“Washington is set to boom- occupying all of the Top 5 market spots. Seattle is at No. 1 with expected appreciation of 12 percent followed by Bellingham, Bremerton, Kennewick, and Mount Vernon which are all near 10 percent. These markets show no signs of letting up as supply of homes is exceedingly low and populations continue to grow,” said Eric Fox, VP of Statistical and Economic Modeling at Veros.While all eyes are trained on the Northwestern region for quick appreciations, the northeast states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York have some of the weakest housing markets in the U.S., the forecast said. The forecast predicts that high inventory of homes, long-term flat to declining population, and higher than national rate of unemployment are key factors that could lead to a predicted 1.2 percent to -2 percent, home price appreciation and depreciation in the Northeast. According to the forecast, Bangor, Maine; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Longview, Texas; Vineland, New Jersey; and Atlantic City, New Jersey are predicted to be the worst performing markets with home appreciation ranging from -2 percent to -0.7 percent.To read the complete report, click here.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Appreciation depreciation Forecast homes HOUSING Housing Market Inventory Northwest real estate region U.S. Veros 2018-01-10 Staff Writerlast_img read more