zoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries and Finnish ro-ro and passenger services provider Finnlines have decided to cooperate on providing a sea bridge between Britain’s east coast and northern Spain.Namely, the parties plan to connect Spain and the Iberian Peninsula to markets in mainland Britain.P&O Ferries runs 98 sailings a week from the British east coast ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport to its main continental hub at Zeebrugge. By connecting with these routes, Finnlines’ ferries from Zeebrugge to the Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander would provide a service spanning the 1,100 miles between northern Spain and north-eastern England and Scotland.“Anyone who needs to transport freight between Spain and Britain will now be able to make a single booking and take advantage of a maximum transit time of five days between the Spanish port from which goods depart and the British port at which they arrive, or vice versa,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development for the North Sea, said.The ferry and logistics company said it expects to see strong volumes of project cargo, machinery and machine parts, packaging, aluminium, car parts, fruit and vegetables, batteries and paper being transported between Spain and Britain.
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Kolkata: A complete shutdown of Outpatient departments (OPDs) and various non-emergency wards at various state-run medical college hospitals in the state caused due to the prolonged ceasework by junior doctors prompted the state Health department to hold an emergency meeting at Swasthya Bhawan on Wednesday.Even the emergency departments at the various medical colleges in the city did not function properly, with the doctors threatening not to attend to a patient unless his/her condition is critical. Health services in the medical colleges in the districts has taken a major blow as various doctors’ organisations observed ceasework for 12 hours on Wednesday to protest against the attack on junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMinister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya convened the meeting with senior officials of the department in presence of medical superintendents and principals of various medical colleges in the city, to review the security system in and around the hospitals. It has been a long-standing demand of the junior doctors to ensure adequate security arrangement inside the hospital campus, so that they are not assaulted by the family members of patients. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHealth Secretary Rajeeva Sinha, Director of Health Service (DHS) Dr Ajay Chakraborty, Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra and other departmental officials were present during the meeting. Discussion on how to tide over the crisis also took place in the meeting. The agitating doctors demanded the intervention of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and an assurance from her to check the assaults on doctors. Sympathy has poured in for the agitating junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital from various doctors’ organisations, which have extended moral support to their ceasework. The Health department has urged the agitating junior doctors to stop the ceasework and join their duties. It has been learnt that Bhattacharya enquired in detail how many police and security personnel are deployed at each medical college in the city. The minister has asked the health officials to chalk out an elaborate plan on how to check the incidents of assault on doctors. The department is eyeing a complete overhaul of the security system in hospitals. Earlier, the NRS doctors had demanded the introduction of a panic button, with which the doctors will be able to draw the attention of security personnel in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee said during a press conference that he condemns the attack on doctors and is praying for their speedy recovery. However, in the same breath he said that the junior doctors must introspect if they are doing right by denying treatment at the hospitals. “Who will take the responsibility if someone dies after being denied treatment?” Banerjee asked.
It is not just respiratory symptoms or a feeling of tiredness that asthma sufferers have to face daily, many of them even have to deal with shame and a sense of guilt using inhalers at work, preventing them from working to their full potential, new research has found. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people around the world suffer from asthma. The study, published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, showed that asthma sufferers are missing nearly one-tenth of work hours due to their symptoms, which also results in a loss of productivity and affects their emotional well being. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn an average, three out of four workers could not work to their full potential, showed the survey of over 1,500 symptomatic asthma patients across six countries Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and the UK. Overall, total work productivity dropped by one third (36 per cent) due to asthma. “But, what struck us most was the emotional response to asthma in the workplace,” said Kevin Gruffydd-Jones from Box Surgery in Britain. The study results found that on an average, up to one-tenth (9.3 per cent) of work hours were missed in a single week because of workers’ asthma symptoms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAsthma sufferers in India too face similar challenges, according to doctors. “One cannot ignore the environment and other related conditions which in any case can go against the patient; she/he has to be prepared all the time with medications, inhalers and other prescriptions,” said doctors. “Strong will power is needed to continue with normal daily life as being careless is not an option,” they added. Asthma patients often feel inferior and disadvantaged compared to their non-symptomatic colleagues. “Being an asthma patient one is prone to minor or major attacks. A large number of patients have to be on daily treatment to keep symptoms under control,” doctors said. “The disease affects the daily life of an individual where she/he has to take a number of precautions for their well being along with medications and and at the same time have to continue with their jobs, home tasks and other work,” they added.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will see postseason action for the second straight year after receiving an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lipscomb (24-6) at 6 p.m. Friday at the Thomas J. Frericks Center at the University of Dayton. “They’re a very good all-around team,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “They run things very fast, they’re efficient and they don’t make a ton of mistakes.” Lipscomb is a change of pace from the big, powerful teams the Buckeyes face in the Big Ten. “They’re a little bit different from the teams we’ve seen because of their speed and how they run their offense,” Carlston said. “They have six or seven just all-around great volleyball players.” The Buckeyes are going to have to tweak their game plan for a new type of opponent, junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst said. “We’re really going to utilize their left side because they are a shorter, scrappier team,” she said. “We’re going to use our power against them.” The Buckeyes are glad to see the Big Ten gauntlet end but realize that their schedule has prepared them for tournament play, senior outside hitter Katie Dull said. “Every week in the Big Ten, every game it was like, ‘OK, this is the most important match of the season,’” she said. With a record of 22-11 and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, making the tournament wasn’t a sure thing for the Buckeyes. Carlston said the selection show was a nerve-racking experience for the team, watching all the schools get picked in front of them before they finally got selected to the last bracket. “It was a very nervous moment for us,” Barhorst said. Carlston said the goal heading into Friday’s match is getting the team healthy. “We’re trying to get everyone healthy this week so we are ready to go at full strength Friday,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes hope that, with the match being close to home, there will be a swarm of scarlet and gray in the stands. “We’ve got the band going, we’ve got a bus or two going, we’ve got Block ‘O,’” Carlston said. “You never know who is going to make the road trip.” If the Buckeyes win Friday, they will advance to play the winner between Horizon League champion Butler (21-9) and Atlantic 10 champion Dayton (27-3) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #FREEDOM: The Troika is leaving town. Ireland officially exits the bailout process on 15 December so today marks the final inspection by European and IMF officials.2. #TWTR: Twitter will make its Wall Street debut later today with a share price tag of $26, making a billionaire of its co-founder Evan Williams.3. #GPO GIRL: The High Court will today decide what will happen to Samantha Azzopardi, the 25-year-old Australian citizen who was taken into HSE care last month after gardaí discovered her in a distressed state on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The extensive investigation into her true identity has cost the state an estimated €350,000.4. #CHRISTMAS: The Deloitte Christmas Spending Survey predicts that Irish people will spend about €1.5 billion on food, drink and gifts this year – the highest amount of any European country, says the Irish Examiner.5. #COURTS: A High Court judge has said he was ‘improperly’ asked about his ruling in a custody battle by a Circuit Court judge following an inquiry by a Dáil deputy in 2010, reports the Irish Times.6. #GUARANTEED IRISH: A dairy farm in Omagh has complained to TDs and senators about a ban on carrying the ‘Farmed in Ireland’ logo on its milk because it sources produce in Tyrone, according to the Irish News.7. #JOBSWATCH: Facebook is moving its EMEA headquarters to a larger office space in Dublin’s Silicon Docks to make room for extra staff.8. #POISONED: Swiss scientists have judged that Yasser Arafat was poisoned with a radioactive substance, causing his death.9. #ALL STARS: For the first time in 17 years, there are NO Kilkenny players on the All-Star hurling team. There are plenty of Clare men, though.
This would make a great gift for the germaphobe on your list, or for someone who just wants a little extra protection during this cold season, or for that matter, anyone with a cell phone. This little germ zapper is available for $49.99 on violight.com. Next time you use your phone, just think about laying your cheek against a toilet seat, only dirtier, then you’ll want to buy one for everyone on your shopping list, plus one for yourself. Well, there is a solution: The Violight UV Cell Phone Sanitizer. Volight claims that its germicidal UV light kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria in just 5 minutes. You can use it to sanitize your cell phone, headphones, MP3 player, or whatever small electrical device you can get to fit inside it. We love/ need our cell phones so much that take our cell phones with us everywhere we go (the bathroom) and use them constantly (while driving). On a typical day, we touch every part of them with our dirty hands, lay them down on all kinds of surfaces, stick them in our warm pockets, and then put them up to our faces. In turn, we’re smothering our precious phones with germs, more germs than any other surface in our home and office.Violight, the UV light sanitizing gadget company, quotes CBS News, saying “A British microbiologist claims the average cell phone carries more germs per square inch than doornobs, the soles of shoes, even toilet seats.” And you touch this thing to your face!! Ew.
Nintendo surprised everyone when the company announced the 2DS back in August. The newly revealed handheld was somewhat shocking at first — it dropped 3D, the 3DS’ trademark feature, an is the first non-folding Nintendo portable since the failed Gameboy Micro — but after thinking it over for the past few months we are considerably less shocked by Nintendo’s decision. The 2DS is available today for a very reasonable $130 and has already garnered a number of rather good review scores.At first glance the 2DS looks like budget version of the 3DS, but this makes until you also take into account that Nintendo is aiming this device squarely at the 7 and under age range. The non-folding design is said to be more rugged than the hinged 3DS and 3DS XL, and the dropped 3D feature is not a factor as it was never recommended for children in the first place. Finally, the $130 price tag puts the 2DS well below the starting price for popular, but less kid-friendly options, like the iPad mini and iPod touch.As Geek’s Russell Holly put it:It may look like an awkward cousin, but the 2DS actually addresses some important use cases. I turned 3D off permanently on my son’s 3DS, and he almost always uses it fully extended. I’ve also heard several parents choose not to buy a 3DS for their very young kids because they were concerned about the hinge and how it snapped shut. It’s time to put Nintendo handheld against Nintendo handheld. In this grudge match we’ll drop the PS Vita and iDevices altogether, and put the 2DS versus the 3DS versus the 3DS XL.PriceThe 2DS is by far the cheapest of the three handhelds at $129.99. By comparison you can pick up a 3DS for $169.99 and a 3DS XL for $199.99. That 2DS’ price must contain a substantive profit margin for Nintendo, but is still low enough to entice a purchase for younger kids.A 2DS and a couple of games is also going to come in at around the same price as a PS Vita ($199), which is significant especially now Sony has dropped the price of the Vita to match that of a 3DS XL. That noted, Nintendo’s games are generally regarded as being more kid-friendly and franchise like Super Mario and Pokemon resonate with most children more so than ones like Uncharted. Games for the two systems are about the same price.Dimensions & weightEven though Nintendo has removed the hinge from the 2DS, it’s not the lightest of the three handhelds. The 3DS weighs in at 235 grams, the 3DS XL is 336 grams, while the 2DS sits in the middle at 260 grams. It’s unclear why this is the case. The weight may have been added in the process of making the 2DS as indestructible as possible, preparing it to be in the hands of young children.The dimensions of the 2DS confirm it’s about as thick as the 3DS models, but shorter and slightly wider than the 3DS:2DS: 127 x 144 x 20.3mm3DS: 74 x 134 x 21mm (closed), roughly 148mm tall when openXL: 93 x 156 x 22mm (closed), roughly 186mm tall when openThe 2DS, by default, becomes the largest of the three to carry around simply because you can’t fold it in half. That also means no carry case reuse and more accessory sales for Nintendo.Display sizeYou’ll be glad to hear that although this is the cheapest of Nintendo’s handheld units, the company isn’t skimping on display size. The 2DS matches the 3DS in that regard with an upper screen that is 3.53-inches and a lower touchscreen of 3.02-inches. The best experience is still on the relatively massive 3DS XL screens, but then you want to be playing on that while your kids are focused on the 2DS.The jury is still out on whether the 2DS actually has a single or two screens inside. It has been suggested it’s just a single display unit to save on costs and Nintendo has hidden the rest behind the casing. As soon as iFixit manages to get their hands on one we’ll know for sure.StorageBoth the 3DS and 3DS XL shipped with an SD card thrown in for free. For the 3DS it’s a 2GB card where as the 3DS XL includes a 4GB card. Nintendo has decided to match that for the 2DS and include a 4GB card, which I think points more to them wanting digital purchases happening rather than generosity.The thing to focus on here is there’s going to be plenty of storage out the box so there’s no need to purchase another, larger card for a while at least.Next page: Battery life, audio, and our verdict… 1 2
Stay on target It’s only been a few days since the Black Panther trailer left everyone’s jaws on the floor. Chances are you’re already making plans to see it, but today’s news might provide a little extra motivation. In addition to Chadwick Boseman as T’challa, Deadline reports that Danai Gurira will appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Best known for playing Michonne in The Walking Dead, Gurira joins the Marvel Cinematic universe as Okoye in Black Panther. Okoye is one of the mighty warrior women that watch over the royal family of Wakanda.Gurira instantly became a fan-favorite on The Walking Dead, as the badass samurai-sword wielding post-apocalyptic warrior Michonne. Her performance injected life and excitement back into the series when it sorely needed it. After seeing her work on TV, it’s not hard to imagine her stealing the show in the upcoming superhero flick. Not much else is known about her role in either movie at this point, but she must be pretty important to Black Panther if she sticks around for Infinity War as well.Although, if trailer numbers are anything to go by, people are already plenty hyped for Black Panther. It hasn’t even been a week since the trailer dropped, but it’s already made a huge splash. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s already among the top three most-watched trailers Marvel has put out. In the 24 hours after the trailer appeared, it racked up an impressive 89 Million views. That still puts it under Thor: Ragnarok’s 136 Million, but it’s a promising sign for Marvel that people are excited to see Black Panther’s first standalone flick.To put that into perspective, that’s more views than either Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One was able to rack up. The trailer also started a ton of discussion on Twitter, with more mentions than the NBA game it accompanied. The only downside is we still have to wait until February to see it.In other Marvel news, Kevin Feige recently weighed in on the possibility of R-Rated MCU movies. With the success of Deadpool and Logan, fans have been asking Feige whether Marvel Studios proper would ever produce a movie like that. Speaking on Facebook with AlloCine, He gave a definite “maybe.”“I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now”, he said.So nothing planned at this point, but it’s encouraging to know he wouldn’t rule out the idea if the right script came along. His referencing Blade is also interesting. Those first two movies were a lot of fun. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Blade come back in the MCU? Maybe after we see what Phase Four looks like, we’ll have a better idea of how likely that is. Feige also mentioned Sony’s upcoming R-rated Venom movie. Though Venom is a Marvel character, Feige confirmed that the movie will not be part of the MCU. (Even though Spider-Man is. Rights are weird.)Nathan Fillion speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)Finally, ever since a deleted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scene put Nathan Fillion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve been wondering if he’d ever make his proper MCU debut. The cut scene in question featured a bunch of movie posters featuring Fillion as the actor Simon Williams. Especially dedicated Marvel Comics readers will recognize that name as the alias of Wonder Man.James Gunn has said in the past that he hoped to put Fillion as Wonder Man in a movie at some point in the future. Now, Fillion himself has weighed in. According to Comic Book Resources, Fillion spoke about the potential part in an interview on The Ara Show on Vancouver Canada’s KISS FM. After filling in the audience on what was in the deleted scene, who Simon Williams is, and mentioning he eventually becomes an Avenger, Fillion called the scene “a neat little Easter egg.”“It was a neat little piece of the universe. It didn’t get into the movie. That’s fine. That happens all the time. I still had the same wonderful experience. But moving forward, I don’t know, let me see what we can do with this opportunity. That’s just a cleverly disguised opportunity. Am I right?”That matches up with what Gunn has said in the past. It’s an opportunity for Fillion to join the MCU, but that’s all it is right now. Nothing has been set in stone, but if Gunn is able to get Wonder Man into a movie, Fillion would be up for the job. Here’s hoping that happens. Nathan Fillion is an incredibly fun actor, always bringing just the right amount of smarm to his often egotistical characters. He’d be a great addition to the Marvel universe if Gunn can get him in there. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#…
Ivan Rakitic has set his sights on helping the current Croatia side surpass the historic achievement of the 1998 World Cup team by making it to the final on WednesdayThe Barcelona midfielder again scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Russia, after doing so in their last-16 tie with Denmark, to book Croatia’s place in the last four for only the second time in their history.“We worked so hard and gave everything we had to get through to the semis. I think for a country like Croatia it is impressive and we want to keep going further,” said Rakitic, as stated on IOL.“We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 — what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Next up for Zlatko Dalic’s side is England on Wednesday with Croatia now aiming to go one step further than the side from two decades ago by reaching the final of the tournament.“I hope we can outdo them. Their generation are more than heroes for us,” added Rakitic.The winner between Croatia and England will earn a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes there is no need for them to regroup after successive home defeats in the Premier LeagueMarcus Rashford’s first-half goal proved to be enough for Manchester United to claim a 1-0 win at Wembley on Sunday and a second home defeat for Spurs, who fell 3-1 to Wolves last time out in the league.Although few could argue that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were, perhaps, unlucky to not have got a point at least after their strong second-half display went unawarded after David de Gea produced 11 saves in goal for United.Therefore, Vertonghen is unconcerned over Spurs’ recent struggles at home.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We don’t need to regroup, everyone saw how good we were, this is not a game where we couldn’t do things that we wanted to do, the only thing we couldn’t do was score,” said Vertonghen, according to Football London.“We have these games, other games that we lost we were not good enough but today the quality and the aggressiveness was there, just not the goals.”Spurs will next face Fulham at Craven Cottage this Sunday in another Premier League fixture.
Jharasangam: Natural Rural Development Organisation (NRDO) removed silt from a well in SC Colony on Wednesday. NRDO president S Narasimhulu said water can be used now.Former sarpanch Pentaiah, villagers Gangaiah, Nagamma, Praveen, Muthamma, Gopal and others were present.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is conspiring to hold lopsided general elections.”The Awami League has resorted to such conspiracy on the plea the constitution which it amended after assuming power without public mandate,” he said addressing a discussion meeting in Barisal.The Barisal unit BNP organised the discussion meeting as part of its nationwide drive to collect new members of the party.The BNP secretary general said they would not allow recurrence of the 5-January-like elections in the name of the constitution.Fakhrul, addressing the ruling Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said, “You remaining in the state power will drive us out of polling stations, using state machinery like RAB, police, and BGB and will snatch away the people’s votes. That will not be a neutral election. An election-conducive government is required to get rid of your obstinacy.”Read more: Govt under Hasina to help hold election: QuaderThe BNP leader said that the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) will not give election under a neutral administration “so easily”.“A sturdy street agitation must be forged to force the Awami League to give general elections under a neutral election-conducive government.”He cautioned that there will be no election until an election-conducive government is installed.The BNP secretary general called on the party men to get united, shunning all personal differences.“There might have problems inside the party, but that problem should be solved through discussion in the party forum. Don’t cause damage to the party as well as to the country for your personal differences. If you do so, you will vanish.”
Kolkata: A woman was allegedly stabbed by her husband in Garia on Wednesday morning.It is alleged that the woman wanted to get married again as she was not happy with her husband. According to police, the victim, Rehana Khatoon, was married to Sanjay Rai approximately a year ago. Since the past few months, both of them used to regularly have argument over personal matters. It is learnt that both Rai and Khatoon had previous marriages. Khatoon’s married Rai after her first husband died. Rai met Khatoon after he divorced his first wife. Within a few days both Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataof them got involved in a relationship and decided to get married. After they got married, they started living at Rai’s place at Netajipally in Bansdroni near Garia. But, since the past few months their relationship hit a rough patch. Local residents often heard them arguing in their house. On Wednesday morning, they picked up a fight. Sources informed that Khatoon was not happy with Rai and thus she wanted to get married again after getting a divorce from him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHowever, Rai refused to divorce her. During the altercation, all of a sudden Rai picked up a sharp weapon and started stabbing Khatoon repeatedly in front of their house. Hearing Khatoon’s scream local residents rushed to their house. Sensing danger, Rai left Khatoon and tried to run away. Some of Khatoon’s neighbours chased Rai and were able to catch him near the Rongkal more. Khatoon was rushed to a local hospital in a critical condition and Bansdroni police station was also informed. Later, Rai was handed over to police and he was eventually arrested. A case of attempt to murder has been initiated against Rai.
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Share Tags: Cancun, Mexico, Oasis Hotels & Resorts Posted by Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Travelweek Group CANCUN — Oasis Hotels & Resorts has launched an enhanced version of OasisConnect.net, the company’s online platform for travel agents.New and upgraded features include streamlined training programs, rewards and simplified tools to allow travel agent partners to seamlessly navigate various product offers.Oasis Hotels & Resorts has 10 properties in Cancun and Tulum with a 4,000-room portfolio. Oasis properties include: The Pyramid at Grand Oasis, Grand Oasis Cancun, Grand Oasis Sens, Grand Oasis Tulum, Grand Oasis Palm, Oasis Palm, Oasis Cancun Lite, Oasis Tulum Lite, Oh! The Urban Oasis, and Smart Cancun by Oasis.“We are very proud of the updates to our online platform, developed by and for our travel agent community,” said Enrique Klein, VP Sales & Marketing, Oasis Hotels & Resorts. “The tool is superior to others in the market, and with this latest enhancement we are confident agents will appreciate the multitude of tools available and the convenient navigational capabilities.”The updated site, coupled with Oasis’ recent upgrades in amenities, “will allow agents to not only sell Oasis more successfully, but also generate satisfied clients and repeat business,” Klein added.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”To allow agents to experience its refreshed resorts Oasis Hotels & Resorts is inviting all travel retailers to visit four of its all-inclusive resorts free for up to five nights.Agents can visit Grand Oasis Cancun, Grand Oasis Sens, Grand Oasis Palm and Grand Oasis Tulum. Agents staying for three nights will receive complimentary, all-inclusive accommodations at the resort of their choice, and are asked to complete one site inspection at their resort and a site visit at a second property.Those staying four or five nights can stay at two resorts of their choice and will be asked to complete three site inspections. The complimentary visits are bookable for stays between Jan. 2 – 31, 2017 or April 17 – June 30, 2017.On the new platform, agents will be able to access Oasis’ higher commissions and other agent rewards, view all consumer offers, find perks for group bookings and book fam trips with special year-round rates.Agents can also download marketing resources including brochures, resort fact sheets, videos and customizable flyers and also book stays directly on OasisConnect.net. The Certification Program provides an overview of Oasis product.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesKlein says OasisConnect aligns with the brand’s goal of solidifying Oasis’ commitment to the travel agent community. In 2016 Oasis has implemented a series of specific operational enhancements to improve the company’s standards of service and hospitality including refurbishing hotel product, differentiating each resort, implementing innovative culinary programming and incorporating a Guest Experience Manager, responsible for ensuring guest satisfaction at Grand Oasis Cancun.For a limited time, agents can also earn up to a US$100 booking bonus on Sian Ka’an rooms at Grand Oasis Sens and Grand Oasis Tulum. Sian Ka’an rooms take all-inclusive to an exclusive VIP level with amenities and services like a private beach club, oversized oceanview accommodations featuring either a plunge pool or whirlpool, spa discounts and free room service.To learn more about Oasis Hotels & Resorts, visit OasisConnect.net or call 1-800-44-OASIS. << Previous PostNext Post >> Oasis promotes agent site relaunch, resort upgrades with free stays at select properties
Travelmarvel has revealed its new Vietnam and Cambodia programme for 2017/18 which features a wide choice of 35 sailings aboard the rivership RV La Marguerite.One of the leading ships on the Mekong River, RV La Marguerite has just 46 French colonial-inspired suites. Facilities include two air-conditioned lounges, a sun deck with bar and pool, a spa and a fitness centre. The staff to guest ratio is 2:1 ensuring guests receive personalised service.According to Executive General Manager David Cox, Travelmarvel continues to offer more choice and value for money than any other premium cruising and touring programme in the region: “We believe we are the only operator offering a programme of this scale and price at the premium level in Vietnam and Cambodia. We also pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service levels and our staff are consistently rated highly. It’s an attractive product for guests and agents alike.”Travelmarvel’s new Vietnam & Cambodia River Cruising 2017/18 brochure is available now and offers a choice of 35 departures across 16 itineraries. While the mainstay of the programme is Vietnam and Cambodia, Travelmarvel’s brochure also features journeys to Myanmar, China, India and Japan.A special launch offer of ‘Fly Free, including taxes, plus two free nights’ is available on all January to April 2017 departures of holidays of 12 days or longer. This offer is strictly limited and terms and conditions apply.Travelmarvel has introduced a new Insider Experience in Vietnam, where guests have the chance to dine at KOTO (Know One, Teach One) on Van Mieu in Hanoi and KOTO Kumho Ho Chi Minh City. Both offer guests the chance to find out more about this special social enterprise established by Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham to offer a culinary training centre for disadvantaged youths.A new hotel stay also features in Ho Chi Minh City with the debut of Fusion Suites Saigon, a centrally located modern hotel with clean minimalist design.The lead-in itinerary for 2017/18 is the popular 12-day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia. Priced from just $3795* per person, twin share, the trip commences with two nights at the Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, where sightseeing includes the chance to explore the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. From Siem Reap, guests then embark on an eight-day cruise on the Mekong River aboard the RV La Marguerite, taking in Phnom Penh, floating villages, local temples, and a Buddhist blessing. On arrival in Vietnam guests spend two nights at the Fusion Saigon Suites, the base from which they explore Saigon and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.Travelmarvel continues to offer comprehensive inclusions which cover all accommodation; all internal flights within Asia, a Travelmarvel Tour Director and expert local guides; most meals; international wine, local beer and spirits included with lunch and dinner; and all port charges, entry fees, tipping and airport transfers.Earlybird Specials include ‘Fly Free, including taxes’ on all Vietnam and Cambodia holidays of 12 days or longer, or any Myanmar, China or India holidays; ‘2 for 1 airfares’ on tours and cruises of 11 days or less; or ‘save $1000 per couple’ on the 12-day Discovering Japan rail journey.
Go back to the enewsletterSeaDream Yacht Club has released a program of extended sailings it calls Grand Voyages, which can combine sailings of two weeks and upwards in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean 2019/2020 with a week or two in each region. The addition of a trans-Atlantic crossing of 12 or 13 days adds to the appeal of this mega motor-cruiser holiday.SeaDream has four Grand Voyages scheduled in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic in May and October/November of this year, and 18 in 2020.Individual sailings of these Grand Voyages will allow guests to explore distinct destinations in separate journeys – for example, either the French or Italian Riviera, the Greek Isles, the Adriatic Sea or the Spanish coast – to take in some of the world’s most memorable landscapes and historical attractions.Those voyages including Atlantic Crossings will also visit ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean while providing guests ample time to relax and enjoy an array of onboard activities, personalised service and the “SeaDream Difference”.As with all SeaDream’s sailings, inclusions are: onboard lunches and dinners, a variety of wines and spirits, power and sail water sports, mountain bikes for shore expeditions, crew-led activities such as hikes and walking tours, an onboard golf simulator and fitness centre, and port charges and taxes.For the adventurous, SeaDream’s unique Yachting Land Adventures can be booked and purchased on board, designed by the resident Activities Manager for small groups.The luxury boutique SeaDream I and SeaDream II each carries 112 guests served by 95 crew, and all website prices are in US dollars.For full details of Grand Voyage sailing dates in 2019 and 2020 contact Julie Denovan, Sales Director Australia on (02) 9958 4444, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.seadream.com.Go back to the enewsletter
New gas concessions were not connected to breakdown in talksThe fact that peace talks are currently stalled does not necessarily mean Cyprus will cease or slow down its hydrocarbons exploration and drilling activities, analysts say.Following a recent meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu again warned Greek Cypriots against ‘unilaterally’ proceeding with their energy plans as long as the Cyprus problem remained unsolved.Par for the course? In February 2014 a Norwegian ship was “harassed” by the Turkish navy while surveying for offshore oil and gas reserves.The vessel was undertaking seismic research for French oil giant Total near Blocks 10 and 11 off the south coast when a radio communication ordered it to “abandon position”.The incident came at a time when the United Nations was trying to find a formula for long-stalled Cyprus peace talks to begin.Officials at the time said the Turkish frigate Giresun had ordered Norwegian seismic vessel Princess to “leave Turkish waters” while it was within the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).In October 2014, Turkey despatched the research vessel Barbaros and warships into Cyprus’ EEZ. The move prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of peace talks with Turkish Cypriots.The Barbaros eventually departed the Cyprus EEZ in March 2015. Talks resumed in May of that year, after Akinci won the ‘presidential elections’ in the north.Whereas there’s little question that the prospects for reunification and the Republic’s hydrocarbons activities are connected, it is perhaps less safe to assume a concrete cause-and-effect relationship.Some have pointed to the fact that the announcement last week by the government, that it is poised to grant three more exploration concessions – as part of the third licensing round – came straight on the heels of the breakdown in negotiations.But that announcement – and its approximate timing – had been expected for months. Already in December energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis had placed the granting of exploration licences at around the late February 2017 timeframe.For this year, there is only one drill that is definitely on the cards. The government has said that French energy behemoth Total expect to drill their first well in Block 11 sometime during the summer – perhaps June.While it is certainly possible Turkey may seek to discourage Total, including via harassment at sea, it is less clear whether Ankara is willing to go so far as to actually disrupt the operations, energy expert Charles Ellinas told the Sunday Mail.“It’s highly improbable Total would cancel the drill. They’ve already retained a drillship and signed the relevant contracts.“Plus, they have the full backing of the French government. So, no, I doubt Total would back off.”Elsewhere in the EEZ, the only other possible drilling in 2017 would come from ENI, which holds concessions on Blocks 2, 3 and 9 – awarded during the second licensing round.ENI’s production-sharing contract was extended by two years to February 2018, and it is known that in exchange for the extension the company was contractually bound to start drilling two wells by that deadline.The Italian state holds around 30 per cent stake in the company.However ever since ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi asserted last July that his company would “for sure” begin drilling in offshore Cyprus this year, it has all gone rather quiet.At this stage the company is busy in Egypt and Mozambique and may be too over-extended for operations in Cyprus as well, Ellinas offered.Asked to comment, an official at the energy ministry declined to provide any timetable – even tentative – for drilling activities in the EEZ in general, saying this information was confidential.On Noble Energy’s plans for the ‘Aphrodite’ gas field, discovered back in 2011, the same official said the company, along with its partners, and the government are currently discussing the development plan.Meanwhile as part of the third licensing round ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum are set to be awarded the concession for Block 11.In an interview with a Greek television network, President Anastasiades recently said the presence alone of ExxonMobil would discourage any aggressive Turkish moves in the Cyprus EEZ.But the point Anastasiades was making was at least partly moot, given that it is far too early now to speak of any physical activity by ExxonMobil on the Cyprus hydrocarbons scene.According to Ellinas, in the best-case scenario it would take ExxonMobil at least one more year before it’s in a position to commence drilling a well.Before all that can happen, the company needs to carry out an environmental study, get it approved, and then find and secure an onshore base of operations in Cyprus – not a foregone conclusion, if Total’s experience at the port of Limassol is anything to go by.“Also, they’ll need to obtain complete seismic and geological data for a promising target, which takes time. Having in the past worked on ExxonMobil projects myself, I can tell you that they are a very deliberate company…they go by the book, and have very stringent systems in place.”For his part, political analyst Christoforos Christoforou said it would be risky to speculate what actor A or B might do in the volatile eastern Mediterranean.“A lot of factors are at play. It is not only Turkey which, for example, has shown to be unpredictable vis a vis Syria and is now playing hardball with the EU,” he said.“The interests of many corporations, and the governments behind them, converge on this region – Italy, France, the United States,” said Christoforou.One cannot exclude the assumption that the Republic’s pushing ahead with the third licensing round is related to the deadlock in the peace talks, he noted.“But in general, I think it is very problematic for Cyprus to exploit its gas without a settlement. 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