Manchester United Wants to Bring Ronaldo and Bale Back to England

Rabat – Manchester United’s manager Van Gaal wants to bring the club glamour and impetus by signing the most expensive soccer players in history, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.While a war of words is taking place between Real Madrid and Manchester United over the collapse of De Gea’s move to the Spanish capital, the British side is convinced that future business will not be affected.A report by The Mirror said Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been long-term targets for Manchester United, placing higher priority on the Welsh athlete. The Red Devils are reportedly plotting a 12-month charm offensive to coax the Spaniards into selling Bale.Manchester United already inquired about Bale’s potential availability at the start of the summer and were told that he will be staying with Real Madrid and be given more of a central role by their new coach, Rafael Benítez.Meanwhile, United are committed to keep testing Madrid’s resolve over 26-year-old Bale staying at the Bernabeu.According to the same report, there is a possibility at Old Trafford that Ronaldo could follow the Welshman, if tensions with manager Rafa Benítez escalate.The two clubs have regularly dealt with each other over transfers in recent years, with David Beckham, Gabriel Heinze, Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez moving to Madrid, as well as Angel di Maria arriving in the opposite direction.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

How Scholarships and Study Grants are Advancing Moroccos Soft Power in

Rabat – Ozy Media, which earlier this year touted the North African country as “the new emerging African power,” would answer with a resounding “yes. But Ozy is not alone in this thinking.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also looks upon Morocco’s economic prospects favorably. Similarly, the World Bank hails Morocco as a promising market for doing business, despite minor, persistent structural and bureaucratic issues.In August, the World Bank Vice-President for the MENA region called Morocco “a bright spot in a dark region,” an allusion to what Moroccan policymakers call, somewhat boastfully, “Moroccan exceptionalism.” AMCI and the promise of scientific cooperationWith all the fuss about Morocco’s diplomatic assertiveness in Africa, one element of Morocco’s successful African turn is often overlooked and unmentioned: soft power through scientific and cultural diplomacy.True, the country’s bold economic ventures in African markets, or even its Malikist cultural activism in Francophone and Muslim sub-Saharan Africa, have borne fruit in targeted parts of the continent. But when it comes to Morocco’s return to the African Union, the Morocco International Cooperation’s (AMCI) initiatives deserve the bulk of the credit, many AMCI scholars told Morocco World News.While Morocco is known to be the second-highest African investor in Africa, few would know that the North African country is also the leading African provider of scholarships to African students.As of December 2016, AMCI had agreements with 111 countries, of which 46 are African countries. AMCI’s uniquely assertive presence is most pronounced in Francophone Africa. Every year, AMCI provides thousands of scholarships for university and vocational degrees. Guinea, for example, sends over 100 of the top performers on the national exam to Moroccan institutions annually.For high-performing students without the means to attend a university in Canada, France, England, or the U.S., Morocco is a liberating prospect. “[It’s] a windfall,” said Youssouf Kourouma, an AMCI scholar, who has recently completed a master’s degree in international law at the University of Hassan II, Mohammedia.For thousands of low-income sub-Saharan students like Kourouma, “a well-earned Moroccan degree amounts to rosy career prospects.” When graduates of top Moroccan faculties return to their home countries, he explained, they usually land a well-paying job.Kourouma said that it was all worth it, as the five years he’s spent in Morocco have been enormously formative.“It has been a total paradigm shift,” he began. “In addition to the traditional academic components that the program entailed, I’ve learned a lot as a person.  The daily travails, the monthly hustle to make ends meet before AMCI’s bimonthly MAD 1500 stipend—all of it has made me more mature and intellectually equipped for my future career,” he said.Morocco’s involvement and influence expands to other fields like civil society and public administration. In a recent interview with a group of journalists during an AMCI-sponsored cultural event at its headquarter in Rabat, AMCI’s director general, Mohammed Methqal, expressed satisfaction with Morocco’s presence on the continent.Ambassador and general director Mohammed MethqalIn addition to the thousands of scholarships for young students, “Africa’s future leaders,” the AMCI program has accompanied and “contributed to the training of more than 5,000 public officials from 30 different countries,” Methqal said.Relying on a combination of human capital promotion, technical assistance, and support for sustainable development projects, AMCI is currently the sharpest weapon in Morocco’s diplomatic arsenal towards the rest of Africa. As Rabat attempts to charm both African markets and popular opinion, it has grown aware of the limits and defects of hard cash diplomacy.“While economic diplomacy can provide political clout in regional politics, scientific and cultural diplomacy allows you to influence people’s perception of you,” said Kourouma, adding that “AMCI scholarships have played an enormous role in how sub-Saharans view Morocco.”Aside from the knowledge acquired in Moroccan classrooms, international experiences with Moroccan teachers and classmates changes “many of the stereotypes we entertain about Moroccans and their outlook on the rest of Africa.”“So, I would say that beyond the usual heavy ‘African investor’ and ‘thriving economy’ headlines about Morocco, the true architect of Morocco’s successful continental turn is the commitment the country has shown for advancing education levels and technical expertise in other African countries,” Kourouma explained.Even as Morocco left the then Organization of African Unity (now African Union) in 1984, Kourouma elaborated, it maintained some degree of connection to the rest of the continent. AMCI was especially useful at that moment of de jure rupture with the continent.By keeping the quota of African students as high as possible, even after institutional breakup with the continent, Kourouma argued, AMCI proactively gave Morocco a chance at redemption. “It kept Morocco continuously present in Africa, even as it seemed to think that its future belonged elsewhere.”In June, Guinea was among the few African nations that chose the U.S.-led “United bid” over Morocco for the 2026 World Cup. Guinean authorities, who said there was a mistake during voting, were adamant about their “uncompromising support for Morocco.”On Guinean social media, meanwhile, there was a storm of frustration and anger.Why betray such a devout friend, a country that has always been there for Guinea, opening its doors to Guinean students and citizens even when many countries, including in Africa, ostracized Guinea when the Ebola epidemic erupted?Questions were asked, names were named, and fingers were pointed. The Guinean Football Federation issued a statement that sounded both apologetic and regretful, though they maintained their position that there had been a mistake.This seemingly trivial episode, Kourouma argued, showed how successive generations of Morocco-trained Guinean youth and elite have impacted the West African country’s opinion of the North African country.“Thank you, Morocco.”“My stay in Morocco has helped me to reinvent myself, broaden my prospects, and expand my social and intellectual horizons,” Elhadj Ibrahima Barry, a first-year Guinean student at the elite Mohammedia School of Engineering, told Morocco World News.Barry ranked third in Guinea’s Baccalaureate, the national university entrance exam, and he was given a scholarship to elite classes prépas(higher school preparatory classes) in Fez. There, he spent two years intensely studying advanced mathematics and physics, in preparation for a place at one of the top engineering schools in Morocco.Reminiscing on his prépasyears, he said: “The teaching quality was incredible. I would definitely recommend Morocco as [study] destination.”Barry beams with smiles and laudatory remarks when he speaks of his prépas atmosphere, especially his “genius Moroccan classmates.”“There was so much sociability and hospitality,” he said. “Beyond the easy stereotypes I had been exposed to prior to coming here, I’ve discovered a predominantly welcoming and warm atmosphere at school.”“I am happy to have come here,” says Boubacar, an economics student in Tangiers. Boubacar, who is even more enthusiastic than Barry, seems more than happy. His elated tone speaks more of love than happiness; he has fallen in love with Morocco, at least that is what one gets from his incessant praise of the “education Morocco has given me.”“Morocco has one of the best education systems in the world,” he offered. “So being at a Moroccan school has been largely good for my intellectual and personal growth. Morocco has given me hope, and I am now confident in fighting for my dreams. Thank you so much, Morocco!” The Mohammed VI factorWhile AMCI’s achievements between 1986 and 2016 can be lauded, the true turning point came with King Mohammed VI’s sincere interest in African issues. Starting in 1999, Mohammed VI crisscrossed the continent, as he tried—and many times successfully—to sell Morocco’s vision of an “Africa that believes in its potential.”According to the latest AMCI figures, the King’s personal commitment to Africa has led to a revamping of Morocco’s Africa-focused programs. In 2017 to 2018 alone, Morocco granted over 5,000 scholarships to African students, almost a third of the total number of African students that Morocco hosted up to 2016-2017.The same period also marked a stupendous increase of African students receiving the AMCI stipend, from 6,500 students in 2017 to over 11,000 to this day, Methqal explained.He noted that “the royal vision for prioritizing South-South and intra-African initiatives” has been a determining factor in doubling Morocco’s engagement for sustainable development in the continent.Others see the King’s “personal engagement” through a combative lens. It has been, they argue, the coup de forcein Morocco’s silent rejoinder to its African detractors.“Whenever anyone questions Morocco’s commitment to Africa or defies Morocco about storming out of the continental union, the kingdom can calmly present AMCI’s achievements and King Mohammed VI’s personal investment in sub-Saharan Africa. It shows that they never really left Africa,” said a Malian doctoral student who requested anonymity.He added, referring to the sea change that Mohammed VI’s Africa-focused rhetoric has brought to Moroccan society: “People who feared me in 2009, or sometimes threatened me, now approach me with smiles. They even call me ‘my African brother.’ To say that that is progress is an understatement,” read more

UNsponsored panel to draft new plan for Nigerias withdrawal from peninsula

Wrapping up its 13th session on Friday, the Commission said in a communiqué that each side would nominate four members and the working group would report back to the Commission before the 14th session scheduled to be held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in mid-October. The 1,600-kilometre land boundary extends from the Lake Chad to the Bakassi peninsula, and the maritime boundary into the Gulf of Guinea. Among the issues involved are rights over the oil-rich land and sea reserves and the fate of local populations, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), which acts as the Commission’s secretariat, said. The Commission had said in a communiqué after its October 2004 meeting that the withdrawal and transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon on the Bakassi Peninsula, scheduled to have taken place between 15 June and 15 September last year, had been “blocked so far.” On other areas affected by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, the Commission noted on Friday “the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the Lake Chad and Land Boundary areas one year after the withdrawals and transfers of authority that occurred there, as well as the good relations existing between the populations and the new authorities.” Mixed Commission Chairman Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah told the two sides that he had examined their proposals for implementing the ICJ judgement with regard to the maritime boundary and had directed a UN expert to propose a map. “The Mixed Commission noted that progress had been made in implementing confidence-building measures and that both countries had participated in meetings on the rehabilitation of the Enugu-Abakaliki-Mamfe-Mutengene road and the Lake Chad Basin Commission,” the latest communiqué said. read more

UN rights office voices concern at clampdown on political activism in Cambodia

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 11 opposition activists are serving prison sentences of between seven and 20 years for participating in or leading an “insurrection.” Another opposition Member of Parliament is awaiting trial on charges that include incitement to commit crimes and forging public documents. “We stress that the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression belongs to all individuals, regardless of their political or other opinion,” OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. On what appears to be an organised attack last Monday, a group of pro-government protesters in Phnom Penh verbally and physically assaulted opposition Members of Parliament and threatened the safety of the private residence of the National Assembly’s First Vice-President. Reports suggest that police and other state security forces looked on while the attacks took place – in stark contrast to their response to protests that have been organised in the past by groups criticizing the Government. “It is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that individuals are not targeted for their political affiliation or for expressing dissenting views,” said Ms. Shamdasani. OHCHR welcomed the establishment of an investigative commission into last Monday’s incident, but stressed that the investigation would only be credible if it was “independent, impartial, thorough and prompt.”“Those responsible for the violence must be brought to justice,” Ms. Shamdasani stated, while also urging the Government to take all necessary measures to ensure the security of all the democratically-elected representatives of the people of Cambodia, irrespective of their political affiliation. read more

Van Goghs five Sunflowers united for first time as Facebook breaks gallery

first_img“In terms of exhibition organising, works by Van Gogh are always really difficult to obtain because they mean an awful lot to the visitors of a museum who often come thousands of miles to see them. “There are two reasons.“First, they are fragile works, and for conservation reasons they either cannot travel at all or are only allowed to in very exceptional circumstances.”Secondly, they are probably the most popular paintings in all the galleries that own them, so the owning institutions are very reluctant to allow them to leave.”Susan Foister, deputy director of the National Gallery, said: “To get them all together physically would be pretty challenging and might take quite a long time.“The fact that you can actually bring them together digitally was a solution that really appealed to us, particularly just now with all the experimenting we’ve started to do with Facebook and virtual reality.  Sunflowers 1888  Sunflowers 1888Credit:National Gallery, London Virtual Reality, used here in a Sotheby’s art exhibition Virtual Reality, used here in a Sotheby's art exhibition For art lovers, it would be something of a holy grail: five of Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings exhibited together, for the first time.In more than a century, no curator has managed to assemble them in the same room, with the sometimes fragile works scattered around the world and too important for galleries to lend.To break that stalemate, and in acknowledgment that the paintings will likely never be united in real life, the National Gallery has announced the next best thing: a “virtual exhibition” on Facebook Live. On Monday, they will be exhibited on Facebook in live relay, with expert curators giving a 15 minute tour of each work before handing over to the next gallery.Martin Bailey, Van Gogh expert, said the paintings had never been seen together since they left the artist’s family. Then, people queued around the gallery to see the two paintings side by side.Realising the public appetite, the National Gallery launched a project to unite their Sunflower co-owners around the world. In addition to the live broadcast, it will also be hosting a virtual reality version of the gallery, in which digital visitors can see the five paintings hanging together in one room.Willem van Gogh, the great-grandson of Theo, is narrating. He said: “Rather like the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Night Watch’, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ are works of art that continue to intrigue and inspire, perhaps into eternity. Sunflowers, 1888 Credit:Neue Pinakothek 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. Sunflowers, 1888  “Indeed, each generation forges a fresh, highly personal bind with them. The virtual gallery and live stream now provide a novel way for art lovers, young and old, to admire these magnificent masterpieces, from all corners of the globe. I think this is fantastic.” The gallery’s deputy director said it would likely be the only opportunity for people to see the paintings together in their lifetime, adding it was “absolutely unbeatably exciting”.The five paintings are currently hanging in galleries across three continents, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Neue Pinakothek in Munich and the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo. The National Gallery will be one of five contributors The National Gallery will be one of five contributors “That’s often the case with great works of art, particularly with works by Van Gogh, and Sunflowers above all.”Asked whether the Facebook live is likely to be the only opportunity for members of the public to see all five works together in their lifetimes, she added: “Absolutely. This is why it’s such a tremendous event.”The project, coordinated by the National Gallery, was inspired after a blockbuster exhibition in 2014 in which the Van Gogh Museum loaned its Sunflowers. Van Gogh had been unable to sell any of the Sunflowers during his lifetime, with the paintings passing to his brother Theo after his death and then to Theo’s wife Jo Bonger.She in turn sold off four of the paintings from 1891 to 1924, keeping one, which is now at the Van Gogh Museum, in the family.Bailey, author of The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece [Frances Lincoln], said: “The five Sunflowers in the Facebook presentation have never been exhibited together – and they never will.  Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. 1889 The paintings were created in 1888/9 in Arles, in the South of France. Two other known versions of the Sunflowers will be missing from the show: one which was destroyed by fire in 1945, and another in a private collection which has not been exhibited since 1948.The Van Gogh Sunflowers Facebook relay will broadcast from August 14 at 5.50pm.  Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. 1889last_img read more

UK weather Britain set for 25C Bank Holiday just days after months

A woman takes a selfie in front of rough seas at Southwold pier, Suffolk “The death is not being treated as suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing to identify next of kin.” A BMW is stranded on a flooded street adjacent to the Thames after the river burst its banks following heavy rain in London on Monday Peter Siddle of Essex bowls in a woolly hat against Hampshire in Southampton on Monday Firefighters had to cut the roof off the vehicle before the man was seen by medical staff, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said.Flooding at the Crooked Billet underpass in Walthamstow, north London, also caused long delays for rush-hour motorists.Pictures posted online showed fallen trees blocking roads in London, with tree surgeons disposing of one which had crashed through a wall in Ealing.Cricketers in the Essex v Hampshire fixture even took to the pitch wearing woolly hats in an attempt to repel the unseasonably cold weather. Australian Test cricketer Peter Siddle, of Essex, bowls in a woolly hat against Hampshire on MondayCredit:Dan Mullan/Getty “Many places in the south of England could see 19C or 20C, most places will be in the low 20s and we could see 25C in London and the South East.” 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. Heavy rain and strong winds battered parts of the UK earlier this week, with a month’s worth of rain falling in 24 hours on Monday in Kent.A large wave hit Ramsgate Harbour and the force washed three men into the water, sparking a rescue operation in what the RNLI described as “atrocious” conditions.Kent Police said they were called to the scene in the Royal Harbour at around 11.30am on Monday and a spokesperson told the Telegraph: “Three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to hospital for treatment. The South East was hit with a deluge and the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings, saying the conditions could cause flooding, power cuts and damage to trees and other structures.Nearly 40 “be prepared” flood alerts were active on Monday afternoon, mostly for south east England, while two “flooding is expected” warnings were in force in the north east and Anglia.Among the weather-related incidents on Monday was a man who became trapped when a tree fell on to his car in Herne Bay, Kent.  For the latest weather news, click here. A BMW is stranded on a flooded street adjacent to the Thames after the river burst its banks following heavy rain in London on MondayCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Earlier this month, temperatures peaked at 29.1C in London on the hottest April day for 70 years ahead of the hottest ever London Marathon last Sunday. A woman takes a selfie in front of rough seas at Southwold pier, SuffolkCredit:Graham Turner/Alamy Britain is set for a 25C Bank Holiday after a week where a month’s worth of rain fell in a day in parts of the country. Temperatures are forecast to soar for the three-day break, with the highest predicted in the south of England, just days after parts of the UK had a freezing start to the week and battled torrential rain and gale-force winds.A man died after a wave washed him into the water at Ramsgate on Monday, and overnight on the same day parts of Aberdeenshire and Northumberland saw temperatures as low as -4.6C. But Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans told The Telegraph this weekend could break temperature records for the May Bank Holiday, which hit 28.6C (83.4F) at one point during the three-day weekend in 1995.The record for the three days as a whole was set in 1999 when Britain basked in 23.6C (74.5F) sunshine and Ms Yeomans believes there is a good chance some records will be broken as she predicted highs of 28C for Monday. She said: “Air coming through this weekend will be tropical maritime from the Atlantic and then tropical continental.””There is an area of warm air pushing up from the south which could give warmer weather over the bank holiday weekend. While the average UK temperature for this time of year is 15C, the weekend is unlikely to topple the hottest ever recorded, which was 33C in 1944.The mercury is set to hover around the average mark in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with temperatures of 13C or 14C forecast.Ms Yeomans said: “There is going to be a weather front over Northern Ireland and Scotland which could bring clouds and a chance of rain.”After a wet start to the week, flood alerts remain in place around mainland Britain with the Met Office warning of the possibility of flooding predominantly in the South East.   read more

The life of an Apple rumor explained in infographic form

first_imgNot every Apple rumor is a unique snowflake. Almost all of them can fit into one of just a few different categories and then the life of each rumor tends not to be overly different from that of the others. The infographic below runs through the typical Apple rumor, from start to finish, giving us a clear understanding of its life cycle.As we can see in the infographic, the typical iPhone 5 rumor, for example, starts off at an Asian tech site, somewhere in Apple’s code, at an inside source of varying credibility, or from analyst speculation. From there there rumors are reported and re-reported, all while Apple remains silent on the issue. The company, after all, doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. Next up is the endless cycle of punditry that starts to digest the issue.At that point things can stagnate — as they usually do — or they can get interesting. The optimum outcome is an Apple event in which we learn unquestionably if the rumor is true or not, but those only come up a few times a year. Otherwise we can hear from Woz, who sometimes speculates on Apple issues (at one time there could have been a leaked email from Steve Jobs). Fans might start to photoshop the [fill in the blank: 3G MacBook Pro, carbon fiber iPad, teardrop iPhone, iPhone nano, 7-inch iPad, etc.] though these typically don’t lead to much.Sooner or later though, that event will happen, a new product will come, and before long there will be rumors about why decisions were made or what’s done wrong (Antennagate, Glassgate, etc.). After a few weeks of that, the speculation about the new gear will begin again. Love it or hate it, it’s a big part of technology news these days.Click here for more of PC Mag’s iPhone 5 coverage.last_img read more

Evergreen High School added to list of measles exposure sites

first_imgThe number of confirmed cases in Clark County’s measles outbreak grew to 21 on Sunday, with another four suspected cases and four new exposure sites — including Evergreen High School.Clark County Public Health reported that 16 of the cases involved children ages 1 to 10, with four cases in youths ages 11 to 18 and case in an adult between the age of 19 and 29. Of those cases, 18 patients had not been immunized, and immunization of three others has not been verified. One person has been hospitalized.Clark County declared a public health emergency Friday over the growing measles outbreak following news that a person contagious with measles attended a Jan. 11 Portland Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center. That game was nearly sold out, with 19,393 people attending, according to ESPN.On Sunday, health officials added the following exposure sites and times to their list:Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St., Vancouver on Wednesday, Jan. 9.Vancouver Clinic Columbia Tech Center, 501 S.E. 172nd Ave., Vancouver from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.Slavic Christian Academy, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver on Monday, Jan. 7.GracePoint Christian Church, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.Evergreen High School had an enrollment of more than 1,700 students as of October, according to state records.Clark County Public Health is requiring exclusion of students and staff without documented immunity to measles from only schools identified as possible exposure sites. Students and staff excluded from those identified schools are also excluded from other schools, child care and other congregate settings.Students and staff at schools where measles exposure did not occur are not impacted by exclusions.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus develop the disease. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.last_img read more

Four killed in Coxs Bazar road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoFour people were killed and another four injured in a road accident in Chakaria area of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Of the deceased, one is Ali Akbar, 22, from Ukhia upazila of the district.A Cox’s Bazar-bound bus knocked a Chittagong-bound microbus in Gayalmara area of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway around 7:00am, said Chiringa highway police sub-inspector Nasir Uddin.”Though the bus driver managed to control the bus, the microbus rebounded to one side of the road. Meanwhile, another Cox’s Bazar-bound microbus collided with the previous microbus while trying to overtake the bus,” he added.The accident left three people dead on the spot while another one succumbed to his injuries on the way to the upazila health complex.The injured were admitted in the upazila health complex, said Nasir Uddin, adding that police seized the three vehicles.last_img read more

Young activists push interfaith gathering to act on climate change justice

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Eric J. Lyman,Load Comments,VeggieTales to mount latest revival on Trinity Broadcasting Network Tagshomepage featured Religions for Peace Religions for Peace World Assembly Top Story,You may also like We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — On the eve of the 10th — and the largest and most cosmopolitan yet — Religions for Peace World Assembly, young participants in the forum said they are pushing more senior representatives to be more active in addressing issues such as global warming and terrorism.The young activists are among  the 1,000 attendees, including representatives from religious groups, governments, multilateral organizations and nongovernmental groups, hailing from more than 100 countries, gathered for an international, interfaith event this week.Organizers said high-ranking officials from more than a dozen major faiths plus various indigenous groups will make the trip to the historic town of Lindau, nestled on a small island near the shore on the German side of Lake Constance.The assembly will run Tuesday through Friday (Aug. 20-23). But before its formal launch on Tuesday, organizers hosted two special assemblies: one focused on the events for the youngest participants and one for women.An aerial view of Lindau, Germany, on Lake Constance. Photo by Edda Praefcke/Creative CommonsAfterward, representatives from both events gathered for an informal roundtable to discuss their goals for the coming days. For the youngest, the topics to be discussed in Lindau — peace, terrorism, climate change, sustainable development, migration — will have a direct impact on their lives for decades.“We are the ones who will live with the consequences of the decision the world will make,” said Meera Santosh, a 25-year-old activist from Myanmar.RELATED: International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail’Santosh said that while the desire to help foster positive change is common, it is difficult to know how to do it.“That is what makes a forum like this so valuable,” she said. “I really only know what is happening in my country, in Myanmar. But here I can share experiences and learn and grow and make new contacts. We all come out ahead.”Santosh said it was helpful that participants from her generation come into the process with “fresh eyes” that can help them see challenging problems in a new way.Opening ceremony participants of the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly on Aug. 20, 2019, in Lindau, Germany. Photo by Christian Thiel/Religions for PeaceThe first Religions for Peace World Assembly took place in 1970, a generation before most of the youth representatives were born. The assemblies take place at irregular intervals at locations spanning the globe, giving added weight to the event.The theme for this edition of the world assembly is “Caring for our common future: advancing shared well-being.” Organizers said that process includes religious representatives “confronting their own moral and social responsibilities … to pave the way for peace on the basis of common values.”RELATED: Woman chosen to lead Religions for Peace as others urge greater female visibilityAccording to Uruguayan Marcelo Leites, 33, another youth representative, the goal means striving for innovative, cross-border collaboration on the world’s biggest challenges.“We’re looking to create a movement,” Leites said. “It’s a movement of collaboration and dedicated to long-term thinking.”Activist Ela Gandhi, a former member of the South African Parliament and the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India, said the goal of working with the young activists participating in the assembly is not to hand the problem off to a new generation.“Our intention is to help prepare a new generation while we are still working for justice ourselves,” said Gandhi, trustee of Gandhi Development Trust and a co-president of Religions for Peace. “They have to do better than we do. They have to learn from what we do and move forward.”The Ring for Peace sculpture at the 10th Religions for Peace conference in Lindau, Germany. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for PeaceAgatha Chikelue, a nun and co-chair of the Nigeria Women of Faith Network, agreed.“These things we learn, they are not for us,” Chikelue said. “I did not come here for myself, and what I learn from this conference will not reside only in me. What we learn has to be shared. This is how we grow.”Another participant in the women’s assembly, Layla Alkhafaji, a former member of the Parliament in Iraq, said events such as the Religions for Peace World Assembly were invaluable for shaping a new generation.“This is not about handing something off. It’s a gradual process,” Alkhafaji said. “I hear people say, ‘They are not ready yet, they are not ready.’ But we can always say that. How will these young people become ready? They have to gain experience and sometimes they will fail. But that is what this process is about. People learn by doing. It’s the only way.” By: Eric J. Lyman Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Eric J. Lyman Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Eric J. Lyman Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Cardinal Pell’s appeal verdict due but may not be final word Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Eric J. Lymanlast_img read more

Adventurous tips for senior citizens

first_imgWith so much so happening around, turning old is not limited to sticking at home, under four walls with pair of glasses and newspaper or just chitchatting with your friend for that matter. There is much more that one can explore other than these cyclic activities.You can always think of adventurous activities which are specifically meant for senior citizens and are also not very difficult to follow. Here is a quick handy list of the destinations one can explore: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWildlife Safari in Jim Corbett: Jim Corbett National Park is few of the best getaways that one must explore to bring out their adventurous side. With a jungle safari in the wild, and a visit to the Corbett waterfalls, the experience makes a memory, which one can always to cherish. Further if you like to invest time in history, a visit to Garjia temple is must.Rafting tour : Kullu, being a prime holiday destination, situated on the banks of River Beas, Kullu offers many interesting adventure activities, including river rafting, trekking, river crossing to name a few. People who enjoy or find solace in water, rafting would be an experience in itself as it adds refreshing time in your life. Plus, there is no age bar or any particular requirements except the deep instinct. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCamping at the river side: Khouduang waterfalls in Manipur is a must visit as you can camp under the stars by the bank of Barak river. One can’t afford to miss the euphoric moments to enjoy the view of concave cut-outs of rocks, created by the massive flow of white water. It’s a delightful opportunity to breathe around in lap of mother – nature. Hot air balloon ride: Imagine, you are on this ride and you can literally feel the meaning of – being on top of the world. There are many places across India like Pushkar in Rajasthan; Kamshet near Lonavala in Maharashtra; Damdama Lake in Delhi/Haryana; Karnataka; Goa where one can try this ride. The only requirement is that you should be over 4 feet tall, with enough stamina to remain standing throughout the ride.last_img read more

Japan MP sparks backlash by branding LGBTI couples unproductive

first_imgPetition submitted to Japan’s ruling party over MP’s anti-LGBTI commentsHomophobic article gets Japanese magazine suspended indefinitelyJapan’s ruling party reject controversial MP’s LGBTI commentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- A history of controversySugito is no stranger to controversy, and has expressed anti-LGBTI sentiments in the past. The MP previously caused outrage following a talk-show interview from 2015, where she said “If we recognize different sexual orientations, that will lead to calls to allow marriage between siblings, marriage between parents and children, or even marriage to pets or machines.”Earlier this week, the MP claimed to have received a  death threat in an email from a “self-described gay individual,” and that she had reported the matter to the police. There have been improvements to LGBTI rights in Japan in recent years. Earlier this year, same-sex couples were able to register their relationship in Fukuoka, one of Japan’s biggest cities.However, understanding of LGBTI people is still not widespread in Japan. LGBTI issues and characters are often portrayed negatively in the Japanese media, and a high number of LGBTI students reported having experienced bulling by their peers in a 2017 survey.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Mio Sugita, a member of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, wrote in a magazine article “these men and women don’t bear children – in other words, they are ‘unproductive’”.In the same article, Sugita, 51, also claimed that social acceptance of same-sex relationships risked causing greater unhappiness in society, The Independent and CNN reported. She also stated that this could potentially risk the collapse of society if it was “deprived of common sense and normalcy.”  The lower house MP also claimed that if the media embraced same-sex couples, this would risk encouraging people who are “capable of enjoying normal romance and getting married” to “believe that they have an option of going homosexual”.Japanese politicians were quick to condemn Sugita’s article. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama tweeting “You don’t need to make a child for there to be love in the world. I want them (the LGBT community) to live their lives with dignity.”Taiga Ishikawa, one of Japan’s first openly gay politicians, also hit out at Sugito’s remarks, saying they “significantly tarnish Japan’s reputation” in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Homosexuality is not the definition of unhappiness. It’s discriminatory remarks like Sugita’s that make us unhappy,” he added. center_img A politician in Japan has caused an uproar after describing LGBTI couples as “unproductive” and questioned whether it is”appropriate to spend taxpayer money on them”. Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade in 2016| Photo: Wikipedia / Nesnad Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Navidea Awarded 18M Grant for Manocept Agent Evaluation in Kaposis Sarcoma

first_imgNews | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | September 03, 2015 Navidea Awarded $1.8M Grant for Manocept Agent Evaluation in Kaposi’s Sarcoma Grant will cover preclinical safety trial and clinical trial evaluating detection of KS lesions with SPECT imaging News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Related Content News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Image courtesy of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc.September 3, 2015 — Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. received initial notice of award for a Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant up to $1.8 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will be used to fund preclinical studies examining the safety of intravenous (IV) injection of Tc99m tilmanocept, a Manocept platform product. This will be followed by a clinical study of the safety and efficacy of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging studies to identify and quantify both skin- and organ-associated Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS) lesions in human patients. The SBIR grant is awarded in two parts, with the potential for total grant money of up to $1.8 million over two-and-a-half years. The first six-month funding segment of $300,000, which has already been awarded, is expected to enable Navidea to secure necessary collaborations and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals. The second funding segment could provide for up to an additional $1.5 million to accrue participants, perform the Phase 1/2 study, and perform data analyses to confirm the safety and effectiveness of intravenously administered Tc99m tilmanocept.“Building on earlier research showing KS tumor cells abundantly express CD206, the tilmanocept receptor, and successful imaging with subcutaneous injection, we plan to evaluate intravenous administration of this targeted imaging agent to noninvasively locate internal KS lesions, which are currently challenging to identify and monitor,” commented Toby Maurer, M.D., FAAD, professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and chief of dermatology at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, who is co-PI at UCSF with Michael S. McGrath, M.D., PhD. “If successful, future diagnostic and eventually therapeutic developments have the potential to dramatically improve life expectancies and quality of life for patients suffering from Kaposi’s sarcoma.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more last_img read more

Hologic Signs Agreement With Clarius Mobile Health for Portable Breast Ultrasound System

first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more November 28, 2017 — Hologic Inc. announced it has signed a development and distribution agreement with Clarius Mobile Health for its wireless, handheld ultrasound scanner. The announcement was made at the 2017 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Of the 1.5 billion women worldwide who are eligible for breast cancer screening, less than 5 percent of them actually receive these critical services. The agreement between Hologic and Clarius is designed to increase global access to accurate breast screening and biopsy solutions.The Clarius breast ultrasound system is one of the many breast and skeletal health solutions available for demonstration in Hologic’s booth at the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.For more information:, Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | November 28, 2017 Hologic Signs Agreement With Clarius Mobile Health for Portable Breast Ultrasound System Partnership will help drive global access to critical breast health services Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read morelast_img read more

You can sleep in a bubble under the stars in Texas

first_img Wednesday, January 9, 2019 You can sleep in a bubble under the stars in Texas Tags: Camping, Texas Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group TERLINGUA — Living inside of a bubble isn’t necessarily a good thing, but staying in one under the stars can be a one-of-a-kind travel experience.Basecamp Terlingua, which offers six luxury tipis in west Texas near Big Bend National Park, recently debuted its brand new bubble rooms as a unique way to enjoy Texan starry nights.Considered the only Bubble Hotel in America, ‘Basecamp Bubbles’ are located in a private area with stunning views of the Chisos Mountains and minutes from restaurants, bars and more.From their private bubble, guests enjoy a queen-size bed, full bathroom with shower, fridge, microwave, Kuerig coffee, inside seating and heating/AC. Outside, there’s additional seating around a private fire pit and a bonus outdoor shower.Plus, with their transparent domed roofs and futuristic décor, they look super cool.Basecamp Bubbles start at $189 per night. Guests can check availability at and ‘chat’ with property managers online to ask any questions.For more information email << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. In August 2011, throughout Guanacaste province, the Public Safety Ministry, in conjunction with Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) and the National Police taught an 11-module course devoted to developing community security. Weekly two-hour sessions focused on community organization, identifying security problems, basic legal issues, criminology, operation of the criminal justice system, domestic violence and prevention of local drug trafficking.One point emphasized was the importance of communication between neighbors regarding anything appearing out of the ordinary, such as unfamiliar cars or trucks parked along the road or in. Other recommendations included investigating dog barking at a house and noticing strangers to the neighborhood. Colonel Jorge Solano, regional chief of National Police, encouraged sharing information with friends and neighbors, noting that the more people who are aware of unusual activity, the better chance there is to deter crime, especially theft, burglary of homes, etc.O.K., here it is: BOLO! (be on the lookout). A home in the Arenal area was burglarized this past weekend. The thieves pried off the window bars, gained entry to the home and stole computers, laptops, cell phones, T.V. sets and other items with quick sale value. Two unfamiliar vehicles were reported in the area.One was a bright red newer model sedan, the other a bright blue dirty old sedan. If yousee them, photograph them with your cell phone camera. Try for the license plate numbers. One mistake relevant to this burglary was the failure of neighbors to investigatedogs barking excessively at the home.Though vigilante justice is never encouraged, it can prove very effective. Back in the early 1990’s, a smallish town had been targeted by thieves who were not local. One night they were caught in the act. All but one managed to escape. A few days later the curiosity of a hiker was piqued by the presence of a rope tied to the railing of the Rio Tarcoles bridge. On pulling up the rope, the hiker was horrified to recognize a pair of human legs encased in blue jeans and tied together at the ankles. The entire upper half of the body was missing. These were the days before DNA analysis had come to Costa Rica, but subsequent investigation of missing persons lists and the presence of a very unique tattoo on one ankle identified the remains as those of the thief who had failed to escape. One can only speculate as to the frenzied melee among the storied reptiles of Rio Tarcoles striving for a morsel of the unexpected appetizer.That was the last theft in this town until 2008, when a candy bar was taken from a small store by a child. Justice was served with a spanking and having the child listen to the story of what can happen to people who steal. Could dinner be served once again?-William & Jean Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Indian man unrepentant after beheading daughter

first_imgPolice said Singh, a marble miner, accused his daughter of bringing dishonor to the family and making it hard to find husbands for her two unmarried sisters.Women wailing in grief lined the dusty road of the village in Rajasthan state as a procession carried Manju Kanwar’s remains to her funeral pyre. As in many north and west Indian villages, the women, including her mother and four sisters, were not allowed to attend the funeral.Rapidly modernizing India faces increasing social clashes as youths resist traditions like arranged marriage or limits on women venturing outside their parents’ or husbands’ homes, especially in conservative rural areas. Some of these conflicts have led to women or young couples being lynched by village kangaroo courts. But such a brutal punishment by a father is relatively rare in a country of 1.2 billion people.Dungarji residents condemned Singh’s actions as extreme. They said that Singh, his shirt soaked in blood, had carried his daughter’s head through the village, describing what he’d done to neighbors.A coroner stitched Kanwar’s head onto her body for the funeral. About 100 men, many of them relatives wearing ceremonial Rajput warrior clan turbans, surrounded her muslin-wrapped body, and her brother lit the funeral pyre. Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “He told me that he took the sword out, and when the daughter was all alone in the house he beheaded her with a single stroke and the head fell on the ground,” said Narayan Singh, a distant relative.He said he persuaded Singh to surrender, and took him by motorcycle to a police station 5 kilometers (2 miles) away.“It was a ghastly sight,” officer Ranjit Singh said, describing the father sitting in the station’s waiting room holding the head in one hand and the sword in the other. “Oghad admitted immediately that he killed his daughter because she had earned a bad name for the family.”Police described Kanwar’s recent life as difficult and unorthodox for the traditional community of about 1,000 just outside the Rajasthani tourist town of Udaipur.She left her husband from an arranged marriage two years ago and moved back home to live with her parents. She recently began seeing several men which “disgusted” her father, deputy police superintendent Umesh Ojha said.“Oghad said he was fed up with the lifestyle of his daughter,” Ojha said.When Manju eloped with one man two weeks ago, her father forced her to return on Sunday and killed her. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressJAIPUR, India (AP) – A father in northwestern India remained unrepentant after beheading his daughter with a ceremonial sword in a rage over her relationships with men, police said.The man surrendered at a police station, carrying the head in one hand and the bloodied sword in the other, police said Tuesday. Oghad Singh, 46, was charged with murder.Residents of Dungarji village expressed shock as they performed the last rites for the 20-year-old woman, who was killed Monday. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates India is considered one of the harshest places in the world for women, with female infanticide and child marriage still common.The U.N.’s gender inequality index places India second to last, above Saudi Arabia, based on labor, reproductive health, education and politics. The index does not consider issues of violence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

For every booking Intrepid will make a donation t

first_imgFor every booking, Intrepid will make a donation to Friends-International, a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures for marginalised young people around the world.With a focus on sustainable, immersive local experiences, the new tours have been created especially for the next generation of responsible travellers who want to make a difference and connect with their fellow guests, while discovering new places and cultures. Because millennials want big-time experiences without a big-time price tag, the 18 to 29s trips are priced at the same level as Intrepid’s Basix range, with tours starting from $390* for a five day tour of Cappadocia. $99 deposits are available on all 18 to 29s tours. Highlights of Intrepid’s 18 to 29s brochure include: ● One week Split to Dubrovnik Sailing trip – An eight day adventure aboard a private yacht hopping from the island of Vis to the magical blue grotto of Cave Bisevo and the untouched forests of Mljet, an island yet to be overrun by busloads of tourists● One Week Camping in Iceland – Proving there’s a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork), this seven-day tour takes travellers to the tongue of Europe’s biggest glacier, to the massive walls of ice in Skaftafell National Park, into the epic wilderness of Thorsmork National Park and back to Reykjavik for some party vibes● Essential Russia – A nine-day tour that includes the majestic Kremlin Palace, stunning St. Petersburg and the artsy Nikola-Lenivets Park, where you can have a spa with locals● Real Santiago de Cuba Carnival – On this 12-day tour, travellers can conga like the Cubans at carnival time in Santiago de Cuba, find out who that guy on the t-shirt is at Che Guevara’s museum and mausoleum, chill out in Trinidad and enjoy a mojito in Havana● Real Mexico – This 15-day tour takes in some of the many churches in Puebla, the best mezcal around in Oaxaca and finishes with some snorkelling and swimming at Playa del Carmen● Real Turkey – A 15-day round-trip tour from Istanbul to rocky sites, a rural village at the edge of a canyon overlooking the Mediterranean and the jaw-dropping sights from a hot air balloon at Cappadocia. *subject to availability, conditions apply Intrepid has released its first 18 to 29s brochure, offering socially conscious millennials the chance to get way off-the-beaten-path with more than 80 travel experiences – from flying high in Turkey to camping around Iceland, and island-hopping in Croatia.Brett Mitchell, Regional Director for Asia Pacific at Intrepid Travel, said the new range was created in response to feedback from young customers, who told the company that they wanted to travel responsibly with like-minded people their own age. “Young travellers want to have authentic, immersive experiences with their peers. These tours are for travellers who don’t want to backpack in large dorm rooms or booze it up but instead, want to break down cross-cultural barriers and make a positive impact on the local communities they visit.” BrochuresIntrepidmillenialslast_img read more

Related Worlds biggest Britophiles revealed by Sk

first_img RelatedWorld’s biggest Britophiles revealed by SkyscannerWith British Tourism Week (15th-21st March 2010), Skyscanner reveals which of our foreign friends have the most love for the UK.2012 Travel Hotspots: Estonia, Cape Verde and Iraq?2012 Travel Hotspots: Estonia, Cape Verde and Iraq?Recession making Brits more flexible with travel plansRecession making Brits more flexible with travel plans The global recession, which has led to an increasing trend for staycations, has meant that the battle for lucrative tourists’ spend is even more intense than ever before.With such challenging economic conditions, tourist boards need to fight for every visitor using their arsenal of attractions, whether that be the promise of value or a unique experience only available at their location. Skyscanner reveals which nations are proving most successful in tempting tourists away from their staycations and on to international vacations.Analysing flight search patterns of almost 10 million monthly users, Skyscanner can reveal that Spain ranked number one as the most searched for country overall. The Iberian nation was the most popular holiday destination globally, receiving the most interest from Skyscanner users across all markets.In second place was the UK itself, followed by the USA, Italy, Germany and France.Turkey narrowly outranked rival Greece; Portugal was the ninth most popular whilst Poland came in at number ten, outranking many better known tourist destinations.Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Business Director commented:“The UNWTO reports that international tourist arrivals have increased after last year’s downturn, with varied but positive growth in all world regions. Skyscanner is particularly strong in the UK and European markets and our data reflects this, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Spain ranks so highly. Nevertheless, with visitors from 233 countries and territories, we can give a very good indication of which destinations are the most popular with global travellers.”Most searched for countries by global Skyscanner users*1. Spain2. UK3. USA4. Italy5. Germany6. France7. Turkey8. Greece9. Portugal10. PolandWho’s coming to the UK?Looking specifically at inbound tourism for the UK, Skyscanner can reveal that Spain is the biggest originator of the UK’s tourist traffic. The close ties between the two countries and the fact that Spain also has a large British ex-pat community are likely to be significant factors in this.Italy was ranked as the second biggest provider of tourists, followed by the Germans who are the world’s biggest spenders on tourism according to the World Tourism Organisation.Poland ranked 4th, likely due to the large numbers of Poles who have come to live and work in the UK. Ireland, which has long had extremely close ties with the UK, placed 5th.Origin of Inbound Tourists to UK1. Spain2. Italy3. Germany4. Poland5. Ireland6. France7. United States8. Greece9. Turkey10. Cyprus*data from last 30 daysReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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