The Indian Community Thursday, July 31, offered the Liberian Government the use of its crematorium for the burning of the remains of anyone who has died from the Ebola virus.The Indian Community made the offer following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement to the nation on Wednesday, July 30, that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW) and relevant agencies are to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly Ebola virus.According to the President, the measure “is intended to avoid tampering with the dead and contaminating water sources.”At the National Ebola Task Force (NETF) meeting Thursday, President Sirleaf reiterated that the option for cremation was still open. However, before she made this statement, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, had stated that remains of Ebola victims were being interred in body bags, which according to him are safe and won’t contaminate the water source.But the President, who is the Chair of the NETF, countered that there was no scientific proof to show otherwise so the option of cremating victims was on the table.More to follow on this story… Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) will receive $90.6 million for fiscal 2016, an amount that fully funds the administration’s request except for a $20.0 million line item to cover civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines.The agency’s spending is part of the omnibus spending package signed into law by President Obama on Friday. Earlier that day, the House approved the $1.15 trillion bill with surprisingly little drama, followed by the Senate. Both chambers also passed a package of tax break extensions.The omnibus easily passed in the House, 316-113, with an unexpected strong showing of support by the GOP. And following late endorsements by the White House and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Democrats overwhelmingly favored the spending bill, reported CQ Roll Call.OEA’s allocation for the current year would seem to represent a deep cut from FY 2015, when Congress allocated $281.4 million to the agency. But that year’s funding included a one-time add-on to address capacity and facility condition deficiencies at public schools on military installations, making it difficult to compare OEA funding across years. The agency received $120.5 million in FY 2014.The agency’s FY 2016 funding had been threatened earlier this year after the Senate version of the defense authorization bill called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s request for the agency’s defense industry adjustment program, as well as the funding for the civilian infrastructure projects on Guam. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact.When the compromise version of the defense policy measure was unveiled in September, the defense industry adjustment program and Guam projects had survived. But the reprieve for the water projects proved fleeting, as congressional appropriators ultimately denied them funding in the defense spending bill measure enacted last week.The text of the defense spending component of the fiscal 2016 omnibus, along with the explanatory statement, is available on the House web site. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
boingA Boeing 737-800 aircraft was added to the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Thursday.The aircraft, brought on lease from Kuwait’s Alfaco arrived at Dhaka airport around 3:25am, said Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj.With the latest addition, the number of aircraft in Biman fleet reached 16.Next month, a sixth Boeing 737-800 aircraft is scheduled to be added to Biman fleet while two Boeing Dreamliner 787 will be added in July and September.Currently, Biman operates on 16 international and domestic routes. It carried 26 lakh passengers it the last fiscal year.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The railway line has now reopened Railway users are facing disruption this afternoon after a person was hit by a train. Dozens of trains are delayed or cancelled after the incident between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction. Trains travelling between Stoke-on-Trent railway station and other towns in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire to and from London use the route. London Midland and Virgin Trains are both affected by the disruption – with the two railway companies between them running direct trains to and from London to Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Stone and Alsager. A spokesman Virgin Trains said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. “Any customers wishing to abandon their journey today, may use their tickets for travel tomorrow.” A spokesman for London Midland said: “Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident near the railway at Milton Keynes Central all lines are blocked. “Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 6pm.” Read MoreFirefighters set to remain at wood chip fire for second night A National Rail spokesman said: “The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction, closing all lines. “As a result of this, trains running between these stations are disrupted. “Trains are currently unable to run between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central. “Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised.”
Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, September 1, 2016 Cathay Pacific boosts Vancouver service with 3 new nonstops VANCOUVER — Cathay Pacific is adding three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft.The three extra flights will be added to Cathay Pacific’s existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week. The new flights will offer early morning departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.“It’s exciting to be able to grow our operations in Canada,” said Cathay Pacific’s VP Canada, Nick Hays. “As a China and Asia travel specialist it’s our pleasure to provide more choice, convenience and world-class service to passengers travelling between Vancouver and Hong Kong and beyond to our unrivalled Asia and China network.”The brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft will feature a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. In Business Class, alongside a fully-flat bed, new features includes extra stowage space and the personal service offered by a ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Wake-up Call’ function in the entertainment system.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats also come with a number of new features, including dedicated tablet holders and exclusive power outlets and USB ports. Each Premium Economy Class seat has a fully integrated legrest, while Economy Class has six-way headrests.New flight CX855 departs Vancouver at 9:25 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Hong Kong the next day at 1:45 p.m. On the return leg, flight CX 856 departs Hong Kong at 11 a.m., arriving in Vancouver at 7:55 a.m. Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Vancouver Travelweek Group
Tags: KLM Posted by Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Share Travelweek Group AMSTELVEEN, NETHERLANDS — Well, here’s a feel-good story about an airline for once.KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has honoured an 83-year-old ticket, giving a 90-year-old great grandfather the surprise of a lifetime.Arnold Neahus of Amsterdam won a sightseeing flight over Amsterdam after entering a KLM contest in 1935 when he was just seven years old. But as KLM explained, Neahus never ended up cashing in his prize due to the fact that his sister, who had acquired scarlet fever at the time, made it impossible for his entire family to interact with other people.Years later, Neahus showed his winning documents to his granddaughter, who then contacted KLM about her grandfather’s story. The airline wanted him to finally claim his prize so it sent two flight attendants and Neahus’ seven-year-old great-grandson, Jagger, to surprise him with the news at his home.In true retro fashion, a Ford model A Tudor car built in 1928 transported Neahus and Jagger to the airport, where they boarded a 1944 Dakota DC-3 aircraft for their scenic flight above Amsterdam. In the air, Neahus is seen pointing out sights to his great grandson and after landing safely back on the ground, the two gave each other a sweet high-five.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?One last surprise for Neahus? His entire family was waiting for him on the tarmac to give him a proper welcome home.“This was totally cool, guys!” Neahus tells his family.Very cool, indeed. Kudos to KLM for making dreams come true! << Previous PostNext Post >> KLM honours great grandfather’s 83-year-old ticket (cue the tears!)
TORONTO — Trafalgar and Costsaver’s Autumn, Winter and Spring (AWS) 2019/20 program offers 41 itineraries across 27 countries.The brands connect clients with Europe’s best experiences, people and destinations with year-round and winter specific itineraries.Along with a selection of tried and tested favourites for 2019/2020, Trafalgar and Costsaver have also announced six brand new trips in line with clients’ demand for more Europe options year-round.“We’ve crafted our trips with the best travel experiences in mind, no matter the season,” says Michael Unrath, Head of Product for Trafalgar Europe. “Smaller towns and communities can often struggle during the quiet seasons when the summer crowds die down for the year. We’re proud to be able to take our groups to many of these destinations, offer experiences that bring Europe to life and connect with the amazing locals and communities that make these destinations so special, at any given time of year,” he said.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNew trips include the 7-day Best of Scotland to uncover Scottish greats in one of Trafalgar’s most popular countries, taking in Glasgow, the Highlands and Edinburgh. Client favourites like a ‘Be My Guest’ experience at the 15th century home of the Wood Family on Lake Loch Ard to private whisky tastings, a day trip to the Isle of Skye and sightseeing are all on offer, packed with plenty of fun and classic Scottish locals.With the rise in the popularity of Eastern Europe experiences, Trafalgar’s new 8-days Balkan Escape and 6-days Lucerne Explorer will fulfill clients needs in the coming season. Using Lucerne as its base, the Lucerne Explorer offers the best of all things Swiss, including chocolate and cheese workshops, mountain vistas, lake views, grand hotels and plenty of history in the cozy colder months for an all-encompassing travel experience in under.For those looking for some winter sun, there’s the new 10-day Best of Morocco, with colourful bazaars, a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with a local family in their private Riad, an overnight stay in the middle of the beautiful Atlas Mountains, plus visits to mosques and medinas.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThese new trips are rounded off with a new 10-day Trafalgar 3 Continents Cruise covering Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.Lastly, on Costsaver’s new 10-day Italian Scene adventure clients will explore the idyllic lakes, Renaissance cities, vibrant countryside and memorial sites and landmarks in Venice, Florence and Rome. Trip highlights include a ‘Local Specialist’ tour to St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as stops in feisty Naples, Assisi and the cliffside village of Sorrento.Reiterating its #AgentsFirst philosophy, the AWS programs feature both brands together in one handy ‘upside down’ brochure. Share Thursday, May 9, 2019 Tags: AWS, CostSaver, New Tours, Trafalgar Six new AWS trips from Trafalgar & CostSaver Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>