BEIJING — China’s exports decelerated in November amid a tariff battle with Washington and cooling global demand.Customs data on Saturday showed shipments to the United States rose by a relatively robust 12.9 per cent over a year ago to $46.2 billion, down from October’s 13.3 per cent.Overall, China’s global exports rose 5.4 per cent to $227.4 billion, a sharp decline from the previous month’s 12.6 per cent increase.Chinese exports to the United States have held up despite President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in a dispute over technology. That is due partly to exporters rushing to fill orders before more possible duty increases.The Associated Press
New York: An Indian American researcher-led team has found that giving human touch to chat bots like Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa may actually disappoint users. Just giving a chat bot human name or adding human-like features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according to S. Shyam Sundar, Co-director of Media Effects Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “People are pleasantly surprised when a chat bot with fewer human cues has higher interactivity,” said Sundar. “But when there are high human cues, it may set up your expectations for high interactivity – and when the chat bot doesn’t deliver that – it may leave you disappointed,” he added. In fact, human-like features might create a backlash against less responsive human-like chat bots. During the study, Sundar found that chat bots that had human features — such as a human avatar — but lacked interactivity, disappointed people who used it. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India However, people responded better to a less-interactive chat bot that did not have human-like cues. High interactivity is marked by swift responses that match a user’s queries and feature a threaded exchange that can be followed easily. According to Sundar, even small changes in the dialogue, like acknowledging what the user said before providing a response, can make the chat bot seem more interactive. Because there is an expectation that people may be leery of interacting with a machine, developers typically add human names to their chat bots — for example, Apple’s Siri — or programme a human-like avatar to appear when the chat bot responds to a user. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, also found that just mentioning whether a human or a machine is involved — or, providing an identity cue — guides how people perceive the interaction. For the study, the researchers recruited 141 participants through Amazon Mechanical Turk, a crowd-sourced site that allows people to get paid to participate in studies. Sundar said the findings could help developers improve acceptance of chat technology among users. “There’s a big push in the industry for chat bots,” said Sundar. “They’re low-cost and easy-to-use, which makes the technology attractive to companies for use in customer service, online tutoring and even cognitive therapy — but we also know that chat bots have limitations,” he added.
Parliament today approved two Gazette notifications related to the Hambantota Port.The Gazette notifications set out exemptions to the Hambantota Port project.
by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2017 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mortgage premium hikes reduce case for borrowing to boost down payment: brokers TORONTO – With mortgage insurance premiums rising, homebuyers whose down payments are just shy of 20 per cent may be considering whether to tap extra sources of credit in order to avoid the higher costs.But mortgage brokers say recent government rule changes lessen the case for doing so because people may end up paying a higher interest rate on their mortgage in addition to the additional debt they will have to repay.“What we’re seeing in the market now is people that have insured mortgages are getting much better interest rates than someone with 20 per cent down,” says Steve Pipkey, co-founder of Vancouver-based Spin Mortgage.Ottawa announced new restrictions last fall to portfolio insurance, a type of bulk insurance that lenders would use to insure mortgages with down payments of 20 per cent or more.That has made it more difficult for lenders to insure mortgages with lower loan-to-value ratios and resulted in more competitive rates for borrowers with smaller down payments, brokers say.According to Pipkey, a borrower can get a rate as low as 2.44 on a five-year fixed insured mortgage, whereas if they have more than 20 per cent down, the rate will be more in the range of 2.69 per cent, depending on individual circumstances such as one’s creditworthiness.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. announced in January that mortgage premiums would be rising effective March 17.Those with down payments of around five per cent will now pay mortgage insurance premiums of four per cent, up from 3.6 per cent, while down payments of 10 per cent will now cost 3.1 per cent in insurance premiums, up from 2.4 per cent.Those with a 15 per cent down payment will see their premiums rise to 2.8 per cent from 1.8 per cent, and those with 20 per cent down will now pay 2.4 per cent for mortgage insurance, up from 1.25 per cent.“There’s definitely a skew towards increasing the premiums more for people that have a little bit more of a down payment available,” says Marcus Tzaferis, a Toronto-based mortgage broker with MorCan Direct.In the past, many borrowers close to the 20 per cent threshold would consider taking out a secondary loan — for example, through a line of credit — to increase their down payment and avoid mortgage insurance premiums.“So if somebody had 15 per cent down, they would probably consider borrowing five per cent to get to 20 per cent down and avoid having to pay an insurance premium altogether,” Tzaferis says.But now, people within that threshold who have somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent down are reconsidering that approach, Tzaferis says.“There’s a lot of tinkering going on right now,” Tzaferis says. “There’s a lot of interest rate changes. There’s a lot of insurance changes. There’s a lot of regulatory changes, and it’s creating a really complicated landscape for the Canadian borrower.”Tzaferis recommends seeking out unbiased advice when trying to determine the best approach.If you are still considering taking out a secondary loan, Hamilton-based broker Blair Anderson says it’s important to consider how quickly you will be able to pay off that debt.Also, keep in mind that the additional debt will be added in when the bank calculates your debt-service ratio, which lenders use to determine how much you can afford in monthly payments.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
St. Augustine Gold & Copper subsidary St. Augustine Services Inc. (SASI), has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines, the first MOA for a mining company. TESDA will both facilitate and participate in the conduct of workforce training for the King-king project through construction and operation. Secretary and TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva and SASI President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Russell both signed the MOA at the TESDA central office in Taguig City. The MOA sets in motion detailed plans jointly developed over the previous year to prepare the local Mindanao work force in Pantukan and Compostela Valley to move the project into the development phase, pending approval of the submitted Declaration of Mine Project Feasibility (DMPF) application.The DMPF application was submitted in May of this year, ahead of schedule. The DMPF application currently resides with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and the Geosciences Bureau (MGB).Andy Russell, CEO: “The agreement with TESDA supports the training of Pantukan residents as they develop the required skills to successfully participate in the construction and operation of the project. This agreement achieves another milestone in the advancement of the project and reflects the continued commitment of the company and the project to the local community and the Philippines.”Secretary Villanueva, a cabinet appointee of President Benigno Aquino, leads TESDA as the organisation works towards meeting the high demand for a technically skilled labour force. Tom Henderson, the company’s Chief Operating Officer stated, “The Secretary’s prior experience as a three time congressman and Secretary General of the regional anti-corruption body, Southeast Asia Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC), and his consistent involvement with SASI was pivotal in this achievement of another important project milestone.”TESDA maintains more than 200 training assessments and courses with certification for those who complete the training. SASI intends to use at least 70 of the established courses and partner with TESDA to develop and register additional training courses for the mining industry.King-king is one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in the world. As released in the October 2010 Technical Report and the updated resource released August 15, 2011, Measured and Indicated mineral resource is 962.3 Mt at 0.254% total Cu, 0.062% soluble Cu, and 0.334 g/t Au. Inferred mineral resource is an additional 188.8 Mt at 0.215% total Cu, 0.048% soluble Cu, and 0.265 g/t Au.The King-king deposit is a gold rich copper-gold porphyry deposit located in the southeast of the Philippine Island of Mindanao, 35 km east of Davao City and 13 km from the coast. The project is listed as one of the top priority projects by the Philippine Mines and Geosciences Bureau. It has a low strip ratio (0.8:1) and is at an advanced stage with 95,651 m of drilling composed of 291 core and reverse circulation holes, including 6,052 m of new drilling composed of 14 core holes (and 1 RC) in 2011. King-king has entered into the feasibility stage of development (social, environmental and engineering phases).
https://jrnl.ie/3850891 Elk dies after leaping at low flying helicopter The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt. Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 7:45 AM 81,484 Views Share110 Tweet Email2 By Associated Press Feb 14th 2018, 7:45 AM 33 Comments Photo of the helicopter after the crash. Image: Jared Rigby/Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Photo of the helicopter after the crash. Image: Jared Rigby/Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office via AP Short URL AN ELK LEAPED into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said yesterday.The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on it, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.The two people on board weren’t seriously hurt, but the elk died of its injuries Monday afternoon.The state-contracted Texas-based crew was trying to capture and sedate the elk and give it a tracking collar to research its movements in the area about 90 miles (145 kilometres) east of Salt Lake City.Helicopters are a frequently used and essential tool for monitoring remote wildlife in Utah, said Mark Hadley with the state Division of Wildlife Resources.The tracking collars help wildlife officials monitor elk migration paths and survival rates.The state captures about 1,300 animals each winter, almost all using helicopters, and yesterday’s downing of the helicopter was the first accident of its kind, he said.The crew had launched a net to catch the animal, but when that didn’t immediately work the pilot started to slow down so someone could jump out and hobble the elk, Hadley said.As the helicopter slowed down, the elk collided with the rotor, Hadley said.The helicopter was damaged on its tail rotor, right skid and underside, Rigsby said.State officials will review the incident that appears to have been a fluke accident, Hadley said.Environmental groups have protested the use of helicopters to monitor wildlife.The group Wilderness Watch is objecting to a plan to study mountain goats using helicopters in a central-Utah wilderness area, calling the aircraft “unnecessary intrusion into some of our most treasured lands,” according to the Deseret News.Read: ‘Victory for the victims’ – French court rules man who had sex with 11-year-old girl must face rape chargeRead: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flight
It has been confirmed that the seal found dead on the coast of Marathokambos was after all Argyro the island’s mascot, that peacefully coexisted with humans for nearly four years, as local media outlet Samos24 reported. “She was killed violently by a shotgun and sharp object. She was one of the many seals that are orphaned, her mother was also killed on the island of Samos,” Anastasia Miliou, Director of Research at the ‘Archipelagos’ Institute for Marine Protection said.According to the Institute, Argyro was shot and the perpetrator kept shooting at her whilst she was attempting to escape back into the sea. Her body was also found to bear a would from a sharp object that pierced her right side from the back all the way through her stomach. Argyro was one of the 450 remaining monk seals worldwide and fell under the protected species category.The murder of the Mediterranean seal is currently under investigation by the Samos Port Authorities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Véhicules électriques : Honda lance un scooter électrique pour les professionnelsJapon – Le constructeur automobile Honda a présenté mardi un scooter électrique destiné aux coursiers, livreurs et autres professionnels. Ce deux-roues équipé d’un nouveau type de batterie lithium-ion sera commercialisé au Japon dès le mois de décembre prochain.Baptisé EV-neo, ce scooter est doté d’une batterie de type SCiB (Super charge ion battery) qui se recharge à 80% en 20 minutes sur une borne de 200 Volts. Cette batterie à recharge Toshiba peut également être branchée sur les prises domestiques japonaises de 100 Volts. Sur ces dernières, le temps de charge passe à 4 heures.À lire aussiBientôt des batteries au lithium trois fois plus autonomes ?Le scooter, qui sera vendu aux professionnels à la fin de l’année, bénéficie d’une autonomie d’environ 30 kilomètres, à une vitesse de 30 km/h. “A l’usage, il ne rejette absolument pas de dioxyde de carbone”, s’est félicité Honda.Alors que le constructeur japonais a précisé que la version grand public de l’EV-neo est actuellement en développement, l’un des principaux concurrents de Honda, le groupe Yamaha, prévoit de commercialiser à son tour un petit modèle de scooter 100% électrique au cours de l’année 2010.Le 14 avril 2010 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
A reported crash had traffic on Interstate 5 stacked up for several miles Thursday morning, with the backup continuing from North Portland across the Interstate Bridge and into Vancouver.The crash occurred near the I-5 split with Interstate 405 in Portland, and the resulting backup had traffic stopped in places around 9:45 a.m. By 10:20 a.m., traffic cameras showed continued congestion on I-5 near the state Highway 14 interchange in Vancouver and at Mill Plain Boulevard.UPDATE: Traffic cameras showed the backup had mostly cleared in Vancouver just before 11 a.m., though slow spots remained in parts of North Portland.
According to the online trooper dispatch, Troopers from Anchor Point and Soldotna responded to investigate. The investigation showed a 12 year old male student had repeatedly made threatening statements about the school and that he was going to bring a gun to school. After consulting with the Division of Juvenile Justice the male student was taken into custody and remanded into the Kenai Youth Facility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have detained a 12 year old male student in connection with threats made against the facility at the Ninilichik School. Troopers worked with the Ninilchik School staff during the investigation to ensure the safety of the school, students, and staff. The investigation at this time is still ongoing. On February 20, around 4:20 p.m., AST received a report from a concerned parent about a student making threats toward the Ninilchik School.
Inside world’s largest Amazon campus in Hyderabad Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce platform, usually makes headlines on the lines of new offers and sales on a wide range of products it hosts on its site or its consumer and B2B products, but it’s different this time. On Wednesday, Amazon inaugurated its largest campus in the world in Hyderabad, bigger than the one it has in Seattle.Amazon’s new campus in the southern part of India is an architectural marvel with all the facilities. It is not like Apple’s Campus, but it remains unique in its own ways. The new campus in Hyderabad is the only corporate Amazon has outside of the US.Amazon campus was inaugurated in the presence of Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood and Industries and IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Amazon Vice-President Global Real Estate and Facilities Director John Schoettler and Amazon-India Senior Vice-President and Country Manager Amit Agarwal. This just shows the e-commerce giant’s commitment to India, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $5.5 billion for its operations so far. World’s largest Amazon campus in HyderabadAmazon/Twitter”We are excited to inaugurate our largest campus building globally here in India at Hyderabad…This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and our plans for India,” Agarwal said on the occasion.Here are some interesting facts about Amazon’s new campus in Hyderabad:Amazon’s Hyderabad campus has 1.8 million square feet of office space – that could fit 50 Taj Mahals.Amazon’s new campus is spread over 9.5 acres of land. World’s largest Amazon campus in HyderabadAmazon/TwitterAmazon’s largest office building can accommodate 15,000 employees of its 62,000 workforce in the country, which is three times more than its largest Seattle offices.The total built-up area will acquire over 68 acres of land when spread out – equivalent to about 65 football fields.Amazon used 2.5 times more steel than the Eiffel Tower in its campus, measured by weight.Amazon’s new campus was constructed in just 3 years.An average of 2,000 workers were on site every day for 39 months to construct the building, spending 18 million total man-hours.There are more than 300 trees with three specimen trees aged over 200 years and there’s an 850,000-litre water recycling plant.The campus has interfaith prayers rooms, mother’s room, quiet rooms, unisex restrooms, showers, helipad and 24/7 cafeteria.The campus is designed to facilitate employees with special needs.There are 12 office floors, each has a unique theme like music, art, textiles and more. World’s largest Amazon campus in HyderabadAmazon/TwitterEmployees at the new campus will have a wide range of options for seating and are not required to work at an assigned station.The office elevators can move 972 people simultaneously, to 290 conference rooms and 3 scrum areas per floor. Interestingly, the high-rise elevators can move at 1 floor per second speed and there are 49 of them.Amazon’s Hyderabad campus is its first facility to create an Alexa Pod.Despite the unparalleled success, the Hyderabad campus is Amazon’s first owned building outside the US. The Seattle HQ is spread across 12 million square feet and only half of it is owned by Amazon.The new Amazon campus will be a second home to software development engineers, machine learning scientists, product managers, finance execs and more.Besides Amazon’s new campus, the e-commerce giant has more than 3.2 million cubic feet of storage space, 2 sort centres with 100,000 square feet of processing capacity and 90 delivery stations. Hyderabad is also home to Amazon’s largest fulfilment centre in India, spread over 400,000 square feet. There are plans to expand it further to 580,000 square feet by next year. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:54Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close
Obaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday assured that no tailback will be created on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway during this Eid-ul-Fitr.Talking to the reporters after examining the overall condition of Nabinagar-Chandra highway at Ashulia in the noon the minister came up with the remark.Also the general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, Quader said, “There will be no traffic congestions on the Dhaka-Tangail highway as the conditions of roads are much better ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr this year.””The construction work of an elevated expressway from Abdullahpur to Ashulia Bypile DEPZ will start from October which is a Tk 850 crore project”, he said.”Legal steps will be taken if anyone found involved with extortion on the highways and high security measures will be taken on different highways including the Dhaka-Aricha highways centering the Eid-ul-Fitr, he added.Meanwhile, about the recent anti-drug drives, Obaidul said “No drug peddlers will be speared, no matter whatever political party they belong to. Even Abdur Rahman Bodi, the lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar-4 (Ukhia-Teknaf), will not be speared if proof of drug peddling is found against him.””The government has taken a zero tolerance policy against drug dealers. The drug paddlers have been shortlisted, police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has been probing the matter”, he said.
Families separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster are at a five year high, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), reports UNB.New cases of relatives contacting the organization looking to reunite with loved ones have increased by almost 90 percent over this period, with 18,000 new cases opened last year alone, it said on Friday.However, the ICRC warns that this is just the tip of the iceberg, with a lack of accurate data collection meaning the number of families torn apart is likely to much higher.The warning coincides with the launch of a new Christmas campaign from the organisation, which sees the distress of family separation brought to life in a powerful film which you can see here.Using CCTV-style footage of parents in a series of familiar settings, from crowded shops to the zoo, the film captures the panic of mums, dads, and grandparents momentarily losing sight of their children, and their frantic efforts to find them again.This temporary separation is contrasted with the years of separation endured by thousands of families across the world along with some touching reunifications that have been facilitated by the ICRC.The organization is calling for the public to share the video to help raise awareness and donate to support the vital work it is doing to help to ensure that families can be together during this special time, and all other days of the year, too.”The pain of losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, but for families affected by conflict, violence or natural disaster it is a stark reality that can last for years. Conflict is becoming increasingly protracted and the world is currently seeing the largest movement of people since the Second World War: these factors are increasing the risk of families losing contact.” said Matt Clancy, ICRC spokesperson.”Reuniting families is as important to the humanitarian mission as providing food or shelter or water. It is about restoring people’s dignity and reconnecting them with the people they love. Moreover, in situations of armed conflicts, family reunification is a right under international law.”The International Committee of the Red Cross is working to combat this issue by helping reunite family members.For over 100 years the ICRC, and their partners in the Red Cross movement around the world, have been working to bring separated families back together again.Sometimes this can be through a letter or a phone call and sometimes through a reunion like those featured in the video, said the ICRC.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday, both sides signed a number of
It’s been a rough year for Louisville basketball with the unexpected firing of former head coach Rick Pitino in connection with the ever expanding pay for play scandal. They took another gut punch last night in an improbable loss to Virginia in ACC play.With the Cardinals leading by by 4, 66-62 with .9 seconds left in the game, Virginia’s Ty Jerome was fouled shooting a three and made two of his three free throws. On the ensuing in bounds, Louisville turned it over on an inbound violation, giving UVA one last chance.With .9 seconds still on the clock, DeAndre Hunter banked in a buzzer beater three to cap the improbable comeback. Virginia deserves credit, but Louisville blew this one in epic fashion.Watch the unraveling:
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 11, 2019 2 min read If you’re interested in a job in the tech industry, now could be a great opportunity to jump in. According to new data from job search platform Comparably, as of February 2019, there were half a million tech gigs open in the United States.Not only that, but 43 percent of those open positions are for non-tech roles. So whether you’re just entering the job market or looking to make a career change, here are the top 10 highest paying entry-level tech jobs.Data Scientist Average salary: $113,254Product Manager Average salary: $106,127Developer Averages salary: $100,610Mobile DeveloperAverages salary: $98,317Sales EngineerAverages salary: $90,575DevOps EngineerAverages salary: $89,300User Interface/User Experience DesignerAverage salary: $84,841Sales RepresentativeAverage salary: $70,622Marketing Manager Average salary: $70,392QA AnalystAverage salary: $70,383But where you work could influence how much you are paid. The data, pulled from a survey of 8,005 workers, found that entry-level employees in the San Francisco Bay Area were compensated the highest for seven different roles — Developer, Mobile Developer, Sales Engineer, DevOps Engineer, UI/UX Designer, Marketing Manager and QA Analyst.Seattle follows San Francisco, with data scientists, product managers and sales representatives earning the most there. As for other major tech hubs in the U.S., New York and Los Angeles workers earned more than their counterparts in Boston and Chicago. For example, a sales engineer in San Francisco would make $30,000 more than a sales engineer in Boston. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
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Riviera River Cruises to debut new solo itineraries in 2020 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, May 30, 2019 FAIRFIELD, CT — Solo travellers have more options to choose from with Riviera River Cruises, which has just announced three new solo traveller itineraries for next year, plus 2020 departure dates for four existing solo itineraries.On these cruises dedicated entirely to solos, guests will enjoy Riviera’s five-star ships featuring spacious cabins and suites and expert-led excursions without paying a single supplement.“As interest in solo travel has grown in recent years, we’re proud to be the only European river cruise line offering departures exclusively for guests who are on their own – on these cruises, that means single occupancy in every cabin and suite across the ship, with no single supplement,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations and fine dining while on board, as well as fascinating excursions into classic cities and lesser-known towns, all at an exceptional value.”More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyRiviera debuted solo traveller itineraries on the Danube and Rhine Rivers in 2018 in response to growing demand for solo cruises. It has since added new itineraries and departure dates on a regular basis. In 2020, a total of seven solo traveller itineraries will be available.The new itineraries are:• The five-day ‘Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields’ starting at US$1,389 per person, departing March 30• The eight-day ‘Seine, Paris & Normandy’ starting at $2,959 per person, departing March 31• The eight-day ‘Medieval Germany’ starting at $2,999 per person, departing Oct. 24Other solo departures include:• The eight-day ‘Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,079 per person, with departures on March 30, April 3 and Nov. 2• The eight-day ‘Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,679 per person, departing April 2• The eight-day ‘Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,459 per person, departing Oct. 31• The eight-day ‘Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise for Solo Travellers’ starting at $2,729 per person, with departures on Nov. 8 and Nov. 13More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe single-supplement-free departures aren’t the only option solo travelers have with Riviera River Cruises. Additionally, a limited number of cabins is available single-supplement-free on every Riviera departure throughout the year.For more information go to https://www.rivierarivercruises.com/solo-traveler-cruises or call 1-888-838-8820. Share Tags: Riviera River Cruises
Related posts:The Tico Times Dispatch: What’s in Costa Rica’s tax-reform bill? The Tico Times Dispatch: Figuring out and fighting street harassment in Costa Rica The Tico Times Dispatch: March news roundup Listen and subscribe to The Tico Times Dispatch Court rejects tax reform and asks legislators to eliminate four points Costa Rica’s Plenary Court rejected the proposed tax reform bill last week and asked that four sections of the initiative be corrected.If those issues are addressed, the court says it will give a go-ahead to the proposal, moving it one step closer to becoming law. Otherwise, legislators would need a two-thirds majority of 38 votes to overrule the court’s objections.The question of who and what should be taxed has sparked nationwide demonstrations, but economists almost universally agree Costa Rica needs to pass reforms in order to avoid a financial crisis.In an interview with The Tico Times last month, Costa Rican journalist and economist David Ching explained its necessity.“We are spending more than what we are getting from taxes,” he said.If the government defaults on loans, Ching says, it might have to eliminate vital social programs as a cost-cutting measure.“The institutions that are lending the government are not sure that the government will pay back,” Ching said. “Because it’s a problem that has been going on 12 years, it has come to a point where [fiscal reform must be passed] now or we might be in great trouble. Facebook Comments “We can be talking about government institutions being shut down. We can be talking about social programs being shut down. We can be talking about interest rates skyrocketing. These are the kinds of things that could happen.”Like many other nations, Costa Rica suffered from a debt crisis in the 1980s following the second oil shock. As the New York Times explained, the “import prices and interest rates on foreign debt rose sharply, while export earnings needed to cover foreign bills collapsed.”The ensuing restructuring included cuts to social-service expenditures and, as financial analyst Karen Hansen-Kuhn noted in 1993, increased economic polarization — increasing the gap between the rich and the poor.“We’re definitely going down the same road, and that’s worrisome,” Ching said. “Some economists will argue we are still suffering from the consequences of that. I cannot say that is not true.”Listen to Ching’s entire interview in The Tico Times Dispatch below. You can also listen and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play Music.
BIG4 Holiday Parks recently celebrated the outstanding achievement and success of its 180 park group with the annual BIG4 Awards presented in Brisbane. The BIG4 Gala Awards are held each year to acknowledge Member Parks that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year with winners selected by a panel of BIG4 shareholders and board members. Of the ten awards presented each year, the most prestigious park award is the BIG4 Supreme Award for Excellence, awarded to BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park in Victoria for excellence in personal service, facilities, accommodation and tourism promotion. The highest award available to individuals involved with BIG4 Holiday Parks is the BIG4 Life Membership Award which was awarded to Lorraine Golightly of BIG4 Beacon Resort in Victoria. The award recognises the exceptional accomplishments of those who have contributed to the success of the organisation and continue to support the positive performance of the BIG4 group overall. BIG4 Holiday Parks CEO, Ray Schleibs, said that while all BIG4 parks continue to set industry benchmarks for quality service and facilities, the awards are about recognising the individuals and Member Parks that have gone above and beyond to provide the ultimate Aussie holiday experience. “These parks have been recognised for their continued commitment to providing outstanding customer service and facility excellence. Each one has worked so hard to be the best of the best so we are very proud to honour them and have them as part of the BIG4 network,” said Ray.The following awards were presented to parks with outstanding commitment to excellence across a range of criteria: Source = BIG4 Holiday Parks Certificate of Appreciation: Ken Davis – BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park/BIG4 Frankston Holiday Park & Jenine Drayton – BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday ParkBIG4 Staff Recognition Award – Member Park: Hannah & Martin McGill – BIG4 Harrington Holiday ParkBIG4 Staff Recognition Award – Central Office: Maree Fox George, Business Development Manager BIG4 Best Branded Park Award: BIG4 Bungalow Park BIG4 Rising Star Award: BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park BIG4 Most Improved Park Award: BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort Alan & Gloria Rowett BIG4 Club Membership Award – Highest Sales National: BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park Alan & Gloria Rowett BIG4 Club Membership Award – Highest Weighted Sales National: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday ParkThose wanting to enjoy the BIG4 experience for themselves can start their journey at BIG4.com.au to order a free 2012 BIG4 Holiday Guide and book their next holiday online.