Whats next for Canadas Bianca Andreescu

first_imgShe’s currently ranked fifth in the world — a career-high.Andreescu is looking to cap off an incredible 2019 that has already seen her win her first Grand Slam, as well as the Rogers Cup and Indian Wells, both WTA Premier tournaments.Lewis hosts a podcast called Match Point Canada.WATCH: Bianca Andreescu on her big win, dealing with fame BEIJING (660 NEWS) — After winning the U.S. Open earlier this month, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is ready for action again.The 19-year-old is in Beijing for the China Open. A solid run will help her qualify for the WTA Finals, where only the top eight seeds are invited to play.“Here she is, Bianca Andreescu, you could argue she’s been the best women’s player all season long when she’s played,” Sportsnet’s Ben Lewis explained. “It’s unbelievable to think of where she would’ve started this year rankings-wise. It seemed completely out of the realm of possibility that she could’ve possibly been a player on anybody’s radar to be competing at the end of year finals.”LISTEN: 660’s Sandra Prusina chats with Sportsnet’s Ben LewisAudio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2019/09/26/ben-lewis-fan-590-tennis-sandra.prusina.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Taylor Swift Challenges Radio DJs To HighRise Dare

first_imgBritish radio presenters Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon are teaming up with Taylor Swift in their incredible charity breakfast show on October 9th – raising money for Global’s Make Some Noise.Global’s Make Some Noise Day will see the three take to the skies, 1,000 feet above London, at the top of The Shard to present a never-before-heard show.Not only will they be facing the heights of Western Europe’s tallest building, but Taylor has set Dave and Lisa a terrifying challenge: whoever raises the least in the run up to 9th October – Global’s Make Some Noise day – has to clean the windows of The View from the Shard – from the outside!Capital Breakfast’s Dave Berry said: “I’m absolutely terrified of losing out to Lisa on this challenge, so I’m going to need everyone’s support. I’m pulling out all the stops to raise as much money as possible for our new charity, Global’s Make Some Noise, so please get behind me and donate!”Lisa Snowdon said: “The forfeit for losing this challenge is possibly one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever been faced with, thanks Taylor! I need everyone’s support on this – help me get Dave up there! Come on, London, I need your help!”It’s up to you – are you Team Lisa or Team Dave?To save Lisa from scaling the shard text ‘LISA’ to 70070.To save Dave from this window-cleaning nightmare text ‘DAVE’ to 70070.The pair have just over a week to raise the most – so get donating today!Glabal’s Make Some Noise helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. These youngsters may be affected by illness, disability, bereavement or lack of opportunity. They want every child and teenager to reach their full potential. So they use the power of radio to MAKE SOME NOISE for those who struggle to be heard. Which allows them to award grants to specially selected projects across the country that are changing young lives.Find out more here.Source:Make Some Noiselast_img read more

NEB approves 266 km TransCanada Corp pipeline abandonment in northwest Alberta

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s plan to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline system in northwestern Alberta.The approved plan calls for the TransCanada Corp. subsidiary to remove a nine kilometre section of the pipeline running through the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land and leave the rest of the pipeline segments in place.The NEB says this was the largest proposal to abandon a facility ever considered by the regulator. TransCanada indicated in its application that the section of pipeline running north-south about 34 kilometres west of Peace River, Alta., is no longer needed and customers will be served by other pipelines in the network.The NEB says the company will be liable and accountable for monitoring and maintaining the pipeline in a safe and environmentally sound manner for as long as it remains in the ground.The company said in its application that the cost of project is estimated at $29.7 million.(THE CANADIAN)last_img read more

Syrian National Coalition meets to discuss Geneva

first_imgISTANBUL– Istanbul-based opposition group Syrian National Coalition is meeting for a two-day general assembly as anticipation grows for an international conference later this month on a solution to the ongoing civil war in Syria.The SNC‘s eleventh general assembly is expected to broach participation to the Geneva-2 conference slated for January 22, and election of a new president now that the tenure of Ahmad Jarba is over.The opposition group is said to be under pressure as the Syrian National Council, one of the largest formations within the SNC, has announced it will not take part in Geneva-2 because the embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has not taken necessary steps to free captives, stop airstrikes, and open secure corridors – conditions earlier set by the Council for participating.last_img read more

UN UnderSecretaryGeneral for Political Affairs arrives in Sri Lanka

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, arrived in Sri Lanka today for a three-day visit. Feltman is expected to meet with a wide range of Sri Lankan leaders including the President, the Prime Minister and other senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups.The visit will take place in the context of ongoing UN engagement with Sri Lanka, the UN office in Colombo said. (Colombo Gazette)

Avalanche near Kabul traps 20 cars UN reports

The UN had received a request from the Interim Authority for assistance, the spokesman said, adding that while the world body did not have relevant equipment to free or rescue the people trapped near the Salang Tunnel, a team from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had gone to the area. There were no reports of casualties at this time and no UN vehicles or personnel were in the area at the time of the avalanche, the spokesman said.

In Afghanistan UN crime chief pledges support to combat disastrous drug trade

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov during his meeting with Afghanistan’s political leadership also discussed how to enhance the long-standing relationship between Afghanistan and UNODC, said a press release. The Executive Director acknowledged that illicit drugs have had a “disastrous” impact on the country. According to UNODC, Afghanistan suffers one of the world’s highest prevalence rates for opiate use and HIV and hepatitis are widespread among injecting drug users. At present, more than one million Afghans are drug dependent. Poppy cultivation and production have also increased rapidly in Afghanistan in recent years. There has, however, been progress, most notably in the capacity of local authorities to counter drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and terrorism, as well as the provision of essential drug treatment and rehabilitation services. Afghanistan has also worked hard on its engagement with neighbouring countries. UNODC will continue to use its integrated country and regional programmes to focus on illicit financial flows, to undertake research and analysis of the problem and to offer strong technical support to government bodies.But it was also recognized that any successful response must be regional and international in its scope and ambition, and connected to the country’s social and economic development, the statement said. read more

Students encouraged to get talking about mental health

first_imgSTUDENTS ARE BEING encouraged to talk to each other about their mental health as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) More Talk, More Action campaign.They had former rugby star and mental health advocate Alan Quinlan on board to help launch the campaign, which is run in partnership with Lyons Tea, See Change and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.The campaign sees thousands of Chats for Change packs being distributed across college campuses nationwide. Containing two teabags and a banner pen with tips on how to spark the conversation around mental health and contacts for support services, it encourages students to make time and space to chat about their mental health while enjoying a cuppa.The More Talk, More Action campus tour will also roll into college campuses nationwide with a message for students to talk more about mental health and take more action for their wellbeing.It will include interactive and educational information stands and expert advice from a range of groups, as well as one-to-one consultations by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.The More Talk More Action campus tour will visit the following locations:Monday, November 11 – NCI, DublinTuesday, November 12 – Cork IT, CorkWednesday, November 13 – NUI Maynooth, MaynoothThursday, November 14 – AIT, AthloneDenise McCarth, USI VP for Welfare, explained to TheJournal.ie that the USI runs a mental health campaign every year.In encouraging students to talk more, the USI wants them to prioritise their mental health, and take action. It’s not about being an expert, it’s about being there to listen and share.“The fact of the matter is we all know college can be such a fun and exciting time, but it is such a stressful time as well,” said McCarthy. “It sometimes can be isolating.” From moving house to exams, sexuality and relationships, there can be many different pressures on students.“We’ve seen this macho image that boys shouldn’t talk about it and girls do nothing but talk about it,” said McCarthy of the stereotypes surrounding mental health.“We want to make sure that people are aware that mental health is part of all our stories.”Read: Isolation and the lack of opportunities impacts on young peoples’ mental health in Donegal>last_img read more

San Diego DAs office releases letters detailing four deputyinvolved shootings last year

first_imgSan Diego DA’s office releases letters detailing four deputy-involved shootings last year March 2, 2018 John Soderman Posted: March 2, 2018 John Soderman, center_img Updated: 10:30 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Four fatal deputy-involved shootings in San Diego County last year were legally justified and the deputies involved bear no criminal liability for their actions, according to review letters sent Friday to the sheriff’s department and released Friday by county District Attorney Summer Stephan.The letters sent to Sheriff Bill Gore involved shootings that happened between March and July 2017, specifically:On March 2, 10-year department veteran Deputy Brian Bloomberg shot 34-year-old Isidro Bazan Jr. after the transient had broken into an occupied home in the 600 block of Edgewater Drive in San Marcos, sheriff’s officials said. With the family of four locked in upstairs bedrooms, Bazan allegedly stole a family vehicle from the garage, crashed it as he fled and threatened tokill deputies with a Glock 40 pistol he claimed to be carrying. When Bazan rushed at deputies holding an item to his head, one deputy fired a beanbag round while Bloomberg fired two shots from his service gun, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said. One of the rounds struck Bazan in the chest and he died at the scene. Deputies subsequently determined that Bazan had been carrying a dark-colored butane torch, not a pistol or other weapon.On May 15, Deputy Noah Zarnow, who’d been with the department five years, opened fire on transient Emmanuel Ibarra, 34, when Ibarra allegedly rushed at the lawman and his partner holding a knife he previously used to attack a restaurant manager. Sheriff’s officials said the incident began when a man who’d just been kicked out of a Solana Beach Rubio’s returned to the restaurant with a knife and attacked the manager who ejected him from the eatery, stabbing the victim in his head and face. The 49-year-old victim survived the attack. Zarnow and another deputy soon spotted Ibarra, who matched the description of the assailant, near a stretch of train tracks beneath an elevated section of Via de la Valle in Del Mar, a few blocks south of therestaurant, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said. When the lawmen called out to him, Ibarra allegedly walked out from behind a concrete bridge support with a knife in his hand and strode toward the deputy closest to him, who lost his footing and fell down while backing away. Zarnow then yelled at Ibarra, who turned and charged him, still clutching the knife, Rylaarsdam said. Zarnow responded by opening fire on the suspect with his service pistol, wounding him multiple times. Ibarra later died at a hospital.On June 4, 23-year department veteran Deputy Richard Phillips shot and killed 66-year-old Bruce Dawley, who had called 911 to say he was suicidal and armed with a gun inside his home near Lake Morena County Park. When deputies arrived at the home in the 2500 block of Gladiola Drive, they allegedly heard at least one gunshot from inside the home shortly before Dawley emerged from the front door holding a pistol. He allegedly fired at deputies, prompting Phillips to shoot back with a shotgun. Initially there was some question as to whether Dawley’s death had been self-inflicted or resulted from the deputy’s return fire, but the county Medical Examiner’s Office determined the shotgun blast struck Dawley in his body and inflicted the fatal wound.On July 5, Deputy Christopher Villanueva, who’d been with the department for one year, and previously worked for the Escondido Police Department, opened fire on 24-year-old Vista resident Jonathon Coronel when the fleeing gang member allegedly made a threatening move during a confrontation in a neighborhood near Vista Village shopping center. Sheriff’s officials said Coronel had run from deputies who recognized him as a documented gang member, fleeing into the back yards of several homes and ultimately ending up behind a home in the 200 block of Knoll Road. That’s where Villanueva — who had been informed that Coronel was known to carry a handgun and allegedly had made threats to murder law enforcement officers — found Coronel shirtless and crouched down with his right hand covered by his T-shirt. Coronel allegedly turned to face the deputy while raising his shrouded arm toward him, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said. Fearing for his safety, Villanueva fired 12 to 15 rounds at him with his service pistol, and Coronel died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. Coronel had no weapon on him at the time of the shooting, but may have discarded a knife and another makeshift dagger, which were found along the path Coronel took while trying to escape, Nelson said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bahamas hotel resort seeks chief flamingo officer

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Not many job descriptions hit the holiday hallmarks of sun, sea and sand, however wildlife-loving job-hunters could strike it lucky thanks to Baha Mar, a new hotel resort in the Bahamas, which is advertising for a chief flamingo officer to join its team.The chief flamingo officer, or CFO for short, will primarily be responsible for caring for the hotel’s resident flamingo flock, due to arrive at Baha Mar in spring 2018. This will include overseeing the flamingo mansion, an indoor and outdoor, aquatic and dry habitat that has been designed to fulfil all the needs of the hotel’s brand-new flamingo flock.The CFO will also be required to interact with hotel guests, as well as design interactive programmes and guest experiences. This will include creating programmes for Baha Mar’s explorer club, the resort’s children’s group.Potential candidates, who may be local or from elsewhere in the world, need to have a degree in zoology or a related field to apply for the beach-based role. Baha Mar additionally requires its new CFO to have ample knowledge of caring for exotic animals in an accredited professional environment, and in particular, a knowledge of bird species. Furthermore, the CFO must be able to display a wide understanding of biology, ecology and behaviour requirements of animals, as well as showcase skills in animal habitat maintenance, nutrition and animal observation.Individuals with a passion for wildlife, conservation, hospitality and the tropical climes of the Caribbean are encouraged to apply for this unique position, which will see the CFO work alongside the hotel’s chief scientist, as the new flamingo habitat will form part of Baha Mar’s Ecological, Aquatic Conservation Habitat Sanctuary (BEACH Sanctuary), which enables the hotel’s guests to learn more about the Bahamas’ natural environment.Impressive zoology skills aside, the benefits of the CFO position are sure to attract potential new recruits. Lucky candidates will be able to spend their shifts enjoying the tan-inducing tropical weather of the Bahamas, as well as having all of the facilities of a luxury hotel to hand. Furthermore, a new pink posse of flamingo friends is an unusual employee perk that not many hospitality staff can write home about.Applicants have until 28 February 2018 to submit their CVs and start bulk-buying suncream.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this job sounds like an amazing opportunity; it certainly encourages us to spread our wings into a new career field…last_img read more

Argentinian man records video of bright UFO hovering low in skies conspiracy

first_imgYouTube: UFO ManiaA creepy video shared to YouTube by popular conspiracy theory channel ‘UFO Mania’ is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrial enthusiasts. In the video, a bright UFO, probably disc-shaped can be seen hovering in low in the night sky.Interestingly, the shape of the object seen in the video seems very familiar to the alien spaceships which we have seen in popular Hollywood sci-fi flicks.The YouTube channel reveals that the video was apparently shot by a man named Gustavo Fabian Zarate on April 17, 2019, in Argentina. After seeing the bizarre structure in the skies, Gustavo soon took his smartphone and captured the incident.”I never thought I’d go through something like this. Look, it’s a matter of belief or bust. The kids are speechless. Look at this thing, it’s impressive,” said the man in the video.After capturing the incident, Gustavo shared in on his Facebook page, where it racked up more than 3568 shares. However, the clip became popular after it was shared by UFO Mania on YouTube.After watching the video, viewers of ‘UFO Mania’ too put forward various theories explaining this weird sky sighting. Most of the people who watched the video claimed that aliens from deep space have visited the earth to monitor our activities, and some of them even went a step ahead and claimed that extraterrestrials are living together with humans.”It’s more likely the more we see these that it’s humans that are testing out their new military technology given to them by aliens/demons,” commented Sean S, a YouTube user.”This is real. I’ve seen it quite a few times,” commented Diana Naundorf, another YouTuber.However, sceptics were quick to dismiss the alien connection, and they made it clear that this light is actually the reflection of the windshield from something inside the car.The new UFO sighting was reported just a few days after Dr Young-hae Chi, a Korean lecturer who teaches at the Oxford Oriental Institute claimed that aliens are interbreeding with humans to produce powerful hybrids. The researcher also added that alien hybrids from mixed parentage will survive climate change that will happen in the future, and will finally emerge as the most dominant species on Earth.last_img read more

Real Good You Guys My Hero Academia

first_img Popular shonen anime tend to be the most cookie-cutter things, especially if they’re based on a premise of a kid who aspires to be something cool when he grows up. Even if the concepts vary wildly across things like ninjas, pirates, and ghost hunters, they tend to settle into very similar formulas and hit very similar notes and run through very similar arcs. And My Hero Academia is no different. In terms of narrative beats, it’s the most stock shonen anime you could come up with.And I really, really like it, because it goes through those familiar motions exceptionally well, fixing most of the problems I have with nearly every other shonen anime of its type.AdChoices广告But first, a note about the name. It’s called Boku no Hero Academia in Japan, and My Hero Academia here. Both names are equally valid, so don’t try for weeb cred by turning your nose up at the English name. First, the names mean the same thing. Second, half of the Japanese name is in English anyway. Third, and most importantly, the logo says My Hero Academia in English above Boku no Hero Academia in kanji and kana. And the same thing goes for Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin. If there’s an English version of the title on the show’s logo, it’s just as valid as the Japanese one.Also, I really like calling it Macademia. Don’t @ me.Anyway, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where 80 percent of the population has developed superpowers called “quirks” through an unexplained phenomena. Because of this, superheroes are everywhere, regulated by the government and organized into private agencies. Izuku “Deku” Midoriya was born without a quirk, but he wants to be a hero like his idol All-Might. He’s picked on by his classmates, who all have quirks and make fun of him for being different.You can see why this is sometimes nicknamed “green Naruto (his costume is green).”Deku meets All-Might and gets the opportunity to go to the UA hero academy, the most high-profile school for aspiring heroes. He also realizes an incredible power he can’t consciously control, and needs to train to improve how he can use it. While getting better understanding of his power, he fights rivals and has to deal with dangerous villains.This is all straight out of your most basic shonen anime template. But here’s why Macademia executes it so well: Its characters are interesting and well-developed. Straight-up, that’s it. The characters are actually characters, in addition to being clear-cut shonen anime archetypes. They’re people with personalities, motivations, and flaws. They’re compelling and deep, at least for the genre.Deku isn’t a blindly optimistic dynamo who constantly holds the idiot ball like Naruto. He’s cloyingly positive and helpful, sure, but there are actual reasons for that. He grew up without a quirk but idolizing the world’s greatest hero, and now he’s in a position where he can fulfill his dream. He’s also a good decade behind all the other students, who got their quirks as toddlers, and has to hide his relationship with All-Might on top of it. After dealing with years of bullying on top of that, he’s actually a neurotic wreck who tends to burst into tears when he accomplishes something great because he still can’t believe he can do it.He’s very bright and analytical, constantly making notes and considering how to best deal with different superpowers. A running gag even develops around his incessant mumbling when he’s watching other heroes, and how everyone else looks at him strangely for it. And, while he’s great at coming up with tactics to solve problems and get the edge in fights, they’re not always correct. He isn’t ever shown as an infallible star student, just like he isn’t ever shown as a perpetually stupid combat prodigy.Then there’s Deku’s power. It’s new to him, and he has no idea how to control it at first. The power is as generic as the premise, simply absurd strength and speed. The problem is, because he can’t control it, using this power seriously injures him. It isn’t a process of Deku learning new special moves to use against enemies; it’s a process of Deku figuring out how to channel the sudden power inside him, so it doesn’t cripple him. That’s really interesting, and seeing him improve in controlling his power alongside seeing him learn to accept that he’s able to keep up with his aspiring hero classmates in the face of his inferiority complex is incredibly compelling.The supporting cast are just as interesting, with their own layered histories and motivations. Let’s skip All-Might, who I’ll just say isn’t quite the unbeatable, dauntless superhero he seems to be. And he probably isn’t what you’re thinking he is now, either. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bakugo is Deku’s rival, who has been bullying him since they were kids. He’s obsessively competitive and has extreme rage issues. He’s also Deku’s classmate in UA, because his quirk, skills, and ambition got him into the school. He flies off the handle at anything, and generally acts like a rage-filled jackass.And his classmates react to him like they would to a rage-filled jackass. Bakugo’s a star student with a ton of power, and he’s on track to be a big hero. His classmates respect that, but they also realize that he’s a huge asshole all the time. This isn’t like Sasuke with blind hero-worship for a mopey dick (and eventual forgiveness for some really, really messed-up things). He’s a jerk, and everyone says “He’s a jerk, you guys want to hang out somewhere else?” That’s so weirdly rare to see in a shonen anime, especially if your go-to is Naruto.Todoroki and Iida are much more traditionally respectable allies/rivals to Deku, and on the surface they seem like they would be incredibly bland and tropey. Todoroki is the laconic hero aristocrat with incredible power and ability, and Iida is the high-strung lawful good hero stereotype. But then you dig deeper into them as characters. Todoroki has a complicated relationship with his family and his powers, and his struggles with both are interesting in their own right. And Iida worships his brother, who’s already a high-profile hero, while still dealing with living in his shadow and the question of whether he can be his own hero or follow in his brother’s high-speed footsteps. They aren’t just (blank) personality with (blank) power and (blank) motivation. They’re actually fleshed-out characters with their own backgrounds that directly inform the type of people they are and how they react to different things.Ochaco Uraraka is the primary female character and one of Deku’s best friends at UA, and she too manages to avoid becoming a tropey paper doll. She’s a good-natured, soft-spoken girl, but those aspects hide some compelling characterization and personality traits, and manages to become more interesting and well-rounded as a character than Sakura became in two entire Naruto series. She doesn’t pine over Deku or Bakugo or Todoroki, and even her relationship with Deku develops out of mixed motivations including some uncharacteristic-for-the-archetype streaks of opportunism and individual determination. Just like all the other major characters, she has a background and personality that inform her decisions in a compelling and natural way.center_img Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… While the concepts in Macademia are lifted directly from shonen anime archetypes, the pacing isn’t. There aren’t hundreds and hundreds of episodes to pore through to catch up on. The anime is arranged into seasons, and after two seasons there are currently 38 episodes to watch, and none feel remotely like filler. That means every major fight, challenge, and contest gets done in less time than a Peter Jackson movie trilogy, which is more than can be said about Dragonball Z/Super, Naruto, or Bleach.Entrance exams? Two episodes. Tense ambush spread across multiple locations? Four episodes. Sports festival? Two events at two episodes each and a full tournament that takes six episodes. Basically, there isn’t going to be a My Hero Academia Kai, because everything is paced very well. Each encounter takes long enough to show the character development it needs to establish, but doesn’t waste episodes milking tension. There are plenty of moments of uncertainty and lots of seemingly insurmountable challenges, but these problems are recognized, analyzed, and addressed immediately instead of aimlessly looming to bump up the episode count.My Hero Academia isn’t the most unique, visually breathtaking, or philosophically interesting anime series. It doesn’t have the sheer weirdness of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or the epic scale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or the impeccably crafted style of Cowboy Bebop. It just executes the shonen anime formula incredibly well by having interesting, compelling characters with well-developed backgrounds and motivations that influence their decisions and interactions in very natural ways. It takes the most basic Naruto-like structure and executes it in a way that never feels like the characters are acting solely in the service of the plot, or that they’re hesitating or making bad decisions purely to stretch out the runtime.It’s real good you guys.last_img read more

Tai Pan Tours celebrates 28th anniversary – and Chinese New Year

first_imgTai Pan Tours celebrates 28th anniversary – and Chinese New Year Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img RICHMOND HILL — Tai Pan Tours went all out for its 28th anniversary and Chinese New Year celebration last week with lots of food and entertainment.“We look for every opportunity to serve the community because we’ve been here for 28 years. We started as a really small company, and now we have over 100 people on staff,” said Lisa Lau, Global Development Manager. “We’ve been one of the largest tour operators for the Chinese motorcoach operator companies and we are looking forward to moving on to develop more destinations for Canadian travellers.”The event was also an appreciation night for travel agents with some of the company’s top producing agents receiving recognition, showcasing them as not just as business associates but partners.“It means the world to me to have everyone here,” said Fion Tran, Founder and President of Tai Pan Tours. “Thank you for all your support and encouragement, especially to the airlines, travel agencies and tourism boards, thank you very much for the past 28 years.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?By taking every booking seriously, Tai Pan Tours puts “their feet into the shoes” of agents to understand some of the challenges they face. Lau says Tai Pan also offers agents high commissions, more incentives and a loyalty program with the best deals. Tags: Tai Pan Tours Sharelast_img read more

Two new routes for Air Canada MontrealBordeaux CalgaryTerrace

first_imgTwo new routes for Air Canada: Montreal-Bordeaux & Calgary-Terrace Calgary-TerraceDaily with Q-400snew Vancouver-Kamloops5 x daily with Q-400s+56% Vancouver-Penticton3 x daily with Q-400s+56% Share Thursday, July 4, 2019 Vancouver-SandspitDaily with Q-400s+56% Travelweek Group Edmonton-Grande Prairie2 x daily with Q-400s+56% Edmonton-Fort McMurray3 x daily with Q-400s+70% Calgary-Winnipeg3 x daily with A319s/CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+40% Vancouver-Fort St. John4 x daily with Q-400s+20% Vancouver-Prince Rupert2 x daily with Q-400s+56% Calgary-Kamloops2 x daily with Q-400s+56% Vancouver-Comox3 x daily with Q-400s+56% Posted by Vancouver-Saskatoon3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+44% MONTREAL — Today marks the inauguration of Air Canada’s new nonstop seasonal service from Montreal to Bordeaux, its fifth destination in France.Flight AC1908 departs Montreal at 8:00 p.m. today, arriving in Bordeaux at 8:50 a.m. on July 5. The flight is operated by Air Canada Rouge onboard a Boeing 767-300ER featuring premium and economy cabins.“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning. “Our three weekly flights to Bordeaux provide travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market. In addition to playing a special role in connecting Canada with many French-speaking communities around the world, our Montreal hub is increasingly popular among U.S. travellers who appreciate seamless connections to international destinations on Air Canada.”Air Canada also announced new daily nonstop, year-round service between Calgary and Terrace, B.C., beginning Oct. 28, 2019. The new route complements the carrier’s 5x daily flights between Vancouver and Terrace.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAccording to Galardo, the Skeena Valley area in Northern B.C. is seeing major economic growth.“With significant development projects underway in the Terrace-Kitimat area, we are strategically boosting capacity on our Vancouver-Terrace route this winter with five daily flights,” he said. “With these new schedule enhancements, Air Canada will offer the most flights and options to travel easily between Terrace-Kitimat and anywhere across North America and internationally.”Galardo also noted that Air Canada has increased capacity this winter in several other regional markets in Western Canada, including the B.C. Interior, Northern B.C., Vancouver Island and Northern Alberta communities. Plus, the carrier will be adding capacity on its Whitehorse, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg routes with larger Airbus A319/A320 and CRJ-900 aircraft this fall and winter.Increased services across Western Canada regional markets this fall and winter peak compared to last year include: Vancouver-Whitehorse2 x daily with A319s/A320s offering Business and Economy Class+24% RouteFrequencies & Aircraft*Capacity Increase Vancouver-Regina3 daily with CRJ900s offering Business and Economy Class+44% Tags: Air Canada, Bordeaux, Calgary, Montreal, Terrace Vancouver-Terrace5 x daily with Q-400s+30% Vancouver-Smithers2 x daily with Q-400s+56% << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Beyond launches mobile camping safaris in Botswana

first_imgAvailable now to book from February 2016, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has launched six new mobile camping safaris through the most iconic wildlife areas of Botswana. Privately guided throughout, these &Beyond Expeditions offer exclusive game viewing experiences combined with comfortable and fully serviced mobile camping accommodation.The all-inclusive safaris range from six to eight-night safaris and include the Chobe National Park, Savute, Okavango Delta and Nxai Pans National Park. Departing on set dates throughout the year, the Expeditions can be booked for small groups or individual travellers, as well as photographic enthusiasts.Aimed at the adventurous traveller looking to get close to nature, the six Botswana Expeditions safaris provide a fully serviced camping experience that is comfortable but rustic. While all the options include the mobile camping element, some of the safaris also provide a final touch of luxury, as they end with a few nights at one of &Beyond’s luxury Okavango Delta lodges.Each safari is hosted by one of &Beyond’s most senior and experienced private guides, who offers a wealth of knowledge about the destinations. The mobile camping adventures are fully inclusive and offer an intimate game viewing experience, with a minimum of two and maximum of six guests per departure. Window seat on game drives are guaranteed and children over the age of 12 are welcome.Accommodation is in spacious dome tents with ensuite bathrooms, separate toilets and hot bucket showers. Each mobile camp boasts three guest tents, which provide basic yet comfortable camping-style accommodation. There is no electricity in the camps, but cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices can be charged on the safari vehicle.The six itineraries are differentiated by length, the regions visited and the type of accommodation:Classic Explorer Safari – eight-night mobile camping adventure through Chobe National Park, Savute and the Okavango Delta.Superior Explorer Safari – eight-night safari, including mobile camping in the Chobe National Park, Savute and the Okavango Delta, ending off at a luxury &Beyond lodge in the Delta.Mini Explorer Safari – six-night mobile camping experience in Chobe, Savute and the Okavango Delta.Botswana Highlights Safari – eight-night mobile camping safari through the Chobe National Park, Savute, Okavango Delta and Nxai Pans National Park. The timing of the safari has been carefuly planned to coincide with the zebra migration in the Nxai Pans.Scenic Highlights Safari – a six-night mobile camping adventure that combines the scenic Nxai Pans National Park with the Okavango Delta.Superior Delta Safari – six nights in the Okavango Delta, combining mobile camping and a stay in a luxury &Beyond lodge.All six Botswana Expeditions options are available to book from June 2015 and will run from February 2016.Source = &Beyondlast_img read more

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