ATPN National NewsOTTAWA–A Manitoba grand chief is considering legal action against Indian Affairs over the department’s decision to award a $25,000 contract to a former bureaucrat for a review of programs in the same branch where the official once worked.Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Morris Shannacappo said he is troubled by the department’s silence on the contract which was rescinded after a complaint was issued to the minister of Indian Affairs.The deputy minister of Indian Affairs has also been asked by the watchdog that oversees federal procurement to probe the awarding of the contract.Shannacappo said he has failed to get any explanation from the department on the contract, which was awarded to the non-Aboriginal former bureaucrat under a special program for Aboriginal businesses.Now he wants to explore whether the department broke any laws.“I would like to get a legal opinion on it,” he said. “I would like to take it to a lawyer to see if we can go (the legal) route.”Indian Affairs announced it had awarded a contract to review its economic development programs on June 29 to Radek Bandzierz, who worked in the department’s Aboriginal Business Canada section and retired in the fall of 2009.The contract was rescinded in August after the issue was taken by Shannacappo’s organization to the minister’s office.In an Oct. 13 letter, obtained by APTN National News, federal deputy procurement ombudsman Oriana Trombetti asked deputy minister Michael Wernick to consider reviewing the contract’s awarding. Trombetti cited concerns from the chief’s organization over possible conflicts of interest and fair competition.Trombetti said the contract fell outside the ombudsman’s mandate because it was initially awarded under the Aboriginal set-aside program and was eventually rescinded.Indian Affairs would only confirm it had received the letter and that it would receive a response. A spokeswoman said the response constituted private correspondence and would not be revealed.Shannacappo said the affair is an example of how the government doesn’t walk the talk on accountability.“There is a lot of pressure being put on (First Nations) leadership to be accountable, but accountability is a two-way street,” he said.
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:BoC outlookBank of Canada will release its spring Business Outlook Survey on Monday. The central bank’s previous survey in December showed that sentiment had decreased slightly, but remained elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages.March home salesThe Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release March home sales results on Monday. CREA’s report for February found that the average price for homes was down 5.2 per cent from last year as the number of sales dropped to a 10-year low for the seasonally weak month.Aphria resultsAphria Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss its fiscal third-quarter financial results on Monday. The cannabis company along with rival Aurora Cannabis recently announced they were among the three companies selected by the German government to cultivate and distribute medical pot in the European country.Metro earningsMetro Inc. will release its second-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The grocer’s performance in its most recent financial year fell in line with company expectations, even as it grappled with supplier pressure to raise prices.March inflation numbersStatistics Canada releases its consumer price index for March on Wednesday. The agency’s CPI for February showed that inflation climbed 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as gains in most spending categories offset lower gasoline prices.The Canadian Press
ROME — It’s anyone’s guess which Roma will show up against Real Madrid on Tuesday.Will it be the squad that seems to rise to the occasion in the Champions League? Or will it be the team that struggles to put together consistent results in Serie A?Lately, Roma has resembled two different squads in the two competitions.Building on last season’s semifinal appearance, Roma has won three straight matches in the Champions League after opening the campaign with a 3-0 loss at Madrid. Over the three wins, Roma outscored the opposition 10-1 and the Giallorossi sit level on points with Madrid at the top of Group G.In Serie A, however, Roma has lost three times to opponents near the bottom of the standings. A 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Udinese on Saturday followed defeats to Bologna and Spal.In all, Roma has gained only seven points against the bottom six teams in the standings. The lost opportunities have left the Giallorossi in seventh place, nearly 20 points behind leader Juventus.It’s the worst start since 2011-12, which was Roma’s first season under American ownership.“I’m asking myself why this happens and I’m angry because I don’t have an explanation,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said.One reason could be that after selling off the backbone of the squad — goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool, midfielder Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan, and beloved defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman to Marseille — Roma no longer has the resources to compete at a high level in both competitions.With five goals in four matches, Edin Dzeko is the co-top scorer in the Champions League but the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker has a miserable rate of two in 12 games in the Italian league.Making matters more complicated is that Patrik Schick, Dzeko’s reserve at centre forward, has scored only one goal in all competitions.This is shaping up as a crucial week for Roma, with a home match against Inter Milan following the Madrid game.Any further stumbles could cause Di Francesco his job, with former Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa — who recently attended a Roma match — having acknowledged that he’s interested in taking over if necessary.POLITICAL PRESSUREItaly’s hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had some advice for AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso following a 1-1 draw with Lazio on Sunday.“If I were Gattuso I would have made some substitutions. The players were tired and I don’t understand why he didn’t change anything in the second half,” said Salvini, an avowed Milan fan who attended the match wearing a scarf featuring Milan’s red-and-black colours.Lazio held onto fourth place — which carries the final Champions League berth — with a last-gasp goal.Gattuso, who did not use any of his substitutes, did not appreciate Salvini’s comments.“Listen, I don’t talk about politics because I don’t understand any of it,” Gattuso said. “He should focus on politics, because if the deputy premier is talking about football it means we’re in trouble.”EUROPARMAHaving already become the first Italian club to earn three straight promotions, Parma is in position to qualify for yet another league.A 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday vaulted Parma into sixth place, which carries a spot in the Europa League.After being declared bankrupt three years ago, Parma has been promoted in consecutive seasons from Serie D.IRONMANAgainst Milan, centre back Francesco Acerbi started his 139th consecutive Serie A match.Having joined Lazio for this season from Sassuolo, the last time Acerbi was left out of the starting 11 came with Sassuolo against Empoli in October 2015.What’s more is that Acerbi has played every minute of his last 139 games — without being substituted.“The difference was Acerbi,” Gattuso said. “He made it difficult for us physically.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampfAndrew Dampf, The Associated Press
Ms Rehman claimed she did not find her husband’s regular visits to the Ummah Fitness Centre – where he met his accomplices – suspicious, as she was too busy raising their two children. Her husband left the family home for the final time on June 3 without kissing either his son or baby daughter, she claimed. Through tears, she described his actions as “disgusting” and said she still struggled to look at the pictures of the people he killed.Mr Lucraft, however, took a dim view of the accounts provided by Butt’s three close relatives, who were all shielded from view as they spoke to the court. On Friday, he said of Butt: “He lived in a very small flat with his wife and all of the family knew something of his extreme views.”He added: “I have to say, I didn’t find any of them convincing witnesses. Each has accepted that they should now have done more at the time.” “There was a lot of things he didn’t tell me,” she said.In early 2015, she became aware that Butt was planning to take them to Turkey for a holiday, but believed this to be a “cover story” to sneak across the border to Syria.She alerted her father, who confiscated their passports and tore up the plane tickets.Another flash point of tension came when Butt appeared in a Channel 4 documentary called The Jihadis Next Door in January 2016, to the surprise of his family. However, the inquests heard that Ms Rehman had only walked out on her husband once – when he suggested he would like to have a second wife. Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the inquests, asked her: “It might be suggested that you should have been provoked to that reaction, leaving , by what he had been doing in the previous year – his expressions of extremist views, associating with extremist figures. What would you say to that?”She replied that Butt was “still being a good husband and a good father and living a normal day-to-day life”.Similarly, when he hosted extremists including Anjem Choudary, the radical preacher, for dinner, she claimed she was segregated to a different part of their east London flat and excluded from conversation. 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. Zahrah Rehman, the widow of the London Bridge ringleader, was tearful as she insisted she knew nothing of his deadly intent.The mother of Khuram Butt’s two children described how friends had shunned her because they suspected she was complicit in his plot, telling a court: “You have to believe me, I didn’t know.”She was one of three close relatives who appeared at the inquests into his victims’ deaths to explain why they never raised the alarm about his deepening extremism.Each claimed they never considered that the 27-year-old, whose virulent Islamist outlook had brought him to the attention of MI5, was capable of murder.Ms Rehman told the Old Bailey she suspected her husband may one day travel to Syria, but never in her “wildest dreams” imagined he would bring carnage to London.Saad Butt, his older brother, claimed he felt “capable of monitoring him” thanks to his previous work in anti-extremism, for which he had received Government money.Butt’s darkening mindset – which had developed rapidly from around 2013 – likewise caught the attention of his sister and she expressed regret for failing to report him to authorities.The Chief Coroner of England and Wales, Mark Lucraft, took the unusual step of highlighting their failure to intervene as he delivered a narrative conclusion about each victim’s death. He suggested Saad Butt “did very little, if anything” to effectively monitor his brother, but accepted the death of his daughter at around this time had plunged his life into turmoil.In his conclusions, the coroner added: “Multiple warning signs about the extremist views and conduct of one attacker were known to a number of his close family members in the months and years before the attack.“In the main these were not reported to the authorities.”Usman Darr, then husband of Butt’s sister Haleema, was the only member of his family to contact police, when he phoned an anti-terror hotline in September 2015. He had an explosive argument with Butt after he had sought to defend a video showing ISIL executioners burning a Jordanian pilot to death in Syria. Butt, by then a married father-of-one, had also been bombarding Mr Darr and other relatives with anti-Western messages on WhatsApp, alongside links to websites glorifying jihad. “I don’t like my religion being hijacked by extremists,” Mr Darr told the inquests as he explained his motivation.Ms Rehman claimed she had repeatedly clashed with her husband about his radical views in the years leading up to the attack, but insisted her husband would ignore her.
← Previous Story Montenegro and Norway with the first match balls for semi-finals Next Story → Gummersbach signs Fredrik Larsson After Madrid Arena was no more an option for hosting one of the groups at the upcoming World Championship in Spain 2013, the organizers tried to seek a new solution and they found it in “Caja Magica” or “The Magic Box”. However, this hall did not meet preliminary requirements and had to undergo many changes. Few days ago it was officially approved by the IHF, and games will be played there starting on January 11th. Organizers are however, very well aware, that a lot more needs to done in order to meet the standards required for being a host hall of the World Championship 2013. caja magicaIHFmadrid
The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria is sticking to the February dates for the Lonsdale Street Festival and will once again host the festival on February 14 and 15.Moving away from the late March, early April dates, GOCMV has taken a liking to the new dates as it enables those who would like to fast during the Easter months a chance to get their souvlaki fix in February and bask in the last rays of summer sun.While the festival initially became synonymous with the Greek Independence Day celebrations on March 25, the new dates allow for a less busy event calendar in the city to compete with and more favourable weather conditions. The warm weekend is expected to once again welcome local and international performers in the heart of the Greek precinct, but no word yet on who will be booked for the headlining act. In this year’s festival Greek Australians braved the rain to see Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis, who only recently came back to play with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Cooking demonstrations, zorba till you drop competitions, karaoke and a non-stop program of traditional dancing and music will be just some of the events on offer next year. The Lonsdale Greek Festival is arguably one of the largest festivals of the Greek diaspora, which celebrates all things Greek.The GOCMV has put a call out for volunteers to register their interest now in the build-up to the event.Stall holders who would like to participate and performers keen to sign up to perform will be asked to sign up shortly, and should visit the festival’s official page in the next couple of weeks for more information. To volunteer for the 2015 Lonsdale Street Festival visit this link and fill out the application form www.surveymonkey.com/s/lsf15volunteerFor more information visit www.antipodesfestival.com.au/2014-lonsdale-street-festival Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Interplanetary space probes need encouragement, too.The public is invited to send messages of support to the spacecraft on its record-setting flyby.On Jan. 1, 2019, the ship will visit the most remote world ever explored by humankind: “(486958) 2014 MU69,” also known as Ultima Thule.Launched in 2006 as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, New Horizons completed its objective—perform a flyby of Pluto—in 2015, and has been cruising through the Kuiper Belt, more than 3.7 billion miles from Earth, ever since.Visit the Beyond Pluto website to select a greeting for the mission team to beam (along with your name) to New Horizons, as it speeds past Ultima Thule next month.“Traveling at light speed, the signals carrying these messages will reach the spacecraft about six hours after being beamed from the [Johns Hopkins] Applied Physics Lab’s largest dish antenna, on the very same day that New Horizons flies by Ultima Thule,” according to principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. “How cool is that?”Entries will be accepted through Dec. 21, 2018.“Like the flyby itself, this is a one-shot chance to become part of deep-space exploration history,” the Applied Physics Lab said in a recent announcement.After the New Year’s Day flyby, scientists will choose a formal name to submit to the International Astronomical Union, based in part on whether MU69 is a single body, binary pair, or system of multiple objects.(Early observations hint at either a binary orbiting pair, or a contact [stuck together] set of nearly like-sized bodies, some 11 and 12 miles in diameter.)The people’s moniker—Ultima Thule—will be used in the meantime.NASA, meanwhile, announced on Monday that its Voyager 2 probe has exited the heliosphere—the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun—and entered interstellar space.More on Geek.com:First Global Maps of Pluto, Charon Available to AllNASA’s OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu‘Christmas Comet’ Will Be Brightest Comet of the Year Stay on target NASA Makes Ultima Thule ‘Pop’ in Artsy 3D ImagesNew Horizons Snaps Sharp Images of Ultima Thule’s Surface
The state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.The Assembly resolution argues that part of the problem of locally legalizing marijuana is that banks can’t accept money from pot-related businesses. It’s considered money laundering because selling the drug is illegal according to federal law. The resolution cites an increase in robberies in Colorado because so many businesses now have cash sitting around.But the opposition was not supported unanimously. Chairman Patrick Flynn said the municipality should not weigh in on state issues.“I don’t think, frankly, the voters care what we think,” he told the rest of the Assembly. “And to the extent that we take actions like this, I think it’s more of an irritant than an attractant for the position we take.”Most others voted in favor saying they were urged by their constituents and the ballot measure endangers public safety.
Office workers walk past a digital broadcast at the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai showing the budget presentation in parliament on February 1, 2019. The market is expected to move sideways this week as the general elections begin. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesTraders are cautious as they expect the market to move sideways this week with the unveiling of the first phase of the general election 2019 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to return to power. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closed last week with a net weekly gain at 38,862 points, up 0.46 per cent on Friday. National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 also closed with a weekly net gain to top 11,665 points, marking a 0.59 per cent on the last day.The week ahead promises action as March quarter earnings season kicks off with IT majors TCS and Infosys amid election hype and release of the consumer price index (CPI), inflation and factory data. The general bullish bias supported by the market optimism of a Prime Minister Modi’s return to New Delhi with a decisive mandate gives traders scope to buy on dips, experts say. Last week’s volatility seems a curtain raiser to the next month and a half when the country winds its way through the tortuous election process the results of which are scheduled to be announced on May 23 to be followed by government making.Barring the continuing uncertainty over Brexit, most global cues are conducive to a bullish bias with the US-China trade war fears receding. Nifty 50 closed a volatile week with a net gain of 42 points or 0.36 per cent over the previous week’s close even with the elections and subsequent likely government-making chaos at the market’s doorsteps.Experts advise traders to stick to traditionally defensive sectors like IT and pharma unless the market makes a healthy correction in the first half of the week. Higher levels of the index could trigger bouts of profit taking as Nifty levels of 11,760 and 11,845 remain vital resistance points. Technical charts show support levels at 11,501 and 11,420, according to the experts Economic Times cites. The weekly relative strength index (RSI) at 67.7869 is at a fresh 14-period high, but the absence of a divergence from the price is tempering traders’ enthusiasm. However, the position of MACD above the signal line confirms the bullish bias and hence the advice to watch for dips to initiate fresh buys. But the Doji Star on the candle capping the upward move reveals bearish potential suggesting extra caution with tight stop loss setting. In the circumstances, experts suggest a highly stock-specific risk-averse approach to individual traders. “We expect Nifty to consolidate after the sharp surge while volatility will remain high on a stock specific front as participants would react to the earnings announcement of IT majors viz. Infosys and TCS,” Jayant Manglik of Religare Broking told Moneycontrol. He also advised trades to watch for scheduled release for macroeconomic data like the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and CPI apart from the choppiness from the warming up general election scene.On the heels of TCS and Infosys results on April 12, a host of other major players will be announcing their March quarter results and some even full year earnings data. Delta Corp, Tata Metaliks, Bajaj Consumer Care, Tinplate Company, and GTPL Hathway will also announce their earnings for the quarter this week. Brokerages expect double-digit earnings growth in Q4 of FY19 driven by banks and single-digit growth in revenue.
Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s leading mobile carrier by subscribers, posted a 10% rise in quarterly net profit that beat estimates, helped by a surge in data usage by customers.The company, headed by Sunil Mittal, said net profit for the quarter ended 30 September, 2015 rose to Rs 1,523 crore ($234.4 million), up from Rs 1,383 crore in the corresponding period last year. A rapid proliferation of smartphones, led by Chinese brands, has prompted Indian users to use their handsets to access the Internet and demand faster downloads, which are typical of 4G services.India is also seeing an unprecedented demand for fast data as its booming startup industry leans heavily on stable internet connections to get customers.”With the commercial launch of high speed 4G services across 334 towns and roll-out of 3G services … we are now best positioned in the industry to leverage the fast growing data market,” Gopal Vittal, chief executive of Airtel’s India & South Asia unit, said in a statement.Bharti Airtel has been in the lead in bringing fourth generation data services to customers in India, ramping up coverage ahead of rival Reliance Jio’s 4G services launch. Reliance Jio is the telecommunications unit of cash-rich conglomerate Reliance Industries led by Mukesh Ambani. In August, Airtel said it would price its 4G services at existing 3G costs, and the carrier is allowing some users to migrate to 4G for free.These efforts helped Airtel add more subscribers than rivals. Airtel, however, saw a drag from falling voice call charges, same as rival Idea Cellular did last week.As voice calls get cheaper, telecommunications carriers in India are focusing on building their data service networks to cater to an increasing number of customers who prefer using apps to calling.Average revenue per user for voice calls, a key measure of telecom health, dropped to Rs 140 from Rs 158 in the corresponding quarter last year. Average revenue per user from data rose to Rs 193 in the quarter, up from Rs 150 during the July-September quarter in 2014. Analysts on average expected the company to post a net profit of Rs 1,150 crore, according to Thomson Reuters data.Total revenue rose 4% to Rs 23,836 crore for the second quarter from a year earlier. Mobile data revenue grew 60% during the quarter.
Many sectors took a beating in November and December as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision, but showbiz almost bucked the trend. The latest Hindi blockbuster Dangal starring Aamir Khan, which was released on December 23, has done well and is poised to beef up PVR’s Q3 earnings, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL).The spend per head (SPH) actually grew about 5 per cent and advertisement income rose by about 10 per cent, MOSL said in a note.”Hindi film Dangal reported stellar net box office collection (NBO) of ~INR2.4b (Rs 240 crore) until 31-December 2016 in India, which is expected to aid PVR (~20% market share, according to management) in the current quarter.”In 3QFY17, we broadly expect average ticket prices (ATP) to remain flattish, given poor content overall (except for Dangal), SPH improvement of ~5 per cent, and advertisement income increase of 10-11 per cent,” analysts Niket Shah and Chintan Modi wrote in their sector update.PVR shares were trading at Rs 1,178 around 12.30 pm on Wednesday (Jan 4) on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The stock has fallen from Rs 1,284 on November 9, translating into an erosion of 8.25 percent since demonetisation.The analysts said that PVR is positioned well to see a similar buoyancy in Q3 revenues with two blockbuster releases this month — Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.Valuations “We expect the impact of demonetisation to be lower than our previous estimates. We thus increase our earnings estimates by 22% for FY17 (was mainly cut because of impact on operating leverage in view of demonetization) while broadly maintaining FY18 estimates. The movie pipeline also appears strong with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ scheduled to be released on 26-January 2017 along with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’,” analysts said.Movies that were released during Q3 or at the end of Q2 included Dear Zindagi, Befikre, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shivaay, MS Dhoni and Kahaani 2.In related news, MOSL quoted the PVR management as saying that the integration of DT Cinemas with PVR is now complete, which is set to take the total screencount to more than 600 by the end of the current fiscal, with the addition of 32 screens of DT Cinemas. PVR’s listed rival Inox Leisure was trading at Rs 233, up 0.26 per cent from its previous close. The stock had closed at Rs 245 on November 8, 2016, the day PM Modi announced the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that accounted for about 86 per cent of the total currency in circulation in value terms.Cinepolis India, the Indian arm of Mexican multiplex chain Operadora Cinepolis SA de CV, operates about 240 screens and had indicated at plans to increase it to 400 by December 2017. It also plans to open new screens under the Fun Cinemas brand it acquired last January.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has honoured 10 firms for depositing large amounts of value-added tax (VAT) from sales at this year’s Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) on 26 February. Photo: UNBThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Tuesday honoured 10 firms for depositing large amounts of value-added tax (VAT) from sales in 2019- Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) that ended on 9 February, reports UNBNBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan handed out the awards to the representatives of the companies at an event held in NBR headquarter.Out of 569 companies who took part in the DITF, Hatil Complex Limited, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd, Esquire Electronics Ltd, Rangs Electronics, Butterfly Marketing Ltd, RFL Electronics Ltd, Fair Electronics Ltd, Dural Bal Plastics Ltd, Havana Furniture Ltd and Rangpur Metal Industries Ltd received crests and certificates.Among others, FBCCI Vice-president Sheikh Fazle Fahim and EBP Vice-chairman Bijoy Bhattacharya were present at the programme.
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Cable news network CNN included a Costa Rican Pacific beach on the Nicoya Peninsula – Playa Nosara – as one of the best tourism destinations for 2014, due its “eco-friendliness.”CNN released 11 places to go worldwide, with three other Latin American destinations joining Costa Rica.On Nosara, Alvin Rosenbaum, a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism, explained the beach community’s appeal.“Its pristine beaches are responsible for the introduction of an array of new activities for families with children, ranging from toddlers’ programs to educational and volunteer programs for older children,” Rosenbaum told CNN. “Nosara prides itself on its beaches and wildlife refuges and is now one of the most environmentally aware communities in Latin America.”Those activities include surfing schools, nature hikes and yoga retreats. Nosara also is in the process of building a recycling center, an uncommon sight in most of Costa Rica, showing its commitment to environmental sustainability, he said.Nosara also took a nod in 2012 from the New York Times, which listed it as one of the top 45 places in the world to visit.Further south, CNN included Panama City as one of its top 11 destinations, citing the 100th anniversary of the canal, the recent economic boom and the country’s various natural wonders as major draws. Panama plans to complete Central America’s first subway system in January.On Brazil, CNN wrote that the World Cup in June and July is a must-see in what has become the world’s soccer capital. CNN said the Amazon, Iguazú Falls and a vibrant party culture could keep soccer aficionados glued to the country.A final Latin American entrant, Ecuador, earned praise for its plan to invest $600 million in tourism infrastructure over the next four years. CNN referenced an International Living report that said Ecuador has been the No. 1 retirement destination for five years in a row. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Jet Airways and flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first budget airline, have entered into an extensive codeshare partnership to enhance connectivity between India and Saudi Arabia.As part of the agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code ‘9W’ on flynas flights between the gateway cities of Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh, thus providing its guests travelling from India the ability to travel in to Saudi Arabia via one point and depart from another. Jet Airways will also be placing its code via Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh to the Saudi Arabian cities of Medina which is the holiest city in Islam, as well as port city of Gizan, the agriculturally rich city of Gassim, the unofficial summer capital city of Taif and the popular tourist destination Abha, thus extending our reach into Saudi Arabia.In turn, flynas will be able to offer its guests access in to India by placing its marketing code ‘XY’ on Jet Airways’ international flights connecting Jeddah to Mumbai, Riyadh to Mumbai and Delhi as well as Dammam to Mumbai and Delhi. In addition to these international routes, flynas will also place its marketing code on certain destinations on the Jet Airways domestic network, via Mumbai to Delhi, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Lucknow as well as via Delhi to Bengaluru, Lucknow, Chennai, and Kochi.Marnix Fruitema, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Jet Airways said, “Saudi Arabia is the second largest international travel market to/from India with almost six million passengers travelling between both countries annually for religious tourism, business as well as leisure. Our codeshare agreement with flynas reflects our continuing commitment to offer our guests the best possible connections to more and more destinations around the world and we are delighted to partner with flynas to offer guests of both the airlines wider network access and a seamless travel experience across the networks of both carriers.Bander Al-Mohanna, CEO, flynas stated, “This partnership is an important step in-line with flynas’ expansion and development strategy. Through such agreements we aim to offer a continually improved service to our passengers by adding more travel routes and expanding our reach regionally and internationally, in particular to key markets such as India. We are certain this partnership will support our efforts and enable us to upscale the quality and convenience required to meet and even surpass our passengers’ demands and expectations.”Flights under this agreement are now open for sale, for travel effective December 11, 2018.
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