Flimsy fences ferocious dogs Canadas top pot expert on weeds path to

first_imgTORONTO – Even though Ernest Small was the biggest legal grower of legal marijuana in North America back in the 1970s and is the federal government’s foremost pot expert, the Canadian researcher is in disbelief that the country is on the cusp of legalizing the drug’s recreational use.The principal research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who was recently named to the Order of Canada last week for his vast body of work, says the atmosphere around marijuana in government and law enforcement circles was “repressive and conservative” for decades.“I would never have predicted that we would come to this. … There was not the slightest suggestion that one day, marijuana could be a legal commodity,” he said in an interview. “It just didn’t seem possible.”Now, there are more than 80 licensed producers of cannabis in the country, all of whom are ramping up production to be ready for the July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana across the country, while pot company stocks have been on fire for months.But looking back, Small had to aggressively plead his case with the government to allow him to begin researching weed, when he joined as a researcher in 1969.At the time, the now 77-year-old had just finished his doctorate in plant evolution from the University of California. Before landing in the Golden State, he said he had “no idea what drugs were, no idea what hippies were.”“It was just a total culture shock. And nevertheless, I did become quite interested in the cannabis plant because that was the thing that students, and even my professors were doing. And I was interested as a botanist in studying it as a plant.”Small said he convinced the government to allow him to study what was “basically verboten” by focusing on pot’s risks and how research could help law enforcement depress its use. He was eventually able to convince Health Canada to give him the green light, he said.The government also wanted, at the time, a standard supply of marijuana for experimental purposes. And in turn, Small was involved in establishing a two-acre pot crop at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, at Health Canada’s request.“I actually grew several tonnes of marijuana, and at that time more legal cannabis anybody in the world, at least in North America,” Small said.However, the outdoor plot only lasted for one summer in 1971, after being “raided frequently.”Small describes a “very flimsy fence” around the plot, as well as guards and “very ferocious dogs” on hand to protect it.“It very quickly became apparent that teenagers were doing a lot of the raiding. And we could not expose them to these dogs, so the dogs were kept chained up, ” he said. “We didn’t have searchlights… so the whole plot was a sitting duck.”After one summer, the operation was later moved indoors until roughly 1980, when the department of Agriculture decided it didn’t want to grow cannabis on the premises, he said.Subsequently, Small said he grew legal cannabis in association with the private sector, on private land.Small was also closely involved in selecting the strain of marijuana that is now the basis of all licensed medical marijuana in Canada.“It was a reasonable strain, easily producing 12 per cent THC,” he said.Today, Small noted, there are stronger strains with different balances of cannabinoids — chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers which give pot its medical and recreational properties.Still, Small believes that cannabis is now “on the verge of huge changes that are agriculturally significant, in terms of the productivity of this plant.”While most other crops have undergone the so-called Green Revolution, which has boosted agricultural production, cannabis has been left behind, he said.“The green revolution phase has totally been overlooked, because, of course, it’s been illegal most of the last century,” he said. “We are standing on the verge of huge changes that are agriculturally significant in terms of the productivity of this plant. It’s just a mind-boggling situation. There is no other crop but cannabis that is in this remarkable situation.”When asked whether his research, or recreation, has ever involved dabbling in pot himself, Small responded, “Hell, no.”He said if there is even the slightest odour of cannabis at a party, he immediately leaves. It’s an approach he intends to keep up with, even after July 2018.“I’m as pure as the driven snow,” Small said, adding that he does not drink alcohol or coffee either. “The simple fact is I’m entrusted with an enormous responsibility. And I am not going to, and have never, considered compromising that.”last_img read more

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From Gord Downies wisdom to Shania Twains comeback your 20 favourite stories

first_img Facebook So which articles were most popular among CBC Music readers? Perhaps it’s no surprise that most were connected to Canadian music icons, and to the top Canadian songs, songwriters and bands past and present.READ MORE There’s no doubt that 2017 was a momentous year for music in Canada.We saw new albums by Arcade Fire, Land of Talk, Drake, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Alvvays, Daniel Caesar and more. We saw outspoken Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta take the Polaris Music Prize, while the Juno album of the year went posthumously to Canadian legend Leonard Cohen.Canadians also mourned the death of Gord Downie who, for three decades, helped create a soundtrack for the country. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Algerias Bouteflika a veteran dogged by controversy

first_imgALGIERS – Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is to seek a fourth presidential term in an April election, helped to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests.One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, the 76-year-old first came to power in 1999, but has been dogged by ill health and corruption scandals.He has also never freed himself from the pervasive control of the unelected military, despite being determined to roll back its power and that of intelligence leaders who have dominated Algerian politics since independence. “I’m not three quarters of a president,” he said after being elected in 1999, addressing critics who saw him as another puppet of the army chiefs.But despite his efforts to reduce their influence, the army and the DRS intelligence agency are still widely considered to be the real power in Algeria.The army has chosen all of the country’s post-independence leaders — and Bouteflika was no different.With the military’s support, he stood unopposed in 1999 as the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) after all the other candidates withdrew, citing fears of electoral fraud.A dapper figure known for wearing a three-piece suit even in baking Saharan conditions, Bouteflika was credited by many Algerians with helping end the murderous civil war in the 1990s that killed at least 150,000 people.The military-backed government’s decision to cancel elections in 1991 which an Islamic party had been poised to win sparked a decade of appalling bloodletting.Islamist insurgents attacked both the military and civilians amid allegations of shocking abuses by both sides.Bouteflika proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for “national reconciliation” through referendums.Major gamble pays offThe first, in September 1999, was a major gamble but paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004.The resignation shortly afterwards of Mohamed Lamari, a Moscow-trained former army chief and key proponent of eradicating the armed Islamists during the civil war, was a step forward in curbing the military’s power.And the death in 2007 of General Smain Lamari, a close ally of the shadowy intelligence chief Mohamed “Tewfik” Mediene, the powerful hidden force in Algerian politics, was thought to further strengthen Bouteflika’s hand.But he never succeeded in neutralising Mediene, despite steps to emasculate the military intelligence agency in 2012 alongside sweeping cabinet changes.Bouteflika began a third term in 2009 following a constitutional amendment allowing him to stand again.His supporters argue that under his stewardship public and private investment has created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment.But a lack of opportunity continues to drive many Algerians abroad, often illegally, as youth unemployment remains high despite windfall oil revenues.When the Arab Spring burst into life in January 2011, Algeria witnessed deadly social unrest, and a month later Bouteflika acceded to an opposition demand, lifting a 19-year state of emergency.To head off further unrest he announced piecemeal political reforms, including boosting the role of independent parties.But these reforms won little support from the opposition, and legislative elections in May 2012 saw the FLN tighten its control of parliament.Bouteflika’s third term in office has been dogged by speculation about his health, and even rumours he had died, after he underwent surgery in Paris in 2005 for a stomach ulcer.Bouteflika was hospitalised in France again in April last year after a mini-stroke, spending three months recovering and chairing just two cabinet meetings in 2013.Despite his ill-health, in November the FLN named him as its candidate in the presidential election due in April.Bouteflika never married and has no children.last_img read more

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Dirt cheap loan or RRSP withdrawal Answer these tough questions first

TORONTO — Canadians may be tempted to take advantage of low interest rate loans instead of dipping into their RRSPs before retirement to either buy a home or go back to school.But financial experts warn that while it may be difficult to resist the lure of “cheap money” — whether it’s from a bank or your RRSP — both options will come at a cost.“We now have a phenomenon of cheap money,” says Avraham Byers, an adviser with Breakthrough Personal Financial Trainers.The problem is that cheap money isn’t always cheap“With cheap money, it’s easy to say, ’Well I’ll just borrow more and more money.’ We see lines of credit are getting bigger and bigger. The problem is that cheap money isn’t always cheap.”Banks have been dropping interest rates on loans and lines of credit after the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate to 0.75% in January and many analysts expect the central bank to lower its rate again.But despite the rock-bottom rates, Byers advises clients to be careful with how much debt they take on.“The litmus test on a loan you’re about to take is to imagine that loan, or line of credit, puffed up by 5% or so,” he said.Why slipping on your credit card payments is about to cost you bigger bucks“If you can handle that, then that’s great. But if you can’t handle that amount on there, then that may not be the best thing to do.”Any amount of debt can easily spiral out of control, he added.But if a loan isn’t affordable, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Canadians should automatically dip into their RRSPs to fund expenses.The Canada Revenue Agency permits first-time home buyers to withdraw up to $25,000 tax-free from an RRSP using the federal Home Buyer’s Plan, but that money needs to be paid back within 15 years. If that doesn’t happen, then the money will be added to their income for that tax year.Similarly, those who are going back to school full-time are allowed to withdraw $10,000 a year for a total of $20,000 from their RRSP under the Lifelong Learning Plan. One-tenth of the amount needs to be paid back each year, with the amount completely paid back within 10 years.“You have to understand that if you take money out of an RRSP, you really are taking money from your older self,” cautioned Byers.Mark Thierriault, a financial adviser with Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver, says RRSP contributors need to do the math.“If you take out a loan from a bank, you have to start paying that back right way and have to pay interest payments,” he said. “With an RRSP withdrawal under the Home Buyers or Lifelong Learning plans, you’re missing out — for however long it takes you to pay it back — on the growth you would’ve gained in that RRSP.”For example, if investments in an RRSP are generating returns of 6%, then it would make sense to keep the funds in that account and take out a loan at 3% interest instead.“Really, it comes down to the level of risk you’re taking in the investment and can you outperform the cost of borrowing,” said Thierriault. read more

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Better prices new pipelines expected to drive higher Canadian crude output

CALGARY — The Canadian Energy Research Institute says a pipeline capacity gap that is impeding the movement of Western Canada’s crude to market will close by 2021 and there will be surplus capacity from about 2022 until 2030.In a forecast based on financial modelling, the Calgary-based think-tank calls for the Enbridge Line 3 and Trans Mountain expansion pipelines to open in about two years, followed by the Keystone XL pipeline about a year later.It predicts crude oil production will jump to 7.2 million barrels per day by 2038 from 4.2 million bpd last year, aided by thirsty markets that will drive global oil prices above US$100 per barrel by 2030.Canadians split over Trudeau’s purchase of Trans Mountain pipeline, poll showsIEA issues stark warning to oil producers: A huge supply gap loomsFinally, a thumbs-up for Canadian oil — but will anybody notice?CERI says oil production growth will come mainly from the oilsands, which will build from the current 2.65 million barrels per day to just under 5.5 million bpd by 2038.Its oil production forecast is higher than one released last week by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which predicted based on surveys of its members that Canadian oil output will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 as oilsands production rises to 4.2 million bpd.CERI foresees a much darker future for natural gas, with rising production from shale gas wells in the U.S. replacing western Canadian gas in its traditional markets of Eastern Canada, the eastern U.S. and, eventually, mid-continent U.S.CERI president Allan Fogwill says gas production will fall from current levels of about 16.5 billion cubic feet per day to about 15 bcf/d over the next two decades unless LNG export facilities are built to send gas to new markets overseas.About 14 liquefied natural gas processing facilities have been proposed for the West Coast but none is being built as yet. read more

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Election 2019 Why should we vote

Got a case of voter apathy?Leader-Post political experts Arthur White-Crummey and Murray Mandryk are here with a new series called Why Should We Care?Each week, they’ll discuss an aspect about the 2019 federal election, and try to make a good case for why we should care. This week, they ask why should we vote?

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General Assembly President calls for stronger relationship between UN and civil society

Civil society organizations can significantly help the United Nations achieve its development agenda, the General Assembly President said today as she called for a closer relationship between the two and a stronger voice for civil society groups within the world body.Speaking in New York at a forum on the General Assembly and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which was jointly organized by her office and the UN Foundation, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said civil society groups have been making “a serious contribution” to the UN since its beginnings in 1945.“You are indispensable partners in delivering services to the poor, catalyzing action within countries and holding leaders accountable for their commitments,” she told participants at the forum.“In crisis, post-conflict and post-disaster situations, national and international NGOs are vital implementing partners – without them, UN humanitarian assistance could hardly be delivered.”Sheikha Haya added that world leaders have welcomed the recently enhanced dialogue between UN Member States and civil society, and she commended NGOs for their work in galvanizing public support for UN goals and representing the needs of people on the ground.The General Assembly President said NGOs have also made valuable contributions to the UN’s reform agenda, especially on the issue of gender equality.She announced that over the next year she will convene a series of informal thematic debates involving the private sector and civil society on development, gender and the dialogue among civilizations.The first such debate, to be held next Monday, will consider the progress made so far on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight internationally agreed targets for reducing key social and economic ills, and examine any obstacles that threaten their achievement.Currently, more than 4,500 NGOs are accredited with the UN. read more

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Nigeria reports first polio cases since 2014 highlighting urgency of immunization –

“We are deeply saddened by the news that two Nigerian children have been paralyzed by polio,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, in a news release.“The overriding priority now is to rapidly immunize all children around the affected area and ensure that no other children succumb to this terrible disease,” she added.The release added that the Government Nigeria is collaborating with WHO and other partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to respond urgently and to prevent more children from being paralyzed.The steps include conducting large-scale immunization campaigns and strengthening surveillance systems that help catch the virus early. These activities are also being strengthened in neighbouring countries, according to the agency.“We are confident that with a swift response and strong collaboration with the Nigerian Government, we can soon rid the country of polio once and for all,” said Dr. Michel Zaffran, Director of polio eradication at WHO headquarters in Geneva.As recently as 2012, the west African country accounted for more than half of all the polio cases in the world, however since then, Nigeria has made significant strides to stop this dangerous disease. The two new cases are the first ones to be reported after more than two years without any new wild poliovirus cases in the country.WHO added that the two new cases have underscored that reaching the children in affected areas requires vaccinating populations that move in and out of inaccessible areas and areas plagued by violence due to the Boko Haram insurgency, particularly in Nigeria’s north-east.Furthermore, agencies have to work with local-level groups and organizations, such as religious institutions and community based organizations, to negotiate access for vaccination teams.“This is an important reminder that the world cannot afford to be complacent as we are on the brink of polio eradication – we will only be done when the entire world has been certified polio-free,” added Dr. Zaffran.The release also noted that the world is very close to reaching the goal of polio eradication. Only 21 wild polio cases have been reported so far in 2016, compared to 34 cases at the same point last year. Only two other countries are reporting polio: Pakistan and Afghanistan. Four out of the six WHO Regions of the world have been certified polio-free, and only one of the three types of wild poliovirus is still circulating in the world (type 1). read more

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Gold exploration in Africa remains consistent despite downturn

first_imgDespite Africa still being the continent with the lowest per capita gross domestic product, in the first decade of this century all ten of the fastest growing economies in the world were in Africa, and African foreign direct investment rose five-fold between 2001 and 2010 and this sustained growth can be partially at least partially attributed to the commodity market. However as indicated in the State of the Market report on Africa from IntierraRMG, the worldwide fall in exploration activity since October 2011 has been apparent in Africa, where the malaise has been severe since mid-2012.Annual figures have disguised a recent slump in drilling activity with reports in the five months to the end of May dropping to just 250, but with the total drilling activity for the continent increasing last year to an overall 1,240 reports. Despite this recent drop, gold has retained a consistent share of the total; 61% in 2010 and 2011, 56% in 2012 and 65% over the first five months of this year. Drilling reports for African gold peaked in October 20121 at 83 prospects and 80 the following month but dropped to 23 prospects in May.Chris Hinde, Editorial Director of IntierraRMG said “This represented over 85% of the drilling reports for May, with barely any exploration on the continent for other metals (there was a total of only 27 drilling reports). Drilling for copper in Africa slumped to just three reports in May. Reports on copper drilling had reached 18 prospects in each of September 2011 and August 2012, but had fallen to seven prospects in April 2013.”According to the IntierraRMG database of almost 3,500 listed companies, a total of $829 million has been raised since end-May 2011 for exploration in Africa. This financing includes money raised for prospecting, sampling, exploration drilling, resource-definition drilling, surveying and for preliminary metallurgical test work. Money raised for gold exploration dominates the two-year ranking, accounting for almost 57% of the total. Some way behind, the search for copper, coal and iron ore account for only 7.9%, 7.2% and 6.3%, respectively. Given the dominance of gold exploration in the financing objectives, it is no surprise that West Africa accounts for over 41% of the African total. The region is defined for this purpose as Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Nigeria. A further 18% of the finance raised over the past two years is accounted for by exploration in the four Southern African nations of Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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TaraOcéans lEquateur refuse les Galapagos aux biologistes

first_imgTara-Océans : l’Equateur refuse les Galapagos aux biologistesL’expédition scientifique Tara-Océans ne pourra pas effectuer de prélèvement autour des îles Galapagos. Les autorités équatoriennes s’y sont vivement opposées. Une première pour la mission internationale d’étude de la biodiversité et des écosystèmes planctoniques.Voilà près d’un an et demi que la goélette Tara sillonne les mers du globe pour récolter des échantillons de micro-organismes planctoniques et de coraux. Pour la première fois, l’équipe de chercheurs se retrouve face à une interdiction catégorique de prélèvement. “En dépit de nos demandes d’autorisation d’échantillonner, formulées depuis le mois de septembre 2010, nous n’avons pas reçu d’accord écrit des autorités équatoriennes, ce qui nous a contraint à annuler l’importante étape scientifique des Galapagos”, explique à l’AFP  Etienne Bourgois, co-directeur de l’expédition. Il ajoute : “Nous sommes profondément déçus par cette incompréhensible fin de non-recevoir affectant notre expédition d’intérêt général. Nous avons le sentiment d’avoir été ‘menés en bateau’ pendant 8 mois par l’administration équatorienne”.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Cependant, le voilier a quand même accosté sur les îles afin de changer d’équipage pour repartir pour Guayaquil, au sud de l’Equateur. Une fois là-bas, une quantité considérable de prélèvements provenant du Chili et de l’Ile de Pâques ont été déchargés. Environ an et demi après le lancement de l’expédition, Tara a parcouru près de 73.000 kilomètres et s’est arrêté dans plus de cent stations scientifiques différentes pour prélever des échantillons. Selon les porte-paroles de l’expédition : “Cette collecte complète, permettra de mieux connaître la structure des écosystèmes océaniques, l’évolution des organismes qui les composent et leur capacité à s’adapter à des changements environnementaux majeurs. Elle constituera un point de référence pour les générations futures”. La fin du voyage Tara-Océans est programmée pour mars 2012.Découvrez en images l’expédition Tara-Océans en cliquant ci-dessous : https://www.maxisciences.com/tara-oc%e9ans/tara-oceans-une-expedition-scientifique-sur-toutes-les-eaux-du-globe_art14750.html Le 20 mai 2011 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un quasar de 13 milliards dannées détecté

first_imgUn quasar de 13 milliards d’années détectéUne équipe d’astronomes européens a fait une découverte exceptionnelle. Ils sont parvenus à identifier le plus ancien quasar jamais observé auparavant, peut-on lire dans la revue scientifique Nature.Un quasar est un amas de gaz brillant qui entoure un trou noir supermassif. Jusqu’à présent, le plus vieux détecté par des astronomes datait de 870 millions d’années après le Big Bang. Mais une équipe européenne est parvenue à identifier un quasar encore plus ancien, baptisé ULAS J1120+0641, qui aurait existé lorsque l’univers était âgé de seulement 770 millions d’années. La lumière de ce quasar a donc pris environ 12,9 milliards d’années pour rejoindre notre planète. Celle-ci est alimentée par l’immense trou noir qui se trouve en son centre. Les scientifiques estiment sa masse à deux milliards de fois celle du Soleil, précise Radio Canada.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteLe quasar a été identifié sur des images prises par un télescope infrarouge situé sur le Mauna Kea à Hawaï et le Very Large Telescope (VLT) du Chili. ULAS J1120+0641 serait l’objet le plus brillant jamais détecté au sein du jeune univers en formation. Le quasar est donc très rare et devrait permettre aux astronomes de comprendre comment les trous noirs supermassifs se sont formés. Les théories actuelles admettent que les trous noirs de cette importance prennent des milliards d’années pour se former en attirant la matière qui se trouve aux alentours.Les travaux de cette équipe d’astronomes européens paraissent aujourd’hui dans la revue Nature.Le 30 juin 2011 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Donaco granted second injunction after Star Vegas land owner threatens lease termination

first_img Load More Silver Heritage says Tiger Palace sale on hold after potential buyer misses deposit deadline RelatedPosts Donaco International Limited has been granted a new injunction against the three vendors of its Star Vegas business in Poipet – who also own the land upon which the casino resort sits – after they threatened to terminate Donaco’s 50-year lease.In an update on the company’s ongoing legal battle, Donaco revealed that the vendors, named as Lee Bug Leng, Lee Bug Huy and Lee Bug Tong, had “threatened to terminate the lease on contrived and spurious grounds” despite their company, Lee Hoe Property Co. Ltd, having previously signed a 50-year lease with Donaco for Star Vegas to occupy the land parcel. Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge “Accordingly, Donaco has now obtained an injunction in its favor from the Banteay Meanchey Court of First Instance to prevent the threatened termination,” Donaco said.“This complements the previous injunction granted in Donaco’s favor to prevent the vendors from engaging in illegal competition in the Poipet area, in breach of the sale agreements for the Star Vegas. The vendors have indicated that they intend to appeal against that previous injunction, but the appeal process has not commenced yet.”Donaco also revealed that it has increased the size of a damages claim against the vendors via arbitration proceedings in Singapore from US$120 million to US$190 million upon expert legal and financial advice. Those proceedings relate to the vendors continuing to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions at Star Paradise, which is located adjacent to Star Vegas in Poipet.The trio had previously been granted permission to host gaming facilities under the management of Donaco in a deal that saw the latter paid a monthly management fee of THB5 million (US$151,000), but that agreement expired in 2017 with no new management arrangements put in place.Donaco was also granted an injunction in April by the Supreme Court of New South Wales to freeze shares in the company held by the vendors, equal to 17.9% in the company’s issued share capital. 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: reportlast_img read more

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Noodles and Company to offer maternity leave transition programme with full pay

first_imgImage credit: Noodles and CompanyUS restaurant organisation Noodles and Company has announced that from next year, expecting and postpartum mothers will be able to work an 80% schedule four weeks before and four weeks after maternity leave, while receiving full pay.The maternity leave transition programme is an addition to the employer’s Life@Noodles benefits initiative. The scheme will be effective from 1 January 2019.Dave Boennighausen, chief executive officer of Noodles and Company, said: “Transitioning to and from maternity leave can be a difficult time for mothers. Through our Life@Noodles initiative we strive to make that adjustment easier for our team members.”The new maternity leave transition provision has been brought in as part of an effort to allow mothers to balance their work and personal lives, and avoid work-related concerns compounding stresses they might already be experiencing.Other family-friendly policies offered in the organisation’s benefits programme include six weeks of fully paid maternity leave and expanded parental leave, adoption assistance of up to $10,000 (£7,500), breast milk shipment during business travel and flexible time off for corporate team members.Boennighausen said: “This phase-out, phase-in programme adds to our already robust maternity, paternity and adoption benefits and reflects our commitment to nourishing and inspiring our team.“Our team members work hard for us, and we want to express our gratitude by offering top-of-the-line benefits that support them in and out of the workplace.”Noodles and Company, which has over 450 restaurants and around 10,000 employees, also provides student loan debt assistance, dental and vision coverage, medical and life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance programmes and retirement plans.last_img read more

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Prosecutor Murder suspect bound stabbed Davie mother

first_img“There’s no explanation for the defendant’s DNA to be inside the home that he does not live in and has no ties to, and the victim’s DNA mixed with that in what was used to bind her, and where she ended up where she was found,” said Rossman.Resiles’ family appeared in court Friday but quickly left without speaking to reporters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) — Disturbing new details about the murder of a South Florida mother emerged Friday as the man who, police said, committed the crime faced a judge.Twenty-year-old Dayont’e Resiles stood before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley Friday morning. “The court has found proof of evidence … regarding the murder of Mrs. Jill Su,” said Hurley. “You’ll be held without bond until further order of the court on that.”Murder victim Jill SuResiles is being charged in the murder of 59-year-old Davie resident Jill Su, a wife and mother of two, inside her home, Monday, Sept. 8. Head down and hands cuffed, he was booked into the Broward County Jail on Thursday.At the bond hearing, state prosecutor Gregg Rossman told Hurley Su was bound with a belt and stabbed. “They also found a knife, and they also found something that was used to bind the victim, the belt loop that’s referred to, and on that belt loop, the defendant’s DNA mixed with the victim’s DNA,” said Rossman.Police believe Su was home when Resiles hand-selected her home to burglarize. Investigators said Resiles smashed a back glass door to break into the residence, located at 10327 S.W. 22nd Place in Davie, robbing the house and killing Su. “We don’t know. We don’t know why he picked that house,” said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle.Police said Resiles is a career criminal with multiple charges of burglary. At the time of Su’s murder, investigators said, Resiles was out on bond on at least four other burglaries. He was arrested last January in Boca Raton after breaking into a home. Authorities found stolen items inside his car. Resiles was also arrested after an April break-in in Miramar.Jill Su’s body was found in a bathtub several hours after the incident by her 20-year-old son, who ran outside to the pool cleaner for help. “It was the most craziest thing I’ve seen,” said Ryan Madriz, the cleaner. “I see the kid open the door, and he’s crying, screaming hysterically, and he’s telling us, ‘Don’t leave, you can’t leave,’ so I ask him, ‘What’s wrong? What’s going on?’ and he said, ‘Somebody broke into my house and killed my mom.’” last_img read more

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PM urges Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inaugural session of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.The prime minister said this while inaugurating 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at a function at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given temporary shelter to huge number of Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. Her government is maintaining relations with foreign countries on the policy ‘friendship to all, malice to none’.Especially, her government is eager to maintain good relations with neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said adding that her government has resolved many outstanding issues with India and Myanmar.”But inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond,” she said.”I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Sheikh Hasina said.Over 6,22,000 Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution. After 1978, another five hundred thousands of Rohingyas came to Bangladesh at different times, she added.Reiterating her call to Commonwealth countries to be united to get rid of militancy and terrorism the prime minister said thoughtless acts of a section of people are claiming innocent lives. Recent terror attack in New York claimed eight precious lives. Militancy is not a problem of a particular country, rather it has become a global phenomenon, she said. Chairperson of CPA and speaker of Jayita Sangsad of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Choudhury gave welcome address while Secretary-General of the CPA Akbar Khan, Commonwealth youth representative Aiman Sadique and treasurer of CPA Vicki Dunn spoke, among others, on the occasion.Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the occasion.The magnificent inauguration of the 63rd CPA Conference was marked by presentation of a number of documentaries on Bangladesh’s history, nature and livelihood of the people as well as brilliant performances of artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and dance troupe ‘Nrithanchan’.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expected immediate implementation of the promises made at different times to offset the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh as one of the worst victims of the climate change is experiencing its colossal effects. Excessive precipitation and recurrence of flooding washed away vast localities and damaged standing crops in recent times, she pointed out.Sheikh Hasina said she was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to inaugurate the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in this historic city of Dhaka.Welcoming the distinguished guests on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference said she was confident that CPA conference would give the countries a clearer insight into democratic values and practices.”We parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives, have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and parliamentary institutions,” she said.The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians. More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.Sheikh Hasina said it was the pragmatic and far-reaching decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabhandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in 1973. And, Bangladesh was proud of having first woman Chairperson of the CPA in 2014, now a forum of total of 52 countries which once were territories of British Empire.”This is a testimony by the honourable members of the parliament across the Commonwealth towards our commitment to democratic practices and values,” she noted.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has become a sovereign and an independent democratic country through huge sacrifices as cherished desire of the people of this land. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had led the struggle from the forefront.Highlighting Bangladesh’s topsy-turvy democratic journey since independence the prime minister said the reactionary defeated forces of 1971 assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975 when he was engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country.But, she and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the incident as they were abroad on that fateful night. Later, they were barred from returning home. With the killing of Bangabandhu, she recalled, democracy in Bangladesh was assailed and the era of military dictatorship started.Sheikh Hasina said she engaged herself in the struggle for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh while she was in exile. Ending six years in exile, she returned home in 1981. Since then she had to endure huge sufferings while struggling for establishing people’s rule.She said repeated attempts were made on her life along with house-arrest and internment and thousands of workers and leaders became victims of massive repression of the rulers after 1975. But none could restrain her from the struggle for the restoration of democracy as she thought that only a democratic polity can ensure uplift of people’s living standard through fulfilling their basic needs.The prime minister said after long 21 years, her party Awami League returned to state power in 1996 and engaged in fulfilling the basic needs of people not as a ruler but as a public servant.Sheikh Hasina said the foremost aim of her government is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh through strengthening the foundation of democratic rule. To fulfill the goal, she said, the government has framed ‘Vision- 2021’. The government is working to achieve the visions with specific plans, she said.The prime minister said her government has strengthened various democratic institutions, including national parliament and local government bodies. Elected representatives are leading the local government bodies. Bangladesh is now at the top of the countries in South Asia in terms of women empowerment and achieving gender parity, she said.Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the freedom of mass media and people’s right to information as independent and strong mass media are the vigilant watchdog of democracy. In the past few years Bangladesh has witnessed huge expansion of mass media, she said.Underlining the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is implementing the SDGs in continuation of the successes of the MDGs. The subjects of SDGs have been incorporated in our 7th 5-year plan.”Bangladesh has been in a journey through the roads of peace, democracy, development and prosperity.” she said adding that Bangladesh will emerge as a middle incoming country by 2021 when it will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its Independence. Bangladesh will be a developed one by 2041, she optimistically said.She urged the Commonwealth leaders to work together to make the planet a peaceful, happy and prosperous abode for the entire humanity and hoped that stay of the CPA dignitaries in Bangladesh would be joyful and memorable one.last_img read more

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SEEING DOUBLE

first_imgNorth American river otters. (Stock photo)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo is excited to welcome Hudson, a one-year-old North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), to the Otter Stream habitat in the Maryland Wilderness section of the Zoo.  Hudson came to the Zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon.“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” noted Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”  He was taken to the Chintimini Wildlife Center for treatment and care until he was moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland.  “The staff at the Oregon Zoo estimated him to be 2 ½ to 3- months-old at that time,” continued McClure. “He was hand-reared for a few months before he was introduced to the other otters at the zoo, and he came to us in March of this year.”  After a mandatory 30-day quarantine period, staff began to slowly introduce Hudson to Piper, the young female otter who arrived earlier this year.North American river otters can thrive in many types of water habitats including ponds, marshes, lakes and rivers as long as there is adequate food to catch.  Otters typically eat crawfish, crabs, frogs, bird eggs, and fish. River otters create dens along the waters’ edge in empty burrows and logs or abandoned beaver lodges.  In Maryland, river otters live in tidewater areas across the state.Otters are graceful swimmers with short legs, muscular and streamlined bodies, small heads, powerful tails and are very agile and acrobatic. “Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”According to staff, Hudson has a broader face and more brown on his chin. Piper has a thinner, sleeker face with some grey coloration around the chin. “Piper also tends to be more active and a bit hyper, while Hudson is more relaxed in temperament,” said McClure. “But, all otters get excited if the mood hits them.”Hudson and Piper will be seen in the river stream habitat together while Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, will altermate with them. “Mary prefers to be on her own in the habitat, away from the antics of the younger otters,” said McClure. “So for now the young otters will be on exhibit in the mornings and Mary will take their place in the afternoons.”          About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas including Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

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2 arrested for possessing arms bombmaking materials illegally

first_imgKolkata: The Anti Rowdy Section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s Detective department on Thursday arrested two persons for keeping arms in their possession illegally. The raid was conducted by the sleuths on the basis of a tip off. Following the tip off and raid, the arrests were made along with the recovery of arms, ammunition and ingredients for making bombs.”A person named Harnul Rashid Mondal (55) was first arrested at around 4.40 pm from Esplanade Bus stand for keeping 5 (five) country made single-shotter arms and white and red powder weighing 5 kg that appeared to be sulphur — generally used for making bombs in his possession. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe is a resident of Darakuti under Basirhat police station area in North 24 Parganas,” an official of the Detective Department said. On interrogation, Rashid admitted to his plan of selling those articles to one of his associates and accordingly, another person named Rabiul Gayen (33) was also nabbed. Gayen is a resident of village Makla under Haroa Police Station area in North 24-Parganas. Two 9 MM Pistols and 7 round cartridges were recovered from his possession. A case has been initiated at Maidan police station under Section 25(1)(a)/ 29 Arms Act and Section 4(b)/ 5 Explosive Substance Act against the arrested duo. The two were produced before Bankshall Court on Friday and are being remanded to police custody till November 14. “We will grill the two to find out the other members dealing with such illegal arms business,” a senior police officer said.last_img read more

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Is Asus Customer Service Good 2019 Rating

first_imgPhone Hours (PST): 6 am – 9 pm Using a mix of questions focusing on Windows 10 and Asus-branded software, I left no stone unturned, testing the company’s social media response, calling reps at different times of day and even poring through their FAQ pages. I’m pleased to report that Asus rose to the challenge, offering a more user-friendly website and more savvy tech-support reps.The company’s performance wasn’t perfect, but it is definitely one of the most improved when it comes to tech support. Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-tech-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisement 69/10054/6015/405:11888-678-3688Link Asus Tech Support Web and Social Media (54/60)If you need help online, you can reach out to Asus via Facebook, Twitter or the company’s support site. I started with the company’s Facebook account at 1:36 p.m., asking how I could share files between the VivoBook and my phone. At 2:07 p.m., I got a response that said, “Thank you for reaching out to us. While we do not assist data transfer, you could try sharing the files via Bluetooth.”AdvertisementWhen I asked if there were an Asus app I could use, the rep referred me to Asus File Transfer, which is technically correct, but not the answer (Asus Sync) that I was looking for. But the company came through a day later, redeeming itself when the rep gave me a long explanation of the Sync app, with no prodding from me.One place where Asus has made strides is in its support website. Last year, we noted that the search function was less than perfect, bringing the most tangential issues to the top. But when I went searching for how to adjust the audio settings under Asus Software, it instantly brought up an entry for Ice Audio Wizard along with a video and a FAQ with step-by-step instructions on how to use it.But there are no entries for Windows questions like disabling webcams or stopping forced updates (although Asus does offer info on installing and registering Windows 10 Creators Update). In those cases, you’ll need to speak to a Live Agent. I spoke to Jonelle P. at 11:25 a.m., but only after waiting 5 minutes. I asked how I could adjust the audio settings on my notebook. During her first attempt, she pointed me to the volume button, but once I informed her I needed to tweak actual presets, she had to do a little digging.After 3 minutes had passed, Jonelle had me launch Asus SmartAudio, which offered a variety of presets. However, since Asus preinstalled two audio programs on the VivoBook, I pressed her to see if she could find the other one. She suggested that I load up Realtek HD Audio Wizard, a program not installed on my notebook. When I told her it wasn’t there, she recommended searching for the word audio in the Windows search bar, which brought up Asus Audio Wizard, netting the rep some hard-earned extra credit.Phone Support (15/40)With call centers located in the United States, Jamaica and the Philippines, Asus offers you phone assistance seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT (9 a.m. to 12 a.m. EDT). That’s a large swath of time, but I’d still prefer a 24/7 line. I don’t know about you, but tech fails typically happen for me in the wee hours of the morning.I spoke to Richard at 3:53 p.m. on a weekend on my first and shortest call. Once we were connected, I asked how I could transfer files between my VivoBook and smartphone. He confidently and incorrectly stated that he would not be able to assist me because Asus doesn’t offer that capability. He stuck to his story even after I hinted that there might be an app. He politely responded that there might be a third-party app that could help me, but seemed to have no knowledge of the Asus Sync app. So the call ended at 2:55 p.m. after 2 minutes and 43 seconds.For my second call, I talked with Richard at 10:59 a.m. about how to adjust my notebook’s audio. At first, he directed me to look through the icons in the bottom-right corner of the screen. But after a little more digging, he understood that I was looking to improve the tinny sound and directed me to search for an app called IceAudio.However, the model of my laptop only had IceWizard. When I informed him of the fact, he instructed me to click on the app, which launched the Ice Audio Wizard app, netting him a correct response. From there, he explained the various presets and also pointed out that I could further tweak the sound via the Advanced Settings button. The whole process took 8 minutes and 43 seconds.I conducted my last call at 12:44 p.m. with Hugh. After getting all my pertinent information, Hugh quickly told me that there was no way to disable nor reschedule automatic Windows 10 updates. Both of these statements were incorrect. This was my second-shortest call, at 3 minutes and 7 seconds.MORE: Best Asus LaptopsHowever, later in the day I received an email from Hugh, stating he’d “miscategorized” my query. He stated that while you can stop the updates completely, you can delay them for up to 35 days. It’s admirable that he attempted to fix his error, but he’s still wrong, since you can disable updates by simply going to the Windows Updates settings and flipping a switch.WarrantyIf you purchase an Asus laptop, chances are that it’ll come with the company’s standard one-year warranty. The coverage includes free accidental damage protection for select laptop models. You can also swap out the RAM or storage without fear of voiding the warranty. However, you’re definitely on the hook if the notebook is damaged during installation. Asus also covers two-way shipping in the event you have to send in your system for repair.Asus currently doesn’t offer extended warranty programs, but it’s looking to launch something toward the tail end of 2019. In the meantime, the company will continue to support systems out of coverage at no additional charge.Bottom LineAsus really stepped up its game this year, either improving upon or outright eliminating most of the complaints we had about its tech support. Lengthy wait times are now a thing of the past, as are dropped calls and outright wrong answers (at least online; the phone is another story). I was also impressed by how easy it was to navigate Asus’ tech support site and get relevant answers.However, Asus does need to better train its representatives when it comes to company-branded software. Many of the agents’ mistakes stemmed from an Asus app. You’ll have the best chance of getting correct answers from the company’s social media reps and live chat agents, while the phone reps have a bit of work to do to match their online counterparts. Last year, we dinged Asus for poor website design, lengthy hold times and other tech support infringements. That meant that the company had a lot to prove this year, and it was my job to put the company to the test. As such, I went undercover as a mild-mannered consumer needing answers about my new VivoBook X540BA. OverallWeb ScorePhone ScoreAvg Call TimePhone NumberWeb Support Tech Support ShowdownScorecard and WinnersAcerAppleAsusHP HuaweiDellLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsunglast_img read more

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This city just banned dog walking during the day

first_img By: The Associated Press This city just banned dog walking during the day << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 9, 2018 Share Tags: Animals, China BEIJING — Doggone it, canines just can’t catch a break these days.A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centres, sports facilities and other public spaces.The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on Oct. 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.Under communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affectation but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families.Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city centre. Dog parks are rare and canines are almost always required to be on leash.However, Wenshan’s ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIt also says dog leashes cannot be longer than 1 metre (3 feet) and dogs can only be walked by adults.Despite the newfound popularity of keeping dogs, many Chinese remain wary over the presence of wild or unleashed dogs. Rabies spread by unvaccinated dogs also accounts for a substantial number of the roughly 2,000 deaths from the disease that the World Health Organization counts in China each year.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Silversea Cruises ha

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Silversea Cruises has announced it will move Silver Cloud to its luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017.As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions. When sailing Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, the guest complement will be restricted to 200.Enzo Visone, Silversea’s CEO, said: “Silver Explorer’s polar expedition cruises have proven hugely popular with our guests. By converting Silver Cloud into an ice-class ship for our expedition fleet, we will be better positioned to meet the increasing demand for comfortable adventure travel, particularly to the Arctic and Antarctica, places that are best explored by small ships specially equipped with ice-strengthened hulls.”Silver Cloud will be the only luxury ice-class expedition ship offering five dining options: The Dining Room, the Relais & Châteaux restaurant, La Terrazza, The Grill, and in-suite dining. The ship will have the highest space ratio and highest staff-to-guest ratio (nearly one to one) among luxury ice-class expedition ships. For the expedition team, there will be on average one team member guiding no more than twelve guests each. Plus the ship will be augmented by a fleet of 18 Zodiac crafts for up-close explorations.The luxury expedition line currently has three all-suite expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos. Collectively, they explore over 500 destinations, from Africa, Australia’s Kimberley Coast, and the Russian Far East, to the Galápagos Islands, the British Isles, and the polar realms.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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