Kolkata: The state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday moved a resolution to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy that took place in Amritsar in 1919 and to pay tributes to those who had laid down their lives in open firing by the British police, following the instruction of General Dyer.On the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the House recalled the horror, the wanton cruelty and inhumanity shown by Dyer and the British government in Punjab during the colonial era. Bengal is perhaps the first state to move a resolution to pay respect to the martyrs. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during her speech in the Assembly that Jallianwala Bagh and the other major incidents that took place during the British rule must find more prominence in the history text books. In the same breath, she accused the Narendra Modi government in the Centre of rewriting history and changing the syllabus. Without taking their names, Banerjee launched a scathing attack on the RSS and the BJP for their attempts to destroy the social fabric and playing divisive politics. There has been a deliberate attempt to destroy the democratic structure of the country, she stated. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Humanity is the biggest religion in our country. Political generosity is on the verge of decay. Our country had a tradition where one state used to stand by another in the time of crisis. A party has destroyed political generosity through shameless display of divisive politics,” Banerjee said. “Why was Gandhiji killed? Who were responsible for killing the man who stood for communal harmony? Those who killed Gandhiji often boast of their achievement on how they had fought for the country’s freedom during the national movement. We cannot deny that Indian National Congress fought during the freedom struggle. Our history cannot be changed,” she added. The Chief Minister again raised voice against the NDA government for not holding an all-party meeting before revoking Article 370 in the Parliament. “There should have been an all-party meeting before the repealing of Article 370. The Opposition parties should have been allowed to express their opinion. People were threatened on gunpoint. We still don’t know how various political leaders like Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were kept. We express our concern for them. Even a delegation of various political party leaders was denied entry in Kashmir,” Banerjee stated in the Assembly. “Will there be one political slogan, one political leader and one election in the country? Are we heading towards a Presidential form of election?” questioned Banerjee. She also felt the need of digitising various documents of the state government and publishing them for public reading, while delivering her speech in the Assembly.
Rabat – Public policies have failed to follow through with King Mohammed VI’s efforts to reconcile with the Rif, says former Royal Palace spokesperson Hassan Aourid.During an interview on the Arabic-language French channel France 24, Aourid stated that following the king’s ascension to the throne in 1999, he lead a historical reconciliation with the Rif, working to turn the page of past tensions between the region and the central government through visits to Chefchaouen, Bab Berred, Targuist, Al Hoceima and Nador.“The King opened up discussion about painful issues, on top of which is the question of past human rights violations.” However, the university professor and king’s former classmate explained that the monarch’s endeavors were not accompanied by adequate public and administrative policies.Aourid gave as an example the administrative division which incorporated Al Hoceima, formerly seen as the Rif’s capital, into the Tangier-Tetouane-Al Hoceima region.According to the Moroccan political analyst and writer, this division did not take into account the important historical specificities of the area.The Rif and the rest of Morocco’s northern region have known a tense relationship with the central government during the reign of King Hassan II. Following his ascension to power, the King Mohammed VI sought to change that image by reaching to the region.Most investment and development programs were however concentrated mainly in Tangier.In October 2015 the King launched Al Hoceima Manarat Al Motawasit project, a MAD 6.515 billion five-year development mega-project for the city and surrounding areas, with the aim to boost infrastructure, promote tourism, and provide the region with healthcare and cultural facilities.The recent Harak protests in Al Hoceima have put pressure on the government to speed up the realization of these projects.
Telus to spend $1 billion installing fibre optic Internet in Vancouver VANCOUVER – Loading a high-definition movie online can take about eight minutes using your current Telus (TSX:T) Internet, but that time will soon drop to six seconds when the company installs a new fibre-optic network across Vancouver.The communications giant announced the five-year plan for the upgrade to infrastructure on Friday, an enhancement Telus executives say will bring faster downloads, seamless video streaming and the ability for consumers and businesses alike to use new technologies.“We are connecting our city to the fastest and most reliable Internet services available anywhere,” said Telus President and CEO Darren Entwistle.“Once complete, our fibre build will have an unprecedented impact on our city, transforming the way we live, the way we work, the way we socialize and the way that we raise our families in a digital world.”Some of the copper cables that currently provide Internet to homes and businesses in Vancouver have been in use for 30 years, said Tony Geheran, president of broadband networks for Telus.“Now, with the demands of high speed Internet and bandwidth, we’ve really reached the edge of what you can pass over copper,” he explained.The new fibre-optic network will provide home Internet speeds of 150 megabits per second.An average customer uses between six and 15 megabits now, but in a highly connected world, people are getting less tolerant of slow connections, Geheran said.“People can see their own usage in the home, the amount of devices they have is going to necessitate greater and faster speeds.”Telus already has fibre-optic networks in 22 B.C. communities, including Port Coquitlam, Oliver and Salmon Arm.The infrastructure is also being installed in Edmonton, and several other communities across Alberta and Quebec.B.C. Premier Christy Clark said during the announcement that she’s looking forward to getting fibre-optic Internet at her home.“I may even be able to work at home without worries about security,” she joked.“And I may be able to get the Whitecaps highlights a little quicker than I do now,” she said referring to Vancouver’s soccer club.The investment shows that the company has confidence in the province’s economic future, and the network will have a huge impact on small businesses, Clark added.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he’s thrilled about the investment and believes it will be a big boost for the city’s economy.“For our startups and tech companies, it’s a huge new platform to enable their work to accelerate and allow them to succeed rapidly on the world stage,” he said.Kitsilano and Shaughnessy will be the first neighbourhoods to have the fibre-optic network installed, and are expected to come online in March 2016. by Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 2:59 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Fort Mac construction workers say they’re being overlooked in rebuild by Crystal Laderas Posted May 26, 2016 10:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Reporter Bradley Karp The Fort McMurray Construction Association says local workers are being overlooked as loads of trucks from outside the city are hauling in material to rebuild.A letter has been penned to Minister of Agriculture and Forestry O’Neil Carlier, telling him there’s a large supply of contractors and equipment in the city, ready to be put to work.However, President Charles Iggulden says he was told the association needed a previous contract with the province to get first dibs on the rebuild.He believes in an emergency situation, that shouldn’t be the case.“We could actually save the money through mobilization and de-mobilization, through our equipment because it’s already located in Fort McMurray,” Iggulden says, adding talks so far have been unsuccessful.It would also be therapeutic for workers.“A lot of our people are frustrated. They’re displaced right now in different communities, and the biggest thing is to get our membership back working and involved in the clean-up and re-building of our community.”Iggulden says the association is the second largest employer in the region, behind the oilsands industry.660 NEWS has reached out to Minister Carlier for comment.
Location: Champaign, Illinois 2017 Record: 2-10 (0-9 Big Ten) Head Coach: Lovie Smith 2018 record: 2-2 (0-1 Big Ten)All time record vs. OSU: 30-68What has happened thus far in 2018: The Fighting Illini began the season against Kent State, riding a strong second half to a 31-24 victory. In Week 2, Illinois overcame another sluggish start to gain a convincing 34-14 win against Western Illinois. After leading through the first three quarters, the Fighting Illini fell short, falling to USF 25-19 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Illinois played Penn State in the first Big Ten matchup of the season, where they held tough through three quarters, even leading 24-21 at one point in the third quarter, before Penn State scored six consecutive touchdowns to win 63-24. Impact Player:Freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers Jr. appears to be rising as an essential part of head coach Lovie Smith’s offense. After throwing two touchdowns in his debut against Western Illinois in place of injured quarterback A.J. Bush, Rivers has shown continued improvement on the field against strong opponents like Penn State. As he becomes more comfortable within the offense, he could continue to improve, having already set career highs for himself in total offense in each of the three games he has appeared, including 173 total yards against Penn State. Strengths:A balanced running attack appears to be Illinois’ biggest strength this year. With a freshman quarterback at the helm, the offense has had to remain balanced and rely on a steady running attack to aleve the quarterback of pressure. The Illini rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown against Penn State, including a 51-yard run from junior Reggie Corbin. With two running backs sharing carries in Corbin and Mike Epstein, the Illini have a strength in their consistent running attack this season. Weaknesses:The other side of the ball has not been as consistent for the Illini this season. Their defense has failed to create stops when they need them against strong opponents like USF and Penn State. Illinois gave up 591 total yards against Penn State and allowed them to convert 9-of-11 third-down attempts. It also gave up six straight touchdowns to end the game. While the Fighting Illini had two takeaways against Penn State, the Illini defense will certainly be hope for improvement as it comes off its bye week and resumes the Big Ten season.
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. Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault against two women, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today Monday July 22 charged Charles Elphicke, MP for Dover, with three charges of sexual assault against two women.”The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Elphicke after reviewing a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police. “The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Elphicke are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial.”It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”Mr Elphicke will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 6.The charges relate to one alleged sexual assault in 2007 against the first complainant and two separate alleged sexual assaults in 2016 against the second complainant. Mr Elphicke’s constituency association chairman, Keith Single, said in a statement: “Throughout the last 20 months since these allegations were first made, Charlie has had our full support. That support will continue. Basic British values require that everyone remains innocent until proven otherwise.”Unfortunately, as everyone knows, there have been many recent occasions when, in dealing with matters of this type, the Metropolitan Police and the CPS have pursued allegations which have been proven in court to be entirely untrue. “We have no doubt that this will be another one of them and Charlie will be fully exonerated.”A source close to Mr Elphicke told The Telegraph: “He is stunned to have been charged, maintains 100% innocence and is confident he will be cleared.”In a statement Elphicke’s solicitor Ellen Peart, of law firm BCL, said: “Charlie Elphicke has said from the outset that he denies any wrongdoing. He will defend himself vigorously and is confident that he will clear his name.”Meanwhile Charlie would like to thank everyone for their continued support of him and his family.”There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “I can’t speak with you right now.” “But… I…” “I’m swamped. There’s a Korean crew in the middle of a shoot,” and with that, the line went dead. I was attempting to contact a wedding planner on Santorini who caters mainly to foreigners, in a bid to gather information on whether the southeastern Aegean island is as popular a wedding destination for non-Greek couples this year as it was in 2013. There was no communication to be had but I had my answer. Once again, hundreds of couples from China, the UK, Russia and India are flocking to Santorini to exchange vows against its stunning natural backdrops.Official statistics are not available as these weddings are not recorded with local registry offices, but it is estimated that over 1,100 wedding ceremonies were held on the island last year, with Indians splashing out more than others. It’s no coincidence that Santorini was recently voted second-best tourist destination in the world for newlyweds according to British website 101 Honeymoons. Paris came first and Capri third.The trend is not limited to Santorini. According to market professionals, an increasing number of foreigners are choosing less predictable Greek destinations for their big day, such as Monemvasia, Skiathos (especially after the success of 2008 film Mamma Mia!), Symi, Crete, Paros, Milos, Kos and Mykonos, as well as Athens. Greece also appears to be a market leader in terms of group weddings. Sixteen couples from China were married in Hania, Crete, and a similar ceremony took place on Paros. Also, a group of Russian couples recently got hitched on Crete after winning an online competition organised by a large tour operator called ‘My Greek Wedding’.It’s obvious that the potential of the market is huge, as was recently illustrated at Bangkok Wedding Show 2014, in which Greece participated via the advertising project yourweddingingreece.com“We distributed 2,500 copies of Your Wedding in Greece [a wedding industry magazine] and they disappeared,” Vicky Karantzavelou, general director of Travel Media Application, which is running the project, told Kathimerini. “Everyone came back and asked for more information.”Karantzavelou says that there is growing interest from Thailand, where the young men and women of a constantly growing middle class are attracted to the idea of combining a traditional wedding in Greece with a vacation and their honeymoon.Generally speaking, destination weddings appear to be especially popular in Asia. Greece can only benefit from this, according to Theodore Koumelis, CEO of Travel Media Applications.“The wedding sector in our country is well organised, with many specialised services for the soon-to-be-wed couple. According to Greek tradition and culture, moreover, one’s wedding is one of the most important events in a person’s life. This is exactly the experience that foreign visitors want when they come to our country, and they have increased exponentially in the past few years, coming from all over the world.”Source: ekathimerini
SEATTLE — Washington’s governor and New York City’s mayor unveiled major initiatives to expand health insurance coverage Tuesday, the latest moves by key Democratic leaders to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a likely presidential candidate, proposed a publicly run health insurance option for state residents who are not covered by private employers and buying insurance off the marketplace created under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.“We need to write another chapter of health care reform,” said Inslee, who provided no details on how the program would be funded.It came the same day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also considered a 2020 presidential contender, revealed a $100 million-a-year plan to expand health care coverage to those who lack it, including immigrants in the U.S. illegally.A day earlier, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine — part of Obamacare that congressional Republicans eliminated last year.
An icy winter view from Journey Behind the Falls ❄️📸: @ArgenElezi #NiagaraParks #NiagaraFalls #ExploreCanada #DiscoverON pic.twitter.com/vNcR0zgXhb— Niagara Parks (@NiagaraParks) January 20, 2019 Post a comment 0 Visitors to the falls are reveling in the exotic sights. Instagram user Inge Groot reported a temperature of -25 Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) in a post on Monday showing a snow-covered view of the Canadian side of the falls. Tags NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) Niagara Falls State park shared this wintry image on Jan. 16. Niagara Falls State Park The giant spinning ice disc of Westbrook, Maine has some stiff winter-phenomenon competition from Niagara Falls. A prolonged streak of frigid temperatures along the border of the US and Canada has left parts of Niagara Falls State Park in New York fantastically frozen.The park posted a Facebook video tour of the scenery on Tuesday showing a layer of snow and ice all around the rushing water at the top of the falls. The park included a one-word caption: “Frozen.” Share your voice For a wintry blast from the past, it’s worth looking at an interesting image from the US Library of Congress archives. Dated to around 1883, it shows people gathered at the base of the partially frozen American Falls in New York. Enlarge ImageVisitors braved the frozen falls in 1883 in New York. George Barker/Library of Congress The winter of 2019 doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the view from the late-1800s, but the falls have still transformed into an even more magical place thanks to a scenic coating of ice and snow. 10 Photos While it looks like Queen Elsa of Arendelle could break out into song at any minute, the falls themselves aren’t frozen solid. “Surface water and mist in the air turns to ice, but there is still plenty of water flowing,” says the Niagara Falls tourism site. Niagara Parks in Canada shared a visitor’s look at the falls from its Journey Behind the Falls tour. Online
The S&P BSE Sensex gained just 385 points during a truncated week ended March 23 and yet select Sensex stocks added a combined Rs 38,620 crore in market capitalisation. Diversified company ITC and state-owned Coal India were two exceptions among frontline stocks that saw an erosion in their market capitalisation.The biggest gainers were TCS, Sun Pharma, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC Bank, HDFC, Reliance Industries and Infosys. TCS added the maximum to shareholders’ wealth at Rs 9,349.68 crore, followed by Sun Pharma.The top Sensex gainers on the last day of the trading week were Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, Bajaj Auto, Infosys and Coal India. The top Sensex losers were Reliance Industries, GAIL (India) and NTPC.The last trading week of financial year 2015-16 is likely to commence on a positive note as domestic mutual funds are likely to resort to buying to shore up net asset values, or NAVs.”Global funds have bought $2.4 billion of shares this month, set for the biggest monthly purchase since January 2015,” said Vijay Ingrain, founder director of Trade Smart Online â€” a leading discount broker, according to a BusinessLine report.There isn’t any other trigger for the markets to witness hectic trading. The expectation is that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could cut policy rate by as much as 50 basis point when it meets for its first monetary policy review for 2016-17 April 5. The current policy rate (also repo rate, or key interest rate) is 6.75 percent.
Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar sitting in a boat after Bangladesh coast guard stopped them on Naf river from entering the country. AFP file photoApproximately 87,000 undocumented Myanmar nationals have so far entered Bangladesh following an outbreak of violence on 9 October last year in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, reports news agency UNB.The influx slowed in late February 2017; however, more new arrivals from Myanmar were reported in July, according to an assessment of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).Earlier, the figure was 80,000 arrivals.The figure stood over 87,000 with more new arrivals in July and August this year, officials in Cox’s Bazar said.The majority of them are living in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district, a district bordering Myanmar identified as the main entry area for border crossing.Among those assessed, 52 per cent are women and girls.The National Strategy on Myanmar Refugees and Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) formulated by the government of Bangladesh highlighted the fact that more than 3,00,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border and are living in Bangladesh.Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) is designed to regularly and systematically capture, monitor and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of populations on the move, whether on site or en route.
Map of JessorePolice recovered some 90 crude bombs from a three-storied house in Kharki area in Jessore town on Thursday night, reports UNB.House owner Mahbubur Rahman claimed a group of unidentified young men entered his house with some bags around 8:00pm. Later, he informed police about the matter. Following this, at least eight police team, led by additional superintendent of police Salahuddin Shikder, rushed to the spot and recovered the bags filled with crude bombs around 9:30pm. However, sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the young men fled the scene, said officer-in-charge (detective branch) Maniruzzaman. The law enforcers were diffusing the bombs till filling this report at 11:50pm.
Sample was named as one of eight first-year players that should come in and make an impact in their first year of college soccer. A midfielder from Channahon, Illinois, he played for the No. 1 team in the developmental academy. He helped guide his team to the 2017-18 USSDA U19 Quarterfinals. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The nationally ranked University of Louisville men’s soccer team had a pair of players in Emil Elveroth and Bradley Sample earn preseason recognition by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Elveroth was named to the Preseason Men’s Best XI Third Team. He is one of only two ACC forwards to be recognized on the list. A junior transfer from UNCW, Elveroth was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, which honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer. For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer. The Cardinals enter the season ranked 9th by Top Drawer, 14th by the United Soccer Coaches and 15th by College Soccer News.Louisville kicks off the 2019 season against Cleveland State Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m., inside Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults $85 for faculty/staff, and family of four or more $85 a ticket. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket. 2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets and single match tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are also on sale now through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. The 2019 Louisville soccer season tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com/soccertickets. Story Links Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit GoCards.com/soccertickets, call 502-GO-CARDS or email email@example.com. Print Friendly Version
There’s been rumors, leaks, and speculation about the next Xbox, but Microsoft hasn’t officially said a word yet. Well now they’ve sort of given the game away that a new Xbox is definitely in development (as if there were any doubt) because to avoid anymore leaks happening, they’re upping security at Microsoft HQ.Microsoft recently emailed its employees to inform them of some new security measures taking place at four important Xbox and Interactive Entertainment Business buildings. These new measures will mean only employees and trusted vendors of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business will have open access to the Redmond campus, where team Xbox resides. Any other employee or vendor will need to register online or at the campus in order to receive a visitor pass and they’ll be escorted by an Xbox employee at all times.That’s not the only change taking place — Microsoft plans to make quite a few security changes, including to document management, so certain documents can’t be leaked by untrustworthy employees or visitors.It makes sense for Microsoft to enhance security around the Xbox team, especially after their Kinect augmented reality glasses plans and environmental projection system were revealed prematurely. Microsoft obviously wants to keep its plans secret until the time is right, especially with Sony expected to launch the PS4 after the next Xbox.It’s expected that the next Xbox console will release around a year after the Wii U and therefore in time for the 2013 holidays. If that prediction is accurate then the hardware will have to be finalized by early next year so as to get production rolling. That means Microsoft will be a hive of activity playing with both the hardware and software the console will use in the coming months.via Geekwire
In an announcement that caught the entire football fraternity by surprise, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday. It was only five days ago that Blatter was re-elected as president of FIFA for a fifth term after his only challenger conceded defeat. It was, however, an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in the world football body. The closest he came in his resignation speech to citing a reason was that “not everybody” supported him. It was, as many observers have argued, a thinly-veiled attack on many Western European football federations that had vehemently opposed his candidature for a fifth term. Also Read – Working on improving tiesThe narrative leading up to his resignation involved investigations by the US Justice Department. The federal executive department of the US government had unsealed a damning indictment last week that charged 47 individuals, including top FIFA officials, with bribery, racketeering, money laundering, fraud and other related crimes. While many of the details are still unclear, it appears that many of these alleged crimes were neither committed in the United States nor by U.S. citizens. Swiss authorities, meanwhile, aided the US Justice Department in arresting senior FIFA officials from a hotel in Geneva, a day before voting for the football body’s presidential elections was to take place. Hours after the arrests, the Swiss Office of the Attorney General opened a second, parallel investigation concerning alleged corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 Russia World Cup and the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Also Read – Political parties and our RepublicThese allegations, according to sources close to Blatter, had created an irreparable dent to FIFA’s image. However, another more probable reason behind his resignation could be the apprehension the indictments had created in the minds of FIFA’s leading sponsors. Visa, one of FIFA’s biggest sponsors, has threatened to withdraw its funding and described its “profound disappointment” with football’s governing body. Big ticket sponsors like Nike, Adidas and Coca-Cola also find themselves unwillingly embroiled in a scandal which is sure to hit their stock prices hard. In the ultimate analysis, however, votes for the FIFA president are cast by national football associations. These national associations are, in many places, every bit as unaccountable and corrupt. Be that as it may, some observers have also argued that the vehement attack on FIFA may lie in the sphere of geopolitics, especially against the US and Western European nations. Under Sepp Blatter, FIFA refused the US government’s demand to throw Iran out of the 2006 World Cup, as part of the latter’s sanctions against the West Asian nation. Matters came to a
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 20, 2013 The speed at which technology changes combined with massive global competition has made the reality for every business daunting: decide on the right strategy and allocate the right resources to pursue it, or watch your business wither away or get completely run over.Those same technological and competitive realities that make good decision-making so critical also make it really hard. Take for example Garmin and Magellan. It was not long ago that the portable GPS devices were on top of the world, making excellent profits and selling at high margins, along with generating recurring revenues from on-going software and map updates.Then, bam! The wide adoption of Google Maps on smartphones made stand-alone GPS devices redundant for most consumers. The result: Garmin’s stock price lost more than 70 percent of its value from its highs and Magellan’s parent MiTAC’s stock price plunged more than 50 percent.India BPO, an India-based business process outsourcing firms is another example. Not so long ago, the company was on top of the world, with new multi-thousand seat call centers and programming shops being set up around the country. But the core of that business was eroded by lower-cost competitors from places including the Philippines, South America and Eastern Europe.In both cases, the strategic and competitive threats came quickly and unpredictably. The managers of these businesses were either slow to respond, or their responses were sub-optimal at best.How do you recognize and accept that there are some things you cannot know and still make high-quality strategic decisions?Focus on the future. When an entrepreneurial team gets together to discuss strategy, especially one that has worked together for awhile, the tendency is to focus too much on current products and services.These are of course important, but too much focus on what a business does and sells now can easily distract and distorts the bigger strategic picture. Instead, practice Clean Slate strategy. Imagine the future was empty and you could fill it with whatever you chose.This is hard to do and can sometimes feel silly, but this is often how breakthrough strategies are born.Look beyond your industry. One of the great blessings of our modern age is the easy opportunity we all have to expose ourselves to experts and ideas outside of our industry and functional competence.A client of ours is CEO of one of Los Angeles’ largest hospitals. He gets some of his best healthcare client service ideas from the hotels and restaurants he frequents. Similarly, service businesses can learn from online retailers when it comes to how quick and easy it is for customers to buy their products. Companies selling online can learn from the emotional connection established by the most popular social media bands and personalities.Be confident in your decisions. Never let incomplete information or fear stop you from just making a decision.The right frame of mind is to gather as much data and intelligence as you possibly can, analyze it intently and then make a decision.Once you’ve decided, walk with a strong and resolute step down that chosen path. After doing so for a good period of time, look up and ask if that decision gave your business the results you were seeking.Focus on the future, look beyond your industry and make decisions with confidence. Then watch the quality of your strategy, and your business results, sky rocket.
Saint Lucia’s tourism sector is poised to undergo significant expansion within the next few years. Due to several major hotel projects, the island’s tourism room stock is to increase by 2,000 rooms over the next four years ,creating more variety in accommodations.Already for this year, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa has opened its doors with 455 rooms in two hotels – one catering to families and the other adults-only. Serenity Villas at Coconut Bay Resort opened this June with 36 luxury villas, and the Harbour Club Hotel is scheduled to open early next year with 117 rooms.Work began on the Fairmont Saint Lucia Resort in Sabwisha, Choiseul in September. This resort will be a unique space that integrates local nature, a low-rise building complex and a wide range of recreational facilities. The hotel will include 120 five-star hotel rooms, 37 villas, three restaurants, a spa, commercial areas for local producers and traders and three swimming pools. A special central place within the development will be dedicated to local tradition with several shops for carvings and paintings.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe Reduit beach will be redeveloped to become the home of a luxury five-star, dual-branded hotel called Curio by Hilton. This property will be built where the Rex Resorts was previously located. The Curio by Hilton will feature 500 luxury rooms: 350 rooms assigned to the Hilton and 150 assigned to the Curio by Hilton. Work on this property will begin in the last quarter of 2017.In addition, work will commence on the Honeymoon Bay Resort in Cannelles. This resort will consist of two hotels – the first is a 250-room, five-star family all-inclusive hotel, while the second is an 80-room hotel, also five star. This resort will feature an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and a museum.The Range Developments signed an agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia to acquire the Black Bay lands and develop it into an integrated master planned, luxury tourist community. The Black Bay Master Development will consist of a luxury branded hotel and villas with other amenities set on 180 acres on the southern tip of the island. The hotel is expected to have 180 rooms and will be the central anchor of the Black Bay Master Development. Initial site works are expected to commence in the fourth of quarter of 2017 or the first quarter of 2018, with the completion date slated for the end of 2020.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesLastly, Sandals Resorts International has confirmed plans to add a fourth resort on Saint Lucia. The property will offer 350 rooms and suites inclusive of the exotic Sky Pool Butler Suites, all-butler signature swim-up Rondoval Suites and an infinity-edge sky pool bar. Groundbreaking for the project is set to begin in 2018.For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, go to stlucia.org. Tags: St. Lucia, Video Posted by Friday, September 29, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> With 2,000 new rooms on offer, Saint Lucia is highlighting videos to help agents sell TORONTO — With rooms to fill, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board has been featuring videos on Travelweek.ca that agents can share to clients on social media to help sell the destination, with emphasis on fun activities to do while in destination. Share
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