Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 10th 2017:The annual Cat Island Regatta will be held this year in New Bight, Cat Island, on Emancipation Weekend during the holiday of August 4-7, 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources announced, on July 6, at its offices. Parliamentary Secretary Carlton Bowleg, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, and the Regatta Desk’s Cindy Gay presented a cheque for $45,000 to the Cat Island Regatta Association Chairman, Pat Strachan.“The Cat Island Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in The Bahamas. Therefore, I would like to encourage all Bahamians to support this event generously this year as they celebrate the contribution of Ezekiel “Zeke” Taylor, one of the outstanding leaders who is at the helm steering the Cat Island Regatta to the major event we see today,” said Mr Bowleg.“This year’s regatta will feature A, B, and C class Sailing sloops and some of the best entertainers in the country. I’m advised the committee is anticipating a large crowd and made every effort to provide crowd pleasing events to make this year’s regatta enjoyable and memorable.”Mr. Bowleg also invited the public to join the North Andros/Berry Islands Regatta, taking place this weekend, starting July 7, 2017 at his hometown in North Andros. He added that regattas are known for generating economic stimulation to the Family Islands, so Bahamians are encouraged to support the local sloop sailing races.Story Courtesy: Gena Gibbs, Bahamas Information Services
House No. 140, Motijheel police station building at Motijheel commercial area.A plot drawn up by vested quarters to occupy four state-owned houses in the capital, has been foiled.A Pakistani citizen was brought to Bangladesh so he could take over as the owner of these houses. He was speedily issued a birth certificate and passport to facilitate his taking possession of the property.Vice chairman of Beximco Group Salman F Rahman aided and abetted the Pakistani citizen Waqar Ahmed in this dubious plan.One of the houses is Sada Bahar, House No. 104, Road No. 3, Dhanmondi. The house is being now used as the training office of the National Security Intelligence (NSI). Another is house No. 140, the Motijheel police station building.Two others are houses are No. 10, Motijheel and No. 64, Dilkusha. These two houses are leased out to five persons including the owner of Bangladesh Typewriter Mahbubur Rahman and late state minister Ziaul Haque Zia. There are commercial establishments in these two buildings. The buildings are owned by the housing and public works ministry.A bench of justice Mohammed Nuruzzaman and justice SH Mohammed Nurul Huda Jaigirdar passed an order in this regard on 13 April.Speaking to Prothom Alo, assistant attorney general Sukumar Biswas said the papers, which were submitted claiming the ownership of these four houses, were forged. Through the verdict it has been established that no one can claim these houses. These are now abandoned property. These houses were under the control of the government and the government is still the owner of these four houses.In a written statement to Prothom Alo, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman denied that fake documents were used to take over the houses illegally.The power of attorney was legally taken. The claimant of these houses Waqar Ahmeds son Gulzar Ahmed was a classmate of Salman F Rahman at Notre Dame College. Gulzar met Salman F Rahman in London recently and asked for his assistance. Salman F Rahman took up legal procedures to help with Gulzar Ahmed.Before independence, when GM Madani was the chairman of DIT (currently Rajuk), he allotted lands to Pakistani citizens in Dhaka city at the market price. Madani allotted the land of these four houses to somebody named Waqar Ahmed in 1960-63. After the independence of Bangladesh, the family of Waqar started to live permanently in Pakistan. These houses were included as abandoned properties as none was claimant of these houses in 1972. In this regard, a gazette was published on 23 September 1986.After the publication of the gazette, a certain Waziuddin was given power of attorney by a forged signature of the previous owner Waqar Ahmed. Through that power of attorney, he filed a case with a civil court in Dhaka on 13 August 1986 challenging the government gazette. He concealed information and filed four cases at the settlement court, claiming that these houses were included among the abandoned properties. He also forged the signature of Waqar in the document.The settlement court in its verdict on 14 October 1992 said these houses were not abandoned properties. Waziuddin, however, could take not over the houses.Earlier, identifying himself as son of Waqar, a certain Firoz Ahmed claimed to be owner of property in Boro Katra of Dhaka (holdings 11 and 13), filed a case and lost the case. He filed a review petition. In the petition, Firoz Ahmed claimed to be only son of Waqar Ahmed and claimed his father has gone to Europe for treatment. But the actual Firoz Ahmed and his father Waqar Ahmed were still in Pakistan. Waziuddin made these forged records.Dhanmondi police arrested Waziuddin as the leader of a land forgery gang on 12 July 2007. He confessed to police that he occupied land through fake documents. After remaining in jail for a couple of days, he died in 2010. Waziuddins family now lives in a house on Road No 7 in Dhanmondi. His son Ekabbor Hossain is an Awami League member of parliament from Tangail-7. He said he knows nothing about the land and has no interest in it.A new chapterAlthough these houses were under the occupation of the government, the verdict of the settlement court was in favour of Waziuddin. As a result, the houses were dropped from the abandoned property list. Then certain influential quarters grabbed this opportunity. They brought Waqar Ahmed to Bangladesh from Pakistan.According to the verdict, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman used the letterhead of the group to write to the home ministry on 8 March 2015, asking them to issue a visa to Waqar Ahmed. The home ministry accordingly sent a recommendation to Bangladesh High Commission in Karachi to issue a visa to Waqar. Waqar came to Bangladesh on flight PK-266 on a five-day visit on 13 April. On that very day, he received a birth certificate as a citizen of Bangladesh from Zone 1 of Dhaka South City Corporation. But he submitted the photocopy of his national identity card as a permanent resident of Pakistan when taking the visa for Bangladesh.The verdict also said Waqar applied for a machine readable passport (MRP) passport on 15 April within two days after arriving in Bangladesh. He himself, however, did not go to the passport office. Citing illness, he applied and his fingerprint was taken from a residence. The passport was issued in his favour on that very day.Director general of the immigration and passport directorate Major General Masud Rezwan said a written passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The MRP was issued based on that passport.Asked how Waqar was given a Bangladeshi passport being a citizen of Pakistan, the DG said an investigation is underway in this regard. Waqar Ahmed did not come to Bangladesh after independence. The directorate of immigration and passport could not explain how the passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The directorate is also investigating this.The permanent address Waqar Ahmed mentioned in his passport belongs to Rabeya Khatun, wife Abu Yunus. A security guard of the residence in the capitals Azimpur said no one named Waqar lived in the house.The phone number Waqar used in filing his passport papers is now used by Beximco Group senior manager Tasnin Hossain.When Tasnin was contacted over phone, he said, Waqar is the friend of my boss. I cant tell you more than that.The emergency address Waqar stated in his passport is a flat in a multi-storey building in Eskaton. The residents of the building said on Tuesday that the flat belongs to Beximco Group. But, papers say the flats owner is Jupiter Business Limited. The owner of the Jupiter is Mushfiqur Rahman. The flat, however, has been kept locked for one and a half years.The verdict of the court says Waqar Ahmed applied for the power of attorney with the sub-registrar office, immediately after receiving the passport. He also met the secretary of the housing and public works.The sub-registrar sent the power of attorney appeal to the inspector general of registration, saying such appeals are not issued as per rules. Waqar went back to Karachi on 17 April.Waqar, according to the verdict, appointed Ivy Real Estate Limited managing director Mushfiqur Rahman. From court documents, the address of the Ivy Real Estate is in Road 1, Dhanmondi. This is the address of Bell Tower, an office of Beximco.An investigation officer of the case said Mushfiqur was an employee of Beximco Group but he left his job two years ago.The government filed a writ petition on 4 May 2015 after Waqars power of attorney appeal.According to the writ petition, the verdict the settlement court passed was based on fake documents. Because, Waqar Ahmed submitted his passport to the housing and public works ministry on 18 June 2015 but he was invited to Bangladesh on 8 March.He came to Bangladesh using a Pakistani passport. While taking a Bangladeshi visa, he gave information that he has been living in Pakistan since 1952.The verdict also says the settlement court passed the verdict going beyond its jurisdiction. And so, the buildings will be considered as abandoned.Asked whether there would be any criminal case for occupying the governments property, attorney generalMahbubey Alam told Prothom Alo, This isnt my work. But this is true that those who claimed the property have lost (the case).In a written statement, Salman F Rahman told Prothom Alo, Nowhere in the High Court verdict was it mentioned that Waqar Ahmeds documents were fake. The attorney general tried to prove Waqar a Pakistani citizen. But even the AG nowhere in his statement said those documents fake.Salman F Rahman, ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasinas adviser, did not comment on Waqars activities like quick issuance of Bangladeshi passport, managing Bangladeshi birth certificate and using of Beximcos address.The four building are still in the possession of the government. According to the court verdict, the houses have been abandoned property since independence of Bangladesh.Executive director of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo that many influential people try to become owners of property using fraudulent ways.Sometimes they are successful in their attempts. However, these four houses will remain an example that if concerned persons are conscious, they can protect government property, he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain
Kolkata: The state government will go for an expenditure of Rs 7,000 crore for further infrastructure development in Kolkata.The initiative has been taken with a vision of making Alipore in South Kolkata “clean and green”. This comes at the time when Baruipur Correctional Home was inaugurated, to which Alipore Central Correctional Home is getting shifted. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement of the Rs 7,000 crore investment for infrastructure development from a programme at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Wednesday, in which the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman award was given to different Durga Puja committees. The Chief Minister inaugurated Baruipur Correctional Home, Narendrapur Police Station in South 24-Parganas, the new buildings of Barasat police station, Bakultala police station and Jhargram Police Line. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said: “Today the Baruipur Correctional Home has been inaugurated, where the Alipore Central Correctional Home will be shifted. The space of Alipore Central Correctional Home will be used for some good purpose. We will decorate Alipore as a green and clean city and a new project worth Rs 7,000 crore will come to Kolkata.” “We have carried out record development of infrastructure in a very short time. Around Rs 33,000 crore has been given for infrastructure development. No one has become successful in carrying out such infrastructure development in such a short period of time,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe development work was carried out despite the state clearing huge debts. “We cleared debts of Rs 25,000 crore in 2011 after coming to power, as CPI(M) had taken huge loans and they had even touched the small savings. The amount went up to Rs 28,000 crore, Rs 30,000 crore and Rs 38,000 crore in the subsequent years. We have given Rs 48,000 crore in 2017-18 and the amount would be around Rs 48,000 to 50,000 crore in 2018-19 as well,” she said, adding that Bengal would have run the entire country if it didn’t have to clear the debt of Rs 48,000 crore. After inaugurating the new building of Jhargram Police Line, Banerjee said: “Earlier, there was no place to stay in Jhargram. We are developing the necessary infrastructure now.” She further said that around 20 lakh people visit Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island. So, necessary infrastructure has also been developed there. “We have also decided to give 74 percent share of Tajpur Port to the Centre, provided they construct a bridge to connect Sagar Island with the main land,” the Chief Minister said. Mentioning the issue of spitting on the newly built skywalk at Dakshineswar, she urged the Durga Puja committees and clubs to create awareness about keeping their areas clean.
The affected stretch of road (Image: Inrix) Inrix reports traffic is heavier than usual in the area as a result of the accident. Staffordshire Police are also understood to be at the scene. We will bring you more information on this story when it becomes available. Read MoreTwo arrests following stop-and-search in the Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATED: THIS ACCIDENT HAS CLEARED AND THE ROAD HAS REOPENED A road is closed following an accident between two Staffordshire Moorlands villages this afternoon. The B5051 Clay Lake, between Endon and Brown Edge, is shut following the accident, according to traffic data company Inrix. The road is reported to be closed between Edge Lane and the A53 Leek Road. West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they were at the scene after being called at 3.32pm. A spokesman said: “We were called to a two vehicle RTC on Clay Lake. “We have an ambulance and a paramedic officer in attendance and a second ambulance is on its way.” It is understood that injuries are believed to be minor at this stage. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Share Tags: Air Canada, Statistics, Survey Monday, December 17, 2018 Air Canada can’t get enough of the latest Ipsos Reid stats Travelweek Group Posted by MONTREAL — Stats from the Ipsos Reid 2018 Canadian Business Traveller Survey indicate that Air Canada is the preferred airline for domestic travel for 92% of frequent business travellers, according to the airline.According to the national study, Air Canada was the only Canadian airline to see a consistent increase in preference and in usage for the past five years. “This year’s Ipsos Reid Canadian Business Traveller Survey confirms Air Canada is the preferred airline of Canadians who fly most often and that its lead over other carriers continues to widen. The 2018 results revealed the broadest margin of frequent traveller preference for Air Canada versus our domestic competitors since 2014, and we are especially pleased that this positive trend is seen in all regions of Canada,” says Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.“Year-over-year increases in key ratings by business travellers reflect our business customers’ appreciation of our strong global network, schedule, loyalty programs and focus on customer service. Together with the results from Business Traveler USA, this further indicates that Air Canada is successfully executing its global strategies, which include introducing a new, industry-leading loyalty program in 2020. On behalf of our 30,000 employees worldwide, I thank our customers for choosing Air Canada in growing numbers, and we look forward to welcoming them onboard North America’s only international four-star airline as affirmed by global air transport rating organization Skytrax, for their next flight.”The 27th annual Canadian Business Traveller Survey is an online survey conducted independently by Ipsos Reid, based on business travellers who took a minimum of six round trip flights for business in the past 12 months. Overall satisfaction with Air Canada’s service continues to increase, climbing six percentage points over 2017 for in-flight and four percentage points for airports. Air Canada’s highest scores in the last five years was satisfaction in its schedule, loyalty program, customer service and perception as a dynamic organization. Some 96% of respondents said they intend to use Air Canada for domestic business travel in the coming year. The study also indicated that Air Canada is the preferred airline for travel between Canada and the U.S., up 11 percentage points over the last five years.Business travel increased the most internationally to Europe, Asia and other global destinations, growing by five percentage points over last year. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share Tuesday, February 26, 2019 BETHESDA — You can expect to see a lot more of Marriott this year as it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties.The new hotels will further the company’s global perspective on luxury travel with its eight distinct luxury brands: The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, JW Marriott and Bulgari.All in all, Marriott International is poised to expand its luxury footprint with more than 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company’s luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco to Kenya.“Our eight unique luxury brands provide distinct experiences that appeal to different types of luxury travelers, no matter if your priority is residing at the best address in town, completely immersing yourself in your destination, or prioritizing your wellbeing,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International. “From the world’s most iconic destinations to the ultimate undiscovered gems, we are focused on elevating travel with highly contextualized, nuanced brand experiences that signal the future of luxury by allowing our guests to indulge their passions while sparking personal growth.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe Ritz-CarltonWith six openings anticipated in the year ahead, the iconic luxury brand also expects to celebrate the opening of its 100th property. The brand is expected to make its return to Australia with the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth and is slated to grow in China with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an. Also, The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam is set to offer an oasis in Morocco, while The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will also create buzz in the country’s capital. The brand also expects to see the completion of a major renovation of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, and continues to work towards the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection in February 2020.St. RegisSt. Regis recently celebrated the renovation of The St. Regis Rome along with the opening of The St. Regis Zhuhai. In the coming year, it will debut the St. Regis Hong Kong and The St. Regis Venice. Finally, it is also expecting to bring its modern glamour to Cairo.WIn 2018 the W brand saw openings in Brisbane, Amman and Costa Rica. This year, it will open eight hotels in destinations like Aspen, Ibiza, Muscat and Melbourne, while renovations are set to take place at properties like W Washington D.C. and W San Francisco.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongEDITIONIn 2018 the EDITION brand doubled its footprint, growing from four properties to eight with openings in Shanghai, Bodrum, Barcelona and Abu Dhabi. Next up, the brand will see the opening of hotels in New York City’s Times Square and West Hollywood (coming in Q2 2019).The Luxury CollectionIn 2018, the brand made its debut in Savannah with the opening of Perry Lane, expanded its footprint in Paris through Hôtel de Berri, and brought distinct resort design to Los Cabos with Solaz. It anticipates debuting nine properties this year in Okinawa, Cesme, Buckinghamshire and Budapest.JW MarriottThis year, the brand will bring its distinct style to emerging destinations like the Maldives, Shanghai and Savannah, GA. It currently comprises 84 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories, and recently celebrated the opening of JW Marriott Nashville. Tags: Marriott << Previous PostNext Post >> 30 more upscale Marriott properties are coming in 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group