National Dialogue On Corporal Punishment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 7 (JIS): Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a national dialogue will have to take place before the country can make a decision on the issue of corporal punishment.Miss Hanna was addressing an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, at the Ministry on March 6, which she convened to begin preliminary discussions on corporal punishment. “I could not take a decision on behalf of an entire country on what Jamaica is going to do without a national dialogue, before coming up with any concrete solutions as to the way forward,” the Minister told the meeting.She was making reference to a call from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Jamaican Government to pass a law to ban corporal punishment. Miss Hanna, who chaired the meeting, said that studies have been done on corporal punishment by other countries; however, she noted that it is important “to look at how our population (think).” “So, what Switzerland does, what Dubai does is sometimes very different as to how we operate as a culture,” she said.Discussions also focused on issues pertaining to the Child Diversion Policy and the safety and protection of children.During the meeting, Professor of Child Health and Child Development and Behaviour, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, presented findings of a research done on corporal punishment.Among those attending the meeting were: Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey; Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Diahann Gordon Harrison; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Justice and National Security. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, lisa hanna, national dialogue Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Four arrested for guns and ganja

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Police say four other men are locked up for a string of incidents also from the weekend.  On Friday around 6pm Police were called to Fleming Street where a man was reported as firing of a gun in the area; officer say they saw when the man tried to get rid of the gun and then attempted to escape on foot.The gun, a 9mm Taurus pistol and 12 live rounds of ammunition was found and that man was captured and arrested.Around 3pm Saturday, two men on Crooked Island Street were arrested after a search of them turned up marijuana.  Later that same night in a separate matter on McCullough Corner, a man was arrested after a search revealed that he had marijuana too; he was said to have been acting suspiciously.  Seventy packets of the illicit drugs were found.#MagneticMediaNews#fourarrestedforgunsandganja#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja Related Items:#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja, #fourarrestedforgunsandganja, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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1105 Media Shutters Print Magazine

first_imgAccording to RDN’s 2009 media kit, the magazine carried paid circulation of 25,000 and was published 18 times per year. Visual Studio has a circulation of 85,000.Both magazines are part of the Redmond Media Group, which is a division of 1105’s Enterprise Computing Group. 1105 Media has decided to shutter the print edition of Redmond Developer News and fold the content into Visual Studio magazine, the company said today.As part of the move, RDN editor-in-chief Michael Desmond will transition to Visual Studio as content chief.  Also making the jump are RDN executive editor Kathleen Richards and news editor Jeffrey Schwartz.It was not immediately clear is any layoffs were associated with the move. Desmond did not return a request for comment.1105 will continue to produce the RDN Web site, reddevnews.com, the company said. last_img read more

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Toyota isnt stopping at opening its patents will sell hybrid tech to

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota has spent the last 20 years honing the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive tech into what it is today, and now other carmakers can buy that tech for their own products. Toyota Toyota recently did something pretty unexpected. It announced that it would allow royalty-free use of thousands of its gasoline-electric hybrid patents, patents it has jealously guarded in the past. It did this to extend the life of hybrid technology in an increasingly electric world, but that’s not where its plans end.According to a report published Friday by Reuters, Toyota has plans to not only act as a manufacturer of whole cars and trucks but also as a Tier 2 supplier. That means that it will supply hybrid components and even entire hybrid drivetrains to rivals. Why would it do that? Well, in short, to save some cash on electrification.See, Toyota has been lagging behind other companies in the development of fully electric vehicles. Catching up to the likes of Nissan and GM will require substantial amounts of cash for development of its own technology, but even more money will be needed to build a manufacturing infrastructure to support EV production.”We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president for Toyota, in a statement to Reuters. Toyota didn’t immediately reply to a request for further comment.If Toyota can sell hybrid stuff to other car companies who want or need help in bringing down their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers and can’t afford to spend the capital necessary to develop their own systems, then it won’t have to dig quite so deeply into its own pockets.Toyota is already equipping other manufacturers’ vehicles with its hybrid tech. The (decidedly lackluster) Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive tech, for example. Toyota will also supply hybrid tech to Suzuki, and the hot-rod hybrid Jimny that could likely result from that hookup will haunt our dreams forever. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Post a comment 62 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Patents Suzuki Subaru Toyota Share your voicecenter_img 0 More From Roadshow Auto Tech Hybrids Car Industry Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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ACC launches investigation against 8 BNP leaders

first_img(Top) Nazrul Islam Khan, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Awal Mintoo and Morshed Khan. (Bottom) Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Mirza Abbas, Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel and Tabith Awal The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has now launched investigation into allegations of money laundering, amassing illegal wealth and suspicious bank transactions against eight BNP leaders.The anti-corruption watchdog has launched the investigation barely two months after a court sent the chief of country’s main opposition political party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), and former prime minister Khaleda Zia to jail in a graft case filed by the ACC.Another case filed by ACC is pending against her. Besides, some 25 BNP leaders are facing graft cases filed by ACC. The BNP leaders against whom the ACC launched the investigation are: standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Mirza Abbas, two vice chairmen Abdul Awal Mintoo and M Morshed Khan, joint secretary general and BNP’s Dhaka city’s south unit president Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel and Mintoo’s son and executive committee member Tabith Awal.ACC has also initiated investigation against Morshed Khan’s son Faisal Morshed Khan.ACC officials said the body entrusted one of its deputy directors, Shamsul Alam, with the investigation against the BNP.They said the ACC would send letters to banks concerned by this week, seeking information about the respective persons and would also ask the BNP leaders to submit their wealth statements.ACC officials said the organisation has launched the investigation after some media outlets, quoting intelligence sources, published news reports that “suspicious transactions” of as much as Tk 1.25 billon was made in 30 days’ time in the bank accounts of these BNP leaders.They said most of those whose bank account records show “unusual money withdrawal” are businessmen and the volume of transactions is not unusual either, but the withdrawal was made in cash which, ACC officials said, has created suspicions.The ACC would check if the money was spent other than on business purposes.ACC officials said allegations have it that Abdul Awal Mintoo withdrew some Tk 320 million on 11, 15 and 22 February and his son Tabith Awal withdrew some Tk 200 million in the same month.Morshed Khan withdrew Tk 180 million on 27 February while his son Faisal withdrew Tk 90 million on 26 February.It is alleged that some Tk 210 million was withdrawn from the bank account of Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain from 3 to 12 March and some of the money was withdrawn from outside Dhaka.  ACC is also claiming that some Tk 160 million was withdrawn from the account of Mirza Abbas on 28 February and 4 March.It is also being alleged that Tk 70 million was withdrawn from the bank accounts of Nazrul Islam Khan and Habibun-nabi Khan Sohel at different times.BNP has all along been accusing the Anti-Corruption Commission of serving the interests of the ruling quarters.At a press conference on 21 March, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that ACC is like a one-eyed animal.    BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said, “The ACC has launched this investigation based on the reports published in some baseless online portals. How authentic are those reports? Neither me nor my family members have any account with that bank.”Terming the move purely political, he lamented that the ACC has chosen to turn a blind eye to people who have misappropriated millions, especially when the ministries and the Bangladesh Bank have proofs.Senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan said, “This is just another blueprint of the government to keep the active BNP leaders under pressure. The country knows why the ACC is after us when people who have institutionalised corruption are at large.””Such news was published on online portal Bangla Insider on 17 March. Everyone knows who are behind it. The ACC will now carry out an investigation based on that report. The involvement of constitutional bodies in such politicised acts is tarnishing their image, and that of the country as well,” said BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo.No ACC official was available for a comment to this end. ACC spokesperson and secretary Shamsul Arefin’s phone did not receive a call despite repeated attempts. He did not reply to a text either.Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “We hope the ACC will carry out their duties within their legal framework. If they prioritise political identity it will be a blow to their accountability.”last_img read more

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Harlem Park Rec Center Reopens

first_imgBy AFRO StaffOn Aug. 13, the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) reopened  the popular Harlem Park Recreation Center, at 700 N. Calhoun St., in West Baltimore. The reopening of Harlem Park brings the city’s rec center total to 44.In collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical Center, the center has been restored and renovated to include new lighting, books, games and sporting equipment, an upgraded multipurpose room, among other updates. Community members, partners and members of the press were among the attendees at the grand reopening. This is the first time the Harlem Park Recreation Center has operated since its closing in 2012.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Returning this essential community asset to the residents of Harlem Park has been a priority of mine since I was City Council President and I am proud that as Mayor I will be able to return this jewel to the community,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This new facility will be a gathering space for the neighborhood and a safe haven for its youth. Reflecting my commitment to rebuild our neighborhoods and provide positive recreational engagement for our residents.”Pop-up programs will take place beginning Aug. 14 and the center will operate Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 5-9 p.m. The center will be fully operational beginning September 2019 with youth and adult programs, volunteer opportunities, sports leagues, out-of-school learning, summer camp and much more. Starting Labor Day Weekend, all city recreation centers will operate Monday through Saturday.Harlem Park Recreation Center, Baltimore, MD (Screengrab YouTube) “The restoration of this center has been a long time coming,” said Reginald Moore, executive director of Baltimore City Recreation & Parks. “We’ve listened to the surrounding communities to not only bring back the Harlem Park Rec Center, but to provide recreational opportunities tailored to their needs. We are thankful to partners like the UMMC for the importance of enriching our communities through recreation and working alongside our dedicated staff to bring back one of its community staples.”last_img read more

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A blast from the past

first_imgThe plays in the second week of Bharat Rang Mahotsav seem to have been painted in vivid colours. The first few days showed metaphysical themes and legends, where as plays staged mid week gave a history lesson to the audience. On Wednesday, five plays were staged. The play Balkan Women takes us to the time in history when Yugoslavia was undergoing partition. A bloody civil war was taking place between Christians and Muslims in Bosnia. Amina and her daughter Samira are interrogated by Lt. Blako, a Muslim-hater and subordinate of col. Herak who had once been involved with Amina and was Samira’s biological father. Worried about her daughter’s safety, Amina asks Herak for help and he employs Samira as a housekeeper at his residence. Over time the two develop a warm relationship, until one day Samira receives news about the brutal killing of her father and brother, and other atrocities against the Muslim community. To avenge this, she gives poisoned coffee to col Herak. Amina tells a shocked Samira that col Herak is her biological father. A repentant and grieving Samira is looked upon as a daughter by a dying col. Herak. Both mother and daughter are later killed by the new chief of the camp. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Assamese play Nokiyampo was set in the Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh, where there is a tribe called Nocte. In the recent past the Noctes had a unique marriage tradition in which before marriage young girls had to prove their fertility by giving birth to a child by co-habiting with a male member of their society. After the child was born, as per their rituals, it was killed and the girl was given in marriage to someone chosen by the members of society and the family. This tradition continued among the Noctes until 1962, when for the first time such a child was allowed to be brought up in the society in lieu of fine imposed by the society. Despite this, the unmarried mother and child had to face various socio-religious difficulties because of the customs and rituals of the tribe. This is the situation that Nokiyampo aims to recreate and explore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet in the backdrop of Ramayana, play titled Indrajit  is a chapter from the battle between Ram and Ravan. On hearing about the death of both Kumbakarnan and Ahthigayan, Ravana vows revenge. Mandodhari, Ravana’s wife enters receives the news of her son’s death. She mourns and asks Ravana not to wage war against Rama, but he doesn’t listen to her. She then tells her son Indrajit to stop his father, and Indrajit tells him that he will go to war field instead of him.  When Rama comes to know that Indrajit is coming to wage war against them he sends Lakshmana to face him. The performance looks at events as they enfold, from Indrajit’s putting of Brahmasthiram on Lakshmana, the episode with the Sanjeevi leaves, Indrajit’s Nikumbala Yagam, and finally his death at the hands of Lakshmana. The play, Thana Theke Aschhi which sees sub-inspector Teenkori Halder come knocking of industrialist Chandra Madhab Sen’s door to enquire about the suicide of a girl, unfolds a day ahead of Modi’s trip to the city to address a business meet. Based on JB Priestley’s famous play, An Inspector Calls, Thana Theke Aschhi has been adapted for both stage and celluloid before. The backdrop of the play is 2013. Set in a family of industrialists, it also shows how Modi’s visit gets the business circles buzzing. With an eye on next year’s parliamentary elections, the businessmen are seen excited about the prospect of meeting Modi –the poster boy of development. What is unveiled through the play is the insecurity of working in the private sector. The girl, who takes her life, was also faced with a similar crisis.Play, Untitled Phrase-02 is about parallel structures and their chaos are being questioned, broken and rebuilt repeatedly at every moment in our understanding and in our way of dealing with them. That is why they have the possibility of unpredictability and remain a source of potential hope of us.On Thursday three plays were staged, Hayavadana, A Kind Of True Story and Dharti Aaba. The  play Hayavadana, concentrates on the theme of ‘incompleteness’ and the superiority of mind over body.The human desire for completeness represented by Padmini ends in a fiasco as the transposition of heads gradually proves that it is the mind that rules.  After the transposition at the Kali temple, complications arise.  Initially, Devadatta, or rather the head of Devadatta, on Kapila’s body combines with it and reverts to his nature, while the other combination is  Kapila’s head and Devadatta’s body. But there is a difference.  Devadatta stops writing poetry while Kapila is haunted by the memories in his body.  Padmini, after the exchange of heads, feels that she has the capacity for complete experience.The play, A Kind of Love Story traces a year in the lives of eight people living in Mumbai. Their story is told from the perspective of the struggling writer, Sameer Sheikh, who is writing a script about these eight characters, including himself. It explores the characters’ interpersonal relationships, as well as their personal and professional struggles on a daily basis. The story is set in a middle class suburban building society that is going through the process of redevelopment.The structure of the play is non-linear with a mix of real and unreal situations. The play deals with the groups’ perception of ‘reality’, as ideas are broken and bared intermittently, until the audience is left questioning and revisiting truths usually considered absolute.The music is a mix of Western and Indian; there is live singing on stage and actors speak in both Hindi and English.‘I will return…soon I will return from my forests, on my mountains…I will return again amidst my Munda people…we have primeval blood. This is the blood of black people. It has been made by the coming together of hunger, accusation, insult, pain, ands sorrow. It from this blood that the fire of ulgulaan burns. This fire will never stop burning…never. I will return soon.’ This dialogue by BirsaMunda is the crux of DhartiAaba, which is based on the life and works of BirsaMunda, the leader and hero of the Munda tribal community.Birsa’s life was full of struggle. He first left school in protest against the derogatory treatment meted out to Munda students by the missionaries. Constantly troubled by the problems of those living in the forests, he eventually succeeded in taking his fellow community members towards a better socio-religious situation. Gradually he was able to instill the hunger and confidence to resist the feelings of slavery that the Mundas had internalized within themselves. Under his leadership the already existent rebellion of the Sardar Mundas was transformed into a struggle against foreign rule.last_img read more

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Delhis tribute to the Bard

first_imgShakespeare has withstood the passage of time. He stood out owing to his relevance through the generations. Not only does his plays on political conspiracy deliver foresight in terms of modern day ambition and lust for power but even his social comedies are of significance , as in its core, the truth is stated about propriety and its rootedness. On the occasion of William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary, Mahesh Bhatt presented ‘Do Deewane Sheher Mein’ inspired by Shakespeare’s less explored and very first play ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’, which was held last weekend in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An apt adaptation? Well, the play told the story of two friends and their intertwined love stories, set against the backdrop of modern-day Delhi. The trip from Verona to Milan in the Bard’s play became a business meeting in Goa; the Duke became a business tycoon; the two protagonists Shiv Chauhan (Sunil) and Imran Zahid (Sahil) were transformed from merchants to app developers. It was quite clever how they managed to make Shakespearean characters relatable to the audience. It was funny and a good experience overall. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play was directed by Kalyani Hiwale-an NSD graduate where she explores love and loyalty as its central theme. It is an entertaining and endearing story dealing with matters of the heart. Zoa Morani as Mayavi and Priyanka Lulla as Kashish, did a fine job as the modern-day love interests.Dreams dreamt by Shakespeare transcend the most luxuriant human imagination and paves the way for other incessant dreams including ‘Do Deewane Sheher Mein’. They celebrated the forgotten treasures of the original ‘Dream Merchant’ with the firm belief that his spirit will be blessing them.last_img read more

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How This Company Is Helping Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 2, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Chicago’s 3D Printer Experience is aptly named: It aims to educate and engage the public by offering a relaxed setting to learn about a beneficial new technology, as well as playful activities like the ability to scan and print one’s own head.  Founded as an LLC in late 2012 and converted to a benefit corporation in 2014, the 3D Printer Experience offers design and manufacturing services for both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs. Founder and CEO Julie Friedman Steele walked us through the process. Who is your ideal client?People who are driven by new ideas. We like to see clients who are ready to embrace change. Because not only do we focus on 3-D printing as a democratizing agent of manufacturing, but also on the effects of other futurist and open mindsets. The accelerating rate of technology is affecting our world in ways that most people aren’t even thinking about. Those things are going to radically change our world, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible get to be a part of that and understand what’s happening. My favorite ones are always the social entrepreneurs; not only are we helping them, but we are also making a difference in the lives of others. One company, Portapure, worked with us to create a piece of a water bottle with a filter inside to provide clean drinking water to people in Haiti.Julie Friedman SteelePhoto courtesy of 3dpxWhich of 3D Printer Experience’s services might be of specific interest to entrepreneurs?We offer consulting, which involves project feasibility and recommendations. We offer design and manufacturing. We have industrial-grade 3-D printing and laser sintering capabilities in-house. And we offer continuing education and private events. Our site functions as a full-service event space during hours not open to the public. Entrepreneurs love to have a place available to them that isn’t a typical banquet facility and to be around future technologies.Through our experiences, education, and ideation sessions, we work with many entrepreneurs to understand not only how 3-D printing functions today, but how it will impact our future as well. After working with us, most of our clients come back with even better ideas. Also, we are very encouraging to first-time entrepreneurs by supporting their ideas and by teaching them how to use 3-D printing to develop their concepts. My favorite thing to tell them is how 3-D printing is democratizing manufacturing. This means that they have the same access that large corporations have. Supply and demand: A sample of the variety of materials that can be used in 3-D printing.Photo (C) Kevin AntnenHow do your design services work?We take an individualized approach with our clients and are willing to go back and forth to ensure that the finished object exceeds their expectations. The steps we follow include ideation, 3-D modeling, prototyping, manufacturing and post-processing.Many clients are very sensitive about their intellectual property, and we make sure they get to keep that. We are in the business of helping them succeed, not putting up roadblocks that would prevent them from seeing their vision come to life.Is there anything about 3-D printing that you wish more entrepreneurs understood?I want more entrepreneurs to know that they can raise funds through means like crowdfunding and compete with the big guys. It’s hysterical to me to see publicly traded companies putting their projects on crowdfunding sites masquerading as independent entrepreneurs. However, it’s also very telling that there is slowly becoming very little difference between them and any entrepreneur with a new idea.I also let entrepreneurs know that if they love what they do, they don’t need to have an exit strategy. It’s possible now to launch financially sustainable businesses on their own and make an impact on the world. last_img read more

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NARAT opens up registration for May 2019 Ultimate Egypt fam

first_img Posted by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 NARAT opens up registration for May 2019 Ultimate Egypt fam Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Egypt, FAMs, NARAT TORONTO — NARAT is now accepting application forms for its Ultimate Egypt deluxe fam, scheduled for May 17 – 28, 2019.The land and cruise fam will take agents “back in time through Ancient Egypt in a discovery of civilization and learn about Egypt’s top selling destinations,” says the tour operator.The 12-day specialty educational program includes the ancient Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings and the historic locations of Aswan, Karnak, Luxor, Abu Simbel and the Sahara Desert.Participants can also extend their fam program with a visit to the Red Sea, along with many other world-famous Egypt historic sites.Other fam activities involve seeing the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to view Egyptian artifacts and mummies, a visit to a Papyrus Institute and traversing age-old bazaars that go back to the Middle Ages.The fam also includes a sail down the iconic Nile. Agents will spend 5 days experiencing one of the world’s top-voted river cruises.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIncluded in the fam is international airfare from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, domestic flights in Egypt and combines deluxe hotel and cruise accommodations, 11-day touring program including entrance fees and most meals. The program is escorted throughout by a Canadian tour director.Agents are also provided the opportunity to stay at Mena House with immediate views of the pyramids. The fam also includes a three day visit to the Red Sea with an opportunity to stay at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Resort.Cost is US$1,950 per agent plus flight taxes totaling $760. Seating and single supplement is subject to availability. Connecting flights for agents travelling from other cities are available on request. One companion per agent is allowed.To request an itinerary and application form agents are asked to email fams@narat.org. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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