A cold wave swept through Delhi on Wednesday morning as the minimum temperature dropped to 3.6 degrees Celsius, the lowest this winter, the Met office said.“The minimum temperature was recorded at 3.6 degree Celsius, four notches below the season’s average. It is the lowest temperature recorded so far this year,” it said. Delhi has been reeling under a cold wave for the past a few days. On December 23, the minimum temperature was recorded at 3.7 degrees Celsius. It is expected to dip to 3.0 degrees Celsius after December 28. The weatherman has predicted clear skies throughout the day on Wednesday and the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 20 degrees Celsius. According to the Met department, humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 97%.On Tuesday, the minimum temperature had settled at 5.0 degrees Celsius.Water supplies freezeThe cold wave has resulted in freezing of some water bodies, including the fringes of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, and residential water supply pipes in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley.Leh town in Ladakh region recorded the lowest temperature this winter as mercury plummeted to minus 17.1C last night, a Met department official said.The nearby Kargil recorded a low of minus 14.4C, he said.Srinagar — the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir — which recorded the coldest night in 11 years on Monday at minus 6.8C, experienced a similar minimum temperature last night at minus 6.7C, the official said.He said Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.9C, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 5.4C last night.Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.4C. The night temperature in Pahalgam, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, settled at minus 7.9C, the official said.The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley at minus 9.4C.Himachal hits minus 11.1The minimum temperature also dropped by a few notches in most parts of Himachal Pradesh. The lowest temperature in the State was recorded in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong at minus 11.1 degrees Celsius, Director of the MeT Centre, Shimla, Manmohan Singh said. Besides Manali, Solan, Chamba, Kalpa, Seobagh, Sundernagar and Bhuntar were shivering at sub zero level during the period, he added The minimum temperature in Kalpa was recorded at minus 4 degrees Celsius, Manali at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, Seobagh at minus 2.7, Sundernagar at minus 1.3, Bhuntar at minus 1, Solan at minus 0.7 and Chamba at minus 0.4 degree Celsius, he added. However, the minimum temperature in Shimla was 2.7 degrees Celsius and in Dalhousie it was 1.6 degrees Celsius during the period, he added
New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Sport Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today refused to be dragged into a row over a tweet by the Athletics Federation of India on sprinter Hima Das’ English- speaking skills, saying he had major responsibilities to shoulder and did not comment on everything that people said. During the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, when Rathore was responding to supplementaries, Congress’ Gaurav Gogoi sought the minister’s response to a comment made by the sports body on the English-speaking skills of Das, who won the 400 meters of World Under-20 Championship.On being pressed for a reply, Rathore said he had major responsibilities to shoulder and did not comment on everything that people say. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also sought to support Rathore, saying the minister did not have to respond to everything. The AFI had last week put its foot in the mouth when it referred to Das’ “not so fluent English” after her blazing run, attracting the ire of fans which forced the governing body to issue an apology in chaste Hindi.#HimaDas speaking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking and yeah, try ur best in final! the AFI wrote on its Twitter handle. Fans took to the social networking site to express their displeasure against the AFI for using what could be construed was insensitive language.Miffed, fans ridiculed the tweet and said Das was in Finland to showcase her talent in athletics and not her expertise in English language. PTI NAB AARAARadvertisement
Geneva, Sep 23 (AFP) A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional “burqa ban”, after voters in St Gallen on Sunday emphatically backed prohibiting all face-covering garments in public spaces.At the same time, voters across Switzerland resoundingly rejected initiatives aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more ethical and environmental standards in food production, amid fears of cost hikes and reduced consumer choice.In the northeastern canton of St Gallen, nearly 67 per cent of voters came out in favour of introducing the implicit “burqa ban”, according to official results, which showed turnout was 36 per cent.That paves the way for the canton to follow the example of the southern region of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago that appeared to be aimed at burqas and other Muslim veils.Three other cantons — Zurich, Solothurn and Glarus — have rejected introducing such bans in recent years.A text stipulating that “any person who renders themselves unrecognisable by covering their face in a public space, and thus endangers public security or social and religious peace will be fined” was adopted by lawmakers in St Gallen late last year.That law passed the regional parliament with support from the populist right and centre parties — but the issue was put to the people after the Green and Green Liberal parties demanded a referendum.Supporters of the ban insisted in campaign literature that “it is integral to our culture and our values to be able to look each other in the eyes without hiding”.advertisementThe Islamic Central Council of Switzerland on Sunday slammed the ban as “Islamophobic”.Other opponents have insisted the ban was useless, stressing that very few women wear burqas or other face-covering veils in St Gallen.Opponents have also pointed out that the canton already has a law prohibiting face-covering during demonstrations that require police authorisation as well as at sporting events.A review published recently on the effect of the law introduced in Ticino in 2016 meanwhile showed that football fans had felt the most impact, while fines for burqa-use could be counted on one hand, the ATS news agency reported.Switzerland’s government last year opposed an initiative aimed at creating a nationwide burqa ban, saying it should be up to the regions to determine if such measures are appropriate.Voters across Switzerland are however expected to be called to vote on the issue next year after the populist rightwing Swiss People’s Party gathered the 100,000 signatures needed to put any subject to a referendum as part of Switzerland’s famous direct democratic system. (AFP) KUNKUN
zoom MODEC and TOYO Offshore Production Systems Pte. Ltd. (MTOPS), a Singapore joint company created by TOYO and MODEC, Inc., has been awarded a letter of intent from MODEC to install topsides units for a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) system.This FPSO, named FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba MV27, will be deployed to an offshore oil field, which is under concession to a consortium comprised of three companies including Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (PETROBRAS). The offshore oil field is located in the pre-salt layer about 5,000 meters beneath the seabed of the Carioca area (water depth: 2,100m), 300 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This FSPO will be installed in the area in June, 2016.MODEC is a leading FPSO contractor with top-level credentials that has been awarded nine FPSOs to PETROBRAS. This is the fourth FPSO project by MTOPS for PETROBRAS followed by the FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí MV26.TOYO is striving to enhance its business in the field of resource development, as part of the medium-term business plan NEXT TOYO 2015. TOYO has sought to expand its business domains in Brazil.TOYO, November 8, 2013
At the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly this week, UN Women unveiled the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10×10×10 University Parity Report.Participants gather for the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report Launch in New York CityIn the groundbreaking report, 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments and begin charting their progress toward achieving gender parity. Launched in 2015, the HeForShe IMPACT 10×10×10 is an initiative that convenes ten Heads of State, ten global CEOs and ten University Presidents to fast-track gender equality in boardrooms, classrooms and world capitals.The group of 10 IMPACT universities span across eight countries on five continents: Georgetown University, USA; Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France; Nagoya University, Japan; Stony Brook University, USA; the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; the University of Leicester, UK; University of Oxford, UK; the University of São Paulo, Brazil; the University of Waterloo, Canada; and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.With more than half of the world’s population under 30 and university graduation rates rising, universities have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference. This report highlights three important critical imbalances that universities can address: 1) the ratio of men to women represented in university faculty and senior administrative positions; 2) the fields of study selected by young women versus young men; and 3) the number of female students at universities compared to their equal access to academic and professional career tracks.“Each generation of university students that emerges from these formative years of education is a new chance for the world to make progress,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. “Now that our IMPACT Champions are leading such well targeted initiatives to tackle current barriers to gender equality, we can look to these cadres of HeForShe graduates, and the changing profiles of academia, with renewed hope.”The launch of the report marks the completion of the first year in the IMPACT 10×10×10 initiative for participating universities. In the report, University HeForShe IMPACT Champions present transparent baseline figures on the representation of women across their student and faculty populations against which future progress will be measured and published on an annual basis. This dataset refers to women at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as faculty and senior leadership roles.In total, the ten universities have committed to monitoring their progress on 30 commitments. 70% of IMPACT Champions have committed to closing the gender gap in administration; 40% have committed to closing the gender gap in academia; 30% have committed to creating centers of excellence in gender equality; and 40% have committed to ending violence on campus.“Sustainable development is not possible and peace will not be lasting, without empowering every girl and woman,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “I see the face of the new global agenda as that of a 12-year-old girl, in school, not forced into marriage or work. It is the face of a 20-year-old woman, at university, creating and sharing knowledge. This is the importance of the HeForShe IMPACT 10×10×10 Initiative.”UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who launched the HeForShe movement in 2014, and took part in the report launch said that, “A good university is like a tiny utopia – it’s a miniature model of how the whole of society could look. All our IMPACT Champions have chosen to make gender parity a central part of the way they educate their students.”At the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Corporate HeForShe IMPACT Champions unveiled the inaugural Corporate HeForShe Parity Report. The Corporate Parity Report provided unprecedented disclosure of workforce gender diversity figures, including details on leadership roles and board membership, to inspire global companies to monitor commitments and take action.HeForShe IMPACT University Special Announcement on Gender-based Violence on Campus September 20th, 2016Gender-based violence remains a serious challenge to campus security – and educational opportunity – for students across the world.One in three women worldwide is known to experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Many more victims remain silent due to shame, guilt, or fear. Men and boys are also the victims of physical and sexual violence, and are statistically less probable to report an assault to authorities. In some countries, the incidence of assault and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer students is estimated to be higher.Ten global academic institutions from the HeForShe IMPACT 10×10×10 initiative have now initiated programmes of action agreed with the United Nations as part of the broader HeForShe programme; including ground-breaking commitments to tackling gender-based violence on their campuses.Spanning 8 countries on 5 continents, reaching more than 700,000 students and with 40,000 faculty members, the ten IMPACT Universities are positioned to be powerful catalysts for change.The universities taking part in the HeForShe IMPACT 10×10×10 programme are Georgetown University, University of Hong Kong, University of Leicester, Nagoya University, University of Oxford, University of São Paulo, Sciences Po, Stony Brook University, University of Waterloo, and University of the Witwatersrand.IMPACT Universities will work together to: • Institutionalize zero-tolerance policies on sexual assault; • Provide campus-wide training and briefings for all faculty, administration, and students; • Transform student ideas into action through HeForShe Global ‘Ideathons’Under the HeForShe programme, additional specific commitments and targets are agreed with each university, providing models of highly practical change in a global context. IMPACT Universities recognize that practical solutions to gender-based violence on campus are strengthened by collaboration with their students. A pioneering initiative to end gender-based violence includes the launch of annual HeForShe Ideathons over the next three years on IMPACT University campuses, which enables students to explore and devise solutions through collaboration and facilitation. Across all IMPACT Universities, tackling gender-based violence is regarded as an absolute priority. Charting a path for other universities to follow, the models under creation at IMPACT universities are central to the global campaign to eradicate gender-based violence.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German jobless rate slips to 6.8 per cent in May as spring upturn kicks in, labour market solid BERLIN – A traditional spring pickup in job creation helped reduce Germany’s unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent in May from 7.1 per cent the previous month.In total, the Federal Labor Agency said Wednesday that 2.937 million people were registered as unemployed, down 83,000 over the month.When adjusted for seasonal factors, unemployment was steady at 6.9 per cent, in line with economists’ expectations. However, the number of people unemployed rose by a bigger-than-anticipated 21,000.The relatively low rates of unemployment in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, contrast with the sky-high levels seen elsewhere in the eurozone.Recent surveys have shown the German economy picking up steam again, with business confidence and consumer sentiment up. In the first quarter, Germany only grew by a quarterly rate of 0.1 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2013 4:32 am MDT
MOTORISTS COMMUTING TO and from Dublin city centre will be able to take a new turn that may aid their journey from tomorrow evening.Works being carried out as part of the Luas Cross City project to extend the tram line will see two right turning lanes from St Stephen’s Green East onto Merrion Row operational from tomorrow.The two rights turns will be operational for tomorrow evening’s rush hour, Dublin City Council said this evening.The right turning lanes will provide access to the northside of the city via Merrion Street Upper as well as access to the N11 via Baggot Street.The works are part of the St Stephen’s Green Area Traffic Management Scheme which is facilitating work on the Luas Cross City project.The scheme will see disruption caused to motorists in the area in the coming months with traffic capacity on Dawson Street to be reduced as well as other changes including: The provision of a double bus lane outbound to allow a dedicated left turn onto Leeson Street and a straight ahead lane onto Earlsfort Terrace.The provision of a signalised junction at St. Stephen’s Green East and Hume StreetThe relocation of the pedestrian crossing across St. Stephen’s Green East.More: Major changes due for St Stephen’s Green trafficInfographic: What is the Luas Cross City?
Un séisme fait plusieurs blessés en ItalieItalie – Lundi, un tremblement de terre de magnitude 4,5 a frappé l’île de Lipari, dans l’archipel des Éoliennes, au nord de la Sicile. Quatre personnes ont été légèrement blessées dans des éboulements causés par ce séisme qui a aussi provoqué un mouvement de panique.Peu avant 13h lundi, un tremblement de terre a secoué le sud de l’Italie, et notamment l’île de Lipari où ont été recensés les quatre blessés légers évoqués par l’agence Ansa.Ce séisme de magnitude 4,5 a provoqué des glissements de terrain et des dégâts sur certains bâtiments, engendrant surtout un important mouvement de panique dans une zone très touristique du territoire italien. Les îles Éoliennes se trouvent, selon une classification italienne, dans la zone 2 où peuvent se produire des séisme “assez forts”. La zone 1 est la plus dangereuse.Il y a un peu plus d’un an, le 6 avril 2009, l’Italie a été frappée par un séisme particulièrement meurtrier. D’une magnitude de 5,8 sur l’échelle de Richter, ce tremblement de terre avait fait 308 morts à L’Aquila.Le 17 août 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
When Washington lawmakers meet in three weeks for the 2017 legislative session, Clark County will ask to speed up improvements to a troublesome interchange and secure funding for other transportation infrastructure, while also seeking increased funding for county services and projects.Earlier this month Clark County finished up its list of priorities that it will direct its lobbyist to advocate for during the upcoming 105-day legislative session. Clark County Manager Mark McCauley said that the list was put together with input from department directors and county councilors.County Chair Marc Boldt said the county tried to keep its wish-list short because lawmakers are expected to be consumed with approving a two-year budget and complying with a court order requiring them to fully fund basic education.“We just know that with (education funding and the budget), not much is going to happen, so that’s why we tried to keep it really simple,” Boldt said.A top priority for Clark County is to move up the timeline for funding improvements to the interchange near Interstate 5 and 179th Street. Last year, lawmakers passed Connecting Washington, a transportation funding package. However, money for the project isn’t scheduled until 2024-2025, and Clark County will ask that the project be funded sooner.
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNORTH PARK (KUSI) – The cleanup continues this morning in North Park. Thursday, a massive water main break flooded the streets, cars, homes, and business.KUSI’s Dan Plante spoke to people in North Park along with some of the city officials who are working to clean up the neighborhood.RELATED STORY: Broken water main causes major flooding in North Park Dan Plante, Updated: 6:51 PM Crews working to clean up after North Park water main break Posted: October 5, 2018 The Culprit! “90-Year-Old” Cast Iron Pipe Is Hauled Away In North Park After Major Flooding. All Cast Iron Pipes Will Be Replaced Eventually!!! Find Out When, Tonight On KUSI. pic.twitter.com/doieh7IjVi— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) October 5, 2018 October 5, 2018
Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More Global gaming giant IGT has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of three key new members.Bob Vincent has been named Chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, the primary operating subsidiary for the company’s US lottery business, staring from 8 April 2019. Vincent will serve as a senior consultant to IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala and the rest of IGT’s senior leadership team. RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Wendy Montgomery joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing and Communications, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, she will oversee the strategy for IGT’s global brand, trade shows and external communications, including community relations, responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility.Scott Gunn also joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, he is responsible for public affairs related to government relations strategy and is instrumental in directing and facilitating government relationships and public engagement to advance global
In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate Use Act, legalizing the sale of a specific type of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.The first Texas dispensaries are now opening and selling their products to eligible patients across the state. But Texans who are interested in pursuing the so-called CBD oil treatment say there are several obstacles to getting the medicine.There’s roughly 30 doctors across the state eligible to prescribe the medicine. Also, CBD oil is still federally illegal, so people have to pay out of pocket to secure it. And there are only three Texas dispensaries who can sell the medicine — two in Austin and one in Schulenburg.In this video documentary, The Texas Tribune followed two families as they began their journey in pursuing medical cannabis treatment. Share
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A frontal system is on its way and is due to bring snow from later this morning (May 12).Reports currently say that snowfall will be confined to the Eastern Cape, Drakensberg and surrounding areas.Later this morning, snow is expected to fall over the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, extending into Lesotho and the KZN Drakensberg by this afternoon.Snowfall will continue into the evening and through the night, and some falls could start appearing on the foothills and in towns close to the KZN Drakensberg in the Underberg area.Snow falling in the KZN Midlands looks unlikely at this stage, although light flurries are possible in certain places such as Matatiele and Kokstad.Also read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fall Also read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldSnowfall is likely to continue into Sunday evening and Monday morning, and some heavy falls can be expected on top of the Drakensberg. Motorists need to be wary when driving during inclement weather conditions this weekend.The weather in Ladysmith throughout the weekend is expected to be cold, with temperatures below 15 degrees until Sunday.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to increase the minimum wage will likely result in job cuts across the accommodation sector, according to industry leaders.This week the FWC announced it would award a 2.6 percent increase to the minimum wage to AU$16.37 per hour.Although workers will likely enjoy the extra dollars in the pocket, Accommodation Association of Australia chief executive Richard Munro said employers may not be so overjoyed by the negative consequences of the decision.Mr Munro explained that if the FWC had approved the AAA’s recommendation for a 1.5 percent increase in minimum wage, the hit to the sector would not have been so severe.However, the 2.6 percent increase will increases “expenses for accommodation businesses”, which are already “out-stripping revenue which makes for lower return on investment”.He said the decision will does not take into account the circumstances of small businesses and will ultimately lead to “further job losses in the accommodation industry”. “There has been a recent trend of larger-than-expected increases in the minimum wage and this is unsustainable in the long-term for our industry, as well as tourism more broadly,” Mr Munro said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ FWC approves 2.6 percent increase in minimum wage. Image: Airport-technology.com
Get in tune with your body & soulGet in tune with your body & soulClub Med, the leader in Premium All-Inclusive holidays, invites guests to rest, relax and rejuvenate as they embark on Club Med’s annual ‘Body & Soul’ wellness journey from 4 – 24 May 2018. This wellness journey will take place in Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia and is ideal for guests to revitalise their mind, body and soul in a lush tropical paradise.Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, guests can look forward to a series of specially curated activities and signature Must-Try Experiences. Surrounded by the astounding raw natural beauty that Club Med Bintan has to offer, the 4-Trident resort, just an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore is the place to Move Well, Play Well, Eat Well, and Feel Well.“Club Med Bintan Island is perfect for this wellness journey. The range of activities we have in place at the resort is ideal for young and old alike. Guests will leave our resort with wonderful new memories and a revitalised mind, body and soul. Whether you are here for a quick weekend getaway or a week-long stay, Club Med Bintan is the best place to be this May,” commented Xavier Desaulles, CEO of Club Med East and South Asia and Pacific.Holistic Wellness Programmes – Discover The One For YouGuests are spoilt for choice with a wide array of activities to choose from at Club Med Bintan Island. The journey begins with those looking to achieve their personal fitness goals. Guests can Move Well with a plethora of classes and activities. Under the watchful guidance of the resort’s sports Gentle Organizers (G.Os) and classes by international experts, guests can discover a new passion for sports. Embark on activities such as running, cardio and weights, aqua fitness, and one of Club Med Bintan Island’s latest signature Must Try Experiences, CrossFit which is an all-encompassing physical activity that will set your pulse racing. Get ready for a full body workout with German personal trainer, Tanja Harrasser, Australian power-mum Jen Dugard and French Triathlon & Iron Man, Frederic Dugas.For those in search of adrenalin, guests can Play Well at Club Med Bintan Island through a selection of exciting sports activities and new adventures such as kayaking, trapeze, golf, sailing, archery and stand-up paddling.In addition, a wide selection of culinary delights as guests Eat Well and savour fresh and healthy food and beverages such as slow-pressed juices made from fresh fruits daily at the Matahari Beach Bar. A dedicated healthy corner reserved at the buffet as well as hands-on healthy cooking lessons with Mekhala Living, further enhance the healthy eating experience. Rub shoulders and learn from Jansen Ongko, a health and fitness sports nutritionist and master trainer from Indonesian.Last but not least, guests can Feel Well by immersing themselves in total relaxation. Restore your inner well-being with sunset yoga or tai chi, at the newly refurbished Yoga Palapa that overlooks the vast sea horizon. Look forward to classes and fitness tips from international fitness presenter and Australian radio personality, Lisa Westlake alongside Harriet Sciberras, who specializes in helpingyou find your strength and balance.Activities For The Little OnesAs an ideal location for a family holiday, Club Med Bintan Island also offers a selection of tailored experiences for children and teens, to ensure that they get an unforgettable holiday experience. Children aged 2 to 3 can enjoy themselves at Petit Club Med with the resort’s trained G.Os. Young ones can enjoy creative activities such as arts and crafts and face painting.Kids from age 4 to 10 years old can also join the Mini Club Med for an adventure-packed day that includes group games and outdoor activities like archery, golf and the signature Little Circus. Older children aged 11 to 17 can make new friends at Junior Club Med and enjoy thrilling sports such as trapeze and sailing.Treat Yourself To The ExtraordinaryAfter taking part in exciting activities, guests can treat themselves to a rejuvenating spa treatment at Asmara Bintan to soothe their muscles. Situated on the water’s edge of the sapphire-blue South China Sea and set against a breath-taking canvas of lush greenery, guests will be pampered with luxurious treatments such as the traditional Indonesian ‘mandi lulur’ treatment.Avid golfers can bring home picturesque golf moments when they tee-off at the Ria Bintan Golf Club, a golf course designed by golf legend, Gary Player. The award-winning 18-hole Ocean Course and the 9-hole Forest Course offer a unique golfing experience. Certified golf G.O instructors from the resort and Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) professionals are also readily available to providetips and first-hand knowledge through classes – this is golfing at its most glorious.For more information, visit https://www.clubmed.com/body-and-soul-2018 Source = Club Med Bintan Island
7. Visit the Hungarian Parliament BuildingWhen admiring the views from Buda Castle the most prominent, and beautiful piece of architecture you will see is the Neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building on the Pest side of the Danube. Inside the Parliament building is just as spectacular as the outside and you can take guided tours during the periods where Parliament isn’t in session. A 45-minute tour will take you around the lobbies, Assembly Hall, Congress Hall, the old House of Lords and to view the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Opening Hours: 8am-4pm on weekends, 8am-6pm on weekdaysTickets: 2000 HUF to tour insideAddress: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 15. Pub crawl through the ruin barsA city break in Budapest isn’t complete without an experience in Szimpla Kert. The ruin bars in Budapest have been built from what was left after the War, but now the hipsters have been the dilapidated ruins into kitsch bars, full of trinkets, alleyways and slightly trippy decorations. You’ll need to see it for yourself.Best ruin bars in Budapest: Szimpla Kert – 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 14.Anker’t – 1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede utca 33.Ellátó Kert. – 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 48. 6. See an OperaBudapest is known for its world class opera and the Hungarian State Opera House is considered to be one of the world’s best opera houses thanks to its acoustics and fine neo-Renaissance architecture. You can take a guided tour of the opera house during the day but the best way to experience the opera and acoustics of the building is to see an opera show in the evening. Opening Hours: Shows tend to start at 7pm. See the full timetable on the website.Tickets: Guided tours of the Opera House are 2900HUF.Address: Andrássy út 22, 1061 12. Walk up Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ SquareIf Budapest is the Paris of the east, Andrássy is the Champs-Elysees to the city. This is where you can find Chanel, Dior, Gucci, many restaurants and plenty of bars too. You can walk directly from the river banks up Andrássy toward Heroes’ Square in the city park. It should take you 40 minutes to an hour – depending on how many of the shops and bars you bounce in and out of. Address: Andrássy ut13. Hike up to Mattias ChurchThis is one of the best view points for seeing the Danube and the houses of Parliament in Budapest. Start your ascent once you’ve crossed the Chain Bridge, heading up towards the Castle District, and join the crowds for a glass of wine at sunset. Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Szentháromság tér 2, 1014 14. Festival on Margaret IslandWith medieval ruins, a small zoo and a flower garden, it’s a surprise more people don’t go to Margaret Island. This is a green island in the centre of the Danube, better known for being the home of Szigyet Festival in summer. Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeHow to get there: Use tram 4 or tram 6 to get to Margit híd Budai hídfő metrostop, and make your way over to the island. Alternatively, use the Margit Bridge to walk over to the island. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search for cheap flights to Budapest1. Buda CastleBuda Castle, also known as The Royal Palace is known for its dominating position on the Budapest skyline atop Castle Hill. From the castle you can enjoy stunning views of the River Danube and the Pest side of Budapest. The Castle is a World Heritage Site and home to a number of Budapest’s museums; The Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. The Hungarian National Gallery displays Hungarian fine arts, sculptures and stone carvings. Temporary exhibitions feature pieces of art from Hungarian artists and collections from the Museum of Fine Arts which is closed for refurbishment until 2018. Opening Hours: The National Gallery is open 10am-6pm, but the Castle is free to stroll around.Tickets: 1800 HUFAddress: Szent György tér 2, 1014 How to get to Budapest from the UKThere are direct flights to Budapest from Leeds, London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Humberside and Nottingham. You can also catch connecting flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Exeter, Newquay, Cambridge and Norwich. Search for cheap flights to BudapestWhere to stay on a city break in BudapestIf you’re looking for a hostel:Friends Hostel & Apartments offer dorms, as well as private rooms, to make sure you meet plenty of other travellers in Budapest.If you’re looking for a hotel:Let Soho Boutique be your room for rest and respite from Budapest’s amazing nightlife. The main bars are within walking distance – but you wouldn’t know in these quiet rooms.If you’re looking for luxury:Live like a royal at your own suite in the Kempinski, one of the few 5 star hotels in Budapest.Search for hotels in BudapestLooking for cheap flights to Budapest? Search now RelatedTop 7 things to do in Budapest on a budgetSeven tips on how to see and do Budapest at its best, on a budget.Bargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Bucharest | BudapestBargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Bucharest | Budapest10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th). 5. Stroll through Budapest City ParkBudapest’s City Park has a central position covering over 300 acres and is home to a number of the popular attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites alongside quiet spots away from the bustle of the city. Budapest’s most photographed site, the impressive Heroes’ Square at the main entrance of the park is dedicated to those who have fought for the country and the seven founding fathers. Attractions at City Park include the Palace of Art which is a contemporary art museum, Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Holnemvolt Amusement Park, an Ice Rink, Grand Circus, Vajdahunyad Castle, Petofi Hall, The Timewheel and the Transport Museum of Budapest. Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Kós Károly stny., 1146 9. Get deep into Budapest in Szemlőhegyi CavesExplore the underground world of Budapest in the Szemlőhegyi Caves, a hidden gem and often overlooked by visitors to the city. You can tour 250m of the 2200m of caves, discovering the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which have been formed over millions of years by the thermal waters. Guided tours are available which take around 40 minutes. As you’re underground the caves can get chilly so bring warm clothes. Opening Hours: 10am-4pmTickets: 1000HUF per personAddress: Pusztaszeri út 35 2. Take a lesson at Budapest History MuseumThe Budapest History Museum explores the history of the castle, Buda, and Pest with collections of prehistoric artefacts from archaeological excavations from the surrounding area. Opening Hours: 10am-6pm March – October, 10am-4pm November – FebruaryTickets: 1400 HUFAddress: Szent György tér 2, 1014 Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Take that photo at the Chain BridgeThe Chain Bridge, constructed in 1849 was first bridge which connected Buda and Pest over the Danube is now one of Budapest’s most iconic pieces of architecture. You’ll probably cross the Chain Bridge when exploring the city but it’s worth walking over in the evening when the bridge is lit up offering views of Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament building.Address: Széchenyi Lánchíd, 105111. Go for lunch at the Central Market HallTaste local food and buy traditional Hungarian products at Central Market Hall. This huge indoor market has everything from chocolates and spices, to clothing and souvenirs. Head to the food stalls and restaurants on the second floor to sample famous local dishes such as beef gulyás (goulash) and rétes (Hungarian fruit strudel).Opening Hours: 6am-6pm, closed on Sundays, 6am-3pm SaturdaysAddress: Vámház krt. 1-3 8. Play ball at the Budapest Pinball Museum Something a little different from the rest of our favourite things to do in Budapest, the Budapest Pinball Museum is a relatively new attraction having opened in 2014. One of the most interactive museums in the city; there are over 130 different retro pinball machines for you to play and guided tours of the history of the pinball machine. Opening Hours: 4pm-12amTickets: 2500 HUFAddress: Radnóti Miklós utca 18. 3. Fisherman’s BastionOn Castle Hill, a short walk from Buda Castle lies the fairy tale neo-Gothic viewing terrace with seven towers, acting as an entrance to Buda Castle. The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of Budapest’s most visited attractions thanks to the panoramic views across Budapest, Margaret Island and Gellert Hill which you can enjoy from one of the many viewpoints. Opening Hours: 9am-11pmTickets: 800 HUF per adult for a tour of the tower – but you can see the Bastion for freeAddress: Szentháromság tér, 1014 4. Try one of the best spas in BudapestWe liked the baths in Budapest so much, we put together a guide so you could choose your favourite. Budapest is known as the ‘Spa Capital of the World’ with 130 hot springs throughout the city. The spas offer pools of healing thermal waters, each with a slightly different mineral and metal composition which come with an array of reported health benefits. Szechenyi, Gellart and Kiraly are some of the most popular spas in the city. The Szechenyi Spa Baths are the oldest in the Budapest and the largest in Europe located in a beautiful neo-baroque building in City Park. There are over 15 indoor pools of varying temperatures, 3 outdoor pools and spa treatments such as detoxification in the thermal waters, massages, and pedicures. Opening Hours: The baths tend to open from 9am, and close at 5pm/6pm. Some will open later for SParties (see below to see what we mean).Tickets: For the Gellart Spa: 5300 HUF per person, with a locker. For the Szechenyi Spa: 5400 HUF per person, with a locker.
Henry Golding, from left, Constance Wu and executive producer/author Kevin Kwon arrive at the premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. The first time “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan realized the magnitude of his lavish Singapore-set story, he was in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Richard Shotwell/Invision ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan on the film and his ‘awakening’ in Canada’ by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2018 8:54 am PDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The first time “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan realized the magnitude of his lavish Singapore-set story, he was in Canada.It was 2013 and the New York-based writer was in Toronto touring for the bestselling novel when a journalist told him how profound it was to read a book that reflected his own experience growing up Asian-Canadian.“My awakening came in Canada,” Kwan said this week in a phone interview.“That was the very first time I’d ever heard such a thing, because I was really cut off from the community response until that moment. And it’s just grown ever since then, exponentially.“So I’m very grateful to be a part of this change.”That change Kwan refers to is Asian representation in popular culture.Until the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians,” which hits theatres Wednesday, there hadn’t been an English-language Hollywood film with a primarily Asian cast since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club.”“For such a visible and large part of the population to have never had this in 25 years, it’s a disgrace, really. It’s a travesty,” said Singapore-raised Kwan, an executive producer on the film.Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding as a couple grappling with the pressures of his family’s riches in Singapore.While there have been other films with primarily Asian-American casts in recent years, such as 2002’s “Better Luck Tomorrow,” they were smaller indies and not the summer blockbuster that “Crazy Rich Asians” is positioned as, say experts.“The difference here is that it very much features and centres Asians and Asian-Americans and Asian-internationals as the story, and not as a cursory part of the story,” said Vincent Pham, a communication professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., who has published research on representations of Asians in media.“I think that means a lot in getting people that aren’t part of the niche audiences or aren’t part of the Asian-American community, who already go to Asian-American independent film festivals or watch Asian-American content on YouTube, to be piqued by the possibilities of this.”Reactions from Asian-American audiences at early screenings of the movie have already exceeded Kwan’s expectations.“I’ve heard from so many people that have seen the film that they burst out crying, for reasons they don’t even understand — grown men, middle-aged men,” the author said.“A fan wrote to me a touching email that he’d never seen his father cry before, and here he was in a screening with his 70-something-year-old father and (the dad) just burst into tears because this is something he never imagined he’d see in his lifetime.”Toronto actor Simu Liu of the CBC Korean-Canadian family comedy “Kim’s Convenience” recently caught an early screening of the film and described it as “a surreal moment.”“Literally from beginning to end I saw very few non-Asian characters,” Liu said in a phone interview.“And I realized that this is the norm if you are, for example, a white Canadian — that you can walk into any theatre on any given day and watch a film to a point where you take it for granted that everybody kind of looks like you.”Liu is now asking fans on social media to join him for a “Crazy Rich Asians” screening at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Cineplex on Sunday.“I want us to show up as a community, because one of the ways that Hollywood will create these opportunities for Asian creatives and Asian actors is through the success of a movie like ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’” Liu said.Kwan echoes those thoughts, noting Warner Brothers wants to also make big-screen adaptations of his other two novels, “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”“But it’s so important that the audience shows up around the world for this on opening weekend,” he added.“We’re being put, unfortunately, to the test. This is the litmus test, this is the lightning rod, and everyone is watching.”