Small group – Dsmkw 07 http://dsmkw07.net/ Wed, 25 May 2022 15:07:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dsmkw07.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile-120x120.png Small group – Dsmkw 07 http://dsmkw07.net/ 32 32 A small group of universities control the majority of Britain’s best jobs, says Euan Blair https://dsmkw07.net/a-small-group-of-universities-control-the-majority-of-britains-best-jobs-says-euan-blair/ Wed, 25 May 2022 15:07:20 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/a-small-group-of-universities-control-the-majority-of-britains-best-jobs-says-euan-blair/ B The best jobs in the workplace – and who gets them – are controlled by a small number of universities, which stifles diversity in the workplace, according to Euan Blair, chief executive of learning company Multiverse. Speaking at the Evening Standard’s SME XPO event in London on Wednesday, Blair, the son of former Prime […]]]>
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The best jobs in the workplace – and who gets them – are controlled by a small number of universities, which stifles diversity in the workplace, according to Euan Blair, chief executive of learning company Multiverse.

Speaking at the Evening Standard’s SME XPO event in London on Wednesday, Blair, the son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said the degrees had been used as a ‘filtering mechanism’ to the detriment of the hire the best people.

“In summary, we have essentially left the best jobs in the labor market, and who gets those best jobs, to be determined by a small group of academic institutions.

“It’s hugely problematic for society – it’s helped entrench inequality in the labor market,” he said.

Only 4% of people claiming free school meals go to a Russell Group university, he said, leading to a lack of social mobility in technology and professional services.

Multiverse trains apprentices for placement with employers in the UK and US in areas such as business operations, data science and software engineering and markets itself as an alternative to university.

He recently secured funding from companies such as Morgan Stanley, Amazon and Deloitte to train 5,000 apprentices for charities and small businesses that otherwise could not afford to hire them.

“I think what’s increasingly important for businesses large and small is to have access to diverse talent and to learn the skills they need,” Blair said.

“More than half of the apprentices we place are people of color, about a third come from the most economically marginalized communities, and 54% are women, including in technical roles.”

Employer attitudes are changing, he said.

“They have traditionally focused on hiring at universities because they assumed that was the only way to reach great talent. They are now realizing more and more that this is not the case.

He called on the government to urge schools to promote learning alongside the traditional university route, revise school league tables to show results other than exam results, and remove barriers to accessing education. learning such as grade requirements.

He said his own degrees – in ancient history and international relations – had been “absolutely useless” in his graduate work at investment bank Morgan Stanley.

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FBI investigation into Anaheim corruption claims small group pulling strings and influenced sale of Angel Stadium https://dsmkw07.net/fbi-investigation-into-anaheim-corruption-claims-small-group-pulling-strings-and-influenced-sale-of-angel-stadium/ Fri, 20 May 2022 21:35:25 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/fbi-investigation-into-anaheim-corruption-claims-small-group-pulling-strings-and-influenced-sale-of-angel-stadium/ Angel Stadium is at the center of an FBI investigation into city leaders. A small group of elected and unelected officials in Anaheim wield outsized influence over the city of Anaheim, an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found. Those believed to be in the inner circle include the former head of […]]]>

Angel Stadium is at the center of an FBI investigation into city leaders.

A small group of elected and unelected officials in Anaheim wield outsized influence over the city of Anaheim, an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found.

Those believed to be in the inner circle include the former head of the city’s Chamber of Commerce and the current mayor, reports the Los Angeles Times. The members were exposed through a series of wiretaps and taped conversations, as well as the use of informants, including high-level political consultants and political party officials.

The FBI investigation appears to be focused on the proposed sale of Angel Stadium, which the City of Anaheim owns, to the owner of the Angels. The plan is to transform the 150-acre site, namely parking lots and space around the stadium, into a mixed-use neighborhood with residential, commercial, hotel and office space.

On Tuesday, a judge halted the $320 million sale of the city-owned Angel Stadium due to the ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The FBI is investigating whether Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu “shared insider and confidential information with the Angels during stadium sale negotiations, actively withheld it from a Grand Jury investigation, and expects to receive campaign contributions accordingly,” the Orange County Register reported.

In an affidavit for a search warrant shared by the city of Anaheim earlier this week, the FBI says the small scrutiny group “may have been used to sway the city council’s vote in favor of his nomination — and only his nomination – to team negotiations,” the LA Times said.

The FBI completed a search warrant to examine the mayor’s email and phone, as well as a hangar at Chino airport and a helicopter belonging to Sidhu, the OC Register reported.

The sale of the stadium to SRB Management, a business entity run by Angels owner Arte Moreno, was criticized before it was approved in 2019, and it continued after it was given the green light. Last year, the city agreed to a settlement that would require it to use $96 million from the sale to create affordable housing.

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The Buffalo shooting suspect shared his plans with a small group of Discord users just 30 minutes before the massacre https://dsmkw07.net/the-buffalo-shooting-suspect-shared-his-plans-with-a-small-group-of-discord-users-just-30-minutes-before-the-massacre/ Wed, 18 May 2022 06:06:19 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/the-buffalo-shooting-suspect-shared-his-plans-with-a-small-group-of-discord-users-just-30-minutes-before-the-massacre/ The 18-year-old white gunman suspected of killing 10 people in a racially-motivated attack in Buffalo on Saturday shared his plans with others in an online chat room before the massacre, according to multiple news outlets. Months before the attack, the suspect uploaded photos, hand-drawn maps and detailed messages of his preparations to a private Discord […]]]>

The 18-year-old white gunman suspected of killing 10 people in a racially-motivated attack in Buffalo on Saturday shared his plans with others in an online chat room before the massacre, according to multiple news outlets.

Months before the attack, the suspect uploaded photos, hand-drawn maps and detailed messages of his preparations to a private Discord server accessible only to him, according to the New York Times.

Footage showed him posing with gear, such as a military-style helmet bought on eBay, body armor plates and the semi-automatic weapon police said they used in the shooting, according to the Washington Post, who first reported the messages.

In his posts, he recounted how he lied to authorities during a psychiatric evaluation after making a threatening comment in class about a murder-suicide, according to The Post. He also shared a document posted by Brenton Tarrant, an outspoken racist who killed 51 Muslims in two attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Beginning Feb. 17, the suspect began writing on his Discord server that he had a “new plan” to attack black people at Buffalo’s Tops grocery store, where the shooting ultimately took place, The Post reported.

He wrote that he scouted the scene and was even confronted by a security guard in what he called a “close call”, the outlet reported.

About 30 minutes before committing his attack on Saturday, the suspect began inviting others to join his Discord server, posting links to like-minded people on web forums, according to The Times.

A small group of people joined the server and were able to view server chat logs and photos uploaded in the past, a Discord spokesperson said, according to the Times.

“Prior to this, our records indicate that no other person has viewed the log’s chat log on this private server,” the spokesperson said.

None of those invited to the group appear to have alerted law enforcement or attempted to do anything to stop the attack, the Times reported.

The server has since been taken down, according to The Post, citing the Discord spokesperson.

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Japan to allow small group tours, including visitors from Singapore, as step towards full reopening https://dsmkw07.net/japan-to-allow-small-group-tours-including-visitors-from-singapore-as-step-towards-full-reopening/ Tue, 17 May 2022 04:16:00 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/japan-to-allow-small-group-tours-including-visitors-from-singapore-as-step-towards-full-reopening/ TOKYO: Japan announced on Tuesday (May 17) that it would start conducting “test tourism” in the form of limited package tours in May to gather information ahead of a full reopening of the country to tourism. Although tourism has been a major pillar of Japan’s economy, tourists have not been allowed entry since it enacted […]]]>

TOKYO: Japan announced on Tuesday (May 17) that it would start conducting “test tourism” in the form of limited package tours in May to gather information ahead of a full reopening of the country to tourism.

Although tourism has been a major pillar of Japan’s economy, tourists have not been allowed entry since it enacted strict border controls in 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Regulations have been relaxed slightly to allow students and some business travelers to enter. But individual tourists remain banned despite pleas from industry leaders who hope to revive tourism to take advantage of the yen, which has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years.

The Tourism Agency said on Tuesday it would start allowing small-group tours to enter from the end of the month as a “test case” to gain insights for a wider tourism recovery at an unspecified future date.

Triple-vaccinated tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore will be allowed to participate in the tours, which will be strictly planned in conjunction with travel agencies and accompanied at all times by tour guides, it said. -he adds. in a report.

“This venture will allow us to verify compliance and emergency responses for infection prevention and formulate guidelines for travel agencies and accommodation operators to keep in mind,” he said. .

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier this month during a speech in London that he would bring Japan’s border controls in line with those of other wealthy democracies in June, but no further details were given. , including when the country will fully open its borders to tourists again. .

The government is aiming for a “gradual easing” of border measures that balances infection controls and ease of entry into the country, said Makoto Shimoaraiso, an official with the Cabinet Secretariat for Japan’s COVID-19 response.

“We are currently discussing concrete plans for border measures after June, including quarantine measures such as testing and (status) standby,” he added.

In 2019, Japan welcomed 31.9 million foreign visitors, who spent 4.81 trillion yen.

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Horowitz: Why is Governor Kristi Noem attacking South Dakota’s small group of conservative lawmakers? https://dsmkw07.net/horowitz-why-is-governor-kristi-noem-attacking-south-dakotas-small-group-of-conservative-lawmakers/ Tue, 10 May 2022 13:35:47 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/horowitz-why-is-governor-kristi-noem-attacking-south-dakotas-small-group-of-conservative-lawmakers/ Why aren’t red states as red as California is blue? Why is it so hard to pass bills against chemical castration, COVID fascism, illegal immigration, and medical tyranny in states with few Democrats in legislatures? Well, unfortunately, in red states, it’s not so much voters who control the arc of legislation, but vested interests. And […]]]>

Why aren’t red states as red as California is blue? Why is it so hard to pass bills against chemical castration, COVID fascism, illegal immigration, and medical tyranny in states with few Democrats in legislatures? Well, unfortunately, in red states, it’s not so much voters who control the arc of legislation, but vested interests. And in smaller red states, the Chamber of Commerce and the medical cartel wield outsized influence, often turning red states into de facto anti-abortion/pro-gun versions of blue states. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Dakota.

On paper, Democrats are an endangered species in Mount Rushmore State. Not a single labeled Democrat holds office in the state. Republicans control the State Senate 32-3 and the State House 62-8. Sounds like a conservative paradise, right? Well, when it comes to abortion and guns, like most other red states, the policy reflects the political orientation of the majority of the population. Other issues? Democrats may as well hold a supermajority, especially in the Senate. They simply present themselves as Republicans.

In that vein, it was shocking to read how Governor Kristi Noem declared war, not on the RINOs who legislate like Democrats, but on the few Republicans in the House who actually want to distinguish the state from a blue state. Last week, Chief Argus reported that Noem was playing a “hands-on” role in training candidates to run for parliament, including those who challenge the few Tory incumbents.

Not seen as vulnerable in her primary, Noem says she still doesn’t take her party’s gubernatorial nomination for granted. But she manages to find the time to get involved in some legislative battleground contests. She has offered candidate school seminars to up-and-coming politicians, doing endorsements and even going so far as to publicly berate Republican incumbents she disagrees with politically.

Last month, for example, Noem joined District 4 House candidate Stephanie Sauder on a radio show where she openly accused Rep. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence, of being a bad lawmaker who harms the mode. of life in South Dakota.

According to the head of Argus, the governor is also working with Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, the interim chairman, “to unseat far-right members of the party seeking re-election.”

Here is a list of targeted breeds based on an article by Schoenbeck referenced in the Argus Leader:

Members highlighted are establishment picks who are not considered “far right”.

But what does “extreme right” mean? People who oppose men in women’s sports, the chemical castration of minors, companies violating human rights and allowing dangerous shooting, but who support tax cuts? The aforementioned issues have essentially been the dividing lines between the governor and some of the House conservatives over the past two years. These members were pushing for a half percent reduction in the sales tax, but were blocked by the governor. Then they tried to eliminate the sales tax on food and institute a gas tax exemption, which was even done in some blue states. Yet the Governor obviously objects enough to remove them from office.

Conservatives in the state and nation clashed with Governor Noem last year when she opposed a bill banning men from playing women’s sports.

“All the people on her target list are true Christian conservatives, and those are the people she wants to see gone,” Rep. Rhonda Milstead, lead sponsor of HB 1217, the women’s sports bill, said in a statement. an interview with TheBlaze.

Milstead also accuses the GOP establishment of targeting more conservative members with new constituency maps. “Our redistricting was awful because it put the people they wanted in neighborhoods they would struggle with, or it put solidly conservative people against each other in the same neighborhood,” the student charged. freshman, representing the greater Sioux Falls area. Milstead claims the map was drawn with the intention of placing several other curators in his district.

Watertown’s Fred Deutsch was placed in a new district because he was seen as more loathsome to the GOP establishment than Joe Biden and the Democrats. His crime was sponsoring a bill banning chemical castration for minors, a bill that was easily passed in many other red states. Yet this year, South Dakota has failed to pass a single meaningful bill on an important issue, from transgender and illegal immigration to medical freedom and COVID fascism.

In an interview on KXLG in Watertown on April 21, Kristi Noem, a native of that part of the state, lambasted Deutsch and others for being a drag on the state and sloppy lawmakers who don’t read bills. law and do not understand the consequences of good governance. . “We need thoughtful people,” Noem said in a common refrain we hear from establishment Republicans.

Milstead disagrees. “Fred is an excellent researcher and probably does more research on the issues than the next 10 legislators. He always does his homework, even when I disagree with him, and Governor Noem knows it.

There is a common thread running through this intra-party battle in South Dakota that reverberates nationally in the Republican Party. It is not a divide between conservatives and liberals or moderate Republicans and “extreme right” Republicans. It is an unbridgeable gulf between the priorities and values ​​of the average red state voter and the vested interests that control powerful state entities.

Although Republican governors and red state legislative leaders will find some minor ways to distinguish themselves from the Democrats, when it comes to issues of fighting the spirit of the times, they will always be incorrigibly on the side of the corporatists. Whether it’s transgender, mass refugee resettlement, illegal immigration, or COVID fascism, powerful Republicans in power will always side with big business, which, unlike previous generations, is squarely on the side of the cultural Marxism and against individual freedom. Even on the tax issue, which has united Republicans of all stripes in the past, the corporate wing wants to focus on targeted tax provisions rather than across-the-board cuts for obvious reasons.

Nowhere is this more evident than with the health care cartel. Sanford Health and Avera Health are the state’s top employers. It is quite obvious that medical freedom will be taboo within the legislator. “The game is very simple,” notes Rep. Milstead. “The Political Action Committee of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations is contributing to many liberal candidates in the state who they believe will toe the line on their issues. Most candidates don’t have a lot of money, so they operate with a sense of fear about what these lobbyists and PACs can do to them.

Rep. Steve Haugaard runs against Noem in the June 7 primary. On his campaign website, he makes it clear that it is not one issue in particular that is driving his race, but the power structure behind the results we are seeing on many issues. “The Big Tech, Big Business, Big Education and Hollywood axis has dramatically changed our culture over the past decade,” writes the former House Speaker, who now faces a David vs. Goliath contest. “Today, the big multinationals dictate how we should live, how our children are brought up and what values ​​should be taught to our children.”

The South Dakota Constitution begins with the phrase, “We the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties…” Today we face the challenge of corporations that have essentially become a branch of government or often even stronger. than government, with the ability to destroy civil and religious liberty while protecting elected government officials from having to do the dirty work. They often allow elected Red State Republicans to campaign to do the opposite, knowing full well that they will work hand in hand with lobbyists from these entities to silence the voice of the people.

Thus, anyone who wants to advance the cause of freedom and traditional values ​​beyond the two issues of inheritance will inevitably have to engage in full-scale warfare with the most powerful interests of the state. It’s not for the faint of heart.

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Teledyne FLIR Defense Introduces New Laser Target Designation Payload for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (Group 1) https://dsmkw07.net/teledyne-flir-defense-introduces-new-laser-target-designation-payload-for-small-unmanned-aerial-systems-group-1/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/teledyne-flir-defense-introduces-new-laser-target-designation-payload-for-small-unmanned-aerial-systems-group-1/ WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY), announced the launch of an innovative and first-of-its-kind payload for a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) that can be used to provide a standard NATO laser target designation for laser-guided weapons. The Teledyne FLIR StormCaster™-DX is an advanced multi-role laser designation payload specifically designed […]]]>

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY), announced the launch of an innovative and first-of-its-kind payload for a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) that can be used to provide a standard NATO laser target designation for laser-guided weapons.

The Teledyne FLIR StormCaster™-DX is an advanced multi-role laser designation payload specifically designed for use on the FLIR R80D SkyRaider™ UAS platform. StormCaster-DX is specifically designed to manage target areas using a Laser Spot Tracker while affecting the terminal guidance of laser-guided munitions. Until now, this capability was only possible with larger UAS platforms or ground-based systems.

Potential applications for the technology range from manned and unmanned air strikes to precision-guided mortars, naval gunfire or air-launched effects.

“StormCaster-DX is a game-changer for small unit operations and represents a significant force multiplier,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Teledyne FLIR Defense. “For the first time, warfighters will be able to monitor and manage the battlefield while performing remote laser designation from a handheld drone, enabling faster decision-making and targeting that contributes to mission success.

“We believe customers will embrace what StormCaster-DX can mean for troops in danger: when seconds weigh heavily on the outcome of an operation, DX saves minutes,” added Lei.

User-defined target tracking on StormCaster-DX captures the precise coordinates, heading and speed of moving objects and vehicles, allowing covert surveillance and tagging. Two FLIR Boson® 640 long-wave infrared thermal cameras support day and night missions. The DX Payload offers unparalleled stability in all weather conditions and leverages state-of-the-art payload capacity, as well as multi-modal operations – tethered or untethered, mounted or dismounted – as well as AI-based targeting features/ computer vision.

Other key features of the StormCaster-DX include:

  • Reduced Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) – Compacted and coded laser target designation from 1250g payload using backpack portable vertical take-off and landing UAS
  • Non-cooperative laser point tracking – Detect, decode and geolocate the source or termination of off-map lasers
  • Generation of very precise coordinates – Gimbal stability, laser range finder and ATAK integration enable precise tracking, placement and coordinate accuracy; Complies with NATO STANAG.

Learn more about the revolutionary new StormCaster-DX payload from Teledyne FLIR on our website.

About Teledyne FLIR

Teledyne FLIR, a Teledyne Technologies company, is a global leader in intelligent sensing, unmanned systems and integrated solutions for the defense and industrial markets, with approximately 4,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1978, the company develops a wide range of advanced technologies to help professionals make better, faster decisions that save lives and livelihoods. To learn more, visit teledyneflir.com or follow @flir. #AnyThreatAnywhere

About Teledyne Technologies

Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated digital imaging products and software, instrumentation, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne’s operations are primarily located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit the Teledyne website at www.teledyne.com.

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Small group of American collectors, creators to post NFTs on Instagram https://dsmkw07.net/small-group-of-american-collectors-creators-to-post-nfts-on-instagram/ Mon, 09 May 2022 19:11:43 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/small-group-of-american-collectors-creators-to-post-nfts-on-instagram/ Social media mobile app icons display on smartphone for social media on the go. File photo by Twin Design/Shutterstock May 9 (UPI) — A small group of American collectors and creators will be posting their non-fungible tokens this week on Instagram, the head of the social networking service confirmed in a video Monday. Instagram manager […]]]>

Social media mobile app icons display on smartphone for social media on the go. File photo by Twin Design/Shutterstock

May 9 (UPI) — A small group of American collectors and creators will be posting their non-fungible tokens this week on Instagram, the head of the social networking service confirmed in a video Monday.

Instagram manager Adam Mosseri said in a video posted to his Twitter page that the move was part of the social networking service’s goal of supporting creators’ ability to make a profit.

“Creators are hugely important to Instagram, but one of the challenges we have to solve as an industry is how to help creators make a living doing what they love,” Mosseri said in the video. .

“We think a really exciting opportunity for a subset of creators is NFTs – the idea of ​​owning a unique digital item. So what we’re starting this week is the opportunity for creators and people to share NFTs they’ve created or purchased either in Feed or Stories or in Messaging,” Mosseri said.

“It’s a limited number of people to start with, and there are a lot more features that we will need to develop over time, but we wanted to start small and learn from the community,” he added.

Mosseri was also transparent in the video about the tension between Instagram and Web3’s decentralized ethos, which he said was another reason to start with a small group.

“I want to recognize up front that NFTs and blockchain and Web3 technologies more broadly are about distributing trust, distributing power,” Mosseri said. “But Instagram is basically a centralized platform, so there’s a tension there.”

CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Instagram’s parent company Meta confirmed the company will begin testing digital collectibles on Instagram this week in a Facebook post, adding that similar features will soon be coming to Facebook.

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Insight and Trafalgar add small-group domestic routes https://dsmkw07.net/insight-and-trafalgar-add-small-group-domestic-routes/ Fri, 06 May 2022 12:55:16 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/insight-and-trafalgar-add-small-group-domestic-routes/ Citing demand for Trafalgar and Insight Vacation’s collection of small-group tours, parent company TTC Tour Brands has added several new domestic itineraries that visit Southern California, Arizona and Utah. “There has been tremendous interest in small group tours,” said Melissa DaSilva, president of TTC Tour Brands, North America. “We knew this program was going to […]]]>

Citing demand for Trafalgar and Insight Vacation’s collection of small-group tours, parent company TTC Tour Brands has added several new domestic itineraries that visit Southern California, Arizona and Utah.

“There has been tremendous interest in small group tours,” said Melissa DaSilva, president of TTC Tour Brands, North America.

“We knew this program was going to be a hit when we started to see more interest in in-depth domestic travel experiences. With a small group capacity of up to 17 people, travelers will experience luxurious travel with stays in boutique hotels and will explore areas of California, Arizona, Utah and US national parks not accessible to large groups.

Trafalgar’s new active small-group tours include California’s Desert National Parks; Yellowstone, Tetons and Glacier National Park; Discovery of Yosemite Lassen Volcanic National Park; California Coast Food and Wine Trail; and Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon.

New small-group tours from Insight Vacations include On California’s Coastal Vistas and Vineyards, Southern California and Joshua Tree National Park, and Utah’s Iconic National Parks.

Trafalgar and Insight Vacation’s Small Tour Collection allows customers to travel in a fleet of custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans that feature luggage space, USB sockets and ports, and a power dispenser. filtered water. Groups are no larger than 17 people and include a two-person trip director and a team of drivers.

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Trafalgar and Insight bolster small group itineraries in the US https://dsmkw07.net/trafalgar-and-insight-bolster-small-group-itineraries-in-the-us/ Wed, 04 May 2022 20:48:34 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/trafalgar-and-insight-bolster-small-group-itineraries-in-the-us/ In response to increased demand for small-group tours from Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, operators have added new itineraries that visit California, Arizona, Utah and the United States. “There has been huge interest in small group tours. We knew this program was going to be a hit when we started to see […]]]>

In response to increased demand for small-group tours from Insight Vacations and Trafalgar Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, operators have added new itineraries that visit California, Arizona, Utah and the United States.

“There has been huge interest in small group tours. We knew this program was going to be a hit when we started to see more interest in in-depth domestic travel experiences,” said Melissa DaSilva, President of TTC Tour Brands, North America, whose brands include Trafalgar and Insight. Vacations.

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Luxury vans are equipped with large seats, USB outlets and ports, TV screens, filtered water dispensers and generous overhead luggage space.

Insight Vacations has added new limited-edition Southern California itineraries – “California’s Vistas and Vineyards,” which explores Santa Monica, the Santa Ynez Valley, Channel Islands National Park, Ventura and Ojai, and “Southern California Joshua National Park,” featuring San Diego, Palm Springs and more.

The company also unveiled the “Iconic National Parks of Utah” itinerary, which visits Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Capitol Reef National Park.

Active Trafalgar small-group tour itineraries include “California Desert National Parks; “Yellowstone, The Tetons and Glacier National Park” and “Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic National Park Discovery”.

Other Trafalgar small-group tours include “California Coast Food and Wine Trail,” highlighting San Jose, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and Paso Robles, and “Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon,” featuring Sedona, Scottsdale, and the Grand Canyon.

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Small group of women attacked outside Langley Islamic Center – Aldergrove Star https://dsmkw07.net/small-group-of-women-attacked-outside-langley-islamic-center-aldergrove-star/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://dsmkw07.net/small-group-of-women-attacked-outside-langley-islamic-center-aldergrove-star/ A small group of Muslim women were verbally harassed as they returned home from Ramadan evening prayers in Langley on Wednesday April 27, the imam of the Islamic Center of Langley said. Some people commented on their dress and religious beliefs, Imam Fawad Kalsi said. Kalsi is still collecting details about the incident, but believes […]]]>

A small group of Muslim women were verbally harassed as they returned home from Ramadan evening prayers in Langley on Wednesday April 27, the imam of the Islamic Center of Langley said.

Some people commented on their dress and religious beliefs, Imam Fawad Kalsi said.

Kalsi is still collecting details about the incident, but believes the women were harassed for wearing their ethnic dress.

No complaints have yet been filed with the RCMP as Kalsi is waiting to contact the women for more information.

In another incident the same night, a vehicle nearly hit a pedestrian outside a mosque in Surrey. RCMP have identified the person they believe was driving the car.

Three pedestrians were doused with water – and one was reportedly nearly hit by the same vehicle – outside the Surrey Jamia Masjid in Newton in the final days of Ramadan.

Kalsi is unsure if the two incidents were connected, saying he was troubled by the threat members of his community face.

“At the end of the day, we are tied to Islamophobia…it has to be dealt with,” he said. “The government should do more…it is unacceptable what is happening in Canada.

Kalsi also pointed to the case of the London, Ontario terrorist attack that happened last year, killing four people, including a teenager.

“We are not going to stop practicing our freedom of religion. Our community is strong…we must stay vigilant and protect our community.

Following both incidents, MP John Aldag expressed concern and condemned the attack. He visited the center in Langley and met the imam and other members of the community.

“I am gravely concerned by two incidents that occurred outside local mosques last night during Ramadan,” he said, asking local law enforcement to investigate the matter.

“There is an unfortunate history of Islamophobia in Canada, including the terrorist attack in London. We must stand up against all forms of Islamophobia and prosecute those who commit hate crimes. This is particularly the case after the second incident mimicked the London terror attack by imitating worshipers with a vehicle.

He assured those present at the mosque that he would follow up with local law enforcement to ensure appropriate action was taken to locate the individual and ensure the protection of Muslims in Cloverdale and Langley City.

Kalsi appreciated Aldag’s visit and described him as a “longtime good friend” of the center.

– with files from Black Press Media

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