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Bahamas Prime Minister outlines plans to fight crime and corruption

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas’ fight against crime and corruption will be comprehensive and vigorous, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said.   This includes working with community-based partners to change the culture of violence in local communities through the establishment of neighbourhood safety programmes, the elimination of habitats where criminality flourishes, and the use of state-of-the-art technology to fight crime including gunshot detection devices; social media exploitation technologies and drones, etcetera.Plans will also include the establishment of a National Neighbourhood Consultative Council “to oversee and promote Neighbourhood Watch Programmes and organizations.”Additional plans call for the strengthening of Defence Force satellite bases presence/operations in the northern, central, southern and southeastern Bahamas and implementing aggressive measures to address trafficking of narcotics, firearms, trafficking in persons, illegal immigration and poaching.“We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“As a society, we too often ignore the causes of crime and the criminal elements in our midst. The fight against crime is the responsibility of all Bahamians and residents.”Delivering the keynote address during the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, Monday, Dr. Minnis said his Administration will implement a number of other strategies to fight crime and corruption in The Bahamas.   These include developing a no-tolerance attitude for all crime including minor infractions of the law such as road traffic violations; indiscriminate dumping; broken lights; tinted windows on cars; and the non-use of seat belts.The Government will also develop a modern, efficient crime-fighting machine properly manned, trained and equipped to prevent crime where possible, detect crime when it occurs and bring those responsible to account before the courts.Prime Minister Minnis said additional plans call for the conduct of a comprehensive review of Police Officers’ compensation; reinstitution of Term Limits for the Commissioner of Police; institution of Term Limits for the Commodore of the Defence Force and Commissioner of Corrections; and reorganization of the Police Reserves.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

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Lampard slams ref for wrong penalty call

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first_imgDerby manager Frank Lampard was left fuming at referee Keith Stroud for failing to award his side a “simple” penalty in their goalless draw against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.Tendayi Darikwa brought down Tom Lawrence in the box with a reckless challenge in the 19th minute, but Stroud refused to point to the spot, a decision that frustrated Lampard.“It was a well-fought game. The quality was slightly down from both teams but the effort was absolute and everyone gave everything,” Lampard told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The only person who I thought had a bad night was the referee, because he missed a blatant penalty that would have put us in the lead and changed a tight game.“I defend referees big time because I understand the pace of the game, but that was the most simple penalty you can give and he got it wrong.“It was never going to be an easy night for us where we opened them up. It’s a well done to both teams but it’s hard when there’s a penalty you should get but you don’t.”last_img read more

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Volkswagen Hikes Polo Vento Prices in India

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgGerman car maker Volkswagen has announced an increase in prices for its premium hatchback Polo and Sedan Vento models in India.The price hike of up to ₹22,700 for Polo and up to ₹26,800 for Vento will take affect on 1 February onwards. The currency fluctuations and rising input costs are said to be deciding factors for Volkswagen to hikes its vehicle prices.Volkswagen Group Sales India Managing Director (Volkswagen Passenger Cars) Arvind Saxena said, “Input costs have steadily increased over the last few months, and exchange rate movements have not been favourable. We have tried our best to absorb some of these, but in order to be able to continue to offer best-in-class quality and technology to our customers, we have now announced a 2.7 per cent hike in our car prices,” reported PTI.Currently, the Polo hatchback is priced between ₹5.01 lakh and ₹7.21 lakh, while the Vento falls in the price range of ₹7.34 to ₹9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The company also said that all Polo variants will get dual front airbags as standard fittings along with the anti-lock brakes (ABS) on the ‘Comfortline’ trim of the Volkswagen Polo.”We are proud to be leading the cause of driver safety, and we believe the introduction of airbags as standard fitment across all variants of the Polo is a major step forward in the context of safety. Once again, this step underlines our commitment to producing better cars – and better-equipped cars – for the discerning Indian consumer,” Saxena added.last_img read more

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Monsanto to bear the brunt of Indias new rules on sale of

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first_imgThe Indian government’s order on Thursday, which limits trait fees or royalty charges on all prospective varieties of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds, will see Monsanto India Ltd. at the receiving end, reported Reuters. The U.S. headquartered company is the lone supplier of GM cotton seeds in India.In March, the government cut the royalty fee by up to 73 percent and capped the GM cotton seed prices at Rs. 800 for a packet of 450 grams. Both the domestic licensees and farmers had complained against Monsanto for charging high royalty and pricing its GM cottonseeds exorbitantly.Though Monsanto’s name was not mentioned in any of the government notifications or order, the company was at the centre of it all. Thursday’s ruling explicitly targets Monsanto’s royalties on all the new and advanced varieties of GM cotton to be capped within 10 percent of the seed price (fixed at Rs. 800) for five years from the date of commercialisation. Following this, the royalties will gradually lessen by 10 percent every year.The order further noted that every new variety has a short shelf life and therefore once it loses its efficacy it simultaneously loses its royalty status. The effectiveness of any pest resistant GM/Bt seed is expected to be around 4-5 years on an average, as the pests they are meant to kill become resistant, Ashok Gulati an agricultural economist had noted earlier.The government also stated that any local seed company seeking licences for selling any new GM cotton variety shall get the licence within 30 days of request. Monsanto spokesman said the order needs evaluation, while Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AFG) called it a “huge blow” to innovation in agricultural biotechnology, Reuters reported. The agri-research advocacy group noted the order would slacken investment into agricultural research.Reuters reported that the new government order are tougher than the royalty cut announcement made in March.last_img read more

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Rafale order bombs markets volatility soars ahead of Phase 1 of Lok

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first_imgRafale fighter aircraft. The Supreme Court ruling on Rafale on Wednesday rocked the markets.ReutersA Supreme Court order on Rafale fighter jets that India is buying from French aircraft maker Dassault bombed Indian markets on Wednesday with the benchmark indices shedding the gains over the past week. The market was moving sideways in the first half of the session but slumped to the day’s lows once the court ruling that some documents that were considered stolen from the Ministry of Defence could be examined in the Rafale case in a blow to the government stand. The India VIX volatility hit raced up more than 4 per cent with the first phase of polling set for Thursday.Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closed at 38,585 points, shedding about 353 points or 0.91 per cent. Sensex had hit the day’s high of 38,950 points before tanking to the low of 38,543. The broader 50-share National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty lost about 87 points to close at 11,584, a fall of about 0.75 per cent, after hitting a high of 11,679 and a bouncing off a low of 11,572 points.A clean sheet from the top court could have been a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for a second term in the general election set to begin tomorrow. Opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) went on the offensive right after the verdict, claiming it was proof of wrongdoing on the part of the Prime Minister’s Office in helping billionaire businessman Anil Ambani’s defence company, which is the offset partner for the deal. A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. The court’s order on Rafale deal papers has been described as a setback for the government.REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeeAlmost all sectoral indices closed https://www.ibtimes.co.in/markets-offer-bullish-welcome-fy20-sensex-sets-record-high-39028-points-795056in the red except Nifty Realty, Nifty Pharma and Nifty Auto. Nifty Realty built up a 1.13 per cent rise to close at 276 points on the foundations of a 10.58 per cent rise in the value of India Bulls, which closed at 119 and 4.19 per cent increase in Oberoi Realty that closed at 564. Nifty Pharma’s 0.80 per cent rise to close at 9,407was eased by Cipla, which rose 2.72 per cent to close at 546, and Biocon, which increased 1.57 per cent to close at 628. Nifty Auto ended 0.25 per cent up at 8,644, revved up by movement in Tata Motors’ 4.81 per cent race to hit 215 and Amara Raja Batteries’ 1.35 per cent increase to reach 684.Realty major DLF sank 3 per cent on Singapore government’s announcement of shedding its holding in the company, despite the general rise in the sectoral index. HDFC Bank’s near 2.2 per cent fall dragged down Nifty Bank 1.03 per cent to 29,803 points. The premier new-gen private bank closed the day at 2,236, bouncing off a low of 2,231 after hitting a high of 2,284. Buildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India. The markets reacted sharply to a Supreme Court ruling on Rafale warplane deal and the rising election uncertainty on Wednesday as the first phase of polling begins on Thursday.Reuters fileWith FY19 Q4 earnings set to unfold with IT majors Infosys and TCS unveiling their results first, the market was expected to trade sideways with the first phase of election on Thursday. The perception of strong results for IT majors had ratcheted up their stocks in the past few days and a correction was expected. Nifty IT lost 0.76 per cent to close at 15,999 points, dragged down by. Infosys (Infy) that shed 1.02 per cent to close at 752 and TCS that lost 2.29 per cent to close at 2,043. The best performers of the IT lost were Infibeam Avenues Limited that gained more than 10 per cent to reach 45.70 and Wipro that gained 2.72 per cent to reach 281 on the back a share buy-back move.last_img read more

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ACC arrests businessman on graft charge

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday arrested a businessman from the capital in connection with three graft cases.ACC assistant director Gulshan Anwar arrested managing director of Chowdhury Towel Industries Limited Tanvir Chowdhury from the city’s Central Road area, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.On 6 February, the ACC filed three cases against him with Paltan police station for allegedly plundering over Tk 8.29 crore.According to the statement of a case, Chowdhury Towel Industries Limited in association with a fake company swindled the amount from Janata Bank’s Ramna corporate branch by showing fake bill documents.last_img read more

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Nahid asks teachers to take back students to classes

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first_imgNurul Islam NahidEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Sunday directed the principals of government and private colleges of Dhaka to convince their students to return to their classes at any cost, reports UNB.The minister came up with the direction during a meeting with the principals of colleges around 3:00pm at International Mother Language Institute.”The chiefs of educational institutes will be accountable for the movement of students. They have to take steps from their own positions and figure out how to convince and take the students back from the streets to the class room”, he said.”Otherwise they (teachers) have to take the responsibility of everything. The government will monitor their efforts to bring back the protesting students to their class rooms”, he said.Referring to the protesting students, Nahid said “The government has accepted their nine-point demand, they have achieved victory and now to sustain their victory they should return to their classes. The current situation can’t be tolerated at any cost.””If the movement runs for long many vested groups may instigate it to other directions. Rumours may be spread and anarchy may occur”, he said.The minister also sat with the head masters of different schools in this regard.Students of different schools and colleges have been staging demonstrations for the last eight days demanding punishment of those responsible for 29 July road accident that killed their two fellows in the city.last_img read more

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US court rejects Trump appeal for Muslim ban

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first_imgA US federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate president Donald Trump’s travel ban.Trump’s administration had made the request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an appeal against a lower court order temporarily suspending the travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.last_img

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Nurul says will take charge as DUCSU VP

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first_imgVice-president elect of Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) Nurul Haque Nur speaks at a press conference at Madhur Canteen on Friday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasNurul Haque Nur, the quota reform movement leader who upset the Bangladesh Chhatra League candidate to become the vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), says he will take office.”We’re prioritising the students’ demands,” he told a press conference at the Madhu’s Canteen on the university campus on Friday afternoon.Akhter Hossen, who won the social service affairs secretary’s post from Nurul’s panel, will also join the students’ body.”We’ll officially take responsibilities as DUCSU representatives and work together with the general students for solving their problems,” the DUCSU VP-elect said.The DUCSU polls, the first in 28 years, were marred by allegations of irregularities. All panels, except that of BCL, boycotted the election. The ruling party student front dominated the polls but lost the posts of VP and social service affairs secretary.last_img read more

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Research team claims to have found evidence Lake Cheko is impact crater

By on August 31, 2019

first_img Citation: Research team claims to have found evidence Lake Cheko is impact crater for Tunguska Event (2012, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-evidence-lake-cheko-impact.html (Phys.org) — Early on the morning of June 30th, 1908, a huge explosion occurred in a remote part of Siberia near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. So great was the blast that trees were knocked down in neat rows for nearly a thousand square miles and the sky lit up from parts of Asia to Great Britain. What caused that explosion has never been firmly settled. Most researchers agree that it was the result of either a comet or meteoroid, with most leaning towards the former due to the lack of both an impact crater and meteoroid fragments. Now however, a research team from Italy says that they have found proof that it was in fact a meteorite that struck the Earth and that a nearby lake is the impact crater. They have published the results of their findings in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. For years, amateurs and professionals alike have debated the cause of the Tunguska Event, as it’s come to be known as. Some suggest it was the work of extraterrestrials while others say it was god’s way of getting our attention. Serious scientists, on the other hand, have suggested its most likely cause was a comet melting and then vaporizing as it hit, leaving no real evidence behind. Unfortunately, that theory doesn’t hold up very well in light of the fact that scientists have found differences in the levels of carbon, nitrogen and isotopes of hydrogen and iridium, from the surrounding area which are similar in some respects to those found with certain asteroids. Also, tiny particles that sort of resemble meteorite components have been found in the wood of the fallen trees. None of this evidence can rule anything out however as it could mean there was a comet that had some rocks in it or a meteorite that vaporized due to a soft composition.The Italian teams says it was a meteorite and claim they have proof of their assertion in the form of an as yet uncovered piece of something tangible beneath the sediment at the bottom of Lake Cheko; a shallow funnel shaped lake approximately five miles from where most believe was ground zero for the explosion.The team came to this conclusion after performing seismic measurements on the lake bottom in 1999 which showed that sentiment had been building for just about a hundred years, which would of course put it close to the Tunguska Event and also gave evidence of something dense near the middle of the lake.Further evidence came to light they say in 2009 when they returned to the lake and performed a magnetic survey, which they say showed an anomaly in the same location as their seismic measurements had detected. Now, after three more years of studying evidence they collected from the site, they’ve concluded that Lake Cheko is indeed an impact crater and that the dense object beneath the lakebed is the smoking gun.Others of course aren’t so sure, and likely will remain pessimistic until someone digs up the object and studies it, proving it to be nothing more than a regular rock, or an object from space that left an impact crater as it struck over a century ago, finally solving the mystery. Researchers say Tunguska Event was an UFO Crash: Debris of Alien Spaceship found More information: Magnetic and seismic reflection study of Lake Cheko, a possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska Event, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, VOL. 13, Q05008, 12 PP., 2012. doi:10.1029/2012GC004054AbstractA major explosion occurred on 30 June 1908 in the Tunguska region of Siberia, causing the destruction of over 2,000 km2 of taiga; pressure and seismic waves detected as far as 1,000 km away; bright luminescence in the night skies of Northern Europe and Central Asia; and other unusual phenomena. This “Tunguska Event” is probably related to the impact with the Earth of a cosmic body that exploded about 5–10 km above ground, releasing in the atmosphere 10–15 Mton of energy. Fragments of the impacting body have never been found, and its nature (comet or asteroid) is still a matter of debate. We report here results from a magnetic and seismic reflection study of a small (∼500 m diameter) lake, Lake Cheko, located about 8 km NW of the inferred explosion epicenter, that was proposed to be an impact crater left by a fragment of the Tunguska Cosmic Body. Seismic reflection and magnetic data revealed a P wave velocity/magnetic anomaly close to the lake center, about 10 m below the lake floor; this anomaly is compatible with the presence of a buried stony object and supports the impact crater origin for Lake Cheko. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Image: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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ChandigarhDibrugarh Express catches fire 2 dead

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first_imgDarjeeling: Fire broke out in the engine of 15904 Up Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express on Friday. Two persons died when they jumped out of the running train and seven passengers suffered injuries in the incident.The incident occurred around 11:15 am when the train was between Chaterhaat station and Nijbari station in the Phansidewa block of Siliguri. The engine of the running train suddenly caught fire. Soon, the fire spread to the luggage van and the guard’s compartment. A general compartment also caught fire. In a state of panic passengers started jumping out of the moving train. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTwo died while jumping out of the moving train. The driver managed to stop the train and local residents and police arrived in some time. A fire engine was also called in. The DRM of the North East Frontier Railway also reached the spot. The injured passengers have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri. A medical team also arrived with the relief train. Another engine drove the train back to the Chaterhaat station where the damaged bogies were separated. At 3:35 pm the train resumed journey for Dibrugarh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”An inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Railway, Kolkata, Government of India, has been ordered into the incident,” said Pranabjyoti Sharma chief public relations officer. Owing to the incident trains, including the Dibrugarh- New Rajdhani Express, Kamakhya- Puri Express, Silchar- Trivandrum Express and Kamakhya- Rajendranagar Capital Express, were diverted to run via Siliguri Junction-Bagdogra- Alubari Section. All up trains coming towards New Jalpaiguri are also being diverted via this route. This apart, 13173 Up Kanchanjungha Express was detained at Malda Town station from 1:35 pm to 2 pm. Bengal Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited the spot and interacted with the passengers. “Maintenance of the long-distance trains should be emphasised by the Railways,” said Deb.last_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

By on August 30, 2019

first_imgNovember 14, 2013 2 min read IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete

By on August 20, 2019

first_img PARIS — Air France plans to create a new budget airline in hopes to better compete with Mideast carriers and low-cost rivals.Parent company Air France-KLM said in a statement Thursday that the new airline would focus on routes where Air France is struggling against cheaper competition.It said the airline would run long-haul flights for tourist and business travel. It would use Air France pilots who volunteer to work under new rules “adapted to its competitive position.” Air France staff have protested job cuts and other cost-cutting in recent years.CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is presenting the plan Thursday to the works council.In quarterly results Thursday, Air France-KLM noted a “highly uncertain” global context and “special concern about France as a destination” after deadly extremist attacks. Tags: Air France, KLM Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete Thursday, November 3, 2016 Share Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Sunwing has September promo for Huatulco Puerto Escondido

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgTags: Sunwing Friday, September 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Until Sept. 30 agents can earn 4% bonus commission and receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash for all new bookings to Huatulco and Puerto Escondido with Sunwing.Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to Huatulco. The more bookings agents make, the more chances to win. A seven-day vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.All participating resorts are offering special offers during the month, from limited-time savings and complimentary room upgrades to resort credits of up to $500 per couple and special welcome amenities.Huatulco’s National Park is a recognized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Travellers seeking adventure can snorkel above colourful reefs, kayak through rapids, go horseback riding along the beach, or enjoy some quiet fishing.Huatulco’s neighbour, Puerto Escondido, offers beachgoers a laid-back vibe and the perfect relaxing retreat with its golden sands, along with a variety of exotic wildlife like several species of sea turtles. The area is also popular for many watersports such as surfing and its waters are ideal for all skill levels.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterSunwing is partnering with a number of top-rated resorts including Barcelo Huatulco, Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco, Park Royal Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa, Hotel Villablanca, Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa and Posada Real Puerto Escondido to offer reduced rates on select vacation packages during the month.Clients can also take advantage of resort credits at Barcelo Huatulco, Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa and Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. Holiday Inn Huatulco guests get a potential free marine-view room upgrade (based on new bookings departing Dec. 19, 2017 – April 30, 2018) while couples that choose Las Brisas Huatulco can take advantage of discounted massages and a free romantic dinner.For more details on the current promotion visit sunwingagents.ca.center_img Sunwing has September promo for Huatulco, Puerto Escondido Posted by Sharelast_img read more

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