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Aitken Spence Maritime ushers in first cruise ship for the season

first_imgThere are over 700 passengers engaging in excursions to enjoy the city and immediate locations of Sri Lanka such as the Colombo heritage walk, exploring the city of Galle, Kandy and key places of historical interests. “We are delighted to begin the passenger cruise season by facilitating the first vessel Costa Victoria. Aitken Spence Maritime has been aggressively promoting cruise calls to Colombo and are expecting several cruise operators in the following weeks. It is also inspiring for the team to see their efforts materialise. Aitken Spence Maritime will continue to offer comprehensive, synergised services to cruise operators that in turn will boost tourism in the country,” said Aitken Spence Maritime sector Managing Director Iqram Cuttilan. Aitken Spence Maritime is a pioneer in the industry and was the first Sri Lankan company to undertake port efficiency enhancement management overseas with its entry into the African Continent and subsequently the South Pacific. The company handles all areas of maritime services – from shipping and cargo handling services, to liner agency, cruise vessel, port management and development, chartering services and maritime education. Sea News, November 15 Costa Cruises offers cruise holidays to Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian destinations. Costa Victoria is adorned with a stunning combination of Italian and Swedish design, with a capacity to accommodate 2,394 passengers in 918 cabins and suits. During this season, Costa Cruises offers cruise packages to West India, Maldives and Colombo on a fortnightly basis for those seeking to join the voyage from any port of call. As the local agents, Aitken Spence Maritime persuaded Costa Cruises to continue cruise calls to Colombo, considering all precautions taken by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Navy and the Police ensuring the safety and security of all passengers. Aitken Spence Maritime launched the passenger cruise season with Italy’s biggest tour operator Costa Cruises. The luxurious passenger vessel Costa Victoria called at Colombo Port on 5 November carrying 1,739 passengers and 790 crew members on board. Author: Baibhav Mishra The Costa Cruises will have six vessels between November and December to the Port of Colombo. This operation will act as a key influencer for tourism, paving the way for other cruise operators to call at Sri Lankan ports.last_img read more

LOOK: Joel Embiid re-creates Allen Iverson’s iconic mag cover

first_img“The Process” is channeling “The Answer.”Although ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, Philadelphia 76ers’ prized big man Joel Embiid has given the “City of Brotherly Love” something to look forward to.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next pic.twitter.com/j9lh0Vo7ZV— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017 LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties His undeniable impact on the basketball-crazed city—which has been missing since the Allen Iverson era—was immortalized in a recent cover issue of Slam magazine.Philly’s next superstar won’t play again this year, but The Process is just beginning.@JoelEmbiid covers SLAM 207: https://t.co/RkBYCnrple pic.twitter.com/Tw11197uyPFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017As seen in a photo uploaded by Slam Online on Twitter, the 22-year-old Cameroonian reenacted AI’s iconic “Soul on Ice” magazine cover in 1999. MOST READ Behind-the-scenes with @JoelEmbiid from our latest cover shoot: https://t.co/RkBYCnrple pic.twitter.com/QxqdDQbeHN— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017Meanwhile, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Adam Figman, addressed Embiid’s season-ending injury and its apparent poor timing  of the issue’s release.“I know, I know: Rough timing,” he wrote in a separate report in SLAM.“Hey, it happens. You come up with a great idea, you execute it as well as you could possibly hope to (thank you, Sixers PR) and sometime between the magazine getting shipped off to the printer and the thing hitting newsstands you learn that your new cover star has been declared out for the season with a torn meniscus. Yikes.”Before hurting his meniscus, Embiid was tearing up the league with 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game in limited minutes, and was very well on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.His predecessor, Iverson, meanwhile, remains as one of the most beloved figures in the Philly area, leading the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.Despite his diminutive size and frame, AI brought an undeniable swagger to the league and was a one-time NBA MVP, four-time scoring champion and 11-time NBA All-Star.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The former Kansas Jayhawk even paid homage to the Hall of Famer by donning his retired No. 3 jersey during a brief behind-the-scenes preview of the shoot.#TheProcess is just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao-Khan fight off—reportlast_img read more

Defense strategy urged for women

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — Erin O’Brien was asleep in her Canyon Country home when she awoke to a strange man on her bed, trying to cover her mouth. She screamed and didn’t relent, possibly saving herself from rape. Sheriffs’ deputies believe the man, who fled, could be the rapist who has attacked two other women at knifepoint this year in her neighborhood. O’Brien’s assailant hit at 3:30 a.m. June 26. She remembers he reached toward his waistband, and then she began to scream. At a press conference this week, the petite blond woman said she knew she had been lucky. “If I would have been raped things would be different,” O’Brien said. Since then, O’Brien has bought a pit bull for protection and taken other security measures. She suggests other women take such precautions. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey more than 300,000 women are raped annually and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those numbers are usually skewed because the crime so often goes unreported. Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said O’Brien saw an opportunity and took it. This, she said, is what women are advised to do if they’re attacked. “She took that opportunity to make noise. She screamed and he fled,” Cambra said. Cambra said victims have every right to grab anything that can be used as a weapon and use it. At the same time, they should look for ways to escape. “It’s not about staying there and fighting,” Cambra said. “Just stopping the attack and getting out of there.” Cambra suggested women also set up a system with their neighbors in case there is an emergency. “Let your neighbor know what a warning sign is,” Cambra said. “Tell them that if you run to their door in the middle of night you want them to answer it and let them know what is not normal for your household.” Sheriff’s officials are urging women in the community to be diligent about locking their doors and windows and Cambra said installing outdoor lights activated by motion detectors is a good idea. Tim Mitchell, general manager of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, said gun safety courses offered there are becoming more and more popular among women seeking protection. “It’s important for women to learn how to defend themselves by either learning how to use a handgun, pepper spray or stun guns and by learning moves to protect themselves,” Mitchell said. Still, organizations that support rape victims are wary of advocating self-defense. “It’s controversial,” said Susan Lewis, spokeswoman for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “To say there was a way for the victim to prevent the act implies guilt. It is never the victim’s fault.” Lewis suggested women take precautions to reduce risk, especially women attending college where sexual assaults tend to be more common. Ultimately, Lewis said, the biggest threats for women often lurk in unexpected places. “Something like seven in 10 sexual assaults are non-stranger assault, that could be someone known or someone you see regularly,” Lewis said. Cambra added that, even in a community touted for its family atmosphere and low crime, terrible things can happen. “This city rates highly in safe city contests every year but that doesn’t exclude all crime,” Cambra said. “But these types of crimes happen everywhere.” — Connie Llanos (661) 257-5254connie.llanos@dailynews.comlast_img read more