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Download AudioA Healy area program that teaches teens how to build cabins has been nationally recognized.The School to Work program at Tri-Valley High School has received the National Park Service George and Helen Hartzog Outstanding Volunteer Service award.Denali Park Centennial Coordinator Lynne McAloon says that since 1998, the program has built nearly three dozen cabins to replace aging seasonal staff housing at Denali National Park. McAloon credits the program with helping the park as well as local kids.McAloon says numerous alumni of the cabin program have gone onto careers in the building trades, including with the park service.N.P.S. Alaska Region Director Bert Frost presented cabin program students and instructors with the national volunteer service award at event at Denali Park headquarters Thursday. read more
Warangal: The members of Telangana Junior Doctors Association staged a demonstration in Warangal on Wednesday, in protest against the passage of the National Medical Commission Bill in the Lok Sabha.The doctors and medical students observed a 24-hour strike. It may be mentioned here that the Indian Medical Association had announced the pan-India withdrawal of non-essential services besides calling for demonstrations and hunger strikes at its local branches in protest against the passage of National Medical Commission Bill in the Lok Sabha.
Hero Motocorp Ltd. on Monday signed a three-year wage agreement with its permanent workforce in Gurgaon that would give 1,400 workers a hike of about Rs. 12,500 over three years with retrospective effect from August 2015.The hike is lower than the wage increase of Rs. 18,000 the workers were demanding, PTI quoted an industry source as saying. The agency added that a company spokesperson confirmed the development but was not willing to share more information.The three-year agreement will be valid till July 2018. The workers at the Gurgaon plant were upset at the delay in finalising the hike, prompting them to go on strike in March this year.”The wage settlement has been pending for a while now, We are demanding that that it should be completed at the earliest,” Harish Sharma, president of Hero MotoCorp Gurgaon Worker Union, had told ETAuto on March 22.The company’s other manufacturing units are in Dharuhera (Haryana), Neemrana (Rajasthan) and Haridwar (Uttarakhand) with a combined capacity to make 8 million vehicles. The fifth unit at Halol (Gujarat) is likely to go on stream during this financial year, PTI said.During June 2016, Hero Motocorp sold 5.49 lakh units as against 5.42 lakh two wheelers sold last June.The share price of Hero Motocorp closed at Rs. 31,61.75, down 0.47 percent from its previous close. read more
How Putin has gained power from terrorism in Russia Close An explosion killed at least 10 people and injured about dozens others in the metro of Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, according to Russian news agencies. Since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999, Russians have heard about hundreds of terrorist attacks—bombed apartments, cars, buildings, trains, and airplanes. Putin has taken advantage of these so frequently to consolidate his power that people often tend, with no proof, to believe conspiracy theories suggesting the involvement of Russia’s special services or various powerful clans behind the attacks. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:21Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:21?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … read more
One of the most established hospitals in the District of Columbia has started a program that will assist residents of Ward 7 and Ward 8 in meeting their health needs, amid worries that communities East of the River are not getting proper access to healthcare facilities.Sibley Memorial Hospital, located in Ward 3 in Northwest D.C., and a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine network, has launched Ward Infinity, a program that aims to speed up innovation in community health in the East End of the city. Ward Infinity, which launched in the summer, issued a call for applications from teams of residents from Wards 7 and 8 to develop and implement creative solutions to help improve the health and lives of their neighbors.Sibley Memorial Hospital, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is located in predominantly White Ward 3. (AFRO File Photo)“We serve all of our community,” Marissa I. McKeever, the director of government and community affairs for Sibley, told the AFRO. “This is an extension and reflection of our founding mission.”Sibley was founded in 1890 and offers a 318-bed medical facility that offers medical services, surgery, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24 hour Emergency Department. Its president and CEO is Dr. Richard O. Davis. Because of its location, Sibley’s patient population tends to be majority White.McKeever said she realized that East End residents have limited options regarding health care with the United Medical Center in Ward 8 dealing with years of financial issues, a vote of no confidence by its nurses and an abrupt management that was facilitated by D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7). She said Ward Infinity is in the East End to help and not replace plans for UMC or Howard Hospital, which recently made a deal with Unity Health Care to provide obstetrics access to lower income areas in D.C.“We are bolstering significant resources to the East End community,” she said. “We are planning on building strategic partnerships with community organizations, increasing our outreach and implementing community-based programming.”Ward Infinity awarded grants of approximately $25,000 to four grantees, including Diane Brent-Farmer, along with her sister Hortense Brent, who have a program called “Healthcare vs. Sickcare” that will coach people to become more healthy.Deborah Nix, along with Brenda Liddell, have a program called “Disproportionate Impact” that will focus on entrepreneurship to improve residents’ health while John Johnson, along with Tamika “Love” Jones and Jason Anderson have a program called “Hear my Voice” that will stress healing through the artistic expression of dance, music, the visual arts and storytelling. Mary Blackford, along with Jacob Clark, will focus on social entrepreneurship to improve people’s health.McKeever said there are no plans at this time to set up Sibley facilities in the East End.“It is premature to speculate on that,” she said. “We are early in the process on this and we will access where we are down the road.”McKeever said that the Ward Infinity grantees will point out the health priorities of the community and will apply those to their projects.“We are aware of the ailments that afflict Ward 7 and 8 residents but those residents can also use our cancer care services,” she said.McKeever said that the grantees and the residents are the experts on their health concerns and they will drive the program and the narrative.“This is just the beginning,” she said. “We want the residents of Ward 7 and 8 to become change agents regarding their health issues and this program will continue to be community led.”Ambrose Lane Jr., the leader of Ward 7’s Health Alliance Network, an umbrella organization of non-profits charged with meeting the needs of East End residents, told the AFRO that Ward Infinity “is a good attempt to try to engage community partners by Sibley.”“I do wonder how effective it will be?” he said. “You really can’t do much with $25,000. You can create a program but is it sustainable?” read more
By Adrian Sainz, The Associated PressPolice appealed for calm June 13 in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a Black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car.Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks and bricks in the hours following the death of 20-year-old Brandon Webber, who was killed the evening of June 13 after he exited the car holding some type of weapon, authorities said.Protesters take to the streets of the Frayser community in anger against the shooting of a youth by U.S. Marshals earlier in the evening, June 12, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)Webber had been wanted in a June 3 shooting that happened during a car theft about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Memphis in Hernando, Miss. The victim was shot five times and survived. The car was the one used to ram the police vehicle, according to DeSoto County, Miss., District Attorney John Champion, who spoke June 13 at a news conference.Elected officials condemned the violence, and the police chief pleaded for patience while the shooting is investigated. But unanswered questions left many people angry as they recalled other police shootings around the country.Shortly after the June 12 shooting, people began to gather in the area, and their numbers swelled as some livestreamed the scene on social media. Memphis police initially responded in street uniforms, then returned in riot gear as people began hurling rocks and bricks.During the unrest, officers cordoned off several blocks in the Frayser neighborhood north of downtown and arrested three people. By 11 p.m., officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed, Police Director Michael Rallings said.Rallings implored residents to wait until the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, or TBI, finished its investigation. He appealed for people to refrain from violence and from spreading possible misinformation about the shooting.“I need everyone to stay calm,” Rallings said.He later told WREG-TV that while peaceful protests are allowed, authorities would not tolerate further attacks on officers or any property damage or looting. Among steps designed to maintain public order and protect law enforcement, Rallings said, officers’ days off have been canceled and they will ride in two-person cars as a precaution.Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies brace against the crowd as protesters take to the streets of the Frayser community in anger against the shooting a youth identified by family members as Brandon Webber by U.S. Marshals earlier in the evening, June 12, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)Separately, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said through a spokeswoman that the shooting would be fully investigated. Lee’s press secretary, Laine Arnold, said the crowd’s actions were “not representative of the community, but we stand firmly against acts of lawlessness that threaten the safety of our neighborhoods.”Webber’s home was in a working-class neighborhood of north Memphis. By Thursday afternoon, the police presence was minimal, with two squad cars parked in front of a fire station. No uniformed officers were visible. About 20 people stood outside of Webber’s one-story house, and others gathered nearby. One woman wept loudly and hugged a man as she cried.A couple of men spoke into megaphones and some motorists who drove by honked their horns and shouted messages of encouragement. There was a light police presence with a couple police cars parked at a nearby fire station that was damaged during Wednesday night’s unrest.The Rev. Andre E. Johnson said he was standing among the protesters when tear gas was released. He said he heard no police order to disperse.People were upset because they initially did not know why the marshals sought to arrest Webber, said Johnson, who called him a beloved member of the community.“The problem with it is they feel that police and the administration and city officials do not treat them as humans. That’s what it really boils down to: You are not worthy of an explanation,” said Johnson, speaking hours before the Mississippi prosecutor described the allegations against Webber.TBI spokeswoman Keli McAlister said a fugitive task force went to a Frayser home to look for a suspect with felony warrants. She said marshals spotted the man getting into a car, which then rammed task force vehicles several times before the man got out with the weapon.Marshals then opened fire, she said. McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot. The TBI identified the dead man as Webber.Authorities provided no details about the type of weapon or the charges that drew the task force’s interest. A criminal history for Webber released by the TBI listed two arrests, in April 2017 and April 2018, on charges including weapons possession, drug dealing and driving without a license.The 2018 charges were not prosecuted, and the 2017 charges were dismissed, court records showed.Webber’s father, Sonny Webber, told The Associated Press by phone that his son leaves a 2-year-old boy and a young daughter, with another daughter on the way: “He would have had three children. Now he’ll have a child that he won’t get to meet.”The TBI is routinely called in to investigate police shootings around the state. TBI investigators typically deliver a report to the local district attorney, who then decides whether to pursue charges against officers involved.At least two journalists also were hurt in Wednesday’s violence.Memphis-area police shootings in the past four years have prompted sporadic protests. Among them was Darrius Stewart, an unarmed 19-year-old who was fatally shot during a fight in 2015 with Connor Schilling, a white officer who was trying to arrest him on outstanding warrants.A Shelby County district attorney recommended that Schilling be charged with voluntary manslaughter, but a grand jury refused to indict him.____Associated Press writers Jonathan Mattise in Nashville, Tenn., Rebecca Reynolds Yonker in Louisville, Ky., and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report. read more
Welcome back to Geek.com’s Origin of the species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction or horror races or species, delving deep into history, fiction, mythology and etymology. Check out our previous installments on dwarfs, vampires, and robots!Aliens run the gamut. Which gamut? Every gamut. Decades of pop culture have taught us that aliens can be pretty much anything, from humans with wacky heads to insect-like monsters to floating clouds of gas. But if you ask an average person to describe an alien, or just what comes to mind when they hear talk of abductions or close-calls with UFOs, chances are they’ll tell you about short grey humanoids with big heads, small mouths, and expressionless black eyes: Grey aliens or just Greys for short.Greys are very much embedded in the human psyche, with a full 43% of alien encounters in these United States said to involve them. The way we see it, there are three reasons for why this could be the case. The first, and most useful for fiction, is the fact that aliens exist and that just happens to be what they look like. Of course, that’s something best left for our series on conspiracy theories, as we’re sure the Geek.com audience wouldn’t buy the outlandish idea that an alien race would evolve to look so similar to humans, right? Right.So that leaves us with two other – somewhat connected – possibilities. One is that like werewolves or vampires, grey aliens are a manifestation of deep-rooted racial memories, the fruit that ripens on the vine of our collective unconsciousness. The other possibility is that Greys are nothing more than a fad that got picked up and elaborated upon before taking on a life of its own, a meme from the decades before the word even existed. Before we make a call one way or the other, however, let’s take a look back at where the Greys came from.For many ufologists and true believers, the answer to that question is a deadpanned “Zeta Reticuli.” Reason being is that, according to some string-and-bead-based model-making by an amateur astronomer, that is supposedly the origin of the aliens that allegedly abducted Barney and Betty Hill. Their story, which they claimed happened in 1961, became the first widely reported abduction incident, and featured a group of aliens that, while not totally in line with the contemporary conception of Greys, weren’t too far off either.This particular abduction story kicked off a myriad of other similar claims, many of which, as you’ve probably guessed, featured small, grey humanoid aliens. The origins of the grey aliens stretch back far further than the 1960s, however, as H.G. Wells, in an 1893 article, described a futuristic evolution of mankind that was remarkably similar to Grey aliens. He picked up on the notion in a number of subsequent works which depicted the grey skin, big head, and large black eye-having creatures as being extra-terrestrial in origin.Though Grey aliens can be spotted throughout pop culture – including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and even Star Wars – business really picked up during the 1980s. Reason being is that was the decade in which the Greys were first linked with one of the most famous alien conspiracy theories: The Roswell UFO incident. The claim was that the Roswell wreckage contained not only otherworldly technology but also the bodies of actual Grey aliens.That rumor and belief spread unchecked throughout the 80s, during which time the Grey aliens became a crucial component of contemporary belief in UFOs. But in the 90s, the Grey aliens became even more central to the beliefs of not just amateur ufologists, but all manner of conspiracy theorists, due largely to the popularity of The X-Files.The X-Files smashed together countless different conspiracy theories, tying the Grey aliens into a nefarious New World Order-esque organization. As one of the most popular television shows on the air, the show, and its depiction of Grey aliens, was enormously influential, leading to the conflation of Greys and pretty much every other wacky conspiracy theory or New Age belief you could possibly imagine. And given the type of people who go all in on such things, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Greys were latched onto by hordes of 90s ravers and drug culture adherents.So, where does this leave us? There are a few different theories as to the origins of the Grey alien trope, including the idea that the creatures represent an idealized version of traits that read as “intelligent,” as well as claims that they line up with what a mother’s face might look like to the brain of a still developing infant. While there’s nothing to completely discount either theory, there’s also not a whole lot other than speculation and circumstantial evidence to support them.And for what it’s worth, I’m inclined to believe that any theories to the deeper meaning of Grey aliens are a lot of malarkey. That’s because unlike say, werewolves and vampires—the belief in which goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years—Grey aliens only really started popping up in the 20th century. If there was something baked into us to envision the little bastards, why didn’t they start showing up sooner? And why does their appearance seem largely limited to Europe and former European colonies?Similarly, prior to Grey aliens really taking hold in the second half of the 20th century, there were other default looks for aliens. The most notable of these being the bug-eyed monster, a trope that was once the most popular way to depict an alien invader, showing up in countless movies and pulp magazines. There was even a more regional variation on the “standard” alien, the tall, statuesque, blond humanoids known as Nordic aliens, which were particularly popular in Europe during the 1950s.So, while the Grey aliens certainly might seem, due to their ubiquity and frankly, excellent design, like some kind of vestigial memory from times long past, or the manifestation of some deep-rooted, primal fear, it seems more likely that they’re something just as powerful: A cliché.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD. There are no aliens in it, but if you think about it, in a way… we’re all aliens, right? It’s available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information. read more
More information: Negative Frequency-Dependent Selection of Sexually Antagonistic Alleles in Myodes glareolus, Science 18 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6058 pp. 972-974. DOI: 10.1126/science.1208708ABSTRACTSexually antagonistic genetic variation, where optimal values of traits are sex-dependent, is known to slow the loss of genetic variance associated with directional selection on fitness-related traits. However, sexual antagonism alone is not sufficient to maintain variation indefinitely. Selection of rare forms within the sexes can help to conserve genotypic diversity. We combined theoretical models and a field experiment with Myodes glareolus to show that negative frequency-dependent selection on male dominance maintains variation in sexually antagonistic alleles. In our experiment, high-dominance male bank voles were found to have low-fecundity sisters, and vice versa. These results show that investigations of sexually antagonistic traits should take into account the effects of social interactions on the interplay between ecology and evolution, and that investigations of genetic variation should not be conducted solely under laboratory conditions. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the big problems evolutionary biologists have to wrangle with is in trying to explain why members of an individual species aren’t more alike. If say, high testosterone in males makes them more aggressive, for example, and thus more successful at mating, why doesn’t the level of testosterone level off at some point as that trait is passed on to successive generations while those with lower levels continue to lose out? And how do so-called antagonistic traits between the genders contribute to diversity? If males with more testosterone get to mate more, but more testosterone in females leads to smaller litters, how do the two traits work together to ensure that diversity wins in the end? Well, nobody really knows for sure, but a group of international researchers has taken a step towards figuring it out. In their paper published in Science the team shows that so-called frequency-dependent selection may have a lot to do with it. Explore further Journal information: Science © 2011 PhysOrg.com Many researchers have suggested that antagonistic traits, those that benefit one gender, but inhibit the other, can explain how species keep up their diversity. High testosterone male mammals for instance, are very successful at mating, but tend to have sisters with high testosterone levels who produce small litters, which sort of evens things out. This new research team says that such explanations are too simplistic though and that there is likely much more at work here. They suggest it has more to do with environmental factors that lead to frequency-dependent selection.To show how this type of selection process might come into play, the team set up a three part experiment. The first part involved breeding bank voles and separating them by testosterone levels. They then allowed the voles to mate and reproduce in the lab. In that controlled environment, they found that the high testosterone males were, as expected, much more successful at breeding then their meeker male peers.Next, the voles were released into an enclosed area of wilderness that simulated how the voles would live in the wild and it was here that the team came up with some interesting results. They found that when they released just a few of the high testosterone males and lots of low testosterone males into the same area, the males once again reigned supreme with the ladies. But when they released lots of high testosterone males with lots of lots of low testosterone males, the males with the lower levels actually did better than those with the high levels, indicating that there was something clearly at play. The researchers suggest that such results came about because the high testosterone level males spent more time fighting or showing off than mating, which gave the low testosterone males more of a chance to mate.It’s these kinds of unexpected environmental scenarios that come into play in the wild, the authors surmise, that help keep a species diverse, which is important of course, because if it didn’t happen, any given species would become less able to fend off disease over time and would become more susceptible to gene disorders. Mating with showy males may reduce offspring’s ability to fight off pathogens Citation: Experiment gives insight into how species maintain diversity (2011, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-insight-species-diversity.html 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. read more
The female driver of a Chevrolet was reported after she hit and toppled a mototaxi unit on avenida Sur. The driver of the taxi unit was approaching avenida Azulejos when he was hit. The impact caused his unit to fall over. Although there were no reported injuries, the woman of the car was arrested by police for driving without insurance. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The driver of a car that hit a Playa del Carmen mototaxi was arrested over the weekend, but not for the accident itself. Both vehicles were towed to the impound. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
The couple, who were of Guatemalan nationality, were made available to the Attorney General’s Office in Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) According to la División de Seguridad Regional de la Policía Federal, police had contact with a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman who were traveling with a minor child. When police asked the couple to present their identification, they presented credentials from Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE), which were immediately noticed to be fake. Cancun, Q.R. — An undocumented couple was arrested by elements of the Federal Police at the Cancun International Airport after they were found traveling with false INE credentials. read more
Share Tags: Contiki Peru’s in the spotlight for final two weeks of Contiki SEVEN campaign Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — For the final two weeks of its Contiki SEVEN campaign, youth travel specialist Contiki is featuring one of the world’s truly quintessential bucket list destinations: Peru.The eight-week long Contiki SEVEN campaign highlighting must-do epic, worldwide experiences handpicked by the youth adventure travel brand wraps up with savings for Peru trips, with a booking window running April 1 – 14.In partnership with PROMPERÚ, eight of Contiki’s most popular trips will be spotlighted for two weeks, with clients saving $250 for a limited time. The eight trips include Peru Uncovered, Ultimate Inca Trail, Bolivian Magic, Andean Crossing, The Explorer, The Adventurer, The Latin Quest and Bella Bolivia.Also with Contiki SEVEN, clients can also save $250 off 28 bestselling adventures until April 14, coupled with a new air deal that offers savings of up to $150 when a Contiki Europe trip and flights are booked together.Travel agents can also join in on the fun, with prize packs throughout the campaign on the Contiki Canada Travel Agents Facebook page. Agents can also earn money as part of the revamped Contiki Rewards program. Contiki is also running a contest for a chance to win a trip plus airfare, which is open for everyone to enter.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaFrom the dizzying heights of the Andes to the depths of Colca Canyon, one thing is clear, says Contiki: Peru is a country of contrasts. It’s no surprise why Contiki Canada has seen a spike in the region among young Canadians.With a small group size of a maximum of 30 guests, unique accommodations, the expertise of a highly trained team of multilingual Trip Managers and Local Guides, and transport in private mini-coaches, internal flights and trains to get to destinations quicker and more comfortably, Contiki says its Peruvian adventures “go beyond just visiting Machu Picchu”.Instead clients will be able to take in once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a trip back in time at the Chachapoyan site of Kuelap and trying to solve one of the world’s biggest mysteries at the Nazca Lines.Running until April 14, clients can save $250 off the below 28 trips:European MagicSimply ItalyRoad to CroatiaTaste of TanzaniaIrelandCambodia & Laos UncoveredInca PanoramaEuropean HorizonCape, Safari & FallsAsian AdventureEgypt & the NileMediterranean EscapeVietnam ExperienceGreek Island HoppingIsrael & Jordan UncoveredNorthern Choice (Auckland to Wellington)Spanish SpreeEastern TrailCroatia Island EscapeJapan UnrivalledPeruvian HighlightsScandinaviaThai Tripper SouthBest of Balkans (Start Budapest)Mediterranean HighlightsEuropean DiscoveryEngland & ScotlandBeaches and ReefsMore news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaTo check out Travelweek’s exclusive interview with Dave Marathakis, National Sales Manager for Contiki Canada, with his own top 7 picks for Peru food experiences – all available through Contiki – click here. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 1, 2019 read more
Less than two months from the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Delhi hoteliers are reporting far lower than expected room bookings, prompting some hotels to consider slashing rates for the season.“We had hoped that August would see a jump in bookings but that hasn’t happened yet,” a senior Tourism Ministry official told the Times of India. “If the trend continues, it could be worrying.”A senior manager of a five star hotel in Delhi claimed to be chasing confirmations of bookings, telling the newspaper, “If you have to chase bookings so close to the Games, there is something wrong.”Investing huge sums into massive infrastructure has put India at the mercy of Commonwealth Games profit that may not eventuate, the newspaper reported. “So much investment has gone into adding inventory… not getting substantial bookings is very bad for the industry,” Federation of Restaurants and Hotels of India President Rajinder Kumar told the newspaper.The Indian Tourism Ministry had reckoned Delhi needed 40,000 additional rooms to cater for the expected 100,000 visitors into the city, however, hotels in Delhi are not yet seeing evidence of strong bookings even this close to the event.“By now half the rooms should have been booked,” Mr Kumar said. “[I]f things don’t look up in the next 20 days, we will have to slash our rates and resort to distress sales. It is better than suffering a dead loss.”Dogged by claims India lacked preparedness and adequate security, the 2010 Commonwealth Games has seen a number of star athletes (and attractions), such as tennis players Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray, pull out from the Games.Add this to poor marketing of the event and India is unlikely to see their tourist numbers reach the expected rate, the newspaper reported. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A read more
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