Kolkata chronicler distraught over news of flooding of his Kerala house

first_imgKolkata: Eminent Kolkata chronicler and writer P T Nair on Tuesday expressed worry over the flooding of his house in Ernakulam in Kerala where he has stored archival records of the city’srich past.The ground floor of his house at Chandamangalam in Ernakulam district of Kerala, where he had stored his rich collection of old newspaper clippings and other papers in the city, is still submerged and cannot be reached as all the approach roads are still flooded. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHis family members had, however, escaped in the nick of time.”As the flood waters approached my son Manoj, daughter-in-law Seema and my grandchildren quickly got into their vehicle and rushed to their sister Maya’s residence in Ernakulam town, which is around 15 km from the Chandamangalam house on August 16,” Nair said.Nair stays in the city with his wife Sitha. Stating that he is now in regular contact with his family over phone, the 85-year-old said: “I had never heard about any calamity of this magnitude in Kerala in my life time.Nair, who has archived Kolkata’s history for the last 63 years, is worried about the fate of the old newspaper clippings stored in the ground floor of his house.”I do not know what happened to the records which I had collected so painstakingly over the decades and preserved them. I would like to retrieve whatever remains once the water level recedes and visit our house,” said the author of over 50 books on Kolkata.last_img read more

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How American Workers Spend Their Vacations Infographic

first_imgSeptember 13, 2013 Click to Enlarge+ Having a hard time planning your next vacation due to work responsibilities and financial constraints? You aren’t alone.The percentage of full-time employees who take vacations has declined over the last few years. Nearly 65 percent of full-time workers say they plan to take a vacation at some point this year, down from 80 percent in 2007, according to research compiled by Best Hospitality Degrees. Even when employees save up funds for trips, work follows them on vacation. Forty-two percent of employees have canceled or postponed vacation plans because of work, and 4 out of 10 managers expect employees to check email while on vacation. Nonetheless, many employees refuse to let work spoil their fun – 32 percent never check their work email while on vacation and 34 percent only check their email sometimes.Take a look at the infographic below for more info on how Americans juggle vacation, work and money. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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WestJet highlights IATAs new process for accessing settlement statements

first_img Wednesday, June 7, 2017 CALGARY — As of June 30, all Canadian accredited and TIDS travel agents will be required to access their settlement statements using BSPLink. Statements for GDS bookings are already available on BSPLink, but this will be a new process for bookings made through WestJet Agent. Commission for WestJet Agent bookings will continue to be settled through TIESS as it is today. This change has been mandated by IATA and will be in effect industry-wide.With BSPLink, you will be able to easily access your online settlement statements for all air transactions. You will also be able to download available statements in a PDF format.Effective June 30, this is where you will access your statements and settle your commission:WestJet Agent: BSPLink (Access settlement statements); TIESS (Commission settlement)GDS: BSPLInk (Access settlement statements); BSPLink (Commission settlement)In order to prepare for this transition, all travel agents will require an active BSPLink account before June 30, 2017. Your banking information must be registered on BSPLink in order to access your statements.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPlease note these changes only apply to air bookings. Commission on WestJet Vacations bookings will continue to be settled through TIESS and there will be no change to how you receive your statements.For more information on these changes, any next steps you will need to take and how-to videos, click here. WestJet highlights IATA’s new process for accessing settlement statements Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJetlast_img read more

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Holland America debuts new Asia specialist training course

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Share Holland America debuts new Asia specialist training course SEATTLE — Holland America Line has launched a new Holland America Line Academy Specialist Course to help agents sell Asia cruises.Called ‘Asia: Ancient, Modern and Miraculous’, the course takes 15-20 minutes to complete and includes information about the advantages of a Holland America Line cruise in the region. Agents will learn how to identify and sell to the best prospects for a Holland America Asia cruise, describe the itineraries and ports that it visits, and gain tips on how to increase their sales.“Asia is one of the world’s fastest-growing and lucrative cruising destinations, and we created this course to ensure that travel advisors understand our itineraries and can take advantage of the rewarding opportunities that Asia provides,” said Eva Jenner, vice president of sales for Holland America Line. “All our courses are designed to help travel advisors sell our cruises with confidence, and the new Asia course is extremely beneficial in broadening travel advisors’ knowledge and sales skills to this amazing cruise destination.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The Asia course is available on GoHal.com. Agents who graduate from the Holland America Line Academy Core Course will earn Silver level, while those who continue on and complete two of the Specialist Training Courses will earn Gold. Agents who complete three Specialist Training Courses will earn Platinum. In addition to a diploma, lapel pin and luggage tag, rewards include a US$50 shipboard credit on Travel Advisor Appreciation or full fares and priority boarding.Agents who complete courses also earn training credits with ACTA.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 28, 2019 Tags: Holland America Linelast_img read more

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