Travel guide charge – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 23:09:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://we-are-africa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Travel guide charge – We Are Africa http://we-are-africa.org/ 32 32 TONY HETHERINGTON: Tesco cruises to save canceled trip https://we-are-africa.org/tony-hetherington-tesco-cruises-to-save-canceled-trip/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 20:50:10 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/tony-hetherington-tesco-cruises-to-save-canceled-trip/ Tony Hetherington is the Financial Mail on Sunday investigator, fighting readers’ corners, revealing the truth behind closed doors and winning victories for those left behind. Find out how to contact him below. PW writes: We booked through JTA Travel for a trip with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Due to the pandemic, the trip was canceled […]]]>

Tony Hetherington is the Financial Mail on Sunday investigator, fighting readers’ corners, revealing the truth behind closed doors and winning victories for those left behind. Find out how to contact him below.

PW writes: We booked through JTA Travel for a trip with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Due to the pandemic, the trip was canceled and we agreed with JTA Travel to book at a later date, but Cruise and Maritime then went out of business.

We were told we would get a full refund of the cost of £ 2,670 as customers were protected by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

However, ABTA itself says JTA Travel has to reimburse us, so we’re caught in the middle.

Refund: ABTA was slow to decide who was responsible for the canceled cruise

Tony Hetherington replies: It is never pleasant to be trapped between two companies, each agreeing to be entitled to a refund, but at the same time blaming themselves for not having paid the money. It comes back to the question of whether JTA Travel was acting as a travel agent or tour operator. If it was just a booking agent, ABTA’s compensation system would cover your losses. But if JTA Travel went beyond that and organized much more than your cruise booking then it could be classified as a tour operator, and since it is still operating from its Birmingham base it would be responsible for reimbursing you.

ABTA’s verdict was that JTA Travel should foot the bill. He explained: “Our decision was based on the travel documents which confirmed that JTA was acting as a tour operator and as such they retain full responsibility for your travel arrangements or any reimbursements owed to you. ”

Not surprisingly, JTA Travel was not happy with this. He did not want to pay and said he was consulting his lawyers. And all that would tell me is that he was having “ongoing conversations” with ABTA. He refused to accept your version of events, but at the same time refused to say what was wrong with what you told me.

However, surely ABTA has the power to order JTA Travel to pay or face the eviction and loss of the valuable insurance that ABTA membership offers its customers? It’s a simple question, but trying to get a simple answer from ABTA was like trying to nail jelly to the wall.

ABTA directed me to its code of conduct. It’s 16 pages with two more documents at the top and a 47 page guide where I finally found out that ABTA expects refunds to be issued within 14 days, and certainly within 30 days at the latest. But then ABTA pulled the rug out from under me, admitting to me that despite the decision that JTA Travel was a tour operator and should issue a refund, in fact, it was still in talks with the Birmingham company.

Vacationers rely heavily on ABTA to regulate its members and, if necessary, enforce its decisions. Not having your decisions implemented, then having doubts, is not reassuring. ABTA clearly gave you the impression that it had made up its mind and ordered JTA Travel to reimburse you. But he beat around the bush when I asked about his enforcement powers. And finally, he started chewing this with JTA Travel again, like he did months ago.

Then, at the very last minute, an unexpected fairy godmother arrived in the form of Tesco Bank. You paid for the cruise with your Tesco bank card, and strictly speaking, you are far too late to ask the bank to collect the money from you. But that’s exactly what the bank did.

Because you have been spoiled by ABTA and JTA Travel, Tesco Bank will credit your card with the full amount of £ 2,670. The bank will then fight with JTA Travel, and you told me you would help with all the necessary evidence. Whoever wins this fight, it seems to me that ABTA will be the real loser in terms of reputation.

Why all the hassle of chopping up insurance from the bank?

LB writes: For many years we have had a Lloyds Bank checking account with free insurance for cell phones, travel, AA outage, and lost cards.

We never used the insurance so when Lloyds announced their intention to charge £ 14.95 per month in the future we decided to cancel the cover.

However, our branch says we need to close the account and open a new one, and first we need to make an appointment to discuss it with a consultant.

Options: According to Lloyds, insurance can be terminated via internet banking, or by phone

Options: According to Lloyds, insurance can be terminated via internet banking, or by phone

Tony Hetherington replies: According to Lloyds, insurance can be terminated through online banking, which you don’t have, or over the phone, although you’ve found the number to be permanently committed. The third option was to cancel the insurance by going to your branch, but when you did, the manager and staff said they couldn’t just remove the insurance. You should have a meeting with a “consultant”, who I imagine is a salesperson.

I asked the bank to explain to me and a spokesperson told me that you can upgrade to a regular account with the same sort code and account number, so all of your direct debits and provisions similar would remain unchanged. But you still had to make an appointment to see a consultant, even if the bank itself changed the goals and a meeting could involve a work stoppage.

The bank’s complaints department has now credited your account with £ 30 apologizing for the poor service, and if you want to stay with Lloyds the staff say they will arrange to call you rather than wait. that you call them.

If you believe you are the victim of financial wrongdoing, write to Tony Hetherington at Financial Mail, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TS or send an email to tony.hetherington@mailonsunday.co.uk. Due to the high volume of requests, personal responses cannot be given. Please send only copies of the original documents, which we regret that we cannot be returned.

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Elon Musk says Starlink will drop out of beta next month https://we-are-africa.org/elon-musk-says-starlink-will-drop-out-of-beta-next-month/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 02:48:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/elon-musk-says-starlink-will-drop-out-of-beta-next-month/ This long-exposure image shows a track from a cluster of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay on February 7, 2021.Photo: Mariana Suarez / AFP (Getty Images) Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX Friday announced that Starlink, the company’s satellite internet service, will exit its public beta phase in October. While this is exciting news, we are […]]]>

This long-exposure image shows a track from a cluster of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay on February 7, 2021.

This long-exposure image shows a track from a cluster of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay on February 7, 2021.
Photo: Mariana Suarez / AFP (Getty Images)

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX Friday announced that Starlink, the company’s satellite internet service, will exit its public beta phase in October. While this is exciting news, we are taking it with caution. It is Musk, after all, the man who became infamous for faded away time limit over the years.

Musk provided the update on Starlink, which offers the Internet via about 1,800 low-earth orbit satellites and counts, on his favorite social media platform, Twitter, but did not go into details. (He literally tweeted “next month” in response to a user question). Earlier this year, Musk said that Starlink “Probably” get out of beta by the end of the summer, but with just a few days the company is unlikely to meet that goal.

Exiting the beta phase would indicate that the company is getting closer to a larger launch of the service. Starlink claimed to have more than 500,000 orders last May.

As usual, Musk’s tweet managed to arouse the expectation of Starlink, a must-have service for those living in remote areas, which has reached impressive milestones in recent weeks.

Beginning of August, Starlink made the headlines when Ookla’s internet speed tests found it to be much faster than major alternative satellite internet options offered by HughesNet and Viasat in the United States Star link nearly efficient as well as fixed broadband in the upload and download tests. It was also the only provider with a median latency similar to that of fixed broadband.

Ookla pointed out that Starlink’s median download speeds in America were 97.23 Mbps in the second quarter of 2021, which was “fast enough to meet most of the needs of modern online life.” In comparison, HughesNet offered speeds of 19.73 Mbps, while Viasat offered speeds of 18.13 Mbps during the same period. Starlink did not reach the median download speed offered by all fixed broadband providers, or 115.22 Mbps, but hey, it didn’t have bad results.

Additionally, in late August, Musk revealed that Starlink had shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals– which cost $ 499, not including the monthly fee of $ 99 for real internet – in 14 countries. The announcement implied that the satellite Internet service had gained 10,000 users in less than a month.

Overall, the only way to confirm that Starlink is going out of beta is to wait and see. We’re skeptical, but maybe Musk will prove us wrong.

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Premiership rugby 2021-22: complete club-by-club guide for the season | Prime Minister https://we-are-africa.org/premiership-rugby-2021-22-complete-club-by-club-guide-for-the-season-prime-minister/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:24:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/premiership-rugby-2021-22-complete-club-by-club-guide-for-the-season-prime-minister/ Bath Bath continues to be hot and cold, a lot depends on how quickly Danny Cipriani settles into berth No 10 in place of the more stable Rhys Priestland who has returned home to Wales. Bath will be missed by forwards Zach Mercer and Henry Thomas who have both joined Montpellier, but No 8 Stormers […]]]>

Bath

Bath continues to be hot and cold, a lot depends on how quickly Danny Cipriani settles into berth No 10 in place of the more stable Rhys Priestland who has returned home to Wales. Bath will be missed by forwards Zach Mercer and Henry Thomas who have both joined Montpellier, but No 8 Stormers Jaco Coetzee should provide vital bullet-carrying power. Joe Cokanasiga has given a glimpse of his former form and it will be a key season for the forgotten England wing.
Key player Jaco Coetzee The man in charge Stuart hooper
Last season 7th Prediction 7th

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Bristol

How the Bears are recovering from the trauma of losing that play-off semi-final to the Harlequins after finishing the regular season at the top of the standings will be instructive and we may be able to get a feel for their progress when they meet. of the weakened Saracens in their opening match on Friday evening. Bristol will be among the challengers again, but they will miss Ben Earl and Max Malins. The atmosphere of Ashton Gate should inspire them and any team with Semi Radradra and Charles Piutau on the back is a threat.
Key player Semi Radradra The man in charge Pat Lam
Last season 1st (beaten in the play-offs) Prediction 6th

Semi Radradra will always carry a threat for Bristol. Photograph: Patrick Khachfe / JMP / REX / Shutterstock

Exeter

The Chiefs will be scratching their heads again thinking about their final play-off loss. Nothing has changed much at Sandy Park and there has been no rush to recruit, but Exeter still looks like the most powerful team in the country and once that squad gets ahead he is difficult to stop it. Tomas Francis is back in Wales, but Waikato’s Josh Iosefa-Scott and former Bath mainstay Sam Nixon will provide solid front row coverage. A fit Jack Nowell will be vital for the Chiefs and England.
Key player Joe simmonds The man in charge Rob baxter
Last season 2nd (beaten in the final) Prediction 1st

Gloucester

Any team with a potential fullback from Louis Rees-Zammit, Ollie Thorley and Jonny May can go wild, but the big question mark hangs over the effectiveness of forwards, at this traditionally forward-loving club for their provide a quick balloon. The arrival of Adam Hastings is welcome and on new plastic ground George Skivington’s side will be looking to move the ball quickly, but his team can struggle, especially when traveling.
Key player Chris Harris The man in charge Georges skivington
Last season 11th Prediction 11th

Louis Rees-Zammit can provide offensive outlet for Gloucester
Louis Rees-Zammit can provide an offensive outlet for Gloucester. Photograph: Andy Watts / JMP / REX / Shutterstock

Harlequins

This epic final victory makes Quins unlikely champions and, if a repeat feels unlikely, they’ll continue to play a cape-and-sword style of rugby with Marcus Smith offering the flair behind an underrated pack. Tommaso Allan has joined Treviso to cover the opening half and Danny Care continues to show why Eddie Jones put him on the grass was premature. Scottish center Huw Jones is a handy Glasgow Warriors signing.
Key player Danny Care The man in charge Tabai matson
Last season 4th (final winner) Prediction 4th

Leicester

Something is finally moving in the East Midlands where Steve Borthwick is building a pack of attackers in his own image of steel. A hardened group of South African forwards have been bolstered by the signing of Marco van Staden from the Bulls while George Martin and Harry Wells are two young forwards who will soon find their way to the England side. Australian rookie Bryce Hegarty could be an important signing. He can play at the back or at the opening and fill a void left by Zack Henry’s move to France.
Key player Bryce hegarty The man in charge Steve borthwick
Last season 6th Prediction 2nd

Irish from London

The Exiles have a new home in Brentford, which is one of the best venues in the Premiership, but they can struggle to keep their crowds happy. Blair Cowan, their last row talisman, has left for Japan and although Albert Tuisue and Sean O’Brien provide rich experience, their team lacks depth. Ollie Hassell-Collins is one of the best of a generation of young English wings and Paddy Jackson a shrewd operator at the opening.
Key player Marcel van der Merwe The man in charge Déclan Kidney
Last season 9th Prediction 13th

Ollie Hassell-Collins is one of the brightest young English wings in the game
Ollie Hassell-Collins is one of the brightest young English wings in the game. Photograph: MI News / NurPhoto / REX / Shutterstock

Newcastle

The Falcons left like a train last season, but no Premiership team has missed more crowds. Dean Richards looked to his former club the Harlequins for a few key signings with veteran Mike Brown and, perhaps more importantly, winger Nathan Earle. Earle hasn’t had much luck with the injuries, but he and Adam Radwan, with his breakneck pace, can be a threat and Newcastle have a strong, mobile pack that can help them thrive on the plastic pitch at Kingston Park.
Key player Nathan Earle The man in charge Dean Richards
Last season 10th Prediction 10th

Northampton

The Saints had a streak of home losses last season and Chris Boyd’s side can be insanely inconsistent. The signing of Courtnall Skosan, a wing of the Sigma Golden Lions, is interesting and the Saints should be entertaining. But a lot rests on their former heads, Courtney Lawes and Dan Biggar, who have played such an important role with the Lions this summer. Another Stormers signing, young No 8 Juarno Augustus, will help put the Saints in the spotlight.
Key player Courtnall skosan The man in charge Chris boyd
Last season 5th Prediction 9th

Northampton relies heavily on Courtney Lawes
Northampton is heavily dependent on Courtney Lawes. Photograph: David Rogers / Getty Images

Sale

Sale’s new signings Tommy Taylor, Simon McIntyre and Nick Schonert show where the Sharks are at. All are uncompromising frontline forwards who will bolster a field that few will have the upper hand. Alex Sanderson transformed the club after the ill-fated departure of Steve Diamond and their group of South Africans along with the Curry brothers will make them hard to beat. The sale will be in the mix of titles in the spring.
Key player Tom curry The man in charge Alex sanderson
Last season 3rd Prediction 5th

Buckwheat

The Saracens are back from their league exile and will once again be Premiership challengers. There are few new faces but a few important returning players, Ben Earl, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins and Alex Lozowski from his Montpellier loan. It may be a while before their Lions are back in the first team, but the Saracens, especially if Billy Vunipola finds his mojo, will be keen to put some noses out. Expect to see them in another Premiership final.
Key player Billy Vunipola The man in charge Marc McCall
Last season championship champions Prediction 3rd

Billy Vunipola
Can Billy Vunipola rediscover his mojo? Photograph: James Chance / Getty Images

wasps

One of the key signings of the summer was that of John Mitchell who turned his back on Eddie Jones to return to the technical staff of his former club. The Wasps will be without injured Joe Launchbury, Jack Willis and Paolo Odogwu for the first part of the season. These will be key absences. Hopefully the return after a spate of Alfie Barbeary injuries will help make up for it. Barbeary is the raw gem of English rugby, a home runner in the heel or back row. Nizaam Carr’s return to last row is a bonus.
Key player Alfie barbeary The man in charge Lee blackett
Last season 8th Prediction 8th

Worcester

The Warriors didn’t live up to their name last season, somewhat of the worst team in the division. But no club has recruited and dismissed players so dramatically. Duncan Weir is back in Scotland, but two of the most eye-catching signings travel the other way, recent Lions Rory Sutherland and Duhan van der Merwe, while Gloucester mainstays Willi Heinz and Matt Garvey are other big catches. . 19-year-old Fin Smith is a prodigiously talented No 10 and should fill Weir’s boots before long. Winter may still be long at Sixways, but the only way is to go up.
Key player Duhan van der Merwe The man in charge Alan salomons
Last season 12th Prediction 12th

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Complete club by club guide to the English rugby season https://we-are-africa.org/complete-club-by-club-guide-to-the-english-rugby-season/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:24:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/complete-club-by-club-guide-to-the-english-rugby-season/ Bath continues to be hot and cold, a lot depends on how quickly Danny Cipriani settles into berth No 10 in place of the more stable Rhys Priestland who has returned home to Wales. Bath will be missed by forwards Zach Mercer and Henry Thomas who have both joined Montpellier, but No 8 Stormers Jaco […]]]>

Bath continues to be hot and cold, a lot depends on how quickly Danny Cipriani settles into berth No 10 in place of the more stable Rhys Priestland who has returned home to Wales. Bath will be missed by forwards Zach Mercer and Henry Thomas who have both joined Montpellier, but No 8 Stormers Jaco Coetzee should provide vital bullet-carrying power. Joe Cokanasiga has given a glimpse of his former form and it will be a key season for the forgotten England wing.

Key player: Jaco Coetzee. Responsible : Stuart Hooper.

Last season: 7th. Prediction: 7th.

Bristol

How the Bears are recovering from the trauma of losing that play-off semi-final to the Harlequins after finishing the regular season at the top of the standings will be instructive and we may be able to get a feel for their progress when they meet. of the weakened Saracens in their opening match on Friday evening. Bristol will be among the challengers again, but they will miss Ben Earl and Max Malins. The atmosphere of Ashton Gate should inspire them and any team with Semi Radradra and Charles Piutau on the back is a threat.

Key player: Semi Radradra. Responsible : Pat Lam.

Last season: 1st (beaten in the play-offs). Prediction: 6th.

Exeter

The Chiefs will be scratching their heads again thinking about their final play-off loss. Nothing has changed much at Sandy Park and there has been no rush to recruit, but Exeter still looks like the most powerful team in the country and once that squad gets ahead he is difficult to stop it.

Ollie Atkins from Exeter

Tomas Francis is back in Wales, but Waikato’s Josh Iosefa-Scott and former Bath mainstay Sam Nixon will provide solid front row coverage. A fit Jack Nowell will be vital for the Chiefs and England.

Key player: Joe Simmonds. Responsible : Rob Baxter.

Last season: 2nd (beaten in the final). Prediction: 1st.

Gloucester

Any team with a potential fullback from Louis Rees-Zammit, Ollie Thorley and Jonny May can go wild, but the big question mark hangs over the effectiveness of forwards, at this traditionally forward-loving club for their provide a quick balloon.

Louis Lynagh of Harlequins celebrates after scoring a try in the Gallagher Premiership Final
Louis Lynagh of Harlequins celebrates after scoring a try in the Gallagher Premiership Final

The arrival of Adam Hastings is welcome and on new plastic ground George Skivington’s side will be looking to move the ball quickly, but his team can struggle, especially when traveling.

Key player: Chris Harris. Responsible : George Skivington.

Last season: 11th. Prediction: 11th.

Harlequins

This epic final victory makes Quins unlikely champions and, if a repeat feels unlikely, they’ll continue to play a cape-and-sword style of rugby with Marcus Smith offering the flair behind an underrated pack. Tommaso Allan has joined Treviso to cover the opening half and Danny Care continues to show why Eddie Jones put him on the grass was premature. Scottish center Huw Jones is a handy Glasgow Warriors signing.

Key player: Danny Care. Responsible : Tabai Matson.

Last season: 4th (final winner). Prediction: 4th.

Leicester

Something is finally moving in the East Midlands where Steve Borthwick is building a pack of attackers in his own image of steel. A hardened group of South African forwards have been bolstered by the signing of Marco van Staden from the Bulls while George Martin and Harry Wells are two young forwards who will soon find their way to the England side. Australian rookie Bryce Hegarty could be an important signing. He can play at the back or at the opening and fill a void left by Zack Henry’s move to France.

Key player: Bryce Hegarty. Responsible : Steve Borthwick.

Last season: 6th. Prediction: 2nd.

Irish from London

The Exiles have a new home in Brentford, which is one of the best venues in the Premiership, but they can struggle to keep their crowds happy. Blair Cowan, their last row talisman, has left for Japan and although Albert Tuisue and Sean O’Brien provide rich experience, their team lacks depth. Ollie Hassell-Collins is one of the best of a generation of young English wings for the side who also has opening half Paddy Jackson on the books.

Paddy Jackson of London Irish is tackled by John Porch of Connacht during the pre-season friendly.  Photo: Piaras Mídheach / Sportsfile
Paddy Jackson of London Irish is tackled by John Porch of Connacht during the pre-season friendly. Photo: Piaras Mídheach / Sportsfile

Key player: Marcel van der Merwe. Responsible : Declan Rein.

Last season: 9th. Prediction: 13th.

Newcastle

The Falcons left like a train last season, but no Premiership team has missed more crowds. Dean Richards looked to his former club the Harlequins for a few key signings with veteran Mike Brown and, perhaps more importantly, winger Nathan Earle. Earle hasn’t had much luck with the injuries, but he and Adam Radwan, with his breakneck pace, can be a threat and Newcastle have a strong, mobile pack that can help them thrive on the plastic pitch at Kingston Park.

Key player: Nathan Earle. Responsible : Dean Richards.

Last season: 10th. Prediction: 10th.

Northampton

The Saints had a streak of home losses last season and Chris Boyd’s side can be insanely inconsistent. The signing of Courtnall Skosan, a wing of the Sigma Golden Lions, is interesting and the Saints should be entertaining. But a lot rests on their former heads, Courtney Lawes and Dan Biggar, who have played such an important role with the Lions this summer. Another Stormers signing, young No 8 Juarno Augustus, will help put the Saints in the spotlight.

Key player: Courtnall Skosan. Responsible : Chris Boyd.

Last season: 5th. Prediction: 9th.

Sale

Sale’s new signings Tommy Taylor, Simon McIntyre and Nick Schonert show where the Sharks are at. All are uncompromising frontline forwards who will bolster a field that few will have the upper hand. Alex Sanderson transformed the club after the ill-fated departure of Steve Diamond and their group of South Africans along with the Curry brothers will make them hard to beat. The sale will be in the mix of titles in the spring.

Key player: Tom Curry. Responsible : Alex Sanderson.

Last season: 3rd. Prediction: 5th.

Buckwheat

The Saracens are back from their league exile and will once again be Premiership challengers. There are few new faces but a few important returning players, Ben Earl, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins and Alex Lozowski from his Montpellier loan.

Saracens pose with their trophy after Greene King IPA Championship
Saracens pose with their trophy after Greene King IPA Championship

It may be a while before their Lions are back in the first team, but the Saracens, especially if Billy Vunipola finds his mojo, will be keen to put some noses out. Expect to see them in another Premiership final.

Key player: Billy Vunipola. Responsible : Mark McCall.

Last season: Championship champions. Prediction: 3rd.

wasps

One of the key signings of the summer was that of John Mitchell who turned his back on Eddie Jones to return to the technical staff of his former club. The Wasps will be without injured Joe Launchbury, Jack Willis and Paolo Odogwu for the first part of the season. These will be key absences. Hopefully the return after a spate of Alfie Barbeary injuries will help make up for it. Barbeary is the raw gem of English rugby, a home runner in the heel or back row. Nizaam Carr’s return to last row is a bonus.

Key player: Alfie Barbeary. Responsible : Lee Blackett.

Last season: 8th. Prediction: 8th.

Worcester

The Warriors didn’t live up to their name last season, somewhat of the worst team in the division. But no club has recruited and dismissed players so dramatically. Duncan Weir is back in Scotland, but two of the most eye-catching signings travel the other way, recent Lions Rory Sutherland and Duhan van der Merwe, while Gloucester mainstays Willi Heinz and Matt Garvey are other big catches. . 19-year-old Fin Smith is a prodigiously talented No 10 and should fill Weir’s boots before long. Winter may still be long at Sixways, but the only way is to go up.

Key player: Duhan van der Merwe. Responsible : Alan Salomons.

Last season: 12th. Prediction: 12th.

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Natural fairy-tale pool or sleeping volcano https://we-are-africa.org/natural-fairy-tale-pool-or-sleeping-volcano/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 04:20:42 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/natural-fairy-tale-pool-or-sleeping-volcano/ You must be surprised to see the title. Corn Boga Lake, the highest freshwater lake in Bangladesh, located at Ruma Upazila under Bandarban, is truly a wonderful place surrounded by mystery. About 70 km from the town of Bandarban, this naturally formed lake crosses the Keokkaradong Mountains at an elevation of about 1,246 feet above […]]]>

You must be surprised to see the title. Corn Boga Lake, the highest freshwater lake in Bangladesh, located at Ruma Upazila under Bandarban, is truly a wonderful place surrounded by mystery. About 70 km from the town of Bandarban, this naturally formed lake crosses the Keokkaradong Mountains at an elevation of about 1,246 feet above sea level. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts as well as detailed information on Bagalek’s travels.

Science facts and myth about Lake Boga

Bangladesh geologists claim that Lake Boga is the result of a volcanic eruption or the fall of a meteorite from space. Many people think it was caused by a landslide. Its core is rich in soft rock from the earth’s crust.

According to Banglapedia, its water is very acidic, so no algae or other aquatic plants grow there, and no aquatic animals can live in it. But according to 2009 data, the waters of Lake Boga are very fertile, and the lake contains a lot of algae, water lilies and other aquatic plants, as well as many fish and even giant fish.

There are several myths about the origin of Lake Boga among the Bom, Marma, Mro, Khumi and Tripura tribes.

According to local tribal myth, once upon a time there was a dragon that took shelter in a cave in the mountains. In the Bam language, the dragon is called “Boga”. The inhabitants offered cattle to please the dragon god. One day, a few people killed the dragon. As a result, the peak became a submerged lake and drowned the surrounding villages. While there is no evidence for this story, the legendary dragon and the lake’s white volcanic form coincide with the backdrop of a dead volcano.

READ: Visit Ramsagar Dighi, Dinajpur: the historic man-made lake telling myths for centuries

The natural beauty of Lake Boga

The spiral Shongkho River flows about 15 km east of Ruma Upazila Sadar. The lake is located on top of a hill in the Palitai Range, 29 km from its shore, covering an area of ​​approximately 15 acres.

At every moment of the day, tourists are puzzled by the different colors of the structure. The calm and cool water of the lake takes all the fatigue of the trip away in an instant. The lake itself took on a bluish color with a handful of sky blue. The blue water lining at the top of the hill created a natural collage mixed with indigo.

You will gaze with fascinated eyes at the combination of sky, mountains and water. Nature has poured a touch of green here. The exhaustion of crossing an impassable track is lost in the deep lake. All in all, it’s like a beautiful green land.

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Best time to visit Lake Boga

It is very difficult to visit Lake Boga during the rainy season. However, it is convenient to visit Lake Boga in winter. Nevertheless, many adventure-loving tourists are fascinated by the scenic beauty of Lake Boga. Lake Boga at night is completely different from Lake Boga by day. And if the night is a moonlit night, it can be one of the best nights of your life.

How to reach Boga lake, Bandarban from Dhaka

First, you can take a bus from Dhaka to reach Bandarban directly by road. The journey can take 8-10 hours. The rates for non-AC buses and AC buses will be BDT 550 and BDT 950 to 1500, respectively.

If you like train travel, take a train from Dhaka. The train will drop you off at Chittagong first. The price of train tickets will be 350 to 1200 BDT depending on the class.

You can also go directly to Chittagong by plane from Dhaka with a plane fare of 2,500 to 9,200 BDT depending on time and category.

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After reaching Chittagong, take the bus from Boddarhat in Chittagong to Bandarban where the bus fare is 220 BDT. You can also get to Bandarban by bus from Dhampara bus stop in Chittagong for 200-300 BDT.

From Bandarban you can reach Ruma Bazar in 2 hours by taking a local bus or a Chander Gari / jeep covering a distance of 48 km. If you go in a group it will be better for your trip. A car can carry up to 10 to 15 passengers. You can hire this car from Bandarban town jeep station for 3000-4000 BDT.

In addition, there are buses from the Ruma bus stop in Bandarban for you. From there the bus leaves for Ruma every 1 hour. The rent is 120 BDT and it will take about 3 hours.

Read: Visit Lake Kaptai, Rangamati: the largest man-made lake in South Asia

After getting off the car / bus at Ruma Bazaar, you need to get a guide first. Keep in mind that obtaining guides is mandatory and they must be registered. Before leaving, you must get permission to go to Boga Lake from Ruma Bazar military camp. The identity of all traveling members must be submitted for authorization. You don’t have to worry about it, your guide will help you with all the formalities.

And of course, remember that you are not allowed to go to Boga Lake from Rumabazar after 4 PM.

However, the distance between Rumabazar and Lake Boga is 17 km. After getting permission, rent a Jeep Land Cruiser or Chander Gari in Rumabazar. Usually, these local transports can accommodate 8 to 15 people. If you explain what you need, the guide will take care of everything. The reserve fare for a land cruiser from Ruma to Lake Boga is 1,800 BDT and 2,000 BDT for a Chander Gari. If you have a small number of members in your group, you can talk to another group and rent a car by sharing the cost.

Alternatively, you can opt for local transportation to reach the Boga Lake destination. Every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the local Chander Gari comes and goes. The local rate to Lake Boga is 100 BDT per person.

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Accommodation and meals

You can hardly find a high quality hotel or resort in Boga Lake. You have to succeed in staying in the small cabins of the natives. It will cost you 100 to 200 BDT per person to stay in these cottages in a totally natural environment. The one-room gîte can accommodate 5 to 6 people.

Meal arrangements should be made in tribal houses. Usually food packages of 100 to 200 BDT are available. Meals are prepared with rice, eggs, potatoes and mountain chicken. You need to say in advance what kind of food you want to have and how many people are going to have dinner there. If you want to have your meals on arrival, you can communicate in advance with the help of your guide. The cottages also have a barbecue. So you can buy mountain chickens and sit on the shores of the lake and enjoy this exotic environment.

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Final words

There are a few things to keep in mind when traveling to Lake Boga. Lake Boga has no electricity but has solar power. You can take an external battery with you to recharge your mobile. Not all mobile networks are available, keep SIM cards with the network available with you. Be careful when swimming in the lake. The way of life of the natives is quite different from that of the inhabitants of the flat lands. Don’t do anything that disrespects them. Some of them may not like taking photos or filming videos. Get permission before taking pictures of them. So, a little bit of caution will help you spend time very comfortably.

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New England states are recovering remarkably well from pandemic https://we-are-africa.org/new-england-states-are-recovering-remarkably-well-from-pandemic/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 18:00:55 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/new-england-states-are-recovering-remarkably-well-from-pandemic/ Editor’s Note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media radio personality from northern New England and may contain the individual’s views, opinions or personal experiences. Here in New England, we are recovering faster than other parts of the country from the pandemic. All but one of New England’s 6 states achieved a score that […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media radio personality from northern New England and may contain the individual’s views, opinions or personal experiences.

Here in New England, we are recovering faster than other parts of the country from the pandemic. All but one of New England’s 6 states achieved a score that placed them in the top 10 according to a WalletHub study.

  • # 2 – Maine
  • # 5 – New Hampshire
  • # 7 – Vermont
  • # 8 – Massachusetts
  • # 9 – Connecticut

Rhode Island missed it, coming in at 14th place. However, they are in the top 5 of the “highest share of the fully immunized population”, all of which are New England states!

  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island

The lowest hospitalization rate puts Vermont in the lead, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, in that order, so it looks like we are recovering well!

Here is the methodology

In the article, they looked at COVID health, recreation, travel, and the economy, as well as the job market to determine each state’s score.

Speaking of COVID and the vaccine, we’re heading into the winter months and there are places gearing up.

For example, according to a press release, the York County Emergency Management Agency has reopened the Marshall Building vaccination clinic in Sanford, Maine. It will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On September 18, the clinic will add weekend hours on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WATCH: Answers to 30 Common Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three phases of testing and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and I hope these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon as they can. .

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What is a travel credit card? https://we-are-africa.org/what-is-a-travel-credit-card/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 15:35:52 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/what-is-a-travel-credit-card/ Image source: Getty Images Share this page: If you are going, in addition to having your flights, accommodation and insurance in order, it is important that you take the correct plastic with you. So what is a travel credit card? And what are the advantages of using one? Here is the truth. What is a […]]]>

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If you are going, in addition to having your flights, accommodation and insurance in order, it is important that you take the correct plastic with you. So what is a travel credit card? And what are the advantages of using one? Here is the truth.

What is a travel credit card?

A travel credit card offers good exchange rates when you use it abroad.

It makes a lot of sense to have one, especially if you travel overseas a lot. Indeed, if you use a “standard” credit card abroad, you could be confronted with various fees and charges, such as:

  • Transaction costs other than sterling. These fees are generally around 3%.
  • Cash withdrawal fees. This is the cost of withdrawing from an ATM. The fees are generally 3%.
  • Expense fees. These are fees that you will pay every time you spend on the card. The fees can range from £ 1 to £ 2.
  • General interest charges. While you usually don’t pay interest on expenses if you erase your card before the end of the month, some cards will charge interest from the time you make an overseas withdrawal.

While not all standard cards apply all of the fees and charges listed above, if you don’t have a specialized travel credit card, you could add a significant amount to the cost of your trip.

What do travel credit cards offer?

A good travel credit card will offer 0% interest on all spending abroad. This means that you will not be charged any transaction fees other than Pound Sterling when spending abroad, as long as you completely erase the card by the end of the month.

It also won’t cost you a fixed “expense fee” every time you use your card for purchases abroad.

However, finding a travel credit card with no fees on overseas cash withdrawals can be trickier. This is because it can be costly for the credit card provider to offer free withdrawals. The reason is that they have to pay a fee to the owner of foreign ATMs every time you use them.

That said, some travel credit cards still won’t charge you a fee for making money withdrawals abroad. Instead, they can cap the amount of free overseas withdrawals you can make.

Other providers may charge interest on cash withdrawals from the time you withdraw money from an ATM, even if you pay off your balance in full at the end of the month. To minimize this cost, you can pay off your balance sooner by logging into your overseas credit card account.

Are you looking for a card abroad? Check out our guide to travel credit cards.

What exchange rate will I get?

While a travel credit card may offer 0% interest on spending abroad, and even withdrawals, your exchange rate will often depend on the payment network that issues your card.

The three major payment networks are Mastercard, Visa, and American Express, and all have their own exchange rates. This means that the logo on your card will determine the exchange rate that applies to you.

Still, it’s not something to worry too much about. To calculate exchange rates, these networks use a range of sources, including wholesale currency markets, so they are very similar. Therefore, it is probably not worth choosing a card based solely on the exchange rate of the payment provider.

Travel credit cards: what else do I need to know?

Before choosing a travel credit card, the following should be borne in mind:

  1. Debit cards can also be good abroad. Some debit cards, and even prepaid cards, may also offer use abroad at no charge. However, most don’t, so always take the time to check out charges abroad.
  2. If you have a choice, pay in local currency. Abroad, you may have the option of paying in pounds sterling. It will likely cost a lot more because you will be paying the retailer’s exchange rate.
  3. Travel credit cards are protected under Section 75. Any purchase over £ 100 that you make with your travel credit card will benefit from Section 75 protection, just like at home.
  4. You can use travel credit cards on foreign websites. If you use a website overseas, a travel credit card can help you avoid the fees.
  5. Travel credit card application will require a credit check. To find out which travel credit cards you’re likely to be accepted for before you apply, you can use our credit card eligibility checker.

For more travel tips, check out our article on Easy Ways to Save Money on Travel.

Looking for a premium travel credit card?

Some credit cards may charge an overseas transaction fee of up to 3%. To help you avoid these fees while on the go, we’ve put together our top rated travel credit cards which do not charge you any additional costs when you spend abroad.

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Texas House Passes Voting Bill As GOP Approaches Tackling Victory https://we-are-africa.org/texas-house-passes-voting-bill-as-gop-approaches-tackling-victory/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:52:00 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/texas-house-passes-voting-bill-as-gop-approaches-tackling-victory/ The House vote on Friday likely marked the end of the drama that began in late May when, in the closing hours of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, members of the Democratic House fled the chamber to prevent Republicans to pass a similar bill. Angry, Mr Abbott called a special session in early […]]]>

The House vote on Friday likely marked the end of the drama that began in late May when, in the closing hours of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, members of the Democratic House fled the chamber to prevent Republicans to pass a similar bill.

Angry, Mr Abbott called a special session in early July, urging lawmakers to consider a bill as well as proposals to spend more money on border security, restrict the participation of transgender youth in interschool sports and to limit access to abortion, among other conservatives. priorities. More than 50 House Democrats, led by their progressive wing, staged two charter flights from Austin to Washington, where they were first greeted as heroes by Congressional Democrats in their joint struggle to enact new protections federal election.

Their momentum was short-lived.

In the days following their arrival, groups of House Democrats from Texas met with Vice President Kamala Harris and Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a key vote in the campaign to pass the bills. Federal Democrats Act. But before the end of their first week in the capital, several of Texas lawmakers tested positive for the coronavirus, turning their planned media tour and congressional lobbying campaign into a series of video conferences that did not attract many people. ‘Warning.

They remained settled in a hotel in downtown Washington, unable to use the pool because Republicans had posted a videographer on the bridge while waiting to film one of them appearing to violate their commitment to work tirelessly. for the right to vote.

In the hours following the end of the July special session, Mr Abbott called a second which was to start two days later. But the potential arrests of Democrats who failed to appear in the State House chamber, promised by Mr Abbott and the Republican leaders at State House, did not materialize. By then, Democrats had quietly returned to the state, many going about their daily lives without incident.

Late last week, a small number of State House Democrats began returning to the State Capitol, ending the walkout and allowing House business to resume. As Texas Democrats celebrated their fight against the new voting restrictions, Republicans quickly adopted their proposals.

For all the energy Democrats poured into their escape from Austin and their attempts to pressure Congress, the scene inside the Texas State House Thursday and Friday was largely a regular day of legislate, without fireworks or demonstrators in the gallery. Only a slightly larger number of television cameras hinted at the stakes of the vote.

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Delta Air Lines To Pay $ 200 Monthly Fee to Unvaccinated Employees | WIVT https://we-are-africa.org/delta-air-lines-to-pay-200-monthly-fee-to-unvaccinated-employees-wivt/ Wed, 25 Aug 2021 15:44:58 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/delta-air-lines-to-pay-200-monthly-fee-to-unvaccinated-employees-wivt/ through: Associated press, Nexstar Media Wire Posted: Aug 25, 2021 / 11:44 a.m. EDT / Update: Aug 25, 2021 / 11:44 a.m. EDT People sit under the Delta sign at Salt Lake City International Airport on July 1, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Delta Air Lines will not require employees to be vaccinated, but it […]]]>

People sit under the Delta sign at Salt Lake City International Airport on July 1, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Delta Air Lines will not require employees to be vaccinated, but it will require unvaccinated workers to pay a monthly fee of $ 200. Delta said on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 that it would also require weekly testing for unvaccinated employees starting next month, although the airline says it will cover the cost of those tests. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, file)

Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company’s health plan $ 200 per month if they do not get the COVID-19 vaccine, a policy according to the airline’s top executive, because the average stay at the hospital for the virus is costing the airline $ 40,000.

CEO Ed Bastian said not all employees who have been hospitalized with the virus in recent weeks have not been fully immunized.

The airline said on Wednesday it would also stop extending wage protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 on September 30 and will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly from September 12, although Delta will cover the cost. They will have to wear masks in all indoor environments of the company.

Delta has failed to match United Airlines, which will require employees to be vaccinated from September 27 or face layoff. However, the monthly surcharge of $ 200, which begins in November, could have the same effect.

“This supplement will be necessary to address the financial risk that the decision not to vaccinate creates for our business,” Bastian said in a note to employees.

Bastian said 75% of Delta employees are vaccinated, up from 72% in mid-July. He said the aggressiveness of the main strain of the virus “means we need to get a lot more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100% as possible.”

The CEO of Delta referred to the COVID-19 mutation that originated in India by its medical name, B.1.617.2, rather than the more common term, the delta variant.

Newly reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States now exceed 150,000 per day, the highest level since the end of January, although the rate of increase has slowed. Southwest, Spirit and Frontier have blamed the virus for slowing customer flight bookings, and air travel to the United States remains down more than 20% from the pre-pandemic 2019 period.

Delta and United are already demanding that new recruits be vaccinated. Other major US airlines, including American and Southwest, say they encourage employees to be vaccinated but have not required it.

Delta’s requirement for weekly testing of unvaccinated employees will begin on September 12, and the requirement that unvaccinated people wear masks indoors takes effect immediately.

A growing number of companies, including Chevron Corp. and drugstore chain CVS, have announced that they will require workers to be vaccinated after this week’s Food and Drug Administration decision to fully approve the Pfizer vaccine instead of just authorization to use it. emergency.

The FDA’s decision could increase the vaccination rate in the United States, from 3.4 million vaccines per day in April to about 500,000 per day in July. It has since climbed to around 850,000 a day as concern grows over a growing number of new infections caused by the delta variant.

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Visit a free museum with your family during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day https://we-are-africa.org/visit-a-free-museum-with-your-family-during-smithsonian-magazine-museum-day/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:16:20 +0000 https://we-are-africa.org/visit-a-free-museum-with-your-family-during-smithsonian-magazine-museum-day/ Looking for a cool way to visit a local (or not so local) museum for FREE this year? You must check out Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, and learn how to collect your tickets! This program offers families a great way to explore local (and less local) museums! So let’s see […]]]>

Looking for a cool way to visit a local (or not so local) museum for FREE this year? You must check out Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, and learn how to collect your tickets!

This program offers families a great way to explore local (and less local) museums! So let’s see which one you’d like to pick for this year’s Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day.

Free visit to a Smithsonian-affiliated museum

Whether you want to stay local for the free event or explore a museum away from home, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to participate and get the most out of it.

When the Smithsonian Museums are mentioned, most of us think of the massive Washington DC cluster of museums. Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day event helps publicize the more than 1,000 other Smithsonian museums across the country. From now on, you will be able to sign up for a ticket that will allow you, along with a guest, to enter a museum for free on April 4. Tickets are one per email address, and there is an allocated number of tickets available for each location. This means that doing homework could pay off.

Did you know that we actually have several Smithsonian-affiliated museums here in the upstate?

Please check each museum’s websites for Covid-19 protocols, as requirements vary by location.

Treasure at the Upcountry History Museum

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participating Locations in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC

Hinterland History Museum

Spartanburg Art Museum

Take a day trip on Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day

Since two of our sites in the upstate offer other regular opportunities to take advantage of free admission, my family will take this event to explore a museum away from home.

There are several groups of affiliated museums grouped together, some with little or no regular admission fees. We’ve grouped the locations together within three hours and provided some information to help you get the most out of the ride.

We have marked the locations that we think are suitable for children based on the content they present. Every child is different, so please use this information, keeping this in mind.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participating Locations in South Carolina

Lexington County Museum

Berkley County Museum

  • 9 am – 4 pm | Get your free tickets to the Berkley County Museum
  • The Berkeley County Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past on fossils and remains of prehistoric animals and plants, the Native American settlement, the swamp fox and the county’s role in the War of Independence, little David , African-American history, the development of the Lakes and the Santee Cooper project, piracy in colonial America, and more!
  • Welcomes children

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

All participating Smithsonian Museum sites in South Carolina can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in North Carolina

Charlotte UNC Botanical Gardens

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

All participating Smithsonian Museum of North Carolina locations can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in Georgia

Check out The Kidding Around Guide to Travel in Georgia, if you are planning on taking a trip to one of these museums.

Georgia Art Museum

Marietta Museum Gone with the Wind

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

Ty Cobb Museum

William Root House, Museum and Garden

Woodland garden

All participating Georgia Smithsonian Museum locations can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in Tennessee

In 2021, all participating museums are outside the range that we include (within three hours)

All participating Smithsonian Museum of Tennese locations can be found here

COVID-19 Precautions and Other Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day 2021 FAQs

With many public spaces closed for a year or more, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after lengthy closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return and resurgence of our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest way possible. Although tickets are free, participating museums will have security measures in place for this year’s event so that guests can enjoy their experience safely and comfortably.

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors – it acts as a stepping stone to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, especially school-aged children and children. under-represented communities.

Until September 15, 2021, Quaker will be running a Back to School Instant Giveaway program in which participants will have the chance to win one of one hundred Smithsonian Science kits per day.
Quaker will also be hosting an Instant Grand Prize in which five adults will each win a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum and a private question-and-answer session with a museum educator for up to 35 participants. For more information and official giveaway rules, please visit QuakerBacktoSchool.com.

The former Smithsonian Magazine museum day venues (not participating this year) but still worth a visit

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