WBTC to launch river cruise for just Rs 39

The cruise will travel past the Armenian ghat, Nimtala ghat, Chandpal ghat, the Eastern Railway headquarters which came into being in 1952, Binoy Badal Dinesh Bagh, among several landmarks of the city along the river, Kapur told PTI here. (Representative image)

A river cruise for just Rs 39 may sound unbelievable, but the WBTC has come forward to launch a leisure ride on the Ganges for the price to give tourists and local visitors a memorable experience of viewing the heritage of the city, an official said on Sunday. The unique pricing of less than a Dollar for a 90-minute cruise over the Ganges, like the London river cruise or Singapore boat ride or those on River Mandovi in Goa, is aimed at attracting people from all walks of life, West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) managing director Rajanvir Singh Kapur said. The cruise, traversing many landmarks and hidden gems of

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A Futurist’s Learnings From The Corona-Crisis, And Some Key Foresights


After 7 months of riding the pandemic rollercoaster, I recently experienced some penny-drop moments that I wanted to share with you. First, I realised that I need to embrace the fact that there will be no such thing as a ‘going back to normal’. This is a reset not a mere bump in the road, it’s a pivot point not a mere interruption. There will only be many parallel ‘new normals’ – and they will differ widely depending on where we are located (Switzerland, in my case), what economic situation we’re in and whether our political leadership is capable or not. There is no uniform response to this crisis and the challenges it presents us with, and no ‘AI’ will provide us with meaningful advise on the tough social, cultural or political issues we are now facing.

The very word ‘normal’ has become kind of

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TUI cruise ship heads for Piraeus after 12 crew test positive for coronavirus

ATHENS (Reuters) – A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers was expected to dock at Piraeus port near Athens, after 12 of its crew members tested positive for the coronavirus, an official at Greece’s Civil Protection agency said on Monday.

The Mein Shiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, departed from Heraklion in Crete on Sunday with all passengers having tested negative before boarding.

But sample tests on 150 crew members out of a total of 666, detected 12 infections. The ship’s operators TUI Cruises said six of the 12 had since tested negative.

“They are all asymptomatic,” the civil protection official said. “The vessel will most likely return to Piraeus port for repeat rapid COVID-19 tests.”

Piraeus is the country’s biggest port, with better access to health services and equipped to deal with any emergency.

The vessel is expected to dock there at 0200 GMT and Greek health authorities will

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How to use Apple Maps Guides in iOS 14

Whether it’s your pick of the best bookshops in town, or a travel website’s recommendations for 10 restaurants you must visit, Guides in Apple Maps is remarkably useful — if oddly cumbersome to get used to.

One of the Apple Maps frustrations that iOS 13 addressed was how hard it was to plot out multiple locations you wanted to visit. What was first called Collections solved that by letting you build a grouped list of favorites, and now under the new iOS 14 name of Guides, companies can offer you such lists too.

So now when you visit an area in Apple Maps, especially a large US city, you can usually swipe up to get a list of curated Guides. These are ones made by travel websites and so on, and will feature recommendations for tourists, restaurant and the like.

You can also still create your own Guides, though it’s

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Big Omaha acquisition for Corporate Travel, $375m raising pending

At $274.5 million, it is easily the biggest ever M&A deal for the acquisitive Corporate Travel, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, and the first time it has raised equity since 2016. On that occasion, it tapped shareholders for $71 million in an entitlement offer at $15 a share via Morgans.

The transaction comes after Corporate Travel’s board, led by managing director and big shareholder Jamie Pherous and chairman Ewen Crouch, finalised the negotiations on Monday. Corporate Travel shares went into a trading halt on Monday morning, after Street Talk revealed it had been lining up investors to support the “company changing” acquisition and raising.

Institutions ready for raising

The raising is expected to kick off on Tuesday morning with an accelerated rights issue aimed at institutional investors, and would be followed by an offer to retail shareholders. It’s expected to be at a discount

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American Could Face Prison in Thailand Over Negative Reviews of a Resort

An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.

The hotel, the Sea View Koh Chang resort on the island of Koh Chang, was equally unhappy with the guest and what it saw as his one-man campaign to damage its reputation. Unable to reach him or halt his posts on TripAdvisor, the resort filed a complaint with the Thai police under the country’s harsh defamation law.

As a result, the guest, Wesley Barnes, was arrested this month and spent a weekend in jail. If convicted of criminal defamation, he faces up to two years in prison.

If the Sea View was hoping to

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We’ve Got A Trip To Space? Why Not

HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ is ambitious and astounding and will undoubtedly blow your expectations away. Created by Misha Green, who’s working with Matt Ruff’s 1950s-set dark-fantasy novel as source material, the show counts horror visionary Jordan Peele and sci-fi maestro J.J. Abrams as executive producers. The show is full of literary and musical references, along with monsters, both in-your-face and figurative; we’ll discuss the resulting symbolism on a weekly basis.

Lovecraft Country is starting to feel increasingly anthology-esque, with the episodes so far diving into monster, cult, haunted house, Indiana Jones-esque, and body-horror entries, along with the show departing from Chicago setting last week to show viewers what happened to Army Atticus in South Korea. This week, the show goes to… space? Yes, of course. I’d be surprised if not for two things: (1) This show’s been bonkers from the beginning; (2) Everyone from Tom Cruise to Vin Diesel

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Things You Won’t Be Able to Do on Cruises Anymore

Get on board with these changes

Before lockdowns became a reality in the United States, cruise ships provided a disturbing preview of what was to come. From the 14-day quarantine of thousands of people on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess ship in February to harrowing stories of cruise ship workers confined to their tiny cabins for months, these news bytes left people wondering if, or perhaps why, anyone would ever take a cruise again. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “no-sail order,” which they then extended in mid-July. This order didn’t actually provide a fixed date that cruises had to be docked until; it just prohibited cruises from sailing until they met certain COVID-19 protection standards.

And now, as a turbulent summer ends, some smaller cruise lines are starting to sail again. Others, however—including major carriers like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney—are continuing to wait for

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Cruise Industry Voices Beg CDC Not To Extend No Sail Order

The immediate future of the entire cruise industry could be decided on Wednesday, when the current no-sail order from the Centers for Disease Control is set to expire.

(Photo courtesy of CDC)

With thousands of jobs and millions of dollars on the line, rallies are being held and powerful people are speaking out in support of the industry even as would-be passengers await word on their travel plans.

The order, which prevents any ships from sailing in U.S. waters, was first imposed back in March and has most recently been extended to the September 30 deadline.

Final Countdown: Will CDC Lift No Sail Ban? 

On Monday afternoon, the International Longshoremen’s Association gathered at PortMiami’s Terminal D to urge the CDC to let them get back to work. Signs with the letters SOS (Save Our Salary) were held during the rally.

“We are ready to get back to work. This is

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3 Reasons Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Need to Start Sailing in November

This is going to be a huge week for the cruise line industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “no-sail” order is set to expire on Wednesday, freeing ships to resume operations as early as Thursday. The order has already been extended a few times as the pandemic has played out, and could be extended again, but there are some signs that it will actually stick this time.

Investors in cruise line stocks could use a boost. Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) have been slammed in the lull. All three operators have given the no-sail order some wiggle room, canceling all sailings until the start of November. Let’s go over a few of the reasons why the industry can’t afford another extension.

Two couples having fun on the beach with a cruise ship in the background.

Image source: Getty Images.

1. The cruise lines have offered huge concessions

One of the

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