Go back to the enewsletter Australians looking to

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralians looking to bask in the European Summer will be able to enjoy more of Portugal, as Emirates has launched its new four-times-weekly service to Porto, its second destination in Portugal. The new service provides Australians travellers with a direct flight to the popular city in the north of the country.Porto is also a burgeoning destination for the river cruise market, with a number of cruise lines offering journeys from the second largest city in Portugal.The inaugural flight, EK197, touched down at the city’s international airport last Tuesday afternoon, marking the start of the airline’s first service to northern Portugal. The Emirates Boeing 777-200LR, in a two-class cabin configuration featuring Emirates’ newest Business Class and Economy Class seats and interiors, was welcomed by Porto Airport with a water cannon salute. The aircraft has 38 lie-flat seats in Business Class in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 spacious seats in Economy Class. A video of the inaugural events can be found here.The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning.Emirates also operates two flights a day between Dubai and Lisbon with Boeing 777-300ERs, offering more than 700 seats a day.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

DERRY City and Strabane District Councils lunchti

first_imgDERRY City and Strabane District Council’s lunchtime lecture series Island Voices returns to the Tower Museum this autumn to explore the ancient genetic, cultural and linguistic links which exist between Ireland and Scandinavia. ‘Northern Confluence: Where Celtic and Nordic Worlds Meet’ reflects on the shared heritage of Ireland, Iceland and Scandinavia and explores our unique relationships, past and present. This year’s series opens on Friday 22nd September with an hour-long lecture by Professor Dan Bradley from Trinity College, Dublin who will deliver ‘A Tale of Two Islands: Ireland, Iceland and Viking genetic legacy’ – a talk which provides an overview of the genetic legacy that binds the island nations of Ireland Iceland and which tells the story of the Gaelic presence in Iceland and the impact of Norse ancestry in Ireland.Two further lectures are scheduled in the series: ‘Commonalities in the Linguistic Traditions of Ireland and Iceland’ with Dr Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil which takes place on Friday 20th October 2017, and the closing lecture ‘Voices of the North: The Languages of Northern Europe’ by Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna, which takes place on Friday 17th November.All lectures take place at the Tower Museum, are free of charge and include lunch.Lunch will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm and lectures run from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Island Voices is funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Good Relations Programme.For more information or to book your place please contact the Tower Museum on (028) 7137 2411 or email tower.reception@derrystrabane.com.ISLAND VOICES LECTURE SERIES TO EXPLORE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRELAND AND SCANDINAVIA was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet ISLAND VOICES LECTURE SERIES TO EXPLORE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRELAND AND SCANDINAVIAlast_img read more


first_imgPOLICE WARNING: TAX YOUR VEHICLES OR THEY FACE BEING CLAMPED was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “That would be the 29 clamps that were placed on vehicles  in the Waterside for No Tax by the DVA who also issued six tickets.“These clamps also come with a large fine that has to be paid immediately should you wish to keep your car and not watch it being removed on a lorry. “A number of other motoring offences were detected and unfortunately for some drivers, some were issued with tickets.“Please take time to make sure your vehicle  is taxed, insured, mot’d and roadworthy before any journey.” THE PSNI are warning motorists that untaxed vehicles will be clamped and tickets will be issued to those flouting the law.It follows a crack down by the Drive Vehicle Agency (DVA) in the Waterside area of the city on Tuesday.In message on its Facebook page, PSNI Foyle say: “Whats triangular, yellow and cannot be removed? ShareTweet dvaFacebookPOLICE WARNING: TAX YOUR VEHICLES OR THEY FACE BEING CLAMPEDPSNI FOYLEWatersidelast_img read more

China says Tibet human rights critics bewitched by Dalai Lama

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, speaks during a press conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneFILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, speaks during a press conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Those who criticise China over human rights in Tibet have been “bewitched” by the Dalai Lama, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, days before the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s flight into exile in India.China says it “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1950 and has since exerted enormous effort to bring the remote region into the modern era, abolishing feudal practices while protecting its Buddhist people’s right to freely practise their religion and maintain their culture.Critics, including the United States, say China rules with an iron fist and has overseen widespread rights abuses.Deputy Tibet governor Norbu Dondrup said Tibetan society was “very dark and very cruel” before Communist Party rule. He was speaking in Beijing on the release of a policy paper marking six decades since China began what it calls “democratic reforms” in Tibet.He said ordinary people – or “serfs” – could be bought and sold, thrown in jail, or even killed at will when the Dalai Lama was in charge in Tibet.“The Dalai Lama attacking our human rights totally has ulterior motives. He tramples on human rights, and has no right, no qualifications, and is unworthy of talking about human rights,” Norbu Dondrup said.“As for some countries slamming our human rights, they either don’t understand or believe the Dalai clique’s rumours and bewitchments,” he said.The human rights situation in Tibet was extremely good, he said, listing examples such as free medical care and an abundance of food.Asked whether China would ever allow an independence referendum in Tibet, as has happened in Scotland and Quebec, Norbu Dondrup said Tibet has been an inseparable part of China since ancient times.“We have never recognised Tibet independence, and neither has any other country,” he said. “Moreover, the peoples of Tibet in the extended family of the peoples of the motherland now have very happy lives.”China reviles the Dalai Lama, who crossed the border into exile in India on March 31, 1959, after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.Seen by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, he says he seeks merely genuine autonomy for his mountainous homeland and denies espousing violence.The Dalai Lama told Reuters last week it was possible that, once he dies, his incarnation could be found in India and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.The officially atheist Communist Party says it must approve his and other reincarnations of Tibetan lamas.The Tibet issue has also become another irritant in China-U.S. ties after President Donald Trump signed into law a Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in December.That seeks to press China to open the region by denying U.S. entry to officials deemed responsible for restricting access to Tibet. China has denounced the law. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more