Hotel boats – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ Thu, 05 May 2022 05:21:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://canalvoyagers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-6-83x150.png Hotel boats – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ 32 32 Ukraine says it has sunk two Russian Navy boats, as fresh explosions hit Russian border town https://canalvoyagers.com/ukraine-says-it-has-sunk-two-russian-navy-boats-as-fresh-explosions-hit-russian-border-town/ Mon, 02 May 2022 12:21:52 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/ukraine-says-it-has-sunk-two-russian-navy-boats-as-fresh-explosions-hit-russian-border-town/ Ukraine released video footage of what it said were armed Bayraktar TB-2 drones hitting the two Raptor-class patrol boats at 4:51 a.m. Monday near Snake Island, a Ukrainian island that Russian forces captured on first day of the war on February 24. Both boats appeared to have been hit, but it was unclear whether they […]]]>

Ukraine released video footage of what it said were armed Bayraktar TB-2 drones hitting the two Raptor-class patrol boats at 4:51 a.m. Monday near Snake Island, a Ukrainian island that Russian forces captured on first day of the war on February 24. Both boats appeared to have been hit, but it was unclear whether they had sunk.

The Ukrainian army said in recent days that it had carried out several airstrikes on the strategic island, located 22 miles off the coast of Ukraine southwest of Odessa, destroying the air defense system and other heavy weapons of Russian military unit occupying it. The two boats in the area, each capable of carrying 20 Marines in addition to three crew, were likely to carry reinforcements and supplies.

The island has great symbolic significance for Ukraine because its defenders refused to surrender – according to the Ukrainian version of events that has become national legend – and radioed “Russian warship, fuck you when Russia’s Black Sea flagship, the guided-missile cruiser Moskva, approached with an ultimatum on February 24.

In Poland, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said the United States and its European allies would continue to work to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after she and a delegation of lawmakers Americans have met Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Pelosi, who has previously been to Ukraine, said the United States is grateful to Poland for opening its doors to millions of Ukrainian refugees since Russia invaded the country in late February.

“Our members discussed our countries’ continued commitment to Ukraine, particularly as Congress prepares to translate President Biden’s new request for additional security, economic and humanitarian assistance into legislation,” Ms. Pelosi said in a statement.

Moskva itself was sunk by a Ukrainian missile strike on April 14, with dozens of sailors still missing by Russian authorities. Since the start of the war, Ukraine has also sunk a Russian landing ship, the Saratov, and damaged at least one other in a missile strike on the Russian-occupied port of Berdyansk on the Sea of ​​Azov.

Leading the fight against the enemy by pressing Russian supply lines inside Russia itself appears to have become a key part of Ukraine’s efforts to repel the Russian offensive. On Monday, Russian forces continued their pressure in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, with heavy fighting north of the city of Sloviansk.

Ukrainian officials said they had carried out a series of strikes on Russian forward bases in the Izyum region north of Sloviansk in recent days, killing senior commanders, including a general. Although this claim could not be independently confirmed, drone footage released on Monday by Ukrainian volunteers working with the army showed a series of precision strikes on a large group of Russian armor south of Izyum. .

In Russia’s Belgorod region, a staging ground for Russian attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv and Donbas, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram that he woke up early on Monday to two strong explosions that shook the city.

Mr Gladkov then said that the explosions were caused by Russian planes carrying a combat mission and that the safety of the inhabitants had never been threatened.

Videos posted by Belgorod residents on social media overnight appeared to show planes dropping flares into the night sky while others featured the sound of loud explosions or sonic booms.

Incidents have occurred repeatedly in Russia in recent weeks, with explosions destroying Russian ammunition depots, fuel facilities and railway bridges in the border regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk which serve as logistics bases for Russian forces. attacking Ukraine.

On Sunday, Mr Gladkov said a fire broke out at a Defense Ministry facility in the area. One person was injured and seven houses damaged in the incident, he said. Footage released by locals showed thick plumes of smoke rising high into the sky and the sound of what appeared to be secondary explosions of exploding munitions.

Russia has accused Ukraine of sporadic attacks and acts of sabotage on its territory. Ukrainian officials have adopted a policy of not commenting on events on Russian territory, with Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak recently calling explosions in Russian border regions “karma” for Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

On Sunday, Roman Starovoit, the regional governor of Russia’s Kursk region, said the partial collapse of a railway bridge in his region that day was an act of sabotage. “Law enforcement specialists will investigate further,” he said on Telegram, adding that there were no casualties.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately comment on the incident. Last month, Moscow warned it would hit “decision-making centers” in kyiv if attacks on Russian territory continued.

In recent days, two simultaneous fires have broken out at an oil depot and a military fuel facility in the Russian city of Bryansk, also close to the Ukrainian border. Before that, fuel depots exploded in Belgorod, following what appeared to be a Ukrainian helicopter raid.

For the past few weeks, Kursk, Belgorod and other regions close to Ukraine have been under the second highest level of terrorist alert, allowing military and police checkpoints to be established throughout the region and intensify patrols by security personnel, among other security measures.

The United States, other NATO members and other Western countries have stepped up their support for Ukraine by providing heavy weapons, training and intelligence. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that Moscow could retaliate.

Some Western officials interpreted Russia’s decision to halt natural gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria last week as the biggest such retaliation yet and warned that more countries that depend on Russian energy supplies could soon be targeted.

European Union energy ministers are meeting on Monday to discuss the fallout from the decision. EU members are working to reduce their dependence on Russian gas imports by concluding new contracts with alternative suppliers and taking steps to reduce gas consumption at home.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said late on Sunday that her country would support an EU ban on the import of Russian oil, confirming reports last week of Germany’s change of heart.

New oil supply contracts that have significantly reduced Germany’s dependence on Russian oil meant the country was now ready to resist such an embargo, Ms Baerbock told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening .

Only 12% of Germany’s oil imports currently come from Russia, compared to 35% before the war, according to the government’s latest assessment. Germany, the world’s largest importer of Russian gas, gets about a third of its gas imports from Russia, up from 55% before the war, but the government has said it will remain dependent on Russian imports until 2024.

Later Monday, Ukrainian authorities were due to welcome civilians evacuated over the weekend from the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, the port city on the Sea of ​​Azov besieged by Russian forces since the start of the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted on Sunday that 100 people who had taken refuge in an underground complex under the destroyed Azovstal steel plant were coming out under United Nations supervision and would be taken to the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhya from the country. He said more civilians would be evacuated.

The Russian Defense Ministry said later on Sunday that 80 civilians had been “rescued from the territory” through a humanitarian corridor during a temporary ceasefire. The civilians were taken to the village of Bezimenne in Russia’s Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine for accommodation, food and medical assistance, the ministry said. Evacuees who wanted to go to areas controlled by the Kyiv government were handed over to representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Defense Ministry said.

Vladimir Legoyda, spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote on his Telegram channel that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Church, was involved in organizing the exit of civilians.

Mr Legoyda said the safe exit of civilians was “a very important result of the negotiations undertaken with the participation of international organisations”.

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“The Potomac Tiki Club, from the same guys who brought the Paddle Club boats to the Potomac, launches in Georgetown” https://canalvoyagers.com/the-potomac-tiki-club-from-the-same-guys-who-brought-the-paddle-club-boats-to-the-potomac-launches-in-georgetown/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 15:40:59 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/the-potomac-tiki-club-from-the-same-guys-who-brought-the-paddle-club-boats-to-the-potomac-launches-in-georgetown/ Courtesy of Potomac Tiki Club Excerpt from a press release: “What will they think next? Jack Mayer and Jack Walten (the “Jacks”), founders of Sea Suite Cruises, who brought the first paddleboat bars to the Potomac with the Paddle Club, started the Potomac Tiki Club, an 18-passenger party on the water. boat sailing out of […]]]>

Courtesy of Potomac Tiki Club

Excerpt from a press release:

“What will they think next? Jack Mayer and Jack Walten (the “Jacks”), founders of Sea Suite Cruises, who brought the first paddleboat bars to the Potomac with the Paddle Club, started the Potomac Tiki Club, an 18-passenger party on the water. boat sailing out of Georgetown harbour.

The motor-operated teal blue floating tiki bar, unlike the Paddle Club boats which require passengers to move, does 90-minute cruises to the Key and Rosslyn bridge, past the Twin Sisters, back to pass points of Riverview landmarks like Georgetown University, Kennedy Center, Watergate Hotel, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

The Potomac Tiki Boat has a semi-circular bar in its center with seating around it, a lounge area and an onboard bathroom. All cruises are equipped with a dedicated bartender and a USCG-certified Master Captain.

Cruises are popular for groups, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family celebrations, corporate bonding experiences and simply as a new way to see the sights from a vantage point on the river. Anheuser-Busch beers and canned cocktails are available for purchase, along with wine and soda. Passengers can bring their own food and snacks.

Priced at $45 to $55 per person, cruises can be booked here.”

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Six boats involved in inner harbor fire, no injuries or deaths reported https://canalvoyagers.com/six-boats-involved-in-inner-harbor-fire-no-injuries-or-deaths-reported/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 04:24:37 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/six-boats-involved-in-inner-harbor-fire-no-injuries-or-deaths-reported/ Six fishing boats were involved in a major fire near Ponte 16 in the inner harbor in the final hours of Monday, but no deaths or injuries resulted from the blaze, maritime authorities said. According to the Office of Marine and Water (DSAMA), on the evening of April 25 around 7:00 p.m., a fishing boat […]]]>

Six fishing boats were involved in a major fire near Ponte 16 in the inner harbor in the final hours of Monday, but no deaths or injuries resulted from the blaze, maritime authorities said.

According to the Office of Marine and Water (DSAMA), on the evening of April 25 around 7:00 p.m., a fishing boat caught fire in the middle of a row of a dozen fishing boats anchored in the jetty of the inner harbor off Hotel Ponte 16, with the fire rapidly spreading to adjacent fishing boats.

A customs patrol vessel first discovered the fire and maritime authorities dispatched 24 vessels to the scene and around 150 people for rescue efforts.

The large-scale blaze could be seen from most high-rise buildings in Barra, with several videos rapidly circulating online of the incident.

Customs dive teams and drone teams were also on hand to help, and six law enforcement vessels were also dispatched from the mainland.

Upon receiving the report, the local fire department also immediately dispatched personnel and vehicles to the scene and immediately opened two fire hoses on the boats about 100 meters offshore.

“During the rescue efforts, the fire was heavy and about six explosions occurred. Also, the tide was low and many boats were leaking nearby, which made the rescue efforts more difficult,” added the DSAMA.

After the fire on one of the fishing boats was extinguished, DSAMA arranged for a tug to tow the fishing boat to shore for disposal, however, during the process, the fire on the fishing boat reignited this morning.

“The fire was essentially brought under control after about 2.5 hours, but it still reignited from time to time. DSAMA and customs continued to spray water on the fishing boats to cool them, and they will tow successively fishing boats to shore when conditions permit. Rescue work is expected to continue for some time,” the maritime authorities added.

The office contacted fishing groups to contact the owners of a number of the fishing boats involved and confirmed there was no one on board at the time of the incident and no one was injured during the incident. from the fire or sent to the hospital.

However, a 36-year-old man residing in Macau and a 63-year-old woman – each an owner of one of the affected boats – were sent to Conde S Januario Hospital due to “emotional agitation, shortness of breath and dizziness”. Ministry says MNA.

The regular ferry route between Wanzhai and the inland port was also suspended due to the incident.

The Fishermen’s Association and the Federation of Trade Unions said they would continue to monitor the handling of the situation and its consequences, and do their best to provide assistance to affected fishermen, Chinese-language newspaper Macao Daily reported.

As there is currently no open fishing season, all fishing boats are moored in the inner harbor during this time of year.

The associations noted that the damage to fishing boats will directly affect the income of fishermen, and the high cost of repairing fishing boats will also be a heavy burden for the affected fishermen and hoped that the government will take the initiative to take care and give appropriate assistance, such as providing maintenance grants to help fishers affected by the disaster.

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C&O Canal Boats, Georgetown French Market and Chocolate Festival https://canalvoyagers.com/co-canal-boats-georgetown-french-market-and-chocolate-festival/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 22:26:51 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/co-canal-boats-georgetown-french-market-and-chocolate-festival/ Traveling on the C&O Canal. Photo courtesy of Georgetown Heritage. Happy AAPI Heritage Month! Hello neighbor, It’s hot outside ! So what should you do from April 25 to May 1? For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times: The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person […]]]>

Traveling on the C&O Canal. Photo courtesy of Georgetown Heritage.

Happy AAPI Heritage Month!

Hello neighbor,

It’s hot outside !

So what should you do from April 25 to May 1?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
  • The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
  • And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.

Top 7 picks of the week

  1. Boating anyone? Boats are returning to the C&O Canal this week and tickets can be bought here. There will be a ceremony party (Thursday, $250, 🛋, Georgetown), too, with cocktails, heavy appetizers and live music.
  2. Celebrating the African Diaspora. 🌍 The National Gallery of Art will host a Festival of Afro-Atlantic Stories featuring local creators, Jamaican cuisine samples and live music (Saturday, Free, 🛋, National Mall). Likewise, consider attending an open mic sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, “Africa out loud (Sat, Free, 🛋, Brookland), or learn how art responds to and shapes the stories forged by the transatlantic slave trade (Tuesday, free, 💻).
  3. A chocolate party. 🍫 Treat yourself to tastings and a chocolate education at the 5th DC Chocolate Festival (Saturday, $20, 🛋, Glover Park).
  4. Galas everywhere. 💎 The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is this week! Plus, the Phillips Collection is hosting its Centennial Gala with tickets available for its black tie after the party (Fri, $200+, 🛋, National Cathedral).
  5. Stock up on plants. 🌱 Featuring annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, the US National Arboretum will host its annual Garden fair and sale of plants. In addition to plants, there will also be food trucks at the event (Sat, $, 🌲, National Arboretum).
  6. Holly DC. The festival of colors takes place this weekend at Bull Run Regional Park (Sun, $10, 🌲, Centerville).
  7. Enjoy the French-inspired open-air markets. Discover the annual Georgetown French Market, with over 25 local antique shops, restaurants and more. There will be macaroons, a cartoonist and live music (Fri-Sun, free, 🌲, Georgetown).

Everything else this week

Your neighbour,

jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

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How technology is changing the way we charter yachts and boats https://canalvoyagers.com/how-technology-is-changing-the-way-we-charter-yachts-and-boats/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/how-technology-is-changing-the-way-we-charter-yachts-and-boats/ Chartering a yacht or a boat for vacation used to be a process that required a lot of planning and organization. However, advances in technology over the past two decades and digitalization have made booking a charter a much easier and enjoyable experience. Yacht charter has become increasingly popular over the past few years and […]]]>

Chartering a yacht or a boat for vacation used to be a process that required a lot of planning and organization. However, advances in technology over the past two decades and digitalization have made booking a charter a much easier and enjoyable experience.

Yacht charter has become increasingly popular over the past few years and in 2019 the global yacht charter industry was valued at approximately US$10.91 billion (The source). It is predicted that by 2028, the industry will have reached an impressive CAGR of around 25%, according to CNBC.

Luxury cruising has long been popular with high net worth individuals and A-list celebrities, but now that booking a charter has become more accessible, market demographics have become increasingly diverse. Groups of friends, families and couples all try their hand at sailing, whether cruising between islands in the Mediterranean or Asia-Pacific or enjoying a relaxing getaway at sea in the Caribbean .

Greece is one of the best places as it has many islands to explore, as do Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Malta. Yacht hotels are also very popular in the south of France, where wealthy tourists are known to indulge in luxury hotels.

More distant places like Thailand also have a growing charter market. Some of the islands off Thailand are only accessible by this means of transport and therefore boat rental is very attractive for those who like to explore lesser known places.

Technology has transformed the charter industry

As accessibility to the internet and the technology that supports it has advanced, it has become possible to simplify the process of booking or yachting and boating excursions. Use sites such as Borrow a boatpotential travelers can arrange to charter a ship from their computers, smartphones or tablets.

Before this was possible, renting a yacht or boat required the help of a specialist travel agent or the recommendation of a friend or family member. However, anyone can now log on to a site like Borrow A Boat and search for the vessel of their choice in a location of their choice.

There’s a huge amount of choice, and you can now filter your search to find a rental in a specific price range and find a boat that’s made by a certain company and set the maximum age you’re happy with it is.

Site users simply select the type of boat they want, the location and the number of guests and they will have many options to choose from. Photos from each listing and reviews from other travelers help them decide if a yacht or boat is right for them and their adventure.

Booking a charter is now as easy as booking a typical all-inclusive hotel stay. Due to the digitalization of the booking process, it is no surprise that the global charter market continues to thrive, and it is likely that demand will increase in the years to come.

So why consider chartering a yacht on vacation? There are many reasons to consider a yacht charter for your next overseas trip. Here are some of the many benefits of booking this type of holiday:

Ideal base for diving and snorkeling, as well as water sports

A yacht, catamaran or any other type of boat can be the perfect base for many vacation activities.

If you’re cruising in calmer waters, scuba diving and snorkeling are a great way to experience underwater marine life. This can be done in open water or in a bay or sea cave.

Scuba diving can be expensive when done in a group at a dive school. But if you are already trained and have access to your own equipment, diving from your boat is a convenient option.

On larger ships, you may even be able to take water sports equipment with you, such as jet skis or kayaks. This makes chartering a yacht or boat the perfect vacation option for thrill seekers who like to be out on the water as much as possible.

Efficient mode of transport to go from one island to another

A charter is of course a very efficient option if you plan to travel between islands or want a quick way to get to another coastal area. Rather than relying on pre-booked boat trips or ferries, you can simply wake up and cruise to your desired destination if the conditions are right.

More control over your vacation itinerary

When you stay in a hotel, you can find yourself stuck in an itinerary, especially if you’ve booked all-inclusive and set meal times. On your charter, you can travel where you want, when you want.

If you have hired a skipper, they can help you plan your trip and can give you a good overview of local hotspots to visit.

Booking a yacht or boat rental has never been easier thanks to the latest technology and digitalisation. We can expect to see many more people choosing this type of vacation in the years to come.

Last update: April 25, 2022

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Royal Navy to patrol interceptor boats with migrants — MercoPress https://canalvoyagers.com/royal-navy-to-patrol-interceptor-boats-with-migrants-mercopress/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 08:51:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/royal-navy-to-patrol-interceptor-boats-with-migrants-mercopress/ The Royal Navy will be tasked with patrolling interceptor boats with migrants Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 08:51 UTC Boris Johnson said giving the Royal Navy operational command in the Channel would send a clear message to criminal gangs. The Royal Navy takes over the operational command of Border Force in the English […]]]>

The Royal Navy will be tasked with patrolling interceptor boats with migrants

Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 08:51 UTC



Boris Johnson said giving the Royal Navy operational command in the Channel would send a clear message to criminal gangs.

The Royal Navy takes over the operational command of Border Force in the English Channel. The service will be responsible for intercepting boats carrying migrants. The decision follows the agreement with Rwanda for migrants arriving by boat in the UK to be sent to the African country.

The Prime Minister said the new approach to offshore asylum aims to end the “barbaric trade in human misery conducted by smugglers in the English Channel” and said crossings could reach 1,000 a day within weeks.

“These dastardly smugglers are abusing the vulnerable and turning the English Channel into a watery graveyard,” said Boris Johnson.

“To identify, intercept and investigate these boats, from today the Royal Navy will take over operational command from Border Force in the English Channel, taking over primacy for our operational response at sea in line with many our international partners with the aim that no boat makes it to the UK undetected.

Mr Johnson added that giving the Royal Navy operational command in the Channel will send a clear message to criminal gangs.

“This will be supported by new funding of £50m for new boats, aerial surveillance and military personnel,” the Prime Minister added.

“In addition to the existing task force of patrol boats, helicopters, search and rescue aircraft, drones and remotely piloted aircraft, this will send a clear message to those piloting the boats: if you are risking the life of other people in the English Channel, you risk spending your own life in prison.

“People traveling to the UK will not be taken to hotels at public expense, but instead will be accommodated in accommodation centers like those in Greece, with the first of these due to open shortly. “

The decision to entrust the military with surveillance of the English Channel has been the subject of criticism in the past. In January, the defense select committee was told there was “no spare capacity” to deploy warships to monitor the English Channel, while in the same month, committee chairman Tobias Ellwood, told Forces News his belief that, “That’s not what our Navy is for.”

A report by the Defense Select Committee in March also called for a “clear endpoint” to the British military’s role in tackling the number of migrant crossings in the English Channel.

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Asylum seekers arriving in UK on small boats will be sent to Rwanda, BBC — MercoPress https://canalvoyagers.com/asylum-seekers-arriving-in-uk-on-small-boats-will-be-sent-to-rwanda-bbc-mercopress/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 10:28:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/asylum-seekers-arriving-in-uk-on-small-boats-will-be-sent-to-rwanda-bbc-mercopress/ Asylum seekers arriving in UK on small boats will be sent to Rwanda, BBC Thursday April 14, 2022 – 10:28 UTC UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is in the African nation to sign a deal for a £120million lawsuit involving mostly single men arriving in Britain via boat crossings. Some asylum seekers who […]]]>

Asylum seekers arriving in UK on small boats will be sent to Rwanda, BBC

Thursday April 14, 2022 – 10:28 UTC



UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is in the African nation to sign a deal for a £120million lawsuit involving mostly single men arriving in Britain via boat crossings.

Some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK on small boats across the Channel will be given a one-way ticket to Rwanda, under the government’s new plans, the BBC reports. Home Secretary Priti Patel is in the African nation to sign a deal for a £120million lawsuit involving mostly single men arriving in Britain via boat crossings.

Refugee organizations have slammed the plans as cruel and urged a rethink.

Labor said the plan was ‘unworkable, unethical and exorbitant’ – the Lib Dems said it would be costly and ineffective.

The precise details of the plan have yet to be confirmed, but, according to the BBC, the trial would be limited to most single men whom British authorities deem inadmissible.

According to the proposal, Rwanda would take responsibility for them, subject them to an asylum procedure and, at the end of this procedure, if they are successful, they would be granted long-term accommodation in Rwanda.

The Rwandan government has declared that migrants will be “entitled to full protection under Rwandan law, equal access to employment and registration in health and social protection services”.

The UK Home Office believes existing asylum legislation will be sufficient to implement the plan, but questions remain about the legality of the scheme.

Opponents also said the annual cost of the full program would be far higher than the initial payment of £120million and raised concerns about Rwanda’s human rights record.

Wales Secretary Simon Hart said the plan was intended to ensure the government could “distinguish more fairly between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants”.

About three-quarters of people who apply for asylum in the UK are granted this status.

Mr Hart said full details of the scheme will be released later on Thursday, but added the underlying motivation for the plan was to break the business model of criminal gangs who put people in small boats to cross the Channel.

In a speech in Kent, Mr Johnson will argue that action must be taken to stop ‘vile smugglers’ turning the ocean into an ‘aquatic graveyard’.

Last year, 28,526 people are known to have crossed in small boats, compared to 8,404 in 2020. Around 600 people made the crossing on Wednesday, and Boris Johnson will say the figure could rise to 1,000 a day within weeks.

“We cannot maintain a parallel illegal system,” he will say. “Our compassion may be infinite, but our ability to help people is not.”

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‘Prettier than Europe’: Indians flock to Kashmir’s lakes and boats https://canalvoyagers.com/prettier-than-europe-indians-flock-to-kashmirs-lakes-and-boats-2/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 05:26:08 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/prettier-than-europe-indians-flock-to-kashmirs-lakes-and-boats-2/ Srinagar, India (Reuters) — Indian-administered Kashmir is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses. Tourist arrivals are expected to hit a 10-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said, despite restrictions […]]]>

Srinagar, India (Reuters) — Indian-administered Kashmir is attracting record tourists after the easing of pandemic restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, bolstering local businesses.

Tourist arrivals are expected to hit a 10-year high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said, despite restrictions on foreign tourists and some recent incidents of violence.

Tourism plunged in Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration stripped the region of its special status and autonomy in 2019, and later when the Covid-19 pandemic reduced inflows of domestic and foreign tourists .

“We are witnessing the highest tourist arrivals in Kashmir this year with 0.18 million tourists arriving in March alone,” Sarmad Hafeez, tourism secretary for Jammu and Kashmir, told Reuters, adding that arrivals from April could exceed March.

Along with horticulture and agriculture, tourism is an important industry for Kashmir, contributing about 7% to its economy, according to government data.

Billing itself as the “heaven on earth”, Kashmir is home to Dal Lake, which centuries ago was a favorite haunt of Mughal emperors fleeing the summer heat of the Indian plains. The lake’s famous houseboats are major attractions, along with the nearby Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, the largest in Asia, and the region’s mountains and glaciers.

Hafeez said an advertising campaign in major Indian cities and the opening of new destinations were attracting more tourists.

Boatman Wali Mohammad Bhat, 54, said he had no work during the pandemic, “but now I earn 1,000-1,500 rupees ($13-$20) a day and we expect a good tourist season ahead”.

Advance booking

Many hoteliers and houseboat owners said tourists had booked rooms in advance for the next two weeks and the revenue had helped them pay off some of their debts.

After a gap of years, hoteliers, taxi drivers and tour operators are doing good business, said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, 75, a tour operator in Srinagar.

“Hotel room rates are up more than 30% compared to the pre-Covid period, and there’s a huge rush in bookings,” he said.

The rush is so strong that tour operators have said they are struggling to find reservations for their customers as hotels are 80% to 90% full and airfares have risen.

“Hotel rooms are not available in good locations,” said Pronab Sarkar, a New Delhi-based tour operator and former president of the Indian Tour Operators Association.

Many high-end tourists from wealthier Indian regions like Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai were opting for Kashmir, instead of destinations in Europe due to pandemic-related uncertainty, operators said.

“We have high-end accommodation here and limited commercial transport services, which is a major challenge for us,” said Mohammad Yasin Tuman, managing partner of Mascot Travels.

But, tourists are not bothered.

Navdeep Singh and his wife Gurpreet Kaur traveled from Australia to Kashmir, saying they were fascinated by its beauty.

“I’ve traveled all over Europe but this place is prettier. The people are warm and friendly and we haven’t seen any problems here,” he said.

Top image: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, formerly Siraj Bagh, contains approximately 1.5 million tulips of over 60 varieties. Credit: Idrees Abbas/SOPA/Sipa/Reuters

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E-Engineering signs an agreement with MPA on the construction of bollard pull tugs https://canalvoyagers.com/e-engineering-signs-an-agreement-with-mpa-on-the-construction-of-bollard-pull-tugs/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 16:37:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/e-engineering-signs-an-agreement-with-mpa-on-the-construction-of-bollard-pull-tugs/ Chairman of Mongla Port Authority, Rear Admiral Md Musa and Chairman of Electronic Engineering, Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin exchange documents after signing an agreement on Thursday to build two 70 traction tugs tons at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Minister of State for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Secretary of Shipping Mohammad Mezbah […]]]>

Chairman of Mongla Port Authority, Rear Admiral Md Musa and Chairman of Electronic Engineering, Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin exchange documents after signing an agreement on Thursday to build two 70 traction tugs tons at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Minister of State for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Secretary of Shipping Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury attended the occasion. – Press release

Mongla Port Authority and E-Engineering Limited, the local representative of Hong Kong-based shipbuilding company Cheoy Lee Shipyards Limited, signed an agreement on Thursday to build two 70-ton bollard-pulling tugs .

The bollard pull tugs will create the opportunity to expand the capacity of Mongla Port, a press release said.

Minister of State for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury attended the program held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka as the chief guest.

Rear Admiral Md Musa, Chairman of Mongla Port Authority, and Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin, Chairman of E-Engineering, signed the agreement.

Khalid Mahmud said his ministry and the port authority were working on upgrading the seaport to improve the country’s coastal business operations.

Shipping Secretary Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury attended the program as a special guest.

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‘Prettier than Europe’: Indians flock to Kashmir’s lakes and boats https://canalvoyagers.com/prettier-than-europe-indians-flock-to-kashmirs-lakes-and-boats/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:14:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/prettier-than-europe-indians-flock-to-kashmirs-lakes-and-boats/ SRINAGAR, India, April 6 (Reuters) – India’s Kashmir region is attracting record numbers of tourists after the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, boosting local businesses. Tourist arrivals are expected to hit a decade high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and […]]]>

SRINAGAR, India, April 6 (Reuters) – India’s Kashmir region is attracting record numbers of tourists after the easing of pandemic-related restrictions and some improvement in the security situation, boosting local businesses.

Tourist arrivals are expected to hit a decade high this year after more than 340,000 tourists have come since January, local tour operators and government officials said, despite restrictions on foreign tourists and some recent incidents of violence.

Tourism plunged in Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration stripped the region of its special status and autonomy in 2019, and later when the COVID-19 pandemic reduced inflows of domestic and foreign tourists .

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“We are witnessing the highest tourist arrivals in Kashmir this year with 0.18 million tourists arriving in March alone,” Sarmad Hafeez, tourism secretary for Jammu and Kashmir, told Reuters, adding that arrivals from April could exceed March.

Along with horticulture and agriculture, tourism is an important industry for Kashmir, contributing about 7% to its economy, according to government data.

Billing itself as “heaven on earth”, Kashmir is home to Dal Lake, which centuries ago was a favorite for Mughal emperors fleeing the summer heat of the plains of India. The lake’s famous houseboats are major attractions along with the nearby Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, the largest in Asia, and the region’s mountains and glaciers.

Hafeez said an advertising campaign in major Indian cities and the opening of new destinations were attracting more tourists.

Boatman Wali Mohammad Bhat, 54, said he had no work during the pandemic: “But now I earn 1,000-1,500 rupees ($13-$20) a day and we expect a good tourist season.”

RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE

Many hoteliers and houseboat owners said tourists had booked rooms in advance for the next two weeks and the revenue had helped them pay off some of their debts.

After a gap of years, hoteliers, taxi drivers and tour operators are doing good business, said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, 75, a tour operator in Srinagar.

“Hotel room rates are up more than 30% compared to the pre-COVID period, and there’s a huge rush in bookings,” he said.

The rush is so strong that tour operators have said they are struggling to find reservations for their customers as hotels are 80% to 90% full and airfares have risen.

“Hotel rooms are not available in good locations,” said Pronab Sarkar, a New Delhi-based tour operator and former president of the Indian Tour Operators Association.

Many high-end tourists from wealthier Indian regions like Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai were opting for Kashmir, instead of destinations in Europe due to pandemic-related uncertainty, operators said.

“We have a limited amount of high-end accommodation and commercial transport services here, which is a major challenge for us,” said

Mohammad Yasin Tuman, Managing Partner of Mascot Travels.

But, tourists are not bothered.

Navdeep Singh and his wife Gurpreet Kaur traveled from Australia to Kashmir, saying they were fascinated by its beauty.

“I’ve traveled all over Europe but this place is prettier. The people are warm and friendly and we haven’t seen any problems here,” he said.

($1 = 75.5800 Indian rupees)

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Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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