Rams WR Bailey Shot, Stable

first_imgST. LOUIS — Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot and critically wounded as he and four other people were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area, police said Nov. 25.Bailey was at a hospital awaiting surgery for injuries that have not been disclosed by the Rams or the authorities. Another man, Antwan Reeves, was with Bailey and was also shot in the attack the night of Nov. 24. Three others in the car, including two minors, were not wounded, police said.“The victims drove themselves to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment,” Miami Beach police said in a statement. “Based on reports from the hospital, Bailey is in critical but stable condition awaiting surgery.”Police said they were looking for suspects, who had driven up in another car before shooting.The Rams said they were aware Bailey was “involved in an incident” and that they had spoken with him.“We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more,” the team said.Bailey went to high school in the Miami area. His is in third season with the Rams but has been suspended twice by the NFL.Bailey, who turned 25 on Nov. 11, was a third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of West Virginia, where he was part of a prolific wide receiving tandem with Tavon Austin, whom the Rams selected with the eighth overall pick that year.Bailey was suspended four games this month for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has two games remaining on the ban. He served a two-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs at the start of last season.According to police, Bailey, Reeves and the three others were sitting in a car at about 8:45 p.m. ET Nov. 24 at a local residence. Another vehicle arrived and “opened fire,” police said. Reeves was taken into surgery shortly after arriving at the hospital.Players from around the league reached out on social media shortly after reports emerged.“Keep our brother @iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it,” Rams defensive end Chris Long tweeted.Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell used Twitter to send his best wishes: “prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey.”Rams punter Johnny Hekker tweeted, “Praying for guardian angels over Sted. We’re with you brother.”Bailey has started three games each of the last two seasons, and this year has 12 receptions for 182 yards with one touchdown. He was fined for pulling a stunt after the lone score after using the ball as a pillow and lying down in the end zone.Last year, he had 30 receptions with a 14.5-yard average and one touchdown. He was among five Rams receivers who did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture during player introductions before a game last December as a show of solidarity for protesters in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.The Rams signed free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker after Bailey’s second suspension. Bailey is eligible to return to the roster on Dec. 7, the day after the Rams play at Arizona.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Immigrant children detained in Virginia center allege abuse

first_imgA person walks into the entrance of the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 in Staunton, Va. Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at the juvenile detention center say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Photo : APImmigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.”Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me,” said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. “Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn’t really move. … They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on.”In addition to the children’s first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with bruises and broken bones they blamed on guards. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children’s cases.In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all allegations of physical abuse.Many of the children were sent there after US immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.Trump said Wednesday that “our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job” cracking down on MS-13 gang members. “We’re throwing them out by the thousands,” he said.But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries – problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.”The youth were being screened as gang-involved individuals. And then when they came into our care, and they were assessed by our clinical and case management staff … they weren’t necessarily identified as gang-involved individuals,” said Kelsey Wong, a program director at the facility. She testified 26 April before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the treatment of immigrant children apprehended by the Homeland Security Department.Most children held in the Shenandoah facility who were the focus of the abuse lawsuit were caught crossing the border illegally alone. They were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s recent policy and are now in the government’s care. But the facility there operates under the same program run by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement. It was not immediately clear whether any separated children have been sent to Shenandoah Valley since the Trump administration in April announced its “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrant families, after the lawsuit was filed.The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in the United States with federal contracts to provide “secure placement” for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing. The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California has faced litigation over immigrant children mischaracterized as gang members.  In Alexandria, Virginia, a board overseeing the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center voted this week to end its contract to house federal immigration detainees, bowing to public pressure.The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by both male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation for wait times in federal immigration courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.Wong said many of the 30 or so children housed there on any given day have mental health needs that would be better served in a residential treatment unit. But such facilities are often unwilling to accept children with significant behavioral issues, she said.Wong and other managers at the Shenandoah center, including Executive Director Timothy J. Smith, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment this week. A city manager on the local commission that oversees the facility referred questions to an official at the Refugee Resettlement agency, who did not respond to a phone message.Financial statements reviewed by AP shows the local government commission that operates the center received nearly $4.2 million in federal funds last year to house the immigrant children – enough to cover about two-thirds of the total operating expenses.The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there “are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care.”The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.The lawsuit recounts multiple alleged violent incidents between Latino children and staff at the Shenandoah center. It describes the guards as mostly white, non-Spanish speakers who are undertrained in dealing with individuals with mental illness. The suit alleges staff members routinely taunt the Latino youths with racially charged epithets, including “wetback,” ”onion head” and “pendejo,” which roughly translates to dumbass in Spanish.A 16-year-old who said he had lived in Texas with his mother since he was an infant ended up at Shenandoah in September after a police officer pulled over a car he was riding in and asked for ID, which he couldn’t provide. As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. He said that angered the guards, resulting in his losing such modest privileges as attending art classes.”If you are behaving bad, resisting the staff when they try to remove you from the program, they will take everything in your room away – your mattress, blanket, everything,” he said. “They will also take your clothes. Then they will leave you locked in there for a while. This has happened to me, and I know it has happened to other kids, too.”The immigrant detainees said they were largely segregated from the mostly white juveniles being held on criminal charges, but they could see that the other housing units had amenities that included plush chairs and video gaming consoles not available in the Spartan pods housing the Latinos.In their sworn statements, the teens reported spending the bulk of their days locked alone in their cells, with a few hours set aside for classroom instruction, recreation and meals. Some said they had never been allowed outdoors, while the US-born children were afforded a spacious recreation yard.The Latino children reported being fed sparse and often cold meals that left them hungry, though meals of American fast food were occasionally provided. Records show Shenandoah receives nearly $82,000 a year from the Agriculture Department to feed the immigration detainees.The lawsuit said the poor conditions, frequent physical searches and verbal abuse by staff often escalated into confrontations, as the frustrated children acted out. The staff regularly responded “by physically assaulting the youth, applying an excessive amount of force that goes far beyond what is needed to establish or regain control.”In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Though no forbidden items were found, the teenager was transferred to “Alpha Pod,” described in the lawsuit as a unit within the facility designated for children who engage in bad behavior.The lawsuit said Latino children were frequently punished by being restrained for hours in chairs, with handcuffs and cloth shackles on their legs. Often, the lawsuit alleged, the children were beaten by staff while bound.As a result of such “malicious and sadistic applications of force,” the immigrant youths have “sustained significant injuries, both physical and psychological,” the lawsuit said.After an altercation during which the lawsuit alleged the Mexican teenager bit a staff member during a beating, he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles for 10 days, resulting in bruises and cuts. Other teens interviewed as part of the court case also reported being punished for minor infractions with stints in solitary confinement, during which some of the children said they were left nude and shivering in cold concrete cells.Academic studies of prison inmates kept in solitary confinement have found they often experience high anxiety that can cause panic attacks, paranoia and disordered thinking that may trigger angry outbursts. For those with mental health issues, the effects can be exacerbated, often worsening the very behaviors the staff is attempting to discourage.A Guatemalan youth sent to the center when he was 14 years old said he was often locked in his tiny cell for up to 23 hours a day. After resisting the guards, he said he was also restrained for long periods.”When they couldn’t get one of the kids to calm down, the guards would put us in a chair – a safety chair, I don’t know what they call it – but they would just put us in there all day,” the teen said in a sworn statement. “This happened to me, and I saw it happen to others, too. It was excessive.”A 15-year-old from Mexico held at Shenandoah for nine months also recounted being restrained with a bag over his head. “They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head,” he said, according to his sworn statement. “They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They also put a strap across my chest. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half days, including at night.”After being subjected to such treatment, the 17-year-old Mexican youth said he tried to kill himself in August, only to be punished with further isolation. On other occasions, he said, he has responded to feelings of desperation and hopelessness by cutting his wrists with a piece of glass and banging his head against the wall or floor.”One time I cut myself after I had gotten into a fight with staff,” the teen recounted. “I filled the room with blood. This happened on a Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that they gave me a bandage or medicine for the pain.”The lawsuit alleges other immigrant youths held at Shenandoah have also engaged in cutting and other self-harming behaviors, including ingesting shampoo and attempting to choke themselves.A hearing in the case is set for July 3 before a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.Lawyers on both sides in the lawsuit either did not respond to messages or declined to comment, citing strict confidentiality requirements in the case involving children.The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards.”The majority of the kids we worked with when we went to visit them were emotionally and verbally abused. I had a kid whose foot was broken by a guard,” she said. “They would get put in isolation for months for things like picking up a pencil when a guard had said not to move. Some of them started hearing voices that were telling them to hurt people or hurt themselves, and I knew when they had gotten to Shenandoah they were not having any violent thoughts.”She said she never witnessed staff abuse teens first-hand, but that teens would complain to her of injuries from being tackled by guards and reveal bruises. The specialist encouraged them to file a formal complaint.Though lawyers for Shenandoah responded with court filings denying all wrongdoing, information contained in a separate 2016 lawsuit appears to support some of the information contained in the recent abuse complaints.In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Shenandoah center, a former staff member said he worked in unit called “Alpha Pod” where immigrant minors were held, “including those with psychological and mental issues and those who tend to fight more frequently.”The guard, Trenton Farris, who denied claims that he punched two children, sued the justice center alleging he was wrongly targeted for firing because he is black. Farris said most staff members at the facility are white, and that two white staff members involved in the incident over which he was fired went unpunished.Lawyers for the center denied the former guard’s claims, and the case was settled in January.last_img read more

BJP leaking false numbers on Pakistan air strike TMC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Trinamool Congress Saturday accused BJP ministers of “leaking exaggerated numbers” to the media about the casualties in the air strike in Pakistan. The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC also claimed that no statistics given by the central government can be taken “seriously”.Security forces have not officially attributed any number to those eliminated in the strike, Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Derek O’Brien posted on Twitter. “IAF has been very consistent: “No number”.So why did a BJP mantri or two leak exaggerated numbers? And Delhi media fell for the numbers. Can one take any statistics this govt gives out seriously? Journos? Or slaves to propaganda aka sources?,” he tweeted along with screenshots of TV news reports quoting sources as saying 200-300 Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were eliminated in the strike. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater in a statement, O’Brien accused BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing “divisive politics” over the issue. “Look who has the gall to talk about ‘vote bank politics’! Amit Shah and the BJP are the nastiest proponents of divisive and hatred politics. “We will not listen to his lectures on patriotism. Our armed forces belong to India, not to Modi-Shah-BJP,” he said. The comments from the TMC leader came a day after party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee demanded proof from the government of the impact of the strike on a JeM camp across the border. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, India and Pakistan agreed on Saturday to operationalise Samjhauta Express services at their ends. The train will leave for Pakistan from Delhi on Sunday, a senior railway official said. The announcement came a day after Pakistan released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. While Pakistan had cancelled its services right after an air strike by the Indian Air Force, India cancelled the operations of the Samjhauta Express on February 28. The Railway Board in an order had said all operations of the Attari Special Express, Delhi-Attari-Delhi, which together with the Pakistani line from Wagah-Lahore is known as the Samjhauta or Friendship Express, will remain cancelled. It had also said that the cancellation was due to “purely operational reasons”. Sources said after the missive about Pakistan’s resumption of services was conveyed to the board, it was decided that services on the Indian end will resume too. The train will start running from the Indian side on Sunday, while on the Pakistan side it will leave Lahore on Monday for its return journey, the official said.last_img read more

IEML reelects Chairman for the third time

first_imgAt the 86th Board of Directors meeting of India Exposition Mart Limited (IEML), Rakesh Kumar has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman for third consecutive term on November 2. On the occasion, the entire Board of IEML appreciated the milestones achieved by Rakesh Kumar during his previous tenure and further welcomed him for the third consecutive term. And,rakesh Kumar thanked the Board for showing continuous trust and confidence in him.He has served in various professional associations in the field of exhibitions and convention sector and also handicrafts exports. He is also the Executive Director of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH]. Not only this, Rakesh has also been the President of Indian Exhibition Industry Association [IEIA] and is also on the Board of various National and International Associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring his past tenure of four years, he did commendable work not only for IEML but for the society of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. Through his vast vision, he commissioned 3MW solar rooftop project which is not only beneficial for IEML but as well for the society. To expand and cater the needs of major Exhibition Organisations of the Asia and World, Six additional halls have been built and also hard standing of 140000 SQM have been built during his tenure only.Beside above, IEML is also going to unveil the hotel project for the Exporters and Exhibitors of the IEML. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnown for his new ideas and innovative thoughts and by working on his own innovated ideas, Kumar launched the India International Hospitality Show [IHE] and also various new shows in collaboration with other organisation like Mega Trade Fair, Escalator and Elevator Expo, among others. During his tenure only, IEML succeeded to host IHGF-Delhi Fair duly declared as world’s largest handicrafts fair by Limca Book of World records and other biggest shows of Asia like Auto Expo, ELECRAMA, GES, Re-Invest Submit, COP-7 etc. In the field Social Welfare, Kumar is working very hard for upliftment of education in Government schools at preliminary level through primary school and mobile education van and also providing sanitation facilities at School level for boys and girls. This year, Rakesh Kumar has been felicitated with MICE Person of the year award by TRAVTOUR MICE and International Hospitality and Travel Award 2018. During his tenure IEML has been honoured as Best MICE Venue.last_img read more

BYOD Is the Corporate Norm But Data Security Lags Far Behind

first_imgAugust 18, 2014 4 min read In 2009, CEOs in just about every large organization started purchasing iPhones and demanding access to corporate email. Although IT had securely managed BlackBerry deployments in place, many departments accommodated this request, only to find a few months later that thousands of employees had taken after these CEOs, with the key distinction that their iPhones were unauthorized.As this story and countless others illustrate, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon disrupted enterprise IT practically overnight. To catch up, the makeshift solution for many organizations has been “mobile device management” (MDM). This first attempt to secure BYOD was a knee-jerk reaction focused on managing personally owned devices in much the same way that corporate-owned laptops are managed.Related: 5 Reasons BYOD for Travel Is Here to StayAccording to a recent Gartner report, by 2016, 20 percent of enterprise BYOD programs will fail due to deployment of MDM measures that are too restrictive. The issue with MDM is it secures devices, not corporate data, and has never been a solid solution for either IT or employees in BYOD environments. Let’s examine a few reasons why.IT. The IT department doesn’t enjoy imposing suffocating restrictions on employees, but meeting the employee demand for BYOD often leaves them no choice. IT is chartered with securing the organization’s data so they use the technology available to them – MDM. That the price of this BYOD security solution is dictatorial control over employees’ personal devices is an unfortunate, necessary evil.A recent ESG report that surveyed organizations of 1,000 or more employees shockingly found that just 21 percent have implemented and standardized an MDM solution. That means that despite BYOD being one of the biggest trends in enterprise IT today, just one in five enterprises have deployed a solution to secure it. That is cause for alarm.Employees. Enterprise data is frequently exposed with BYOD. For example, an employee might use a personal smartphone to access data on Salesforce.com over a 4G wireless network, inadvertently sharing sensitive corporate data.Just as the majority of employees are blissfully unaware of the potential security breaches they are exposing their company to, they would be equally mortified if they were fully aware of what MDM products can access. According to a survey carried out by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile, most employees do not believe that their employer can see what they are doing on their personal devices, yet 89 percent of employers said they have visibility into their employees devices at all times.Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareThis raises huge concerns for employees who are extremely uncomfortable with IT accessing personal information and controlling their device usage. Not to mention the horror stories of employees who have everything wiped from their phone if they leave a company.The future of BYOD security. BYOD has been a shock for many organizations, but it is here to stay and the path forward is to enable employees through BYOD programs. The focus must shift from securing the device to securing corporate data on the device. Next-generation BYOD solutions must not only secure corporate data, but be device-agnostic and deploy with minimal effort on either the employee or IT’s part.At the same time, the native user experience on mobile must be taken into account and respected. Today’s employees are tech-savvy and quick to write-off IT as old school and out of touch. These employees will not hesitate to “go rogue” and find workarounds if IT slows them down or invades their privacy. Next-generation BYOD security solutions must be completely frictionless and transparent to employees.Unfortunately for IT, company-issued BlackBerry phones are unlikely to make a comeback in the corporate world, but enabling a mobile workforce does not have to be a constant give-and-take. Enterprises can embrace BYOD while maintaining security and privacy but it will require a solution with BYOD in its DNA.Related: Dark ‘Cloud’ Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Another swipe at the GDS channel with Lufthansas latest fee

first_imgAnother swipe at the GDS channel with Lufthansa’s latest fee Posted by TORONTO — Starting June 13 passengers flying Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss will pay a higher fee for their first bag, plus that fee will also be subject to a surcharge if booked through the GDS via Sabre, Amadeus or Travelport (Worldspan/Galileo).According to industry reports first bag fees will increase from £12 (Cdn$21) up to £21 (Cdn$37). For first bags paid for through GDSs, Lufthansa is levying an additional £4 charge, for a total of £25 (Cdn$44).So far the extra fee applies to Economy Light fares, a fare class typically booked for the airline group’s flights within Europe.Lufthansa says the move is a “further step towards a personalized and differentiated offer within airline distribution”.The Lufthansa Group implemented a 16 euro surcharge on GDS bookings in 2015, a move that was widely criticized by travel agent groups. Two months after Lufthansa’s surcharge came into effect, some 42% of business travel agencies said they had cut back on booking the Lufthansa Group.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIn the intervening months Lufthansa has hammered out direct booking arrangements with industry players including major travel agency chains.Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has said he would be “very surprised” if other airlines don’t bring in GDS surcharges of their own. Last month British Airways parent IAG announced that British Airways and Iberia bookings made through indirect channels including GDSs would be hit with a £8 (Cdn$14) surcharge effective Nov. 1. Share Thursday, June 8, 2017 center_img Tags: GDS, Lufthansa Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Two new destinations with Costsavers 202021 Asia collection

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Costsaver has brought back Asia for a second year, with two new destinations added to the list after the program’s successful launch in 2019.The newly unveiled 2020-21 program also heralds the official unveiling of Costsaver’s new ultra-flexible ‘Mini Breaks’ for Asia, along with four new tours, expanding the total brand offering to 10 trips across eight countries.Building on Costsaver’s commitment to delivering value tours without compromise, the 2020/2021 series includes all the quality essentials that are the bedrock of the brand with even more optional experiences to allow clients to tailor their dream holiday, says the company. Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation.“We were overwhelmed by the positive response to our launch into Asia,” said Janice Farnum, Director of Product for Asia. “Clients are loving the Costsaver way to travel that gives them everything they need for a great holiday and the tools to tailor it to perfection. It’s a refreshing way to explore Asia, and we’re so excited to introduce our new trips, showcasing even more of this stunning continent.”New for 2020/2021, Costsaver has added a 22-day Essence of South East Asia itinerary exploring Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The trip includes hand selected 3 and 4-star hotels, transportation on comfortable air-conditioned coaches, internal flights and visits to some of the most iconic sights in each destination, such as a cruise through Halong Bay, an unforgettable trip to Angkor Wat and an eye-opening journey to Thailand’s Golden Triangle.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTo allow clients the full flexibility to personalize their holiday, carefully curated optional experiences are available throughout the trip in addition to plenty of free time to explore the destinations their own way with the help of their Travel Director’s expertise.The new program also sees Costsaver clients exploring further south on the Asian continent into Malaysia & Singapore. The new 15-day Thai and Malaysian Odyssey is the first Costsaver trip to Malaysia and includes for the first time, a number of destinations in the Southern region of Thailand, such as the popular tropical hub of Krabi and an oceanside stay in the secluded beach town of Bang Saphan Noi.And in response to the popularity of its 2019 4-day Hong Kong Highlights trip, the brand has introduced a new category, ‘Mini Breaks,’ which includes an exciting new destination as part of its Amazing Singapore tour. This 4-day micro trip is the perfect embodiment of the new ‘Mini Breaks’ travel style which lets clients explore a single destination as a short standalone holiday or as an add-on to another itinerary.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaCostsaver says it revised its China itinerary for 2020/2021 to include a 3-night cruise down the Yangtze River, seeing sites like The Goddess Stream of the Three Gorges, the monasteries and shrines of the 2000-year-old Ghost City and the other sites along the iconic riverway.The success of the 2019 season has shown the brand that travellers are craving a unique travel style which Costsaver provides, offering the ease and comfort of a guided holiday with the freedom and flexibility of individual travel at a great value price point, just like its tagline ‘value tours without compromise’ suggests, says Farnum.Optional experiences include a food tour in Vietnam, a cultural exchange with a hill tribe in Thailand and a Kung Fu show in China. Two new destinations with Costsaver’s 2020-21 Asia collection Posted bycenter_img Tags: Asia, CostSaver Share Friday, July 19, 2019 last_img read more