SC orders floor test in Goa on March 16, allows swearing-in of Parrikar

first_imgCongress accuses Parrikar of playing treacherous game to claim CM post The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to hold a floor test in the Legislative Assembly on March 16 for parties to prove a majority.“This sensitive and contentious issue can be resolved by holding a floor test at the earliest. We request the Governor to hold the floor test at 11 a.m. on March 16, 2017,” the Supreme Court recorded in its order.A Bench comprising Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.K. Agrawal refused to stay the swearing-in of BJP legislative party leader Manohar Parrikar as the State’s Chief Minister on Tuesday.The Congress won 17 seats, while the BJP got 13 seats in the 40-seat Assembly. The Governor invited former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to form a government on March 12 after he paraded a majority 21 elected members, which included three each from the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two independents.Also Read The Congress moved the Supreme Court on March 13, claiming the Governor’s decision to appoint Mr. Parrikar as Chief Minister without even consulting the single largest legislative party was a “brazen” misuse of her constitutional office.The court said it was not possible to stop the formation of a BJP government as the Congress had so far shirked from declaring that Mr. Parrikar’s majority claim of 21 members was wrong.Neither has the Congress, in the past 48 hours, placed a counter claim before the Governor that they, and not the BJP, have the majority numbers in the Assembly. Nor have the Congress placed any argument or written record before the Supreme Court to prove that Mr. Parrikar does not enjoy the support of the majority of the elected members, the court said.“On what satisfaction do we stop the oath-taking. You have not raised any argument here on the numbers [of members] you have. You have not even impleaded Mr. Parrikar. We cannot stop the formation of the government till the floor test is held,” Justice Gogoi told Congress party counsel and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and advocate Devadatt Kamat.In fact, the Bench said it could even dismiss the petition filed by Goa Congress legislative party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar on the simple ground that he did not implead Mr. Parrikar as a necessary party in this petition.The court directed that all pre-requisite formalities, including that of the Election Commission, for holding a floor test be completed by March 15.Senior advocate Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, representing the Union of India and Goa, initially submitted that arrangements for a floor test would take some time and asked leeway till coming Friday or even Monday.Mr. Salve read out a gubernatorial order that Mr. Parrikar needs to prove his majority in the House only in the next 15 days.“But still we assure you that the floor test will be held ASAP,” Mr. Salve said.“This is an issue of democracy at large. ASAP is not good enough. We want you to hold the floor test forthwith, immediately,” Chief Justice Khehar reacted.Pointing to the Congress side, Chief Justice Khehar then addressed Mr. Salve: “They [Congress] are saying you [BJP] is a very powerful party and you can manipulate a majority.”Justice Gogoi said that in this “fluid situation” prevalent in the State, the point of having a floor test is to test the Governor’s decision on the floor of the House”.“It is not the court, but the House which has to decide the constitutionality of the Governor’s discretion through a floor test,” he said.“If you are sincere, two of you [Congress and BJP] together will suggest the name of a Protem Speaker. The floor test cannot be done till the House is constituted. Once that is done, the Protem Speaker will preside over the floor test,” Chief Justice Khehar suggested the procedure ahead to resolve the impasse.Mr. Singhvi persisted to argue that there was no need for government formation prior to the conduct of a floor test. He said the floor test should be held on Tuesday itself and not on Thursday, Friday or Monday.The Bench reacted to this with some annoyance and said that they would, instead of ordering a floor test, choose to simply issue notice and have the case for hearing some other time.“You do everything wrong first and then you point your finger at the world. Now, we are doing everything for you. Calling for a floor test immediately, but still you complain of a comma there or a full stop here,” Chief Justice Khehar addressed Mr. Singhvi in exasperation.Lashing out at the Congress, the Supreme Court said it should have been forthright and come out with the exact number of members supporting it to form a government.“You should have gone with your list to the Governor and told her ‘Here we have the numbers to form the government’. Any layman would have gone on a dharna in front of the Governor’s residence if he had the numbers and someone else was staking a claim to form a government. If I were you, I would have gone to the Governor’s house with 21 people,” Chief Justice Khear told Mr. Singhvi.“You [Congress] could have proven your numbers anytime, even after approaching the Supreme Court. In the night or even today. But so far you have done nothing,” Chief Justice Khehar added.“But I cannot barge or trespass into the Governor’s house. If this pernicious practice is laid down as law, all those who lose in elections and had no pre-poll alliance whatsoever will come together and parade themselves before the Governor to form a government and defeat the public mandate. My Lords, Governors cannot create governments, people create governments,” Mr. Singhvi countered.In the hearing, Mr. Singhvi accused the Centre of using its political clout to defeat the mandate of people and grab power by misusing the office of a “strategically placed” Governor, who turned a Nelson’s eye on the fact that the Congress party was voted the “single largest party in the State Legislature”. The actions of the Centre and the Governor sound the “death knell for democracy”, the petition said.The mandate of the people of Goa is clear from the fact that the incumbent BJP Chief Minister lost in both constituencies he contested and six of his Cabinet colleagues lost in all their constituencies, Mr. Singhvi submitted.The Governor’s move to hastily appoint a BJP government without following the constitutional convention of consulting the Congress first was a “nullification of an electoral mandate”.“The issue of Governor’s discretion does not arise here. The question to ask is whether it was possible for the Governor to use her discretion without consulting the single largest party?” Mr. Singhvi argued.last_img read more

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Chris Bosh ready to see his jersey retired by Miami Heat

first_imgPhoenix Suns sign Jimmer Fredette through rest of season LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Had he gone elsewhere, who knows what would have happened.“All we’ve wanted now for CB is for him to have his health and happiness,” James said earlier this season.There was also, of course, The Moment.Game 6, 2013 NBA Finals, San Antonio at Miami, Spurs leading the series 3-2 and up by three, seconds away from a title. Bosh will never forget the play called Pistol Hammer — something Spoelstra made the Heat practice at every shootaround, and something they never ran until that moment.The play sort of fell apart, but James still got a 3-pointer off. It missed badly and Bosh, seeing the flight the whole way, knew where to go for the rebound. He grabbed it and passed to Ray Allen for the memorable game-tying 3-pointer.The Heat beat San Antonio in overtime by three, after Bosh read a botched coverage and blocked Danny Green’s 3-point try at the buzzer. Miami won Game 7 for its second straight title.“It always gives me the chills,” Bosh said. “It makes me cringe a little bit because it shows you how quickly things can change.”Sometimes, change is great.Sometimes, not.His first known battle with blood clots came during the All-Star break in 2015, when he felt ill during a vacation with Wade and others. Days later, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season. He returned the next year, performed at a high level again — but knew as soon as he got to Toronto that something was wrong with his calf. View comments FILE – In this June 21, 2012, file photo, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh reacts after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Miami. Bosh, whose career was cut short in 2016 by blood clots, will have his No. 1 jersey retired by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, March 26, 2019. Bosh, an 11-time All-Star and two-time champion with the Heat, will be the fourth former Miami player to have a jersey retired. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)MIAMI — Chris Bosh is making a lot of music these days. He drinks beer and thinks about making more beer. He sketches. He paints. He plays with his kids. He has even learned how to use a wrench.He is also happy and healthy.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And finally, he’s made peace with the devastating way that blood clots ended his NBA career without warning and when he was still in his prime. The Miami Heat will retire his No. 1 jersey on Tuesday night, making Bosh the fourth former franchise pillar with a jersey swaying from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena after Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal.His career is obviously worthy of celebrating. Bosh just hasn’t been in the mood to celebrate, until now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s very awesome,” Bosh said. “I thought I had more time, but in the time I gave it was still worthy enough to have the organization and the great Pat Riley consider this. Pretty cool.”Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, was an All-Star 11 times and won two championships. There have been 30 players in NBA history with 11 All-Star nods — 23 of them are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the other seven aren’t yet eligible. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Another clot was found. Bosh never played again. He wanted to and was estranged from the Heat for a considerable amount of time, and the rift only started to close after a three-hour lunch with Heat President Pat Riley. The Heat told Bosh they weren’t budging, that they cared too much about his health to let him play.Bosh got the remaining $52 million on his $118 million contract. In the financial sense, he was made whole. But he never learned why the clots kept happening. And a year ago, at the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Bosh’s wife Adrienne had enough — she pulled her husband aside, told him to end his self-described “pity party” and start enjoying being around the game and his friends again.“I feel great now,” Bosh said. “Things are great. Things are really, really good.”So now, it’s a more normal life. Trash day is Wednesday. Recycling happens on the second and fourth Wednesdays. He loves making music. He’s getting better at art. He can’t stand the idea of time away from his kids.And on Tuesday night, his Heat number gets retired.“I’m very happy with where I’m at, with how I feel,” Bosh said. “That’s what is most important. I couldn’t even imagine trying to play basketball again. So I had a pretty solid run. And yeah, it’s over. But it was a pretty solid run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They will all probably be there one day, Bosh included.“It’s really such a crime that his career ended early, particularly when you know Chris and know how important the game is to him and how many things he did right as a winner, as a teammate, as a champion,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you teach lessons to your young players coming into a league on how to be a pro and have those kinds of qualities, you’re coming up with a lot of qualities that Chris embodied.”Tuesday’s game might easily be Miami’s biggest of the season; it’s against the Orlando Magic, battling the Heat for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Still, when Bosh’s jersey is retired at halftime Spoelstra plans to have the Heat on-court for the ceremony.“I want them to see the love that this city has for CB and for us to honor him in the right way in our building,” Spoelstra said. “You only do that for true champions like CB and the kind of human being that CB is. You don’t do that for average guys.”It’s fitting that Bosh gets a banner all his own, since there’s no fewer than six others in the arena — four Eastern Conference ones, two NBA championship ones — that might not be there without him. When the Heat formed the “Big 3” that also had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade back in 2010, Bosh was the first to commit to being part of that trio.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no otherlast_img read more

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Misguided Concept of Beauty Must Be Corrected – Minister Hanna

first_img Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says it is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people.According to the Minister, if this is done, it will increase self confidence and the value youth place on themselves.“We realize that many of our young women have low self esteem, as they hold wrong concepts of beauty and self. Sometimes they take external concepts of the European model of beauty, and use it to devalue themselves,” Miss Hanna said.The Minister was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way Tree Road, in Kingston.She argued that discussions outside the boundaries of the social group play a vital role in changing misconceptions of beauty, held by the young people.“We need to highlight some of those pertinent conversations that must be held, especially as it relates to young women and men. The social dialogue cannot only be within their communities, it has to be shared dialogue with all classes,” she noted.Miss Hanna said that the introduction of reasoning sessions, as part of the recent Emancipation celebrations, gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of themes, including ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’.The Minister pointed out that several modern day women resort to risky medical practices in their effort to enhance beauty, and informed that an increase in knowledge on historical events will strengthen the value that youth place on themselves.“As an emancipated people, we have to share with our young people their history. We feel if they know their history they will get strength. We want to tell persons that whatever road you choose to beauty and the concept of beauty, at the end of the day, you must be comfortable in your skin,” she said.Meanwhile, Festival Queen 2013, Krystal Tomlinson, extended the concept of beauty to include self consciousness and the contribution made to one’s community.“Beauty for me is a full package. It is a commitment in giving your best at all times, displaying humility and relating well to people around you. If your traits indicate a level of inner beauty, you will become physically beautiful,” Miss Tomlinson said.She argued that the concept of beauty stems from Jamaica’s cultural heritage, underlined by the plantation regime, noting that in the plantation regime, beauty by non-Europeans was seen within the context of having straight hair, straight nose and light skin.She said that based on such perceptions, it is no surprise that Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty. However, she asserts that beauty is defined within cultural boundaries.“Culture is directly related to beauty. Culture is a way of life and part of the way of life is the way you speak, it is the way you perceive other people and that inevitably translates into how people view themselves in a particular culture,” Miss Tomlinson said.The Festival Queen, who received a sectional prize for being most culturally aware, urged the youth to develop a sense of cultural awareness.“Cultural awareness is about coming to terms with questions of identity that we [Jamaicans] face as a people. It is about how we treat self esteem issues that relate to our cultural experiences and how we treat our heritage, including our language and music,” she said.Miss Tomlinson said that during her reign, she will be engaging in projects with school culture clubs, aimed at increasing access, application and the sharing of cultural information among young people. Story Highlights Jamaicans continue to struggle with perceptions of beauty It is imperative to correct the misguided concept of beauty, held by modern day young people Reasoning sessions gave youth the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on ‘Beauty and the modern day woman’last_img read more

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Watch the Porsche Taycan sprint to 124 mph 26 times in a

first_imgGetting to test the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV ahead of anyone else is pretty awesome. But what could make it even cooler? Being given the chance to beat the ever-loving heck out of the thing… for science.Jonny Smith of The Fully Charged Show on YouTube was recently given the chance to test the Porsche Taycan’s launch-control repeatability. For the test, Smith smashed the accelerator and sent Porsche’s first all-electric car to 124 miles per hour more than two dozen times. Despite the abuse, the time difference between the fastest and slowest runs was only 0.8 seconds.Porsche owes the Taycan’s repeat-launch-control ability to a few factors. The automaker points to the two permanent-magnet electric motors at each axle, which have a unique kind of assembly that allows more copper in each stator, improving output while simultaneously providing for more efficient cooling. Porsche also noted the thermal management system, which was built specifically for the Taycan to ensure this kind of repeatability. Enlarge ImageThat’s a lot o’ hustle. Porsche It goes without saying that Smith inevitably compares the Taycan’s capabilities to that of Ludicrous Mode in Tesla’s most powerful electrics. While the US automaker’s cars offer up warnings about repeated use of its brutal acceleration setting, the Taycan offers no such thing. It’s not nearly as quick as Tesla’s cars, but the repetition makes up for it.Since the car has yet to make its debut, which is set to change in a matter of weeks, Smith wasn’t able to show us anything about the car’s interior. The camera angles are all tight, hiding the dashboard, while a windshield-mounted camera shows Smith sitting on a seat that’s clearly been deliberately covered to hide its details. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the whole thing, but it’s good to know that it can perform as a Porsche should. Share your voice Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Electric Cars Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow Porsche 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 42 Photos Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Porsche Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan Comments Tags 5:27 2last_img read more

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Pair the right eyewear with right attire

first_imgThe right kind of eyewear can make or break your entire look. While black rimmed glasses are for the fall season, oversized glasses look great with high waist trousers and polo T-shirt, suggest experts. Ishaan Kataria, Gem Opticians and Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL luxury, have rolled out tips on how you can amp up your outfits with the perfect glasses:* Formal: The trending black rimmed glasses are meant for the fall season and the formal look. Another easy fit for any formal look is the gradient almost transparent lenses that can add the right amount of suave to your persona. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFormal wear in classic hues of blue, grey, black should be accessorised with basic frames which do not subdue the simple and suave look.* Casual: Face shape and size is an important determinant to choose the eyewear. The double framed look (frame in frame look) with tinted lenses could make an interesting eyewear option.Pastel colour shirts, T-shirts go well with big framed or double framed glasses. Checkered shirts and a pair of shorts or jeans along with simple gold rimmed aviator also does the trick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Classic: The gold wired metal glasses are a classic and look radically cool. A much less aggressive version of an aviator adds an unusual sense of depth. Also the oversized wired metal glasses harkens back to the 1970’s, minus the weight.For that classic 1970’s look keep your outfit subtle and stylish. Like a pair of high waist trousers, polo T-shirt and oversized sunglasses.last_img read more

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Billboards Go HighTech

first_img 3 min read If that billboard off the highway suddenly changes from a promotion for a retail chain to a plug for a local car dealership, don’t get your eyes checked just yet. The next great frontier in outdoor and point-of-sale advertising is internet-connected digital screens, which vary in size from a few inches to many feet in length and width, allowing advertisers to showcase graphics and streaming media. Industry experts believe these boards will compete with, and may ultimately replace, traditional billboards and in-store signage.”It’s very reasonable to assume that up to 25 percent of traditional billboards could be converted [to digital displays] within the next 10 years,” says Stephen Freitas, chief marketing officer of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Inc.That would translate into serious money. The OAAA estimates that advertisers spent $6.3 billion on outdoor advertising in 2005. With digital displays, messages can be updated with a few keystrokes instead of through the somewhat arduous process of tearing down a printed message and affixing a new one.In addition to outdoor applications, companies like The MediaTile Companyin Scotts Valley, California, are creating networks of in-store displays that are connected to the web. In MediaTile’s case, the networks use wireless cellular technology. Clients can upload and change content through web-based portals, creating content in the forms they want–anything from still image montages to narrowcasts, or live-action programming broadcast on a network of screens.”Once the networks are in, the screens can become a revenue stream through advertising and content creation,” says Keith Kelsen, MediaTile’s president and CEO. He adds that the screens can be used to feature product-specific information as part of a special display, or they can even broadcast employee-training programs. Setting up an electronic display system shouldn’t set you back too much: Kelsen estimates a business can install two screens for as little as $350, not including the costs of content creation and maintenance.The flexibility of these displays is driving demand, says Freitas. Big advertisers like McDonald’s can change their messages almost instantly, promoting breakfast sandwiches in the morning, salad options midday, and burgers and other fare during dinner hours. For smaller advertisers, digital displays can open up new possibilities, letting them share time on billboards in prime locations at a cost that suits their budgets.Freitas insists the emerging technology is a must-watch for the coming years: “Digital paper, or digital ink–a flexible material that can show different messages–is being developed,” he says. “It’s quite possible that this will have a significant impact on changing the scope of this type of advertising.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 1, 2006 Register Now »last_img read more

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U by Uniworld plans to double its fleet add Asia cruises

first_img TORONTO — Following the successful inaugural sailing of ‘The B’, U by Uniworld has announced expansion plans: the Millennial-focused cruise line has set its sights on Asia with plans to sail the Mekong River with a third ship. A fourth ship is also expected in due course. No launch dates have been set at this time.Petra Nemcova, U by Uniworld’s ‘Guardian Angel’ and former Victoria’s Secret supermodel participates in a drum circle aboard The B’s maiden voyage along the Seine with Brett Tollman, global CEO of The Travel Corporation.“We’re thrilled to make history with the launch of U by Uniworld and introduce a whole new generation to river cruising,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “It’s very exciting to see this vision come to life and to have such influential, well-travelled young people onboard to experience it for the first time. There has been such tremendous interest for The B and The A and we’re excited to bring this innovative concept to more destinations.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe B debuted in Paris on Oct. 7 and set sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River with social media influencers, travel agents and contest winners all onboard to get a sneak peek of the first river cruise ship designed specifically for cruise passengers ages 21 – 45.The B was renamed following extensive renovations and design changes of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship. Following the renaming ceremony, guests on the preview voyage danced the night away, then relaxed in subsequent days with yoga and camping on the top deck and mixology, impressionist paint and wine classes.The B Suite (photo courtesy of U by Uniworld)Offshore, guests experienced some of U’s unique, immersive excursions, such as a panoramic breakfast on a Gastronome bus, treasure hunt at the Louvre, secret tour of Versailles and a Paris City Roofs tour.With capacity for up to 120 passengers per voyage, The B has four Suites, 26 Balcony Bedrooms, 29 Studio Bedrooms and two Studios Bedrooms with triple occupancy, all with waterfront views and equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA pioneer in sustainable tourism, U offers organic BeeKind amenities in all rooms, uses WhatsApp and email for internal communication (doing away with the traditional paper daily itineraries common on cruise ships), displays menus on screens in the bar and restaurant and has a Press Reader app for guests to receive news onboard.U by Uniworld is also creating an app that will connect travellers before, during and after their trips together, which will debut in March 2018 ahead of the first bookable sailings.Sailings on The B and U’s second ship, The A, start in April 2018 with prices starting from US$200 per person, per day. Four eight-day itineraries – The Seine Experience, Rolling on the Rhine, Germany’s Finest and The Danube Flow – will sail along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays available in major cities including Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest.U by Uniworld will also offer two five-day holiday itineraries – Dashing Through The Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise – during the holiday season.The B Restaurant (photo courtesy of U by Uniworld) Tags: Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img U by Uniworld plans to double its fleet, add Asia cruises Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

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She was one of the very best The industry remembers Mary Ogaki

first_img Posted by “She was one of the very best”: The industry remembers Mary Ogaki << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 13, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The sudden passing of much-loved industry veteran Mary Ogaki has prompted an outpouring of emotion from the many, many colleagues and friends who worked alongside Mary in this industry over the course of more than 30 years.Tributes and condolences have flooded Mary’s Facebook account, with stories and anecdotes from industry friendships that span more than three decades.Mary’s work on both the retail and supplier side of this industry, most recently as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean, brought her in touch with thousands of travel industry colleagues across the country.Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International, said Mary was one of the very best.“We are deeply saddened by Mary Ogaki’s sudden passing. Part of our Royal Caribbean International family for five years, Mary was an incredible woman, daughter and professional, touching everyone she met along the way,” said Freed.“She was a special and dedicated National Accounts Manager, one of the very best, with a passion and commitment that is so rare.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Together with many travel partners, branches and our team in Canada who worked with Mary, we’ll continue to admire and honour her with the heartwarming memories we have of her.“Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and friends during this difficult time.”Mary began her travel industry career in 1987 Meetings & Incentives at American Express, a position she held for 11 years.She made the move to Red Seal Tours as Regional Sales Manager, then headed to Encore Cruises as a DSM.In 2000 she landed at Sears Travel as Product Manager, Cruise and Tour. Four years later she took on the same role for Transat Distribution Canada and in 2008 she was appointed Manager, Groups & Special Programs for TDC.She returned to Encore Cruises in 2012 as Director of Sales and then in 2013 she took on her most recent position, as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean.Mary was active in the industry at large as well. In 2005 she represented Canada as the first woman to sit on CLIA’s travel agent advisory board.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“Mary had great passion for what she did and was a true force to be reckoned with when she combined that passion with her innate logic and genuine willingness to help travel partners,” said Tim Morgan, most recently with TPI and now Managing Director of nigelkane. “I very much always appreciated her honesty and commitment to building the cruise business in Canada.”Travel Time – TPI Owner Lois Barbour added: “Mary had a unique ability to make everyone feel equally important both personally and professionally. She was knowledgeable and showed a genuine interest in helping agents succeed. Her warm smile and kind spirit will be missed in the travel industry, and I am sure also by anyone else who had the pleasure of knowing her.”The funeral will be a private service, for family only. Tags: People Sharelast_img read more

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