UN chief calls to stand united against antiMuslim hatred

first_imgThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York for colleagues who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on 15 March 2019 in New York City. AFP File PhotoUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to “stand united against anti-Muslim hatred” following a mass shooting targeting two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, reports UNB.The shooting has left at least 49 dead, including three Bangladesh nationals, and many others wounded, some critically.“I’m saddened and strongly condemn the shooting of innocent people as they prayed peacefully in mosques in New Zealand,” tweeted the UN chief, expressing his “deepest condolences to the victims’ families.”“Today and every day, we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred, and all forms of bigotry and terror,” he stressed.A terrorist, who police have described as being in his late 20s, has been arrested and charged with murder, according to UN News.According to news reports, he live-streamed himself via a head-mounted camera online, firing at worshippers inside the Al Noor mosque in the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch.A second attack also took place at the city’s Linwood Mosque.Flowers and a New Zealand national flag are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersAccording to news reports, police have asked the public not to share the “extremely distressing” footage posted by the gunman online.Meanwhile, Facebook has reportedly taken down the gunman’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, which reportedly contained racist and anti-immigrant views.Two other men and one woman were also reportedly detained in connection with the terror attacks, although one was subsequently released.Other senior UN officials took to Twitter on Friday to express their condolences and horror at the attacks in New Zealand.Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, extended his “sincere condolences” to victims’ families and expressed deep sadness over “the terrible loss of life”, pointing out: “It is believed that among the dead and injured were many refugees and migrants.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, tweeted a picture of the New Zealand flag with a message saying that UNHCR stands “firmly with the people and government of New Zealand “n mourning, prayer and solidarity.”“We grieve with children facing the profound shock that a parent is never coming home,” tweeted Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children’s Fund. Saying “our hearts break with news,” she called the aggression “a senseless attack on a peaceful community and the universal right to freedom of worship.”last_img read more

Crystal Symphony debuts its most dramatic redesign ever

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — The award-winning Crystal Symphony has emerged from dry dock as a more sophisticated, modern vessel with high-tech features, which according to the cruise line will help it “transcend trends throughout the years”.Enhancements include a new Open Seating dining concept, new butler-serviced Penthouse accommodations and state-of-the-art technological upgrades that gives guests greater connectivity and access to entertainment and news on demand.The month-long dry dock redesign marks the most expansive makeover in Crystal Symphony’s history.“The enhancements made on Crystal Symphony provide guests with more choices and flexibility than ever before, whether it’s the ability to dine at their leisure, stay connected to family and friends on shore, or enjoy a variety of new entertainment options onboard,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “While we continue to innovate at the forefront of the industry, our focus will always be on the consistent quality and personal attention to detail and service that makes Crystal Cruises the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.”Seabreeze Penthouse SuiteThere are now 12 Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah suites, and 28 Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Veranda suites, all of which occupy Deck 9. These new accommodations come with all-inclusive Crystal amenities, including butler service, in-room specialty dining, and unlimited complimentary dining at onboard specialty restaurants.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe brand new Open Seating concept allows guests to dine at their leisure, giving them more choice and flexibility for evening dining and entertainment.WatersideIn terms of restaurant upgrades, Waterside has emerged in place of the former Crystal Dining Room, while Marketplace (by day) and Churrascaria (by night) have moved into the former Lido Café. Newly adjacent to the existing Trident Grill on the Lido Deck is Silk Kitchen & Bar, offering full-service dinner of modern Chinese-inspired fare with family-style dinner plates ideal for sharing. Meanwhile, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, the specialty dining venues by famed Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been rebranded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar.Silk Kitchen & BarSilk Kitchen & BarOne of the biggest perks to come out of the dry dock is unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi throughout any Crystal voyage aboard all Crystal vessels. Additionally, a new guest portal – Crystal Connect – is now featured on the landing page of onboard Internet connections, enabling guests to easily access the Internet and an array of shipboard information. Plus, in all rooms throughout the ship – in each stateroom and in all public areas – high-definition, flat-panels TVs show programs, spa menus, dining menus and more.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureSeveral shipboard spaces also feature reimagined designs, including the mid-ship Starlite Club, a hub for evening dancing and cocktails. It now boasts a fresh design to complement its sea views and new technological capabilities.Crystal Symphony Crystal In MotionUnderlining the newly revamped entertainment venues is a brand new production show, ‘Crystal in Motion’, featuring various genres of music and dance. This replaces the former ‘welcome aboard’ show in the Galaxy Lounge. Additionally, the ship will offer evening-long entertainment options around the ship as guests enjoy anytime dining. Posted by Friday, November 3, 2017 Crystal Symphony debuts its most dramatic redesign ever << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more