Music, which has been releasing on different days of the week in various countries — from Mondays in markets such as France and Tuesdays in the US, will now be unveiled on Fridays universally by most record labels, starting July 10. The initiative will be beneficial to consumers the most, say experts.New Music Fridays is an initiative to unify all new music release days worldwide so that fans can access new music on the same day everywhere. Now, new music will be released on Fridays at 00:01 local time around the world. “Going forward, we have an exciting
Darjeeling: The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling has created a world record. While on an expedition to Mt Kang Yatse 1 and 2 in Ladakh, a three-member team traversed between the two peaks.”In the past, there have been attempts by the German, Italian and Russian teams to traverse between the two peaks but the attempts were not successful,” stated Wing Commander Devidutta Panda, vice-principal, HMI. Panda, who is the team leader, is an Everester. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn August 17, team 1 and team 2 comprising 9 members each had summited Kang Yatse 1 (6401m) and Kang Yatse 2 (6250m) respectively. “The initial plan was that both the teams would start traversing after the summit and crisscross each other on the knife ridge that connects the two peaks. However, after reaching Kang Yatse 1, the weather condition turned very bad with snow, high wind and zero visibility. While Team 1 decided to forgo traversing from peak 1 to 2, Team 2 decided to attempt traversing from Peak 2 to 1. They succeeded and created history,” added the Wing Commander. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe three-member team completed the 1.7 km traversing in 6 hours amidst extreme difficulties and low visibility.The three-member team consisted of Pawel Sharma, Passang Tenzing and Girish Singh. “It was extremely difficult as the ridge was jagged and difficult for a single person to stand upright. It consisted of loose rocks, ice and snow,” stated Sharma, an HMI instructor. Sharma summited Mount Everest in 2012 and Mount Makalu in 2009.”We did not use any fixed rope and carried out sequential climb in the Alpine-styled of climbing which is very effective,” added Sharma. It must be learnt that this expedition was the first alpine-styled expedition of HMI. “We did not use fixed ropes to traverse,” stated Sharma. In sequential climbing, one member climbs as the second gives belay. Once the first member reaches the top of the pitch, the first member gives belay to the other members. “We not only broke the record but also indulged in sensible climbing. None was hurt or injured. The expedition was successful. We left no garbage and instead collected garbage left behind by others and brought it back to Leh,” added the team leader. The planned expedition budget was around Rs 13 lakh whereas the incurred expenditure was around Rs. 12.4 lakh. Along with this, the expedition procured assets for the institute including solar panel and controller; parachute material for kitchen and training shed; duffel bags, drums and packing material.The HMI had tied up with the IMD for daily weather reports and the Indian Air Force for speedy evacuation in case of emergencies.The expedition had left Darjeeling on August 1 and returned on September 1. It was flagged off by SA Babam, principal secretary, department of Youth Services and Sports, West Bengal on Friday.The successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, was a major boost to mountaineering in India. One year after this, historical event the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 — a result of personal initiative of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BC Roy to promote mountaineering in India.The HMI in its sixty-four years of existence has trained approximately 40,000 personnel, including 2,000 overseas trainees. Since 1954, the Institute has organized 13 mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayan regions and overseas, including the Alps.
Travelweek Group Porter kicks off winter season with Toronto-Mont Tremblant service TORONTO — Just in time for ski season, Porter Airlines begins its winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on Dec. 9. Flights are available until April 3, 2017, with service up to six times weekly during the peak schedule.As such, passengers from downtown Toronto can access the white slopes of Mont Tremblant in less than 75 minutes. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Tremblant offers an array of outdoor activities like dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For those who prefer more leisurely pursuits, there’s also a slope-side spa, Scandinavian baths and a pedestrian village.As a perfect complement to the new service, Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages starting at $476 per person for a two-night stay. Prices are based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees and airport transfers. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from numerous porter destinations.The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is offering passengers two special promotions this ski season. Guests receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Those travelling with children ages 2-12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate courtesy of the MTIA airport. For details go to mtia.ca. Posted by Share Thursday, November 3, 2016 Tags: Mont Tremblant, New Routes, Porter Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >>