Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Trump on Wednesday indicated that total national security spending would drop under the administration’s fiscal 2020 budget request from $716 billion this year to $700 billion. The president made the surprise announcement to reporters during a Cabinet meeting. He told his cabinet to trim spending by 5 percent across all agency budgets but it appeared the Pentagon would sustain a smaller cut, reported Defense News. Secretary Jim Mattis has said that DOD spending needs to rise by 2 to 3 percent above inflation to pay for modernization and continue rebuilding readiness, but that may not be realistic in the current political environment.Trump’s remarks caught top White House officials off guard, and White House and Pentagon officials declined to elaborate specifically on his comments. “The president has been clear that he is serious about cutting spending, and that was the message he reiterated to his Cabinet yesterday,” a senior administration official told Stars and Stripes on Thursday.Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Scaggs
Two children were killed in separate incidents of snakebite in Magura and Satkhira.In Satkhira, a schoolgirl died after she was bitten by a snake while sleeping in Shyamnagar upazila on Saturday morning.The deceased is Suprabha Mandal, 10, daughter of Sachchidanada Mandal, a lecturer of Bangla Department of Shyamnagar Government Mohsin College.Father of the deceased said family members rushed Suprabha to Shyamnagar health complex after she was bitten by the snake early in the morning, but the on-duty doctors declared her dead.Shyamnagar police station officer in-charge Abdul Mannan confirmed the incident.In Magura, an eight-year-old girl died from snakebite at Shimulia village in Sadar upazila on Friday, reports news agency UNB.Quoting family members, Magura Sadar Hospital doctor Muktadir Rahman said Shamima Begum, daughter of Kalam Mia, a resident of Shimulia village, was bitten by a venomous snake in her sleep at their home at night.She was taken to Sadar Hospital where duty doctors declared her dead.
Learn & earn rewards with Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s new agent platforms Tags: Agent Incentives, Mexico, Xcaret RIVIERA MAYA — Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an all-inclusive luxury resort situated by the Riviera Maya jungle, has launched two new agent platforms for both learning and rewards.The Xpert Course is an e-learning platform where agents will receive the content and tools needed to properly sell the hotel and grow their sales. It places special emphasis on the property’s ‘All-Fun Inclusive’ concept that includes complimentary access to Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and tours. Other topics covered in the course include the hotel’s unique design, its ‘all-view’ adult- or family-oriented suites, and its 19 restaurants and bars.The course is free and includes nine lessons detailing the hotel’s accommodations, restaurants and bars, MICE facilities, Corporate Social Responsibility program, weddings offering and more. Upon completion, participants can print their own certificate. Those eligible can also receive credits from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).In addition to the new course, the hotel has also launched Xcaret Rewards, an incentives program that allows agents to earn cash and free stays at the property.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckStarting Nov. 1, the program will grant registered travel agents cash prices of US$50 for every 3-5 night bookings, and US$100 for stays of six nights or longer. Agents in Canada and the U.S. with an IATA or CLIA number are eligible to enroll, and stays may be booked directly, through GD or a tour operator.As for Experiencias Xcaret parks and tours reservations, the Xcaret Rewards team has created a three-tier system in which agents will be eligible to receive free nights for up to two guests, based on the amount of guests booked to visit any park and/or tour.To enroll in Xcaret Rewards, go to xcaretrewards.com. Share Alex Keerma Thursday, November 1, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019