City breaks

first_imgAdventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line. Ideally suited,Adventure – Hail HimalayasHail Himalays, an eco-tourism resort, promises to offer a unique experience in terms of both adventure and relaxation. With 14 fully equipped luxury tents, the resort, surrounded by dense forests, offers a host of adventure activities including trekking, mountain biking, Burma bridge and zip line.Ideally suited for adventure seekers and those not averse to solitude, the resort blends in its surroundings, as the natural ecology was not disturbed during its construction and care has been taken to use minimum concrete. In fact, Arun Rawat, the Managing Director of Hail Himalayas, says the resort is all set to source organic vegetable from the farmers in the nearby villages. They are also planning to build high-end cottages and an eco-friendly adventure park soon, which promises to be a one-stop destination for adrenaline junkies. Rawat says the place has already started getting enquiries about it from people from far-off places such as Gujarat, South India and West Bengal.Tariff: Packages wary, check website for details Contact 9625566677; hailhimalayas.comDistance from Chandigarh: 95 kmsThings to do: Adventure activities, trekking and nature walksHealth – Tatta PaniThe contrast cannot get more enchanting. The chilled waters of the roaring Sutlej are complemented by sulphur-enriched hot springs at the river’s banks. While hundreds of ancient temples dot the landscape, monstrous SUVs try to find their space on the beautiful road embraced by meadows on the sides.The old dusty town of Tatta Pani, 54 kms ahead of Shimla on the Naldera-Mandi road, attracts voyagers around the year. They come for ultra-modern sulphur pools and elaborate Ayurvedic massage treatments, along with adventure activities such as river rafting, mountaineering and paintballing.However, what really sets Tatta Pani apart is the naturally medicated hot water springs that have found favour not just with domestic but international tourists too. Harnessing this natural resource is Hotel Hot Spring Therme and Spa, which uses the hot sulphur springs for holistic treatments and has been instrumental in metamorphosing the entire economy of the place. Prem Raina from Tatta Pani and his wife Angela Monterosso, a gymnastic instructor from Italy, set up the resort in 2010.advertisementThe major attraction of the 20-room hotel is the thermal centre in which sulphur water gushes from the depth of 150 metres below the earth at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius with a velocity of 100 litres per second. An absolute don’t-miss! Tariff: Rs 15,500 for three days Contact 9816734003Distance from Chandigarh:164 kmsThings to do: Dipping in hot springs, adventure sports, religious activities, visit ancient temples.Luxury – MashobraCommercial Shimla gives way to the serenity of dense greens as one gets closer to Mashobra. Noises of vehicles get replaced by the secret calls of the jungle. Cosmopolitan attires change into Himachali dresses and life starts asserting itself into its slowest manifestation.The sleepy small town of Mashobra, nine kms from Shimla, has become synonymous with luxury, all thanks to Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas-an Oberoi-owned resort situated at a height of 2500 mt above sea level. It is set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar, and offers awe-inspiring views of the magnificent snowcapped peaks. Its ambience reflects a time gone by with Burmese teak panelling, fire places and polished parquet floors covered with oriental rugs adding to contemporary luxuries. It is also popular for its spa, which has been adjudged India’s best spa five times and Asia’s Best Spa once in World Travels Award. If you decide to stay at the hotel, don’t forget to request for an outing to the scenic colonel bungalow called The Peak, which is surrounded by a 135-year-old sanctuary.     Tariff: Rs 18,000 for two nights Contact 01772648585Distance from Chandigarh: 130 kmsThings to do: Nature and botanical walks, spa therapies, adventure sports and trekkinglast_img read more

Training for Healthcare Workers to Deal with Human-Trafficking Victims

first_img This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, at the launch of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for health officials to deal with victims of human trafficking, at the Ministry of Justice, Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on January 8. “We have to break this cycle of violence, and, clearly, the health sector has a very important role to play in this regard. Training has been done in the past, but we do have turnover of staff, so it’s very useful that there is the training plan, which would include 500 health workers starting in 2018,” she said. Five hundred healthcare workers in the public and private sectors will be trained this year to enable them to better identify and treat with victims of human trafficking. Story Highlights Five hundred healthcare workers in the public and private sectors will be trained this year to enable them to better identify and treat with victims of human trafficking.This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, at the launch of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for health officials to deal with victims of human trafficking, at the Ministry of Justice, Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on January 8.She said it is important for healthcare workers engaged in primary care, emergency care, mental health and paediatrics to be positioned to identify victims of human trafficking, noting that as many as 88 per cent of sex-trafficking victims may end up at health facilities.“Health plays an important role because, oftentimes, these persons may go to health facilities because of any health crisis that may arise while they are here in Jamaica or while they are held in these kinds of circumstances,” she said.The Permanent Secretary said healthcare workers who are educated about the risks and clinical manifestations of human trafficking can provide efficient and compassionate assistance to patients.“We have to break this cycle of violence, and, clearly, the health sector has a very important role to play in this regard. Training has been done in the past, but we do have turnover of staff, so it’s very useful that there is the training plan, which would include 500 health workers starting in 2018,” she said.Mrs. Bennett Templer noted that a video feature will be developed on human trafficking that will be used as part of the orientation of all clinicians entering the health system.She added that a reference guide and poster for clinicians have also been developed and will be distributed; and ongoing education sessions will be enhanced by the training of health educators and in-service educators to build their capacity to deliver training on human trafficking.She congratulated the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons for completion of the document, and recognised the work of all the stakeholders who have been integral to the process.For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carole Palmer, said the health SOPs affirm the country’s commitment to fight the horrendous, international criminal network.“Indeed, it is the latest important step the country is taking to implement and establish best practices in how we treat victims of human trafficking,” she said.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons, said the SOPs recommend that the authorities should not be called without the consent of the victims, in light of the potentially legitimate concerns regarding the well-being of victims and their loved ones.“On the other hand, this constraint does not apply in the case of children and adolescents who may require immediate placement in State care,” she pointed out.Mrs. Palmer encouraged health workers to use the protocols and guidelines effectively, efficiently and compassionately to deal with victims and sufferers.The document is titled ‘Management of Suspected Victims of Trafficking in Persons Protocol for Health Workers’. It is designed to be used as a guide and contains pertinent information concerning the identification and protection of victims.It provides guidelines relating to the stabilisation of patients, importance of confidentiality, requisite documentation, consent and referral of suspected victims.last_img read more