Tourism training ends


A four-day long training of trainers organised by Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) on gender equity, women’s health and HIV/AIDS in tourism concluded here on Thursday. The training addressed issues of gender mainstreaming in tourism, women’s health as a major issue for empowerment and adverse impact in tourism of HIV/AIDS. — RSS

Crude prices jump


Oil prices surged above $67 a barrel on Wednesday on concerns about a storm that could hit production sites in the Gulf of Mexico and a US government report that showed a decline in the nation’s supply. Natural gas futures also rallied on the storm fears — even though forecasters anticipate a weak hurricane — as traders recalled the months-long disruption to oil and gas production in the region. — AP