Seafood Sector Funding Announced

first_imgThe province is helping Nova Scotia’s seafood industry grow. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Nov. 15, more than $1.6 million is being invested to help producers diversify markets and enhance productivity. The funding will also help the industry keep fish stocks healthy and productive. “Nova Scotians appreciate the value of our primary industries,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This investment will ensure our seafood industry has a strong presence globally while creating good jobs and growing the economy here at home.” The investment is part of $3.75 million in seafood industry funding provided through the Community Development Trust Fund and approved through the Seafood Sector Renewal Program. “This program funding provided us with the opportunity to make our business more competitive,” said Phil LeBlanc, president of IMO Foods. “It is important that we continue to look at new ways of doing business in order to remain strong in the marketplace.” The Seafood Sector Renewal Program supports projects that help the success and long-term growth of Nova Scotia’s seafood industry. The program is open to seafood processors, harvesters, industry groups and organizations, seafood corporations and co-operatives. The federal government started the $34.9-million Community Development Trust Fund in 2008 to help communities, sectors and workers hard hit by economic challenges. More information on the seafood industry funding program is available at .last_img read more

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Named Honorary Chairs of National Womens Survivors Convention

first_imgThe Women Survivors Alliance is excited to announce that Giuliana and Bill Rancic will serve as honorary co-chairs for the Second Annual National Women’s Survivors Convention.This one-of-a-kind event designed to honor and inspire cancer survivors will take place Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.Giuliana Rancic is one of the world’s most credible and well-known entertainment journalists and can be seen nightly as anchor of E! News. A breast cancer survivor, Giuliana created “Fab-U-Wish,” a program to grant fashion, beauty and celebrity themed wishes to women battling this disease. In addition to co-hosting the event, Giuliana will step into a familiar role along the red carpet as host of the convention’s Red Carpet Live Pajama Party. See what it’s like for the world’s top celebrities to be on the other end of Giuliana’s microphone.“While we cannot control what life brings us, we can control how we react,” says Giuliana. “This is where we find the strength and power to persevere and succeed.”Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program The Apprentice. Bill is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers on the topics of entrepreneurship and business. He educates and inspires audiences by sharing the lessons he’s learned throughout his business career.“Life’s experiences make us who we are. Accept this, embrace this and use this to create the world you want and the world you deserve,” says Bill. “If you do this, nothing can stop you.”The couple’s hit reality show, Giuliana & Bill, will continue with the season six premiere, July 16th, on Style Network. Giuliana and Bill’s unique combined perspective provides audiences with a stimulating, candid, provocative and inspiring conversation from both sides of the aisle.Founded by the Women Survivors Alliance, the National Women’s Survivors Convention aims to establish a network where women affected by cancer can find their voice, improve their quality of life and embrace their new normal.Thanks to tremendous strides in research, more of us are now beating the beast called cancer. In fact, there are over 7 million women cancer survivors in this country. But a cancer diagnosis is a life game changer. Survivors must address the long-term and life limiting effects of the illness and its treatments including physical, emotional, psychosocial, legal and financial issues. Survivorship, and the recognition of the many challenges survivors face following treatment, is the cutting-edge theme in the world of cancer. It is clear that the time has come to move survivorship to the forefront of the conversation about cancer and Giuliana and Bill exemplify that movement.Also for 2014, participants can expect even more celebrities, cutting edge researchers, cancer-based organizations, networking opportunities, the Celebrate Survivors 5k and the opportunity for a night out downtown. Returning favorites include the Survivors Marketplace Expo, and their Glamville makeovers.Space is limited, so reserve your spot at read more

ChinaJapan drawing closer amid trade pressure from US

first_imgBEIJING, China – Shared trade friction with the U.S. appears to be drawing longtime Asian rivals China and Japan closer, with Chinese President Xi Jinping telling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that the two countries are “sharing more common interests and concerns.”China-Japan relations have undergone turbulence but are now “back to a normal track,” Xi told Abe during the first formal visit to Beijing by a Japanese leader in nearly seven years.“Under the new situation, our interdependence with each other has deepened. Also, we are sharing more common interests and concerns in multilateral and wider areas,” Xi said.Abe’s visit highlights the improvement in ties after they hit a low in 2012 during a dispute over East China Sea islands controlled by key U.S. ally Japan but claimed by China.While that feud remains unresolved, trade and investment have recovered and companies from the two sides are exploring joint investments in third countries such as Thailand.China has come under increasing pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to impose punitive tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products and attempt to limit Chinese access to American technology. Beijing has responded with tariffs of its own on U.S. goods such as soybeans, and no swift resolution to the standoff appears likely.Trump has also raised tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Japan and other countries, and is threatening tariffs on Japanese autos and auto parts. That seems to be prompting both countries to look for alternative markets and co-operate on foreign investments where their interests converge, despite their longstanding disagreements.“In the past several years, the China-Japan relationship has experienced ups and downs. With the efforts made by both parties, our relationship has been straightened out and come back to a normal track,” Xi said.Abe responded that Japan believes the two countries should take a free and fair trade system to “a new level.”“Based on these principles, Japan and China need to work together and contribute to what the world in a sense expects of us, toward the peace and stability of the region, and that of the world,” Abe said.Prior to meeting Xi, Abe met twice with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss issues ranging from the East China Sea dispute to trade co-operation and human rights, according to Abe spokesman Takeshi Osuga.Speaking to reporters afterward, Li said 500 business agreements worth $18 billion had been signed between Chinese and Japanese companies during the visit, displaying the “bright future” for co-operation between the sides. Osuga said he could not confirm that figure, saying they were purely commercial arrangements reached by the companies involved.Abe, who has been accompanied on his visit by a 500-strong business delegation, expressed hopes for closer ties and a shift in relations from “competition to co-operation,” an apparent reference to the rifts that until recently have muted Japanese business interests in China.The visit, which featured Japanese flags hung in the heart of Beijing, marks a dramatic outward improvement in ties from six years ago.Anti-Japanese riots broke out in China after Tokyo nationalized the islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, and Beijing froze high-level contacts. Tourism, trade and investment dropped off and Japanese-brand vehicles and other products were vandalized or destroyed.Ties have also been dogged by enduring Chinese resentment over Japan’s invasion and occupation last century and a political, military and economic rivalry for influence in Asia and beyond.Speaking at a briefing for reporters, Osuga said ties had recovered from what had been “not normal relations with a neighbouring country,” but said differences remained. That is particularly true in the East China Sea, where in addition to the islands, China and Japan are at odds over the exploitation of natural gas and other resources.“Prime Minister Abe reiterated his view that, without stability in the East China Sea, there will not be a true improvement of the relationship,” Osuga said.“The two leaders shared the view that there needs to be concrete progress in the field of maritime domain as balancing the security field, to build a constructive relationship and to get rid of the mutual distrust between the people of the two countries,” he said.To further that, the sides agreed to hold a meeting by the end of the year to discuss ways to avoid confrontations in the air and at sea, and also signed an agreement on search and rescue co-operation, Osuga said.He declined to give details about the leaders’ discussions on the territorial dispute, human rights and other sensitive issues.Japan this year terminated four decades of government assistance to China, considered by some as a type of reparations for the damage caused during its invasion and occupation. As China’s economy surged past Japan’s to become the world’s second largest, such assistance appeared increasingly anachronistic, although Japan had continued to provide funds for problems such as health and air pollution that affect the region as a whole.For now, however, Asia’s two largest economies appear to have shelved differences in favour of business ties. China is already Japan’s largest trading partner and Japanese companies from carmakers to department stores play a major role in the Chinese economy.Abe, who also attended a third-country investment conference and met with students at elite Peking University, is to return to Japan on Saturday. The last such visit was in late 2011.Xi is expected to visit Japan next year, with Abe returning to China to attend a trilateral summit of the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.last_img read more

Morocco, Spain Help France Seize 11 Tons of Cannabis

Rabat – French security seized on Friday 11 tons of cannabis in the region Besancon region. The record-setting dismantling operation was possible thanks to massive support from Moroccan and Spanish investigation teams.France, Morocco, and Spain have cooperated on various criminal investigations, but the latest is the biggest operation of its kind that involved a tight cooperation between the three allies. A statement from the public prosecution’s office in Nancy said that police intercepted several vehicles, including a truck on the “A36 motorway toward paris in the area of Besancon.” Police arrested four suspects, including an Italian national during the operation.France’s Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner expressed pride about the security collaboration between France and its two partners, highlighting how helpful information from Spain and Morocco have been helpful in other criminal cases in France.Félicitations à la PJ de Strasbourg et à l’office central pour la répression du trafic illicite des stupéfiants pour cette saisie record, concrétisation d’une enquête exemplaire menée avec leurs homologues marocains et espagnols. #FiersDeNosPoliciers— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) 13 mai 2019Castaner said in a tweet: “Congratulations to the judicial police of Strasbourg and the Central Office for the repression of the illicit traffic of drug on this record seizure, realization of an exemplary investigation carried out with their Moroccan and Spanish counterparts.” The operation was the culmination of a judicial investigation opened in 2017. The prosecutor’s office said in the statement that investigated found the existence of “traffic of magnitude between Morocco, Spain, France, and Belgium,” according to AFP.French Central Directorate of the Judicial Police launched the investigation in collaboration with Morocco’s security services and Spanish police, which provided “valuable elements for the investigation,” added the statement.The amount of the cannabis seized on Friday is a record since 1999; when police busted 23.5 tons of cannabis in Boulogne-sur-mer, in the north of France, added AFP.Morocco maintains strong diplomatic ties with France and Spain, with which the North African country share a counterterrorism collaboration.Throughout the year, Morocco’s police raided on several drug trafficking networks, seizing big amounts of multiple sorts of drugs, including cocaine, and cannabis. read more

UN SecretaryGeneral to meet with Russian President on trip to Moscow

During the trip, which is scheduled for 15 to 17 May, Mr. Annan will also meet with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and visit the State Duma — the Russian Federation’s Parliament, the spokesman said. The Secretary-General will be arriving in Moscow from Brussels, where, on 14 May, he will be addressing the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which will review international measures to address the plight of the world’s 49 poorest countries. read more

Nearly 100 child soldiers reunite with their families in Sierra Leone UN

The hand-over took place during a ceremony in Makeni, after the children – three of whom were girls – had been brought from a care centre in Lungi. Many of the children had not seen their families in over three years. An additional 130 children are expected to be reunified next week, according to UNAMSIL.Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of the UN Mission, gave the keynote address, calling on families to welcome their children back “with open arms” and to give them “all the support they need to grow into normal children.” He said that the children did not join the fighting forces on their own, but under duress. “We have to make sure we give them all opportunities in life.” Also addressing the gathering, a representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Joanna Van Gerpen, drew attention to the work of child protection agencies in making sure the children were safe until they were able to be return home. “All of us want the best possible future for these children,” she said. “We want them to be safe and free from the dangers of war.” Ms. Van Gerpen emphasized that the entire community, both national and international, was working together to assure “a better future for the children of Sierra Leone.”In other news, over 100 participants from 11 chiefdoms in the northern Koinadugu District met yesterday in Kabala for a day-long sensitization workshop on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The workshop, which was facilitated by UNAMSIL’s Human Rights Section, was attended by representatives of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Civil Defence Force (CDF), as well as civil society representatives, including students. read more

Ohio State Golf Club provides a fair but tough challenge

Challenging but fair. It is a phrase that a professor might use to describe that last calculus test, but it also happens to fit the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club.The Scarlet Course, the club’s main attraction, re-opened on April 2 after being shuttered since November for the winter season.Topping out at more than 7,400 yards from the back tees, the course is often compared with the marquee country clubs of central Ohio.“Some people say it’s just as difficult as a Scioto Country Club or Muirfield Village,” said the club’s assistant golf professional Ben Mersy. “It’s pretty forgiving off the tees. The bunkers will get you, and the greens can be pretty tough.”Mersy added, “Overall it’s a fair but tough challenge.”The Scarlet Course was originally completed in 1938 and saw a major renovation between 2005 and 2006 under the guidance of former OSU golfer and PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.A frequent user of the course, Daron Prater, a second-year in engineering, vouched for the venue’s difficulty.“The greens are nearly impossible,” he said. “You have to leave (the ball) below the hole or else you won’t stand a chance.”For those looking for an easier course, Mersy said the OSU Golf Club is still the place to go.“We have two golf courses here, which is unique to central Ohio,” he said.The Gray Course, completed in 1940, tops out at 5,800 yards.Prater said that the Scarlet Course is beautiful.“There are some really nice views, it’s a very scenic course,” Prater said. “It gives you a great view of Ohio.”The course is also known for its pristine condition, Mersy said.“The condition of the course is great all year round,” he said. “We have a superintendent and his crew that do a wonderful job.”Mersy also said, though, that the Gray Course is just as nice as the Scarlet.“They take just as good of care on Gray as they do on Scarlet,” Mersy said. “(But) Gray is a much easier golf course for beginner to moderate golfers.”The club tries to keep the Gray course open throughout the winter if the weather permits, said Marc Lucas, the club’s general manager.Mersy said having two courses isn’t its most notable quality.The Scarlet Golf Course was ranked No. 7 on “Golfweek’s” list of the best college course of 2012.The OSU Golf Club is not only one of the best in the nation, but Mersy said that it also is one of the only establishments of its kind in Ohio as one of the few university-owned and operated clubs.Mersey said that Kent State has Windmill Lakes Golf Club, but the facility is not owned and operated by the university.Brian Kelly, OSU Golf Club’s head golf professional, said there is only one other college-operated course in the state.“The only other one that’s around is Bridgeview, which is owned by Columbus State Community College now,” he said.Bridgeview Golf Course is a nine-hole course, while OSU’s courses both have 18 holes.OSU Golf Club hosts a multitude of tournaments at all levels. Beyond some of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments and various collegiate competitions, Mersy said the club also hosts an event for the PGA Tour and is now part of the PGA Tour Qualifying Series.The club will be hosting the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship from Sept. 9 to 15.OSU Golf Club is located at 3605 Tremont Road. For OSU students, a day on the Scarlet Course costs $33 and on the Gray Course is $20. read more

Internet Watch Foundation reports rise in child sex abuse sites

first_imgThe IWF found that new web domains, such as .london, are increasingly being used for the distribution of indecent and sexual material containing children. It said there was a 258 per cent increase in the number of times it had to take action against such sites last year. As the number of sites has increased, the balance of where they’re located has shifted from the US to Europe, the Foundation said. The majority of sites, 60 per cent, were in Europe compared with 37 per cent in the US.But the watchdog’s findings show the UK is leading the fight against child abuse online, with a minute proportion of all content hosted here. “Only 0.1pc of the content was hosted in the UK,” said Sarah Smith, technical researcher at the IWF. “That’s because of the great partnerships we have with law enforcement and industry here. “The content is taken down incredibly quickly once we’ve spoken to our police partners at the National Crime Agency. Speed is of the essence here because those images are of children being sexually abused.”As the size of the problem has increased the methods used by criminals to hide the material has become more sophisticated. The report shows the number of illegal websites disguised as legitmate ones has more than doubled since 2015. “They use this technique called ‘disguised websites’ to hide content and make it more difficult to take it down,” said Smith. “This lets them get access to things like payment processing services, which is something we’re concerned about.”Responding to the news, a spokesman for the NSPCC said: “We must never forget that there is a victim behind every child sexual abuse image, and every time these horrific pictures are viewed a child is re-abused. Anyone who wilfully seeks out this material is complicit in fuelling this appalling industry.”To stamp out this crime altogether we must tackle the escalating demand for child abuse material by finding out what deters offenders and potential offenders from viewing child sexual abuse images.” A dramatic rise in child sex abuse images online has raised concerns about the ability of authorities to stop illegal material from spreading across the internet as criminals create new ways to hide. The number of websites found to be hosting explicit and abusive images of children increased 20 per cent in 2016 to 2,416, according to the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual report of potentially illegal sites.The independent body, which monitors for sites that sell and show indecent photographs and videos of children under the age of 18, said the problem is growing with new internet addresses offering criminals more places to hide material. Speed is of the essence here because those images are of children being sexually abusedSarah Smith, Internet Watch Foundation Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Games manufacturer EA cuts jobs in Galway

first_imgThese are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world.The spokesperson said the company would not disclose the number of jobs that would be lost in the cuts in Ireland however understands it is just less than 20.Just yesterday Joystiq reported that the company was laying off around 60 permanent employees at EA Mobile Montreal in Canada and a further 100 people working under contract.A spokesperson for IDA Ireland said it “has a longstanding relationship with EA – the company continues to employ significant numbers in the Galway area”.Read: Games giant EA to create 300 customer service jobs in Galway>Read: EA subsidiary to open call centre with 200 jobs> GAMES GIANT EA has decided to cut a number of jobs at its customer service centre in Galway, just seven months after it announced it would create 300 new positions in the expansion of its presence in the county.In September last year, the video games manufacturer announced 300 new jobs, in addition to the 200 staff it already employed, that would be created through an IDA Ireland-supported expansion. However yesterday staff at the quality department in Galway were told that the company would be making cuts.In a statement to, a spokesperson for the company said that it is “sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile” and that, in some cases, this involves reducing team sizes.last_img read more

John Cena vs Triple H and more matches announced for Greatest Royal

first_img Videos Articles WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following press release on Monday announcing several matches for the upcoming “Greatest Royal Rumble” event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 27th.One match now official is John Cena vs. Triple H in their first meeting in eight years.You can check out the full press release below.John Cena™ Takes on Triple H™ at the Greatest Royal Rumble®03/26/2018 – Tickets Available This Saturday, March 31RIYADH, Saudi Arabia & STAMFORD, Conn.– For the first time since 2010, John Cena will go head-to-head with Triple H at the Greatest Royal Rumble event at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. AST. Tickets for this historic event are available this Saturday, March 31 at 12 midnight AST via Tickets will also be available at 10 a.m. AST at Virgin stores throughout Saudi Arabia. Ticket prices start at 20 SAR.Additionally, the Greatest Royal Rumble event will feature an Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins™ vs. Finn Bálor™ vs. The Miz™ vs. Samoa Joe™ and a Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Hardy Boyz™ vs. Sheamus™ and Cesaro™. A Ladder Match is when a Championship title belt is suspended above the ring, and the first Superstar to climb to the top of a ladder and retrieve the title is the winner and Champion.General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia Chairman, His Excellency Turki Al Sheikh, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invite the world to celebrate this signature event, which includes the first-ever 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match and seven championship matches.Fans will also get to see WWE Superstars Roman Reigns™, AJ Styles™, Braun Strowman™, The New Day™, Randy Orton™, Bray Wyatt™ and Shinsuke Nakamura™, among others.The inaugural Greatest Royal Rumble will deliver live family-friendly entertainment to passionate fans across the Middle East. It is the first event as part of a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Additional event details, including broadcast information, will be available in the coming weeks.Also announced for the event is a 50-Man Royal Rumble Match and five other title matches. The special event has also been rumored to be airing live on WWE Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 85.40%0:01Remaining Time -1:04 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next John Cena Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20center_img Hulk Hogan to make WWE return at Crown Jewel WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Charlize Theron Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Egypt coach Cuper thinks Salah is one of the best in

first_imgThe Liverpool player is definitely of the highest importance to Egypt’s international team, considering the fact that they are now preparing for a World Cup finals appearance – something they haven’t done since 1990.Salah has been one of the most discussed players lately, and there is a reason behind that – he is currently leading the Premier League in goals scored this season as he recently claimed the first place from Harry Kane after he scored four goals in a single game against Watford.“I think Salah is one of the best players in the world right now and I don’t know if he can be the best player in the world but what he’s doing now is really important,” Egypt coach Cuper shared.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I always say that behind a great player there has to be a great team.”“I don’t know if we are a great team but we cover what Salah gives us, we try to give as much security as we can as a team and until now we have been able to achieve things,” Cuper added, according to Goal.last_img read more

Man accused of shooting offduty officer curses at judge

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two men accused of shooting a Doral police officer outside of his Palmetto Bay home faced a judge, Thursday, and one of them had to be removed from the courtroom after an outburst.Demetrius Jones and Kionee Bell appeared in court in front of a judge, where Jones began shouting expletives before a bailiff escorted him out of the courtroom.Both men have been charged for the robbery and shooting of Officer Gary King.King was off-duty at the time of the robbery, which took place outside of home.The trial for both suspects is set to begin on April 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune Partner Up

first_imgToday, The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune announced a new partnership. This coincides with the end of “The Trib’s” partnership with the New York Times and comes shortly after it established a D.C. bureau. Abby Livingston, who was hired last month as The Trib’s first D.C. bureau chief, will work out of The Post’s newsroom and will presumably be the conduit between the two brands. The Post will get access to exclusive content it will use for print and online and The Trib’s premium readers (donors who give more than $250 a year) will benefit by gaining access to The Post’s print and online content, free for one year. The partnership includes content sharing between the two brands and collaborative events, beginning on Jan. 29 when they co-host Texas on the Potomac. The Trib’s Emily Ramshaw writes that the relationship had been growing organically over the past year through content sharing initiatives and event participation. Now, the relationship will be solidified.last_img read more

MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy wants community hall works resumed

first_imgLB Nagar: Local legislator Devireddy Sudheer Reddy handed over a memorandum to District Collector Lokesh Kumar on Thursday seeking him to resume Vambey Colony Community Hall construction work.He said Rs 20 lakh has been sanctioned towards construction of community hall in the past. But, the works haven’t been started due to untoward reasons. The collector assured that he would direct officials concerned to resume the work. Dengula Krishna, Srinivas Yadav, Durga Srinu, Vishnu, Venkanna, Madhu and others were present.last_img read more

Agents and family members get up to 70 off New Zealand airfares

first_imgAgents and family members get up to 70% off New Zealand airfares Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Friday, March 24, 2017 Tags: American Airlines, New Zealand VANCOUVER — American Airlines is making New Zealand more accessible to Canadian travel agents through an exclusive travel fare.For a limited time IATA or CLIA registered agents are eligible to receive up to a 70% discount on New Zealand airfare and can more easily take a step to become a certified Tourism New Zealand NZ Specialist.The promotional fare is valid for currently employed travel agents contracted with American Airlines. Sub-agents may also take part in the program as long as employment has been verified by the contracted agency. A valid IATA or CLIA card is required. Tickets must be issued on or before May 31 for travel by May 31. All segments must be confirmed in O and Q class; O discount 70% and Q discount 60%. The deals is valid only on AA operated flights and on AA’s transpacific flights 82/83. AA*/codeshare flights are not permitted.Up to three family members or one travelling companion may purchase this fare too, however all passengers must travel on the same flights, dates, itinerary as the agent, with no exceptions.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme is designed to help travel agents build knowledge and better sell New Zealand. The free program provides online training modules, webinars, and informative videos about New Zealand’s diverse regions and what they have to offer. A trip to New Zealand is a requirement of the certification.“We are dedicated to educating more travel agents across the U.S. and Canada about New Zealand as a destination,” says Bjoern Spreitzer, General Manager Americas & Europe for Tourism New Zealand. “This deal is a great opportunity for travel agents to experience the country first-hand and see how New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes, unique Maori culture and award-winning food and wine make it the perfect destination for North American consumers.”Once in New Zealand agents can receive further discounts on tourism products and activities by signing up to Tourism New Zealand’s Explore New Zealand Programme. The program enables accredited international travel sellers travelling independently to enjoy a range of New Zealand products and experiences.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoDiscounts are offered for accommodation, attractions, activities, tours and transport. Typical discount offers are 50% off or two-for-one offers for the Explore pass holder and their partner. Offers are available throughout New Zealand, allowing agents to explore off-the-beaten track regions as well as New Zealand’s most popular destinations.For more information on these special agent discounts, to start the New Zealand Specialist training and to sign up for the Explore program visit read more

Two brands two brochures Insight Luxury Gold launch 2019 lineups

first_img Cindy Sosroutomo Share Friday, October 19, 2018 Two brands, two brochures: Insight & Luxury Gold launch 2019 lineups TORONTO — You can never accuse The Travel Corporation (TTC) of resting on its laurels. Following a highly successful summer 2018 season, its Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold brands are already gearing up for 2019 with brand new brochures, both of which are being called their biggest collections yet.Speaking to Travelweek at Toronto’s launch event yesterday, Insight Vacations’ CEO, Ulla Hefel Böhler, said that the company’s product offering has never been better after 40 years of business. Highlighted in its 230-page Europe & Britain 2019 brochure, Insight will travel to over 40 countries on 96 journeys and offer more than 70 Insight Experiences, which are characterized by authentic dining, stylish accommodations and small groups sizes.New for next year is the 10-day ‘Northern Lights of Scandinavia’ itinerary, which includes a meet and greet with the owner of a husky farm, visits to Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace in Oslo, and a stay at the glass-roofed Aurora Village in Ivalo for the chance to view the Northern Lights from the comfort of one’s own bed.Scandinavia, said Böhler, has always been popular for Insight during the summer months, but the company is now pushing it as a winter destination, too, that offers much more than just the Northern Lights. And because there are limited departures for ‘Northern Lights’, Böhler anticipates that it will sell out quickly.This is all the more reason for agents to push for early bookings, said Brad Ford, President of Insight Vacations. “We’re telling travellers to not wait because you run the risk of not getting the journey of your choice,” he said. Insight’s Early Booking Bonus includes 10% off and runs until Jan. 31, 2019.Also expected to sell well next year is a new 10-day Greek Island Hopper tour (“a great standalone itinerary” according to Ford), the newly enhanced ‘Jordan Experience’ (now featuring an overnight in Wadi Rum and a visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative), as well as Egypt, which Böhler said is making a big comeback for the company.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“We’ve been seeing so much business to Egypt, and we’re excited to say that numbers are finally coming back,” she said, adding that during a recent trip to the country, she was amazed by the sparse crowds and short lineups. “It’s much less crowded than it was before, now is definitely the time to go.”Luxury Gold, which also offers Egypt, is anticipating another stellar year with its brand new Worldwide 2019 brochure. Featuring 55 itineraries (up from 48), the brochure offers “the best of independent travel and guided vacations,” said Brett Tollman, CEO of The Travel Corporation. The brand, a collection of high-end travel experiences that has been personally curated by TTC chairman (and Brett’s father) Stanley Tollman, was launched five years ago to bring back the golden era of travel.“My father’s vision for Luxury Gold came about after seeing the success of Red Carnation Hotels and Uniworld (TTC’s high-end hotel and river cruise brands). He thought, ‘Why not do the same for land offerings?’” he told Travelweek.In addition to upscale accommodations, gourmet dining, and 40-pax maximum group sizes (with some select journeys capping at 16 and even less, now with its new Group Travel and Bespoke Journeys department), Tollman highlighted Luxury Gold’s Travelling Concierge as one of the brand’s differentiating pillars, whose sole duty is to customize trips to create a unique experience for each client.With such elevated touches, he described Luxury Gold as “the best of two worlds” (a hybrid of FIT travel and guided touring), and went so far as to put the brand above competitors A&K and Tauck. The difference, he said, is that Luxury Gold is much more agent focused.“We don’t do consumer marketing, we rely heavily on our agent partners,” he said. The company’s personal guarantee is to never steal a customer, which is backed up by its Travel Wallet program. According to Tollman, 90% of its business is repeat clients who go back to the travel agent to book. “For the other 10% who come directly to us, we’ll still pay full commission to the original agent, even if they had nothing to do with the booking.”More news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAnd with Luxury Gold packages priced anywhere from $8,000-$10,000 – times two per booking – “the commissions are amazing,” he said.Another value to agents is client testimonials, which are posted to TTC’s websites via third party platform Feefo. Clients are encouraged to provide post-trip feedback via email, which is then posted “with no interference from us,” said Tollman. “Consumers want validation from other consumers. By reading these reviews, they can book with 100% confidence.”And although the volume of bookings for Luxury Gold is nowhere near that of Insight Vacations’, there’s room to grow, he added.“Even though our numbers are still relatively small, we’ve grown exponentially over the past five years,” he said. “There’s plenty of capacity to grow further, which is why we need agent support.”For more information go to and About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. 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Turkish foreign ministry blames Kotzias for talks collapse

first_imgThe Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias and the Greek Cypriot side were responsible for the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Huseyin Muftuoglu said in a statement on Saturday.Citing “remarks shared by Kotzias on his Twitter account” on Friday, Muftuoglu said the Greek foreign minister “seems to have forgotten that he, with the attitude he displayed, was the one responsible for the conference’s lasting no more than a day in January”.“Turkey attended the Conference on Cyprus with the goodwill and constructive attitude we had been displaying since the very beginning of the negotiation process,” Muftuoglu said.“As to the answer to why the Conference on Cyprus failed to succeed, it can also be seen from the remarks shared by Greek Foreign Minister Mr Kotzias yesterday (7 July) on his Twitter account. The uncompromising and unconstructive attitude that underlies Minister Kotzias’ remarks was displayed throughout the entire Conference by the Greek Cypriot and Greek sides.”The conference, he added, has demonstrated yet again that it will not be possible to reach a settlement in the absence of good faith and political will.On Friday, Kotzias tweeted in Greek that “it wasn’t possible to accept Turkish intervention rights on the whole island. The dream and plan for a solution to the Cyprus problem remains alive”.Also on Friday, Kotzias retweeted a post by Greek Cypriot journalist Michalis Ignatiou, showing a picture of the smiling Greek FM, along with Cyprus’ government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, deputy Victoras Papadopoulos, and undersecretary to the President Vasilis Palmas.Ignatiou captioned the picture “Kotzias describes the collapse of the Cyprus talks”.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Free state healthcare for university students Updated

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal by which all university students in Cyprus will receive free healthcare at state hospitals, Education Minister Costas Kadis said.Speaking to reporters after a cabinet session, Kadis said the body decided to satisfy “a long-standing demand of our students for free healthcare”.He added that discussions on the issue had been held between the health, finance and education ministries, during which it was found that the measure’s cost was “fully manageable”. The minister said he plans to meet with student union Pofen to formally announce the cabinet decision.He did not say what the cost would be.Kadis said it is not expected to be very high, but will eventually depend on the number of students opting to receive healthcare at state hospitals.Students who are chronic patients, he added, are anyway covered by the existing system, thus the new decision covers mainly students who are “at an age and stage in their life with the least healthcare demands”.All students whether in public or private universities are covered he said..Reacting to the announcement, Akel-affiliated student union Proodeftiki said restoring free healthcare for students, which the government revoked in April 2013, has been a constant demand since.“After four years of demanding the restoration of this injustice, our students are now eligible for something that was previously taken for granted,” the union said.“However, it is at least provocative for the government to make this move after 4.5 years of mockery. In our view, free healthcare should never have been taken away from students.”The government’s announcement also prompted reaction by the Citizens’ Alliance, which linked the measure with the upcoming presidential election in January, accusing the administration of President Nicos Anastasiades of “continuing its pre-election vote-seeking perks”.“It was the university students’ turn, who will be entitled to free healthcare at state hospitals,” the statement said.“We welcome the decision. But it comes at a time when public hospitals are reeling because of the economic crisis, which has driven the public to private hospitals.”Health matters, the party said, are best kept away from the election campaign.“For better or worse, several other issues lend themselves to campaign clashes,” it said.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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