Afghanistans decimated livestock could take 10 years to regenerate – UN report

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

Four years of drought and many years of civil strife have decimated livestock in Afghanistan, a major source of income and food for farmers and their families, and it could take up to 10 years for the animal herds to regenerate naturally, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. The number of cattle per family has fallen by more than two-thirds, from 3.7 to 1.22 over the past eight years, while that of sheep decreased particularly sharply from 21.9 to 2.9 over the same period, according to the preliminary results of the first livestock census ever conducted in Afghanistan when compared with previous estimates. “The major challenge now is to maximize the natural regeneration of herds,” the FAO Senior Officer, Livestock Development, Simon Mack, said in a statement. “This can be done by ensuring that the animals are healthy and well fed, and that there are adequate breeding males or artificial insemination available.” Animals were also being imported from neighbouring countries and Mr. Mack warned that without adequate veterinary control there was a risk of spreading infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and peste des petits ruminants, which could adversely affect the recovery of the national herd. “FAO strongly recommends increasing the capacity of the public veterinary services to manage these disease risks,” he said. The preliminary results show that there are 3.7 million cattle in Afghanistan, 8.8 million sheep, 7.3 million goats, 1.6 million donkeys, 180,000 camels, 140,000 horses and 12.2 million poultry. The Kuchi nomads and other semi-nomadic pastoralists in the provinces of Ghazni, Zabul, Kabul and Kandahar have been particularly hit by the drought, FAO said. About 60 percent of the Kuchi households have completely lost their livestock. The majority of households have yet to recover. Meanwhile UN agencies are pre-positioning food, fuel, and non-food stocks in difficult-to-access areas and undertaking other efforts to mitigate the worst effects of winter on vulnerable groups throughout the country. These include road-clearance, and emergency cash-for-work programmes to support additional household costs. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned 32,000 metric tons of food stocks for around 650,000 people, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is stockpiling tents, blankets, plastic sheets, kerosene stoves, and fuel, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pre-placed medical supplies in remote and high-altitude areas to ensure a rapid response to any potential disease outbreak. read more

UN refugee agency urges safeguard compliance before any returns begin under EUTurkey

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “does not object to returns of people without protection needs and who have not asked for asylum, providing that human rights are adhered to,” UNHCR Chief Spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.According to a statement issued by the EU, the sides agreed that all new “irregular” migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands will be returned to Turkey, starting from 20 March, and for every Syrian being returned to Turkey from Greek islands, another Syrian will be resettled from Turkey to the EU.Across Greece, which has been compelled to host people because of closed borders elsewhere in Europe, numerous aspects of the systems for receiving and dealing with people who may need international protection are still either not working or absent, she said.There are currently around 51,000 refugees and migrants in the country, 46,000 on the mainland and 5,000 on the islands. Recent arrivals spiked on 29th March at 766 after several days of arrivals averaging about 300 people a day.Without urgent further EU support, the limited capacity of the Greek asylum service to register and process asylum claims will create problems, she said. Limited hours of registration, daily ceilings on registrations, a lack of access to the Skype system for registration set up by the Asylum Services, are at present adding to the anxiety.In Turkey, UNHCR has requested access to people returned from Greece, to ensure people can benefit from effective international protection and to prevent risk of refoulement. UNHCR hopes that the Temporary Protection regulation required for granting or reinstating temporary protection status for Syrians readmitted from Greece will be adopted soon.UNHCR has set out the safeguards that would be required for safe readmission from Greece to Turkey, most recently in a paper of 23 March.In line with its global policy on promoting alternatives to detention, UNHCR has had to suspend services at all closed facilities, with the exception of protection monitoring and providing information on asylum procedures, she said. In March, sea arrivals down in Greece, up in Italy Greece saw more than 150,700 sea arrivals for the first three months of 2016, albeit with lower arrivals in March.Sea arrivals on the other main Mediterranean route – from North Africa to Italy – increased to 18,784 from 10,165 recorded in the same period of 2015, representing a more than 80 per cent increase, with March arrivals showing a four-fold increase. These are predominantly Nigerians, Gambians, Senegalese, Malians and other West African nationals. read more

Japanese Prime Minister Abe calls for resolute UN action against DPR Koreas

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

“There is no alternative but to say that the threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now,” Mr. Abe said during the Assembly’s annual general debate. “We must therefore respond to this in a manner entirely distinct from our responses thus far. We must concentrate our strengths and thwart North Korea’s plans,” he said.Noting that three ballistic missiles from DPRK reached Japan’s exclusive economic zone, he said “it is purely a matter of good fortune that no commercial aircraft or ships suffered any damage during this incident.”He said DPRK claimed to have successfully detonated a nuclear warhead in a test on 9 September, after which he phoned United States President Barack Obama and the Republic of Korea’s President, Park Geun-hye, to draw up an agreement that the three countries will demonstrate a resolute attitude toward DPRK.“Next is the United Nations’ turn on the stage,” Mr. Abe said, calling on the Security Council to “indicate an unmistakable attitude towards this threat of a new dimension.”Mr. Abe described peace as something like glass. When well-polished and transparent, its presence goes unnoticed. A small crack can be overlooked for a while, but “before you know it, the crack expands and the glass in time shatters with a crash,” he said.Noting that this December, Japan will mark its 60th anniversary of its accession to the United Nations, he said his country has single-mindedly wished and advocated for world peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons.The cumulative total of Japan’s assessed contributions to the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets easily exceeds $20 billion in book value, second only to the US. In addition, its overseas development assistance has amounted to $334.5 billion, again in book value.Peace, stability and security of the seas as well as navigation and overflight are the basis for the peace and prosperity for the international community, he said, stressing that States should make their claims based on international law, and disputes must be settled through peaceful means.Turning to the UN governance structure, he said that countries in Africa and Latin America have built up a degree of influence in global politics and economy but they don’t have satisfactory representation on the Security Council, calling for the reform of the body as a matter of urgency. read more

Vince Cable launches £22 million automotive Proving Factory initiative

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, has launched an advanced manufacturing initiative for the automotive sector, with an investment of £21.8 million from the public and private sector.The Proving Factory is a collaborative project involving major companies and groups in the UK motor industry. It will result in component manufacturing at Tata Steel’s site in Rotherham and an assembly facility in the West Midlands, managed by Productiv. The Proving Factory will industrialise and validate new technologies and supply them to vehicle manufacturers.The Secretary of State, Vince Cable said, “Supply chains are the lifeblood of industry and vital in our drive for renewed economic growth, which is why government has committed to supporting their development as part of our Industrial Strategy.“The Proving Factory is a clear demonstration of how AMSCI is bringing government and businesses together to overcome barriers in efficiency and expansion, while creating a wealth of valuable new jobs in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.”Those supporting The Proving Factory project include Jaguar Land Rover as a major UK vehicle manufacturer, Schaeffler and Unipart, offering their supply chain and process expertise, and the Midlands Assembly Network, which is offering component process and supply.The innovative automotive technologies and components that the project will industrialise prior to manufacture will come from six technology developers including: Bladon Jets, Drive Systems Design, Flybrid, Libralato and Torotrak.The Proving Factory will ultimately manufacture low volume advanced technologies for vehicle manufacturers, with a target of 1,000 to 20,000 units per annum for each of 10 to 20 products.The project has received funding and strategic support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Automotive Council. It has received £12.8 million in grant and loan funding from the government through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, which has been matched with £9.1 million of private funding.It is envisaged that The Proving Factory will create over 250 direct new jobs in assisted areas, where new employment is greatly needed, and around 1,000 more in the manufacturing and engineering supply chain.Commenting, SMMT interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton, said, “We are always pleased to see government and industry working together to strengthen the automotive supply chain and bring to market high-tech engineering projects from the wealth of expertise we have in the UK. This initiative provides the structure and skills to enable UK-based businesses to support our strong automotive vehicle and component manufacturing industry and to launch innovative new products.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State regains momentum in homeopening win vs Detroit Mercy

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont during the 2017 season. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (1-1) bounced back from its season-opening loss to Navy in its home opener Friday night after defeating Detroit Mercy (0-2) 20-5. The Buckeyes dominated offensively with 11 different players putting points on the board. Ohio State was 22-27 in draw controls allowing them to maintain possession for most of the game. “It was awesome to see so many different girls score because that is what we’re going for is just a balanced offense,” sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez said. Hernandez led the team with five goals on eight shots. “We started out a little slow but I think we did a good job of bouncing back and pushing through the lows,” Hernandez said. “At first we weren’t really converting on those shots but I think we just brought it in and really made adjustments to put the ball behind the net.” After the Titans scored first, Ohio State set the tone early by going on a 7-0 run in the first half, while holding the Titans to a 22-minute scoring drought. Detroit Mercy freshman midfielder Meredith Moore scored with less than two minutes left in the first half, but that did not shake Ohio State’s momentum; the Buckeyes followed with three more goals before halftime, leading 10-2.Ohio State junior attacker McKayla Conti had four goals and junior attacker Sarah Dickinson had three assists. The Buckeyes had 42 shots compared to the Titans’ 17. “I thought our attackers and midfielders were courageous and they just took it,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said.  Sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had six saves in the game. Ohio State caused 10 turnovers overall, three of which were from junior defender Caroline Mackrides.  A forced turnover by senior midfielder Shannon Rosati and clear attempt by Mackrides late in the first half gave Hernandez her third goal of the game. “My teammates created a lot for me. They drew double, moved it to me, I just had one girl to beat and I just finished,” Hernandez said. Detroit Mercy redshirt sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Wandelt led the Titans with four points, three of which came in the second half. But Ohio State went on a 6-0 run beginning around the 13-minute mark to greatly extend its lead and close out the game. “We knew we had a lot to work on this week sharpening things up” said Hernandez. “I think we did a better job of moving the ball more and not having as many turnovers as last week.” Ohio State takes on Jacksonville on the road Feb. 23. read more

Man to spend second day on raft protesting against Kilkenny bridge

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSource: Darragh ByrneA PROTESTER IS to spend a second day on board a raft on the site of a controversial proposed bridge in Kilkenny.On board the raft is a tent with the words ‘No CAS’ written on it.CAS is the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme, under which a bridge is being built over the River Nore. A photo by local photographer Danny Lahart, with the #savekilkenny hashtag that protesters have been using on Twitter. Source: Danny LahartSome residents are protesting because they believe the road will bring more traffic into the centre of the medieval city.Speaking to yesterday, the man who built the raft said that he is there to “try and stop [construction workers] driving piles into the river and try and stop them building the massive bridge through the medieval heart of Kilkenny, which the majority of Kilkenny people don’t want”.Work on the bridge was temporarily suspended last Thursday after protesters swam into the path of the construction work.Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council (KCC) Patrick Millea said that he believes work will resume in the next day or so.However, with the raft in the path of the work, this could raise issues.Councillors will meet again on the subject on 1 September, having agreed to undertake a review of the CAS.At a meeting on Saturday, councillors were given legal advice that they could not overturn the decision on the bridge.A local protester said that there was anger expressed by many of the locals present when they were given the news by councillors. There were “tumultuous scenes” after the announcement was made.She said “we don’t regret the feelings of extreme anger but we do regret the way it was expressed”.Protesters are believed to be looking at the contracts for the bridge with a legal expert.Read: Protester builds ‘raft’ to stop building of controversial Kilkenny bridge>last_img read more

Man 30s arrested after cannabis worth €235000 seized at Carlow growhouse

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 5:51 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share4 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,676 Views 17 Comments Mar 5th 2019, 5:51 PM Image: Gardaícenter_img GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED cannabis worth an estimated €235,000 at a growhouse in Carlow today.The growhouse was discovered on the Tullow Road area of Carlow Town.Approximately 170 mature cannabis plants were discovered along with a significant quantity of harvested plant material.One man in his thirties has been arrested and has been detained at Carlow Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act.The scene is currently being examined by Garda Scenes of Crime Examiners. Source: RevenueSeparately, €20,000 worth of weed was seized at the Dublin Mail Centre today.Around 1kg of herbal cannabis, concealed in two parcels labelled as “diaries”, was discovered with the help of Revenue detector dog Bailey.The drugs, which originated in South Africa were destined for an address in north Dublin city.Separately yesterday, Revenue officers at the Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 9kgs of Khat with an estimated street value of €4,500.The Khat was discovered in a parcel that originated in Ethiopia and was destined for an address in Dublin City Centre.These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting drug importations. Image: Gardaí Short URL Man (30s) arrested after cannabis worth €235,000 seized at Carlow growhouse Separately, €20,000 worth of weed was seized at the Dublin Mail Centre in two parcels labelled as “diaries”.last_img read more

AST Kenai Man Drowned In Cook Inlet

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKevin Loran, 59 of Anchorage, was on the vessel when Walsh went overboard. Loran attempted to get Walsh back on board but was not successful. While Loran was trying to get Walsh aboard, Walsh became unresponsive and went face down in the water. The Alaska State Troopers, Homer Police Department, and US Coast Guard arrived on scene when the vessel returned to the dock.  Walsh’s body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office. Next of kin has been notified. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a report of a drowning victim in Cook Inlet on July 5, reported from a commercial fishing vessel. Anthony Walsh, 62 of Kenai, was commercial salmon fishing in Cook Inlet when Walsh went overboard, according to Troopers. A nearby vessel came over and the two crews were able to get Walsh out of the water and CPR was performed, but they were unable to revive him.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

September 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between September 30, 2018 to October 7, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierPlastic bag ban approaches by Lizzie McDermottWilmington loses fire engine to rust by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchWilmington’s 2018 Halloween Sex Offender Safety Map by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington limits locations for flavored tobacco sales by Kori TuittOutdoor, public ice rink coming to Wilmington by Kori TuittPolice: Wilmington man beat ex-girlfriend with crucifixLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

How Much Of An Emotional Boost Are The Astros Giving Houston After

September 2, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgEd MayberryMayor Sylvester Turner speaks at a playoff rally in front of Houston City Hall along with Astros players Joe Musgrove and Derek Fisher, and owner Jim Crane. Listen Share In the past week, has someone struck up a conversation with you in line at the grocery store just because you were wearing Astros gear? Or did you high-five a total stranger at the sports bar when Evan Gattis hit his home run in Game 7 of the ALCS? The culture of sports is widespread and generally seems to unify even complete strangers – and especially so when teams are doing well, like the Astros.In addition to their current World Series run, Houston sports fans are feeling pretty good these days with a Rockets team starting its season off strong, a Texans quarterback who may be the franchise player that’s been lacking in that position, and the Dynamo headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.So, as we revel in the successes of our local teams, we’re wondering how that success might influence us socially? In addition to occasionally connecting strangers, how else could sports benefit society? For example, how much of an emotional boost are the Astros giving the city after Hurricane Harvey?Jeff Balke from the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine joins us to discuss that question along with Dr. Billy Hawkins from the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance.– / 10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /06:43 X last_img read more

With New Studios and a New System Xbox Prepares for the Next

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Microsoft held one of its strongest Xbox briefings at this year’s E3. The company did a great job of proving it isn’t a one-trick pony by showcasing a variety of different titles. It’s clear the Redmond-based group wants to distance itself from the “shooter box” stigma. It is also evident the company is looking ahead. As I said before, the Xbox One is effectively a dead system. Hope lies in the future, and that’s exactly what Microsoft is preparing the Xbox brand for.One of the biggest problems plaguing the Xbox One is a lack of exclusives. Sony and Nintendo seem to drop a major exclusive title every month. Conversely, the Xbox One is lucky to get even three big exclusives out of the door. To make matters worse, the exclusives Xbox does get are either divisive or suffer from low sales. Games like Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 brought in a lot of players, but they aren’t exactly universally praised. Then you have excellent exclusives like Sunset Overdrive which failed to make a dent sales-wise. The Xbox has an “exclusives” problem.Microsoft understands the current state of Xbox exclusives, hence why it has purchased a number of notable developers to bolster its exclusive lineup. These devs include Undead Studios, who is responsible for the State of Decay series. Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon. Compulsion Games, who is releasing We Happy Few later this year. Finally, there’s Ninja Theory, which recently released Hellblade on Xbox One. Microsoft even created a new studio called The Initiative.Playground Games and Undead Studios being under the Microsoft umbrella makes sense given how they already produce exclusives for Xbox. Compulsion Games is an interesting acquisition since it has yet to fully prove itself. The biggest gain is Ninja Theory. One can argue the developer has never released a bad title during its existence. I’d even go so far as to say that, given enough time and resources, Ninja Theory can grow to rival Sony’s Naughty Dog studio. These studios have the potential to produce quality titles, but there’s one last thing needed to take things to the next level: a new console.Like I said in my last editorial about the current state of Xbox, the only way for the brand to truly move forward is to start over with a new system. The reveal of the Xbox One still haunts the console. Despite all of the strides made to course-correct, gamers still remember the $500 price tag, the DRM, “TV TV TV Sports sports sports,” and any ridiculous thing said by Don Mattrick. There doesn’t seem to be anything Microsoft can do to fix the Xbox’s image. The best thing to do is a hard reset in the form of a shiny new system.Sony recently stated it wouldn’t release a new console (the PlayStation 5) for another three years. The next Xbox could potentially release within the next two to three years. Xbox head Phil Spencer said the new console is currently in development during yesterday’s briefing. The next generation will be here sooner rather than later.It typically takes anywhere between two to five years to produce a solid video game. If Microsoft’s newest studios are already working on titles, it is safe to say they’ll be on the next Xbox. I’m not saying these devs will produce games for launch, but they’re no doubt all working on something for the upcoming Xbox system. A new system with new games is something few hardcore gamers will pass up, especially if both the hardware and software are legit.With talented studios producing quality titles and a new system to play them on, Microsoft is setting the stage for its grand comeback. Anything can happen in the next couple of years. Success is not guaranteed. Still, this is the best position Xbox has found itself in since the golden age of the Xbox 360. I think we’re about to witness a newly revitalized Xbox brand put Sony and Nintendo on notice. Even if you aren’t a fan of Xbox, you have to feel excited overseeing what these new studios will make for Microsoft’s upcoming console.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

CMCH writes to guardians to urge students to end strike

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) authorities on Saturday wrote to the guardians of the agitating medical students who have been staging demonstration inside the hospital campus for past six days with the demand for a new hostel.Few MBBS students of second, third and fourth years started hunger-strike to fulfill their demands. The CMCH authorities appealed to the parents of the medical students to withdraw the movement due to which two students have already fallen ill. The students taking part in the agitation alleged that the hostel meant for them was not in a good condition and the rooms are not up to the mark. The students also submitted a deputation to the CMCH principal on Tuesday placing their various demands. The hospital authorities have categorically mentioned that they will not be able to fulfill the demands. Some of the representatives of the medical students taking part in the agitation held a meeting with the principal of the CMCH and had a prolonged discussion regarding the same. But no solution has come out of it. Senior officials of the CMCH urged the students to lift the agitation which they have turned down. Students threatened to continue the demonstration till the demands are met. There has been no impact on the health services of the hospital. The second, third and fourth year MBBS students of the CMCH started the agitation after the first year students were given a new hostel by the authorities.last_img read more

Domestic Drama

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe audience is introduced to a family that is reeling from the death of the patriarch Tatyaji, and Sudhir (Sarfaraz Ali Mirza) now must return to his ancestral home in the village of Dharangaon. His arrival from Bombay, with his wife Anjali (Bhagyashree Tarke) sets up the drama for the rest of the play. The wada (traditional residence) is recreated with a beautiful set, which sprawls across the entire stage and is brought to life with the Deshpande family duking it out on the stage. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Virasat doesn’t waste time with trivialities and gets straight to setting up the escalating drama. The real hero of the play is Vasant Deo’s masterful translation of Mahesh Elkunchwar’s original script. The script employs slang and faithfully recreates a believable rural dialect. The beautiful writing brings out the pain and helplessness of all those trapped in the wada. Family drama is presented to the audience with a series of escalating scenarios- ranging from a drunken son, to discussing funeral payments- the most compelling of which is the pursuit of a BA by an unmarried Prabha (Pooja Vedvikhyat).  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe rural setting tackles and touches on many themes, including urbanization, greed and even aspiration. Blocking and movement is seamless across the massive haveli and masterful performances by Avijit Solanki and Ajay Khatri escalate the play to unprecedented levels. There are moments of comic relief and the family does appear to be, for most of the part, worthy of redemption with a few heartfelt moments. But Virasat is at heart a powerful drama that doesn’t shy away from asking the right questions. Its characters are a set of bodies pushed and shoved by circumstances. The product makes for a compelling and engaging drama. Virasat is a play produced by first year students of the National School of Drama. The performances had been scheduled from June 2-5 daily at 6.30 pm, with two additional shows on June 4 and June 5 at 3.00 pm, held at Abhimanch Auditorium, National School of Drama.last_img read more

Air Canada counts down to yearround YVRMelbourne service

August 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Share Friday, May 18, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Events, Flight Centre TORONTO – The wine flowed freely and the tapas were bountiful at Air Canada’s cocktail reception in Toronto last night, which celebrated the upcoming launch of year-round flights to Melbourne, Australia.Partnering with Flight Centre and Visit Victoria, Air Canada hosted media, travel agents and industry partners at Flight Centre Travel Centre for a fun evening complete with wines from the Yarra Valley, delicious tapas inspired by Melbourne’s vibrant culinary scene, hand-crafted cocktails including a signature drink called the ‘Mel-tini’, and a virtual reality experience that allowed guests to ‘pre-check’ the check-in process.Vigushin checks out Air Canada’s VR check-in experienceGuests were also invited to enter a contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Melbourne, valued at $15,0000, courtesy of Air Canada and Visit Melbourne.Starting June 1, year-round, nonstop service from Vancouver will be available aboard the Boeing 7878 Dreamliner, with convenient connections from Toronto. Flights will be offered 3x/week, and increase to 4x/week starting Dec. 1.Speaking to Travelweek, Marc Roy, Manager Global Accounts, said Vancouver is the perfect gateway to launch year-round service. “We obviously don’t have direct Toronto flights yet, but the good thing about Vancouver is that there are seamless connections from any gateway in eastern Canada.”Roy also noted that the route plays an integral role in Air Canada’s global expansion plans.“Australia has always been an important part of our international network, but let’s face it, we were only flying to Sydney up until a few years ago. So once we started flying to Brisbane, it was a game-changer for us. And now that we’re adding our third Australian destination I think it establishes us as a major North American airline that not only services Asia but also Asia-Pacific, including Australia,” he said.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upMelbourne, which is located in the state of Victoria, has become an increasingly popular leisure destination for Canadians. According to Amanda Ladd, Marketing Manager, The Americas for Visit Victoria, a total of 52,000 Canadians visited Victoria in 2017, many in search of its famous Yarra wines and its Great Ocean Road, considered one of the most popular self-drives in Australia.“Victoria and Melbourne certainly play into one of those iconic destinations that first-time travellers really want to check off their bucket lists,” she told Travelweek. “The term ‘bucket list’ gets thrown around a lot with Australia, but it shouldn’t be. There’s no reason to wait and there’s no reason to only go once. There’s so much to do and see in Australia, and so many ways to see it, that it shouldn’t be a once-in-a-lifetime destination, but one that people will want to see again and again.”And with Air Canada’s new direct flights, the once ‘bucket-list’ destination is even more accessible for Canadians.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“Having direct access into Melbourne is amazing for Canadians, as it’s a great alternative to LAX,” added Ladd. “It’s great for us to have a new route coming out of Canada with a partner like Air Canada. It really does open up a new partnership for us with travel agents and wholesalers here.”Air Canada will continue to partner with agency partner Flight Centre to promote the year-round route through a marketing campaign that will run through September. The service, which was initially offered seasonally with 4x/weekly flights back in December 2017, will fly year-round on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring lie-flat seat suites known as Executive Pods, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Cindy Sosroutomo 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. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Air Canada counts down to year-round YVR-Melbourne service Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Chavez ducks tough questions on election eve

August 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories His challenger, Henrique Capriles, has not appeared in public since Thursday in compliance with election law.Capriles’ campaign manager, Armando Briquet, called Chavez’s news conference “a clear violation of the citizens’ right to freely choose, without pressure.”And Capriles tweeted a response to Chavez’s typically long-winded answers, which made the obscure references to which Venezuelans have become accustomed in the president’s nearly 14 years in office.“Some people at this hour are continuing with the same nonsense as always, the same old stories, with the difference being that they are of farewell,” Capriles said.Asked about the possibility of disputes or unrest after Sunday’s voting, Chavez said he hoped no one attempted a “destabilizing game.” If that happens, he added, “we’ll be alert to neutralize them.”Chavez has spent much of the past year battling cancer in the pelvic area, whose nature he has kept secret. He claims he is now cancer-free.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held an impromptu news conference for international media Saturday on the eve of what is expected to be his closest election yet, but he refused to answer tough questions such as whether he would quit politics if he lost.Chavez excused himself from responding by citing election law, which prohibits candidates from making political statements in the two days before election day. 0 Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

AccorHotels appoints Rhonda Hare as General Counsel Asia Pacific

August 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRhonda HareAccorHotels appoints Rhonda Hare as General Counsel Asia PacificAccorHotels has appointed Rhonda Hare to the positon of General Counsel Asia Pacific. Rhonda joins the Group with over 22 years of experience as an in-house and private practice lawyer across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. She was a Partner at Ashurst LPP (formerly Blake Dawson) and more recently part of the Legal Division at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). In addition to being admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW Australia, Rhonda has an Executive MBA from IE Business School and a Master of Law from the University New South Wales.  Rhonda’s international exposure and her experience in negotiating commercial contracts relating to real estate and hotel transactions will help support the fast growth of AccorHotels Asia Pacific.  As General Counsel, Rhonda will working closely with the Asia Pacific Development team to provide legal  support, develop and review deal structures and support hotel owner relations.AccorHotels operates in 18 countries with more than 800 hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific. In addition, more than 350 properties are scheduled to open over the next five years.About AccorHotelsAccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Fairmont, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. AccorHotels provides innovative end-to-end services across the entire traveler experience, notably through the recent acquisition of John Paul, world leader in concierge services.With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world’s most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels.AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.Accor SA is publicly listed with shares trading on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY) in the United States.For more information and reservations visit or accorhotels.comOr become a fan and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Source = AccorHotelslast_img read more

Cypriot cookbook wins award

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