Calgarians gather for vigil at City Hall for New Zealand mosques shooting

first_imgThe vigil drew members of the community including Greg Clark, MLA for Calgary-Elbow.“I think it’s important that all of us come together, show up and make sure that everyone understands that they are welcome,” Clark said. “Muslims and people of all faiths should feel safe, and I think it’s important to be here.”READ MORE: Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged Ziad Akl tells us that he hopes a strong message can be sent out tonight #yyc #Christchurch— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 16, 2019For Saima Jamal, one of the vigil organizers, it’s about standing up to hatred. She also points out that the community needs to show unity to combat acts of hate that are not just online anymore, they are happening in real life.“Only light can drive out darkness,” she said. “We need everybody to come and stand up against these alt-right, white, supremacist terrorist types and put a stop to this.” A large crowd gathered at City Hall in downtown Calgary to stand up against hatred and to remember the victims of the New Zealand mosques shootings. Source: Devon McKendrick/660 NEWS People starting to fill into the plaza. Signs being handed out. #yyc #Christchurch— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 16, 2019It will be difficult for her and other Muslims around the world to return to prayer, she said, as that is where the victims were slaughtered.“How do you walk into a mosque and relive everything that happened in Christchurch?” she said. “It’s a terrifying moment, it’s a distressing moment, it’s a moment where all kinds of emotions are going through.”She hopes people can share their grief and heartache in order to lessen the devastation within the community.READ MORE: ‘Hello brother,’ first New Zealand mosque victim said to shooter Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall to remember the victims of the New Zealand mosques shootings. Source: Tom Ross/660NEWS CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgarians of all faiths gathered at a vigil this evening to mourn the 49 people killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. They lit candles and brought signs to show their solidarity against hateful acts like this, and also to promote messages of love, hope and healing.One of the attendees, Ziad Akl, was hopeful that the violence would stop. “It was a very sad day today feeling that so many people were killed and injured in very safe New Zealand,” he said. “We feel very sorry for the losses and hopefully more cooperation will be done between different religions to prevent such crimes in the future.”last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief to make first visit to occupied Palestinian territory Israel

13 February 2008The United Nations’ top humanitarian official will travel to Jerusalem tomorrow to start his first official visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will make field trips to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Israeli town of Sderot during the five-day trip.Mr. Holmes is also scheduled to meet senior officials, UN staff, representatives of aid agencies and members of the donor and diplomatic community.In its latest report on the situation there, covering the week leading up to 6 February, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed four Palestinians and injured a dozen others in the Gaza Strip. Thirty-four rockets and 13 mortar shells were fired towards Israel. As a result, three Israelis, including one woman, were injured, OCHA said.In the West Bank, the IDF injured 21 Palestinians, including six children and one woman. Two Palestinian men from Hebron City carried out a suicide bombing in the Israeli city of Dimona, killing one Israeli woman and injuring six others, according to the report. read more

Sri Lanka gets US GSP back with Trump signing budget bill

The immediate effect of GSP expiration was that GSP eligible imports to the United States from Sri Lanka and other GSP beneficiary countries and territories were subject to non-preferential duties beginning January 1, 2018. Sri Lanka has regained the United States Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) trade concession with US President Donald Trump signing the budget bill on Friday, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.The US GSP program for Sri Lanka and other countries expired on December 31, 2017 as the US Congress did not re-authorize GSP before adjourning for the year. According to the Global Trade Atlas, in 2016, the United States imported $2.8 billion of Sri Lankan goods.Nearly 3,500 different products from Sri Lanka had been eligible to access the US market on a duty free basis under the GSP program. The items include selected manufactured items, inputs used in manufacturing jewellery, carpets, selected agricultural and fishery products, and selected types of chemicals, minerals and marble. However, Sri Lanka’s largest single export item to the US, which is garments, is not eligible for benefits under the GSP program. (Colombo Gazette) GSP alliance countries, including Sri Lanka, were lobbying for the renewal of the GSP program. read more

Border deadlock jeopardizes EritreanEthiopian ceasefire Annan reports

Eritrea and Ethiopia remain stalemated, and the longer the deadlock continues the greater is the risk that an isolated incident could unravel a truce that ended a fierce border war four years ago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in his latest report on the two Horn of Africa countries.”While both parties stress that they have no desire to unleash an armed conflict, they reportedly continue to arm themselves and state they would not hesitate to react if provoked,” Mr. Annan says in the report, which calls on both sides to reappraise their stands over border demarcation and recommends a six-month extension of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).In particular Mr. Annan urges Ethiopia to rethink its opposition to significant parts of the Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decision of 2002. At the same time he calls on Eritrea to reconsider its refusal to meet with his Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy before completion of the demarcation process.”The concern expressed in the past remains that continued military stability cannot be guaranteed as long as there is no progress in the political process,” Mr. Annan warns, although a palpable improvement in cooperation of both sides with UNMEE has had a positive effect on the overall security environment.He cites a decline in Eritrean restrictions on UNMEE patrols although its government has said it will again close a key supply route for mission troops in the western sector that it had only just reopened last month after a nearly five-month closure. He also notes continuing satisfactory cooperation between UNMEE and the Ethiopian military.Mr. Annan calls on the Security Council and the witnesses of the Algiers accords of 2000, which ended the two-year border war, to intensify their efforts to help the two countries conclude the peace process without further hesitation, warning: “The political will to move decisively to implement the Algiers Agreement is still lacking.”The Security Council set up UNMEE in 2000 with a maximum deployment of 4,200 military personnel to monitor the cessation of hostilities and help ensure the observance of security commitments. At present it has 3,875 military personnel, including 3,660 on the ground. The mission also includes 233 international civilians and 262 local civiliansOther points in the report include:Landmines and unexploded ordnance continue to claim victims in border areas.The response to persistent humanitarian needs in both countries, especially with regard to the effects of drought on food crops, continues to be of concern.UNMEE continued its HIV/AIDS capacity-building activities through awareness programmes, training and the promotion of confidential counselling.The mission continued to follow up with local civilian and security officials on both sides of reports of individuals of the other nationality being arrested or reported missing in the border areas. read more

Thesis defences — Aug 19 to 23

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, Aug. 19 to Friday, Aug. 23.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Arts thesis defencesMaster of Arts in Critical Sociology student Michelle Lesley Annett will defend the thesis “Doing What ‘Works Best’: Exploring the Narratives of Mothers Who Work as Strippers” on Tuesday, Aug, 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.Her examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Andrea Doucet, Supervisor; Stacey Hannem, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University); Jane Helleiner, Graduate Program Director; and Kate Bezanson and Mary-Beth Raddon, Committee Members.—Child and Youth Studies Master of Arts student William Janssen will defend the thesis “Thinking (and Thinking…) About Perfection: A Test of the Perfectionism Cognitions Theory” on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.His examination committee includes Angela Book, Chair; Danielle Sirianni-Molnar, Supervisor; Kathryn Fletcher, External Examiner (Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University); Shauna Pomerantz, Graduate Program Director; and Dawn Zinga, Ayda Tekok-Kilic and Tim Murphy, Committee Members.Master of Science thesis defencesAndrei Solodinin, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis of fluorinated nucleosides for probing DNA conformations via 19F NMR spectroscopy” on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. in WH 147.His examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Tony Yan, Supervisor; Jean-Paul Desaulniers, External Examiner (Ontario University Institute of Technology); and Melanie Pilkington and Travis Dudding, Committee Members.—Devin Patrick Ward, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Engineering Optogenetic Control of Endocytic Recycling: Controlling Rab11 Function in Drosophila melanogaster using Engineered Light-Responsive Nanobodies” on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. in PLZ 600F.His examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Aleksandar Necakov, Supervisor; Roger Jacobs, External Examiner (McMaster University); and Alan Castle and Heather Gordon, Committee Members. read more

Brock Open House draws record crowds

Prospective students Helen Le (red cap) and Nour Alideeb, attending from Mississauga, chat with guide Victoria Maxmen on Sunday.The campus was buzzing Sunday March 3 as thousands of prospective students, their families and friends poured in for the 2013 Open House.Open House is a critical part of Brock’s undergraduate recruitment plan, as most of the prospective students attending on Sunday had received an offer of admission and are considering Brock as their university of choice for September.Beth Natale, Director of Recruitment and Retention, said more than 3,200 guests visited Sunday, a significant jump over last year and the best turnout ever for an Open House.“It’s particularly impressive because we anticipate at least another thousand guests visiting next week during March Break,” said Natale.Natale said motivating prospective students with a campus tour is a top priority during the conversion portion of the recruitment/admission cycle.  When the guests arrived, some 400 volunteer faculty, students and staff were waiting to show them around teaching areas, research labs, residences and support facilities.Guests had the opportunity to speak with professors, staff and students from every academic program and student service, including Co-op, career services and student awards and financial aid. There were also dedicated staff to help facilitate the transfer of students moving between Ontario colleges and Brock, or to help interested college students with on-the-spot university applications, admissions and credit assessments.An invitation-only Scholars Reception was held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby for students achieving an admission average of 90 per cent or higher, while another invitation-only event offered guests an insider’s view of student life in the Goodman School of Business.  Each event was near capacity.“Our people and campus show very well,” said Natale. ” If we are successful in motivating applicants to visit campus during a ‘red carpet day’ such as Open House, it significantly affects the likelihood of that applicant becoming a confirmed and registered student.”Open House also caused a stir on Twitter as academic representatives, proud current students and excited future students and parents mentioned the event more than 270 times.Brendan Joseph (@BrendonAJ) tweeted, “The open house helped a lot with convincing my parents to let me go away for school, Thank you so much !!”Jon Sniderhan (@callmesnides) tweeted, “Had an awesome time at #BrockOpenHouse , Looks like my future is in Brock!”Chelsea Ancio (@ChelseaAncio) tweeted, “Great day at #BrockOpenHouse today. Can’t wait to go there #woo” read more

Legendary Magnus Wislander plays in age 47

Magnus WislanderThe best handball players ← Previous Story Momir Ilic is the “Player of October” in Bundesliga” Next Story → Lasse Boesen about EHF EURO 2012: “I won’t play if I’m not 100% ready” The best Handball player of the 20th Century, Swedish star, Magnus Wislander (47) reactived himself in the match of Swedish National League, where he played in the win of his Redbergslids against Hamarby 35:23. Wislander scored one goal and got standing ovation from the fans.– I am like a kid. It was really interesting to play again. It is always funny to score goal… read more

Henry catapulted into starring role as Irelands breakdown chief

first_imgHe combines technical excellence with sheer persistence, as Joe Schmidt explains: ”I think Chris is one of those pests at the breakdown. He gets in, he hangs on, he’s hard to get rid of and it’ll be nice that it’s on our side rather than on somebody else’s side this time.”The Kiwi coach will indeed by pleased to count Henry as an ally tomorrow, having been critical of the negative effect he had on Leinster’s attacking game in recent times. Schmidt points out that Henry has improved what he needed to and the Ireland boss was keen to reward the flanker’s excellent form.“I think he’s working really hard on being nice and clear in his release and then going back on [the ball], which was a problem towards the end of last season for him.Henry will be tasked with stealing the ball from Samoa. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.“I think he’s been very correct in how he’s been getting in on the ball, looking to poach opposition ball post-tackle. So there’s been work in progress that he’s done a really good job with. You want to reward people who are working toward improving their game.”Lining up alongside Henry in the back row tomorrow is Heaslip, and the No. 8 will be hoping that his openside’s selfless work at the ruck area will free him up to do more of the ball carrying he first made his name with. The Ireland vice-captain was gushing in his admiration for Henry, again through the form of a negatively-composed compliment.“He always bugged any back row play who didn’t play for Ulster. I’ve played against Chris at most levels now coming up and it’s actually only at international level that we’ve played with each other.He’s a great player, got a really good work ethic. He’s just a nuisance at the breakdown and at the tackle. At the contact zone he’s very, very good at getting to the ground, getting back up and showing that clear release to the ref and then getting on the ball.“Like Joe said, he’s on it all the time. He might not necessarily get the poach, but he’ll make you commit two or three guys to that ruck as well as the tackler. So that’s four of your team versus maybe two of the defensive team.”Of course, it would have been a shock to hear Schmidt and Heaslip giving Henry anything other than the normal confidence boosting declarations of faith, but it is certain that the number seven will be a frequent sight in Dublin tomorrow evening. Heaslip says Henry’s work rate is unrivaled and under-appreciated.“He’s very good at the dark arts of a seven. As a back row going against him, you always have to keep an eye on him when you’re coming to a ruck. To be honest, you have to target him. He doesn’t give up, I can tell you that. He’ll go from minute one to minute 80.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Fotuali’i to lead strong Samoan team against Ireland THE EXPECTATION WAS that an Irish back row of Jamie Heaslip, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien would lead the charge against Samoa tomorrow, but the latter is instead being readied to impose himself in the second half.In his place, Ulster man Chris Henry will be leading Joe Schmidt’s side into the breakdown battle. Given the Samoan’s ability in that area, their sheer aggression at ruck time, it now appears that Henry could be the key man to Ireland’s chances of victory.That certainly seems to be the impression given by his teammates and coach this week, with a constant stream of praise flowing in the 29-year-old’s direction. There has always been something of the unsung hero in Henry’s style, unfussy and yet so effective.last_img read more

Fireworks sales steady in Clark County despite Vancouver ban

first_imgLocal fireworks stands reported steady sales for this year’s Fourth of July celebration, but they say a citywide ban in Vancouver nearly made it a dud.As one fireworks stand put it, they had to overcome “a lot of confusion” among their customers, particularly with people from out of town.“They were not even sure if they could buy them,” said Gene Marlow, who has run Mean Gene’s Fireworks for the past three decades. “They thought we could only sell the stuff they sell in Oregon, and that we couldn’t sell any of the stuff we’ve been able to sell for the last 30 years.”The confusion, Marlow said, stemmed from the ban on sales and ignition of fireworks in Vancouver city limits. The ordinance went into effect in time for this summer’s Fourth of July celebration, and many buyers, particularly people from out of town, seemed to shy away.“Traffic was definitely off,” said Beau Leach, general manager of TNT Fireworks Vancouver. “The average sale was better than it’s ever been, with people stocking up and taking advantage of some discounts, but the overall traffic was definitely altered by the ban.”last_img read more

MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar visits SC boys hostel in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: Local MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar visited Scheduled Caste (SC) Boys Hostel in Khammam on Thursday night. The MLA during his visit examined the textbooks of students and also explained some concepts to them. After the interaction with the students, he had dinner along with the students and took a selfie with them. He spent the night in the hostel and expressed his happiness over spending some quality time with the children.last_img

Govt to create 125 billion fund to finance renewable energy projects

first_imgThe Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi-led government is reportedly working on creating a $1.25 billion fund aimed at extending financial assistance to renewable energy projects in the country. State-owned and private institutions will contribute to the fund.The fund will assist in ramping up the clean energy generation from the current 37 gigawatts (GW) to 175GW by 2022, a senior government official told the Mint.State-owned firms like Power Finance Corp. Ltd and Rural Electrification Corp. Ltd have already made a total of $300 million contribution to the fund, said Varsha Joshi — joint secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy.”This fund will make equity and mezzanine investments in renewable energy projects and will be modelled like the National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF),” Joshi told the Mint.Partly backed by private investors, the NIIF will have a corpus fund of nearly Rs. 40,000 crore to finance infrastructure projects. The country will require an investment of $140 billion over the next six years in order to meet the goal of raising renewable energy output to 175GW by 2022.Financial institutions have already given nearly $57 billion for renewable energy generation of about 78GW, which is a little less than half of the targeted output, the official estimates showed.Currently, nearly 70 percent of 284GW power generation in the country comes from fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil, while renewable sources account for only 13 percent. Large hydroelectric projects contribute to 15 percent of total power generation in India.The government’s plans to reduce carbon emission and a revision made to the power tariff policy recently will boost the “confidence” of investors in the renewable energy sector, said industry executives.”The 175GW renewable energy target is further complemented by India’s commitment at the latest Paris climate conference to reduce carbon emissions by 30-35% and increase renewables to 40% of the energy mix by 2030,” Tulsi Tanti, chairman of wind turbine producer Suzlon Group, told the daily.last_img read more

A way to use water to convert methane into methanol

first_img Methane has been identified as a greenhouse gas, one that is perhaps more of a problem even than carbon dioxide because it traps more heat (some studies have suggested 25 times as much)—fortunately, not nearly as much of it is emitted by humans into the atmosphere. It makes its way into the atmosphere due to animal flatulence and some industrial processes. It is also a byproduct at gas wells, where it is generally burned.Methanol, on the other hand, has been considered a good alternative to gasoline for use in automobile engines. It is currently made using a variety of techniques and basic materials including coal, natural gas and even municipal waste. One approach is to use high-pressure and high-temperature oxidation of the gas, but most consider such methods too technically challenging to use in places such as drilling sites. In this new effort, the researchers describe a simpler way to make methanol using water (as an oxidant instead of oxygen) and methane.In their process, water is used to oxidize methane over a bed of copper containing zeolite—the unique structure of the mineral lets the water behave as an oxidant. The team claims the process is 97 percent efficient, emitting only methanol and hydrogen. The method, the researchers note, is simple and easy enough that it could be used at drilling sites and the resulting methanol could be used as a liquid fuel or as an ingredient in making resins or plastics. The hydrogen could be used in any number of ways, including in fuel cells.The researchers acknowledge that their work was a proof-of-concept study, which means that it is still not clear if their technique could be modified to convert methane on a very large scale in a cost-efficient manner. (—A team of researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich, both in Switzerland, has developed a one-step process that uses water to convert methane to methanol. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their technique, noting that in addition to offering a simple and relatively cheap way to make methanol, the only other byproduct is hydrogen. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A way to use water to convert methane into methanol (2017, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Using platinum-molybdenum carbide to catalytically release hydrogen to power a fuel cell © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Journal information: Science Ball and stick model of methane. Credit: Ben Mills/Public Domain More information: Vitaly L. Sushkevich et al. Selective anaerobic oxidation of methane enables direct synthesis of methanol, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9035AbstractDirect functionalization of methane in natural gas remains a key challenge. We present a direct stepwise method for converting methane into methanol with high selectivity (~97%) over a copper-containing zeolite, based on partial oxidation with water. The activation in helium at 673 kelvin (K), followed by consecutive catalyst exposures to 7 bars of methane and then water at 473 K, consistently produced 0.204 mole of CH3OH per mole of copper in zeolite. Isotopic labeling confirmed water as the source of oxygen to regenerate the zeolite active centers and renders methanol desorption energetically favorable. On the basis of in situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations, we propose a mechanism involving methane oxidation at CuII oxide active centers, followed by CuI reoxidation by water with concurrent formation of hydrogen.last_img read more

Harvard Is Actually Developing Mind Control Technology

first_imgSeptember 26, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readcenter_img What if you could use your mind to telepathically control the actions of someone else? It sounds crazy, but researchers at Harvard are at least one step closer to making the unbelievable a reality.In a recent lab test, folks at the Cambridge, Mass.-based university were able to use a human mind to control the physical movement of a live rat. Here’s how the system works: A human wears a standard EEG-based “brain-to-computer interface” (BCI) while the rat wears the reverse “computer-to-brain interface” (CBI,) according to a report from The rat’s interface also includes non-invasive technology that can excite a specific region of neurons the wearer’s brain using an ultrasound signal.From there it gets slightly more complicated. The human’s interface is able to detect when he is looking at a specific pattern on a computer screen. Then it sends a command to the rat’s interface causing an ultrasound signal to be sent to the part of the rat’s brain that controls movement of its tail.”The researchers report that the human BCI has an accuracy of 94 percent, and that it generally takes around 1.5 seconds for the entire process — from the human deciding to look at the screen, through to the movement of the rat’s tail,” reports.(By the way, is it just me or does that rat in this video look like it’s the size of a small dog??)So, this technology is still in its infancy. Ideally, a person would simply have to think about an action in order to cause it to happen in the rat. And to be able to cause more complex actions or feelings.But what could the market be for tech like this? Transmitting thoughts to others without speaking? Or something more nefarious like mind control? The government is already spying on you online. Do we need our minds controlled, too? (Don’t answer that.)What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below. Register Now »last_img read more

Which US city is the most expensive this spring Its not what

first_img Wednesday, April 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — We all know that New York ranks among the most expensive cities in America to live in. But to travel to? It doesn’t even rank in the top 10.According to the latest survey from, the Big Apple is nowhere to be seen on a list of the 10 most expensive destinations in the U.S. this spring. Cities that did make the list, however, will surprise you.Coming in first place is Charleston, South Carolina, where an overnight guest will have to spend an average US$241 per night for a hotel room. Nashville, TN and Napa, CA round out the top three, with nightly rates of $237 and $234, respectively, for their most affordable room.Here’s the top 10:1. Charleston (South Carolina) $2412. Nashville (Tennessee) $2373. Napa (California) $2344. Key West (Florida) $2315. Calistoga (California) $2266. Austin (Texas) $2247. Islamorada (Florida) $2248. Santa Monica (California) $2149. Poipu (Hawaii) $21410. Boston (Massachusetts) $216More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe survey compared all major U.S. destinations based on their average hotel cost during the months of April and May. For comparative purposes, the survey established the minimum price travellers will have to pay to stay in each destination’s cheapest available double room.Only those hotels and inns with a central location and with an overall rating of three stars or more were considered. Share Travelweek Group center_img Which U.S. city is the most expensive this spring? (It’s not what you think) Tags: America, New York Posted bylast_img read more

Exodus turns 45

first_imgExodus turns 45Back in 1974, a group of friends joined together to launch an adventure travel company. As with many great ideas, it all started with a beer in the pub and an idea of travel to new destinations and as such a trailblazing business was born. The first trip was in an overland truck, that travelled from London to The Minaret of Jam, in the heart of Afghanistan – one of the most inaccessible great monuments in the world. The spirit of adventure has been part of our DNA ever since and in 2019 Exodus is celebrating 45 years of adventure travel.Exodus are very proud of their track record in providing responsible adventures around the world from inspiring projects that support local communities to a long-held commitment to protecting the environment for future generations of travellers.These days Exodus has grown from that first Overland journey to being the global active adventure specialists, providing adventure holidays to more than 100 destinations worldwide. Whether it’s walking the Amalfi Coast, cycling the backroads of Vietnam or even trekking Mt Kilimanjaro – there is an active trip for everybody. Even if you’re not the active type Exodus extends their 45 years of small group touring experience to everything from culture and wildlife to family tours.With a huge past passenger referral record of 97% of customers saying they would recommend Exodus to their friends, it’s not hard to understand why Exodus is the market leader in active adventure travel.Lou Day, Territory Manager Australasia said “over the next few months we look forward to sharing with our agent partners our celebrations of 45 fabulous years creating incredible travel experiences around the world. We are so proud to now have a specialised Exodus reservation team here in the region to service all agents around Australia & NZ.”Day went on to explain “we are going to be celebrating this milestone birthday all year so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some very special agent and client offers that will be coming your way in coming weeks and months.”For more information or to book please visit or call 1300 131 564.Any agents wanting training on Exodus product can contact their local Evolution Travel Collective BDM or can be ordered directly from TIFSExodus Trade PR & BDMs are represented by Evolution Travel Collective. All reservations enquiries go back to Exodus directly.About Evolution Travel CollectiveEvolution Travel Collective (ETC) is an innovative business with a key focus on maximising brand ex-posure and enquiry generation via its client and partner-focused business model. This hybrid modelis unique within Australian and New Zealand, with one of the key differentiators being enquiry is di-rected back to the partners own specialised reservations teams to maximise conversion opportuni-ties and greater product expertise.This then allows ETC to focus on using their experience in training, representation, collaboration, strategy development and relationship management to build their partners brands, rather than ETC’s, with travel retailers and their head office networks. PR enquiries should be directed back to Evolution Travel Collective on other queries can be sent to: Pete Rawley, CEO & Founder, Evolution Travel Collective Ingrid Berthelsen, GM Brand, Strategy & Partnerships on = Evolution Travel Collectivelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Small Luxury Hotels of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSmall Luxury Hotels of the World has welcomed four new independently spirited hotels to the brand: a luxury spa hotel on the Île De Ré, a wellness resort in Okinawa, a modern city-centre gem in Barcelona and a boutique retreat in Madrid, all of which now bare the coveted SLH seal of approval.The Terrace Club at Busena: Okinawa, JapanRooms from JPY 52,000 per room per nightThis oceanside resort is located in a peaceful corner of the subtropical Okinawa Islands. Centred on health and wellness, the resort offers an extensive array of innovative spa treatments such as beachside climatotherapy, ‘aerosol napping’ and personalised treatment plans based on thalassotherapy. For the more active guests, the hotel offers private yoga classes and invigorating Nordic Walking sessions along the sand. The resort has 68 rooms and suites all decorated in fresh neutral tones and flooded with natural light. Designed so that guests can take advantage of the stunning scenery surrounding the resort, all the rooms feature a private terrace offering views of the East China Sea. There are four restaurants and cafes in the resort – offering everything from light refreshments at the poolside bar to fresh seafood and Japanese/European fusion cuisine in the Fine Dining Restaurant.Insider tip: Book an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa; the Kati Vasti involves warm oil poured onto the lower back in a chickpea poultice and is an effective treatment for back pack and improves circulation and stiffness.Le Clos Saint-Martin Hotel and Spa: Île De Ré, FranceRooms from EUR 190 per room per nightQuieter than the Cote D’azur but with just as much charm, Île De Ré on the west coast of France is where Parisians go when they need a break from the city. Le Clos Saint-Martin, a classic elegant French villa with a modern twist, is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the food, wine and picturesque views of this traditional French fishing village. Set in an 18th-century house, this boutique hotel has 33 rooms and suites, two outdoor pools, beautiful manicured gardens dotted with eye-catching sculptures and an exclusive Clarins Spa. The rooms and suites pair modern luxury with authenticity through natural oak flooring, large windows with traditional pretty blue shutters and white walls. The Lounge Bar, ‘Le Petit Bec’ serves light meals and afternoon teas in the sunshine by the pool or guests can order to enjoy in the comfort of their room.Insider tip; Hire a bike and take the cycle path from Saint-Martin through La Flotte to the Cistercian Abbaye des Châteliers, with cornfields to one side and the blue sea dotted with yachts on the other you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a French impressionist painting.The Grand Hotel Central: Barcelona, SpainRooms from EUR 272 per room per nightIn the beating heart of Barcelona, between El Born and the Gothic quarter, this boutique luxury hotel is one of the largest of SLH’s collection with 146 rooms and suites across seven floors. Contemporary urban cool is intermixed with 1920s heritage design to create a modern yet classic interior – with views of the historic city from almost every window of the hotel. The real showstopper, however, is the rooftop SkyBar, where guests can enjoy a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the city while sipping cocktails or taking a dip in the infinity pool. The City Restaurant offers an inventive take on classic Mediterranean cuisine all created from market-fresh ingredients. The hotel also has its own wellness suite where expert massage therapists can tailor a treatment to your needs, or enjoy a steam in the thermal suite.Insider tip: Visit Gocce di Latte, for some of the best gelato in Barcelona – the unassuming shop is just five minutes from the hotel and serves up classics like pistachio and chocolate as well as flavours for the more adventurous such as lemon and chilli or banana and peanut.The Principal Madrid: Madrid, SpainRooms from EUR 209 per room per nightThis contemporary boutique hotel in the centre of Madrid exudes the cosmopolitan style and sophistication the cultural city is famed for. Located on the edge of the fashionable Gran Vía, the hotel is the perfect spot from which to enjoy this buzzing neighbourhood. Inside the 76 rooms and suites feature high ceilings and huge windows, a nod to the hotel’s turn-of-the century heritage. On the sixth floor sits the hotel’s restaurant Ático, which offers classic Spanish flavours with a contemporary twist in an ultra-modern setting overseen by double-Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa. After their meal, guests can head to the Terazza – a lush urban garden and rooftop bar which boasts views of Madrid like no other, standing taller than any other hotel bar in Madrid.Insider tip: Stop by Del Diego, one of the best bars in Madrid just a few moments from the hotel on Calle de la Reina. This lively bar is a popular spot with locals and a great place to enjoy delicious cocktails and a variety of tapas dishes. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Q2 jobless rate drops to 106 Cystat says

first_imgThe unemployment rate dropped in the second quarter of 2017 to 10.6 per cent from 13.1 per cent in January to March and 12.1 per cent in April to June last year, the statistical service said.The reduction of the unemployment rate was mainly on an increase in employment by 13,100 in the second quarter to 379,842 compared to April to June last year which outstripped that of the labour force, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The number of unemployed dropped to 44,965 from 50,339 respectively.The labour force increased in the second quarter by 7,227 to 424,807, Cystat said.The unemployment rate among youth was 25.3 per cent in April to June, down from 26.7 per cent a year before, Cystat said. Unemployment among men dropped to 10.1 per cent from 12 per cent and that among women to 11.1 per cent from 12.2 per cent.The overall employment ratio in the second quarter rose to 54.9 per cent from 53.9 per cent in the respective period of 2016, Cystat said. The employment ratio among was 59.9 per cent while among women it was 50.4 per cent.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Jobless rate drops to 86 in April Eurostat says

first_imgCyprus’s unemployment rate dropped below 9 per cent in April, the first time since December 2011, slightly above the euro area’s average, the European Commission’s statistical office said.The unemployment rate in Cyprus was 8.6 per cent last month, down from 9 per cent in March and 11.7 per cent in April 2017, Eurostat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. The number of men out of work was 8.1 per cent and 9 per cent among women. The percentage of jobless persons below 25 was 23 per cent in January, which is the most recent available figure.The jobless rate in the euro area was 8.5 per cent in April and 7.1 per cent in the EU, Eurostat said. Cyprus’s unemployment rate was the six-highest in the EU after Greece’s 20.8 per cent, Spain’s 15.9 per cent, Italy’s 11.2 per cent, France’s 9.2 per cent, and Croatia’s 9.1 per cent.The lowest jobless rate was reported in the Czech Republic with 2.2 per cent, followed by Malta and Germany with 3 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively, the statement said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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