APTN National NewsA contempt of court order was issued against the Sarnia CN Rail blockade Tuesday for failing to comply with a previous court injunction to remove it when it began 13 days ago in support of the Idle No More movement.Named in the court order is Ron Plain, the spokesman for the people mounting the blockade. He is scheduled to be in Sarnia court Wednesday at 11 a.m. according to a statement released by members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation blockade.Plain was charged for failing to remove the blockade of a CN Rail spur line that runs through the Aamjiwnaang reserve, that is also within the city limits of Sarnia.Mayor Mike Bradley isn’t named in the court order he said Wednesday morning.“I am not aware of any contempt order against me. The relationship with CN is very strained because of their tactics so wouldn’t surprise me (if) they did although I have no power to direct the police or end the protest,” said Bradley.Bradley said Sarnia police is also in court Wednesday morning “to provide evidence explaining the steps (if any) the Sarnia Police Service has taken to enforce the orders of Hon. Justice David Brown dated Dec. 21 and Dec. 27,” according to a court document.On Dec. 27, Brown made the Dec. 21 injunction indefinite calling on Sarnia police to end the blockade.Police chief Phil Nelson and Bradley have said they didn’t support the blockade but refused to move in on the protestors as long as it remained peaceful. They wanted to negotiate shutting it down, rather than using force.CN has steadfastly been against the blockade saying it was illegal, but maintained they supported First Nation peoples’ right to protest.Several meetings have taken place with CN, Bradley and Nelson, as well as members of the band council. A staff member from the office of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan also participated in talks to negotiate a peaceful end.Plain has said the blockade would stay up until a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the governor general and First Nations leaders took place to discuss treaty agreements. They were doing so in support of Chief Theresa Spence who been on a hunger strike, only consuming fish broth and tea, since Dec. 11.She is vowing not to eat until a meeting takes place.
Speaking during the annual debate at UN Headquarters in New York, K. P. Sharma Oli described the restoration of parliamentary democracy earlier this year as a “momentous change,” noting it had led to a ceasefire between the Communist Party (Maoist) and Government forces.“The people of Nepal have become, for the first time in history, the real sources of sovereignty and State authority,” he said.Mr. Oli said he was confident that the peace process, which is being supported by Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative in Nepal, will conclude successfully with the establishment of a fully-fledged democracy.Last month the two sides asked for UN help in a range of areas, including human rights monitoring, election observation, arms management and ceasefire monitoring.“Successful resolution of our internal conflict will set a worthwhile example to the rest of the world that democracy is indispensable and brightens the prospect for resolution of all kinds of conflicts.”Mr. Oli – who is also the Nepalese Foreign Minister – said the country now faced pressing challenges of reintegration, rehabilitation and reconstruction as it attempts to make the transition to a post-conflict nation.“It is critically important that newly emerged democracies are safeguarded and protected, allowing them to develop further and flourish,” he said, voicing support for the UN Democracy Fund.Mr. Oli also offered thanks to Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his help in the peace process and to the role played by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal.
HANDBALL PERSON 2012 was the coach of the Montenegro women’s national team – DRAGAN ADZIC. ← Previous Story JURY – HANDBALL PERSON 2013 Next Story → Jonas Källman to Pick Szeged! handball person 2013 Second year in a row Handball-Planet.com organizes the Contest for the HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2013. As the year before, our idea is to praise a person who has made the biggest positive impact on handball – on court, but also outside. HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations.This year a jury combining 23 TOP players, coaches, handball legends and media representatives, nominated 15 persons for HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2013. As last member of the jury, you can give your vote to the already existing, until the 12th of February when we announce the name of the winner.
Spanish vice-champions Naturhouse La Rioja made amazing effort toward two best places in Group C by beating Meshkov Brest in away match – 33:31 (15:17). This is the first defeat for strong Belarussian side which was on 100% only alongside RK Vardar Skopje in the whole VELUX EHF Champions League.31.- Meshkov Brest (17+14): Pesic (p), Vukic (2), Rutenka, Manojlovic, Kristopans (5), Atman (6), Shylovich (3), Babichev (2), Kamyshyk, Nikolenkau (2), Stojkovic (3), Tiouementsev (4), Charapenka (p), Shumak (2), Baranau y Razgor (2).33.- Naturhouse La Rioja (15+18): Kappelin (p), Pedro Rodríguez (5), Vigo, Molina, Garabaya (3), Stenmalm (5), Malmagro (9), Aguinagalde (p), Ángel Fernández (7), Val, Sánchez Migallón, Rocas (1), Cacheda (3) y Garciandía.RESULT: 4-4, 5-6, 8-7, 12-9, 15-12, 17-15, 20-18, 23-20, 26-25, 27-27, 28-28 y 31-33 (final).STANDINGS: 5. Vojvodina310271:85(-14)2 2. Naturhouse La Rioja4301126:110(16)6 ← Previous Story “Lions” beat “Zebras” for +6! Next Story → ROAD TO SWEDEN 2016: Eight matches, eight wins for home teams! 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi310278:85(-7)2 HC Meshkov BrestNaturhouse La RiojaVelux EHF Champions League 6. TATRAN Presov300372:100(-28)0 1. HC Meshkov Brest4301128:102(26)6 3. Futebol Clube do Porto320183:76(7)4
INDEPENDENT TD MICHAEL Lowry has been charged with three counts relating to the alleged filing of incorrect tax returns.In a statement, Lowry said he intends to “vigorously contest” the allegations by the Revenue Commissioners, which related to tax returns filed in 2003 and 2007.He said that the matters before court related to “technical breaches”. “My lawyers have advised that I have a full defence to the allegations,” he said.RTE reports that Lowry did not appear in Thurles District Court today when the case was heard but was represented by a solicitor.Lowry, of Glenreigh, Holycross in Tipperary, said that he and his company had been advised by their auditors and accountants that both Lowry’s personal tax affairs and those of the company were in order and compliant.“In view of Revenue’s stance I then sought a second, professional opinion,” he said.“I engaged a leading group of taxation consultants to carry out a review of my tax affairs. That company completed its analysis and confirmed to me in writing that they concurred with the work of my auditors and stated that neither I personally, nor my company, has any financial liability on the matters pursued by Revenue through the courts”.Michael Lowry was initially charged in December with one charge of knowingly filing an incorrect tax return in 2003.Lowry is a former Fine Gael TD and also served as Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications between 1994 and 1996.
For all its promise, embryonic stem cell research has been slow going in the last few decades. Ethical quandaries and scientific difficulty have conspired to keep the next big advance just out of reach, but a new study published this week in the journal Cell could kick off a new age of interest in stem cell therapies. Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University have managed to clone human embryonic stem cells using unfertilized eggs and human skin cells.The process is very similar to the method used over a decade ago to clone Dolly the sheep, but the aim here was not to produce a human clone. Rather, scientists wanted to make a line of stem cells that would not be rejected by a recipient’s own immune system, In fact, according to Professor Shoukhrat Mitalipov from Oregon Health & Science University, it is unlikely the embryos used in the study had any hope of developing into viable human clones.To create these new stem cell lines, researchers removed the DNA from donated unfertilized human eggs. A skin cell from a different individual was then inserted into the egg cell. The trick that made this advance possible is in finding a way to entice that cell to begin dividing. Mitalipov and his team eventually found that exposure to precisely-timed electric pulses and a chemical bath with a bit of caffeine did the trick.The result is a small bundle of embryonic stem cells that match the genotype of the skin cell donor, not the egg donor. Stem cells created in this process are known as pluripotent, because they can differentiate to become a wide variety of cell types. They could conceivably be turned into cardiac muscle, nerve cells, pancreatic cells, or any number of other tissues to treat disease.Additionally, the maturation process is well established for the cells in this study. They actually appear to become functional adult cells when harvested. Researchers even managed to create cardiac cells that contract just like the real thing. Previous stem cell discoveries using only regressed skin cells come with many unanswered questions, thus the continued use of human embryos.Having a way to manufacture stem cells that match a person’s DNA is revolutionary in stem cell therapy. If you implant cells that don’t match someone’s genotype, they are likely to be rejected. This is why transplant patients must take immunosuppressive drugs. This process could lead to treatments where doctors create new tissues to treat patients that are essentially their own cells.Other researchers are anxious to attempt the process themselves, and hopefully confirm Mitalipov’s results. The entire paper is online if you want to check it out.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram All lovers of great tasting lamb are invited to attend the Lamb Festival events, where local chefs add their gourmet touch to your plate during three days of lamb appreciation coinciding with the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in the Bendigo CBD. Several Bendigo schools will be taking part in a wholefood-based healthy eating program and the students will be educated on how to make the best use of lamb. Informational classes and cooking demonstrations will be available for both farmers and the general public about lamb carving, cuts demonstrations and preparation. The ‘Bob the Butcher’ feature of the festival involves acclaimed chefs providing a diverse range of cooking masterclasses as well as culinary business economics throughout the show.This year, the show has joined with local food promotion group Food Fossickers, to highlight the best regional produce and educate the public about the journey from paddock to plate. Food Fossickers is a membership-based network that works to inform people about where their food comes from and share stories about who helped to put it on the table. Masons of Bendigo will also be holding a cooking demonstration.The event is suitable for families as well, even offering a Kids Cooking Challenge and a Kitchen Garden Program. The network involves all food and beverage growers, producers and distributors, as well as the retailers and food outlets in order to build an independent supply chain for regional producers.*For more information visit www.bendigofestivaloflamb.com.auWhen: 17, 18 and 19 July Where: Bendigo Showgrounds, Cnr Holmes Rd and Havilah Rd, Bendigo Victoria
IBM : le super-ordinateur Watson au service de la médecineEn février dernier, le super-ordinateur Watson de la société IBM avait vaincu deux champions du jeu télévisé Jeopardy! Cette fois, son super-cerveau sera mis au service de la médecine et aidera les praticiens à réaliser des diagnostics et à soigner leurs patients.La société IBM a conçu un super-ordinateur baptisé Watson, du nom du cofondateur du groupe : Thomas Watson. Cet appareil est capable de donner une réponse à un problème quelques secondes à peine après avoir passé au crible quelque 200 millions de pages d’informations, indique TV5monde. À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerAprès avoir brillamment vaincu au Jeopardy! deux champions, pourtant considérés comme des ténors du jeu télévisé, IBM envisage de mettre l’ordinateur au service de la médecine. Associé au groupe privé d’assurance maladie WellPoint, il devrait trouver sa première application commerciale en aidant les médecins à effectuer des diagnostics et à traiter leurs patients.”Dr Watson” en service dès 2012En effet, grâce à “la capacité de Watson à analyser le langage humain et à évaluer rapidement un grand nombre d’informations pour proposer des solutions adaptées à la situation d’un patient peut aider les décisionnaires, comme les médecins et les infirmières”, à choisir le meilleur traitement, assurent les deux sociétés.”Nous envisageons de nouvelles applications qui permettront aux médecins d’utiliser Watson pour consulter les dossiers médicaux des patients, les résultats de tests médicaux récents, les protocoles recommandés et les dernières recherches” sur une maladie, ont ajouté dans leur communiqué commun IBM et WellPoint. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, “Dr Watson” devrait entrer en service début 2012 dans quelques cliniques pilotes.Le 13 septembre 2011 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambert
Apple révise à la baisse ses conditions d’entrée aux iADApple a révisé ses conditions d’entrée à ses campagnes iAd afin de relancer le service disponible sur ses smartphones et tablettes. Selon le Wall Street Journal, Apple a revu à la baisse le système de souscription à une campagne publicitaire iAd. Une manœuvre qui traduit un manque d’intérêt pour la régie publicitaire lancée par la marque à la Pomme. Avec cette plateforme, les publicitaires peuvent choisir les contenus qu’ils souhaitent afficher sur les smartphones et tablettes d’Apple (iPhone et iPad). Apple croit en cette publicité personnalisée et a donc décidé de réviser le prix d’entrée pour une campagne. Il serait désormais de 400.000 dollars, alors qu’il culminait à 1 million de dollars il y a peu. Mais ce n’est pas tout car Apple aurait également repensé son système de rémunération au clic, sans donner davantage d’informations. Pour l’instant, les annonceurs paient 10 dollars lorsqu’une publicité est vue 1.000 fois, et 2 dollars par clic.Enfin, la marque à la Pomme a mis en place un programme de formation destinés aux responsables marketing, depuis son QG de Cupertino ! Malgré toutes ces initiatives, un analyste d’IDC cité dans le Wall Street Journal, mettait en avant le fait que le caractère exclusif de l’iAD ne facilitait pas son développement… Le 18 décembre 2011 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambert
Graisse corporelle : des stratégies d’équilibre chez les mammifèresPubliant leur étude dans l’American Naturalist, des chercheurs britanniques ont modélisé la façon dont l’organisme de différents mammifères ‘gère’ l’équilibre entre graisse corporelle – indispensables réserves énergétiques – et muscle – nécessaire à leur vélocité. Dirigée par le Dr Andrew Higginson, une équipe de biologistes de l’Université de Bristol a modélisé mathématiquement le ratio entre réserves de graisse et masse musculaire chez plusieurs familles de mammifères. Celles-ci sont en effet confrontées à un épineux problème métabolique. À lire aussiPourquoi les paupières se mettent-elle parfois à trembler ?Si la graisse permet à l’animal de survivre durant les périodes de pénurie alimentaire, elle constitue un poids mort qui le ralentit dans ses mouvements, ou demande un surcroît de musculature pour déplacer le corps ainsi alourdi. Un supplément de muscles lui-même gourmand en énergie… D’où l’intérêt dont ont fait preuve les chercheurs qui sont même arrivés à des résultats inattendus. Les modèles développés révèlent que, outre la taille, l’âge et le sexe, le mode de vie de l’animal influe également sur la façon dont l’organisme du mammifère équilibre ces différents paramètres. “Nos résultats expliquent les disparités entre les différentes familles de mammifères (…). Les chauves-souris volent et ont donc des coûts [énergétiques] élevés pour transporter un surpoids, alors que les carnivores passent beaucoup de leur temps au repos, et utilisent ainsi moins d’énergie que les rongeurs, toujours prompts à détaler”, a expliqué le Dr Higginson cité par Science Daily. Le 29 janvier 2012 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — BNSF Railway and five environmental groups are seeking to intervene on opposing sides of a lawsuit brought against Washington state by developers of a blocked export terminal that would send U.S. coal to Asian markets.Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, which operates coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, sued Washington officials in federal court in Tacoma in November. The lawsuit alleges state officials violated federal laws in denying permits for its $680 million Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project.The terminal aimed to move up to 44 million tons of coal by train through a terminal in Longview for export to Asia. Environmentalists and Indian tribes have opposed the plans because of concerns about global warming, coal dust pollution and potential damage to fisheries.Last fall, the Washington Department of Ecology denied the project a key water-quality permit. And a local hearing examiner also has denied the project two shoreline permits.On Tuesday, the Washington Environmental Council, Columbia Riverkeeper and other groups that actively opposed the terminal filed a motion seeking to intervene on behalf of the state in the case.
Bologna boss Filippo Inzaghi felt that his sides’ mistakes proved costly against Europe’s team in JuventusThe Rossoblu arrived at Turin hoping to emulate last weekend’s victory over AS Roma, which saw them end a four-game winless run.But Bologna were easily taken care of by Juventus with goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi sealing the Serie A leaders a 2-0 win.“We can’t concede two goals like that, let alone give them to Juventus,” Inzaghi told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It was a difficult match, but we tried. Then [Paulo] Dybala scored a great goal. In the second half we had two or three counter-attacks where we could have re-opened it, but when you’re playing against the best team in Europe these things can happen.“We had some good counter-attacks, even though we suffered too much. In the second half, we were trying to stay in the game, and I also switched to two strikers to try and shake things up.“If you’d offered me three points from these two games against Roma and Juventus, I’d have taken it.”Bologna will next face Udinese on Sunday in the Serie A.
Former Tottenham and England star Glenn Hoddle is in critical condition after he was rushed to the hospital on Friday night, according to the family’s spokesman.The former Tottenham Hotspur manager collapsed and suffered a heart attack while on TV during BT Sport’s sport score show.Hoddle was among the contestants and ex-footballers present in the studio, alongside former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp and former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, to mention a few.The spokesman for Hoddle said, according to Daily Mail:“His condition is serious but Glenn is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well.”Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support.”Glenn Hoddle spent 12 years playing for Spurs, where he was considered one of England’s most technically gifted players.He was among the first English players to play abroad when he joined AS Monaco in 1987. He returned to England three years later, becoming player-manager first at Swindon and then Chelsea.After his retirement as a player, he was appointed as the head coach of the English national team in 1996 and leading the country to the World Cup in France in 1998, where they were eliminated in the second round by Argentina.Hoddle also went on to manage Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers before quitting football management more than a decade ago and beginning a new career as a tv pundit.
NAPA, Calif. — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California’s wine country. The magnitude-6.0 quake, which ruptured water mains and gas lines and damaged some of the region’s famed wineries, sent residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Three people — two adults and a child — were critically injured.Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to go back to bed wandered through Napa’s historic downtown, where the quake had shorn a 10-foot chunk of bricks and concrete from the corner of an old county courthouse. Boulder-sized pieces of rubble littered the lawn and street in front of the building and the hole left behind allowed a view of the offices inside.College student Eduardo Rivera said the home he shares with six relatives shook so violently that he kept getting knocked back into his bed as he tried to flee.“When I woke up, my mom was screaming, and the sound from the earthquake was greater than my mom’s screams,” the 20-year-old Rivera said.
Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Crown Resorts has received a welcome tick of approval after local gaming regulator, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), found the company and its subsidiary Crown Melbourne “remains a suitable person to hold a casino license” in its Sixth Review of the Melbourne Casino Operator and Licence.But there could still be further ramifications arising from the arrests of 19 Crown Resorts employees in mainland China in October 2016 with the VCGLR stating that its investigation into the incident is ongoing and therefore wasn’t taken into account as part of its periodic review. Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license RelatedPosts Load More Following a turbulent 24-month period for Crown Resorts – which included the China arrests, a subsequent split from former Macau partner Melco Resorts, the scrapping of its planned Alon project in Las Vegas and allegations by MP Andrew Wilkie in federal parliament of illegal conduct by the operator at flagship property Crown Melbourne – the Sixth Review of the Melbourne Casino Operator and Licence was generally complimentary of Crown’s performance.In its finding for the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018, the VCGLR said, “The business of the Melbourne Casino is generally conducted in compliance with obligations under laws and the Transaction Documents and the casino operator is generally compliant with its regulatory obligations.“Crown Melbourne and its ASX listed parent company Crown Resorts Limited are financially sound. The Melbourne Casino is operationally robust. The Melbourne Casino Complex is, as required, a high quality ‘international class’ casino complex. Finally, Crown’s executives and management are well experienced in the industry and in functions complementary to the operation of casinos.”Particularly pleasing for Crown were the VCGLR’s findings regarding the accusations made by federal MP Wilkie under parliamentary privilege in October, which included allegations of slot machine tampering, allowing drug use on premises, covering up domestic violence, letting staff gamble on premises and failing to report some transactions of over AU$10,000 as required by law. The VCGLR found instead that Wilkie’s accusations were either not supported by evidence following audits of all slot machines at Crown Melbourne, or were “misinformed.”The VCGLR did, however, acknowledge three instances where Crown failed to pay sufficient attention to regulatory requirements and suffered disciplinary punishments as a result. They involved the unauthorized decommissioning of pre-commitment facilities on fully automated table games; a failure to properly document play from overseas junkets; and a recent gaming machine trial whereby Crown modified some slot machines without the required approvals.“These matters could have been avoided if sufficient attention to the requirements of the regulatory regime had been paid,” the Commission said.More importantly, the VCGLR made it clear that its investigation into the China arrests, which saw 16 Crown Resorts staff jailed in Shanghai for between nine and 10 months each, was ongoing due to delays stemming from a class action launched against the company by shareholders last December. The class action alleges a failure by Crown Resorts to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations while engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to its business operations in China.The VCGLR, which launched its own investigation into the China arrests in July 2017, said it conducted it final witness interview on 10 May 2018 but that further documents had since been disclosed to court by Crown’s solicitors against the class action. As such, “the VCGLR has not taken into account, in forming the opinions required by section 25 of the Casino Control Act, anything of what has been learned to date in respect of the detention of the 19 Crown staff in China.“The VCGLR will continue with its investigation and, at the appropriate time, will assess whether the events in China give cause for regulatory action.”Among the recommendations included in the VCGLR’s report are for the development by Crown Resorts of a new governance framework to improve decision making between its various boards and committees and the strengthening of responsible gambling measures via data analytics and enhanced facial recognition technology.
Secunderabad: The Shivaji Nagar Road in Secunderabad has become an unauthorised dumping yard. The stretch is filled with garbage, which emits a foul smell. The locals have been facing problems for the past one month. “The locals are facing severe hardships due to the stench emanating from the garbage. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) earlier used to clean the garbage at least weekly once but now they don’t any longer bother to clean this area,” said Srikanth, a local, while speaking to The Hans India here on Monday. “The menace of pigs and dogs has increased because of the food waste and other domestic waste, which is causing inconvenience over here and several complaints have been made to the authorities concerned about the unattended garbage and also to remove the trash but no action is taken yet,” criticised one K Jayesh.
Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Engadget May 7, 2019 Apple doesn’t do gags by half-measures, apparently. Tim Cook made an appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting where he jokingly suggested in a short film that Warren Buffett could have a newspaper-tossing iPhone game, but it turns out that this wasn’t just empty banter — the game is real. Apple has released a Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard title for iPhones that has you tossing papers (much like Buffett did as a child) to earn “Warren Bucks” based on your delivery skills. Think of it as a first-person, touchscreen Paperboy for would-be billlionaires.The title is credited to “Wildlife Designs” in the App Store, but the splash screen and the game’s terms make it clear that Apple is directly responsible.That makes the app something of a milestone. As MacRumors noted, it’s the first game Apple has released since 2008, when it created an iPhone-friendly version of its iPod title Texas Hold’em. No, this doesn’t herald a return to regular in-house game development at Apple. However, it does show that Apple is willing to commit to the bit — even if knows it’s not about to produce a mobile gaming classic in the process. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read
Source = Carlson Wagonlit Travel Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has been recognised in two separate travel industry award ceremonies as the leading travel management company in the United Kingdom as well as Ireland. Last week CWT accepted “Best Travel Management Company” honors at the Business Travel Awards in London, and “The Best Corporate Travel Agency” at the Irish Travel Industry Awards in Dublin.Best Travel Management Company – United KingdomCWT UK was named “Best Travel Management Company (more than 250,000 UK transactions annually)” for the second consecutive year at the 2011 Business Travel Awards in London on January 24. The Business Travel Awards, the “Oscars” of the UK corporate travel sector, were judged by an industry panel of corporate travel buyers and business travel journalists. The panel noted CWT’s high client retention, exceptional response to the ash cloud and other operational challenges of 2010, and focus on the future.“Winning ‘Best TMC’ for the past three out of four years reflects the dedication of every person within CWT UK to provide the best service for our clients,” said Andrew Waller, executive vice president, CWT UK & Ireland. CWT UK was also highly commended for “Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program” and shortlisted with government client the Home Office for “Travel Team of the Year.” Best Corporate Travel Agency – IrelandJust a few days later, CWT Ireland was named “The Best Corporate Travel Agency” for the first time at the Irish Travel Industry Awards 2011, the premier awards for suppliers and distributors in the travel industry in Ireland, in Dublin on January 27. The award’s independent industry panel cited CWT’s client retention of 97%, exceptional sales, and a new leadership team that delivered a great result while balancing a significant amount of change in 2010. “CWT is very proud to receive this award following what has been a particularly challenging year,” said Lisa Whelan, country manager, CWT Ireland. “The successful transition from Executive Travel to Carlson Wagonlit Travel offers our clients further enhancements in technology and benefits from a global organisation, while retaining a flexible local service in Ireland.”CWT acquired Executive Travel in December 2008.
United Airlines is to make changes to its MileagePlus program in 2015, offering members the opportunity to earn award miles based on ticket price as opposed to distance flown.As of 1 March 2015, MileagePlus members will earn award miles based on ticket price and their MileagePlus status, earning five miles for every dollar spent.Members with MileagePlus Premier Silver status will earn seven miles per dollar spent while Premier Gold Members will earn eight miles, Premier Platinum will get nine miles and top-tier Premier 1K members will be entitled to 11 miles in the new program.The new program will apply to MileagePlus members worldwide for most tickets for travel on United and United Express flights, and most United issued tickets for partner flights, with members allowed to earn up to 75,000 award miles per ticket.Furthermore, United will offer new ways for members to redeem their award miles next year, such as extra-legroom United Economy Plus purchases and checked baggage subscriptions.“These changes are designed to more directly recognise the value of our members when they fly United and we are also pleased to give our members new redemption options that expand the usefulness of their MileagePlus miles,” United Airlines senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus Thomas F. O’Toole said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich