USChina trade tensions may hammer air cargo

first_imgSingapore: Trade tensions between the US and China will hammer air cargo this year, an industry body warned Tuesday, the latest sign the tariff slugfest is damaging the global outlook. The world’s top two economies have been locked in a trade war since last year, swapping tit-for-tat duties on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods and sending markets into a tailspin. The fallout has gone far beyond their shores, with manufacturing in many export-dependent Asian economies taking a hit. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn the latest sign of the dispute’s effects, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) sharply cut its forecast for air cargo growth this year, citing US-China tensions as a major factor. It said air cargo volumes are expected to grow 2.0 per cent this year, nearly halving its projection made in December for 3.7 per cent. Air freight traffic contracted 1.8 per cent in January alone, IATA director general and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac told a conference in Singapore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We are facing a problem with world trade… Cross-border trade is weakening very sharply and that’s the thing that’s damaging our business in the cargo world,” IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said. The group said uncertainty over Brexit and general protectionism was also hitting air cargo growth. US and Chinese officials have said they are making progress toward a resolution of the trade dispute but conflicting messages out of Washington and Beijing mean it is still not clear when a deal may finally be sealed.last_img read more

UN atomic energy chief encourages States to improve global emergency preparedness and

“We provide guidance to Member States that covers all areas of emergency preparedness and response. This includes support in understanding and mastering the latest IAEA concepts, principles and safety standards.” IAEA Director General Yukio Amano said today in opening remarks opening remarks to the IAEA International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response.“We assist in the design, conduct and evaluation of emergency exercises. We provide technical support to national and regional capacity-building projects,” he added.In addition, the IAEA plays the central role in responding and establishing response framework to international nuclear or radiological emergency, according to the Director General. “I encourage all countries to use the many services provided by the IAEA, including our emergency preparedness review missions,” he noted, adding: “I also encourage all countries to test their existing operational arrangements, including through international exercises such as ConvEx, to identify areas that may require further improvement.”Mr. Amano went on to note the weaknesses of the emergency preparedness and response arrangements in 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, which had been highlighted in his recent report.Acting quickly and responding properly requires extensive preparation, said Elena Buglova, Head of the IAEA Incident Emergency Centre (IEC). “Emergency response begins with preparedness,” she added. As the global focal point for coordinating international communication, assistance, and response to nuclear and radiological emergencies, the IEC helps Member States to improve their emergency preparedness and response capabilities.Mr. Yukiya also indicated that Japan and other users of nuclear power had taken important steps to address these and other nuclear safety issues in the years following the accident. “I have seen major improvements in safety in every nuclear power plant that I have visited since the accident. I believe the key message – that complacency about safety must be avoided at all costs – is fully understood.”More than 470 experts in emergency preparedness and response from 85 States and 19 international organizations are gathered for the conference, which runs through Friday. The Director-General concluded his statement emphasizing that despite the best safety efforts, the possibility of radiation-related emergencies cannot be totally excluded. “This makes an efficient emergency preparedness and response system essential.” read more

Climate action starts in the kitchen says UN launching Recipe4Change campaign

“Food should not be a threat to sustainability, but a source of more sustainable development,” said the Roca brothers, in a news release.Over the next three months, the brothers – UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors for the SDG Fund – will offer cooking challenges that invite social media users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to submit sustainable recipes (#Recipe4Change).“The beginning of the Paris Agreement also marks a new chapter for humanity and demonstrates that countries are serious about addressing climate change. More importantly, a greater understanding of climate change can be set in motion in our own communities and kitchens,” they said.In early October, the Paris Agreement cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions required for the accord to enter into effect. To achieve the SDGs, there must be a greater awareness and understanding of how people’s food choices can impact sustainability, health and the environment. By putting sustainable cooking at the forefront of their restaurant’s mission, the Roca brothers are eager to share their expertise, provide fresh approaches, and offer more resilient food practices.Simple changes in cooking can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially food sourcing, waste reduction and preparation can contribute to better food security and nutritional outcomes.As part of the #Recipe4Change contest, the Roca brothers will pose a series of monthly challenges, selecting one winning recipe for each of these challenges. At the end of the contest, the Rocas will recognize a global winner among all of the recipes received during the contest.The winner will spend a day with the chefs in their celebrated restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, where they will have the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe in the Rocas’ kitchen and dine with the chefs.Along with monthly sustainable food challenges, the Roca brothers will share regular tips and techniques to reduce the impact of cooking on the environment. They will offer best practices and ideas designed to mitigate climate change as well as cooking methods that reduce energy consumption and water usage, and enhance food preservation.“The challenges of food security are complex and require more integrated approaches to mitigate the effects of our changing climate,” said Paloma Duran, Director of the SDG Fund.With one in five people still lacking access to electricity and more than 1.8 billion without clean water, “we must rethink how we prepare, store and transport food. The Roca brothers serve as important champions for our ongoing work on this vital issue,” she stressed.“Tackling climate change and achieving the SDGs should be a collective effort that involves governments, business, international organizations, but also citizens who can everyday make small but meaningful decisions in how they cook and what they eat,” she added. A woman fires a fuel-efficient stove made in the Rwanda camp for internally displaced people (IDPs), near Tawila, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran read more

Baseball Noah McGowans second gamewinning hit delivers Ohio State series victory against

Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsSenior third baseman Noah McGowan laid on the ground next to third base. The hero of Saturday’s game against Indiana hit the eventual game-winning home run in the series’ second contest, but Sunday was different. He didn’t just win a game. He won a series.In the rubber match of the series, McGowan hit a walk-off double in the 12th inning to deliver the Buckeyes a 6-5 win against No. 8 Indiana.He was on the ground because a mob led by Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell tackled him following the shot into right field that knocked off the Hoosiers (29-8, 7-4 Big Ten) Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.Now with another ranked win and a series victory against the top team in the Big Ten conference, Ohio State (27-11, 8-4 Big Ten) has started to stack its resume with just four conference series remaining in the year.“You read the national, social media, nobody’s said a fricking word about Ohio State all year long,” head coach Greg Beals said. “So hopefully we made a statement. And if nobody talks about it, we don’t care, that’s fine. We’ll just keep doing what we do.”  Inning after inning, Beals and Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis played bullpen chess, throwing their best relievers into play against two of the best lineups in the conference.The Buckeyes used a collection of four relievers. But as usual, they relied heavily on senior Seth Kinker.Ohio State tied the ball game an inning and a third into Kinker’s stint, then a deadlock began. Kinker held Indiana scoreless in the top of the ninth, but the Buckeyes couldn’t deliver a win in the bottom half. The cycle repeated itself until McGowan’s double finally won it in the 12th.“I don’t know what more I can ask [Kinker] to do,” Beals said. “Tough competitor, man.”Kinker kept the same calm demeanor throughout his 5.1-inning stint.“When I get on the mound I’m a completely different person,” Kinker said. “I’m not the goofy guy that talks a ton in the clubhouse before the game, during the game, until I go down to the pen. Once I go down to the pen, once I get loose I don’t worry about anything but me getting on that rubber and facing the guy that’s in the box.”Indiana also featured four relievers with sophomore Cal Krueger carrying most of the load with 3.2 innings of work.Junior designated hitter Brady Cherry gave Ohio State its first lead of the game on a laser of a home run in the second inning that knocked in Cowles.McGowan’s game-winning hit and game-tying hit could not have been much different. The game-winner was a drive into the gap while the base hit to tie the game was a bloop single that scored sophomore shortstop Noah West.Indiana took its third lead of the game in the seventh inning on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Scotty Bradley that scored junior second baseman/pitcher Matt Lloyd.The Buckeyes crafted a response in the following inning, loading the bases with one out for senior left fielder Tyler Cowles. He delivered a single to score junior second baseman Kobie Foppe and tie the game at five.Both teams’ shortstops made game-changing plays. West chopped down senior right fielder Logan Sowers at home plate to prevent a run in the third inning. Indiana sophomore Jeremy Houston finished with five assists.Minnesota comes to Columbus next weekend, and Ohio State hopes to maintain the chip on its shoulder.“I don’t want to be ranked,” Kinker said. “We got a logo that everyone knows across our jerseys every single day. They’re gonna know who we are, they want to overlook us then let them do it.” read more

Postmortems to take place after three killed in Waterford crash

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3119731 This morning #AirCorps112 responded to a serious RTC in Co. Waterford. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved pic.twitter.com/YagjFQnq6L— Irish Air Corps (@IrishAirCorps) December 4, 2016 Dec 5th 2016, 7:25 AM 25,812 Views Post-mortems to take place after three killed in Waterford crash Six people who were injured in the collision remain in hospital this morning. By Michelle Hennessy 4 Comments center_img POST-MORTEMS ARE due to take place on the bodies of three men who were killed in a car crash in Waterford yesterday morning.The collision between two cars happened on the N72 on the outskirts of Dungarvan between the junctions of the N25 and R672 at around 10am.One of the cars went on fire and all three occupants were killed. The six people in the other car, some of whom were children, were seriously injured. They were airlifted to hospitals in Cork and Waterford. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share8 Tweet Email Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:25 AM It is understood all six remain in hospital this morning.The three men who were killed have not yet been formally identified and post-mortems are scheduled to take place later today.Gardaí are continuing to appeal for information about the crash. Anyone who may have travelled on this stretch of road at the time of the collision is asked to contact Dungarvan garda station on 058 48600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read:Three dead, several injured as car goes on fire in Co Waterford crash> Source: Irish Air Corps/Twitterlast_img read more

Public discerns a rise in crime

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The level of crime in Greece has gotten “much worse” over the last 12 months, according to an opinion poll. The Public Issue survey, carried out last week, indicated that 72 percent think there has been a significant deterioration, 16 percent believe things have gotten a “little worse” and nine percent are of the view that there has been no change. Almost four in 10 believe that the quality of policing has also worsened considerably during the last year. Six in 10 respondents said that they have little or no faith in the government’s ability to take on rising crimelast_img read more

Most read stories on Columbiancom week of Jan 1

first_imgMost read stories on Columbian.com last week:1.) Stevenson woman, son missingKelly Ann Hill, 34, and her five-week-old son, David Zachary Barresse, went missing from the Stevenson area after an alleged domestic violence incident, according to a sheriff’s news release issued Jan. 1. They were found safe on Jan. 2.2.) Police respond to another apparent suicide attempt on I-205 bridge Emergency responders were called to the I-205 bridge late Sunday afternoon after another apparent suicide attempt, the second in two days.3.) Police ask for help finding missing woman Vancouver police asked the public to help find Ariana McGuckin, a 20-year-old woman who has autism and had been missing since Jan. 2. She was found safe on Thursday.4.) Teen collapses, stops breathing at basketball practiceThirteen-year-old Cody Sherrell collapsed and stopped breathing during basketball practice late Tuesday afternoon at La Center Middle School.5.) Tax dispute shutters Mattress World storesPortland-based Mattress World has announced it will shutter all seven company-owned stores within the next month, after being served a warrant by the Washington state Department of Revenue for roughly $1.7 million in delinquent sales taxes.last_img read more

The month in numbers June 2016

first_imgA round-up of some of the key facts and figures in June 2016:32% of employer respondents in the UK use group risk benefits to attract and retain key members of staff (Source: Group Risk Development) bit.ly/28IPzwc54% of respondents offer flexible-working initiatives (Source: Employee Benefits/Xerox HR Services) bit.ly/28IQnzw61% of employer respondents cite reputational risk as one of their top three concerns surrounding gender pay reporting (Source: Mercer) bit.ly/1QbbZrJ84% of female healthcare respondents have never asked for a pay rise, compared to 71% of male respondents (Source: Randstad Care) bit.ly/1sJ2qWy56% of employer respondents plan to review their company car policy in the next year (Source: Willis Towers Watson) bit.ly/28Iolog28% of employer respondents rate their intranet as very valuable to their organisation (Source: Employee Benefits/Xerox HR Services) bit.ly/28IWN33last_img read more

New judge appointed in Floridas Third District Court of Appeal

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Florida judge has passed the gavel as the Third District Court of Appeal has a new chief judge.Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg was appointed Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal’s new chief judge. This news comes after judge Richard Suarez ended in his term in July.While overseeing a full case-load, Rothenberg will also oversee a multi-million dollar courthouse reconstruction.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Overpowering injuries Hrithik Roshan gets back in the game with this intense

first_imgHrithik Roshan workoutInstagramHrithik Roshan is back to fit and fab after battling injuries and the testimony of the same is the recent video that surfaced where Hrithik Roshan was seen working out with an intense regime.The actor is seen indulging in zero momentum reps, an exercise routine which makes you ditch all the junk and get back to the grind.Sharing the workout video on his official social media handle, Hrithik Roshan captioned it saying, “Transformation journey Day 2. Owing to too many injuries over the years I’ve adopted ZMR’s ( zero momentum reps). It helped my rehab along with gaining strength so much so that it’s now become a part of the HRX workout module at Cult. fit. 1 rep could equal 1 minute. .n yeah that’s 10 pounds. (Gotto start somewhere right ?). And at the end your supposed to say faaaaaa….aaaa! ( a rule is a rule what can i say) . PS: this used to be so much easier 20 years ago) . #NoPainNoGain #Hrx #onemorerep #createyourself #bethebestversionofyourself #therearenoshortcuts #doitforyou #workonyourself #pushboundries #keepgoing”.In the video, Hrithik is seen training very hard and pushing the boundaries at the gym. Hrithik who has earlier delivered stellar performances essaying varied characters across genres has yet again given the testimony of his versatility.The posters of the film added to the excitement of Super 30 as Hrithik posed with 30 kids who play his students. Releasing on July 26 2019, Hrithik’s upcoming film is one of the most awaited films of the year.Watch the videos:last_img read more

Summer Deal Get Windows 10 Pro for 1214 Or Bundled With Office

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Slack was down for an hour yesterday causing disruption during work hours

first_imgYesterday, Slack reported of an outage which started at 7:23 a.m. PDT and was fully resolved at 8:48 a.m. PDT. The Slack status page said that some people had issues in sending messages while others couldn’t access their channels at all. Slack said it was fully up and running again about an hour after the issues emerged. According to Business Insider, more than 2,000 users reported issues with Slack via Downdetector. Employees around the globe, rely on Slack to communicate, organize tasks and share information. Downdetector’s live outage map showed a concentration of reports in the United States and a few of them in Europe and Japan. Slack has not yet shared the reason which caused the disruption on its status page. Last month as well Slack had suffered an outage which was caused due to server unavailability. Users took to Twitter sending funny memes and gifs about how they really depend on Slack all the time to communicate. While on Hacker News, users were annoyed and said that such issues have become quite common. One user commented, “This is becoming so often it’s embarrassing really. The way it’s handled in the app is also not ideal to say the least – only indication that something is wrong is that the text you are trying to send is greyed out.” Read Next Why did Slack suffer an outage on Friday? How Verizon and a BGP Optimizer caused a major internet outage affecting Amazon, Facebook, CloudFlare among others Google Cloud went offline taking with it YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, and a number of other web serviceslast_img read more

Sonámbulo frontman Daniel Cuenca suffers from rare debilitating spine condition

first_imgRelated posts:New music video from Costa Rica’s Sonámbulo Tickets go on sale for Beatles legend Paul McCartney in Costa Rica ‘Elvis’ and ‘Sinatra’ descend on San José New Sonámbulo album expands style, stays funky At 10 p.m. on Friday night, Jazz Café San Pedro was packed and the show was about to start, but the line to get in still wrapped around the block. There wasn’t an inch of floor space unoccupied.As the doors closed, the line rushed onto the patio, pierced faces and tattooed limbs pushing against the glass. They pled with the bouncers and, later, with the police. After a two-month hiatus, one of Costa Rica’s most beloved bands, Sonámbulo Psicotropical, was about to take the stage, and the fans wanted in.What they couldn’t see from outside was that something was different. Resting at the front of the stage, a microphone stand propped up a brimmed straw hat – the same hat that lead singer Daniel Cuenca has worn for every performance. He was not at the show because he was in bed, sick with a rare disease of the spine that has slowly wreaked havoc on his motor skills.At Jazz Café that night, for the first time, the band publicly revealed Cuenca’s illness and the need to raise $26,000 for a surgical procedure in Spain that could help him. The band aims to do this with a series of benefit concerts, the first of which happens Oct. 11 (today).As a donation box circulated the venue and filled with cash, the band and the crowd danced themselves into a frenzy, raising temperature of the room until the glass doors fogged. A girl with dreadlocks and rainbow pants drew a heart in the condensation.“The group is strong,” said fan Fernando Blanco, 23. “There is a lot of love here.”With any luck, Sonámbulo will be able to capitalize on its meteoric rise to fame and bring back Cuenca, the very lifeblood of the group.Daniel Cuenca began his career as a street musician, building and selling drums in Costa Rica to save enough money to travel to Spain. There he started playing subways and street corners, and eventually he traveled all over Europe. He also ventured to Kenya and Tanzania and then to Mexico. Cuenca’s style grew out of these back-alley gigs, and when he returned to Costa Rica, he joined the circus.Magos del Tiempo, or Time Wizards, was Costa Rica’s first homegrown circus, and Cuenca was one if its clowns. He also teamed up with other musicians to provide background music for some of the acts, experimenting with different instruments and sounds and creating a new brand of Afro-Caribbean, Latin and funk fusion. Music had become the focus, and eventually Cuenca and four more musicians split off to form Sonámbulo.“Through this whole process, Daniel has been more than just a frontman,” said David Cuenca, Daniel’s brother and the group’s guitarist. “He is the pillar in the creation of all of the group’s songs. We collaborate, sure, but Daniel’s ideas are usually the ones that survive the process.”The group began playing for friends and small crowds at cultural centers, and soon they were invited to perform in bars. In 2009, the band produced its first studio album, “A puro peluche,” a Tico slang phrase that according to one band member means a person who works very hard (this may be a bit of an artistic stretch, as the phrase is probably closer to tuanis).By the time Sonámbulo’s first album dropped, the band was famous in the San José bar scene, and the shows were attracting sellout crowds that would dance for as long as the music continued, which sometimes approached four hours. Besides the wild, all-night dancing, the band also came to be identified with Cuenca’s straw hat, which he wore over his face at every performance.Despite Cuenca’s apparent modesty, Sonámbulo has only been thrust further into the spotlight. In 2012, the group headed to Europe, where it played 26 shows in five countries. Just as in Costa Rica, the crowds couldn’t get enough.After a three-hour performance in Spain, Cuenca remembers trying to leave the stage only to be stopped by a ladder passed up to the stage full of beer and food. The crowd was sending a clear message – eat and drink up; we need you to keep playing.“It was a great feeling,” Cuenca said.For him, the tour was more than just a chance to grab fans in Europe. It also allowed the band to collaborate in a way it never had before. “It was the first time we had so much time together,” he said. “We spent more than two months traveling and we were always meeting and talking, it was really important for us as a group.”Months earlier, Sonámbulo had been playing Festival Imperial – Costa Rica’s most important music festival – where it appeared alongside internationally acclaimed acts like The Flaming Lips and Björk. Though stuck in a mid-afternoon spot well before the headliners, Sonámbulo stole the show.“There were thousands of people, and they all reacted en masse,” said the band’s then-manager, Carol Campos. “Normally it’s just the first few rows where people dance and jump, but here it was everyone.”The energetic dancing kicked up a massive dust cloud, demonstrating so much love for Sonámbulo that halfway through the set, Campos was talking with festival organizers about sending Sonámbulo to the United States.The negotiations would lead the group to Austin City Limits, where they received rave reviews from both fans and music reviewers. More offers followed, including a chance to play at Austin’s South by Southwest in 2013. The group turned down the offer to work on a second album, but it had become clear that the group was on the brink of something big.“Even after everything that has happened, we feel like we are just getting started,” said David Cuenca. “With this second album, we are showing who we really are as a group.”As David Cuenca takes the reins as the band’s frontman, Daniel is home in Atenas, resting on doctor’s orders. Though few were aware of it, Cuenca’s problems began six years ago, when he first starting noticing numbness and pain in his hands.His ailment puzzled doctors all over Costa Rica. At first they thought it was a parasite he contracted during his travels in Africa. When that was finally ruled out, no other diagnosis took its place. Three years into the disease, things started to get worse.“It started with my arms,” Cuenca said. “I would just have little bites of pain in my arms and hands.”Eventually his sickness began to take a toll on his ability to perform. He could no longer play the tres, a type of Cuban guitar he usually kept on stage with him. He began putting a stool next to the microphone stand, to rest while he sang.Throughout all of the tests, doctor visits and bouts of intense pain, Cuenca never canceled a single show. “If the band had agreed to play a show, Daniel was going to be there,” Campos said. “He never complained or asked anyone for help.”Finally, two months ago, doctors gave Cuenca’s ailment a name: Hydrosyringomyelia, a condition where a cavity forms in the spinal medulla, chipping away at motor skills and, if left untreated, destroying the inside of the spinal cord.The only treatment available in Costa Rica is an invasive and dangerous surgery, which could cost Cuenca his life. There is another, simpler procedure in Barcelona that Cuenca hopes to undergo. That’s the one with the price tag of $26,000.After two months of brainstorming, last week the band came to a decision. They would continue to perform without Cuenca, and they would get him his surgery.“The idea is to keep playing and to use that money to get Daniel the operation he needs,” said the band’s saxophonist Esteban Pardo. “Everyone in the band is doing something to help him out.”The band’s first benefits take place Oct. 11 and 12 in El Observatorio, in the center of San José. Four more Costa Rican bands, El Espacio and Ojo de Buey on Friday and Infibeat and Lucho Calavera on Saturday, will also be performing. Entrance is $6, with all funds going towards Daniel’s surgery.“We have had a really beautiful reaction from all of our fans and the other bands,” Cuenca said. “One way or another, I’m sure we’ll get the money. At least I hope.”Even with the money, the sudden interruption has put Sonámbulo’s promising future on hold. The surgery would happen in November at the earliest, and then require several months of recovery.“What does this mean for the band? Honestly I don’t know,” Daniel Cuenca said. “But in reality, they can go on without me, they already are. We always keep marching forward.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

NSW NT support youth travel

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aiming to boost the number of young-eons visiting Australia, Destination NSW and Tourism NT have released plans to support the attendance of selected tourism operators to the World Youth & Student Travel Conference.Held in Barcelona between 20-23 September, NSW has committed to supporting seven businesses from NSW land in the Spanish city while NT said it will assist four. DestinationNSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase explained that exposing NSW at the event would help the state build on the AU$5 billion youth inject into the economy a year.“The event will provide the ideal platform to showcase the diverse appeal of our State, highlighting the wealth of tourism experiences, events and festivals, cultural and natural attractions on offer in Sydney and regional NSW, specifically for the young market,” Ms Chipchase said.“A presence at the international young travel conference is really important to showcase NSW and we will also have our own NSW stand at the conference.” With up to 800 delegates from 80 countries expected to attend the event, Tourism NT said it will spend up to $7,000 to support its four selected businesses and hopes to increase its yearly 102,000 international youth visitors.  The tourism Group said it will cover the registration fees but will leave the transport, accommodation and other incidentals to companies.“This is an exceptional opportunity for our operators to monitor global trends within the youth travel market and understand the latest marketing and distribution techniques used to reach this more resilient travel group,” Tourism NT chief executive John Fitzgerald said.“In recent years increases in the number of youth visitors on working holiday-maker visas has resulted in larger increases in their average length of stay in the NT.”Youth Shack Chillis, YHA Australia, Wayoutback Desert Safaris and Adventure Tours are being support by Tourism NT.DestinationNSW will assist Work & Travel Company, Wake Up Sydney Central, Travellers Autobarn, Lets Go Surfing, Adventure Tours Australia, Mojo Surf and Nomads World Hotels. last_img read more

Solomon Islands tourism industry mourns tragic loss of SIVB Officer

first_imgSIVB Stella LucasSolomon Islands tourism industry mourns tragic loss of SIVB OfficerThe close-knit Solomon Islands tourism community is in shock following the tragic death yesterday of Solomon Islands Visitor Bureau (SIVB) marketing officer, Stella Lucas.Ms Lucas and three other SIVB colleagues had been assessing a hiking program in the Mataniko River region close to Honiara when the incident occurred.One of those, Mr Chris Nemaia is still reported missing.A devastated SIVB chairman, Wilson Ne’e said he was unable to comment on the exact circumstances until local authorities released an official report.In the meantime, he said the SIVB team was being provided with counselling while they try to come to terms with the tragedy and the organisation was doing everything it could to help both Mr Nemaia and Ms Lucas’ families at this time.Source = Mike Parker-Brown – Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau PRlast_img read more

Dangerous hole left open on pavement

first_imgThere is a dangerous hole that has been left open near the entrance to Christopher Arcade in Muchison Street.There are remains of hazard tape to warn pedestrians, but since the hole is on the pavement foot traffic has since shredded the tape.The pavement has broken paving bricks and the hole has accumulated much litter and other rubbish.“If someone were to fall in they could hurt seriously themselves ,” said a resident. At the ime of going to press, the municipality had failed to comment. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Brits travelling on cheap flights to Alicante and

first_imgBrits travelling on cheap flights to Alicante and onwards to Benidorm should head inland if they want to experience some Spanish culture.This is according to the Spanish Tourism Office, which said that while the resort doesn’t have the best of reputations, it is close to ‘the vegetable garden of Spain’, which is home to some of the country’s most picturesque scenery.Carmen Hernandez Gomez, a market analyst at the STO, said that much of Benidorm’s reputation has been built by people who have never actually been there.”For people that want to have fish and chips and some sun, it’s the place to go. Obviously if you want to find out about the local culture it’s not,” she commented.”If you go inland it’s nice. In Spain, we call all that area the vegetable garden of Spain because it is really green.”The recent Lonely Planet Awards ranked Benidorm as the place most respondents wouldn’t want to visit, even if they were paid to.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Mythbusters: What are charter flights and how to find a good dealBudget charter flights could be a great option if you’re looking to get away for a bargain holiday. Here’s a rundown of the whats, wheres and whens of getting a great deal.10 flights to the sun under £100Spain? Turkey? Gran Canaria? It’s not too late to book a summer sun escape! 10 flights all for less than £100 return.last_img read more

Located near the UtahArizona border Amangiri ope

first_imgLocated near the Utah-Arizona border, Amangiri opens officially today in canyon country. The second property built in the U.S. by Singapore-based Amanresorts, Amangiri (Sanskrit for “peaceful mountain”) brings an unprecedented level of luxury to the area that includes Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell and the Colorado River. The resort is ideally placed for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Bryce and Zion National Parks.AmangiriAmangiri is cradled by massive 200-million-year-old mesas and rock formations in a region home to a variety of endangered species, including the California condor, and a bevy of dinosaur fossils, some dating back more than 160 million years. Set on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness that has been home for centuries to the indigenous Navajo and Hopi tribes, Amangiri’s creation was made possible by a 2005 Act of Congress that permitted a swap of private and Federal land. Amangiri has 34 guest suites, each with uninterrupted panoramic views of the desert and mesas and endowed with all the luxuries and comfort expected of an Amanresort—from day-beds, to roomy bathing areas, to the unobtrusively personalized service that has been the hallmark of Amanresorts since its first resort, Amanpuri, opened 21 years ago in Phuket, Thailand. Pool suites and the Girijaala and Amangiri Suites have private pools and secluded outdoor sky terraces that are ideal both for daytime relaxation and nighttime stargazing.Amangiri’s 25,000-foot spa offers hydrotherapy treatments, color therapy-enhanced flotation treatments, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a step pool, cold plunge and generous spaces for exercise, yoga and Amanresorts’ unique Pilates assessment. The cuisine at Amangiri features menus that change regularly based on available ingredients from local farmers, and emphasize organic and specialty products. The open-to-browse wine room has state-of-the-art climate control, space for 900 bottles and the technology to serve even the finest vintages by the glass. The private dining room seats 10; its large wooden doors can be closed for privacy or open to the kitchen.In addition to the resort, the Amangiri master plan features 28 dramatically designed four- or five-bedroom private villas, each with large pools, wine rooms, fireplaces, optional media rooms and staff quarters.www.amanresorts.com/amangiri/home.aspx.last_img read more

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