FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Crown-owned cannabis retailer is recording a big financial loss in its first year in operation.Unaudited year-end results released Tuesday show Cannabis NB lost $11.7 million.The agency says sales of legal cannabis for the fourth quarter were $9.7 million, resulting in a year-end total of $18.6 million.General manager Lara Wood says the government knew there would be challenges but is confident objectives including reducing the illicit market and creating public awareness are being met.Last October, former Cannabis NB president Brian Harriman said with overhead and start-up costs, he hoped the 20 stores would at least break even in their first fiscal year.As the parent company, NB Liquor will consolidate Cannabis NB’s results into its year-end results.The Canadian Press
Rabat – The Times of Israel news outlet has shared notable statistics on the number of visitors who visited Israel in 2018.The news agency obtained statistics from the Population and Immigration Authority, which revealed that nearly 55,000 tourists visited Israel from countries that have no diplomatic ties with it.From the Maghreb, the statistics show that 2,108 Moroccans visited Israel, followed by Tunisians (at 949), and Algerians (at 36). The news agency also said that 12,363 Jordanians visited Israel, followed by 4,947 Egyptians.زار إسرائيل خلال عام 2018 عدد غير مسبوق من السياح (55 ألفا) الذين جاؤوا من دول عربية وإسلامية لا تقيم علاقات مع إسرائيل وهي إندونيسيا وماليزيا وتونس والمغرب والسعودية والجزائر والكويت والإمارات وعمان وقطر.17 ألف سائح جاؤوا من الأردن ومصر.أهلا وسهلا بكم جميعا في بلدنا الجميل. pic.twitter.com/tonEqiBsF2— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 6, 2019The data also reveals that 14,000 Malaysians made the trip to Israel. Other visitors from Muslim countries also include tourists from Saudi Arabia (6), Kuwait (34à, and The UAE (25).The data received applause from Israeli diplomat Ofir Gendelman, who welcomed the tourists from Arab countries to Israel.The statistics come a few months after Israeli news outlets reported on a secret meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The Moroccan government, however, denied the news, emphasizing that the Kingdom of Morocco “does not respond to rumors.”El Khalfi’s response comes after a program aired by Israeli television channel 13, which reported that Bourita met with Prime Minister Netanyahu September 2018 in New York on “the sidelines of a UN General Assembly.”The rumors are also on the heel of allegations that Netanyahu was preparing to conduct an official visit to Morocco. The Moroccan government, however, denied the news.The majority of Moroccans criticize any move towards normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel.Dozens of activists went to Parliament in Rabat to protest against any normalization of Moroccan relations with Israel in February, 2019.
EPDP parliamentarian Murugesu Chandrakumar, speaking at today’s meeting in Jaffna, said that the stand of the EPDP is that private land in Jaffna occupied by the army should be returned to its rightful owners.He said that the issue has already been addressed to a greater extend following discussion with the army. (Colombo Gazette) Among other issues discussed at today’s meeting was the poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters. Minister Devananda said that poaching by outsiders in the waters around Jaffna cannot be allowed and he assured that the issue will be addressed with the relevant authorities.He also called for political unity to address issues faced by Tamils in the country through a political solution. A special discussion is to be held next month over the High Security Zones in Jaffna and private land being occupied by the military.The decision to convene a special meeting to discuss the issue was taken following the district development meeting in Jaffna today. Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda and Northern province Governor G.A Chandrasiri were among those who took part in the district development meeting today.
Iranian Minister of Energy and Water Hamid Chitchiaian, who attended the talks in Colombo, said that the areas of cooperation discussed between both sides included banking and investment, trading, standards, customs and economic cooperation, oil, energy and water, health, science and culture, and other mutually beneficial areas of two sides. “The agreed items are based on the political will of both sides as well as previous the bilateral experiences of both sides. I and my team thank Minister Bathiudeen and his Department of Commerce for the great hospitality extended to us during this visit.”According to the Department of Commerce, total trade between Sri Lanka and Iran surpassed $ 1 billion in 2008 but decreased to $ 162 million in 2015. (Colombo Gazette) “I understand that this session has been able to lay the foundation for some new MOUs that are of importance to both countries. I am delighted to note that your side has agreed to provide technical support relating to many fields. I congratulate both delegations for their hard work and successful outcomes achieved during a short period of time,” he said. Iran has agreed to provide technical support to Sri Lanka, the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today.He said this following the end of the 11th round of Iran-Sri Lanka trade talks in Colombo today. This was the first trade talks to be held with Sri Lanka after international sanctions were lifted on Iran.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Qatar to push opening of transportation links at UN agency special hearing MONTREAL – Qatar’s battle with four Middle Eastern neighbours will be fought in Montreal on Monday where the country’s transportation minister will urge a UN agency to pressure the countries to reopen severed transportation links.Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti says he will present a technical case in a closed special hearing about what he claims are illegal moves by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.“We are asking the international organization to do something on that because we are talking about the sovereignty of countries,” Al-Sulaiti said in an interview.The minister said the countries are required by the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation to maintain open access to and from Qatar.“We must respect what we signed for,” he added.Al-Sulaiti wants six or seven international flight corridors to open so Qatar Airways can carry international passengers. It will also try to ensure airspace over the countries will be opened for all carriers and will mount a separate case against Bahrain.Letting the countries get away with targeting one country opens the door to other states taking similar action in the future against another, he said.A nearly two-month blockade against Qatar initially stranded passengers and has resulted in a 30-per-cent drop in customers on the luxury airline. Qatar has gotten around a sea blockade by arranging new routes to India and other partners.Al-Sulaiti said the dispute has also curtailed tourism, hotel bookings and flights to the four countries. For the first time, he said Dubai hotels are offering promotions to fill rooms.“Everybody loses out in this matter, not just Qatar Airways.”While the blockade has eaten into Qatar Airways profits in part due to costly detours around closed airspace, the minister said the Gulf’s second-largest airline remains profitable and won’t be deterred from its plans to purchase aircraft and add destinations.Transportation ministers from the four countries will present defences. Their Canadian embassies didn’t immediately respond with comments. Neither did the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the specialized agency of the United Nations, which will host the meeting.Al-Sulaiti said it’s up to ICAO to decide how to enforce the rules.He hopes a solution will be reached within a week but failing that, Qatar could take its case to International Court at the Hague.While Al-Sulaiti and a dozen associates will present their technical arguments, the minister said he anticipates a political solution to the broader dispute will eventually be reached.Qatar has hired a Washington lobby firm founded by Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who left in May, to gain access to the White House, which has close ties to Saudi Arabia.The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar denies the charge and sees it as politically motivated.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
“The winter months are even more brutal for vulnerable children in the region,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. He explained that they are weakened from months of undernutrition and lack of health care, putting them at high risk of hypothermia and serious respiratory infections from the cold.“Without help, winter could be another harsh sentence for many of them,” the UNICEF official stressed. Families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq are exhausted from years of violence, displacement, and unemployment. Their financial resources are drained, making it all but impossible to purchase warm clothing and heating fuel. On top of the struggle to survive with the bare minimum, many are living in makeshift shelters and camps that offer scant protection against the cold. Many have fled conflicts without bringing any belongings. UNICEF is hoping to provide more than 2.5 million children in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt with warm clothing, thermal blankets, and cash assistance for families this winter. So far, winter kits have been distributed to nearly 50,000 children in Syria, including those living in shelters following evacuations from east Aleppo. The agency has provided heating to schools in Lebanon for 95,000 children and cash assistance for more than 50,000 in Jordan. 38,000 children and 400 pregnant or lactating mothers in Iraq have received winter clothing. However, needs are outpacing support: UNICEF has received just slightly more than half of the $82 million required to help protect vulnerable children from the cold.The winter assistance the agency seeks to provide is in addition to its ongoing programmes that provide health, nutrition, water, sanitation, protection, and education to millions of children throughout the Middle East.
Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 8:16 AM http://jrnl.ie/3307264 GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a traffic collision in Co Cavan yesterday evening.The incident occurred at around 6pm, on the N3 near Belturbet, when a car collided with a van.The driver of the van, aged in his 60s, was taken to Cavan General Hospital with serious injuries, and was later transferred to a Dublin hospital.The occupants of the car were taken to Cavan General, but their injuries are described as not life-threatening.The scene of the collision is currently sealed off, with local traffic diversions in place, while gardaí forensic investigators survey the scene.Anyone with information relating to the collision is urged to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049 436 8800, or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Read: Greek anarchists target Dublin financial firm with ‘exploding letter’Read: Traffic restrictions in Dublin as Port Tunnel run takes place N3 near Belturbet Image: Google Street View Mar 26th 2017, 8:16 AM N3 near Belturbet Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share10 Tweet Email1 9,517 Views Image: Google Street View Man (60s) left with serious injuries following Cavan road crash The incident occurred on the N3 near Belturbet. Short URL 1 Comment By Sean Murray
Seward City Planner at the time of the storm Roy Long: “A declaration of disaster or emergency declares that a state of circumstances exist that is beyond the capacity of the local government.” Seward will begin construction this summer to repair shoreline damage caused by the storm. Lowell Point is located roughly 2 miles south of Seward. The storm created limited access to the roadways in Lowell Point that has gotten progressively worse since the storm. Long: “We are doing what we can do keep the road passable- the year round residents in Lowell Point use that road as their only access to and from where they live to town.” The City of Seward declared a ‘State Of Disaster Emergency’ due to storm and tidal surge damage near Lowell Point. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A storm surge from the gulf of Alaska on December 4, 2017, resulted in high tides and heavy rain that caused significant damage from high water levels and wave damage to the Lowell Point area, in Seward. Some road closures are expected during the repair project- Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Denise Lisac and Lynn Van Vactor holding carrot and rose hip infusions. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Right now the tundra and forests of Bristol Bay are exploding with flora. While many foragers have already supped on fiddlehead ferns and are looking forward to wild berry picking, some may overlook the traditional medicinal uses of many Alaskan plants. Two Dillingham women set out to capture the benefits of these native plants in a line of homemade bath products – they call it “Tundra Love.”Download Audio:It’s a bright spring afternoon, and the ground floor of Lynn Van Vactor’s home smells of shea butter and citrus. With hot plates, a weigh scale, and bottles of oils on the shelves, the space feels like part chemistry lab, part art studio.Van Vactor and her business partner Denise Lisac hand me a mason jar filled with a dark oily mixture.“That’s chaga,” she said, as oil sloshed around in the jar. “We’re infusing chaga. We haven’t used this yet and it’s just infusing. Look at that beautiful black color of the oil.”Local plant bits are left to solar infuse in oil for several weeks: (from left) cottonwood blossoms, chythlook (wormwood), rose hips, cottonwood blossoms, carrot. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Other jars are lined up against the sunny window, filled with infusions of rosehips, carrot, and cottonwood buds. Van Vactor explains, this is an early step in the long process of making a soap or salve.“Let it sit for six weeks in the sun, and every day you turn and toss those oils,” she said. “Yeah, so that’s some chythlook.”This basement operation got its start just last fall, when Van Vactor and Lisac both signed up for a class taught by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on native plants.“‘The Store Outside your Door,’ basically,” she said. “So Denise and I sat next to each other. That’s how it started – yeah, that’s how it started.”The training taught about local plants that elders in Bristol Bay have used medicinally for generations. These healing plants are all over the place: Plantain is a natural antibacterial; Rose hips are high in Vitamin A for healthy skin.“And the birch bark has salicylic properties that can treat some of those conditions of inflammation and soreness,” she said.Van Vactor and Lisac shared a fascination with these plants.And when they decided to do something about it, they found they each brought a useful skill set to the table.“I started out in nursing, psych and pre-med,” Van Vactor said. “So I’ve always had an affinity for naturopathic medicine, and Denise has this expert gardening knowledge of plants.”The bars of soap are carefully crafted and topped with dried flower petals. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)So they had a pretty good foundation. But, she says, they still have a lot to learn on the healing side of things.“The native healers that use these products will spend a year just studying one plant to really understand the therapeutic benefits of those plants… so we’re no way in that category,” she said. “But we’ve had enough knowledge and ability to utilize the plants for things that we’d actually want in our day-to-day life.”So, with a lot of research and some digging in the dirt, they started making soaps, salves, and bath bombs. Each recipe includes local plants for a specific purpose. And the products have upbeat names like “Pick Me Up!” “Restore My Skin” and “Aches Away.”Denise Lisac shaping bath bombs from Epsom salt and oils – the fizzing bombs dissipate into bath water to create a soothing, aromatic soak. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Both Lisac and Van Vactor are semi-retired from long careers, so they’re not expecting to make a living off Tundra Love. But with a price point of $10 for 2 ounces of salve or balm, they say they were able to earn back their initial investment. Their first big sale at Christmas time sold out.Since then, they’ve gotten rave reviews. Friends and family are asking them to make more.“I know of a person whose feet had been in pain for months and months,” she said. “And those salves have helped alleviate the pressure in their feet and they’re able to walk better… so there’s these little testimonials coming up.”Encouraged by those happy customers, Van Vactor and Lisac are dreaming up new products. They’re watching for summer plants to come up so they can infuse another batch of oils. One of the biggest lessons learned, Van Vactor says, is that the recipes go based on what Mother Nature provides.For example: they’re itching to try out a naturally bug repellent oil made from wild yarrow. But, “It’s gonna be at least a couple months for the yarrow… And it REALLY goes gangbusters in the fall. You’ll get little sprouts coming up between now and then – Yeah you’ll pull it out of your garden – Yeah but now, when we pull it out of our garden, we’ll set it aside – we’re going to use it!”While their first priority is to make enough for local customers, Lisac and Van Vactor eventually want to expand. They imagine a network of Tundra Love producers, bringing healing plants into homes all over Bristol Bay.
London : A man who confessed to sending offensive online messages to Britain’s new Indian-origin Home Secretary Priti Patel last year has been sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment by a UK court this week. Gerard Traynor was arrested in January this year after posting a string of racist messages to the senior Conservative Party MP’s Facebook page between October and December 2018. The 53-year-old similarly trolled Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us “This was not the exercise of the democratic right to free speech or the type of critical commentary that all politicians face on a day to day basis. On the contrary the messages are deeply offensive and threatening,” said Judge Simon Bryan, during the sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Friday. In reference to the messages directed at Patel, he noted: “The content of your message is shocking and disgusting, and is clearly racially motivated. “It uses debased language that has no place in our multi-cultural society and was designed to insult and to demean and incite racial hatred.” Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us In her statement to the police which was submitted to the court, 47-year-old Patel, who has since become a frontline minister, expressed her shock and disgust at the online attacks and described the impact it had on her personal and public life. Patel’s statement read: “I converse with the public on a daily basis this can provoke debate and I am faced with criticism. This incident has taken acceptable behaviour to serious criminality, the content was shocking and disgusting in its nature and the messages were racist, grossly offensive, hugely upsetting and caused me to feel intimidated. Advertise With Us “It had a huge impact on both my personal and professional life, I am a lot more wary of my surroundings when I am in public.” DUP leader Foster, in her statement, said she became concerned for her loved ones after the very aggressive and threatening messages. She said: “I expect a degree of commentary but these messages overstep the mark of free speech. I don’t know the sender, where he was or what his intentions were. “I was concerned about my own movements, but at least I am in control of my own movements… My concerns were for my family and those around me.” The prosecution in the case told the court that Traynor had refused to engage with support agencies in the past. He was described as a “lonely man”, who has 11 previous convictions for similar offences. Traynor pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sending threatening or grossly offensive malicious communications – 15 of which relate to Foster and the 16th to Patel – before being sentenced for the crimes.
February 15, 2018 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » “Blockchain” is one of two “B” words that are all the rage lately — the other being “Bitcoin.” While Bitcoin is grabbing most of the headlines, many people are mistakenly lumping “cryptocurrency” into the same category as “Blockchain.” True, the two are certainly related, but they’re not one in the same.Related: 9 Blockchain Influencers for You to Follow — Who All Happen to Be FemaleBlockchain is defined as a digitized, decentralized ledger that logs all cryptocurrency transactions. A blockchain records every digital transaction and exchange of goods, services and value — or private data — exactly as it occurs. To make it simple, picture a global spreadsheet running on millions of computers. Everyone can see all transactions being made, since it’s a peer-to-peer system, and they’re all conducted without middle men.The main benefactors of this technology? Big banks and tech giants. And that’s no surprise because we all know that big businesses drive innovation. By 2022, in fact, it’s predicted (by researcher Markets and Markets) that the market for Blockchain-related products and services will reach $7.7 billion, up $242 million from last year’s preduction.These figures are helping to breathe new life into older companies like IBM. By adopting Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) the tech giant is investing in enterprise systems that leverage cloud infrastructure. The launch of this service in February of 2016 helped create opportunities for IBM to transition to cloud services and to use them to build custom blockchains for its customers.Related: Just What the Heck Is Blockchain? Watch This Explainer Video.Initially, Bockchain caused a stir, mainly within the tech sector, but it has branched out to other sectors. More and more, industries are testing out this technology in order to run a more efficient, transparent and secure system — not to mention remaining current and competitive.Here are how three major industries are now using Blockchain technology.Health care In 2014, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required all public, private and otherwise eligible healthcare professionals to adopt (or at least demonstrate) “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR).The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) also said that doctors and hospitals needed to implement electronic health records (EHRs) and provided $28 billion in federal stimulus money to implement these changes. Despite these efforts, no clear protocol emerged about the sharing of that data across providers.What this means is that plenty of opportunities are out there to disrupt the system — not just with medical records, but supply chains, smart contracts for payment distribution and more.An example: MedRec, an MIT-backed initiative designed to be a digital family history of medical records, uses Blockchain to create for patients a family medical history that can be passed down from generation to generation. MedRec was implemented using Ethereum blockchain and uses that technology’s smart contracts to execute scripts on the blockchain.Smart contracts are “conflict-free” ways to exchange money, property and shares or anything of value via Blockchain. These contracts define the rules and penalties for each agreement and also enforce obligations automatically.Still, in this era of rampant fraud and identity theft, how safe is this system?For starters, MedRec doesn’t store information in the way we’re familiar with. Instead, metadata is encoded but still allows records to be accessed securely by patients across providers. The metadata protects the integrity of the data being requested.This process is still in its infancy, but the federal government has taken notice. Back in September 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the winners of its “HHS Blockchain Challenge,” which consisted of submissions of academic papers on Blockchain usage pertaining to health IT and health-related research.Certainly health care is a very complicated industry, in more ways than one. But it’s ripe with disruption opportunities. Blockchain might be a nifty way to revamp and simplify the industry as whole.Music In the 1990s and early 2000s, music streaming took the industry by storm. Users were able to download any song they wanted, some without paying a cent. The music industry cracked down on this illegal streaming, but along the way suffered financially, leaving artists, record labels and everyone else involved feeling angry and shortchanged.Enter Imogene Heap. She’s a British songwriter and musician and the founder of Myceria, a “collective of creatives, professionals and lovers of music.” The group’s mission is to “empower a fair, sustainable and vibrant music industry ecosystem involving all online music interaction services.”Myceria’s Blockchain-based platform has created a way for musicians to push smart contracts for the sharing of free-trade music, ensuring that profits go back to the artists. These contracts allow artists to sell directly to consumers without the need for labels, lawyers or accountants; and royalties are paid out automatically.Another company, SingularDTV, a Blockchain-based entertainment studio, is looking to lay the foundation for a decentralized entertainment industry. By developing an entertainment-app ecosystem on Ethereum, the studio’s hope is to empower artists and help rewrite the rules of the music and creative industries here in the United States.Hip hop and electronic artist Gramatik was the first musician to sign on to the tokenization program. Having such a system, Gramatik says, whereby artists can create music on their own terms, without bureaucracy “getting in the way,” is why he decided to join this platform.As entrepreneurs, we can identify with wanting to do our own thing without interference from corporate (or industry) politics.Human resourcesHR professionals spend a great deal of time verifying the potential employees’ identities, backgrounds and employment histories. According to this infographic, HR professionals spend the majority of their time performing three tasks: meetings with senior staff and business partners (22 percent), employee relations and engagement (15 percent) and meetings with employees (14 percent).These efforts take more time than low-priority tasks, like on-boarding new employees and carrying out personnel management; and are only one reason Blockchain can help revolutionize the music ndustry.It can also help simplify payroll, certification and digital-process management.As businesses continue to expand globally, they’re finding it more expensive to send payrolls overseas. Paying people abroad can also take longer to process, due to third parties and banks with different sets of rules. What Blockchain can do is simplify the process and eliminate these middle men, making investment in the technology attractive.Consider the example of San Francisco-based company, Bitwage. Bitwage operates on a Blockchain-based payroll system to facilitate cross-border payments through Bitcoin. This allows the company to pay employees, contractors, even vendors, worldwide in their preferred currencies. In fact Blockchain can handle the required conversion from bitcoins to whatever the local currency may be. Finally, human resources and hiring managers spend a lot of time verifying the information of potential candidates — from job histories, to references, to background checks. A survey by Careerbuilder showed that 58 percent of employers surveyed had caught a lie on a resume. Another report, by HireRight,showed that 86 percent of employers surveyed had uncovered lies or misrepresentations on resumes.Alternately, using blockchain technology could increase transparency and make it easier to spot fraud in employee credentials.Related: 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond CryptocurrencySo, get ready: Whatever your industry is, Blockchain will likely have a role to play, if it doesn’t already. Learn as much as you can about the technology, embrace itschanges and learn to play with the big dogs (even if you yourself are not a big dog . . . yet).
CALGARY — The city of Hamilton is getting a direct link to Sin City, courtesy of WestJet.The airline has announced new nonstop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, starting Dec. 29, 2017.“As Hamilton International’s largest airline, as well as the carrier with the most international flights into Las Vegas, WestJet continues to add new service in Southern Ontario,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This new nonstop flight connects the community to a highly desirable leisure market and offers a great schedule to those looking to fly directly from Hamilton and surrounding communities without having to drive or connect through Toronto.”Service between the two cities will operate twice weekly (Monday and Friday), beginning Dec. 29 through April 27, 2018. Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThis winter, WestJet has a total of 63 weekly flights to Las Vegas from eight cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton.“We are very pleased that WestJet is operating non-stop service from Hamilton,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation at McCarran International Airport. “Las Vegas has long been a proven winner among Canadians, particularly in the wintertime, so we’re looking forward to many more travellers taking advantage of the convenience offered by this latest extension of WestJet’s non-stop network into our area.” Posted by Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: WestJet WestJet to launch new service between Hamilton and Las Vegas
AQSC’s Steamboat Academy developed with on-demand training for agents Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Share Posted by Tags: AQSC MEMPHIS — When clients envision a paddlewheeler trip along America’s rivers, most likely what they’re picturing looks a lot like an American Queen Steamboat Company sailing.AQSC says it sets the standard for cruising on American rivers, where passengers can experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers onboard the company’s authentic paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess. Or clients may prefer to explore the great Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.AQSC’s all-inclusive cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call. Guests can also sit in on daily enrichment programs and check out nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.AQSC’s travel agent support includes Steamboat Academy on-demand training, developed as a comprehensive, on-demand certification program that provides agents with the knowledge to speak confidently about AQSC’s products and destinations.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThere are also opportunities to increase commission with trip enhancements such as additional hotel nights, City Stay packages, an Unlimited Beverage package, and premium shore excursions. Agents can also take advantage of marketing support such as customizable promotional flyers and online brochure ordering.For more information, visit americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/. << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. Costa Rica will lead a process to evaluate if the countries that were part of the Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) are interested in reviving the organization, created in 1974.Tania López Lee, vice minister of agriculture and livestock, said that Costa Rica obtained the approval of other Central American countries to organize talks to revive UPEB and to incorporate Ecuador as a new member.This is one of the agreements reached at the last meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council, held in Colombia on Sept. 25.Past UPEB member countries included Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Ecuador, the world’s largest banana exporter, has confirmed interest in joining the organization.Efforts among member countries will be led by a working group from Costa Rica’s Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and the National Banana Corporation.A series of scandals involving bribe accusations, high taxes and lawsuits diminished UPEB’s influence in the world export market, and its activity has been limited to charging a small tax on corporate banana exports. Facebook Comments
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – The Brazilian Senate has approved an affirmative action bill that reserves half the spots in federal universities for high school graduates of public schools, and distributes them according to the racial makeup of each state.The Senate’s news agency says the bill that was approved late Tuesday now goes to President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to approve it.The reserved spots will be distributed among black, mixed race and indigenous students proportionally to the racial composition of each state, the official agency said. Sen. Paulo Paim said the bill will benefit most Brazilian students because private schools account for just one of 10 students.The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that it was constitutional for universities to use racial quotas.Brazil has more citizens of African ancestry than any nation other than Nigeria. Fifty-one percent of Brazil’s 192 million people are black or of mixed-race,Backers say the use of scholarships, quotas and other policies aimed at getting more blacks and mixed-race Brazilians into universities is needed to right the historic wrongs of slavery, centuries of stark economic inequality and a society in which whites are overwhelmingly in leadership roles in government and business.“The bill makes social justice with a majority of Brazil’s population,” said Senator Ana Rita.Sen. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira voted against the bill, saying, “It straitjackets universities because it violates their management autonomy.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
Go back to the e-newsletterEmirates continues to engage with its fans far and wide as it becomes the first airline to hit the coveted one million follower mark on Instagram. The remarkable achievement positions Emirates as the largest transportation brand on the popular photo and video-sharing platform.Recently named the world’s most valuable airline brand, Emirates launched its Instagram channel in November 2013. In less than three years, the airline’s diverse and engaging content on Instagram has generated over 5.8 million likes and comments. From sports, lifestyle and travel, to adventure and food, Emirates uses the channel to tell visual stories that embody what the brand stands for: connecting people with what they love. Creative activations such as its hugely popular Emirates Cabin Crew Instagrammers campaign – where six members of the airline’s cosmopolitan cabin crew community exclusively took over the Emirates Instagram channel to showcase their life, travels and experiences – generated over 1 million likes and comments in less than two months.“As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Instagram is a great platform for us to share inspiring visual content about our people, interesting aspects of our operations, places to see, and things to do while travelling. Emirates has grown its Instagram following organically, and we are proud to hit the 1 million followers milestone,” said Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand.Aside from its recent Instagram milestone, Emirates has also become the first airline to hit 500,000 followers on LinkedIn. This positions the airline as the most followed travel brand in the world on the professional social media network as well as the most followed brand in the Middle East. With a combined community size of over 11 million users across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram, Emirates has set the bar for engagement, not only in the airline category but among other lifestyle brands.“Our engaged and growing audience on social media reflect the deep-rooted connection that our customers and fans have with the Emirates brand. We would like to thank all of our fans for their support. We will work hard to continue surprising and delighting them with relevant, entertaining and inspiring initiatives,” Boutros added.Go back to the e-newsletter
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