Canada’s top diplomat says her trip to Bangladesh shows Canada is establishing a leadership role in the Rohingya crisis, which has led hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees to flee neighbouring Myanmar.Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the trip is also giving her a chance to hear first-hand what people in refugee camps have to say.Those are two of the recommendations laid out in a report on the ongoing Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar.Rae’s report listed 17 recommendations for the Canadian government, including a larger humanitarian effort that would cost around $150 million a year and an “willingness to welcome refugees.”Roughly 700,000 ethnic Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since last year to escape what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.Freeland made her comments Saturday from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she has been meeting with government officials, aid groups and refugees on a four-day trip.“We shared (Rae’s) report with many people here, and we plan to translate it both into Bengali and Rohingya so that people in Bangladesh and the Rohingya can read it in their own languages,” said Freeland.“A number of (recommendations) we are already implementing, and my trip here … is one example of acting on Bob’s recommendation that Canada should be taking a leadership role.”Freeland spent time in Bangladesh’s refugee camps, where she says she was able to hear what the Rohingya people had to say.“The most valuable part of this trip is being able to talk to people who are being persecuted who are at the heart of this crisis,” said Freeland.She added that the people had expressed “a desire for justice and accountability,” and the world needs to know exactly what is happening there.When asked about any plans to take in refugees, Freeland said the Rohingya community in Canada has expressed a desire to be reunited with their family members who are in refugee camps.“I think that is an issue we need to be looking at,” said Freeland.“We can just imagine, if it were our brothers, sisters, uncles, who were in these dire straits, we would be desperate to bring them to join us in Canada.”Anwar Arkani, a Rohingya refugee in Kitchener, Ont., said visiting the camps in Bangladesh is a great gesture from Freeland, and he believes it could help accomplish some of the recommendations from Rae’s report.But Arkani, who’s a member of the Rohingya Association of Canada, which connects and supports Rohingya people living in Kitchener, said he wants to see more progress in terms of humanitarian action and funding.“Canada hasn’t done concrete things yet,” said Arkani. “So far, everything is words on paper — I’d like to see hands on things.”Arkani said the need for action is more dire than ever right now because of the approaching monsoon season.“It is very urgent, and I’m very scared of the monsoon season,” said Arkani.“If refugees are staying the way they are now, a lot of people will die in the monsoon, from disease, landslides, food shortage, floods — all sorts of things.”
Noida (UP): A five-year-old boy was among four people killed in a car crash on the Eastern Peripheral Highway in UP’s Gautam Buddh Nagar Saturday. The accident took place around 2 am when the victims were returning home in Bulandshahr from Jaipur, Rajasthan. The speeding car in which they were travelling was apparently hit from the rear side by an unidentified vehicle after which it crashed into a side cut on the highway, police said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsThe car driver is undergoing treatment at a hospital. “While Pankaj Verma, a jeweller, his workers Iqbal and Khalil died on the spot, Iqbal’s five-year-old son succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Car driver Ankit is critical,” Dankaur Station House Officer (SHO) Samresh Kumar Singh said. The car was badly damaged in the accident. It appears that the car driver survived as the air bag on his side of the dashboard had opened while the other air bags did not work properly, he added. The SHO said details of the accident were being worked out and they were trying to find out the other vehicle involved in the accident. read more
A Hamilton judge who wore a hat inscribed with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan in court last year will face a public discipline hearing.The hearing will determine whether there was “judicial misconduct” when Justice Bernd Zabel walked into a Hamilton courtroom on November 9 wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and made comments about his political views and the views of his judicial colleagues.Zabel later issued an apology to a mostly empty courtroom saying, “This gesture was not intended in any way as a political statement or endorsement of any political views and in particular the views and comments of Donald Trump.”If found guilty of judicial misconduct, penalties range from a warning, to suspension without pay, to a recommendation to the Attorney General that the judge be removed from office.The hearing panel will include a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, who will chair the Panel, a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, a lawyer and a member of the community.The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on August 23 in Toronto.RELATED STORIESHamilton judge who wore Trump hat no longer hearing casesHamilton judge apologizes for wearing Trump hat read more
“A strong safety and health culture in all enterprises is a key step towards both preventing occupational deaths and diseases and tackling related effects of globalization,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a statement in Geneva.It added that globalization was affecting occupational safety and health in a variety of ways, some positive, and some negative.“The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help to reduce the number of work-related deaths each year,” ILO said. “Because decent work is safe work.”Each year, two million lives and $1.25 trillion of the global economy are lost to work-related accidents and illnesses, according to a report released by ILO to mark the Day. The report, entitled “Safety in numbers,” also says that on average, working lives are cut by about five years due to work hazards or early retirements caused by disability.“Injury and disease are not ‘all in a day’s work.’ Fatalities, accidents and illness at work can be prevented,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement in the lead up to the Day. “We must promote a new ‘safety culture’ in the workplace – wherever work is done – backed by appropriate national policies and programmes to make workplaces safer and healthier for us all.”To mark the Day, thousands of workers and employers around the world were expected to participate in activities to draw attention to workplace hazards. read more
I love sports, and I always have. They have been there for me through the good and bad. No matter what, I could count on turning on ESPN or ABC and wasting hours. Even at our lowest, they give us hope. Sept. 11, 2001, was no exception. The terrorist attacks halted the nation. Many were gripped with fear and uncertainty. The healing needed to start somewhere. For many, it was on the field. I will never forget what I saw when play resumed. Whether it was on the collegiate or professional level, the stadiums and arenas brought about comfort for many. Players greeted New York police officers, firemen and military personnel. Teams wore flags on uniforms; there were flyovers at stadiums and tears in the eyes of all. It seemed almost like the coaches and athletes said to those affected, “You are doing all that you can; now let us do what we can.” The New York Yankees went to the World Series, and many rooted for them. Even those of us who hate the Yankees wanted to see New York rebound in the best way. Even so, the Yankees lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in January, but we are not going into all the conspiracy theories because that would take too long. We cannot forget the halftime show, with the names of those who died in the attacks cascading down a large banner while U2 performed. A flag that was at Ground Zero was even brought out for the national anthem. Fast-forward to now. With the NFL lockout drama, the possibility of a lockout in the NBA and the Ohio State scandal, sports fans think all is hopeless. Then, the Sunday evening speech from President Barack Obama came. Osama bin Laden is dead. Suddenly, we forget about the arguing, the bickering between players and owners. Suddenly, we remember all that happened 10 years ago. Sports were there for us then; they must be there for us now. For those fighting, there is still a long, hard road ahead. The threat of terrorism is still there, and we still have friends and family members in harm’s way. Many people reading this right now can think of a loved one serving somewhere in the Middle East. Now, sports must do it again. They must bring us together, fix things and help us move on. Regardless of what the labor or contract arguments are, sports must uphold their end. And this is not only about the leagues continuing to play. It is about the United Service Organization tours, where many who are deployed do not get to watch their favorite teams often, and hope to spend just a few minutes with their favorite coaches and players. It is about the flyovers, the national anthem and the notion that we are all taught when growing up: Never quit. Everyone fights. No one quits. It’s happening on the fields of war, and it must continue to happen on the fields of play. read more
Hexagon Mining this week held MineQuest 2015, its global user event series, in Tucson, Arizona. The vision of an integrated, life-of-mine solution for the industry was at the heart of President, Hélio Samora’s opening address to MineQuest attendees. “We are integrating products across mine planning, mine operations, and mine safety, and making those products easy to buy, implement, and support,” said Samora. “Simplicity is at the core of smart change, not just in the elegance of our products, but also in the way we deliver those products to our customers. By developing the synergies within Hexagon Mining, we are channeling more than 100 years of combined experience and expertise into a life-of-mine solution.”MineQuest, a staple with users of Hexagon Mining’s MineSight product suite for more than 30 years, now features additional Hexagon Mining technologies, such as the Leica Jigsaw, SmartMine|UG, and SAFEmine product suites. The Tucson event showcases new technology – business intelligence and analytics solution, HxM Athena, and drill and blast management solution, HxM Blast. Other product enhancements were covered during a busy five days of workshops, presentations, and one-on-one consultation.The company stated that MineQuest 2015 accelerates the momentum that’s been building since Hexagon Mining’s launch in February 2015 at the Mining Indaba and SME industry tradeshows. MineQuest continues in Perth, Australia (June 17-19), Swakopmund, Namibia (June 23-25), Hermosillo, Mexico (July 15-17), Lima, Peru (July 20-22) and Santiago, Chile (July 22-24). Hexagon Mining will also join HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s annual international conferences, in Las Vegas (June 1-4) and Hong Kong (November 18-20). read more
Newrange Gold Corp has closed a $900,600.00 non-brokered private placement. Proceeds will be used to advance the company’s high-grade Pamlico gold project in Nevada and for general and working capital.Newrange is an exploration and development company focused on near to intermediate term production opportunities in favourable jurisdictions including Nevada, and Colombia. With numerous drill intercepts of high-grade, near surface, oxide gold mineralization, its Pamlico project is poised to become a significant new Nevada discovery.The Pamlico project is a high-grade epithermal gold system hosted in Jurassic to Tertiary age volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Located in pro-mining Mineral County, Nevada, Pamlico is situated in the western Great Basin within the NW trending Walker Lane structural zone along the intersecting EW trending Pancake Range Lineament. A modern 183 m decline has been completed to develop a high-grade, drill delineated gold mineralization zone for test mining and recovery of gold. Two previously unidentified, coarse gold bearing structures were discovered in the decline and remain to be defined and explored.The project covers the historic Pamlico Mines on Pamlico Ridge, together with the Central, Sunset, Good Hope, Gold Bar and various unnamed mines and prospects. Discovered about 1884, reports indicate that by 1886 the district was shipping ore to custom mills, most likely at the Aurora and Comstock (Virginia) Districts. A 20 stamp mill was constructed in 1888/1889 and operated through 1931. Drilling by the previous operators and owners intersected very high-grade mineralization as indicated by hole 99-3 that intercepted 4.6 m grading 239.7 g/t Au and included 0.8 m assaying 702.5 g/t Au in the Merritt Zone. Check assays of representative intervals by an independent laboratory were reviewed and it corroborated reported grades.The project is underexplored in terms of modern exploration with no property wide geology, geochemistry or geophysics done and with only 103 shallow holes drilled on the entire property when acquired in July 2016 by Newrange. Some 300 separate, historic mine workings mostly developed during the late 1800s explore up to 100 individual veins. Pamlico’s history mimics the early history at currently producing high-grade gold mines in Nevada including the Ken Snyder (Midas) and nearby Fire Creek mines, both operated by Klondex Mines Ltd.Based on the extent and the high grade of the gold mineralization in historic surface and underground samples, the high-grade nature of historic gold production and available drill results, the Pamlico project represents an opportunity to explore and develop a district scale, near surface, potentially high-grade gold deposit in multiple target areas across the property with small scale gold recovery potential from the current permits in place for test mining from the Merritt Decline. read more
IT’S THOUGHT AN electrical device in the plant room of University Hospital Limerick may have caused last evening’s fire which let to the evacuation of fourteen people from the facility.The fire started after 6pm yesterday, and part of the main building was evacuated after smoke began billowing from the room. It’s believed the fire sparked off from an uninterruptible power supply, a hospital spokesperson told TheJournal.ie. All the windows and doors on the floor were opened, and three units of the Limerick City Fire Service attended the scene along with gardaí.The scene was declared safe after around two and a half hours. No-one was injured.Further inspections of the room where the fire broke out are taking place this morning as investigations into the cause get under way, the hospital spokesman said.Read: Garda escort bikes out of action for two months >
Guerre des brevets: Apple gagne deux procès en AllemagneLes dernières audiences opposant Apple à Motorola, puis Apple à Samsung en Allemagne ont plutôt viré à l’avantage de la firme de Cupertino. La justice allemande est chargée de trancher dans plusieurs affaires de violation de brevets opposant Apple à ses concurrents. Concernant le différend qui oppose Motorola et Apple sur un brevet lié à l’interface de l’album photo d’iOS, les tribunaux allemands ont donné, jeudi 1er mars, raison à Apple.Apple demande donc à ce que les produits Motorola équipés de cette fonction soient retirés de la vente en Allemagne. Selon Foss Patent, la firme de Cupertino pourrait être plus gourmande et réclamer jusqu’à la destruction des appareils utilisant cette fonction…Et vendredi 2 mars, le tribunal régional de Mannheim a rendu deux décisions à propos de litiges opposant cette fois Apple à Samsung. Au sujet de la violation d’un brevet lié aux technologies sans fil de Samsung, le tribunal a donné tort au fabricant sud-coréen. Apple semble donc gagner la bataille. Cependant, une seconde décision au sujet d’une plainte d’Apple liée à l’outil “slide to unlock”, breveté par l’entreprise et repris sans autorisation à son compte par Samsung, a été rejetée. Une nouvelle audience devrait avoir lieu le 16 mars prochain. En attendant, Apple continue son bout de chemin dans les procès en cours pour violation de brevets… Le 2 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambert read more
PORTLAND — Oregon State Police say three people were killed in a crash just north of Molalla in Clackamas County.The agency says the driver of a Toyota Supra failed to negotiate a turn Saturday night while traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 211. The vehicle slid sideways and was struck by a northbound Buick sedan.The Toyota driver, 25-year-old Joseph Ferris of Clackamas, died at the scene and so did his passenger, 25-year-old Dylan Sams of Salem.The four people in the sedan were taken to Portland hospitals with serious injuries. One of them, 19-year-old Cayla Cole of Eagle Creek, died Sunday. The survivors include 55-year-old Mark Cole, 51-year-old Tina Cole and a 3-year-old boy.
WILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s September 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation on Family Fun Walk at Yentile Farm on September 9Information on the First Annual Electronics Recycling Event on September 22Information on the Community Teamwork’s Fuel Assistance ProgramInformation about upcoming events, including: 6-Week Class on Powerful Tools for Caregivers; Grand Opening of “Our Moment Cafe;” Isabella Stewart Gardner One-Woman Show; Caregivers Support Group; The Buzz Book Club; Pop-Up Library; Cruising the Charles River Day Trip; Medicare Open Enrollment; Homestead Seminar; Community Shred Day; Game Night; and Doris’ Craft CornerInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, and Get Well Wishes.The Senior Center’s SeptemberCalendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community” read more
Logo of BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday alleged that people are worried about the fate of Tuesday’s Khulna City Corporation polls as the government has various ‘evil designs’ to stop the voting, reports UNB.Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the government is playing a game with the elections as the chief election commissioner is working like an ‘obedient clerk’ of it.”We don’t know what the Khulna City Corporation polls’ fate will be. We’re also not sure which evil plan the government is going to resort to stopping the elections,” he said.The BNP leader also said the government has stopped Gazipur polls, indulging in a dangerous game. “People are now worried that which game or magic the government will now stage in Khulna city polls.”He came down hard on the election commission for what he said playing a silent role regarding the High Court’s stay order on the Gazipur city polls.Mentioning that the High Court passed the stay order on the Gazipur polls unconstitutionally without any serious reason after the announcement of the polls schedule, Rizvi said, “As a constitutional institution , the commission could took prompt and proper steps for holding the election challenging the court order.”He claimed that police raided the houses of 200 BNP leaders and activists in Khulna on Tuesday night and arrested seven of them. “They (police) instructed the family members to tell the BNP leaders not to stay in the election area.”The BNP leader demanded the government immediately stop arresting BNP leaders and activists and harassing them in Khulna for the sake of a credible election.About the Supreme Court’s decision of delivering its order on Tuesday next on the two leave-to-appeal petitions filed challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s High Court bail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, he said their party hopes that she will get bail and justice.”We believe the judges will ensure justice to Khaleda ignoring the government’s various tricks,” he added. read more
June 26, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Call it innovation. Call it the tech evolution. Or the Internet of Things. Call it awesome. Or convenient. Some people call it kinda creepy.Google is taking over our lives.It’s not anything terribly surprising. But maybe it is. Once you think about all those gloriously nerdy “moonshots” from Google and how the tech is permeating every facet of our lives, well, it adds up.With Google’s I/O developers conference this week, we have another handful of gadgets and services that sync up and make our lives so much easier. (And monitored and recorded and and potentially shared with the government, etc.).Related: From Android to Wearables to a New Auto Interface, What You Need to Know From Google’s I/O ConferenceHere’s a list of Google products that illustrate what I’m getting at. Some examples (Nest, Dropcam) might outrightly bother some people more than others. Let’s start with the new additions first and work our way backwards:Nest: Google recently acquired this smart thermostat startup. Nest helps people monitor and control the temperature in their homes — with an eye on energy savings. It gives Google a foot into technology that makes our homes smarter.Dropcam: On behalf of Nest, Google recently purchased home-monitoring startup Dropcam. Now, Google will help you watch yourself and your friends and your family and your colleagues — in your home or your office or wherever else you might want to install a surviellance camera.Google Fit: Announced at I/O yesterday, this is a new suite of health-related apps for tracking fitness goals. Like other popular services, Google Fit will track every move you make and every breath you take. Well, almost.Android Auto: Take everything you love about your Android smartphone with you in your car. Sync up with Android Auto control navigation, communication, music, etc. directly from your car’s touch screen interface.Driverless cars: Ha! Who needs navigation when Google’s cars will (someday) drive themselves!Google satellites: The tech giant is going to invest at least $1 billion in its efforts to launch a fleet of 180 satellites into near-space in order to bring Internet connectivity to parts of the world that aren’t currently wired. Look up. Google’s watching.Related: Google-Owned Nest Buys Dropcam, a Home-Monitoring Startup, for $555 MillionAndroid TV (and Chromecast): Android TV will run on set-top boxes akin to Apple TV and Roku. Like Chromecast, which has been out for months, it can be controlled from Google’s new line of wearables and mobile devices. Your viewing habits? Yep, Google’s got ’em.Android Wear: This is Google’s operating system for wearable devices. Thought getting all these updates on your phone was good enough? Psssh.Google Glass: The dorkiest of wearable devices. The idea, though, is that information should be presneted directly in your field of vision. Can Google track what you’re looking at? That’s TBD. Can you enrage others by unknowingly recording their private moments. The answer is yes.The rest:Google Search: This came first. Google knows everything we search for online. “Google” is essentially a verb.Chrome: If you use Google Chrome — and, yes, many of us do — then Google can track your every move online.Gmail: Yep, Google looks at all your emails. Or, it can anyway. And you’re creating contact lists as well as calandars of events and appointments. Google says: Thanks for sharing (everything).Google Drive: You’re uploading all your pictures and documents to Google’s cloud. Five years ago, did you think you’d be doing that?Android: Google’s open source opertaing system powers mobile devices worldwide. Even a lot of people who own Apple devices wind up using Android phones. This means Google can collect from whever and deliver to you on your phone, wherever you go.Google Play: This is Google’s app marketplace. The World dances to Google’s beat.Google Now: With Google Now, you grant the company permission to read all the types of data you already willingly upload to it via its other products, then send you reminders based on your location, time of day, your habits, etc. Convenient? Sure. Kind of creepy? Definitely.Related: A Panic Button and No Steering Wheel: A Look at Google’s First Self-Driving Car Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now » read more
Travelweek Group Use this handy checklist to ensure dream destination weddings at Meliá Cuba hotels Friday, January 19, 2018 Tags: Melia Hotels, Romance & Weddings, Video Posted by Share TORONTO — Meliá Hotels International Cuba has launched a three-part video series that highlights just how easy it is to plan, book and pull off destination weddings at its Cuba properties.To ensure that couples receive top-level assistance from beginning to end, travel agents have access to the company’s wedding experts in Canada, even before their client’s departure. << Previous PostNext Post >> Meliá Cuba has provided a handy checklist of tips to help agents and clients plan the perfect day in paradise:Select the hotel according to the list in our wedding section on our website (www.meliacuba.com) to ensure a wedding coordinator on premises as well as a gazebo. Even though weddings are celebrated in all 27 of our properties in Cuba, these hotels have an expertise worth choosing them for.Book the trip with a Canadian wholesaler as soon as you can in order for us to book a wedding date with the notary in Cuba. We recommend you book at least 6 months in advance for more possibilities of an afternoon ceremony (2 months or more, if the hour is of no importance).To request a wedding date, we need to receive the wedding form duly completed. For a copy, please send an email to email@example.comMarch, April, May and November are the busiest months of the year for weddings in Cuba. Consequently the request should be received at least 9 months or more in advance for afternoon ceremony requests. The bride and groom must be on the island at minimum 3 days prior to the ceremony.Documents required aside from the wedding reservation form, must be received no later than 6 weeks prior to departure. There is no need to wait for the documents to send the wedding/renewal form.For Canadian single couples, only valid passport and original birth certificate are required (no translation).For non-single Canadians getting married in Cuba, clients must contact the Cuban consulate in their area if divorced or widowed. The translation and legalization of original documents requested with seal will take a minimum of 3 weeks to process (the name on the divorce certificate must be identical to the passport). A copy of the documents must be sent to our Canadian office prior to departure and originals handed in to the notary in Cuba.Ceremonies are performed by a notary public and celebrated Monday through Friday from 10am–4pm. Ceremonies are conducted in Spanish and translated into English if requested and last approximately 20 minutes. The bride and groom can exchange vows only at the end of the ceremony, if desired.The Cuban Law states that, relatives (through blood or marriage) to either the bride or groom cannot act as witnesses and sign any legal Marriage documents. If traveling only with relatives, the hotel will provide witnesses, at no additional cost.Final guest list should be sent 6 weeks prior to departure. Should there be any additional guests after this list has been sent, we ask that you RE-SUBMIT a finalized guest list at least one week prior to departure with the additional names highlighted. Guests not registered prior to departure will not count in the guest list. This list will determine the wedding package your clients are entitled to since our Free Wedding package is based on the amount of adult guests staying at the resort.To qualify for a FREE wedding at a Paradisus, we ask for 12 guests (including the bride and groom) staying at the same hotel for a minimum of 6 nights; for a FREE wedding at Melia, 17 adult guests and for a FREE wedding in a Sol hotel, 25 adult guests are required.For Canadians couples with fewer guests required for the FREE package, they can choose the 500 CUC MEMORABLE Wedding package (which is exclusive to the Canadian market) or one of our superior packages ($).Dinner included is a group dinner served on the day of the ceremony in one of the a la carte restaurants (the size of the group will determine which a la carte is possible). The wedding dinner is not private and is the only group dinner included in the package. The size of the wedding cake will be adapted to the number of guests. A reception after the wedding dinner or a private dinner is not included in our packages but can be organized at an extra cost. read more
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H ‘Aloha’, Michael Murray Hawai’i’s location makes it the perfect place to host MICE business, according to Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s vice president of MICE sales and marketing Michael Murray. “On the business standpoint, we’re really at the epicentre of two-thirds of the world’s buying market being North America and the Pacific-rimmed countries,” Mr Murray told media at IT&CM China. Strategically located between East and West, Mr Murray pointed to Hawai’i’s “time-zone advantages”, which enabled it to conduct business with major cities throughout the world all on the one day. Identifying emerging MICE markets for Hawai’i, Mr Murray highlighted South Korea, which had grown by “leaps and bounds”, and an Australian market which was at present “very strong”. Despite having no direct flights from China to Hawai’i, the American island state experienced a whopping 70 per cent growth last year in visitor numbers from China, and was expecting double-digit growth again this year.Talking to the downturn in business from the state’s second largest market, Japan, Mr Murray said the decline had been “less than we anticipated”, adding there was already a gradual projection of it “inching back up” leading into the summer months. read more
Source = South Australian Tourism Industry Council 30 is the magic number for entrants in this year’s South Australian Tourism Awards – it’s 30 years since their introduction, a new category will bring the total number to 30 and a brand new logo and star trophy will commemorate the 30 lucky winners! Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell will launch the 2013 South Australian Tourism Awards Tuesday 26th at 3pm on Level 15 at the Crowne Plaza Adelaide.The prestigious awards attract hundreds of entries each year, with winners going on to represent South Australia at the national level. In February this year, a record ten 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards medals were awarded to South Australian finalists. Minister Leon Bignell said the South Australian Tourism Awards were an important way to recognise operators’ creativity and dedication.“These awards honour the stars of South Australia’s $5 billion tourism industry, which directly employs 33,000 people,” Mr Bignell said. “It’s wonderful to see industry members receiving well-earned accolades, and I encourage individuals and businesses across the state to nominate for the 2013 South Australian Tourism Awards.”South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook said the awards are the pinnacle of achievement within the tourism industry, and a vibrant awards competition demonstrates South Australian tourism has a commitment to excellence with experiences visitors can have confidence in.“By nominating to enter the South Australian Tourism Awards, entrants begin a journey which gives their business structure, new opportunities for growth and recognition,” Mr Tilbrook said.“A win or medal certainly does enhance the appeal and reputation of a tourism business and can be seen as a valuable marketing advantage, from which many hugely successful operators have benefitted over thirty years.”A brand new category is being introduced this year to celebrate the awards’ 30th anniversary. South Australian Tourism Student Of The Year will recognise an outstanding tourism student and their commitment to contribute to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry in South Australia. Entrants will come from all tourism industry training sectors including universities, TAFE and private providers. The winning student will enter the SKAL International South Australian Exchange program. Entry in the 2013 South Australian Tourism Awards is open to all South Australian tourism operators. In total, there are 30 categories this year including accommodation, tour and transport operators, wineries, restaurants, events, local government, attractions, food tourism (introduced last year) and more.The awards process is submission-based with an onsite assessment. Entrants are required to respond to a number of questions that cover all areas of the business’ operation.Nominations close on Friday the 28th of June 2013 and submissions are due by Monday the 12th of August. The Awards Gala Dinner will be held on Friday the 8th of November at the Adelaide Convention Centre. WHAT: Tourism Minister to launch 2013 South Australian Tourism AwardsWHEN: 3 – 5 pm Tuesday 26 March 2013WHERE: Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Level 16, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide. read more
Go back to the e-newsletter >Muang La Resort has constructed a unique river-island swimming pool in remote Laos. Muang La Resort is part of Secret Retreats, a collection of distinctive properties (boutique hotels, villas, boats and restaurants) throughout Asia.The resort is surrounded by two natural hot bathing springs and has recently added the overflowing infinity pool, built onto a small, private island, set into the middle of a flowing river. The island is only 5,000sqm in size and is connected to the Muang La Resort by bridge. The 15x6m river-island swimming pool uses filtered water from the river.Guests can dine at the private dining “sala” area that overlooks the pool and river, accommodating only two-four guests for dinner. Larger groups can enjoy dinner and drinks by the pool.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterSofitel Hotel and Resorts has introduced its new travelling photo exhibit, ‘La Parisienne by Sofitel’, at the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe. This new photo exhibition takes an intimate look at one of the world’s most captivating communities, les Parisiennes – the Parisian women who make the iconic city so chic and elegant.La Parisienne by Sofitel is a two-part exhibition. The retrospective features 22 iconic photos of Parisians dating back to the 1950s from the photography collection of the famous French magazine ‘Paris Match’, including some shots from ‘Paris Match’ photographer Emanuele Scorcelletti. The contemporary aspect features 10 winning photos from the contest La Parisienne, photographed by amateurs and young professionals.The travelling exhibition will begin a voyage in September 2016 that will take it to London, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest before continuing on to other destinations. At each stop, La Parisienne by Sofitel will spend several weeks in a specific Sofitel hotel, allowing travellers all around the world to discover Paris – and the faces of Parisians – through the decades.The travelling photo exhibition embodies a key Sofitel pillar: culture. As an ambassador of French elegance around the world, Sofitel makes it a point of honour to celebrate its French heritage via numerous cultural events linked to literature, fashion and art.Since 2014, Sofitel photo exhibits have included Revealed by Sofitel, a photographic exhibition which captured the world’s greatest modern artists at work in the intimate setting of their workshops, curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso; Elles by Gilles Bensimon, which featured influential works by one of the most accomplished and well-known fashion photographers in the world; Brigitte Bardot Forever, which featured an exclusive selection of 30 photos that traced the French icon’s career; and Fashion Stills, which revealed a rare sneak peek at the secret world of haute couture.Go back to the e-newsletter read more
Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa opens its doors as the capstone of Tucker’s Point Club, Bermuda’s premier resort, private club and residential community. As the island’s first luxury resort in 37 years, its debut marks a renaissance of Bermuda tourism, while at the same time evoking all the charm of Bermuda’s halcyon days – a time when Pan Am Clippers, private yachts, and horse drawn carriages were the preferred modes of transportation, when private launches ferried guests from steamships anchored in St. Georges Harbour to the hotel dock on Castle Harbour – a time when guests did not check-in, rather, they arrived.Today, Bermuda is only two hours from most gateway cities, and Tucker’s Point is ten minutes from the Bermuda International Airport. For discerning travelers who wish to be amongst the first to experience the world-class amenities of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, a special introductory rate of $450* per room, per night as well as a series of high-value packages will be offered through August 31, 2009. Reservations are now being accepted toll-free at 866-604-3764, online at www.tuckerspointhotelandspa.com, and by travel agent.“For all who have dedicated so much time and talent to bring our vision for Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa to fruition, this is truly an exciting day,” said Eric Brooks, chief operating officer of Tucker’s Point Club. “Spring is a season for new beginnings, and we look forward to sharing our hotel with the people of Bermuda and a new generation of travelers.”The Hotel is anchored by a stately Manor House, dramatically perched above Castle Harbour, a 17th Century anchorage guarded by the ‘Castle’ islands. Each of the 88 guestrooms and suites is decorated in a classic British style of refined finishes and distinctive artwork. The richly appointed five-fixture bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, and expansive balconies and terraces provide commanding water views. Suites have wet bars with ice makers, and most have fireplaces. The modern amenities of complimentary Wi-fi, VOIP telephony, and IP-TV are softened by the whimsy of walking sticks, butterfly nets and straw sunhats in room.The Palm Court, defined by an allée of stately Palms, leads from the Croquet Lawn to a dramatic horizon pool overlooking a lush grotto and the waters of Harrington Sound. The Spa features eight tranquil treatment rooms, and a signature SilverTag® Shower hydrotherapy suite encourages total relaxation prior to any of the exquisite treatments. The woman’s salon offers manicures, pedicures, and styling with products by Shu Uemura and Kérastase; and the men’s barber shop has the Italian brand Hommage. Post-treatment relaxation may be taken around the spa’s reflecting pool under ruffled umbrellas and majestic Palms, or ladies and gentlemen may each retire to their own lounge with a raised-hearth fireplace, and a private courtyard opening onto a garden sanctuary, complete with a Yoga and Tai Chi lawn.A 1,900 square-foot Fitness Centre provides the latest aerobic and cardiovascular equipment from Life Fitness and Tuff Stuff, as well as private wellness and conditioning instruction. Kayaks, motorboats, sailboats, windsurfers, and scuba instruction are available through The Dive Shop and Watersports Centre. Dive adventures aboard the 31-foot Tidal Pull lead to shipwrecks, underwater caves, and the world’s northern-most coral reef.The Point Restaurant, entered through an English long bar overlooking the Palm Court, is overseen by Executive Chef Serge Bottelli and decorated with the treasured murals of Gerard Henderson. The Point Terrace has twin outdoor fireplaces, perfect for after-dinner cocktails. Private dining is offered in the Wine Room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and a collection of new- and old-world wines. Al fresco dining, under a pergola draped with bougainvillea and lit by candle lanterns, is available poolside on the Mahogany Terrace. Morning coffee, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served in the Library, a jewel-box of Cedar paneling with stunning views of the Castle Islands.The 5,000 square-foot Conference Centre is designed for board of director meetings, senior management retreats, and top-tier incentive programs. A business centre provides computers, translation, IT support, and secretarial services. State-of-the-art technology puts a complete array of audiovisual, lighting and climate controls at the presenter’s fingertips, as well as provides satellite conferencing and complete projection screen options. A conference can even take to sea aboard The Venetian, a 100-foot yacht with cocktail receptions for 50 guests and seated dinners for 25. Brooks explains, “It is rare that a boutique hotel, exquisitely designed to five-star standards, offers a sophisticated conference venue; however, with Bermuda’s established international business community, and the Island’s proximity to major gateway cities, the market for executive meetings is at our doorstep.”Guests of the Hotel are invited to enjoy all of the dining and recreational amenities of the private Tucker’s Point Golf Beach & Tennis Club. Golf is played on the Roger Rulewich-designed, 18-hole championship course, beautifully sited along Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound. The manicured fairways are superbly contoured, and Tif Eagle greens provide a fast yet true putting surface. The practice facility comprises a driving range and putting green, and lessons are offered under the direction of PGA-certified golf professionals.The Clubhouse reflects traditional Bermuda architecture, and offers a complete Pro Shop, beautifully appointed locker rooms, and dining in the Grille Room, which opens onto a sweeping verandah overlooking Castle Harbour. There are four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, and professional instruction by the club professional.The Beach Club at Tucker’s Point comes alive each April with two freshwater horizon pools, bar pavilion, a restaurant that opens to gentle ocean breezes, and al fresco dining under a shaded pergola. The pools and dining are perched above Bermuda’s most private and pristine pink-sand beach.The Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa vision is brought to life by an accomplished team of architects and designers, including the design firm of HKS Architects, in collaboration with Bermuda-based Conyers & Associates, interior designers Paul Duesing Partners, and the landscape design firm SWA Group. Guiding the vision from its inception has been Edward S. Trippe, president, who explains, “Creation of Tucker’s Point Club, now capped by the Hotel & Spa, has been a patient assemblage of all the components that make a great resort. The Golf, Beach & Tennis Club and the residential development give Tucker’s Point a sense of place and vitality. Now the Hotel will bring guests from around the world, and will support new amenities, such as the Spa and the Fitness Centre. It certainly adds to our well-established culinary reputation. Best of all, we have assembled a warm and personable staff that will give the resort its heart.”www.tuckerspointhotelandspa.com read more
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