Province Launches 2008 Tourism Marketing Campaign

first_imgTravellers are hearing the call to make Nova Scotia their favourite place this summer, as Nova Scotia’s 2008 tourism marketing campaign ramps up in markets around the world. The theme this year is, So Much To Do – Make Nova Scotia Your Favourite Place. “This campaign appeals to the unique experiences visitors have when they come to Nova Scotia,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks today, May 13. “Our new tourism brand where visitors are captivated by a culture of old world charm with a new world pulse, shaped by the sea and the spirit of our people comes alive in each TV ad, newspaper insert or radio spot.” The marketing campaign, which will consist of new television, radio, print and online advertising, will promote Nova Scotia to potential and return visitors in the key markets of Atlantic Canada, western Canada, Quebec, Ontario and northeastern United States. Working in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, the Canadian Tourism Commission and other in-market partners, Nova Scotia will continue to be promoted in key overseas markets, such as the United Kingdom and Germany. A series of 30-second television ads will appear on all major networks in the Atlantic region. Running from spring to fall, the ads will feature some of Nova Scotia’s best experiences including seacoast hiking, eating lobster on the docks, the Halifax nightlife, Cape Breton square dancing, enjoying the beach, a Nova Scotia vineyard or a sail on one of our most famous icons, the Bluenose II. Radio ads will promote festival and events happening across the province including the 250th anniversary of the siege of Louisbourg, Ride the Lobster and Lobsterpalooza. The province will also run consumer promotions including the Bluenose II visit to Toronto and Quebec where people will have an opportunity to see, hear and taste an enticing sampler of Nova Scotia’s authentic seacoast product. Nova Scotia is also participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race where 14 clipper style yachts will arrive in Halifax and Sydney in early June. Building on successful events from last year, the province will also be in the Milwaukee Irish Festival and the Chicago Celtic Festival. A forum will be set up on the website in early June so that people share their favorite place or thing to do in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia spends $20 million on marketing to attract visitors to come to Nova Scotia. Of that, about $6.6 million is spent on its advertising campaign to key markets. For more information on the province’s tourism marketing campaign or to view some of the ads please visit .last_img read more

Fewer kids in care Manitoba government looking to reform childwelfare system

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is promising to reduce the fast-rising and overwhelmingly Indigenous number of kids in provincial care and to help families reunite sooner.Families Minister Scott Fielding announced a package of measures Thursday aimed at addressing criticism raised by many First Nations leaders and by a 2013 public inquiry report that said the child-welfare system needs an overhaul.The definitions and reasons for taking children from their families are to be clarified and are likely to be narrowed, Fielding said. Assessments of seized kids, which can currently take months, are to be sped up.“Other jurisdictions have done some work in terms of that process — clarification of when a child is taken into care. We want to make sure that we’re at the same level of other provinces.”The Manitoba government plans to expand subsidies to permanent guardians and adoptive parents so as to encourage people who are temporary guardians to provide long-lasting homes.The Progressive Conservatives also plan to follow through on a promise by the former NDP government to enact customary care in First Nations communities. Customary care allows children to stay within their community under the guidance of extended family and community leaders.The announcement was welcomed by Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization, which represents 33 First Nations in Manitoba.“I want to ensure that the outcomes for our people are outcomes that bring families together, that support the cohesiveness of families and also support our children in the communities,” Daniels said.The number of children in care in Manitoba is among the highest per-capita compared with other provinces. It has nearly doubled in the last decade to 11,000. Nearly 90 per cent are Indigenous.In neighbouring Saskatchewan, with roughly the same population, the number is roughly 4,000, Fielding said.Manitoba First Nations leaders have long complained that some children are taken from their families because of poverty or poor housing conditions, not because of abuse or neglect.“We had a young mom, brand new baby, staying in a bachelor apartment,” said Richard De La Ronde, executive director of the Sandy Bay First Nation’s child and family services agency.“If you recall, last summer was super hot. It was like over 40 degrees in her apartment. Not a healthy place for a child to be,” he continued.“Legislation says that that child is not in a safe environment and workers wanted to apprehend that baby … and I said, ‘Why don’t you go buy her an air conditioner for $89 at Walmart?’”Manitoba child welfare has been under scrutiny since the 2005 death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old who was beaten by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after social workers decided the girl was safe and closed her file.A public inquiry said social workers repeatedly lost track of where the girl was, missed warning signs that she was in trouble and never caught on that her mother’s boyfriend had a history of domestic violence.The inquiry report urged the government to address the fact that the number of children taken from their families is overwhelmingly Indigenous.Fielding said his plan should reduce the number of kids in the system, but he does not have a specific target.“We think that the numbers are unacceptable … in terms of the amount of children in care. And if we can do this effectively right … we think that’s going to make a difference and it’s going to substantially drop the amount of children in care.”last_img read more

DCW rescues 12 Nepali girls from NorthWest Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women said that they have rescued 12 Nepali girls from different locations in North-West Delhi late on Saturday night. The women rights body claimed it as trafficking but the city police in initial phase found it as a case of cheating.According to DCW, the girls confessed that an agent named Uday had lured them to Delhi with the promise of getting them well-paying jobs in Dubai and other Gulf countries. Two teams were rushed to Najafgarh area when DCW member Kiran Negi received a complaint from Anandi (name changed) that a few Nepali girls are held in captivity at two places. The DCW team reached the sites and found all the 12 girls. The agent Uday could not be found, though the rescued girls said he was with them some time back. The rescued girls revealed how they had been promised that they will be sent to Iraq, Kuwait and Dubai for work and will get good salaries. Most of them had given around Rs 50000 to the agent for getting these jobs, while two of them had given Rs 2 lakh each. “Anandi said she was raped in Delhi’s Paharganj area before she left for Iraq. The Commission is now assisting her in filing an FIR in this regard,” said DCW in a Press statement. The girls stated that the agent had taken away their passports and warned them of arrest if they left the room. The rescued girls were first taken to Chhawala Police Station and subsequently shifted to a shelter home. An FIR has been registered in the case. “We have registered a case of cheating in this regard,” said Delhi Police. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said that “Large scale human trafficking continues unabated and hundreds of Nepali women are being trafficked to Gulf countries via Delhi regularly. While DCW is proactive in rescue operation, the need of the hour is for the Delhi and Nepal Police to bust these international trafficking gangs that are operating in Nepal and India.”last_img read more

Border control efforts must not encroach on needs of asylumseekers – UN

7 January 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that States trying to prevent the entry of irregular migrants into their territories are doing so without establishing guarantees to ensure the protection of those in need. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it has received inquiries about recent statements by Greece about the possibility of building a 12-kilometre fence along its side of the border with Turkey in the Evros region.“While every State has the right to control its borders, it is clear that among the many people crossing Turkey toward the European Union [EU], there are a significant number who are fleeing violence and persecution,” said Melissa Fleming, the UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.“Establishing border control mechanisms which are sensitive to the needs of people seeking protection is therefore vital,” she said. Ms. Fleming said that building fences rarely solves the underlying problem of migratory pressures, including those of people seeking protection. There is a risk that those requesting asylum will resort to even riskier routes to safety – a reason why large numbers of asylum-seekers find themselves in the hands of groups that smuggle human beings, she added.The problem in Greece is compounded by the fact that the asylum system is still not functioning properly, despite ongoing reform efforts, according to Ms. Fleming. UNHCR is working with government partners to establish a fair process for assessing the claims of asylum-seekers. Currently, thousands of asylum-seekers are “living in limbo in Greece,” she said.In Turkey, the Government continues to implement a geographic limitation to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a move that will allow the country to take responsibility for granting asylum only to refugees who come from European countries. However, most asylum-seekers in Turkey originate from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, Ms. Fleming said.Claims of asylum-seekers of non-European origin in Turkey are assessed by UNHCR and those who are found to be refugees are permitted to remain, pending resettlement to a third country.However, the number of resettlement places falls short of the needs and at present there are approximately 10,000 refugees awaiting resettlement from Turkey.“UNHCR is encouraging more countries, and in particular EU Member States, to show solidarity with Turkey by participating in the resettlement effort,” said Ms. Fleming. read more

Trade deal ends tariffs on more than 200 tech products – from

FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2010, file photo, a customer looks over Hewlett Packard ink cartridges for his printer at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif. More than 50 countries in the World Trade Organization have agreed to eliminate tariffs on 200 technology products, including video game consoles, printer cartridges and GPS devices. The expansion of 1997’s Information Technology Agreement is the WTO’s first tariff-killing agreement in 18 years. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Trade deal ends tariffs on more than 200 tech products – from chips to video game consoles by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 10:31 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.The agreement announced Friday marks the World Trade Organization’s first tariff-killing deal in 18 years.The deal is an expansion of the 1997 Information Technology Agreement, which includes 80 WTO member countries. The updated accord covers products that generate $1 trillion in annual global revenue, including $100 billion a year for American companies.That worldwide total is equal to global trade in iron, steel, textiles and clothing combined, according to the WTO.U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman called the agreement “great news for the American works and businesses that design manufacture and export state-of-the-art technology and information products.” Froman’s office says the deal will support 60,000 American jobs.Not all 161 WTO member countries signed on to the expanded deal. But all will benefit because it eliminates the tariffs on dozens of tech products no matter which WTO country they come from. Tariffs are taxes imposed on imported goods.Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council trade group in Washington, said the deal “will open markets, create jobs and spur economic growth around the world, as well as bring down costs for consumers.”Talks on revising the technology agreement began in 2012. The breakthrough occurred when the U.S. and China worked out most of their differences during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington last November.Negotiators still must complete technical details and a timetable for eliminating the tariffs. The work is expected to be complete by the time WTO members meet in Nairobi, Kenya, in December. read more

Facebook criticised by cancer support groups after blocking accounts that share surgery

Jay Walker, 40, from Horwich, Manchester, has been banned from Facebook “countless” times for sharing photos of her chest scars since her preventative mastectomy in 2016. Facebook has been accused of hindering cancer support groups after blocking accounts that share surgery scar images. It comes after Facebook updated its community guidelines last year to permit sharing these kind of photos within the cancer community.   Breast cancer campaigners have branded Facebook’s decision to remove post-mastectomy images and ban users as “damaging”, while charities said the photos are “critical” in revealing the realities of the disease. “Two weeks ago I was given a 28-day ban for sharing images in a closed,…

Julian Assange could be extradited to Australia his father says

first_img“It can be resolved simply to the satisfaction of all. There has been some talk in a meeting between a senator and a senior DFAT official to extradite Julian to Australia.” Image: PA Wire/PA Images Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. 19,783 Views Apr 14th 2019, 9:33 AM 45 Comments Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 9:33 AM Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE’S father has called on Australia to bring his son home, saying he was shocked to see his son’s condition after his arrest in London last week.John Shipton – who was secretary of the Wikileaks Party when his son tried to run for a senate seat in 2013 national elections – reportedly visited Assange every Christmas at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after he sought refuge there in 2012.“DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs) and the prime minister should in a nuanced way do something,” Shipton told Melbourne’s Sunday Herald Sun. Share89 Tweet Email1 Short URL By AFP John Shipton, the father of Julian Assange, attends a rally outside the British consulate in Melbourne, Australia. Source: AAP/PA ImagesShipton said he was shocked to see the state of his son when he was arrested at the embassy on Thursday on allegations of skipping bail, and on a US extradition warrant related to a huge leak of official documents.“I saw him, the way they dragged him down the steps, the coppers (police), he didn’t look good. I’m 74 and I look better than him and he’s 47. It’s such a shock,” he said.“For months and months he has been living like a high-security prisoner, he can’t even go to the toilet. There have been cameras watching his every move.” Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rally outside the Victorian State Library in Melbourne. Source: AAP/PA ImagesAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that Assange would receive “no special treatment” from Canberra.The 47-year-old Australian had sought refuge in the embassy while on bail awaiting extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault and rape, which he always denied.British lawmakers had urged their government to prioritise any extradition bid Sweden might make for him over the allegations.Swedish prosecutors dropped a preliminary investigation into the rape allegation in 2017.© – AFP 2019 Julian Assange could be extradited to Australia, his father says John Shipton reportedly visited his son every Christmas at the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange had sought refuge since 2012. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Putting the Merry back into Christmas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The City of Monash council has overturned last year’s decision to erase ‘Merry Christmas’ from all municipal signage and decorations and replace it with the wishes ‘Season’s Greetings’. The south-eastern suburbs council has now decided to embrace both slogans during this year’s festive season. The new policy was said to be a win for common sense in the view of Cr Theo Zographos. “We shouldn’t hide away from ‘Merry Christmas’, that’s political correctness gone mad,” he said. “It caused an uproar last year – myself and other councillors received hundreds of emails, letters, phone calls and other contacts over the issue.” Both the City of Casey and Greater Dandenong Councils will be committing to the celebration of Christmas, including the slogan in their decorations. “We’ve got feedback from the community that they would like ‘Merry Christmas’ and I and all my fellow councillors believe it should be on there,” said Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti. Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

Robin van Persie looking forward to being the coach of his

first_imgFeyenoord striker Robin van Persie revealed how he’s looking forward to his retirement from football but refused to rule out returning one day as a coachThe 35-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career that saw him star in the Premier League for 11 seasons at Arsenal and Manchester United.Van Persie left the English top-flight in 2015 for Turkish giants Fenerbahce after managing an impressive tally of 144 goals and 65 assists in 280 league games along with one title.As of January 2018, Van Persie has since been playing his football at boyhood club Fenerbahce where he scored in their 3-0 KNVB Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar last season.But the Dutchman announced in October that he will likely call time on his successful career in June and appears to be looking forward to the prospect of being the coach of his own life.“I was on a good holiday in Dubai – 12 days with friends and family,” Van Persie told NOS.“Nemanja Vidic was there as well. He has been retired for three and a half years and said very fittingly: ‘When you retire, you have to be the coach of your own life’.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Everything is arranged for [players], a team manager and a coach tell you what to do, we are just children often going on school trips.“If that disappears, you have to become the coach of your own life. Is that difficult when your whole life is thought out for you? Yes, but I’m going to try it.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 12: Robin van Persie of Feyenoord looks on during the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Feyenoord at Stadion De Vijverberg on August 12, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“I won’t have to do anything anymore, I’m going to swim, play table tennis, tennis, football. I like that a lot. Then when there is a time I can’t do anything, without thinking: there will be another competition soon.”The former Arsenal star revealed he’s held talks with Dutch Football Association director Eric Gudde over getting his coaching badges.“I think [coaching] is nice, but I don’t know,” added Van Persie.“I had contact with Eric Gudde and he provided options for my eventual trajectory, but nothing has been decided yet.”Despite entering what will likely be his last season, Van Persie shows no signs of slowing down with seven goals and three assists in 13 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Candidates Debate How To Help Local Small Businesses Improve

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked what they would do to help small businesses in Wilmington and Tewksbury, including those along Route 38, be successful.“I think the biggest problem is the street itself,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “Route 38 is not wide enough to take care of the traffic for those businesses. You can’t get out of those businesses during the daytime. The planning is poor. When they put developments on 38, they don’t plan ahead.”“For pedestrians, Route 38 needs sidewalks on both sides of the street so they don’t interrupt the flow of the traffic,” added Meuse. “They need to repair the road. The road is a mess. They probably need to widen it. And there needs to be a plan in each town — if we want new businesses, how do we make it easily accessible and ease the traffic as well?”“I’m 100% pro-small business,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “Speaking to some of the small businesses we currently have, there’s a lot of regulations they’re not happy with and is very expensive. Rent is very expensive. I’d like to work with our local officials to see what we can do for these small businesses and to lower their annual filing fees of $500.”“I will always stand up for small businesses.” added Prinzivalli. “We recently had a situation in Tewksbury with a boycott of a small business. I’m the only candidate here tonight that has stood up for that small business, whose owner is a sitting State Rep and completely beloved, Jim Lyons. I consider him a friend of mine. The business is Dandi-Lyons. This is a business he needs to support his family. I’m 100% small business and will always stand up for them.”“Route 38, when I started driving, I think had six lights on it. Now the towns have exploded in terms of population,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).  “I’m the only candidate that has said a private landowner cannot develop. I understand we need to be ahead of the curve here, we need to work with local town officials, the state, and local business owners. But to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their commercial property? That’s what the Planning Board and Zoning Board are for.”“The problem [on Route 38] is the flow,” added Robertson. “Mile 16 in Tewksbury, right across from Dandi-Lyons, or here in Wilmington with the stretch of 129 and 38 split off at Burlington Avenue, they’re chokepoints. Why? There’s outdated traffic infrastructure. They’re timed lights. And if they’re smart lights, they’re not timed particularly well. Their turning lanes are restrictive… And we have to take a look beyond Route 38 and make sure 129 and 133 don’t shoulder the burden of traffic diverted from Route 38. It needs to be a complete picture.”Moderator Tom Zuppa then asked the candidates to respond to the Dandi-Lyons controversy.“I just heard about it yesterday,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “I thought I’d stay out of it. Jim is a very good friend of mine as well. If you asked me what type of ice cream I like, I’d say Dandi-Lyons. I think that was a single person who made a statement and she was way off base.”“For those who may not be in the know, the Republican Town Committee of Tewksbury put out something saying I was anti-small business because a fellow Democrat in Wilmington called for a boycott of his business,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “This was a boycott I was not consulted with. It’s not a boycott I support. And it was something she said on her own private Facebook page, which brings up the question of her first amendment rights… This is a discrattionary issue. I want to get to work as State Rep on things like taxation, Route 38, smart development, new schools.”“My opponent is saying the person who put this out has the right to do so,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “And that’s fine. But if you’re pro-small business, and it’s your party that’s putting the boycott out there, you should have spoken up. I was the only candidate that stood up for that small business.”“I not only have, but my committee has responded and done so in public and to all these panelists’ media outlets,” clarified Robertson. Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 15:11 for the discussion on Route 38.—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse, Prinzivalli & Robertson Talk TRAFFICIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Economic Development, Opioid EpidemicIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Meuse Says She’s The Best Person For The Job, Not Just “That Other Candidate”In “Government”last_img read more

MLA Kausar meets ZC on pending issues

first_imgKarwan: Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin, along with corporators, held a meeting with GHMC Zonal Commissioner for central zone Mohammed Musharraf Ali Faruqui and other officials at GHMC Zonal office on Monday. In the meeting, Kausar Mohiuddin discussed about the civic issues and pending projects in the constituency. He asked the GHMC Zonal Commissioner to consider holding special sanitation drive and maintenance of streetlights across the constituency. He also demanded the engineering wing to take up the pending projects in the entire constituency at the earliest.last_img

With Barry Approaching Louisiana Texas Gears Up To Help

first_img Share AP Photo/Matthew HintonAn SUV travels down Breakwater Drive in New Orleans, La., Friday, July 12, 2019, near the Orleans Marina as water moves in from Lake Pontchartrain from the storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. The area is behind a flood wall that protects the rest of the city.A group of civilian volunteers dubbed the “Cajun Navy” helped rescue thousands of people from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in 2017.Now, with Tropical Storm Barry on track to hit Louisiana this weekend as a hurricane, some Texans are prepared to return the favor.Harvey’s historic rainfall overwhelmed the capabilities of official first responders in Texas and prompted a widespread, grassroots deployment of privately-owned rescue boats, canoes, jacked-up trucks and really anything that could help get people out of harm’s way. The images of “Texans helping Texans” became a bright spot in the storm’s otherwise deadly, disastrous story line, but much of the help also came from across the state line.One Cajun Navy organizer estimated volunteers from Louisiana rescued more than 8,000 people from floodwaters in the Houston area alone. (Others said the broader DIY effort was responsible for as many as 35,000 rescues.)The Houston volunteer group Disaster Rescue Response Specialist is among those now gearing up for a similar, though perhaps smaller, effort in Louisiana.“We are ready to roll,” said the group’s founder Chris Fontaine. “We have not pulled the trigger on rolling yet, because there are already teams there that are kind of feeling it out, and we’re also still watching the radar. But we are getting everything set to deploy if we need to.”Fontaine said his group consists of about eight to ten volunteers, but collaborates with the wider civilian disaster response community, a relatively informal network brought together by social media channels, the walkie-talkie app Zello, mapping technology and a desire to help fill perceived gaps in the government’s response to storms.The online platform CrowdSource Rescue connects volunteers like Fontaine with people who need rescuing after a storm.“A lot of where we come into play is those moments in these big disasters where first responders are overrun,” said Matthew Marchetti, a Houston resident who created the website in the days after Hurricane Harvey. “That is not a knock toward first responders, it’s just simply a reality of things.”Marchetti said the website will be activated for people in Barry’s path this weekend.Texas is deploying official government resources to aid with the response to Barry as well.Governor Greg Abbott said Friday the state is offering assistance to Louisiana and deploying an urban search and rescue team, along with “water rescue assets.”“Texans remember how the state of Louisiana came to our aid during Hurricane Harvey and now we are in turn lending our support as Louisianans face Tropical Storm Barry,” Abbott said in a statement.The City of Houston is offering its help as well, with Mayor Sylvester Turner saying the city’s “Houston Relief Hub” will gather donations for people impacted by Barry. The mayor’s office is calling for donations ranging from diapers to batteries to bottled water that will be delivered directly to New Orleans.George Ruiz, an Alabama resident originally from Houston who runs another small rescue group called Geaux Rescue, said he understands why some local police and fire departments might be wary of  volunteer efforts.“You know, there are people that just go out there and put a 12 pack of beer on their boat and go run around and cause havoc,” he said.Ruiz prefers to approach local officials in a storm-impacted area first, to ask if they need his help.“If they say no, I’d shake their hand, thank them for their service, and I’ll just move on to the next town,” he said.Ruiz said he and the volunteers he’s coordinating with, some from Houston, plan to venture into the “outlying areas” of south Louisiana between Baton Rouge and Lafayette this weekend, where smaller cities might not have as many resources to deal with the storm.last_img read more

City of Cancun approves land donation for National Guard

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — Officials with the city of Cancun have approved a land change that will see it donated for use by the upcoming National Guard. The approved city council vote read, “The change of legal status was submitted to members for consideration for the change from public to private domain and, where appropriate, the donation of the property located in SM 251, Block 22, Lot 01 with an area of 10,423.62 square meters was voted in favor of the National Guard.” The City Council of Benito Juárez approved a change of land use from public to private so it can be donated to the National Guard. The property, which is 10,400 square meters, is located in Region 251. center_img The vote came after the military asked municipal authorities for a site where they could construct 81 facilities for the National Guard, as well as basic public services that could be provided to house 110 elements. The request was made in March of this year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It was a recordbreaking year for Europe hotels in 2017 with 2018

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Britain & Europe, Trend Watch Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img LONDON — After reaching record-high performance levels in 2017, Europe’s hotel industry is forecasted to maintain its upward trajectory in 2018, says STR.According to recent data, Europe’s occupancy rate in 2017 was up 2.4% to 71.9%, while its Average Daily Rate (ADR) was up 3.1% to EUR110.51. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) was EUR79.46, an increase of 5.6%.Each of the three key performance metrics were the highest STR has ever benchmarked for Europe.“Hotel markets across Europe have benefitted from a wide range of factors in recent years,” said Robin Rossmann, STR’s managing director. “While hotel performance was up for nearly every world region in 2017, Europe was the clear leader in terms of growth. The region has seen substantial growth in both tourism and corporate business, and has remained resilient in the face of several terror attacks, with increasingly shorter turnaround periods needed for performance recovery.”Rossmann added that the company expects 2018 to be another stellar year for Europe hotels, “with RevPAR growth again exceeding 5% year over year.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIn addition to rising 2.4% over 2016, Europe’s occupancy level in 2017 was nearly 10% higher than the previous peak in 2008, which came before the global financial crisis. During the months of July, August and September 2017, Europe recorded double-digit ADR growth compared to those same months in 2008.Looking ahead, STR’s market Forecast Reports project strong performance growth in a number of key European cities, with Moscow, Athens, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and Prague all expected to se RevPAR growth above 6%, mainly as a result of ADR growth.Paris’ performance will likely be driven by demand growth, as the market continues to see increased tourism from terror attacks in recent years. Berlin hotels are expected to record a RevPAR increase around 5%, again mainly driven by growth in ADR.After benefitting from the ‘Brexit boost’ of a weakened pound sterling following the U.K.’s June 2016 EU Referendum, London’s hotel performance has slowed in recent months as the sterling has recovered substantially against the dollar. Although the city’s demand (room nights sold) is expected to continue growing, it will likely be outweighed by supply growth, as London’s hotel inventory continues to expand. ADR growth should help the U.K. capital achieve year-end RevPAR growth around 2%. It was a record-breaking year for Europe hotels in 2017, with 2018 looking just as promising Tuesday, March 6, 2018 last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Torrential rains deluge Manila

first_img Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MANILA, Philippines (AP) – People struggling to walk in streets through water often up to their chests. Rescuers in rubber boats frantically trying to reach distressed residents of submerged villages. Churches turned into temporary refuges.Massive flooding has turned much of the Philippine capital into what one top government official called a “water world,” a deluge that has killed at least 23 people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Here are images of some of the worst flooding in the area since 2009, when hundreds were killed in non-stop monsoon rains and flash floods.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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England and Spain have been proponents of footballing art at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India and it’s fitting that they are part of the competition’s biggest showpiece — the final Their flamboyance en route to the final has left many in awe of their football but no team embarks on this long journey to reach the ultimate clash to win mere hearts Be it at any level a final is all about the winners not of hearts but the cup The trophy is pictured ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 final match between England and Spain Getty Ask Brazil When the South Americans take to the field at the Vivekanand Yuba Bharati Krirangan for the third-place match against Mali they will enjoy unconditional support but it won’t be a particularly enjoyable moment for the Brazilians to play audience to the title clash that follows They’ll readily exchange crowd support for a place in the marquee game Even without Brazil the passionate Kolkata crowd will be looking forward to witnessing England take on Spain in the final After impressing in every game that the Young Lions have played in the City of Joy the local crowd will have warmed up to the English especially after the attractive brand of football that they put up in their 3-1 win over Brazil Spain who are equally artistic will provide a tough contest In a clash of footballing philosophy styles and technique England and Spain will look to outperform each other While neither may be able to completely eclipse the other considering the proximity of the teams on the skill and technique parameters it will be the team thatshows greater efficiency that will emerge on top It’s an area that both teams couldimprove on While England and Spain have created plenty of chances in the competition so far they have failed to keep their attempts on target Going forward Spain have hit the target just 39 percent (41 out of 105) of their total attempts while England have been slightly better with 445 percent (43 out of 101) of their shots ending up on their opponents’ goals Comparing shots on target numbers both teams havehad more than 50% ccuracy on just one occasion — Spain in the semi-final against Mali when they had seven out of their 10 shots on target and England in their quarter-final against USA when 12 out of their 20 shots were goal bound These numbers come as a surprise especially considering both teams are blessed with two of the most natural goal-scorers this World Cup has seen in Rhian Brewster and Abel Ruiz who are also the competition’s leading scorers with seven and six goals to their names respectively In a game of fine margins England and Spain willhave to shun their extravagance for a bit more efficiency even if it takes a bit of sheen off their artistry on the pitch The two teams met in the final of the European U-17 Championship in May earlier this year where Spain emerged victorious 4-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw On the day Spain made 13 attempts out of which only five were on target compared to England’s three in as many attempts The eventual champions who dominated most parts of the game were minutes away from being punished for their profligacy as they needed a stoppage-time equaliser to take the game to penalties However England have got stronger since and have had a magnificent campaign so far where they have scored 18 goals and conceded just four keeping three clean sheets in the process Spanish coach Santi Denia who’s kept a close eye on their European rivals certified that ahead of the game "I believe England have improved in every aspect of the game It is clear that they are defensively much better while offensively their record — 18 goals from six matches — speak for themselves" Denia told a press conference on the eve of the final "They have improved not only with the ball but they do know how to play transition football" he said while crediting England coach Steve Cooper England players celebrate their victory over Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final AP Against Brazil England looked like a team that was extremely aware of their playing philosophy and what role each player had to perform during different circumstances of the game Moreover unlike their predecessors this English team is gifted with technically strong players in the shape of Manchester City’s Phil Foden Chelsea’s George McEachran and Callum Hudson-Odoi and Liverpool’s Brewster At the back the likes of Joel Latibeaudiere Marc Guehi Jonathan Panzo and Steven Sessesgnon are well equipped to play a possession-based game Spain like their several previous generations have players with sound techniques Apart from captain Ruiz Ferran Torres Sergio Roberto Mohamed Moukhliss and Cesar Gelabert are wonderfully talented "They (Spain) are befitting World Cup finalists It’s an amazing achievement for them It’s a very good team throughout from back to front players We know where their strength lies as well as the areas what we can exploit because of that we are going to game confident" Cooper said ahead of the game The Englishman was to quick to quash any suggestions of a possible change in strategy against Spain hinting at sticking to his guns just like his team did against Brazil "Whether we play in a group stage match or a final our idea is going to be the same We won’t change something that’s worked so well for us in the tournament so far AndI believe in all my players to do the job once again" Cooper asserted Spain on the other hand have their own reasons not to change their guard Since their loss to Brazil in their opening game which coach Denia termed as a "wake-up call" Spain have remained unchanged for five straight games winning all of them Spain players celebrate their victory over Mali during their FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final AP So Denia has a combination that’s got the taste of producing winning performances and will feel confident even against England who are yet to lose a game in the entire competition In this titanic clash something will have to give With the numerous football artisans on show on Saturday delightful intricate passing moves dazzling runs astonishing goals andastute defending is a certainty What’s uncertain is a clear favourite in the duel as there isn’t one In a World Cup where results have been determined by small details according to Spanish coach Denia the final should be no different With there being no shortage of style on show it will be the team that can produce greater substance on the football pitch that will come up trumps In Kolkata at the magnificent Salt Lake stadium the stage is set Now it’s over to the young starlets to make their first mark on the world of football Likely XIs England:Curtis Anderson (GK) Steven Sessegnon Joel Latibeaudiere (C) Marc Guehi Jonathan Panzo Tashan Oakley-Boothe George McEachran Morgan Gibbs White Phil Foden Callum Hudson-Odoi Rhian Brewster Spain:Alvaro Fernandez (GK) Mateu Jaume Hugo Guillamon Victor Chust Juan Miranda Antonio Blanco Mohamed Moukhliss Cesar Gelabert Sergio 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