Preseason Ski Vermont Porter Airlines offers include free lift tickets

first_imgTags: Porter Airlines, Ski Resorts, Vermont Travelweek Group Pre-season Ski Vermont, Porter Airlines offers include free lift tickets Share Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, October 27, 2017 TORONTO — Porter Airlines and Ski Vermont are giving travellers special offers for the winter season, with a free ski lift promotion in Vermont.The first 50 Porter Airlines flight reservations made or Porter Escapes vacation packages booked to Vermont receive two free ski lift tickets per booking. The campaign kicked off Oct. 26. Tickets are available for one of the participating resorts: Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers Notch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen.All travellers booking this season can also receive 20% off a Friday night stay in Burlington, VT by showing their Porter Airlines boarding pass at Hotel Vermont, Courtyard Marriott, Hilton and Hilton Gardens. At check-in guests will receive a gift bag and a special Vermont discount card, valid at select restaurants and tourist attractions across the state.The Porter experience to Vermont includes a quick flight of just over one hour from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, saving visitors a full day of travel versus driving. The airline’s complimentary in-flight service, including beer and wine, “is an excellent way to begin and end a trip”, says Porter.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFlights start Dec. 21, 2017, operating twice weekly to Burlington International Airport until March 27, 2018. Roundtrip fares between Toronto and Burlington start at $283, including taxes and fees.last_img read more

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Transat unveils new livery launches final Surprise Date to mark 30th year

first_img Travelweek Group The story of Transat’s growth over the past 30 years is a remarkable one, said Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Digital Strategy, in her address. “Today, Transat is Canada’s leading integrated tourism company, and Air Transat is the country’s number one leisure carrier.”Anglade went on to note that Transat attracts some 500,000 European travellers each year to Quebec and the rest of Canada, notably from France and the United Kingdom, two major tourism markets. “Through its operations, this first-class employer generates substantial economic benefits for all of Quebec.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthSince February 2017, the company has drawn a total of 30 surprise trips – three each month – from among travel consultants in Canada to celebrate its anniversary. The Surprise Dates contest is back today for its final edition, with the last three trips of the year to be won. MONTREAL — The culmination of Transat A.T. Inc.’s 30th anniversary year occurred last night at Montréal-Trudeau airport, where it unveiled its new fleet livery that reflects the recent evolution of the company’s brand image.As the recognized emblem of Transat, the star symbol is proudly displayed on the tail and rear side of fuselage and also on the wingtips. Touches of grey can be seen as a nod to Air Transat’s very first livery. Finally, the Air Transat name appears on the side and underside of the fuselage, ensuring its visibility even when the aircraft is in flight.“I feel a great sense of pride when I look at how far we’ve come since November 14, 1987, when our first flight took off from Montreal bound for Acapulco,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO of Transat. “And our journey is far from over. While our tour operating business and our aviation operations are tried and tested, our services continue to evolve to meet the expectations of travellers today and in the future. We have plenty of innovations coming up, including the new fleet livery that we are unveiling this evening, and the new hotel division that we are about to create, all in pursuit of our goal of remaining at the forefront of the travel industry.”Jean-François Lemay, President, Air Transat, Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat, Dominique Anglade, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Digital Strategyand Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransatIn an exclusive interview with Travelweek’s sister publication Profession Voyages at last night’s event, Eustache said that in the past 30 years there had been some difficult decisions to make. One of the toughest was the temporary dismissal of 25% of the company’s employees in 2001 following the attacks of Sept. 11. Eustache will still have many decisions to make since he is not yet ready to leave Transat, but he is always thinking of the future.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“When I leave, I’ll leave everything. I do not want to play the stepmother. I have always wanted to pass on the business. I delegated all my powers to our new Chief Operating Officer, Annick Guérard, and she is the one who will succeed me as CEO when our hotel division will be well structured,” he said.Since its inception 30 years ago, Transat has grown to offer customers 60 destinations in two major markets: transatlantic (Europe and the Middle East) and the South, out of 21 Canadian airports. It commercializes its flights to Canada in 13 European countries, as well as in Israel, the U.S. and at its Sun destinations. It boasts 5,000 employees worldwide and carries more than 4.5 million passengers each year. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Transat unveils new livery, launches final Surprise Date to mark 30th year Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Tags: Air Transat, Transat Every booking of a Transat product made today by midnight by a Canadian travel consultant automatically earns him or her a chance to win one of these three trips, to be drawn at random in three regions: Quebec-Ottawa, Ontario-Atlantic, and Western Canada.The three winners will each win a package of two, including Air Transat flights in Economy class and a one-week, all-inclusive stay at one of these Meliá Cuba chain resorts: Meliá Peninsula Varadero, Meliá Jardines del Rey in Cayo coco, and Meliá Las Dunas in Cayo Santa Maria.There is no need to register, contest entry is automatic as soon as a travel consultant sells a Transat flight, package or cruise during the day.In addition, two other agents per region who’ve booked a Transat product today will be selected at random to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. The names of the winners will be announced in the coming days.Transat’s Surprise Dates contest was launched to commemorate milestone dates in the company’s history. Nov. 14, 1987 is regarded as one of the most important – if not the¬ most important – milestones for Transat: on this day 30 years ago, Transat celebrated its inaugural flight to Acapulco, one of the most popular destinations of the day.last_img read more

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Warwick Paradise Island says thank you with agent rates and extra commission

first_img Posted by PARADISE ISLAND — As a way to say ‘thank you’ to travel agents, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas has announced new ‘Travel Advisor Appreciation’ rates and up to 20% commissions.The all-inclusive rates for agents start from US$280 per room, per night for two people, for travel now through Dec. 15, 2019 (based on stays in an Island View room). Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to blackout dates and availability.With each two-night minimum stay, the adults-only, all-inclusive resort is also offering agents a complimentary classic manicure or pedicure at the on-site Amber Spa.Agents travelling between May 1-Dec. 15, 2019 can book up to two rooms at the travel agent rate as long as one person among the two rooms is a certified travel agent.To book the agent rate, use promotion code TAFR through https://warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas/, GDS or by calling 1-888-645-5550. A valid IATA or CLIA number is required.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksMoreover, Warwick Paradise Island is offering up to 20% commission for reservations made with its ‘Best Flexible Rate’; 15% commission for special promotional and seasonal packages as well as wedding and honeymoon packages; and 10% commission on reservations using special government, military, AARP, AAA and senior traveller rates (65 and over).Warwick Hotels and Resorts (WHR) has invested nearly US$50 million to create the four-star deluxe Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas. Situated along Nassau Harbour, it features 250 rooms across five room categories, a white sand harbor beach, five dining options, two bars, a fully-equipped fitness centre, on-site gift shop, a tour desk and entertainment. With their all-inclusive stay, agents will enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a Cabbage Beach Picnic, standard Wi-Fi access for Island View and Water View rooms, premium Wi-Fi for Harbour Deluxe and Premium Balcony rooms, use of the 24-hour fitness centre, and daily activities.Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is a 30-minute drive from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. Warwick Paradise Island says ‘thank you’ with agent rates and extra commission Tags: Warwick Hotels & Resorts Monday, March 11, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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TravelBrands July 16 donation day for SickKids Foundation a tremendous success

first_img MISSISSAUGA — On July 16 TravelBrands donated one per cent of all sales made to the SickKids Foundation and now the company is thanking all the clients, partners, travel agents and suppliers who made the day a success.Frank DeMarinis, CEO, TravelBrands, says: “Our goal was to bring the travel community together to raise awareness and funds for a great cause and I believe it was surpassed. It brings me great pride that we can all come together to give back to SickKids. Our third annual donation day is just another step in supporting the advancement of children’s healthcare.”This year, all proceeds will be contributed towards the SickKids Foundation and Cardiac Operating Room. TravelBrands’ donation supports SickKids’ aspiration of being the leading pediatric and congenital heart disease centre in the world.In addition to donating a percentage of sales, TravelBrands hosts multiple events year-round to raise awareness and funds for SickKids, including the annual TravelBrands Charity Golf Classic, participation in the Mississauga Dragon Boat Race Festival and a 5km employee walk.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDeMarinis says travel agents can continue donating their Loyalty Rewards points to the SickKids Foundation, and that any Loyalty Rewards donation made between July 16 and Aug. 31, 2019 will be matched by TravelBrands. To donate Loyalty Rewards see travelbrandsaccess.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 18, 2019 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share Tags: SickKids, TravelBrands TravelBrands’ July 16 donation day for SickKids Foundation “a tremendous success”last_img read more

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Costa RicaColombia Free Trade Agreement could be signed this week

first_imgNo related posts. Technical advisers from Costa Rica and Colombia could complete a final round of negotiations this week for a free trade agreement between the two countries.“We have made progress in talks to achieve a positive balance between our offensive and defensive interests as we enter the final stage, and we are very close to completing the process,” Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said.González and Colombia’s minister of commerce, industry and tourism, Sergio Díaz-Granados, will meet on Wednesday in San José to finalize the negotiation process.In four previous rounds of negotiation commerce officials made significant progress on market access for goods and on the agreement’s specific rules and regulations.For Costa Rica, an agreement with Colombia would increase trade links, but also it would open the possibility of the country becoming a full member of the Pacific Alliance, an organization that groups Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, which represents nearly 36 percent of Latin America’s gross domestic product. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Perro Vida celebrates first year of craft brewing

first_imgMost people in Costa Rica get it right away: (1) “Pura vida” is the national phrase, meaning “pure life.” (2) “Perro” means dog. (3) “Perro Vida” is a play on words that basically means “Dog Life.”But Perro Vida is more than a catchy trademark: Founded last year by three beer enthusiasts from the United States, Perro Vida has become one of the fastest-growing microbreweries in the country. This weekend Perro Vida will throw a party at Hotel Pelicano on Playa Esterillos Este to celebrate their whirlwind first year in business. This family-friendly event will showcase Perro Vida’s five different beers and include beach games and activities.Perro Vida was a most unlikely operation: Paul and Jessica Peck had visited Costa Rica on vacation and flirted with the idea of moving here. They were based in California, where Paul worked as a civil engineer and owned his own business. Paul had a passion for craft beer and made batches at home. They were on the fence about their dream of becoming expats, partly because neither of them spoke fluent Spanish.“My husband is definitely a beer snob,” said Jessica Peck during a recent talk with The Tico Times. The Pecks’ California home stood near Stone Brewery, among many other pioneering craft brewers. “Paul has a palate for beers that most people don’t get to drink.”Then something strange happened: A man living outside the Pacific coastal town of Dominical had been in the process of building his own brewery, and he had invested in expensive new equipment. However, the man had a rare blood disorder and unexpectedly died. His tragic passing occurred while his equipment was en route to Dominical.Through a twist of fate, the man’s family contacted the Pecks and offered to sell them the equipment, which had yet to be claimed from the postal service. The Pecks accepted the deal, paid $1,000 in duty fees, and started puzzling out the sophisticated new gear. They had never used such high-end equipment before, so they had to experiment.“We had to figure out how to put the fermenters together,” remembered Jessica.Paul developed a recipe and brewed a substantial amount of beer; the Pecks debuted the first Perro Vida samples at the 2012 Craft Beer Festival at Avenida Escazú, southwest of San José. Perro Vida has always been recognized for its bold flavors and hoppy finish. Peck prefers IPAs, which boast a taste and body far more dense and powerful than Imperial, or even many other craft beers. Peck’s concoction instantly attracted fans, and they asked where they could find more. The Pecks were excited to have made a good impression, but they had hit a wall: Perro Vida was not a licensed brewer. They were, legally speaking, only amateurs.Then there was another burst of kismet: Last September, the Pecks visited the Pacific coast and met two other men from the U.S., Kyle Kersey and Mick Gutierrez. Kersey and Gutierrez already knew each other and lived near Manuel Antonio, where they had yearned to start their own brewery. Given their shared dream, Peck, Kersey and Gutierrez decided to become partners in the Perro Vida business. This weekend’s party celebrates that chance meeting in 2013.In the 12 months since then, Perro Vida has grown exponentially. They opened the brewery in a small building in Rainmaker Park, a natural preserve near the town of Parrita. They now provide beer for eight different restaurants and bars – including Craic’s Irish Pub in San José, The Green Room in Jacó, and Barba Roja in Manuel Antonio – and Jessica estimates that 25 more venues have actively sought out Perro Vida kegs. They credit their fellow craft brewers at Treintaycinco for helping them in innumerable ways, including providing paperwork advice and even sharing their delivery vehicles.“The truth is that the expat population is not our main demographic,” said Peck. “It’s Costa Ricans. I think that beer is trendy. It’s a movement. The feedback we get is really interesting. They tell us, ‘Don’t send us the Hefeweizen.’ They want the darkest stuff we have.”In keeping with this exciting new customer base, the Pecks hope that their anniversary party will draw more Costa Ricans. Jessica has been busy putting up posters in bars and restaurants along the Central Pacific coast. She would like to see at least 200 people, especially folks from San José.There is a funny irony to all this: “I don’t drink beer,” said Jessica. “I know, it’s weird. I get to taste it, to see if it’s good. But it’s too filling, it’s too much for me.” She laughs self-effacingly. “I always have to say, ‘No, thank you, I’ll have a vodka tonic.’”And where does that name come from?“I’m one of those freaky dog women,” said Jessica. She added that the names of Perro Vida’s beers were inspired by canines, such as “Massive Mastiff” and “Diogenes,” the name of the Greek philosopher who claimed that dogs have the best lives. The Pecks’ home near Ciudad Colón is a magnet for dogs.How many are permanent residents?“Today,” she said, “I have 12.”The Perro Vida anniversary party takes place Sept. 27 at Hotel Pelicano, Playa Esterillos Este, Puntarenas Province. 12-6 p.m. Info: Hotel Pelicano website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Second Oktoberfest migrates to Pedregal Delicious new gastropub El Gaff already becoming a thing The Public House embraces vintage aesthetic VIDEO: Couple brews mead in Alajuelalast_img read more

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A tale of two Costa Ricas hope inequality and an hour on

first_imgRelated posts:A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf Of maes and men: intercultural marriage in Costa Rica Your brother’s my cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s son? A Costa Rican screenplay For my father, who loved Costa Rica Recommended: Costa Rica is for lovers – the affectionate language of daily lifeConsidering how much I love the idea of trains in general, and San José’s Tren Urbano specifically, it’s embarrassing how long it took me to hop aboard for a ride to and from Cartago. I’d ridden the train eastward from games at the National Stadium – by far the best way to get away from the jam-packed streets surrounding Sabana Park after any major event – but never from my home, just east of San José, to the former capital.I finally remedied this on a recent Saturday, along with my husband and daughter. As we waited for the train at the station in Cipreses de Curridabat, it was inevitable, given my obsession with Costa Rican slang, that I would wonder aloud whether there are any choice costarriqueñismos related to trains.My husband considered this. “Not that I can think of right now,” he said.“¿Que no le deje el tren?” I suggested.“Sure,” he said. “That’s in general, for not being left behind in some way; or, in the past, it was often used to describe women who hadn’t yet been married. ‘La dejó el tren’ meant that she’d never gotten hitched.”As I pondered the lovely linguistic gifts bestowed upon unmarried women in many languages, our particular train trundled up to our stop. We were off: up the hill to Cartago, off the train for a short visit to the Mercado Municipal and the Ruins, and then back. A train car in Cartago Sept. 25, 2017. Katherine Stanley / The Tico TimesThe journey was a bit of a revelation – or, rather, a heightened view of everything I consider the essence of Costa Rica. Everything I love, and love to hate, and thoroughly dislike about my adopted country flashed by outside the open windows (why is it that when it comes to Costa Rica, I can only seem to use the word “hate” in the phrase “love to hate”?). I was transfixed by what was outside those windows. I’d returned to the source.Most any journey by car or bus in greater San José is, well, less than life-affirming. You’ll see traffic, fast-food chains, pedestrians risking their lives as they sprint across streets, big-box stores holding court in increasing numbers. And thanks to the tendency to live “del portón pa’dentro,” as one person once described it to me – hidden behind a big front gate or wall, and probably a series of locks – there are precious few of the glimpses of family life that can enliven travel through the streets of some other cities I’ve known.The train, however, cuts through these barriers. You chug through graffiti-heavy underpasses and peer into lush backyards. You gaze into someone’s kitchen window right next to the tracks and wonder how on earth the woman pouring coffee into her mug, so close you can see the steam, has gotten used to the sound and vibrations.We saw a man and his son buying chips at the pulpería; a semicircle of bare butt-cracks where a group of workers were squatted around the back of a pickup for an impromptu lunch in a vacant lot; breathtaking views of ravines and cafetales; the backsides of some very ugly new buildings; mounds of trash here and there; people waving to us as we passed by; a child whirling, for some reason, in a cimarrona costume in his family’s back patio.At many points along the route, we saw glimpses of Costa Rican life that haven’t changed much since my husband, now 39, was a little boy.We also got a unique view of the drastic inequality that was not the same back then, when he played among these coffee plants. Not to the same degree we see today. Katherine Stanley / The Tico TimesJust minutes after leaving Cartago on the last train of the day, headed back to San José, all the riders in our car were startled by an object that seemed to drop from the ceiling at top speed. We looked at each other in momentary confusion. After a second or two, we realized that it had been thrown in through one of the open windows.“This is a slum,” one well-groomed señora explained to the rest of us, gesturing at the neighborhood passing by outside our windows: garbage, kids on bikes, rusty roofs and slanty tin walls. “Es un precario.”I pictured a skinny boy jumping up and down on a dusty slope, realizing that he had hit the target. Even though we were rumbling along fairly slowly, it would be deeply satisfying to aim just right and get something through that little window.“It’s one thing to be poor. It’s another to be a good-for-nothing,” said a man across the aisle.“Es que esta es la chusma,” said the lady. This is the riffraff. She rose to close the window next to the four-top she shared with what appeared to be her husband and granddaughter. The man across the aisle did the same.The object rolled to a stop at my feet. It was a small, tan, plastic container of West Country deodorant.Our fellow passengers opened the windows about ten minutes later as the train pulled into the extraordinary decadence of the suburbs past the town of Tres Ríos. There, as Tres Ríos turns into Curridabat, train riders get inside glimpses of houses that are more like castles, homes whose luxuries are normally hidden behind massive gates and armed guards. There are crystalline pools ringed by world-class landscaping; broad, inviting tennis courts; rolling lawns.I watched all of this and thought: Costa Rica, que no nos deje el tren.I didn’t mean some shiny bullet train on the fast track to the developed world – not that that’s necessarily on the horizon. I meant this very train, clunky and slow, with its faded seats and scratched windows.May we not be left behind by this train and all it sees during its brief voyages through the Central Valley. May we not miss the opportunity it represents.The opportunity of this car, where people of many walks of life – not all, but many – filed into the same seats and experienced the same things, with all the annoyances and friction and humor and real, human interactions that come when we emerge from our social circles, from our little boxes made of ticky-tacky.The opportunity to ride shoulder-to-shoulder on public transportation, instead of in the plush isolation of the cars that are choking this city.A reminder, however fleeting, that this country’s extremes of wealth and poverty are actually close neighbors, whether or not we care to see this. A tiny open window between these realities many people work very hard to isolate – even if, on this trip, all that came through was a deodorant container.A reminder that exuberant green and exuberant, sometimes foolhardy development are also close neighbors. Balance, somehow, must be achieved.These are massive challenges, all of them: giving San José room to breathe, alleviating its transportation nightmares, integrating development with the environment, finding economic and social solutions that can somehow slow and reverse the accelerating concentration of wealth in a country that long boasted of its strong middle class.It’s an uphill climb, but as I alighted from the train with a tired four-year-old Tica hanging from my arms, I realized one thing gives me hope. It’s the fact that so many of the smartest, most creative and most passionate people I know, often driven by a natural sense of solidarity, all with an underlying, even if unspoken, commitment to peace – so many of them, so many, are Costa Rican. And I’ll hitch my car to theirs anytime.To consult the Tren Urbano schedule, visit the Incofer website.Read previous Maeology columns here.Katherine Stanley Obando is the editor of The Tico Times and the author of “Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter,” a book of essays about motherhood, Costa Rica’s unique street slang, bicultural parenting, and the ups and downs of living abroad. She lives in San José. For more from Katherine about Costa Rican life and culture, follow her on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to the Love in Translation blog. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Tunisian president eschews travel as security lags

first_img Top Stories TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s president is canceling previously planned foreign trips _ including one to Brazil for an environment summit _ because of a worsening security situation in the North African country.The official news agency TAP reported Sunday that Moncef Marzouki is skipping trips to fellow African country Senegal and to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development “in order to monitor the domestic situation” in the wake of recent violence in Tunisia. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The vital role family plays in society Police and religious youths clashed in the capital, Tunis, and other cities this week after protests erupted over an upscale art exhibit that hardline Islamists alleged was blasphemous.Tunisians overthrew secular dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last year in a popular uprising that sparked similar pro-democracy movements around the region. His regime savagely repressed any manifestations of political Islam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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UK publicist Max Clifford arrested in sex case

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Police did not identify Clifford, as is customary, but said that a man in his 60s was arrested Thursday morning in Surrey, south of London, on suspicion of sexual offenses and is being questioned at a central London police station.Clifford, 69, is Britain’s best-known PR guru, a man with an uncanny ability to either place stories in newspapers _ or keep them out.His clients include entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, former Harrod’s owner Mohamed al-Fayed and the late reality star Jade Goody, but they also include dozens of ordinary people who found themselves at the vortex of the news and who sought to sell their stories to the press.For years, the affable, well-dressed, white-haired Clifford has been the “go-to” guy for celebrities and others seeking help with public relations fiascos. He is also frequently quoted in the press offering advice on celebrity damage control and marketing strategies.Police said the arrest was part of an investigation called Operation Yewtree, a wide-ranging inquiry into alleged sexual offenses committed by Savile and others. Savile was a BBC entertainer who has in recent months been accused of serial sexual abuse of underage girls. He died last year without having been charged with any offenses. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressLONDON (AP) – British police Thursday arrested prominent publicist Max Clifford in connection to the broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the Jimmy Savile case.Clifford’s lawyer, Charlotte Harris, confirmed the early morning arrest.“Max Clifford is being interviewed by police,” she said in a statement. “Mr. Clifford will assist the police as best he can with their inquiries. When we are in a position to provide further information, we will.” Comments   Share   Police have said there may be several hundred abuse victims.The Savile allegations have caused a major embarrassment for his employer, the BBC, which has been accused of failing to report on investigations into Savile’s alleged crimes.Four others have been arrested in the investigation of the alleged abuse. None has been charged.British media have identified the suspects as including comedian Freddie Starr and former glam rock star Gary Glitter.Clifford told the Associated Press in October that he was receiving calls from many celebrities and entertainers worried they would be caught up in the widening Savile investigation.“They’re phoning me and saying, `Max, I’m worried that I’m going to be implicated.’ A lot of them can’t remember what they did last week, never mind 30 or 40 years ago,” he said.Clifford did not answer calls placed to his mobile phone.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img
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Merkels office invites US envoy to discuss latest spy claim

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   Speaking to German daily Bild, the country’s finance minister chided the U.S. for its apparent eavesdropping practices, but said his ministry uses secure means of communication for sensitive conversations.Wolfgang Schauble was quoted as saying Thursday that he considered the U.S. and its intelligence agencies to be less of a problem than those of other major powers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It came after WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers on Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Merkel.Altmaier “made clear that abiding by German law is indispensable” and that any violations will be pursued, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement.“Beyond that, the cooperation between German and American intelligence services that is essential for the security of our citizens is burdened by such repeated incidents,” Seibert added. He said that the latest report is being evaluated by German authorities.Reports two years ago that the chancellor’s cellphone was monitored by the NSA caused diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, prompting President Barack Obama to pledge he wouldn’t allow America’s massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.The latest list, which was partially redacted, reportedly contained phone and fax numbers used by the German economy and finance ministries, among others.WikiLeaks also published two documents it claimed were summaries of conversations intercepted, one involving Merkel and a second involving a senior aide, concerning the Greek debt crisis. Some in Germany have taken the latest documents as proof that the U.S. is also conducting economic espionage of allied nations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged American spying on Germany and told him that German law must be adhered to, the German government said.Chief of staff Peter Altmaier invited Ambassador John B. Emerson to the chancellery, the government said, a move that formally fell short of summoning the ambassador. Top Stories last_img read more

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Lufthansa Australia Awarded Best Offline Airline 2010

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Kai Peters, Subhas Menon (SQ), Dale Woodhouse (SQ) Lufthansa German Airlines won the best off-line international carrier award for the fifth consecutive year at Australia’s most prestigious travel industry awards, the 2010 National Travel Industry Awards, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney. Kai Peters, Lufthansa’s General Manager said: ”We are delighted to again receive this prestigious award and particularly pleased that three of the five finalist airlines are part of the Lufthansa Group. It is also rewarding to see the strength of the Star Alliance network, with Scandinavian Airlines shortlisted as one of the finalists. We dearly thank each and every agent for supporting us!” The award was accepted by Kai Peters on behalf of the entire Australian team – a team that in future will represent both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa in Australia.In 2008 Lufthansa was awarded to the Hall of Fame for three consecutive wins in the best off-line airline category. center_img Kai Peters receiving the award from Dennis Alysandratoslast_img read more

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Increased size cost delay for KLIA II

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C KLIA II will be the low-cost complementto Kuala Lumpur International Airport (control tower pictured) Malaysia’s airport operator has announced that its new low-cost terminal will be delayed until mid-2012 and cost at least US$150 million more than originally planned.Malaysia Airport Holdings announced that completion of the airport, initially due in late 2011, has been delayed by slow progress with building the runway and design changes that include increased size and security for the terminal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.The cost of the new terminal has therefore risen, now expected to exceed its billion ringgit (US$635 million) budget, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Bashir Ahmad said.Mr Ahmad said that the final cost could now be more than 2.5 billion ringgit (US$794 million), with the terminal building targeted for completion by April 2012 but the runway not ready for two to three months after that due to a delay in earthworks.The new budget terminal has been dubbed ‘KLIA II’, after Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and will have an initial capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year, which can be expanded to 45 million people, as well as 70 aircraft parking bays and 6,000 car parks. It will connect with existing airport infrastructure and the main terminal building at KLIA.The terminal would help Malaysia achieve its goal of boosting tourism revenue by more than threefold to 168 billion ringgit by 2020, from 53 billion ringgit last year, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.last_img read more

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Casino tourism is real Ferguson

first_imgCasino tourism “is real” according to Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson, who is arguing that the country and government need to accept it as one component to attract visitors.Mr Ferguson told media that casinos open opportunities for new hotel investments stressed it is only one aspect of an extensive international tourism strategy, The Age reported.”Unfortunately, this is a fact of life – high-roller tourism is big-yield tourism,” Mr Ferguson said. Mr Ferguson’s comments come as James Packer expresses interest in expanding his gaming business and the Government focuses on problem gambling reforms.According to media, the Gillard government has attempted to distinguish a boundary between the social welfare of problem gambling and the international appeal component. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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CZ takes off China Perth direct

first_imgAiming to build passenger count between China and Perth, China Southern Airlines has launched the first-ever direct flight between the two regions.With the first commercial, direct service touching down in Perth International Airport earlier this morning, Perth Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the new service was part of the a 2020 initiative to increase visitors from China into Perth from 15,000 to 100,000.The Tourism head explained the new eight hour service would enable the city to achieve its tourism goals as well as strengthen business and trade links with China. “This is a milestone event for WA’s visitor economy and for the first time gives us direct access to the world’s biggest tourism market,” Dr Hames said.“To raise awareness of WA in China, Tourism WA has been working closely with China Southern Airlines and Tourism Australia to develop a $2.5million marketing campaign, which started in September.“Chinese tourists enjoy natural beauty and nature-based experiences and this State has them in abundance.”Earlier this month the Guangzhou based carrier welcomed China’s first A380 into its fleet. The superjumbo aircraft is rotating between the carrier’s Beijing to Pudong and Shanghai to Beijing routes. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Etihad Airways wins Airline Strategy Award

first_imgEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, last night won the finance category of the Airline Strategy Awards, one of the industry’s most coveted awards.The award, announced in front of the world’s leading airline figures at London’s The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, recognised the strategic contribution the finance team has made to the success of Etihad Airways. The prestigious accolade adds to an already impressive trophy cabinet for the airline’s finance department, which has won a number of awards over the past five years in aviation finance and treasury from industry bodies and professional associations.The award was accepted by James Rigney, Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer, who said: “Our expert team plays a key role in the business achieving its financial goals, most notably in beating Etihad Airways’ break even target in 2011 to record the airline’s first ever profit. This award is testament to the efficiency of the financial strategies put in place by the management team over many years.“As we deliver our objective of sustained profitability, finance will continue to support the business through its innovative approach. Our robust financial planning and management will also help us to meet the airline’s ambitious business and financial goals.”The Airline Strategy Awards, which were launched by the international magazine Airline Business, recognise excellence in boardroom leadership, covering a unique set of industry categories across leadership, marketing, environment, technology and finance. The awards are also designed to recognise the role that management talent plays in shaping future success for their airline. Etihad Airways’ finance team has played an important part in supporting the rapid growth of the airline while developing strong financial planning, procurement, cost control and financial governance through the implementation of cost benchmarking, budgeting and budgetary controls. Strong relationships have also been built up with the global financial markets to support Etihad’s aircraft financing, treasury and hedging activities.In what has been a volatile time in the global financial markets, the finance team has effectively managed the airline’s exposure to credit, foreign exchange, jet fuel and interest rate markets.  They have also played a key role in Etihad Airways’ investments in other airlines such as airberlin, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus and Virgin Australia and driven revenue and cost synergies with partner carriers.James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are now a fully integrated, international company and the finance department acts as an enabler for the rest of the business. Our goal is to achieve best in class service, deliver sustained profitability and most importantly meet the highest safety standards. Despite a challenging global economic environment, the work of our finance team has given us the foundation to meet that mandate.”The announcement of the Airline Strategy Awards continues Etihad Airways’ success at the showpiece event, which saw it win the marketing award in 2008.“We are thrilled to again be recognised in these prestigious awards. It is a strong endorsement of the hard work, dedication and commitment of all our staff who are the key to our success and have helped Etihad Airways grow into one of the world’s leading airlines,” Mr Hogan said. James Rigney, Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer (left) receives the Airline Strategy Award from Peter Morris, Chief Economist, Ascend – a Flight Global advisory service. Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

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Aussie travellers seek safe adventures in Canada

first_imgThe tenth edition of the Global Peace Index released in June 2016 by international think-tank Institute for Economics & Peace ranks Canada 8th most peaceful country in the world, ahead of Australia and Japan.As the gap between the most and least peaceful countries continues to widen, due to increased terrorism and political instability, Australian travellers are seeking destinations like Canada that offer incredible experiences without the threat of violence or unrest.“In 2015, more than 279,000 Australians travelled to Canada, and this figure is set to rise again in 2016,” said Donna Campbell, Managing Director Destination Canada, GSA Australia.“We know that Australian travellers want to get off the beaten track, explore amazing wilderness, witness incredible wildlife, and immerse themselves in local culture, but they want to do it in a safe environment.”Predictably, the Global Peace Index ranks Canada much higher for safety than the USA (ranked 103), and also places it ahead of Singapore, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK.“With the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Europe, mass shootings in the US, as well as political unrest in Asia and the Middle East, Canada is becoming the ideal destination for outdoor and urban adventures in a safe, non-violent environment,” Donna said.“One thing is certain: Australians won’t stop seeking new experiences in far-flung destinations, and every year more and more Aussies are travelling to Canada for some of the world’s best road trips, events, urban adventures, wildlife, and winter sports, in destinations that are exhilarating, yet free from terrorism and conflict.”Getting there: Air Canada flies daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, connecting through to the eastern provinces. For great Canada travel deals and packages click HERE.About the Global Peace IndexThe Global Peace Index is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It gauges ongoing international and domestic conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarization in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators. Explore CanadaSource = Destination Canadalast_img read more

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Fear of Crying plaguing parents who fly with young kids

first_img“Fear of Crying” plaguing parents who fly with young kids“Fear of Crying” plaguing parents who fly with young kidsMany Australian travellers have experienced that feeling of dread when being seated next to a crying baby or an overly energetic toddler on a long-haul flight. Passengers become instantly annoyed and parents get anxious. A new national study of 1,100 Australian travellers commissioned by Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global travel deal site with exclusive offers for members, reveals what passengers and parents are really thinking when there’s a noisy child on the plane.Seven in 10 (69 percent) respondents said they’ve had a flight ruined by a crying baby or misbehaving child and 24 percent said sitting next to young children on a plane is the most annoying aspect of flying. It’s not only the surrounding passengers that feel the impact of an unruly toddler who won’t stop kicking the back of your chair or yelling in the cabin at 2am. Unsurprisingly, it also takes a toll on the parents, with over half (55 percent) of parents surveyed admitting that going on holiday with young children is more stressful than being at work!It appears travelling parents are enduring what can be a highly stressful or embarrassing situation without much sympathy from fellow travellers – only 20 percent of respondents feel they are sympathetic to what parents go through and almost three-quarters (72 percent) of Australians would like to see family-only sections introduced on flights where kids would be free to roam and play without judging looks or murmurs from other passengers. Similarly, over half (54 percent) of parents polled said they would pay more for family-friendly services on flights such as crèches, on-board nannies and kids’ activities.Jacqui Timmins, Travelzoo’s General Manager in Australia, says: “Whilst family-only zones on planes aren’t likely to happen any time soon due to the complexities of budgetary, legal and logistical issues, the industry is becoming increasingly aware of meeting the needs of travelling families. Two airlines are already easing the stress of travelling with children, and those are Etihad Airways and Qantas Airlines. Etihad Airways offers a free Flying Nanny service on long-haul flights to help parents have a smoother flight and Qantas Airlines has created Family Zones in select Qantas Club lounges, which helps children drain out their excess energy before boarding.”“More importantly, the long-term benefits of travelling with your kids far outweigh the minor stresses parents experience along the way,” says Timmins.  “Research suggests holidaying with your kids can have a long-lasting impact on their happiness later in life and actually advance brain development in children. The results of the survey present an opportunity for the wider travel industry to find innovative ways to make family travel easier and less stressful.”Children scream and cry when they get bored and/or tired, and parents shouldn’t dread the first part of their holiday so much. With this in mind, Travelzoo’s deal experts have put together their top five hacks for travelling with young kids 38,000 feet up!1.    Try to get toddlers to expend as much energy prior to boarding. If they can walk, let them walk through the airport as much as possible. Play games with them at the airport that exert energy.2.    With babies, use a dummy or bottle during take-off or landing to help avoid ear discomfort.3.    Schedule flights around the nap times or sleep cycles of your kids – or try to change their sleep patterns the day before to manipulate it so they sleep during the flight.4.    Ask your airline if they can arrange a free “meet and assist” on your flight, especially if travelling alone with kids. A staff member will meet you as you come off the plane and help you through the airport and baggage collection; you may also get early boarding depending on the airline.5.    Try introducing yourself and your children to passengers at the start of a long flight and ask them in advance to let you know if at any point they’re being disrupted.About the ResearchThe Travelzoo Survey was completed by 1,141 consumers in Australia who responded to an online questionnaire. The questionnaires were completed in July 2017.About TravelzooTravelzoo® provides our 28 million members insider deals and one-of-a-kind experiences personally reviewed by one of our deal experts around the globe. With more than 25 offices worldwide, we have our finger on the pulse of outstanding travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. For over 15 years we have worked in partnership with more than 2,000 top travel suppliers—our long-standing relationships allow us access to the very best deals.Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.Source = Travelzoolast_img read more

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Sustainable dining is more popular than ever with Aussies

first_imgThree Blue DucksSustainable dining is more popular than ever with AussiesTo mark World Environment Day, OpenTable, the world’s largest online restaurant reservations platform, has released its second Sustainable Dining Report unearthing Aussies’ growing appetite for ethically sourced and eco-friendly dining options.In 2017, OpenTable conducted its first Sustainable Dining Report which found that 81% of Australians believed it was important that the food they ate when dining out was ethically sourced. Two years on, diners are taking action, with almost half (46%) of the population preferring to dine at restaurants that use sustainable practices, such as local, organic produce and minimising food waste.When it comes to selecting a restaurant, savvy diners are doing their research before booking, with 1 in 3 (31%) wanting to know how far food has travelled before ending up on their plate, whether the restaurant uses organic produce (30%) and how the restaurants disposes of their waste (29%). Furthermore, the presence of organic ingredients (14%) and plant based menus or restaurants (14%) are continuing to have greater influence on Australian diner’s decisions when eating out.Tim Domelow, OpenTable’s Senior Business Development Manager for APAC, said: “Australia is home to some of the world’s best locally grown produce, with a deep rooted appreciation for fresh food and the environment intrinsically linked to Australian’s way of life.“More than just a temporary food trend or fleeting fad, sustainable dining has become a mainstream lifestyle choice. Our Sustainable Dining 2.0 Report indicated that Australians are not only interested in environmental cooking practices, but are also demanding greater transparency from restaurants, with 43% of diners wishing restaurants disclosed whether their food was ethically sourced.”As a result, OpenTable has seen an increasing number of environmentally friendly restaurants joining the platform in recent years, including Red Gum BBQ, Hogget Kitchen, Isles Lane & Kitchen, and The Grounds of Alexandria, who have introduced greener practices and are helping play a critical role in enhancing the local food and hospitality industry.In addition, the research reveals a rise in plastic-free warriors, with 25% of Australians saying they would think twice about returning to a venue if it offered plastic or unrecyclable takeaway coffee cups, plastic cutlery (22%), takeaway plastic boxes (20%) or single-use plastic straws (20%).Chef and Co-owner of Three Blue Ducks at The W said: “As Australians are placing more value on sustainable restaurant practices and locally sourced produce, we have a responsibility to be mindful about what we put on people’s plates. At Three Blue Ducks, we’re committed to sourcing local andethically farmed produce. We’re seeing changes in diners’ palettes and attitudes – they love that our menus are not just fresh and seasonal, but also reflective of our ethos to serve up simple, delicious, and locally-sourced ‘real’ food.”Whilst the majority of Australians’ describe themselves as omnivores (72%), interestingly the Sustainable Dining 2.0 report reveals that the younger generation are the ones with the biggest green thumbs. Millennials are more likely than Baby Boomers to:● Understand what sustainable dining means (41% compared to 28%)● Be flexitarian (13% compared to 8%), vegetarian (13% vs 4%) or vegan (5% compared to 1%)● Say they would like restaurants to disclose how they dispose their waste (35% compared to Gen X – 28%, Baby Boomers -24%)For more information, or to view the full list of sustainable restaurants, visit https://www.opentable.com.au/lists/green-restaurants/australiaSource = OpenTablelast_img read more

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Sylvia Mulwa

first_imgIt is my first time in OTM and I think it is a good idea and concept, especially for our part of the world. There are so many countries participating, and so many cultures are being introduced to everyone of us.last_img

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VeroSCORE Updated to Measure Appraisal Complexity Other Factors

first_img “”Veros””:http://www.veros.com/veros-homepage.aspx, a provider of collateral valuation technology, enterprise risk management, and predictive analytics, announced an update to its VeroSCORE appraisal risk scoring tool.[IMAGE]According to a release from the Santa Ana-based company, the update focuses on “”the complexity of the appraisal management assignment,”” adding several new scoring factors within the tool’s credibility score component to help lenders better assess appraisal risk.The new enhancements also include a complexity component designed to measure the expected difficulty of an appraisal assignment by analyzing a number of factors within the appraisal report along with external data and analytics.””Automating appraisal review in a safe and judicious manner requires the ability to understand the overall complexity of an appraisal assignment,”” said David Rasmussen, SVP of operations for Veros. “”The new capabilities of VeroSCORE are helping lenders get a better handle on the appraisal in the most efficient manner possible.””In addition to including an appraisal risk score, VeroSCORE also includes an overall risk score that takes outside factors into account–including the report’s new data integrity score component, which examines key factors pertaining to the subject property and to the comparables selected by the appraiser and verifies them against external data sources.””In today’s climate, it is surprisingly easy to be misled by data, and that can lead to issues in valuation reliability,”” Rasmussen said. “”When we live in such a data-heavy environment and the tools exist to cross-reference for assurances of data integrity, it is to the advantage of both appraiser and lender to use them.”” Share July 30, 2013 447 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-30 Tory Barringer VeroSCORE Updated to Measure Appraisal Complexity, Other Factorslast_img read more

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