Super 8 Beef Burgers Recalled

first_imgNova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr. Robert Strang, is alerting the public not to eat Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers that were recalled Oct. 2, by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The product may contain harmful E.coli bacteria and is linked to a cluster of E.coli cases in Ontario. The product was distributed through Sobeys and Foodland stores in Nova Scotia. The packaging has a UPC of 0 55742 37055 3. The meat inspection legend says Canada 112. “There are currently no confirmed or suspected E.coli cases associated with this product in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Strang. “We are continuing to monitor the situation with our federal partners.” Nova Scotians who have the product are advised to throw it out. When cooking ground beef, including hamburgers, remember: Full details of the recall are available at . More information about E.coli is available on the Department of Health and Wellness website at cook all ground beef until a thermometer inserted into centre of the meat reads 71 C (160F) keep raw meat separate from other foods in the kitchen wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and counter tops with hot, soapy water if they touch raw meatlast_img read more

Rihanna Appointed Global Ambassador To Champion Education

first_imgRihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world’s poorest countries can get a quality education.Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, with Rihanna and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Chair and Julia Gillard announce partnership with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel FoundationCredit/Copyright: Jay GunningRihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen.The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning. Operating across more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education, the partnership will prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and children affected by conflict and crisis.In her new role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will encourage world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through the Global Partnership for Education, the only global organization focused exclusively on improving education in the world’s poorest countries.The announcement comes the same week as a group of influential leaders from all continents called on the world to invest more and better in education, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. The report of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity presents compelling new data and analysis and makes the case for urgent action to ensure education is the foundation for a world that is prosperous, peaceful, equitable and future-ready.Speaking of the partnership, Rihanna said, “I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I’m proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation’s partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally.”GPE Chair and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, said, “We are thrilled that Rihanna is joining GPE as Global Ambassador to campaign for every child to be able to experience the power of a quality education. We have a once in a generation opportunity to build the commitment of world leaders to education, and Rihanna’s voice and travels to countries where GPE is actively engaged, will be hugely influential in improving the lives of girls and boys everywhere.”Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen said, “Achieving a future free of extreme poverty starts with education. In creating this partnership we bring together three complementary parties, Global Citizen will drive the advocacy and movement building efforts, Rihanna, whose reach as one of the greatest artists of our generation will amplify this essential work, and the Global Partnership for Education will campaign governments around the world to effect real change. By coming together, our organizations will have an impact for generations to come.”last_img read more

Vigils remember missing murdered women

first_imgAPTN National NewsA record number of vigils were held across the country in honour of the over 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.There’s a demand for the government to step in and local community groups are calling for action.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Moroccan Attends Model UN in Madrid Petitions King of Spain

Rabat – As the only delegate from Morocco, 22-year-old Noureddine El Bakali competed against some of the most experienced debaters in the world at the six-day Harvard World Model United Nations (MUN) in Madrid March 17-22. During the conference, El Bakali was part of a field of 2,000 delegates from over 110 countries. “It was a pleasure to be there and represent Morocco in such [an] important event, I’m doing what I love and I would like to help my country to develop itself in the future,” said El Bakali.El Bakali was born and raised in Al Hoceima, a city in northern Morocco, and began attending the Spanish Institute Melchor de Jovellanos when he was 5 years old. He is now studying political science and law at the University of Granada. This year, El Bakali is partaking in the Erasmus political science program at Sciences Po Bordeaux in France. El Bakali began partaking in MUN conferences in 2017 and has since attended five conferences. In 2018, he took part in a conference in Madrid representing Morocco where his committee debated Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. He has also acted as a delegate representing other countries, such as Spain, France, and South Africa.El Bakali told Morocco World News the reason he partakes in MUN conferences is to further his diplomatic skills. “Diplomacy is what I would like to do in the future, and I hope that it will be for my country Morocco,” said El Bakali.What is Model United Nations?MUN is an extra-curricular activity where students roleplay as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The purpose of the conferences is to provide students with opportunities and experience to debate and find resolutions to world conflicts. MUN conferences are held around the world at the middle school, high school, and university level.Harvard World Model United Nations is the world’s most internationally-diverse university-level MUN and the largest outside North America. Over 2,000 university students came to the conference from over 110 countries. The conference location changes between cities around the world every year.Noureddine El BakaliAt the conference, El Bakali participated in a committee that roleplayed Spain’s governmental transition in 1975. El Bakali represented former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez on the council of advisors of King Juan Carlos I of Spain. In his position, he advised the King of Spain during the transition following Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. Over five days of intensive debate, the committee wrote a new constitution and achieved democracy.Throughout the conference, El Bakali interacted, learned from, and formed relationships with students from around the world, including Venezuela, Tanzania, and Canada. “We achieved democracy. It was very intensive debating with others (sic) advisors from all political spectrum, but we managed to do it,” said El Bakali.Morocco and MUNAs for Morocco’s role in the MUN, El Bakali was the only participant in the conference of over 2,000 delegates. “I would like to see in the future more Moroccans participating in these kinds of events because Morocco needs people who are prepared and MUN prepares us very well,” said El Bakali.El Bakali believes that MUN is a special experience where students can get exposure to competitive students with advanced debating skills. While Morocco hosted two MUN conferences in the cities of Agadir and Ouarzazate in 2019, MUN clubs and conference have yet to gain popularity with Moroccan youth. “Morocco needs to invest more in political studies because at this moment I don’t see in Morocco the interest in politics as I see here in Europe. I would like to organise in the future a Model United Nations Conference in Morocco,” said El Bakali. “Moroccans are good at having relations with people from other countries and that’s very important in diplomacy,” he continued. Petitioning the King of SpainBeyond taking part in the conference,  El Bakali also had the opportunity to meet several prominent political figures, such as Spanish Minister of Science Pedro Duque, President of the Community of Madrid Angel Garrido, and King Felipe VI of Spain. During El Bakali’s meeting with the King, he delivered a petition concerning the name of his hometown of Al Hoceima.The petition, written by El Bakali, asks the King to grant Al Hoceima the title of “villa.” The town’s name in the 1920s, “Villa Sanjurjo,” became “Villa Alhucemas” in the 1930s. The city’s name comes from the Spanish word Alhucemas, meaning “lavenders.” After Moroccan independence, the name was Arabized to Al Hoceima and followed French spelling.The Spanish King is the only person capable of granting the honorary title of “villa” to any city due to the historical and cultural significance of the title. According to Filipino historian Luciano P.R. Santiago, the title is a “territorial classification” which “comes with a coat of arms.” El Bakali believes the name change could attract more Spanish and foreign tourists, since the symbolic title of “villa” is held by other important cities, such as Madrid.“I think that it would transform Al Hoceima into a precious city of great cultural interest,” said El Bakali. The name change “may contribute to the prosperity of the city’s tourism after suffering from economic recession with a lack of job opportunities,” he continued.The petition asks the King to grant Al Hoceima the title of “villa.”In 2007, the mayor of Al Hoceima stated that all new houses would be painted blue and white in efforts to restore the city’s traditional appearance. Members of the town are seeking to boost tourism in the region, drawing on the historical significance of the region and its Spanish influence.El Bakali received support from his family and friends for the petition but has yet to receive greater support from the town. This in part may be due to a lack of understanding of the title’s significance. “I tried to speak and I sent messages to newspapers from my region, but they did not answer me. It’s sad for me and I’m a little bit disappointed,” said El Bakali.After delivering his petition directly to the King of Spain, El Bakali hopes his voice will improve the state of his community of Al Hoceima as well as inspire Moroccan youth to become interested in diplomacy. read more

BC court denies Burnabys bid to block Trans Mountain survey crews

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia court has rejected the City of Burnaby’s latest bid to block Kinder Morgan crews from its land.A B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed an application on Wednesday for an injunction against survey crews on Burnaby Mountain, the company’s preferred new route for its Trans Mountain pipeline.Judge Brenda Brown did not immediately give reasons for her decision and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan did not return a call seeking comment.The legal action was the latest tussle in an ongoing feud between the Metro Vancouver municipality and the Texas-based pipeline giant over the proposed $5.4-billion expansion of the existing line linking the Alberta oilsands to the company’s tanker terminal on Port Metro Vancouver.City of Burnaby opposition escalated when the company proposed tunnelling through Burnaby Mountain, home to Simon Fraser University and a large conservation area.The National Energy Board previously upheld the company’s right to access the land under federal law but the civil action filed by the city last week claimed the federal regulator couldn’t exempt the company from city bylaws.Burnaby asked the court to prevent any work that destroys trees or disrupts park land.In turn, Kinder Morgan filed a motion asking the National Energy Board to go further and forbid the city from obstructing its crews. That decision from the board is imminent.In the interim, the company did not plan to immediately resume work.“We’re satisfied with today’s decision from the B.C. Supreme Court denying the City of Burnaby’s application for an injunction. We maintain that the National Energy Board has jurisdiction in this matter and has given us the authority to undertake the work needed on Burnaby Mountain,” Carey Johannesson, the company’s spokesman, said in a statement.“We will await the NEB’s response to our motion filed on September 3, before resumption of work.”The expansion would almost triple the pipeline’s capacity, from 300,000 barrels a day to about 900,000 barrels.In Burnaby, where Kinder Morgan was fined for a 2007 construction accident along the pipeline that rained 230,000 litres of oil down on a neighbourhood, residents were not deterred by the court failure.Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion, or BROKE, planned to maintain a presence on Burnaby Mountain and mobilize a protest should work resume.Neil Chantler, a lawyer representing those residents, said they are fully behind the city.“What’s at issue, in part, is whether or not access means cutting down 24-metre tall trees and boring large holes deep into the ground,” he said.The residents and the city argue that such damage goes well beyond access, to a violation of city bylaws. Chantler said the NEB decision is expected in the next week.“All signs point to the National Energy Board giving Kinder Morgan whatever power it needs in order to conduct its surveys,” he said.The dispute has already set the regulatory review back seven months. A final report to cabinet is now due Jan. 25, 2016 — if the company can complete the necessary surveys and submit them to the board by Dec. 1. by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2014 11:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. court denies Burnaby’s bid to block Trans Mountain survey crews read more

Choral season to wrap with final show

The curtain will close on Brock’s 2017-18 Music season with a final performance by the Avanti Chamber Singers.Boundless, the last concert of the academic year, will be presented by the Department of Music and the Avanti Chamber Singers on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario St., St. Catharines.The show features celestial-inspired music, exploring the harmony and mystery of the universe with a range of primarily 21st-century works.The program includes pieces such as Gloria Patri by Urmas Sisask, And Einstein Said by Trent Worthington, Stars by Eriks Esenvalds, and the centerpiece of the program, Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen.The Avanti Chamber Singers is a mixed chamber choir comprised of experienced choral singers from across the Niagara region. The group performs under the direction of Artistic Director Rachel Rensink-Hoff, who is also conductor of the Brock University choirs, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Brock University.“It has been a wonderful year,” she said when describing the choral and concert season as a whole. “We are seeing more and more people from the local community coming to our concerts, which is so exciting and motivating for our performers.”Looking forward to the 2018-19 Music season, there will be new choral opportunities for students and the community. The Brock choirs are being restructured to feature two ensembles: a mixed chamber choir and a women’s choir. Both are open by audition to all Brock University students, staff and faculty. New for this year, the women’s choir will also be open to the wider Niagara community “in hopes that it will function as a bridge between Brock’s music program and the wider singing community here in St. Catharines,” Rensink-Hoff said.Women’s choir rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Interested singers from the community are encouraged to contact Rensink-Hoff by email at for an audition.Advance tickets for the last choral concert of the season are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students and under the eyeGo program. They can be purchased at Thorold Music, 289 Glendale Ave.; Booksmart, 350 Vine St.; online through Eventbrite; or through members of the Avanti Chamber Singers.Tickets will also be sold at the door for an additional $5. read more

ABB soft starters proven in Xylem pumps in South African mining

first_imgABB, the power and automation technology group, is supplying PSTX soft starters to Xylem, a company committed to the efficient use, conservation and reuse of water. The South African branch of Xylem, supplying the mining industry with equipment to pump floodwater, sees benefits of ABB’s PSTX soft starters “beyond the way they start motors, including reductions in panel size by 50 percent; installation time by 70%; and costs by 50%.”Like many owners or providers of motor applications, Xylem was looking for a motor starting system with all the functions they required built in. With ABB’s PSTX range, Xylem’s wishes have been fulfilled. With many protection features built in, the PSTX range provides a robust, compact and simple to install soft starter that has helped Xylem reduce the number of components in its panels by 80%.“It is satisfying that our technology solution has supported Xylem’s productivity to the extent it has. Their panels are now roughly half their original size and can be built in about a third of the time, making installation more efficient and halving their cost,” said Giampiero Frisio, Protection and Connection BU Managing Director of ABB’s Low Voltage Products business. “With around 300 million motors installed worldwide, consuming 28% of the world’s electricity, there is huge potential to increase productivity and help conserve the world’s resources through greater reliability and efficiency when using soft starters. As part of its Next Level strategy, ABB is seeking to expand the deployment of its leading-edge technology to help its customers increase their flexibility, productivity and competitiveness.”ABB’s PSTX range of soft starters are easy to install and operate. They providing unique features including:pump cleaning, which• prevents pumps from clogging and overheating,• limp mode, which enables continued pump operation even when a thyristor set has failed,• integrated dynamic motor braking, which stops a motor fast, a particularly useful feature when operating a circular saw, for example.All these additional attributes significantly increase productivity by allowing more to be done with the application.last_img read more

Kielce smash Wisla at the end

2KIF Kolding10703249:24014 6Dunkerque HB10118237:2683 In the last CL group phase match, Vive Targi Kielce won at home a convincing victory over Orlen Wisła Płock 38:30. The result of this game could not change anything in Group B table but battles between Kielce and Płock always evoke emotions. Kielce took the better start and scored 3 first goals. Wisła had their chances but Kielce were backed by brilliant saves of Sławomir Szmal, who also saved Ghionea’s penalty throw.After 9 minutes the score was 6:2 and Vive was not going to stop pushing ahead. Guests tried to change the situation by placing Wichary in their goal instead of Šego, but it did not make any difference. Kielce’s good defence, with which Płock could not cope, was a source of numerous fastbreaks. Hosts kept gaining the advantage, also thanks to great Karol Bielecki, and at the break they led by 8 goals (20:12). Second half also began well for Kielce; after 6 minutes they made the result 24:14, but Wisła was not going to give up and managed to reduce the gap a little. It is also worth mentioning that in the second half, referees were quite generous in giving away 2-minute suspensions; even Płock coach Manolo Cadenas got one. Last moments of the match were worse moments for Kielce as they had problems both in offence and defence, but eventually they woke up – started hitting the net again and it was Musa who sealed the deal and scored for 38:30 in the last seconds.Best scorer of the Kielce was Denis Buntić by 7 goals; best scorer of the Płock was Petar Nenadić by 9. In the end Kielce ends up placed third and Płock fourth in the group.Vive Targi Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 38:30 (20:12)Vive: Szmal, Losert – Jurecki 5 (1), Tkaczyk 2, Chrapkowski, Aquinagalde 1, Bielecki 6 (1), Jachlewski 2, Strlek 3, Lijewski 3, Buntić 7, Zorman 1, Rosiński 1, Cupić 5 (1), Musa 2.Orlen Wisła: Sego, Wichary – Kwiatkowski, Eklemović, Wiśniewski 1, Kavas, Toromanović 1, Syprzak 6 (1), Ghionea 6 (1), Nenadić 9 (2), Nikcević 2, Lijewski 2, Zrnić, Montoro 2, Milas 1.STANDINGS: EHF Champions LeaguePolandPolish Handball 4Orlen Wisła Płock10406275:2778 3Vive Targi Kielce10613307:27613 1THW Kiel10811298:26817 5FC Porto Vitalis10217241:2785 ← Previous Story MADHOUSE IN SKOPJE: Barca defeated after 36 matches! Next Story → TOP 16 PLACES DECIDED: Who against whom? read more

We cant have another groundhog day at Stormont Gerry Adams weighs in

first_img This is just extraordinary #ae17— Orna Young (@OrnaYoung) March 4, 2017 Monday 6 Mar 2017, 2:30 PM 17,599 Views Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Source: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA ImagesSenior DUP sources have told the Belfast Telegraph Foster should consider her role and not put pride before what is best for “the party and the people of Northern Ireland”.Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said of the RHI controversy, “Arlene is not acceptable as First Minister until this matter is cleared up.”He said Sinn Féin is not calling for her to step down as DUP leader, saying this is a matter for her and her party.It can’t be business as usual. The political grounds have changed, we can’t have just another groundhog day up at Stormont.“There’s a special role here for the British government particularly, and the British government – in terms of its stance on Brexit, in terms of its refusal to implement agreements in the past – have created the atmosphere which forced Martin McGuinness to resign on the back of the RHI scandal.“So the British government need to come up to the mark on all of this. We’re looking for them to come forward with a plan, we don’t want plámas, we don’t want to be patronised.”Adams said he is meeting Brokenshire with Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill this afternoon and will again raise the issue of a special designated status for the North when Britain leaves the European Union.He added that his party is not yet looking beyond the three-week deadline.Extension for talks?Meanwhile, former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme she thinks the three-week window is too short and should be extended.“The law at the moment requires a fresh election after three weeks if there is no coalition formed … I think it will be important for the secretary of state to have legislation ready to give the parties more time.“I think it would be a pity if they were launched back into yet another election just after three weeks,” Villiers said.Kenny and MayTaoiseach Enda Kenny and British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke over phone on about the issue yesterday. Meanwhile, Brokenshire and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan will hold talks with the parties on Wednesday.“They discussed their shared commitment to work with the parties to move forward and create a stable administration which ensures a strong, peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland,” a spokesman for May said.The British and Irish leaders will hold further talks on the fate of the Assembly at an EU summit on Thursday, he added.The Taoiseach’s office said the two leaders will stay in close contact over the political situation, stressing the aim of “re-establishing a functioning executive as soon as possible”.Contains reporting from © AFP 2017Read: DUP scrape first place in Northern Ireland elections with Sinn Féin just one seat behindRead: Poll: Do you want to see a united Ireland? Short URL 33 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share51 Tweet Email By Órla Ryan Source: Orna Young/Twitter Here’s how the 90 seats were filled:DUP – 28 seatsSinn Fein – 27 seatsSDLP – 12 seatsUUP- 10 seatsAlliance Party – eight seatsGreen Party – two seatsPeople Before Profit – one seatTraditional Unionist Voice – one seatIndependent unionist – one seatSinn Féin has said the party won’t work the DUP if Arlene Foster is nominated to retain her position as First Minister.The snap election was triggered in January when Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister over the long-running Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or ‘cash for ash’ scandal.The move came after Foster had ignored repeated calls for her to step aside while an investigation is carried out into the scheme – which could cost taxpayers in the North in the region of £400 million (about €460 million). Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill (left, the party’s leader in NI), Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams Source: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA ImagesUpdated 2.30pmPARTIES IN NORTHERN Ireland are currently engaging in talks with a view to agree a power-sharing agreement.Party leaders are set to meet Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire today. Following the election, Brokenshire called for “urgent discussions” to see the devolved parliament get back on track.“Now that assembly members have been elected, there is a limited window in which the assembly and executive can be restored,” he said.Parties have three weeks to form a government. If this deadline passes, Brokenshire is legally obliged call another election. However, as the last Assembly election only took place in 2016, there is little appetite for this.A possible return to direct rule from Westminster is also on the table. If the deadline is missed, the UK government could pass emergency legislation to suspend devolution for the first time in a decade in order to allow time for more negotiations.No unionist majority There’s a new dynamic in Northern politics following last Thursday’s election, which ended a unionist majority at Stormont – something that had been present since the province was established in 1921. Mar 6th 2017, 2:30 PM ‘We can’t have another groundhog day at Stormont’: Gerry Adams weighs in on Northern election If talks on forming a government collapse, a possible return to direct rule from Westminster is on the table. last_img read more

Man accused of attempted murder in shooting incident

first_imgA Vancouver shooting suspect who had been in custody in Multnomah County, Ore., since February 2017 made a first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.Lowell Edward Jackson, 48, is also facing charges of first-degree assault, first- and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, attempting to elude police, possession of cocaine and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.Shortly after 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2017, Jackson got into an argument with his girlfriend, Alicha Rogers, over rent money. Rogers’ younger brother, Markel Bolton, who lived with the couple at 14417 N.E. 30th St., intervened, and the two men got into a fist fight, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Jackson left the apartment and retrieved a handgun from his gold 2000 Buick. He then walked back inside and pulled the firearm from his sock. Rogers tried to wrestle the handgun away from Jackson, who had it pointed at Bolton, the affidavit states.Jackson pushed Rogers to the floor and fired two rounds at Bolton, who was standing about 8 feet away in the living room. Bolton dove to the ground, and the rounds barely missed him. Jackson’s then-2-year-old daughter was sitting in the living room across from Bolton when the shots were fired, court records said.last_img read more

Police release drawing of suspect in Washougal home invasion attack

first_imgWashougal police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a home invasion where an elderly woman was attacked, bound with duct tape and robbed.The attack was reported by a neighbor at 8:44 p.m. Jan. 22 after two men forced their way into the woman’s house in the 3200 block of 37th Court.The 74-year-old woman told police she was home alone when she answered the door to a man who asked if she had seen his dog, according to Washougal police. Then, police say, another man appeared and knocked the woman to the ground. The two men used duct tape to bound the woman’s hands, feet and mouth and dragged her by her hair to another room of the house, said Cmdr. Allen Cook. After not hearing either man for several minutes, the woman worked herself loose and ran to a neighbor’s house, where the neighbor called 911, Cook said.last_img read more

Kenai Young Professionals To Attend Alaska YPG Summit

first_imgJohna Beech, Kenai Chamber of Commerce President & COO The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional’s Group (YPG) is hosting the third-annual, statewide Summit for young professionals in Alaska’s workforce.  The Anchorage YPG was created in June of 2014 and is the largest young professional organization in Alaska with over 400 engaged members. Audio PlayerJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp3VmJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp300:00RPdBeech: “The Kenai Young Professions is a program of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce that we started in 2015 and we’re really excited to have a few of our members attending the Anchorage Young Professionals Summit this weekend coming up at the Dena’ina Center up in Anchorage.  It should be a good time, they always give really good information and they can come back and share with everyone here on the Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Upward Trajectory: Professional, Career & Self” is the theme and point of emphasis for the 2018 Alaska Young Professional Summit scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.center_img Members of the Kenai Young Professionals plan to attend the state-wide gathering.  The (KYP) is a networking organization comprised of young professionals between the ages 21 – 39 in the Kenai-Soldotna area. The purpose of the organization is to connect diverse young professionals in order to strengthen and grow the Kenai and the young professional community. The Summit includes two days of seminars, workshops and guest speakers; including the Keynote Speaker Adam Michaels.  Michaels is an entrepreneur and sales leader.  Through the years he has mentored and coached thousands of individuals in pursuit of their professional goals and built multi-million dollar agencies in the Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles Markets.last_img read more

Group C Acquires Three More Titles Grand View Medias Breakup Nears Completion

first_imgAfter 21 years, Alabama-based Grand View Media appears to be exiting the publishing business.Group C Media—the New Jersey-based publisher of Business Facilities and Facility Executive magazines—announced last week its acquisition of Turf, Turf Design Build, and Tree Services magazines from Grand View Media, reuniting the brands with the online forums LawnSite and PlowSite, which Group C purchased from Grand View earlier this year.“We’re thrilled that Turf, Turf Design Build and Tree Services are back where they belong with the LawnSite Network,” said Group C co-president Ted Coene in a statement. “The acquisition of these industry-leading brands will give us the opportunity to create new offerings in print, online and face-to-face events.”The titles were among Group C’s targets in the earlier deal for LawnSite and PlowSite, Coene told Folio: in a follow-up conversation, adding that he was pleased to have had a second opportunity to acquire them. He said the purchase is part of the company’s broader strategy to continue to grow by diversifying its served markets and revenue mix. Group C declined to share the terms of the acquisition. The deal appears to mark the end of the line for Grand View Media—a subsidiary of EBSCO Industries first incorporated in 1997 as Vulcan Outdoors Publishing—which has spent the last six months breaking up its portfolio piece-by-piece. The company sold seven titles to Wisconsin-based COLE Publishing in January, and another three became cornerstones of the newly formed Endeavor Business Media a week later.Grand View’s remaining titles—American Nurseryman, Farming, Growing, SportsField Management, and Superintendent magazines—appear to have been taken offline, each of their social media feeds dormant for the last several months, and most if not all staffers seem to have been let go. Several attempts to reach Grand View and EBSCO Industries by phone and email have been unsuccessful.last_img read more

The Best in SciFi Books This Week 9718

first_img Holy cats, what a busy week in the world of science-fiction literature. There are a plethora of books dropping this week, as well as an award ceremony and several entertainment announcements to get to, so let’s dive in.Reading RecommendationsWorlds Seen In PassingA genre-blending anthology, Worlds covers everything from sci-fi/fantasy to horror. The 576-page tome collects Hugo and Nebula Award winners from the last ten years into a single collection. Forty shot stories and novelette — some published here for the first time – guarantee something for everyone, regardless of taste. Authors include Yoon Ha Lee (A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel), Jeff VanderMeer (The World is Full of Monsters), and Alyssa Wong (A Fist of Permutation in Lightning and Wildflowers). AutonomousPenned by Annalee Newitz, the founder of the famous sci-fi blog io9, this debut novel is set in the year 2144 and examines the question of what happens when technology and culture intersect to make everything and everyone into produce. The story follows Jack; a former scientist turned submarine-living drug dealer. In a world where only the rich can afford prescriptions, Jack spends her days concocting medication for the world’s poorest citizens. But when one of her drugs turns its users insane, it’s up to a military agent and his robotic partner to stop her.What The Hell Did I Just ReadThe third book in the John Dies at the End series from David Wong, What The Hell continues the saga’s track record of blending cosmic horror with biting wit. Hot on the trail of an interdimensional child predator that can just also happen to shapeshift, the three protagonists get caught up in a web that may lead them to answers they most certainly don’t want.Prism Stalker Vol 1Space is vast and capable of producing things humanity can’t even comprehend. On the edge of the civilized galaxy, a brand-new planet tantalizes with strange flora and fauna that have evolved using telekinesis and psychic connections. When a refugee named Vep finds herself indentured on the strange planet in a force colonization by the military, she finds herself fighting with the planet itself as it exerts power over her.NEWSOver the weekend, geeks of all stripes gathered in downtown Atlanta for DragonCon. Among the multitude of panels and ceremonies, authors gathered on September 1 to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Dragon Awards. Among the science-fiction wins were Andy Weir’s Artemis for Best Science Fiction Novel and Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 for Best Graphic Novel. ENTERTAINMENT BUZZIf you’re a fan of the canceled Freeform show Shadowhunters, beware! An auction of Shadowhunters props and memorabilia has accidentally spoiled major plot point for the two-hour series finale that isn’t scheduled to air until next spring.Eight more actors have been cast in Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Another Life. While not based on a novel, the series is one to watch for any fan of the genre. Another Life follows a team of astronauts, scientists, and their crew as they examine a strange alien artifact and search for intelligence beyond Earth. FURTHER READINGOver at this week, James Davis Nicoll’s explores how the stories of author John Varley’s Eight Worlds managed to make a near-utopian society interesting and compelling. The series spanned thirteen short stories and one novel about humanity living beyond the Earth. Written during the 1970s and 1980s, Varley found unique angles in his world where the core drives of other sci-fi conflicts — survival and finding safety — have been solved.  Taking some poetic license as to what is traditionally considered “science-fiction” for a moment because it’s my column and I make the rules, to point out this fantastic essay by my former co-worker Alyssa Fikse. Talking about The Magicians for Syfy, “High King Margo And The Rejection Of The Virginal Queen Trope” lovingly takes the classic Narnia to task for punishing women for growing up and applauds The Magicians for succinctly cutting said trop off at the knees.  Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from a niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. Try some of the 11 Sci-Fi Recipes you can make right now. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. We also have a list of the Best Sci-Fi On Netflix. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

We couldnt do it without you ACV rolls out the red carpet

first_img“We couldn’t do it without you”: ACV rolls out the red carpet for agents at Sun launch WOODBRIDGE — It was a packed house for the launch of Air Canada Vacations’ 2017-2018 Sun Collection last night, with close to 1,000 agents coming out to hear about ACV’s new stand-alone Luxury brochure, the return of a popular Park ‘N Fly promotion, a booking bonus to drive sales post-Irma and ACV’s commitment to the retail trade, not to mention a live performance by JUNO winner Shawn Desman.The Toronto launch, taking place at the stylish Paramount EventSpace in Woodbridge, was the last of ACV’s cross-Canada event schedule which kicked off in Vancouver last week and made its way to Calgary, Halifax and Montreal before arriving in the GTA last night.Just before they cleared the stage for a concert by Vaughan’s own Shawn Desman, ACV’s George Platanitis, VP Sales & Partnerships, and Monique Lalonde, General Manager, Sales and National Accounts – Ontario, told agents just how much they mean to ACV. “We really value your partnership. We couldn’t do it without you,” said Lalonde to cheers from the audience. “You are resilient, you are resourceful and we value your support,” added Platanitis.Shawn Desman at the ACV Sun Collection launchMore cheers were heard for several of ACV’s promotions for fall and winter 2017-2018, including the return of the Park ‘N Fly incentive offering clients 8 free nights of Park ‘N Fly parking, for vacation bookings made by Oct. 31, for travel Nov. 1 through April 30.There are also EBBs plus promotional prices for ACV’s CareFree and StormGuard Coverage.Plus, ACV is offering 15% commission on bookings for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts made by Oct. 1.“We’ve brought a lot of ancillary products to the table for travel agents, to help drive the sale. And they’re commissionable,” said Nino Montegnese, ACV’s Managing Director.Not only that, but consumer protection programs like CareFree and StormGuard “doesn’t hinder agents from selling insurance. We don’t want to get in the way of those insurance commissions,” he adds.ACV’s winter lineup, its biggest ever, has more than 700 resorts including 60+ new resorts, 19 ACV exclusives, 30 semi-exclusives and 26 with exclusive room categories, sections and/or meal plans.The tour operator is adding capacity out of cities across Canada, including an extra 18% capacity out of Toronto and a whopping 250% out of Calgary. New destinations from Toronto include Cartagena, Belize and St. Vincent. “We’re going to offer your customers more choice, more options and more convenience,” said Platanitis.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Meanwhile ACV’s new Luxury lineup will be ready later this fall, on its own for the first time as a stand-alone brochure. The Luxury brochure will not be a mass-market piece for every client, or for every agent, says Montegnese, who introduced the Luxury line by asking agents in the crowd how many had clients who spend $5,000 per person on a vacation. “It won’t be for everyone, but it will be for some of you,” he said, adding that commissions for ACV’s Luxury product will be higher.Also at the launch, ACV showcased its Top Picks brochure, available since May (“really a great sales tool when you’re looking for something unique with ACV”), and the new Travel Agent Handbook, outlining how to book what with the tour operator. “It tells you where you’ll find our product and what system to book it in,” says Platanitis. “Things are a little convoluted right now. This handbook will help.”ACV’s Europe brochure will be out in early December, he added.Platanitis heads up the tour operator’s Travel Advisory Board and ACV’s collaboration with its travel agent board members has been a huge success, he says. “You let us know what we’re doing well and what we’re doing not so well. We’re very much committed to you and the Travel Advisory Board will continue.”Not surprisingly ACV has received a very high volume of inquiries from agents asking about clients impacted by Hurricane Irma. “They can re-book,” says Montegnese.Montegnese said ACV is deploying more than 20 team members to destinations impacted by the hurricane, and even some that were barely touched by the storm, “just to see everything with our own eyes. We’ll be sending them to Cuba, the D.R., Antigua, Turks & Caicos and more. We couldn’t send anyone until flights resumed.”Montegnese said agents will see a staggered approach to flights and programs coming back into the affected destinations. He said ACV plans to add extra capacity to other popular destinations to make up for the shortfall, “but we’re going to put it where we need it. We’re not just going to throw capacity on everywhere. That would create a whole new problem.”Karen Puebla with the Cuba Tourist Board said Irma first hit Camaguey, then headed west along Cuba’s northern coast. Most tour operators and airlines have suspended their flights into Cayo Coco and other resort destinations in the area until late October. Puebla says the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria is already cleared and damaged resorts will be rebuilt with building supplies already on the island, originally intended for new hotels.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHere are more product and brochure highlights from the ACV Sun Collection launches:The Sun Collection brochure has its Family Collection (with the Play product); the 18+ Adult Collection (including Costa Rica, Cuba, Antigua and other destinations); the Luxe Collection (five-star properties, gourmet dining, and 24 hour room service); the Spotlight Collection (popular resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean); wedding groups (no deposit for 90 days, storage space for wedding dress on board plane and $500 travel credit for next vacation); incentive groups (new feature is a $500 hotel or excursion credit to use at the destination) and cruises (new feature is no deposit on flights when client books air and cruise up to 30 days before departure and all flights are 100 per cent refundable up to 30 days prior to travel and one name change is permitted prior to travel).Air Canada gift cards can be used to purchase ACV vacation packages as of Oct. 15.Group bookings have been made easier. ACV needs 8 people to make a group and now children can be added to the count. There is also the chance to earn a 2% bonus commission. The group plan features extras such as room upgrades and the ability to have block seating on flights. ACV is also using AC Jetz for larger groups who want a private charter flight.U.S. destinations include California, Florida and Hawaii. Of the 25 largest properties in Las Vegas, 15 are listed in the Sun brochure.‘Go Canada’ will see double the amount of ‘one-stop’ ski packages with popular slopes such as Banff, Jasper and Whistler offering three, five, and seven day packages. All cost from flights through to lift tickets are included in prices.The Travel Agent Handbook sets out the ACV&Me Rewards offered: 600 points per room for all air-inclusive packages of seven nights or more, 400 points for all air-inclusive packages of three to six nights, 600 points per stateroom for every Air & Cruise package of seven nights or more and 300 points per passenger in groups. Thursday, September 14, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Brochures, Sun Destinations Posted by Share With files from Jean Sorensenlast_img read more

Scenic Eclipse snagged by second delay ship wont sail until April 2019

first_img Posted by Share Scenic Eclipse snagged by second delay, ship won’t sail until April 2019 Travelweek Group Tags: Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tourscenter_img VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has amended the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse following a shipyard workers’ strike.It’s the second time the launch of the ‘World’s First Discovery Yacht’ has been delayed. It was originally set to launch Aug. 31, 2018 but in July the cruise line announced a five-month delay, until late January 2019.The new launch date, for the inaugural cruise, is now April 13, 2019. Scenic says it is providing guests a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans.Travelweek reached out to Scenic this morning and a spokesperson confirmed that travel agent commissions are once again protected.Additionally, the company is providing all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit in the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.A dedicated phone number for affected guests has been created, and the company has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on refunding and applying the 25% discount to other voyages.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterScenic says this latest snag is due to ongoing financial issues at the Uljanik shipyard in Croatia, which resulted in a strike by specialist engine and systems commissioning workers. “Although the specialist commissioning teams did return to work last week, it will not be possible to catch up the nearly six weeks of lost time due to the strike,” says a statement from Scenic.Scenic says it is in constant contact with the shipyard, the workers’ representatives and the Croatian government to ensure the completion of the ship as soon as possible. Due to Scenic’s efforts, more than 600 employees continue to work on other aspects of the ship every day, which Scenic says “are progressing at a good pace.”For more information go to or call 1-866-689-8611, or email Tuesday, November 13, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Golden Backpack award winners revealed

first_imgThe winners of the 2010 Golden Backpack Awards, Australiaand New Zealand’s only dedicated awards program for the independent travel sector, havebeen announced in Sydney.Run by TNT Magazine, the market-leading publisher of backpacker titles, and independenttravel trade website, the Golden Backpacks saw an internationalcampaign to gather votes from consumers in more than 30 categories.Backpackers voted for their favourite hostel, tour and backpacker night in every state and territory in Australia and across the Tasman.National awards recognised tour operators, transport providers and car/campervan rental companies while the general category sawawards for best travel agent, recruitment service, website and indigenous experience. Awards were also presented for innovation andoutstanding achievement and outgoing Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Matt Hingerty received a specialrecognition award for services to the backpacking industry.A total of 19,539 votes were cast with voting conducted exclusively online for the first time. The winners were revealed last night at agala dinner held in Star City Casino and hosted by award-winning comedian Jeff Green.The awards were sponsored by Tourism New South Wales, Backpacking Queensland, Tourism Victoria, The South Australia TourismCommission, Tourism Tasmania, Virgin Blue, Insurance Advisernet,, Website Travel, Sleepmaker, Taxback, GlobalGossip, the Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo, Bounce Hotel, TNT Magazine and Magazine and Thumbrella Publishing Director Martin Lane said: “Once again we have been overwhelmed by the response ofbackpackers and the industry to the Golden Backpack Awards. Winning one is the ultimate accolade because it’s the customers who decide.”NEW SOUTH WALES –Best hostel: Wake Up!Best tour/activity: Oz IntroBest backpacker night: Oz Party BusTASMANIA –Best hostel: The Pickled Frog, HobartBest tour/activity: Adventure Tours 6-Day Taste of TasmaniaBest backpacker night: Republic Bar & Café, HobartNORTHERN TERRITORY –Best hostel: Melaleuca on Mitchell, DarwinBest tour/activity: The Rock TourBest backpacker night: The Vic Hotel, AUSTRALIA –Best hostel: Perth City YHABest tour/activity: Western Xposure 10-Day Perth to BroomeBest backpacker night: Mustang Bar, PerthVICTORIA –Best hostel: Habitat HQ, St KildaBest tour/activity: Autopia Tours, Great Ocean RoadBest backpacker night: The Official Neighbours NightQUEENSLAND –Best hostel: Bunk, BrisbaneBest tour/activity: Pro Dive CairnsBest backpacker night: The Woolshed, CairnsSOUTH AUSTRALIA –Best hostel: Adelaide Central YHABest tour/activity: Groovy Grape, Barossa valleyBest backpacker night: Backpack Oz, AdelaideNEW ZEALAND –Best hostel: Nomads, QueenstownBest tour/activity: Shotover Canyon Swing, QueenstownBest backpacker night: The World Bar, QueenstownNATIONAL –Best car/campervan rental Australia: Travellers Auto BarnBest car/campervan rental NZ: Jucy RentalsBest tour operator Australia: Oz ExperienceBest transport operator Australia: Greyhound AustraliaBest tour/transport operator NZ: StrayGENERAL –Best large travel agent: Peterpans Adventure TravelBest small travel agent: Adventure Travel BugsBest backpacker website: Hostelworld.comBest recruitment company: The Job Shop, PerthBest indigenous cultural experience: Tamaki Maori Village, RotoruaPANEL VOTED –Special recognition award: Matt HingertyInnovation award: YHA eNightsOutstanding achievement award: Brett Claxton Source = TNT Travel DownUnderlast_img read more

Qantas flight forced back

first_img“This type of disruption inconveniences our customers and comes at significant cost to Qantas, but we take a zero tolerance approach to aggressive behaviour on board.” A Qantas A380 flight was forced to return to London’s Heathrow Airport shortly after take-off, owing to a disruptive passenger’s “threating behaviour”, according to the airline. “The passenger was restrained by crew and the aircraft landed safely in London at around 11.50pm local time… the aircraft was met by local authorities on arrival,” a Qantas spokesperson said. Flight QF2 has since departed Heathrow Airport for Dubai.center_img The Sydney-bound service, travelling via Dubai, was turned around just one hour after departure, when a man had to be restrained by cabin crew, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Stakeholders need to collaborate for North East tourism promotion KJ Alphons

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States has organised the sixth International Tourism Mart (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam. Speaking at the event, Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, said that government is paying all the more attention to the promotion of tourism to North Eastern states. To capitalise on the momentum, states need to have better synergy with the private sector and should regularly participate in the road shows in foreign countries.KJ Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, opined that North Eastern India is the most beautiful place under the sun and to place India on the forefront in the field of tourism, we need to realise the tourism potential of North Eastern states and work in tandem.Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam inaugurated the sixth ITM in the presence of Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam, Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, KJ Alphons, Dr. Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Minister for Tourism, Assam, Rashmi Verma, VK Pipersenia, Chief Secretary of Assam and other dignitaries from central ministries and North Eastern states.Delivering the inaugural address, Mukhi said that this Mart is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique tourism treasures of North Eastern States. Keeping in view the Act East Policy of the government, this platform will serve its purpose.Sonowal highlighted that Assam Government has recently enacted the ‘New Tourism Policy’ which will facilitate the tourists and other stakeholders. He insisted on boosting Assam Tourism in a sustainable manner.Khandu lamented that connectivity and infrastructure are the two major concerns which North Eastern states are facing.Around 66 foreign delegates comprising stakeholders and media from over 28 countries namely Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Canada, China, Cambodia, Cyprus, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, UK, Vietnam, Turkey and South Korea attended the event. Besides, 50 domestic stakeholders networked with 103 local suppliers from the North Eastern states.last_img read more

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Vil

first_img Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen, said that the ‘Dine on the Ground’ service comes following research on food consumption, sleep patterns and passenger feedback. Nearly one-third of Australian travellers regularly skip in-flight meals, in preference for more sleep time.“As an airline, Fiji Airways is all about delivering the best customer experience…By moving the dining experience pre-flight, we’re not only able to offer a premium experience but we’re also able to reduce food waste, while maintaining our excellent in-flight catering,” Viljoen said.Onboard, guests will still have access to a light brunch or supper, such as fruit bowls, gourmet panini, fresh salads, international style tapas and soups. However, by dining pre-flight, onboard meals better reflect the time of day and allow guests more time for rest and relaxation. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.center_img Fiji Airways is now offering premium passengers the opportunity to dine at the airline’s lounge before boarding their flight home. Dubbed ‘Dine on the Ground’, the two-pronged initiative aims to reduce inflight food wastage and enable passengers more time to rest in the air.Available on select routes out of Nadi International Airport, the new pre-flight “gourmet meal” service will be available for guests on a morning or late evening flight at Fiji Airways’ Premier Lounge.Prior to boarding, Business Class and Premier passengers will enjoy made-to-order breakfast items, a full bakery, fresh juices and barista-made coffee for breakfast, and signature dishes, cocktails, mocktails and a full service bar for dinner. Dine on the Ground FlightsThe luxury Dine on the Ground experience is now being served across the following flights out of Nadi:BrunchÀ la carte brunchNadi – ChristchurchNadi – Hong KongNadi – Wellington (mid-morning service)Nadi – Sydney (mid-morning service)Nadi – Brisbane (mid-morning service)Supper (flights over 6 hours):À la carte light dining, followed by a full breakfast.Nadi – Los AngelesNadi – San Franciscolast_img read more