Dawson College looking to make Indigenous Awareness Days annual event

first_imgAPTN National NewsDawson College in Montreal hosted its first ever Indigenous Awareness Days.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Jammu Car explodes in Banihal CRPF bus damaged

first_imgA powerful blast in a Santro car under mysterious circumstances caused panic along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Peer Moth near Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal Saturday morning. Giving details, sources said the blast appears to have been caused by an LPG cylinder inside the vehicle. The car was coming from Srinagar side, sources said, adding that the blast occurred around 11.30 am when it hit a CRPF bus from behind. The CRPF in a statement said, “An explosion took place in a civil car near Banihal while CRPF convoy was on move. The car caught fire and slight damage was caused in the rear of one of the CRPF vehicle. No injuries were caused to CRPF Personnel. Incident being investigated in respect to all possible angles.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details IGP Jammu zone M K Sinha said that experts have rushed to the spot and nothing can be said about the cause of blast until they examine the site. “Yes, there is an exploded cylinder along with an unexploded one found at the blast site,” he said, adding that no one in the CRPF bus has been injured. While the car was destroyed, there was slight damage to the CRPF vehicle. No one was injured as the car first caught fire before the blast, sources said. The driver of the Santro car had jumped out of the vehicle and escaped. A search operation is underway. (Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

Former United Airlines flight attendant will plead guilty to making bomb threat

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former United Airlines flight attendant will plead guilty to making bomb threat against plane by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2013 1:02 pm MDT DALLAS – A former United Airlines flight attendant has agreed to plead guilty to making a bomb threat against a United jet flying between London and Los Angeles.The man’s attorney said that United had declined to investigate the man’s claims that a male supervisor sexually harassed him.A United spokeswoman confirmed that the man had worked for the airline but declined to comment further. The man had been hired by American Airlines to become a flight attendant shortly before he was arrested.According to court documents, Patrick Cau used pay phones near his Los Angeles home and around the country to make threats against six United flights between last October and January. One call went to a United crew-scheduling number, the others to 911.Under an agreement filed last week in federal district court in Los Angeles, Cau will plead guilty to one count of making a bomb threat against a plane. Cau, who also goes by the name Patrick Kaiser, is expected to enter a plea Monday and be sentenced this fall.The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, although federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a lesser sentence. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles did not return calls for comment.Cau agreed to pay restitution — United said it lost $267,912 because the flights were delayed or cancelled after the threats — and, as a German citizen, he also faces possible deportation.His attorney, John Duran, said that Cau worked for United for 15 years and rose to the position of purser or head flight attendant. Duran said Cau filed a sexual-harassment case against a male supervisor, but the case “didn’t go anywhere.”“There was an actual basis for his unhappiness with United,” Duran said. “He’s a good guy who made some really poor decisions.”Cau was indicted in May and remains in custody. Duran said his immigration status made him ineligible for bail.In February, American accepted Cau into its training program for new flight attendants. He began training in March but was fired in April after his name appeared on a government no-fly list, said Matt Miller, a spokesman for American.Miller said the company checked Cau’s background for any criminal record and whether he was on the government’s no-fly list, but nothing turned up.“My understanding is he was added to the list after” the airline’s background check, Miller said. “That was the first red flag.”A spokesman for the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center, which maintains the no-fly list, said the agency wouldn’t say why or whether an individual is on the list.Miller said Cau travelled on two flights during training and may have served drinks to passengers but would not have performed any duties related to safety or security.___Follow David Koenig at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter read more

Beach Handball gets first Mediterranean champions

← Previous Story FLYING DANES: SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in the biggest handball derby! Next Story → Norwegian Elverum are the last member of EHF Champions League! Beach handball Italian city of Pescara was host of Beach Handball competition within first Mediterranean Beach Games. After 4 days of the matches where the spectatores were able to see many of them on top level, gold medals won teams of Italy by winning Greece in female and national team of Tunisia in male competition (defeated Cyprus by 2:1). In female competition, silver goes to Greece and bronze to Turkey.Within male teams, second best is Cyprus, while bronze goes to the team of Turkey that won against greece in the third place match.One of the bigest legacy of this I edition of Med Beach Games is the fact that there were present some new beach teams as Malta, Algeria and Albania and as well some that turn back to Beach Handball as Slovenia. It is the proof that development of this handball discipline is very fast and that next edition of those Games will be one of the world Beach Handball competition with highest quality in both female and male competition.It is important to underline that although many of top Beach Handball Mediterranean (Croatia, Serbia, Spain) nations didn’t take part on this multisport competition, our beach sport was sport with the biggest number of competitors within all Med. games.Mostly of the matches is possible to see now on Internet and we offer you to see two semifinals: between Greece & Tunisia in female competition – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkIvWtdLztc , as Turkey and Tunisia in men’s- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta0GKcVrlDE . read more

About 9500 homes lost power as wild weather wreaks havoc on Christmas

first_imgUpdated 1.50pmIRISH FERRIES HAS cancelled its swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead that were due to bring passengers home for Christmas today and tomorrow.The company said it would be able to accommodate customers on its cruise vessels. The departures of the swift sailings were cancelled because of “adverse weather conditions”.Another night of strong and gusty winds created more problems for ESB Networks which had crews out at a number of faults across the west and south of the country this morning.Worst affected areas include Cork and Wexford. In Wexford, more than 2,500 customers lost power after midnight in one fault area.Service has returned to normal for the majority of properties.Faults and service interruptions as of 9.15am today. (Image: ESB Networks)Met Éireann has predicted further showers today – of the hail, sleet and thundery kind. However, there could also be good sunny spells in the east and south.Highest temperatures will be four to eight degrees.More wintery showers are expected tonight, as well as a sharp frost and a risk of ice on untreated roads.Tomorrow morning will bring more rain and windy conditions.“It will become mainly dry for a time in the afternoon, but heavy showers will soon follow from the west,” the Met Éireann added.Remember, don’t blame it on the weatherman.First published at 9.19amRead: Wild weather knocks out power, leads to ferries being cancelledWATCH: Lightning strikes church in Clonmellast_img read more

Advertised salaries show 39 yearonyear rise for October 2018

first_imgAdvertised salaries have risen year-on-year for the first time in six months, showing a 3.9% increase in October 2018 when compared with the corresponding 2017 figures, according to the latest monthly report from job search engine Adzuna.Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “It’s hopeful that real wages are on the way back up after months of decline. While overall salaries are up 3.9% year-on-year, we had expected to see more robust growth, but have our fingers crossed that this will be a springboard to build upon as we move into 2019.”Teaching tops the list of the best-performing job sectors by salary, with advertised pay increasing by 15% year-on-year, followed by the creative and design industry (8%), administration (7%), the legal industry (6.6%) and hospitality and catering (4.4%).Hunter said: “It’s pleasing to see tireless bar staff and waitresses receiving a jolly bump to their wages, just in time for the busy period. Hopefully, this will be some consolation for all the terrible jokes and loud behaviour acted out at Christmas work dos up and down the country over the next few weeks.”At the other end of the scale, jobs in the domestic and cleaning sector have seen the biggest year-on-year salary drop, at 7.2%, followed by graduate jobs (4%), scientific roles (3.9%), the retail industry (1.6%) and maintenance (1.6%).last_img read more

Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Cancels European Tour Dates

first_img Email Elvis Costello Cancels European Tour Dates elvis-costello-reveals-cancer-diagnosis-cancels-european-tour-dates News Facebook Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis, Cancels European Tour Dates https://twitter.com/ElvisCostello/status/1015145826941743104center_img Read more The iconic singer/songwriter will forgo the final six dates of his summer tour to recover from surgeryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 4:39 pm GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six shows of his ongoing European tour after revealing he was recently diagnosed with cancer.The 63-year-old underwent surgery in May to remove a “small but aggressive cancerous malignancy” before beginning his summer tour. His doctors have urged him to sit out the upcoming dates to recover.“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,’” Costello said in a statement. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery. I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.”Despite this initial optimism, Costello admitted he had to accept his recovery will take longer than he would have wished and apologized to ticketholders for the cancellations.”Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four weeks recovery, depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or an occupation that involves physical work or travel,” Costello continued. “It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to two-hour-plus performances on a nightly basis, but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.” In the statement, Costello also reminded fans he and his band The Imposter have a “magnificent new record of which we are truly proud” on the way this October. Just last month, he announced the album and a fall North American tour to support it.A full list of scheduled tour dates can be found on Costello’s website, as fans of the songwriting icon from all over the world wish him a full and speedy recovery.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter last_img read more

Baba Ramdevs Patanjali to expand business manufacture solar power equipment

first_imgTOUGH TIMES: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Acharya Balkrishna performing yoga. REUTERS/Amit DaveAfter gaining a considerable market share in the FMCG market space, self-styled Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved is planning to diversify its business, this time into the solar power equipment manufacturing.”Getting into solar is in line with the swadeshi movement. With solar, each household in India can have power supply, and we are here to make that happen,” Acharya Balkrishna, managing director of Patanjali Ayurved told Mint in an interview.Since its inception, Patanjali is cashing in on the “natural” or ayurvedic and ‘swadeshi’ label to scale up its business. The company was set up in 2006, has been a success story now, as it has grown at a dramatic pace, with revenue touching Rs 10,561 crore as of March 31, 2017, from Rs 2,006 crore in 2014-15.Patanjali’s decision to foray into solar power equipment manufacturing space comes when the central government is considering a 30 percent capital subsidy as part of a new solar manufacturing policy, reported the business daily.”The government has been working on the solar industry, and even offering sops. We will manufacture solar panels in India without compromising the quality. But we are not going to get into the price war with the Chinese solar panels,” Balkrishna explained.The government has also proposed a scheme—”rent a roof”, with an aim to support its ambitious plan of generating 40 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2022.Earlier this year, the firm acquired a navigation aid equipment manufacturing company, Advance Navigation and Solar Technologies. Baba Ramdev backed Patanjali plans to invest around Rs100 crore in solar equipment manufacturing.For manufacturing solar equipment, the firm has already chosen a factory unit in Greater Noida, it is expected to be functional in next three to four months, reported the business daily.”This started with our plan to use solar as a source of power at all our factories. That time we understood (that) most of the solar modules come from China. And there was no quality consistency even in India-made ones. We started with making solar modules for our captive use initially and then decided to utilize existing capacity to manufacture solar modules and sell in the market. This unit is at a nascent stage at the moment,” Balkrishna said.last_img read more

What The Future Holds For Houstons Automotive Industry

first_imgThe Houston Auto Show is billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show brings the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.That seems like a fine opportunity to talk with some of them about the state of the automotive industry and auto sales in Houston. In an interview from the floor of the Houston Auto Show, Houston Matters Host Craig Cohen talks with Bob Krapes, regional director for Chevrolet, Chris Poulos, owner of West Point Lincoln, and Steve McDowell, president of Infonation, which produces reports about — and for — the automotive industry. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore County Public Library to Host Holiday Toy Drive

first_imgJoin the Baltimore County Public Library and help less fortunate children and families in the community. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Nov. 28 and Dec. 11. The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefitting the community.The toy drive is part of BCPL’s Connecting the Community initiative. “The Baltimore County Public Library is one of the most important and wonderful resources that you have at your disposal,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller. “We serve over 800,000 people. To have that much impact on people’s lives and on the communities that we are in is wonderful.”For more information, visit: www.bcpl.infolast_img

Hackers kill Glorious Leader the game with a buttkicking Kim Jong Un

first_imgIt’s a sad day, dongmu. Your hopes of stepping into the boots of Kim Jong Un and crushing foes in a side-scrolling run-and-gun have been dashed: development of Glorious Leader! has been cancelled by Moneyhorse Games.The studio fell victim to a hacker assault during which the intruders “destroyed data pertaining to Glorious Leader! and other projects [Moneyhorse] had in development.” The hack — as well as previous threats related to the game — prompted Moneyhorse to cancel their Kickstarter project last week.The hackers also seized control of the Moneyhorse website, leaving nothing more than a blank page with the title “Website unavailable” in its place. As a result, you may never get to gun down capitalist scum from the back of a flaming unicorn, team up with Dennis Rodman, or fire a bazooka at that pot-smoking scoundrel Seth Rogen.The last update on the Kickstarter project also acknowledges that the team “made mistakes in our pledge levels and rewards” and they had little hope of achieving their $55,00o funding goal. That’s prompted some commenters on the game’s Steam Greenlight page to speculate that Moneyhorse is trying to use the Sony hack as a convenient way out of having to deliver a product, citing previous delays and inactivity on their various feeds.Whatever the case may be, it’s an untimely end to what could have been a fun little send-up. One that managed to catch the attention of blogs around the web and mainstream media outlets like ABC and Time, too. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Glorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious Leaderlast_img read more

Celtic Renewables aims to process nextgen biofuel

first_imgImage: Wikipedia Explore further Celtic Renewables and independent malt whisky producer Tullibardine have signed a memorandum of understanding. Together they will apply their process to thousands of tons of the distillery’s leftovers.Biobutanol is a 4-carbon alcohol (butyl alcohol) that enthusiasts say is the world’s next biofuel because of its environmental characteristics. It is said to have a superior energy content to ethanol, delivering better fuel economy and miles per gallon; it can be blended with gasoline to potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and it can be produced using existing ethanol production facilities with few modifications. It is said to be less susceptible to separation in water than standard ethanol-gasoline blends and less corrosive than ethanol. Those asking if biobutanol can be a sustainable vehicle fuel are told there has been progress in methods of fermentation. That is where the whiskey comes in. A team at Celtic Renewables in Scotland has invested considerable research in seeing how the malt whiskey industry can serve as a viable resource for developing next-generation butanol. Celtic Renewables as a start-up company is out to commercialize its process for making a superior biofuel. They believe the enormous numbers of liters of pot ale and tons of draff can be converted into biofuel as a direct substitute for fossil-derived fuel. As a result, there would be a reduction in oil consumption and CO2 emissions, while providing a boost for rural areas where the whisky industry is prevalent. To propel their project, Celtic Renewables has made a deal with whisky maker Tullibardine to convert byproducts to biobutanol.Mark Simmers, CEO of Celtic Renewables, said biobutanol that it makes from whisky waste is better suited as vehicle fuel than the bioethanol commonly pumped now. Celtic Renewables is in a trial phase of production, but it hopes to be producing biobutanol for the commercial market by the end of next year.Professor Martin Tangney, founder, said the partnership with Tullibardine “is an important step in the development of a business which combines two iconic Scottish industries – whisky and renewables.” The project is supported by a grant from the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Scotland initiative. (Phys.org)—A distillery agreement between two companies in Scotland is to turn whiskey byproducts into fuel. Those who look forward to a bright future of biofuels that are easier on the environment will be interested in their story. The two companies will strive to combine two byproducts of whisky production, “pot ale” and “draff,” to produce renewable products, including next-generation butanol, or biobutanol. The pot-ale refers to residue from the stills. The draff refers to what is left of the grains. Bacteria feeding on the byproducts can produce butanol. The production of butanol by biological means was first performed by Louis Pasteur in 1861, but has recently taken on revived interest. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Celtic Renewables aims to process next-gen biofuel (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-celtic-renewables-aims-next-gen-biofuel.html Scots scientists create car biofuel from whisky by-products © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

QubesOS founder and endpoint security expert Joanna Rutkowska resigns joins the Golem

first_imgYesterday, the founder of QubesOS and Invisible Things, Joanna Rutkowska announced her resignation from the organization. She shared on the QubesOS’ blog, that she has joined Golem Project as a Chief Strategy Officer, also doubling as the Chief Security Officer. Joanna Rutkowska has been working on several fields of computer security engineering over the past 10 years. Her projects include desktop systems security, Qubes OS, virtualization security, and other hardware-enforced security mechanisms, such as Intel vPro technologies, their vulnerabilities, as well as how they could be used to build more secure systems. Prior to these, her primary focus was on kernel-mode rootkits and stealth malware (e.g. Blue Pill), including both offensive as well as defensive research. In her post on QubesOS, she said, “Earlier this year, I decided to take a sabbatical. I wanted to reflect on my infosec work and decide what I would like to focus on in the coming years. As you probably know, I’ve spent the last nine years mostly fighting the battle to secure the endpoint, more specifically creating, developing, architecting, and promoting Qubes OS, as well as the more general concept of ‘Security through Distrusting’.” QubesOS: A security-oriented FOSS Qubes is a free and open-source software (FOSS), which means that everyone is free to use, copy, and change the software in any way. It also means that the source code is openly available so others can contribute to and audit it. Joanna says, “Over these past nine years, Qubes OS has grown from a research-inspired proof-of-concept into a reasonably mature, large open-source project with dozens of contributors and tens of thousands of users, including some high-profile security experts.” She highlighted two challenges for Qubes, firstly, improving hardware compatibility and UX and secondly, the trustworthiness of the x86 platform. From QubesOS to the Golem Project Despite the challenges in QubesOS, Joanna decided to switch to Golem as she believes endpoint device security has reasonably matured and the QubesOS project is in good hands. She sees cloud security as the next big challenge on this decade. She wrote, “While I still believe that the security of our digital lives starts and ends with the trustworthiness of the client devices we use”. “I recognize that the state of endpoint device security has significantly improved over the past decade. At the same time, most of our data and activities have migrated from local devices to the cloud.”, she added. She highlighted some fundamental problems with cloud trustworthiness, which include: The service providers who own our data (e.g. the vendor of your fitness tracking app), The hosting infrastructure owners, who can both access our data as well as deny us use of the service at their discretion (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP), and The networking infrastructure operators, who can also selectively cut us off from the services (e.g. to implement some form of censorship). She added, “These are very important problems, in my opinion, and I’d like to work now on making the cloud more trustworthy, specifically by limiting the amount of trust we have to place in it.” Following this, she mentioned that Golem is a very unique project for her. Golem has been on a mission to build a ‘decentralized computer’ out of a heterogeneous network of third-party provided computers. Golem was founded two years ago through a successful crowdfunding campaign that allowed it to build a strong development team. Golem’s funding model has eliminated two common obstacles–lack of money to hire enough people and the need to implement investors’ agenda– faced by most of the budding tech startups. She said, “Most importantly, we (ITL), have already been working with Golem over the past year. During that time I’ve had enough time to get to know some of the key people in the project, understand their personal agendas, and conclude they might be very much inline with my own.” Talking about QubesOS’ future, Joanna said that not much will change. Also that Marek Marczykowski-Górecki, QubesOS’ Lead engineer has been effectively leading most of the day-to-day efforts with Qubes OS development since recent years. “Marek will continue to lead Qubes now, so I’m reassured about the future of the project. I will also remain as an advisor to the Qubes OS Project, as well as… its user, though I’ve recently also been embracing other systems, including – of course – the cloud”, she added. To know more about this news in detail, head over to Joanna Rutkowska’s post ‘The Next Chapter’ on QubesOS. Read Next Sir Tim Berners-Lee on digital ethics and socio-technical systems at ICDPPC 2018 Mozilla shares plans to bring desktop applications, games to WebAssembly and make deeper inroads for the future web Why does the C programming language refuse to die?last_img read more

Jamie Dimon We are Holding Ourselves Back

first_img September 13, 2017 668 Views Jamie Dimon: Policies are holding us back from CNBC.,Jamie Dimon: We are Holding Ourselves Back Share JPMorgan Chase President and CEO Jamie Dimon had much to say on the state of the U.S. economy at the Delivering Alpha Conference in New York City, according to CNBC.Lending was the first talking point of Dimon’s interview, who debunked the myth that current economic policy hasn’t affected lending. “Absolutely untrue,” Dimon said. “Any small—any new small business owner has trouble getting a loan. Mortgage lending—I wrote about this, our economists did real work—because of the higher cost of mortgaging, the servicing legal requirements, and less availability, we think mortgage could be $2 trillion higher.”Dimon went on to say that even if that number were to be halfed to $1 trillion, that would add 10 percent to lending, and would contribute to growth, small business, middle-market, and even “rugs,” along with homebuilding, and new household formation.“You’re telling me we’re not holding ourselves back? The fact is, we are,” Dimon said. “I do think these things are policy issues,” he continued. “It’s not just the way it is.”Dimon recognized that Washington is a difficult place, and recommended that thought, analysis, policy, and collaboration was the best way to make progress in moving the industry forward. Consumer and business confidence is on the rise, but Dimon is of the opinion that the Administration should remain focused on the agenda it pitched at the start of its campaign.You can view the full interview above.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Dimon Economic Outlook 2017-09-13 Joey Pizzolatolast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter US and Singaporebased

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUS- and Singapore-based B2B travel company ID Travel Group has expanded its core program of upmarket hotels branded under the ID & IDx brands, which include packaged itineraries dubbed “ID Ultimate Itineraries”.In operation for 35 years, the business features a portfolio of luxury hotels in “sand and sun” locales around the world, including the Caribbean, Mexico, the Maldives, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Asia.Laurie Palumbo with Anthony Goldman, Goldman Travel CorporationWhile she was in Sydney last week to launch the 2019 Traveler’s Collection Brochure, COO of ID Travel Group, Laurie Palumbo, said this market continues to grow each year.The company has been operating in Australia for seven years, and last week was ID Travel Group’s fifth consecutive show Down Under, offering luxury travel advisors the chance to meet with a dozen representatives from some of the nearly 400 properties promoted within the Island Destinations and IDx portfolios.Palumbo said the IDx brand alone consists of over 200 properties, the vast majority of which are in the Caribbean and Mexico. Each property is showcased on a full page within the annual IDx Collection brochure (view the brochure here). Each hotel and resort has been personally inspected by the team to ensure they meet ID Travel Group’s expectations.“We are very discerning of who we invite into the brochure, because they have to maintain a certain level of luxury. And beyond luxury, they must have service and understand what an advisor does, and what we do, and how we all work together,” Palumbo said.“There are a lot of all-inclusive hotels in these destinations that all claim to be five-star, but in reality, some are as low as two-star. How could one ‘five-star’ hotel cost $700 a night, and one be $200? When you get there, you find they are serving watered-down alcohol and inedible food. So we curated a collection of hotels under the IDx brand that are truly qualified four- and five-star, to make it easier for advisors to know what to sell,” Palumbo explained to LATTE at the show.Effectively, ID Travel Group is a sales and marketing representative for its hotel partners.“We act as another form of distribution for members. My team of specialists are well travelled and educated on all the products. They know specifically what to recommend to travel advisors who may be undecided for their clients. What are they looking for, do they like the beach, is it a suite that they are after, what kind of a view are they after? We’ll tailor it exactly to their needs.”“A travel advisor has to sell the world, so you should call a company that’s an expert on what you need, and they’ll make you look like a rockstar. And that’s our business model. We know our product inside and out, and if you haven’t been recently, we’ll tell you what the differences are between each hotel and then you can make the decision for your client on what’s best.” Laurie Palambo, COO, ID Travel GroupAdvisors booking with IDx have access to a range of exclusive deals and specials, including a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking, air credits, food & beverage credits, special touches and more.“We have dozens of exclusives. That is something that we are very focused on and negotiating with our partners.”Laurie Palumbo with Suzanne Duzenman, Global International Travel ServiceIDx also has a range of incentives and promotions for travel advisors, such as “SPF24/7” which provides clients with a full refund should they need to cancel a firm reservation, with advisor commission protected.While the volume of bookings from Australia for IDx is a “small percentage”, Palumbo said it is “growing very nicely, and it’s giving us strength in Asia and the Maldives”.“Los Cabos in Mexico is one destination that is booming for sales from Australia,” she said. “There are another three luxury hotels opening in Cabo in the next two years: Four Seasons, Aman and Ritz Carlton. Hawaii numbers are good, and there’s some interest from this market in the Caribbean.”The ID Ultimate Itineraries have been developed for product in Southeast Asia and Cuba, providing a combination of accommodation and touring. Palumbo said it was ID Travel Group’s vision to grow this range of holiday options.The 2019 roadshow visited the staple of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with healthy participation at each show. Expansion to other cities is under consideration for future years.Laurie Palumbo with Yvonne Verstanding, Executive EdgeQuizzed by LATTE about whether the company is exploring options outside of island-specific locations, Palumbo said “we’re always looking to expand”.“What makes us special is that there are only a couple of hotels in some destinations. We don’t have 4,000 hotels, so our partners stand out in our brochure. I’d like to take new destinations where we could be of value to an advisor, so that’s what we’re always looking for. Where can we add value: where do advisors need help, [where] they haven’t been selling? So that’s what we are looking into.”Another area of potential interest for ID Travel Group is in the wellness segment.The roadshow also saw the company acknowledge top sellers, with awards handed out in Melbourne to Executive Edge Travel – 2018 Ultimate Agency Award for highest percentage in growth; Goldman Travel Corporation– 2018 Ultimate Agency Award for highest production; and Global International Travel Service, which took out the 2018 Ultimate Rising Star.In Sydney, the 2018 Ultimate Agency Awards went to both MTA Travel and Spencer Group, and the 2018 Ultimate Rising Star was awarded to Mosman Travel.ID Travel Group has preferred agreements with Virtuoso and Signature Travel. In Australia, the company is represented by Lynne Ireland from Inspired Luxury.For more information, see idtravelgroup.com.Lead image: Laurie Palumbo, ID Travel Group; Lynne Ireland, Inspired Luxury; with Joanne Ng and Katie Hawkins, ID Travel Group. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

ShangriLa Asia Limited has appointed Madhu Rao ma

first_imgShangri-La Asia Limited has appointed Madhu Rao managing director and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited (commonly referred to as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts) and Greg Dogan as chief operating officer.Mr. Rao replaces Mr. Giovanni Angelini, former managing director and chief executive officer of the company, who has relinquished his responsibilities on medical grounds. Mr. Angelini remains an executive director of Shangri-La Asia Limited and a member of the executive committee of its board of directors.Mr. Rao has more than 20 years experience with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, which he joined in 1988 as group financial controller. He was appointed chief financial officer of Shangri-La Asia Limited in 1997 and continues to concurrently hold that position.Previously, he was 17 years at a leading chartered accountancy practice in Mumbai, India, responsible for the management consultancy practice of the firm, including 12 years as partner. He is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.In his new position, Mr. Dogan will report directly to Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Madhu Rao. Mr. Dogan was previously regional vice president and general manager of Makati Shangri-La, Manila following a position as regional vice president based in Dalian, China. He has held senior management posts at Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian; Shangri-La, Hotel Jakarta; and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu. Prior to joining Shangri-La in 1997, Mr. Dogan held senior managerial positions at luxury hotels in Spain, Dubai and China.Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Asia Limited, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel company, currently owns and/or manages 55 hotels under the deluxe Shangri-La and mid-market Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 28,000. The group has over 50 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. For more = information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.last_img read more

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