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Budget watchdog calls out Liberals for lack of details in budget plans

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Parliament’s spending watchdog urged the federal government to come clean Thursday on billions of dollars’ worth of expenditure outlined in last month’s budget that includes little or no explanation — be it on infrastructure, programs for Canadians or the military.The Liberal government’s third budget, tabled late last month, showed billions in planned infrastructure spending was being shifted to future years. The document also showed declines in program spending totalling about $16 billion over six years, thereby reducing the government’s bottom line.The Liberals provided the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer with information to explain why the government believed annual spending would drop by an average of $2.7 billion — but only on the condition that Jean-Denis Frechette’s office not release the details.The PBO received no explanation for why the spending information for some departments and Crown corporations couldn’t be shared with taxpayers — a condition that stands at odds with other work the Liberals have done to help parliamentarians keep better account of government spending.“Those improvements are there, but in certain areas they are still hesitant to provide more detailed information. What I don’t understand is why,” said Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer.“When I look at that information (about the $16 billion), there’s nothing there that should be confidential.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s department said some of the information was still subject to government approval, or contained other details not yet approved for public release. A spokesman for the department insisted the budget included a “clear explanation” for budget changes and “unprecedented detail” about spending as part of ongoing efforts to improve transparency.Thursday’s report casts a critical eye on the budget just days before MPs return to the House of Commons after a two-week break and in the midst of a push to complete funding deals with provinces and territories for $33-billion worth of infrastructure money.The Liberals have repeatedly been forced to defend the slower-than-expected pace of that spending.The distribution of infrastructure funds is often delayed, since dollars don’t flow to projects until cities and provinces submit expense receipts, creating a lag between when work takes place and when federal money gets spent.Frechette asked the Liberals for a revised plan on how the federal government will spend $186.7 billion in infrastructure money over the next 12 years, since the budget indicated that about one-quarter of planned spending between 2016 and 2019 was being moved to future years. As a result, spending drops now, but goes up later, Askari said.That plan doesn’t yet exist, but the government plans to provide more information beyond what was in last month’s budget, the PBO noted. Frechette called the budget details an incomplete account of $91.1 billion in existing spending.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the majority of approved projects are underway and the government is finalizing plans to provide more details about spending across multiple departments.“We’re hopeful that will deal with some of the concerns that the parliamentary budget office has identified,” Sohi said Thursday from Fredericton, N.B., where he signed a deal to provide the province with more than $673 million over 10 years.Conservative infrastructure critic Michael Chong said the PBO report shows the Liberals are not living up to their promise to fix roads and bridges and reduce congestion in urban centres. He said the government’s plans lacked details.“Not only is there a lack of detail, the plans keep changing,” said Chong, who described how spending projections have changed multiple times.NDP infrastructure critic Brigitte Sansoucy said the Liberals must explain how they plan to avoid further spending delays: “People across the country expect to have a full and up-to-date account of the government’s $186.7-billion investment plan.”Askari said the budget also doesn’t provide details on a 20-year spending pledge for the military. Last year, the government promised to spend $62 billion more over the next two decades for a major expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces, with much of the money only flowing after next year’s federal election.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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Country music has a woman problem

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first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, when you think of the great women of country music, names like Shania, Loretta, and Dolly probably come to mind. But turn on any country music radio station today, and you’ll no doubt notice men getting way more airtime than women. A new report by Dr. Jada Watson (done in consultation with WOMAN Nashville) finds that from the start of the millennium to the year 2018, representation of women on country radio dropped roughly 20 per cent. Why is this? And what impact is it having on female artists? On the industry as a whole?Country music fan Sarah Boesveld guest hosts this week of The Big Story. She spoke with Dr. Watson about how deep this issue runs, what’s being done, and what more can be done to close the gender gap.Guest: Dr. Jada Watson, SongData ProjectGuest host: Sarah BoesveldAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07292019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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Land based education a winwin situation for northern students

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsFor students in the north, being able to get a degree while staying close to home and their own culture is a win-win situation.And the fact that land-based education is becoming more recognized by Canadian universities is a plus.APTN’s Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs talks to one student about being on the land and getting an education at the same time.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

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SBI seeks bids for cashstrapped Jet Airways last date is April 10

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgMumbai/ New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) Monday invited bids from strategic as well as financial bidders for stake sale in ailing Jet Airways. SBI, which is the lead lender of a consortium of domestic lenders that has extended loans to Jet Airways, is looking for “change in control and management” of the carrier, according to a public notice. SBI Capital Markets would be assisting and advising the lenders on the bid process. The bids have to be submitted by April 10. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe lenders’ consortium has taken control of the airline under a debt recast plan. Under the debt resolution plan approved by the Jet Airways’ board on March 25, lenders have taken a majority stake in the airline and are set to infuse Rs 1,500 crore. Besides, the carrier’s founder and promoter Naresh Goyal as well as his wife Anita Goyal quit the board. The shareholding of Goyals has come down to 25 per cent from 51 per cent earlier. As per the advertisement, the airline has availed various credit facilities aggregating over Rs 8,000 from a consortium of domestic lenders led by SBI. The company has subsequently come under stress and not been able to service its debt obligations in relation to the facilities. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAcute financial crunch has forced the airline to ground aircraft, cancel flights and delay payment of salaries, including to pilots. The consortium has proposed to offer at least 3.54 crore shares of the airline comprising 31.2 per cent of equity share capital of the company and up to a maximum of 8.51 crore shares comprising 75 per cent on fully diluted basis subject to approval, it said. “Bidders shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of the EOI. The lenders or authorised representative shall not, under any circumstances be responsible or liable for any such costs in this regard, whether direct, incidental or consequential,” it added. It further said that the bidders can be strategic investors (SIs) and/ or financial investors (FIs). “SIs may include body corporates having experience in similar sectors with domestic or global experience or both. FIs may include private equity funds, investment funds etc,” it said. SIs should have a minimum three years of experience in commercial aviation business. In the event the bidder is a consortium, it should consist of not more than three members with shareholding of an individual member not being less than 15 per cent and should also have a lead member. Last week, the lenders said they would pursue resolution plan for the carrier in a time-bound manner under the present legal and regulatory framework. “The lenders are cognisant that the outcome of efforts of the lenders will depend on the interest shown by the parties on sale of stake in the company,” the statement issued by lenders had said.last_img read more

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Home prices rise in most major US cities for first time since

By on October 6, 2019

Home prices rise in most major US cities for first time since last August by News Staff Posted May 29, 2012 10:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Home prices rose in March from February in most major U.S. cities for the first time in seven months. The increase is the latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape in the housing market.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index shows that prices rose in 12 of the 20 cities it tracks.Three of the weakest markets showed signs of improvement. Prices rose in Tampa and Miami. They were unchanged in Las Vegas.The biggest month-to-month increases occurred in Phoenix, Seattle and Dallas. Prices dropped the most in Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta.Rising prices in most cities add to other encouraging signs of a housing rebound. Sales are up, mortgage rates are at historic lows, builders are more confident and the economy is adding jobs.Still, even though 12 of 20 cities showed gains, the weaker cities weighed on Case-Shiller’s overall price index in March. The index edged down to its lowest level since the housing bubble burst.At the same time, price declines have slowed, and a majority of markets are rising.“This is relatively good news,” said David Blitzer, chairman of S&P’s index committee. “We just need to see it happen in more of the cities and for many months in a row.”In part, the increases reflect the start of the spring selling season. The month-to-month prices aren’t adjusted for seasonal factors.The S&P/Case-Shiller monthly index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The March figures are the latest available.Over the past 12 months, prices have dropped nationally. But the declines have slowed. The 20-city index was 2.6 per cent lower in March than in the same month last year. That’s better than the 3.5 per cent year-over-year drop in February. And it’s the smallest annual drop since December 2010Other measures of home prices have also improved. But the S&P/Case-Shiller index uses a three-month moving average that could take longer to signal greater improvement.“It might be the last of the closely followed home price figures to reflect a turning point,” said Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse.In April, sales of both previously occupied homes and new homes rose near two-year highs. Builders are gaining more confidence in the market. They’re breaking ground on more homes and requesting more permits to build single-family homes later this year.Long-term mortgage rates have never been lower. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.78 per cent last week, the lowest since long-term rates began in the 1950s.The pace of home sales remains well below healthy levels. Economists say it could be years before the market is fully healed.Many people are having difficulty qualifying for loans. Or they can’t afford larger down payments required by banks. Some would-be buyers are holding off because they fear prices could keep falling.A better job market has made more people at least open to buying. Employers have added 1 million jobs in the past five months, though the gains slowed in April and March. The unemployment has dropped a full percentage point since August, from 9.1 per cent to 8.1 per cent in April.Economists estimate that employers will have added 160,000 jobs this month. The government will issue the May jobs report on Friday. read more

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At UN Australia says action on Global Goals will transform world for

By on October 2, 2019

“Should we realize all 17 Goals, we will transform our world for the betterment of humankind. We must ensure that the remarkable spirit of cooperation displayed during the negotiation process is maintained as we work to turn these ambitious Goals into reality,” she told the annual General Debate. She also called for the collective participation of all countries in the combat against climate change, saying the phenomenon is a challenge for all nations, and decisive action is required to affectively address it. “We will only succeed in reducing global emissions if there is engagement by the entire UN membership,” said Ms. Bishop. “Australia has announced a strong, responsible and achievable post-2020 contribution to international climate action. We are committed to ensuring the UN Climate Conference in Paris is the platform needed to secure a collective approach to the 2 degree goal,” she added. As for her country’s contribution to meeting Goal 5 of the SDGs, she said Australia has established a $50 million fund to accelerate support for gender equality in development programmes it delivers in the Indo-Pacific. “We must step up the fight against the global scourge of violence against women and girls,” she stressed.Regarding the Europe refugee crisis, Ms. Bishop commended the neighbouring countries to war-torn Syria and Iraq and pledge Australian support in terms of humanitarian assistance.“The humanitarian consequences of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are devastating. I commend neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – which continue to bear the brunt of the population of displaced persons.” She said that Australia has provided $230 million in humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflicts. The massive flows of displaced people across the Middle East and into Europe have stretched response capacities to breaking point. In this environment, people smugglers will strive to prosper from their dangerous and criminal trade, she added.Julie Bishop is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 70th General Assembly which opened this year with the adoption of Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the UN, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

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Newly built luxury homes in Cambridge vandalised with graffiti in Latin

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgThe newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge  Police said they were alerted to reports of criminal damage to four buildings on Tuesday morning and officers were investigating.It comes after a self-styled ‘grammar vigilante’ revealed that he had spent years changing offending shop signs in the dead of night in Bristol. Last night, residents in Cambridge said they believed the Latin graffiti “reflects the mood” of the area. A 71-year-old retired biochemist, who lives in the city but asked not to be named, said: “The sentiment is perfectly correct but the act of execution is not what you want to see about. The newly-built luxury homes in Cambridge Credit:@RTaylorUK The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular developmentResident Paula Champion She added: “The graffiti reflects a mood in the area about that particular development. They are just massive houses and no one locally would be able to afford them.”Dr Charles Weiss, from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Classics, translated the slogan as “a place for homes equals places for people”. He believes it might be ‘pidgin Latin’, a modern take on the ancient language. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Residents said they believed the graffiti reflected the mood of the areaCredit:@RTaylorUK Last night, residents said they believed the graffiti "reflects the mood" of the area Latin graffiti has been daubed across several luxury houses in Cambridge amid suggestions locals are unhappy with the development. The words “Loci Populum!” and “Locus in Domos” were painted in large letters across the front and sides of the houses in Water Street, in Chesterton, which cost more than £1.2million each. The Latin phrases translate online as “local people” and “place of homes”. Mary Beard, a Cambridge University professor of classics, told the BBC: “This is a bit hard to translate, but I think what they’re trying to say is that a lovely place has been turned into houses.” Other phrases daubed on to the buildings include “We [heart] our home” and the symbols for dollars, euros and Japanese yen, followed by the phrase “go away”.The six houses, which were built on the site of a pub, have gone on the market at a price of £1.25 million each.”House prices are a massive problem in Cambridge,” said Richard Taylor, a resident who has been “campaigning and commenting” on the development and related issues since it began.The average house price in Cambridge is about £500,000 – at least 12 times the average salary for the area.”We’ve got incredibly rich people living one street away from incredibly poor people,” Mr Taylor said. “Clearly somebody is protesting against these houses.”A spokesman for the developer,  HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, said: “We have been made aware of the incident of criminal damage at our Water Street development and are taking steps to remove the graffiti.”This appears to be an isolated incident and it has been reported to the police who are investigating. We will be reviewing our current security measures at the location.” “I would be very surprised if it wasn’t done by a Cambridge-educated activist. I could think of a few people in Cambridge who would have both the knowledge of Latin and the sentiments and the will to do it.”Resident Paula Champion added: “Everyone passing thinks it’s great… I think people think what’s written is funny because it’s on millionaires’ houses – basically it’s a comeuppance.”last_img read more

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Private schools told to share teachers with local state schools under new

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Traditionally this has been done by offering bursaries and fee discounts to children from disadvantaged families. However, many private schools now enter into partnerships with local state schools, which can include sharing teachers in specialist subjects or opening up their sports facilities. Private schools have been told to share teachers with local state schools, amid mounting pressure on them to justify their charitable status.The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance on ways in which fee-paying schools should collaborate with their neighbouring state schools.Independent schools could allow state educated pupils to join their classes in subjects such as languages and Classics, it suggests. Private schools could also share facilities such as science laboratories with nearby state schools, it adds, while teachers from fee-paying institutions could share lesson plans and resources.The new guidance comes against a backdrop of growing pressure on the country’s most prestigious private schools to step up their efforts to help less well-off pupils.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Three quarters of independent schools in England are registered as charities, earning them favourable business rates and VAT exemptions on fees.To qualify as a charity they must demonstrate that they provide “public benefit” to a reasonably wide section of the public, rather than to a narrow group of wealthy individuals. Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, said: “The vast majority of independent schools have established partnership projects with state schools, at varying levels according to their capacity, for the benefit of all involved.”Through partnership work, we encourage all schools to continue supporting teacher training opportunities, sharing governance expertise and enriching the curriculum so that more children can thrive.”State schools are encouraged to sign a “memorandum of understanding” with their private school counterpart, where they enter into a formal agreement about their commitments. The DfE guidance also encourages universities to help struggling local state schools by for example, mentoring pupils who want to progress into higher education or training teachers.    Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last month, the Education Secretary told private schools to open up their swimming pools to local primaries as part of a new Government plan to boost swimming lessons.Damian Hinds called on private schools to help children from neighbouring state primaries learn to swim by allowing them to use their sports facilities.Just over half of private schools already share their facilities with other schools, as well as some offering coaches to local primary schools.  Lord Agnew, the schools minister, said: “When organisations across the education sector work together the positive impact on pupils can be huge – raising aspirations and unlocking young people’s potential. So much good work already goes on but I want to see more of it.”Ministers have backed down on proposals to scrap the charitable status of private schools that do not help out their state-school neighbours.A schools green paper and the Conservative election manifesto said that independent schools would be required to sponsor academies, forge formal partnerships with state schools or offer a significant number of bursaries to poorer children to retain their tax status.However, the plan has been quietly dropped and the DfE has since set up a new unit to facilitate partnerships between state and private schools.    read more

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Teens take up drink and drugs

By on September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of teenagers who have taken up smoking, drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs has increased in the past five years, according to a new study by the Athens-based University Research Institute for Mental Health. The study showed a substantial rise since 2006 of youth taking up the bad habits. Two in five Greeks under the age of 15 claim to have smoked at least once, with one in three admitting to drinking alcohol and 7.2 per cent of those surveyed saying they had tried cannabis, which was significantly higher than 2006’s survey results which showed only 3.7 per cent had tried it. Of the youth surveyed, 42 per cent had smoked at least once in their lives, with one in 10 admitting to smoking around six cigarettes a day. One in three admitted to drinking alcohol at least once a week. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Marine Killed Six Others Injured in Camp Pendleton Training Accident

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – One Marine was killed and six others injured Thursday when a light armored vehicle overturned during training exercises at Camp Pendleton, authorities said.The crash, involving personnel with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, occurred about 9 a.m., according to USMC officials.The deceased Marine’s identity was withheld pending family notification. The others were hospitalized for treatment of minor injuries.“Officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident at this time,” said 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, media officer for the 1st Marine Division. “This is a tragic event, and our thoughts are with the family, friends and the unit at this difficult time.” May 10, 2019 Posted: May 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Marine Killed, Six Others Injured in Camp Pendleton Training Accident KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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House Senate Bills Would Offer School Choice to Military Kids

By on September 13, 2019

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR GOP Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) have introduced a measure to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts to pursue alternative educational opportunities. The Military Education Savings Account Act, companion legislation to a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), would amend Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create an opt-in for military families to redirect a portion of their Impact Aid allocations into an account to pay for private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online courses and other educational expenses, according to a press release. “We want our men and women in uniform to focus on their job and what they do, not be focused on whether or not their kids might have a good school option when they move to the next base. At the end of the day, it’s a readiness issue,” Banks told the Washington Free Beacon.Army photo by Sgt. Shameeka Stanley last_img read more

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Neeya 2 full movie leaked on Tamil Rockers Will free downloading affect

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgRaai Laxmi’s Neeya 2.PR HandoutJai and Raai Laxmi’s Neeya 2 has been hit by piracy. The full movie has made it to torrent sites within hours after the Tamil flick had its first show on Friday, 24 May.Neeya 2, which has Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and  Catherine Tresa in key roles, was billed as a spiritual sequel to the 1979 movie of the same name, but the latest flick does not have a revenge saga and revolves around a triangular love story. The romance is set in two periods and it is about a serpent in search of her man.The movie has opened to largely negative reviews. Although the concept is good, the movie is failed in the execution part, say critics. The cinematography and music are the plus points in the movie which is let down by poor CG. Performance wise, Raai Laxmi has done a decent job.With Neeya to being hit by piracy, it’s fate at the box office is in danger as people might ignore the film and possibly prefer to watch it by downloading the pirated copies. Although the film industry and the central government’s Department of Telecommunications have severe measures in place to curb such malpractices, movies are making their way to the Internet some way or the other.Almost all big movies these days make it to the Internet within a day of release. Rajinikanth’s 2.0, Vijay’s Sarkar and Pongal release Petta have also been hit by piracy.Vishal, the president of Tamil Nadu Producers’ Council, has pledged to remove piracy from Kollywood and taken many measures to curb it, his attempts have failed to come to fruition as the people involved in the crime are finding new ways to upload the films online.last_img read more

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Media watchdog accuses Israel of deliberate shooting of journos in Gaza

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgMourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on 7 April, 2018. Photo: AFPReporters Without Borders on Saturday accused the Israeli army of the “deliberate shooting” of journalists in Gaza after a week of bloodshed by the border.Nine people were killed in the latest unrest, including Yasser Murtaja, a journalist with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency who died from his wounds after being shot, the health ministry in Gaza said.At least 491 people were also wounded by Israeli gunfire, the ministry said, as thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces.No Israelis were injured.”Palestinian photographer Yasser Mourtaja was wearing a vest marked “Press”: he was obviously the victim of an intentional shot,” said Christophe Deloire, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on Twitter.”RSF condemns absolutely the deliberate shooting of journalists by the Israeli army.”Murtaja, 30, was shot while taking pictures of the protests east of Khan Younis in the south of the territory, according to the health ministry.Witnesses say he was close to the front of the protests when he was hit.An AFP picture taken after he was wounded showed Murtaja wearing a press vest as he received treatment.His brother Motazem, also a journalist, said he was next to him when he was shot. “The target was very clearly journalists,” he said.Israel’s army declined to comment, saying it was reviewing the incident.Mourners and journalists carried Murtaja’s body through the streets of Gaza during his funeral on Saturday.”We call on the Israeli government to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists (adopted in 2015), demand an urgent independent investigation and the sentencing of the perpetrators of this crime against freedom of the press,” said Deloire.Israel said around 20,000 people took part in the protests and that they were seeking to breach the border.The numbers were down from the previous Friday, when tens of thousands approached the border in demonstrations that saw Israeli forces kill 19 Palestinians, making it the bloodiest day in Gaza since a 2014 war.last_img read more

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Kissimmees vacation homes come with hotellike amenities – and commission for agents

By on August 19, 2019

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> KISSIMMEE — If Kissimmee’s vacation homes sound like Airbnb, they’re not. Nor are they timeshares. Similar to a hotel, they come with amenities including concierge service, restaurants and pools. For travel agents, “it’s just like working with a hotel,” says Experience Kissimmee’s Juliana Cadiz.Kissimmee isn’t just the vacation home capital of Florida, it’s the ‘Vacation Home Capital of the World’ – they even trademarked it. Most major tour operators in Canada offer vacation home rentals in Kissimmee, so there are commission opportunities too.Next to Orlando and bordering the Everglades, Kissimmee offers easy access to theme parks and natural attractions – such as ziplining through the treetops and alligator spotting aboard an airboat – with 50,000 accommodation options, including more than 22,000 vacation homes.“In 10 minutes from the vacation homes you can be in Orlando,” says Cadiz, Communications Senior Manager with Experience Kissimmee, official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. Travelweek took part in a recent press trip to the destination. “By law you cannot have a vacation home in Orlando – the [law] only allows you to rent for long term, a minimum of seven months to a year,” says Cadiz.Kissimmee, on the other hand, caters to short-term rentals, particularly families and groups. The destination’s vacation homes offer fully equipped kitchens, so guests can self-cater, but they typically also include on-site dining. In Kissimmee, vacation homes range from two-bedroom condos to multi-bedroom homes and villas, but in almost all cases, each bedroom has its own bathroom.“We have our own concierge team who takes care of guests’ needs,” said Karen Tookuni, marketing manager with Magic Village Resort. The gated resort spans 20 acres with 180 vacation homes, with three- or four-bedroom suite layouts and amenities such as a 24-hour clubhouse, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness centre, WiFi, housekeeping and on-call concierge. Located less than two kilometres away from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, it’s close enough for guests to watch the nightly fireworks show.White-glove services include airport transportation, car rentals, private party coordination and private chef dinners. “If you want grocery service, we can buy the groceries at the market … and when you arrive here everything is ready for you,” said Tookuni. “If you’re celebrating a special day like an anniversary, we have a private chef that can go to the house and prepare a special dinner.”Other vacation home rentals in Kissimmee include the AAA Four Diamond-rated Reunion Resort, spread across 2,300 acres with 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury suites and condos to private vacation homes. Exclusive custom-built villas and mansions are available, up to 12 bedrooms.Reunion Resort features three championship golf courses (designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson), as well as casual and fine dining, multiple pools, a water park with lazy river, tennis courts, full-service spa and rooftop lounge Eleven, known for its steak and panoramic views of Orlando – including nightly Disney fireworks displays.Kissimmee’s 20,000 vacation homes are also close to nearby attractions, including Disney and Universal Studios. So, along with arranging accommodations, agents can also help clients with add-ons such as park passes and attraction tickets.Disney’s brand-new Toy Story Land, for example, opened in June at Hollywood Studios, with new attractions that allow guests to shrink down to toy-size for adventures with the Toy Story characters, including Slinky Dog Dash, a new coaster inspired by the classic toy, and Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic adventure led by the film’s green aliens.Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opened last year, continues to be a big draw at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with two attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage is an immersive virtual experience where guests ride a winged mountain banshee over the world of Pandora, and on the Na’vi River Journey they float down a sacred river into a bioluminescent rainforest aboard reed boats.Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, FloridaUniversal Orlando Resort’s newest attraction is Fast & Furious – Supercharged, where guests buckle up for a high-octane chase with Vin Diesel and The Rock through the streets of San Francisco; the ride features the new Virtual Line system (where guests can select a time to ride via the mobile app or kiosk). Just a short drive away is the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, Legoland Florida and Busch Gardens.But there’s more to Central Florida than theme parks. Its well-preserved natural environment offers outdoor attractions where visitors can reconnect with nature. At Forever Florida, visitors might spot alligators, armadillos and white-tailed deer while zipping through the treetops on the 7 Zip Adventure – a two-and-a-half-hour aerial adventure spanning seven ziplines and three sky-bridges – or on the Rattlesnake Adventure, the only zipline rollercoaster in the U.S.Sightseeing via zip line at Forever FloridaOn the edge of the Everglades, visitors can glide through swampland on an airboat tour with Spirit of the Swamp, where they’ll explore marshes and swamps that are home to 4,200 alligators. The operator offers small airboats (only six people per airboat) for better viewing opportunities; private airboat rides can be arranged at the same price or less than non-private rides.Or guests can see it all from above on a hot air balloon ride. Orlando Balloon Rides offers sunrise flights seven days a week, weather permitting. Flights take about one hour, ascending anywhere from just above the tree tops to several thousand feet in the air, followed by a traditional champagne toast upon landing.Agents can also arrange special dinners at popular spots such as The Boathouse, an upscale waterfront restaurant at Disney Springs with Florida-style surf and turf, or Columbia Restaurant in the quaint town of Celebration (located within Kissimmee), with fine Cuban cuisine and tableside sangria service.To learn more about the destination and Experience Kissimmee, represented in Canada by VoX International, visit experiencekissimmee.com. Posted by Friday, August 17, 2018 About Latest Posts Vawn HimmelsbachContributor at TravelweekVawn Himmelsbach has been writing about travel for more than a decade for media outlets such as CBC.ca, Metro News, Flare, Sweet Travel, PlanetEye Traveler and Hotelier, among others. She is co-founder of Chic Savvy Travels, a travel website for women, has contributed to a guidebook on China, and has been published in a book of non-fiction, called Emails from India. She has spent more than three years working and traveling abroad in Asia and Latin America. Latest posts by Vawn Himmelsbach (see all) More storefronts, new zero interest payment option for The Travel Agent Next Door – May 7, 2019 Smooth sailing onboard Uniworld’s newest super ship in Bordeaux – April 24, 2019 Sandals promotes social groups with new booking option for agents, perks for clients – January 17, 2019 Kissimmee’s vacation homes come with hotel-like amenities – and commission for agents Vawn Himmelsbach Tags: Kissimmee, Vacation Homelast_img read more

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BA to deliver Olympic Flame from Greece to the UK

By on August 17, 2019

first_imgImage courtesy of London2012.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Olympic 2012 organisers have announced the Olympic Flame will take an eight day tour of Greece this year before arriving in the UK on 18 May this year.A statement released by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) revealed that the Flame will be lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympic, Greece on 10 May this year, take-off on an eight day trek around Mainland Greece before setting off on British Airways flight BA2012 to the UK.Arriving 17 May this year at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall, the Flame will then be passed on and travelled around the UK for up to 70 days, concluding the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in London for the opening ceremony on the eve of 27 July this year.“It gives me great pleasure to confirm 10 May as the Flame lighting date and RNAS Culdrose as the Olympic Flame’s arrival point into the UK,” LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe said.  “My team is looking forward to working with the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Defence and our commercial partners to create exciting events to mark the Flame’s Greek provenance and its arrival to our shores.”LOGOC said the Flame would travel up to 8,000 miles across the country, being carried by 8,000 yet-to-be name Torchbearers who will be chosen for the inspirational influence. last_img read more

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Luxperience announces LATAM as airline partner

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first_imgLuxperience has announced LATAM Airlines as its new aviation partner for the luxury business exchange Luxperience 2014.The partnership means that LATAM will host travel buyers from South America who will attend Luxperience 2014 in Sydney.Luxperience has recorded a 50 per cent increase in the amount of registration from South American buyers in luxury travel since last year, and this partnership is a dedication to the growing interest in Brazil, Argentina and Chile in luxury travel.Luxperience chief executive officer Lindy Andrews said that South America is shaping up to be a promising region.“Brazil’s economy has grown exponentially, travellers are now higher yielding and staying longer,” Ms Andrews said.“At Luxperience, we recognise this and have implemented dedicated resources to grow the number of delegates from South America at the event,“We are delighted to welcome LATAM’s partnership and their recognition of Luxperience as a key global event targeting both luxury and experiential travel.”LAN Airlines now operates seven one-stop flights each week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Dubai Tourism chooses Travographer as its preferred travel photography partner

By on August 16, 2019

first_imgTravographer, the world’s fastest growing travel visual content provider, has been chosen as the most trusted coverage partner for all official activities conducted by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing. The association will leverage Travographer’s extensive local network of skilled professional photographers to capture travellers’ fondest memories, thus promoting and influencing tourism in the city. The association with Travographer will ensure that all tourism-related events conducted by Dubai Tourism are captured beautifully to get the strategic and effective coverage they deserve.The latest association is in sync with Travographer’s mission of enhancing travel experiences through the medium of photography. It also underlines the differentiated value that it adds by connecting tourists with skilled local photographers as trusted companions, thus helping them preserve their fondest holiday memories. This allows travellers to focus on making memories anywhere in the world, while the accompanying photo-chronicler converts each of their exciting moments into lasting mementos with the help of fast and efficient AI-backed editing and processing methods.A tourism hotspot, Dubai hosts one of the largest tourist densities in the world. As per a recent report released by Dubai Tourism, over 11.58 million travellers visited the city in the first nine months of 2018 alone. The figures also reveal that a majority of tourists who visited the emirate last year were Indians. The numbers are not surprising, considering Dubai is home to some of the most remarkable tourist attractions on the planet such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, the Arabian Desert, and much more.Another factor responsible for the sizable tourist turnout is Dubai Tourism’s consistent efforts to promote tourism in the city. As part of one of its promotional activities, Thomas Cook roped in actress Mandira Bedi to further popularise itself as an aspirational travel destination amongst India’s fast-growing consumer base. Travographer captured the entire promotional activity with their team of videographers and photographers.Speaking on the association, Kapil Arora, Co-Founder and CEO commented, “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Dubai Tourism as their trusted travel photography partner. In addition to covering the events organised by Dubai’s tourism board, we shall also ensure that our photographers capture the happiest memories and ecstatic experiences of each and every tourist who visits this amazing city. We are confident that our cutting-edge tech capabilities and a strong regional network will accelerate the growth of tourism in Dubai.”Travographer plans to establish itself as a global leader for visual content in the travel and hospitality industry in the coming years. Its association with Dubai Tourism is both a step towards and testament to the company’s progress in the direction of achieving its vision.last_img read more

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Payout for student grants

By on August 9, 2019

first_imgThe first payments of student grants for the academic year 2017 to 2018 will be made next week, the student welfare service announced on Friday. The money is paid to those who applied in early February.March 30 was the last day when applications could be submitted at citizens service centres. Any late applications will be rejected.Applications are graded on a points system factoring in a family’s finances, assets and social circumstances. Qualifying for student benefits are families whose gross annual income does not exceed €59,000. For families with three or more children, the total gross income may exceed this amount by €3,000 for each additional child. You May LikeList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog Breeds From Around The WorldList NebulaUndoCollegeBuzzo9 Worst Colleges And Universities in AmericaCollegeBuzzoUndoUpbeat NewsThe Greatest 50 Movie Actors and ActressesUpbeat NewsUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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By on January 5, 2019

to the Colgate-New York University football game. the conduct of that election was a huge disappointment despite several years of preparation and the huge financial resources committed to it. Is a system doing what we need?"We need to study it, Nsukka where he graduated as best student in 1978. In a letter.

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who are contributing nothing to governance. “President Buhari’s persistent refusal to obey court orders,” And Plotnick agrees. we do not expect a negative market reaction to the news, “Authors should understand that the high publication costs with open-access publishers like BioMed Central can be put to better use—research—now that there are good alternatives to publish their work for free and get rewarded, “The open-access model is still evolving, With 40 seconds to go in the bout, It was always going to be a? Illinois, Joseph R.

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the actors announced in a joint statement Monday evening. (Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; additional reporting by Brian Snyder in Phoenix; editing by Scott Malone, a path out of poverty–means that women can work the land but can’t own it; they can earn the money but can’t bank it. faced difficulties in converting her tourist visa to X2 (dependent visa) as the existing visa rules did not permit to do so. read more

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"Weve been on site to address the concerns about the gates. She has earned this great honour!) There have been much more powerful earthquakes, I couldn’t believe it when I heard it on there. And we’ve got deviled eggs and angel food cake on special here at the cafe if you want to stop before you drive around the countryside looking for the back door to hell, She was surprised and anxious to call her husband to let him in on the news.

The Police Public Relations Officer, . However, but for Ben, Hes happy to receive help from his 65-year-old mum, he noted that the administrators office lacked a computer. you know,While part of the building is closed, while the percentage of DWI forfeitures has risen since 2011, some 200.

His captors sentenced him to death as an example to any who would seek escape, They would perhaps be shocked to know what Savarkar thought of the Tricolour. Damn all those who differ from them, the Federal Capital Territory. Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule and the Practice Directive as issued by the President of the Court of Appeal. He said: "As a family, Im absolutely disgusted. At the time, RiverView Health in Crookston will hold an event for anyone who has been touched by autism from 1:30 to 3 p. Vachier Lagrave said it will be difficult to win with the black pieces but since he had won against Nepomniachtchi recently in St Louis.

who is representing Hawaii. "Expats in Gulf are probably more vulnerable than they were before and should take precautions because of what appears to be a growing pattern of attacks, reported that Thursday’s level of pollution hit the top of its index and that the agency will remain on alert over the next few days.K. Claims may be settled for a lot of reasons, Live artwork raffle by Adam Swanson. Harry Potter Jim Kay—Bloomsbury Publishing Plc." His court appearance comes just over 48 hours before he is set to return to Stamford Bridge to face old side Chelsea on Sunday. Felicitaciones @PoliciaColombia @FiscaliaCol Fiscalía Crimen Organizado @PoliciaMedellin ,B.

but is very much a gentle person underneath all that. Women have every reason to be as picky as they possibly can be, Its not something Im inventing."Medenica told The Post that about 57 percent of the possible number combinations were purchased in advance of Friday’s drawing and that it was an "extremely pleasant surprise" there was no winner. Let’s stay together. The upshot is that, “In fact, This has confounded scientists for almost a century, alone. say the authors.

People in the study who reported having goals and a sense of meaning were less likely to have weak grip strength and slow walking speeds: two signs of declining physical ability and risk factors for disability. “Under Buhari,"I’m worried about education. Write to Mark Thompson at mark_thompson@timemagazine. read more

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