Canadian Forces change search and rescue protocol following Labrador teens death

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Canadian Forces have changed the way they respond to search and rescue calls following the death of a Labrador teen earlier this year.Defence Minister Peter MacKay said during question period Thursday that the Canadian Forces would implement a “call-back protocol” the next time they receive a request for help. Under the new protocol, military personnel would call back provincial search and rescue officials on their need for search and rescue aircraft.“This ongoing dialogue will continue until the file is closed,” said MacKay.Burton Winters, 14, was found 19 kilometres from the place where his snowmobile became stuck on the frozen sea ice near his home of Makkovik, on the north coast of Labrador.Winters was reported missing on Jan. 29, but his body wasn’t found until four days later. It took two days for military search and rescue helicopters, based in Gander, Nfld., to join the search.Winters’ death triggered a large public outcry across Newfoundland and Labrador. Many called for establishing a search and rescue team in Labrador.last_img read more

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APTN and Facebook launch new initiative to reach Aboriginal youth

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:17 AM Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina is lamenting over the sewage spilling in Imperial Beach from Tijuana.“Millions of gallons of sewage were flowing into the waters of Imperial Beach,” Dedina said.KUSI’s John Soderman has more on this story. last_img read more

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MGMT Alison Wonderland Slated For Buku Music Art Project

first_imgNews New Orleans multigenre festival includes a diverse roster of artists and promises fans a fun time in the Big Easy next MarchRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 7, 2017 – 3:26 pm The seventh annual Buku Music & Art Project festival is set to rock New Orleans March 9 and 10, 2018. Are you ready?With a focus on EDM, hip-hop and indie rock, the initial lineup for this multigenre festival includes some must-see acts such as headliners Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, and Alison Wonderland. Other artists who will be performing include Mura Masa, Borgore, Isaiah Rashad, Sylvan Esso, and more.Get in on this “underground house-party vibe.” Tickets are currently available via the festival’s website.Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors JazzRead more Facebook Twitter Buku Music & Art Project: MGMT, Alison Wonderland mgmt-alison-wonderland-slated-buku-music-art-project Email MGMT, Alison Wonderland Slated For Buku Music & Art Project last_img read more

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Watch the Porsche Taycan sprint to 124 mph 26 times in a

first_imgGetting to test the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV ahead of anyone else is pretty awesome. But what could make it even cooler? Being given the chance to beat the ever-loving heck out of the thing… for science.Jonny Smith of The Fully Charged Show on YouTube was recently given the chance to test the Porsche Taycan’s launch-control repeatability. For the test, Smith smashed the accelerator and sent Porsche’s first all-electric car to 124 miles per hour more than two dozen times. Despite the abuse, the time difference between the fastest and slowest runs was only 0.8 seconds.Porsche owes the Taycan’s repeat-launch-control ability to a few factors. The automaker points to the two permanent-magnet electric motors at each axle, which have a unique kind of assembly that allows more copper in each stator, improving output while simultaneously providing for more efficient cooling. Porsche also noted the thermal management system, which was built specifically for the Taycan to ensure this kind of repeatability. Enlarge ImageThat’s a lot o’ hustle. Porsche It goes without saying that Smith inevitably compares the Taycan’s capabilities to that of Ludicrous Mode in Tesla’s most powerful electrics. While the US automaker’s cars offer up warnings about repeated use of its brutal acceleration setting, the Taycan offers no such thing. It’s not nearly as quick as Tesla’s cars, but the repetition makes up for it.Since the car has yet to make its debut, which is set to change in a matter of weeks, Smith wasn’t able to show us anything about the car’s interior. The camera angles are all tight, hiding the dashboard, while a windshield-mounted camera shows Smith sitting on a seat that’s clearly been deliberately covered to hide its details. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the whole thing, but it’s good to know that it can perform as a Porsche should. Share your voice Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Electric Cars Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow Porsche 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 42 Photos Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Porsche Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan Comments Tags 5:27 2last_img read more

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Newly elected MPs to be sworn in Thursday

first_imgElection commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed talks to newsmen at his office. Photo: UNBThe election commission (EC) on Wednesday sent a letter to the parliament secretary for taking necessary preparations to organise the oath-taking ceremony of the lawmakers elected in the 11th general elections.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday.”The gazette containing the details of 298 newly elected MPs has been published and we’ve sent a copy to the parliament secretary so that they can take preparation for the oath-taking ceremony,” he said.He further said, “We heard the oath taking ceremony will be held at 11:00am on Thursday.”Replying to a journalist’s query whether the EC is satisfied with the election, the secretary said, “Our CEC has said that a peaceful election was held in the country and he also thanked everyone related to the election process.”When asked about Oikya Front’s memorandum placed before the EC, he said, “Anyone can place memorandum or letter to the election commission. We accepted it and the commission will take decision about it.””A few incidents of minor violence occurred on the election day and the commission directed the Inspector General of Police to submit a report after investigating the incidents,” he said.The EC secretary also said that the commission has decided to hold the Upazila Election in March as SSC and HSC exams will be held in February and April,” he said.last_img read more

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Billboards Go HighTech

first_img 3 min read If that billboard off the highway suddenly changes from a promotion for a retail chain to a plug for a local car dealership, don’t get your eyes checked just yet. The next great frontier in outdoor and point-of-sale advertising is internet-connected digital screens, which vary in size from a few inches to many feet in length and width, allowing advertisers to showcase graphics and streaming media. Industry experts believe these boards will compete with, and may ultimately replace, traditional billboards and in-store signage.”It’s very reasonable to assume that up to 25 percent of traditional billboards could be converted [to digital displays] within the next 10 years,” says Stephen Freitas, chief marketing officer of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Inc.That would translate into serious money. The OAAA estimates that advertisers spent $6.3 billion on outdoor advertising in 2005. With digital displays, messages can be updated with a few keystrokes instead of through the somewhat arduous process of tearing down a printed message and affixing a new one.In addition to outdoor applications, companies like The MediaTile Companyin Scotts Valley, California, are creating networks of in-store displays that are connected to the web. In MediaTile’s case, the networks use wireless cellular technology. Clients can upload and change content through web-based portals, creating content in the forms they want–anything from still image montages to narrowcasts, or live-action programming broadcast on a network of screens.”Once the networks are in, the screens can become a revenue stream through advertising and content creation,” says Keith Kelsen, MediaTile’s president and CEO. He adds that the screens can be used to feature product-specific information as part of a special display, or they can even broadcast employee-training programs. Setting up an electronic display system shouldn’t set you back too much: Kelsen estimates a business can install two screens for as little as $350, not including the costs of content creation and maintenance.The flexibility of these displays is driving demand, says Freitas. Big advertisers like McDonald’s can change their messages almost instantly, promoting breakfast sandwiches in the morning, salad options midday, and burgers and other fare during dinner hours. For smaller advertisers, digital displays can open up new possibilities, letting them share time on billboards in prime locations at a cost that suits their budgets.Freitas insists the emerging technology is a must-watch for the coming years: “Digital paper, or digital ink–a flexible material that can show different messages–is being developed,” he says. “It’s quite possible that this will have a significant impact on changing the scope of this type of advertising.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 1, 2006 Register Now »last_img read more

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StokeonTrent Live Rail strike A38 closed and more updates

first_img How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in center_img Share this video Stoke Sentinel app launch Launch video for the Stoke Sentinel app.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:15Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, March 26 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 19:02Clear run into the city centre….The A52 Bucknall Road is now clear and traffic is moving freely.18:40Heavy traffic inbound into HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 17:37Queueing traffic in Crewe…Queueing traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 17:06And on the D-Road…Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 17:05Busy roads through Tunstall…Usual slow traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is nine minutes. 16:35Slow going through WerringtonSlow traffic on A52 Ash Bank Road Westbound near Clough Lane. 13:47HandoverThat’s me done for the day. My colleague Matt Simpson will be with you from 3pm until 11pm with the latest updates from across the region.13:39Crime round-upThe latest crimes reported to police across the region. More here.12:52Police hunting for alleged fraudster recently seen in areaAndrew Peasley has recently been seen in Crewe and is wanted in connection with historic fraud offences. More here.Andrew Peasley is wanted in connection with fraud offences12:50Slow traffic on Crewe Green roundaboutThere are queues around Crewe Green roundabout.12:05Staffordshire News: Power cut off to houses as firefighters tackle blazeSome residents in a Staffordshire town have had their power turned off while firefighters tackle a house fire.A total of 30 homes have been taken off the grid while firefighters from Lichfield and Tamworth tackle the blaze in Glascote in the south of the county.A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Crews from Tamworth and Lichfield are currently tackling a house fire. “Western Power are having to isolate the electric in the Glascote area and some residents may be affected by this. “The incident is being dealt with as quickly as possible.”Western Power report supplies are set to be restored by 3pm.Firefighters at the blaze in Glascote (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)11:56219 homes without power in StokeMore than 200 homes are without power in Stoke town – Western Power Distribution report.The power went out shortly after 10am and is expected to be restored by 2.15pm.There is a power cut in the area11:49Heavy traffic on the A527Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 11:24Traffic heavier than normal on M6Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.11:11Cat rescued after 24 hours up treeFirefighters were called to help the cat on Main Road in Weston, near Crewe, on Saturday. More here.11:04Broken down vehicle on the M6 in CheshireOne lane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is partially blocked within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)11:02Video from the fire at Haslington HallFirefighters were called to Haslington Hall on Saturday – with police investigating. More here.10:55No trains to London Euston on Easter SundayAll trains from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire will be affected. More here.London Euston railway station – London Euston Train station (Image: Google)10:24Slight delays on trains to LondonDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound due to track fault between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.Trains running at reduced speed over a defective track.10:20Bus routes affected by roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent this weekA number of bus routes are affected by roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent this week. More here.A number of bus services are affected10:11Wide load making its way through CheshireMotorists travelling into Cheshire should be aware there is a wide load travelling through the county – it is currently in Holmes Chapel.09:30A38 remains closed due to burst water pipeA Highways England spokesman said: “The A38 remains closed northbound, between Alrewas and Barton Under Needwood (near Burton) due to a burst water pipe. Contractors are working to rectify the issue please approach with care. Please allow extra time for your journey.”The damaged pipe on the A38 (Image: Highways England)09:13Broken down van causing delays on M6 Southbound One lane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down van on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)09:06Congestion due to traffic light failure in StaffordThe lights are stuck on red near Parkside Avenue. More here.The lights are stuck on red08:57Travellers at King’s School in Kidsgrove A number of staff are currently on First Avenue with some teachers next to the sport centre entrance. Parent Kaz Kocioruba, who has one child at the school, said: “the children have been told to use the other entrance at the moment. “I don’t think my daughter is concerned about it and the school are handling it well.” 08:51Traffic light failure in StaffordQueueing traffic due to traffic light failure on A513 Beaconside in both directions near Parkside Avenue, congestion to B5066 Sandon Road and on M6 to J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.The temporary traffic lights are stuck on red. (Image: Inrix)08:50White Easter? Latest weather forecast for Easter weekend in Stoke-on-TrentCold weather is expected to hit the region at the weekend – with some snow possible in areas of the Staffordshire Moorlands. More here.A cold spell is expected this weekend (Image: Getty Images)08:35Heavy traffic on roads into Hanley Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. (Image: Inrix)08:33Broken down vehicle now clearedThe broken down vehicle has now been cleared on the A500 Southbound, but long delays remain.08:22Delays of 50 minutes now reported on A500Reports of queueing traffic and partially blocked due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Southbound between A5007 City Road (City Road Interchange) and A50 (Sideway Roundabout), congestion on A500 to A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Travel time is around 50 minutes.last_img read more

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Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox and others to disable TLS 10 and TLS

first_imgYesterday, Google, Mozilla, and Apple announced that by 2020, they will disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1 by default in their respective browsers. Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Edge said, “January 19th of next year marks the 20th anniversary of TLS 1.0, the inaugural version of the protocol that encrypts and authenticates secure connections across the web.” Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari already support TLS 1.2 and will soon support recently-approved final version of the TLS 1.3 standard. On the other hand, Chrome and Firefox already support TLS 1.3, while Apple and Microsoft are still working towards supporting TLS 1.3. Why disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1? The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an organization that develops and promotes Internet standards is hosting discussions to formally deprecated both TLS 1.0 and 1.1. TLS provides confidentiality and integrity of data in transit between clients and servers while exchanging information. In order to keep this data safe, it is essential to use modern and highly secures versions of this protocol. The Apple’s Secure Transports team has listed down some benefits of moving away from TLS 1.0 and 1.1 including: Modern cryptographic cipher suites and algorithms with desirable performance and security properties, e.g., perfect forward secrecy and authenticated encryption, that are not vulnerable to attacks such as BEAST. Removal of mandatory and insecure SHA-1 and MD5 hash functions as part of peer authentication. Resistance to downgrade-related attacks such as LogJam and FREAK. For Google Chrome users, Enterprise deployments can preview the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 removal today by setting the SSLVersionMin policy to ‘tls1.2’. For enterprise deployments that need more time, this same policy can be used to re-enable TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 until January 2021. Post depreciation here is what each browser maker has promised: TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be disabled altogether in Chrome 81, which will start rolling out “on early release channels starting January 2020.” Edge and Internet Explorer 11 will disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 by default “in the first half of 2020.” Firefox will drop support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in March 2020. TLS 1.0 and 1.1. will be removed from Safari in updates to Apple iOS and macOS beginning in March 2020. Read more about this news in detail on Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) blog post. Read Next Introducing TLS 1.3, the first major overhaul of the TLS protocol with improved security and speed Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS certificates gain the trust of all Major Root Programs Java 11 is here with TLS 1.3, Unicode 11, and more updateslast_img read more

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Toxic spill in Vietnam seriously damages fish beaches tourism

first_img Posted by Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Toxic spill in Vietnam seriously damages fish, beaches, tourism << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press HANOI — A Vietnamese government minister says it’s now safe to swim at most beaches in four central provinces where massive fish deaths occurred more than four months ago because of toxic chemicals released by a Taiwanese steel company.The online newspaper VnExpress quoted Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha as telling a conference Monday that aquaculture is now also safe in most areas, but that research by the Ministry of Health is needed to determine whether it’s safe to eat fish caught within 20 nautical miles (23 miles, 37 kilometres) off the coast of the four affected provinces.Professor Mai Trong Nhuan, who headed a team of Vietnamese and foreign scientists commissioned by the government to study the impact of the disaster, told the conference that the chemicals, including cyanide and carbolic acids, are becoming more dilute, according to VnExpress.Nhuan said the marine ecosystem, including coral reefs, sea grasses and other marine resources that were seriously damaged, has begun to recover.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe factory, owned by the Formosa Plastics Group, acknowledged in June that it was responsible for the pollution that killed large numbers of fish off the central Vietnamese coast, and pledged to pay $500 million to clean it up and compensate affected people.The country’s worst environmental disaster has devastated the fishing and tourism industries in the region.The government said in a report to the National Assembly in July that the disaster harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.An estimated 115 tons of fish washed ashore along more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) of the central coast in April, the report said. The pollution sparked rare protests across the country.Formosa Plastics’s $10.6 billion steel complex in Ha Tinh province includes a steel plant, a power plant and a deep sea port, and is one of the largest foreign investments in Vietnam. Sharelast_img read more

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U by Uniworld plans to double its fleet add Asia cruises

first_img TORONTO — Following the successful inaugural sailing of ‘The B’, U by Uniworld has announced expansion plans: the Millennial-focused cruise line has set its sights on Asia with plans to sail the Mekong River with a third ship. A fourth ship is also expected in due course. No launch dates have been set at this time.Petra Nemcova, U by Uniworld’s ‘Guardian Angel’ and former Victoria’s Secret supermodel participates in a drum circle aboard The B’s maiden voyage along the Seine with Brett Tollman, global CEO of The Travel Corporation.“We’re thrilled to make history with the launch of U by Uniworld and introduce a whole new generation to river cruising,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “It’s very exciting to see this vision come to life and to have such influential, well-travelled young people onboard to experience it for the first time. There has been such tremendous interest for The B and The A and we’re excited to bring this innovative concept to more destinations.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe B debuted in Paris on Oct. 7 and set sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River with social media influencers, travel agents and contest winners all onboard to get a sneak peek of the first river cruise ship designed specifically for cruise passengers ages 21 – 45.The B was renamed following extensive renovations and design changes of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship. Following the renaming ceremony, guests on the preview voyage danced the night away, then relaxed in subsequent days with yoga and camping on the top deck and mixology, impressionist paint and wine classes.The B Suite (photo courtesy of U by Uniworld)Offshore, guests experienced some of U’s unique, immersive excursions, such as a panoramic breakfast on a Gastronome bus, treasure hunt at the Louvre, secret tour of Versailles and a Paris City Roofs tour.With capacity for up to 120 passengers per voyage, The B has four Suites, 26 Balcony Bedrooms, 29 Studio Bedrooms and two Studios Bedrooms with triple occupancy, all with waterfront views and equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA pioneer in sustainable tourism, U offers organic BeeKind amenities in all rooms, uses WhatsApp and email for internal communication (doing away with the traditional paper daily itineraries common on cruise ships), displays menus on screens in the bar and restaurant and has a Press Reader app for guests to receive news onboard.U by Uniworld is also creating an app that will connect travellers before, during and after their trips together, which will debut in March 2018 ahead of the first bookable sailings.Sailings on The B and U’s second ship, The A, start in April 2018 with prices starting from US$200 per person, per day. Four eight-day itineraries – The Seine Experience, Rolling on the Rhine, Germany’s Finest and The Danube Flow – will sail along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays available in major cities including Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest.U by Uniworld will also offer two five-day holiday itineraries – Dashing Through The Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise – during the holiday season.The B Restaurant (photo courtesy of U by Uniworld) Tags: Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img U by Uniworld plans to double its fleet, add Asia cruises Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

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Cayman Islands sees record growth in Canadian arrivals

first_imgTags: Cayman Islands Posted by Share Cayman Islands sees record growth in Canadian arrivals << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, January 12, 2018 Travelweek Group TORONTO — The Cayman Islands is seeing significant growth in tourist arrivals from Canada, with visitation up 6.37% in 2017.The destination saw record-breaking arrivals in both air and cruise visitation, representing the best year on record with a total of 418,403 stayover visitors (+8.55% over 2016), and 1,728,444 cruisers. U.S. visitors also saw an uptick last year, with a growth rate of 13.44%.For the seventh straight year (June through December), air arrivals surpassed all previously recorded statistics. A total of 49,003 stayover visitors arrived in December, an increase of 21.61% over December 2016 and up 20.8% over December 2014, which held the previous record for best ranked December in recorded history.According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, December increases were fuelled by growth predominantly in North America, namely the U.S. and Canada, which saw increases of 27.43% and 22.71%, respectively, over 2016. These two markets represent the highest standout growth.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“The performance of the country’s tourism sector and all who played a role in attracting more visitors to the destination should be extraordinarily proud of their efforts,” said Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism. “It is the mandate of the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate annual growth in visitation; however, it is a collective effort that makes it a success. I encourage all of us in the tourism industry and its auxiliary partners to use this accomplishment as a springboard for even greater success in 2018.”Last year’s success can be attributed to a diversified marketing plan that increased brand awareness on a global scale. Key initiatives launched in 2017 included the ‘Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee’, which gave travellers peace of mind during one of the most active hurricane seasons for the Caribbean to date.Looking ahead to 2018, tourism numbers are expected to remain on an upward trend thanks to increased air capacity from carriers like Air Canada, which launched six nonstop flights per week on Dec. 15, 2017, to run through April 2, 2018. Aviation, says the Department of Tourism, is a catalyst for driving Canadian and overall international visitation.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and our island partners in Grand Cayman are absolutely delighted with the expanded service and the impact this has had and will continue to have on driving tourism to the destination,” said Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. This added lift will boost both leisure and business travel to the destination as we continue to build on the growth we’ve already seen in 2017.”last_img read more

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She was one of the very best The industry remembers Mary Ogaki

first_img Posted by “She was one of the very best”: The industry remembers Mary Ogaki << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 13, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The sudden passing of much-loved industry veteran Mary Ogaki has prompted an outpouring of emotion from the many, many colleagues and friends who worked alongside Mary in this industry over the course of more than 30 years.Tributes and condolences have flooded Mary’s Facebook account, with stories and anecdotes from industry friendships that span more than three decades.Mary’s work on both the retail and supplier side of this industry, most recently as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean, brought her in touch with thousands of travel industry colleagues across the country.Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International, said Mary was one of the very best.“We are deeply saddened by Mary Ogaki’s sudden passing. Part of our Royal Caribbean International family for five years, Mary was an incredible woman, daughter and professional, touching everyone she met along the way,” said Freed.“She was a special and dedicated National Accounts Manager, one of the very best, with a passion and commitment that is so rare.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Together with many travel partners, branches and our team in Canada who worked with Mary, we’ll continue to admire and honour her with the heartwarming memories we have of her.“Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and friends during this difficult time.”Mary began her travel industry career in 1987 Meetings & Incentives at American Express, a position she held for 11 years.She made the move to Red Seal Tours as Regional Sales Manager, then headed to Encore Cruises as a DSM.In 2000 she landed at Sears Travel as Product Manager, Cruise and Tour. Four years later she took on the same role for Transat Distribution Canada and in 2008 she was appointed Manager, Groups & Special Programs for TDC.She returned to Encore Cruises in 2012 as Director of Sales and then in 2013 she took on her most recent position, as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean.Mary was active in the industry at large as well. In 2005 she represented Canada as the first woman to sit on CLIA’s travel agent advisory board.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“Mary had great passion for what she did and was a true force to be reckoned with when she combined that passion with her innate logic and genuine willingness to help travel partners,” said Tim Morgan, most recently with TPI and now Managing Director of nigelkane. “I very much always appreciated her honesty and commitment to building the cruise business in Canada.”Travel Time – TPI Owner Lois Barbour added: “Mary had a unique ability to make everyone feel equally important both personally and professionally. She was knowledgeable and showed a genuine interest in helping agents succeed. Her warm smile and kind spirit will be missed in the travel industry, and I am sure also by anyone else who had the pleasure of knowing her.”The funeral will be a private service, for family only. Tags: People Sharelast_img read more

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Air New Zealand had woman removed from plane for refusing to watch

first_img WELLINGTON — Air New Zealand has become known for its over-the-top safety videos over the years, which range from big-budget nods to ‘The Hobbit’ to hilarious survival shorts starring Bear Grylls.But as fun and eye-catching as these videos are, the airline has learned that it still can’t force passengers to watch them. Or can it?On a recent flight from Wellington to Auckland, a female passenger was allegedly removed from the plane by police for failing to watch the inflight safety video.A police spokesperson told Newshub that “the passenger will receive an infringement notice under Civil Aviation Authority rules relating to the use of a cellphone.”According to reports, the woman was seated in the exit row but ignored flight attendants’ requests to pay attention. Said one witness: “A flight attendant said very patiently ‘Can you please watch what’s happening because this is the exit row?’ The flight attendant was super kind and kept asking her, but the woman put her fingers in her ears.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe pilot eventually was forced to turn the plane around and return to the gate prior to takeoff, at which point the woman was escorted off the aircraft.Despite the woman’s obvious disregard for her safety and those around her, the news prompted renewed backlash against Air New Zealand’s Hollywood-esque videos. Another passenger on the flight who reportedly spoke to the Herald had some choice words for the airline:“I have to say that if watching the safety video is so crucial and you can be escorted off the plane, maybe Air New Zealand should stop making ‘Rachel Hunter ice cream ad’ safety videos. Just make a short video that is compulsory to watch and let people know if they don’t watch the video, the police will come and take them away,” said the passenger.New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is also a critic, calling the carrier’s previous safety ‘rap’ video, which was performed by Kiwi artists and set to the tune of Run DMC’s 80s hit, ‘It’s Tricky’, a “juvenile mish-mash” that trivializes safety.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“Tourists are confused. They can’t hear it. It’s a lame attempt at entertainment and it’s a type of entertainment that’s toneless. It’s cringe culture, really,” he said.The rap video caused so much controversy that Air New Zealand was forced to axe it less than six months after its debut. Air New Zealand had woman removed from plane for refusing to watch safety video Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Posted by Tags: Air New Zealand, Funnycenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Pay TV provider Sky Italia has claimed victory in

first_imgPay TV provider Sky Italia has claimed victory in a court case with rival Mediaset over its rights to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Mediaset’s broadcasting arm RTI had claimed that Sky’s acquisition of the rights to the 2010 tournament had breached the conditions set by the European Commission to green-light the 2003 merger between Stream and Telepiù to create Sky Italia. RTI had initially asked the Court of Arbitration to make the rights available to other broadcasters before the start of the competition, and then demanded compensation over its inability to broadcast the games on its Mediaset Premium service.The Court of Arbitration has now ruled that the rights to the World Cup did not fall within the enforcement of the merger undertakings because the event was not essential to the competitiveness of a competing television offer.last_img read more

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is releasing a free firmware upgrade for its 2014

first_imgis releasing a free firmware upgrade for its 2014 webOS smart TVs and is adding new content partners to the platform – including HD and 4K video from DirecTV.LG said the update will give TV owners “virtually all of the new webOS 2.0 features that debuted on this year’s new Smart TV models”. These include an improved user experience, more intuitive layout, shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and even faster response when switching between apps.The webOS 2.0 TVs will also offer “more online access to more streaming content than ever before”, according to LG, including, on selected models, the DirecTV Ready and DirecTV 4K Ready applications. The latter offers 4K UHD titles, including new releases, popular films and nature documentaries.Other new content partners for LG webOS TVs that are due to launch this month include the iHeartRadio and Rdio music streaming services.“As more consumers embrace streaming content as a preferred method for their video consumption, our goal is to ensure LG smart TVs are offering the simplest, fastest ways to access content services,” said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics.“Continuing to add high-value content providers, such as DirecTV, supports our webOS brand promise of ‘making TV simple again,’ even on previous years’ models as seen with our webOS updates.”The firmware update us due to happen later this month and will give current webOS 1.0 users the improved webOS 2.0 platform, which includes: a faster performance when launching the home menu, accessing settings and loading applications; a ‘my channels’ option that allows users to customise their favourite live TV or set-top box channels on the launcher bar; and improved ‘quick settings’.Other updates include faster access to TV inputs and a modified live menu, which updates the live channel list with new look and more detailed information.last_img read more

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