Travelsavers celebrates record year focus on preferred supplier growth

Travelsavers celebrates record year focus on preferred supplier growth

first_img TORONTO — In six months Travelsavers has added more than 20 agencies in Canada and now counts 275 locations in Canada including more than 40 locations in Quebec. The agency group celebrated a record year at an industry gathering in Toronto last night.Chief Marketing Officer Nicole Mazza welcomed some 50 suppliers to the Travelsavers Partner Appreciation event where the theme was ‘Grow with Us’.Technology solutions such as the agency website solution OnlineXpress and the reimagined tripXpress – an itinerary builder and booking platform – are producing actionable leads and increased booking values for agents, said Mazza. The group is predicting strong double-digit growth for 2017.Last year Travelsavers welcomed Linda Khanna as Director of New Business Development. Mazza said Khanna has been working with affiliates to maximize their preferred supplier growth, as well as assisting the group with strategic acquisition across Canada. She will continue to provide one-on-one assistance as the key person handling the integration and transition of new accounts.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyEducational opportunities for Travelsavers agents include a series of Lunch n’ Learns in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The group is also holding a ‘Boot Camp’ in Cancun/Riviera Maya this May and an Owners Focus Retreat in Quebec in September.Coming soon, the Travelsavers agency extranet has been redesigned with a new look and will be responsive and optimized for viewing on any mobile device. New in Q3, Distinctive Destination Weddings content will be available on OnlineXpress.In other tech developments for the company, Travelsavers’ reimagined tripXpress is now a leading booking tool and OnlineXpress (OXP) is creating “unprecedented leads and brand exposure for agents”, says Travelsavers. Agents are reporting strong leads and a 70% close rate. Travelsavers celebrates record year; focus on preferred supplier growth Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TRAVELSAVERS Tuesday, January 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Its raining pork in Florida and no one knows why

Its raining pork in Florida and no one knows why

first_imgTags: Florida, LOL, WTF FORT LAUDERDALE — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards.But that’s what happened at 4 a.m. Saturday when a 15-pound bag of frozen pork landed on the Deerfield Beach home of Travis Adair and his family.Adair said Thursday that the package hit his roof with a “big bang”. He thought it was thunder, but his wife Jennie later went outside and found two bundles next to the house. His son Austin found three on the roof.“It had to fall from the sky,” Adair said. “It was too heavy to throw on the roof.” The home is near three airports, so Adair thinks it fell from a plane.The Federal Aviation Administration had no immediate comment Thursday.Labelling on the package shows it originally belonged to Jim Williams, who lives 170 miles (270 kilometres) away in Myakka City, a rural town of 6,300 residents. Williams, who owns a company that prepares fields for planting, said Thursday he bought some pigs from some children at a county fair in January. He kept much of the meat and gave some away but he has no idea how any of it ended up on the Adairs’ roof. He is not a pilot and doesn’t own a plane.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“I would have thought 15 pounds of frozen meat falling from an airplane would have put a hole in the roof,” Williams said.His friend, Jimmy Fussell, who owns the butcher shop that processed the pigs for Williams, said the mystery, which was featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” certainly “beats hearing about all the politics going on.” And it has given everyone in Myakka City a laugh.As for the meat, the Adairs threw it away – though Williams has offered to throw the family a barbecue. Source: The Associated Press Share It’s raining pork in Florida and no one knows why Friday, July 21, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Club Med Turkoise is back and better than ever following hurricanes

Club Med Turkoise is back and better than ever following hurricanes

first_imgTags: Club Med, Turks & Caicos << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Thursday, February 1, 2018 Club Med Turkoise is back and better than ever following hurricanescenter_img Posted by MIAMI — Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos has officially reopened after temporarily closing due to hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.The adults-only property reopened its doors on Jan. 31, unveiling a wide array of renovations that include a redesigned main reception area, 80 all-new, Deluxe-level rooms with added balconies, a new pool design, and a brand new main bar that offers all-day poolside refreshments, pre-dinner drinks and after-hour festivities.Deluxe RoomMain barThe resort also boasts a newly renovated main restaurant and fitness centre, a brand new wellness centre where guests can enjoy spa treatments beneath waterfront palapas, and an enhanced main theatre featuring new large-scale LED screens.Club Med Turkoise will continue to offer land and water sports, fitness classes and signature trapeze and circus activities.The resort’s ‘G.O team’ (Gracious Organizers) has been preparing for months to welcome back international guests. For more information go to clubmedta.com. Sharelast_img read more

La Platina Bridge to close Wednesday night Saturday for repairs

first_imgRelated posts:Public Transportation Minister: ‘Platina Bridge a failure’ ‘La Platina’ bridge head loses job Polls reveal Ticos thoughts on Chinchilla, crime and the environment Government has no funds to build road to San Ramón The National Roadway Council (CONAVI) announced the closing Wednesday night of the “Platina” Bridge on the General Cañas Highway. Workers will repair a hole in the bridge that appeared last Friday.The bridge, which connects San José with the province of Alajuela, will be closed from 10 p.m. on Wednesday to 5 a.m. on Thursday.Work will continue over the weekend, and the bridge also will be closed on Saturday. It will reopen on Sunday.CONAVI’s roadway maintenance manager, Cristian Vargas, said that studies done on the bridge concluded that workers will have to completely change a concrete panel in two lanes of the road. Repairs will take longer than expected, he said, and workers will use “higher quality materials” than previously used on the notoriously problematic bridge.A major overhaul of the bridge over the Virilla River is planned for next year, when CONAVI will completely replace metal grids with a new concrete slab, at cost of $6 million.Last year, María Ramírez, in charge of bridges at the Public Works and Transport Ministry, lost her job after failing to properly repair the bridge, despite spending $3.8 million. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

For unpopular president 4 months to go

For unpopular president 4 months to go

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Notary Administration investigates lawmaker Justo Orozco Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF bill The happiness of Justo Orozco Crucitas Gold Mine Back on Hold Standing at the podium at Casa Presidencial Tuesday afternoon for her first press conference of 2014, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla seemed unusually guarded and – at times – a bit off her game.The typically animated and sometimes fiery president was subdued during the press conference, stopping to search for her words as she reflected on reporters’ questions about her legacy and the last remaining four months of her presidency.Chinchilla was cagey about her government’s plans for her final days in office.“I’m afraid to name them,” Chinchilla wryly told a reporter who asked her to narrow down the top three policies the administration hoped to accomplish in coming months, “because sometimes it seems people are waiting for me to say, ‘this is what I want,’ in order for them to say ‘no.’”One specific the president offered was a $270 million loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration for public hospital improvements and new construction. But beyond that she spoke broadly about roughly 25 possible projects to improve transportation infrastructure and education.Several of the president’s main legislative goals for 2013 remain in the wind. The Legislative Assembly again failed to take up a bill that would legalize in vitro fertilization, in accordance with a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Assembly also did not pass a capital control bill that would allow the Central Bank to take steps to prevent currency speculation from overheating the colón.Bringing the national debt under control was supposed to be a pillar of Chinchilla’s administration, but borrowing has continued to balloon, and she has been unable to wrangle lawmakers, who are in recess until after the Feb. 2 presidential and legislative elections, into taking action.While the brass ring of fiscal reform remained out of reach, Chinchilla was able to make progress in another area: “Public security will be the principle achievement of our administration,” Chinchilla said.The country’s homicide rate has continued to dip during the last two years, and Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa said during a press conference on Monday that last year’s homicide rate fell below that of 2012, although he did not provide specific numbers.Chinchilla noted during her remarks that violence against women also had decreased during her administration, and she noted that no women were murdered during the month of December.Thanks in part to financial support from the United States and increased domestic security spending, Costa Rica has started to seriously address the international illicit drug trade that has been using the unarmed country as a transit point between South American producers and the United States, the world’s largest cocaine market.According to statistics provided to The Tico Times by the Public Security Ministry in late December, Costa Rica seized 21.8 tons of cocaine in 2013, more than any other Central American country. Law enforcement dismantled 116 drug trafficking operations last year.The ministry has seized more than 50 tons of cocaine during Chinchilla’s administration.Her government also started to take steps to address the country’s notorious reputation as a tax haven, passing tax transparency agreements with the U.S. and several Nordic countries, as part of her push to win Costa Rica’s admission into the elite Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.On July 8, 2013, the daily La Nación reported that Chinchilla had the worst approval rating in 20 years. Dissatisfaction with the government during the last year has brought Costa Ricans to the streets in record numbers in what the most recent State of the Nation report called a “prolonged period of social conflict.”Costa Rica’s gross domestic product has remained stagnant during the last several years while inequality continues to increase, according to the State of the Nation report and figures from the World Bank.Between national elections and an uncooperative legislature, the Chinchilla presidency could end on May 8 not with a bang – but a whimper. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Solís favors change in methodology to calculate fuel prices

first_imgAt a press conference following his weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President Luis Guillermo Solís said he would request a review of the methodology used for calculating fuel prices with the aim of lowering costs for consumers. The request will be filed with the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) and the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) in coming days.“We will try to set a new calculation method for fuel that benefits consumers, but we know it’s a very complicated process,” Solís said.Solís acknowledged that rising fuel costs are hurting Costa Ricans’ pocketbooks.So far this year, ARESEP has approved three fuel price increases. The last one, approved last Friday, will take effect this week when published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.“We also want to expedite price reductions, because we know that [fuel] prices remain high even when international prices decrease,” he added.The current methodology used by ARESEP since 2008 takes into account a series of items including variations in international prices of oil, changes in the exchange rate and profit margins for vendors.This week, the per-liter price of super gasoline will increase from ₡756 to ₡773 ($1.43-1.46); the price for plus gasoline will increase from ₡723 to ₡752 ($1.36-1.42); and diesel will cost ₡674 ($1.27), down from ₡675.According to RECOPE, Costa Rica in 2013 consumed 19 million barrels of fuel that represented an expenditure of $ 2.1 billion. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís says proposals to lower record-high fuel prices are not viable Higher gas prices, taxi fares in Costa Rica start Friday Fuel prices in Costa Rica to decrease on Thursday Gas prices in Costa Rica to remain unchanged through 2015last_img read more

WATCH Keylor Navas makes unbelievable save off set piece strike

WATCH Keylor Navas makes unbelievable save off set piece strike

first_imgRelated posts:Keylor Navas to bolster La Sele lineup for World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica Keylor Navas leads Real Madrid to another shutout in first leg of Champions League semifinals Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 1-1 with rival Barcelona in dramatic Clásico Another week, another amazing play from Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas.Whether it’s making a diving save off Lionel Messi or denying penalty kicks, Real Madrid’s star keeper continues to raise his play as the 2015-2016 season winds down.In Saturday’s La Liga game against last-place Getafe, Real Madrid cruised to an easy 5-1 victory. Even with the game well in hand, the highlight of the day came from Navas on a close-range, indirect free kick in the 74th minute. “Well everybody has heard how much I am in love with this player,” yelled announcer Ray Hudson on the beIN Sports English-language broadcast. “And that is why!”The rare play set up what should have been an easy goal for Getafe from point blank range, but Navas continues to make the unimaginable seem ordinary with his acrobatic saves.With its latest win, Real Madrid temporarily moves into second place in La Liga, just one point behind league-leader Barcelona. Though Barça plays tomorrow in a game that it is expected to win, as does third place Atlético Madrid, it was almost unthinkable a few weeks ago that the lagging Real Madrid would have any chance of hanging with its two biggest rivals in the La Liga race.Madrid’s season turned around earlier this month when it beat Barcelona 2-1 in a classic battle, basically securing new coach Zinedine Zidane’s retention for next season.And despite slip-ups earlier this season, Navas and Madrid have a great chance to capture another important title. They’re in the semifinals of the Champions League, where they’ll meet Manchester City from the English Premier League on April 26 in the first part of the two-leg series, with a spot in the championship on the line. Facebook Commentscenter_img Keylor Navas https://t.co/S1IpMuDjb8— Angela Zuluaga (@AngelaZuluagaT) April 16, 2016last_img read more

US consulate in Berlin evacuated as precaution

first_imgPolice experts checked the building to see if any chemical substances or poisonous gases had been released but nothing was found, police spokesman Michael Merkle told n-tv television.Bennett said she had no immediate information on the status of the person who brought the envelope in, and Merkle would not comment, citing the ongoing investigation.The U.S. Embassy is located in downtown but the consulate is in the southwestern Zehlendorf suburb.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories BERLIN (AP) – The U.S. consulate in Berlin was evacuated as a precaution Thursday after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope, but police said no dangerous materials were found in a sweep of the building.The smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application that was given to consular employees by the applicant in person, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Recent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home (AP) – Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize since 1998:____ 2012: The European Union._ 2011: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen._ 2010: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo._ 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama_ 2008: Martti Ahtisaari_ 2007: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Al Gore_ 2006: Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank_ 2005: International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day _ 2004: Wangari Maathai_ 2003: Shirin Ebadi_ 2002: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter_ 2001: United Nations, Kofi Annan_ 2000: Kim Dae-jung_ 1999: Medecins Sans Frontieres_ 1998: John Hume, David Trimble(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Uganda threatens to pull troops from Somalia

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Sponsored Stories Uganda has more than 6,000 troops in Somalia, where they comprise the bulk of African forces helping local troops to fight Islamist rebels with links to al-Qaida.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – A spokesman for the Ugandan military says Uganda will withdraw peacekeeping troops from Somalia if the United Nations Security Council accepts the findings of experts who allege Uganda supports rebels in eastern Congo.Army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye said Friday that the allegations of Uganda’s complicity in the rebellion in Congo’s North Kivu province were “propaganda” by those who want to spoil the country’s reputation as a peacemaker. He did not elaborate, saying only that Uganda expects the U.N. Security Council to disregard the adverse findings. The report, leaked to the media last month, also accused Rwanda of backing the M23 rebels. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

25 dead 100 injured in Myanmar train blast

first_imgAssociated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Authorities said Saturday that casualties from a fiery train accident had reached 25 dead and almost 100 injured. The report raised the number of injured after a carriage full of fuel burst into flames.State television had said Friday that 64 people were injured in an explosion and fire after dozens of people rushed to skim fuel from a derailed tanker train’s overturned carriages. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement An official from the Myanma Railways department said Saturday that engineers are trying to clear the track to resume rail service after Friday morning’s accident near Kantbalu, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Yangon. He also said the injury toll had increased to 93.The train was travelling from Yangon to the Kachin state capital of Myitkyina. The official refused to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the press.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   last_img read more

Turkey Greece welcome relaunch of Cyprus unity talks

Turkey Greece welcome relaunch of Cyprus unity talks

first_img Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey on Tuesday welcomed a decision by Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish communities to relaunch stalled talks aimed at reunifying the island, calling it an opportunity that should not be squandered.Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu also vowed during a joint news conference to continue to work to improve the often-frosty relations and said the countries had agreed to increase security and prevent accidents in the Aegean Sea. “We delved on how we can further strengthen this existing stability,” Kotzias said. “Our common wish is for the problems we have in the Aegean Sea to be resolved. We want tensions there to be reduced.”Kotzias was in Turkey to attend the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in the Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya that starts Wednesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “We agreed on a set of measures which we believe will increase maritime safety,” Cavusoglu said.Greece and Turkey have historically had strained ties and are still at odds over several issues, including territorial disputes in the Aegean Sea and over the divided island of Cyprus.Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed late Monday to relaunch talks on May 15 to reunify Cyprus. The island was split into a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and an internationally-recognized Greek Cypriot south in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.Hopes for a breakthrough over Cyprus got a boost after Akinci, a left-wing moderate, defeated hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu in an election last month.“We have good reason to be optimistic,” Cavusoglu said. “This opportunity that we have needs to be put into good use.”Despite efforts to build bridges, major differences remain between NATO allies Greece and Turkey who have reached the brink of war three times since in the last four decades.But Kotzias also said Greece and Turkey were “elements of stability” in a volatile region.center_img Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, left, shake hands after a dinner at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone that divides the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on Monday, May 11, 2015. The leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish speaking communities will relaunch stalled talks aimed at reunifying the island on May 15, a United Nations envoy said. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

The Latest Greek bailout talks to resume in the morning

The Latest Greek bailout talks to resume in the morning

first_imgManaging Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, center, arrives for a meeting of eurozone finance ministers at the EU Lex building in Brussels on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Greece’s negotiators head to Brussels on Saturday armed with their reform proposals and parliamentary backing to seek a third bailout, but with the shadow of severe dissent from governing lawmakers hanging over them. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts) Ahead of Saturday’s meeting of the eurogroup, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin met separately with the eurozone’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, and Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, according to another French official.The officials were not authorized to be publicly named.—By Angela Charlton in Paris.___2:35 p.m.Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he will assess the Greek government’s economic proposals in terms of what impact they have on growthArriving for talks with his peers in the 19-country eurozone, Noonan said Greece also needs to do more to rebuild trust with its European partners.“It’s very hard to stimulate an economy on the demand side when you’re doing corrective work, so they need more supply-side initiatives,” Noonan said.The Greek economy has shrunk by a quarter over the past few years while unemployment and poverty rates have swelled alarmingly.Noonan also urged the Greek government to use its current authority to legislate reforms in the next week or two.“I think trust is now being rebuilt in the relationship with Greece and would hope that trust will continue to be rebuilt today,” he said. Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Finnish Finance Minister said in a tweet that the eurogroup had ended and will “be continued tomorrow.”___10:45 p.m.There were few signs that the Greek bailout discussions between the country’s finance minister and his counterparts in the 19-country eurozone are going to wrap up any time soon.The finance ministers have been meeting since mid-afternoon to assess whether Greece’s reform proposals are sufficient to merit another infusion of financial aid for the debt-strapped country.European diplomats said the meeting could run late, even until the early hours of Sunday.Later that day, the European Union’s 28 leaders are meant to descend on Brussels for a summit on Greece that has been pitched at various points over the past week as the country’s last chance to convince creditors that it deserves more financial help.In Finland, another hard-hit eurozone country, there were reports that the coalition government was balking at further assistance for Greece.___8:30 p.m.A European official at the Greek bailout talks says creditors want “more specific and binding commitments” from the Greek government that it will stick to its reform promises. ___2:15 p.m.Eric Wiebes, who represents the Dutch government at meetings of eurozone finance ministers, says Greece still has a way to go to regain the trust of its peers having failed to deliver many commitments that were part of the country’s previous bailout packages.Arriving for a meeting in Brussels, Wiebes said he, and others, are “very worried” about the Greek government’s commitment to reform.The country’s state secretary pointed to the fact that many of the reform proposals that the Greek government got through parliament early Saturday were similar to those rejected overwhelmingly in a referendum just six days ago.“We are discussing a proposal that is very similar to the proposal that was rejected massively less than a week ago,” said Wiebes, who represents the Netherlands because the country’s finance minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, is president of the eurogroup.___1:55 p.m.Finance ministers from the 19-country eurozone were arriving in Brussels for a crucial meeting that could determine whether Greece can retain its place in the euro.They come knowing that the Greek parliament overwhelmingly passed early Saturday a package of reform and austerity measures that the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hopes will convince creditors to grant his country a three-year bailout. BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest from Greece’s financial crisis (all times local):___12:10 a.m.Bailout discussions between the Greek finance minister and his peers in the 19-country eurozone have wrapped up and will resume in the morning.No press conference is planned after the discussions, which lasted for more than eight hours.The European Union’s 28 leaders are set to descend on Brussels for a summit on Greece that has been pitched at various points over the past week as the country’s last chance to convince creditors that it deserves more financial help. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   The response to the proposals appears to have assuaged some concerns in Europe but it appears Greece will still have to do more.A source close to the negotiations said international creditors have found the Greek package “under certain conditions … as a basis for discussion.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, says creditors were still looking for stronger commitments and more urgent action on several issues.—By Raf Casert in Brussels.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Providing answers to those questions, will help drive confidence, Sapin said.___3:15 p.m.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone’s top official, is the latest in a long line of Greece’s creditors to publicly bemoan the lack of trust with the Greek government as crunch bailout discussion begin.Arriving for a meeting of the 19 eurozone finance ministers, Dijsselbloem said there’s still “a major issue of trust” to be grappled with before creditors are able to back another bailout of Greece.Since the new radical left Greek government was elected in January, talks with creditors have failed to make much headway. Relations between Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister until last week, and many of his peers in the eurozone were particularly frosty.Convincing them that the Greek government is serious is the task facing Varoufakis’ replacement, Euclid Tsakalotos, at Saturday’s meeting.“We are still a long way out, both on the issue of content as on the tougher issue of trust,” said Dijsselbloem.___3:00 p.m.Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan sought to downplay expectations that a decisive deal over Greece’s bailout request will emerge at Saturday’s meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers.center_img The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to talk publicly, says there’s a general feeling in the room that the Greek proposals are “too little, too late” and as such, more proof of the government’s commitment to follow through is required.The official said these commitments don’t “necessarily have to be austerity measures.”Greece is struggling to overcome a trust deficit at the eurogroup meeting in Brussels, which has been called to assess the government’s proposals. Greece needs to convince creditors of its plan so it can get another financial rescue and avoid an exit from the euro.— By John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels.___8:00 p.m.Greek Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis says lawmakers from the governing Syriza party who disagree with government’s bailout policy should resign and give up their seats in parliament.“That’s what I would do,” Stathakis told private Mega television.Sixteen of Syriza’s 149 lawmakers — including two cabinet ministers — did not back the government in a vote early Saturday to authorize Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to negotiate a third bailout. ___5:45 p.m.Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has been told what he needs to do to allay some of the concerns of his peers in the 19-country eurozone.Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna spelled it out as clearly as any other as he arrived Saturday for discussions over Greece’s request for a third bailout and its reform proposals.“It is important to find out the concrete steps and also how those proposals are going to translate into legislative initiatives,” Gramegna said. “If we have draft bills and if we have the prospect of a vote in the Greek parliament, there will be confidence.”Gramegna, whose country holds the revolving European Union presidency, said he was ready to broach the issue of Greece’s debt sustainability and what can be done to ease it. However, he said “finalizing it is another issue.”___3:45 p.mWolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s finance minister, warned that that Saturday’s meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers over Greece’s bailout request was going to be tough.Schaeuble, who has taken a hard line on Greece over recent months, says the Greek government will have to do a lot more than just say it wants to reform if it’s going to get the three-year bailout it requested for earlier this week. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Another 15 party lawmakers, including two deputy ministers, wrote a letter to the government stating they would not vote for new austerity measures.Saturday’s vote triggered speculation of the creation of a possible national unity government and an early general election.___7:25 p.m.The Greek government is denying a report that the German finance ministry has proposed a temporary, five-year euro exit for Greece.Theodoros Mihopoulos who heads Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ office, said in a tweet that the report in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper “is completely denied.”According to the report, the German finance ministry also proposed that the Greek government sells off some 50 billion euros ($56 billion) in unspecified property assets to pay off debts. The report said that in exchange, Greece would remain in the European Union and receive additional “growth enhancing, humanitarian and technical assistance”.Eurozone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to assess the Greek government’s economic proposals that it hopes will pave the way to a third bailout of the country. Without a deal, Greece faces the prospect of an exit from the euro. Arriving for talks in Brussels with his peers in the 19-country eurozone, Padoan said the purpose of the meeting was “not about striking a deal tonight.”The ministers will assess Greece’s bailout request and its accompanying economic reform proposals, which won the overwhelming backing of the Greek parliament early Saturday. On Sunday, the European Union’s 28 leaders will meet to discuss the Greek crisis. Without a bailout deal, Greece faces the prospect of going bankrupt and leaving the euro.“We’re here with an open mind to reach a green light, an OK, for tomorrow’s negotiation,” he said.___2:45 p.m.French government experts have been advising the Greek government in recent days as it tries to secure a deal with creditors to stave off financial disaster.A French government official said the consultations have focused on Greece’s reform agenda rather than any restructuring of the country’s debts, and that they have been carried out in conference calls and in western capitals, but not in Athens.France’s Socialist government has sought to play a mediating role between Greece and many of its creditors, particularly Germany, who are resistant to offering Athens another bailout. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We will definitely not be able to rely on promises,” he said when arriving at the talks in Brussels.Schaeuble put the blame for the current crisis firmly on the shoulders of the radical left Syriza government that was elected in January. The “hopeful” situation regarding Greece at the end of last year has been “destroyed by the last months,” he said.Schaeuble said Saturday’s discussions would be “extraordinarily difficult.”___3:35 p.m.French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said he would continue to play the mediating role at the meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers, in line with recent efforts by the country.He conceded that the Greek government had a lot of persuading to do following a marked deterioration in relations with international creditors.Sapin said the whole eurogroup needs to be convinced that the economic reform proposals the Greek government has made in order to get its hands on a three-year bailout will actually be enacted.Sapin said Greece’s European partners want to hear the nitty-gritty: “How are you going to do it? At what moment are you doing to do it? At what tempo are you going to do it.” Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Kenyan bombing victims appeal for aid ahead of Obama visit

Kenyan bombing victims appeal for aid ahead of Obama visit

first_imgKenyan relatives of victims and those injured from the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi make a protest outside the Memorial Park at the site of the bombing, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, July 23, 2015. Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi are appealing for financial compensation from the United States ahead of a visit this week by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   center_img A Kenyan who was blinded in the 1998 attack linked to al-Qaida, Sidialo wears sunglasses and walks with a cane.“The first black president in America should give us Kenyans a greater consideration on humanitarian grounds to see to it that we can have some kind of livelihood,” Sidialo said in an interview with The Associated Press at a Nairobi memorial for the bombing victims.Stella Mwikali, a bank worker who suffered injuries to her legs and right shoulder, said she later lost her job and has been struggling to get by ever since the attack. She said she deserved compensation because she was “caught in the middle of the battle” between the United States and Islamic militants.“I was doing my job innocently,” she said Thursday. “I’m not a political person. I was just going about my normal duties.”Extremists simultaneously attacked the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 7, 1998. The Kenya attack killed more than 200 Kenyans and 12 Americans at the embassy. Thousands were injured.The United States has said it spent tens of millions of dollars to help attack victims and their families.In 2001, several al-Qaida members were convicted in the United States of involvement in the attacks and are serving life sentences. Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi are appealing for financial compensation from the United States ahead of a visit this week by President Barack Obama.Obama should consider aid for Kenyan victims on “humanitarian grounds” during his trip to Kenya, the first stop on a two-nation African tour that also includes Ethiopia, said victim Douglas Sidialo. ___Associated Press journalist Josphat Kasire contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3 out of 5 Australians disagree with proposed Uluru climbing ban

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/15079/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> In a recent survey, three out of five Australian travellers disagreed with a proposed plan to ban tourists from climbing Uluru. Outraged Australians have argued that Uluru is one of the country’s biggest tourism attractions and the proposed ban would affect tourism industries in Northern Territory and Australia.1509 voters participated in the survey, which was conducted by leading online travel website totaltravel.com. The survey follows the release of a draft management plan for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which calls for a ban on people climbing the 348-metre-high rock, which is sacred to indigenous people. One voter commented: “Ayers Rock has been part of the Australian landscape far longer than any human has walked the earth. “It doesn’t belong to anyone; it is just another feature of the earth we “ALL” live on. …Why should anyone have any rights to lay claim or dictate who can and who can’t climb it? Why don’t we all just try to share?”However, 37 per cent of voters supported the proposed climbing ban – one voter voiced his support, “I believe respect for aboriginal sacred places, such as Uluru, is long-overdue. I believe tourists will be equally interested in learning about the cultural significance of Uluru if it is presented in a positive way. “This is the era of tourism where tourists have a thirst for authentic learning experiences.”Three per cent of people voted that they didn’t care one way or another.                          totaltravel.com global marketing manager Paul Fisher said, “I think it’s important that travellers respect the cultural importance of Uluru to indigenous Australians, as well as its ecological fragility,” he said.  “We want to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy Uluru too.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Stranded Jetstar passengers heading home to Sydney

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2257f/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Hundreds of Jetstar passengers were forced to spend Australia Day stranded far from home, after their Thailand-Sydney service was grounded on Monday. Flight JQ28 was due to leave Phuket at 9pm (local time) on Monday, but the flight was cancelled twice, initially by a problem with their Airbus A330’s de-icing system and then by a nose-wheel issue that emerged as it was being pushed back from the terminal on Tuesday. Jetstar arranged accommodation for the stranded passengers and refunded their airfares. They were also given $600 in travel credit and all of their meals and transfers were paid for while they waited for a replacement plane The Qantas-owned no-frills carrier later confirmed that a plane has been flown from Australia to bring the passengers home and they should arrive early this morning. Natalie Soltyszewski said tempers were frayed amongst her fellow passengers while they waited for information. “They boot you off the plane and then you are stuck dealing with the Thai ground staff who don’t know anything.”The information is just not forthcoming. We’ll go to a hotel now, and we’ll find out in the morning whether or not we’ve got another plane.”Ms Soltyszewski was returning home after a month-long holiday in Thailand with friends. “I’m not so worried about myself,” she said. “One lady has to get back for chemo. Some kids are starting school tomorrow.Spokesman Simon Westaway said he understood that passengers would have been put out by the two-day delay.”We just had a set of circumstances and the alternatives weren’t quick-fix measures.” last_img read more

British travellers to pay more tax

first_imgTourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) and Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) are concerned about the impact the 8 per cent rise in the Air Passenger Duty, announced overnight by the UK Treasury will have on British tourists visiting long haul destinations such as Australia and New Zealand.TTF Chief Executive John Lee is urging Prime Ministers Gillard and Key to raise concerns with the British Prime Minister directly.  “The Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a discriminatory, arbitrary tax which impedes tourism, travel, trade and economic growth. This will be the fourth APD rise since 2007 and now takes the tax paid by an ordinary British traveller to more than $140 AUD,” Mr Lee said.TIA CEO Tim Cossar described the latest rise as unfair, with the UK already having the highest departure tax in the world.  With poor economic conditions in Europe already affecting consumer confidence, reducing the likelihood of people to take a long-haul holiday, the increase will price more potential visitors to Australia and New Zealand out of the market, Mr Cossar explained.“It’s a tax on tourism which reaps billions of pounds in revenue for the British government masquerading as environmental policy.” Mr Cossar said.The tax has been increased for the fourth time since 2007, during which time many European countries have phased out their versions of APD to help stimulate their economies.  In 22 of the 27 countries of the European Union, there is no aviation tax at all.The number of passengers passing though UK airports fell 7.4 million in 2010. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Social media vital to Aus tourism ATE 2012

first_imgAndrew McEvoy, managing director and Nick Baker, executive general manager Tourism Australia Tourism Australia App Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Tourism Australia has outlined the definitive need for the tourism industry to place a focus on social media, online campaigns and research. During the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2012, Tourism Australia executive general manager Nick Baker described the way Tourism Australia utilises social media as an emotional platform to communicate positive messages. “We’ve told everybody, ‘There’s nothing like Australia’, now we need to prove it. We wanted to move it from a rational approach to a more emotional one,” Mr Baker said. “We’ve got to differentiate the country, really show what is unique about this country and bring it to life in a way that everyone finds appealing. The way we’ve chosen to do this is by telling stories.” Mr Baker said online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and mobile phone applications were fantastic in allowing consumers, potential customers and the general public to share ideas, images, stories and past experiences in a global environment. “It’s no longer just about the big ad. It’s about how you’re going to tell that story from inspiring people to giving people information so that they’re able to go out there and book. As storytellers, how do we tell a richer deeper story than an ad can, when we’re in so many markets around the world? We decided to create a cross between a coffee table book, an online television show and a travel guide… condensed into one tablet app.” Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy was adamant about the incomparable advantages social media possesses, not only for the national tourist bureau but for the industry as a whole. “Operators who haven’t already done so should really embrace digital and social media. People are passionate about travel and love to share their holiday experiences. “There is a strong bragability factor about a holiday which plays out very strongly in social media and is a huge opportunity for operators to really tap into,” Mr McEvoy said. In addition, Australian operators are being offered the opportunity to promote their tourism business or region and exploit a three million plus Facebook fan base by listing themselves in a ‘things to do’ section on Tourism Australia’s Facebook page. “It’s not just Australia.com, we’re building content with the other great distributors of tourism information globally, whether they be airlines, search engines or social media platforms,” Mr McEvoy said. Mr McEvoy also highlighted research by Teletext Holidays, revealing that over 25 percent of Brits admit to booking a holiday after becoming jealous of their friends’ holiday pictures on Facebook – with Australia ranked as the most enviable holiday destination.“We’re harnessing the power of social media as we continue to enhance our presence in the digital space, and it’s paying off.” Tourism Australia Facebook pagelast_img read more

DB Americas hits the Australian travel market

DB Americas hits the Australian travel market

first_imgA luxury service for bespoke Latin American travels is now on offer to the Australian market.Travel agents with discerning clients looking for new and authentic experiences can now call upon DB Americas – an expert, on-the-ground destination management company which designs unique itineraries covering all areas of Central and South America – from Mexico to Antarctica – showcasing the region’s diverse historical, cultural and natural experiences.The Australian-run, South-American-based company sources, contracts and packages the best of Latin America’s luxury travel products and offers access to innovative experiences and products that have not traditionally been explored.It offers truly flexible, complex itineraries and has the ability to adjust arrangements at any time, even as the clients are travelling.With headquarters in Santiago, Chile, DB Americas is run by passionate Australians with a strong understanding of the needs and expectations of high-end Australian travellers and more than 20 years experience in international travel.Director Seng Wing Chong commented: “With two Australians at its helm, DB Americas understands the ethos of the Australian market. In recent years we have seen significant interest in travel to Latin America from Australia and we see huge potential growth in Australian travellers seeking new and authentic luxury experiences in the region.”DB Americas is focused on providing access to exclusive and authentic experiences that go beyond standard itineraries to the region.Managing Director, Edward Fokin and his team have personally experienced the majority of the destinations, experiences, properties and providers that they work with, giving an assurance of quality.“As our team is on the ground, we are able to quickly identify the latest products and experiences and bring them to the Australian market more effectively and efficiently,” Mr Fokin added.“We’re able to offer bespoke, comprehensive itineraries specific to each client’s requirements; we see ourselves as a concierge service for Australian travel agents handling discerning clients travelling to our region.”DB Americas’ highly customised, experiential itineraries are often multi-destinational and feature iconic destinations and lesser-known luxe hideaways in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Antarctica, as well as El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay and the parts of the Caribbean.The company offers competitive pricing for the region’s best products, on-the-ground service and 24-hour support for its clients – ensuring absolute peace of mind. Learn more about DB AmericasSource = DB Americaslast_img read more

Silk Air to delink all Cairns and Darwin services

Silk Air to delink all Cairns and Darwin services

first_imgMI822 Darwin 1545hrs/ Singapore 1900hrs # Cairns 1245hrs/ Singapore 1720hrs Days of Operation MI822 Singapore-Darwin Singapore 1955hrs/ Darwin 0205hrs (+1) Flight Routing Singapore-Cairns Mon, Thu Cairns-Singapore MI802 Singapore 0145hrs/ Cairns 1155hrs Tue, Fri Darwin-Cairns-Singapore Singapore-Darwin Schedule for Darwin MI811 MI803* From 30 May:Schedule for Cairns: Singapore 0145hrs/ Cairns 1025hrs Darwin- Singapore Silk Air, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be de-linking all of its Cairns and Darwin services from 30 May 2016.The current circular flight, MI 822 will be operated as two separate flights MI 812/ 811 from Cairns and MI 804/803 from Darwin.This will not only shorten travel times for passengers travelling between Singapore and these two cities but also signifies an increase in capacity on these routes.SilkAir operates flights between Singapore and Cairns on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. At present, passengers who opt to fly on either the Monday or Thursday Singapore-Cairns service will have to do a stopover in Darwin.From 30 May, passengers will no longer have to do this stopover in Darwin when they travel from Singapore to Cairns. Currently, direct flights between Singapore and Cairns are only operated on Saturdays.Likewise, passengers flying from Darwin on Mondays and Thursdays currently have to do a stopover in Cairns on the way to Singapore.With the de-linking of flights, they will now be able to fly non-stop from Darwin to Singapore. The airline also flies direct from and to Darwin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.SilkAir, together with parent airline, Singapore Airlines operates to 7 cities in Australia-  Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and will add an eighth city to its network, when Singapore Airlines launches its new service to Canberra on 20 September 2016.The detailed flight timetables are as follows (affected flights are highlighted in bold):Current:Schedule for Cairns: Flight Routing Darwin 0850hrs/ Singapore 1720hrs Flight Flight Routing Mon, Thu Darwin 1550hrs/ Singapore 1900hrs MI801 Sat Departure/Arrival Flight Cairns-Singapore Mon, Thu Singapore 0830hrs/ Darwin 1445hrs Wed, Fri, Sun MI822 Flight Flight Mon, Thu Mon, Thu Singapore-Cairns Singapore-Darwin MI822 Departure/Arrival Singapore 0145hrs/ Darwin 0800hrs Days of Operation Departure/ Arrival Cairns 1115hrs/  Singapore 1550hrs MI804* MI811* Darwin 0255hrs/ Singapore 0615hrs Wed, Fri, Sun MI812* Mon, Thu Singapore-Darwin-Cairns Singapore 0140hrs/  Cairns 1025hrs Cairns 1115hrs/ Singapore 1550hrs Darwin-Singapore Wed, Fri, Sun Wed, Fri, Sun Darwin- Singapore #Arrival time into Singapore is 1840hrs on Sundays. *Direct flight operated as a result of the delinking of circular flight, MI 822 Fly Silk AirSource = SilkAir Singapore-Cairns MI812 Days of Operation Departure/ Arrival Cairns 1240hrs/ Singapore 1710hrs Sat MI812 Singapore 0830hrs/ Darwin 1450hrs MI801 Mon, Thu MI811 Sat Flight Routing Sat Days of Operation MI802 Cairns-Singapore Singapore-Darwin Cairns-Singapore Singapore 0140hrs/ Cairns 1025hrs Schedule for Darwin:last_img read more