What if I told you that in the coming weeks, a member of your family could become seriously ill and have to be hospitalized? Would you take a simple, easy step to prevent that from happening? Would you get vaccinated against H1N1? Despite what you may hear on the streets, H1N1 is still here, and we expect to see more in the coming weeks and months. In Nova Scotia, there have been 205 hospitalizations due to H1N1 so far this flu season, 720 lab-confirmed cases and five deaths. That’s why you need to get vaccinated. While there are groups at higher risk of severe disease from H1N1, everyone is at some risk. We are seeing otherwise healthy people come down with severe and debilitating illness from H1N1, and some have died. The H1N1 vaccine is safe, effective and the best way to prevent the spread of the H1N1 infection. And now that the vaccine is available to all Nova Scotians, the only sure way you can reduce the impact of H1N1 here at home, is by getting immunized. With the holiday season fast approaching, with exams almost here for university students, and with more people booked to travel over the next few weeks, there are many other reasons for people to want to stay healthy. Getting sick may also cause a financial burden for some. Taking time off work may mean unpaid sick leave. Employers across the province have been watching H1N1 carefully and the recommendation for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms is to stay home until they are well. Most people can’t afford to take a week off work unpaid – it’s like spending your vacation in bed. So if you don’t want to spend your holiday in bed; if you don’t want to miss your exam; or if you can’t afford to get H1N1 – get immunized. The benefits of immunization will be felt not only by you, but also your family and your community. There are some people in our communities, including very young babies, frail elderly, cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with immunodeficiency, who cannot be immunized because the vaccine does not work well for them. We can help protect these vulnerable people by having high rates of immunization across our province. High immunization rates will help prevent the spread of the illness, in addition to helping protect our health care system. This will ensure that care will be available when it is really needed, either for H1N1 or any other illness. Perhaps you’re one of the many Nova Scotians who have already experienced flu-like symptoms. After all, you’ve heard that the H1N1 virus is the only flu strain circulating in the province. So naturally, that’s what you must have had. Wrong. Just because you’ve been ill with flu-like symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean it was H1N1. Unless you’ve had a lab-confirmed case of the virus, you should get vaccinated. At the end of the day, opting to not get vaccinated means taking a gamble. It’s a gamble with your health, and the health of all those around you in your home, your workplace and your community. You have the power to make a difference and improve the health of all Nova Scotians. The time to act is now. Get vaccinated and ask those around you to do the same. -30-
Alors que nous pensons à l’année 2010 et au travail qui doit encore être fait dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, j’aimerais prendre un moment pour remercier les nombreuses personnes qui ont assuré le succès de l’intervention de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans la situation de grippe pandémique H1N1 jusqu’à présent. Tout d’abord, j’aimerais remercier les Néo-Écossais pour leur soutien et leur compréhension alors que nous continuer de gérer la pandémie de grippe H1N1. J’aimerais également remercier tous les Néo-Écossais qui ont choisi de se faire vacciner et de faire leur part pour maintenir leur bonne santé ainsi que celle de leur famille et de leur communauté. Les gens de cette province sont reconnus pour leur nature chaleureuse et pour leur capacité de s’aider les uns les autres pendant des périodes difficiles. Ces derniers mois ne font certainement pas exception. Des milliers d’entre vous avez reçu le vaccin et bon nombre ont adopté de simples mesures préventives pour rester en bonne santé. Vous avez pris soin des membres de votre famille et de vos amis qui ont été malades et vous avez aidé vos voisins. J’aimerais également remercier le personnel de la santé publique, les autres travailleurs de la santé ainsi que les bénévoles. Vous avez tous fait un excellent travail dans la prévention des maladies et la prestation de soins. Il s’agit de personnes dévouées qui ont travaillé sans relâche dans une situation qui est en évolution constante. Malgré le fait que le travail effectué dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, en plus du travail quotidien, a empêché ces personnes d’être avec leur famille et leurs amis, elles demeurent entièrement dévouées et au service des Néo-Écossais. Merci aux équipes responsables des communications à l’échelle du gouvernement, aux médias et aux autres organismes tels que les gouvernements municipaux et les entreprises, pour le rôle que vous avez joué en transmettant des renseignements clairs, uniformes et factuels au grand public. Merci également aux employeurs de la province qui ont fait preuve de flexibilité relativement aux heures de travail en permettant aux employés de se faire vacciner. Le fait d’accorder aux employés le temps de se faire vacciner permet d’assurer leur bonne santé et de réduire le nombre de congés de maladie. À tous les employeurs qui ont organisé des cliniques de vaccination, merci pour vos efforts proactifs visant à assurer un environnement de travail sain. Les renseignements les plus récents démontrent que plus de 50 pour cent des Néo-Écossais ont déjà été vaccinés. Bien que nous soyons satisfaits du nombre de personnes qui ont pris le temps de se faire vacciner, il est important de noter que la pandémie n’est pas encore terminée. Nos efforts se poursuivront au cours de la nouvelle année afin de prévenir une autre vague possible d’activité grippale H1N1. J’encourage fortement ceux qui n’ont pas encore été vaccinés à le faire pendant ou après la période des fêtes. N’oubliez pas que le vaccin est offert dans la plupart des cabinets de médecins à l’échelle de la province, en plus des cliniques publiques et des cliniques organisées par les employeurs. C’est un privilège pour moi d’être au service des gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et je suis heureux de pouvoir continuer de diriger l’intervention au cours de la nouvelle année. Je vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël ainsi que santé et bonheur pour la nouvelle année. Pour écouter le message des fêtes du Dr Strang, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1/fr. -30-
More Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced today, Aug. 28. Through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, the province is investing more than $270,000 in rural transit organizations to buy accessible vehicles. “Access to transportation is a necessity for people who are going to work or school, getting groceries, participating in community activities, or visiting the doctor,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.”This year’s funding will help seven Nova Scotia community organizations purchase new minivans and minibuses.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost, to a maximum of $50,000 for new vehicles or $10,000 for used vehicles. Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor, Central Highlands Association of the Disabled (CHAD) of Pictou, said the $50,000 grant will be used to buy a new 18-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus. “This grant, along with local fundraising activities, will help CHAD Transit continue to serve the residents of Pictou County in a safe, reliable and efficient manner,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “CHAD Transit continues to help those in our community who need assistance the most and, in the process, allow them to lead happier and healthier lives.”
Phulbani (Odisha): The Maoists struck on the eve of second phase election in Odisha, gunning down a woman poll official and setting ablaze two poll vehicles and a motorbike on way to booths on Wednesday, police said.Both the incidents occurred at separate places of Maoist affected Kandhamal district where the red rebels have asked the people to boycott the elections. Following the incidents, the police have set up a Command Centre here for smooth conduct of voting on Thursday. The ultras gunned down the officer when she was taking a team of poll personnel to a booth, police said. Sector Officer Sanjukta Digal was shot dead when she got down from the vehicle to check a suspicious object lying on the road while passing through a jungle near Balandapada village under Gochhapada police station limits, DGP B K Sharma said. Other four polling personnel were in the vehicle and they were unhurt. There were also reports of an explosion at the spot but the police are yet to confirm it. The incident occurred in Phulbani assembly segment under Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat where polling is scheduled to begin at 7 am on Thursday. “The Maoists fired and a bullet hit her on the head killing her on the spot,” DGP B K Sharma said. A Police Command Centre has started opertating at the district headquarter of Phulbai and a comprehensive plan has been put in place, he said.
While it may be inevitable to draw on examples, such as Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] or Boko Haram, “the phenomenon of violent extremism conducive to terrorism is not rooted or confined to any religion, region, nationality or ethnic group,” the Secretary-General told the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward, co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and the UN. Mr. Ban stressed: “Let us also recognize that today, the vast majority of victims worldwide are Muslims.”Violent extremists seek to divide communities and the goal is to let fear rule, he said. “Let this conference – and our unity today – be the ultimate rebuke to that bankrupt strategy.”Violent extremists pose a direct threat to the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They undermine collective global efforts to maintain peace and security, foster sustainable development, promote the respect for human rights and deliver much needed humanitarian aid, said the UN chief.Violent extremism is clearly a transnational threat that requires urgent international cooperation, Mr. Ban said, explaining that his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism puts forward a comprehensive and balanced approach for concerted action at the global, regional and national levels.The Plan was first submitted to the General Assembly on 15 January. Then, on 12 February, the 193-nation body adopted a resolution that welcome Mr. Ban’s initiative, pledging to give further consideration to the Plan, including in the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy review in June 2016, as well as in other relevant forums.Mr. Ban expressed hope that today’s discussions will galvanize unity for a strong consensus outcome in the Assembly in June.The Geneva Conference, which opened yesterday, aims to provide an opportunity for the international community to share experiences and good practices in addressing the drivers of violent extremism and to build support for the Plan of Action. The first day was dedicated to a meeting of senior experts on key issues related to the prevention of violent extremism.Five points of Plan of Action to Prevent Violent ExtremismThe action plan is based on five interrelated points, Mr. Ban said, namely prevention, national ownership, international cooperation, UN support and united action.Security and military responses sometimes have proven to be counter-productive, and there is a need to address the drivers of violent extremism, he noted.“There is no single pathway, and no complex algorithm that can unlock the secrets of who turns to violent extremism,” he stated. “But we know that violent extremism flourishes when aspirations for inclusion are frustrated, marginalized groups linger on the sidelines of societies, political space shrinks, human rights are abused and when too many people – especially young people – lack prospects and meaning in their lives.” The Plan emphasizes conflict prevention, conflict resolution and political solutions, and urges full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as that will address many of the socio-economic drivers of violent extremism.The Plan offers a menu of recommendations for Member States to forge their own national action plans, which should use an “all-of-Government” approach and engage “all-of-society” to be effective. No country or region alone can address the threat of violent extremism, he said, stressing the need for a dynamic, coherent and multi-dimensional response from the entire international community.He pledged to leverage the universal membership and the convening power of the UN to further strengthen international cooperation at the national, regional and global levels, noting that he plans to create a UN system-wide high-level action group to spearhead the implementation of the Plan at both the Headquarters and field levels.“We will not be successful unless we can harness the idealism, creativity and energy of 1.8 billion young people around the world,” he said, calling for a global partnership to prevent violent extremism. “I have no doubt that we will succeed if we are united in action,” he concluded.
The allegations have not all been verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.They involve 66 victims, including 13 girls under the age of 18, and 16 victims whose age remains unknown.Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesperson, provided journalists with an update on cases.Overall, he said that 54 allegations had been reported between 1 January and 31 March 2018.Fourteen cases related to on-going peacekeeping operations; 18 from UN agencies, funds and programmes; while 21 relate to implementing partners, and one to a member of a non-UN international force.Two of the allegations have been substantiated by an investigation, while two were not substantiated.Mr. Haq said that with over 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed personnel working for the UN, sexual exploitation and abuse are not reflective of the conduct of the majority of those who serve the organization.“But every allegation involving our personnel undermines our values and principles and the sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world,” he told journalists at UN Headquarters.“For this reason, combating this scourge, and helping and empowering those who have been scarred by these egregious acts, continue to be key priorities for the Secretary-General in 2018.”UN chief António Guterres has committed to a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual exploitation and abuse.His initiatives to prevent and respond to the issue include appointing a Victims’ Rights Advocate and establishing a Circle of Leadership consisting of Heads of State or Government who have agreed to hold perpetrators to account.
Austrian champions HC Alpla Hard will try to win the third consecutive title after placement in the Play-Off Final. Team from Hard finished semi-final series against Krems by two victories – 26:23 at home and away triumph 28:27.They are now waiting for the rival at the final. That will be better team from clash between Raiffeisen Fivers WAT Margaretenand SG INSIGNIS Handball. The first match is won by Fiver 28:22. Alpla HardAustria ← Previous Story WORLD BEST LINE PLAYER 2014? Next Story → Vladan Matic leads Tatabanya in the next two seasons!
Players and coaching staff of FC Barcelona Lassa had a big honour to get standing ovations at famous Camp Nou stadium last night. Xavi Pascual and his boys won the first big trophy in the season – IHF Super Globe, which was taken by team’s captain Victor Tomas, who led his team to the football pitch where a lot of fans showed respect to the handball section of the legendary Spanish team…Take a look…FC Barcelona Lassa win IHF Super Globe 2017 ← Previous Story Goodbye brothers Ivancsik! Next Story → FA Goppingen sign Tomas Urban Camp NouFC Barcelona Lassa Handball
Antarctique : la souveraineté de l’Australie menacéeAlors que le sud de l’Antarctique est de plus en plus convoité par les groupes miniers et énergétiques, l’Australie pourrait perdre ses droits de souveraineté sur la région, qui concernent aujourd’hui 42% du continent le plus méridional de la Terre. Une mise en garde émanent de l’institut australien Lowy.Face à l’intérêt des grands groupes miniers et énergétiques pour le sud de l’Antarctique, l’institut Lowy s’inquiète de la capacité de l’Australie à conserver ses droits de souveraineté, qui concernent 42% du continent. “L’Australie a une présence limitée en Antarctique, et se positionne plus d’un point de vue environnemental et scientifique qu’en termes de sécurité nationale”, souligne en effet l’institut, dont les craintes sont rapportées par l’AFP. “La question de sa capacité à préserver sa souveraineté sur le territoire” se pose alors, alerte-t-il.Pour l’heure, un accord mondial protège l’Antarctique de toute exploitation des minerais et énergies qu’il recèle. Mais en 2048, le Traité sur l’Antarctique entré en vigueur le 23 juin 1961 devra être reconduit, et certains Etats pourraient en profiter pour se désengager, souligne Lowy. Charbon, manganèse, fer, uranium, et bien sûr des réserves de pétrole comptant parmi les plus importantes du monde : l’Antarctique suscite des convoitises qui pourraient menacer la souveraineté de l’Australie. Le pays possède les plus grands droits sur le continent recouvert de glace. Et seuls six autres Etats ont des droits terrestres sur l’Antarctique : le Royaume-Uni, la Nouvelle-Zélande, la France, la Norvège, l’Argentine et le Chili.Le 9 août 2011 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambert
Pollution : les particules fines ont fait chuter les températures aux Etats-UnisLa pollution de l’air par les particules fines aurait eu pour effet de ralentir le réchauffement des températures dans l’Est des Etats-Unis. C’est ce qu’affirment des climatologues de Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) dans une récente étude.Si les gaz à effet de serre tels que le dioxyde de carbone et le méthane contribuent au réchauffement de la planète, les particules fines rejetées dans l’air peuvent avoir un effet inverse, à une échelle régionale du moins. Cette découverte a été réalisée par des chercheurs de la Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) et rapportée par le site Science Daily.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les climatologues ont en effet constaté que la pollution particulaire avait permis de ralentir le réchauffement sur l’Est des États-Unis à la fin du XXe siècle. Dans cette région, la température moyenne aurait ainsi chuté de un degré entre 1930 et 1990. “Nous avons montré que la pollution particulaire sur l’est des États-Unis a retardé le réchauffement que nous nous attendions à observer en raison de l’augmentation des gaz à effet de serre”, explique l’un des auteurs de l’étude, Eric Leibensperger.Le principal moteur de ce phénomène est la pollution par les aérosols, qui reflètent la lumière du soleil et engendrent donc un refroidissement à la surface de la Terre. Le chercheur rappelle toutefois que les particules fines sont dangereuses pour la santé humaine et insiste sur la nécessité de les réduire. En outre, le retard du réchauffement des températures constaté dans cette région des Etats-Unis a déjà été en grande partie rattrapé, affirme-t-il.”Personne ne suggère que nous devrions cesser d’améliorer la qualité de l’air, mais il est important de comprendre les conséquences. Purifier l’air pourrait conduire à un réchauffement régional”, conclut Eric Leibensperger.Le 2 mai 2012 à 20:11 • Maxime Lambert
Recent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore.“The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which oversees FMERA.The clarification should help get several projects moving, according to the story.“That language has been amended and I know that’s a positive move for our efforts to get qualified bidders and very competitive bidders,” Eatontown Administrator George Jackson said at a recent council meeting.Earlier this year Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly said developers are finding it too difficult to turn a profit if they need to comply with both the prevailing wage requirement and the 20-percent, low-income set aside for residential construction. Connelly said several projects, including the Tinton Falls and Eatontown town centers, could be harmed by the prevailing wage rule. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process for closing or realigning an installation under a new authority included in House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry’s portion of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill would need to start with a recommendation to the department from a governor that a facility in the state be downsized, a precondition that would preclude DOD from taking advantage of the authority in most cases. The governor’s notice would need to include statements of support from local governments that would be affected as well as a detailed plan for reusing or redeveloping the property.If the Pentagon accepts a governor’s recommendation to close or realign an installation, it would need to inform the congressional defense committees when it submits the annual budget. That report would need to include:the reasons the defense secretary believes “it is in the interest of the United States” to accept the governor’s recommendation;a plan describing the required work, cost and timing for all actions needed to carry out the realignment or closure, including new construction or renovation of existing facilities; anda certification that the savings generated by the action will exceed the implementation costs within five years after the move is completed, an estimate of the annual recurring savings and the amount of time needed for the savings to exceed the implementation costs.DOD would need to wait 90 days after it informs Congress to begin carrying out the closure or realignment. The provision also limits the department to spending $2 billion through FY 2029 for carrying out all closures and realignments for which it relies on the authority. Costs would include planning and design, construction, operations and maintenance, and environmental restoration, among other items. The authority would terminate at the end of FY 2029.The provision for closing or realigning an installation outside of the normal BRAC process, Section 2702, would apply to any size facility, despite a description in the committee’s summary released last week indicating the authority would apply to small installations.Photo by Carol Highsmith
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — Michelle M. Cronin, age 35, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2018.Michelle was the cherished daughter of Linda (Medeiros) Cronin and the late Kevin Cronin of Wilmington, beloved sister of the late Michael Cronin, loving companion of Eric Patterson of Billerica. Michelle is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her beloved cat Spazz.Michelle was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Shawsheen Tech High School with the Class of 2001. She was a hairdresser in Winchester for many years. Michelle will be fondly remembered for her great personality, her love of family, friends, and animals and for her infectious smile that would light up any room.At the families request all services will be private; arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.Donations in Michelle’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bullfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114.Michelle M. CroninLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This YearWhat Can We Actually Do About Climate Change? It certainly doesn’t seem like our civilization is going to vanish from Earth any time soon, but you never know. The Romans probably didn’t think their empire was about to fall when barbarians showed up at the gates. The Memory of Mankind project aims to make sure we don’t lose all the knowledge we’ve accumulated in the event of disaster. How? They’re packing it all up and storing it in a salt mine.Despite having access to more information than ever before, that information is also very fragile. Many texts, studies, and records only exist in digital forms. As technology advances, the data might not always be brought along. If someone handed you a floppy disk and said there was something important on it, how would you get at it? You probably don’t have a floppy drive, and neither do most other people. Even DVDs and other optical media are quickly going the way of the Dodo.Memory of Mankind is creating hard copy records of mankind’s achievements on what it calls “ceramic microfilm.” The flat ceramic plates are covered with a dark coating, then laser etched with information. There are two different “densities” used. The simpler one holds five million characters, the same as a 400-page book. You need 10x magnification to read them. The more advanced version can have color images and diagrams along with 50,000 characters of text. The plates include history, science, biographies of notable people, art, and more. The project has worked with the University of Vienna to decide what to preserve.The plates are being packaged up in ceramic boxes and hidden in a salt mine in Hallstatt, Austria. That’ll keep the data safe, sure, but they won’t be easy to find. The entire point is that people will find the plates, so the Memory of Mankind project has also designed small ceramic tokens (top) with an outline of Europe and the location of the mine indicated. The hope is that people living in a post-apocalyptic future could use these clues to uncover the Memory of Mankind vault and jumpstart civilization again. Stay on target
Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Want to catch up with past Geek Plays? Watch our shows for live Fornite coaching and The Messenger.Purchase Dragon Quest XILet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well, you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re playing Dragon Quest XI. The Dragon Quest series is the bedrock upon which the entire Japanese role-playing game genre is built. But it’s been a while since the series has seen a big blockbuster entry on a home console. Watch us see how well Dragon Quest XI honors the old legacy on new tech. Stay on target Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games
A new logo and identity have been launched to promote Hiroshima as a convention destination in Japan! The brand’s tagline ‘Meeting Resolutions’ implicates not only that Hiroshima commits to the promotion of peace and resolution, to bring about awareness and need for peace but also that Hiroshima supports meetings as a means for people to gather, discuss and resolve issues, to build mutual understanding and relationships.It also means that Hiroshima commits to resolve issues meeting planners may have in choosing the destination for their upcoming conference, planning, promoting and facilitating conferences and Hiroshima provides support to meeting and event planners to help them achieve successful outcomes as well.To select a logo design that embodies Hiroshima’s brand concept, Hiroshima is resolute about bringing positive changes through the hosting of meetings and conventions in the city of peace, the Hiroshima Convention and Visitors Bureau held a design contest which attracted 284 entries submitted by 174 creators from all over Japan and from overseas.The winning logo features the letter H of Hiroshima combining an orizuru (folded paper crane) that is a symbol of peace in Hiroshima and a circle that symbolises the sun in Japan national flag or peace flame.
RelatedShould there be child-free zones on planes? YES!Should there be child-free zones on planes? YES!Family Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children.Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”… Wendy Shand is the founder of TotsToTravel.co.uk, which specialises in hand-picked, family-friendly holidays.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Should there be child-free zones on planes? Wendy Shand, founder of TotsToTravel says “No!”As both a parent and an individual with a passion for travel, I understand how frustrating it can be listening to the child sat behind you scream whilst he/she kicks the back of your seat and plays with the tray tables. There will be always be parents who don’t seem to care, or are oblivious to how badly their children are behaving, but most parents do care.We’ve all seen a mother frantically trying to calm a screaming baby so as not to upset fellow passengers. Most parents remember what it was like to be childless, those carefree days when they could tut about a screaming baby. They don’t want to be the person on the receiving end of ill-tempered scowls, so most will do everything they can to avoid upsetting fellow passengers and keep their child happy. It’s stressful, but being forced to sit in a family-only zone as though they’re some kind of inferior passenger is hardly going to ease their stress.Children and babies don’t understand why they can’t walk around when they want to or why their ears hurt so much when the plane descends. And they may kick up a fuss. But that doesn’t mean they should be treated as though they’re something to be reviled.So should families be made to sit together in a special zone? No, definitely not. They’ve paid their fares and taxes and the majority of children are relatively well behaved on planes. As the world’s opened up with the advent of low cost airlines, it’s easier and more affordable than ever for families to take their children abroad. The family travel market has exploded and become more adventurous, luxurious and exciting. Specialist operators, including ourselves (www.totstotravel.co.uk), simply can’t keep up with demand. Families contribute millions to the travel industry, and many airlines are waking up to the fact that they need to look after this key customer sector. Many now offer child packs on board containing colouring books and games. Some have designated flight attendants to care for families, whilst others offer toddler friendly food, and nearly all long haul flights have children’s TV programmes and bassinettes for young babies. There are some wonderful examples of airlines that have gone the extra mile and made children welcome on board. I have heard of birthday parties in the sky and of flight attendants playing with, and reading to the children.If airlines and parents work together, a flight can be an enjoyable experience for everyone on board. For their part, parents need to be prepared. You can’t board a flight without milk, food and some new games or books, and then expect your child to sit still without making a sound for two hours.I believe the gift of travel and adventure is one of the most important things we can give our children. They learn so much from new experiences, cultures and people. It’s time to stop seeing them as a nuisance and have a little more compassion for their needs in the sky – after all, we were all children at one point and none of us are perfect. So let’s not send them to the naughty corner, but remember that with a bit of preparation and a little understanding we can all fly harmoniously together.Don’t agree? Read the other side of the argument here: Should there be child-free zones on planes? YES
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday it expects the Cypriot economy’s growth to slow down to 2.6 per cent next year from 3.4 per cent in 2017.Consumer prices are expected to increase 0.8 per cent this year and 0.7 per cent in 2018, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook. The unemployment rate is expected to drop next year to 10.7 per cent from 11.8 per cent this year and 13 per cent last year.The current account deficit is expected to narrow to 3.8 per cent of economic output in 2017 and to 2.7 per cent next year from 5.3 per cent last year, the IMF said.The new forecast, revises downwards the forecast published in the concluding statement prepared by the IMF staff on Friday, a week after the latest post-programme surveillance mission. The finance ministry said on September 13, that it expects the economy to expand 3.6 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2018, after growing 3 per cent last year.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola