first_imgTORONTO – A campaign adviser to Premier Doug Ford has been appointed as Ontario’s trade representative to the United States.Ian Todd will take on the post in Washington, D.C. on Monday, replacing former Liberal legislator Monique Smith, who was removed from the job by Ford after his Progressive Conservatives won a majority government earlier this year.Todd will make $350,000 a year — $75,000 more than Smith made in the role.Ontario’s trade representative promotes the province’s interests in the United States, cross border trade and investment. Todd will also serve as a special adviser to the premier.Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson defended Todd’s salary, saying he will not be eligible for pension payments or for termination payments.Wilson says the government has also ended contracts with legal advisers and consultants on the trade file that will save taxpayers $710,000 a year.When asked whether the government interviewed candidates for the job, Wilson said Todd was well known in political ranks.“Every government reserves the right to put a person they trust that they believe will grow jobs for Ontario,” he said. “We believe that Ian Todd is the best person for the job.”The Opposition, meanwhile, said the appointment was just the latest example of the government awarding Tory insiders plum positions, noting that former party president Rueben Devlin was previously granted a three-year term as a health-care advisor.“Apparently, the Ford gravy train has arrived at Queen’s Park and it’s all aboard for Ford’s friends, and those he owes a favour to,” NDP legislator Taras Natyshak said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgA Canadian sports economist believes Calgary’s already decided on the Olympics, and he’s warning the price tag of hosting could snowball.Moshe Lander, from Concordia University in Montreal, is uncomfortable with the city spending $30-million on a bid he feels is “pre-determined.”“This just looks like it’s for show for the public, to make everyone feel that everyone did their due diligence, but the reality is the games are not going to make money — and the reason for pursuing the games is for reasons other than economics,” he said.Lander said Calgary should already know roughly what facilities are ready to go and what needs to be upgraded, but there are always going to be unforseen costs.“I kind of liken this a little bit to the idea of you get a quote from a contractor for home renovations — and when you get the quote from the contractor, this is what it costs to do the project. But, when they actually start ripping apart the walls and taking this out, and they realize there was something else that they didn’t anticipate, or there was this damage wasn’t realized at the time — bit by bit this starts to add into the cost,” he said.He said the International Olympic Committee’s offer of just under a billion dollars to help with hosting the games could be the perfect excuse to add on project after project — maybe even a new arena.“If you don’t rebuild the Saddledome in time for the 2026 Olympics, by that point the Saddledome will be 40 years old. Is there any conceivable way that whoever the mayor is of Calgary at that time can say ‘now that the Olympics have come and gone, now let’s spend the money and replace the Saddledome?’,” Lander said.He said the $4.6-billion price tag that’s being thrown around will only grow.last_img read more

According to the Tribunal, Lt. Ildephonse Hategekimana, former commander of the Ngoma Camp, allegedly ordered, transported and led soldiers and militiamen to carry out attacks against Tutsi civilians. He is also said to have deployed soldiers to stop escaping Tutsi civilians and bring them to the camp for slaughter.In addition, Lieutenant Hategekimana is accused of watching an attack while preventing his soldiers from intervening. He allegedly also failed to take measures to prevent, or put an end to widespread rape of girls and women in Butare prefecture.Lieutenant Hategekimana was arrested on 16 February in the Republic of the Congo before being transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania. Duty counsel appointed by the Tribunal’s Registrar is representing him until he appoints his own counsel or is assigned counsel in accordance with the UN court’s rules. read more

199715851535+50660 200815541628-74492 Source: 200715701570+0590 199315531547+6600 199515571545+12601 200015661617-50522 201315641593-29551 200116121589+22620 200915891617-28552 199115971541+55660 199915901531+59670 201215991580+19611 201415961578+18620 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 201115521578-25551 199216161615+1590 201015181638-120432 199815941542+52660 200515841615-31551 200315791573+5601 201515711658-8747%3 200415951530+65680 199415761543+34640 This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200616031522+81700 199615981506+92710 200215911524+67680 199015681582-15570 read more

first_imgNapoli will face off against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow and the Italian manager knows what to do to winItalian Lega Serie A club Napoli will face off against French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.And for the Italian club manager Carlo Ancelotti, this is a very important match and he knows what to do to win.“We know the importance of this match and what we must do, we are set up in the right way in order to do our best,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“To win we must do even better than we did. The draw in the first match didn’t come about by chance, at times we were too relaxed and we made mistakes. To win we must do something extraordinary.”“There is never a right time to face a team like PSG. We all know that there will be a whole city behind us and the stadium will be warm, but the approach of the team is the determining factor,” he added.“Which PSG will we face? I believe that in the middle of the first game they changed their style, I sincerely don’t know what they will do tomorrow but they definitely will remain a strong team and one difficult to face.”last_img read more

first_img $319 The standard Nintendo Switch may gain a pair of siblings this summer, and one might lose the docking feature. James Martin/CNET Nintendo may be Switch-ing up its console options as soon as this summer, offering cut-down and souped-up models to appeal to a wide range of gamers.The Japanese gaming company will launch two new versions of the Nintendo Switch, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Monday report, which cited anonymous sources within the supply chain and game developers with access to a prototype. Eurogamer backed up this report on Tuesday, citing sources close to Nintendo.One will be a cheaper option for casual players. This is inspired by its 2DS, which was released as a budget alternative to the 3DS in 2016. It may remove the Switch’s signature docking feature (in which case it wouldn’t connect to a TV the same way and could be portable-only) and it’ll be tougher than the standard model to ensure that it’s “kid-proof,” according to Eurogamer.Removing the docking feature might seem like a massive shift for the console, but similar things have happened. Nintendo cut the 3DS’ signature stereoscopic 3D for the 2DS.It may also remove the HD Rumble controller vibration and other features to cut costs, the Journal reported. Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? Now playing: Watch this: The other new Switch will apparently be a more powerful version of the existing model, which will target avid gamers but won’t reach the power levels of Sony’s PS4 Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One X. The performance jump will be like the one from its original 2011 3DS handheld to the New 3DS (which had a better display and buttons), Eurogamer reported.Both might include new liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens from Sharp, the Journal noted.We’ve previously heard reports about Nintendo planning to refresh its console for the summer, and that it was planning a cheaper model. It may reveal the new versions during E3 in June, and bring them out in the following months, according to the Journal.Neither Nintendo nor Sharp immediately responded to requests for comment.First published March 25 at 3:47 a.m. PT.Updated March 26 at 4:05 a.m. PT: Adds details from Eurogamer report. Consoles Gaming What we want to see in the new Nintendo Switch $369 Amazon See it 3:19 Share your voice 29 Photos The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Microsoft Xbox One X Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X 3 Comments Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Microsoft Sony Nintendolast_img read more

first_img.Two local leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League were injured as miscreants blasted a crude bomb in front of the party’s election campaign office in Rohanpur of Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj on Friday night.The injured are—Adar Ali and Sabbir Rahman Rony, vice presidents of ward no. 3 of Rohanpur municipal unit Awami League, reports UNB.Witnesses said two miscreants riding on a motorcycle came in front of the office of AL candidate Ziaur Rahman around 8:00pm and hurled the crude bomb, leaving the duo injured.The injured were admitted to Rohanpur upazila health complex.Meanwhile, miscreants blasted a crude bomb in College Intersection area of the upazila at night.On information, assistant returning officer and upazila nirbahi officer Shihab Raihan, Gomostapur circle police additional superintendent Jahidur Rahman and Gomostapur police station officer-in-charge Jasim Uddin visited the spot.last_img read more

first_imgPedestrians walk across the Millenium Bridge during a spell of cold weather, in London, Britain on 2 March. Photo: ReutersA British supporter of Islamic State was found guilty on Friday of trying to recruit children he was teaching into an “army” of jihadists to help carry out a wave of attacks across London.Umar Haque, 25, showed the children beheading videos and other violent militant propaganda, forced them to re-enact deadly attacks on the British capital and made them role-play attacking police officers.“His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London,” said Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. “He tried and he did, we believe, radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14.”Despite having no qualifications and being employed as an administrator, police say Haque used the guise of teaching Islamic studies to groom 110 children into becoming militants at the Lantern of Knowledge, a small private Islamic school, and at a madrassa connected to the Ripple Road Mosque in east London.Of those children, 35 are now undergoing long-term safeguarding measures involving social services and other authorities. Six of the group gave evidence at Haque’s trial, detailing how he taught them fighting was good and had given them training such as doing push-ups to build their strength.His intention was to use them to attack London targets such as the Big Ben tower, soldiers from the Queen’s Guards, a large shopping center, banks, and media stations, prosecutors said.Believed to have been self-radicalized online, Haque was inspired by an attack in March last year when Khalid Masood plowed a rented car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four, before stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament.He had discussed with Abuthaher Mamun – a 19-year-old who also taught at the mosque – carrying out a similar attack using guns and a hire car packed with explosives. He had made the children re-enact Masood’s assault and told another co-defendant the public deserved to be annihilated.ROLE-PLAYING“He tried to prepare the children for martyrdom by making them role-play terrorist attacks. Part of that role-playing was re-enacting attacking police officers,” Haydon said.“He had shown them graphic terrorist videos – beheading videos and frightening terrorist activities overseas. He described himself as a loyal follower to IS.”Haydon said the children had been “paralyzed by fear” into not telling their parents or teachers, with Haque saying he was part of IS and threatening that they would suffer the same fate as those in the militant videos he showed them.However, Haque’s “ambitious”, long-term plans were in an early stage, he said. No issues had been raised at the school – rated outstanding by government inspectors – prior to Haque’s arrest and when it came to light what was going on, police initially met a wall of silence from the children.“He shouldn’t have been teaching, so that’s a concern,” Haydon said. “We have had challenges with both the local community and some of these institutions.”Haque was found guilty at London’s Old Bailey Court of a number of offences including preparing terrorist acts, having previously pleaded guilty to four charges.Mamun, who police said was involved in fundraising and attack planning, and Muhammad Abid, 27, were also convicted of helping him. They will all be sentenced at a later date.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Growing up, my family ate out a lot: We frequented the same handful of restaurants, where I ordered the same handful of meals.As an adult, I’ve become more culinarily adventurous—though I still tend toward the my tried-and-true favorites.So I am looking forward to testing Google Maps’ new “dish-covery” feature, which highlights eateries’ most popular menu items, and provides inspiration to try something new.AdChoices广告The function is powered by a machine-learning algorithm that matches dish names—provided by Google Maps users—with relevant photos and reviews.“This creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most popular meals right at your fingertips in Google Maps,” product manager Ronnie Falcon wrote in a blog announcement.Whether you’re sampling a new bakery around the corner or paralyzed by choice in the Chinese restaurant, simply swipe up to find popular dishes.Still not convinced? Dive into the menu tab to scroll through all the most-talked-about meals; tap on a tasty-looking dish to explore reviews and photos.The feature also works abroad, where Maps automatically translates reviews into your preferred language.“At the end of the day, this feature is made possible because of contributions from people around the world who want to help others using Google Maps,” Falcon said.“So if you want to pay it forward to the next diner,” she continued, “simply take a photo of your meal (before you’ve scarfed it down) and add a dish name so others can know what’s good on the menu.”Popular dishes is now live on Google Maps for Android devices worldwide, and will roll out to iOS users in the coming months.This is the latest attempt to make Google your one-stop-shop for travel, dining, and everyday life.Last week, the tech titan introduced food delivery to its branded services: Users can now open Google Search or Maps to order food from third parties like DoorDash, Postmates,, Slice, and ChowNow.Make your selections with just a few taps, view delivery or pickup times, and check out with Google Pay. Or, using Assistant on your phone, simply say, “Hey Google, order food from [restaurant].”More on Maps Shows Speed Limits, Camera Traps in 40+ CountriesDon’t Get Hangry, Get Google ‘Wait Times’Impossible Foods Debuts Meatless Sausage For Little Caesars Google Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More DevicesGoogle Maps Highlights Bike-Sharing Stations, Availability last_img read more

first_imgGoogle’s PAIR ( People + AI Research ) team has come out with a new tool called “What-if”. It is a new feature in the open-source TensorBoard web application which allows users to analyze an ML model without the need of writing code. It also provides an interactive visual interface which lets you explore the model results. The “What-if” tool comes packed with two major features namely, Counterfactuals, and Performance and Algorithmic Fairness analysis. Let’s have a look at these two features. Counterfactuals What-if allows you to compare a datapoint to the most similar point where your model predicts a different result. These points are known as “counterfactuals”. It lets you edit a datapoint by hand and explore the prediction changes in a model’s a. In the figure below, the What-if tool is used on a binary classification model which predicts whether a person’s income is more than $50k depending on public census data from the UCI census dataset. Comparing counterfactuals This is a prediction task used by ML researchers when analyzing algorithmic fairness. So, here the model made a prediction that the person’s income is more than $50k for the selected datapoint. The tool then automatically locates the most-similar person in the dataset for which earnings of less than $50k had been predicted in the model and compares the two cases side-by-side. Performance and Algorithmic Fairness Analysis With the What-if tool, exploring the effects of distinct classification thresholds is also possible. The tool considers constraints such as different numerical fairness criteria. The figure below presents the results of a smile detector model which has been trained on the open-source CelebA dataset. The CelebA dataset comprises annotated face images of celebrities. Comparing the performance of two slices of data in a smile detection model In the figure above, the datasets have been divided by whether the people have brown hair. Each of the two groups in the figure has a ROC curve and a confusion matrix of the predictions. It also includes sliders for setting how confident the model must be before determining that a face is smiling. Here, the What-if tool automatically sets up the confidence thresholds for the two groups in order to optimize for equal opportunity. Apart from these major features, the What-if tool also explores features such as visualizing your dataset directly using Facets and manually editing examples from your dataset along with automatic generation of partial dependence plots ( shows how the model’s predictions change with any single feature changing). Additionally, the Google’s PAIR team released a set of demos using pre-trained models to illustrate the capabilities of the What-If Tool. Some of these demos include detecting misclassifications (A multiclass classification model), assessing fairness in binary classification models (image classification model), and investigating model performance across different subgroups (A regression model). “We look forward to people inside and outside of Google using this tool to better understand ML models and to begin assessing fairness,” says the PAIR team. For more information on What-if, be sure to check out the official Google AI blog. Read Next Dr. Fei Fei Li, Google’s AI Cloud head steps down amidst speculations; Dr. Andrew Moore to take her place Introducing Deon, a tool for data scientists to add an ethics checklist Google wants web developers to embrace AMP. Great news for users, more work for developerslast_img read more

first_img TORONTO — Uniworld’s ‘River Currents’ has gotten an upgrade, giving Canadian agents even more reason to take advantage of the online booking engine.Six new features will be rolled out, all designed to bring the travel agent community the most expedient booking technology. Agents will notice the following upgrades with the revamped platform:The ability to book U by Uniworld journeys onlinePayments, either a deposit or full payment, can now be madeAgents can view River Cruise day-by-day itineraries and inclusionsJourney bookings can be made in dual currencies, including Canadian dollarsFull pricing breakdowns will be available for viewingNew and improved mobile-friendly user interface and booking experience for agents“There are exciting times ahead and 2018 is gearing up to be a fantastic booking year and our goal is to assist our loyal agent partners to effectively grow their river cruise business with Uniworld,” said Michelle Palma, vice-president of field sales for Uniworld in North America. “Many of our River Current’s new features implement suggestions from our partners and Uniworld has been listening. We’re happy to offer agents the necessary tools and resources to make it a seamless booking experience including the ability to book in Cdn or USD currency, depending on the needs of their clients.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNew features and enhancements are expected in the coming days and weeks. Uniworld’s agent booking platform rolls out 6 new features Travelweek Group Posted by Monday, January 22, 2018 Tags: Education, Uniworld << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgA total of 12,654 Tico expats on Feb. 2 will vote from abroad to elect a new Costa Rican president for the first time in the country’s history.President of the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) Luis Antonio Sobrado on Friday confirmed that polling centers will be enabled in 52 consulates within 42 countries.Also for the first time ever, voters in 31 countries – 98 percent of the total from abroad – will vote using an electronic system consisting of an ultrabook computer and a printer. TSE officials will personally deliver the devices to those consulates with at least 50 registered voters.Consulates with less than that number of voters will use paper ballots that also will be transported by TSE personnel from Costa Rica.Each polling center will have a board of at least three poll workers including a TSE official and volunteer citizens. If there are no volunteers, consulate or embassy staff will serve as poll workers.To cast a vote each person must present valid identification (cédula or passport) to a poll worker, who then will enable the voting software on the computer by entering a password that will be generated for each voter.Once the password is approved, the presidential ballot will be displayed on a touch screen, where the voter will select a candidate or choose to cast a blank vote.The system then will prompt the voter to confirm his selection and then it will print a receipt that will be inserted into a ballot box.In case the computer fails or the software becomes inoperable, the TSE official will be able to print paper ballots to continue the voting process using a pen.Sobrado confirmed that TSE will invest a total of ₡131 million ($262,000) in the logistics to allow Tico expats to vote in their countries of residence. That’s some ₡5,000 ($10) per voter.Consulates with the largest number of registered Tico voters are New York with 2,657, Los Angeles with 1,487, and Miami with 1,153.Those with fewer votes are in Belize (3), Trinidad & Tobago (4) and India (6), and there are no Ticos registered to vote in Jamaica.According to the Constitution, Costa Ricans voting abroad will be allowed to vote on the presidential and vice presidential races, but not to elect lawmakers.The results will be announced Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., Costa Rica time. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters besieged members of the Islamic State group Thursday in the northeastern city of Hassakeh as they pushed forward under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, an activist group and the main Kurdish militia in Syria said.Kurdish fighters have been on the offensive in northern Syria since January, capturing large areas from the extremist group and controlling a long stretch along the border with Turkey. The IS group attacked several government-held southern neighborhoods in Hassakeh last month and troops have since failed to retake the areas. YPG fighters joined the battle, recently capturing several villages south of Hassakeh.Syria-based Kurdish official Mustafa Bali said members of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, have cut all the roads linking Hassakeh with nearby IS strongholds in the province.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the YPG said Kurdish fighters captured a juvenile prison and a power station south of Hassakeh on Thursday.“Daesh fighters are besieged inside the city,” Bali said by telephone using an Arabic acronym to refer to the Islamic State group. “The aim of YPG is to liberate Hasssakeh.”The YPG said on its Facebook page that “our fighters are now surrounding the mercenaries from all sides in the city.” It added that streets on the southern edge of Hassakeh are full of bodies of dead IS fighters and others have been taken prisoner.“Our units are advancing and have captured several strategic areas,” the YPG Facebook statement said.Before IS captured parts of Hassakeh last month, the city had been split between government and Kurdish forces. The Islamic State group holds a self-declared caliphate across roughly a third of Syria and neighboring Iraq.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

first_imgSource = Mike Parker-Brown, ACI HR Solutions PR ACI HR Solutionsdiscover more here ACI – AU Launch Pix Andrew Chan and Kathy Fatseas 03 Feb 2016ACI HR Solutions launches AustraliaHaving successfully established the ACI HR Solutions brand in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore over the last three years, Founder & CEO, Andrew Chan has now moved to launch the company’s first Australian division.Officially announcing the opening at a function held in Sydney’s iconic The Rocks area, Mr Chan said a move into Australia had always been part of the overall ACI HR Solutions blueprint since he founded the company in 2012.“Opening a Sydney office, along with aspirations in other markets where I have strong experience, has been in the plan since day one,“ Mr Chan said.“In the early stages while based in Asia, I wanted to consolidate what ACI has been doing well and fully establish the brand in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore before taking the next step.”“Being named ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2015 Recruitment International Asia Awards in Singapore last year gave us the validation we were on the right track with ACI, and the time was right to open in Sydney.”Mr Chan said having a Sydney presence made perfect sense to ACI HR Solutions.“It complements our existing network of offices in Asia and offers both clients and candidates in the travel and hospitality sector a true Asia-Pacific network that not too many other specialist industry firms, if in fact any in this part of the world, can boast,” he said.“Aside from anything else, having grown up in Sydney and spending a major part of my professional career here, Sydney is most certainly close to my heart, so it feels very much like a homecoming of sorts.”Mr Chan also took the opportunity at the function to present his newest team member, Executive Consultant, Kathy Fatseas who will be based in the company’s Australian head office located in Australia Square, Pitt Street, Sydney.Pictured, ACI HR Solutions Founder & CEO, Andrew Chan with Executive  Consultant (Australia) Kathy Fatseas.About Andrew ChanAndrew Chan is no stranger to the hospitality and travel sector having held senior industry management roles before establishing the ACI HR Solutions brand in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2012.Regularly invited to address travel & hospitality events, conferences and trade shows, he is a recognised point of comment on issues affecting the industry. Mr Chan has also briefed the board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association on the role professional recruitment services can play in helping to alleviate the regional tourism industry’s staffing concerns.last_img read more

first_imgChina Eastern business booms with new boomerang routesChina Eastern business booms with new boomerang routesChina Eastern Airlines (CEA) business is booming with major new flight announcements heralding their commitment to the Australian market. The announcements coincide with the airlines 60th anniversary and 20 successful years of non-stop flights between Australia and China.CEA will serve six mainland China cities from Sydney; Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, Nanjing and Wuhan by the end of January 2017, operating 58 flights weekly between the two countries. The rapid growth will see the introduction of new Boeing 777-300ER’s added to the Australian market.Another Australian first, CEA will launch direct services from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou in November 2016. The Melbourne to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from November 2016 to February 2017. December 2016 will see the introduction of Brisbane to Shanghai flights, four times weekly, with an increase to daily flights between January and February 2017. The Sydney to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from mid-December to February 2017. Sydney to Beijing services (codeshare with Qantas) will commence in January 2017*, along with the launch of a new Sydney to Wuhan route the same month.China Eastern business booms with new boomerang routes“The new CEA routes reflect surging demand with a 23% growth in Chinese visitors to Australia in 2016. It brings an additional 3,003 seats a week between Australia and China, contributing significantly to local visitor expenditure. China is Australia’s largest source for tourists and China Eastern Airlines is geared up to service this demand”, said Kathy Zhang, China Eastern Airlines General Manager – Oceania.Our investment in new routes demonstrates CEA’s commitment to extending Australia’s tourism footprint to important secondary cities in mainland China. It deepens global business opportunities, as reflected by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), provides greater connectivity for passengers and directly connects two of the world’s most respectful cultures, acting as a gateway for Australia to the globe,” said Ms Zhang.The new Boeing 777-300ER will feature on the Shanghai services from Melbourne and Sydney in 2016, offering a three-class configuration with a total seating capacity of 316 seats. The aircraft is outfitted with 6 first class open suites, 52 flatbed business class seats and 258 standard economy seats.  All seats across each class on flights Australia to China are equipped with personal TV, Wi-Fi and AC power ports.The CEA flagship lounge in Shanghai Pudong International airport offers first and business class guests exclusive access, along with complimentary Wi-Fi, traditional gourmet Shanghai cuisine and shower rooms. In Sydney, first and business class travellers will have access to the SkyTeam Alliance lounge, whilst in Melbourne and Brisbane, travellers will use the Qantas lounge.China Eastern Airlines B777CEA continues to consolidate its reputation as a global connector for business savvy travellers. The airline offers world-class service, the latest technology and amenities on-board the Boeing 777-300ER and visa-free transit valid for 144 hours for Australian passport holders who hold an onward ticket, transiting in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. In addition, corporate business and first class guests can enjoy complimentary airport limousine pick-up services in Shanghai and Australia. The joint co-operation agreement with Qantas and alliance with SkyTeam members streamline CEA’s position as a truly global airline.“These extra services highlight the fact that tourists from China are voting with their feet, coming to NSW in huge numbers to experience the best of what our state has to offer,” said Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.“Chinese passengers represent our fastest growing and largest inbound visitor market, and we’re determined to ensure continued growth well into the future” said Mr Constance. China Eastern Airlinesbook flights hereSource = China Eastern Airlineslast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the run, the 318-pound lineman scooped the ball off the grass and rumbled for a 36-yard score — not before laying a stiff-arm and pancaking Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy to the ground.By putting the Cardinals ahead 31-0, Redding became the 18th Cardinal to score a touchdown this season, which is the most for any NFL team. It was the 14th defensive touchdown for the Cardinals since head coach Bruce Arians took over, the most during that span.Redding wasn’t even done there.This is (we think) the Ric Flair strut.Get it, Cory— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 27, 2015If you recall, Redding was inches from scoring a touchdown on an interception return against the Detroit Lions back on Oct. 11. He went 30 yards the other way but was tripped just short of the end zone by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. – / 36 Top Stories The Cardinals were getting plenty of pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday and they finished a 38-8 victory with nine sacks, the most in a single game since they recorded 10 during the 1986 season.The highlight of that success came in the middle of the fourth quarter.Arizona’s Kareem Martin got a solid hit and forced a fumble on Rodgers, and defensive tackle Cory Redding knew exactly what to do with the loose ball. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Aaron Rodgers sacked again, fumbles, Cory Redding returns it for the TD.— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) December 27, 2015 Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Tyrann Mathieu watches during the Arizona Cardinals mini-camp on June 8, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories He added a forced fumble and a sack. Comments   Share   He’s not called the Honey Badger without reason.While Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu embodies the spirit of the honey badger, he also plays with the cleverness of the animal. Mathieu’s smarts help him to play multiple positions and in different coverages, but the combination of wit and ferocity is the key to his adaptability.It’s why ESPN Insider’s Matt Bowen calls Mathieu the most versatile defender in the entire NFL.center_img The most versatile defender in the NFL, Mathieu lines up all over the Cardinals’ secondary. With his range, coverage ability, ball skills and toughness, Mathieu can play outside of the numbers, roll down over the slot or patrol the deep middle of the field. Oh, and he can blitz, too. He’s going to get dirty and make plays versus the big boys. He can do it all for the Arizona defense. And I absolutely love his tape: tons of production from a variety of positions and coverage schemes in the secondary. You want to play matchups? Then this is your guy. Mathieu is the Swiss army knife every coach in the league is looking for.Mathieu can play cornerback, safety and nickelback. For that reason, his current contract negotiations with the Cardinals as he seeks a hefty extension have been complicated.In the last year of a four-year rookie deal, Mathieu wants to make the money as a top-tier NFL cornerback. But seeing as he’s utilized as a safety — they are generally paid less — Arizona may not be willing to open the checkbook to his likely.Before tearing his ACL last season in Week 15, Mathieu compiled 89 tackles (second-best on the Cardinals) and co-led the team with five interceptions. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgAward-winning travel brands APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica World Discoveries will be strengthened by the creation of an overarching corporate brand.A new brand, APT Travel Group, is now the corporate face of the family-owned Australian business, which will celebrate its 90th birthday in 2017.Luxury tour and cruise operator APT, premium tour and cruise operator Travelmarvel, and specialist operator Botanica World Discoveries will each retain their separate identities but benefit from the endorsement of this umbrella brand.Commenting on the new corporate branding, Executive General Manager Global Marketing & Sales Debra Fox said:  “For a long time now, APT Travel Group has been bigger than the sum of its parts. By giving this corporate aspect of our business a more visible and defined presence we will bring clarity to our brand portfolio.“The APT Travel Group will have the ability to speak as one to the industry, while our brands continue to address their specific customer segments, both within the industry and among consumers. The new branding is also reflective of our business structure, which shares services at some levels.”Proudly owned by the McGeary family, APT Travel Group is one the world’s most awarded tour and cruise operators.The new identity is supported by a new website, which will be the touchpoint for partners and suppliers looking to connect with the group as a whole.last_img read more

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2018 10:35 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Gord Downie’s most recent album “Introduce Yerself” was often considered his final project, but his brothers insist there’s much more to come.“That wasn’t the end,” Patrick Downie told reporters after accepting two Juno Awards for the 2017 album alongside his brother Mike.“(Gord) did a lot of music in his final time.”The brothers stood alongside each other at the Junos gala dinner in the absence of the Tragically Hip frontman, who died last October of an incurable form of brain cancer.“Introduce Yerself” picked up the adult alternative album award while Downie shared a songwriter award with Kevin Drew for the project as well.The album consists of songs described as “love letters” to people who touched Downie’s life, from an ex-girlfriend to members of the Indigenous community.“There’s a lot of material that he was doing all along, a lot of material he created after he found out he was going to die,” Patrick added.“Songwriting was his vehicle. He just went to work. He was not going to leave this world until he had spoken his language.”The brothers didn’t say when Downie’s other projects would be released.Mike added that his brother’s “work ethic was unbeatable.”“Gord never stopped working. Two operations, chemo, he never stopped,” he said.“In the last two years he somehow had this idea of what he wanted to accomplish and he just went right down the list.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Gord Downie’s brothers say more projects are coming from the singerlast_img read more