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Samantha Harris To Be Honored At StarStudded Ante Up For A Cancer

first_imgDozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film will ante up and bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (Tower) 3rd Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Sofitel Hotel, Riviera 31, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.Samantha Harris, host of Entertainment Tonight, and former host of Dancing with the Stars, who is a breast cancer survivor, will be honored with the inaugural Cancer Free Generation Mission Award. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 PM PDT.The evening will honor Samantha Harris, breast cancer survivor and host of Entertainment Tonight, and longtime former co-host of Dancing with the Stars. The event has attracted the support of numerous celebrities who are expected to attend including rock icon Gene Simmons of KISS, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block), Jesse Spencer (Chicago Fire), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Gilles Marini (Sex and the City, Dancing with the Stars), Mekhi Phifer (ER/Torchwood: Miracle Day/White Collar), Samuel Hunt (Chicago PD), Sophie Tweed-Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels), Tig Nataro (Comedian), Tito Ortiz (MMA/UFC Champion), Jason Collins (retired NBA player), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), WWE/E! Total Divas Maryse Ouellette and Eva Marie, Frank Kramer (The Heidi & Frank Show/ Dish Nation).Cancer Free Generation (CFG) is the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in the Southern California region, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer. Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation. CFG’s executive committee consists of young professionals working in a variety of fields including finance, law, real estate, entertainment, and medicine. Many members of CFG’s leadership are, themselves, young cancer survivors. Their common vision is the desire to build a more inspired community via connecting fascinating and passionate young people who make a difference in the world.Top prizes include a seat in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, January 2017 in the Bahamas; 5-Night Stay at the Trump Hotel Waikiki Hawaii; and a 3-Night Stay for Two at the Hilton Los Cabos.Tickets may be purchased at the Tower website or by calling 310.299.8477.last_img read more

UK music exports buoyant but bad Brexit deal risks loom

first_imgLONDON – The trade body representing British music warned Thursday that the industry’s financial fortunes, currently sky-high as a result of the popularity of the likes of Ed Sheeran, could be damaged in the event of a “bad Brexit deal.”The BPI, which has been championing the interests of big players such as Sony Music U.K. as well as more than 400 independent music companies for decades, said a failure to strike an adequate deal would prevent the industry becoming an “international calling card” in a post-Brexit world.“With Brexit approaching, music can help to showcase what is exciting about the U.K. as we forge new trading relationships, but only if our government supports us by ensuring a strong Brexit deal that enables artists to tour freely, robustly protects music rights, and prevents physical music products being impeded in transit,” said Geoff Taylor, the chief executive of BPI.Taylor’s warning came as the BPI reported booming British music exports last year, when they rose 12 per cent to 408.4 million pounds ($530 million). That’s the highest level since records began 18 years ago and means the total generated since 2000 is over 5 billion pounds.The BPI said U.K. artists accounted for one in every eight albums globally in 2017. And the world’s bestselling album was British in nine of the past thirteen years, most recently with Ed Sheeran’s “Divide.” Other British success stories in 2017 were Rag’n’Bone Man, whose debut album “Human” came in fourth, and Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of it All” at five.Revenue growth was particularly strong across Europe, up 29 per cent since 2015, with France doing particularly well. Europe remains the U.K.’s biggest export market for music, though the United States is the single biggest national market by a significant margin, accounting for more than 35 per cent of U.K. music earnings. Exports to China were also strong in 2017.Buoyant sales in Europe highlight the fact that British exporters are in a so-called “sweet spot” at the moment — British exporters have been able to benefit from the 15 per cent or so fall in the pound following the Brexit vote in June 2016 while still having full and unimpeded access to the European single market.With less than 30 weeks to go to Brexit, it’s still unclear how Britain will trade with the other 27 countries in the EU. Both sides have said they want to maintain smooth trade but the EU has insisted that Britain cannot continue to have the same sort of tariff-less access as it enjoys now if it doesn’t abide by the rules governing the single market, including the freedom of movement for people.last_img read more

California governor lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers must now deal with the fallout of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s announcement it will file for bankruptcy.That will include looking at how to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in the face of climate change.PG&E said Monday it is filing for bankruptcy as it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits related to catastrophic California wildfires. It kicks off a 15-day window before the official filing.That’s prompting worries that power bills will rise and wildfire victims won’t get all of the money they are owed. Newsom says his top priorities are safety, reliability and affordability.Kathleen Ronayne And Janie Har, The Associated Presslast_img read more

IAF officer to face culpable homicide charge for accidentally shooting down Mi17

first_imgNew Delhi: The officer held responsible for the accidental shooting down of a military helicopter at the height of India-Pakistan tension in February will be charged by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder along with three others, according to reports. The IAF is yet to officially acknowledge reasons for the Mi-17 helicopter’s crash on February 27, the day Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets attempted to cross the Line of Control (LoC). But reports suggest that it was shot down in a friendly fire by IAF’s own air defence missile. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Court of Inquiry into the incident killing all six onboard is yet to be completed. The IAF maintains that the investigation was still going on but multiple reports indicate that there was a lapse in following the Standard Operating Procedures. A report said that the officer commanding the Srinagar air base, where the crash took place, has been removed. The officer who was presiding over operations will face charges of culpable homicide, a criminal offence, according to another report. The incident had occurred in Jammu and Kashmir in the melee when IAF jets had engaged intruding PAF fighters over the LoC a day after air strike on terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.last_img read more

Ranil briefs diplomats at Temple Trees

Diplomats from the United States, the EU, India, Japan, Australia and Canada were among those who attended the briefing. (Colombo Gazette) United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe briefed diplomats at Temple Trees this evening on the political crisis affecting the country.Ambassadors, High Commissioners and representatives from nearly 20 countries attended the briefing.

Man charged with impaired after 3 struck

A man has been charged with impaired driving after hitting 3 pedestrians in Niagara late Tuesday night.The incident occurred at Murray Street and Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls.One of the pedestrians, a male, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency efforts were unsuccessful.Another man and a woman were taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.The driver charged with impaired may have charges upgraded to criminal negligence causing bodily harm and impaired driving causing death following an investigation. read more

UK Labour Party to seek Brexit extension in Parliament

LONDON — The U.K. Labour Party’s chief Brexit adviser says opposition plans to block a “no-deal” Brexit will require another extension to Article 50 so the Oct. 31 deadline doesn’t take effect.Keir Starmer told the BBC on Sunday that the legislation to be introduced in Parliament will focus on an extension of the deadline to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from leaving the European Union without a deal.He says the length of the extension is “secondary” because the top priority is preventing a disorderly departure on Oct. 31.Current plans call for Britain to leave the EU on that date unless Britain formally asks for an extension and each of the bloc’s other 27 nations agree.Britain’s Parliament only has a short time to deal with the situation.The Associated Press read more

Shortsellers law firm says ASCs trade ban request is illadvised

CALGARY — American short-seller Marc Cohodes is firing back at the Alberta Securities Commission after it announced it wants to stop him from trading in securities of Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.Law firm Boersch Shapiro, which says it represents Cohodes in the United States, says in a statement the investor will challenge the ASC’s “ill-advised application” and looks forward to “public revelations” about Badger.The provincial regulator said Thursday it will also seek to have the California short-seller prohibited from making “misleading” public declarations regarding Badger, citing a social media posting that used a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of illegal toxic dumping.But the law firm says Cohodes has evidence from whistleblowers that supports his allegation of illegal dumping of toxic material by the hydrovac excavating company and accuses ASC staff of not contacting him to review the evidence.In May, Badger said in a news release that the ASC had conducted an investigation into allegations made against it by short-sellers and found that no enforcement action would be taken.The Boersch Shapiro statement says the ASC’s requested order would purport to violate the U.S. Constitution and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by restraining Cohodes’ right to free speech.In its notice of application, the ASC accuses Cohodes of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities, thus becoming a “threat” to the integrity of the capital market in Alberta.The application for the order against Cohodes is to be heard next week. read more

UN agency chiefs call for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen

AUDIO: Blockade making life in Yemen even worse, says UN official. “While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse,” said a joint statement issued by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.“The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families,” the statement added.Since 2015, Yemen has been in a conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.The UN agency chiefs jointly appealed for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen, describing the situation “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world” in which more than 20 million people, including over 11 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, at least 14.8 million are without basic healthcare and an outbreak of cholera has resulted in more than 900,000 suspected cases.“Some 17 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from and 7 million are totally dependent on food assistance. Severe acute malnutrition is threatening the lives of almost 400,000 children. As supplies run low, food prices rise dramatically, putting thousands more at risk,” the statement said.The statement said that all of the country’s ports – including those in areas held by the opposition – should be reopened without delay, as that is the only way that UN-chartered ships can deliver the vital humanitarian cargo that the population needs to survive. Flights from the UN Humanitarian Air Service – into and out of Yemen – should be given immediate clearance to resume. “The clock is ticking and stocks of medical, food and other humanitarian supplies are already running low,” the statement said, warning that the cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost.“On behalf of all those whose lives are at imminent risk, we reiterate our appeal to allow humanitarian access in Yemen without further delay,” it said. read more

Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan many suffering from trauma

Some 5,000 people have settled in several villages along the border near the town of Ingbokolo in Ituri province in north-eastern DRC, the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.“Most are women, children and the elderly” said UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch, explaining that they have been arriving by foot “exhausted, hungry and thirsty”.“Among them are people suffering malaria or other illnesses” he continued, noting that many of those traumatized have “witnessed violent incidents, including armed men reportedly murdering and raping civilians and looting villages”.According to reports, the violence has displaced another 8,000 people inside South Sudan, near the town of Yei.The clashes started on 19 January between the army and a rebel group known as the National Salvation Front, UNHCR says, blocking humanitarian access to affected areas. The conflict in South Sudan has created over 2.2 million refugees since 2013. Armed groups continue child release, but 19,000 remain: UNICEFEvery child no longer with an armed group represents a childhood restored and a future regained – UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta ForeMeanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported that an armed group in South Sudan released 119 children on Tuesday in the south-west town of Yambio, who had been held captive by the militia group known as the South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSLM), which signed a peace agreement with the Government in 2016.Of the newly-released, 48 were girls, with the youngest child being 10-years-old. More than 3,100 children being held by armed groups have now been freed.“Every child no longer with an armed group represents a childhood restored and a future regained,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.During the process, each child was registered and provided with a certificate stating they were no longer affiliated with the group. They then met social workers, health workers and education specialists, so their immediate needs could be assessed.UNICEF said that for each released child given help, one vulnerable child and their family from the host community receiving them, is also being supported to foster acceptance and promote a boost the chances of successful reintegration. “More and more children are being freed from armed groups and armed forces in South Sudan, and while this is an encouraging development, there is a long way to go before all of the more than 19,000 children still in their ranks are returned to their families,” asserted Ms. Fore.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which requires governments to meet the basic needs of children and to help them reach their full potential, according to the UNICEF chief.“Five months after the signing of a peace agreement, UNICEF calls on all parties to South Sudan’s conflict to recommit themselves to upholding these rights and to ensuring that children are never soldiers”, concluded Ms. Fore. read more

Pilot Schmilot US Air Force Planning Unmanned Fighter Jets

first_imgIn the future, fighter pilots could be little more than relics of lesser Louis Gossett, Jr. movies. The US Air Force is currently deliberating future incarnations of its elite stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor. The USAF is reportedly very interested in pursuing remotely-controlled, pilotless Raptors to be operational by 2030. All branches of the armed forces already make use of unmanned aerial drones for surveillance and targeted ground/sea strikes. However, the F-22 was specifically designed as an air superiority fighter for going nose-to-nose with other air crafts. Top Gun stuff. So, bringing this craft into the unmanned realm is a big (if not inevitable) step.AdChoices广告Remote piloting has many potential benefits. Obviously, human pilots can now be placed out of harm’s way. Additionally, unmanned planes would be able to perform complex maneuvers without having to factor in the effects of life threatening G-forces on human cargo. And from a design standpoint, space that formerly had to be allocated for pilot and accompanying life-support systems can now be otherwise used.In the future, the military will basically be a collection of big expensive remote-controlled cars. via seventotenlast_img read more

Tchernobyl les sangliers dAutriche sont toujours contaminés par les rejets radiocatifs

first_imgTchernobyl : les sangliers d’Autriche sont toujours contaminés par les rejets radiocatifs Vingt-cinq ans après la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, les sangliers autrichiens sont toujours contaminés par les retombées radioactives, assure une association écologiste. En raison de son alimentation, l’espèce est particulièrement touchée par la persistance du césium 137 dans l’environnement.Alors que les conséquences sanitaires de l’accident de Fukushima divisent aujourd’hui les experts, l’ONG écologiste autrichienne Global 2000 rappelle que les impacts de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl existent toujours dans le pays, comme c’est aussi le cas en Allemagne. “Nos mesures sur la viande de sanglier montrent un dépassement clair de la limite autorisée en césium radioactif”, assure Reinhard Uhrig, responsable des questions nucléaires de l’association, dans un communiqué cité par 20minutes.fr.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylL’association explique avoir analysé de la viande de sanglier trouvée dans le commerce, dans certaines des régions autrichiennes les plus touchées par la catastrophe nucléaire, et y avoir détecté une radioactivité de 1.060 becquerels par kilo (bq/kg). Or la limite est fixé à 600 bq/kg en Autriche. “Cette viande aurait dû être détruite immédiatement et ne jamais se retrouver dans le commerce. Or nous l’avons achetée tout à fait normalement”, s’insurge Reinhard Uhrig.Si vingt-cinq ans après la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, le niveau de césium radioactif a été réduit de moitié, il “affiche des niveaux encore trop élevés”, dénonce l’association. Les sangliers font partie des espèces animales les plus touchées, encore aujourd’hui, par les retombées radioactives, et ce en raison de leur alimentation. Le césium est la principale source de contamination de la chaîne alimentaire. L’élément se fixe lentement dans le sol par les minéraux, et contamine alors les feuilles, les racines, et les champignons dont se nourrit le gibier. Considérée comme moyenne, la période de radioactivité du césium 137 est de trente ans.Le 16 avril 2011 à 18:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Twin Peaks Season Three Finally Has a Premiere Date

first_imgStay on target The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsGive Some Damn Fine Gifts With This Twin Peaks Gift Guide We knew who killed Laura Palmer, but the next biggest mystery about Twin Peaks was when the third season was going to premiere. Now we have that answer.Showtime announced Monday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) conference that Twin Peaks will be premiering on May 21 with a two-hour premiere.This season, which takes place 26 years after it was canceled in 1991, will feature 18 episodes. Showtime subscribers will be able to watch episodes three and four directly following the premiere digitally.Showtime president David Nevins, who made the announcement, said that he and Showtime programming president Gary Levine have already seen the entire series, and gave it a seal of approval.“This version of Twin Peaks is the pure heroin version of David Lynch, and I’m excited to be putting that out,” Nevins said. Like its previous seasons, it “rewards close watching.”The third season of the cult TV show was announced in October 2014, so we’ve been waiting a while for it. Even then, it still seemed uncertain, thanks to some behind-the-scenes drama with writer, director, and co-creator David Lynch, who announced he was leaving over money issues. Luckily, a month later, he was back on board.Details have been scarce since then. There was a rumor that the season would premiere at Sundance, which takes place from Jan. 19-29 this year, but co-creator Mark Frost crushed those hopes with a tweet.center_img Just to quash a silly rumor going around: Twin Peaks is NOT, repeat, NOT going to be shown at Sundance this year.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) January 3, 2017The internet rumor mill also had an idea for a premiere date after images of a leaked Showtime promotional calendar showed that Twin Peaks was featured in May.But remember, and this is the bad news (or good news depending on how you look at it): these 18 episodes will be it. The current plan is for it to be a “closed-ended, one-time event,” according to Nevins.Those 18 episodes might be enough to put some of our open-ended questions to bed. Trust me, for those who haven’t seen the original series, there are a lot of them. Considering that this is Lynch, though, and complicated thematic-heavy stories are his strength and passion, we’re just hoping to see how Annie’s doing at the very least.last_img read more

San Diego active lifestyle industry produces more than 6 Billion

first_imgSan Diego active lifestyle industry produces more than $6 Billion December 12, 2018 Posted: December 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  San Diego’s sports and active lifestyle industry generates more than $6 billion in economic output for the region, according to a report released Wednesday by San Diego Sports Innovators and the Cal State San Marcos Office of Business Research.San Diego County businesses that enable residents to enjoy active lifestyle activities have created more than 39,000 jobs, according to the report, and 18,000 dependent employment jobs. All told, the active lifestyle industry in the county has created more jobs than both Qualcomm and the San Diego County Water Authority combined.“San Diego is a fertile space for the sport and active lifestyle companies due to the combination of a young, active and wealthy population, as well as the temperate climate that allows for uninhibited outdoor activity,” said SDSI Executive Director Bob Rief. “What we were really excited to find in this study is just how many companies have been successful in making a passion or hobby into a successful long-term business.”The report cites sports and active lifestyle brands and companies based in the San Diego area, such as Reef sandals, UGG footwear, Tony Hawk and Birdhouse skateboards and TaylorMade and Callaway golf equipment, and concludes that active lifestyle industry sales revenues, profit growth and employment growth are all expected to increase in the immediate future.“San Diego is the place to be for an active and healthy lifestyle,” said SDSI Executive Chairman and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Judy OConnell Discusses Her Positions On Illegal Immigration Abortion

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#5a) How big a problem is illegal immigration in Massachusetts? According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are approximately 173,000 undocumented immigrants living in our Commonwealth. To provide perspective, The Department of Homeland Security, The Pew Research Center, and Center for Migration Studies, estimate there are an estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Nearly one in six Massachusetts residents is an immigrant, while one in seven residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent. That’s 16% of our state’s population. Immigrants, including those undocumented, are a vital part of our communities, labor force, and economy. However, it cannot be ignored that unlawful presence in the United States is a civil offense and depending upon how the individual entered the United States, a crime may have been committed.#5b) Do you support or oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state? I fundamentally oppose Massachusetts being a sanctuary state. I believe any time you limit the cooperation between state and federal officials, there are unintended consequences that could exacerbate the very situation you are attempting to resolve. I understand the spirit of intent that providing sanctuary in a city or state promotes cooperation between undocumented immigrants and law enforcement to make communities safer. However, I also feel that providing sanctuary significantly impedes law enforcement’s ability to apprehend criminals in the US illegally or to properly evaluate threats to local and national security. The risk is simply too great.#5c) What, if anything, should the legislature be doing to curb illegal immigration? Immigration has been regulated by the US Congress at the federal level, but the policies and practices of state and local governments have a direct impact on the lives of immigrants within their communities. There needs to be an end to the gridlock with bipartisan support for immigration policy promoting consistency and cooperation between federal, state and local governments and law enforcement. This is long overdue.#6) Do you consider yourself a pro-choice candidate or a pro-life candidate? Under what circumstances, if any, should abortion be legal?I will always support a woman’s right to choose. I don’t believe the government should be involved in this matter under any circumstance. If I were faced with this decision, I would choose life, but that’s a personal belief and I would never sit in judgment of anyone who makes a different decision.BONUS FUN QUESTION: How are you spending your Fourth of July?I will be taking advantage of some quiet time planning the next phase of the campaign along with an afternoon BBQ with family and friends.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Mike McCoy Discusses His Positions On Illegal Immigration, AbortionIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Discusses Her Positions On Illegal Immigration, AbortionIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”last_img read more

Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González presents her candidacy to head the World

first_imgNo related posts. GENEVA – Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González on Tuesday presented her plans for heading the World Trade Organization (WTO) to 156 members of the WTO General Council.“I think I meet all the requirements for this position, because I’ve been working in international trade for 25 years,” the minister said during a press conference.González said she wants to conclude negotiations of the Doha round, begun in 2001 and currently at an impasse.“I’m willing to assume the position of director-general with independence, passion and responsibility”,” she said.When questioned about a possible withdrawal in favor of another Latin American candidate, González said, “it’s still too early to consider it,” adding that, “it would be better to wait until all candidates speak before the General Council.”The three Latin American candidates were the first to appear before the WTO General Council. In addition to González, regional candidates include Mexico’s former trade minister, Herminio Blanco, and Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo.A total of nine candidates aspire to lead the WTO – six men and three women – most of them ministers or former ministers in the governments of their respective countries. The successful candidate will replace Pascal Lamy from France.The WTO General Council is expected to make a final decision no later than May 31. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tourism SolomonsSolomon Airlines launch first ever AU TV campaign

first_imgTourism Solomons/Solomon Airlines launch first ever AU TV campaignTourism Solomons and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to launch a major two-tiered Australian TV/digital campaign designed to position the Solomon Islands as the newest ‘must visit’ destination on the local travel landscape.Kicking off on 04 August with an eight-week TV campaign initially targeting more than 3 million viewers across a south-east Queensland and northern NSW footprint, the TV burst has been designed to highlight the destination’s array of unique niche product with a heavy focus on diving, sports fishing, surfing and culture.The TV component of the campaign – more than 130 30 and 15-second spots – will be carried across the Seven Network’s 7, 7mate, 7two and 7flix channels.While the advertisements will feature idyllic scenes emphasising the destination’s niche attractions, a clear end message points to a land/air combined seven-night holiday package on offer with a call to action price point directed towards Gold Coast-based Solomon Islands travel expert, Go Tours.YouTube will be utilised to reach consumers in the ACT, Melbourne and Sydney with the same messaging.Announcing the development, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the initiative represented a major step for the Solomon Islands tourism industry.“I am confident the campaign truly characterises the destination’s identity, image and positioning as a new and exciting adventure-oriented destination sitting on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.“We feel this campaign has been purposely created to showcase those highly experiential niche travel opportunities which set us apart from our South Pacific neighbours and we are confident this campaign will hit the mark.“Add to this the benefits we will accrue, not only in building the Solomon Islands profile in the key Australian market but also, in potentially increasing our annual international visitation which sits around 30,000 annually.“The campaign, our biggest ever foray into the Australian marketplace and our biggest ever-spend, marks a milestone in our international marketing direction and we are delighted to have partnered with Solomon Airlines for this exercise.”While compared to other destination’s campaign spends this might be considered a small step, I can assure you from the Solomon Islands perspective, it’s one giant leap.”The campaign has been designed by Sydney-based Illidge Creative.Watch the commercial HERESource = Tourism Solomonslast_img read more

Tourism revenues up but spending per person down

first_imgTourism brought in a revenue of €428.2m in August this year, recording an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to August 2017, which generated €423.6m, the statistical service said on Friday.A larger increase of 2.4 per cent in tourism revenue was recorded in the first eight months of 2018 compared to the corresponding months of the previous year.Specifically, for the period of January-August 2018 tourism revenue was an estimated €1,889.7m, while the corresponding period of last year raised a revenue of €1,845.7m.The expenditure per person for August 2018 recorded a decrease of 1 per cent, as it reached €800.65 compared to €809.01 in the corresponding month of the previous year.The expenditure per person/per day for August 2018 compared to August 2017 also recorded a decrease of 1 per cent, as it fell from €78.54 to €77.73.The average length of stay remained the same as last year, at 10.3 days.Declining expenditures per person were also recorded for the period January-August 2018, which fell by 5.2 per cent compared to the same months last year. In the first eight months of 2018, each person spent €694.85 compared to the €733.03 spent in the corresponding period of the previous year.Similarly, during the same period, expenditure per person/per day fell by 3.1 per cent, from €77.98 in 2017 to €75.53 in 2018.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Franz shares local workers day on the job

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was recently invited by Sara Piersma, a 10-year employee at Shop-n-Save, to share her work day as part of the “Take Your Legislator to Work” campaign during the October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council has sponsored the campaign to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. At Shop-n-Save with Piersma, Franz was given a store tour, received tutoring in grocery scanning, proper bagging techniques and customer service. 28Oct Rep. Franz shares local worker’s day on the joblast_img read more

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