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BC police officer dies 30 years after car crash put him in

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria police Const. Ian Jordan died in hospital Wednesday after spending 30 years in a mostly unresponsive state caused when his cruiser crashed into another police vehicle racing towards the same call.Retired Sgt. Ole Jorgensen vividly remembers the crash that severely injured his friend and colleague.He was responding to a business alarm when Jordan’s vehicle crossed the intersection in front of him.“I had my foot on the brake so hard and in my head I can distinctly remember I was saying, ‘Get out of the way Ian.’ But it was too late, it was a split second before I hit him that I realized he was there,” Jorgensen said.Victoria Police said the accident resulted in the creation of a “trauma team,” which helps officers and staff after traumatic incidents, and also prompted a change in procedures for controlling traffic lights.A funeral for Jordan with full police honours is being planned.The officer was 35 at the time of the accident and father to a 16-month-old son.Hilary Jordan said her husband’s death feels like deja vu.“I feel like I’m back 30 years ago and it was just a new normal, 30 years visiting hospital every day. It’s just really part of my life now. So it just feels quite different,” she said.“But I’m happy for Ian that his struggle is over and he’ll be at peace.”She said her husband was in a coma for the first few months after the crash, then he opened his eyes, but he didn’t communicate and his level of understanding was unknown.Between the Jordan family and members of the department, she said “Ian, for 30 years, had a visit every day.”She never remarried. Their son, Mark, is now criminal lawyer in Edmonton.Jorgensen described Ian Jordan as a close friend who loved going on calls with him and his K-9 unit.Earlier in their shift on Sept. 22, 1987, Jordan had been pushed down a flight of stairs when responding to a call at a nightclub, Jorgensen said, so he was supposed to be heading home.But Jordan was a keen officer and when reports of a possible break-and-enter came in, Jorgensen said he must have decided to respond to the call instead.In the three decades that Jordan was in care, Jorgensen said he visited every month. He would fill Jordan in on the goings-on of the police department — who got hired or fired — and update him on his wife and son.“I would just tell him what was going on in our lives. Just in case. We don’t know whether he was hearing us, so, just in case (I was) keeping him up to date,” Jorgensen said.He wasn’t alone. Police Chief Del Manak said several Victoria Police officers and staff members have visited Jordan on a regular basis, himself included.“I found it quite humbling to be in his presence,” Manak said.“Like most police departments, it’s a really tight-knit family. It’s a group of individuals who are committed to serving their community. This hits home the risks and dangers that our officers and staff face, who work the front lines.”Manak said it’s hard to imagine what the family has experienced. Jordan made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and Manak said the department is consulting his family as it plans a memorial service.“We want to make sure that there is closure, but that it’s done in a way that respects the sacrifice that Ian has made,” Manak said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the officer was in a coma, when in fact he was in an unresponsive state.last_img read more


Fort St John youth enters 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan –

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. – Fort St. John resident, four-year-old Callum Horst, rode in the kids PicoloFondo fun race.On Saturday, July 13th, the 2019 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) presented the free Piccolofondo for kids under 5 (run bikes) through to 12 years-of-age. The participants rode in a 400 m to 5 km circuit.The PicoloFondo kids race took place at Gyro Park in Penticton.  Horst is now looking forward to training for next year’s PicoloFondo because he had such fun riding today.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img


Cong leader Hardik slapped during rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar

first_imgAhmedabad: Congress leader Hardik Patel was slapped by a man Friday when he was addressing a poll rally in a village in Surendranagar district of Gujarat, said police.An angry Patel blamed the BJP for the incident and said this was an attempt to kill him. However, ruling party leaders said they have nothing to do with the incident, which they termed as a staged drama by the Congress to gain sympathy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The man, identified as Tarun Gajjar, a resident of Kadi town of Mehsana district, suffered injuries after he was thrashed by Congress workers, Patel supporters and others at the rally venue, around 130km from here. He is currently undergoing treatment as he was badly thrashed by people at the rally, said police inspector of Wadhwan, H R Jethi.Gajjar said he is not associated with any political party and slapped the Patidar quota leader due to personal reasons. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As soon as Hardik Patel started his speech at Baldana village under Wadhwan taluka, Gajjar suddenly came on the stage and slapped him. The incident was captured in cameras of news channels covering the event in the district, around 130km from here. Congress candidate for the Surendranagar Lok Sabha seat, Soma Patel, was present on the dais when Patel was slapped. Gajjar appeared angry and was seen saying something to Patel after slapping him. Gajjar was overpowered by Congress workers, Hardik Patel supporters and others present at the rally, who also beat him up. The police intervened and freed Gajjar and took him to a safer place in their vehicle, said Jethi. In a video of the incident, Gajjar can be seen being mercilessly thrashed by both women and men, before policemen intervened and took him away.last_img read more


Stressed during exams? Junk food might just be the culprit

first_imgLondon: Eating a poor quality diet, including less fruits and vegetables and more fast food, is associated with increased stress during university examinations, according to a study unveiled Tuesday. “Stress has long been implicated in poor diet. People tend to report overeating and comfort eating foods high in fat, sugar, and calories in times of stress,” said Nathalie Michels from Ghent University in Belgium. “Our findings looking at the eating habits of students during exam periods confirm this stress-induced dietary deterioration hypothesis,” said Michels, who led the study being presented at the annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Our findings suggest that students have difficulties eating healthily and find themselves adopting bad eating habits, which over a few weeks can considerably affect your overall health and be difficult to change,” she said in a statement. The results are based on an anonymous online survey of 232 students (aged 19-22 years) recruited from several universities in Belgium. Before and after the month-long examination period in January 2017, respondents were asked to disclose their perceived stress and complete questionnaires that assessed changes to their dietary patterns and various psychosocial factors. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe researchers investigated the relationship between exam stress and change in dietary quality, and whether these associations were modified by psychosocial factors such as eating behaviour, food choice motive, taste preference, impulsivity, coping strategies, sedentary behaviour, and social support. During the month-long exam period, participants found it harder to stick to a healthy diet, and only a quarter fulfilled the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended 400 grammes of fruit and vegetables a day.last_img read more


Closing Bell TSX ends week unchanged loonie falls on latest jobs data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market managed just a small gain Friday amid a disappointing employment report that showed the Canadian economy unexpectedly lost 9,400 jobs in June.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 11.02 points to 15,125.50, held back by weak energy stocks. Gold issues advanced even as bullion prices declined.The worse than expected jobs numbers also put pressure on the Canadian dollar, which fell 0.76 of a cent to 93.16 cents US. Statistics Canada said the job losses sent the unemployment rate up one-tenth of a point to 7.1 per cent — the highest level since last December. Full-time employment rose by 33,500, partly making up for the loss of 43,000 part-time jobs. Economists had forecast June would see 24,000 jobs created after a gain of 25,800 in May.“We are seeing the economy slow down. We are seeing the housing sector slow down a bit. All those factors are going to cause further pressure on employment,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“People are giving more credit to the economy than is justified, partly because they are getting caught up with the fact that the market has done well in Canada, implying that the Canadian economy is doing well and those are two different things.”Although there is underlying growth in the economy, employers generally remain cautious about hiring, Adatia said.Meanwhile, Wall Street also saw relatively small moves amid a dearth of economic data in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrials rose 28.74 points to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq gained 19.29 points to 4,415.49 and the S&P 500 advanced 2.89 points to 1,967.57. World markets took a hit Thursday amid rising concerns over Europe’s financial stability after Portugal’s Espirito Santo International, which owns the country’s largest bank, reportedly missed a debt payment this week and was cited for accounting irregularities, echoing issues that sparked Europe’s debt crisis four years ago.On Friday, senior Portuguese officials dismissed speculation about the bank’s financial stability, saying it had a 2.1-billion-euro (US$2.8-billion) cash cushion, enough to cover its exposure to other companies in the Espirito Santo group and keep it within regulatory requirements.In corporate news, Wells Fargo reported its second-quarter profit rose three per cent, bolstered by loan growth, higher deposit balances and improved credit quality. Revenue slipped, but still topped analysts’ estimates.The largest mortgage lender in the U.S. said net income after taking out dividends on preferred stock was $5.42 billion, or $1.01 per share, for the period ended June 30. A year ago it earned $5.27 billion, or 98 cents per share.Meanwhile, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange plunged $2.10 to US$100.83 a barrel, resuming a two-week decline after a small uptick Thursday. Oil hit a 10-month high of $107 a barrel last month amid gains by insurgents in Iraq and other geopolitical concerns.In other commodities, August gold bullion fell $1.80 to US$1,337.40 an ounce, while August copper was unchanged at US$3.27 a pound. read more


Train transporting people to Galle for May Day rally attacked

The passengers in the train were travelling from Polonnaruwa to Galle to attend the May Day rally.The Polonnaruwa police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) A train transporting several people to Galle for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) May Day rally was attacked.According to reports, stones had been pelted towards the train injuring at least one person.


Loonie rises a day before Bank of Canada makes next interest rate

by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie rises a day before Bank of Canada makes next interest rate announcement TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed slightly higher a day before the Bank of Canada makes its next announcement on interest rates.The loonie shook off early declines to move up 0.07 of a cent to 100.75 cents US.There isn’t any doubt about what the Canadian central bank will do about interest rates — it’s widely expected the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent.But there is speculation about what the bank will have to say about raising rates in the future. And that means its statement Tuesday morning will be carefully scrutinized for small changes in wording.“After Governor Carney’s dovish speech on October 15th, markets are increasingly pricing in the risk that the bank shifts from hawkish to neutral by omitting the reference that ‘some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate’,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.Traders also digested an announcement Friday that the federal government has rejected a Malaysian state-owned energy giant’s proposed takeover bid for Calgary-based natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources (TSX:PRQ). Petronas had offered some $6 billion for Progress, but Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he was “not satisfied that the proposed investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada.”Some analysts thought this didn’t bode well for other acquisitions by state-owned energy companies.“The recent rejection of the Petronas acquisition of Progress is a negative signal for foreign takeovers,” said Rahim Madhavji at Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange in Toronto.“Generally, these foreign takeovers are loonie positive as a large chunk of loonies need to be bought for the deal.”Commodity prices also weighed as the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.32 to US$88.73 as barrel.December bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,726.30 an ounce while December copper was down two cents at US$3.62 a pound on top of a 10 cent slide on Friday. read more


Even in summer heat Hudsons Bay reports strong sales for mitts during

TORONTO – A patriotic symbol of winter fashion is proving to be a hot-ticket summer item during the Pan Am Games.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) is the official outfitter of the Canadian team, and the retailer is selling replica merchandise along with its popular red mittens, which are available year-round.Vice-president of brand management Julie Magner says they’ve sold more than 4,000 pairs of mitts since the Pan Ams officially kicked off in Toronto on July 10.Magner says Canada T-shirts are the top-selling item in the replica line with more than 20,000 sold since the Pan Am opening ceremony.She says the bestselling jacket is the red-and-white outerwear piece dubbed the “patriot jacket,” which is worn by Canada’s medal-winning athletes on the podium.Magner says since the opening ceremony, merchandise sales have surpassed what the retailer thought they would achieve.“I think that the biggest difference is in an Olympic time frame — and especially when it comes to the Winter Olympics, but even the Summer (Games), too —we have a tendency of seeing sales happen far earlier,” she said in a phone interview on Thursday.“With Pan Ams, we basically did see the momentum, but it really started when the games started.”HBC was also the official outfitter of Canada’s athletes during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.Magner says it’s hard to draw a comparison in terms of sales between the two events, pointing to a large superstore that was built in Vancouver to sell merchandise for the Games.“That will always be an anomaly. I don’t think you will ever be able to break that number unless we get another winter home Games.”Hudson’s Bay was inspired by the 50-year anniversary of the Canadian flag for its Pan Am line, with the Maple Leaf used as a starting point for the graphics throughout the collection.The Pan Am Games conclude on Sunday. The Parapan Am Games will be held Aug. 7-15. Andre De Grasse of Canada waves to fans after he wins the gold medal in the men’s 100m final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Hudson’s Bay is reporting strong sales for red mitts, Canada T-shirts amd jackets during the Pan Am Games.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Even in summer heat, Hudson’s Bay reports strong sales for mitts during Pan Ams by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 12:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Im here to see if reform is actually achievable videos

first_img‘CHANGE’ AND ‘REFORM’ are the buzz words among the nearly one thousand attendees at the Reform Conference in Dublin’s RDS this afternoon.A wide selection of Irish society have descended on the conference hall with more males than females – as panellist Olivia O’Leary noted – and plenty of ideas and policies being thrown around.One attendee, who declined to be identified, said he was former member of the Fianna Fáil national executive who had quit over a lack of substantive policy proposals. He hopes he’ll get some of that today.Read: 9 things we learned from the Reform Alliance’s ‘monster meeting’There are also former and current members of Fine Gael – including the Reform Alliance themselves – among the audience and, judging by applause earlier, a strong pro-life contingent.We spoke to a few attendees during a break in proceedings today:Lorraine Lynch, from Clare, is a former member of one of the bigger political parties and “thinks a lot could be changed”:Bob Quinn, from Naas, isn’t sure whether reform is actually achievable but thinks the good turnout is encouraging:Maurice O’Grady, from Blackrock, is “interested in the reform of politics that’s so badly needed”:Dwyane Brown, from north Dublin, is fed-up and says “we need to encourage new voices and new people”: Follow @oconnellhugh for live updates from the conferenceRead: ‘Whatever about new parties, we need new politics’: Nearly a thousand attend Reform Conferencelast_img read more


La musique pourrait aider à retracer lHistoire des peuples

first_imgLa musique pourrait aider à retracer l’Histoire des peuplesPubliée dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B., une étude canadienne suggère qu’à l’instar des divergences génétiques entre populations humaines, les différences entre les traditions musicales de celles-ci pourraient permettre de retracer l’arbre généalogique qui les relie.Les scientifiques savaient déjà que, dans une certaine mesure, le tracé des filiations entre langues humaines se décalque sur celui des parentés génétiques entre peuples – langage et ADN évoluant au fil des migrations, des isolements, des rencontres et des échanges. Or, il semble qu’il en soit de même pour les traditions musicales, selon une étude dirigée par Steven Brown, de l’Université McMaster (Hamilton, Canada).Son équipe s’est intéressé aux coutumes musicales – chants traditionnels et rituels – de 9 ethnies habitant l’île de Taïwan, qui vivent relativement isolées les unes des autres sur un territoire restreint et dont, en outre, les différences génétiques, les langues et les musiques sont déjà assez bien connues. Pas moins de 220 chants traditionnels ont ainsi été analysées informatiquement selon 41 critères (rythme, tempo, paroles, ..).L’arbre ‘généalogique’ (origine, divergences, diversifications…) retraçant ainsi l’histoire musicale de ces tribus a ensuite été rapproché de celui retraçant leur histoire génétique – établi à partir de 1.050 séquences d’ADN. Les résultats montrent une corrélation statistiquement significative entre les deux schémas évolutifs – autrement dit, une sorte de coévolution entre génétique et culture musicale.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Partant du principe que la production de musique est un comportement universel, les auteurs suggèrent que, dans certains cas – comme pour ces ethnies taïwanaises et celles qui, dans le Pacifique et le sud-est asiatique, ont probablement la même origine qu’elles -, l’étude des traditions musicales des peuples pourrait permettre d’écrire – au moins en partie – leur Histoire…(crédits photo : Peter Morgan) Le 24 novembre 2013 à 13:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


ISSUE UPDATE House Tax Reform Proposal

first_imgLast week, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released his tax reform proposal that will be the basis for the committee mark-up to begin as early as next week.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposes to lower individual and corporate tax rates and streamline the tax code. Below is a summary of the provisions relating to ASA’s tax priorities. The proposal looks positive on many of ASA priorities, including cash accounting, interest deductions, expensing, stepped-up basis and the estate tax.There is a limitation placed on like-kind exchanges, limiting it to real property (not personal property).  Farmer cooperatives are concerned with the repeal of the Section 199 deduction for domestic production activities, but are still analyzing the overall package to determine the effects on cooperative members.As expected, the proposal does not include an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, and that issue will require a strong push from the Senate to get into the tax reform discussion. The Senate has indicated it will release an initial proposal as early as next week, possibly following the House Ways & Means Committee mark-up.Below is a summary of how ASA priorities are addressed in the House proposal. Additional details, including summaries of the entire proposal can be found at: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/taxreform/Cash Accounting                                                                     Under the provision, the current $5 million threshold for corporations and partnerships with a corporate partner would be increased to $25 million and the requirement that such businesses satisfy the requirement for all prior years would be repealed. The increased $25 million threshold would be extended to farm corporations and farm partnerships with a corporate partner, as well as family farm corporations. Also under the provision, the average gross receipts test would be indexed to inflationInterest DeductionsUnder the proposal, businesses with average gross receipts of $25 million or less would be exempt from the limitation on interest deductions established in the proposal.ExpensingUnder the proposal, taxpayers would be able to fully and immediately expense 100 percent of the cost of qualified property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017 and before January 1, 2023.Under the proposal, the small business expensing limitation under section 179 would be increased to $5 million and the phase-out amount would be increased to $20 million. (Currently it is $500,000 and $5 million). The provision would modify the expensing limitation by indexing both the $5 million and $20 million limits for inflation. The provision to increase the dollar limitations would be effective for tax years beginning after 2017 through tax years beginning before 2023.Estate Tax & Gift TaxUnder the provision, the basic exclusion amount is doubled from $5 million (as of 2011) to $10 million, which is indexed for inflation. This provision would apply to tax years beginning after 2017. Furthermore, beginning after 2023, the estate and generation-skipping taxes are repealed while maintaining a beneficiary’s stepped-up basis in estate property. The gift tax is lowered to a top rate of 35 percent and retains a basic exclusion amount of $10 million and an annual exclusion of $14,000 (as of 2017), also indexed for inflation.Like-Kind ExchangesUnder the provision, the special rule allowing deferral of gain on like-kind exchanges would be modified to allow for like-kind exchanges only with respect to real property. The provision would be effective for transfers after 2017. However, the provision would provide a transition rule to allow like-kind exchanges of personal property to be completed if the taxpayer has either disposed of the relinquished property or acquired the replacement property on or before December 31, 2017.last_img read more


NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Minivan Driver

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Public Schools is currently hiring a minivan driver, according to a job listing posted on October 31.MINIVAN DRIVERApplication Deadline: Posted until FilledPosted: October 31, 2018Starting Date: ImmediatelyPosition Type: Part-timePositions Available: 1Essential Duties and Responsibilities:The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.1. Transports special education and general education students requiring transportation as designed and as directed by the Transportation Coordinator and/or District Administration.2. Transports students for field trips and other charters as requested by the Transportation Coordinator and/or District Administration.3. Provides any other student transportation services throughout the regular workday as requested by the Transportation Coordinator and/or District Administration.4. Assists in transferring children to and from minivan, ensuring student safety at all times.5. Attends transportation department meetings as requested.6. Participates in training sessions as provided and/or required by Wilmington Public Schools or governmental agencies.7. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.Equal Opportunity EmployerNotice of Non-DiscriminationAll educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Wilmington Public Schools are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.Job RequirementsExperience Preferred:• Possession of a School Pupil Transport (7D) Certificate.• Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and first aid certifications.• Some experience working with special education students is desirable.Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:• Basic understanding of the general needs and behavior of children as well as awareness of the physical requirements and emotional needs of children with disabilities.• Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward children.• Ability to react professionally and objectively to unpredictable situations (e.g. environmental changes, behavior/aggression, seizure activity, etc.).• Ability to carry out assigned duties safety and effectively.• Ability to successfully complete basic first aid, CPR, restraint, and other required training.• Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community.• Ability to communicate clearly.• Understand confidentiality requirements regarding student information.• Ability to implement emergency preparedness procedures when circumstances require.ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Physical Demands:Workday may include providing limited transfer of students into and out of minivan. The employee must also occasionally lift or position students to accomplish transport, including securing students with vehicle seatbelts. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and other staff members in person and on the telephone. The employee may be exposed to unanticipated student behavior. While transporting students, the employee must be able to see and hear on a continuous basis in order to ensure the safety of students, as well as speak frequently to provide instruction. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to move quickly across even or uneven surfaces. The employee may need to occasionally lift and/or move fifty (50) pounds without assistance.Work Environment:The employee will be working in a normal school and transport environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents and other staff members and occasionally must meet multiple demands from several people.The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.At least 3 years of relevant experience preferredHigh School/Trade School degree preferredCitizenship, residency or work VISA in United States requiredContact InformationAndrea Armstrong, Human Resources Director161 Church StreetWilmington, Massachusetts 01887Phone: 978-694-6000Email: andrea.armstrong@wpsk12.comLike 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… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Coordinator Of Special EducationIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more


5 Objectives To Watch For During Trumps First Overseas Trip

first_imgPresident Trump will try to leave his troubles behind as he departs on the first foreign trip of his presidency. It’s an ambitious itinerary with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican and two meetings with European leaders.Here are five objectives to watch for as Trump goes overseas.1. Will the cloud of controversy follow?There has been one “bad news” headline after another involving the Trump administration breaking every day this week. But if the president is looking for a reprieve, recent history indicates he might be disappointed.The White House press corps is going on the trip and will no doubt try to press him on why he really fired FBI Director James Comey, whether he leaked classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting, and why he hired former national security adviser Mike Flynn even after Flynn notified the transition team that he was under investigation by the FBI. And there are likely to be more developments back in Washington even as he’s abroad.There’s precedent for this: In 2016 when President Barack Obama traveled overseas, he was asked repeatedly — almost exclusively it seemed — about the presidential campaign and then-candidate Donald Trump. Obama’s agenda and announcements on those trips were completely overshadowed by the campaign.When President Bill Clinton went on trips, questions followed about the various investigations surrounding him and his administration.There’s essentially no escape from domestic politics for presidents no matter where they are. That said, the leaders in Saudi Arabia are not obsessed with the American FBI director and possible Russian meddling in the campaign in the way that the media and many Americans may be. Thus, the first leg of his trip, at least, Trump is less likely to hear about these things from his hosts.2. Getting out of his comfort zoneEvery president going back to Ronald Reagan has started smaller, with their first international journeys taking them to America’s neighbors, either Canada or Mexico. Trump’s first trip is much farther from home.Trump is known to be a homebody, someone who greatly prefers sleeping in his own bed, golfing at his own courses and dining at his own properties. During the campaign, he returned to Trump Tower in New York most nights, even if he had been campaigning on the other end of the country.This trip will take the president out of his comfort zone. How will he adapt? We’ll all know soon.One thing that might help put Trump at ease is that his wife, Melania, is traveling with him for the entire trip.Also, The Associated Press reports that caterers in Saudi Arabia will have the option of steak with ketchup (the president’s preferred meal) in addition to local cuisine.3. A message for the three Abrahamic religionsTrump is visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, and it isn’t a coincidence. His advisers say he wanted to visit these three major religious centers to deliver a message of unity in the fight against terrorism.Trump is “bringing people the world over to understand we are in this together,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a press conference. “This is not a battle about religions. This is not a battle about cultures. This is a battle about good and evil. And their — the goodness of people of all faiths will prevail over this evil.”In Saudi Arabia, Trump is scheduled to give a speech to the leaders of some 50 Muslim-majority countries. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump will call on the Muslim leaders to “promote a peaceful vision of Islam.”And yes, this message will come from the same person who proposed a “Muslim ban” during the campaign and has said things that have been widely perceived as being opposed to the Islamic religion. Trump faces a delicate task.4. Meeting with EuropeansWhile Middle East experts expect Trump to be warmly welcomed in Saudi Arabia and Israel, he may be received in Europe with some trepidation.Trump, during the campaign, said the NATO alliance was obsolete. Now that he’s president, he says it isn’t obsolete. But he still wants its members to pay their fair share, as he puts it, meaning that they should spend a larger share of gross domestic product on their own national defense, as the NATO charter calls for. Given Trump’s shifting positions, Europe watchers say, leaders of countries in the alliance are concerned he could shift his position again in a way that is at cross purposes with their interests.European leaders will make a big push to convince Trump that they are not getting credit for all the things they are doing to contribute to the alliance. One symbolic way they’ll do that is by unveiling an “Article 5” memorial. Article 5 says an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all allies. The memorial marks how the NATO countries responded to the Sept. 11 attack on America.Trump will also meet the new French president, Emmanuel Macron. Although Trump didn’t explicitly endorse Macron’s opponent, Marine Le Pen, he clearly had an affinity for her nationalist ideas and she an affinity for his.5. America First?One thing we’re going to see is the first road test of what “American First” means on the international stage. So far, in his interactions with world leaders, Trump has softened from more absolutist positions he had coming in: the shift on NATO, not tearing up NAFTA, deciding China isn’t a currency manipulator after all, to name a few. What sorts of “deliverables” will Trump come away with from this trip and will he defer to the leaders he’s meeting with or be persuaded by their arguments? We’ll find out soon.Though, the biggest goal of the trip may simply be to build bonds with the dozens of leaders he will cross paths with over the next nine days.“President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone, to the contrary,” McMaster said. “Prioritizing American interests means strengthening alliances and partnerships that help us extend our influence and improve the security of the American people.” Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more


Some thought Lufthansas surcharge was beginning of the end for GDSs but

first_img Share This story originally ran in the March 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. Canadian travel agents and industry professionals can subscribe for free here. TORONTO — Just a few years ago GDSs were being written off as a booking solution from another era, one that was on its way out as technology transformed the travel industry at warp speed. Sound familiar? Travel agents know the script all too well.Of course, that’s not how things are turning out. Not for the retail travel trade, now enjoying boom times as the consumer media trumpets the comeback of the travel agent. And not for the GDSs, riding high on increased revenues, diversified product and travel agency booking volumes.Sabre’s 2016 revenue was up 13.9%. Travelport, parent company of Galileo and Worldspan, posted a 6% revenue increase, to $3.1 billion. Amadeus’ parent company saw a 14% increase in revenue for 2016, to $6.4 billion.Total travel agency air bookings for Amadeus were up 5.9% in 2016, to 534.9 million.Back in 2015, when Lufthansa implemented a 16 euro per booking surcharge on travel purchased anywhere other than its websites, service centres and airport ticket counters, it was seen as a direct hit on GDSs. “This is not a negotiating tactic. Sometimes disruptive change is necessary,” said Lufthansa’s Heike Birlenbach, then VP for Sales & Service in Europe.Two months after Lufthansa’s surcharge came into effect, some 42% of business travel agencies said they had cut back on booking the Lufthansa Group.Many in the industry thought Lufthansa’s move would create a domino effect among airlines looking to cut distribution costs. And in fact an IATA poll in summer 2015 showed that 96 of 120 IATA airlines approved of Lufthansa’s surcharge tactic. None however were prepared to follow suit, especially since many of the carriers were locked into full-content agreements with GDSs.Now these full-content agreements have become major selling points for GDSs looking to gain crucial global market share with travel agencies.“Agents want to make sure they have the exact same content as the airlines,” said Scott Alvis, CMO for Amadeus North America. That includes fare families and ancillaries, everything from seat upgrades to extra bags to meals. Close to 80% of all airlines in the Amadeus system have ancillary products, and Amadeus has some 440 carriers in its platform.Lufthansa’s 16 euro surcharge was seen as a direct hit on GDSs when it was introduced in September 2015. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says the surcharge has been a major win for the Lufthansa Group, saying last week that he would be “very surprised” if other airlines don’t bring in similar surcharges of their own.“We want our Points-of-Sale to serve that traveller as best as possible. We want to make sure we’ve got all that ancillary content, all the fare family content, available to the travel agents,” said Alvis. Amadeus signed its full-content agreement with Air Canada two years ago and earlier this month added Air Canada’s Preferred and Advance paid seat offerings. It’s also powering Air Canada’s consumer booking site at aircanada.com.In an era of cost-cutting and streamlined distribution solutions, GDSs have had to prove their worth to airlines and other suppliers looking to drastically reduce expenses. In 2011, calling GDSs “too clunky”, IATA said it was working on a solution to keep the industry up-to-date with online retailers, and to revolutionize distribution. That solution became the New Distribution Capability (NDC). More and more airlines have come onboard with NDC at the same time as retail travel groups have been vocal about reminding IATA that the travel agency distribution channel books 60% of airline tickets worldwide, largely through GDSs.The GDS is here to stay, argues Alvis. “It’s still the best place for an agency to get all the content, and shop all the content. And it’s the most profitable and efficient platform for someone to run a travel agency on.”There’s a lot of investment going into GDS platforms to help create a more intelligent shopping process, to help the travel agent more quickly identify the best offer for that customer and close offers as quickly as possible, adds Alvis.Specifically, millions of dollars are going into developing point-and-click graphical interfaces for GDS users – in other words, alternatives to the GDS ‘green screen’. Not that the green screen is going anywhere soon. The green screen isn’t pretty, but it works, and experienced travel agents know it like the back of their hand. “Many of our agencies who have been on that platform for years, they like working in the green screen because it’s very efficient for them, more so than the mouse point-and-click,” said Alvis.But the green screen is “evolving”. “From a GDS perspective, there are things you can do with graphical interfaces that you can’t do in the green screen”, like proximity searches and mapping. Then there’s the training requirement to work in the green screen. “The experience level that’s required for someone to work in the green screen, it takes a while to get proficient.”What travel agencies are really looking for these days are travel agents who can sell. “They want to hire counsellors who are customer service focused, who know how to sell and close business. They don’t want to worry if they know how to work in the green screen. We need people who can sell, serve and close business. That’s where our platforms are headed right now.”Whether they prefer to work in a green screen environment or point-and-click, agents have a good specialization where they can offer the kind of expertise that travellers are looking for, says Alvis.“Agencies are small business owners and they are extremely innovative and entrepreneurial. They adjusted their markets effectively. Most of them have found their niche. They provide fantastic personalized service to customers.”Many travel agents have become great marketers, particularly on the social media platforms, he adds. “They are thriving in an age where travellers want unique experiences,” particularly Millennials.“Customers want differentiated experiences now and they know they need to go talk to the experts to get that. People want unique experiences. And frankly, they’re frustrated. People go to typically 20 websites [when researching and booking travel]. They’re not sure they’re finding the type of experience they want. And if they go to a professional they know they’re going to get a customized, personalized travel offering.”And if Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport have their way, agents will be booking that travel offering on a GDS. Tags: GDS, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Group Thursday, March 23, 2017 Kathryn Folliott << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Some thought Lufthansa’s surcharge was beginning of the end for GDSs, but far from it: billion dollar results and agency bookings are up About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019last_img read more


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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Dolphins nearly traded for Albert last year, according to PFT, before the tackle entered his final season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Albert has been one of the Cardinals’ top targets this season, if not their No. 1 target. Arizona defensive lineman Darnell Dockett tweeted last week that Albert was his “new teammate,” though Dockett has a long history of odd tweets. center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have long been considered one of two main contenders for the services of free agent left tackle Branden Albert. But according to ProFootballTalk.com, they may soon be out of the race. The website reported Sunday that all signs point toward Albert signing with the Miami Dolphins shortly after free agents can sign contracts on Tuesday. Teams were allowed to enter negotiations with free agents this weekend. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


MarieElenis father released

first_imgThe Norwegian man who abducted his four-year-old daughter Marie-Eleni, was released from police custody in Norway after surrendering himself earlier this week, it emerged on Wednesday.According to the mother’s lawyer Laris Vrahimis, 48-year-old Torkel Grimsrud was released on Tuesday. Police attorney Anette Steen has been reported as saying police are continuing investigations but did not deem it necessary to keep him after questioning.Grimsrud’s lawyers and those of Marie-Eleni’s mother, Eleni Ioannou, 48, are negotiating the father’s visiting rights and the two parents have reportedly agreed to begin a dialogue to ensure the child is not isolated from one of the parents.Marie-Eleni is expected to arrive back in Cyprus on Thursday morning after being missing from her home for six months, when her father abducted her in April outside of her kindergarten in Nicosia.Ioannou has already given Norwegian police a statement, Vrahimis said and the charges he will face remain to be seen.He told the Cyprus News Agency, Norwegian press had reported Grimsrud will face child abuse charges but that remains to be seen on the charge sheet.If he is not charged in Norway for the kidnapping, the international arrest warrant issued against him may still be active so he can be tried in Cyprus if Grimsrud is subsequently arrested, Vrahimis said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more


Turkey trespasses for fourth time since hydrocarbons discovered

first_imgBy Staff ReporterTHIS IS the fourth time in recent years that Turkey has trespassed into Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with the seismic survey vessel Barbaros involved in three of these encroachments.In September 2011 the seismic research ship Piri Reis entered well into Block 12, coming within approximately 40 nautical miles from the Aphrodite gas field where Noble Energy was conducting exploratory drilling.At the time the Piri Reis cut a path through parts of blocks 10, 11 and 12. Although the then government reported the violations to the United Nations, publicly it downplayed the incident and had not threatened to break off peace talks.In December 2013 Turkey reserved sea areas northeast of the island. The coordinates of that marine advisory showed the area reserved just about skirted offshore blocks 2 and 3, which Cyprus had licensed to the ENI-KOGAS consortium. It was apparently a tit-for-tat move, coming just a week after the government decided to put up for auction blocks 5 and 6 to the west of the island. At one point the Barbaros came close to within 12 nautical miles from the shore, staying just outside Cyprus’ territorial waters.And in January of this year, the Barbaros again sailed into the EEZ after Turkey reserved a sea area that trespassed into parts of offshore blocks 4, 5 and 6, lying south-to-southwest off the coast of Cyprus. The three blocks fall within an area which Turkey claims as its own continental shelf.Online vessel tracking tools then placed the Barbaros west of Paphos, at a latitude bordering offshore block 1, which is located above blocks 4, 5 and 6.Despite staying out of block 1, the vessel had trespassed well into the EEZ, which encompasses a much larger area than the offshore blocks.The Barbaros was purchased by the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) reportedly for $130m. It is capable of carrying out 3D surveys of the seabed, gathering geological data used to determine the presence of hydrocarbons.The current marine advisory issued by Turkey reserves a swathe incorporating parts of blocks 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9. On Monday the Barbaros entered Block 3, but is also expected to come into block 9 where ENI is currently drilling for gas.Although this is not the first time Turkey will be intruding into a “hot” offshore block, it’s understood the key difference lies in that, unlike past forays, the Barbaros is now conducting seismic surveys in earnest.Despite repeatedly violating Cyprus’ EEZ and its offshore blocks, Turkey has been careful to never commit areas overlapping those reserved by Cyprus. Areas reserved for hydrocarbons activity are far smaller than the offshore blocks themselves.Ankara does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, nor the latter’s jurisdiction over the Cyprus EEZ. Turkey – not a signatory to the 1982 Law of the Sea – has repeatedly warned Cyprus against “unilaterally” exploiting offshore hydrocarbons without including the Turkish Cypriots. Nicosia’s position is that joint exploitation of the natural resources is possible only after a comprehensive settlement and reunification.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsSearch Walk In Tubs Rowland HeightsWalk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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