London: Scotland Yard have charged an Indian-origin man with the murder of a 69-year-old musician found bleeding on the doorstop of a home after being stabbed in south-west London. Gurjeet Singh Lall was charged on Friday with the murder of Allan Isichei, who succumbed to his injuries after Raj Grover a local resident called the emergency services on finding him bleeding outside his home last week. “Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement confirming that Lall had been charged with the fatal stabbing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The 35-year-old accused appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday and was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey court next Tuesday. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information related to the attack on August 24 evening. Grover, who runs a property business in the area, had spoken of his shock at finding Isichei bleeding at his doorstep after the attack in Southall a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab. Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “He rang the bell and I went out. He was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel,” said Grover, who was getting ready to head out for his own birthday party at the time. Isichei was a former rugby player for Wasps Rugby Club and a keen jazz musician, who died after leaving the Plough Inn pub in Southall, where he regularly performed music. Wasps Rugby Club said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the death of their former teammate and coach. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Allan’s wife Sandra, children Emma, Daniel and David, along with all his other family and friends during this difficult time,” the club said in a statement.
REGINA – Husky Energy is going to see how much more oil — if any — can be cleaned up from a major spill last July along the North Saskatchewan River.The company has started more shoreline cleanup and assessment of the leak, which spilled 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto the bank of the river near Maidstone, Sask., last July. About 40 per cent reached the river and the oil plume flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream.About 93 per cent of the oil was cleaned up last year.Wes Kotyk, an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Environment, says the intent is to find areas that were missed, possibly because of high water levels.Kotyk says one spot has already been identified 18.5 kilometres from the source of the spill.“That’s one area where some oil has been observed and so they will be going to clean that up and they will be looking for any others,” Kotyk said Monday.He said Husky’s (TSX:HSE) cleanup work will involve 55 people, some on boats, as well as dog handlers moving up and down the shoreline to find possible cleanup spots.How any remaining oil is dealt with will depend on whether it’s found along the shoreline or at the bottom of the river, he said.“Anything that is recoverable will be,” Kotyk said.“A monitoring plan is being developed and sampling to determine if there is any submerged or sunken oil and, if there is, then they would have to come up with a plan for how to deal with that.”He could not say how long the cleanup will take, but added that Husky could be onsite the rest of the year if necessary.“It’s hard to say if what’s remaining is going to be done within a month or two months. It’s a matter of they need to do the investigation and find out what’s there first, and then they can determine what time frame that it would take to do that additional cleanup.”The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.Environmentalists have called for Husky to be fined for discharging a substance that could hurt the environment.Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before the spill to determine whether charges are warranted.Government investigators say the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered. Investigators found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.Husky Energy said last summer that pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.The company, which has spent more than $107 million on the cleanup, said the pipeline buckled because of ground movement.Husky has said it accepts full responsibility and is using what it learned to improve systems and operating procedures.It could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act.
Los Angeles: Actors Isla Fisher and Matt Walsh are set to feature in upcoming comedy Unplugging. The film also marks the directorial debut of Debra Neil-Fisher, the editor of films like Ted and The Hangover, reported Variety. The story revolves around a couple who try to bring back romance in their lives by taking a vacation in a rural town. They believe that ‘unplugging’ from social media and technology will push them to reconnect with each other and will save their marriage. Walsh has penned the script with Brad Morris. Both are also producing the project alongside Deborah Liebling, Stephanie Laing, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel for The Traveling Picture Show Company.
Taroudant – Morocco will receive on Monday its second high-speed train (TGV) at the Port of Tangier Med, the National Office of Railways (ONCF) said on Friday.“The transfer of this train to the Tangier maintenance workshop will take place in a number of special convoys,” the ONCF said in a statement, adding that the train’s components will be transferred to the assembly and maintenance center installed next to the ONCF station of Moghogha.“The assembly of all these components will begin immediately after the arrival at the workshop,” the statement said. The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa. It will link Tangier to Kenitra in only 1 hour and 30 minutes.In the future, the TGV will connect Tangier to Casablanca in 2 hours and 10 minutes instead of five hours on the current train.When King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the project in September 2011, the high-speed train was scheduled to be operational in December 2015.This date was later postponed to 2017 because of delays in the infrastructure work.The same source said that other trains, ordered for TGV Casablanca Tangier, will continue to arrive in Morocco regularly after their manufacture.
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani declared that 10 percent of RAMED’s beneficiaries are not the most disadvantaged.During the House of Councilors monthly session, dedicated to general politics, El Othmani acknowledged that 10 percent of RAMED card holders are far from being poor.El Othmani pointed out that the executive established a system to define RAMED beneficiaries in a fair and efficient manner. The objective of the system is to guarantee better quality of services for the most disadvantaged financially. The government plans to cover 90 percent of the Moroccan population with health insurance by 2021. However, as of November 2018, only 16.2 million of Morocco’s 34.8 million people have healthcare coverage.Read Also: RAMED Health Coverage Plan Incapable of Covering 3.5 Million Patients in NeedRAMED, which has been in place since 2012, along with Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO), covers only 60 percent of Moroccans.More than 25 percent of Moroccans (8.5 million) do not have medical care, especially the poor who live in rural areas, according to the World Bank 2017 Economic Memorandum.Quality of healthcare in Morocco is also affected by the many qualified doctors who emigrate because of the lack of proper infrastructure.
TORONTO — FSD Pharma Inc., says it is investing $1.3 million in Huge Shops to help with the company’s plans to convert some Coffee Time locations into cannabis retail stores in Ontario.The cannabis producer says Huge Shops has the option to acquire at least 10 Coffee Time locations, with the option to purchase additional sites through the coffee chain’s parent company, Chairman’s Brands. There are 75 Coffee Time locations in Canada.FSD Pharma says the investment in Huge Shops gives the company access to a “network with a well-established consumer base.”Second Cup franchisees file lawsuit against coffee chain over debt, ad fundSecond Cup has chosen 20 Ontario coffee shops it wants to turn into cannabis storesSecond Cup looking to convert Ontario coffee shops to cannabis storesThe plans for the stores, to be branded and operated independently from Coffee Time, are contingent on Huge Shops being granted the necessary approval by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.Last week, the Ontario government announced it will initially issue up to 25 licences in January for cannabis stores selected by lottery, ahead of the first day of private retail sales on April 1.Currently, Ontario residents can only legally buy cannabis through the government-run website, the Ontario Cannabis Store.“We’ve been observing closely what’s been happening in the Cannabis space and what other brands have been doing within the coffee space,” said Steve Michalopoulos, vice-president of brand development at Chairman’s Brands in a statement.“Aligning our coffee brand with Huge Shops presents opportunity to carefully evaluate our real estate network and potentially maximize the real estate to the benefit of all stakeholders.”
Fortescue Metals Group won the Indigenous Employment and Retention Award for its training program, Fortescue’s Trade Up at the 2016 AMMA National Conference held in Perth last week.Established to provide sustainable career development opportunities for the company’s Aboriginal workforce, Fortescue’s Trade Up was launched in September 2015. Currently, 38 participants are completing the training, which is an accredited pathway to an apprenticeship.Chief Executive Officer, Nev Power, said Fortescue recognised the need to further develop career progression opportunities for its Aboriginal workforce.“By giving our Aboriginal team members the chance to work towards a trade qualification while on the job, Fortescue’s Trade Up is creating long term career pathways and, ultimately, changing lives. We are especially proud that 21 per cent of the current trainees are women,” Power said.Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Group Manager Fortescue People, Linda O’Farrell said it is very rewarding to see and celebrate the successes of this program. “We are incredibly proud of the Trade Up trainees, many of whom have progressed on to their formal apprenticeship.“The trainees’ achievements are shared with our contracting partners. The commitment of Downer, Goodline, Thiess, ICRG, GUMA, DVG and EGWYC has contributed to the success and sustainability of the program,” Ms O’Farrell said.Fortescue’s Trade Up includes a Certificate II level traineeship in the desired trade. Participants are trained while at work by qualified tradespeople and receive regular intensive skills training either on the job or at the Apprentice and Trainee Trade Training Centre located at Fortescue’s Cloudbreak mine site.The company’s training partner, South Regional TAFE, provides onsite training and competency reviews and assessment services, as well as Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy support and development.Picture shows CEO, Nev Power and Hon. Liza Mary Harvey MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women’s Interests with Trade Up trainees at the launch of Fortescue’s Trade Up.
VVC Exploration Corp is currently working to bring its flagship Samalayuca copper property in Chihuahua, Mexico to production. The NI 43-101 for the property was completed by Dr. Michel Boliy in 2013 represents an Inferred Mineral resource of 4.1 Mt of copper ore grading 0.47% Cu and 5.8 g/t Ag.“Pilot mines work well if you know you have minerals in the ground and can define an area that is easy to mine with modular technology that can be easily scaled,” Jim Culver, President and CEO of VVC Exploration, told the Investing News Network (INN). “It’s easier to make adjustments on a 30,000-t/month pilot-mining operation than on a 300,000-t/month full-scale operation. You have a two- to three-year period that allows you to make adjustments if required. In our opinion, it’s a cheaper way to learn and make those adjustments than completing a capital-intensive full feasibility study.”So, a pilot mine is a mining operation undertaken in the absence of a feasibility study. Pilot mining eliminates the considerable expense required for the feasibility study and does not require as much exploration. For the pilot mine to be a viable option, the nature of the claim needs to allow for low-cost recovery of the ore, e.g. (i) the claim has been previously worked and there is a high degree of certainty of commercial tonnages of material available, (ii) the deposit is close to the surface, making open-pit mining an option or (iii) the material is recoverable with a low-cost technology (e.g. heap leach, etc.).If the necessary conditions are in place, a pilot mine becomes a viable option, reports INN. This approach has clear advantages: 1) it significantly de-risks the project by becoming a self-funding production/exploration program, and 2) in addition, it can provide excess cashflow beyond the costs of the exploration.One of the main goals of a pilot mine is to demonstrate flowsheet viability and mitigate metallurgical risk. This is critical to acquiring further capital to move a mining project forward to commercial production — especially for more complex deposits or those processes using new technologies. The results of pilot projects in the mining space provide the ‘proof of concept’ a company needs to show the proposed mine can be profitable.The pilot mine stage of a mining project may also be considered phase one production — or the first step on the path to full-scale production. Unlike bench-scale testing in the lab, a pilot-scale mine allows the company to study the proposed process under the same conditions as will exist in the full-scale mill without the cost of experimenting on large tonnages of ore. A phased approach to mine development and production reduces the risk of operational failure when scaling a process to commercial size.The metallurgical data (i.e. yields and product purity) and process economics (i.e. capital and operating costs) generated during piloting are typically used in the design of the full-scale commercial plant. The environmental data (i.e. impact on local water supplies and the area in general) obtained during pilot plant production is used to verify that the operation is able to meet the environmental requirements for permitting a commercial-scale mine.“Even if you aren’t starting with a defined resource base, but you know there is enough economic ore to justify mining for four to seven years, you can start a pilot-mining operation instead of a full feasibility study,” said Culver. “After three to four years of mining, which shows the viability of the deposit and production methods, you’ve completed the equivalent work of a feasibility study and can begin a full-fledged mining operation.”Not only does this stage allow for the testing of operations and product, and determining the proper size and type of equipment for the commercial plant, it’s also an excellent way to train mill personnel and demonstrate the project’s longer-term potential to the local community.The Phase 1 production area at Samalayuca includes less than 10% of the mineralized zone of the property. Production is expected to begin very soon and last for three years and produce between 7 and 8 Mt of ore (70 to 80 Mlb of copper). VVC’s 67.25% share of Phase 1 production at $2.25/lb is expected to be in excess of $125 million.
On Friday, Nov. 15 the EPA released its draft proposal for the 2014 RFS Required Volume Obligations (RVO). The rule, which establishes the amount of biofuels that obligated parties must utilize for 2014 and the amount of biomass-based diesel for 2014 and 2015, proposes a biomass-based diesel RVO of 1.28 billion gallons, less than the amount produced by the industry in 2013. EPA also proposed reducing the total advanced biofuels requirements, further limiting the opportunities for biodiesel.The ASA expressed concern and disappointment with the proposal and the fact that the biomass-based diesel levels for 2014 and 2015 would be reduced below the amount actually produced in 2013. The level set forth in the proposal will stifle the growth and job creation potential demonstrated by the biodiesel industry over the past several years and would likely result in less soybean oil used for biodiesel production in 2014 and 2015. Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach 1 billion gallons of annual production and the industry has met or exceeded the RFS requirements each year they have been in place.ASA will continue to work with EPA and industry partners to demonstrate the flaws represented by this proposal and looks forward to achieving a final rule that does not hinder the momentum and positive economic benefits generated by biodiesel.Once posted in the Federal Register, the proposal will be subject to a 60-day public comment period that will include a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 5 in Washington, DC.ASA representatives have participated in meetings in recent weeks with senior Administration officials and members of Congress, and ASA board member and biodiesel representative Mike Cunningham (Illinois) will be testifying at the public hearing on December 5. ASA will also submit written comments to EPA and coordinate additional activities and input to impact the final rule.
President Trump visited Luke AFB, Ariz., on Friday to discuss military weapons and technology capabilities and learn about the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission. During his visit, the president convened a roundtable discussion with cabinet members, congressmen and defense industry leaders on a variety of issues, including cybersecurity, stealth technology and F-35 development, reported 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. “This incredible state is home to six major military installations, more than 30,000 military personnel, and thousands of defense companies,” Trump said. “Arizona’s military defense industries support 76,000 jobs and create $11.5 billion in economic output.” … Officials from the Air Force and El Paso Electric on Friday celebrated the launch of the Atlas Solar Array at Holloman AFB, N.M., a 5-megawatt solar facility which spans 42 acres and is dedicated to serve Holloman’s electric load. The array is made up of almost 56,000 thin-film modules that will generate enough electricity to power more than 1,700 homes annually, according to a press release. “The addition of this clean energy resource will enhance our resiliency and ability to better equip our installation while at the same time saving on taxpayer costs,” said Lt. Col. Joel Purcell, commander of the 49th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Obaidul Quader file photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) spokesperson Obaidul Quader on Friday warned foreign diplomats against making any remarks that might hurt their relations with Bangladesh.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader issued the warning while talking to newsmen during his visit to Dhaka-Bhanga 4-lane construction site at Kolakandi in Keraniganj of Dhaka district around 10:00am, reports UNB.Read more: US concerned at Gazipur votingApparently reacting to US ambassador’s comments on Bangladesh elections, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader also asked the foreign diplomats to avoid making such remarks.On Thursday, Bernicat commended the holding of elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations but expressed concern by reports of election “irregularities, including ballot box stuffing, intimidation” of political players, polling agents before the end of voting.She also expressed satisfaction over the lower level of violence and wider participation of political parties in the elections.“Is there any concern [by foreign diplomats] about the conspiracy by a leader of a contesting party who planned to carry out acts of sabotage in the election?” Quader asked.“We’ve the election commission for holding free and fair elections… there’s no need of any adviser,” he said.
Kolkata: Amid protests by doctors in several districts of West Bengal, four junior doctors were injured when stones were pelted at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, an official said. “The doctors were peacefully holding a dharna when some hooligans pelted stones from outside around 11 a.m. One intern Mayank Agarwal, 22, was seriously hurt on the forehead, while three others received minor injuries,” Amitava Saha, Deputy Superintendent of the hospital, told IANS. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He said the outpatient departments (OPDs) was shut as the junior doctors were protesting against an attack on interns at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, but the emergency services also got disrupted after the stone pelting. “The emergency services were kept open. Admitted patients are being treated. But as the situation went out of control, outsiders are not being allowed anymore,” Saha said. The police brought the situation under control and all senior officers are at the spot as the doctors are continuing their sit-in, he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Similar scenes of cease-work were witnessed in districts such as Bankura, Birbhum and Coochbehar. In Kolkata, family members of patients at the state-run SSKM Hospital started a simultaneous protest by occupying the streets outside and blocking traffic on the AJC Bose Road crossing demanding treatment of their ailing kin. Services at some private hospitals were also disrupted as they showed solidarity with the doctors. “We want some sort of assurance because whenever any incident occurs, the security and administrative staff becomes untraceable. It is us (junior doctors) who are beaten up or manhandled,” said one of the protesting doctors at NRS Hospital. Protests erupted at the state-run NRS Hospital on Tuesday morning bringing the regular services to a standstill, after a junior doctor was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a 75-year-old patient who died there late on Monday night. The family members of the deceased patient alleged medical negligence. The intern named Paribaha Mukherjee sustained a serious skull injury in the attack and has been admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata’s Park Circus area. His condition is reportedly stable.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line, People [PEOPLE] Norwegian taps Da Silva as sixth BDM for Canada Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Fatima Da Silva is joining Norwegian Cruise Line as the company’s sixth BDM in Canada, effective Oct. 24.“For our friends in the trade, this means that every single travel partner in the country will be represented by a Norwegian Business Development Manager that physically lives here,” said Dana Gain, National Director, Sales – Canada, NCL. “This is key, because supporting the trade in Canada requires an in-depth understanding of the market, currency, and wholesaler and tour operator relationships, among other things.”Norwegian Cruise Line BDM’s represent all accounts in the country regardless of location or production, so everyone has the same access to Norwegian’s support, added Gain. “This is just another example of our support to the trade in Canada, and our recognition of Canada as an important market for Norwegian.”Da Silva brings 17 years of industry experience to Norwegian, most recently as a Business Development Manager at Transat.Da Silva’s territory will be Western Canada. Ramon Jacinto, who currently covers all of Western Canada, will continue with Metro Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver Island, while Da Silva will cover everything from Langley east to Manitoba. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by Tags: American Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharks on a plane? 9 things you didn’t know fly with you in cargo DALLAS-FORT WORTH — At a recent event for American Airlines, I found myself talking with Jim Butler, President of American Airlines Cargo. In the exciting world of travel, Cargo is usually a topic that’s considered fairly ‘dry’. That’s until we started talking about all the unusual things he and his team transport on a daily basis.Airline passengers often don’t realize that it’s not just their luggage that travels in the hold under their seats. There’s a whole range of interesting and fascinating objects that are moved by air cargo right beneath their feet.AA operates one of the largest cargo networks in the world, with cargo terminals and interline connections across the globe. Every day, American transports cargo between major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia Pacific.Here are some of the most unusual things that may be transported underneath your seat on your next flight:1) SharksYes, that’s right sharks!Recently AA transported two sharks from the U.S. to South America in their tanks. Butler mentioned that the sides of the tank were frosted but the top was see-through, meaning that passengers could see them being loaded into the cargo hold.How Hollywood hasn’t jumped all over that one is beyond me.From the side you might think this might be a water tank being deliveredBut from the top and you can see you have two more guests on your flight. (Credit: American Airlines Cargo). Share 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Next Michael Smith Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Sydney Airport has welcomed the the NSW State Government’s decision to scrap access fees at two of the city’s airport train stations, but called for the fee removal to extend to two other stations.The access fees at Green Square and Mascot stations will cease from next Monday, and Sydney Airport CEO Russell Balding approved the decision. “The access fees discourage people from using public transport to get to Green Square, Mascot and the Domestic and International Terminals, so the abolition of the fee for two of the four stations means that we are halfway to getting a fair deal for rail passengers,” Mr Balding said. “Sydney Airport has been a strong advocate for improved public transport to and from the airport so I welcome this announcement as a positive sign of progress.”Mr Balding added that he felt the access fees at the Domestic and International Terminal stations should also be removed.“I remain concerned that thousands of Sydneysiders who work at the airport will continue to pay high fares,” he said.“The next reform priority should be to drop the access fee from the weekly and periodical fares for the estimated 12,000-15,000 people who work at the terminals.” “There is no public policy reason why workers at the airport are the only commuters in NSW who have to pay a surcharge for using public transport to get to work. “Encouraging public transport will help reduce congestion and pollution and provide people with more choice when travelling to the airport,” Mr Balding said.A Sydney Airport report said current single fares from the International Terminal to Town Hall is $15.80, while a weekly ticket is $49.The airport said fair fares would see the price drop to $4 and $31 respectively. The report also indicated a single fare for the 8km journey from the airport to Sydney Central station was $15, while a ticket from Central to Bathurst, Goulburn, Bomaderry and Newcastle was only $7.80. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: V.V
Source = explora Jesus Parilla SOUTH American eco-adventure operator explora has been recognised as the leading expedition company in South America for a second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards for 2013 and the company’s Hotel de Larache in San Pedro Atacama Desert was chosen as Chile’s leading boutique hotel, at an awards ceremony held in Lima, Peru on July 20.Called the “Oscars of Tourism” by the Wall Street Journal, the awards have been celebrating excellence in every field of the tourism industry since 1993. For 20 years the organization has received worldwide recognition for its standards of quality, with many winners setting a benchmark to which others aspire.Every year, tens of thousands of travel professionals vote for their favourite destinations, resorts, hotels, airports, travel companies, and cruises, using a long list of criteria. explora ceo Jesus Parrilla said, “Words cannot describe how thrilled we all are at receiving these outstanding accolades that recognize explora’s longtime commitment to excellence in the tourism industry.For more than 20 years of operation explora has offered travellers not only a trip but a new way of travelling to remote areas in South America.”It is a true testament to our dedicated staff who clearly understand that success rests upon our continued effort to raise standards on a daily basis, exceeding our travellers’ expectations.” explora hotel Atacama
Keynote speakers for TravelManagers 2016 National Conference from left to right Peter Baines, Tran Trong Kien and Gihan Perera Countdown begins for TravelManagers 2016 National ConferenceCountdown begins for TravelManagers 2016 National ConferenceWith less than three weeks to go, the anticipation is building for personal travel managers as the countdown begins to the company’s ninth national conference. The TravelManagers 2016 national conference with a theme of ‘Adding Value’ will be held 19-21 August in Bangkok.Executive General Manager – Michael Gazal“The conference theme of adding value really resonates with all that we do. At TravelManagers inspiring people through our personal experiences is not just our business, it’s what we believe in. Our personal travel managers are all inspirational people who love to travel and share that love of travel with our clients. We add value to our clients by giving them travel ideas and suggestions, right from the dreaming and planning stages right through to the time they return home,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.The three-day conference will focus on equipping personal travel managers with the skills, insights and practical ideas to truly add value to their clients’ holiday experiences.“In a world where information is at the touch of a button, the ability to provide personal experience and information they cannot find out for themselves, is the key to enhancing a client’s experience. Our annual conference offers an amazing opportunity for the personal travel manager network to all come together to share ideas, learn from each other and build relationships within the business while networking with suppliers.”Gazal is delighted to announce an impressive caliber of keynote speakers who will inspire the personal travel managers by providing relevant content and thought provoking open forum discussions.Gihan Perera, a futurist and online marketing specialist, author and consultant is back to address this year’s conference. An advocate of the mobile home-based personal travel manager model, Perera is no stranger to TravelManagers, having presented to the personal travel managers at their 2014 national conference in Singapore.“Gihan has an excellent understanding of the TravelManagers’ business model and the everyday opportunities and constraints that our personal travel managers regularly face. Gihan wowed our personal travel managers a couple of years ago with his expertise in understanding how the Internet has changed our world and providing clever ideas to easily differentiate themselves through a range of technological tools. His inspiration and enthusiasm ensures he is back again this year by popular demand.”The importance of flexibility, personal marketing and utilizing technology better will form the basis of Perera’s address.“Client expectations have changed, especially in the service industry. Clients want personal, individual and flexible service. The old-fashioned way of take a number and wait mentality doesn’t work anymore. It never did, but it’s even worse now,” says Perera.Tran Trong Kien is a self-made entrepreneur. Starting from humble beginnings in Northern Vietnam, 42-year-old Kien has built a $100 million dollar a year travel and hospitality business that includes travel companies, an aviation company, an online travel company and two hotel chains. As Chairman and General Director of the Thien Minh Group, it is one of the leading integrated travel and hospitality groups based in Southeast Asia and welcomes approximately 90,000 tourists to the region every year serving a broad range of budget to high-end travellers while hosting over 200,000 guests staying in its hotels annually.“Kien’s achievements are driven by many factors and he will share his journey and keys to success during his keynote address. Kien’s ‘rags to riches’ story is an impressive one which I know will fascinate and inspire our personal travel managers,” says Gazal.Kien will impart his views on the importance of strategic partnerships, creating value to drive success through exceptional customer service and providing unique products.“From experience, it is critical for personal travel manager’s to understand their own personal strengths, expertise and passions. This is key in targeting your clients. Personal travel managers will then need to work with specific suppliers and create a supply chain around this to ensure business success,” says Kien.The final keynote speaker is Peter Baines OAM, who runs a successful consulting business, building engagement through corporate social responsibility.Baines developed his unique leadership style by leading international identification teams into Indonesia and Thailand following acts of terrorism and the 2004 South East Asian Tsunami. Baines went on to work in the counter terrorism area of Interpol, spent time with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime and also worked in Saudi Arabia and Japan after natural disasters hit those countries.However it was Baines’ work in Thailand that brought the biggest change and in January 2014, Peter Baines was recognized in the Australia Day honours with the awarding of the Order of Australia Medal for his International Humanitarian work.“After meeting the children left orphaned by the Tsunami, I felt compelled to act and founded an Australian charity called ‘Hands Across the Water’. This charity has gone on to create opportunities for hundreds of children across Thailand,” says Baines.Baines’ presentation will explore the key aspects leaders demonstrate during times of crisis and disaster.“We are thrilled to have Peter talk about his experiences and explore the importance of having a clarity of purpose and how to build engagement with clients, community and family through shared experiences. Peter will also talk about how you don’t have to be a leader of people to demonstrate leadership qualities, as the actions that personal travel managers take for themselves will influence their personal and professional growth. We know this will resonate so well with many of our personal travel manager experiences,” says Gazal.The TravelManagers 2016 national conference will be held 19-21 August 2014 at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel in Bangkok.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. Fly THAI Airways Amazing Thailand About TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. 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Black Knight Financial Services FHFA FNC Home Prices S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-07-29 Tory Barringer July 29, 2014 572 Views Share Annual home price growth across the United States dropped into the single digits in May, continuing a moderating trend, according to the most recent price measure for the month.The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, released Tuesday, showed house prices gained 9.3 percent across 20 of the country’s biggest cities, down substantially from the 10.8 percent increase recorded for April and the slowest growth rate since February 2013.Economists had expected an increase of 9.9 percent for May.The narrower 10-city composite index fared slightly better, improving 9.4 percent year-over-year. That increase was down from 10.9 percent the month prior.According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, all cities saw their annual growth rates decelerate except for Charlotte, which was up slightly to 4.7 percent, and Tampa, which held steady at 10.2 percent.David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said May’s results fit with other housing data over the last few months.”Prices and sales of existing homes have shown improvement while construction and sales of new homes continues to lag,” Blitzer said. “At the same time, the broader economy and especially employment are showing larger improvements and substantial gains.”Month-over-month, both the 10- and 20-city composites posted unadjusted price gains of 1.1 percent, with all cities reporting increases for the second straight month.Figuring in seasonal adjustments, the picture looks less rosy: Both indices saw declines of 0.3 percent, and 14 of the 20 cities were lower than in April.As of May 2014, S&P Dow Jones says average home prices across the country are back to their summer 2004 levels and are about 18 percent down from their 2006 peaks.At the metro market level, both Dallas and Denver continue to set new peaks, while Detroit remains the only city in the report to remain below its January 2000 value.The S&P/Case-Shiller Indices are the fourth price metric for May released in just the last two weeks. It follows earlier reports from FNC, Inc., the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Black Knight Financial Services, all of which measure different slices of the market. Home Price Growth Slows More than Expected in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories LISTEN: Pete Prisco, CBS Sports NFL Columnist The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carson Palmer prepares to throw during Cardinals training camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Palmer has looked healthy early in training camp, which is a good sign according to CBS NFL columnist Pete Prisco, who visited Cardinals camp this week.“Palmer, to me, looked like he was better than he was before he got hurt,” Prisco told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday morning. “And by that I mean he’s stronger, he’s worked on his mechanics. The ball comes out better. I think if there’s any concern whatsoever about Carson Palmer, there shouldn’t be, because he looked like the same guy he was.”Prisco pointed out that the Cardinals were on their way toward having a great season, one that potentially could have led to an NFC West title and homefield advantage in the postseason, before Palmer was lost to a torn ACL in Week 10.But Palmer’s return to the field is not the only thing Prisco took away from his visit to Glendale.“The offensive and defensive lines, for the first time in a long time, have a ton of depth,” he said. “You’re going to cut some good football players on that team.”Prisco said the defensive line, especially, is light on stars but deep in quality talent.“There’s a lot of good, big, physical guys in there and I think there’s some good young guys that are emerging,” he said. So really, the question for the Cardinals going forward is just how good they can be. And, more than that, will they be good enough to unseat the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West?Prisco said he’s not ready to say who he thinks is better, but admitted he thinks it’s really close between the teams, especially given how much offensive line talent the defending NFC champions lost in the offseason.“So to me, that’s a major concern for Seattle moving forward, I want to see how that plays out,” he said. “I think Arizona is right there with them. I think the Cardinals are an 11-win team.” – / 29 Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals are a good team. Winners of 11 games last season and 10 the year before, it’s really hard to argue the claim.However, no matter how good they may be, it stands to reason they will only go as far as Carson Palmer’s right arm — or left knee — can carry them.The Cardinals were 6-0 in games Palmer started last season, as the veteran passer showed an even greater understanding of head coach Bruce Arians’ offense while completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,626 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share