Lack of cash threatens school meals in Benin warns UN food agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that tens of thousands of children in Benin will not receive their daily school meal when schools reopen in September unless additional funds are made available immediately. WFP Benin’s school feeding programme, which reached nearly 70,000 school children in 400 schools last year, urgently requires $1 million – the equivalent of 1,200 metric tons of maize, beans, oil and fish. “We are afraid that there won’t be any WFP food trucks turning up at the schools next term, and if the trucks don’t come, many of the children don’t come either,” said WFP Benin Country Director Jacques Roy. “We need new donations now so that we have time to buy the food and then get it out to the schools.” Studies indicate that one meal during the school day not only staves off hunger, but improves children’s ability to learn. School meals are also a major incentive for families to send their children – especially girls – to school, often resulting in higher enrollment and attendance rates. Along with school feeding in Benin, WFP provides assistance to 5,000 Togolese refugees in the country, as well as 12,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2006, WFP provided school meals to over three million children across West and Central Africa and over 20 million children in 71 countries around the world. 24 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that tens of thousands of children in Benin will not receive their daily school meal when schools reopen in September unless additional funds are made available immediately. read more

President reinstates official in UK removed over throatcutting gesture

However the Army today said that Priyanka Fernando had been reinstated to his post on the instructions of the President. (Colombo Gazette) In this connection, instructions had been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. President Maithripala Sirisena has reinstated an official in the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK who was earlier removed over a throat-cutting gesture.Authorities in Sri Lanka had earlier taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner. The Foreign Ministry said that the authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately. read more

Morneau to meet with American counterpart in Ottawa next week

Morneau to meet with American counterpart in Ottawa next week Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to students at Concordia University, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Montreal. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is to meet with his American counterpart in Ottawa next week.Morneau says he looks forward to the June 9 meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is to meet with his American counterpart in Ottawa next week.Morneau says he looks forward to the June 9 meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.It’s Mnuchin’s first visit to Ottawa since becoming treasury secretary, but he and Morneau aren’t strangers.Morneau met with Mnuchin on the sidelines this month at a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Italy where the issue of American softwood lumber duties was discussed.The two men also spoke at a G20 meeting in Germany earlier this year where they talked about the importance of strengthening the middle class.A notice of the meeting from Morneau’s office didn’t say what specifically was on the agenda, but Canadian officials have pointed out how the two countries’ economies are integrated and that nearly nine million American jobs depend on trade with Canada. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2017 5:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Funding shortfall threatens education for children in conflict disaster zones – UNICEF

“Without education, children grow up without the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the peace and the development of their countries and economies, aggravating an already desperate situation for millions of children,” said Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF’s latest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador, speaking from Hamburg, Germany, where she is representing UNICEF at the summit. “For the millions of children growing up in war zones, the threats are even more daunting: not going to school leaves children vulnerable to early marriage, child labour and recruitment by armed forces,” Ms. Almellehan said. The UN agency has requested $932 million for its education programmes in conflict and disaster zones, but has received less than $115 million. The greatest needs are in the Central African Republic and Yemen, where the funding gaps are above 70 per cent. Students are missing out on opportunities to learn in Iraq and Syria, as well. According to a survey cited by UNICEF, pursuing educational opportunities was mentioned as one of the factors leading families and children to flee their homes. A survey of refugee and migrant children in Italy revealed that 38 per cent of them headed to Europe to gain access to learning opportunities. In Greece, one in three parents or caretakers said that seeking education for their children was the main reason they left their countries for Europe. UNICEF said that for children who have experienced the trauma of war and displacement, education can be life-saving. “When I fled Syria in 2013, I was terrified I would never be able to return to school. But when I arrived in Jordan and realized there was a school in the camp, I was relieved and hopeful,” said Muzoon. “School gives children like me a lifeline and the chance of a peaceful and positive future.” Secretary-General António Guterres is also participating in the two-day summit of the G20, which includes leaders from 19 countries and the European Union. read more

Talga and Schunk to work on graphene automotive applications

first_imgTalga Resources has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with a subsidiary of Germany-based Schunk Group to co-operate on the exploration and incorporation of Talga graphene (Talphene®) into a Schunk product with applications in the automotive sector.The ASX-listed company said further details of the LoI and the application were commercial in confidence at this stage, but Talga has previously said Talphene could have potential as a functionalised graphene additive for lithium-ion battery cathodes, in addition to applications in packaging, concrete and composite materials.Talga has 100% ownership of multiple high-grade graphite assets in northern Sweden, the most advanced of which (Vittangi – containing the Nunasvaara deposit) hosts the world’s highest grade JORC/NI 43-101 graphite mineral resource (12.3 Mt at 25.5% graphite), according to the company.Talga Managing Director, Mark Thompson, said: “Talga is excited to be working with such a globally active and innovative carbon product manufacturer as Schunk on an application using Talga’s graphene. We look forward to leveraging our technology and products towards success of this program and potential development in future.”Shunk offers a broad spectrum of products and services in the fields of carbon technology and ceramics, environmental simulation and air conditioning, sintered metal and ultrasonic welding.Last year, Talga said it was targeting completion of a prefeasibility study on Vittangi at the end of the March quarter.last_img read more

The Oscars accidentally named Amy Adams instead of Ruth Negga for best

first_img By Sean Murray The Oscars accidentally named Amy Adams instead of Ruth Negga for best actress Tom Hanks was also wrongly listed as a nominee for best actor on the Oscars website yesterday. Irish actress Ruth Negga 15 Comments Source: Joey/Twitter ABC Digital held its hands up for making the error, and issued a statement of apology, after rectifying the mistake.They said: “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the website.“The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologise to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion.”Despite this hiccup, the family of Ruth Negga in Limerick were in celebratory mood following her nomination yesterday.Her uncle Ger Malone said: “We’re all delighted for her. There is pride in all the family here in Dooradoyle, and we’ll probably have a glass of something to celebrate.We’re all absolutely so proud of her. WhatsApp is whopping away now in the family group, from as far away as Australia; she’s a cousin in Australia, she’s cousins in Canada, and she’s obviously cousins here at home.Along with Negga’s nomination, there’ll be plenty of Irish interest at this year’s Oscars.Irish-made film The Lobster, filmed in areas such as west Dublin and Kerry, has got a nod for best screenplay.Ed Guiney from Element Pictures, which produced the film, spoke of his delight at the news.Guiney told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One: “One of the things that stands out about the movie is the script. To get an Oscar nomination one year is outstanding, to get it two times in a row is mind-boggling.”Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle, who has been nominated before for The Queen, is up for another award this year for her work on 1940s film Florence Foster Jenkins.Read: Ruth Negga: ‘Race was this subject that no one wanted to talk about’Read: ‘The Whatsapp is whopping away’ – Ruth Negga’s Limerick family on Oscar nomination Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 8:40 AM 28,118 Views Irish actress Ruth Negga Image: Richard Shotwell AP/Press Association Images Jan 25th 2017, 8:40 AM Short URL Share60 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE WAS SOME confusion yesterday regarding the nominees for best actress at this year’s Oscars award ceremony, with its official website omitting Irish actress Ruth Negga and including Amy Adams instead.Despite being included in the list of nominees at the official announcement, the official Oscars website listed Amy Adams for the film Arrival, instead of Negga for her role in Loving.That wasn’t the only major error included on the website, with Tom Hanks also listed in the best actor category even though he hadn’t actually been nominated. That’s weird. Ruth Negga got announced as #Oscars2017 nominee but their own website says otherwise. Looks like Adams got bumped last minute.— Joey (@joeyocaomhanach) January 24, 2017 Image: Richard Shotwell AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Dériver autour de lAntarctique le nouveau défi de JeanLouis Etienne

first_imgDériver autour de l’Antarctique, le nouveau défi de Jean-Louis EtienneL’explorateur Jean-Louis Etienne est en train de concevoir une station océanographique qui lui permettra de se laisser dériver par le courant circumpolaire austral d’ici 2014.L’explorateur Jean-Louis Etienne avait déjà fait parler de lui après avoir dérivé sur la banquise à bord d’une capsule, en 2002, après avoir mené une mission naturaliste sur l’atoll de Clipperton, en 2005 et survolé le pôle nord en montgolfière en 2010. Actuellement, il est en train de mettre au point une station océanographique révolutionnaire. Capable d’accueillir cinq scientifiques, celle-ci sera disposée sur un cylindre immergé de 70 mètres de long. Ce dispositif permettra d’observer le courant circumpolaire austral en se laissant dériver.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Jean-Louis Etienne travaille actuellement à la réalisation de ce dispositif  à San Diego, en Californie, en collaboration avec le Scripps Research Institute et avec l’architecte naval Ship Studio, basé à Lorient, rapporte Le Figaro. Ce concept avait déjà été mis au point par l’US Navy en 1962. A l’époque, la station, qui prenait le nom de Flip, était remorquée horizontalement par un navire avant de se redresser une fois le cylindre ballast rempli d’eau. Le vaisseau, actuellement en phase de conception, prendra le nom de Polar Pod et utilisera les connaissances apportées par les projets d’éoliennes flottantes qui doivent être capables de rester parfaitement stables.Selon l’explorateur, le Polar Pod “sera beaucoup moins ballotté qu’un bateau classique” et sera à la fois plus écologique et moins coûteux qu’un navire d’exploration océanographique puisqu’il ne consommera pas de fioul. Etant donné la distance et le coût de chaque mission, celles-ci se sont faites de plus en plus rares explique Le Figaro. Jean-Louis Etienne présente son projet en argumentant sur le fait que la communauté scientifique est demandeuse de données concernant l’océan et le courant circumpolaire antarctique, ce véritable puits de CO2 indispensable au règlement climatique mondial.Concrètement, la capsule tout en dérivant, sera capable d’augmenter sa vitesse en cas de besoin grâce à des moteurs électriques alimentés par deux éoliennes et à deux voiles dépliables. Cela lui permettra d’éviter les collisions avec les icebergs. L’électricité produite devrait également permettre d’assurer l’éclairage, le chauffage de l’eau et de la cuisine ainsi que les télécommunications. Si tout se passe comme prévu, le Polar Pod devrait être construit l’an prochain puis testé en 2013. Si le calendrier continue à être respecté, la mission d’exploration devrait débuter en 2014 et prendre son départ au Cap en Afrique du Sud, là où le courant circumpolaire est le puissant de la planète. Avec ce dispositif, les scientifiques pourraient mettre un an à faire le tour du continent antarctique.Le 4 juin 2011 à 14:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver Police Department earns volunteer award

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department (VPD) was awarded a letter and certificate from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs. Neighbors On Watch (Now) volunteers assist the VPD in reducing crime through observation, crime prevention education and outreach. VPD also won an Honorable Mention certificate for the outstanding Volunteers in Policing Program category. The review process is highly competitive for these awards, according to a bulletin from VPD, and the department is proud to earn this award from their volunteer efforts. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Vancouver Police Department can contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467 or

Kacey Musgraves Wins Album Of The Year For Golden Hour 2019 GRAMMYs

first_imgNews 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Facebook Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Prev Next Kacey Musgraves Wins Album Of The Year For ‘Golden Hour’ | 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Kacey Musgraves takes home Album Of The Year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 8:46 pm Kacey Musgraves won Album Of The Year for Golden Hour at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. “It was really important for me to bring my version of country music to a different group of people,” she said onstage while accepting the award.By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile, Scorpion by Drake, H.E.R. by H.E.R., Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe and Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By by Various Artists were the other category nominees.Musgraves announced her arrival in 2013 with the release of her major label solo debut album Same Trailer Different Park. The album contained the hit singles “Merry Go Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.” Musgraves was also on the pop and country charts that year as a co-writer of Miranda Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.”She later won her first GRAMMY for Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. She made her debut on the GRAMMY stage that same year when she performed “Follow Your Arrow.”Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards center_img John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Kacey Musgraves Wins Album Of The Year kacey-musgraves-wins-album-year-golden-hour-2019-grammys 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Email Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Read morelast_img read more

3G 4G services suspended again

first_img.The mobile phone operators were ordered on Saturday to stop 3G and 4G services ‘for the sake of state security and to prevent rumours’.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) order comes a day before the country goes to polls.The services would be unavailable from 3:00pm Saturday to Sunday midnight, BTRC senior assistant director (Media) Jakir Hossain Khan told UNB.On Thursday, BTRC ordered suspension of 3G and 4G data services but later withdrew the directive after about 10 hours.last_img

Save 270 on DJIs Latest Mavic 2 Zoom – 979 Only In

first_img[Update]: 12.12 sale brings an additional $20 discount with code GB1212M2Z (now available for just $979 down from $1249)Black Friday may be over but holiday sales continue on some select few items. DJI’s latest Mavic 2 Zoom is one of the few user-favorite products that are being offered on weekend sale (or what Gearbest calls the “Ho-Ho-Ho” sale…). DJI flaunts its latest Mavic 2 Zoom as a drone that empowers visionaries with stunning cinematic quality and images in glorious color detail.“Our dream has always been to make a drone that exists where engineering, technology, and the needs of the aerial photographer converge,” the popular drone maker writes. “A drone that embodies all of DJI’s advanced, signature technologies, and is able to redefine what is possible for the world of aerial photography. In creating the Mavic 2, we have made this dream come true.”From wide angles to mid-range shots, Mavic 2 Zoom is the perfect drone for expressive creativity.Get the very latest DJI MAVIC 2 ZOOM for $999 down from $1249 with code GB1125M2ZDJI Mavic 2 Zoom officially goes for $1,249 and the company didn’t include the latest products in its holiday promotions. However, you can get Mavic 2 Zoom for just $1,147 $999 using the code shared below.Head over to GB.Click on Add to Cart.Go to the cart and click on Proceed to Checkout (make sure you are signed in to be able to enter the code).On the lower-left corner, enter coupon code GB1125M2Z to get the discount.Mavic 2 Zoom offers a high-performance 4x lossless zoom, including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm) and hybrid autofocus that combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% more than previous products. Zoom also features a new Super Resolution feature. Now with Zoom, when you take a picture with a 24 mm equivalent field-of-view, the camera will capture and patch nine photos with its telephoto lens, resulting in a 48-megapixel super-resolution photo, DJI explains. When compared to ordinary panoramas, the super-resolution photos retain the original look of the shooting targets with a more accurate composition. Share Tweet Submit DJI’s latest treats: the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoomcenter_img Bonus: Mavic 2 Pro available for just $1,260 down from $1,499Mavic 2 Pro gets a $240 off too! Use code GB1111M2 to get the price down to $1,260DJI All-Round Accessory Kit for $320 with code GB-THM2FMKDJI Tello RC Drone for $79.99 with code GBTello– Massive Holiday Promo: OnePlus 6 available for $399.99 & 419.99last_img read more

Asia still popular for small group tourism

first_imgTravel Indochina assured agents last night that smaller group tourism is not on the decline to Asia. Speaking at Travel Indochina’s Asian Roadshow host and general manager Paul Hole said ‘experts’ claiming group tourism to Asia is decreasing must be referring to larger tours because Travel Indochina witnessed a 45 percent increase in small group journey passengers year on year. “Coming out of the GFC we are now beyond recovery growth and into actual growth,” Mr Hole told e-Travel Blackboard. “We have a Vietnam cross boarder program for March and April that has been full since before Christmas.” Mr Hole added that people prefer to travel in smaller groups to Asia because it offers a personal and unique experience. Speaking at the annual event, the company’s head took the opportunity to update agents on its latest Hand-made package, which offers travellers the opportunity to take creative control over their tour. Time Fly’s Travel owner Trudy Rice told e-Travel Blackboard Travel Indochina’s packages allow agents to offer clients something new and interesting. “You get first-hand knowledge of the destinations,” Ms Rice told e-Travel Blackboard. “When you visit a country and try to find out the unique places say in Vietnam, you often get someone that can’t speak English.“But Travel Indochina put together different packages for a variety of people from family groups, independent travellers and small groups.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Megameet 2014 Sydney

first_imgSix leading accommodation industry events will participate in Megameet 2014, a suite of co-located events for senior industry executives, investors, lenders, suppliers and professionals in Australia and New Zealand. • Hotels World Australia New Zealand – the pre-eminent event for CEOs and other industry leaders, with the highest level of decision-maker support for any event in the region. Last year, Hotels World attracted 400 delegates and over 50 sponsors, exhibitors and supporters; “In 2014, Megameet will again enable executives to efficiently and selectively participate in leading industry events over only a three day period, whilst also being able to meet up with peers and colleagues from other Megameet events in the same city, during the same week,” he said. “Our participating event goals are ‘Insight, Ideas and Networking’ and Megameet will deliver on those goals as no other events in the region can.” Held in Sydney over three days between 16 and 18 July 2014, the partnering events at Megameet 2014 will provide attendees with diverse insights into the state of the accommodation industry and its future direction, whilst also providing a unique ‘all industry’ networking opportunity. Source = Megameet 2014 Topics to be covered over the three days will range from investment and finance issues, through to development, ownership, technology, management and operational issues. Industry excellence will be recognised through the announcement of major awards and attention will also be directed towards future industry leaders. • Luxury Hotels World – another first-ever event for the region, designed to explore the exciting and rapidly evolving world of luxury accommodation and travel; • Future Leaders Forum – an inspiring event for up and coming, under 35 year old future industry leaders, that will provide career-related topics and unique access to industry leaders. • Tourism’ Accommodation’ Australia’ (NSW)’ Awards’ for’ Excellence’ 2014 – the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, honouring the achievement of excellence in accommodation, dining, entertainment, marketing, training, community service and talented employees; and thecenter_img Megameet 2014 will comprise: • Hotels Investment World – a first ever event for the region, designed for accommodation industry owners, investors, operators and lenders, that will provide insight into the world of hotel investment in Australia & New Zealand; Bryon Merzeo, the founder of Future’ Leaders’ Forum’ added “Our event will again focus on the issues most important to identifying and developing future industry leaders, as well as providing a forum for them to meet during Megameet 2014, the industry’s pre-eminent executive gathering.” Commenting on the initiative, Carol Giuseppi, NSW Director of Tourism Accommodation Australia, said “TAA is again delighted to be involved with Megameet, the premier series of accommodation industry conferences. Positioning the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence under the Megameet umbrella will ensure that industry leaders have the opportunity to attend the most prestigious accommodation awards in this market and support excellence in product, staff and service delivery”. • Ted’s Conference – the region’s leading technology event for industry leaders, created by industry IT guru, Ted Horner; Ted Horner, Managing Director of EHorner & Associates said “Helping hoteliers to get a handle on where technology is headed and what is needed to stay ahead is the focus of Ted’s Conference, where CEO’s talk tech and we are delighted to again be part of Megameet.” The creator of Megameet 2014, Horwath HTL Australia CEO Mr John Smith said that it was a concept that provides busy senior executives with a practical means of knowledge sharing and networking.last_img read more

Tulum Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler the pr

first_imgTulum, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWant to see an amazing sunset in a remote area of the globe? Tulum, Mexico was recently voted one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a sunset in the world along with Svalbard, Norway and Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tulum is located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and is well-known for its rich archaeological and cultural history. Visitors can explore Mayan temples and shrines that have been preserved from ancient times.Serene landscapes and vast cliffs make Tulum a perfect location to indulge in a yoga retreat as well as a wide variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. Below the imposing cliffs travelers will find Tulum’s pristine beaches, open to the public and the perfect opportunity to explore the expansive Caribbean coastline. Tourists traveling from all over begin to adapt to the cycle of the sun in Tulum. They rise when the sun rises and sleep when the sun sets; a truly spiritual experience.www.mexicotoday.orglast_img read more

Remand extended for two in kidnap case

first_imgA Nicosia district court on Friday morning ordered the remand of two men for three more days in connection with the kidnapping of four-year-old girl Marie Eleni Grimsrud on April 27.The lead investigator for the case told the court that new evidence suggests that one of the men, a 44-year-old taxi driver arrested three days after the abduction, had not transported a man and a child from close to the scene of the kidnapping as he had previously claimed, but a blonde woman and a child. The man denies the new version of events. The other man, who is also 44, was arrested on the day of the kidnapping.The girl’s mother Eleni Ioannou, 48, says that two hooded men snatched Marie Eleni outside her kindergarten in Dasoupolis. A lawyer for the girl’s father Torkel Grimrud, 49, has released a statement from Norway disputing this story and saying that the father took the girl himself. Grimsrud has also sent an email to Ioannou telling her that their daughter is well and with him somewhere in Cyprus.Police believe the first man they arrested organised the kidnapping for a fee from the girl’s father. The taxi driver has told police that he picked up a foreign man, aged about 50, and a little girl aged four or five, and transported them to the Tseri area where they got into a car with tinted windows.He said the foreigner paid him €100 for the ride and that the child had slept in the car.Police think that at least five individuals may be involved in the case, and a 49-year-old Dutch woman has already been remanded in custody for eight days in connection with it.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Banned student gets to speak

first_imgANGELOS Sofocleous, a Durham University student, has attended and spoken at a ‘free speech’ event at the University of Bristol from which he had been previously banned over alleged security concerns.The event was held on Wednesday night. It concluded without incident.Sofocleous, 24, had been told by the organisers at Bristol University that he would not be allowed to speak at the event over ‘concerns’ that trouble might break out due to a comment he had made on Twitter months ago.The Cypriot student was branded ‘transphobic’ after retweeting an article by a Spectator columnist with the headline: “Is it a crime to say women don’t have penises?”However on Wednesday, Sofocleous attended the event anyway as an audience member.According to the Epigram, the University of Bristol’s student newspaper, when an audience member asked out loud “why can’t he just go up there?” the event’s host said: “If the audience want to hear from him then I don’t have a problem.”As neither audience members nor panelists opposed his participation, he joined the panel. During the discussion, Sofocleous said it is “ridiculous that anyone’s right to not be offended is more important than their right to freedom of speech.”Sofocleous later tweeted: “I attended the debate as an audience member and after the audience’s demand I joined the panel. Three people had a civilised debate, exchanged criticisms, added to each other’s points, and enjoyed a healthy and productive dialogue with the audience.”He added: “Victimhood culture and fearmongering will not and cannot silence individuals. We had a great discussion last night and the audience’s stance contributed to that, showing that the assessment that the event required policing and security was misjudged. Thank you, Bristol.”Bristol University’s Free Speech Society said the Student Union (SU) had sought to de-platform Sofocleous under the guise of security concerns.The Epigram said Bristol’s SU refused to release the assessment report explaining why this decision was made, but the organisers claim they were verbally told in a meeting that it was to do with the tweet.Speaking to the Cyprus Mail on Thursday night, Sofocleous said that following the brouhaha he personally called Bristol police to ask whether the university’s SU had got in touch with them to discuss the issue of security at the event.The police denied being contacted by the SU.What’s more, Bristol University’s Free Speech Society posed the same question to the university campus security. Again, campus security said the SU had not reached out to them about the event.These facts would suggest there was no basis in reality for the student union’s contention that Sofocleous could pose a ‘security threat’.Sofocleous also tells the Cyprus Mail that last October he was warned by a Durham University lecturer that he faced possible expulsion should he ‘misgender’ anyone on campus.This is official policy at Durham University. Many other UK universities share the same policy.About a month ago, Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to US President Donald Trump, was scheduled to give a talk at Oxford University. A group of students protesting Bannon’s presence tried to block entry to the venue. The event eventually took place.Deplatforming of speakers on university campuses has been occurring in the UK as well as in the United States. The irony has not been lost on commentators that these practices are being allowed in institutes of learning which are supposed to be bastions of tolerance and the free exchange of ideas. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo 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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