Inuit politician retires from Manitoba legislature

first_imgAPTN National NewsA respected MLA from Manitoba has announced his retirement after two decades in provincial politics.George Hickes has represented Winnipeg’s Point Douglas neighbourhood since 1990.He also is the current Speaker of the House.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler caught up with Hickes at the Manitoba legislature.last_img

Anger more harmful for older adults

first_imgAnger is more harmful than sadness for older adults and may lead to health complications – potentially increased inflammation which is associated with chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis and cancer, say researchers. The recently conducted research shows that anger can lead to the development of chronic illnesses whereas sadness did not. “Sadness may help older seniors adjust to challenges such as age-related physical and cognitive declines because it can help them disengage from goals that are no longer attainable”, said study lead author Meaghan A Barlow from the Concordia University in the US. For the study, the researchers analysed data from 226 older adults ages 59 to 93 from Montreal, Canada and grouped participants as being in early old age (59 to 79 years old) or advanced old age (80 years or older). During the study, participants completed questionnaires about how angry or sad they felt. The research examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation. “We found that experiencing anger daily was related to higher levels of inflammation and chronic illness for people aged 80 or above, but not for younger seniors,” added the research co-author Carsten Wrosch. The researchers suggest that education and therapy might help older adults reduce anger by regulating their emotions or by offering better coping strategies to manage the inevitable changes that accompany ageing.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan clarifies embarrassing oil spill benefits comments

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan is on the defensive over a proposal to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline through British Columbia, after the company was ridiculed for saying an oil spill can have positive economic effects.In its 15,000-page application to the National Energy Board, the company said spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected regions.The story made headlines and the company was roasted by MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow over the weekend.Ted Rhodes/Postmedia News “Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short- and long-term,” the company said in its submission to the National Energy Board.“Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and cleanup service providers.”But the reference is taken out of context from a section of the application that looks specifically at the socio-economic effects of a worst-case scenario spill, Kinder Morgan Canada said Monday.Kinder Morgan is required to analyze both positive and negative effects of a spill in its project application, the company said.“Let me be clear: No spill is acceptable to me anywhere, any time, for any reason. Spills are not good for anyone. Period,” president Ian Anderson said in a statement.“Regrettably, some have taken a reference from our 15,000-page application to the National Energy Board out of context to suggest otherwise.”The total effect of a spill is negative, Anderson said, and in no way is money spent on spill response a justification for the pipeline.“Spills are not part of our economic benefits analysis, nor do we in any way say that money spent on spill response would be justification for our project,” he said.The $5.4-billion expansion would almost triple the capacity of the pipeline that links the Alberta oil sands to Port Metro Vancouver.Critics of the project quickly seized on the cost-benefits analysis.Sierra Club B.C.’s Caitlyn Vernon called the claim an “outrageous insult to British Columbians.” “With this statement, Kinder Morgan has acknowledged that oil spills happen,” Vernon said last week.“No twisted logic will make the risk of oil spills more acceptable to B.C. families that would have to live with the consequences to our jobs, health, culture, recreational opportunities and communities.”Canadian Press read more

WatchGM reaffirms Oshawa closure after separate meetings with Doug Ford Navdeep Bains

Eduardo Lima/The Canadian Press TORONTO — Ontario and federal politicians have walked away empty-handed from meetings with General Motors about the company’s plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant.Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains met briefly with GM CEO Mary Barra on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit Monday and Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with GM president Mark Reuss Tuesday morning.Both politicians said they urged the company to reconsider its decision to close the plant and are disappointed that GM did not budge on the closure. Unifor finds ‘new allies’ in Ontario, Ottawa in fight to keep GM’s Oshawa plant open Stephen Poloz sees signs of hope for his hometown of Oshawa after GM closes plant GM refuses to back down from planned Oshawa plant closure, union vows to keep fighting “Following a meeting with Unifor, I promised to press General Motors executives to extend operations at the Oshawa plant in order to give the affected workers more time to deal with the impacts of the closure,” said Ford in a statement after the GM meeting.“Despite raising this on repeated instances, I was disappointed to hear that General Motors’ position has not changed.”GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019. Unifor president Jerry Dias has been critical of Ford’s failure to fight for Oshawa workers after the premier said after the announcement that little could be done to alter the minds of GM executives. Ford met with Dias Monday and committed to raising the issue with the company.Bains said in a statement Monday night that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure and is ready to play an active role in finding solutions for the workers.“GM is making a mistake by giving up on Oshawa’s workers,” he said in a statement.The company said in a statement that it told government officials it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.Unifor has fought unsuccessfully to have the Ingersoll plant designated as the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox, which would create production certainty for the line. The Equinox is also produced at two plants in Mexico and the union is concerned the company could shift more production to the country.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff. read more

Marking Africa Day UN hails continents efforts to overcome conflict poverty

In a message on the occasion of the Day, which is observed on 25 May, the Secretary-General praised African leaders for their resolve in moving the continent steadily towards democratic and economic empowerment, and showing courage, determination and responsibility in lifting countries out of war and poverty.”Indeed, the struggle for democracy, development, human rights and good governance in Africa may well be reaching what has been called a ‘tipping point,'” Mr. Annan said.This year’s commemoration was occurring at a crucial juncture, the Secretary-General added, noting that the African Union was launched this year and that a new initiative, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), was taking shape.”Africans are addressing the conflicts in their midst by coming together as African leaders determined to solve their own problems,” Mr. Annan said, pointing to the successful elections earlier this month in war-torn Sierra Leone and the effort to confront the scourge of AIDS with innovative programmes and relentless campaigns of public education.”And with initiatives such as the NEPAD, they are deepening the process of political and economic reform and building productive ties with each other and with the international community,” he added.Supporting these efforts has never been more vital to the interests of the developed world, the Secretary-General said, urging the international community to do all it could “to help millions of men and women to improve their lives, so that a continent so rich in human and natural resources can truly fulfil its great promise.”Meanwhile the President of the Security Council for the month of May, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore, addressed a special meeting of the Africa Regional Group at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate Africa Day.On behalf of the Council members, Ambassador Mahbubani expressed the Council’s solidarity with Africa. He also reiterated the Council’s strong message of support as well as its backing for the continent in managing the challenges and opportunities it faces. read more

UN body discusses use of space technology for social economic progress

Delegates to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) are slated to examine a variety of uses for space technology for civilian purposes, including remote sensing for protecting the environment, facilitating and utilizing communications, and enhancing education and training opportunities for youth.The Committee is also scheduled to discuss information technology needs, the spin-offs and commercial benefits from space activities, and the promotion of international cooperation. Meanwhile, another key focus for COPUOS will be “Space and Society,” as delegates look at the many ways in which space has affected human culture.During its eight-day deliberations, the Committee is slated to set up a working group to prepare for a five-year UN General Assembly review of the 1999 UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), which will consider further actions and initiatives based on this appraisal.In addition, the Committee’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee has recommended that a statement from COPUOS be delivered at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September in order to increase awareness of the usefulness of space technology for promoting sustainable development. read more

Brookfield Asset Management faces SEC probe over alleged bribes report

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2013 11:56 am MDT TORONTO – A published report says the Brazilian operations of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) are under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that it used bribes to get approval for construction deals.The Wall Street Journal report said the SEC is expected to interview former Brookfield executive Daniela Gonzalez, who worked in its Sao Paulo unit, over allegations she made.The Journal cited people familiar with the SEC investigation. A civil lawsuit was filed against the Brazilian division in Sao Paulo last month.Brookfield spokesman Andrew Willis emailed a statement from the company which said it has “completed a thorough independent investigation into these allegations.”The company said it did not find any evidence to backup the claims made against it.“Brookfield vigorously denies any wrongdoing and we are co-operating fully with all authorities,” the statement said.Brookfield filed a separate lawsuit against Gonzalez, who was fired from the company in 2010, it said.None of the allegations have been tested in court. Brookfield Asset Management faces SEC probe over alleged bribes: report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay

EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2017 8:16 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The Trump administration settled a lawsuit Friday, May 12, 2017, over the proposed development of a massive gold and copper mine at the headwaters of one of Alaska’s premier salmon fisheries. The Environmental Protection Agency settled the long-running case with the Pebble Limited Partnership, agreeing to allow the Canadian-owned company to seek a federal permit to build its mine near Bristol Bay. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File) JUNEAU, Alaska – In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.As part of a court settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, the EPA agreed to begin the process of withdrawing proposed restrictions on development in the Bristol Bay region, an area that produces about half of the world’s sockeye salmon.The agreement , signed Thursday but released on Friday, comes four months into the Trump administration, which supporters of the proposed Pebble Mine hoped would give it a fairer shake than they believed they received under President Barack Obama.The mining industry has seen promising signs from the administration, including a willingness to take a different look at projects and to review regulations seen as overly burdensome, said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association.“I think the public is in no danger of seeing genuine environmental protection diminished,” he said. “We’re simply asking for a more efficient process.”Environmental groups see the Pebble agreement as potentially giving a go-ahead to industry to challenge EPA actions or to seek permits about which they previously might have been uncertain.“It obviously sends a psychological message to big mining companies that if they were nervous about getting permits in the past … that this is their golden opportunity to get their mine through the process,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.Critics of the Pebble settlement called it a backdoor deal and a slap in the face to residents of the region who petitioned the EPA in hopes of securing environmental protections.Pebble sued in federal court over what it claimed was EPA’s collusion with mine opponents to block the project, after an EPA study concluded large-scale mining posed significant risk to salmon in the Bristol Bay region and could adversely affect Alaska Natives in the region, whose culture is built around salmon. A review by EPA’s inspector general last year found no evidence that the agency predetermined the study’s outcome.In a release, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement “will not guarantee or prejudge a particular outcome, but will provide Pebble a fair process for their permit application and help steer EPA away from costly and time-consuming litigation.”“We are committed to listening to all voices as this process unfolds,” Pruitt said.Tom Collier, CEO of the Pebble partnership, said this is a different EPA than his company dealt with under Obama and is committed to “due process.”“It’s a day for Pebble Mine to really have a new start,” Collier said.Court documents showed the two sides had been exploring ways to resolve the case since August, when Obama was still in office.Dennis McLerran, a regional EPA administrator under Obama who worked on the Bristol Bay issue, called Pebble’s lawsuit “nuisance litigation,” and said a settlement was inevitable because of the time and money involved to keep fighting in court.But he said terms calling for EPA to initiate a process to withdraw proposed restrictions on development mark a significant departure from the prior administration. It’s unclear how that process will be carried out.The proposed mine has been hotly debated for years. Environmental activists like actor Robert Redford opposed development and multinational jewelers said they wouldn’t use minerals mined from the Alaska prospect.The EPA study provided the basis for the agency in 2014 to invoke a rarely used process under the federal Clean Water Act that supporters of the proposed mine feared could result in the project’s veto before it goes through the permitting process.While the EPA proposed restrictions on development, they were never finalized. A judge ordered the agency to stop work related to that process while the lawsuit was pending.Collier said he hopes this year to initiate the permitting process, which can take years. He also said the company is pursuing a smaller project than most people probably think.McLerran said he’s concerned Pebble will file for a smaller-footprint mine with the intention of eventually fully developing the massive deposit. A small footprint mine would not be economically viable at that remote site, he said.Northern Dynasty, which owns the Pebble partnership, has called the Pebble deposit “one of the greatest stores of mineral wealth ever discovered” — containing copper, gold, molybdenum and silver. Northern Dynasty has been seeking a partner since 2013, when a subsidiary of London-based Anglo American PLC announced plans to withdraw.Jason Metrokin, CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, said in a release that the settlement “calls into question how serious the EPA is about following its mission and fulfilling the purposes of the Clean Water Act.”On Thursday, representatives of tribal organizations and others in the Bristol Bay region expressed concern that protections they had been seeking could be wiped away and frustration that Pruitt had not reached out to them.Norman Van Vactor, with the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, said the next phase of challenges to the project could include additional legal fights and “standing in front of bulldozers.”___Contributing to this report were Associated Press reporters Michael Biesecker in Washington, D.C., and Ellen Knickmeyer in San Francisco. read more

As Malawi reels from devastating floods UN food agency delivers vital supplies

The UN food agency explained in a press release that it had distributed more than 2,700 metric tons of food to 12 districts late last week and delivered more than 200 metric tons of relief items by air to thousands of people cut-off by flood waters.Incessant rains have severely affected the African country as flood waters have destroyed roads and rendered some areas entirely inaccessible by land.Malawi is regularly hit by floods and droughts, requiring emergency responses of varying size each year. This year, flooding has caused displacement of over 170,000 people, while an estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock. In Nsanje district alone, 79 people are confirmed dead with another 153 people still missing.Moreover, this year’s rains have come ahead of their usual schedule, repeatedly bursting the banks along the Shire and Ruo rivers, and warnings of flash floods remain in place, with more rain forecast for the country’s North. With 86 per cent of the population living in rural areas and engaged in farming and livestock rearing, long-term watershed management infrastructures are urgently needed so that even intense flooding is less damaging than this year.In addition, the press release noted, WFP is currently participating in a joint rapid food security assessment “in order to understand the latest needs on the ground and the required duration of the emergency response” while also providing recommendations on the duration of the ongoing lean season food insecurity response which has already identified nearly 700,000 people in need of food assistance. Despite the United Nations’ intensive efforts to reach those affected by the devastating flood waters, the WFP continues to face a funding gap of $3.3 million to cover the outstanding food requirements and logistics services to support the entire humanitarian community. read more

Slip trip and fall prevention resources now available

As an initiative to prevent injuries, Health, Safety and Wellness has developed resources in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee to provide information to faculty and staff with respect to recognizing and responding to slip, trip and fall risks in their work areas.The existing Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Program document can be found on the Health, Safety and Wellness website.A new, Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention training module is now available to all Brock University faculty and staff on the Sakai Learning Management System.Please contact Health, Safety and Wellness if you require additional information via email at besafe@brocku.ca. read more

Brock International hosting Thanksgiving celebration

Brock International is welcoming students to celebrate a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving.The event, open to all Brock students, takes place Friday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the International Centre lobby.The Thanksgiving celebration is meant to introduce international students to the tradition, while also providing a fun get-together for students unable to make it home to mark the holiday with their own friends and family.The buffet-style meal includes turkey with all the fixings — mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, honey-glazed carrots and salad.Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the International Centre’s second-floor welcome desk.Participants are asked to register at the welcome desk before end of day Wednesday, Oct. 4 to guarantee their spot. read more

Status of Dolphins Howard uncertain because of knee injury

DAVIE, Fla. — NFL interception leader Xavien Howard is nursing a knee injury, leaving his availability uncertain for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday against New England.Miami coach Adam Gase described Howard’s status as week to week. Teammate Bobby McCain said he was confident Howard will play this week.Shortly after being chosen AFC defensive player of the week, Howard missed Wednesday’s practice, the first since he was hurt in a win Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.Howard had two interceptions for the second game in a row to increase his season total to seven. He missed only one play when he hurt his knee, but the injury worsened after the game.Gase declined to say whether Howard was looking at possible surgery, but said he expects him back this season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine.Steven Wine, The Associated Press read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jared Marquard Named To Deans List At Coastal Carolina University

first_imgCONWAY, SC — More than 2,000 Coastal Carolina University students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. That’s nearly 20 percent of the student body with a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the spring semester.Jared W. Marquard, a Recreation and Sport Management major from Wilmington, made the cut.About Coastal Carolina UniversityCoastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 25 graduate-level programs are 21 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Coastal Carolina University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Patrick Dunfey Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Falzano Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WIlmington’s Dylan Masiello Wins Student Involvement Award At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Ematic Getting Ready to Release Android TV Streaming Box

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Ematic The ports of Ematic’s Android TV streamer, as shown in the manual included in the company’s FCC filing.Photos of the remote control included in the filing feature a Netflix button, suggesting that the streaming service will be available at launch. In the past, some Android TV streamers had difficulties securing support from Netflix and other services. In addition to native Android TV apps, the device will also support media playback via Chromecast. Ematic, a Shanghai- and Los Angeles-based company best known for making low-cost Android and Windows tablets, is getting ready to launch its very own Android TV streaming box. The box, which will apparently be called “Jetstream,” made an appearance in a FCC filing Friday.According to the filing, the Jetstream device will run Google’s Android TV operating system, with access to the Google Assistant via an included Bluetooth voice remote. The streamer features 2 USB ports, an SD card slot, an Ethernet port, HDMI out  as well as AV out to connect to TVs, and also digital audio out. The device isn’t officially listed on Ematic’s website yet, and the company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans for a launch date and pricing. However, the company’s website already features a mockup photo of the device, suggesting that a launch could be imminent. Popular on Variety center_img A mock-up of the streaming device, as shown on the Ematic website.Ematic has done some white-label devices for other companies in the past, and for instance built the hardware for the PBS Kids streaming stick. This still-unannounced Android TV device clearly features the company’s logo, suggesting that it will be sold under the Ematic brand. Ematic’s tablets are currently being sold at Walmart and Best Buy, among other retailers.Google first introduced Android TV in 2014, and has seen some traction with both TV manufacturers and TV service operators. Google and its partners have had less success with streaming boxes running Android TV, with most consumers opting to buy competing  hardware from Amazon, Roku or Apple instead.However, the search giant clearly hasn’t given up on Android TV. The company introduced a new dedicated device for Android TV developers in May, and Android TV director of engineering Sascha Prueter told Variety at the time that the Android TV user base was doubling every year. CREDIT: Courtesy of Ematic ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Billy Bishop Airport introduces enhanced screenings for ferry passengers

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Billy Bishop Airport introduces enhanced screenings for ferry passengers Tuesday, March 13, 2018 center_img TORONTO — Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) has implemented new enhanced security procedures that may require passengers to go through random screenings.Effective immediately, the new procedures were put in place by Transport Canada under the Domestic Ferry Security Regulations. According to the airport, this may result in random baggage/belongings checks of some passengers for the presence of explosives.“The random screening will be completed by swabbing the exterior of the baggage and/or belongings and analyzing the swab taken with a portable detection device,” said the airport on its website. “Passengers may expect to be approached by Billy Bishop Airport Security staff to participate in the screening process prior to boarding the ferry.”Passengers can also access the airport via the pedestrian tunnel that connects the facility to the mainland, however the airport has yet to confirm whether the security screenings will be applicable to this access point as well.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe last time YTZ updated its security measures was in July 2017 when it was authorized by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to conduct a secondary search and/or additional screening of electronics the size of a cell phone or larger. Tags: Airports, Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto Travelweek Group last_img read more

ACS convenes meeting on regional air connectivity

first_imgThe Association of Caribbean States (ACS), through its Directorate of Transport, convened the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain.In the introductory remarks delivered on behalf of the government, the Fitzgerald Hinds, M P, Minister of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago pledged to exert the best efforts to continue achievements by the Special Committee of Transport.Engineer Pedro Suarez Reyes representing Cuba, in its capacity as Chair of the Special Committee for Transport, stated that there continues to be motivation to improve transport in the region. This is evidenced by ACS initiatives such as: the Air and Transport Agreement, the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Maps of Maritime Routes of the Greater Caribbean.H.E. Alfonso Múnera, Secretary General of the ACS in his remarks stated that the ACS is currently engaged in dialogue with Avianca, Taca Airlines and Caribbean Airlines Limited with the aim of exploring possibilities to increase air connectivity throughout the Greater Caribbean Region. Once connectivity is achieved, the Greater Caribbean Region will realise its full potential as a multi-destination tourism zone.George Nicholson, ACS Director of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction, presented a report on activities completed over the past year, ongoing projects, new initiatives and collaborative efforts in which the Directorate is currently engaged. Director Nicolson also presented the Directorate Work Programme 2016-2017.The report mentioned that significant results have been achieved in the following initiatives – the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Hydrographic Risk Assessment for the Greater Caribbean. The former seeks to meet the foreign trade needs of the Greater Caribbean regarding maritime-port development, taking into account the expansion of the Panama Canal while the latter intends to develop a risk assessment method which identifies the critical areas in need of hydrographic surveys.One of the highlights of the meeting was the signing of the MoU between the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) and the ACS. This MoU aims to encourage cooperation between these two institutions to promote capacity development among the ports in the Greater Caribbean Region.The meeting welcomed participants from ACS Member, Associate Member and Observer Countries. Representatives from international organisations and institutions such as the Suriname Ports Management Company, the Port Managers Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Development Bank, the Maritime Safety, Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) of Guyana, and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Vietnams firstever

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Vietnam’s first-ever integrated destination resort will be operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. In a strategic move that cements its presence in the fast-growing Asian hotel market, the Swiss hospitality firm has signed a management deal with Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company for the high-profile Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc, which will be developed by MIK Land covering some 50ha on an island that’s tipped to become the region’s next big tourism hotspot.The fully integrated beachfront destination resort, which faces the stunning Gulf of Thailand, will encompass a wide range of outstanding facilities including 250 hotel rooms, 100 residences and 50 luxury pool villas, when it opens in 2017.A themed retail village, water park and lagoon-style pool, destination spa, beachside wedding and special events ‘sala’, 1000sqm convention area, amphitheatre, cooking school, beach club, kids’ club, water sports centre, fitness centre and an adventure and team-building activity course will also be part of the extensive offering at the new resort. A hotel school complete with staff accommodation is another groundbreaking feature of this unique development.“Being selected to manage the first integrated destination resort in Vietnam on a stunning island earmarked for ambitious tourism developments confirms our status as one of Asia’s leading hotel operators,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President & CEO, Jean Gabriel Pérès. “This exciting project will take our Vietnam portfolio to three properties strong by 2018 and paves the way for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage similar large-scale destination resort developments across Asia where our strategy is to gain a strong foothold in sought-after locations.”Phu Quoc Island is a hotbed of tourism-related development with more than US$6.8 billion currently being ploughed into projects designed to create a destination to rival Asia’s perennial favourites.Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will be developed on Ong Lang Beach, close to the island’s largest town, Duong Dong, and to Phu Quoc International Airport.“The world-class Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will set new hospitality standards in Vietnam and put the island on the international tourism map,” said Ms. Lê Thị Hải Châu, Chairman and CEO of Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company. “We have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage this landmark development based on the firm’s excellent reputation, hospitality know-how and proven track record in Asia’s rapidly expanding hotel market.”Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts already operates the 154-room Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi and plans to open its second property in Vietnam, the 229-key Mövenpick Resort & Spa Quy Nhon, in 2018.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Customs seize knockoff trainers and cigarettes

first_imgKnock-offs worth more than €5,000 and 120 packets of cigarettes were seized by customs this week, it was announced on Tuesday.Specifically, over the weekend, a car crossing the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint was found to be carrying two kilos of tobacco as well as 120 packets of cigarettes.Customs duty on the products amounted to €440. The man was arrested but was released upon paying a €700 fine.On Monday, customs officers raided a warehouse in a Nicosia village, finding 553 sports shoes which were imitations, worth €5,500.The owner handed over the items to the customs department which is investigating the case.You May LikeWeightLossHelper.orgTop 20 Foods You Should Eat For Weight LossWeightLossHelper.orgUndoHashtagchatterWaitress Scolded Daily by Elderly Customer, But He Left Her All This After DeathHashtagchatterUndoWomenTales.com15 Plus Size Clothes you Didn’t Know you NeededWomenTales.comUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Economy has great growth potential says investor

first_imgMAJOR shareholder in Bank of Cyprus (BoC) Wilbur Ross is confident that the Cypriot economy holds great growth potential.In the first of a two-part interview with daily Phileleftheros, published on Tuesday, the billionaire investor – who raised some €400m for the recent €1b capital increase by the BoC – said tourism, business and financial services and the country’s natural resources can all drive the economy forward.Asked why he had decided to invest in BoC in the first place, Ross said: “It is the largest bank in Cyprus. So the first question was, what are the prospects for the country itself, since investing in the largest bank is like acquiring ‘special rights’ on the Cypriot economy”.According to Ross, tourism and the business services sectors are the drivers of the Cypriot economy. Calling Cyprus an “underrated tourism destination,” the American financier said the sector holds enormous untapped potential for growth.In particular, he drew attention to the planned privatisation of national carrier Cyprus Airways, noting that the new owners will possess the resources as well as the know-how to attract greater numbers of tourists to the island.Ross revealed that people with Ryanair – one of the suitors for Cyprus Airways – have told him they could bring in some 2.5 million tourists a year, almost twice the current number, noting that the influx will have a major impact on the economy.The planned privatisation of the ports – a condition of the island’s bailout – would also help, he said.The investor – whom Forbes magazine recently reported as having a net worth of $2.9b – also welcomed a government decision to license a casino resort.On the exploitation of offshore natural gas, Ross said this alone can transform the economy, noting however that this was a long-term prospect.Ross went on to express every confidence in Josef Ackermann – former CEO at Deutsche Bank – who has been nominated for the position of new chairman of the BoC board.He said he has “great respect” for Ackermann, adding that the choice of the banking heavyweight to lead BoC is proof of foreign investors’ confidence in the Cypriot economy.You May LikeLocksmith of HeartsPhil Collins’s Daughter Is Probably The Most Pretty Woman Ever Existed.Locksmith of HeartsUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An ActorFinance NancyUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndo 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