Ottawa launches 101million genderbased violence strategy by the numbers

first_imgOTTAWA – On Monday, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef shed more light on which programs will get a share of the $101 million over five years — plus $21 million annually going forward — which the 2017 budget committed to a federal strategy on gender-based violence.The bulk of the money will go towards creating a Gender-Based Knowledge Centre within Status of Women Canada, which will get $77.5 million over five years, plus $16 million a year going forward, to co-ordinate efforts across the government, as well as research, data collection and programming.The remaining funds will be shared across several departments, as part of a strategy aimed at prevention, providing better support for survivors and helping the justice system become more responsive to the needs of those who experience sexual assault or other forms of violence.That includes:— $9.5 million over five years, plus $2 million annually after that, for the Public Health Agency of Canada to work on prevention, including looking at the maltreatment of children and teen dating violence;— $6 million over five years and $1.3 million a year afterwards, to boost efforts at Public Safety to tackle the online exploitation of children;— $4 million over five years, as well as $800,000 annually going forward, to increase funding to family crisis teams that support Canadian military members and their families affected by violence;— $2.4 million over five years, plus $600,000 a year after that, to train RCMP officers in “cultural competency;”— $1.5 million over five years to enhance the settlement program for immigrants and refugees.last_img read more

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Quebec government doesnt rule out buying SNCLavalin shares Legault says

first_imgBROMONT, Que. — Quebec Premier Francois Legault says his government isn’t ruling out buying shares in SNC-Lavalin in order to prevent the company from being sold or dismantled.Legault said Friday that all options are currently on the table when it comes to saving the troubled Montreal-based engineering giant and the thousands of jobs it provides.The province’s pension fund manager already has a stake of about 20 per cent in the company, but not enough to form a blocking minority.SNC-Lavalin is currently facing fraud charges stemming from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011. A conviction would mean a 10-year ban from bidding on federal contracts, which could cripple the company.Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month, testifying later that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to negotiate a remediation agreement that would allow the company to avoid criminal charges by admitting responsibility and paying a fine.Legault told reporters in Bromont, Que., that he has spoken with Trudeau on the need to find a way to save SNC-Lavalin and the jobs it creates.Meanwhile, Quebec’s justice minister said Friday that she’d refused a request to meet the engineering firm last fall to discuss a remediation agreement because she hadn’t believed it would be pertinent.Sonia LeBel did not rule out meeting with the company or the federal government to discuss the matter in the future, but she doesn’t see the need right now. “I don’t know. It will depend. I never rule anything out,” she told reporters in Trois-Rivieres, Que.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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MedCOP Calls for Implementing Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change

Tangier – The second Conference of Parties of the Countries Bordering the Mediterranean on Climate Change (MedCOP Climate 2016) wrapped upTuesday in Tangier, with recommendations calling for implementing a strategy for adaptation to climate change, based on coordinated and ambitious action plans.According to the final document, the participants also called for a collective mobilization to fight climate change, underlining the need to implement appropriate concrete actions adapted to the specificities of territories in the Mediterranean, and build a common voice among States gathered in Marrakech for the 22th Conference of Parties of the UN framework Convention on climate change (COP22).In this regard, they emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation between territories, notably by developing research, providing access to financing methods tailored to the territory and the economy and accelerating the transfer of skills and capacity building. The presidents of regions, local authorities, entrepreneurs, economic and social decision-makers and civil society in the Mediterranean have undertaken to make their actions sustainable in view of a true positive climate agenda in the Mediterranean, coordinated by a permanent structure based in Tangier, according to the document.Thus, they agreed to make the Mediterranean an area of excellence demonstrating that mitigation and adaptation to climate change constitute a lever for economic, social and cultural development of the region.Organized by the Region of Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, this Mediterranean multi-actor climate conference brought together representatives from Mediterranean countries, private sector, civil society, as well as regional and international organizations.The two-day event was be the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015, to highlight the existing initiatives related to the climate action in the region and to formulate innovative ideas.This conference was an important milestone for the Mediterranean countries and for the upcoming COP22 which will take place on November 7-18 in Marrakech.With MAP read more

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Annan says UNs historic session on AIDS will produce clear battle plan

Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said that the declaration of commitment to be adopted later today at the close of the three-day session would serve as a “blueprint from which the whole of humanity can work, in building a global response to this global challenge.” The Secretary-General said the level of attendance at the special session demonstrated that “the world is at long last waking up to the gravity of the HIV/AIDS crisis.”While the involvement of political leaders had been key, he said he was “perhaps even more impressed” by the strong participation of non-governmental activists taking part in the session. “You can feel the presence of these activists everywhere, and they really transform the atmosphere of the building,” he said. The Secretary-General noted that partnerships with non-governmental activists, though they may bring “problems and controversy,” are essential to success. “In the last two days, some painful differences have been brought into the open — but that is the best place for them,” he said. “Like AIDS itself, these differences need to be confronted head on, not swept under the carpet.”On efforts to galvanize resources in the fight against the disease, the Secretary-General said he had been gratified by the widespread support voiced for the Global AIDS and Health Fund, which he had originally proposed in April. He said that having consulted with many different parties, he would convene a group representing all stakeholders to finalize the details of the Fund. “This transitional group will complete its work in time for the Fund to become operational by the end of the year,” he said.Noting that the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS had been receiving cheques, the Secretary-General held one up for $1,000 from a private citizen, saying “I am delighted to say it is marked ‘first instalment.'”The Secretary-General said he had asked the UN Foundation to set up a special account to receive such contributions, which would be tax exempt for United States citizens and taxpayers, so that funds could be transferred to the Global Fund as soon as it becomes operational.”All in all, I feel even more confident today than I did three days ago that we can defeat this deadly disease,” he said. read more

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Foundations UN can jointly promote Millennium Development Goals Fréchette

In a speech to the European Foundation Centre’s annual assembly in Athens on Sunday, Ms. Fréchette stressed that the MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of major diseases and providing universal primary education all by 2015 – are ambitious but not utopian. The UN and foundations share the same objective: “the work for human dignity, freedom and solidarity, for tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility.” While hailing the MDGs as “a powerful catalyst for change,” she cautioned that overall progress has been “uneven at best.” In order to achieve greater results, democratic governance, sound development strategies and a true partnership of developed and developing countries are critical.The Deputy Secretary-General also underscored the role being played by those outside of government, including charitable foundations. She called attention to the work of the UN Office for International Partnerships, which was first established to channel $1 billion donated to the UN by CNN founder Ted Turner, and has since served to inspire other foundations and philanthropists “to work with the UN in areas ranging from education to maternal health to biodiversity.””The United Nations is truly transforming the way it works with the outside world,” she told those present. “We stand ready to welcome you, and work with you.” read more

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Warning of dangers to health environment UN experts urge phaseout of hazardous

“Workers, children and others at risk continue to suffer severe impacts from hazardous pesticides,” the Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substance and waste, Baskut Tuncak, said in a news release. “Those living in danger cannot wait several years for the next opportunity. It is imperative that States take collective action now.” The call for the phase-out by Mr. Tuncak and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, comes as States, businesses and other parties from around the world gather in Geneva, Switzerland, for the fourth meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management. The week-long gathering is the last of its kind before 2020, the year by which States pledged to achieve sound management of chemicals following the 2002 Earth Summit. Mr. Tuncak noted that, since the 2002 Earth Summit, coordinated global action to reduce highly hazardous pesticide use has not materialized. “Risks are particularly grave in developing countries, many of who import these highly hazardous pesticides despite having inadequate systems to reduce risks,” he said. “There are still a significant proportion of pesticides being used around the world which can be considered as highly hazardous,” he warned, “despite international pesticide experts’ claim that there are almost always safer alternatives to highly hazardous pesticides.” Criteria developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) include pesticides with high acute toxicity, with established chronic toxic effects including the ability to cause cancer even at very low exposure levels, or which are very persistent in the environment or in organisms. “Often, the residues of these hazardous pesticides are found in the food that we consume and this impedes individual’s right to access safe healthy food. The exposure is particularly serious for farmworkers and their families. Children are exposed to highly hazardous pesticides through their mother’s milk,” said Ms. Elver. “Urgent action is needed. States must reorient their methods of food production towards systems that inflict less harm, are more sustainable, and truly contribute to the realization of all human rights,” she added. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Business Innovation and Skills Committee publishes assessment of governments assistance to automotive

In relation to specific measures introduced to assist the automotive industry, the Committee recognises the success of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme in delivering the most prominent and publically visible form of government assistance to the UK automotive industry, which was far more influential than most imagined, delivering a major increase in vehicle demand, as well helping to reduce CO2 emissions. The Committee’s report looks further at government’s growth strategy, concluding that while government has proposed a number of interventions, which have the potential to promote economic growth, a comprehensive growth strategy is needed to reassure business and help industry. In its evidence, SMMT said the establishing of the Automotive Assistance Programme was significant in demonstrating government’s commitment to the sector, while concerns centred on the scheme’s application process and approval procedures. The Committee highlights that the scheme was well-intentioned but, in its view, failed to deliver real benefits to industry. Click here to access the full report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has published its initial assessment of government’s strategy to support UK industry and growth. SMMT submitted evidence to the Committee last September as part of its inquiry examining government assistance to industry, emphasising that improved access to credit and finance was a key factor in rebalancing the economy and in assisting economic recovery. In the report, one of the Committee’s main conclusions recognises that businesses across the economy still face difficulties accessing finance, with improvements in bank lending a key condition for economic recovery. read more

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Cisco Shuts Down Flip Video Axes 550 Employees

first_imgFlip Video, makers of the Flip Ultra, Mino, and Mino HD lines of pocket-sized flash-based camcorders, and who found themselves purchased by Cisco 2 years ago for over $590 million, is no more. Back in 2009 Cisco said they were acquiring Flip Video because the company was “key to Cisco’s strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enabled home and to capture the consumer market transition to visual networking,” according to SVP Ned Hooper. Today however, the company announced that it would be ending the Flip Video line of devices, shuttering the offices, and firing the 550 employees who made up the division. Cisco will likely take Flip Video’s technology and apply it to its other videoconferencing products, like Cisco umi and Cisco Unified Videoconferencing, both of which are focused at businesses with telepresence needs. Even umi, which has been marketed to users who want to talk to family members on their television screens, costs too much to be affordable for most home users. Cisco’s approach seems to be to focus on business instead. At the same time, it’s difficult to see how Flip managed to stay competitive up to this point, especially when consumers can record HD video on mobile devices of all shapes and sizes, and those same smartpones are at or below the price-point as Flip Video’s handheld camcorders.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Apple mettrait au point son propre système de navigation

first_imgApple mettrait au point son propre système de navigationRien ne permet de l’affirmer avec certitude mais il se pourrait bien qu’Apple planche sur la mise au point de son propre service de cartes et de navigation.MacRumors est convaincu qu’Apple travaille sur son propre système de navigation. Le site a découvert de nouvelles mentions de technologie de navigation et de cartographie dans la section légale d’iOS 5. Ainsi la société pourrait se passer de la technologie de Google, devenu avec Android le plus grand rival de la Pomme.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?Ce n’est pas un secret qu’Apple travaille activement à la mise en place d’un système de cartographie. Elle a acquis ces derniers mois deux sociétés spécialisées dans la navigation, Placebase et Poly9. Dans le même temps, des offres d’emploi spécifiques à cette activité invitaient à se rendre sur le campus de Cupertino pour travailler sur des projets de cartographie. Aujourd’hui, c’est la nouvelle version d’iOS, le système équipant iPhone et iPad qui embarque des traces de cette technologie. Aucune référence à Google n’y est faite, contrairement aux années précédentes mais de multiples sociétés tierces. Il n’est pas acquis qu’iOS 5, dont la sortie est prévue pour la rentrée, embarque cette solution propriétaire mais à long terme, Apple est bien décidée à se passer complètement de Google pour ses futurs produits.Le 24 juin 2011 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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‘Friends’ Monkey May Appear in ‘Y: The Last Man’ TV Adaptation

first_img Watch: Monkey Uses Rock to Shatter Glass Enclosure at China ZooFossilized Primate Tooth Helps Fill Gap in Monkey Evolution Stay on target A quarter of a decade after making her screen debut as Marcel on Friends, capuchin monkey Katie may be returning to TV.Eagle-eyed FX CEO John Landgraf spotted the simian in early cuts of the network’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaugh’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man.“I recognize Jennifer Aniston, I recognize Courteney Cox, and I recognize that monkey,” Landgraf said during a recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter.From 1994 to 1999, Landgraft serves as Vice President of Primetime at NBC, where he oversaw the development of popular shows like—you guessed it—Friends.Now, as head of the FX Network, he’s reunited with Katie.“There’s nothing like a really experienced actor who knows how to hit their marks,” he joked.THR confirmed the sighting with representatives for Katie’s animal trainer, who verified the casting—as well as her age.Apparently the monkey is in her “mid-to-late 20s,” which means she was only a baby when choking down Scrabble letters as Ross Gellar’s mischievous pet.In the decades since Marcel was sent to that great big zoo in the sky, Katie has appeared in one-off (usually uncredited) roles in The Loop, 30 Rock, and Sam & Cat.Now she’s starring opposite Barry Keoghan in Y, which follows Yorick Brown (Keoghan), the last surviving man on Earth, as he investigates why the male population has been wiped out.Primate companion Ampersand (Katie) is the only other living male mammal.But while Katie has already filmed her part in the pilot, THR reported, the show has undergone structural changes, with showrunners Aida Croal and Michael Green being replaced by Eliza Clark.So there’s no telling whether the real-life capuchin (expected to live up to 40 years) will stay on the payroll, or if she’ll be replaced by a CGI version when the show debuts next year.Landgraf has remained a fan, praising Katie’s work on Y and claiming that she’s “still as good” 25 years later.More on Geek.com:LEGO Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetSyfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsFans Create Viral Campaign to Bring ‘The OA’ Back to Netflixlast_img read more

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How to make your audio system sound better for free

first_img Tags Share your voice The Audiophiliac Comments 22 The easiest way to get better sound from your home audio system is…get closer to your speakers. A lot closer. I’ve covered “nearfield” listening strategies before, but usually with the speakers in a desktop setting. Listening to speakers from a few feet away lets you hear more sound directly from the speakers, and minimizes pesky reflections from the walls, floor and ceiling. So the sound is markedly clearer, and stereo imaging is far more precise. Bass definition improves, and best of all, these benefits are so easy to achieve — at no cost to you!Get closer to your speakers and away from the walls.  Steve Guttenberg/CNET Today try moving your small to midsize stereo speakers out into the room (along with their stands, if you have them so mounted), so they are around 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) away from the wall behind them and away from corners. If you don’t have stands use stools or chairs to serve as stands. Ideally you should have the speakers’ tweeters at approximately the same height as your ears when you’re sitting down. Then sit 3 to 5 feet away (1 to 1.5 meters) from the speakers. You should also not be close to any walls. (Optional: Experiment with toeing (angling) the speakers in toward the listening position.)  Next play some familiar music and listen with your eyes closed — how does it sound? Are you hearing any difference from what you heard from the speakers before you moved them? Ideally the sound should be more open and spacious. With some recordings, you can almost feel like the speakers have disappeared and the musicians have taken up residence in your listening room! If you like what you’re hearing experiment with the distance between the speakers, as well as your distance from the speakers.This nearfield approach works best with stereo speakers, but there’s no reason not to try close placement with a single wireless speaker. The main advantage of nearfield listening is you’ll be hearing a lot more sound coming directly from the speaker(s), and less sound reflecting off the walls.Granted, you probably can’t leave the speakers out in the middle of the room, but if your speaker cables are long enough, you can put the speakers in the nearfield positions when you’re listening, then push them back against the wall when you’re not. I’ve done the “speaker dance” many times; it takes just a couple of minutes.Give nearfield listening a try. You’ll be amazed by the differences in sound quality  — and they’re free! Speakers Home Entertainmentlast_img read more

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IMD issues heavy rainfall alert for Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Hyderabad in the next few days. The city has been witnessing incessant rains for the past four days and the situation is likely to continue for another few days, said IMD. With the warning, the GHMC officials were alerted and segregated into teams to keep an eye on the low-lying areas. GHMC commissioner Dana Kishore has also directed the emergency and DRF teams to act swiftly in case of any untoward incidents.last_img read more

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Appliance company Mabe closes Costa Rica plant lays off 445 employees

first_imgMexican appliance manufacturerMabe on Friday announced the closure of its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Costa Rica and the immediate dismissal of 445 of its 540 employees.The plant, located in Heredia province, had a production capacity of 275,000 refrigerators per year that were exported to customers across Central America. Mabe will move production to Colombia on Jan. 31, 2016.The company said in a public statement that its decision was made due to changes in manufacturing procedures that require energy consumption, and some conditions were not apt at its Costa Rica plant.In total the company has let go 795 workers in the last 19 months. In May 2014 it laid off 350 employees following the closure of its stove manufacturing division.The company will maintain administrative operations in Costa Rica and a call center to support customers in the region.Mabe’s Corporate Affairs Director Pablo Moreno said the move was a difficult decision, and the company will comply with and pay severances as stipulated by Costa Rica’s labor laws.The company began operations in Costa Rica in 2008 after acquiring local company Atlas Electric for $72 million. The former Tico company, founded in the 1960s, manufactured and exported appliances to over 25 destinations in Latin America.Mabe is one of more than 20 companies that have closed or moved out of Costa Rica in the last two years. Facebook Comments Related posts:Local cargo company dismisses 65 employees El Gallito stores close after 106 years in business; more than 200 employees dismissed Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallitolast_img read more

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Veteran Indian actor AK Hangal dies at 95

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of As a young man, Hangal was involved in India’s freedom movement against British rule and spent three years in prison. He was active in Mumbai’s theater circles in the early 1950s before he moved to the film industry.He specialized in character parts playing the uncle, doting grandfather or humble servant in films including the Bollywood hit “Sholay.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) NEW DELHI (AP) – Veteran Indian actor A. K. Hangal, whose Bollywood career spanned nearly five decades, has died. He was 95.Avtaar Kishan Hangal had suffered from lung and kidney problems and other ailments over the past few years. His son Vijay says the actor died Sunday of complications following a fall 10 days earlier.Using his screen name A.K.Hangal , he acted in around 225 Hindi language films, mostly family dramas. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Losses made Qantas stronger says chairman

first_imgLast year’s economic and environmental challenges helped build a “stronger” Qantas, according to the airline’s chairman.Despite a statutory loss after tax of $244 million, the 2011/12 financial year positioned the group for a “sustainable future”, with the group’s portfolio “performing well” this year, except  Qantas International. Speaking at the 2012 annual general meeting last week, Leigh Clifford explained steps taken by management since August last year have equipped the airline “for success” in an aviation environment that has “changed dramatically” over the past decade.Among initiatives include the launch of the five year turnaround plan, which saw cuts of up to 1,000 jobs, renewed focus on Asia with the launch of Jetstar Japan and cuts on non-profitable routes. As well, the airline announced a new partnership with UAE carrier, Emirates, which although pending regulatory approval, is expected to takeoff from March next year. “We have had to make tough decisions, because a failure to respond would have threatened the sustainability of the group as a whole,” he said. “Management has re-focused on core strategy, building on the profitable parts of the business and addressing the weaknesses.“Important reforms that were not undertaken in the pre-GFC period are now being made, with a new management structure, new technology, more responsive customer service, and more efficient operations.”Improving its domestic operations, late last month Qantas announced the launch of flights between Sydney and the Gold Coast as well as an increase in flights to Tasmania. Chairman Clifford says the “tough decision” had to be made, “because a failure to respond would have threatened the sustainability of the group as a whole”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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APEC Strengthens Tourism Resilience Against Terrorism

first_imgTerrorism impacts on tourism to Turkey where tourism has fallen 50% since 2015APEC Strengthens Tourism Resilience Against TerrorismIf the world needed reminding of the extreme threat of terrorism against people exercising their right to enjoy leisure and tourism experiences, the hideous carnage in Manchester serves as a wake up call that terrorism is a real and present danger to all humanity and especially to tourism.Between May 8-10 2017, over 120 government officials, security experts and tourism industry leaders from 18 of the 21 APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries gathered in Bali for a two day workshop to seek solutions to the threat of terrorism against tourism. The workshop explored counter-terrorism strategies and policies to protect tourism. It was the culmination of a wide range of activities and projects undertaken by APEC’s Counter Terrorism Working Group since 2010 and also involved work done by APEC’s Tourism Working Group.For readers unfamiliar with APEC, the 21 APEC economies encompass most Pacific rim countries. They include Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Peoples Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong SAR and Russia. They include some of the most powerful economies in the world. APEC includes a number of special interest working groups. The APEC Tourism Working Group and the Counter- Terrorism Working Group both have a strong focus on tourism and work closely with the UNWTO, PATA, ASEAN Tourism and the World Travel and Tourism Council.The Bali workshop brought together senior foreign ministry officials from APEC countries. Invitations were also extended to tourism specialists, security and police leaders and counter terrorism specialists. The current chair of the APEC Counter Terrorism Working Group is Mr James Nachipo from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The workshop was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Inaya Putri Bali Hotel. Delegates were welcomed by Bali’s Governor Mr Made Mangku Pastika and the opening address was given by General Wiranto, Indonesia’s Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.The speakers who followed covered a wide range of topics. Australian tourism security expert, Tony Ridley focused his attention on understanding the drivers of media coverage and its influence on shaping travel perceptions of countries affected by terrorism. During the same session Ms Fritanu from the Centre of Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta) discussed the impact of the Bali bombings 2002 and 2005 on tourism to Indonesia. Ms Rachael Doherty from the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur explained how the US security services quickly restored confidence in tourism safety in Florida following the devastating massacre at a gay nightspot in Orlando in 2016 which killed 49 people, the deadliest terrorist incident in the USA since 9/11.Dr Petrus Golose Chief of Bali PoliceOne of the most memorable presentations came from Bali’s police Chief Inspector General Dr Petrus Golose. He gave a brilliant account of the development of community based, tourism orientated policing in Bali which he and his colleagues have developed since the 2002 Bali bombing. To add to an already impressive address he finished with a superbly sung rendition of Louis Armstrong’s hit song “Its a Wonderful World“. This was the act I had to follow.My talk focused on significant negative impacts of terrorism on tourism demand to destinations in which terrorist attacks targeting tourists had occurred (such as Turkey). I contrasted this with positive impact on tourism demand for destinations deemed safe, such as Japan, which has enjoyed 400% growth in international tourism arrivals since 2012. I made two key policy proposals to attendees. The first was to encourage all APEC counties to emulate the Australian and Canadian practice of the tourism industry leadership working in collaboration with foreign ministry officials to enhance the quality, accuracy, simplicity and dissemination of government travel advisories. My second proposal was to encourage all APEC countries to provide basic travel safety and security advice to international visitors arriving by land, sea and air. Some APEC countries including Mexico, Japan, Korea and Vietnam are already doing this. However, if it became universal practice, it would enhance the value of travel advisories for departing citizen passengers which implemented by most coyuntries. It would also be an exercise in duty of care as a host country.Ms Lin Tsai-Shiuan of the Police agency of Taipei and Ms Tsai Ming-Lon of Taiwan’s tourism bureau provided a detailed account of security arrangements for a major sporting event which will e held in Taipei. In the final session of Day 1 one of the stand out presentations was made by Mr Joseph Franco , Research Fellow from Singapore’s Centre for Excellence in National Security. His presentation focused on strategies to reduce the terrorist threat to tourists from Jihadist groups based on the Philippines’ island of Mindanao which has long been a centre of Jihadist activity sometimes targeting tourists and based on terrorist actions in Mindanao, this is a very live issue.On day two of the conference, delegates visited the memorial site for the 2002 Bali bombings.The morning presentations focused on regional approaches to counter-terrorism protecting tourists and tourism infrastructure. Professor Brent Ritchie from the University of Queensland provided delegates with a detailed background into the rapidly growing body of academic research into tourism safety and security. Professor Ritchie has made an outstanding contribution to this body of research.The conference concluded with a comprehensive range of recommended actions which have been passed on the governments of all APEC economies. Tempting as it is to detail them in this article, it would be counter-productive to let those who may wish to harm tourism know what measures are proposed to counter terrorist and security threats against tourists. (p) The Indonesian government and the Island of Bali were gracious and welcoming hosts to all delegates.Source = Dr David Beirman Ph.Dlast_img read more

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Mortgage Contracting Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary

first_img February 16, 2016 545 Views Share Mortgage Contracting Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Headlines, Newscenter_img 30 Years Mortgage Contracting Services Property Preservation 2016-02-16 Staff Writer Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC (MCS), a provider of property preservation, inspections, REO property maintenance, and valuations for the financial services industry, announced that it is celebrating its 30th year of business operations.MCS was founded in 1986 in Tampa, Florida and has grown steadily and adapted to a dynamic and evolving marketplace. The company has over 750 employees at three sites: Tampa, Florida; Ruston, Louisiana; and Plano, Texas, which became the company’s headquarters in 2007.Over the years, MCS has navigated massive economic shifts and blossoming regulatory requirements, according to the announcement.“MCS has been at the forefront of innovation in the mortgage servicing field during times of growth and turbulence, and our success is a real testament to our leadership team,” said Caroline Reaves, CEO of MCS since 2009. “It’s an honor to lead a company doing important work preserving communities around the country for our clients.”A few highlights of the company’s growth over the years includes:The 2012 opening of its operations center in Ruston.In 2014, that facility doubled in size and can now accommodate up to 180 employees.Also in 2014, the company expanded into appraisal and valuation services through the acquisition of MCS Valuations.MCS has protected and preserved communities across the nation for 30 years. Some of the largest and most respected banks and mortgage servicers in the industry trust MCS to perform property inspections, property preservation, REO property maintenance, valuations and other default-related services in all 50 states. MCS has a history of providing these services in a highly regulated environment, the proven ability to handle large volumes of properties, and a record of recruiting, managing and monitoring a substantial vendor network.last_img read more

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Does Mays HPI Point to Another Bubble

first_img 10-City Composite 20-City Composite Case-Shiller National Composite 2017-07-25 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines July 25, 2017 557 Views The question as to whether or not the housing market is approaching another bubble has been a topic of discussion amongst the industry, especially as home prices continue to rise while inventory shrinks. With each new report—housing starts, existing home index, new residential interest rates, and unemployment rates—experts are looking to see if the data points to a repeat of the mid-2000s crash.Tuesday’s release of the May S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National and Composite Indices represents another anticipated piece of that puzzle. According to the report, on a national scale, which combines all nine U.S. census divisions, home prices showed a 5.6 percent annual gain for the month of May, the same amount reported in April’s indices. Year-over-year, the 10-City Composite was down to 4.9 percent from 5.0 percent in April, and the 20-City Composite shows a similar, albeit small decrease, down to 5.7 percent from 5.8 percent a month prior.So, does this point to an incoming bubble? According to David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones, it does not for a number of reasons, even though index levels for the National, 20-City, and 10-City Composites are nearing their peak 2006 levels. (The National Composite is 3.2 percent over the 2006 peak; 20-City, 3.7 percent under peak; and 10-City 6.2 percent under).“[While,] [h]ome prices continue to climb and outpace both inflation and wages, [h]ousing is not repeating the bubble period of 2000-2006: price increases vary across the country unlike the earlier period when rising prices were almost universal; the number of homes sold annually is 20 percent less today than in the earlier period and the months’ supply is declining, not surging. The small supply of homes for sale, at only about four months’ worth, is one cause of rising prices. New home construction, higher than during the recession but still low, is another factor in rising prices.”Even cities that have shown the highest rate of home price growth are showing signs of slowing. Namely, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Denver, and Dallas. Seattle has shown a year-over-year increase of 13.3 percent, Portland 8.9 percent, Denver 7.9 percent, and Dallas falling to 7.8 percent.center_img Share Does May’s HPI Point to Another Bubble?last_img read more

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CebuManilasurfing

first_imgCebuManilasurfing Cebu Pacific has announced the beginning of direct flights between Manila and the surfing hotspot of Siargao, from December 17, 2017 – March 24, 2018.The airline is also operating daily flights between Sydney and Manila over the festive period until 31 January 2018.Siargao, regarded as the surfing capital of the Philippines, is a hidden gem that is the perfect destination for backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. Iconic surfing hotspots include Cloud 9 that has the reputation as the best surfing break in the Philippines, which is also home to domestic and international surf competitions. Non-surfers can relax and unwind at the resorts on offer, or jump on a boat and island hop their way through Siargao and surrounds.last_img read more

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Chila Restaurant Argentina Andrès Porcels restau

first_imgChila Restaurant, ArgentinaAndrès Porcel’s restaurant is located in the Puerto Madero district and has ranked among the 50 top restaurants in Latin America for four years running. Newcomer chef Pedro Bargero works directly with producers and hand-picks products from the Mercado Central to create his dishes. He uses local organic products to concoct his three monthly tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian. All of his flavour pairings are original, with foods such as leeks, wild papaya, hake and Jerusalem artichokes making regular appearances. The menu draws inspiration from all over Argentina and includes meats and dairy products from the property’s Campazu Farm, vegetables harvested in La Plata, black hake from Antarctica and shrimp from Comodoro.Owner: Andrés Nestor PorcelMaître de Maison: Julián Massigoge Chef: Pedro Bargero Esiweni Lodge, South AfricaLocated in one of South Africa’s private reserves, Esiweni Lodge lies in the middle of Zululand. This hotel, built on top of a hill, offers activities like safaris and starlit dinners for an encounter with the African wilderness. Its’ five suites have a view of the Sunday River and a panoramic vista of the savanna and the African bush. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience made even better by Nambiti’s incredible scenery and 280 species of birds. Owners and Maîtres de Maison: Sophie Vaillant and Ludovic Caron Hotel Restaurant Krone Regensberg, SwitzerlandWake up to a view of the Jura Mountains in the medieval village of Regensberg. Once a destination for American politicians and presidents, Katja and Franck Gunthart completely rebuilt this property after it burned to the ground in 2011 and restored its original purpose of welcoming travelers from all over the world. Framed by unfinished wood floors and dry-stone walls, the spaces are entirely furnished with vintage collectibles, creating casual modern interiors. Owners: The Schäfer familyMaître de Maison: Thorsten KnockeChef: Harald Frixeder Coque, SpainThe family-owned restaurant, Coque, is run by three brothers who took over the property that their grandfather opened in 1949. Located 19 kilometres from downtown Madrid, it was completely redesigned by architect Nacho García de Vinuesa, who masterfully intertwined modern and traditional. It’s an ideal setting for Mario Sandoval’s cuisine made from products grown in the family’s kitchen garden and paired with some of the 2500 wines kept in the property’s cellar.Owners: Mario, Rafael and Diego Sandoval Chef: Mario Sandoval Delfin Amazon Cruises, PeruDeep in the Peruvian Amazon, Delfin Amazon Cruises takes guests aboard a boat to explore one of the world’s largest protected forests inside the Pacaya Samiria National Preserve. The experience includes excursions in indigenous villages, night safaris, and swimming with pink dolphins. Maître de maison and great explorer, Aldo Macchiavello, has a knack for creating unforgettable journeys. Anyone who knows palaces will feel right at home, because the fleet’s three boats offer all the amenities of a grand hotel with decor, cabins and local cuisine that is out of this world.Owner and Maître de Maison: Aldo Macchiavello Le Bistrot Français, RomaniaLe Bistrot Français has made mixing French and Romanian cultures into an art form. Sorin Miftode and Sébastien Gravé joined  forces at a 19th-century villa in the heart of Bucharest. Between the woodwork and paintings on the walls, the chandeliers and parquet floors – with a grand piano to top it all off – there is no doubt you are Central Europe. On your plate, you’ll find inventive tastefully orchestrated dishes made with only the finest ingredients like Normande beef, Bresse chicken, raw milk cheeses, fresh truffles and bellota ham. Needless to say, they are paired with the best wines from France.Owners and Maîtres de Maison: Cristian Preotu and Calin Capusan Chef: Sorin MiftodeConsulting chef: Sébastien Gravé Go back to the e-newsletter Lympstone Manor Hotel, United KingdomThis restored Georgian manor house and heritage site has been turned into a hotel, following the vision of owner and chef Michael Caines. The hotel overlooks Devon’s Exe Estuary and has 21 contemporary rooms and suites with views of the area’s scenery. Each room bears the name and colors of a bird living in the estuary and the decor is adorned with paintings by local artist Rachel Toll. In the kitchen, Caines tantalizes gastronomes with dishes that tend to spotlight products from the ocean, tidelands and salt marshes. A cellar of over 600 wines and settings in each of the manor’s different dining rooms complement the fare. The dining room, named after Powderham Castle, is the ideal spot for an intimate dinner under a glass globe.Owner and Chef: Michael CainesMaître de Maison: Scott Andrews Villa Cordevigo, ItalyIt’s not hard to understand why wine lovers flock to Villa Cordevigo. Nestled in the hillsides, not far from Garda Lake, north of Verona, this historic 18th-century building is bordered by the Vigneti Villabella vineyard. Wine is the guest of honor at this villa. Guests are greeted with a glass of a local vintage and invited into the tasting room to enjoy a unique experience. At its Michelin-starred restaurant Oseleta, the chef puts a new twist on traditional Venetian fare with classic dishes that he reinterprets. Owners: The Delibori and Cristoforetti familiesMaîtresse de Maison: Lorenza DeliboriChef: Giuseppe d’Aquino Magee Homestead, USNear Medicine Bow National Forest, in the middle of Wyoming, sits Magee Homestead, a luxury ranch for adults only. The property includes nine cabins, a private lodge, a swimming pool overlooking the pond, and a spa and wellness centre. The atmosphere, which favors silence and discretion, is enhanced with original artwork. The restaurant has its own kitchen garden and serves modern plant-based fare that follows the self-sustaining practice of “zero mile.” The dining room opens to the outside, for watching the moonlit prairies all around. It’s a magical spot for a getaway right in the heart of the American West.Owners: Bruce and Beth WhiteMaître de Maison: Jeremy BelnapChef: Anthony Buchanio Quadrille Hotel, PolandNot far from Gdańsk, Quadrille is a property comprised of two standalone buildings connected by a tunnel. From the name of the hotel and the rooms to the speakeasy bar and the restaurant – for guests it’s like walking inside the story of Alice in Wonderland. The only differences are that time seems to stand still and the staff are gracious. Anyone who loves modern art and design will enjoy the works by famous artist  scattered throughout rooms in this 18th-century palace. Having recently brought this place back to life, the Górski family thinks the secret to its ambiance is in the details. In the kitchen, chef Marcin Popielarz serves up traditional dishes exclusively made with local ingredients. His goal is to conjure the unexpected by using brand new flavor combinations to bring back childhood memories for the span of a meal. Owners: The Górski family Maîtresse de Maison: Anna Lewit Chef: Marcin Popielarz Auberge des Glazicks, FranceOnce a blacksmith’s shop, Auberge des Glazicks is a hotel and restaurant in the Finistère part of France, owned by Olivier Bellin, who is both maître de maison and chef. His aim is to serve modern surf and turf cuisine that’s steeped in history. It has everything it needs to delight diners, epicureans and lovers of contemporary interiors. The chef’s ingenuity is heightened by the view of Douarnenez Bay. A note to cigar aficionados: you can select one from their collection of top brands, then savour it in the lounge’s cigar section.Owner, Maître de Maison and Chef: Olivier Bellin SingeThread Farm, USLocated between the Russian River and vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, the SingleThread Farm restaurant and inn is taking skill and craftsmanship to a whole new level. Farmers Katina Connaughton and brother Vince Rothermund manage all the installations scattered across this two-hectare property. That means they are in charge of supplying the kitchens with fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, honey, eggs and even olive oil.The restaurant kitchen serves an 11-course tasting menu, usually served in handmade tableware that is specially crafted by artisans who collaborate with the SingleThread Farm.Owners and chefs: Tony Greenberg and Kyle ConnaughtonMaître de Maison: David Sislercenter_img Capofaro Malvasia and Resort, ItalyAn exquisite setting for discovering Mediterranean culture – that is what you’ll find at Capofaro Malvasia and Resort on the island of Salina, 40 kilometres off the coast of Sicily. Surrounded by vineyards that produce the island’s traditional Malvasia wine, the property boasts a view of the sea with the Stromboli and Panarea islands in the background. Everything here is geared towards giving guests a true taste of la dolce vita. Ease into the Mediterranean pace of life at Capofaro, which offers spaces for recreation and relaxation, plus a restaurant featuring a Cucina Tasca concept where only local seasonal products are served.Owner: Lucio Mastrogiovanni Tasca Maîtresse de Maison: Margherita Vitale Chef: Ludovico De Vivo Helena Bay Lodge, New Zealand  Helena Bay Lodge sits in a natural setting in northern New Zealand. Bordered by almost three kilometres of coastline, the hotel has four private beaches and countless secluded coves. To ensure guests have a peaceful stay, the adults-only lodge offers five suites with ocean views. Italian chef Michele Martino is busy in the kitchen creating new daily menus, which can be enjoyed near the main house in the great outdoors.Maître de Maison: Neil McFarlane Chef: Michele Martino Locanda Don Serafino Hotel, ItalyIn the Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla, Locanda Don Serafino Hotel has set up shop in a small 19th-century former residential building carved into a rocky cliff. Its’ amazing architecture is showcased by the interior design in the rooms. The property’s restaurant lies a few yards away in an old stone building that was once the stables for the nearby palace. Lovers of good wine will be in their element because the menu features a selection of 100 bottles from the world’s finest vineyards. Owners and Maîtres de Maison: Pinuccio and Antonio La Rosa Chef: Vincenzo Candiano Bij Jef, NetherlandsOff the shores of the Netherlands on the island of Texel, Jef Schuur and Nadine Mögling converted an old rectory into a Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel. Just a few steps from the beach, the property welcomes guests into its modern suites. As for the kitchen, Jef is sure to devise well-balanced dishes, most of which are made from fresh products grown on the island. And let’s not forget an organic wine deftly selected by his wife and wine-expert, Nadine. If you’re into kite surfing, there’s nothing better than catching some waves before dinner. Owners: Jef Schuur and Nadine Mögling Chef: Jef SchuurMaîtresse de Maison and Sommelier: Nadine Mögling Belcanto, PortugalOpened in 1958, Belcanto has earned two Michelin stars and sits in Lisbon’s historic centre. Now run by owner and chef José Avillez, the restaurant puts a new twist on Portuguese cuisine in a muted upscale setting. It only seats 28 guests, who are whisked away on a gastronomical journey for the senses, complete with a wine list painstakingly curated by resident sommelier Rodolfo Tristão.Owner and Chef: José Avillez Maître de Maison: Luís Reis Assistant Chef: David Jésus Sommelier: Rodolfo Tristão Akelarre, SpainA Relais & Châteaux member since 1999, Akelarre has added a highly architectural boutique hotel to its Michelin three-star restaurant. Every room has a stunning view of the Cantabrian Sea, offering amazing sunsets.Owner: Pedro Subijana RezaMaître de Maison: Pedro Subijana RezaChef: Pedro Subijana RezaGo back to the e-newsletter North Island, SeychellesNorth Island is a small yet breathtaking natural wonder home to a resort tucked away in the coconut groves. With the smallest one measuring 450 square metres, the property’s private villas are all made from local materials and built in a secluded area. It’s a getaway fit for a king, to be relished in bare feet. Owner: Bruce SimpsonMaître de Maison: Jonathan Lithgow Duba Plains Camp, BotswanaLocated in northern Botswana in the Okavango Delta, Duba Plains Camp is the place to re-centre yourself. Surrounded by fig, ebony and garcinia trees, the camp site boasts a stunning view of the seemingly endless plains in the area. Safari-style tents provide spacious suites that include a bathroom and outdoor shower, toilet stall and a veranda overlooking the flood plain. After a long day under the African sun, some of the favorite activities for guests are a cool dip in the pool or dinner on the wooden elevated bridge under the trees. Owners: Great Plains Conservation, Dereck & Beverly Joubert Maître de Maison: Dorian HoyChef: Pierre Van Zyl Relais & Châteaux is different than other associations in that its members include over 550 world-class hotels and restaurants spanning the globe, each with a distinct setting, atmosphere and flavour. The core mission of Relais & Châteaux is the art of living, so its main focus is inspiring and sparking curiosity among its guests: swim with pink dolphins at the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or learn Vedic chanting in Thanjāvūr.Association members are products of their region, their history, their environment and culture, so they all hold the same values of passing on and showing pride in their local heritage and ancestry through their cuisine and culture.From a luxury lodge nestled in Zululand to a cruise ship deep inside the Peruvian Amazon, Relais & Châteaux introduces 24 new members – each one as extraordinary as the next. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, GranadaCalabash is a family hotel with all the makings of a resort. Over a span of 30 years, the Garbutt family has turned it into one of the most sought-after locations in the Caribbean. Just a few yards from L’Anse aux Epines, on the southern coast of Grenada, it offers 30 suites that all have a view of the greenery and beach. This gives guests direct access to enjoy all the island’s water activities before relaxing in the spa or sitting down at one of the property’s two restaurants for a gourmet meal made from Grenadian products.Owners: The Garbutt family (since 1987)Chefs: Mark Banthorpe and Aaron Johnson Alo Restaurant, CanadaSitting atop the third floor at the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown, Alo definitely feels like a spot for people in the know. Everything in this space was carefully thought out – right down to the sound design – to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and exciting. The classy muffled restaurant has a distinctive open kitchen in the middle of the room so guests can watch the chefs in action. At the helm, chef Patrick Kriss offers up a tasting-centric menu featuring dishes whose pairings are as delectable as they are unexpected.Anecdotally, the elevator holds a secret about the place. It slowly creaks up the floors to what was once a speakeasy. When the doors open, a whole new world awaits you inside. Owner and Chef: Patrick KrissMaîtresse de Maison: Amanda Bradleylast_img read more

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