FIFM Moroccan actress prevented from finishing an interview on the red

first_imgMarrakech- A Moroccan actress taking part in the 13th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival was prevented from finishing an interview to the press, according to the Moroccan daily Aujourd’hui le Maroc.Moroccan actress and film producer Mayssae El Maghribi, who lives in the Gulf, was prevented to finish an interview she was giving to an Arabic TV channel. The reason was to allow American actress, Sharon Stone, to have enough room to give interviews to the TV channel present on the red carpet. The 13th edition of the International Marrakech Film Festival kicked off Friday night with a tribute to Sharone Stone. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of renowned figures in the film industry, including Egyptian stars Adil Imam, Yousra and Izat El Alayli.last_img read more

Saudi festival showcases green mountains flower crowns

AL-SOUDAH, Saudi Arabia — Atop a string of green mountains in Saudi Arabia, a monthlong festival drew a medley of yoga enthusiasts, extreme adventure seekers, tourists and traditional Saudi families — many wearing colorful flower crowns native to the region as the kingdom looks for ways to revamp its image and build up tourism.The al-Soudah festival, which ran throughout the month of August, gave visitors a chance to experience a unique region in Saudi Arabia and take part in outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, horseback riding, zip lining and bungee jumping. Thousands also attended concerts by Middle Eastern superstars.Scenes of women zip lining and young Saudis at concerts, while nevertheless in a remote village, are a stark departure from the ultraconservative policies that for decades barred concerts and gender mixing, as well as shunned women’s sports in the kingdom.The reforms are being pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s powerful 34-year-old son. He is looking to revamp the country’s economy to become more resilient in the face of lower oil prices. Boosting domestic spending and opening the country to foreign tourists are seen as ways to create more jobs for the millions of young Saudis who will be entering the workforce and looking for jobs in the coming years.The al-Soudah festival attracted between 12,000 and 15,000 visitors per day, said Husameddin al-Madani, who oversaw the event. Most visitors to the festival were Saudi citizens, but it also drew foreign tourists.Unlike Saudi Arabia’s major cities — which have limited outdoor spaces for sports, especially for women who must wear long flowing robes known as abayas in public — Saudi women in al-Soudah wore fitted jeans and sneakers under their rolled up abayas to hike up the mountain. Other Saudi women were seen zip lining between cliffs. In keeping with local custom, many kept their faces and hair covered.The weather in August in the village of al-Soudah, located in the southwest Asir province, is a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) in August, unlike the capital, Riyadh, or the coastal city of Jiddah, where temperatures exceed 43 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) throughout the summer. In the winter, parts of the mountain range see snow.Al-Soudah sits on part of the Sarawat Mountain range in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, some 3,000 metres (9,840 feet) above sea level. Its highlands are covered in the green of juniper trees. The area is also home to baboons, who were kept away from the festival with help from Human Wildlife Solutions based in Cape Town, South Africa.Jiddah city resident Noura al-Moammar said she was surprised by the region’s climate.“I never thought, honestly, that my country is that rich with nature,” she said. “It’s amazing for us to discover and see the different cultures and landscapes and weather in our beautiful Saudi.”In the nearby village of Rijal Almaa, the men wore flower crowns, or garlands, made from local flowers and herbs. Visitors here were treated to garlands of their own, local tribal dances, coffee, tea and evening lightshows displayed on the village’s 500-year-old distinct natural clay, stone and wood structures.The festival also drew extreme sports enthusiasts, including wingsuit base jumpers. Saudi media reported that British adventurer and astronautical engineer Angelo Grubisic died during a jump off the side of a cliff at the festival when he experienced difficulties reaching the landing site at speeds of around 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour.The festival took place less than 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the airport in Abha, the capital city of the region of Asir, which has been targeted by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels. Saudi Arabia has been waging war in Yemen against the rebels, also known as Houthis.Still, visitors at the festival said they felt extremely secure.“I couldn’t feel safer, honestly,” said Paris Verra, a 24-year-old American visitor. “The city is vibrant, and I was walking down the streets at like 1 and 2 a.m. and having tea with locals.”“Coming from America, there’s obviously a lot of misconceptions … but I’m here to show and prove it’s nothing but incredible … I hope everybody gets a chance to visit this place one day,” she added.So serene was the vibe at the festival that Alwaleed al-Keaid, who runs a Saudi hiking company, led morning mediations atop the mountain.“We start our mornings with a mediation session in this gorgeous environment where we thank God for this blessing and meditate,” he said. “When we’re done, we try the local bread with honey… and help people enjoy nature, forget about the rest of the world and live in the moment.”The festival also had its share of glitz and glamour with concerts by Middle Eastern mega stars, including Emirati singer Ahlam and Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher. Their performances drew thousands of fans and al-Saher’s concert alone generated 1.5 million Saudi riyals ($400,000) in ticket sales, festival organizers said.The al-Soudah festival is one of 11 taking place in different parts of the country this year. The initiative, dubbed Saudi Seasons, is aimed at developing tourism and providing Saudis with temporary and permanent jobs.Al-Madani, the CEO of the al-Soudah festival, said at least 515 young men and women were hired from the local community to assist in the monthlong event. Local businesses also got a boost by contributing to food trucks and other services.___Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.Amr Nabil, The Associated Press read more

Halifax firm gets nearly 3 million in federal funding to develop software

by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Halifax firm gets nearly $3 million in federal funding to develop software tool HALIFAX – Modern aircraft and military ships have grown so complex that engineering design and verification hasn’t kept up — and the result is often costly errors in early prototypes, says the head of a Halifax-based firm that’s hoping to help solve the problem.“Today upwards of 40 per cent of all project costs, some of which are well over $1 billion, is devoted to testing and fixing errors and this percentage is growing fast,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, president and CEO of design and engineering company QRA Corp.“We need new tools that ensure these machines will do only what their creators intended and will do so in a safe, reliable and predictable way. We need to verify this before anything is actually built.”Kyriakidis was speaking Tuesday after it was announced that his company was receiving $2.9 million in federal funding to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs.The money, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is conditionally repayable and comes from a pool of $7.1 million for four projects under the federal government’s Atlantic Innovation Fund.The QVtrace is a software tool that can be used in fields such as defence and aeronautics.Kyriakidis said it’s engineered to “crawl over” computerized designs or blueprints using mathematical proofs that can ask questions.“So we say this thing you said could never happen, well we show you that it actually can happen,” said Kyriakidis. “It’s particularly good at catching fringe but catastrophic cases.”Treasury Board president Scott Brison, who took part in the funding announcement, said the technology could ultimately provide some applications for the government.“I believe there is significant opportunities to apply some of this to big complex government procurement like defence procurement and avoid the problems that have plagued governments over time on some of these files,” said Brison.Kyriakidis said he created the initial algorithms powering the software tool as part of a research project at Dalhousie University over five years ago and now works on its development full time through his company.Kyriakidis said that while there are competitors, he’s confident his company’s approach in working directly with companies like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the right one.“Working together with the customers is really important to us because then we actually solve the problem. We don’t just make a technology for the sake of making a technology.”QRA, which currently has 17 employees, plans to create 13 new research and development positions through the project. Treasury Board President Scott Brison, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announces more than $2.9 million in federal funding for QRA Corp. to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs, in Halifax on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The company’s QVtrace is an engineering tool that allows for analysis of complex designs while minimizing disruption to their workflow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

Former Ohio State linebacker David Perkins arrested in Bowling Green on multiple

Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup. read more

Liebherr R 9800 excavators deployed to BHPs Mt Arthur coal mine

first_imgBHP has added two Liebherr R 9800 excavators to its Mt Arthur Coal Mine fleet in New South Wales, commissioned in November 2018 and February 2019. Mt Arthur Coal has been a long-term valued customer for Liebherr-Australia, and in particular the Liebherr Mt Thorley Branch. These 800 t excavators are the first of their class owned by BHP on site, adding to the existing Liebherr fleet of two R 996B, one R 994B and 44 T 282C off-highway trucks.The two excavators took 13,000 man hours to build with a core team of 20 BHP and Liebherr technicians, with the team working night shifts for some of the final build to improve delivery times. Liebherr stated: “Thank you to all involved in the commissioning of these machines for their dedication and commitment to delivering the two R 9800s safely and ahead of schedule. During the build, the team’s focus also realised several opportunities for improvement, not only demonstrating Liebherr Core Values, but our commitment to continuous improvement of our processes.”last_img read more

Barca with 100000 followers on Twitter

← Previous Story LNH (Round8): Paris wins in Dunkerque, 8th win in 8th game Next Story → SC Magdeburg sign Asmussen and Quenstedt at the goalkeeper position FC Barcelona twitterhandball twitter F.C Barcelona Intersport makes fantastic results on social media. The most successful handball team ever has 100.000 followers on Twitter! Barcelona’s account is growing daily by 100-150 new handball fans, what means that Spanish team break all the records among TOP handball teams in Europe. Good job @FCBHandbol!photo: read more

Lakeside Rodeo under construction before annual event in April

first_img Posted: February 21, 2018 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Lakeside Rodeo where construction is underway ahead of their annual event on April 26.An all volunteer group of 45 community minded members, The El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA), a 501 (c) 3 non profit, has been dedicated to providing support to the Youth of Lakeside, CA for over 54 years. Rodeo has a long history in Lakeside, starting in 1920… out of that history, the organization El Capitan Stadium Association as Lakeside Rodeo formed 54+ years ago to build a permanent facility to continuously provide funding for the Youth of Lakeside.The Rodeo buildings and grounds are an important fundraiser venue for the Youth of Lakeside and are available for public rental 10 months of the year; from the air conditioned main hall equipped with a full kitchen to the professional arena that stands in the glow of a new State-of-the-Art Marquee. With plenty of parking available, the grounds and buildings provide a low cost venue for your events. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lakeside Rodeo under construction before annual event in April February 21, 2018last_img read more

NewBay Acquires AV Database Resource

first_img“We are excited to have this unique, valued resource join our industry-leading A/V and IT focused portfolio of brands and services,” says Steve Palm, CEO of NewBay Media. “The addition of AV-IQ immediately strengthens our ability to serve the commercial A/V market, and expands NewBay’s data, analytics and lead generation capabilities.”The AV-IQ team will join NewBay and remains headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.The purchase follows NewBay’s spring acquisition of Ratings Intelligence, a data-driven television research firm. NewBay Media is building out utility around its portfolio of audio-visual titles with the acquisition of AV-IQ from InfoComm International, a trade association in the A/V space.Terms weren’t disclosed.AV-IQ—a digital product that includes an equipment database, case studies, service directories and product comparison tools—gives NewBay a resource to deploy alongside its six A/V magazines and seven other editorial products. The service was offered for free by InfoComm.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday November 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: The AFRO has been subpoenaed to produce materials connected to our reporting on the mistreatment and sexual harassment of the residents of Gilmor Homes and other properties controlled by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. We’ll have analysis with AFRO managing editor Kamau High. Plus, Baltimore is rapidly closing in on 300 homicides with nearly two months left in 2015. We’ll get the perspective of two other big cities, Chicago and Philadelphia, who are also grappling with the tragedy of rising murder rates. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

New MacBook Pro Expected to Ditch MagSafe and Old USB Ports

first_imgApple isn’t afraid to ditch time-tested technology in the name of progress. They just did it when they launched the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, and they might do it again with the new MacBook Pro models.You’ll find a number of different ports on Apple’s current machines. There’s a headphone jack, USB port, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, and the MagSafe port for charging on the left side. On the right, there’s another USB port and an HDMI output.Now, it’s been a long, long time since Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro. According to Japanese site Macotakara, an update is finally on the way and it’s going to dramatically change the Pro’s port layout. Yes, the headphone jack is gone. They’re also reportedly ditching everything except USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3.If that happens, outputting to an external display will require either a USB-C to HDMI adapter or a monitor that sports a Thunderbolt input. Apple will happily sell you both those things, of course, and there are plenty of other companies that will, too.The change also means that you’ll be charging the new MacBook Pro via a USB type-C cable. They made the same change when they introduced the refreshed MacBook last year. While that does mean that you won’t need a USB hub to plug in a peripheral while you charge like a MacBook owner, you probably will need USB to USB-C adapters to hook up your existing accessories. Fortunately those are fairly cheap. You can pick up a two pack for nine or ten bucks on Amazon.last_img read more

Five TMC men beaten up for not chanting Jai Shri Ram

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday alleged that five of its workers were beaten up by BJP men in Raiganj in North Dinajpur district after they refused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The incident took place at Singardaha village under Karandighi police station. The BJP has, however, denied the allegation.Of the five injured, who were first taken to Karandighi primary health centre, two of them have been shifted to Raiganj Government Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “We have started an investigation into the incident,” said a senior police officer. Sources said that five TMC workers were catching fish in a pond when local BJP workers started beating them up suspecting them to be cow smuggler. Later, they were asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ which they refused to say. “We have lodged a complaint against BJP workers at Karandighi police station,” said a local TMC leader. However, no one has been arrested yet. The BJP, on the other hand, said the incident was a fallout of a TMC infighting. “The allegations are baseless. They have been fighting over a monetary dispute and now blaming us for the incident,” said a local BJP leader. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Antibiotic use can increase nerve damage risk

first_imgA common class of antibiotics –used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections – may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50 per cent. Scientists looked at a database of 1.3 million adults issued one or more prescriptions of fluoroquinolone or amoxicillin-clavulanate antibiotics with no diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy at the outset of treatment. Peripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, found that current use of systemic fluoroquinolone antibiotics appeared to increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy by 47 per cent, causing an additional 2.4 cases per 10,000 patients per year of treatment. A person prescribed with amoxicillin-clavulanate were not significantly more likely to experience peripheral neuropathy. The risk was higher for men and rose with age and with the length of fluoroquinolone treatment. A peripheral neuropathy diagnosis remained more likely to be diagnosed for up to six months after the fluoroquinolone prescription. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOlder men, the group most likely to experience the condition after taking a 28-day course of fluoroquinolones, were said to have a one in 34,000 chance of doing so. While the absolute risk of a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis remained low, the findings should still be considered as one of the different potential side effects before prescribing antibiotics, researchers said. “The safety of fluoroquinolone antibiotics has received a lot of attention regarding their potential to cause long-term side effects in some people,” said Daniel Morales, from the University of Dundee. “One of these is peripheral neuropathy where nerves, most commonly affecting the lower limbs, can be affected, leading to numbness, pain, or problems with balance,” Morales said in a statement. “Fluoroquinolones are effective antibiotics but health care professionals should recognise that peripheral neuropathy may rarely occur following fluoroquinolone therapy,” he said.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Make the Switch to Electronic Signature Technology

first_img min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you still haven’t made the switch to electronic signatures, you’re missing out. The electronic signature process enables businesses of all sizes to simplify the task of obtaining signatures and expedites the contract signing process, all in a seamless and efficient way.DocuSign, a San Francisco-based company that helps businesses collect and manage digital signatures for important documents, announced this week that it has raised $55.7 million in the latest round of funding, bringing the total amount raised to $122 million.This significant funding signals the importance today’s businesses are placing on e-signature. Since its founding in 2003, DocuSign has gathered more than 20 million users who have signed more than 150 million documents.But if you’re still unsure about moving the execution and storage of your contracts and agreements into the digital age, consider the following: Register Now »  1. Is e-signature legal? Yes. Properly managed electronic signatures were given legal equivalence to “wet ink” signatures with the passage of the federal ESIGN Act signed by President Bill Clinton in 2000.2. Is e-signature safe and secure? Electronically signed and sealed documents are more secure than their paper counterparts because they tend to contain more information about who signed them, and they can be protected from unauthorized tampering. This isn’t possible with paper. Most ID theft happens to paper transactions because they are so easily lost, stolen or forged. Electronic records are encrypted and stored securely online.Related: A Reformed Hoarder’s Guide to Records Storage3. Will e-signature work in my current business environment? Many e-signature transaction platforms integrate with the business tools you already use, including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Dropbox, Salesforce and more. When looking for an e-signature provider, ask for a list of compatible products and platforms. Every business should be able to use its existing applications and documents instead of printing, faxing, scanning or overnight mailing.Related: Five Tools for a Smarter Business4. Why switch to e-signature if what I’m doing works? Many businesses are realizing that it can take a week or more to get a document signed and returned, and that in many cases it needs to be re-done because there were mistakes or missed signatures. Such delays in closing a deal with paper are no longer acceptable when a competitor can do it in minutes.Related: How Can I Stand Out from the Competition?5. Is e-signature affordable? While the cost of an overnight express envelope varies depending on carrier and distance, the real cost isn’t in dollars. The real cost is in the lost time, manual processing errors, re-keying of data, and printing, signing, scanning and emailing of agreements all without the benefit of auto notification upon receipt.center_img August 9, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

ArcelorMittals Kazakh workers demand salary hike

first_imgTrade unions are seeking a 30 percent wage rise, but ArcelorMittal’s management says that is unfeasible and that it has to take reduced industrial output into account when considering pay increases.Local news portal said around 3,000 workers took part in the Temirtau demonstration.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societycenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Workers at a Kazakhstan plant owned by Luxembourg-based steel giant ArcelorMittal have held a demonstration to demand higher salaries.The company said that Saturday’s rally in the industrial town of Temirtau was legal and that an official from ArcelorMittal’s personnel department met with workers to discuss their grievances.Any signs of industrial dispute have been greeted with intense caution in Kazakhstan since a long-running sit-in demonstration over salaries in a western oil town culminated in December in deadly riots.last_img read more

Americas economies led by tourism WTTC

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Tourism to the Americas is worth a total $1.9 trillion dollars, says WTTC Highlighting the significance of tourism to the area, a new study has found that the travel and tourism industry in the Americas region is three times the size of automotive manufacturing and a third larger than the global chemicals and mining industries. Released at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) inaugural Regional Summit of the Americas in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the WTTC study revealed that the sector’s direct contribution to the Americas GDP in 2011 was US$666 billion, while its total contribution to GDP was valued at around $1.9 trillion. This compares favorably to the automotive, mining and chemicals industries, which contributed six, six and seven per cent to GDP respectively. In addition to this, the research found that travel and tourism’s contribution to GDP was increasing more rapidly than most other sectors in the region – according to the survey, the industry will grow by 3.6 per cent over the next ten years, compared to the growth rates of mining (1.5%), education (2%), chemicals (2.5%) and financial services (3.4%).  On the jobs front, the research undertaken by Oxford Economics, found that travel and tourism directly employed some 15 million people, easily surpassing the job creation of mining (2.5m), chemicals manufacturing (2.5m), automotive (4m) and financial services (10m). Proving that expenditure on travel was “more powerful” than that of most other sectors, the study showed that for every US$1 million spent on tourism and hospitality in Mexico, the industry generated a further $1.5 million to the overall national economy as well as 66 jobs (compared to an average of 42 for all sectors).Case studies on the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil and Argentina drew similar conclusions. WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill said the findings were “extraordinary”.“These figures prove that it is time that the governments really sit up and take notice of the travel and tourism industry,” he remarked. “As a driver of economic recovery and growth in a very turbulent time, the industry stands apart for the sheer scale of its ability to create jobs and growth in every part of the globe and especially in the Americas as shown by this study.”In related news, research by UNWTO and WTTC presented at the T20 Ministers’ Meeting in Merida, Mexico, has revealed that improving international visa processes may create an additional five million jobs in G20 economies by 2015.According to the study, better visa processing could see G20 economies boost their international tourist numbers by around 122 million in three years, generating an extra $206 billion in tourism exports.last_img read more

qualia Hamilton Island Tops Off 2012 With Two Additional Accolades

first_imgqualia, Hamilton Island’s luxury resort situated on the edge of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, has enjoyed a multitude of awards in 2012; with two additional accolades announced just this week.On Tuesday evening at the second annualAustralian TravellerReaders’ Choice Awards, qualia was named the Best Resort in Australia. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the only consumer awards for tourism in Australia, with over 1000 Australian Traveller magazine readers nominating their all-time favourite travel destinations and experiences throughout the country. This award comes less than two months after qualia was named the Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in international readers’ choice awards, the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.Hamilton Island’s luxury resort was also this week named in HotelsCombined’s inaugural list of Top 10 Hotels for 2012. With over 350,000 hotels in its global database, HotelsCombined recognises that there is a small handful of properties that continually stand out for their amazing amenities and breathtaking views, leading them to create the inaugural Top 10 Hotels for 2012 list.Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “We have had an incredibly successful year at qualia, and it’s immensely rewarding for the Oatley family and all our staff to receive these esteemed accolades, particularly those voted personally by our guests.’qualia is idyllically located on Hamilton Island’s sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux and Luxury Lodges of Australia, the multi-award winning resort is set amongst native Eucalypts, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea. qualia’s 60 luxurious guest pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge pool. The resort boasts two exclusive bars and restaurants, a private dining room, two infinity-edged pools, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning retreat unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests each year, including the popular Australian Ballet’s ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ performance under the stars, and the Great Barrier Feast gourmet culinary weekends.Guests of qualia also have full access to Hamilton Island’s Yacht Club and marina, and the world-class 18-hole championship golf course on neighbouring Dent Island, accessible via private helicopter direct from qualia or short boat ride.In 2012 alone, qualia has been awarded the following accolades: Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Resort in AustraliaHotelsCombined: Top 10 Hotels for 2012Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania regionUK Condé Nast Traveller Gold List – Best for Leisure Facilities WISH Magazine’s Travel Top 50 – Best Australian Hotel2012 Hotel Management Awards: Best Resort, Best Spa and Best Hotel ChefLuxury Travel magazine Gold List – Best Australian Boutique Property, Villa or LodgeAustralian Gourmet Traveller Magazine – 2012 Travel Awards, Best Spa and Best Australian Island ResortTripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice List 2012: Luxury Hotel’s in Australia, Luxury Hotel’s in the South Pacific, Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Australia and Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the South Pacific Source = qualialast_img read more

Indian fans gear up for Singapore Grand Prix

first_imgSingapore welcomed this year’s edition of ‘The 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX’ which started from September 16 to September 18, 2016. Complementing the race is the Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS), which began from September 9 to September 18. The season also featured an exciting line-up of lifestyle events, activities and promotions in various precincts in Singapore for fans to make the best of the racing season.Indian fans had geared up for the event with great enthusiasm, which was witnessed at the contests organised by Singapore Tourism Board (STB). STB India partnered with Singapore GP Pte Ltd and two sporting companies – Fans on Stands and Sports Konnect to organise Go-Kart contests in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.The winners from each city won a pair of race packages, and flew to Singapore to experience the thrills of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix first hand.Regional Director, SAMEA, GB Srithar said, “Singapore is a year-round destination and offers the Indian travellers a plethora of options to choose from for a memorable holiday. September is a great month to visit as the air is filled with excitement and energy from the F1 season. Apart from the racing action, there’s also a lot happening in terms of parties, music concerts as there is a great level of enthusiasm at this time of the year.”Jean Ng, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board said, “We are pleased to present Grand Prix Season Singapore as the unique complement once again to The 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX As this is the 9th year for both the race and season, we are looking to push the envelope in adrenaline-fuelled fun with more than 100 lifestyle events and promotions from new and existing industry stakeholders.”last_img read more

ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby airports ToA

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Air FranceJet2Thomas Cook Two single flights can be cheaper than a return. And you don’t necessarily need to fly back with the same airline. Using Skyscanner’s “flexible” search tool, you can mix and match your airlines to find the cheapest price, or the times which suit you best.It’s even worth considering flying back to or from a different airport – although of course that doesn’t work if you’ve left your car at the departure airport!More about singles VS return flightsRead more Travel Tipscenter_img RelatedTravel Glossary – airline jargon explainedSkyscanner has put together a list of travel-related words, phrases and acronyms to help you plan your journey.20 money saving travel tips that actually workBe travel savvy with Skyscanner’s top tips for slashing the price of your holiday. 1. Be flexible The price of flights can vary considerably depending on the month, day and even time you travel, so do your research and be prepared to be flexible. Skyscanner lets you compare flight prices…New connecting flights now on offerBrand new flight connection service via Gatwick Airport offers hundreds of new destinations with great time and money saving benefits. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines:last_img read more

Related Flights to Turkey to be launched by easyJe

first_img RelatedFlights to Turkey to be launched by easyJet from StanstedFlights to Turkey to be launched by easyJet from StanstedNew flights to Turkey and Greece to be launched by easyJetNew flights to Turkey and Greece to be launched by easyJetFlights to Hamburg launched by easyJeteasyJet is introducing new flights to Hamburg and Dusseldorf from London Gatwick Cheap flights carrier easyJet will launch new flights to Cagliari in Sardinia from London Stansted next spring.Daily flights to the Italian city will commence on March 28th and are part of the ten new routes announced by the airline yesterday (November 24th).Elsewhere, flights to Helsinki from Manchester will be launched, in addition to flights to Malta from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.On the continent, easyJet will begin flights to Catania, Helsinki and Agadir from Paris and routes to Casablanca, Agadir, Oporto and Malta from Milan.In order to accommodate the new services, easyJet will increase the total size of its fleet to 185, allowing it to provide greater choice for passengers flying throughout Europe and north Africa.Once the routes are implemented, easyJet will operate a total of 449 flights at 112 airports in 28 different countries.The carrier said this month that there are more cheap flights to London than any other city in Europe.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related The best hotels in Dublin for every budget

first_img RelatedThe best hotels in Dublin for every budgetPlanning a city break to Dublin but haven’t booked your accommodation? Don’t panic, because we’ve rounded up the best options, whether you’re a backpacker on a budget or a fan of five-star luxury.24 hours in Dublin: a video city guideVisiting Dublin but stuck for time? Fear not, Dublin city centre is so compact that it’s possible to see all the main sights and get in a few sneaky pints in less than 24 hours. Here’s our quick guide to spending a morning, afternoon and evening in Dublin’s fair city.Cheap bank holiday breaks for a last-minute getawayBank holidays are the best excuse for a last minute break. If you want to jet off somewhere new for the upcoming long weekend, we’ve got a few suggestions (and flight deals) to tempt you. Dublin Just a short hop over the Irish Sea, Dublin is a quick and easy… What to doThe city spans both banks of the River Liffey, which makes a pretty walk on a spring or summer weekend. Wander over O’Connell Bridge, an elegant granite bridge lit by lanterns at night, and for contrast head to the new Samuel Beckett Bridge, a striking cable-stayed bridge that opened in late 2009.For further picturesque ambling, visit the Georgian area of Dublin and Trinity College, Ireland’s top university. There’s a good guide to the Georgian district on the VisitDublin website. Highlights include Merrion Square and Henrietta Street. If you visit Trinity College head to the library and the Old Book of Kells exhibition, which costs €9 to enter. There are campus tours mid-May to late September for €10 that detail the history of the college and its alumni, and offer an introduction to the library, lasting 30 minutes.On Yer Bike!London isn’t the only city to recently launch a cycle hire scheme. DublinBikes cost €2 for a three-day ticket and the first half hour is free, after that it’s €1.50 for up to two hours.Free MuseumsThere are also a few excellent free museums in Dublin – the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street, the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square and the Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square, which features a reconstruction of artist Francis Bacon’s studio.Dublin PubsYou might have missed Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival in mid-March, but there are plenty of opportunities to sample the city’s black gold, other known as Guinness.Pubs remain the heart of Dublin’s nightlife, and one of the longest-standing is The Stag’s Head in Dame Court, which offers live music on Sunday evenings or there’s The Palace, a characterful Victorian pub on two levels on Fleet Street.The Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate may lack the atmosphere of the pubs on Temple Bar, but offers the best view of the city from its Gravity Bar. You’ll find yourself in this rooftop bar at the end of a tour through the production, history and famous advertising campaigns of Dublin’s most famous export. Entry costs €13.50 per adult, and is well worth it for that pint-with-a-view.Where to eatAs for where to chow down, Ireland’s other famous gastronomic treat is seafood, more specifically: oysters. If you’re in the city on a Saturday, head to the St Martin Shellfish stall at Temple Bar’s Saturday market.It’s usually in Meeting House Square, but the square is closed while a retractable roof is fitted, so it has moved to Cow’s Lane, East Essex Street and Curved Street until the end of 2011. The stall is worth seeking out though, serving up half a dozen Atlantic oysters with Irish soda bread and white wine for €9.50.For a delicious home-made breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, try the Queen of Tarts on Cows Lane. The soup and soda bread are legendary, and the Irish oatmeal and buttermilk pancakes make a delicious weekend breakfast.Another one of my personal favourites for lunch in Dublin is Avoca, which has two cafes in Dublin. The Suffolk Street one is part of a seven-floor mini department store offering clothes, homeware and gifts as well as the cafe. The fresh daily tarts, cakes, bread and soup are good value and delicious.Where to stayThere are a host of hotels and B&Bs in Dublin that will fit your budget without seeing you check into one of the city’s many backpacker hostels. My first suggestion is The Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge, just outside town.This traditional-style four-star costs from €90 a night and serves a generous Irish breakfast. For a touch of Georgian history a bit closer to the city centre, Clifden House is a 15-bedroom hotel in Gardiner Place. It costs from €60 a night and had a communal lounge and renowned breakfast.If you fancy the social side of a hostel, try Avalon House on Aungier Street, which starts at €27 a night. It has free wi-fi and breakfast, games room, and organised city tours and nights out.Get thereYou can find cheap flights to Dublin from most major city airports in the UK.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map I’m off to Dublin soon, but I’ve heard it has become a pretty pricey place. How can we ‘do Dublin’ without breaking the bank?Emma, ScotlandDear Emma,Dublin is a city of pubs, walks and fun, and it’s perfect for a budget break. Here’s my guide to a weekend trip to the city that won’t break the bank.last_img read more