A Nova Scotia Human Rights board of inquiry is scheduled to begin next week in the case of Lisa Mauger v. Liverpool Subway Limited. The claimant alleges she was discriminated against because of her physical disability. The respondent denies any discrimination, and claims efforts were made to accommodate the claimant, but were refused. The board of inquiry is scheduled to be heard Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, in the Medway Room, Best Western Hotel, 63 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool. The board chair is Donald Murray. -30-
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.” YAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabat – Journalists across Morocco are mourning Safae Abouaycha, a 22-year-old journalist, who drowned on Saturday, in Sekhirat beach, near Rabat.Safae Abouaycha was spending the weekend at Sekhirat beach near Rabat. She allegedly drowned while swimming. She died as lifeguards could not rescue her.Local authorities in the province of Sekhirat, Temara handed Safae’s body to her family on Sunday morning. Her funeral is due to take place on Sunday after noon prayers. Safae Abouaycha’s colleagues and former classmates were shocked by the terrible news of her death. They took to Facebook to pay tribute to her.22-year old Safae was a journalist for the newly established Arab-Speaking news organization Akhir Saàa, in Casablanca.Safae Abouaycha on graduation day at ISIC in 2014In parallel, she was a master student political communication at Higher Institute of Media and Communication, ISIC, of Rabat. She graduated as journalist from the same institute in 2014.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
With sporadic fighting continuing across parts of Afghanistan, instability remains a priority concern in the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council today. The Government cannot yet address the underlying causes of insecurity, and instead can only function “like a fire-brigade… putting out local fires rather than preventing their occurrence,” he said at a formal Council meeting. Faction leaders in the North – Generals Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammad – have been brought together to control those of their commanders who have been responsible for recent incidents, he said, adding that similar efforts have been made to control fighting in the West and South East. “There will be no long-term solution to the security problems in Afghanistan unless and until a well-trained, well-quipped and regularly paid National Police and National Army are in place,” Mr. Brahimi warned. “The Government and people of Afghanistan need and ask for international support to provide security while the National Police and National Army are trained.” The envoy blamed ongoing human rights violations in Afghanistan on “the weakness of the central Government, warlordism, persistent factional conflicts in some parts of the country and a very basic and dysfunctional justice system.” Abuses against Pashtuns, while abating somewhat, constitute a problem which threatens to have an adverse impact on the peace process, he added. Particular attention must also be paid to improving the human rights situation of Afghan women. On the humanitarian front, Mr. Brahimi reported that the Government and the UN are working to put in place assistance needed to help some 2.2 vulnerable Afghans survive harsh winter conditions. Despite these efforts, “there are still gaps in needs for shelter, fuel, blankets and other items for which additional resources are urgently needed from donors,” he said. Calling for sustained global attention to Afghanistan, Mr. Brahimi said the country’s people are looking “to the United Nations in general and to this Council in particular to continue to mobilize and organize [the] support of the international community for the peace process.”
Katie Taylor celebrates a piece of Irish boxing history with her team. Katie Taylor celebrates a piece of Irish boxing history with her team. Image: Matchroom Boxing Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 16th 2019, 3:08 AM Image: Matchroom Boxing 33 Comments Share1660 Tweet Email1 Short URL 72,580 Views By Gavan Casey Taylor overcomes career-toughest test and batters Volante to win third world title After a thrilling encounter, Taylor is now the IBF, WBA and WBO World lightweight champion. Gavan Casey reports from Liacouras Center, PhiladelphiaKATIE TAYLOR has become the first-ever Irish fighter in the four-belt era to hold three major titles simultaneously after stopping Rose Volante in the ninth round of a career-toughest test in Philadelphia.In a gruelling affair, Taylor took her fair share of punishment — particularly early doors — before turning the screw and battering the teak-tough ‘Queen Rose’ into submission.Volante, who during Thursday’s staredown warned Taylor, ‘I’m here’, wasn’t lying. She played her part in a thrilling exhibition of boxing before being spared by referee Benjy Estevez after nine rounds of physical torture, her face bloodied and bruised by the scintillating Irish icon. Taylor celebrates her stoppage victory in Philly. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOTaylor entered the ring to a mash-up of James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ and U2′s ‘Vertigo’, and would later inflict upon Volante a sensation of spinning dizziness as well as a first career defeat.But it was Volante who began with the intention of delivering some pain, marching Taylor backwards and landing a couple of noteworthy overhand rights.Taylor then buzzed the Brazilian with a right of her own before detonating her first proper combination and catching Volante on the top of her head with the left forearm, decking the 36-year-old with about a minute to go in the first.Volante, though, beat the count handily and saw out the round with minimal fuss.They exchanged big right hands to start the second, Volante’s the more thudding and budging Taylor backwards.Taylor controlled most of the sophomore stanza with better head movement and timing, but drew gasps from a partisan crowd seconds before the bell as she lost her footing slightly and took three to the midriff for her troubles. Volante lands a thudding right hand. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOThe Irish champion was more tentative in the third, moving with caution — mostly backwards — and getting off a nice left hook in the clinch as a riposte to fleeting Volante success.Volante was a menace on the counter throughout and kept her chin tucked behind a tight guard.Taylor had to get creative in order to find skin. She did, loosening up slightly in the middle rounds and finding a home for two- and three- punch combos. The Irishwoman turned the screw on Volante after the middle rounds. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOVolante remained dangerous but Taylor stepped on the gas in the fifth, ripping the older woman to the body. Volante winced in pain on more than one occasion as Taylor’s left hook landed bullet-like below her rib cage, forcing the WBO champion’s right hand downwards in an instinctive bid to protect her side. Taylor, by this stage sitting down on her punches and firing off with venom, then moved upstairs and landed a series of crisp shots, forcing the heavy-breathing Sao Paulo resident to dig deep. Taylor eased off in quieter sixth and seventh rounds, pot-shotting those into the bank. She exploded into action to start the eighth, however, tearing into her foe with a searing seven- or eight-shot fusillade to both decks. Volante was on the brink but stood tough, gasping for air but crucially grasping Taylor in a round-saving clinch.Taylor again brought the hurt at the tail-end of that verse, walking the tired South American down with a four-punch assault to the head. She had seen off Volante’s best efforts and had found her own groove. Volante, meanwhile, was beginning to throw the odd glance towards her corner, perhaps hinting that they might do her a favour. Taylor began to blast the brave Brazilian in the final few rounds. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOThe stoppage was taken out of their hands soon afterwards, in the ninth. It was sudden, and Volante was probably in no more trouble than she had been a round previously, but her face was in bits. Despondent, she turned away from the action and neither she nor her corner complained when referee Benjy Esteves came to her aid.Volante slumped onto her stool, destroyed. Taylor stood proudly at centre-ring, thumping her chest and roaring to a crowd which rose to meet her.As the Bray woman was confirmed by MC Michael Buffer as still the holder of the IBF and WBA titles, and the new owner of the WBO strap, Volante burst into tears, hugging each member of her four-man corner for a prolonged spell each.For the now-former champion, a worthy opponent, it’s back to the drawing board. On tonight’s evidence, she’ll win more world-title fights than she loses.For the history-making Taylor, it’s onwards and upwards towards a clash with WBC queen Delfine Persoon for the undisputed lightweight world title, likely at Madison Square Garden, New York, on 1 June. https://the42.ie/4546033 Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 3:08 AM
Le premier vol transatlantique au biocarburant a atterri en EspagneLe premier vol transatlantique d’un avion fonctionnant avec du biocarburant a été accompli avec succès entre Mexico et Madrid. Ce vol s’est effectué dans le cadre d’un accord visant à promouvoir le développement des agrocarburants.C’est une grande première dans l’histoire de l’aviation commerciale, selon la compagnie aérienne Aeroméxico. Mardi, s’est achevé en Espagne, le tout premier vol transatlantique d’un avion utilisant du biocarburant. L’appareil Boeing 777-200ER avait décollé de Mexico et a atterri à Madrid hier dans l’après-midi, a confirmé le ministre espagnol des Transports. À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreLe biocarburant utilisé par ce Boeing était formé d’un mélange de kérosène (dérivé de pétrole) et d’hydrocarbures obtenus à partir d’une plante oléagineuse appelée jatropha, précise le communiqué cité par l’AFP. Le vol s’est alors effectué dans le cadre d’un accord signé en 2010 entre l’Espagne et le Mexique visant à promouvoir le développement des agrocarburants dans l’aviation dans le but de réduire les émissions de CO2. En effet, selon un rapport de l’ONU, les transports aériens sont responsables de 2% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre enregistrées dans le monde. Ainsi, les compagnies nationales Boeing et Embraer, respectivement américaines et brésiliennes, travaillent aujourd’hui au développement d’un agrocarburant à base de canne à sucre qui pourrait être utilisé pour faire voler les avions. Le 3 août 2011 à 19:23 • Maxime Lambert
Les Européens ont grandi de 11 cm en un peu plus de 100 ansUne étude publiée lundi matin indique que les Européens mesuraient en moyenne 11 cm de plus en 1980 qu’en 1870. La taille moyenne actuelle se situe à 1,78 m.En l’espace de 100 ans, les Européens ont bien poussé ! C’est ce que vient tout juste de révéler une étude publiée dans la revue Oxford Economic Papers et menée par des chercheurs britanniques. D’après celle-ci, les hommes auraient grandi en moyenne de 11 centimètres entre 1870 et 1980. Un chiffre déjà impressionnant qui serait encore plus important dans certains pays.En effet, selon les données dévoilées, l’Allemagne, le Danemark, et les Pays-Bas détiendraient la palme des plus fortes hausses avec 1,25 centimètre de gagnés par décennie pour les hommes du premier, 1,24 cm pour ceux du second et 1,41 cm pour les Néerlandais. A l’inverse, les plus faibles hausses sont enregistrés en Irlande (0,80 cm par décennie), en France (0,91 cm), au Royaume-Uni (0,93 cm) et en Norvège (0,93 cm également). Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs se sont intéressés à des hommes âgés d’environ 21 ans, vivant dans 15 pays européens et se sont notamment basés sur les tailles mesurées au moment du service militaire. Ceci a permis d’établir que la taille moyenne des hommes européens s’élève aujourd’hui à 1,78 m. Une hausse due à l’amélioration de la santé À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les auteurs cette progression illustre l’amélioration de la santé en Europe au cours du siècle dernier. “Les augmentations de la taille humaine sont un indicateur clef des progrès de l’état de santé moyen des populations”, explique ainsi Timothy Hatton, professeur d’économie à l’université britannique d’Essex qui a dirigé l’étude. Toutefois, alors que la période couverte par l’étude englobe les deux Guerres mondiales et la crise économique des années 1930, cette croissance est tout à fait surprenante, estiment les chercheurs. Pour eux, ce sont donc notamment les fantastiques progrès de la médecine de ces dernières décennies qui expliqueraient une telle augmentation de taille dans la population européenne. Mais la diminution des maladies dues à l’environnement, qui se reflète dans la baisse de la mortalité infantile aurait aussi joué un rôle crucial, d’après les scientifiques. “Le lien entre mortalité infantile et taille a déjà été démontré par un grand nombre d’études”, souligne Hattin cité par Reuters.Les autres facteurs ayant permis cette hausse seraient une augmentation des revenus, de meilleurs conditions de vie, une meilleure éducation ainsi que le développement des services sociaux. Le 2 septembre 2013 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambert
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Short $1B, Icebreaker Advocates Consider Leasing, SharingLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Nothing highlights American disinterest in the Arctic as much as the tiny inventory of U.S. icebreakers: One heavy-duty ship, one medium and one down for repair. Alaska leaders and some federal officials say the country can’t assert its national interests, or see the benefits of increased shipping and resource development in the Arctic, without more icebreakers. But some advocates now say, why buy when you can lease?State Raises Concerns Over Costs As Anchorage Hospitals Vie For More ER BedsAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageState Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson is granting Providence Hospital in Anchorage permission to build eight new emergency room beds. The decision also denies Alaska Regional’s plan to build the first freestanding emergency rooms in the state. The commissioner hopes the decision will help discourage inappropriate use of an expensive healthcare option.Barge Arrives To Courier Alaska’s Marine Debris To the Lower 48Kayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakA massive barge is docked in Kodiak this week, and that barge is more or less a huge floating trash can. It’s en route to the Lower 48 with hundreds of tons of marine debris on board – debris that will be recycled once the barge arrives in Seattle.Ocean Acidification: A Grim Reaper For Wild Shellfish Stocks?Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerAlaska shellfish hatcheries may be unsustainable by 2040 due to ocean acidification, according to a recent NOAA study. But what about wild shellfish stocks?Walker OKs Further Work On The Juneau Access ProjectLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe state Department of Transportation is moving forward with its environmental review of the Juneau Access Project. The governor’s state budget director wrote a memo last week giving the department the go-ahead to finish the document that lays out the state’s case for where the road should or shouldn’t be built.UAF To Acquire HAARP Science ProgramEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Fairbanks will take ownership of Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Program, best known as HAARP. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowReinforcements called in to fight McHugh fireGraelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe five-day-old McHugh fire continues to burn in Chugach State Park in southeast Anchorage, and fire officials are calling in additional crews to battle the blaze.New study shows inconsistency among state child protection workers, lack of trainingAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageHigh rates of turnover are leading to inconsistency at the Office of Children’s Services, which operates the state’s foster care system. That’s according to a new study released last month that focuses on surveys with the child protection agency’s frontline workers.Anchorage homeless shelters overwhelmed with patronsZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage’s homeless shelters and social services are drastically and unexpectedly overwhelmed. It’s the result of a city policy pushing people out of homeless camps in parks and along trails.Alaska delegates cry ‘miscount’ as all 28 are tallied for TrumpLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Cleveland, OHAlaska delegates at the Republican National Convention say their votes for president were miscounted last night, all for Donald Trump, due to what they say is a misinterpretation of state rules. It wouldn’t have affected the outcome, but it’s matter of principle, and the Alaskans got pretty steamed.Sullivan gives Trump-less address to GOP conventionLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Cleveland, OHAlaska U.S Sen. Dan Sullivan took the stage in Cleveland on the second night of the Republican National Convention. While Sullivan never named the man the party had just nominated for President, Donald Trump, he did close with his campaign slogan.Legislative working group could aim to resolve thorny problemsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s Legislature has adjourned, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers’ work is done for the year. They’re considering bringing a small group of legislators together to work on agreements on major unresolved issues, which could set the foundation for another special session or the next regular session.Hollis French appointed to AOGCC by WalkerElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker has appointed Hollis French to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or AOGCC. French, a Democrat from Anchorage, served in the Alaska Senate for 12 years. Now he’ll oversee regulation of the state’s oil and gas industry.North Slope records fall with ‘unprecedented warmth’Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauClimate change is a daily reality in Alaska. Those changes are happening across forests, tundra, in the Arctic ocean and in your backyard.St. George takes steps to protect their marine environmentZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaAn island in the Pribilof’s is taking steps to protect the marine environment in their backyard. St. George’s city council passed a resolution earlier this month that could establish a National Marine Sanctuary.World Eskimo Indian Olympics to be first without beloved ‘Big Bob’Robyne, KUAC – FairbanksOpening ceremonies for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics are tonight at 6 o’clock. Competitive events will begin at the Carlson Center this morning at 11. For 56 years, Fairbanks has hosted the event that draws Native athletes and dancers from across the state and even across the circumpolar north. This is the first year without a beloved champion for whom this year’s games are dedicated.
Joe Buglewicz/Getty ImagesJudge Roy Moore supporters wait for a campaign rally to begin on November 27, 2017 in Henagar, Alabama.Updated at 10:30 p.m. ETJust over a week ahead of Alabama’s special Senate election, President Trump and the Republican National Committee confirmed Monday they are standing behind embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore’s campaign.“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet [Doug] Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda.”Trump’s support for Moore comes despite numerous women who say that Moore pursued relationships and sexual encounters with them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. One woman told the Washington Post that she was 14 when Moore sexually assaulted her. Moore denies the allegations, but pressed in an interview on Nov. 10 about whether he dated teenagers, he answered “not generally, no.” He has since been more emphatic in his denials.In addition to the tweet, Trump called Moore on Monday, according to the White House.“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and many other Republicans in Washington have said they believe the accusations against Moore and called on him to drop out. Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, who is heading Senate Republicans’ 2018 campaign efforts, has said that if Moore wins he should be expelled from the Senate, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled its support from Moore.The Republican National Committee had previously halted fundraising efforts on behalf of Moore in the wake of the accusations, but an RNC official confirmed to NPR late Monday that the committee was planning to re-engage in the wake of Trump’s endorsement. The RNC’s decision was first reported by Breitbart News, whose executive chairman Steve Bannon is a vocal supporter of Moore. Bannon, a former chief strategist for Trump, will campaign with Moore in Fairhope, Ala., on Tuesday.Trump has taken another path, all but endorsing Moore last month when he told reporters that Moore “totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen.” That’s despite an initial White House statement calling on Moore to step aside from the race, “if these allegations are true.” The president has also lambasted Democrat Doug Jones, Moore’s opponent. Trump had endorsed Moore before the scandal, after he won the September primary over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, whom the president campaigned for.Trump briefly floated the possibility to reporters that he might campaign with Moore in Alabama, but the White House later clarified that Trump would not make any campaign appearances in the state. However, Trump will hold his own rally Friday night in Pensacola, Fla., which falls within the Mobile, Ala., media market. AL.com reported that the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump was targeting Alabama voters with a robocall inviting them just across the border for the Florida rally, though she doesn’t mention the Senate contest specifically.Moore has been touting President Trump’s tacit support and was quick to embrace his full endorsement this morning. Later, Moore also tweeted out that Trump had been incredibly encouraging in the call, telling him to “Go get ’em, Roy!”The accusations against Moore — and national Republicans’ near total-desertion of his campaign, apart from Trump — have made the Alabama Senate race unusually competitive. No Democrat has been elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992.Jones, a longtime federal prosecutor, led Moore by 3 points in a recent Washington Post poll, though that figure was within the survey’s margin of error. Another poll over the weekend from CBS News/YouGov had Moore leading by 6 points and showed that the vast majority of GOP voters in Alabama believe the allegations against Moore are false.If Jones defeats Moore next week, Republicans’ Senate majority would narrow to just 51-49. McConnell had previously called on Moore to drop out, saying, “I believe the women.” Over the weekend, McConnell said simply that it’s up to the voters of Alabama.Trump’s comments are also at odds with what the president’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump has said. She told the Associated Press on Nov. 15 that she had “no reason to doubt” the accounts of the women accusing Moore of sexual misconduct and that “there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” Jones has since used those comments in a TV ad.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
The lanes are closed between Junction 15 and Junction 16 (pinpointed) (Image: INRIX/Google) A Highways England spokesman said: “One lane (of 3) is now open on the M6 northbound near Newcastle-under-Lyme between J15 and J16, following a collision.” It is unclear when the motorway will reopen fully at this stage. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo lanes remain closed on the M6 following a ‘serious’ accident in the early hours of the morning, The lanes are shut due to accident investigation work and recovery work on the Northbound carriageway between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) near Keele Services. The accident took place around half an hour after midnight and at least one lorry was involved – it is unclear if any other vehicles are involved or how many people have been hurt. A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “M6 northbound at Keele is still subject to a two lane closure whilst we carry out investigation and recovery work following serious RTC.” The entire Northbound motorway was closed for around two hours before one lane reopened at around 2.20am – with a diversion in place via the A500. Read MoreNorth Staffordshire motorists warned to expect delays over weekend
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A The ‘Royal Advantage’ initiative has gone into overdrive with Royal Caribbean International committing to invest approximately $300 million to enhance their 22- ship fleet in the next 3 years.Commencing earlier this year, the line has already completed revitalisations of Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas and will continue with Splendour of the Seas going into dry dock in October 2011. Taking the best features from their innovative Oasis-class ships, Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations for RCI said, “we are thrilled that the ongoing Royal Advantage revitalisation program will result in a virtually brand-new fleet that offers the most contemporary experience, no matter which ship or itinerary vacationers choose.”As part of the initiative, Australian favourite, Rhapsody of the Seas, is scheduled to have her ‘Oasis-class treatment’ in March 2012. Based in Australia for the summer cruise season since 2007, Rhapsody will dry dock in Singapore for an additional 14 days resulting in the cancellation of four cruises from Sydney next year.These cruises will be replaced with two repositioning cruises pre and post dry dock. Cruisers will have the opportunity to choose either a 14-night cruise from Sydney to Singapore departing 16 February 2012 or a 15-night return cruise departing Singapore on 29 March 2012. These voyages will take in such ports as Bali, Darwin, Cairns and The Whitsundays and will be priced from $1385 per person for 14-nights. “We’re fully committed to ‘raising the bar’ by heavily investing in our growing Australasian fleet and delivering a superior product to the local market – either by introducing new ships or by revitalising existing ones,” said Gavin Smith, managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia.“Rhapsody of the Seas is already a tremendously popular ship and now we will invest in making her even better.”Vision, Voyager and Radiance-class ships are all expected to have a host of enhancements including:All-encompassing Wi-Fi, interactive flat-screen TVs in staterooms and electronic mustering.Plasma and LCD touch screen signs throughout the ship to give passengers customised directions, list onboard activities and offer ship facts.Large LED screens on the pool deck.Royal Babies and Tots NurseryAdditional dining options including Chef’s Table, Izumi, Chops Grille, Park Cafe, Rita’s Cantina and Boardwalk Doghouse.“We never stop trying to make the experience even better, and no other cruise line can offer the same high quality vacation experience with such an array of choices that cater to every guest,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
Virgin Australia Velocity members may purchase single entry passes using frequent flyer points, however, these passes must be purchased via the reward store and not at lounge reception. The following city’s airports contain Virgin Australia lounges; Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Virgin Australia offers lounge patrons a range of boutique wines, beers, tea and coffee, a specially-designed buffet, free Wi-Fi access, Foxtel, showers and change rooms. Passengers travelling with the airline can purchase exclusive passes at the lounge’s reception area for AU$65.00, however, these can only be used a maximum of two hours prior to flight departure. Virgin Australia began selling single-use entry passes to its domestic airport lounges earlier this week, permitting non-Velocity and non-Virgin Australia members limited access. Source = ETB News: P.T.
As the newly confirmed “”Mel Watt””:https://themreport.com/articles/senate-confirms-mel-watt-as-fhfa-director-2013-12-10 prepares to take the reins at the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), current Acting Director Edward DeMarco has announced changes to the agency’s senior staff.[IMAGE]According to a release from FHFA, Jeffrey Spohn, deputy director of the Office of Conservatorship Operations (OCO), will retire in January. To fill the vacant role, the agency has appointed Wanda DeLeo, who currently serves as deputy director in the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). The two conservatorship-related divisions will be combined into a new Division of Conservatorship to ease the transition.””Combining OCO and OSI into a new division will enhance the already existing coordination between these two offices,”” DeMarco said. “”I am pleased to have an executive [COLUMN_BREAK]with Wanda’s experience to manage this new division and am grateful to her for her willingness to take on this added responsibility.””DeLeo has been with FHFA since its creation in 2008, taking over her current position at OSI when it was formed in 2012. In that capacity, she has overseen the development of a common securitization platform between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as periodic progress reports and annual conservatorship scorecards.As the new deputy director of the Division of Conservatorship, she will serve as FHFA’s central point of contact for all matters related to the GSEs’ conservatorships.Spohn has also served at FHFA since 2008, working with executives at the agency and both enterprises on all conservatorship-related matters, including the management of business settlements. He deferred his original retirement plans to continue working to resolve legacy business issues, the agency’s release says.””Jeff’s unique contributions to the stability achieved with the two conservatorships cannot be overstated,”” DeMarco said. “”He has personally and substantially contributed to billions of dollars of recovers on behalf of taxpayers at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and he has earned widespread respect for his strong communication and problem-solving skills during these five-plus years of conservatorship.”” in Government, Secondary Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Service Providers 2013-12-12 Tory Barringer FHFA Announces Plans to Combine Divisions December 12, 2013 482 Views Share
tourismTTFvisas The Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) has urged the federal government to ensure that changes to skilled labour visas do not disadvantage the tourism industry.TTF chief Margy Osmond said a continuous pipeline of skilled labour from overseas was vital for sectors such as hospitality, which has ongoing shortages of key staff including chefs and hotel managers.“Tourism is now a super growth industry in Australia, and a critically important contributor to our national economy,” Osmond said.“The industry directly employed 580,200 people in 2015-16, or 4.9 per cent of the national workforce, and continues to grow. By comparison, agriculture employed 321,600 people and mining provided 227,800 direct jobs.“TTF stands ready to work with the Federal Government on the implementation of the new temporary skilled migration program to ensure the best possible outcome for the sector.”Osmond said Australia’s global campaigns to attract more international visitors had been and continued to be a resounding success. “We now need to ensure that the industry is sufficiently resourced to continue supporting the visitor economy, which is now a bigger export earner than coal or agriculture, and will continue to grow.”Image: barossabackpackers.com.au
In the span of his four-year career with the Tigers:– Boehm helped rally support for teammate Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player taken in the NFL Draft.– He spearheaded the football team’s protest of racial discrimination and the mistreatment of minorities on campus that eventually led university president Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to resign.– A few days later, he watched head coach Gary Pinkel resign to spend more time with his family after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.“It was a very interesting four years but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Boehm said this week. “A lot of stuff did happen but I think it made us closer and I think it made me stronger.”Sam told the New York Times and ESPN that he was gay three months before the 2014 NFL Draft in which he was selected in the seventh round by the then-St. Louis Rams. Boehm said the announcement was no revelation to Missouri’s players.“We all knew at the beginning of that same year when he came out but nobody else knew because we’re a family,” Boehm said. “That’s the way he wanted it so that’s the way we kept it. We kept it together and we kept it among ourselves. You have to hang with your brothers.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Cardinals assigned their personal character and football character grades to prospects before this year’s NFL Draft, center Evan Boehm was on a short list.“He was probably one of the five or six players that warranted a double A, so his intangibles are off the charts,” general manager Steve Keim said after Arizona selected Boehm in the fourth round. “With everything that went on with that football team this year, he was the rock. He was the rock that kept Missouri going.” “To see the brotherhood that was built from that — you knew it was strong already, but it got even stronger.”Boehm said the hardest part wasn’t the thought of skipping games; it was dealing with the backlash.“The scariest part was the on-campus stuff people were making up like bomb threats, and saying certain hate groups were on campus and there were gunshots on campus,” he said. “Day to day, you have to do what you do and you walk with your chest held high but when you hear about bomb threats and hate groups and gunshots on campus, it’s scary and nobody wants to go to class. Nobody really did.”After Wolfe, Loftin and Pinkel had all announced their resignations, the Tigers played an emotional game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Misouri won, 20-16.“All of us talked about seeing coach up at the podium crying and you couldn’t do anything but feel for him,” Boehm said. “It’s his life at stake and if you know coach Pinkel, you know he is really family-oriented.“When I saw I him the last two times, he was with his wife and the next time he was with his two kids. I think he’s really cherishing this moment after being a head coach for 25 years and not really seeing his family. To win that game for him was a big monkey off our back.” The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP pic.twitter.com/fMHbPPTTKl— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015“We had a meeting with all of the players and with the coaches, and coach Pinkel stood with us, which made us respect him even more,” Boehm said. “It was a tough decision but you wouldn’t change it because you did it for a reason. You did it for a cause. You did it because you thought it was right. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 23 Boehm said he never took the time to put his role in the protests into perspective until he discussed it this week.“Did it piss other people off? Yeah, it did, but it also proved to people we were more than football players playing for ourselves and for our livelihood,” he said. “If something wrong was happening we were going to talk about it, be involved in it and help make it right.“When you’re in it, you don’t realize how big it is but now, when we look back on it, a group of 52 of us went above and beyond what a lot of other people can do or will do. That is amazing. It is eye-opening to see what you can do together.“I hope when people talk about that in the future, they don’t say those Missouri football players were pieces of dog. I hope people will say this is why they stood up for a cause. This is what happened and this is why it needed to happen.”Regardless of how history judges the 2015 Tigers football team, Boehm said he is confident he can handle anything the future has in store for him, including his NFL career.“I’ve been put in situations that not a lot of people have been put in,” he said. “If something happens, whatever it is, I know what I have to do, I know what we have to do and I’m ready to deal with it.” Cardinals center Evan Boehm during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Boehm said that experience, though vastly different, helped prepare him for the turmoil of his senior season.While walking across campus, a group of black football players came upon black graduate student, Jonathan Butler, who was staging a hunger strike in response to what he wrote in a letter to the Board of Curators were “a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., incidents that have dynamically disrupted the learning experience” of minorities at Missouri.“After that meeting I got a call and I was really the voice for everybody else on the team,” said Boehm, who was the Tigers’ only white captain. “They said, ‘we need your help to spread the word. We need you to back us up. We need everybody to back us up’ and that’s what we did.”At least 30 black members of the football team announced they would not participate in team activities, including games, until Wolfe resigned or was fired. Boehm helped swell those ranks to most of Missouri’s team. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
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