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Manitoba premier suggests Churchill port owners wanted government bailoutManitoba premier suggests Churchill port owners wanted government bailout

Manitoba premier suggests Churchill port owners wanted government bailout by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 12:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after his first provincial budget is read in the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, in a May 31, 2016, file photo. Pallister is suggesting the owners of the Port of Churchill have closed the facility because they could not get more government money. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods, File WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister hinted strongly Thursday that the Port of Churchill — the largest employer in the subarctic town of 800 — has been shut down because its owners, Omnitrax, were refused another government bailout.Denver-based Omnitrax has not commented on its decision this week to close the seasonal port this summer and scale back freight shipments on the rail line it owns, which is the only land link to Churchill and three other northern communities. The company has also rejected interview requests.Pallister, whose Progressive Conservative government came to power in April, released an agreement signed by the previous NDP government last year in which the province agreed to pay for capital upgrades at the port and provide a $3 per tonne subsidy for grain exports.Pallister said the deal, which came with a confidentiality clause, was done to address threatened Omnitrax job cuts last year, and a similar request was made this year.“They were rewarded for doing that last year by the previous administration, and I want to be clear, and today I’m making it clear, that they won’t be rewarded on that basis this year,” Pallister said.He would not release details of the latest request, saying he didn’t want to risk a lawsuit. He also blasted the former NDP government for signing a deal and agreeing to keep it confidential.The port and rail line have been plagued by financial and infrastructure problems for years. Rail service is often slowed or disrupted because of the shifting, boggy northern terrain. The port lost its biggest customer when the federal government eliminated the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western grain.The NDP caucus, in a written statement, said it agreed to financial help for Omnitrax last year “to ensure the port stayed open while transitioning to a new sustainable ownership model.”New Democrat MP Niki Ashton, whose seat includes Churchill, is calling on the federal government to take over the port to ensure its survival. Ottawa operated the port prior to 1997, when it sold the facility to Omnitrax.Omnitrax announced last year a tentative deal to sell the port and railway to a consortium of northern First Nations. Pallister said Thursday the potential sale is only one of several possible scenarios at this stage.Pallister also left the door open to financial aid for the port and railway, possibly under new ownership. But he said he would not provide another short-term bailout to Omnitrax.“We are not, as a government … interested in entering into the business of subsidizing large corporations using money taken from small businesses and individual working people and families.” read more

UNs advice for hospitals Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possibleUNs advice for hospitals Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, issued jointly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.“Breastfeeding saves lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It’s benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last well into adulthood.”Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhoea and other infections when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. Breastfeeding for the first two years would annually save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five.Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential – WHO chiefBreastfeeding also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. It is vital to a child’s lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether or not a child is breastfed can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential.“Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential,” said Mr. Tedros.The new guidance provides the immediate health system platform to help mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first hour and breastfeed exclusively for six months, and describes how hospitals should have in place a written breastfeeding policy, staff competencies, and antenatal and post-birth care, including breastfeeding support for mothers.It also recommends limited use of breastmilk substitutes, rooming-in, responsive feeding, educating parents on the use of bottles and pacifiers, and support when mothers and babies are discharged from hospital. read more

Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemicFresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic

Early reports suggest multiple deaths and injuries after Yemen’s largest hospital, Al Thawra, was hit on Thursday, said Dr. Peter Salama, who is in charge of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization.“We’re particularly saddened at WHO by the attack on one of the major hospitals in the country yesterday, Al Thawra in Al Hudaydah,” he said. According to latest news reports, at least 20 have been killed by several air strikes, which also hit a fish market in the city.The attack on the hospital – which houses a major cholera treatment centre – is the latest outrage in the fight to capture the key Red Sea port from Houthi opposition militia.Everything that we are trying to do to stem the world’s worst cholera epidemic is at risk – Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande Yemen’s conflict has its roots in uprisings that date back to 2011, but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. The coalition’s objective was to secure the return of the Government to the Houthi-held capital, Sana’a.The fighting is still raging and the ensuing humanitarian crisis has only deepened in a country that was already one of the world’s poorest, with some eight million people believed to be on the brink of famine.Sharing WHO’s condemnation of the Hudaydah attack, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, described the impact of the strikes as “appalling”.Hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law, the UN official insisted, adding that “hundreds of thousands of people” depend on the hospital to survive.“Everything that we are trying to do to stem the world’s worst cholera epidemic is at risk,” Ms Grande said, noting that new cholera cases have been identified in the city “every day this week”.In a bid to prevent the disease spreading once again, WHO’s Dr. Salama explained that combatants have been asked to down their weapons, so that an oral vaccination campaign can take place. More than 500,000 people are expected to receive the vaccine in a three-day operation beginning on Saturday.“We have requested, as the UN, three days of tranquility, associated with, first, our cholera vaccine campaign across August 4, 5 and 6 in the north of the country,” Dr. Salama said. “You will recall that we were able to start campaigns in the south of the country previously, but we’ve never before been able to do it in the north.”Asked to assess the level of risk from cholera, whose symptoms include watery diarrhea and fever, the WHO official said that the level of infection this year is “not at the same massive level” as last year.Nonetheless, many people are far weaker than 12 months ago and far less able to cope with infection, he added.“We’ve had two major waves of cholera epidemics in recent years,” Dr. Salama said, “and unfortunately the trend data that we’ve seen in the last days to weeks suggest that we may be on the cusp of the third major wave of cholera epidemics in Yemen.” read more

The Latest No 11 Michigan State tops Texas for Vegas titleThe Latest No 11 Michigan State tops Texas for Vegas title

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the Las Vegas Invitational (all times local):5:45 p.m.Joshua Langford scored 29 points, Cassius Winston had 20 points and 10 assists, and No. 11 Michigan State beat Texas 78-68 in the Las Vegas Invitational championship game on Friday.Langford was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Winston, who was named the tournament MVP, also had five rebounds for the Spartans (5-1), who trailed 25-6 eight minutes into the game.Texas’ Kerwin Roach II, the hero in Thursday’s upset of No. 7 North Carolina, led with 15 points and five assists. Dylan Osetkowski and Matt Coleman III each had 13 points for the Longhorns (5-1).After that early Texas lead, the Spartans cut it to 44-36 at halftime. Michigan State took the lead for the first time on Langford’s 3-pointer with 15:26 remaining and went ahead for good on a 3-pointer by Winston 1:19 later.Michigan State slowly built its lead to 71-59 with 3:32 remaining. The Spartans shot 55 per cent from the field in the second half.___3:20 p.m.Coby White had 19 points and eight assists, Luke Maye added 16 points and eight rebounds and No. 7 North Carolina beat No. 17 UCLA 94-78 in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.Kenny Williams scored 15 points as five Tar Heels reached double figures and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in its Las Vegas trip.Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points as he converted 7 of 10 from the field.Thanks to 57 per cent shooting in the second half, North Carolina, which trailed early, took the lead for good on a dunk by Nassir Little with 11:58 left in the game that made it 63-62.UCLA freshman centre Moses Brown fouled out with 7:40 left. He finished with seven points and four rebounds.North Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Over €110k worth of cannabis discovered in TallaghtOver €110k worth of cannabis discovered in Tallaght

first_imgTHE GARDAÍ SEIZED a large quantity of cannabis resin in Tallaght this morning.As part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the area gardai conducted a planned search of a house in Donomore Avenue at approximately 7.45am this morning.CannabisDuring the course of the search, cannabis resin with an estimated street value of up to €111,000, along with other items of stolen property, were seized.A man, aged 41-years-old and a 37 -year-old woman were arrested at the scene and are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Rathfarnham Garda station.Read: Teenager arrested after body of woman found in Kerry>Read: Appeal for witnesses to early morning attack in Dublin’s city centre>last_img read more

LAssurance maladie refuse une nouvelle baisse des remboursementsLAssurance maladie refuse une nouvelle baisse des remboursements

first_imgL’Assurance maladie refuse une nouvelle baisse des remboursementsAlors que le gouvernement a demandé son avis à l’Assurance maladie concernant un décret qui prévoit une nouvelle baisse des remboursements de certains médicaments, cette dernière a fait savoir par un vote qu’elle n’était pas d’accord.Cette semaine, le gouvernement a transmis à l’Assurance maladie un projet de décret qui prévoit la baisse du taux de remboursement des médicaments à “vignette bleue”. Pour le gouvernement, cette nouvelle disposition entrerait dans le cadre de la loi de financement de la Sécurité sociale, disposition dénoncée par l’UNAF (Union des associations familiales), le CISS (Collectif interassociatif sur le santé) et la FNATH (Association des accidentés de la vie) qui étaient parvenus à se procurer le texte en question (voir notre article). Aujourd’hui, ce projet de décret est désapprouvé par l’Assurance maladie elle-même, qui a voté contre.Ainsi, la Commission de la réglementation de la Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie a expliqué que la baisse prévue pour le projet était supérieure aux baisses déjà annoncées par le gouvernement il y a quelques mois, ce que l’Assurance maladie ne pouvait approuver. Elle estime également qu’il s’agit d'”une approche visant à générer des économies à court terme en augmentant (…) le reste à charge des patients, souvent les plus fragiles “. Et Doctissimo de rappeler que Baromètre Cercle Santé-Europ Assitance a récemment fait savoir qu’en France, 23% de la population a déjà reporté des soins de santé en 2010, alors que ce taux n’était que de 11% l’année précédente.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marvel Is Hooked on Guardians Legion and Possibly Samuel L JacksonMarvel Is Hooked on Guardians Legion and Possibly Samuel L Jackson

first_img Marvel fans are having a great morning, with two big movie and TV announcements and one possibly major leak from Samuel L. Jackson. With the excitement for tomorrow’s release of Iron Fist being… let’s say tempered by early reviews, we’ll take all the good Marvel news we can get.Let’s start with Legion. The surreal head-trip of an X-Men show has only aired six episodes so far but has in that short time surpassed even Daredevil and Jessica Jones to become the most stylish, well-written Marvel-based show on television. (If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably have some idea of how much I love this show.) So good news for me and anyone else who feels that way: It’s getting a second season!The first season is still two weeks from being over, but FX has already ordered another season, Marvel announced yesterday.“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said. “Noah (Hawley’s) spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more.”No word yet on what the second season’s episode count will be, but given the tight scripting of the first season, I don’t know if I’d want it any longer. With only eight episodes in the season, Legion has had to make the most of every minute of screen time they’re given. In any case, the first season is strong enough that I’m on board for whatever they end up doing.Legion isn’t the only franchise getting another installment before the current one is even finished. James Gunn announced in an interview with Complex that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already confirmed. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that the first Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved films, and fans are crazy excited for is an upcoming sequel. (And of course for Baby Groot.)Gunn says he’s still trying to figure out what he wants to do next, which is understandable considering he’s only just finished the second Guardians movie. It sounds like he’s on the fence as to whether or not he wants to direct a third one.“You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out of the next couple of weeks,” Gunn said.As a huge fan of Gunn’s pre-Guardians work (like the hilarious and disgusting horror-comedy Slither), I’d love to see him work on something wholly original. On the other hand, Gunn’s weirdness is what made the first Guardians of the Galaxy so special. What other director could do the franchise justice?Gunn also dropped some hints at what role the Guardians will play in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. While the movie is firmly an Avengers movie, the Guardians will have a small, but important role. They are an important part of Thanos’s story, after all.Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. (Photo: Marvel Studios/Disney)Finally, Samuel L. Jackson may have let some pretty big plot details slip in an interview with Hot 97. He was ostensibly there to talk about Kong: Skull Island, but when you have Jackson in the studio, you’re not going to ask about Marvel stuff. Especially when he isn’t sure if he’s in the next two Avengers movies.“You didn’t see me in Civil War,” he told the host. “I’m still out there trying to figure out what The Skull is…” and that’s all we got. It’s easy to presume he just gave away much more than he intended to with that answer.So, that’s a pretty juicy sentence fragment. Since Jackson is still contracted for two more Marvel movies, the studio probably wants those roles to be more than just cameos. His comment points to a movie that heavily features Nick Fury and Red Skull, the Hydra villain from the first Captain America movie.  Even more exciting, we already know exactly what Phase Three of Marvel’s cinematic universe looks like. There really doesn’t seem to be an opportunity for the Red Skull to show up in it. Did Jackson just give us our first hint at Phase Four? Either way, I’m now eagerly anticipating Hugo Weaving’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, red face paint and all.For more MCU awesomeness check out or Guardians gift guide. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Youth Day Message from the Leader of the OppositionYouth Day Message from the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Sept 2014 – A demand for greater investment in our Youth was a part of the Youth Day message from the Official Opposition Leader of the Turks and Caicos, Hon Sharlene Robinson… She said: I am a firm believer that it is to our country’s detriment if we do not invest more monies and time in our youth. I therefore celebrate those corporate citizens and civic groups whose mandate in helping our future is being fulfilled and evidenced through their donations in so many forms.” High grades for companies stepping up over the past few weeks and years to impact the education system. The People’s Democratic Movement leader explained: No entity can do it alone. We are all stakeholders in the future of the TCI. Whether we positively engage and invest in our youth determines what type of leaders we will have.” Premier attends town hall meetings Related Items:national youth day, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more

Highway 530 to reopen Saturday after ceremonyHighway 530 to reopen Saturday after ceremony

first_imgDARRINGTON — The highway that was covered by debris during the Oso mudslide two months ago is set to reopen Saturday morning after a moment of silence and a community walk along the one-and-a-half-mile patch of road.Transportation Department spokeswoman Kris Rietmann says only one lane of State Highway 530 will reopen and pilot cars will guide vehicles back and forth. The road will not be open entirely until October, when a new roadway is expected to be completed.Rietmann says drivers should be prepared to drive over a 600-foot stretch of just gravel where the roadway was completely destroyed. But there are no height or size restrictions on vehicles traveling on the highway between Arlington and Darrington.During reconstruction, some of the new two-lane highway will be elevated to accommodate flooding and changes in the Stillaguamish River.last_img read more

Wipro Infosys to witness rising operating costs as SEZ tax exemption nearsWipro Infosys to witness rising operating costs as SEZ tax exemption nears

first_imgIT majors Infosys, Wipro and HCL Technologies will face a spike in operating costs over the next five years as their offices in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) across Karnataka are nearing the 10-year tax holiday they enjoyed under the state’s SEZ policy.Karnataka’s SEZ policy of 2009 grants exemption from state and local taxes, including stamp duty, registration fees, sales tax and value added tax. IT companies are also not required to pay Maximum Alternative Tax (MAT) for the 10-year period. Once the contract expires, it cannot be renewed, resulting in the companies having to pay MAT and other taxes. This can shoot up operating costs for the IT companies.The state policy extends benefits of the SEZ policy to units (enterprises) for 10 years from the date when operations started. Developers who are involved in construction activities in the zone are eligible for benefits for 15 years from the SEZ notification date.While Wipro’s office in Electronic City is already shifting to Whitefield, according to Bangalore Mirror, the company’s operations at Sarjarpur Road also complete 10 years in November this year.”The offices in these towers are being shifted to another Wipro campus in Whitefield. Without the SEZ rebates, it works out expensive and the operating costs will shoot up. The two towers will be leased/rented out to commercial spaces for revenue generation. This is also an exercise to cut costs, in terms of manpower and numbers,” a source told the newspaper.Infosys, which also has offices in Mysore and Mangalore, will complete a decade of operations in 2017. The IT services exporter’s office in Mysore became operational in April 2007 while the Mangalore office started operations in October the same year.Other IT companies will also soon start weighing their prospects at different locations. HCL Technologies became operational in January 2010 while Larsen & Turbo began its IT operations in March 2013 at their current campuses. These companies, together with companies in Bagmane Tech Park at CV Raman Nagar in the city, will see their terms come to an end in the next two to six years. Bagmane Tech Park became operational in August 2008.IT/ITES sector reaps the most benefit from the tax exemption over any other sector in Karnataka. More than 40 out of the total 96 companies/developers under SEZ in Karnataka belong to the IT/ITES category, according to the centre’s SEZ list.last_img read more

Your Besotted Brain A Neuroscience Love SongYour Besotted Brain A Neuroscience Love Song

first_imgLove is complicated, scientifically speaking. There’s no single, specific “love chemical” that surges through our bodies when we see our beloved, and we can’t point to a specific corner of the brain where love resides.Still, scientists have measured real changes in our bodies when we fall in love: an ebb and flow of signaling molecules. In that early lustful phase, sex hormones like testosterone fuel the libido (in both men and women). The dopamine highs of new attraction have been compared by some scientists to the effects of cocaine use.The anxiety associated with new romance has been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain. And some researchers say they see similarities in the way serotonin is regulated in the early phases of love and the way it is modulated in obsessive compulsive disorder.Meanwhile, our brains start producing more oxytocin, a chemical that is crucial to, among other things, the bonding of mothers and infants.Comparisons to drug use and compulsion aren’t perfect (obviously there’s a lot more fancy chemistry going on in our brains), but they do seem to speak to our experience. Love can feel addictive and all-consuming.In Skunk Bear’s new video ballad, we explore the symptoms of love and their neurological causes. Why does your heart race when you see your crush? What gives you that feeling of butterflies? And why does love make us act so dumb? This love ballad is our Valentine’s gift to you.Follow Skunk Bear, NPR’s science show, on YouTube and Facebook.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Indian employees to see 108 salary hike in 2015Indian employees to see 108 salary hike in 2015

first_imgAccording to Towers Watson 2014-15 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam are set to lead the way with over 11 per cent overall salary increases while India is placed at the fourth position with an increase of 10.8 per cent. The report added that though salary across the regions are set to rise, a corresponding rise in inflation would mean that pay increases in ‘real terms’ would be eroded significantly in the coming year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChina is expected to see the highest salary increase — 5.2 per cent in real terms in the region, followed by Pakistan (4.5 per cent), Bangladesh (4.3 per cent), Vietnam (4.1 per cent) and Sri Lanka (3.8 per cent). India was ranked sixth with a corresponding real increase of 3.5 per cent. ‘We foresee an increased economic growth in Asia Pacific in 2015 in light of a declining unemployment rate and rising GDP in the region,’ Towers Watson Data Services practice leader, Asia Pacific Sambhav Rakyan said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘This, in turn, will lead to inflationary pressures that affect real salary increases. Indians will only see an effective salary increase that is one-third of the overall salary increase due to such pressures,’ Rakyan added.The report further noted that in 8 out of the 10 sectors surveyed, the pay raises for Executive Directors and Senior Management in India are expected to be higher than or equal to 2014 with the professional services sector particularly standing out at 4.5 per cent. In India all employees — from production workers to executive directors — are set to have higher pay raises than last year.last_img read more

Transat AT reports 53 increase in revenue in Q1 resultsTransat AT reports 53 increase in revenue in Q1 results

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc.’s first quarter results show a marked improvement from last year, and if trends continue, the company expects to maintain gains at the end of winter.The Corporation posted revenues of $725.8 million, compared with $689.3 million in 2017, an increase of $36.5 million (5.3%). This improvement was driven by growth in the number of travellers (6.2%) in the Sun destination market – its main market for the period – and of 20.3% in the transatlantic market. In addition, average selling prices rose slightly across all markets.“During this quarter, we continued the repositioning started last year by announcing the disposal of Jonview for $48.4 million, and the appointment of Jordi Solé as President of our new hotels division,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “The disposals made during the past 18 months generated $327 million in total for our hotel investments. We’re also continuing our work on revenue management and the fleet.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTransat A.T.’s operations resulted in an adjusted operating loss of $31.0 million, compared with $37.1 million in 2017. The $6.1 million improvement resulted largely from an increase in the number of travellers combined with higher average selling prices and the favourable foreign exchange effect, which led to a $13.3 million decrease in operating expenses for the quarter. However, this improvement in operating results was mitigated by $9.0 million in maintenance costs related to one-time events.On a comparable basis, excluding the sale of Ocean Hotels and Jonview, the adjusted operating loss decreased by $9.1 million compared with the previous year.The Corporation’s second quarter outlook remains positive, with capacity up 5.5% compared with last year. To date, 77% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 4% and the load factors are down 1.4%. Due to the strengthening of the loonie, offset by rising fuel costs, operating expenses are currently down 3.3%.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyLooking ahead to summer, the transatlantic market (Transat’s main market during this season), capacity is up 17% compared with 2017. To date, 30% of seats have been sold, load factors are similar and selling prices are up 1.7% compared with the same date last year. Higher fuel costs, net of fluctuations in the Canadian dollar against the greenback, the euro and the pound have currently led to a 3.3% increase in operating costs. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Transat A.T. reports 5.3% increase in revenue in Q1 resultscenter_img Share Tags: Air Transat, Profit Report, Transat Thursday, March 15, 2018 last_img read more

VISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAMVISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM

first_imgVISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 23, 2019 Share Tags: FAM, VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA Earlier this month, VISIT FLORIDA hosted eight travel agents on the Spring 2019 Canada Travel Trade FAM. Beginning in one of Florida’s largest gateways, the group flew direct from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and explored the beautiful destination of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which included hotel site visits, airboat rides and riverboat cruises. The group then traveled a short way north to The Treasure Coast. This coastal and easily accessible destination is located on the southeastern coast of Florida and is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. While in the Treasure Coast, the group enjoyed waterfront dining, hotel site visits and paddle boarding.In the fall, VISIT FLORIDA will host its next Canada Travel Trade FAM. To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez (sgonzalez@visitflorida.org) to express your interest in participating in this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com.last_img read more