Point Foundation will honor Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow at the annual Point Honors gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza hotel April 9, 2018.Notaro, whom Rolling Stone named as one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time, will receive the Point Impact Award, which is presented to an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ community. Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker whose reporting on the transgender community has received a Stonewall Foundation Vision Award and been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, will receive the Point Courage Award. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.Additional celebrity participation to be announced soon. Past honorees have included Robin Roberts, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff, Wanda Sykes, and Andy Cohen.“Granting scholarships to LGBTQ students of merit like Point Foundation does, makes me hopeful that future generations will feel empowered to go out into the world and have their voices heard, whichever way that manifests itself,” said Notaro. “I am humbled to be recognized by an inspiring organization doing such truly important work.”“Empowering the next generation of LGBTQ students is both life changing for the scholarship recipients and important for the future of our country at a time when we desperately need their voices and, eventually, their leadership,” said Farrow. “I’m grateful for the Point Foundation’s work, and honored to be a part of this event.”“As individuals committed to inquiry and informed discourse, Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow demonstrate the kind of engaged citizenship that inspires our Point scholarship recipients,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “They each have earned acclaim for confronting challenges with courage, intelligence, and wit. We are fortunate to be able to recognize their accomplishments at Point Honors.”Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.For more information and tickets, please visit www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18.
Kosovo UN envoy meets senior Serbian officials in BelgradeKosovo UN envoy meets senior Serbian officials in Belgrade
23 July 2008The United Nations envoy to Kosovo travelled to Belgrade today to meet with two senior Serbian Government ministers for talks on resolving the dispute over Kosovo’s status. A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the purpose of Lamberto Zannier’s introductory meetings with Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and Kosovo Minister Goran Bogdanovic in Belgrade was to move forward with dialogue on the practical issues that Mr. Ban had highlighted in his last special report to the Security Council. Mr. Zannier is set to travel to New York where, on Friday, he will present the Secretary-General’s regular report on Kosovo to the Council. Earlier this month Mr. Ban said that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) had to adjust to the new reality on the ground, given the developments since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February. The Secretary-General said he had decided to move forward with the reconfiguration of the structure and profile of UNMIK. Accordingly, he had instructed the mission to cooperate with the European Union (EU), so it could assume an enhanced operational role in the rule of law area under a UN “umbrella” headed by his Special Representative, in line with the original 1999 resolution that established the mission. Mr. Ban said that UNMIK would continue to support Kosovo in its effort to consolidate democratic governance institutions, advance economic growth and move towards a future in Europe as part of the western Balkans.
Low health standards impeding indigenous rights – BanLow health standards impeding indigenous rights – Ban
9 August 2009The low standards of health among indigenous communities is perpetuating the gap in many countries between the recognition of their rights and the actual situation on the ground, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for swift action to find solutions. In his message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the Secretary-General appealed to governments and civil society “to act with urgency and determination to close this implementation gap, in full partnership with indigenous peoples.”This year’s Day focuses on the threat posed by HIV and AIDS, and Mr. Ban underscored the importance of indigenous people having access to the information and services needed for detection, treatment and prevention.This marginalized group – numbering 370 million in 70 countries – suffers disproportionately from low health standards linked to poverty, malnutrition, environmental contamination and inadequate healthcare, he said.Calling the world’s indigenous peoples the “custodians of some of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth” who speak a majority of all languages, the Secretary-General welcomed some recent national moves in which governments have apologized for past injustices, while others have adopted legal reforms.But he cautioned that “many face discrimination and racism on a daily basis,” as well as poverty and inadequate access to education.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the International Day is an occasion to reaffirm the commitment to translate positive developments in international human rights standards into concrete progress for indigenous peoples.“To achieve this, we all – States, indigenous peoples, the United Nations system and others concerned – must join our efforts and reach solutions based on true dialogue, mutual understanding, tolerance and respect for human rights,” she noted in a statement. “This is no easy task. But it is the only way we can move the rights of indigenous peoples from paper to practice.”Ms. Pillay, in an opinion piece published today in The Hindu, stressed that the world’s indigenous peoples need and deserve more than just symbolic celebrations on 9 August. “After centuries of repression, they need comprehensive tools to defend their human rights, their way of life, and their aspirations.” One such tool, she noted, is the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adopted in 2007, the Declaration underscores the right of indigenous peoples to all social and health services, and to the enjoyment of the highest standards of physical and mental health. “We must step up our common efforts to make the Declaration something more than a mere pledge of intent. We must translate its letter and spirit into concrete change, change that can be felt in indigenous peoples’ daily life.”In 1994, the General Assembly proclaimed 9 August – the anniversary of the first meeting in 1982 of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – to be the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.It will be commemorated this year at UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow with cultural events and panel discussions.
Afghanistan Brahimi German Chancellor discuss latest developmentsAfghanistan Brahimi German Chancellor discuss latest developments
In their talks, Mr. Brahimi and Chancellor Schroeder discussed progress in the Loya Jirga process and the extension of International Security Assistance Force, UN officials said.They also reviewed the funding situation of humanitarian agencies, in particular the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), which are faced with increased demands due to the very fast pace of refugee returns and the increased nutritional needs of the Afghan population.Mr. Brahimi thanked the Chancellor for the lead role Germany has been playing in supporting the Ministry of Interior to develop a new Afghan police force.Meanwhile in Mazar-i-Sharif, the site of recent skirmishes, two parties involved in the clashes said they were satisfied with the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the area – part of an agreement brokered by the UN to end hostilities in the area.In a meeting on Wednesday between General Dostum and General Atta that included representatives of Hezbi-Wahdat, Hezbi-Wahdat-Akhbari and Harakat-Islami, the two military leaders said they were pleased with the latest developments, even though severe road conditions had limited the withdrawal of General Atta’s tanks, artillery and other weapons to the gorges before Marmul, according to a UN spokesman.
Pancake breakfast at Sunridge Mall and Britannia PlacePancake breakfast at Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place
Pancake breakfast at Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Stampede Caravan rolls into Sunridge Mall and Britannia Place Friday Morning for free pancake breakfasts. The flapjacks will be flipping from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Spokesperson Ruth Ann Rayner tells 660News they’ve already served about 70, 000 people so far and should reach their goal of 100,000 satisfied breakfasters by end of their run Saturday. by News Staff Posted Jul 11, 2014 7:29 am MDT
Un nouveau microscope pour voir le vivant en mouvementUn nouveau microscope pour voir le vivant en mouvement
Un nouveau microscope pour voir le vivant en mouvementDes scientifiques du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire sont parvenus à mettre au point un nouveau microscope qui permet d’observer les molécules en déplacement dans les cellules vivantes. Observer les molécules en déplacement dans les cellules vivantes, c’est maintenant possible grâce à un nouveau microscope mis au point par les chercheurs du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire. Encore inédite, cette technique d’observation microscopique permet alors de visualiser des processus qui étaient jusqu’à présent invisibles. Pour cela, l’appareil combine deux techniques : la microscopie à feuille de lumière et la spectrométrie moléculaire qui lui permettent d’enregistrer la fluorescence de chaque pixel à des intervalles de moins d’une milliseconde. Bien que très rapides, certains processus tels que la diffusion des molécules à travers les cellules, s’avèrent ainsi tout à fait observables et mesurables. À lire aussiUne incroyable plongée dans l’infiniment petitCette technologie s’adresse à des échantillons de quelques dizaines de micromètres à quelques millimètres, fixés ou vivants, explique une publication du CNRS. “C’est vraiment de la biochimie visuelle”, s’enthousiasme Malte Wachsmuth, qui a développé le microscope à l’EMBL et qui explique également qu’il leur est désormais possible de “suivre par fluorescence des molécules marquées dans l’ensemble des cellules vivantes, en 3D, et de voir comment leurs propriétés biochimiques, comme les taux d’interaction et les affinités de liaison, varient à l’intérieur de la cellule”.Selon les scientifiques, les possibilités offertes par ce nouveau microscope sont donc immenses. Il pourrait permettre d’étudier des processus allant du rôle des hormones de croissance dans le développement des cancers à la régulation de la division cellulaire ou même la signalisation et la structuration du développement des tissus dans l’embryon, rapporte Science et avenir. D’ailleurs, le microscope a déjà fait ses première preuves.Découverte d’une nouvelle forme d’ADN nucléaire En effet, grâce à ce microscope, les chercheurs ont fait une découverte majeure. Il n’existe pas deux mais trois formes de chromatine. C’est en étudiant l’interaction entre une protéine et la chromatine, que les scientifiques ont constaté la présence de ce nouvel état mixte. Auparavant, l’élément n’était connu que sous deux formes : l’hétérochromatine (repliée avec un ADN inactif) ou l’euchromatine (forme décondensée permettant l’expression génique). Et les chercheurs n’avaient pas même soupçonné l’existence d’une troisième forme. Le 13 août 2011 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambert
Update on Erick Rowan and his WWE status PostSmackdown Live videosUpdate on Erick Rowan and his WWE status PostSmackdown Live videos
Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next March 15, 2017 at 5:22 pm Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam 4 COMMENTS Comments are closed. WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Facebook I hope to GOD they team Rowan back up with Harper. I love them together! If they just send Rowan to Raw, it would be pointless and a complete waste of time and talent. Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar unknown March 16, 2017 at 4:51 am Rob Van Dam Broke Sabus Jaw Learning To Kick Google+ Now Playing Up Next Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX John Cena Videos Articles Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Get the Wyatt family back together! Videos Articles Christopher Jimerson Curious that Luke Harper wasn’t featured on Smackdown for the past two episodes. I wonder if he and Rowan will be involved with the Orton/Wyatt match. Matt Demarle Videos Articles WhatsApp March 16, 2017 at 2:25 am More than likely that Rowan will interfere in Bray vs. Orton match to help Bray and Luke Harper could interfere as well to help Bray reuniting the Wyatt family. Bray could then easily explain that although Orton had a plan to destroy the family, Bray had a plan of his own to make it look like the family is imploding. March 16, 2017 at 2:10 am Update on Erick Rowan and his WWE statusErick Rowan was backstage at last night’s WWE Smackdown Live taping in Pittsburgh and has been cleared for a return to the ring according to a report by PWInsider.com.Rowan underwent surgery back in October for a torn rotator cuff.Post-Smackdown Live videosWWE posted the following videos following last night’s Smackdown Live in Pittsburgh. WWE’s Bray Wyatt Cited In Car Accident Now Playing Up Next Armadillo_KSA
EXCLUSIVE 73 of workers want employers to do more to motivate themEXCLUSIVE 73 of workers want employers to do more to motivate them
EXCLUSIVE: More than seven in 10 (73%) UK workers want their employers to make more effort to motivate them, according to research commissioned by benefits provider Reward Gateway.The survey of more than 2,000 UK employees, carried out by Censuswide in October 2018, also found that those who are not strongly motivated in their current job are most likely to say they derive motivation from their salary (41%), followed by good working relationships (37%) and having a purpose (21%).However, respondents who class themselves as extremely motivated are most likely to say they get this from job satisfaction (52%), followed by feeling respected, having a purpose and good working relationships (all 37%).Those who are extremely motivated tend to say they have a good understanding of their organisation’s business goals (55%), more so than those who are not well motivated (24%). In a similar trend, the majority of strongly motivated respondents stated that they take pride in their work (84%), compared with less than a third of those who are not motivated (29%).The difference between those who are motivated and extremely motivated is also significant, with pride in their work dropping to 62% among the latter group.The top five effects of poor motivation reported by respondents were worsening mood (60%), reduction in productivity levels (48%), declining mental health (46%), reduction in quality of work (40%) and a worsening diet (28%).More than a quarter (26%) of employees felt that their relationships with family and friends suffered from a lack of motivation at work, while two in 10 (20%) admitted to drinking more alcohol when unmotivated.Despite these effects, the research found that workers who are not motivated will stay in a job for an average of 11 months. The older an employee is, the more likely it is they will remain. Workers aged between 45 and 54 stay a mean average of 13.75 months in a demotivating role, while those aged 16 to 24 only stay for 5.34 months.Rob Boland, group director of product and client success at Reward Gateway, said: “It’s clear that employers can be doing more to motivate and engage their people in the right way. From our research and our experience with thousands of [organisations] with whom we’ve worked, the [organisations] driving the greatest commercial results are the best at addressing employee motivation.“These businesses centre their engagement strategies on strategically recognising their employees to boost visibility for great work, communicating openly and honestly with them, irrespective of location or demographic, and surveying their people regularly to understand how to constantly improve and adapt their strategy.”
POLICE LOG for November 7 Garbage Truck School Bus Issues Motorcycle CrashPOLICE LOG for November 7 Garbage Truck School Bus Issues Motorcycle Crash
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, November 7, 2018:Police notified Mass. Highway that the lights at the south end of Wilmington Plaza were not cycling properly. (6:47am)Safety Officer requested officer due to a school bus not being able to get down Bailey Road due to a landscaping truck parked in the roadway. Vehicle was moved. (8:26am)Russell Trash Truck took down wire on Fay Street. Police notified DPW. (8:56am)A caller reported an unknown party opened an Amazon credit card using his information. (1:58pm)A caller reported she witnessed a car hit and kill a cat on Forest Street. (7:13pm)A motorcyclist crashed his bike at Richmond Street and Shawsheen Avenue. Driver received a minor injury and was able to ride his bike away. (9:01pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”
Bering Strait School District unveils Fab Lab course in UnalakleetBering Strait School District unveils Fab Lab course in Unalakleet
At the Unalakleet School, a new class has been added to the curriculum for students that currently no other school in the Bering Strait School District offers. It’s called Fab Lab.Listen Now Taught by Reid Tulloch, the Fab Lab class has resources like vinyl cutters, 3D printers and laser engravers available for students to use. (Photo by Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome)Principal of the Wolfpack body, Perry Corsetti, started the school day by leading his students in the Pledge of Allegiance. Morning classes commenced, and by 9:00, Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher Reid Tulloch began instructing his students to work with advanced technologies.“We call it ‘Fab Lab,’ it’s really a ‘makerspace’ that we created, and it’s got 10 PC computers with a Rhino 3D design software,” Tulloch said. “And we work in conjunction with a vinyl cutter, so we can make vinyl stickers or signs that go on the end of doors. We also have a laser engraver, cutter that’s the next thing the kids use, and then last, we have a 3D printer prototyper.”Tulloch said his students learn how to work with 2-dimensional objects, then “two and a half” dimensions, and finally work their way up to 3 dimensional objects and print them out with the printer.In Tulloch’s second Fab Lab class of the day, one of the senior students, Genesis Blatchford, worked on creating a 3D box using an instructional packet and a computer program. Blatchford already finished the previous assignment, which was a key chain that he designed himself.“I took the class because I did a drafting class back at my old school. I knew I liked drafting, and something where I can be more artistic, ’cause I really like art, too… We could create your own designs and stuff like that key chain was really fun making,” Blatchford recalled.Even though this is not a music class, a guitar was also made with Fab Lab technologies by BSSD’s CTE facilitator, Chase Ervin.Both Ervin and Tulloch took classes in college that prepared them to operate some of these Fab Lab technologies, but Ervin said understanding how to use the programs is the key to success.“We did go down to Sitka to a training, where they pretty much gave us a file and we printed it out,” Ervin said. “But once you learn the programs, you begin to understand what you can and can’t do, so basically, I’m able to go in and build my own guitar and know the limits and capabilities of the machines that we’re running.”Ervin said when teaching the students, the staff tries to use their projects to focus on the needed skills rather than just teaching repeatability.John Weemes, the Coordinator of Program Support for the BSSD, believes there is a greater skill to be learned, as well.“Not only transferable skills whether it’s running a piece of software or running a grinder or running an editing program to update a web page, yes that’s important, but in my view, what’s even more important is having students collaborate across the region, because they are our leaders, they are our future leaders in our region, in the state, and beyond, and that’s an authentic structure where they can engage in meaningful tasks that build their capacity to work together to achieve a goal,” Weemes stated.Weemes has a grand vision for collaboration between the Fab Lab and various sites across the school district which would mirror businesses in the industry.“So let’s take Ulus as an example,” Weemes began. “We could use a CNC plasma cutter that’s in one of our sites, which is NACTEC, so they profile the blanks. Another site that has a functioning metal shop might grind those blanks, yet another site might CNC 3D print those blanks… you see where I’m going with this.”If this vision comes to fruition, Weemes said the $100,000 Fab Lab could be partially self-sustaining and cover its own operating costs.Currently some of the Unalakleet Fab Lab students are working on creating stickers for Eskimo Ninja Warrior Nick Hanson. An upcoming project for all of the Fab Lab classes will be creating puzzles for Santa’s Workshop in December.
New theory suggests platybelodon had a separate trunkNew theory suggests platybelodon had a separate trunk
Osborn’s reconstruction of Platybelodon from his 1936 book Proboscidea. Credit: American Museum of Natural History, via the Biodiversity Heritage Library/Wired By most standards, the platybelodon was an odd looking animal—while resembling modern elephants, it also had a protruding lower jaw with horizontal teeth that Sanders believes were used in a scythe-like manner to mow down grass for consumption. Platybelodon fossils were first discovered and described back in the early 1920’s. Since that time, many more fossils (particularly in China) have been found helping to give researchers a better picture of what the animal actually looked like. It’s now pretty clear that they lived approximately 8 to 20 million years ago in Africa, Asia and even made their way to North America. But because their upper mouth region, snout or trunk, was made of softer material that didn’t fossilize very well, researchers have not been able to see what the upper part of the mouth or trunk actually looked like. For that reason, they have had to put forth theories to explain why an animal would grow a lower jaw the way it did and how an upper mouth or trunk might make best use of what it had—otherwise, neither would have evolved the way it did.The earliest depictions of platybelodon show an elephant-like creature with a dexterous upper mouth and large, equally dexterous tongue. The thinking, by one of the first to try to understand how the animal looked—Henry Osborn—was that platybelodon simply used its mouth parts to grab food and eat it, much like most other grazers. Paleontologist David Lambert, suggested back in 1992, however, that careful study of the teeth on the bottom jaw indicated the animal used them for slicing grass, a feat which would have been difficult for a simple normal grazer. Now, Sanders is weighing in, suggesting that the answer is simple—platybelodon had a trunk like modern elephants, but rather than simply using it to yank food from the ground to stuff into its mouth, it used it to hold onto thick tough grasses while sawing with its lower teeth. That would explain, he says, why the trait evolved—it was a way to help feed a large animal that had to subsist on grass that was too tough to simply yank from the ground. New advance on Platybelodon from the Linxia Basin of China This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Noted paleontologist William Sanders of the University of Michigan has suggested via email to Matt Simon of Wired Magazine, that earlier depictions of platybelodon with a gaping mouth are likely misrepresenting what the ancient elephant-like animal actually looked like. Explore further Citation: New theory suggests platybelodon had a separate trunk (2013, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-theory-platybelodon-trunk.html © 2013 Phys.org
Delivery robot catches fire at university campus students set up vigilDelivery robot catches fire at university campus students set up vigil
A KiwiBot, an automated food delivery robot which is present on UC Berkeley’s campus, caught fire on Friday afternoon.In a post, the company explained the incident was due to a faulty battery which had been mistakenly installed instead of a functioning one. The errant battery started smoldering while the robot was idling, leading to smoke, then fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.“A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher. Within moments of the incident occurring, it had already been contained,” the post read.“The Berkeley Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter to secure the scene, and doused the robot with foam ensuring there was no risk of re-ignition.”Some people caught the incident on camera, where a crowd gathered around the blaze.[embedded content]After the incident, students set up a candlelight vigil for the fallen robot. On Facebook, the robot was called a “hero” and a “legend,” according to The Daily Californian.KiwiBot added that following the incident it pulled robots from service, and that orders in progress were delivered by hand. The company added no customers or members of the public were at risk, and that it has installed custom software to monitor the battery’s state.Since 2017, KiwiBot has been used to deliver food around the UC Berkeley campus, where there are more than 100 robots operating as part of the fleet. A KiwiBot burst into flames on UC Berkeley’s campus.Image: kiwibotBy Johnny Lieu2018-12-17 02:45:18 UTC
Which company had the best April Fool’s gag? Share Monday, April 2, 2018 Tags: Contiki, Emirates, LOL, Swoop, Virgin Group, WestJet Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — You can always count on the travel industry for a few good laughs on April Fool’s Day.Some of the biggest names in the business participate in the annual gag-fest that is April Fool’s, and this year was certainly no exception. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pranks that debuted in the days leading up to April 1st and on April Fool’s Day.Which company had the best April Fool’s gag? Vote for your favourite now!
Abu Dhabi tourism board to make first ever visit to CanadaAbu Dhabi tourism board to make first ever visit to Canada
Travelweek Group Abu Dhabi tourism board to make first ever visit to Canada Share Monday, June 18, 2018 NEW YORK — Abu Dhabi has set its sights on the Canadian market, launching its first-ever dedicated visit to Canada.Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueThe Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will be visiting Canada as part of its summer North American roadshow, which also marks the first time that the organization will partner with the Dubai Tourism Board to promote the region. The two will be joined in North America by some of Abu Dhabi’s most important tourism stakeholders, including Etihad Airways, Jumeirah Group, Yas Experiences, and Arabian Adventures.Yas BeachDCT Abu Dhabi will meet with an exclusive group of travel agents and tour operators in the following cities:June 25 – VancouverJune 26 – MontrealJune 27 – OttawaJune 28 – Toronto6 – New York7 – Washington, D.C.8 – Chicago9 – Los Angeles10 – Orange CountyAt each stop, guests will learn about Abu Dhabi’s ever-expanding tourism and cultural attractions, including the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the upcoming debut of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and an influx of new hotels openings such as soon-to-launch Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort and the new Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi.Ferarri WorldFor more information go to http://dctabudhabi.ae. Posted by Tags: Abu Dhabi, Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>
Budget cuts not a problem says Visit Florida Canada still a topBudget cuts not a problem says Visit Florida Canada still a top
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Share Tags: Crystal River, Florida, Pensacola, SeaWorld Travelweek Group Posted by Budget cuts not a problem, says Visit Florida, Canada still a top priority TORONTO — Any concerns about Visit Florida losing steam in the Canadian market following hefty budget cuts were eased yesterday at a media luncheon in Toronto, where much of the talk centered on Canadian initiatives and the importance of travel agents.News broke earlier this year that the state-funded tourism agency’s budget would be cut by US$26 million (from $76m to $50m) next fiscal year, and that the agency itself would expire on Oct. 1. That date, however, has been extended until June 30, 2020 following last-minute budget talks, giving Visit Florida another year to stay afloat and market the destination, particularly in Canada.Speaking exclusively to Travelweek, Meagan Dougherty, Public Relations Director, says that Canada will still be a “huge” target for the agency and that the new budget will not alter its focus at all.“We just have to make our marketing dollars work harder for us and stretch further. When you have a larger budget you can do this, this and this. But with a smaller budget, you really have to pare that down and see what’s going to make the biggest impact,” she says.Canada, she adds, is Florida’s number one international market, with 3.5 million visitors last year, up 2% over the year before. Even more impressive is the fact that Canadians spend an average 21 days in the Sunshine State, making them a highly coveted market.“We’re really seeing an uptick among Canadians, both the drive and fly markets,” she says. “A couple years ago, we took Canada for granted and didn’t put as much emphasis here, which is why we started to see the numbers going down. But as soon as we started reminding Canadians of what we have to offer, the numbers started to go up again.”This renewed focus on Canada will take a slightly different approach; while previous directives showcased Florida’s beaches and theme parks, new efforts are being made to highlight lesser-known destinations within the state.Sana Keller and Meagan Dougherty“We really want to highlight more ‘unknown-to-Canadian’ destinations, which is why we’re here today in Toronto,” says Dougherty. “Florida fatigue is real, but that’s only because people are staying in their comfort zones and going to the same places every year. We want to tell them to come on down and try something new.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHow this message is delivered to Canadians depends heavily on travel agents, she adds. Referring to them as “our first point of contact on the front lines”, Dougherty stresses the importance of education and why agents need first-hand experience to better sell the destination.“We want to make sure our travel agents are educated to be able to sell the other side of Florida. We have to get them here to experience it for themselves,” she says.To do this, Visit Florida has tied in some of its fams into its new Florida Travel Pro program, an e-learning platform that was launched in both English and French last year. The agency also recently welcomed new Chief Marketing Officer Gerardo Llanes in May, who Dougherty says is very trade-focused.“He’s already hit the ground running and making sure that we have all of the tools in place for our travel agents to learn the destination and sell it as we would – as Floridians,” she says. “He comes to us with a lot of experience in the tourism sector and we’re really looking forward to the changes and improvements he’s going to help us make, especially in the Canadian market.”Here are the destination partners that participated at the luncheon:Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley, SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT• According to Suzanne Beasley, Senior Manager of Communications, SeaWorld’s mission focuses solely on education and conservation: “We want guests to be entertained but also be educated and inspired.”• Many of SeaWorld’s attractions are tied to conservation groups and initiatives. For example, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Tidal Twister coaster, which opened in May 2019, is partnered with The Rising Tide Conservation, which develops techniques for raising marine ornamental fish for both public displays and private aquariums. Its messaging can be seen throughout the ride.• All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove – are now designated as certified autism centres. According to Beasley, the designation will be rolled out to all parks in the coming year.Nicole Stacey, Visit PensacolaPENSACOLA• This family-friendly, laidback beach destination is the most northwestern city in Florida. It’s also America’s oldest settlement, established in 1559.• Pensacola is the only city from Jacksonville to New Orleans where visitors can enjoy the ‘Big 5’: Symphony, Museums, Orchestra, Ballet and Art.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises• Don’t miss the Naval Aviation Museum, a popular attraction for history buffs and multi-generational groups• Palafox Street, named after General Jose de Palafox y Melzi, has been named one of the best streets in America.CRYSTAL RIVER• This coastal gem in western Florida is located just over an hour north from Tampa, and less than two hours west of Orlando• Though small in size (the population is only 3,500), Crystal River is known for being the Manatee Capital of the World, as it’s the only place in North America where you can swim with these gentle creatures in the wild. Surrounding springs flow at a constant 23 degrees Celsius, making the waters attractive to both the manatees and swimmers throughout the year.• Other popular activities include boating, diving, fishing and eco-tours.OCALA MARION COUNTY• Located dead centre in the state, the county is big on horses, known for ample horseback riding and horse carriage rides. It’s officially been named the ‘Horse Capital of the World’.• Other popular activities include bird watching, zipline, river tubing and hiking.• Ocala/Marion County is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. Its Santos Mountain Bike Trails have received the prestigious designation of a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of only six designated Ride Centers in the United States.• Coming in January 2021 is the World Equestrian Centre, which upon completion will offer horse barns, sporting arenas, a concert venue and an all-suite luxury hotel that will feature a 2,200 square-foot Presidential Suite.FLORIDA’S SPORTS COAST• Following a rebrand in 2018, Pasco County is now known as Florida’s Sports Coast, capitalizing on the destination’s long list of outdoor activities, sports facilities and water sports.• Don’t miss the James E. Grey Preserve, 80 acres of protected swamps and uplands where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.• Birdwatchers will have a field day at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, where they can spot Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills and even the elusive Black Rail. Other wildlife that call the Salt Spring home include Gray fox, gopher tortoises and dolphins. << Previous PostNext Post >>