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Duran Duran To Play Intimate Shows For War Child

first_imgWar Child UK and O2 are proud to announce Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big name acts in the most intimate music venues – supporting War Child to bring hope and safety back to children in war zones, after an unprecedented year of violence.Produced by War Child UK, O2 and the Music Managers Forum, the Passport shows are a part of BRIT Awards Week 2015. These will be the smallest gigs making the biggest difference.Artists performing will include special shows from Duran Duran, Bastille and Ride (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell acoustic show) – the line up, dates, venues and details on how to win tickets will be announced in early January.To register for information visit www.warchild.org.uk/passport.The venues in London and Manchester will be tiny – around 300 capacity and smaller – and fans will get the chance to win tickets by donating to War Child.This marks ten years since War Child’s original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war, when acts included The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse.All the money raised will support War Child’s vital work saving children from the brutal effects of war in areas including Syria, Iraq and Gaza. These stripped back, intimate shows will have a life-changing impact for thousands of vulnerable children.Duran Duran’s John Taylor says: “Thousands of children are innocent victims in the war zones of adult conflict around the world. They are often being denied education and other basic human rights. We are looking forward to performing an exclusive event in London this coming February, in support of War Child and the important work they do in the regions where these children are suffering.“This past year we have spent most of our time in the studio working on new songs, so we are very much looking forward to getting back onto a London stage for this special appearance.”Ben Knowles, War Child’s Director of Music says: “2014 saw more people displaced by war than any year since World War 2. It is a global emergency. These child refugees have no passports. They don’t get to choose where war sends them. The support of these bands and the generosity of music fans can send them hope.”last_img read more

Krishna Tirath S C Vats willing to rejoin Congress

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Union Minister Krishna Tirath and former Congress MLA S C Vats have written a letter to the Congress High Command expressing willingness to rejoin Congress. According to Senior Congress leaders several meetings have taken place between Sheila Dikshit and Krishna Tirath. Tirath, who was a Minister of State in the Manmohan Singh government, had joined the BJP in 2015. It is pertinent to mentioned that former union minister Tirath had contested the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls from a BJP ticket, but had lost to the AAP candidate. Tirath, who switched to BJP in May 2015, is also likely to come back to Congress fold in the coming days. A prominent Dalit face, she was an MLA from 1984 to 2004 and had served as Deputy Speaker in the Delhi assembly. Tirath was elected as Member of from North West Delhi parliamentary constituency in 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha. She also held charge of Women and Child Development in the Manmohan Singh cabinet. Earlier, former Delhi Minister and Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had also switched to BJP had returned to the party back in 2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAnother Senior leader SC vats had joined just before 2015 Delhi Assembly Polls ,but Vats expressed his willingness to Join Congress and he has written a letter to the Congress High Command. According to sources, Tirath and Vats requests are pending for consideration. Presently , Chandni Chowk AAP MLA Alka Lamba also expressed her views to join Congress Party. Lamba went on to join the party and was made the general secretary of the All India Mahila Congress in 2002. She joined AAP in 2013 and won the Chandni Chowk seat in the 2015 Delhi assembly polls.last_img read more

UNICEF rushes aid in wake of destructive floods in northeastern India

28 August 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to alleviate the situation in Bihar state in north-eastern India, where 1.4 million people have been affected by severe flooding. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to alleviate the situation in Bihar state in north-eastern India, where 1.4 million people have been affected by severe flooding.So far, 33 deaths have been reported as a result of the breach in the eastern embankment of the Kosi River, straddling the India-Nepal border, and that figure is expected to rise. Water has engulfed hundreds of villages and destroyed more than 200,000 homes, and the displaced will not be able to return until the embankment is repaired.Meanwhile, some 55,000 Nepalese have been uprooted on the other side of the river, and UN agencies are mobilizing aid to assist the displaced.UNICEF said that roads have been damaged, while water and electricity have been disrupted. Because railway tracks have been submerged, food and other essential supplies are being transported by boat.The agency warned that camps housing the displaced could become overcrowded, increasing the likelihood of communicable diseases spreading. Further exacerbating the situation is the extreme heat, which is especially dangerous for children and pregnant women.Children “are most at risk from disease and suffer physical and mental distress from being moved from their homes to relief camps,” said Patrick McCormick, UNICEF Emergencies Communication Officer.The agency has carried out assessments in three of the hardest-hit districts, and has worked with the Government and other partners to deliver much-needed supplies.Cases of fever and diarrhoea are being reported in the temporary camps, where hygiene conditions are generally poor, with not enough toilets.“UNICEF focuses its response on delivering life-saving supplies like medicines, drinking water and sanitation equipment to ward off the threat of disease amongst the affected children,” Mr. McCormick said. read more

Energy stocks push TSX higher

The Toronto stock market registered a solid advance as resource stocks rebounded Tuesday morning after a string of losses amid global economic uncertainty.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 116.89 points to 11,452.67 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 10.77 points to 1,289.31.The Canadian dollar gave up early gains to dip 0.03 of a cent to 96.15 cents US as the Bank of Canada said that it was leaving its key interest rate unchanged at one per cent because of a worsening economic environment. It also kept the door open for future rate hikes.In its accompanying statement, Canada’s central bank said “to the extent that the economic expansion continues and the current excess supply in the economy is gradually absorbed, some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate.”New York markets were slightly higher. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 4.69 points to 12,106.15. The Nasdaq composite index added 8.2 points to 2,768.21 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.44 points to 1,281.62.The gains in New York came as the latest reading on the U.S. services sector showed continued expansion. The Institute for Supply Management’s index came in at 53.7, up from 53.5 in April.Finance ministers and central bank governors from seven of the world’s main economies are grappling with Europe’s shaky economic situation and were to hold a conference call Tuesday to discuss a response. The G7 teleconference was being held as Spain’s banking crisis continued to cast a shadow over trading.The country’s banks are weighed by toxic loans following the implosion of the country’s real estate sector in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Those banks may force the country to seek a bailout. Spain, strapped for cash, might have to tap European Union rescue funds, but it is reluctant to do so because such aid would come with strict conditions.Spain has been forced to pay ever higher amounts of interest to attract buyers for its debt with the yield on the country’s 10-year bond up 0.02 of a point to 6.42 per cent. Spanish Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro said Tuesday said that, given current borrowing costs, financial markets had effectively shut out the country.He also claimed the amount of money needed to prop up Spain’s troubled banking sector is not excessively high but said the question was where the money would come from. And he repeated the country’s calls for the European Union to move faster towards establishing a banking union that would allow ailing lenders to seek help without governments intervening. Banca Santander S.A. chief Emilo Botin’s estimate that Spain’s banks would need C40 billion to shore up their defences.Canada’s finance minister, Jim Flaherty, has said European Union governments have significant resources and should be able to handle the eurozone’s problems without outside financial assistance from other countries.However, Flaherty said Monday that he was concerned about the European situation and said Ottawa was prepared to take measures to cushion Canada’s economy if the situation arises, much as it did during the 2008-9 recession.“One of the real issues that investors are wrestling with is that people have lost confidence in the ability of the Europeans to deal with the problem (of recapitalizing their banking system),” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist for Mackenzie Financial Corp., adding the problems in the banking sector don’t end at the Spanish border.“The Italian banks are stretched and the French banks are stretched. I think unfortunately the Europeans still haven’t come to that basic appreciation of how critical the capitalization of the banks is for confidence.”The energy sector was up 1.8 per cent as oil oscillated between slight gains and losses during the session. At late morning, the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off a dime to US$83.88 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) ahead 44 cents to $28.15 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) advanced 35 cents to $30.87.The base metals sector was ahead 1.15 per cent while copper prices dipped a penny at US$3.30 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 77 cents to $31.26 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) climbed 23 cents to $9.91.The resource sectors have racked up the steepest losses on the TSX, which is down more than 11 per cent from its 2012 highs from late February.The financial sector was up one per cent with TD Bank (TSX:TD) ahead $1.13 to $77.63.Utilities were also higher as TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said it has been chosen by Shell Canada Ltd. to build, own and operate a $4-billion natural gas pipeline in British Columbia. The Calgary-based company said the pipeline will transport natural gas from the Montney region in eastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C. Its shares gained 40 cents to $42.55.The gold sector was ahead 0.3 per cent as bullion prices improved, up $6.80 to US$1,620.70 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) gained 25 cents to $12.39.In Europe, London markets were closed as part of the Diamond Jubilee holiday while bourses on the continent were mixed as a European business survey sounded a dismal note Tuesday. Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for the eurozone hit a near-three-year low in May.Even Germany was below the 50 mark, which indicates a contraction. Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.33 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 gained 1.28 per cent.In other corporate news, Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) has teamed up with global giant Caterpillar Inc. to co-develop natural gas technology to fuel off-road heavy equipment that typically use diesel. Caterpillar will fund the development program and Westport, a Vancouver-based specialist in engine technology, expects to supply key components for products developed under the initiative. Westport shares jumped $3.95 or 17 per cent to $27.10.Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC) has made a friendly takeover offer for Montreal-based Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT), which makes high-performance hardware and software for the television industry. Belden’s offer of $17 per share cash values Miranda at about $371.5 million. Miranda’s share price jumped 62 per cent to $16.87. read more

CID files case against Ravi accusing him of giving false information

The CID has filed a case at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court accusing Karunanayake of giving false information when he was questioned by the commission. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has filed a case against former Minister Ravi Karunanayake, accusing him of giving false information to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which investigated the treasury bond scam.Karunanayake had been questioned by the Presidential Commission over the scam which took place when he was the Finance Minister. read more

CID finds evidence to link Nalaka to VIP assassination plot

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has unearthed evidence to link former DIG Nalaka De Silva to the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and other VIPs.The CID and the Attorney General’s Department informed court today it had evidence to link Nalaka De Silva to the plot. Nalaka De Silva was arrested last year based on evidence submitted by activist Namal Kumara.He was produced in court today and further remanded till March 19th. (Colombo Gazette)

Ranil congratulates Australias PM on his re election

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today congratulated Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his re-election.During a telephone call, Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s well wishes and expressed condolences over the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office said.

Syria Agreement on deescalation zones could lift UNfacilitated political talks

“It is necessary to beat the iron while it is hot,” Mr. de Mistura told reporters Thursday in Geneva, where he confirmed that a new round of intra-Syrian talks is set to run from 16 to 19 May. The idea is also to bring together the Syrian belligerents before the beginning of the month of Ramadan, which begins at the end of May. He said the new round “will be a rather business-like, rather short comparing to other meetings” and “with more intimate meetings in smaller rooms, in which we can look each other in the eyes.” The UN mediator admitted that under current conditions, “one can advance more with discussions of proximity than with a formal meeting with all the parties in the same room. Of course, we intend to find a time when we can return to this format,” he said. In any case, “the priority now is to consolidate a cessation of hostilities.” According to the Mr. de Mistura, the agreement reached in Astana is a step in the right direction as it pushes towards “a concrete de-escalation in four zones, in addition to the ceasefire.”He went on to say the UN is in discussions with Iran, Russia and Turkey over the control of safe areas in Syria. He recalled that the UN has “a lot of experience” in monitoring, referring to the implementation of the de-escalation zones. He added that it was important that de-escalation in the four zones be followed by much greater humanitarian access. In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on these inter-Syrian discussions, the parties will continue to negotiate on four issues, including governance (political transition), a new constitution, Elections and the fight against terrorism. read more

Brock viticulture institute receives 960000 for oneofakind wine consumer research lab

Imagine being able to shop at a winery or the LCBO while listening to classical music and savouring the aromas of chardonnay and pinot grigio, all without leaving your seat.A nearly $1-million funding grant will help Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute establish the world’s first mediated-reality wine laboratory that will combine sights, smells and sounds to help researchers study the science of consumer choice in the wine industry.Brock’s oenology and viticulture researchers are on the forefront of this leading-edge technology thanks to a $960,000 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced Thursday, Oct. 12.The Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Sensory Reality Consumer Laboratory, to be known as R3CL, will be able to create a variety of environments in which people purchase and consume wines.These environments could include wineries, liquor stores or even dining rooms. Interwoven with the scenes will be music, smells and other sensory information.Researchers will study how a range of factors impact the research participants’ choices of where and under what conditions they purchase and drink wines.This greater understanding of consumer behaviour will help the industry to best market their wines to potential customers, says CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis.“The concept of coupling consumer behaviour with technical tools of augmented and virtual reality is not only going to put Canadian researchers on the forefront of this research, but it’s also an international first,” she says.The exercise is not just academic but economic, explains Inglis, noting that the majority of wines sold in Canada come from other countries.“We want to flip that, or at least gain a majority of market share that’s Canadian,” she says.“This first-of-its-kind wine consumer laboratory will be an influential research platform to support and propel the Canadian grape and wine industry,” says CFI President and CEO Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “It will provide unique insight into wine consumer behaviour and be an asset for developing new, successful wines.”Runte believes it will also raise CCOVI’s reputation “as a global centre of wine research excellence.”In addition to acquiring the technology for the mediated-reality wine consumer lab, the grant will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for several CCOVI research programs.For example, gas and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry machines will enable researchers to examine the impact of viticulture treatments that influence the colour, flavour and aroma of wine.This equipment will help researchers monitor changes to wine quality because of the impacts of climate change, one example being the cold hardiness of vines and choosing the right clone/rootstock combination for vine performance and wine quality tailored to our future climate.The enhanced chemical analysis from the new equipment will support CCOVI’s TanninAlert. The program tracks tannin levels — which impact bitterness and astringency in wine — and provide Ontario grape growers and winemakers with information on the ripeness of these flavours to help consistently create rich and robust Ontario red wines.Also being purchased are enhanced fermentation tanks, to be used in CCOVI’s research and teaching winery. Individually controlled for heating and cooling, the tanks allow researchers to determine ideal temperatures for different wine styles and impact during the wine-making process, as “temperature is a key factor that winemakers can control within the winery,” explains Inglis.“This CFI grant is an incredible opportunity to support Canadian research that allows us to be at the forefront of the research stage and have this international impact,” says Inglis.Brock University’s interim Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier says the award “recognizes the outstanding research performed in our Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, the only institute of its kind in Canada that links the vineyard to the wine and all the way through to the consumer choice.“The award also recognizes the outstanding economic impact of CCOVI’s work on the grape and wine industry in Ontario. I am very proud of the exceptional work of our researchers and of their dedication and commitment to our industrial and community partners,” Mercier says.CCOVI, an internationally recognized research institute on cool climate viticulture, oenology, wine business and wine culture, offers an array of programs and services to support the Canadian grape and wine industry.An economic impact study last year found CCOVI contributed more than $91 million and the equivalent of 307 jobs to Ontario’s economy in 2014-15. read more

Lil Wayne Reveals Four December Tour Dates

first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning rapper initially broke news of the mini-tour on Dec. 3, asking fans to vote on where to hold the showsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2018 – 4:40 pm On Dec. 11, GRAMMY-winning rapper Lil Wayne announced the four cities he would visit on the I Ain’t Sh*t Without You tour: Houston, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Chicago. These are the first major shows the rapper has planned since his long-delayed and hotly anticipated Tha Carter V was finally released on Sept. 28. Wayne initially broke news of the mini-tour on Dec. 3, asking fans to vote on where to hold the shows. In an announcement video, he stressed the intimate and exclusive vibe all four shows would have: “It’s gonna be a real intimate setting, some different sh*t. You might get to hear some sh*t you’ve never heard or some sh*t some people may never hear, things like that.”Now that the votes are in and the cities have been chosen—although the venues are still undisclosed—fans can RSVP for tickets, which are free for Tidal members. Non-subscribers can sign up for a free trial in order to join in.To get a taste, watch below to see Wayne performing “Uproar” from Tha Carter V, along with collaborator (and fellow GRAMMY winner) Swizz Beatz, on Saturday Night Live.”Lollipop” To “A Milli”: Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ 10 Years AfterRead more Lil Wayne Reveals Four December Tour Dates lil-wayne-reveals-four-december-tour-dates News Twitter Facebook https://twitter.com/LilTunechi/status/1072537248166498306 Email Lil Wayne Reveals Four December Tour Dates last_img read more

VIDEO Meet Local Dog Trainer Andy Wither His Dog Olney

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of WCTV’s “Where’s Wilmington,” host Lisa Kapala interviews Andy Wither, of Andy Wither Dog Training. Andy has previously appeared at the Wilmington Memorial Library and Wilmington Farmers Market. Wither discusses how he trains his dogs, what he feeds his dogs, things to think about before buying a puppy, participating in dog shows, and the need to reward your dog when training. Wither then shows off some tricks with his dog Olney.Watch the 16-minute interview below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/4/f/b/d/f/f4fbdf5c-d857-4c56-b588-482110317cc51524594598.340%2B29377297.383%40castus4-wilmington%2B15245987251524598168216066.vod.720p.Where%27s%20Wilmington__%20Ep.%20124%20Andy%20Winther.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The New Wilmington Police Explorers ProgramIn “Videos”VIDEO: Meet Wilmington Recreation’s New Program Coordinator Bret SawinIn “Videos”VIDEO: Learn About The Mill City Eagles, A Local Semi-Pro Football Team, & Meet GM Zachary Swale, Of WilmingtonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Business leaders hail Modis move to bring fresh investments

first_imgBusiness leaders hail Modi’s move to bring fresh investments17K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Business leaders hail Modi’s move to bring fresh investments17K viewsBusinessNew Delhi/Ahmedabad, Sep 29 (ANI): Business leaders on Monday (September 29) hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move as he met the CEOs of 11 top US companies in a bid to lure fresh foreign investments. Indian business leaders have high expectation from Modi’s meeting with tycoons. Secretary General of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), DS Rawat said that Modi is giving clear signal for investment in India. Secretary General, of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Dr Alwyn Didar Singh said that the move will be a real game changer. President of Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industries Rakesh Shah said steps taken by the prime minister will grow industries, ventures and employment in the country which lead to strengthen economy.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi/Ahmedabad, Sep 29 (ANI): Business leaders on Monday (September 29) hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move as he met the CEOs of 11 top US companies in a bid to lure fresh foreign investments. Indian business leaders have high expectation from Modi’s meeting with tycoons. Secretary General of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), DS Rawat said that Modi is giving clear signal for investment in India. Secretary General, of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Dr Alwyn Didar Singh said that the move will be a real game changer. President of Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industries Rakesh Shah said steps taken by the prime minister will grow industries, ventures and employment in the country which lead to strengthen economy.last_img read more

UNSC pushes Myanmar to speed up safe Rohingya return

first_imgThe UN Security Council on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Myanmar to speed up efforts to have Rohingya refugees return safely to their homes, while omitting language in an earlier draft that referred to human rights violations.The statement came after Security Council members returned from a fact-finding mission to Myanmar and Bangladesh from 28 April to 1 May.The Security Council urged Myanmar to “step up its efforts to create conditions conducive to the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes in Rakhine State and to address the root causes of the crisis.”A previous draft written by Britain and backed by France and the United States had called for “transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations,” but was rejected by China.Also Tuesday, four NGOs-Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, Fortify Rights, and The Global Center for Responsibility to Protect-called on the world body to appeal to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed in Burma.Myanmar has come under international scrutiny since a military campaign launched in August 2017 drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes in northern Rakhine state.Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine is aimed at rooting out extremists and has rejected accusations from the United Nations, Britain, France and the United States of “ethnic cleansing.”last_img read more

5 interesting facts on blood donation5 interesting facts on blood donation

first_imgWith people being asked to donate blood on Sunday, April 29, it would be more than helpful to dish out a few interesting facts on why donating is so good:The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) collects more than 1,000,000 units of blood a year, which benefits those in need.Every unit of blood is estimated to benefit three individuals.The SANBS aims to collect 3000 units each day.Total donor base: 491,000 donors.This allows the SANBS to make a positive difference in society.Also read: Donate your precious blood this Sunday WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Read also:Donating his precious blood to save livesRemember that your donation saves lives.So donate and make a difference in somebody’s life today.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

2 vehicles collide near Ladysmith Indoor Sports Complex

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A Toyota Corolla and a bakkie crashed late Thursday night (January 26) near the Indoor Sports Complex.The vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when the collision took place near the stadium bend. The bakkie ended up completely off the road and the Corolla, which was badly damaged, ended up blocking one lane.One person was attended to by Sharaj Ambulance Services and transported to hospital for further treatment.The bakkie that landed off the road after the collision.Public Safety and towing services also responded.One lane was closed until the scene was cleared, with passing motorists having to use the remaining lane.Many people driving along that stretch of road stopped or slowed down to see what was going on.The vehicles were towed away and the scene was cleared for traffic to flow smoothly once again.DID YOU KNOW? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Airlines scramble to rebook flights in wake of Trumps travel ban

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted by Airlines scramble to rebook flights in wake of Trump’s travel bancenter_img CAIRO — Airlines around the world are turning away passengers, refunding tickets and rebooking flights in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s immigration order.The order signed Friday included a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. It also suspended the U.S. refugee program for four months.That forced airlines to tell some customers they couldn’t proceed on flights to the U.S.Emirates said a small number of its passengers were affected Saturday, and it was helping them rebook. Delta Air Lines and British Airways both said they were offering refunds for passengers who couldn’t complete their trips.Several airlines, including Qatar Airways, posted travel alerts on their websites warning customers about the changes.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated that Iran will no longer issue visas for Americans, describing the decision as a “counter-action” to Trump’s executive order. About five million tourists visit Iran each year, most of them coming from Iraq and other neighbouring countries. Europeans have also been coming to Iran, but Americans represent far less than 1% of the total – or about 50,000 – and are subjected to rigorous background checks. Iran’s ban will not be retroactive; all Americans with already valid Iranian visas “will be gladly welcomed” said Zarif.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalWorld leaders are denouncing Trump’s move and seeking more clarity on how citizens will be affected.Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “the fight against terrorism does not justify such general action against particular countries and people of a particular faith.” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the move “counterproductive” and “totally unacceptable.”The two leaders were speaking at a press conference in Stockholm Tuesday. Tags: America, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Donald Trump, Emirates, Travel Alert Tuesday, January 31, 2017 last_img read more

Emirates to unveil enhanced A380 onboard lounge at ITB Berlin

first_imgEmirates to unveil enhanced A380 onboard lounge at ITB BerlinEmirates to unveil enhanced A380 onboard lounge at ITB BerlinThe multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced Onboard Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The A380 Onboard Lounge is hugely popular with our customers, and has become an iconic feature of Emirates’ A380 offering.  Particularly on long-haul flights, our customers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to stretch their legs and mingle in the relaxed, yet classy lounge area.“Since we first launched the product in 2008, our A380 Onboard Lounge has gone through small but successive enhancements in line with customer feedback to increase the amount of space for our customers to interact in the lounge. In our latest revamp, we have taken inspiration from private yacht cabins, and amongst other thoughtful touches, we have increased the seating space, and also made it more intimate and conducive for our passengers to socialise or enjoy our lounge service.”The new Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge will make its first public appearance at the Emirates Infinite Possibilities stand during ITB Berlin, one of the world’s largest tourism trade fairs. It is currently being installed onto one of Emirates’ brand new A380 aircraft at Airbus’ facilities, and will make its operational debut in July 2017.Enhanced Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge FeaturesWhile retaining the trademark horseshoe-shaped bar, Emirates’ latest A380 Onboard Lounge will offer more seating space with a new seating arrangement along the windows on both sides of the bar. Inspired by private yacht cabins, each seating area will have a table and window view. Overall, the lounge can comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers at a time, including 8 seated.The new Onboard Lounge will also feature an airier look and feel. Lighter champagne colours will be used in the cabin and lounge seating, accented by a glossy dark wood trim.Emirates will also introduce soundproof curtains to partition the Onboard Lounge area from the other cabins, put in additional soft ambient lighting options, new window blinds with integrated LED mood lighting, and subwoofers for surround sound. The lounge also features a 55 inch LCD screen so customers can view the latest flight information, or enjoy live TV broadcasts of the latest news or sports updates.All of Emirates’ 93 A380s currently in service feature the Onboard Lounge. The enhanced lounge product will be similarly located on the upper deck of the aircraft, for First and Business Class passengers.At the lounge, customers can enjoy gourmet canapés, handpicked wines from around the world and limited edition fine spirits, as well as signature cocktails prepared by the bartender.Aside from the Onboard Lounge, the Emirates A380 is also renowned for its industry-leading First Class Private Suites and Shower Spas; luxurious lie-flat Business Class pods with personal mini-bars; spacious and quiet cabins; onboard Wi-Fi; and Emirates’ multi-award winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen with more than 2,500 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts.Emirates flies the A380 to 46 cities on 5 continents. It is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft with 93 of these double-decked aircraft in service, and a further 49 on order. Testimony to the popularity of the aircraft amongst travellers, Emirates has carried nearly 70 million passengers on its flagship aircraft since 2008. Source = Emirateslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter As part of its strat

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >As part of its strategy to offer the best network of connections to, from and within Latin America, LATAM Airlines Group has announced plans to launch six new international routes from now through the end of 2016.These new destinations will strengthen the Group’s connectivity in Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Some of these new routes include LAN Peru’s first ever nonstop flight between Washington DC and Lima. LAN Peru will operate four weekly flights on this route starting in the second half of 2016, thus becoming the only airline operating a nonstop route between the two capital cities.In addition, TAM is awaiting approval from authorities to operate from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg, making LATAM Airlines Group the only Latin American airline with regularly scheduled flights to the African continent.“We are extremely pleased with this announcement as it represents an important milestone for the group since we are beginning operations to a fifth destination within the United States, becoming the only operator to offer nonstop service between Lima and Washington DC. This strengthens the Company’s operations between Latin America and the US. In addition, TAM is awaiting approval from authorities to launch a route from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg in 2016. Currently, there are no other Latin American airlines that connect Latin America to Africa,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO LATAM Airlines Group.Among the new routes, on December 2015, LAN Peru will add nonstop flights between Lima and Montevideo and Lima and Antofagasta, and will also increase weekly flights from 14 to 17 on the Miami to Lima route.In Brazil, TAM will adjust its international network in 2016, focusing on destinations that have the potential to best bolster the country’s economy. Among the changes to the current Brazil network will be the cancellation of the thrice weekly Miami to Belo Horizonte route as of March 2016.  TAM will continue to offer passengers efficient international connection options from other LATAM Airlines Group hubs, like Brasilia, that already offer easy connections to Buenos Aires, Miami and Orlando.  In order to increase connectivity, the existing Brasilia to Orlando route will increase from three flights per week to six.“LATAM Airlines Group is committed to continually growing and improving connectivity for our passengers throughout Latin America.  The size of the Group, present in several countries in the region, is what allows us to combine flexibility and connectivity to open promising new routes, make strategic changes throughout our network, and make real time adjustments in markets where demand has decreased,” said Cueto.Also, the Orlando to Sao Paulo route will operate TAM’s new Airbus A350 XWB starting in the second half of 2016 with seven flights per week instead of 11.  In April of 2016 TAM will add another flight on the Miami to Fortaleza route for a total of two flights per week and will reduce weekly frequencies from five to four for the Miami to Manaus route.In February 2016, TAM will begin operating a nonstop flight from Sao Paulo to Bogota, increasing LATAM Airlines Group’s weekly frequencies for this route from seven to 11 and expanding easy connections to Caribbean destinations via Bogota. Additionally, starting in January 2016, TAM will also begin operating the Sao Paulo to Lima route, which is a route already serviced by LATAM Airlines Group.In June 2016, TAM’s new flight from Sao Paulo to Barcelona will add frequencies to become a daily service. Starting November 2015 LAN will start flying the Santiago – Sao Paulo – Milan route. And to strengthen connectivity to Europe even more, the company added three frequencies on the Santiago – Madrid routes during 2015.On December 2015, LAN Colombia and TAM will begin operating to Punta Cana from Bogotá (LAN Colombia) and from Brasilia (TAM) four times a week in both cases.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – High heels that are part of your

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – High heels that are part of your feet. Matching bespoke beating hearts. Bioreactive necklaces and bioluminescent filaments that serve as a Medusa-esque back ornament.Enter the world of A. Human, a fictional brand on Mercer Street that serves as both commentary on the touchy nature of body modifications today and the external focus and force of the fashion industry. And, also, what it means to be, well, you.The immersive art show was thought up by Simon Huck, who enlisted Kim Kardashian West, Chrissy Teigen and some of his other famous friends to tease his Disney World for grown-ups that comes complete with a gift shop and an invitation to the public to walk through all month — for $40 a ticket.The idea is that A. Human, and its spring-summer 2019 collection from the future, can help you reimagine your body, but not in a Dr. Frankenstein way. These modifications, a mouthful of marble tooth inlays, for instance, or bony turquoise-colored barnacles at the shoulders (colour options available), are more about self-expression than vain alterations aimed at cultural acceptance.“How do you make body modifications not scary? That was our biggest challenge. How do you create a world where they can be stylish and inviting and not invoke that ‘ew’ feeling that you sometimes get when you look at body modifications? That was part of the ethos of A. Human,” explained Huck during a walk-through Tuesday, ahead of the official start of New York Fashion Week.“If you could as easily change your body as you change your clothing, would you? That’s the biggest question that we’re asking,” he said.Huck offers up his body changes instead of clothes. His team includes a specialist in transhumanism working alongside the guy who thought of Lady Gaga’s meat dress, Nicola Formichetti, among others. Huck started thinking it up about a year ago and went to work six months later.There are modifications for special occasions, nights out on the town or romantic gestures, such as the two hearts with identical infrastructure and housed in your body and that of your spouse or best friend. There’s the Carnaval for the party crowd, a set of transdermal blacklit implants that present as sculptured ridges by day but lit-up flares at the club.How about some pink living eyelashes that respond to music, lighting and mood, with growth patterns that can be adjusted at will? The Ursula includes bioreactive gemstones at the neck with culture keratin. It looks like sea treasure and can be customized.Kardashian West didn’t need much convincing when Huck told her of the project. She dreamed up an implanted necklace with LED technology that syncs with one’s heart.“It’s a very popular piece in our collection,” Huck deadpanned. “Kim knew within seconds, this is how I want it to look, this is how I want it to feel.”As for “biological heels,” they come in three varieties in Huck’s not-so-dystopian fashion world that merges science and architecture.“Part of A. Human is we wanted it to feel familiar,” Huck said. “We didn’t want it to be quintessential scary.”While his theories take on the future, way off or perhaps not too distant, some of his models were very much alive, showing off the pieces in clear boxes mounted on walls, only heads and shoulders showing, or in black installations, their bodies also mostly hidden in what is made to look like soil.In the planning process, Huck’s folly was serious.“How do you thought provoke in a world where everything is so headline filled? Especially the fashion world,” he said. “The No. 1 criteria for how we built these modifications is that they cannot be built on any existing insecurity or beauty norms or expectations that are in present-day society. They all had to be rooted in self-expression and curiosity.”Driving that idea is the notion that self-expression can be completely internal.“I think that challenges a lot,” Huck said, “especially when it comes to fashion expectations.”Huck’s guests enter to a kindly voice inviting them to enjoy the ride, with this question in mind: “I am myself and nobody else. Leave what it means to be you at the door.” Fashion art installation questions what it means to be you by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2018 9:59 am PDT Last Updated Sep 5, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Cyprus could become an old car dumping ground importers warn

first_imgNew car importers warned on Friday that Cyprus risked becoming the dumping ground of old, polluting vehicles from abroad, as they backed a bill imposing higher road tax on used imports.In a statement, Semo said the situation has worsened in recent days after the government announced its intention to submit a bill to parliament that provides for a higher road tax on imported used vehicles according to their age and engine capacity. The bill was meant to come into force this year but reactions have caused delays.“A sharp rise in used car imports has been observed, most of which are old and highly polluting,” Semo said.The association warned that Cyprus risked becoming the dumping ground of ageing vehicles that other countries did not want.Semo said it supported the government bill because Cyprus deserved a modern, safe fleet of vehicles on its roads, taking advantage of the constant development of emission technologies that aim at protecting public health.The bill, which has been introduced by the government, is opposed by used car importers who argue that it was designed to help the new car dealerships.The changes will see a rise in the road tax of passenger vehicles with high CO2 emissions and a rise in the road tax of newly registered passenger vehicles and vans according to their age.According to the bill, road tax for those two vehicle categories will take into consideration the combined cycle CO2 emissions – euros per gramme per kilometre.For 120 gr/km the tax will €0.50 per gr/km, or €60; between 120 and 150, €3; 150 to 180, €6; over 180, €12.Annual road tax cannot exceed €1,500.On top of this, road tax charged on used vehicles imported after the law comes into force will also include additional charges based on their age.No charges will be imposed on used cars, petrol or diesel, up to one-year-old; between one and two, zero for petrol and €100 for diesel; two to three, €50 for petrol and €200 for diesel; three to four €100 and €300; four to five, €250 and €500; five to eight, €500 to €1,000; eight to 10, €750 and €1,500; over 10, €1,000 and €2,000.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more