US senators want proof Canada protecting whales but scientist questions move

first_imgHALIFAX – A call by a group of Democratic senators who argue a U.S. agency should audit the job Canada is doing to protect endangered whales is drawing a cool reaction from an American scientist who promotes their conservation.The 11 senators, led by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, cite the dire status of North Atlantic right whales as a reason to put some pressure on Canada.There are only about 450 of the right whales left and through the past year they suffered 17 deaths, with 12 of those in Canadian waters.The senators said in an April 25 letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the agency should conduct a review of Canada’s right whale conservation standards, and consider prohibitions on some Canadian seafood imports if they are too weak.However, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, a biologist with Plymouth, Massachusetts-based marine mammal advocacy group Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said cracking down on Canada is diverting attention from her own nation’s responsibilities.She said it makes more sense to focus on greater protections along her country’s coast, and said that little has been done over the past year to upgrade and increase enforcement of American standards to protect the whales.Preservation of the right whale ignited conservation groups and marine scientists in the past year because of all the deaths, coupled with low fertility.Both American and Canadian scientists have warned the species could be extinct in less than 25 years if it continues on its current course.The other senators involved in Markey’s effort are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.Kate Brogan, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the agency is looking into the senators’ request for a review.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Dont expect magical things from PM meeting with chiefs Mitchell

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe First Nation Crown summit is just over two weeks away.On Jan. 24 chiefs will sit and talk, nation to nation with Canada’s prime minister about issues that impact First Nation people across the country.In the run-up to the meeting, APTN National News will be asking chiefs of their expectations for the meeting.Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says he doesn’t expect “magical things” from the meeting.“Do I place a degree of importance on the upcoming meeting? Definitely,” said Mitchell. “But do I have expectations that some wonderful things, some magical things are going to happen? No, I don’t. But I do expect some things to be acknowledged, some basic things and that is where we go back to…treaties and how long do we want to maintain that this is a Treaty relationship. I think that is the cornerstone of our relationship: Treaties and Aboriginal rights.”last_img read more

Lankas HR defenders at risk

Human Rights defenders in Sri Lanka are facing risks, Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders told the Human Rights Council today.Speaking during the 19th session of the council in Geneva today (Monday) Sekaggya said that it had been brought to her notice that should human rights defenders in Sri Lanka seek the protection of her mandate they, their families and colleagues may be subject to reprisals. In it’s response the Sri Lankan delegation urged the Council not to fall prey to those who masquerade behind the “readymade cloak of a human rights defender creating political havoc wherever they are at the behest of their political masters in their execution of collateral agendas”. “This ongoing situation combined with smear campaigns against defenders in the national media is of great concern to me,” she said. read more

Canadian banks earnings season expected to be strong thanks to robust economy

A Bank of Montreal sign is shown in the financial district in Toronto on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Canada’s biggest banks could deliver another profitable season for investors as third-quarter results starting to roll in this week are expected to get a boost from the strengthening economy.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 8:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian banks earnings season expected to be strong thanks to robust economy TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks could deliver another profitable season for investors as third-quarter results starting to roll in this week are expected to get a boost from the strengthening economy.Analysts expect modest improvements from the Big Six banks, which launch their quarterly earnings reports beginning with Royal Bank on Wednesday, but some suggest the industry could outdo the conservative predictions.“There always seems to be this hesitancy that somehow the numbers won’t be as good,” suggested Gareth Watson, vice president of investment management and research at RichardsonGMP.“But we’ve always come out of the results saying ‘Things weren’t as bad as people thought they were going to be.’”It’s an issue analysts continue to grapple with in this period of intensified questions about the direction of Canada’s housing market and expectations the Bank of Canada could make another move on interest rates later this year. The central bank raised interest rates for the first time in seven years in July, moving from 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent, citing “bolstered” confidence about economic growth prospects.A slight cooling in the real estate sector and the recent interest rate hike could leave a mark on the third quarter, though analysts suggest it would be minimal.Banks raised their prime rates after the central bank’s 25-basis-point increase, but it happened during the final weeks of the third quarter, meaning it’ll likely have little impact on the results.Signs of a slowing real estate market could eventually hit the banks’ mortgage portfolios, though Watson suggests it won’t happen this year.“The housing market becomes more problematic when you start getting interest rate increases and mortgage renewals at higher rates — maybe in 2019 or 2020,” Watson said.“Eventually it will be a big deal, it’s just not necessarily an immediate concern, especially for the banks who are pretty darn good at mitigating and controlling risk.”Royal Bank (TSX:RY) starts off reporting results on Wednesday, followed by CIBC (TSX:CM) on Thursday. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and the Bank of Montreal issue results next Tuesday, followed by National Bank (TSX:NA) on Aug. 30 and TD Bank (TSX:TD) on Aug. 31.“We think there are plusses and minuses that add up to a decent third-quarter reporting season for the banks,” Robert Sedran, an analyst at CIBC World Markets Inc. wrote in a note to investors.“The plusses include an overall solid operating environment that is supportive of ongoing revenue growth and stable loan losses that should help overcome slowing capital markets revenues and the currency headwinds that have developed.”A stronger Canadian dollar has some observers weighing how currency conversions will impact the financial results of some of the banks with larger U.S. operations. The consensus suggests it won’t leave much of a dent for now.Canadian bank valuations have mostly strengthened coming out of the most recent quarter, Barclays analyst John Aiken wrote in a note.“We anticipate the trend will continue over the back half of the year, buoyed by the steady domestic economy and the strongest employment landscape since the financial crisis,” he said.Aiken added that “sustainability of earnings growth remains key” as other questions persist, such as the likelihood of another central bank rate hike ahead of slower economic growth expected next year. read more

Unjust and shameful The insiders who WERENT happy with the Budget

first_imgIn the last number of years, between the VAT rate increase and excise last year and this year we’ve seen incredible increases, punitive rates which now make us incredibly uncompetitive.She said the prices are “making the home market very uncompetitive” and that the rate increase “will make a huge impact on the tourism sector”.Darcy said this must be addressed as “it is just simply not good enough to say we support the agri-food industry on one hand and then increase excise rates at this rate – we will just not be able to tolerate it”.Darcy said that the announcements could lead more people buying alcohol over the border, as well as an increase in the smuggling of illicit products.“Kick in the teeth”Gerry Rafter, Vintners Federation of IrelandRafter, also on the subject of alcohol and excise, said the VFI is “absolutely devastated – we had lobbied very hard for this not to happen”. He said they had a lot of discussions with Government, “but it’s a kick in the teeth to our drinks industry that’s on its knees at the moment”.Rafter also said that the Budget will affect jobs, particularly in rural Ireland, and that “a lot of our members are just hanging on by their finger tips”.They are calling on the government to bring out a task force that will deal with the issues “before they wipe out the pub industry altogether”.“This certainly doesn’t smack of job creation – believe you me, jobs will be lost,” said Rafter. “I really don’t think they give the hospitality and the drinks industry the credit it deserves for the employment that takes place.”He said that he believes more jobs will be lost.“Shock”Dr Andrew Jordan – Chairman of National Association of GPs (NAGP)(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Dr Jordan’s initial reaction was “shock”.“Over the last three years, €160m has been taken away out of general practice for taking care of patients with medical cards under the fempi cuts,” he pointed out.Today the Minister announced that he was going to take another €130m away so that totals up to €290m is going to be taken away for the provision of care to the sickest and poorest and most vulnerable people in our society so I find that very shocking.He said doctors provide services and infrastructure, “so I think it’s pretty obvious where this is all going, the level of services and the standard have to go down”.With regard to free GP care for the under 5s, Dr Jordan said that the “level of funding is totally inadequate to provide the sort of service that we had hoped”.- Additional reporting Nicky Ryan. Filming and editing by Nicky Ryan.Read: Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcement>Read:  Budget 2014 liveblog: As it happened> THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF the annual Budget brings out a huge variety of emotions from around the country.Yesterday, insiders – interest groups, associations and organisations – gathered at Buswell’s Hotel to listen to the Budget announcement. Immediately afterwards, they gave their uncensored reactions to TheJournal.ie.Here are the people who were not happy with the announcement.“Shameful”Peter Kavanagh, information and networking officer for Active Retirement Ireland:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)“It’s a shameful Budget, it’s an unjust Budget, it’s a Budget that targets the young, the sick and the old, the most vulnerable aspects of society. And it doesn’t take into account the current circumstances of these people despite the fact they would be marginalised by previous austerity measures,” said Kavanagh.He singled out the removal of the telephone allowance and bereavement grant as two particularly negative aspects, saying “we’ve seen even the dead aren’t safe in this budget”.“Devastating”Catherine Darcy, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)“It was absolutely devastating,” said Darcy of the excise increases in alcohol.last_img read more

More pension reductions for Greece

first_imgSpeaking to Sto Kokkino FM radio station on Thursday, Labour Minister Giorgos Katrougalos admitted that the government may have to make deeper cuts to pensions than it had wanted.Greece’s lenders stressed on Wednesday that they will not accept the 1.5 percentage point increase in social security contributions, needed to produce the fiscal results for a sustainable pension system.The Labour Ministry is now set to adopt an alternative plan that will see significant cuts to auxiliary pensions implementing a mechanism that will lead to immediate cuts to pensions if the social security funds post a deficit.There is also a possibility the ministry’s plan could see supplementary retirement pay being slashed by as much as 20 per cent affecting auxiliary payments even below €170 a month.Katrougalos suggested that anyone earning more than €1,300 per month in total from their main and supplementary pensions is likely to face a reduction. “There will be no cuts to main and auxiliary pensions that add up to less than €1,300,” he said.“We guarantee that, no matter what.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rosenborg will play their best against Celtic

first_imgThe Norwegian champions are eliminated from the UEFA Europa League, but they still will play their best footballers against the Scottish clubNorwegian champions Rosenborg is currently in the last position of Group B in the UEFA Europa League.And tomorrow they will have to play against Scottish giants Celtic.But the Norwegians don’t want to give up yet, and they will still field their best eleven.“We will try to use the best players available but of course we have to be smart as well, some players will not play the full 90 minutes,” interim manager Rini Coolen told The Scotsman.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Pal Helland came back from injury and is doing well in the last weeks but I will keep him out of this game because he has to be ready for Sunday.”“All the other players are available so we will have a good squad tomorrow,” he added.“There will be players in the starting 11 that I can maybe take off a little bit earlier than normal.”“We have to think about a few things but we want to perform against Celtic,” he continued.“And yes, we’d like to show in our last home game against a European team, that we can do better than we have done against European teams.”last_img read more

Melissa Etheridge Announces Spring Medicine Show Tour Dates

first_img Melissa Etheridge Announces Spring Medicine Show Tour Dates Email Twitter Etheridge is currently on international tour and will return to the U.S. in March for the Medicine Show Tour. Tickets are available on her website.Brandi Carlile: “The Joke” | 2019 GRAMMYs PerformanceRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 20, 2017 – 4:59 pm Melissa Etheridge goes inside her latest album News Melissa Etheridge’s Spring Medicine Show Tour melissa-etheridge-announces-spring-medicine-show-tour-dates “The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing,” Etheridge said. “I cannot wait to share new songs with you, I hope you’ll join me.” After the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Etheridge and three-time GRAMMY winner Brandi Carlile engaged in some mutual admiration on Twitter. Etheridge first tweeted that she was proud, and Carlile replied, “Thank YOU! Without trailblazers like you, this chicken farmer from WA wouldn’t have believed last night was possible.” Etheridge responded, “Let’s do it again some time.” referencing Carlile’s background vocals on the title track to Etheridge’s 2004 album Lucky. Facebook https://twitter.com/metheridge/status/1094982157720641537 The GRAMMY winner revealed her spring-to-summer touring schedule and took time to tweet her congrats to Brandi Carlile, tooPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 12, 2019 – 3:13 pm GRAMMY-winning rocker Melissa Etheridge had previously tipped her upcoming album The Medicine Show, due on April 12, as well as just a handful of dates in April. Now with her artwork reveal arrives a full slate of tour dates starting on March 29 in Bonita Springs, Fla., and ending on July 13 in Chandler Ariz.Tour stops include an April 10 stop in New York City, and returning there on June 30. On April 28, Etheridge plays New Orleans, La. The Medicine Show is her first album since 2016’s Memphis Rock and Soul. https://twitter.com/metheridge/status/1095009307572109312last_img read more

Report Trump Taps A Texan Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of

first_img Share William Munoz/FlickrRex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation.President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, turning to a Texan to be the country’s top diplomat.NBC News reported Saturday that Trump had chosen Tillerson, who has worked for the Irving-based Exxon Mobil for more than four decades. He became chairman and CEO in 2006. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Trump’s transition team did not confirm the selection. “No announcements on Secretary of State until next week at the earliest,” spokesman Jason Miller wrote on Twitter. Tillerson is the first Texan Trump has selected for his Cabinet. He has previously passed over at least three other supporters from the state, including U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Michael McCaul of Austin.Tillerson has close ties to oil-rich Russia, a controversial force in the this year’s presidential race. That’s especially true after reports Friday that the CIA has concluded the country interfered in the election to boost Trump. In addition to his Russian connections, Tillerson will likely be a contentious appointment due to his lack of formal diplomatic experience. In a TV interview set to air Sunday, Trump defended Tillerson’s credentials for the job.“In his case, he’s much more than a businessman. I mean, he’s a world-class player,” Trump said in an excerpt of the Fox News interview released Saturday. “To me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players and he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia.” Tillerson met with Trump earlier this month in New York as the president-elect expanded his search for a secretary of state. Trump reportedly huddled again with Tillerson on Saturday.The field of candidates had originally — and most notably — included 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, an ardent critic of Trump during the 2016 race. Born in Wichita Falls, Tillerson is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. He currently lives in Irving. At Exxon, Tillerson has built an image as one of the Americans closest to Russian president Vladimir Putin, toward whom Trump has been unusually friendly. In 2013, Putin gave Tillerson Russia’s Order of Friendship distinction. Regardless of Trump’s search for a secretary of state, Tillerson was due to leave Exxon next year. In March, he will reach the company’s mandatory retirement age of 65. Read more:Trump reportedly settled on Gen. John F. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, as his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, bypassing U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texan and top contender for the position.Earlier this year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in an effort to thwart an investigation in the U.S. Virgin Islands into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks of climate change.  Disclosure: Exxon Mobil Corp. and the University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/10/trump-taps-texan-and-exxon-mobil-ceo-rex-tillerson/.last_img read more

Rick Perry ties fossil fuel use to sexual assault prevention

first_imgCommittee on Energy and Commerce via Texas TribuneSecretary of Energy Rick Perry testifies at a Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing in Washington, D.C. on Oct 12, 2017.Perry’s comments came in Thursday during an event hosted by NBC News and Axios in Washington, D.C., where Perry was to lay out the administration’s upcoming energy policy priorities.The former Texas governor brought up sexual assault while describing a recent trip to Africa, where he was told “people are dying” because they lack access to energy, according to a transcription by The Hill newspaper.“It’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa, where a young girl told me to my face, ‘one of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m not going to have to try to read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally killing people.’”“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault, when the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts,” Perry continued.   Perry has been pushing the expansion of fossil fuels since he assumed the position as energy secretary.The Sierra Club, an environmental group that generally supports Democratic candidates, called for Perry’s resignation following the interview.“It was already clear that Rick Perry is unfit to lead the Department of Energy, but to suggest that fossil fuel development will decrease sexual assault is not only blatantly untrue, it is an inexcusable attempt to minimize a serious and pervasive issue,” the Sierra Club said in a statement. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday April 25

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uOver the weekend, Baltimore topped more than 100 homicides before the end of April for the first time in two decades. We’ll discuss the ongoing epidemic of violence and murder in Baltimore and reflect on the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent Uprising two years later, with guest host, Kaye Wise Whitehead, author, public intellectual and professor at Loyola University of Maryland.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Fire alarm wallpaper detects resists and warns of house fires

first_img The researchers, led by Professor Ying-Jie Zhu at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have published a paper on the fire alarm wallpaper in a recent issue of ACS Nano.Most of today’s commercial wallpaper is made of highly flammable materials, such as plant cellulose fibers or synthetic polymers. Consequently, whenever a fire occurs, the wallpaper often causes the fire to spread. “Compared with flammable commercial wallpaper, the fire-resistant wallpaper is superior owing to its excellent nonflammability, high-temperature resistance, and automatic fire alarm function,” Zhu told Phys.org. “The fire-resistant wallpaper has a white color, mechanical robustness, and high flexibility, it can be processed into various shapes, dyed with different colors, and printed with a commercial printer. Therefore, the fire alarm fire-resistant wallpaper has promising applications in high-safety interior decoration to save human lives and reduce the loss of property in a fire disaster.”The new wallpaper is based on hydroxyapatite, which is the primary inorganic component of bone and teeth. Although hydroxyapatite is typically brittle and inflexible, in previous work the researchers found that forming ultralong nanowires made of hydroxyapatite gives the material a high flexibility suitable for making wallpaper.In order to make the nonflammable wallpaper a “smart material” capable of automatically sounding an alarm in response to a fire, the researchers incorporated an ink-based thermosensitive sensor onto the wallpaper. Journal information: ACS Nano The sensor is composed primarily of graphene oxide, which is electrically insulating at room temperature. However, when exposed to heat, the oxygen-containing groups are removed, making the material highly conductive. The sensor is connected to an alarm, so when a fire occurs and the sensor begins to conduct electricity, it causes the alarm to go off.Initially, one problem with the graphene oxide sensor was that it burned out very quickly, so that the alarm only lasted for about three seconds. To improve this, the researchers modified the graphene oxide with polydopamine—a material based on the hormone and neurotransmitter dopamine, found in living organisms. The polydopamine-modified graphene oxide has a much lower thermal responsive temperature than graphene oxide by itself, meaning that it not only responds to fire more quickly (in about two seconds), but also has a prolonged alarm time of more than five minutes.In the future, the researchers plan to scale up production of the wallpaper, as well as investigate other applications of the new fire-resistant material.”The mass production of ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires as the raw material for the smart fire alarm fire-resistant wallpaper is critical,” Zhu said. “To date, we have realized the scaled-up production of ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires in an autoclave with a volume of 100 liters in our laboratory. We are striving to explore the low-cost and environmentally friendly large-scale production technology for ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires. In addition, many companies are interested in the new kind of the fire-resistant paper, and we will collaborate with some companies to realize industrial-scale production in the future. “We have also been exploring various applications of the new kind of fire-resistant paper based on ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires in many other fields, such as preserving important paper documents, energy, air purification, water treatment, environment protection, anti-counterfeiting, flexible electronics, and biomedical uses.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. © 2018 Phys.org Researchers have designed a “fire alarm wallpaper” made of environmentally friendly, nonflammable materials—including some of the materials found in bone, teeth, and hormones—that can detect a fire, prevent the fire from spreading, and give off an alarm when a fire occurs. When exposed to heat, the wallpaper is transformed from an electrically insulating state into an electrically conductive one, causing it to automatically trigger an alarm that generates loud sounds and warning lights. Controlling fire ants with natural compounds Fire-resistant wallpaper withstands flames, while a thermosensitive sensor triggers an alarm of sound and light. Credit: Chen et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Play Credit: Chen et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society The thermosensitive sensor is fabricated on the surface of the wallpaper by a simple drop-casting process using an ink containing graphene oxide. The tiny sensor is placed on the backside of the fire- resistant wallpaper so that it is out of sight and protected by the fireproof wallpaper. Explore further Citation: Fire alarm wallpaper detects, resists, and warns of house fires (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-alarm-wallpaper-resists-house.html More information: Fei-Fei Chen et al. “Fire Alarm Wallpaper Based on Fire-Resistant Hydroxyapatite Nanowire Inorganic Paper and Graphene Oxide Thermosensitive Sensor.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b00047last_img read more

Mexico needs more infrastructure to depend less on US tourism says Association

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Mexico needs more infrastructure to attract tourists from Europe to depend less on the United States, said Rafael García González, president of the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM).The statement was made during the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain where he added that greater air connectivity as well as roads and trains are needed to attract more European tourists.He explained that there are saturated airports such as Mexico City, a problem that is being solved with the construction of new terminals, but it’s the lack of internal connectivity that prevents tourists from taking advantage of different destinations such as Cancun.“We need airlines that go from Cancun to Chiapas, from Cancun to Veracruz and from Cancun to Guanajuato. Very little has been invested in roads and we have infrastructure that dates from the time of Porfirio Diaz in trains,” he said.From his perspective, Mexico needs to depend less on US tourism and Fitur represents an important opportunity to attract more visitors from Europe.García González is confident that the number of European tourists will increase by 10 percent this year.He also commented on the importance of attracting travelers from Eastern Europe, Russia and Poland, but the only way to achieve this is through greater air connectivity.He says the Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, has done a good job despite having the lowest budget in history. “I would like the next federal government not to assign the worst budget to tourism and to have more transparency in mixed funds,” he noted.In the framework of Fitur, Enrique de la Madrid said that Mexico has a very good chance of being the seventh most visited country in the world.The general director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), Miguel Alonso Reyes, said he is focusing on convincing Spanish companies to invest in emerging destinations such as Huatulco, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Loreto, due to the lack of infrastructure.“In order to boost tourism activity in these destinations, we will offer government territorial reserves to hotel chains such as Riu, Barceló and NH,” he said during the International Tourism Fair.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FAA charges batteries with cargo caution

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C US aviation authorities have urged cargo airlines to take precautions when shipping lithium batteries, due to their fire risk.An interim Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety alert was issued on Friday 8 October, a month after a UPS cargo jet crashed in United Arab Emirates, killing two pilots, Airwise.com reported.Though the cause of the Boeing 747 crash has not yet been determined, the flight was carrying “large quantities of lithium batteries”, the FAA noted, believing it “prudent to advise operators of that fact.”Lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries can be flammable and capable of ignition when short-circuited, overcharged, heated to extreme temperatures or mishandled, according to an FAA battery flammability study.Bulk shipment of lithium metal batteries is prohibited on passenger airliners.Whilst the Transportation Department proposal to reduce the risk of fire from lithium batteries is under review by the White House budget office, the FAA recommended that shipping customers clearly mark bulks packages of the batteries to be flown on cargo planes. Large shipments of lithium batteries may pose a fire risk to cargo planes, warns the FAAlast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) and wide receiver Chad Williams (ankle) highlighted the Arizona Cardinals list of inactive players against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.Humphries will miss his third game in a row with the knee injury. He has seen the third highest percentage of snaps on offense at 83.79 percent this season.Williams was fifth on the team in receiving yards and one of only five players on the Cardinals who have caught a touchdown pass this season. The Friday injury report revealed that linebacker Deone Bucannon (chest) would be out for the game and that five other players were questionable, including Humphries and Williams.Related LinksBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals look to hand Packers their first home lossArizona Cardinals players reveal cleats for ‘My Cause, My Cleats’ weekendCardinals GM Steve Keim using rest of 2018 to evaluate youthBucannon missed last week against the Chargers due to the same chest injury.Notable omissions from the list were Budda Baker for the Cardinals, who missed two consecutive weeks, and wide receiver Randall Cobb for the Packers.Both players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.Cornerback Quinten Rollins, defensive back Dontae Johnson, linebacker Thurston Ambrister and defensive end Cameron Malveaux were also listed as inactives for the Cardinals.Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion), running back Tra Carson (rib), defensive end Mike Daniels (foot), safety Raven Greene (ankle) and wide receiver Trevor Davis (hamstring) were all ruled out for Green Bay on Friday.Cornerback Bashaud Breeland and offensive lineman Alex Light were added to the inactive list on Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers with teammate D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Related Budget airline announces new winter route

first_img RelatedBudget airline announces new winter route to IstanbulCheap flights airline easyJet will be launching its 400th route with flights to Istanbul this winter.easyJet to add new Morocco routes in OctobereasyJet will be adding two new flights to Morocco in time for the winter season.Flights to Morocco and Canary Islands to be introduced by easyJeteasyJet will launch new flights to Morocco, the Canary Islands and Israel Cheap flights airline easyJet will be launching a new route from Paris Orly Airport to Budapest from November.This will add to several other services already departing from Budapest, where passengers can already take advantage of easyjet cheap flights to Geneva and Berlin.easyJet also offers services to Dortmund and London Gatwick and Luton airports departing from Hungary.This latest addition to the schedule will be introduced from November 17th and forms part of easyJet’s strategy to expand beyond its six percent market share in Hungary.The low-cost carrier recently forecast that its full-year pretax profit will exceed £100 million.This is despite the company’s expectation that winter business will be lower than anticipated.”Whilst we expect industry capacity reductions over the winter to be in the region of two percent to four percent, it remains a volatile market and too early to anticipate the impact on yield of the capacity changes,” easyJet said in a statement. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Flights to Isle of Wight could become more popular

first_imgFlights to Isle of Wight could become more popular after the location was named as one of the top 25 UK destinations by TripAdvisor in its annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards, as chosen by European holidaymakers.The island, which was listed as a favourite with Europeans, was cited as “the perfect place to enjoy some peace, quiet and natural beauty”.Among its most prized assets were Osborne House, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and Ventnor Botanic Gardens, all of which were highlighted as attractions not to be missed.George Brown, a councillor on the Isle of Wight, said: “It is very encouraging to be singled out as one of the UK’s best destinations by foreign tourists in this way.”The message that the island offers a top quality holiday experience at extraordinary value is obviously getting through.”Research by VisitBritain shows that the monarchy is still a big draw for European travellers, with some 24,000 heading to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House, a former royal residence built for Queen Victoria.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAurigny to launch new flight to Jersey from StanstedAurigny Air Services will launch a new flight to Jersey from Stansted on May 1st.7 places to visit under £70 you probably haven’t even heard of7 countries, 7 cool European destinations to visit this autumn or winter for less than £70.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…last_img read more

Nurses seek restoration of shift allowance

first_imgState nurses asked on Monday that their slashed shift allowances are fully restored after the cabinet decision last week to give €500 as a monthly allowance to doctors working in the A&E departments of state hospitals.In an announcement, the nurses’ branch of the civil servants’ union Pasydy, said that following the recent cabinet decision concerning doctors working at the A&Es, it was “imperative” that the government also look into the possibility of restoring the full shift allowances to nursing staff working in the same departments “as a minimum indication of the recognition and appreciation of their difficult task”.“Both the medical and nursing staff  work under the same difficult conditions and the same excessive workload and therefore any benefits that the state decides to provide should concern all health workers,” the announcement said.Due to the economic crisis, the shift allowance for public sector workers employed on a shift system (nurses, civil aviation, electricity technicians) were gradually slashed by 25 per cent in 2013 following an agreement of the government and trade unions.Cabinet decided last week to offer as of next month a €500 monthly allowance to doctors working in A&E as an incentive to curb transfer requests to less demanding departments.The same monthly amount will also be given to specialist doctors at the Kyperounda hospital as a ‘remote areas allowance’, in recognition of their difficult working conditions and an incentive to remain working there. Cabinet also asked the health minister to look into the possibility of giving the allowance to doctors who work at the hospital of Polis Chrysochous and other remote areas. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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