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TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico

first_img Share Wednesday, December 20, 2017 OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says at least one Canadian family has been affected by a bus crash in eastern Mexico that has killed an estimated dozen people.The department says it is providing consular assistance to the family, but could not provide further details about how many Canadians were in the bus and whether they were killed or injured.Authorities in Mexico say of the 31 people on the bus, at least 12 people were killed and 18 were injured Tuesday.The bus was carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins when it flipped over on a highway.Quintana Roo state Civil Defence spokesman Vicente Martin says seven Americans and two Swedes were among the injured, but says authorities hadn’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthVideo images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement and others walking around.Public Security of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that emergency responders took the injured to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum.The agency says Mexican officials have been in contact with consular offices to assist families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the U.S., Sweden and Brazil. The Canadian Press Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Intrepid releases annual Not Hot List in response to overtourism

first_imgIntrepid releases annual ‘Not Hot List’ in response to overtourism Travelweek Group Friday, October 12, 2018 TORONTO — In an effort to raise awareness about overtourism, particularly in Asia where it has become a major issue, Intrepid Travel has released its annual ‘Not Hot List’ that focuses on lesser-known and more sustainable destinations to visit in 2019.Now in its second year, the list was developed in response to concerns about overtourism, and supports the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism.“Recently, we’ve seen a number of Asian countries take a proactive approach to combat overtourism. North Americans are increasingly concerned with overtourism and this is about encouraging them to step away from the familiar to approach this continent in the most ‘intrepid’ way possible,” said Intrepid Travel’s Regional Director for North America, Darshika Jones.Jones added that tourism can be a “potent force for good”, and that Intrepid believes that the broader the travel experience, the better. “As North American’s interest in travelling to Asia continues to grow, the more dispersal to lesser-known regions, the better,” she added.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaHere is the 2019 Not Hot List:The Similan Islands is the new Maya Bay: With Maya Bay no longer a travel option as of summer 2018, clients can still enjoy the warm waters of the Andaman Sea when visiting the Similan Islands. The islands combine rainforests and pristine beaches with a touch of history, having been made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. After being hit by the 2004 tsunami, the island of Khao Lak has since recovered. Intrepid’s ‘Cruising the Thai Islands’ adventure cruise is priced from $2,621 per person.Komodo is the new Ubud: Once considered the adventurous alternative to Seminyak, Ubud in Bali has flourished in popularity, which has put pressure on local infrastructure. Komodo is a viable alternative for clients willing to sail from Bali through the Indonesian archipelago. It’s a place where ancient tribes maintain their traditions in deep rainforest valleys, and where guests can snorkel coral reefs, walk across volcanic beaches and watch for legendary Komodo dragons. Intrepid’s ‘Komodo and Flores’ tour is priced from $1,890 per person.Bukhara is the new Angkor Wat: Uzbekistan’s fifth largest city, Bukhara, is a UNESCO World Heritage site; its entire old city centre has more than 5,000 years of human history. There are over 140 monuments and historical buildings to explore, including Po-i-Kalyan Mosque which, during its 1,300-year history, even survived assault from Genghis Khan. Intrepid’s ‘Uzbekistan Adventure’ is priced from $1,675 per person.Ladakh is the new Everest: While Nepal will always be a must-visit for adventurers, Ladakh, India is rising in popularity for its hiking and Himalayan views. Travellers can break up the hiking with river rafting and visits to remote villages, monasteries and religious sites, and also explore Delhi before or after their treks. Intrepid’s ‘India Himalaya: Bike, Hike and Raft in Ladakh’ tour is priced from $2,070 per person. Tags: Intrepid Group, Intrepid Travelcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Earn 10 commission when booking on TravelCars agent platform

first_img Friday, December 14, 2018 Earn 10% commission when booking on TravelCar’s agent platform Posted by Travelweek Group LOS ANGELES — TravelCar.com has launched a new incentive program for agents in both Canada and the U.S., just in time for the holidays.Travel agents who use TravelCar’s ‘Travel Agent Platform’ to book parking reservations for their clients will earn a 10% commission, plus be entered in a contest to win up to US$250 in Amazon gift cards.Reservations must be made between Dec. 14, 2018 and Jan. 7, 2019.The platform was launched in October as a way for agents to book parking at airports, seaports, train stations and city centres in more than 50 countries. The company has already partnered with more than 40 agencies in the U.S. and Canada.TravelCar’s parking network in the U.S. covers more than 50 cities, including 18 of the top 20 major airports with parking options at the top four airports in Canada.“We value our travel agent partners and wanted to create an incentive program for the holiday season that would let them know how much we appreciate their business,” said CEO and Co-Founder Ahmed Mhiri. “This is just the first of many incentive programs to come and we look forward to working with our current and future travel agent partners.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe contest is open to all travel agents and agencies based in the U.S. and Canada. Agents can sign up for access for free at join.travelcar.com and begin making reservations for clients.center_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelCar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort Spa and TRS Coral Hotel is now

first_imgPalladium Hotel Group celebrated the official opening of its two new resorts, TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, located in Costa Mujeres, north of Cancun, Mexico. The resorts house a one-of-a-kind ‘Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre’ that was officially inaugurated by the legendary tennis player Rafael Nadal himself alongside Abel Matutes, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group.“This is the first tennis complex that we opened outside the ‘Rafa Nadal Academy’ in Mallorca and I am very excited to be able to do so in a compound as incredible as this. The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre will be the ideal place for fans of this sport to combine their holidays with short tennis programmes and I am positive about its stupendous success,” stated Rafa Nadal during the press conference.“The alliance of Palladium Hotel Group with Rafa Nadal for the launch of Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre is further evidence that the company has long focused on achieving differentiation while being the best in its offering. Our brand Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts has always given much importance to sport and effectively enhancing sports facilities. Having the opportunity to work with Rafa Nadal is a source of pride, as he is not only the best tennis player but the values he represents, transmits and inculcates are impeccable,” added Abel Matutes, CEO, Palladium Hotel Group.The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre Costa Mujeres offers tennis programmes developed by Nadal and his technical team for all levels and ages, which will be taught to both hotel guests and local residents. Each tennis programme is personalised and run by coaches from the Rafa Nadal Academy of Movistar. With eight clay tennis courts, a football field, a paddle tennis court, a gym for warm-up, stretching and basic training, a Rafa Nadal exhibition area, a shop with exclusive top quality sports products and a bar-cafeteria with television screens, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre Costa Mujeres is one of the most complete tennis facilities in Mexico.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Needless to say, the ups and downs wore on the former ASUstar. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Jake Plummer had a 10-year NFL career, one that saw himexperience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.As a Cardinal, Plummer guided the team to the playoffs in1998, the team’s first postseason birth since moving tothe desert. His career with the Cardinals lasted another four years,but he did not reach the playoffs again until 2003, as amember of the Denver Broncos. His team reached the AFCChampionship Game in 2005, and was rewarded by the teamdrafting Jay Cutler in the first round of the 2006 NFLDraft. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Nancy Dubuc Nancy Dubuc has said the group will se

first_imgNancy DubucNancy Dubuc has said the group will seek to take greater control of its channel partnerships around the world in order to further boost its international business as a whole.In a wide-ranging opening NATPE keynote session here in Miami, the A+E Networks chief (pictured) executive also said the unscripted business is challenged, and that high-end drama is increasingly only viable if a company can also make and distribute the project in question.Internationally, A+E has a diverse channels business that was largely built on a joint venture basis with different partners in different regions. It has been moving to an owned-and-operated, or majority ownership, model in several territories – including Southeast Asia, Italy (as first reported by DTVE sister title TBI), Japan and South Korea.“For the last ten-to-fifteen years we’ve been in the international business we have mostly had a joint venture model, or worked with local partners,” Dubuc said.“We’ve been pushing to have have that more owned and operated so that we can invest in our brands globally and make those critical business decisions for our brands. The biggest reason for the mission and the push to own our content locally, the reason for that is international.”Speaking about scripted programming, Dubuc added: “The pure licensing model for the cost of what has rated has been a model that just doesn’t work for cable and you see a lot of companies have their own studios and we need to be able to control that back end.”NATPE delegates were treated to a clip of new A+E Studios-produced Navy SEALs drama Six during the session.last_img read more

Whats Behind the SpaceX Launch Delay Start Up Your Day Roundup

first_img Next Article 2 min read February 25, 2016 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Start Up Your Daycenter_img Image credit: SpaceX What’s Behind the SpaceX Launch Delay — Start Up Your Day Roundup Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current. Reading, writing, coding. Chicago has become the first U.S. city to make computer science a core subject. Currently half the city’s public high schools offer computer science, Code.org reports.Uber’s latest move. The ridesharing giant confirmed it would launch a new research facility in Pittsburgh that will include a test track for self-driving cars, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.Airbnb comes clean. The rental home marketplace admitted to pruning its listings before sending the data to New York State legislators last year. The company is accused of running unregulated hotels in cities like New York and San Francisco where housing is already difficult, according to Bloomberg.Lego man evolves. The toy company announced a stay-at-home dad figurine this month, one of several new figurines to reflect modern lifestyles, NBC reports. Not quite ready to launch. SpaceX delayed the launch of its satellite yesterday due to high winds and tornado warnings. The satellite could boost network coverage for remote regions in countries such as India and the Philippines, says CNN.com. Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

US May Force Shell Company Owners Out of the Dark Amid Panama

first_img The U.S. Treasury Department intends to soon issue a long-delayed rule forcing banks to seek the identities of people behind shell-company account holders, after the “Panama Papers” leak provoked a global uproar over the hiding of wealth via offshore banking devices.A department spokesman said on Wednesday the rule would “soon” be turned over to the White House for review and issuance, but did not confirm any timetable for the initiative, which has taken years.Governments around the globe have launched probes into possible financial wrongdoing after 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, nicknamed the “Panama Papers,” were leaked to the media and reports emerged Sunday. Mossak Fonseca has said it was the victim of a computer hack, and that it has consistently acted appropriately.The papers offer “validation for those who have been screaming for a decade” about the need for financial institutions in the United States and elsewhere to address risks of money laundering, terror finance and other crime by identifying people who clandestinely control legal entities, former Treasury official Chip Poncy told Reuters.The leaked documents may give banks a glimpse into the kind of information on true, or “beneficial” owners, that they regularly should be obtaining to better understand the cross-border money flows they facilitate, said Poncy, one of the architects of the Treasury rule, which has been in the works since 2012.But simply having a client who is linked to the offshore shell companies highlighted in the Panama papers “doesn’t necessarily mean much,” said a former FinCEN official who asked not to be named due to his role in the private sector. What would be significant is “inconsistent information or payment flows that now connect” in ways that suggest possible illicit activity, he said. In mid-2014, Treasury’s anti-money laundering unit, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), issued a proposed rule on beneficial ownership. Differences of opinion between the various financial regulators vetting the rule and an obligatory analysis of costs to industry has slowed the process, as has pushback from the banking industry.The FinCEN rule is expected to require only that banks and brokerage firms request information from customers regarding beneficial owners, but not require them to verify that information through investigation.In fact, there is no way for banks to verify such information, said Rob Rowe, a lawyer with the American Bankers Association. The ABA is “watching to see what happens with the Panama papers,” he said.”That’s always been the problem. Banks can collect information but there is currently no mechanism to verify it or keep it updated, outside asking the company,” he said.(Reporting by Brett Wolf of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence; Editing by Randall Mikkelsen, Bernard Orr) Reuters U.S. May Force Shell Company Owners Out of the Dark Amid ‘Panama Papers’ Fury Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –sharescenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue April 7, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock Finance Apply Now »last_img read more

Apple Wants a Simpler and More Transparent Royalty Scheme for Music

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. July 18, 2016 –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider Apple CEO Tim Cook Next Article Add to Queue Apple is proposing a radical change to the way artists are paid when their music is streamed online, Billboard reports, and the suggestion could hurt rivals like Spotify and Google.First, let’s explain how royalties are calculated right now. It’s a tricky process: Every streaming company negotiates its own secret deals with rightsholders. The amount paid out varies per region, and per song. It’s so confusing that streaming service Spotify even has a post on its website that tries to explain it all.Apple wants to shake up the current system. Billboard saw a proposal by Apple to the US Copyright Royalty Board that wants something much simpler. Instead of a complicated formula with lots of variables, Apple is proposing a system where rightsholders are paid 9.1 cents per hundred plays. That means that 100 streams would be roughly equal to one paid download. It’s a more elegant approach to royalties that could end the confusion over the process. Billboard calls it “simpler and more transparent.”But Apple’s proposal isn’t just a noble attempt to fix the music industry. It could also hurt rival streaming services like Spotify and also YouTube. The new royalty scheme would mean that any streaming services that offer free streams would have to pay out a much higher amount of royalties, as it would be calculated per play, not as a percentage of revenue. Apple Music doesn’t have a free tier, of course.The proposal by Apple isn’t likely to happen overnight, though. It’s still early days for the board, and any of its decisions would only come into force at 2018 at the earliest. European Technology Reporter at Business Insidercenter_img Apple Wants a ‘Simpler and More Transparent’ Royalty Scheme for Music Apple James Cook 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: JStone | Shutterstocklast_img read more

Consumer Demand for Personalisation and Tech Advances Drives Innovation in Entertainment and

first_imgConsumer Demand for Personalisation and Tech Advances Drives Innovation in Entertainment and Media Industry PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 1:09 pmJune 11, 2019 5G NetworksGlobal Entertainment & MediaMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalisationPWCvirtual reality Previous ArticleLogi Analytics Acquires Zoomdata, Extending Market Leadership in Embedded AnalyticsNext ArticleMapbox Launches Data Services to Deliver High-Quality Map Data To Customers Now it’s getting personal. According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023, consumers are embracing the expanding opportunities to enjoy media experiences tailored to their needs, and companies are designing offerings and business models to revolve around those personal preferences. In a fundamental shift, they’re leveraging data and usage patterns to pitch their products not at audiences of billions, but at billions of individuals.The result is an emerging world of media that’s more personal than ever before: one in which empowered consumers control their own media consumption via an expanding range of smart devices, curate their personal selection of channels via over-the-top (OTT) services and bring more media content into their lives by embracing the smart home and connected car. It’s also an increasingly mobile world, soon to be augmented by 5G networks. As personal connections proliferate, however, consumers continue to be concerned about the safety and privacy of the data. With trust at a premium, pressure is intensifying on companies to adapt to new privacy regimes.Global industry growth continues to outpace GDP…These profound shifts are taking place against a background of ongoing global growth in entertainment & media (E&M) revenues. The Outlook — which provides revenue data and forecasts for 14 industry segments across 53 territories — projects that total global spending on E&M will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% over the next five years, to 2023. This growth rate will see the industry’s global revenue reach US$2.6tn in 2023, up from US$2.1tn in 2018. Over the forecast period, six segments will exhibit growth above the average, and seven below it. (The 14th segment, data consumption, does not generate revenue.)…but with sharp differences in growth rates at the segment levelLooking at specific E&M segments, virtual reality (VR) maintains its position as the highest-growth segment, but — after a year in which consumers’ take-up continued to lag behind expectations — its lead over the OTT video segment is greatly diminished. Podcasts and esports, which sit within larger segments, have extremely strong growth revenue forecasts at CAGRs of 28.5% and 18.3%, respectively.At the lower end of the growth spectrum, the traditional TV and home video segment now has negative growth expectations for the first time, as cord-cutting by consumers continues to rise and sales of DVDs keep plummeting. The print-exposed newspapers and consumer magazines segment has the worst forecast through to 2023, with revenues projected to suffer a compound annual decline of 2.3%.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital EraInnovating for growth in a world of me mediaThe underlying shift that’s reshaping and reorienting the entire industry is changing human behaviour, with a decisive turn towards personalisation. At one level, the new world of E&M appears more isolated, with growing numbers of people engrossed in their own choice of content. But there’s also a dimension of personalisation that’s inherently social, as people share playlists on music-streaming services, recommend movies to friends on social platforms or engage in multi-user video game battle royales.Advances in technology and service offerings are finally enabling people to move from passive to active consumption — not just of individual pieces of media, but of media as a whole. Many signs of this change are pinpointed in the Outlook. One is the trend for consumers to reject the bundles of channels offered by cable or satellite providers, and instead construct their own ad hoc bundles made up of OTT services. Global OTT revenue hit US$38.2bn in 2018, and is forecast to almost double by 2023. Another sign is the rise of the smart home, with ownership of smart speaker devices set to rise at a 38.1% CAGR to hit 440mn devices globally in 2023.Wilson Chow, Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Leader and Partner, PwC China, comments:“5G’s impact will be felt across the entire technology, media and telecommunications value chain for the next decade. It will hasten existing trends towards personalisation, making it easier, more convenient and cheaper to access more media on phones and other mobile devices. Key impacts of 5G for E&M will include enabling more streaming of high-quality video — including of live events like sports and music — and better use of AI, together with massive opportunities for video games and VR in terms of speed and quality of images.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product MarketingFour priorities shaping companies’ strategiesAs E&M companies reinvent their organisations and offerings for an increasingly personalised world, four priorities are coming to the fore:One size does not fit all: As companies approach both markets of individuals and individual geographic markets, they are finding that it makes sense to present different options: all-you-can-eat offerings with unlimited usage in some areas, tiers of payments for different services in less developed markets, and competing on affordability. Meanwhile, across all markets — mature and developing — PwC’s research finds stark differences in terms of segment growth.The number of consumer touch points is expanding: As media and e-commerce experiences become more personal, gratification for consumers is becoming more instant and immediate. In response, content creators and distributors are devising new ways to appeal to consumers as individuals and marketers are figuring out how to meet consumers at the point of consumption and point them instantaneously towards purchase. Witness the rise of shoppable online advertising, often promoted by ‘influencers.’ Voice is also becoming a key form of interaction for both search and shopping, supported by the rise of smart speakers.Technological innovation introduces a new era of personalised computing: Companies are leveraging AI’s ability to understand people’s individual tastes and consumption habits to offer up the content individual users find most compelling. The combination of AI with 5G will be especially powerful, as it will fuel the rapid growth of segments such as video games and VR. The Outlook forecasts show video games’ compelling combination of growth and scale, while VR will be the fastest-growing segment overall.Trust and regulation remain pivotal, as personal data hygiene becomes key: With consumers moving to the centre of their own world of media experiences, their personal data — from the music they stream and the news they read to the products they buy — is taking a central role. In the emerging world, maintaining personal data hygiene is becoming key to the overall health of the E&M ecosystem. For companies, this goes beyond regulatory compliance, which is merely table stakes, and extends to building trust by behaving transparently and responsibly with customers’ data, ensuring the accuracy of news, and being sensitive to concerns around issues such as digital addiction.Ennèl van Eeden, Global Entertainment and Media Leader and Partner, PwC Netherlands, comments:“The personalisation wave — fuelled by evolving customer behaviour — is set to be amplified by the forces of technology, scale, and aggressive investing and competition. The implications for organisations are profound. As the borders separating former media silos erode, companies need to think more broadly about the areas and segments in which they operate. At the same time, all E&M players must take the need to ‘know your customer’ more seriously, and marketers need to allocate their time and attention to new types of content and platforms — influencers, live events, ads inside apps and more. Finally, companies must focus intently on their core capabilities and geographical markets, while continually scanning the horizon for new developments and regulations, and being agile in responding to technological developments such as 5G. Put simply: it’s time to get personal with consumers — or be left out of the conversation.”Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online Shoppinglast_img read more

Two hour gap between dinner and sleep is overrated says Japanese research

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 22 2019We have been advised to take a light dinner and leave a gap of at least two hours between dinner and bed time in order to maintain a healthy body weight. Now, new research suggests that this is not really necessary. The study results appear in the latest issue of the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. Image Credit: PAKULA PIOTR Source:https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/08/bmjnph-2018-000011center_img Related StoriesI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyExperts have had us believe that going to be right after dinner can have a long term ill effect on health and also raise the risk of diseases such as cancer. New research coming from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University in Japan has found that this gap is not necessary to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The Japanese are advised to leave a two-hour gap between their dinner and bed time at least thrice a week for good health. The study was conducted out by Su Su Maw (a Ph.D nursing student), and Chiyori Haga, associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Okayama University.The team analyzed information gathered from 1,573 healthy middle aged and older adults living in Okayama in western Japan between 2012 and 2014. The population of two thirds women and most were over the age of 65 years. None of the participants were diabetic. They looked at the diet, lifestyle, smoking status and other factors of these participants. Blood glucose levels as well as HbA1c levels of these participants were monitored. Some of the participants (16 percent men and 8 percent women) went to bed regularly within two hours of their dinner.Results showed that HbA1c levels of the cohort of participants had a steady rise from 5.2 per cent average in 2012 to 5.58 per cent in 2013 and 2014. This was seen irrespective of the time gap between dinner and bed. Researchers could conclude that the time gap had little effect on the blood glucose control of participants. On the other hand, blood glucose control was significantly affected by lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, raised blood pressure and other detrimental lifestyle habits.The authors of the study write, “Contrary to general belief, ensuring a short interval between the last meal of the day and bedtime did not significantly affect HbA1c levels… More attention should be paid to healthy portions and food components, getting adequate sleep and avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption, and overweight, as these variables had a more profound influence on the metabolic process.”last_img read more

Researchers to develop prebiotics from nonedible forest and sea resources

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019With the help of forest residues such as sawdust, branches and tops (GROT) and cellulose from sea squirts, researchers in Biochemical Process Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, want to make our stomach to feel better. The researchers are the first to develop prebiotics from non-edible forest and sea resources, into a type of fiber that helps beneficial bacteria in the large intestine to thrive and multiply.We want to investigate whether we can obtain food products with prebiotic properties for animals and humans using cellulose from residues of forest and sea, Ulrika Rova, says, professor of Biochemical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology and project manager.Branches and tops become useful dietary fiberIt is through forest residues and by utilizing the outer cellulosic outer layer of sea squirt, the tunic, that the researchers, using mild chemical processes and enzymes, will produce useful dietary fiber, celloligosaccharides (COS), with prebiotic properties that promote health promotion for the gastrointestinal flora. Prebiotics are fibers that pass untouched through the digestive system and begin to be digested first in the colon by intestinal bacteria.- Sveaskog works broadly to develop new applications for our biomass. To be able to contribute to improved health in both people and animals with our GROT is good, Ann-Britt Edfast, says, R&D manager at Sveaskog.The researchers at Luleå University of Technology are the first to develop prebiotics from cellulose of forest and sea residues, a way to increase the value of resources from forest and sea. The forest residues, from Sveaskog, arrive to the scientists as sawdust in bags to the lab, where it is grounded to fine powder in a food mill. The researchers then isolate the cellulose using the research team’s own developed organosolv reactor. There, the researchers produce a cellulose that contains very little lignin, which is an advantage in the actual production of prebiotic (celloligosaccharides). The method is also used to produce cellulose free from proteins, lipids and ash substances from the sea squirt tunic that is provided by Marin Biogas.Related StoriesResearchers invent graphene-based biosensor to detect stomach-cancer causing bacteriaScientists discover how resistance to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil arisesStudy uncovers origin of cell mask that hides stomach cancerFor the benefit of animals and humansThe biggest challenge for the research team is then to add the right mixture of enzymes (commercial and in-house produced) to the cellulose so that one gets a desired prebiotic product consisting of 2-6 glucose units. The researchers’ goal is for their marine and forest-produced prebiotics to establish a commercial production of prebiotics for the food and feed industry – for the benefit of animals and humans.- Essum in Umeå, whose CEO Eva Grahn Håkansson, known for, among other things, having developed Verum hälsofil (processed sour milk) will then evaluate our prebiotic’s health-promoting properties and whether it can be used for human consumption. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) will test whether the prebiotic can be used to strengthen the immune system and the growth of farmed fish and thereby reduce the antibiotic consumption in fish farms, Ulrika Rova, says.The research project Food-grade prebiotic production, merging marine and forest resources for moving up the cellulose value-chain, led by Luleå University of Technology, is done in close collaboration with Essum AB, Marin Biogas AB, which cultivate sea squirt for the production of environmentally friendly fish feed, Sveaskog AB, Dyrka AB and LTU Business. The project is funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas via the strategic innovation program BioInnovation.Source: https://www.ltu.se/?l=enlast_img read more

CSR award for Star Foundation

first_imgIn appreciation: Lee handing the CSR Leadership Award 2019 to Siti Hajar. Looking on is Rajendran. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Metro News 08 Jul 2019 Foundation hosts first festive open house Letters 03 Jul 2019 Occupational safety for Industry 4.0 Related News The annual CSR Malaysia Awards is organised by CSR Malaysia with the support of the Women, Family & Community Development Ministry, where outstanding public-listed companies are honoured for their CSR efforts.Since 2007, Star Foundation has helped more than 180 social organisations by donating over RM18.2mil.The foundation has taken its noble initiatives even further by starting the Medical Fund Programme and the Wheelchair Programme.The Medical Fund Programme was introduced in 2015 to support young underprivileged people aged below 17 who suffer from chronic illnesses by funding their medical treatment and care.The Wheelchair Programme, which started in 2017, has contributed 183 wheelchairs to needy individuals and non-profit organisations. Star Media Group corporate communications senior manager Siti Hajar Abdul Rahman received the award from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. In his speech, CSR Malaysia chairman Datuk R. Rajendran said even small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carry out CSR activities for the underprivileged and marginalised communities. According to a CSR Malaysia survey on 550 SMEs in 2018, about 35% of them spent up to RM10,000 on their efforts while 13% spent up to RM50,000.Another 7% spent more than RM50,000 while about 28% spent between RM1 and RM1,000.Only 17% of those surveyed did not make any effort towards CSR.Rajendran also said CSR is about doing anything possible to bring out positive changes in society. “CSR is not about how much we can do but doing what we can do,” he said. Related News Star Foundation Smebiz 08 Jul 2019 CGC gets extension to manage financing scheme – SMEBiz Tags / Keywords: KUALA LUMPUR: Star Foundation has received the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leadership Award at the CSR Malaysia Awards 2019.The Star Media Group Bhd’s charitable arm is recognised for its efforts in supporting and offsetting the expenses of various social organisations.last_img read more

South African minister aims to revoke extradition of exMozambique finance minister document

first_img Related News World 10h ago Turkey begins receiving Russian missiles in challenge to U.S. and NATO Cricket 13h ago De Villiers defends offer to play for South Africa at World Cup World 14h ago China says U.S. should ‘not play with fire’ on Taiwan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s new justice minister will apply to have his predecessor’s decision to extradite former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang to his home country set aside, according to a document seen by Reuters.Chang has been in custody in South Africa since December when he was arrested at the request of the United States for his alleged involvement in $2 billion of borrowing that U.S. authorities say was fraudulent. He denies wrongdoing.South Africa’s former justice minister, Michael Masutha, ruled in May to send Chang back to Mozambique to be held accountable for his alleged offences, a decision that displeased the United States and campaigners who subsequently challenged it in court.The document – an affidavit served on behalf of the new justice minister, Ronald Lamola, that has not yet been filed in court – said Lamola did not oppose the campaigners’ application and intended to apply to set aside Masutha’s decision for review. AdChoices广告The document said this was on the basis that “the decision is irrational, and inconsistent with the constitution” as well as domestic, regional and international treaties to which the government is bound. Reasons included a concern that Chang’s political immunity in Mozambique had not yet been revoked, and that information at the time of the previous minister’s decision indicated Chang had not been formally indicted in Mozambique, the document said. It added that the new minister wanted an opportunity to consider whether Chang could be extradited to the United States.Chang’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. His legal team had previously pushed for him to be sent to his home country, which sought Chang’s extradition only after his arrest in South Africa. The U.S. charges relate to loans guaranteed by the Mozambican government, some of which it did not disclose, signed off by Chang during his 2005-2015 term as finance minister.Analysts say a U.S. prosecution of the former minister could lift the lid on as-yet unknown details of the debt affair with potential implications for senior members of Mozambique’s ruling party ahead of elections in October.While the United States did not appeal against the previous justice minister’s decision, it has expressed its disappointment and continued to press for the extradition of Chang to the United States via diplomatic channels.Mozambique’s acknowledgement in 2016 of the undisclosed borrowing prompted the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and a debt crisis that Mozambique is still struggling to recover from. (Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more