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Grand Bahama Islands Grand Lucayan reopens entire resort ready by Feb 2017

first_img Travelweek Group GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND — Grand Lucayan has officially reopened following temporary closure as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Beginning with the re-opening of Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan hopes to have the entire property operational by February 2017.“Our staff have worked tirelessly to get Grand Lucayan ready for our guests,” said Veronica Clarke, hotel manager. “We are so thrilled to be open and can’t wait for our guests to enjoy our pools, beach, spa, golf and dining options.”The 196-room Lighthouse Pointe, the traditionally all-inclusive portion of the resort, will temporarily play host to all guests, whether or not an all-inclusive package is booked. Venues including Waves Pool Bar, Portobello’s, Pizzeria Capri and Aroma Café are open. A new Sunday champagne brunch, served from noon until 4 p.m. is now offered along with a Fish Fry Party every Wednesday evening, featuring live entertainment, and ‘Welcome Back’ Bahamian Cuisine nights on Fridays.The Convention Center and wedding gazebos are also fully functional and ready to host weddings and groups. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Reef Course also fared well and looks forward to hosting players, said Clarke. The remainder of the resort, including Breaker’s Cay, the Lanai Suites and additional dining venues, will be open in the first quarter of next year.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more information on Grand Lucayan see GrandLucayan.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, November 10, 2016 Sharecenter_img Grand Bahama Island’s Grand Lucayan reopens; entire resort ready by Feb. 2017 Posted by Tags: Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayanlast_img read more

Air Canada wants agents to Discover Melbourne with new contest

first_imgAir Canada wants agents to ‘Discover Melbourne’ with new contest Monday, April 2, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Air Canada’s new contest, launched in the latest issue of Travelweek, gives agents a chance to win two roundtrip tickets from any Canadian city serviced by Air Canada to Melbourne, Australia.Also part of the prize is a 7-day inspiring journey discovering Victoria’s hidden gems with AAT Kings.Initially offered with four times weekly flights when it first took off in December 2017, Air Canada’s nonstop Vancouver-Melbourne service will go year-round starting June 1, 2018.Melbourne is Air Canada’s third destination in Australia.Click here to enter. Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Contests << Previous PostNext Post >>last_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

Costa Rican doctor accused of running organ trafficking ring promoted services on

first_imgA Costa Rican doctor under investigation for running an international kidney trafficking operation was advertising his services on YouTube.Journalist Amelia Rueda’s news site posted a video on Tuesday of Dr. Francisco José Mora promoting his medical expertise and Costa Rica as an attractive destination for medical tourism.The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) arrested Mora at Calderón Guardia Hospital, in San José, where he is chief of nephrology. The arrest is part of an investigation into his involvement in human trafficking with the intent to illegally extract human organs, a violation of Article 172 of Costa Rica’s Penal Code, a Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman told The Tico Times. If convicted, Mora could serve eight to 16 years in prison, according to the Penal Code. Mora was held in an OIJ cell in the First Circuit Court building in San José before appearing before a judge on Wednesday afternoon. The Prosecutor’s Office recommended six months preventative detention as the investigation develops.Authorities also arrested Maureen Patricia Cordero Solano, 32, who allegedly was responsible for recruiting donors and assuring them the procedure was safe and would not affect their health, according to the daily La Nación. Attorney General Jorge Chavarría told crhoy.com that a woman died on her way back to Costa Rica after traveling to Israel to have her kidney removed and sold. According to the Costa Rican Social Security System, the country’s public health care system, it is illegal to pay someone for his or her organs in Costa Rica. The Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating whether or not the operating team was aware of their involvement in the illegal trade, added the newspaper. Leaning back in his chair wearing a white lab coat, Dr. Mora appears with Scott Oliver, a local tourism marketer, in a YouTube video posted on Oliver’s website WeLoveCostaRica.com. Oliver, originally from Scotland, notes in the video that his company is committed to helping its customers find “safe and affordable” surgery options, highlighting the relatively low costs of kidney transplants and immunosuppressant drugs in Costa Rica compared to the United States, where the video claims similar procedures could cost upwards of $250,000.“I’ve done videos for lots of people, what’s wrong with that?” Oliver told The Tico Times, adding that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Mora.Mora specifically mentioned the private hospital Clínica Católica as his recommended facility in the video, citing its low costs, equipment and an on-site hotel. He is not listed under the clinic website’s nephrology directory. According to a representative from Clíncia Católica, 95 percent of doctors there rent space from the facility and are not staff.OIJ said that operations under investigation also took place at the Clíncia Bíblica, another private clinic in San José.Clínica Católica did not comment on the matter, and Clínica Bíblica told The Tico Times in a statement that they are willing to fully cooperate with authorities in the investigation.In the YouTube video, Mora claims to have performed more than 550 kidney transplants during his 35 years of experience. Mora says in the video that a patient could expect to spend three to four weeks total in Costa Rica between the transplant operation and recovery if they have their own donor.  According to a story in Mexico’s El Universal that contributed to the arrest of Dr. Mora, 48,000 people visited Costa Rica for medical tourism in 2012, spending $7,000 each on average during their stay.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJerusalem’s legendary Machane Yehuda open-air food market has developed into a gourmand wonderland, featuring more than 250 food stalls and vendors boasting a wide range of products — from locally sourced produce, dairy products and delicacies to imported sweets and organic wines from Israel and around the world.Conveniently located just steps away from the Jerusalem city center, the Machane Yehuda market was first established in 1887 and exists today as one of Israel’s most buzzing markets, where espresso bars, photography galleries and fashion boutiques sit alongside butchers, repairmen and vegetable vendors. The Machane Yehuda market has also launched a new website, featuring interactive maps, interviews with vendors and options to book special themed tours.“The Machane Yehuda Market is one of the most exciting parts of the city for travelers and locals alike,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “The colorful mix of local and international gourmet food products will be sure to surprise and satisfy travelers of all tastes and palates.”The market will also host the Balabasta food festival, featuring food-centric events, music and acting performances, every Monday through August 2012.www.machne.co.illast_img read more

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first_imgAtalanta, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLeading the way in offering enhanced airborne broadband productivity to in-service aircraft owners, Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced two new Wi-Fi broadband solutions for in-service Hawker 4000 and Hawker 800XP aircraft equipped with Honeywell avionics. Both Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) feature Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 equipment that utilizes global communication towers to deliver the fastest airborne connectivity available today.“Broadband connectivity significantly enhances the way corporate aircraft are used for businesses, governments and personal transportation,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “We will continue to invest in these aftermarket technologies to provide our customers with the most advanced solutions available.”Utilizing the latest 3G mobile wireless technology, both systems turn Hawker cabins into Internet hot spots, permitting passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers to access the Internet. The Aircell ATG 4000 is designed for installation, along with the company’s Axxess voice communication system, while the ATG 5000 is designed to be installed as a stand alone broadband system. Airborne Internet access enhances the flight experience for passengers and creates new opportunities for commercial and government operators in the areas of air ambulance, surveillance and air taxi.HBS’s new broadband STCs complement the company’s existing Aircell and Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband equipment in Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 equipped Hawker 900XP, 850XP, 800XP and 750 aircraft. HBS also has Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband systems in development for Beechcraft King Air aircraft.Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.www.hawkerbeechcraft.comlast_img read more

Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimédia has laun

first_imgPortuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimédia has launched its Iris advanced TV offering on the iPhone.The iPhone service will be free to all Iris subscribers, allowing users to watch programmes live and schedule recordings. Zon said that about 30,000 users had downloaded its existing web app this year. The iPhone version of the service will be available for iOS version 4.3 or higher.last_img

Greek telecom operator Wind Hellas has signed an a

first_imgGreek telecom operator Wind Hellas has signed an agreement with pay TV operator Forthnet SA that provides wholesale access to the content of Nova Sports channels.Wind Hellas plans to launch a new TV platform that will hold the streaming rights for the sports content of Nova Sports channels, featuring premium Greek sports content including as the Greek Superleague, Euroleague basketball, and other international sports.The company says it is on a fast track to develop its own TV platform and will soon launch a service that will allow its customers to watch premium content, anytime, anywhere, on any screen.“We are committed to launch a TV experience that will stand out for its technology and premium content as well” said Nassos Zarkalis, chairman and CEO of Wind Hellas. “Our cooperation with Zappware ensures the first part and today we are excited to announce an agreement that will bring lauded content to our customers. The full portfolio of our upcoming TV platform will provide to the Greek market a high quality and competitive TV content offering”.last_img read more

The event is obviously one of our biggest visito

first_img““The event is obviously one of our biggest visitor attractions and each year we strive to offer an even more ambitious programme.“I think that what makes Hallowe’en so unique in Derry is that the people here don’t just turn out to watch the festivities they are a part of the celebration.“Since the event first began 29 years ago it has grown year on year thanks to the support and imagination of the public and the many Hallowe’en lovers who visit the city.“To win the number one title would really enhance the city’s profile and attract more visitors from across the world to enjoy what is always a fantastic family friendly Halloween experience. MAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONSCARY DERRY TAKES THE LEAD IN HALLOWE’EN POLLUSA TODAY THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District is calling on people from across the country to get voting to secure Derry’s place as top Hallowe’en destination in the world.The city is currently the front runner in a special global poll by top American newspaper USA Today – having edged ahead of some tough competition from deadly destinations including Witch Trial capital Salem, Massachusetts, favourite vampire haunt and home of Count Dracula himself, Transylvania, and famous Headless Horseman hang out Sleepy Hollow.The Mayor is now urging everyone to lend their support to the online campaign which runs until October 12th.“It’s an incredible acknowledgement that Derry has been shortlisted among the top 20 Hallowe’en destinations in the world,” she declared. ShareTweet “I want everyone to get voting and put the City of Bones on the global map.”Derry’s claim to the Number 1 Hallowe’en title is based on decades of top carnival celebrations which attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city each year.This year’s programme includes a whole host of spooky events, including the creepy Chateau le Fear’s Trail of Terror, and the magical Awakening of the Walls.A whole host of family events will be taking place, including ghost tours, story-telling, the Rio Bravo Fiesta and some wicked workshops. All building up to the dramatic Rise of the River Gods carnival parade and fireworks finale event on October 31st.Voting remains open until October 12th and one vote can be logged per day atwww.10best.com/awards/travel/best-halloween-destinationTo download the Halloween programme visit www.derrystrabane.comSCARY DERRY TAKES THE LEAD IN HALLOWE’EN POLL was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Silvers sojourn above the 20 spot price didnt l

first_img Silver’s sojourn above the $20 spot price didn’t last long…and the Far East low, around $19.50 spot, came just before 3:00 p.m. local time…a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. After that, it was pretty much the same chart pattern in silver as it was in gold…with the sell-offs and rallies coming at the same times as gold as well.  Nothing free market about this. Silver’s low price tick in New York came just before 12:30 p.m. EDT…and Kitco recorded that as $19.38 spot.  The high tick in the Far East came shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tokyo time…and that looked to be around $20.30 spot.  Silver had an intraday price move of about 5 percent. Silver closed at $19.69 spot…back under $20 spot…and down 43 cents on the day.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, was 32,500 contracts. JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish Not surprisingly, gold got sold down right from the time that trading began in the Far East at 8:00 a.m. in Hong Kong.  An interim low was in just minutes before the London open…and from there it didn’t do much until the 8:20 EDT Comex open in New York. The rally that began at that time, ran into a seller of last resort at 9:00 a.m….and then it was all down hill until 1:00 p.m. EDT.  The rally from that point lasted until 2:45 p.m…and then it got sold down for about thirty minutes before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The low tick at 1:00 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,275.40 spot…and the high…around $1,301 at the 8:00 a.m. open in Hong Kong. Gold closed at $1,282.60 spot…down an even $16.00 on the day.  Gross volume, with the lion’s share being of the high-frequency trading variety, was around 172,000 contracts. The dollar index, which closed in New York Friday afternoon at 82.41, jumped up about 10 basis points at the open on Sunday night in New York…and then chopped higher…hitting its high tick of 82.82 at 8:20 a.m. EDT, the exact time of the Comex open. But by 9:00 a.m. the index was back to 82.54…and traded sideways from there.  Then, starting around 1:00 p.m. EDT, it fell down to 82.31 by 2:30 p.m…before recovering a hair into the close.  The index closed at 82:45…up a whole 4 basis points from Friday’s close.  Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. Gold: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? While GLD has tanked, gold bullion is selling like hotcakes. What is going on? For answers, The Street and Casey Research will host a free investors’ webinar on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST – with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others. Register here to watch. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) Once the rallies in these metals are allowed to begin, it will be interesting to see how far JPMorgan will let the prices run to the upside now that they’re mega-long in both gold and copper…and they’re probably pretty much out of their short position in silver as well.  I would guess that they’re short positions in both platinum and palladium are either immaterial….or covered in other markets. I believe that today is options expiry on the Comex for all four precious metals…and the big traders have to be out by the end of the Comex session on Wednesday…and everyone else before first notice day, which is Friday.  The next four trading days…the end of the week and the quarter…could be educational in the precious metal markets. If we get through the Comex trading session today without any serious price activity in either gold or silver, we’ll be looking at a Commitment of Traders Report for the record books on Friday.  However, as we’ve already discovered in the past, “da boyz” are very good at withholding data from this report if it suits them…and it may suit them at this stage of the game.  We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. Not much happened during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. All four precious metals got sold down a bit, but recovered going into the London open.  Gold volume is pretty high…46,000 contracts…but it’s a good bet that the vast majority of that is of the high-frequency trading variety.  Silver’s volume, net of roll-overs, is close to ‘normal’…whatever that means these days.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. EDT…gold is up a hair from Monday’s close…and silver is flat.  Both platinum and palladium are up well over a percent. The dollar index is down about 14 basis points. Because of its effect on this Friday’s COT Report, I’ll be more than interested in what happens during the Tuesday trading session in New York today. And here’s your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to sign up for Casey Research’s FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT.  It’s entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?“ It features Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.  This free video airs today, June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  Based on the events of the last few weeks, it pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…hitting their nadir at around 10:20 a.m. in New York.  From there, they more or less traded sideways until just after 12:00 o’clock noon EDT…and then they rallied until 2:45 p.m. when gold printed its afternoon high tick.  Then they got sold off with the gold price going into the close.  The HUI was hit for another 4.19%. The silver shares got crushed again, with some of the juniors getting hit for double-digit losses.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index was down 5.48%. (Click on image to enlarge) As I’ve stated before, along with every seller that’s dumping his position in a panic, or forced liquidation…is a ‘strong hands’ buyer[s] that’s scooping up everything that is falling off the table.  Unless their intent is to sell on the upside to cap any price rally, they won’t be selling any time soon. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 151 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. With the end of the June delivery month at hand, there shouldn’t be too much left on the delivery schedule for either metal…and the First Day Notice numbers will be posted on the CME’s website late on Thursday evening…and I’ll have them for you in Friday’s column.  July is a big delivery month for silver…but not for gold. There were more withdrawals from both GLD and SLV on Monday.  In GLD, authorized participants withdrew 135,302 troy ounces…and in SLV it was a chunky 3,281,198 troy ounces.  Whether the withdrawal from SLV was of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety [or otherwise] is a question that I’ll have for Ted when I talk to him on the phone later today.  Personally, I could make a case for either scenario. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 224,600 silver eagles. It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  They reported receiving 1,659,533 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out 540,763 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, the same depositories received 4,950 troy ounces…and shipped 321.50 troy ounces [10 kilobars…all from Brink’s, Inc.] out the door.  The link to that activity is here. It was another very decent day at the store, but it was wall-to-wall silver sales.  We didn’t sell an ounce of gold to anyone…either over the counter, or on an order-in basis. It’s Tuesday, but I took the axe out…and cut the stories down to a minimum…so I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. The data suggests that JPMorgan has been the dominant buyer in COMEX gold, silver and copper on what have been deliberately set lower prices. In fact, there is no real connection between these three commodities other than JPMorgan being the most aggressive buyer amid sharply lower prices. Certainly, no one would suggest the fundamentals in these three different commodities had changed over the past few weeks to account for the dramatic price smashes. The only possible connection is JPMorgan. Since JPMorgan has been buying gold, copper and silver so aggressively, it is most reasonable for me to conclude that the price of these three commodities will move sharply higher once JPM gets all that they can get by rigging prices lower…actually, it looks like they are done by my reckoning, but with crooks you can never be sure until afterward. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…22 June 2013 I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into Monday’s price action in gold and silver…although it was obvious to me that JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish.  Both attempts by both metals to rally to any degree got turned back in New York trading before they could get too far. Platinum and palladium weren’t spared…and although the markets for these two precious metal are almost microscopic when compared to gold and silver, JPMorgan also has a considerable short position in both of these as well.  It was obvious that they worked them over pretty good during the New York session yesterday. Here are the 3-year weekly charts for all four precious metals…plus copper.  You can see that, except for palladium, they are all horribly oversold…and this condition didn’t happen by accident, of course.  Oversold conditions, engineered or otherwise, don’t normally last long…and these will come to an end at a time of JPMorgan’s choosing, as they are running the show in all of these commodities at the moment.last_img read more

Editors note This story was originally published

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was originally published on November 14 and has been updated to reflect a new commentary on Yemen published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Three weeks ago, 10-year-old Sara was sitting up in her bed at a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen. A small hole sliced into her throat was helping her breathe.She was recovering from a rare bacterial infection, called diphtheria. The bacteria had paralyzed part of her body. And there was only one reason why Sara was so sick: Yemen’s civil war.For the past three and a half years, both sides — the Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed rebels — have continually used disease and famine as weapons of war, two doctors write Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Health-care providers can no longer stand by silently and let these atrocities occur, Dr. Louise Ivers and Dr. Amir Mohareb of Massachusetts General Hospital write in the commentary.”The rules of war, which protect health-care facilities, are being broken,” Ivers tells NPR. “International conventions guarantee medical organizations can do their work [in war zones]. Violations of those conventions should be a concern to everybody — for everybody’s future.”Throughout the civil war, both sides have attacked hospitals, pharmacies, water-treatment plants and sewage systems. During the first seven months of fighting, Doctors Without Borders reported that 39 hospitals were bombed — even though the charity gave the facilities’ GPS coordinates to both sides of the war. At the same time, troops have blocked key ports, preventing aid, fuel, drugs and vaccines from entering the country.As a result, diseases like cholera and diphtheria have cropped up and spread. Medical staff have had to flee. And 14 million people are on the brink of a famine.In the commentary, Ivers and Mohareb are calling on physicians around the world to advocate for a complete cease-fire and to urge the U.S. to stop supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and logistically support.”Health-care workers are in a really unique position to stand up and say, ‘We understand what’s going on here. We understand that diseases, like diphtheria, don’t just emerge from thin air. They are caused by gross negligence of war rules or actual deliberate attempts to interrupt healthcare structures,’ ” Ivers says. “Doctors have a collective responsibility to take action.”Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen, on average, from a preventable disease, the United Nations says. More than 400,000 children are starving. Another 1.5 million are acutely malnourished and need aid to survive.”Yemen has become a hell on earth for millions of children,” says UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappelaere. “Today every single boy, every single girl in Yemen is facing extremely dire needs.”Now Cappelaere — along with leaders of the United Nations and the World Health Organization — fear that lifesaving aid is in jeopardy.Just days after Cappelaere left the hospital, fighting in Hodeidah became so severe that health workers could no longer access the hospital. Many patients, including Sara, were quickly evacuated.And this violence is threatening to block food, medicine and other supplies coming into Yemen, warned U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on France Inter radio on Monday.With a major port on the Red Sea, the city of Hodeidah is a lifeline for humanitarian aid in Yemen. Eighty-five percent of the country’s food typically passes through this port, the World Health Organization says.”If the port at Hodeidah is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres says.It could push 12 million people — the number of Yemenis already close to famine — over the brink, says Suze van Meegen, protection and advocacy adviser in Yemen for the charity Norwegian Refugee Council.”We would be looking at death on a very, very large scale,” van Meegen says.For this reason, the U.N., UNICEF, WHO and numerous other humanitarian organizations are calling for an immediate cease-fire.”Not next week. Not in three weeks,” van Meegen says. “We need everyone to lay down their weapons and come back to the table to look for a real solution, not a violent one.”The Trump administration echoed that same sentiment two weeks ago. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a statement that peace talks must begin this month.At the same time, though, the U.S. continues to sell billions of dollars in weapons to the Saudis. And until it stopped last week, the U.S. was helping to refuel Saudi planes used in Yemen’s war. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.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

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

Facebook faces a day of reckoning at least on Wall Street

first_imgThere’s a scratch in Facebook’s Teflon coating. Facebook hammered as user growth cools © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter of 2018 as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The social network’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours.The company also warned that it expects revenue growth to decelerate in the next couple of quarters as it promotes new, and for now less profitable, products— such as its Stories disappearing message feature. It is also allowing users to make “more choices” around data privacy amid public outcry and regulatory pressures.The earnings covered the company’s first full quarter since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal erupted. But analysts attributed the user growth shortfall largely to European privacy rules that went into effect in May, not to the furor over the political consulting firm with ties to President Donald Trump, which improperly accessed the data of tens millions of Facebook users.With an hour before trading began Thursday, shares had plunged more than 19 percent, plucking about $17 billion in net worth out of the pocket of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.Still, the results suggest that Facebook may have weathered the scandal without major harm to its business, even if its public image has taken a hit. While revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates, it did so by only about 1 percent; profits, meanwhile exceeded forecasts.But Facebook continues to grapple with big existential questions, ranging from its users’ privacy to tech addiction to how it deals with fake news and misinformation, hate speech and extremism on its service.At times, it has seemed as though Facebook can’t quite decide where its values really lie. For instance, it continues to straddle the line between policing what users say and remaining a neutral platform in an increasingly divided world, and between protecting privacy while collecting as much information on its users as possible.Facebook had 2.23 billion monthly users as of June 30, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Analysts were expecting 2.25 billion, according to FactSet. User growth—both on a monthly and daily basis—was flat in the U.S. and the rest of North America, while it declined slightly in Europe.Facebook has largely saturated in the U.S. and Western European markets, and is now looking to countries such as Brazil, India and Indonesia for new users. Revenue from these regions, however, is far below what Facebook rakes in from the U.S. and Europe.The company earned $5.1 billion, or $1.74 per share, up 31 percent and above analysts’ estimates of $1.71.But revenue—up 42 percent to $13.23 billion— was slightly below the $13.34 that Wall Street was expecting.Facebook said the European privacy rules, called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, did not have a big effect on the quarter’s revenue, but also noted that they were only in effect for about a month before the quarter ended.Over the long term, GDPR may end up favoring Facebook and other large companies that have the resources to adapt to new requirements. They could similarly disadvantage smaller, lesser known companies that don’t have the resources to comply and which could face big fines if they don’t.One bright spot for Facebook has been Instagram, the photo-sharing app it bought for $1 billion in 2012. Instagram now has more than 1 billion users, and analysts expect it to be a model for how Facebook molds its other big app purchase, WhatsApp, into a lucrative business. So far, WhatsApp doesn’t show ads, and its founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton left Facebook amid disagreements over advertising and other issues.center_img 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. Citation: Facebook faces a day of reckoning, at least on Wall Street (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-day-reckoning-wall-street.html Explore furtherlast_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