US to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

first_imgLos Angeles: US authorities said Wednesday they are investigating allegations of abuse of migrant children by border agents, including the groping of a Honduran teenage girl, at a facility near the southern border with Mexico. The allegations were reported by NBC News, which cited official reports of the incidents — including the children’s accounts — at a Customs and Border Protection facility in Yuma, Arizona, where the migrants were held. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping One incident involved a 15-year-old girl from Honduras, who alleged that a border agent put his hand inside her bra, then pulled down her underwear and groped her in front of other migrants and officials during what NBC News said should have been a routine pat-down. The girl said in her account that “she felt embarrassed as the officer was speaking in English to other officers and laughing,” NBC reported. The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, said it takes “all allegations seriously and investigate all formal complaints.” Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang CBP “treats those in our custody with dignity and respect and provides multiple avenues to report any allegations of misconduct,” a spokesman for the agency said in a statement. “The allegations do not align with common practice at our facilities and will be fully investigated.” The spokesman added that the sexual assault allegation is already being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security. The reports obtained by NBC News also included an account by a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala who said that after he and other detainees complained about the taste of the water and food, agents took away sleeping mats and forced them to sleep on the hard floor in retaliation. Another teenager’s account involved border agents scolding detainees whenever they came close to a window. There has been a public outcry in recent months over the conditions at detention facilities where migrants are held, and there is fierce debate in Congress on how to address the crisis. Border officials, who have been defended by President Donald Trump, say they are overwhelmed by the surging numbers of refugees crossing the southern US border. The abuse allegations come a week after CBP announced that it had launched an investigation into a secret Facebook group for current and former agents that is filled with racist memes and posts mocking migrants.last_img read more

Permanent Holocaust exhibit should inspire UN in its work – Migiro

31 January 2008Unveiling the first permanent exhibition on the Holocaust at the United Nations, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today voiced the hope that the display will guide and inspire the world body in its mission to prevent a recurrence of the horrors of the Second World War. “Every time we view these images and see the faces of the victims, we remember every man, woman and child slaughtered by the Nazis and stand in solidarity with their families and with survivors around the world,” Ms. Migiro said yesterday as the exhibit opened at UN Headquarters in New York.“Those faces are a direct response to the Holocaust deniers. And they are a direct reminder of the untold contributions of those who perished – contributions of which posterity was deprived.”Calling the Holocaust “a horrific failure for our common humanity,” Ms. Migiro said the UN is a natural home to such a permanent exhibition, not only because the Organization was founded to prevent similar atrocities in the future, but also because of its “continuing duty to act on its lessons.”She said she hoped the exhibit, which presents an overview of the tragedy in the context of World War II and the founding of the Organization, will guide and inspire the UN in its mission.Other events held at the UN this week to mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust included a concert featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, the issuance of a special stamp by the UN Postal Administration, and a joint exhibition entitled “The Holocaust: Stories of Rescue.”In 2005, the General Assembly designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instil the memory of the tragedy in future generations. read more

Man hops over counter steals cash in Burlington bank robbery

Halton police are searching for a man in his early twenties in connection with a bank robbery in Burlington. Officers were called to the Scotiabank branch on New St. shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.Police say the thief ordered the tellers to open their tills and then he proceeded to jump over the counter and grab the cash. Investigators say no weapons were seen and no one was injured during the incident. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the bank.Police say the man was wearing a black ski mask over his face, and a hooded sweatshirt with black sleeves and red lettering up and down the arms. He was also wearing dark coloured pants, dark coloured shoes, black gloves and was carrying a small black canvas bag. Police say the suspect fled the bank on foot and then got inside an awaiting older style brown, Buick Regal being driven by another person.Anyone with information that can help police with this investigation is asked to contact Det. Steve Siomra at 905-825-4747, ext. 2343. read more

UN Afghan Mission outraged by deadly Taliban attack in Kabul as hardline

According to media reports, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly car bomb attack on a police station. At least 14 people are believed to have been killed in the explosion, and nearly 150 injured.Earlier, on the same day, UNAMA released a statement expressing “deep concern” at threats made by the Taliban to target civilians participating in Afghanistan’s presidential elections, which are due to take place on 28 September. The elections were originally scheduled to take place in April, and postponed in July, only to be rescheduled for next month.The statement declared that the electoral process is a civilian undertaking, according to international, humanitarian and human rights law, and noted that “all citizens – whether voters, candidates or election-related staff – have the right to be free from fear, intimidation and violence at all stages of an elections process.”The Mission urged the Taliban not to threaten or carry out violent attacks against civilians participating in elections, and emphasized that attacks against polling centres, and civilians participating in the electoral process, are clear violations of international law, and that those who carry out such crimes must be held accountable.The Kabul attack, and Taliban threats of election violence, occurred just a few days after the latest round of peace talks between the Taliban and United States representatives, which took place in Qatar over the weekend. Both sides are reported to have said that progress was made towards a deal that would see US troops pull out from Afghanistan –in return for guarantees by the Taliban to stop anti-American forces operating from inside the country –and begin negotiating with the Afghan government on an eventual ceasefire. read more

Myriad to allow Android apps to run on other phones virtually

first_imgIf you purchase a new smartphone there are a couple of choices you need to make beforehand. The first is what make and model of phone you desire, the second is the operating system you would prefer to use. Unfortunately, picking the phone inherently means you don’t have a choice in the OS it uses as they come pre-loaded.Myriad is set to change that if you want access to Android on a smartphone that doesn’t offer it as an OS. The solution is the Myriad Alien Dalvik virtual machine, which allows Android apps to be run on alternative operating systems seamlessly.This is actually more straightforward than it first seems. While Android is a full-blown operating system, Android apps run in a virtual machine due to the security that offers. So if you can recreate that emulation environment on another OS, the apps should run as normal and without any kind of performance hit to the app’s operation.Myriad will be demonstrating Alien Dalvik at the Mobile World Congress next week, but the video above gives you a preview of it running on MeeGo using Nokia N900 hardware.While users may find this useful if they have Android apps they like, but a non-Android phone, Myriad is actually aiming this at developers rather than consumers. Instead of developing an app for multiple platforms, Alien Dalvik allows an Android app to be developed and deployed everywhere. The user will not know an Android app is running on their other OS, as the virtual machine being used is completely transparent and the app just runs as if it is native.For the moment Alien Dalvik is slated to get a commercial release for MeeGo later this year. Other operating systems are going to be supported and Myraid say they will be announced in the next few months and hopefully in time for the initial launch.Read more at the Myriad press release, via Gigaomlast_img read more

Bound will help you dance away your childhood trauma

first_imgThe new PS4 game Bound is about a pretty princess ballerina, but there is more to it than prancing around in tutus. It has does have prancing (and twirling and fluttering and capering), but the game uses ballet to tell a story about a crumbling family and a child’s use of dance to escape the emotional trauma of her home. Bound combines elements of “Empathy Games” like Papo y Yo with platforming mechanics and gorgeous motion-captured animation to create an experience that will cut deeply into many players.Ballet has a bad reputation in some circles, and insipid princess games that come in pink DVD cases don’t help. Classical ballet is far from the sparkly fairy tales found in Barbie’s latest adventure on the Wii U. Ballet tells stories straight from the deepest pits of medieval folklore. Those pretty princesses suffer fates worse than death at the end of most of these stories. The dashing princes who try to save them don’t fare any better, either. It’s tragic, and cathartic, not just fairies and sugarplumbs. In Bound there is a terrible monster destroying a kingdom, a Queen who wants to stop the monster, and a Hero who may or may not help. Caught in the middle of it all is a Princess, and the Princess must use the power of dance to navigate a dangerous, painful world.There is a deeper story beneath the fairy tale, of course. The King, Queen, Hero, and Princess represent members of a fragile family. The nature of what happens to them is highly subjective, because the game is designed to be non-linear. Players will have different paths through the game, meeting the characters in different orders, and seeing scenes in different sequences. What’s clear is that the Princess is still plagued by the emotional aftermath of some event long ago.The story is told with a framing device: a woman walks along a beach, looking at an old diary filled with drawings. Players can make her flip through the book and linger on any page. Each page represents a different level in the game, and staring at it will transport players from the beach into a surrealistic world where they control the Princess. Thus, players can go through the levels in any order they like, based on which pages in the notebook they find most interesting.The Princess must use her balletic powers to leap over obstacles, navigate narrow beams, and defend herself against hazards. There’s a simple control scheme for running, jumping, and rolling, with a dedicated “Dance” button that turns any move into a graceful flourish. The Princess doesn’t fight enemies by kicking with her pointe shoes, or using Ballet-fu like Summer Glau. Instead, she generates a protective aura around herself when dancing. The many hazards on the levels can’t hurt her when she dances and, yes, that is a metaphor for using dance to cope with emotional crisis.That story will be an emotional punch in gut for many players. It would be a spoiler to say exactly what the story is about, but it’s a real world situation that’s quite common. Many players have been there and it will resonate powerfully with those who have been in the same position as this fictional family.Past events are told through a series of interactive tableaux, where the characters are frozen motionless, but the player is able to walk around and observe their surroundings. In these memories, the Princess becomes a little girl who watches her family in a time of crisis. Her recollections are fuzzy, and there is an unusual animation technique where fragments of the memories float around like pieces from a broken stained-glass window, or a paper mache project that has disintegrated over time. The pieces drift around in darkness, but only assemble themselves when the player focuses on a location in their surroundings. Diligent players can try reconstructing the memory entirely before moving on to the next level.Many of these Empathy Games are built around the idea that they will be played once, then set aside. The emotional impact of that first time is more important than replayability. But Bound is built so that platformer fans do have incentives to play it multiple times. Those who stick to the easy path on their first run through they can beat it in a few hours, however, they will notice collectible crystal shards placed in hard-to-reach areas of the levels. These shards mark the hard paths for players who want a challenge.Because the levels have a surreal, Escher-esque design, the Princess can reach unlikely places that players might overlook. Several levels have floating spheres drifting around like giant balloons, but each one has its own central gravity. This allows the Princess to leap onto them and run around them like tiny planets, standing upside down in relation to the rest of the map. These unintuitive, mind-bending paths are full of the collectible crystal shards. Aside from the platforming challenges, there is also a speedrun feature. This isn’t just about jumping efficiently through the levels, it’s also about finding the fastest route through the story.Because players can choose the order in which they play the levels, they will pick up bonus defensive powers in different orders each time they play. In keeping with the theme of overcoming childhood trauma, each level pits the Princess against a symbolic representation of something bad from her childhood. On one level she is plagued by shadowy paper airplanes that attack her like stinging insects. After beating that level, she will be immune to that particular enemy on other levels.Players who don’t have a personal connection to this story can still appreciate Bound. The aesthetics alone make it worth playing. The Princess was motion-captured from a real dancer, Maria Udod, who gives the character extraordinary grace, even during her idle animations or simply when standing still. It’s a delight to simply move this character through the world, although many people will have a much more profound experience with Bound.last_img read more

More Than 40 Animals Rescued From Gaza Zoo of Sorrows

first_img In a “harrowing” mission almost derailed by border enclosures and escalating violence in the region, animal welfare organization Four Paws safely evacuated 47 animals from a notoriously neglected zoo in Rafah at the south of Gaza, which many have called the “Zoo of Sorrows.”The Rafah zoo made headlines in January after four lion cubs there froze to death due to the harsh weather and poor keeping conditions. That same month, a young lioness also had her claws removed with garden shears, causing global outrage.A sedated monkey at Rafah zoo in Gaza during the evacuation led by Four Paws animal welfare organization (Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / NurPhoto via Getty Images)The zoo’s owner Fathy Jomaa blamed the Israeli and Egyptian blockades of Gaza and bad economic conditions for the squalid conditions in the zoo, BBC News reported.“When we raise a cat for a week or a month we feel sad to lose it but what about suddenly losing animals that I have lived with for 20 years?” Jomaa told Reuters news agency.Pelicans at the Rafah zoo in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation. (Photo Credit: Said Khatib / AFP / Getty Images)A team from Four Paws consisting of veterinarians and wildlife experts, transferred the 47 animals which included five lions, a hyena, several monkeys, wolves, porcupines, foxes, cats, dogs, emus, ostriches and squirrels on April 7.Most of the animals have been brought to Jordanian wildlife sanctuaries but two of the rescued lions were flown to South Africa. Both lions will live in species-appropriate enclosures and receive specialized veterinary care at Four Paws’ Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK, according to a statement.A truck carrying crates containing animals leaves Gaza during the rescue mission led by Four Paws. (Photo Credit: Majdi Fathi / NurPhoto via Getty Images)After they were removed from the zoo, the animals were loaded into transport crates for an 186-mile journey to Jordan. When the team arrived at the Erez border crossing to Israel, the vehicles transporting the animals had to be changed so all crates were unloaded and re-loaded onto a new truck at the Israel-Gaza barrier. Flanked by the Israeli army, the journey to the Jordanian border continued.“The last few weeks have been very intense for our team and have brought our team to its limits,” said Dr. Amir Khalil, Four Paws veterinarian and head of the mission. “To examine and load almost 50 animals in just a few days was a huge challenge, but to save lives and provide better futures, it is all worth it.”In January, four cubs at the Rafah zoo died from the harsh cold weather and poor conditions. (Photo Credit: Mohamed Ibrahim / picture alliance via Getty Images)Four Paws has been active in Gaza since 2014 and has already evacuated and closed two zoos – Al-Bisan Zoo and Khan Younis Zoo – in the region. The Rafah zoo operation was largest rescue to date for the animal welfare organization.More on Geek.com:Animal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat on the Loose in VirginiaRussia to Free 100 Orcas, Belugas Held in ‘Whale Jail’Rhino Poacher Killed by Elephant, Eaten By Lions in South Africa Stay on target Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike last_img read more

David Luiz reveals Fabregas emotional speech

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz has revealed Cesc Fabregas delivered an emotional speech to his teammates following what appeared to be his last appearance for the club.Fabregas was handed the captain’s armband during the club’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday.Luiz, who said he is sad to see the former Arsenal star leave Stamford Bridge, revealed Fabregas gave a goodbye speech to his team-mates after Saturday’s encounter with Forest.“We heard a speech and then after that, we all say thank you for him, and hugged him,” Luiz told reporters at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal.“I think he won everything with this club. My memories are always going to be with the world-class player, with the great technique, he’s a great guy.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He has experience. He knows football, I think he had the opportunity to learn in many different changing rooms when he was so young, before, so he brings always a confidence, energy for the team, and then in the pitch he showed that it doesn’t matter the game, he’s always going to show his qualities.”“It is sad. It’s really sad for us. We are wishing him all the best because he deserves it. I think [it has been emotional] not just for him, for everybody. One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that.”“Sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap the hands for him because he deserves it.”last_img read more

Food coops new space takes shape

first_imgVancouver Food Cooperative is preparing to move into a downtown store. The co-op, which began as a dream in 2003 and formally incorporated in 2006, has been operating out of 215 W. Fourth St. It is preparing to move to a new retail space at 1002 Main St., Vancouver, by as soon as Saturday. Volunteers opened the new location to visitors during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk. The Vancouver Food Cooperative (http://www.vancouverfood.coop) is collectively owned by close to 300 members, who buy a share of the company for $180. It sells baked goods, locally and regionally grown produce, and natural and organic dry goods. Products are available at full price to the general public, and at a 10 percent discount to co-op members. Membership has been growing rapidly this year, and so have the number of vendors the store works with, store manager Shawn Morrill told The Columbian in August. “We’re literally adding new products and new relationships with vendors every week,” he said.last_img read more

White House SECDEF Announcement When the President is Ready

first_img ADC AUTHOR White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would not say whether Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will be tapped soon for the position permanently.“I can tell you that the President has a great deal of respect for Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan. He likes him,” Sanders said during a press briefing Monday. “And when the President is ready to make an announcement on that front, he certainly will.”Shanahan’s nomination would face some resistance in the Senate, even among some Republicans who have cooled on him since he took the acting title at the start of the year, as On Base has reported.This is only the third time in our nation’s history that a secretary of defense has been in acting status for a prolonged period “and the first time there’s ever been a vacancy of more than one day without a nominee already named,” Jonathan Bernstein notes for Bloomberg.DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smithlast_img read more

Anchorage health care providers see more respiratory complaints with wildfire smoke

first_imgAir quality advisories can be found on the DEC website. “The lung is going to try to decrease the effects of those particulates,” Demain said, “so one of the ways the lungs will do that is make more mucous so that even someone without a respiratory disease is going to be coughing.” Jeffrey Demain is with the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska and practices in Anchorage. He says the wildfire smoke can cause lung irritation for anyone. “When you hear wheezing, that’s because the airways have swollen,” Demain said. “They’re probably going to be experiencing more mucus production, and that can become hazardous and problematic even for people without respiratory disease.” Center staff are advising patients with pre-existing respiratory problems to drink more fluids, use rescue inhalers as needed and minimize heavy activity especially outdoors. They are also recommending wearing a P95 respirator mask while outdoors if the air quality is at an unhealthy level. Demain says anyone experiencing shortness of breath, chest tightness or noisy breathing should seek medical attention. center_img Anchorage health care providers have seen more patients with respiratory problems in recent days because of poor air quality. Heavy smoke from the Swan Lake Fire contributes to traffic delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21, 2019. (Photo credit Alaska Division of Forestry) Alaska Native Medical Center reports no increase in respiratory cases at this time. A spokesperson with Providence Alaska Medical Center says their emergency department staff is seeing a similar up tick in patients coming in with respiratory complaints. last_img read more

Three Rs to hone skills of students

first_imgWarangal: In a bid to hone the academic skills of the students, the Warangal Rural district administration appears to be in the forefront. Thanks to the Warangal Rural district collector M Haritha who is determined to raise the standards of the school education. As part of her endeavour, the district administration has come out with a plan promoting three Rs. It may be noted here that Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are known as the three Rs. As part of the programme, the authorities are conducting an examination for all those Class III, V and VIII students (English and Telugu medium) studying in the State-run schools on Tuesday.last_img read more

Srinagar receives seasons first major snowfall

first_imgSrinagar city on Monday witnessed the season’s first major snowfall along with the rest of Kashmir, bringing respite from the prevailing chill as the mercury settled above the freezing point in most places of the valley for the first time in the last fortnight.The plains of the valley also received light snowfall accompanied by rains with Srinagar experiencing the first major snowfall of the season, according to a MeT Department official. The snowfall in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir began in the morning and it received 2.8 mm of rainfall during the night, the official said, adding the minimum temperature here went up by nearly five degrees to settle above the freezing point at 2.2 degrees Celsius.Most of the higher reaches of the valley, including the twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received moderate snowfall during the night, while the plains have experienced snow since the morning, the official said.While Gulmarg- the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, received over seven inches of fresh snowfall till 8:30 AM this morning, more than one inch of snow was recorded in the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south, he added.However, the twin resorts were the only places in the valley where the mercury stayed below the freezing point, he said. The mercury in Pahalgam went up by six notches to settle at minus 0.4 degree Celsius, and Gulmarg registered a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, he added.Reports of moderate snowfall were also received from higher reaches of Shopian, including Mughal Road, Sonamarg, Yousmarg, Amarnath Cave, Sadhna Pass, Gurez and Razdan top.Keeping with the trend, mercury increased in other places in the valley as well with Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag registering the temperatures of 2.4 degree Celsius, 1.4 degrees Celsius and 1.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, recorded a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius- an increase of nearly five degrees from the previous night’s minus 12.6 degrees Celsius.Nearby Kargil town was recorded as the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius.The town had registered a low of minus 15 degrees Celsius the previous night.last_img read more

We keep getting better and better Sandals Royal Barbados makes its debut

first_img ST. LAWRENCE GAP, Barbados — The all-suite Sandals Royal Barbados has opened next to sister property Sandals Barbados with 222 concierge and butler-level suites, including Sandals’ signature Rondoval, Millionaire Butler, Skypool and Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up suites.The all-new build also introduces three new restaurants, the brand’s first rooftop infinity pool, gentlemen’s barbershop and a four-lane bowling alley.“Every new resort we develop stands on the shoulders of what came before. We keep getting better and better and for us, right now – Sandals Royal Barbados is a game changer,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman and Founder of Sandals Resorts International.Sandals Royal Barbados’ General Manager Fernand Zievinger welcomes Shaunagh and Thomas Anderson as the resort¹s first guests on Dec. 20, 2017Stewart says Sandals Royal Barbados was designed to complement the adjacent Sandals Barbados, with guests staying at either property able to enjoy the amenities of both.The resort features three new 5-Star Global Gourmet signature restaurants: American Tavern, for casual dining in an industrial, modern setting; Asian-fusion Chi, with design inspired by traditional tea rooms; and Butch’s Steak and Seafood, a traditional à la carte steak and seafood house.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAlong with Caribbean, Mediterranean and French restaurants, Sandals Royal Barbados offers six new restaurants in total, bringing the number of unique dining options available for Sandals Resorts’ guests in Barbados to 17.The resort also introduces Sandals Resorts’ first rooftop entertainment complex with 360-degree ocean views, an infinity edge pool with chaise lounge seating and live music.The rooftop venue also includes dining at La Parisienne for French bistro fare and the cantilevered cocktail lounge ‘Raising the BARbados’, the expansive space Stewart says “was designed to delight.”In all, Sandals Royal Barbados will feature five bars including the first beer garden, Lover’s Lane Bar, featuring a selection of international, local and craft beers.Sandals Royal Barbados also includes a new, on-demand approach to entertainment at ground level with the introduction of an all-new entertainment pavilion, featuring a four-lane bowling alley, living room and game room.Other exclusive amenities include the brand’s first gentlemen’s only barber shop, a full-service 15,000 square foot Red Lane Spa and private chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers, for guests in select top category suites at Sandals Royal Barbados.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAlso new to Sandals Resorts and debuting here, The Beach House Resort Shop is a new retail brand curated to bring together the elements of the Caribbean featuring sophisticated resort wear, home goods, local craft and provisions.For meetings, events and special celebrations, Sandals Royal Barbados offers extensive outdoor and indoor space including The Royal Lawn and a 6,000-square foot conference facility with top of the line technology and in-house catering and event-planning services. Thursday, December 21, 2017 Tags: Barbados, Openings & Renovations, Sandals Resorts Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share “We keep getting better and better”: Sandals Royal Barbados makes its debut Travelweek Group last_img read more

Travellers told to Do the NT

first_imgThe Northern Territory has adopted teenage slang as part of a new brand strategy to boost tourism.Rolling out the ‘Do the NT’ brand across the east coast of Australia from August/September this year, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan said the new direction is “deliberately edgy” and is designed to tackle the ‘Don’t’ stopping people from visiting the Territory by provoking them with reasons to ‘Do the NT’.According to Mr Conlan, research found that although people associate the NT with spectacular sights and places, they still classify it as a ‘passive’ or ‘all look, but don’t touch’ destination.“This consultation with industry and consumer focus groups showed a creative shift was required to increase visitation to the Territory by positioning the NT as adventurous, fun loving and uncomplicated,” he explained.“Our new brand position will open the door to more opportunities as it shows that the NT is a place you do things – not just a place you see things.”The strategy will be supported by a multi-million dollar marketing consumer and trade campaign to drive sales and help the region meet its Tourism Vision 2020 Strategy to deliver $2.2 billion in annual visitor spending to the Northern Territory’s economy by 2020.Source = ETB News: NJlast_img read more

Tasmanian researcher investigates delicate balance

first_img Tasmanian researcher investigates delicate balance … Demand for ‘imperfect’ produce prompts Oddbox … USDA launches countrywide youth contest to reduce … April 10 , 2019 According to TOMRA, “Selling fruit or vegetables as a lower-grade of produce, or for a different processed product than originally intended, is far better than not selling it at all.”The company emphasizes that waste can also be reduced through reverse sorting. With most systems, waste streams containing as little as 1% to 2% of good product are often discarded, but this is unnecessary, it says.”When a sorting machine has the correct optical set-up, automated sorters can recover this waste.”As almost one-third of all the food produced worldwide, about 1.3 billion metric tons, ends up rotting or being thrown away, the company believes reducing food waste is more critical now than ever. It cites a European Parliament report: “Automating food processing lines with the right technology could improve sustainability in many ways, such as ‘optimizing product quality, reducing quality losses and defects, and decreasing energy and water consumption.'”This could result in huge commercial benefits according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP): “Decreasing food waste could save businesses US$384 million a year.”center_img You might also be interested in TOMRA Food has warned new technologies in the produce industry are necessary to reduce food waste, tackle global food shortages, and improve profits.It points to the world’s growing population, forecast to increase from 7.6 billion to 10 billion people by 2050, as a reason food demand is already outstripping supply in many regions.A challenge to solving this crisis is the time-long problem of food waste, the company adds.Bjorn Thumas, director business development at TOMRA Food, says optimizing the latest sensor-based sorting solutions could provide a “quick-win” in tackling these issues, all while making food businesses more profitable and sustainable.To back this argument, he explains that optimized sorting machines can determine exactly what percentage of a poor-looking crop is actually of good quality.While helping suppliers meet precisely defined quality standards, this can also increase how much of a product a farmer sells, feeding people and making profit, rather than being consigned to waste, says Thumas. FareShare: Combating food waste at retail is a ben …last_img read more

asiaBrochuresBunnik Tours

first_imgasiaBrochuresBunnik Tours Bunnik Tours has launched its Asia touring program for the 2018/19 season, with 12 new group tours across Japan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Bunnik has a maximum group size of just 20 passengers in Asia. New destinations for the upcoming season include Sri Lanka’s emerging north, characterised by its fascinating Tamil culture and intriguing history, as well as the less-explored region of northern Honshu in Japan, showcasing stunning natural scenery and unique traditional heritages.‘Flavours of Sri Lanka’ is a new culinary tour staying in some of Sri Lanka’s most famous hotels like the Heritance Kandalama and Shangri La’s Hambantota, and enjoying gourmet experiences including working alongside famous chefs, and indulging in a 6-course dinner in the Bawa Cave.Special departures cater for travellers who want to experience Japan’s cherry blossom and autumn colour seasons, India’s famous Pushkar Fair, Sri Lanka’s annual Kandy Festival and Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak, which invented the very concept of a luxury sports watch and elevated stainless steel to the status of a precious metal. But for Audemars Piguet, this year will also be marked by the launch of a new global ad campaign and brand identity.The campaign, created by the Lowe Superculture in London, will feature the work of renowned still life photographer Richard Foster and the acclaimed landscape photographer, Dan Holdsworth.It will showcase a powerful new brand thought: “To break the rules, you must first master them”.“This is more than just an advertising headline, it expresses the essence of the Audemars Piguet brand philosophy” commented C.E.O Philippe Merk. “We are proud of our heritage of fine watchmaking, and the craft skills which have been handed down from generation to generation since 1875. Over the years we have demonstrated our mastery of the art of haute horology and yet Audemars Piguet has also always been a beacon of innovation and creativity that dares to break new grounds. While the watches that we make are expressions of our respect for the traditions of hand crafted timepieces and while we celebrate the fact that we are the one of the few major Swiss brands still in the hands of the descendants of the original founding families, we are also a modern, progressive company famous for our innovations in technology, the daring use of new materials and bold designs.”The new campaign is divided into two main themes. The first captures the artistry and mastery that goes into every single Audemars Piguet timepiece, showcasing the highlights of the 2012 collection.The watches were shot by Richard Foster and each execution shows extreme close up elements of the watch components together with an explanation of how the individual piece demonstrates the brand truth of ‘To break the rules, you must first master them’.The second part of the campaign leverages the brand’s provenance and history. In a break from traditional watch marketing, the advertising will feature stunning work by the English Photographic artist, Dan Holdsworth, who spent several weeks in the Vallée de Joux capturing the dramatic beauty and soul of this very special place.In line with this, the Audemars Piguet logo has been subtlety refreshed and the long – running line “Le maître de l’horlogerie depuis 1875″ has been replaced with the name of the village in the Vallée de Joux which has always been the home of Audemars Piguet – Le Brassus.What is so compelling about Audemars Piguet is the combination of, on the one hand, history, tradition, authenticity and on the other, extraordinary modernity and progressive design. While other brands may like to be seen as heirlooms, Audemars Piguet is a progressive brand for the here and now, a brand to be worn by connoisseurs who respect the past but are making their own futures.” said Audemars Piguet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Sayler. “We are very excited to be working with outstanding photographic talent for this campaign. Richard Foster’s images really capture the exceptional craft and beauty of our watches in striking detail. Dan Holdsworth’s shot shows the ‘terroir’ of Le Brassus and reveals the connection between the relationship of man and nature and man and time-keeping. The true story of how watchmaking began amongst the farmers of the valley and how the incredible complex movements made today are the ultimate expression of man’s quest to unravel the mysteries of nature is what makes the story of Audemars Piguet so extraordinary.”www.audemarspiguet.comlast_img read more

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first_imgStaff at Bank of Cyprus’ restructuring and debt collection unit on Tuesday announced a two-hour warning strike for Friday to protest the lender’s intention to outsource.According to bank workers union Etyk, the strike will take place between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.In a circular, the union threatened to escalate its measures across the group “since the danger from the administration’s actions threatens all colleagues.”“The bank’s intention to unilaterally assign work to outside associates at will and in violation of current agreements and labour statutes shows the management’s real intentions regarding employment but also the clear danger for our members’ jobs in the near future,” Etyk said.The union said there were also other examples that showed the management’s contempt towards the agreements and staff.Etyk claimed the management exercised pressure on staff to leave the union and outsourced work to third parties in violation of agreements, and unpaid overtime.The announcement coincided with the publication of the lender’s nine-month results in which it showed an after-tax loss of €553m.At the end of June, non-performing loans stood at €9.7bn, or 50 per cent.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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