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Cairo – Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said.Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.It did not identify the journalists, only mentioning that one was a “Muslim Brotherhood member” and the other an Australian. Their colleagues at Al-Jazeera English identified them as Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, and Australian reporter Peter Greste.The raid came after authorities listed the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as a “terrorist organisation”, making membership in Islamist group or even possession of its literature a crime.The journalists “broadcast live news harming domestic security,” the interior ministry said, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood “publications”.Greste, a former BBC journalist, won the prestigious Peabody award in 2011 for a documentary on Somalia. Fahmy, who formerly worked with CNN, is a well-known journalist in Cairo with no known links to the Brotherhood.Egypt’s military-installed government cracked down on Al-Jazeera’s affiliates following the overthrow of Morsi in July, accusing the broadcaster of pro-Brotherhood coverage.Several Al-Jazeera reporters remain in detention, including Abdullah Elshamy, a journalist for the Arab language station arrested on August 14 when police dispersed an Islamist protest camp in Cairo, killing hundreds in clashes.The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation last week after a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters killed 15 people.It blamed the attack on the Islamists, although an Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Brotherhood condemned it.
As if rising sea levels, over-fishing, water shortages and inadequate sanitation service were not enough, these countries now see waste threatening not only public health but also their livelihoods, according to studies presented to the 8th Special Session of UNEP’s Governing Council and the Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Many small island developing States (SIDS) are dependent on income from tourists, and visitors are less likely to return to an island or recommend it to friends if the landscape, shoreline and coastal waters are littered with plastics, old cans, discarded sofas and other industrial and household rubbish, UNEP noted. “Small islands across the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific are some of the most vulnerable nations on Earth,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “Handling solid wastes from industry, households and tourism is emerging as another issue with which they need advice and help,” he added, noting they were already threatened by extreme weather and rising sea levels due to global warming. “Such wastes are not only unsightly and a threat to wildlife, they can also contaminate rivers and ground waters as they slowly degrade.” The Pacific island of Nauru, for example, now has a “blue green shoreline,” but this has nothing to do with it being next to a beautiful azure sea, UNEP noted. The colour is caused by mounds of discarded Fosters and Victoria beer cans. One study, a booklet entitled UNEP and Small Island Developing States: 1994-2004 and Future Perspectives, estimates that since the early 1990s the levels of plastic wastes on SIDS has increased fivefold. It points out that problems of rubbish and litter are part of a wider waste crisis. For example, 90 per cent of wastewater is discharged untreated from islands in the Caribbean. In parts of the northeast Pacific, the level of untreated sewage is 98 per cent. Another report, UNEP’s Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA), notes that a short walk along any coastline close to human habitation in the Pacific Islands will reveal many example of inappropriate waste disposal, while for Indian Ocean Islands “the most critical issue for the States in the region is the growing problem of solid wastes.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lower oil, mining revenues drive Newfoundland’s deficit up to $726 million ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is humming but it’s blaming the global downturn for nearly tripling a forecast deficit that has spiked to $725.8 million from $258.4 million projected last April.Finance Minister Tom Marshall warned Thursday of cuts to the public service and programs next year as he cited a steep drop in oil and mineral earnings.“The volatility that’s inherent in commodity prices is not a factor that’s under our control, but in the face of new fiscal challenges we must respond,” Marshall told a news conference.At issue is the price of Brent crude oil, which at around US$109 per barrel is far lower than the US$124 per barrel on which the provincial budget relies. And some analysts are predicting prices will stay low well into 2013 as economic woes in the U.S. and Europe reduce demand on the global market.For every dollar that oil goes down, it costs the provincial treasury almost $20 million.The Progressive Conservative majority government had anchored its budget, as it has for the last nine years, using an independent average oil price provided by New York-based consultant PIRA Energy Group in consultation with other experts.“I don’t pick what the price of oil is going to be,” Marshall said. “We rely on the best experts out there.“We look at what they say and we plan accordingly.”In the legislature, Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball quipped during question period that Marshall may want to seek new experts and asked how he’d “lost complete control” of provincial finances.The government depends on offshore oil for about one-third of its revenues and is poised to approve the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador that would cost the province at least $6.2 billion.“This is an example of how we can, and how we must, diversify our revenue base,” Marshall said. He stressed that Muskrat Falls is an investment that’s expected to earn dividends of more than $20 billion over 50 years starting in 2017.Despite fiscal troubles brought on by worldwide forces, the provincial economy is among the strongest in Canada with capital investment of up to $9.7 billion this year along with strong housing starts and retail sales, he said.Provincial unemployment is down to 12.5 per cent — an improvement although it’s still highest in the country except for Nunavut.Net debt is now expected to hit $8.9 billion, up from $8.5 billion predicted last spring, but still down from a high of almost $12 billion in 2004, Marshall said.He also talked of the need to whittle spending and keep a lid on government hiring and salaries as the province prepares for what could be testy contract talks with its workers. Publicly funded pension plans continue to be “significantly” underfunded and will go broke unless the province and unions compromise, he added.Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, said her union is representing up to 18,000 workers in several groups ranging from educational staff to health professionals to marine services and highway maintenance staff.“Financially we’re well ready for a strike,” she said in an interview. “However, that is not the position that we take. We want to go in and negotiate a collective agreement. It will really be up to government, I suspect in many ways, whether we have a strike or not.”Furlong said there’s widespread skepticism of the government’s fiscal forecasts and suspicion that a “Grinch-like attitude” just before Christmas could be to mute expectations. The province made a choice to divert $600 million to help fund Muskrat Falls — a project that won’t be unfairly shouldered by government workers and should not cut into public programs, Furlong said.Opposition NDP Leader Lorraine Michael questioned the government’s handling of provincial finances.“You have certain needs, then you do multi-year planning for those needs, how you’re going to pay for that. And you just don’t do crisis planning with regard to your expenditures,” she said.“They say that they’re fiscally responsible. I think this today shows that they are fiscally irresponsible because they’re not doing that planning.”The province will now have to borrow more to finance a cash down payment of about $2 billion on Muskrat Falls, Michael said.“I understand the minister said the dividends will pay for the loan. Well, the dividends aren’t going to start until 2017 and the loan is going to have to happen before then.”Michael compared Muskrat Falls and its potential cost overruns to a home renovation that the province can’t afford.“Can we as a province have the luxury of planning a project like Muskrat Falls with the reality that we’re facing today?”Nancy Healey, CEO of the St. John’s Board of Trade, said she believes the hydro development will ultimately be a good investment. But she raised concerns about the extent to which provincial spending is outpacing revenues.“We need to start looking at what government is doing, what services and programs it’s offering and say: ‘Are they sustainable?’“Here we’re in the most robust economy we’ve ever had, with great GDP, yet we still can’t balance the books. So we’re going to have to get very serious about this now.”Healey pointed to countries around the world that are now in dire straits after failing to manage and reduce debt.Premier Kathy Dunderdale asked cabinet ministers last July to call off all but the most vital departmental travel in an effort to save cash. The measure was on top of a review announced earlier this year to cut administrative fat and inefficiencies across departments that together saved about $20 million, Marshall said.He opted for two years of overspending rather than austerity as he tabled his budget last April. He blamed a $1.1-billion hole in the province’s finances due to a dip in oil production during refits and maintenance plus the loss of federal cash as the Atlantic Accord expired.The joint offshore management program with Ottawa put $536 million in provincial coffers last year.Marshall had predicted a return to the black in 2014-15 with a $44-million surplus as higher offshore oil royalty rates kick in. On Thursday, he declined to revisit those numbers.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said that Muskrat Falls would earn $50 billion over 50 years. by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 5:24 pm MDT
Transport News Brief CV Show preview Saturday 12 April 2008 There’s still time to get Fast Track tickets Register on-line quickly at the show website www.cvshow.com and click on the ‘for visitors’ line and you’ll get into the on-line registration system. “Do that and the organisers will arrange you a free Fast Track show ticket, available for you to pick up when you arrive. It will help you beat the queues,” said Bob Sockl, boss of Crystal Communications the Show marketing consultancy. “And as a bonus, that Fast Track ticket will get you an Early Bird breakfast voucher worth £2.” More from Bob Sockl on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or firstname.lastname@example.org World premiere for new CitroÃƒ«n Berlingo at CV Show CitroÃƒ«n’s new Berlingo range makes its world debut at the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show – and will go on sale in the UK on 5 June. The all-new Berlingo is set to make a major impact in the light commercial vehicle market, starting with its debut on the firm’s stand, 17-251. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or email@example.com Aisle-Master offers more space New CV Show exhibitor Aisle-Master on stand 17-251 is confident of a busy Show, with its articulated forklifts offering better use of warehouse space. “Everyone wants to get the best value from their storage space, to avoid paying for any more than is absolutely necessary,” says Gerry McHugh, managing director. “Aisle-Masters replace a combination of reach and counterbalance forklifts and can achieve increased pallet density of up to 50%. They work just as well out in the yard as in very narrow aisles in the warehouse.” More from Steve Surridge on +44 (0)7 725 642 472 or firstname.lastname@example.org Free trucks at CV Show Tachograph analysis firm Stoneridge says it will give away free Corgi trucks on its stand 7-010 at the CV Show. The aim is to promote its award-winning Optac range, which it designed to simplify the storage and viewing of digital tachograph data. “We’ll give a Stoneridge-branded Corgi truck to anyone signing up for an Optac Fleet Viewer at the Show,” says the firm’s Vicki Giacopazzi. More from Vicki Giacopazzi, +44 (0)870 887 9298 or email@example.com Premier launches Class 4 Testing Pit at the CV Show Premier Pits, on stand 20-531, will launch its prefabricated Class 4 Testing Pit at the CV Show. The firm says it offers many benefits over a conventionally constructed pit: The unit can be fitted in four days and has better water tightness and minimal running costs. “For many years most Class 4 vehicle testing has been done using lifts,” said Kate Burrell, marketing director. “Recently, however, there has been a growing demand for Class 4 pits. “One of the main factors for this is the lack of headroom in many garages.” More from Kate Burrell on +44 (0)1 775 821 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org Otto restructures its UK business Otto replaces HN Logistic Systems on stand 19-130 at the 2008 CV Show as Environmental Solutions Europe BV re-organises its UK business. HN Logistic Systems has been incorporated into sister company Otto UK Ltd. “These changes will consolidate Otto’s strong market position with its long established products,” said Max Ryan, MD at Otto UK Ltd. “It will enable us to provide our customers with integrated solutions for refuse containers and container handling equipment.” Otto UK Ltd intends to remain fully engaged with the UK bin lift market and will be introducing three new products with exciting new features during the next few months. More from Chris King on +44 (0)1 664 454 511 or email@example.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides enhanced spectral resolution necessary for accurate data analysis with the latest suite of next generation hyperspectral sensors. ASD, a PANalytical company and a global leader in high performance NIR analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions, has introduced this next generation of its FieldSpec line of spectroradiometers. The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides enhanced spectral resolution to support accurate calibration and image classification analysis with the next generation high spectral resolution hyperspectral sensors.“With the FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG, ASD is providing the ground-based spectral resolution necessary to take full advantage of the next generation high-resolution hyperspectral imaging systems such as AVRISNG and HySpex ODIN-1024,” said Brian Curtiss, CTO of ASD. “The instrument provides the required spectral resolution along with the level of spectral detail that is essential for sensor validation and calibration, as well as ground truthing and building spectral libraries.”The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG builds on ASD’s reputation by incorporating its fast spectrum integration speeds and graded index InGaAS photodiode SWIR technology, with new and enhanced next generation SWIR optics. The FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides unprecedented spectral resolution in the SWIR bands, high performance for rapid field measurement collection, and the smallest available spectral sampling interval with 1,875 measured wavelengths over the full 350 nm to 2,500 nm spectral range. The unit enables precise determination of absorption feature position and quantification of subtle wavelength shifts with spectra having the highest level of detail available in a field portable spectroradiometer.
Les toits de chaume fleurissent à nouveau en EuropeEsthétiques et écologiques, les toits de chaume fleurissent à nouveau en Europe, après avoir longtemps été délaissés pour des matériaux plus modernes. Un regain de popularité dû à l’intérêt grandissant des Européens pour les constructions durables, mais aussi pour la préservation du patrimoine.”En France, il y a un regain d’intérêt pour les toits de chaume car ils sont d’une part très esthétiques et en plus le chaume est un matériau naturel qui est un très bon isolant thermique et phonique”, souligne Jacques Baudoin, président de l’Association nationale des couvreurs chaumiers de France cité par Romandie.com. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa France n’est pas le seul pays où ces toits végétaux ont à nouveau la cote, c’est également le cas aux Pays-Bas où les toits en roseaux sont de plus en plus prisés. A ce jour, ce sont quelques 150.000 maisons qui seraient dotées de toits de chaume dans le pays. Allemagne, Royaume-Uni, Irlande… la cote de popularité de ce matériau ne cesse de croître partout en Europe, et ce malgré un coût sensiblement plus élevé que les toits en tuile. Un surplus cependant compensé par la durée de vie des toits en chaume qui peut atteindre cinquante ans, mais aussi par les excellentes qualités isolantes du matériau.C’est principalement le roseau, venu de Camargue, du Norfolk au Royaume-Uni, du delta du Danube, de Turquie ou des Pays-Bas, qui est utilisé pour la construction de ces toits en Europe et en Amérique du Nord. Les couvreurs ont parfois recours à la paille de seigle ou de blé, tandis que des feuilles d’arbres sont souvent utilisées dans le Pacifique ou en Amérique du sud.Le 13 mars 2011 à 18:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
In his interview with investigators, police said Gonzalez told them he had smoked marijuana before the crash, and “that he felt buzzed, but was fine to drive because he has always driven buzzed and never hit anyone before.”Gonzalez has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.News of Gonzalez’s arrest gave a sense of peace to Garcia’s family.“My family is happy because that person is in jail right now,” said Miraya Bolanos, Garcia’s sister. “My sister is dead right now, but that person don’t kill anymore — another life in the street. I give you the message, I’m sorry, but you have to pay for it.”Funeral services have been planned for Garcia this coming weekend.Gonzalez is being held on a bond of $210,000. If he does bond out, he will be placed on house arrest, and he will not be allowed to drink or drive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have made an arrest in connection to a hit-and-run that killed an elderly woman.Miami Police arrested 25-year-old Ricardo Alexander Gonzalez, Thursday morning. Gonzalez faces charges in connection to the death of 76-year-old Hilda Garcia.Garcia was killed Sunday night around 10:15 p.m. after she was hit while crossing the road near Northwest 37th Avenue and Ninth Street. Garcia was dragged between 80 and 100 feet.According to an arrest report, Gonzalez was spotted by a neighbor damaging the car said to be involved in the crash. When asked what he was doing, Gonzalez said not to worry because it was his vehicle.Gonzalez then reportedly sold his car to a junkyard.Investigators said Gonzalez ultimately turned himself in to police in the middle of Caribe Restaurant.“He just went up and approached the cops,” said Henry Iraheta, a restaurant employee. “He was just crying, literally just sheds of tears coming down.”
As we reported late Thursday, Emmis Communications, publisher of the award-winning Texas Monthly, Los Angeles magazine and five other regional titles (I’m considering Country Sampler a Southern regional; you don’t have to), is cutting roughly 40 jobs from its magazine publishing division. That’s 4.5 percent of its workforce, which is a significant number when you consider Gannett, the newspaper publisher, just cut 3 percent—or 1,000 jobs—from its workforce, and I heard about that on a local morning radio broadcast driving to work.More significant, though, was the announcement of Emmis’ 2 percent salary cut across the board for the remaining employees. We’ve heard about frozen salaries at plenty of publishing companies this year, but I can only recall one—Cygnus—that rolled them back, which was a bit of a PR and morale nightmare for them.And this, despite Emmis reporting first quarter publishing division revenue of $22.6 million, up slightly from $22.2 million from the same period last year. Here’s the official statement from Emmis:Earlier this week, Emmis Publishing instituted a series of steps to better position its magazines for success. Those steps included a 4.5 percent workforce reduction, as well as a salary reduction for current employees, generally equaling two percent. Notified employees received generous severance packages and other support.The publishing industry has seen a steady stream of staff reductions and expense cutting in recent months. We believe that the expense reductions we are implementing for the coming year are considerably more thoughtful and measured than what we’ve seen from many of our peers. Emmis Publishing employs some of the most talented people in our industry and is continually honored for excellence. We are very confident in the future of the city and regional magazine business.
Distributor and magazine publisher Source Interlink Wednesday reported an operating loss of $243 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, down more than 640 percent from an income of $44.9 million during the same period last year. For the fiscal third quarter, the company reported an operating loss of $6.5 million, down 122 percent from an income of $29.5 million last year.Through the first nine months, Source’s media group reported a loss of $234.5 million, down 1,607 percent from the same period last year. The periodicals fulfillment portion of Source’s distribution group reported a $900,000 net loss, down 103.8 percent. Income in the DVD/CD portion of its business was down 52.8 percent to $29.6 million.Year-to-date, EBITDA was $133.1 million, up from $82.4 million during the same period last year. The company carries $1.4 billion in debt.During a conference call, recently-appointed CEO Greg Mays said Source needs to better streamline its operations—especially back office functions like accounting, IT and general administrative—following the company’s acquisitions over the last several years, including the 2007 acquisition of Primedia’s Enthusiast Media in a stock purchase of approximately $1.2 billion. “While the company might have realized most of the model synergies, in my view the real management and cost structure integration has not occurred,” Mays said. “There’s a real opportunity for us to become much more administratively effective and operationally stronger while lowering costs.” Source saved approximately $11 million by eliminating about 300 full-time and 100 part-time employees, or about 8 percent of the company’s overall workforce, CFO Marc Fierman said during the call. The company expects to realize about $27 million in savings due to the layoffs in fiscal 2010, he said.Other cost cutting initiatives included integrating its distribution and sales operations (for which it incurred $23.9 million in expenses) and consolidated eight magazines into other titles, bringing the number of Source magazines to 69.Mays and Fierman also noted that Source, through its subsidiary distributor Alliance Entertainment, is owed money by Circuit City—reportedly almost $16 million—which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.As of market close Wednesday, Source’s stock was trading at $0.1895, up from its 52-week low of $0.13 earlier this month. In August 2007, when Source acquired the Primedia Enthusiast Group, its stock was upwards of $4 per share. A year earlier, it was well above $10 per share.
(Graphic from the Alaska Travel Industry Association)2016 was a record year for Alaska tourism.Listen nowAccording to a report from the Alaska Tourism Industry Association, the state had 1,857,500 visitors last summer — that reflects a four percent increase since the previous year and the highest amount on record.Over a million of those visitors came by cruise ship, but air travel to Alaska increased by 6 percent, according to the ATIA report — contributing a large part to the tourism bump.ATIA president Sarah Leonard said there were several things that contributed to the increased numbers.“We’ve talked about with low fuel prices, that road highway travel saw an increase over the past year,” Leonard said. “And we know and we’ve been supporting the ferry system and working out a more sustainable schedule and a more sustainable way of operating.”Leonard pointed out that the per-person spending amount of each visit was up for 2016 but she’s not totally optimistic the positive tourism trend will continue.She cited decreased marketing budgets from the state of Alaska as a main cause for concern.
Vikarabad: In a warning to Telangana, the Met department said on Sunday that heavy rain is very likely to lash at isolated places across Telangana from July 22 to 25 because of the cyclonic circulation over south Chhattisgarh and its neighbourhood now lies overnorth madhya Maharashtra and its neighbourhood. The bulletin said cyclonic circulation between southeast and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal and north Andaman sea persists. As a result rainfall occurred at a few places in Telangana, including Vikarabad district. While there was 3 cm rain in Mominpet in the district one cm each occurred in Peddemul, Tandur, Bomraspeta and Vikarabad. According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at many places across Telangana from July 22 to 25. No large change during the period July 26-28 is the weather outlook.
Prothom Alo illustrationPolice on Friday arrested a tutor for allegedly trying to rape a Class-IV student in Sadar upazila of Manikganj, reports UNB.The arrestee is Rubel Hossain alias Rumel, also a clerk of Betila Govt Primary School. He had also been providing tuition to the victim for the past one year.The victim’s father filed a case with Sadar police station on Thursday night in this regard.As per the case statement, Rubel had been molesting the girl for the last one year threatening her of dire consequences if she disclosed the matter to anyone.The victim’s family came to know about the molestation on Wednesday upon interrogation as she was bleeding following rape attempt on her.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Md Harej Sikdar said the victim was sent to Sadar Hospital for physical tests.
Giancarlo Stanton was far and away the biggest free agency acquisition of the baseball offseason, and not surprisingly, Yankee fans are expecting big things from Stanton and bash brother Aaron Judge for many years to come.New York is also a tough freakin’ town, and Stanton got his first taste of the Gotham venom in his first ever game at Yankee Stadium after taking striking out 5 times against the Rays, today. It was the first time Stanton had K’d 5 times in a game in his career and Yankee fans celebrated the occasion by booing him all the way back to the dugout. Oh, yeah, the Yankees had a comfortable 9-4 lead at the time of his 5th K, and won the game 11-4. Good god, people.The pinstripes always look great, but the other half of the equation is the obligation to please an unrelenting fanbase. Watch Gio get a New York welcome in his first game. It ain’t Miami.More boos for Giancarlo Stanton. This time Michael Kay addresses the Yankees fans booing. pic.twitter.com/8ivtGl327A— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) April 3, 2018 Advertisement
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Travelweek Group With AQSC buy, Victory ships will offer more excursions, better product Tags: AQSC, Victory Cruise Lines Thursday, July 25, 2019 Share TORONTO — When a cruise line invests US$3 million into upgrades for two recently-acquired ships, you’d think that would trigger a fare increase for passengers. But that’s not the case for American Queen Steamboat Company, which took over Victory Cruise Lines in January 2019.AQSC has lowered – yes, lowered – fares on the M/V Victory I and the M/V Victory II for the 2020 season.M/V Victory IA destination immersive product like Victory’s is for ‘time and money’ travellers, typically Baby Boomers, who are looking for unique experiences on smaller ships. They have the means, but they want value too. Incentives were in place for 2019 sailings now underway, for the first season under AQSC’s ownership. And one of the decisions AQSC made as the new owners of Victory Cruise Lines was to lower prices for the 2020 season.The revised pricing brings fares in line with the product, says Senior VP Sales, Bob Salmon. AQSC also decided to ‘sweat the small stuff’, because as any agent selling cruises knows, the small stuff can make a big difference.In just one example, the ships’ former owners had 9” thick mattresses on the beds. “And we said, we’re going to 13”. The former owners said, ‘But the mattresses are only two years old, they’re virtually brand new.’ But they’re too small, they’re not up to our standard,” says Salmon.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe renovation of the two ships earlier this year was just the start, with more work coming when the ships wrap up their 2019 seasons in the fall. The M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II are identical 202-guests ships sailing North America’s coastal regions, with all-inclusive cruises to the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada and New England.Close to two Canadian dozen travel agents got a first-hand look at Victory I yesterday, taking part in an industry lunch onboard the refurbished ship as it made its way through Ontario’s waterways before docking in Toronto. Cruise Strategies, led by company founder Vanessa Lee, is working on building market presence for both AQSC and Victory in Canada, with both consumers and the trade.Soon there will be a third ship to promote. A brand new-build, Ocean Victory, will join Victory’s fleet in April 2021 for Alaska sailings. The ship will be a full charter for the Alaska sailing season, back each spring to bring passengers up close to The Last Frontier.Meanwhile in 2020 Victory I will sail 9-night itineraries from Chicago to Toronto, cruising all five Great Lakes. “We dip our toe in Lake Superior,” Salmon said with a smile, adding that these cruises are great for bucket list clients who want to check the Great Lakes off their lists.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionVictory II will offer 7-night itineraries in 2020, from Chicago to Niagara Falls. Three of the Great Lakes are featured on those sailings.AQSC has also added pre-sailing hotel stays for Victory Cruise Line departures, another one of those small but very important details.Seen here in Toronto this week are Vanessa Lee, President, Cruise Strategies and Bob Salmon, Senior Vice President of Sales for American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise LinesPlus, says Salmon, “we will apply our level of shore excursions to the Victory product.” AQSC’s river cruises in the southern U.S. and Pacific Northwest are known for their destination immersive excursions and as Victory’s new owners the company wants to bring Victory I and Victory II’s shore excursions up to the same level.There’s news from AQSC itself too, with a fourth ship, American Countess, joining the fleet in April 2020. AQSC already has American Queen and American Duchess and, in the Pacific Northwest, American Empress.American Empress in Richland, WAVeranda Suite onboard American DuchessA solid 75% of business on the cruise lines come through travel agents, says Salmon, making the retail distribution channel a critical one for the company. “We’ve done a great job in the U.S. developing retail partnerships,” he says. “Now we’re starting to do the same in Canada.”For more details see americanqueensteamboatcompany.com and victorycruiselines.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
July 7, 2017 580 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Growth The Department of Labor Unemployment 2017-07-07 ScottMorgan1 One day after announcing that unemployment claims rose for the third straight week, the Labor Department announced that job growth surged past expectations in June. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that non-farm payroll jobs reached 222,000 last month, well past the expected gain of 180,000.The Labor Department credited increased worker hours for the surge. The average workweek increased from 34.4 to 34.5 hours per week from may to June. Employment increased in health care (up 37,000 jobs), social assistance (up 23,000), financial activities (up 17,000), and mining (up 8,000).Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, however, showed little change over the month.Curt Long, chief economist at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU), reminded that while the growth in jobs is great news, “wage growth has stalled, which will add to fears that low inflation may not improve any time soon.”Average hourly earnings increased four cents, just 0.2 percent, in June, to $26.25. That’s better than the 0.1 percent gain in May, though not by much. However, year-over-year, the average hourly wage was up 2.5 percent in June, or 63 cents an hour. Than compares to an uptick of 2.4 percent in May. In June, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.03.The latest numbers showed divisions among Fed officials over how great a concern sluggish wage growth actually is, Long said. “While we may see the Fed trimming its balance sheet later this year, another rate hike is looking less likely.”Also causing some consternation among economists is the unusually low unemployment picture. In May, unemployment hi a 16-year low at 4.3 percent. In June that number crept upwards to 4.4 percent. While that could signal greater confidence in the labor market, it could also be an artificial optimism in that more people are simply looking for work.The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was unchanged at 1.7 million in June. Long-term unemployed accounted for 24.3 percent of all unemployed. Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed was down by 322,000. Share in Daily Dose, News Job Growth is Strong, Wage Growth However…
LISTEN: Gerald Christian, Cardinals tight end Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Looking at stuff online I guess I get a roast,” said Christian. “People get to come out and make fun of me. So I’m not really looking forward to that.”Though Christian may not be thrilled about his upcoming roast, he is excited about other parts of the experience.“They told me I’m gonna go out there and they’re gonna teach me how to surf,” he said. “I’m ready for that.”Should be a sight to see at 6-foot-3, 244 pounds.Over the last two seasons at Louisville, Christian caught 60 passes for 810 yards and nine touchdowns. And now, the Cardinals draft pick will receive the Lowsman Trophy, which is like the heralded Heisman Trophy except it depicts a player fumbling a football.“I’ll probably give it to my mom,” Christian said. “I doubt I’ll have it at my house somewhere.” Arizona Cardinals 7th round draft pick Gerald Christian is heading to Disneyland. The Louisville tight end was the last pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, earning him the title ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ and his first trip to California.“I’ve never been to California,” Christian told Burns & Gambo Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It’s a vacation before football starts.”Christian will be the focus of a week of events in Newport Beach, Calif., from July 7-12, including a banquet, a trip to Disneyland, Angel Stadium and a roast.
Related LinksESPN rates the Cardinals’ chances of landing each QBA list of the Cardinals’ unrestricted, restricted and exclusive free agentsBut when he was on the field, he made the snaps count, registering at least seven tackles in the first five games and either leading the team or recording the second-most tackles in all but two games in which he played.In Week 3’s 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Branch had his best performance of the season, making a game-leading 12 tackles. The next closest Cardinal was Tyrann Mathieu with four tackles.Looking at the rest of the free agents on the list, much-talked about quarterback Kirk Cousins — who has been the subject of conversation in Arizona — sits atop the rankings, while quarterback Jay Cutler rounds out the list at No. 101.The free agent frenzy officially begins March 14. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In a latest ranking of the top free agents in the NFL, two Arizona Cardinals found themselves right in the mix.With free agency right around corner, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling broke down the top 101 free agents available, highlighting Cardinals wide receiver John Brown and safety Tyvon Branch.With 17 Cardinals set to test free agency, Brown and Branch were the only two to make the cut, coming in at No. 52 and No. 72, respectively. 0 Comments Share WR John Brown – No. 52(AP Photo/John Cordes)Like so many intriguing free agents, Brown has a history of injuries that makes him a boom-or-bust option. He hasn’t been quite right since his 1,000-yard season in 2015.Brown saw his production increase from 2014 to 2015, but has since seen a big dropoff in almost every receiving category.Thanks in part to injuries and the quarterback situation, Brown has’t been able to replicate his 65-catch and 1,003-yard effort from 2015. Last season, he failed to reach 300 yards and played in just 10 games for the Cardinals.When he did get the ball he averaged 14.2 yards a catch, but saw a career-low in targets with 56 — down 45 from 2015.His total yards ranked him 147th in the NFL among pass catchers — one spot lower than Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and tied with Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman.His best game of the season came in Week 6, where he caught three balls for 63 yards and a 31-yard touchdown.S Tyvon Branch – No. 72(AP Photo/Michael Perez)Defensive coordinator James Bettcher knew just how to use Branch’s ability to cover tight ends. Don’t be surprised if Branch follows Bettcher to Big Blue.Like Brown, the injury bug hampered Branch’s availability as the 10-year vet only played in nine games for Arizona after playing in just six in 2016. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo