Rabat – Four female Moroccan students will participate in TechGirls 2017, an international summer exchange program encouraging girls to pursue technology-related careers, held between July 12 and August 8 in the US.The three-week technology camp is designed to empower and inspire young girls from North Africa and the Middle East to look for careers in science and technology.During their stay, the four students aged between 15 and 17 will spend a week receiving over 45 hours of “hands-on” instruction on technology-related topics, such as Java programming and mobile application development. The teenagers will also have the opportunity to visit technology companies, attend cultural events and take part in leadership clinics. They will benefit from the guidance of technology experts, who will give them advice about their future careers.Joining the four Moroccan students in the program are other young women from: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunsia.
A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people.The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber.Sri Lankan officials said they were temporarily blocking social media to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The defence ministry said the shutdown would extend until the government concludes its investigation into the bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels.NetBlocks cautioned that such post-attack blackouts are often ineffective.“What we’ve seen is that when social media is shut down, it creates a vacuum of information that’s readily exploited by other parties,” said Alp Toker, executive director of the London-based group. “It can add to the sense of fear and can cause panic.”The group said its monitoring of Sri Lankan internet connectivity found no disruptions to the fundamental infrastructure of the internet, meaning the blackout was directed at specific services. Some social media outlets, such as Twitter, appeared unaffected, but the blockage affected popular messaging services.“That’s going to be a problem for people trying to communicate with friends and family,” Toker said.This isn’t the first time Sri Lanka has blocked social media. The government imposed a weeklong ban in March 2018 because of concerns that WhatsApp and other platforms were being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country’s central region.Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has struggled in recent years to combat the use of its platforms to incite violence and spread hate messages and political propaganda in countries including India, Myanmar and the United States.The company said in a statement Sunday that it has been working to support first responders and law enforcement in Sri Lanka and identify and remove content that violates company standards.“We are aware of the government’s statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms,” the company said. “People rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time.”Google didn’t respond to a request for comment about the disruption to its YouTube service in Sri Lanka. Requests for comment made to messaging services Snap and Viber were not immediately returned.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press
The Durban Review Conference, scheduled for 20-24 April in Geneva, will assess progress in implementing the measures adopted at 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in South Africa eight years ago.A working group made up of UN Member States has begun negotiations in Geneva on a draft outcome document, use a 38-page text as the basis for their negotiations.“The Secretary-General welcomes the United States’ decision to send a delegation to engage in the preliminary negotiations to finalize the draft outcome document of the Durban Review Conference,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban “urges all Member States to engage constructively on all the outstanding issues of the outcome document to ensure a successful outcome of the Conference,” the statement added.Israel indicated last November that it does not plan to take part in the April review conference. 17 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the United States’ decision to participate in preparatory talks for an upcoming review meeting of the landmark 2001 United Nations anti-racism conference which the US, along with Israel, had withdrawn from citing concerns the forum was being used by some to push an anti-Israel agenda.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News anchor Rebecca Jarvis is moving to ABC News.ABC says Jarvis will join the network later this month as its chief business and economics correspondent.During her three years with CBS, Jarvis reported on business and economics affairs. She also co-anchored “CBS This Saturday.”Before joining CBS, she spent three years at CNBC reporting on market news from the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.Jarvis previously wrote for publications including Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She also has worked in investment banking and foreign currency trading.A native of Minneapolis, she graduated from the University of Chicago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:48 am MDT CBS News anchor Rebecca Jarvis heads to ABC as its chief business and economics correspondent
In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body decided to keep the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) until 31 March 2018, but approved 16,215 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units.In a previous mandate extension, the Council approved 19,815 military personnel, 760 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units. The Council also decided that the strategic priorities of MONUSCO are to contribute to the protection of civilians and support the implementation of the 31 December 2016 agreement on the electoral process.In that regard, the Council called on the Government of the DRC and its national partners, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), to ensure a transparent and credible electoral process, in fulfilment of their primary responsibility to create propitious conditions for the forthcoming elections. The Council tasked the Mission, with, among other responsibilities, ensuring effective and dynamic protection of civilians under threat of physical violence, including by preventing, deterring, and stopping all armed groups and local militias from inflicting violence on the populations. The Secretary-General was requested to take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance of MONUSCO with the United Nations zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to keep the Council fully informed through his reports to the Council about the Mission’s progress in this regard.It also urged troop- and police-contributing countries to take appropriate preventative action including pre-deployment awareness training, and to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mr Les Manning – one of the few remaining WWII veterans who fought in the Battle of Crete – celebrated his one hundred and first birthday, and the Cretan community in Victoria were out in force to wish him many more happy returns. Les, accompanied by daughter Lynda, and three grand-daughters, was guest of honour at a special Easter Monday lunch hosted by the Pancretan Association of Melbourne at the Cretan Village in Wantirna. A meal of mezedes and spit-roasted lamb was followed by chocolate cake with a single candle, and the entire dining room singing Happy Birthday – in English and then Greek – to the old soldier. After Les thanked his fellow diners, his daughter Lynda Banks said the extraordinary affection shown by the Cretan community to her father was warmly appreciated. “They make us feel so welcome, they’re a very loving and passionate people, and we feel like we’re part of their family,” said Lynda. “They come up to dad and kiss him. It’s a wonderful experience and I know it inspires him to live another two or three years at least.” “It makes me feel great,” said Les as his daughter and granddaughters joined the traditional Cretan dancing accompanied by a bouzouki band. Despite having suffered a stroke since turning 100, Les was in good form – still recounting his experiences of the Battle of Crete with great clarity. After the Allied evacuation of mainland Greece in April 1941, he and his fellow Diggers of the Victoria-raised 2/7 Battalion were sent to the island just before the German airborne invasion. The 2/7th were deployed at Georgioupolis in the opening days of the battle, but on 27 May 1941, they took part in what became known as the charge at 42nd Street near Souda, where Anzac troops forced back an elite division of Austrian mountain troops, buying time for other Allied soldiers to cross the White Mountains to the evacuation point at Sfakia. Les, pinned down by mortar fire at 42nd Street, made it to Sfakia days later, but like thousands of others, he was left behind. Evading capture briefly, Les became a prisoner of war and was shipped to Stalag 13 in Bavaria where he spent the rest of the war. Born and raised in Richmond, Leslie Manning – the son of a Flinders Lane rag trader – joined the 2/7th Battalion in October 1939, and left Port Melbourne for the Middle East in April 1940. A year later he was in Greece. After the war, Les worked as a security guard for the state savings bank in Melbourne. A father of four, he celebrated his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife Alma last year. John Nikolakakis, president of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne told Neos Kosmos that the association was delighted to be able to mark Les’s 101st birthday with him. “To have him celebrate with us is an honour to us all,” said Mr Nikolakakis. “To think this veteran was born before the events at Gallipoli in 1915 proves how much we should respect these very few veterans that are still with us. God bless you Les and Happy Birthday!”
PORTLAND — A small landslide has spilled debris on the side of an exit ramp along eastbound Interstate 84, forcing the Oregon Department of Transportation to close that ramp through the weekend.KOIN reports that Exit 41, the ramp to the Northeast Eagle Creek Loop in the Columbia River Gorge, is the ramp that was closed.ODOT officials said they are concerned about more slides because of rain in the forecast.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Next was a substantive application filed on behalf of former Premier, Michael Misick. Fiery Queen’s Counsel, Ralph Thorne who represents Misick said his client is protesting the trial as ‘unfair’. The specialty argument threatens to end or delay the proceedings as Thorne has given a preview of what he wanted to present when court resumed at 2pm.The changes over the years including the number of counts which have gone from 26 to 23 to 16 to 17 expose, in Misick’s view, the erratic nature of the trial. In fact Michael Misick’s counsel will challenge the ‘regularity of the trial.’ Andrew Mitchell for the SIPT called the beginnings of the specialty argument ‘reprehensible.’ Mitchell, who today demonstrated obvious signs of exasperation at the litany of challenges by Michael Misick explained to Harrison that QC Thorne ought know better than to be a “mouthpiece of political concerns” for the ex-Premier. Thorne defended that it is a constitutional not political point, that he has an obligation to his client and intends no disrespect and stated that his motion will surround the view that the trial is ‘UNFAIR.’ Thorne had only moments before argued that it was preposterous that a new or amended witness list was provided to the various legal teams today. Justice Harrison asked QC, Andrew Mitchell to provide a ‘final and formal’ document listing over 100 witnesses for the trials. During the roll call, all defendants were present. Helen Garlick, Special Prosecutor, was also at court today; she appeared much later in the morning. Related Items:andrew mitchell, Helen garlick, justice paul harrison, michael misick, ralph thorne, trial, unfair Recommended for you Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 27, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale – Kevin Newman, the man shot on Grace Bay in Providenciales this past Friday is out of the medically induced coma and his family is calling his recovery owing to the prayers and support they have received, to Kevin’s will to keep on fighting and a very good God.In speaking to Newman’s mother, who is likely travelling right now, en route to her son who celebrates his 39th birthday tomorrow, WRBL News3 in Columbus, Georgia revealed that Newman is doing much better at hospital in Ft Lauderdale.Newman’s mother Karen said, “he remembers, he is in good memory, he is still in pain of course, he’s got a long way to go…. (the bullet) went through the vein, right next to his heart, caused him to bleed internally and they had to give him a lot of blood, they had to take one of his kidneys.”In that interview via telephone with the TV station, Mr. Newman’s mother said there were three men who attacked her son. “He’s a fighter, and I think he did try to fight those three people who tried to come up to him. He’s a family man, he is a great man, he does everything with his son… he is just all around a great person, but you know sometimes things happen even to good people.”The TCI Ministry of Tourism said, “We are shocked and saddened regarding the incident that occurred on one of our islands, in the early morning of June 23, involving a visitor to the destination. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers while doctors continue to monitor his recovery. A criminal act, whether against a resident or visitor, is never something taken lightly and there is a heightened and concentrated effort to identify the individual(s) responsible. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a popular and peaceful destination known for its pristine beaches and relaxed atmosphere and this type of occurrence sends a ripple through the entire community. The safety of all those on these islands is always our top priority and remains as such. The Ministry of Tourism is in complete cooperation with our acting police commissioner who has increased visible security. We ask that everyone cooperate with authorities as needed.”Kevin Newman, was in his final day in the TCI and called this a ‘bucket list’ vacation, his mother asked for continued prayers.#MagneticMediaNews#KevinNewman Related Items:#KevinNewman, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Newman out of coma, tells his mother he was attacked by three men
With the looming possibility of base closures or another form of downsizing, defense communities are paying more attention to the quality of their public schools, according to a commentary in Stars and Stripes. Education is a top quality-of-life issue for military families and the services are assessing the performance of local schools, among other factors, as they gauge the value of their installations, writes Jim Cowen, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based Collaborative for Student Success.“We need a better understanding of the military value of our installations and to do some more strategic thinking about where to invest our limited resources,” Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, said during the Defense Communities National Summit in June. “We can’t assume we’re going to be successful in getting a BRAC, so we’ve got to start a deeper look at our infrastructure,” Hartley said.Thirty-two percent of the Air Force’s capacity is excess to its needs, according to a broad analysis conducted earlier this year.Defense community leaders clearly have noticed that the military is focusing on school quality, says Cowen. A poll conducted at the Summit revealed that 64.5 percent of respondents were working to improve school performance. And nearly 55 percent said that community leaders were regularly meeting with military families to discuss education standards and related quality-of-life issues.“As an installation’s value is tallied, those surrounding communities with high K-12 standards (on par with the rigorous standards recently adopted by Department of Defense Education Activity) will fare better,” Cowen writes.He concludes by urging communities to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 42 states, the District of Columbia and the DOD Education Activity. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The Central Bureau of InvestigationCHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an Income Tax (IT) department officer in Bengaluru for accepting a bribe of Rs 14 lakh, the CBI sleuths arrested his colleague on Thursday (April 4).The CBI had arrested HR Nagesh, IT officer, Ward 7 of Koramangala, while he was accepting a bribe from M Srinivas Rao, managing director of a real estate firm Windsor Garden Pvt Ltd at a coffee shop in Jayanagar on Wednesday night. The bribe was paid to the IT officers to cover up an enquiry against Rao over tax evasions.The CBI nabbed the IT officials after Rao complained to the bureau about Nagesh and his colleague Narender Singh, who had demanded a bribe of Rs 20 lakhs which was later negotiated to Rs 14 lakhs.The IT officers had conducted a raid at the real estate firm’s office on March 6 and had recovered two bills amounting to Rs 25 lakhs and Rs 10 lakhs which Rao had given to another realtor Sarvottam Raju. They also found a few cheques that Raju had given to Rao in return.The IT officers confiscated the documents and had demanded the bribe from both realtors to return back the cheques to avoid penal action. Rao did not want to pay the bribe so he complained against Nagesh and Narender to the CBI and they arrested the corrupt officials.The CBI sleuths also raided the houses of the IT officers and recovered unaccounted cash of Rs 1,65,50,650 and 1,450 dollars. The CBI officials also recovered several files including property documents, pen drives and mobile phones from Nagesh’s house.The sleuths also seized documents containing property and financial details of different persons from Singh’s residence, reports TOI.
North-East India is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse regions in Asia, each state having its unique culture and traditions. In order to build up a pervasive consciousness of the rich natural and cultural heritage of North-East Region, The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) in collaboration with North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC) has organised a cultural festival titled Octave – 2019.The festival is also a celebration of classical and folk dancers along with artisans from the entire North-East region of India and selected CCRT scholar-artists from Delhi/NCR. Organised under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, the event started on March 26 and will go on until March 29, at CCRT Lawns, Dwarka, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFirst day saw Sur Sangam – School of Music, Art and Dance presenting Nritya Sangam led by Meghranjani Medhi. The performance started with a Shiva Vandana in Kathak style. It was a unique amalgamation of Kathak and Sattriya Dance and showcased the unique unity and integration embedded in Indian culture. It was followed by rendering of music by renowned band Minute of Decay. On March 27, which is the second day of the festival, a cultural programme will begin with dance presentations by CCRT scholarship holders Ankita (Odissi), Sreejith (Kathakali), Sudeepto (HM Vocal), Sharanya (Mohiniyattam) and Ritika (HM Vocal) 5:30 pm onwards. Well, known artist Ranju Moni Saikia from Assam will be performing Sattriya Dance at 6.30 pm. This will be followed by Sattriya Dance, Krishna Vandana, a pure tandav number named Gosai Nach, a Slokar Nach set to Ektaal and a lot more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe cultural programme on the third day will begin with dance presentations by CCRT scholarship holders Yashodhan (HM Vocal), Gokul (Kathakali), Snehali (Odissi), Poorva (HM Vocal) and Shreyasi (Bharatnatyam). Bipul Das Group from Guwahati will be presenting Ardhang at 6.30 pm. The fourth and fifth day will see dance presentations by CCRT scholarship holders Mangalam (Carnatic Music Vocal), Roshni (Odissi), Anagha (Kathakali) and Anandita (Bharatnatyam). Hemanta Kalita and group from Assam will be presenting Ullas depicting desire of Nayika to meet her Nayak in Varsha Ritu. A Crafts Fair will be held daily from 11 am onwards. A wide spectrum of crafts including handloom weaving, cane and bamboo works, sholapith, brass and bell metal works, ivory, wood-work, pottery, fiber craft, carpet making, masks, painted wood vessels, jewellery will be showcased. Two-day Hindi workshop ‘Aao Milkar Seekhen Hindi’ will also be conducted for participating artists to bring them into the mainstream.
Law also revealed he shot no scenes with Johnny Depp in the upcoming movie. Depp is playing Dumbledore’s enemy and former love interest, Gellert Grindelwald.Of course, whether or not we want to see him portray a queer relationship with Depp is another conversation entirely.Privilege and ignorancePerhaps the most frustrating part of this whole situation is that it’s straight people making these decisions, and they’re coming from a place of privilege and ignorance.They don’t get to call themselves allies, or say they support LGBTQ people and characters, unless they actually walk the walk. Harry Potter author JK Rowling originally made this mistake when she told fans Dumbledore was gay, following the final publication of the series, and not actually showing them.Movies show straight romances and characters all the time. They’re in plenty of stories, or at least constantly assumed to be the default. They’re usually depicted in traditional ways as well — cisgender and not falling anywhere on the ace or aro spectrums.Writers awkwardly shove heterosexual romance plots into movies, just to check off a box for movie-goers (ahem, Captain America: Civil War), while LGBTQ characters are often sidelined and rarely shown to be sexually active or in possessions of their own independent lives, dreams, and motivations.Meanwhile, a major facet of Dumbledore’s character and motivations come from his relationship with Grindelwald. What first started as a friendship (and eventually, presumably, romance) morphed into an obsession over ideology and eventually a split between them that could never be undone.The relationship between them had consequences not only for each of them individually, but for the Wizarding World at large.Our voices matterHand-waving fans’ concerns for representation is incredibly dismissive on the parts of Rowling, Law, and Warner Bros.Harry Potter is a defining story for an entire generation and wanting to see yourself in it is understandable. It’s why a black Hermione in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was — and is — such a big deal. After all, we’re the generation who takes serious pride in our Hogwarts House (Gryffindor, by the way, and don’t you forget it).If these creators aren’t going to even have the decency of listening to and respecting our voices, people with lived and authentic experiences and identities, maybe they shouldn’t get to depict Dumbledore at all.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes out on 16 November in the US.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jude Law addresses Dumbledore’s sexuality: ‘We’re not going to reveal everything all at once’New Fantastic Beasts trailer hints at Dumbledore’s past gay romanceSurprise, surprise: Dumbledore won’t be ‘explicitly gay’ in the Fantastic Beasts sequelRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stop-teasing-make-dumbledore-gay/ GAYSTARNEWS- Jude Law, who’s playing a young version of the character in coming films, recently addressed the sexuality matter.‘We’re not going to reveal everything all at once,’ he said to Entertainment Weekly. He went on to remind people this movie is only the next one in a larger series.‘You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come,’ he continued. ‘But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted.’Law’s comments come after director David Yates saying Dumbledore wouldn’t be ‘explicitly’ gay.These attitudes highlight numerous problems within Hollywood about representation.First there needs to be more queer charactersIt’s all good and well for Law to talk about multifaceted characters. The last thing audiences want, least of all LGBTQ people, are queer characters reduced only to stereotypes and nothing more.It’s why something like Will & Grace, despite breaking ground, faces legitimate criticisms of how it portrays gay men and other people in the community.The problem is that for there to be multifaceted queer characters, there first needs to be queer characters.Representation is a long and arduous process. Audiences are seeing positive steps forward, especially when it comes to television, but movies continue to lag behind.GLAAD found that last year only 14 movies released by the seven major studios had LGBTQ-identifying characters — out of 109 movies overall. That’s 12.8% and a drop from 2016’s 18.4%.Let that sink in.The dearth of queer representation in Hollywood is palpable. Whenever I go to the movies, I never go in expecting to see myself represented. On the rare occasions that I am, it’s a pleasant surprise — until, of course, it’s not.I have grown up learning not to expect progress or representation on screen, but just the opposite, in fact. I grew up understanding media objectifying women, leaning into harmful stereotypes and outdated ideas, and having well-rounded queer characters only in my head. And this is coming from someone who studied film in college and loves it deeply. Jude Law as a young Dumbledore | Photo: YouTube/Warner Bros. 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Another project is the construction of an arcotecho dome and multipurpose court, which can be used for sports as well as festivals and events. The work, which is being done through the Ministry of Public Works (SEOP), includes the rehabilitation of streets and storm drainage to the pier and the replacement of streetlights in different colonies of the island. William Conrado Alarcón of SEOP says that they have been entrusted by the governor to improve the living conditions of the people, with an orderly growth with sustainability criteria.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Governor Carlos Joaquín says that just over 9.4 million peso is being invested in various areas of the island to improve its tourist image as well as benefit island residents. Holbox, Q.R. — The government of the state of Quintana Roo says they are investing more than 9 million peso into improvements for the island of Holbox.
Posted by IPW 2019 highlights the need to reauthorize Brand USA Share ANAHEIM — More than 6,000 attendees from over 70 countries gathered in Anaheim, CA, June 1-5 for this year’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace for the U.S and the country’s largest generator of travel.IPW gathers travel professionals – including U.S. destinations, hotels, attractions, sports teams and transportation companies, and international tour operators, buyers and wholesalers from around the world –in one place to help bring the world to America.At this year’s IPW, there were 110,000 prescheduled business appointments between suppliers and buyers, which is estimated to result in $5.5 billion in future international travel to the U.S. over the next three years. This has been revised upward from the $4.7 billion that was estimated in past years.But despite this, “there’s still work to do,” said Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO.“When we met last year, I told you that the U.S. is losing international travel market share. Unfortunately, that is still the case. Just this past Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce put out figures showing that international travel to the U.S. grew 3.5% last year,” he said. “That might sound pretty good, but not when you consider that globally, long-haul travel grew by 7%. What that means is that the U.S. is still falling behind in the competition to attract international visitors. That’s the bad news. And it means we have work to do.” More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesOn how President Trump and the current administration has impacted tourism, Dow added: “I know a lot of people want to lay this at the feet of our president. But we’ve come a long way helping the administration appreciate travel as a crucial U.S. export and job creator. We certainly don’t think the president says often enough that he wants healthy numbers of visitors to come to the U.S. But there is an opening to talk to this administration about policies that help with visitation. And we have done just that.”In 2018, international visitors to the U.S. spent US$256 billion for the economy and generated a $69 billion trade surplus. Without the travel industry, America’s overall trade deficit would have been 11% higher. The U.S. enjoys a travel trade surplus with nine of its top 10 trading partners. “America’s share of the global travel market dropped from 13.7% in 2015 to just 11.7% in 2018. This is why we need Brand USA reauthorized this year,” continues Dow. Brand USA is the destination marketing organization for the United States, established in 2009 by the Travel Promotion ACT of 2009 under the Obama administration. It is the nation’s first public-private partnership created to spearhead a global market effort to promote the U.S. as a travel destination. Brand USA boasts of successes such as welcoming an incremental 7 million visitors over the past six years and establishing marketing campaigns in 40 different international markets. Efforts even include two big screen cinematic efforts, National Parks Adventure and America’s Musical Journey, to inspire travellers. More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Despite these successes, the fate of Brand USA is uncertain. The marketing organization is up for reauthorization by the U.S. Congress, set to expire in 2020. Dow has made reauthorizing Brand USA a top priority for the U.S. Travel Association, saying, “This program is more crucial then ever. And throughout history, Republicans and Democrats alike have recognized the importance of Brand USA.”A letter to Congress was signed by more than 580 organizations in support of Brand USA’s renewal and it’s a hot topic at IPW in Anaheim. The widespread sentiment is that it will likely be reauthorized due to its successes and industry-wide support. Canada now has its very own Brand USA market representative, Colin Skerritt, who’s one month into his new role as regional director. Based in Toronto, Skerritt will focus on promoting U.S. travel destinations to Canadian travellers and will oversee travel trade outreach, consumer marketing, consumer public relations, and partner marketing.Skerritt’s 15+ years of industry experience includes a two-year stint as Director of Tourism in Canada for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) from 2016 – 2018, plus sales and marketing roles at Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Tags: Brand USA, IPW Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Emirates unveiled plans to increase capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380.The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the iconic double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380 to A380 connections to and from key destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and South East Asia with just one stop in Dubai.Commencing 1st October 2016, Emirates flights EK91/92 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 401 comfortable seats in Economy Class.Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to free Wi-Fi and over 2500 channels of films, TV shows, music and games, with an impressive selection in Italian, through ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.They will also experience the famed hospitality of the airline’s multi-cultural cabin crew, with Italian speakers on all flights to and from Italy, as well as fine Italian wines and regionally inspired cuisine prepared using the finest ingredients.What’s more, First and Business Class passengers can travel to and from the airport in style with Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service as well as enjoy Emirates exclusive lounges.Once onboard, passengers in premium class seating receive a luxurious amenity kit featuring Italian-made Bvlgari products and can enjoy the Emirates Onboard Lounge; First Class passengers can also take advantage of the Emirates Shower Spa to prepare for their arrival. At Milan Malpensa, Emirates offers an arrivals lounge where premium passengers can freshen up before being driven to their final destination.Emirates’ flight EK91 departs from Dubai at 15:45hrs and arrives in Milan at 20:30hrs. The outbound flight EK92 departs from Milan at 22:20hrs and arrives in Dubai at 06:25hrs the following day.The airline currently operates three daily services between Dubai and Milan, as well as a daily flight from Milan to New York JFK. From the airport, Emirates also enables seamless rail connections to over 700 train stations across Italy through its partnership with Trenitalia.The links between Milan and Emirates extend far beyond the airline’s triple daily service. Emirates has been a proud sponsor of AC Milan since 2010, with the current shirt sponsorship contract in place until the end of the 2019/20 season.Through its SkyCargo division, Emirates also facilitates the import and export of key products, connecting Italian companies to the world. In 2015, Emirates transported 22,000 tonnes of cargo from Milan including cars, marble, food products like cheese and olive oil, pharmaceuticals, clothing and shoes bound for the UAE, India, Hong Kong, USA, Australia and Mexico. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirates
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