0 Comments Share “We are not in Iran, we are in Jordan, and we must continue to enjoy personal and religious freedoms as stipulated by our constitution,” said Vivian Salameh, 45, an assistant manager of corporate operations at the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank since March 2010 until she was fired a week ago.“I’m Christian. Why should I wear something not dictated by my religion?” she said in an interview.Christians make up nearly 4 percent of the country’s 6 million population.Bank spokeswoman Eman Affaneh confirmed that Salameh was fired because “she refused to comply with the terms of her contract, which stipulates that all employees must respect management regulations and bank bylaws.”“We are an Islamic establishment and the dress code is a reflection of our conservative Muslim traditions and values,” she said.Salameh says she had worked for Jordan’s Industrial Development Bank for 25 years until it was acquired in 2010 by the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank _ an offshoot of the Dubai Islamic Bank based in the United Arab Emirates. In January 2011, the new management issued a new regulation stipulating a unified dress code for its workers, including waist-to-heel skirts and head covers for female employees. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressAMMAN, Jordan (AP) – A Christian Jordanian woman said Sunday she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code forcing her to cover her head.The incident is rare and could stir religious tensions in Jordan, a predominantly conservative Muslim nation whose Western-educated ruler _ King Abdullah II _ is perceived as a staunch supporter of moderate Islam and tolerance of other religions. Salameh accepted the uniform, but refused to wear the head cover on grounds that it violated her religious beliefs and since the contract she signed when she was hired did not oblige her to a dress code.Affaneh, the spokeswoman, said the headcover “is a fashionable piece of white cloth that shows the hair line _ like what women wear in the Gulf Arab countries.”“It’s not a headscarf, covering all the hair,” she added.She and Salameh said that five other Christian women employees at the bank accepted wearing the headcover.When Salameh refused the head cover, “no action was taken against me for nearly 17 months until two weeks ago, when I was suddenly given two notices, five days apart, warning me that I will lose my job if I don’t wear the head cover,” she said.“When I stuck by my decision, I was verbally fired last Sunday,” she said, adding that she filed a lawsuit against the bank.The next legal step would be for the court to decide when it would hear the case.Affaneh, the spokeswoman, says the bank has not been notified of the lawsuit.“Her contract allows her to do what she wants,” she said. She declined to discuss the matter further. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
SINGAPORE (AP) – France says it will only participate in military action in Syria under a United Nations mandate.French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told an Asian security summit Sunday that the international community should increase sanctions and pressure in an effort to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. An anti-government uprising has raged for more than a year in Syria.U.S. Senator John McCain on Saturday urged the Obama Administration to arm Syrian rebels and create safe zones. Russia is an ally of Assad and has squashed attempts at U.N. action in Syria. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Le Drian said that a meeting Friday between French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t make it possible to think the veto will be lifted tomorrow morning.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Associated PressBLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) – Malawi won’t host an African Union summit next month after a dispute over the southern African country’s refusal to host Sudan’s leader, who faces war crimes charges, the vice president said Friday.“Much as Malawi has obligations to the AU, it has also other obligations,” Vice President Khumbo Kachali said in a statement on state radio. “The Cabinet has decided not to host the summit.” Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Last month, Britain said its central bank would work directly with the Reserve Bank of Malawi to help it cope with the impact of currency devaluation. Also last month, Britain _ a former ruler of Malawi _ pledged 20 million pounds ($32 million) to help stabilize the Malawian economy and 10 million pounds for the country’s health system.Last year, Mutharika expelled Britain’s High Commissioner to Malawi after the envoy was quoted in a local newspaper as expressing concern that the president was increasingly intolerant of criticism and asserting that human rights were under attack. Britain, then indefinitely suspended aid to Malawi, which in the end invited the envoy back.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Earlier, according to Kachali, the government had received a letter from the AU saying that it had no right to dictate who could attend the AU summit set to open July 6, and if it insisted on barring Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, the summit would be moved to AU headquarters in Ethiopia. Summits normally rotate among AU members states.Joyce Banda has steered an independent path for Malawi since stepping in as president in April after the sudden death in office of Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika had welcomed al-Bashir at a regional summit last year.Sudan’s al-Bashir has visited African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries despite International Criminal Court warrants for his arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.Speaking at a news conference in May, Banda said a visit by Sudan’s president would be frowned upon by Malawi’s international donors.Banda has worked to repair ties with donors strained by her predecessor. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund said it and Malawi had agreed to a three-year, $157 million aid package. The IMF had described its work in Malawi as off-track under Mutharika, who had refused to devalue the currency as the IMF had advised. In May, Malawi devalued its currency by one third. Top holiday drink recipes
Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. officials have sent what are believed to be the remains of at least three American servicemen killed during the Vietnam War to the United States for identification.Army Lt. Col. Patrick Keane of the U.S. command in Hanoi whose job is to account for Americans missing in action says the remains are believed to be those of servicemen killed in plane crashes. They were recovered in the past month in three central Vietnamese provinces _ Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Nam. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 treatments for adult scoliosis A repatriation ceremony took place Friday at Danang International Airport.According to the U.S. office, 689 sets of remains have been repatriated from Vietnam since the war ended in 1975. Another 1,664 Americans are still unaccounted for from the war, including 1,282 in Vietnam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?
MOSCOW (AP) – Five people suspected of killing a top Muslim cleric and wounding another in Tatarstan province were detained Friday, Russian prosecutors said.Valiulla Yakupov, the deputy to the province’s chief mufti, was gunned down Thursday in the regional capital of Kazan. Minutes later, the chief mufti, Ildus Faizov, suffered leg wounds after an explosive device ripped through his car.Both clerics were known to be critics of the radical Islamist groups that have mushroomed in recent years in this predominantly Muslim Volga River province of 4 million people. Top Stories Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? Islamic radicals from the Caucasus have called for the establishment of a caliphate, an independent Islamic state under Shariah law that includes the Caucasus, Tatarstan and other parts of Russia that were once part of the Golden Horde _ a medieval Muslim state ruled by a Tatar-Mongol dynasty.The other three suspects in the case are Airat Shakirov, 41; Azat Gainutdinov, 31, and Abdunozim Ataboyev, a 36-year-old national of ex-Soviet Uzbekistan. The investigators did not provide any details on their occupation or background.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Faizov has also been criticized by media in Tatarstan for allegedly profiting on tours he organized for Muslim pilgrims and for trying to gain control of one of the oldest and largest mosques in Kazan, which receives hefty donations from thousands of believers.The Investigative Committee said Friday that one of the suspects _ Rustem Gataullin, 57 _ owned a company that organized hajj pilgrimages, and another one _ Murat Galleyev, 39 _ heads a religious institution in Tatarstan.The 49-year-old Faizov became Tatarstan’s chief mufti in 2011 and began a crackdown on radical Islamists by dismissing ultraconservative preachers and banning textbooks from Saudi Arabia, where the government-approved religious doctrine is based on Salafism.The rise in Tatarstan of radical adherents of an austere, puritanical version of Islam known as Salafism has been fueled by the influx of Muslim clerics from Chechnya and other predominantly Muslim provinces of Russia’s Caucasus region, where an Islamic insurgency has been raging for years. Last year, Doku Umarov, leader of the embattled Chechen separatists, issued a religious decree calling on radical Islamists from the Caucasus to move to the densely-populated Volga River region that includes Tatarstan. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement After making his fortune in tumultuous post-Soviet Russia, Ivanishvili, 56, returned to Georgia shortly before the peaceful 2003 Rose Revolution catapulted Saakashvili to power. For years he quietly financed Saakashvili’s reforms, buying new shoes for Georgian soldiers, equipping the police force with cars and helping to raise the salaries of lawmakers and ministry bureaucrats so that they wouldn’t take bribes.But his friendship with Saakashivli soured after the U.S.-educated president cracked down on dissent, imposed controls over the media and led his nation into a disastrous 2008 war with Russia.Ivanishvili says he was “fooled” by Saakashvili and shocked Tbilisi last year by announcing he would challenge his former ally’s 8-year grip on power. The president responded by casting Ivanishvili as a Russian stooge and referring to his Georgian Dream coalition as the “forces of darkness.”The billionaire laughs off the charges, noting his past bankrolling a president who has thrived on being the Kremlin’s arch-enemy.“I was the only free person who can do something with my brains, my money and my name,” Ivanishvili told the AP in an interview this summer at his Black Sea residence. Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ivanishvili promises to continue moving Georgia toward membership in the European Union and NATO. At the same time, he promises to fix economic ties with Russia, getting Moscow to lift its ban on Georgian wine and mineral water.Ivanishvili admits that he faces a tough challenge mending relations with Russia while moving closer to the West.“Yes, it’s hard. Yes, perhaps we will have to spend a lot of time on this,” Ivanishvili told the AP. “We need both. We need to strive for that.”Ivanishvili, short, lean and lively, was the youngest of five children, the son of a miner and a stay-at-home mother. “The whole village was poor, not just me,” Ivanishvili told the AP. He could not afford shoes and dreamt of a bicycle, which he never got _ “but I was an absolutely happy person.”He learned engineering at a university in Tbilisi by night and worked at a steel mill by day. He then moved to Moscow to work on a Ph.D. in labor economy.Together with a friend, Ivanishvili seized on Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika campaign. He first started importing personal computers from the West and then set up a bank, which became a leading Russian financial institution. Its first office was in a kindergarten full of miniature toddler toilets. He then started buying into mining and metals across Russia and then re-selling those shares at large profits. Along the way, he picked up a Russian passport. He left Moscow in the late 1990s to spend several years in France _ and became a citizen of that country, too. Check your body, save your life Before running for office, Ivanishvili relinquished his Russian citizenship and sold off all of his Russian assets. But, in one of the dramas of the campaign, Saakashvili stripped Ivanishvili of his Georgian citizenship on the grounds he was still French _ and Georgia doesn’t allow dual nationality. Parliament swiftly passed a law allowing Ivanishvili to run as an EU citizen.Ivanishvili portrays himself as a quiet family man, who detests parties _ lamenting the need to “put on a mask” _ and says his greatest pleasure is taking a stroll with his wife, Ekaterine, whom he calls his best friend. He also has extravagant hobbies, like collecting exotic animals such zebras, flamingoes and kangaroos, amassing a unique art collection worth $1 billion and building futuristic glass-and-steel palaces across the country.Upon returning to Georgia in 2003, he rebuilt his native hilltop village of Chorvilla into a personal fiefdom, giving fellow villagers generous monthly allowances and equipping each household with a stove. He has also built schools, hospitals and churches around the country and _ in a monarchic move _ anonymously paid stipends to the Tbilisi actors he liked.For his quiet philanthropy and reclusive lifestyle, Saakashvili dubbed him “The Count of Monte Cristo” _ after the mysterious hero of the 19th century French novel by Alexandre Dumas. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated Press (AP) – He collects rare animals, buys priceless art and professes to be a psychoanalyst. Bidzina Ivanishvili, a onetime barefoot village boy turned eccentric billionaire philanthropist, is poised to become the new leader of Georgia, a strategic South Caucasus country that lives in the shadows of giant neighbor Russia.President Mikhail Saakashvili, a staunch ally of the West, on Tuesday acknowledged defeat in parliamentary elections and called on Ivanishvili to form the new government. That puts the tycoon on track to be prime minister, which will be Georgia’s most powerful job under legislative changes next year. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Top Stories While most impoverished Georgians were happy for his help, some critics said that the giveaways smack of feudalism. They say that investing in social programs and giving people jobs was more effective than simply doling out money and gifts.He promises quick reforms to boost investment and strengthen democratic institutions.But while Ivanishvili swears he is a democrat, some of his remarks may already suggest an autocratic streak.“Getting rid of elite corruption cannot be simpler, if the first person in the country wants it.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments Share Khoja spoke at the press conference alongside Louay Hussein, a longtime Syria-based opposition activist and leader of Building the Syrian State party who recently fled to Turkey.Hussein said Assad’s government “is not qualified to participate in any political process” and appealed to the international community to save Syria from “tyrannical forces” working toward a future in which “there will be no Syria on the map for a long period.” He also lashed out at other destructive forces, such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch in Syria the Nusra Front.U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura last Tuesday launched the consultations in Geneva in the hopes of restarting peace talks. Two past rounds of direct negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition in the Swiss city failed in early 2014.De Mistura said in a statement later Monday that he has taken note of the coalition’s decision but still looks forward to the arrival of an envoy of the group to Geneva so that he can hear the opposition’s standpoint in person.“This is indeed the whole purpose of the exercise in itself,” de Mistura said. The U.N. envoy remains “appreciative of ongoing efforts by the SOC (coalition) to contribute to a long overdue peaceful solution in Syria.” ISTANBUL (AP) — The main Syrian opposition group in exile said on Monday that it is not attending low-level consultations taking place in Geneva and hosted by the U.N. envoy to the war-torn country.The announcement came amid a string of defeats by government forces in the northwestern Idlib province and also in southern Syria, giving a boost to the opposition.Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja told reporters in Istanbul that the opposition insists President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible for Syria’s conflict, now in its fifth year — a civil war that has killed at least 220,000 people. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 0 Comments Share How men can have a healthy 2019 It’s rare for a director’s first film to be chosen for Cannes’ main competition, rarer still for it to be met with such an enthusiastic response.Cinematographer Matyas Erdely said Friday the challenge for the filmmakers was “how to show things that are not possible to show.”“The genius idea of Lazlo’s was that we just won’t show things that cannot be shown,” he told reporters. “Basically our approach was to exclude everything that is not fundamental to our story.”“Son of Saul” focuses on an Auschwitz death camp Sonderkommando — one of the Jewish prisoners forced to help dispose of the corpses of those killed in the gas chambers. The Sonderkommandos were given better food and living conditions than other inmates but were inevitably executed after a few months to prevent them from revealing the secrets they knew.Nemes, who has worked as an assistant to Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr, focuses his film almost exclusively on Saul (Geza Rohrig), a character who undertakes a single-minded plan to offer one dead boy a proper burial. The horrors of the concentration camp are not hidden but they unfold in the background, or off to the side of the screen. “We thought that less was more,” the 38-year-old Nemes said, explaining his decision to let viewers’ imaginations fill in the gaps, aided by an unforgettably evocative soundtrack. “What was important for me was to make a film about this hellish experience in a different way. … We wanted to boil everything down to the dimension of a single human being.”“Son of Saul” offers neither hope nor redemption, and many viewers found watching it a draining experience.Rohrig — a New York-based Hungarian poet who fills almost every frame of the movie — said his biggest challenge was to play a character whose horizons and emotions have withered under brutal conditions.“The only way to remain sane and live this type of life was to cease to be a human being, to be detached from your emotions,” Rohrig said. “The challenge of the character was to dance in a very, very small area, in a very minimalist way.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Director Laszlo Nemes attends a press conference for the film Saul Fia (Son of Saul) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) CANNES, France (AP) — A Hungarian film that takes viewers into the hellish heart of the Holocaust has left Cannes reeling.“Son of Saul,” the first feature from director Laszlo Nemes, has become an early favorite to win the Palme d’Or and has been praised for reimagining the way the Holocaust is depicted onscreen.The Hollywood Reporter called the film “remarkable — and remarkably intense,” while Variety judged it “terrifyingly accomplished.” The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw said it was “devastating and terrifying” and praised its “gaunt, fierce kind of courage.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Comments Share Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writer Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “There is no need for pandemonium; people should go about their normal business,” he said. He called the Ebola testing of the young man’s corpse “a success story for our surveillance system.”The Ebola Incident Management System team will meet on Tuesday to look into the incident, he said.Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman for the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, known as UNMEER, said in an exchange with the AP on Twitter, that there is enough resolve from Liberians and capacity in place to contain any spread of Ebola.“A new confirmed case in Liberia is unfortunate because Liberians have been very serious about maintaining prevention measures, like washing hands stations in public places. But hopefully their experience with the crisis puts them in a better position to contain transmission,” she said.“I have always been impressed by how Liberians remain vigilant,” she said. “They celebrated the end of the epidemic but always keeping in mind that their country would be vulnerable until Guinea and Sierra Leone make it.”U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had warned earlier this month that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa “all countries are at risk.” MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The corpse of a 17-year-old man has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia, but no other cases have been reported, the country’s deputy health minister said late Monday.Tolbert Nyenswah, who is also head of the country’s Ebola response, told The Associated Press that the teenager died June 24 in Nedowein, a town situated close to the country’s international airport, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the capital, and was given a safe burial the next day. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society Liberia had been the country hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization declared Liberia to be Ebola free on May 9 after the country went 42 days without reporting a case.“We have said over and over again there was possibility that there could be a resurgence of the virus in Liberia,” Nyenswah said. “But our surveillance teams, our capacity is very strong.”The deadly virus, which has killed over 11,100 people mostly in West Africa in its worst outbreak ever, is hanging on stubbornly in Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was first reported in March 2014, and in Sierra Leone.It was not known how the 17-year-old contracted Ebola. The town where the teenager died is far from the borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea, so Nyenswah said they are investigating whether his case might be linked to travel.Specimens were taken from the corpse before burial, and the tests later came back positive.“The only complication is that the person died before we tested the body as part of our surveillance system of testing living and dead people,”Nyenswah said.Nyenswah said teams are already doing contact tracing in the Nedowein area. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2776c/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Tourism within Chile has continued despite the country being hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday.Tucan Travel said today that all of its travellers in Chile were safe and uninjured and would continue their itinerary.”We did have a tour in Pucon which is inland from the quake ‘zone’ on Saturday” said General Manager Australia Justin Ewin.”This tour was due to head into Santiago today but has been rerouted to Bariloche which is accessible and safe.”However, Ewin said the main difficulties facing travellers were flights.”One of the main difficulties for tour operators will be the reduction of flights able to use Santiago airport due to damage as many of our travellers fly on LAN through Santiago to go north or east to join our tours. “We will assist agents where possible of course and our base in Peru will work closely with any clients affected by delayed flights.”A LAN flight landed safely in Santiago, Chile on Saturday but was diverted to an alternate airport.LAN Airlines said this morning that flight LA800 which departed Sydney yesterday but was delayed upon arrival in Auckland is expected to depart for Santiago by midafternoon today. The carrier said flight LA801 from Santiago to Auckland, and Sydney, would not operate today or tomorrow.It is still unknown when Santiago International Airport will reopen for full operations; however LAN said it has limited access to an alternate airport near the city.
Sketch of new lobby Following the completion of a $50 million makeover the Rasa Sentosa Resort will be renamed Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort. Ogie R. Manuel, Director of Sales & Marketing said the all new and improved hotel will cater to both business and leisure guests. The resort renovations, which began in March, include a full revamp of guestrooms and facilities, including the swimming pool, the gym, the spa, the children’s club, food and beverage outlets and function rooms. Following the renovations, the resort will reduce its room inventory from 459 to 454 rooms and revise its room types to better cater to the needs of different groups of travellers. For example, a guest travelling with children can book a larger family room with child-friendly facilities and extra luggage space, while a couple on their honeymoon can check into a corner room featuring an open concept bathroom with panoramic sea views. Business travellers will be able to make use of the resorts newly refurbished function rooms, which will feature a new stage, lighting, soundproof double walls and the latest equipment.Guests can also expect more dining choices with a brand new three-in-one dining concept that features an all-day buffet outlet with live cooking stations, a Chinese noodle house and a casserole section. The hotel will also feature a dedicated juice bar and a stand-alone bar where guests can enjoy live entertainment over cocktails. The façade of the resort will also be improved with a lush landscape and a new porte cochère in the lobby area. A grand staircase will lead from the ground floor up to the reception area on level five.Boasting the only beachfront address on Sentosa Island, the resort enjoys close proximity to mainland Singapore, which is conveniently linked by a causeway. In addition to numerous island attractions and VivoCity – one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore – the resort is also minutes away from Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios.The project is targeted for completion in early 2011, after which Rasa Sentosa Resort, Singapore will officially re-open as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort. Revamped guest room Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Design concept for new function room
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani Governments across the world need to support the aviation industry’s plans to combat climate change, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said.According to IATA, the aviation industry has set impressive targets to address climate change but need the backing of the world’s governments to be truly effective.“We cannot meet our ambitious targets without the support and cooperation of governments,” IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani said. “Aviation is a global industry.”Political obstacles being removed, the industry is committed to aggressive targets and our track record demonstrates that we will achieve them.”Speaking at the ATAG Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva, Mr Bisignani said the decision to support the aviation industry should be a simple one for governments and added that a unified global approach should be a point of topic at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Triennial Assembly in Montreal.“[ICAO] is our best opportunity for governments to endorse the industry position,” he said.“We are building critical momentum.“More and more governments are showing their political will to match the industry’s ambitious commitments by supporting the global framework needed to achieve them.“Earlier this month…22 Latin American states formally endorsed the industry position…even the European Union has referred to our targets as its minimum acceptable level of reductions.”Despite facing “the worst financial times in modern aviation history”, Mr Bisignani said that airlines did not stint on their budgets set for “environment projects”.“In the next 10 years, the industry will spend US$1.3 trillion for 12,000 new aircraft. Each of these will be 20-25 per cent more fuel efficient than their predecessors.”The global aviation industry has agreed to: a 1.5 per cent average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020; cap net emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth; and cut net emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005.In order to achieve these targets, the industry will invest in new technology, more efficient infrastructure, more effective operations and positive economic measures, Mr Bisignani said.“There is still some ground left to cover, but I am confident that we are moving in the right direction to reduce emissions while protecting the social and economic benefits of aviation.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Cities in the Asia Pacific region will play a major role in the industry’s recovery this year, leading travel growth for the year with eight cities in the top twenty cities predicted to welcome high inbound figures. While European cities London and Paris topped the MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities with arrivals expected to reach over 20 and 18 million, Bangkok ranked in third with arrivals projected to surpass 11.5 million this year.Singapore and Hong Kong also topped the list in fourth and fifth place with 11.4 million visitors and 10.9 million travellers. Asia Pacific cities also made a strong appearance in visitor spending with Bangkok ranking in third with travellers expected to spend up to US$14.4 billion, followed by Sydney in sixth place with an expected spending income of US$13.8 billion.“This kind of growth pattern strongly suggests that destination cities in emerging markets in Asia will continue to grow in importance,” MasterCard Worldwide global economic advisor Yuwa Hedrick-Wong said. “Growth of outbound travel and expenditures is clearly a resilient secular trend that will continue to shape the future of globalization.“As the global center of economic gravity shifts inexorably to the dynamic emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa, cities there will correspondingly play ever bigger roles in knitting the world together.” London topped the list for expenditure with the Royal Wedding expected to push up spending to exceed US$25.6 billion while New York reached second place with incoming spending of over US$20.3 billion
CTM expecting further contribution from US operations. …. Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has reported a 26.3 percent increase in first half EBITDA compared to same period FY2011/12, citing organic growth and productivity efficiencies.During the first six months of the current financial year, the group’s EBITDA increasedto AU$9.225 million, while its total transaction value (TTV) jumped 36.5 percent to AU$431 million.CTM managing director Jamie Pherous said numbers were pleasing despite an ongoing tough economy, and was contributable to organic growth through new and existing clients as well as productivity efficiencies, which has resulted in “better revenue per full-time employee.Looking ahead, the group has increased its guidance for FY13 EBITDA to 20-25 percent to up to AU$21-22 million.Although results for the six months excluded contribution from the group’s recent USA acquisition, Mr Pherous expects greater contribution from the US in the second half.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.
Source = ETB News: T.N. Travelers who go online to register for the Fair before March 31 will instantly receive a discount on China Southern Airways flights. The code can be redeemed by booking on China Southern Australian and New Zealand call centres. Since 2000, more than 120,000 people from Australia have attended the Fair. “Our hope is to offer even greater discounts and travel incentives in time for the 116th Canton Trade Fair which runs from October to November this year.” “This is the beginning of a concerted new marketing effort to attract more business people from Australia, New Zealand and the Oceania region to visit the Canton Trade Fair,” Canton Foreign Trade Centre, vice president Wang Yanhua said. China Southern and Canton Trade Fair have deepend their alliance in order to promote the Fair to Australian and New Zealand business travellers.
Hong Kong joins Helloworld Global Instagram RELAYOn Sunday 27th September, Hong Kong will join up to 60 countries around the globe to participate in the Helloword Global Instagram Relay.In each destination, the lead influencer will post 12 images- (1 per hour of daylight), in their location. During the day, each influencer will host an instameet with up to 10 other grammers to join them in their destination.Our lead instagramer- fellow Australian and Hong Kong resident, Geneva Vanderzeil, blogger and lifestyle guru of @apairandasparefame, will take us on special journey to some of her favourite parts of Hong Kong, taking in the best places to shop, eat, explore and enjoy the stunning views across Victoria Harbour.Geneva’s amazing day will culminate in an extraordinary instameet gathering where she will catch up with other influential Hong Kong instagramers to experience the Fire Show and the Tai Hung Fire Dragon Dance as part of the Mid Autumn Festival celebrations in Victoria Park.Hong Kong looks forward to being a part of the first ever global instaRelay and showcasing our exciting destination through the eyes of our key instagramers.Source = Hong Kong Tourism Board
ibtm eventswww.ibtmevents.comIBTM Arabia celebrates 10 years of events in the Gulf regionibtm arabia 2016 is this year celebrating its ten year anniversary as the leading international exclusive event for the Arabian meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry.Since opening as the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) in 2006, ibtm arabia and it’s hosting city, Abu Dhabi, have undergone major growth. Shinu Pillai, Exhibition Manager, ibtm arabia, commented, “Over the past decade ibtm arabia has transformed into one of the Gulf region’s most exclusive and high-profile shows, providing a unique opportunity for top-level buyers to meet leading industry suppliers from the middle east and around the globe.When we first opened our doors in 2007, the regional MICE industry outside of Dubai was only in its infancy. ibtm arabia was the first such event to help establish and build the industry in the Gulf region, and throughout the last decade it has served as a catalyst for expanding and developing the Arabian MICE industry.”Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau commented, “Having recently undergone a significant enhancement in its tourism infrastructure, Abu Dhabi is now better placed than ever to meet organisers’ highest expectations. With headline attractions, stunning new resorts, a re-energised commitment to service and delivery excellence, the destination has entered a new era of maturity.”A report from Alpen Capital suggests that international association meetings in the Middle East have more than tripled over the past 10 years. Supporting this, the last Amadeus report shows the GCC meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry is seeing continuous growth and that the Middle East is set to expand even further while attracting high-profile global events and state-of-the-art infrastructural investments.MICE visitors to Dubai currently equate to 0.9 million, this is estimated to double to between 1.7 and 1.9 million by 2020. TCA Abu Dhabi suggested that the MICE sector is currently generating $US1.4billion per annum for Abu Dhabi and is expected to reach $US2.4billion by 2020.Guy Hutchinson, COO of Rotana, which has been exhibiting at the show since 2008, commented, “ibtm arabia has worked out to be a great platform for bringing together key industry players from the MICE industry and also helped the development of MICE tourism in Abu Dhabi and the region. Abu Dhabi has successfully secured high profile events such as concerts with renowned artists, FIFA World Cup and FIFA under 17s, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Formula 1, Judo Championship, Jujitsu Tournament, WWE, Abu Dhabi Gourmet, Volvo Ocean Race, Redbull Air Race, HSBC Golf Championship and F1 Powerboat.”Stuart Deeson, General manager of the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas commented, “ibtm arabia has been an excellent vehicle for bringing an increasing number of key decision makers to the city and getting them to experience the wonderful range of facilities and services the city has to offer.”This year ibtm arabia will take place at the exclusive 5-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi from 9th – 11th February. ibtm arabia is run with the support of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau and Etihad Airways. IBTM ArabiaSource = IBTM Events
AFTA reveals the 2017 NTIA nomineesAFTA reveals the 2017 NTIA nomineesThe best of the Australian travel industry were recognised today, as the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) revealed the 2017 National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) Nominees.A record number of 1,076 nominations were received across the 38 award categories.The calibre of nominees grows each year and AFTA encourages industry to get behind their nominated travel agent or supplier and give them the support they need as they proceed through to the rigorous process of voting and judging.Popular nominee categories this year were the Best Travel Agency categories, Best Sales Executive Industry Supplier, Best Agency Support Service, Best Specialty Wholesaler and Best Travel Writer – Consumer.The full list of nominees is available on the AFTA website – CLICK HEREVoting in the 2017 AFTA NTIA will commence tomorrow, Tuesday 14 March at 9:00am (AEDT).AFTA congratulates all those nominated and wishes you the best of luck through the voting and judging process.Source = AFTA – NTIA