StandingRock rallies around journalist Amy Goodman charged with trespassing at protest

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsA number of rallies took place in and around Bismarck, North Dakota Monday.They’re being held in support of journalist Amy Goodman.See related stories: Standing RockThe Democracy Now producer is facing charges related to a September protest at the #StandingRock site over a pipeline on a sacred site of the Sioux Tribe.dward@aptn.calast_img

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Ethiopias humanitarian situation rapidly deteriorating – UN

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that it is concerned by conditions in Ethiopia and that the situation will deteriorate further without an immediate infusion of resources to carry out life-saving interventions.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that eight million Ethiopians are chronically food insecure and at least 3.4 million Ethiopians are in need of emergency food relief – a figure that is likely to rise. The agency estimates that 176,000 children are in need of urgent therapeutic care for severe malnutrition and says that the rapidly deteriorating situation is the worst since the major humanitarian crisis of 2003. Up to six million children under 5 years of age are living in impoverished, drought-prone districts and require urgent preventive health and nutrition interventions. “It is extremely unfortunate that the combined effects of drought, food price hikes, and insufficient resources for preventive measures resulted in an emergency that jeopardizes child survival gains in Ethiopia,” said Bjorn Ljungqvist, UNICEF’s Representative in the Horn of Africa nation.UNICEF is providing therapeutic feeding to severely malnourished children. Over the weekend the agency received 90 tons of food supplies, noting that as much as 1,800 tons are needed over the next three months.The agency also estimates that $50 million are needed for life-saving health, nutrition, water and sanitation interventions, but has received only $6 million to date. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a total relief shortfall of 181,000 tons of food, valued at $145 million. 23 May 2008The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that it is concerned by conditions in Ethiopia and that the situation will deteriorate further without an immediate infusion of resources to carry out life-saving interventions. read more

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Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment violence

Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press It wasn’t until the rise of the #MeToo movement that Julia Gartley began talking more about that night, early in her mining career.The engineer was one of the few women at a remote mining operation when, after a social gathering one evening, she says a co-worker drugged and sexually assaulted her.At the time, Gartley didn’t know what to do or how to report it.“There were very few females there, no women in the senior management or the management at site,” she said.“And I was new, so I didn’t know people. You didn’t really know who … you could confide in.”But as more women have come forward since the Harvey Weinstein scandal sparked a global conversation about sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, Gartley heard echoes of her own story.It’s one of her motivating factors for joining Me Too Mining and why the industry advocacy group has started offering bystander intervention training for the industry.“I don’t want to hear the story of another young person going through a similar incident that I did,” Gartley said.Bystander intervention training has been used for years at universities and colleges to prevent sexual assault, but trainers say it is gaining traction in Canadian workplaces.“We’re seeing it from across the board,” said Farrah Khan, manager of Ryerson University’s Office of Sexual Violence who also teaches bystander intervention training in the private sector.The aim is to prevent sexual harassment, violence, or any other inappropriate behaviour, by training people how to recognize potentially dangerous situations — and intervene.Strategies include telling the offender that their behaviour is inappropriate, starting an unrelated conversation with the person being harassed, creating a distraction or asking the victim afterwards if they need help.Not only are people unsure of what to do when faced with inappropriate behaviour, many don’t feel like it is their place to act, said Louise Taylor Green, chief executive of the Human Resources Professionals Association.“Most people don’t even see it in their role,” she said. “They think, ‘I wasn’t involved, it has nothing to do with me.’”That instinct is what the training aims to help overcome. If witnesses to inappropriate situations step in, their actions can potentially prevent escalation, Taylor Green said.“Quite often you can identify that there were risk factors and points that were known, in hindsight, that had we taken action or had there been appropriate education, it might have changed the outcome or prevented the situation in its entirety,” she said.Data from the education sector corroborates that thinking.A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2017 studied the effectiveness of the Green Dot bystander training on high schools in Kentucky and found that it “significantly decreased not only sexual violence perpetration but also other forms of interpersonal violence perpetration and victimization.”Broader interest in bystander training in Canada has risen in the wake of #MeToo, but after the 2016 sexual assault trial of former CBC star Jian Ghomeshi, trainers say.Recent legislative changes in Ontario are another driving factor behind the increase.The provincial government rolled out new sexual violence and harassment legislation in 2016 that amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act which set out, among other things, more employer responsibilities such as the duty to provide appropriate training to address sexual harassment.In turn, the HRPA has seen a recent surge in registrations for programs that mention or incorporate bystander training, Taylor Green said.The number of attendees to these HRPA-sponsored programs has soared, with 858 in the first four months of this year compared with 353 in all of 2018, she said.Rubin Thomlinson, a law firm focused on workplace investigations and training for human resources professionals, has also seen an increase in requests for bystander training since #MeToo, said co-founder and co-managing partner Janice Rubin.“This is a lever to pull and there is data to suggest that it is effective,” she said.A 2018 poll conducted by the HRPA found that 17 per cent of respondents have witnessed an employee being sexually harassed at work and four in five Canadians said they had unwanted experiences at work but didn’t report them to their employers.Bystander training goes beyond the basics of identifying unethical behaviour and builds “shared responsibility,” said Khan.Gartley did not report her alleged perpetrator, but did stay with the company — which she did not want to name. He eventually left the site.When contacted by the Canadian Press, a company spokesman said it was not aware nor had any records of the alleged incident but was “saddened and disappointed that something like this ever could have happened.”The spokesman added that the firm has several mechanisms in place to deal with these issues, such as a whistleblower line, but said past policies were likely less robust.Gartley isn’t sure if bystander intervention training for her co-workers could have prevented her alleged assault, but it could have made things easier to handle.Most of her former co-workers were good people, as are those she has worked with over the years, she adds, and many people would have helped if they knew how.“I know that they would have done something. And I think that by doing this, and by joining Me Too Mining and providing this training and education for people at work, we’re giving them the power to change their workplaces.” read more

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Premier Wall says risk analysis in the works for SaskTel after MTS

by The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2016 2:20 pm MDT Last Updated May 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Wall says risk analysis in the works for SaskTel after MTS sale to Bell REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he wants to know how vulnerable SaskTel is as the last provincially-owned telecommunications company.Wall says the Crown corporation has asked for a risk analysis following the takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services (TSX:MBT) by Bell, known as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE).The premier says that sale will make SaskTel the only small regional player left standing and it has to share its infrastructure with private carriers.He says he wants to know if the MTS takeover means anything in terms of SaskTel’s competitiveness.The premier says the risk analysis does not mean the province is eyeing a move to sell SaskTel, which is protected under legislation.Wall says he can’t sell SaskTel without campaigning on the idea, as was recently done with a plan to sell government liquor stores, or without having a referendum. read more

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Revealed Irelands most expensive and cheapest cinemas

first_imgLeast expensiveIndependent cinemas were found to be cheapest:The Park Cinema in Clonakilty, Co Cork – €10.90 (although its small drink is smaller than average)Bantry Cinemax, Co Cork – €11.25Empire Movieplex in Ennis, Co Clare – €12.10Lifford Cineplex in Co Donegal – €12.10 (although the cinema’s popcorn is particularly small)ReactionWhen asked about their prices by the show, none of the cinema chains were willing to be interviewed.Odeon said in a statement that it offered “a fantastic all round cinema experience including great value combo deals”, while Cineworld said it was “competitively priced” and “great value compared to other leisure activities.”IMC Cinemas, Omniplex, Vue and the Movies@ chain declined to comment.Andrew Lowe from Dublin cinema The Lighthouse said that the rule of thumb for cinemas was that “that you break even in the ‘bums on seats’ side of the business and you make your profit on the retail side.”Read: The 8 things that will ruin your cinema trip > IRELAND’S MAIN CINEMA chains enjoy a price mark-up of over 700 per cent on the popcorn they sell.A survey of cinema prices by RTÉ’s The Consumer Show has revealed that the average price of a small popcorn in 37 cinemas across the country is €4.19, while the average cost of producing it is just 50c.Based on a survey of cinema prices, including the cost of a full adult priced ticket, a small popcorn and a small drink, the show was able to compile a list of Ireland’s most expensive and cheapest nights outMost expensiveVue in Liffey Valley, Dublin 22 – €20.65 (although it was noted that their portion sizes were bigger than the othersCineworld, Dublin 1 – €19.80Odeon, countrywide – €18.36The Movies@ chain (Dundrum and Swords) – €18.10last_img read more

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The study of Classics in UK – boom or bust

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At a time when funding for Classics in schools and universities in the western world, including Australia and the United Kingdom, is being scaled back, the prognosis for the study of Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History is not clear. The free public lecture The study of Classics in UK schools and universities – boom or bust?, to take place at the University of Melbourne tomorrow, will outline the current state of Classical education in the UK and highlight areas of both growth and decline. Can, and should Classics survive? Giving her view on this current issue and presenting a report from the front line will be Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, a Churchill Fellow from the UK. A Classicist with degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge universities, Dr Holmes-Henderson has been closely involved with Classical education policy and practice in both Scotland and England. She is currently conducting research into language education and critical literacy in New Zealand and Australia, sponsored by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in London.This free public lecture is sponsored by the Classical Association of Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS). Bookings are required. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 20 February, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, at Theatre B, Old Arts Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. For more information, contact K.O. Chong-Gossard at koc@unimelb.edu.au or call (03) 8344 4078. To register visit http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/classicsinuklast_img read more

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Strong quake jolts Chinas Sichuan killing 160

first_imgYA’AN, China — Residents huddled outdoors Saturday night in a town near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that struck the steep hills of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, leaving at least 160 people dead and more than 6,700 injured.Saturday morning’s earthquake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region. The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all the buildings there had been destroyed in a frightening minute-long shaking by the quake.In nearby Ya’an town, where aftershocks could be felt nearly 20 hours after the quake, residents sat in groups outside convenience stores watching the news on television sets. Fourteen-year-old Wang Xing sat with her family on chairs by the roadside in the cool night air, a large blanket on her lap.Wang and her relatives said they planned to spend the night in their cars. “We don’t feel safe sleeping at home tonight,” said Wang, a student. She said the quake left tears on the walls of her family’s house. “It was very scary when it happened. I ran out of my bed and out of the house. I didn’t even have my shoes on.”Along the main roads leading to the worst-hit county of Lushan, ambulances, fire engines and military trucks piled high with supplies waited in long lines, some turning back to try other routes when roads were impassable.last_img read more

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Informing Reader Skepticism One Tweet at a Time

first_imgAs if we needed a reminder about how bad the economy is right now.To mark the 12-month anniversary later this year of the start of the economic recession, SmartMoney magazine has launched a social media project called Countdown to the Crash. The magazine is tweeting daily stories from the previous year, chronicling what life was like, day-by-day, before and during the brutal economic decline. The tweets began this month and will continue through December. Sure, Countdown to the Crash is an interesting use of social media, but as the economy continues to struggle, and unemployment claims continue to soar over this time last year, how many people want to read about the fall of Lehman Brothers or the AIG bailout—AGAIN. (As of this afternoon, its Twitter feed had 65 followers.)According to SmartMoney Web editor Tom Weber, however, there are several reasons it is helpful to readers. One, he said, is the sense of perspective it gives about current conditions.“One of the reactions I’ve heard repeatedly from people reading the tweets,” Weber said, “is how they remember that things seemed bad this time last year, but when they see the hard facts, such as the jobless rate at under 6 percent a year ago, they have a better understanding of just how much the economy unraveled since then.”Weber said Countdown to the Crash also offers a reminder of “how much people were in denial.” “General Motors standing behind [former chairman and CEO Rick] Wagoner in August 2008? The market shooting up 3 percent because of low oil prices? With hindsight you ask yourself, What were people thinking?” he said. “And I think that’s actually a great question for readers to ponder. It will help inform their future skepticism.”If you still have some dollars to invest then maybe you should check it out.last_img read more

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Govt hospitals might hire private doctors at higher or equal salaries

first_imgNew Delhi, India – Patients and their attendants wait outside the Out Patient Department (OPD) at a government-run hospital in New Delhi, India, November 22, 2017. [Representational Image]ReutersThe Union Labour and Employment Ministry is seeking to hire doctors engaged in private practice at higher or equal salaries in a bid to improve public healthcare.According to a government official, the ministry might also allow such doctors shorter working hours and the option of operating from their own clinics, Economic Times reported.The move is likely to increase the coverage of government healthcare facilities for workers enrolled under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) programme across India apart from countering the problem of shortage of doctors at the ESIC hospitals.This insurance provides medical care and cash benefits in times of illness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury to all workers under the Employees’ State Insurance Act. It covers around 120 million beneficiaries.However, at present, the ESIC hospitals do not hire doctors who have graduated from private medical colleges and also the ones who are in private practices which stop many skilled doctors from catering to wider healthcare services.Although in times of shortage, some states and even Centre hire doctors on a contract basis, most of the private doctors refuse to serve because of lower salaries than the market rate even for full-time doctors.According to reports, government hospitals are under pressure due to a rising number of patients, limited infrastructure and personnel. These hospitals generally have a long waiting period, running into days to one consultation. Kolkata, India A doctor examines a dengue fever patient at a government hospital in Kolkata, India, October 31, 2017. [Representational Image]Reuters”There is an acute shortage of doctors and we would like to rope in private doctors to address the issue on a nationwide scale,” said the official cited above.According to the latest data by the Union Health Ministry, the number of doctors at public health centres is about 3,000 less than the desired strength of 25,650 as of March 2017.India requires 65,018 nursing staff at public health centres and community health centres. There is a shortage of 13,194.The requirement of specialists is 22,496 but the shortfall is 18,347.last_img read more

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Britain now to vote for stay in the EU new poll shows

Britain now to vote for stay in the EU new poll shows

first_imgAnti-Brexit protesters sit on a wall after demonstrating outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 5 September 2018. Photo: ReutersBritons would choose to stay in the European Union if given the option, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday that showed a six-point swing away from Brexit and the highest support for EU membership in such a survey since the 2016 referendum.The author of the poll urged caution over the finding, however, saying the interview panel was skewed towards remain, and that some of the shift was among those who did not take part in the original Brexit referendum.In the 23 June 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 per cent of the votes cast, backed leaving the EU while 16.1 million voters, or 48.1 per cent of votes cast, favoured staying. Many opinion polls were wrong about the result.The new polling showed 59 per cent of voters would now vote to remain in the bloc, versus 41 per cent who would opt to leave. The findings were published in an academic-led report on Wednesday by research bodies NatCen and The UK in a Changing Europe.That is the highest recorded support for ‘remain’ in a series of five such surveys since the 2016 referendum and a large reversal of the actual 52-48 per cent vote to leave.Polling expert John Curtice, the author of the report, cautioned that those interviewed reported they had voted 53 per cent in favour of remain in the referendum — a 5 percentage point higher proportion than the actual vote.”Nevertheless, this still means that there has apparently been a six-point swing from Leave to Remain, larger than that registered by any of our previous rounds of interviewing, and a figure that would seemingly point to a 54 per cent (Remain) vote in any second referendum held now,” Curtice said in the report.No dramatic shiftSpeaking at an event to launch the report, he said the findings were broadly in line with those of other pollsters, whom he said showed an average of 52.5 per cent support for remain.”Don’t get excited as to think this is some poll that shows a dramatic shift to remain,” Curtice said. “The apparent thin lead that remain have is at least in part built on the potential sand of the responses of those who did not vote two years ago.”Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 but has yet to secure an exit agreement to define future relations with Brussels and manage the economic impact of ending over four decades of integration with the world’s largest trading bloc.The government has ruled out holding a second referendum, and the opposition Labour Party is not advocating one either.The survey interviewed 2,048 subjects between 7 June and 8 July. That means the survey does not fully reflect any change in opinion brought about by the publication of prime minister Theresa May’s negotiating strategy, published in early July.That negotiating strategy has split May’s Conservative party at every level and drawn heavy criticism from both Brexit supporters and those who want to retain close ties to the EU.Nevertheless, the poll shows voters thought the negotiations were going badly even before the publication of May’s so-called Chequers plan. Curtice added that subsequent polling data, not included in the report, had shown the plan had little support from the public and was unlikely to have reversed voters’ pessimism.He said the results of the polling showed that the most influential factor over whether voters will support the conclusion of the negotiations is their perception of its economic effect rather than the details of any deal.last_img read more

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A notsoTico twist on tacos in Santa Ana

first_imgFrom the print editionThe recently opened Tacobar on the Belén Road in Santa Ana, southwest of San José, is not really a bar at all. Nor does it dish out the kind of tacos that you’d expect at a restaurant in Costa Rica. In fact, this family restaurant serves up tasty, healthy fare, and its killer fish tacos have a flavor that’s completely their own.Housed in a semi-circular building with a bamboo roof and floor to ceiling glass windows, Tacobar is surrounded by a deck with patio furniture. Inside, apart from the regular simple tables and chairs, the swing seating at the high wooden counters offers a swing-while-you-eat experience for anybody with a strong stomach. Patrons line up to order and pay at the counter, and cooked-to-order meals are then delivered on large platters, leaving room for an excellent variety of salads offered at the all-you-can-eat salad bar. This comes with the fish tacos and other main courses such as burritos, sandwiches, chicken, steak and tuna plates. Potatoes cooked in tempting different ways, pizza, appetizers and side orders do not come with the salad bar, but may be ordered separately.Our well-presented meals arrived at different intervals, which we found somewhat disconcerting. Maybe this was because we all paid individually, but the young lady at the counter who took our order should have made a note for the kitchen that we were a group and wanted to be served together. I’m sure this will be remedied in the future by the impressive management team. General Manager Jose Tortós, and Administrator Jonathon Montenegro, run a hands-on operation in this trendy, popular family restaurant that seems to be buzzing morning, noon and night.We had no complaints about the food. The fish and chips dish was served piping hot with light, crispy batter. The tuna steak was outstanding, lightly seared to perfection. The fish tacos were served on thin flour tortillas piled with mahi mahi, snapper, shrimp and calamari. All were dressed with herbs, peanut or hot spicy sauce. Depending on your appetite, you can order one, two or three tacos, and they are not rolled like traditional tacos, but are freshly cooked and very tasty. Main courses range from {2,500-6,000 ($5-12).Tacobar serves no alcoholic beverages, but there is a large selection of fruit smoothies and drinks. The tangy lemonade laced with fresh ginger and mint is delicious and highly recommended. The dessert menu is limited, but the ice cream and brownie selection, which is enormous, will send many a chocoholic into a food coma. Tacobar offers a variety of choices {2,000-4,000 ($4-8), plus a $3 daily special. There’s a second Tacobar in Jacó, and the Israeli-U.S. owners are opening another locale in Trejos Montealegre, San Rafael de Escazú, southwest of San José.Tacobar:Location: 600 meters north of the Cruz Roja, opposite Mas X Menos, Santa Ana.Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.Contact: 2282-7863 Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Job fair offers 4000 posts this weekend

first_imgNo related posts. Starting Friday and lasting through the weekend, a group of 33 local and multinational companies will be at the Antigua Aduana facilities in downtown San José for the “El Puesto es mío” (“The job is mine”) job fair.Employeers from the retail, banking and manufacturing sectors are looking to fill some 4,000 posts at all levels, from entry-level jobs to technical specialists.Abbott, Amazon, BAC Credomatic, Banco BCT, Banco Davivienda, National Bank, seeking My Job, Financial Center Amway Center Therapeutic Mioderma SA Citi, Convergys, CSS Corp., The Empleo.com, Experian, Grupo Bimbo, Grupo Nación, Siman Group, Costa Rica Hewlett Packard, IBM, Insurance Service, Vivid, Language Line Solutions, ManPower, Organo Gold, Pacific Interpreters, PepsiCo Foods International Polytechnic, SBMCR, SRL, Scotiabank, Startek, Symes, Fidélitas University, WNS and Ernst & Young are some of the companies attending. The companies are requesting résumés be presented in both digital and print format.Entrance costs ₡1,500 ($3), and organizers scheduled a series of free lectures on Saturday and Sunday aimed at helping job-seekers improve their skills. Topics include: the importance of communication tactics during a job interview, personal marketing, corporate image, and résumé preparation, among others. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Two members of Costa Ricas ruling party convicted of fraud

Two members of Costa Ricas ruling party convicted of fraud

first_imgRelated posts:Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Eduardo Li wins lawsuit against insurance company over defense costs in FIFA corruption case Public Security minister says he’ll resign if not given more funds for policing FIFA panel seeks lifetime ban for ex-Costa Rican football president Eduardo Li A Criminal Court in San José found two officials of the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) guilty of a fraud scheme that allowed the party to collect ₡353 million (some $632,000) from public campaign financing in 2010.On Monday, the tribunal convicted former PAC treasurer Maynor Sterling Araya to serve six years in prison, and Manuel Antonio Bolaños Murillo, a party official, to three years in prison.Judges also found the party liable for collecting the funds and ordered it to pay almost ₡600 million ($1 million) to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) for the damage caused.Judges said Sterling was the mastermind behind the fraud scheme used to collect funds using 263 fake contracts. The alleged contracts described services provided by party members who actually worked as volunteers and never charged anything for their work, the tribunal found.More than 200 witnesses testified in the five-month trial, among them top PAC leaders including party founder, former presidential candidate and current lawmaker Ottón Solís.The ruling also ordered the party and the two convicted members to pay an additional ₡40 million ($72,000) for trial costs.ReactionsThe party said in a news release that it respects the tribunal’s ruling. However, party officials will wait for the full ruling before evaluating options to file an appeal.The ruling party that in 2014 saw the election of Luis Guillermo Solís as the first PAC president also said that it has enough funds to face the payment.The PAC statement said that if the tribunal confirms its ruling, the party will proceed with its statutes, which demand that convicted party members be expelled.Party’s founder Solís posted a statement on his Facebook profile saying he expects party leaders to take strong actions.He called for PAC to strengthen internal controls and make the right decisions as “the party’s reaction to this trial will define its future.”Solís also said that the party must use funds from public campaign financing to pay the fines ordered by the tribunal. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Study revelas majority of Aussies travel to broaden horizons

Study revelas majority of Aussies travel to broaden horizons

first_imgResults of the latest TripAdvisor (TripBarometer) survey shows the motivation for 78 percent of Australians traveling is to enhance their perspective.Upon returning from holidays, two out of three Australians begin planning their next adventure, while 11 percent aspire to move abroad, compared to the global average of six percent.While ‘enhancing perspective’ is the main driver for travellers worldwide, the variations in motivations differ from nationalities. Those from South Africa, UK and Italy leaned towards ‘harmony’, whereas Brazilians, Thais and Chinese sought ‘liberation’.Post-travel impacts of the survey, confirm young Australian adults are more likely to be more open-minded and tolerant of others (66 percent), while 55 percent introduced new foods into their diets.Australia also topped the chart as the country most likely to donate to charity, followed by Malaysia, USA and New Zealand in second, third and fourth place, respectively.The fourth edition of the biannual TripAdvisor (TripBarometer) study, which focuses on the psychology of travel is conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos.TripBarometer is a tourism survey highlighting country, regional and global travel trends according to more than 53,000 travellers and hoteliers around the world.Source = ETB News: Megan Tranlast_img read more

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AFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourism

AFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourism

first_imgAustralian Federation of Travel AgentsAFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourismThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is disappointed with the direction and lack of support that tonight’s Federal Budget has delivered for the Travel & Tourism Industry. The Government missed the opportunity to harness the future that travel and tourism offers to the Australian economy for now and in the future.At a time when the rest of the world is embracing travel and tourism and looking to grow their economies and visitor numbers, this government has missed the flight to success.As the Australian Economy moves from resources to tourism as a key pillar and when a country like Australia has the natural asset of a clean, fresh, sophisticated and jobs filled industry on its door step like Travel & Tourism, you have to wonder what the masters of the Australian budget process were thinking – perhaps not thinking.“It is disappointing that once again the travel and tourism industry is asked to pay significant taxes but appears to not have any significant support coming back to it. This government appears to think that the travel & tourism should be the door mat to the Australian economic future. It is simply not good enough and we as an industry we should expect more.” Said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.“The Global travel and tourism industry is a competitive market place and when cuts like the ones announced tonight to the Tourism Australian budget and increases to taxes on employer needing staff to fill shortages not wanted by Australians, it is yet another blow to the industry. If the government is serious about delivering jobs toAustralians in the future, then the travel and tourism industry is ready to help, but clearly the government does not want to help the industry” said Westbury.The 2017 Federal budget has including the following news for the travel and tourism industry.This Budget introduces a big new tax, this new tax will raise $1.2bn (over 4 years) from employers who employ foreign workers on skilled visas.Many small and medium-sized tourism businesses face critical skills shortages. Their customer needs require them to employ foreign workers who have those specialised skills. These workers are covered by Temporary Skill Shortage visas.It is a harsh impost to require a small tourism business (with less than $10m turnover per year) to make an upfront payment of $1,200 per visa per year for each employee on such a visa.Extracting revenue from travellers and visitorsThe government loves extracting revenue from travellers and international visitors. The net Budget changes for visa charges will extract half a billion dollars from incoming travellers and visitors over the next 8 years. This is $270m extracted over the Forward Estimates.$225m net additional revenue from indexation of visa application charges (net of additional expenditure on worthy visa processing reforms); and$47m additional visa charges for the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa (which replaces the 457).Tourism Australian fundingTourism Australia will continue to suffer from a lack of indexation of base government funding and in real terms the federal budget has taken $35million out of their budget over the next four years.Lost opportunities – Tourism Shopping Reform The government refuses to make a decision on long-overdue reform of Australia’s tourism shopping system.The clunky, paper-based GST refund system for departing travellers iscrying out for reform.The government champions innovation and new digital approaches in other areas, but not for tourism shopping, it seems.Other measures announced tonight will be further reviewed over the coming days and impacts on the travel industry will be further considered as the full gamut of the budget papers are considered.“As federal budgets go, this is an unwelcomed, tasteless budget for the travel and tourism industry as it increases costs for tourism businesses but delivers very little for those on the ground working 24/7 keeping the doors open, people employed and making Australia the great nation that it is.” concluded Westbury. AFTASource = AFTAlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter MasterCard and AccorHo

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMasterCard and AccorHotels have announced a partnership which will offer MasterCard cardholders exclusive privileges when they stay at selected AccorHotels properties in Asia Pacific.From delicious meals and award-winning spa retreats to a complimentary night’s stay, MasterCard cardholders can look forward to an exciting range of indulgent treats and deals when they stay at more than 550 AccorHotels properties in the region.As part of the three-year partnership, AccorHotels and MasterCard have introduced three programs to make cardholders’ holidays a little more special. Cardholders looking for a much needed escape can book a three-day, two-night stay at any of AccorHotels’ participating resorts and enjoy a complimentary night with AccorHotels’ Dream Getaway program from now till 31 March 2016. MasterCard guests can also look forward to an array of services with breakfast included for up to two people each day as well as personalised bespoke amenities such as butler and nanny services.Those longing for some fun in the sun can enter AccorHotels’ My Resort Moment competition – by snapping and sharing a special moment at an AccorHotels hotel or resort on Instagram. One lucky cardholder stands to win one of four luxury resort stays worth up to USD $1000 each month from now till 31 March 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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