Delta posts profit but plans to slow growth to increase prices

first_imgTags: Delta << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, October 13, 2016 Posted by The Canadian Press center_img Share NEW YORK — Lower airfares and rising salaries are putting a squeeze on Delta Air Lines.Luckily for the airline, the price of jet fuel remains cheap and the Atlanta-based carrier was able to report Thursday a third-quarter profit of $1.26 billion, down 4 per cent from the same period last year.Summer is typically the strongest period for U.S. airlines and Delta’s earnings could signal an end of an extraordinary run of record profits for the industry. The issue is that this era of cheap fuel isn’t going to last forever.Delta paid $1.50 for each gallon of jet fuel in the quarter, down from $1.89 during the same period last year. Every penny per gallon saved adds up with the airline consuming 1.1 billion gallons of fuel during the quarter. Delta warned in its earnings release that, for the first time in several years, year-over-year fuel prices will be higher in the next quarter.At the same time, the industry is struggling with too many seats in the sky, lower airfares and increased costs for most non-fuel expenses including salaries and payments for new aircraft.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe amount of money Delta collected for each mile that each available seat flew plunged 6.8 per cent during the three months that ended Sept. 30.The average airfare for each 1,000 miles passengers flew during the summer was $153.80, down 5.3 per cent from the $162.40 Delta collected during the same period last year.The number of available seats and the miles they flew increased 1.5 per cent while the actual flying by paying customers fell 0.2 per cent. A year ago, 86.8 per cent of Delta’s seats were filled with paying passengers during the peak July, August and September quarter. That fell this year to 85.4 per cent.Delta, the world’s second-largest airline by passenger traffic, said it plans to slow its growth to 1 per cent in the next quarter and into 2017 so it can try to raise airfares. It hopes that its industry-leading on-time performance will convince travellers — especially higher-paying business fliers — to book with Delta and possibly pay more to do so.While Delta is taking in less cash, it’s also paying out more.The number of full-time equivalent employees rose 1.3 per cent to 84,084. Salaries and benefits jumped 8 per cent to $2.5 billion. And that doesn’t factor in a proposed new pilot contract which would drive up Delta’s wage expenses more.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesDelta also continued to replace its aging fleet of jets, leading to a 14-per cent increase in its aircraft payments. Its fleet climbed from 925 jets to 960 in the past year. The new jets also have more seats than those they are replacing, making it even harder for Delta to easily pull down its capacity and increase airfares.Overall, Delta’s revenue for the quarter fell 6 per cent to $10.48 billion from $11.11 billion last year and fell short of Wall Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $10.59 billion. The airline said $100 million of that shortfall was a result of an August computer outage that grounded its planes around the globe and led to more than 2,300 flight cancellations. Another $70 million in the gap came because of gains last year from currencies bets on the Japanese Yen. Delta posts profit, but plans to slow growth to increase priceslast_img read more

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Clients save 150 on all Exodus tours in 2018

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, October 19, 2017 Clients save $150 on all Exodus tours in 2018 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Every guided and self-guided trip in Exodus’ 2018 lineup is on sale as part of a new promotion to ‘Make 2018 Your Year of Adventure’.Valid on new bookings made from now until Dec. 1, 2017, the promo offers clients savings of $150 per person when booking any guided or self-guided itinerary in 2018. Exodus boasts over 600 tours to more than 100 countries worldwide.New itineraries include a week of alpine walking and yoga practice in the French Alps, an island-hopping adventure across three Hawaiian Islands, two weeks of cycling and temples in Japan, and wildlife and wineries in South Africa.In addition to the savings, clients will have their first pick on journeys that sell out months in advance, such as Exodus’ best-selling tour, ‘Walking the Amalfi Coast’.For more information go to exodustravels.com/2018AdventureLaunch Tags: Exodus Travels << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Diana Alice Elizabeth Britons bet on new royal baby name

first_img Share LONDON — Interest surrounding the romance and wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has been a boon for Britain tourism – and that’s ramped up exponentially with the impending arrival of the couple’s first child.As the due date approaches Harry and Meghan may be keeping plans about their baby under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped everyone in Britain from trying to guess the gender and the name of their first child.If Britain’s bookmakers are to be believed, it’s definitely a girl – and Diana may well be one of her many names.The William Hill agency closed the betting on the baby’s gender a few days ago after an “avalanche” of bets poured in from people convinced the royal couple is having a girl.“The secret’s out, as far as we’re concerned,” firm spokesman Rupert Adams said. “It could be because someone somewhere has seen the scan, or someone has heard something.”While Adams acknowledged there’s always a chance the surge was based on nothing, he said average betting patterns over the years suggest there’s usually some truth in rumours.So far, Diana is topping the bookmakers’ list as a front-running name _ William Hill has put the odds at 4/1. Victoria, Alice, Grace and Elizabeth are close behind, while Albert, Arthur and James are popular guesses for a boy.“A ridiculous number – 80% of bets taken – are for the name Diana,” Adams said. He said he personally doubts Harry would choose a name that so directly evokes his iconic mother’s tragic death in 1997 but added: “There’s every chance of it being a middle name.”Carolyn Harris, a royal historian who teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, agrees that Diana could be a middle name. That’s what Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate did for their daughter, Princess Charlotte (the 3-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana).More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“The choice of Diana as a first name would place a lot of pressure on the royal baby, as the press would constantly compare her to her famous grandmother,” she said.Harris believes Harry and Meghan may adopt a similar approach to the naming of other recently born royal children lower down the line of succession: Choosing a moniker that’s traditional, but one that doesn’t frequently appear within the royal family.She also thinks a possible middle name could be Ruth – after one of Meghan’s great-grandmothers, as well as Diana’s maternal grandmother, Lady Ruth Fermoy.Some observers speculate that Meghan, who has long spoken out about women’s rights, could go for a name that evokes strong women in history – a theory Harris thinks has substance.“A name associated with prominent female historical figures in Britain and/or the United States is certainly a possibility,” she said. Eleanor, for one, could honour both Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England in the 12th century.Harry and Meghan haven’t announced the baby’s gender or the due date, which is widely believed to be sometime in late April.The pair declared Thursday they are keeping the birth private and won’t be sharing news about the baby’s arrival until they’ve told family and friends. That has led many to jump to the conclusion that they are planning a home birth at their new residence, Frogmore Cottage, close to Windsor Castle outside of London.Home birth or not, the scenario will be quite different from the media circus that lasted for days outside the London hospital where their sister-in-law Kate’s three children were born. That will significantly dampen the name and gender betting frenzy, according to William Hill, which reported taking “hundreds of bets a minute” every time palace officials announced that Kate had gone into labour.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWhatever name they choose, the new baby will not automatically have the official title of prince or princess. Those titles were given to all three children of William, the eldest son of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.Instead, Harry and Meghan’s baby is expected to be styled the Earl of Dumbarton if a boy and Lady Mountbatten-Windsor if a girl. That said, the child’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, could change that if she wants the baby to be a prince or princess.Harry’s first child will be seventh in line for the throne, bumping down Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew.Some punters have been having a laugh with their royal baby bets. Ladbrokes reported that 2 pounds ($2.60) have been staked on the name Brexit – with odds of 500/1. The name Donald is at 250/1. Meghan, as any reader of British tabloids knows, is no fan of the current U.S. president.One thing British betting agencies are not seeing: lots of money being placed on quirky, New Age or celebrity-driven, unique monikers.“Harry is a traditional guy at heart, we think he would like a relatively traditional but not absolutely turgid royal name,” Adams said.“(Meghan) would like to convey herself as regal _ we feel she would not go with a weird name like ‘Sunshine,’” he added. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 15, 2019 Diana? Alice? Elizabeth? Britons bet on new royal baby name Tags: Britain, United Kingdomlast_img read more

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Titans in Brazil Keylor Navas Costa Rica eliminate Greece in penalty kicks

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Costa Rica uniforms are international best-sellers thanks to World Cup run A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Rica Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup run Costa Rica defender Michael Umaña (L) and goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrate after defeating Greece on penalties at Pernambuco Arena in Recife on Sunday. After Navasmade the crucial save in penalty kicks, Umaña fired in the game-winner.  The Ticos will play in the quarterfinals — their first appearance at that stage of the World Cup — on Saturday afternoon against the Netherlands. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Texas appeals court suspends execution of Nicaraguan

first_imgWASHINGTON — A Texas court on Tuesday stayed the execution of a Nicaraguan convicted of murder, whose death had been scheduled for Wednesday over the objections of his own government.The Texas appellate court postponed the execution to take up an appeal by Bernardo Tercero, who has spent 15 years on death row after being convicted of a 1997 murder of a school teacher.Tercero’s lawyers claim he was denied the right to a fair trial.They also claim a key witness recanted his testimony, and that Tercero was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime and not eligible for the death penalty.Tercero was scheduled to die at 6.00 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas on Wednesday.Rights groups including the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have also claimed Tercero’s rights were violated at trial.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega had asked for mercy and rejected Tercero’s  sentence. His country abolished capital punishment in 1979.Ortega asked U.S. President Barack Obama to intercede and stop the death penalty for humanitarian reasons, calling execution for a crime committed as a minor a “cruel and unusual punishment” in a letter to Obama.But the U.S. president has few powers to stay a state’s execution.“I never lost my faith, and my hope that my God should be the only one to take a life,” Tercero’s mother, Lídia, said in tears in her home in Posoltega, Nicaragua, alongside the spared man’s only child.Tercero was to have been executed for the murder of high school English teacher Robert Berger in front of Berger’s three-year-old daughter, while robbing a Houston dry cleaning business.Berger was arrested in Nicaragua and returned to the United States in 1999 before his 2000 death sentence.Texas authorities say Tercero committed a brutal murder and he is subject to the laws of the state.“When anyone commits a crime in Texas, they are subject to Texas law,” said Texas governor press secretary John Wittman. Facebook Comments Early protesters gathering in Houston.Give #BernardoTercero a Stay look at the evidence @save1innocent @BiancaJagger pic.twitter.com/Xhow7vvi40— Peter Bellamy (@PeterBellamyUK) August 24, 2015 Related posts:Remembering La Penca, 30 years later Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film Making the invisible, visible: In Nicaragua, women journalists call for equalitylast_img read more

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Warming oceans are turning sea stars to goo and killing lobsters scientists

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen This strange little sea snail uses water wings to ‘fly’ Scientists figure out why female turtles are born at higher temperatures Costa Ricans pledge to go car free on Sept. 22 Warming waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have increased the prevalence of diseases that are turning sea stars to mush and killing lobsters by burrowing under their shells and causing lesions, two new studies have found.The outbreaks are so lethal, according to a biologist involved in both studies, that at least one species of sea star has vanished off the coasts of Washington state and British Columbia and the lobster fishery, already decimated in southern New England, will probably be threatened in Maine.In the Pacific, a wasting disease is blamed for the disappearance of the technicolor sunflower sea star. It’s also affecting the ochre sea star, which scientists at Cornell University, the University of Puget Sound and Northeastern University, as well as other institutions, examined for the latest research. Their reports were published this week.The sea star study was led by Morgan E. Eisenlord, an evolutionary biologist at Cornell, and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.In a laboratory and at 16 sites on the San Juan Islands off Washington state’s coast, researchers determined that ochre sea stars gradually became sicker as water temperatures rose slightly.Conditions simulated in the lab confirmed what the scientists observed in the field. As temperatures rose, the disease became more prevalent and adult ochres died within days. The disease, plus death, was more prominent in temperatures between 54 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit (12 and 19 degrees Celsius). For the adults, the risk of death was 18 percent higher at 66 F.“The little ones seem to be more resistant,” said Drew Harvell, a Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology who studies marine diseases and was involved with both reports. “It takes them longer to get sick, but once they do, they succumb quickly.”The researchers speculate that all sea stars have carried the virus for a long time. Warming water appears to increase its potency.Large numbers of ochre sea stars washed ashore in California in 2011, but no one knew why. When the disease outbreak was first detected in 2013, scientists thought it might be contained to the waters off Washington and southwestern Canada. Yet over the more than two years since, it has been identified as the source of mortality in 20 species from California to as far north as Alaska.“This outbreak came so quickly, by the time we knew enough about it, a lot of it had already happened,” Harvell said. “The question for this year in our minds is what will happen in Alaska. The sunflower star that used to be very abundant in this area is gone. It used to be that you could see 30 in one dive. In the San Juan Islands, we had 105 divers and didn’t find any.”The lobster study also traced the increase in shell disease to warmer waters.The syndrome — first observed in the late 1990s in Long Island Sound off New York and Connecticut, Block Island Sound off Rhode Island and Buzzards Bay off Massachusetts — is marked by the rapid deterioration of lobsters’ shells. It spread rapidly, particularly in females, which molt less often than males and carry their shells longer, exposing them more to the disease.One laboratory experiment that examined the effect of the bacteria detected them at 50 F (10 C). At that temperature, the disease moved slowly. But between 50 and 68 F (10 and 20 C), it progressed faster. Even after an old shell was shed through molting, the new shell was quickly infected. Lobsters showing signs of shell disease are not marketable.“Shell disease has devastated the southern New England lobster fishery, and now with warming, it’s led to a situation where the Maine lobster industry may be at risk,” said Jeff Shields, a professor of marine science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and a co-author of the study.The study was led by Jeffrey Maynard, then a post-doctoral associate in Harvell’s lab at Cornell. It also was published in the Royal Society B as part of the journal’s marine-disease special.Shields said scientists will be on the alert for increases in shell disease levels off Maine this spring and will warn natural-resources managers if they are detected. To offset the stress on lobsters, the researchers could recommend targeting pollution, boat traffic and modes of transmission in the affected areas.Numerous climate studies have shown that the world’s oceans are heating up. In addition, 30 percent of the carbon released into the atmosphere ends up there, leading to acidification that is further destroying coral, shell life and other organisms.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.The collision left a breach about 10 feet by 10 feet (three by three meters) in the starboard side of USS Porter. No one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.The collision with the Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan happened about 1 a.m. local time. Photos released by the Navy showed workers standing amid twisted metal and other debris hanging down from the hole. Top Stories The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Navy said, though the collision was not “combat related.” There were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan, the Navy said.Navy spokesman Greg Raelson said the destroyer now is in port in Jebel Ali, Dubai. “We’re just happy there were no injuries,” he said. “An investigation is under way.”The USS Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, an island nation in the Gulf, near Iran.The Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, is a crowded and tense waterway where one-fifth of the world’s oil is routed. Tensions have risen there over repeated Iranian threats to block tanker traffic in retaliation for tighter sanctions by the West. The sanctions are aimed at persuading Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program, so far without success.Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz show no sign of abating.The United States stoked the flames recently with an announcement that it will send U.S. Navy minesweepers and warships into the Gulf for exercises. The U.S. military maneuvers scheduled for September, to be joined by ships from about 20 American allies. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Three years ago, The USS Hartford, a nuclear-powered submarine based in Groton, Conn., collided in the strait with the USS New Orleans, a San Diego-based amphibious ship.The New Orleans’ fuel tank was ruptured, and 15 sailors on the Hartford suffered minor injuries. The collision caused $2.3 million in damage to the New Orleans, and the cost so far of repairs to the Hartford is $102.6 million.The submarine’s commanding officer was relieved of his duties, and the sub’s chief of the boat, an adviser to the commanding officer, was reassigned. Several crew members were punished.___Follow Michael Casey on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mcasey1 This is part of a Pentagon buildup in the Gulf with more troops and naval firepower, seeking to rattle Iran and reassure Saudi Arabia and Washington’s other Gulf Arab partners worried about Iran’s influence and power.Iranian commanders and political leaders have stepped up threats and defiant statements in recent weeks over the Strait of Hormuz.While it appears unlikely that Iran is ready to risk an almost certain military backlash by trying to close Hormuz _ which is jointly controlled with Oman _ the comments from Tehran show that Iranian authorities see the strait as perhaps their most valuable asset in brinkmanship over tightening sanctions.Iranian officials have been quick to counter statements about closing the strait with observations that the situation is not likely to become that severe, indicating recognition that a step like closing the strait would have grave implications.Warnings from Tehran in the past about possible closure have been enough to boost oil prices to offset the blow of sanctions. It’s also among the potential flashpoints if military force is used against Iran over its nuclear program.If attacked, Iran could severely disrupt oil supplies and send the shaky global economy stumbling backward again. The vital role family plays in society 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Museum at heart of Russias Jewish culture revival

first_imgNow the 100-year-old matriarch’s great-grandson, brought up after the fall of the Soviet Union and in a spirit of freedom of conscience, is fully embracing his Jewish roots: He works at Moscow’s new Jewish museum, Europe’s largest and Russia’s first major attempt to tell the story of its Jewish community. The four generations of Zimanenko’s family are a microcosm of the history of Jews in Russia over the past century, from the restrictions of imperial times through Soviet hardship to today’s revival of Jewish culture in Russia, a trajectory that is put on vivid display at the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance.The museum, which opened this week, tells the history of Jewry through people’s stories, which come alive in video interviews and interactive displays. The journeys of people like the Zimanenko-Rozin family are traced from czarist Russia through the demise of the Soviet Union. The $50 million museum was built under the patronage of President Vladimir Putin, who in a symbolic move in 2007 donated a month of his salary _ about $5,600 _ to its creation.Putin has promoted Russia as a country that welcomes Russian emigrants back into its fold. Early in his presidency, he encouraged the repatriation of Russians who left in the wake of the 1917 Revolution as well as ethnic Russians left stranded in former Soviet republics, now independent states. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In Poland, which is undergoing a similar revival of Jewish culture, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is due to open next year in the heart of the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw.The Moscow museum’s portrayal of Russia as a safe and welcoming place for Jews today may run counter to the beliefs of some emigres and their descendants who were raised on dark stories about pogroms and discrimination in Russia. And while there’s no doubt that anti-Semitism has declined dramatically in Russia, there remains a strong strand of far-right sentiment that expresses itself in acts against Jews, as well as against dark-skinned foreigners.To Borukh Gorin, chairman of the museum’s board, the history of Russian Jews is much more complex than the stark narrative of anti-Jewish oppression. The museum does not dwell on the “victimization of Jewish history,” he said.“It’s about what actually happened,” said Gorin. “And what happened was complicated. There were pogroms, but there was also an active role of Jews in Russian public life _ scientists, writers, journalists, Jews awarded with the country’s highest honors.”By 1917, the Russian Empire had the largest Jewish community in the world, more than 5 million people. Most of the Jews were confined to the Pale of Settlement, the area of the Russian Empire stretching across what are now western Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, beyond which Jews were not allowed to live. Today, only about 150,000 people who identify themselves as Jews live in Russia. Zimanenko, feisty and talkative even at 100, was the daughter of Marxists and the granddaughter of pious Jews. Most of her life, she was true to Communist ideals and never thought much about her Jewish identity.“If somebody asked me about my nationality then, it’d take me a while to remember that I was Jewish,” she said. “We were all Soviet people.”But like other Soviet Jews, Zimanenko was reminded of her roots when Stalin’s repressive regime “foiled” the so-called Doctors’ Plot in 1952, accusing a group of prominent Moscow doctors, predominantly Jews, of conspiring to kill Soviet leaders. Their trial unleashed the first major wave of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, triggering dismissals, arrests and executions among Jews.Zimanenko’s son, physicist Anatoly Rozin, said the family had such a strong faith in Communism and Stalin that they genuinely believed in the plot: “No one could doubt it. We were a Communist family.” In 1956, three years after Stalin’s death, the authorities admitted that the doctors had been framed.Anatoly Rozin, now 78, is still an atheist and does not feel much affinity for his Jewish heritage, although he remembers being exposed to “everyday” anti-Semitism since childhood when neighborhood children called him and his brother names. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mark Rozin and his uncle also were allowed to emigrate, but decided against it.“I’m a man of this culture,” said Anatoly Rozin, referring to the Soviet Union. “Leaving seemed impossible at the time.”These days, Zimanenko falters when she tries to pronounce the words “bar mitzvah,” only to be corrected by her 24-year-old great-grandson, Lev Rozin. For him, having to get permission to travel or being barred from university for being Jewish is something from another planet.Russia in recent years has seen a dramatic decrease in displays of anti-Semitism, down to isolated cases of violence and vandalism. In a survey conducted last year by the respected Levada Center, 8 percent of those polled said they believed Jews should be barred from living in Russia, down from 15 percent in 2004.Members of the Zimanenko-Rozin family said they felt no anti-Semitism in Russia today, but only members of the youngest generation have been eager to explore their roots. Lev Rozin, who works in the museum’s children’s center, said he began to identify himself as a Jew in his teens after attending a Jewish youth camp in Hungary. His two younger siblings attended the same camp. Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The revival of Jewish culture in Russia has been driven predominantly by young people, which is reflected in the staff of the Jewish Museum. The museum’s development director, Natalya Fishman, is just 22.“In our family, it’s the younger generation that is trying to rediscover our roots,” Lev Rozin said. “I try to keep my Friday nights free, I don’t eat pork and try to observe some Kashrut (Jewish dietary) rules.”For his father, Jewish identity is more than religion or customs.“It stems from a feeling of belonging to your family, its roots, Grandma’s stories,” Mark Rozin said. “By talking to Grandma and learning about her life, we’re getting closer to the Jewish culture.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Anti-Semitism in the final decades of the Soviet Union was never official policy, but Jews had greater difficulty winning admission to university and traveling abroad.Anatoly’s nephew and Zimanenko’s grandson, 47-year-old Mark Rozin, was also brought up in a family that was very “distant” from Jewish traditions and Judaism. Although he had no firsthand experience of the discrimination that led hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews to emigrate in the 1970s and `80s, he said that the shared burden of inequality and suspicion allowed him to relate to other Jews.There was a certain bond based “on the assumption that you faced some restrictions, you were not allowed to do what others did, that’s why you had to study harder than others, for example,” said Mark Rozin, a psychologist. In that sense, “you were always reminded of your nationality, but that didn’t bring you closer to the traditions.”Scores of his friends and distant relatives took advantage of their Jewish roots to secure permission to leave the Soviet Union for Israel, but he said most left for “freedom and opportunity,” and not because of the Jewish faith. Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – In czarist times, Geda Zimanenko watched her mother offer the local police officer a shot of vodka on a plate and five rubles every Sunday to overlook the fact that their family lived outside the area where Jews were allowed to live.Then came the Bolshevik Revolution and Zimanenko became a good Communist, raising her own son to believe in ideals that strove to stamp out distinctions of race and religion. Her grandson, born after the death of dictator Josef Stalin, was more cynical of Communism and felt the heat of growing Soviet anti-Semitism.last_img
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Canadas most conservative province elects leftist party

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility TORONTO (AP) — Alberta, Canada’s most conservative province, elected a left-of-center government, ending a 44-year-old conservative party dynasty,Voters in the western oil-rich province chose a New Democratic Party government in Tuesday’s election. Few had predicted such a result just 28 days ago when the election was called by Progressive Conservative Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, a former cabinet minister in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative federal government. Prentice was previously one of Harper’s most trusted cabinet ministers and was considered a candidate to replace Harper one day.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories “Pigs do fly,” CTV television host Don Martin tweeted.After the votes were tallied, Prentice announced that he is done with public life and is stepping down as the leader of the Progressive Conservative party in the province. He also will vacate the seat he won in Tuesday’s election.Alberta is sometimes called the Texas of the North.“I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight,” incoming New Democratic Premier Rachel Notely said. “Change has finally come to Alberta.”Nelson Wiseman, a University of Toronto political science professor, said the result doesn’t mean Harper won’t do well in his home province in October’s federal election.Wiseman said it shows the NDP isn’t as radical as it once was and that campaigns matter. He said gaffes by Prentice and voter fatigue with Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party contributed.“The main message is a social democratic party isn’t all that radical any more. Americans are freaked out by socialism but when Tony Blair was in power in the U.K. they related to him as a strong ally,” Wiseman said.Notely has vowed to raise corporate tax rates and conduct a review of the province’s royalty structure to ensure that Albertans are getting a fair return for their oil and gas resources. Alberta has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves. Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Myanmar says its not to blame for migrant crisis

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Zaw Htay said Friday that Myanmar’s government “will not attend a regional meeting hosted by Thailand if ‘Rohingya’ is mentioned on the invitation.” He accused governments of trying to divert their human smuggling and slavery problems by dumping the blame on Myanmar.On Saturday, he said an official invitation still had not arrived.An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned Friday against “floating coffins” and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The United States urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.“The gravest violation of human rights are committed by those corrupt officials who are involved in human trafficking activities and colluded with the trafficking syndicates,” Zaw Htay said.Thai authorities, long accused of turning a blind eye to human trafficking in exchange for pay, launched a crackdown May 1 after finding dozens of bodies buried at traffickers’ jungle camps on Thailand’s border with Malaysia. Dozens of Thai officials were arrested and more than 50 police are under investigation for complicity.The U.N. calls the Rohingya one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. For decades, the Rohingya suffered from state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar. Denied citizenship by national law, they are effectively stateless. In the last three years, attacks on Rohingya have left hundreds dead and sparked an exodus of an estimated 120,000 people who have boarded human traffickers’ boats to flee to other countries. The flight helped fuel a longstanding human smuggling industry in the region.Even the name Rohingya is taboo in Myanmar, which calls them “Bengalis” and insists they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though Rohingya have lived in the predominantly Buddhist Southeast Asian country for generations.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. An ethnic Rohingya woman who said she got separated with her brother cries at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Saturday, May 16, 2015. More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh landed in several places in Southeast Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Top Stories Comments   Share   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar refused to shoulder the blame for an escalating crisis involving thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, and doubts whether it will attend a regional meeting in Thailand later this month to find an urgent solution on how to deal with the boats of refugees.Boats filled with more than 2,000 desperate and hungry people have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more migrants are believed to be adrift at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk All three countries have dispatched their navies to push boats away or execute a so-called “help-on” policy of giving the boats food and water — and pointing them to other countries.The migrants are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar, and Bangladeshis looking for a better life abroad.“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed,” said Maj. Zaw Htay, director of the office of Myanmar’s president. “We will not accept the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem.”He directed some of the blame on Myanmar’s neighbors, saying that from a humanitarian point of view, “it’s sad that these people are being pushed out to sea by some countries.”The migrants seem intent on reaching Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country that has hosted more than 45,000 Rohingya over the years but now says it can’t accept any more. Indonesia and Thailand have voiced similar stances.Thailand has organized a May 29 meeting with officials from 15 countries to discuss the “root causes” of “irregular migration in the Indian Ocean.” Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

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Greek deal optimism gives stocks another nudge ahead

first_imgFILE – This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an historic marker on Wall Street in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Tuesday, June 23, 2015, as hopes mount for a solution to Greece’s debt standoff. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober GREEK TALKS: Greece’s proposals appear to have won the initial backing from its international creditors.At a meeting Monday, leaders of the 19 nations that use the euro currency said the offer by the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras might form a basis to break a four-month deadlock. The two sides are now in technical discussions before another eurozone meeting on Wednesday and a leaders’ summit the following day. Investors think that a deal will be signed then, in time for Greece to get the money it needs to make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Given all of the positive and optimistic comments coming from most officials on the creditors side, it looks very unlikely now that a deal will not be agreed by Wednesday evening that could then be signed off at Thursday’s summit,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.SALAD, BREADSTICKS AND REAL ESTATE: Darden Restaurants, owner of Olive Garden, rose $2.48, or 4 percent, to $71.85. The restaurant holding company announced stronger-than-expected quarterly results and also said it planned on spinning off its significant real estate assets into a separate company.center_img ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude shed 35 cents to $60.13 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, was flat at $63.32 a barrel.BONDS AND CURRENCIES: U.S. government bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.42 percent from 2.37 percent. The dollar rose to 123.92 Japanese yen and the euro fell to $1.1173.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were advancing for a second day on Tuesday as investors continued to be optimistic that Greece would reach an accord with its creditors.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 57 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,176 as of 10:12 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,126 and the Nasdaq composite rose three points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,157. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Macau casino junket figure faces HK money laundering charges

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Macau, a former Portuguese colony that’s now a specially administered Chinese region, is the only place in China where casinos are legal. The enclave’s economy has boomed over the past decade after authorities opened up the market to outside operators such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Wynn Resorts. But casino revenues are slumping and junket operators are coming under increasing scrutiny amid a corruption crackdown by Chinese President Xi Jinping.According to the charge sheet, Cheung faces three counts of “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence,” which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.He was released on HK$200,000 bail and is due back in court in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police charged a prominent figure in Macau’s casino junket industry with laundering 1.8 billion Hong Kong dollars ($231 million) through bank accounts in the southern Chinese city.Cheung Chi-tai is facing three separate counts of money laundering, according to a charge sheet provided Friday by authorities.The businessman was a major investor in publicly traded Macau junket operator Neptune Group. Police in Hong Kong, an hour’s ferry ride from Macau, have been investigating him since November, when they were granted a court order freezing his assets under the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance. Cheung has been dogged by allegations of ties to Chinese organized criminal gangs, known as triads.The 54-year-old was named as one of nine top lieutenants of the Wo Hop To triad in a 1992 U.S. Senate subcommittee report on Asian organized crime. In a 2011 Hong Kong court case, a witness identified him as a triad leader who ordered a subordinate to kill a Sands Macau casino dealer. He’s never been charged with any related crimes.Junkets are middlemen that arrange for wealthy mainland Chinese gamblers to travel to Macau, lend them money to gamble and then collect any debts when they return home. However, because casino debts are unenforceable on the mainland, there are suspicions that some junket operators work with organized crime to collect debts.In a 2013 Hong Kong money laundering trial involving Cheung’s former business associate Carson Yeung, Cheung was named as one of the main shareholders of Neptune Group. Yeung, the former owner of Birmingham City Football Club, said Cheung invited him to invest in the company and its associated VIP gambling rooms.Hong Kong stock exchange filings show Cheung, through his private holding company Jumbo Boom, owned as much as 12.9 percent of Neptune in 2007 but had sold off his stake by September 2008. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Burkina Faso Father wants justice in sex abuse case

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old girl who a French prosecutor says was sexually abused by a French soldier has hired a lawyer and vowed on Sunday to follow legal proceedings closely to ensure justice is done.Allegations against two soldiers were disclosed last week. They were suspended and arrested upon their return to France, though the Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman said Saturday that one had been released without charges. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean It is the second case of alleged sexual abuse of minors by French soldiers in Africa to surface in recent months. French officials have insisted that the Burkina Faso case is unrelated to one in Central African Republic. In that case, officials have come under heavy criticism for not following up quickly on initial allegations.France has troops in Burkina Faso and nearby countries as part of a large force fighting extremists in the region.Ben Ouedraogo, the father of the 5-year-old, told The Associated Press on Sunday he disagreed with the decision to repatriate the soldiers, though officials have said this was done in line with agreements between the two countries.“They told us that this type of case is an affair for the French justice system and that they can’t be judged in Burkina. I find it unacceptable but it doesn’t concern me,” he said.He said his daughter and a 3-year-old friend were at a swimming pool when the incident occurred, and that one of the soldiers inadvertently left behind a device with footage of the abuse.The video evidence should be enough to secure a conviction without forcing the victims to testify, Ouedraogo said.While he has not filed a complaint in Burkina Faso, Ouedraogo said he planned to start a campaign to educate parents on how to protect their children from pedophiles. Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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Strong dollar sending Australians overseas Wego

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27f33/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> As the Australian dollar once again climbs against other currencies Aussies are once more on the move, and comparison site Wego.com has released a list of the top ten destinations offering the best exchange.Asian destinations made up more than half the list, with Bali, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Phuket all getting a mention.  Neighbours Fiji and New Zealand also made the list, said Wego.United States and Canada also made the top ten, with the Australian dollar at around US$0.91 and aside from the near parity last year, is sitting at 20 year highs.“After a busy 2009 for many and with a strong Aussie dollar – now is the time to take advantage of the great exchange rates and book that overseas trip,” said Craig Hewett, Wego Founder and Chief Commercial Officer. “Current figures from Wego show hotel prices and airfares for flights to Fiji make it the best overseas destination for the Aussie traveller. Four star hotels are also going at a great rate in Canada, the US and Shanghai at the moment.”Of these ten destinations, Wego says that coupled with the strong currency, low hotel prices and airfares to Fiji, make the South Pacific nation the number one value destination at the moment.Wego’s top ten list reads as:FijiBaliBangkokShanghaiSingaporeNew ZealandUnited StatesPhuketCanadaTokyolast_img read more

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Sydney cruise boom causes waves

first_imgWith 214 ships scheduled to visit Sydney in 2012, the issue of where to berth them has hit the spotlight again.Ports Minister Duncan Gray reported to the ABC yesterday that the 43 per cent increase in numbers this year makes cruising “the state’s biggest success story”.Sydney welcomes 33 ships in February alone, with several requiring berthing off shore at Athol Buoy near Bradley’s Head. Capacity will continue to be an issue in 2013 when 264 ships sail into Sydney.Negotiations are still underway with the navy who has been asked to divert several of their ships to White Bay in order to make way for larger vessels that don’t fit under the Harbour Bridge. The report was delivered to the minister in December, with a result expected early this year but Carnival Australia CEO, Ann Sherry, shared her optimism about the option with media at the company’s Partnership Summit last December.“I’m still optimistic that will come to pass,” Ms Sherry said.“In Sydney harbour this year there will be nine ships at anchor, so I think that will reinforce the political need to resolve the issue of the second berth east of the Harbour Bridge.”Facilitation of the Garden Island option will be discussed once the report is passed with the most desired option for Carnival Australia being Sydney Ports acting as a booking agent for the harbour. However, whilst Garden Island is the preferred option for Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean managing director Gavin Smith prefers Botany Bay for their ships, suggesting it as the most feasible option.“Whilst we’re a vacation company most of the time, for one day a week we’re a shipping company,” Mr Smith said to e-Travel Blackboard in December 2011 before expressing his concern regarding the traffic and congestion issue at Garden Island. “Passengers will be processed at Barangaroo and ferried across to Garden Island to board.”Ms Sherry has made it clear that this is not a view shared by Carnival Australia however.“It’s a fallback if Garden Island doesn’t happen. Nobody is actually advocating that Botany Bay is where you put a cruise terminal.”“The privatization of Sydney Ports takes it out of contention at the moment.”Meanwhile the White Bay construction moves forward at a snail’s pace with two separate consultation processes planned by Leichardt Council and the Sydney Ports Authority. Three public meetings are scheduled for the coming month with the first commencing on 7 February. Where do you think the most feasible option is for a cruise terminal in Sydney? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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New look Pacific Dawn set to slide into Brisbane

first_imgNew look Pacific Dawn set to slide into Brisbane with exciting featuresNew look Pacific Dawn set to slide into Brisbane with exciting featuresP&O Cruises has underlined its commitment to the Queensland cruise market, announcing a major multi-million dollar refit for its Brisbane-based ship Pacific Dawn which will include a new state-of-the-art waterpark.The 2000-guest ship will be refurbished in February 2017, emerging from its drydock with a stylish new look and a host of new features never before seen on a Queensland-based ship including a waterpark with two exhilarating waterslides and an interactive kids-only play area.The refit comes as P&O prepares for its biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to holidaymakers in 2017 – up from 98 cruises this year.Maintaining the cruise line’s reputation for innovation, the Brisbane-based superliner will emerge from its revamp with The Pantry, an international market place of fresh food outlets which will replace the traditional ship buffet. In addition to the tried and tested outlets that have made the dining concept hugely popular, Pacific Dawn’s Pantry will include a new Mediterranean-inspired offering called Nic and Toni’s. Also on offer will be the extremely popular poolside Grill, offering casual dining options.Several of Pacific Dawn’s public spaces will be redesigned to mirror the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet including the atrium, Charlie’s, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, which will be styled with similar décor to sister ships Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.The Dome nightclub will be completely revamped and will offer more live music than ever before, as well as a sophisticated new design. The Orient will take on a new summer pub vibe and the Promenade Bar will be transformed into the perfect venue to enjoy a delicious cocktail with friends while listening to live music.P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the refurbishment would kick off a big year for the cruise line in Queensland.“With the new waterpark, dining options and a refreshed interior design, we’re creating a great new look for Pacific Dawn which will combine some fun innovations with the winning features of our existing ships,” Mr Myrmell said.“There’s no question that Queenslanders love holidaying at sea with P&O, so we’re very excited that our Brisbane guests will soon be able to enjoy a stylish new look Pacific Dawn as part of their cruise holiday experience, alongside one of our latest ships, Pacific Aria.”P&O’s increased presence in Queensland follows the impressive growth in the number of passengers cruising from Brisbane since P&O became the first cruise line to base a ship in the city in 2004. Latest industry statistics show that Queensland leads Australia in terms of cruising growth with the State’s passenger numbers rising almost 30 per cent to 282,000 in 2015.Holidaymakers will be able to enjoy Pacific Dawn’s new features from March 2017. Cruises include a seven-night South Pacific itinerary departing Brisbane on May 13, 2017Source = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

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Earn more with credit cards when flying Qantas

first_imgEarn more with credit cards when flying QantasFor the first time, Qantas is giving Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Bonus Status Credits when they sign up for an eligible Qantas Points-earning credit card with ANZ or AMEX.Members can earn 75 Bonus Status Credits when they are approved for a Qantas American Express Ultimate Card or ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card and must buy and fly return with Qantas during the offer period to receive them.To earn 75 Status Credits, a member would normally need to fly (for instance) on two return trips between Sydney and Melbourne on a Flexible Economy fare (80 Status Credits).The Bonus Status Credits earned will be in addition to the Status Credits a Qantas Frequent Flyer member would earn on those flights.Both card offers also give new card holders the opportunity to earn 75,000 Qantas Points as a sign-up bonus, which is enough to book an Economy Classic Flight Rewardi from Sydney to London.To earn 75,000 Qantas Points, a Frequent Flyer would need to fly First Class one way between Sydney and London more than three timesii.In addition to the sign-up offers, the credit cards give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points every day when they use their card on eligible purchases.Bonus Status Credits are distinct from Status Credits earned by flying. While they will contribute towards attaining and retaining Qantas Silver, Gold and Platinum status, they do not count towards attaining or retaining Platinum One status or Loyalty Bonus.Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant comments;“Status Credits are highly prized by Qantas Frequent Flyers and while members will still need to fly to earn these Bonus Status Credits, we think our members will be delighted to have a new opportunity to earn them.”“More than a third of credit card spend in Australia is done on Qantas Points-earning cards so we know there’s great appetite for these rewards. Making sure that we continuously evolve what we offer our members in this area is a big priority for Qantas Loyalty and there’s more in the pipeline.”Qantas American Express Ultimate Card Members must apply for the card before 1 May 2017 to benefit from these offers. They must be approved for the card, book an eligible return flight with Qantasiii using the card and travel between 6 March and 30 September 2017 to earn the Bonus Status CreditsTo receive the 75,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus, the member must spend $1,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval.Card holders will earn 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent on eligible purchases.Rachel Stocks, American Express Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand comments;“Australians love earning Qantas Points, and with the refresh of our three Qantas credit cards, American Express offers market leading value for every consumer seeking Qantas Points. This includes the only Qantas Points earning card with no annual card fee, and for Qantas Ultimate customers, the opportunity to earn additional points and Bonus Status Credits.”“No matter which card they use, customers can look forward to planning their next holiday, confident that every dollar spent is earning the maximum number of points without any limit on the number of points they can earn every year.”ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card Members must apply for the card between 8 March and 30 June 2017 to benefit from these offersThey must be approved for the card, book an eligible return flight with Qantas using the card and travel between 6 March and 30 September 2017 to earn the Bonus Status CreditsTo receive the 75,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus, the member must spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval and not currently hold or have held an ANZ Frequent Flyer card in the preceding 12 monthsCard holders will earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent up to $7,500 and 0.5 Qantas Points above $7,500 on eligible purchasesvi  There is no annual fee for the first year.About Status Credits More information about how many Status Credits are required to reach and retain each tier can be found on qantas.comThe Status Credits each member can earn depends on where they fly, as well as their choice of airline and the fare purchased. The more flexible the fare and more premium the cabin, the more they earn. Members can use the Earning Points and Status Credits Calculator to see what they can earn.i Plus taxes, fees and carrier charges ii A Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer member would earn 24,800 on a one way flight between Sydney and London/London and Sydney. iii Excludes Classic Flight Rewards, partner or codeshare flights iv Visit americanexpress.com.au/ultimateqantas for more information v Excludes Classic Flight Rewards, partner or codeshare flights vi Visit anz.com/affoffer for more informationSource = Qantaslast_img read more

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Qantas Holidays launch brand new South American brochure

first_imgQantas Holidays launch brand new South American brochureQantas Holidays launch brand new South American brochure with Peruvian event and impressive incentiveQantas and Viva! Holidays have launched their new 2019 South American product range in style with an incredible Peruvian event in Sydney. The launch event was held at Inca’s Restaurant in Darlinghurst in true Peruvian style including a traditional dance performance. Agents and preferred partners, Latam Airlines, Belmond, Intrepid and PROMPERU AU gathered to celebrate the launch which also featured traditional Peruvian Cuisine.Not just launching a new brochure, but a whole new continent for Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays. With the increase in demand in Cruise sales, on the back of Antarctica and coastal cruising in South America and increased revenue through the ReadyRooms hotel platform, the logical next step for the brands was to launch a new program including Argentina, Chile and Peru.The launch event had impressive prizes on offer included a return economy airfare courtesy of Latam Airlines, plus an 8 day Inca Trail offered by Intrepid, won by Barry Warner, Planetdwellers after competing in the popular Pisco Sour making competition.Steve Brady, National Sales Manager, Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays, also announced and exciting new trade incentive, giving agents a chance to win a place on an educational to Peru to depart in November 2019. Jenny Nethercote, IMG Travel, (pictured above) secured her place by winning the Heads and Tails competition during the evening.The attendees also received goodie bags on departure. After taking photos in front of Machu Picchu with the iconic Llama’s, the event finished off with a crowd-pleasing Peruvian Dessert.No doubt there will be plenty of people planning their next trip to Peru!For your chance to win a place on the Viva! Holidays Peru Incentive CLICK HERESee the Viva! Holidays 2019 South America brochure HERESource = Qantas Holidayslast_img read more

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Accor inspires memorable moments at MGallery in Asia Pacific

first_imgAccor inspires memorable moments at MGallery in Asia PacificAccor inspires memorable moments at MGallery in Asia PacificAs travellers continue to seek a greater sense of purpose, there is an increasing preference for adventures off the beaten path which are both immersive and authentic.  MGallery’s Memorable Moments integrate distinctive hospitality with meaningful experiences that inspire lifelong memories.  A collection of captivating boutique hotels that exude charm, charisma and a profoundly local character, MGallery artfully blends high-end luxury with culture.  Accentuating Accor’s portfolio of over 1,100 properties in Asia-Pacific, each MGallery embodies the style, stories and deeply rooted heritage in each location.Memorable Moments take many forms at MGallery.  All experiences pay tribute to the local landscape, culture and on-site offerings.  From a beachside candlelit dinner to a grandiose helicopter ride, each moment is set to be the most definitive memory of the travel journey.Venturing to the top of the world for a truly local experienceThe newly opened MGallery Hotel de la Coupole in Sapa, Vietnam brings travellers to the peak of Indochina, Fansipan, via private cable car to marvel at the spectacular views.  Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest three-rope cable car route, this journey boasts breath-taking scenery of Muong Hoa Valley in Hoang Lien National Park alongside the striking peaks of Hoang Lien Son Range.  The highest mountain in Vietnam, Fansipan is one of the country’s few eco-tourist spots with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.Couples embarking on a wellness journey will find absolute bliss at the Legacy Yen Tu – MGallery.  Located in Uong Bi City, two hours away from Hanoi, the hotel brings guests on a hike up the magnificent Yen Tu Mountain to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the peak while indulging in a gourmet local breakfast.  The sacred Yen Tu Mountain is the cradle of Truc Lam Zen Buddhism in Vietnam, inheriting the rich culture and historical importance since the Tran Dynasty.  An ideal place for trekking with natural forest and beautiful landscape, guests can engage with the local guides to learn more about the different varieties of plant species on the mountain and hear about the mythical stories of this charming destination.Understanding cultures through food, heritage and indigenous produceWhile Yogyakarta is most well-known for being the epicentre of Indonesia’s religious heritage with the likes of Borobudur, a Buddhist temple, and Prambanan, a Hindu temple, Yogyakarta’s lively arts and cultural community stretch far beyond the temple ruins.At The Phoenix Yogyakarta MGallery, hop onto the 1961 Vintage Mercedes Benz 180 for a journey of endless discoveries.  Passing through the famous Malioboro Street, through to Kraton Yogyakarta (Sultan Palace), Taman Sari Water Castle and Plengkung Gading, the three-hour ride ends at the Phoenix Silver School where guest can take delight in a personalized silver craft making workshop session with a local silversmith followed by a light lunch. As part of the experience, guest can make their favourite piece of jewellery as a souvenir to bring home.Not just a sanctuary to rest and relax, MGallery – The Royal Beach Seminyak in Bali, Indonesia is renowned for its gourmet paradise where guests have the opportunity to immerse in a one-day local food tour. The experience starts with a visit to the market with the hotel Chef.  Guests can learn more about Balinese produce and seasonings while picking out fresh ingredients for lunch.  Following the visit, guests can enjoy a hands-on lesson to create the ‘Canang Sari’ and join in the daily ritual practiced by locals during the temple tour.  Renowned for the strong spirituality that emerges from every aspect of their daily life, the Balinese ‘Canang Sari’ is an offering made every morning to thank the Gods for world peace and blessings.  The Memorable Moment culminates with a cooking class where guests learn traditional culinary techniques and presentation before enjoying the fruits of their own labour.Known as a ‘peaceful meeting place’, Hoi An is a destination where travellers meet, relax and dine amidst the unique architecture, stunning surroundings and fine restaurants.  Delight in a sumptuous array of afternoon tea spread at Hotel Royal Hoi An – MGallery which overlooks the city’s architectural heritage.  Couples can enjoy a leisurely bike ride to the pier and depart on a private evening cruise by the Thu Bon River to watch the beautiful sunset.  For an evening wind down, be mesmerized by the enchanting landscape from the town’s highest rooftop bar at the hotel and enjoy the panoramic views of the city’s skyline before relishing in a tête à tête dinner under the stars by the pool.Luxury beyond the skiesRenowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene, The Mitchelton Hotel Nagambie – MGallery in Victoria, Melbourne brings its Memorable Moment up a notch with an ultra-luxurious gourmet experience.  Embark on a scenic helicopter ride the overlooks the marvellous views of Nagambie before joining the head chef to explore the grounds for local ingredients for a customised dinner menu followed by a private cooking demonstration using the freshly picked ingredients and a private cellar tour to select and do a wine match with the winemaker.  The day ends with a private riverside dinner of your very own dish creation with the chef.Experience an unforgettable helicopter ride over the magnificent Adelaide Hills at Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills and be charmed by the city’s historical culture, rich produce and beautiful wineries.  Take a vintage car tour to visit some of the region’s most iconic wineries where guests can revel in a private wine tasting session with the city’s top wine makers followed by an intimate five-course degustation dinner menu with wine pairings.As MGallery continues to expand in the region, guests can look forward to more Memorable Moments in Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, which will open in November this year and in Hong Kong with the launch of The Silveri by MGallery in March next year.For more information and bookings, please visit: www.accor.comABOUT ACCORAccor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years. Beyond accommodations, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play with food & beverage, nightlife, wellbeing, and coworking brands.To drive business performance, Accor’s portfolio of business accelerators amplify hospitality distribution, operations, and experience. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs. Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation, and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community.Planet 21 – Acting Here endeavours to act for positive hospitality, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged groups through professional training and access to employment.Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States. For more information, visit accor.com. 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Semisubmarine Ocean Safari launched in Andaman Nicobar Island

first_imgHeaven on Ocean Tourism recently unveiled its ‘Coral Safari’, which was launched by Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Island, Anand Prakash. ‘Coral Safari’ is a semi submarine which will take one into the deep sea in a comfortable 100 seater fully air-conditioned cabin.“We are happy to have Coral Safari launch their services in our waters for the best tourist experience. The crystal clear shallow waters with worlds most colourful under water corals and rarest species of fishes make Andaman and Nicobar Islands heavenly,” stated Anand Prakash, IAS, Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.“Coral Safari will be a game changer for everyone who loves underwater experience,” said Prasanna V, Director of Heaven on Ocean Tourism Private Limited. “With this launch, we have enhanced the facilities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and we will be leading the next generation of underwater experience in this region, and while others may try to follow, we will continue to do what we do best: exceed guest expectations.”“Our vision of giving luxurious and comfortable experience has become a reality, providing our guests and travel partners an unrivalled luxury vacation experience that embodies the Coral Safari brand,” said Gautham Jayaram, Director of Heaven On Ocean Tourism Private Limited.last_img read more

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