Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsA member of the Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol was treated in hospital after being stabbed by a man on a bus who was threatening another passenger.Jonathan Meikle and his Bear Clan partner Matthew Shorting intervened in an incident on Sunday night.“It became a grappling match between me and the attacker,” said Meikle. “In my mind it was full on survivor instincts.”Both were on a bus at around midnight when a man began yelling racial slurs and threats toward another passenger.Shorting remembers the man saying, “No one on this bus will do anything.”That’s when Meikle and Shorting noticed he had a knife.When Meikle and Shorting noticed the attacker following the passenger off the bus, they jumped into action.The two off duty Bear Clan Patrol volunteers kicked and pulled the attacker off the bus.“To me this guy’s a threat. He’s a threat to my life, he’s a threat to everyone’s life. I needed to get that knife away from him.”Meikle says they were able to get the knife away from him, and detained him until police arrived.That’s when Meikle realized he had been stabbed in the leg, which resulted in a hospital visit and eight staples.Winnipeg Police Cst Jay M.urray said in situations like this, police advise people to put themselves in a position of safety and call the police.But he admits that’s not always possible.“In this situation they put themselves in front of this, they potentially stopped somebody from getting seriously hurt,” he said.Devon Evan Charles Henderson has been charged with robbery, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.Murray said police believe the suspect was involved in a robbery at the bus stop near Graham Avenue and Edmonton Street before boarding the bus.Despite the altercation, Meikle and Shorting empathize for the man.“This individual is not solely to blame,” said Shorting. “There’s environments that shaped him, he didn’t get there by himself.”Meikle said he understands what Henderson is going through, because he has his own dark past and just celebrated a year of sobriety.“He was not in a well place,” said Meikle. “There’s something that caused him to act out this way. And I think we need to look and put under a microscope more of our systems and really get to the root causes of what’s causing all these events to take place.“I think we can do better as a society.”In hopes to avoid another situation like this, the pair want the Bear Clan to become more of a safety role for Winnipeg Transit.“We want better relationships between Indigenous people and the police, and most importantly we definitely want healing for the person harmed,” said Shorting.email@example.com@ashleybrandson
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said she was particularly concerned by the “vicious indiscriminate nature of the violence that is taking place and the increasing levels of sexual violence, which is affecting many women.”Harsh winter conditions are also adversely affecting thousands of people who are living in tents without access to food, medical equipment or services, she told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.According to UN estimates, there are 4 million people in the country in need assistance, half of whom have been displaced internally. In addition, there are 650,000 displaced people displaced in neighbouring countries, in North Africa and in Europe.Ms. Amos, who briefed the Security Council in a closed-door session on the humanitarian situation in Syria, noted that one of the major challenges for UN agencies has been obtaining access to those who are most in need.“Our response efforts continue to improve but I have briefed the Council that there are still millions of people we are not able to reach,” she said, adding limited funding has also affected humanitarian operations.The World Food Programme (WFP) for example, managed to reach 1.2 million people in December but had to cut the rations because of a lack of funds. “We urgently need funds and we urgently need to increase our capacity which is why I’ve asked the Syrian authorities to think about a number of international organizations that can help us with that effort,” she said. During her briefing, Ms. Amos appealed to Council members with influence with the Syrian authorities as well as with the opposition to make it clear that UN humanitarian efforts are independent and impartial of any kind of political discussion.“The situation on the ground is difficult, it’s volatile. We will continue to engage with the opposition and the Government on access but I would like the Security Council members to also do the same,” she said. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who also briefed the Council, said she was deeply concerned by the number of deaths, which have now reached at least 60,000, and the number of human rights violations committed by both Government and opposition forces.“The figures speak for themselves. Sixty thousand is not a figure that should be treated lightly,” Ms. Pillay told reporters. “Like victims who are suffering, I’m deeply concerned that there has been no concrete action to address the situation.”Ms. Pillay said the monthly death rate had also increased since she last briefed the Council in August 2011, from 1,000 to 5,000 deaths, and that the conflict had dramatically changed in nature since it began.“At that time, it was State security forces acting against peaceful protestors,” said Ms. Pillay, who has repeatedly urged the Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
It was the ride of a lifetime as nine South Australian philanthropists rode from Melbourne to Adelaide, as part of The GoTo Foundation, to raise their target $100,000 for Flinders University Autism Early Intervention Program (EIRP). When they arrived in Adelaide last Saturday, tired but full of adrenalin they had by then raised over $70,000 for the charity and are still working hard to reach their target.“It was so amazing,” says founding member of The GoTo Foundation George Diakomichalis of the week-long ride. “The heart of everyone on this ride was amazing because everyone committed their time, a week away from families and loved ones.” Mr Diakomichalis told Neos Kosmos that the ride was both mentally and physically was challenging and said when the riders arrived in Adelaide they were overcome with emotions. “When we got back all these emotions of everything we went through came out of us. The weather, the safety, missing our family and friends. The happiness to be back but the sadness that the week was over.” Along with lifelong friends Lewis Pounentis and Nick Apostolou, Mr Diakomichalis started The GoTo Foundation, a non-profit organisation geared towards the improvement of health, well being and education of individuals and groups by assisting to provide essential services for the benefit of all South Australians. The GoTo Foundation are still accepting donations via their website www.goto.net.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The NASA facility that built the rocket that carried astronauts on the Apollo missions to the Moon will play a key role in sending the first woman and the next man to the Moon’s surface in 2024.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama will lead the Human Landing System Program, and lead the development of a vehicle that will land astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972.“Marshall Space Flight Center is the birthplace of America’s space program. It was Marshall scientists and engineers who designed, built, tested, and helped launch the giant Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts on the Apollo missions to the Moon,” U.S. Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama said. “Marshall has unique capabilities and expertise not found at other NASA centers. I’m pleased NASA has chosen Marshall to spearhead a key component of America’s return to the Moon and usher in the Artemis era.”Under the lunar exploration program Artemis, NASA aims to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024, and use what they learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.While Hunstville, Alabama, known as “Rocket City,” celebrates the announcement, one city is definitely disappointed. Houston, Texas, home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center was also in the running to lead the development of the lander.Before the formal announcement, Texas legislators including Senator Ted Cruz had written an open letter to Bridenstine pushing for the agency to award the lunar lander program to the Johnson Space Center.In the letter, the lawmakers wrote: “The Johnson Space Center has served as NASA’s lead center for human spaceflight for more than half a century. […] ‘Houston’ was one of the first words ever uttered on the Moon, and Houston, the city that last sent man to the Moon, should be where the lander that will once again send Americans to the lunar surface is developed. Accordingly, we request that you reconsider this decision, and hold off on any formal announcements until we can receive a briefing on this matter that includes the timeline, projected cost, and rationale for this decision.”In response, Bridenstine pointed out that of 363 jobs associated with the lander, 140 would be based at Huntsville, while 87 would be at Johnson Space Center in Houston.“Johnson Space Center, when it comes to human-machine interface, all the great capabilities that they have throughout time, with the astronaut corps being headquartered there, there’s going to be lots of opportunity for them,” Bridenstine said.Johnson Space Center, which manages major NASA human spaceflight programs including the Gateway, Orion, Commercial Crew and International Space Station, will oversee all aspects related to preparing the landers and astronauts to work together, according to a NASA press release. Johnson also will manage all Artemis missions, beginning with Artemis 1, the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems.NASA recently issued a draft solicitation and requested comments from American companies interested in providing an integrated human landing system – a precursor to the final solicitation targeted for release in the coming months.The agency’s human lunar exploration plans are based on a two-phase approach: the first is focused on speed – landing on the Moon within five years, while the second will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028.More on Geek.com:NASA Spacecraft Ready for Artemis 1 Lunar MissionWatch: NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Completes Fiery Propulsion TestNASA Taps 11 Companies to Study, Build Human Lunar Landers Stay on target NASA Spacecraft Ready for Artemis 1 Lunar MissionNASA Taps 11 Companies To Study, Build Human Lunar Landers
OREGON CITY, Ore. — Authorities say a driver was struck and killed by a minivan shortly after crashing into a gas pump in Oregon City.Clackamas Fire District 1 says the driver plowed into the pump early Monday, igniting a fire. The driver than ran onto Highway 213, where he was fatally struck.The crashes remain under investigation.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with what he saw from the returning duo of Alexis Sanchez and Andreas Pereira in their goalless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on SundayDue to visa issues, Sanchez was unavailable for United’s first pre-season friendly in their 1-1 draw against Club America in Pheonix on Friday but made a return to the starting line-up on Sunday as Mourinho fielded a makeshift side for their second game of their pre-season tour of America.And Sanchez did not disappoint with the Chilean acting as United’s main goal threat against San Jose at Santa Clara.Although Sanchez was unable to inspire United to victory in what was otherwise a dull 0-0 draw.“Good for Alexis,” Mourinho told the club website.“The first time he plays after some individual sessions. He needed this and he made a good effort, a good physical effort, which is important for him in this moment.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Meanwhile, the game also saw the return of Pereira following his two years away on loan at both Granada and Valencia in Spain.The 22-year-old was tidy in possession and usually attempted to play the ball forwards as United tried to find the back of the net.“Andreas is playing okay,” said Mourinho.“In the first match, he was okay and today too. I think he has to play even more simply than what he’s doing but he has the personality to want the ball and to organise. I’m happy.”United will next face AC Milan in their first game of the International Champions Cup on Thursday.
KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Monica Montgomery won the election for San Diego District 4 in November and was sworn in Monday.Montgomery, a civil rights attorney, beat incumbent Myrtle Cole for the District 4 seat with 57.7 percent of the vote.Montgomery said the City Council can do more to reach its climate action goals, examine police practices, and pursue economic justice. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:37 AM Get to know new San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery December 11, 2018 Posted: December 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Monica Montgomery FacebookTwitter
Washington County, Ore., sheriff’s detectives late last month arrested three people in Houston, Texas, who are suspected of being involved in more than 40 burglaries in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area since April 2011.On Oct. 27, detectives from Washington County served arrest warrants on suspects in Texas with assistance from Portland and Houston police.Arrested were Ana Maria Gutierrez, 32, Rodney Portocarrero Riascos, 18, and Deenys Yossimar Ramos, 24.Riascos and Ramos are in a jail in Houston awaiting extradition. Gutierrez is in the Washington County Jail on suspicion of multiple charges including burglary, felony theft, robbery and kidnapping. She is being held on $1,500,000 bail, police said.A fourth suspect, Vanderley Ortiz, 30, is believed to be in Vancouver, British Columbia, to avoid arrest warrants. He is accused of more than 10 crimes.According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office bulletin, detectives started reviewing evidence from local cases in 2011 and determined that a group of people was coming into the area to commit series of crimes before fleeing the state. Detectives worked with other local police, including the Vancouver Police Department, to investigate. Investigators were able to connect the crimes to similar ones in Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Georgia and Washington.Detectives say the group would come to the area in rental cars, commit burglaries and go back to Texas after that. They used tools bought from local hardware stores and would dump them before leaving, according to the bulletin. In two cases, suspects detained residents who were home during the robberies, police said.
PMC has seen an unprecedented amount of growth in recent years. Since October 2012, when it bought Variety for an estimated $25 million, the company has acquired new brands on an almost yearly basis. Grobar will also oversee all PMC sales and operations. He will further assume responsibility for all organizational plans and budgets company-wide, on top of continuing to serve as Director on the PMC Board and Board of PMC’s joint venture in India with Zee TV.George Grobar “George is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of financial and operational leadership experience. Over the last decade, George has been one of the single greatest contributors to PMC’s success and relentless growth. His knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly continue to be instrumental as we continue to scale the business globally,” said Jay Penske, PMC chairman and CEO (to whom Grobar will report), in a press release. PMC bought GoldDerby.com, which tracked major entertainment awards and asked industry experts and fans to predict winners, in July 2015. This move was in line with PMC’s increasing number of entertainment industry-oriented brands, as the company integrated the site’s prediction tools across its media assets. In his new position, he will work with PMC business leaders to develop growth plans and realize PMC’s operational and financial plans across its portfolio. Most recently, in January 2016, PMC acquired independent film site Indiewire.com from SnagFilms, Inc. Penske Media Corporation (PMC) has promoted George Grobar from executive vice president to chief operating officer today. “PMC has been rapidly expanding and there are tremendous opportunities for growth in both our current businesses and ones we will undoubtedly be adding,” he said in the release. Grobar joined the company as chief financial officer in 2009 and played an active role integrating new acquisitions and building PMC’s joint venture operations in India. Before then, he worked at The Walt Disney Company for 13 years, where he most recently served as senior vice president of Disney Mobile, and spent eight years working in manufacturing and product development at Unisys Corporation. In August 2014, PMC bought Fairchild Fashion Media from Condé Nast for $100 million, marking a significant move in which the company assumed B2B titles such as WWD, Footwear News, and Beauty Inc. Grobar was instrumental in the integration of both Variety and Fairchild Fashion Media, according to the statement. In light of these moves, Grobar will also be responsible for integrating future acquisitions, continuing to grow PMC’s digital impact, and working with leadership teams across departments to improve financial and business performance.
Foes of Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean have attacked on two fronts as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit.The city issued a violation notice late Monday afternoon, saying use of Terminal 5 by a massive floating drill rig was in violation of its permitted use as a cargo terminal. Shell’s host, Foss Maritime, can appeal that notice. Possible fines start at $150 per day.Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says his company believes “that the terms agreed upon by Shell, Foss and the Port of Seattle for use of Terminal 5 are valid,” and Shell plans to continue loading its oil rigs. Foss Maritime spokesman Paul Queary says Terminal 5 “is permitted to tie up ships while they being loaded” and that’s what’s happening.
New Delhi: Ahead of Assembly elections in Delhi, Maharashtra and Haryana, the BJP on Friday appointed election heads and deputies for the three states. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar will oversee election affairs in Delhi, Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav in Maharashtra and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Haryana, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Arun Singh said in three separate statements. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us BJP President Amit Shah appointed Javdekar in charge in Delhi with Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Nityanand Rai as deputies, one of the statements said. BJP”s National Vice President Shyam Jaju will continue to oversee the party”s Delhi unit affairs while Tarun Chugh will remain the co-in-charge. For Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Bhupendra Singh has been appointed the co-in-charge to assist Tomar. National General Secretary Anil Jain will continue to be in charge of BJP”s Haryana unit, the notification said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us In Maharashtra, Yadav will have Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and BJP leader from Karnataka Laxman Savadi as co-in-charges. Saroj Pandey will continue to be in charge of the Maharashtra unit, the notification added. The assembly battles in Haryana and Maharashtra may take place later this year, while Delhi may go to the polls early next year.
Share prices of IT stocks such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra and Mindtree were trading with little change from their previous close, on Tuesday, amid yet another buzz of layoffs, this time at Capgemini. Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) was in the news for laying off employees and earlier, it was Wipro that reportedly “sacked” many employees.On Tuesday, at around 10 am, TCS was up 0.60 percent at Rs 2,356, Wipro was flat at Rs 503, Infosys was up 0.33 percent at Rs 948, Tech Mahindra was up 0.49 percent at Rs 423 and Mindtree was flat at Rs 503.Read: TCS, Infosys, Wipro go slow on hiring laneThe BSE Information Technology Index was up 0.44 percent as against the Sensex’s 0.06 percent gain at around 10.06 am.Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) was reportedly looking at layoff about 6,000 employees in India in the context of increasing hiring in the US. Capgemini is also reportedly going the CTS way, though the company denied large-scale layoffs. “The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to Igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” the company said in a statement.”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” Capgemini added.In the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, TCS — India’s largest IT services exporter — added 8,726 employees, followed by Wipro at 1,305 (IT services) while Infosys ended up adding just 601 employees, on a net basis.
With a record of almost 1,100 people drowning, suffocating or dying of hypothermia on overcrowded boats so far this year, the North Africa to Italy crossing is considered the deadliest sea passage in the world. Photo: ReutersSeventy-five migrants rescued in the Mediterranean and stranded for two weeks off Tunisia will be allowed to disembark after accepting that they will be returned home, the Red Crescent said.Representatives of the International Organization for Migration are preparing to meet the migrants, to find out what they want to do, before the IOM finances their potential return.But “it is their choice to return (home) or not”, said Lorena Lando, the head of the IOM in Tunisia.Egyptian tugboat Maridive 601 rescued the migrants off the southern Tunisian coast in late May after they embarked from Libya, a key launchpad for sub-Saharan Africans making dangerous bids to reach Europe by sea.The vessel has been anchored since 31 May off the southern port of Zarzis, where authorities have refused to allow the vessel to dock despite an appeal by the boat’s captain.After a visit by officials from Bangladesh’s embassy, the migrants agreed to return home, according to Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official.Red Crescent representatives are preparing to welcome to port 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, a Moroccan, a Sudanese citizen, who left Zuwara in Libya in late May.The migrants—which include at least 32 children and unaccompanied minors—are to be transferred to a reception centre in Sfax.The migrants would return home from Thursday, Slim added.Last August, another commercial ship, the Sarost 5, was stranded for more than two weeks at sea with 40 migrants that it had rescued.Worried about creating a precedent, Tunisian authorities said they accepted the migrants as an exception and for “humanitarian” reasons.On 10 May, 16 migrants—most from Bangladesh—were saved by Tunisian fishermen, after their boat sank, killing around 60 others. Two of those rescued decided to return home.Humanitarian boats and those of the European Union’s “Operation Sophia” anti-piracy force had scooped up most stranded migrants in recent years.But rescue operations dropped in 2019, due to a reduction in Sophia’s operational zone and steps taken against rescue NGOs by European states seeking to limit migration.
President Abdul Hamid addresses a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban on Saturday. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid on Saturday said negligence, irregularities and corruption in hajj management must be dealt with an iron hand, reports UNB. “Over 95 per cent hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia through hajj agencies. Past experiences show that many agencies don’t live up to their promises of providing pilgrims with various facilities once they reach Makkah-Medina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face untold sufferings,” he said. The President was addressing a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the evening. Abdul Hamid said when hajj pilgrims face any problem in Saudi Arabia, the government has to intervene in the issue. “Such activities tarnish the country’s image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims is not expected.” He, however, acknowledged huge contributions of private agencies to the hajj management. Mentioning that the hajj management has so far completed smoothly this year, the president expressed the hope that other hajj activities will be done well, too and urged all concerned to remain aware in this regard. Pointing to the Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team, he said, “Your inclusion in the hajj mission for the first time is undoubtedly a very important matter. It proves that the present government believes in upholding proper respect and dignity of Islam and the scholars.” Abdul Hamid expressed the hope that hajj pilgrims will be able to perform hajj smoothly with their advice and guidance. “Besides, your experience of performing hajj will have a positive role in the hajj management in the future,” he said. About pilgrims’ immigration, he said they had to wait in Jeddah for long to complete their immigration procedure. “But from now on, Bangladeshi pilgrims are completing the immigration procedure at Dhaka airport instead of Jeddah which eased their sufferings.” Describing the pilgrims as goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh, he urged them to be cautious about their language and behaviour so that others do not get any negative message about the country. State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, state minister for civil aviation and tourism M Mahbub Ali, state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain and 10 Ulema also spoke on the occasion. Secretaries concerned to the president were also present during the programmme. This year, hajj flights started on 4 July and will continue till 5 August. A total of 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation will set up a 10 MGD water treatment plant to resolve the drinking water crisis in some pockets of the Tollygunge-Jadavpur belt, said Mayor Firhad Hakim on Wednesday.The decision was taken in the meeting of the Members, Mayor-in-Council and presided over by the Mayor. Hakim said some pockets under the jurisdiction Boroughs X, XI and XII are reeling under water scarcity. Drinking water is supplied in these areas by deep tubewells. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataScarcity of drinking water in these areas has been a long-standing issue. Jadavpur, Behala and Garden Reach, which were under municipalities, came under KMC in 1985. The Left Front controlled board could not solve the problem. Former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who was the MMiC (Water) between 2000 and 2005, had tried to address the problem. Hakim said water will be taken from the Garden Reach water lifting station to the new water treatment plant, that will come up on 3 acres of land at Garia Dhalai bridge through underground pipes that will pass through Circular Garden Reach Road, Koila Depot Road and Remount Road situated in the Port Area. Hakim said once the water treatment station becomes functional, the long-standing problem in the pockets will be resolved. The KMC will prepare the detailed project report (DPR) and the state government will provide the fund.
HONOLULU — The 2018 Global Tourism Summit, taking place this year in Honolulu from Oct. 1-3, is now open for early-bird registration.Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, this year’s summit will focus on sustainability as a fundamental theme and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:Individuals: Full Summit Registration, Oct.1-3: $325, a savings of $100 ($425 after July 31)Group Package (Min. of 8 people): Full Summit Registration, Oct. 1-3: $325 per person, a savings of $100 per individual. (Mix and match different attendees during the conference)Student and Faculty Members: Full Summit Registration, Oct. 1-3: $150Student: 1 Day Summit Registration, $50 (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)Individuals: 2 Day Summit Registration, Oct. 1-2: $315Individuals: 2 Day Summit Registration, Oct. 2-3: $295More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Participants can register for the summit via the dedicated website www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com.“The variety of registration options offers flexibility and provides interested attendees, especially those from Hawaii, several ways to participate in the summit based on their work schedule,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO.This year, keynote speakers will include: Stephen England-Hall, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand; Chris Malone, managing partner of Fidelum Partners on the topic of ‘The HUMAN Brand’; and Mike Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International.“HTA is excited to present a powerful and relevant Global Tourism Summit again this year with the primary objective of building collaboration and dialogue on challenges and opportunities the Hawaiian Islands, and destinations around the globe, face in managing tourism responsibly into the future,” added Szigeti.Information on sessions, programs and speakers are available on the dedicated website, in addition to sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. The summit schedule will continue to be updated as additional sessions and speakers are confirmed. Tags: Global Tourism Summit, Hawaii, HTA Travelweek Group Posted by Registration now open for 2018 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, July 6, 2018
TORONTO — VoX International’s new hire will be responsible for managing the PR and media relations for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and Hawaii Tourism Canada accounts at VoX International.Shahfreen Elavia has joined the team at VoX in the role of Senior Public Relations Manager. Elavia recently managed the national PR and marketing activities in Canada for San Francisco, West Hollywood and Maryland. Before immigrating to Canada, Elavia was with Indiva Marketing in India where she managed luxury hotel clients including One and Only resorts, Atlantis The Palm Dubai and the Mandarin Oriental Group and St. Mortiz, Switzerland.In other news VoX International is also proud to announce that President Susan Webb is the 2019 inductee to the Sheridan Business Hall of Fame. She’s the first tourism leader inducted since the Hall of Fame started in 2006.Webb, an honours graduate of Sheridan College’s Travel and Hospitality program, has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years, holding positions in retail, tour operating, cruise line, incentive travel and the airline industry before founding VoX International with two colleagues. More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemActive in many industry organizations, Webb is currently the president of Skal Toronto, President of Discover America Canada and the past President of Skal Canada. Webb is also a member of SITE and sits on advisory boards for various tourism and hospitality programs in Canada.Susan Webb is the 2019 inductee to the Sheridan Business Hall of FameSpeaking at the induction ceremony in Toronto, Webb said: “Sheridan not only provided me with the skills I needed to launch my career, it also showed me the number of avenues I could pursue within the industry. My professors actually worked in the industry, and impressed on me the importance of good work ethic, as well as how impactful it is to form lasting industry relationships.” Travelweek Group Share VoX update: A new hire and a Sheridan Business Hall of Fame inductee Thursday, June 20, 2019 Posted by Tags: Vox << Previous PostNext Post >>
Jason WolffTalking TravelTrafalgar Trafalgar Managing Director, Jason Wolff commenced his role in late April 2019, bringing with him over 15 years holding various senior positions in the travel, FMCG and retail sectors.Travel Monitor caught up with Jason for this week’s Talking Travel. Here is what he had to say.What does your job involve?Heading up our team to drive awareness of the Trafalgar brand in the Australian market and making it one of the country’s most preferred travel brands. We do this through the work of our Marketing, Sales and Contact teams based in Australia.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love that I get to spend most of my day talking about incredible travel products and experiences. I walk away from a meeting thinking about how passionate our team is and how much I can’t wait to do my next Trafalgar trip.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?The pace of change in the industry is rapid. Keeping up with trends, technology and continuous improvement can be challenging, but also rewarding when you see new initiatives come together that make for a better and more sustainable industry.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?Managing our impact on the environment and the cultures we engage with. We need to ensure we are leaving destinations in the same or better condition than when we first visited and also ensure that our presence is supporting traditional cultural values.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?Sustainability initiatives developed by travel companies is a real consideration for our agents and our customers. Companies who can’t recognise the demand for sustainable travel will begin to lose relevance with consumers.Who inspires you most and why?My nine-year-old son Carter. He is fortunate enough to have travelled to many places around the world and his perspective on life is so genuine and open minded. He shows genuine concern for the environment and respects the differences in cultures of the people that he meets. I don’t know a kinder more genuine person than him, and I hope as he continues to grow up that these are values that he maintains. I think he is a great example of how travel can have such a positive impact on people’s perspectives.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?It’s a cliché, but any opportunity I get to spend more time with my family travelling is ideal. My next dream trip would be one of our Family Experiences in the Mediterranean as I love being by the water – such as our Greek Island Hopper, where we can get the perfect balance of the slower lifestyle swimming and eating the local delicacies and connecting with the wonderful culture, history and the locals.Contact Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Go back to the enewsletterTravel Associates’ Western Australia offices showcased the world of luxury cruising to valued clients last week at the Perth Convention Centre.Recognising the continued popularity of cruising to the Australian market, the event was a great example of the brand’s high-touch and premium style of client engagement, and a productive way to present eight of the world’s leading premium cruise lines.According to CLIA, Australia is the fifth most important world cruise market, and cruising clients are now spoilt for choice with exceptional five-star cruise brands regularly departing Australia. Cruise partners in attendance at the WA showcase event included luxury operators APT, Azamara, Lindblad Expeditions, Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking and Windstar.Plenary session“We design our luxury cruise showcases to inspire and inform our clients in a relaxed setting, and the result was some excellent feedback from our guests, with one saying they felt like they were already on a cruise,” said Regional General Manager of Travel Associates, Western Australia and South Australia, Andrew Boyce.“We will continue to hold these events for our valued clients across the country. We’ve recently held a series of cooking classes, long table lunches and walking tours, which have been incredibly well-received, and we ensure that our clients are always hosted by their trusted travel advisor. It’s part of our DNA to build and maintain incredibly strong relationships based on personalised service and on understanding the needs and expectations of our clients,” Boyce added.A string quarter entertained guestsGuests to the Perth Luxury Cruise Showcase were welcomed by a string quartet, drinks and canapés before industry partners presented the opportunities and features of their luxury cruise products.A friend of Lynette, lucky winner of the event’s $2,000 Silversea cruise credit prize, said: “She never wins anything and had a tear in her eye when she was accepting the prize.”Travel Associates’ next Luxury Cruise Showcase will be hosted in Adelaide on 27 March at The Pullman Hotel. Guests are invited to come along and discover the very best in ocean, river and expedition cruising. East Coast events will be next on the program.For more information or to book a ticket to the Travel Associates Adelaide Luxury Cruise Showcase, visit https://www.travelassociates.com/luxurycruiseshowcaseFor more information about Travel Associates, visit https://www.travelassociates.comLead image: Andrew Boyce with Lynette, winner of the $2000 Silversea cruise credit; Rebeka Belcher BDM, WA for Silversea and Christine Gardiner, BDM for Silversea Expeditions.Go back to the enewsletter
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