SAAM Posts DoubleDigit Profit Growth

first_imgzoom Chilean provider of port, logistics and towage services SAAM ended the first half of 2017 with a net income of USD 43 million, a rise of 48.3 percent compared to a net income of USD 29 million posted in the same period a year earlier. As informed, this figure was strongly impacted by a non-recurring gain of USD 26.9 million, mainly from the sale of the company’s minority interest in Tramarsa.Excluding non-recurring effects, earnings for the first six months of the year totaled USD 16.6 million, according to SAAM.“Isolating the non-recurring effect, these results reflect the challenges we are facing in an industry experiencing consolidation. For this reason, we are working hard, and with a long-term outlook, to strengthen our current assets and evaluate new opportunities in the region. In this spirit, we are very satisfied with our recent investments in the ports of Caldera in Costa Rica and Guayaquil in Ecuador,” Macario Valdés, CEO of SAAM, commented.During the first half of the year, SAAM’s port terminals division performed well, with sales of USD 163.7 million, up 25% from the same period in 2016. EBITDA totaled USD 50.5 million, reflecting an increase of 14%.These figures can be attributed to Ecuador’s Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) which boasts increased volumes of cargo transferred and positive projections thanks to the recent inauguration of its expanded dock and new infrastructure, SAAM explained.This is in addition to the contribution from Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica, the facility which was added to SAAM’s portfolio in early 2017, and positive commercial management at Terminal Marítimo Mazatlán, Mexico, all of which helped offset poor performances from the Chilean terminals of San Antonio—due to excess supply in Central Chile—Antofagasta and San Vicente.Also during the six-month period, SAAM bought 15% of Iquique Terminal Internacional. Following the acquisition, SAAM now controls 100% of ITI.last_img read more

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Azam Khans remark on BJPs Rama Devi sparks uproar in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha Thursday witnessed a huge uproar after Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan made certain objectionable remarks against BJP’s Rama Devi while participating in the debate on the triple talaq bill. His remarks invited rebuke from BJP lawmakers who asked the Rampur MP to apologise.Rama Devi, who was officiating the House, said, “This is not the way to speak, please expunge these remarks.” To this, Khan said, “You are very respected, you are like my sister.” Click here to follow LIVE updates on Lok Sabha proceedings Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Expressing his displeasure over Khan’s remarks, Speaker Om Birla asked the SP leader to apologise. SP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also pressed for an apology from Khan but said his party’s leader did not say it with a “wrong intent”. “If the Speaker finds it incorrect, he can remove it,” Yadav said. Speaker Birla reminded the lawmakers to say things keeping in mind the dignity of Parliament. “It is very easy for all of you to demand ‘expunge this expunge that’, but why should the need to expunge arise at all? Once a remark is given, it is already in the public domain. Therefore, we all should speak keeping the dignity of the Parliament in mind,” the Speaker said. “I will resign if I have said anything unparliamentary,” Khan said even as clamor continued in the lower house over his remark. Khan subsequently walked out of the Lok Sabha.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Ryanair Launches First Flight Linking Cantabria and Marrakech

Rabat – The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair inaugurated a new direct flight between Marrakech and Santander, Spain, on Monday.The capital city of the autonomous region of Cantabria has become the first destination in North Spain to have direct air service with Morocco, reported Spanish news outlet Vivo Campo.Bienvenido Rico, Cantabria’s General Director of Tourism, said that this flight is not only a tourist route but also a business opportunity for many companies. He added that the flight “will be also an opportunity as it will open cultural exchanges, based on knowledge and the learning of Spanish.” Khalid Ougrirane, the vice-consul of Morocco in Bilbao, congratulated the Cantabrian government for the new flight, explaining that it “will reinforce cooperation of Morocco with Cantabria.”“The newly inaugurated connection, which will operate throughout the year, will enhance business activities between Morocco and Cantabria and will provide a comfortable transfer to the entrepreneurs to explore opportunities on both sides,” Ougrirane said. read more

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Iraqi detainees offered free legal aid in UNbacked scheme

28 April 2010Iraqi detainees can receive free assistance in mounting in their legal defences, thanks to a United Nations-backed scheme aimed to help vulnerable prisoners. Late last year, 20 legal defence centres (LDCs) were set up in 16 of Iraq’s 18 governorates as part of the €6.4 million “Programme for the Protection of Detainees and Torture Victims” initiative implemented by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and funded by the European Union (EU).The sites provide free services to those who do not have easy access to legal representation due to their financial, gender or family status.Lawyers, legal consultants and representatives of the Iraqi Bar Association and civil society met in Amman, Jordan, today to “identify remaining challenges as well as ways to reach out further to detainees that fall through the cracks in the legal system,” according to Gerhard Pansegrouw, UNOPS’ Iraq Director.Since its inception last September, more than 600 cases of vulnerable people in need of legal defence were referred to the LDCs by police, lawyers’ groups, courts, prisons, rehabilitation centres and shelters. Of them, 365 were found to be eligible to receive free legal representation.Each LDC is operated by up to 7 lawyers, and legal consultations provided over the telephone have so far benefited nearly 1,400 people.A lawyer from the governorate of Babil in central Iraq voiced hope that the programme will bolster the ties between civil society and legal authorities, such as the police and courts and pave the way for the “spread of a human rights culture in Iraq.” read more

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Over 20000 ATT workers in the South struck over weekend

NEW YORK — More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn’t bargaining in good faith over a new contract.The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn’t sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions.When asked if there will be service interruptions for customers, AT&T said that it’s prepared for a strike. The workers who have walked off are technicians and customer service representatives for AT&T’s “wireline” home and business internet and phone division, not its cellphone division.AT&T says it disagrees with the union’s claims of bad bargaining practices.The AT&T workers are on strike in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.Telecom workers periodically go on strike, including about 17,000 AT&T workers in a one-day walkout in California and Nevada in 2017 and 39,000 Verizon workers who struck for six weeks in 2016.The Associated Press read more

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Dont just blame teachers when system is at fault says UNESCO

“Education is a shared responsibility between us all – governments, schools, teachers, parents and private actors,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a press release. “Accountability for these responsibilities defines the way teachers teach, students learn, and governments act. It must be designed with care and with the principles of equity, inclusion and quality in mind,” she added. The report, titled Accountability in education: meeting our commitments, looks at the different ways people and institutions can be held accountable for reaching the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4). The report, the second in the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) series, shows that blaming teachers for poor test scores and absenteeism is often both unjust and unconstructive. “Using student test scores to sanction teachers and schools makes it more likely they will adjust their behaviour to protect themselves, which may mean leaving the weakest learners behind,” explained Manos Antoninis, Director of the GEM Report. “Accountability must start with governments. If a government is too quick to apportion blame to others, it is deflecting attention away from its own responsibility for creating a strong, supportive education system,” For example, that nearly half of teacher absenteeism in Indonesia in 2013/14 was due to excused time for study for which replacements should have been provided.VIDEO: UNESCO calls for a shared responsibility and collective action, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for Education. In Senegal, only 12 of the 80 missed school days in 2014 were due to teachers avoiding their responsibilities. In the European Union in 2009-2014, 38 per cent of education and training tenders only had one bidder, compared to 16 per cent of tenders in the construction sector, indicating that the risk of corruption is higher in education than in the building industry. The report says that whereas transparency would help identify problems, only one in six governments publish annual education monitoring reports. The report calls on governments to:design accountability mechanisms for schools and teachers that is supportive and avoid punitive mechanisms, especially those based on narrow performance measures;allow for democratic participation, respect media freedom to scrutinize education and set up independent institutions to handle complaints;develop credible and efficient regulations with associated sanctions for all education providers, public and private, that ensure non-discrimination and the quality of education;make the right to education justiciable, which is not the case in 45 per cent of countries. read more

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Victorinox updates the Swiss Army Knife with a 512GB SSD

first_imgAlthough most of us don’t carry around a pocket knife past Eagle Scouts, I think all gadget lovers have a fondness for it: it’s a perfect device that has stood up admirably to the test of time. Perhaps it’s just me, but the pocket knife’s classicism is so indisputable, so finely honed that I actually get a bit offended when the likes of Victorinox cram a novelty extension into a pocket knife. I suppose that’s how the first person to ever encounter a Swiss Army Knife boasting a spork felt, but I don’t care: let’s leave the electronics out of our pocket knives, shall we?We shan’t. Victorinox have just unveiled their latest knife, and it boasts what you might, at first, mistake for a thumb drive. It’s not, though: it’s an SSD, which Victorinox claims is the world’s smallest and can hold up to 512GB of data.Of course, what’s really the difference between an SSD and a flash drive? It’s really about how it connects to your computer and the speed of that connection. Technically, then, the Victorinox Swiss Army SSD is both a thumb drive and an SSD: it’s a thumb drive when you connect it by USB 2.0 port, but you can also hook it up to an eSATA II port, which will give it native internal SSD speeds… all with built-in encryption.Pretty neat, and there’s even an e-paper display, but I still don’t like it when people mess with a classic. If you feel otherwise, though, you might have a while to wait for your Victorinox Swiss Army SSD: price and release date are still unannounced.Read more at Victorinoxlast_img read more

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Here are the policy decisions Donald Trump made yesterday

first_imgHere are the policy decisions Donald Trump made yesterday It was all about the wall. Share Tweet Email Short URL 21,145 Views Jan 26th 2017, 10:50 AM Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 10:50 AM 73 Comments By Paul Hosford A hina doll depicting U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed for Girls’ Day celebrations at Kyugetsu, a Japanese traditional doll company, in Tokyo. Source: Eugene Hoshiko/APDONALD TRUMP IS nearing the end of his first week as US President and it’s been a busy one.Here’s how he got on yesterday.Made an order requiring a “large physical barrier on the southern border”The chant “build that wall” dominated many Trump rallies during last year’s election. While there had been doubts of whether Trump would or could build a wall along the Mexican border.The US leader instructed officials to begin to “plan, design and construct a physical barrier along the southern border” and see how it could be funded.“A nation without borders is not a nation,” Trump said, echoing former president Ronald Reagan, as he visited the Department of Homeland Security to sign two executive orders.“Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” the Republican president said. The decision has, however, angered Mexico.Made an order removing federal funding from “sanctuary cities”Some 300 states, cities and counties – from New York to Los Angeles – across the US protect undocumented immigrants from deportation by refusing to assist or cooperate with federal immigration officials. Such cities normally do not allow local police to inquire about the immigration status of people with whom they interact.The order signed by Trump yesterday demands that those cities lose their federal funding. According to CNN, New York alone stands to lose $10.4 billion in federal funds for social services and other programs. The federal agency most likely to cut off funding is the Justice Department, which provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to, among other things, assist crime victims and prepare for terrorist attacks.The order has been both praised and criticised, with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio pledging to fight the plan.“Here in New York City and in cities across this nation, this order could in fact undermine public safety.”The order also detailed how crimes committed by illegal immigrants will be documented and published on a weekly basis.Immigration crackdownToday Trump is expected to suspend the US refugee program for four months and halt visas for travellers from seven Muslim countries.A draft executive order published in the Washington Post and New York Times said refugees from war-torn Syria will be indefinitely banned, while the broader US refugee admissions program will be suspended for 120 days as officials draw up a list of low risk countries.Trump is also reportedly considering slashing US funding to the UN and other international bodies. A second order published by the Times calls for a review of all current and pending multilateral treaties and requests recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave.The review applies to treaties that are not “directly related to national security, extradition or international trade,” according to the draft.With AFPRead: All the laws and orders signed by Trump http://jrnl.ie/3205021 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Update on Tropical Storm Nicole

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 11, 2016 – News Item on Tropical Storm Nicole issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology forecast office section, at 6am Tuesday 11th October, 2016.  Nicole has not strengthened yet……At 5:oo a.m EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 27.1 degrees north and longitude 65.9 degrees west or about 365 miles south of Bermuda.Nicole is moving toward the north-northwest at 5 mpm.  This general motion should continue today.  A turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed is expected on Wednesday.Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nicole is expected to become a hurricane later tonight or Wednesday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Five contend for Harris seat on Vancouver City Council

first_imgGalina BurleyAge: 37.Occupation: Human services manager, Clackamas County, Ore.Notable endorsements: Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, former Clark County GOP chairman Mike Gaston, former Democratic Party chairman Dan Ogden.Money raised: $9,486.Website: galinaburley.comFrank DeckerAge: 46.Occupation: Executive supervisor of instructional technology and assessment, Centennial School District, Gresham, Ore.Notable endorsements: Clark County Commissioner David Madore, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver.Money raised: $7,139.Website: decker4vancouver.comAdam FoxAge: 29.Occupation: Delivery truck driver, anthropology student at Washington State University Vancouver.Notable endorsements: None listed.Money raised: None.Website: facebook.com/adam.r.councilorJeanne HarrisAge: 57.Occupation: Owner, C3 Consulting.Notable endorsements: None listed.Money raised: None.Website: jeanneharris.comAnne McEnerny-OgleAge: 59.Occupation: Retired math teacher.Notable endorsements: Sharif Burdzik of Riverview Community Bank, Tom Hunt of Hunt Communication, former Clark County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris.Money raised: $8,841.Website: anneogle.comThe most crowded Vancouver City Council race has Jeanne Harris, the senior member of the council, facing four opponents in her bid for a fifth term.She called the clashes among councilors — intensified during talks about the controversial Columbia River Crossing — normal and healthy, but acknowledged that she’s finishing what has been her toughest term.“It’s a tough council to be on,” she said. “It’s very political. You have to be willing to get under the net and throw your elbows.”The 2010 video clip of her yelling at Mayor Tim Leavitt to “gavel down” an anti-CRC speaker who was making derogatory comments to Harris made her a target for CRC opponents, even though other members of the council supported the project.With the plug pulled on the CRC, Harris said, she’s ready to move on to figuring out how to best deliver public services in the face of budget cuts. She said she’s just getting her campaign started.last_img read more

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Herrera Beutler to donate shutdown salary

first_imgOLYMPIA — There’s at least one constant in a government shutdown: The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid — at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.House members and senators can’t withhold their own pay even if they want to. Under the Constitution’s 27th Amendment, lawmakers can only change the pay of those in a future Congress, not the one in which they serve. Senators and House members are paid $174,000 a year; a handful of leaders make up to $20,000 more.Five members of Washington state’s 12-member congressional delegation have promised to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday.Reps. Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene, both Democrats, and Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Doc Hastings, have all confirmed that they will forgo their salary for the duration of the shutdown.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, announced on Twitter that she will give 100 percent of her salary to Shared Hope International, a Vancouver-based nonprofit group that seeks to prevent sex trafficking, until Congress “gets the government back up and running,” said her spokesman, Casey Bowman.last_img read more

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Washington Examiner Daily to Relaunch as Weekly Magazine

first_imgDenver-based Clarity Media Group is announcing some changes to its Washington Group portfolio, which includes the Washington Examiner, conservative magazine The Weekly Standard and Red Alert Politics. The Examiner will transition from a daily news format to a weekly print magazine offering coverage and commentary on politics and policy. The company has also hired prominent magazine publishing consultant Lou Ann Sabatier as CEO of its Washington Group.The final issue of the daily will be published on June 14, with a new website and the weekly debuting on June 17 and 20, respectively. The magazine’s circulation will be 45,000, targeting government, public affairs, advocacy, academia and political professionals in the D.C. area and state capitals. Along with the new format and frequency, there will be staffing cuts. The company did not initially specify how many, but editorial and operational staff will be impacted “significantly,” says the announcement. “Many of the business and editorial positions needed to publish a local daily newspaper are not required as we move to focus on national and political coverage,” says Ryan McKibben, president of Clarity Media Group, in a statement. Going forward, the company plans to add 20 positions to support the magazine and its digital platform. Clarity Media Group also owns Colorado’s The Gazette and local website network Examiner.com.last_img read more

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Researchers theorize that neutrons may be squished into cubes in neutron stars

first_img The key is in the size of the neutron star, the researchers say; too big and they’d collapse down to black holes. Too small and they’d simply exist as run of the mill neutron stars. Since the tipping point is believed to be such stars that are of twice the density as the sun, the discovery of a neutron star last year, PSR J1614-2230 (the largest ever found) with a solar masses of 1.97 seems to fit the bill as it’s about as dense as a neutron star can get without collapsing. The researchers speculate that in order to achieve such a density, the neutrons at its core would have to facilitate a means of having the same number of neutrons in a smaller space. And because cubes are more efficient, they theorize that those neutrons closet to the core, would be the ones squished down to cube shapes.Llanes-Estrada likens it to a stack of oranges sitting on a grocer’s shelf. Normally spherical they begin to flatten as more and more are piled on top. If the same amount of weight (gravity) were applied in all directions, the oranges would flatten from both above and below, but also on all sides as well.In their natural state, as spheres, neutrons have a packing density of about 74%; collapsing them down to cubes, creating a sort of crystal lattice such as happens when diamonds from carbon in the Earth, could possibly bring that number up to nearly 100%.Not everyone agrees with the results of the duo’s paper, some even suggesting that the huge density numbers could come about as the result of the blurring of lines between individual neutrons; but the two researchers seem undaunted, suggesting that pushing boundaries, is all a part of science. Probing the origins of extreme neutron stars Trial wavefunction that interpolates between sphere, and cube. Image: arXiv:1108.1859v1 [nucl-th] Citation: Researchers theorize that neutrons may be squished into cubes in neutron stars (2011, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-theorize-neutrons-squished-cubes-neutron.html Explore further More information: Cubic neutrons, arXiv:1108.1859v1 [nucl-th] arxiv.org/abs/1108.1859AbstractThe neutron is largely spherical and incompressible in atomic nuclei. These two properties are however challenged in the extreme pressure environment of a neutron star. Our variational computation within the Cornell model of Coulomb gauge QCD shows that the neutron (and also the Delta-3/2 baryon) can adopt cubic symmetry at an energy cost of about 150 MeV. Balancing this with the free energy gained by tighter neutron packing, we expose the possible softening of the equation of state of neutron matter.via Arxiv Blog This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Neutrons, those particles that reside here on Earth inside the nucleus of atoms, along with protons, collectively called nucleons, are thought to exist in the far reaches of the universe inside of so-named neutron stars, which are the remnants of stars that have exploded. In a paper published on the preprint server arXiv, Spanish physicists Felipe Llanes-Estrada, and Gaspar Moreno Navarro, suggest that the densities in the cores of certain sizes of such neutron stars might be so great as to squash the neutrons down from their normal spherical shape, into cubes.last_img read more

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Dining on the new Seabourn Ovation will be unreal

first_img Posted by Tags: Culinary Tourism, Seabourn Share SEATTLE — Fine dining already exists on cruise ships, but Seabourn hopes to elevate it even further with the launch of its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, coming in May 2018.The fifth ultra-luxury vessel in the Seabourn fleet will boast five restaurants, which the cruise line says will rival the world’s finest restaurants. Skilled chefs have been tasked with preparing gourmet dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients, served either poolside, in the comfort a private veranda or in a more formal setting.“Seabourn has continuously been recognized for the superb quality of our cuisine, and we will continue our leadership with the launch of Seabourn Ovation,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “As the ship spends its maiden season cruising the coasts and exploring the hidden gems of Northern Europe this summer, guests can look forward to a wonderful culinary experience.”In addition to a selection of dishes inspired by Seabourn’s partnership with Michelin-starred Chef Thomas Keller, passengers can look forward to the following culinary offerings:New Artisan Gelato: The ship will feature the line’s new milk- and fruit-based gelato, which will be made fresh daily and served across the vessel. The new gelato program, which includes flavours like Amarena Cherry, Amaretto, Sicilian Pistachio and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, will launch in April on Seabourn Encore and will be available fleetwide by early 2019.The Grill by Thomas Keller: Seabourn chefs trained by Chef Keller has created a timeless menu with updated versions of iconic dishes, from Classic Caesar Salad to Lobster Thermidor. The wine list, personally curated by Keller, complements each dish and runs more than 90 domestic and old-world labels.Sushi: Hot and cold offerings such as Salmon Tataki and BBQ Eel Maki are available, with service running through the day. This restaurant is only featured on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.The Restaurant: A fine-dining and open-seating gourmet experience, its extensive menus include everything from Black Truffle Risotto & Poached Egg to Hot Coconut Souffle. On select nights, The Restaurant features a selection of dishes by Thomas Keller as well as favourites from Seabourn’s menu.The Colonnade: This casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating is the spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special theme nights feature Chef Keller-influenced, family-style dinners that pay homage to the chef’s American childhood.The Patio: Located right by the pool, The Patio offers luncheon buffets and a full dinner menu with salads, pastas, soups and grilled specialties, plus freshly baked gourmet pizza. Not to miss: Chef Keller’s signature Napa Burger developed exclusively for Seabourn.In-Suite Dining: Passengers can enjoy an extensive menu of gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner items around the clock.Cocktail Hour: Seabourn Ovation will feature seven lounges and bars with an accessible open-bar policy to ensure there is never a check to sign. Select venues also offer craft cocktails creative exclusively for Seabourn by world-renowned mixology Brian van Flandern. Every evening guests will also find tapas served in the Observation Bar, and canapés in The Club.Seabourn Square: The heart of the ship, Seabourn Square offers freshly baked breakfast treats and afternoon snacks. The baristas onboard also roast coffee fresh each day.Afternoon Tea: Served daily in The Observation Bar, Afternoon Tea is a welcome ritual and includes light bites such as scones and cookies.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSeabourn will continue to reveal updates about Seabourn Ovation via its dedicated microsite: ovation.seabourn.com. Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Dining on the new Seabourn Ovation will be unreal Monday, March 5, 2018 last_img read more

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Campaign aims to defeat Trump by encouraging more US expat votes

first_imgInternational activist networkAvaaz hopes to make it easier for U.S. expats to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election — with the ultimate aim of making sure Donald Trump doesn’t reach the White House.An estimated 5 million, non-military U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote live abroad, yet in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, only an estimated 12 percent of them voted, according to data from University of Oxford researchers.More than 70,000 U.S. citizens are thought to live in Costa Rica.Through its digital campaign, including an email sent Tuesday morning to Avaaz followers in Costa Rica, Avaaz team members made a call to U.S. citizens in the country to use the last weeks before registration closes to register and request an absentee ballot. They’re also asking Costa Ricans to encourage their U.S. friends to do so.“Dear friends in Costa Rica,” the email begins in Spanish. “This is an incredible and new strategy so that all of US can come together to put a stop to Trump’s politics of hate, fear, sexism, and racism.”Avaaz, which describes itself as a “global civic movement,” cites some of Trump’s controversial proposals in the email, like his suggestion last year that Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.The group’s website will send out an email to those who wish to register to vote with a link to what it says is an easier voter registration process.The three-step online entry asks for a voter’s information and polling district in the U.S. Then, voters can fill out an electronic form that they can fax or mail to their designated polling office to request an absentee ballot.Though Avaaz says the effort is not paid for by any political campaign, the organization’s call for better turnout from expats is clearly aimed at harming Trump’s chances come November.“Many of us who can’t vote in the United States have felt powerless to stop this proto-fascist,” the email says of Trump. “Now we can help our U.S. friends by joining the fight. The strangest thing is that no one is doing this, not even the Hillary Clinton campaign!”Though deadlines vary by state, most states require that voters living abroad register by Oct. 11. You can check dates for your state at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Make Costa Rica great again? Meet Sarai González, the inspiring Tica in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” video Mexico to contact US candidates to rebut ‘disinformation’ What Trump’s achievement has inspiredlast_img read more

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Vietnam says US religious freedom report is wrong

first_img Comments   Share   Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in a statement late Thursday that the report acknowledges progress but contains erroneous information. He said Vietnam ensures full religious freedom for all.Relations between the one-party communist state and some religious groups often flare over land seizures and the detention of religious leaders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam has protested a U.S. report that accused the government of abusing some of its citizens’ religious freedom.The U.S. State Department’s annual assessment of religious freedom around the world released this week criticized Afghanistan and Pakistan, while also taking aim at Iran, China and North Korea.The report said Vietnam has generally respected religious freedom but continues to harass some followers, particularly Christians. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The difference between men and women when it comes to pain More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

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awardsMagellan

first_imgawardsMagellan Last Friday, in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney, over 300 members and preferred partners turned out for Magellan’s night of nights – the 2018 Magellan Gala and Awards Dinner, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.The evening was sponsored by APT and Qantas Airways and marked the close of the 2018 Magellan Travel Group’s annual conference.The event saw individuals from within Magellan member agencies recognized and awarded for their outstanding contribution in various award categories;Melissa Provaroni of Rheom Travel was awarded the Rising Star of the Year award.James Jang of Where2travel Malvern was awarded Leisure Travel Consultant of the Year.Joanne Cranston of Maxims Travel was awarded Corporate Travel Consultant of the Year.Dayne Byrne of Platinum Travel Corporation was awarded Specialist Consultant of the Year.And the 2018 Loyalty Award was presented to both Blair Leslie of Mosman Travel and Tina Killeen of Spencer Travel.Melissa, James, Joanne, Dayne, Blair and Tina will all enjoy a luxury all expenses paid trip flying Business class to California, visiting San Francisco and beyond. This luxury trip has been generously sponsored by Qantas Airways and Visit California and will be personally escorted by Magellan Travel’s General Manager, Andrew Macfarlane.In closing the 10th anniversary conference, Andrew Macfarlane acknowledged the Magellan founders, members, supplier partners and the Magellan team for the past decade. Macfarlane’s closing comments emphasised that “the future for Magellan as part of Helloworld Travel Limited is brighter than ever.”IMAGE: Melissa Provaroni of Rheom Travel – Rising Star of the Year – with L-R. Andrew Macfarlane,General Manager – Magellan Travel (l) and Mark Beretta (r), MC for the night.last_img read more

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Hong Kong China – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgHong Kong, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFollowing Embraer’s authorization for Metrojet to be its first service center in China in August 2011, Metrojet proudly welcomes the very first Embraer aircraft to its managed fleet. The Legacy 650 entered service in late 2010 and has a range of 3,900 nautical miles, affording nonstop distances, as well as a fully equipped wet gallery and the largest inflight accessible baggage compartment in its class. Metrojet is now fully equipped to provide maintenance services for Embraer’s customers of both the Lineage 1000 and Legacy 600/650 series.“It is an exciting time for the business aviation industry as we are seeing a lot of activities across the Asia region. After becoming Embraer’s first authorized service centre in China, we are now managing our first Embraer aircraft. This arrival is meaningful to Metrojet and I am confident that we will continue to welcome more Embraer aircrafts to our Metrojet fleet. We look forward to a long term partnership with Embraer and are committed to delivering service and operational excellence to all our customers,” said Björn Näf, CEO of Metrojet.“We are delighted to partner with the Metrojet family. This partnership not only showcases Embraer’s strong business growth in the Asia region, but also demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving support and services for all our customers. We are confident that Metrojet will provide the efficient and excellent service that it is known for,” said Guan Dongyuan, President of Embraer China.With this addition, Metrojet now manages up to 30 aircrafts of various aircraft types. Both Metrojet and Embraer are very positive with the outlook of aircraft demands in the Asia region, particularly in Greater China.www.metrojet.comwww.embraer.comlast_img read more

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby left a

first_img The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, left, and American bishop Michael Curry pose for the media ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, England, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP) American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 10:08 am PDT Last Updated May 19, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img He’s the son of an American civil rights activist and the descendant of African slaves. He condemned last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as fascist and he has outspokenly stood up for gay rights.The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry also plans to join a march on the White House next week that rejects U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” stance as “theological heresy.”The 65-year-old leader of the Episcopal Church was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to deliver a sermon at their wedding Saturday even though the couple had not met him at the time.The bride and groom haven’t said why they chose Curry, but he’s known as an engaging, impassioned speaker who preaches openness and tolerance. He can be relaxed and jocular at the pulpit, peppering his sermons with jokes and personal anecdotes, but also fiery as he delivers more serious messages.Curry, who has two grown daughters with his wife Sharon, was born in Chicago and raised in Buffalo, New York. His father, the late Rev. Kenneth Curry, was rector of an important African-American parish there and an outspoken civil rights activist.In 2015, Curry became the first black presiding bishop of the predominantly white Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States that has been the spiritual home of many of the American founding fathers and U.S. presidents.His appointment came just after the church decided to bless same-sex marriages, and in his sermons and writings has frequently compared the black civil rights movement to the LGBT struggle for equality.The Episcopal Church’s stance on gay marriage has caused friction with the greater Anglican Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will be officiating as the latest royal couple make their marriage vows.Despite those differences, Welby tweeted that he was “thrilled” Curry had been asked to deliver a sermon during the royal wedding, calling Curry a “brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”Curry’s stances have also brought him into open conflict with several Trump administration policies, including its move to end the Obama-era immigration program that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.In a September statement, Curry emphasized the Episcopal Church’s support for the immigration program and the youth affected, saying “our Christian values are at stake; humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God.”Earlier last year, Curry denounced Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military saying it was “a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America.” He has also thrown his support behind the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s protest against a planned oil pipeline backed by the Trump administration.On May 24, Curry plans to join other Christian leaders in a march on the White House to draw attention to a joint declaration that sets out a number of concerns. It says that “we are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches.”In rejecting Trump’s “America first” policy, the declaration says “while we share a patriotic love for our country, we reject xenophobic or ethnic nationalism that places one nation over others.”It also adds: “Global poverty, environmental damage, violent conflict, weapons of mass destruction and deadly diseases in some places ultimately affect all places, and we need wise political leadership to deal with each of these.”last_img read more

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Rep Outman applauds House approval of state budget

first_img03Jun Rep. Outman applauds House approval of state budget Categories: News The 2015-2016 state budget is one step closer to completion, State Rep. Rick Outman announced today.The Michigan House today gave final approval to Senate Bill 133 and House Bill 4115, the General Fund and School Aid Fund budgets, respectively.“I’m pleased that once again we were able to complete a fair budget months ahead of the October deadline. We were able to spend smart which ensures that Michigan’s communities are able to continue planning for future years,” said Rep. Outman, R-Six Lakes. “The budget makes solid investments in our schools and sets up a long-term solution for our roads, which are two topics residents have said they want to see the focus on.”The state budget includes $400 million for roads. The School Aid Fund budget totals nearly $16 billion, and includes an increase in the per-pupil foundation grant for every school.The budgets now heads to governor for consideration.last_img read more

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