Legislation Introduced to Update Gaming Control Act

first_imgGovernment is proposing legislation to update the Gaming Control Act today, Oct. 20, and ensure timely responses to gaming licence applications. The act says the Nova Scotia Gaming Commission issues gaming licences but the commission no longer exists. Gaming licences are now issued by the executive director of the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco division at Service Nova Scotia. This legislation will formalize this authority. Service Nova Scotia issues about 7,500 gaming licences each year. “Our priority is to process our clients’ applications in a timely and efficient manner,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia. “To help us succeed, the authority to issue licences must be at the operational, and not the ministerial, level.” This change supports government’s commitment to modernizing legislation.last_img read more

Four RBU departmental heads resign over racist slurs

first_imgKolkata: In a sensational turn of events, four departmental heads of the Rabindra Bharati University have stepped down alleging racist slurs targeted against them by state’s ruling Trinamool Congress students wing members. The Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad leaders, however, termed the allegations as baseless, and counter-charged that these were only a ruse on the part of the professors to fend off accusations that they did not take classes regularly. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The four departmental heads submitted their resignations to Vice Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury on Monday. They also blamed some leaders of non-teaching staff union of insulting them repeatedly. “it is impossible to work like this. We can’t continue,” said one of the departmental heads, almost breaking down. Alarmed over the developments, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said such happenings, if true, would besmirch the reputation of the reputed institution. Chatterjee, who discussed the issue with Ray Chaudhury, said his department was looking into the matter. There were also allegations of old cases of caste and racial slurs not being probed properly.last_img read more

Federal whalesaving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods say groups

first_imgESQUIMALT, B.C. — Sport fishing, tourism and business leaders from across Vancouver Island say their livelihoods would be damaged by an extension of federal fishing closures to protect endangered southern resident killer whales.About two dozen leaders gathered today at a popular sport fishing marina near Victoria to warn the federal government almost 10,000 jobs are at stake as well as the survival of several small coastal communities that base their economies on recreational fishing and tourism.B.C. Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin says its member organizations across the Island have formed a coalition called Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities to protect their cities, towns and villages.The federal government has extended a 5,000 square kilometre critical habitat zone off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island that could result in fishing closures to protect the whales, whose population stands at 74.Karl Ablack of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce says recreational fishing generates almost $1 billion for the B.C. economy and employs more than 8,400 people.Ryan Chamberland of the Sooke area chamber and a fishing lodge operator says sport fishing closures in Sooke-Port Renfrew last year hurt businesses and charter bookings, which are down up to 80 per cent for this coming season. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russell Westbrook Hosts 4th Annual Basketball Camp In LA For Inner City

first_imgRussell Westbrook returned to the Jesse Owens Recreation Center in Los Angeles to host the 4th annual Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation Basketball Camp last week, showing children ages 7 to 14 in the inner city basic basketball skills. Russell, along with his parents and staff, taught kids basketball fundamentals, played scrimmage games, and handed out awards at the end of the camp.Russell Westbrook teaches kids at the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Basketball Camp at Jesse Owens Community Regional ParkCredit/Copyright: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Russell Westbrook Why Not? FoundationThe camp was the third session of the summer, completing the series of camps held in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the previous two weeks. The camp was held at the park where Russell and his brother, Ray Westbrook, grew up playing sports. With this pro bono camp Russell was able to go back home, and not only serve as a source of pride for the community, but also give back to those in the area that mean so much to him.The event was held at the Jesse Owens Recreational Center, 9651 Western Ave, Los Angeles, California and featured with donations from Jordan, 808 Audio and Snackeez.last_img read more

TNA says it will not support noconfidence motion on PM

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it has decided not to support the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.TNA leader R. Sampanthan told Parliament today that the unity Government has a mandate to address the national issue and so the TNA will push for that process to take place. He appealed to Parliament not to go against the mandate given by the people during the 2015 elections.Sampanthan said that the wording and the timing of the no-confidence motion is indicative of the pursuit of a political agenda. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Horn of Africa UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea Ethiopia and

The meeting, held on 6 September in Djibouti, resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.Through his spokesman, the UN chief stressed that “the agreement reached among the four Ministers to work together to restore peace and stability in the region is a positive example for the Horn and beyond.””The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support countries in the Horn of Africa region in consolidating the recent remarkable gains.” he said. read more

Big Ten coaches discuss conferences possible competitive imbalance

CHICAGO – With death comes new life. Cliché, but those five words very much apply to the situation facing the Big Ten this upcoming football season. Ohio State and Penn State are not dead football programs – they both will play a 12-game season starting in September – but their hopes of contending for a Big Ten title this fall are long dead, and some fear that a competitive imbalance may now exist in the conference. Due to NCAA and conference sanctions, both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are unable to play in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. The two schools’ ineligibility has made teams from one side of the conference much more alive in the Big Ten title race, an issue that was raised at the conference’s media days July 26 in Chicago. The Big Ten football conference is made up of two divisions: Leaders and Legends. Each division has six teams a piece. OSU and PSU are both members of the Leaders Division, meaning that about 33 percent of the Buckeyes side of the conference will not be a factor in the Big Ten title race this fall. “I think the only thing I can tell you is this is such an unbelievable circumstance,” said Michigan coach Brady Hoke, whose Wolverines are in the Legends Division. “And I’m sure (Big Ten) Commissioner (Jim) Delany and everyone else, you wouldn’t see this coming. But at the same time, life’s not fair. And whether it’s fair or not, it doesn’t matter.” Since 1993, when PSU started playing in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have accounted for 10 conference titles. The other four schools that make up the Leaders Division-Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin-have combined to win the Big Ten only six times dating back to 1993. Beside the Badgers, who have won the Big Ten five times since 1993, the last team from the Leaders Division to win the conference that is eligible to play in the conference championship game this season was Illinois in 2001. The competitive imbalance this season has one Big Ten coach proposing a title game adjustment. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said the Big Ten should make a temporary change to the rules this season and potentially allow two teams from the Legends Divisions to play in the conference title game on December 1 in Indianapolis. “Maybe (the Legends Division) winner should automatically be in the championship and then take the others teams that are eligible and you put a committee together of the 12 (athletic directors) and Commissioner Delany as the 13th vote,” he said. “That’s kind of how we’re doing the playoff and it makes a little bit of sense to me.” Whether the conference will make a change to its conference title game qualifications or not was not answered by Delany at his press conference Thursday afternoon. Ohio State will be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship Game in 2013 and Penn State will back in conference contention in 2016. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said that he likes the way the divisions are set up, but he is not sure if a switch in alignment is necessary this season. “I think they set them up well. Who could have envisioned what’s going on, having two teams in the same division who are not eligible to play in the championship game,” he said. “And whether they do anything to adjust (the divisions) for a year, I don’t know. That’s way above my head.” Many coaches said it did not matter, though, and that every team has to go out and play regardless. “It’s still going to come down to winning football games,” said Illinois first-year coach Tim Beckman. “You’ve still got to win your Big Ten football games to give yourself that opportunity to get in that championship game on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis.” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema agreed. “It doesn’t really matter because we can never skip a step to get where we want to be, which is obviously in Indianapolis at the end of the year,” he said. read more

Ohio State offense executed better in win over Rutgers

Members of the OSU football team celebrate during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. The game — which the Buckeyes won, 56-17 — was the first-ever matchup between the two schools and OSU’s first Big Ten home game of the season. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDespite coming off a bye week, the Ohio State offense didn’t skip a beat as it rolled to a 56-17 victory Saturday afternoon.The Buckeyes were once again led by redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 261 yards and three scores, while also leading the team in rushing yards with 107 on just seven carries.Barrett, who was responsible for five total touchdowns in the Buckeye victory, said he thought OSU’s offense has been improving each week.“I felt like we executed better than past weeks,” Barrett said. “But we can still eliminate some mistakes. I put some of that on myself.”On the receiving end of one of Barrett’s touchdowns was senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, who OSU coach Urban Meyer singled out following the game.“Evan Spencer, we had a couple of plays designed because he’s probably practicing our best as a wide receiver,” Meyer said. “But the one thing about our style of offense and really everyone’s style of offense nowadays, in the spread sets, you don’t say throw the ball to him because if they take him away, something else is open.”Barrett completed passes to nine different receivers Saturday, something Meyer said can be a blessing and a curse.“That’s where J.T. is so good at whatever the defense gives you, giving the ball,” Meyer said. “So we have a lot of pieces right now that deserve maybe a few more, but you can’t really control that in the way we do our business.”The Buckeye offense broke yet another school record behind Barrett on Saturday, as it scored 50 or more points in its fourth straight game, the first such streak in school history.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said following the game that Barrett and the offense have been able to be successful because of the players surrounding the young quarterback.“He’s been playing great and it’s a credit to everyone else playing well,” Elflein said. “I think he’s been playing great since he stepped in. We’re protecting him well and that gives him time to make decisions.”Coming into the game, the Rutgers defense was tied for third in the country after racking up 24 sacks. But Barrett wasn’t sacked at all during the game, and the Buckeye offense gained 585 total yards.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said after the game that OSU had emphasized slowing down the Scarlet Knights’ pass rush.“It was something that was important to us,” he said. “Protecting your quarterback is always big to the offensive line.”The offensive line opened up holes all night for OSU to run through, leading to the Buckeyes’ 324 rushing yards and an average 8.1 yards per rush.With so many things going right for the OSU offense, Warinner said he is pleased with one thing in particular.“Balance. I think early on, they were attacking the run and blitzing a lot, and we threw the ball well,” he said. “That changed their mentality on defense and (we) started to run the ball more in the second half.”Despite the success, Meyer said he does not want his team to feel satisfied.“Complacency is awful in this business and with the players, because when you watch the film, we could actually have played a lot better in certain situations,” Meyer said after the game. “So I think there’s a lot of things to work on offensively.”Midway through the third quarter, OSU threw the ball to Spencer for three straight plays, all of which fell incomplete before Barrett punched it for a touchdown in from five yards out on fourth and goal.While Spencer eventually scored on a one-handed grab later in the quarter, Meyer was not pleased with the lack of execution in the red zone.“I still grade us down offensively,” he said. “When your quarterback has to scramble on the fourth down in the red zone, that’s a good play by an individual. So I still consider our red zone offense not as good as it should be.”The offense will have an opportunity to improve next Saturday in State College, Pa., against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

AHC – SAE stoush continues

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Coordinator of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) of Oceania and the Far East, George Angelopoulos replied last week to the open letter sent to the media by the president of the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC), Nikos Lalopoulos. In his letter, among other things, Mr Lalopoulos had used harsh language to fend off the criticism waged previously against his organisation by Mr Angelopoulos.Mr Angelopoulos had called for the dismantling of AHC and its reestablishment.With his new public outburst against AHC, Mr Angelopoulos is focusing amongst other things on the fact that the AHC Victoria branch that currently holds the reins of the organisation is not an incorporated entity. “Consequently, which legally registered organisation took over the two year term presidency in 2008 from the Australian Hellenic Council NSW Inc,” Mr Angelopoulos questions in his reply letter sent to the media. “Individuals took over not an organisation,” the SAE head added.When contacted by Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) Mr Lalopoulos said that he had not read the recent letter by Mr Angelopoulos and was therefore unable to comment. He did indicate, however, that in a scheduled meeting of the AHC on Friday, the issue would be discussed and a decision would be reached as to whether “we will reply or if the whole matter would be put to rest.” Mr Lalopoulos did concede that the Victorian branch of AHC is not incorporated but rushed to point out that the process is underway.The row between the two organisations was sparked after the decision of AHC to bar the participation of SAE on the second day of its yearly conference in Canberra during which meetings are held amongst members of AHC and Australian politicians. The reasoning behind it, argues Mr Lalopoulos, is that SAE is representing the Greek government in the Diaspora and therefore its role can only be advisory. He further argues that SAE is welcome to take part on the first day of the conference in order to submit its proposals and discuss the issues of interest to Hellenism.It should be noted that both Mr Angelopoulos and Mr Lalopoulos, have expressed the will for the two organisations to cooperate despite the recent letter stoush.last_img read more

OBITUARY John Kevin Murphy 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — John K. Murphy, “Kevin”, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2019, at the Winchester Hospital.John was born on January 28, 1942, in Cambridge, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Gertrude Murphy. John lived in Cambridge as a young boy before moving to Arlington where he was raised and educated. John was a graduate of Arlington Vocational High School.Following graduation, John, enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In August of 1960 his military journey began; John was sent for training at Ft. Dix in New Jersey before heading overseas to Germany. John earned several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksman (Rifle M-14) and the Motor Vehicle Driver Badge. He was honorably discharged from active duty in July of 1963 and went on to serve in the U. S. Army Reserves until August of 1966.In May of 1968, John, married his “sweetheart” and best friend Madeline Merrill; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1972 where they raised three wonderful children Gail, John and Stacie. John was a very devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family. When John became a “Grampy” to Molly, Bridget, J.P., William and Ryan his world became even brighter; he just adored his grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them.John was a long-haul trucker for many years before he retired and a proud member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown. John enjoyed traveling the country, meeting new people, and finding new places to eat. He was a “food enthusiast” who always knew the best restaurants and diners but some of his favorite were the Maine Diner, the Old Salt and the Pushcart.In his spare time, John liked to work on cars, watch his reality t.v. programs, caught up on current events on Fox News and headed out every morning to Dunkin Donuts for his cup of coffee, butternut donut and to socialize with his friends.John will be fondly remembered for his love of family and friends; he enjoyed teaching others everything he knew about driving, he gave great directions, and of course tell others about good restaurants that he found throughout the years. John was always out and about in the community and he would go out of his way to do anything for anyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.John was the beloved husband of 51 years to Madeline M. (Merrill) Murphy, devoted father of Gail O’Shea & husband William of Wilmington, John Murphy & wife Lynne of Tewksbury and Stacie Murphy of Wilmington. Loving “Grampy” of Molly, Bridget, J. P., William and Ryan. Dear son of the late John J. and Gertrude M. (Lynch) Murphy, brother of the late Paul Murphy & his wife Joan Murphy of Acton. John is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and close friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Red Sox Foundation/Home Base Program, 4 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215.John “Kevin” Murphy(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John J. McCall III, 65In “Obituaries”last_img read more

National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

first_imgSince the start of the year there have been several major changes in leadership at the Alaska National Guard. Laurie Hummel is now Adjudant General, and Col. Joe Streff is heading the more embattled half of the organization, the Army National Guard. Streff has been in the guard since 1987.Streff sits down with reporter Zachariah Hughes to outline his plans for the guard’s changing mission in the wake of difficult revelations about misconduct.Download Audio:The Alaska Army National Guard welcomes a new commander during a change of command ceremony at the Alaska National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in March. Brig. Gen. (Alaska) Laurie Hummel, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, presided over the ceremony where Col. Joseph Streff took command of the Alaska Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Leon M. “Mike” Bridges.last_img read more

Coast Guard Boat runs aground after operator fell asleep

first_imgThe Coast Guard reported a boat operator fell asleep Saturday morning and ran his vessel aground in Peril Strait.Coast Guard Station Juneau. KTOO File photo.The strait is south of Chichagof Island and north of Sitka. Officials said four people were aboard the 41-foot recreational vessel Pirate Son.The passengers called the grounding into the Coast Guard around 10:30 a.m. None were injured in the accident.Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said the Alaska State Troopers reached the vessel first.“It was actually a state trooper vessel that was actually on scene — state trooper vessel Courage,” Parker said.Coast Guard officials said state troopers made contact with the vessel about 20 minutes after they received the distress call.Parker said the troopers gave the Pirate Son’s operator a breathalyzer test but didn’t find any trace of alcohol.Troopers helped the four passengers transfer from the grounded vessel into their own skiff which they took to Sitka.The Coast Guard did not know the Pirate Son’s homeport.Juneau Docks and Harbors said the vessel was not moored in any local harbors on Saturday.Sitka’s Harbor Department could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Telangana Degree results to be declared tomorrow

first_imgThe state council of higher education (TSCHE) will declare degree final year results tomorrow I.e, on July 22, 2019, said the director Papireddy in a release. Degree students from Telangana State universities who are awaiting the results will not lose their admission in PG courses in central universities, said the release. According to the release, students who are qualified in the entrance examination of central universities were given conditional admission and asked to submit their original certificates by August 31.last_img read more

Retirement Savings When is enough really enough

first_imgAn elderly couple sit on a bench next crocus flowers in a park.ReutersI met a friend recently at a coffee shop who told me he plans to retire at the age of 40. I was quite shocked to hear this for two reasons: first does he have enough funds to support him till his last breath and second where is he investing that money for steady returns.But what surprised me the most was his lack of preparation to implement his plan. He was investing in bank fixed deposits and real estate but considering his present expenses and trending inflation, he is expected to fall short of at least Rs 5-6 crore (roughly).According to the World Bank data, life expectancy has increased from 52 years in 1960 to 72 years in 2015. However, despite these statistics on improving life expectancy, there is not enough effort around creating adequate wealth and cash flows to allow us to enjoy this longer life span.To solve the wealth challenge, it is important for us to change the way we save. Firstly, we need to shift from traditional saving options as these investments may not help create wealth in the required proportion on account of falling interest rates. Secondly, we need to be more goal-oriented in our approach.It is therefore imperative for savers to have a judicious mix of market-linked products like mutual funds in their portfolio. One can start a mutual fund investment with as little as Rs500 per month through a ‘recurring deposit’ like approach called a systematic investment plan or SIP.For example, let’s start with an SIP of Rs10,000 per month in equity mutual funds. Assuming a compounding return of 12 percent per annum, this monthly investment would result in a corpus of Rs1 crore after 20 years.What about the “fixed income”? India loves fixed income and there are so many options. A good one is the public provident fund (PPF) which offers eight percent plus every year, tax-free.As you get closer to the age of 60, you want your money to be more “secure”.Taking all your money out of equity is not a good idea. You might keep 20 percent or more of your money in stocks, but move the rest to fixed income.You need 18 to 35 times your annual expense at age 60 to retire. But remember that this is a crude approximation of what you will actually need. For instance, if you plan to work beyond 60, then the corpus needed will shrink.(With inputs from Value Research)last_img read more

Advice Avoiding PostHarvey Scams

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneMarcus Cossie clears his flood-ruined home in northeast Houston.Disasters like the flooding from Harvey, of course, left many Houstonians in a vulnerable situation. In the earliest hours, the storm left many in need of rescue. Then, it left many in need of bare necessities, like shelter and food. And such trying times can also leave victims susceptible to scams perpetrated by those wanting to take advantage of the dire situation.So, in order to keep us all safe and aware, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn runs through a few pointers and tips on how to avoid scams — and what you can actually do to help or receive help in the wake of Harvey.MORE: FEMA’s Harvey Rumor Control Pagelast_img read more

Free airfares in the future It could happen says airline CEO

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Low-Cost Carriers, Ryanair, Trend Watch Posted by Share Free airfares in the future? It could happen, says airline CEOcenter_img Wednesday, November 23, 2016 LONDON — Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says fares on his airline could be free in the not-so-distant future, arguing that airports looking for growth could share their revenues in return for huge traffic boosts.The Guardian reports that Ryanair’s average fares were 46 euros (about Can$65) in 2015, and Ryanair has said it expects its prices will drop by 10 – 15% in 2016.“The challenge for us in the future is to keep driving air fares down,” said O’Leary at the Airport Operators Association conference in London. “I have this vision that in the next five to 10 years that the air fares on Ryanair will be free, in which case the flights will be full, and we will be making our money out of sharing the airport revenues; of all the people who will be running through airports, and getting a share of the shopping and the retail revenues at airports.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthO’Leary said some airports, chiefly those looking for traffic growth, have started to lower their airport fees and other charges.“If [air passenger duty] is gone, at many airports I’m paying more than £20 already with APD and fees, if I start getting that back, why not? I’m doing seat sales this week at £4 and I’m paying the £13 APD – I’m paying you to fly with me. Instead of promotional tickets being £9 or £5 they will be free.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Canada ends 2016 flying high with record growth out of Vancouver

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Vancouver Air Canada ends 2016 flying high with record growth out of Vancouver Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, December 6, 2016 center_img Share VANCOUVER — Air Canada ended the year flying high at its Vancouver industry Christmas party with new routes nailed down in 2016, more routes announced for 2017 and a stellar third-quarter financial report and expansion plans that would see substantial growth in 2017 and into 2020.A spokesperson for Vancouver International Airport confirmed that Air Canada dominates Canada’s westerly gateway as the airport is recording unprecedented numbers of passengers in 2016.“We could not have done it without Air Canada,” said Anne Murray, VP, marketing and communications. She said 50% of YVR passengers fly on Canada’s national carrier.Eva Wilkinson, Owner of Captain Cook Travel, and Sena Dolanjski, Owner of Sena Travel“From January to October we saw 18.8 million passengers go through YVR, which is a 9.5% growth compared to last year for the same period,” Murray told agents at the airline’s Christmas party at the Waterview Events Centre, across from Granville Island. She said the airport is expecting a record year with a total of 22 million passengers by year’s end.She credits much of the traffic increase to Air Canada’s eight new routes announced in 2016.“For 2107, Air Canada has already announced five new cities (out of YVR) it will be flying to,” she said.The five new destinations for 2017 are Gatwick, Frankfurt, Taipei, Nagoya and Dallas.Air Canada’s VP Global Sales Duncan Bureau said a sixth destination – to a North American city – is expected to be announced shortly. In the past four years the company has grown by $4 billion in new revenues.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are in a very strong position in Western Canada,” said Bureau, who is familiar with the Western Canadian market as he hails from Malaysian Airlines and prior to that, WestJet.Ruben Gruber, Manager, Altec Travel and Michelle York and Allan Siripawa with TSI TravelAir Canada, like other airlines enjoying low fuel prices, is seeing record earnings and double-digit passenger increases. The company’s third-quarter results earnings (before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent of $1.248 billion) are a high point for the company. “They were the best results in our 80-year history,” he said. That same quarter saw a hefty 18.9% system-wide traffic growth verses the same period in 2015.Expansion plans are in place to grow line revenues another $4 billion from 2017-2020, he said. Growth of that size would continue the double-digit trajectory for Air Canada in combined destination markets. According to Bureau, by the end of 2017 Air Canada is projecting it will carry 40 million passengers.By the end of decade, from 2018 into 2020, the goal is to carry 50 million passengers, a growth projection of 20% in passenger loads. By the end of the decade Air Canada also hopes to have 250 markets in place on six continents, he said.He estimates the growth will come from all markets: domestic, North American and international flights.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureNot even the recent announcement by Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut oil production – the first cut in eight years – is dampening Air Canada’s ambitious goals.Bureau said the company has been investing its profits garnered from recent profitable years and putting that capital into a fleet renewal. Its new 787s are flying out of Vancouver and will achieve better fuel economies on the long-haul routes. “We are putting the right sized aircraft on the right routes,” he said, a move that will insulate the company against rising fuel costs. (The company’s third quarter report also asserts that the rising and falling Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. will also compensate for any fuel cost increases.)Taj Kassam, President & COO of the Sandman Hotel Group and Sutton Place Hotels; Ty Speer, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver and Navid Sariolghalam, GM of The Sutton Place HotelRising fuel prices also bring an upside, Bureau said, as the higher barrel prices kick-start other oil producing areas and that means more traffic into these oil-producing areas outside the OPEC countries.He said that Air Canada remains a four-star carrier and that aspect has strong appeal to business travellers originating out of Canada.Travel agent Nick Panos, owner of Omega Travel International and a major producer for Air Canada, came to the party to celebrate 2016 as an “excellent” year for his company in terms of selling seats on Air Canada flights. The European routes have been especially popular, but sales have been good for all markets, said Panos. He said a major selling point for Air Canada flights are the “very good connections” the airline has around the world. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Space Ticos Two Costa Ricans make headlines at NASA

first_imgStudents at Stoney Nakoda Elementary School in Alberta, Canada had a special guest lecturer during a recent class. As part of a space-themed lesson, the class spoke with Alfredo Valverde Salazar, a Tico who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Photo via Doug Callow.The kids also met Bruce Callow, author of the book “To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA.” Callow works as a communications consultant and teacher who does space education outreach work on behalf of NASA.Tico Andres Mora, who works at NASA’s Ames Research Center, also spoke to Stoney Nakoda Elementary students recently, according to Callow.Read more at CBC.ca. *** Three of NASA’s four science sections are led by women for the first time in the organization’s history. That’s thanks in part to Tica Sandra Cauffman, who is acting director of the Division of Earth Sciences at NASA.Por primera vez en la historia de la NASA, tres de nuestras cuatro secciones de ciencia están dirigidas por mujeres. Una de estas tres líderes es latina: la costarricense Sandra Cauffman, directora en funciones de la División de Ciencias de la Tierra de la NASA. pic.twitter.com/KjROqEtGFl— NASA en español (@NASA_es) May 10, 2019Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s president, tweeted in support of Cauffman. “She is proof that Costa Rica is capable of training great professionals who then go out into the world to shine and put our flag on high,” Alvarado wrote. Facebook Comments Related posts:Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Behind the scenes at NASA: meet Costa Rican space pioneers Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goallast_img read more

Little backing to prolong French 4day school week

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories PARIS (AP) – A plan to lengthen France’s four-day school week has failed to win nationwide support, and the country’s biggest teacher’s union says fewer than a quarter of students will have the new schedule for the next academic year.The Education Ministry wanted at least half of the country’s schools to start a 4 1/2-day week. Tuesday’s survey from the SNUipp teachers union indicates that only 22 percent of schools will do so. The other schools will keep the old schedule for at least another year. Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project French schools now have Wednesdays and weekends off. Officials say children have fewer class days than their counterparts in Europe or the Americas _ 144 days compared with an annual average of 187 _ but have longer days _ from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more