zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Following last week’s cyber attack, COSCO Shipping Lines informed that its network applications in the Americas have been totally recovered.“All communication channels including telephone, email, and electronic data exchange have been restored. There has been a further increase in our service response. We are working at full stretch to process all the service requests received previously, and the service response is expected to be back on track within this week. “Global networks of COSCO Shipping Lines are safe and stable, and our global business operations are steady and orderly,” the company said in an update.Initially, it was reported that the customer service platform at COSCO’s terminal at the Port of Long Beach was targeted by hackers. Nevertheless, the company later said that the network breakdown affected offices across the American continent.The network failures affected areas included the United States, Canada, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. However, the company’s ships were not affected and continued operating as normal.Commenting on the cyber attack, Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela said that the incident was very worrying.“While COSCO shut down its connections as a precautionary measure, we have to emphasize that ships are not islands, they are not self-contained units. This is a mistaken belief. Shore- and ship-operations are cyber-connected,” he said.“If shore-based and ship-based IT systems are linked, it could open a gateway to the COSCO ships, leaving them highly susceptible to an attack. Vessels do not need to be attacked directly but an attack can arrive via the company’s shore-based IT systems and very easily penetrate the ships’ critical OT systems.Although COSCO has been quick to respond to this hack, the virus may have been dormant for some time, so I would not be surprised if other systems – shore- and ship-based systems – have been breached.This kind of attack could spread through the entire fleet and its consequences might be devastating, and certainly costly, especially in terms of insurance. We strongly recommend to whoever discovered the attack, to thoroughly verify the breach has been contained and has not infected any ships in the COSCO fleet.This cyber-attack, like the Maersk attacks last year, will no doubt send shockwaves throughout the industry and encourage board members to take immediate, effective protection. Regulators need to implement workable rules and guidelines to help this vitally important global industry defend itself properly.”
A $269,880 contract for the rebuilding of the seawall that protects the Cape John Road in Pictou County has been awarded by the province. Balodis Inc. will place large armour rock along the Cape John Road to repair the seawall that protects the road. “This project will protect the pavement along the Cape John Road,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The erosion has reached the edge of the shoulder and needs to be stopped.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Nova Scotia has received its highest-ever credit rating from Standard and Poor’s bond-rating agency. The agency cited strong fiscal management as it upgraded the province’s long-term credit rating from A+ to AA- with a stable outlook. In the agency’s credit report, it notes that the province is expected to outperform most Canadian provinces in the next two years, with strong management practices translating into solid budget outcomes. “We have worked hard with Nova Scotians to put our province on a sustainable fiscal path. More people are working in Nova Scotia than ever before, exports are booming and our population is at an all-time high,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This credit rating is yet another sign that we are moving in the right direction as we build a stronger province together, where everyone can grow and succeed.” The province’s debt-to-revenue ratio is also expected to be the lowest in the country. “Nova Scotia’s fiscal health is crucial for us to maintain the capacity to provide public services to all Nova Scotians, as well as to attract new businesses that will help create more jobs and continue to drive our economy,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey.
SASKATOON – A pair of NHL stars visited the nine members of the Humboldt Broncos still recovering in hospital from the April 6 bus crash to help raise their spirits.Edmonton Oiler Connor McDavid and Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres looked in on the injured players at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.The two also visited schools in the community of Humboldt earlier in the day, talking to students.They also made a point of stopping at Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt to pay their respects to all of the 16 people who have died as a result of the collision that involved a transport truck.Two of the nine people still in hospital remained in critical condition.McDavid says they made a point of joking with the Broncos at the hospital in the hope the players could forget about what they are going through for awhile.“Just to be here and interact with them, and joke around with them a little bit,” McDavid said Tuesday.“There’s only so many text messages, or so many times people can say, ‘Stay strong,’ or, ‘Get well soon.’ I think you want to take their mind off it, and talk about something other than that.”O’Reilly said it was very special to meet the injured Broncos.He was also touched by how young people in Humboldt have been affected by the disaster.“Going into the one school, when Connor walked in one of the kids had an Oilers shirt on and just broke down crying,” O’Reilly said.“I think it was just a shock to see him, and it was pretty special to be a part of that and witness that — how coming here made such an impact.” (CTV Saskatoon)
King and Queen of comedy, Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax, celebrated the launch of Oxfam’s biggest ever call for book donations with a Great British tea party at Hay Festival this week.Stephen Fry and Ruby WaxWith book donations to Oxfam shops down, the charity is asking the nation to donate more than half a million additional books to raise money for Oxfam’s vital work fighting global poverty. The appeal will run until 21 June and the public can donate their books to of all Oxfam’s shops throughout the UK including its 148 specialist bookshops.Stephen Fry said: “It’s really important to look at your bookshelves and find some books that you think you can live without to donate to Oxfam. Books are a wonderful gift because you’re giving something that is brim-full of ideas and stories while also supporting the valuable work that Oxfam is doing around the world. Apart from anything else you’ll clear your shelves for more books!”Andrew Horton, Oxfam’s Director of Trading said: “Our shops are reporting that stock levels and book donations this year are down, and we need your help so we can continue to raise money selling books across the UK. We all own books which sit un-read on our bookshelves and, by donating just a few of them to Oxfam, people can make a real difference to the lives of those living in poverty around the world. If we reach our target of 500,000 additional books we could raise enough money to fund all of Oxfam’s work in Rwanda for a year.”Thanks to the thousands of book donations made daily across the country, Oxfam shops are the only place on the high street where you can pick up anything from the latest best-selling novel through to rare first editions and hidden treasures hundreds of years old. Unsold books are redistributed across the Oxfam shop network. Any books that can’t be sold are recycled or even made into cardboard boxes. Every single book, whether it is donated or bought, helps to support Oxfam’s vital work.For more information go to www.oxfam.org.uk/books.
The Supreme Court (SC) today issued an interim injunction against the holding of the Local Government (LG) elections in the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha.The order was issued pending a ruling on a petition filed against the election being held for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha. (Colombo Gazette)
In a statement to a gathering of government representatives at UNEP’s headquarters in Nairobi, the United Kingdom committed to providing significant expertise and crucial financial backing to the Great Apes Survival Project, known as “GRASP.” The project, which has brought together wildlife groups and charities from across the globe to save humankind’s closest-living relatives, was announced in May by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. At that time, he had warned that “the clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes.” Today, Mr. Toepfer said, London’s support means “we have shaved a few seconds off this Doomsday clock.” Calling on private industry and other governments to join in the endeavour, the UNEP chief said rescuing the great apes was not just about saving the animals, but was “a blueprint for sustainable development.” In conserving and guaranteeing a future for the great apes, the world would also be tackling the poverty and environmental degradation that are blighting the lives of people where the species is found – in Africa, Sumatra and Borneo. GRASP, which aims to raise an initial $2.9 million over two years, is drawing plans for key ape projects in those areas. According to UNEP, some of the sites involved need equipment as well as training for wildlife protection staff and park rangers. Others require help in developing eco-tourism schemes to give local people alternative livelihoods.
The agency is appealing for 6,200 tons of food worth $ 3.3 million to continue assisting more than 93,000 people in all until February 2004.”If we don’t receive more donations soon, we’ll have to make some very hard choices,” WFP Country Director for Rwanda David Stevenson said. “Basically, we’ll be forced to reduce the amount of food we distribute per person by at least 30 percent from October onwards.”Ration reductions will have a devastating impact on already vulnerable people. Each person needs an intake of 2,100 kcal per day. A reduction to 1,600 kcal resulting from the cash crisis poses a serious threat to the health of refugees and drought victims, in particular children.”We have to be aware that it takes at least three months before a contribution materializes into actual food for distribution,” Mr. Stevenson said. “It’s imperative to act now and prevent an already worrying situation from deteriorating any further.”The number of children seeking treatment at nutrition centres in south-east Rwanda following crop failures in January and June has doubled since the beginning of the year. In order to cope, families have begun selling their belongings and consumed seeds they would otherwise use for farming.Refugees in the country are also totally reliant on WFP food aid for their survival. Almost 32,000 people, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, live in camps in Kibuye in the east, Byumba in the north, and Gikongoro in central Rwanda. Living without access to land or labour opportunities since 1999, their only resource is WFP-donated food.
The Big Ten may be slipping in national prominence for football, but men’s basketball is on the rise.The dominance of the Big Ten in men’s basketball began in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Big Ten teams occupied five spots in the NCAA tournament, three of which made it to the Elite Eight: Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Of those squads, Michigan State and Illinois reached the Final Four, and Illinois made it to the National Championship game.Since 2005, the Big Ten has had at least four teams in the NCAA tournament every year and has made three appearances in the National Championship, including Ohio State’s appearance in 2007 and Michigan State’s in 2009. Seven teams from the Big Ten made the 2009 NCAA tournament; only the Big East earned as many spots.The results for the Big Ten were respectable with only Minnesota, Ohio State and Illinois losing in the first round. Michigan and Wisconsin lost in the second round, Purdue lost in the Sweet 16 and Michigan State lost to North Carolina in the National Championship game.The Big Ten has been well represented in the NIT as well, winning three of the last six, including OSU’s win in 2008 and Penn State’s victory in 2009.To begin this season, five teams from the Big Ten are ranked; only the Big East has more teams in the Top 25 with six. No. 2 Michigan StateThe Spartans are the highest ranked team from the Big Ten, but have also lost the most in the offseason.The biggest loss came with the departure of senior center Goran Suton. Suton averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and was an offensive catalyst in last year’s National Championship run.The Spartans also lost senior starting guard Travis Walton, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Walton was a reliable point guard, averaging only 1.4 turnovers a game.The problem for the Spartans this year might not be who they lost to graduation as much as who they could lose to injury. Senior forward Raymar Morgan and junior guard Chris Allen have already missed parts of the preseason due to injury.Sophomore forward Delvon Roe and junior guard Durrell Summers were unable to finish the Spartans’ preseason game last Sunday with injuries. However, MSU has one of the deepest benches in the country and should be fine once the regular season starts, as all of the current injuries are not major.MSU has its first real test of the season Dec. 1 as it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the defending National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 7 PurdueOther than MSU, the Purdue Boilermakers were the only team from the Big Ten to make it to the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA tournament.Purdue suffered no major losses to its roster last offseason and is hoping to make a deep run into the NCAA tournament. Pollsters agree that they have the potential for that deep run and ranked Purdue No. 7 nationally in the preseason.Purdue has already had a taste of the injury bug as freshman center Sandi Marcius fractured his right foot and will miss four to six weeks. Marcius was expected to receive a lot of minutes as a backup to junior forwards Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson.Hummel had a lingering back injury last year and is expected to lead the Boilermakers to a very productive season. After being named to the preseason All-Conference team last year, Hummel managed to average 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game, despite his injuries.Purdue’s first test comes Jan. 1 against No. 8 West Virginia.No. 15 MichiganMichigan seems to have finally re-emerged as a powerhouse team in the conference after being disciplined by the NCAA in 2003. The NCAA took away one scholarship per year and banned Michigan from postseason appearances from 2004-2008.Michigan’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 11 years ended in the second round against Oklahoma.The Wolverines did not lose any key players in the offseason. They return senior forward DeShawn Sims and junior guard Manny Harris, a preseason pick for the Naismith Award, given to the best collegiate basketball player in the country. Together, they combined for 32.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game last season.Michigan welcomes seven freshmen to the team this year, a large amount for any program in one year. Michigan plays No. 1 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Dec. 19. No. 16 Ohio StateAfter a disappointing loss against Siena in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, Ohio State looks to get back to the NCAA tournament and have a better showing.The only player not on Ohio State’s roster from last season is center B.J. Mullens. Mullens entered the NBA draft and took his 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game with him. Mullens was not thought to be a major loss until senior center Dallas Lauderdale broke a bone in his right hand. Lauderdale is expected to return in another two to three weeks.Lauderdale will be replaced by fifth-year senior center Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos. Madsen only averaged 7.7 minutes per game last year.The heart of the OSU squad lies in the hands of guard Evan Turner and forward David Lighty. Lighty returns this year after playing only seven games last season due to a broken bone in his left foot.Turner led the team in points with 17.3 per game, rebounds with 7.1 per game and assists with four per game.Ohio State will be tested early in the season with a matchup against defending champion North Carolina, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 23 IllinoisIllinois lost four players in the offseason who accounted for 83.1 minutes played per game, including two starters.Three key players not returning are guards Chester Frazier, Trent Meacham and Calvin Brock. Together, the three averaged a combined 21.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.9 assists and three steals per game.These losses may seem hard to overcome, but Illinois does return three of its four leading scorers and two of its three leading rebounders.Also, Illinois welcomes five freshmen to its squad, including three highly touted guards to help replace its backcourt. The Illini are a wild-card team who depend on the play of freshmen to dictate the success of their season.The only ranked out-of-conference opponent Illinois plays is at No. 24 Clemson on Dec. 2 during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.No. 25 MinnesotaMinnesota lost no major players from a year ago, but made an addition with junior-college transfer Trevor Mbakwe.Gopher nation hopes Mbakwe can be the inside presence the team seemed to lack last season, but a legal snag will keep him from playing for the time being. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said last Monday that until Mbakwe’s felony battery case is resolved, he will not be allowed to play.The decision will hurt Minnesota, but not drastically. The team is deep, with nine players returning that each averaged 11 or more minutes per game last season. Only two players last season averaged 25 or more minutes per game.One advantage Minnesota has, that no other Big Ten team has, is that they do not play any ranked non-conference games. This gives Minnesota the best chance for the best overall record in the conference.However, the NCAA Tournament selection committee could be reluctant to give Minnesota an at-large bid because of its weak out-of-conference schedule.The first indicator of whether the Big Ten is a real competitor or not will take place during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The Big Ten has never won the Challenge.
We now have official confirmation of what all PS3 owners knew anyway: there is going to be an Uncharted 3.It will be called Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and covers the following story arc:In his search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands,” Nathan Drake and longtime friend and mentor Victor Sullivan set off on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. But when terrible secrets of this lost city are uncovered, their journey becomes a desperate bid for survival that will force Drake to confront his deepest fears. Multiplayer and co-op will again join the single-player campaign set in some of the best environments ever seen in a console game. The other big addition for this third game is support for stereoscopic 3D visuals.There’s no word on a release date yet, but the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly goes on sale tomorrow with a load of exclusive extra detail.Read more at PlayStation.Blog
By Michelle Hennessy Image: RollingNews.ie ‘Not an April Fools’ joke’: First tranche of TDs’ pay boost kicks in today The basic salary of a TD had been cut from 92,672 to €87,358 under the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement. Apr 1st 2017, 6:41 PM Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 6:41 PM 30,610 Views http://jrnl.ie/3319226 Short URL 96 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie THERE WAS UPROAR last October when it was confirmed as part of the Budget that TDs would get a €5,000 pay increase.The basic salary of a TD had been cut from 92,672 to €87,358 under the terms of the Haddington Road public pay agreement. Under this same deal, civil servants, including TDs, who had their salaries cut began to have them restored from this year.For TDs, This restoration will take place in two tranches – the first a bump of €2,700 today and a further €2,700 later in January 2018.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who has been critical of the pay boost for TDs, commented today that this was “not an April Fools’ joke”.And it really isn’t. TDs voted in November last year to approve this pay hike. When a motion by Sinn Féin to halt the move was tabled in the Dáil, the government and Fianna Fáil joined forces to pass a counter-motion by 91 to 39.“I won’t accept pay rise while government policy impoverishes others. TDs already paid too much,” Doherty said in a Facebook post, which included a picture of his declaration, gifting the money back to the Minister for Finance. Source: Pearse Doherty via FacebookFor the Taoiseach, Táinaiste and ministers there will be higher increases as their pay is also restored.Read: Why are TDs getting a €5,000 ‘pay rise’?> Share1899 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson (Director)Release: Crisis Centre Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – Every individual in the Bahamas, men women and children have the right to live a life free from violence and be protected under the law. In today’s Bahamas, married women living with their husbands do experience this protection when that husband beats or psychologically abuses them. We understand and accept the notion that beating or abusing a married woman is wrong but somehow, we close our eyes or refuse to accept that they can be sexually assaulted by their husbands. In the same way that a husband beats or murders his wife, he can also rape her.At the Crisis Centre we hear stories of women forced to have sex with their husbands despite their obstetrician’s advice to abstain following the birth of a baby, women getting HIV or STI’s from abusive husbands who have other women and force sex on them. From many of those victims we hear the shame and humiliation they feel following sexual assault by their husbands and their sense of powerlessness. These are but some of the examples where marital rape occurs. It is a devastating and traumatizing experience for women to find out that our law does not protect them from this behavior. Statements which misinform citizens about their right to safety or protection normalize violence and perpetuate rape myths and belief systems that husbands have the right to make choices for their wife’s bodies without their consent. This is abhorrent and unacceptable. The tendency has been to believe that stranger rape is the only real rape, but we know sexual assault occurs within dating, common law and marital relationships. Marital rape occurs in a relationship where domestic violence is part of a pattern of behavior that women live with for years.To hear that the law does not prohibit husbands from forcing wives to have sex and to hear a debate in the country that speaks to the privacy of marital rape discourages victims even more and makes them question their country’s consideration for them and their right to be safe in their homes. Marital rape is real, and we must name it as behavior that is inconsistent with human rights and healthy relationships within marriage. It is our hope that the government will take this opportunity to develop a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence act which looks at all issues where persons are not protected under the law. Related Items:
KUSI Newsroom Breaking ground for new affordable housing unit KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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)- Father Joe’s Villages is preparing to break ground on a new affordable housing complex on 14th Avenue and Commercial Street. It’s not just for low-income earners. Instead the majority of space will be given to San Diego’s chronically homeless.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez has more on this special report. January 30, 2019
Asaduzzaman khan kamalHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said no gathering will be allowed at the venue of Biswa Ijtema mentioning the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj will be fixed after the national election, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting with the representatives of two factions of Tabligh Jamaat held at the home ministry, he said.The meeting was convened following a clash between two groups of the Tabligh Jamaat earlier in the day for establishing control over Ijtema Maidan that killed one person.The minister said the Ijtema has been delayed due to the 11th parliamentary elections billed for 30 December. “All kinds of religious gatherings or rallies will be restricted on the Ijtema premises and law enforcers will guard the venue,” he added.Earlier, one person was killed and over 200 people were injured in a series of clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat for establishing control over the Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi of Gazipur.Representatives of the two Tabligh Jamaat factions – one led by Maulana Saad Kandhalvi and the other by Maulana Jubair Hassan, inspector general of police, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and other top officials were present at the meeting.
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New York: Most parents believe that an excessive late night use of gadgets has significantly hampered the sleep patterns of their teenaged children, leading to poor academic performance, researchers warn. According to them, 56 per cent of parents fall in this category. In the study, published by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan, 43 per cent of parents said their teenage children are struggling to fall asleep or wake up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teenagers and parents believe late-night use of electronics are a main contributor,’ said Sarah Clark, poll co-director at M.P.H. For the study, the researchers included responses from 1,018 parents with at least one child who are aged between 13 –18 years of age. Teenagers’ hectic schedules and homework load – as well as anxiety about school performance and peer relationships – are also seen by parents as contributing to sleep problems. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSome parents also reported that their child experienced occasional sleep problems (one to two nights per week) while 18 percent believe their teenage kids struggle with sleep three or more nights per week. In addition, 10 per cent of parents believe their teenage kids’ sleep problems are associated with their health conditions or medication. Other reasons of sleep disturbances included irregular sleep patterns due to homework or activities which accounted for 43 per cent, worries about school (31 per cent) and concerns about social life (23 per cent), the study noted. The parents have encouraged their children to try different strategies at home to help them cope up with sleep problems, including limiting caffeine in the evening (54 per cent), turning off electronics and cell phones at bedtime (53 per cent), having a snack before bed (44 per cent) and natural or herbal remedies, such as melatonin (36 per cent). Twenty-eight per cent of parents said their kids have also tried some type of medication to address sleep problems. “Parents whose teen continue to have frequent sleep problems, despite following recommendations for healthy sleep hygiene, may want to talk to a health care provider, for the well being of their kid,” said Clark.
LONDON (AP) – Climbers have scaled U.K. mountaintops to ignite the flames that will light the Paralympics torch.Four groups of climbers, made up of disabled and non-disabled volunteers, climbed the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on Wednesday.On reaching the summits, they struck metal against rough steel to create sparks and ignite the flames which were then put in miners’ lanterns and carried down on foot. The flames will visit the U.K.’s capital cities before uniting in a special ceremony in Stoke Mandeville. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day At the end of the ceremony, the 24-hour overnight relay route will see the Paralympic Flame carried 92 miles (148 kilometers) to the Olympic Stadium to officially open the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which begin Aug. 29.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist
Nicholas Stavropoulos, CEO, AdLux and George Papaioannou, Managing Director Excite Holidays Australia’s largest independent search network AdLux celebrated its first anniversary last night at the Ivy Penthouse, Sydney. Nicholas Stavropoulos, AdLux CEO, told e-Travel Blackboard “we are now the leading independent search network in Australia serving over 1 billion searches monthly. AdLux has become a viable alternative to Google and Yahoo”In 2002 co-founders George Papaioannou and Nicholas Stavropoulos launched one of the travel industry’s major online hotel booking engines – Excite Holidays. Nine years later the pair celebrated AdLux’s first successful year of trading with their travel, agency and corporate partners.Teck Goon AdLux Business Development Manager said “more and more travel companies are booking pay per click advertising via AdLux generating traffic to their websites”. Advertisers can choose from sponsored links, at the lowest cost-per-click rate in the market, or contextual ads offering in-article text links relevant to what the reader is reading.An example, said Mr Goon, would be reading a press release about a destination and user initiated, on-page, key words are highlighted. For the user it is real-time and mind-set driven advertising. A simple mouse over the link displays an AdLux text bubble which can be a text link or rich media ad.Dean Wicks of WeGo said “we are currently working with AdLux, and by diversifying our spend, is expanding our reach”.To learn more about AdLux visit their website http://www.adlux.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M
Port Vila’s Bauerfield International Airport. Image via WikipediaEmergency repairs of Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport are set to be completed in April this year with the country’s new Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, making it a top priority and awarding the contract to New Zealand civil contracting company, Fulton Hogan, following an emergency procurement process meeting held on Wednesday last week.Fulton Hogan is due to sign the contract over the coming days with immediate mobilisation of equipment and experts to follow by 15 March, 2016.The emergency repairs are expected to be completed within 56 days of signing the contract moving towards a 6 April, 2016 completion date.Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) general manager Linda Kalpoi said the announcement of the contract and impending repairs, which are stated to cost VT139 million (AUD$1,770,428), has been welcomed by VTO.“Ensuring all airlines are fully satisfied with the standard of the runway giving them the confidence to reinstate their flights is imperative to the success of Vanuatu’s tourism industry,” Ms Kalpoi said.“We are very happy the new Prime Minister has acknowledged the importance and urgency of this matter and has addressed the issue promptly.”The repairs will resolve the issues that caused Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia to suspend their flights to Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport in mid-January this year.Air Vanuatu, Fiji Airways, AirCalin and Solomon Airways have continued flights as normal to Port Vila during this time after conducting their own independent assessments which confirmed the safety of the runway.Following the emergency repairs another assessment of the runway will be conducted and each airline will confirm when they will be beginning flight services again. Virgin Australia is currently taking bookings to Port Vila from 2 April, 2016 with Air New Zealand yet to confirm when it will re-instate its services.According to the General Manager Operations, Airports Vanuatu Limited, the second phase will be a total upgrade of the runway, apron and terminal with industry consultation for feedback and awareness of the upgrade, beginning in June. Contracting tenders for the next phase will begin in July.VTO will regularly update the industry, media and stakeholders on progress of the works over the coming months. Stay up-to-dateSource = Vanuatu Tourism Office
Seven Seas ExplorerThe most luxurious ship ever built set to sail local watersLeading luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is excited to announce that The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™, Seven Seas Explorer, will cruise Australian and New Zealand waters as part of her 2020/21 season for the first time since debuting in 2016.With over USD $450 million spent on building the exclusive, 375 suite ship – including over an acre of marble, an enviable US$7 million art collection, and one of the biggest suites at sea – it is no surprise that Seven Seas Explorer has been hailed as The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™.“Seven Seas Explorer was built for the 1-percenters, with no expense spared every detail was meant to create an everlasting impression on her guests” said Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales, Australia & New Zealand at Regent Seven Seas Cruises.“We are incredibly excited to be able to share her unrivalled elegance with local Australian and New Zealand travellers as part of her inaugural season, and to give them a taste of what a truly all-inclusive, luxury cruise ship offers. What sets Seven Seas Explorer apart from the rest is her spacious, all-balcony and all-suite accommodation, free gourmet dining across all her restaurants, free fine wines and premium spirits, free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call – and not to mention her near 1 to 1 staff to guest ratio and unrivalled personalised service – which are all part of Regent’s all-inclusive fare,” said Ms Pile.Sophisticated, Spacious SuitesSeven Seas Explorer boasts all-suite, all-balcony accommodation featuring sublime European beds, marble bathrooms, luxury amenities from L’Occitane, Bvlgari, Guerlain and Hermes, some of the biggest verandas at sea and a mini-bar that is replenished daily free-of-charge.For those truly wanting to experience the ‘suite life’, the crown-jewel of Seven Seas Explorer is her one-of-a-kind Regent Suite which features two bedrooms, a living room and a dining room, 2 rare Picasso lithographs, a USD $250,000 custom Steinway piano designed by Dakota Jackson, an in-suite spa retreat – including heated tile loungers, sauna, and a hot tub on the veranda – unlimited in-suite treatments from the ship’s Canyon Ranch spa and a private car with driver in every port.Sumptuous CuisineTo ensure every meal is not only delicious, but entirely fuss-free, Seven Seas Explorer offers seven speciality restaurants allowing guests to dine whenever, wherever and with whomever they choose, each with no additional cover charges. From laidback al fresco lunch at the Pool Grill, to savouring succulent steaks in the sophisticated Prime 7, to the zen-like surrounds of Pan-Asian newcomer Pacific Rim and more – RSSC’s expert culinary team, attentive wait staff and knowledgeable sommeliers will ensure a memorable experience at every meal.Better still, guests can improve their culinary prowess as they learn from top chefs in Seven Seas Explorer’s exclusive Culinary Arts Kitchen – a new onboard offering for RSSC – or savour the authentic local flavours onshore during one of the bespoke Gourmet Explorer Tours.Personalised Service and Intimate shipsAt 56,000 tonnes and carrying only 750 guests, Seven Seas Explorer boasts one of the highest space ratios of any cruise ship, and offers unrivalled personalised service with a crew of 542 serving each guest – an impressive ratio of 1:1.4.A Superior All-inclusive Experience Unlike Any OtherGuests sailing aboard Seven Seas Explorer enjoy The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience™ at sea. RSSC is the only cruise line offering unlimited shore excursions in every port, as well as free dining in speciality restaurants, free pre-paid gratuities, free unlimited wi-fi, free open bars in all lounges including fine wines and premium spirits, free 24-hour room service with in-suite dining, a complimentary in-suite liquor and mini bar replenished daily – and a raft of spa, fitness and wellness activities at its legendary Canyon Ranch Spa.Australasian 2020/2021 seasonSeven Seas Explorer will be entering Australian waters for the first time on the 28th December 2020, visiting Darwin before she sails down to Sydney on the 6th January 2021.Offering nine entirely all-inclusive itineraries exploring regional waters throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and The South Pacific from November 2020 until April 2021, Seven Seas Explorer will deliver a level of luxury never seen before in the region.Several of Seven Seas Explorer’s voyages will depart from, or disembark in Sydney during her inaugural local season, including: the 17-night Singapore to Sydney ‘Balinese Celebration’ sailing; the 15-night Sydney to Auckland ‘Majesty of Milford’ cruise; the 14-night Auckland to Sydney ‘Grandeur of New Zealand’ sailing; the 18-night Sydney to Bali ‘Koalas to Komodos’ cruise; and a 15-night sailing from blissful Bali to lively Hong Kong ‘Radiance Of Thailand’.Select sailings also offer a free three-night pre- or post-cruise land programme to deliver guests an even more immersive experience.For more information on Seven Seas Explorer’s Australasian itineraries, visit: www.rssc.com/explorer2020-21For an exclusive video on Seven Seas Explorer’s Australasian season featuring Lisa Pile and Steve Odell, visit: https://ncl.box.com/s/mzi3ybgjx4ml0gi7p7bmrrblx5pyr0zpFor more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises® or to receive a brochure, guests can call 1300 455 200 (AU) or 0800 625 692 (NZ), visit www.rssc.com or contact your preferred Travel Agent.About Regent Seven Seas CruisesRegent Seven Seas Cruises is the world’s most inclusive luxury experience with a four-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. The cruise line’s fares include all-suite accommodation, the largest collection of free, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited internet access, highly personalised service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, prepaid gratuities, and one-night, pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in Concierge-level suites and higher.For the latest news, please visit www.RSSC.com/news; like the line’s Facebook page; and follow @RegentCruises on Twitter. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH). Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), a leading global cruise company which also operates the Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises brands. With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide.Source = Regent Seven Seas Cruises