EDMONTON – Alberta’s crown-owned bank, ATB Financial, has chosen its chief customer officer Curtis Stange as its new president and CEO.Stange will replace current president and CEO Dave Mowat, who is set to retire from the Edmonton-based financial institution at the end of June.He was selected after a North American search following Mowat’s retirement announcement in January.Stange is currently ATB’s chief customer officer, heading up all the bank’s customer-facing services, but also has more than 30 years of experience in banking.The Alberta government has formally approved Stange’s appointment.ATB has more than 5,000 employees and 750,000 customers across Alberta.
1 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans today to reassign several key leadership posts involving United Nations operations in Lebanon and Georgia. Mr. Ban has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Johan Verbeke, his current UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, to the post of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Georgia and head of the UN Observer Mission to that country (known as UNOMIG).Mr. Verbeke will succeed Jean Arnault, who will be reassigned shortly, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.A career diplomat from Belgium, Mr. Verbeke has extensive experience with the UN system, including as his country’s Permanent Representative to the Organization from September 2004 to April this year.The Secretary-General also informed the Council of his plan to appoint Michael C. Williams of the United Kingdom to replace Mr. Verbeke as Special Coordinator for Lebanon.Mr. Williams has previously served as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, and was most recently the UK Representative for the Middle East and Special Projects.Ms. Montas said the Secretary-General was confident that the new appointments would ensure continued strong leadership on the ground in both Lebanon and Georgia.
The national park was awarded Unesco World Heritage status last yearCredit:Getty Andrew Tinkler, Stobart’s CEO, previously outlined the firm’s ambitions for the region.“If you look at the tourism in this area, it’s massive – probably second biggest after London – so I think through the summer it’d be very busy,” he said. The Lakes District National Park attracts around 18 million visitors a year. Hikers, cyclists and lovers of the great outdoors will be able to fly direct to the Lake District this summer when scheduled passenger flights to the national park resume after a 25-year hiatus.Services to Carlisle Lake District Airport have been on the cards for several years but today it announced that commercial and business flights will restart on June 4.Full details of airlines and routes are yet to be revealed but the airport, owned by the Stobart Group since 2009, has identified London, Belfast and Dublin as key connections. It is believed flights will be operated in the first instance by Stobart Air, which runs scheduled services under the brands Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe.The nearest operational airport to the Unesco World Heritage site is currently Manchester, around a 90-minute drive to the south.“Carlisle Lake District Airport will have a huge impact on Cumbria’s visiting economy and is also a key strategic business asset for the county,” said Graham Haywood, executive director of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which has invested £4.95m in the development of the airport. There have been many failed efforts to establish passenger flights. British European Airways briefly flew from the airport to the Isle of Man and Belfast in 1946 and 1947; Court Line Aviation offered flights from London between 1967 and 1969; Air Ecosse launched services in the early Eighties; and in 1993 New Air began flights from Carlisle to Stansted, but collapsed after just two months.Last summer, the Lakes received a boost when Unesco awarded it World Heritage status, the first UK national park to do so. Tinkler said passenger services would come to Carlisle, which typically caters for private aircraft, helicopters and military planes, in May 2016, when he targeted spring 2017 as a start date.Carlisle Lake District Airport opened in the Thirties as an RAF base before being sold to local authorities in 1960. It had several owners before the Stobart Group stepped in.
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La nuit des chercheurs organisée demain dans 18 villes françaisesFrance – La nuit des chercheurs 2010 sera célébrée demain dans une quinzaine de villes françaises. But de l’événement : permettre au grand public de rencontrer les scientifiques et de se laisser séduire par la recherche grâce à des activités ludiques.La nuit du 24 septembre 2010 sera l’occasion ou jamais d’aller à la rencontre des chercheurs, et de se débarrasser de l’image du savant fou enfermé dans son laboratoire. Dix-huit villes de France participeront à la sixième nuit des chercheurs, pour laquelle seront organisées de nombreuses activités. Objectif : permettre au grand public de découvrir ce métier, et aux plus jeunes de se plonger dans l’univers passionnant des sciences. Ainsi, à Besançon, les apprentis archéologues seront invités à voyager dans le futur, à la découverte d’un site accueillant les fouilles organisées suite à des événements catastrophiques survenus durant le troisième millénaire.A Angers, c’est un speed-searching qui sera organisé. Des chercheurs disposeront alors d’une dizaine de minutes pour parler de l’un des objets qu’ils utilisent quotidiennement dans leurs recherches. Brest, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, mais aussi de nombreuses villes européennes, proposeront jeux de pistes, ateliers, rencontres et expositions, dont le programme est à découvrir sur le site de l’événement.Le 23 septembre 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target PokemonPokemon Let’s Go’s combination of simpler gameplay and Generation One nostalgia should be a big hit with Comic-Con visitors who mainly love Pokemon through outside media like toys and the anime. The Poke Ball Plus controller also totally looks like something someone would carry around at a con. Funko PopsThere is an actual game in the works based on Funko Pops, that Gears of War Funko Pop game from E3. But right now we’re talking about the mountains of dead-eyed bobble head #brand toys you’ll see at Comic-Con based on video game characters and literally everything else. A SDCC 2018 exclusive is a version of Soldier 76 from Overwatch. Funko also just acquired the Pokemon license so that’s almost a thousand more of these things you can expect to see soonLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Comic-Con (in San Diego, not New York) is just a few weeks away. Soon nerds of all levels of professionalism will descend upon California to learn more about hot new movies and TV shows along with the comic books they may have once been based on. Geek.com will of course have plenty of coverage, and our own MovieBob Chipman will even be on a few panels.San Diego Comic-Con is a holy event for the dorky #brand entertainment that now runs the world. But video games are also very much a part of that entertainment, even if they aren’t always the biggest thing at this particular show. Since SDCC takes place in the period where the games industry is still recovering from E3, we never expect tons of bombshell announcements out of the show. But as a way for the public (who didn’t go to E3) to have a chance to play this fall’s hottest games, Comic-Con surprisingly delivers. Here are the games to check out at SDCC 2018.Not Rocksteady’s GameRocksteady made a name for itself with the Batman Arkham trilogy, arguably the greatest series of video games based on a comic book character. It’s been three years since their last project, and everyone is expecting the successor to be another DC adaptation like Superman or Justice League. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to keep guessing for a little while longer as Rocksteady, after skipping E3, isn’t showing anything off at Comic-Con either.Super Smash Bros. UltimateThe shining star of Nintendo’s somewhat light E3, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings together a cast of characters that frankly trumps even the wackiest comic book crossovers. SDCC attendees should get a chance to play it on the show floor but we’re hoping Nintendo goes the extra mile and announces a new character like Simon Belmont or Shrek. Resident Evil 2 RemakeCapcom has pretty much earned back all the goodwill it lost with the disastrous Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite thanks to how stunning the Resident Evil 2 Remake looks. Combining the story and atmosphere of rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy’s first adventure with the revamped gameplay of his follow-up masterpiece Resident Evil 4, this is a nightmare you shouldn’t sleep on. Marvel GamesFor once Marvel has a true-blue exciting AAA game coming out soon in the form of Sony/Insomniac’s Spider-Man out this September on PlayStation 4. So expect to see a ton of that at the show. Marvel says it has other games as well but we’re thinking that’ll mostly be mobile stuff, unless they remembered that Square Enix Avengers project is a thing. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4The biggest subtraction from this year’s Call of Duty is the removal of a single-player campaign. But the biggest addition is the battle royale mode. “Blackout” probably won’t be available in the SDCC demo of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But there will be more than enough people wandering Hall H to act out your own massive battle royale matches until only one person is left standing. Bandai Namco Fighting GamesSomething tells us there’s a big overlap between Comic-Con patrons and folks who played too much Soul Calibur II back in the day. Maybe the common thread is Spawn? In any case Bandai Namco will showcase Soul Calibur VI at the event along with their other fighting games like the ever-improving Tekken 7, anime orgy Jump Force, and Dragon Ball FighterZ for Nintendo Switch. Kingdom Hearts IIISpeaking of Square Enix, half of the #brands that dominate SDCC now belong to Disney. So of course the long-awaited third entry in the beloved JRPG series starring Disney characters will be there. Kingdom Hearts III is coming next January, so the team can’t skip any chance to remind people it’s a real video game now and not a DeviantArt fever dream.
Stay on target Oh man, R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg. Thanks for giving us two decades of pure fun. These characters and memes will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/Lgq5gdmua3— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) November 27, 2018 Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend To Stephen Hillenburg:This grill is not a homeThis is not the stove I knowI would trade it all awayIf you’d come back to stayThis kitchen’s not the same without youIt’s just a greasy spoon(Just a greasy spoon)Without youRIP, and thank you. pic.twitter.com/WKke0E0iMV— Nathan Villasenor (@NVillasenor625) November 27, 2018Hillenburg is survived by his wife Karen Hillenburg, son Clay, brother Brian Kelly Hillenburg, and mother Nancy Hillenburg.More on Geek.com:Stan Lee, Legendary Marvel Comics Co-Creator, Dies at 95Douglas Rain, the Eerie Voice of HAL 9000 in ‘2001,’ Dies at 90Mario Segale, Inspiration for Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’ Dies at 84 Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, has died at the age of 57.Hillenburg, who developed SpongeBob SquarePants and the Bikini Bottom universe, died on Monday, according to Variety. Hillenburg’s cause of death was ALS, an illness which he was diagnosed with last year.“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Variety. “Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere.” We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work. — Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) November 27, 2018Hillenburg, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, was always interested in art and sea creatures. His experience as a marine biology teacher in Florida led him to create and illustrate stories to help kids learn science, and some of these creations would later become the famous marine characters in SpongeBob SquarePants.In 1987, Hillenburg went to pursue an animation career and eventually earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1992. After wining an award for Best Animated Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 1992, Hillenburg worked on other projects, including his own animated short Wormholes and the Nickelodeon hit series, Rocko’s Modern Life.Following these projects, Hillenburg dedicated most of his time to write, direct, and produce SpongeBob SquarePants, which aired its first episode on Nickelodeon in 1999, and today, has almost 250 episodes on TV. SpongeBob SquarePants also went to the big screen twice with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It even got a Broadway musical adaptation.SpongeBob SquarePants has a diverse audience, spanning from kids to adults who appreciate SpongeBob SquarePants’ comedic personality and hilarious ocean adventures. Fans on Twitter also expressed sadness over Hillenburg’s death and praised him for positively impacting their lives.Spongebob is the most influential cartoon of my generation hands down. The show will always have a special meaning to me and I’m thankful for all the laughs it has given me over the years. RIP Stephen Hillenburg and thanks for sharing Spongebob with the world pic.twitter.com/KshNDDcmDL— Tripp (@Tripphammr) November 27, 2018
Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Jade Dragon at City of Dreams has been named Macau’s third 3 Michelin star restaurant after being awarded an extra star for the first time in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019.The fine dining Chinese restaurant is one of 18 establishments in Macau to receive stars in the latest guide, joining The Eight and Robuchon au Dôme at SJM’s Grand Lisboa with 3 stars. Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau also has five 2 star restaurants in the current guide, with recently opened Alain Ducasse at Morpheus a new addition to the list. Eleven restaurants have received 1 star.“Hong Kong and Macau are very special cities within the gastronomic world,” said International Director of Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullennec.“They attract many tourists and business people from around the world, and as a result these cities have been blessed with gastronomic influences that oscillate between traditional Cantonese and Macau cuisine, combined with international flavors.” RelatedPosts
Something for the weekend: London-based luxury goods marketplace Hush Hush is hiring for a luxury product tester to review opulent items such as a £47 million superyacht.Applicants with an eye for the finer things in life will love the gold-plated opportunities this unique job offers. Not only will the chosen candidate be able to sample and review jaw-dropping items like a jewel-encrusted watch worth £55 million, a French chateau valued at £62 million, or a superyacht with a £47 million price tag, but they will also earn their own tidy sum of £75,000 a year.The position requires extensive travel, so interested job seekers need to be prepared to don their passports at the drop of a designer hat in order to test out private islands or regal properties around the world.But what does the role actually involve? The new luxury product tester will be tasked with reviewing high-end items before they go on sale to the general public. This will involve testing for style, comfort, performance and sustainability before writing a full report on each product.Hush Hush is looking for applicants who are over 18 years old, have a passion for travel, art and fashion, and who have decent writing capabilities. Candidates must also be discreet, sociable and eloquent as they will act as the main point of contact for Hush Hush’s suppliers too.Here at Employee Benefits, we would love to use our well-honed writing skills to bag us a spot on the superyacht’s next outing or for an indulgent stay at the French chateau. However, we cannot promise we would hit deadline if we were offered the chance to visit a private island…
IBM’s Sequoia has claimed top spot as the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, beating Fujitsu’s K Computer to second position.According to a BBC report, this is the first time a US technology firm has been accredited for creating the world’s fastest computer since losing out to China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer that was developed in 2010. Out of the top ten positions, IBM holds out five spots.The title was announced by the TOP500 Project Committee, who has been publishing the list of top supercomputers on a bi-annual basis since 1993.Sequoia was developed primarily for the US National Nuclear Security Administration and the supercomputer will be used for conducting simulations on nuclear weapons.According to a press statement from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where the Sequoia is currently present, the main purpose of the computer is to “provide a more complete understanding of weapons performance.””While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent,” Thomas D’Agostino, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, said according to BBC.For Sequoia to perform a calculation in one hour would equal 6.7 billion people taking 320 years to do so on hand calculators.IBM’s superfast speeds are backed by over 1.5 million processors that are integrated in its circuitry and the device is around 1.55 times faster and consumes less power than the K Computer. The Japanese based device previously topped the TOP500 list of fastest computers twice.According to Professor Jack Dongarra, who co-publishes the list with German-based Professor Hans Meuer, IBM has reached a speed rate that’s 273,930 times faster than the Thinking Machines’s CM-5/1024, which is the first computer claimed to be the world’s fastest in 1993.”A calculation that took three full days to compute on the Thinking Machines in 1993 today can be done in less than one second on the Sequoia,” Dongarra told the news service.
Disha Patani in Bharat songYouTube ScreenshotSalman Khan starrer Bharat involves two divas – Disha Patani and Katrina Kaif. While it is clear that Disha has a much smaller role as compared to that of Katrina in the film, the former has no qualms about being overshadowed by the Fitoor actress.Disha said that the thought of being overshadowed by Katrina did not even come to her mind, and she is too happy to be a part of such a big film.”Bharat is a different story altogether. It is about this man and his journey. So, I did not see a scope for all these things happening. For me, it doesn’t even matter if my part is very small. I always believe in doing something which leaves a mark. I am hoping people can relate to the character and live through that circus era which was there a few years back. I did not think of all these things honestly, I was just too excited for the part and I am very selfless when it comes to choosing films or doing a particular role,” Disha told Pinkvilla when asked if she was worried about being overshadowed by the other actress.Showing great deal of positivity, Disha further said that it was a good opportunity for her to learn from such a big star cast. Disha Patani in BharatYouTube Screenshot”I always see what am I doing in the film, that’s the most important thing. In fact, I am only happy to have worked with such a great ensemble cast. Who doesn’t want to work with such great actors? Salman Sir, Katrina Ma’am, or Tabu Ma’am, Sunil Grover, a lot of learning is involved,” she told the entertainment portal.The trailer of Bharat showed Disha romancing Salman, but as his character grows in the film, he shared screen space with Katrina. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie is slated to be released on June 5.
The world will never forget the face of a brave widow who held her child during her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King’s, eulogy in 1965.There are others who can still remember her walking with her husband across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma after Bloody Sunday. And still, others who see her flanked with Stevie Wonder singing “Happy Birthday,”and calling for her husband’s birthday to be a national holiday. In honor of her advocacy for nonviolence, there were several events scheduled in D.C. from April 21 – April 29 for Coretta Scott King’s Inaugural Birthday Celebration. She would have turned 90-years-old on April 27.Corretta Scott King (Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica)“Coretta Scott King worked around the world teaching non-violence. She worked non-stop for 50 years to get a holiday for Dr. King, now her birthday comes unnoticed,” said journalist and author Barbara Reynolds, who organized a special tribute to commemorate her birthday.Reynolds, who wrote a biography of King entitled My Life, My Love, My Legacy, is part of a group of people who will be celebrating the life of King.Born on April 27, 1927, King’s life went far beyond Heiberger, Ala. where she was born and raised on her parent’s farm. She never stopped marching, speaking, and advocating for social justice as exemplified in her 1986 letter opposing now Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointment to the federal bench.“My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting,” King wrote on behalf of the MLK Center for Social Change in March of 1986. “Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”Today, selected by President Donald Trump, Sessions is using his position as attorney general to attempt to roll back decades of Civil Rights gains. But he is being haunted by the words of King, so much so that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Okla.) was sat down in the US Senate when she read parts of Kings letters during Sessions confirmation hearing.On April 27, a digital birthday party is scheduled in King’s honor. People from throughout the country are encouraged to change their social media profile picture to their favorite photo of King with the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMrsKing.On April 29, a Social Justice Service is scheduled at Howard University’s Rankin Chapel where the first Coretta Scott King Eternal Flame Award will be presented. There will also be the presenting of “Coretta’s 7 Lasting Words,” during the ceremony.Reynolds said she invited D.C. officials and Civil Rights veterans to attend the service. A book signing is scheduled to follow the service with proceeds slated to benefit the A Teacher’s Work Is Never Done (ATWINDS) Foundation.King was tireless as an advocate for social justice. She never stopped marching whether it was crossing the Alabama River in Selma or speaking at the United Nations. “Coretta Scott King was a woman of tall dignity and grace,” Linda Boyd, a longtime spokesman for three D.C. mayors who worked closely with the King family, told the AFRO. “She had towering strength in the face challenges and adversity. She left a legacy for all of us to live by when ever the King family came to Washington.”Boyd reflected on a time when Coretta attended a luncheon sponsored by the National Political Congress of Black Women where she, Betty Shabazz, Mamie Till, and Rosa Parks were honored. “These widows of the movement will never be forgotten, their legacy will live forever,” Boyd said. “Coretta was the wind beneath her husband’s movement.”
(Credit: Shutterstock)The ability to read and understand a passage of text underpins the pursuit of knowledge, and was once a uniquely human cognitive activity. But 2018 marks the year that, by one measure, machines surpassed humans’ reading comprehension abilities.Both Alibaba and Microsoft recently tested their respective artificial neural networks with The Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD), which is an arduous test of a machine’s natural language processing skills. It’s a dataset that consists of over 100,000 questions drawn from thousands of Wikipedia articles. Basically, it challenges algorithms to parse a passage of text and write answers to tricky questions.The AIs, for example, might read a passage about geology and answer questions like “An igneous rock is a rock that crystallizes from what?” or “What changes the mineral content of a rock?” These questions are a level higher than simply scanning for basic facts, and they require algorithms to process a large amount of information regarding context, sequences and relationships before providing an accurate answer.The algorithm developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science Technologies, SLQA+, notched a score of 82.44 on the test, which was just a hair better than the 82.304 scored by humans. Alibaba claims it is the first time a machine has performed better than flesh-and-blood in the ExactMatch metric of the Stanford test. Microsoft Research Asia also outdid humans, and its R-NET+ scored 82.650.Pranav Rajpurkar, a Stanford artificial intelligence researcher and designer of the test, wrote on Twitter that the achievement is a harbinger more good things to come for AI in 2018. (Note: The F1 metric is the balanced mean between precision and recall).A strong start to 2018 with the first model (SLQA+) to exceed human-level performance on @stanfordnlp SQuAD’s EM metric! Next challenge: the F1 metric, where humans still lead by ~2.5 points!https://t.co/Uq10Dm2Ss5— Pranav Rajpurkar (@pranavrajpurkar) January 11, 2018A machine that can provide useful answers to more complicated questions could be put to work in a wide variety of applications. Alibaba, for example, is already using its reading system to field customer service questions on Singles Day, China’s shopping bonanza that’s the largest in the world.“The technology underneath can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way,” Luo Si, chief scientist at the Alibaba institute said in a statement.
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News | September 25, 2008 Medical Innovation Summit Set for November September 26, 2008 – The 6th annual Medical Innovation Summit at Cleveland Clinic is scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Cleveland, OH. More than 900 senior executives, investors, entrepreneurs and clinicians are expected to attend. The summit will feature:- Detailed insights into the newest innovations in the fast growing urology and gynecology markets including live, interactive surgery- “Top 10” medical innovations for 2009- Analysis on new directions for supporting innovation For more information: www.clevelandclinic.org/innovations/summit/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
First sailing for Norwegian Getaway after bow-to-stern reno Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Norwegian Getaway has completed its first sailing after its extensive refurbishment as part of the Norwegian Edge fleet upgrade program. Following a two-week dry dock in Brest, France in late May, Norwegian Getaway returned to Copenhagen after completing its first sailing showcasing new venues and artwork, updated social spaces and refreshed accommodations and décor. The renovations were completed just in time for a summer of Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising.“Norwegian Getaway is the youngest ship in our fleet to cruise Europe this season,” says NCL’s President and CEO, Andy Stuart. “We are proud to showcase her and the new experience she delivers to guests exploring the region this summer.”New outlets aboard Norwegian Getaway include the company’s first onboard, full-service Starbucks licensed store available in the European market, and the popular rock ‘n’ roll-themed entertainment venue, Syd Norman’s Pour House. Debuting on Norwegian Breakaway in 2018, Syd Norman’s Pour House is inspired by the greatest rock clubs and features rock-themed events, cocktails, movies and live tribute bands performing hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNorwegian Getaway will complete its Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising in late October 2019 before returning to North America to homeport for the first time in New Orleans for a winter and spring of Western Caribbean cruising in November 2019. In 2020 Norwegian Getaway will return to Europe to sail the Med for the first time while homeporting in Rome (Civitavecchia) for a summer of cruising Italy and the Greek Isles.NCL is also marking its first season of cruises from the Netherlands, with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl in Amsterdam, growing NCL’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time.“As the only North American cruise line to sail Europe year-round, we are very excited to offer guests new and interesting itineraries full of history, culture and diverse landscapes while they enjoy our various ships in the region, including Norwegian Pearl, which is homeporting in Europe for the first time,” says Stuart.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthNorwegian Pearl will sail 10-14-day cruises to the Greek Isles; the Mediterranean; and the French, Spanish and Italian Rivieras from Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Venice and Rome through Oct. 14. Share Monday, June 10, 2019 Travelweek Group Posted by
Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman United Airlines has launched four new Pacific routes, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.United Airlines vice president of networks Brian Znotins has said these four new routes further strengthen United’s presence in the Pacific“New nonstop service to Melbourne and Haneda from our powerhouse West Coast hubs, and the additional new flights from our Guam hub to both Seoul and Shanghai, offer our customers convenience and schedule options that no other airline can offer,” Mr Znotins said.The airline will fly the Los Angeles – Melbourne route six times weekly with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and offers convenient connections at Los Angeles to Canada and other US destinations.In addition to these new routes, United will launch two new routes from its Guam hub at A.P. Won Pat International Airport, including a daily service to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and twice-weekly service to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.These services will be the first nonstop service from Guam to mainland China, United currently provides nonstop service from the hub in Guam to more than 17 destinations in the Asia/Pacific region.
In addition, the potential threat of an increased duty by India – which last season became Washington’s third-biggest apple market – has “slowed interest” in general this season, he said. The tariff increase implementation date has been postponed several times and is now due to come into effect at the end of January.However, Fryhover said there have been positive signs from the market over the last month.”Over the last 30 days, Washington has seen increased interest coming from India with expectations for consistent purchases throughout the spring and summer months,” he said.”Red Delicious remains the number-one imported variety, but variety expansion promotional support continues.”Meanwhile, China’s tariff increase on U.S. apples combined with a huge reduction in domestic production means there has been lost opportunity for U.S. exporters.”Overall, the Washington apple industry supports a return to normal trade relationships, but has concerns about brand erosion as new apple origins ‘backfill’ Washington’s pullback from several international markets due to tariff issues,” he said.”The WAC’s promotional activities remain funded at 100% to support international consumers, trade and importers in the continued expansion of Washington apple exports.”Correction Jan. 23: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Mexico had implemented a tariff of 25% on U.S. apples when in fact it is 20%. Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … You might also be interested in The Washington Apple Commission (WAC) says that domestic market movement has been great over January, providing a lift to growers in a season that has also seen much lower year-on-year volumes and ongoing trade issues.Production in the U.S.’s leading apple-growing state was down by 14% 117.8 million cartons, down from 133 million. This includes 16.6 million cartons of organic apples – the largest in the state’s history.”Over the last two weeks sales movement has been excellent specifically in the U.S. domestic market. Shipment numbers are in line with expectations, providing optimism for the transition into spring,” said the association’s president Todd Fryhover.”Exports are down, but with trade concerns and a large EU crop, this is expected.”Tracking against 2015-16 as a comparable season in total volume, inventory levels are slightly up nearing 5 million cartons, he said, but added that the industry is expecting good domestic demand to continue.The U.S. apple industry has faced numerous trade issues this season – most notably with Mexico, India and China – with exports “dramatically” lower than past seasons. This year around 27% of the crop has been sent abroad, while in the past the figure has been as high as 34%.Mexico remains Washington state’s leading export market, but a 20% tariff rate implemented last year has significantly impacted trade, with shipments down by 23%. Despite the current challenges, Fryhover emphasized the market has “tremendous varietal diversification” and remains an “important and strategic partner” for Washington apples. January 23 , 2019 U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in …
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Brittan Golden (10) celebrates his touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals have placed receiver Brittan Golden on injured reserve and re-signed running back Bronson Hill, the team announced Tuesday.Golden’s placement on IR was expected after he suffered a broken arm against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.Hill was released by the Cardinals on Saturday after appearing on the active roster for two games following his elevation from the practice squad on Nov. 29. Hill had originally been signed to the practice squad on Nov. 20. A product of Eastern Michigan, Hill was signed by Buffalo in 2015 as an undrafted rookie free agent.Hill has spent his career on the practice squad of four teams, including the Bears, Dolphins, Saints, and Vikings. His only game action came in 2016 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he recorded two carries for 11 yards in three appearances.In addition to Hill, the Cardinals also signed linebacker Vontarrius Dora and receiver Rashad Ross to the practice squad, releasing linebacker Kevin Snyder.Dora rejoins the Cardinals after spending Week 5 on the practice squad.Dora entered the league with the Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent from Louisiana Tech in 2016. In his short career, he has appeared in one game, and most recently was on the Colts practice squad before he was released on Nov. 14.Rashad Ross joins the Cardinals after he was released by Buffalo on Sept. 2.A local product from Arizona State, Ross has appeared in 20 games with Chicago in 2014 and Washington in 2015-16 since he was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013 by Tennessee.In his career, Ross has returned 34 kicks for 812 yards, averaging 23.9 yards per return. In addition, Ross has nine career catches for 192 yards and a touchdown. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
International R&B superstar Alicia Keys has been confirmed as the headlining performer for the sixth annual Cayman jazz fest, December 3 – 5, 2009. Music aficionados will relax amongst Cayman’s gorgeous scenery while enjoying the smooth, unique beats of the weekend filled with some of the world’s most renowned jazz and R&B performers. Ms. Keys will be performing her extremely popular, signature style of singing and jazz piano the Saturday night of jazz fest, December 5th.www.caymanislands.ky/jazzfest