New UN initiative aims to boost energy efficiency in worlds hotels

The 1.1 million Euro project targets savings from heating cooling, lighting, washing and drying by focusing on reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent overall in small- and medium-size hotels. It also seeks to increase the use of renewable energy by 10 per cent.The UNWTO notes that energy efficiency and the enhanced use of renewable energies will have a special place in hotel management, given that today small businesses are only marginal users of renewable energy resources and outdated technology makes them less competitive.The initiative by the Madrid-based UN agency brings together partners from the hotel, environment and renewable energy communities. In addition to small- and medium-size hotels, it is also expected to benefit hotel associations, national tourism bodies, destinations and tour operators, as well as green technology suppliers and manufacturers.The Davos Declaration, adopted at the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in October 2007, acknowledged the strong interrelationship between climate change and tourism. It also acknowledged the need for a long-term strategy for the tourism sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with other sectors, and called for urgent policies to encourage sustainable tourism and travel.“In our Davos Declaration Process on Climate Change we established a way forward for the tourism sector to become climate neutral in the front ranks of the global community,” UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General Geoffrey Lipman said as he launched the energy efficiency project.“We have to start now and this project is exactly the kind of collaborative public-private initiative we shall be seeking around the world,” he added. 13 November 2008The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new project to increase energy efficiency in the majority of the world’s 5.9 million hotel rooms, over half of which are located in Europe. read more

Build vs Buy CTI FutureProofing Your Investment

InGenius_181203-No Jitter Post 3-Image.jpg What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. When you’re thinking about buying software, the question “should we make this ourselves?” often arises. If you’re looking at a simple project, the risks and costs of a homegrown solution are minimal. What’s the worst that could happen? However, when it comes to an enterprise software purchase like computer telephony integration (CTI), the decision isn’t as easy.A CTI connector brings voice into the customer relationship management (CRM) application. With features like screen pop, CRM screen transfer, and automated call logging, CTI makes it simple for agents in a call center, service desk, or sales department to find caller information, easily transfer calls between departments and save data — all at lightning speed. Implementing a CTI solution adds up to increased productivity for employees and reduced costs for the center.One of the biggest attractions of building your own solution is the ability to customize. After all, who could understand your company’s needs better than your own employees? With team members who have the skills to develop a product with no external costs already on the payroll, staying in-house is an attractive option.So Why Does Anyone Buy CTI?For starters, CTI isn’t a simple application, it’s one that needs to be asynchronous and real-time — both of which contribute to subtle nuances in its development. As a connector, the software needs to be compatible with a phone system while working within a CRM. This adds levels of complexity that are far beyond normal Web programming.Even if your own teams can build you a solution that does everything you currently need it to, they’ll also need the bandwidth to maintain and develop it as time goes on.It’s no secret that the pace of technological change is rapidly increasing. It’s a serious, ongoing commitment of resources to keep your in-house solution from becoming outdated. A rule of thumb is that 70% of software costs occur after implementation because of ongoing investment of resources — resources that could be better devoted to the products you sell. Purchasing a CTI solution can ensure that you receive ongoing feature and compatibility updates, and have 24/7 support. This is where an established CTI provider really shines.Moving Forward with the Right SolutionWith standard CTI features, organizations can often reduce their call times by an average of one minute or more, so build or buy, CTI can achieve some big results.If buying is starting to make sense but you want the customization benefits of what typically comes from building your own, look for solution providers that can anticipate what you’ll need with flexible configuration options right out of the box, plus optional workflows to meet your unique needs.InGenius is 100% focused on CTI, so you don’t have to be. Watch how InGenius can improve the productivity of your phone representatives. Click here to view.Tags:News & ViewsCTIContact Center & Customer ExperienceVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Log in or register to post comments read more

Regina man with intellectual disability fulfills lifelong dream of working for fire

He was quiet and a little shy, but broke into a hearty laugh after Digney joked about photoshopping a fellow firefighter’s lush hair onto his balding head in any photos going to press.“I was happy,” said Rhodes of when he found out he’d got the job. “I know I can do it.”But not everyone felt the same way. Rhodes’ roommate told him he couldn’t do it, called him a coward.“I told him I’m … no coward,” said Rhodes, whose very presence in the station proved his old roommate wrong.He’s doing well, said Digney, and it’s clear that the station is happy to have him as they guide him through his duties with respect and compassion.“What they told me when I was down at the fire hall was that working for the fire department is like being part of a family,” said Flaman Johnson in an interview.“Here they are basically bringing Peter in like he’s one of them — to support him, to encourage him, to give him new experiences and (get him to) try new things, to grow,” she added. “That’s exactly what family is all about.”Flaman Johnson, who’s been with 4to40 since last fall, met Rhodes in early spring and has interviewed him extensively about the things he likes to do so that his work with the fire department would be meaningful, an important part of any job, for any person.She said she loved him from the moment she met him and saw immediately the love others had for him too.“Everybody just wanted this to work out for Peter because they know this has literally been his dream for years,” said Flaman Johnson. “I just find it so fulfilling and so inspiring when I see organizations open themselves up to this type of work arrangement.”Seeing Rhodes in the fire station, you can tell he’s just proud to be there, she said.And it’s a step in the right direction, said Digney, in the city’s commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workshop.“It’s new,” said Digney. “The fire service is traditional, a lot of culture and it’s time that we have a new tradition.“He’s been looked after very well from the guys at the station here and as we move him out to the different platoons and the different stations I have no doubt he’ll be embraced and treated as one of our own.”Rhodes’ message to those who haven’t found their way to their own dream job yet?“It’s not easy to come here at all,” he said. “It takes time.”But he didn’t give up. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post As a young child, a blast shook Peter Rhodes awake one night.A furnace explosion caused the family’s house to catch fire while Rhodes and his sister were inside.“I was scared,” he recalled in a recent interview. “I had no clothes on, nothing like that. I got seriously burned.”Thanks to their neighbours who called for help, Rhodes and his sister were rescued by firefighters.Now 47 year old, Rhodes — who lives with an intellectual disability — recalls that moment as one of the things that inspired his dream of working in fire services, a dream that has finally come true.“I felt like giving up, but I didn’t,” said Rhodes from Regina Fire & Protective Services Fire Station No. 2 where he is the first employee hired with an intellectual disability.It hasn’t been easy for Rhodes to finally arrive at his dream job, following in the footsteps of his father who was a firefighter.Originally from B.C., his father died when Rhodes was three years old. His mother later died of lung cancer, and Rhodes bounced around in foster care before landing in Saskatoon and eventually Regina. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, left, who has an intellectual disability, with his job coach Connor Brown at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, left, who has an intellectual disability, with his job coach Connor Brown at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. The 4to40 program is an initiative to connect people experiencing disability with forward-thinking employers. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, fourth from left, who has an intellectual disability, stands with his job coach Connor Brown, fifth from left, and the day crew at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. Regina Fire & Protective Services (RFRS) member Barry Szeles, from left, and Austin Bates work with 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, who has an intellectual disability, at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. For the past 10 years, he has been a client of Creative Options Regina (COR) — a non-profit organization that develops personalized support services for people with disabilities.He has worked a few jobs around the city thanks to a program jointly operated between COR and the University of Regina’s Campus for All called 4to40, which connects people experiencing disabilities with forward-thinking employers.But none compare to this one.“He was so excited, even after … he went down to the fire hall for the first time,” said Donna Flaman Johnson, an inclusive employment broker for 4to40. “He left that day on top of the world.”Rhodes works two, three-hour shifts a week helping his platoon with daily chores and inventory checks.“Fire service is about helping people and when you hear Peter’s story, you can’t help but want to help him fulfill his dream,” said Kevin Digney, assistant chief of operations.Starting off slow, they’ve introduced Rhodes to one platoon at station No. 2. Together, they do daily chores like sweeping, mopping, washing the trucks and hoses and more. He always has a job coach with him for guidance and so he’s not alone in the station if the platoon has to go out on a call.His favourite part, he said, is washing tools.Rhodes worked his third shift on Wednesday, but he has already blended into the team like he’d been there all along, sipping coffee in the kitchen and going about his tasks with quiet confidence. Everyone appeared at ease, despite how new the situation was for all of them. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, who has an intellectual disability, works with Regina Fire & Protective Services Austin Bates at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,759.91, up 103.07 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 3.08 per cent, to $3.68 on 15.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 13 cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $4.83 on 11.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 61 cents, or 3.13 per cent, to $20.09 on 9.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 71 cents, or 5.20 per cent, to $14.37 on 7.8 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:CGC). Drug manufacturer. Up 54 cents, or 6.97 per cent, to $8.29 on 7.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 2.31 per cent, to $5.32 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR). Airline. Down one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.14 on 237,237 shares. Chorus Aviation, which mainly provides Jazz regional air service for Air Canada, is spreading its wings by signing a deal to lease aircraft to Spain’s Air Nostrum. The Halifax-based company says it will purchase four new 100-seat CRJ1000 regional jets from Bombardier and lease them to the carrier, which operates a fleet of 42 CRJ and ATR turboprops. The planes with a list price of US$48.8 million will be financed with the help of Export Development Canada and be delivered over the next year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Lindener accused of killing his wife remanded to prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Days after reportedly murdering his 37-year-old wife in their Linden home, a 35-year-old man was arraigned at the Wales Magistrate Court on Monday morning.The accused Michael London making his way out of court Michael London of lot 1206 Central Amelia’s Ward, McKenzie, Linden was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on Friday, May 19 2017, at the home he shared with his wife, Shenika London, he murdered her.He was remanded to prison and his matter was transferred to the Linden Magistrates’ Court where he is expected to reappear on June 27, 2017.Inews had previously reported that on Friday last, at approximately 10:30hrs, the accused fatally stabbed his wife after he accused her of infidelity.Police had indicated that at the time of her murder, Shenika London rushed out of their home and into the neighbour’s yard, drenched in blood and calling for assistance. However, she collapsed just before she could reach the door.The woman, who was identified as a clothes vendor, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Linden Hospital.Her attacker fled the scene and left the blood stained knife used to carry out the gruesome act at the crime scene.However, he was apprehended on Friday evening at Moblissa, Linden/Soesdyke Highway but reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to his leg after he gave resistance.The post mortem results on Shenika London’s body reported that she died from multiple incised wounds as a result of being stabbed 15 times.There are reports circulating that the couple’s youngest child- a two year old- witnessed the entire ordeal.The now dead woman has also been identified as the sister of popular disc jockey Alelo Elliot.(Ramona Luthi) read more

Greeces housing market reeling

first_imgWith housing prices in Greece expected to continue sliding this year, a rare bright spot has emerged in the country’s heavily battered real estate market: fresh demand from cashed-up Turkish investors.Political uncertainty in Greece’s neighbouring country that started with the failed coup last summer has prompted a growing number of Turks to buy property in Greece. A key motive is the five-year residency permit Greece offers non-EU nationals when they invest capital in excess of €250,000. Residency permits are also granted to the investor’s immediate family and can be renewed after the five years are up.Data is scarce but government officials say that residency visas have been offered to Turks for some 50 properties purchased up until the end of January at a time when home transfers in Greece have just about frozen.In coming months, Greece is expected to complete the process of issuing more residency permits to Turkish investors, according to a Greek government official.Real estate brokers say that most homes purchased are in Athens with Thessaloniki also high on the list due to the close proximity to the Greek-Turkish border. The spike in interest is expected to continue throughout the year, brokers add, as many Turks are trying to sell their assets to bring money for their investments in Greece.Greece’s housing market is reeling from the country’s eight-year economic downturn, with prices having slumped by an average of 42 per cent. Renewed uncertainty in the country due to concerns over Greece’s public debt sustainability have hurt fragile sentiment in the economy and is expected to create more downward pressure on residential property prices.Despite difficult ongoing economic conditions, Greece’s visa-for-investment program is helping draw interest from investors: mainly from the eastern Mediterranean region, Russia, and China. Greek government officials are considering broadening the program to investors spending capital on all asset classes above €250,000, not just real estate.“The recovery of the holiday home market was apparent in 2016,” broker Algean said in a flash report last month.“The interest from abroad was further reinforced with demand coming from Europe, Russia, China, the US, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates,” it added.This demand is providing some relief to the property market. High unemployment levels in Greece, a weaker than expected economic rebound this year, and an ongoing credit squeeze are seen as weighing on housing prices.“Drops in residential and commercial properties are seen as continuing in coming quarters but at a slower rate,” said the Bank of Greece, the country’s central bank, in its latest annual report.Apartment prices in the centres of Athens and Thessaloniki are proving to be more resilient than the broader market, helped by a strong tourism industry and demand for short-term rentals stemming from platforms such as Airbnb.The pace of the drops have slowed down in recent months and prices could be close to bottoming out, the latest data suggests. Figures from the Bank of Greece show that apartment prices in the last three months of 2016, eased by 0.6 per cent versus a drop of 5.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2015.* Stelios is a journalist originally from Melbourne, Australia. He writes on Greece’s real estate market on his blog ( ), providing news, analysis, and broader info on the country’s property sector. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon Alexa Boasts 10000Plus Skills

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Amazon Alexa is the ultimate jack of all trades, now boasting more than 10,000 skills.The intelligent personal assistant has tripled her proficiency since September; “We’ve been blown away by the innovation and activity in the Alexa developer community,” David Isbitski, chief evangelist for Amazon Alexa and Echo, wrote in a recent blog post.News and games are the most popular skills among customers; education/reference, lifestyle, and novelty/humor apps, meanwhile, round out the top five categories—built by tens of thousands of developers.Musicplode Media’s “Beat the Intro” became Alexa’s 10,000th published skill, which tests users’ knowledge of music in a modern not to Name That Tune.“We’ve come a long way in the short time that the Alexa Skills Kit has been available for developers, and we’ve seen a wide range of unique skills that allow customers to do everything from reorder their favorite morning coffee, stay mindful through meditation, control smart home lighting, or check their bank account balance,” Isbitski said.In November, Amazon launched the Alexa skills catalog—an online platform from which customers can enable functions and leave reviews, as well as find new arrivals and search by category.“We want to thank the developer community for their tireless efforts and innovation across all skill categories,” Isbitski wrote. “We knew when we created Alexa that the possibilities would be endless.”Interested app makers can find out more via the online Alexa Skills Kit Developer Portal and Developer Forums. Owners, meanwhile, are encouraged to find new commands and techniques in the Alexa skills online department.Amazon appears to have another trick up its voice-activated sleeve: As reported by Time magazine, the Seattle-based tech titan is developing the ability for its digital assistant to distinguish between users based on their voice.The feature, internally known as “Voice ID,” could help avoid frustrating or expensive situations—like when a TV newscast about a young girl ordering a pricey dollhouse via her parents’ Amazon Echo accidentally provokes Amazon Echoes in viewers’ home to attempt to also order a dollhouse.Funny as the situation may be, the so-called Voice ID system could save a lot of headaches, and a lot of unwanted search histories.last_img read more

Police Anticop note found at scene of deadly rampage

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — A “rambling” note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer then went on a shooting spree, injuring a second officer, killing a woman and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by police in an alley, authorities said Saturday.Police Commissioner Richard Ross identified the gunman in the Friday overnight rampage as 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn, and said he had a 9mm Ruger and at least three magazines as well as a plastic bag with 13 to 15 live rounds. “Obviously, he was hell-bent on hurting a lot of people,” the commissioner said at a news conference, adding that “we aren’t absolutely clear as to why.” A “rambling” note expressing hatred for police was found after at the scene of the violent event. Ross said earlier that police believe the note was written by the gunman; he said it expressed hatred toward law enforcement and named a probation officer.“This rambling suggests that he clearly was trying to target a police officer, as he did … so it just kind of makes it very clear to us what he was out there to do,” Ross said.last_img read more

Fire damages Habitat for Humanity home

first_imgAn early morning fire on Tuesday left a Salmon Creek Habitat for Humanity home uninhabitable.The fire sparked around 5:45 a.m. in a bathroom on the first floor of the two-story house at 915 N.E. Tenney Road. The house is one of five in Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s Tenny Commons complex across the street from the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer.Rhonda Parker, who lives in the home, said she had just returned from taking her friend, homeowner Tammy Lacy, to work in Janzten Beach. Parker went into the house and saw the fire was “out of control.”“Something was definitely fueling it,” she said.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department arrived within minutes and found smoke coming from the house. Crews knocked out the fire within five minutes, but it had already caused “considerable damage” to the house, said Fire District 6 Chief Jerry Green.The green home was still standing but charred inside.No one was reported injured.Lacy’s two children, Lashay Wesley, 14, and Tatayana Wesley, 13, were asleep in the house at the time of the fire. Tatayana said she woke up to the smell of smoke and — at first — thought someone had burned something while cooking in the kitchen. When she went downstairs, she saw the bathroom was on fire and left the home with her sister.The family had practiced what to do if there was a fire, Tammy Lacy said. She was glad no one was hurt and that they had working smoke alarms.last_img read more

Freeholders consider a successor for Ogden

first_imgThe death of Val Ogden, a former legislator and Democratic activist, left a hole on the Clark County Board of Freeholders that its members plan to fill Tuesday.And they may not have to look too far. Front of the line is Dan Ogden, Val’s husband of roughly 70 years, who was also heavily involved in politics.Dan Ogden attended every meeting his wife was at before she became too sick to show up, said Nan Henriksen, chairwoman of the freeholder board. The freeholders make up a 15-member group tasked with writing a new county charter, with the goal of putting it to voters later this year.“I think it’s fitting that Dan be allowed to fill out Val’s seat,” Henriksen said. “She believed so much in the passage of this charter.”Dan Ogden’s nomination for the seat would fulfill a loose requirement that the appointee live in the same district, in this case, District 3. The board will also accept nominations for other people who live inside District 3.last_img read more

German IS shoemaker pleads to come home

first_imgSufyan, a 36-year-old German Muslim convert held by the Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) and accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group, gives an interview with AFP in Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria`s northeastern Hasakeh province on 23 September, 2018. Photo: AFPFrom northern Syria, Muslim convert Sufyan is imploring his native Germany to take him back, having been captured years after joining the Islamic State group’s so-called “caliphate”.His beard neatly buzzed, Sufyan is one of hundreds of foreigners held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in war-torn Syria, accused of fighting for IS.The 36-year-old insists he was not a fighter, but a misguided civilian making orthopaedic shoes and prosthetics in IS territory.”I am not Jihadi John, I am not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, I am not Adnani,” said Sufyan, listing IS’s infamous British executioner, its elusive chief, and its now-dead spokesman.”I just made limbs,” added the pale-skinned Sufyan, who refused to give his real name and said he was from Stuttgart in southwest Germany.He was selected to speak to AFP by the YPG, who detained him around a year ago and were present during the interview.They have refused to try accused foreign fighters in their custody, urging Western countries to take them back.Some foreign governments have agreed to do so, but most are reluctant.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are holding several alleged German IS members, including Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national accused of helping plan the September 11 attacks.Berlin is not known to have repatriated anyone, but Sufyan hopes he, his Syrian wife and their son can start afresh in Germany.”People make mistakes and I was naive,” he said, dressed in a yellow hoody with a side zip, cargo pants, and black beanie.”I just want to go back to my old life.”- ‘I didn’t fight’ -Speaking in near-fluent English peppered with Arabic words, Sufyan recounts his winding journey to what he thought would be a pious life under Islamic rule.In 2014, IS declared a “caliphate” across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.The following year, Sufyan travelled across Europe and Turkey, finally crossing into Syria in March 2015, four years into the Syrian war.Once inside, he says, IS shuffled him among safe houses for weeks alongside Australians, Central Asians, and Russians.He was given one month of military training and assigned to a battalion, but claims he never fought.”I didn’t fight and I didn’t kill anyone,” he said.”I never killed any person in my life.”Sufyan, a 36-year-old German Muslim convert held by the Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) and accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group, gives an interview with AFP in Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria`s northeastern Hasakeh province on 23 September, 2018. Photo: AFPInstead, Sufyan was hired at a hospital in IS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, using his 12 years’ experience as an orthopaedic shoemaker.”They teach me over there prosthetics. Until I came to YPG, I was doing this job… making prosthetic and orthopaedic shoes,” he said.In 2016, he married a Syrian woman from northwest Idlib, and they had a son.They stayed in Raqa until YPG-led forces surrounded the northern city in 2017, forcing them to flee to the IS-held eastern town of Mayadeen.Sufyan took up the same work there until Mayadeen came under attack, this time by the Russia-backed Syrian regime.He said he had grown embittered towards IS by then and decided to pay a smuggler to bring him and his family to a YPG checkpoint.”I was not ready to kill someone or to die, so I decided to go out,” said Sufyan. “Everyone was running away.”- ‘New start’? -A year later, Sufyan lives separated from his wife and son, who are detained in a Kurdish-run camp. He desperately wants to be reunited with his family.Kurdish authorities say they have in their custody around 520 male foreign IS members, 550 women and around 1,200 children from 44 countries.According to a European Parliament report in May, Germany estimates there are 290 children with claims to German citizenship in Iraq and Syria.”If I can come back to Germany and if Germany want to punish me, I will accept this, to stay in prison,” Sufyan told AFP.”I hope it will not be a long sentence, because I miss already my wife and my son,” he said.He hopes to study or open his own business in his homeland, for which he has renewed appreciation since meeting Syrians who “see Germany as something like a paradise on earth”.”I know Germany is a country with a lot of ‘rahma’ with a lot of people. I expect that Germany will have also ‘rahma’ with me,” he said, using the Arabic word for “mercy”.Sufyan has written to his parents in Germany, who replied and also sent a letter and money to his wife.Included in his parents’ reply was a picture of a bicycle, which has kept Sufyan’s hopes of returning home alive.”My brain says, why will my mother and my father buy a bicycle for my son if he is in Syria? I hope I can go back to my country and make a new start.”last_img

LIVE UPDATES Delays due to accidents on M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire

first_imgThere are severe delays on the M6 motorway this morning due to accidents in Staffordshire and Cheshire. One lane was closed on the M6 Northbound between junction 14 (Stafford North) and junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent) from around 10.30am until 11am. That accident has now been cleared – although Traffic England still reports significant delays on the carriageway. A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman added: “Carriageway is now clear J14-15 M6, but the traffic is still slow in the area.” Now traffic data company INRIX reports a second accident, involving two vehicles, has taken place near Junction 18 (Middlewich) in Cheshire. The Cheshire accident is on the Northbound carriageway and involves two vehicles. We have no further information on this second accident at present. We’ll be providing live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreAre these the 10 most annoying roads in Stoke-on-Trent? Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.12:06End of live reportBoth accidents are now clearing – traffic remains heavy but all lanes are open. This live feed will now close down. We’ll keep you updated11:44Accident on the M6 now clearedThe accident on the M6 is now cleared.11:26Broken down vehicle adding to issues on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed within the smart motorway works. 11:24Two lanes now closed due to accident in ChehsireQueueing traffic and two lanes closed due to accident, two cars involved on M6 northbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lanes two and three (of three) are closed within the smart motorway works.11:20Accident is on M6 Northbound in CheshireThe accident in Cheshire is on the northbound carriageway near junction 18.11:11Second accident now reported in CheshireQueueing traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two cars involved on M6 in both directions at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. 11:08All lanes have now reopened but delays continueTraffic data company INRIX reports all lanes have now reopened following the accident on the M6 – but severe delays remain.11:01Delays of an hour against expected trafficTraffic England are now reporting delays of an hour against expected traffic due to the accident.10:55M6 partially blockedHeavy traffic and partially blocked due to accident on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J13 A449 (Stafford South).Around two miles north of J14 (Stafford North). Emergency services are attending the scene. (Image: Inrix)10:52Congestion is reported back to junction 13Congestion back to junction 13 – according to traffic data company INRIX.10:5130 minute delays now reportedThere are now 30 minute delays on routelast_img read more

Australias best kept travel secret announces rebrand

first_imgSource = Flinders Island Australia’s best kept travel secret announces rebrandAustralia’s best kept travel secret announces rebrand and tourism pushFlinders Island unveils a full rebrand—with a new logo, website and campaign video—designed to develop its potential as an unmissable part of local and international itineraries. Flinders Island—a tiny gem in a cluster of islands dotted across Bass Strait, northeast of mainland Tasmania—is as close as any destination gets to an untouched natural paradise. It’s close, because, well … dotted between those crystalline waters and clean sands and rugged wetlands is a buzzing world of regionally gathered-and-grown food, wine and coffee, and a warm community of locals eager to welcome new faces. But travellers, unaware of the island’s postcard-worthy scenery and foodie reputation, have long overlooked it. (Each year, there are some 6,000 visitors.)The new, nimble branding gets straight to the heart of Flinders Island; it feels laidback, salt-of-the-earth and refreshingly direct. None of this is an accident, of course—Sydney advertising agency JimJam plucked its references straight from Flinders’ bountiful sources: those 900 cheerful locals and their daily backdrop, which spans remarkable mountainous terrains and pretty, wildflower-filled bushland. JimJam’s reimagining of the logo is rendered in deep grey and burnt orange, reflecting a craggy, unpredictable landscape and the speckled lichen of rocks. The two-toned palette conveys a double message—spelling out FIND in treasure map-like capitals—a nod to the destination’s many crevasses and hidden secrets, waiting to be explored by those who take the time.It’s the campaign video that shows Flinders in its full glory though. In under 1.5 minutes it delivers a cheeky, heartfelt guide to local ‘waves’, those hard-to-pin-down hand gestures that signify a bond between strangers, that are free to give and receive. There’s the long time no see wave, the never seen you before wave, the check out these waves wave and the gee, you should really taste this! wave. Every wave carries a simple message. This is a place where you’ll feel immediately at home.A newly designed is easier to navigate, rendered in a bucolic, earthy palette. It spans the entire spectrum of island life: what’s on, events, where to eat, and how to book wherever you choose to spend your slumber, be it a self-contained cottage or a tent pitched under pink evening skies. High-impact photography is everywhere, offering a hyper-real glimpse of Flinders’ quintessentially Australian splendour. Think grinning local fishermen, clutching succulent crayfish. Or kids giggling up close with furry marsupials. Or steep and achingly beautiful granite cliffs, and tall grasses plucked straight from a Bronte novel.To bolster tourism efforts, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has partnered with the community to identify key infrastructure projects and strategies, investing up to $50,000 into the island’s visitor economy. They’re focused on signage that encourages curious visitors to tiptoe that little bit further, and a research initiative examining island accommodation.Tasmainia’s Premier, the Hon Will Hodgman MP commented ‘Flinders Island is one of our iconic nature based destinations and I am excited by the new marketing work generated by the Flinders Island community.  The website looks fantastic and the video embraces what we stand for in Tasmania – friendly, natural experiences.’“It’s a tricky thing to do, but the new brand identity and campaign video get to the core of what Flinders has to offer,” says Michael Grimshaw of Flinders Island Tourism & Business Inc. “There’s an openness here you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else—it’s why we wake up every day feeling lucky. I’m looking forward to welcoming new faces, and giving them one of our trademark waves.”Flinders Island, Tasmania: untapped paradise in waitinglast_img read more

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event is the second of two debate nights organized by the North Dakota Tea Party Caucus and a coalition of more than a dozen conservative-leaning organizationsIt begins with a half-hour pre-show at 6 pm at Fargo’s Best Western Doublewood Inn 3333 13th Ave SAs with the first event in Bismarck last month the caucus aimed to have three one-hour debates for the US House Senate and gubernatorial candidatesBut two key Republicans and all Democratic candidates have once again declined to participate forcing a change in the debate formatOf the 15 candidates invited nine candidates will attend but two will address the audience unopposed"The North Dakota Tea Party Caucus has a mission to educate the voters to a degree never before thought of in our state These debates are part of that mission" caucus spokesman Perry Schumacher said "It is regretful that those running for office would rather play politics than participate"Caucus leaders have designated 50 minutes for the US House debate which the libertarian and five Republican candidates in the US House race have agreed to attendAfter that the lone candidates slated to appear for the US Senate and gubernatorial debates – Duane Sand and Paul Sorum respectively – will have about a half-hour each to address the audience and take questionsBoth Sand and Sorum face an uphill battle for their party’s nomination against two well-known candidates who party supporters expect will lead the November ticketUS Senate candidate Rep Rick Berg and Gov Jack Dalrymple both said they would not attend the tea party debate because they were focused on touring the state and locking in support from delegates who will decide the GOP endorsement next monthBut Sand has accused Berg of dodging the opportunity for a public debate in front of voters he’s seeking support from Sand launched an Internet ad campaign this week asking "why is Rick Berg scared of the tea party debate" "I believe that the average North Dakotan wants a United States Senator that has the courage of his convictions and is willing to defend his ideas before the voters" Sand said in a message to his supporters Thursday "If (Berg is) afraid to debate a fellow member of the Republican Party he certainly won’t have the courage to debate the Democrat nominee"Campaign spokesman Chris Van Guilder said Berg has a packed schedule of public appearances from congressional stops in the Oil Patch to attending at least 10 district conventions in person this week alone"Rick is focused on bringing much-needed change to the US Senate" Van Guilder said "In order to do so he will need the support and endorsement of district delegates elected to the state convention"On the Democratic side candidates cited various reasons for turning down their invitations but some also acknowledged the presumed partisan slant of the forum’s hostsGubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor called the tea party "a clear faction of the Republican Party""I see these debates . as opportunities for Republican voters to hear from those candidates seeking their endorsement" said Taylor a Democratic state senator from Towner NDHe added that once the GOP gubernatorial candidate is chosen "I’ll be the first to accept a debate sponsored by a balanced group of organizations to discuss the issues facing our state"Caucus leaders invited every candidate in the three races to participate regardless of their party affiliationSchumacher expressed disappointment in the candidates who declined to attend and said the nine who are participating "have our respect""We felt this was a positive way for each candidate to tell all North Dakotans why they should be elected regardless of party" Schumacher said "It was never intended to be partisan but rather positive The public will have to decide how to interpret the intentions of those who are not participating"Among the US House candidates libertarian Eric Olson and Republicans Bette Grande Kim Koppelman DuWayne Hendrickson Brian Kalk Kevin Cramer and Shane Goettle all plan to participate in tonight’s debateToday’s debate is open to the publicIt will also be broadcast by the Fargo-based conservative radio station AM-1100 The Flag and televised by Midcontinent Communications and by BEK Communications which serves south-central North DakotaReaders can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541The killers of a Bayelsa government employee Edi Kolu who was on an official duty when he was attacked have been sentenced to death by hanging Justice Nayai Aganaba who presided over the case which was first brought before the court two years ago yesterday upheld the prayer of the prosecution and ordered that the duo should die by hanging At the Bayelsa state High Court 4 in Charge No YHC/83C/2015 between the State and the convicts the court said it was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that Izibefien Tamuno and Izibekuma George were responsible for the death of the victim Edi Kolu The prosecution led by officials from the office of the 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"[Seoul] will develop . mines and establish power generation facilities and transportation infrastructure around mines" the MOLIT said according to a translation by NK News "Profitability will be secured by owning the development rights of resources or exploiting mineral resources" The MOLIT was not acting under the direction of the then unelected Moon but clearly saw the changing tenor of South Korean policy toward the Kim regime It is of course politically expedient for government officials to endear themselves to an incoming administration by exploring policies it might like And there are also powerful South Korean business interests that would benefit from reengagement with the North and have stepped up lobbying officials and lawmakers since the December impeachment of outgoing conservative President Park Geun-hye There’s little doubt Moon would be receptive to the idea He told the National Assembly shortly after his election victory "If the conditions shape up I will go to Pyongyang" He also named Suh Hoon as his pick to head the National Intelligence Service subject to National Assembly approval Suh has already indicated he would be willing to go to Pyongyang with a view to holding another inter-Korean summit similar to those he was involved in organizing in 2000 and 2007 It is easy to see why "These steps reduce both Koreas interstate war risks providing the sides with communication and non-military options to de-escalate in the case of a provocative incident such as a sixth nuclear test by North Korea" writes Alison Evans of the IHS Markit analysis firm Still the shift presents a challenge for US foreign policy under President Donald Trump who has looked to squeeze the Kim regime in response to its escalating missile and nuclear tests Projects like that proposed by the MOLIT would undermine the economic pressure put on the regime by China which in March suspended North Korean coal imports for the rest of the year in line with tough new UN sanctions Read More: TIME Exclusive: Will South Korean Presidential Hopeful Moon Jae-in Pull the World Back From Nuclear War More intriguingly though those same UN sanctions also ban collaborating in coal copper gold iron magnesite and zinc some of the specific industries listed in the MOLIT "emergency notice" "Put another way MOLIT is putting out a call for bids to violate sanctions" write Marcus Noland and Kent Boydston in an analysis blog for the Peterson Institute for International Economics Exploring the possibility of violating sanctions is not the same as actually violating them though it demonstrates some of the logistical hurdles of Moons vow to rekindle the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with the North Other than international economic measures which Moon would either have to flout or renegotiate angering Washington and Tokyo among others there is domestic legislation to navigate Last years North Korean Human Rights Act for example requires vulnerable groups to be prioritized for any aid To make sure of that you need independent monitoring of the North Korean populace which has historically made the regime extremely uncomfortable Of course any engagement would be welcomed by China which has long advocated trying to change the regimes bad behavior through the Chinese Communist Party’s favorite panacea of economic development On Tuesday a spokesperson for Chinas Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that a North Korean delegation would even attend next weeks summit on the Belt and Road Initiative President Xi Jinpings signature transnational trade and infrastructure development project along the route of the old Silk Road The idea of winning the hearts and minds of North Korean through their pockets isnt revolutionary of course In 2006 former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak trumpeted a similar economic engagement policy dubbed Vision 3000 owing to its aim to raise North Koreas per capita income to $3000 in order to lessen the pain of eventual reunification (Last year South Korean GDP was $138 trillion; North Koreas was 1% of that at $16 billion) The caveat of course was that North Korea would have had to take concrete measures to denuclearize But Vision 3000 suffered from other problems that also undermine the new MOLIT proposal: "Its tantamount to neocolonialism and that really angers the North Koreans" says Christopher Green a North Korea expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands "Saying to North Korea were going to take control over your economy may make perfect sense from a mercantile South Korean perspective" adds Green "But its going to be like a red rag to a bull for the North Koreans You have to be a lot stealthier than that" Owing not least to founding father Kim Il Sung’s principle of juche or “patriotic self-reliance” the biggest barrier to economic engagement with North Korea is the regime itself Previous attempts to coax the Kim clan to embrace liberal economic polices have all failed dismally A large free trade zone adjacent to the Chinese city of Dandong at the southern edge of the 880-mile shared border lies empty The key architect of the project was Kim Jong Uns uncle Jang Song-thaek who was executed in December 2013 Even small steps like reopening the Kaesong Joint Industrial Complex near the DMZ where South Korean firms had access to cheap North Korean labor depends on North Korean acquiescence (The complex was shuttered by Seoul in February 2016 following a North Korean satellite launch) Read More: Beyond the Shadows in North Korea In 2013 123 South Korean companies were paying 53000 North Korean workers annual wages amounting to $90 million which were directly collected by the North Korean government One might think that the regime would welcome the reopening of the plant as well as Moons expressed desire to expand it to 20 times the size presuming the regime would then collect 20 times the wages However an expanded Kaesong was always the plan signed off by Kim Jong Uns father Kim Jong Il Its just that phase one of the original project was all that opened because North Korea was wary of the potential destabilizing effect of too many of its citizens having so much exposure to affluent South Koreans The North Korean leadership knows that it would be risky to embrace full economic liberalization given the loosening of societal controls that would entail The presence of a democratic thriving and culturally homogeneous South Korea across the DMZ means any loosening of controls could prompt agitation for reunification spelling the end of the regime Restrained reengagement is of course very possible especially if China keeps up economic pressure But anything more especially involving a binding agreement to denuclearize is as fraught a prospect now as it ever was Write to Charlie Campbell at charliecampbell@timecomThe number of Americans voting before Election Day has continued to rise in the last decade In 2012 some 35% of ballots were cast early This year 37 states and the District of Columbia allow some form of early voting according to the Associated Press There’s more than one kind Some voters cast absentee ballots by mail while others cast early in-person votes at the election office or other designated locations On Friday North Carolina will become the first state to mail out its absentee ballots while voters there can begin voting in-person on Oct 20 Read Next: Here Are the Last Possible Dates You Can Register to Vote in Your State Early voting will account for around half of the ballots cast in battleground states like North Carolina Colorado Florida Arizona Nevada and Georgia according to an AP elections projection Here’s a guide to when in-person early voting starts in key states (Absentee ballots may go out at different times) September 23: Idaho Minnesota South Dakota Vermont Wyoming 24: New Jersey 29: Illinois Iowa North Dakota October 9: Maine 10: California Nebraska 11: Montana New Mexico 12: Arizona Indiana Ohio 17: Georgia 19: Kansas Tennessee 20: North Carolina 21: Washington 22: Nevada 24: Alaska Arkansas Colorado Massachusetts Texas Wisconsin 25: Hawaii Louisiana Utah 26: West Virginia 27: Maryland 28: Washington DC 29: Florida November 3: Oklahoma Contact us at editors@timecom On May 2.

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