Rabat – The two chambers of the Colombian parliament expressed full support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara through a resolution, denouncing the serious violations of human rights against Sahrawi in the Tindouf camps, in Algeria.The resolution quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) said that the MPs of the Colombian parliament “reiterate” full support “for the efforts made by the kingdom of Morocco since 2007 in favor of a just, lastting and mutually acceptable political solution to the regional dispute over the Sahara, on the basis of the Moroccan initiative for the negotiation of a status of autonomy of the Sahara region.”Like the international community, the resolution described Morocco’s autonomy initiative as “pre-eminent-serious, credible and realistic.” Read Also: Ambassador to Morocco: Russia Remains Friendly with Parties to Western SaharaThe resolution recalled that the UN and the Security Council resolutions have long described Morocco’s autonomy plan as a credible solution to the Western Sahara conflict.The resolution added that “only a political and negotiable solution to the issue of the Sahara preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the kingdom of Morocco is able to promote peace and stability in the Maghreb and Sahel region.”The MPs also expressed “great concerns” about the “serious violations” of human rights by the Polisario Front, including the “restriction on freedom of movement, expression, and demonstration” in the Tindouf camps.MPs, who voted for the resolution also called for “the census of the populations of these camps in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2414 of 27 April 2018 and the 1951 Geneva Convention and the relevant conclusions of the UNHCR Executive Committee.”MPs and senators from major political parties signed the resolution, including the ruling Democratic Center (party).Other parties whose members signed the resolution are the Radical Change Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the National Unity Part, the MIRA Party and the Green Alliance Party.The resolution also commended Morocco’s efforts to ensure development and better human rights in the country.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says wholesale sales climbed 0.6 per cent to $63.5 billion in January to mark a second consecutive monthly gain.Economists had expected an increase of 0.5 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Wholesale sales rose in five of the seven subsectors tracked by Statistics Canada, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector and the personal and household goods subsector.Sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector rose 1.9 per cent to $13.3 billion, while the personal and household goods subsector rose 2.5 per cent to $8.9 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector saw the largest decline in dollar terms in January as it fell 2.1 per cent to $10.6 billion.Wholesale sales in volume terms increased 0.7 per cent in January.The Canadian Press
At least three major U.S. airlines were briefly affected Monday by an outage at a technology provider that shut down ticketing and check-in online and at airport kiosks.Sabre Corp. tweeted before midday on the East Coast that it was aware of the outage affecting some of its airline customers.The company reported about 90 minutes later that the problem had been fixed and airlines were operating normally or close to it. Some airlines said the outage was shorter.Alaska Airlines tweeted that its systems were back and running but the outage could cause a few delays.JetBlue Airways told customers about the Sabre problem and provided a link for booking flights.American Airlines said the brief technology issue was resolved.The Associated Press
The direct talks between the Greek Cypriot leader, Glafkos Clerides, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, will be held in the UN Protected Area, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, will be present,” the spokesman noted.
Highlights from the Saskatchewan throne speech REGINA – Highlights from the Saskatchewan throne speech:— Amend the Saskatchewan Employment Act to include essential services law, which was upheld earlier this year by the Court of Appeal.— Change legislation so that inspection reports of licensed personal care homes are made public.— Create a program so seniors with complex issues can get house calls from physicians, nurse practitioners and other health-care providers.— Implement “hot spotting” pilot programs in Saskatoon and Regina to help high-risk, high-use patients who repeatedly show up in emergency rooms.— Spend $5 million over four years through SaskTel to increase bandwidth and improve Internet access and speed at schools.— Act on recommendations from anti-bullying public consultations and on recommendations from an all-party traffic safety committee.— Introduce legislation to create a lobbyist registry.— Create 1,000 new training seats in 2014, including 300 new apprenticeship spots and 700 new spots for the Adult Basic Education program.— Build nine so-called “joint-use” schools through public-private partnerships to allow public and Catholic schools to share some facilities.— Develop a manufacturing centre of excellence to focus on innovation as well as to provide First Nations and Metis people with skills training. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2013 2:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The two-week meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, wrapped up today in the Qatari capital, with delegates reportedly agreeing to extend the Protocol, whose first commitment period expires at the end of this year, until 2020.Under the Protocol, 37 States – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments.“Doha successfully concluded the previous round of climate negotiations, paving the way to a comprehensive, legally binding agreement by 2015,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “The Secretary-General believes that far more needs to be done and he calls on governments, along with businesses, civil society and citizens, to accelerate action on the ground so that the global temperature rise can be limited to 2 degrees Celsius,” it added.Recent UN-led reports have pointed to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of 2 degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change would have serious impacts.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban had expressed his hope for five key “deliverables” by governments in Doha, beginning with the adoption of a ratifiable second commitment period of the Protocol. He also expected progress on long-term climate finance, and ensuring that the institutions set up during previous conferences in Cancun and Durban to support mitigation and adaptation by developing countries – including the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network – are fully equipped and effective. In addition, the Secretary-General expected governments to demonstrate, with no ambiguity, that negotiations on a global and legally binding instrument remain on track, and to show how they intend to act on the gap between mitigation pledges and what is required to achieve the 2 degrees target.Today’s statement said that Mr. Ban will increase his personal involvement in efforts “to raise ambition, scale-up climate financing, and engage world leaders as we now move towards the global agreement in 2015.”
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Overall car audio market volume up 12.6 per cent on last yearHuge growth in CD head units – continues growth of last four yearsCar accessory shops lead the way for salesThe In Car Entertainment (ICE) sector saw a record year in 2001 according to data released by Gfk Marketing Services at SMMT today. The first official figures released on the ICE market show a total UK value of £235 million last year.Radio/CD head units continued their growth of the last four years, recording a 46.7 per cent rise to 689,000 units. Nearly 40 per cent of Radio/CD head units purchased fell into the £130.00 to £179.99 price bracket, which helped push the market to record levels.Car accessory shops remained the number one volume sales outlets for ICE technology, with car audio specialists and car dealers in second and third spots. Unsurprisingly, the specialist dealers enjoyed a higher sterling value percentage.Commenting on the news, Alpine Electronics’ Sales and Marketing Director and Chairman of the SMMT Car Multimedia Committee, Graham Johnson said, ‘The In Car Entertainment business has never been stronger. There is much to look forward to in the future as navigation and multi-media equipment grips the public’s imagination’.Over the last 12 months, the car multi-media sector has seen radical changes, mainly in the area of satellite navigation systems and in car TV/games consoles. Gfk and SMMT plan to launch official data on this market later in the year.
BOSTON — Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters and the Celtics topped their season scoring high for the second straight game, routing the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95 Friday night.Marcus Morris scored 15, Jayson Tatum had 13 points and Aron Baynes finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who had all five starters score in double figures and broke 100 points before the fourth quarter.Boston took the game over in the third quarter, making 6 of 8 3-pointers and outscoring Cleveland 39-20 in the period.Marcus Smart had 12 points and seven assists and Gordon Hayward added 14 points off the bench before the Celtics reserves took over and finished off the short-handed Cavaliers, topping Boston’s previous high of 124 points scored in a win at New Orleans on Monday.Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth double-double in six games for Cleveland, and Jordan Clarkson scored 16. Alec Burks added 15 points in his Cavs’ debut and Collin Sexton also scored 15.The Celtics closed out the first half on a 15-5 run, taking a 62-52 lead on Morris’ 3-pointer at the buzzer.Boston kept it going from outside in the third quarter, starting with another 3-pointer by Irving. Morris, who made all three free throws after drawing a foul with 9:09 left, added a 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 77-61 and Smart hit a 3 a few minutes later to stretch the margin to 82-62.Irving and Hayward made back-to-back 3-pointers and Hayward converted a three-point play with 2:27 left in the third to put Boston up 95-70.Terry Rozier topped it off with one more 3-pointer, just beating the buzzer and putting Boston up 101-72 after three.TIP-INSCavaliers: Went 3-11 in November. . Burks was playing his first game for Cleveland after coming over from Utah in a trade for G Kyle Korver. . Sam Dekker (left ankle sprain), G George Hill (right shoulder sprain) and F David Nwaba (sore right knee) were all out for Cleveland.Celtics: Rozier finished with 10 points. . F Al Horford got the night off to rest and G Jaylen Brown was out with a lower back bruise.UP NEXTCavaliers: Home Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors.Celtics: Visit Minnesota on Saturday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDoug Alden, The Associated Press
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed … and counting. Late last week, after a conversation about the NBA draft on our sports podcast Hot Takedown, I launched our show’s first crowdsourcing project. The question was simple:Lots of people think the NBA draft structure is broken, which leads to tanking by teams. How would you fix it?I thought this would generate a few dozen responses and perhaps some fodder for another conversation on the podcast.Turns out, we’ve tapped a nerd nerve. Almost 6,500 of you (as of this writing) have responded with incredibly thoughtful and rigorously defended proposals. Most used the form that was in the original post, but I’ve also received PDF email attachments — because the online form wasn’t big enough. And someone even dropped off a spiral-bound version of his plan at the FiveThirtyEight offices.So here we go. I’m going to sift through all 6,493 of your ideas. I can’t promise to catch every word, but the goal is still to find one plan to endorse as the official Hot Takedown proposal. Which we still plan to print out, notarize and deliver to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.Before I dive in, here a few first impressions. Many of the ideas are variations on five basic themes:Flatten out the disparity between the lottery team’s chances of getting the first pick.Scrap the lottery and have a draft-pick playoff for teams that didn’t make the playoffs.Reverse the incentive structure entirely — the best teams that didn’t make the playoffs get the highest pick.Scrap the draft entirely and let players enter the marketplace as free agents.Somehow mask a team’s incentives or uncouple them from the team’s record (e.g., only have some games count toward the lottery).But there are many, many weirder ideas as well. All of these plans have lots of wrinkles, cascading implications, and plenty of pros and cons. I was impressed by how willing most of you were to be honest about the downsides of your proposal.We’ve anonymized the proposals and posted the full set of raw submissions online. In the continued spirit of crowdsourcing, if you happen to see a plan you really like, flag it for us in the comments or tweet it to me (please include its row number so we can find it easily). By Jody Avirgan In the form, we also asked you a few questions. And a sample size of 6,500 means there’s some actual data to play with. Given that this was a poll of people who have written their own proposals to fix NBA tanking, it may not be that much of a surprise that respondents think tanking is a big problem. Some other notes:Almost a quarter of you think tanking is a 14 (big problem) on a scale of 1 to 14 lottery pingpong balls.A much smaller, but notable, number of you wrote in to argue that tanking is actually a good thing. We’ve discussed this on the podcast — it does create a compelling storyline of sorts.I’m most interested in those of you who think that tanking is not a problem but still crafted your own proposal to fix it.You are a confident bunch. About 35 percent have full faith that your plan will stop tanking entirely.220 of you have no confidence in your plan. I’d love to talk to those who don’t think tanking is a problem, don’t believe in your plan, but still submitted it. Good for you.That’s where we stand for now. I’ll be updating online and on the podcast (so, subscribe!) over the next few weeks. We’ll discuss the finalists on the show and pick a winner before the lottery May 19. Listen to the latest episode of Hot Takedown Embed Code
OFFICERS AT A police intelligence facility in the Philippines have been playing a game of ‘torture roulette’ with inmates, spinning a wheel in a secret room to determine which cruel punishment would be inflicted on them.The secret torture cell was discovered by the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR) during a routine visit to the detention facility.Officers had a list of different torture positions or ‘torture consequences’ which were chosen by spinning the wheel. A ‘30 second bat position’ for example, meant that the detainee would be hung upside down like a bat for 30 seconds. A ‘20 second Manny Pacquiao’ meant that a detainee would be punched non-stop for 20 seconds.The CHR reported that 44 detainees at the facility in Biñan, Laguna province had accused at least ten officers of torture and extortion. They also said that drinking sprees by officers led to further torture and ill-treatment of suspects in custody. Most of the people arrested were there for drug-related cases and many complained of being tortured from the day they were arrested to force them to give information.This facility is not on the legally required updated list of detention facilities which Amnesty International Ireland said today made it ‘a de facto secret detention facility’.Executive Director Colm O’Gorman said it is “despicable” for police officers to use torture ‘for fun’.“Suspending officers is not enough. Errant police personnel and their commanding officers should be held accountable in a court of law,” he said. Torture is a criminal act, and the leadership of the Philippine National Police must end its practice within its ranks. The authorities must ensure that torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment is not tolerated.Ten police officers have been relieved of their posts following an investigation but O’Gorman said that this incident shows “the message that torture should be absolutely prohibited in all circumstances seems to have failed to reach the police” in the country.Read: War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executions>Read: UN anti-torture body questions Ireland’s record on abortion and Magdalenes>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The prestigious awards, EMYA, recognising excellence in the European museum sector has seen two museums in Greece, The Archaeological Museum of Thebes and the Diachronic Museum of Larissa are nominated in a list of 40 other cultural heavyweights.The museum in Thebes houses artefacts representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia. In Larissa, the Diachronic Museum is home to archaeological Byzantine, Palaeolithic and Neolithic finds.According to EMYA the award is “given to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying visitors with a unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.”They said past winners all developed something special and changed the standards of quality in all museums within Europe such as the 2017 winner, The Museum of Ethnography in Geneva, Switzerland, which received the EMYA trophy, The Egg, by Henry Monroe.Winners will be announced at the EMYA Award ceremony during the annual assembly of the European Museum Forum in Warsaw, Poland, 9-12 May.
H1N1 : une mutation du virus découverte chez le porc en Asie Chine – Des scientifiques de Hong-Kong ont détecté en janvier 2010 une modification génétique du H1N1. Le nouveau virus ne présente pas de risque majeur, mais la vigilance doit rester de mise.Le magazine Science publie aujourd’hui l’étude réalisée par l’équipe du Dr Vijaykrishna, de la faculté de médecine de Hong-Kong : les gènes de H1N1 se sont spontanément recombinés avec ceux d’un autre virus grippal, chez des porcs issus d’un abattoir de la ville. Affectant deux des huit gènes du virus pandémique, cette modification rendrait l’actuel vaccin inopérant.À lire aussi3 idées reçues totalement fausses sur les vaccinsMais les chercheurs précisent que le nouveau venu, transmissible entre porcs, n’entraîne chez l’animal qu’une grippe légère. Le Pr Patrick Berche, microbiologiste à l’hôpital Necker de Paris, rappelle que la cuisson de la viande de porc prémunit contre tout risque et que de tels mutants, parfois transmissibles d’animal à homme, ne le sont généralement pas d’un humain à l’autre. Si la crainte d’une pandémie d’un nouveau genre n’est pas a priori à l’ordre du jour, la découverte confirme néanmoins la grande tendance du H1N1 aux réassortiments génétiques avec d’autres virus porcins, amenant les scientifiques à souligner l’importance de maintenir une étroite surveillance vétérinaire – et médicale pour le personnel – dans tous les élevages du monde. Le 18 juin 2010 à 13:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
KUSI Newsroom A sexual assault survivors story Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 25, 2019 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) – Every 92 seconds in America someone is sexually assaulted. One out of every 6 women in the US has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. KUSI’s Ginger Jefferies takes a look at what it’s like to survive a sexually violent predator. This is the story of Mary Taylor. Updated: 7:35 AM KUSI Newsroom, July 25, 2019
OK Go And Blue Origin Launch Art In Space Contest ok-go-and-blue-origin-launch-art-space-contest-creative-experiments Winners of this “Art in Space” competition will be announced in June and receive support realizing their plans from OK Go Sandbox team members at the University of St. Thomas’ Playful Learning Lab. The Lab’s engineering students and faculty work with classrooms around the country to guide ingenuity based on OK Go videos as starting points.OK Go won Best Short Form Music Video for “Here It Goes Again” at the 49th GRAMMY Awards, using treadmills to boldly go where no band had stepped before, at least not on camera. “Upside Down & Inside Out” was nominated for Best Music Video at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. OK Go’s “Art in Space” competition is sponsored by Cognizant.See OK Go Dance With A Wall Of Printers In New ‘Obsession’ VideoRead more Facebook Two teams of students ages 11 to 18 will have their art projects selected for a microgravity ride on Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spacecraft next yearPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 6, 2019 – 5:32 pm Having playfully conquered gravity themselves in their video “Upside Down & Inside Out,” OK Go is now challenging student teams to devise microgravity art projects that fit in a small box — on a rocket. “Get your friends together, get your teachers together, come up with your best ideas,” said the band, “because we want to send your art project to space.”The exact specs for the two payloads that will be launched on Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spacecraft next year define maximum weight at 1.1 pounds and maximum size at 8 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches. Ingenuity will be required to propose how to make best use of those limited allowances. Students between the ages of 11 and 18 are asked to form groups of three or more with an over-21 adult for supervision and to submit an essay describing their proposals by May 6. OK Go And Blue Origin Launch Art In Space Contest For Creative Experiments Email News https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1103039928005349376 Twitter
Tags Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family “Facebook created Calibra, a regulated subsidiary, to ensure separation between social and financial data and to build and operate services on its behalf on top of the Libra network,” according to a document. Facebook, Current and Character didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 18 Photos Share your voice Comments Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency Facebook cryptocurrency revealed, Google puts $1B toward… Stuart Sopp, Current CEO, told CNBC that the same San Francisco design firm, Character, was used to create both logos. He reportedly added that he worked with Character for months on Current’s logo. “This is a funny way to try and create trust in a new global financial system — by ripping off another fintech firm,” Sopp told CNBC. “We put six months of hard work into this with that design firm, which they basically reused for Facebook without changing much … Facebook is a big company that should have done their due diligence on this.” Both logos feature a wave inside a circle, as shown in Current’s tweet Thursday. Facebook this is what happens when you only have 1 crayon left pic.twitter.com/2JY5JfesQD— Current (@current) June 19, 2019 According to CNBC, Current has engaged law firm Goodwin Procter to decide whether it has a trademark or patent infringement case against Facebook. Facebook is working alongside 27 launch partners for Libra, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Lyft, Mastercard, Vodafone, eBay and Spotify, but aims to have 100 members in the Libra Association by 2020. Libra can be used to purchase products, send money internationally and make donations, and is set to launch in the second half of 2020. The Current and Calibra logos look similar. Current/Calibra Current, an online banking company, has accused Facebook of borrowing its logo for the social network’s newly unveiled cryptocurrency play. The Calibra logo bears a resemblance to Current’s logo, the company tweeted Thursday, as reported earlier by CNBC. Facebook earlier this week unveiled a global digital coin called Libra, to be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association. Calibra is the name of the subsidiary that will run the wallet. 2 Now playing: Watch this: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency faces pushback from US lawmakers Facebook unveils its cryptocurrency as politicians raise eyebrows 1:21 Mobile Internet Applications Mobile Apps
The Union Home Ministry has alerted the Defence Ministry about an alleged spy ring being run by Pakistan’s ISI, which is trying to use ex-servicemen in the garb of providing job opportunities and financial aid.Acting on intelligence inputs, the Home Ministry has conveyed that a fake organisation of ex-servicemen was formed in North India which promised job opportunities and financial assistance to the former soldiers. Official sources said the organisation initially helped a few ex-servicemen but gradually showed interest in getting information about various defence installations.The promoters of the organisation even asked some former soldiers to get in touch with their serving colleagues and try to gather information about field formation, raising suspicion among the ex-servicemen. The Home Ministry has also asked Defence Ministry to probe matter and take suitable action, sources said.
Qantas Airways has released plans to strengthen its domestic operations with additional capacity on services between Melbourne-Tasmania and Adelaide-Canberra. In a bid to offer greater convenience, frequency and options to customers, Qantas will add more than 1700 seats each week on flights between Melbourne and Tasmania. ”Alongside the twice daily Boeing 737 services operating between Melbourne and Hobart, we are looking forward to increasing frequency on the route with the introduction of our Q400 aircraft,” Qantas domestic chief Lyell Strambi said. “From October, we will increase services between Melbourne and Hobart from twice daily to three times per day, providing our customers with seamless connections to and from Hobart.” October also marks the month in which Qantas will operate an additional five services per week between Adelaide and the nation’s capital, Canberra. As well as adding 740 seats, Mr Strambi said the increased frequency will provide middle of the day travel options for both business and leisure customers. “We remain committed to ensuring our customers have the greatest flexibility and choice to destinations across the Qantas domestic network.” Qantas also announced an aircraft upgrade on its Melbourne to Canberra route with one return service being upgraded from a Q300 to a Q400 aircraft, adding a further 336 seats each week. Mr Strambi said other Tasmanian destinations will also be taking advantage of the Q400 aircraft. “In the next few months Hobart, Launceston and Devonport will all benefit from additional and upgraded services to and from Melbourne, operated by QantasLink Q400 aircraft.” Tasmania’s Minister for Tourism Scott Bacon said Qantas’ confidence in Tasmania was beneficial and welcoming.“This is a significant announcement that will not only deliver extra flights into our capital city, but will also see a significant increase in the level of access available to regional areas through an upgrade to the aircraft flying between Melbourne and Devonport, and additional flights between Melbourne and Launceston.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
Once seen as a far-fetched idea, too costly and time consuming to become a reality, it looks as though the early 90’s vision of building and inhabiting a floating city that cruises around the world is about to come to fruition. “The Freedom Ship will be the largest vessel ever built and the first ever floating city, making it a heavily capitalised project and the global economy in the last few years hasn’t been too for unproven progressive projects like ours,” Freedom Ship International director and vice president Roger Gooch said. Freedom Ship will be a 25-storey floating city, accommodating approximately 50,000 permanent residents and will come complete with shops, restaurants, hospitals, schools, an airport and other amenities and was originally the vision of Florida engineer Norman Nixon, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Although construction of the vessel is yet to commence and Nixon passed away last year, Freedom Ship International has taken advantage of the recent change in economic climate, reviving the idea, bringing it back into the spotlight and attempting to raise the US$10.7 billion needed to make the dream a reality. “However, in the last six months we’ve been getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the US$1 billion needed to begin construction.” Source = ETB News: P.T.
The World Travel Market 2015 Industry Report released at World Travel Market, London revealed that travellers and the tourism industry are at odds over what sustainability means, whose responsibility it is and how green they really are.The World Travel Market 2015 Industry Report asked UK consumers and the global travel industry a number of questions about the environment and tourism.The UK holidaymakers’ findings showed that 61% of respondents claimed that the environment and sustainability were quite or very important (46% and 15% respectively) in their choice of holiday destination. On the other hand, this means that a balance of 39% says it is a not very or not at all important (32% and 7%).However, 74% of the sample never offset their carbon emissions when flying, although in a separate question, 30% said they would be willing to pay more for a more environmentally-friendly holiday.Respondents were asked for specific details about what they did on holiday in terms of minimising their impact on the environment – 61% visit local attractions with 52% buying local goods as souvenirs, 52% re-use bath towels and 44% use public transport to get around.During the keynote speech for World Responsible Tourism Day 2015, Tyndall Centre climate scientist Professor Kevin Anderson laid out the level of the threat facing both the travel industry and society at large. Commenting on the established target of keeping temperature rise to within two degrees centigrade, he said, “At a two degrees rise many millions of poor people, mostly in the southern hemisphere, will die. It means we are prepared to sacrifice the lives of many poor, low emitting people.”Rather than expressing optimism for the solutions the industry is implementing, he argued that, “We cannot build the low carbon supply fast enough. In the interim we therefore have to reduce the level of consumption.” This would mean the sacrifice of many of the luxuries richer people have become accustomed to, he said, for example requiring a dramatic reduction in the number of flights people take.Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO said, “Growth is not the enemy. If we start seeing growth as the enemy, then we are running away from the problem.” However, he did agree with Professor Anderson’s argument that the removal of the $5.2 trillion annual subsidies for the fossil fuel industry would greatly increase the chance of success.Some of the highlights of WTM London Responsible Tourism Programme Sessions included,• Child Protection• Taking Responsibility for Wildlife and National Parks• The role of government in managing tourism in Destinations• Carbon Resource Efficiency Good Practice• Increasing the local economic benefits of tourism
IHG has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million in cash. The hotel group will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and intends to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term.“IHG is already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand, but we see significant potential to further develop our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment,” said Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer of IHG. “As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands. We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally. In addition, by creating a dedicated luxury division, we will be bringing together some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry who will help drive our luxury offer, ensuring that our existing luxury brands continue to evolve and allowing us to bring in new brands such as Regent to enhance our brand portfolio.”IMAGE: Lobby of The Regent, Berlin IHGRegent Hotels