first_imgTobin Heath believes the United States Women’s World Cup win over the Netherlands can be a springboard for their equal pay fight.After the USA emerged 2-0 winners in Lyon, large parts of the stadium could be heard chanting ‘equal pay’, something which followed the booing of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.And Heath, who started six of her country’s games as she claimed her second World Cup title, is excited about what comes next. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “ We’ve been fighting for this for a long time as a team and to be on this platform on the world stage and to hear the stadium chanting for it, it was a really, really powerful moment,” the winger said.“I hope that causes change. It’s really cool to be not just winning and fighting for things on the field, but fighting for things off the field and doing so in a way through sport I think is really powerful.“I think it’s just the start of something massive and culture-changing.“Unless we get to the final and obviously win the final, maybe that chant isn’t being chanted.“So I think in a lot of ways, this team has been kind of, I guess you could call it synchro-destiny with this fight for equal pay and I think it’s our responsibility and it’s something that we love to do.”Heath’s international team-mate Megan Rapinoe has been at the forefront of the push for change, with the fight for equal pay just one thing she has been very vocal about.Some worried the non-football related headlines she was grabbing could have a negative impact on this team, as they aimed to pick up back-to-back World Cup titles.But it certainly didn’t, and it didn’t affect Rapinoe either, who won both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for her efforts on the pitch.“We’ve got to celebrate these great, great sports moments and she had a fantastic tournament. She’s an incredible player,” Heath said.USWNT Women's World Cup 2019“Alex [Morgan] had a fantastic tournament, Rose [Lavelle] had a fantastic tournament.“It’s these special moments that only the World Cup brings around so we didn’t need to celebrate our teammates, they did wonderful.”Speaking more about Rapinoe’s impact, the 31-year-old said: “She’s a fantastic leader for us both on and off the field and I think she’s really led with a lot of grace and by action too.“It’s not easy to speak up and then also to follow it up by action but she’s done it so well, especially in this tournament, to stay focused and motivated at the task at hand but also be fighting a parallel fight as well.“It’s kind of synonymous with the US women’s national team, you know.“We fight to win games and we fight for things off the field too. But to see the momentum that this tournament has kind of pushed forth with all of those is just fantastic.”The victory also answered a lot of critics who questioned coach Jill Ellis and also the team, particularly after they crashed out of the 2016 Olympics in the quarter-finals, losing on penalties to Sweden.“To be able to say [we are] world champions, I think [that] is the only thing that you can say against critics in a lot of ways,” Heath added.“This team has been through so much, from 2015 to 2016 to now.“It’s incredible and it speaks volumes to this group and to kind of the resilience of this group and the players that have been a big part of the last however many years in order to bring this team and keep this team at the top.“It’s not easy, especially in this generation of football where more and more teams are competitive. You saw this in the tournament. “For us to still remain where we are I think is a testament to the determination and the hard work that goes in every single day with these players and with the staff.”last_img read more

first_img Next Students spending more than 5 hours on phone daily face greater obesity risk: StudyStudents who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to a higher risk of obesity and are likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 12:52 IST Students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to a higher risk of obesity and are likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.Researchers have found that students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to a higher risk of obesity and are likely to have other lifestyle habits that increase the risk of heart disease.”It is important for the general population to know and be aware that, despite being undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes, portability, comfort, access to countless services, information and entertainment sources, mobile technology should also be used to improve habits and healthy behaviours,” said study lead Author Mirary Mantilla-Morron from the Simon Bolivar University in Colombia.Details of the study that proved more than five hours of daily phone usage has obesity and other dealth risks:According to a study, researchers analysed 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of Colombia with an average age of 19 years and 20 years, respectively.The study found that the risk of obesity increases by 43 percent if a smartphone was used for five or more hours a day, as participating students were twice as likely to drink more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, snacks and have decreased physical activities.According to researchers, 26 percent of the students who were overweight and 4.6 percent who were obese spent more than five hours using their device.Spending too much time using the smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancer, the study said.How to decrease time spent on the phone?According to Rajesh Kapoor, surgical Gastroenterology, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, using smartphones today is not a mere choice, rather it has become a necessity. But using it for too long may risk your healthy life.advertisement”The best way out is to encourage yourself to reduce the duration of time being used on phones and other related gadgets at the same time, to indulge in physical activities like yoga or any other sports or exercise pattern, and by not becoming a couch potato,” Kapoor told IANS.”It is not a question of five or more hours on the phone. It is a question of how much activity level we are able to build into our life,” Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Delhi told IANS.”And if we are not able to build it to an adequate level, then it increases the chances of obesity and related health risk factors. Phone is one of the ways of exhibiting that we are not doing enough physical activities in our life,” he added.Read: This is why college students can’t keep their hands off their mobile phonesRead: 5 reasons why students should control their cell phone usageRead: Use of mobile phones enhanced education quality in MaharashtraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow ObesityFollow SmartphoneFollow HealthFollow Studylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave EP) has recently awarded Damen Shipyards Group the contract for a fourth Patrol Vessel of the Damen Stan Patrol 2606 type.This contract represents the last of this SPa 2606 series for the Ecuadorian Coastguard to be built locally.In Guayaquil, Damen will deliver the detailed engineering of the vessel together with a complete material package. The Ecuadorian Coastguard presently operates three Damen Stan Patrols 2606, all of them having a length of 26.50 m (87 ft), outfitted with state of the art equipment and reaching 30 knots.Considering Astinave’s experience, gained in the previous projects, in building these kinds of constructions, it will not be necessary to make use of on-site technical assistance from Damen for this project. This signifies the fact that a real transfer of knowledge and technology has taken place, a process which started more than 10 years ago when the Strategic Alliance Framework Agreement was signed between Damen and Astinave.In the last few years Astinave has built a great number of vessels in cooperation with Damen, including tugs, cutter suction dredgers, fast crew suppliers and patrol vessels.In addition, Damen organised the process in such a way that Astinave actively expanded its shipbuilding knowledge, including building ships according to the Damen Standard. The company’s personnel received theoretical and practical training at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Damen’s HQ in the Netherlands) and other locations in order to mutually achieve a high level of quality in present and future projects.Damen, May 2, 2014last_img read more

first_img facilities generating 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions or more per year from specified greenhouse gas activities, including electricity producers petroleum product suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more per year for consumption in the Nova Scotia market natural gas distributers that deliver natural gas for consumption in Nova Scotia that, when combusted, produces 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions or more per year In another set of regulations being developed, the department intends to require these types of companies to participate in the cap and trade program. These regulations will also include more details on how the program will function. The department will consult with Nova Scotians on them in the spring. Companies that are already known to meet these thresholds include Nova Scotia Power, Northern Pulp, Lafarge, ExxonMobil, Imperial, Irving, Wilsons and Heritage Gas. The cap and trade program will begin in January 2019. More information and links to the QRV regulations and standards are available at http://climatechange.novascotia.ca . New greenhouse gas reporting requirements are now in effect to support the province’s cap and trade program. The requirements are detailed in quantification, reporting, and verification regulations and standards that came into effect Feb. 15, along with the proclamation of amendments to the Environment Act. The regulations and standards identify which types of companies must report, which greenhouse gas emissions they must report, and how to calculate and report them. “With our cap and trade program, Nova Scotia will continue to be a national leader in fighting climate change,” said Environment Minister Iain Rankin. “Through these regulations, companies will submit the data needed for the province to continue developing the program. The regulations set thresholds to ensure the program captures most of the emissions in the province.” The first reports are due May 1. In future years, reports will be due June 1. Companies will have to get their data verified by a third party by Sept. 1 every year. Once the first reports are submitted, the Department of Environment will be able to identify which companies will participate in the cap and trade program, set caps for the program, and determine how allowances will be distributed. The regulations state that the following types of companies must report their GHG emissions and get them verified by a third party:last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The central government has approved a five-fold increase in one-time incentive given to its employees who acquire higher degrees while serving in their departments, officials said Monday.The amount of incentive will be increased from a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000 for acquiring higher qualifications like Ph.D, they said. The Personnel Ministry has amended a 20-year-old norm in this regard to increase the amount of incentives provided for the employees. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The government employees acquiring fresh higher qualifications after coming into service were granted incentive in the form of one-time lump-sum amount ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000. Now, it has been decided to increase the amount to a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000, an order recently issued by the Personnel Ministry stated. While Rs 10,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma of duration of three years or less, Rs 15,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma having duration of more than three years, it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA sum of Rs 20,000 will be given for earning post graduate degree/diploma with one year or less. Such qualification having duration of more than one year will get Rs 25,000 to the employees, the new order stated. A highest incentive of Rs 30,000 will be given to those getting Ph.D or equivalent, it stated. There are around 48.41 lakh central government employees. “No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects,” it clarified. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post, the ministry said. “There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant,” it said. The incentive, however, shall not be admissible where the employee is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification, the order stated. “The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service,” it stated. Further, the incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants, the ministry said. According to Personnel Ministry’s order issued in April 1999, employees were entitled for a minimum of Rs 2,000 and maximum of Rs 10,000 for getting fresh qualifications. While Rs 2,000 was applicable incentive for “passing intermediate examination”, those earning post graduate degree of Ph.D were entitled for a maximum of Rs 10,000.last_img read more

Rabat – Middle East and North Africa expert at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) Thomas Hill expressed satisfaction with the US administration’s decision to sign the 2019 spending bill. The bill reiterates Morocco’s position that Western Sahara should be considered as part of the US aids funds allocated to Morocco.A section on the bill, which US President Donald Trump signed on Saturday, reads that “Funds appropriated under title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara.”Hill told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that the funding allocated to Morocco’s southern provinces is a “recognition that development programs in the Sahara regions should be carried out through and with the permission of the government of Morocco.” The expert also recalled that Morocco “is already promoting programs in Laayoune and neighbouring regions.”The signing of the bill suggests that diplomatic ties between both nations are moving in a good course. The expert said that Morocco is one of the strongest allies of the US in Africa, in North Africa and in the Middle East.Read Also: Western Sahara: Trump Signs Pro-Morocco Spending BillHill stressed Morocco’s efforts to combat terrorism in the region, pointing out that the country is America’s strongest ally in North Africa, especially on security measures..Morocco’s counterterrorism is well recognized worldwide. Morocco’s efforts to fight radicalization and extremism have traditionally been applauded by American security reports, including the ones issued by US Departments of State.In its 2018 Country Report on Terrorism, the US Department of State warmly spoke of  Morocco’s contributions to international counterterrorism. The report noted that intelligence obtained from Moroccan services helped thwart scheduled terrorist strikes in a number of partner countries, especially in the EU.The State Department said, “Following the August attacks in Barcelona, Morocco assisted the Spanish investigation and promised to expand cooperation to track terrorists of Moroccan origin radicalized abroad.”Hill said that the stability of Morocco is an essential asset for the US and European countries as both regions are facing challenges due to migration, cross-border crime, trafficking of all kinds as well as the instability in the Sahel region.“Morocco is and continues to be a reliable ally of the United States in North Africa,” he added.In addition to the experts, several congress figures and US senior officials urged US administration to further reinforce its diplomatic ties with Morocco.In December 2018, US attorney general of Idaho Lawrence Wasden and Utah’s attorney general Sean Reyes co-wrote an opinion piece, to emphasize Morocco’s efforts as a leading counter-terrorism country.The two officials also called on the US to intensify its support to Morocco’s position in the Western Sahara conflict.Morocco’s efforts in countering terrorism and radicalization, “underscore the need for continued US support to help Morocco resolve the Western Sahara conflict,” emphasized the two officials.Morocco’s government has expressed its satisfaction with the pro-Morocco spending bill.Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that while the bill’s language is reserved, diplomatic, and does not appear to overtly embrace Morocco’s position, its pro-Morocco sentiment is unmistakable, the ministry said in a statement. read more

Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, Venkaiah said, ‘The visit is made to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. This will bring more investments into the country. In the background of the financial crisis, India has become an island of hope for investors.’ Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised a long-term solution for problems faced by Tamil fishermen, said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.The Union Urban Development Minister, who landed today in Chennai to attend the launch of Mudra Bank Yojana, spoke to mediapersons at the airport, News Today reported. He added that ‘Modi receives huge response from all the countries he has visited and India is respected all over the world now.’With regard to the land acquisition bill, he said, ‘The Congress is shedding crocodile tears about it. They have acquired so many acres of lands in Andhra, Karnataka, Maharashtra and I have got statistics for Rajasthan also. They are trying to politicise every issue. Recently, they even said Modi has disrespected the national flag by signing on it. It was a box prepared by a physically-challenged person and that is why he signed on it.’ Venkaiah said, ‘During a meeting with the Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickaramsinghae, I requested him to find a permanent solution for the problems faced by Tamil fishermen. He has promised that he will look into the issue once the Sri Lankan Parliament settles down.’ Talking about the upcoming Bihar elections, he was sure the Congress alliance will be defeated in the State. They should understand why they are losing and try to correct it, he added.He added that Modi was the Messiah of the poor and Rs 1.25 lakh crore will be given by March next year through the Mudra Bank Yojana. read more

JUBA, South Sudan — Angelo Adud needed some persuading to leave his job as a shopkeeper and become a mobile money agent in South Sudan. Yet one week into his new role, the 29-year-old already saw a return on his investment.“This is a new country and digital things are hard to understand. I was worried, what if no one comes?” he said while helping a customer withdraw money in his newly rented space in the back of a parking lot in the capital, Juba. Adud said he earned more in commissions in one week than he would make in a month in his shop.South Sudan has launched mobile money, the ability to send and receive funds by phone, in an attempt to boost the economy after a five-year civil war killed almost 400,000 people.Two companies launched in August: m-GURUSH, owned by local tech firm Trinity Technologies, and Nilepay, a telecommunications firm with Kenyan and South Sudanese owners. Both have partnered with Zain, one of South Sudan’s two mobile operators.In recent weeks Juba’s streets have filled with ads urging people to start banking from their phones.The companies are relying on people who have already used mobile money in neighbouring countries like Kenya and Uganda to persuade hesitant locals that it is a more financially secure option than carrying cash.More than 80% of money in South Sudan is not kept in banks since most of them are based in Juba, said Darius Mobe, director of the Nilepay platform.“Mobile money should make access to funds easier for people in rural villages, creating more financial inclusion, which means people can play a bigger role in the economy,” he said.But many challenges need to be overcome before mobile money becomes widespread, including high illiteracy rates and a lack of ID cards needed for people to register with the service.Only 16% of the population has ID cards, according to the government, which means people can receive money but are charged more to withdraw it and are unable to send cash.Nilepay said it is trying to establish biometric registration using fingerprints, among other types of registration.The main barrier, however, is a weak telecommunications network, without which mobile transfers won’t work.Years of civil war damaged or destroyed half of Zain’s cell towers, said Ahmed Hussein, senior marketing manager. Before fighting erupted in 2013, Zain covered nine out of 10 states with almost 400 cell towers across the country. Now it has less than 200. Many parts of the country are cut off.Zain is trying to increase coverage starting with major cities such as Juba, Aweil, Bentiu and Wau.In South Sudan, which ranked 178 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s corruption index last year, financial experts and businesses say there needs to be proper accountability measures, including vetting of mobile money companies’ procedures and adherence to customer confidentiality.“I don’t feel there are currently enough controls in place. All parties involved need to share anti-money laundering mechanisms they’re going to use such as knowing where the source of the money is coming from,” said Jeremy Gisemba, business development and marketing director for Lem international, an Eritrean-owned trading company based in South Sudan.Some locals are wary about trusting telecom networks. Last year Vivacell, a popular mobile company, was shut down overnight, locking out hundreds of thousands of subscribers. South Sudan’s government said Vivacell was closed for not complying with regulations.To enhance mobile security, the government wants to install a system that gives telecom regulators and the Central Bank direct access to records instead of relying on third parties, Nilepay and m-GURUSH, to provide the information, said Ladu Wani Kenyi, director general for the national communications authority.At the moment “we don’t know, those reports, are they genuine or is there some fiddling with them?” Ladu said.For some South Sudanese, hesitation in adopting mobile money is compounded by complications caused by years of war.Seated in a shop in Juba, Rhoda Fresa defiantly shook her head when asked by the agent if she wanted to register for the new service.“My people are all in a refugee camp in Uganda,” she said of her family. “Who am I going to send money to here?”___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaSam Mednick, The Associated Press read more

Now, a surge in births among these women is imminent, according to aid officials working in the vast refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar region. And in possibly thousands of cases, aid workers believe, the pregnancies resulted from rape — a source of silent anguish among the mothers and likely stigma for the newborns.With the monsoon season fast approaching in Bangladesh, United Nations agencies and their partners are struggling to protect nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees from disaster and disease. Providing proper medical care in the camps is a severe challenge at best, and one made more difficult by the wrenching legacy of sexual violence.The displaced population includes an estimated 40,000 pregnant women, UN officials estimate, many of whom are expected to give birth in coming weeks. An unknown but significant share of these pregnancies, aid officials believe, resulted from rapes committed by members of the Myanmar army and allied militants.”They can just see from the faces of the girls who are pregnant that something terrible happened” – Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-GeneralPregnancies resulting from “what we believe could have been a frenzy of sexual violence in August and September last year could come to term very soon”, Andrew Gilmour, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told UN News. “So, we are expecting a surge of births.”In March, Mr. Gilmour travelled to Cox’s Bazar on Bangladesh’s south-east coast, where the refugees have settled in camps and makeshift clearings after escaping violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Pregnant women fear stigmaFearing stigma, sometimes feeling depressed or shamed, pregnant refugee women are often reluctant to admit that they were raped, according to medical and aid workers in the camp. But these workers, from non-governmental groups, told Mr. Gilmour that “they can just see from the faces of the girls who are pregnant that something terrible happened”, he reported.“And there is no joy whatsoever,” he said, “and nor is there any talk of a husband, either back home or with them in the camps.” The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where they have long been subjected to severe discrimination.While more than 200,000 were already living in neighbouring Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands more fled across the border since last August as violence spiralled in northern Rakhine state.Rohingya homes were looted, villages razed and civilians killed in what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said appeared to be: “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. As in many past and current conflicts, women and girls were priority targets.Women ‘profoundly traumatized’The latest UN report on conflict-related sexual violence, issued in March, charged that members of the Myanmar Armed Forces, at times acting jointly with local militias, used rape, gang rape, forced public nudity and other sexual attacks as part of a strategy to drive the Rohingya from their homes.Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, flew to Bangladesh in November to meet with refugees. All the Rohingya women and girls that she spoke to, she said, reported either enduring sexual violence or witnessing it.”The two words that echoed across every account I heard were ‘slaughter’ and ‘rape’.” – Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.“I met a number of profoundly traumatized women who related how their daughters were allegedly raped inside their home and left to perish when the houses were torched,” Ms. Patten told the Security Council.“Some witnesses reported women and girls being tied to either a rock or a tree before multiple soldiers literally raped them to death,” she said. “Many reported having witnessed family members, friends and neighbours being slaughtered in front of them. The two words that echoed across every account I heard were ‘slaughter’ and ‘rape’.”Ms. Patten had dispatched an expert team ahead of her visit, comprising representatives of a UN inter-agency network that advocates for ending conflict-related sexual violence and supporting survivors.Her Chief of Staff, Tonderai Chikuhwa, who headed that mission, said it was among the most shocking he has experienced. With a continuing influx of desperate refugees, he recalled, the trauma was “so visceral, so raw, so immediate”.Sexual violence in conflict, such as rape as a weapon of war, is “the most underreported human rights violation”, Mr. Chikuhwa said in an interview with UN News.The cycle of sexual violence and stigma is a repeating one in conflicts around the world, and even has intergeneration impacts, he said.In Bosnia, he noted, Ms. Patten met with survivors of wartime sexual violence that occurred 20 years before. The grown children of those survivors still suffered from the stigma of their origins, leaving some of them to “live on the margins of society”, he said.In Bangladesh, Mr. Chikuhwa said, there are now fears that women and children in the camps could fall victim to traffickers. That’s one of the major concerns that Ms. Patten is looking into during a follow-up mission to Cox’s Bazar this week, he noted.Monsoon rains inflict further hardshipAlthough the monsoon season in Bangladesh does not officially start until June, heavy rains and winds earlier this month had Rohingya children scuttling to the roofs of their family shelters to keep the plastic sheeting from blowing away.And while Bangladesh has been praised for its support for the refugees, conditions in Cox’s Bazar remain challenging due to the sheer number of people crammed into what is now the world’s largest refugee camp.Mr. Gilmour fears monsoon conditions could inflict further hardship on Rohingya women who have already suffered immensely and who now lack access to adequate medical services as they approach childbirth.“It will be even harder for them when the rains prevent access because there will be serious flooding, we fear,” he said. “There may be landslides, there may be a cholera outbreak, there may be many things that will make it even harder for the girls to get the medical attention they so desperately need,” he said.Women and girls who have been raped also need to see that justice is served.Though difficult to achieve, it is not impossible, as proven by the 2016 conviction of former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba for crimes committed by forces under his command in the Central African Republic.The UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well as UN tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, have also prosecuted sexual violence cases.Mr. Gilmour said the Rohingya refugees, themselves, have made accountability a pre-condition for returning to Myanmar.“Obviously, they don’t want to go back if they feel that the soldiers who may have raped them, killed their relatives, burned their houses, are going around with impunity and liable to do something similar again,” he said.“But on top of that, in a more general sense, it is vital that there is accountability,” he said, “to send a message to other people who might be tempted to carry out such horrific crimes in the future.” read more

Brock University biology professors are among a group of researchers participating in a Canada-wide research cluster aimed at boosting the nation’s organic farming sector.As Principal Investigator, Liette Vasseur is working with fellow Brock Biological Sciences Professor Andrew Reynolds and research scientist Mehdi Sharifi, of the Summerland Research and Development Centre in British Columbia, to head up a project under the federal government’s Organic Science Cluster 3 (OSC3): Connecting Environmental Sustainability with the Science of Organic Production.The group will develop and test out new strategies for improving soils and vineyards sustainability in British Columbia and Ontario. They hope the research will also be valuable to other wine-producing regions of Canada.These strategies involve combinations of cover crops, rootstocks and irrigation. The group has partnered with Heather Laundry’s Vineyard in Lincoln, Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the BC Wine Grape Council to carry out the research.“The ultimate goal is to enhance the resilience of this agroecosystem in the face of climate change and greater use of horticulturally sustainable practices,” says Vasseur of the group’s project, titled “Unique cover crops, rootstocks, and irrigation techniques for Canadian vineyards.”She says many growers in Canada’s multimillion dollar grape and wine industry are looking to enhance their vineyards’ long-term productivity and protect the environment at the same time.“Many questions remain, however, as to how to optimize the agroecosystem in a way that the soil remains healthy and fertile leading to grape productivity and quality, especially with concern coming from climate change and possibilities of increased extreme weather events such as droughts,” says Vasseur.A sustainable agricultural system often contains the planting of cover crops. These are plants — sometimes known as “green manure” — that help retain water, prevent soil erosion, introduce nutrients into the soil, suppress weeds and pests, and otherwise protect and enrich the soil naturally.Cover crops include certain grains, grasses or legumes. The group will be experimenting with crop species and combinations that best suit the soils in the vineyards of Ontario and B.C. to develop a list of potential species that can be more beneficial depending on conditions.The researchers will also test the effectiveness of different irrigation systems at the various sites.Rootstocks may become another challenge with climate change. A rootstock, the part of the plant that is underground, is the basis on which is grape wine is grafted.“There is a need to examine which rootstocks can better perform under such adverse conditions and how irrigation can be optimized to reduce impacts,” says Vasseur.  “A limited number of rootstocks have been used in Canadian vineyards, and very little published research is available.”Vasseur, Reynolds and Sharifi’s research project is one of 28 projects under the OSC3, which is supported by the AgriScience Program.That program is located within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership, an initiative funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments and more than 70 partners from the agricultural community.Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced the OSC3 late last month at the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada based at Dalhousie University. read more

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment says it continues to maximise site efficiency for its customers with the launch of Productivity Report, a new fleet analysis service designed to monitor production and make it easy to lower cost per tonne. “Telematics data can be a powerful way to improve the efficiency and uptime of fleets, but ‘data overload’ can stand in the way of getting to the information that really matters. Joining the Fuel Efficiency Report, launched in 2016, and the Health Report and Summary Report, launched in 2018, the latest report reinforces the company’s commitment to helping customers more efficiently manage their operating costs.”With the addition of a new Productivity Report, Volvo CE has grouped all four tools into an umbrella package – called Insight Reports. With a range of analyses to choose from, customers can adapt each report to suit individual business structures for increased profitability. Using telematic data transmitted from the machines, the Insight Reports clearly identify areas of improvements. The CareTrack telematics system automatically compiles thousands of machine data points into the ready-made reports, which are then emailed to the customer on a weekly or monthly basis. “By collecting detailed data and presenting it in an easy-to-understand format, customers spend less time sifting through complex machine information and more time focused on their operations. Utilising the insights and machine data gives customers the possibility to better understand how their machines are being used in order to make informed decisions that improve overall profitability.”The newly introduced Productivity Report highlights how many tons of material has been handled or moved, helping customers to gain control over operating costs, and be better informed when tendering for contracts. Available on Volvo articulated haulers and wheel loaders equipped with On-Board Weighing, the report makes it easy to measure production and take the necessary steps to lower cost per tonne. By combining both productivity and fuel consumption data, the report makes it easy to measure efficiency, thanks to data such as total tonnes handled per litre, fuel cost per ton or payload utilisation.Highlighting machine condition, the Health Report is intended to reduce unplanned downtime and repair costs. It includes data such as technical alarms and operating behaviour alerts and recommends actions that reduce unnecessary strain placed on the machine. Analysing instances of machine misuse enables customers to diagnose problems early and implement corrective measures to protect their fleets. With the right diagnostic information delivered to their inbox every week, customers have the key to improving operating practices and avoid the costly and time-consuming consequences that breakdowns present.Designed to help customers reduce fuel consumption – the number one operational cost factor – the Fuel Efficiency Report offers a holistic view of a fleet’s efficiency. The report identifies machines that are not being used as intended, highlighting units that could result in unnecessary fuel expenses. The report is also used to track the progress of business objectives using up to eight KPIs according to individual business structures and can include budgeted fuel expenses to predict potential costs and savings.Key information related to the health, fuel efficiency and productivity of a fleet is presented in the Summary Report, allowing customers to look at the big picture and identify trends. Any issues that require action are flagged, giving customers the opportunity to refine operating practices, implement new ways of working and address issues before downtime occurs.“Insight Reports enable customers to improve uptime, fuel efficiency and productivity of their Volvo machines. Data is also available in Excel and CSV formats should customers want to export the data for further analysis.”With a range of consultancy services, including Fuel Advice and Operator Training, customers can also get expert advice from their Volvo dealer and develop a plan to increase site efficiency.last_img read more

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his delight with the competition for places in the club’s midfield position.The Scottish Premiership champions who’ve lost a captain and central midfielder, Scott Brown to injury have been impressive over the last few games.Callum McGregor’s success in the deep-lying playmaker role, coupled with the emergence of Ryan Christie and re-emergence of Scott Sinclair, has provided the Celtic with a balance and propulsion that is allowing them to produce their invincible treble season of two campaigns ago.Speaking about Scott Brown’s potential return to the starting lineup once he returns from injury and the competition the former Scotland international might face, Rodgers said, according to Scotsman:“We want all the boys back,” said the Irishman.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“But it’s what you want as a coach from the guys who have come into the team. Scott Sinclair looks back to his level, and Ryan [Christie] coming in has been like signing a new player, so it’s brilliant.”Talking about keeping his player’s motivated, the former Liverpool boss said:“That’s your job as manager and coach, to provide a stimulus for players to keep having the hunger.”“Part of that was to bring players in, we wanted to do that but it didn’t happen. Because you can be as good a coach as you want, but sometimes the best stimulus for players is competition. However that’s OK – let’s keep working to how we want to play, and as you saw against Leipzig, they’ve been fantastic.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Nassau –SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED FOR AN ILLEGAL GUNConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division officers, took an adult male security officer into custody following the seizure of an illegal handgun on Monday 16th October 2017.   According to reports, shortly after 4:00am, a team of officers from the Mobile division acting on information conducted a search of a security officer at a nightclub located at 6th Terrace Centerville and uncovered a Sig Sauer pistol with 4 rounds of ammunition. The male was subsequently taken into custody in connection with this seizure.TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES IN HOSPITALA man, who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident on Monday 9th October 2017, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly before 1:00am, the victim was driving his motorcycle on East Street near Andros 2 Avenue, when he collided with a Nissan Bus driven by an adult male. The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital where he was detained in critical condition.Investigations are ongoing.INVESTIGATION IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING DEATH CONTINUESPolice are appealing to members of the public to come forth with any information that may assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly after 11:30pm, police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of Meadow Street and Hospital Lane. When officers arrived on the scene they found the lifeless body of an adult male who had been shot. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.Investigations are on going.TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES IN HOSPITALA man, who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident on Monday 9th October 2017, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly before 1:00am, the victim was driving his motorcycle on East Street near Andros Avenue, when he collided with a Nissan Bus driven by an adult male. The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital where he was detained in critical condition.Investigations are ongoing.INVESTIGATION IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING DEATH CONTINUESPolice are appealing to members of the public to come forth with any information that may assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly after 11:30pm, police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of Meadow Street and Hospital Lane. When officers arrived on the scene they found the lifeless body of an adult male who had been shot.Investigations are on going.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY 3 CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK – If a crime occurs – report it!Everyone should consider it his/her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur. If you don’t report crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.last_img read more

first_imgCasey Ketchum of Anchorage (Photo courtesy of Casey Ketchum)This week we’re hearing from Casey Ketchum in Anchorage. Ketchum is the head cook at City Diner. This weekend he’ll defend his 1st place title at Anchorage’s Beer and Bacon Festival.Listen nowKETCHUM: There is kind of a quintessential Alaska personality. I think it’s part of… we have so much space up here, we’re allowed to develop our personalities bigger than they get a lot of other states. Especially when you’re born up here. You’re used to the freedom of having the room to run and scream and grow.But when you’re a kid, it’s great. A lot of outdoors, fun things to do. Camping and fishing and hunting and all that good stuff. As a teenager, it’s a little more stifling. Not having the ability to hop in yur car and drive to a different state. I think that’s why a lot of teenagers up here start getting out of the state as soon as they’re able. That’s what I did. I traveled around a little bit, but come back cause it’s home. You know, you get used to it.I’ve been at City Diner about almost seven years. Got a job — you know, I started applying to a bunch of restaurants ’cause I wanted experience — and they got me a job working on the fryer, and I kept doing apparently good enough for them to keep giving me job opportunities and here I am, now general manager and head chef.Chef Al Levinsohn, who’s one of the partners in ownership of the diner contacted me and said, “Casey! We’re doing this Beer and Bacon Festival.” We did it and we were lucky enough, or good enough depending on how you look at it, to win. It (was) a BLT soup is what we called it. Bunch of ingredients obviosuly: bacon tomatoes and stuff like that. But what really tips it off, and I don’t know if I’m going to get in trouble for telling you, but red peppers, and then at the end when it’s boiling hot, you throw in chopped lettuce. And the lettuce, the flavor of the lettuce, will actually absorb into the soup, and so it actually tastes like a BLT sandwich.Upping the ante is tough. It’s such a killer soup. It’s really hard to go one step above. I’m trying to do something savory. I call them a PBBJ: a pimento butter and bacon jam little crostinis. It’ll be kinda interesting. I’ve been playing around with it for about two months so…last_img read more

first_img1965 Ashton martin DB5 outfitted with hidden weaponry and cutting-edge spy technology by fictional weapons mastermind Q.RM Sotheby’sA fully updated version of the Aston Martin DB5, also known as one of the most iconic-pop culture specimens for being the vehicle James Bond drives in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger”, is going to be auctioned by RM Sotheby.The car, which is the only remaining out of the four that were made exclusively for the film by Aston Martin, will be auctioned by RM in Monterey in August. It is expected to fetch between $4 million and $6 million.Described as “the most famous car in the world”, the car is introduced as one that is outfitted with hidden weaponry and cutting-edge spy technology by fictional weapons mastermind Q in the film.RM revealed that the car will be equipped with 13 fully functional Bond modifications including:Fender-mounted Browning .30-caliber machine guns RM Sotheby’sWheel-hub-mounted tire slashers RM Sotheby’sOil-slick and smoke-screen dispensers RM Sotheby’sCaltrop dispenser RM Sotheby’sRevolving license plates RM Sotheby’sEjector seat system RM Sotheby’sRising rear bulletproof screen RM Sotheby’sRadar-tracking GPS system RM Sotheby’sCentre-console defence-mechanism controls RM Sotheby’sOriginally only two were used in the making of Goldfinger. The car that was equipped with the special ‘effects’ including the gadgets was stolen from a hangar in Florida in 1997 and never recovered, reported TopGear.However, this Bond car “Chassis 2008/R was one of the two built with Bond gadgetry was last used in promotions for the fourth movie in the James Bond series, “Thunderball.”EON Productions had previously bought the car for promotions and then put it on sale in 1969. Initially bought by British multinational corporation, JCB’s Lord Bamford, it was later resold to BH Atchley, who put it on display in his Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee for the next 35-years.The car was restored by official Aston Martin heritage specialists Roos Engineering in Switzerland, according to Sotheby’s, with all Stears-designed Bond modifications refurbished to function as originally intended.In 2018, EON and Aston Martin announced that they will be making would build 25 new Bond DB5.last_img read more

first_imgFire fighters work at the scene where two trains collided on late 7 May in Aichach, Germany. Photo: AFPAt least two people were killed and several others were injured when two trains collided late Monday in Germany, the national rail company said.The Deutsche Bahn network operator said that a commuter service hit a freight train between Ingolstadt and Augsburg in Germany’s southern Bavaria region.“There are some seriously injured and others only lightly,” a Deutsche Bahn spokesman told the German DPA press agency.German police said that a total of 14 people were injured.The company did not immediately provide additional details into the possible causes of the collision.last_img read more

first_imgNews | April 02, 2014 Report Shows Older Canadians Less Likely to Receive Recommended Cancer Treatments News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. April 2, 2014 — The most comprehensive review of the performance of Canada’s cancer control systems reveals that some older Canadians with colon, lung or breast cancer are not receiving guideline-recommended radiation and chemotherapy at the same rate as younger patients with these cancers.This age-related disparity may be explained by a number of factors. For example, older people are more likely to have other acute and or chronic health problems, which could make the risks of chemotherapy or radiation therapy outweigh the potential benefits. But the new report suggests that these legitimate factors may explain just part of the apparent age-related treatment gap. It may be that too many older patients are in fact not receiving cancer therapies that could improve their health outcomes — including longer survival.”The risk of cancer increases with age, and as Canada’s population ages, the number and proportion of older cancer patients also rises,” said Dr. Heather Bryant, VP of cancer control at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “Over 40 percent of cancer cases occur in Canadians over the age of 70.  This report shows that these Canadians are not always receiving treatments that could affect their course of care.”The 2014 Cancer System Performance Report was developed by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent federally funded organization responsible for leading the national cancer control strategy. Here are some details contained in the new report about age-related differences in treatment, along with findings related to end-of life care:The use of post-surgical chemotherapy to treat colorectal cancer was close to 80% for patients under age 60, but dropped to below 50% for patients over 70.Only 40% of breast cancer patients aged 80 years and over received radiation therapy following breast conserving surgery as recommended by national guidelines, compared to 85% of patients younger than 80 with the same disease.While surveys suggest the majority of cancer patients prefer to die at home, 71% of Canadian cancer patients died in a hospital, while only 10-13% passed away at home. This situation contrasts starkly with what happens in some European countries, where the majority of cancer patients are able to die at home with proper support systems.”Like all provincial cancer care organizations, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency strives to provide high quality cancer care to patients,” said Dr. Monica Behl, VP of medical services and senior medical officer at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. “The systemperformance report helps us to stimulate important discussion about what is working well and where there are areas for improvement. The new report affirms where we have improved as we continue to enhance care for our population.”Each province and territory is currently responsible for the planning, funding and delivery of its own cancer services. Making national comparisons can help to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement. The 2014 Cancer System Performance Report is the fifth annual review of Canada’s cancer control system. Developed in collaboration with provincial cancer agencies and programs, Statistics Canada, and other provincial and national partners, the report provides measures for and analysis on provincial cancer control services spanning across the cancer-care journey, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, the patient experience, end-of-life care, research and system efficiency.For more information: www.cancerview.ca/systemperformance FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

first_imgIn the wake of their action-packed performance at theInternational Blues Festival in San José this past August 21-22, four international musicians headed to the central Pacific beach town of Jacó, Puntarenas, to play a benefit concert at Club del Mar. The concert raised money for wheelchairs for local children.“To me, if you don’t give something back, everything’s hollow,” said festival headliner Hurricane Hawk, who is based in Florida but has visited Costa Rica before. “I’ve been a lot of places in the world. Every time I come to Costa Rica, it’s just a beautiful experience. They have a wonderful way of life.”For Hawk, who paid his own airfare to and from Costa Rica, the entire weekend was a chance to share the stage with some of his favorite collaborators – Tim Dunford, Steve Avery and Blind Pigs founder David Scott. When the quartet played at Club del Mar, they expected to play about two hours, but the concert lasted four, entertaining 100 hotel guests and local residents until late into the night. Hawk, who usually plays with his band The Invaders, had never performed at Club del Mar before.“It was a great event,” said Philip Edwards, owner of Club del Mar. Edwards has run the hotel for the past 25 years, and he regularly hosts charitable events. “It’s a good way to make people aware of needs in the community,” he added.The evening raised about $500 for specialized wheelchairs, which cost up to $5,000 each.Hawk returned home this week to tend to his children and several small businesses, but he has plans to visit Costa Rica again in the near future. He was particularly taken with Amón Solar, the multipurpose eatery and arts venue in the capital city’s Barrio Amón that hosted last week’s two-night Blues Festival.“That place just feels good,” he said. “I was lucky to have the most unbelievable musicians with me. They’re just the best, man.” Facebook Comments Related posts:14 photos of Cahuita’s 2nd International Calypso Festival Felix Pastorius, descendant of music dynasty, to jam at Jazz Café Escazú Dinosaurs, The Elephants, and other happenings around Costa Rica Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fairlast_img read more

first_imgTourism bureaus collaborate to drive visitor numbers. Advocating regional tourism opportunities throughout the United Kingdom is at the heart of VisitBritain’s growth marketing strategy, it was revealed at Destination Britain APMEA.The push toward the promotion of provincial tourism has been identified as a key driver in encouraging new and returning travellers to the UK.“Through our image enhancing activities and commercial ventures, such as the new partnership with Emirates, we’re providing ways in which to drive visitor traffic outside of London,” VisitBritain director marketing Joss Croft told ETB News.“London is ofcourse the big draw, it’s a wonderful city, but we need to start working on getting people to experience London-Edinburgh or London-Birmingham, instead of say, London-Paris.”This is a challenge faced by both VisitBritain and its regional counterparts such as VisitEngland, VisitWales and VisitScotland.“2013 is ‘The Year of Natural Scotland’ celebrating incredible wildlife, delicious food and impressive scenery which a lot of travellers to the United Kingdom are unaware of and may overlook,” VisitScotland international PR emerging markets & Australasia Andrew Moffat told ETB News.VisitScotland has been engaging with airlines in order to bring new business to Scotland, develop additional routes and improve domestic and international links.“We’ve worked closely with Virgin Atlantic’s domestic carrier Little Red, which launched nine daily services to Scotland in April 2013,” Mr Moffat said.These new routes to Edinburgh and Aberdeen will help bolster Scottish tourism, as the country prepares to ‘Welcome the World’ in 2014, hosting events such as the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland.“In order to create a new perception for UK travel, we must focus on educating agents, operators and consumers in regards to the limitless opportunities that abound with regional tourism,” Mr Croft said.ETB News is currently in Bangkok for Destination Britain, which runs from 13-16 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. VisitScotland enages with ‘The Year of Natural Scotland’last_img read more

first_imgThe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and AVIAREPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 4th this year at ITB Berlin, the international travel trade show being held at the Berlin Messe.As part of the agreement the two organisations will join forces to promote international tourism to various destinations around the world in need of destination marketing assistance.The MoU was signed by Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the UNWTO and on the behalf of AVIAREPS by its chairman and CEO Michael Gaebler.“We look forward to working with AVIAREPS, a valued UNWTO Affiliate Member supporting destinations around the world improving their international presence and tourism competitiveness in the area of marketing,” Mr Rifai said.AVIAREPS chairman and chief executive officer Michael Gaebler, said AVIAREPS is excited to work with UNWTO.“AVIAREPS is excited to work diligently with our tourism and aviation partners to provide destination marketing expertise and assistance for a number of worthy recipients around the globe. Through these actions we aim to make a positive difference with tourism providing tangible results for people on the ground,” Mr Gaebler said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more