TORONTO — Goway Travel clients can save up to $3,835 on an exclusive eight-day Kenya fly-in safari.The offer is applicable on the Kenya Sky Safari, including flights between the iconic parks, luxurious lodge or tented accommodation, activities, and unsurpassed game viewing.Already among Goway’s most popular wildlife experiences, this safari “will sell out fast”, says the company.“A throwback to the golden age of East African travel, the Sky Safari blends incredible game viewing, luxurious wilderness camps, intimate gourmet dining, and spectacular flightseeing over the legendary landscape of Kenya,” says Goway. Destinations include Masai Mara, Meru National Park, and Amboseli National Park.Travellers get business-class seating in an executive aircraft and private butler service at all lodges.Plus, with just a single check-in and check-out during the eight-day journey, the safari “is designed to be stress-free”.The offer is valid for bookings April 1 – May 31. Discount not applicable on park fees. For more information or to receive a copy of Goway’s Africa Travel Planner, call 1-800-245-0920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Goway Travel, Kenya, Savings Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Goway offers buy one, get half off deal on East Africa flying safari << Previous PostNext Post >>read more
GENEVA – The World Trade Organization is close to choosing its next leader in a final round pitting Brazil against Mexico, with the winner facing the tough task of restoring the clout of global commerce’s rule-setting body.Brazil’s WTO Ambassador Roberto Azevedo and his rival Herminio Blanco, Mexico’s former trade minister, are expected to learn as early as Tuesday whether they have won a contest that is seen as too close to call.All concerned are keenly aware that the successor to two-term Director General Pascal Lamy from France must act fast to revive the WTO’s moribund global trade talks.Both men have pitched a similar vision for a negotiating process which they say needs overhauling.“The multilateral trading system is weakened by a complete paralysis in the negotiations,” Azevedo told AFP, explaining it was time to “unclog the system.”Blanco, meanwhile, said it was time to reboot the 159-nation WTO.“The main challenge is the ‘W’ in ‘WTO’,” he told AFP, underlining that the logjam had pushed members into negotiating bilateral and regional deals.“You have to transfer this energy back to Geneva,” where the WTO is based, to prove the point and reach of the organization, he said.Supporters of a WTO-wide deal warn that other accords can create a “spaghetti bowl” of conflicting rules, thereby failing to serve global commerce.Created in 1995, the WTO aims to spur growth by opening markets and removing trade barriers, including subsidies, excessive taxes and regulations.The stated goal of its “Doha Round”, launched at a summit in Qatar in 2001, is to deploy trade to develop poorer economies.But members repeatedly have clashed over the give and take needed to reach a deal, with deep splits notably between China, the European Union, India and the United States.Some have blamed Lamy, a former EU trade chief, who raised hackles with an alleged name-and-shame drive to break the deadlock after he won a second term in 2009.Amid fears that December’s WTO summit in Bali could fail, the new director general will have to act fast after taking over on Sept. 1.“The new DG obviously will come in at a rather precarious time for the WTO,” said Sergio Marchi, Canada’s former trade minister and ex-WTO ambassador.Besides working the diplomatic circuit, Marchi told AFP, the new leader must repair ties with the business community – the hub of global commerce.“The business community has taken the view, ‘Call me when you’re serious.’ … Obviously getting Doha together is a challenge, but if the institution is seen as irrelevant, it is irrelevant,” he said.“You don’t have to have an agreement in your first six months, but there’s got to be movement and momentum,” he added.Against that background, Blanco seems to have the advantage.The 62-year-old economist was Mexico’s negotiator for the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and has solid private sector credentials, running an international trade consultancy and sitting on US, Asia and European company boards.“My candidacy is a package of skills, experience, ambition and creativity,” he said.But Azevedo’s insider status could be key.The 55-year-old career diplomat was Brazil’s chief litigator in a raft of WTO disputes before becoming ambassador in 2008.“In the WTO today, you don’t have any low-hanging fruit. You have to go up the tree, grab the fruit and bring it down. And if you don’t know the system, and don’t know the trees, you’re not going to get the fruit,” he said.Marchi underlined the symbolism of a Latin American WTO leader.“It’s the emerging economies that are now the economic locomotive globally, and both Brazil and Mexico have done tremendously well thanks to trade,” he said.The WTO’s leader is not formally elected, but picked by consensus, with senior diplomats sounding out the member states to see who has most support.The rules were set after an ugly 1999 race which led to New Zealand and Thailand splitting the job, before Lamy won in 2005.The WTO’s two previous chiefs were Irish and Italian, and with France following Thailand, developing nations have been keen to claim the top post.An unprecedented nine candidates ran this time around.Those who fell at the first fence in mid-April were from Kenya, Ghana, Jordan and Costa Rica, while Indonesia, South Korea and New Zealand stumbled at the end of the month.Both Azevedo and Blanco underline their broad support from rich, emerging and poor nations.But a range of diplomats told AFP they were unhappy with a final choice between two Latin Americans, while Kenya and South Korea raised concerns at WTO meetings.Kenya’s WTO ambassador Anthony Andanje told AFP, however, that it was a matter of making the disquiet known, rather than aiming to block the process. Facebook Comments No related posts.read more
Costa Rican officials including Tourism Minister Allan Flores on Thursday met with Avianca-Taca representatives in Colombia, who said the airline would not cancel more flights to Costa Rica or fire more local employees.Flores met with Avianca President Fabio Villegas to clarify a number of rumors that have circulated recently regarding the future of the airline’s operations in Costa Rica.In May, the airline announced the elimination of five direct flights to Costa Rica and the dismissal of 261 employees in the country.The destinations eliminated included flights between San José and Los Angeles, New York, Havana, Quito and Guayaquil.The airline said at the time that “profitability of these direct destinations were the reason for eliminating the flights.”Avianca still has 1,000 employees working at its Costa Rica operations.The meeting also was attended by Costa Rican Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides and Transport Vice Minister Ana Cecilia Jenkins. Facebook Comments Related posts:Delta to add new Minneapolis-San José flight New Costa Rican airline, Ticos Air, now hiring Delta Airlines to offer nonstop flight between San José and Los Angeles Avianca-Taca drops five nonstop flights to Costa Rica, lays off 261 employeesread more
Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Turkish Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir was found guilty of theft Monday in relation to the collapse of his Polly Peck business empire, one of a series of debacles that focused public attention on the corporate greed of 1980s Britain.Polly Peck was an low-profile British textile firm until Nadir took over in 1980, turning the modest business into a vehicle for a wave of acquisitions, including Del Monte’s fresh fruit operations and Japan’s Sansui Electric Co. The stock went through the roof and Nadir became one of Britain’s richest men. But the success story turned sour after investigators began probing irregularities in Nadir family trusts. The tycoon denied charges he had stolen from Polly Peck to line his pockets, but the company’s share price collapsed and the company itself went under in 1990.The collapse was deeply embarrassing for the then-ruling Conservative Party, to which Nadir was a major donor, and it made a fugitive of the tycoon, who fled the country for his native north Cyprus only months before he was due to stand trial.The Polly Peck story was one of several corporate scandals that showed up the dark side of Britain’s freewheeling 1980s; others included the 1991 collapse of BCCI and the demise of the Maxwell media empire.Nadir spent nearly two decades as a fugitive from British justice, but he made the dramatic decision to return to London in 2010, saying he wanted to clear his name. Legal analysts speculated that so much time had elapsed that a prosecution would be too complex to pull off successfully _ noting that much of the evidence had been lying in archives for two decades and that key witnesses might be too old to testify.If that was Nadir’s gambit, it backfired. A jury at London’s Central Criminal Court found him guilty of three counts of theft and not guilty of a fourth count of theft. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The 71-year-old tycoon looked shocked as the verdicts were announced. His wife Nur, 28, sat at the side of the dock.Jurors are still deliberating a further nine counts of theft.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistread more
Abercrombie & Kent has released a fascinating new hosted small group journey to the heart of the Caucasus, offering travellers a taste of old-world Eastern European charm.Taking in the former Soviet Republics of Georgia and Armenia, guests discover extraordinary landscapes where high alpine peaks tower over meadows and valleys, where fast-flowing rivers traverse rich agricultural land and where magnificent Orthodox Christian churches are found in the most unexpected places. Both countries boast a rich cultural heritage of music, art, poetry and dance as well as a surprising cuisine influenced by both European and Eastern traditions. Wine and spirits are another unexpected element of travel in the region with Georgia said to be the world’s oldest producer of wine and Armenian brandy one of the country’s major exports. On A&K’s journey, vineyard visits and private tastings are a feature.Other highlights of the 13-day journey include the beautiful terraced homes of old Tbilisi, a wealth of extraordinary churches and monasteries, expert encounters with artisans and restorers, a range of authentic dining experiences as well as a private boat trip on Lake Sevan, the largest in the region.13 day ‘Journey to the Caucasus’Tour dates: 10-22 May 2018; 20 September-2 October 2018Price per person twin share: $8995Single supplement: $299read more
Categories: News Governmental entities, businesses, organizations could stock EpiPens’State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today introduced legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.House Bill 4438, would allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons introduced legislation, now Public Acts 186 and 187, that require EpiPens to be stocked in school building across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.”“Expanding the option for basically any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 has been referred to the House Committee on Health Policy for consideration. 14Apr Rep. Lyons bill protects against dangerous food allergiesread more
Thursday, July 279 to 10 a.m. at the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8525 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to Rep. VanderWall may contact his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced his upcoming coffee hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of gathering feedback about the issues facing the community.“Hosting office hours is one of the most important aspects of my job as a state legislator,” VanderWall said. “This provides residents with an opportunity to express their concerns and ideas about state government.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, July 2110 to 11 a.m. at the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 3rd St. in Manistee; and1 to 2 p.m. at the Scottville City Commission Room, 105 Main St. in Scottville. 13Jul Rep. VanderWall announces coffee hours Categories: VanderWall Newsread more
16Apr Rep. Reilly plan provides full review of Michigan’s administrative rules Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly is spearheading a bipartisan effort to eliminate unnecessary regulations that hurt residents and small businesses in Michigan.Reilly, of Oakland Township, said Michigan’s Administrative Code has grown into an overly complex set of regulations, making it difficult for people to stay in compliance with the law.“Burdensome regulations complicate people’s lives and discourage businesses from creating new jobs,” Reilly said. “We must do more to eliminate or simplify the many regulations that result in confusion, unnecessary expenses and inefficiencies.”Reilly said the administrative rule-making process is intended to allow state departments to fine-tune the details of state policy within the structure provided by the Legislature. These regulations comprise the Michigan Administrative Code, and they are the only kind of state regulations that carry the force of law without being expressly enacted in a statute.Reilly’s solution would require the Legislature to eventually review all administrative rules issued by state agencies.“The administrative rules process was never intended to take authority away from the legislative branch and give it to unelected bureaucrats,” Reilly said. “This plan will ensure all regulations are thoroughly reviewed, just like the laws enacted by the Legislature.”The proposal would spark a 10-year review of Michigan’s 770 existing sets of rules, which are authored by executive agencies. Rules would expire after 10 years unless enacted into statute or given a seven-year extension, and all future rules would expire after seven years unless required by federal law or under a state law that specifies otherwise.“Before the code gets any more unwieldy, we must carefully examine each and every regulation and evaluate whether it is warranted,” Reilly said.House Bill 4458 was introduced today and referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.###read more
Belgian cable operator Telenet added 116,700 net digital TV customers in the first half of the year, including 71,300 in the second quarter.Triple-play customers grew 9% to 818,700 at the end of June, representing 38% of the company’s customer base. The operator also added 17,600 post-paid mobile customers in the quarter.Telenet ended the first half with 2.152 million cable TV subscribers, down 4% due to a 30% drop in analogue customers. Digital TV customers numbered 1.472 million, up 17% and broadband customers numbered 1.339 million, up 6%. Fixed telephony subs were up 9% to 920,200, while mobile customers were up 21% to 275,400. Overall ARPU per customer relationship was up 10% to €45.10.Telenet posted revenues of €727 million for the first half, up 9% year-on-year, with a slight tailing off of growth in the second quarter due to lower standalone handset sales, which it said was due to a shortage of Apple iPhone 4S inventory.read more
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has reached a milestone 10 million registered viewers, which it says will soon help to inform its creative teams in the commissioning and marketing of content.Channel 4 said its online registration, which viewers are requested to complete in order to watch Channel 4 live on the web or access its 4oD catch-up service, has been key to its viewer engagement strategy.It said this has allowed it to introduce new targeted video-on-demand advertising and drive its digital revenues – which are making up an increasing proportion of the corporation’s commercial revenue.So far, Channel 4 said it has used viewer data to offer personalised recommendations, send emails to viewers and offer targeted ads, with many registered viewers also opting to link their Facebook or Twitter accounts to their Channel 4 account.Channel 4 CEO David Abraham said: “We’ve been able to use the scale of the database to have a new and more direct relationship with our viewers and to offer our advertisers new and innovative ways of better targeting the audiences they want to reach.“In the next phase of our strategy we want to further unlock the behavioural insight the data gives us to help add greater insight to our creative processes.”read more
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has begun marketing a new range of high-quality home security cameras to its broadband subscribers.The operator is offering a home security solution as part of its DomoWizja packages, including an IP-connected camera equipped with a motion detector that records content in HD-quality H.264 video. Images are stored on a secure server whenever the camera registers movement in the home or office in which it is installed. The system also can send an email or SMS when motion is detected. The cameras are also equipped with slots for a microSD card for users to store video footage at home.The camera can be connected to the subscriber’s router via an Ethernet cable or via WiFi.DomoWizja is being offered to new customers for PLN14.99 (€3.60) a month, while a premium version is available for PLN19.99. Users must have a minimum internet speed of 12Mbps.read more
Bridge Technologies has appointed former Technicolor and Grass Valley executive Emerson Perez as regional manager for Latin America.Perez has twenty-five years of experience in the broadcast and IPTV industries, including stints in engineering at TV stations, and has also held technical management positions at firms like Encoda and Odetics.
Vivendi has secured overall control of Société d’Edition de Canal Plus (SECP), the company that controls the Canal+ premium channel family in France, as a result of the tender offer it initiated in May.Vivendi now controls 93.6% of SECP, with the tender resulting in the transfer of 45.2% of the share capital of the unit to it, on top of the 48.5% it already owned.Vivendi said it would reopen the public tender for a period of at least 10 stock market days at the same price of €8 per share to enable shareholders that not yet tendered their shares to do so.Vivendi initiated its tender offer in May after it said it received a request from “a large number of SECP’s shareholders” to do so. The unit controls Canal+’s domestic premium channels and its terrestrial broadcasting licence in France. Vivendi’s move, which was only made possible as a result of a 2009 change in the law to enable a single operator to control a terrestrial broadcasting licence, will simplify its ownership of Canal+ and give chairman Vincent Bolloré greater control.Vivendi controls its stake SECP through its 100% ownership of parent company Canal+ Group.read more
Discovery World in Russia is to change its brand to Discovery Turbo Xtra (DTX) on September 1, addressing a male audience.DTX will offer a diet of male-focused programming including Eurosport-provided motorsports content and content from US male-interest channel Velocity as well as programming about nutrition, property stores, finance and hobbies.The channel will be carried on pay TV broadcaster NTV+’s service.The rebranding of Discovery World in Russia follows the successful launch of DTX in Poland two years ago.
Google is teaming up with TV manufacturer Vizio to make casting capability from a mobile device available on Vizio TVs without the need to open up an app on the device, according to a report by Variety.According to the paper, Vizio is to launch a range of TVs with casting capabilities.Google has already added casting support to Android-based TVs, with a range of models from the likes of Sony and others unveiled at CES. However the Vizio models will enable casting without the use of any on-screen apps, according to Variety.Google merged the management of its popular Chromecast streaming media dongle with Android TV last autumn under Mario Querioz.
Lauren DolgenUS cable channel Viceland has hired former MTV reality boss Lauren Dolgen as its head of West Coast development.She will oversee production and development in LA for the channel, which in the US is a joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks.Dolgen left MTV last year during a period that saw a number of top-level programming and development execs exit Viacom’s cable channels.She had spent 20 years at MTV, rising to executive VP, series development and head of unscripted programming. There, she oversaw the creation of shows such as 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, and worked on series such as Real World and Jackass.“As a producer I was lucky enough to work with Lauren on more projects than I remember,” said Derek Freda, co-president of Viceland. “I was always impressed with her ability to find and develop new material, her deep commitment to talent, and her capacity to help any project always find the best version of itself.”Freda and Guy Slattery were upped to co-presidents of Viceland in February, with Eddy Moretti stepping back to focus on his previous role as chief creative officer.read more
Lagardère Active has launched a new kids channel for the Arabic-speaking world.Gulli Bil Arabi will be carried by the My-HD platform the Middle East and North Africa, giving it distribution in 18 countries across the region. The channel will be available as part of all of My-HD’s offerings.The channel will have a programming line-up adapted to the way of life and school hours in its target markets, according to Lagardère Actgive. Gulli Bil Arabi will feature themed blocks covering the likes of pre-school content, adventure and programmes targeted at girls.Titles available on the channel will include My Little Pony, Transformers, Oggy et les Cafards, Totally Spies and Power Rangers.Gulli Bil Arabi will also include shows acquired specifically for the channel, including Slugterra, Bali, Marsupilami and Sam le Pompier.The launch of the channel takes Lagardère’s total number of international channels to 16, with localised versions of Gulli Girl and TiJi in Russia and nine eastern European countries and Gulli Africa, available in 22 Francophone African counties.“With the launch of Gulli Bil Arabi we are strengthening our presence in the North Africa and Middle East region, where Mezzo Live HD is already distributed, with a offer specifically for the region’s kids. Gulli Bil Arabi embodies the values of the Gulli brand – tolerance, openness of spirit and good humour – and is aimed at all kids from Rabat to Muscat, with a rich and varied offer of programmes designed to make them laugh, discover, learn and be amazed. We also wish, with this channel, to contribute to promote the quality and diversity of French animation, which will have a substantial presence in the line-up,” said Caroline Cochaux, depute director of TV at Lagardère Active.“We thank My-HD for its support and we hope, thanks to this new channel, to accompany the operator as it develops, enriching its kids offering with a customised channel, the offspring of a powerful brand.”read more
RTL-owned multi-channel network Broadband TV has launched a new business division that will build original games and mobile apps.Broadband TV CEO Shahrzad RafatiBBTV Interactive will create multi-platform games and apps to connect digital talent with their fans, in a move that is designed to expand revenue streams and was announced at CES in Las Vegas.“We’re placing an emphasis on building mobile games that are truly broadcastable,” said Lewis Ball, vice-president interactive, e-commerce and professional services at BroadbandTV.“We’re in a unique position as we already work with top digital talent that each have large highly engaged audiences allowing us to directly market the apps to targeted consumers.”Ball described the move as a “significant opportunity” and it is one that builds on a number of previous app developments by Broadband TV.The company made a mobile game for Spanish YouTuber Fernanfloo that was downloaded by more than 9.5 million iOS and Android users, and is due to launch its latest game, Squad Rivals, as a closed beta trial later this month.Broadband TV said it has been committed to further expanding revenue streams with its monetisation strategy now spanning ad- and subscription-supported video-on-demand, mobile apps, e-commerce, and licensing.The Vancouver-based company claims to be the third largest video property globally after Google and Facebook with 34 billion views per month and 285 million unique viewers. Its total annual viewership increased 66% from 2016 to 2017 to reach 341.4 billion.Broadband TV is 51% owned by RTL Group, however the German media giant said last year that it would not exercise its call option to acquire the remaining 49% of the company and had instead decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for Broadband TV together with minority shareholders.read more
POLICE have arrested a teenager over an incident in Derry last week in which a car was being driven dangerously before being set on light.PSNI Foyle say: “Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Team have arrested an 18 year old male in connection with the Citroen that was burnt out next to the shop at Fairview Road last Wednesday.“He’s been booked in for:Dangerous DrivingArson Endangering LifeNo InsuranceNo L PlatesDriving Unaccompanied.” DerryFAIRVIEW ROADPSNI FOYLETEENAGER ARRESTED OVER CAR TORCHED IN DERRY TEENAGER ARRESTED OVER CAR TORCHED IN DERRY was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet
John Winton, 51, was also a local fireman.Police said Mr Winton “died as a result of injuries he sustained in a collision with the refuse collection vehicle he was working on”.Northern Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive said they are aware of the incident and are making enquiries.DUP councillor Alan Robinson said he became aware of the tragedy early on Tuesday morning. “The entire Limavady community is stunned and deeply saddened for the deceased, his grieving family, friends and all involved,” he said.“I trust that the family will be given space to find time to come to terms with the loss of someone they loved dearly.”Sadness as Co Derry refuse worker and fireman dies after being struck by bin lorry was last modified: November 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Refuse worker and local part time fire man Jim Winton dies after being struck by bin lorryA man has been killed after he was hit by the bin lorry he was working on in Limavady.The incident happened at 7.30 am this morning, Tuesday, November 6, in the Mount Eden area of the town. CO DERRYJim WintonMount EdenPolicePSNISadness as Co Derry refuse worker and fireman dies after being struck by bin lorry ShareTweetread more