Stay on target We’re all busy people. Between work, kids, Game of Thrones, taxes, and self care, who has time to schedule tours of potential new homes?No one, that’s who.That’s about to change, though, with the launch of Zillow 3D Home.The real estate firm this week unveiled its AI-powered mobile platform, which lets iOS users capture and view 360-degree panoramic photos for free.“Previously, 3D tours were only found on high-end or expensive homes, due to the high cost and time-intensive capture process,” according to Josh Weisberg, senior director of product development for Zillow 3D and computer vision. “Now with 3D Home, adding an immersive experience to a home listing is fast, easy, and free, which benefits buyers and sellers at all price points.”It’s especially handy among Gen Z and Millennial buyers, many of whom find 3D tours or recorded video of a home important in their decision-making process.(As a reluctant Millennial, I will admit that seeing a prospective rental in full—from the comfort of my couch—automatically puts the seller in good standing.)The 3D Home app, currently available only for iOS, walks users through the 360-degree-image capture process, then uses artificial intelligence to stitch together “seamless” tours. It can also enhance photo exposure and select thumbnail images to be represent each room.If you’ve ever used Google Street View, you’ll have no problem maneuvering through Zillow’s 3D Home program. Simply click on a specific space to go directly there, or drag and tap your way through the dwelling.Finished tours are accessible via the My 3D Home dashboard to edit, share privately, or add directly to a listing.Zillow piloted the program early last year in select U.S. markets, and quickly saw strong demand for the technology across the country; during field testing, nearly half of the thousands of 3D tours were generated outside markets supported at the time.Download the Zillow Real Estate & Rentals iOS app now to start touring homes, without ever leaving your own.More on Geek.com:Warby Parker’s AR App Lets You Virtually Try on GlassesYou Can Virtually Try on Sneakers With This Cool AppWarm Up With a Virtual Tour of Lava-Covered Exoplanet 55 Cancri e McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
MondayBattle Ground School District, 406 N.W. Fifth Ave., Battle Ground.• 5 p.m., special meeting to discuss bond measure.•6 p.m., board meeting: department reports, high school requirements, sewer extension to Glenwood-Laurin campus, executive session on sale of property (no action), withdrawal of stadium turf financing contract.Hockinson School District, Superintendent’s Office, 17912 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: 2018-2019 budget projections.Vancouver City Council, Council Chambers, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 4:30 p.m., workshops: agenda includes an update on the urban forestry commission and the culture, arts and heritage draft plan.• 6:30 p.m., consent agenda: agenda includes pavement management contracts and a citizen forum.Washougal City Council, City Hall, 1701 C St., Washougal.• 5 p.m. workshop: Clark County Commission on Aging 2017 annual report, MCI Metro franchise agreement ordinance, professional services agreement with Berger Abam for Columbia River Trail final design, tree removal and trimming/pruning agreement with Arborscape.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: executive session regarding agency enforcement matters.Woodland Public Schools, Room 2203, Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.• 5:30 p.m., regular meeting: school facilities and safety planning.TuesdayClark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10 a.m., council hearing: proclamations, changing council meeting times, set public meeting time for spring supplemental budget, approval to use funds for site for parking lot improvements at Harmony Sports Complex.La Center Planning Commission, Council chambers, 214 E. Fourth St., Vancouver.• 7 p.m., public hearings: transportation element of Capital Facilities plan, amendments to La Center Municipal Code.La Center School District, library, La Center High School, 725 N.E. Highland Ave., La Center.• 3 p.m., regular meeting: annual linkage meeting with classified and certified staff.La Center School District, conference room, La Center High School, 725 N.E. Highland Ave., La Center.• 4 to 8 p.m., special meeting: bond sale presentation, architect interviews discussion and selection of architect for new middle school project.Ridgefield School District, Room 311, Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield.• 5 p.m., regular meeting: approve 2018-2019 calendar and changes to boundary and start times and lease agreement, and approve interlocal agreement regarding maintenance, reimbursement agreement and shared-use agreement between district and city for Outdoor Sports Complex.Washougal School District, District Office, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal.• 5:30 p.m., regular meeting: executive responsibilities on facilities.WednesdayClark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 9:30 a.m., work session: Clean Water Commission 2017 annual report.• 10:30 a.m., work session: 2018 update to the vacant buildable lands model.• 12:30 p.m., council time.La Center City Council, City Hall, 214 E. Fourth St., La Center.• 6:30 p.m., public hearing: amendments to the La Center Municipal Code on sign regulations.Vancouver Parking Advisory Committee, City Hall Balsam Conference Room, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 7:30 a.m., workshop: agenda includes an update to parking projects and a work session on the 20-minute free parking option.Vancouver Salary Review Commission, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 10 a.m., public hearing: commission will finalize its recommendation to increase mayor and council salary.ThursdayRidgefield City Council, Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.• 6:30 p.m., regular meeting: 2018 budget amendment, approval of Waste Water Treatment Plant operator agreement, approval of amendment to collection system transfer and operation agreement, approval of bid award for Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, intent to annex Cosgrove.
Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarvey flooding in KingwoodGovernment records show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival that reservoirs in Houston would fill to record levels, flooding adjacent neighborhoods, but never shared the concern with the public.A Corps forecast on Aug. 25, the same day Harvey made landfall, determined Barker and Addicks reservoirs would spill beyond their banks, engulfing homes and businesses.It wasn’t until the next day that officials in Fort Bend County issued the first flood advisory for areas adjacent to Barker.Authorities in Harris County, home to Houston, didn’t issue similar warnings until Aug. 27. But by then neighborhoods were already inundated.The Houston Chronicle obtained the Corps records through discovery in a lawsuit filed by homeowners seeking compensation.The Corps did not respond to the Chronicle’s request for comment. Share
Kolkata: The fourth edition of the Kolkata Jewellery and Gem Fair (KJGF), the B2B international jewellery trade fair which concluded in the city on Monday, has received impressive response from the buyers and sellers.The three-day fair was held from April 7 to 9 at the AMMERF, New Town. It was organised by UBM India, along with the Calcutta Gems and Jewellery Association (CG&JWA) and the state government. The expo was inaugurated by Ahmad Hassan Imran, MP, Rajya Sabha, while the guest of honour was Vandana Yadav, Managing Director, WBIDC, along with Ashok Bengani, president, CG&JWA. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, was also present at the opening function. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAround 100 exhibitors from across the country participated in the expo, along with visiting delegates from countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE and Singapore among others.As the largest fine jewellery event of Eastern India, the three-day expo was aimed at projecting Kolkata as one of the highest contributors to the jewellery industry, along with a successful projection of the city on the global map. The expo was suitably timed, just prior to the seasonal festivities such as ‘Poila Baisakh’, the Bengali New Year and the auspicious occasion of ‘Akshay Tritiya’, as well as the summer wedding season. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe premium trade fair highlighted a rich agglomeration of Kolkata’s exquisite handcrafted jewellery. These splendid and intricately designed jewellery included statement sets in diamonds, gold, silver and pearls, along with gemstones and related products. Apart from traditional bridal pieces like Chandbalis, Choor, Ratanchoor, Mantasha, Saptalahari, Hansulis, Nabaratna sets, Kundan, Polki and Meenakari sets, a significant amount of gemstones in Kolkata is also used for astrological purposes in the form of Graharatna jewellery.Speaking on account of the fourth edition of KJGF, 2018, Yogesh Mudras said: “Bengal’s handcrafted jewellery and its legacy is famous worldwide. Through our expo, we are making a consolidated effort to promote their cause, welfare and art.”
Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”. Irfan Nabi’s exquisite collection of photographs, showcasing the vivid hues of Ladakh and Kashmir seems to justify Einstein’s saying; as every moment captured amidst the alluring scenery of north, veils an engaging story. For Irfan, a photographer who is blessed with an unconventional perspective, art of photography is all about patience and ‘understanding of the right moment’. But what does that right moment seems like? Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Well, it’s the decisive moment when you expect the nature to bring in something to complete the frame and make it worth capturing.” Referring to one of his paintings, he further adds, “for example the street in the photograph didn’t have anything except few scattered autumn leaves and a mundane ambiance. Just then this old man who pedals home comes in the picture, and it automatically builds a story.” According to the acclaimed photographer, images are all about stories and through his artwork he wants to share the sense of wonder and joy he felt during the shoot. Irfan believes these photographic moments should make the viewer feel to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature. “You may click hundreds of photos at any time, but capturing ‘moment’ demands patience. A moment perceived by me should form a ‘connect’ with you as well. I witnessed it, you didn’t. But if you take a pause while looking at the photograph and possibly sense a feeling of happiness, distress or just curiosity, that means I have actually teleported you to the place where the moment was captured and that’s what my job is,” Irfan, whose work has been published in National Geographic’s global photo community platform, explains. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA bouquet of images by Nabi, revealing the unexplored aspects of places like Nubra Valley, Gurez, Dal Lake and Gul Marg is on display at the Indian International Centre, New Delhi. The photo exhibition, which will last till January 29, also brings forth the moments captured during Naropa festival which is celebrated once in every 12 years. Coming back to Nabi’s photography, another thing that catches one’s attention is the candidness. None in the collection is a conscious portrait and is clicked when people are having a moment of their own. “I try to get intimate with the character, but not invade them. So I maintain the discretion. For me, It’s important to study, get familiar with people, learn about their lives, understand the patterns and then click,” added the photographer. While the photography was taken care by Irfan, It was Nilosree Biswas, author and documentary maker, who carried on the deep research work. “If you have to find out very fine elements of a region, it becomes tedious. For example, the Naropa festival takes place after 12 years, hence people may not remember what had happened at the previous festival. The historical text might have certain information but you cannot just rely on it. That’s where the real work begins. You have to go to people, to regions, and collect memories from them,” stated Nilosree.On that note, Irfan believes that even if you show him a drop-dead location, it won’t appeal him unless he forms a connection with the people dwelling there. People form the soul of a picture, he says. Two other factors about the photography, that would grab your eyeballs are the light settings as well as a unique perspective with which the moment is clicked. For instance, whenever there is a lady who is decorated, the perspective is always focused at the front (face). But Irfan has a different definition of beauty. “Everyone must have seen portraits of brides but I wanted to use hands to represent my perspective. I found it interesting that how culture could be represented through other symbols rather than just facial features.” Talking about light playing a primary role in his photography, Irfan added, “Actually it’s all about light. You get the best natural light at dusk and dawn since these are the transition hours when the light changes hues. Every-day things that might appear mundane or flatten in the day sun, seems more lively during the sunrise or sunset. The transition hours changes the nature of how we see things. Observing the vividness of a colour is amazing in itself.”
So another year has passed by and another brand new one is upon us. Most people see the advent of the New Year as a harbinger of hope and better times while some others use the opportunity to reflect back on the year gone past and about all that it brought, or could have brought. One event that is as pertinent as the new year itself is the making of resolutions which most of us do to promise ourselves that we will do certain things this coming year, and also try and leave the bad habits. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to a business insider report, 80% of all New Year resolutions fail by February but despite the failure, most people still keep making resolutions. After all, hope is what makes the world go around. As a chef, I make resolutions too, while not commenting on how long those last (one lasted a few minutes), I still do make them and for the most part try to carry on with those as long as I could. While I am certainly no authority in telling people what to resolve for the New Year, I think I could still suggest some regarding the field that I happen to be in. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMost people make New Year resolutions to ‘eat healthily’, ‘eat less’, while others make food resolutions that have them cook more at home. Let me try and give a few pointers on food resolutions, which you can consider in order to be healthier, wealthier and happier in 2019. Know your food: I have always found it rather unnerving how little we, in general talk about food. When a bunch of boys or girls meet, they talk about everything under the sun, latest movies, latest cars, fashion and what not. But not really about what we are putting inside our bodies, something that is sustaining us and giving us life. This next year, resolve to learn more about your food. Try and find out about the ingredients, source of those ingredients, preparation methods and effects of different kinds of food on the body and mind. I know it sounds too simplistic and childish, but my thought on this is that once you know more about your food, you would definitely respect it more, enjoy it more and be more aware of its effects on the body, good and bad. Love the leftovers: One general tendency among most of us is to not treat the leftover food with due respect. We don’t really prefer the leftovers over a fresh dish. This is wrong at so many levels. First, food is food. If it is not spoilt, it should be given the due respect it deserves. One of the New Year resolutions you can make is to not waste any food. Try and learn to make dishes with leftover ingredients and incorporate those into your meals, basically uncouple the leftover with the ingredients and think of leftovers more as food ingredients than undesirable leftovers. One great idea is also to make a weeknight as a ‘leftover night’ where you can create dishes only with leftovers. Think of all the creativity and satisfaction in doing this. Use new ingredients: One of the biggest problems of daily home-cooked food tends to be that it becomes boring after a while. Use of the same ingredients over and over makes this happen. The availability of all food ingredients, specially the fresh vegetables the entire year around makes it even worse. So, try and use new food ingredients. Some new kind of fish, non-regional vegetables, cheese that you have never heard the name of, try them. Chances are, you would be surprised by what they offer. Meet the farmers: Coming from a farmer family myself, I am rather surprised by how little urban dwellers know about the lives of farmers that bring them their food. One food resolution you must really strive for is to meet some farmers, visit their farms and try and find out their struggles and working methods. It is important that we become empathic to our farmer folks and support them so that they keep providing us with great food. If you get a chance, visit the local farmer’s markets and try and know more about the various offerings. Eat everything: Contrary to how it sounds, it is a good idea to not ban things from your diet, simply because it is unpractical and harsh on yourself. Until there is a health condition or other unavoidable considerations, try and incorporate all kinds of foods, in moderation. So don’t ditch your desserts, don’t demonise the pasta and do indulge in scrumptious biryani once in a while. To shut yourself completely out of any food that you love will not work in the long run. See what I said about 80% of resolutions failing within the first two months, one of the reasons is the unrealistic and unpractical demands on yourself, which of course will not work. The more you are going to tell yourself you can’t eat a certain food, the more you will want it. RECIPE In line with the above thoughts, I am giving one recipe that is quite easy to make, is chock o block with nutrients, reasonably sweet and a healthy snack to gorge on. I call it the ‘jogger’s cookies’. Jogger’s cookies Atta : 200 g Oat : 200 g Flax/Sesame seeds: 40 gms Baking Soda : 2 gm Salt: 2 gm Cinnamon Powder: 1 gm Honey: 100 g Olive Oil : 125 ml Egg : 1 Vanilla Walnuts : 100 g Raisins : 100 g Orange Zest : 1 tsp Lemon Zest : ½ tsp Method: Mix the olive oil, honey , egg and vanilla to form a homogenous mixture. The mix will look like thick vinaigrette. Separately mix together all dry ingredients . Walnuts should be lightly roasted and chopped. Mix the wet and dry mixes. Cool the resultant dough for around one hour. Portion into small balls, flatten a bit and bake it in a pre-heated oven for around 15-18 minutes till it gets a golden brown colour. Extra oat/walnuts can be sprinkled on top before baking. After baking, cool it and enjoy. You can store it in an air tight containers for months. I have been eating these for a long time now, as these are extremely filling, tasty and low on calories. When on diet, eat one of these cookies every hour.
Steph Curry and the Warriors have the Clippers’ number. Last night, they won their ninth straight against Clip Show, in a 133 – 120 defensive struggle.Curry finished with 29 points and 11 assists, and took a second to pose and flex his biceps after a made basket in the 2nd quarter. Draymond even did a flex on the bench for good measure.If you’re gonna do that, keep your head on a swivel, Chef.On the Clippers next offensive possession, DeAndre Jordan located Curry on a screen and roll and absolutely laid him out. No whistle. Advertisement Don’t dance around DeAndre seems to be the moral of the story here.??? good RT @bballvines: Steph Curry flexed and then got laid out by DeAndre Jordan ?? pic.twitter.com/66VnA8cZN8— D’Lo Brown (@ImJusSayingTho) February 3, 2017
The latest news is that water levels have been built up and water is being pumped out to consumers. It should be expected that some areas will have water quicker than others, depending on the geographical location of the area.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Close to 250,000 homes are again without water… Taps have been dry since after lunch today (November 19).Homeowners were caught off-guard, with no notifications sent out by uThukela District Municipality of water interruptions for the day. Residents in the affected areas are furious, having knocked off work and finding that their homes are without running water.Residents receiving water from the Ezakheni Water Treatment Plant have been affected.uThukela carried out emergency maintenance at the Ezakheni Bulk Water Works last weekend, resulting in residents of Ezakheni, Acaciavale and Aloe Park being without water from Friday through to Monday.According to uThukela PRO Jabulani Mkhonza, “Water pressure at the plant is very low, hence no water supply. Our engineers are building up water levels at the Ezakheni Plant in their attempts to restore the supply.” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Tags: Cancun, Havana, Montreal, Sunwing, Waterloo << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Sunwing adds direct Waterloo-Cancun flight, brings back Montreal-Havana Share TORONTO — Starting this winter Sunwing will offer twice weekly direct flights from Montreal to Havana and brand new weekly direct service between Waterloo, ON and Cancun.From Dec. 13, 2019 until March 13, 2020, flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays, offering Montreal residents the opportunity to explore Cuba’s capital. Havana is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year.This is the first time Sunwing has offered the route since 2012. “We are excited to once again be offering Montreal residents the popular direct flight service to Havana,” says Sam Char, Executive Vice President for Sunwing Travel Group in Quebec.“As the world’s largest vacation provider to Cuba we’re thrilled to be offering even more vacation options in this varied destination that has a perennial appeal for our customers in Quebec.”Sunwing offers a range of accommodation options for Havana-bound travellers, from laidback resorts to hotels in the heart of the city.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJVisitors can choose to stay at Bravo Club Arenal, a 20-minute drive from Old Havana. Vacationers can also choose to stay at Hotel Atlantico, with its relaxing and beautiful beach area and complimentary shuttle service to downtown Havana.Sunwing has also announced that it will double its destination offerings from the Region of Waterloo International Airport this winter with the addition of a new direct weekly flight service to Cancun.Sunwing is anticipated to be the only carrier offering this service, which will operate from Dec. 18, 2019 until April 8, 2020. In addition, Sunwing’s popular flight service to Punta Cana will operate weekly between Dec. 16, 2019 and April 13, 2020.Travellers can choose from a wide range of world-class resorts along the coast and explore all that Cancun has to offer on a Sunwing Experiences excursion.“We are delighted to be returning to the Waterloo Region and to be offering twice as many flight services this winter,” says President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, Andrew Dawson. “Cancun is one of our most popular vacation destinations and we’re sure it will be well received by our customers.”More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaOne family-friendly option for Waterloo travellers heading to Cancun is the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, with something for guests of all ages. A popular family resort in Cancun is the newly-opened Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, with accommodation options for families of five or more and complimentary, unlimited access to Splash Water World water park on-site.Meanwhile clients seeking an adults-only getaway can choose from a range of popular resorts such as Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun with its exclusive beachfront, restaurant and pool complex plus access to all the amenities of the wider resort.
Source = Travel Indochina Travel Indochina has been nominated for the prestigious Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards.Winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards, organised by online travel directory responsibletravel.com in collaboration with the Daily Telegraph (UK), Geographical Magazine and BBC World News, will be announced at World Travel Market on 11 November 2009.Travel Indochina Managing Director, Paul Hole, says he is proud of the company’s nomination, particularly in the important category of ‘Best Tour Operator for Cultural Engagement’.“We are thrilled that our concerted responsible tourism effort is being recognised, reflective of the effort we have put into it,” says Paul. “We were nominated externally, meaning our message about sustainable and responsible tourism is getting through, and at the level we want it to – our customers, our suppliers and those in the industry.”The central tenet of the Awards is that all types of tourism – from niche to mainstream – should be operated in a way that respects and benefits destinations and local people. The Awards recognise commitment to cultural, economic and environmental contributions.“As with the awards, acting responsibly is a key tenet to which Travel Indochina has always operated. In the 16 years since our inception, we have continually aimed to create and operate itineraries which are both responsive to our clients’ interests and sensitive to local issues,’ says Paul. “Our Small Group Journeys have been designed with an underlying theme of carefully planned local interaction, in order to create an appreciation of local cultures and a significant contribution to local economies. “We’ve produced our own City Guides, which recommend patronage at shops and restaurants which support or train people from disadvantaged backgrounds.“In fact our support of local businesses, and our ability to avoid the ‘trappings of mass tourism’ such as hotel dining, large coach touring and scheduled shopping has had a tangible impact and helped support the establishment and success of several businesses, including:Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang, Laos, (established in 2008);Lolita transport company in Siem Reap, Cambodia, (established in 2005) andBlue Cruiser Boat company in Saigon, (established in 2003).“Our economic support goes further. “We are intent on working as a 100% tax-compliant ground operator – which we believe makes us almost alone among tour operators in the Indochina area – because we believe the flow on effect of legitimate, tax paying businesses to the host country is significant, as well as the obvious fact that ethically, it’s the only right thing to do.“We also insist our suppliers act in the same responsible, ethical manner we do.”The Award focuses on the steps taken by nominees to encourage positive engagement with local communities. It also looks to identify work done to reduce negative social or cultural impacts in the destination. “Pre-trip, we provide our travellers with a comprehensive destination-specific Pre Departure Guide and a ‘Tread Lightly’ Guide to Responsible Travel which give clear guidance on how to travel in Asia in a culturally sensitive way,” says Paul.“Our guides also provide advice and insights on how to avoid cultural offence. “In some instances, we have country by country specifics we address as well. In Cambodia, for example, our offices are certified with the ChildSafe Network, a child protection network. Our welcome kits for our travellers in Cambodia include ‘ChildSafe Tips for Travellers’ designed to further the goals of child protection.“We are also certified with Heritage Watch, an organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Cambodian culture, including archeology. Travel Indochina also satisfies the environmental criteria of the awards, with a significant track record of ensuring low environmental impact tourism. “Responsible tourism goes beyond cultural and economic values,” says Paul.“We also take our responsibility to ensure low environmental impact tourism seriously, including the operations of our wholesale and retail offices. We had our carbon emissions assessed in 2007, and have been able to achieve a 35% reduction in our emissions since. “We are always actively seeking other options to ensure we continue to remain sustainable. “For example, in October 2009, we will be purchasing $US2,000 worth of land via the Himaapaan Reforestation Project, northern Thailand (an innovative project which also involves participation from nearby villagers). Our 2009 journeys to northern Thailand have included educational visits to this site.“It’s all part of our ongoing commitment to being ‘responsible’, across all its guises.”
An extra five 50-seat Q300 Armidale-Sydney return services each week, giving 500 more seats on the route each week.NSW Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay describes the schedule upgrade as great news for regional tourism and says it will boost local economies. “This is a clear vote of confidence by QantasLink in the appeal of business and leisure tourism in regional New South Wales.” “There is so much to see and do in regional NSW and these expanded services will make it even easier to get out and about.”“This is great news for business travellers, and the improved access gives another reason to hold business conferences and meetings in regional NSW.”Since 2006, QantasLink has invested more than $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft. These aircraft have joined the carrier’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, which now provide about 1800 flights a week to 53 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia. An extra five Q400 Coffs Harbour-Sydney return weekly services, which adds 788 more seats on the route <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2581a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> An extra five 50-seat Q300 Port Macquarie-Sydney return services, adding 500 more seats on the route each week Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F QantasLink will expand its flying schedule in regional New South Wales from March 2010, following the delivery of its 19th 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. QantasLink Executive Manager, Narendra Kumar says the new schedule will offer an additional 142,000 more seats each year on several routes.”The Q400 is the flagship of our fleet,” he says. “The new schedule will create further travel opportunities for regional communities and benefit local business and tourism companies.”The new opportunities and benefits of the expanded flight schedule will include: The introduction of Q400 services to Wagga, with 20 out of 26 weekly return flights being upgraded from 50-seat Q300 to 74-seat Q400 aircraft, resulting in 460 additional seats on the route. 500 more seats with an extra five 50-seat Q300 Tamworth-Sydney return services each week
We are very pleased to be here at OTM and are happy with the response that we received. I think this is a perfect platform for people to interact with the strategic partners and the travel and trade fraternity of India. OTM is a great show and with the footfall that we have seen this year we are very much looking forward to the next year.
by Louise Dixon, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2019 7:26 am PDT Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Director Agnes Varda pose for photographers during a photo-call for the film ‘Varda by Agnes’ at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. ( Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP) BERLIN — The voice of the female filmmaker was louder than ever at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, with seven out of the 16 films in the competition section helmed by women, and female directors from all corners of the globe featured prominently at the festival.Women directors represented 63 per cent of the films presented across the festival’s 15 different sections, compared to 36 per cent for men, making it the biggest representation of women directors in the festivals 69-year history. In addition, the film festival’s selection committee was overwhelmingly female (there were originally 17 films in competition but one film from China was withdrawn).This year’s festival, also known as the Berlinale, wraps on Sunday. It has been rich with global women telling female-focused stories, including Michela Occhipinti’s feature debut “Flesh Out,” about the practice of gavage, the forced fattening up of young girls before their weddings in Western Africa.“We are half, maybe more than half the population” she said of women. “(We are) feeling something different”.Other female-centred stories included Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska and her feminist satire “God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya”; “37 Seconds,” a tender story from Japan about sex and disability from Hikari; and Austrian filmmaker Marie Kreutzer’s “The Ground Beneath My Feet,” which looks at a high-performing career woman struggling with a sister with mental illness.There was also the black-and-white lesbian love drama “Elisa and Marcela” from Spanish filmmaker Isobel Coixet.British director Joanna Hogg presented her fourth feature film, “The Souvenir,” aptly following a young girl through film school in the 1980s. Part autobiographical, part fiction, “The Souvenir” stars Honor Swinton Byrne as a student filmmaker alongside her mother, Tilda Swinton, who also plays her on-screen mom.Hogg says she wants to encourage more women to make films and explains that one of the reasons for making the movie was to show a woman as an artist.“We all talk about films about directors like the wonderful ‘8 1/2’ which I’m very inspired by, but they’re always these male directors, these sort of male egos,” she said. “So I’m kind of very interested in the female ego.”Swinton, who has directed documentaries, says that for her, the role models have always been there: “I personally as a filmmaker was always aware of the great comradeship of female filmmakers. And you don’t have to look very far to know how many female filmmakers have always been making films. It just, they don’t necessarily get the column inches.”That wasn’t the case for Danish director Lone Scherfig, who opened this year’s festival with “The Kindness of Strangers.” She says she didn’t have much inspiration from women filmmakers or the female characters she watched on screen growing up in Denmark.“Women were always happy and pretty and I, even as a little girl, would go to the cinema in a starched dress with a bow and dress up in order to go to the cinema to watch those women and wanted to be them,” she recalled.She says for her it was a big jump to making films “instead of just sitting, being, wishing you were Audrey Hepburn.”Sitting pretty is far from the minds of many of today’s women filmmakers, and the characters they create on screen are also challenging gender stereotypes.South African director Jenna Bass fought hard to get her contemporary all-female western “Flatland” made the way she wanted it, and even to be able to describe it as a western.“I know that it breaks a lot of the rules but really the only thing that’s really fundamentally missing that is usually in a Western is macho guys, and I just don’t think that that’s a prerequisite of the genre,” she said.Talking about the women she watched on screen growing up, like Scherfig, also found the portrayals to be unrealistic.“My ideas about what a romantic relationship between a man and a woman or between anyone should be like was informed by movies, and when life didn’t correspond to that,” she said, “I thought that I’d done something wrong.”She puts much of this down to the male dominance of the industry.“All my role models were men, and all the films that I loved were about men, and I didn’t really think too much about that for quite a while until I think I just generally started develop my own kind of like political consciousness about the world around me and start to question why that was,” she said.Indian filmmaker Zoya Akhtar was in Berlin for her movie “Gully Boy”, which looks at the urban rap music scene in India. She feels that today’s women filmmakers are not only writing exciting female characters but “legitimate men.”“It’s really important to see how we see men and how we want to see men and what we think is heroic and what we think is something worth saluting,” she said. “And it needn’t always be larger than life and it needn’t be that kind of toxic masculinity, because that’s not what we want.”Bollywood superstar Alia Bhatt stars in “Gully Boy” as the feisty, charismatic Safeena. She says she is often approached with offers of “strong female characters,” or “female led stories” but jokes that she hopes for a day when that doesn’t need to be highlighted.“Just get me a film and just be like you’ve got a good part. That’s it you know?”Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr Jones,” the story of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, also showed at the festival. Holland points out that there have been some “extremely courageous and extremely creative filmmakers” that have helped shape her career including 90-year-old Agnes Varda, who was honoured at this year’s festival with the Berlinale Camera award for lifetime achievement.The 70-year-old concludes that there have been a “lot of wonderful women in history and will be even more in the future I hope. I think that we will take over.”___Online:https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.htmlLouise Dixon, The Associated Press
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By Elias HazouThe best option for the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) is for it to be broken up into separate entities over which the state would hold majority control, a government-commissioned study has found.Exergia SA, energy and environment consultants, have been tasked by the government to analyse various options for the future structure and ownership of the semi-state power company.An executive summary of their interim report was presented to MPs on Tuesday.Per the terms of Cyprus’ bailout, EAC is one semi-state enterprise slated for privatisation, with the proceeds going toward paying down the €10bn loan facility. But pushback from unions and threats of industrial action have forced the government to tread lightly.Having analysed 12 scenarios in total, Exergia found that the preferred option is for the EAC to be first unbundled into its various activities – generation, supply, transmission and distribution.The generation and supply activities of the EAC would be transferred to a new company, which Energia tentatively names “GS Co.”That would be followed by the creation of the “EAC Single Network Co” with three business units – distribution assets owner and operator, transmission assets owner and operator, and market operator and transfer of transmission and distribution assets to the new company.According to Exergia, the overall preferred option for ownership “is for the state to retain majority control in both the GS Co and the EAC Single Networks Co and divest minority shares and management to the private sector.”On this model, the consultants add that “from the aspect of privatisation it offers to the GoC [government of Cyprus] maximum flexibility to design, organise and proceed with privatisations in the electricity sector.”Exergia go on to note that this scenario “has the clear preference of the European Commission…”The European Commission is part of the ‘troika’ of Cyprus’ international lenders.In their closing remark, Energia state that “privatising generation should probably wait until the wholesale market has been established and the terms under which [natural] gas shall be sold to competitors have been clarified.“EAC restructuring to separate generation/supply from the networks activities should take place as early as possible.”Essentially the scenario advocates the partial privatisation of the EAC. Another scenario, which scored lower on Exergia’s scale, involves the creation of EAC subsidiaries.Energy and commerce minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said the interim report would be forwarded to the troika on Thursday, while the cabinet is to be officially briefed next week.Exergia’s final report would be ready by end-November, he added, stressing that no decision on the EAC’s future has yet been taken.For his part, Andreas Poullikas, head of the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, said it would take three to four years to unbundle the EAC’s various activities.Andreas Panorkos, head of the EPOPAI trade union, alleged that a member of the team compiling the Exergia report may have a conflict of interest.He said the individual – whom he did not name – was a former government official, who after resigning his post was tied to a company which is bidding for the natural gas supply tender.Lakkotrypis challenged Panorkos to back up the claim with evidence.It’s understood that EAC union reps have requested a meeting with the energy minister for Friday.The unions argue that, given the small size of the market in Cyprus, privatising the EAC will ultimately lead to higher rates for consumers.In a statement, main opposition AKEL said a reading of the report reveals the consultants worked backwards – making their findings fit the theory, namely the government’s predetermined decision to denationalise the EAC.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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