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With most Pakistan quake survivors now home UN hands tasks to localWith most Pakistan quake survivors now home UN hands tasks to local

Now that hundreds of thousands of survivors of last October’s deadly earthquake in Pakistan have returned home from temporary camps, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today closed the offices in the region, handing over full responsibility for managing remaining relief camps to local authorities on schedule.“This was part of an overall framework for the transition of camp management responsibilities,” said Kilian Kleinschmidt, UNHCR’s senior emergency coordinator. “From the outset, we had made it clear that our involvement would be until the end of the winter and that we would phase out as of September 1, 2006 in a responsible, transparent and professional manner.”The offices were located in Mansehra in North West Frontier Province and in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. UNHCR will continue to provide advice to local authorities until the end of the year.Since March, more than 140,000 quake survivors have left relief camps for home. About 36,000 people remain in 44 camps. In the months leading up to the handover, UNHCR upgraded services in the remaining camps and made provisions to ensure that basic services would continue.While the refugee agency normally does not get involved in natural disasters, the enormous scale of the quake, as well as the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, represented exceptional cases.The 8 October earthquake in the mountainous Kashmir region left more than 70,000 people dead and millions homeless. Immediately after the quake, UNHCR rushed thousands of tonnes of supplies from its emergency relief stockpiles to survivors.At the height of the emergency operation, UNHCR had some 150 staff in Pakistan. It supported the local government in running 170 temporary relief camps and coordinated with UN agencies and non-governmental organisations to ensure basic services in the camps.“You can measure the success of our activities by what was averted. There were no epidemics in the camps and few casualties over the course of winter,” Mr. Kleinschmidt observed. read more

Future of IsraeliPalestinian peace more uncertain than ever warns senior UN officialFuture of IsraeliPalestinian peace more uncertain than ever warns senior UN official

Speaking to the 15-member body in New York, Mr. Serry explained that as Israel heads into election season following the recent collapse of its ruling coalition, the resulting “deadly diplomatic vacuum can be no excuse for either side to let the present situation get even worse.” “Now is the time to deescalate and refrain from provocative steps, re-build trust and set conditions for a return to negotiations that will resolve this conflict,” Mr. Serry told the Council. “Hope for a lasting solution to the conflict must be restored before it is too late.” The international community’s growing impatience with the regional stalemate and the simmering tensions between Israelis and Palestinians was recently highlighted by parliamentary decisions in France, Spain and Portugal to recognize a Palestinian state. Despite a broad desire for Middle East peace among many outside the region, however, Mr. Serry warned that the situation on the ground remained “explosive” amid a recent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. On 18 November, for instance, two Palestinians killed five Israelis and injured several others at a West Jerusalem synagogue before being shot dead by local police. Further, on 29 November, a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem was set on fire and vandalized with anti-Arab graffiti. Meanwhile, over the summer, a 51-day conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis. In addition, the fighting damaged or destroyed over 100,000 homes, affecting more than 600,000 people. As a result of the widespread damage in Gaza, the UN official noted that a UN-backed reconstruction mechanism had begun to assist with the deliveries of construction materials into the war-ravaged enclave. In addition, he said, trade had been re-established between Gaza and the West bank, although it still remained well-below potential. Nonetheless, the positive developments did little to reinforce what is already a fragile situation. “Up to 80,000 families are living in houses that have sustained varying degrees of damage,” Mr. Serry continued. “The urgency to address these needs is compounded by the extreme weather Gaza has experienced in recent weeks with the early arrival of the rainy winter season.”In his briefing, Mr. Serry also said he was “very concerned” about the reinstatement of Israel’s practice of punitive demolitions after almost a complete halt for nearly a decade. There has been a surge in the use of punitive demolitions by the Government of Israel following a fresh uptick in tensions and deadly violence across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.Most recently, the East Jerusalem home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, a Palestinian man accused of committing a car attack in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of a 22 year-old woman and a three-month old child, was demolished on 19 November – an act which garnered UN criticism.According to UN rights experts, Israeli authorities have also slated at least six other homes of Palestinian suspects located in East Jerusalem, Askar refugee camp, and Hebron, for demolition or sealing – the practice of completely or partially closing off the rooms of a home with concrete or metal sheeting, prohibiting family members from accessing their homes, at times indefinitely. Meanwhile, following a recent deadly attack against a Jerusalem synagogue, a number of other house demolitions are reportedly being prepared.Between 1 June and 30 November 2014, punitive demolitions have resulted in the displacement of 34 Palestinians, including 16 children. Another six families, including four in East Jerusalem and two in other parts of the West Bank, are at imminent risk of displacement.The Special Coordinator added that Gaza’s precariousness also hinged upon its ability to become self-sufficient. He noted that forging “a clear and realistic plan” to give Gazans hope also required three specific priorities tied to bringing affordable energy, sufficient water and the physical reconstruction of the enclave. Unless that happened, he added, Gaza could be headed towards “another implosion with dire consequences.”“We have reached a dramatic moment in the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” Mr. Serry concluded, as he warned that the future of a two-state solution remained in the balance. “It is for Palestinians and Israelis and their leaderships to take the courageous steps, now more necessary than ever, to salvage a peaceful and secure future for their people.” read more

Iraq UN refugee agency opens twelfth camp as displacement escalates in westIraq UN refugee agency opens twelfth camp as displacement escalates in west

“The risk to people fleeing Mosul is now very great, with people having to move being in grave danger. People speak of conditions that are desperate and worsening. Families arriving from West Mosul report heavy bombing and fighting,” said a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andrej Mahecic, today at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva.“They also tell UNHCR that there are no basic services in the city, no food, no water and no fuel. Some families have told us they have been living on one meal a day; often just bread, or flour and water, sometimes supplemented with tomato paste,” he continued. The newest camp was built in response to the ongoing Mosul emergency – less than four weeks since UNHCR opened the Hammam al-Alil 2 camp, with a capacity for 30,000 people, which is now almost full. Located approximately 60 kilometres west of Mosul along the highway to Erbil, first buses with newly displaced Iraqi families arrived at Hasansham U2 on Tuesday. As of this morning, 96 families, including some 500 children, are being sheltered in the new site. Each displaced family arriving at Hasansham U2 receives a tent and other basic aid items including blankets, a cooker and a kitchen set. As of today, more than 1,000 tents are ready, enough to shelter over 6,000 people. At full occupancy, it can accommodate more than 9,000 people. “UNHCR reiterates its call to all parties in the fighting to ensure civilians are not prevented from leaving areas of active conflict and are provided access to safe areas, including those currently trapped in Mosul. Equally, civilians must not be forced to return to unsafe areas,” underscored Mr. Mahecic.Six months into the Iraqi offensive to oust terrorists from Mosul, UNHCR remains concerned about the continuing massive displacement. Despite enormous risks, the number of people fleeing West Mosul shows no sign of slowing down.“We expect more large outflows of people from the west of the city. This is why we and our partners continue to prepare new camps, ready to receive those fleeing Mosul who are desperately in need of assistance,” continued the spokesperson. “The first phase of another camp, al Salamiya 2, with capacity for 30,000 people, is under construction. When completed, the camp will have a capacity for up to 60,000 people.” The UN refugee agency noted that its current humanitarian efforts to shelter and assist displaced Iraqi families and refugees who fled to Iraq were seriously challenged by waning funding support.“Our programmes in support of refugees and internally displaced in Iraq are currently only 18 per cent funded [$105.1 million received out of $578 million],” Mr. Mahecic pointed out. “This situation now threatens our ability to effectively respond to the immediate and mounting humanitarian needs in Iraq this year,” he added. According to Iraqi authorities more than 630,000 people have been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since October 2016, when the military operation began. This includes more than 434,000 displaced from western Mosul since mid-February. Meanwhile, an estimated 141,000 people have since returned to their areas of origin. A child walks through the rubble of a building which was destroyed in an airstrike, during fighting between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in western Mosul. 11 March 2017. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi read more

Wrestling Brakan Mead thrust into starting role in freshman seasonWrestling Brakan Mead thrust into starting role in freshman season

Ohio State freshman, Brakan Mead, won a high school state championship at 113 pounds after amassing a 45-4 record in his senior year. Credit: Courtesy of Tony MeadA photo features a small child having his hand raised by referee while wearing a black singlet that reads “Buckeyes” on the chest and “OSU” over the left leg. That child is Ohio State freshman wrestler Brakan Mead. That photo currently adorns the profile of Mead’s Twitter account. “It was a dream my whole life and now it’s a reality,” Mead said. On Oct. 8, All-American redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello sustained a right knee injury which will likely keep him out the first two months of the season. It left a gaping hole at the 125-pound class of the Buckeyes’ lineup, which is currently ranked second in the nation. Enter Mead. Ohio State’s reserves at 125 pounds consisted only of freshmen. On Oct. 19, Mead and Brady Koontz wrestled for the right to represent the loaded Buckeyes at the class. One fact might have given Mead an advantage. The stands at the wrestle-offs were filled with his family, friends and high-school coaches. Mead is a product of Olentangy Liberty High School, born and raised in Columbus. He pinned Koontz in the first match and won by points in the second. The 125-pound class belongs to the hometown kid, at least for now. “It definitely means a lot especially because I’m home,” Mead said. “I know that all the matches, I’m going to have family there and coaching staffs from my past.” Less than eight months ago, Mead was in high school. On March 11, he won a state championship at 113 pounds after amassing a 45-4 record during his senior season. That might be quite the accomplishment, but Mead now wrestles alongside gifted athletes such as senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder, an Olympic gold medalist. “We’re ranked No. 2 in the country right now, and I think it’s a really good feeling,” Mead said. “But that’s part of it here. That’s why I’m here. I think that’s why everybody chose here. I think that’s the culture that we’ve built and that’s the atmosphere that’s been built by the guys that are in the lineup right now.” Head coach Tom Ryan, who had to pull Mead’s redshirt in order for the freshman to compete this season, praised Mead’s character while acknowledging the daunting task that stands before him. “There is nothing easy about what he’s trying to do,” Ryan said. “He has a monster undertaking. As a true freshman that was a lighter weight class coming in, it’ll be a real challenge for him.” Both Ryan and Mead’s high-school head coach Mark Marinelli described the freshman as a “lighter” wrestler in the NCAA 125-pound class. Mead’s personality almost seems to eclipse his size. Confidence is not an issue for Mead, Marinelli said. “He’s 6-foot-8,” he said. “He’s 6-foot-8, 350 pounds and he can move the jive. He’s got lots of confidence and he’s great.” Marinelli spoke of Mead like a family member. He first knew what he had in his gym during Mead’s freshman year, when he saw Mead’s attitude while wrestling larger opponents who were more skilled. He said Mead always believes he’s going to win, regardless of who he is facing. His greatest test is yet to come. “Ohio State is so good in wrestling right now. You have to be a great wrestler just to be on the team,” Marinelli said. “Right now, all the stars are aligning the way he wants them to and he’s taken advantage of it.” One could wonder whether anyone in Mead’s position could truly be ready for what is to come in the next two months before Tomasello’s return from injury. Mead does not wonder. “I never have a doubt about that,” Mead said. “I think that I’m ready to go. I think that the team and the staff believes that I’m ready to go. I know me and my support system believe that I’m ready to go. I’m just going to go and compete.” On top of the support system that includes his family and coaches, there is another person that will be happy to supply Mead with guidance. That person is Tomasello. Tomasello is a former national champion. He’s a three-time All-American and individual Big Ten champion. He’s competed internationally. For now, he can’t be much more than a coach to Mead. “Each practice, if I see something, I’m going to point it out to him,” Tomasello said. “I feel like we have a pretty good relationship now so when we go to tournaments, I’m going to try to go to as many tournaments as I can when I’m not wrestling.” Ryan praised Tomasello’s leadership as a captain. Mead is a possible replacement for Tomasello when the decorated senior graduates. The freshman called Tomasello “unreal” and cited his tendencies to live right and lead by example as reasons why he looks up to the NCAA champion.“Nate has helped me out,” Mead said. “He’s helped me be a better person and he’s helped me be a better wrestler in a really short time since I’ve been here. I owe a lot to him.”With Ohio State and Mead’s first dual meet against Arizona State n Columbus Sunday looming, it leaves one to wonder how the hometown freshman will fare in his time filling in for the All-American. “Anybody could go down at any time,” Ryan said. “You better be ready to knock the door down when it’s your chance.” read more

The Preseason Favorite Is A Good Bet To Lose The Super BowlThe Preseason Favorite Is A Good Bet To Lose The Super Bowl

Preseason odds as of July and August for season referenced. Exact odds vary by date and sportsbook.Sources: Pro Football Reference, Sports Odds History Philadelphia+500176Missed 3+8751011.39.9 29-32+14459003.85.6 2008New England+3502211Missed 2017New England+2502913Lost SB 2016New England+6501314Won SB 25-28+8168115.56.9 2012Green Bay+6001411Lost Div 2007New England+2502916Lost SB 2010Green Bay+140076 2008Pittsburgh+180058 2011New York Giants+2000511 2015Green Bay+5001710Lost Div San Francisco+6501312Lost Conf Preseason odds as of July and August for season referenced. Exact odds vary by date and sportsbook.Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, Sports Odds History, Westgate 2012Baltimore+160066 New England+5001710Lost Div 2018New England+60014%—— 2010Indianapolis+8001110Lost WC 2015Denver+120085 2003New England+150068 Preseason Odds to Win SBMade Super Bowl?Average Wins That’s made for some pretty good David-vs.-Goliath Super Bowl theater, often featuring Brady and the Pats. New England took down the preseason-favorite Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI after coming into the 2001 season as a 60-to-1 longshot. The Giants upset the preseason-favorite Patriots after the 2007 and 2011 seasons, and the Eagles did it to them again in February. Not bad for NFL scriptwriters — or the NFC East. Oddly, despite being the preseason Super Bowl favorite at least seven other times since 2001, the Patriots won four of their five Super Bowls when they weren’t favored coming into the season.So if preseason favorites don’t win the Super Bowl, who does? It turns out that if you want your favorite NFL team to win it all, you should hope it enters the season as kind of likely to do so. Nine of the past 17 champions — the majority — have had the fourth to ninth best preseason odds, with an average around +1400 (14 to 1). If recent history is any indication, the Packers, Eagles, Saints, Chargers, Falcons and Jaguars are in an attractive position as we near Week 1. 2003Tampa Bay+800117Missed 2011New England+6001413Lost SB 2002St. Louis+350227Missed Keep this in mind, too: Preseason Super Bowl odds tell us more about the season that just ended than the one that’s about to start.6Much like strength-of-schedule rankings. There’s a fairly strong negative correlation (-0.75) between teams’ regular-season win totals the previous season and their rankings in the odds before the start of the next season — the more games a team won last year, the lower, or better, their preseason odds rank becomes. And there’s only a modest negative correlation (-0.42) between teams’ preseason odds rankings and their performance in the season that the odds purport to cover. NFL teams generally revert toward the mean, undermining the accuracy of preseason odds that are mostly based on what each team did last season.So have some fun analyzing this year’s preseason Super Bowl odds, agree or disagree, and compare them with FiveThirtyEight’s NFL projections in a couple of weeks if you’re curious to see how the betting markets and Elo differ. But above all, take them with a grain of salt — unless a team with the fourth to ninth best odds wins the Super Bowl. If that happens, you heard it here first. 2014New England+800114 The *kinda* favorites tend to win the Super BowlPreseason odds to win the Super Bowl versus season results, 2001-2017 The preseason favorite tends to lose in the Super BowlThe preseason Super Bowl favorite has made the Super Bowl nine times since 2001 — but won only twice 2004New England+600142 Preseason Odds to Win Super BowlSeason Results 7-9+1895319.69.0 2005Pittsburgh+120085 2007New York Giants+3000315 2001St. Louis+4002014Lost SB Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com, Sports Odds History 13-16+3150108.28.1 1+5202713.011.4 17-20+4083127.47.5 Seattle+5001710Lost Div The 2018 NFL season kicks off in two weeks, and for the third consecutive year — and eighth time since 2005 — the New England Patriots are the betting markets’ preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl.1Preseason Super Bowl odds are referenced as of July and August, the time frame when historical odds are most consistently available. If you expanded your preseason parameters, you could argue that the Patriots have been the preseason favorite at least three more times since 2005, including 2015 (favorites in March), 2013 (favorites in March, co-favorites with Denver and San Francisco in April) and 2012 (co-favorites with Green Bay in early September). The Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are all currently tied as the next most favored, followed by the Green Bay Packers and the defending-champion Philadelphia Eagles.2According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and as of publication. Odds change over time and vary among sportsbooks.Thanks to a Supreme Court decision in May that struck down a federal law prohibiting sports gambling in most states, topics like Super Bowl odds — and point spreads, money lines, over-unders, prop bets, parlays and teasers — are set to become a bigger part of the mainstream sports experience than ever before. Since the decision, Delaware, Mississippi and New Jersey have joined Nevada in offering full-scale legalized sports betting, with several states poised to follow.Against this backdrop, and as the start of the NFL season nears, we thought it worthwhile to explore how teams’ preseason odds to win the Super Bowl typically play out over the course of the season. Where on the odds board do Super Bowl winners and losers come from? And how do preseason favorites and almost-favorites usually fare?At +600 (6 to 1),3In the United States, “odds to win” are typically referenced in money-line (American) or fractional (traditional or British) terms. The Patriots, for example, are currently +600 (money-line odds) or 6/1 (fractional odds) to win Super Bowl LIII according to Westgate — commonly referred to as having “six-to-one” odds. That means that if a bettor wagers $100 on the Patriots to win it all, the bettor would win $600. the Patriots have an implied probability of 14.3 percent to win the Super Bowl,4Implied probabilities are presented here at face value, without adjusting for the underlying profit made by sportsbooks on the bets. Because of that take, the likelihood of each outcome is slightly overstated, and the sum of the implied probabilities for all teams in a given season is greater than 100 percent. highest in the NFL. Last year, the Patriots were +250 (2.5 to 1) before the start of the season, which translated to a 28.6 percent chance — they were, in other words, a considerably heavier favorite than they are today.The 2018 Rams, Vikings and Steelers are all +1000 (10 to 1), which suggests a 9.1 percent probability. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently have this season’s longest odds — 200 to 1, or a 0.5 percent chance at a Super Bowl ring.In the past 17 NFL seasons, only two preseason favorites have gone on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy — the 2006 Indianapolis Colts (+600) and the 2016 Patriots (+650). But preseason favorites haven’t exactly fallen apart, either. Only four since 2001 have missed the playoffs,5The 2002 Rams, 2003 Buccaneers, 2005 Eagles (co-favorites with the Colts and Patriots) and 2008 Patriots. The 2008 Patriots won 11 games but still missed the playoffs. and in most seasons, the favorite or co-favorite actually made the Super Bowl. They just had a funny habit of losing when they got there. 2013Seattle+800113 2009New England+5001710Lost WC 2013Denver+6501313Lost SB 2005Indianapolis+5001714Lost Div 2006Indianapolis+6001412Won SB 2017Philadelphia+40002%17 But does recent history really tell us anything? We’re only dealing with 17 seasons here, so the sample size is small. Four champions have still come from among the top three most heavily favored teams heading into a given season. And we could just as well have seen a slew of preseason favorites win the Super Bowl — the 2001 Rams, 2004 Eagles, 2007 Patriots, 2011 Patriots, 2014 Seahawks and 2017 Patriots each came up only a play or drive short. 2009New Orleans+200059 SeasonPreseason Favorite(s)Money LineImplied Prob.WinsPlayoffs 21-24+6101016.26.8 2002Tampa Bay+120085 10-12+2414128.68.4 2+7701011.710.9 2004Philadelphia+5001713Lost SB SeasonSuper Bowl WinnerMoney LineImplied Prob.Implied Rank 2014Seattle+5001712Lost SB Preseason Odds to Win Super Bowl 2001New England+6000225 RankAverageWonLostPrior SeasonNew Season Denver+5001712Lost Div Where do Super Bowl champions come from?The majority of champions since 2001 had the fourth to ninth best preseason Super Bowl odds 2016New England+650131 2006Indianapolis+600141 4-6+13336310.58.7 read more

Ireland sells €500m of Treasury Bills at auctionIreland sells €500m of Treasury Bills at auction

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has sold the target amount of €500 million of Irish Treasury Bills at auction.Total bids received amounted to €1.706 billion, which was 3.4 times the amount on offer.The Treasury Bills, which have a maturity of three months, were sold at an annual interest rate of 0.24 per cent.Read: Ireland buys back €500 million of its own bonds > Read: Ireland to auction €500 million in T-Bills >last_img

Varoufakis expects deal with eurozone even at 11th hourVaroufakis expects deal with eurozone even at 11th hour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says that a deal between Greece and the eurozone will be found, even at the last minute, as he prepares for Monday’s Eurogroup.“Developments over the last few days have given me a significant degree of hope that, despite the differences, there is an appetite on both sides for finding common ground between the previous program and a new agreement between Europe and Greece that will put and end to the self-perpetuating crisis and will create a relationship of trust between us and our partners,” said Varoufakis ahead of his second meeting with his eurozone counterparts.Wednesday’s Eurogroup ended without agreement as Greece objected to the wording of a common statement that suggested the current program would be extended. Athens wanted it to be clear that the bailout was being amended.However, technical teams from Greece and its three lenders, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund began talks on Friday with the aim of preparing the ground for Monday’s negotiations. Kathimerini understands that another, extra, Eurogroup meeting may be held on Friday if there is no agreement on Monday.Varoufakis refused to speculate how close the two sides are to an agreement.“Our resolute stance on totally logical matters will, in the final analysis, lead to a mutually beneficial convergence, even at the 11th hour,” he said.Varoufakis said that the two sides had “already agreed on a lot” but also outlined the issues on which Athens and its lenders have different views. With regards to privatisations, the finance minister said that the Greek government is willing to consider concession agreements as it believes this is a better way of ensuring that assets are not lost in a fire sale.The minister was also adamant that there has to be a relaxation of fiscal targets. “We don’t see the fiscal adjustment as something separate from the humanitarian crisis,” he said. “We need to act simultaneously on all these fronts to overcome the crisis.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Sons follow dad into Washington State Patrol careersSons follow dad into Washington State Patrol careers

first_imgWhen Mike Kesler retired after 25 years as a Washington State Patrol trooper, he didn’t think his sons had any interest in police work.But a few years later, his middle son, Brandon, told him he was going to take the written and physical test to become a trooper. A few years after that, his youngest son, Shane, followed suit and also applied.“I was shocked, but I was proud,” Mike Kesler, 58, said. “That was the first I heard of it. … If I knew that they were interested in it, I could still be working there right now.”His sons grew up seeing their dad enjoy his career as a trooper. Mike Kesler said he was good at getting drunk drivers off of the road; he had fun helping build the license investigation unit and enjoyed helping guide new troopers as a field training officer. The last few years of his career, he was the agency’s public information officer, so Brandon and Shane Kesler grew up hearing his voice on television as he told viewers what the traffic conditions were like.But their dad never “brought it home,” the brothers said. Their dad coached them in sports and rarely talked about the stresses of enforcing laws. Before Mike Kesler handed in his badge in 2008, Brandon Kesler went on a ride-along with his father.last_img read more

Budget 2016 Will higher FDI cap in stock exchanges help BSE getBudget 2016 Will higher FDI cap in stock exchanges help BSE get

first_imgIn line with its efforts to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday in his Budget for 2016-2017 that the foreign investment limit in Indian stock exchanges has been raised to 15 percent from the current five percent.It could pave the way for the listing of the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia’s oldest stock exchange. “Investment limit for foreign entities in Indian stock exchanges will be enhanced from 5 to 15% on par with domestic institutions,” said Jaitley during his budget speech.Foreign investors in the BSE include Deutsche Börse AG, Singapore Exchange Ltd, US billionaire George Soros’s hedge fund Quantum’s Mauritius investment arm Quantum (M) Ltd, Canada-based investor Thomas Caldwell’s Caldwell India Holdings Inc. and US fund Argonaut Private Equity.”BSE welcomes the proposal to increase the stake a foreign exchange can hold in an Indian exchange from 5% to 15% to bring it on par with Indian entities. This will also help attract more investments in India by creating stronger links with the best foreign exchanges,” Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE, said in a statement.In January this year, Indian capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had relaxed some of the clauses pertaining to the listing of bourses. The BSE has been making efforts since 2012 to get listed when it hired 14 banks to advice it on the modalities. The BSE would engage the same set of firms now also for its IPO, the Mint had quoted a source familiar with the development as saying on condition of anonymity.The BSE was established on Jul. 9, 1875, at Dalal Street, and was one of the many places hit during a series of bomb blasts on Mar.12, 1993.last_img read more

Sensitising people about the plight of orphans and spastic childrenSensitising people about the plight of orphans and spastic children

first_imgArambagh Puja is known for its uniqueness, creativity and social responsibility in celebration. This year Arambagh Puja will try to create awareness about the plight of orphans and spastic children India.Taking inspiration from the great painting of Rabanindranath Tagore’s ‘Bharat Mata’ from 1935 – Arambagh Puja samiti will make a replica of 40 ft tall Bharat Mata along with children both in her sides cohabiting with skyscrapers. Even after seventy years of independence of India, the plight of the orphans and spastic children has not changed. India is developing hi-rise buildings, and this has caught up everyone’s attention. But there is a section of orphan children, whom as a country we have failed miserably. According to statistics presented to the Supreme Court in a PIL filed in 2011 which estimates the figure to be closer to 11 million, 90% of the girls and three children out of 1000 in India suffer from this disorder. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOrphans and the spastic children are the most neglected and probably abused children in our society as there is no proper mechanism to provide them security and a good life.Abhijit Bose, Executive Chairman, Arambagh Puja said, “Apart from a few NGOs, social organisations and government programs, there is little awareness about the orphans and spastic children in India. This is a section for which you would hardly find any voice. Through this year’s Durga Puja we would like to sensitise people, government and private bodies about the issue that this is a crucial issue which is a reality in India. We have to first admit it as a serious issue and then act accordingly to solve the problem.””At Arambagh Puja we get every year a great footfall and thought of using this as a platform to sensitise people about the plight of orphans. We have invited various NGOs who are working at the grassroots for these children without any govt aid and will try to help them as much as possible,” Bose added.last_img read more

Public Safety are true heroes over festive seasonPublic Safety are true heroes over festive season

first_imgPublic Safety performed a series of law enforcement exercises over the festive season, issuing no less than 5501 notices. In addition, 791 warrants of arrest were executed. 238 vehicle check points (VCP) were held, where 56 drunk driving arrests were made and 44 vehicles suspended.A total of 281 arrests have been made by Public Safety officers for drunk driving since January. Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality would like to continue to emphasise that road safety is important. “We would like to encourage the community to be extra careful on the roads and respect the rules of the road,” say the municipality. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Public Safety will continue to roll out road safety campaigns and ensure that safety is adhered to at all times on the roads.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  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 10, 2012 Siemens CT Technologies Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Customer Value Enhancement July 10, 2012 — Based on its recent analysis of workflow solutions for the computed tomography (CT) imaging market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Siemens Healthcare with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement. The company’s FAST CARE solution that works with Siemens’ Somatom Definition AS and Flash scanners address the diverse needs of CT technologists, physicians and patients alike.”Consistent pressure to leverage imaging services and patient care in a fast-growing environment have made workflow and productivity top priorities for CT image service providers across the U.S.,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Roberto Aranibar. “The challenge for providers lies not only in increasing the rate at which imaging procedures are performed, but also in delivering exams that continue to meet physician and industry expectations for image quality, radiation dose and patient care.”FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) and CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure), the two components of FAST CARE, potentially make it possible for service providers to streamline workflow and maximize productivity while maintaining high image quality with low radiation dose, and enabling the delivery of patient-centric healthcare.Siemens’ FAST solutions are designed to simplify and expedite tasks for the imaging technologist throughout a procedure—planning, setup, scanning, image reconstruction and data evaluation. It may reduce time-intensive and technically difficult tasks to a single click of a mouse. The highly automated operation of FAST solutions also enables consistent delivery of high-quality images. For instance, FAST Planning automates scan and reconstruction ranges, potentially speeding and simplifying the process of setting up an organ-targeted scan. FAST Adjust may streamline workflow by replacing manual scan parameter adjustment with a single mouse click. FAST also includes solutions designed to improve workflow efficiency for specific clinical applications, such as FAST Spine that automates the setup of reconstruction modes for individual vertebrae and discs during spinal exams, a task that can take up to half an hour when performed manually.CARE kV is a feature that quickly and accurately optimizes kV and mA settings according to each patient and exam type, limiting the applied dose while maintaining high image quality. CARE Profile promotes more active management of dose in the user interface by displaying planned dose distribution over the defined scan range next to a patient’s topogram.Similarly, the Siemens CARE technologies are designed to expose patients to the lowest radiation dose necessary to achieve the specific diagnostic objectives of an imaging study, in accordance with the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle. Doses are actively managed through CARE Dashboard, the central interface window that provides a complete picture of all dose reduction features that are activated prior to initiating a scan. 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Africa West combine to rout militants in SomaliaAfrica West combine to rout militants in Somalia

first_imgAssociated PressMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The first Ugandan soldiers to fly into Somalia 5 1/2 years ago came under attack as soon as they arrived: Militants fired mortars at the new mission’s welcome ceremony.Today, backed by a sweeping multinational effort that includes $338 million in U.S. equipment, wages and training, the force of Ugandans, Burundians, Kenyans and Somalis that was deployed to take on the country’s Islamic radicals can claim a degree of success that had initially seemed highly unlikely. Many ingredients went into making AMISOM a credible force: U.S. money, equipment and training; United Nations logistical support, food, housing and an international mandate; training in how to avoid or respond to civilian casualties, an important hearts-and-minds investment.Another advantage: The invading soldiers, like the Somalis, were black Africans and therefore a more acceptable foreign presence. They were not the first African force policing Somalia _ an Ethiopian contingent had been deployed three months before the Ugandans arrived. But Ethiopia, unlike Uganda, moved in with a heavy hand and a poor reputation.Among the most important factors in AMISOM’s success were a high tolerance for casualties, and the incentive of salaries of $1,028 per month, paid for by the European Union _ 10 to 20 times the average incomes in Uganda and Burundi. AMISOM and participating governments refuse to release death tolls. The topic is too politically sensitive back in home capitals. But two Western officials who work on Somalia issues and who were not allowed to be identified told The Associated Press that some 500 Ugandans and Burundians have been killed, plus an unknown number of Kenyans who joined AMISOM over the last year. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day AMISOM’s U.N. mandate was narrow: provide security for the airport, seaport and presidential palace. No major battles took place, though mortars hit the airport and targeted killings of troops slowly rose. Al-Shabab seemed more interested in fighting the Ethiopian force.By the time the Ugandans and the Burundians who had joined them began pushing out from their airport base in 2009, al-Shabab had built a vast network of tunnels and trenches through the city to move supplies and hold back AMISOM’s tanks. The Ugandans and Burundians fought building to building, and the civilian casualties often were blamed on AMISOM.“There was a point when Mogadishu’s sentiment was shifting against AMISOM,” and the U.S. and its partners decided action was needed, said Hogendoorn.Troops readying to deploy to Somalia were trained by U.S. and European advisers in firing and maneuvering, fighting in built-up areas, rules of engagement, and making friends in the Somali culture. Somali troops were increasingly integrated into operations.Capt. Henry Obbo credits those soft military skills with winning the mission. “You can see whenever we move, they wave at us. It’s the way we interact with them.” Most Ugandans are Christian and Somalis are Muslim, he said, but, “we are all Africans. We have Somalis who are citizens in Uganda. My best friend in school was a Somali called Suliman.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) When the Ugandan spearhead arrived on March 6, 2007, Somalia had been in chaos for years, ruled by warlords and insurgents bent on creating an Islamic state. AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia, was the most ambitious response since the failed 1990s U.S. intervention of Black-Hawk-Down infamy.The militants called al-Shabab, who once controlled nearly all of Mogadishu, have been gone from the capital for more than a year, and last month AMISOM booted them out of their last urban stronghold, the port city of Kismayo.“I think from a military and security perspective it has been a success. Absent AMISOM, al-Shabab would now be in control of Mogadishu. We would not be talking about a new (Somali) national government with a president from civil society in charge,” said E.J. Hogendoorn, a Horn of Africa expert at the International Crisis Group, a think tank that tracks conflicts.But if the specter of Somalia as al-Qaida’s next Yemen has been averted, the challenge now is to achieve strong central government for an estimated 10 million Somalis.  “What is necessary for the long term in Somalia,” said Hogendoorn, “is some sort of political resolution to this conflict.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement AMISOM was gaining ground, and the militants knew it. In August 2010, just before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, al-Shabab mounted a massive offensive to overrun the government and control all of Mogadishu. Among its ranks were veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and at least two dozen Americans, mostly of Somali origin.The militants battled to within 100 meters (yards) of the presidential palace. But they took heavy casualties.“That was when we broke their back. That marked the beginning of the end of al-Shabab,” said Mugisha, the ex-AMISOM commander. “We were supposed to be thrown in the sea. But this was not possible because we were also prepared. There were several battles, very serious and intense. We took some casualties, but I think we won the battles because we had better equipment and we were determined.”Rouget estimated that al-Shabab suffered more than 1,000 dead and wounded, and that the militant commander Mukhtar Robow lost 400 of his men, a blow that began to fracture al-Shabab leadership.Even after the failed Ramadan offensive, fighting was still intense. In February 2011, AMISOM troops pushed out into southwestern Mogadishu, where the Ministry of Defense was occupied by insurgents. More than 50 AMISOM troops, mostly from Burundi, reportedly died in one day _ a figure never officially confirmed. Somali militants are melting into the local populace and could be preparing a comeback, as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan after invading coalition forces made early claims of success. Al-Shabab still controls wide areas of south-central Somalia.Their territory, however, is low-value countryside and shrinking, while Mogadishu and other urban areas are enjoying a long-awaited respite from Islamist radicalism.Some may see AMISOM’s success as reaffirming the blueprint of African boots on the ground, backed by U.S., European and U.N. money, as a possible model for the future on this troubled continent.But Dr. J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, echoes Hogendoorn’s caution.“It’s a success for the military strategy, but a military strategy can only achieve military ends … Victory is secured when Mogadishu faces up to its political crisis. The military can clear out a space but cannot fill a space. That requires civil society and a political solution,” he said.     ___Back in 2007, the first Ugandan troops to arrive barely had enough food. Soldiers actually died of scurvy. An army of bush fighters had been dropped into the most dangerous kind of urban terrain. It lacked _ and still lacks _ the attack helicopters essential to fighting this kind of war. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories center_img ___Somali leaders in August voted in a new constitution, a 275-member parliament and a president. Businesses and sports are thriving in Mogadishu under the AMISOM security blanket. Al-Qaida-linked fighters have fled to Yemen and northern Somalia.But AMISOM leaders know Somalia needs a long-lasting political solution and trustworthy army to escape its two decades of chaos and hold back the warlords.Brig. Gen. Paul Lokech, the current commander of the Ugandan contingent of AMISOM, attended senior staff college at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and has “The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell” on his desk. When asked earlier this year if he trusts Somali politicians, he exhaled loudly.“Trust? That is too powerful. But these are the elected leaders and we will work with them,” he said. He added: “There is need for political actors to come on board and appeal to the fighters to put their arms down. They should be saying, `Brothers, it is high time to end the fighting.’”___Jason Straziuso was embedded with African Union troops in the Mogadishu suburb of Afgoye in June. Associated Press reporters Abdi Guled in Mogadishu and Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda contributed to this report.       Sponsored Stories In May 2011, Ugandan troops fought their way back to Bakara market. Mugisha said that “was the last nail in the coffin of al-Shabab.”“They could not believe that they could be uprooted from that market,” he said. “It was a built-up, very formidable area where they had stocked a lot of ammunition, and that’s where they sell guns. All sorts of equipment were there. Once they were uprooted out of Bakara and in the northern part of Mogadishu, it marked the major beginning of the end of the whole offensive against al-Shabab.”On Aug. 6, 2011, residents in Mogadishu awoke to find that the militants had fled. The city was free of fighting for the first time in years. Al-Shabab called the pullout a tactical retreat, a way to preserve its dwindling manpower. It was the first of a series of such retreats, culminating in their withdrawal from Kismayo, 415 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, last month. Kenyan troops launched an overnight amphibious assault on the port city, and al-Shabab announced a pull-out the next day.“It is an absolutely amazing success,” said Bancroft’s Rouget. “It’s the first time Africa proved it can sort out African conflicts.” Comments   Share   That may seem much less than American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, but proportionate to their troop levels they are high. AMISOM troop levels only recently reached their current peak of 17,000.“Somalia was the worst situation in the whole world. Somalia was hell on earth, and now it has been turned around. The Somalis now have got hope. So when you ask about the casualties we have taken, I tell you that it was worth it,” said Uganda’s Gen. Nathan Mugisha, who commanded AMISOM from 2009 to 2011.AMISOM did not fight in Somalia’s pirate-infested region, but with al-Shabab on the run, the government may be able to begin tackling the on-land problems that produced pirates at sea.___Having survived the attack on the welcoming ceremony unscathed,  the Ugandan force, then numbering 1,500, soon went to work. It suffered its first fatality in late April, and a week later drove into Mogadishu’s Bakara market, with its notorious weapons section called Cirtoogte, meaning “sky shooter,” because buyers would test-fire weapons into the air.It was the first time a foreign military had entered the market in the 15 years since the U.S. forces came and went. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mugisha notes that the U.N. feeds AMISOM’s troops, the EU pays them and the U.S. and Italy pay Somali troops. The U.S., though, is the biggest single financial contributor.“The Americans have supported the training of our troops here, in Uganda and in Burundi, and largely they sponsor it. They give uniforms, body armor and whatever, everything that prepares a soldier for battle,” he said. “… Without them I don’t think we would have been able to put the soldiers on the ground and sustain them.”The U.S. has equipped AMISOM with ammunition, some rifles, armored personnel carriers, communications gear and small, hand-held surveillance drones called Ravens. They give them boots, uniforms, bulletproof vests and helmets. And U.S. money supports Somali troops with non-lethal equipment.The U.S. also flies larger drones that occasionally fire at one of al-Shabab’s _ or al-Qaida’s _ top leaders.The U.S. insists AMISOM is not the West’s proxy. “AMISOM is an African peacekeeping force responding to an African crisis,” says the top U.S. official on Somalia, James Swan. “And like every other peacekeeping operation in the world, it receives a great deal of international support.  In the case of AMISOM today, the majority of that support comes from the U.N.” “When they first arrived, we thought that they were an invading force that wanted to colonize Somalia,” Abshir Mohamed, a Mogadishu resident, said. “But their actions quickly changed our minds. We saw they didn’t have that intention and are doing an ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”Another Somali, Muhummed Nor, had mixed feelings. AMISOM troops, he said, freed Mogadishu from constant war, but he lamented the number of civilians killed. In his view, AMISOM shelled residential areas. Military leaders blame that shelling on al-Shabab.After the Ethiopians pulled out in 2009, the U.N. upgraded the mission and AMISOM slowly gained momentum and manpower. Bancroft, a U.S. company hired by the U.S. State Department, introduced sniper rifles and trained 100 marksmen, reducing the need for mortars that could hit civilians. Training sessions back in Uganda incorporated the lessons being learned in Mogadishu.“Every day they changed and got better,” said Richard Rouget, a Frenchman who works for Bancroft. “Better discipline, better battlefield control, better logistics.”The U.S. and Italian governments began paying Somali soldiers’ wages, reducing the number of trained government troops who defected to al-Shabab. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img

Park Hyatt Sydney Receives International Recognition at Best Of the BPark Hyatt Sydney Receives International Recognition at Best Of the B

first_imgPark Hyatt Sydney is honoured to be the recipient of the Virtuoso “Best of the Best” hotel award for Best Achievement in Design at the prestigious award ceremony held during the 2012 Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas on 17 August 2012.A leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso introduced the “Best of the Best” Hotel Awards six years ago as a means of recognising properties and individuals that best exemplify Virtuoso’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences. The awards drew a record crowd of 1,450 people including some of the biggest names in hospitality as well as the travel agency community. With a portfolio of 975 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in 90 countries, Virtuoso has continuously set new standards within the luxury travel industry; and those recognised with a “Best of the Best” award represent the finest hotels and professionals who truly define the highest level of luxury hospitality. Nominated alongside some of the world’s best hotels, Park Hyatt Sydney was named the winner of the Best Achievement in Design award, an award that recognises the significance of outstanding architecture and design of a hotel.  Led by Melbourne-based design firm BARstudio, Park Hyatt Sydney’s accolade comes after a dramatic 11-month transformation that witnessed a complete rebuild of the hotel into a luxurious harbourfront residence with unrivalled views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The hotel’s architect of record for the renovation was Hassell, an Australian architectural design practise.The hotel’s new redesign unveiled an intimate and stylish residential-style hotel with architecture, design and art that reflects the Australian landscape.  With three new luxury rooftop suites including the luxurious Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney brings a new level of contemporary luxury to the edge of Sydney harbour with a coveted waterfront location between the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.The hotel’s interior features an art gallery of interior pieces including indigenous artefacts, books and artworks in all 155 guestrooms and throughout the hotel.  Blending the hotel’s indoor-outdoor living experience are floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto spacious private balconies, custom-designed lighting and furnishings of warm, neutral hues.  Most importantly, the hotel’s new redesign honours its Australian heritage ensuring original Sydney sandstone and local timber were incorporated in the rebuild.  The hotel has also commissioned a number of Australian artists including sculptors, painters and photographers to create artworks designed to provide guests with a quintessentially Sydney experience.“We are pleased to receive this prestigious award.  The recognition of receiving a Virtuoso “Best of the Best” hotel award places Park Hyatt Sydney amongst the finest hotels in the world.  The team at Park Hyatt Sydney has worked incredibly hard throughout our 11-month closure and this win is a big recognition to the team for an excellent job done,” said general manager Andrew Mensforth.Park Hyatt Sydney has received its five awards since re-opening in February 2012, including the 2012 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence Deluxe Hotel Accommodation of the Year and Travel + Leisure magazine’s IT List: The Best New Hotels 2012. Park Hyatt Sydney – Exterior Source = Park Hyatt Sydneylast_img read more

Rwanda targets Indian tourists and investorsRwanda targets Indian tourists and investors

first_imgThe High Commission of Rwanda in India in cooperation with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) turned their vision towards the Indian travel trade to promote Rwanda as a new destination for tourism and investment opportunities by organising a two-city road show. This followed close on the heels of a very successful participation at the OTM Mumbai held at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre from February 18-20. This is the first major initiative undertaken by an African country following the successful India – Africa summit hosted by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in October 2015. The road shows were held in Mumbai (The Westin, February 19, 2016) and Bangalore (The Chancery Pavilion, February 20, 2016).The High Commissioner of Rwanda His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo highlighted in his speech that, “We are happy to be here in Mumbai and showcase Remarkable Rwanda to the second outbound travel market in the world. In 2014-15, Indians were the 2nd largest visitors to Rwanda after Americans.”Anny Batamuriza, Vice Chairperson of Tourism Chamber Rwanda Private Sector Federation said, “We look to the India as the future for various tourism opportunities in Rwanda.” She highlighted various initiatives being taken by the Rwanda Tourism Board to tap into the Indian tourism market.Linda Mutesi, Division Manager, Tourism Marketing, Rwanda Development Board gave a detailed presentation on ‘Destination Rwanda’ highlighting the investment opportunities available in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality sector’ and assured maximum support from the Rwandan authorities.A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Batamuriza in the presence of the High Commissioner with the President of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Zakkir Ahmed in Mumbai.During their visit to Bangalore, the Rwandan delegation had the opportunity to interact with members of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Karnataka.In Bangalore, Arvind Jadav, Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka addressed the gathering and extended the support of the Government of Karnataka to Rwanda in its endeavours.A large section of the business investors from Karnataka expressed their interest in the various investment opportunities in Rwanda at the Bangalore road show.The seminars held in Mumbai and Bangalore were a huge success with an attendance of over 200 participants at each city, including eminent leaders from the travel trade and the corporate world.The Q & A received enthusiastic participation from the audience seeking the support of the diplomatic authorities of Rwanda to collaborate to promote Rwanda as a major destination in the Indian market.The event concluded with a colourful cultural performance by the Rwandan students in India who showcased the traditional Rwandan dance with active participation from the audience.last_img read more

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first_imgMetroStephen NemetzTalking Travel Metro Hotels General Manager, Stephen Nemetz, deals with two serviced apartment hotels and feels there seriously need to be regulation in the unregulated accommodation sector.“I feel that everyone needs to be on a level playing field. This goes for all guests in all building with fire and health regulations.”Travel Monitor caught up with Stephen Nemetz for this week’s Talking Travel. Here is what else he had to say.What does your job involve?I am the General Manager of three properties. Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour, Metro Apartments on King St and Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney.What do you enjoy most about your profession?I love the variety in my work.  It’s great being able to wake up every day and have new challenges to deal with.What are the biggest challenges for you in your profession?My biggest challenges is trying to keep everyone happy, as I deal with many different owners, strata’s and guests.  I have a very supportive Managing Director and board.What do you think are the biggest challenges the industry faces?I think the biggest challenge in this industry, is finding skilled staff that really want to be in the industry as a profession.What do you think will be the biggest game changer in the travel industry in the next 12 months’?The biggest game changer in the industry will be the election in May, and depending on the outcome, I feel that the removal of online parity provisions with the OTA’s is going to change things dramatically.  We look forward to the ACCC enquiry mid year.Who inspires you most and why?My mum, because she has always believed in me, and always pushes me to do better, and she has had to put up with me for 50 years.Who would you invite on your next holiday if you could choose anyone and where would you go?I would invite on my next holiday Eric Stonestreet (Cam Tucker from Modern Family), because he just makes me laugh so much.Contact Email: snemetz@metrohg.com last_img read more

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