Eby unveils report and recommendations on electoral reform referendum

first_imgNo significant increase in the size of the legislature.No region of the province having fewer MLAs than it currently has.No political party being eligible to receive a seat if they receive less than 5 percent of the overall vote in the province or region.In his report, Eby recommends that the referendum campaign period should begin July 1st and end by November 30th. The referendum voting period (by mail-in ballot) would run October 22nd, to November 30th. “British Columbians made their voices and their values heard, and it was important we gave them the opportunity to direct how this referendum should work,” said Eby. “This input has provided us a firm footing for the recommendations I am putting forward to cabinet. While the engagement marked a first step in involving the public more meaningfully in our democratic process, ultimately, British Columbians, through the referendum, will determine how we vote in B.C.”The attorney general’s recommendations to cabinet cover all aspects of the referendum taking place this fall, which will decide whether B.C. keeps its current First Past the Post voting system or moves to a system of proportional representation.The report recommends that the referendum ballot include two questions:1. Which should British Columbia use for elections to the Legislative Assembly (Vote for only one.):The current First Past the Post voting systemA proportional representation voting system2. If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system, which of the following voting systems do you prefer? (Vote for the voting systems you wish to support by ranking them in order of preference. You may choose to support one, two or all three of the systems.):Dual-Member ProportionalMixed-Member ProportionalRural-Urban ProportionalIf a majority of responses to the first question vote to adopt a proportional representation voting system, then responses to the second question would determine which system is implemented in British Columbia. He said that if voters decide to adopt a proportional representation system, a second referendum be held following two general elections, where voters would decide to keep the new system or return to First Past the Post.The report describes the three proportional representation systems to be included on the ballot, which correspond to the engagement with British Columbians. If a proportional system is adopted, it must include a set of features, including: VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby has released a report detailing the results of the government’s public engagement on electoral reform, which informed his 18 recommendations to cabinet for how the fall 2018 referendum should be structured.Eby said that the public engagement drew 180,000 visits to the “How We Vote” website, with a record 91,725 questionnaires completed over the 14-week span of the campaign, which ended on February 28th. Another 1,101 questionnaires were completed by a panel selected to represent B.C.’s demographic mix to provide a base for comparison to the website respondents. Substantive written submissions were received by 46 organizations and 208 individuals.Eby says that his report, which was released today, contains a comprehensive breakdown of results, and analysis of the recommendations by the attorney general.last_img read more

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WatchBank of Nova Scotia hikes dividend reports 185billion profit as CEO touts

TORONTO — Concerns about the prolonged decline in the value of crude have left a dark cloud hanging over the banks, but the chief executive of Scotiabank is stressing the positive impacts of oil prices on parts of the country’s economy.“Mining and oil and gas make up less than eight per cent of Canada’s GDP,” Brian Porter told analysts during Scotiabank’s quarterly earnings conference call Friday.“Many of the other industries that make up more than 90 per cent of Canada’s GDP will benefit from lower commodity prices,” said Porter, citing automotive manufacturing and agriculture as examples.“And lower commodity prices should ultimately be supportive of higher global growth.”[related_linksScotiabank reported $1.847 billion of third-quarter net income Friday, capping off what analysts have described as a solid quarter for the banks despite a flurry of concerns in recent months about how oilpatch woes might affect the lenders.Scotiabank’s net profits for the three months ended July 31 amounted to $1.45 per share. That was down from $2.351 billion or $1.85 per share in net income in last year’s third quarter, which included an unusual item in its Canadian banking operations from the sale of most of Scotiabank’s investment in CI Financial.Excluding $555 million in one-time gains in last year’s third quarter, Scotiabank’s net income last year was worth $1.40 per share.The bank also announced its dividend will rise to 70 cents per share, up two cents, starting with the Oct. 28 payment.Canadian banking contributed $863 million to Scotiabank’s net income in this year’s third quarter — up $112 million or 15 per cent if the CI Financial transaction is excluded but down $436 million or 35 per cent from last year with the special gain.International banking contributed $537 million, up $51 million or 10.5 per cent as a result of strong loan growth across Latin America, higher fee income and contributions from investments and a positive impact from foreign currency translation.The bank’s global banking and markets division saw a 20 per cent decline in net income, which fell by $92 million from a strong quarter last year to $375 million.Scotiabank says it received a lower contribution from investment banking and Asia lending and it took higher provisions for credit losses. read more

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Gunmaker asks Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal

HARTFORD, Conn. — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a Connecticut court ruling that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.Remington Arms filed its request Thursday. It cited a 2005 federal law that shields gunmakers in most cases from liability when their products are used in crimes.The gunman used a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at the school in 2012. A survivor and relatives of nine victims sued the Madison, North Carolina, gun maker.The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in March that Remington could be sued under state law over how it marketed the rifle to the public.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council urges all parties in GuineaBissau to respect election results

In a statement to the press following consultations on recent developments in Guinea-Bissau, Security Council President for the month of June, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, said the members of the 15-nation body expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and orderly manner in which the first round of the elections had taken place.”[They] congratulate the people of the country and all political actors, including political parties, for this important demonstration of their commitment to democracy and peace,” Ambassador de La Sablière said, adding that Council members also urged all candidates and political parties to respect the election results and to commit themselves to national unity.”Members of the Council recalled that according to the political tradition charter, the holding of presidential elections and the upcoming assumption of the new democratically elected head of state will make the full restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau,” he said.Members of the Security Council commended the international community for its support of the electoral process, including the designation of a large number of observers by the African Union, the European Union, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), among others.”Moreover, they requested that this support be maintained if a second round of elections is confirmed according to electoral calendar and legislation,” Ambassador de La Sablière said.In a report last week on the work of the UN Peace-building Support Office in Guinea Bissau (UNOGBIS), Secretary-general Kofi Annan noted that tensions over preparations for the elections in the small West African nation, which has suffered a series of coups in recent years, showed that peace and stability remained fragile and required the continued engagement of all key national and international actors. read more

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Northern coal project gets BC government approval

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 5:29 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – A Chinese-owned mine in northeastern British Columbia has passed another hurdle towards opening its controversial coal project.British Columbia’s government has granted an environmental assessment certificate to HD Mining International Ltd. for the Murray River Coal project, near Tumbler Ridge.A Federal Court challenge in 2013 of the firm’s proposed use of temporary foreign workers from China was successful, despite a claim by two labour unions that there were no Canadians available to do the work.After the ruling, the federal government introduced reforms to the workers’ program, including removing a provision that allowed employers to pay temporary foreign workers up to 15 per cent less.On Thursday, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said the firm must follow 24 requirements to comply with the certificate, including hiring an independent environmental monitor and identifying measures to avoid impacts on First Nations rights.The mine, which has an estimated capital cost of $668 million and a 25-year operating life, still requires a federal environmental certificate and various provincial permits to proceed. Northern coal project gets B.C. government approval read more

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Marking World Day UN calls on businesses to commit to employing people

“People with autism have enormous potential. Most have remarkable visual, artistic or academic skills. Thanks to the use of assistive technologies, non-verbal persons with autism can communicate and share their hidden capabilities,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement on the Day. “Yet even where autism awareness is most advanced, more than 80 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed. That is why it is so important for employers to understand their unique and often exceptional skills, and to enable work environments where they can excel,” he added.At a Headquarters event today, Mr. Ban will launch a ‘Call to Action’ initiative to urge employers to create work zones where people with autism can excel, as most have remarkable visual, artistic or academic skills. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. It is characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and activities.And recent data suggests that employers are missing out on the abilities of people on the autism spectrum which they have in greater abundance than ‘neurotypical’ workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. But hurdles to employment for those with autism include a shortage of vocational training, inadequate support with job placement, and pervasive discrimination. World Autism Awareness Day – marked globally on 2 April – aims to foster greater understanding and empower parents into seeking early intervention therapies. It also invites policy-makers to encourage schools to open their doors to students with autism. “We encourage public offices, corporations, and small businesses to have a closer look at the way they perceive people with autism, to take the time to learn about the condition and to create life-changing opportunities,” the UN chief said. This important mission can only be achieved with appropriate vocational training and adequate support alongside a recruitment process that can allow people to successfully integrate into workforces around the world, Mr. Ban continued. The UN General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives. In that text, the Assembly called for training for public administrators, service providers, care-givers, families and non-professionals to support the integration of persons with autism into society, so that they can realize their full potential. Today’s event, which will focus on measures required to support growth in employment opportunities for people on the autism spectrum, will feature opening remarks by Mr. Ban as well as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (DPI), Cristina Gallach. Joining them in the day-long discussion are members of academia, finance, small businesses as well as country representatives to the United Nations. read more

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This NBA Offseason Was Already Going To Be Chaotic Then Klay Tore

The news about Klay Thompson came mere days after the late-night revelation that teammate Kevin Durant would miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Taken together, both injuries cast uncertainty over the Warriors’ long-term future — and further complicate a free-agency summer that already had promised to be one of the wildest ever.One-half of the Splash Brothers (with Stephen Curry), Thompson has been a founding member of this Warriors dynasty. He was drafted just two years after Curry — we don’t talk about that Ekpe Udoh pick sandwiched in between — and a year ahead of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, part of the masterful series of selections that laid the foundation for Golden State’s subsequent dominance. Since the Warrior dynasty’s first championship in 2014-15, Thompson ranks fifth on the team in both Value Over Replacement Player and Win Shares in the playoffs (behind Curry, Green, Durant and Andre Iguodala).Does that sound low? There’s a case to be made that the advanced metrics might perennially underrate Thompson on defense, where his reputation — he was named to the All-Defensive second team this season — vastly outstrips his statistical indicators. And although Thompson’s durability does factor into metrics such as VORP and Win Shares, he has played in 615 of 640 possible regular-season games (96 percent) in his career, providing a welcome sense of stability for a team all too familiar with injuries to stars.Certainly Thompson should get credit for the way his contract has enabled the Warriors to build their superteam around him. Thompson has often spoken about his love for playing in the Bay Area, and he’s pondered taking pay cuts to stay with the franchise. He was paid a comparatively modest $69 million these past four seasons as the Warriors won four straight conference championships and two titles (years when our CARMELO projections pegged his actual worth at $117 million).However, Thompson is due to become a free agent this summer, as part of a star-studded class that was also supposed to include his fellow Warrior Durant.1Assuming KD rejects his current contract’s option to remain with Golden State for the 2019-20 season. Because Thompson missed out on All-NBA recognition this season (it’s difficult to call it a “snub” given his good-but-not-great metrics), he won’t qualify for the NBA’s “supermax” category of extensions — which means the most he can make is about $190 million over five years if he re-signs with Golden State, or $141 over four years if he signs elsewhere. (By comparison, Curry re-signed for five years and $201 million two summers ago.)The timetable on recovering from ACL tears starts as low as seven months, but it generally requires nine months to a year before returning to the court. So Thompson probably will miss most (if not all) of the 2019-20 season with his injury, just like Durant. But in the wake of Durant’s injury, we already have seen reports that teams wouldn’t hesitate to sign KD to a maximum deal despite the uncertainty around his health. Thompson isn’t at the same level of franchise-altering stardom as Durant, but he is one year younger, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see rival teams take a similar approach to his free agency this summer.On the one hand, Thompson’s injury is a bad omen for a player whose game is built on a tremendous amount of high-stress activity. According to Second Spectrum data compiled by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, no player in the NBA has run a greater distance over the past five seasons (including the playoffs) than the 1,267 miles Thompson covered. On the other hand, though, Thompson is a historically great shooter with one of the quickest releases the game has ever seen, so his skills figure to age well even if the injury costs him some athleticism.If the Warriors do part ways with both Thompson and Durant this summer, it’s worth wondering where the losses will leave a team that, not very long ago, looked like the most dominating force in the history of the NBA. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, a Golden State team without Klay, KD and a few other notable players who may depart has the potential to become just the fifth defending NBA Finalist ever to return less than half of its scoring from the previous season. (Thompson and Durant combined to score 3,707 of Golden State’s 9,650 points this season, or 38.4 percent, but the Warriors also have eight other players who aren’t under contract for 2019-20.) What happened to the other teams on the list?2Which were the 1998-99 Bulls, the 1948-49 Bullets, the 2004-05 Lakers and the 2018-19 Cavaliers. You don’t wanna know.3All finished with a losing record.The Warriors probably won’t fall quite so far; before the Thompson news, betting markets opened with Golden State as favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship, as the defending-champ Raptors dropped into a tie with the Houston Rockets for the fifth-best odds (behind the Warriors, Lakers, Bucks and Clippers). But those numbers are already destined to change with the reports about Thompson, so it’s just a question of how far Golden State falls — particularly relative to its two Western Conference challengers in Los Angeles, both of whom have designs on the summer’s top trade and free-agent targets. Will the Warriors not even be favored to win the West next year? That remains to be seen. But the severity of Thompson’s injury tacked another depressing note onto the end of Golden State’s season, and it adds another layer of uncertainty to the team’s future as a dynasty. The confetti had barely settled on the Toronto Raptors’ championship celebration before another stunning injury report hit their NBA Finals opponents, the Golden State Warriors, like a punch to the stomach: read more

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Howlin HSE pay breach should be addressed

first_img(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister Brendan Howlin have both commented on today’s reports that some senior executive health staff are being paid more than allowed under official guidelines.Speaking before this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Minister Howlin said that “there should be transparency in the pay levels of anybody on the public payroll”.He said that any breaching of guidelines “has to be addressed” and that the HSE had indicated it intended to address the issue.A story in today’s Irish Times revealed that one in four of the 43 State-funded voluntary hospitals and health agencies are breaching official policy when it comes to how much they pay senior executives.New Department of Health figures show that some senior health staff are receiving pay packages of “well over €200,000″ per year.  This includes their salaries plus top-up payments.Howlin said that there is an “opaqueness” about what some are paid in the health sector, and that should be clarified, and “we should know exactly what people are paid”.He also said that there should not be “top-ups” on pay.(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said this morning that the government has guidelines on pay in the public sector, and on publicly-funded bodies, “and we want to see those guidelines complied with”.He said that the Department of Health has been undertaking a study of the levels of pay in the health service to establish if they are complying with the government’s guidelines.The study has not been completed yet and he said he will base his judgement on what comes out in the study.Read: “We are putting our trust in the HSE” – junior doctors>last_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Wozzilroy break up Brolly Baywatch and all

first_imgPaddy Jackson’s out injured and Ian Madigan’s got the call up as Ireland’s squad to face Argentina is shaken up.There’s going to be four new faces in the Waterford hurling team to play Cork in the Munster championship next Sunday.Roddy’s been feeling ‘a bit raw’ since losing his job with Derry City and he’s not happy about his kids getting stick.Sad news that Stephen Ferris could have to hang up his boots due to injury. On the record‘It’s disappointing but my family and my health come first. I don’t want to be in a wheelchair after a few years of rugby’Sobering stuff from Paul Warwick as he explains why he bowed out from rugby.Where we were todayWe hung out with Fergus McFadden… Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAnd the Walsh, McGrath and Cronin hurling families. NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Tommy Walsh, his brother Padraig, his sister Grace and his eight All-Ireland senior hurling medals at today’s Liberty Insurance launch. Source: Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileHomeJoe Brolly landed himself in hot water with his Twitter views on Sky Sports and presenter Rachel Wyse. Source: Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileShowbiz baby!What advice did Rory want off Teddy Sheringham at today’s BMW PGA Pro/Am? Source: Adam DavyOverhead on the sportsdesk: How do I crowbar in a 147 joke?center_img AwayWozzilroy may have split up but Rory is ploughing ahead with his planned golf schedule and that starts in Wentworth this week.Diego Costa really wants to be fit for the Champions League final and he’s turning to horse placenta treatment to help him.The golden era is dead, long live the golden era – Andres Iniesta’s verdict on life at the Nou Camp.How do you end a baseball dugout fight? Bite off your teammate’s ear is this theory.The best thing we sharedEvery club has a transfer wish list this summer. 9 year-old Aberdeen fan Boyd Gibson may have the best one yet for his club. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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CM Punk picks up new comic book gig with DC Comics

first_img Pinterest Facebook Former WWE star CM Punk has picked up his second comic book gig with DC Comics according to a report by Mike Johnson. Punk will be writing a story entitled “Strangest Sports Stories”, which is a revival of an old series by DC Comics from the 1960s and ’70s. The story will be released in March 2015 by DC Comics, with Punk’s first comic book gig, Thor Annual #1, being released early in 2015. Source: PWInsider.com The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event match Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet last_img read more

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Arabic Teachers Complain of Unpaid Salaries

first_imgBY: Kebba AF TourayArabic teachersSome Arabic teachers who graduated from the Professional Teaching Certificate (PTC11) of 2016, Wednesday 11th October 2017,convened a press briefing with some journalists, to vent out their dissatisfaction and challenges they are faced with, in terms of unpaid salaries. The press briefing was held at the Union Secretary’s residence in Sukuta.Abdou Khadir Camara, the PRO of the Union explained that since their graduation in 2015, they were given employment letters as teachers from the Arabic and Islamic Education Secretariat (AMANA) and that since January 2017, they have not been paid.‘‘We made series of visits and writings to the head of AMANA, Personnel Management Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Education regarding our unpaid salaries, but the responses are not forthcoming,’’ Camara statedCamara said they did so with the hope and confidence that the stakeholders would swiftly act and ensure that they are paid; that they were promised at MoBSE that something will be done about them; that they revisited the place to follow up on the matter, but the situation still persists. Camara outlined that they tabled the matter with the head of AMANA, Mr. Essa Darboe, on the 16th of August 2017 and with the Permanent Secretary on the 18th of September, but were told that the discussions were ongoing.Asked what took them so long without consulting the stakeholders involved to avert this predicament, Camara responded that they have been exercising patience with the hope that they will value their complaints and provide solutions, but stated that it has reached breaking point. “We have been pushed to the corner for so long. It has become unbearable and we cannot go any further with the burden,” said Camara.He said they have families to feed and children’s tuition fees to pay; that with this situation, all these are hanging in the balance with little or no hope of success. He cited that they are employed by AMANA and their salaries come from the International Development Bank (IDB) through the Education Ministry and appealed to Government to intervene and remedy the situation.last_img read more

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Flow customers in for a treat as Monday Night TV heats up

first_img Related Items:#CaribbeanNextTopModel, #magneticmedianews, flow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad, January 27, 2017 – Flow customers will have front row seats as Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CaribeNTM) Season 3 heats up Monday night television with its double-length series premiere on January 30th at 9 pm – exclusively on Flow1, formerly known as Flow TV.Over the past few months, aspiring young models from 15 countries across the region auditioned to become the next Caribbean girl who has what it takes to reach the top of the global fashion industry. Seventeen contestants will brace for battle in the new season, which is shot against the enchanting backdrop of the Spice Isle of the Caribbean, Grenada – home to Season 2 winner, the 6ft tall Kittisha Doyle. Doyle is currently in New York City where she is carded to walk in this year’s New York fashion week.Wendy Fitzwilliam, Trinidadian attorney at law, philanthropist, fashion model and former Miss Universe, will return as Host and Chief Judge of Season 3, which promises to be packed with even more drama and entertainment than ever before. “Modelling is a tough business,” says Fitzwilliam, “and we promise Flow customers an exciting Season that will showcase the hard-work and determination that is required to make it to the top. We encourage viewers to tune in to Flow1 every week and support their favourite girls by following and voting on social media as well.”Flow’s Senior Director, Consumer Communications, Wendy McDonald said, “An added feature for CaribeNTM Season 3 is the ability for our customers to enjoy a more interactive experience, as they can follow the live action no matter where they are via our Flow-to-Go app, as well as catch up on reruns of Seasons 1 and 2 via Flow’s video on demand services (VoD).”McDonald also proudly spoke about the company’s commitment to create the best viewing experience and bring relevant and relatable content to Caribbean viewers. Flow has made significant investments to bring programmes such as Caribbean’s Next Top Model, Caribbean Tales Incubator Programme for Caribbean filmmakers, and the airing of premier regional sports content like the Flow CARIFTA Games, which will be broadcast live from Curacao in 2017.Caribbean’s Next Top Model will air exclusively on Monday nights at 9pm Caribbean and Eastern Time, with a repeat on Thursdays at 9pm on Flow1.#MagneticMediaNews #FLOW #CaribbeanNextTopModel Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabanklast_img read more

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Zainul gets bail cops asked not to harass Khokon

first_imgZainul AbedinThe High Court on Thursday granted interim bail to Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin in three cases filed over vandalising a prison van and attacking police, reports UNB.It also granted bail to BNP law affairs secretary Kaiser Kamal in a case and asked police not to arrest or harass SCBA general secretary and BNP joint secretary general Mahbub Uddin Khokon who is now in the USA.A HC bench comprising justice Obaidul Hassan and justice Krishna Debnath passed the bail orders following separate petitions filed by Zainul, also a BNP vice-chairman, and Kaiser.Following a writ petition filed by Khokons wife Akhteruzzaman Atia, justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed asked police not to arrest or harass him upon his return from the USA.last_img read more

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Entropymanorg Explains Why Pots Unbreak on the Nanoscale Video

first_img Citation: Entropyman.org Explains Why Pots ‘Unbreak’ on the Nanoscale (Video) (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-entropymanorg-pots-unbreak-nanoscale-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It may just be a neat camera trick, but the Web site explains that – in terms of Newton’s laws – nothing was supernatural or wrong about that picture. Rather, the reason why we don’t see broken objects “unbreaking” in everyday life is due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If you’ve ever wondered just what the Second Law means – beyond the fuzzy idea about disorder always increasing – you may want to check out the rest of Entropyman.org. The site is the brainchild of Edward Feng, a former Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley who now works at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, specializing in statistical mechanics. Feng designed Entropyman.org as an outreach project to explain to a general audience how entropy works.”I created this outreach project to explain the principles behind the biggest advance in my field over the last decade,” Feng told PhysOrg.com. “This theory explains how life is different on the nanoscale and a pot can unbreak. This can happen because of the smallness of the pot. These principles are the foundation for my research with Gavin Crooks on time’s arrow and other topics in statistical mechanics.”As Feng explained, the background to this project began at the Miller Symposium, a yearly get together for the Miller Institute.”There was a session on how newspapers were losing funding for science stories, and the culprit was the internet,” he said. “Well, I thought this was a little harsh. Besides, wasn’t the internet a new medium to convey science, with pictures and movies? That’s when I decided to embark on this project. With financial support from the Miller Institute, I hired a film maker, and the rest is history.”Entropyman.org discusses how single molecules, such as an RNA molecule, can stretch and shrink. Because RNA molecules are so small, they result in a much smaller entropy increase than larger objects. The larger the entropy increase, the less likely the object will take a time-reversed path with a decrease in entropy. Because a ceramic pot or tile has a large entropy gain when breaking, the ratio of increasing entropy to decreasing entropy is very high, so an entropy decrease is much less likely to be observed. In other words, it’s extremely unlikely that a broken pot will put itself back together, while a molecule could.Explaining these concepts in terms of bank accounts, wedding rings, and the Eiffel Tower, Entropyman.org hopes to enable general readers to understand why pots spontaneously self-assemble on the nanoscale and, while it’s possible that your room will become clean while you lounge on the couch, it is incredibly unlikely. To see the site, visit http://entropyman.org.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Edward Feng, a researcher at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, has created a new Web site called Entropyman.org to explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics (PhysOrg.com) — A man lifts his hand in the air, and broken pieces of ceramic lying on the sidewalk spring up into his hand, coming together to form a flower pot. He lifts his hands again, and more broken pieces spring together to make a square ceramic tile.last_img read more

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No one likes the SAT Its still the fairest thing about admissions

first_imgIt has become a mantra in some quarters to assert that standardized tests measure wealth more than intellectual ability or academic potential, but this is not actually the case. These tests clearly assess verbal and mathematical skills, which a century of psychological science shows are not mere reflections of upbringing. Research has consistently found that ability tests like the SAT and the ACT are strongly predictive of success in college and beyond, even after accounting for a student’s socioeconomic status. Read the whole story: The Washington Post Higher test scores definitely help students get into higher-ranked institutions. We published an article last year in the Journal of Intelligence showing that simply listing U.S. colleges and universities by their average SAT and ACT scores essentially reproduces the influential rankings produced by U.S. News and other organizations, despite the fact that many of these rankings place little emphasis on test scores. (U.S. News puts 92 percent of the weight on other factors, for example.) It’s true that any system can be gamed if you’re willing to cheat, and students from wealthier backgrounds do have some advantages over others. But eliminating or watering down the SAT wouldn’t solve this problem; in fact, it would make it worse — by removing the one relatively objective admissions criterion that can both prevent fraud and increase social mobility by helping all high school students find the best college opportunities they can.center_img The 33 hedge fund managers, Hollywood actresses, CEOs and other well-connected parents indicted this month didn’t just allegedly commit fraud or pay bribes to get their kids into elite schools. Authorities say they also hired ringers or “tutors” to increase their children’s scores on the SAT and ACT standardized tests that colleges use to make admissions decisions. Some have responded to the scandal by arguing that it proves standardized testing is useless at best and deeply unfair at worst, concluding that it should be eliminated once and for all. “You know, what we should think about doing is just scrapping the whole thing,” one California assemblyman told his local CBS station.last_img read more

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A34 partially blocked by overturned tractor trailer

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe A34 is partially blocked due to an overturned tractor trailer in North Staffordshire Traffic data company INRIX reports slow traffic due to the overturned tractor trailer on A34 The Fillybrooks at B5027 Newcastle Road, near Stone. A tractor trailer has overturned on the roundabout by the BP Garage. We’ll bring you an update on this when one becomes available. Read MoreWe asked health professionals what one thing they would change about the NHS… For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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Home delivery time shortened with ground delivery robots

first_imgJeremy Conrad, a founding partner of Lemnos Labs, apparently means what he tweets, having invested in Marble, a new, San Francisco-based ground-delivery robot that will focus on ground-based last-mile delivery for business, then consumer, applications.He’s hardly alone in thinking that ground robots will be bringing us everything from canned goods to Christmas lights sooner than we think.This past Wednesday, Andreessen Horowitz announced it had led a $2 million investment in Dispatch, a company whose self-driving ground delivery robots look like minibars on wheels.Starship, which is a robot resembling the shape of a refrigerator and created by the co-founders of Skype, is also promising to give customers more control over the delivery process.Whether these new ground-based robot couriers represent the beginnings of a broader trend, or a series of one-off bets remains a question mark.Amazon’s interest alone in drones means it will be difficult for many related startups to compete on the consumer delivery front.The FAA is expected to issue rules by the end of June for flying unmanned aircraft that weigh more than 55 pounds, but the proposed rules don’t apply to drones that would eventually handle consumer delivery because they don permit drones to fly at night or beyond an operator’s line of sight.Perhaps it’s no wonder that Conrad says he’s “Very bearish on [air] drone delivery.”Though Lemnos Labs helped incubate Airware,  a company that raised $30million recently to sell drone hardware and software to enterprise customers, Conrad goes so far as to call “Drone delivery in cities maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. Even if you can get past the safety issues, and you can’t, the idea of 10,000 drones buzzing around is idiotic.”For starters, consumer-facing ground robots represent new territory for regulators, who haven’t had much reason to consider them just yet.Even if robotic ground couriers come to be viewed by regulators as friendlier than unmanned aerial vehicles, which seems likely, given they can’t fall out of the sky and onto someone’s head, not everyone agrees that ground-based delivery robots are a huge opportunity.As happened with air drones, many investors are betting first on industrial applications to see where they might lead.In the highest profile bet to date, Amazon in 2012 paid $775 million for Kiva Systems, a maker of robots that move items around warehouses.A younger company, two-year-old Fetch Robotics of San Jose, is similarly producing ground-based robots that look like oversize Roombas and feature autonomous navigation, automatic distance following, and warehouse monitoring and statistics.Entrepreneurs and investors alike are beginning to take more seriously the cost savings that automating direct-to-consumer delivery could produce, too.“Obviously,” ground robots could “Dramatically alter the economics of service delivery,” notes Niko Bonatsos, a managing director at General Catalyst Partners.“If you have a person in the mix, it’s expensive; you need to have at least two to three deliveries per hour, or you have no business.”“But it’s early days. It’s like talking about self-driving cars a few years ago. It’s not going to be next year but seven or eight years down the road.” Source – TClast_img read more

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Facial Recognition technology is faulty racist biased abusive to civil rights act

first_imgLast week, the US House Oversight and Reform Committee held its first hearing on examining the use of ‘Facial Recognition Technology’. The hearing was an incisive discussion on the use of facial recognition by government and commercial entities, flaws in the technology, lack of regulation and its impact on citizen’s civil rights and liberties. The chairman of the committee, U.S. Representative of Maryland, Elijah Cummings said that one of the goals of this hearing about Facial Recognition Technology is to “protect against its abuse”. At the hearing, Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League highlighted one of the major pressing points for the failure of this technology as ‘misidentification’, that can lead to false arrests and accusations, a risk especially for marginalized communities. On one of her studies at MIT, on facial recognition systems, it was found that for the task of guessing a gender of a face, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon had error rates which rose to over 30% for darker skin and women. On evaluating benchmark datasets from organizations like NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology), a striking imbalance was found. The dataset contained 75 percent male and 80 percent lighter skin data, which she addressed as “pale male datasets”. She added that our faces may well be the final frontier of privacy and Congress must act now to uphold American freedom and rights at minimum. Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, Andrew G. Ferguson agreed with Buolamwini stating, “Congress must act now”, to prohibit facial recognition until Congress establishes clear rules. “The fourth amendment won’t save us. The Supreme Court is trying to make amendments but it’s not fast enough. Only legislation can react in real time to real time threats.” Another strong concern raised at the hearing was the use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement. Neema Singh Guliani, Senior Legislative Counsel of American Civil Liberties Union, said law enforcement across the country, including the FBI, is using face recognition in an unrestrained manner. This growing use of facial recognition is being done “without legislative approval, absent safeguards, and in most cases, in secret.” She also added that the U.S. reportedly has over 50 million surveillance cameras, this combined with face recognition threatens to create a near constant surveillance state. An important addition to regulating facial recognition technology was to include all kinds of biometric surveillance under the ambit of surveillance technology. This includes voice recognition and gait recognition, which is also being used actively by private companies like Tesla. This surveillance should not only include legislation, but also real enforcement so “when your data is misused you have actually an opportunity, to go to court and get some accountability”, Guliani added. She also urged the committee to investigate how FBI and other federal agencies are using this technology, whose accuracy has not been tested and how the agency is complying with the Constitution by “reportedly piloting Amazon’s face recognition product”. Like FBI and other government agencies, even companies like Amazon and Facebook were heavily criticized by members of the committee for misusing the technology. It was notified that these companies look for ways to develop this technology and market facial recognition. On the same day of this hearing, came the news that Amazon shareholders rejected the proposal on ban of selling its facial recognition tech to governments. This year in January, activist shareholders had proposed a resolution to limit the sale of Amazon’s facial recognition tech called Rekognition to law enforcement and government agencies. This technology is regarded as an enabler of racial discrimination of minorities as it was found to be biased and inaccurate. Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative of Ohio, raised a concern as to how, “Some unelected person at the FBI talks to some unelected person at the state level, and they say go ahead,” without giving “any notification to individuals or elected representatives that their images will be used by the FBI.” Using face recognition in such casual manner poses “a unique threat to our civil rights and liberties”, noted Clare Garvie, Senior Associate of Georgetown University Law Center and Center on Privacy & Technology. Studies continue to show that the accuracy of face recognition varies on the race of the person being searched. This technology “makes mistakes and risks making more mistakes and more misidentifications of African Americans”. She asserted that “face recognition is too powerful, too pervasive, too susceptible to abuse, to continue being unchecked.” A general agreement by all the members was that a federal legislation is necessary, in order to prevent a confusing and potentially contradictory patchwork, of regulation of government use of facial recognition technology. Another point of discussion was how great facial recognition could work, if implemented in a ‘real’ world. It can help the surveillance and healthcare sector in a huge way, if its challenges are addressed correctly. Dr. Cedric Alexander, former President of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, was more cautious of banning the technology. He was of the opinion that this technology can be used by police in an effective way, if trained properly. Last week, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to pass an ordinance barring police and other government agencies from using facial recognition technology. This decision has attracted attention across the country and could be followed by other local governments. A council member Gomez made the committee’s stand clear that they, “are not anti-technology or anti-innovation, but we have to be very aware that we’re not stumbling into the future blind.” Cummings concluded the hearing by thanking the witnesses stating, “I’ve been here for now 23 years, it’s one of the best hearings I’ve seen really. You all were very thorough and very very detailed, without objection.” The second hearing is scheduled on June 4th, and will have law enforcement witnesses. For more details, head over to the full Hearing on Facial Recognition Technology by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Read More Over 30 AI experts join shareholders in calling on Amazon to stop selling Rekognition, its facial recognition tech, for government surveillance Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission lay out privacy principles for Oaklanders and propose ban on facial recognition Is China’s facial recognition powered airport kiosks an attempt to invade privacy via an easy flight experience?last_img read more

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Becoming Costa Rican 5 new Ticas celebrate Independence Day

first_imgMarie Elena Hawkins (Courtesy of Marie Hawkins)Marie Hawkins is a writer who was born in Kingsport, Tennessee to a U.S. father and a Costa Rican mother. When she turned 18, she married a Tico and moved to Costa Rica, where she had two daughters and worked as a teacher.After 23 years, she moved back to Tennessee for personal reasons, but she wasn’t done with Costa Rica. In June 2016, she decided to move back.When asked what she loves most about this little piece of Earth, she says it’s a mix.“The warmth of the Ticos, the weather, the landscape, the coffee, the pejibayes!” she raved. (Ahhh… pejibayes. Qué rico. We’re with you, Marie.) Hawkins, age 3, in the traje típico her mother made forher. (Courtesy of Marie Hawkins)“I knew when I decided to return that I wanted to be a citizen this time,” Hawkins told The Tico Times. And that’s exactly what she did. She applied for citizenship through familial ties, which meant she didn’t have to take the exam, making the process easier.Before leaving the United States, she made sure to get all the documents she needed and applied shortly after her return to Costa Rica.“The woman who took my application was very helpful and pleasant,” she recalls.Six months after she applied, she was approved and got her cédula – an achievement she celebrated over a glass of wine with her Costa Rican family members.When speaking to us, she still wasn’t sure how she was going to celebrate el Día de la Independencia, but she did say she’ll have a special feeling in her heart this year. Rebecca de López and her daughter The youngest member of the family was born this year in Costa Rica. (Courtesy of Rebecca de López)This story is not like the rest, but it’s so good we couldn’t leave it out.There’s no way (yet!) that we can interview an eight-month-old baby. Fortunately for us, her mother Rebecca de López was kind enough to tell us exactly why she decided to fly to Costa Rica so her daughter could be born a Tica.De López came to Costa Rica in 1999 as a student for a short period of time. She met her Tico husband Drew; they married in 2002 and moved to the United States in 2004. They now have two kids, a boy and a girl.The couple lives in the northernmost city of the United States: Barrow, Alaska. Medical facilities are limited, and when de López was pregnant with her second child, their daughter, the birth was classified as high-risk, which led her to look for another birth locations. Costa Rican flag? Check. Mustache pacifier? Check. (Courtesy of Rebecca de López)For their first child, they had gone to de López’s mother’s in Missouri, so for their second, they decided that the Costa Rican side of the family should also have the opportunity to experience the child close up. Also, while their daughter would have been eligible for Costa Rican citizenship through her father, they wanted her to be Tica from birth.“We could stay in Alaska and freeze, or go to Costa Rica and enjoy mama’s home cooking for three months,” de López quipped.The experience was completely different from the birth of their first child, but also deeply rewarding.“Our daughter got gold earrings a week after the birth just like a Tica that she is, and we registered her at the airport with Immigration,” said de López. “It really does mean a lot to us to have her born in Costa Rica. It was also incredible seeing our son’s Spanish improve dramatically in three months, and he fell in love with natilla and platanitos, which really warmed our hearts.”While the family is now back home, de López doesn’t rule out someday moving to Costa Rica. She says she’d love to be close to family.For this Independence Day, she told us gallo pinto is a must and that they will be making a farol, or paper lantern, with her three-year-old son. Baby girl is still too young to make one, but she’ll sure watch!These stories truly show how blessed we are to be part of a group others go to great lengths to join: Costa Rican citizens. We hope you enjoyed reading these stories as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.Whether or not you were born here or have your own “wonderful piece of plastic,” if you consider yourself a Tico, there’s a big place in your heart for el Día de la Independencia. We are all brothers and sisters, and don’t deny it: you tear up during the anthems, too.Now go ahead, grab your flag and pañuelos, go watch a desfile and eat some delicious gallitos.¡Viva Costa Rica! ¡Pura vida!Read more stories of immigration to Costa Rica here. Facebook Comments Karla Calderón Castillo Karla (yellow and pink skirt) and a friend rock their trajes típicos. (Courtesy of Karla Calderón)Karla Calderón and her family came to Costa Rica 17 years ago, when she was three years old, seeking better economic conditions. For a girl who has lived here for most of her life and was already a resident, becoming an official Tica was a must-do.Her told The Tico Times that her favorite thing about Tiquicia is how safe it is, without the profound grip that maras, or gangs, exert in northern Central America. She also loves the way Costa Rica takes care of its environment.Calderón didn’t have to take the naturalization exam because her whole education was here (to learn more about citizenship procedures, visit the Supreme Elections Tribunal website). Her application was approved on June 23. As a good Tica, she went out with friends to celebrate.“I’ve never felt Honduran. I’ve always been Costa Rican,” Karla said when asked how she feels about her first Independence Day as a Tica. But this year, she’ll celebrate it more than ever. Pip Kelly Varela The invitation to “Pippa is a Tica!” instructs all comers, “You must wear TRADITIONAL DRESS or a NATIONAL TEAM JERSEY!” (Courtesy of Pip Kelly)Pip (short for Pippa) Kelly is an Australian entrepreneur who radiates enthusiasm – especially when talking about Costa Rica and her journey to become a Tica.When Kelly first came to the country as a 19-year-old college student to volunteer in the small northern town of Bijagua, little did she know that town would become her home.She fell in love with a local, the “bijagueño” Donald Varela Soto; the two were married, and as they say, the rest is history. The couple has two bilingual little girls who look very Australian but talk just like the Ticas they are. Pip and Donald run a bed-and-breakfast, Casitas Tenorio.“Costa Rica gets into your blood!  It’s an incredibly unique place and I can’t think of a better country to call my home and raise our family,” Kelly said. She added that she admires the approach the country has taken toward protecting natural resources, and loves the monkeys, toucans, and sloths she can find in her backyard.Since Kelly is married to a Tico and has lived in the country for more than two years, she wasn’t required to take the naturalization exam, even though she really wanted to. She even downloaded the book and studied it, because she felt it was her duty as a new citizen who will vote soon in the 2018 presidential election.She took all her documents to the National Registry, waited until she was told they were good to go, and got the required stamps, eager to carry out each part of the process. She received an email in May this year that said her application was approved, so she “brushed her hair and went off to Cañas,” the closest place to pick up her new documents. Pip (front right) with her traditional dance group. (Courtesy of Pippa Kelly)To her surprise, her name didn’t appear in the system, so she had to wait until July 2 to get her long awaited cédula – or her “wonderful piece of plastic,” as she calls it.After officially becoming a Tica, Kelly wanted to celebrate and somehow thank all the people that helped her in her journey, so, as you might expect, she threw her house out the window. (All right, that one might sound better in Spanish: tiró la casa por la ventana is a Costa Rican dicho for going all out.)“At first it was going to just be a small thank-you BBQ. But then then the fiesta grew into a full-blown event, with a complete formal Acto Cívico, the National anthem and formal civic procedures.”And just like that, she made us jealous that we hadn’t met her in time for the party. Wait, just one more. I mean, look at this family. (Courtesy of Pip Kelly)This Independence Day, Kelly will accompany her daughters in Bijagua parade, where Casitas Tenorio will have a float. She’s also had a few dancing presentations this week with her traditional dance group. She told us celebrations are in full swing in Bijagua. With Pip there, how could they not?center_img Related posts:PHOTOS: The beauty of Independence Day in Costa Rica Expats in Costa Rica happiest in the world, says new poll Retiring in Costa Rica: ‘Come here with an open mind’ Costa Rican police rescue U.S. family adrift off Pacific coast At first glance, the First Lady of the Republic, a writer from Tennessee, an Australian small-business owner, a Honduran student, and an eight-month-old baby girl living in cold Alaska have absolutely nothing in common.But that’s only at first glance. Their link? During the past twelve months, all five have gone through the process of becoming a Costa Rican citizen.Today, on the 196th anniversary of Costa Rica’s Independencia, we want to share their stories and their excitement with you. Because, just like other Ticos and Ticas, they celebrate Independence Day with pride and lots of love. (Why only women? Just a coincidence: of the new Costa Ricans we reached out to, all those who responded by press time were women. We hope to tell more stories from new Ticos in 2018!)First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo (Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera via Facebook)She’s lived here for 27 years, has a Costa Rican daughter and is the long-time partner of President Luis Guillermo Solís, but it wasn’t until this year that Mercedes Peñas finally took the naturalization exam.“I was really nervous,” Peñas, who hails from Spain, told The Tico Times this week. “I knew everything, but I was scared to mess up.”The exam has two parts, one focused on Spanish proficiency and one focused on social studies, which are administered on different days. That weekend, the President posted on social media to express his pride.“Those of us who are Costa Ricans and love Costa Rica are proud to call ourselves its daughters and sons,” he wrote on Facebook. “But those who choose this country as their homeland of their own free will deserve twice the credit, because they do it consciously, not just because of the call of their blood or their land.”Watch President Solís tell The Tico Times about his own family history of immigration.Even though her whole family was supportive, Peñas says that Inés, her daughter, born in 2006, was the one who helped her calm down.“She kept telling me what I always tell her: ‘Ya sabes lo que sabes – you know what you know – now just do your thing,’” Peñas recalled. (She passed.)Peñas Domingo holds degrees in political science and international relations and is a rural development specialist.When reminiscing about what made her fall in love with Costa Rica, she said it was mostly the people. She says she also liked the fact that she could walk around peacefully, just as in her hometown of Madrid, and that beautiful tourism destinations are easy to get to when she wants to catch her breath and escape the city.As for today, September 15, she has a jam-packed government agenda to attend to. After that, she and her family will get together at their home and celebrate, as they do every year.While the First Lady says she hasn’t yet received her cédula, or national identity card, she feels really proud to have become a citizen – and that she’ll let us know as soon as it arrives. Keep us posted, doña Mercedes.See also: The Alabama woman who became Costa Rica’s first ladylast_img read more

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FJs 737 MAX creates Capital buzz at roadshow

first_imgAdams also talked up the airline’s networks that she says extend from one side of the Pacific Rim to the other. The new Tokyo connection through Nadi was well timed for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, she added.Cameron Taylor, Tourism Fiji trade partnerships manager, thanked the 60 participating agents for their part in ramping up visitor numbers to Fiji.‘Fiji has had a fantastic year. In the past 12 months New Zealanders travelling to Fiji were up 12%. This wouldn’t be possible without your fantastic support in promoting our amazing product and diverse regions.’Taylor also announced the Matai Mega Famil for Kiwi agents, to take place from 3-11 November. ‘There will be five itineraries, including for the first time ever a luxury programme, a response to the New Zealand market’s growing interest in luxury product. It’s really starting to boom.’Famil registrations close on 20 September. Only Matai Specialist Agents are eligible and Taylor urged anyone who hadn’t yet done so to complete four modules on matai.fiji.travel to become eligible. Hannah Smaha, Travelsmart Porirua; Sana Ali, Marriott International; Laure Hallier,Travelsmart Porirua; Risiva Vuetibau-Cakautini, Warwick Fiji Tom Pullan, Ally Perring, Zay Jeftha, Helen Thomson, Flight Centre Chews Lane Sixteen Fiji Tourism industry partners have been touring with the roadshow, taking in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland and Auckland’s North Shore. A total of 380 travel and wholesale agents registered to attend the events that wrapped up last night.Matthew Stoeckel, Tourism Fiji chief executive officer, says as Fiji’s second biggest tourism source market, New Zealand remains important. ‘It is essential that Tourism Fiji continues to inform and upskill our New Zealand trade partners, through forums such as the annual roadshow, to ensure they are well placed to sell destination Fiji.’ Daria Blaikie, Voula Siatiras, Tahlee Reynolds, Orbit Wellington Gai Keniry, Tropical Island Resort; Jill Palise,Matamanoa Islandcenter_img There was a buzz among Wellington travel agents attending the Tourism Fiji roadshow this week, as they were briefed on Fiji Airways’ new Boeing 737 MAX that will soon be landing in the Capital.FJ business development manager, Kate Adams, says the airline is the first in the South Pacific to take delivery of the new generation aircraft, and Wellington will be its first destination.Adams said the new plane comes with a lower carbon footprint, quieter engines and is extremely fuel efficient. Cabin features include leather seating and particularly large overhead compartments.Starting from December (the exact date to be confirmed), the new 737 MAX will replace the airline’s older B737 on the twice weekly direct WLG/NAN route. Sheldon Swears and Kylie Wright, Flight CentreQueensgate Lesley Masters , Travel Associates; Cameron Taylor,Tourism Fiji The post FJ’s 737 MAX creates Capital buzz at roadshow appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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