MERRITT, B.C. — Arnold Meyer spent 40 years working at the Tolko Industries Ltd. mill in Merritt, B.C., but then he faced the reality of being laid off.The 62-year-old was one of about 200 employees who lost their jobs in 2016, crippling the economy of the small town in British Columbia’s southern Interior and prompting politicians to promise to restore the ailing forestry sector.Two years later, the province’s lumber industry is still facing challenges, but a new sector is revving up. A cannabis company hopes to build a grow facility in Merritt, replacing jobs, including Meyer’s that were lost in the mill closure.“It sounds good to me. They said they want me to be one of the first hires for when the plant opens up,” said Meyer, who held various positions at Tolko, where he mostly drove machinery.Emerald Plants Health Source Inc., or EPHS, purchased a massive chunk of land in the city and plans to build an initial 3,700-square-metre facility before building up to potentially more than 100,000 square metres.The facility would eventually employ more than 200 people in a range of jobs, from low-skill trimmer roles to higher-paid management jobs.Members of the company first learned about Meyer in a Canadian Press story on whether marijuana had the potential to revitalize small towns hit hard by resource job losses. In the 2017 article, Meyer said he hoped a cannabis company would create jobs in the community.“It just resonated with us as a group as we read that article, that this could really change people’s lives in Merritt,” said Jeff Hancock, executive vice-president of Emerald.“I think that’s really what Arnold Meyer symbolizes to us as a company.”Emerald also hopes to contact others formerly employed by Tolko. There are many transferable skills from mill work to cannabis and other skills can be learned, Hancock said, adding the company had good conversations with city staff and plans to put in its formal application soon.It aims to break ground in the second quarter of 2019 and plans to start production in the second or third quarter of the following year, he said.Newly elected Merritt Mayor Linda Brown said some younger Tolko employees left town to work at other mills run by the company or seek other employment, while some older employees found themselves retiring earlier than planned.Brown said she still has questions for Emerald, including whether the jobs will pay well, but she expects to support an application when it’s put forward.“We need industry. We need developments in there. That’s what I got elected on, was that kind of a platform, developing the city,” she said.The mill closure devastated the community and any company that wants to bring in jobs is welcome, said former mayor Neil Menard.“It’s a whole different industry for us. I don’t know much about it. I hope it would pay good wages and good benefits,” he said. “It can’t be anything but good.”Tolko did not return a request for comment but said in 2016 a lack of timber supply forced it to close the mill. The union that represented the employees declined comment.Emerald is a Health Canada-licensed producer that already has a facility in Montreal. Hancock and others with the company have energy industry backgrounds and have developed ways to reduce the energy costs associated with cannabis, he said.Merritt also provided the company with the “unicorn land” it had been seeking, in terms of zoning, size and energy assets, Hancock added.Meyer was skeptical when Emerald first contacted him but now he’s looking forward to meeting company representatives in Merritt soon, he said.Asked how it felt to be part of their inspiration for the project, Meyer laughed.“My chest got big and my head started to swell and I got a bunch more feathers in my hat,” he joked.— By Laura Kane in VancouverThe Canadian Press
Rabat – The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted Morocco a €50 million loan to extend and improve potable water in the northern provinces of Morocco.The National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) signed the agreement with AFD on Friday at a ceremony in the presence of ONEE Director General Abderrahim El Hafidi and AFD Director in Morocco, Mihoub Mezouaghi.The agreement hopes to increase access to safe drinking water in the rural areas of the provinces of Al-Hoceima, Driouch, Nador, and Taounate, ONEE said in a statement Monday. ONEE also hopes the loan will boost production in urban areas, increase storage autonomy in the four provinces, and improve the performance of the drinking water supply.The extension and improvement program will benefit a population of approximately 300,000 inhabitants, nearly half of them in rural areas. It also hopes to promote resilience to climate change mobilize additional resources.Read Also: AfDB Approves €117 Million Loan for Moroccan Drinking Water ProjectsONEE noted that the new loan confirms the two parties’ will to strengthen their cooperative relationship.Including past loans, the French bank has loaned Morocco €275 million to increase access to drinking water and sanitation.In June, the head of ONEE in the Fez region, Mohammed Berkia, announced that ONEE is undertaking projects to solve the problem of potable water in the northern Rif region and provide supplementary water for laundry and other uses.To increase the water supply in rural areas of the Rif, Berkia said ONEE will invest MAD 330 million to build 13 new dam reservoirs.The projects also include treating seawater and preserving it in a 2,000-cubic-meter tank.
In accordance with the Electoral Law, all candidates had the opportunity to address any grievances through the existing electoral and judicial mechanisms rather than taking them to the streets, which also reflects well on public confidence in the national capacity to handle disputes peacefully, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said in a press statement. “UNMIT recognizes that, while the first round of elections was not perfect, the consensus assessment was that they were free and fair, reflecting the will of the voters. In addition, considering that these are the first national elections which the Timorese authorities have ever conducted, they should be seen as a significant achievement,” it stated. “UNMIT will continue to encourage calm, resolution of complaints through legal means, and respect for the outcome of the elections as announced by the national electoral authorities.” The UN’s statement came in response to the Sixth Report of the Electoral Certification Team, an independent body appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess whether the electoral process for this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections are proceeding in a satisfactory manner. This preliminary report indicates areas where additional improvements are still required, an issue that UNMIT has also raised with the authorities on several occasions and something it said it will continue to do. The UN has praised the non-violent nature of the 9 April voting and looks ahead to a similar response to next month’s run-off presidential poll on 9 May. 30 April 2007This month’s poll in Timor-Leste, the first in the country since gaining independence from Indonesia in 2002, may not have been perfect but it was “free and fair” and reflected the will of the voters, the United Nations said today, adding that it was a significant achievement for the tiny nation.
17 March 2009The United Nations human rights chief has welcomed the Pakistani Government’s decision to reinstate the former Supreme Court Chief Justice and other judges, who had been removed from their posts in 2007, as an important step in restoring the rule of law in the country. Navi Pillay also welcomed the Government’s pledges to free opposition activists and leaders who had been arbitrarily detained over the past week or so and to lift the ban on public demonstrations in the capital and provinces, Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva today. “Reinstating all of the 60 judges who had been sacked by the previous administration was an important step in the process of restoring the rule of law in Pakistan,” he stated.“The current Government appears to be showing willingness to respond to concerns voiced by its people regarding their human rights and the integrity of the judicial system,” he said, adding that the High Commissioner calls on the Government to release all activists that had been arrested during the recent protests.Mr. Colville noted that since last year, Pakistan has taken a number of steps to promote human rights and the rule of law, including signing and ratifying global treaties and establishing a Ministry for Human Rights.“However, OHCHR did not believe that sustainable peace and political stability within Pakistan, and in the wider region, would be achieved without real and sustainable advances on the human rights front,” he said. Signing up to key international treaties was a very important step, but the challenge now is to ensure they were properly reflected in national law, and that the national laws are properly implemented, he stressed. Last week, amid growing political tensions in the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pakistan’s leaders to solve all their differences through an honest dialogue to be able to deal with the multitude of challenges the country and the region face.
VCK founder Thol. Thirumavalavan and his supporters were held on Friday while protesting outside the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India.The Lok Sabha MP and his supporters were detained when they created a road-blockade after being prevented from staging a protest, police said. DMK chief M Karunanidhi has opposed his visit while MDMK supporters, led by its founder Vaiko, staged a black-flag demonstration against the Lankan leader before being held at the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra border. The parties hold Rajapaksa responsible for alleged atrocities on Tamil civilians in the last leg of the war between the Sri Lankan Army and LTTE in 2009 that saw the decimation of the rebel outfit. (PTI) The arrival of Rajapakse for a Buddhist function in Madhya Pradesh had drawn criticism in Tamil Nadu, with UPA member DMK and MDMK strongly opposing it.
The Appropriation Bill has allocated Rs. 2.2 trillion (US$ 12 billion) for debt servicing, the largest in the history of the country, according to the Finance Minister. The Appropriation Bill will be gazetted within the next two weeks and will be presented to Parliament after gazetting. Cabinet has granted approval to the Appropriation Bill presented by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera for this year.The government has received the cabinet approval for an estimated 4.55 trillion rupees (approximately US$ 25 billion) as expenditure for its services for the financial year of 2019) while the state revenues for 2019 is expected to be Rs. 2.39 trillion. The Complete budget will be presented to the Parliament on 5th March 2019.The third reading of the budget will commence on the 13th of March and the final vote on the budget will take place on 4th April. (Colombo Gazette)
“It is in everybody’s interest to feel safe in Kosovo,” Mr. Steiner, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the province, told reporters at the headquarters of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) in Pristina. Declaring that Kosovo was in a “new phase,” Mr. Steiner said his work would differ from that of predecessors Kouchner and Haekkerup. “Under Kouchner, Kosovo was in an emergency phase,” he noted. “Under Haekkerup, it was in an administrative and design phase. Today Kosovo is in a transfer phase. We will have to concentrate on the transfer of authority to the newly elected government. I am looking forward to a good cooperation with the people and the leaders in this regard.” Mr. Steiner takes over at a crucial time as Kosovo’s political leaders, elected in November, have so far failed to put together a governing coalition for the province. Other challenges ahead include the return of some of Kosovo’s displaced Serb population, and organized crime and security issues. The Special Representative said that Kosovars had to begin looking beyond Kosovo and instead, at their surrounding neighbourhood. “It matters what happens in Belgrade, [the former Yugoslavia Republic of ] Macedonia and The Hague,” Mr. Steiner said. “So we have to take a broader look at things. Because in the end we must set Kosovo on the European track.” Mr. Steiner was former foreign policy chief to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and previously served as head of the Liaison Office for German Humanitarian Aid in Zagreb and was Germany’s key negotiator during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
Redshirt-senior safety Corey Brown (3) and sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempt to make a tackle during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24, to Michigan State. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – If a championship is what Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team were chasing in 2013, those who return to OSU for the 2014 football season will have to remain in pursuit.Even though the Buckeyes started Urban Meyer’s coaching tenure by winning 24 consecutive games dating back to last season, some critics still said OSU did not deserve a selection to the BCS National Championship Game. That criticism was based on the perception that OSU would not be able to contend with Florida State, Auburn or another one of college football’s elite teams.The Buckeyes finally had a chance to validate their success Saturday when they played Michigan State, the first top-10 opponent OSU played since its school-record win streak began.They validated the criticism instead.OSU’s offense managed to put up 273 rushing yards against the nation’s No. 1-ranked rushing defense, but its lack of success on crucial downs (1-of-10 on third-down conversion attempts, 0-of-2 on fourth-down attempts) proved costly. The OSU defense gave up 438 yards, including five plays of 20 yards or more, and four touchdowns.The units’ struggles resulted in a 34-24 loss, OSU’s first defeat since finishing a 6-7 season with a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012.After being ineligible to play in a bowl game at the end of their 12-0 season last year, it appeared that even after the Buckeyes extended their streak with a victory against Michigan Nov. 30, an undefeated OSU could be deprived of the opportunity to play for a national championship again, in part due to that criticism. But when then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to Auburn later that night, Saturday’s conference title game turned into a chance for the Buckeyes to punch their ticket to the BCS National Championship.Albeit the criticism its strength of schedule received along the way, OSU had earned the chance to play its way into a national championship by completing a second consecutive regular season without a loss. As the No. 2 team in the BCS standings with a .027-point advantage over No. 3 Auburn, a win against a top-10 team Saturday was likely to be enough for OSU to hold its position in the standings, even with Auburn’s win earlier in the day against No. 5-ranked Missouri.But while the Buckeyes’ winning streak put them in that position, they still needed a win Saturday to prove their standing as one of college football’s best teams.OSU’s only win this season against a team currently ranked in the top 25 is their Sept. 28 victory against Wisconsin, who entered Saturday as the No. 21 team in the BCS standings. Last season, only two of OSU’s wins came against teams who finished the season ranked in the AP Top 25; those two teams, Nebraska and Michigan, were No. 24 and No. 25 teams in the final poll.The Buckeyes finally had to play a top-10 team Saturday, a Michigan State team that might have ended up in a BCS bowl even with a loss to OSU. While the game’s outcome does not necessarily prove Michigan State is a better team than OSU, Michigan State was the better team Saturday night, all but proving right the critics who had said all along the Buckeyes were not one of the nation’s two best teams.“That probably is the best team that we’ve faced in the past two years,” said junior linebacker Ryan Shazier of Michigan State following Saturday’s loss. “They beat us.”Saturday’s loss does not eliminate OSU’s win streak or regular-season success from the record books. The Buckeyes still deserve a great deal of credit for winning 12 consecutive games, a challenging feat regardless of who a team’s competition is, to start its seasons two years in a row. But for a team whose facility has been emblazoned all season by banners trumpeting “The Chase,” the expectations were higher.OSU will not be playing for a national championship after its longest winning streak in school history, but it’s not because they didn’t have a fair shot.
Ohio State defender Matt Miller fights with Notre Dame hockey players in the Notre Dame zone on Nov. 4. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiTwo third-period goals in the final eight minutes weren’t enough, as No. 16 Ohio State (5-3-2, 1-3-0-0 Big Ten) fell short in a 3-2 defeat to No. 10 Notre Dame (7-3-0, 2-0-0-0 Big Ten).Notre Dame went up 3-0 early in the third on two goals in 34 seconds. The first came from junior forward Dylan Malmquist off a nice feed by sophomore Andrew Peeke, then senior forward Jake Evans quickly added to the lead with a shot on a bad angle that trickled past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.Romeo was replaced by freshman goalie Tommy Nappier after the Evans goal, saving only 15 of the 18 shots he faced.Ohio State answered later in the period, igniting a power play that has struggled for much of the season. Junior forward Mason Jobst ripped it past sophomore goalie Cale Morris after numerous chances on the man advantage, with junior forward Dakota Joshua and sophomore defenseman Matt Miller earning assists on the play.“It was important for us coming into today to get it set up in the zone,” Joshua said. “Yesterday, we had a hard time breaking it in and establish some pressure, but today we did that and the bounces go your ways sometimes and sometimes they don’t, and today we got a bounce.”The Buckeyes then cut the Notre Dame lead to one on a goal by Joshua with less than two minutes to play. Joshua scored on a rebound attempt by batting the puck out of mid-air and finding twine past Morris in the top corner.When asked about the goal, Joshua only had three words to say: “Nothing but luck.”Ohio State played with an empty net for the final three-and-a-half minutes and dominated the offensive zone, battering Morris with shots for most of the ending moments. Morris made 22 of his 39 saves in the third period alone.The Buckeyes had numerous chances in the final seconds, but the biggest came at the stick of Ohio State’s captain. Jobst found himself one-on-one with an open net with the final seconds ticking down as the puck trickled across the crease with Morris out of the play, but Jobst whiffed on the shot, and the Buckeyes suffered their second straight defeat to the Fighting Irish.“Give us another couple of seconds, couple of minutes, we’ll see what happens,” Joshua said. “You wish you just had a little bit more time to see if you could make something happen, but that’s the game of hockey, and we just came up short tonight.”The save of the night came from Romeo, before getting the hook. He made a remarkable save, sprawling out to shut down junior forward Jack Jenkins at point-blank range. However, the party for Romeo ended shortly thereafter on a goal by sophomore forward Cal Burke coming from the faceoff immediately following the big save.The Burke goal gave the Fighting Irish a 1-0 lead late in the second period — a lead they held for the remainder of the game.“I’m proud of the guys for the never quit,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “That’s the expectations, that’s the culture that these guys have created, we don’t want to be down by three, and if we play that way from start to finish, we’ll be a pretty good hockey team.”Ohio State switches back to nonconference play for two away games next weekend against the University of Connecticut. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Old Bailey has heard that The Sun’s undercover journalist had a meeting with the singer at the Metropolitan Hotel in London, posing as a film producer keen to discuss a role alongside Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.Miss Contostavlos had allegedly arranged for Mahmood to be sold half-an-ounce of cocaine by one of her contacts for £800 in May 2013. But the N-Dubz star’s trial was thrown out of court after Smith changed his police statement to remove comments she allegedly made expressing disapproval of hard drugs.She had allegedly said she had a family member with a drug problem as Smith drove her home to Potters Bar in Hertfordshire after the meeting with Mahmood.Mahmood, of Purley, south London, and Smith, from Dereham, Norfolk, deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice.Mahmood’s lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry QC, told jurors that his client would not be going into the witness box.Trevor Burke QC followed suit and said he would be calling no evidence for Smith. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The lawyer suggested that Mahmood had wanted to “show off” to his employers and prove that he “deserved the title of King of the Sting”.The lawyer went on to say that Mahmood’s methods had been put on trial over the question of entrapment. Mazher Mahmood, the reporter known as the Fake Sheikh, has declined to give evidence in his trial for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.The 53-year-old and his driver, Alan Smith, 67, are accused over their role in the collapse of the former X Factor judge’s drugs case in July 2014. Retired driver Alan Smith arrives at the Old Bailey on WednesdayCredit:Philip Toscano/PA Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (centre) at the Old Bailey with his face coveredCredit:John Stillwell/PA And so Miss Contostavlos’s disapproval of hard drugs was “airbrushed out” after Smith emailed his statement to Mahmood, Ms Forshaw said.She added: “You may think these men have concluded their best chance of being found not guilty is to say nothing.” Pre-trial legal argument risked him being “exposed” as a “trickster” rather than the “swashbuckling hero” he wanted to be, she said.Smith’s initial statement to police which included the pop star’s anti-drugs comments had posed a problem for the journalist, the court heard. Alan Smith (left) and Mazher Mahmood are pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey in a court artist sketchCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA In her closing speech, prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QC said: “If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?”Ms Forshaw told jurors: “When you put them all together, they altogether lead you to the compelling inference that these two men put their heads together to change that statement – a compelling inference that demands an explanation and you have had none.” If they were innocent men with nothing to hide, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?Prosecutor Sarah Forshaw QC
MANY PEOPLE IN the US claim to have Irish heritage, but have you ever wondered what Ireland would look like today had Irish people not left this island in the 1800s.FiveThirtyEight did just that by extracting data from over 150 years’ worth of census records.They then looked at how many Irish people emigrated to America each year and calculated how, over the long term, they would affect the size of the US population.They found that about one in every 11 Americans have Irish ancestry – about 27.6 million Americans.They estimate that if those 27.6 million Americans were not in the US there would not be much room for manoeuvre here, with 850 people per square mile, instead of the current 213 people.However, according to the US census, they estimate the number to be higher at 34.1 million Americans stating that they have Irish ancestry.One thing’s for sure, we wouldn’t have had The Gathering last year had people not left.What would it be like now if Irish people never emigrated to the US? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below. Percentage of US residents with Irish ancestry (US Census Bureau) Can’t see this image, click here. Read: 9 people with unexpected Irish ancestry> Read: Conan O’Brien gets in on The Gathering buzz>
Sara Ali Khan’s Vogue India photoshootVogue India InstagramAfter one of the most remarkable debuts of Bollywood, Sara Ali Khan made a splash with her entry in the film world. Earning the status of a star since her first film, Sara has stood out from all contemporaries debuts with her confidence and charm.The actress opts to let her work do the talking and refrains from being in the public eye apart from her work commitment. Sara Ali Khan despite belonging to the film fraternity is far away from the parties and social events and sticks to making her work the center point.The young starlet also chose to make her magazine debut much later after her Bollywood entry and continues to be selective in her choices.The actress is very grateful towards the paparazzi and media as she expresses her gratitude to them for believing in her.Shining like a star, Sara Ali Khan made her much-anticipated Bollywood debut last year with ‘Kedarnath’ and has been one of the most talked about debutantees as both of her films Kedarnath and Simmba have had smashing records.Sara will be next seen in recently announced Imtiaz Ali’s next alongside Kartik Aaryan slated to hit the screen next year.
Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Dr. Mario Pronounces You Dead!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Dr. Mario. Who Are They?While he’s a plumber primarily, Mario wears many hats from boxing judge to world-class golfer. And although Dr. Mario’s mechanics alone would have made it an above average falling-block puzzle game on NES, the fact it stars Mario in a doctor’s outfit using pills to fight viruses I think puts it over the top. Mario’s medical history is one of the richest untapped veins of Mario lore.Smash HistoryFor the most part the secret characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee were mildly altered clones of the main cast so they didn’t take as long to develop. Fans weren’t super pleased about this, and Dr. Mario was seen as especially lazy. However, enough time had passed Melee and when the good doctor made his return in Smash Wii U/3DS I’d say people were more receptive.What Looks New in Ultimate?Dr. Mario’s main difference from Mario is that Dr. Mario is more powerful but slower. And in general this trade-off ends up making him Dr. Mario worse. In Ultimate Dr. Mario seems to have even more power but with reduced lag. And he has a new satisfying down air where he stomps opponents into oblivion. Oh, and he waves his diploma around. But with Mario also receiving many of these buffs, we don’t expect their positions on the tier list to swap anytime soon.Our Hopes?I know they are usually bad, but I really love playing hard-hitting heavy characters. I’m enamored with Dr. Mario’s new down air because it looks like Ganondorf’s old auto-cancelling down air, and Ganondorf’s down air is far and away my favorite move in Smash. If that’s the case, Dr. Mario in Smash Ultimate will be exponentially more appealing to me than he’s ever been.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. 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PROUD Experiences returns to New York CityWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaIGLTA Foundation partners with Pacific Asia Travel Association for conference scholarshipMore articles on eTurboNews click here Like this:Like Loading… International buyers focused on booking travel for their LGBTQ+ clients will be attending from all over the world with agencies such as Zoom Vacations, Out of Office, Frosch, PHD Travel, Bon Vivant and Superviagem confirmed to attend.The LGBTQ+ travel industry is both economically significant and resilient, with many studies showing that even in times of downturns the gay community still spends money on their holidays and travel in general.“As the world’s biggest creator of travel industry events and exhibitions, we were not surprised when research confirmed that it’s time to pay attention to LGBTQ+ markets as they grow exponentially every year. Developing this first event which will take place in London, PROUD Experiences will bring out the issues, opportunities, solutions and debates that surrounds this demanding sector,” said Show Director Gareth Baguley.Dealing with the attitudes, challenges, and opinions that face same sex couples and bisexual/transgender travellers will be at the heart of a Master Class series of workshops, presentations and debates. Led by some of the industry’s leading voices, and representatives of the LGBTQ+ travel community every session will be open to buyers and suppliers to participate in and contribute to throughout the event. The largest international B2B event dedicated to LGBTQ+ travel and leisure – PROUD Experiences – has been launched by Reed Travel Exhibitions and will take place in London from 6-8 June this year.International in flavour and curated to bring buyers and suppliers of travel experiences together through a pre-scheduled appointment system, this event will put the spotlight on a market that now deserves its own attention.Recognising the commercial and unique value of networking in such an intimate setting, some of the world’s top travel brands have been quick to sign up including: AVRA Tours, Belmond, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Corinthia London, The Curtain, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, ME by Melia, The Muse Collection, Nobu Shoreditch, One Fine Stay, Peninsula Hotels, Principal Hotels, SET Hotels, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Soneva, Visit Malta and the region of Valencia. Some of themes being addressed this year include: a look at the contradiction that is the Asian LGBTQ+ market asking the question: how open for business is it – particularly now the Gay Games has been announced to be taking place in Hong Kong in 2020; the business case for Pride and the growing number of Circuit parties asking the question are they driving up the numbers LGTBQ travellers; servicing the LGTBQ customer with insights from some of the best travel brands who have excelled in this area; lessons on marketing to LGTBQ customers from brands outside of the travel industry; transgender travel and a look at the emerging markets and new travel products aimed at the sector.The programme of speakers that will soon be announced will represent key sectors that operate in the LGBTQ+ sector including: destinations cruise companies, media, travel buyers and marketing experts. These industry leaders will cover the key LGBTQ+ essentials, shining a light on the latest trends that are driving growth of the sector that is now valued over $211 billion.London’s top venues, hotels and clubs will all contribute to the welcome for PROUD Experiences, whilst the area around the Saatchi Gallery known as Duke of York Square, will also join in. The Saatchi Gallery is the world’s No.1 Museum on social media and provides an “innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists and those whose work has rarely or never exhibited in the UK” – a great location for this first time event.Show Director Gareth Baguley added, “PROUD Experiences will be both innovative and inspiring complemented by our presence in the intimate and creative environment of The Saatchi Gallery – one of London’s top cultural attractions. Not only do we expect our exhibitors to do great business but we hope to highlight the important issues facing the LGBTQ+ traveller and travel provider alike.”Baguley added, “We hope this show will break down the barriers that sometimes make it difficult to ask those all important questions about LGBTQ+ travel. By bringing the world’s biggest tourism brands, destinations, products and services together with highly qualified buyers from the biggest source markets around the world – not only do we plan to provide an environment to do great business but to help this burgeoning industry mature even future.”Share this: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
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Presidential candidate and leader of the Citizens Alliance party Giorgos Lillikas livened up the election campaign with last Sunday’s revelation that someone from a rival camp had offered him a pay-off to withdraw his candidacy. The approach was made to him personally and he was offered a big amount of money as well as a position in the government if the rival candidate was elected, he said, without giving names.Being a wily operator, Lillikas knew exactly what he was doing. He knew very well that the candidates in the clean would not want to be tarnished by the allegation and would deny they had done such a thing, which was exactly what happened. The Stavros Malas and Nicos Anastasiades camps both categorically denied they had made any approach to Lillikas, leaving the Nikolas Papadopoulos campaign staff as the prime suspects. After all, Papadopoulos had most to gain from Lillikas’ withdrawal as he would attract most of the latter’s hard-liner voters.In the end Lillikas named the Papadopoulos camp, and although the candidate’s staffers have vehemently denied the pay-off allegation, in the public’s eyes he remains the chief suspect, if only because he stood to gain the most. Interestingly, Akel and the Malas camp have tried to capitalise on this sordid affair. As Malas will be involved in a battle with Papadopoulos for a place in the second Sunday run-off against Anastasiades, the allegation could lose Papadopoulos votes.As if Lillikas’ allegations were not bad enough, Elam leader and candidate Christos Christou made similar claims against two rival camps without naming them, but the media ignored him. Then again, Papadopoulos stood to gain the most from the withdrawal of Christou’s candidacy as he would become the only voting option for the extreme nationalist voters. This is just speculation, as neither Christou nor Lillikas provided a shred of evidence to back their claims.In fact, Lillikas ended up looking rather foolish after he revealed that the buyout offer was made to him by a close friend who was not a member of the Papadopoulos campaign staff. He was, presumably, just a go-between, whom his close friend, Lillikas had no intention of reporting to the police because this was a political rather than a criminal issue.The truth is that it was not a political issue either, but a farcical issue that gave the media something to write about for a few days and the opportunity to Papadopoulos’ opponents to take the moral high ground. Even President Anastasiades joined in, saying in an interview that the allegations were ‘very serious’. Unfortunately, nothing in this election campaign is “very serious” as this Lillikas-inspired farce has made evident.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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