Rabat – Moroccan authorities have decided this Monday to block Swedish furniture giant Ikea’s project from opening five stores in Morocco.An exclusive report by Le360 said this decision was made following an urgent meeting, held this Monday at the head of government’s office, in response to Stockholm’s project of the so-called Sahrawi Republic (SADR).The leaders of eight national parties from the majority and the opposition attended the meeting, which was chaired by the Head of Government. The Swedish retail giant entered the Moroccan market via SYH Morocco, a subsidiary of the Kuwaiti Al Homaizi Group, which has franchise rights for IKEA and already represents the brand in Kuwait and Jordan.The company planned to open five stores across the Morocco. Ikea’s first store in the country was expected to open by the end in 2015 in the new city of Zenata between Casablanca and the capital Rabat.A previous report by the Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel said that Ikea Morocco had already hired its staff.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
1 September 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official has begun his three-day visit to Ethiopia, where he is holding talks with Government officials, relief groups and individuals affected by the country’s drought and food crisis. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, travelled to Ethiopia’s Konso Special Woreda in Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) today to review humanitarian efforts.He met with farmers who had lost their crops to drought and visited an outpatient therapeutic centre and stabilization centre, which provide critical nutritional and medical help to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Some 75,000 Ethiopian children have been directly affected by the drought and are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Mr. Holmes also witnessed a government food distribution for the chronically food insecure. Throughout Ethiopia, 4.6 million people receive emergency food aid. A shortage of emergency resources, including ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF), emergency relief food and other critical supplies, is worsening an already dire situation. “Ethiopia is facing a food crisis that is one of the worst in the world, especially in terms of malnutrition among children,” he said. “It is important that we make every effort to deal quickly and comprehensively with this tragedy.”Earlier today, Mr. Holmes inaugurated the liaison office between the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the African Union, which will be headed by Kazimiro Rudolf-Jocondo.During his visit, the UN humanitarian chief will also meet with the Deputy Prime Minister Ato Addisu Legesse and travel to Ethiopia’s Somali Region to review ongoing humanitarian efforts there.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started relocating hundreds of people fleeing an upsurge in fighting and tightened access to humanitarian aid in southern and central Somalia to a camp in neighbouring Ethiopia.The agency is moving the refugees from a transit centre in Dolo Ado in Ethiopia, near its border with Somalia, to a new camp in Melkadida over 60 kilometres away, spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters today in Geneva.The first convoy, comprising 11 buses and two trucks, transported 247 refugees to the new site. They are the first of 7,000 Somalis who have been recognized as refugees by the Ethiopian Government with UNHCR’s support. Under current plans, 500 refugees a week will be moved from Dolo Ado to the new camp.Melkadida is the second camp in southeast Ethiopia and the fifth in the country to host refugees from Somalia. The first site in Bokolmanyo, which opened last April, was built to accommodate 20,000 people and has already reached capacity.Likewise, the new camp at Melkadida can host up to 20,000 refugees and UNCHR, together with its partners, are working to expand basic infrastructure, including water services and the erection of a health centre. The building of elementary schools is also in the pipeline.Upon arrival at the site, the refugees spend three days in a reception area and then move to their allocated plots of land where emergency tents have been built until permanent shelters are in place. The Somalis are provided with food, kitchen sets, jerry cans, mosquito nets and other supplies.“Somalis are arriving in Ethiopia at an average of 200 individuals per day, and we are already planning for further camps near Melkadida,” Ms. Fleming noted.At present, over 60,000 Somalis are living in four camps, including Bokolmanyo, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, and they continue to arrive at a pace of 200 per day.At the height of the region’s refugee crisis in the early 1990s, the area was home to 628,000 Somali refugees. Most returned to their homes between 1997 and 2005, and nearly all camps were shut down as a result.However, renewed conflict again caused Somalis to take flight to Ethiopia, with three new camps built between 2007 and 2009.In the past two weeks alone, the UNHCR spokesperson said, nearly 14,000 people have been driven from their homes by the spike in fighting in Mogadishu between the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and opposition. Over half of these people have managed to escape the capital, while others are stranded in relatively safer areas of the city.“The number of casualties and of people injured in the crossfire is alarming,” Ms. Fleming said, with at least 50 people reportedly having been killed and more than 100 others injured since the violence erupted last week.UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden expressed grave concern yesterday at the latest surge in clashes in Mogadishu, which has claimed dozens of lives.He said the most recent fighting has been focused in northern Mogadishu, especially the districts of Heliwa, Yaaqshiid and Wardhiigleey.“I am alarmed by the large number of casualties emanating from recent fighting,” he said in a statement, adding that “civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict and insecurity in the country.”The worst of the latest fighting between Government forces and al-Shabaab militiamen is reported to have occurred on 10 February, when 24 people died and nearly 160 others had to be hospitalized with war-related injuries. 16 February 2010The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started relocating hundreds of people fleeing an upsurge in fighting and tightened access to humanitarian aid in southern and central Somalia to a camp in neighbouring Ethiopia.
MOSCOW — A Russian parliamentary panel has accused Deutsche Welle, Germany’s state-owned public broadcaster, of inciting protests in Moscow, a claim the broadcaster denies.The committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament charged Friday that the broadcaster encouraged the protests in Moscow against the authorities’ refusal to register some independent and opposition candidates for the city council vote held earlier this month.The candidates’ dismissal triggered a series of opposition protests in the Russian capital over the summer, the largest show of discontent against President Vladimir Putin’s rule in seven years.The parliamentary panel said it will propose that the Foreign Ministry strip DW of its accreditation over the alleged violation of the Russian law.The broadcaster responded by saying that its Broadcasting Council “rejects the accusation that DW interfered in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation.”The Associated Press
This photo provided by Hilton & Hyland, exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, shows The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The property, which features 29 rooms, lists for $200,000,000. The global luxury housing market lost some of its sheen in 2015 as financial markets became unsettled and many wealthy buyers began to look for less expensive homes. (Hilton & Hyland/Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT WASHINGTON – The global luxury housing market lost some of its sheen last year as financial markets became unsettled and many wealthy buyers began to look for less expensive homes.“The return of realism,” is how Dan Conn, chief executive of Christie’s International Real Estate, described the high-end market that stretches from San Francisco to Singapore.Sales in a sector whose average home prices start at $2.2 million slowed in 2015, increasing by 8 per cent, half its 2014 pace. The decline most likely reflects stability rather than weakness, according to a report released Thursday by Christie’s.Properties in London and Hong Kong are sitting on the market longer. On average, homes sold for prices 19 per cent below the original asking price, compared with 14 per cent below the asking price in 2014. The number of luxury-home sales in the often sizzling Manhattan market dipped 5 per cent last year. Falling oil prices led sales in Dubai to tumble 25 per cent.“You can’t have massive double-digit growth year after year after year,” Conn said. “In some ways, there is a limit.”But a luxury market that experts say is normalizing still looks otherworldly when compared with conventional real estate. Some homes include cigar rooms with specialized ventilation and wine collections displayed in climate-controlled glass walls, for example, instead of in cellars.Around the world, a single square foot in a luxury home varies dramatically — from $200 in Monterrey, Mexico, to $4,500 in Monaco. The highest price paid for a home last year was $194 million for the Barker Road Estate in Hong Kong, which, judging by pictures, was still something of a fixer-upper.Not all luxury markets reflected the consequences of weaker global economic growth. The cheaper euro helped to boost pied-a-terre purchases in Paris.Yet in an emerging trend, the luxury market last year reached beyond the traditional hubs of global commerce and posh resort towns. Places with humbler reputations enjoyed sharp increases in high-end sales, a pattern likely to continue through 2016, Conn said.Christie’s reported a 40 per cent jump in the sales of luxury properties in Portland, Oregon, for example. And Auckland, New Zealand, experienced a 63 per cent surge in luxury home-buying.Atlanta, supported by an expanding film industry, reported a 25 per cent increase, while an improving auto industry boosted luxury home sales in the Detroit area by 17 per cent.Baby boomers looking to cash out of the Vancouver housing market, which has attracted Chinese expatriates, moved to nearby Victoria, which enjoyed a 45 per cent increase in luxury sales.Other brokerages see similar phenomena at the top-tier of housing. During the first three months of 2016, Redfin reported that luxury sales prices dropped 1.1 per cent from the same period a year ago.Average luxury home prices in Miami Beach, Florida, plunged 13.7 per cent to $5.7 million, according to the Seattle-based brokerage. Homes for Boston-area Brahmins fell 11.8 per cent to $3.2 million. San Francisco tech gurus saw the average luxury sales price dip 4.7 per cent to $4.4 million, while the Washington, D.C., area slid 4.2 per cent to $2 million.The main culprit appears to be a volatile stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index plummeted until mid-February, only to undergo a jagged recovery such that the net worth of millionaires and billionaires has been in near constant flux. The turbulence has left luxury buyers wary about spending lavishly on housing, said Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist.“I’m not saying there is a recession among the 1 per cent, but if you look across all luxury goods you’re seeing softness,” Richardson said. “I think that is attributable to the stock market.”This doesn’t mean an absolute retreat from luxury housing.In Florida, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood have registered price gains after Miami became overheated. San Francisco’s recent excesses have spilled across the bay to the more affordable Oakland, where average luxury home prices climbed nearly 50 per cent in the past year to $2.4 million.“There are only so many tech billionaires who can buy in San Francisco,” Richardson said.__This story has been corrected to show that the average price per square foot in Monaco is $4,500, not $3,600 as stated in an earlier version of the Christie’s report. Across the world, luxury-home sales get a reality check by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2016 8:15 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Transforming how we think about our body shape. Balancing personalized marketing campaigns with consumer privacy concerns. Rehabilitating World War II veterans through university education.These are some of the five research presentations that will be squaring off Thursday, March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the final round of Brock University’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge.Now in its sixth year at Brock, the 3MT Challenge originated in Queensland, Australia in 2008 as a way for students to explain their research to a broad audience in plain, accessible terms. Presenters have three minutes and a single slide image to summarize their research.The Brock finals will be held at Pond Inlet Thursday with the winning presenter taking home $500 and advancing to the 3MT Ontario Regional round at York University April 19.Brock’s 3MT finalists are:Ali Anwar, MSc in Management, “The Personalization-Privacy Paradox in M-commerce: Loyalty Outcomes Explained Through Customers Flow Experience and Regulatory Foci”Aly Bailey, PhD in Applied Health Sciences, “Get with the program — the BIAS program”Cody McMahon, MA in History, “Soldiers to Scholars: Veterans and Universities in Post-war Canada”Kaitlyn Kerridge, MA in Applied Health Sciences, “Mindfully Making Our Way in the World: The Exploration of Mindfulness Among Post-Secondary Students”Shannon Kitchings, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies, “Can You Hear Me Now?”A three-judge panel will evaluate presentations on their use of plain language, structure, flow, capturing audience interest and other aspects of communication, comprehension and engagement.A different panel of judges selected the five finalists from 12 presentations delivered at the Feb. 15 preliminary round. Presenters had three minutes and one slide to tell the story of their research.Topics ranged from the environmental impacts of human population growth to developing a support system for fathers of newborn infants to the effectiveness of Ontario laws regarding services for adults with developmental disabilities.
The UK Border Force is risking collisions in the Channel, say experts, as it is claimed their vessels are acting in an “unseaman-like” manner by turning off tracking systems. Tom Sharpe, a former Royal Navy officer and… Merchant shipping operating on autopilot in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes often rely on the location devices as their “only means of anti-collision”. The Border Force cutters operating off the Kent coast have potentially risked collision by failing to use the internationally-recognised Automatic Identification System (AIS), which alerts fellow seafarers and coastal authorities of their location, route and other safety-related information to aid safe passage at sea.
Ivan Nincevic has been brutally knocked down by Torsten Jansen in the game between HSV-Fuchse Berlin after which he ended in a hospital with a serious injury. He has been thinking whether he should sue for the past weeks, however the two met in Berlin and have come to a solution. In the end, Ivan Nincevic gave up making a lawsuit against Torsten Jansen, while Torsten Jansen on his behalf will donate money for a children hospital in Croatia. In details, Nincevic said he will buy books and toys for the children hospital in his hometown – Zadar. Torsten Jansen’s contract runs out this summer – whether he will continu in HSV, it’s still unknown. ← Previous Story Danijel Saric to play for Qatar? Next Story → France qualified for World C’ship 2013, but Olivier Krumbholz to be fired croatia hospitalfuechse berlinHSV HamburgIvan Nincevictorsten jansenzadar
In full: Bank of Ireland Preliminary Statement for year ended 2012 >Breaking down the losses further, Boucher said that these had decreased in the second half of 2012, and that the bank saw its income up nine per cent and its costs down 5.5 per cent, with its deposits having grown by €4.7 billion.Staff and redundanciesOn the topic of redundancies, which have seen over 5,000 leave the bank over the last four years, the chief executive couldn’t confirm future numbers.We don’t have a set number in mind. We took charge of €135 million in our account for 2012, of which €57 million is still to be utilised in the current redundancy programmes that are underway.Boucher said that he could not discuss pension difficulties at the bank due to the fact that they were in the middle of an engagement process with trade unions, but did say that lower than expected bond yields and “certain regulatory changes” had been “disappointing”.Mortgage arrearsThe banking chief said that just under 10 per cent, or 17,000 owner-occupier mortgage accounts with the bank, were in arrears, “of which 5,000 are early arrears and 12,000 are later arrears”.He went on to say that the bank was “continuing to restructure a significant number of customer mortgages as they engage with us.”We’ve made very good progress on that. We now have 95 per cent of our owner-occupiers who are either fully meeting all their payments or are in a revised arrangement and are working with us. Of the remaining five per cent, Boucher revealed that one per cent of them were in the “legal process”, while the bank was working “very hard” to deal with the other four per cent.RepossessionAdamant that repossessions are not “a desired outcome for us,” Boucher said that they remained something that the bank would have to follow in “certain circumstances”, having ended 2012 with 96 owner-occupier properties in their possession.“We have another 74 with repossession orders issued,” he said, adding: “We sold 88 repossessed properties during 2012.”Ending of Bank GuaranteeIn the same month as the state’s Bank Guarantee is to end, Boucher said that its end would “have a very positive impact on our income”.Of the €4.8 billion that had been given to the bank by government, €3.8 billion has been repaid, with the State owning 1.8 billion in preference shares and a 15 per cent holding in the bank.I’d say that taxpayers are very much in the money with regard to Bank of Ireland. It’s been very very important from a Bank of Ireland perspective that the state and the taxpayers see a significant return for the support they’ve given us.Read: In last bondholder payment of 2012, BoI pays out nearly €40 million > BANK OF IRELAND had a loss before tax of €2.1 billion in 2012, end of year figures for the bank have revealed.The losses show a huge increase on 2011, which had losses of €190 million.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, chief executive Richie Boucher said that €1.8 billion of this loss was due to the buying back of subordinated debt.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was four days ago that three young Greek men from Fourni island jumped on a small boat and raised the Greek flag on not one but five Greek islets claimed by Turkey.The act came as a response to last week’s air-force mock fights between the two neighbouring countries which led to a 34-year-old air force pilot losing his life in an accidental plane-crash.The islet that was mainly reported on by the media, Mikros Anthropofas (also known as Mikros Anthropofagos) was the one that sparked Turkey’s furry.According to daily Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara had told authorities in Athens on Saturday that a Greek flag had been spotted by its coast guard on the tiny islet of Mikros Anthropofas near Fourni repeatedly asking for the Greek flag to be taken down before ordering a special forces unit to take it down.Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim claimed early Monday morning that the Turkish Coast Guard took down a Greek flag from an Aegean islet in a “disputed area” that was reportedly raised by three Greeks on a speedboat on Friday, Kathimerini reports.Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said Yildirim’s statement was “totally provocative and reprehensible” adding that “Greece will never accept the theory of ‘gray zones’ or any questioning of its territorial sovereignty”.“I think Mr Yildirim should be more careful. We call on Turkey to return to a path of respect for international law,” he said, adding that Turkish authorities should “take the initiative to de-escalate the tension.“We continue to investigate the matter in a calm and very serious fashion,” Tzanakopoulos added.According to witnesses in the area – including the mayor of Fourni Yiannis Marousis – all five flags are still in place while Tzanakopoulos insists that there was no evidence of any “violation of Greek territory”.“It was three kids who had come to the island for their Easter holidays,” Marousis said “they do not comprehend what they could have provoked.”
With so many video game “remakes” these days just being HD remasters of the original games, it’s nice to see more developers going back to their old classics and totally reimagining them from the ground up with the best of what modern technology can offer. The Resident Evil 2 remake provides stunning visuals. The Final Fantasy VII remake has more expressive storytelling. And after playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch, I can tell you it has both.First off, how great is it that this game even exists on the Switch? As Nintendo’s next home console, it’s cool but expected for the system to have a huge 3D adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But the Switch is also a portable, and as a continuation of that legacy I love that a remake of a Game Boy game can stand on that same pedestal. What I’m saying is, I’m glad this isn’t a 3DS game. I hope it’s a Switch Mini game, too.However, I am thankful for A Link Between Worlds on 3DS for creating this template for a modern top-down Zelda game. Link moves fluidity across the open world without pausing to swap between screens. The deceptively simple combat has you slashing with your sword, blocking with your shield, and monitoring enemy patterns for openings. Enemies even have new techniques like backing up while preparing to toss spears. I’ll admit it took me a beat to get used to this traditional combat after the rhythmic stylings of Cadence of Hyrule.More important than the action though is the sense of adventure. And while I’ve already played Link’s Awakening before (it’s my favorite 2D Zelda because of how cozy and bonkers it is) seeing it in this new form felt like the first steps of something grand. I walked across the beach for my weapons, ventured into some spooky woods, and of course pushed some blocks around to find my way home. This was just the beginning of the game, before collecting clever puzzle-solving key items for charging and jumping and conjuring magic. And as the world opens up, you have more options for actively customizing your map, which feels very much like Breath of the Wild.Link’s Awakening on Switch promises to be faithful to the original, remixing the already wacky content where it makes sense and offering bonus features like a dungeon editor. But obviously the biggest improvement over the monochrome sprite-based Game Boy version is the absolutely gorgeous graphical style. Watching the adorable new Link we must protect trot his way through this tilt-shift toy diorama version of Koholint Island and its surrounding nature is arresting in person. Everything is so alluringly tangible and pleasingly soft and well-lit. The only reminder that this is a video game is an unstable framerate we hope gets fixed before the September 20 release date.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening isn’t the only cool Switch game to look forward to. Here are some great Nintendo Switch games you can play right now. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has voluntarily reported its gender pay data with a 16.5% median gender pay gap and 19.6% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay.The organisation, which employs just under 100 staff, is not legally obliged to report these details under the gender pay gap reporting regulations, but has taken the decision to publicy publish its findings.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The ABI’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 37.75% and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 35.33%. During this time frame, 80% of female and 89% of male employees received bonus payments.Just under one-third (30%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at the ABI are female, compared to 58% in the second quartile, 58% in the third quartile and 62.5% in the lowest pay quartile. The ABI has attributed its gender pay gap to the distribution of male and female employees at the organisation and is looking at ways to address this. The organisation is continuing to focus on promoting and nurturing talent internally, training to all staff, to use best practice to help avoid unconscious bias in recruitment and encouraging all staff to focus on their personal and career development regardless of gender.Huw Evans, director general at the ABI, said: “Gender pay reporting has helped highlight the significant diversity challenges facing financial services. The insurance and long-term savings sector is committed to greater diversity and inclusion which is why as its leading trade body, we felt we should voluntarily publish our own data.“These figures show the ABI still has work to do on gender pay, primarily because of the greater number of men in our senior leadership positions. We were among the first wave of organisations to sign up to the Women In Finance Charter and despite meeting our initial targets, we know we need to go further. I know our members are also reflecting hard on their results and using gender pay gap data as they pursue their [diversity and inclusion] strategies.”
Nevertheless, the brand has been growing. Afar Media has revenues in the $10 million range and is “very close” to being profitable, says Sullivan. The 7x magazine increased ad pages by 100 percent at the end of 2011, says the company, and its September/October issue that year jumped 334 percent in ad revenue versus the same issue the year prior. Ad pages are up 12 percent year-to-date through the July/August issue. Since its 2009 launch, the title has grown from a circulation of 50,000 to a current 175,000 and will jump to 200,000 with the January/February 2013 issue. Afar is independently operated with Sullivan, Diaz and long-time business partner Ernie Garcia the primary investors [when the magazine first launched, it piggy-backed on established design and shelter enthusiast publication, Dwell, sharing its sales and production resources. Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell’s president, was the chairman of Afar’s board of advisors]. And Afar Media is launching a quarterly German edition in Germany, Austria and Switzerland this fall.Hatched on the RoadThe idea for Afar was hatched by Sullivan and Diaz after several trips abroad, culminating in one particular trip to India that solidified the concept of a title devoted to experiential travel. Not content with simply featuring great ideas for vacations, Afar’s mission caters to a readership made up of affluent world travelers who take upwards of 20 trips each year. “We call them ‘global citizen travelers,’” says Diaz. “These are global citizens who are interested in what’s going on in the world and believe that by connecting with others and immersing in their cultures they’re able to get deeper and discover more about the place and themselves than any other way.”“We thought more and more people were looking for deeper travel experiences that were going to have an effect on them personally,” adds Sullivan.But in 2008, when a digital strategy was clearly a priority for legacy publishers, Sullivan and Diaz still believed a print launch was the better path to forming a community of like-minded travelers. Today, a new publication might launch digitally, forgoing a print component. But just three years ago, when Afar, a media brand that caters to a special breed of experiential travelers who like to immerse themselves in a region’s culture, it was the magazine format that founders Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz used to pull their audience together.According to Sullivan and Diaz, the print focus was not simply a stubborn adherence to traditional ways. Over the last three years Afar has added an expanded digital strategy, an experiential group travel model and a philanthropic organization to its platform—all of which, say the founders, have grown from the community that was initially formed around the magazine.Nowadays, though, a small to mid-market enthusiast brand has a battle on many more fronts than it did just a few years ago. Among the traditional set, Afar is up against some deep pockets, with Condé Nast’s Traveler, American Express’ Travel & Leisure and Departures, and National Geographic Traveler. And online, new digital-only sites are popping up all the time—Sullivan counts upwards of 50 digital competitors—attempting to capture a slice of the pie that TripAdvisor, another competitor and current heavyweight in the user review and trip-planning market, has staked out. Print Has ‘Soul’“Even in 2008, all indications were digital was going to be where the growth was, but we still thought it was really important to start with a magazine,” says Sullivan. “We thought digitally it would be hard to develop a soul right from the start. It tends to be more mass and generic. A magazine would help create what we were trying to say about the kind of travel that Afar is about. And we could say that so much better in the magazine format.”Nevertheless, a longer-term digital strategy was already being formulated. “We did that while always knowing that digital was really going to be the biggest part of the company,” says Sullivan.The community aspect of Afar’s readership, and their uniquely high-frequency and experiential travel proclivities, has carried over to the brand’s relaunched website and an app that were both rolled out in early 2012. Afar’s digital strategy centers on user-generated content, a risky proposition from the start given that publishers take a leap of faith on their audience’s ability to produce quality content.But the contributions from readers have created a website and app that are as fun to look at as they are utilitarian. Both are fed by magazine content, but Sullivan says 90 percent of the available content is contributed by the community. Readers simply snap a photo with their smartphones, type up a description of the image and submit it. On the website, users register to gain access to curatorial features like the “Wanderlist” to create lists of places to go.And when community members are already on a trip, having mobile access to other readers’ experiences in that same region can be a big help.“Afar.com and the Afar mobile app are tools, or guides, to help get beneath the surface of the places that you’re going,” explains Diaz.Face-To-FaceIn 2011, they launched Afar Experiences, a series of travel events designed for groups of 50 or so readers who sign up for an immersive itinerary in a pre-selected region. Cairo was the first trip, South Africa was the second in October this year, and Diaz and Sullivan are currently planning an Australian Afar Experience for 2013.The brand also launched the Afar Foundation, a philanthropic affiliate of Afar Media, that’s anchored by Learning Afar, which provides international travel scholarships to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to travel.Both groups bring Afar’s travel sensibilities to life, say Diaz and Sullivan. “We are a value-driven company, so to speak, and that value comes through Learning Afar so strongly. It was important for us from the beginning to help create the idea of what we are. Our community thinks that travel is important. It’s not just something they do on vacation. It makes them better people—and if you really believe that then you really have to do it. To us it would be hollow if we weren’t doing something more.”Yet with a competitive set as broad and varied in the travel market, you might think running both a philanthropic affiliate and a niche experiential travel group may seem like luxuries an enthusiast publishing company can ill afford to pursue in today’s media world. You’d be wrong.“Make no mistake, Learning Afar is the philanthropic part of our brand and something that we believe in,” says Diaz. “Afar Experiences is as well, but that is a business in and of itself.”A business to the tune of $400,000 to $600,000 in revenue per trip. Afar Experience travelers pay $4,000 per person on top of hotel, airfare and other excursion-related expenses and the trips are also heavily sponsored by regional airlines and tourism boards. Longer term, Sullivan and Diaz say the bigger opportunities will continue to lie in mobile. Currently, print dominates the revenue pie, followed by digital and then the Experiences trips, but mobile advertising, particularly with Afar’s local perspective, is an opportunity the company will focus on going forward.
Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy $329 Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Find this life-size Liberty foot (and a lot more) in the AR-enabled app that launches Tuesday. Scott Stein/CNET There’s a massive Statue of Liberty foot on the table in front of me. It’s life-size. I forgot about the scale of it. I live in New Jersey but haven’t visited it for years.For anyone who’s never been to the Statue of Liberty in person, the new Statue of Liberty app could be the perfect augmented reality virtual ticket. Or, if you’re planning to visit the new Statue of Liberty Museum, it’ll double as an immersive-audio tour guide.Developed by Yap Studios alongside the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the Statue of Liberty app launches Tuesday on Apple devices alongside a podcast series narrated by designer Diane von Furstenberg, who has served as chair of the Statue of Liberty Museum’s fundraising campaign. The app uses ARKit to create its 3D recreations of the statue, which slowly blends from being in the world around you to standing in New York Harbor as you lift the screen.The view transforms to a virtual overlook of the city as you lift the screen. Scott Stein/CNET At a New York launch event, von Furstenberg discussed how the project happened, meeting Apple CEO Tim Cook after working on an upcoming documentary on the Statue of Liberty for HBO coming in the fall. “I realized, it wasn’t just him giving the people who visited an Apple experience, it was also to give to Apple a Statue of Liberty experience,” says von Furstenberg, who considers the app a chance to expand the experience to more people. “Hopefully it will be the opening of a museum that will reach a billion people.”You can place the Statue of Liberty anywhere, or scale it, or step into its structure. Scott Stein/CNET I got a chance to test the app’s AR features ahead of the launch, and it does an admirable job creating a photo-real scale model of the statue that you can look at across spans of time to see the change in finish, or peek into the internal structure to see how it’s built: according Yap Studios, who created the app, the Statue of Liberty model has over 16 million polygons. (The app works with iOS 12-supported Apple iOS devices that can run ARKit (iPhone SE/6S or later, and a number of iPads).Skipping through the years changes the oxidation on the statue’s copper, and you can view the city at different times of day. Scott Stein/CNET A view of the New York skyline from the statue’s perspective changes over the years in an accelerated time-lapse mode. There’s also a section of the app that has historical photos and details.The AR-enabled app works anywhere, but the location-specific audio tour works when visiting the museum, which I haven’t done yet. Immersive audio links to 15 points of interest around the island, and 20 in the museum, and has separate tours targeted to kids and adults. Apple’s MapKit was used to enable indoor mapping to work with the app’s audio. At the moment, the app doesn’t blend AR and immersive MapKit-specific audio.But while the visual AR and immersive audio elements don’t really intertwine at the moment, maybe that’s the best model for a museum: AR can work for those who can’t be there, while immersive audio can allow visitors to the real statue to stay focused on the real world and not keep their head in a screen. Comments Share your voice See it Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone See It The 29 best AR apps for iOS that you need try $249 • See It $249 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPad See It See All reading • Apple’s newest AR app lets you visit the Statue of Liberty anywhere Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 38 Photos Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Amazon Apple 3 $249 Mobile Apps Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 iOS 12 Augmented reality (AR) Apple
The Supreme Court will decide whether the National Park Service has authority to enforce federal regulations on state-owned lands and rivers in national parks in Alaska.Download AudioWhere the Charley River meets the Yukon. (Photo by USGS)The justices agreed Thursday to hear an appeal from an Alaska hunter who says the park service cannot ban him from operating a hovercraft along the Nation River, which runs through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.John Sturgeon claims all navigable rivers within national parks in Alaska are state-owned lands and not subject to federal enforcement. But a federal judge ruled that the regulations extend to all parts of the national park system.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sided with the park service.Alaska officials had urged the justices to take the case to protect state-owned property from federal regulation.
The state granted Sikta a permit to export more than 9 billion gallons of water per year from Blue Lake. (Photo courtesy of Flickr / Creative Commons user thedamian)Although Sitka’s dreams of selling bulk water on the world market haven’t amounted to anything, the community has made quite a bit of cash not selling water.Listen nowGarry White told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce that Sitka has made almost $1.5 million dollars selling water rights.And he’s still getting calls.Sitka has an enormous storage tank for water, White said to a full house at the Chamber of Commerce. It’s called Blue Lake. The reservoir now supplies the bulk of Sitka’s hydroelectric needs, and all of the community’s drinking water, with about 9.5 billion gallons to spare.This 24-inch manifold, which can deliver 1 million gallons of water an hour, is located next to a new floating dock at Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park. Outfitted with extended dolphins, the dock could accommodate a Panamax ship. Park director Garry White thinks the pipeline, plus the new dock, could be a game changer for bulk water at the park someday. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Since 2009, a succession of entrepreneurs and speculators has paid to reserve the right to export that excess water, but none, to use legal terms, has performed.“And we haven’t sold a drop of water (audience laughter). But it’s been such a competitive thing that folks have paid us money to have the right to have a contract to export water,” White said.The total is about $1.5 million so far, with another $90,000 due from the latest player, Arctic Blue Water Alaska, Inc. The day after the chamber luncheon, White notified the board of Sitka’s industrial park that Arctic’s payment was overdue, and the company will have 45 days to pay or the contract would be cancelled. White told the board, “They’re probably going to come up with the cash.”So why do investors keep coming back to Sitka’s water? Clearly, there are catastrophic water shortages occurring in places like Cape Town, South Africa, but no one’s found an economically viable pathway for using Sitka’s surplus to address shortages in other parts of the world. Factoring in shipping costs, which White says can be about $.03 per gallon, desalination technology becomes more affordable.Nevertheless, White describes desalinated water as chemically “dead.” He told the chamber that there are businesses who see a different niche for Sitka’s water.“Right now I’ve been having conversations with a group out of Costa Rica. The interesting thing is that they actually market water with high-end coffee and tea. And someone’s willing to pay for this. I don’t know who is. I mean, I buy my coffee at a gas station,” White joked. “But some people like the high-end coffees and they’re willing to pay for a high-end water to go with their coffee. And the reason that he called us from Costa Rica is that the ideal pH for coffee water is 6.9. Our water has a pH of 6.9. Apparently we have great water for coffee. We also have a really low dissolved solid content in our water, which also makes it really great for coffee, and for drinking overall.”Just recently the contractor completed work on a new 250-foot floating dock at Sitka’s industrial park, adjacent to the 24-inch bulk water line that could conceivably load a Panamax cargo ship one day. White thinks the dock will be a game-changer, once the economics of water have been resolved.“Someday I’m still convinced that we’re going to be able to sell our water,” White said, “But it won’t be this year.”
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThe lack of affordable housing has caught the attention of Wells Fargo and the banking giant isn’t taking it lightly and has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the problem.Candy Moore, the senior vice president and manager of Wells Fargo’s Community Relations and Southeast Community Development, told NNPA Newswire that the company will invest $1 billion over the next five years from its business and foundation to help make housing more affordable.Cynthia Eaglin and Rufaro Jenkins in front of their former home at Parkway Overlook Apartments in Washington, D.C.“We will address three key issues in underserved communities that have been plagued by the lack of affordable housing – housing affordability, financial health and small business growth,” said Moore.“Charitable giving has always been a part of our history,” Moore said.“And, we feel we should be doing even more to address the systematic changes in affordable housing and uncover new ways to increase the availability and sustainability of affordable housing,” she said.Moore noted that if one took the available affordable housing units in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta, it would still fall far short of meeting current housing demands.“We want to continue to help the underserved reach their full potential with the support we’re offering through our philanthropic efforts,” Moore said.The $1 billion pledge is part of a larger effort for the bank to overhaul its philanthropic strategy, Moore said.As part of their commitment, Wells Fargo aims to donate two percent of its after-tax profits to corporate philanthropy concentrating on housing affordability, small business growth and financial health, she said.During a June presentation to the NNPA’s member publishers, Moore shared a video that underscored the importance of Wells Fargo’s new initiative and why it’s vital to people of color and others in underserved communities.The video presentation highlighted the Parkway Overlook Apartments in Washington, D.C. whose residents were unexpectedly forced to relocate when the development closed in 2008.As a result of the efforts of two former residents who fought hard for the community, working together with Wells Fargo and the District of Columbia, the apartments are being redeveloped a decade later.“I feel like a mother who watched her troubled child in school finally graduate from high school,” said Rufaro Jenkins, one of the residents who is now a homeowner.“I used to tell them in meetings that Parkway Overlook was one of my children. Mothers protect their children, and I was going to protect Parkway Overlook,” Jenkins said in the video presentation.After a 10-year process to secure approval and funding to rebuild the community, the renovations to Parkway Overlook are currently underway, and construction is expected to be completed this year, providing 220 apartments of affordable housing for families in Ward 8, which is considered one of DC’s poorest areas.While Jenkins and former resident and fellow Parkway Overlook Tenants Association member Cynthia Eaglin are happy about the redevelopment, it’s been a long journey, they said in the video.The two have worked with Washington Interfaith Network – or WIN, a grassroots organization that brings citizens and residents together to develop solutions for communities — in this case, coming up with a strategy, bringing former residents together, and meeting with local leaders, according to the video.The biggest hurdle, though, was getting funding to redevelop Parkway Overlook, said Jennifer Knox, lead organizer for WIN.In 2014, Mayor Muriel Bowser, then chairwoman of the city council’s Committee on Economic Development, brokered a deal with the D.C. Housing Finance Agency and District of Columbia Housing Authority to take control of the property and finish the renovations, said Merrick Malone, director of the Office of Capital Programs for the District of Columbia Housing Authority.Ultimately, Wells Fargo provided the construction loan and equity for the project development, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development provided $20.1 million in financing toward the project, and the D.C. Housing Finance Agency provided bond financing in the amount of about $38 million and low-income housing tax credits.“We will need to work with you,” Moore told NNPA publishers. “We will need to work with civic leaders, local governments, and residents to address the full spectrum of housing affordability,” she said.To learn more about the Wells Fargo initiative and for the full Parkway Overlook story, click here.
Helpmekaar Road is now open for traffic.Protesters blocked the roadway in St Chad’s this morning (March 19), demanding that speed humps be erected in Helpmekaar Road to prevent future fatal motor vehicle crashes.Initial Story: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithUpdate Story: Watch: Roadway now open after horror crash claims 9 lives in Ladysmith, KZN Update Story: Update: Protest action on Helpmekaar Road after 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crashThis comes after yesterday’s horror crash between a bakkie and a taxi that claimed the lives of 9 people in the St Chad’s area.Rocks and tree branches were removed from the road after the protesters dispersed, and traffic can flow again.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
On March 29, Audi dealer Motortec officially launched the Audi Q3 in Costa Rica, in an event held at company offices near La Sabana, west of San José.Described by the company as a premium SUV for the compact class, the Q3 is already available in 2,000 c.c., with both gas and diesel motor configurations.With a length of 4.4 meters, the Q3 is visibly smaller than its bigger brothers, Q5 and Q7, and the Q3’s coupe-like lines are a visual expression of its sporty character. Sharp edges, elegantly-arched frame, sheet metal surfaces, and the optional bi-xenon headlights give the Q3 a distinctive presence.This model is available in 13 colors and offers 5 different bumper customization options.Prices in Costa Rica for this new compact SUV start from $58,540. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Infant costs vary on international flights1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggageFull adult fare on domestic flights Air Malta10% of adult fare1 stroller free of chargeFull adult fare British Airways10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggage, included in adult allowance75% of adult fare Scandinavian Airlines10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg piece of hold luggage75% of adult fare 75% of adult fare on international flights 75% of adult fare on international flights NorwegianFree on domestic flights jet2.com£20 one-way1 pushchair + 1 car seat, combined weight 10kgFull adult fare Flybe12% of adult fare1 stroller +1 car seat free of chargeFull adult fare Jet Airways10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 1 carrier + 10kg of hold luggageFull adult fare TUIInfant fees vary depending on route and length of flight1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 10kg of hold luggageFull adult fare Iberia10% of adult fare1 pushchair or car seat Infant fees for additional seats vary depending on route and length of flight. Discounts do not apply to the most economical fares 10% of adult fare on international flights1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 5kg of hold luggage75% of adult fare RelatedFlying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…Airline bike fees: What’s the cost of taking your bike on a plane?Thinking of taking your bike on holiday? Confused by airline baggage fees? Here’s the deal on flying your bike with the UK’s 10 most popular airlines, including hidden costs and rules on how to pack a bike for a flight.Air France baggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on board an Air France flight? What’s their checked luggage weight allowance? 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Most airlines stipulate that your baby must be at least 14 days old before they board their first flight. However, we recommend you contact the airline you’re travelling with to find out what their specific policy is.What’s the difference between a child and an infant?Again, different airlines have different regulations, but most say that if you’re child is under two years of age then they are an infant. Once they turn two they become a child, up until the age of 16. Check with the airline your flying with to make sure this is correct.What tips do you have for flying with babies?We spoke to consumer champion (and mum of four) Sarah Willingham to find out some of her top tips for travelling families. Find out why Sarah loves travelling with her kids and get her advice for savvy travelling families. Want more advice for travelling with the family? Try these:The 10 best family city breaks in EuropeA city holiday with children can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are ten of the most family-friendly cities in Europe, from Paris to Copenhagen, along with ideal places to take the little ones when you get there.Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em” and tell you not to worry about people who tut and sigh, but we know it’s not that easy.10 best suitcases for childrenDo your children have more luggage than you? Need some extra space for Teddy? Or are you looking for a wheelie case to drag them through the airport on the next time you’re racing towards the gate? From ride-on suitcases to backpacks with room for toys and travel essentials, here are the perfect children’s luggage to take on your next family holiday.*Charge may be applied for infants sitting on adult’s lap**Item terminology is as per the airline’s websites (eg. stroller, pushchair, travel cot). Please check with your airline for any restrictions on these items***Figures depend on route and fare type. Charges may vary if you book through an online travel agent rather than the airline direct. Always check the terms and conditions applicable to get up to date information.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. AirFranceFree on domestic flights 10% of adult fare on other routes1 pushchair or car seat or carrier + 23kg of hold luggage75% of adult fare Virgin Atlantic10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 1 car seat + 23kg of hold luggage75-85% of adult fare depending on route Flying with a baby: airline fees and regulations 10% of adult fare on international flights1 stroller + 1 car seat or booster sear free of charge.Full adult fare for flights within Canada + USAChild’s fare on international flights Air New ZealandFree on domestic flights 75% of adult fare on international flights Thai Airways10% of adult fare1 pushchair or car seat75% of adult fare AirlineInfant fare*Free hold luggage allowance for baby equipment**Cost of additional seat for infant*** Find all the facts in the table below: Qatar Airways10% of adult fare1 pushchair or travel cot + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route75% of adult fare depending on route easyJet£22 one-way2 of the following items: pushchair, baby buggy, travel cot, carrier, car seat, booster seatChildren over 2 years of age must occupy their own seat South African Airways10% of adult fare1 pushchair or car seat + 23kg of hold luggage75% of adult fare Icelandair10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 1 car seat 75% of adult fare Aer Lingus£19 one-way LufthansaFree on domestic flights Ryanair£25 one-way1 pushchair + 1 car seat or booster seat or travel cotFull adult fare Swiss10% of adult fare1 pushchair + 23kg of hold luggage65% of adult fare Turkish AirlinesUp to 15% of adult fare depending on route1 pushchair + 10-23kg of hold luggage depending on routeInfant fees for additional seats vary depending on route and length of flight United AirlinesFree on domestic flights % of adult fare on international flights1 pushchair + 1 car seat free of chargeFull adult fare on domestic flights Malaysia Airlines10% of adult fare1 pushchair + hold luggage, combined weight 10kg85% of adult fare British AirwaysKLMBrussels Airlines Etihad10% of adult fare10-23kg of hold luggage depending on route75% of adult fare DeltaFree on domestic flights American AirlinesFree on domestic flights 10% of adult fare on international flights1 pushchair + 1 travel cot + 1 car seat +10kg of hold luggage on international routesFull adult fare on domestic flights Dreaming of your next adventure? 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