Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAcclaimed Cree actor Lorne Cardinal says he wants to teach Indigenous youth to give up their fear.Speaking to a crowd gathered in Winnipeg for the Vision Quest conference and trade show, a two-day networking event bringing together Indigenous youth, artists, and entrepreneurs, Cardinal’s keynote speech focused on conquering insecurities, staying curious, and the importance of education.Wearing a black brocade jacket and a shell necklace, Cardinal reiterated the same crucial message in an interview with APTN News.“I mean shyness is good when you’re being polite about it, but when it starts debilitating you from talking to somebody – a potential employer or a potential business partner, then it becomes a problem,” Cardinal said.“Then you’re creating a problem for yourself.”As a film and television actor with more than three decades of experience, Cardinal has held prominent roles in shows like Corner Gas, North of 60, and APTN’s stop motion animated series Wapos Bay: The Series, among others.“It’s important to put the shyness aside and be able to stand tall and say ‘hi I’m so and so, from so and so,’ and that only comes with self-confidence,” he said.But Cardinal’s ascent into screen and stage acting hasn’t been without obstacles.As a child, he says he struggled with debilitating stage fright as the self-described “shy brown child” in his class.“It was terrifying the first time I public spoke in grade three – I passed out. And then when I tried it in grade 7 I threw up,” he said. “So I’ve had a little love-hate thing with speaking in public.”“[Now] I take a breath and go ‘here we go,’” Cardinal added.Even as the first Indigenous graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from the University of Alberta, Cardinal encountered dissent and resistance when thrust into the “real world’ of acting.“There was still a lot of the attitude of I could only audition or read for Native parts,” he explained. “You know, I’d go approach an artistic director and say ‘I want to audition for you’ and [they’d say] ‘we’re not doing any native-themed plays this year.’”As Indigenous leaders and industry players work to “break through the white ceiling,” as Cardinal puts it, the power to create real changes comes with confidence, and persistence.“That attitude is changing – slowly, but it is changing. And the more that we have trained Indigenous people in schools, in theatre schools or in technical schools – it makes it easier,” he firstname.lastname@example.org@sentimtl
Thanks to a partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Eataly to support family farmers around the globe, a cooperative of women in Ethiopia are now ready to ship their 4,000 jars of jam to Rome, where they will soon reach the shelves.“The success story in Ethiopia illustrates what FAO is aiming to do on the ground: empowering women farmers to generate extra income and improve their livelihoods,” the agency said in a press release.“The result: better food and nutrition, stronger local economies, and small businesses that will be able to thrive on their own once FAO’s intervention ends,” it adds.FAO reported that for a few years Tsega Gebrekidan Aregawi ran a small kiosk in the northern Ethiopian town of Mekelle, where local university students would stop by to purchase fresh fruit juice, biscuits and homemade marmalades on their way to and from class.“At that time, Tsega could hardly imagine that some of her own products might someday fly from Africa to reach international markets,” FAO said. “But things changed last year when FAO and the Italian food chain Eataly reached out to her and her five-woman cooperative with a challenging offer.”Tsega and her colleagues were offered support in producing more cactus pear marmalade, which would be then bought and shipped to European tables.“The group rose to the challenge,” according to FAO. “So far, they’ve produced 4,000 jars of marmalade and are now looking at using the revenues to even expanding their output and the variety of what they produce.”Each jar will be bought at 3.50 EUR, a price FAO said is considered in line with local market standards and which covers production costs and guarantees significant revenues for its members.“Our lives have changed since we started in this endeavor,” Tsega said.“These are the kind of results we expect from agriculture,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, congratulating them on their success. “Family farming and small scale producers have a lot to offer – to their local communities, and on international markets. Their potential is large; they just need the right kind of support to unlock it,” he added.The partnership between FAO and Eataly is also providing support to other small producers in other countries, helping them to find new markets, improve value addition, and get better prices for their goods.The teamwork with Eataly is an example of FAO’s focus on partnerships. Since 2013, the Organization says it has signed over 60 agreements with a wide range of different stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, cooperatives and academia.
Participants at the Security Council’s meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. UN Photo ‹ › In Libya, timely action by the Council enabled international inspectors to help the Government secure and remove vulnerable stockpiles of chemical agents. In Syria, successful engagement by Russia and the United States resulted in that country eliminating its declared chemical weapon programme under UN supervision and with unprecedented international cooperation. “Regrettably, we continue to find evidence of the use of toxic chemicals as weapons” by the Government of Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), she added.On the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), she said their “provocative and dangerous” nuclear and ballistic missile activities have undermined international norms against nuclear proliferation and nuclear testing. She urged the Council to remain united and facilitate the resumption of diplomacy for a peaceful settlement. Ms. Nakamitsu explained that resolution 1540, adopted in 2004, continues to stand as a pioneering achievement in cooperative action to prevent non-State actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and related material.For that resolution to remain effective, it is imperative to keep pace with global trends and emerging technologies that continuously lower the threshold for the acquisition and use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material, she said. Ms. Nakamitsu went on to stress that the most effective approaches to non-proliferation must involve a mixture of active, robust and wise diplomacy, strong international cooperation and a solid commitment to fully implementing the decisions of the Council. “The Council’s engagement on weapons of mass destruction has always been grounded on a common understanding that measures for disarmament and non-proliferation are two sides of the same coin and are mutually-reinforcing,” High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said, as she briefed the 15-member body on the threat posed by the proliferation of such armaments.She noted that the disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the Council over the past 25 years have achieved important and historic outcomes, even as the international community continues to grapple with isolated cases of proliferation and the unresolved question of disarmament. In responding to the 1991 invasion of Kuwait, the Council required Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programme and mandated on-site inspections toward this end. It has since been confirmed that those obligations were carried out and the Council has effectively normalized Iraq’s international non-proliferation obligations, Ms. Nakamitsu said. As for the Iranian nuclear issue, direct engagement and a shared commitment to dialogue and cooperation resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the Council endorsed in resolution 2231. Two years later, international inspectors continue to verify the implementation of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments.
The No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team will take on the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines Friday at St. John Arena for the 2013 Pink Meet. Last week, the Buckeyes fell, 195.575-194.675, in a dual meet against Penn State, but OSU coach Carey Fagan said the return of an ill player will help the team score higher this meet. “We have one coming back from mono,” Fagan said referring to all-around freshman Audrey Tolbert. “I think having Audrey back in the vault line up will be a big boost for us and hopefully we’ll be able to add in more routines that we didn’t have last week at Penn State.” The pieces for winning, Fagan said, are in place. “I think competitively, we have the right level of athletes on our team to compete with a team that’s ranked three in the country,” Fagan said. OSU is ranked 16th nationally on vault (49.000), 21st on uneven bars (48.770) and 24th on balance beam (48.695). “You know, to compete with the No. 3 team in the country, it’s going to have to be 49s across the board in all of the events,” Fagan said. “The girls are going to have to step it up.” Along with going head-to-head with OSU’s biggest sports rival, the meet against Michigan is particularly important from a historical standpoint. “This is the first year that Big Ten has done conference scheduling for gymnastics in history,” Fagan said. Last season the Buckeyes fell against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., 195.500-195.175, but that hasn’t disheartened Fagan. “I think any time Michigan comes to town, every athlete is on kind of a heightened awareness wanting to put out their absolute best,” Fagan said. “My team is no different because everybody is hungry to pull off an upset.” Melanie Shaffer, a junior all-around gymnast, said the Wolverines perform well on the “floor, beam and vault, but I think their bars are a little sharper.” “But it’s nothing we can’t handle,” she added. The Wolverines are nationally ranked among the top 10 in all four events. They are ranked second on balance beam, third on both uneven bars and floor exercise and ninth on vault. Although excited about the meet, the Buckeyes are maintaining a calm and collected approach. “I think if we just stay positive and we hit the routines that we are capable of hitting then we’ll be fine,” Shaffer said. “We just have to relax and let all of the landings come to us.” Friday’s meet marks the halfway point of the 2013 season for the Buckeyes. “Every week we try to find something to improve on where we can train differently,” said Sarah Miller, junior all-around gymnast. “If everyone performs at their personal best, you have a team that’s performing at their personal best.” Shaffer added that OSU will be performing at its best for another reason as well. “As Buckeyes, we don’t want the state up north to win and we’ll give them a fight,” Shaffer said. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
This gloomy conclusion comes from RBC Capital Markets Equity Research saying “the past month has seen a flurry of negative news for diamonds. The most recent was last week’s HP Billiton Antwerp rough tender where prices, according to diamantaires, fell as much as 40%. This comes after a small tender in South Africa by Etruscan Diamonds where prices were also markedly lower and the recent Letseng tender which saw prices well off the average $2,500/ct of the six months to June 2008. “While diamond prices are expected to respond to lower demand and tighter liquidity (WWW International forecast at RBC’s Diamond Conference in Toronto last March that rough prices needed to soften as they had strayed from polished), some of the prices received have been distorted by low volumes. Not only have volumes been reduced by a reluctance on the part of diamantaires to hold inventory, but October’s Indian and Jewish holidays limited attendance at tenders.“Bank lending in cutting centres remains a concern with total debt levels in excess of $15 billion. There have been rumours of an Indian bank asking customers to reduce their indebtedness which, if true, would have meant less money to buy at recent at recent tenders and possibly some selling of rough and polished to repay the bank. A recovery in rough and polished prices needs the banks to extend additional credit; this is not likely in the short term in RBC Capital Markets’ view.“Police raids on the offices of some Antwerp diamond companies and import agents has also contributed to lower rough prices and disappointing attendances at tenders. The police are apparently investigating alleged transfer pricing irregularities.“Major producers are responding to slowing demand for rough diamonds by restricting production. De Beers, which would attract EU Competition attention if built large inventories to support rough prices, would likely use quiet market conditions to do necessary maintenance at its mines. This may not mean much attrition from the 51.1 Mct produced last year as Snap Lake has come on stream, but major mines such as Venetia have been running at above nameplate capacity and are likely to produce less. Russian producer Alrosa also indicated it might materially reduce rough supplies to support prices.RBC’s investment conclusion is: “Diamond producers sell the raw materials for luxury goods. Just as the likes of upmarket auto producer Bentley has cut its output, so will makers of diamond jewellery until consumer confidence and wealth start recovering. The result will be slower demand for diamonds and erosion in prices in some areas. The impact on listed diamond companies will likely be felt mainly in those which are exploring or do not have funding required to complete developments.”
Kibo Mining PLC, the multi-asset Africa-focused energy and resource company, announces that the Company has awarded SEPCO III, Kibo’s Chinese development partner, the second lot of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) power contract involving the construction of the Power Line that will evacuate power from the Mbeya Power Plant in the Songwe District of Tanzania to the TANESCO Mbeya sub-station.Originating from the past four weeks’ intensive engagement with the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO) on the development of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP), the company met with SEPCO III at their Qingdao corporate headquarters to:Update SEPCO III on progress with PPA negotiations;Revalidate the existing EPC contract price for MCPP;Integrate and align PPA technical requirements with EPC-contract provisions; andDiscuss broader project development co-operation with the objective to expand the existing co-operation agreement to, amongst other matters, also include the company’s Mabesekwa project in Botswana.During the above referred meetings, the company and SEPCO III also decided that sufficient progress has been made with the PPA discussions and that it would be prudent to sign Lot 2 of the EPC-contract with SEPCO III. The power line construction contract is the second lot of the EPC contractual work as outlined in the announcement dated 29 August 2017. Kibo has a longstanding relationship with Chinese company SEPCO III for the development of the Mbeya Coal to Power Plant that is of key strategic importance in reducing Tanzania’s critical power deficit.Louis Coetzee, CEO of Kibo Mining, said: “We are delighted to continue working with SEPCO III as our designated EPC partner. The signing of this second lot of the EPC is the conclusion of discussions with SEPCO III that occurred last week in China, during which several strategic decisions were taken with regard to the further development of the MCPP as well as our future strategic co-operation with SEPCO III. Together with all our development partners we are working all hours to complete the PPA as soon as possible. Over the past few weeks we have once again been reminded of the significant importance of the MCPP, both as a strategic energy project as well as a socio-economic development project, and how critically important it is to spend enough time to make sure that we get it right the first time. The PPA process is in a very sensitive phase of its development and this requires the utmost patience, consideration and discretion from all stakeholders.”
Updated 26/06/2014GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED today that a teen who went missing last month has now been located.Catherine O’Connell had gone missing from Limerick City on 15 May. Gardaí issued an appeal for assistance tracing the 17-year-old a week later.This morning they said the teen had been found “safe and well”. They thanked the public and the media for their assistance.First published 21/05/2014
https://jrnl.ie/4786828 By Stephen McDermott Jessi Combs Image: Instagram Source: Adam Savage/Twitter 106,712 Views Image: Instagram MythBusters star killed during attempt to break 824km/h land-speed record 39-year-old Jessi Combs appeared in 12 episodes of the show. Share36 Tweet Email1 I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019 Jessi Combs Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 7:49 AM TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to former MythBusters co-presenter Jessi Combs, who has died during an attempt to break a land-speed record in the US.The 39-year-old, who was also a professional racer, was killed while trying to become the world’s fastest woman in the Alvord Desert in the western state of Oregon.Details of the crash were not revealed, but Combs’ family confirmed the news in a statement.“Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012,” it read.“Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.”Combs appeared in twelve episodes of the seventh season of MythBusters, a science entertainment show broadcast by Discovery, while one co-host Kari Byron was on maternity leave.Paying tribute, another Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage said he was saddened by the news and that Combs encouraged others “by her prodigious example”. 43 Comments Short URL Byron also expressed her regret at the news, and said that Combs was someone who was “always pushing limits”.Combs, nicknamed ‘The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels’, had documented her attempt to beat the 824km/h women’s land-speed record, set by American Kitty O’Neil in 1976.In a social media post this week she said she was hoping to achieve greatness.“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire,” she said. “Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.” Aug 29th 2019, 7:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Choléra en Haïti : l’épidémie a déjà tué 2.000 personnesAlors que l’épidémie de choléra s’est déclarée depuis mi-octobre, les derniers chiffres communiqués concernant l’étendue de la maladie comptent 2.000 victimes.L’épidémie de choléra en Haïti ne montre aucun signe d’essoufflement. Alors que depuis la mi-octobre, plus de 90.000 cas ont été enregistrés, les derniers chiffres communiqués par le ministère de la Santé font état de 2.071 victimes. Le responsable sanitaire de la Grande Anse, région qui a enregistré un très grand nombre de morts dernièrement (voir notre article), explique que dans son secteur, le principal problème est culturel, la population associant le choléra à de la sorcellerie et essayant de se soigner en se dirigeant vers des guérisseurs.Les organisations humanitaires ne prévoient pas pour l’instant un réel ralentissement de la maladie et l’Organisation panaméricaine de la santé prévoit que le choléra touchera 400.000 personnes d’ici un an, et 200.000 d’ici trois mois. De son côté, le chef de l’équipe Médecins sans frontières a fait savoir : “Depuis l’apparition de l’épidémie, MSF a installé en Haïti 32 centres de traitements du choléra qui travaillent en permanence grâce à 200 expatriés et 2.800 Haïtiens”. Pour autant, l’épidémiologiste Kate Alberti a expliqué à l’AFP : “Il y a des risques que le choléra reste présent pendant des années encore en Haïti”.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 16:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
On November 11 Nintendo will launch its next games consoles, but this one isn’t called the Switch and won’t have any games available beyond those it ships with. Instead, this piece of hardware is the NES Classic Edition, which allows us to replay 30 classic NES games using a modern HD TV.The NES Classic Edition has been extremely popular in the run up to launch. You can’t even pre-order one on Amazon anymore due to all the allocated stock being sold already. Even so, Nintendo thinks there’s more pre-orders to be had as they’ve just released this video of the Classic Edition in action.If you can get past the annoying presenters, the video shows off some of the cool features the NES Classic Edition includes.First up there’s the Display options, which allow for the original 4:3 output, the application of a CRT filter for a more retro look, and then there’s Pixel Perfect for the very best visual experience and as the original creators intended the games to be viewed. Anyone who has tried plugging an NES into a LCD TV knows how poor it can look and the NES Classic fixes that, even if it is only for a few titles.The other nice feature the little console has is Suspend Points or save game slots. Each game has four Suspend Points you can use allowing you to save progress and return to a game later.View as: One Page Slides1. NES Classic Edition2. NES Classic Edition3. NES Classic Edition4. NES Classic Edition5. NES Classic EditionIf you’re sold on owning a NES Classic Edition but haven’t pre-ordered, then it looks as though you’re going to be waiting on Nintendo to manufacture some more. And to be honest, they’d be stupid not to. We’re getting very close to Christmas and this is a perfect stocking filler for kids and nostalgic adults alike.Nintendo should view what must be a very large profit margin on these gaming machines as funds for the big marketing campaign the Nintendo Switch deserves next year.
Publishers have partnered with AOL on a new bundled-subscription offering the company rolled out Monday.The service, Gathr, packages subscriptions to a variety of products and services at a discount. Offerings—there are currently 24 separate options—range from Pandora to Redbox to Norton AntiVirus software, and include annual subscriptions to seven magazines like National Geographic, Maxim and Cosmo (Hearst is the biggest contributor right now with four titles offered). Bundles include four items and run $15 to $30 a month.The magazine titles are heavily discounted, making it an attractive offer for consumers, but a marginally-profitable one for publishers initially.A Maxim subscription, for example, is listed as a $5.99 value on Gathr, but starts at $19.99 directly through the publisher’s website. Even with special offers, Maxim’s average annualized subscription price in the first half of 2013 was $17.79, per the Alliance for Audited Media. Each title in the Gathr storefront is marked down at least 50 percent from the price offered directly by the publisher.For AOL, Gathr is an attempt to build out its subscription business that once thrived around bundled Internet access offers, but has fallen off lately. The segment still did drive $332 million in revenue in the first half of this year though.”Some of the things we’ve done [with the subscription business] gave us the platform and core competencies we knew we always wanted to leverage for other growth,” Bud Rosenthal, CEO of the AOL membership and paid services group, tells AllThingsD.Rosenthal also notes to TechCrunch that AOL is paying wholesale prices for the services and pocketing the remainder as profit. Additionally, he says subscribers will need to create separate accounts with each provider to manage their subscriptions.
Alaska Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Curtis Thayer. (Photo via Alaska Chamber of Commerce)Around 100 business owners and industry leaders will head to Juneau during the upcoming legislative session as part of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative fly-in to speak with lawmakers about issues affecting the state’s business climate.Download AudioAlaska Chamber President and CEO Curtis Thayer says the participants represent groups from Nome, Anchorage, Ketchikan and many places in between.“We have banks, shipping companies, insurance companies, people involved obviously in oil and gas, some of the Native corporations will be joining us, small businesses, so it’s really a cross spectrum,” Thayer said. “There’s not one industry that particularly stands out over the other.”The Chamber’s priorities for the upcoming session focus on a sustainable state budget, discussions regarding the Permanent Fund, oil taxes and what new taxes could look like.Thayer says individual discussions with legislators could cover a wide variety of other issues as well.“But, in polling our members, right now the sustainable budget, PFD and taxes are the most important issues to them, so I think we’re pretty much in alignment, but they will go in there and talk about their regions, their individual businesses also,” he said.The Alaska Chamber of Commerce represents 650 businesses statewide, and Thayer says the group traveling to Juneau will be representative of the larger organization.Thayer says the group’s next step will be budgeting time with legislators.“We’ve been very fortunate the majority of the legislature makes appointments for our members, and so we set those appointments; they go in groups of 3-4 and spread out across the capitol,” he said. “And if you can imagine what 100 members going out there, that’s quite a few appointments to set up.”Thayer says participants will also hear from a variety of speakers, attend a luncheon with state lawmakers and will have a chance to chat with Governor Bill Walker at a reception at the governor’s mansion.Thayer says there are about 30 slots left for this year’s Legislative Fly-In. And he is hoping to finalize the roster during the third week of January.The trip will take place February 3-4.
Srikakulam: YSRCP government is not at all compromised on the state interests, said party district president Dr K Kruparani. Speaking to media here on Sunday along with the party leaders, she said that 22 YSRCP MPs expressed their unhappiness over the raw deal meted out to the State in the recent Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us She strongly objected to comments made by the TDP leader and former minister N Lokesh on the YSRCP in this regard and recalled that previous TDP government was compromised with the BJP government at Centre and neglected the interests of the state. She said the TDP government gave priority to protect its leaders’ interests than the state development and it was known to everyone in the state, Kruparani averred. YSRCP leaders K Rammohan Rao, Surangi Mohan Rao, A Suri Babu, Simma Raja Sekhar, T Komeswari, Korada Ramesh, K L Prasad and Gunta Jyothi were present.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has accused the prison authorities of neglecting the health of incarcerated party chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying her condition has deteriorated further, reports UNB.“The jail authorities are not paying the due attention to Khaleda Zia’s health condition,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the media at the party’s Naya Paltan office in the capital city on Wednesday.“Relatives, who visited the former prime minister Tuesday, said her condition has worsened,” Fakhrul said, claiming that there was a plot to kill Khaleda in jail by denying her medical care.Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is in jail since 8 February last year as she was convicted in a corruption case.Her five-year sentence was later doubled. The BNP chairperson was also convicted in a separate corruption case later that year.The BNP claims the cases are politically motivated and that the government is trying to keep her away from politics – charges the government denies.The party contested the 11th parliamentary elections, held on 30 December, without Khaleda Zia.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League won 96 per cent seats in the 300-member assembly.Unconditional release of Khaleda has been her party’s main demand ever since she has been incarcerated.Fakhrul said the BNP chief is so ill that she cannot move independently. “She’s also complaining of pain in different parts of her body,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the medical board formed at the High Court’s order is not ensuring her treatment.He also expressed concerns as the government has not taken any step to shift Khelada Zia to any specialised hospital for treatment even after the BNP’s 4 March meeting with the home minister.Fakhrul demanded the BNP chief be treated at a specialised hospital.“If anything happens to her, the government, the jail authorities and the home ministry will have to take the responsibility,” he said.
SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s recovery post-hurricane season is picking up pace with more than 5 billion impressions for the ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign, plus strong registration numbers for the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association reports that registration numbers for the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, taking place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, are just slightly off pace from registrations at this time last year for the 2017 event in The Bahamas. For the upcoming 2018 event, close to 600 delegates have confirmed their attendance including 170+ suppliers and more than 50 buyers.“With six weeks to go, we are on target to equal or surpass last year’s attendance,” says CHTA’s Director General Frank Comito. Next month’s event is shaping up to be “another incredible opportunity to kickstart the region’s marketing efforts for 2018 and beyond,” he adds.Following a meeting with the Host Committee in San Juan last week, Comito disclosed the overall year-over-year registration pace was encouraging, and assured that all systems were in order for the Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 event.Produced by CHTA, Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; online travel agents; tour operators; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.“We were very encouraged by what we saw in Puerto Rico,” said Comito, who observed the metro area busily preparing for the opening of the winter season. “The strong recovery from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, is a testament to the spirit of the Puerto Rican people as they get their lives back on track and get ready to welcome tourists to the island. They are ready for us and they are going to be even more ready on Jan. 30.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) reported last week that more than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up meals. Major tourism attractions island-wide have been cleaned up and restored.“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”Puerto Rico recently announced that Dec. 20 would be its “official reopening date”. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in this year’s wild Atlantic hurricane season.For more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace see chtamarketplace.com. Details about registration can be found at https://www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesMeanwhile billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America.The Association’s ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign generated awareness, along with more than 5 billion impressions, about the majority of Caribbean destinations operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Between Oct. 2 and Dec. 1, 2017, the campaign generated more than 4.26 billion impressions; 11,949 media placements; 22,432 promoted content clicks; promoted content reach of 14,060,068; and 18,269 total shares of news stories.That’s in addition to the 1.23 billion impressions and 9,041 placements through a satellite media tour.The campaign has also featured a landing site, CaribbeanIsOpen.com, with destination footage, a Q&A, traveller testimonials and a map of open destinations, as well as a media call with Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation, and Chairman, CLIA and Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Chairman, FCCA.In all, the focus has been targeting potential travellers to educate about the region’s more than 1 million square miles and 100 ports, the majority of which were unaffected by the hurricanes and ready to welcome visitors. The campaign also showcased the affected destinations’ resiliency and recovery efforts. Monday, December 18, 2017 Share Heading to the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace? Here’s what you can expect Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Caribbean << Previous PostNext Post >>
4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Some 12,000 American prisoners were shipped to Japan and forced to work at more than 50 sites to support imperial Japan’s war effort, and about 10 percent died, according to Kinue Tokudome, director of the U.S.-Japan Dialogue on POWs, who has spearheaded the lobbying effort for companies to apologize.Japan’s government recently acknowledged that tens of thousands of South Koreans, Chinese and World War II POWs were conscripted to fill labor shortages at factories, mines and other sites as part of its successful attempt to win U.N. world heritage status for 23 historical Japanese industrial sites.Tokudome said Mitsubishi Materials will be apologizing for its use of forced labor by some 900 American troops at four locations operated by its predecessor company, Mitsubishi Mining Co. Only two living survivors of that ordeal could be located to accept the apology, and of them, only Murphy is fit enough to make the trip to Los Angeles.Speaking by phone from Santa Maria, California, Murphy recounted how he was shipped to Japan as a POW, two-and-a-half years following his capture in the Philippines where he was serving as a radio operator for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He had survived the notorious Bataan Death March, when thousands of Americans and Filipinos are believed to have perished as they were made to trudge 65 miles to prison camps after their defeat by Japanese forces. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Japanese corporation will offer a landmark apology this weekend for using U.S. prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center that is hosting the event.A senior executive of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. will apologize to 94-year-old James Murphy, of Santa Maria, California, and relatives of other former POWs who toiled at plants its predecessor company operated in Japan during the conflict. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the center — an organization that primarily educates about the Holocaust — called it an important gesture, coming as it does ahead of the 70th anniversary in August of the end of the war that has heightened scrutiny of Japan’s attitude to its past abuses.“As far as I know, this is a piece of history,” said Cooper, who is helping moderate the closed-door meeting Sunday at the center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. “It’s the first time a major Japanese company has ever made such a gesture. We hope this will spur other companies to join in and do the same.”A press release from the Wiesenthal Center said the apology will be made by Hikaru Kimura, senior executive officer for Mitsubishi Materials Corp. The company did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment late Monday. Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. Corp. said Tuesday it had no information about it.Masato Otaka, spokesman for the Japanese Embassy in Washington, said to the extent of his knowledge, it was an initiative of Mitsubishi Materials. He said the Japanese government has no involvement.Japan’s government issued a formal apology to American POWs in 2009 and again in 2010, but until now, the dwindling ranks of veterans have gained little traction in their demand that Japanese corporations that used them as slaves at mines and industrial plants under often brutal conditions do the same. Comments Share Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Murphy spent one year at a copper mine near Hanawa with about 500 other POWs, an experience he described as “a complete horror.”“It was slavery in every way: no food, no medicine, no clothing, no sanitation,” Murphy said, adding that it was all the more painful knowing that Mitsubishi built fighter aircraft used against American forces.He said he forgave his captors after the war, but has hankered for an apology for 70 years. He participated in a class action lawsuit attempting to sue the Japanese government for the year he spent in the copper mine, which failed. No money is being offered by the corporation, but Murphy said he considered the upcoming apology “a big deal.”Murphy said if other companies followed suit, it would help provide closure for surviving POWs and build a better relationship between Japan and the United States, already close allies.Another former POW, Lester Tenney, 94, who met briefly with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a high-profile visit to Washington in April, reserved comment on the planned apology until he hears it, but added, “At least it is a step in the right direction after all these years.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Tenney was forced to work for coal mine near the town of Omuta run by Mitsui Mining Company during the war. He will also attend Sunday’s event.A delegation from Mitsubishi Materials will then travel Tuesday to a small museum in Wellsburg, West Virginia, which commemorates American POWs who survived the Bataan Death March. A statement from the museum says the delegation will announce a donation to support educational programming at the museum, and Edward Jackfert, a former POW, will thank Mitsubishi Materials “for being the first Japanese company to come forth and publicly apologize.”___AP video journalist Kaori Hitomi in Tokyo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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