6:30: Nominee Reception7:30: DGC Awards Ceremony10:00: Dessert, Dancing and Mingling.Congratulations to 2016 DGC Award Nominees! The winners will be announced at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards.If you have any questions about the Gala event, kindly review our FAQs posted HERE.To view the complete list of nominated Members and productions, click HERE.If you have questions about the Awards Gala not covered here, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at:Elizabeth FultonExternal Communications Coordinator, Directors Guild of CanadaTel: (416) 925.8200 extension 245Toll-Free: 1-888-972-0098Email: email@example.com Login/Register With: DGC Awards Film Festival The DGC has several events from October 16-22 honouring a year of outstanding work by DGC Members. At the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, TorontoAll screenings are FREE and open to the publicF: Feature S: ShortSunday October 166:00 F: Hyena Road (Paul Gross) S: The Offer (Winnifred Jong)8:30 F: Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau) S: Portal to Hell!!! (Vivieno Caldinelli).Monday October 177:00 Meet the DesignersIn conversation with DGC Award nominated Production Designers:Ian Brock (Dark Matter), Naz Goshtasbpour (Group Home), Arv Greywal (Hyena Road & Beeba Boys), Elisa Sauvé (Zoom)Hosted by award winning Director Jim DonovanFree with RSVP to Hans Engel firstname.lastname@example.org.Tuesday October 187:00 F: Remember (Atom Egoyan) S: Friends Like Us (Craig David Wallace)9:00 F: Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard).Wednesday October 197:00 F: Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (Phyllis Ellis)9:00 F: Ninth Floor (Mina Shum).Thursday October 207:00 F: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Charles Wilkinson)9:00 F: The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld) S: Big Little Girl (Viki Posidis).Friday October 217:00 Meet the DirectorsIn conversation with DGC Award nominated Directors: Wiebke von Carolsfeld (The Saver), Helen Shaver (Vikings), Anne Wheeler (A Country Wedding), Charles Wilkinson (Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World)Hosted by Award-winning Director Michael KennedyFree with RSVP to Hans Engel email@example.com DGC Awards GalaSaturday October 22The Carlu, 444 Yonge StreetHosted by Arisa Cox and featuring special guests Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
___Trump, Congress agree to end longest government shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has submitted to mounting pressure and agreed to reopen the government for three weeks. He backed down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies got back to work. Standing alone in the Rose Garden, Trump said he would sign legislation funding shuttered agencies until Feb. 15 and try again to persuade lawmakers to finance his long-sought wall.___As shutdown ends, workers have little faith about futureWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers who had already missed one pay check were relieved to find out a payday Friday that the shutdown had ended, but say they are scarred by the experience of trying to stay afloat during the 35-day impasse. Some 800,000 furloughed federal workers were thrust into weeks of uncertainty and financial hardship — leading many to take out loans, apply for unemployment, do temporary jobs and launch online campaigns asking for donations.___6 air traffic controllers may have been shutdown’s last strawWASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians couldn’t overcome their differences and end the government shutdown over five weeks. Six air traffic controllers might have done it in a day. Six of the 13 controllers who normally staff a critical air traffic centre in Virginia didn’t come to work Friday. That centre handles air traffic in and out of the Mid-Atlantic region and the New York City area. Their absence contributed to a slowdown in air traffic and massive delays along the East Coast on Friday___IMF sees Greek economy accelerating in 2019ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is optimistic on Greece’s growth and employment prospects for this year, but is urging the government to stick to reforms to maintain the momentum. In a report published Friday following five-day talks with officials in Athens, IMF officials say that the battered Greek economy is set to grow 2.4 per cent this year, up from 2.1 per cent in 2018.___Even with IRS staffers returning, tax refunds may be delayedWASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS’ workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees mean the possibility of delayed tax refunds.___Memos: Facebook allowed ‘friendly fraud’ to profit from kidsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Newly released court documents reveal that Facebook allowed children to ring up huge bills on digital games while the company rejected recommendations on addressing what it dubbed “friendly fraud.” The internal Facebook memos and other records were unsealed late Thursday to comply with a judge’s order in a federal court case settled in 2016.___Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows biasNEW YORK (AP) — A new study says Amazon’s facial-detection technology often misidentifies women as men, particularly those with darker skin. The technology has been marketed to law enforcement. Amazon says the study uses a “facial analysis” and not “facial recognition” technology and that Amazon has updated its technology. MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini says companies should check all systems that analyze human faces for bias.___Queen urges common ground in remarks seen as Brexit nodLONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to seek “common ground” in remarks being seen as being a veiled reference to the toxic debate surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union. While the monarch didn’t mention Brexit and is barred from commenting on political issues, the Times of London described the comments as a “rebuke to warring politicians.”___Hawaiian Air flight diverted after flight attendant diesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after a flight attendant died of an apparent heart attack, officials said Friday. San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel said Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed Thursday night after a crew member had “a suspected heart attack.”___Swoosh up front: Nike to replace Under Armour for MLBNEW YORK (AP) — The swoosh is expected to be on the front of Major League Baseball uniforms starting in 2020. Nike will take over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier for the 2020 season. The swoosh logo likely will move to a more prominent position on jersey fronts. The Majestic logo is currently on the sleeve. The 10-year deal replaces an agreement announced in 2016 for Under Armour to succeed Majestic.___The S&P 500 index rose 22.43 points, or 0.8 per cent to 2,664.76. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 183.96 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,737.20. The Nasdaq composite climbed 91.40 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,164.86. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks increased 18.45 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,482.85.U.S. crude oil rose 1.1 per cent to settle at $53.69 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 0.9 per cent to $61.64 in London. Wholesale gasoline stayed at $1.39 a gallon and heating oil added 0.3 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas gained 2.5 per cent to $3.18 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
Mr. Griffiths was addressing the Council alongside Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley.The Special Envoy announced that the Yemeni Government and the Ansar Allah Houthi militants, are both committed to working on a political solution, and that he has received firm assurances from both sides, of a renewed commitment to attend talks.The UN, said Mr. Griffiths, is about to conclude an agreement between the parties on the exchange of prisoners and detainees, which he described as an important humanitarian gesture and “a timely message of hope to the Yemeni people.”Mr. Beasley and Mr. Lowcock both provided new details of the unfolding humanitarian crisis – the largest food security emergency in the world.Mr. Lowcock revealed that, despite calls for the violence to stop, UN sources have observed nearly 800 separate incidents of shelling, armed clashes, or air strikes across Yemen; often with devastating consequences for civilians and, due to the fighting, humanitarian programmes have been scaled back in the port of Hudaydah, a crucial gateway for aid efforts.Mr. Beasley, fresh from a three-day visit to Yemen this week, said that he had witnessed a country on the brink of catastrophe: “What I have seen in Yemen this week is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, of misery. And we – all of humanity — have only ourselves to blame.”“What I have seen in Yemen this week is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, of misery. And we – all of humanity – have only ourselves to blame.” David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.Describing what he saw at a hospital in the Yemeni Capital Sana’a, Mr. Beasley said that there were dozens of severely sick and malnourished children, with around 50 cases arriving every day: “they only have room for 20. The rest? They go home to die.”Restarting Yemen’s collapsed economy was identified by Mr. Griffiths as a main priority, and a “moral responsibility and obligation of the parties to the Yemeni people” He announced that he would soon convene a meeting of the Central Bank of Yemen, facilitated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The price of simple basic food staples in Yemen has doubled in the last eight months, said Mr. Beasley, even as household livelihoods are shrinking: “for a country that’s dependent on imports for the basic needs of life, this is disaster.”Mr. Lowcock added that Saudi Arabia has helped to stabilise the Yemeni rial, depositing $200 million with the Central Bank of Yemen, which has helped to finance imports of food and other essential commodities, but substantially greater funds for humanitarian assistance will be needed, given the growing challenges faced by Yemen.The UN Secretary-General António Guterres plans to convene a high-level conference on Yemen with a focus on the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, in February.
RHS Garden Bridgewater will be the society’s first new garden in 17 years, and the director is looking to open up the world of horticulture to “a new generation of gardeners”.Anna da Silva, the Programme Director of the project said: “Encouraging young people and the next generation of gardeners is something we are incredibly keen to do at RHS Garden Bridgewater. The Kitchen Garden, which will offer everyone chance to learn about the enormous benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, is just one of the ways we are doing this.” The RHS is attempting to encourage people of all backgrounds including students and young offenders into the hobby, and is opening up its teaching allotments to schools, as well as operating programmes aimed at young offenders.Ms da Silva said: “We are also building two classrooms and creating a Learning Garden, and over 75 % of schools in the area are already signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Although we won’t open until 2020 we have already held days at the garden for groups of young offenders aged 13-18 and police cadets, are building links with the local pupil referral service, and have around 20 ongoing projects with colleges and universities. “We are aware that Manchester is a young city, with a very high student population, and are actively looking at the many ways we can work young people and share with them how rewarding and enjoyable gardening can be.”The Walled Kitchen Garden will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK, and will sit alongside an education garden, a therapeutic garden, two lakes and community spaces.The Bridgewater project joins other RHS gardens Harlow Carrow in North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey, The Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Charlotte Harris at Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley The Royal Horticultural Society’s fifth garden is aiming to encourage young people in “Generation Rent” to grow fruits and vegetables in small spaces.Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, both of whom won Chelsea Flower Show, with Mr Bugg becoming the youngest winner in 20 years at age 27, are basing their Kitchen Garden on innovative uses of different-sized spaces.Young people, the majority of whom rent their homes in the private sector, often do not have access to a garden. The designers hope their kitchen garden will show ‘Generation Rent’ how to grow produce in flats and on balconies.Ms Harris told The Telegraph: “We’ve designed the Kitchen Garden so that there are lots of examples of differently-sized spaces and hope to inspire young people – and indeed people of all ages – to just give edibles a go, whether they have their own balcony in the city centre or a corner of the family garden in Stretford that they’ve made their own. “We’ll be trying out new varieties that can’t be found in the supermarket but can be grown at home, to create that integral connection between cooking and growing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The design for the Kitchen GardenCredit:RHS
Updated, 19:52TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY DIGIWEB has been inundated with complaints for more than three days after a server crash left customers without email or web hosting services.The internet hosting company – founded by 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Colm Piercy – is reportedly valued at around €120 million after it merged with London based telecoms operator Viatel earlier this year.However, customers struggling to access the internet for the last three days may not feel the company is worth its multimillion euro price tag.Twitter stormA number of tweets from customers to the company’s Twitter account showed growing frustration with Digiweb’s service and lack of customer care in the past week.Ocean FM Consumer Show contributor Claire Ronan said on Twitter: ”Are any other people having problems with Digiweb at the moment? I’m cracking up.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie Ms Ronan said her husband, who runs a wind farm company from their home, was forced to deal with clients through text message because they had no internet access.“Not only is our internet down, which is a terrible problem for us, but we want to change provider and we can’t even do that at the minute,” Ronan said.Cork-based Church of Ireland Bishop Paul Colton, who officiated at David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding in Lutrellstown Castle, also used the social network to complain about his internet service.“Our diocesan email is hosted by Digiweb. Has anyone else had problems of unreliability in recent weeks and grinding to a halt this?” Colton said.He later added: “The whole thing is a mess. One of our busiest weeks of the year.”ExplanationDigiweb posted a message on its website at 10.30am on Tuesday telling customers it was experiencing an “outage” on two servers and engineers were working to resume service as soon as possible.The company said it was addressing “recent mail issues” but this resulted in “some unanticipated fallout” when testing a new system.The company apologised but warned the updating of its system might affected customers for ” short periods of time over the next 1-2 weeks”.On Wednesday, it said it was implementing a system change that should improve performance throughout the evening.But this morning the company again said it was continuing to experience difficulties with email and web hosting services.The last message posted at lunch time today said the firm was currently investigating a solution for the email and web issue.The company did not respond to phone calls or Twitter messages this afternoon.Read: How fast are Irish internet service providers? Here’s what Netflix says >Read: ComReg to launch its own online test for broadband speeds >
The R515 between Knocklong and Elton 15,434 Views Share5 Tweet Email Image: Google Street View A MAN IN his 20s has died following a single car crash in Limerick.The incident occurred shortly before midnight, at around 11.40pm, last night on the R515 at Doonmoon, Knocklong, Co Limerick.The driver of the car was fatally injured, and pronounced dead at the scene.Three passengers in the car, one woman and two men, were taken to Limerick University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Gardaí are investigating the incident.The R515 between Knocklong and Elton is closed at present.Read: Hint of talks as Bus Éireann strike enters 11th dayRead: Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years – but ‘no records exist’ before that Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 3 Apr 2017, 8:14 AM 1 Comment Man in his 20s dies in Limerick road crash The incident occurred on the R515 at Doonmoon, Knocklong, Co Limerick. The R515 between Knocklong and Elton Image: Google Street View By Sean Murray Short URL Apr 3rd 2017, 8:14 AM http://jrnl.ie/3320922
The Society of Kalamata ’23 March’ cordially invites Melburnians to the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata this Sunday at 12.30 pm.This year’s commemoration service for the solace of their families in Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Cyprus, Israel, and India will be at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in the Domain Gardens on the corner of Birdwood Avenue and Government House Drive, Melbourne.The event will be held in memory of the Greek, Serbian, Jewish, Cypriot, Indian, British, Australian, and New Zealand women and men in the field, on the sea and in the air who fought and sacrificed their lives in the defence of Greece.“Tell them we were here,” was the call that went out across Kalamata, as the last embarkation boats rowed away, leaving 8,000 allied troops on the beaches of Kalamata to make their way home.The service will also be in remembrance of those who were taken prisoners during the Battle of Kalamata, 28 – 29 April 1941, or who escaped to fight again that the world might be free and in thanks to the Hellenic people who gave aid and assistance to the Commonwealth troops in their efforts to avoid capture. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
On 10-19-10, SPD Chief Yamashita took a courtesy report for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, involving a vandalism/theft complaint from a local cemetery. Sometime between the dates of 10-03, and 10-19, unknown suspects removed a headstone from a grave located at a cemetery located on Ten Eyck Road. The reporting party, a 81 year old woman from Portland, said that someone had removed the headstone of one of her ancestors. The Sandy Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in recovering this piece of history.The headstone reads: INGEBORG THURFJELL 1899-1925 BELOVED DAUGHTERIf anyone has any information on the location of the headstone, or who may have been responsible for it’s removal, please contact the Sandy Police Department, or the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, and reference Sandy Police case number 10-1626.
EXCLUSIVE: Gain insight into the impact of financial wellbeing on long-term business growth and productivity at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers, will lead a session titled ‘Integrated financial wellbeing: the missing piece in future wellness strategies’ as part of the driving performance conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.The session will outline why initiatives to address employees’ financial concerns should form part of a wider health and wellbeing strategy, and why the need for financial wellbeing support could intensify in light of current economic conditions and future uncertainty.Makings said: “From an employer’s perspective [periods of economic uncertainty] can make trading more difficult, so I think [organisations are] looking for ways to improve return on investment for what [they] do now in terms of their employee value proposition [and] their benefits spend; [employers] want [to] make sure they are getting the best return they can from that, and a focus on financial wellbeing really helps with that.”In the session, Makings will also highlight how financial wellbeing can impact on employee engagement, retention and productivity, drawing on research by Close Brothers and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to demonstrate the size and scale of the issue.She added: “There is a big push on wellbeing in the workplace at the moment and wellbeing is about three things: it’s about physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. For some time financial [wellbeing] has been the poor relation of those [but] the impact it could [have] on things like engagement, retention and productivity is significant.”Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London.To register or find out more.
34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020. What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY pic.twitter.com/XLCjI4vGDG— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Tesla
The Narendra Modi government has retaliated with tariffs on 29 American products after the US ended India’s trade concession of about $5.6 billion under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The market has been heating up with pressure which followed 290 points fall in the Sensex after the announcement.India will be implementing duties as high as 70 per cent on perishable items like almonds and apples as a response to Washington’s denial to exempt Delhi from the taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Around $543 million worth of U.S almonds were bought by India.ReutersLooking at the rising tensions by the US-India trade relations, many analysts commented on the sudden retaliation. Here’s how some analysts reacted:The Reactions:The Director-General and CEO of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Ajay Sahi, said that there will be negligible impact on the US by the tariff hike of $400-450 million over a bilateral trade of $142 billion.International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed serious concerns stating that the global economy cannot sustain another trade war as the economic growth is already at a standstill because of the US-China issues. ReutersDeepak Jasani of HDFC Securities told IANS, “Local investors will be worried as to how the US could react to this. However, FIIs will wait for any such move by the US before feeling the Indian market.” He also added that the US farmers will be affected by the tariffs on walnut, almond, and apples, which might trigger a negative response for the Indian market.Mayuresh Joshi of Angel Broking stated his concerns about the retaliation leading to an increase in the number of products in the tariff list. He said that the retaliation might hurt investor sentiments and majorly impact the capital markets. He said, “Investors will get into trouble if the additional tariffs are applied.”India is the world’s third-largest economy but is US’s 13th largest export market. At the same time, the US is India’s largest export market.
Police are seen outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the United States Secret Service on 3 March, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe White House was placed on lockdown and the surrounding area cordoned off by emergency personnel Saturday after an apparent gunshot was heard.The US Secret Service said on Twitter that it was responding “to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of @White House.”It said medical personnel were “responding to the male victim,” but that there were “no other reported injuries.”The victim’s identity was not immediately known.President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time. He is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.Reporters tweeting from the White House briefing room said they had been told to shelter in place. Police cars and ambulances swarmed to the area minutes after the incident.Disturbances outside the White House are not rare. On 23 Feb, a woman was arrested after crashing her vehicle into a security barrier near the presidential residence.And there have been repeated attempts to jump over fences around the building.
India Sotheby’s International Realty announced their entry into the eastern Indian market with the opening of their new office in Kolkata, recently. With this latest addition, the company now has a total of three offices including that in New Delhi and Mumbai, and further is in the process of opening of three or four more offices in 2019 across India. Additionally, the company also manages the Sri Lanka operations for the ultra-prestige residential development ‘Sapphire Residences’ by ITC Hotels. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCommenting on the expansion plan of the comapny, Amit Goyal, CEO, India Sotheby’s International Realty said, “We are thrilled to expand our presence across the country, with the opening of our third office in Kolkata. This city is full of some the most exclusive and breath-taking properties that cover the length and breadth of the evolution of Indian architecture. And, we are looking forward to represent local clients and investors by offering them high-end luxury real estate solutions.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSituated in one of Kolkata’s prime location, Salt Lake City – the Kolkata office is spread across 2800 square feet, and comprises of eight highly experienced professionals. The team which comes with people having decades of experience in various fields, is led by Udayendu Dass, who has over 34 years of experience in Ultra HNI Business Banking, Financial Services Advisory, Lifestyle Business, Telecom and Exports. The Kolkata office will comprise of some very exerienced people like Avijeet Das, Shivani Kapur, Vikram Kapoor, Sujit Kumar Ghosh, among others – who come with a varied experience across sectors such as Tourism and Hospitality, Real Estate, Banking, FMCG, and Business Management. The venture in Kolkata will be catering to the burgeoning real estate requirement across Eastern India, with a focused view to bring the best realty options to our global audiences. According to the Director International, Akash Puri, the Kolkata office will also help clients in buying a home in preferred overseas destinations like UK, Dubai, USA, Italy through the global network.
Airlines should be doing more to keep passengers up to speed on disruptions to flights during times of crises, according to ConTgo Asia Pacific managing director George Freney. In an interview with e-Travel Blackboard, Freney said the chaos caused by the recent volcanic ash clouds had highlighted the need for airlines to do “a better job” in communicating updates to stranded travellers. “At the moment the onus is on the traveller to get information on the status of their flights,” Mr Freney said. Whilst affected passengers are able to check their carriers’ websites for information, Freney said people were still arriving at airports not knowing if their flights had been cancelled.“Airlines need to be more proactive than reactive about updating the individual traveller.” conTgo offers an SMS communication service for airlines and travel agents to contact passengers, with more than 400,000 unique travellers in over 70 countries having used the company’s mobile technology.“We never want to see disruptions to travellers … but recent events have highlighted the need for this technology,” Mr Freney said.“Our technology lets travellers know in an easy and automated way how the status of their flight is progressing.” conTgo Asia Pacific MD George Freney Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
After seven years of representation in the Australian market, Sultanate of Oman has received a well-deserved nomination for Best National Tourism Office in the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards. Country Manager Mona Tannous says, “Educating the Australian market about Oman has been an in-depth process. For the first few years, people had never heard of it. For the next few years, people didn’t know where it was. These days, a lot more Aussies are travelling to Oman which is an absolute triumph for us.”The nomination comes at the perfect time with Oman launching its highly anticipated consumer campaign into the Australian market in June. The campaign will drive business and bookings to travel agents across Australia and New Zealand with agents who have completed the Oman online training academy benefiting the most. The training can be found on the website www.tourismoman.com.au with the last module coming online within the month. Voting opens on March 21st, 2012. To cast your vote, please visit http://www.afta.com.au/NTIANominationsVotingFor further information about the Sultanate of Oman, please visit www.tourismoman.com.au Source = Sultanate of Oman
Accor plans Latin America, Middle East and APAC expansion. Accor has its eye on the 400 mark, with plans to add an extra 100 hotels on its current 300 properties over the next two years.Speaking at ITB Berlin, the group revealed plans to add an extra 6,500 rooms by 2015 across its Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery and Grand Mercure brands.Focusing on emerging markets, Accor revealed new properties would be built mainly in emerging markets, including; Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific.“One can now count on a strong European voice in the luxury and upscale market. Our brands combine the best of international standards with French style,” Accor president Yann Caillère said.“Our ambition for our brands and their networks are immense and we are ready to expand rapidly in this market.”Currently, 42 percent of Accor’s luxury/upscale hotels located in the Asia Pacific region and 35 percent in European cities.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
The Travel Industry Exhibition She spent 19 years as presidential aide to Nelson Mandela and now Zelda la Grange will be sharing her experiences with visitors at this year’s The Travel Industry Exhibition & Conference, in Sydney on 19-20 July @ Crystal Palace Luna Park, and in Melbourne on 25-26 July @ the MCEC, as headline speaker for both cities.Zelda served Mandela for 19 years in different capacities until his death on 5 December 2013, and in 2014 she published her memoirs, entitled Good Morning, Mr Mandela. She will share anecdotes and reminiscences at the 2017 TIE in both cities.Born in Apartheid South Africa, Zelda started her career in 1992. She was soon promoted to become one of the three private secretaries in President Mandela’s personal staff, and the President himself requested that she remain in his services beyond retirement.In 2016, Maven Pictures obtained the rights for the movie adaptation of her book.Tickets for the 2017 TIE will be on sale soon with conference program to be announced later this week.
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