NEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board has suspended four of its employees after a video surfaced online, purportedly showing them drinking liquor and playing cards at their workplace. The video clip, allegedly shot at the utility’s Punjabi Bagh Zonal Revenue Office, showed one man asking the security guard to lock the gate so that no one can enter the premises. The man then asks the security guard to bring him some snacks, soda and water bottles, while another man deals a deck of cards. Another man can be seen consuming liquor in the video. DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, “Looking at the nature of the video, strict action has been taken and four employees have been placed under suspension.”
“Justice for women is still an afterthought,” said Anne Marie Goetz, the Chief Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) at a news conference at UN headquarters to highlight a report by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, an international non-governmental organisation, on gender issues at the International Criminal Court (ICC).“UN Women [UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women] looking forward will be an important actor within the UN system on women access to justice. It is critical for accountability and for the implementation of national and international commitments on women rights,” she said.Ms. Goetz said that UN Women will be looking into transitional justice mechanisms such as truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs) in countries where they are set up. She said a recent analysis of 20 TRCs across the world had found that only in two of them did women make up a third of the commissioners. Women witnesses also remained a minority, she said.The report card by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice on ICC also shows that issues before the Court that affect women have often not been successful, with a significant number of cases on gender-based violence dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence, often because investigations were not thorough enough, according to Brigid Inder, the executive director of the organisation. 7 December 2010Access to justice for women is often not given enough attention in both national and international judicial systems, a United Nations official said today, adding that the newly-created UN entity for women will play an important role in promoting justice for women especially in post-conflict situations.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it hopes to submit the proposed 20th Amendment to Parliament this month.JVP Parliamentarian, Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said that the draft is almost complete and is likely to be presented to Parliament this month. The 20th Amendment looks to abolish the Executive Presidency. (Colombo Gazette)
Ontario voters have spoken, and the Liberals under Kathleen Wynne have won a majority government.As of 10:25 p.m., the Liberals were elected or leading in 57 ridings. The Progressive Conservatives were standing at 28 ridings, and the NDP at 22.The Liberals performed well in the crucial 905-belt, leading in 11 of the suburban Toronto ridings compared to six for the Conservatives. The leaders have spent much of their time campaigning in the GTA.Stay tuned to CHCH for the latest updates.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ivanhoe Cambridge says co-working can help communities facing economic struggles MONTREAL – One of North America’s largest property owners says the growing popularity of shared office spaces can inject youthful energy into traditional office towers and give hope to struggling communities.“It kind of moves you away from your father’s office building and brings a younger and more millennial-focused workforce into a complex,” says Jonathan Pearce, senior vice-president of office leasing for Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of Quebec’s pension fund manager.He believes the spaces could also help to alleviate the high vacancy rate in Calgary’s real estate market by giving a low-cost option to new entrepreneurs who are seeking a fresh start after losing their jobs.Ivanhoe Cambridge has rented space in its Place Ville Marie complex in Montreal’s downtown core to WeWork, one of the world’s largest co-working providers. Pearce says the service has been a draw for potential tenants and not a threat to its main long-term customers.Over the past five years, the strong growth in Montreal’s startup tech sector has helped to propel a six-fold increase in the number of new co-working spaces. In addition to modern buildings, chic spaces have opened in a shuttered Royal Bank branch in Old Montreal, old factories and abandoned churches.For Alberta companies that are struggling amid economic uncertainty, Pearce says, an attractive feature of using shared office spaces is its flexibility.Instead of long-term leases, co-working spaces as small as a desk are typically rented out by the month, giving entrepreneurs access to a community of like-minded people with similar drives and big dreams.A similar demand surfaced in the United States after the 2008 financial crisis when there was a large surge of independent contractors, flexible workers and small businesses, said Wayne Berger, vice-president of Regus Canada. The workspace provider has 11 co-working locations in Alberta’s two largest cities and 102 across the country.“People decided to start something new and put the power of their future into their own hands,” Berger said from Toronto.Berger expects the number of co-working style facilities should double in Canada in the next few years to reach about 400 to 500, and surpass 27,000 around the world by 2020.Crew Collective & Cafe co-founder Mikael Cho says the growth is being fuelled by a shift to a gig economy with its increased use of freelancers and contractors.While advances in mobile technology allow people to work from home or a coffee shop, having access to a network of flexible office spaces exposes creative minds to “serendipity:” the chance to run into like-minded people who may spark a collaboration or even business transactions.“That’s the thing that makes innovative cities really great,” he said.Anyone can use the meeting space and pay for private rooms by the hour or join specialists in virtual reality and artificial intelligence who pay up to $500 a month as members with assigned desks, office support and access to special events.Demand was so busy at WeWork’s first Canadian location, that it doubled the size of its Montreal office and after less than a year of operation and is about to open a second spot near the home of the Montreal Canadiens that also has the capacity to accommodate about 1,200 tenants.“The more you’re with people who are doers, the more expansion (of business opportunities) occur,” says Marta Gonzalez, community manager for WeWork in Montreal.At 66, Georges Renaud admits he sticks out in the WeWork office surrounded by much younger entrepreneurs in tech or professionals like lawyers and accountants.“It’s brought the millennial out in me,” the commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker said.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
“She is a lovely cat and was very affectionate once we got her out, I think she was very grateful. Workmen used an angle grinder to dig into the concrete and free the catCredit:RSPCA/Bav Media RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Sharon Knight, who went to the site, said: “I can’t see how else the cat could have got under the floor, she must have been there when the concrete was poured on – all the air vents were sealed.”The concrete had been poured on three weeks ago, she must have survived on the moisture under the floor, she was thin but not weak.”Thankfully she has a good strong meow so she was heard, otherwise we would never have been able to rescue her. 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. “I’d also like to say thank you to the staff at Persimmon Homes who acted very quickly and didn’t hesitate to dig up the floor and rescue the cat.”Fortunately the cat was microchipped so we were able to reunite her with her owner as soon as we could.” A cat survived for three weeks after getting trapped under a concrete floor.The pet was finally rescued when builders heard “miaows” coming from under their feet.The cat had become stranded beneath the newly laid floors of the building which was under construction.Builders called the RSPCA when they heard miaowing coming from under the floor. They were forced to use an angle grinder to cut a square shaped hole in the floor in order to reach the terrified feline.The rescue took place at a partially built house on a Persimmon Homes estate in Weldon, Corby, Northants., on Sunday. Sharon Knight from the RSPCA said the cat has a strong meowCredit:RSPCA/Bav Media
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. Researchers noted that fruits and vegetables were a good source of many vitamins and associated with a lower risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, with a strong link between the amount consumed and the benefits.They said the small number of studies that had established a link between multivitamin and mineral supplementation and a lower risk of coronary heart disease could be explained by the fact that people who take such supplements tend to have a healthier diet.Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We know that eating a healthy balanced diet, like the traditional Mediterranean diet, can help to lower our risk of heart and circulatory diseases. There are no shortcuts when it comes to nutrition – supplements are not a replacement for healthy food.“You might be prescribed a vitamin or mineral supplement by a health professional for other reasons, but we do not recommend people take multivitamins to help prevent heart and circulatory diseases which this review supports.“Rather than taking multivitamins, focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet which includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, fish and unsaturated fats like olive oil.”Rebecca McManamon, consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, said: “This reiterates the message that instead of supplements, in the UK we are still not all eating enough fruit and vegetables and we need to keep driving to eat more, as five portions a day or more are linked with a reduced risk of heart disease, as well as reducing risk of some cancers.”She noted that the study concerned adults and that multivitamins are recommended for children aged from six months to five.The analysis was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. Experts said multivitamins did not have the same benefits as eating fruit and vegetablesCredit:Janine Lamontagne Multivitamins do not protect against heart attacks, a major study has found.Researchers analysed the results of studies and clinical trials undertaken since 1970, involving more than two million people.Overall, they found “no association” between taking multivitamin and mineral supplements and the development of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease or strokes and their related deaths.Joonseok Kim from the University of Alabama’s department of medicine, who led the study, said: “We meticulously evaluated the body of scientific evidence.“We found no clinical benefit of multivitamin and mineral use to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death.”The study also found that there was no cardiovascular benefit to taking a “therapeutic” supplement of a vitamin due to deficiency, such as vitamin D. It found “even sparser” evidence of any such benefits for those taking multivitamins without a confirmed deficiency and noted that several studies had demonstrated that daily vitamin and mineral supplementation in certain groups, such as the elderly, could actually have a negative effect.Around one in three British adults takes some form of nutritional supplement, the most popular being multivitamins, followed by vitamin C.Kim, an assistant professor of cardiology, said: “It has been exceptionally difficult to convince people, including nutritional researchers, to acknowledge that multivitamin and mineral supplements don’t prevent cardiovascular diseases.”I hope our study findings help decrease the hype around multivitamin and mineral supplements and encourage people to use proven methods to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases – such as eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising and avoiding tobacco.”He said his team had set out to offer clarity on the subject because although many studies had concluded that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not prevent cardiovascular diseases, the notion had still proved controversial.
Canadian Celeste Copper has entered into an earn-in agreement to acquire up to a 100% interest in Cornish Minerals, which indirectly owns the property and assets known as the South Crofty mine in the tin/copper district at Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall. The agreement has been entered into among Celeste, Cornish UK, the shareholders of Cornish UK being Cassiterite Ltd, a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and Baseresult Holding, a corporation existing under the laws of England, and Cornish UK’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Cornish Minerals and Western United Mines (WUM). WUM owns all freehold surface property together with the related sub-surface mine workings, intellectual property and mine plant and machinery and Cornish Bermuda owns certain related freehold and leasehold mineral rights and mineral setts situate in the County of Cornwall, UK. The South Crofty Mine is an amalgamation of 12e mines that were historically mined primarily for tin and copper. The properties are located between Redruth and Camborne in Cornwall, England and comprise approximately 150 km2 of mineral rights in this historic mining district. Mining in this region goes back approximately 4,000 years and includes mines like South Crofty, Dolcoath and Roskear mines, which are included in these mineral rights. It is the first time in the region’s history that such a large package of mineral rights has been assembled, with an opportunity to apply modern exploration and development mining techniques. Denis Clement, President and CEO of Celeste stated: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the expansion and redevelopment of the historic South Crofty mining region in Cornwall.” South Crofty closed in March 1998, having produced 2,250 t of tin-in-concentrate in its last full year of operation.
GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING the fatal shooting in Gormanston, Co Meath on Wednesday afternoon have released one of the five men who had been in custody.The man, in his 30s, was released this afternoon. A file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Peter Butterly, 35, was shot in the car park of The Huntsman pub just after 2pm on Wednesday afternoon.The father of three had been charged with membership of the Real IRA in 2010, but the criminal case against him collapsed when a section of the Offences against the State Act – which was used to issue the search warrant behind some of the evidence – was struck down as unconstitutional.It is thought that Butterly’s death may be linked to an internal Real IRA feud that has escalated since the shooting dead of Alan Ryan last September.Four of the five men arrested were in a car intercepted by Gardaí shortly after the incident; the four were arrested while a handgun was also recovered. The fifth man was arrested nearby a short time later.Earlier: Five men continue to be held over shooting outside Meath pub
Cygnus Business Media is eliminating the “president” position and former president Mike Martin will lead the publisher’s Public Safety & Security group going forward. Martin became president of the company in 2007. The publisher says the move is the final appointment in a seven-month process to install a new, flatter organizational “architecture.” In July, Cygnus announced a new organization around four affinity groups: Aviation, Public Safety & Security, Building & Construction and Agriculture. Each was to be headed by an executive vice president who acts as a point person for Cygnus in their particular market, overseeing sales, content and market for their brands.Public Safety & Security is Cygnus’ largest group, generating more than 1.5 million uniques each month across sites such as Officer.com. “We have a very aggressive footprint in the public safety & security sector and it is by far an area where market share could be challenged without the right person guiding it,” said Cygnus CEO John French. “I can think of no better person to affect, grow and innovate these brands under our new architecture than Mike.”
This article has been updated to reflect a response from Ebony.Faced with the threat of a second lawsuit in 12 months, Ebony has completed the third of four quarterly payments owed to freelance writers it had stiffed on a collective $78,000 of work going back to 2015—after initially failing to meet a court-ordered Sept. 28 deadline.The installment of $29,850—which covers 14 of the 45 total writers under the terms of a February settlement between Ebony owner Clear View Group and the National Writers Union—comes after two earlier installments of $14,385 and $15,955, both of which were paid on time. A final $18,328 payment is due Dec. 28 to 16 writers.After the Sept. 28 deadline came and went, the writers union threatened further legal action to compel payment from CVG, which is bound by the agreement—reached in the circuit court of Cook County, Ill.—to cover the payments should Ebony find itself unable to make them.“CVG was about three weeks late and wasn’t returning calls or emails,” National Writers Union president Larry Goldbetter tells Folio:. “After the [court] filing, the checks went out.”Michael Gibson, the chairman of CVG—a Texas-based private equity firm which bought Ebony in 2016—declined to share any reasons for the delay, but confirmed that the third set of checks have been mailed and said the fourth and final payment will be made in December. A spokeswoman for Ebony blamed “legacy business issues” for the outstanding payments. Michael GibsonAs writers awaiting overdue checks aired grievances on social media in recent weeks, Ebony promoted a star-studded gala celebrating its annual Power 100 list set for Friday evening at the Beverly Hilton—the site of the Golden Globe Awards since 1961—hosted by Chris Tucker.“I got my check at the end of October and was shocked to receive it, to be honest,” says Adrienne Gibbs, who served as managing editor of Ebony‘s January 2017 issue among other contributions, adding that another writer in that issue, Rashod Ollison, passed away last month from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma before ever receiving his $900 check.“I talked with [Rashod’s] sister and made sure CVG—via the union’s lawyers—had his sister’s address,” Gibbs adds. “Rashod’s check was ‘in the mail’ for weeks even as he died and was raising money for medical bills.”The controversy ramped up in April of last year, when freelancer Jagger Blaec wrote an article on The Establishment asking, “Why Isn’t Ebony Paying Its Black Writers?” On Twitter, aggrieved freelancers coalesced around the hashtag #EbonyOwes, eliciting initial pushback from both Ebony and CVG vice-chairman Willard Jackson, who accused Blaec of writing an “attack article” and “wanting to tear down black businesses.”“Yeah well, your little Twitter rant isn’t going to change the way the media business is run,” read a deleted Tweet from the official Ebony account. “Y’all acting like it’s 100s of people. It’s 10.” (Turns out it’s at least 45.)Adrienne GibbsWeeks later, however, CVG issued a statement to NBC, asserting that it would pay all debts by early July 2017. When that deadline passed, the National Writers Union became involved, led by Goldbetter and Gibbs.Following the completion of the third quarter payment, the oldest outstanding invoice is now from this past March, and the most any individual writer is owed is $2,650.“In the time since we have started this case, I’ve heard from 10 additional writers who wanted to join the suit,” says Gibbs. “The whole situation is just sad. Every time a new story surfaces, even more people come out of the woodwork.”Gibson disputed this article shortly after it was posted, writing via email, “This story as we see it is completely inaccurate.” Asked which aspects, specifically, are inaccurate, Gibson referred Folio: to Katrina Witherspoon, SVP of marketing for Ebony, who gave the following statement:While unfortunately EBONY was contacted to provide limited response to only one question from Folio pertaining to this particular matter, Michael Gibson made it clear the company has satisfied all outstanding payments with the National Writers Union.As we have stated previously, all prior issues related to payment obligations to former freelance writers were the result of legacy business issues that predated the new business model put in place by Ebony’s current management. Furthermore, as it relates specifically to freelance writers, Ebony has instituted a policy that now provides increased transparency regarding payment terms and conditions for freelance writers we engage.The brand will continue to endure and evolve with a digital first strategy, ensuring its persistence and relevance for decades to come.
Tirupati: President of India Ramnath Kovind has left for New Delhi from Tirupati airport on Monday. He was seen off at airport by CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Governor ESL Narasimhan. District Collector Dr N Bharat Gupta and other officials were present. Both Governor and CM presented mementoes to the President. Earlier, President Kovind reached airprot by IAF helicopter from Sriharikota. CM has reached Tirupati a little earlier by special flight to give send off to the President. Later, CM has left for Vijayawada. Governor will leave for Hyderabad at 11 am.
The country’s youth have several reasons to cheer about the Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sticking to Narendra Modi’s ambition of galvanising the large demographic group to push development of the country. India is said to have one of the largest youth population in the world, with two-thirds Indians below the age of 35 years.The Union Budget holds several schemes and promises that look set to bring the country’s youth to take charge in the future.From offering them skills training and giving them incentives to start businesses, to setting up sports facilities and premier educational institutes, the government’s Budget looks to capitalise on this age group.Skill India Programme: This national multi-skill programme announced by the government on Thursday is meant to train the youth in several professional skills. With an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurial skills, the government has set aside ₹100 crores for this programme. It will also provide training and support for traditional professions like that of welders, carpenters, cobblers, masons, blacksmiths, and weavers.Young Leaders Programme: “The youth of India are pragmatic, forward-looking and wish to be leaders in all fields. In order to promote leadership skills, I propose to set up Young Leaders Programme with an initial allocation of ₹100 crore,” the finance minister announced on Thursday. Jaitley allotted another ₹100 crore to promote village youth to take up entrepreneurship.Facilitating jobs: Jaitley said the government would work towards converting employment exchanges set up under the Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959 that primarily offer information on availability of jobs into career centres, where the youth will also be offered counselling on selecting jobs based on their aptitude and skills.₹10,000 crore assistance for start-ups – In order to help entrepreneurial youth in the country to start up their own businesses, the government has set aside a ₹10,000 crore fund to provide venture capital for the micro, small and medium enterprises. It also announced ₹200 crore for establishing a technology centre network to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.Five more IITs, IIMs: The Modi government has decided to take the number of IITs and IIMs, the most premier institutions in the country, up to 21 and 18 respectively. The government also announced that four medical instutions on the lines of AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) will be set up in the country.National-level Sports Academies: The current state of sports in the country is much below the international standard, and the focus of the government was to ensure the youth of the country get good sports facilities. The government has assured that academies with international-level facilities for training of accomplished athletes and for nurturing talent at junior and sub-junior level will be set up for shooting, archery, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting and various track and field events. Jaitley also announced ₹200 crore for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums in Jammu and in Kashmir Valley to international standards.Sports University: The government has allotted ₹100 crore to set up a national sports university at Manipal.Amendment to Apprenticeship Act: Jaitley promised that the Apprenticeship Act will be suitably amended to meet the current needs of the industry as well as the youth. “Comparing the size of the Indian economy, the performance of the Apprenticeship Training Scheme is not satisfactory and a large number of training facilities in the industry are unutilised,” he said during his speech.
The Indian government’s drive against black money to get back ill-gotten wealth stashed away by its citizens abroad has drawn responses from 638 declarants for total assets worth Rs 3,770 crore ($580 million), an official statement said on Thursday.The amnesty scheme ended on September 30. It called for a tax of 30% and an equal amount in penalty, which is to be paid before December 31. The compliance window had opened on July 1.The official statement said the actual quantum of declaration, under what is called the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, was subject to a final reconcilitaion.India has no official estimate about the quantum of black money stashed away by Indians abroad but unofficial estimates put the sum somewhere between $466 billion and $1.4 trillion.Even if the lowest estimate of $466 billion stashed away is taken into consideration, the amount declared as part of the drive is barely 1% of it.- With IANS inputs
Arthur made the startling claim in the post-match press conferenceIAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur is known for being passionate and emotional. His thoughts are rather transparent when Pakistan is on the field thanks to his highly-expressive body language. It is no wonder therefore, that he seemed as affected by all the shrill criticism coming the way of his team as the players would have been.Arthur was the man who turned up for the post-match press conference after his team’s triumph over South Africa. He lambasted the critics who had been targeting his team and said the players were very badly affected by all the poison being spewed.But there was one revelation about the effect of this negativity in the media on himself that, though made as a casual aside, was rather shocking. While answering a question about the South African team and explaining the difficulties faced by a side going through a tough phase, the South African coach of Pakistan said: “It happens so quickly, you lose a game, you lose another game, it’s a World Cup, the media scrutiny, public expectations, and then, you almost go into survival mode. I mean, we’ve all been there. Last Sunday, I wanted to commit suicide.”Mickey Arthur “last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Xkb3IgD0QS— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 24, 2019TwitterThe part about wanting to commit suicide should scare everyone. It is very possible that Arthur was not fully serious when he said this. Maybe, it was an exaggeration. But the fact that he even mentioned this is an indicator of the extreme pressure that must have been on him after the disaster against India.This is also an important lesson for critics. Yes, when the team performs badly, there is a need to point out the errors, but sometimes, the words are so poisonous, they can have a much more serious impact on players and support staff than a loss in a game should occasion. Hopefully, Pakistani media would learn from this experience.
Last week we reported what I thought to be the actual PC requirements for Watch Dogs. They included a quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and a 64-bit version of Windows as a minimum. That’s not surprising seeing as this is a next-gen game launching on PS4 and Xbox one as well.But it turns out the that minimum spec is actually a little too low. The official minimum spec for Watch Dogs pushes the RAM requirement up form 4GB to 6GB with everything else staying pretty much the same.So the minimum and recommended specs for Watch Dogs are as follows:Minimum SpecIntel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz) or AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3GHz)DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support6GB RAM64-bit Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8Recommended SpecIntel Core i7 3770 (3.5GHz) or AMD FX-8350 (4GHz)DirectX 11 graphics card with 2GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support8GB RAMSame Windows requirements as minimum specThe hard drive requirement isn’t listed so we’ll stick with the 20GB leaked requirement as a guide. As for official graphics card support, Ubisoft lists the Nvidia GeForce GTX460, GT500, GT600, GT700 and AMD Radeon HD5850, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series, and also Intel’s Iris Pro HD 5200.If you currently run a 32-bit copy of Windows, then you’ve got some upgrading to do, which no doubt also involves purchasing some more RAM. For some, it may be a case of weighing up the price of a PC upgrade next to the cost of a PS4 or Xbox One. Which comes out cheaper with a copy of the game factored in to the final price?
Source = Tourism Western Australia Tourism Western Australia launches global campaignTourism Western Australia launches global campaignTourism Western Australia unveils its latest tourism marketing campaign, “Just Another Day in Western Australia,” providing a platform designed to bring to life the unique, personal experiences visitors can expect on any given day in Perth and throughout Western Australia. The groundbreaking initiative marks a fundamental shift in the way Tourism Western Australia promotes the State as a vacation destination: in addition to developing many of the creative assets, the organization also calls on visitors and local residents to contribute to the campaign by sharing their extraordinary moments using the hashtag #justanotherdayinWA.“Western Australia has so many extraordinary experiences that cannot be found elsewhere in Australia, or in some cases the world, but those of us who are lucky enough to live in the State tend to be blasé about its uniqueness and beauty,” Acting CEO Gwyn Dolphin says. “The premise behind the campaign is to highlight all these experiences that West Australians take for granted but visitors find memorable and extraordinary.”The campaign gives Tourism Western Australia a platform to promote all the exciting changes that have happened in and around Perth over the past couple of years, including:Opening up the Swan River through the development of the new Elizabeth Quay waterfront2,300 new hotels rooms to open by 2018 in the Perth CBD, including Crown Towers (December 2016) and Ritz-Carlton (2018), with another 1,000 new rooms set to open around the greater Perth region$1 billion redevelopment of Perth AirportConstruction of a 60,000-seat international sporting and events stadiumRedevelopment of Fremantle, the fishing village 30 minutes south of PerthUpgrades at Scarborough Beach with $78 million for a beachside swimming pool, cafes, restaurants, kiosks and public artUpgrades to Perth’s very own island getaway, Rottnest Island, including a luxury refurbishment of Hotel Rottnest as well as an upmarket “glamping” experience, which will open in 2017 and require a short ferry or helicopter ride“The wider Perth region will continue to transform over the next few years and the ever-changing nature of the campaign will allow us to share this evolution around the world,” says Dolphin. Just Another Day in WAAbout Western AustraliaWestern Australia is a large and diverse State, with extraordinary experiences found in every corner – many of which cannot be found elsewhere in Australia, or in some cases the world. From visiting the Kimberley in the North West, one of the true last wilderness areas on earth; to swimming with the biggest fish in the sea, the whale shark at Ningaloo Reef in the Coral Coast; or sampling world-class Chardonnay in the Margaret River wine region – local residents have a lot to boast about. But to West Australians, it’s just another day in Western Australia. The State’s capital city, Perth, and its surrounding regions is a microcosm of Western Australia, boasting the State’s vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodations. Perth is also home to Kings Park and Botanic Garden, one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Featuring beautiful beaches, tall tree forests, and award-winning wineries, the South West is home to the Margaret River region, which produces more than 25% of Australia’s premium wine. With more than 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors that are open to the public.
Peru is forecasting a 5-10% drop in avocado production from last year’s record 338,000 metric tons (MT) as well as a longer season due to new and early growing areas coming online.In addition, Daniel Bustamante of ProHass Peru told FreshFruitPortal.com that this season would likely not see the peaks that have often been experienced in June and July.”Lots of orchards have either returned to their normal production or have suffered from the stress on the trees last year, but that big drop from the mature orchards will be offset by the newer plantings,” he said. February 15 , 2019 Australia expects bumper avocado crop, plans expor … You might also be interested in Avocados In Charts: Why falling prices could settl … Most of the new plantings are in the north of the country, and Bustamante said that while volumes from these orchards will be very limited, they will effectively extend the season by around a month at the front end.”The total export volume will be similar to or 10% lower than last year, but it will be distributed throughout many more weeks,” he said.He added that Peru’s slight drop in volumes combined with lower production expected from California and South Africa will likely lead to stronger market conditions than last year.”We are seeing opportunities in the U.S., as California is producing almost 40% of what it achieved last year,” he said, adding that South Africa’s anticipated production decline of 30% will likely lead to opportunities in Europe.The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. This year along another 2,000 hectares of avocados are expected to be planted, which will enter into production in the next two or three years. U.S.: California’s avocado supply remains tight bu … Colombian avocados are the business …
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