Unearthing the World’s Best Dressed Men in We Are Dandy

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn When I am Dandy was published in 2013 (yours truly was honored to be included), most American men were scratching their head asking, ‘WTF is a Dandy?”. These days you can hardly get away from the term!For the record, a Dandy is a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance. If you really want to go deep listen to this NPR segment about Yankee Doodle Dandy.We see the term bandied about all over the menswear (and even womenswear – can we please just own this one ladies?) worlds. There are nearly 1 million #Dandy tags on Instagram and there have been museum shows from RISD in Rhode Island to the Petit Palais in Paris dedicated to them.Clearly it is a huge, glorious backlash to the ill fitting, sweatshirt culture men have stewed in for so long and we are very glad to see it alive and well (although enough with the selfies vain men!).Surely photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel “Natty” Adams struck a fine silk cord when they published their first book so it is with much pleasure that we find they have worked so hard to publish a second tome.As they explained to us, “From America to Africa to Asia, dandyism is a way of life. It is fashion in the best sense, self-esteem through style. And in every country, it takes a unique form as dandies draw on the local context and fashion culture to shape their looks. We are Dandy throws open the doors of the wardrobe and explores the dandy as a global phenomenon. With texts as witty as the subjects are stylish, the book pokes between the folds to let us know these exceptional individuals. For them, their dandy fashion is more than a trend or a phase, it is who they are, the outer expression of their inner selves.”You could really spend hours on each page, observing every waxed whisker combed into place, the perfect fold of a scarf and the tie of a tassel. What is refreshing about this book compared to the last is how far  they flew to find more Dandies. While Tokyo may be expected to stock quite a few flamboyant gents, Africa was even more fascinating. Rose and Natty jetted to Johannesburg where the group met some key players thanks to the help of Daniele Tamagni, author of Gentleman of Bacongo, and Shantrelle Patrice Lewis, who is behind the Dandy Lion project about global black dandyism.What was so fascinating was the rise of Instagram since the last book only four years ago. Now ‘influencers’ and ‘tastemakers’ were clamoring to be in the book but the authors were careful. You need to speak the speak more than just walk the walk. As Natty explained, “Dandies often describe the joy of finding rare items in unlikely places; these men were our hidden gems, practicing their dandyism for its own pleasurable sake, and — as I mentioned in the introduction to the first book — doing it even when nobody is looking.”We Are Dandy can be purchased here.Photography by Rose Callahan, from We are Dandy, Copyright Gestalten 2016last_img read more

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Stena Line to Deploy Bigger Ships on RotterdamHarwich Route

first_imgzoom Swedish ferry company Stena Line is to increase capacity by changing to larger ships in response to demand on the route from Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich.The current RoRo ships Capucine and Severine, which operate twice daily between Europoort and Harwich, will be replaced by larger ships, the RoRo ships MV Misida and MV Misana, when their present charter contracts expire in January 2018.The new vessels will be chartered on a time-charter contract and will consequently be fully manned, the company said.“Unfortunately this will impact our onboard staff. As a company we want to avoid as many redundancies from happening as reasonably possible and we will be looking at all available options including redeployment to other vessels within Stena Line,” Annika Hult, Trade Director at Stena Line North Sea, said.Following the increase in capacity, Stena Line said it expects its overall freight volume of the route to rise by some 20 percent. The change coincides with the expected completion of a second berth in Europoort, part of an investment program in the port in an effort to develop it into a multipurpose freight transport hub.“We have seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years and we are currently trading at very high utilization on this route,” Hult said.“With this tonnage change and capacity increase we clearly show that we will be keep on providing a reliable service where we can meet future demands. Europoort continues to develop as a key freight hub for Stena Line and we are confident our customers will react positively to our further expansion.”last_img read more

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Kashechewan mother says she was told to give daughter a bleach bath

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NEWSA Kashechewan First Nation mother says she has been given several remedies to cure her daughter’s painful skin sores including the latest, a bleach bath.Arlene Nakogee shared a number of photos of her young daughter who has open sores covering much of her body, and face.The bleach bath is one of several solutions the family has heard as it struggles to treat the 10-month-old’s red, itchy rash.The latest diagnosis is impetigo, said Muskego, who has also been told her daughter has eczema.But she says prescription drugs and creams have failed to clear up the lesions she blames on mould in their 30-year-old home.Grandfather William Nakogee said he did his own experiment and sent the toddler to spend a night with her other grandparents who have a new home.He said she seemed to improve and then things got worse when she came back to his house, he said.It’s not the first case of skin lesions in Kashechewan.In 2016, 16 children were airlifted to hospitals in southern Ontario to be treated for skin lesions.Chief Leo Friday said at the time he was considering declaring a state-of-emergency.Friday was out of the community Wednesday and not available for comment.Kashechewan sits on a flood plain and was twice evacuated in recent years when the Albany River spilled its banks.Arlene says she’s been told to prepare for another evacuation due to spring breakup and will use that opportunity to take her daughter to a hospital in Timmins, Ont.Her NDP-MP called that “third world” medical care.“The only way she can get out is on a flood evacuation flight,” said Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay).“Is this how we do emergency medical treatment for children?”The health situation highlights the difference in medical care on and off First Nations.Arlene says a nurse at the community’s health centre told her her daughter was quite ill and should be seen every day.Yet the girl doesn’t seem to be sick enough to rate an emergency flight out.“One doctor said not to medivac her out. He said it wasn’t that serious,” Arlene said.APTN News contacted the medical centre in Kashechewan but calls were not returned.Back in 2016, APTN visited another family whose home had mould issues.Angus said the young patient needs to be assessed by a skin specialist.“She has to get out of that environment and get a proper diagnosis. The Benadryl’s not working,” he said.William agreed.“I’m not going to soak my granddaughter in bleach,” he said.An online dermatology site does say mild bleach baths are an accepted way to combat moderate to severe eczema.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmarelast_img read more

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Road blocked due to spinout on South Taylor Hill

first_imgUPDATE – The hill is open in both directionsFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have just received a news tip, at 2:00 p.m., that both southbound lanes on the South Taylor Hill are currently blocked due to a spinout involving two commercial vehicles.It is reported that there are no emergency crews at the scene at this time. We will continue to post updates as they become available.last_img

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UN East Timorese leaders invited to attend ASEAN meeting

Sergio Vieira de Mello, the head of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), will lead a delegation to Hanoi for the meeting, scheduled for 23 to 24 July. The group includes his Chief of Staff, N. Paranmeswaran, Xanana Gusmão, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta, and East Timorese diplomats from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the East Timor Transitional Administration (ETTA).For the second year in a row, the host of the annual ASEAN Ministerial Meeting has invited UNTAET and the East Timorese leadership to attend the forum. East Timor/UNTAET will participate in the opening and closing sessions.From Hanoi, Mr. Vieira de Mello and Mr. Ramos-Horta will travel to New York for a UN Security Council meeting on East Timor, scheduled for 30 July.In other news, China donated $3 million dollars worth of fishing equipment to East Timor to help the fishing industry following the loss of equipment during the violence of 1999.The donated equipment includes 1,500 panels of fishing net, 3 tonnes of fishing line, 500 insulated iceboxes, 300 outboard motors, 200 lifejackets and other assorted items. read more

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Amid competing global challenges public health deserves priority – UN official

“We are living in deeply troubled times,” said Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “In these troubled times, public health looks more and more like a refuge, a safe harbour of hope that allows, and inspires, all countries to work together for the good of humanity.”Dr. Chan was addressing the World Health Assembly, WHO’s supreme decision-making body, as it began its 66th session in Geneva. The annual meeting, which this year runs through 28 May, is attended by delegations from all WHO member countries and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.“Fear of new diseases can unite the world, but so can determination to relieve preventable human misery,” she told delegates. “This is what makes public health stand out from other areas of global engagement: the motives, the values and the focus. We know we have to influence people at the top, but it is people at the bottom who matter most.”She added that nothing reflects this spirit better than the growing commitment to universal health coverage. “Universal health coverage reflects the need to maximize health outcomes for everyone,” she noted. “Everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay, should have access to the quality health care they need, without risking financial ruin.”Dr. Chan also stressed the need to ensure that health occupies a high place on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Agreed to by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs include specific targets to reduce child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and other diseases by 2015.“Health contributes to and benefits from sustainable development and is a measurable indicator of success of all other development policies,” said Dr. Chan. “Investing in the health of people is a smart strategy for poverty alleviation. This calls for inclusion of non-communicable diseases and for continued efforts to reach the health-related MDGs after 2015.”In a message sent to the opening of the Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the MDGs have “undoubtedly been good” for global health. “As we shape plans for the post-2015 era, we must draw lessons from where we have succeeded and ensure that benefits are shared equitably. “We must keep moving towards universal health coverage, so all people can have access to the health services they need without suffering financial hardship,” he added. “We must build on what has been achieved through the MDGs, but also – as highlighted by the agenda you have set for this meeting – address other pressing health challenges such as non-communicable diseases.”Dr. Chan noted that the World Health Statistics report, issued last week, brings some “extremely good news,” including dramatic improvements in health in the world’s poorest countries over the past two decades. Progress has been equally dramatic in narrowing the gaps between countries with the best and the worst health outcomes.At the same time, what lies ahead, especially in tackling non-communicable diseases, is not going to be easy, she added. At its current session, the Assembly will be considering three draft global action plans – for non-communicable diseases, mental health, and the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.Dr. Chan also pointed out that the Assembly is meeting at a time when WHO is dealing with two new diseases. Human infections with a novel coronavirus, from the same family as SARS, were first detected last year in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. To date, 41 cases, including 20 deaths, have been reported.Though the number of cases remains small, limited human-to-human transmission has occurred and health care workers have been infected, Dr. Chan reported. Also, at the end of March this year, China reported the first-ever human infections with the H7N9 avian influenza virus. Within three weeks, more than 100 additional cases were confirmed. Although the source of human infection with the virus is not yet fully understood, the number of new cases dropped dramatically following the closing of live bird markets.“At present, human-to-human transmission of the virus is negligible. However, influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak,” said Dr. Chan. “These two new diseases remind us that the threat from emerging and epidemic-prone diseases is ever-present. Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of the microbial world. It will always deliver surprises,” she stated.“As was the case ten years ago, the current situation demands collaboration and cooperation from the entire world. A threat in one region can quickly become a threat to all.” read more

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Over half of schools remain closed in epicentre of Boko Haram crisis

“Children in northeast Nigeria are living through so much horror,” said Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a press release on his three-day visit to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the crisis.Since 2009, over 2,295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 have been displaced across the northeast. Almost 1,400 schools have been destroyed with the majority unable to open because of extensive damage or because they are in areas that remain unsafe. The use of children as human bombs has sown a climate of mistrust among communities in the northeast, and a cholera outbreak has affected more than 3,900 people, including over 2,450 children. “In addition to devastating malnutrition, violence and an outbreak of cholera, the attacks on schools are in danger of creating a lost generation of children, threatening their and the countries future,” Mr. Forsyth added. However, some displaced children in Borno state are benefiting from education for the first time in their lives. In the Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, an estimated 90 per cent of students are enrolled in school for the first time. In the three most-affected states of northeast Nigeria, UNICEF and partners have enrolled nearly 750,000 children in school this year, establishing over 350 temporary learning spaces, and distributing almost 94,000 packs of learning material that will help children to get an education. UNICEF is also working with partners to rehabilitate schools and classrooms and training teachers to build a stronger education system for the future. UNICEF’s life-saving emergency programmes in northeast Nigeria remain underfunded. With only three months left in the year, UNICEF has a 40 per cent finding gap in its needs for 2017. read more

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The Warriors Odds Of Going 739

5511<0.1100.0 WINSSIMSCHANCE OF EXACTLY THIS MANY WINSCHANCE OF AT LEAST THIS MANY WINS Remember that two-month stretch in the summer of 2009 when Steph Curry might have gone to the Knicks, before Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni went around telling anyone who would stand still long enough to hear it exactly why Curry would be a superstar? And remember how disappointing it was, then, when Curry landed on a Warriors team that didn’t use him at all in the way fans dreamed he might be used by the Pringles ‘stache? Well, Curry found his way into the seven-seconds-or-less offense anyway. By NBA.com’s count (which can lag a game or two behind), the Warriors have taken 299 threes in the first seven seconds of the shot clock and made 48.5 percent of them. The next closest by percentage is Indiana, at 42.5 on 167 attempts; Houston, first in attempts with 301 (in four more games than Golden State) has made 38.9 percent of its own; and the Thunder have found a way to make just 31.6 percent on 171 attempts. On all field goals in the seven-seconds-or-less window,1NBA.com doesn’t have free-throw data for these, for some reason. the Warriors have a 68 percent effective field-goal percentage — the next closest is the Cavs, at 63.4 percent. The Knicks, meanwhile, are last in the league at 51.4 percent. 608091.698.5 73680.10.1 74803116.136.9 Oh, here’s a scatter plot of 3-point attempts vs. 3-point percentage since the 1979-80 season, the first year of the 3-pointer: 6335447.189.3 663140.699.6 7712242.52.9 676341.398.9 532<0.1100.0 6925855.294.9 6813682.797.7 7632076.49.3 521<0.1%100.0% 7028075.68.9 In order to match the best 3-point-percentage season of Reggie Miller’s career (42.9 percent), Steph Curry (45.4 percent from three on 10.8 per game) would have to miss 31 straight threes; to match Larry Bird’s best (42.7 percent) he’d need to miss 34 straight; to match LeBron’s mark this season (27.4 percent) he would have to miss 354 straight 3-point shots. 75575411.520.9 651380.399.8 73855917.154.0 65622812.572.1 71599612.081.7 72785715.769.8 7112182.43.3 Curry’s 646 3-point attempts last season were more than those Miller and Bird seasons combined — and he’s on pace to demolish that number this year. 64530.199.9 This foolishness: 593940.899.3 625<0.1>99.9 68631712.631.2 542<0.1100.0 50,000 CARM-Elo simulations of the Warriors’ season with data through Feb. 18 The Warriors create 70.4 points per game through assists. The rest of the league has a fairly linear progression from the bottom on up — the Lakers are the worst, at 43.2, and the figure creeps up team by team until it stops with the Hawks, in second place, at 60.3. That isn’t adjusted for tempo (the Warriors play at the second-fastest pace in the league), but the Dubs are also comfortably in first in percentage of passes that are assists, are secondary assists or lead to free throws. 611<0.1>99.9 (While we’re digging out old charts, get a load of Draymond in these.) As things stand coming out of the All-Star break, the Warriors will probably catch Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls, which own the record of 72 wins, and are a little better than a coin flip to pass them.Last time we checked in on Golden State’s run to 73 was back in December, when the model gave the Warriors a 54 percent chance of getting at least 72 wins and a 44.1 percent chance of at least 73. A little more than two months later, the Warriors are 48-4 and those chances are 69.8 percent to hit 72 and an even 54 percent to reach 73. From where we sit, at least, the Warriors now appear likely to break the ’96 Bulls’ record. 7040088.089.8 According to nbaminer.com, Curry has scored 10 straight points for his team 10 times, the most in the league (James Harden is second with nine); he’s scored 15 straight team points three times (Harden is second again, two) and 20 straight once (only Paul George has also done that this season). Curry has scored five straight unanswered points 55 times (Harden is second with 47, followed by George and Klay Thompson at 30).2Reggie Jackson is the only player to score 15 unanswered points this season. Only three players have done it since the 1996-7 season — Jackson this year, Jamal Crawford in 2013-14 and Brandon Jennings in 2012-13.Probably the most alarming thing about the Warriors this season is how thoroughly they are outpacing the Spurs, another omega-level team stalking around the league. Also according to nbaminer.com, the Warriors’ average first-quarter margin is +6.04. The Spurs are second at +2.98. The Spurs remain ahead of the Warriors on the overall marks, +12.7 to +12.5, but this difference is more than accounted for in the fourth quarter, where the Warriors are -0.12 and the Spurs are an NBA-best +2.56. The Warriors’ average margin per overtime period is +4.0, best in the league.And here’s the same display of possible records we generated for the Warriors above, but for the Spurs. 601<0.1>99.9 56360.1100.0 57880.299.9 6223724.794.0 The Warriors are shooting 46.3 percent from three on “wide open” (defender more than 6 feet away) threes, best in the league. They also lead the league in “open” threes at 41 percent and “tight” coverage threes at 37.3 percent. They do fall to fourth in “very tight” threes (36.1 percent) but have taken only 36 of those all season. 6321<0.1>99.9 WINSSIMSCHANCE OF EXACTLY THIS MANY WINSCHANCE OF AT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 6114502.996.9 782430.50.5 64502210.082.2 Steph Curry is 11 for 24 on threes from 30 feet or more, according to nbawowy.com. Six of those shots (and one of the makes) were from beyond half court, meaning he’s 10 for 18 between 30 feet and the center line. (The rest of the Warriors are 1 for 14 from 30-plus.) Consider this a reminder that Ben Morris dug into Steph’s imperious shot selection in December. 66715314.359.7 67710514.245.4 582030.499.7 6947919.618.5 If the Warriors completely gave up the 3-pointer and shot none of them per game from this point forward, the Timberwolves, who take the fewest threes per game, would need 50 games to catch up in attempts and 83 games to catch up in makes, pulling even right around the 137th game of the season. 591<0.1%100.0% 723790.80.9 Our colleagues at ESPN Stats & Info once again have a less optimistic outlook, today giving the Warriors a 37 percent chance of hitting 73 or more wins. The explanation for the difference in the two models is the same as it was in December, when we were also more bullish than our colleagues: We devised a different rating system, called CARM-Elo, which allows good (or bad) runs of play in the simulations to inform a team’s simulated strength through the rest of the simulated season. Basically, this means that it allows for extreme performance to be reflected in the results, and the Warriors are certainly extreme.Still, all of the back-and-forth over exactly how good the Warriors are is more than a little backward. Any serious debate over whether Golden State is an all-time team dried up months ago; all that’s left now is the dreary accounting of decimal points next to the team’s name. Screw that. NBA nerds slapfighting over some grandiose meaning of the Warriors is boring — it’s the spectacle that matters, the crossovers and no-looks and nonsense transition threes, and how those feats of skill translate to the stat sheet. That in mind, here’s a bunch of Warriors facts aimed at appreciating the wild mess they’re accomplishing this season, rather than simply measuring it.The Warriors would have to miss their next 545 3-pointers to bring their team mark of 42.4 percent down to the level of the league-worst Lakers, at 31.5 percent. 50,000 CARM-Elo simulations of the Spurs’ season with data through Feb. 18Before Thursday night’s loss, the Spurs’ chance for 70 wins was 19.4 percent. With the loss, it fell to 8.9 — still absurdly high, but well back of the Warriors.Andrew Flowers and Jay Boice contributed research. read more

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Charges Dismissed Against UNC Player Accused of Sexual Battery

Former North Carolina football player Allen Artis takes questions from the media in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a North Carolina football player for misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female student.Allen Artis was charged in September and attorneys on both sides said last week they were preparing to go to trial in July. Instead, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall signed a document Thursday allowing for the dismissal of the charges because “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”Artis, flanked by his attorneys and joined by family members, said in a news conference on campus Thursday afternoon that he was thankful the case was resolved.“I’ve lost a lot,” Artis said, pausing once to fight back tears. “My grades have suffered. I had to change my graduation date, and my postgraduate plans have suffered, and just career plans — like moving forward with my life, searching for a job. It’s going to be hard.”Artis, a reserve linebacker from Marietta, Ga., has been indefinitely suspended from the team amid the case. He said last week he is still enrolled at UNC and is “keeping my options open” about returning to football.In a statement from the school, UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham said Artis is “eligible for reinstatement” to the football program.“Coach [Larry] Fedora and I look forward to meeting with Allen and his family soon to discuss the next steps moving forward,” Cunningham said.According to an arrest warrant, Artis had sex with the student against her will in February 2016 when he should have known she was “mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.” The warrant also said he pulled on her bra strap “causing an indentation on her shoulder/back.”Artis has said they had consensual sex and denied wrongdoing. His attorneys have said UNC determined he didn’t violate campus policy in his contact with the student, while a misconduct decision could have led to his expulsion.The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but the woman — Delaney Robinson — held a September news conference with her attorney Denise Branch, saying she had filed for the misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors indicated there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue felony charges.“The parties worked diligently at mediation to resolve this matter to their mutual satisfaction resulting in a dismissal of the charges,” Branch said in a statement. “The resolution is confidential. Delaney has suffered immeasurably and hoped that today’s resolution could begin her healing.”The case was originally scheduled to go to trial in December. Attorneys for both sides met with a judge for several hours to discuss pretrial motions last week with the trial set to start July 18.“These are difficult cases,” Woodall told The Associated Press on Thursday evening. “They’re difficult for all the individuals involved. And I hope everybody can move on from this.” read more

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OLYMPIC GIRLS South Korea – the fifth team in Rio 2016

← Previous Story Rafael Baena extends with Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2018 Next Story → SHOCK THERAPY: Chartres sack Mahe senior! South Korea extended tradition of representing Asia at the Olympic Games by qualifying for Rio 2016! Korean girls showed class among the other Asian handball nations with four easy wins in for matches at qualification tournament in Japanese city of Nagoja.Korea beat Japan 35:21 (17:11) in the decisive match for the first place and VISA for Brazil.STANDINGS:South Korea 8Japan 6China 4Kazakhstan 2Uzbekistan 0South Korea are the fifth team in Rio’s women’s tournament. Brazil, Norway, Angola and Argentina are already there. The sixth team will be the World Champion from Denmark 2015, while the other six will qualify through three Olympic qualification tournaments which will be played in period March 17 -20. olympic gamessouth korea read more

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A Donegal meat plant and abattoir is being occupied by its former

first_img CONCERN HAS BEEN expressed over the futures of 55 workers at a Co Donegal meat plant being occupied over a dispute involving the premises’ owners and a bank appointed receiver.Justice Paul Gilligan at the High Court expressed his concern about the employees after being told workers at Edenmore Farm Meats Ltd, which leases the plant at Lifford, had been threatened and intimidated.The plant has not been operating after a number of people allegedly illegally barricaded themselves into the plant over a dispute about the takeover of the premises by a bank-appointed receiver.Last week the High Court gave permission to AIB and its receiver Luke Charleton to serve at short notice proceedings against the former owner of the plant Liam McGavigan, his brother Ciaran and unknown others allegedly occupying the plant.When the matter returned before Justice Gilligan today, Andrew Walker Bl said he represented Edenmore Farm Meats Ltd, the company which counsel said has leased the Lifford premises from the owners.Counsel said company’s 55 employees are “not working”, had been subjected to threats of violence and would not return to the premises until “matters are sorted out.”Counsel said his client had forewarned the receiver in October that the premises could be occupied.In his action, the receiver is seeking orders preventing interference with his ability to run and dispose of the plant as part of AIB’s proceedings to recover debts to it by Liam McGavigan relating to three properties, the main one being the meat plant.It is claimed the two McGavigans, along with others, have effectively shut down operations there by the sit-in.Walsh told the court last week that it appeared the McGavigans and a number of others had barricaded themselves into the plant such that it cannot now be accessed by the receiver.Liam McGavigan had gone to local media in Donegal to say he had “retaken possession of the abattoir because there is some form of rental dispute”, Walsh said.Walsh added it appeared it was being used as “to stage a political sit-in”.Comments have been disabled for legal reasons. Read: Gardaí investigating alleged sexual assault in Donegal >Read: It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator’s €2,000 expense claims > A Donegal meat plant and abattoir is being “occupied” by its former owner Liam McGavigan had gone to local media saying he had “retaken possession of the abattoir” Image: Shutterstock/mikeledray Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 9:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3110228 15,557 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/mikeledray Share44 Tweet Email1 Nov 29th 2016, 9:00 PM Short URL By Aodhan O Faolainlast_img read more

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Greek minister slams EU over migration suggests opening borders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alternate Citizens Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis complained that the European Union’s immigration policy has imposed a disproportionately heavy burden on Greece, indicating that Greece’s European peers might feel differently if the country opened its borders and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to continue their journeys to other EU member states.He claimed that money from the EU to accommodate undocumented migrants is not a solution, as the country must deal with the “social and other repercussions of wars and civil strife,” referring to the conflict-ridden countries from which most migrants come. “We should share that influx,” Panousis said.“I would open the borders and let 500,000 people into other countries, and then we’ll see how sensitive Europe is about [the problem],” he said.Panousis’s comments, made to Vima FM radio, drew a sharp response from New Democracy’s press spokesman Costas Karagounis, who described them as “a bad joke.”The comments came a day after Panousis announced that migrants will not be held for more than 18 months in Greek detention centres which are to gradually close down.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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YouTube 4 milliards de vidéos vuespar jour

first_imgYouTube: 4 milliards de vidéos vues…par jourNouveau cap pour le service de streaming de Google. Ce sont près de quatre milliards de vidéos qui sont visionnées sur YouTube rien qu’en une journée.Quatre milliards de vidéos par jour. Le chiffre est incroyable et pourtant une réalité pour YouTube, le service de streaming vidéo de Google. Selon Reuters, le site aurait enregistré en 8 mois une croissance de 25%, due aux déclinaisons du service au cours de l’année 2011 sur les plateformes mobiles, smartphones, tablettes mais aussi téléviseurs via les boitiers multimédias ou télévisions connectées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?YouTube est aussi utilisé pour stocker des clips en ligne et les internautes semblent de plus en plus plébisciter l’envoi vers les serveurs de Google. Ainsi, 60 heures de vidéo sont mises en ligne sur le site chaque minute, contre 40 au dernier relevé en mai 2011.Google a travaillé cette année à simplifier l’ergonomie et l’intégration de YouTube au sein de ses différents services. Cela passe par une interface totalement revue et épurée avec des options bien plus mises en valeur, et une passerelle avec Google +, les deux services s’imbriquant dès la connexion de l’utilisateur à son compte Google.Désormais, outre la vidéo, YouTube est devenu en terme de requêtes le deuxième moteur de recherche au monde, derrière évidemment sa maison-mère Google. Pour rappel, le premier milliard de vidéos vues au quotidien avait été atteint en octobre 2009 et en 2011, 2 000 milliards de clips ont été visionnés durant l’année.  Le 24 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une chasse aux oies prolongée pour la science

first_imgUne chasse aux oies prolongée “pour la science”Une “dérogation à des fins scientifiques”, permettant de prolonger la chasse aux oies jusqu’au 10 février, devait être examinée par le Conseil national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage vendredi dernier. Il s’agirait de mieux connaître l’origine de ces oies.Normalement, la date de clôture de la chasse aux oies cendrées est fixée au 31 janvier par le Conseil d’Etat dans le but de préserver leurs migrations naturelles. Après la date limite, ces oies effectuent leurs vols prénuptiaux. Mais cette année, la chasse pourrait bénéficier d’un délai supplémentaire. En effet, une dérogation à cet arrêt aurait été préparée le 30 janvier, sans l’avis du groupe d’expertise d’experts scientifiques sur les oiseaux et leur chasse, par Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, la ministre de l’écologie et du développement durable, à la demande de l’Elysée qui recevait le jour-même, deux associations de chasseurs. À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasCette dérogation permettrait en fait de continuer la chasse afin de déterminer l’origine des oies chassées sur le territoire français, a expliqué la Fédération nationale des chasseurs (FNC). Plus précisément, 200 oies devraient être chassées pour savoir d’où elles viennent. L’argument utilisé ? En Hollande, les oies cendrées sont massivement chassées en raison des dégâts qu’elles provoquent sur les cultures. Ainsi, les chasseurs français estiment que certaines de ces oies hollandaises pourraient être en train de migrer sur la France. Chasser ces oies pourraient donc “aider” les Pays-Bas dans leur combat. Une hypothèse qui révolte bon nombre de spécialistes et organisations, dénonçant un prétexte scientifique fallacieux.”Les données de marquages d’oiseaux indiquent que les oies hollandaises ne viennent pas en France. Ces oies sont très abondantes mais c’est une population qui ne migre quasiment pas”, a expliqué Olivier Dehorter, biologiste au Muséum d’histoire naturelle et membre du GEOC. “Aucun argument en plaide en faveur d’une prolongation de la période de chasse des oies, car elles commencent leur migration de plus en plus tôt”, a-t-il ajouté. De plus, il serait compliqué de bien déterminer les migrations des oies françaises. Le 7 février 2012 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pixel 3 Lite and 3 XL Lite possibly identified in FCC filings

first_img Review • Pixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 Google Pixel 3 $799 34 Photos Pixel 3 struts a polished and compact design Share your voice $849 $589 Phones Preview • Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Google’s nicest Pixel might lack that killer feature Walmart Now playing: Watch this: $812 10 tips and tricks for the Pixel 3 FCC Rumors Google 2:33 See It See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 (64GB, not pink) News • Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code The Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Angela Lang/CNET Shortly after Google introduced its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagship phones last year, rumors began to circulate that the company was planning to release cheaper versions of the devices. Unofficially called the Pixel 3 Lite and 3 XL Lite, the phones may have been spotted Monday in new FCC filings, 9to5Google reports. The Lite phones would be more affordable than the original Pixels, giving potential midrange phone buyers more options to consider.Earlier this month, it was suspected that the new phones were listed under the model numbers G020B, for the 3 Lite, and G020F, for the 3 XL Lite. Now six new additional listings popped up under Google’s name that could point to three different variants for each phone (possibly for different storage options). SAR levels and radiation reports, which every phone has to comply to with the FCC, were also included in the filings.The report lists a confidentiality agreement with the FCC that ends in August as well. Google usually debuts Pixel phones in October, which could mean that the Lite phones will roll out before the successors to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are announced. A few rumored specs for the Pixel 3 Lite include a Snapdragon 670 processor, a plastic body and the same camera as the Pixel 3. It may also be available through the US carrier Verizon by spring.Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Sprint See It 0 Tags Post a comment Best Buy See itlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly May 5 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioOil Producers Get Break On Alaska Property TaxesThe Associated PressPublic documents show Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration worked out a deal with Alaska’s major oil producers that allows the companies to withhold tens of millions of dollars in property taxes.Alaska GOP Aims To Block Party CoupsAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Alaska Republican Party has taken measures to prevent a takeover by libertarian and Tea Party activists. The new rules say a person has to be registered as a Republican for at least four years before seeking a top leadership position, and they require all candidates for the party’s statewide offices to be vetted by a special committee before they can run. The rules were adopted on Saturday, at the Alaska Republican Party’s biannual convention.Alaska Villages Find Success With Wind-Diesel Energy CombinationJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageIt’s hard to use wind as a main power source because it fluctuates. But four small Alaskan villages have succeeded in creating an innovative wind-diesel system that works even in harsh, variable weather conditions.‘Second Shake’ Rattles Noatak, Northwest Brooks RangeMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeJust two weeks after the strongest earthquake in the region in more than 30 years, residents of Noatak and others near the far western edge of the Brooks Range felt another series of powerful quakes over the weekend.Warm, Dry Weather Prompts Southeast Alaska Fire WarningEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA fire warning issued last week for northern Southeast Alaska has been expanded to the whole region.Breakup Underway Along Yukon RiverEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksBreakup along the Yukon River is underway. Warm temperatures over the weekend and low water levels mean river ice is rotting in place before it has a chance to jam up.State Hurrying To Update Rural Infrastructure Before Federal Dollars DiminishZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeFederal money for rural infrastructure is drying up, and state agencies are overhauling projects while they still can. With Alaska’s brief construction season about to begin, state officials are hurrying to bring airfields, roads, and other Bush infrastructure up to standard before funds get scarce.Burst Water Pipe Likely Cause For Skagway Ferry Dock SinkingMargaret Friedenauer, KHNS – HainesState transportation officials agree that a burst water pipe likely caused the Skagway ferry dock to sink last month. Repairs continue in hopes of getting the dock operational and returning ferry service to the Southeast community within the next week.The state is making repairs and some modifications to the dock now that it’s floating again.Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says it’s not yet known how much the salvage and repairs from the sinking will cost the state.Woodrow says the state is hoping to resume ferry service to Skagway on May 11. A final decision on that timeline will be made later this week, he said.Alaska Airlines Center Adds New Dining OptionJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageWith around four months left until it’s slated to open, the University of Alaska Anchorage is tweaking the design of its new sports complex. The university has decided to add a new restaurant in an effort to draw in the surrounding community.Juneau Considers Solutions To Housing ShortageCasey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauCity officials are hoping to address Juneau’s longstanding housing shortage by opening more public land to development.The Juneau Planning Commission recently recommended about 150 acres of city-owned land on Pederson Hill be rezoned to allow a residential neighborhood to be built. The idea is to copy the early 20th century-style subdivisions of downtown Juneau and Douglas. But not everybody is happy about the proposal.last_img read more

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Xbox Developer Says Scorpio is a FullBlown NextGen System

first_imgA few months ago, I wrote an editorial where I talked about how Microsoft’s Project Scorpio sounds like a next-generation system rather than an upgraded Xbox One. Microsoft itself hasn’t fully explained whether or not Scorpio is or isn’t a next-gen console, but at least one Xbox developer believes that it is.Over on NeoGAF, Ori and the Blind Forest creator, Thomas Mahler, answered questions about whether or not the Scorpio was powerful enough to be considered next-gen or if the system was merely just an update like Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. He gave a rather definitive answer.“Scorpio isn’t just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is…), but a full-blown next-gen machine that’s just backwards-compatible to your current library.”What’s interesting about this statement is that it goes against what Microsoft and Xbox head Phil Spencer have said in the past. Microsoft has stated that the Scorpio will end console generations entirely — a statement that Xbox head Phil Spencer has also echoed. On top of that, Spencer said that Xbox games would be both backward and forwards compatible. Though Mahler says Scorpio represents an entirely new generation, Microsoft hasn’t made such a claim.Yesterday, Digital Foundry released a story about a leaked whitepaper it had received on Project Scorpio. Among other things, the document said that Scorpio would be 4.2 times more powerful than the Xbox One. As I said in my editorial, that jump in power makes it seem as though Scorpio is a next-gen system. In that sense, Mahler’s belief that Scorpio is a next-gen console isn’t unwarranted.Project Scorpio is slated to be released during this year’s holiday season. We can’t say when Microsoft will officially unveil the system, but it’s safe to assume we’ll see something for it before or during this year’s Xbox E3 press conference. Hopefully, we’ll find out once and for all if Project Scorpio is an update or if it’s truly a next-gen console.last_img read more

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Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

first_img___‘ALL SET TO DIE’First-born sons weren’t selected, to protect family heirs in feudalistic-minded Japan. Tezuka, then a student at the prestigious University of Tokyo, had six brothers and one sister and wasn’t the eldest. So he was a good pick, he says with a sad laugh.He was given a five-day leave to visit his parents. He didn’t have the heart to tell them he had been tapped to be a suicide bomber.There was one absolute about being a kamikaze, he says: “You go, and it’s over.”He survived only because Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender on a radio broadcast, just as he was on a train headed to take off on his kamikaze attack.“I had been all set to die,” he says. “My mind went absolutely blank.”He was 23. Now, at 93, he notes that he has lived four times as long as many kamikaze.He loved flying the Zero fighter, so much so that he couldn’t stomach flying a commercial jet after the war. And so sick of war that he didn’t want to join the military, he started an import-consultant business.He often visited American farmers. He never told them he had been a kamikaze.A burly man with a quick wit, Tezuka hands a reporter a sepia-toned photo of himself as a Zero fighter, grinning in a helmet, the trademark white silk scarf at his neck. When they did it for real, they were instructed to send a final wireless message in Morse code, and keep holding that signal. In the transmission room, they knew the pilot had died when a long beep ended in silence.Yoshiomi Yanai, 93, survived because he could not locate his target — a rare error for a kamikaze operation. He visits the Tsukuba facility often.“I feel so bad for all the others who died,” he says, bemoaning the fate of comrades who died so young, never having really experienced life.Yanai still keeps what he had intended to be his last message to his parents. It’s an album that he keeps carefully wrapped in a traditional furoshiki cloth. He plastered the pages with photos of him laughing with colleagues and other happy moments. He got a pilot friend to add ink drawings of the Zero.“Father, Mother, I’m taking off now. I will die with a smile,” Yanai wrote in big letters on the opening pages. “I was not a filial son but please forgive me. I will go first. And I will be waiting for you.”Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, who wrote about the kamikaze in his 2008 book, “Danger’s Hour,” says the kamikaze were driven by nothing but self-sacrifice. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Hayashi hardly talked about his kamikaze days to his children. They remember him as a dad who loved classical music, took them to amusement parks and loved cats so much he adopted strays.“I think of the many men I killed with my pencil, and I apologize for having killed them in vain,” he said.He often said he wanted his ashes to be scattered into the sea near the southern islands of Okinawa, where his men had died.Until then, he said, his war would never be over.He died of pancreatic cancer at age 93 on June 4. His family plans to honor his request.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this April 23, 2015 photo, Hisashi Tezuka, a kamikaze who survived because the war ended, holds a picture of himself as a kamikaze pilot in 1945 during exclusive interview with the Associated Press at his home in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. He was the kamikaze, “the divine wind,” ordered to fly their planes into certain death. The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey and data kept at the library at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo estimate that about 2,500 of them died during the war. Some history books give higher numbers. About one in every five kamikaze planes managed to hit an enemy target. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Before he flew on his last mission, he sent her two tiny pendants he had carved out of cockpit glass — one a heart, the other a tiny Zero. The hazy crystalline heart has the letters T and M, their initials, carved on top of each other.Negishi wore the pendants just once. She kept them in a box for 70 years.She recently donated the jewelry to a memorial for the Tsukuba Naval Air Corps, a command and training center for kamikaze in Kasama, north of Tokyo. Community volunteers determined to preserve the memory of the kamikaze are trying to block plans to tear down the building from that period.Though other memorials exist for kamikaze, no one, until recently, had bothered to look into or document the history of the Tsukuba building.“Someone has to remember. It hurts too much if we don’t,” Negishi says in a forthcoming film made by the volunteers.Volunteers have put up an exhibition of photos, letters, helmets, pieces of the Zero and other remnants from that period. Among them is Kanai’s final letter to his family: “I don’t know where to begin,” he wrote. “Rain is falling softly. A song is playing quietly on the radio. It’s a peaceful evening. We’ll wait for the weather to clear up and fly on our mission. If it hadn’t been for this rain, I’d be long gone by now.” The job of overseeing and training Ohka pilots, and ultimately sending them to certain death, fell to Fujio Hayashi, then 22.Hayashi believes Ohka might never have happened if there had been no volunteers when the concept was first suggested.He was one of the first two volunteers for Ohka. Dozens followed.But he could never stop blaming himself, wondering whether his early backing helped bring it about. When he finally saw one of the flimsy gliders, he felt duped; many thought it looked like a joke.Over the decades, Hayashi was tormented by guilt for having sent dozens of young men to their deaths “with my pencil,” as he put it, referring to how he had written the names for Ohka assignments each day. To squelch any suspicion of favoritism, he sent his favorite pilots first.After the war, Hayashi joined the military, called the Self-Defense Forces, and attended memorials for the dead pilots. He consoled families and told everyone how gentle the men had been. They smiled right up to their deaths, he said, because they didn’t want anyone to mourn or worry.“Every day, 365 days a year, whenever I remember those who died, tears start coming. I have to run into the bathroom and weep. While I’m there weeping, I feel they’re vibrantly alive within my heart, just the way they were long ago,” he wrote in his essay “The Suicidal Drive.” When he started his research, he expected to find fanaticism. He was stunned to find they were very much like Americans or young people anywhere else in the world, “who were extraordinarily patriotic but at the same time extraordinarily idealistic.”Kennedy stressed that kamikaze have little in common with suicide bombers today. Japan was engaged in conventional war, and, above all, kamikaze had no choice, he said. Civilians were not targets.“They were looking out for each other,” he says, in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “If he didn’t get in the plane that morning, his roommate would have to go.”___KILLING WITH A PENCILThough the Zero was used in kamikaze missions, it was not designed for the task. The Ohka was. It was a glider packed with bombs and powered by tiny rockets, built to blow up. They were taken near the targets, hooked on to the bottom of planes, and then let go.Ohka means cherry blossom, and to this day kamikaze are associated with the briefly glorious trees.Americans called it the “Baka bomb.” Baka is the Japanese word for idiot. Because their cruise range was so limited, they were easily shot down. How do cataracts affect your vision? 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories One of the eeriest photos on display is a woman decked out in a bridal kimono, sitting with dozens of family members and grasping a framed picture of her dead fiance, a kamikaze. The bride in that post-mortem wedding, Mutsue Kogure, stares into the camera, expressionless.The last letter Nobuaki Fujita, 22, wrote to her is also on display.“In my next life, and in my life after that, and in the one after that, please marry me,” he wrote. “Mutsue, goodbye. Mutsue, Mutsue, Mutsue, Mutsue, the ever so gentle, my dearest Mutsue.”___A SURVIVOR’S GUILTSeventy years after the end of World War II, the runway that once stretched at Tsukuba is long gone. But the rows of cherry blossoms still stand.In another corner of the Tsukuba grounds, an underground bomb shelter winds in pitch darkness through several chambers. It was designed to serve as an emergency command, should the main building be demolished in a U.S. bombing. It’s a reminder of the illusory determination that gripped the imperialist forces, to keep fighting, no matter what.In training, the pilots repeatedly zoomed perilously, heading practically straight down, to practice crashing. They had to reverse course right before hitting the ground and rise back into the sky, a tremendous G-force dragging on their bodies. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 0 Comments   Share   “That’s to keep warm. It gets really cold up there,” he says.He picks up a miniature toy Zero, a gift from his daughter, and smiles as he turns on its buzzing propeller motor.He recalls training, flying in a dazzling formation over forests and lakes. It was so breathtaking you could almost forget the war.“Do you know what a rainbow looks like when you’re flying?” he asks, his eyes aglow with childlike excitement. “It’s a perfect circle.”___PILOTS’ SWEETHEARTSZero pilots were the heartthrobs of the era. In fading photographs, they pose in portraits, hugging shoulders, wearing big smiles, seemingly oblivious to what lay ahead. Their goggles are flipped cockily over their helmets, their scarves tucked under their jackets.The Zero won accolades, even from the enemy. Some Japanese enlisted just to fly the Zero.Masao Kanai died on a kamikaze mission near Okinawa in 1945. He was 23.Under a program that encouraged students to support the imperialist military, he had been pen pals with a 17-year-old schoolgirl, Toshi Negishi. All in all, they exchanged 200 letters.They tried to go on a date, just once, when he had a rare opportunity to get out of training and visit Tokyo. But that was March 10, 1945, right after the massive air raids known as the firebombing of Tokyo. So they never met. Hisashi Tezuka recalls that a few of his colleagues quickly wrote their replies and strutted away. But he and most of the others stayed for what felt like hours, unable to decide.He did not know then if anyone had dared to refuse. He learned later that the few who did were simply told to pick the right answer.Tezuka so wanted to be honest to his feelings he crossed out the second choice and wrote his own answer: “I will join.”“I did not want to say I wished it. I didn’t wish it,” he told The Associated Press at his apartment in a Tokyo suburb.They were the kamikaze, “the divine wind,” ordered to fly their planes into certain death. The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey and data kept at the library at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo estimate that about 2,500 of them died during the war. Some history books give higher numbers. About one in every five kamikaze planes managed to hit an enemy target.Books and movies have depicted them as crazed suicide bombers who screamed “Banzai” as they met their end. But interviews with survivors and families by The Associated Press, as well as letters and documents, offer a different portrait — of men driven by patriotism, self-sacrifice and necessity. The world they lived in was like that multiple-choice form: It contained no real options. KASAMA, Japan (AP) — The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: “I passionately wish to join,” ”I wish to join,” and “I don’t wish to join.”This was 1945. Many were university students who had been previously exempt from service, but now Japan was running out of troops.last_img read more

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Curacaos national carrier to add capacity for the upcoming Caribbean conference

first_imgCuracao’s national carrier, InselAir, has announced additional seats into the country for the upcoming Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), which is scheduled for October 21 to 23 at the World Trade Centre in Willemstad.The airline has agreed to add capacity from St Maarten and Trinidad into Curacao on October 19 and out of Curacao on October 24, so as to facilitate travel for the region’s premier tourism event.The airline’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Kluyver said that the conference is important for regional tourism, so the airline felt it necessary to help make it easier for delegates to attend.“InselAir has always stressed the importance of working together with airports, governments and other parties to the benefit of the local economies and the development of tourism, on which most of the Caribbean countries rely. The SOTIC 2015 is a great opportunity to share insights, knowledge, trends, developments and address issues in order to constructively work together for the benefit of the industry and our countries,” Kluyver said.InselAir has a good relationship with the CTO and has contributed to SOTIC in the past. The CTO’s Secretary General Hugh Riley welcomed the airline’s gesture, along with other developments which aid the process of getting to and from the conference.“We are extremely happy that regional and international carriers have come together to make a way for people who are coming to the conference in Curacao to get there more efficiently, more conveniently and hopefully more cost effectively. Altogether we are all making a statement that it is important for the carriers to make sure that Caribbean people can travel around the region more efficiently for whatever reason – for vacations, for business, for conferences – we need to be able to travel and stay in the Caribbean when we are attending Caribbean events,” he said.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Regent Seven Seas Crui

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises have reaffirmed the value delivered by specialist luxury travel agents in supporting the growth of their local business operations.Australia has emerged as the fastest-growing global market for both RSSC and OCI with close to 95% of the business coming from trade – enabling revenue to double within two years of opening a local Australian office.With high average ticket prices generating top-level commissions across both cruise lines, both RSSC and OCI, have been able to harness the expertise of agents as the first choice for consumer bookings, and – at the same time – leveraging this expertise for the best air and cruise package deals.“High touch is at the centre of luxury travel with a key focus on in-person consultations and customised trip planning, and specialist travel agents play a critical and instrumental role in crafting these authentic, bespoke cruise experiences on our premium lines – adding genuine value for sophisticated, well-travelled guests looking for something unique,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.“We have a strict policy of working closely with our travel partners to finalise bookings – never undercutting them on pricing or value add promotions. This is how we have built complete trust with the distribution network – resulting in significant sales increases.”Both RSSC and OCI have policies and work with travel agents to handle these through a team of outbound call centre consultants, who are responsible for leads, referrals and lapsed previous travellers conversion.RSSC and OCI are led by Lisa Pile and Steve McLaughlin, both of whom come with decades of experience in working with travel partners in the luxury space, as well as a sales team assisting travel agent partners at every stage of the booking process via a Sydney contact centre. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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