Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 6th Greek Australian Short Film Festival taking place later this year is calling for submissions. This is an exciting event, supporting filmmakers from around the globe who are Greek or of Greek decent and covers all genres including animation. Set to screen as part of the Greek Film Festival in Australia, the event runs in all major cities and so is a great opportunity and platform for filmmakers to share their work with a large and wide ranging audience. There will be a National (Australian) and an International category, with each recipient of Best Film in their respective sections receiving a cash prize of $1000. Films will be judged by prominent Greek Australians from the media and entertainment industry. To be considered for the festival the short film must meet ONE of the following requirements:– One or more of the line creatives (writers, producers, directors) are Greek or of Greek heritage – The film is thematically Greek in nature – A lead actor is Greek or of Greek heritage. To submit your submission, visit www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1…For further enquiries, email email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/GreekAustralianShortFilmFestivalWhen: Submission deadline is Friday 31 July, 2015Where: Nationally and worldwide
For Time.com, it meant killing “deks” on the homepage. “One of the things we came to realize was that the way people browse the Web has evolved into a ‘quick-scan’ mindset, which is very different from how they read print media,” says Sean Villafranca, design director, Time.com. “This is why we decided to do away with story summaries and designed with headlines only.”With editors and writers, Villafranca says Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel “put the impetus on them to create more compelling and concise headlines, so that they wouldn’t have to rely on a dek to make it more interesting.”Wiping the Slate CleanFor Time.com’s most recent redesign, launched last October, Villafranca and his team took inventory of the existing site, then established a hierarchy of how the content would be presented. “We moved blocks of content around different areas on the page to see how a user’s eye would track.”Ultimately, a modular design offers flexibility down the road. “If we feel that the multimedia module should go higher on the page, we can easily do that.” MacKenzie agrees: “If you are a content site, make it easy to keep it fresh. You could have the best looking homepage in the world—if it’s static, it’s useless.”Striking a BalanceAnother challenge is striking a balance between the needs of ad sales and editorial.“The biggest challenge we had, and will continue to have, is balancing the needs of the business side of the operation with the creative/editorial side,” says MacKenzie. “We often have very different ideas about the homepage and how it should represent the brand as a whole. But the business side recognizes that the creative/editorial side is what truly differentiates the site from any other in the space—it defines the Motor Trend brand.”This is important, he says, because the lead generation side of the business is largely becoming commoditized. “The brand adds value because it creates a community of interest that will come to the site regularly,” MacKenzie says. “We have seen clear evidence this recently—lead gen has been hit by the economic downturn, but the number of visitors to the homepage”—in other words, visitors who have not come to the site through search engines—“has remained strong.” ResultsMotortrend.com’s traffic has grown gradually since an initial major redesign of the site in 2006, from approximately one million unique visitors and six million page views per month to more than three million uniques and 17 million to 18 million page views. “It is hard to know what effect the design has had on the overall numbers,” MacKenzie says. “Stories that reach the top of the home page flash box tend to perform better than stories that do not make it there.” Adding the “Wide Open Throttle” box to the homepage—a blog-style content aggregation piece with 15-20 posts a day—has resulted in 600,000 additional page views per month. SIDEBAR5 Web Site Design Mistakes to Avoid• Don’t let designers design in a vacuum—solicit opinions from stakeholders as early in the process as possible.• Don’t get stuck on one design—try/solicit new ideas.• Don’t let ad folks dictate the direction.• Don’t get too carried away with bells and whistles.• Don’t strip away too much editorial in an effort to de-clutter the site. Much attention is paid to what content management system or other back-end architecture a Web site should have—and with good reason.But a smooth-running site that looks terrible won’t win readers or advertisers.For Motor Trend, designing a homepage with eye-catching visual effects (MT users are big on photos, as automobiles are, inherently, a very visual subject) and, of course, space for ads, was no exception.“The challenge is trying to get as much editorial content out on the homepage as possible without overwhelming the design and making it too cluttered,” says Angus MacKenzie, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief.
In a deal said to be worth over $800 million, CRM provider and cloud computing company Salesforce will purchase social media software provider Buddy Media. Originally reported by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka, it’s believed Buddy Media accepted Salesforce’s bid over an offer from Google.Another report from TechCrunch says the $800 million price tag may be an underestimate, as Anthony Ha writes, “Now our sources say the price may be considerably higher depending on the equity component of the deal. That may put it more in the neighborhood of $1 billion.” The deal follows an overhaul of Buddy’s products, including a unified social data API; conversion, campaign and goal tracking across paid, owned and earned social media efforts; and a new mobile content development platform. The company also now offers a social application for Pinterest, as well as social media analytics through a partnership with comScore.The acquisition is drawing comparisons to Oracle’s recent acquisition of social media marketing group Vitrue, a deal valued at $300 million. The purchased companies both bring a social media component to businesses known for other services (Salesforce’s CRM is used by sellers throughout the publishing industry, while Oracle is best known for its software offerings). It also brings former Salesforce SVP of industry verticals Susan St. Ledger back to the company, as she now serves as Buddy Media’s president. This deal marks the second major acquisition for Salesforce in just over a year: The company purchased social network monitor Radian6 for $326 million in March 2011. Buddy Media is used throughout the magazine industry, with major players such as Rodale and Hearst signed on to its services. Prevention tapped Buddy to add sweepstakes and newsletter registration to its Facebook page, while Hearst partnered with the company to produce branded social media applications (“sapplets”) for several of its titles.
Petco has since responded regarding the steer’s visit. “We mean it when we say ALL leashed pets are welcome in our stores,” the company said on Facebook Tuesday. Good to know Petco doesn’t have a beef with leashed farm animals stopping by. Badass animal GoPro photos More animal news 31 Photos Sci-Tech Tags African Watusi steers don’t look like the typical cow. They weigh an impressive 1,000 to 1,600 pounds (454 to 726 kilograms).Their unusually large horns have the largest circumference found in any cattle breed. The largest horns have been measured as 37.5 inches (95.25 centimeters) by the Guinness World Records in 2003.”We decided to take a chance and call Petco’s bluff on the ‘All leashed pets are welcome’ policy; the awesome crew at Petco – Atascocita did not disappoint!” Browning posted on his Facebook page. “They welcomed Oliver the African Watusi with open arms,” Browning continued. “The staff members here are always super friendly and courteous to us.” This docile African Watusi steer named Oliver receives a very warm welcome at a Texas Petco store. Shelly Lumpkin/Facebook Adoring pet owners who love taking their cats and dogs wherever they go know they can bring their furry friends inside retail pet food store Petco. But two Texas ranchers decided to test Petco’s policy that “all leashed pets are welcome in the store” by bringing in their beloved bovine. Ranchers Vincent Browning and Shelly Lumpkin put a leash on their African Watusi steer and took him into their local Petco in Atascocita this week, according to news reports. Browning’s steer, named Oliver, is famous in his own right, having a Facebook page of his own with 34,817 followers. 2 Comments Curious koala in Australia sneaks inside a parked car to cool off Watch a kangaroo attack a landing paraglider in Australia Romeo, the ‘world’s loneliest frog,’ finally gets a crack at love Share your voice
Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan talks about his expectations for this year’s legislative session in his office at the Alaska State Capitol. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said he expects that the $3.5 billion budget deficit will dominate the agenda during this legislative session. But will anything be accomplished to fill that gap? That’s a different story.“I’m worried that it’s an election year, and all 40 members of the House are running,” Egan said. “Half of the Senate has to run this time because of reapportionment stuff.”Egan expects election-year politics will paralyze most lawmakers, and he said some will be in a big hurry to campaign in their home districts when April adjournment approaches.“I just hope that we don’t kick the can too far down the road,” Egan said.Egan thinks Gov. Bill Walker’s latest budget proposal is a good starting point with the combination of borrowing, restructuring the Alaska Permanent Fund and imposing new taxes. But he said some elements should’ve been rolled out earlier to get the discussion going sooner.Egan favors an income tax over a statewide sales tax since many municipalities generate their own revenue from sales taxes. “So, the best way to do it that I can think of is to raise some sort of an income tax again,” Egan said.The state repealed an old income tax in 1980 as the Alaska Permanent Fund was established.Earlier this month, Walker announced a formal hiring freeze to reduce the size of state government, although many departments already had an informal freeze on hiring new employees when he took office in December 2014. Egan is concerned that the hiring freeze will hurt Juneau without putting much of a dent in the deficit.“A vast majority of our community’s economy is through the state government and federal government,” Egan said. “But when one area cuts back, there’s a tendency for everybody to cut back somewhat.”Egan worries that education will be targeted for deep budget cuts this session.The Alaska Marine Highway System has already been hurt by last year’s cuts. Sitka, in particular, has had their service severely curtailed for this summer. The latest version of this summer’s schedule appears to restore part of that service. But Egan is not very optimistic.“You know, the issue is: ‘Cut the other guy, but don’t touch me.’ Perfect example is the marine highway system,” Egan said. “I just want to make darn sure that we’re not gutting the marine highway system so that it loses its functionality.”Egan complained that other lawmakers — especially those in the Railbelt — just don’t understand what the ferry system is designed to do and why it is so important to coastal communities.As was the case last year, Egan’s top legislative priority for this session involves giving public employees a choice of pensions.New employees are currently limited to a defined contribution retirement system that is flexible and portable from one employer to another. The legislation would restore a defined benefit pension that could share the risk of rising health care costs and guarantee a monthly benefit. Egan believes his bill will pick up steam this year. He said the big hook is the potential savings of $70 million over the next 10 years.“Believe it or not, I do have some Republican cosponsors on that,” Egan said. “We had two hearings on that last year, and we have promises from different committee chairs that we’ll have hearings again. Hopefully, we’re going to make some headway.”The Juneau Democrat, who is a member of the five-member minority in the Senate, hopes for a return someday to a version of the old bipartisan working group. He said its members were able to put partisan differences aside and get things done by working together.“Everyone has a good idea. It’s just how to implement it,” Egan said. “But there are some bad ideas out there.”Egan’s Senate District Q seat includes Juneau, Douglas, Gustavus, Haines and Skagway.The second regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is scheduled to adjourn April 17.
Courtesy of TenarisSteel pipe manufactured in Bay City, TX for use in the oil and gas industry 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share As the Trump Administration slogs through more than 20,000 requests for waivers from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the tariffs are already impacting the energy sector.Case in point: Bill New’s South Louisiana company New Industries, a specialty steel fabricator that builds things like huge pressured tanks for oil and gas companies.At a hearing last week, New told top U.S. trade officials how his 90-person company, which he calls “tiny” compared to oilfield service giants Halliburton and Schlumberger, has struggled with a 25 percent increase in raw steel costs.In an interview, New also said steel supplies have dropped, he presumes mostly because of “panic buying” when the tariffs were first announced.And how do the companies he sells to feel about all this?“Well, they’re not happy about having to pay more,” New laughs. “You know, because I’m certainly passing those increases on to my customers.”The industry group American Petroleum Institute also spoke to officials about the administration’s trade moves last week, telling them the existing tariffs are hitting about 100 products used in oil and gas production, and that future tariffs under consideration would cause more pain.Meanwhile, API adviser Aaron Padilla told officials the industry is worried about how further retaliation from China and the two countries’ strained relationship could hinder oil exports, which are a big part of the administration’s own goal of “energy dominance.”“China receives about 20 percent of total U.S. crude exports but can easily turn to other countries,” Padilla said, according to a transcript of the hearing. Listen
The X-Men aren’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, and it’ll be a while before we see any Mutants team up with (whatever’s left of) The Avengers onscreen. Until then, the rebooted X-Men series is continuing on as a separate entity. After X-Men: Days of Future Past retconned all the terrible decisions made by X-Men: The Last Stand, the slate was clean. They could adapt any story from the comics they wanted. We got X-Men: Apocalypse. They can’t all be winners. Also exciting though, they could redo classic stories the original run of movies got way wrong. That’s where Dark Phoenix comes in.The movie’s been through a delay and two weeks of reshoots, but we now have the first trailer. Definitive proof that X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a movie that’s coming out. And you know? It doesn’t look that bad. The current cast of the X-Men movies is great, and it’ll be fun to see an almost entirely new creative team take on this story. One major point in its favor: It looks nothing like X-Men: The Last Stand.It definitely looks like another one of these, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With the exception of Apocalypse, the X-Men movies since First Class have been enjoyable at least. The action looks good, and a more in-depth look into Jean Grey’s past could be interesting. There’s just not all that much new or exciting going on here. It’s another X-Men movie. It could be a very good one, but we won’t know for sure until it comes out. That might partially be because Phoenix isn’t a particularly flashy or strange-looking villain. She’s essentially a much more powerful, much more violent Jean Grey. That could actually work in the movie’s favor. No chance of a rubbery Apocalypse rearing its fake-looking head. Also, Sophie Turner is a great actor, and, as we’ve seen in Game of Thrones, she can play the duality in a role like Jean Grey/Phoenix very well.X-Men: Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters February 14, 2019.Photo via MarvelBefore we see Dark Phoenix though, there’s another non-MCU Marvel movie on the way. Venom comes out soon, which means it’s time for the actors to make the rounds and try to get as many fans into seats as possible. By now, we’ve seen almost all of the footage Sony Pictures is going to show us of the movie, so actor Tom Hardy is letting some interesting details about the making of the film loose. Specifically, how he chose to play the character. In an interview with RTE Entertainment, Hardy revealed he based his portrayal of Eddie Brock on UFC fighter Conor McGregor. Yeah. That certainly adds some context to what we’ve seen in the trailers. I mean, I’ve never personally heard McGregor talk about turds in the wind… but you can picture it, right?“There was an aspect the studio wanted somebody who could fight, which they always do in these sort of hero movies. They want somebody who can have a scrap. Conor obviously wants to have a scrap with everybody, so that’s useful,” he said. Well, he’s not wrong about that. And hey, Venom is also an unrepentant heel who’s only kept around because of the sheer amount of money he makes the company. But hey, an actor draws from all sorts of places when playing a role. Hardy says we’re not going to recognize anything specifically borrowed from the fighter. “It was more of an interior choice if that makes sense,” Hardy said.We’ll see many more of Hardy’s internal and external choices when Venom comes to theaters October 5.Sean Gunn (Photo via Marvel)Over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, drama and speculations are still rising from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn’s firing last summer. With the movie put on indefinite hold while Disney tries to line up a new director, questions about how much of Gunn’s vision will remain intact continue to be raised. Early reports said that while Gunn was out as director, Disney still wanted to use his script for the movie. An interview with the director’s brother, actor Sean Gunn who plays Ravager Kraglin in the Guardians movies, appears to confirm that is the case.Speaking to Tulsa World, Sean Gunn said that while he knows all the secrets we’re desperately trying to find out about Avengers 4, he still has no idea what the plans are for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. “I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote. Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air,” he said.So despite the indefinite hold, Disney and Marvel still want the movie to happen, and they want to use the already-finished script James Gunn wrote. That’s a little reassuring at least. Guardians of the Galaxy would feel even weirder if anyone else was behind the dialog. Sean Gunn acknowledges that it’s tricky to find another director who’s able to step into a job like this, and then get all the actors together, who are now working on other projects. You know, it would seem to me you could solve a lot of problems here by rehiring the guy you let a bunch of Twitter trolls bully you into firing, Disney. Just saying.But that’s probably not going to happen. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on the other hand, likely is. There’s at least a desire to see the trilogy through. “I had not been contacted at all for a while, but I was recently contacted by Marvel saying, ‘Yeah, we do plan to make this movie. We’re just not sure when yet,’” Sean Gunn said.Oh, and about those Avengers 4 secrets? He’s not telling. All he will say is, after reading the script and shooting Avengers 4, he likes it more than Avengers Infinity War. Well, that’s exciting to hear. 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ALMA CO(1–0) observations of NGC 253. Credit: Walter et al., 2017. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Dense Molecular Gas Tracers in the Outflow of the Starburst Galaxy NGC 253, arXiv:1701.05040 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1701.05040AbstractWe present a detailed study of a molecular outflow feature in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 using ALMA. We find that this feature is clearly associated with the edge of NGC 253’s prominent ionized outflow, has a projected length of ~300 pc, with a width of ~50 pc and a velocity dispersion of ~40 km s^-1, consistent with an ejection from the disk about 1 Myr ago. The kinematics of the molecular gas in this feature can be interpreted (albeit not uniquely) as accelerating at a rate of 1 km s^-1 pc^-1. In this scenario, the gas is approaching escape velocity at the last measured point. Strikingly, bright tracers of dense molecular gas (HCN, CN, HCO+, CS) are also detected in the molecular outflow: We measure an HCN(1-0)/CO(1-0) line ratio of ~1/10 in the outflow, similar to that in the central starburst region of NGC 253 and other starburst galaxies. By contrast, the HCN/CO line ratio in the NGC 253 disk is significantly lower (~1/30), similar to other nearby galaxy disks. This strongly suggests that the streamer gas originates from the starburst, and that its physical state does not change significantly over timescales of ~1 Myr during its entrainment in the outflow. Simple calculations indicate that radiation pressure is not the main mechanism for driving the outflow. The presence of such dense material in molecular outflows needs to be accounted for in simulations of galactic outflows. Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Fabian Walter of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany has revealed essential properties of a molecular outflow feature in the nearby starburst galaxy designated NGC253. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 18 on the arXiv pre-print repository. NGC 253, also known as the Sculptor Galaxy, is an intermediate spiral starburst galaxy in the constellation Sculptor some 11 million light years away. The galaxy is one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible and also one of the dustiest. Due to its proximity and the fact that it is currently undergoing a period of intense star formation, it serves as one of the best laboratories to study starburst–driven galactic–scale winds in detail.NGC 253 is known for the galactic wind emerging from its central area, which carries significant amounts of molecular gas. In order to better characterize this emission, Walter and his team carried out a series of observations between November 2013 and August 2014 utilizing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. This observational campaign allowed the researchers to uncover crucial properties of the studied molecular outflow.”We present a detailed study of a molecular outflow feature in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 253 using ALMA,” the paper reads.According to the study, NGC 253’s most prominent outflow feature towards the south has a projected length of about 978 light years, a width of approximately 163 light years, and a velocity dispersion of 40 km s−1. The scientists note that its extent and dispersion are consistent with an ejection from the galaxy’s disk starting about 1 million years ago.The kinematics of the molecular gas in this feature show that the material is approaching us and is also accelerating. However, the astronomers were unable to determine whether or not the molecular mass entrained in the outflow will escape the galaxy, or be recycled to fuel later episodes of star formation. More observations are required to draw final conclusions.”The kinematics of the molecular gas are consistent with accelerating with a velocity gradient of 1 km s−1 pc−1, and at its last measurable point it approaches the escape velocity. (…) More sensitive ALMA observations will trace the outflow even further out, and will shed light on whether or not part of the ejected molecular material will escape the galaxy,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The team also discovered bright tracers of dense molecular gas like HCN, CN, HCO+, CS in the molecular outflow. Moreover, they found that line ratios HCN/CO measured in the outflow are high and consistent with ratios observed in the central starburst region of NGC253 and in other starbursts, while the HCN/CO line ratio in the galaxy’s disk is significantly lower, which is typical for gas in the disks of nearby galaxies. The researchers concluded that this indicates that the dense molecular gas is retaining its properties in the process of its ejection from the central regions into the outflow. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Astronomers uncover properties of a molecular outflow feature in a nearby starburst galaxy (2017, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-astronomers-uncover-properties-molecular-outflow.html Starburst to star bust: Astronomers ID suspect behind dearth of high-mass galaxies
Air China Receives Top Spanish Tourism Award Recognized for maintaining direct flights between China and Spain.Air China received Spain’s highest tourism industry award, the “Plaque for Tourist Merit.” Air China is the first foreign airline to receive the award, which is given to organizations and individuals for contributing to the Spanish tourism industry.The Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastian presented the award on Thursday night in a ceremony held at Madrid’s Teatro de la Abadia. “I want to congratulate Air China for their efforts to establish and maintain direct flights between Madrid and Beijing,” said the Minister. Sebastian also said that Air China’s initiative was important, given that Spain was working to raise the number of Chinese tourists visiting Spain over the next 10 years, with a target of 200,000 in 2012 and up to a million by 2020.The presentation of the plaque was accompanied by a video, which congratulated Air China for, “closing the distance between China and Spain,” saying it was a “brave proposal that is helping to bring the two countries together.”Air China is the only carrier operating direct flights from Beijing to Madrid. Opened in 2006, the route currently runs six direct flights a week, a number that’s expected to increase in the future.Mr. Wang Jin’an, Vice Chairman of Commercial Committee, said, “Air China is very honored to receive Spain’s highest tourism industry award. We look forward to bringing China and Spain even closer together in the future with more direct flights and new routes.”Air China: Carrying China, Spanning the World Source = Air China
Garuda Indonesia First Class Garuda-B777 Source = Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia Named The World’sBest Economy Class By SkyTrax Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia, was named “The World’s Best Economy Class” at the SkyTrax 2013 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air show yesterday.In addition to being voted “The World’s Best Economy Class”, Garuda was also named “The World’s Best Economy Class Seats” by SkyTrax – a result of Garuda Indonesia’s continuous service improvement and on-going business transformation through its “Quantum Leap 2011-2015” program.Both awards were given to Garuda Indonesia based on a global customer satisfaction survey conducted by SkyTrax between July 2012 and June 2013. The survey asked 18 million passengers from 100 different countries, to compare over 200 airlines in 38 aspects including service, on-time performance, food, safety and convenience.CEO of SkyTrax, Mr Edward Plaisted, presented both awards to Garuda Indonesia’s President and CEO Emirsyah Satar at the Air and Space Museum during the Paris Airshow, the biggest air show in the world.President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar said that winning the “The World’s Best Economy Class” award this year was the result of hard work and commitment from all Garuda Indonesia employees to deliver the best service to the customer.Vice President for Garuda Indonesia Australia/SWP, Bagus Y. Siregar, added: “Even though Garuda Indonesia was voted “The World’s Best Regional Airline” by SkyTrax in 2012, our Economy Class only came in fourth place last year. It is therefore even more rewarding to see that the strong commitment from management and all employees to deliver their best has brought us to the top in 2013 ahead of Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas.”“Both SkyTrax awards serve as impetus for the airline to continue to strive for excellence, especially with the arrival of our two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and the launch of the Garuda Indonesia First Class.”Garuda Indonesia’s First Class service will include a “Chef on Board” serving find dining and catering to passengers’ individual requests at an altitude of more than 35.000 feet. In-flight connectivity will also enable passengers to continue their business activities or access their favorite entertainment, such as live soccer games on the sports channel, during the flight. As the airline’s continues its fleet development program, in 2013 Garuda Indonesia will welcome 24 new aircraft, consisting of four Boeing 777-300 ER, three Airbus A330, ten Boeing 737-800NG, and seven Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen.The increasing recognition at global level encourages Garuda Indonesia to continue its “Quantum Leap” program through which it aims to be five-star airline and operate 194 aircraft by 2015.For further information call Garuda Indonesia on 1300 365 330 or visit www.garuda-indonesia.net.au.
Top travel agents recognized during awards ceremonyTop travel agents recognized during awards ceremonyIt was a night of glitz and glamour at the annual awards ceremony for Cruises Inc.®, CruiseOne® and Dream Vacations agents. In addition to emceeing the night, Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance, and Joelle Delva, vice president of operations, belted out popular songs during their rendition of Carpool Karaoke.The awards ceremony was an audiovisual spectacular with more than 100 agents recognized for their achievements in sales, marketing, public relations, social media, IT and more, with a record number of agents being inducted into the 2017 Circle of Excellence, the highest achievement for CruiseOne and Dream Vacations.Mike Ziegenbalg of Jasper, Ga. was recognized as the Dream Vacations Franchisee of the Year, while Lori Foster of San Clemente, Calif. received the Cruises Inc. Agent of the Year award.To follow the excitement this week aboard the Harmony of the Seas use the #AchieveConference hashtag.People with a passion for travel who want to learn more about franchising opportunities with CruiseOne and Dream Vacations, and business opportunities with Cruises Inc. should visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com and www.SellCruises.com.About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® are part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise and follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise. For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruises.Source = Dream Vacations, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®
The group enjoyed an action-packed itinerary, carefully curated to showcase Seattle’s very best – with highlights including a culinary tour of Pike Place Market, the oldest, continuously operated, public market in the US; a tour of The Boeing Factory where the new 787 Dreamliners are assembled; and a trip to the top of the city’s most iconic landmark, The Space Needle, where the agents enjoyed spectacular aerial views of the city and beyond. In between activities, the group relaxed in their luxury accommodation provided by Thompson Hotel Seattle and The Westin Seattle.A day trip to Mount Rainier National Park, where the group went snowshoeing, and Woodinville Wine Country, which is home to 100 plus wineries, broadened the appeal of what Seattle can offer visitors, all within easy driving distance of the city limits.FAMIL GROUP PHOTO ABOVE:Top row L-R: Adam Barnes (TA Warringah Mal), Mark Jeffries (FCBT Adelaide St), Bridget Cringle (SF Belconnen), Jacob Walton (FC Product), Harley Wright (FC Toowong)Bottom row L-R: Libby Harvey (FC Port Lincoln), Noelle Loyzaga (FC Cherrybrook), Andrea Campbell (Visit Seattle host), Ray Cashman (FC Product) If you remember the 90s then Seattle will always be, first and foremost, the much celebrated birthplace of Grunge – and that’s an accolade enough for the city, just on its own. (hats off to you Seattle – and thank you!) But now it’s 2018 and this fabulous city has cemented a reputation for being all that and so much more, and rightly so, particularly appealing to Aussie travellers.Thanks to Visit Seattle and Delta Air Lines eight Flight Centre Travel Group agents were able to find out, first hand, just why there is such a buzz about this vibrant US destination, known as ‘The Emerald City’. agentsDelta AirlinesFamilsFlight CentreSeattle
Chandler said he does mixed martial arts training during the offseason, and has said before that he’d like to square off against his brother for charity.However, it doesn’t look like we’ll all get treated with the sibling matchup anytime soon, if going off comments the Cardinals linebacker made two years ago. If you were at the Arizona Cardinals Red & White Practice at the end of July, you might have noticed linebacker Chandler Jones sprinting off the field shortly after it concluded.That wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except that the Cardinals all participated in an autograph session on the field for the fans immediately following the training camp event.No, Jones wasn’t trying to avoid handing out his signature. He was hurrying to get to his brother’s professional fight. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Lol you suck “@Chan95Jones: Well I would pick on someone my own size but you aren’t @JonnyBones #dingding lol”— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 22, 2015Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this story. Chandler’s brother is none other than Jon “Bones” Jones, the longtime MMA and UFC fighter. That night, Jon was set for a highly anticipated matchup against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.At least, it was a highly anticipated fight for the fans. For Chandler, it was an anxious time.“Truly I get more nervous for his fights than my own football games. They’re nerve-racking. I mean I can’t really eat,” Chandler told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station Tuesday. “That fight I couldn’t eat, I was up, I had the jitters until he knocked the guy out.”Several of Chandler’s teammates took to Twitter to offer their support using the hashtag #TeamJones. It turns out Chandler had nothing to worry about though. His brother knocked out Cormier to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title.“It didn’t mean as much as it did for our family than it did for him. Jon, he really wanted his belt back and I feel like he felt a bit empty without it,” Chandler said. “For him to have the opportunity to go out there and showcase his ability and to show people that, ‘Hey, there was no ring rust. I’m still good. Hey, I know that I made some mistakes but hey, never say never. It’s never too late.’ So I’m happy for him and hopefully he keeps going and hopefully be the greatest ever.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Chandler Jones, Cardinals linebacker Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Global demand for cruising reached 22.04 million passengers1 in 2014, up 68% from 13.1 million passengers in 2004, according to a new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).The study reveals that global demand for cruising has grown by 3.4% from 21.3 million passengers in 2013, with Australia now ranked as the fourth largest cruise market in the world. CLIA’s 2014 Economic Impact Analysis, an independent study commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), shows that total contributions of the cruise industry to the global economy reached $119.9 billion in 2014, up from $117 billion the previous year.This includes supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees earning $39.3 billion in income. Direct expenditures generated by cruise lines, passengers and crews totalled $55.8 billion.Releasing the study, CLIA acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust said the cruise industry was a truly global and dynamic industry. “We’ve enjoyed progressive growth over the last 30 years, driven initially by demand from North America, which expanded to Europe, Australia and now Asia. As a result, the cruise industry impacts the global economy, generating jobs, income and business growth in all regions of the world,” Ms D’Aoust said.“The potential for new cruise passenger growth is huge,” Ms D’Aoust said. “Apart from North America and Europe, other regions of the world account for nearly 85% of the world’s population, yet represent only 16% of cruisers. That reflects a tremendous opportunity for the cruise industry.”CLIA’s 2014 Asia Cruise Trends Study shows that cruise tourism in Asia is growing at double-digit rates, both in capacity and as a passenger source market. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of ships deployed in Asia grew at a 10% compound annual growth rate, and the volume of cruises and voyages within and through Asia increased 11%. Passenger capacity in Asia increased 20%.“Asia is a prime example of the cruise industry’s growth opportunity,” Ms D’Aoust said. “The cruise industry is bringing more cruise visits to Asia and the volume of cruise travellers sourced from Asia for cruise tourism worldwide nearly doubled since 2012.”CLIA’s study shows that a total of 19.2 million cruise passengers were sourced from the top ten countries, accounting for 88% of global cruise passengers. These top 10 countries are located in all major global regions. The United States, with 11.21 million passengers, sourced the largest number of cruise passengers, accounting for more than half (51%) of global cruise passengers. Germany and the United Kingdom accounted for 15% of global passengers (3.38 million). Australia, Italy and Canada each had more than 800,000 passengers and accounted for 12% of global passengers. China, France, Spain and Norway combined accounted for nearly 2 million passengers, or about 10% of global passengers.CLIA’s research shows that China is a main driver of passenger growth in Asia, adding 480,000 more cruise travellers since 2012 – a nearly 80% compound annual growth rate. And, among the nearly 1.4 million cruise passengers from Asia, China accounted for nearly half of the regional passenger volume in 2014.Go back to the e-newsletter >
The Netherlands has donated €122,000 to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), it was announced on Friday.According to a news release, the committee expressed its sincere thanks to the Netherlands for its donation, which brings the Dutch financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €622,000 over the past eleven years.“This donation to the CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus will contribute to the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible in order to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years.”According to the Committee, so far, the remains of 792 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial. “The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families,” it said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The health insurance organisation (HIO) said Tuesday it was ready to tackle any problems that may arise from the introduction of the national health scheme (Gesy) on June 1.HIO deputy head Efi Kamitsi told the Cyprus News Agency the organisation has made plans and formed teams that will handle any problems, as the biggest healthcare reform on the island kicks in on Saturday.Special attention is paid to the IT system where problems may arise since doctors have not yet learned to use it.“We are ready for June 1, it is something we have been working on for quite some time, but because of the huge change, we also expect some problems to arise,” Kamitsi said.“We will be here to provide solutions and monitor the operation of the system and make any corrections necessary.”Kamitsi said contingency plans have been made in case the system crashes but it would have to start operating to see what exactly may arise.IT specialists will be standing by to resolve any problems while other teams will respond to doctors’ questions.“It is a new system and doctors must learn to use it. They will have questions, our staff is there to answer them,” she said.From June 1, people registered would have to go through their GP who will refer them elsewhere or prescribe medicines.“We are close to 500,000 registered people. We have applications from many GP’s and paediatricians and they will continue; there is no end to this procedure.”Kamitsi said enough doctors, pharmacies, and labs have registered on Gesy to provide services from June 1.To date, some 480,000 people have registered on Gesy and 444,000 have also found a GP among the 358 who have registered so far. There are also 104 paediatricians, 560 pharmacies, and 36 labs.Specialist doctor applications have reached 368. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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