Grande Prairie bomb squad finds firearms and an IED during search of

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie man is facing 23 charges after Mounties executed a search warrant at a home south of the Swan City over the weekend.At around 9:30 last Saturday morning, members of the Grande Prairie RCMP, Police Dog Services, and the local bomb squad executed a search warrant at a rural property in Grovedale, roughly 20 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.Police had obtained information that the home’s resident possessed a number of prohibited weapons that were kept on the property. During the search, police located four firearms, one of which was stolen, along with ammunition, a computer and thumb drives. An improvised explosive device was also found on the property, which was secured by the bomb squad.47 year-old Grande Prairie resident David Monette has been charged with 22 weapons related offences and one charge of possessing an improvised explosive device. Monette remains in police custody and will appear in court on Wednesday, March 21st.Police extended thanks the public for their efforts in order to help solve crime in the local community. Anyone with information about any crime, can contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at (780)830-5700. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You are not required to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.last_img read more

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African officials agree at UN conference to reduce environmental threats to health

29 August 2008African health and environment ministers attending a United Nations-sponsored conference concluding today in Gabon have agreed to form an alliance to try to reduce environmental threats to human health and well-being. The Libreville Declaration, named after the Gabonese capital where the four-day conference was held, commits governments in the region to take measures to stimulate the necessary policy, investment and institutional changes so that synergies between health, environment and other fields are maximized.The text of the declaration was decided after participants concurred that the root causes of environmental degradation can be found in social and economic problems such as poverty, inequality of wealth, the debt burden and unsustainable production and consumption behaviours.Delegates noted that these problems can lead to the proliferation of diseases and conditions including malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid, bronchitis and asthma.Luis G. Sambo, the Regional Director of the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) African office, welcomed the declaration, saying it should serve as a catalyst for necessary political and institutional action.“The signing of this landmark declaration is the first step towards saving the lives of millions of people from the harmful effects of changes in the environment,” Dr. Sambo said.This week’s conference, jointly organized by WHO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), was attended by health ministers, environment ministers, policymakers, bilateral and multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and high-level experts. read more

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WrightForeman Pemberton lead Hofstra to rout

KENNESAW, Ga. — Justin Wright-Foreman and Eli Pemberton combined to score 35 points and Hofstra routed Kennesaw State 78-52 on Saturday.Wright-Foreman finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pride (5-3), who won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Wright-Foreman has scored in double figures for 61 straight games. Pemberton sank a 3-pointer at the 14:02 mark of the first half to become the 37th Hofstra player to top 1,000 points in a career. Jalen Ray scored 10.Tyler Hooker paced the Owls (1-8) with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Ugo Obineke and Bryson Lockley added 13 points apiece.Kennesaw State made just 8 of 33 shots from the floor (24 per cent) in the first half and trailed 37-22 at intermission.Hofstra held the Owls to 0-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. It marked the first time the Pride held an opponent without a 3-pointer since holding James Madison to 0-for-11 shooting in 2014.The Associated Press read more

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Body believed to be that of missing Soesdyke labourer discovered at

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMonths later: Body believed to be that of missing labourer yet to be identifiedOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”UPDATE: Labourer’s employer, 2 others confess to gruesome Corentyne murder- PoliceOctober 6, 2017In “Crime”Labourer killed in suspected hit-and-run at Marudi Public RoadJune 19, 2017In “latest news” Patrick Vyfhuis…family calls for thorough investigationA partially decomposed body, believed to be that of 42-year old Patrick Vyfhuis of Soesdyke, who went missing a few weeks ago, was discovered on Wednesday in Kurabrang, clad in a white t-shirt and grey jeans, along with a blue sneakers.The news of the man’s passing sent shock-waves to friends and family. Relatives are now calling for a thorough investigation to be launched into the man’s death, which they say seems to be suspicious.The father of three was reportedly employed as a labourer at a mining camp at Kurubrang since July 5. INews understands that this is the second time Vyfhuis had ventured out into the interior to work for the same employer.Odessia Spencer, sister of the now dead man explained that she finds her brother’s passing a little strange. She explained that the family heard a rumour that her brother was missing a few days ago, but the employer allegedly refused to provide any helpful information.The dead man’s sister related that her brother’s partially decomposed body was reportedly identified by his employer, who related he was able to identify him due to his clothing.She related that the family is still awaiting the remains to conduct a post mortem examination, saying that a DNA test may be necessary, due to his deteriorating state.Efforts made by this publication to contact the employer for a comment proved futile.Commander of ‘F’ Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis confirmed that the remains were found and that no one is presently in custody. He explained that the Police were advised to send the remains to be tested so as to confirm its identity on Wednesday.He nevertheless noted that investigations are ongoing into the matter. read more

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VELUX EHF CL Round 4 Kiel in Skopje Barca in Kolding Veszprem

4Wisla Plock SSA310281:842-30 STANDING: 5Alingsaas HK300368:920-240 Here is the complete schedule of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 4:Group ASAT18.00 La Rioja – PPD Zagreb21.00 Metalurg – KielSUN15.00 Meškov Brest – PSG 1KS Vive Targi Kielce3300100:866140 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt4301114:1046100 2FC Barcelona3300103:786250 STANDING: 2MKB Veszprem KC330094:85690 STANDING: 1HC Vardar Pro Skopje330094:796150 TZNPGoliToRS TZNPGoliToRS TZNPGoliToRS 5Montpellier Handball310288:942-6-1 5Dunkerque HB310267:722-5-2 1Paris Handball330086:696170 6Besiktas Istanbul400488:1230-350 STANDING: 3Croatia Osiguranje320168:694-11 4Naturhouse La Rioja310296:972-1-2 Group BBešiktaš : Flensburg 20:27 (11:11)SUN15.30 Wisla – Alingsas16.50 KIF – Barcelona 2THW Kiel320184:83411 6HC Metalurg-Skopje300363:740-110 4RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko310290:922-21 TZNPGoliToRS 3Rhein-Neckar Lowen310284:79250 1KIF Kolding330091:646270 Group CSAT20.30 Celje PL – VeszpremSUN17.00 Montpellier– Vardar19.30 Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Čehovski medvedi 3AaB Handball311174:7232-1 Group DSAT16.00 Dunkerque – Kielce18.00 Zaporožje – Aalborg18.30 Pick Szeged  – Kadetten 2Pick Szeged320187:884-12 6Motor-Zntu-Zas300373:800-70 4K. Schaffhausen311176:793-31 5HC Meshkov Brest310283:882-50 6Chehovski Medvedi300390:1110-210 EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Aron Palmarsson out for a few weeks! Next Story → EHF CUP – Kristianstad demolish Maribor for Round 3 read more

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Revenue seize 125120 cigarettes in Rosslare and Dublin

first_imgREVENUE HAS SEIZED over 125,000 cigarettes in recent days. The seizures took place at Rosslare Europort today and at Dubin Airport last Saturday with seized brands including ‘West’, ‘Denim’, ‘Winston’, ‘Marlboro’ and ‘Esse’. In Rosslare today, a total of 94,120 cigarettes, with a retail value of €44,707 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €35,013, were seized as a result of routine profiling. The cigarettes were discovered in an Irish registered van which disembarked from a ferry arriving from Cherbourg in France. Meanwhile, last Saturday some 31,000 cigarettes, with a retail value of €14,725 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €12,868, were seized from a man arriving at Dublin Airport from Erbil in Kurdistan. The man, 28 and with a UK passport, was arrested and appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara at the Criminal Courts of Justice today where he was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday. Revenue has issued a reminder that if businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.last_img read more

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Google delays Nexus Q for reworking existing preorders get one for free

first_imgJust yesterday, you would have been completely justified in laughing at anyone who openly admitted to pre-ordering the Nexus Q. As far as a media streaming device goes, the version of the Q handed out at Google I/O was terrible. The buzz has apparently been so bad, that Google is delaying the consumer launch of the device so it can be re-tooled. The reason why you’re no longer allowed to laugh at folks with a Nexus Q pre-order, is that Google is going to let them have the old device for free. Wow.The Nexus Q is a spherical set top box that was designed to stream content from Google’s ecosystem, and nowhere else. This is perhaps the first knock against it. The Q would be able to stream music from your Google Play Music library, as well as any videos you got from Google Play. There was some Android action going on behind the scenes, but the Nexus Q itself had no user interface.All this adds up to very few user pre-ordering the device for a whopping $299. That’s a whole lot for a device that didn’t do much. In fact, I’d wager that almost all the pre-orders came from developers that were unable to make it to Google I/O.Google has sent out an email to those brave souls that pre-ordered the Q, saying the device has been delayed so it could, “work on making it even better.” If the early reviews are anything to go by, Google has a lot of work to do. When the device is finally ready, it will be up for order again. Existing pre-orders will get a current (read: lame) Nexus Q shipped for free right now. No, there’s no way to get in on this deal unless you have access to a time machine.This entire boondoggle says two things about the Nexus Q. First, it was an ill-conceived product as originally envisioned thanks to the high price and lack of features. Second, so few people pre-ordered it that Google felt it could safely hand them out for free. The Nexus Q product page has been replaced by a simple landing page with an email address field. When it will return is anyone’s guess. This might seem extreme, but it’s probably the smartest thing Google could have done.via All Things Dlast_img read more

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Parents want wife for son

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick, 34, has worked in the Navy for 16 years and is finally looking to settle down. Ladies if you are looking for a trustworthy, Christian man, read on.When an advertisement in Thursday’s Neos Kosmos asking for a wife crossed my desk, I was intrigued and thought I would find out more. This is what the ad said:Bride wanted. Aged 28 to 32, of Christian principles, for a young man 34 years of age, good looking with good occupation. Financially independent. Ask for Nick or his father.When I contacted Nick, he was surprised because he did not place the ad! “My parents did it and didn’t tell me until after they had done it,” he said. “I would have preferred them to have run it by me but I understand that they did it with good intentions. The truth is that I am single and I do want to settle down and have a family.”Nick is a marine engineer and has spent most of his time  recently on the warship of the Royal Australian Navy. His demanding work schedule and overseas ventures means that he has had little time to seek out a partner. However he indicates that this could be open to change if he met the right person.“My family live in Melbourne and two of my three properties are also in Melbourne so moving back there may be an option.”When he is not out at sea, he spends his time in Sydney where he likes to go to the movies, catch up with friends, play professional snooker, and go to the football.So what makes Nick a good catch?“I’m young, fit, healthy, I’m also a hard worker and I’m honest and trustworthy,” he says. “I love kids, and I have a sense of humour most of the time.”Here is a quick snap shot of Nick – you be the judge.Physical appearance: 179cm, short, dark brown hair, brown eyes, olive complexion, good looking and fit.Most attractive thing about a woman: Her personality. Someone that you can get along with.Ideal partner: Someone trustworthy, loyal, healthy, Christian, that loves children but preferably does not have children already.Ideal first date: I would want to spend as much time getting to know a lady over dinner or something a bit more formal than a coffee.Most romantic thing you’ve every done for a girl: You can do one romantic thing or you can do a lot of things that aren’t as romantic but a lot of them.I’m probably one of those people that does many things, sometimes on the spur of the moment rather than a once a month romantic gesture.If you are interested in meeting Nick, please email your details to catherine@neoskosmos.com.au Nick will also be down in Melbourne in mid August for Melbourne ladies interested in meeting him.last_img read more

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Deux nouveaux Nano PC chez Foxconn

first_imgDeux nouveaux Nano PC chez FoxconnL’entreprise taïwanaise va bientôt lancer deux nouveaux ordinateurs de type “Nano PC” à refroidissement passif. L’unité centrale du futur devrait ressembler à ce que Foxconn est en train de préparer. Finies les énormes tours, place aux Nano PC, les “nettops”. La société taïwanaise va bientôt en commercialiser deux, l’AT-5300 sous Intel et l’AT-5600 sous ARM. L’AT-5300 abritera un processeur Intel Atom D2700, embarquant un CPU double-cœur avec Hyper-Threading à 2,13 GHz et un GPU HD Graphics à 640 MHz, explique Clubic. De son côté, l’AT-5600 abritera un processeur AMD E-450, embarquant un CPU double-cœur à 1,65 GHz mais un GPU Radeon HD 6320 à 500 MHz, plus efficace en décodage de vidéo.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces deux machines sont à compléter soi-même, et offrent donc un emplacement SO-DIMM pouvant accueillir un maximum de 4 Go de mémoire vive DDR3 et un emplacement pour disque dur ou SSD 2,5 pouces. Côté connectique, on dispose d’un lecteur de carte mémoire SD, de deux ports USB 3.0, de quatre ports USB 2.0, d’un port Gigabit Ethernet, du WiFi , d’une entrée micro, une sortie casque, d’une sortie ligne analogique ou optique, d’une sortie HDMI et d’une sortie VGA (modèle Intel) ou DVI (modèle AMD). L’ensemble mesure 190 x 135 x 38 mm pour 600 g mais aucun prix ou date de sortie n’ont été communiqués. Le 5 mai 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Aurora Alert You May Be Able to See the Northern Lights This

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Aurora alert! Residents in northern U.S. and in Canada might be able to see the northern lights or aurora borealis this Friday night to Saturday.A solar flare erupted on March 20 and the blast was accompanied by a massive cloud of charged particles known as coronal mass ejection (CME) that’s set to collide with Earth, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue a G2 or moderate geostorm watch.Boom! Here’s the Solar #Flare that unleashed a #CME towards Earth yesterday that prompted the G2 #geomag storm watch for this weekend. pic.twitter.com/smCzLen0Zw— Northern Lights Now (@NorthLightAlert) March 21, 2019The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)’s Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast says the northern lights could be visible overhead across Canada, and parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.Chicago, Detroit and parts of states just south of those cities could potentially see the aurora borealis on the horizon, CNN reported.Scientists aren’t sure exactly what time the CME will reach Earth, but the best time to view the northern lights will be after 10 p.m., with the highest chance between midnight and 3 a.m.Photo Credit: NOAABut of course, to be able to view the aurora, skies will have to be dark, clear and free of clouds, so if there’s rain in the forecast in your area, you might be out of luck.If you want to make the most out of the event, experts recommend you travel far away from the city to limit the effect of light pollution on your aurora view.Stay updated about the aurora by checking NOAA’s aurora 30-minute forecast and UAF’s aurora forecast regularlyWould rather see the northern lights from the comfort of your own warm couch? Check out the Canadian Space Agency’s live aurora cam from Yellowknife in the Canadian Yukon.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures Stunning View of Stormy JupiterAstronomers Spot ‘Cannonball Pulsar’ Hurtling Through SpaceNASA Detects Giant Meteor Explosion Over Bering Sealast_img read more

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Mans death under investigation in Chula Vista

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 18, 2019 June 18, 2019 Man’s death under investigation in Chula Vista KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A man was found dead under suspicious circumstances Tuesday on a South Bay roadside.Two women walking in the 1400 block of Broadway in Chula Vista spotted the body on the ground near a sidewalk shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to police.The deceased man, identified as 56-year-old Ivan Velez, appeared to have suffered suspicious injuries, Lt. Dan Peak said. Velez is believed to have been homeless, the lieutenant said.No suspects in the case had been identified as of late afternoon. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Washington state with highest minimum wage beats US average for job growth

first_imgSEATTLE – When Washington state residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn’t been borne out.In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32– the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington’s restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. Poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years.The debate is replaying on a national scale as Democrats led by President Barack Obama push for an increase in the $7.25- an-hour federal minimum, while opponents argue a raise would hurt those it’s intended to help by axing jobs for the lowest- skilled. Even if that proves true, Washington’s example shows that any such effects aren’t big enough to throw its economy and labor market off the tracks.“It’s hard to see that the state of Washington has paid a heavy penalty for having a higher minimum wage than the rest of the country,” said Gary Burtless, an economist at Brookings Institution who formerly was at the U.S. Labor Department.Raising the U.S. minimum wage to $10.10 in three steps, as Obama proposes, would reduce employment nationally by about 500,000 workers, or about 0.3 percent, according to a Congressional Budget Office report published Feb. 18. At the same time, the increase would lift 900,000 people out of poverty and add $31 billion to the earnings of low-wage Americans, the report found.last_img read more

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Tesco staff in Ireland to strike over pay dispute

first_imgTesco employees in the Republic of Ireland who are members of the trade union Mandate are to strike in a dispute over changes to pay and conditions.The strike action will commence at 7.00am on 16 May 2016, with pickets planned for more than 70 Tesco outlets.The industrial action is in response to pay cuts and changes to employment conditions for up to 300 members of staff.According to the union, the planned changes include a 15%-35% pay cut for staff that joined the retailer before 1996, reduced overtime hours, cuts to Sunday and unsociable hour premiums from double pay to time and a half, a reduction in the annual bonus, and a change to rosters.In a ballot among Mandate members that will be affected by the changes, 99% of those who took part voted in favour of industrial action. In a separate ballot, 88% of Mandate members in pre-1996 stores unaffected by the changes voted in support of industrial action.According to Mandate, the strike will be held off if Tesco agrees to withdraw the proposed pay changes or to attend the Labour Court for a hearing on the disputed matters.Gerry Light, assistant general secretary at Mandate Trade Union, said: “Tesco management are forcing changes to contracts for workers employed before 1996. These changes will seriously undermine living standards for our members who have mortgages and other commitments that were made on the back of their conditions of employment over the last 20-30 years.”Tesco had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.last_img read more

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Mother and son get electrocuted in Agra

first_imgAGRA: In the district of Etah, on Tuesday morning, a 46-year-old man and his mother had been electrocuted. The victims were identified as Indraveer and his mother Rambeti (76). As per the police, Indraveer took his cattle for grazing, as one of the bovine was separated from the herd and went towards an electric pole, where the harness of cattle got stuck around the pole. “When Indraveer went to release the cattle, he was electrocuted. Seeing his son lying unconscious near the electric pole, Rambeti went to rescue him, but she, too, was electrocuted,” said Jaitra police.last_img

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In the spotlight

first_imgA gallery known for showcasing the works of established and upcoming artists from the world over, Zynna, is now presents Zynna Spotlight Show of the renowned internationally acclaimed artist Rashmi Jain. The exhibition will showcase her creative brilliance through paintings in the specially assigned space in the gallery. Rashmi Jain owned a studio in Mumbai (2005-2011) and executed orders for interior decoration and conducted classes for Murals, Charcoal painting and Oil painting in addition to above art forms.  She had participated in Times Interiors Bandra in 2009 and the culture 2010 exhibitions in World Trade Centre, Mumbai. Also, she was a part of group exhibition in Art Life gallery in Noida. Zynna Art Gallery intends to bring in freshness and vitality to art by experimentation and by exploring and assimilating new mediums, new talents and new creative synergies from the fields of fine art, functional art and design by breaking barriers that separate them.last_img read more

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First French jihad suspect arrested in Mali

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain PARIS (AP) – Mali’s authorities have arrested a Frenchman in the west African country who allegedly was trying to join radical Islamists controlling the north.French and Mali officials confirmed Friday that 24-year-old Ibrahim Ouattara was taken into custody there this week and charged in France with trying to reach radicals fighting in another country.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is among three extremist groups controlling northern Mali. It’s made up mainly of foreign fighters. Radical Islamists moved into the region after a military coup in March overthrew Mali’s president. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Outtara is the first French citizen arrested in Mali, but France, Mali’s former colonial ruler, is concerned it could itself become a target of battle-hardened returning fighters.A judicial official said on condition of anonymity that Ouattara holds French and Malian nationality.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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TripAdvisor recognises Qantas as Australias best airline

first_imgBest First Class: Singapore Airlines, SingaporeBest Business Class: Qatar Airways, QatarBest Premium Economy: Air New Zealand, New ZealandBest Economy: Singapore Airlines, SingaporeFor the complete list of winners from the 2018 Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines, visit www.tripadvisor.com/Travelers Choice-Airlines. Travellers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravelersChoice.To find great airfares and traveller reviews covering hundreds of airlines worldwide, visit TripAdvisor’s global Flight Search at www.tripadvisor.com/cheapflightshome.MethodologyWinners were based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor Flights or via one of TripAdvisor’s review collection partners from February 2017 to February 2018.About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites under 20 other travel media brands:www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.citymaps.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com(including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com,www.ho usetrip.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com,www.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, October 2017** Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017Source = TripAdvisor Air New Zealand, New Zealand – BestQantas, Australia – WinnerVirgin Australia, Australia – WinnerClass of Service Global Winners:Recognising airlines around the world that provide a consistently exceptional passenger experience in each cabin Source: QantasTripAdvisor recognises Qantas as Australia’s best airlineAir New Zealand is Best Airline in South Pacific; Singapore Airlines is the World #1TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice®awards for airlines, identifying travellers’ favourite carriers around the globe.Qantas was recognised as the best airline in Australia whilst Air New Zealand emerged as the best airline in the South Pacific. Singapore Airlines was named the number one airline in the world.“We’re thrilled to recognise the global TripAdvisor community’s favourite airlines and shine a spotlight on the carriers around the world that provide the very best flying experiences,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “As the airline industry introduces new fare products and a widening array of in-flight offerings, consumers continue to seek out the carriers that deliver value and a quality experience. The Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines recognise the carriers that exceed passenger expectations and receive top marks from travellers.”Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says listening to feedback and keeping customers at the core has helped the airline to continually improve its customer experience.“We’ve invested significantly in technologies like our AI chatbot Oscar, our Airband for unaccompanied minors and our mobile app, innovative inflight products and aircraft interiors, modern fleet, and new and refreshed lounge spaces to ensure a high quality and seamless customer experience from planning right through to post flight. While many of these elements can be replicated, our people and the uniquely Kiwi service we provide each day can’t be copied. It’s great to see our efforts have paid off – with customer reviews and feedback a true measure of how we are doing” says Mr Luxon.Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide, over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights.Following the success of last year’s inaugural Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines, the 2018 award categories expanded to honour 69 airlines that provide exceptional value and service across the world.   In addition to the world list, the Traveller’s Choice awards recognise the best airlines in seven regions including Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, South Pacific & Oceania, Africa & Indian Ocean, and the Middle East.  The awards also recognise the top airlines in four distinct service classes: International First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality and value.Top 10 Airlines in the World:Recognising airlines around the world that deliver consistently exceptional experiences to the global traveller1. Singapore Airlines, SingaporeAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “I flew from Sydney to Singapore in business class. The food was the best I have had in the last ten years. Service was great and the staff actually wanted to be there. One of the best, if not the best airline.”2. Air New Zealand, New ZealandAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “The flight attendants are friendly, courteous, professional, and dedicated to customer service. The dinner was excellent, even in Economy class, and there was complimentary NZ red and white wine. Even the safety videos are entertaining. I wouldn’t fly any other airline between the U.S. and New Zealand.”3. Emirates, United Arab EmiratesAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “This airline is the essence of style, class and comfort. Everything I had expected was surpassed. From their presentation, to their service, which is professional, but does not override their personable approach to travellers. The Airbus is huge, but the atmosphere within is comfortable, seats are wider, windows are bigger.”4. Japan Airlines, JapanAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “This airline carrier is exquisite and features great on board meal service, drink service, and the entertainment is great. They provide excellent service with exceptional leg room. This airline is truly above most others and comes with outstanding crew members.”5. EVA Air, TaiwanAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “One of the things that separates EVA out from other airlines is in the little things. I was blown away by the novelty of the “Character” flight we took. Everything from the pillows to the meals – it was Hello Kitty cuteness overload. Kids’ meals are excellent. These small personal touches made our entire flight experience so much nicer!”6. Southwest Airlines, United StatesAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “We choose to fly Southwest whenever we can. Their flights are on time and the service is friendly and efficient. We don’t mind not having assigned seats. Bags fly free, and we always check ours. Frequent Flier miles are easy to accumulate with their membership program.”7. Jet2.com, United KingdomAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “We have just come back from Portugal and all I can say is what a fab service from jet 2. From start to finish, they made my holiday less stressful. I have never been with them before and can certainly say they’re better than most other companies I have been with.”8. Qatar Airways, QatarAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “I’ve travelled a lot in my life and Qatar is one of my favourite airlines to travel with. The bar in a380 (business class) is the best. The service regardless of class is fab. The treatment of frequent fliers is great… food very tasty for economy … and very big portions… Entertainment is top notch. They are one of my favourite airlines for eco travel.”9. Azul, BrazilAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “Azul is a lovely airline, employing a fleet of Embraer regional jets offering 2 + 2 seating. Service is efficient and you always get a package of “aviõezinhos” (airplane shaped gummy bears) to chew on the short domestic hops.”10. Korean Air, South KoreaAccording to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “We travelled from Chicago to Hong Kong with our toddler, and could not have been more pleased with the experience. Basic economy on KA is basically economy plus on other (especially US-based) airlines. The flight staff actually made me like the experience, rather than detract from it. I’ll be flying KA whenever possible in the future.”Award-winning Airlines in South Pacific:Recognising airlines in the South Pacific that deliver consistently exceptional experiences to the regional travellerlast_img read more

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The secret behind successfully handling travel cost

first_imgTake a deep dive into the world of travel costs whether its airlines or hotels, it is an undoubtable fact there are tips and tricks following which one can negotiate prices.Source: CNNlast_img

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Broken Hillnew south walesoutback

first_imgBroken Hillnew south walesoutback Rapidly expanding Outback NSW tourism operator, Out of the Ordinary Outback, which was launched a year ago, has purchased its seventh accommodation property – The Tourist Lodge in Broken Hill, NSW.Aimed at the budget market, the 40-room property is the third accommodation business in Broken Hill for Out of the Ordinary Outback, which bought The Argent motel in March this year, opposite The Tourist Lodge, and is currently building the brand new, $5 million Broken Hill Outback Resort for an opening in March, 2018.Out of the Ordinary Outback, which also owns award-winning tour company, Tri State Safaris, has begun a progressive, five-month program to refurbish and refresh The Tourist Lodge in line with its other six properties across far western NSW where the company has quickly established a niche as the leading tourist business in the region.The Tourist Lodgeis close to the Broken Hill Visitors Centre and coaches and trains to Sydney, and will remain open during the upgrade, with new management already in place. The lodge features a pool, garden area, shared bathrooms, kitchen and dining facilities and will be pitched by Out of the Ordinary Outback to miners, tradesmen and other workers staying in Broken Hill as well as school groups and budget travellers. Full board packages will be available.Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said the addition of The Tourist Lodge to the company’s portfolio would add diversity to its offerings across far west NSW, while the revitalisation of the lodge would enhance its appeal to visiting workers and budget travellers seeking affordable accommodation in the area. “We are incredibly passionate about the beautiful outback of NSW and developing its potential and our latest property will help us cater for a new demographic and draw more visitors to Broken Hill.” Accommodation at The Tourist Lodge is available from $55 per night for one person and from $80 for two people, with family rooms for four people available from $110. A full board package including dinner, bed, breakfast and packed lunch is available for $100 per person.last_img read more

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As the first Auberge Resorts Collection property

first_img “As the first Auberge Resorts Collection property in Hawaii, Mauna Lani is experiencing overwhelming interest for reservations, and we are delighted to begin confirming visits for January 2020,” said Vice President and General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle.To commemorate the opening, the resort is extending the Mauna Lani Journeys offer, which includes a US$1,000 resort credit that can be applied to resort experiences, dining, spa and golf.See www.aubergeresorts.com/maunalani Auberge Resorts has opened reservations for its maiden property in the Hawaiian islands for guests arriving from January 2020 onwards. Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is a 333 guest room, suite and private bungalow residence on the island of Hawaii.Set on 13 oceanfront hectares of coastline marked by fish ponds, natural lava fields and sun-soaked beaches, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is setting the stage for a completely reimagined and customised experience. Go back to the e-newsletter Mauna Lani will include five restaurants and lounges, each with an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability guided by Hawaii Island’s natural setting and in collaboration with local farmers and fishermen.Guests will enjoy snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding lessons and outrigger canoe excursions from the resort’s beach or enjoy a coastline trek or e-bike safari. The adventures – whether ocean or land-based – will all be centred on an active, engaging and enriching journey of exploration, performance, movement and strength.center_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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