The Duchess of Cornwall has received an honorary doctorate for her literacy work.Duchess of Cornwall receives an Honorary DoctorateCredit/Copyright: Princeofwales.gov.ukThe Countess of Chester, as The Duchess of Cornwall is known when in the city, attended the University of Chester’s Graduation Ceremony and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy.In the historic Chester Cathedral, Her Royal Highness received a Doctorate of Letters in front of 500 graduands from a number of academic faculties who were being awarded their degrees.The Countess is a strong promoter of literacy in the UK and internationally, with particular focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age.Her Royal Highness is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy, including the 500 Words Competition, an initiative which encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words, and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.The Countess said during a speech: “I want to begin by thanking you, Chancellor, for the Honorary Doctorate that you have just bestowed upon me. I am grateful, too, for the Public Orator’s generous words and for the wonderfully warm welcome I have received today.“As Countess of Chester, I take great pride in my relationship with both this beautiful city and now with your University.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uk
Login/Register With: “Don’t take this the wrong way,” said Maggs, “but it feels like a grown-up ‘Doyle.’” Their latest project is “Caught,” a five-episode drama premiering Monday on CBC. It is grittier, more complex and much darker than “Doyle.” Facebook Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer — fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs — to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. That was exactly the reaction Hawco was hoping for. For six seasons, he starred in, and was the driving force behind, the lighthearted CBC detective series “Republic of Doyle.” The success of that series helped Hawco and his associates at Take the Shot Productions establish a production facility in St. John’s, N.L. The cast all had praise for costume designer Michael Ground’s low-key approach. The series is based on the 2013 crime novel of the same name from another talented Newfoundlander, author Lisa Moore. The novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was handed to Hawco at a studio meeting as a suggestion for his next project. “I hadn’t read it, which was weird,” says the 40-year-old actor/producer, “because the author lives up the street.” He read it, loved it and got in line for the rights. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Set in 1978, “Caught” tells the story of David Slaney (played by Hawco) who busts out of a New Brunswick prison and quickly hooks up with his former drug-dealing partner in crime (Eric Johnson from “Fifty Shades Freed”). Broken down RCMP detective Roy Patterson (played by Paul Gross) picks up the trail. Allan Hawco in a scene from the new CBC crime drama “Caught”. Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer ‚Äî fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs ‚Äî to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT*
London: Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling as one of the best players in the world after his 13-minute hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Watford. The victory at the Etihad on Saturday took the defending champions four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but Jurgen Klopp’s men closed the gap to a single point on Sunday. There was an offside debate over Sterling’s first goal and his second was a tap-in but his third highlighted his skill as he weaved into the area, cut back and fired past Ben Foster. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “It’s incredible because his first year at City was tough, and then from the moment Pep (Guardiola) came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength,” said City captain Kompany. “For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player.” Sterling’s strikes shifted what had been a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour. As in their two previous games, the score was 0-0 at half-time and City, despite dominating possession, needed to work hard for openings. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “These kind of games are much trickier than what people can see from the outside,” said Kompany, who has featured in City’s past five games. “It’s mentally demanding because it puts you to sleep that you have so much possession and are bouncing against the same wall.” City boss Pep Guardiola was more measured in his praise for Sterling, 24, who has now scored 20 goals for club and country this season. “He scored three goals, we’re delighted, but he can do better,” said Guardiola. “The first half was not the best performance from him, but it’s good when not playing at the top level to be consistent and score the three goals.” Guardiola hailed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as an “incredible player in all senses” but again expressed concern over the German’s contract situation. The 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter under Guardiola and has just one season remaining on his present deal. Guardiola said: “I would prefer him to stay but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too. If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect.The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a “data dividend” for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an individual refund to their customers or something else.“Companies that make billions of dollars collecting, curating and monetizing our personal data have a duty to protect it,” the Democrat said in his first State of the State speech Tuesday. “California’s consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data.”Tech companies, for example, sell the data to outside businesses that target ads to users. The European Union and Spain’s socialist government last year each proposed taxing big internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.Common Sense Media, which helped pass California’s nation-leading digital privacy law last year, plans to propose legislation in coming weeks that would reflect Newsom’s proposal, founder and CEO James Steyer said, without providing details.Starting next year, California’s European-style privacy law will require companies to tell customers upon request what personal data they have collected and why, which categories of third parties have received it, and allow consumers to delete their information and not sell it.U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, predicted in November that California would consider legislation that would “send a shiver down the spine” of tech companies.He described the proposal as returning 25 per cent of the value of an individual’s data. It wasn’t clear how the calculation would be made.Warner’s office said Wednesday that he made the comment after speaking with Steyer. Warner is considering federal legislation requiring companies like California-based Facebook and Google to provide users with annual estimates of what their data is worth to the companies.Steyer said in a statement that Newsom is “spot on” about consumers having the “right to share in the profits that companies are making off them.”Axios calculated that the average Facebook user is worth $7.37 to the company, while a Twitter user is worth $2.83, and a Reddit user, about 30 cents. The calculation basically divided the companies’ annual revenue by their monthly active users.California-based tech giants Facebook and Google did not immediately comment.Newsom’s office would not say who is leading his review. Newsom “is open to constructive input” from national experts and lawmakers, spokesman Brian Ferguson said in a statement.The governor’s office pointed to proposals elsewhere that would put a tax on data, including one that died in the Washington state Legislature in 2017. That measure would have taxed receipts from the sale of state residents’ personal data at a rate of 3.3 per cent.Mahsau Daee of the Internet Association said the industry will look forward to reviewing the governor’s eventual proposal but that “free and low-cost, data-driven online services offer Californians — and all Americans — enormous benefits.”Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said Newsom “is off to the wrong start” on protecting consumer privacy.“They shouldn’t be tricked into giving away their privacy for a small discount,” he said in an email. “Selling it for a few bucks isn’t the answer and will make the problem worse.”Dan Goldstein, president the digital marketing agency Page 1 Solutions, said a tax might not benefit consumers, while some sort of profit-sharing plan would likely return a “pittance of a benefit” to individuals.Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year suggested that users could band together to negotiate payments or a data tax could be administered, similar to a fund that annually shares oil profits with Alaska residents.Consumer Federation of California executive director Richard Holober hailed the proposal while alluding to the vast financial divide between rich and poor, particularly in California, which is struggling to address homelessness and an affordable housing crisis.The governor previously asked Silicon Valley companies to match $500 million in state funds with their own low-interest loans for developers to build homes for middle-income residents in some of the state’s costliest areas.“We have such a disparity here with everyday Californians who are having trouble paying their rent or sending their kids to college,” Holober said. “California has created a very fertile land for these corporations to become fabulously wealthy, and they need to give back.”Newsom’s announcement excited lawmakers who authored California’s privacy law, but they had no information about it.Democratic Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg called the proposal “the next frontier of the online data and privacy conversation.”Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau, who is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, said the proposal “highlights the value of data, which has often been described as the new oil in this technological data-driven economy.”Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Rabat – This November 9, Jemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech will host its first ever street food festival.The “Marrakech Street Food Festival” aims to pay tribute Moroccan cuisine and solidify its place among Morocco’s many festivals, said the Arts and Culture Foundation, which is organizing the event.In honor of the festival’s very first edition, organizers will task 20 renowned chefs with cooking a lunch for 5000 people. The festival will also offer a full day of tasting both traditional recipes and new food trends. A wide range of Moroccan cuisine will be served drawing inspiration from all over Morocco. According to Hafsa Benmchich, the President of the Arts and Culture Foundation, the star of Marrakech street food “is undeniably the cooks behind it, who add their cultural identity to the taste of the food.”“In each Moroccan city, the cook highlights the customs and cultural values. The cook often adds a regional specialty to the street food. Street cooking refers to multiple techniques, know-how, taste, and processes specific to cultural habits and places,” she added.The festival has already gathered a line up of restaurants, storytellers, snake trainers, and food trucks to serve the festival.Also on the festival program is a photo exhibition called “The Plate of Happiness” which will be orchestrated by Marrakech photographer Noureddine Tilsaghani. The exhibition will run from December 7 to January 7 on the esplanade of the Bahia Palace.The Arts & Cultures Foundation will also publish a book in honor of the festival entitled “The Career of an Artisan Cook.” The book will feature profiles of the most popular cooks in Marrakech’s the old medina, their culinary secrets and ancestral recipes.Read also: Marrakech to Host Unique Yoga and Music Festival in June
17 November 2009The United Nations human rights chief has called on judges across South Asia to ensure that everyone has access to justice, as part of efforts to combat the scourges of inequality and discrimination. While inequality and discrimination remain an enormous challenge across the world, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay singled out what she described as “the burden of multiple discrimination” that affects women, the poor, caste groups and indigenous peoples, among many others. “This web of inequality and discrimination produces swathes of social exclusion and disadvantage in our societies,” she said in a video message to the opening on Monday of a meeting of regional judges and experts from the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) and the UN Human Rights Council.The two-day event, hosted by the Maldives, looks at the interpretation of the principles of equality and non-discrimination by courts in the region and the role of judges in ensuring access to justice for all. “The judiciary can and must play a critical role in fighting the scourges of inequality and discrimination,” Ms. Pillay stressed, noting in particular that they can do this by facilitating access to justice. “Regardless of the substance of a complaint, some individuals’ claims will never be heard because of barriers to justice that discriminate against them,” she said. “This is an area in which judges may have even more power to counter discrimination and exclusion.” She added that OHCHR hoped to strengthen its cooperation with judiciaries in South Asia and support them through the dissemination of good practices and comparative jurisprudence, and to facilitate the sharing of experience and insights among peers.
“First forecasts for the 2013 wheat harvest point to production increasing to 690 million tonnes – 4.3 per cent up on 2012,” according to FAO’s quarterly ‘Crop Prospects and Food Situation’ report.“This would be the second largest crop on record,” FAO noted in a press release, below the record harvest of 700 million tonnes in 2011.The hike is expected mostly in Europe, driven by an expansion in wheat planting areas in response to high prices and a recovery in yields from Russia and some other countries, FAO said.The outlook in the United States, dampened by earlier drought conditions, has improved somewhat, the UN agency said.Coarse grains and paddy crops are not yet planted making it too early for even a preliminary global cereal forecast, but FAO expects “generally favourable” prospects for the first 2013 coarse grain crops in the southern hemisphere. Rice prospects are also encouraging in several countries below the equator. The report also surveyed the food security situations in developing countries, including several hotspots. Of the countries cited, FAO noted that insecurity in northern Mali has disrupted food commodity flows worsening an “already precarious” food situation created by a drought in 2011.Meanwhile, FAO’s Food Price Index – which measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – remained at 210 points for a second straight month.The FAO Cereal Price Index dropped less than 1 per cent to 245 points in February, but still 8 per cent higher than last year at this time. Prices for oils and fats averaged 206 points, up 0.4 per cent from January. The rise was driven mainly by palm oil, reflecting the expected seasonal production slowdown and reduction in inventories. Dairy prices rose five points, or 2.4 per cent, to 203 points. Meat prices averaged 178, the same as in January, with marginally higher pork prices offsetting a slight dip in poultry. Sugar prices declined for a fourth consecutive month on the expectation of a relatively large world production surplus. The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 259 in February, down 3 per cent, or 8.6 points, from January.
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TWO MEN HAVE been injured in separate assaults at pubs in Belfast overnight.The PSNI today appealed for information following the report of a man having sustained serious head injuries outside a bar in the Antrim Road area. The incident is believed to have happened shortly after midnight.In a separate incident detectives in Musgrave are also investigating an assault inside a licensed premises in the Donegall Street area in the early hours of this morning.Shortly after 12.15am Police received a report that a 31-year-old male had been assaulted. He sustained facial injuries which required hospital treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The assailant is described as being approximately 5’6″/5’7″ tall, slim build, in his early 20s and with short dark hair. He was in the company of two other males who were approximately 6′ tall.Police are asking for anyone who may have any information about the first incident to contact them at York Road on 0845 600 8000. Anyone with information about the assault in the Donegall Street area can contact Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000.Or, if someone would prefer to provide information on either of these incidents without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Garda sustained ‘serious facial injury’ in attack at Dublin house>More: PSNI seek witnesses to assault of teenage girl>
L’iPhone 4S gratuit chez l’opérateur autrichien Drei !L’opérateur autrichien Drei propose une offre qui semble imbattable pour l’iPhone 4S d’Apple !L’iPhone 4S est le smartphone le plus prisé de ces dernières semaines. Il est à noter tout de même que ce dernier n’est pas vendu partout au même tarif. Plus particulièrement, les utilisateurs belges et autrichiens ne bénéficient pas des mêmes offres.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Les Belges se plaignaient que l’offre de l’iPhone 4S était trop onéreuse, certains clients français ont fait de même et on ne saurait leur donner tort au vu de la possibilité offerte par l’opérateur autrichien Drei. Ce dernier permet à ses clients d’obtenir l’iPhone 4S pour trois fois rien ou presque… Chez cet opérateur, l’iPhone 4S est disponible gratuitement dans une offre assortie d’un forfait illimité à 45 euros par mois ! En France, nous ne trouvons pas ce portable à moins de 100 euros ! Avec cette offre, les Autrichiens sont les champions du monde… en attendant peut-être que Free mobile propose mieux ! Le 1 novembre 2011 à 10:54 • Maxime Lambert
Two suspected robbers were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Katlarkhal area of Sarankhola point in the Sundarbans on Wednesday morning.The deceased are identified as Yusuf Fakir and Ruhul Amin.RAB officials claimed that Yusuf is the second-in-command of robber group ‘Abbas Bahini’ and Ruhul Amin as its member.RAB also recovered arms and ammunition from the spot.
The Bewildering Slavery of Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in October Stay on target Many of this fall’s biggest releases have loot boxes or loot box-like DLC. This includes titles such as Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Forza Motorsport 7, and Destiny 2. Given their randomly generated nature, some like John “Total Biscuit” Bain believe the ESRB should officially qualify loot boxes as a form of gambling. Unfortunately for these folks, that’s something that isn’t going to happen.Speaking with Kotaku via email, an ESRB spokesperson stated that the “ESRB does not consider loot boxes to be gambling.” The spokesperson also said: “While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.”The ESRB already has categories for in-game gambling and real-world gambling. According to the organization, real gambling involves users wagering real cash, while simulated gambling involves virtual cash or currency. The spokesperson added that any game with real-world gambling would automatically get an “Adults Only” rating.AdChoices广告This is certainly a touchy subject. Some gamers feel randomized loot boxes (or microtransactions in general) have no place in a $60 game. Conversely, there are others who don’t have an issue with loot boxes so long as they do not impact the core gaming experience. Given the billions of dollars video game creators make from DLC each year, things like loot boxes aren’t going away anytime soon. If you are truly against loot boxes in games, you are free to exercise your right to not buy a title with them. In the end, it is up to you, the consumer, to decide where to spend your money.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: A 35-year-old man was found lying in a pool of blood inside Nakhoda Masjid on Tuesday morning. A housekeeping staff saw the man and informed his seniors. The victim, identified as Shaikh Faisal, was rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).According to sources, the staff had gone to the second floor of the masjid for cleaning at around 8:30 am on Tuesday morning. On entering, he saw Faisal lying in a pool of blood and a hammer found beside him had blood stains on it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe masjid authority informed the Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, Shafique Qasmi, and Jorasanko police station. Police rushed to the spot and took the victim to CMCH where he is currently admitted. “Our cleaning staff saw the injured person and informed us. Apart from Fridays due to Jumma Namaz the masjid remains less crowded. As the second floor on Tuesday had no devotees, none of us visited. Police are investigating the case. The accused person is believed to be a Bangladeshi and might be known to the victim,” said Qasmi. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, Faisal regained consciousness around 2:30 pm and informed the sleuths that he lives at the nearby Jeliatola Lane. He had recognised the accused but could not recollect his name. The only thing he knows is that he is a Bangladeshi national. Based on the information, the sleuths have initiated a case on charges of attempt to murder. Police are checking the CCTVs of Nakhoda Masjid for clues. Forensic experts had visited the masjid and collected samples from the spot. It is learnt that Faisal deals with foreign currency exchange. The sleuths suspect that he might have had some deal with the accused and a conflict had occurred.
Summer in Durbs is undoubtedly a treat. Its world class beaches are a Shangri-La for sun worshippers, and after a hard day relaxing on the Golden Mile, you can reward yourself with a chilled sun-downer at your favourite restaurant. But there is so much more on offer. Having made beautiful KZN their home, and being mad about all things Durban, the road safety experts at Dunlop ask, “why not take an awe-inspiring tour of several exceptional world cultures by simply visiting some of KZN’s most iconic landmarks on your #Daycation?”Eastern vibrancy – The Indian QuarterDon’t Miss Durban’s Indian Quarter!Better known by Durbanites as “Grey Street”, this area of Durban Central houses one of the oldest markets on the continent, and is an awakening of the senses like no other. The Juma Masjid Mosque is the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere, and with its majestic minarets, is surely the most beautiful. In close quarters with it are the Madressa Arcade Bazaar and the Victoria Street Market. These bustling commercial centres bring the wares of India, Pakistan, China and even Somalia to our shores, showcasing the colourful and fragrant vigour of each country to the full.Nkwaleni Valley – The proud heritage of the isiZuluThe Passionate War DanceTake a #Daycation to a destination that unabashedly celebrates life, as it would have been, in a traditional and untouched kraal in precolonial times. Nkwaleni Valley is situated in the heart of Zululand, and interestingly enough, found its genesis in the much-lauded TV biopic, Shaka Zulu. Learn more about how hut building was a sophisticated exercise in sustainable design, how beer was brewed and the role it plays in rituals, and the incredibly rich spiritual beliefs Zulu tribes held (including, crucially, the person of the Sangoma). Before setting out on the drive, though, ensure that your tyres are family-safe with this Red Hot Rubber Deal.Empire and conquest – insights into colonial timesDetail from “Defense de Rorke’s Drift” by Alphonse de NeuvilleThe colonial project is, and will always be, a controversial topic. However, it is a part of our history, and the many museums and sites marking its past provide a fascinating picture of the life and struggles of the settler populations. The Durban City Hall is a stunning example of neo-classical architecture, and hosts both the Natural Science Museum and an Art Gallery. The museum is a treat for kids (and curious adults!), and houses a life-size T-Rex, the mummified Peten-Amen, a Dodo skeleton, wildlife displays and the 3rd largest collection of bird specimens in the world. The Art Gallery contains emotive work by Black artists dating back to the turbulent 1970s. In close proximity is the Old Courthouse Museum, which provides another look into colonial life. And not to be missed, if you’re in the area, is the KwaMuhle Museum, which provides a sobering look into more recent South African history.But remember, safety isn’t just a wordYour Durbs #Daycation should be an awesome experience, and there’s no doubt you’ll want to bring back only the very best of memories from your travels. To ensure that you’re #SaferThanSafe this holiday season, visit your nearest Dunlop Zone or Request a Quote Online – you may be pleasantly surprised!
Source = ICSP Virgin Australia and Qantas have collected the major awards of International Customer Service Month celebrations in Australia staged by customer service development company International Customer Service Professionals (ICSP).Virgin Australia won the ICSP International Outstanding Business Award and Qantas’ Elio Pilatti, Inflight Customer Service Manager for Qantas based in Perth, won the Outstanding Individual Award.The awards were judged on a range of international customer service best practice measurements. ICSP has been conducting its annual customer service awards since 2003.CEO of ICSP, Tricia Olsen said Virgin Australia’s entry focussed on the airline’s training and development of its people which was the forerunner to the airline’s current branding campaign.“In the service world it’s brave to show off your people as your point of difference, but there is real substance behind the Virgin Australia’s new profiling,” she said.“For 17 years, Elio Pilatti has been an outstanding inflight ambassador for Qantas, consistently providing exceptional customer service,” Ms Olsen said.The awards were announced in Melbourne on Friday.
The Big Mango is part of Australia’s 150 ‘big things’ along with the Big Pineapple and Big Banana. The replica mango, which is 33 feet tall, 26 feet wide and weighs seven tons, was stolen in the dead of Sunday night by fast food chain Nandos as a publicity stunt, the Daily Mercury reported. Thieves that stole Queensland’s Big Mango, the star tourist attraction in the City of Bowen, have come clean. Source = ETB News: T.N. “At the end of the day it’s a bloody big mango and I’m sure someone will see it and we’ll find it anyway,” Bowen Tourism head Paul McLaughlin said. Local Bowen Police originally through the operation was likely to be a stunt to attract tourists to Bowen and the local tourism body did not seem worried. According to CCTV footage, the mango was seen to be stolen in a highly organised operation, including a truck mounted crane and a team of several men. After a social media campaign was formed to find the Big Mango, Nando’s came clean by releasing a video of their team taking the mango, a hoax which has come under fire by locals.
During a special Bastille Day (14 July) industry luncheon celebration in Sydney, the prestigious National Order of Merit Medal was presented by Mr Patrick Benhamou, Regional Manager ATOUT France to the Scenic Group in recognition of its longterm commitment to driving tourism to France. FranceRiver cruiseScenic Group “We are honoured to be presented this prestigious medal whilst celebrating a day of such national significance to the French people. In the years since we commenced operations we have brought tens of thousands of guests from around the world travel to France, to experience all of the cultural, historic, culinary delights and beauty this country has in abundance”, said Anthony Laver, Scenic Group General Manager of Marketing, Australasia.The Scenic Group, parent company of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Evergreen Cruises and Tours and Scenic Eclipse, has invested in 3 Space-Ships and 1 Emerald Waterways Star-Ship to cruise the waterways of Southern of France, the Seine and the Bordeaux regions. Scenic was the river cruise line to create an exclusive on board cooking school – Scenic Cullinaire, giving its guests the opportunity to experiment and explore the unique culinary experiences that only France has to offer.
San Francisco, CA – Signature Flight Support Corporation’s San Francisco (SFO) facility has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) GOLD CI certification, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the United States Green Building Council. The council provides third-party verification that a building has been designed and built to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, use water efficiently and improve indoor air quality thereby reducing the building’s impact on the environment. Its certification point system offers four types of certification, GOLD being the second highest level attainable.Eric Hietala, Regional Vice President for Signature Flight Support Corporation’s Western Region commented: “Signature Flight Support, as a global leader in business aviation flight support services, is delighted to have Signature San Francisco LEED Gold CI certified. This certification validates Signature Flight Support’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our facilities. It also provides a clear framework for identifying practical “greener” solutions for future locations.”SchenkelShultz Architecture designed the facility improvements and Kraus-Manning Inc. acted as the project manager to ensure compliance with LEED specifications. Facility improvements included an extensive renovation of the existing 9,800 sq. ft. executive terminal and the two existing 25,000 sq. ft. aircraft storage hangars. The renovation included new heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as upgraded replacements of the mechanical and lighting systems for improved energy efficiency and performance. These efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in lighting power consumption relative to industry standards. Interior finishes, doors, and millwork were also replaced and low VOC binders and adhesives were used to improve the indoor air quality.The project also included new additions to the terminal which added 2,800 sq. ft. of new facility space. The improvements provided upgraded amenities for travelers including an expanded lobby, seating areas, restrooms, and security screening facilities. Employee facilities were also renovated including a new flight dispatch and operations area and a galley kitchen.Signature Flight Support Corporation’s San Francisco fixed-base operation is continuing to reduce its environmental impact through its daily operations. Alternative fuel ground handling equipment is being utilized and recycling bins are located throughout the facility encouraging both employees and travelers to recycle. Bike racks, showers and changing facilities have also been installed to encourage employees to commute by bicycle. Signature Flight Support Corporation, being a BBA Aviation plc company, is continuously working to reduce its impact on the environment as part of its corporate social responsibility mandate.
Shannon Airport will be the refueling stop for British Airways’ planned business-class only flights from London City to New York.During the stop at the west Ireland airport, customers will benefit from a special arrangement that will allow them to complete USA arrivals checks, meaning they will by-pass the normal arrivals checks when they land in New York and speed straight through the airport.The airline announced in January plans to launch twice-daily business class flights between London City and New York. It is expected the new service will launch in autumn 2009. Eastbound flights will be non-stop.Flights will be operated by Airbus 318 aircraft, the largest aircraft that can take-off and land at London City airport. The service – the only long haul flights to and from London City – will offer a one-cabin business class product with 32 seats. Customers will enjoy a specially designed personal onboard service that will include a flat bed and a dining service similar to that of British Airways’ Club World business class.On the ground, customers will be able to arrive at the airport up to 15 minutes before departure. This combined with the ability to by-pass the usual arrivals checks in New York makes it the most convenient way for people traveling between the heart of the City of London and New York City.Robert Boyle, British Airways commercial director, said: “Our planned business-class only service will be the most convenient way to travel between London and New York for those people based in or traveling to the heart of London. Many city workers will be able to get from desk to aircraft in as little as 30 minutes. This combined with Shannon airport’s ability to complete USA arrival checks during the planned refueling stop will ensure customers can make the most of their time and travel desk to desk in the quickest time possible.”“Combined with our 10 flights per day service between Heathrow and New York and our new daily service from Gatwick, it means that British Airways customers will have the biggest choice of flights between the world’s two biggest business capitals.”
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