APTN National NewsThe Akwesasne Mohawk nation is gearing up to host the 2011 President’s Cup Championship.The national senior lacrosse tournament is expected to draw thousands of spectators for the season-end finale.Seven teams from across Canada will compete for the cup. The tournament begins next Monday and wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 4.The location of the tournament changes each year and was last held in Akwesasne territory back in 1996.
Bengaluru: Karnataka minister G T Deve Gowda on Wednesday said that his party JD(S)’ workers in Mysuru and elsewhere might have voted for the BJP, underlining the unease between ruling coalition partners. The Congress and the JDS had fought the Lok Sabha elections together, but the seat sharing understanding was marred by differences between members of the two parties which had been bitter rivals before they joined hands to form government. “There were some differences between the two parties. Take Udbur for example. People fought like there any panchayat election. “Those who were in Congress voted for Congress and those in JD(S) voted for the BJP. Similar things happened elsewhere too,” Gowda told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghGowda added that if the two parties could have combined their strength, there was no scope for the BJP to win even five seats out of 28 in Karnataka. He also pointed out that coalition should have been formalised much earlier for better coordination and results. The statement triggered a strong reaction from the Congress, with its state president Dinesh Gundu Rao saying it was not good for the coalition government. Expressing shock, Rao said, “I am not able to figure out how he (Gowda) had worked during the election because he has given contradictory statements. Such statements are not good for the coalition government.” “Such things would happen because those given responsibility did not work sincerely. There seems to be lack of sincerity,” the Congress leader said. He also junked Gowda’s statement about delay in formalising the alliance. “We formed the coalition much earlier. There was no delay in forming the coalition…” Mpost
Heraldo Muñoz of Chile and Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein will be expected to report back to Sheikha Haya on the outcome of their consultations by the end of next month, the President said in a letter sent to UN Member States yesterday.Sheikha Haya has asked Mr. Muñoz and Mr. Wenaweser to use last month’s report of the five facilitators on Council reform she appointed in January as the basis for their consultations.That report found that even though there is overwhelming support for Council reform, the world’s countries remain so divided on the details – from the question of expansion to the use of the veto to the categories of membership – that a transitional stage of reform may be necessary to break the deadlock.The report stated that a “significant number of Member States tend to agree that their ideal solution may not be possible at this stage, and believe that it may be more reasonable to consider the best possible solution for now.” It called on nations to “explore new and emerging ideas concerning a transitional approach” to Council reform, in which there would be an intermediate arrangement ending with a mandatory review at a pre-determined date to decide if that arrangement should continue. Member States would not have to give up their original position pending the mandatory review, according to the report, which proposed four possibilities for an intermediate category of Council seats.Mr. Muñoz is one of five facilitators who presented that report, with the others being the permanent representatives of Tunisia (Ali Hachani), Cyprus (Andreas D. Mavroyiannis), Croatia (Mirjana Mladineo) and the Netherlands (Frank Majoor).Sheikha Haya said in her letter that those facilitators would continue to advise her on the issue. 23 May 2007General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has appointed the ambassadors of Chile and Liechtenstein to conduct consultations with United Nations Member States on how to move forward on reform of the 15-member Security Council.
Zambia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Gabon were chosen in that order to fill the four vacant African seats on the 47-member panel, according to a formula that allots seats among regions.The three seats up for grabs in the Latin America and the Caribbean region – successful candidates in each category must obtain an absolute majority of valid votes cast by the 192 General Assembly members – went to Chile, Brazil and Argentina.In the Eastern European category, Slovakia and Ukraine won the two available seats, while Serbia was unsuccessful.Six countries contested the four positions distributed to Asian States, with Japan, Bahrain, the Republic of Korea and Pakistan winning the most votes to join the panel, and Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste missing out.The closest contest occurred in the race for the two vacant seats in the Western European and Other States category. France scored 123 votes and the United Kingdom picked up 120, edging out Spain, which garnered 119 votes.General Assembly spokesperson Janos Tisovszky told reporters that there were 190 valid votes and two invalid votes in the Western European and Other States category. Ten of the valid votes cast were abstentions.Some of the successful candidates today had been due to retire on 19 June, when their current term on the HRC expires – they were Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom.Under Council rules, members serve for three-year periods and cannot run for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms. Overall, the 47 members include 13 from Africa, 13 from Asia, six from Eastern Europe, eight from Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven from Western Europe and Other States. 21 May 2008Fifteen countries from around the world have been elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for three-year terms starting next month after one round of balloting today among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York.
A group of 500 Burundians has returned home from Tanzania with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is running weekly convoys for some 50,000 refugees who have signed up to be repatriated.On Thursday, a third convoy facilitated by UNHCR took home some 520 Burundians from camps in western Tanzania, as more refugees signed up for the voluntary return. More than 50,000 people living in camps along Tanzania’s western border with Burundi have registered for the partially assisted return programme, which has so far aided nearly 1,500 refugees since it began on 28 March.Meanwhile, some of the spontaneous returnees said that they made their own arrangements because they wished to return home immediately and did not want to wait for their turn on the convoys, according to a spokesman for the agency.Many of those who have registered to return wish to go to southern Burundi provinces such as Ruyigi and Makamba, spokesman Ron Redmond said, “but UNHCR is not aiding returns to these areas because of continuing security concerns.”Last week, Burundi, Tanzania and UNHCR agreed that for the time being, returns would be facilitated only to Muyinga province in the north.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Elizabeth Bruce stole £5,500 from pupils at a private boarding schoolCredit: Portsmouth News/Solent News & Photo Agency Simon Merriam, the school bursar, said in a statement read in court: “This set of incidents has had a huge impact on the boarding community at St John’s.”It led to boarders not trusting each other.”He added: “We’re 25 boarders down as things stand and whilst this is not all directly-related to the thefts we know they have contributed.”Our reputation overseas has very much been damaged.”The school’s website states it currently has around 125 boarders.When police searched Bruce’s home they found a Pandora bracelet and a purse belonging to young pupils. One girl was a victim of Bruce’s actions four times and another girl, 14, was left upset and struggled to trust those she boarded with after a purse her family gave her as a Christmas present was stolen by Bruce.In a statement she said: “(Bruce) going through my personal belongings and taking them made me feel angry and upset.”Overseas boarders pay £26,295-a-year at St John’s. Around 600 pupils study between Reception and Year 13.Robert Reid, prosecuting, said: “During a period of time between July 2014 and March 2016 the school was experiencing a problem in relation to thefts of property with a result that the police on February 7 set up a covert camera to try and establish who was responsible.”They left a purse containing £60, covered by a covert camera, and they saw this defendant come across the purse and go into it wearing gloves and she was arrested on suspicion of theft.”Bruce, who worked for 20 years at the school which was established in 1908, was handed an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 15 months at Portsmouth Crown Court.Recorder John Williams ordered her to pay £842 compensation and complete 30 days of rehabilitation along with 120 hours of unpaid work.Sentencing, the judge said: “The series of offences would have no doubt continued.”James Caldwell, mitigating for Bruce, said she was willing to do unpaid work. Bruce said “thank you” as she was sentenced. A private boarding school bursar has blamed a string of thefts by a cleaner for damaging its reputation abroad and contributing to a fall in admissions.Elizabeth Bruce stole cash, Chinese currency, purses, clothes shop vouchers and a Pandora bracelet from pupils in a string of thefts at the £26,295-a-year St John’s College, in Southsea, Hants.The 18-month stealing spree that totalled £5,500 was finally ended after police caught Bruce rifling through a planted purse on a covert camera.Bruce, 52, of Southsea, Hants, admitted 15 thefts and confessed to another 19 that were taken into consideration in court. The entrance to St John’s College, in SouthseaCredit:Julian Pottage/Alamy Stock Photo
← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic is no longer PPD Zagreb coach! Next Story → Bertus Servaas about Janc: We want him, but it won’t be easy Ante AncicRK PPD Zagreb RK PPD Zagreb and Veselin Vujovic are no more a part of the same story! Two sided parted by mutual agreement on Monday after 0-4 start in the VELUX EHF Champions League. However, club’s director Ante Ancic was said to annunce news about Vujovic’s departure:Unfortunately, our budget don’t support qualities of coach level of Veselin Vujovic, so we agreed that he can take Slovenian national team in order to reach his real financial potential on the market. That allowed us to keep him on longer period and him to earn properly. However, that was ok for some period of time, before Rio. Absence of our coach for three months due Olympic Games is the main reason for our bad results at VELUX EHF Champions League. Now, we knew that Vujovic would find the way from the crisis, but what will happen in December, when he went out for month and a half with Slovenia for France 2017? Who will prepare the team for the second part of the season. That’s why our decision is like this. We need coach 24 hours dedicated to the club next eight months. I believe that Vujovic will stay friend of our club and that there will be chance to come back on bench in the future – said Ancic and added:People underestimate strenght of Meshkov Brest, which budget is without border. Atman and Kristopans earnings are equal of wages of whole Zagreb squad – concluded PPD Zagreb director.Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uroš Hočevar.
A PLAY THAT was banned from being performed after it was slammed as being “disrespectful to Christians” and “blasphemous” is to go ahead this week.Councillors in Newtownabbey last week pulled a performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) from the council-run Theatre at the Mill, with one councillor saying that there was a “need to protect Christian values”.Compared to the likes of Monty Python, the show has toured the world, even playing at the Jerusalem Festival without objection.Following the banning, Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company addressed the matter in a podcast, stating that people who had “never seen it or read it” had decided to ban the production.CensorshipIn a conversation with the producer, Davey Naylor, Tichenor said that the cast and producers were “hardly the victims here” but that it was the people of Newtownabbey that were having their “freedom of speech and freedom of religion” curtailed.Naylor said he felt sorry for people of Newtownabbey who couldn’t see it and “make their own mind up” adding that it all came down to censorship.However, less than 24 hours after the podcast was posted, the artistic council of the theatre reversed its ban and the Newtownabbey Borough Council voted to uphold the artistic leadership of the theatre and allow the banned play to go ahead.Ban liftedThe production company tweeted:(Twitter/@reduced)However, The Irish News reports today that there were angry scenes at last nights Newtownabbey Borough Council meeting, with several DUP councillors denouncing the decision to put the play back on.Following the U-turn, the production company said there has been such a rush to buy tickets that the theatre’s online booking system has crashed.(Twitter/@reduced)The play will be staged at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey tomorrow and Thursday night. Related:‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland>
We’ve seen our share of do-it-yourself portable game systems in our time, such as this handheld Nintendo 64, or an NES built into an NES game cartridge. This time around, the portable NES isn’t built into the vehicle through which you play it, but is instead impressive another way: it’s 3D-printed.Dubbed the NESPo for obvious reasons, modder Dave Nunez decided to create the portable NES using a Nintendo-on-a-chip (NOAC), which is an NES hardware clone, because he didn’t want to destroy an original console. He purchased an NOAC for $15 — the Retro-BIT RES — and chopped it up to access the vital guttyworks. A $20 4.3-inch TFT reverse camera screen was used, as well as a NiMH rechargeable battery in place of a lithium polymer battery since those require a specialized discharge circuit. The battery bestows the overall system with around three hours of life.The unique aspect of the NESPo, though, is that the case and buttons are 3D-printed. Nunez designed the parts in OpenSCAD, then printed them out with polylactic acid (PLA) using the Makerbot Replicator 2. The entire printing process took 14-and-a-half hours. After that, Nunez affixed all of the NOAC parts into the casing.Then he designed and printed the buttons, attached them and the case’s front and back face plates, and hoped nothing broke when he smooshed the whole thing together. The end result is a nice, do-it-yourself portable NES that houses the game cartridge inside the unit. It may not be ergonomically sound, but it looks nice and is playable.Check out Nunez’s blog for intricate details of the entire process.
Short URL 83 Comments 20,636 Views Donna Brazile Image: J. Scott Applewhite By AFP Nov 1st 2016, 7:24 AM CNN parts company with Democrat analyst over debate question leaks to Clinton Hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 7:24 AM https://jrnl.ie/3056265 Donna Brazile Image: J. Scott Applewhite CNN SAYS IT has parted ways with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile after hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions with Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of events sponsored by the network.Brazile, who has long worked as an analyst for the news channel, had been on leave since agreeing in July to serve as acting chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. But the network announced she had resigned.WikiLeaks yesterday revealed she sent an email to top Clinton aides on the eve of a primary debate with Bernie Sanders hosted by CNN in the Michigan city of Flint, which is facing a crisis over elevated lead levels in its water.“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” Brazile told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri in the email.“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl (people) of Flint,” Brazile said.During the debate the next day, Clinton was indeed addressed by a women who said her family had skin problems, although the woman’s question was markedly different.QuestionIn a message dated 12 March, one day ahead of a CNN town hall, Brazile told Palmieri that “from time to time I get the questions in advance,” promising to send more in the future.In the same message, she seemed to suggest Clinton would be asked a question about the death penalty.CNN said it was “completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”It also said that it “never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate.”On Twitter, Brazile said she was honoured “to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network”.For weeks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused his rival of having had an unfair advantage over Sanders, including advanced knowledge of debate questions.Until now, those accusations had been largely unsubstantiated.Brazile’s messages were made public by WikiLeaks following a hack of Podesta’s emails. The Democratic Party has yet to confirm or deny their authenticity.© – AFP, 2016Read: “I don’t see any possible future” – 15,000 people left homeless by Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 yearsRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Share20 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Spanish right-back was injured in the match against Chelsea in the English Premier League and will be out of the season for Arsenal.Hector Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the match between his club Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League weekend fixture.The Spanish right-back will be out for the season for the Gunners, and teammate Laurent Koscielny has given him some advice.“As I said to him yesterday, put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends,” Koscielny was quoted by Sky Sports.“He is starting a new chapter of his career. It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together,” he added.“It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup.”“But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2001 as part of the youth system after many years in the Barcelona young squads.He debuted professionally in 2013 with the Gunners and was loaned to Watford for a year in the 2013-2014 season.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been taken to the hospital after a car crashed into a Northwest Miami-Dade church.The driver slammed into Church of God of Prophecy, near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 60th Street, Tuesday night.A person who was trapped in the vehicle was later taken to the hospital in unknown condition.Plywood could be spotted covering the hole left behind by the crash, Wednesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The cover focuses on the power of polarization between different communities and races. With more than 100 print magazines submitting 270 covers to compete in 10 categories, Staake originally won in ASME’s News and Politics category. The ninth annual ASME Best Cover Contest was open to all consumer print magazines published in the 2014 calendar year. Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME, announced the winners. And Staake has a personal connection to the illustration. “I lived in St. Louis for 17 years, moving there from Los Angeles,” he tells The Washington Post. “It’s a beautiful city, but it didn’t take me long for me to perceive its ‘ugly’ racial underbelly—which is not uncommon in many other major American cities,” Staake adds. Sports and Adventure: ESPN The Magazine, October 13, 2014 Brainiest: Bloomberg Businessweek, August 4, 2014 Fashion and Beauty: Harper’s Bazaar, March 2014 Science and Nature: New York, June 9-15, 2014 Lifestyle: Men’s Health, November 2014 Family and Home: FamilyFun, August 2014 Here are the other categorical winners: Entertainment and Celebrity: The New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2014 Business and Technology: The Atlantic, November 2014 On Wednesday, The New Yorker’s “Broken Arch,” published on December 8, 2014, was named ASME’s Cover of the Year. The illustration was developed by Bob Staake, and is a topical nod to the events that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. last year. Most Delicious: Bon Appétit, June 2014
A bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, son of late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim is Momena Begum, 25, daughter of Shahid Mollah, and a resident of Purbapara village in Kotalipara upazila.Police said the accident took place around 9:30am on the Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Khanarpara.”The bus fell into a roadside ditch, killing two persons on the spot,” said Sirajul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar police station.The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.
The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on Saturday formed a six-member committee to investigate the fire at Chawkbazar, reports UNB.At least 67 people were killed and around 41 others injured on Wednesday night after a fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through several nearby buildings.Former IEB president engineer Md Nurul Huda has been made convener of the committee, tasked with finding out “proper reasons” of the fire and making recommendations. IEB’s honorary assistant general secretary (academic and international) engineer Kazi Khairul Bashar is the committee’s member secretary.Other members are – IEB central council member engineer Hamidur Haque, professor Monaj Ahmed Noor, engineer Yasir Arafat and engineer Kazi Bayezid Kabir.The committee has been asked to visit the site, collect data, and scrutinise engineering and technical issues. It has to file a full report within the next seven days.
Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society It has often been said that solar cells are like artificial versions of the photosynthetic apparatuses found in plants, such as leaves, since both harvest sunlight. But nature’s leaves can do something that most solar cells cannot do: protect themselves against photochemical damage from overexposure to sunlight. Illustration of the light-harvesting funnel array that directs energy to a focal point along diverse routes, and then slowly off-loads the energy to a solar cell or other device. Credit: Raymond Ziessel, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society More information: Raymond Ziessel, et al. “An Artificial Light-Harvesting Array Constructed from Multiple Bodipy Dyes.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja4049306 Researchers recreate photosynthesis to power devices © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore further 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: Photon funnel could direct and regulate light into solar cells (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-photon-funnel-solar-cells.html In an attempt to protect artificial light-harvesting devices from sun damage, chemists have designed a funnel-shaped molecular-scale array that harvests photons, spreads the energy around the array, and off-loads the energy at a relatively slow rate to a solar cell or other device. By regulating the amount of energy that enters the solar cell, the new array could extend the lifetime of the solar cell, which must function in harsh conditions associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.The researchers, Raymond Ziessel, Gilles Ulrich, and Alexandre Haefele at the University of Strasbourg in France, along with Anthony Harriman at Newcastle University in the UK, have published their paper on their artificial light-harvesting array in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.”UV light is harmful to the cells and to the supporting structure,” Harriman told Phys.org. “Photons are lost by way of annihilation, and optimal performance requires a steady flux of photons. This is even more important for water-splitting devices, which is where we see our light harvester having real applications.”The new array consists of 21 Bodipy (“boron-dipyrromethene”) dyes, which are highly fluorescent dyes known for their good light absorption and emission. The Bodipy dyes are arranged in a funnel-like design that converges onto a focal point. When exposed to light, the array guides the excitation energy from incident photons through the funnel through a series of cascading energy transfer steps until the energy reaches the focal point. The most important feature of the design is its ability to self-regulate its energy. When the focal point is in an excited state, further energy transfer to the focal point is restricted. In order to increase the amount of energy that reaches the focal point, the topology of the array provides diverse travel routes for the energy to ensure different arrival times. The strategy involves redistributing excess energy within the array until the focal point is no longer “saturated.” This mechanism for protecting against overexposure to sunlight is not strictly based on the mechanisms used by plants. In nature, various different mechanisms have evolved for this purpose, although the details of these mechanisms are still under active debate.While the properties of the new array are intriguing, the scientists add that the actual synthesis is also state-of-the-art. Using Bodipy dyes as building blocks allows certainty about the emergent structure, unlike when using other molecules, such as dendrimers, where it is difficult to assure complete growth with each layer. In the future, the molecular-scale funnel could protect solar cells by functioning as a sensitizer; that is, transferring energy in a controlled way to the solar cells or other external devices. The array also provides a benefit in stability compared with using a mixture of compounds. And although the array restricts energy transfer, it does not decrease solar cell efficiency.”At present, the limiting efficiency is coupling together the two systems,” Harriman said. “In principle, there should be no decrease in efficiency. The real advantage will come from using a large-area collector and a small-area solar cell.”In the future, the researchers plan to improve the transfer of photons from the array to the solar cell.”We are trying to build systems where the photons move easily from cluster to cluster before being trapped by the solar cell,” Harriman said. “Also, we are looking into ways to push the photons towards the solar cell, rather than rely on random migrations. This kind of quantum coherence might be important in certain cases in nature but is way beyond the current capability of artificial systems. We have ideas on how to improve and we foresee rapid progress in this field.”
Want to turn over a new leaf on New Year? No need now to spend sleepless nights fretting over how to tell your significant other that you are moving on — thanks to a new app that claims to do the thing in the way you like.Named ‘Breakup Shop’, the site, whose slogan is “Let us help you end it”, uses email, snail mail, text or Snapchat, at prices from 6 pounds sterling to 30 pounds for customised naughty or nice options, The Sun reported.“It’s hard to break-up with someone. Let us do it for you. We’ll send a phone call to your future ex to share the bad news,” The Breakup Shop says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Warring couples can use the website to do the dirty work of splitting up for them — by sending a text telling your partner that you are dumping them. Users are given the option of buying emails or a written letter and phone call services from the site. Once paid for, the break-up is sent or spoken directly to your future ex.Customers can select a break-up to suit their price range or personal preference.A break-up text or email costs around 6.50 pounds, while a text-bouquet combo will cost you 32 pounds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe site also sells The Notebook on DVD, boxes of cookies and Netflix giftcards to people who have recently been axed from a relationship.The site provides the option of sending standard pre-written or custom made letters to your to-be ex.Nice options include a gift pack with chocolate chip cookies and a copy of The Notebook on Blu-way while one naughty option sends a “mean photo attachment” of you with your new replacement.Yet another feature of the website is the break-up phone call service, offered at 20 pounds if you are in “no rush” or 26 pounds for a call “within 24 hours”.
Posted by Devin Kinasz Wednesday, June 21, 2017 TORONTO — ‘Try before you fly’ virtual reality (VR) technology is revolutionizing the travel industry and Travel Professionals International (TPI) is leading the pack. Hundreds of TPI travel advisors have implemented the VR technology and have successfully used it to offer consumers a preview of not only destinations but also new experiences and higher-margin product.Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President and member of Virtuoso’s technology committee, says virtual reality technology is meeting a growing need: “Travel is becoming more and more experiential every day. Travellers want unique experiences in unique destinations. Explor VR is able to provide as close to a real-life preview of this uniqueness as possible.”Explor VR technology allows clients a sneak peek of what awaits them in the world, no matter where they’re travelling. “This tool is incredible for retail environments and trade shows – basically anywhere that the travel advisor directly interacts with consumers,” says Morgan. “Not only does it have the ‘wow’ factor of being cutting edge, which draws people in, but once they try it their expectations are always exceeded. The tool allows travel advisors to show their professional value, and give clients that first class experience that makes it is harder for them to go back to economy.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsMorgan says he believes virtual reality will make consumers feel more comfortable in choosing destinations they’ve never been to before. “It will allow travel advisors to be seen as innovators and gatekeepers to the next generation of experiential travel. An important part of selling travel is to be able to craft a story for clients, as to how this isn’t just a trip, but rather an experience that they’ll never forget. Virtual reality only adds to that saleability.”One of TPI’s top performing travel advisors, Lois Barbour, has used the Explor VR app and headset at bridal shows to attract more clients. She finds that the VR experience creates buzz. “I like the fact that there are options available that put the client in the space of the resort experience. That is the next best thing to being there, and certainly better than photos. As we focus on Sandals Resorts, the pre-loaded Jamaica experience is one of the best ones for us so far. It is always better for clients to have the experience (even if it’s virtual) than listen to an explanation.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe Explor VR technology was developed by Travelweek in an effort to help travel agencies meet their changing marketing needs. “We’re always thinking of ways to add value for travel agents, so we thought long and hard about the future of travel marketing, and created a suite of sales tools agents could use to capture the attention of consumers,” says Devin Kinasz, Director of Digital Strategy, Travelweek. “The result of our efforts is the industry-leading Explor VR, which puts fun virtual reality destination experiences into the hands of agents and their customers.”To get more information and download the free Explor virtual reality app, go to explorvr.com/. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Explor VR, Technology, TPI, Virtual Reality, Xplr VR TPI using virtual reality technology to drive sales
20 of the World’s Most Fun-Filled Destinations20 of the World’s Most Fun-Filled DestinationsThe World’s Most Fun-filled Destinations explored a range of metrics from the number of amusement parks to the number of bars and restaurants, whilst taking into consideration the square km of these destinations.The Top 5 countries that should be on your bucket list include: The Netherlands – While also the number one for culture, the Netherlands boasts a huge array of museums and concert halls.Cyprus – With 188 national attractions, 31 casinos and 32 museums, Cyprus was not overlooked in terms of its flow of culture and entertainment. Belgium – Despite its small size, Belgium ranks third with 295 national attractions, 50 museums and 45 amusement, animal and water parks. United Kingdom – From concert halls and art galleries to Michelin Star restaurants and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there’s a lot of culture to explore across the UK.Germany– With the second highest number of Amusement, Animal and Water Parks, Germany has plenty of fun to throw yourself into.You can see where your country ranks here.Source = The World’s Most Fun-filled Destinations