Province to set new openair burning regulations for this Fall

first_img“People and communities deserve to have clean air. That’s why we are putting new rules in place that will lessen health impacts and allow everyone to breathe a little easier. We are also incentivizing the use of newer and cleaner technology with rules that give more flexibility if advanced burning technology is used to cut pollution.”According to the Government, new requirements to improve the protection of community air quality include more stringent rules in areas near communities, including shorter burn periods and a requirement to dry out debris, as well as larger setbacks from neighbours, schools and hospitals.More information on the new open-air burning regulations can be found on the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is making changes to regulations surrounding open-air burning.Taking effect on September 15, 2019, the Government says the changes will help protect B.C.’s air quality and people’s health by reducing fine particulate matter pollution.George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, says people deserve to breathe clean air and that the Government is offering incentives for the use of newer, cleaner burning systems.last_img read more

Paris to Hold Second FrancoMoroccan Conference for Notaries

Rabat –  The French capital will host the second Franco-Moroccan Conference for Notaries on May 20 under the theme “Family and Patrimony: Cross perspectives Morocco-France”. The conference is an annual meeting for Moroccan and French notaries to address issues related to the Franco-Moroccan conventions on and tax aspects.The conference will bring together Moroccan residents in France and French citizens investing in Morocco. Participants will discuss different issues and themes, including marriage and its effects in Morocco and France and foreign exchange regulations in the two countries. Chakib BenMoussa, Morocco’s ambassador to France, is expected to attend, as well as other representatives of the Ministry of Justice and National Agency of Real Estate and Exchange Oficces.The first edition of the event was held in Rabat in 2015 under the theme ”Moroccan systems of marriage and inhertance, cross-per between Morocco and France ” read more

Faculty invited to be part of Social Justice and Equity Studies

Faculty are invited to apply for affiliation with the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) program.The MA in SJES is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches. It trains students in critical analysis of social justice and equity issues as related to processes and struggles associated with age, ability, gender, sexuality, racism, speciesism, the environment, class and other patterns of inequality. Training in both theory and research methods links processes operating at and across a range of geographical scales, from the local to the global.SJES seeks to enact an emancipatory politics of knowledge in favouring voices and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and who are actively resisting domination. These legacies and commitments inform the teaching and research done under the auspices of the SJES program at Brock and the criteria for affiliation and admission to the program.The program unites scholars from distinct academic disciplines to provide an exciting breadth and diversity of perspectives. It is made up of participating faculty from several departments, including Child and Youth Studies, Community Health Sciences, Dramatic Arts, Education, Labour Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts and Women’s Studies. Students will be equipped to pursue doctoral studies and to offer their expertise as policy makers or policy consultants to social advocacy and social movement organizations as well as a wider public.The affiliation process and forms are found at The deadline for applications is March 18.Contact Kate Bezanson ( or the director, Susan Tilley (, with questions or concerns. read more

Syrian Governments different understanding of UN role a very serious challenge Special

Briefing the Security Council on his meeting with the Syrian Foreign Minister, held in Damascus on Wednesday, Staffan de Mistura said that an impasse had been reached over a proposed new constitution for Syria, with the UN playing a major role, as directed by the Council.The veteran envoy, who recently announced he would be stepping down at the end of next month, said that the sticking point revolved around the Syrian leadership’s view that constitutional reform, was an internal matter.He said Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem had “strongly underlined” the principle of non-interference in Member States’ affairs, adding that the constitution was “a highly sensitive matter of national sovereignty.”The key sticking point, Mr. de Mistura told the Council, was over the so-called “Middle Third List” of 50 names that the UN is backing to serve on a Constitutional Committee, to create a more democratic post-war Syria.Credibility, balance and legitimacy must be maintained He said the UN was not opposed to “constructive and moderate suggestions” so long as “spirit of credibility, balance and international legitimacy of the Middle Third List is maintained,” he said.“It is important to ensure the minimum 30 percent [participation of] women in the constitutional committee and this requires at least 24 out of the 50 in the Middle Third List to be women,” stressed the UN negotiator.The Middle Third List refers to a third of the delegates to the constitutional committee, representing Syrian experts, civil society, independents, tribal leaders and women. The other delegates would be drawn from the Government and opposition.He further said that Minister Moualem proposed that the suggested list, which was drawn up by the UN in consultation and with inputs from all actors, be withdrawn.Mr. de Mistura reiterated that the UN “could withdraw” its proposal, only if there is an agreement on a new credible, balanced and inclusive list, consistent with Security Council resolution 2254 and final peace talks led by Russia, Iran and Turkey.I will ‘spare no effort’ to resolve impasse – de MisturaIn response, the Minister indicated that he would get respond after instructions from the Syrian leadership and that the Minister “preferred at this stage” to await the outcome of the UN Special Envoy’s upcoming consultations with the Astana Guarantors, said Mr. de Mistura.The UN Special Envoy further said that given the “different understanding” by the Syrian Government of the role of the UN and other on-going diplomatic efforts, a “very serious challenge” ahead. But he said he would “spare no effort to address these challenge in the forthcoming weeks.”Addressing the Council in New York via tele-conference from Lebanon – he told members he would also brief the Presidents of France, Germany, Russia and Turkey, in Istanbul, on Saturday, on the latest developments. While the “window of opportunity” to find lasting peace for the more than seven-year conflict remains open”, he said, “it needs to be seized urgently.” read more

Excuses have got to come to an end for Ohio States mens

Members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team know now is not the time to start letting doubt creep in, even after dropping its last three games. OSU only has one win in its last 10 games, a 3-1 victory at Ferris State on Jan. 11. The team has suffered a lot of injuries this season, something OSU coach Mark Osiecki said “drastically” hurts the team’s chemistry. “Our roster has been different every game because of it,” Osiecki said. “You don’t want to use that as an excuse at all, but it’s definitely affected it.” Despite the team’s recent struggles, Osiecki stressed the importance of the team consistently maintaining a positive attitude, even if its play has not been consistent. “They’ve got a great attitude,” Osiecki said. “They love coming to the rink. If (the Schottenstein Center) was open every day, they would be in here every day shooting pucks on the ice, using open ice. That’s the mentality.” It is that mentality of working hard every day that could help the Buckeyes toward closing out the season on a high note, said senior goalie Brady Hjelle. “All the cards are right there ready to go,” Hjelle said. “We are ready to go, we just got to stay positive and keep working hard every day.” Sophomore forward Max McCormick said he agreed with Hjelle and said staying positive is key. “We can’t get down on ourselves and hang our heads,” McCormick said. “We’ve got to have a good work ethic in practice and prepare for the weekend.” OSU is scheduled to host Lake Superior State (13-12-1, 8-9-1-1 CCHA) this weekend at the Schottenstein Center. The series against the Lakers begins a stretch where OSU will play eight of its next 10 games in Columbus. “It’ll be nice to be back home here,” Osiecki said. “At home you got a full roster and we gotta play with an attitude.” Junior defenseman Curtis Gedig also said he is happy to be at home and playing in front of the home crowd, something the team has not had the chance to experience since before Christmas. “I love the building, love the atmosphere,” Gedig said. “We don’t have to worry about catching up on school because we are traveling, so that is nice.” Osiecki said the team is closer to 100 percent health than it has been since the beginning of the season, adding that he is looking forward to getting some of the players back to “knock the rust off.” Even with the roster being nearly at full strength, he said his team does not have a lot of time to waste before the end of the regular season. “Guys have to get to game speed quickly,” Osiecki said. “There’s not enough time to sit around and ease into it.” Hjelle said winning games is a must for any team at this point in the season but is happy to have the majority of the remaining games at home, which he said helps with morale. “It’s always a good time to start winning a lot of games,” Hjelle said. “It’s definitely nice being at home. It’s going to be huge for us.” Osiecki said he and the rest of the coaching staff have not had to say much in practice to keep the team focused on what they need to do. “I think the sky is still the limit,” he said. “Our guys have the right attitude. Now it is just a matter of getting some sort of comfort and chemistry going.” Gedig agreed with Osiecki that the team just has to find a way to win. “The excuses have got to come to an end,” Gedig said. “We are so close, and I believe with this team we are good enough and it will come for us.” read more

The Rockets Are Finally Playing Their Game In The Playoffs

It’s unlikely that the Rockets will play the rest of the series at the level they played Game 1 — the 27-point loss was the worst of the Spurs’ season. But however the series plays out, it’s progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. The biggest change has been in the number of threes the team gets. Over the previous three seasons, the Rockets led the league in 3-point attempt rate (the share of field-goal attempts that are 3-pointers) during the regular season before seeing significant dropoffs in the postseason. That’s particularly unusual, considering the playoff field as a whole had a higher rate in this span than the leaguewide regular-season rate.This season, the Rockets have seen a similar slide toward the mean. But they began with such an overwhelming cushion that although they’ve gone from 46.2 percent of their attempts being threes during the season to 40.3 being so in the playoffs, that 40.3 number would have led all teams during the regular season.It’s especially promising for the Rockets’ identity that they’ve continued to put up shots even though they haven’t been falling. In the Oklahoma City series, Houston shot 28 percent from three over five games and 169 attempts, including 6-for-37 in the series clincher. This was somewhat because of good coverage — the Thunder held the Rockets to 10 uncontested2No defender within 6 feet. threes per game, five fewer than their regular season average — but mostly it was just a cold spell that seems to have corrected itself. Against the Spurs in Game 1, the Rockets got 14 wide-open threes, right around their season average.Houston’s free-throw rate (a team’s number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt) hasn’t seen as consistent a downturn in the playoffs as its 3-pointers, but it’s fluctuated. The team has finished in the top two in each of the last four regular seasons, but the fouls dried up in its 2014 and 2016 playoff campaigns. Through six games this postseason, however, the team is drawing free throws at by far the highest rate in the field. The strangest thing about the Houston Rockets’ 126-99 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night wasn’t the final score, or the Spurs’ bloodless play, or even the 50 3-pointers (and 22 makes) that Houston threw up in the game. Those were all unusual, but in the way that any one-off game in a seven-game series might be. For Rockets fans, however, the big change was that for once in the playoffs, the Rockets looked like the Rockets.Over the last four seasons,1The period for which we have player-tracking data for the league. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has built the NBA’s model of efficiency. The Rockets of the regular season adhere to the fundamental tenets of Moreyball: shooting threes, driving for layups and drawing fouls. Then the playoffs begin. That’s when Houston has gone off script and played the sort of inefficient basketball it’s built to avoid. read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Share2 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday A man stabbed to death in Tallaght, an Irish woman charged with the murder of her fiancé in Sydney and Leo’s latest take on Enda. No Comments 16,059 Views Feb 18th 2017, 8:00 PM center_img Get our daily news round up: Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A mock customs post was erected on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of an anti-Brexit protest Source: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Enniscorthy community has expressed their shock after news emerged that local man David Walsh was stabbed to death in Sydney.Gardaí in Tallaght have begun investigations after a man was stabbed to death at a house on Deerpark Avenue in the early hours of this morning.Tributes were paid to Grainne O’Donnell, the 20-year-old UCC student who died from meningitis earlier this week.A mock customs post was erected as part of an anti-Brexit protest in the border counties today.A teenager was charged in relation to a cash and heroin seizure, worth €140k, in Ballymun today.Leo Varadkar said that the uncertainty around Enda Kenny’s future is “distracting and destabilising”.The Take Back the Night march against a spate of sex attacks in Shankill attracted over 150 people.A dad was jailed for 21 days for failing to pay child maintenance for his two kids.A record number of dead whales and dolphins have washed up on Irish beaches so far this year.INTERNATIONAL A Pacific storm is battering California at the moment. This picture was taken at Huntington Beach. Source: Jae C. Hong AP/Press Association Images#COLD WAR: US Vice President Mike Pence made a speech in Munich today supporting Nato, while the Russian Foreign Minister called for a “new world order” shortly afterwards.#BELGIUM: At least seven casualties were reported after a train derailed near the Belgian city of Louvain.#JUMPING THE GUN: North Korea “categorically rejects” the autopsy results for Kim Jong-Nam, even though the results haven’t actually been released yet.PARTING SHOTAn episode of RTÉ’s Nationwide from 20 years ago has been gaining a lot of notoriety this weekend.“Pint Baby“ has become a phenomenon overnight after RTÉ journalist Cian McCormack shared a small clip on Facebook.And here Pint Baby is, sure enough, with a pint of the black stuff in his hand. Source: RTE ArchivesComments have been turned off as court proceedings are ongoing in some of the reports listed. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Discovery from Irish researchers could pave way for new treatments for oesophageal

first_img Share178 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 9:34 AM 33 Comments Jan 18th 2017, 9:34 AM Image: Shutterstock/napocska A TEAM OF researchers at Trinity College Dublin have identified why many people with oesophageal cancer are resistant to radiation therapy, paving the way for potential treatments that would be more effective at treating the disease.According to the Irish Cancer Society, around 300 new cases of this form of cancer are diagnosed every year. Almost twice as many men get oesophageal cancer – which is a cancer of the food pipe – as women.While treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy are commonly offered, they are not always effective.The researchers managed to pinpoint that a particular molecule lost from cancer stem cells plays an important role in driving oesophageal cancer’s resistance to treatment.Assistant Professor Dr Stephen Maher said: “Our findings strongly suggest that it is the cancer stem cell population that we need to destroy if treatment is going to be effective in our oesophageal cancer patients”.The number of people getting the disease is sharply on the rise, with incidence rates up by 600% over the past three decades, with these numbers set to continue rising in the coming years.A majority of patients suffer resistance to radiation therapy and, to date, there had been no way to test who would respond well to therapy.The team identified tumour cells that had developed similar characteristics of stem cells.By adopting stem cell-like features, these cancer cells are able to drive and maintain the growth of tumours and help to repopulate the tumour cells damaged by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.Dr Niamh Lynam-Lennon found that that creating a synthetic version of the molecule usually lost from cancer stem cells – called miR-17 – could enhance the effectiveness for patients when used as an addition to radiotherapy.She said: “Interestingly, in the lab we found that if we put a synthetic version of miR-17 into the resistant cells they became more sensitive to radiation.This is a real possibility as a number of other synthetic miR-molecules are currently in clinical trials for treating other diseases.The Trinity team’s paper was published in the journal Oncotarget.Read: These Young Scientists asked parents about their attitude to the HPV vaccineRead: Marijuana ‘eases chronic pain, but may increase risk of schizophrenia’ 13,081 Views center_img File photo File photo Image: Shutterstock/napocska Short URL Discovery from Irish researchers could pave way for new treatments for oesophageal cancer This form of cancer is often resistant to treatment, but researchers say they’ve found a new means to fight it. By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Dragovic happy to be given another chance by Puel

first_imgAleksandar Dragovic was featuring a lot in the starting eleven of Leicester earlier this season but then, Wes Morgan came back after an injury and the Austrian had to sit on the bench.The former Bayer Leverkusen player admitted that it was very difficult for him not to be playing for a long period of time but he is happy that he was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League games.The Austria international spoke about this season as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“I am happy to be back in the first team after a long time.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I always give my best in training and I want to improve every day in training because Wes Morgan is always the perfect captain and a perfect player.”“I was happy the coach gave me the chance to play and we will see next week what happens.”“I got a kick and I was a little bit tired also.”“I got one-minute recovery, which was important, and I told Wes I was okay and he didn’t have to warm up. I was okay.”last_img read more

Fourfifths of SME employers do not have a health and wellbeing strategy

first_imgMore than four-fifths (82%) of small to medium enterprise (SME) employers do not have a health and wellbeing strategy, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its survey of 200 organisations with up to 250 staff, and of 1,500 employees working at businesses of the same size, also found that 39% of employee respondents felt they would see an improvement in their productivity if their employer introduced a wellbeing strategy. A further 35% stated that the implementation of a wellbeing strategy would boost their job satisfaction, while 22% said they would be more likely to stay in their current job.Comparatively, 65% of employees working at SME organisations that do have a strategy believe it improves their health and wellbeing.Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing expert and entrepreneur, said: “Whether [employers are] leading a multinational organisation or a small start-up, [their] employees are the most valuable asset. Leaders who support and enable a wellbeing-focused workplace can enjoy a more productive and profitable business. It’s often been said that if [employers] look after [their] people, they will look after [the] customers, which drives [the] bottom line.“Leading by example and embedding good wellbeing habits in the workplace is incredibly important. In small businesses, leaders are often more visible among their team and can create the positive environment that helps people thrive.”A quarter (24%) of SME employees stated that they have experienced job-related stress or anxiety, but only 15% agreed that their organisation provides a culture that supports mental health. Almost half (46%) admitted that they will continue working when they feel unwell and 24% would see a GP because they worry about taking time off work.Linked to this, 18% of employee respondents said they feel guilty taking time away from their desk for lunch and 27% confirmed that they send and receive emails outside of their working hours.Tracy Garrad, chief executive officer at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “Burnout is now recognised by the World Health Organisation as an occupational phenomenon. It’s becoming a workplace epidemic that poses significant risks for small businesses.“While it’s encouraging that 41% of small business leaders polled said they’d like to have a health and wellbeing strategy, more needs to be done to move the dial and change perceptions about health and wellbeing measures being the sole preserve of larger organisations.“The reality is small businesses make up more than half the UK’s total workforce and their employees are crying out for greater support.”last_img read more

Unalaska receives surprise visitor from the deep

first_imgAn Unalaskan sees if he is as long as the beached squid. (Zoë Sobel/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Carlin Enlow has lived in Unalaska her entire life, all 22 years. This is the first time she’s seen a squid washed up on the beach.Listen now“The only time I’ve seen something this big is down in the Seward Sea Life Center,” Enlow said. “They have a giant squid that I think they caught up here or washed up here.”Enlow found out about the squid on Facebook and made her way down to the beach after 10:00 p.m.“It’s kind of one of those things where it’s like, ‘That’s awesome!’” Enlow said. “And you think, oh I can rush down right now or is that a photo from a couple days ago? Did I miss it? This is a good little field trip.”A more than six-foot long squid washed up in Unalaska. (Zoë Sobel/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The chance to see the beached squid has brought out a steady stream of Unalaska residents, from on duty police officers to parents with kids wiping sleep from their eyes.But how rare is it to see a big squid on the beaches in Unalaska?According to Sea Grant agent Melissa Good it’s more common to see beached whales or other marine mammals.“My guess would be because [marine mammals] are living near the surface, whereas large squid are going to spend the majority of their time in the deep sea, so it’s less likely that they would wash up,” Good said.Although large, this is not a giant squid. Good thinks this squid is a robust clubhook squid.Although large, this is not a giant squid. Sea Grant’s Melissa Good thinks it is a robust clubhook squid. (Zoë Sobel/Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska)Unalaska is in the middle of its natural range which stretches from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska through the Aleutian Islands. But seeing this species in the wild is pretty rare.As to why it died? Good doesn’t know.But less than a day after it washed up, it’s gone. She thinks eagles and foxes made a meal out of it.“It’s become a food source,” Good said. “I like calamari. Other things probably like calamari, too!”last_img read more

since Velvet Revolution in the offing in Prague

first_imgPrague: Prague won’t have seen anything like this since the protests of 1989 which brought down the communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia. Some 400,000 have signed a petition calling on Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to step down over fraud allegations and subsidies paid to his former companies. And hundreds of thousands are expected at a rally in Prague on Sunday to urge the populist billionaire to stand down. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The businessman-turned populist politician is standing firm, though and points to record low unemployment rate. “The Czech Republic is doing well,” Babis recently said. “We are the best in the region and the entire Europe. If you want to invest, it’s the best place (to do it), it’s a place for the future.” The protest at Letna Park is set to be the biggest demonstration against the government since 1989’s Velvet Revolution and concludes a wave of rallies across the country. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “It’s interesting but also it’s a shame that our political situation is in such a state that something like this has to happen,” Benjamin Roll, a member of the student group behind the protest — Million Moments for Democracy — told The Associated Press. “On the other hand, I’m glad that we are succeeding in mobilising the civil society and that I see is the most important task of our group,” the 24-year student of protestant theology said. Advertise With Us Opposition to Babis has been fuelled recently by the appointment of a new justice minister at a time when prosecutors have to decide whether to indict Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union funds. The protesters fear the minister might undermine the independence of the country’s legal system, in the way it has been in some other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, such is Poland. The minister, Marie Benesova, is a close ally of Babis and has voted against a police request to strip Babis of parliamentary immunity to face investigation. “The opponents of Babis are certain that he’s a threat for democracy,” Josef Mlejnek, an analyst from Prague’s Charles University told The Associated Press. A preliminary European Union report leaked in May concluded that Babis might face a conflict of interest over EU subsidies involving his former business empire. Babis denies any wrongdoing and has attacked the EU for trying to destabilise the Czech Republic. Babis is also facing allegations he collaborated with the secret police during the pre-1989 days and criticism of his power-sharing deal with the Communist Party. It’s not the first time that Babis has been on the defensive. After all, he was fired as finance minister in 2017 over unexplained business dealings. At the time, the lower house of parliament approved a resolution alleging that Babis had “repeatedly lied” to the public and “misused his media” empire to damage his opponents. Again, the Slovak born Babis denies wrongdoing. Like other populist leaders around the world, the scandals do not appear to have damaged Babis electorally. His centrist ANO (YES) movement won a landslide in the 2017 parliamentary elections — part of the anti-establishment wave that swept through Western democracies at the time. His popularity has shown few signs of being dented since. Babis’ group won the European Parliament elections in the Czech Republic in May. “People have experienced that their economic situation is getting better, and those belong to the supporters of the ANO movement, mostly the pensioners from small towns,” Mlejnek said. Mlejnek said the protests are a sign of long-term divisions in Czech society. “Those who protest are mostly supporters of the democratic opposition parties,” Mlejnek said. “And the other part of society ignores (the protests) or is critical of them.” What happens next is unclear. “If Andrej Babis retains his popular support, he will be in a position not to give in,” Mlejnek said.last_img read more

The top 10 airport scams Stokie holidaymakers need to be aware of

first_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . (Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO) 8. Mobile phone scam Holidaygoers now find that they can’t go abroad without a working sim, but do your research on the network companies before getting to the airport. Some vendors have rented phones with the pretext that you get your deposit back when you return the phone, but are instead faced with extortionate call charges. 9. The false greeter If you’ve requested your hotel to send a taxi to collect you from the airport, there could be more than one holding a sign waiting for you. Make a point of getting the driver’s name and number, and you could always check company ID if necessary. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent tourists jetting to Greece for summer getaway warned over deadly disease outbreak   10. The ‘broken’ taxi meter Sometimes taxi drivers can pretend their meter has broken at the end of the journey and then charge you more than the standard tariff. Check prices before you get into the taxi and agree on a price, or book in advance with a reputable company. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Manchester Airport 1. The queue staller Be weary of the person in front of you if they’re being particularly slow at passing through airport security. Their accomplice, who has already passed through the scanner, could steal your belongings and leave.  To avoid this scam, try not to place your belongings on the conveyor belt until you know you’re good to walk through security. Read MoreTravel warning issued to Stoke-on-Trent tourists visiting France this summer   2. The distractor One con artist distracts you enough for you to walk away from your bags, while another dips into your luggage pockets, potentially taking your passport and wallet. A good tip to avoid this is by not placing all valuables in one place, and remember to keep your passport somewhere safe and hidden. 3. The Bluetooth sting If your device is left on ‘discoverable’ mode in an airport, it’ll be susceptible to a hacker’s pairing. They could take your personal information or even install a virus. Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAirports can be a stressful enough experience already with having to find a parking space, juggling suitcases and long queues at security. But for the millions of Brits heading abroad for a summer getaway would be well advised to on the lookout for criminals to avoid a holiday from hell before even reaching the hotel. Manchester Airport, East Midlands Airport, Liverpool Airport and Birmingham Airport are all happy hunting grounds for scammers who know holidaygoers will probably be carrying large sums of cash and expensive gadgets. While some passengers may be prone to the docile state of ‘holiday mode’ as they enter the airport – meandering around duty free and eyeing up the restaurants – it’s important to keep your wits about you. And once you’ve arrived on foreign soil, the chances are criminals won’t be far away. So here are the 10 most common airport scams to look out for, The MEN reports if you’re jetting off this summer. Birmingham Airport 4. “Free WiFi” It’s easy to log in to a fake WiFi at the airport by connecting with an insecure hotspot. This can give thieves access to passwords and accounts. Check what the official airport WiFi is before you try to connect. 5. Baggage carousel bump Pickpockets can use their bags as an easy excuse to bump into you and take your wallet or purse. Ensure they’re placed safely in a bag or sealed jacket pocket. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent holidaymakers warned as Spain’s terror threat raised to ‘severe’ for summer holidays   6. The suitcase helper You could fall victim to a scammer pretending they’re trying to help you out, when all they want is your money. Be careful of ‘friendly’ individuals trying to help you with your luggage, but then won’t return it until they receive a sum of money. 7. Classic pickpocket Airports are targeted on purpose because of the amount of cash, passports and luxury items to hand. Holidaygoers are often spotted holding these items out on display in busy areas, so try not to make yourself vulnerable to a pickpocket. last_img read more

Ryanair forecasts 5 decline in profit due to weak British pound

first_imgTags: Ryanair Ryanair forecasts 5% decline in profit due to weak British pound Travelweek Group Posted by Tuesday, October 18, 2016 center_img Share DUBLIN – The pound is plummeting and it’s taking Ryanair down with it.The popular low-cost airline said Tuesday that its full year profit will be 5% lower than previously expected, reports CNN Money. CEO Michael O’Leary, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, attributed the decline to the low value of the pound.Although Ryanair books its profits in euros, more than a quarter of its revenues are made in pounds. Since the U.K. voted to leave the EU in June, the pound has lost roughly 15% against the euro and 19% against the U.S. dollar.Ryanair was one of a handful of carriers that lobbied against Brexit, saying that leaving the EU would lead to higher fares. After the vote, the airline said it would “pivot its growth away from U.K. airports” and focus more on growing at its European airports over the next couple of years.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyLow-cost competitor easyJet reports similar troubles. Earlier this month, the airline told investors that its annual profit will fall by more than 25% and that the weaker pound is increasing the cost of buying jet fuel. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Growth in Emirates North East passenger numbers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L “We look forward to continuing to work with Emirates and Newcastle International Airport and maintaining the momentum of this important international link.”    Emirates’ Manager UK North Laurie Berryman said that if passenger numbers continue to increase, the carrier will look to introduce a larger aircraft on the route. Emirates reported earlier this week a 20 percent jump in passenger numbers on its North East route during the first quarter of this year.The airline, which operates a daily service between Dubai and Newcastle International Airport, carried nearly 21,000 passengers in the first three months ending March 31, 2010.It represents a significant 20 percent increase on the route compared to the same period last year where some 17,000 passengers were carried.“The figures for this route, which is only in its third year, are fantastic,” said Stacy Hall, Director of Communications & Tourism at One North East.“The possibility of a larger aircraft opens up more opportunities for the region and will allow us to welcome more visitors from the Asia Pacific area.   “Since the route began One North East has been proactively promoting North East England in Australia and New Zealand and have seen our visitor numbers from these countries increase from 14% to 35%, making them the top international visitors to the region. center_img <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Holland America cruise growth down under

first_imgHolland America Line has announced that it is deploying its ms Oosterdam to the South Pacific, boosting capacity in the region by up to 25 percent.The cruise ship will replace the ms Zaandam during the 2012 to 2013 seasons and is set to run simultaneously with the ms Voldendam on a series of ten to 25 day itineraries around Australia and New Zealand. To support the increasing number of sales, Holland America said it plans to open a sales and marketing reservations office in Sydney later this year, and its long term general sales agent Travel the World will continue to organise and manage bookings until December. “Our relationship with Travel the World has been one of our longest and most successful GSA partnerships,” Holland America Line executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs Richard D. Meadows said. “This is a natural next step in our strategy to expand our premium brand internationally.  “We are inspired by the continued demand for cruising in Australia and are confident this model – similar to what we have in Europe – will be successful in supporting our growth here.”Travel the World has represented Holland America Line for up to 25 years and the company’s managing director Andrew Millmore said the group will continue its commitment to the cruise line. “This next natural step of setting up their own reservations and business development office is something we have been planning for,” Mr Millmore said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Holland America Line and are very proud to have been associated with achieving significant growth within the Australian market for this leading premium cruise brand, and we wish them the greatest of success in the future.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Scenics full brochure for 2018 Europe River Cruis

first_imgScenic’s full brochure for 2018 Europe River Cruising has now been released, with a range of diverse itineraries cruising the iconic waterways of Europe.Including exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences, guests can enjoy everything from private concerts in palaces, The Best of the Sound of Music and Salzburg Show or a Russian Ballet! Scenic’s 15 days Jewels of Europe, from Amsterdam to Budapest, is priced from $6995 per person including return flights and travels to regions steeped in history. Trace ancient trade routes, disover the Old Town and World Heritage-listed site, Bamberg, the ancient Bavarian city in Nuremberg, and soak up the opulence of Vienna. Take a round trip from Paris to the Normandy Coast aboard Scenic Gem on Scenic’s 11 Day Normandy and Gems on the Seine – experiencing the Somme battlefields, and Monet’s house and garden. Scenic Gem os the only all-inclusive luxury ship that sails into the picturesque town of Honfleur. Prices start from $6645 per person including return flights to France.Picturesque Hornfleur, Normandy> EuropeRiver CruisesSceniclast_img read more

Electronic submission of tax returns gets underway

first_imgThe Tax Department announced that the electronic submission of income tax returns for employees and the self-employed for 2017 is now possible through Taxisnet.All tax returns starting from 2017 will have to be submitted online through TAXISnet. To be able to submit the income tax return, one must register to the TAXISnet system.To help tax payers in this procedure, a number of free workshops will take place in cooperation with the Cyprus Productivity Centre (Kepa), while presentations will also be held in municipalities, communities and to organised groups islandwide in addition to the issuing of guides on how to fill the electronic income tax returns.The Tax Department also said that members of the public may also visit its district offices where there are computers that can be used to submit income tax returns.Information material is also available on the website of the tax department.The tax department urged members of the public to register to Taxisnet and submit their income tax returns on time.To register:, For a schedule of upcoming free workshops:ΜathisiYou May LikeAllThingsCeleb.com18 Fabulous Actresses From The 70s Then And NowAllThingsCeleb.comUndoUniversityBuzzo9 Best Colleges You Can Attend For FreeUniversityBuzzoUndoFinance NancyInside Christopher Lloyd’s Mansion Where He Lives With His PartnerFinance NancyUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government having second thoughts in privatising EAC Updated

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe government is apparently softening its stance on the privatisation of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) Qafter its intention to assign experts with the preparation of a related special report prompted unions to strike, which could disrupt Cyprus’s fragile economic recovery.Energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said today the report would try to establish “if” Cyprus can privatise the state-owned power producer and should the answer be positive, “how”.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more