Police search for suspect Piece of concrete thrown at Winnipeg transit driver

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police are searching for a suspect who threw a large piece of concrete at a Winnipeg transit driver and hit him in the head.The driver was not badly hurt.Police say a man got on the bus at the St. Vital Shopping Centre last month, refused to pay and argued with the driver before getting off downtown.A short time later, the driver stopped to pick up people waiting at a different bus stop and saw the same man.Officers say that’s when the suspect threw the concrete before he fled on foot.Winnipeg bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser died in February after being stabbed multiple times by a passenger.The bus had reached the end of the line late at night and Fraser was trying to remove the man, who had been sleeping at the back of the bus.In June 2002, Robert Stanley was killed when two teens dropped a boulder the size of a basketball from a bridge over Edmonton’s Whitemud Freeway. The rock crashed through Stanley’s school bus windshield and struck him in the chest.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

ASPCA To Host 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon

first_imgThe ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals) 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon, with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, will recognize both people and animal heroes who, over the past year, have demonstrated extraordinary efforts and a commitment to animal welfare.Other guests include Lo Bosworth, Candice Bergen, Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilbertson, Sharon Jacob, Barbara Cates, Jeff Pfeifle, ASPCA CEO Matthew Bershadker and more…Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories, including the brand new ASPCA Citizen Hero Award. This year’s 2017 honorees in attendance include:· ASPCA Dog of the Year: “Rescue,” Cambridge, MARescue, a service dog trained by NEADS, provides essential support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue’s assistance for Jessica includes opening doors, fetching objects, calling for emergency help, and many other tasks. At the same time, Rescue also provides Jessica and her husband Patrick Downes with invaluable emotional support and comfort that has helped transform their lives after tragedy.· ASPCA Cat of the Year: “Flame,” Greenville, SCFlame was a malnourished orange and white kitten when he strayed into the Belmont Fire Department in South Carolina in 2015. He attached himself immediately to the firefighters, who returned the affection, opening their home and hearts for him. Flame brings them companionship and comfort, even during the most stressful and tragic moments, and also participates in educational events with local children.· ASPCA Citizen Hero Award: Judy Obregon, Fort Worth, TXWhen Judy Obregon discovered that an area near Fort Worth, Texas had become a dumping ground for abandoned, injured, and deceased animals, she vowed to help them. Since 2010, Judy has visited this financially challenged, high-crime area to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. With help from a network of local volunteers she formed, Judy has rescued more than 300 dogs to date, inspiring admirers across the country.· ASPCA Henry Bergh Award: Mission K9 Rescue, Houston, TXMission K9 Rescue assists American retired military and working dogs who risk their lives in heroic service at home and abroad. While these animals are cared for during their tours of duty, some end up homeless, injured, and very vulnerable afterward. Mission K9 Rescue provides necessary care and rehabilitation, and facilitates reunion and adoption opportunities. Since its founding, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited more than 70 canine handler teams and rescued more than 100 dogs in need.· ASPCA Equine Welfare Award: Fleet of Angels, Evans, COWhen lifelong horse-lover Elaine Nash saw how badly horses needed help across the U.S., she launched Fleet of Angels – a program to manage large equine crises and to move at-risk horses to safety through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Early this year, in the largest known horse rescue in history, Fleet of Angels took in a group of more than 900 starving and neglected horses that had been seized, and have now almost completed the mission of placing them all in good homes. Each year, thousands of horses are assisted by Fleet of Angel’s life-saving work, including horses recently displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.· ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award: Jessica Brocksom, Milford, CTEleven-year-old animal lover Jessica Brocksom won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on the strength of her inspiring animal welfare platform. Elected by fifth graders from across the state, Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow children to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs and other animals in cars during hot weather.WHEN: Thursday, November 16thWHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Streetlast_img read more

Twists from cast wring new life out of King Lear review

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The opening of King Lear this week marks the 35th anniversary of Canadian Stage’s summer Shakespeare component of its annual programming, Shakespeare in High Park, the longest-running outdoor theatre series in Canada. This King Lear also stars actress Diane D’Aquila in the gender-swapped title role, a Canadian theatre vet who performed as Titania in the first-ever High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983.But this King (or Queen) Lear is also a testament to the mercy that outdoor theatre productions must throw themselves to the elements: even with such a storied cast and program, opening night was still buzzy with the threat of rain from dark, cloudy skies overhead, and the last-minute casting change that required director Alistair Newton to take the stage (script in hand) to play Lear’s Fool, when actor Robert Persichini had to withdraw from the next week of performances due to health reasons. Besides being a wholesome summer tradition, outdoor theatre is often the definition of “the show must go on.” (Looking on the bright side, there were no outbursts from political protesters at this performance.)READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

8 MOVIES FILMING IN VANCOUVER THIS JANUARY

first_imgThere’s good times ahead with Bad Times at the El Royale starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cailee Spaeny and Cynthia Eriv. The movie is scheduled to shoot from January 29 to April 6, 2018. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bad Times at the El Royalecenter_img Advertisement There are at least 8 movies scheduled for filming in and around Vancouver this month including 4 feature films and 4 TV movies. Stars you can expect to see around town include Anna Kendrick, Candace Cameron Bure, Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges and Katherine Langford.NoelleIt’s still Christmas time in Vancouver with Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick in the Disney holiday movie Noelle. Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, Nicole Claus, who has to take over the reins (and reindeer) as old Saint Nick retires. Shirley MacLean, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner also co-star. Filming in Vancouver began last October and is scheduled until January 19th. The release date of the movie is slated for November 8, 2019, just in time for next year’s Christmas season. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Girl convicted of seconddegree murder of Serena McKay sentenced in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN NewsA teenage girl has been sentenced to just over three years for her role in the beating death of Serena McKay.The girl, who was 17-years-old at the time plead guilty to second-degree murder.The girl, who is now 18, cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The body of McKay, 19, was found on Sagkeeng First Nation in April 2017.Her death made headlines after a video showing the attacked was circulated on social media.A judge sentenced her killer to 40 months in jail, and 23 and a half months under supervision.McKay’s family made a short statement after the sentencing.“We’re relatively pleased, I guess, even though we can’t change that the plea was made or that the bargains were made and that they were decided before we came to court,” said Delores Daniels, McKay’s mother.“We have no choice in that matter. Before we had hope that it would be an adult sentence unfortunately that didn’t happen.”A second girl plead guilty to manslaughter in January. She will be sentenced later in June.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Flags of nonmember observer States to fly at UN offices

The resolution, “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations,” was adopted by a vote of 119 in favour to 8 against, with 45 delegations abstaining. The text also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take “the measures necessary” for the implementation of this decision during the Assembly’s seventieth session, which begins on 15 September, and within 20 days of the adoption of the resolution. The Assembly took today’s decision noting the participation of non-member observer States that maintain permanent observer missions at Headquarters, of which there are currently two – the Holy See and Palestine, in its sessions and work. read more

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo amidst growing funding gap UN health

“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response”, said Mr. Tedros, adding that the challenges can only be tackled if the international community steps in to “fill the sizeable funding gap”, which is around 50 per cent underfunded.Pride and respect for WHO staffThe head of WHO said also in the statement that Dr. Mouzoko’s death had “moved him profoundly” and added that the much-respected epidemiologist deployed by the agency “was on his mind the whole time of the visit, as they met with other dedicated colleagues”.Dr. Moeti underlined that colleagues have been through something “unimaginable and yet they were willing to continue the vital work”. Reiterating the importance of having the security situation under control for both staff and local people, she said WHO would continue to work with various groups and embed their response at the community level.More than 1,200 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began, with more than 760 deaths confirmed. Following their visit to Butembo, to express gratitude and show support to staff, in the wake of the recent attack at a treatment centre that killed Doctor Richard Mouzoko and left two others injured, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus and the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated their commitment to “defeat Ebola”.During the visit, Dr. Moeti and Mr. Tedros assessed the next steps needed to adjust the response, after meeting local political, business and religious leaders, calling on them to accelerate their efforts to help stabilize conditions on the ground.“Most Ebola response activities, including community engagement, vaccination, and case investigation, have been re-launched following a slowdown in the wake of the attack, however a rise in reported cases in recent weeks is straining resources even further”, WHO said in the statement.“We will continue to adjust the response, as we have done for each context in each community,” said Dr. Moeti, calling for action. “In the end, it is only through ownership by all the affected communities that the outbreak will end. Some would have Ebola drive us apart. We can only defeat it if we all work together”, she added.WHO Director-General @DrTedros and @WHOAFRO Regional Director, @MoetiTshidi, have concluded a visit to Butembo, #DRC, following the death of WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko who was killed while working on the #Ebola response.Their statement: https://t.co/NDHMHpMHig pic.twitter.com/Ur64IWq9DQ— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 30, 2019 read more

Obama wont take position on Kermit Gosnell trial while its ongoing

first_img 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change WHITE HOUSE PRESS secretary Jay Carney said that some of the details emerging from the trial of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were “unsettling.”Carney said, however, that President Barack Obama would not take a position on the trial while it is ongoing.“The President does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won’t as well,” Carney said, responding to a question from Fox News’ Ed Henry.“Certainly, the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling,” Carney said, adding that Obama is “aware” of the proceedings.Entering its fifth week today, the Gosnell trial earned major attention at the end of last week amid criticism that the mainstream press was ignoring the news.Gosnell is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies while performing late-term abortions. Some of the details are gruesome, from Gosnell allegedly “snipping” the spinal cords of babies to keeping jars of their feet.Last year, Obama offered a statement on the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, noting that he was wary of “impairing” the ongoing legal process.- Brett LoGiuratoComments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.Read: US doctor charged with killing seven babies > China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 10 things in tech you need to know today last_img read more

Rhona Mahony says she learned a lot from coping with controversy

first_imgTHE MASTER OF Holles Street Maternity Hospital, Doctor Rhona Mahony, said she ‘learned a lot’ from the controversy about her salary last year.It was reported that Mahony received an alleged privately funded €45,000 top-up to her €236,000 salary.She said that the money came from professional fees from private hospitals.Rhona Mahony has been the Master of the National Maternity Hospital since the start of 2012.At the time of the controversy last year, Mahony said she was ‘personally vilified’.Speaking about the experience on RTÉ Radio 1, she said that “It’s not pleasant” but added “it’s not all bad, you learn a lot”.Would I give back the experience? Actually no I think I learned a huge amount about myself, about how the system works. You also learn you have some great friends. “My job is to run Holles St, my job is not to get distracted about things that actually maybe don’t directly affect patient services”.Children Dr Mahony said she believes that childbirth is one of the main reasons that women don’t progress in the workplace.The elephant in the room is childbirth and we go to great lengths to ignore this as a contributing factor as to why women don’t progress in their careers.She also told ‘Sunday with Miriam’, “What we really need to do is start supporting young families much more.“I think people need much more permission. Men need permission to stay home and bring up children.We need to stop saying to women ‘Do you feel guilty? Do you feel guilty because you work?’“And you’re thinking well actually I work really hard and I think I do an important job. So I’m not sure I do feel guilty, thank you.”The interview will be broadcast tomorrow morning on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10am.Read: Holles Street Master breaks silence on top-ups, says she was personally vilified>last_img read more

Scientists Create Baby Mice From Two Fathers

first_imgAccording to the latest issue of the journal Biology of Reproduction, researchers have found a way to successfully produce baby mice using genetic material from two fathers. Those crazy scientists!But don’t fret, ladies! We still need you to do all the hard, child-bearing stuff… for now. The first step to bringing this wacky sitcom scenario to fruition is to take genetic material from a male mouse embryo and manipulate it into the eggs of a female mouse. The female mouse was then allowed to naturally mate with available male mouse studs. The female carriers later gave birth to both male and female mice that caried genetic contributions from two fathers. (It’s, of course, much more complicated than that–a PDF with some way too technical details available here.)This achievement of two-father offspring could be a valuable tool in preserving endangered species, improving livestock breeds, and even open the door to the possibility of same-sex couples having their own genetic children. Also, that Arnold Schwarzenegger pregnant man movie is one step closer to being true now. Congrats, science.last_img read more

Crazed Gorilla Glass enthusiast uses his HTC One X as a hammer

first_imgThere are few things that make us cringe here at Geek.com, but one of them is witnessing people abusing their electronics in ways that defy logic. Here’s a particularly egregious one: a Russian gentleman who is showing off the strength of the Gorilla Glass that his HTC One X phone uses. While it’s incredible that the screen can handle such punishment, it’s still enough to make us shed a tear at the possibility of marring such a beautiful piece of technology. Aren’t their enough videos on YouTube showing off just how tough Gorilla Glass is?If you’re unfamiliar with Gorilla Glass, the super-strong mobile screen covering is a product of Corning. It goes through a special process to be able to withstand the wear-and-tear that devices go through on a daily basis, as well as standing up under, um, extraordinary circumstances. As shown in the video above, the glass is able to withstand the impact of a nail head without causing any damage the display, the case, or the multitouch capabilities.If we worked for HTC’s marketing department, we would be jumping onto this video as proof of how much punishment the device can actually take.  This has to be one of the best stress tests we have seen a mobile phone go through, the fact that the guy in the video is putting all of his strength behind his phone to drive the nails home is pretty amazing. (This is, of course, assuming that this video itself isn’t a marketing attempt by HTC, Corning, or an associated company.)via Android.gslast_img read more

Eurobank to help improve small companies cash flow

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eurobank Ergasias signed a contract with the state-run National Entrepreneurship and Development Fund (ETEAN) for the “supply of collateral for the issue of letters of guarantee in favor of very small, small and medium-sized enterprises.”The program will allow small companies to be granted letters of guarantee from ETEAN and enable them to bolster their cash flow in a period when vital liquidity is hard for struggling firms to gain access to.The contract’s budget amounts to 45 million euros and is seen covering letters of guarantee adding up to 90 million euros, while the portfolios concerned will be 10,000 euros to 150,000 euros per company.Enterprises eligible for the scheme are those employing up to 250 people and with a turnover of no more than 50 million euros per year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Luis Enrique decries after defeat says football was unfair to Spain

first_imgSpain’s manager Luis Enrique laments they were cheated by football in the last minute after his side’s loss to Croatia in yesterday’s Nations League match.Croatia defeated Luis Enrique’s national team 3-2 but he believes his team were better and deserved more.“It was a great second half from both teams,” said the Coach via Football Espana after La Roja’s defeat in the Nations League.“We were much better than in the first, where we didn’t pose much of a threat because of the many inaccuracies in our play.”“The team deserved more, certainly not a defeat. Their first goal came from a mistake, the second was from a set-piece and their last one was lucky as it came when both teams were going for it.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Obviously it would’ve been much better to win. We did some good things in the second half, but they opted to play on the break and not press very high.”“That shows it was a very, very difficult group. We obviously didn’t expect these two defeats, but we still have a chance going into the last game. If Croatia and England draw, Spain will go through.”“Obviously I’m concerned about the things we have to adjust, like after every game. I really liked the team in the second half.”“We came back twice and deserved something from it. We hit the woodwork and it’s incredible that some of our chances didn’t go in.”“I don’t think football was fair to us tonight.”last_img read more

Lessons learned from the legacy of military toxins

first_imgDuring the Vietnam war, the use of a defoliate known as agent orange was supposed to affect vegetation not soldiers, but it made them sick and serious health conditions resulted in a long fight for recognition and compensation. Gulf War vets also had to fight the military over health problems linked to military toxins. What’s changed since these illnesses came to light?Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Ric Davidge – Vietnam VeteranBill Bartee – Vietnam VeteranStatewide callers Additional resources:Vietnam Friendship Village Project USAParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

INM deports another 109 Hondurans from Mexico

first_imgMinatitlán, Veracruz — Immigration officials out of Veracruz report the deportation of 109 illegal Hondurans found in the city of Minatitlán. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The 109 people were boarded onto a plane with members of the Federal Police and the National Institute of Migration (INM). Over the past week, more than 200 Hondurans have been deported from Tabasco and Veracruz. Photo: El Instituto Nacional de Migracióncenter_img “The @INAMI_mx informs about the return by air of 109 people of Honduran nationality from # Minatitlán, Veracruz to San Pedro Sula, #Honduras, mostly families with children, who had an irregular stay condition in # Mexico”, reported the INM. El Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) says that 109 Hondurans, mostly families with children who remained in the country under irregular conditions, were deported. The agency says that the deportation occurred from Minatitlán, Veracruz to the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula in coordination with the consulate of Honduras.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more April 7, 2010 – According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, an estimated 48,000 people in New Jersey and 101,000 in New York state were diagnosed with cancer in 2009, many of which will receive some form of radiation therapy. Cancer survivors joined representatives from ProCure Treatment Centers Inc. (ProCure), Princeton Radiation Oncology (PRO), and CentraState Healthcare System to break ground on the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset. The $160 million, 60,000-square-foot facility is the first proton therapy center to be built in the state. The facility will have four treatment rooms with the capacity to treat approximately 1,500 patients annually.While most regions in the United States are limited to conventional radiation therapy treatments, patients in the New Jersey and New York area will have access to proton therapy. Research has shown that proton therapy causes fewer short- and long-term treatment side effects than traditional X-ray radiation therapy, diminishes the chances of secondary tumors and improves patients’ quality of life. The precision of proton therapy greatly reduces the type of damage often caused by radiation treatment because the majority of its energy is deposited directly in the tumor rather than in surrounding healthy tissue or nearby organs. Proton therapy is especially effective for treating a broad range of tumors including head and neck, brain, central nervous system, prostate, lung, sarcomas, gastrointestinal and many pediatric cancers. For more information: www.procure.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | April 07, 2010 New Jersey, New York-Region Get Access to Proton Therapy News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Preferred partners members recognized at TDC Leadership Conference

first_img Posted by Preferred partners & members recognized at TDC Leadership Conference Travelweek Group Friday, May 26, 2017 Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat CANCUN — A delegation of 250 Transat Distribution (TDC) owners and managers made their way to Cancun recently for the company’s 2017 National Leadership Conference, a major undertaking that took more than a year to plan.Taking place from May 11-15 in Cancun, the conference was opened by keynote speaker Bruce Poon Tip, who addressed the issue of tourism sustainability, consumer trends and the impact of travel on the global economy. And closing out the conference was Nicolas Duvernois, President and Founder of PUR Vodka, who highlighted his journey to becoming a world-class entrepreneur.TDC also welcomed leaders from Atman and its Transat Human Resource Team who shared tools to recruit the right people for the job as well as consulted on HR managerial know-how. Also, Annick Guerard, President Transat Tours, was on hand to highlight the company’s plans and strategies, while Sam Patel, founder of AirNets and a TDC network member, shared his insights on the state of the airline industry, with special focus on how to make money selling airline tickets through TDC’s exclusive consolidator program.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Our mission is the financial health of our network. This forum delved into products and strategies designed to meet the evolving consumer demands with a focus on agency profitability,” said Joe Adamo, President TDC. “To that end, we bring together leaders from our industry and external speakers who can add unique perspectives and insights. The members also shared best practices, one of our most appreciated sessions.”Over 40 experts from 27 travel partners joined this year’s conference, all of who Susan Bowman, Vice President Marketing and Industry Relations, referred to as “preferred” partners. “It’s not just a label,” she said, “we commit to having win-win relationships.”To recognize the ongoing commitment made by such partners, a celebration was held in their honour at the Dreams Playa Mujeres where they were presented with awards and prizes. TDC members with the highest support for the company’s preferred partners were also recognized.Here are this year’s winners:Distinguished Preferred Partner Support:More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionQUEBECMulti-Office: Club Voyages DumoulinIndividual Office: Club Voyages MarinairONTARIOMulti-Office: Goliger’s TravelPlus WaterlooIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BrantfordWESTMulti-Office: Marlin Travel VictoriaIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BurnabyThe Conference ended with a birthday party celebrating Transat’s 30th at the Paradisus La Perla Resort. Hosted by the Transat team, the party included trip giveaways and special recognition of TDC members.Transat 2016 High Achievement AwardsHighest Sales – National: Club Voyages DumoulinHighest Group Sales – National: Club Voyages OrfordHighest Sales Ontario: Goliger’s Travel Plus Waterloo, ONHighest Sales Increase Ontario: Marlin Travel, Bowmanville, ONHighest Sales Western Canada: Marlin Travel, Regina, SKHighest Sales Increase Western Canada: Transat Travel, Abbotsford, BCHighest Sales Quebec: Voyages Transat Carrefour LavalHighest Sales Increase Quebec: Voyages Mille et une nuit, Mascouche, QClast_img read more

Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Swoop selects Navitaire as its new reservation system << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img CALGARY — When agents start booking Swoop in early 2018, they’ll be doing so using Navitaire, the go-to reservation and retailing system for ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) around the world.WestJet’s new no-frills carrier announced that it has selected tech company as its new reservation platform, a partnership that Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President Strategy, says will help Swoop create the low-cost structure and ancillary capabilities needed to ensure its success.“Navitaire offers an easy-to-use reservation system, allowing the complete unbundling of products and services as well as enabling digital self-service,” he says. “We are giving the power to the customer to decide what they want to pay for and what they don’t –making the airline a truly affordable option for Canadians.”Navitaire offers industry-leading technology services to more than 50 airlines and rail companies worldwide, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. It boasts a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue management, revenue accounting and business intelligence.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“We are delighted Swoop has selected Navitaire as its reservation platform,” says David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. We are impressed with the team Swoop has assembled, its business model and market plans. Together, Navitaire and Swoop are a good fit, sharing DNA focused on combining advanced retailing with a digital-first, proven platform to help create and innovative, customer-centric business. We’re looking forward to watching Swoop’s success and future growth as they take the ULCC model to new heights.”Starting early 2018, Swoop will begin selling seats on its modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. To stay up to date on job opportunities and launch plans, sign up at FlySwoop.com. Tags: Swoop Thursday, October 19, 2017 last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMarriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Marriott International has announced three new benefits that make it easy for members to explore the things they love and experience travel to the fullest.The new Marriott Rewards experiences marketplace gives all members, including The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members, even more access to a collection of unique, curated experiences.For an initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards, a new Elite concierge service will provide them with a dedicated concierge so that their travel experience is both seamless and tailored to their individual needs.Guaranteed late checkout will give Gold and Platinum Elite members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards increased flexibility and peace of mind when they travel.“We’re evolving how we engage with, recognise, and reward our loyal guests,” said Thom Kozik, Vice President of Loyalty at Marriott International. “Loyalty is not just about our members choosing to stay with us. We want to make their travel more seamless and personalised, and we also want to deliver memorable experiences that go beyond the stay. Giving our members even more flexibility, freedom, and opportunity to enjoy what they love most about travel—and life—is one of the best ways we can show our loyalty to them.”Experiences marketplaceWith the experiences marketplace, all Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members can pursue their passions by choosing from a wide array of curated special events and opportunities for discovery. Whether it’s tickets to one of the hottest shows on Broadway; a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out with your favourite sports team; or a private cooking lesson or wine tasting with a world-famous chef or sommelier, members can redeem Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points to access a marketplace of unique experiences that allow them to explore their personal interests in the most meaningful and memorable ways. The experiences marketplace will be available globally to all members in late May.Elite concierge serviceAn initial group of Elite members of Marriott Rewards will be invited to participate in a new Elite concierge service. By developing a relationship with the member, the concierge will be able to anticipate their unique needs, ensuring the member’s preferences are recognised and their desires are met before, during, and even after their stay. The concierge will be able to reserve on-property amenities like restaurants, spa treatments and golf, as well as make arrangements for special occasions. The service will launch in late May first for US members of Marriott Rewards travelling worldwide and will continue to expand. Marriott Rewards will actively engage with this group of charter members and seek their feedback to refine the service.Guaranteed late checkoutThe guaranteed late checkout benefit will be available to Gold and Platinum Elite members of both Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards who will enjoy a more seamless travel experience when planning their trip. These members will receive a guaranteed late checkout, which could be as late as 4pm. Members can request the late checkout when making a reservation by phone, when checking in using the Marriott Mobile app, or upon arrival at the hotel. This benefit is available at all fully participating Marriott Rewards hotels with the exclusion of resorts, convention hotels and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will continue to offer Silver Elite members the benefit of requesting late checkout on their day of departure. Guaranteed late checkout launches globally on May 16.These new benefits are the latest example of Marriott Rewards showing members that loyalty flows both ways. They follow the announcement of exclusive Member Rates which guarantee the lowest price for all members who book direct, and other recently introduced benefits including Points Sharing, Cash & Points, Points Advance, and Redemption Stay Credits.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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