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Indian Affairs reviewing controversial loan programIndian Affairs reviewing controversial loan program

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A controversial Indian Affairs economic development program accused of knee-capping Aboriginal banks is being reviewed by a Quebec consultant, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan said.The news comes on the heels of an announcement by a Manitoba credit union that it was pulling out of the $15.5 million loan-loss reserve pilot program because it just wasn’t working.Duncan said Wednesday during question period that the loan guarantee program for on-reserve businesses was under review, but he also defended his department’s decision to shut-out Aboriginal lending banks, known as Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs).“The loan loss reserve pilot program was created to address to address a gap in larger-scale commercial lending. This was an area in which (AFIs) were generally not in,” said Duncan, in a response to a question from NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder.Duncan said that the preliminary results of the review would be used in the “renewal” of the program.Michelle Yao, a spokeswoman for Duncan, said Thursday morning that management consulting firm Auguste Solutions and Associates Inc., based in Chelsea, Que., was reviewing the program.An Indian Affairs department spokeswoman said the consulting firm was also reviewing another program that deals with major resources and energy development.Manitoba-based Assiniboine Credit Union president Al Morin told APTN National News that the loan-loss reserve program was outdated and ineffectual. Morin said part of the program’s problem was the exclusion of AFIs, which have decades of experience giving loans to on-reserve businesses.Alan Park, Chief Executive Officer of TWCC, has said the department was putting Aboriginal lenders in jeopardy by giving mainstream lenders a “golden-brick road” into the on-reserve lending sector through the program.TWCC has also launched a federal court challenge against the department over the program arguing Indian Affairs did not consult before picking seven mainstream banks and credit unions to participate in the program.last_img read more

Algonquin Nation declares state of emergency due to overhunting in Quebec wildlifeAlgonquin Nation declares state of emergency due to overhunting in Quebec wildlife

first_imgThe chief of Barriere Lake says the moose population is down in a wildlife reserve area where Algonquins have hunted for generations. File photo.Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAn elder once told Barrier Lake Chief Casey Ratt that, years ago, the area around their community once had a flourishing moose population – as many as 30 could be spotted during a 45 minute lakeside commute to a neighboring community.Today, Ratt says you’re lucky to even see one.“I haven’t seen a moose, and I’m on the road every day,” he explained.Just ahead of the fall hunt, the Algonquin Nation is raising the alarm about the dwindling moose population in the La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve – an area of 12,500 km² – and demanding the Quebec government enforce an immediate moratorium on sports hunting pending further study.For generations, the Algonquin have hunted on the reserve’s grounds, relying on moose meat for sustenance.“We take what we need only,” Ratt explained. In order to feed his community and others on the territory – less than 500 people total – a cull of about 20-25 moose is needed every year.But in 2019, sports hunters – according to the Societe des Etablissements de Plein Air du Quebec (SEPAQ) website – took out at least 97 moose in four weeks.The previous year, Ratt says, they killed 116.“This is where I have a big problem,” he added. “We need to start closing the park. We need to have a moratorium in order to have a healthy moose population.”Citing a “deep concern” for the fauna in the reserve, the Algonquin Nation made an appeal last week to Pierre Dufour, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks, to close La Verendrye Park temporarily – a few years, if need be — so a conservation and management plan can be properly formulated and enforced.During a meeting with council members, Dufour reportedly conceded that SEPAQ does not have a strategy for maintaining a healthy moose population in the park. Ratt says data hasn’t been properly collected since 1994.“[SEPAQ] asks the hunters ‘did you see a moose in this area?’ And of course, they’ll say yes. They’ll ask the hunters how many days they’ve seen moose – but it could be the same moose,” he explained. “So it’s not very accurate, the way they’ve collected [data] on the moose population.”According to the SEPAQ website, “Moose hunting is limited by quota in the reserve and is subject to random draw.” They also issue permits for hunting partridge, bears, and goose.As a result, hundreds of hunting tags are granted each season; if yields are unsatisfactory, sport hunters are permitted to also shoot cows and calves, according to Ratt.“If there isn’t any success in previous years, they open [the hunt] to the bull, to the cow, and to the calf. That’s their management practice. And we’re saying we can’t have that – we won’t accept it,” he said.That said, the Algonquin Nation says the moose population is equally affected by factors like deforestation, diseases, parasites, and climate change.“We are therefore united to take all the necessary measures to face this state of emergency, for the best of our Nation, and for all citizens,” Kitcisakik Chief Regis Penosway said in a statement.If the Quebec government response is unsatisfactory, they say they’re ready to assume their responsibility as “protectors of the territory,” according to the statement, based on the inherent rights and jurisdictions outlined in Article 29 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).SEPAQ could not be reached for comment before read more

UNICEF to help protect health of Sudanese refugee children in ChadUNICEF to help protect health of Sudanese refugee children in Chad

UNICEF will be issuing an emergency funding appeal early next week “in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation” of the Sudanese refugee children in Chad, a UN spokesman said today.The measles campaign is designed to protect 86,000 children, while the vitamin A plan is being conducted with the help of Médecins Sans Frontières, a non-governmental organization (NGO). UNICEF is also distributing 200,000 blankets and providing therapeutic milk to the refugees.Some 95,000 refugees are estimated to have fled from Darfur to the border with neighbouring Chad since fighting erupted early last year between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). read more

Global Scholars Office offers new opportunities abroadGlobal Scholars Office offers new opportunities abroad

There’s a world of new possibilities available through Brock’s Global Scholars Office.International learning experiences equip young Canadians with the tools and skills to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly diverse and competitive global economy — and there’s no shortage of opportunities available abroad through Brock.Brock International’s Global Scholars Office connects faculty and students with opportunities for scholarships or research funding around the world.Below is a list of opportunities currently available to the Brock community:CONAHEC Faculty ExchangeOne of Brock’s newest partnerships, the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) is seeking faculty members to collaborate in the partial design and teaching of a course.A not-for-profit membership-based network, CONAHEC has about 180 institutional members of higher education in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as a select group of institutions from other parts of the world.The purpose of this exchange program is to expose students to international faculty members, promote international curricula and joint teaching programs, integrate activities with students from universities in different countries and open doors to possibilities for future collaborations.Selected candidates will be expected to travel to the partner institution for one week during the Fall 2018 semester.The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2. More information is available on the CONAHEC website.Korean Government Scholarship ProgramThe Republic of Korea has announced the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) to promote international exchange in education, as well as fostering mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.Open to all master’s and PhD fields of study, there are three scholarships available for Canadian applicants under the age of 40.The value of the scholarships varies depending on the level of degree and field of study.Research program support is also available for postdoctoral and professor exchange.Successful candidates will be announced the week of June 20 and expected to arrive in Korea in August for the start of the fall semester.The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 21. More information is available on the KGSP website.Organization of American States Academic Scholarships ProgramThe Organization of American States (OAS), a group of 35 independent states, has launched its 2018-19 Academic Scholarships Program.One scholarship will be awarded to a Canadian to study or conduct research at the master’s or PhD level in an OAS member state (excluding Canada) starting in August.The scholarship is valued at a maximum of $15,000 per academic year with benefits assigned on a case by case basis.Some of the eligible countries of study include Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saint Lucia and the U.S.The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 21. More information is available on the OAS website.Academics Without Borders — call for project proposalsAcademics Without Borders’ university network enables member universities, such as Brock, to connect with institutions of higher education in some of the least developed countries in the world.One of the benefits of Brock belonging to their network is that our faculty, staff and administrators can submit proposals to AWB for projects that fall under their mission.This call for project proposals is designed to build on established relationships between colleagues at a tertiary institution in a developing country.The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30. More information is available online.Any questions regarding the opportunities listed above can be directed to Liv Park in the Global Scholars Office at or x4088. read more

In The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To TheIn The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To The

The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock. read more

Piers Morgan pulls out as host of television awards after campaign toPiers Morgan pulls out as host of television awards after campaign to

first_imgMan who’s shill for a guy who calls media ” enemy of the people.”What’s up with @RTS_media?— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) February 18, 2017 Looks like @RTS_media’s decision to book @piersmorgan as its awards host has gone down well.— Jake Kanter (@Jake_Kanter) February 16, 2017 The Royal Television Society (RTS) announced Mr Morgan as the presenter for its awards night three days ago, which Mr Morgan said he agreed to host without a fee.At the time, Theresa Wise, the CEO of RTS, said: “”Morgan’s reputation for being opinionated and his wealth of experience working within the industry make him the perfect host and we look forward to a lively event.” But many TV figures criticised the choice, including awards judge Bonnie Greer. Ms Greer said that she was “honoured to be a judge” for the awards on Twitter, but would decline to attend the dinner because of Mr Morgan’s role.Ms Greer, a writer and critic, cited Mr Morgan’s support of the US President, who has attacked TV news organisations as “enemies of the American people”. UPDATE: I’m withdrawing as host of the @RTS_media Programme Awards. Full statement on my Facebook page:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2017 We are thrilled to announce the host for the RTS Programme Awards will be @GMB’s @piersmorgan— RTS (@RTS_media) February 16, 2017 While Emma Lindley, director of ITV children’s show My Parents Are Aliens, tweeted: “I don’t want Piers Morgan representing me or any other RTS members.”A petition to stop him from presenting the awards currently has nearly 200 signatures on the website It says it is “NOT acceptable” for Morgan to be the host and the RTS “must reconsider their position”.  “After my role was announced, a campaign was started to have me banned. It suggested that I lack the ‘creative excellence’ criteria required for presenting such an event and therefore my presence would be ‘damaging’ and ‘inappropriate.’ “Further, I have ‘failed to understand a social movement that values equality and diversity of voice.’”Apparently, this movement does not extend to tolerating my own diverse voice.  I have no wish to serve as an unnecessary distraction from award winners whose hard work and skill should be celebrated without any of the silly noise this campaign has generated.   “So, I am now withdrawing from hosting the evening.  Good luck to everyone who has been nominated.”It is not the first time the presenter’s views on Mr Trump have got him into professional difficulty – last month Ewan McGregor snubbed an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain  after realising it was co-hosted by Mr Morgan. The actor cited Mr Morgan’s comments about the women’s marches which took place around the world following President Trump’s inauguration.  He said he had decided to step aside because he did not want to become a “distraction” from the awards, which celebrate the best of British television.The former newspaper editor said he had received criticism that he lacked the “creative excellence” required to present the awards, and he had “failed to understand a social movement that values equality and diversity of voice”.In a statement on his Facebook page Mr Morgan said: “I was recently invited to host the Royal Television Society Programme Awards. “As someone who has worked in British and American television for most of this Millennium, on a variety of shows, I thought it might be fun and agreed to do it without any fee. Piers Morgan has pulled out of hosting a television awards ceremony over criticism of his support for Donald Trump.The television presenter said he did not want to distract from award winners after a vocal campaign argued it was “inappropriate” for him to be given the role. 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.last_img read more

Does the iPhone 4S really have a battery drain issueDoes the iPhone 4S really have a battery drain issue

first_imgOver the past couple of weeks, there has been a growing murmur surrounding a mysterious battery drain that is supposedly affecting some iPhone 4S owners. At least one user even reported that Apple contacted him to help them gather more data on the problem. Memories of 2010’s iPhone 4 Antennagate fiasco resurfaced. Is this really something to take into account when considering an iPhone 4S purchase, or is this one big nothing arising from a few isolated incidents?Sascha Segan and the folks over at PCMag attempted to answer that question with some good old fashioned testing. While it’s only a small sampling, it doesn’t use completely new handsets, and it tests entirely with the screens on, the analysis is thorough enough that the issue would have likely reared its head if it were actually both extreme and universal. As you can see in the video below, the problem may not be with the iPhone 4S at all, but with iOS 5:The iPhone 4S in this test lasted over half an hour longer than an iPhone 4 on iOS 5. It was outpaced by an iOS 4-running iPhone 4 by a couple of minutes. Our own testing has yielded similar results to PCMag’s, with uptime not being much different from that of the iPhone 4. With all of these results not showing any huge problems, just how widespread is this issue?Despite the results of these tests, some users swear up and down that they’re experiencing uncommon battery drain. A thread on Apple’s support forums has 186 pages of complaints from 4S owners, along with some suggested solutions that seem to only be providing mixed results. Some even go to extremes of turning off iCloud, Siri, and just about everything else that would make their iPhone fun to use in the first place. They reported that even these measures didn’t drastically change anything.One solution that could be worth looking into relates to a bug with the iOS time zone settings. It could be that some iOS 5 iPhones just never stop trying to set the correct location for the clock, and are constantly accessing the phone’s GPS. If you’re one of the 4S owners experiencing the mysterious drain, you can try it out for yourself by turning off the time zone setting on your iPhone (under Settings > Location Services > System Services, turn off “Setting Time Zone”). It may or may not help, but either way, you’ll need to turn this back on to have your clock automatically change when traveling.So is iOS 5 the real culprit here? It would make sense if iCloud were using some extra juice. After all, frequently connecting to Apple’s servers to sync system and app data would logically lead to some extra consumption. That could be, but this would only be a subtle change.With testing not showing anything dramatic, that leaves us all to wonder just what is going on with the group of phones that are apparently having problems. Apparently Apple is pondering the same question, as their hardware and software engineers are reportedly investigating (with their typical level of secrecy). We’ll stay on top of the story, but at this point, it looks like the time zone fix is as likely a culprit as anything.last_img read more

Presidents Climate Strategy Includes Some AgRelated InitiativesPresidents Climate Strategy Includes Some AgRelated Initiatives

first_imgIn a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama laid out plans that the Administration will pursue through existing authorities to reduce emissions and address climate change. The existing Clean Air Act is considered by many to be an ill fit for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and actions the administration may take to limit emissions from new or existing power plants is likely to be challenged in court.Of note to the agricultural community, the President’s climate strategy contains several initiatives intended to promote advanced biofuels and help farmers adapt to future growing conditions. The plan includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative to create a network of seven regional climate hubs to provide “tailored, science-based knowledge to farmers, ranchers and landowners” and help communities prepare for drought and wildfire by launching a National Drought Resilience Partnership and by expanding and prioritizing forest- and rangeland-restoration efforts to make areas less vulnerable to catastrophic fire.The plan also says USDA will work with the Departments of Energy, Interior, Labor and Transportation as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a strategy for controlling methane emissions. The agencies will be addressing data gaps and identifying technologies and best practices for reducing emissions.Some specific aspects of the proposal would:make up to $8 billion in already approved loan guarantees available for advanced fossil and energy efficiency projects;set a goal of doubling renewable energy generation by 2020;initiate a second round of federal fuel economy and carbon standards for heavy-duty vehicles beyond 2018;establish new federal energy efficiency goals – as well as new programs across multiple agencies for achieving them;target other potent greenhouse gases, including hydrofluorocarbons and methane, which leak from oil and gas operations;include multiple efforts to boost the resiliency of infrastructure to climate change.last_img read more

FWC action team captures 500th Burmese pythonFWC action team captures 500th Burmese python

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission program has reached a milestone after capturing their 500th Burmese python.The FWC python action team made the capture earlier this week.The python was said to weigh 20 pounds and 14 ounces and was 9 feet 10 inches long.The conservation commission designed the python action team to help control the population of the invasive breed of snake.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Infiniti kicks Western Europe to the curb amid restructuringInfiniti kicks Western Europe to the curb amid restructuring

first_img 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 89 Photos Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is cover-worthy 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Review • 2019 Infiniti QX50 review: New-school engine, old-school luxury Tags 0 More From Roadshow Infiniti Sometimes it’s wiser to leave a market than to stay and waste precious time and money fighting an uphill battle. Infiniti announced on Tuesday that it intends to withdraw from Western Europe in 2020. The first step will be to end its Q30 and QX30 production lines in Sunderland, England, which will happen by the middle of this year. The Nissan-owned automaker said it’s working to find other jobs for employees that might be affected, and once that’s done, it’ll focus on ending franchise agreements.Infiniti said this decision was part of a restructuring plan that allows it to focus purely on its most active markets — namely, North America and China. And while Infiniti plans to leave Western Europe, it will stay active in Eastern Europe, in addition to Asia and the Middle East. Enlarge Image”I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.” Andrew Krok/Roadshow Even though this seems sudden, it’s not like Infiniti is abandoning the region entirely. It will still have a presence in terms of service, maintenance and warranty repairs, although it’s unclear if they’ll be Infiniti-branded centers or something else. According to Autocar, Infiniti accumulated approximately 60,000 customers in Europe since it entered the market in 2008. But Autocar’s report doesn’t blame low sales alone — it also points out that the company had “no sustainable way of investing in the kind of technology needed to reduce its fleet emissions in Europe.” Infiniti intends on electrifying its portfolio by 2021, which might not be fast enough for Europe’s liking.In addition to the already planned electrification, Infiniti said it will refocus its efforts on North America’s SUV lineup, and it will also introduce five new vehicles in China over the next five years. It also intends to “realize more synergies with Nissan,” but the company didn’t offer up any specifics to that end.The announcement is the latest blow to a UK car industry destabilized by the Brexit vote. Nissan in February announced production of the X-Trail would move to Japan, following a trade agreement with the EU, shortly before Honda said Civic Hatchback and Type R production would cease at its Swindon plant. While automakers have been careful not to blame Brexit — Infiniti does not mention it in its statement today — any uncertainty over future trading arrangements is kryptonite to their finely tuned just-in-time production lines. Ford Europe and Jaguar Land Rover, among others, have cut production since the vote.  Share your voice Car Industry Luxury cars SUVs Preview • 2019 Infiniti QX50: Engine witchcraft and semiautonomy 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm null More about 2019 Infiniti QX50 Infinitilast_img read more

This Squishy Flatulent Robot Just Wants to Be Your FriendThis Squishy Flatulent Robot Just Wants to Be Your Friend

first_imgAugust 26, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1 min read A team of engineers at Harvard tasked themselves with making a robot that would be not only safer around people but just generally appear less threatening. We think they’ve succeeded.It’s called the Octobot, and unlike some of the creations from fellow Massachusetts-based robot maker Boston Dynamics, you probably wouldn’t be terrified to run into it in a dark alley. It’s more akin to a toy you might get your niece for her birthday.Related: Robots May Be on the Cusp of Widespread Adoption, Jibo CEO SaysIt’s the first autonomous, completely soft robot and is made from a 3-D printed mold inspired by, you guessed it, an octopus. Its main feature is that it is essentially powered by flatulence. The way it is designed, the Octobot moves around by releasing the fuel it’s chemically creating at its core.So go ahead and laugh, but we think it’s pretty cute. And if somehow the Octobot was sent back in time to destroy humanity, humanity might have a pretty good shot at survival, don’t you think?center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Robust November giving 2018 a head start in global traffic says IATARobust November giving 2018 a head start in global traffic says IATA

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: IATA, Trend Watch Thursday, January 11, 2018 Posted bycenter_img GENEVA — Global passenger traffic is already gaining momentum in 2018, thanks to a robust month in November 2017 during which revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) saw its fastest growth rate in five months.According to IATA, RPKs in November rose 8.0% compared to November 2016, and up from a 7.3% year-over-year rise in October. Capacity (available seat kilometres or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.“The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018. November’s strong demand gives the industry momentum,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper.”All regions showed growth, led for the third consecutive month by carriers in the Asia-Pacific region. Total capacity climbed 6.6%, and load factor increased 1.1 percentage points to 78.2%.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsNorth American airlines’ traffic climbed 6.4% in November, with capacity rising 6.1% and load factor edging up 0.2 percentage point to 79.1%. The relatively vigorous economic backdrop is supporting outbound passenger demand, however this appears partly to be offset by a negative impact on inbound travel to the U.S. from its additional security measures.De Juniac went on to predict that 2018 will be the fourth year in a row where the industry’s return on invested capital will exceed the cost of capital. “In sum, we begin the New Year with confidence.”Challenges, however, remain, such as security threats and infrastructure issues. De Juniac also notes that fees and charges are a growing part of the cost base, and in many cases “airports and air traffic management struggle to keep pace with demand and technology advancements.” He suggests governments must recognize the “enormous value” that aviation provides to global economies and the world. Travelweek Group Robust November giving 2018 a head start in global traffic, says IATAlast_img read more

Secret report finds major security flaws at Newark airportSecret report finds major security flaws at Newark airport

first_imgSecurity at Newark Airport has been given the thumbs-down (Image: Egan-Chin/News) Security at Newark Liberty International Airport has come under close scrutiny following the release of a report detailing serious lapses in screening procedures at the New Jersey hub. The result of an undercover operation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the report claims screeners at the airport are properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers just 16.7 per cent of the time it is required. In only a quarter of all cases, is appropriate action taken on prohibited items, the review added.      The ‘PACE (Presence, Advisements, Communication and Execution) Airport Evaluation’, obtained by The Star Ledger, was compiled by TSA employees from other airports who were asked to observe the behaviour of staff at Newark Liberty.According to the newspaper, TSA watchdogs are startled by the poor performance of screeners, which comes a decade after the formation of the TSA following 9/11.”There’s that often-repeated phrase, ‘We’ve got to get it right all the time,’ ” Pace Law School professor and author of ‘The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism’, Thomas McDonnell said, describing the findings as unacceptable. “When it’s under 50 percent, under 20 percent, that to me is very shocking.”Also of concern to Mr McDonnell and civil rights advocates was that in absolutely no cases did screeners properly inform passengers of their right to opt out of a full-body scan in favour of a pat down. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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first_imgJuly 25 , 2018 Additionally, other retailers have had a plentiful start to the season as the southern hemisphere crop kicks in. Pinkids, the brand extension for children, is back on shelves and boasts Morrisons as a new stockist.Pink Lady has a strong brand presence across the big four supermarket chains – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – and is listed in 16 outlets in total.The soaring sales figures come after several years of heavy investment in the brand by Coregeo, with brand initiatives spanning marketing, advertising, sponsorship, digital and PR.”We’re absolutely thrilled with the latest sales figures. This is the highest monthly sales ever for Pink Lady and is a great start to the southern hemisphere season,” said Lynn Shaw, Pink Lady marketing manager.“With a heavy focus on the snacking market via our PR and digital communications, which we identified as an area of huge potential growth, the excellent sales figures show that this integrated campaign has really struck a chord with consumers and converted into sales. We look forward to continued growth.” Pink Lady apples have seen a spike in U.K. sales this summer, with June figures up by a record 31% year-on-year.Annual sales are now up 6% from 2017, signifying a strong start to the Southern Hemisphere season, according to the brand’s U.K. master license holder, Coregeo.There has been high demand for the new crop as the Northern Hemisphere season came to a close, with retailers keen to invest heavily in the new season.The brand has reported particularly significant success with Aldi, as the German discount chain continues its expansion of stores in the U.K., with a further 70 stores opening in 2018. You might also be interested in Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in …last_img read more

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