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Clark County — Clark County is currently on the lookout for youth between the ages of 12 and 19 that are interested in sharing their opinions and perspectives about substance abuse prevention among their peers.The county’s Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse program is seeking to fill eight peer educator positions for its 2017-2018 program year. According to a county press release, the peer educators are tasked with addressing alcohol and other drug use issues among youth in Clark County. The program aims to promote awareness of educational programs and advise other groups on substance abuse at the community level, while also supporting other efforts to curtail the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.According to the release, peer educators include youth who have never used drugs or alcohol, those who have experimented or used, as well as those who have completed treatment and are in recovery. To be eligible, youth must be residents of Clark County. Training is provided.Interested youth must submit an application, and finalists must participate in an interview. Applications and submission directions are online at: www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/stasha-peer-education-program.
Lyon have confirmed the signing of defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a five-year dealThe City academy graduate failed to make a single appearance for the senior side following his arrival in 2013.Due to this, Denayer has now agreed to join Lyon for an undisclosed fee and is honoured to be there.“It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm,” he told the club website.“The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honour to play here.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The 23-year-old has had loan spells at Sunderland and Celtic in the past, where he was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the club’s Young Player of the Year while with the latter.More recently the Belgian centre-back has been at Galatasaray on another loan spell, that saw him score one goal in 22 appearances to help the Turkish giants to a domestic double last season.Denayer has also made eight appearances for Belgium at international level.
First responders from Vancouver, Portland and several other agencies were mobilized Thursday after a crew member on a ocean-going freighter had a medical problem.The stricken man was aboard the Star Life, a 550-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier.The inbound ship was just preparing to anchor, approximately two nautical miles downriver from Kelley Point Park, when a crew member had a medical emergency, according to a news release from the Portland Fire Bureau.Portland Fire Dispatch was informed of the incident by the Columbia River pilot’s dispatcher at 1:45 p.m. Columbia River pilots board vessels in Astoria, Ore., and accompany the ship’s captain as they navigate the river. Response to this incident was complicated by difficulty in locating the vessel according to the news release.A crew from Portland Fire Station 17 responded to the Star Life, boarding it via a gangway lowered from the larger vessel. Portland Rescue Boat 17 then requested assistance from Fireboat 6. Firefighters, once aboard the Star Life, were able to assess and stabilize the patient — an engineer who was having an allergic reaction.Using the ship’s davit, a crane-like device, the patient was lowered to the deck of Fireboat 6; it was then necessary to transport the patient to a waiting ambulance at Frenchman’s Bar, downriver from the Port of Vancouver. Portland Rescue Boat 17, specially equipped with a beach-landing ramp, was used to deliver the patient to the ambulance at about 3:30 p.m.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped. By one budget estimate, a full dividend and back payments could cost $4.3 billion. Dunleavy has said the state can afford to pay those using permanent fund earnings. Tangeman said he thought the $75 a barrel estimate was not realistic. The forecast released Friday estimated oil prices for the coming fiscal year at $64 a barrel. Tangeman said that is in line with a forecast released by the department earlier this year. For years, Alaska relied heavily on oil revenues to help fund state government. But prices went into freefall in 2014, the year Walker took office, exacerbating the deficit. Lawmakers used savings to fill the hole as low prices persisted. Oil prices, for a brief period this fall, topped $80 a barrel. The price, as of Thursday, was roughly $62 a barrel. The Walker administration said the budget they were leaving behind would balance at an average North Slope oil price of $75 a barrel, which matched the Department of Revenue’s preliminary estimate for prices for the coming fiscal year. But Sheldon Fisher, Walker’s revenue commissioner, also cited the volatility in prices and delayed issuing a detailed revenue forecast earlier this month to give the department time to review what was happening with oil markets. Earlier this year, following sessions of gridlock, lawmakers decided to begin using permanent fund earnings to help pay for the budget. That created tension, because dividends are also paid using fund earnings.Legislators also passed a bill calling for limited withdrawals from earnings that, for the coming fiscal year, would yield $2.9 billion. However, critics of the bill have said the rules it lays out could be ignored. His budget director, Donna Arduin, said all areas of state spending will be up for scrutiny. “I have no idea what his plan is to balance it,” Wielechowski said. During the campaign, Dunleavy said he supported paying residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and money they missed out on when payouts were reduced starting in 2016 amid a budget deficit. Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said separate legislation may be needed to handle the issue of back payments. He said Dunleavy has been clear that it is a big issue and one that he will pursue. “The state must learn to live within its means and we get there by making the tough spending choices,” she said in a release. Dunleavy is expected to make further changes to the budget that his office says will prioritize services and programs “that really matter to Alaskans.” The budget draft released Friday — ahead of a statutory deadline — was described as a starting point that works off the budget document Gov. Bill Walker’s administration pulled together before Walker left office Dec. 3.But Dunleavy’s draft relies on a more conservative oil price. And with the full dividend payout, Dunleavy’s budget office said the draft would leave a projected $1.6-billion gap. Walker didn’t include a full dividend. That legislation did not resolve how the money would be divvied between government and dividends. Dunleavy’s draft budget would earmark an estimated $1.9 billion of that withdrawal for dividends. During the campaign, Republican Dunleavy also said he wanted to reduce spending and limit the growth of government. His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the back payments. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, called the current proposed budget “significantly unbalanced.”
Sci-Tech Internet Over 2 million people signed up for the Facebook event. David Becker/Getty Images In July a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event was created to coordinate a raid on Area 51, the classified military base in Lincoln County, Nevada. It became an online sensation. Over 2 million Facebook users signed up, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert gave it a spot on their respective talk shows, and the US Air Force strongly advised citizens against raiding the facility. But now, the Facebook event page has been taken down.It appears as though Facebook took the page down on Aug. 3 for violating community standards. Mathew Roberts, the event creator, posted a screenshot on his personal Facebook page of the notice Facebook had sent him saying it had taken down the event because it “went against” Facebook’s “Community Standards.””I never got any reason behind the event being removed,” Roberts told CNET. “I created a sister event which amassed about 15,000 people before being taken down for no reason.”After starting the Facebook event as a joke, Roberts is now planning an actual Area 51 festival in Nevada to take place Sept. 20, the day the facetious raid was to go down. He says he created another Facebook event, this time for the real festival that would take place somewhere that’s not a highly-classified military base, but this too was taken down by the social network. “I think it’s pretty reckless of Facebook, especially because I’m trying to direct people away from storming the base,” Roberts said. “And now I’ve lost my entire audience.” Roberts expects around 20,000 people to attend the festival. Facebook has been contacted for comment.The now-deleted Facebook event came with a brief description: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” it read. “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.””Naruto run” refers to the main character in the eponymous Naruto anime.The Facebook event created the Area 51 meme, which became a fixture on Twitter and Reddit throughout July. You can see some of our favourites below. Area 51 is a highly classified zone around 150 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, a detachment of the famed Edwards Air Force Base. No one really knows what the base is used for, but it’s speculated to be a location for aircraft development, and as such Area 51 has become synonymous with alien conspiracies. The most popular involve alien spaceships or aliens themselves, all allegedly kept within the classified zone.The location reportedly received its name when, in 1951, the remains of the alleged Roswell UFO (said to have crashed in 1947) were brought to the base. In 2013, the CIA issued a 355-page declassified report detailing the birth of Area 51 and the U-2 spy planes developed and tested there.Originally published Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. PT. Update, 9:38 p.m.: Adds comment from event creator Mathew Roberts. Facebook Comments 7 #Area51 let’s see them aliens pic.twitter.com/0zmL8dFdoy— Ash (@taintdchinadoll) July 12, 2019 Share your voice The greatest alien encounter movies, ranked 41 Photos My motivation to study Vs. My motivation to get into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/lF7TbFb5RU— College Student (@FactsOfSchool) July 13, 2019 Tags Enlarge Image Reddit/AnonEnigma
U.S. President Donald Trump looks down while speaking to reporters about healthcare during an energy policy discussion with leaders of American Indian tribes and U.S. governors at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2017. REUTERSUS president Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation.Senate Republican leaders had set Friday as the target for rewriting legislation for a simultaneous repeal and replacement of extensive parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the law dubbed Obamacare that expanded health insurance coverage to 20 million people.The deadline seemed unlikely to be met given that most senators had left Washington ahead of next week’s recess, without agreement on a clear direction for the healthcare bill, and Trump’s tweet did not appear to gain political traction.Financial markets showed little reaction to Trump’s suggestion, with the benchmark S&P 500 index edging about 0.15 percent higher on the day. Shares of most health insurers gained fractionally while hospital stocks were little changed.Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning, “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”The White House said later that Trump was still “fully committed” to pushing the Republican draft healthcare bill through the Senate, although it was looking at every option for repealing and replacing Obamacare.“The president hasn’t changed his thinking at all,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.The current Senate legislation would repeal parts of Obamacare, roll back its expansion of the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor, eliminate most of Obamacare’s taxes and replace Obamacare insurance subsidies with a system of tax credits to help individuals buy private health insurance.Conservative and moderate Republicans have spent recent days pushing and pulling the bill in opposite directions as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell sought common ground. Moderates want more equity for low-income Americans, while conservatives are fighting to loosen insurance regulations.Shortly before his January inauguration, Trump urged lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time. Congressional Republicans had considered earlier this year first repealing, then replacing Obamacare, but backed away after some lawmakers protested that that approach could create a gap in insurance coverage for millions.On Friday, Republican senator Ben Sasse who had suggested that Congress first repeal Obamacare and then replace it, tweeted: “Glad you agree, Mr. Pres.” Conservative Senator Rand Paul also backed the idea.But others on Capitol Hill sounded annoyed. A senior Senate Republican aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if lawmakers had been able to get the votes for repealing Obamacare first, then replacing it, “senators would have done that in January. It doesn’t have the votes, and it’s a waste of valuable time to discuss it.”Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, said the lawmaker would not support the strategy. McConnell’s spokesman declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.A senior House of Representatives Republican, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, said in an interview for CSPAN’s “Newsmakers” program that lawmakers’ goal should continue to be “not simply repealing but to start to put into place the elements that can make healthcare affordable.”
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tickets for The Void’s “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” virtual reality (VR) experience in Las Vegas went on sale this week, as the location-based VR attraction is preparing to open its doors at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes on April 27.“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” is the latest multi-player VR experience by The Void, which pioneered these kids of location-based VR attractions over the past few years. In the new experience, up to 4 players get to roam freely across a stage with real props, outfitted with special VR helmets that incorporate an Oculus Rift VR headset, backpacks with mobile PCs for a untethered VR experience, vests for tactile feedback and VR guns to fight against the empire.The experience was produced together with ILMxLab, Disney’s R&D lab for immersive media. Both companies first brought the experience to Void locations at Disneyland Florida and Anaheim, as well as the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. and Westfield in London. In Vegas, they now hope to bring location-based VR to an even bigger crowd.“Las Vegas is the experience capital of the world, and we are excited to bring a brand new, fully immersive location-based experience to the local market and out-of-town visitors,” said The Void CEO Cliff Plumer in a statement. “The power of The Void will allow guests to step into ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ and not only see this spectacular world, but also hear, feel, touch and even smell as they realize they are a part of this incredible story.”
Kolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two Bangladeshi nationals from near the Indo-Bangladesh border at Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday night. Acting on specific information, a team of CID’s Barasat unit raided the area and arrested the duo. They are originally residents of Khulna. During interrogation, the investigators came to know that they were trying to go to Mumbai. The CID officials are yet to ascertain their real motive behind illegally intruding into the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe duo has been identified as Urmi Seikh and Nayeem Seikh. Both are teenagers. The investigating officials are also probing to know if the duo was a part of any international smuggling racket. They are looking into the possibilities of the duo being involved with any anti-national activities.After being interrogated, the two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested on charges of illegally intruding into the country. During the investigation, CID had been trying to know if the accused had any past record of entering into the country illegally from Bangladesh, or if they have any connection with the extremist groups operating from Bangladesh.
Sufi music has the power and the magic to calm one’s soul and make one transit into another world. However, there’s more to Sufi than being just the music of God. In order to reveal the facets and trace the journey of Sufism through music, an interactive performance titled ‘Sounds of the Sufis’ will be held on March 19 at Main Auditorium, India International Centre. The performance, which will trace the journey of Sufism from 8th Century AD to its impact in the present times on our everyday lives, includes narrations and mesmerising live music that cover the lives of the pillars of the Sufi thought, from Moinnuddin Chisti to Amir Khusrau to Kabir to Meera Bai and many others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’By picking up pieces from their own lives, the performers explore the essence of Sufism reflecting research, interaction with scholars and a strong personal interest. The performance touches upon the lives and messages of 11 mystics and involves compositions in six regional languages including Kashmiri, Urdu, Farsi and Punjabi. The narratives are performed in English and Hindi, creating a rare ambience for introspection, indulgence and appreciation. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event will be presented by The Looking Glass. Anuraag Dhoundeyal, co-founder of The Looking Glass is also a singer, composer and a performer; and he has had years of training in Hindustani Classical singing and has to his credit both, international and national performances. His expertise lies in creating interactive performances that engage the audiences in experiential ways. Through ‘Sounds of the Sufis’, Anuraag lets his singing do the talking as he adds a distinct characteristic to Sufi with his soulful rendition of their poetry. As an educator, Psychologist and a storyteller, Priyanka Patel has been integrating arts and psychology to create environments that help individuals interact deeply with themselves. She has been training students, teachers and parents, helping them build life skills through workshops. In ‘Sounds of the Sufis’, she engages with stories and narrations to trace the experiences that celebrate humanity through love, selflessness and authenticity. Karan Chitra Deshmukh, who is a Tabla player and a multi percussionist, has been enthralling audiences with his drumming skills. He has been a technician and has assisted the esteemed Karsh Kale whilst also performing with him on several occasions along with being part of the MTV Coke Studio and Unplugged. Karan brings the rhythm to the ‘Sounds of the Sufis’ adding crispness to it with his dynamism.
Kolkata: The streets, lanes and alleys of various pockets in West Bengal, including the eastern metropolis, are now filled with the sounds of heavy boots of the central paramilitary forces, as the troopers hold route marches, go door to door warning possible miscreants and asking people whether they are facing threats in connection with the polls. All these activities have angered the ruling Trinamool Congress, and its leaders have gone ballistic against the forces. A former minister has even warned of “mass revolt”. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The troopers, who started arriving in the state on Friday — 27 days before the first phase of polls on April 11 — have been visiting vulnerable pockets in the metropolis and the districts in a bid to instil confidence among the voters. The state has a history of political violence, and the panchayat polls last year saw spewing of much blood, with ruling Trinamool Congress winning around 34 per cent of the seats uncontested amid allegations that candidates of other parties were forcibly not allowed to file their nominations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The 10 companies of troppers from the Border Security Force (BSF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have now been deployed in Malda, North Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Birbhum, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Kolkata districts. At Ultadanga in the city’s northeastern fringes, a trooper was seen sternly telling a woman that if her son tries to play any mischief, strong action will be taken. “Koi dadagiri nehi karega (no one can bully) the trooper said. In West Burdwan district’s Andal, that comes under the Asansol constituency represented in Lok Sabha by BJP’s Babul Supriyo, the troopers carried out a route march, enquiring from people whether they were fine. “Is everything okay? Hope you are not facing any problem related to the polls,” a trooper asked an old man Ranjit Dutta. “Is anybody trying to terrorise you?” he asked again. The footages aired on television led to a political slugfest. Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee alleged the forces were trying to terrorise voters. “Do they have any such rights? We don’t have anything against the deployment of central forces. Their duty is to ensure free and fair polls. For this, they have to depend on the local administration,” he said. Trinamool MP from Barasat Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar took exception, saying she would look into the legal provisions to find out if the commandant exceeded his brief. “Telling people that there should be no disturbances two months before the polls is not the duty of the paramilitary forces,” she said. City Mayor and Trinamool leader Firhad Hakim warned if the troopers visit houses and issue threats, “we will bring it to the notice of the Election Commission”. He alleged that some of the troopers have arrived with “a commitment”. “They have to remain neutral. But if the forces or some of their commandants have come with a commitment, that’s improper. We will draw the attention of the Election Commission,” he said. Going a step ahead, Trinamool legislator Sujit Bose warned that the forces and the commission would have to bear the responsibility if there were “resultant problems”. “The paramilitary forces have to follow certain rules. They can’t go beyond their mandate. If they do so, and insult slum dwellers, then they and the Election Commission will be responsible for the resultant problems,” Bose said. But the sternest warning came from Trinamool leader Madan Mitra. “The way the central forces have started terrorising people, and the way they are creating pressure on the local administration, if there is a public revolt, they won’t be able to tackle it,” he said in Barasat of North 24 Parganas district. On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party mocked the Trinamool. “The central forces are only asking people to cast their own votes, and not to be afraid. Why is the Trinamool all worked up at such a small thing? “Actually they are afraid that if people cast their own votes, it will be the end of the road for the Trinamool in this state,” said state BJP Vice President Jay Prakash Majumdar.
A $500 basketball shoe isn’t as crazy as it soundsThe $500 ($495 plus tax) Big Baller Brand Zo2 has been torched on social media for its ridiculously high price tag, but Colin doesn’t think it’s as crazy as most. Even though the price seems high, sometimes the high price point can create demand within the market.The reality is, many people think that if something is expensive it must be good. There is a possibility that the shoe could be a failure, but if it catches some momentum and takes off, all the big companies will be coming out with $500 shoes.“Who wants the cheapest anything?”Guests:Glen Davis – NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics is in-studio to talk Big 3 beef with Ray Allen; why they are still mad he left; and why his relationship with Doc Rivers soured.Nick Wright – FS1 analyst is in-studio to talk NBA playoffs; why Colin needs to stay with the LeBron over the Warriors; and why Kawhi Leonard not playing is worse than Harden being gassed at the end of last night’s game.Jason Whitlock – Co-host of Speak For Yourself is in-studio to discuss Andrew Luck critics in Indy and if Luck throws too many picks.Jared Dudley – Phoenix Suns forward is in-studio to talk NBA Playoffs; what playing the Warriors was like this year; NBA player opinions about Kawhi Leonard; and what it’s like playing with so many Kentucky guys. A dominant Warriors dynasty could keep more stars in small NBA marketsThe NBA, and many of its fans feared that the Warriors adding Kevin Durant was unfair. Other than Cleveland, no one else has a chance to beat them, and if Golden State ends up dominating the playoffs and winning a championship, they could be set up to win several more titles and become the next NBA dynasty.Colin thinks that a dominate Warriors team seems bad for league parity, but it may ultimately discourage players from leaving small market NBA teams because they know wherever they go, they don’t have a shot to win a title. If they can’t win a title, it makes no sense to leave and take considerably less money.If they can’t win, at least they could keep their stars.“If the Warriors destroy everybody, and they’re all still in their prime, why leave?”
If there’s one thing you don’t want while you’re cruising downhill on a scooter, it’s sudden braking.Lime has rolled out firmware updates after the detection of a bug within its fleet of electric scooters, which could “under rare circumstances could cause sudden excessive braking.”According to a company blog post, Lime commissioned “extensive analysis” of the problem by its internal team and other experts, and found that although the issue was rare, it was indeed happening.“We diagnosed the issue in a laboratory environment and determined that in very rare cases — usually riding downhill at top speed while hitting a pothole or other obstacle — excessive brake force on the front wheel can occur, resulting in a scooter stopping unexpectedly,” read its statement, published Feb. 23. Lime noted the issue affected less than 0.0045 percent of all rides, but confirmed that “some riders have been injured, and, although most have been bumps and bruises, any injury is one too many.”The company said it has developed updates for the firmware, some of which have already been rolled out, and that the company is “confident in their efficacy.”“A final update is now being dispatched to every Lime scooter in the market and will be complete shortly,” the post added. “We are also proactively working with consumer protection agencies around the world to ensure we meet their rigorous safety expectations.”If you’re thinking of riding, Lime recommended doing a visual inspection of the scooter you’re about to hop on to make sure the hardware looks in good condition, and report it to customer service if not. Once you’re off and away, Lime said to give the brake a good squeeze, and if it doesn’t work, hop off the scooter, end the trip, and report the issue. If it does work, Lime recommends not going full speed when going downhill, as that seemed to be the circumstance when most “sudden excessive braking” has occurred.Some countries aren’t satisfied with Lime’s solution, however. One South Australian lawmaker asked for a halt to the trial in Adelaide following a braking incident, while New Zealand councils implemented a ban on the scooters due to safety concerns related to the braking issues. Lime had reportedly advised Auckland Council of 155 reported incidents in the country involved “irregular braking” possibly “caused by the unexpected locking issue,” with 30 of these leading to injury.According to the New Zealand Herald, 1,300 scooter-related injuries have been reported since their introduction to the country in Oct. 2018. That seems a particularly high number for New Zealand, as a study by the Consumer Reports watchdog indicated that 1,500 scooter related incidents have occurred in the U.S. since lare 2017, when Lime launched and rival company Bird was founded.Be safe out there, riders. Lime scooters were braking suddenly thanks to a firmware bug.Image: limeBy Shannon Connellan2019-02-27 04:54:59 UTC
Chinese travelers rely on word-of-mouth most when researching for travel information: GfKAlmost 8 in 10 have planned for trips in Asia; 86% bought bundled packagesSHANGHAI, June 29, 2015 – When it comes to obtaining advice related to travel, mainland Chinese still prefer to seek first-hand information from someone they know over other third party sources. In a recent GfK study carried out among Chinese travelers, more than half of the respondents (52%) said they rely on their personal contacts such as friends, family and colleagues to get travel related information—the highest of all touch points—online and offline. Meta search websites and online travel agent websites jointly trailed behind in close second positions at 51%.GfK conducted the Consumer Travel Tracker study in China in February 2015 to provide the tourism industry with a broader understanding on China travelers’ booking behavior for outbound leisure holiday. The survey was conducted among 1000 respondents who have made a travel booking in the last 3 three months.“Even with the proliferation and growing consumer dependency on the internet for all kinds of information, the local norm of seeking information via word of mouth still prevails here,” highlighted Lawrence Liew, North Asia Director for Travel & Hospitality at GfK. “However, the growing influence of the internet cannot be avoided, as the other top sources of travel information are still online touch points.”When it comes to making the actual booking, online supersedes offline as the preferred channel, occupying 63% share of the market. Amongst the online booking channels, Online Travel Agents (OTA) websites are most popular, used by 46% of all travelers. However, different trends have surfaced for making bookings for various regional destinations. For instance, traditional travel agencies still retain their competitive edge when it comes to Asian countries, while online channels are more commonly used for Europe and Oceania destinations.According to GfK findings, Asia is the most travelled region for Chinese travelers in the short term, with 78% of respondents confirming their travel plans to countries in this region. Top three destinations are Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong (14% each), with Japan (11%) and Singapore (8%) trailing behind. One in ten (10%) have booked holidays in Europe, and 6%, to North America.Meanwhile, the most commonly purchased travel items online are packaged trips, followed by air tickets and accommodations, as indicated by 86%, 55% and 49% respectively. Over half (52%) of travelers also said they will buy insurance for their holiday. Survey results revealed that the total spending for each traveler per trip averages around 15,000 RMB; which accounts for about half the average monthly household income in the country.“The world’s most populous country has also become the largest source market for tourist arrivals to worldwide destinations; in particular Asia,” said Liew. “It is therefore imperative for travel suppliers and intermediaries alike to understand what make the Chinese traveler tick, including their shopping and booking behaviors and preferences, in order to tap into this large and growing market effectively,“ he concluded. GfKSource = GfK
What walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and splashes around like a duck? Well, for residents on the small island of Niue, the answer to that question is a duck – but they may not have been able to answer that before last month.A recent settler to the island, Trevor the duck has been causing a stir in the local community; because Niue has never had a duck before.No one knows how he could have gotten there, either. Theories range from him flying all the way from New Zealand to stowing away aboard a luxury yacht!Regardless of the “how”, the intrepid mallard, who is named after Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, has already made a home for himself in a small puddle by the airport. Locals visit him every day to bring him peas, corn, rice, and sometimes a former New Zealand commissioner comes by to feed him bok choy. Tourists even stop by to take pictures with the feathery celebrity.Felicity Bollen, the chief executive officer of Niue Tourism, told the ABCs Pacific Beat: “We pride ourselves on being a funny, quirky little island and he fits with the quirkiness, so he’s a perfect fit from a marketing perspective for our country.”Even the local fire department is involved in welcoming their new neighbor; they’re in charge of refilling his puddle when it gets low.Bollen went on to tell The Guardian that interest in Trevor stems from the lack of land animals and birds in Niue. “We have whales and dolphins, we have a lot of things in the water, but not land animals… so for a duck to be wandering around the island, that’s why it’s so interesting.”The island residents are debating the merit of getting a companion duck for Trevor so he doesn’t get lonely – but for now, Niue is more than happy to provide all the food and love that a community could provide a wandering fowl.If you want to find out more about Trevor the duck, you can check out his official Facebook page.[Source: Good News Network]The post Community is Overjoyed to Pitch in and Care For New Local Celebrity: The Island’s Only Duck appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
NewerInterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort to open in September OlderGiraudo to lead One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa on the island of Malta is to open a new Athenaeum Spa in October.Since its debut over 50 years ago, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard has become a quintessential part of Malta. Located next to the beautiful San Anton Palace, the 147-room hotel is set in tranquil gardens. The new spa marks the final phase of a significant refurbishment of the property which began last year and has so far transformed the executive lounge, lobby and guest bedrooms.The Athenaeum Spa has been created by world-renowned interior designers Goddard Littlefair, the team behind many leading spas and hotels worldwide, including Konopiste Espa Spa in Prague, Gleneagles in Scotland and Portland House in London.ADVERTISEMENTInspired by the relaxed charm of the Mediterranean, its design evokes a sense of calm and serenity. An oasis that’s flooded with natural light, ideal for relaxing in luxury. The details throughout the space have been meticulously considered to add to the experience – natural materials including stone are celebrated and contrasted against polished marble. Columns and archways give a sense of grandeur, while the perfectly positioned greenery brings the restorative beauty of the outdoors inside.The Mediterranean inspiration continues into the treatment rooms, with natural ingredients like salts, honey, oils and botanicals being used for a variety of therapies.In partnership with leading skincare brand Espa, the spa will offer luxury products, treatments and expertise, guided by a holistic philosophy to enhance both physical and emotional wellbeing. Facilities will include a hot area comprising vitality pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers and heated beds, which looks out onto a secret garden where abundant citrus, herbs and lavender ensure a nature inspired holistic experience. The Athenaeum Spa sits within the gardens of the hotel’s pool garden area also features an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, seven treatment rooms, relaxation lounge and terrace, gym and studio.Adrian Attard, general manager at Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa said: “We are delighted to be marking the final phase of the hotel’s refurbishment with a spa that will provide an unparalleled holistic health experience alongside a highly personalised service tailored to each guests’ needs. “The Athenaeum Spa’s unique attributes will bring an entirely new dimension to Malta’s luxury spa scene, from its carefully crafted treatments, thermal experiences and authentic design, we are creating an oasis that is truly confident, exquisite and elegant.”
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