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Rabat – The coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, still wishes to fulfill his childhood dream: coaching the French football team Saint Etienne in the future.Interviewed on a show by French television channel TF1 on Sunday, Renard said that “the club that rocked [his] childhood is Saint-Etienne.” “I was ten years old when I went to Geoffroy-Guichard [stadium] … I was a kid from 1968, I dreamed football, I lived football. I can still mention all the Saint-Etienne players of those years,” said the coach. Renard just realized one of his goals, after he helped the Moroccan team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Prior to becoming the Moroccan coach, the Frenchman has also helped Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire win the African Cup of Nations title.The coach is also determine to achieve big wins with his Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup. After Morocco’s win over Cote d’Ivoire during the tournament qualifiers, Renard expressed his pride and thankfulness to the national football team who played a wonderful game against the opponent.“The combativeness and selflessness of the players have been key to qualifying and winning against Ivory Coast,” said Renard.Before the victory, Renard’s contract with the Moroccan team was extended to 2022. read more

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2 December 2008United Nations relief officials are continuing to assist authorities in the conflict-wracked north of Sri Lanka respond to flooding that has displaced more than 70,000 people and affected 300,000 others. A UN inter-agency assessment of civilian needs in Northern province’s Jaffna district – the district hardest hit by the floods – has been carried out, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.In Jaffna alone, about 62,000 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the floods, which followed days of heavy rains, and are now living in nearly 250 separate camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). More than 5,900 houses have been badly damaged and another 13,300 are partially damaged.OCHA said the number of Sri Lankans known to be affected by the floods continues to grow as some areas were previously inaccessible and new information is being received.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are among the UN agencies already distributing relief supplies or coordinating assistance.Relief operations in northern Sri Lanka are complicated by the ongoing violence in the region between Government forces and members of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN supports inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups in Sri Lanka.Observing International Day for the right to the truth, Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated. To advance this effort, the UN supports fact-finding missions, commissions of inquiry, mapping exercises, and truth commissions, which document human rights violations and make recommendations to ensure accountability, reconciliation, and other reforms, he said, noting that from Colombia to Tunisia, from Mali to Sri Lanka, from Nepal to South Sudan, the UN has advocated for inclusive and genuine consultations with victims and affected groups, especially women, girls and those who are far too often excluded and marginalized.“Their meaningful participation must be ensured in all relevant stages of transitional justice processes, and their specific needs must be fully recognized in any reparation measures,” he said. “Across the world, every victim has the right to know the truth about violations that affected her or him,” Ban said in a message on the Day. “But the truth also has to be told for the benefit of all people and communities as a vital safeguard against the recurrence of violations. The right to the truth is closely linked to the right to justice.” The annual observance of International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. He was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. He also stressed the need to secure the testimonies of victims and witnesses to ensure the rights to know the truth and to justice. Appropriate mechanisms for the protection of victims and witnesses, including their physical and psychological integrity, privacy, and dignity, must be put in place.Moreover, the preservation of archives and other documentation relating to human rights violations is crucial for ensuring undistorted historical record and preservation of memory, he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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PARIS — Fiji toppled France for the first time in a rugby international by 21-14 at the Stade de France on Saturday.France came from behind to lead 14-12 at halftime, then drew a blank in the second half as Fiji flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked three penalties.Fiji has beaten tier one sides Scotland and Italy in recent years, but this could be its biggest win since defeating Australia 18-16 in 1954 in Sydney.“We didn’t respect them, they walked all over us,” France centre Mathieu Bastareaud said.He described the France team as “little boys.”Having beaten Argentina a week ago to end a five-test losing streak, France hoped to start a winning streak with another victory against a nation it had never lost to in nine previous encounters.Fiji had other ideas, and punished France’s woeful handling and lack of aggression.France coach Jacques Brunel heads into a Rugby World Cup year with a side facing grave doubts over its skills and mentality.France led 14-12 at halftime, with two tries from captain Guilhem Guirado, both converted by Baptiste Serin, that cancelled out Fijian tries from outside centre Semi Radradra and winger Josua Tuisova.Brunel complimented Fiji on showing more enterprise, but said losing was “incomprehensible. It shows our inconsistency.”“We are going to have to ask questions of ourselves.”Fiji asked questions of the French from the get-go, and repeatedly tore through French lines with powerful runs.Fiji scored first, with Radradra’s defence-busting run to the tryline in the 20th minute. Volavola converted.France quickly responded with the first of Guirado’s tries five minutes later.But more crisp, quick passing helped the Fijians scythe through the French again for Tuisova’s try in the 32nd. Volavola missed the conversion.Right at the end of the half, France scored when Guirado pile-drived through the Fiji defence. Serin’s conversion sent France into the dressing room with a lead against the run of play.Fiji’s victory might have been even more emphatic were it not for two disallowed tries — one in the first half denied for offside after video review, and the other disallowed in the second half for a late tackle.The Associated Press read more

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Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals. read more

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Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Sophomore forward Will Johnson’s goal at 1:30 in the third period lifted the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (20-14-1) past the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-11-6) and into Saturday’s Big Ten final with a 2-1 victory on Friday in the first semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.The Badgers took advantage of an early two-on-one where forward Aidan Cavallini delivered a perfect pass across the crease to Johnson, who beat OSU senior goaltender Matt Tomkins.OSU sophomore forward Dakota Joshua had the lone goal for the Buckeyes on the powerplay in the second period. Tomkins finished the day with 24 saves on 26 shots.In the final period, OSU fired 11 shots on Wisconsin goaltender Jack Berry, all of which turned aside. At 4:22 in the third, Joshua deflected a pass from senior forward David Gust that was initially ruled a goal until further review indicating the puck hit the crossbar and didn’t cross the goal line.Berry had 23 saves for the Badgers. Sophomore forward Luke Kunin had the first goal for Wisconsin.“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We knew they weren’t trying to give up much and we tried to do the same thing. We just didn’t do enough to win the game today.”The Buckeye defense was shaky early on, struggling to keep pucks out of the zone, but Tomkins held his own in net. Within in the first two minutes of the game, Wisconsin junior forward Cameron Hughes had a breakaway opportunity, but was turned away by Tomkins.OSU had its fair share of early chances, as well. Five minutes in, freshman forward Tanner Laczynski had a shot from the slot that hit off the post. Minutes later, Joshua had an attempt from the low slot and was denied by Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry.The Badgers struck first with a late first-period goal on a rebound attempt sent home by Kunin, his 22nd of the season. With OSU’s third-line defensemen on the ice, the Badgers won the faceoff and swung the puck over to the left point where freshman defenseman JD Greenway threw a shot on net. The shot caromed off Tomkins and bounced in front to Kunin’s stick, who slotted the puck in the top left corner of the net, taking the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.The OSU offense finally found its legs halfway through the second period. At 13:29, Wisconsin junior forward Ryan Wagner was called for a penalty, putting the nation’s No. 1 powerplay on the ice for the first time.After a Wisconsin clear went out of play, first-team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Mason Jobst won the faceoff and threw the puck to Joshua on the end line to the right of the net. Joshua spun around a defender and pushed the puck past Berry to tie the game at one.Following the goal, the Buckeyes had two more chances in front of the net that they couldn’t quite get a stick on. With under a minute to play, Joshua created a turnover in the offensive zone and left it for senior forward Nick Schilkey whose shot glanced off Berry’s right pad and out of play to keep the score 1-1 heading into the final frame.Tomkins made large contributions again in the second, making 14 saves. Senior forward David Gust and sophomore forward Miguel Fidler each committed a hooking penalty in the period, but Tomkins and the defense stood the test and killed off both penalties. On Fidler’s penalty, Tomkins stopped a straightaway shot from Greenway from the high right slot, then stopped two more chances off rebounds in front of the net.Ohio State senior goaltender Matt Tomkins makes one of his 24 saves in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Wisconsin at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiThe entire game, Wisconsin stymied the Buckeye offense. OSU only had 12 shots through the first two periods for a team that averages 30 shots per game. The Badger defense prevented OSU from penetrating the offensive zone, which forced a lot of the offense to play along the boards instead of the transition game that OSU prefers to play.“They were having the same defense that we were trying to have,” Schilkey said. “I just think they did a little bit better tonight. We have to get back to pucks, help our (defense) out. At times we were trying to stretch (passes) out too much.”At 17:32 in the third period, just as OSU was ready to send on another forward and pull Tomkins, senior defenseman Josh Healey was called for a hit to the head which resulted in a game misconduct and a five-minute major. Tomkins wasn’t able to come off the ice until 16 seconds were on the clock. Junior forward Matt Weis fired a desperation shot on net, which was saved by Berry.With the loss, the Buckeyes are on the bubble of the NCAA tournament picture heading into Selection Sunday. When asked whether OSU had done enough to earn an at-large bid, Rohlik didn’t have a definitive answer.“I think that’s up to the compute to figure out, I guess,” he said. “Hopefully we have, but obviously we need a few things to go our way.” read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Picture Boy’ sentenced to death – 12-man jury found him guilty during second retrialJuly 6, 2016In “Court”Drama at High Court as “Whistle” freed of Cool Square murderFebruary 12, 2016In “latest news”Man accused of murdering wife in 2012 to know fate soonMay 9, 2018In “Court” A jury was asked to return a formal verdict of not guilty in favour of a man who was initially sentenced to a 55-year jail term for murder.Justice Priya Sewnarine Beharry on Wednesday upheld a no-case submission and directed the jury to enter a formal verdict of not guilty thus freeing 39-year-old Naresh Ramjohn of Stanleytown, and Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.It was his second trial for the July 2, 2008, murder of Anthony Samaroo. In 2014, a jury had found Ramjohn guilty and Justice Navendra Singh had imposed a 55 ½ years jail term.Freed murder accused, Naresh RamjohnThe sentence was subsequently appealed. Attorney Murseline Bacchus had contended that the trial Judge had not given the jury proper guidance.The Appeal Court then ordered a retrial with Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry presided over that retrial.The prosecution’s case was presented by Attorney Mandel Moore.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry had earlier rejected the prosecution’s effort to have the statement of star witness Ryan Samaroo admitted. Ryan Samaroo, who had given evidence in the Preliminary Inquiry, suddenly disappeared from the area.Another brother, Tejpaul Samaroo, who is a prisoner in the New Amsterdam Prison, had also testified in the Magistrate’s Court at the first trial. He told the court that he does not know who killed his brother and denied helping to take his brother to the hospital.Defence Attorney Arudranauth Gossai in his no-case submissions told the court that there is no evidence to link his client to the crime. He said the prosecution witness, Brian Dhanpat, stated that he saw the incident and it was “Saddam’s” brothers who were seen inflicting wounds to the now dead Samaroo.Gossai also submitted that there was no evidence submitted that the murder was premeditated.The prosecution’s case was that on the day in question, Ryan Samaroo was walking on Levi Dam, when he was confronted by Ramjohn who allegedly stabbed him to death. read more

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first_imgGaz de schiste : plus néfaste pour le climat que le charbon et le pétroleUne étude réalisée par des chercheurs américains s’est penchée sur l’empreinte carbone du gaz de schiste dont les projets d’exploitation suscitent de vives inquiétudes en France. Selon les conclusions, cette source d’énergie engendre plus d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre que le pétrole et le charbon.”L’empreinte du gaz de schiste est plus importante que celle du gaz conventionnel ou du pétrole, quelle que soit l’échéance, mais en particulier sur vingt ans” assurent des chercheurs de l’Université de Cornell, dans une étude publiée dans Climatic Change Letters. Comparée à celle du charbon, l’empreinte du gaz de schiste est là aussi plus grande, et ce “d’au moins 20%, et peut-être même deux fois plus importante, sur 20 ans” alertent les scientifiques.Cette pollution est avant tout due au méthane rejeté dans l’atmosphère lors du forage, de l’exploration, de la fracturation et de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste. Des rejets qui font de cette source d’énergie la plus émettrice de gaz à effet de serre (GES) parmi les énergies fossiles conventionnelles que sont le gaz, le pétrole et le charbon. Si le méthane a une durée de vie beaucoup moins longue que le CO2, son impact sur le réchauffement climatique est vingt-deux fois supérieur à celui du gaz carbonique qui persiste un siècle dans l’atmosphère. Selon l’étude de l’Université de Cornell, l’exploitation des gaz de schiste pourrait sur une période de vingt ans, engendrer 20% d’émissions de GES de plus que celle du charbon. Une estimation qui s’ajoute à la liste des craintes concernant ce gaz piégé dans des roches peu perméables devant être facturées avec une grande quantité d’eau et de produits toxiques.En France, cette exploitation qui fait l’objet d’une vive contestation pourrait être interdite. Christian Jacob, le président du groupe UMP à l’Assemblée nationale, a en effet déposé une proposition de loi en ce sens. Un texte que le gouvernement a fait passer en procédure d’urgence.Le 16 avril 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgBATTLE GROUND — On Sunday, about 60 people gathered in Kiwanis Park for an event that featured American flags, military-style rifles and two candidates for city council.As people, some with families in tow, sat on the grass eating barbecue, Joey Gibson, the founder of right-wing protest group Patriot Prayer, introduced Shauna Walters and Josh VanGelder, two candidates for Battle Ground City Council.Since Washington voters overwhelmingly passed a gun-control initiative in November, Gibson, who made a name holding rallies in Portland and other liberal enclaves, has turned his attention to trying to keep the new law from taking root.He and other gun rights activists have appeared before local city councils, including every small city in Clark County, seeking to persuade them to pass measures aimed at stymieing the new law, Initiative 1639. While local city councils have been sympathetic to the concerns of Gibson, each has stopped short of declaring themselves a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”He’s hoping that will change after this upcoming election.“You have to be able to secure freedom at a local level, because no one else will do it,” Gibson told the crowd at the rally. He said Walters and VanGelder would do everything to “protect you guys and the Constitution,” and added, “you’ve got to do things that have not been done before, if that makes sense.”last_img read more

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first_imgLeganes have officially requested ‘clarification’ after Barcelona’s controversial second goal was allowed to stand in their 3-1 loss to the Catalan club on Sunday evening.Luis Suarez restored Barca’s lead when he scored their second goal in the match in the 70th minute, but he collided with Leganes’ goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar just before striking the ball.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system did not overrule the referee’s decision to allow the Goal, causing anger amongst the away support, who have now emailed the Spanish FA requesting an explanation.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.However, Barcelona manager manager Ernesto Valverde told reporters immediately after the match that he ‘thought it was a valid goal’.“Everybody will have their own opinion on decisions of this nature but the referee awarded the goal and VAR was in place to overrule that decision had it not been correct,” he said, according to Football Espana.“Luis does not touch the goalkeeper so that is why it was given so there really should not be a big deal about the controversy.”last_img read more

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first_imgSouthern white rhino successfully impregnated San Diego Zoo Safari Park May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) — A southern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido has been successfully impregnated through artificial insemination for the first time in the zoo’s history, which, for the northern white rhino, could help pave the way back from the brink of extinction, zoo officials said.Victoria, one of six female southern white rhinos at the Safari Park, is only seven weeks into her pregnancy, which if successful will last 16 to 18 months.“Victoria is part of our one-of-a-kind rescue program to save her cousins, the northern white rhino,” said the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. “With only two left on Earth, and both of them female, the northern white rhino has been poached to the brink of extinction.”But conservation experts at the zoo and elsewhere have a plan to bring back northern white rhinos “using cutting-edge science and decades of animal care expertise,” zoo officials said.“Though Victoria and her embryo are southern white rhinos, this is an important first step, proving the science is working.”Nola, then one of four remaining northern white rhinos, died at the Safari Park on Nov. 22, 2015. Then on March 19 of this year, Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, died in a preserve in Kenya.But just three days later, on March 22, animal experts at the Safari Park were able to artificially inseminate Victoria. Should her developing baby survive until birth, it would give scientists hope of repeating the feat of artificial insemination using genetic material from northern white rhinos.Victoria is one of six female southern white rhinos brought to the Safari Park from a preserve in South Africa in 2015 with the specific hope they could breed northern white rhinos. Scientists at the Safari Park’s Nikita Khan Rhino Rescue Center have spent years training and conditioning Victoria and the other five females to receive needed medical procedures.Last July, zoo officials announced they had made their first attempt to artificially inseminate a southern white rhino when they tried with 9-year-old Amani. That impregnation attempt apparently failed.But more challenges lie ahead, with artificial insemination of rhinos in zoos rare so far and resulting in only a few births.Victoria is a healthy 747-pound (1,700-kilogram) rhino estimated to be 7 years old.She and the other five female rhinos that range in age from 4 to 7 years old were all born in the wild and relocated to San Diego’s Safari Park in 2015. Scientists will be perfecting artificial insemination techniques and embryo transfer techniques on the females, which undergo weekly ultrasounds. Durrant recently spotted the beginning of tiny limbs of Victoria’s baby during her recent ultrasound. She is two months pregnant.“We will know that they have proven themselves to be capable of carrying a fetus to term before we would risk putting a precious northern white rhino embryo into one of these southern white rhinos as a surrogate,” Durrant said.The ultimate goal — which could take decades — is to create a herd of five to 15 northern white rhinos that would be returned to their natural habitat in Africa.Some groups have said in vitro fertilization is being developed too late to save the northern white rhino, whose natural habitat in Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic has been ravaged by conflicts in the region. They say the efforts should focus on other critically endangered species with a better chance at survival.The southern white rhino and another species, the black rhino, are under heavy pressure from poachers who kill them for their horns to supply illegal markets in parts of Asia.There are about 20,000 southern white rhinos in Africa.Safari Park officials say the work may be applicable for other rhino species, including the critically endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.The zoo’s conservation program relies on donors and last year received a pledge of a matching gift of up to $1 million from Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison and his girlfriend, Nikita Kahn, who previously gave the zoo over $1 million to fund the 3.5-acre rhino rescue center that now bears her name.The full release can be read below.    Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research announced Thursday morning that they have confirmed a pregnancy in one of the southern white rhinos living at the Nikita Khan Rhino Rescue Center.  The pregnancy, created through artificial insemination with sperm from a male southern white rhino, is an important milestone in the ongoing work to develop the scientific knowledge required to genetically recover the northern white rhino, a distant subspecies of the southern white rhino. Only two northern white rhinos currently remain on Earth (unfortunately both are femaile).“The confirmation of this pregnancy through artificial insemination represents an historic event for our organization but also a critical step in our effort to save the northern white rhino ,” said Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., director of Reproductive Sciences, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. “The sperm had excellent motility and the procedure went very well –  we are excited to confirm a pregnancy has occurred but we have a long time before we can declare a real success with the birth of a healthy southern white rhino baby.”Rhino gestation lasts from 16-18 months. The artificial insemination of a rhino named Victoria, occurred on March 22 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park . Victoria is one of six female southern white rhinos that were relocated to the Safari Park from private reserves in South Africa in November 2015.  Artificial insemination of rhinos has rarely been attempted in zoos and there have only a few births from this procedure in the past.“We have been very lucky to be able to provide the space and social structures necessary to encourage natural breeding of southern white rhinos, black rhinos and greater one horned rhinos in zoos,”  said Randy Rieches, Director of curatorial and husbandry sciences for San Diego Zoo Global.  “Unfortunately the challenges associated with limited gene pools and severely reduced numbers facing Javan rhinos, Sumatran rhinos and the northern white rhino means that some form of assisted reproduction may be their only hope for the future.”A key element of the program at the Rhino Rescue Center is the ability of animal care staff to work closely with the rhinos, building positive relationships so the rhinos participate voluntarily in procedures like artificial insemination and ongoing monitoring of pregnancies.“Just the fact that we have been able to confirm this pregnancy while the embryo is just a few weeks old is tremendously important and is all due to the work that animal care staff have put into developing relationships with these rhinos,”  said Parker Pennington, post doctoral associate.  “Through regular cooperative ultrasounds with Victoria we will be gathering a lot of data about the progress of a rhino pregnancy – data that has never been gathered before.”If Victoria is able to carry the calf to term, the first southern white rhino calf born at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center could arrive in summer 2019.To reach the ultimate goal of successfully producing a northern white rhino, multiple steps must be accomplished. One of the first steps involved sequencing the genome of the northern white rhino to clarify the extent of genetic divergence from its closest relative, the southern white rhino. Another step requires conversion of cells preserved from 12 individual northern white rhinos in the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research’s Frozen Zoo® to stem cells that could develop into sperm and eggs—a process successfully begun in the laboratory of Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute, with details of the process published in 2011.Reproductive options include artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, with the southern white rhinos possibly serving as surrogates for northern white rhino embryos. The reproductive system of rhinos is very complex, and there is still much to be learned. There are many challenges ahead, but researchers are optimistic that a northern white rhino calf could be born from these processes within 10 to 15 years. This work also may be applied to other rhino species, including critically endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is made accessible to children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 9:56 AM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 18, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Load More RelatedPosts Likewise, the dramatic removal of Donaco founders Joey and Ben Lim from the Board last month and the series of events that led to it were a major reason for combined revenue at the group’s two casino operations – Star Vegas in Cambodia and Aristo International in Vietnam – declining 7.3% to AU$86.3 million and EBITDA by 43.2% to AU$29.6 million, according to Chairman Stuart McGregor.“The full year results reflect the lack of professional management at the casino venues,” McGregor said, as well as “the fact that the Board was distracted by ownership and control issues.”Those distractions have since been resolved with Lim’s shares now held by Hong Kong hedge fund Argyle Street Management Ltd, a new-look board in place and the appointment in June of former Resorts World Sentosa and The Star Gold Coast executive Paul Arbuckle as Group CEO.Arbuckle hasn’t wasted any time identifying areas of concern, particularly at Star Vegas where net gaming revenue fell 9.9% to THB1.37 billion (US$44.6 million), non-gaming revenue by 19.0% to THB124.2 million (US$4.1 million) and EBITDA by 37.2% to THB610.2 million (US$19.9 million).“Slot machine revenue declined by 24.5% following the changeover to newer slot machines, and this is unacceptable,” Arbuckle said. “Going forward we will revisit our lease arrangements on these machines and may look at revising profit-share arrangements, or purchasing these machines outright. Non-gaming revenue was down by 19%, with some further changes needed to boost the attractiveness of the non-gaming businesses.“The EBITDA decline was due to a combination of the lower win rate, higher staff count required to replace staff that were poached by the Thai vendor, and higher marketing costs related to our events program, which drove the strong increase in visitation. We intend to look closely at the appropriateness of each of these aspects of the business.“We have introduced a range of improvements for the 2020 financial year, and the early signs are encouraging with a strong July being recorded, which is flowing through into our August results to date.”At Aristo, net gaming revenue fell 15% to RMB60.5 million, with non-gaming revenue down 25% to RMB45.3 million and EBITDA down 27% to RMB52.2 million.“The first half of the financial year was challenging for Aristo, as it was impacted by a Chinese crime syndicate in July and August 2018, which threatened VIP junkets and customers on the Chinese side of the border and significantly impacted results in those months,” Arbuckle explained.“However, in the second half of the year the business returned to more normal operating conditions. So whilst the full year results reflect the disruptions that occurred in July and August 2018, the operating performance has now recovered.“This provides a good baseline for us to look to improve performance, and our license allows additional slot machines to be introduced, so we are looking to see how we can take advantage of this opportunity over the next few years.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Southeast Asian casino operator Donaco International Ltd says it is well positioned to leave the turmoil of the past 12 months behind and start to rebuild after completing a sweeping overhaul of the board earlier this month.The full impact of the company’s recent woes was reflected in its bottom line on Wednesday with Donaco’s FY19 financial results revealing a statutory net loss after tax of AU$194 million for the 12 months ended 30 June 2019, primarily resulting from a non-cash impairment charge on the Star Vegas casino license due to ongoing litigation with the property’s land owners. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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first_imgIslamabad: Leading Chinese firms have told Prime Minister Imran Khan that they will invest USD 5 billion in cash-strapped Pakistan in various sectors over a period of three to five years. The commitments were made by a Chinese delegation that comprised over 55 executives and heads of leading companies when they met Khan and other high-ranking officials from the Pakistan government on Friday, The Dawn has reported. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and was attended by Federal Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Board of Investment chairman Syed Zubair Haider Gilani and Federal Board of Revenue chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi, besides the Prime Minister himself. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing also participated in the talks. The Chinese delegation represented key sectors including construction, power, transportation, information technology, and technological research. Later, a press statement from the PMO said that executives of the leading Chinese firms “expressed confidence” in the business-friendly policies of the Pakistan government and pledged to invest USD 5 billion in the next three to five years in several small and medium-size industrial sectors. Advertise With Us The delegation-level talks come as Pakistan continues to battle a ballooning balance-of-payment crisis. Several countries, including China and Qatar, have provided bailout packages to Pakistan in a bid to address its economic woes. Recently, Beijing had given Islamabad USD 4.6 billion in the shape of deposits and commercial loans. Earlier this month, Pakistan received the first tranche of a loan of USD 991.4 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).last_img read more

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first_imgOil prices dipped early on Tuesday, weighed down by a rise in Iranian exports that adds to a global supply overhang, although a planned OPEC-led supply cut later this year has lent crude some support.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $50.79 per barrel at 0015 GMT, down 10 cents from their previous close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 15 cents at $48.66 a barrel.Traders said prices were dented by the latest rise in Iranian crude and condensate sales, which likely reached about 2.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in September, almost matching a 2011 peak in shipments before sanctions were imposed on the OPEC producer.However, analysts said Iran will struggle to boost output further and reaching pre-sanctions levels makes it more likely Tehran will agree on some form of production constraint with other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), including its regional rival Saudi Arabia, which is also pumping oil near record levels.There was optimism that OPEC producers, and perhaps also exporters outside the club like Russia, would find some form of agreement by the time the producer club meets in November, although the risks of failure remain.”For now, optimism has returned and the market will anxiously await any confirmation of the agreement or additional non-OPEC participation,” Morgan Stanley said in a note to clients.It added that “the risk of disappointment is high, and fundamentals remain challenging/unchanged in the interim.”The U.S. bank said important price factors to watch for in coming weeks include talks on output with non-OPEC members, most notably with Russia, production within OPEC as its members try to squeeze out oil before any potential cut or freeze, hedging activity by producers into 2017 as forward price guidance, and U.S. inventory and import data.last_img read more

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first_imgEl Dorado County Sheriff`s deputy Paul Zierke conducts a welfare check at a burned out home during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, US on 10 November 2018. Photo: ReutersThe charred remains of fourteen more victims have been found in and around a Northern California town overrun by flames from a massive wildfire, officials said on Saturday, raising the death toll to 23.The bodies were recovered in and around Paradise, California, a mountain community some 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento left devastated by the Camp Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said.Maclean said no details were immediately available about the circumstances of the deaths and that the bodies’ badly burned condition would make identification difficult.The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record.Several of the victims discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said. The flames descended on the mountain community so fast that many people were forced to abandon their vehicles and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town.A burned out bulldozer destroyed by the Camp Fire is seen in Paradise, California, US on 10 November 2018. Photo: ReutersAn additional 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.As of Saturday afternoon the Camp Fire had blackened more than 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) of forest land. Crews had cut containment lines around about 20 per cent of the blaze.About 500 miles (800 km) to the south, the Woolsey Fire burning in the foothills above Malibu doubled in size overnight, threatening thousands of homes after triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter million people in the oceanside city as well as other communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.The fire has destroyed “a lot of homes,” with a full count still under way, and has now charred more than 70,000 acres, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.”Our firefighters have been facing some extreme, tough fire conditions that they said that they’ve never seen in their lives,” Osby said at a news conference.Yuba and Butte County Sheriff deputies carry a body bag with a deceased victim during the Camp fire in Paradise, California, US on 10 November 2018. Photo: ReutersTwo Bodies Found In MalibuHe said crews hoped to take advantage of a lull on Saturday in the fierce Santa Ana winds driving the flames, but that gusts could return on Sunday.All 13,000 residents of Malibu, which is 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, were told to get out on Friday.The bodies of two people were discovered in Malibu but it was too early to determine if they died from fire or another cause, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.Firefighters have been unable to build any containment lines around the Woolsey Fire, but officials said they hoped to take advantage of a lull in winds on Saturday to make progress.The Woolsey Fire broke out on Thursday in Ventura County near Los Angeles and quickly jumped the 101 Freeway, a major north-south artery, in several places.On Friday, it crossed the Santa Monica Mountains toward Malibu, where flames driven by wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) raced down hillsides and through canyons toward multi-million dollar homes.Early on Saturday, flames approached Malibu’s Pepperdine University, a private residential college with 7,700 students, where many remained sheltered on the main campus.A view of Paradise Estate destroyed by the Camp Fire is seen Paradise, California, US on 10 November 2018. Photo: ReutersSchool officials told the students that they have been assured by fire officials that the university’s buildings were built to withstand fire.Among those forced to flee the Malibu area were celebrities including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, who said on Twitter that flames had damaged the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West.In Ventura County, most of the town of Thousand Oaks was ordered evacuated, adding to the anguish days after a gunman killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a bar.President Donald Trump, weighing in on the emergency during a trip to France, said early on Saturday that “gross mismanagement of forests” was to blame.”There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he wrote in a Twitter post.Trump, a Republican, has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.State officials have blamed climate change and say many of the burn areas have been in federally-managed lands.”Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property – not on the President’s inane and uninformed tweets,” Evan Westrub, a spokesman for California Governor Jerry Brown said in an email.last_img

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang For many years theoretical physicists have believed that the universe came about as a result of a single Big Bang event—Einstein’s theories suggested it was so. The problem with this line of thinking however, is that the theory of general relativity can’t describe what came before the singularity, which should exist at the point in time just before the Big Bang. Theory also suggests that a similar singularity should exist at the center of black holes, but again, general relativity fails to describe them properly. Worse, there is the problem of the information loss paradox—if something falls into a black hole and is eventually squeezed to a singularity, what happens to the information it contained? Big Bang physicists can’t say.To address these problems, Abhay Ashtekar and his team at Pennsylvania State University, back in 2006, came up with a theory known as loop quantum gravity. They suggested that instead of a singularity existing just before the Big Bang, there was the remains of a crunched down universe that had existed prior to the one that exists now. The universe didn’t just Big Bang itself into existence from nothing, they said, instead there is an infinite loop where a universe shrinks down to a very tiny spot, then explodes in a Big Bang, then shrinks down again, over and over again forever—hence the use of the term “loop” in the theory. Since that time, some in the field have begun to refer to the theory as the Big Bounce, to replace the name Big Bang.In this new effort Gambini and Pullin applied LQG to a simplified model of a black hole. Their experiment showed that everything that was pulled into the black hole didn’t compress to a singularity after all—instead it was compressed to a certain small size, then was spit out in another part of the universe or into another universe entirely.Because their model worked so well, the two suggest that it would likely work with real black holes as well. If this new theory is correct, they note, it would do away with the information loss paradox and open the door to the possibility of black holes being portals to other universes. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org) —Physicists Rodolfo Gambini and Jorge Pullin of University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Louisiana State University respectively, have applied the theory of Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) to a simplified black hole. In so doing, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, they suggest that instead of a singularity existing at its center, there is a portal to another universe. Citation: Theorists apply loop quantum gravity theory to black hole (2013, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-theorists-loop-quantum-gravity-theory.html More information: Loop Quantization of the Schwarzschild Black Hole, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 211301 (2013) prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v110/i21/e211301AbstractWe quantize spherically symmetric vacuum gravity without gauge fixing the diffeomorphism constraint. Through a rescaling, we make the algebra of Hamiltonian constraints Abelian, and therefore the constraint algebra is a true Lie algebra. This allows the completion of the Dirac quantization procedure using loop quantum gravity techniques. We can construct explicitly the exact solutions of the physical Hilbert space annihilated by all constraints. New observables living in the bulk appear at the quantum level (analogous to spin in quantum mechanics) that are not present at the classical level and are associated with the discrete nature of the spin network states of loop quantum gravity. The resulting quantum space-times resolve the singularity present in the classical theory inside black holes.via Synopsis This artist’s concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltechlast_img read more

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first_imgChennai-born Bharatanatyam dancer and writer Tulsi Badrinath whose roots lie in Uttar Pradesh has come out with a new book, which narrates stories of people who call the southern metropolis home.Dalit writer and activist P Sivakami, superstar Vikram and karate-expert K Sehsardri as well as wildlife expert and photographer M Krishnan and his wife are among people featured in her book Madras, Chennai and the Self – Conversations with the City.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tulsi has made Chennai her home and has interviewed an eclectic range of 12 people.“In deciding on whom to interview, I chose people who live in different parts of the city – I sought those who in some way brought out an aspect of the city,” says Tulsi.One of her first interview profiles is with a Hindu priest K Seshadri who owns a black belt in karate and who seemed to exemplify for the author, the people of the city who held firm to tradition but were also in step with modern times. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeshadri pursued his contrary even forbidden passion while simultaneously adhering to a life of orthdox and scrupulous ritual.When he can no longer serve in the temple, Seshadri plans to shift to his home. Seshadri provides Tulsi an opportunity to feature the various ancient temples that have been in the city for centuries.Next on the series is the story of dalit woman IAS officer who made her journey from a village in interior Tamil Nadu, Preambalur near Trichy to the fabled city ‘Patanam’ or Madras. Tulsi writes about the deeply embedded dynamics of caste in the city. In the chapter on Vikram, the author explores the relationship of the city that worships its film stars and talks to the superstar about the spaces in the city to ask whether he can freely access certain places, do certain things or has the price of fame been the restriction of free movement.Temples have been built for MG Ramachandran and Khushboo, fans of Rajnikant and Kamal Hassan routinely perform aarti, break coconuts and bathe posters of their latest releases with megalitres of milk in raucous celebration, people have voted artists from the world of films such as MGR, Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha to power- to become a film star is perhaps the dreams of its millions, says Tulsi.In her conversation with gynecologist Uma Ram, Tulsi writes about the deep entrenched superstitions in the city.In the Inheriting History chapter Tulsi speaks to the Prince of Arcot, Ali Hajj Nawab Ghulam Mohammad Abdul Ali Khan Bahadur. Arcot was so central to the story of the British consolidating their power from Fort St George, that when the first railway station of south India was opened in Madras in 1856 the train ran from Royapuram to Arcot.The author speaks with civil engineer A Faizur Rahman, from North Chennai, who speaks of a childhood where ‘the windows of homes were all left open.’For some Chennai is a geographical place that sustains their life; for others, a prison to escape from. The city has a long memory though, says Tulsi. The book notes the house and life of M Krishnan one of the country’s prominent naturalist and his wife Indumati Krishnan.Krishnan was one of the first friends Tulsi’s IAS father had made during the beginning of his stay in Chennai and the author writes that Perunkulam House or PH was the closest she had to her grandparent’s home. The current book is the fourth in the body of work on Chennai that includes two novels, Meeting Lives and Man of a Thousand Chances, both long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize and one of narrative non-fiction, Master of Arts, A Life in Dance.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Australian cricketer Brett Lee joined the Mission to talk about how Indians would be able to enjoy Melbourne during its finest events period which will include events such as the Melbourne Grand Prix and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  Tourism Victoria is also planning to develop travel three to ten night packages for Indians for the 2015 World Cup. Focused on leveraging Tourism Victoria’s 2.4 million Indian Facebook fans, the campaign will feature Indian bloggers Tanmay Bhat and Rohan Josh writing about their social, culinary, cultural and natural experiences in Melbourne. The campaign was launched following a high profile three-city Super Trade Mission in India. “The kind of feedback we get from our audience during this trip will determine our assessment about the growth potential in other cities which will help us decide whether to include them in the future,” Tourism Victoria chief executive officer Leigh Harry said.center_img Tourism Victoria is trying to entice Indian tourists to come to Melbourne with its new “Come Alive in Melbourne” digital campaign. Source = ETB News: T.N. The Super Trade Mission used to launch the campaign included a roadshow in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.last_img read more

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first_imgluxury travelsurveyThe Goldman Group A new survey conducted by Goldman Group, Australia’s premier luxury travel advisory group, with AccorHotels has tapped into the wants and needs of Australia’s luxury travellers in 2019.“This survey proves that the Aussie adventurous spirit is alive and well in the luxury travel sector, especially with retiring Australians making the most of their additional free time to traverse the globe and enrich their lives with new experiences,” said Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Director of The Goldman Group.The survey results have revealed that luxe-loving travellers have no issue with committing significant sums to support their global roaming but do seek value and look for discounts and special offers when booking accommodation.Europe remains the most popular destination, followed by North America, with 93% of respondents stating they travel specifically to experience new places and cultures. Luxury travellers are keen to visit a new destination on each trip (79%) with historical sites and heritage at the top of the hitlist (53%).Despite falling house prices and consumer confidence on the decline, 22% of luxury travellers are planning to increase their travel spend, in comparison to last year and 19% plan to spend over $50,000 or more on international travel. While luxe-loving travellers have no issue with committing significant sums to support their global roaming, 76% do seek value and look for discounts and special offers when booking accommodation.Immersive travel is also important to luxury travellers with 49% stating they “travel to have experiences that are transformational.” More traditional travel motivators such as rest and relaxation (27%), beaches (14%) and romance (8%) were lower priorities, compared to experiencing historic sights (53%), destination dining (48%) and cultural pursuits (36%).Nearly half of respondents (46%) agreed food is a principal reason they travel, but just 25% said restaurants with well-known chefs were important.Twenty percent of respondents enjoy ‘leisurely outdoor activities’ on vacation, such as walking, hiking, cycling and boating, with just 5% keen on strenuous outdoor activities. Only 4% were interested in wellness programs or spas.Although 45% of respondents plan to spend at least $30,000 on travel this year and 19% will spend over $50,000, price was still the number one answer for 63% when asked about factors influencing travel decisions. Seventy-six percent look for discounts and special offers when seeking accommodation, with four out of five respondents saying benefits of booking through travel agents, such as room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and late check-out were important. Nearly half (49%) attempt to stick to a budget when travelling.Long-haul trips remain popular with Australian luxury travellers, with multiple destination – and multi-continent journeys common among this demographic. The most popular recent international travel spots among respondents were Europe, USA, Italy and New Zealand. Europe also took out the top spot for the next trip on respondents’ radars, followed by multi-destination, the US, Japan and Asia. Europe – particularly Italy, was the ‘favourite’ international holiday destination for 17% (and 12%) of respondents, with Italy top of the international wish list for luxe travellers in the future. Other wish list destinations a little more ‘off the beaten track’ included Africa, Antarctica, Scandinavia, Alaska, Iceland and the Maldives.Australian travellers are largely undeterred by concerns over security and politics, with only 33% saying they worry about personal safety while travelling overseas. Just 29% mentioned security issues as a factor in picking a destination, and the US political climate is also a relative non-issue.The expanding cruise sector is now valued at US$5 billion, with 1.34 million Australians boarding a cruise in 2017. A significant 72% of respondents had taken at least one cruise in the past five years, with 21% saying they cruise annually. The Mediterranean is the most popular cruising destination (44%), followed by Australia/New Zealand (32%), the South Pacific (31%), Alaska and the Pacific Coast of North America (29%), and the Baltics (29%). Looking ahead, 42% are interested in river cruises, 41% in expedition cruises and 31% keen on cruising on a small yacht. The most sought-after future itineraries include the Galapagos Islands (43%), European river cruising (42%), the British Isles (42%) and Norway (42%), Antarctica (39%), and the Baltics (38%).A significant 58% of respondents prefer to use a face-to-face travel advisor when booking their next overseas adventure compared with booking directly with airlines and hotels, or using an online agent or app (28%). In addition, four out of five respondents said the benefits of booking through travel agents, such as room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and late check-out were important.Qantas was easily the local luxe travellers’ favourite airline (41%), followed by Singapore Airlines (20%), Emirates (12%), Cathay Pacific (5%) and Qatar (3%). AccorHotels came top of the hotel list with 12.4% of respondents naming it their favourite brand, followed by the Four Seasons (5.3%), Marriott(4.6%), Hilton (4.2%) and IHG (3.9%). Twenty-three per cent of respondents cited no hotel brand allegiance.ABOUT THE SURVEYDistributed to well-heeled travel consumers in Australia by the Goldman Group in November 2018, the Australian Luxury Traveller 2019 survey questions asked about motivations for travel; sources of inspiration; booking methods; favourite destinations, airlines, and hotel brands; and more. The survey received 316 responses. The respondents are typically affluent, mature, and retired from full-time work, and take between one and four international holidays each year.last_img read more

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first_imgPolice are warning the public against spoof emails which may contain viruses as there has been a spike in the number of reports of such cases.In an announcement on Friday, police said the emails are usually written in English and may involve a scam of sorts or include an attachment which could contain a virus.Spoof emails may request personal information or payment.Members of the public are urged not to open such emails and delete them immediately.If the contents appear to be from a company familiar to the person or business which received the email, police suggested contacting the company to confirm if they were the true senders of the email if the contents seem suspicious or unusual.You May LikeAuvela SkincareSee What 35+ Use to Reduce the WrinklesAuvela SkincareUndoWifi BoosterNew Wifi Booster Everybody in United States is Talking aboutWifi BoosterUndoAcne Treatment | Search AdsNo More Acne! Research The Best Acne TreatmentsAcne Treatment | Search AdsUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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