Samantha Cameron – wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron – was shocked by Syrian children’s stories in Lebanon this week.The Save the Children ambassador was visiting the organization’s work with Syrian refugee families to highlight the ordeal facing women and children caught up in Syria’s terrible conflict.Mrs Cameron spoke to children who witnessed the violent deaths of their parents and siblings; mums whose children had been killed by snipers and families forced to flee their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.She said: “As a mother, it is horrifying to hear the harrowing stories from the children I met today, no child should ever experience what they have. With every day that passes, more children and parents are being killed, more innocent childhoods are being smashed to pieces.”On her trip to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where she saw Save the Children’s work helping Syrian refugee children and their families, Mrs Cameron met: • A 10 year old girl who witnessed her mother dying after their home was shelled, and whose father is still missing in Syria. Abia said, “I saw my mother die, I saw the house collapse on her. My father …is missing, we do not know where he is.” • A 13 year old girl who spoke of her terror during constant shelling and bombing, and who helped to retrieve her uncle’s body after he was shot dead in the street. Rana said, “My uncle was shot through the heart – I saw this with my own eyes – I helped to bring in his body.” • A mother whose 3 year old son was killed by a sniper’s bullet in front of her other 6 children. Wadhaa “I was driving with my children, trying to escape Syria, when the shooting started. How can anyone shoot at a car with seven children in it? They shot my baby and he died. His brothers and sisters saw this happen.”Risk of a lost generationSave the Children UK chief executive Justin Forsyth, who accompanied Mrs Cameron on the visit, said, “Samantha Cameron’s support, as a Save the Children ambassador, helps draw attention to the plight of children, caught up in this terrifying conflict. Without more help, and quickly, we risk losing a generation of Syria’s children.”During her trip Mrs Cameron visited Save the Children projects including health clinics for new mothers and pregnant women, and specialist centres to help children overcome the emotional trauma of war.She also talked to families who have been helped with tarpaulin, wood and other materials, to make their makeshift shelters warmer and more secure.Save the Children is working alongside 13 other charities as part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched a national appeal to raise funds to help the millions of Syrian children affected by the conflict.
In a press statement read out by Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds this month’s rotating Council presidency, the 15-member panel also voiced concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Somalia.They expressed particular concern also at attacks against African Union (AU) stabilization forces inside Somalia and at leaders of the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs).The statement added that the Council backed the need for the rapid deployment of troops to an AU protection force and urged donors to provide greater financial and logistical support to that operation.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, who briefed the Council today during closed-door consultations, later told journalists that the security situation inside Mogadishu remained the biggest problem.The Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, dislodged the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country at the end of last year, but the fall of the UIC has brought to the fore some of the inter- and intra-clan rivalries that had been suppressed and the TFG has yet to establish effective authority or law and order in Mogadishu and other main population centres.Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991, when the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled.Mr. Fall noted there had been another mortar attack today in Mogadishu, this time aimed at the presidential palace only hours after the government was transferred to the city from Baidoa, where it had been based during the UIC’s rule.Today’s briefing by Mr. Fall follows the most recent report on Somalia by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who found that although the nation’s challenges are enormous, it still has the best chance in years to reaching a solution to the conflicts that have left it without a government for so long. 13 March 2007Deploring the recent wave of deadly violence in Somalia, especially in the capital, Mogadishu, Security Council members today underlined the need for the political process in the war-torn country to be as representative and inclusive as possible.
28 May 2009A new Japanese television drama hopes to reel in millions of viewers every week to follow the life and loves of a United Nations worker while also raising awareness of the world body’s work in assisting refugees around the world. “Plastic Sheeting in the Wind,” to be broadcast on Japan’s public TV channel NHK in primetime on Saturday nights, will be shown over the next five weeks, beginning this Saturday.It follows a fictional public information assistant named Rika Kudo, who joins the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in a bid to improve the world and builds confidence in herself by overcoming obstacles and hardships.She falls in love with and marries a UNHCR protection officer she meets on the job, only to part with him after he is reassigned to Sudan.“I knew about refugees from TV news, especially on emergencies, but it was something that I would see as people suffering somewhere far away on the other side of the globe,” said actress Kazue Fukuiishi, who plays the main character.“During the course of acting as UNHCR staff, I came to know much more about the people who are forced to flee and that there are refugees in Japan and that there is UNHCR – a name slightly difficult for a normal Japanese to pronounce – in Japan, trying to make people’s lives much better.”The drama highlights the dangers that aid workers can face in conflict zones, as well as opportunities and challenges that asylum-seekers and refugees face in Japan, which is now UNHCR’s third-largest donor.On World Refugee Day, marked on 20 June, the actors and film crew will take part in a UNHCR-backed event at UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, where the real UNHCR office is situated.At the “No Home, Yes Hope” symposium, participants will discuss how they feel about dealing with refugee issues in front of an audience that will include viewers of “Plastic Sheeting in the Wind.”According to UNHCR, Japan has been a key supporter of refugees since the major influx of Indochinese in the late 1970s. Last year, the East Asian nation announced it will become the first nation in the region to accept refugees for resettlement under a pilot programme set to kick off next year.
The United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly today, along with Secretary-General António Guterres, mourned the passing of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin who died this morning in New York.Just back from an official visit to Germany, the Secretary-General said that he had learned with shock and sadness of the news of Ambassador Churkin’s sudden passing. Mr. Churkin spent more than 40 years at the Russian Diplomatic Service, headed the Russian Mission to the UN for more than a decade and would have turned 65 tomorrow, 21 February.Describing the late official as “an outstanding diplomat” the Secretary-General said Ambassador Churkin was a forceful presence on the Security Council “a powerful orator with great wit, and a man of many talents and interests.” “Although we served together for a short time, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with him and will deeply miss his insights, skills and friendship,” continued Mr. Guterres, paying tribute to Mr. Churkin’s contributions to the UN and offering deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation. In a separate press statement, members of the Security Council said that they were “deeply saddened” to learn of Mr. Churkin’s death and also expressed their deep condolences to his family, the Government and the Russian people. Also today, the General Assembly held a moment of silence honouring the Ambassador’s memory.During a meeting of the Assembly on the reform of the world body, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Petr Iliichev, informed those present about Mr. Churkin’s sudden passing.
After many months of wrangling and diplomatic manoeuvring, Teck Cominco and the US Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement for Teck Cominco to conduct comprehensive human health and environmental assessments of the Upper Columbia River Basin. Doug Horswill, Senior Vice President, Environment and Corporate Affairs for Teck Cominco said: “From day one Teck Cominco has voluntarily sought a co-operative arrangement with US authorities to address the public’s concerns surrounding Lake Roosevelt. This agreement is a great step forward in allowing us to fulfill our commitment. The Government of Canada’s participation was instrumental in achieving this agreement.” Teck Cominco owns the Trail facility in southeast British Columbia. This is one of the world’s largest fully-integrated, zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, producing some 290,000 t/y of zinc and 120,000 t/y of lead. Twenty other metal and chemical products are also produced. Back in December 2003 the EPA had accused Teck Cominco of causing significant pollution in the Columbia River. At that time, Teck Cominco’s response was that “the company is not subject to the EPA Region 10’s jurisdiction under CERCLA.” However it “offered to undertake studies at an estimated cost of $13 million to identify any human health and ecological issues caused by its operations.”Much of the previous discussion of this question, by Teck Cominco, can be found at http://www.teckcominco.com/articles/roosevelt/update-031210.htm and http://www.teckcominco.com/articles/roosevelt/update-a-031209.htm. Under the agreement, Teck Cominco will fund scientific studies under the oversight of the EPA and with the participation of the Government of Canada, the US Department of the Interior, the State of Washington, and the Spokane and Confederated Colville Tribes. The studies will produce a science-based report on the ecological and human health conditions of the Columbia River from the Grand Coulee dam to the Canadian border, a length of about 250 km.
C’mon now, let’s not be so critical of Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. At least the boys were half-right. They were right about 300-plus electoral votes.Ah, yes, the GOP blame blower is running full throttle after President Obama’s win. We can only imagine the bedlam in the losers’ locker room. The grim scene probably resembles the feud between Alfalfa and Spanky in the He-Man Woman Haters Club.Gingrich croaked on Wednesday: “We have to recognize that, if you’re not going to be competitive with Latinos, with African-Americans, with Native Americans, with Asian-Americans, you’re not going to be a successful party.”Perhaps, but Gingrich failed to mention the real problem for the GOP. Al Cardenas came a bit closer to describing it. The leader of the American Conservative Union surmised: “Our party needs to realize that it’s too old and too white and too male, and it needs to figure out how to catch up with the demographics of the country before it’s too late.”As an old white male, I probably should take offense to that remark. But as a connoisseur of accurate analyses, I have to agree with the guy, especially his reference to the gender gap.
Tune in to EB TV at 11am on 29 November for Employee Benefits Wired, where an expert panel will discuss key themes from the findings of the research. Tweet your questions for the panel using #EBWired. EXCLUSIVE: Almost three-quarters (73%) of employer respondents have carried out a pensions communication exercise within the last year, according to research by Employee Benefits and Close Brothers.The Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, which surveyed 250 employer respondents, also found that 18% of respondents have undertaken a pensions communication exercise in the last one to three years, and just 6% of respondents have never conducted a pensions communication exercise.Among those respondents who have engaged with pensions communication within the last five years, 80% have done so with all employees. A significantly smaller percentage of respondents have targeted their communication exercise to staff who opted out of the workplace pension scheme post auto-enrolment (5%), to employees who are members of their defined contribution (DC) pension scheme (11%), or to both DC scheme and defined benefit (DB) pension scheme members (7%).For those respondents who have never undertaken a pensions communication exercise or who have not done so in the last five years, more pressing business objectives are cited as the biggest barrier for communicating with employees about their pension (44%). Respondents are also impeded by a lack of resources (25%) and budget constraints (19%).
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A home in Coral Springs sustained structural damage after, officials said, it was struck by lightning, Sunday.Coral Springs Fire Rescue responded to the residence near Northwest 102nd Drive and 16th Street. They tweeted out pictures showing one of the bedroom’s interior walls ripped open.Crews shut off power and inspected the home for any hidden damages or fires, but it was clear.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In the advisory SOE states, that because they are beginning to see cases identified in communities outside of Anchorage, it is becoming ever more difficult to determine who is at increased risk for acquiring mumps and thus who should receive a third dose of MMR vaccine. For persons who have received only one dose of MMR, a second dose should be given to all school-age children aged ≥4 years and select adults born during or after 1957 who are at high risk of mumps exposure (i.e., healthcare personnel, international travelers, and students at post-high school educational institutions). Two doses of MMR vaccine should be routinely administered to all children, starting with the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years before school entry. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Alaska public health advisory was issued on February 21, in response to the ongoing mumps outbreak, which started in Anchorage last summer. At this time any Alaska resident who would like additional protection against mumps during the current outbreak, regardless of where they live in Alaska, is now eligible to receive a third dose of the MMR vaccine. To date, 214 confirmed and 33 probable cases have been reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE), and according to the advisory there is no sign that the outbreak is slowing down. Symptoms of mumps are fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands. In some cases, the virus can cause complications like meningitis, encephalitis and permanent hearing loss. The virus generally takes 16 to 18 days to incubate and is most infectious two days before the onset of symptoms, according to the CDC.
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The Alaska House has passed legislation that would repeal the high school graduation exam.Download AudioThe high school exit exam tests student aptitude in reading, English and mathematics.House Bill 220, sponsored by Republican Pete Higgins of Fairbanks, terminates the exam as soon as the bill becomes law. It allows former students who earned enough high school credits to graduate to obtain their diploma even though they failed the exam.Higgins says if the bill does become law, it will save the state $2.7 million in administrative costs.The vote was 32-5. The measure now goes to the Senate.
Rajendranagar: The 4-day capacity building workshop on ‘Crop Simulation Modelling’ for the teachers of PJTSAU has started at Agro Climate Research Centre of Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) in Rajendranagar. The training on capacity building was inaugurated in the presence of Dr R Jagadeshwar, Director of Research at PJTSAU, Dr J Satyanarayana, Dean of Agriculture Department, Dr G Sreenivas, Principal Scientist (Agro) & Head of Agro Climate Research Centre, ARI, Rajendranagar. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us As many as 19 participants from all the six agricultural colleges and three research stations were present in the programme. The main objective of the programme is to train the staff on crop simulation models, its calibration validation, sensitivity analysis and the applications in mitigation the climate risks. The programme also aids the teaching faculty to deliver their crop simulation modeling lectures effectively.
Jatiya PartyGeneral Ershad’s Jatiya Party (JaPa) will contest the 11th parliamentary elections in 29 constituencies maintaining alliance with ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The list of JaPa candidates submitted to the election commission on Sunday confirmed that these candidates will compete in the election with party symbol plough.This also means that the AL has shared 29 seats with the JaPa for contesting the polls from a common platform.However, 131 more JaPa candidates will also contest the polls, but from outside of the AL-led grand alliance. They will contest as party candidates but there may be candidates from its major ally AL in those constituencies.Those who will contest as the candidates of the grand alliance are: retired major Rana Mohammad Sohel for Nilphamari-3 constituency, Ahsan Adelur Rahman for Nilphamari-4, Golam Mohammad Kader Lalmonirhat-3, Mashiur Rahman Ranga for Rangpur-1, HM Ershad for Rangpur-3, AKM Mostafizur Rahman for Kurigram-1, Paniruddin Ahmed for Kurigram-2, Shamim Haidar Patwari for Gaibandha-1, Shariful Islam Jinnah for Bogura-2, Nurul Islam Talukdar for Bogura-3, Nurul Islam Omar for Bogura-6, Altaf Ali for Bogura-7, Golam Kibria Tipu for Barishal-3, Nasrin Jahan Ratna for Barishal-6, Rustom Ali Farazi for Pirojpur-3, Shafiullah Al Munir for Tangail-5, Begum Raushan Ershad for Mymensingh-4, Fakhrul Imam for Mymensingh-8, Mujibul Haque Chunnu for Kishoreganj-3, Syed Abu Hossain Babla for Dhaka-4, Kazi Firoz Rashid for Dhaka-6, Liakat Hossain Khoka for Narayanganj-3, Selim Osman for Narayanganj-5, Pir Fazlur Rahman Mizbah for Sunamganj-4, Yahya Chowdhury for Sylhet-2, Ziaul Haque Mridha for Brahmanbaria-2, retired lieutenant general Masud Uddin Chowdhury for Feni-3, Md Noman for Lakhsmipur-2 and Anisul Islam Mahmud for Chattogram-5.
What exactly is Theia? Some 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system was completely different. It was chaotic and volatile. Many of the planets that we know today were still forming via the process known as “accretion,” which involved the accumulation of smaller particles of matter into one bigger object with its own gravity. Earth, or “Gaia,” as scientists call the early Earth, was one of those young planetary bodies circling the sun and gaining mass over time, constantly being bombarded by asteroids. This is a time that will always remain unknown to us. A magical world, a dreamlike world with a different set of rules and laws, one in which we (humankind) weren’t even on the horizon.It was during this archaic period that the Earth came into contact with another planet-sized object thought to be something like the size of Mars. This hypothetical object is known as Theia in scientific circles, named after the “Titaness” from Greek Mythology. Theia was the mother of the Sun (Helios) and Moon (Selene).Artist’s depiction of a collision between two planetary bodies. Such an impact between Earth and a Mars-sized object likely formed the Moon.It is estimated that Theia was probably orbiting somewhere in the area of the L4 or L5 Earth-Sun Lagrangian points. At some point, Theia’s orbit shifted due to the gravitational interference of another big object in its vicinity. It is possible that this object was, in fact, Venus, because of the relative closeness of the orbits of these two bodies back then. We don’t know what Theia looked like, but Venus, the goddess of beauty, probably was against the idea of someone more beautiful than her being around. She kicked it out of its orbit and in doing so moved it closer to Gaia, to our own piece of rock within the vast universe. Theia got close to the point of impact.Impact of two planetsimalsFor a long time, Theia was orbiting the sun in a stable L4 or L5 orbit, close to Earth. The two planets never hurt or interfered with each other until Venus pushed Theia closer to Gaia and caused a degree of gravitational instability. Earlier scientists believed that Theia and Earth just glanced each other, although even a glance between Titans is a big deal. According to this hypothesis, a collision resulted, with material from both Gaia and Theia being ejected in the vicinity. These pieces later formed the Moon, or perhaps two moons that later fused into the Moon as we know it today.One suggested pathway for the Big Splash as viewed from the direction of the south pole Author:Muriel Gottrop CC BY-SA 1.0Last year, new research, led by the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, concluded that this impact was, in fact, more serious, and was a direct collision. The researchers backed up their hypothesis with a detailed computer simulation. The team also analyzed geological material from both the Earth and the Moon and discovered that they both contain remains from Theia.We still don’t know the exact scenario, and there are many hypotheses about the life of Theia, but in any case, the story ends up with Theia being devoured in the collision with the young Earth. We don’t know a lot about this mysterious planet, but Earth carries it in her heart. Indirectly, we all have a piece of Theia in ourselves, the planet that gave its own life for us to exist. In a way, this planetary collision sounds poetic, epically poetic.Simplistic representation of the giant-impact hypothesis. Author: BedrockPerson CC BY-SA 4.0The scientific story of the formation of our planet sounds like a myth. Science is kind of a story. Science and storytelling have a lot in common, except perhaps the equations which, on the other hand, could be argued to have a lot in common with poetry. The story called science is often close to the myths and legends from the past.Read another story from us: The “satelloons” of NASA: The first passive communication satellite experiments of the early 1960sThis shouldn’t be a big surprise, because, in ancient times, people explained that which they didn’t understand with the help of their imagination, and is there a better way to explain something than a good story? Science is a great story, but one that is supported by scientific fact.
A decade after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were put under the conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the voices for housing finance reform are getting louder.While Sen. Mike Crapo released an outline of what housing finance reform should look like last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) collaborated with Susan Wachter, the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Richard Cooperstein, Head of Risk Management at Andrew Davidson and Company, Inc. on new research that explores the ideal restructuring of the secondary mortgage market.The research was released as a working paper by NAR recently and proposed a “redesigned alternative based on economic principles and national objectives.” It explained why housing finance markets differ from purely competitive markets but are similar to those for public utilities, thus informing the “nature of reform needed to ensure financial stability going forward.”The working paper touched upon six key initiatives that could be implemented to realize the vision of holistic housing finance reform. They included:Leveraging reforms and innovations implemented since the crisis while completing the process with instrumental updates for a fully functioning liquid marketPromoting competition in the secondary market through proven structures to correct market failuresPreserving the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and focusing the mission on liquid secondary markets for Middle America and underserved borrowersMinimizing the cost to consumers in normal stress periods while maximizing access for creditworthy borrowersProtecting taxpayers by using private capitalMaintaining simplicity in the transition while avoiding market disruptionsThe research revealed that the vision of a reformed housing finance market first recognized the critical role of the government-sponsored enterprises in housing finance, which was the same need that led to their initial creation. It also built on the transformed enterprises following conservatorship and codified a structure that was “effective, resilient, and fair, balancing the tension of private operating companies with the public mission.”Click here to read the full working paper. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Share Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Housing Finance Housing Finance Reform loans mortgage NAR secondary mortgage market 2019-02-08 Radhika Ojha Modeling the Future: Restructuring the Secondary Mortgage Market February 8, 2019 1,681 Views
You might also be interested in Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … “The approval also gives us a competitive advantage, as one of the fungicides has a lower cost than what everyone was using before,” he said.Upcoming seasonChinese inspectors are due to visit the South American country in the coming weeks to carry out the final phytosanitary inspections and give the green light for exports, which will likely begin in late September.Pannunzio estimated Argentine blueberry production would rise by 2,000 metric tons (MT) year-on-year to 19,000MT. There are not yet export forecasts specifically for the Chinese market.”The priority is to take firm and safe steps and to take the necessary time to develop this market in the same way as we have done with other countries, with patience and doing things well,” he said.Photo: Shutterstock July 19 , 2018 Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … Argentine authorities have approved the use of four new fungicides for blueberry production, in a development that will provide commercial benefits to growers.Phytosanitary watchdog Senasa’s announcement comes just two months before Argentina is due to beginning shipping to the Chinese market for the first time.The newly authorized products are Chlorothalonil, Iprodione, Captan and Fenhexamid, the latter two of which are also permitted by authorities in the Asian country.Alejandro Pannunzio, president of regional body the Blueberry Producers’ Association of Argentine Mesopotamia (APAMA), welcomed the decision.”The approval of these products will have a significant impact because … it allows us to be up to date with the requirements of the Chinese market,” he said.He said work had been underway for the last year and a half to approve the fungicides. The main objective was to give growers a greater availability of fungicides, allowing for increased rotation of products and therefore improved plant health. World’s leading lemon exporter gains access to Ind … Argentine lemon export season delayed significantl …
Virgin Australia’s direct Sydney to Hong Kong flight took off yesterday, with celebrity Dannii Minogue leading a convoy of drummers and lion dancers through Sydney International airport.Flight VA83 departed Sydney at 10:00am, landing in Hong Kong at 5.40pm, with a number of VIP guests on board including:Virgin Australia CEO and Managing Director, John Borghetti A.OThe Hon. Michael McCormack, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and TransportHong Kong Tourism Board Regional Director, Andrew Clark.In flight EntertainmentOn board the inaugural flight, Virgin Australia’s resident chef, Luke Mangan, welcomed business class guests with a signature cocktail called The Australian, blending fresh lemongrass and ginger with kaffir lime to create a melting pot of Asian flavours. All guests were treated to a special Hong Kong inspired ice cream flavour, mango pancake, created by local Australian artisanal ice creamery, Gundowring and a pair of Sydney – Hong Kong branded slippers.Celebrations in the Lounge To celebrate the new Hong Kong service, the Virgin Australia Sydney Domestic Lounge will also be serving the following Asian-themed menu items until Friday 6 July:Dim Sum station between 12pm-2pm with a selection of steamed and fried dim sum;Crispy battered sweet and sour pork and special fried rice between 5.30-7.30pm;Daily house baked traditional egg tarts; and aGreen tea station.Product and pricing information Virgin Australia operates daily services between Sydney and Hong Kong, utilising its Airbus A330-200 fleet which features 20 award-winning Business Class suites, in ‘The Business’ in a 1-2-1 configuration, as well as 255 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.For guests departing Sydney and Melbourne, eligible guests are permitted entry into the Etihad First & Business Class Lounge. In Hong Kong, Business Class guests as well as eligible members of Virgin Australia’s award-winning loyalty program Velocity Frequent Flyer are granted entry into Hong Kong Airline’s Club Autus Lounge located in the Midfield Concourse on Level 7 of Hong Kong International Airport as well as Hainan Airlines’ operated Lounges in Beijing T1, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Urumqi, Taiyuan and Haikou.1 x Economy seat – from $575 + taxes and fees1 x Economy X seat – from $600 + taxes and fees1 x Business Class seat – from $2,300 + taxes and fees
ChileGTI TourismSERNATUR GTI Tourism has been appointed by the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, through the National Tourism Service of Chile (SERNATUR), to drive its trade and PR activities in Australia, effective immediately.GTI will develop a targeted trade marketing and press communications strategy to generate year-round interest and demand for holidays to Chile among Australians.The Vice Minister of the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Mónica Zalaquett, pointed out that “we are seeing steady year-on-year growth in the number of Australians visiting Chile, with 52,500 visiting in 2018. Australians have a passion for adventure travel, and we are determined encourage more to visit by showing them the incredible adventures they can have in Chile and the increasing ease of getting here”.“The strategy will also aim to increase the length of stay and spend of Australian visitors, reduce seasonality of visits and encourage travel to multiple Chilean destinations in one trip. Australia is a key priority for Chile because of the increasing accessibility through direct flights and air capacity as well as the ever-growing interest in adventurous and nature-based travel”, added Senatur’s Director, Andrea Wolleter.