Paul Simon Adds His Voice To AntiPipeline Lobby

first_imgAn eerie commercial aired in British Columbia (BC) last month. Through mist and cloud the slow, deep, gravelly voice of Exxon Valdez’s captain haltingly delivers his message that the ship has gone aground and is “evidently leaking some oil”. In the background, “Hello darkness my old friend” plays from musician Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence.On the 24th anniversary of that disaster, when over 40 million litres of oil spilled into Alaskan waters, Simon allowed Canada’s Coastal First Nations (CFN) group to use the song in the commercial that is part of the CFN’s campaign for a ban on oil tankers along BC’s coastal waters, and against the Northern Gateway Pipeline that transport company Enbridge wants to run from Alberta to British Columbian shores.In a radio interview CFN’s executive director Art Sterritt says the 10% share in the pipeline that Enbridge is offering, expected to be worth almost $300 million over 30 years, is not as sweet as it sounds. When Sterritt looked at Enbridge’s offer that the indigenous Gitxsan chiefs turned down, it would have amounted to about $30 dollars per Gitxsan per year.“That’s absolutely embarrassing,” says Sterritt. “That’s worse than the beads that were offered in the last century.” Regarding BC’s coastal population, Sterritt says, “There’s actually 30,000 jobs and almost $2 billion in revenue in that region that rely on a healthy ocean. We’re trying to show what reality is. Reality is what happened with the Exxon Valdez.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

FEATURE In Darfur a helping hand for the most vulnerable victims of

18 August 2009One of the many frontlines of the efforts to obtain lasting peace in Darfur runs through a nondescript Government building in the sprawling Sudanese town of El Fasher. It’s an office in the Ministry of Social Affairs for North Darfur state and it’s where Rosal Fischer, a child protection officer for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), plies her trade. Since May, Rosal has been training, mentoring and helping more than 40 social workers, as well as numerous Government officials, so they can better help local children rebuild lives misshapen by years of war and poverty. “It’s capacity-building,” explains Rosal, using humanitarian-speak for the assistance given by UN agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and other groups to local communities in poor countries so that they have the necessary skills and resources to carry out critical work ranging from installing basic infrastructure such as water wells to longer-term efforts such as improving the care and protection of children. Rosal is part of the UNICEF team across Darfur, where hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have died in the past six years, either through direct combat or disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy. And UNICEF is just one of many UN agencies or NGOs operating across the region, and around the globe every day, to assist those in need. Their efforts are being recognized on 19 August, which will be observed annually starting this year as World Humanitarian Day. Violence levels have fallen since a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force known as UNAMID began operations at the start of last year. But about 2.7 million people are still displaced from their homes, with the vast majority living in makeshift camps, and it is the children of the region who remain the most vulnerable. For Rosal, who has 11 years’ experience in the field, largely with NGOs in Viet Nam, London, Moscow and Tibet, the opportunity to work in Darfur and help people prepare for the longer-term – after the humanitarian workers have packed up and moved on to the next crisis – was too good to pass up. “I can see the opportunities out there for community development and sustainability,” she says. “There is a great need for this and I think it’s been responded to very well by the general community and by the Government. They realize we won’t be here forever.” There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’, according to Rosal, who spent two days last week visiting the small town of Kafod to oversee a trial project to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers. Back in El Fasher, her work day usually starts about 8 a.m. in the offices of UNICEF, where she checks her emails and completes administrative tasks before setting out for the Ministry of Social Affairs, where she has been placed by UNICEF on agreement with the Government. There, with the help of a local language assistant, Rosal might talk with social workers about individual cases where they face particular trouble, train them on providing psycho-social care to children scarred by war, or discuss workshop ideas with Government officials for future projects. “My aim is to inject inspiration and motivation,” she says simply. It’s often incremental work where the gains are not always seen in a day but over weeks and months, such as the planned scheme to set up a vocational centre for street children in El Fasher. “Hopefully it will be a way to give children on the streets an alternative way of getting an education and having access to better livelihoods,” says Rosal. Much of her day is taken up with resolving bread-and-butter issues. “Maybe there’s not enough fuel for the vehicle that UNICEF has donated to them. That’s often a problem, or the fuel for the motorbikes that the social workers use for home visits. There are financial issues. We’re always looking at ways to procure funding.” A lack of resources is indeed a frequent frustration, but the daily rewards are also great, stresses Rosal, an Australian national who has been seconded to UNICEF by RedR, which provides personnel to humanitarian agencies worldwide. “I really enjoy working with the national staff. I’m not someone who likes to be tied down dealing with budgets… The Director of Social Work and Development [in the ministry] is a wonderful woman, for example, very down to earth… It’s a joy to work with everyone. If I’m not with them for a couple of days, I really miss them.” read more

Fire during Bombardier CS100 testing blamed on overheated engine part TSB

DORVAL, Que. — The Transportation Safety Board has shed light on what caused a fire during ground tests of Bombardier’s CSeries passenger jet two years ago.The independent agency says there was a seal failure on an oil feed tube in the left engine of the CS100 plane during the May 29, 2014, incident at Montreal’s Mirabel airport.The safety board says the malfunction led to a failure of a turbine rotor and a subsequent fire, which was extinguished by Bombardier ground personnel.Nobody was hurt.Potential Bombardier Inc aid deal with Canadian government likely stalled through summer, officials sayBombardier Inc flying high after handing over first CSeries jet to Swiss International Air LinesBombardier grounded the CSeries test aircraft until the cause of the fire was determined.The board says engine supplier Pratt & Whitney has revised the cool-down procedure and made other changes to prevent a recurrence of the overheating that caused the seal to fail.The CSeries program is 2 1/2 years behind schedule and at least $2 billion above cost estimates.Swiss International Air Lines is the first carrier to accept the plane for commercial service. The airline took possession of its first CS100 on June 29 and is scheduled to put the plane into regular service on July 15. read more

US report says BBS continued to promote supremacy of Buddhists

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) continued to promote the supremacy of the country’s Sinhalese Buddhist population and propagated views hostile toward members of religious and ethnic minorities last year, the US State Department said in a new report.The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2015 noted that BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero regularly made inflammatory statements about “Islamic invasion and aggression” and “forced conversions” by Christian groups as posing an existential threat to the country’s Buddhism. The report said Buddhist monks continued to operate with Government protection, and some monks, particularly outside Colombo, regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship on the grounds they lacked the Ministry of Justice and Buddha Sasana’s approval. The Secretariat for Muslims (SFM) recorded 82 incidents of hate speech, acts of discrimination, attempts to desecrate or destroy Muslim religious edifices, and verbal insults upon or use of physical force to impede Muslim cultural practices and rituals, a 62 percent reduction from the previous year. There were no reported deaths related to interreligious disputes. (Colombo Gazette) The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) documented a total of 87 cases of attacks on churches, intimidation and violence against pastors and their congregations, and obstruction of worship services during the year. NCEASL had reported a total of 96 such incidents in 2014. read more

WHO says World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka

Dr. Senaratne highlighted the challenges countries like Sri Lanka face – namely fast aging populations, very high burden from NCDs, minimal and often inadequate elderly care packages and services and inequitable access to services for the disabled and vulnerable populations, and said that these services need to be strengthened.Sri Lanka urged the DG/WHO to sustain strong political advocacy at global level for UHC and also to consider putting together a binding international convention on improving coverage, access, financial protection and quality of care in support of UHC. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in Geneva during the 142ndSession of the Executive Board of the WHO that the World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka. This year’s theme will be the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization, congratulating Sri Lanka which celebrates the 70th Anniversary of its Independence next month, said “there is no more fitting place for this event, as you know, Sri Lanka has a long history of providing free healthcare for its people.” During his intervention Minister further said “my country is considered by most experts as a low cost, high impact, model of health care in South East Asia and the world.  It has eliminated malaria, filariasis and neonatal tetanus as public health problems. Good achievements in maternal and child health care, high life expectancy, and near universal child immunization coverage has also been achieved.” The Sri Lanka delegation to the 142nd Executive Board of the WHO includes Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General Health, Dr. Palitha Abeykoon, Chairman, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol, Dr. Champika Wickramasinghe, Deputy Director General/Non-communicable Diseases, Dr. A.I. Jagoda, Director Health Information and Ms. Dulmini Dahanayake, Second Secretary of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. In response Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, who is attending the WHO Executive Board as a Member, thanked the Director General of the WHO on the selection of Sri Lanka to celebrate this important event. He said Sri Lanka looks forward to welcoming Dr. Tedros and high-level officials of the WHO including the Regional Director, SEAR to this event. read more

Wynne says federal budget unfairly shortchanged Ontario by 641 million

Wynne says federal budget unfairly shortchanged Ontario by $641 million TORONTO – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made a deliberate decision to unfairly shortchange Ontario to the tune of $641 million in the federal budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne charged Wednesday.“We’re seeing a pattern of the federal government getting out of, I would suggest, the business of nation building, and particularly in this case turning its back on Ontario,” Wynne said at a news conference with Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa. “We’re here today to demonstrate that yesterday’s budget is part of that pattern.”The minority Liberal government claims funding cuts in the last eight years of federal Conservative budgets have cost the province billions of dollars.Ontario will get 18 per cent of its revenues this year from federal transfers, the same percentage it received in the mid-1990s, but Sousa said that’s still a cut.“The level of funding to the province of Ontario is actually going down on a per capita basis,” he said. “That’s the fact.”A key bone of contention between the two governments is a cut in the equalization payments for Ontario because of it’s improving economy. In previous years, there was an unwritten rule that the federal government would guarantee ‘total transfer protection’ to make sure a province didn’t get less money.Flaherty changed those rules without any consultation, and when Ontario would be the only province to suffer, said Wynne.“The federal government made a decision to treat the government of Ontario differently than it had treated all the governments across the country in the past few years,” she said.However, Flaherty rejected Ontario’s arguments and said the province’s Liberal government apparently doesn’t understand how the equalization program works.“We have not reduced transfer payments to any of the provinces,” he said.Ontario contributes more than $100 billion to Confederation, which is $11 billion more than it gets back through federal transfers and equalization, and just wants to keep more of its own money, added Wynne.“All we’re talking about is having a fair formula that returns some of those dollars to Ontario,” she said. “We’re not going cap in hand to anyone.”The Harper government was willing to invest in Alberta’s oil sands and large energy projects in Newfoundland and Labrador, but won’t partner with Ontario to develop the huge Ring of Fire mineral deposit or meet its infrastructure needs, said Wynne.“Minister Flaherty seems to be focused on austerity, very much focused on his bottom line, and has basically slammed the brakes on investment, and that’s to the detriment of the people of Ontario,” she said.Ontario will spend about $10 billion a year on public transit, roads, bridges and infrastructure, compared with $500 million a year from Ottawa, and is “concerned that the federal government will not provide sufficient funding,” added Wynne.“You can see the difference in magnitude,” she said. “When I talk about a pattern, I’m talking about those actions that seem to indicate that the federal government is walking away from that partnership with Ontario that is so necessary.”Ontario’s New Democrats said both Wynne and Flaherty were playing politics and doing what’s in the best interests of their parties, not their constituents.“A pox on both their houses,” said NDP house leader Gilles Bisson. “Kathleen Wynne is playing the old game of blaming the feds for all her problems, trying to divert attention off herself.”The Progressive Conservatives said Wynne shouldn’t complain that equalization payments are down because it means the economy is improving and she should be looking for the day when Ontario is no longer a have-not province that qualifies for those payments.“They’d rather go with cap in hand and pick a fight with the feds to take the focus off the real problems in Ontario, job losses, high hydro rates and the gas plants scandal,” said PC critic Vic Fedeli. “Its not working.”Wynne said her attack on Ottawa had nothing to do with partisan politics, noting her predecessor as premier launched similar volleys against federal Liberal governments. She did not mention Dalton McGuinty by name.Follow @CPNewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2014 9:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Isabel Weiersbye nominated to IM Technology Hall of Fame FLSmidth Environmental category

first_imgAs the Head of the Ecological Engineering and Phytotechnology Program in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Isabel Weiersbye has spent 22 years conducting applied research on issues ranging from pollution control and remediation using plants, to vegetation-based approaches for resource exploration and mine site closure. Her research has been focused primarily in sub-Saharan Africa yet her findings have been used to improve the outcomes of mine closure project around the globe.The applied science program she leads is focused on: 1) conversion of mine wastes to resources to alleviate development pressures on other more pristine areas, and 2) the rehabilitation of devastated lands to states capable of delivering eco-system goods and services – two objectives that show her deep commitment to practical solutions that are protective of the environment. A key piece of her research and contribution to sustainable mining is phytoremediation. Biotechnologies like phytoremediation are low-risk, low-cost, in-situ processes for site decontamination that comprise the uptake of salts and metals into the leaves of specialised plants, so that they are cleansed from the soil and water. Through this process the plants concentrate contaminants into smaller packages. The biomass is then harvested for proper disposal or further processing, such as ashing or leaching for metal recovery.last_img read more

Flexible Color Epaper As Thin As Real Paper Created

first_img I think we’re all used to reading from an e-paper display now, even if we do prefer paper in certain situations. But it’s high time the technology moved on. Sure, we now have high resolution displays that sip power and can go months between charges, but they don’t offer color and they can’t be flexed or bent like a sheet of paper.Well, a research team at Chalmers University of Technology has managed to achieve both: a full color e-paper display that is bendable.This new e-paper is the work of Assistant Professor Andreas Dahlin and PhD student Kunli Xiong. A year of work has produced a combination of nanostructures and conductive polymers to produce a sheet less than a micrometre thick that can display as many colors as a standard screen you’d find in today’s tablets.The good news doesn’t stop at full color and flexibility, though. According to Dahlin the e-paper requires very little power, around a tenth of that used by a tablet display. That’s because there is no backlight required. The e-paper gets all the light it needs from reflecting external light which illuminates the screen. So, just like a Kindle, you’ll be able to view the screen quite happily in daylight conditions.Now for the bad news… it’s not ready for commercial use yet and it currently costs a lot of money. The cost comes down to the use of gold and silver in the prototype display. There’s around 20nm of gold used, which either needs to be reduced or replaced to make the e-paper viable. However, Dahlin is confident they can make a commercially viable display and is calling on engineers to come and help them finalize the design.If they manage to get the costs down and scale the screen sizes up, you can guarantee Amazon will be one of the first to take an interest in the hope of getting a color Kindle on to the market. After that, flexible full color displays shouldn’t be far off. We could even see a resurgence of newspapers in e-paper form!H/T Kurzweil Start Saving for Samsung’s Foldable SmartphoneBendable aluminum battery recharges in a minute, won’t burst into … Stay on targetlast_img read more

Israeli warplanes strike area near Beirut

first_imgBEIRUT — Israeli warplanes struck a target south of Beirut early Friday, a day after militants fired four rockets into northern Israel, the Israeli military and a Palestinian official said.The Israeli military said that the aircraft targeted “a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response” to the rocket attack. It was the first air raid on the area since the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.Ramez Mustafa, a Lebanon-based official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said the raid occurred at 4 a.m. and caused no casualties or material damage. He said the Israeli air force fired one missile at the area.He said the warplanes struck the coastal town of Naameh, 10 miles south of Beirut. The Palestinian group is active in the area and has a base there.An Associated Press photographer in Naameh said the raid targeted a PFLP-GC base in a valley in the town. Lebanese troops in the area prevented journalists from reaching the base.An Israeli army statement issued after the air raid said: “Yesterday’s attack is a blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory.”last_img read more

Skyscanner wins Grand Prix at Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgSkyscanner won the coveted Grand Prix award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.The global travel search website was lauded for its innovative and fresh employee benefits strategy and its approach to getting employees to support business strategy.Skyscanner was recognised in two additional categories, winning the awards for Best staff travel benefits and Best flexible benefits plan. The organisation’s entry into the Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, small employer category was highly commended.Tom Hiles, group benefits manager at BNP Paribas, took home the prestigious Employee benefits professional of the year award, while the Benefits team of the year award went to Countrywide.The Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018, in association with Aon Employee Benefits, took place at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.Julia Clement, director of reward at Skyscanner, said: “I’m very excited for the team and for what we achieved in such a short space of time. The team pulled together a really slick-looking and engaging employee benefits programme based on feedback from employees and it was really well received.”Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, highly commended entries and finalists.We would like to thank our event sponsors, our esteemed judging panel, and all of the organisations that entered the awards.Keep an eye on the Employee Benefits Awards website to read more about the winning entries and to see photo highlights from the event.Find out more.last_img read more

AL will no more be able to hold elections like 5Jan BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said Bangladesh Awami League would no more be able to hold a 5-January-like election.Talking to newsmen at his village home in Thakurgaon, the BNP leader said the AL will have to hold the next general elections in a free, fair and neutral manner.He criticised his counterpart in the ruling AL, Obaidqul Quader, for making “disparaging remarks against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia”.“The way AL general secretary Obaidul Quader launched scathing attacks on BNP chairperson is unwarranted.”He said the BNP wants to join the polls, but that elections must be free and fair.“The people of the country want the elections to be held under a neutral and election-conducive government. AL will no more be able to hold an election like that of 2014. It must hold a neutral and transparent election this time,” said Fakhrul.last_img read more

Biden warns China world is watching

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Clinton Community College on 12 June 2019 in Clinton, Iowa. Photo: AFPTop Democratic US presidential contender Joe Biden expressed support Friday for protesters engaged in Hong Kong’s deepest political unrest in two decades, warning China that “the world is watching.”The international finance hub was rocked this week by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to Beijing, with the semi-autonomous island’s embattled leader facing mounting pressure to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China.”The extraordinary bravery shown by hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong, marching for the civil liberties & autonomy promised by China is inspiring,” tweeted the former US vice president, who is the leading Democrat in the race to challenge president Donald Trump in 2020.”And the world is watching,” Biden added. “All of us must stand in support of democratic principles and freedom.”The veteran Democrat weighed in with his comments two days after Trump offered a cautious response to what he said were “massive” demonstrations, saying he hoped protesters could “work it out with China.”On Wednesday, as opposition to the extradition bill grew within an unusually wide cross section of residents, tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.The following day, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington sought to reaffirm US commitment to democracy and human rights in Hong Kong, introducing a measure that would also threaten to remove the territory’s status as a US special trading partner.Beijing on Friday denounced what it called “violent interference” by US lawmakers, who are critical of what they see as a worsening human rights environment in Hong Kong.last_img read more

Brazil Senate committee OKs gay civil unions

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – A measure allowing same-sex civil unions passed its first legislative step in Brazil’s Congress, where it has lingered for 16 years.The human rights committee in Brazil’s Senate approved a measure Thursday that would change law to say a civil union is between two people, without specifying gender. It doesn’t approve gay marriage.However, Brazil’s judiciary has already cleared the way for gay marriage in the nation, setting national precedent. Last year, the top court approved civil unions for same-sex couples. State courts have since allowed those unions to become full-fledged marriages.The bill is sponsored by Sen. Marta Suplicy, who says legislators need to put into the penal code what courts are already allowing.The bill must pass other Senate committees before going to a full vote.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Queen Elizabeth Sails into Record Tasmanian Season

first_imgQueen Elizabeth Sails into Record Tasmanian SeasonQueen Elizabeth Sails into Record Tasmanian Season with Maiden Call to HobartOne of the world’s most famous ships, Queen Elizabeth is making her maiden call to Hobart today, marking the start of a record season of visits to Tasmania for luxury cruise line Cunard.Over the next five weeks, the 2081-guest ship will make an unprecedented seven calls to Tasmania, including Cunard’s inaugural visit to Burnie on Monday February 18 and Queen Elizabeth’s first call to Port Arthur on March 7.The visits form part of Queen Elizabeth’s 54-day season Down Under – the longest one of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens has spent in Australian waters.Speaking in Hobart today, Ann Sherry – Chairman of Carnival Australia which represents seven cruise lines in Australia including Cunard – said Cunard would build its presence in Tasmania even further over the coming summers, injecting valuable tourism dollars into the State’s economy.During the 2019-20 summer, Queen Elizabeth will make a total of eight calls to Hobart and Burnie (four calls each) as part of her 101-day season Down Under.That number will rise to a record 13 Tasmanian calls for Cunard over the 2020-21 summer season when Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australia for an unparalleled 118 days. The visits will include five calls to Hobart, four to Port Arthur and four to Burnie.Ms Sherry said Cunard’s upcoming visits were worth many millions of dollars to the State, with the ship’s guests and crew spending on shore tours, meals and shopping in each port, and the cruise line paying port fees and charges every visit.“Today alone, Queen Elizabeth’s 2000 guests are enjoying a raft of activities here in Hobart from sightseeing and shopping in the city to day trips to Port Arthur and Richmond – all of which are pumping dollars into the local economy,” Ms Sherry said.Ms Sherry said five of Carnival Australia’s seven cruise lines would collectively make more than 60 visits to Tasmanian ports this year.“The good news is that Tasmania benefits not only from guest and crew spending every time one of our ships visits the State, but also from the tonnes of Tasmanian produce we buy for our ships throughout the year.“This includes about 40 tonnes of salmon, more than 80 tonnes of vegetables and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of delicious Tasmanian cheeses and creams,” she said.To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s first season based in Australia, Cunard has launched a series of partnerships with four Australian companies: R.M. Williams, Akubra, the Australian Dance Theatre and STARWARD distillery.Bell boys on board the ship this morning were wearing their new R.M.Williams uniforms designed for the ship’s Australian season.  Celebrating Cunard’s trademark colours of red, black and gold, the stylish ensemble features a red tailored jacket with gold nautical buttons and black cuffs, 100 per cent cotton black twill pants, handmade leather belts and R.M.Williams’ most recognised boots, The Craftsman, in striking Cunard red, as well as an Akubra hat to protect against the summer sun.Meanwhile dancers from the Australian Dance Theatre will perform in two exclusive shows on board Queen Elizabeth next month during a round trip cruise to Tasmania from Melbourne.The ship’s guests will also enjoy a well-travelled whisky, with Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in Australia this month also seeing the return of a very special piece of cargo – The Seafarer, a 225-litre barrel of Australian STARWARD whisky.Aged for two years at STARWARD’s Port Melbourne distillery, the barrel was loaded onto Queen Elizabeth last February and has spent 12 months travelling 95,000 nautical miles around the globe on a unique ‘maturation journey’ to create a first-of-its-kind single malt whisky.At 90,900 tonnes, Queen Elizabeth is the second largest ship ever to sail in Cunard’s fleet. Launched in 2010, she is also the youngest in the luxury cruise line’s current trio of Queens with features including more than 10 restaurants and cafés, a Games Deck featuring paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and the Royal Court Theatre.Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Hobart today is part of a seven-night round trip cruise from Melbourne.  She will depart Hobart around 9pm this evening bound for Melbourne, and will return to Tasmania on Monday (Feb 18) for Cunard’s maiden call to Burnie. About CunardCunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. Pioneers in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia.  In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022.  This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.Source = Cunardlast_img read more

Ft Lauderdale Florida – Reported by Elite Travel

first_imgFt. Lauderdale, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStuart Larsen in Fraser Yachts Ft Lauderdale office advises that a contract for the construction of a new Proteksan-Turquoise 72.6m (238’) motor yacht was signed at the beginning of February. Nabil El Jammal in London and Stuart Larsen worked in close partnership to bring this exciting sale to a successful conclusion.Fraser Yachts is the largest yacht service provider in the world, with over 150 employees and 17 international offices. Services include yacht sales, charter, management, construction and crew, specializing in yachts over 30m.For further information visit

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