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Six stories in the news for today Aug 3

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 3———MONTREAL’S BIG O HOUSES ASYLUM SEEKERSMontreal’s Olympic Stadium will be the temporary home address for some newcomers to Canada with the venue being pressed into use as a temporary shelter. The stadium rotunda was fitted with cots, blankets and food as Quebec contends with a recent influx of people entering from the United States. The stadium is expected to be used for a couple of months.———PLANNED BURN SPARKS NEW FIRE IN B.C.A spokesman for British Columbia’s wildfire service says crews accidentally started a blaze on Tuesday to burn off fuel in order to contain one of many fires raging in the province’s Interior. Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a hillside as part of a controlled burn against a wildfire about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops. He says controlled burns are an essential and effective tool for fighting wildfires and most planned burns are successful.———UNRULY PASSENGER FORCES FLIGHT BACK TO TORONTOAn Air Canada flight returned to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last night due to an “unruly passenger.” Peel Regional Police say a flight attendant was assaulted during an incident and suffered minor injuries. The flight was bound for Budapest, Hungary when the pilot flew back to Toronto. Police say the unidentified passenger is expected to appear in court today to face an assault charge.———TSB TO RELEASE REPORT ON ONTARIO TRAIN DERAILMENTThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada is expected to release a report today on a CN Rail train derailment in northern Ontario that caused numerous tank cars to catch fire and crashed into a river. The derailment happened on March 7, 2015, near Gogama, Ont., about 80 kilometres south of Timmins, Ont. The derailment was the third in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area.———FEDS TO MAKE UP VICTIM SURCHARGE SHORTFALLThe Liberal government’s plan to allow judges to excuse impoverished offenders from paying a federal victim surcharge could end up shrinking provincial budgets, so Ottawa is prepared to shell out some extra cash — for a time. The Liberal government introduced legislation last October aimed at partly overturning a change the previous Conservative government made to the surcharges judges impose on offenders at sentencing.———DE GRASSE OUT OF WORLDS WITH INJURYCanadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will miss the upcoming world championships due to a torn hamstring he suffered yesterday while training. The injury is a huge blow to a Canadian team relying on De Grasse for medals at the worlds. The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., was also due to race against Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the 100 metre final at London Olympic Stadium and compete in the 200 metres and the 4×100 relay.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil will hold a news conference to discuss a rise in the number of asylum seekers entering from the U.S.— Finance Minister Joe Ceci is scheduled to announce changes to Alberta’s liquor policies.— Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will comment today in Moncton, N.B., on the recent deaths of North Atlantic right whales.last_img read more


Morneau hopes new NAFTA deal signed next week stresses tariff issue is

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he’s hopeful the newly struck North American free-trade deal will be signed next week and suggests Canada could sign even with stinging U.S. tariffs in place.Morneau was asked by reporters after a speech today if the government should still consider signing the new continental trade deal even if the United States keeps its heavy import taxes on Canadian aluminum and steel.He says Canada is working with the U.S. to solve the tit-for-tat tariff dispute and he stresses Ottawa won’t make one set of negotiations contingent on another. Morneau says there’s work going on behind the scenes to make sure the legal document defining the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (or USMCA) is exactly as agreed and adds that he has every reason to believe the work is moving along at a good pace.He was speaking to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa this morning, one day after he released a fall economic statement packed with billions of dollars worth of tax incentives for corporate Canada.Ottawa’s long-awaited plan to help the country compete with the United States for investment dollars comes in response to major American tax and regulatory reforms that many in the business community warn has eliminated Canada’s edge as an investment destination.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more


Air Canada merging vacations group with lowcost carrier that launches in June

Air Canada merging vacations group with low-cost carrier that launches in June by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2012 6:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Canada is moving to challenge tour company rivals such as Transat by combining Air Canada Vacations with a new low-cost carrier to create an integrated leisure group that will take flight in June.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said the creation of the new travel company is a major milestone for the airline.“Our new leisure group will benefit from combining the low-cost carrier with the strong brand reputation of Air Canada Vacations and leveraging the established marketing and distribution channels of both Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada,” he stated.“As a result, Air Canada will be able to compete more effectively in this highly dynamic and expanding market.”Details about the carrier’s name, schedule and product offering will be disclosed later this fall when Air Canada releases its 2013 schedule.Michael Friisdahl, former CEO of Thomas Cook North America, has been appointed to lead the new wholly owned subsidiary. He will report to Air Canada’s chief commercial officer Ben Smith.The new low-cost airline will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER and two Airbus A319 aircraft that will be released from Air Canada’s mainline fleet.Additional planes will be added as Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, ramping up to 50 planes.The new travel company will serve holiday destinations in Europe and the Caribbean that didn’t generate adequate profits under Air Canada’s existing cost structure.Air Canada plans to hire more than 900 employees over the next 12 months for the main airline and another 200 flight attendants and pilots for the new low-cost carrier.Industry observers said that while the new low-cost carrier model is beginning to take shape, it won’t pose a large competitive challenge or have a big financial impact for Air Canada for some time.“What I think it does is protect them in certain markets where a lot of the low-cost carriers have been taking share,” said Chris Murray of PI Financial Corp.“It also affords them the opportunity to serve some markets that they haven’t previously, but I don’t think it overly impacts their core business, at least in 2013 and I’d say in 2014 at this point.”In fact, Air Canada’s chief financial officer recently warned analysts that the low-cost carrier won’t have a material financial impact next year.Murray described the combination with Air Canada Vacations as a “minor positive” but a good idea.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the structure is a logical way to start and gives Air Canada the chance to “get their feet wet and figure some of this out.”The new entity is designed to challenge rivals such as WestJet Vacations, Sunwing, TUI Vacations and especially Transat AT (TSX:TRZ.B), he said.“It’s going to be a challenge for Transat, I would think,” he said in an interview.“They’re the only ones really affected on the long haul side of it and on the short-haul they and Sunwing would probably be the most comparable because they both run high-density aircraft.”Tyerman called the new carrier a “low-end play” that could attract bargain-seeking passengers, but at the risk of turning off higher-end customers that currently fly on the mainline carrier.Planes will be crammed full with seats. Air Canada’s A319 planes have 120 seats including premium class. Low-cost U.S. carrier Allegiant will fly the same planes with 156 seats.Air Canada has said about half of incremental profits from its low-cost carrier will be derived from cramming more seats into a fleet of 20 Boeing 767s and 30 Airbus A319s. The rest comes from lower employee wages and more flexible work rules.The wide-body planes, for example, will be fitted with 20 per cent more seats, raising the number of passengers to 275 per aircraft.Tyerman said the low cost carrier is probably good news for consumers, depending on how quickly the new planes are added to the network.“If they’re added in aggressively, then the capacity will be raised and that’s always good for the consumer,” he said.“If they’re added in a relatively slow manner it may not make much difference because the market does grow over time so they may just be picking up the growth in the market.”Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline and 15th largest in the world, serving more than 175 destinations and 33 million customers a year.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares gained four cents to close up three per cent to $1.35 in Tuesday trading. read more


Potential CanadaEU trade deal raises alarms for Atlantic fishery report

Potential Canada-EU trade deal raises alarms for Atlantic fishery: report by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 9, 2013 6:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canada’s potential free trade deal with Europe should raise alarms that open access to lucrative seafood markets will come at the expense of protections for Atlantic fishery jobs, says a new report.“At stake is the ability of Canadians to pursue public policies that curb domination of the fisheries by large corporations,” says the study released Wednesday by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.“My biggest concern is that Canadian governments and citizens, particularly provincial governments, will lose their ability to regulate the fishery to maximize local benefits,” author Scott Sinclair said in an interview.His study, “Globalization, Trade Treaties and the Future of the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries,” includes details reportedly leaked from ongoing closed-door Canada-EU trade talks.They indicate that “the EU is strongly pressuring Canada to abolish minimum processing requirements” as the two sides work toward a deal known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, says the report.It’s a contentious issue that recently played out in St. John’s, N.L., as the provincial government wrangled for months with Ocean Choice International. At issue was the company’s push for exemptions to minimum processing requirements meant to safeguard local jobs and share benefits of a publicly owned resource.The company wanted to ship most of its groundfish catch straight to overseas buyers, saying markets increasingly want less processed product.In December, the government and Ocean Choice International reached a deal that allows the company to ship up to 75 per cent of its yellowtail flounder quota out of the province unprocessed. The rest will be handled at a plant in Fortune, N.L., that will provide 110 full-time jobs for five years.Scrapping minimum processing requirements would strip provinces of leverage in future disputes, Sinclair said.He’s also concerned that other policies that protect domestic inshore fisheries could be challenged under a new deal with Europe. For example, only Canadian independent owner-operators can now get inshore fishing licences. For bigger vessels offshore, foreign investors can only hold a minority interest of up to 49 per cent in a Canadian corporation that’s licensed to fish.Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield has denied that such measures are in jeopardy.“Let me be absolutely clear: the fleet separation and owner-operator policies in Atlantic Canada will remain intact,” he said Sept. 21 in Fredericton.Rudy Husny, a spokesman for federal International Trade Minister Ed Fast, said eliminating seafood tariffs as high as 25 per cent would open access to a $25-billion European import market.But Sinclair raises the prospect that under a Canada-EU deal, European investors could challenge owner-operator restrictions and other domestic fishery protections using dispute tribunals that would circumvent Canadian law.“Protecting Canada’s ability to regulate the fisheries for conservation purposes and to ensure that the benefits from fisheries are shared with independent fishers and coastal communities should be much higher priorities,” his report concludes.Keith Hutchings, the provincial minister for innovation, business and rural development, said open access to the European market of about 500 million consumers would be a major boon for a struggling industry.“This holds the potential to create more jobs, higher wages and greater long-term prosperity,” he said in an email.However, provincial officials are pushing for maximum local benefits, Hutchings added.“We will only support a deal that is in the best interests of Newfoundland and Labrador.”Karl Sullivan, senior vice-president of the Barry Group Inc., said seafood producers have urged the provincial government not to jeopardize more access to European markets for the sake of protecting minimum processing rules.“If you had to make a choice, obviously it would be for reduced tariffs,” he said in an interview. “Minimum processing is becoming much, much less of an issue than it has in the past because it’s so difficult now to find workers.”Relatively low-paid jobs in fish plants must compete with increasing job opportunities as the province sees record high employment rates.“It’s a real struggle to get workers in all our locations,” Sullivan said.Still, emotions run high when it comes to protection for a fishery that is still seen by many as a crucial piece of Newfoundland and Labrador’s long-term success.“We’d be flushing the baby out with the bath water if we gained some kind of tariff improvement while at the same time lost critical policy issues that guard our fishery,” said Earle McCurdy, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union.“We would certainly be very wary because the fascination with these trade deals seems to be more ideological than practical in nature,” he said of the federal Conservative government. “And driven more by protection of investor rights than necessarily opening up market opportunities.” read more


Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more


Womens Hockey No 9 Ohio State fights to stay alive against No

Ohio State redshirt junior defensman Jincy Dunne (33) drives the puck down the ice in the game against Bemidgi State on Feb 8. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternHeaded back to Minneapolis this weekend for its second straight WCHA Final Faceoff appearance, the Ohio State women’s hockey team will put its season on the line against a familiar foe: Wisconsin.No. 9 Ohio State (20-12-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) has claimed a regulation win and two shootout victories against No. 2 Wisconsin (30-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) in four season meetings despite the Badgers’ status as heavy favorites in each matchup.“We don’t like Wisconsin,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “When you’re the underdog, you want to bring down Goliath.”Ohio State will have to do exactly that if it hopes to keep its season alive. The Final Faceoff is a two-day, single-elimination tournament in which the winners of Saturday’s matchups will vie for the conference championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Ranked outside the top eight teams in the national rankings, the WCHA title is Ohio State’s only guarantee at a second-consecutive berth.The Buckeyes face an uphill battle, as the Badgers have won three of their past four WCHA tournaments and haven’t missed the NCAA tournament in six seasons.Wisconsin boasts the conference’s widest scoring margin, winning by an average of 2.72 goals per game and has the second-highest scoring offense at 3.8 goals per game.Leading the Wisconsin charge up front is redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year who has notched a conference-leading 42 points this season.Three of Pankowski’s points came by way of a hat-trick performance on Saturday in an 8-0 demolition of St. Cloud State to schedule the Badgers a fifth meeting with the Buckeyes this season.However, Wisconsin’s potent offense has been limited to just two goals a game this year against the Buckeyes, who claim the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne.Sharing the back line with Dunne is senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, who said Ohio State has felt confident against Wisconsin since sweeping the Badgers at home late in the previous season for the first time in program history.“I think we keep Wisconsin on their toes,” Boyle said. “It’s that unexpected thought of what are we going to bring that day that makes them nervous.”Though Wisconsin has outshot the Buckeyes 172-78 this season, the Badgers have managed to score just eight goals on freshman goalie Andrea Braendli, who made 92 saves in her most recent series on Feb. 22 and 23, earning her NCAA No. 1 Star of the Week honors.Braendli has garnered more accolades since then, winning WCHA Goalie of the Month for February and receiving a second-straight WCHA Goalie of the Week award after her sixth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against Minnesota State on Saturday.Wisconsin has its own award-winning goalie coming to Minneapolis, as junior netminder Kristen Campbell leads the nation with a 1.09 goals against average and 30 wins to go alongside her WCHA Goalie of the Year honors.Despite Ohio State’s limited shot output against Campbell and the Badgers this season, the Buckeyes have scored a first-period goal in three of their four meetings, including a strike at the 23-second mark from sophomore forward Emma Maltais in the previous matchup.“We just come out flying because we have so much energy in the locker room,” Muzerall said. “I think it’s just, as the girls say, ‘We bring the juice.’”Muzerall said the problem will be holding onto a lead against a team that has generated 24.4 more shots per game than opponents on average this season.Ohio State surrendered a 2-0 lead to Wisconsin in the last five minutes of the third period last time out, costing the Buckeyes a three-point win and an opportunity to jump ahead in the polls.“As long as their shots are coming from angles that aren’t scary for Andrea,” Muzerall said. “We got to make sure we do a better job of controlling those rebounds because it’s not usually the initial shot from the outside that’s getting in.” Boyle, who faces the possibility of Saturday being her final collegiate game, said the Buckeyes will not go down without a fight.  “Close to the end of the season, when it’s do or die for us, we always tend to show up,” Boyle said. “I’ll lose a leg before I come out of that game with a loss.”The puck will drop in Minneapolis at 6:07 p.m. Saturday to decide who will advance to the WCHA Championship game.The winner will advance to play either No. 1 Minnesota or No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at 3:07 p.m. Sunday. read more


Storms Desmond and Frank One year on we need to rethink how

first_img 144 Views Anja Murray THIS TIME LAST year the country was assessing the damage caused by storms Desmond and Frank. Rivers up and down the country burst their banks. Homes, fields and roads were flooded. One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk.Our climate is warming. Major flood events, currently expected once in every 50 years, are likely to occur once every 10 years by the second half of this century. Compounding this situation is the reduced capacity of the landscape to lessen the impacts of flooding.Topography, soil type and land use determine the rate at which water travels into river channels and thus combine to influence the tendency of a river to flood.Profound changes in land-use since the 1960s have generally sped up the flow of water through each river catchment. Heavy rainfall therefore takes less time to reach river channels. When so much water travels quickly, there is a greater chance of rivers bursting their banks.Urban and agricultural expansion and intensification Eoin Butler in his parents house in Barrow Street, Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny, which was flooded up to four feet. Source: Eamonn FarrellIn recent decades, urban and agricultural expansion and intensification, often onto historic floodplains, have made floodplains and wetlands less able to deal with flooding. Hard paving in urban areas and soil compaction from intensive farming both lessen the permeability of land.Replacing woodlands, scrub and wetlands with ploughed fields or buildings reduces the space for floodwaters to rest. Instead of allowing rivers to spill over on to floodplains during times of heavy rainfall, floodplains across the country have been drained and “reclaimed” to increase farm productivity.Similarly, when shopping complexes or housing developments are built, land is infilled and raised to protect it from flooding. Embankments and engineered barriers add to this separation of the river from its floodplain. If we take into account the cost to wider society of these developments, we would not allow them to be built.When water has no place to go but straight to the river channel by the quickest routeWe end up having to compensate by widening and deepening channels by dredging. This has been practiced since the 1950s to reduce waterlogging so land can carry more livestock or produce higher crop yields.A 2015 report from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General found that the benefits likely to be derived from carrying out such arterial drainage, in purely financial terms, are “likely to be only marginally greater than the costs”.Because dredging often reduces local flooding, it is associated with comprehensive flood relief. However, by increasing the volume of water that passes through a channel at any given time, dredging increases flood peak and so exacerbates downstream flooding.More flooding means that politicians and local authorities are put under pressure to allocate public money for more dredging. Rather than managing flood risk and incorporating wider catchment management, the response involves flood resistance and structural defences. By putting all our eggs in one basket, we are only increasing vulnerability in flood prone areas.Natural flood management An overall view of the River Shannon flowing into Athlone Town, December 2015. Source: Sasko LazarovAnother approach, called “natural flood management”, is gaining recognition as a viable and cost-effective approach to flood risk management. Natural flood management takes a whole-catchment by managing soil, wetlands, woodlands and floodplains to retain water in the catchment and slow the flow at times of flood risk.Restoration and creation of habitats such as flood meadows and reed beds can act as important stores for flood water and can help to encourage reconnection of rivers with their floodplains.There are projects across Europe and further afield that have restored peat bogs, planted riparian woodlands, restored and created new wetlands, and re-profiled rivers and their floodplains to hold back floodwaters.In the UK, landowners are incentivised to participate in natural flood management. This not only prompts the farmers to help alleviate flooding on a catchment scale, but can also help them deal with increased flooding while continuing to provide a source of income.However, natural flood management is an approach that is virtually unknown in Ireland and has not been widely discussed in any relevant spheres here. There have been no trials or pilots of catchment based approaches to flood management in Ireland, despite our growing problem and hard evidence that natural flood management can be an effective means of significantly reducing flood peak.Land-use influences the patterns of floodingThe response to flooding must involve a radical rethink of land-use policy. This means agricultural and planning policy both have a major role to play in how we adapt to a future in which storms, heavy rainfall and flooding will be much more frequent.Natural flood management offers additional benefits to biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and water quality. Implementing natural flood management will require incentivised land-use management such as payments for woodland creation in key locations and for allowing certain lands to flood as part of a catchment based approach. Such a shift will require public support and the involvement of landowners and rural communities.Anja Murray is an ecologist and environmental policy analyst whose research report, “Natural Flood Management: Adopting ecosystem approaches to managing flood risk”, has just been published by Friends of the Earth on Anja also presents RTE’s Eco-Eye and it will be looking at the wider issues of flood risk management in its ‘Fighting Flooding’ episode on Tuesday 14th February RTE 1 at 7pm. Couple settle with council out-of-court after ‘appalling story’ of flooded home>‘It absolutely destroyed me’: Man sues Laois County Council after house floods twice> Feb 13th 2017, 6:30 AM Storms Desmond and Frank: ‘One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk’ Our climate is warming and major flood events are likely to occur once every 10 years by the second half of this century, writes Anja Murray. 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Déforestation 30000 hectares perdus chaque année au Maroc

first_imgDéforestation : 30.000 hectares perdus chaque année au MarocChaque année, quelque 30.000 hectares de forêt disparaissent au Maroc. Un inquiétant bilan dressé par l’Association marocaine des droits humains (AMDH) à la veille de la journée internationale des forêts célébrée le 21 mars.Chaque année, le Maroc est privé de 30.000 hectares de forêts d’arganiers, un arbre endémique du sud-ouest du Maroc dont l’huile est utilisée dans l’industrie des cosmétiques. Cette destruction est en grande partie d’origine humaine, réalisée au profit de vastes projets immobiliers et agricoles, sans que des programmes de reboisement efficaces ne soient parallèlement menés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les catastrophes climatiques, comme les incendies et sécheresses, contribuent également à cette inquiétante déforestation pointée du doigt à la veille de la journée internationale des forêts dans un rapport de l’Association marocaine des droits humains (AMDH). Le rapport évoque en outre la désertification qui ne cesse de gagner du terrain, et frappe aujourd’hui plus de 200.000 hectares du sud du Maroc.Rapporté par l’AFP, ce bilan indique que la superficie forestière du Maroc atteint seulement 9% quand la moyenne mondiale est comprise entre 15 et 20%. “Les incendies de forêts, la faiblesse des projets de reboisement, l’exploitation du bois dans des activités industrielles ou pour le chauffage accentuent cette érosion forestière”, alerte ainsi l’ONG marocaine. Le 21 mars 2012 à 18:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Posts 3 New Job Openings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following THREE job openings over the past week:Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 English Language Arts Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolLong-Term Substitute Reading Specialist at Wilmington Middle SchoolSubstitute Teachers, Educational Assistants, Nurses & LPNs at Wilmington Public Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 10 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

CAMPAIGN STATEMENT Maselli Doesnt Want Us vs Them Election Wants Voters To

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mark Maselli Is Such A Great Guy Who Would Make A Great SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a statement from Selectman candidate Mark Maselli:There’s one topic I’ve been very quiet about and would like to bring to the attention of Wilmington’s voters and that is where I, Mark Maselli, stand in this race. I want to start off by mentioning this is MY perspective and I would be happy to discuss this further with anyone wanting to do so.I’ve noticed a clear ideological split down the middle between some of my opponents, which honestly makes me a little sad and disappointed. This divide has been apparent both on social media as well as at the debate – which you can watch and see for yourself. I want to make my position clear to all voters: I don’t believe that this election should be approached by an “us vs. them” mentality. I think my opponents and I all have a common goal and that is to promote the best interests of Wilmington and finding solutions that will benefit our constituents the most.My concern here is that some voters are seeing this election as a divisive event, rather than one that should be uniting the town. I’ve seen attacks and comments on social media as well as remarks in some of the letters to the editor. They’re discouraging and divisive. As a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, that concerns me. It’s not about ousting a ‘regime’ or starting a new one. It’s about individuals wanting to be an integral part of what happens in our town – not about taking sides.My point here is that I ask voters to think of the following before heading to the polls on Saturday, April 27:Which candidate(s) will bring civility and productivity to the board?Which candidate(s) will most closely bring your voice to the board?What does each candidate want to accomplish/solve?Has this candidate shown honesty and transparency in their campaign/history with the town?I call on my opponents and voters to unite through positive action that will benefit the Town of Wilmington and its citizens. Thank you and best of luck to my opponents.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more


Financial exigency likely means UAS layoffs and program reductions — but not

first_imgMaier said that’s something his family is thinking about too. “Alaska Native languages, the languages of the Indigenous peoples of Southeast Alaska, typically don’t have very large enrollments. And yet I see that is a very important part of our mission at UAS,” Caulfield said. “So that’s an example of an array of programs that I would not envision going away, even though the numbers are relatively small.” “We’re definitely having conversations about whether we stay and push back, and I think staying, unfortunately, might mean that I give up an academic career that I just spent, you know, really the last 25 years of my life both preparing for and doing,” Maier said. While final decisions are still months away, UAS leaders have some idea already of what to keep and what to cut. In a month, UAS students will move into campus housing and start heading to class. The semester must go on. The board of regents will spend the next couple months considering paths forward. They won’t decide to cut or cut back any programs until at least September. But Maier said students are right to worry about reduced class offerings and flexibility. And while faculty layoffs are likely, he expects many of his colleagues to leave on their own, taking jobs out of state with more stability. The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted yesterday to declare financial exigency. That clears the way for rapid downsizing, including significant layoffs. UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield in his office on July 10, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) The House failed to pass the bill. But the regents took action: They declared financial exigency for the University of Alaska. Maier said it wasn’t a surprise. “We’ve known that something like this was coming,” he said. “It’s still shocking when it actually happens.” Maier said he’s not quite sure what to expect. Speaking before Monday’s decision, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield said programs with larger enrollments are more likely to be retained. But he added that some smaller programs are valuable for other reasons. Even if the Alaska Legislature restores some funding to the UA budget, big changes are likely across the system. Students gather outside at the UAS Auke Lake Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO) Kevin Maier teaches English and humanities and serves as chair of the Humanities Department at the University of Alaska Southeast. But right now, he’s on vacation. On Monday, while his family went to the pool, he stayed in. On one screen he watched the Alaska House of Representatives debate a capital budget bill, and on another he tuned into the UA Board of Regents meeting. “I think it’ll be very strange, right? Well, on the one hand, it’ll just be business as usual. We’ll be teaching classes, students will be engaged and we’ll do those parts of our jobs that we love. But on the other hand, we’ll know that these potential cuts are looming and are there,” Maier said. Fall classes at UAS begin Aug. 26.last_img read more

Candidates face hardships as Railway Protection Special Force

first_imgMoula Ali: As the Headquarters of 7th Battalion Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) Hyderabad started its recruitment of a new batch, many interested candidates across India throng outside the RPSF facility entry gates to apply for the exams.As the exam process takes many days, the candidates have to arrange food and accommodation for themselves around the facility. Many candidates are from small villages and humble background and they cannot afford expenses of renting a room or dormitory. With no choice left, the candidates are staying on the footpath pavement alongside the facility. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us An RPSF official shared, “The candidates have to be present at the entry gates 4.00 am in the morning, and that’s the reason why many candidates sleep on the footpath pavements, so that they can be present at the gates on time. The authorities have already mentioned in the form that the candidates have to arrange their food and accommodation on their own. Every day, we see around 150 to 200 candidates waiting Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us outside here.” Mahindra Dayaveer, who came all the way from Firozabad (UP) for the recruitment, says, “I came here on Wednesday afternoon, and I saw a few candidates lying on the footpath and I also joined them. Later, I came to know that they had already completed their exams and were waiting for the results. When asked why they are resting here, they said there have been no arrangements made for the candidates inside the facility by the RPSF authorities. Advertise With Us By evening, we were said to empty the footpath. With no choice left, I and my other two friends went back to Secunderabad Railway Station and spent the night there. We couldn’t make it till the call time due to unavailability of buses early in the morning, so we are waiting here. We will find someplace to sleep nearby from where we have easy access to the facility.” The Headquarters of 7th RPSF lies on the east Anandbagh and Moula Ali Road, which is surrounded by residential properties. Due to no availability of male hostels and dormitories, the candidates found it difficult to find a place to spend the night. Shiv Kumar, a candidate from Belgaum Karnataka, says “Most of us can’t afford to rent a room or hostel far away from the facility and again come back early morning here. I spent last night sitting opposite side of the road, but soon, I had to rush for some shelter as it started drizzling. When I came back, the whole place was drenched. All of us are either munching on some quick eatery snacks. Everybody had to look after their own expenses here, and it is difficult as many of us come from a very poor background. The RPSF facility has so much of open space, and if the recruitments are properly managed, they can easily put up a big tent for the candidates to stay.” Due to the changing weather in city, the candidates either have to find some shelter due to rains or have to sit in the scorching sun waiting for their exam results.last_img read more

Daksh simply means perfect

Daksh is a Delhi band that has been making all the right noises. It has Kavish Mishra on lead vocals, Mohit Vig on lead guitar, Kartik Dev on rhythm guitar, Rishabh Dev on violin, Neeraj Srivastava on drums, Partho on bass, Gaurav Sharma on keyboard and Kanoo Sahajwala on tabla. Millennium Post caught up with the band. Excerpts from the interview.What’s the story of your band? The name Daksh was given by Kavish Mishra. He is the founder and was instrumental in putting the band together. Daksh is Hindi for dexterous. It also means perfection. We always try to compose or play music that is perfect. We started out in 2007. We’re all Delhi based music professionals. We are not like other school bands out there who play music as an extracurricular activity, for monetary interest or popularity. We all wanted to carve a niche for ourselves as a professional music band or group. That’s the story behind Daksh. What brought us and kept us together unlike a lot of bands which fall apart is the fact that we were all from different backgrounds and music sensibilities, but one thing which is common in all of us is an awesome sense of Indian classical music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Where are your influences?We are inspired by AR Rahman and his compositions. Various genres of western music get fused in a seamless manner with Hindustani music. And look at where he’s taken Indian music now. Any bands you follow or any particular genre you swear by?The bands we follow are Nirvana, Rahman and Pink Floyd. Our genre is Hindi-Rock but we also play Sufi.Tell us about your music?Uptill now we have five original compositions of our own. All of these have been written, composed and played by us. Two of these originals also have videos that have been shot to support the song. One is – Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Hai Dua and the other song which has a music video is Din Dooba. Our other original compositions are Do Pal and Tu Hi. We have also composed an instrumental track taking our influence from. Rahman and that track goes by the name Tank. Where do you see this going five years down the line? Five years from now we see Daksh as an entity and individually marking our presence in the Hindi film music industry. Our aim is to see Daksh topping the Indian music charts. DETAILAt: Life Caffe, B-49, Inner Circle, Connaught Place When: 2 November  Timings: 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm  Phone: 43652222 read more

Outpouring of emotion

first_imgThe exhibition will be displaying over 60 art pieces including paintings and sculptures by more than twenty five contemporary artistes. The show organised by Uchaan Arts will also see live painting competition and interactive sessions in which renowned artistes will take part. Laye – Flow of Colors focusses on the synergy between masters and young contemporary artistes like Akshay Verma, Chetan Katigar, Dheeraj Yadav, Dr Vandana Malhotra, Jyoti Tewari, Kishore Kumar Sahu, Meetu Dhawan, Nawal Kishore. Neelam, Neelesh Ganesh, Parul Golchha, Poonam Saini, Preeti Kadosia, Prince Chand, Ranga Lokanthan, Rashi Paliwal, Ravikant Soni, Roopa Jain, Sakshi Jain, Sangeeta Soloanki, Sarika Gupta, Shalini Goyal, Shruti Shrivastava, Siddharth Kumar, Sunil Jaiswal, Swati and Tanisha Bakshi.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artistes will be demonstrating their own unique evolution and approach. Different mediums like shadows and colours, forms and spaces, brush strokes and flash bulbs, clicks and frames are being used by the artistes to give shape to their thoughts.Jyoti Kalra, founder of Uchaan noted: “I believe in what Picasso said that there are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, and there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUchaan is a group of contemporary artistes who believe in representing a broad spectrum of visual language, style and concepts for reaching out to arts community and beyond. Their aim is to promote works of these artistes among the general public and the art lovers.When: June 12 to 30Where: Gold Souk MallTiming: 11.30  to 7.30 pmlast_img read more

VIDEO Mike Tyson describes Floyd Mayweather as a very small scared man

first_imgIt’s official, Mike Tyson isn’t on the ‘Money Team.’ Last night, Tyson made harsh comments disparaging Mayweather for a past proclamation that he was a better boxer than Muhammad Ali.Tyson went on somewhat of a bizarre tirade, in which he said Mayweather couldn’t be greater than Ali because he couldn’t even take his kids to school without backup:Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It’s being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself. He’s a little, scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.It’s unclear what any of this has to do with Mayweather’s all-time ranking in the fight game, but you can bet he won’t be approaching Iron Mike to ask him to clarify. Advertisement What’s he going to do, take Tyson 12 rounds and get a decision?Mike Tyson was asked his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather believing he is greater than Muhammad Ali. Mikes response was outstanding.— EditinKing Boxing ? (@EditinKing) June 1, 2017(Video @Editinking)last_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content Availability of 18F-NaF and 18F-FLT will be made via a cross reference from Siemens’ Drug Master Files (DMF) to the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) centralized IND’s, under which the ACRIN trial will be performed.  The cross reference allows both products to be produced and used by any principle investigator in an ACRIN clinical trial. In addition, the imaging biomarkers will be available to investigators outside of ACRIN trials if they receive independent FDA approval of an IND or appropriate authorization, such as a local Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC) approval or Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more 18F-FLT has been used in studies to monitor the proliferative activity of cancer cells.  18F-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) is an FDA-approved imaging agent and will be studied in the detection of bony metastases. Clinical trial support of both imaging agents provides the medical community with better access to 18F-FLT and 18F-NaF by leveraging Siemens biomarker technology and PETNET Solutions as the industry’s largest network of PET biomarker production facilities. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more 18F-NaF PET image News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more November 2, 2009 – PETNET Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions, announced it is a registered supplier of 18F-sodium fluoride  (18F-NaF) and investigational 3’Deoxy-3’[18F] Fluorothymidine (18F-FLT)  to the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) in support of ACRIN’s multi-center clinical trials. News | November 03, 2009 PETNET to Supply ACRIN Multicenter Trial Network Image courtesy of MR Solutions. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more last_img read more

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first_img December 16, 2013 — Double Black Imaging demonstrated its full line of auto-calibrating LED displays at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013). The new line includes 6MP Color and 10MP Monochrome large format LED displays. It also includes 2MP Color, 2MP Monochrome, 3MP Color, 3MP Monochrome and 5MP Monochrome.  These environmentally friendly and ergonomically designed LCDs feature four built-in sensors: a front sensor, temperature sensor, an ambient light sensor and a backlight sensor. This equips each LED display system with complete Auto-DICOM Calibration via Double Black Imaging’s X-CAL Calibration suite. Related Content Technology | December 16, 2013 Double Black Imaging Releases Full Line of LED Displays With Web-Based, Mobile Calibration Application The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more X-CAL Web-based calibration software suite allows for remote DICOM calibration and conformance; luminance adjustment; reporting; MQSA testing and documentation; email alerting; scheduling; and enterprise management. 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AlQaida leader released from Mauritanian jail

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Hafs spent years in custody in Iran before being extradited to Mauritania in April. Walid says his brother was interrogated multiple times and his release indicates he is no longer seen as a threat.Hafs has been largely out of the game for a decade, but the U.S. is concerned that he could re-emerge as an ideological figure if he fails to follow through on whatever conditions of release he has made with Mauritanian authorities, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive intelligence matters.____AP Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier contributed to this report from Washington.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) – Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, who was a senior adviser to al-Qaida, was released from a prison in Mauritania over the weekend, his family confirmed.Sidi Ould Walid said his brother was released after renouncing his ties to the terror network and condemning the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Hafs refused to be interviewed or to be filmed as he left the prison on Saturday.On militant forums on Monday, jihadists exchanged congratulations over the release. Hafs was an adviser to Osama Bin Laden who helped form the modern al-Qaida by merging bin Laden’s operation with Ayman al-Zawahri’s Islamic Jihad. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Air India inaugurates air connectivity between Ahmedabad and London

first_imgAir India has launched a new service connecting Ahmedabad with London. The inaugural flight departed the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, marking the start of a new daily service.The outbound flight, AI131, will now depart Ahmedabad daily at 0430 and arrive in Mumbai at 0545. After a brief stop, the flight will take off from Mumbai at 0705 and arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport at 1130.The return flight, AI130, will leave the UK capital at 1330 and arrive in Mumbai at 0400 the next morning. The flight will then leave Mumbai at 0530 and arrive in Ahmedabad at 0645.Air India will operate the new route using its 256-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, which features 18 seats in business class and 238 in economy.“We are introducing this direct flight service after two years of extensive research and deliberations. We are confident of getting very good response,” said Mukesh Bhatia, Air India’s General Manager of commercial for the Western region, adding that from mid-January 2016, Air India plans to operate the service direct, without the stop in Mumbai.last_img read more

Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney has taken top honour

first_imgOvolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney has taken top honours in Australia in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards for 2019.Travellers’ Choice award are based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.“Our Travellers’ Choice Hotel awards showcase exceptional accommodations around the world that are recognised for their value, service, amenities and overall experience, as reviewed by travellers worldwide on TripAdvisor,” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “Be it a stylish urban retreat, a scenic beachfront resort or simply a place to unwind and escape, travellers can get inspired by these award winners when choosing the ideal hotel for their next getaway.” Queensland has the greatest number of hotel winners in OZ with 75, New South Wales had 55 properties recognised, and Victoria featured 28 award winners. Globally, the United States has the greatest number of hotel winners with 165, Italy had 164 properties recognised and Spain featured 163 award winners.The Top 10 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in Australia for 20191. Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, New South WalesTripAdvisor average annual price of $434 per night.Stretched along Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf, the longest timber-piled wharf in the world, Ovolo Woolloomooloo boasts a picturesque Sydney Harbour view and is a stroll away from some of Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants. The hotel marries heritage with modern luxury, and features contemporarily designed loft rooms. 2. Pinetrees Lodge – Lord Howe IslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $1,387 per night.Sitting on World Heritage site Lord Howe, Pinetrees Lodge as their name suggests, is nestled amongst pine trees, faces one of the world’s most pristine lagoons, and surrounded by lush forests and a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Pinetrees Lodge offers a range of activities for all ages and traveller types, from surfing, snorkelling and diving to bird watching, fishing, golfing and day spas.3. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour – Sydney, New South WalesTripAdvisor average annual price of $338 per night.Steeped in history, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour was constructed in 1888 and originally a wool factory and warehouse. Overhauled into a thoughtfully designed hotel with “shutter-happy Instagrammers in mind”, the hotel melds Sydney’s old-world charm with contemporary design. Each room features three-metre high ceilings, recycled timber work stations and bespoke furniture. 4. Peninsula Boutique Hotel – Port Douglas, QueenslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $405 per night.Offering a boutique style, adults only hotel experience, Peninsula Boutique hotel overlooks the Four Mile Beach and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. 5. Korte’s Resort – Rockhampton, QueenslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $157 per night.Located near the heart of Rockhampton, Korte’s Resort is a luxurious, tropical oasis that is value for money and suitable for any traveller and occasion– from weddings, business conferences to a restful weekend escape. 6. COMO The Treasury – Perth, Western AustraliaTripAdvisor average annual price of $645 per night.Residing within a beautifully restored 19th century state building yet still retaining their original government office layout, COMO The Treasury is situated at the heart of Perth’s central business district. Designed by renowned local architect Kerry Hill, no two rooms are alike, and every aspect of the 48-room modern luxury hotel features handcrafted European furnishings, high ceilings, large windows and travertine stone tiles. 7. The Langham, Sydney – Sydney, New South WalesTripAdvisor average annual price of $523 per night.Situated along the quaint cobble stoned streets of Sydney’s Historic Rocks district, The Langham, Sydney faces stunning Western Harbour views. With a focus on providing a grand residential experience, every room features high ceilings, bespoke furnishings amidst soft panelled walls, Juliette balconies and/or signature terraces. 8. Qualia Resort – Hamilton Island, QueenslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $1,508 per night.Latin for ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences’, Qualia Resort sits on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Exquisitely designed and promising privacy, each pavilion faces the water with breathtaking views; some even inclusive of a sundeck or a personal infinity edge plunge pool. 9. Meriton Suites Southport – Southport, QueenslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $236 per night.At 55 levels high, Meriton Suites Southport is located in one of the city’s tallest buildings and all 208 suites are between levels 25 and 55. Soak up the magnificent sights from any suite—of stunning hinterland and surrounds, and pristine surf beaches from the Pacific Ocean coastline. The suites’ contemporary features, open living spaces and luxury inclusions such well-appointed gourmet kitchens and full-sized bathrooms, provide a new level of hospitality experience. 10. Freestyle Resort Port Douglas – Port Douglas, QueenslandTripAdvisor average annual price of $264 per night.Located a short walk away from tropical paradise Four Mile beach and main shopping and restaurant district Macrossan Street, Freestyle Resort Port Douglas sets the standard for boutique accommodation in the Port Douglas region. While the resort features an award-winning spa and heated swimming pool, the highlight for most travellers was still the personalised service by resident managers Jason and Anne. To view the full list of 2019 Travellers’ Choice award-winning hotels, including the top hotels in the world, CLICK HERE. IMAGE: Ovolo Woolloomooloo – #1 Australian hotel in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2019 hotelsTravellers Choice Awards 2019TripAdvisorlast_img read more