HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government said Friday that it will add a drug that helps prevent HIV to the provincial pharmacare program, though some activists are still calling on the province to provide universal funding.Pre-exposure prophylaxis — often referred to as PrEP — can be taken daily by people who are at a high-risk for HIV infection, like men who have sex with men or people who inject drugs.The announcement comes days after health officials reported a significant increase in the number of new HIV infections in the province so far this year.But Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said it’s been in the works for months.“We certainly recognize that this is a first step in increasing access and removing financial barriers to PrEP, that there are still many financial and other barriers that remain,” said Strang Friday.Strang says the eligibility criteria will be based on national guidelines and recommendations from the Canadian Drug Expert Committee. The amount of coverage provided would be based on which pharmacare program patients fall under and what their income is.“We know that affordability of medications is a substantive issue across this country and that’s why there is a national conversation about a national approach to pharmacare coverage,” said Strang.“I think we need to acknowledge that there are many groups out there who do have challenges with affording medication and we have to look at all those and do the best we can with the resources we have available.”Without coverage, the medication can cost around $400 a month in Nova Scotia.Strang said PrEP is covered in many third-party drug plans, and around two thirds of Nova Scotians are covered under such plans.The announcement was met with mixed reactions from a Nova Scotia AIDS researcher and activist, who said much work is left to be done.“The reality of this measure is, in public health outcomes in the coming months, it will have very little impact on HIV cases,” said Matthew Numer, assistant professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax.“We need universal access to PrEP in order to really put our effort toward curbing this epidemic.”British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan publicly fund PrEP, and the drug is also subsidized by some Ontario drug plans.Numer, who is also chairman of the PrEP Action Committee in Nova Scotia, said increased PrEP availability in San Francisco led to a nearly 50 per cent decrease in diagnosed HIV cases in the California city since 2012.Strang estimates adding PrEP to the provincial health care plan would cost around $300,000 a year, though Numer said publicly funding the medication would ultimately cost the province less.According to the Canadian AIDS Society, each new HIV infection costs $1.3 million over the course of the individual’s lifetime in health care, reduced productivity and other factors.In the first six months of 2018, the province recorded approximately 16 new cases of HIV — a number usually seen over the course of a year.Numer said that could mean 16 diagnosed cases in 2018 so far will end up costing the province $20.8 million.“(Covering PrEP) not only makes social justice sense, but it makes economic sense for the health care system,” said Numer.He added that access to the medication is an important issue for him as a gay man and a user of PrEP.“I’ve had friends, lovers, people that I’ve known contract HIV, and until you experience that I don’t think you really know what it’s like,” he said. “It’s life-changing for people.”The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia said they were encouraged by Friday’s announcement, though it would like to see greater access for the medication.Chris Aucoin, the group’s health co-ordinator, said the province needs to address groups less likely to seek pharmacare, including homeless people, drug users and sex workers.“Some of the most at-risk groups are people who have limited means and limited capacity to go through red tape to get access to things like pharmacare,” said Aucoin.“Just saying it’s now covered isn’t the solution that we’re looking for. It needs to be simpler. Access needs to be easier than that.”About 75,000 people in Canada have HIV, according to the Canadian AIDS Society. The Public Health Agency of Canada said there were 2,344 new HIV infections in Canada in 2016, an 11.6 per cent increase from 2015.
Mendes posted this message alongside numerous pics showing his success: “I’m thinking about being in 9th grade right now. The day after I posted one of my first covers onto YouTube back in 2014.”Mendes added of a group of older bullies, “[They were] yelling out ‘sing for me Shawn, sing for me!’ in a way that made me feel absolutely horrible… made me feel like a joke, like what I was doing was just stupid and wrong.” Login/Register With: Shawn Mendes – Timothy Kuratek /CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Shawn Mendes is opening up about how he was bullied as a kid, for wanting to sing.The musician posted a candid Instagram post on Sunday, telling his fans about his experience with bullies while he was growing up.Mendes encouraged his fans to follow their dreams no matter what in the inspirational post. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
The Canadian PressPolice have charged a suspect in the death of a six-year-old girl from the Kasabonika Lake First Nation, in northwestern Ontario.Officers with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service were called to a residence on Wednesday to investigate a report that a girl had been assaulted.Ontario Provincial Police, who are now directing the investigation, say family members took the girl to a medical centre where she was pronounced dead.Police say that on the same day 21-year-old Lanny Edward Mekanak of the Kasabonika Lake First Nation was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.He was scheduled to appear in court Friday in Sioux Lookout, Ont.Police, meanwhile, said a post-mortem on the girl’s body had been scheduled for Friday in Toronto.
The post of Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change, became vacant following the untimely death of Joke Waller-Hunter, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.The five selected for interview are: Ambassador John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda; Yvo de Boer, Minister from the Netherlands; Luis Gomez Echeverri of Colombia, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); Miklós Persányi, Minister from Hungary; and Simon Upton Minister of New Zealand.Mr. Dujarric said that the Secretary-General might also consider candidates from the short-list drawn up in connection with the search for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, a post that has now been filled with Achim Steiner of Germany.He added that the Secretary-General would select the successful candidate and consult the Bureau of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, after which the appointment of the new Executive Secretary would be made.Under the UNFCCC, which most countries have joined, Governments are, among other measures, responsible for gathering and sharing information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices, as well as launching national strategies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions.The Kyoto Protocol, which entered into force on 16 February 2005, is an addition to the UNFCCC that has more powerful – and legally binding – measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.Under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, 35 industrialized countries and the European Community are required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below levels specified for each of them. Overall, this should amount to reductions of at least 5 percent below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012 and a 20-member Compliance Committee will deal with cases of non-compliance with these and other obligations of the Protocol.
“There is a vast amount to be done, and no time to lose,” Mr. Annan told a special ministerial meeting of the Security Council called to consider the latest developments what he called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, in which fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels has killed at least 180,000 people and uprooted 2 million more in the last three years. He said he had already written to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir seeking his support for a visit by an assessment team to help setting up a UN force and he hoped very soon to be able to discuss it with him directly. “His support for this vital mission is essential,” Mr. Annan added.Until now Sudan has opposed the establishment of such a force but said it was prepared to discuss UN involvement after the conclusion of a peace accord in the talks in Abuja, Nigeria, where the agreement with the largest rebel force was reached last week.“No less urgent is the need to raise more money for emergency relief,” Mr. Annan told the 15-member body. “Without massive and immediate support, the humanitarian agencies will be unable to continue their work, which means that hundreds of thousands more will die from hunger, malnutrition and disease.”A pledging conference will be held, possibly in Brussels, early next month. “But I appeal to donors not to wait for that conference,” he said. “They need to be very generous, starting right now. We cannot afford to lose a single day.” The main plank in following up the Abuja agreement is the transition from the current 7,000-strong African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to a much larger UN force, though Mr. Annan said the immediate priority must be to strengthen AMIS to implement essential elements of the accord and provide real security for the displaced people.“But I believe we all now agree that this can only be a stopgap measure, and that as soon as possible AMIS must be transformed into a larger and more mobile United Nations operation, better equipped and with a stronger mandate. We are now mobilizing all our energies to make that happen,” he added.“Let’s not underestimate the challenge that this implies. Helping to protect the people of Darfur and to implement the Abuja agreement will be one of the biggest tests this Organization has ever faced – perhaps the biggest since those in Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia in the early 1990s,” he said. “But it is a challenge we cannot refuse. And, having accepted it, we cannot delay.”Mr. Annan noted the immediate pitfalls on the way, including the failure of two small rebel movements to sign the Abuja accord and yesterday’s attack in a refugee camp in Darfur in which an AMIS staff member was killed after a visit there by UN Humanitarian Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland.Added the Secretary-General, “we must do everything in our power to ensure that those who have signed the agreement actually implement it on the ground, and that the people of Darfur can survive the next few months.”The Council called on all the parties to respect their commitments and implement the agreement without delay, and urged those movements that have not signed the agreement to do so without delay.In a statement read out by Foreign Minister Rodolphe Adada of the Republic of Congo, which holds the rotating presidency for May, the Council urged Mr. Annan to provide at the earliest opportunity detailed planning proposals for a UN operation in Darfur and called on the Sudanese Government to facilitate immediately the visit of a joint UN and African Union (AU) technical assessment.It also asked Mr. Annan to consult urgently with potential troop contributing counties, stressed that a UN operation should have strong African participation and character, and called on international and regional organizations and Member States to afford the operation every possible assistance.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An upcoming policy change by Volkswagen would clear the way for the United Auto Workers to become the first union to bargain on behalf of employees at a foreign automaker in the South, the UAW said Monday.Volkswagen and the union reached an agreement last spring, according to a letter to members of Local 42 in Chattanooga obtained by The Associated Press. The UAW said that it would co-operate with efforts to win production of a new SUV in Chattanooga, and that it would drop its National Labor Relations Board challenge of a February union vote.In return, Volkswagen committed to recognizing the UAW, which would give it the authority to bargain on behalf of both members and non-members, according to the letter signed by Mike Cantrell and Steve Cochran, the president and vice-president of Local 42. Tennessee’s right-to-work laws mean that no worker can be forced to join a union, though the UAW says more than half of eligible workers have signed up.The UAW in February lost a contentious union election at the Volkswagen plant by a 712-626 vote amid warnings from Republican politicians — including U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam — that $300 million in incentives for expansion could be imperiled if the union won. Workers who oppose the UAW have formed a chapter of what they call the American Council of Employees in hopes of preventing the union from being recognized by Volkswagen.Corker drew the ire of the UAW for repeatedly suggesting before the February union vote that he had inside information that the rejection of the union would result in the company deciding to expand the plant within two weeks.It was later revealed that the state’s $300 million incentive package offered to Volkswagen had contained the caveat that the money was subject to labour talks “being concluded to the satisfaction” of the state. Haslam declined to specify which scenarios would have met the state’s satisfaction.Volkswagen ultimately announced in July that it will invest $600 million to expand the factory to build a new seven-seater SUV as it seeks to reverse flagging U.S. sales. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The automaker wants to create a German-style works council at the Chattanooga plant to represent both salaried and blue-collar workers. But the company’s interpretation of U.S. law indicates that it must work with an independent union to operate a works council.The UAW’s case at the Tennessee plant has been bolstered by support from labour representatives who control half the seats on the Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker’s supervisory board. The UAW, its German counterpart IG Metall and the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council in September signed an agreement outlining their joint efforts to gain labour representation at the Chattanooga plant.Organizing foreign-owned auto plants has been seen as key for the UAW to revive its fortunes. Union membership stood at about 391,000 at the start of this year — a far cry from its 1979 peak of 1.5 million.And even though the Detroit Three have hired thousands in the past four years as auto sales have recovered, the new hires are paid only two-thirds of what veteran workers get, keeping dues revenue down. The union agreed to the lower wages and became more co-operative seven years ago to help the companies survive the recession. by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UAW says new Volkswagen policy to open door to union representation in Tennessee
“Today we take forward that commitment by endorsing the Somalia New Deal Compact and aligning international support to implement its principles and priorities,” the Secretary-General said in his message to the High-Level Conference on a New Deal for Somalia delivered in Brussels by his Special Representative Nicholas Kay. Finalized today, the New Deal is seen as a roadmap for promoting statebuilding and peacebuilding over the next three years by focusing on the Somali political processes, security, legal system and economic foundation.During the one-day meeting, hosted jointly by the European Union and the Somali Federal Government, the Somali leadership set out its priorities and plans on a course to deliver on them, while the international community laid out future support for those priorities.“The New Deal is about the people, for the people, and with the people of Somalia,” Mr. Ban stressed. “Our meeting today is a milestone, the beginning of a new partnership based on mutual commitments and accountability that bind all of us in support of Somalia.”Some 200 Government delegates attended today’s meeting, along with aid groups and global finance institutions, and representatives of the UN.“The United Nations stands ready to assist the Government to coordinate international assistance in line with Security Council resolution 2102,” said Mr. Ban’s statement, highlighting the UN Multi-Partner-Trust Fund.The UN will continue to support the Government’s efforts to bring the political process, security needs, human rights protection and development activities together under one framework, according to the statement. The Organization will also continue to improve its own operations in Somalia, promoting international coordination and working progressively towards strengthening national systems.The UN Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM) is also working to enhance the Government’s capacity to provide basic services, justice and the rule of law.Addressing the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. Kay, who is also the head of UNSOM, said this support is not limited to the capital, but expands to various regions including the facilitation of dialogue Somaliland and supporting an inclusive process for future elections in Puntland, among other issues. In his statement today, Mr. Ban referred to the Vision 2016 Conference held this month in Mogadishu as the start of a new dialogue among Somalis over federalism, governance and reconciliation. Mr. Ban said he encouraged the continuation of efforts to develop the Federal States, advance the constitutional review process and prepare for elections. “The United Nations stands ready to play its part, particularly in promoting progress in relations between the Federal Government and other entities, including those in Puntland and Somaliland,” Mr. Ban said, noting the importance of genuine national reconciliation through Somali-to-Somali dialogue.
The report, released at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP-12, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, found that there is a gap across all countries and regions between investments needed to meet the 20 global biodiversity goals known as the Aichi targets, and the resources currently allocated to this endeavour.“Even though political commitment is there, we don’t have a good financial investment plan behind it,” said Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Chair of the High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which authored the report.“The report will help parties understand how we can develop these financial investment plans.”The report also highlights benefits in areas such as health and well-being and food security that would benefit from higher investments in biodiversity initiatives. Mr. Rodriguez, who is also the Vice President for conservation policy at Conservation International, stressed that countries should not simply think of higher expenditures, but they need to look for innovative ways in which development investments also take into account biodiversity.“Political coherence is urgently needed at the country level,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “If we see how governments behave it’s quite contradictory. On the one hand, we see agencies promoting development with a high environmental cost, and on the other hand we see environmental agencies trying to repair the damage that development agencies have created. We need governments who are able to break down this kind of silo effect.”Recommendations in the report include diversifying sources of finance for biodiversity; investing in protecting marine and land ecosystems with the view that this will tackle not just biodiversity issues but also wider development issues such as climate change; and strengthening dialogue between governments, the private sector and civil society on biodiversity initiatives.“We hope that this report will allow parties to move forward actions at the national level as well as the Convention level that are consistent with the political commitment of the Aichi targets,” Mr. Rodriquez added.
A Princeton grad student named Noah Jafferis has invented a flying carpet, of sorts. Rather than a magic lamp (or one’s imagination) this flying carpet is kept afloat using ripple power, something similar to how a skate or ray travels through the water. As a movement system the flying carpet design is interesting because it has no moving parts, which makes it ideal for use in adverse environments.Right now the flying carpet is simply a prototype that is just four inches across. The carpet is made of a piece of thin, conductive plastic that is tethered to the power source using wires. Because of the small size of the plastic sheet and the early stage of the prototype, it can’t yet support its own power source. This is a critical step towards the feasibility of the technology though, and is being addressed by the team that’s working on the project.While “flying carpet” is a handy way to describe the project, the sheet doesn’t actually fly. Rather, it hovers above the ground as electric ripples under the carpet flow, moving air along its underside. The end result is not unlike that of a hovercraft, but there are no moving parts involved in the functioning of the sheet. The more the wave under the sheet is amplified the higher and faster the sheet could travel.The problem now, based on early reports, is that of propulsion and lift. The small sheet can’t support its battery and in order to carry a person a carpet (given the current state of the technology) would have to be over 50 meters (164 feet) wide. That’s on Earth though–on Mars the atmosphere might be able to better support this type of transportation, possibly making the flying carpet a means of exploring the Red Planet.Traveling Wave paper, via BBC
Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 6:10 AM Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 6:10 AM Hunt for family of 1916 hero who created iconic tricolour Thomas Meldon was one of three men who created the tricolour which flew at Jacob’s factory during the Easter Rising. 16,805 Views GLASNEVIN CEMETERY IS urging the family of a man who helped create the famous Jacob’s tricolour to participate in a ceremony celebrating his actions.Thomas Meldon was one of the makers of the tricolour which was nailed to a flagpole above Jacob’s factory before being removed from its position on Sunday 30 April 1916, after the official surrender.He, along with two other men, were tasked with finding the materials and creating the flag after the original was “shot or burnt down as the GPO came under fire”, according to the Glasnevin Trust.The museum wants to get in touch with his descendants as it prepares to accept part of the flag into the Glasnevin Trust.IconicA spokesman said: “Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is seeking to communicate with the relatives of Thomas J Meldon, one of the makers of the Jacob’s Tricolour, in preparation for a donation of part of the flag to the Glasnevin Trust collection. The flag played a significant role in the story of the 1916 Easter Rising.“The Jacob’s Tricolour was made after the GPO flag had been either shot or burnt down as the GPO came under fire.“It was decided that a replacement flag be made, and Thomas Meldon, George Ward and a third man Derry Connell (believed to be a nickname) were entrusted with the task of finding the material and creating the flag. The flag was then nailed to a flagpole above Jacob’s factory before being removed from its position on 30 April, after the official surrender.”Meldon, who was a tailor, lived at 45 Lower Gardiner Street and died on 13 April 1953.Read: It’s a yes: Rank-and-file gardaí have voted to accept the pay deal >Read: ‘The choice for the Irish Independent is a €60 million dividend or pension poverty for ex-staff’ > Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share193 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3121325 By Garreth MacNamee 13 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Hoddle Street mass murder, Julian Knight has been denied a computer in his cell, for the 14th time. Justice Emilios Kyrou on Wednesday rejected Knight’s application to seek permission from the Victorian Supreme Court for a review of a Corrections Victoria decision to not allow him to have a computer. Justice Kyrou said the case was foredoomed to fail and that it would constitute an abuse of process. He said it was Corrections Victoria rather than the judiciary that administered the laws relating to prisoners. “As a result, Corrections Victoria is far more knowledgeable and experienced than this court can ever be about issues concerning the management of prisoners, including education, welfare and security, that inform the framework within which decisions affecting prisoners are made,” Mr Kyrou said. Knight is allowed to access a shared computer in the prison. He indicated that he would appeal the decision. Knight is serving a minimum 27 years for killing seven people and injuring 19 others in a shooting spree at Hoddle Street in inner Melbourne in August 1987. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Motorists arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this weekend will encounter a law enforcement strategy that is new to Clark County.If a suspected drunken driver refuses to take a breath test, law enforcement officers will automatically seek a search warrant allowing them to take the driver’s blood sample as evidence.The strategy is called a “no refusal weekend,” and it’s being implemented starting today in conjunction with enhanced patrols through Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol.“This is just another tool in our toolbox to help us with getting impaired drivers prosecuted properly and gathering other pieces of evidence that we can use in our investigation,” WSP Trooper Will Finn said at a press conference Wednesday. “It’s another form of evidence to help us prosecute individuals who are out there putting dangerous behavior out on our roadways and putting other motorists in danger for the choices they’re making by driving impaired.”‘No refusal’Normally, when a driver is suspected of being impaired in Washington, an officer pulls them over and conducts a series of tests — including a field sobriety test — before taking them to a secure area to provide a breath sample.If the driver refuses to provide a breath test, the officer has the option to apply for a search warrant or proceed without it.
More From Roadshow 8 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Comments Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact 3:06 Car Industry Car Culture 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Enlarge ImageExisting drive-thru establishments are grandfathered in under the new regulations. Getty Images Minneapolis, Minnesota, will not be home to any new drive-thru windows in the future. Following a city council vote, members have voted to update zoning laws that will ban construction of any new drive-thru windows. Businesses with existing drive-thru operations needn’t worry, however, as they’ve been grandfathered in.The whole premise behind the change is to reduce vehicle emissions, Streetsblog reported Friday. A secondary component of the ban is to ensure pedestrians remain safe on walkways. The Minneapolis City Council declared the zoning change will help achieve the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% come 2050. In an overarching plan dubbed Minneapolis 2040, the city also plans to phase out gas stations and mandatory parking regulations. The latter has apparently encouraged car ownership in the metropolitan area. Effectively, this plan looks to curb that trend. Enlarge ImageSorry, drive-thru fans. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images While the ban has good intentions, it’s easy to wonder if it’s perhaps somewhat short-sighted. As more electrified vehicles hit the roads in the years to come, emissions and idling won’t be nearly as much of a problem. But that’s where the council’s second point comes into play; not only does the city want to create cleaner air, it wants to keep pedestrians safer, as well. A Florida study (pdf) showed there’s a pretty decent link between crashes and drive-thrus. According to the data, every fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru in a low-income neighborhood increased the average number of pedestrian crashes every four years by 0.69. Some of the largest chains were all home to an increased risk of pedestrian crashes and injuries including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. This drive-thru supermarket is crazy Tags Share your voice Travel
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage.Almost everyone who goes to prison will eventually be released, but without the proper support network, many will likely re-offend. Organizations, individuals, and the Department of Corrections are trying to change that.Listen HereHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Karen Cann – Deputy Commissioner of DOCWesley Brewington – CITC Peer Support SupervisorJon Woodard – Ironworkers UnionStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.This episode was part of our news project the Solutions Desk. See related stories and subscribe to the podcast here.
Kapra: Mandal Parishad meeting was held at Medchal Mandal Parishad office on Thursday. MPP Mallarapu Indira presided over the meeting. Discussions were held on various aspects including village development, primary education, medical, health, women and child welfare. She called upon officials and people’s representatives to keep a track of development works. She asked them to bring to her notice the pending works. MPDO Shashi Rekha, vice MPP Satti Reddy, MPTCs of various villages and other officials were present.
Winners of all 13 categories were announced at the 22nd ANZ FETA that was held at the Sotel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi.The ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards was celebrated in style last night. Winners of all 13 categories were announced at the 22nd ANZ FETA that was held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi.ANZ Fiji Country Head Saud Minam made the announcement last night that ANZ would sponsor this prestigious event for one more year. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of FETA Bill Whiting said the finalists were selected by an independent judging panel made up of industry leaders.He said it was encouraging to see new entrants and previous winners among the strong list of finalists.This year’s event attracted close to 200 entries. New entrants among the finalists include Barefoot Collection – Awakening Shark, Eco Trax, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Helipro Fiji, Malamala Beach Club, Wyndham Denarau Island and Vatuvara Private Island.The theme for this year’s event was ‘Tourism Benefitting ALL Fijians’, with the theme colour for the night being black and gold. The post Event Opens In Style: ANZ Fiji Excellence In Tourism Awards appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
Go back to the enewsletterCunard has confirmed that Mareel Wellness & Beauty – a new spa concept developed in partnership with wellness innovator Canyon Ranch – will be rolled out across its fleet. Mareel will launch exclusively on board the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth this month, closely followed by Queen Victoria and on flagship liner Queen Mary 2 in November 2020.The new brand will offer a holistic approach with an extended spa treatment menu of mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. The new spa decor will bring to life the magic of the ocean in hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm where guests can soak up the sea’s transformational energy.New offerings on Queen Elizabeth include:Couples suite for seaweed bathing ritualsMeditation room with acoustic resonance loungersRedesigned multifunctional fitness center and studio spaceSound therapy facilities in every treatment roomMeditation room with acoustic resonance loungers at newly launched Mareel Wellness & Beauty Spa on Cunard’s Queen ElizabethThe ‘Ocean Discovery’ will launch as the signature treatment featuring organic marine-based products from VOYA sustainably harvested in Western Ireland and designed to replenish and nourish the skin and body. An entire range of ocean inspired massage, body and alternative treatments will also launch and will complement the aqua therapy centre harnessing the healing power of water. Treatment highlights include:Taste the Ocean Full Body ExperienceOrganic Seaweed Leaf WrapLuminescence MassageAge-Defying Restorative FacialIn addition, a new range of luxury products will be introduced, all selected to offer socially responsible production techniques with organic ingredients that are sustainably harvested, wild-picked, biodynamic and toxin-free including Red Flower, Shankara and Environ.Mareel will also feature enhanced wellness experiences across the ship’s daily activity program including stretch and daily meditation videos shown on stateroom TVs, wellness seminars, and outdoor dance and yoga classes.“Cunard’s first-ever, uniquely conceived spa concept will offer our discerning guests a new level of luxury wellness at sea – only on Cunard,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America.The new Mareel Wellness & Beauty experience is just one of the many enhancements on Queen Elizabeth during a two-week dry dock in Brest, France this past November. In addition to the new spa, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theater had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience; and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.Queen Elizabeth will embark on a banner year in 2019, setting sail on 3 January from Southampton to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa, then travel to Japan for April voyages exploring the cultural delights of the islands. On 5 May, she will start a transpacific voyage to relocate to Alaska for a maiden season until 30 June, 2019. Queen Elizabeth will then sail down the West Coast of the U.S. with a rare overnight stay in Los Angeles on July Fourth, and then head back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.Spa treatments and services may be pre-booked by all guests approximately 60 days prior to sailing. Last reservation can be placed seven days prior to sailing. Guests may pre-book services by contacting Canyon Ranch by email at email@example.com.Lead image: Mareel’s redesigned hydro-pool on newly-refurbished Queen ElizabethGo back to the enewsletter
NewerKenya Airports Authority to host Routes Africa 2019 In a busy week for Maltese tourism, Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into a franchise agreement with Bay Street Holdings to develop the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the country.Located on the scenic coastal destination of St. Julian’s, the 153-room resort is expected to open in 2021. “We are thrilled to announce plans for the first Hyatt-branded property in Malta, a country rich in historic architecture and now quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for business and leisure travel,” said Guido Frederich, Hyatt regional vice president development, Europe. “This is a great opportunity to build on the current Hyatt Regency brand presence in southern Europe, and we look forward to working with the highly experienced developers, Bay Street Holdings, to open a new, exclusive hotel in the area.”Gaining popularity among leisure guests and high-end business travellers, Malta’s tourist numbers having doubled since 2010.ADVERTISEMENTIncreasingly, visitors are choosing to stay at the coastal destination of St. Julian’s due to its proximity to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Hyatt Regency Malta will be located only a short walk from the beach and marina, and less than 20 minutes from Malta’s international airport and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta. Furthermore, the hotel will offer flexible event spaces and a five-story underground car park, providing a stress-free environment for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings.“We are delighted to be working with Hyatt to bring a new resort offer to St. Julian’s – one of Malta’s most in-demand destinations,” said Albert Galea, chief executive officer, Bay Street Holdings.“At Hyatt Regency Malta, guests will enjoy the seamless, intuitive experiences the brand is well recognised for.” OlderGlobus unveils brand refresh for Cosmos
OlderAirbnb launches new Adventures product NewerHertz launches new car rental subscription service Emaar Hospitality Group has unveiled Vida Emirates Hills, a new upscale lifestyle hotel in the heart of the tranquil Emirates Hills neighbourhood.The property is within walking distance of Emirates Golf Club and Address Montgomerie, the two leading golf courses in Dubai.Guests can enjoy the golfing amenities at Emirates Golf Club, a challenging par 72, 7,301-yard layout, designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, and at the 265-acre Address Montgomerie championship golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead.The 160-room hotel, with a strikingly contemporary architecture and fashion-forward interior concept, is the third to open under the Vida Hotels and Resorts brand of Emaar Hospitality Group in Dubai and is the 16th hotel in the portfolio of the company. Designed for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers, Vida Emirates Hills celebrates the unique style and individuality of the brand, which is underlined by simplicity and creativity.ADVERTISEMENTChris Newman, chief operating officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Vida Emirates Hills brings the unique value proposition of being the first Vida hotel in the high-growth corridor of the established Emirates Hills neighbourhood. “It upholds the fundamental brand characteristics of Vida – as a lively and vibrant hub that inspires its guests – and assures a resort-like ambience with spectacular views of two golf courses. “Vida Emirates Hills will appeal as much to golfing enthusiasts as to business and leisure guests seeking a serene getaway located right in the heart of the city.”Only 20 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and about half an hour drive from the Al Maktoum International Airport, Vida Emirates Hills has an exceptionally central location that offers ease of access to the city’s business centres as well as leisure destinations. As part of Emirates Hills, the first master-planned community by Emaar, guests can explore one of the most attractive and green neighbourhoods in the city. While Dubai Marina is only five minutes away, guests can easily access Downtown Dubai, just about a ten-minute drive as well as La Mer, Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Design District. The hotel also serves as a hub for business guests with Jebel Ali Free Zone and the Dubai International Financial Centre in easy proximity.With their resort like ambience, several of the 160 rooms and suites offer lush golf views. All rooms are designed for comfortable elegance and feature state-of-the-art technology and amenities. Each room has an interactive TV system and Apple TV, complimentary Wi-Fi internet service, 24-hour room service and tea and coffee facilities.