North American markets come roaring back as tensions ease in Ukraine

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a strong advance Tuesday as worries of an escalation in the Russian-Ukraine standoff lessened.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 95.32 points to 14,308.06, led by base metal stocks.The Canadian dollar gave up early gains to move down 0.22 of a cent to 90 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement.U.S. indexes were also sharply higher in the wake of major losses Monday after Russian troops over the weekend invaded the Crimean peninsula, where Russia has major military installations and much of the population is Russian speaking.Although tensions are still high, they were ratcheted down somewhat after Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine’s border to return to their bases.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 198.6 points to 16,366.63, the Nasdaq gained 65.82 points to 4,343.12 and the S&P 500 index ran up 23.51 points to 1,869.24.Putin has said he hopes that Russia won’t need to use force in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin, which does not recognize the new Ukrainian leadership, insists it made the move into Crimea in order to protect Russian installations in Ukraine and its citizens living there.Analysts warn that the situation in eastern Europe still remains highly volatile for global markets.“Note that this withdrawal of troops refers to exercises that… the Russian authorities had always maintained were unrelated to Ukraine,” said Adam Cole, head of G10 FX Strategy at RBC Capital Markets.“It does not appear to have any bearing on Russian troops inside Crimea. As such, markets will remain sensitive to Ukraine-related headlines and further bouts of risk aversion are likely.”Meanwhile, Scotiabank reported $1.71 billion of quarterly net income, up 6.5% from a year earlier. Ex-items, earnings came in at $1.34 a share, which met estimates. The bank is raising its dividend 3% to 64 cents a share and its shares gained 43 cents to $63.46.“If you look to see where the earnings came from, a lot of it was domestic,” said Allan Small, a senior adviser at Holliswealth, observing that Scotiabank has had the most exposure to emerging markets of the big banks.“And right now, the emerging markets are struggling. They had a great run for a long time and now everyone is kind of stepping back.”RadioShack will close up to 1,100 U.S. stores as the electronics retailer reported a quarterly loss of $191.4 million, up sharply from a $63.3-million loss a year earlier. Excluding items, the electronics retailer lost $1.29 per share against the 16 cents that analysts expected and its shares plunged 17% in New York.The base metals segment led advancers, up 2.47% as May copper clawed back Monday’s two-cent loss and then some, up four cents to US$3.21 a pound.The industrials group also provided lift, up 0.85%.Oil and gold gave back a good-sized chunk of the gains racked up on Monday with the April crude contract in New York down $1.71 to US$103.21 a barrel. The energy sector rose 0.06%.The gold sector was off 0.45% as April bullion faded $12.40 to US$1,337.90 an ounce. read more

CEYPETCO increases fuel prices following SirisenaMangala talks

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) has increased the price of fuel following a decision reached at talks held between President Maithripala Sirisena and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today.Co-cabinet spokesman, Minster Rajitha Senaratne said that the price of fuel sold by CEYPETCO will come under review every month. Following the latest revision the price of Petrol 92 Octane has been increased by Rs 8, Petrol 95 Octane by Rs 7, Diesel by Rs 9 and Super Diesel by Rs 10 at CEYPETCO fuel distribution sheds. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN peacekeepers improve routes in Haitian capital

Showing its handiwork to journalists, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said that for the past two weeks, Chilean peacekeepers have been working in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince on a stretch of railway that serves three departments, Grand Anse, Sud and Sud-est.Meanwhile, the Brazilian contingent has been using tractor-trailers and trucks to remove the remains of vehicles and burnt tyres blocking four streets in Bel Air, once a troubled part of Port-au-Prince.

Ohio State outlasts California 5234

BERKELEY, Calif. – In a game that saw Ohio State and California combine for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, the Buckeyes outlasted the Golden Bears 52-34 Saturday.The Buckeyes ended the game with 608 yards of total offense.After a quick three-and-out by Cal to open the game, OSU wasted no time getting into the scoring column. Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, who was named the starter in place of injured junior quarterback Braxton Miller, hit junior wide receiver Devin Smith down the right sideline and Smith took it 90 yards to make it 7-0. The score was the longest offensive play in Ohio State football history.Not even two minutes later, the two connected again for another touchdown, this one from 47 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 advantage. Golden Bear freshman quarterback Jared Goff was stripped by junior linebacker Ryan Shazier on Cal’s next drive, resulting in Guiton’s third touchdown pass of the game, as he found senior wide receiver Chris Fields on fourth and goal from the one.Cal scored quickly on its next drive on a Goff touchdown pass to make it 21-7, and a 39-yard field goal by the Buckeyes made it 24-7. Goff threw his second touchdown pass of the game on the ensuing drive to make it 24-14 after one quarter of play.Even though OSU got off to a such a quick start, coach Urban Meyer said he did not feel secure until there were only a few minutes left.“I never felt comfortable until three minutes left or something like that,” Meyer said. “I felt like we could control, running the ball, run the clock out but I never…not until the end I felt comfortable.”Redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 17-point lead, and Cal kicked two field goals making the score 31-20 at the half.Hall scored twice in the third quarter, as the offenses kept humming. Goff threw two more touchdown passes himself to make it 52-27 at the end of the third.The Golden Bears were able to score once more in the fourth quarter on a one yard run by running back Daniel Lasco, but the Buckeyes ran out the clock to hold on to the win 52-34.Meyer called the high offensive production something that was “fun to watch,” and the way the unit is playing right now is what he envisions it looking like.“We couldn’t have done this a year ago. Its not going to happen,” Meyer said. “The development of Devin Smith, the development of Corey Brown, Philly Brown, and there are some weapons on offense right now.”Guiton finished the game with 276 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Hall ran for 168 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns.Even though he said he was never really told he was going to start Saturday, Guiton said that did not change his preparation.“I really was never told a a set time when I was going to start or anything but all week I practice with the ones and just prepared with them like the starters,” Guiton said. “I kept the mindset like I was starting and today when I got the nod and everything I was just ready to go.”OSU takes on Florida A&M in Columbus next Saturday at noon. read more

Geological Survey of Sweden teams up with SPECIM for national core scanning

first_imgThe Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) has signed a contract with SPECIM for one of the world’s largest optical and mineralogical core scanning projects. Together with its South African partner GeoSpectral Imaging (GSI), SPECIM will scan and analyse 200 km of hyperspectral imaging data of archived drill core. The scanning will capture VNIR, SWIR and LWIR wavelength spectral images as well as high resolution RGB images, all in a single scan. The project will result in a uniform national drill core data base for further macro-analysis.“We are looking forward to working with SPECIM. The project will extract additional information from our voluminous asset of drill cores. The information – available on the internet – will be of great value for exploration, research and mapping” said Kaj Lax, Head of the Mineral Resources Department at the Geological Survey of Sweden. “The drill cores cover more than 100 years of exploration. This project will transform Sweden’s mineralogical data into digitised, actionable insight.”“The combination of SPECIM’s SisuROCK scanner and GeoSpectral Imaging’s processing solution provides the best-in-class solution needed to address the requirements of the client, the high speed and performance is what makes this project economically viable”, said Rainer Bärs, Project Manager, Hyperspectral Sensors and Software at SPECIM. “We look forward to working with the Geological Survey of Sweden as they enter a new era in their minerals information activities.”“SPECIM has made a strategic decision to move in the supply chain from an equipment manufacturer to a service provider through internal structuring and by partnering. This contract is a confirmation of our strategy working in action,” said Risto Kalske, Chairman of the Board, SPECIM. “We appreciate Sweden taking the lead in digitising their national archive, and trust other countries will adopt similar practices enabled by new services and solutions.”SPECIM Spectral Imaging is a leading manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging instruments and systems. In addition to AISA airborne remote sensing systems, SPECIM provides ImSpector Imaging Spectrographs, Spectral Cameras and Hyperspectral Imaging Solutions for an increasingly wide range of industrial and scientific applications such as colour measurement, recycling, geological core logging, process analytical technology (PAT), life sciences, chemical imaging, and forensics.last_img read more

Wisla Plock still on 100 – Nenadics showtime VIDEO

← Previous Story Handball to grow in England Next Story → Slovenian derby: Gorenje beat Celje PL with 4:0 series on the end! STANDING: 10Chrobry Głogów13319330:3607 9Piotrkowianin Piotrków13409372:4128 7Zagłębie Lubin13427384:42410 2Vive Targi Kielce131201508:34924 5MMTS Kwidzyn13715400:40515 12Czuwaj Przemyśl131111364:4683 3Azoty Puławy13922368:35020 Orlen Wisla Plock celebrated 13th victory last weekend in tough home match against Tauron Stal Mielec 34:27 (16:17). Lars Walther’s team had a problem in the first-half to break resistance of away team, but on the end, new triumph is secured by Petar Nenadić and his fantastic series of goals. He finished this match with 15…Orlen Wisła: Sego, Wichary – Nenadić 15, Kubisztal 4, Spanne 4, Kavas 3, Toromanović 2, Wiśniewski 2, Eklemović 1, Ghionea 1, Nikcević 1, Syprzak 1, Ilyes, Twardo.Tauron Stal: Kryński, Lipka – Kostrzewa 6, Szpera 5, Sobut 4, Babicz 3, Krzysztofik 3, Chodara 2, Gliński 2, Janyst 2, Wilk 2, Gawęcki, Gudz, Krieger.HTML code 8Gaz-System Pogoń13418372:3809 1Orlen Wisła Płock131300480:35126 11Miedź Legnica132110287:3785 6NMC Powen Zabrze13607329:34912 Orlen Wisla PlockPetar NenadicPolish HandballWisla TV 4Tauron Stal Mielec13814408:37617 read more

UPDATE County violated Clean Water Act for three years judge says

first_imgA federal judge ruled that Clark County violated the Clean Water Act for three years and will be liable for damages, which have yet to be determined.U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton, who bluntly told the county last month that its argument “makes no sense,” signed the order Thursday.In granting partial summary judgment to plaintiffs Rosemere Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Leighton wrote that “even viewed in the light most favorable to Clark County,” the evidence shows the county was in violation of its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit from Aug. 17, 2008, to Dec. 28, 2011.In 2008, the county refused to adopt state standards for managing polluted runoff, dismissing them as an unreasonable burden to place on private developers. In 2011, Leighton issued an injunction against Clark County, ordering it to follow state default stormwater requirements that newly developed land drain as slowly as it did prior to Euro-American settlement. At the time, the county was defending its stormwater plan in the state courts, a fight it ultimately lost.Stormwater runoff is federally regulated as a major source of water pollution. It contains toxic metals, oil, grease, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria and nutrients that run off buildings and pavement into streams, degrading water quality and killing marine life.last_img read more

Electric cars are not maintenancefree

first_img More From Roadshow 0 How to maintain your electric car 4:17 My recent video lambasting car engine head gaskets got a few of you electric car haters to remind me that EVs aren’t exactly maintenance-free. Fair enough. So this week, I give you my list of the top 5 things that need tending to underneath an electric car hood, or wherever it is they hide these parts.  2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Cooley On Carscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5. Tire rotation I put this at the bottom because it’s common to all cars (and you don’t do it anyway), but it’s extra important on an EV because they have a heavy footing with that big battery and exert a lot of torque on the driven wheels. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you were saving the environment with electric power only to be polluting it excessively by tossing out tires more often than you need to? 4. Brake fluid serviceEven though electric cars do most of their everyday stopping via regenerative braking, where the mechanical brakes aren’t used, they all have normal brake discs and pads. Those are pressed together via the same hydraulic fluid found in a conventional car, and that fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it likes to absorb water from the air and will corrode your brake system unless you flush it regularly. Tesla says 80 percent of the service its cars need can be done by a mobile service tech who arrives in a Tesla with a cool stripe. Tesla 3. Coolant service Battery electric cars have no engine but they still have coolant keep that big battery from doing what it naturally wants to do: catch fire. Coolant system-flush intervals vary widely, from every four years or 50,000 miles for a Tesla Model 3, to every 150,000 miles for a Chevy Bolt. 2. Brake service Separate from brake fluid are the brake pads and discs. How often an EV needs them serviced depends on how much you drive, how hard you drive, what regeneration settings you use and the terrain in your area. The best EV pilots read the traffic ahead and try never to use their brakes, and the lesser ones mash the brake pedal frequently and will be facing brake jobs. leaf-motorThe unseen battery is where a huge amount of cost and residual value resides. Take care of that battery with a new set of habits you never needed on your old car. CNET 1. Battery care Your electric car’s battery, not its motor, is more analogous to a regular car’s engine in terms of cost and value. It’s the heaviest assembly, the most expensive and a big factor in the car’s future residual value. Take care of it like you would an engine by knowing that it can suffer when it’s sitting in overly hot or cold temps for too long, allowed to go totally dead, or charged too much or too often. The details of those parameters are in the owner’s manual and if you read nothing else of it, at least read that section. Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Tags Chevrolet Nissan Teslalast_img read more

VIDEO A recent college grad lands a job but worries about the

first_imgThe last decade saw a remarkable run-up in oil and gas employment as high oil prices led to record numbers of energy industry jobs in Alaska. That meant young people had an easier time getting started in oil and gas.Hannah Vuppula was lucky enough to land an engineering job last year at an Anchorage firm that works on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. She had just graduated from college in Texas.But now that Alaska is in its first real recession in nearly three decades, Vuppula doesn’t know what the future holds.This week, Alaska’s Energy Desk is spotlighting those who have been affected by the downturn, as part of the series An Uncertain Future.last_img read more

Syringe exchange struggles to keep up with demand

first_imgDownload audioThe state’s main syringe exchange can’t keep up with demand for clean needles among injection drug users.The Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, or Four A’s, collects used syringes in its Anchorage office and gives out new supplies, primarily to people using heroin and other opioids. The idea is to reduce the spread of disease and direct people abusing drugs toward recovery options. But Development Director Petra Davis says starting next week, they’re scaling back hours.“It has become unrealistic to expect that Four A’s can sustain this alone,” Davis said. “We need other health agencies, we need other addiction agencies, we need other social service agencies to take on another syringe exchange. Realistically, Anchorage needs a lot.”On a busy day, 150 clients will get needles from the small office on the edge of Spenard. Davis says between this fiscal year and last the number of individuals coming in went up 37 percent, driven in part by new users.“In FY17 alone we saw over 1,500 individuals who expressed that it was their first time using the exchange,” she said.Davis says the demand for the syringe exchange has overwhelmed the organization’s other services. Four A’s was set up to help people living with HIV/AIDS. But the increase in drug users coming to the needle exchange has made some existing clients uncomfortable.“What made us open our eyes to that something needed to change in the syringe exchange was our HIV-care clients, some of them no longer felt comfortable coming into the office,” she said. “And we are first and foremost set up to care for those clients that are living with HIV.”Four A’s is cutting the syringe exchanges hours from 40 to 17 per week, mostly in the afternoons. Davis says that will allow staff more time and capacity for other services related to HIV/AIDS assistance and prevention. The program’s reduced hours go into effect on Tuesday.There is no other program filling the gap in Anchorage. The only other similar programs on the road system are in Homer and Fairbanks, both of which are much smaller. Four A’s runs another exchange in Juneau.last_img read more

The Epic Female Warrior who Trained the Heroes of Irish Mythology

first_imgThere are many Celtic, Gaelic, and Irish myths and legends that many consider to be based on real people and real events; King Arthur and Cú Chulainn are just two such figures. Some, like these two, are very well known, and others, like the legendary figure of Scáthach, are more mysterious, even if no less formidable.Scáthach (also referred to in Gaelic as Sgàthach or Sgathaich) is a female figure from Irish mythology, particularly of the Ulster Cycle – one of four large series of Irish mythologies. She is believed to have originated (or even lived) around 200 BC.Isle of Skye, ScotlandShe is of Scottish origin and is commonly associated with the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides.The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic era, and it is teeming with Scottish history, both of the actual and mythological kind.In some accounts, she is referred to as the daughter of the King of Scythia, which made up parts of Eastern Europe and Asia.Scythia et Serica, 18th century map.It is said that Scáthach was a martial arts teacher, responsible for training the warrior Cú Chulainn, as noted in the Tochmarc Emire, or “The Wooing of Emer,” which is an early Irish story in which Cú Chulainn performs several tasks to prove that he is good enough to marry Emer, the daughter of a chieftain by the name of Forgall Monach.Illustration of Cuchulainn and Emer by Harold Robert Millar, published in Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire (1905)He first receives training from the warrior Domnall, and is later sent to Scáthach for more training in order to demonstrate his worthiness of Emer’s hand. However, Forgall was hoping that Cú Chulainn would die during this training, as Scáthach’s combat arms education was well known for being incredibly intense.It is at Dún Scáith, the Fortress of Shadows, where she trained Cú Chulainn and his friend Ferdiad, as well as many others, in armed combat. She is said to have created her own weapon, a Gáe Bulg (literally “spear of mortal death/pain”), which was a type of harpoon spear with a barbed end.“Cuchulain in Battle”, illustration by J. C. Leyendecker in T. W. Rolleston’s Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race, 1911It was apparently made from the bone of a sea monster called the Coinchenn, and was a nasty weapon, according to the Book of Leinster: “The Gáe Bulg had to be made ready for use on a stream and cast from the fork of the toes. It entered a man’s body with a single wound, like a javelin, then opened into thirty barbs. Only by cutting away the flesh could it be taken from that man’s body.”Scáthach saw great potential in Cú Chulainn and trained him for a year. He then fought alongside her when she battled a neighboring chieftain named Aife (or Aoife) – who also happened to be Scáthach’s sister.“Cuchulainn Carries Ferdiad Across the River”, illustration by Ernest Wallcousins from Charles Squire, Celtic Myths and Legends, 1905Together with the use of the Gáe Bulg, Scáthach is also said to have educated many other Celtic mythological heroes in things like pole vaulting, in order to jump over the walls of fortifications, and underwater combat.In addition to being a fierce female warrior and teacher, Scáthach is also believed to have been a prophetess and powerful sorceress. She eventually evolved into one of the most popular figures of the “otherworld” as the Celtic Goddess of the Dead, leading those who perished in battle to Tír na nÓg, or the Land of Eternal Youth.Read another story from us: The Legend of the Handless Warrior who Replaced his Limbs with KnivesHer stories were passed down orally, as is common for many mythologies, until around 1300 AD when they were written down. In 2016, a character loosely based on Scáthach appeared in the television series American Horror Story: Roanoke, and was portrayed by Lady Gaga. She also features in the origin story for Red Sonja in which she appears to a 17-year-old girl seeking revenge for the murder of her family.last_img read more

Neo4j rewarded with 80M Series E plans to expand company

first_imgOn 1st October, Neo4j was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market. This could possibly be the companies last private fundraise. In 2016, the company got a $36 million Series D investment. Neo4j has been successful with around 200 enterprise customers to their credit including Walmart, UBS, IBM and NASA with customers from 20 of the top 25 banks and 7 of the top 10 retailers. The round for series E was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from existing investors Creandum, Eight Roads and Greenbridge Partners. As reported in Techcrunch, this is what he has to say: “If your mental framework is around building a great company, you’re going to have all kinds of options along the way. So that’s what I’m completely focused on,” Eifrem explained. This year, the company was focussed on expanding into artificial intelligence. Since Graph databases help companies understand connections in large datasets and AI involves large amounts of data to drive the learning models, both of them used hand-in-hand will benefit the organization. Eifrem has expressed intentions to use the money to expand the company internationally. He also plans to provide localized service in terms of language and culture wherever their customers happen to be. This news seems to have gone down well with Neo4j users: Source: y combinator Head over to Techcrunch to know more about this news. Read Next Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible From Graph Database to Graph Company: Neo4j’s Native Graph Platform addresses evolving needs of customerslast_img read more

UNWTO Forum delegates savour Bangkoks grassroots gastronomy

first_imgPhranakhon food and cultural tourUNWTO Forum delegates savour Bangkok’s grassroots gastronomyThe second day of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism saw delegates fanning out across many parts of the Thai capital to enjoy the boundless diversity of its multi-cultural grassroots gastronomy.In a carefully planned series of Bangkok Food Tours, the delegates enjoyed personal encounters with the city’s emerging generation of young Thai entrepreneurs, family-owned foodshops and third-generation immigrants from China and India – all united in providing visitors to Thailand an unmatched culinary experience.All the tours were focussed on small and medium sized enterprises in many different parts of Bangkok, buried in the back streets of the Old City, in market-places or right on the corners of what is known as the city’s Wall Street. They included bakeries, dessert shops, noodle vendors and Thai culinary specialists.All tours have been designed by a number of start-up entrepreneurs who are passionate about preserving not just Bangkok’s gastronomic culture but the entire environment in which they operate.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “We thought it would be good idea for delegates to enjoy half a day getting away from the conference presentations and actually experiencing Bangkok’s gastronomic diversity. We are glad that the feedback was very positive and hope that delegates will spread the word to their families, friends and colleagues.”One itinerary led by Bangkok Food Tours (BFT) allowed participants to experience the first Historic Bangrak Food and Cultural Walking Tour, awarded Thailand’s best cultural tour programme. It deploys technology and service design process to help the local community by featuring local dishes.Another itinerary led by HiveSters, took participants to Nang Loeng, where family-owned food-shops are bringing back the disappearing community and culture. Participants enjoyed the century-old market and taste traditional food.A third itinerary by Local Alike focussed just on nine Thai auspicious desserts, each with different meanings and ways of cooking by SME eateries in the old town, all surrounded by ancient temples of over 100 years old. Delegates then visited the Princess Mother Memorial Park, dedicated to the grandmother of His Majesty King Mahavajiralongkorn who was also a great lover of Thai desserts.The fourth itinerary designed by Trawell Workshop, featured multiple stops included in a Food x Technology City Pass covering a number of local communities, hostels and coffee shops in the vicinity of the city’s Giant Swing landmark.Delegates also visited local markets and heard personal stories from the family-owned eateries, giving the entire experience a personal human touch. They later participated in a debriefing session to exchange views and share comments on what they saw and learned.The tours will continue on the third and last day of the forum on June 1.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Some 90 travel trade in

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSome 90 travel trade industry members and travel media joined Destination Canada to hear transformational stories and celebrate Canada Day at est. restaurant on Monday 1 July 2019.Hosted by Donna Campbell, Managing Director of Destination Canada GSA, VIP guests included Maureen Riley, Vice President International of Destination Canada, and Wei Li, Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, who flew in from Vancouver and China respectively to attend the event.Destination Canada’s Donna Campbell, MD Australia; Maureen Riley, VP International and Wei Li, Regional MD Asia Pacific.Canada’s Consul-General, Angela Bogdan, and Vic Naughton, Air Canada’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand were also in attendance.Guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch and engaging first-hand accounts of Canada experiences that led to personal transformation. From indigenous experiences to wildlife encounters, the stories spoke to Destination Canada’s evolved brand and tagline, For Glowing Hearts, designed to reflect the belief that Canada will leave a lasting mark on your heart. The brand evolution follows a five-year period of transformation for Destination Canada in becoming a more digitally focused, data-driven organisation. Extensive market research and industry consultation helped shape this latest journey of the Canada travel brand.Destination Canada will roll out the brand in its 10 leisure and five business events markets in the coming months. Leveraging the tagline, logo (pictured right) and concept of transformational travel, inspired by pride for being Canadian, elements of the brand will be used to inspire Destination Canada’s content across digital and print platforms.In a competitive global marketplace, Destination Canada is moving Canada from more than a destination on a map to an invitation to connect with Canadians, the land and local culture. In 2018, Canada welcomed a record-breaking 21.1 million international travellers to the country. Of that number, Destination Canada’s work is attributed to 1.39 million arrivals, $1.76 billion in international tourism spending and over 13,000 Canadian jobs.www.keepexploring.com.auLead image: Vic Naughton, General Manager, Australia/NZ, Air Canada; Nathan McLoughlin, Director – Trade, Destination Canada GSA; Lizzie Doyle, Media Director, Destination British Columbia, GSA; Joanne Motta, Destination British Columbia GSA; Philippa Macken, Media Director, Destination Canada GSA; Ray Lane, Trade Representative Australia, Yukon Territory; Donna Campbell, Managing Director, Destination Canada GSA and Sean Lane, Representative Australia for Travel Manitoba. Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Less than nine per cent of Cyprus energy is from RES

first_imgCyprus is among the four EU countries in which less than 10 per cent of electricity consumed in 2016 came from renewable energy sources, a Eurostat report just released revealed.Malta is at the bottom of the list with 6 per cent. Luxembourg and Hungary both produced 7 per cent and Cyprus 8.6 per cent.Five of the member states generated more than half of their electricity from renewables, Austria (73 per cent), Sweden (65 per cent), Portugal and Denmark (both around 54 per cent) and Latvia with 51 per cent.Of all renewable electricity generated during the year most, 36.9 per cent, came from hydro power, closely followed by wind power (31.8 per cent). Solar lags far behind with 11.6 per cent and the rest, 19.7 per cent, is generated in various other ways.Norway is the only European country which produces more than it needs, 104.7 per cent. Nearly all of this, 99 per cent, comes from hydropower. Iceland, which produces a third of its electricity from geothermal sources, comes close with 95.3 per cent.European Union targets are to reach a 20 per cent RES share by 2020. Under the provisions Cyprus must achieve a 13 per cent share by then. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more