A visiting Security Council delegation and Sudanese President Omar al Bashir discussed the country’s north-south peace process, the situations in Abyei and Darfur, as well as the African nation’s non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), during a meeting in the capital, Khartoum, a United Nations spokesperson said today. Last night’s meeting capped off a three-day visit to Sudan by the Council delegation which is currently on a 10-day mission to Africa. On the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and the former southern rebels, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York that President al Bashir has informed the Council delegation that an agreement was reached yesterday between his side and the Government of South Sudan to resolve the dispute over Abyei – a town which lies in an oil-rich area near the boundary between north and south Sudan. “That agreement will be debated by the Parliament of South Sudan today and, if approved, will become effective on 10 June,” Ms. Montas said. She added that President al Bashir also welcomed a greater role for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in its area of operation, including the region around Abyei. Regarding the Darfur peace process, the delegation said that President al Bashir has welcomed the proposed creation of the position of Chief Mediator as outlined in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on war-torn Sudanese region. In addition, Council members said they regretted that the President continues to reject any possibility of Sudan cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC), contrary to its obligations under Security Council resolution 1593, which also Sudan to arrest and surrender those indicted by the Court. Yesterday ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told a meeting of the Security Council in New York that “citizens from the Sudan are being deliberately attacked by Sudanese officials…. The entire Darfur region is a crime scene. Despite promises and denials, over the last five years, millions of civilians have been targeted by officials who vowed to protect them. Impunity reigns.” Despite arrest warrants being issued last April for Ahmad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior and now the Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a leader of a pro-Government Janjaweed militia, the two men – accused of committing war crimes – have yet to be apprehended. The Council delegation is currently in Chad, where it is expected to meet with President Idriss Deby in the capital, N’Djamena. Earlier today, the team arrived in Abeche, in eastern Chad, where they met with the Force Commander of the European Forces (EUFOR) and with Victor Angelo, head of the UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT), who briefed the Council on their respective operations. From there, the Council team flew to Doz Baide, near the Sudanese border, and met with the governor of the region before visiting a camp for refugees from Darfur. Elders at that camp identified security as their main problem. The Council mission also visited a camp for Chadians displaced by fighting in the region, and received briefings from UN and other humanitarian workers, who also cited security concerns and restrictions on their movement. The delegation is expected to also visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire during its current visit to Africa, which has already taken Council members to Djibouti and Sudan. 6 June 2008A visiting Security Council delegation and Sudanese President Omar al Bashir discussed the country’s north-south peace process, the situations in Abyei and Darfur, as well as the African nation’s non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), during a meeting in the capital, Khartoum, a United Nations spokesperson said today.
23 September 2011The world’s newest country and United Nations Member State, South Sudan, will need international assistance for a long time just to develop basic infrastructure and tap into its natural resources, President Salva Kiir said today. “South Sudan stands in dire need of all the help it can get,” he told the General Assembly’s annual general debate – the first time a representative of the State has addressed the debate.“In most post-conflict situations, nations would normally expect to rebuild. This is not the case for us. Even before the ravages of war could set in, our country never had anything worth rebuilding. Hence we characterize our post-conflict mission as one of construction rather than reconstruction.”Mr. Kiir said he hoped that the overwhelming support that greeted South Sudan’s independence in July will now “translate into tangible development assistance” for the country.“Our march out of the abyss of poverty and deprivation into the realm of progress and prosperity is going to be a long one.”He noted that while the country has abundant oil, minerals and other natural resources, so far “we hardly produce anything for ourselves.”South Sudan must diversify its economy so that it is not overly dependent on oil, he added.“The ambition of the people of South Sudan is to be able to transform their country into a regional agro-industrial powerhouse… the attainment of this goal will indeed remain a tall order. Much as we need external assistance, it is our passionate wish that it will be offered on terms that will also respect our political and economic choices.”Security remains a key factor in ensuring South Sudan can develop, Mr. Kiir said, emphasizing that his country was committed to peace both within its borders and with its neighbours.He called for a speedy resolution of the outstanding border demarcation issues with Sudan, and for serious negotiations between the two countries over economic issues, particularly arrangements over oil.
The new UK van market recorded its fifth consecutive month of growth in June, with registrations rising by 2.7% to 36,700 units, according to figures released today by SMMT.June’s strong performance rounded off a record first six months for the sector, with overall demand in the year up 3.0% to 191,996 units.Heavier vans (>2.5-3.5T) and pick-ups drove June’s growth, with registrations up 11.3% and 17.3% respectively, while smaller vans weighing less than 2.0-tonnes were less popular, with demand falling by a fifth (-19.7%).The picture was the same for the year-to-date, with registrations of bigger vans – up 12.7% – dominating the light commercial vehicle market with a 62.7% share.Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “It’s been an encouraging first half for the new LCV sector and, while growth may be slower than the record levels seen last year, the market remains strong with all the signs pointing towards a healthy performance in 2016. Maintaining economic certainty for van operators will be key to the sector’s ongoing success.”Download full release and tables in Word/Excel here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New van market achieves record performance in first six months of 2016, up 3.0% to 191,996 units.Heavy vans (>2.5t-3.5t) fuel demand, rising 12.7% in the year-to-date.Upbeat June continues 2016’s positive performance, with registrations up 2.7% to 36,700.
Students participate in 5 Days for the Homeless.Brock University students will be pulling all-nighters outside next week when they spend five days living and sleeping outdoors to raise awareness and money for homeless and at-risk youth.Nineteen students will brave the elements from 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13 to raise money and food for Housing Help of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. The initiative is part of 5 Days for the Homeless, a nationwide effort by university students to raise money for local charitable organizations.In 2014, Brock University’s campaign raised a record $13,005 in cash and food donations for Community Care’s Housing Help. This year’s goal is $10,000 in cash and food donations.The group will be camping out in front of Brock’s Taro Hall, with only pillows and sleeping bags. Participants will not have access to food, save for the perishable food donated to them. Students will be required to attend classes while living and sleeping outside.On Wednesday, March 11, St. Catharines mayor Walter Sendzik will join the students for an evening in the cold. He will help them fundraise from 8 to 11 p.m.Don Cyr, Dean of Brock’s Goodman School of Business, will also join the students on March 11. He slept outside last winter.“This winter, as with last, we’ve been unable to avoid the record-breaking cold weather,” Cyr notes. “Most of us are fortunate enough to have somewhere warm to go. But many in our community don’t have that security. That’s why I encourage our local community to give generously to 5 Days for the Homeless in support of Community Care.”The Brock Business Students’ Association has been co-ordinating the University’s involvement in 5 Days for the Homeless since 2008. For business student Heather Bernie, who will be participating for the first time this year, sleeping outside is a way of educating others about the “everyday struggles” of homeless people in Niagara.“After working for United Way, a proud supporter of Community Care, I gained better insight into the daily difficulties of homeless people in the Niagara region, and now I want to educate other students,” Bernie says.“The goal is to make a difference and show others how they can be a part of change in their community.”Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold knows first-hand the struggles of the homeless and those on the verge of being homeless.“In 2014, Housing Help received 16,976 phone calls from individuals who needed assistance with issues related to housing and homelessness,” Souter says. “Many of these calls were from youth between 16 and 24 years of age with 65 per cent of them being female. Students taking part in 5 Days for the Homeless are in this same age range; youth helping youth. We at Community Care thank Brock University and the 5 Days for the Homeless students for choosing to be the one to make a difference in someone’s life.”From March 8 to 13, donations of non-perishable food and money will be accepted outside Taro Hall at Brock. Donations are also always accepted at Community Care’s warehouse at 12 North St. in St. Catharines.Donate to 5 Days for the Homeless
In the first friendly match before EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, Macedonia is defeated against Slovenia 25:31 (12:12). The fourth team from the last WCH 2013 in Spain, Slovenia used the advantage of home court and beat the rival in front of 1000 fans. Both teams werent’ with complete squads.Macedonians stayed without two important players before Men’s EHF EURO 2014. Naumce Mojsovski (playmaker) and Filip Lazarov (left back) are injured and won’t be able to help national team…Slovenia : Macedonia 31:25 (12:12)Slovenia: Skok, Ferlin, Bombač 1, Bilbija 1, Miklavčič 3, Pucelj, Kavtičnik 1, Dolenec 4 (1), Se. Skube 2, Špiler, Šoštarič 3, M. Žvižej 2, L. Žvižej 2, Gaber 2, Zorman 2, St. Skube 3, Gajić 5 (3).Macedonia: Mitrevski, Ristovski, Angelov, Manaskov 4, Stoilov 2, Lazarov 6 (2), Jonoski 1, Mirkulovski 1, Markovski, Mojskoski 3, Markoski, Dimovski 3, Pribak, Georgievski 2, Stojčevski 1, Ojleski 2. ← Previous Story Tamas Mocsai in Veszprém! Next Story → Viborg HK wins Danish Cup!
Four men arrested for greyhound theft released without charge A garda spokesperson said a file had been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Share14 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Image: Steven Paston EMPICS Sport Dec 8th 2016, 2:04 PM Short URL 17 Comments File photo 9,468 Views File photo Image: Steven Paston EMPICS Sport FOUR MEN ARRESTED in connection with the theft of a champion greyhound have been released without charge.Clares Rocket was stolen last Monday from the kennels of Irish Derby winning trainer Graham Holland. It has an estimated value of €1 million.The greyhound was then found safe and well, and four men were arrested in connection with the theft. Two were detained at Tipperary garda station, while the other two were held in Clonmel garda station.A Garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that all four had been released without charge, while a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Speaking to Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday, Holland described the incident as “a bit of a fairytale – it’s a bit unreal that it’s happened, you think you’re living a bad dream but it’s turned out very well for us”.Holland added that the incident brought to mind the horse Shergar, the prize-winning horse infamously stolen from Ballymany Stud in 1983.Prior to the robbery, Clares Rocket had been listed as one of the favourites for the English Derby. To date, he was won in excess of €53,000 through racing.Read: ‘It’s unreal that it happened’: Four men arrested as stolen greyhound found safe and wellRead: Theft of €1 million racing dog ‘is Shergar story of greyhound industry’> Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 2:04 PM http://jrnl.ie/3127826 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Young Victorians with a passion for cultural and religious diversity are urged to apply for a place in the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network. Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs James Merlino announced last week that young Victorians aged between 16 and 25 could apply for a position on the Brumby Labor Government network that represents culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse young people across Victoria. “The Brumby Labor Government is committed to ensuring all Victorians continue to live together harmoniously with the right to practice different faiths, speak freely, celebrate diversity and live without fear of discrimination and vilification,” Mr Merlino said.“The Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network is a great way for Victoria’s young people to inform Government about key issues they face and in turn, develop youth-led projects which respond to some of these issues,” he added. The Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network was established in September 2007 to advise the Brumby Government on multicultural issues facing young Victorians. “Since then, network members have embraced the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication and promoting understanding across diverse faiths and cultures,” Mr Merlino noted.Mr Merlino said the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s selection process will seek young people who: identify with a diverse faith, ethnicity or culture; are newly-arrived or indigenous and/or have a strong interest in issues of equality, diversity, faith and culture; demonstrate established links to community groups and/or networks; can commit to a 12-month involvement, attend at least four meetings, and are willing to get involved in projects and help develop an annual report to the Premier; and who demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for faith and culture and issues affecting young Victorians. The Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network is voluntary and meets 4-6 times a year. Applications close 16 August 2009. For further information or to apply go to: www.multicultural.vic.gov.au
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is set to reject any attempts for a last-minute deal between the government and the opposition over the election of Stavros Dimas as president, preferring instead to go to snap elections if the coalition fails to get the minimum 180 votes needed on December 29.Four independent MPs have prepared a proposals for a government of national responsibility to be formed, which would include SYRIZA, to banish the prospect of snap polls. Former Prime Minister George Papandreou has also called for a similar solution. This comes on top of another proposal put together a few days ago by eight independent and Democratic Left deputies for there to be an agreement between New Democracy and SYRIZA on a date for early elections next year, allowing a president to be elected now.However, the prime minister’s camp has indicated that it would not accept such a solution and there are doubts whether it would be accepted by Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and PASOK. Instead, Samaras believes that it would be better for elections to be held to clear the air if his bid to elect ex-European Commissioner Stavros Dimas as president this month fails.Samaras also made it clear last week on three separate occasions that he has no intention of swapping Dimas for another candidate before the last round of voting if it appears that the New Democracy man has little chance of gaining the required number of votes following the first two ballots on December 17 and 23.The government has set a target of gaining at least 165 votes in the first ballot on Wednesday. At the same time, it is hoping that there will be fewer than 121 “no” votes, which means that it will only have to focus on winning around those who voted “present,” cast blank ballots or failed to vote at all.Samaras and Dimas have begun contacting the 24 independent MPs to sound them out on their voting intentions. However, the coalition will also have to persuade at least a few of the lawmakers at Democratic Left and Independent Greeks to join them if a president is to be elected at the end of the month.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Alright… So… hear me out. One of the big issues with global climate change is that it traps the heat on Earth. But what if we were able to take that heat and toss it out into space? That’s the goal of SkyCool, a company that produces super-mirrors that will reduce the need air-conditioning and force certain bands of radiation back into space and off of Earth. And this isn’t a small bump, either. Depending upon conditions, energy savings could be north of 70%, dramatically cutting into a building’s carbon footprint, and knocking climate change on two fronts.This works because of some weird physical properties that may not seem immediately obvious at first. For one, just about everything we generally think of emits some kind of radiation. Most objects that you and I interact with are constantly throwing off a little bit of infrared light. We can’t see it, but it’s there. The earth’s atmosphere, though, is actually translucent — as in allows through — in some bands of the infrared. As you may well know, the Greenhouse effect is the main driver of recent climate change. Mainly because, as carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere, it clogs one of the narrow bands of radiation that would normally allow the Earth to cool. That’s exactly why CO2 is such a problem.SkyCool works backward from this idea, and looks to shift certain light into the band that can escape right into space — between eight to 13 micrometers — allowing it to cool below the temperature of the surrounding air, apparently defying the second law of thermos dynamics. But it doesn’t — when thinking about these things, it’s important to remember that the Earth isn’t in thermodynamic equilibrium, the universe is. So if you explain this to someone else and they come back with “but physics!” you can counter. Also, nerdcore rapper MC Hawking, has a whole song about just that.In a paper published in Nature (that is one of the two most important journals in all of academia) scientists already demonstrated that they were able to use special materials to send infrared into space at the necessary bands and reflect the excess sunlight of the daytime for a total effective cooling power of over 40 watts per square meter. This kept the building a whopping 4.9˚ C below ambient temperatures.A few of those folks went on to found SkyCool, and just last week they ran a follow-up in Nature Energy. There, they were able to use a larger version of the system to cool running water, allowing it to be easily connected to current air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. With that, current property and business owners could already cut out as much as 3% of the US’ total electricity use. But the savings get much, much higher if architects work the system into new buildings from the outset. While it’s a long-shot, we could see a total reduction by nearly 10% of US electricity use with mass adoption.I must admit, while I’m generally extraordinarily pessimistic about the climate, studies like this give me a lot of hope that, with the right technology, we might be able to clean up this mess we’ve made.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Side ASouth PacificThe BeachProject MonarchPackard’s BluesAssembling The TeamInto The StormThe IslandKong The DestroyerSide BMonsters ExistSpider AttackDominant SpeciesThe TempleGrey FoxSide CKong The ProtectorMarlow’s FarewellLostThe BoneyardAmbushedHeart Of KongSide DMan Vs. BeastCreature From The DeepThe Battle Of Skull IslandKing KongMonster MashI was also very excited to see the soundtrack to my favorite Jason Voorhees film, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning ($35) is also coming out from Waxwork Records. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls But one thing that really stuck out for me was the fever-dream-like soundtrack by composer Henry Jackman (Wreck-It Ralph, Captain America: Civil War, The Predator). The compositions blend 1970’s psychedelic guitars with a pulsing, bombastic orchestra, thus effectively capturing the era of which the film takes place coupled with monster-filled action sequences. Massive percussion and dizzying strings thrust you straight into the action.Waxwork definitely took notice and decided to release this animal on two beautiful 180 gram “Lava” colored vinyl records housed in a heavyweight old-style gatefold jacket. The KONG: SKULL ISLAND Original Motion Picture Score ($36) from Waxwork Records is a must for any collector. Stay on target The mighty King Kong lied dormant for quite some time after mixed reviews had surfaced for Peter Jackson’s remake back in 2005. It wasn’t until early last year, that director Jordan Vogt-Roberts would really bring us something monstrously special by releasing of Kong: Skull Island. With an adventurous script, strong performances from an all-star cast and jaw-dropping visual effects during the epic brawls between Kong and the creatures of Skull Island, this film had it all! Giant Toho monster fans and newcomers everywhere agreed that this new entry in the giant apes timeline was one for the ages. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSide AGraveyardMain TitlesTommy AloneTommy Scares Reggie / Tommy WatchesVic Chops / Roy ReactsPeter In The WoodsFlareSide BVinnie’s Front Seat / Jason In The MirrorTommy and Mask / Lana In The DinerBilly’s HeadTommy At The WindowEyesDrive To Demon’s / Tommy Meets Jr. / Anita and DemonJunior’s Head / Jake’s HeadRobin Covers ReggieRobin and JakeBodiesSide CPam And Reggie Meet JasonReggie Is Caught / Pam AttacksPam And JasonSide DTommy’s DreamJason’s Final VisitThe Window / Tommy At Door / End TitlesHeavy MetalPunk FunkThese are available now but will absolutely not last long. Waxwork Records sell out of their newly released titles a lot, so act fast! If you are gearing up for the fall season, the company is also distributing the soundtrack to the anticipated Halloween sequel, which is composed by John Carpenter on vinyl. You can grab all these today off the Waxwork Records website. I am thrilled to see what Waxwork has in store for us next! For more on awesome music check out our interview with Ninja Sex Party and how to make your own Raspberry Pi music player.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Harry Manfredini was brought back to compose the the 1985 soundtrack to the film that delved a bit deeper into Jason’s psyche and introduced one of the franchisees most popular characters, young Tommy Jarvis (played by Corey Feldman). The extremities were high with this soundtrack as Manfredini pulled no punches and let loose some actual scares onto the record.“Waxwork collaborated closely with composer Manfredini to release the complete and re-mastered original soundtrack which spans two 180 gram “Imposter Jason Blue” vinyl records. Diehard horror fans, campers, and promiscuous summer camp counselors alike will appreciate this classic soundtrack featuring massive orchestral cues, giant stabs, and the classic “Ki, Ki, Ki… Ma, Ma, Ma” chant throughout! The new double LP soundtrack album features lavish new artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin, deluxe packaging, old-style tip on gatefold jackets, 180 gram colored vinyl, and more!”
WILMINGTON, MA — Parterre Flooring Systems announced the promotion of Chris Easler, from his current position of eight years as Parterre’s east coast regional vice president to senior vice president of national accounts. In his new role, Easler will focus his time solely on securing and expanding new national account business for the brand, the company said.“Parterre has over a 20-year history of working with national accounts, which are essential to Parterre’s growth. Chris has the drive and talent to continue establishing these new relationships,” said Ralph Grogan, CEO, Parterre Flooring Systems. “He not only has the experience from past roles to support national account growth, but Parterre also has the right level of representation to provide the follow up needed on the local level,” Grogan added.Having over 30 years of experience in the flooring industry, Easler previously worked in similar roles at notable flooring brands Armstrong World Industries and Mohawk Industries. A native of Western Pennsylvania, Easler lives near the New Hampshire Seacoast with his wife Riki.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Parterre Flooring Systems via Floor Covering Weekly.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Parterre Flooring Systems Names Ralph Grogan As New CEOIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Parterre Flooring Systems Announces New Addition To Sales TeamIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Parterre Flooring Announces New CFOIn “Business”
Map of GazipurTwo air-conditioner technicians were killed in a gas cylinder explosion at a sweater factory in Memberbari-Baniarchala of Sadar upazila on Sunday night.They deceased were Farhad Hossain, from Mirsarai upazila of Chattogram, and his assistant Sirajul Islam of Satkhira’s Kalaroa upazila.Officer-in-charge of Joydebpur police station Asaduzzaman said the duo was repairing an AC on the ground floor of Eva Sweater Factory.The gas cylinder exploded around 9:15pm while they were pumping gas to the AC compressor from it. A fire broke out at the factory following the explosion, leaving them injured.They succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital, the OC said.Meanwhile, five workers got injured as they jostled to get out of the factory out of panic following the fire.Deputy assistant director of Gazipur fire service Akhtaruzzaman said four firefighting units rushed in and brought the fire under control.Machinery and goods of the factory were gutted in the fire, he said.
Police say an officer shot a suspected shoplifter near the food court at a busy Dallas-area shopping mall.Arlington police spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook says the incident occurred Sunday afternoon after a theft was reported at a store inside The Parks at Arlington mall. Police say the suspect attempted to flee from security before going up an escalator toward the food court.Cook says the male suspect then pulled a replica handgun from his waistband and was shot by an officer who thought the weapon was real. The unidentified suspect was taken to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.Authorities say no one else was injured. The mall closed early as police evacuated the remaining shoppers.Additional details were not immediately available. Police are investigating. wikimedia commons Share
Share On Friday’s Houston Matters: With a potential government shutdown looming if Congress doesn’t pass a temporary spending bill, how would a shutdown affect Greater Houston? And what issues are still tied up in Congress that directly impact Houstonians?Also this hour: We revisit our conversation with students at Jersey Village High School to ask members of the PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab about how they get their news, how they know what news sources to trust, and how they view the journalism industry. Then, from Gov. Greg Abbott’s property tax plan, to a Google app that’s banned in Texas, our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of this week’s news. And we learn about the journey a parcel of private land took to become a public park.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.
Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, AMResorts Share NEWTON SQUARE, PA — AMResorts says is making it easier for agents to make bookings through the AMRewards travel agent loyalty program, with a brand new online booking engine. Agents can redeem their AMRewards points for a stay at one of AMResorts’ 52 properties.Agents can now check availability and make their reservations in real-time at AMResorts’ properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama.Using the online booking engine, agents can also automatically check their available points and get quick confirmation times. One extra perk: agents no longer need a stay certificate to check in. AMResorts says it wants travel agents to see the resorts first-hand so they can sell more effectively.“Since we launched AMRewards three years ago, every enhancement has been developed based on our travel agent community and advisory board’s valuable feedback,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards and Sales & Marketing for Canada. “This booking engine gives agents the power to book all on their own, using an online platform available 24/7.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsDesigned with the goal of providing agents with tools to help boost their selling capabilities, the AMRewards program is consistently reviewed and enhanced to support continued growth and ensure satisfaction, she adds.The program allows agents to earn points with each booking that can be used for co-branded marketing materials, such as banner displays and gift vouchers clients can use toward perks, like spa treatments or romantic dinners, at AMResorts properties.Since its 2014 launch more than 29,000 travel agents have registered to join AMRewards, and over US$17 million worth of points have been awarded to date. More information is at AMRewards.com. New online booking engine for AMRewards agent loyalty program Travelweek Group Friday, September 8, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Long thought of as a useless talk shop or stage for political theater, the Arab League is seeking to transform itself with the seismic changes from the Middle East’s revolts. It has shaken off decades of near total submission to the will of the region’s leaders, and reformers inside the league want to turn it into a voice for the Arab public.The 21-member group is far from becoming an Arab version of the European Union, where member states have surrendered significant powers to the commission in Brussels, allowing it to enforce rules on anything from monetary policy to immigration. In the Arab world, governments remain entrenched against anything they see as infringing on their sovereignty. Still, the league has undoubtedly taken steps to date that would have been unthinkable only less than two years ago.Last year, the league sided with rebels fighting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, recommending the U.N. Security Council impose a no-fly zone on the North African nation. The Arab backing was crucial to passing the U.N. resolution and paved the way to NATO’s air campaign against Gadhafi’s troops which eventually allowed a rebel victory.The league again sided with a rebellion against the authoritarian regime of Syria’s Bashar Assad. It suspended Damascus’ membership and has tried to push diplomatic solutions to eventually get Assad out of power _ though like U.N. efforts, attempts at a negotiated peace for the conflict, now in its 19th month, have floundered in the face of the all-or-nothing battle on the ground.Gadhafi and Assad had few friends among the Arab leaders. Still, the region’s leaders approved the unprecedented actions on Libya and Syria despite their strong fears of setting a precedent that could one day be used against them, reformers point out.More recently, the league has formed commissions to investigate and report on human rights in member states, to boost the role of civil society groups and to tap into the resources of millions of Arabs living in the diaspora who have long been ignored. Such commissions could put the league in the position of “meddling” in its members’ domestic affairs, something it assiduously avoided doing in the past. Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project In many ways, the region’s peoples have greater bonds than Europeans do. Arabs speak one language, Arabic, are overwhelmingly Muslim and share similar social and cultural customs. And the flourishing of pan-Arab media have promoted even greater cultural bonds, with Arabs across the region watching the same news bulletins, movies, even reality and talent shows. They instantly exchange ideas and views on such major issues as freedom, religion and democracy on the Internet’s social networks.But the region remains starkly divided among nations that throw up significant barriers to trade and movement.“The effectiveness of the Arab League will remain limited until Arab nations change and be ready to surrender some of their sovereignty,” said Gamal Abdel-Gawad of Cairo’s Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. “Its decisions remain to this day a reflection of the political will of its member states, not its own.”—-Associated Press correspondent Edith Lederer contributed to this report from the United Nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “It’s a long journey but, like all journeys, it begins with a single step,” said Ali Jaroush, head of the league’s Arab affairs’ department, of efforts to reform the organization. “We have no illusions about it and we know it will not happen overnight and that we will be met with resistance. But, after the Arab Spring, everyone is looking at us and thinking we should represent the people.”The Arab Spring uprisings since late 2010 have swept away leaders in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen _ and Syria’s could be next. Even in Arab countries where longtime leaders remain in place, the revolts have fueled ambitions in the Arab public to have a greater voice in their affairs.The Cairo-based league, founded 44 years ago and now encompassing members from Morocco to the Persian Gulf, has hardly been a venue for actually promoting the welfare and rights of the region’s more than 300 million people.Its resolutions on regional issues were so tepid or repetitive of old, entrenched ideas that they were ignored even by members. Governments prevented any real action. Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak treated the league as an extension of his foreign policy. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Abdel-Raouf el-Reidi, Egypt’s former ambassador to the United States, said he proposed to the committee the creation of a directly elected Arab parliament to “serve as a nucleus of genuine reform.”“There can be no reform of the league unless that reform comes from the people,” he said.Jaroush, a Lebanese and a longtime Arab League diplomat, argues that the league is making significant headway in areas that don’t attract much attention like cooperation in culture and education.A ministerial session by the U.N. security Council scheduled for Sept. 26 will pay homage to the “change in the Arab world,” and explore increased cooperation between the council and league.“The Arab League has undergone a remarkable development over the last two years,” Peter Wittig, Germany’s U.N. Ambassador, whose country currently holds the council’s presidency. “It is without any doubt a first rate regional actor with important decisions and resolutions, contributing to the resolution of conflicts,” he told a news conference in New York earlier this month.The seed for the “new” Arab League came with Egypt’s Amr Moussa becoming its secretary general in 2000. Soon after the Arab Spring began with an uprising in Tunisia in late 2010, Moussa took the unprecedented step of speaking publicly of the growing frustration of Arabs in the face of political oppression and social injustices, warning of more revolts in the region. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy It tossed out founding member Egypt for almost a decade for signing a 1979 peace deal with Israel. Its annual summits often turned into farce, plagued by boycotts as each year one or more of the various kings, presidents and emirs would refuse to sit with a particular rival. Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi was notorious for picking fights, bickering several times with Saudi King Abdullah in sessions aired live on TV across the Arab world. Assad often droned in painfully long, improvised speeches. Mubarak bullied participants in a summit held following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.Having several freely elected leaders for the first time _ such as Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi _ may not make an immediate difference. They very likely could prove as jealous of their national sovereignty as the numerous autocrats who remain in place.“The biggest hurdle facing the reform of the league is the very political nature of Arab nations. Will there ever be an effective Arab security council? An Arab court of justice? Genuine economic integration?” Egyptian political scientist Hassan Nafaah said.Under Nabil Elarabi _ the post-Arab Spring secretary-general of the league _ the body is making small moves to bypass governments and appeal directly to the public. He has formed a high-level committee to come up with reforms.
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