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Weekly Traffic Advisories


first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows: Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road – Route 212 Old Guysborough Road from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road, will have a one-lane closure for asphalt and concrete repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12 from Butler Road northerly for 9.6 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, Aug. 22 to Friday, Aug. 26. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from 1.5 kilometres west of Exit 16 to 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 17E, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from three kilometres west of Exit 17W to the overpass at Route 362, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 13A and Highway 104, will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Waternish Road Waternish Road, located on the west side of Stillwater, will be closed for repairs to Widdens Bridge until Monday, Aug. 22. Traffic control consists of signs. This is a 24-hour closure except to local traffic. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom), for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-369-2169 Fax: 902-369-2074 HANTS COUNTY: King Road Bridge The King Road Bridge on King Road will be closed for bridge replacement until Friday, Sept. 9. Traffic control consists of a barricade and detour signs. A detour is available via Route 236 to Rhines Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The bridge on old Highway 102 at Trunk 2 will have a one-lane closure while testing is carried out on the bridge from Monday, Aug. 22 to Tuesday, Aug. 23. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is in the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two is in the northbound lane between exits 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be intermittent one-lane closures between Guysborough and Halfway Cove for asphalt paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. A detour is available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive The Burnside Drive underpass structure on Highway 111 will have periodic lane closures for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and barrels. Speed will be reduced to 60 kilometres on Highway 111. Work takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane of traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 KINGS COUNTY: Long Point Road The westbound lane on Long Point Road will have a one-lane closure for repairs from Monday, Aug. 22 to Tuesday, Aug. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 There will be a one-lane closure from the Trunk 2/Route 302 intersection in South Hampton to Athol Road until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Sambro Road – Route 306 There will be a one-lane closure on Old Sambro Road from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, Aug. 26. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 RICHMOND COUNTY: Arichat There will be intermittent one-lane closures on three sections of road in Arichat for a total of 6.6 kilometres until Friday, Sept. 30. Section one is on Lower Road, from Babin’s Hill to the Petit-de- Grat intersection. Section two is on the various streets connecting Lower Road to High Road including Bay Lane, Benets Lane, Upton Lane, Connies Lane, and Godfreys Lane. Section three is on Service Road, from Evanston Road to the second entrance of the Strait Richmond Hospital. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Friday, Aug. 26. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Rawding Road Rawding Road in Black Rock will have a one-lane closure for paving and repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of signage and traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will have a one-lane closure from North Greville Road, six kilometres easterly toward Parrsboro, until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres, and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure for road work between Exit 27A, at Sutherland’s River, and French River — a distance of about 6.5 kilometres — until Wednesday, Aug. 31. There are two detours available. For the section east of Exit 27 at Sutherland’s River, the alternate is Trunk 4. For the section between Exit 27A and Exit 27, a detour is available via Exit 26 at the Thorburn Road Interchange via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road), Thorburn Road, and Trunk 4. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 HANTS COUNTY: Nine Mile River Nine Mile River Bridge in Nine Mile River will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale-Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic until Monday, Oct. 31 for repairs. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale Caledonia Road. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of the Exit 9 overpass structure, including ramps at Exit 10, for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Catalone Bridge The Catalone Bridge on the Louisbourg highway may have a possible single-lane closure for repairs until Friday, Sept. 2. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Bergman Bridge Bergman Bridge located on Trunk 1, about 1.3 kilometres east of the Hants/Halifax County line is closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then reopened to traffic. A detour is available on Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5780 Fax: 902-893-8175 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2, Great Village The Highland culvert on Trunk 2 in Great Village is closed for repairs until further notice. A posted detour is available via Mill Lane and Cross Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 QUEENS COUNTY: LaBelle Brook Bridge The LaBelle Brook Bridge in LaBelle will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, Aug. 23 to Thursday, Aug. 25. Motorists are advised to take one of the alternate routes: Route 210, Trunk 8, Route 208 or Molega Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 28 Trunk 28 at Arnold’s Brook will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Aug. 28, to reconstruct the Arnold’s Brook bridge. A posted detour will be available via the Lingan Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for repaving between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. Work continues until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img read more


US group hopes to find sanctuary site for retired whales in Nova


first_imgHALIFAX — A U.S.-based animal protection group is touring coastal Nova Scotia communities in hopes of finding one interested in becoming a retirement home for whales and dolphins raised in captivity.The Whale Sanctuary Project says it is holding public information meetings in Dartmouth, Liverpool, Port Hawkesbury, Sherbrooke and Sheet Harbour to identify a possible seaside sanctuary for beluga whales freed from entertainment parks.The group’s executive director, Charles Vinick, says the selected community could see jobs and economic benefits with the creation of an education centre and the need to purchase tons of frozen fish to feed the whales.The organization says it is looking for a 40-hectare area along the Atlantic shore of Nova Scotia “that can become a home to whales who are retired from entertainment facilities or are injured and need rehabilitation within a netted-off area.”The group estimates it would cost about $20 million to create the sanctuary, along with costs with the long-term care of the animals.It would be one of only a few such sanctuaries in the world for the marine mammals.“Most of them have never learned survival skills, so they cannot be released into the open ocean,” Vinick said in a statement. “But a seaside sanctuary will give them a chance to thrive in a stimulating natural ecosystem.”He said the community discussions will provide an explanation as to what a sanctuary would look like and will address concerns about potential environmental and fisheries impacts.The first meeting is being held Thursday in Dartmouth.“We realize that people have questions and concerns about such a novel project,” Vinick said. “We share these concerns and we want to work with everyone to figure out whether a sanctuary is a good fit for your community.”Nova Scotia’s southwest coast was shortlisted as a potential site after the group began looking at areas across North America two years ago to establish a large seaside enclosure.The list of potential sites was then narrowed to Nova Scotia and Washington state, with a couple sites in British Columbia as backup options.According to the Change For Animals Foundation, there are at least 2,300 cetaceans in captivity worldwide, including about 2,000 dolphins, 200 beluga whales and 53 orcas, which are otherwise known as killer whales.But those numbers are expected to drop in the years ahead, particularly in North America.The Vancouver Aquarium has said it would no longer keep whales and dolphins in captivity, saying the heated public debate over the issue was getting in the way of its conservation work.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Parks Canada releases details of search for climbers killed in Banff avalanche


first_imgEDMONTON — Parks Canada is calling the recovery of three world-class climbers from Banff National Park treacherous and complex, involving a helicopter, a search dog and 28 people.American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer disappeared while attempting to descend the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway.The climbers were reported overdue on Wednesday.Shelley Humphries, Parks Canada incident commander, says visitor safety specialists responded immediately and concluded the men had died after finding climbing equipment and evidence of multiple avalanches.Humphries says crews were unable to start the recovery until Saturday due to the weather and dangerous avalanche conditions.She says the bodies were found Sunday after an avalanche dog and its handler were deployed to the area.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


All PM does is tell lies Rahul


first_imgWayanad/Alathur: Launching a blistering attack on Narendra Modi, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi said all that the Prime Minister “does is tell lies and steal from the poor people.”Gandhi, who addressed three election rallies in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, spread over the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode and campaigned in Thirthala in Palakkad district, attacked Modi and RSS and touched on corruption. “All the PM does is tell lies and steal from the poor people. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Six airports were given to his friend Adani on the day the Pulwama attack took place. And he (Modi) says they were fighting black money. Modi said demonetisation was to fight black money, but it destroyed the Indian economy. Fifty lakh people lost their jobs after demonetisation,” the Congress chief said while winding off his campaign at Thrithala this evening. All praise for Wayanad, the second constituency from where Gandhi is contesting for which he was attacked by Modi and BJP, Gandhi said he wanted to represent the remote district as the “beautiful place” symbolises different ideas and cultures. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAddressing a rally in Nagpur last week, BJP president Amit Shah had chided Congress president Rahul Gandhi for selecting his second seat in north Kerala, saying “when a procession is taken out there, it is difficult to make out whether it is India or Pakistan.” Shah was referring to the IUMLs green flags during Rahul Gandhis road show in Wayanad on April 4 after filing his papers. Gandhi also said the saffron party was arrogant and believed that they can re-define Indian history. “Only the Indian people can define, decide about the country. It does not matter that Uttar Pradesh is much bigger than Nagaland. The voice of all Indians matter. This is the fight that is taking place. Why do these people want to define India ?. The entire goal to re-define India is to steal from India. The entire idea is to create two Indias. One India for the Ambanis, Adanis, Nirav Modis, Mehul Choksies, Vijay Mallyas and one for others”, Gandhi said lashing out at the Prime minister. He also said poor farmers who took meagre loans of around Rs 20,000 were behind bars for non-repayment while the rich who availed loans over Rs 35,000 crore were walking free. Continuing his tirade against Modi and the RSS, Gandhi said issues of Kerala should be decided by the people and not by Modi or the RSS chief. In the three rallies in Wayanad, Gandhi tore into the BJP-led NDA government and said the saffron party was only interested in imposing its ideology on people of the country. “Who is Mohan Bhagwat to teach us about culture and history? Kerala should be run by the people of Kerala. This is the same sentiment in state after state,” he said.last_img read more


2 bodies recovered in northwestern Ont lake


Police have recovered the bodies of two men from a lake in northwestern Ontario, bringing the death count to three after a boat carrying eight people capsized.Police have identified the victims as 30-year-old William Chisel, seen above on the left, and 19-year old simon chisel, seen on the right. Both were from Frenchman’s Head.The boat was carrying eight people from Lac Seul First Nation when the accident happened Thursday afternoon on Lost Lake in Kenora District.Six people on board managed to get to shore, but another man died in hospital after suffering critical injuries.


Extension of UN OilforFood pumps 100 million more into Iraqs relief pipeline


The total was $455 million before the Security Council last week extended Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s authority to run it for another three weeks, until 3 June.The programme was temporarily halted on 17 March after the withdrawal of all UN staff from Iraq on the eve of hostilities. The Council adopted a first resolution on 28 March giving Mr. Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days, until 12 May, including prioritizing deliveries and finding new entry ports to speed their shipment.The UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), which oversees the Oil-for-Food programme, under which Baghdad was allowed to use part of its revenues for food and humanitarian supplies, said today the increased value was directly related to the extension of time granted to suppliers under the new resolution.OIP said it and other UN agencies and programmes were continuing to identify the most easily accessible priority items in the pipeline and negotiate with suppliers to speed the shipment of supplies under already approved contracts. read more


UN health agency provides safe water and disaster training in flooded Suriname


The regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping the authorities in Suriname reduce the health risks associated with the torrential rainfall and flooding this month that have displaced up to 20,000 people and left large areas of the country under water.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said it mobilized experts from its emergency and disaster program to assist in health needs assessment and resource mobilization. These experts are helping reduce flood-associated health risks, especially malaria and diarrhoea, and, potentially, leptospirosis and typhoid fever.In this context, PAHO has ordered water purification tablets to ensure that each family in the affected areas will be adequately supplied with clean drinking water. “It’s a simple measure that will help in preventing cases of diarrhoea among the displaced people,” PAHO Representative Stephen Simon noted.As the floodwaters rose, residents evacuated 157 villages, abandoning thatched-roof homes and their livelihoods.With an eye on future threats to the country’s water and sanitation, PAHO brought in an international expert in sanitary engineering who has carried out an initial assessment and made recommendations for improvement.It also helped Suriname’s National Centre for Disaster Control set up a crisis centre by giving support on logistics, finance, administration, information technology and communications. Experts from PAHO’s computerized humanitarian supply management system have been assisting the national response centre and training local staff to use the system. read more


Zambian tailor wins AIDS award for providing orphans with free school uniforms


Mboole Rural Development, the group founded in southern Zambia by Jonsen Habachimba, is one of five local AIDS activist groups that will receive a Red Ribbon grand prize of $20,000 tomorrow, which is World AIDS Day. Another 20 community organizations will get $5,000.Then 18, Mr. Habachimba began sewing free uniforms for local orphans using funds he had generated from his business as a tailor. This year Mboole Rural Development gave uniforms to 41 children so they could continue their education.The prize money from the Red Ribbon award could mean that as many as 100 free uniforms could be provided next year, along with free shoes and school books, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a statement today. It will also allow Mboole to buy more sewing machines and train more young people to help do the work.Elhadj As Sy, Director of the UNDP HIV and AIDS Group, hailed the work of Mboole and the other winners as examples of how local groups are tackling the broader public effects of AIDS – such as disrupting education and aggravating poverty – beyond the already enormous impact it has on an individual’s health.“The work these communities do is inspirational and essential, as halting and reversing the epidemic will require intensified efforts by all actors, and more effective integration of AIDS priorities into wider development efforts,” he said.The other major winners are: the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS; the All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, a lobbying group; the Girl Child Network of Zimbabwe, which counsels and supports girls in rural areas; and Bangladesh’s Durjoy Nari Shongo, a project that educates and advocates for sex workers and their families.The winners were chosen by an international jury that included the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, the UNAIDS Special Representative Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and the actress Naomi Watts. read more


After 1000 days of conflict Yemen sliding into deepening catastrophe UN agencies


“As violence has escalated in recent days, children and families are yet again being killed in attacks and bombardments,’ the heads of key UN agencies said Friday in a joint statement, as they once again appealed to parties to the conflict to immediately allow full humanitarian access in Yemen and to stop the fighting.World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley, and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, painted a dire picture of what 1,000 days of brutal violence in Yemen has wrought saying the fighting has driven families from their homes, destroyed hospitals and damaged schools.“More than 1,000 days of children recruited to fight […] 1,000 days of disease and death [and] of unimaginable human suffering,” they said, adding that the conflict has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world – a crisis which has engulfed the entire country.Some 75 per cent of Yemen’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. At least 60 per cent of Yemenis are now food insecure and 16 million people do not have access to safe water and proper sanitation. Less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are fully functional and medical staff has gone months without being paid their salaries. “This horrific tally of the conflict’s devastation reflects only what we know. In reality, the situation is likely to be worse. UN agencies do not have full humanitarian access to some of the hardest hit communities. In many, we cannot even assess their needs,” the UN leaders explained.“But this we do know: Yemen has passed the tipping point into a rapid decline from crisis to deepening catastrophe.” RELATED: The UN relief wing has more on the Yemen crisisWhile acknowledging some progress in recent days with the first commercial fuel imports allowed into Hudaydah port, following recent commercial food imports, the agency chiefs said it is critical that these supplies are maintained, as restrictions on fuel imports have caused the price of diesel fuel to double, threatening access to safe water and sanitation, and urgent medical care. Far too many hospitals are short of fuel for the generators that allow them to stay open. Water pumping stations serving over three million people are quickly running out of the fuel they need to operate, while the price of commercially trucked water has increased up to six-fold. “Safe water is now completely unaffordable for more than two thirds of Yemenis living in extreme poverty. All of this threatens to undermine efforts to contain the ongoing, deadly outbreaks of diphtheria, cholera and acute watery diarrhea,” they warned.“We remain committed to helping the people of Yemen. We have reached nearly six million people with clean water, distributed 3.7 million litres of fuel to public hospitals, treated more than 167,000 children for severe acute malnutrition,” they noted but warned: “Yet worsening conditions on the ground threaten to overwhelm our capacity to respond.” “Yemen’s families should not have to withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000,” the UN leaders concluded. read more


The British never fed us Gerry Adams to publish peace process cookbook


He told the festival audience he preferred writing fiction to non-fiction, according to the Irish Times.And he revealed that as a boy he had devoured the works of Enid Blyton and books such as Biggles, Roy of the Rovers, the Just William series  and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Fein leader, is to publish a “negotiators’ cook book” based on his experiences during the peace process.The book will include some of the best-kept secrets of the talks which produced the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, he said.It is co-written by long-time advisors Ted Howell and Padraic Wilson and expected to be published before Christmas.Mr Adams, speaking at the West Belfast Festival, said: “The British never fed us. They never had any food.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”But as intrepid republicans and being blessed by one or two great cooks these are the recipes that sustained the Irish negotiating team. It contains some of the best-kept secrets of the Irish peace process.”Mr Adams said for many years republicans had not kept proper records of their negotiations. “There would be meetings and no record of the meetings,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Not 2 Long 2 Christmas. A Wee Taste Of A Great Stocking Filler From Ted & Pádraic agus Mise. pic.twitter.com/XmtEYAk76c— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) August 6, 2018 The new book will be called The Negotiators’ Cook Book.Mr Adams appears to be a keen amateur chef himself, sometimes tweeting pictures of his own culinary concoctions.He has already published several books including memoirs and historical works, and is expected to release a new book of short stories next year, which he said has been five years in the making. read more


Unsportsmanlike grunting doesnt annoy tennis opponents – it tricks them study finds


Grunter: Rafa NadalCredit:ALEJANDRO GARCIA/EPA-EFE/REX/REX Jimmy Connors in the 1991 US Open. Jimmy Connors in the 1991 US Open.Credit:Focus On Sport/Getty Images North America The results showed that the tennis players were pretty accurate when it came to estimating the lateral variation of the resulting bounce, but consistently over estimated the length of the opponent’s shot after a particularly full-throated snarl.The louder the grunt, they seemed to reason, the harder the shot, with a consequent incorrect prediction of where the ball would land. Tennis players should take note: to take the advantage, one should make a right old racket.    Rafa Nadal relaxes during a training session before competing in the Barcelona Open. April 23,  2019. Along with random bursts of rain, overpriced strawberries and the perennial agony of supporting Andy Murray, tennis fans have often complained about another feature of the modern game: grunting.The controversial feature of professional tennis, thought to have been initiated by Jimmy Connors in the 1970s – who famously once said he hated to lose more than he loved to win – has been blamed not only for spoiling some games, but also for influencing the results.Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, has been heard to shriek on court at 109 decibels, the point at which an average human experiences pain and the equivalent of standing 200 feet away from a jet aircraft taking off.Former world champion Martina Navratilova has in the past said the excessive crepitations heard around court is “cheating pure and simple”.The usually unflappable Roger Federer, Swiss winner of 20 single Grand Slam titles, is equally deuced: “I’m OK with it to a certain level, but I don’t like it if it’s too loud or it’s used in key moments,” he has admitted.“That becomes unsportsmanlike.” Previously it was thought that the act of one player bellowing as the ball is struck simply distracted the opponent. But now a team of scientists from the Friedrich Schiller University, in Jena, Germany, suggest there is more at play.The scientists asked 31 club level tennis players to watch video clips taken from the 2012 Barcelona Open finals between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.After watching a shot and hearing the accompanying grunt, the observers had to predict the ball’s trajectory and indicate where it would land. They were not told that the scientists were manipulating the volume of the grunts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. For many years sports psychologists have been attempting to unravel the role of auditory perception in sport in a bid to discover exactly what impact grunting has. read more


Remarks by DPM Hon Philip Brave Davis at the Straw Vendors Appreciation


first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalutation….It is said that, “yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But if today is well lived it makes every yesterday a reflection of satisfaction coupled with happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”A very good afternoon to each of you as we celebrate the 2nd Annual Straw Vendors Appreciation Day!As Minister with responsibility for the Straw Market Authority, I am proud of my association with such a powerful and influential group of proud Bahamians.I do not know of any other single group of Bahamians who love their job so much. When addressing the concerns of the Straw Market Authority, I am reminded that our lives are filled with simple joys and blessings and one of the greatest joys in life is to have a job that you love. That would be the job of our vendors.It is truly a splendid thing to create beautiful work that brings joy to others. People just love beautiful things!Recently, I presented gifts to the president of New Zealand and his wife on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. These gifts were indigenous Bahamian items made in this Straw Market by a Bahamian straw vendor and a wood carver. I beamed with pride while presenting.Vendors ought to be happy and know how privilege they are to be working in an environment that is always full of excitement… especially as so many countries are so unsettled and full of turmoil.Honourees, the joy that you have given to others through your craft is coming back to you today. We love you, respect and appreciate you for all that you have done and continue to do.Brotherly love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. I admonish you to create a peaceful work environment, showing love to neighbouring vendors and visitors. If only we could learn to love like God… for God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.I have charged the Straw Market Authority to work with straw vendors ensuring that 90% Bahamian made products be sold from the markets in the near future, with the ultimate goal of 100%. In achieving this feat, you will cause there to be an increase in the amount of straw practitioners and crafts people, the net result being more jobs created for Bahamians.Joy come from simple and natural things: a clean environment together with honesty, integrity, respect and good manners should all be practiced to become normal and natural characteristics.Today as we recognize some vendors for their stability and service to the straw and wood carving industry, it is truly our sincere way of showing gratitude and giving thanks for what you have done and continue to do; bringing them into clear focus.When we celebrate the years behind us, they become strength and joy for the years ahead.I challenge each of you to make the remainder of 2014, and all of 2015 a new beginning of something great in your life. Continue to create a positive culture within the various straw markets that visitors are anxious to experience. All vendors are encouraged to get involved and strive to get all visitors to our shores to purchase goods from our straw markets. In doing so, please adhere to the rules of the Straw Authority.Another realistic goal should be to raise your standard in the ensuing year. I guarantee you that it can easily be achieved. You must never be happy to settle for mediocrity.You are encouraged to be vibrant, energized, visualize, improve your product, become motivated and invigorated.To all vendors, I say that you are privileged to occupy a booth. You are renting space that others are appealing for daily. Therefore, create your own ideal space, with thoughtfulness and cleanliness being of paramount importance.Having a well organized booth within your boundary gives you the freedom to decorate tastefully and present your products creatively.“A space for everything and everything in its place.” Decorate with purpose, to keep your space beautiful and clean.Vendors, even when you are complaining about business affairs, dress appropriately. Take personal pride and care in how you present yourself to the world. Your craft is your life insurance, control your destiny.To the Board of Directors, Management and staff, I commend you for having had a very productive year. The Straw Market Authority’s new secret ingredient is self-sufficiency. By developing a cohesive team spirit you have become more spontaneous and flexible in your business relationship with vendors.Once again I say congratulations to all honourees. Good Morning…Enjoy your day! Related Items:bahamas, phillip brave davis, staw vendors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more


Whirlpools hightech oven uses augmented reality to help you cook


first_img Whirpool and KitchenAid show off connected cooking at… 1:30 Chris Monroe/CNET Whirlpool is bringing augmented reality to an oven. The Whirlpool Connected Hub Wall Oven is on display at CES 2019. At first glance, the front looks like an ordinary glass door, but it’s actually a 27-inch LCD screen. The touchscreen works with Whirlpool’s Yummly app so you can find recipes based on your preferences and get step-by-step instructions right on the oven door. Don’t get too excited though: This cool-looking appliance is just a concept for now. 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Smart Home Post a comment CES Products Augmented reality (AR) Whirlpool Share your voice CES 2019 Tags The screen can supposedly show the calendars of every member of your family and suggest meals based on how much time everyone has for dinner. It’ll even coordinate multiple recipes and instruct you when to take certain steps in order to make sure everything finishes at the same time.The oven uses augmented reality to show you which rack to use and where to place it after you’ve picked a recipe. It will also tell you which settings on the oven are appropriate. During cooking, you can use the screen to look at your food and even zoom in so you don’t have to open the door and let out the heat.The Connected Hub Wall Oven was developed by WLabs, Whirlpool’s experimental microfactory. Whirlpool hasn’t yet specified plans to bring it to production, let alone an eventual price and release date. Since the oven essentially integrates a giant smart display into the glass of your appliance, and even adds augmented instructions and the ability to check on your food on top of that, it could be a super useful addition to a smart kitchen when and if it does come to fruition.last_img read more


Indefinite delay means no modding Fallout 4 on PS4 anytime soon


first_imgPC users have enjoyed mod support for the Fallout series for years, but their console brethren only recently got the feature with Fallout 4. The Xbox One received mod support back in May and the PS4 was expected to get mods in June. However, due to some serious technical issues experienced during the PS4 mods closed beta, players won’t be getting mod support for the system any time soon.Bethesda announced the unfortunate news on Twitter.We regret to say that the PS4 Mods Beta for Fallout 4 has been delayed. We will update everyone when we can.— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) June 29, 2016The issues encountered during the beta test included memory and performance issues, sound files not working, and a mod storage limit of 900MB (compared to the 2 GB limit on the Xbox One). Bethesda has said it is working with Sony to fix these problems. It is unclear when the issues will be resolved, so the developer is asking users to remain patient.We don’t know what is causing these issues on the PlayStation 4 as neither Bethesda or Sony have said much beyond what we have reported. It is difficult to speculate on what the problems are, but as Bethesda said, patience is the best course of action here. Mods for Fallout 4 on PS4 will be released in due course.While you wait, you may want to check out some of the recently released DLC packs for the game, including: Automatron, Far Harbor, and Contraptions.last_img read more


Using tellurium nanoparticles to achieve plasmoniclike and alldielectric properties when exposed to


first_img Citation: Using tellurium nanoparticles to achieve plasmonic-like and all-dielectric properties when exposed to sunlight (2018, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-tellurium-nanoparticles-plasmonic-like-all-dielectric-properties.html As the search for renewable resources continues, some in the field have turned to studying the possibility of adding materials to water to make it easier to produce steam for driving a turbine. Several years ago, one team of researchers discovered that adding nanoparticles to water could cause it to produce steam when exposed to sunlight. Since that time, scientists have continued experimenting with adding nanomaterials. Meanwhile, other experiments have suggested that plasmonics could play a role in photothermal conversion. In this new effort, the researchers have found a material that allows nanoparticles to offer the benefits of both approaches.The work by the team in China was straightforward. They created nanoparticles made out of tellurium and then mixed them into a container filled with water and tested the result to see what changes it might have wrought.The researchers report that adding the nanoparticles improved the evaporation rate by a factor of three. Testing showed that they could raise its temperature from 29°C to 85°C in just 100 seconds by shining sunlight on it. The researchers found that this improvement was possible because the nanoparticles behaved like plasmonic nanoparticles—but only when smaller sized nanoparticles (less than 120 nanometers) were involved. Nanoparticles that were larger than 120 nanometers behaved like an all-dielectric. Mixing nanoparticles of both sizes into the same container of water allowed the sample to take on both characteristics—the team claims the resultant material is the first to demonstrate both properties.The researchers acknowledge that commercialization of their technique would be problematic because of the difficulty in manufacturing the different sized nanoparticles in sufficient quantities. They note that they are looking into ways to make them using another approach. But they also note that if they succeed, the concept has other applications, such as creating new kinds of extremely small antennas or sensors. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further More information: Churong Ma et al. The optical duality of tellurium nanoparticles for broadband solar energy harvesting and efficient photothermal conversion, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aas9894AbstractNanophotonic materials for solar energy harvesting and photothermal conversion are urgently needed to alleviate the global energy crisis. We demonstrate that a broadband absorber made of tellurium (Te) nanoparticles with a wide size distribution can absorb more than 85% solar radiation in the entire spectrum. Temperature of the absorber irradiated by sunlight can increase from 29° to 85°C within 100 s. By dispersing Te nanoparticles into water, the water evaporation rate is improved by three times under solar radiation of 78.9 mW/cm2. This photothermal conversion surpasses that of plasmonic or all-dielectric nanoparticles reported before. We also establish that the unique permittivity of Te is responsible for the high performance. The real part of permittivity experiences a transition from negative to positive in the ultraviolet-visible–near-infrared region, which endows Te nanoparticles with the plasmonic-like and all-dielectric duality. The total absorption covers the entire spectrum of solar radiation due to the enhancement by both plasmonic-like and Mie-type resonances. It is the first reported material that simultaneously has plasmonic-like and all-dielectric properties in the solar radiation region. These findings suggest that the Te nanoparticle can be expected to be an advanced photothermal conversion material for solar-enabled water evaporation. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Journal information: Science Advances Typical morphology and structure characterization results of Te nanoparticles prepared by ns-LAL. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aas9894 How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage A team of researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in China has created a material with dual solar properties by adding tellurium nanoparticles to water—it showed both plasmonic-like and all-dielectric properties when exposed to sunlight. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their material and its possible uses.last_img read more


Journeys and bonds


first_imgPavitra Bandhan is a journey of two strangers Aashima and Girish, who are not suppose to meet by any means but destiny brings them not only under the same roof but also binds them in a relationship of lifetime. Aashima is a small town girl, born and brought up in a middle class nuclear family. Her father is a mill worker and he had to struggle his entire life to make two ends meet. Aashima loves her family and follows her family values religiously. She is young, kind hearted and generous girl for whom her family is the priority. She wants to share the burden of her father and wants to build a home for him.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On the other hand Girish Roy Chowdhury is the owner of saree mill in which Aashima’s father is an employee. Girish hails from an influential family in Murshidabad and has built his empire with his own hard work and persistence. His principles are based on the experiences of the life. Though Aashima and Girish belong to different worlds , are different personalities but similarity between them is they live for their families. As the story unfolds we will see the journey of these two strangers, with their share of trials and tribulations , coming from different worlds, different mindsets but as destiny has it but will always be bonded by the thread of love , sacrifice and devotion that is why it will hold the title of being a Pavitra Bandhan- Do Dilon Ka. Yash Tonk, Hritu Dudhani, Yamini Thakur, Shabnam Sayeed, Shailley Kaushik, Munni Jha, Shalini Arora, Rajat Dahiya are main cast in this serial.The serial will be aired every Monday-Friday, 9 September onwards at 8.30 PM only on DD National.last_img read more


VIDEO Bartolo Colon got the standing ovation he deserved from Mets fans


first_imgBartolo Colon’s decision to sign with the Braves in the off-season devastated many a Met fan. Big Bart is a cult hero, and once you’re welcomed into the hearts of New Yorkers, fuggedaboutit, they love you for life.Big Sexy made his return to Citi Field last night, and the Met faithful gave him the standing ovation he deserved. He then treated them to one of his trademark hitting displays during the at-bat.The Braves won 3-1 in 12, and Colon had a no-decision. But tonight, everyone was a winner.Check out the super-sized standing O:#Bartolo still feelin’ the love from Mets fans. pic.twitter.com/SZz3efa9vW— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) April 6, 2017last_img


WinDataReflector file synchronization with visual comparison


first_imgWinDataReflector: file synchronization with visual comparison by Martin Brinkmann on March 03, 2017 in Software – Last Update: March 21, 2018 – 4 commentsWinDataReflector is a free portable file synchronization software with visual comparison feature for Microsoft’s Windows operating system.The program is offered as a portable version that you can run from any location. The program is tab-based, and differentiates between backup and synchronization tasks.Update: A free version of the program is still available but it is feature limited. It can’t sync more than 150 files and does not support more than three tasks in total.  Use a free alternative such as File Move, AOMEI Backupper 4.0 or another free file synchronization program for Windows instead.The core difference between the two options is the following: Backup copies files from the source path to the target path, and that is about it. Synchronize supports two-way syncing between the selected folders, or one-way synchronization of the source folder and the target folder.Note that you may also define custom sync settings in the project properties.WinDataReflectorSelect one of the available tabs, or the synchronize or backup buttons at the top to start a new project. You need to select a source and target directory regardless of task that you select, and may hit the process button once you have done that to have WinDataReflector scan the two paths.Files and folders are displayed then, and stats about the file count and data size of the source and target path as well.If you select synchronize, the required disk space to sync all files to the two directories is displayed, as well as the total number of files that are not in both or in the right directory.While you can hit the sync or back up buttons right away to start the process, it is recommended that you check the project properties at least once. Here you find listed the following options:Define if and when files get deleted during the process (only sync).Define if a new or the same folder should be used for the backup (backup only)Enable NTFS file permission copying.Change synchronization rules.Add exceptions (with or without regular expressions).Schedule the job to run regularly.Enable comparison of CRC checksums, and verification using checksums.Enable logging.Some of these options are quite useful, as you may schedule jobs, or change what is processed by a job.A click on the schedule button in the main program window opens a list of all projects. You may open the settings from there as well. This can be useful if you have set up several jobs already, maybe even that many that you need to scroll to access them in the interface.Closing WordsWinDataReflector is a powerful file synchronization and backup program for Windows. It supports one-way, two-way and custom sync jobs, backups with or without compression, and lets you run one or multiple jobs manually or on schedule.The software supports copying NTFS file permissions, the filtering of files or folders using regular expressions, checksum verification, and more.Now Read: the best free file synchronization programs for WindowsSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 15 votes Software Name WinDataReflectorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BackupLanding Page http://veridium.net/windatareflector/ Advertisementlast_img read more


Tulum mayor says old electric poles wiring to disappear


first_imgLast year, the town of Puerto Morelos also removed their overhead poles and electric wiring in the city center to opt for a more modern and visually-appealing image. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The mayor of Tulum says that they intend to modernize the city and that “poles and cables are going to disappear.” The work, which has already begun, will cost approximately 1.5 million peso. He said that the poles and cables “only contaminate the image of this beautiful place” and committed to generate more projects for the benefit of society “because with more infrastructure, we will generate greater well-being and a better image”. The removal of the poles and wires will take approximately 75 days, he says adding that modern wires will prevent the distribution network from being affected during the hurricane season. Mas Tah says they will work as efficiently as possible to have the least amount of impact on tourism and businesses. Mas Tah also explained that due to the elections, it was not possible to inform the public about the work project beforehand. Tulum, Q.R. — Above ground poles and wires along Tulum Avenue are going to disappear says its mayor, Victor Mas Tah. “We want Tulum to continue being the favorite place for tourists and visitors, so we will continue working hand-in-hand with businessmen and citizens to achieve the progress of the entire municipality,” he said. last_img read more


ICCA night of nights


first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A 2011 NZ ICCA Award winners Lisa Wilkinson with Phil Hoffmann and Silversea Cruises GM Karen Christensen 2011 ICCA Awards winners – Australia Lisa Wilkinson with Roland Kautzky – Cruiseabout Port Melbourne and Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry 2011 ICCA Award winners The Australian and New Zealand cruise industry gathered at the Hilton in Sydney on Saturday night to celebrate their top achievers at the International Cruise Council Australasia’s annual awards dinner. Hosted by Nine Network television presenter Lisa Wilkinson, the event was attended by 420 guests making it the largest cruise industry awards night in Australian history. ICCA chairman Gavin Smith shared his thoughts on the Costa Concordia tragedy earlier this year and the impact it has had on the cruise industry worldwide.“The short term impact on our industry has been felt around the world, with the human cost still to be determined. The longer term impact of course is yet to be understood,” Mr Smith said. “Australia and New Zealand more than any other market has gotten back to business recording record bookings in subsequent weeks. This has not been the experience in other markets around the world.”Mr Smith went on to acknowledge the work of travel agents in the substantial growth of cruise in the Australasian region.“The local cruise industry is expanding rapidly and the travel agent community has played a key role in this growth.”CLIA President & CEO Christine Duffy (originally scheduled to attend the event) presented via video link up from Washington DC and highlighted the importance of safety within the industry.“Safety is the cruise industry’s number one priority. Quite simply it is absolutely essential to our business nothing is more important.”“I am proud that cruising has always been one of the very safest recreational industries globally.”The partnership between the ICCA and their sister organisation in the U.S. was also a focal point, with Mr Smith re-iterating his comments from late last year about the current position of the organisation in Australia and New Zealand. “We were stranded in our current role as an industry trainer and educator, a motivator of travel consultants.” Mr Smith said in reference to the position the ICCA had during the Costa Concordia disaster.“It’s not yet our role to take a lead in such matters as commentators or spokespeople, despite the energy that came from our AGM.”Winners on the night included industry icon, Phil Hoffman, who accepted the Neil Frazer Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to a rousing standing ovation.“It’s been a great journey and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Mr Hoffman said. “We’re so lucky as an industry to have so many great companies bringing out great products yearly. Every week I fall in love with a new cruise and want to go on one. I still love it as much as the day I started and hope to love it for another 20 years.”Australian Cruise Agency of the Year went to Bicton Travel from Western Australia who accepted their award for the second year running with Cruiseabout Turramurra (NSW) and Phil Hoffman Travel Glenelg (SA) accepting the Silver and Bronze awards respectively. The complete list of winners is detailed below:Cruise Agency of the Year – AustraliaGOLD: Bicton Travel: Bicton WASILVER: Cruiseabout: Turramurra NSWBRONZE: Phil Hoffmann Travel: Glenelg SACruise Consultant of the Year – AustraliaRoland Kautzky: Cruiseabout, Port Melbourne VICRising Star – AustraliaJamii-Lee Alpen: Ozcruising, Phillip ACTAgency Promotion of the Year – AustraliaJust Cruises, Brisbane QLD “Cruise Sale Week”Network Promotion of the Year – Australasia               Mondo Travel (New Zealand) “Cruise Day Out”Neil Frazer AwardPhil HoffmannCruise Agency of the Year – New ZealandGOLD: iCruise: AucklandSILVER: Lets Cruise: AucklandBRONZE: Cruise Republic: AucklandCruise Consultant of the Year – New Zealand  Sue Grigg: Cruiseabout Ponsonby Rising Star – New ZealandHelen Mahoney: Lets Cruise AucklandAgency Promotion of the Year – New Zealand                        Manly United Travel “APT River Cruise Group Promotion”Media AwardRobert Upe, The Age Newspaper: “To sea on an iron maiden” – Queen ElizabethClick here for more photos from the event last_img read more