Indian students set to benefit from UKs 2yr poststudy work visa offer

first_imgLondon: In a move that addresses a long-standing demand to boost Indian student numbers choosing British universities, the UK government on Wednesday announced a new two-year post-study work visa route for all international students. The new ‘Graduate’ route, to be in place by next year, will be open to all overseas nationals who have valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at a government-approved UK higher education institution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe visa will allow eligible students to work, or crucially look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has effectively re-instated a policy ended by his predecessor Theresa May around nine years ago, said the change would see students “unlock their potential” to begin careers in the UK. “The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and maths or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers, said UK home secretary Priti Patel, the senior-most Indian-origin member of Johnson’s Cabinet. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest, she said. The UK ended its two-year post-study work visa offer during May’s term as UK home secretary in 2012, widely seen as responsible for a major drop in student numbers from countries like India. “The withdrawal of the PSW [post-study work] visa was attributed with a decline in international student recruitment in the UK from key markets, notably India. Between 2010-11 and 2016-17, the number of higher education students from India more than halved,” noted a report by the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students. The government’s latest announcement was widely welcomed by university chiefs and representatives, who highlight that Indian students were particularly prone to make their higher education choices based on being able to gain some work experience at the end of their degree. “Although 82 per cent of our Indian graduates are satisfied with their careers wherever they are working, we know that they value the opportunity to spend some time in the UK working after their degree. This visa will make it significantly easier for them to do that, said Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International, which has been lobbying for such a visa for many years. “The UK ranks first for international student satisfaction overall, compared to other major study destinations, but having a more attractive post-study work offer will open the UK up to even more international students. It will also allow employers in all parts of the UK to benefit from access to talented graduates from around the world, she said. Indian students coming to the UK registered a hike over the last three years, hitting around 22,000 in the year ending June 2018. This was a 42 per cent increase on the previous year, a reversal from a downward trend in the past. “I’m delighted that numbers of Indian students coming to study in the UK are constantly increasing, having doubled over the last three years. Last year alone we saw a massive 42 per cent increase. This exciting announcement will help ensure that the UK remains one of the best destinations for students across the world, said Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India.last_img read more

Dollarama stock falls to lowest in a year as slower sales growth

first_imgDollarama Inc. shares experienced their biggest one-day decline of 2018 in heavy trading on Thursday, after the national discount retailer’s second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures.The Montreal-based company’s stock — which has outpaced the Toronto S&P/TSX composite index over the past three years but began to lose momentum against the market benchmark earlier this year — was down $9.50 or 18 per cent at $42.57 shortly after 1 p.m.That erased all of Dollarama’s stock’s gains since they jumped up $4.32 to close at $44.91 on Sept. 7, 2017, after the company announced last year’s second-quarter results.Dollarama Inc. announced early Thursday that it earned $141.8 million for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, up from $131.8 million a year ago.Despite the increased profit, the 43 cents per share of earnings was below the analyst estimate of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Additionally, sales grew to $868.5 million, up from about $812.5 million in the same quarter last year, but were about two per cent below the analyst estimate of $887.6 million.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities acknowledged the second-quarter margin and cost improvements offset “tepid” same-store sales growth but lowered her price target for Dollarama’s stock to $52, from $55, to reflect a deceleration in Dollarama’s sales growth.Dollarama executives told analysts in a conference call that they had decided to delay pushing through a price increase for its customers for now because the cost of its imported goods has been more stable than expected and cost reductions introduced last year have offset the impact of higher minimum wages.“We initially expected inflationary headwinds on goods purchased in China to have a notable impact on gross margin in the second half of this year,” chief financial officer Michael Ross said.He added that, based on its orders with Chinese suppliers, the impact should be less than anticipated “leaving the margins for the remainder of the year stronger than originally expected.”In terms of labour costs, the company’s competitors haven’t pushed through the cost of higher minimum wages in Ontario to consumers and Dollarama decided to follow their lead, he said.Dollarama’s decision to postpone its usual price mark-ups will probably remain intact for the rest of the year, although they can be introduced quickly if circumstances change, Ross said.“It’s a daily decision,” chief executive Neil Rossy said. “It’s really an item by item study, as it always has been during our whole history, and that’s how we try to remain competitive across the entire store.”Rossy acknowledged that the decision to hold off on price increases had a negative influence in same-store sales, an important metric in the retail industry, which grew 2.6 per cent in this year’s second quarter.The same-store-sales growth compared unfavourably with the year-earlier growth of 6.1 per cent, but Rossy said that was especially strong because of souvenir sales geared to Canada’s 150th anniversary.However, Rossy added that Dollarama was also able to improve its gross margin to 39.7 per cent of sales, from 39.6 per cent, and diluted net earnings per common share increased by 13.2 per cent to 43 cents from 38 cents last year.Ross also pointed out that, based on experience in the first half of fiscal 2019, the company expects higher gross margin and EBITDA margin (a pretax measure of earnings) and lower percentage of revenue spent on sales and administration for the full 2019 financial year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

Passengers shocked when plane lands in wrong country

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Hundreds of babies dying needlessly because of unhealthy lifestyle of mothers study

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. The study authors are calling for population-wide programmes to help improve health and the socioeconomic circumstances of women before and during pregnancy.Co-author of the study, Professor Anders Hjern, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, said: “This study shows that the main explanations for the differences in child mortality rates between England and Sweden are systemic, and beyond the reach of healthcare services alone.“The key factors here are likely to include Sweden’s broader welfare programs that have provided families with an economic safety net for over 50 years, the free and accessible educational system, including early child care, and public health policies for many lifestyle issues such as obesity, smoking and alcohol use.” These records included information on the mother’s age, family’s socioeconomic position, as well as length of pregnancy, the child’s birth weight, gender, and whether they had any birth anomalies.Overall, the study included more than 3.9 million English births, including 11392 deaths, and more than 1 million Swedish births and 1927 deaths.Between the ages of two days to four years old, the child mortality rate for England was 50 per cent higher than for Sweden – 29 deaths per 10000 children in England, vs 19 deaths per 10000 children in SwedenIf the child mortality rate was the same in England as in Sweden 607 fewer child deaths per year would have occurred in England, equivalent to 6073 fewer child deaths in total from 2003-2012.The authors said women in Sweden were better at maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking and keeping their weight down in pregnancy.They pointed out that England the most deprived people have a seven-fold lower income than the least deprived, while the gap is only four times in Sweden, suggesting that many more people in England are socioeconomically disadvantaged.Commenting on the study, Dr Ronny Cheung, of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said: “We know that deprivation plays a major part and this can lead to higher rates of poor mental health, increased chance of alcohol or substance misuse, and obesity.   The study used medical data from the NHS and Swedish health services to compare births from 2003 to 2012, and track the children’s health and death records up to their fifth birthday. “Babies of the most deprived families are more likely to be born premature or with low weight than the most affluent ones, and twice as likely to die in the first year of life.“As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, we have little chance of catching up with our European neighbours without social inequalities being addressed.” Hundreds of babies are dying needlessly in England every year because their mothers smoke, drink, use drugs, or are obese, a new study suggests.Researchers from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health compared death rates of under-5s to those in Sweden, a country with similar levels of economic development and healthcare. They found that deaths occur one and half times more often in England, equating to 600 extra deaths a year.Writing in The Lancet, the study authors said that poorer maternal health during pregnancy caused babies to be born prematurely and with a low birth weight. Children in England are also more likely to have more birth anomalies such as congenital heart defects than in Sweden.“While child deaths are still rare, the UK has one of the highest child mortality rates in western Europe,” said lead author Dr Ania Zylbersztejn.“Babies born prematurely or with low birth weight have an increased risk of early death, and those who survive are more likely to have chronic ill health or disability.“Families need to be better supported before and during pregnancy to improve maternal health, and in turn to give all children a healthy start in life.” read more

PICK Szeged 19 od 19

← Previous Story Lekic and Radicevic two more years in ZRK Vardar! Next Story → RK Vardar extend contract with five players – Dibirov until 2020 in Skopje! Pick Szeged In Round 19 league leaders Pick Szeged travelled to fifth-placed Gyöngyös, who have final four dreams in the Hungarian Championship. The guests were the favourites to win even without Blazevic and Garcia Parrondo who are still recuperating. Gábor Ancsin’s injured knee has healed completely however so he was available for coach Juan Carlos Pastor.In front of a full house the home team quickly gained the lead. It didn’t last for long since Pick Szeged’s two Swedish players Kallman and Larholm took the initiative and by the middle of the first half Pick were 4 goals up (6-10). Gyöngyös could only get a bit closer but at the end of the first half the four-goal difference remained (14-18). Mindegia showed portions of his performance before his injury, which was crucial to Pick’s overall play.The home team could keep the pace until the middle of the second half. Pick were constantly 3-4 goals up but suddenly (in only four minutes!) they doubled their lead (49th minute 24-31) and deciced the fate of the match. Prce was fine again, Larholm scored from penalties and Ancsin was also effective thus showing he would be able to play for longer periods.On Wednesday Pick will meet No. 4 Tatabánya in Szeged then on 1 March they are travelling to Veszprém to decide who will start the play-off from first place.Gyöngyös-Pick Szeged 26-35 (14-18)Bs: Frey (7), Hajdú, Varsandán (5) / Larholm (7), Ancsin,Lasica (5)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty read more

The embrace of life A story of 2 sisters in Italys quake

first_imgASCOLI PICENO, Italy — In the chaos of Italy’s devastating earthquake, an older sister’s embrace allowed a young girl to survive.The heartbreaking story of 9-year-old Giulia Rinaldo and her younger sister Giorgia was recounted Saturday by the bishop who celebrated a funeral Mass for 35 of the 290 people killed by the quake that ravaged central Italy before dawn Wednesday.Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole recalled that around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — 15 hours after the quake struck — he returned to a church in his diocese in the town of Pescara Del Tronto to recover its crucifix.At the time, only yards from the church, firefighters were using their hands to dig out the two sisters, he said.“The older one, Giulia, was sprawled over the smaller one, Giorgia. Giulia, dead, Giorgia, alive. They were in an embrace,” D’Ercole said.last_img read more

Howe bullish ahead of Spurs clash

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “we can beat anybody” as he prepares to take his team to Wembley to face Tottenham on Boxing Day.Despite losing five of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, Howe is confident of a positive result on Wednesday.October 2016 was the last time Bournemouth got a point against Pochettino’s side, in a goalless draw at the Vitality stadium.“We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” Howe told Sky Sports.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“They are a very good team and we’ve had some good matches against them.“We haven’t quite been on the right side of the result but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these type of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet, but we are working towards it.“As I always say when we are at our best we can beat anybody.”The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs thanks to Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike.last_img read more

Theyre Americans now 35 become US citizens at local ceremony

first_imgo Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are celebrated Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since 1952, they have been celebrated together.o More than 32,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens at 158 ceremonies scheduled across the country from Friday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 22.Igor Shevchenko has lived in America for a dozen years. Still, it was a special moment Friday when he officially became an American.“It feels good,” the 19-year-old Battle Ground resident said after he took the oath of allegiance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.“I came here when I was 7. I grew up here; it was about time,” Shevchenko said.The naturalization ceremony marked Fort Vancouver’s third annual observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.The event was conducted by the Portland office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and hosted by the National Park Service staff at Fort Vancouver.“This is a big turning point in your lives,” said Evelyn Sahli, director of the USCIS field office in Portland as she welcomed 35 citizenship candidates from 20 countries.Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, reminded them of all the people who started coming here more than 180 years ago — from more than 35 American Indian tribes, and from countries all around the world — to build this community.Even for someone who’s been here for a while, the ceremony and the solemn recitation of the oath put things in perspective, Shevchenko said.last_img read more

Warm water Blob could impact Alaskas 1 billion pollock fishery

first_imgFisheries biologists are worried that many of last year’s new pollock around Kodiak Island may not have survived recent warm ocean temperatures.Trawl catch of pollock caught during an acoustic trawl survey in Stephens Passage in 2004. (Photo courtesy of David Csepp NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC/Auke Bay Lab)The findings of a study on the issue were announced in January at the Pacific Anomalies Workshop in Seattle.Most people are familiar with the recent warm water anomaly by its nickname of The Blob. It’s a giant mass of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean that features temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal down to a depth of 300 feet. The Blob has persisted over the last two years and stretched from the Gulf of Alaska to Baja California. It’s different than El Niño, which is a phenomenon of equatorial warming in the Pacific.“There was a remarkable decline in the pollock larvae that we’re seeing in that survey,” said Russell Hopcroft of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He presented results of research and other surveys on behalf of other researchers. He showed maps of pollock larvae concentrations overlaid with increased ocean temperatures around Kodiak Island early last year followed by other maps showing the absence of new fish surviving into the late summer.“It’s one of poorest recruitments that we can see in the time series,” Hopcroft said.He also presented a chart showing the results of acoustic surveys in the Gulf of Alaska.“You can see that the signal in the fall of (2015), literally there’s just nothing there,” Hopcroft said.According to a 2014 report produced by the Juneau-based McDowell Group, the Alaska pollock fishery is the nation’s largest fishery. The value of all pollock exports reached $969 million in 2013. That included frozen pollock products like fillets. Exports also include roe, surimi, fish meal, and fish oil. Pollock accounted for 35% of all Alaska seafood exports by value.last_img read more

PetSmart Bought for 87 Billion in Largest Acquisition Deal

first_imgPetSmart, the pet-supplies retailer, has been bought out by a consortium of investors for $8.7 billion. This marks the largest acquisition deal of 2014.PetSmart said that the investors have agreed to pay $83 per share in an all-cash deal, a 39 percent premium over its closing price on 2 July, the day before they announced they were looking for a buyout option.The consortium is led by BC Partners, a London-based buyout firm, which reportedly swooped down on the deal last minute, overthrowing Apollo Global Management’s $8 billion bid for PetSmart.”We are very pleased to add PetSmart to our portfolio of investments. PetSmart is an iconic brand and the category leader in the growing pet retail industry,” Raymond Svide of BC Partners was quoted by CNN Money.PetSmart decided to sell as it was hit hard by competition from bigger retailers like Walmart and Amazon. Its third quarter net income was just $92.9 million and sales rose just by 2.6 percent. A buyout decision was a calculated, strategic one.”This transaction is a testament to the strength of the PetSmart brand and franchise and reflects the dedication and commitment of our 54,000 associates to serving our customers and delivering value for our company and our shareholders,” David K Lenhardt, PetSmart’s president and CEO said, according to CBC.The deal isn’t just the largest acquisition agreement this year but also marks a rare case where a private equity firm bought out a publicly traded company, The Wall Street Journal notes.Before the financial crisis of 2008, buyout firms teamed up to make struggling public firms private. However, that changed after the economy went into depression with buyout firms getting more cautious about which companies to invest in.Experts said the current buyout scenario is “overpriced.” But BC Partners argue that the PetSmart deal is “different” from other buyout deals because the firms have considered PetSmart’s cash flow and leverage points that bode well for investors, banks and regulators as well.Several strategic changes and more than $200 million worth of cost-cuts have been planned for PetSmart.”I’m not sure you’ll see meaningful changes at PetSmart. The way this company has been managed, that will show in the financial performance over the next few years,” Raymond Svider, a managing partner at BC told The Journal.last_img read more

Church credibility seriously undermined Pope Francis

first_imgPope Francis leads a mass to mark the World Day of Peace in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, on 1 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoPope Francis accused US bishops on Thursday of failing to show unity in the face of a sexual abuse crisis, saying internal bickering had to end over a scandal that has shredded the Church’s credibility.In a long and highly unusual letter sent to US bishops as they embarked on a week-long retreat, Francis said the handling of the scandal showed the urgent need for a new approach to management and mindset within the Roman Catholic Church.“God’s faithful people and the Church’s mission continue to suffer greatly as a result of abuses of power and conscience and sexual abuse, and the poor way that they were handled,” the pope wrote, adding that bishops had “concentrated more on pointing fingers than on seeking paths of reconciliation”.Pope Francis has summoned the heads of some 110 national Catholic bishops’ conferences and dozens of experts and leaders of religious orders to the Vatican on 21-24 February for an extraordinary gathering dedicated to the now global crisis.Victims of clergy sexual abuse are hoping that the meeting will finally come up with a clear policy to make bishops themselves accountable for the mishandling of abuse cases.Ahead of that encounter, US bishops gathered on Wednesday near Chicago for seven days of prayer and spiritual reflection.“The Church’s credibility has been seriously undercut and diminished by these sins and crimes, but even more by the efforts made to deny or conceal them,” Francis said.The pope said he was so concerned by the situation that he had hoped to attend the retreat in person, but added that he had been unable to do so “for logistical reasons”. However, he sent his own preacher, Raniero Cantalamessa, to lead proceedings.Past WrongsThe US Church is still reeling from a grand jury report last year that found that 301 priests in the state of Pennsylvania had sexually abused minors over a 70-year period. Other US states have launched investigations of their own.“The hurt caused by these sins and crimes has also deeply affected the communion of bishops, and generated not the sort of healthy and necessary disagreements and tensions found in any living body, but rather division and dispersion,” the pope said.Critics accuse Francis, who became pontiff in 2013, of responding much too slowly to the sex scandals, of failing to empathise with the victims and of blindly believing the word of his fellow clergy.But in 2018 he tried to address past wrongs, publicly admitting he was wrong about a case in Chile and vowing that the Church would never again seek to cover up such wrongdoing.In July, he accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the US Church’s most prominent figures, following allegations he had sexually abused a 16-year-old boy, while in October, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington DC, stepped down over his handling of abuse cases.“Combatting the culture of abuse, the loss of credibility, the resulting bewilderment and confusion, and the discrediting of our mission urgently demands of us a renewed and decisive approach to resolving conflicts,” the pope wrote on Thursday.“This requires not only a new approach to management, but also a change in our mindset.”last_img read more

Parents Of Pakistani Exchange Student Killed In Santa Fe High School Sue

first_img Share Fareed Khan/APThis file photo shows Abdul Aziz Sheikh (center), father of Sabika Sheikh, showing a picture of his daughter.The parents of a Pakistani exchange student who was killed in the Santa Fe High school shooting earlier this year are suing the parents of the alleged killer.Sabika Sheikh’s parents joined a lawsuit previously filed by the family members of several other victims of the may shooting.Galveston County Sheriff’s OfficeDimitrios Pagourtzis.The suit alleges the parents of 17 year-old suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis were negligent in allowing their son to gain access to weapons they owned and failed to respond to warning signs that their son might be a danger to others.An attorney for Pagourtzis’ parents has denied they have any liability in the case.Sheikh was among eight students and two teachers who were killed. Thirteen other people were wounded.last_img read more

Knotty affair with summer

first_imgScarves are summer must haves, they not only save your skin from the scorching heat but can also act as a style statement, say experts. Here are some styles that you can flaunt with a scarf.4Knot at the end: The conventional way to style a scarf is to loop it around your neck bringing the ends to the front side. Tie the ends together in a knot for a refined look.4The shrug look: This would work with a larger scarf. Fold the scarf diagonally making a triangle shape of the scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck keeping two ends of the triangle in front. Wear a stylish high waist belt over the scarf at your waist to accentuate the look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The airhostess bow knot: In case you want to go for a more subtle look, the best way is to fold the scarf until it becomes a two to four inch rectangle. Loop it around your neck and with the ends, tie a big bow on the right hand side of your neck for that sexy-yet-professional style statement.4Choker style: Fold a long scarf in half, lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck as a necklace and then twist it and loop again.4Bandana style: Fold your scarf in a triangle shape and put the biggest side over your head like a headband. Now tie the ends together behind your head.4Tie style: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang. Cross and tie the two ends in the centre. Adjust so that one is layered over the other to give it a tie look.last_img read more

Christina Aguilera looks unrecognizable on this magazine cover

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Christina Aguilera on the cover of Paper magazine. | Photo: Instagram/@papermagazine eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pop diva Christina Aguilera looks completely unrecognizable on the cover of the latest Paper magazine. Christina Aguilera dons disguise and surprises NYC subwayChristina Aguilera joins the season 10 opener of RuPaul’s Drag RaceChristina Aguilera helps two male fans get engaged on first night of her tourRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The Grammy Award winning singer is known for her lavish looks, even mimicking drag queens as she did in the most recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.But in this photoshoot the star appears stripped back in the magazines ‘Transformation 2018’ issue.Ready for @xtina‘s #Transformation? #XtinaPAPER— PAPER Magazine (@papermagazine) March 26, 2018Aguilera wanted to appear with minimal makeup because it reflected where she was in her career.‘I’ve always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage. I’m a performer, that’s who I am by nature,’ she told Paper.‘But I’m at the place, even musically, where it’s a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty.’Appearing on the cover with messy bangs and very little makeup which show her freckles, the 37-year-old admitted the ‘makeunder’ wouldn’t be permanent.‘I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted,’ she said.#XtinaPAPER GAYSTARNEWS- — PAPER Magazine (@papermagazine) March 26, 2018Aguilera and LGBTQ peopleThe Paper interview also touched on Aguilera’s support of the LGBTQ community.Her music video for the 2002 hit, Beautiful, featured trans people which earned her a GLAAD media award the following year.#XtinaPAPER— PAPER Magazine (@papermagazine) March 26, 2018In 2016 she dedicated the proceeds of her song Change, to the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando through the National Compassion Fund.‘These are people who I grew up with and who are brilliant, talented and strong that deserve for their voice to be heard and fought for, as well,’ she said.Aguilera and beuatyPaper is not afraid of pushing stars to new limits for their covers. The magazine famously portrayed Kim Kardashian in her ‘break the internet’ cover.#XtinaPAPER— PAPER Magazine (@papermagazine) March 26, 2018Aguilera was clear about what she believes is beautiful.‘Be fearless in breaking new boundaries and don’t be afraid to go against the grain of criticism along the way,’ she said.‘There’s always gonna be those trolls out there or people that have their own definition and ideals of beauty.’Unfortunately, the diva didn’t shed any light on when we could expect a new album from her.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Exclusive London and Prague famil a delight for Personal Travel Manage

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia Click Here to join TravelManagers Exclusive London and Prague famil a delight for Personal Travel ManagerThe city of Prague has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities in Europe, with centuries of history layered together to create an effect that personal travel manager Janice Lee found to be quite addictive on her recent famil.Lee, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Surry Hills in Sydney, spent three nights soaking up the historic city’s sights on a luxury famil organised exclusively for CT Partners members and hosted by British Airways and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.TravelManagers qualified for a place on the famil as one of CT Partners’ top three British Airways-selling members.  Lee herself was selected by TravelManagers’ to take part in the famil on the basis of her British Airways sales during this period.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company are always supportive of personal travel managers (PTMs) taking part in such famils.“We encourage any opportunity for our PTMs to experience new destinations for themselves as we know that first-hand experience leads to better service for clients and increased sales.”Prior to her arrival in Prague, Lee and her group were also treated to three nights at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, providing them with the perfect base from which to get in touch (or, as in Lee’s case, back in touch) with its sights.“I haven’t been to London for several years so really enjoyed getting reacquainted with the feel and vibrancy of London,” says Lee.  “The Mandarin Oriental is in a wonderful location over the road from Hyde Park and it gives you a great feeling of being a local as there are lots of apartments and inner city living, with easy access to the fantastic public transport system.”For Lee, one of the highlights of the London leg of the famil was opportunity to dine at the hotel’s “Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” restaurant.“It was such a unique experience; there was always an air of expectancy when each course arrived.  The general consensus was that the pâté (which looked like a Mandarin) was the highlight of the meal.”The famil was also an opportunity to experience British Airways A380 business class product between Singapore and London.“We really enjoyed the A380 and Club World experience, especially as it meant we arrived in London fresh and ready to cope with a new day.  We were also really impressed by the wonderful arrivals lounge at Heathrow where business clients can shower and breakfast before heading off to meetings.”At the end of the group’s time in London, they were whisked off to Heathrow where they saw first-hand the significant amount of construction work taking place, before boarding another British Airways flight for the two-hour journey to Prague.“Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I have visited and far exceeded my expectations.  It’s a fantastic walking city, although the cobblestones make for hard going unless you have decent walking shoes,” she says.Lee and her group spent three nights at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Prague.“The hotel, which was previously a monastery, has a lovely charm and boasts an amazing Spa which we all had the opportunity to experience.  I can honestly say it was one of the best I have been to recently.”For Lee, their two half-day walking tours were a highlight of her time in Prague.  Led by an 82-year-old local woman, they were an opportunity not just to walk around the sights but also to gain a personal insight into the changes the city has seen during and after the war.“It was my first famil with TravelManagers, so I was very excited to find I had won a spot on such a luxurious trip,” says Lee.  “Since my first trip overseas in 1977, I’ve been continually amazed and intrigued by the unique sights, sounds and tastes of different countries, customs and cuisines, but this was definitely a high point.  All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I learnt so much.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599last_img read more

Hosted buyer applications open for 20th CINZ MEETINGS

first_imgExciting connections are on the cards for the 20th MEETINGS exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) in Auckland this June.CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says hosted buyers will receive invitations this week, and applications are now open online at“CINZ MEETINGS 2016 will be a stellar anniversary event and our buyers can look forward to full hosting including travel, accommodation and registration for the event on 15 and 16 June, plus famil opportunities before the show gets underway,” she said.“These buyers are the people responsible for organising, planning, recommending, researching and influencing decisions about conference destinations and incentive travel, and we want to wow them with what New Zealand has to offer.“Along with our legendary social hosting, the highlight of CINZ MEETINGS is focused, face-to-face appointments. Pre-scheduled appointments mean buyers can meet a choice of 200 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand, all under one roof with 35 appointments across two days.”Up to 100 hosted buyers from Australia will also have the opportunity to join one of eight regional familiarisation tours around New Zealand the weekend before MEETINGS, and a hosted Auckland familiarisation day experience on 14 June.Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media to MEETINGS from North America, China, Japan, India and South East Asia.More than 300 day buyers are also anticipated over the two days of MEETINGS, as well as 100 New Zealand event organisers who will be hosted in Auckland for two days.MEETINGS’ appointment scheduling system uses the latest online technology for fast and efficient appointment planning. Buyers can select exhibitors they most want to meet with, making the best use of the time.“Buyers tell us they enjoy the atmosphere of our appointment programme, with five minute breaks between appointments plus morning and afternoon tea breaks, all day coffee and tea, and exceptional networking and familiarisation events,” Sue Sullivan said.Final applications for exhibitor bookings close on 28 March, and hosted buyer applications close on 18 April.CINZ MEETINGS’ pre-scheduled appointment requests will take place during May, and the online diary will commence on 31 May with the final appointment diary available to view on 10 June. Apply hereSource = Conventions and Incentives New Zealandlast_img read more

British airways reveals retro designs to celebrate its centenary year

first_imgBritish airways reveals retro designs to celebrate its centenary yearBritish airways reveals retro designs to celebrate its centenary yearAs part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways has today announced it will be painting four of its aircraft in much-loved retro designs from across its past, with the first confirmed as a Boeing 747 in a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design.The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era will adorn a B747, reg: G-BYGC. The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive in to Heathrow on February 18, before entering service the following day. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.The BOAC 747 will be followed by three other aircraft which will all have different retro liveries, with details being revealed in due course. All four aircraft will fly British Airways’ routes, proudly showcasing some of the popular designs as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.All new aircraft entering the fleet, including the A350, will continue to receive today’s popular Chatham Dockyard design – meaning five designs from across British Airways’ history will be in operation.Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe. It’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing some classic designs, and what better place to start than the iconic BOAC livery.“Our history has shaped who we are today, so our centenary is the perfect moment to revisit our heritage and the UK’s aviation landscape through these iconic designs. We’re excited to share details of the other liveries over the coming weeks.”The 747 has been deliberately chosen for the BOAC livery as it is a later variant of the same aircraft type that adorned the design when it was initially in operation.The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747 until it retires in 2023. By this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet, replacing them with new state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft. This includes taking delivery of 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next four years – which feature new cabins and are more environmentally efficient – as well as another 26 short-haul aircraft, all part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers.Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

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