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  • Ontario BC mull preconstruction condo sales registry amid CRA crackdown

    first_imgVANCOUVER – Ontario and B.C.’s finance ministers say they are open to the idea of a registry of pre-construction condominium sales as the Canada Revenue Agency ramps up efforts to find tax evaders who earn money flipping condos still being built.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the government wants the CRA to enforce disclosure of so-called assignment sales or shadow flipping, where a buyer purchases a condo from a developer and sells it to another buyer before it is completed, to prevent tax avoidance of any capital gains.His B.C. counterpart, Carole James, says the province has made some changes to allow for better sharing of information with the federal government, and is looking into ways it can assist the federal government in their investigation and audits.She says the provincial government is discussing a registry of condominium presales and assignment sales, which some have suggested might help the problem, but stresses it’s one of many possible options.Sousa says he’s supportive of anything, including a registry, that enables the government to ensure full disclosure.The CRA said Tuesday it is analyzing 2,810 transaction of pre-construction condo flipping in Toronto and may carry out audits to find tax evaders. The agency says real estate deals in the hot housing markets in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have been the subject of greater scrutiny.last_img read more

  • The Latest: EU concessions on Brexit deal would be ‘stupid’

    LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union (all times local):12:40 p.m.A top European Commission official says it would be ‘a stupid thing’ for the European Union to make any concessions to Britain that would put the bloc at a disadvantage just to clinch a Brexit agreement.Jyrki Katainen says “there’s no reason to give any concessions” to Britain which knew of the consequences of leaving the bloc. He said the EU has negotiated in good faith and had reached a good deal that was rejected by the British parliament.Katainen said he doesn’t see “much room for manoeuvr” on a backstop deal designed to prevent a hard post-Brexit border that would bring back customs and identity checks between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K.Katainen was speaking Monday after talks with Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades.Georgiades said although Cyprus wants to “definitely avoid” a no-deal Brexit and would opt to “pause the process” in order to give negotiators more time to hammer out terms that are “benign and less damaging for all.”___9:35 a.m.A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language designed to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland.Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign secretary, writes Monday in the Daily Telegraph that it would be “unadulterated good Brexit news” if May negotiated an expiration date for the Irish border backstop plan. Currently, the backstop clause would indefinitely keep Britain in a customs union with the EU if no other way were found to avoid physical border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Tuesday is a crucial day for May’s Brexit deal, with Parliament considering a number of amendments that could prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement on future relations.The Associated Press read more

  • Subway sues CBC for reckless Marketplace report claiming chicken is half soy

    TORONTO — Subway has filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBC over reports the sandwich chain alleges have caused it to suffer significant sales losses.In a statement of claim filed with a Toronto court earlier this month, Subway takes issue with television and online reports as well as tweets published by the broadcaster, which it alleges were meant to discredit the company and its products.Subway alleges the CBC acted “recklessly and maliciously” in airing a “Marketplace” report in February that said DNA tests suggested some chicken products served by the chain could contain only 50 per cent chicken or less.The company further alleges the tests conducted on the chicken “lacked scientific rigour,” were conducted without appropriate methods by people without proper training and then interpreted by people who also lacked training.“These false statements … were published and republished, maliciously and without just cause or excuse, to a global audience, which has resulted in pecuniary loss to the plaintiffs,” the company says in the document.Subway becomes latest restaurant chain to remove artificial ingredients from its foodSubway to stop using chemical also found in yoga mats in its breadSubway is seeking $210 million in damages, saying its reputation and brand have taken a hit as a result of the CBC reports. It is also seeking recovery of out-of-pocket expenses it says were incurred as part of efforts to mitigate its losses.None of the allegations have been proven in court and the CBC says it will defend itself against the lawsuit, which also names as defendants the reporter and two producers who worked on the program.CBC “Marketplace” reported that DNA test results showed high levels of soy DNA in Subway’s chicken products, suggesting potentially high levels of soy content in Subway’s chicken products.The TV report was followed by an online story and several tweets that included similar content.Subway reacted angrily after the report aired, calling it false and misleading. The company said at the time its own analysis found only trace amounts of soy in its chicken.The CBC has said it stands by its reports, noting the DNA tests were done by independent and credible experts.The lawsuit alleges the reports unfairly painted Subway as resorting to misleading business practices and cheap ingredients at the expense of Canadian consumers. read more

  • Blast devastates part of California refinery injuring 4 and sending ash raining

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 11:08 am MDT A vehicle is covered in ash after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility’s flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson) Blast devastates part of California refinery, injuring 4 and sending ash raining down on area TORRANCE, Calif. – An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.The blast at the Exxon Mobil Corp. facility occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department spokesman Steve Deuel said. The four-story structure was shattered, and four contractors suffered minor injuries.Electrical contractor Cory Milsap-Harris, 21, was in a switch house next door to the blast site keeping an eye on three colleagues working 8 feet underground in a manhole. “Everything was going smooth. Next thing I hear sounded like heavy metal next door. There was a loud bang,” he said. “You could feel the building shake a little.”The blast reverberated in his ears despite the several layers of hearing protection he routinely wears, Milsap-Harris said. He rushed his co-workers outside, where people were running away from flames and black smoke.Residents within a mile or two reported feeling a sharp jolt that they initially thought was an earthquake.“The whole building shook. We couldn’t figure out what it was, but we stepped outside the door and the flames were shooting up from the refinery,” said Brittney Davis, whose office is about a block away. “I could feel the heat from the flame.”Students at 13 nearby schools were kept indoors, said Tammy Khan of the Torrance Unified School District. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for areas surrounding the refinery, and it dispatched inspectors to the facility with air sampling equipment.Exxon Mobil said no harmful emissions were detected by its air-quality monitors on the refinery fence line.The refinery about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year, which accounts for about 8.3 per cent of the state’s total refining capacity.Gas prices in California had been inching up even before the blast.Allison Mac, West Coast petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, said the accident could contribute to an immediate spike of 7 to 15 cents per gallon, but the effects are likely to remain limited to Southern California.There are refineries in the region that produce nearly twice as much, so it should not cause a major dent in supply, Mac said. “It’s not like we were at 100 and now we’re at zero,” she said.Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, agreed.“You’re not going to see another gasoline apocalypse” like after the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, California, that helped send gas prices over $4 a gallon, he said.It was not clear what caused the explosion or how much work at the refinery was disrupted. Company spokesman Todd Spitler only said other parts of the facility continue to operate.The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is leading the investigation, which can take six months to complete. Cal-OSHA inspectors shut down a fluid catalytic cracking unit — a device used in refining oil — where the accident was thought to have occurred, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Industrial Relations.The Exxon Mobil refinery is the second in the state to encounter production interruptions. A Tesoro refinery in Northern California — which accounts for about 9.2 per cent of the state’s total refining capacity — was shut down earlier this month after the contract with the United Steelworkers union expired.___Associated Press writers John Antczak, Christopher Weber and Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report. read more

  • Outcome of global hunger summit major step towards ending injustice of malnutrition

    In a video message to the high-level event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to alleviating malnutrition in all its forms. “No child should suffer the injustice of malnutrition. Yet one in four will be stunted by chronic malnutrition — unless we act,” said the UN chief.“These commitments can support children’s development, help hundreds of millions of people and boost the economies of some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. The UN system and I will do everything within our power to see them fulfilled,” he declared.The event, which brought together leaders from Governments, the private sector and civil society, was hosted by the Governments of Brazil and the United Kingdom, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the event resulted in renewed commitments to accelerate progress towards significant reductions in stunting and improved nutrition for children and mothers around the world, including initial pledges of funds exceeding $4 billion. “For children who face the unnecessary threat of stunting – something that not only deprives them of physical good health but dramatically weakens their potential to learn, to earn a decent income and to contribute to the prosperity and growth of their communities – today’s gathering underlined a global determination to meet that threat,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a press release.At the event, UNICEF pledged to continue its own investment in strengthening nutrition in countries worst-affected by stunting and other forms of undernutrition – an investment represented by more than 350 nutrition experts working with governments and local communities in some 65 countries, backed by a financial contribution that has seen around $1 billion spent by UNICEF on improving nutrition over the last five years.UNICEF was among several United Nations agencies welcoming the formal Global Nutrition for Growth Compact agreed by participants that highlighted commitments to make nutrition a top political and socio-economic priority for both donors and countries affected by undernutrition, capitalize on scientific knowledge and innovation to improve nutrition, and strengthen transparency and monitoring of results.José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also welcomed the new funding pledges, commitments and targets for action on nutrition. “I welcome the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact agreed at the meeting. FAO will work with all committed Governments to realize their food security and nutrition goals,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. He also outlined how FAO was stepping up its efforts to improve nutrition over the last 18 months. This includes the additional deployment of experts in the field to better respond to country needs and the implementation of a new nutrition strategy. Mr. Graziano da Silva also stressed the importance of improving measurement of hunger and malnutrition. In this regard, FAO is developing the Voices of the Hungry project- a new, faster and more precise way of measuring hunger and food insecurity across the world. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement today hailed world leaders signing the Compact. Since launching in 2010, the SUN Movement has expanded to 40 countries that together are home to 80 million stunted children equivalent to about half of all stunted children in the world.“Good nutrition is essential for the growth of individuals, nations and economies,” said Dr. David Nabarro, Coordinator of the SUN Movement. “All in the Movement are excited by this event in London, which should be remembered as the day when the world started to turn a corner and start to see an end to the scandal of child malnutrition in today’s world,” he said in a press release on the event. read more

  • Opinion Michigan bringing in former Alabama coordinator Buckeye fans should take notice

    Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (left) and coach Brady Hoke share a smile after a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 10.Credit: Courtesy of MCTUnder coach Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football team has yet to lose to Michigan, but a recent big-time move on the Wolverines’ coaching staff could inflict some uneasiness into Buckeye fans.Offensive coordinator Al Borges, the same coach who helped the Michigan offense put up 41 points against Ohio State in November, was out of a job Wednesday morning. By nightfall, however, his replacement was already announced.That replacement is former Alabama offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, who will become one of the highest-paid coordinators in college football.While the details of his hiring are still a bit cloudy, rumors are swirling that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was pushing out Nussmeier in order to bring in his new buddy, Lane Kiffin, to take the reigns of the Alabama offense.In any case, this somewhat-shocking hire by the Wolverines should motivate OSU players and fans.Even with the aforementioned Borges at the helm, the Wolverine offense torched the Buckeyes’ defense and was even a single play away from winning The Game. But under control of Nussmeier and a revamped pro-style offense more suitable to Michigan’s personnel coming along with him, the Michigan offense could certainly take leaps and bounds forward.If OSU wants to continue its dominance against Michigan, the defense will have to at least match the improvement of the Michigan offense.In hiring Nussmeier, Michigan might have started a domino effect that will definitely have an impact in Columbus. Should Borges have stayed, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell’s job might have been safe. Now, however, Michigan has challenged OSU even further to resurrect the formerly fantastic “Silver Bullet” defense.If the Buckeyes stand pat, meaning Fickell is retained and the entire defensive outfit continues its less-than-stellar production, OSU will certainly have taken a step backward while Michigan has taken a step forward. That’s something no one involved with OSU football would be content seeing.Be it the firing of Fickell, a change in scheme, or just an overall closer examination of certain players, something needs to change defensively for OSU. Michigan made its move and is challenging the Buckeyes to answer with a counterattack.If the Buckeyes don’t take measures to improve their defense, a loss to Michigan next season in Columbus will be no one’s fault but their own.A word to athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer, in this century-long chess match between OSU and Michigan: it’s your move. read more

  • PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale beta launches

    first_imgIf you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you are eligible to partake in Sony’s first open access beta for its hotly anticipated PS3 title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game is Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros franchise, and it is due out this holiday season.Players will be able to duke it out with characters from the nearly two decades of PlayStation history, ranging from the classics that every casual fan knows to the more obscure for the truly fanatical Sony fanboys to appreciate. The game launches on November 20, but the beta goes live today for PlayStation Plus subscribers.In the beta, users will have access to the playable characters Kratos, Sweeth Tooth, Colonel Radec, Sly Cooper, PaRappa the Rapper, and Fat Princess. All come from very different genres and different time periods from within the storied PlayStation universe.Of course, at its heart this is a test for Sony to just put the game through its online connectivity paces and make sure that the network support is fully in place. So it is all about online matches; users can participate in four-player melee fights, or 2-vs-2 games to allow players to invite friends and compete in team-based brawls.Also launching is the beta of the PlayStation Vita version, which is available to everyone and not just PlayStation Plus members. This game is one of Sony’s poster children for “cross-play” functionality, which means the game is functionally identical between the PS3 and Vita so players can take the experience with them on the go. This is also fully represented in the beta.For those who don’t have PlayStation Plus, the beta will be opening up for all PS3 users next week.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

  • Mestre insists Barca havent offered Valverde a new contract

    first_imgBarcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has been discussing the future of Ernesto Valverde, revealing the club haven’t offered the manager a new contract.The former Athletico Bilbao manager has admitted recently he’s uncertain over his future at the Camp Nou next season, and Mestre has offered an update on the situation.“It’s a recurring situation that happens every year. It was the case with Luis Enrique and with Guardiola,” Mestre said, according to AS.“At this moment Valverde’s renewal in not on the table. Despite the fact that we are very happy with him anything can happen in football.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I believe he has said that he is happy with us, the players are happy with him and personally I am as well.”“We’re relaxed about the situation but we know that anything can happen and due to the text of the contract it is not something that depends entirely on us or that is entirely in our hands. We are coming to the key period of the season but at the moment we are very calm.”Barcelona players have been revealing their feelings about Valverde’s future at the club, with Gerard Pique saying he’s been doing a “magnificent” job, while Ivan Rakitic has said the best for the club thing is for Valverde to stay.last_img read more

  • 3day celebration takes closer look at area birds

    first_imgRuby, a turkey vulture, shows off her wingspan Saturday at the Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdFest display. River S Unit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife bus tours of the River S Unit, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; buses leave hourly from Ridgefield High School, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road; Audubon bird walks, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Big Sit bird tally, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Carty Unit: Geology walk, 10:30 a.m.; Native American fishing, 12:30 p.m.; “Keeping Traditions Alive,” 1:30 p.m.; traditional salmon bake, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; family activities tent and Cathlapotle Plankhouse tours.Davis Park (downtown): Family activities and Birders’ Marketplace, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Audubon live bird display, 1 p.m.; Oregon Zoo display, 2 p.m.Information: http://www.ridgefieldfriends.org.RIDGEFIELD — Turkey vultures poop on their feet.As Deanna Sawtelle explains, that is the bird’s version of cleaning up after dinner.A turkey vulture can be up to its ankles in its food; so when it walks away from the table (so to speak), its feet can be covered with sticky bits of rotting road kill.“They poop straight down their legs,” Sawtelle told a gathering Saturday at View Ridge Middle School. “It kills the bacteria on their feet and legs.”last_img read more

  • Children at Fort Lauderdale hospital visted by Navy sailors

    first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some young patients at a Fort Lauderdale hospital received a group of special visitors.Several U.S. Navy sailors from the U.S.S. New York visited the children at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, Tuesday.The sailors went room to room saying hello and even had a chance to talk to the kids.This visit was part of Fleet Week, where hundreds of sailors participate in recreational activities, professional demonstrations, as well as community service projects.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • 2 Koreas in fresh talks on Winter Olympics

    first_imgA bus carrying a delegation of South Korean officials passes a military check point on the road leading to the border truce village of Panmunjom in Paju on 15 January, 2018. Photo: AFPNorth and South Korea began talks Monday on appearances by Pyongyang’s state-run artistic performers at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, after the North agreed to attend the Games.Pyongyang agreed last week to send athletes, high-level officials, and others to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, easing months of high tensions over its weapons programmes.The two sides agreed an art troupe would be part of the delegation, and eight officials — four from each — started a working-level meeting to thrash out the details on the northern side of the Military Demarcation Line at the border truce village of Panmunjom soon after 10 am (0100 GMT), Seoul’s unification ministry said.The North’s delegates include Kwon Hyok-Bong, a senior culture ministry official, as well as Hyon Song-Wol, the leader of the North’s famed all-female Moranbong music band.The 10-member band, established in 2012 with members supposedly chosen by leader Kim Jong-Un, is known for its Western-style, synthesiser-driven music and sophisticated fashion style rare in the isolated nation, although most of their songs laud the regime.Their numbers include the jaunty “Mother’s Birthday”, about the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, and the more soulful “We Call Him Father”, an ode to leader Kim Jong-Un.Such lyrics could fall foul of the South’s National Security Act, which bans praise for the North.The band once cancelled a planned performance in Beijing in 2015 and returned home after Chinese officials took issue with propaganda images on the stage featuring Pyongyang’s long-range missiles.The South’s delegates include senior officials from the state-run Korean Symphony Orchestra, raising the prospect of groups from both sides of the DMZ performing together — another top North Korean act is the State Merited Chorus, a military choir.The two Koreas are also set to hold talks with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday over participation of the North’s athletes at the Games.Seoul and Olympic organisers have been keen for Pyongyang — which boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in the South’s capital Seoul — to take part in what they have been promoting as a “peace Olympics.”The North had remained silent to the offer until the Kim abruptly announced an intention to take part in his New Year Speech, in a move seen as aimed at easing military tension with the US.Tension has been high on the flashpoint peninsula as the North staged a flurry of nuclear and missile tests since last year and Kim traded threats of war and personal attacks with USlast_img read more

  • Researchers seeking to redefine difference between solids and liquids

    first_img More information: Research paper PDF: www.ams.org/notices/201303/rnoti-p310.pdfvia Simons Foundation Explore further Journal information: Notices of the American Mathematical Society For most people, the difference between a solid and liquid is easy to discern—liquids move, they flow, they take the shape of whatever they are put in. Solids on the other hand, are rigid and don’t slosh around. For physicists however, things are not quite so simple, especially since 1984 when Dan Shechtman discovered what are now known as quasicrystals (for which he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011)—materials that appear rigid but upon closer inspection reveal a non-repeating pattern in the arrangement of their atoms. Thus, they’re neither liquid nor solid according to the traditional definition (solids are supposed to be arranged in a crystal lattice), which muddles the very definition of the state of matter. Because of that, physicists and mathematicians have been looking for a new way to clearly differentiate between a solid and a liquid.Radin and Aristoff suggest that measuring shear in a material is the way to go. In physics, shear is witnessed as a body part being deformed and can be expressed mathematically as the sidewise displacement between two points in parallel planes divided by the distance between those planes. In building their model, they found that at low densities, materials show no response to shear, but as the atoms move closer to one another and eventually become densely packed together, they do show shear, and also tend to result in expansion of the material. It’s where it crosses over, the two say, that the definition of solid versus liquid resides. Another team, this one in France, has another idea—they say matter can be defined as solid or liquid by measuring its viscosity, or ability to flow. They note that glass actually flows, very slowly of course, and so does diamond, though they note researchers would have to measure it over the course of the age of universe to see it flow due to Earth’s gravity.In either case, redefining what constitutes the different states of matter is important because without clear terminology, material descriptions can lose their meaning. Unlocking jams in fluid materials: A theoretical model to understand how to best avoid jamming of soft matter © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org) —Charles Radin a mathematical physicist with the University of Texas and one of his former student’s David Aristoff, have built a 2D model material made of disks to represent atoms. In their article published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, they suggest that their model shows that defining the difference between a solid and a liquid should be more a matter of measuring the way a material responds to shear, than looking at the way its atoms are arranged. Citation: Researchers seeking to redefine difference between solids and liquids (2013, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-redefine-difference-solids-liquids.html A schematic experimental parameter space. Credit: Charles Radin, Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 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.last_img read more

  • Special trains to evacuate people stranded in Kerala

    first_imgKolkata: The South Eastern Railway will run two special trains from Ernakulam in flood-ravaged Kerala to Santragachi/Howrah to evacuate stranded people this evening, an SER spokesman said. On a request from the West Bengal government, SER will run the two trains, which will commence journey from Ernakulam at 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm today, a communique from the state Transport department said. The railway will also run a special train to Ernakulam from Santragachi, which will leave here at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, the SER spokesman said. Several tourists and many other people on work from West Bengal have been stranded owing to the floods in the southern state, where transport services have been severely affected.last_img read more

  • We have no walls Everyone is welcome in Chicago Altoran

    first_img Share Tags: Chicago Friday, October 6, 2017 TORONTO — Choose Chicago and a dozen of its partners had plenty of news to share about the Windy City on a 4-day sales mission road trip to Montreal and Toronto.Most importantly, said Arnaldo Altoran, Director Global Development, Choose Chicago, is that Chicago will have more than 44,000 hotel rooms at the ready by 2018. “This is where we need your help,” Altoran told the crowd of travel agents and trade media in Toronto yesterday. Filling those hotel rooms is a top priority for Choose Chicago as it continues to promote tourism to the city from Canada and beyond.The good news is Chicago, with its two airports – O’Hare and Midway – has plenty of lift from this market. Air Canada offers flights from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, WestJet has flights from Calgary and Porter Airlines has service from Toronto. A number of U.S. carriers also fly from Canadian gateways to Chicago.Arnaldo Altoran, Director Global Development, Choose Chicago; Nora Gainer, The Art Institute of Chicago; Jim Vozella, Big Bus Tours; Kristen Dos, Blue Man Group Chicago; Tin Bui, CityPASS; Alexandra Medina, Entertainment Cruises; Michael Weinberg, Hiltons of Chicago; Amy Tometich, Museum of Science and Industry, Eli Marie Rodriguez, Raffaello Chicago; Joleen Haran, Shedd Aquarium; Amy Hatnett, Shoreline Sightseeing Tours; Nick Johnson, Skydeck Chicago, Stephanie Freed-Burns, Choose Chicago Canada; Lucia Trevino, Sales Manager, The Peninsula ChicagoChicago not only has 44,000+ hotel rooms (at least by 2018), it also has more than 5,000 dining venues, including some 26 Michelin-starred restaurants, and 56 museums including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry, both of which were on hand at yesterday’s lunch event.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterChicago also has 77 neighbourhoods, 41 kilometres of lakefront, 250+ theatres, 580 parks and 225 music venues. And what’s the number one attraction in the city, drawing some 10 million visitors every year? Cloud Gate, the reflective silver sculpture better known to many visitors as The Bean and the star of Millennial Park since its installation in 2006.Altoran said Choose Chicago’s week-long mission to Toronto and Montreal included a combination of education seminars, sales meetings and networking events. Canada ranks consistently as one of Chicago’s top international markets.Choose Chicago has a new promotional campaign, ‘Choose Chicago: Welcome Home’, that underscores the warm welcome Canadians and other international markets can expect to receive in the city. “Whatever your customers want to do, they can do it in Chicago,” said Altoran. “We have no walls. Everyone is welcome in Chicago.” See choosechicago.com/welcomehome. Travelweek Group center_img < > “We have no walls. Everyone is welcome in Chicago”: Altoran Posted bylast_img read more

  • Philippines to conduct a fourcity road show in India following a surge

    first_imgA total of 22, 121 Indian tourists arrived at Philippines during January-March 2016, recording an increase of 23.7% over the same period last year. The Department of Tourism (DOT) Philippines has reported 6943 visitor arrivals in March 2016, that is, a growth of 8.23% over that of the same month in 2015.Such a growth, according to SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office India, has been the result of continuous effort on the part of DOT to promote the country’s attractions under the ongoing Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign. The country hopes to end the year with a growth of 25% while maintaining a steady number throughout the year.Philippines will also be conducting yet another four-city road show in August. The show will commence from Taj Bengal, Kolkata, followed by Raintree Hotel Anna Salai, Chennai on August 9, Vivanta By Taj, Bengaluru on August 10 and conclude at The St Regis Mumbai on August 11. Representatives from DOT Philippines along with a 20-member delegation will interact with over 400 key travel agents and tour operators, MICE and up-market leisure operators.“The year 2016 is witnessing a strong start for Philippines Tourism, especially from the India market. We believe in putting our best efforts to make every road show more promising than the last one. The Indian travellers’ palate has become experimental and therefore, through our numerous trade initiatives, we envisage the influencers of the Indian travel market to sell the destination more effectively to the end consumers,” said SanJeet.last_img read more

  • Pitcairn Islands Tourism will be conducting a trad

    first_imgPitcairn Islands Tourism will be conducting a trade webinar on Thursday, 12 October 2017, and agents can register now for one of two sessions.8.30am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time)10.30am AEDT Located halfway between New Zealand and Panama, the journey to Pitcairn is as much a part of this unique travel experience as the Island’s famous Bounty history and pristine natural environment. For further information email pitcairn@tropicsmarketing.com.au agentsPitcairn Islandstrainingwebinarlast_img read more

  • Going ninth also makes David Johnson the top runni

    first_imgGoing ninth also makes David Johnson the top running back taken in the re-do, ahead of Todd Gurley at 10 and Melvin Gordon at 15. Both running backs were taken in their actual spot in the do-over.Arizona also went a different route in the first round redo. Instead of drafting tackle D.J. Humphries at 24, they chose wide receiver Stefon Diggs from Maryland. Diggs, the 146th pick by the Vikings, has collected 136 catches for 1,623 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons.Playmaking wide receivers like Diggs happen to find themselves targeted by Arizona.Humphries, who after not playing as a rookie made 13 starts for Arizona last season, went to the Colts with the 29th pick. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, left, reaches in for the tackle during the second half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson made a substantial jump in NFL.com’s 2015 NFL Draft do-over, going from third-rounder to the top 10 overall.Lance Zierlein had Johnson going to the New York Giants with the ninth overall pick, a 77-spot jump from where the Cardinals acquired him. The Giants actually drafted offensive lineman Ereck Flowers ninth overall, who has started 31 games for New York.Johnson has become one of the most complete runners in the game and would have been a great addition to complement Eli Manning.Johnson bloomed into a star in his second season, leading the NFL with 2,118 all-purpose yards. The Northern Iowa product won two player of the week honors as well as being a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. Johnson is part of a string of good third-round choices by the Cardinals, including Tyrann Mathieu (2013) and John Brown (2014). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

  • Plastic spatulas recalled

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