SALEM, Ore. — A judge has defended former President Barack Obama’s expansion of a national monument in Oregon, ruling against a logging company’s lawsuit that said the expansion deprived it of timber.Environmental groups hailed Tuesday’s ruling. The case ironically put the Trump administration in the position of defending Obama’s expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, even after Trump’s former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking it.In the lawsuit against President Donald Trump, lawyers for environmental groups sided with U.S. Justice Department lawyers in fighting the logging company. Two similar lawsuits are being heard in federal court in Washington.For the Trump administration, the unlikely alliance is all about preserving presidential power. For the environmentalists, it is about protecting the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which at the stroke of Obama’s pen in his final days in office in 2017 nearly doubled in size to more than 150 square miles (390 square kilometres).Kristen Boyles, attorney with Earthjustice, a San Francisco-based legal group that is one of the defendant-intervenors in the three lawsuits, applauded the decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke.“Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of America’s natural wonders, not a collection of standing logs for a timber company,” Boyles said.Clarke’s ruling is not final. He referred his report and recommendation to a U.S. district judge, and said any objections are due within 14 days.John Murphy, owner of Murphy Co. and Murphy Timber Investments LLC, the Oregon timber concern that brought the lawsuit in federal court in Medford, said it would file an objection.“I am very disappointed in Judge Clarke’s decision,” Murphy said in a telephone interview. “We operate five mills, and we need the wood.”Murphy noted that other mills have been shutting down because of lumber scarcity and competition from the Southeast, where much of the timber is grown on private land. In contrast, roughly half of the land in Oregon belongs to the federal government.In 2000, President Bill Clinton created Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a unique habitat where three mountain ranges converge, forming a biological corridor for mule deer, grey wolves and spotted owls. It is home to more than 200 bird species, the imperiled Oregon spotted frog, deer, elk and many kinds of fish.Obama’s expansion extended it into Northern California, and onto 62 square miles (161 square kilometres) of land that Congress designated in 1937 for timber harvesting to allow local communities to prosper.“The land is designated for permanent timber production,” Murphy said.Clarke said Obama did not exceed his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to expand the monument. The act authorizes a president to set aside federal land as protected national monuments. Timber harvesting is banned in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, except for environmental reasons.Opponents of the expansion said that because it intrudes on land already reserved for timber production, the president unilaterally disregarded an act of Congress.But Clarke wrote in his decision that while the main purpose of the 1937 law is for timber production, no court has found that it sets aside federal public land exclusively for timber production or that it invalidates other federal environmental laws.Meanwhile, Trump has yet to decide Cascade-Siskiyou’s fate.Zinke in August 2017 recommended reductions or other changes at Cascade-Siskiyou and nine other national monuments, but Trump has acted on only two. He cut the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante, both in Utah.If Trump winds up also shrinking Cascade-Siskiyou, the environmental groups that have lined up with him against the three lawsuits will likely wind up as his adversaries.“We don’t think the president has the power to shrink monuments,” Boyles said.___Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andrewselskyAndrew Selsky, The Associated Press
“The main problem in areas of displacement is deforestation as refugees and internally displaced persons need to cut and collect wood for cooking, to provide light, for construction and for natural medical ingredients and fodder,” explained UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Environmental Senior Officer Valentine Ndibalema.“People also cut down trees to create areas for cultivation or to sell the wood in markets and have an additional income.”The resultant damage is a major concern for host countries and local populations because the land can take years, if ever, to recover. In response, UNHCR has joined a major tree-planting campaign run by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).UNEP launched “Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign” in November last year and it has so far won pledges to plant more than 960 million trees, while almost 14 million have actually been planted to date. The agency is encouraging individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments to take part.UNHCR will enlist the help of refugees and host communities as it pursues the goal of planting 9 million trees this year. Seedlings of various types of tree are being produced and will be distributed for planting around shelters and homes or for reforestation of denuded areas.The idea for the UNEP campaign was inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, whose Green Belt Movement has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 countries in Africa since 1977. 21 May 2007Backing a major “green” initiative, the United Nations refugee agency has pledged to plant more than 9 million trees this year in areas of human displacement.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2920 1.2888 1.3332 1.3121 British Pound 1.6610 1.6598 1.6650 1.7053 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0113 0.0122 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1435 1.1397 1.0605 1.1057 Euro in Cdn 1.4774 1.4688 1.4139 1.4508Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
Speaking to reporters following his briefing to the Security Council on the latest developments in Liberia, Jacques Klein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, said the latest plan is to have a battalion of Nigerian troops from the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) re-deploy to the Liberian capital Monrovia. That force, which had been scheduled to rotate back to Nigeria, would be joined shortly afterwards by another battalion currently in Lagos. Meanwhile in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai met with senior UNAMSIL officials to discuss such plans. Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UNAMSIL Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, and representatives of the United States military also joined in the talks. Confirming that his country would be deploying two battalions, Gen. Agwai told reporters that a final decision on the departure date was still to be taken. When ECOWAS forces move in, he added, they would remain in Liberia until combatants were disarmed and elections held. “We will do there exactly what we did in Sierra Leone. I hope groups fighting in Liberia will soon realize they have to stop,” General Agwai said. For his part, Mr. Klein stressed that the situation in Liberia was such that “we stand between two options: hope and disaster. Hope that we can quickly move troops in, stop the killing, stabilize the situation. Disaster, nothing is done.” The UN envoy noted that the key to the Nigerian deployment was speed and timeliness. “Hopefully once that ECOWAS structure was in place, that would trigger the American response,” he said, adding that in the meantime, the US Government has offered $10 million to help sustain the logistical needs of the battalions. “Once we have a safe and stable environment, then we can send in an assessment team to determine what is needed,” Mr. Klein said. “But the country is basically destroyed, so it means major rebuilding across the spectrum of health care, education, rebuilding police, rebuilding military – the whole spectrum of what a civil society is all about.”
A new joint project between Goodman School of Business students, faculty, staff and alumni will see a time capsule installed in the atrium currently being built as part of the $22-million Goodman expansion project.In a quest to encapsulate 2016 in history, Goodman is collecting items to stash inside a box that will be reopened in 2064, on Brock’s 100th anniversary.The Brock community is invited to provide suggestions of what the time capsule should include.Suggestions will be vetted by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff and are being collected through Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.Suggestions can also be made in person in the main hallway of Taro Hall’s third floor Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5 from 2 – 4 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 – 6:50 p.m., where the Goodman Business Students’ Association and Goodman Graduate Business Council will be hosting tables.
OSU junior attackman JT Blubaugh (9) moves past Detroit senior midfielder Mike Spuller (50) during the Buckeyes’ contest with the Titans at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Feb. 13. OSU won 16-5. Credit: Miles McQuinn | Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might have found its new go-to threat on offense.Junior attacker J.T. Blubaugh scored four goals and assisted on two more for a total of six points in the Buckeyes’ 16-5 thrashing of the Detroit Titans in their home opener on Saturday.Blubaugh, who in two games this year already has registered half as many goals as his total from last season, led an OSU attack that has somewhat struggled through the preseason and first game of the regular season. However, things look to be turning around.“We haven’t completely played up to our potential,” Blubaugh said. “I think today was definitely a really good step in the right direction.”After the losses of scorers Jesse King and David Planning from last year, many wondered who would step up in a leadership role on the offense. Blubaugh thinks he is up to the task.“I’ve had great examples in guys that have come before me,” he said. “I’m just trying to follow after them and do what they would want me to do for the program.”In similar fashion to last week’s game at Furman, OSU found itself in an early deficit. Detroit won the opening faceoff and, after a pushing penalty on the Buckeyes resulted in an extra-man opportunity, senior attacker Andy Hebden threw a strike into the back of the net to give the Titans an early 1-0 lead.Although he wasn’t pleased with his team’s start, OSU coach Nick Myers said he knew the Buckeyes weren’t going to be rattled.“We had a great week of practice, and that’s from where I took the confidence away,” Myers said. “I thought they settled right in.”And settle right in they did. OSU scored four straight goals to end the quarter, capped by Blubaugh’s first goal after he caused a turnover at midfield and took the ball the rest of the way for the score.Detroit answered back at the start of the second quarter by scoring two goals to cut the deficit to 4-3. OSU was unable to find an opening in the Titan defense in the second quarter until redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister took a pass from senior attacker Carter Brown and scored to give the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead.The rest of the game was dominated by the Buckeyes. The offense scored twice more in the second period and 11 more times overall. The Buckeyes made very few unforced turnovers and waited patiently for a good shot.The defense clamped down on the Detroit offense after the first three goals. The Titan offense was only able to manage nine shot attempts in the second half, and a number of turnovers resulted in goals for the Buckeyes.“That’s going to be the backbone of our team early in the year,” Myers said. “Any time you hold a team to five goals you have to be pleased with that effort.”The Scarlet and Gray were able to hold a major advantage in time of possession throughout the whole game, especially in the second half. Blubaugh attributed that to his defense.“That’s a testament to our defense and our goalie Tom Carey,” Blubaugh said. “They were squashing everything Detroit was doing … and then (the offense) did our job.”The defense allowed only five goals on 25 attempted shots by the Titans. The redshirt junior Carey was a big part of that, leading the defense and amassing 10 saves.Myers said he was not surprised by the game Carey had. “Tommy made some really nice saves when we had breakdowns,” Myers said. “That’s what you expect out of your goalie.”Another reason for the Buckeyes’ advantage in time of possession was how they were able to win faceoffs.After being named Big Ten Specialist of the Week, junior Jake Withers continued his strong play. A combination of Withers and senior Tae Kim won 17 of 22 faceoffs, leading to many Buckeye opportunities on offense.“Jake’s … been using a couple of different moves and Tae was a nice spark off the bench,” Myers said.OSU will be looking to continue its unbeaten start to the season as it travels to Amherst, Massachusetts, on Feb. 20 to face the University of Massachusetts Middlemen. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.
Joy Global introduced its new Montabert rock drill attachment, the CPA 295, at MINExpo. This is a revolutionary excavator-mounted rock drill attachment aimed to match or exceed the production rate of conventional drill rigs. It offers contractors the versatility to drill holes from 63.5 to 101.6 mm in diameter, and up to 22 m deep; helping lower costs while increasing application potential. It offers a diverse application range.The attachment can be mounted on any excavator weighing more than 25 t, and was designed for easy connection and installation.“It can be mounted on and off an excavator in about 10 minutes with the use of a quick coupler,” said Gaetan Julien, Montabert Product Drilling Specialist for Joy Global. “You can go from digging, ripping rock or breaking rock, and then be drilling again minutes later.”The CPA 295’s patented control system was designed to outperform competing products in both power and efficiency. It is equipped with the latest generation Montabert hydraulic drifter, the HC95.Montabert General Manager Stephane Giroudon said the CPA 295 fills a critical void in today’s market. “Due to growing demand and cost concerns, customers were calling for bigger drill attachments with larger hole diameter and depth options, at greater speeds,” Giroudon said. “The CPA 295’s versatility and high-performance capabilities meet those needs in full.”Other features of the CPA 295 include: an efficient hydraulic dust control system, rod carrousel and a radio remote control, making it easy to operate the drill attachment from anywhere. It also features an advanced Intelsense controller system, which automatically detects and analyzes various rock layouts to best optimize the drifter striking frequency and energy; improving operating costs, uptime and ease of maintenance.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #WalkforLove Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – Tomorrow there is a Walk for Love by the Provo Road Runners in Wheeland, Providenciales; begins at 6am at Froggies on the Beach and continues to Millennium Highway and return for Island breakfast on sale and giveaways including one for a lucky couple. It’s $5 to participate.#MagneticMediaNews #WalkforLove Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
.The rail communications of Chittagong with Dhaka remained cut off following a collision between a Demu train and a truck at Panusua in Comilla sadar upazila.Comilla railway station master Shafiqur Rahman said the accident took place when a sand-laden truck hit the Comilla-bound Demu train at an unauthorised level-crossing around 9:30am on Saturday.Following the collision, the wheels of the train veered off the rail track, said the station master.A Dhaka-bound train, ‘Subarna Express’, got stranded at Comilla rail station following the derailment, reports UNB.A relief train from Akhaura was on its way to the spot to salvage the Demu train, he added.
Share AP Photo/John Locher, FileThis April 9, 2015, file photo shows the south portal of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump near Mercury, Nev. The House is moving to approve an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.The House on Thursday approved an election-year bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain despite opposition from home-state lawmakers.Supporters say the bill would help solve a nuclear-waste storage problem that has festered for more than three decades. More than 80,000 metric tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants sit idle in 121 communities across 39 states.The bill would direct the Energy Department to continue a licensing process for Yucca Mountain while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.The House approved the bill, 340-72, sending the measure to the Senate, where Nevada’s two senators have vowed to block it.“The House can vote all they want to revive #YuccaMountain, but let’s be clear – any bill that would turn Nevadans’ backyards into a nuclear waste dump is dead on arrival,” Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted. “Yucca will never be anything more than a hole in the ground.”But House members from both parties outside Nevada said it was past time for the federal government to fulfill its obligation to permanently dispose of spent nuclear fuel now sitting in dozens of states, near lakes, rivers and communities.“People are ready to do something rather than nothing,” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., the bill’s chief sponsor.President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed reviving the long-stalled Yucca project 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas, but the plan faces bipartisan opposition from the state’s governor and congressional delegation.Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to find a long-term solution to store spent fuel from its commercial nuclear fleet. Trump’s budget proposes $120 million to revive the Yucca project.Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican who is locked in a close race for re-election, blasted the vote as “an exercise in futility.”Heller vowed that, “Under my watch, I will not let one more hard-earned taxpayer dollar go toward this failed project — just as I have in the past. Yucca Mountain is dead, it is that simple.”Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, Heller’s likely opponent in the general election, also opposes use of Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste. She called Yucca a “failed project” and “complete waste of time and taxpayer money.”Nevada Democrats blame Heller for even allowing the vote, noting that he is a close friend of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who controls the House schedule.“Sen. Heller tries to brag about standing between Washington and Yucca Mountain, but our weak and ineffective senator couldn’t even dissuade one of his closest friends on Capitol Hill from preparing to ram this bill through the Republican-controlled House,” said Sarah Abel, a spokeswoman for Nevada Democrats.While the fight over Yucca resumes, lawmakers say they hope to make progress on a plan to temporarily house tons of spent fuel that have been piling up at nuclear reactors around the country. Private companies have proposed state-of-the-art, underground facilities in remote areas of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico to store nuclear waste for up to 40 years.The nuclear industry has said temporary storage must be addressed since the licensing process for Yucca Mountain would take years under a best-case scenario.
Technology | November 13, 2008 Traxtal’s New PercuNav2.0 Image-Guided System Designed for Diagnostic, Interventional Use Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more November 13, 2008 – Traxtal Inc. released its new PercuNav 2.0 software for the PercuNav system.PercuNav 2.0 is a computer assisted, image-guided diagnostic and interventional system cleared by the FDA and features a broad range of flexible and rigid “tip-tracked” instruments. It is a commercially available soft tissue navigation system with tracked instrumentation that provides the option of navigation with multimodal image fusion with any single modality, such as CT or ultrasound imaging.The PercuNav system consists of the Traxtal Tx mobile system cart, PercuNav software, and a wide range of instruments including flexible needles, biopsy devices and RFA introducers. Using minute electro-magnetic sensors embedded in the tips of these instruments, the software superimposes the precise, real-time location and orientation of the instruments on pre-operative and live images of the patient. The system also incorporates advanced techniques for compensating for patient motion and respiration. It acts like a GPS system for medical instruments, and is the only such product available that allows accurate tracking of flexible instrument tips inside a patient’s anatomy. The PercuNav system is also designed to deliver powerful solutions for diagnostic imaging. Physicians can identify and mark areas of interest on CT or MR scans which can then be overlaid with live ultrasound for diagnostic scanning. This allows areas of interest to be quickly located and compared under both imaging modalities, while compensating for patient motion and respiration. It provides interventional radiologists and sonographers with the broadest image fusion capabilities available for soft tissue navigation.For more information: www.traxtal.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Tags: Trump Hotels Posted by Share TORONTO — A security breach has compromised payment card and other information for those who made reservations at 14 Trump Hotel locations, including those in Toronto and Vancouver, over more than half a year.A notice posted on the Trump Hotels website says the breach affected the systems of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, which provides booking services.The luxury hotel chain says it was notified early last month that an unauthorized party had gained access to data for some of its reservations between Aug. 10, 2016 and March 9 of this year.Those include bookings made at the Toronto hotel between Nov. 18 and 21 of last year and at the Vancouver location between Nov. 8 and 19 of last year.The company says the data include cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date and potentially card security code.It says that in some cases, the breach also included guest name, email, phone number, address, and other information but not social security number, passport and driver’s licence number.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe hotel says it apologizes for the inconvenience and urges anyone who made reservations during those times to monitor their accounts for unauthorized activity and contact law enforcement if necessary. Travelweek Group Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Security breach compromises payment card information at 14 Trump Hotel locations << Previous PostNext Post >>
Over 2000 appointments scheduled between the Sellers and Buyers prior to the show– 50 Seller Booths and Destination Pavilions with 150 Individual Sellers– 150 qualified Hosted Buyers from all over India– 150+ Invitees from travel trade associations and members of the media– India’s first MICE CLUB to be unveiledBusiness & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) at Hyatt Regency Gurgaon on 24-25 October 2016 is all set to change the face of MICE-focused travel shows in India. BLTM has been very well received as India’s first full-fledged travel mart focused on Sellers from Business, MICE and Luxury Travel all over the world, in its first year itself.There are over 150 qualified Hosted Buyers attending the BLTM from all over India. In addition, international Hosted Buyers are also being flown in from countries like South Africa, Thailand, USA, Taiwan, France and Malaysia.Each Hosted Buyer is committed to conduct 30 meetings with Sellers every day. The 1:1 Hosted Buyer to Seller ratio at BLTM is in line with global standards of shows in this category.There are 150 individual Sellers from 50 organisations from India and abroad, in their colourful booths and pavilions.Nepal, Taiwan and Korea are the largest international participants, while China, Fiji, Dubai and South Africa are participating as the Feature Countries. There are Sellers from Liberia, Thailand, Turkey and United Kingdom as well.Byungsun Lee, Director of Korea Tourism Organisation- India Office, said, “The main reason for our participation is to capture the MICE business from North India. BLTM belongs to a reputed travel trade brand and KTO expects a good first inaugural show. We are positive that the event will have healthy participants of buyers and sellers.”Among Indian states, Bengal Tourism has supported BLTM in a big way, by hosting the networking lunches and dinners for the Buyers and Sellers. Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir are Feature States participating in a big way. Sellers from all parts of India are represented.Premium hotel chains at BLTM include FRHI Hotels & Resorts showcasing Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel, Ottila International, Royal Orchid Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group. Other leading hotel brands like Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Radisson, Lemon Tree, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and several others are present.Hyatt Regency Gurgaon is the Venue Partner for BLTM and Hyatt Hotels has a corporate pavilion at the BLTM, with participation from several properties.“At BLTM, we are looking forward to good networking opportunities with the large hospitality, travel and MICE brands in the sector. It will be worthwhile to know international trends being followed by global MNCs in MICE,” mentioned Kaushik Sinha, Hosted Buyer from Magma Fincorp Ltd.Hosted Buyer Gary Pillai, CEO, Africa Vision Tours, said, “What attracted me to BLTM was its focus on Business and Luxury Travel, which I am keen to explore and implement in our business.”The online meeting diary of BLTM for making appointments between the Buyers and Sellers has registered over 2000 confirmed appointments prior to the show and an additional 1400 meeting requests have been received.Tanmay Khare, Hosted Buyer from Infrastructure & Services division of Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd, said that BLTM is a single stop solution provider with a forum which is highly interactive and market oriented.Amol Prasadi, Hosted Buyer from Red Bull commented, “Our participation at BLTM is motivated by an ongoing search to provide new destinations and experience to internal & external stakeholders. With many of the decision makers confined to their offices mostly, such platforms as BLTM offers opportunities to explore the world around plus the changing dynamics of travel and MICE industry.”Hosted Buyer Jayesh Ashar, Managing Director, Pearl Travels is expecting something different at BLTM in comparison to other popular trade shows that happen in India. While Ali Ankleshwaria, Administration, Adani Wilmar Ltd, feels that it is a privilege to be associated with India’s first full-fledged business travel mart, BLTM.“Our expectations from BLTM are very high as Fairfest Media is very well known for its TTF and OTM which are the biggest platforms for travel agencies to market their products,” said Arjun R Doshi, Hosted Buyer from Classic Holidays.In addition to the Hosted Buyers, there are an equal number of invitees from travel trade associations like Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) India, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) and members of the media.Anup Nair, President, SITE India Chapter, said, “The SITE India Chapter is very pleased to have been asked to be the Knowledge Partner of BLTM in October 2016. SITE has curated an interesting discussion, which we hope will encourage and help more of our fraternity.”Akbar Holidays is the official Travel Partner of BLTM and Eco Rent A Car is the Transportation Partner.Institutional Partners include SITE, OTOAI, NIMA, IATO, TAAI, TAFI, ETAA, ADTOI, The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd and WedWise.Gajesh Girdhar, Founder Member and National Coordinator, NIMA, commented, “BLTM is a MICE oriented event and therefore supported by NIMA. We expect India to be in Top 5 MICE markets by 2020 and we anticipate BLTM to raise the bar to next level in terms of a quality and productive business networking. NIMA strongly believes that BLTM will be the most sought MICE show parallel to any other MICE event in the world.”“The concept of BLTM, being organised by Fairfest Media Ltd is very important. India’s business and luxury travel industry is maturing and increasingly seen as a specialised market with differentiated needs, in keeping with global trends,” said Rajan Sehgal, Chairman, TAAI Northern Region.In another first, the MICE CLUB is being launched at BLTM, with an objective to facilitate interaction and networking among a community of Buyers and Sellers from Business Travel and MICE segments. The missions and objectives of the club include organising the Buyer and Seller communities serving the Business Travel and MICE markets in India, facilitating ongoing interaction and networking, sharing knowledge and creating standards and accreditations.In addition to buying and selling opportunities at the show floor, there is an equally interesting line up of Panel Discussions (details enclosed), to be conducted on the sidelines of the exhibition. The eminent panelists at the sessions will deliberate on the latest issues related to Incentive Travel, MICE, Luxury, Wedding and destination promotion through films and film shoots.The session on Incentive Travel is being organised by SITE, followed by that on MICE by NIMA. Back-to-back discussions will be conducted on the emerging opportunities and destinations in the wedding market by WedWise. Another interesting session will be dedicated to destination promotions through film shoots, to be curated by The Film & Television Producers Guild of India.“BLTM fills a vacuum in the evolution of travel trade shows in India, by introducing a sustainable large-format show focused on Business Travel and MICE Buyers in a format where fully Hosted Buyers meet Sellers based on pre scheduled appointments. Smaller table-top shows have been organised in the past,” remarked Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman of Fairfest Media Ltd.The show dates of 2017 have already been announced as enquiries have started pouring in. There are plans to replicate this show in other major markets of West and South India.For more information on BLTM 2016, visit http://bltm.co.in/
Travelport Locomote has announced a partnership with Queensland-based boutique travel management company, Jetstream Travel.Jetstream Travel is one of the first agencies in Australia to gain access to Travelport Locomote’s corporate travel platform. “Through our new partnership with Travelport Locomote, our travel managers are now able to manage corporate bookings at the click of a button, 24/7. This means that our experts are able to better serve our customer base, by putting more time into providing personalised travel support with less effort, ensuring their clients’ individual needs are met as efficiently and specifically as possible,” said Scott Mayne, Founder and CEO of Jetstream Travel.“As a result, within the first month of our partnership we’ve been able to sign over $2M worth of new business using the Travelport Locomote platform.” corporate travelTravelport
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