first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is planning to spend billions more on the navy’s four wayward submarines to keep them operating into the 2030s.The plan to extend the lives of the troubled vessels is included in the Liberals’ new defence policy and comes following calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial ships from the scrap heap.The actual price of the plan was not revealed in the policy document, which was released to much fanfare last week, and National Defence refused to provide a price tag following multiple requests.That is despite assertions from the Liberal government that the defence policy was fully costed and following promises of full transparency when it came to the overall plan.“Detailed costing will be provided in the Defence Investment Plan to be published in due course,” National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.Defence sources, however, have told The Canadian Press that keeping the submarines in the water for another decade will cost upwards of $2.5 billion.Without upgrades, the first of the submarines will reach the end of its life in 2022, according to documents obtained last year through Access to Information, with the last retired in 2027.Some have questioned the wisdom of spending more money on the four vessels, which have been plagued with problems since Canada bought them used from Britain in 1998.While the Chretien government said at the time that it was getting a bargain by paying only $750 million, the ships have required constant repairs and upgrades just to make them seaworthy for a limited time.And while a number of experts have called for Canada look to purchase new submarines, rather than upgrading the ones it has, others have said the country doesn’t need such expensive vessels.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan this week emphasized the Liberal government’s view, previously expressed by senior naval officials, that subs are necessary for protecting Canada’s security and sovereignty.“No other platform in the Canadian Armed Forces can do what a submarine can do,” Sajjan said during an event in Halifax on Monday.“No other platform has the stealth, the intelligence-gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance capability and the deterrence to potential adversaries that a sub does.”Sajjan added that the government decided upgrading the existing subs — HMCS Chicoutimi, Victoria, Corner Brook and Windsor — was more “prudent” than purchasing new vessels.The Liberals promised in their defence policy to invest an additional $62 billion in the military over the next 20 years, which includes increasing annual defence spending by 70 per cent over the next decade.A large chunk of that new money will end up going towards replacing the navy’s 12 frigates and three recently retired destroyers with 15 new warships at a cost of between $56 billion and $60 billion.Previous estimates had pegged the cost of those vessels at $26 billion.The four submarines continue to generate headlines for the wrong reasons, with the most recent Thursday when HMCS Chicoutimi was hit by another naval vessel while docked at CFB Esquimalt in B.C.But Rob Huebert, an expert on maritime security at the University of Calgary, said the other three have been involved in a variety of tasks and mission in recent months — even if most Canadians don’t realize it.“The very nature of what they do means that (the military) can’t talk about it,” he said.“They’re actually exceeding what the navy was expecting them to do in terms of time at sea, interdiction of drugs and co-operation with the Americans. You can’t talk about any of that, but it is occurring.”Rather than extend the lives of the submarines, Huebert said he would have liked to see the government start looking for replacements, but that wasn’t possible given the huge costs of replacing the frigates.“What we saw was the defence review was an intelligent decision to do what was necessary to lengthen the life of the subs while making sure the (new warships) are built,” he said.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met the Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik at Police Headquarters at ITO on Monday and demanded security review for Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was attacked recently in a public rally in Motinagar.Speaking to reportes Sanjay Singh said that they have given a demand letter to the Police chief for the necessary action. Raising concerns over the increasing attacks on Arvind kejriwal, Singh said that the Chief Minister has been atacked multiple times which is an area of concern. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Delhi CM has been attacked 9 times, this is not normal, who would be held responsible if something unfortunate happens with him? We have asked the Commissioner to analyse his security,” Sanjay Singh said. Sanjay also said that the family of the accused man has already confessed that they have an inclination towards the BJP so there is no question of this man being a part of AAP. He also attacked both Congress and BJP for accusing AAP of self-staging the attack. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the issue is also questionable when almost all are condemning the attack on Delhi CM,” Sanjay Singh said. Asked why did the police say that the accused belong to AAP, Sanjay Singh took a jibe at Delhi Police and said that when the incidents will happen with the protection of the government the language of the police would be like this only. The accused, Suresh, has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and has been sent to 2 days of judicial custody.last_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is nominating to its board of directors a PayPal executive who recently served as finance chief of the charitable organization run by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.Peggy Alford would be the first African American woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Her naming follows pressure from civil rights groups on the company to diversify its board.Meanwhile, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles are stepping down from Facebook’s board. Both served since 2011. Hastings leaves Facebook as the social media company is getting increasingly into video offerings, potentially competing with Netflix.Disney CEO Bob Iger, however, said earlier Friday that he’s not leaving Apple’s board, despite both companies now streaming video.The Associated Press read more

An all-new hatchback model to be manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant from 2014 will contribute to the creation of more than 3,000 jobs. It follows the company’s announcement at last month’s Geneva Motor Show that it will manufacture another all-new B-segment vehicle, INVITATION, from next year.Nissan makes major £127m investment in its Sunderland plant.Project secures £8.2m from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.Annual production set to reach half a million units.The new medium hatchback confirmed for production today will create an additional 225 jobs at Nissan and 900 at component companies supplying Nissan in the UK. Alongside production of the INVITATION scheduled for next year, the announcement creates more than 3,000 new jobs – 625 at Nissan, the remainder across the UK automotive supply chain.Manufacturing capacity for the new model will be around 80,000 units each year and will require an extra shift to be created at the Sunderland plant. Both production lines will operate ‘around the clock’ for the first time in the facility’s 26-year history.Investment in recent years at the Sunderland plant now exceeds £900m, and includes the introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 2013, the Juke launch, the construction of a battery plant and the replacement Qashqai crossover.Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “Nissan’s investment in Sunderland is great news for the industry and the broader economy. Nissan’s commitment to the UK demonstrates the growing strength and global competitiveness of our sector and with new jobs being created at the plant and in the supply chain it shows the broader economic impact of today’s news. Manufacturing is at the heart of the recovery and with long term investments being made throughout the automotive sector, it will play an increasingly important role in the UK economy.”Nissan Chief Operating Officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, said, “In Europe Nissan has achieved record growth in recent years by providing innovative, customer-focused models like Qashqai and Juke,” he continued, “I would also like to thank the UK government for its strong and sustained support which allows us to make significant investment in our Sunderland plant.”Prime Minister, David Cameron, who made the announcement with Toshiyuki Shiga during a visit to Japan, commented, “It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new hatchback model in the UK. It’s proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry.”More details of the new model, including naming, pricing, engine line-up and equipment levels will be released in the course of the new model’s launch programme.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgABB, the power and automation technology group, has released an updated version of its System 800xA Minerals Library. The latest version adds functionalities for advanced analogue loop control, further facilitating the engineering processes and widening the scope of visible information to improve the situation awareness for operators.“This solution update focuses on improving the operator’s ability to monitor, analyse and efficiently control safe production,” said Eduardo Gallestey, Global Technology Manager at ABB. “The next generation of Minerals Library builds upon our long history of helping our customers use the latest technology and tools to optimise their operations. Leading global mining and cement companies have relied on this software solution for more than 15 years as a key element of their plant operation to reduce downtime and maximise production performance.”The new Minerals Library 6.0/0 features:With the new loop control connection (LCC), the Minerals Library applies the successful concept of “intelligent objects talking to each other” to the world of loop control. The consistent linking between objects enables engineers to design complex control concepts with a standardised structured approach. The actual control strategy and dependencies between objects are directly visualised on the operator interface.LCC is available for all existing loop control blocks as well as for the newly added loop control blocks for actuators, ratio, split-range and adaptive PID (proportional integral derivative) control. These elements deliver powerful out of the box functionalities ready to be used on a broad array of advanced control challenges.The interlock status viewer provides an improved user interface to support efficient fault-finding and displays more information like time to trip to enable the transformation from reactive to proactive plant operation.The group step viewer shows all steps of a group sequence in a format easy to understand by operators. It raises awareness of potential changes in the process before starting a group sequence.The detailed status viewer for engineers and maintenance teams provides an innovative view that shows a global, functional representation of the process, all in the same chart. The detailed status report of its assets and the abnormal situations all in the same chart. This helps provide information needed for quick analysis and action to resolve issues.ABB’s System 800xA Minerals Library is a suite of object-oriented software control modules, which make it possible to design process control and power applications in an efficient and fully-parameterised manner. Successfully operating in more than 450 cement and mining sites worldwide, the technology increases standardisation, functionality and quality of process control software over the complete life cycle of a production facility. “This minimises downtime caused by abnormal situations and allows cement and mining industry customers to operate and maintain the production process and assets most efficiently.”last_img read more

first_imgLes oméga 3 pour lutter contre la dépressionUne deuxième étude sur la question vient confirmer le lien étroit que l’on peut trouver entre les graisses alimentaires et les syndromes dépressifs. Cette fois, les effets bénéfiques des oméga 3 sont mis en avant.Sciences et avenir fait part de recherches franco-espagnoles qui montreraient un lien entre un régime alimentaire faible en oméga 3 et des comportements dépressifs et anxieux.À lire aussiBoulimie : définition, causes, conséquences, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les oméga 3, des acides gras polyinsaturés, ne peuvent être présents que par l’alimentation car le corps est incapable de les synthétiser lui-même. Ils se retrouvent en grande quantité dans les poissons gras comme le saumon, par exemple.L’étude qui a été réalisée sur des souris montre que les animaux qui avaient une nourriture faible en oméga 3, en plus de leurs troubles comportementaux, présentaient une modification cérébrale du cortex préfrontal et du noyau accumbens montrant une plasticité réduite. “Nos résultats peuvent maintenant corroborer les études cliniques et épidémiologiques qui ont montré des associations entre un déficit en oméga-3 et les troubles de l’humeur”, expliquent les scientifiques dont les travaux sont publiés dans Nature Neuroscience. Toutefois, ils doivent confirmer ce qui reste une hypothèse en menant des études complémentaires.Le 1 février 2011 à 08:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBretagne : une jeune fille décède d’une méningite foudroyanteDans la nuit de dimanche à lundi, une jeune fille de 16 ans est décédée d’une méningite foudroyante après avoir été conduite à l’hôpital de Vannes. Celle-ci, originaire des Côtes d’Armor était en vacances dans un camping à Carnac. Deux autres cas ont été recensés mais n’ont pas de lien direct avec l’adolescente.C’est un nouveau cas de méningite que vient tout juste de révéler l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) de Bretagne. Alors qu’elle séjournait dans un camping à Carnac, une jeune fille de 16 ans originaire des Côtes d’Armor, est décédée à l’hôpital de Vannes des suites d’une méningite foudroyante. “Cela ressemblait à une insolation. Elle avait juste mal à la tête. Ses proches ne se sont pas inquiétés”, témoigne Pierre-Yves Airiaud, le gérant du camping, cité par Le Télégramme.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtDepuis le décès, l’Agence régionale de santé se charge donc de contacter toutes les personnes qui ont été en contact avec la jeune fille, et présentant ainsi un risque de contamination. Plus précisément, cela concerne toute personne “ayant été en contact avec la victime pendant plus d’une heure, à moins d’un mètre, dans les dix derniers jours précédents les premiers symptômes”. Selon les premières données, 15 individus à risque, essentiellement des amis de l’adolescente, ont été identifiés. Mais ceux-ci sont “désormais hors de danger” a précisé la Préfecture qui indique que les personnes doivent suivre un traitement antibiotique de 48 heures et peuvent se faire vacciner si elles le souhaitent. De même, l’ARS n’a pas jugé nécessaire de fermer le camping qui accueillent près de 2.500 vacanciers : “Le méningocoque est un germe très fragile qui ne survit pas dans le milieu extérieur ni sur les objets, ni sur les surfaces. La contamination ne peut donc pas se faire par ces derniers. Il n’y a pas lieu de désinfecter des locaux”.D’autres cas identifiésSuite à ce premier cas de méningite, deux autres malades ont été identifiés. Il s’agit d’une femme de 78 ans, originaire de la région de Loudéac, toujours en Bretagne, et d’un enfant fréquentant le centre de loisirs de Concarneau. Mais il ne semble y avoir aucun lien direct avec le décès de l’adolescente, dans la mesure où les analyses ont détecté chez la femme un méningocoque de sérogroupe différent de celui identifié après le décès. Par ailleurs, les jours de la femme ne sont pas en danger, selon les médecins.Le 3 août 2011 à 10:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgUne clé USB à verrouillage vocalLe site Hammacher propose une clé USB dotée d’un logiciel de reconnaissance vocale, qui ne donne accès aux données que s’il reconnaît l’utilisateur.Hammacher est un site de vente en ligne qui propose plus que son lot de gadget, sans connotation péjorative dans ce mot. Sa trouvaille est ici une clef USB de 8 Go, espace plutôt réduit de nos jours, et seulement en USB 2.0, mais avec un verrou tout à fait original. Hammacher le vante même comme « la seule clé USB avec authentification par la voix ».À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Via le petit microphone intégré, il accède à la voix de l’utilisateur et analyse « les fréquences spécifiques et les nuances de la voix de son propriétaire » (techniquement, un spectre en fréquence.) Aucune installation n’est nécessaire, il suffit de brancher la clé. Il est toutefois logique que l’utilisateur dût s’identifier la première fois. En cas de gorge enrouée, il existe une « autre entrée sécurisée », qui n’est pas précisée, mais qui doit à priori être un mot de passe. Ce n’est sans doute pas la clé la plus sécurisée de toutes, mais pour les curieux, cet achat lèsera votre budget de 50 euros.Le 30 avril 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeThis Futuristic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPH Is this the new ‘Tesla of the Seas”? Silent-Yachts, producer of the world’s first and only ocean-going, solar-electric production catamarans, have unveiled its new completely solar-powered super yacht — and it travels in pure silence.The Silent 80 uses silent electric propulsion and has unlimited range without emitting noise or fumes and minimal vibration. It boasts 70 solar panels, electric motors, and the same lithium batteries the power Tesla electric cars.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsThe 80-foot yacht can accommodate up to ten guests in five cabins and costs around $5 million, according to the Daily Mail. And because it has no need for a diesel engine room and fuel tanks, the Silent 80 has enough space on board to hold an amphibious car and its own gyrocopter.Designers of the Silent 80 say that as a completely self-sufficient vessel, it could travel an unlimited distance, only docking for food, drink and other supplies.In case of prolonged dark skies, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself. And itcan also be used to charge the lithium batteries to keep fuel usage to a minimum, the Daily Mail reported.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsAccording to the Silent-Yachts website, the solar panels come with a 25 year warranty, while the battery banks come with a 10 year guarantee.And of course, style matters, so the super yacht also looks super slick.“What I tried to achieve is an interesting Italian design, sophisticated and refined. This is a nice-looking yacht that meets efficiency,” designer Marco Casali told SuperYacht Times.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsThe yacht is built using vacuum-bagged resin and can reach a top speed of up to 18 knots. At 7 knots, the Silent 80 can travel in complete silence and at a range of 100 nm per day.So far, four Silent 80 yachts have been sold and due for delivery in 2020.More on $380,000 Jet-Powered Flying Motorcycle Is Now Available for PreordersThis $5.5 Million Livable Yacht Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeFuturistic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPH Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes Unai Emery must keep Mesut Ozil on side at Arsenal and advised him to tell him whatever he needs to hear – even if it’s not trueThe German playmaker has missed Arsenal’s last four games after coming off with a knee problem at half-time in the club’s 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Brighton.Gunners boss Emery has previously also left out Ozil from his matchday squad for “tactical reasons”, but Sherwood believes the Spaniard would be well advised to not “burn any bridges” with Arsenal’s highest earner.“Surely he has to get Ozil on side? He’s one of his best players,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.“You can’t burn bridges with a player who is on £350,000 a week and is sitting there doing nothing.“You have to get him on side and get him on the pitch and do his best to make the team better.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are good at what they do, but they cannot see the pass like Ozil.“Get him on side again, talk to him, get your arm around him and tell him what he needs to be told, even if you mean it or you don’t, you tell him and make him feel like he’s the main man, because Ozil on form is better than anything that Arsenal have got.“Not only that, he is eating away at that wage bill, it’s wasted money if he’s not on the pitch. Get him on the pitch.“It might be against your principles, but if you want to get results you are better with him in the team than without him in the team.”Ozil has managed three goals and one assist in 13 Premier League games this season.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski took advantage of the sunny weather to mark Palm Sunday.The archbishop blessed the palms outside of the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Miami before celebrating Mass.Also known as Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of Holy Week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Caring for the Kenai was created on the Kenai Peninsula to challenge high school students to respond to the question “what can I do, invent, create, or improve to better care for the environment of my area or improve the area’s preparedness for natural disaster?”  Caring for my Backyard will expand that challenge to high school students across the nation. Caring for the Kenai will continue on the Kenai Peninsula. Sikorski: “Our young people can make a difference, if we give them the opportunity and the motivation to do it.” Caring for the Kenai Founder and Contest Coordinator Merrill Sikorski: “It’s time that idea, which started as Caring for the Kenai, becomes about more than just the Kenai Peninsula. We’ve seen incredible results here over the past 28 years.” Caring For My Backyard will be available as a model private/public community partnership anywhere there are backyards and youth with creative ideas. Caring for the Kenai is expanding that challenge across the nation and launching Caring For My Backyard. Caring for the Kenai is administrated by the Challenger Learning Center, and distributes more than $30,000 in cash prizes each year. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-CFK-goes-natinowide-.mp3VmJennifer-on-CFK-goes-natinowide-.mp300:00RPd Challenger CEO Marnie Olcott:“The Challenger Mission to inspire students in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines while connecting with the relationships and applications to real world situations creates a seamless backdrop for a program such as Caring for Kenai that was designed to have students think of creative ideas to help their local environment and prepare for natural disasters.”last_img read more

first_imgPexels.comEducators from around the country are at the University of Houston today. The goal is to come up with ways UH and other universities can recruit and retain Hispanic students to STEM fields.To learn more about what they’ll discuss and how they hope to address the issue, Houston Matters talks with Andrew Hamilton, an associate dean for student success at UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Frank Fernandez, an assistant professor at UH’s College of Education, and Vanessa Sansone, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgMarch 10 on the Oprah Winfrey Theater stage of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Meshaun LaBrone took on the iconic role of Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael. In the one man show, Power!: Stokely Carmichael LaBrone’s Stokely Carmichael took a scattered crowd of viewers on an hour-long journey through the mind of the former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) national chairman.In introducing the play, Deirdre Cook, director of public programs for the museum, noted that the play’s approach helped shape a better understanding of the civil rights icon as a man.Writer and actor Meshaun LaBrone as Stokely Carmichael, in his March 10, performance of Power!: Stokely Carmichael, after he randomly selected AFRO reporter, Christina Sturdivant- Sani to join him on stage and participate in the production.Using theatrical elements from the Theatre of the Absurd made famous by Parisian playwright Samuel Beckett, LaBrone presented a characterization seeking to break down the conventional walls of theatre to help us better understand the man that was Carmichael while wrestling with the current reality of movements like Black Lives Matter. The use of the absurdist style of story-telling allows for a portrayal of Ture that is divergent from the collective recollection of seriousness of the icon but is sincerely more intimate as we encounter the playfulness, the contemplative, and vulnerable elements of the man we aren’t privy to by simply digesting his public persona.As both writer and actor of the play, LaBrone trains his lens on Ture during his organizing of the 1966 March Against Fear honoring the attempted March of James Meredith. This period is critical as it is when Ture publicly feuds with the concept of nonviolence utilized by Dr. King and the SCLC while warming up to the Black Nationalist sentiments of the recently slain el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz formerly known as Malcolm X. Alluding to the tensions inherent in Ture as a major player in Civil Rights, LaBrone characterizes him as born of both “Martin and Malcolm.”LaBrone’s Carmichael states, “Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for Black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.”The play’s team – including Hope Villanueva (projection designer/PR), Elisheba Ittoop (sound designer), Marianne Meadows (stage manager/lighting designer) and Jennifer Knight (director) – create an engaging environment with spare use of the museum’s expansive stage and very little set design. Instead the Carmichael character is given great audio and visual aids to engage with. Use of well-crafted video montages set the scene of the brutality experienced by civil rights protestors of the past while a poignant ending montage speaks to parallels of the violence experienced by Black bodies throughout Black protest movements historically ending with a powerful photograph of what looks to be Sojourner Truth. Not to be outdone the audial elements of the play are so strong that they serve as a secondary character for the solo actor to engage and expand ideas with.After the hour-long show, commissioned by the museum as part of its Taking the Stage programming, the actor took questions from the audience about everything from their experience with the play to LaBrone’s stint as a Metropolitan Police Department officer and how that influenced his depiction.Meshaun LaBrone can be seen again in May helming his play Spook for Capital Fringe Theatre on Florida Ave.The National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture has several upcoming events for the month of March including a package for the Women’s History Month as part of the #HiddenHerstory campaign.last_img read more

first_img PUERTO VALLARTA — Mexico’s Velas Resorts has expanded its incentive bonus program for travel agents, giving them more opportunities to earn rewards and different levels of certification.The Velas Resorts Experts program allows agents to become experts on Velas Resorts properties by completing video lessons and quizzes about each resort. As each quiz is passed, the agent becomes more qualified and moves up in the different levels of certification: Velas Expert, Master Agent, and Elite Agent.Agents are rewarded with generous bonuses and access to special amenities, complimentary nights, suite upgrades and VIP amenities for their clients, as well as a 50% extra bonus for all reservations and qualified bookings made during the first month of their Velas Expert registration. This bonus is in addition to any commissions made.A referral program is also valid where, in addition to the above benefits, agents are also awarded for referring teammates to the Velas Experts program. Payment of bonuses take place within 30 days after the customers have left the hotel.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTo achieve ‘Velas Expert’, agents must book 1-29 room nights and become a certified expert in at least one hotel to earn 1,000 welcome points, an anniversary gift, day pass and other perks.A Master agent must reserve 50 room nights and be certified in all five Velas Resorts. This will earn 2,000 additional points, bonus payouts with prepaid Visa card, access to specialized segment certifications (weddings, groups and conventions), and a checkbook with special amenities for clients.Finally, Elite Agents must book at least 75 room nights, as well as maintain their expert certification in all five Velas Resorts to earn 3,500 additional points, plus the most exclusive guest amenities for clients. The multiple benefits are accumulative and increase as agents progress through the curriculum. Points can be used towards stays at any of the resorts or at an online store with spa & beauty salon services, insuite amenities and more.Agents can easily register at and complete the video lessons and quizzes to obtain an expert certification for each property. Velas Resorts comprises four luxury all-inclusive properties in Vallarta-Nayarit and Riviera Maya, with a fifth opening on Dec. 20 in Los Cabos.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureGo to for more details. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Mexico, Velas Resorts Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Friday, November 18, 2016 Become an expert & earn rewards with Velas’ expanded agent programlast_img read more

first_img Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group NEW YORK — Virtuoso is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by highlighting 20 experiences available at the network’s original 20 hotels.Over the course of a quarter-century, Virtuoso has grown from just 20 hotels in 1992 to today’s 1,246, which include more five-star properties than any other organization. Nearly 500 of the program’s partner hotels work solely with Virtuoso, and nearly half of the hotels within its program are under 100 rooms, offering clients ‘hidden gems’ around the world.To date, Virtuoso has added 94 properties in 2017, and has annual sales of US$21.2 billion. Its portfolio encompasses hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments.“Since its inception, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has thrived due to its superior collection of world’s-finest properties, its commitment to excellence, and its continual innovation,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships. “However, it’s the commitment to working with travel advisors and the value these hotels place on the human connection, be it the advisor-client relationship or the hotel-advisor partnership, that makes them stand apart from other luxury hotels. The magic of the program is that it is constantly advancing to deliver exciting options to upscale travellers.”Here are the 20 experiences at Virtuoso’s original 20 hotels:Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane: Guests can re-energize at the hotel’s glass-walled rooftop floor, featuring a spa, fitness centre and lounge. There are also private shower suites.Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay: Guests can explore local religious traditions with the resort’s Hindu priest, who leads ceremonies, blessing rituals and shrine visits.Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: Guests can join award-winning photography duo Cesere Brothers on a customized seasonal whale-watching and photography adventure.Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara: Sporty clients can play beach volleyball with two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale: A 30-minute helicopter flight takes guests on an unforgettable exploration of Arizona.Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland: Guests can stay in a unique two-bedroom suite: inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course built atop the ruins of a medieval castle.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London: Enjoy afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor. Anglophiles will learn why afternoon tea became one of the most beloved British pastimes.Mandarin Oriental, Geneva: Guests can experience a watch-making workshop in the city renowned for its luxury timepieces.Mandarin Oriental, Munich: At BMW World, guests will enjoy an exclusive individual experience that includes a ride to and from the museum in a private BMW.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin: For those who enjoy adventures at sea, this hotel offers charters of yachts used in the America’s Cup Regatta.The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Kids will become celebrity VIPS in an interactive simulation, where they experience a day in the life of Hollywood’s hottest stars. They will film a live-action movie and walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere, complete with paparazzi.The Peninsula Hong Kong: Guests can become dumpling masters during a dim sum class at Michelin- starred Spring Moon. 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