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A glance at Nobel Peace Prize winner the OPCW

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 WHY NOW?Because the OPCW is at the center of global efforts to keep Syria’s 2 1/2 -year-old civil war from worsening into a deeper international conflict. Syria’s government last month signed the chemical weapons treaty under pressure from Russian diplomats and the threat of U.S. air strikes. An OPCW inspection team is currently deployed in Syria documenting its chemical weapons supplies and planning their destruction, a mission expected to take nine months.IMPACTThe Nobel honor puts a spotlight on an organization that typically attracts no public attention from its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. It could strengthen the OPCW’s hand in seeking additional financing and powers, and could encourage the few nations still boycotting the treaty to join the club.WHO HASN’T JOINED?Only seven officially. Israel and Myanmar have signed the treaty but not yet ratified it through their parliaments. Angola, North Korea, Egypt and South Sudan have rejected it. Taiwan says it accepts the treaty but cannot ratify it because the United Nations denies the nation membership. Several ratified members, most notably Iran, have been accused of building stockpiles illegally. And some signatories, such as the United States and Russia, have yet to destroy all their declared stores despite starting the process in 2000. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (AP) – WHO WON?The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international panel formed in 1997 to enforce a treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.FOR WHAT?Behind-the-scenes work in identifying whether all 190 nations that have signed the treaty adhere fully to terms of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. That treaty outlaws the production or use of chemical weapons; authorizes OPCW staff to decommission chemical-weapons production plants; and gives them power to inspect a country’s industrial sites suspected of involvement in such production. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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German in CIA case sentenced over prison assault

first_imgAfter he returned to Germany, El-Masri was sentenced to prison for assaulting the mayor of his hometown.In the latest case, centering on an incident in July, a court in Kempten sentenced him Wednesday to seven months in prison for slander, bodily harm and making threats, news agency dpa reported.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BERLIN (AP) – A German man who says the CIA illegally whisked him to a secret prison in Afghanistan has been jailed for hitting and threatening a prison officer in an unrelated case in Germany.Khaled El-Masri says he was kidnapped from Macedonia in 2003, mistaken for a terror suspect, then interrogated at an Afghan prison run by the CIA before being dumped in Albania. The European Court of Human Rights last year ordered Macedonia to pay him damages. Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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East Timor Australia argue over oil treaty deal

first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Monday’s hearing was the latest step in a high-stakes legal battle pitting resource-rich Australia against its tiny and impoverished northern neighbor over the oil and gas under the sea that divides them.East Timor lawyer Elihu Lauterpacht urged judges to deliver “a clear, firm and severe condemnation of what Australia has done” and order Canberra to seal all the documents and data and turn them over to the court.Australian Security Intelligence Organization agents last month raided the Canberra homes of lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former spy who intended to testify in hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration that Australia allegedly bugged the East Timorese Cabinet ahead of sensitive oil-and-gas revenue-sharing negotiations.East Timorese Minister of State Agio Pereira said the Australian agents also seized the spy’s passport, preventing him from traveling to The Hague to testify in the arbitration case. The spy cannot be identified for legal reasons.Pereira said the documents relate to East Timor’s challenge to the validity of a bilateral treaty struck with Australia in 2006 over sharing seabed oil and gas reserves worth billions of dollars. East Timor argues that the 2006 treaty is invalid because Australia had illegally bugged government offices and listened to confidential discussions relating to the negotiations.“It is simply unconscionable that one party to negotiations or litigation should be able to place itself by these means in such a position of advantage over the other,” Lauterpacht told the court Monday.Australian Attorney General George Brandis, who authorized the ASIO raids, would not comment on the case Monday because the dispute was before the court. Australia is presenting its case Tuesday.Brandis had previously said he told ASIO that none of the seized information was to be shared with lawyers representing Australia in The Hague.Australia negotiated the treaty after East Timor, an impoverished half-island nation, broke away from Indonesia in 1999. Indonesia had previously struck a similar agreement to share the seabed.Rulings by the International Court of Justice are final and legally binding.____McGuirk reported from Canberra.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – East Timor asked the United Nations’ highest court Monday to order Australia to turn over documents and data its agents seized from the impoverished nation’s lawyer last month ahead of arbitration in a multibillion-dollar treaty dispute.The International Court of Justice opened three days of hearings into East Timor’s request for the U.N. panel to order Australia to immediately turn over the seized documents pending the outcome of a case challenging the legality of Australia’s raid on the lawyer’s office in Canberra.last_img read more

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NZ woman arrested after drugs found in Indonesia

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up 0 Comments   Share   Waluyo said that police also found 27 grams (0.9 ounces) of hashish tablets and 132 grams (4.6 ounces) of MDMA, or Ecstasy pills, in the villa.Police were still investigating whether the woman was a user or a drugs dealer, and she hasn’t been charged yet. Officers also seized an electric scale, plastic wrappers and tape at the villa.Her Indonesian lawyer, Ary Soenardi, said that his client was not a dealer.He said that Ormsby has been held at Denpasar police headquarters on Bali and was very depressed after learning her case has been publicized.Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed. More than 140 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About a third of them are foreigners.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BALI, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian authorities arrested a New Zealand woman for allegedly possessing illegal drugs in a raid on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, police and a lawyer said Friday.Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, was caught Feb. 12, with a rolled marijuana cigarette in her bag after police raided a villa near the popular Kuta beach where she was staying, said chief of Bali’s anti-drug police unit Capt. Agus Tri Waluyo. He said that the raid followed a tip from residents. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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FBI Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.The Patriot Act authorities give the FBI flexibility to intercept the calls of terror suspects who continuously switch phones during the course of an investigation and to conduct surveillance on “lone wolf” individuals who pose threats but aren’t affiliated with an international terrorism organization. Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned Wednesday against permitting the expiration of “vital and uncontroversial tools we use to combat terrorism and crime.”But civil liberties lawyers say the FBI already has the tools it needs and haven’t presented enough information to justify the use of these additional authorities. The American Civil Liberties Union accuses intelligence officials and some in Congress of “scaremongering” about the Patriot Act and says the debated authorities give the government too much discretion in national security investigations.“Existing laws provide ample authority for the government to obtain information about individuals who are planning attacks of terrorism,” ACLU lawyers wrote in a memo urging Congress to let the provisions expire.The FBI has had roving wiretap authority since the 1980s for criminal investigations such as drug cases, and the Patriot Act of 2001 extended its use for counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations. That authority lets federal agents, instead of seeking permission to tap each separate phone an individual may use, eavesdrop continuously on targets regardless of the device they’re using. Law enforcement officials see it as an effective way to thwart suspects who try to avoid detection by constantly changing phones, including going through a series of “burner” cellphones. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “I think terrorists increasingly engage in the kind of sophisticated tradecraft that spies and foreign intelligence agencies do, and the same authority is required to investigate them,” said Todd Hinnen, a former acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.The “lone wolf” provision, meanwhile, enables FBI surveillance of a non-U.S. person who is suspected of plotting terrorism but aren’t agents with any foreign powers or connected to terror groups.With that power, a judge can “authorize the interception, even if he can’t say, well, they are al-Qaida — no, they are ISIL, no, they are AQAP,” Comey said at a Georgetown University summit last week, using acronyms for the Islamic State and for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.The FBI has said that authority was shown to be necessary in the case of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. In the weeks leading up to the attacks, FBI officials wanted to seek a surveillance warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but determined that they lacked evidence tying Moussaoui to a foreign power. But a 2003 Senate Judiciary Committee report said FBI agents and lawyers had misunderstood the law and failed to use powers they already had. FILE – In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Hinnen testified before Congress in March 2011 that it had not yet been used up to that point. A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was unaware of the authority having been utilized since then but said officials want to hold onto the capability at a time of growing concerns surrounding individuals who aren’t connected to organized terror groups.Nonetheless, Comey has tried to make a case for preserving the Patriot Act tools by contending that they are not controversial, perhaps drawing a contrast with a phone records program that has raised bipartisan alarms since its details were first revealed two years ago.Important authorities could “go away June 1, and I don’t want them to get lost in the conversation about metadata,” Comey told the Georgetown audience.___Associated Press writer Michael Melia in New Haven, Connecticut contributed to this report.____Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up U.S. officials have defended the need for those powers over the last decade, but have amplified those efforts in recent weeks as the expiration dates for their authority nears without any signals of a congressional compromise that would keep them from lapsing along with other parts of the act on June 1.The Senate returns to session Sunday, facing a deadline to reach a last-minute agreement to renew a once-secret National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk. Provisions of the Patriot Act dealing with lone-wolf targets and roving wiretaps would also expire at midnight with the phone records program.FBI Director James Comey has called bulk phone collection a useful tool to the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. But recently he has expressed more concern about being able to maintain the lone wolf and roving wiretap capabilities, as well as a separate Patriot Act provision that allows the FBI to obtain secret court orders to collect documents such as hotel and travel records during terrorism investigations, and which also would be affected by the deadline.“I sure hope Congress figures out a way to make sure I don’t lose these essential tools,” he said during a visit Tuesday to the New Haven, Connecticut, field office of the FBI. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Police block entry to Istanbul park on protest anniversary

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have deployed thousands of police to block entry into Istanbul’s Gezi Park, barring access to a few hundred demonstrators trying to mark the second anniversary of the start of the nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.Holding carnations and shouting slogans, the protesters tried Sunday to march to Istanbul’s main square where Gezi is located, but were blocked by police. They dispersed after delivering speeches and leaving carnations on a street leading to the square. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets denouncing the government’s increasingly autocratic leadership in late May and June 2013. The protests were sparked by opposition to government plans to uproot trees at Gezi to build a shopping center. Thousands were wounded and at least 12 people died in protests that year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Seoul Pyongyang boycotts University Games in S Korea

first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Some outside analysts say North Korea uses its participation in international sports events to solidify leader Kim Jong Un’s grip on power by showing domestic and international audiences the extreme devotion of its athletes and fans.The two Koreas remain divided along the world’s most heavily fortified border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has scrapped plans to attend next month’s University Games in South Korea to protest the opening of a U.N. human rights office in Seoul, South Korean officials said Monday.The boycott shows that the U.N. office tasked with monitoring the North’s alleged abysmal rights violations will be another source of animosity on an already tense Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang, which considers any criticism of its human rights a U.S.-led campaign to topple its government, has called the office a grave provocation and threatened unspecified retaliation. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The office, the first of its kind, is set to open Tuesday. Its creation was recommended by a landmark U.N. commission of inquiry report last year that found that North Korea’s human rights situation “exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror.”South Korean officials said North Korea cited the office when it told the International University Sports Federation it was backing out of the multi-sport Olympic-style games in the South Korean city of Gwangju.North Korea also cited what it calls the hostile military confrontation between the two Koreas as another reason for its boycott of the games, a South Korean Unification Ministry official said on condition of anonymity citing office rules. North Korea regularly criticizes U.S.-South Korean military exercises as practice for a northward invasion.North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, but has since attended several other events in the South, including last year’s Asian Games in Incheon.The North had earlier told South Korean organizers that it wanted to send 75 athletes and 33 sports officials to the university games. The North earlier wanted to compete in eight events, including women’s football, table tennis and judo, according to the statement. How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Jetstar reaffirms Cairns Japan service

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Jetstar said it has no intentions of suspending its services between Cairns and Japan, despite the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A Jetstar spokesperson said the airline is committed to servicing the Cairns market and is holding daily meetings to discuss the situation in Japan, The Cairns Post reported. “Obviously we know the importance of the Japanese market to Cairns. It’s in the top three,” the spokesperson said.”There have been many cancellations, we’ve had thousands of inquiries and we’re making arrangements such as deferring travel, travel vouchers, refunds and travel to other destinations.”Leadership is really important and we are really showing that leadership by continuing to fly to Japan from Cairns.”The spokesperson added that the carrier has confidence that the third largest economy in the world will recover and rebuild after the recent natural disaster.last_img read more

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IATA opposes new passenger tax hike

first_imgThe international Air Transport Association (IATA) has conveyed its disagreement with the US Governments proposal to double the 9.11 passenger security fee. As part of its deficit reduction plan the US President, Barack Obama administration office plans to double the security fee and continue to raise it in successive years through to 2017. IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said national security is the responsibility of the Government, Airlines and passengers should not be made to pay. “To add insult to injury, more than half of the increased revenue from the higher fee will be diverted into the general fund and will not be used to make air travel more secure,” Mr Tyler added. Currently the security fee for passengers travelling from the US airports is US$2.50 per flight sector with a cap of US$5.00 one-way and US$10.00 per round trip.  Under the new proposal the fee will be US$5.00 for all one way trips and US$10.00 per round trip. Mr Tyler stated that this new security fee will progressively rise by US$1.00 per year between 2013 until 2017. “This is absolutely the wrong approach, the economic outlook is uncertain and confidence among both businesses and consumers is low.” Mr Tyler said raising the cost of air travel is not a good economic move and drew a comparison with a similar passenger tax in the Netherlands which cost the economy more than it collected.“Globally aviation supports US$3.5 trillion in economic activity and 33 million jobs,” Mr Tyler added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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A320neo lands Airbus record

first_imgAirbus has created and booked a record number of aircraft in 2011 with up to 534 commercial aircraft delivered and 1,419 net orders. According to the aircraft engineering company, the Group achieved record breaking results for ten consecutive years with chief executive Tom Enders contributing 2011’s success to the introduction of the A320neo.”Airbus’ record order intake is the result of our strategic decision for A320neo,” Mr Enders explained.  “With this innovation we established a new industry standard, appreciated by our customers and followed by the competition.”He continued that the company is looking to hire up to 4,000 skilled people this year to help keep up with growing demand in production and delivery.”With a solid backlog and an excellent cash position we are well prepared for the future,” the chief executive said.“However, the continuous ramp-up to unprecedented production rates in all programmes will demand a strong focus on the supply chain and our own delivery capabilities.” According to the company, aircraft deliveries topped the 2010 record by 24 aircraft and included 87 A330s.Meanwhile orders put through last year included 1,226 firm sales of the A320neo as well as 18 light and medium and eight P-3 conversions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Qantas carries home Olympic heroes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W A special Qantas charter plane painted with the famous boxing kangaroo has returned Australia’s Olympic athletes home, touching down in Sydney just after 7am this morning. The athletes were given a hero’s welcome home by family and friends, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, London Games chef de mission Nicholas Green and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. Thanking them for their efforts and sacrifices, the Prime Minister told the hundreds of athletes they did great things in London, and will do greater things in Rio in four years times. Medal winning athletes proudly displayed them around their necks and the buzz from the crowd grew while mixing with the stars of the show. Proudly wearing her gold and bronze medals, cyclist Anna Meares said her medals were not just precious to her, but her family and coaches whose support and hard work was unbelievable. Australia ended the London 2012 Olympic Games with 35 medals, including seven gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze, leaving the country 10th overall on the medal tally.last_img read more

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Bali beckons baby boomers

first_imgTypically known as a party destination for the younger tourists, Bali is attracting baby boomers in increasingly large numbers, according to a recent report. The report reveals travelling to Bali does not require you to rob a bank to experience a luxury holiday, with an abundance of accommodation, restaurants and sight-seeing activities that are incredibly affordable. For those baby boomers travelling on a budget, a 3-star hotel will cost around AUD$30 per night, however to live it up a little, it doesn’t cost much to splurge on a luxurious villa. Shopping in Bali is also affordable with market places overflowing with clothing, accessories, home wares and anything else you could possibly imagine.Nature loving baby boomers will find Bali full of lush rainforest surrounds and pleasant Balinese beaches, while more active travellers can take a trip to Bali’s active volcano, Mount Batur. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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PreChristmas savings conceivable

first_imgAustralian’s planning a pre-Christmas jaunt may have more options than they realise.Although prices will increase over the next few weeks, affordable international trips are still available.Hotwire has revealed the highest savings destinations for Australian’s wishing to holiday in Asia-Pacific.Savings during the festive period are highest (69 percent) if travelling to Pasig, Manila in the Philippines.Georgetown on the island of Penang in Malaysia came in second, with an average saving of 51 percent.Other destinations on Hotwire’s listings included Pattaya in Thailand, Jakarta in Indonesia, Singapore, Nandi in Fiji, Tokyo, Kuta in Bali and Mangere in Auckland, New Zealand.Tagaytay in the Philippines rounded out the top ten, averaging savings of 23 percent.“The reality is that although travel operators are gearing up for their busy period, there are still plenty of hotels discounting as they prepare for one of the busiest times of year,” Hotwire.com senior director Fulvia Montreso said.“Travellers may think that leaving things to the last-minute is a bad idea, but by booking two weeks or less before they plan to travel, they will actually benefit from the biggest savings, leaving more money to spend on holiday.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Australian’s can still save on that pre-Christmas international holiday. Image: Penang, Malaysialast_img read more

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European rails missing link missing in action

first_imgFyra: suspended due to ongoing problems. Image: Radio Netherlands Worldwide Dubbed the ‘missing link’ in Europe’s high-speed rail network, the Fyra train has been plagued with technical glitches since its launch in December, Associated Press reported.   With trips between the Dutch and Belgian capitals repeatedly delayed, Belgian officials finally halted the service late last week while a decision on its future was finalised.      Worryingly, the Dutch transport minister said it could take months for Fyra to get back on track.Capable of travelling 250kms (155mph), the Fyra train was supposed to slash an hour off the travel time between the two cities. Tourists looking to travel aboard the new Fyra train connecting Amsterdam and Brussels will be disappointed to learn that Europe’s latest high-speed rail service has been suspended.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Quest strengthens NSW presence

first_imgToday Quest Serviced Apartments opened Quest Liverpool in Sydney’s West, which is the start of a series of new property openings in New South Wales.Quest Nowra is next on the timeline, and is scheduled to open for business on 30th April in one of NSW’s busiest regional business centres.Shortly after that Quest’s second Albury property, Quest Albury on Townsend will open on 4th May.Quest chief executive officer Zed Sanjana, said he is very confident with the strength of Quest’s aggressive growth strategy in the state and the future success of the new properties.“Liverpool, Nowra and Albury are perfect examples of how Quest meets the accommodation needs of the corporate market across Australia. All three economies are strong, with a number of major projects underway including the multi-million dollar Kurrajong Road (Liverpool) and Princes Highway (Nowra) upgrades,” Mr Sanjana said.“I congratulate our new Franchisees – Tom Wang at Quest Liverpool and James Blanchett at Quest Nowra, along with Noel and Madeleine Wood and Natasha and Jason Callewaert at Quest Albury on Townsend – for working hard to get to this point. I know all three properties are in good hands and look forward to their future success.”All locations feature brand new serviced apartments with kitchen and laundry facilities, separate living/dining area, LED Smart TV, Wi-Fi, Foxtel, onsite car parking, gymnasium and conference room facilities.Guests also enjoy traditional Quest services such as pantry shopping, dry cleaning services, restaurant chargeback, babysitting booking services and business administration.2015 is set to be an exciting year of growth for Quest across Australasia, with 12 new properties opening in Australia and three in New Zealand.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Emirates launches second daily A380 service to Frankfurt

first_imgEmirates launches second daily A380 service to FrankfurtEmirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class.Emirates operates 77 services from Australia to Dubai, with onward connections to Frankfurt, Germany.Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be up-gauged to an A380. The first scheduled A380 service between Frankfurt and Dubai was in September 2014; since then, over 280,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on this route.“Our daily A380 service to Frankfurt proved to be extremely popular and we’re happy that demand has been so strong that we needed to increase capacity on the route. In fact, our four gateways in Germany are doing extremely well with 3 of them boasting a daily or double-daily A380 service. Should the opportunity arise, Emirates would be keen to fly to additional cities that are currently underserved, offering more choices to travellers,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. “Our customers love the A380 and adding a second one to Frankfurt will further enhance the travel experience on that route and provide more A380 to A380 connectivity to popular destinations around the world via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai,” added Frach.“We are pleased that Emirates decided to operate a second daily A380 to Frankfurt. It shows a clear commitment of Emirates and underlines the attractiveness of Frankfurt Airport”, said Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG.Emirates’ flight EK47 departs Dubai International Airport at 14:35hrs and arrives in Frankfurt at 18:40hrs. The outbound flight EK48 departs from Frankfurt at 20:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0610hrs the following day.The new aircraft will feature 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 429 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice Digital Widesreen, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine. It will also offer access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and to the Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet.As with all Emirates flights, passengers will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Frankfurt Airport, as well as Emirates Chauffeur-drive service.Emirates also operates nine weekly freighter flights out of Frankfurt, offering a total cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tonnes per week. Main products transported include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment bound for markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as USA and Mexico. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

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