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Enbridge defends pipeline safety ad but critics insist company is playing catch

VANCOUVER — Those reading major newspapers in British Columbia, Alberta or Ontario over the past two days might have noticed a full-page ad placed by Calgary-based Enbridge.The statement from the oil giant emphasized the company’s “99.999 per cent” pipeline safety record and its commitment to preventing oil spills.While Enbridge maintains the ad was not a direct reaction to negative publicity it has been receiving in recent months, some critics are viewing it as an effort to win over those opposed to one of the company’s major proposed Canadian projects.Andrew Barr/National Post Shortly after the scathing U.S. report, which likened Enbridge to the “Keystone Kops,” Enbridge announced it would invest another US$500-million in safety improvements to the Northern Gateway pipeline.But the oil giant continues to see opposition to the proposal.Hillman said Enbridge would need to do much more than placing an ad if it wants to persuade British Columbians to support Northern Gateway.“As much as you like to have a large flag that you can wave, the reality is you’re still dealing with aboriginal communities, and with others all the way along the pipeline and other interest groups,” he said.“You need to be able to work with them and develop those relationships as well.”Holder agreed.“There’s no question, we know we have a lot of work to do, especially in the province of British Columbia, to convince the public that Enbridge is a respectable company, that we can build pipelines in a safe and reliable and sustainable way,” she said.“I wouldn’t say we’re ready to say it’s working yet — I believe we have a lot of more work to do, but we have some time on our side, and we will continue helping the public understand who we are.”In Ottawa, the head of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Brenda Kenny, acknowledged the industry is playing catch-up when it comes to countering the negative perception some people have of pipelines.“As a sector, we’re coming to this late in terms of going public with the programs we have underway,” Kenny said.“We should have been more communicative earlier. This is a sector that’s been operating very, very safely — and frankly, below the radar screen — for many, many decades. We recognize that it is of high importance to Canadians at this point in time, and very important to our country. So you will be seeing a lot more of us.”The association’s news conference Thursday on Parliament Hill was intended to draw attention to an initiative that has been in place for about four years aimed making pipelines safer and more environmentally sound.Kenny said her group plans to ramp up communications to better publicize the program, but dismissed the suggestion it amounted to little more than a public-relations effort.“This is absolutely not a PR exercise,” she said.“We owe it to Canadians to deliver infrastructure that is the safest in the world, and we owe it to Canadians to provide information that helps them make their own decisions about how they feel based on the facts.” Enbridge’s pipeline safety record has been attacked recently by environmental advocates, politicians and the media due to several spills from its pipelines in the U.S. The criticism comes as the company is trying to gain approval for its controversial Northern Gateway project, which would take Alberta oil to northern B.C. to be shipped to foreign markets.Indeed, it’s likely no coincidence that a prominent industry group staged a separate news conference Thursday in Ottawa to promote an existing program aimed at making pipelines safer and more environmentally sound.Mike Hillman, a former B.C. Liberal party campaign manager and a former public affairs consultant, said the Enbridge ad indicates the company may be trying to “play catch up” with those opposed to Northern Gateway.Hillman said if Enbridge is trying to garner support for the project, it should have made the company’s pipeline safety statistics more apparent to the public sooner.“If in fact you have an exceptional record and you have qualities that are in fact very real, then there’s no reason why those things shouldn’t be known to people much earlier in its existence,” he said.[np-related]“By bringing out those things now, by the sounds of it, to counter some of the reactions to their project in B.C and to also recent incidents that have happened, it’s a bit of catch up.”University of British Columbia social marketing professor Darren Dahl said the ad, which is a written statement by the company’s president Al Monaco and chief executive officer Pat Daniel, may also be an attempt to move public sentiment by giving out information that Enbridge feels is more accurate.By bringing out those things now, by the sounds of it, to counter some of the reactions to their project in B.C and to also recent incidents that have happened, it’s a bit of catch up“If you asked someone 10 years ago about pipelines, they probably had no opinion or they’re like, ’Yeah they’re well-managed,”’ Dahl said.“But because of the high stakes of the (Northern Gateway) proposal, and there has been some pipeline incidents in past years that has caught the media’s attention, people don’t have the same neutral or positive attitude…towards pipelines.”Indeed, Enbridge’s ad stresses the necessity of getting the facts on pipelines straight.“Pipeline safety has been much in the news lately, and so it’s important to give the issue some context—to look beyond the latest headline and recognize the outstanding long-term safety record of this important energy delivery system,” Monaco and Daniel wrote.But the company’s executive vice president of western access said the ad is not a direct response to some of the negative publicity it has been subjected to.“We’re just trying to assure the public that we do take safety very seriously,” Janet Holder told the Canadian Press in a phone interview.“This just further enhances that we take safety very seriously and that our track record would show that.”Last month, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board criticized Enbridge’s response to a pipeline spill of millions of litres of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River on July 25, 2010, affecting more than 50 kilometres of waterways and wetlands.AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File read more


New global strategy targets raft of neglected tropical diseases – UN health

Dengue, leprosy, river blindness and guinea-worm disease are among 17 neglected tropical diseases now targeted by a new global strategy, supported by worldwide partners, that provides a steady supply of quality medications, the United Nations health agency said today.“With this new phase in the control of these diseases, we are moving ahead towards achieving universal health coverage with essential interventions,” says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), introducing a new report, entitled “Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases.”The report shows new momentum in controlling, eliminating and eradicating some of the longest-term scourges faced by humankind that take their greatest toll among the poor, moving the world closer to the elimination of many of them.“The challenge now is to strengthen capacity of national disease programmes in endemic countries and streamline supply chains to get the drugs to the people who need them, when they need them,” Dr. Chan added.According to the report, two diseases are targeted for global eradication, including dracunculiasis, or guinea-worm disease – which can produce a parasite as long as two or three feet – by 2015, and yaws, which attacks skin, bone and cartilage, by 2020. Targets are set for the regional elimination of several other diseases in 2015 and in 2020.Such targets can be set because of the donation of medicines and funding through an alignment of international partners, which helped bring about a considerable scale-up of preventive chemotherapy and other actions through widespread delivery of single-dose, quality-assured medicines.In 2010 alone, 711 million people received treatment for at least one of four target diseases, including lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases, WHO said.Other targeted diseases include rabies, trachoma, buruli ulcer, chagas disease, human African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniases, taenaisis/cysticercosis, echinococcosis/hydatidosis, foodborne trematodiases and lymphatic filariasis, WHO said.The agency projects that treatment for schistosomiasis alone will reach 235 million people over the next five years.“The prospects for success have never been so strong,” adds Dr. Chan. “Many millions of people are being freed from the misery and disability that have kept populations mired in poverty, generation after generation, for centuries.” read more


The quarterly reviews may be over but the Troika arent leaving just

first_img“We will be here every six months in a completely normal fashion”.He said that in previous cases when a country exited a programme it was normal for the IMF to maintain a presence for several years.The message was echoed by Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem last month. After paying tribute to Ireland’s efforts within the programme, he stressed that any country leaving a bailout “would have extra surveillance for some time”.In a similar approach to that of the IMF, there will be six-monthly check-ins by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, both of which have permanent bases in Dublin.Dijsselbloem said that there would be, “no measures just surveillance”.Related: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line >Also: “The purpose of the programme was actually to exit the programme” – Noonan > IRELAND FORMALLY EXITS its EU-IMF bailout this weekend, as the three-year finance arrangement comes to an end. The Taoiseach is planning an address to the nation to mark the event, while ministers will also engage in a round of media events and interviews today.However, the teams from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF won’t be going very far; all three bodies will be carrying out twice-yearly check-ups with the Department of Finance.The IMF team are expected to stay for a “number of years”.  Speaking following the twelfth and final review of the country’s bailout programme last month, the Irish Mission Chief with the Washington-based fund took the opportunity to remind the media that the IMF would still be undertaking regular ‘visits’ with the Government to discuss policy.“The only thing that will be different is that there not be an assessment,” Beaumont said.last_img read more


Algorithm reconstructs ancient parent languages in record time

first_imgThough services like Google Translate encompass a large swath of languages that can be coherently translated to another, there are still many more languages that are left a mystery. Now, researchers at University of British Columbia and UC Berkeley have created a computer system that can automatically translate parent languages, or protolanguages, which are languages that modern-day languages are theorized to have originated from.In the case of the study, which is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team set its sights on Proto-Austronesian, a language that is responsible for daughter languages in Australasia, and Southeast Asia, among other regions. From a pool of more than 140,000 words, the research team’s system was able to reconstruct over 600 languages. The system used an algorithm called the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler, which was able to analyze the history and origin of sets of cognates, then figure out which protolanguage the sets most likely belonged to. Perhaps equally as important as being able to recreate the languages, the system nailed an accuracy of 85% of what humans were able to reconstruct manually, and in much less time. Normally, it can take years for humans to manually reconstruct a language, whereas it can take the system a few hours or days.Along with being able to reconstruct languages, the system uses a statistical model that could, in theory, help researchers to understand how languages might change in the future. Throughout the process, the system recorded a potential reconstruction for each cognate and language, revising them over and over and incorporating a set of predefined sound-change rules, until it came up with a prediction that was more refined, and thus more likely.With the new system, languages can now be reconstructed and more closely studied much faster than before. We just hope the predictions help us cut off annoying trends like “yolo” and “hellah” before they can wreak linguistic havoc.last_img read more


Another go round for the Jantzen Beach Carousel

first_imgPORTLAND — A five-year mystery about the future of the C.W. Parker Four-Row Park Carousel — better known as the Jantzen Beach Carousel — has come to a happy conclusion.Restore Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, announced on Thursday that it has taken ownership of the carousel and is seeking a new, permanent home for the ride.“We have here a wonderful opportunity to make more memories for generations to come,” said Restore Oregon Executive Director Peggy Moretti at a press conference.The Jantzen Beach Carousel was built in 1904 for the St. Louis World’s Fair, and spent some time in Venice, Calif. before becoming a part of the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1928. The park closed in 1970, but the carousel–believed to be one of the oldest and largest of its type in the world–was renovated and installed in the Jantzen Beach Center following the mall’s completion in 1972. It is the last survivor of five large carousels built by the legendary C.W. Parker, who was known as the “amusement king.”When the shopping center was remodeled in 2012, the carousel was dismantled and stored in a warehouse, where it remains today. Later that year, amidst rumors that the carousel would never be reinstalled or had been sold, Restore Oregon added it to its Most Endangered Places list.last_img read more


Zaniolo excited about his football career

first_imgThe 19-year-old has debuted for Roma against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and recently he was called to the national teamNicolo Zaniolo debuted with Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid this season.His good performances have also made him shine and was called to the Italy national team too.And the 19-year-old is very excited about this.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I expected a lot less to happen than what actually did. I would like to continue on this path. My debut at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid for the Champions League was crazy, I could not describe it,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“My legs were trembling, thank goodness De Rossi was there to give me a hand. Once on the pitch, however, I only thought about playing football.”“I did not expect the call-up to the Italian National Team. I was in front of the TV when I found out. I called my father and we went to Coverciano,” he commented.“I hope that in the future I will succeed, I played with champions like Chiellini and Bonucci and I tried to learn as much as I could although I had little time available. Mancini told me that he believes in me very much and that now he will show me how much I’m worth.”last_img read more


Merson Mourinho Man United missed Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his strong character was a big blow for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, says football pundit Paul MersonAfter nearly two seasons, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in March for MLS side LA Galaxy amid struggles to regain full fitness from a knee ligament injury.Since the Swedish striker’s exit, Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba hit a boiling point with United struggling in the process.The Portuguese coach was sacked on Tuesday after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left United 19 points behind their rivals in sixth in the Premier League.And Merson believes Ibrahimovic’s departure left a huge void at United.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big miss for Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He was one of those players that Mourinho had in the dressing room where you didn’t need to keep on listening to the manager’s voice, and he would’ve picked players out.”The former Arsenal midfielder added that Ibrahimovic could have helped Mourinho in a similar manner to what Roy Keane did for Sir Alex Ferguson in the United dressing room.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Zlatan would not have had what has happened in the last five or six weeks,” added Merson.“He would not have had some of the results, being 2-0 down at Southampton and being absolutely run ragged by Liverpool.“People will say they were trying, but let’s be honest, they got battered. It was embarrassing.“I think Zlatan would’ve gone in there and he would’ve started to dig players out and years ago you would’ve seen the same with Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.“Ferguson would’ve sat back and Keane would’ve come in and started to pick people out.“Peter Schmeichel would’ve been going mad along with the other experienced players. They would’ve then all calmed down and Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve had his say.”United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Mourinho’s replacement on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.last_img read more


Rivian will offer its R1T and R1S with an electrochromic glass roof

first_img Comments 1:16 Auto Tech Electric Cars Trucks SUVs 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Hi Steven! We will offer multiple roof styles including electrochromic glass (which turns from opaque to transparent on demand), a fixed glass panel, a two-piece removable composite roof and a standard fixed roof.— Rivian (@Rivian) August 13, 2019 Rivian R1S concept puts electricity into an SUV The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Tags Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2 Jeep Enlarge ImageThe R1T and R1S models that Rivian showed at the LA Auto Show featured glass roofs, but an electrochromic version would be even cooler. Rivian Electrochromic glass — glass that can change its level of tint based on the amount of electric current running through it — has been around for a while, but it hasn’t gotten too much play in the automotive space, beyond Mercedes-Benz using it for the “Magic Sky Control” roof on some of its vehicles, and McLaren offering it as an option in the McLaren 720S.Well, now another car company is jumping on electrochromic glass for its vehicles and that company is Rivian, according to the company’s announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. In addition to the electrochromic option, Rivian plans to offer a standard roof, a fixed glass roof and a two-piece removable composite roof — we’d expect this to work like the removable roof panels on the Jeep Wrangler. Share your voice Rivian said that it plans to offer these options on both its R1T truck and R1S SUV models, though there’s no telling how much they’d cost or which version would be standard equipment. The vehicles that Rivian has been displaying to the public were both equipped with the fixed glass roof option, which we liked.While we’re still not totally sure when we’ll see a production version of either Rivian model, we’re betting that it’ll be sooner rather than later, thanks to massive investments from the likes of Ford and Amazon.Rivian didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. 22 Photoslast_img read more


AK The Art Of Medicine

first_img(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)Physicians spend a lot of time thinking about how to fix the human body. A group of young doctors in Anchorage recently had the chance to draw it instead. They are all overworked, over tired interns- halfway through their first year of residency. They spent a morning in an intro to drawing class in an effort to get them to think more creatively about their careers.Download AudioAt first, Doctor David Silbergeld wasn’t sure what to make of the drawing class that popped up on his schedule.“I think my first thought was, ‘uh oh,’” he said.Silbergeld’s dad teaches art history, so he’s had lots of exposure to art. But the last time he remembers producing any of it was a long, long time ago.“When I was 4 or 5 years old I used to do art my dad said was amazing, and I have not done anything since then,” he said.Silbergeld is in his first year of the Alaska Family Practice Residency in Anchorage. Since July, he has been whizzing through a series of challenging rotations, working 80 hours a week and getting very little sleep. But for a month in the depth of the winter, all of the residency’s interns have a break of sorts called ‘trans-cultural medicine.’ It’s like an extracurricular holiday- a feast of lessons in things like cultural diversity, wilderness survival and nutrition.And for three hours one recent morning – drawing.University of Alaska Anchorage art professor Garry Mealor is teaching the class in figure drawing. He explains the students will have 90 seconds to draw each pose the model takes. He offers a few quick pointers – like how to get the proportions right (a human figure is about eight heads tall).Then the model takes off her robe and more than a dozen doctors start to draw. Silbergeld is clearly enjoying himself, but it isn’t easy. He develops a coping strategy early on.“I simply can’t recreate the human head or the human face in any beautiful or realistic way, so I’ve sort of given up on that and I’ve focused more on the torso or to some extent the legs, and I’m more pleased now that I’m doing that,” Silbergeld said.(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)This is the fourth group of interns to take the drawing class. Dr. Susan Beesley, an Anchorage pediatrician, came up with the idea. Beesley thinks medicine is both a science and an art. She helped start an arts program at her medical school in Colorado. And she wanted to offer a small piece of that experience to the Alaska residents. Beesley likes that it pushes them out of their comfort zone.“I think it’s important to think creatively when your subjects are humans,” Beesley said. “Humans don’t really follow textbooks all the time and I think if you can integrate a little bit of creative thought into your healing practice that it will benefit both the doctors and the patients.”Beesley also hopes the class offers the doctors a different perspective after six months of looking at disease and illness in the human body.“Now we’re asking them to just look at it as a piece of art and think about it as just beautiful and miraculous and something that they can enjoy,” Beesley said.The morning’s last challenge is to use different erasers to create an image of the model on paper blackened with charcoal, which Mealor assures is “going to be messy, but fun.”(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)Silbergeld spends the rest of class immersed in his final piece of artwork.“It took an hour to get me okay with it but I’m okay with it.”Silbergeld isn’t exactly sure how this class may affect his decisions as a doctor three months, or even three years, from now. But he appreciates the chance to spend a morning thinking a little differently than his typical doctor routine allows.“I think classes like this are a good reminder that sometimes when you do that physical exam you do need to step back and get that broader image of the human body when you’re seeing patients,” he said.As he packs up, Silbergeld decides to take several of his drawings home. He says he’s not exactly ready to frame them, but he doesn’t want to give them up either.last_img read more


VIDEO Ed Orgeron stopping his recruiting presser twice to yell at players

first_imgLSU head coach Ed Orgeron is arguably the most authentic coach in college football, and is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. That was on full display during his recruiting rundown press conference last night at the Tigers’ practice facility.While Coach O was running down his recruiting haul in front of the gathered media, some of his players were making too much noise in the background. Instead of pushing through, he stopped the presser twice to yell at his guys to keep down the racket like a dad on a business call with kids running around the house.This is 100% on brand for the head cajun and easily the best highlight from recruiting day.“Hey guys! I’m having a press conference!”Twice Wednesday night #LSU Coach O had to shut some people up.— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) December 20, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more


40 years after Francos death Spanish families look for stolen babies

first_imgRelated posts:Argentina seeks extradition from Spain of Franco-era ministers Torture report revives CIA’s rogue image US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship MADRID – Leonor remembers the long corridor of the Spanish maternity ward where she saw her newborn daughter disappear in 1964, taken away by a nurse, like it was just minutes ago. The next day she was falsely told by hospital staff that her daughter had died.Her baby was just one of tens of thousands of newborns who were snatched from mothers and fathers deemed politically dangerous to General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship by a network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns, and given to other families.Now four decades after Franco’s death on Nov. 20, 1975, the scandal over the “stolen babies” of the regime looks set to go unpunished.“It was just a few seconds and she was dead,” said Leonor Sánchez Arroyo, a frail 73-year-old with a wrinkled face.While she had doubts that her newborn had really passed away, she said she did not dare argue with the nuns who ran the maternity because in those days “the word of a nun had as much value as that of kings.”Just 21 when she gave birth and with little schooling, she also did not ask to be given the remains of her newborn so she could organize the burial herself.Nearly a half century later, her second daughter, Soledad Arroyo, now a journalist, saw a report on television about the theft of babies from that same clinic in Madrid.The register of the O’Donnell clinic listed dozens of other deaths of newborns in just one month from unlikely causes, such as an ear infection.It was November 2010 and the scandal over the stolen babies was only just breaking out in the open after decades of silence and whispered rumors.In vain, Soledad and her mother tried to search for the lost sister and daughter, attempting DNA matches with several people. Now, they help other people in the hope that they may be successful. “I am looking for my other twin daughter,” reads a sign from a 2012 demonstration in Madrid. Families of stolen babies of the Franco era are still demanding justice and truth from the government, 40 years after the dictator’s death. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFPUp to 300,000 casesThe practice began after Franco came to power in 1939 following Spain’s civil war pitting Republicans against Nationalists loyal to the general, said Soledad who has written a book on the topic.“The prisons were full of Republican women, and their babies were systematically stolen in order to ‘clean the race’,” she said. “Those babies were given to families who were in favor of the regime and who could not have children.”The practice gradually extended to include the theft of newborns from poor families by doctors and nurses — many of them nuns — to adopted parents in Spain and abroad.New mothers were often told their babies had died within hours of birth and the hospital had taken care of their burials.Since the scandal emerged, some of the babies’ supposed graves have been exhumed, only to reveal bones that belong to adults or animals — or nothing at all.Soledad said she has not found any evidence that the baby thefts were organized by the regime, but added it was “tolerated” by the government.Estimates vary as to the number of children who were taken from their parents, but she estimates there could be up to 300,000 cases of baby snatching. An undated archive photo of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco riding his horse. He died on Nov. 20, 1975 after a series of heart attacks. AFP‘We want to know what happened’As of 2011, only 1,072 criminal complaints regarding stolen babies have been examined and 30 percent were shelved, according to the Justice Ministry.Spain has yet to come to terms with its civil war and Franco’s subsequent dictatorship — seen as a particularly dark chapter of its recent history.Former crusading investigative Judge Baltasar Garzón in 2008 opened the country’s first criminal investigation into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during the Franco era.But he promptly had to drop it because it was seen to violate an amnesty passed in 1977 by political parties keen to put everything behind them and ensure a smooth transition to democracy after Franco’s death.Associations want the government to set up a DNA bank that would allow potential matches between those who were stolen babies and their biological families — a proposal backed by the main opposition Socialists.Meanwhile, Ángel Casado, of the Adelante Bebés Robados association (“Onwards Stolen Babies”), would like the government to pass a law that recognizes them as victims of the regime.Spain’s conservative Popular Party, in power since 2011, has never condemned the removal of newborns from their mothers by the regime and Church documents about the affair remain inaccessible.“We are not seeking financial compensation. We want to know what happened to these children, that they know their true identity,” said Soledad Luque, the head of another association of stolen babies. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Bunnik Tours has just released a special saving of

first_imgBunnik Tours has just released a special saving of $750 per person for selected travel dates from late October 2019 until early April 2020. This special ends on 31 May 2019. If your clients are interested in Japan, be sure to book quickly! There are three adventures to choose from:• Japan DiscoveryDuring this in-depth journey, your clients will explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see the iconic Mt Fuji, experience the tranquillity of Takayama, soak up the history in Hiroshima and admire the culture of Kyoto.o Tour dates: 27 October 2019 – 10 April 2020o Tour length: 17 dayso Price: from $10,245pp• Colours of Northern Japan Experience a beautiful journey through Northern Honshu and Hokkaido, taking in the incredible natural colours of the forests, gardens and hidden temples. Cruise along the scenic Geibikei Gorge, soak in a natural onsen and wander through the stunning Hirosaki Castle Gardens.o Tour dates: 22 October – 5 November 2019o Tour length: 18 dayso Price: from $10,075pp• Discover South Korea & JapanUncover the contrasts and similarities between South Korea & Japan. Explore the thriving city of Seoul, relax at a traditional Korean spa in Jeonju and visit picturesque Busan. Then head to cosmopolitan Tokyo, take the bullet train to Hiroshima and try unique crafts in Kyoto.o Tour dates: 26 October 2019 – 25 March 2020o Tour length: 28 dayso Price: from $15,445pp Bunnik ToursJapan specialslast_img read more


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first_imgMarch 24, 2017PR Coordinator Sean-Paul VonAncken and maintenance manager Jeff Fisher are having fun putting lightbulbs into lightstrings in preparation to a wedding.[photos by Sue Kirsch]The strings of lights were installed in the Vaults.More to come.last_img


Hellenic gets third CEO in as many months

first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesTHE Hellenic Bank board of directors has appointed Bert Pijls as the bank’s new CEO, the third person to manage the bank in as many months.The new CEO replaces interim CEO Marinos Yannopoulos, who was appointed in September after taking over from Makis Keravnos who had been in that seat for a decade. Yannopoulos remains as a non-executive member of the board.The bank’s chairperson, Irena Georgiadou, said that Pijls was the best choice for Hellenic.“With his extended experience in banking across six countries and his recent specialisation in the use of digital channels to enhance customer service, he is ideally placed to ensure the implementation of our strategic plan and seize the considerable opportunity before us to be established as a solid banking alternative for Cypriot households and businesses.”A Dutch national, Pijls was most recently Managing Director of Customer Services and Commercial at British Gas/Centrica, “where he had a strong focus on increasing the company’s use of digital channels,” the bank statement said.He was previously Managing Director at Citigroup EMEA in London, deputising to the CEO and had the responsibility for re-engineering operations to improve expense-to-revenue ratios. Pijls has held positions in the financial services sector in the US, Germany and Belgium, primarily with Citigroup and American Express.Commenting on his appointment, Pijls said that it “is an honour to be asked to lead Hellenic Bank as it moves beyond the recent comprehensive assessment and looks to deploy its resources to support the green shoots which are starting to re-emerge in the Cypriot economy. I am joining a bank in sound financial health, with supportive shareholders and a committed team and in a unique position as the credible challenger to the established order in Cypriot banking.”Pijls’ appointment is subject to Central Bank approval.A week ago, Hellenic Bank proceeded with increasing its share capital by €220m to cover a shortfall derived from the EU-wide ‘stress test’ of about 130 banks earlier in October.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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