Travelweek Group Tags: Brochures, Luxury Travel, River Cruising, Uniworld Uniworld releases 2018 brochure with ‘The World is Your Canvas’ campaign Share Posted by TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has unveiled a new brand strategy as part of its 2018 brochure.‘The World is Your Canvas’ encourages travellers to embark on a Uniworld journey to discover both the world and themselves, says the company.“Uniworld has upheld an unparalleled standard of excellence for more than 40 years,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO, Uniworld. “We continue to deliver this level of quality with the new 2018 brochure, which delves deep into the brand’s history and strategically narrates the story behind the design of each ship. These additions to the brochure reflect a new direction for Uniworld in which we place value on identifying the key elements that set us apart.”Programs and excursions are geared to first-time travellers and experienced river cruisers alike.New for 2018 and outlined in the brochure are Uniworld’s Enchanting Danube & Prague, Remarkable Rhine and Enchanting Danube & Munich itineraries, sailing the Rhine and Danube Rivers and offering coinciding multigenerational departure dates with special family programming.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe Remarkable Rhine itinerary will incorporate the exploration of Jewish heritage and culture along the Rhine, as well as offer ‘The Choice is Yours’, giving guests alternative ways to discover Germany, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland.Uniworld says the 2018 brochure is designed to serve the needs of travel agents “by illuminating the Uniworld story”, so agents can educate their clients on the brand’s distinguishing qualities.With a portrait orientation to better fit agents’ display racks, the brochure encompasses all of Uniworld’s products, including ships and itineraries in all 26 countries, as well as the themed cruises and multigenerational programs. Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share Tags: Air Canada, Group Mach, Transat Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Posted by Transat, Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continue << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — While it has “taken note” of the announcement from Group Mach, offering $14 per share as part of an acquisition bid that would take the company private, Transat says it remains committed to its 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations with Air Canada.Group Mach’s bid tops Air Canada’s and includes $15 million from Spain’s TM Grupo Inmobiliario in exchange for a minority equity stake in Transat. TM has three hotels in Mexico, which is would roll over to Transat. Transat expects to open its own first resort in Mexico in 2020.Air Canada’s bid for Transat, announced May 16, offers $13 per share in a $520 million deal. Following Group Mach’s announcement yesterday, Air Canada was quick to reconfirm its commitment to Transat, saying it is in the process of finalizing its binding agreement to acquire the company. Air Canada added that it “has all necessary funding to complete the transaction and therefore it is not subject to financing conditions and does not require government or taxpayer assistance.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe statement from Transat said: “Transat would like to reiterate that it has entered into an agreement with Air Canada, pursuant to which it has agreed to a 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations, beginning upon the commencement of a formal due diligence review. During this exclusivity period it is contemplated that Air Canada will complete its due diligence review and the parties will finalize the negotiation of a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of all of the shares of Transat. This exclusivity period expires towards the end of June 2019.”Transat also said it won’t be issuing any further updates or comments as the process continues, except as required by law. Transat added: “The operations of Transat continue in their normal course and there will be no change for its clients, suppliers and employees. In particular, travellers and clients of Transat can continue to travel and book their flights and vacation packages with Transat as usual.” Travelweek Group
August 16, 2013This continues our report from 8/14/2013 about the creation of bronze bells.Before reassembling the flask, the artisans use a hollow metal tube to perforate the top of the negative bell impression and then, using a spoon, they carve a small concave circle around the top of the bell, as we see Rawaf doing in the picture to the left. This allows for a smoother pouring of the bronze into the mold.[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]In the meantime, the furnace where the bronze is melted gets loaded up. Here is Andy putting unusable bells and other pieces of scrap bronze in the furnace to be melted down and re-used.The two sides of the flask are then reassembled, the wooden flask is taken off and the molds are lined up on the ground. A metal or plastic frame is then put around the sand mold, as Jonas is pictured doing in this photo. Ingots are then placed on the molds to prevent any possible movement.Two artisans, (pictured here are Andy and Jonas) don protective clothing, and lift the crucible containing the molten bronze out of the furnace.They carefully pour the bronze into each of the molds. The other artisans follow the pouring with shovels, so that should any bronze fall onto the cement or out of the mold, they can quickly throw sand on it to prevent any danger or injury.The molds are then left to cool for about an hour, or until the bronze is solidified. This report will continue on Monday.
Categories: News,Webber News 16Feb Rep. Webber’s bill increases campaign finance violations penalty State Rep. Michael Webber has introduced legislation to improve government transparency by increasing the penalty for violating the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the bill increases the fine for violating campaign finance laws from $1,000 to $3,000. He said the bill’s intent is to boost accountability by showing who is funding elections in Michigan.“The laws are very clear about when reports are due, what information must be in the reports and where the information must be sent,” Webber said. “I believe this legislation will bring past violations into compliance and curb future violations by increasing the penalty for ignoring the law.”The bill was referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee.#####The measure is House Bill 4216.
30May Three Macomb County representatives lead Michigan House plan to help Kiwanis fundraising The state House today approved plans from three Macomb County state representatives to expand fundraising options for Kiwanis organizations in Michigan.Bills sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino would allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes. Legislation from Rep. Peter Lucido would create a fundraising license plate for the charitable organization.“I’ve been with the Kiwanis for several years, now as a member of the Golden K, which helps seniors,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “It’s been a privilege to see what a positive difference the group makes for kids, families and especially our seniors in our neighborhoods.”Lucido’s bill would allow motorists to buy and display a fundraising license plate with the accompanying donation going to a new Kiwanis International Michigan District Fund.The legislation from Marino and Farrington would add the Kiwanis to the list of charities Michigan residents can voluntarily contribute to through an income tax form checkoff.“In our part of Macomb County alone, Kiwanis raise money for college scholarships, put together backpacks with school supplies, help feed the hungry and improve the community in many other ways,” said Farrington, of Utica, who has worked on Kiwanis holiday food drives. “It’s a fantastic mission.”Marino noted thousands of Michigan residents use similar checkoff options to make charitable donations while filing their taxes each year.“The Kiwanis are focused on helping children and families while encouraging community service – exactly the kind of effort we should support,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “This is a great addition to the lineup of worthy charities on our list.”The legislation – House Bills 4495, 5739 and 5740 – advance to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Marino News,News
Polish pay TV platform ‘n’, which is being merged with rival offering Cyfra Plus, had 929,000 post-paid subscribers at the end of last year, 71,000 up on the previous quarter. Pre-paid pay TV customers grew by 7% to reach 345,000, including 79,000 HD customers.The pay TV platform turned in revenues of PLN198 million (€47.2 million) for the fourth quarter, up 20% on a comparable basis. Full year pay TV revenue was PLN739 million, up 21%. Overall revenue for the quarter on a comparable basis was PLN777 million, up 3% and EBITDA was PLN213 million. ‘n’ achieved full-year positive EBITDA for the full year in line with parent company TVN’s guidance.Reported revenue excluding ‘n’ was down PLN7 million year-on-year for the quarter, reflecting the unfavourable advertising market.TVN recognised a PLN1 billion impairment charge on its investment in ‘n’ holding company ITI Neovision as a result of the conclusion of its pay TV merger agreement with Canal Plus Group in December.“TVN Group successfully met its targets for 2011, with performance reflecting market volatility in the advertising driven part of operations and strong development of pay TV business ahead of consolidation of satellite TV space,” said TVN Group CEO Markus Tellenbach. On pay TV, Tellenbach said: “The Group has also achieved its strategic objective – participation in the digital satellite pay TV consolidation and securing distribution of its content through significant stake in the merged ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus platform. The announced merger with Cyfra Plus combined with the strategic partnership with TP Group set TVN Group’s shareholders in a very strong position to participate in benefits from creating the leading premium satellite pay TV operator in Poland. Further enhanced by access to the largest in the country set of telecom services and wide spread sales network of TP Group, TVN will significantly improve its risk profile reducing exposure to capital expenditures.”Tellenbach said the outlook for the current year remained uncertain, but that he believed volatility would prevail temporarily. He said the company was likely to benefit from an improving position of the Polish złoty on the financial exchange markets going forwards.
Liberty Global has paid roughly €632.5 million for a 12.65% stake in the Netherlands’ largest cable operator Ziggo. Through the deal, Liberty has acquired 25.3 million Ziggo shares from Barclays Capital Securities for €25.00 per share, giving it an almost 13% stake based on the shares outstanding as of December 31, 2012.Commenting this morning, Liberty said that the acquisition was an “attractive opportunity” to make a strategic investment in a market where it already has a strong presence through its UPC Netherlands subsidiary.“The purchase price is also financially attractive given the stock’s approximate 7.4% dividend yield, which is implied by Ziggo’s expectation that it will pay €370 million of dividends during 2013,” the firm said.The deal comes just days after Barclays inadvertently acquired a 14.2% stake in Ziggo after failing to find enough buyers for a block of shares it agreed to underwrite.Private equity owners Cinven and Warburg Pincus moved last week to sell 40 million shares in the operator, the equivalent of a 20% stake. However, the share sale, which was completed on March 19, left Barclays as Ziggo’s biggest shareholder after it failed to find enough buyers. Barclays had guaranteed the sale at €25.05 a share last week.Liberty is funding the acquisition with a non-recourse margin loan and existing liquidity, and does not require regulatory approval as it is taking a minority, not a controlling stake in Ziggo.The deal is Liberty’s latest of the year, after the firm agreed a blockbustert US$23.3 billion (€17.9 billion) buyout of Virgin Media in February.
Eutelsat has agreed to sell its 70% stake in Wins Limited – a provider of broadband satellite communications and IT solutions for the maritime sector – to SpeedCast for roughly €60 million.Satellite communications and network service provider, Speedcast, said that Wins’ strong position in Europe will allow it to grow its business rapidly in the maritime space.Eutelsat said that selling Wins, which is held through its wholly-owned Skylogic subsidiary, is part of its strategy to streamline its asset portfolio to maximise free-cash-flow generation.“This acquisition is further affirmation of SpeedCast’s growth strategies, and is a significant milestone for us. Wins brings a strong local presence in Germany, a major maritime market, as well as expertise in the cruise industry in Europe, a fast growing user of satellite communications,” said SpeedCast CEO, Pierre-Jean Beylier.“Together,we are well poised to expand our network to support the growing demand of VSAT services in the maritime sector.”Wins CEO, Tony Mejlaq, said that joining Speedcast will give Wins access to new markets and the ability to deliver new service capabilities to its customers.“Our customers will benefit from the enhanced customer service network and world class infrastructure,” he said.Wins provides maritime connectivity services to passenger vessels in the Mediterranean region. Through its German subsidiary DH-Intercom it also provides L-band connectivity and VSAT solutions to merchant vessels.In total the company provides services to more than 100 passenger-carrying ships, such as cruise liners and ferries, and to more than 2,000 merchant shipping vessels.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019People who stop breathing during sleep may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau, a biological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in part of the brain that manages memory, navigation and perception of time. A preliminary Mayo Clinic study released Sunday, March 3, will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia May 4-10.Recent evidence has supported an association between an increased risk for dementia and sleep disruption. That’s particularly true for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a potentially serious disorder where breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. However, it remains unclear what could be driving this association.Using the population-based Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, researchers identified 288 people 65 and older who did not have dementia. Their bed partners were asked whether they noticed if their partners stopped breathing during sleep. Positron emission tomography brain scans of study participants looked for buildup of the toxic protein tau in the entorhinal cortex, which is the part of the brain that is deep behind the nose and susceptible to accumulating tau. The entorhinal cortex stores and retrieves information related to visual perception and when experiences happen. The dysfunctional tau protein forms tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, contributing to cognitive decline.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentFifteen percent of the study group, or 43 participants, had bed partners who witnessed sleep apnea. Participants with witnessed apneas had about 4.5 percent higher levels of tau in the entorhinal cortex than those who have not been observed to have apneas during sleep. To reduce the effect of confounding variables, researchers controlled for several other factors that affect tau levels in the brain, such as age, sex, education, cardiovascular risk factors and other sleep complaints.”Our research results raise the possibility that sleep apnea affects tau accumulation,” says Diego Z. Carvalho, M.D., first author and neurology fellow at Mayo Clinic.”But it’s a chicken and egg problem,” he notes, pointing to questions of which comes first as an underlying cause. Does sleep apnea cause an accumulation of tau, a toxic protein that forms into tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease? Or does the accumulation of tau in certain areas cause sleep apnea? “Longer studies are now needed to solve this problem.”Study limitations included a lack of sleep studies to confirm sleep apnea and its severity, and a lack of information about participants’ sleep apnea treatment. Source: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-study-shows-sleep-apnea-may-be-tied-to-increased-alzheimers-biomarker-in-brain/
By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 3 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) The application of positron emission tomography (PET) for amyloid plaques could aid clinical decision making for patients with dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a study recently published in JAMA.Sebastian Kaulitzki | ShutterstockProfessor Gil Rabiovici (Department of Neurology, University of California) and colleagues found that among individuals with MCI or dementia, amyloid PET scanning was associated with changes in clinical management within ninety days.The study was conducted following a decision made in 2013 by the US Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services that current evidence was insufficient to justify the coverage of PET scanning in the routine clinical care of patients with MCI or dementia.However, the center also adhered to a policy of “Coverage with Evidence Development” among Medicare beneficiaries who meet the “Appropriate Use Criteria” for amyloid PET.Given that no disease-modifying treatments for cognitive impairment and dementia are currently available, the only way to assess patient outcomes in this population is to look at data relating to treatment decisions, counseling, and diagnosis.The Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study was an observational, longitudinal cohort study that included 11,409 Medicare beneficiaries (aged an average of 75 years) with dementia or MCI of unknown cause who were enrolled at 343 imaging centers in the US between February 2016 and September 2017.Ninety days after participants underwent amyloid PET scans, patient management changed compared with pre-PET visits in 60.2% of MCI patients and 63.5% of dementia patients, as assessed by a composite outcome that included drug therapy and counseling about safety and future planning.In addition, the etiologic diagnosis changed from Alzheimer disease to non-Alzheimer disease in 25.1% of cases and from non-Alzheimer disease to Alzheimer disease in 10.5% of cases.The authors note that the observational design of the study limits the attributing changes in patient management to the PET imaging results.Further research is therefore needed “to determine whether amyloid PET is associated with improved clinical outcomes,” concludes the team. Breaking news:5-minute read time. Sources:Jack CR, Petersen RC. Amyloid PET and Changes in Clinical Management for Patients With Cognitive Impairment. JAMA. 2019;321(13):1258–1260. DOI:10.1001/jama.2019.1998Rabinovici GD, Gatsonis C, Apgar C, et al. Association of Amyloid Positron Emission Tomography With Subsequent Change in Clinical Management Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia. JAMA. 2019;321(13):1286–1294. DOI:10.1001/jama.2019.2000.