It’s something Oh is all too aware of.Asked by news.com.au during the promotional trail for Killing Eve, before her historic Emmy nomination today, whether she had seen much change or momentum in terms of Asian representation on American TV, she said: “The change is slow, and I mean it in the most profound way in how profoundly frustrating it is and has been.“I’ve been in this industry for a long time and what I’ve seen and experienced is how long it takes to make actual real change — and it’s not the real change our community is needing and seeking.“Where is our Black Panther? I know our community wants that and our community is impatient for it.”Oh stars in the critically acclaimed Killing Eve. Picture: BBC America via APSource:APOh said that Asian-Americans — Oh is actually Canadian but has lived in the US for many years — don’t carry the same “burden in terms of the safety for our bodies” as African-Americans and Americans of Latino descent do, but at the heart of Asian representation, it’s about visibility. Advertisement Sandra Oh has made history with her Emmy nomination for Killing Eve. Picture: BBC America via APSource:AP Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: KILLING Eve and Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh broke a significant boundary in Hollywood today.Sandra became the first female actor of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category. Her performance as Eve Polastri in the BBC America series, airing locally on ABC, has won wide acclaim from critics and audiences.But if you’re thinking that surely it can’t be right that she’s the first, that it didn’t happen until 2018, be assured that she is. And that is in large part due to the scarcity of roles for actors of Asian descent on American TV — especially lead roles. Twitter
APTN National NewsIn Ottawa, hundreds of Aboriginal families sit on a waiting list for a place to call home.Gignul non-profit housing is the place where many of those families go for affordable housing.But a mother of two teenaged boys is no longer welcome by the social housing corporation.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.
In a letter to the Council released today, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile notes that over 120 reports have been submitted by Member States.Of those countries that have failed to document their work to implement the comprehensive sanctions, 15 offered written explanations for why they had not been able to submit reports.”The Committee cannot conclude that non-reporting is necessarily a question of lack of will or a lack of dedication in the fight against Al-Qaida and the Taliban,” the Chairman notes, pointing out that most countries planned to submit their documents soon.”Most of the written explanations from non-reporting States cited a lack of resources, rendering it hard to submit the reports in a timely manner,” he adds.While a proper analysis of the reasons for non-reporting cannot be conducted on the basis of only 15 responses, the Chairman says he will provide information to the Council on the matter later this month.Ambassador Muñoz also underscores the importance of the reports, saying they are “essential in the struggle against the scourge and threat that the individuals and entities concerned pose to the world community.”
FILE – This April 9, 2012 file photo shows construction well underway for two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. South Carolina’s state-owned public utility has voted to stop construction on two billion-dollar nuclear reactors. The reactors were set to be among the first new nuclear reactors built in the U.S. in decades, but the vote by Santee Cooper’s board on Monday, July 31, 2017 likely ends their future. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins) by Seanna Adcox, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Billions down the drain as new nuclear plants scrapped COLUMBIA, S.C. – Billions of dollars spent on two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina went up in smoke Monday when the owners nixed plans to finish them after years of delays and cost overruns, dealing a severe blow to the industry’s future.The reactors were set to be among the first built in the U.S. in decades. While the decision will save customers billions in additional costs, customers of the two utilities — Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas — may get little to nothing refunded of the billions they’ve already paid for the now-abandoned project.“I’m disappointed today not just for Santee Cooper and its customers but for our country and the industry as a whole,” said Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter. “If you really believe we need to reduce carbon, this was the way to do it.”Energy demands are far less than the utility’s pre-Great Recession projections that factored into the initial decision to build.But Monday’s decision may eventually result in the utility putting a coal-fired unit idled earlier this year back in operation. Another option for supplying power needs in the decades to come include building a natural gas unit.“Absolutely, this pushes us back to more carbon, whether it’s natural gas or coal,” Carter said.Santee Cooper’s board said the decision to end construction will save customers an estimated $7 billion. The utility had already spent about $5 billion for its 45 per cent share of the project, and completing it would have cost an additional $8 billion, plus $3.4 billion in interest.“I’m not celebrating,” said Tom Clements of Friends of the Earth, which has questioned the project from the outset. “This is a sad day for South Carolina. So much money has been wasted. Ratepayers are losers any way you take it.”He said the group will work to “get to the bottom line of how this happened, who’s responsible” and what that means for customers.Gov. Henry McMaster called for legislators to hold hearings to get customers’ questions answered.The project has been shrouded in doubt since earlier this year, when primary contractor Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection.The utilities have since determined the project likely wouldn’t have been finished until 2024. Under a timeline adopted in 2012, the first reactor was supposed to be operational earlier this year. Westinghouse hasn’t been forthright since, according to Santee Cooper.South Carolina Electric & Gas, which owns 55 per cent, announced its plans shortly after Santee Cooper’s unanimous vote. SCANA, SCE&G’s parent company, will seek approval from regulators Tuesday about their abandonment plans.Under the approved Santee Cooper resolution, all work will end within six months. How quickly within that timeframe workers at the site will lose their jobs is uncertain.About 5,000 people are employed at the site by contractors and subcontractors. SCE&G employs an additional 600 workers for the project, according to the utility.The utilities announced last week that Westinghouse’s parent company, Toshiba Corp., agreed to jointly pay them $2.2 billion regardless of whether the reactors are ever completed.Santee Cooper will use its $1 billion share from Toshiba — to be collected between October and 2022 — to lower customers’ future costs, Carter said. But it’s unclear if that will translate to lower bills. Rates are rising due to environmental projects, and the money could offset either those costs or debt, Carter said.SCE&G will use the money to ensure customers see no increase in their bills for at least the next several years, SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh told investors Monday afternoon.But another unknown is whether Toshiba will actually pay. In May, the Tokyo-based company projected a 1.01 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) loss for the fiscal year that ended in March.The reactors were planned for the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station north of Columbia. Construction contracts with Westinghouse were signed in 2008, and the project was so far about one-third completed.Environmental groups have called on state regulators to order SCE&G to abandon the projects. They also want customers to be refunded at least some of the billions they’d paid upfront through rates that have increased yearly since 2009. A hearing on that request is set for October.A 2007 state law allows electric utilities to collect money from customers to finance a project before it generates power. Construction now accounts for 18 per cent of the electric bills of SCE&G’s residential customers.Santee Cooper has increased rates five times to pay for the escalating costs. But the Public Service Commission has no authority over the state-owned utility.Whether the commission can order the utility to refund customers and how much are matters of debate. That could require proof the utility gave regulators faulty information.Last month, Toshiba agreed to pay $3.7 billion toward two nuclear reactors in Georgia that also were being built by Westinghouse.
RMT Trolex presents an exciting set of data around strata management and ground control technology that demonstrates 40%+ increases in productivity and the near elimination of related injury in longwall operations. At the Ninth International Symposium on Field Measurement in Geomechanics RMT Trolex presents a series of studies and field trials of electronic strata monitoring systems that show massive potential benefits to the coal mining industry.Headline figures from the research show an average of 25% uptime in longwall operations resulting in a 40%+ increase in production rates following the installation of an electronic strata monitoring solution. In addition to this a 49% cost-saving was demonstrated through a more intelligent distribution of support collateral and a 65%+ reduction in injury/health related reports through better hazard warning reduced usage of heavy equipment.RMT Trolex Business Manager John Toplis commented “I’m excited by the results of the studies that have been carried out and what this means both in terms of safety in coal mines, but also in the impact on productivity levels at a time when the coal mining industry in under incredible pressure to reduce costs. We can demonstrate a return on investment within two months of installation and revenues improvements of around $2m per annum in a typical mine.”Trolex recently acquired RMT and the company is now looking to take its world-leading strata management solutions to a global market.
By Cliodhna Russell Monday 6 Feb 2017, 3:26 PM 13 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3225557 Image: Shutterstock/soft_light Feb 6th 2017, 3:26 PM Short URL Share23 Tweet Email6 Voluntary contributions allow you to prevent this from happening. I am making it easier to make these voluntary contributions by given people up to five years to decide to do so instead of just one.He added, “The main beneficiaries will be self-employed people who have a bad year or a few bad years and don’t pay PRSI in those years, people who take early retirement who might otherwise have their state pensions reduced, people who go overseas for a few years and do not pay into an equivalent system, people who retire early due to ill-health, and also parents who decide to stay at home.”Read: Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland> Image: Shutterstock/soft_light THE PRSI SYSTEM is being reformed to make it easier for people to take a career break without losing their state pension entitlements.The reforms, which will make it easier to make voluntary contributions under the PRSI system, will also benefit self-employed people, those who move abroad temporarily and people who take early retirement.Speaking about the measure, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said: “At the moment, if you pay into the PRSI system for long enough, you become entitled to certain benefits without having to pass a means-test.“These include the State Pension Contributory when you reach 66 and the Widows/Survivors Pension for your partner if you die before the age of 66.”However Varadkar explained how you can lose this entitlement or have it reduced if you leave work and stop paying PRSI for a number of years. 24,338 Views It’s now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements People will now have five years to decide if they want to pay voluntary contributions. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureSpotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-Series I’ve already gone into great detail about why DJ Hero is the secret best rhythm game of all time thanks to its glorious soundtrack of original mash-ups. But Harmonix, the studio that started the plastic instrument craze with Rock Band and the original Guitar Hero, has a new game in the works that may reclaim the throne. Revealed at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, Dropmix is a musical mash-up collectible card game.Harmonix is no stranger to making plastic musical gadgets. But Dropmix, a collaboration with toy titan Hasbro, might be the company’s most intriguing gizmo yet. The main Dropmix device is an electronic board players lay up to five cards on. These aren’t normal cards, though. Like Amiibo or Skylanders or any other remaining toys-to-life figure, Dropmix cards include NFC chips. Each card represent a specific song, and laying different cards on the board mixes the different songs together on the fly.So say you have cards for “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 and “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed. If you play those cards together, Dropmix will miraculously remix those songs together into something that sounds good through the magic of changing tempo and pitch. The goal is to earn more points than your opponent through successful mixes, but honestly, this sounds more compelling as an approachable tool/toy for music play and experimentation than a “video game.” It’s like The Magic iPod or some kind of Neil Cicierega simulator. You don’t even need a console, just the board, cards, and free mobile app.The base Dropmix board with 60 cards launches this September for $99.99. Additional packs of 16 cards will cost $14.99. Hopefully, they’re not randomized, and you don’t end up with duplicates. Harmonix promises Dropmix will feature songs from across genres, from country to hip-hop to pop to indie. Other confirmed tunes include “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, and “Sing” by Ed Sheeran. I just hope that since Hasbro is involved, famous Transformers ballad “The Touch” by Stan Bush makes an appearance.
Pundit Paul Merson wonders whether Rangers will be able to provide Jermain Defoe with adequate service to enable him to score goalsThe 36-year-old striker has joined Rangers from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan deal to team-up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who now coaches the team.Together, the duo plan to end Celtic’s seven-season winning run in the Scottish Premiership with Rangers currently tied with the Hoops at the top of the standings.But, while reflecting on Defoe’s loan move, Merson did express some concerns for the Englishman.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“For me, he is a one out of two,” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“Give him two chances and he’ll score one. He doesn’t work on five or six chances. He is top draw.“But my only worry would be can they [Rangers] provide him? With them little balls down the side… I think he’ll score bundles of goals.”Defoe has previously played for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland in the Premier League and is the seventh highest scorer in the competition with 162 goals in 496 games.
Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Suncity Group Holdings Ltd has obtained a HK$400 million loan from its chairman Alvin Chau to help finance its next 12 months after booking a loss of RMB1.65 billion (HK$1.90 billion) for the six months to 30 June 2018.In its results announcement for the period, announced overnight, Suncity Group stated that its current liabilities now exceeded its current assets by RMB3 billion and its total liabilities exceeded its total assets by RMB1.89 billion. The company’s loss for the period, increased from a loss of RMB628.5 million in 1H17, was attributed to a change in the fair value of derivative financial instruments – related primarily to a previously issued convertible bond in the amount of HK$570,000 to Suncity Group’s majority shareholder Fame Select Limited, which is itself 50% owned by Chau.In order to cover for its growing losses, Suncity Group said overnight that it has since secured a loan of HK$400 million from “a related company which is beneficially owned by Mr Chau”, repayable over 60 months at 3.5% per annum. The group has already drawn down HK$176 million from the loan.Despite its growing debt, Suncity Group said, “Taking into account the financial resources of the group, including the financial support from Mr Chau, its controlling shareholder and facility of HK$400 million granted from a related company subsequent to the reporting period, the directors of the company are of the opinion that the group has sufficient working capital to meet in full its financial obligations as they fall due for at least the next 12 months from the end of the reporting period.”Losses aside, Suncity Group saw its revenue climb 25.8% in the six months to 30 June 2018 to RMB456.0 million on the back of 250% growth in its travel business, Sun Travel Ltd, to RMB250.8 million. Sun City Travel provides travel accommodation procurement and ferry ticketing to Chau’s Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited in Macau.The company also booked revenue for the first time from its resort management and consultancy services segment, totalling RMB8.5 million. Suncity Group last year entered into memorandums of understanding in relation to provision of management and consultancy services to two integrated resorts in Vietnam (Van Don Project and Hoi An Project) and a technical service agreement to provide pre-opening and technical services to the casinos and F&B facilities for Van Don Project in 2017. The group also entered into another technical services agreement in February 2018 for Hoi An Project Phase 1 development of Hoi An Project, which is expected to be completed by July 2019. Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September Load More RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner
Enlarge ImageLuke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. John Wilson/Lucasfilm Luke Skywalker’s virginity has long been a hot topic among Star Wars fans. While the accepted canon hasn’t given us any answers, actor Mark Hamill has his own thoughts on the matter. He believes Luke has experienced the sexy side of life. Hamill responded to a fan’s Twitter question asking if Luke died a virgin. “Make up your own backstory,” Hamill wrote. “It’s undetermined, but in the one I made for him myself, the answer is no.” Share your voice Post a comment Make up your own backstory. It’s undetermined, but in the one I made for him myself, the answer is: no.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 17, 2019 Hamill appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2017 and faced the same question, but he didn’t really answer it. Hamill suggested the Star Wars films never truly addressed adult sexuality. Hamill’s Twitter response makes sense with what we know about a non-canonical backstory he made up for the character and shared with Entertainment Weekly in late 2017. He created an entire scenario around Luke falling in love with a widow, leaving the Jedi Order and raising a child who dies tragically in a lightsaber accident. Enlarge ImageMara Jade was married to Luke Skywalker in the Expanded Universe. Lucasfilm The attention paid to Luke’s virginity stems in part from interpretations of what the members of the Jedi are or aren’t allowed to do. Fans still debate whether Jedi are expected to abstain from sex. Hamill hasn’t helped clarify this, telling Wired in 2017 he thinks Jedi are celibate: “Otherwise I’d have a girlfriend by now.” That answer could be taken as a joke, though.We can look to George Lucas for a possible answer to this debate. “Jedi Knights aren’t celibate — the thing that is forbidden is attachments — and possessive relationships,” the Star Wars creator told BBC News in 2002.Star Wars fans chimed in on Hamill’s tweet, with plenty of mentions of Mara Jade, Luke’s wife in the Legends series from the Expanded Universe. Sadly for EU fans, she’s not part of the official Star Wars canon.Ultimately, the first part of Hamill’s Twitter answer may be the most important. Luke Skywalker is what the fans want him to be, so go ahead and make up your own backstory and answer the virginity question for yourself. Mark Hamill Star Wars Tags 0 Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga TV and Movies 7 Photos
Revive a friend in three different matches This is a simple challenge. Just get a friend and stay close to them during a match so you can revive them. Players can also expedite this task with one player damaging themselves with grenades or fall damage while the other revives them. Deal 2,500 damage to opponents with Assault RiflesAs was the case with these damage challenges, find a required weapon and let loose on other players. Luckily, the Assault Rifle can deal damage up close or from a distance.All that’s left of the Polar Peak monster. Epic Games Where to Dance at the Monster Skeleton There was a last-minute change to this challenge. The original challenge was “Dance inside a holographic Durrr Burger head.” An Epic developer said on Reddit it was changed to the monster skeleton and the task was updated. The skeleton is from the beast that fought the giant robot during the Final Showdown event Saturday. It’s located to the east of Neo Tilted.The first set of Overtime Challenges are now live. Epic Games Work together with friends to get eliminationsStart a duos match with a friend for this challenge. Then proceed to double-team whatever suckers are on their own. Deal 2,500 damage to opponents with shotgunsAs in previous weeks, this challenge is straightforward. Equip a shotgun, get up close and deal some big damage. Visit Loot Lake, Polar Peak and Pressure PlantThese “visit” challenges are easy to complete. Just make sure to either drop in at these locations or stop by during a match. For those paying attention to the Fortnite season 9 story, these three spots played an important part this season. Polar Peak is where the monster first appeared, while Pressure Plant is where the giant robot was built. Then the two fought last Saturday at Loot Lake during The Final Showdown.Previous weekly challengesWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10FortbytesNew in Fortnite season 9 are Fortbytes, which are only available to Battle Pass owners. The collectibles are scattered across the island, but also unlockable by reaching certain tiers and gaining a designated amount of XP. Each Fortbyte will reveal a piece of an image teasing Fortnite season 10 and a new one appears every day.Fortnite Season 9 Fortbyte Challenges01: Awarded for gaining 175,000 XP02: Found at a location hidden within Loading Screen #603: Accessible by using the Skull Trooper Emoji at the western most point04: Accessible by skydiving through the rings above Loot Lake with the Plasma Trail Contrails equipped05: Accessible by using the Laid Back Shuffle Emote inside a dance club06: Accessible with Yay! Emote at an ice cream shop in the desert07: Accessible by using the cuddle up emoticon inside a rocky umbrella08: Found within Junk Junction10: Awarded for gaining 60,000 XP11: Found beneath a circling jungle parrot12: Accessible by using the Nana Nana Spray inside a molten tunnel13: Found at a location hidden within loading screen number 214: Found within an RV park16: Found in the desert house with too many chairs17: Found inside a Wooden Fish Building18: Found somewhere between Mega Mall and Dusty Divot19: Accessible with the Vega outfit inside a spaceship building20: Found at the center of any of the first three storm circles21: Found inside a metal llama building22: Accessible by using the Rox Spray in an underpass23: Found between an RV campsite, a gas station, and a monstrous footprint Location24: Found within Fatal Field25: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 4026: Accessible with Bunker Jonesy outfit near a snowy bunker28: Accessible by solving the pattern match puzzle outside a desert junkyard29: Found underneath the tree in Crackshot’s Cabin30: Somewhere between Haunted Hills and Pleasant Park31: Found at a meteor crater overlook32: Accessible by wearing Kyo Pet Back Bling at the northernmost point33: Found at a location hidden within Loading Screen #1034: Found between a fork and knife35: Awarded for gaining 225,000 XP36: Accessible by Sentinel on a frozen island37: Found inside a disaster bunker in Pleasant Park39: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 240: Accessible with the Demi outfit on a sundial in the desert41: Accessible by using Tomatohead Emoticon inside the Durrr Burger restaurant43: Accessible by wearing the Nana Cape Back Bling inside a Banana Stand44: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 2046: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 10047: Found between a Reboot Van, pirate camp and a crashed battlebus48: Accessible by using the Vox Pickaxe to smash the gnome beside a mountain top throne49: Found in Trog’s ice cave50: Accessible at night time inside mountain top castle ruins51: Accessible by using the Cluck Strut to cross the road in front of Peely’s Banana Stand52: Accessible with Bot Spray inside a Robot Factory53: Accessible by helping to raise the disco ball at an abandoned mountain top villain lair55: Found within Haunted Hills57: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 25 times58: Accessible by using the Sad Trombone Emote at the north end of Snobby Shores59: Accessible with Durrr! Emoji inside Pizza Pit restaurant60: Accessible with Sign Spinner Emote in front of the happy Oink restaurant61: Accessible by using Sunbird Spray on a frozen waterfall62: Accessible with the Stratus outfit within an abandoned mansion63: Found somewhere between Lucky Landing and Fatal Fields64: Accessible by Rox on top of Stunt Mountain65: Found in a basement budget movie set66: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 75 times67: Accessible by Flying the Retaliator Glider through the rings under the southernmost Sky Platform68: Found within a snowy town bookshop69: Found inside a stone pig building70: Accessible by skydiving through the rings above Lazy Lagoon with the Vibrant Contrails71: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 172: Found within Salty Spring74: Found in a filing cabinet inside an assassin’s basement on the desert coast75: Found within an airport hanger76: Found behind a historical diorama in an insurance building can be seen below77: Found within a trackside taco shop78: Found within a Ranger tower overlooking a drained lake79: Found within an arcade80: Accessible by using the Bunker Basher Pickaxe to smash the rock at the highest point of the volcano rim81: Accessible in daytime near a mountain top cactus wedge82: Accessible by solving the pressure plate puzzle NW of the Block83: Found in a rock garden near the coast84: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 6085: Awarded for gaining 30,000 XP87: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 50 times88: Found somewhere within map location J3.89: Accessible by flying the Scarlet Strike Glider through the rings east of Snobby Shores.90: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 100 times91: Found at a location hidden within loading screen #4, the latest Fortbyte to unlock92: Accessible by using Rock Love Spray near a lava fall95: Found at a Solar Panel Array in the Jungle96: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 8097: Found hidden within Loading Screen #898: Found within a Viking longhouse99: Awarded for gaining 125,000 XP100: Found on the highest floor of the tallest building in Neo TiiltedFor those who don’t want to wait for all 100 Fortbytes to be revealed, one Fortnite data miner discovered what the complete image will look like. You can now complete three more Overtime Challenges #Fortnite pic.twitter.com/GUOiZPmMgX— Guille-GAG // Fortnite Leaks (@Guille_GAG) July 26, 2019 16 Photos Post a comment 0 Unwrap this gift to get a Legendary item. Epic Games Fortnite turned 2 years old on Thursday and Epic Games is hosting a party for the players in the form of Birthday Challenges. The Birthday Bash will last until July 31 and, luckily, the tasks are simple enough to finish in a few hours. Also running during that time are the Overtime Challenges, which are extra missions to help players level up their Battle Pass before the start of Fortnite season 10. The last set of tasks came on Monday with one requiring players to score a goal at an indoor soccer pitch. Birthday ChallengesThe Fortnite Birthday Challenges. Epic Games Four Birthday Challenges went live on July 25. Two of the tasks — Play 10 matches and outlast 500 opponents — are easy enough to complete as long as you perform well in those 10 matches. Completing those two tasks will earn players the Frosted Wrap and Birthday Spray. The other two challenges involve Birthday Cakes found on the island. There are small slices of cake that will give players five health and 5 shield. They’re easy to find and consuming can go quickly, which will give players the Birthday Cupcake emoji. It’s the “Dance in front of 10 different Birthday Cakes” challenge that will take a little work for players to complete. These cakes are not the slices found on the ground, but rather large multi-layered cakes located at certain parts of the island. Below is a map of where to find the cakes to dance in front of. A map of the Birthday Cakes found on the island. Epic Games Overtime ChallengesFortnite season 9 weekly challenges are over, and season 10 doesn’t start until Aug. 1. To fill the gap, developer Epic Games will release a set of tasks called Overtime Challenges. Data miners found the upcoming Overtime Challenges in the Fortnite update v9.40 on Wednesday, July 17. The second set of challenges went live on Friday, July 26. Overtime Challenges are a combination of reaching a certain Battle Pass Tier, completing tasks from previous weeks and other simple things to do that will give players a little boost to make up for those weekly challenges that may have been a little too tough to complete.The final three Overtime Challenges went up Monday and are an easy batch to complete.The last Overtime Challenges are now available. Epic Games Where to find an indoor soccer pitchThere’s only one indoor soccer pitch on the island. It’s located at a gymnasium between Snobby Shores and Neo Tilted. Go east of Snobby Shores or west of Neo Tilted to find the gym. Once inside, walk the soccer ball into the goal. Place top 15 in Duos or Squads with a friend in five matches This challenge is a little easier in squads since there are fewer teams in a match in comparison to duos. Deal 2,500 damage with SMGs to opponentsThe next task is like the previous sets with players needing to deal 2,500 damage, but this time with a SMG. SMGs can work best up close or a small distance away, but don’t go too far or else you’ll just waste bullets. Tags Here’s a map showing where to find the five Singularity helmets. Where to find the Singularity helmets. Epic Games When players finish the weekly challenges, they’ll receive a new loading screen that hints at a secret Battle Star. Completing the Fortnite season 9, week 1 challenges unlocks the loading screen below. The clue to where to find the secret Battle Star is on the side of the minigun that gives the coordinates I5, I6, J5 and J6. This is a spot just south of Lonely Lounge, right before the green plains turn into the desert. The hidden Battle Star will appear only if a player who completed all challenges is within close proximity.Fortnite season 9, week 1 Utopia loading screen Epic Games For Fortnite season 9, week 2, the unlocked loading screen doesn’t have a hint hidden in the image, but instead, it’s in the description of the screen. It says, “Last seen battling at Dino Park outhouse, these two can’t be stopped.” This will lead to the location of Fortbyte #13 and not a Battle Star for the week.Fortnite season 9, week 2 Utopia loading screen Epic Games Once a player’s done with week 3’s challenges, a new loading screen will show a new Doggo skin. The hint for the Battle Star is in the drawing on the small wall that the dogs are sitting on. It leads to a stack of cars in Junk Junction and the secret Battle Star will appear when players come near it.Fortnite season 9, week 3 Utopia loading screen Epic Games As in week 2’s Utopia loading screen, week 4’s image provides players a clue of where to get a Fortbyte rather than Battle Star. Players on the search for Forbyte #91 will need to visit Paradise Palms. Off the main street in the area is a storefront where the “D” and “I” are on the map. Look for a bench near the road and Fortbyte #91 should appear. Name: “Scimitar”Description: “Razor sharp and battle ready.”Rarity: RareName: “Sandstorm”Description: “Timeless Warrior”Rarity: RareMale/Female Skins in this -> pic.twitter.com/FObkzhuiQr— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks & News (@lucas7yoshi) May 22, 2019 Unlike other skins, the Singularity has multiple variants. Scattered across the map are helmets representing the different styles and each has its own name: Cuddle, Rex, Drift, Durrr and Pizza. A player with the Singularity skin unlocked can pick up a helmet that will unlock the corresponding style. Now playing: Watch this: Where to find Fortbyte #91. Epic Games Week 5’s Utopia loading screen features a new skin. To the right, in white, are the map designations of B2, B3, C2 and C3. The Utopia loading screen for Fortnite season 9 week 5. Epic Games That will take players to the mountain northwest of Pleasant Park. A hidden Battle star will appear if all the week’s challenges are completedLocations for the week 5 Utopia hidden Battle Star. Epic Games Week 6’s Utopia loading screen, called Sure Shot, is a clue for Fortbye #02. When players complete all of the challenges for the week, they will unlock the new image with the description: “Only the best snipers can take out a holo-clock tower lamp from the rooftops of Neo Tilted.”The week 6 Utopia loading screen has a clue to find a Fortbyte. Epic Games Players can find Fortbyte #02 at the holo-clock tower in Neo Tilted without needing to complete all of the week’s challenges. Mobile Culture Gaming To find this hidden Battle Star, head to Pressure Plant and look for a building with a metal staircase on the outside. The Battle Star will be under the staircase, but it will only appear if you completed all the week 7 challenges. The Utopia loading screen for Week 8 is a clue to where Fortbyte #63 is at. The Utopia loading screen for Fortnite season 9 week 8. Epic Games The Utopia loading screen will unlock when all of the challenges for week 8 are completed, but players can go find the Fortbyte without it. The location is a gas station just north of Lucky Landing. Fortbyte #63 will appear right next to a gas pump. Week 9’s Utopia loading screen is another image containing a clue to a free Battle Star. To find the star location, look at the graffiti right where the light and shadow meet. Check out the graffiti in the Fortnite season 9 week 9 loading screen to find the hidden Battle Star. Epic Games The car in the graffiti is found inside Mega Mall. When near the display car, the hidden Battle Star will appear only if you completed all of the week’s challenges.As the case with some of the previous images, the week 10 utopia loading screen reveals the location of a Fortbyte rather than a Battle Star. Actually, it’s in the description of the screen and not the picture itself. This is the final Utopia loading screen for Fortnite season 9 Epic Games The description for the loading screen says “You’re a long way from Lonely Lodge…” Head to Lonely Lodge and look for a shack just to the west of the main lodge. In there will be Fortbyte #33. Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.In the multiplayer online game, you parachute onto an island and use various weapons to eliminate opponents in a last-person-standing scenario. The massively popular game has attracted players with live events like virtual concerts and special limited-time game modes. Developer Epic Games is also hosting the Fortnite World Cup on July 26-28. Online qualification for the esports competition began in April, and finals will take place in New York with a prize pool of $30 million.lead to the location of Fortbyte #13 and not a Battle Star for the week.Originally published on July 17.Update, July 23: Adds first set of Overtime Challenges. July 25: Adds Birthday Challenges. July 25: Adds new Overtime Challenges. July 29: Adds last Overtime Challenges. Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 #NintendoSwitch #Fortnite unlocked the singularity skin earlier! pic.twitter.com/fJhcOzzY1Q— UndeadSniper5587 (@UndeadSniperYT) July 10, 2019 How Fortnite, AR and YouTube influence toys 6/16/19• UNLOCKED: Fortbyte #2 – Found at a location hidden within Loading Screen #6. pic.twitter.com/uZRJvoehId— Scenario (@iScenario) June 16, 2019 would appreciated to be credited if used <3 pic.twitter.com/6ZHrWygfpH— RISE. 👑 (@fortrisen) June 18, 2019 Share your voice Week 7 Loading Screen(via @FunGamesLeaks) pic.twitter.com/LeWoEvwLub— ShiinaBR - Fortnite Leaks (@ShiinaBR) June 18, 2019 6:20 For week 7, players who complete all the challenges will receive a new Utopia loading screen with a clue to a hidden Battle Star. The image shows Bunker Jonesy, one of the skins introduced in season 9, drawing images from previous events in the game including the meteor shower, the volcano erupting and a giant cube, all of which were used to end a season. Off to the right near his foot appears to be the Polar Peak beast that is causing destruction on the island this season. More importantly, Jonesy appears to be covering a drawing that's likely the big event to end Fortnite season 9. Utopia ChallengesAs in previous seasons, Fortnite season 9 has a season-long set of tasks called Utopia Challenges, for Battle Pass owners. Tackling these special challenges requires the completion of all the weekly challenges throughout the season. Fortnite season 9 Utopia Challenges Epic Games/Screenshot by CNET What’s different in Fortnite season 9 is that one of the Utopia challenges revolved around Fortbytes. Players who found 90 of the collectibles that are discoverable as of Wednesday, July 10, will unlock the Singularity skin.
Unalaska’s tallest building? KUCB/John Ryan photo.The biggest cruise ship ever to visit the Aleutian Islands pulled into Unalaska’s Dutch Harbor Tuesday morning. The floating city known as the Celebrity Millennium disgorged about 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew. In tandem with nearly 300 passengers in town from the much smaller Le Boreal, the two cruise ships nearly doubled the population of Unalaska for the day.Download AudioFor many towns in southern Alaska, the arrival of a mega cruise ship would make for an ordinary or even a slow day for tourism. Juneau can handle five big cruise ships at once. But those towns along the main cruise corridors have infrastructure for a deluge of wandering pedestrians seeking entertainment. Unalaska does not.Starting about 10 a.m., passengers walked down the ramp from the Millennium onto an industrial dock.The floating city’s P.A. system blared a welcome to Dutch Harbor and safety messages at its passengers. They learned, as they prepared to walk off the ship for the first time in three days, that Dutch Harbor isn’t really set up for pedestrians, let alone large numbers of them.“When leaving the dock and heading away from the airport, there is no paved walk area. Please be very mindful of industrial traffic,” the announcer advised.A small number of passengers started a long and windy walk into the center of town despite the lack of sidewalks. Many more hopped on board the buses, taxis and rental cars lined up at the dock.Unalaska Fire chief Zac Schasteen said there were no problems with tourists wandering into the wrong areas of the nation’s busiest commercial fishing port.The arrival of the supersize ship sent town officials and many volunteers into a flurry of activity, especially in the past month, after officials learned there would be hundreds more passengers than they’d first been told.“We’ve been kind of sounding the alarm, so to speak, for at least a year,” Cathy Jordan with the Unalaska Convention and Visitors’ Bureau said. Despite an “overwhelming” number of visitors, Jordan said the day went smoothly.“I am just thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community,” she said.An estimated 200-300 of the passengers showed up at a crafts and souvenirs market set up inside the town gym. Local artist Carolyn Reed said she sold enough postcards and jewelry to be worth her time, but it wasn’t a huge boost to her business.Across the street, the Unalaska School District charged $10 a head for a program of traditional Unangan, or Aleut, culture. Patty Gregory-Lekanoff showed off bentwood visors and other traditional clothing to the dozens of visitors sitting on bleachers in the high school gym.“What I’m wearing feels like wax paper, but this is the intestine of a walrus,” she said. Unangan dancers performed, and young athletes performed high kicks and other Native Youth Olympics events.Electronic LimitsUnalaska’s physical and electronic infrastructure wasn’t built to handle many hundreds of tourists showing up at once.The Millennium started in Vancouver and is headed to Shanghai by way of Japan.Unlike Unalaska, the giant ship has its own movie theater, a spa and an internet café.Unalaska officials asked the ship to have its passengers put their phones in airplane mode while they’re here. Otherwise, their quest for connection might overwhelm Unalaska’s phone system.Passenger Bob Knobbe from Saskatchewan said word did trickle down to the passengers. He showed a reporter that his phone was indeed in airplane mode.Other passengers could be seen in walking through town, tapping and staring at their phones.Parts of Unalaska had internet service outages in the afternoon, but it’s hard to know if that was because of the large number of visitors, or just another day in Unalaska, where cell service is often unpredictable.A warming Arctic could lead to more ships passing through the Aleutians for business and pleasure. If so, Unalaska will face choices about what kinds of ships it wants to welcome and whether to embrace industrial-scale tourism as well as industrial-scale fishing.
Early on Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named former telecom secretary, Shyamal Ghosh, in a fresh case filed by the investigating body for alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation. Ghosh was the telecom secretary during the reign of the late Pramod Mahajan.According to a First Information Report (FIR) filed by the CBI, Ghosh has been charged with conspiracy, criminal misconduct and abusing official position. Specifically, Ghosh and a few others gave additional spectrum, at low revenue shares, to companies like Vodafone and Bharti Airtel. Apart from Ghosh, the CBI also filed cases against the former Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Director J R Gupta.The FIR claims that the allocation (done during the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) reign) had increased the base spectrum for telecom companies, from 4.4 MhZ to 6.2 MhZ. The CBI, upon registering the FIR, carried out searches of Ghosh’s residence, as well as Vodafone’s Mumbai office and Bharti Airtel’s Gurgaon office.In response, Bharti Airtel claimed the company maintained highest standards of corporate governance and all the spectrum allotted to the telecom service provider is strictly as per stated Government policy.Meanwhile, A. Raja, another former Telecom Minister, who is in jail for his alleged role in the scam, has claimed he followed policies introduced by his predecessors from the government.
This file photo taken on 5 November, 2015 shows Indian national Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, known in India as Chhota Rajan (C), being escorted by Indonesian police from Bali police headquarters to Ngurah Rai Airport during his deportation from Denpasar on Bali island. Photo: AFPIndian gangster Chhota Rajan was jailed for seven years on Tuesday for passport fraud, the first prison term handed to the so-called “Hindu don” who had evaded capture for more than 20 years.Rajan, once India’s most wanted man, had been found guilty in a New Delhi court Monday of using a fake passport to flee the country in the late 1990s.Three retired government officials were also convicted of helping Rajan acquire the forged document.“All accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy to do an illegal act by illegal means,” the court said, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.“Accused Rajan intentionally and knowingly furnished false information with false address and other particulars whereas in furtherance of the criminal conspiracy.”Rajan, a feared Mumbai underworld figure, was arrested in late 2015 in Indonesia after more than two decades on the run.He was extradited to India, where there are nearly 80 criminal cases registered against him.Rajan is suspected of involvement in dozens of crimes including murder, exortion and drug trafficking. He dodged police for years even though Interpol flagged him in 1995 as a wanted man.He was the alleged former right-hand man of Mumbai crime kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, who is suspected of masterminding the 1993 bomb blasts in the city that killed more than 250 people in retaliation for anti-Muslim violence a few months earlier.Rajan parted with Ibrahim after the attacks, becoming a rival to his former ally.He was accused of running one of several underworld outfits that had a grip on Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, in the 1980s and 1990s until a police crackdown.Rajan portrayed himself as a “Hindu don” and began targeting those he considered to be “anti-India”, including Ibrahim’s men.
Awami League leaders, activists and their supporters in front of their Dhanmondi party office in Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League is to contest in the upcoming national polls both as a part of the 14-party alliance and on the basis of seat sharing with other electoral allies.Members of 14-party alliance will use AL’s ‘boat’ as their electoral symbol while the other electoral allies will use the symbols of their respective parties.AL leaders seeking nomination in different constituencies will be interviewed on Wednesday.A number of AL insiders said, the ruling party was insisting the alliances to use the ‘boat’ symbol as it sees risks in contesting polls with less familiar symbols. Jatiya Party is an exception, however.Popular or potential leaders of smaller parties will be given the AL’s nomination in some constituencies.“There is conflict among AL leaders across the country. Under such circumstances. contesting the polls with any other symbol may create confusion. It will be easier to keep the leaders united under the common symbol of ‘boat,” a senior leader told Prothom Alo seeking anonymity.Beside all the allies of the 2008 election, Jukta Front, led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, and several other religion-based parties are joining hands with the AL this time around.AL has informed the election commission (EC) that the party and its alliance would contest in the polls with the ‘boat’ symbol while other allies including HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party, Jukta Front and Islami Oikyajote will participate in polls with their respective party symbols.The coalition can ultimately be called a ‘grand alliance’.Jatiya Party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawladar told Prothom Alo that their party would contest with its own symbol and would join the polls as an AL ally. The party leaders will reach a final decision over sharing seats after final talks with AL.According to senior AL leaders, the party will possibly keep 210 to 220 seats for itself and distribute 80 to 90 seats for its alliances.The leaders also said, six different surveys have been conducted under the direct supervision of prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina that depicted the picture of Awami League, its 14-party alliances and other allies and the opposition as well.It has been suggested, according to the leaders, that a draft list of potential winning candidates of both AL and its alliances be prepared.The final decision on sharing seats will be made on the basis of the list and the survey.
The cake, is of course, a lie.These Portal earrings are the work of Sugar & Vice, a UK-based jewelry company that specializes in making geeky novelty items and selling them through Etsy. For around 20 bucks, you can now have your very own Aperture experiment running “through” your head.A must-have for any portal fan with pierced ears, the earrings are made from laser-cut acrylic and have the iconic portal guy poking out of them. The result when worn looks like someone pegged either side of your head with an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. Thank goodness the force-field generated by the open portals hold back the contents of your noggin. Honestly, they would look good on either a male or female geek with a large love of the Valve game.However, before you go rushing out to get your lobes punctured just so that you can wear them, be warned that these suckers are huge. They hang 1.7-inches from top to bottom, so it’s probably not a good idea to make them the first pair you ever use. If you are into extreme body-modification though, it sounds like they could certainly aid in stretching your earlobes out a bit.If you really want to own a pair of these earrings, be prepared to wait. Due to very high demand Sugar & Vice has implemented a 10-day waiting period on their Etsy page. That’s not too bad though, especially when you only need spend $20 (plus $4 postage).Read more at Sugar & Vice’s Etsy page
Lonzo Ball diss track nonsense isn’t helping the Lakers land LeBronLaker guard – and so called MC – Lonzo Ball just released a diss track going after his teammate and fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma, who is expected to respond with his own diss track to continue the lame NBA version of Drake and Pusha T.LeBron has historically had a low tolerance for playing with younger teammates, and he will be even less likely to want a join a team surrounded by immature nonsense after getting burnt by J.R. Smith’s bonehead play in The Finals. The idea of joining a team with two kids involved in a diss track battle could be a huge turn off. Also:– Belichick’s coaching tree can’t win without BradyGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst, host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball PodcastLaVar and LiAngelo BallRob Parker – FS1 Analyst Kobe sounds insecure about LeBron joining the LakersMagic and the Lakers have made no secret about their desire to sign LeBron James this offseason, but in recent days Kobe Bryant has seemed insecure about the idea with comments and social media posts.Colin understands why Kobe might be insecure because if LeBron signs he will immediately make Bryant less relevant and potentially diminish his Laker legacy if he could win one or more titles and take the franchise from the basement back to the top of the NBA.
Whoa, baby! Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia following pregnancy news CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday.The announcement came hours after Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple after they landed.“Their royal highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” the palace said in a statement.After their arrival in Sydney, the prince and the former American actress held hands and walked out an airport rear entrance and into a car. Meghan, wearing skinny black pants and a black, burgundy trimmed coat, was smiling and clutching folders, while Harry gave a thumbs up to bystanders.The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers about why Meghan was not joining Harry on his Sydney Harbour Bridge climb set for Friday.Harry and Meghan – along with Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge – have stepped to the fore in the last year as Queen Elizabeth II, 92, slightly reduces her public schedule.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksMonday’s announcement is welcome news in Britain, where Meghan has won many hearts since her engagement to Harry was announced last December.British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her “warmest congratulations” on the news, which provided a bit of relief from concerns about the stalled Brexit negotiations. “Wishing them all the best,” May tweeted.The royal couple started dating in July 2016 after they were introduced by friends, and Harry courted Meghan on a trip to Africa shortly afterward. They kept their relationship secret for several months but word eventually leaked to the British press.They were married in May in a spectacular ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle that drew tens of thousands of people to Windsor and was watched by a global TV audience.The royal couple’s trip Down Under is their only international tour since they were married, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.Days after watching Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie tie the knot in a lavish ceremony in Windsor, the couple touched down in Sydney on an overcast morning after a regular Qantas Airways flight from London with a brief stopover in Singapore.Sydney’s weather is expected to be drizzly and cool on Tuesday, with showers forecast for most of the week.It won’t be the first time Harry has had to brave the rain in Sydney. Last year, he made a whirlwind visit to cast his eye over the Invictus Games preparations, where he charmed his fans during torrential rain.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The couple’s current tour coincides with the games, which start in Sydney on Saturday. The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.Harry and Meghan will attend the games’ opening and closing ceremonies. In all, they have 76 engagements scheduled over 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who plans to climb with Harry to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, told Parliament on Monday that he commended the prince for coming to Sydney for the Invictus Games and welcomed the couple.“I want to … commend Prince Harry for his tremendous initiative in lifting the spirits of every single service man and woman all around the globe,” Morrison said.After the announcement that Harry and Meghan are expecting a baby, Morrison tweeted: “What fantastic news! Australia is thrilled for you both. Looking forward to sharing in the joy during your stay down under.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Monday, October 15, 2018 Travelweek Group
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – Congo’s information minister says his country is asking Burundi to extradite an opposition politician accused of treason for allegedly plotting with neighboring Rwanda to destabilize the country.Information Minister Lambert Mende says his government has proof that opposition legislator Roger Lumbala was in contact with the personal secretary of Rwanda’s defense minister to plan an insurrection in Congo’s central Kasai province, rich in diamonds. Rwanda has strenuously denied U.N. charges that it is behind a rebellion in mineral-rich eastern Congo. Comments Share New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Four benefits of having a wireless security system Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Mende said Lumala “faces a case of presumed high treason” and expects Burundi to return him for trial.He said Lumbala had fled the country Sept. 3 and taken refuge in the South African embassy in Bujumbura, capital of neighboring Burundi. The South African government did not comment Sunday night(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Staff numbers at Tourism WA will be drastically cut over the next two years in a major restructuring effort. Labor’s Tourism Spokeswoman Ljiljanna Ravlich told the ABC that the 159 positions currently held by Tourism WA employees will be cut to just 74. Full-time public sector workers who do not secure positions in the new structure will be deployed to other state government agencies, while others will be offered voluntary redundancy. Tourism WA offices in Broome, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Kalgoorlie are set to close before the end of the year. Ms. Raylich said, “If we don’t develop our tourism product then it’s very difficult to attract tourists to regional and rural areas. Tourism WA will now focus on three key operational areas to increase visitor numbers: marketing WA as a competitive tourist destination; developing, attracting and marketing major events; and supporting significant tourism infrastructure and development projects. Tourism WA’s business model will enable it to free up more than A$31 million in funding over the next four years to directly invest into marketing. The government will also provide additional funding of A$12.4 million over three years to Tourism WA, however the funding will not reach regional visitors centres. Tourism Minister Liz Constable says a portion of the funding will be re-allocated to improving cooperation between Government departments.”They will get far more support if we work across government, not just work within our own agency,” she said. The Chairman of Albany’s Tourism and Marketing Committee, Denis Wellington, says he will be writing to the Government to try and save the city’s Tourism WA office.”Obviously they’ve got some budgetary restraints but we would like to maintain the presence of the Tourism Commission because it’s important to our overall tourism product,” he said. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2831b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>