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The tourist barometer in Europe this year recorded a weaker increase at the peak of the season

first_img“As world leaders meet at the UN climate summit in Madrid to find concrete solutions to climate emergencies, the release of the latest ‘World Tourism Barometer’ shows the growing strength of tourism – a sector that has the potential to boost a global sustainability plan. As the number of tourists increases, so can the opportunities for tourism as well as the responsibilities of our sector towards people and the planet”, Said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General. Destinations worldwide recorded 1,1 billion international tourist arrivals in the first nine months of 2019 (43 million more than the same period in 2018), which is in line with the forecast growth of 3 to 4 percent this year. Original markets France (+ 10%) recorded the largest increase among the world’s ten most successful export markets, reflecting increased demand for international travel for the second year in a row. Spain (+ 10%), Italy (+ 9%) and the Netherlands (+ 7%) also recorded strong growth, followed by the United Kingdom (+ 3%) and Russia (+ 2%). The ten most successful markets recorded mixed results in earnings from international tourism until September 2019. The highest growth was recorded in Australia (+ 9%), Japan (+ 8%) and Italy (+ 7%), while China, the United Kingdom and the United States recorded a decline. Mediterranean destinations were among the strongest investors in terms of earnings, both in Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Source / photo: World Tourism Organization The Middle East (+ 9%) recorded the largest increase in arrivals during the first nine months of 2019, followed by Asia and the Pacific and Africa (both + 5%), Europe (+ 3%) and the Americas (+ 2%). China, the world’s largest source market, recorded an 2019 percent increase in outbound travel in the first half of 14, although spending declined 4 percent from the same period last year. Regional resultscenter_img The slowdown in the global economy, rising trade, geopolitical tensions and long-standing uncertainty over Brexit have had an impact on international tourism, which had a more moderate growth rate in the northern hemisphere during the summer season (July-September). Europe’s growth rate slowed to 3 percent in January and September this year, twice as much as last year, reflecting weaker demand during the peak summer season in the world’s most visited region. While destinations in the southern Mediterranean (+ 5%) and central eastern Europe (+ 4%) were the most successful, the regional average was reduced by northern and western Europe (both + 1%). International tourist arrivals increased by an additional 4 percent in the period from January to September 2019, according to the latest edition of the “World Tourism Barometer” of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The growth of tourism continues to outpace global economic growth. Its potential for providing development opportunities around the world is enormous, but there are also challenges in sustainability. The United States led an increase in international tourism spending, mostly due to a strong dollar. India and certain European markets have also been successful, although global growth has been more uneven than last year. This figure underscores the importance of integrating tourism into national export policies in order to increase revenues, reduce the trade deficit and ensure sustainable development in the long run. Tourism is the third largest export category in the world Earning $ 1,7 trillion in revenue since 2018, international tourism remains the third largest category of exports behind fuels ($ 2,4 trillion) and chemicals ($ 2,2 trillion). It accounts for 29 percent of world exports of services and 7 percent of total exports. In some regions, these proportions exceed the world average, especially in the Middle East and Africa, where tourism accounts for over 50 percent of service exports and about 9 percent of total exports.last_img read more

Republican-led Congress is on a ruinous course

first_imgThese decreases will leave millions without affordable health care and make millions of disabled and low-income Americans even more vulnerable.The budget also projects stunning reductions in what is called non-defense discretionary spending, essentially everything the government does outside of the military, entitlements and interest payments on the national debt.These include programs that contribute to our safety — such as law enforcement, the Coast Guard, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration — as well as services vital to our health — such as environmental protection, water and sewage systems.It also includes public investment vital to our economy and our future — in science and technology, medical research, modern infrastructure, education, advanced training and more. These programs are already projected for deep cuts under the 2011 Budget Control Act, but the Senate bill decimates them.By 2019, it cuts this spending by 10 percent from 2017 levels, and by nearly 20 percent by 2027.As a share of the economy, spending on domestic services will be cut to levels not seen since Herbert Hoover. The resolution is designed to facilitate passage of tax cuts with Republican votes only.The final tax cut package hasn’t been written yet, but Republicans leaders have produced a “framework.”This bill will worsen the extreme inequality that already corrupts our democracy and impedes economic growth.The top 1 percent will pocket more than half of the tax cuts next year and an obscene 80 percent by year 10.This bill will also reward multinationals for booking profits as earned abroad to avoid taxes.The legislation offers a retroactive tax cut for the $2.6 trillion that has evaded taxation and would expand that tax dodge by eliminating taxes altogether on profits that they report as earned abroad.At a time when hedge-fund operators pay a lower tax rate than schoolteachers, this bill would increase the outrage, with a massive tax break for real estate barons, hedge-fund managers and lawyers by taxing “pass-through” income at a reduced rate.  Instead of closing loopholes, the bill adds to them.The spending side has received less attention but may be even worse.The Senate bill proposes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.At a time when baby boomers are retiring, it calls for cuts of $473 billion in Medicare, $1 trillion in Medicaid and another $300 billion in Obamacare subsidies to medium- and low-income workers.It cuts more than $650 billion in income security programs for low-income workers.These cuts include primarily food stamps, the earned-income tax credit and child tax credit, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for disabled seniors and others in need.Another $200 billion is cut from Pell grants and student loans that help working families afford college. Categories: Editorial, OpinionPresident Donald Trump’s flailings are ever more terrifying.In the course of a few days, he tossed a grenade into the health-care markets that millions rely on, traduced the Iran nuclear deal, threatened to abandon American citizens ravaged by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, continued to sabotage action on climate change, tweeted about censoring the media, and so undermined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., likened it to “castration.”Yet for all of that, Trump’s grotesqueries are exceeded by a Republican-led Congress intent on a course so ruinous as to be, one hopes, impossible to sustain. This week, Senate Republicans will seek to push through a budget resolution for the current fiscal year.The resolution provides guidelines for spending and tax cuts, with projections for the next 10 years.It has the support of virtually all of the Republican caucus. Its provisions are destructive and absurd. center_img In a society dealing with a growing population, rising global competition and pressing new challenges such as catastrophic climate change, the Republican-led Senate cashes in our future for top-end tax cuts.We will lag rather than lead the industrial world in education and training.We will squander our edge in innovation. We will suffer the rising perils and the costs of a decrepit and outmoded infrastructure.We witness all this already today, but the Senate budget course will accelerate the trends and make them worse. This folly is, one hopes, too extreme to be sustained.Yet this week, all of the Republican senators — with perhaps one or two dissenters — will line up to vote for a budget that is truly a road to ruin.Why? Partly, of course, they will reward the wealthy and special interests that pay for their party.Part comes from fear of even more right-wing challengers if they don’t toe the line.Part may be purblind ideological conviction, although it is hard to imagine that any truly believe these measures would make things better.Part may be desperation — Republicans believe they have to get something done, even if it does more harm than good to most Americans in the long run.If Trump’s increasingly manic careening terrifies, the remorseless suicide mission of the Republican caucus in Congress should horrify. Katrina Vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Beach house for cashed-up surfers

first_img32 Netherby Rise, Sunrise BeachIt’s not a bathroom without a bath so the toilet and shower space, not bathroom, is built directly behind a rather modest bed.A heavy use of concrete also dominates here but the addition of a trio of bright Moroccan-style lights takes the area from dull to inspiring.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoBi-fold doors swing back to reveal a private deck and plunge pool with enviable ocean views. 32 Netherby Rise, Sunrise BeachThat outlook is even more impressive from the main kitchen, living and dining room on the floor above.Interior styling on this level is consistent with the sleeping quarters, neutral on purpose to direct attention to the sparkling blue water beyond. Huge 3m pivot doors open up allowing for breezes to relieve the chef hard at work in a kitchen equipped to feed the fussiest of guests. 32 Netherby Rise, Sunrise BeachGuests can escape from the action by walking down a spiral staircase and past a 10m waterfall feature to access a separate building which has two bedrooms and a Japanese-styled bathroom.This four-bedroom, three-bathroom beach house is only a two minute walk to the ocean or a short drive to the popular Duke St dining precinct.Selling agent Nic Hunter, from Tom Offermann Real Estate Noosa Heads, has listed 32 Netherby Rise on the market as an “offers invited” campaign. 32 Netherby Rise, Sunrise BeachIf the European appliances, coffee machine, gas stove, teppanyaki grill and deep fryer, wine fridge, roasting and pastry oven, and sensor touch cabinetry aren’t quite enough, there’s a second kitchen attached to an outdoor barbecue overlooking the lap pool. 32 Netherby Rise, Sunrise BeachEYRIE at Sunrise Beach has got that cool eco-friendly minimalist vibe going on which only works with the support of exceptional design.A concrete bunker-like main bedroom is devoid of colour with the exception of an LED strip running the length of the ceiling. Any warmth present in this sleeping space is created by a mini-fireplace hanging not far from a huge sculpted stone bath.last_img read more

African Musicians featured Last Night as Part of Domfesta 2011

first_imgLocalNews African Musicians featured Last Night as Part of Domfesta 2011 by: – May 5, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 25 Views   no discussions African Musician: Ms. Karceyce Fosto Photo Credit:musiques-afrique.comThe Cultural Division in collaboration with the Alliance Francais Staged musicians from Africa as part of the celebrations for Domfesta 2011 last night at the Fort Young Hotel.Speaking with Chief Cultural Officer Mr. Raymond Lawrence at the event, He stated that having authentic Musicians from Africa itself is a great experience for Dominica because of our strong African culture and background.Click here to listen to interview: Domfesta celebrations 2011 started last weekend with May Fest in Marigot.News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Capiz logs fifth COVID-19 case

first_imgTo recall, the other four COVID-positive cases in Capiz are the following: *A 45-year-old male from Jamindan town, who is Capiz’s first person to test positive for COVID-19. He was discharged from the WVMC last week.   *A 53-year-old male from Mambusao town who is now in stable condition. The patient – previously labeled as high risk contact No. 4 and person under investigation (PUI) No. 46 – was exposed to COVID-19 confirmed cases No. 3 and No. 4, according to the governor’s statement. ROXAS City – This capital town logged its new confirmed case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the province’s total to five, according to Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras. Contreras, through an official statement yesterday, said the patient is a 63-year-old male resident of Barangay Dayao. He had a history of travel to Metro Manila and arrived here on March 16 via Clark, Pampanga to Malay, Aklan flight.center_img According to records of the Provincial Health Office here as of 12 p.m. on April 15, only this city and the towns of Mambusao Dao and Tapaz have persons on active quarantine period. Roxas City has 59, Mambusao (1), Dao (4), and Tapaz (1)./PN *A 44-year-old male working from Aklan province but is working in this town. He is now in stable condition.*A 60-year-old female from Barangay Dayao also. She succumbed to the virus on March 29. His specimens, which were sent to the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo city, tested negative twice for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of COVID-19, using a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine on April 3 and 9, respectively. The 63-year-old male was then transferred to Iloilo City for advanced medical management due to severe clinical manifestation. He was still considered what was previously called a PUI and went for a third RT-PCR testing, which yielded a positive result for SARS-COV-2.last_img read more

Aklan won’t lower guard despite zero virus cases

first_img* A 40-year-old seaman from this capital town There are also no suspect cases and local transmission of COVID-19 in Aklan, data from the Provincial Health Office showed. The accreditation and assessment of DRSTMH as testing center is being fast-tracked by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Department of Health (DOH).DRSTMH also needs to comply with the DOH-RITM’s biosafety principles which include biosafety Level 2 facility, laboratory technologists trained for biosafety and transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) procedures and a well-established protocol on the quality assurance of test results to avoid laboratory-acquired infections and inaccuracies.Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said the provincial government here will put up a molecular diagnostics laboratory inside the compound of DRSTMH and will be managed by medical technologists, encoders and administrative staff.There is a DOH-licensed COVID-19 testing center in Iloilo City, the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district. It is where this province and the rest of Region 6 send the swab samples of their residents while waiting for the accreditation of their own respective centers.This province recently acquired a new PCR machine to boost testing capacity for the virus and reduce backlog at the WVMC.Miraflores said the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine will hasten the capabilities of testing laboratories to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 which causes COVID-19. RT-PCR tests detect the actual presence of the virus with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) All of the seven confirmed cases in this province travelled from Metro Manila, the governor added. * A 66-year-old retired government employee from this capital town “All of our seven confirmed cases have recovered. Recently, a Taiwanese resident in Boracay Island in Malay town showed symptoms of COVID-19, but he came out negative after being tested,” said Miraflores during a press conference via Zoom last week. * A 68-year-old man from this Capital town* An 81-year-old man from Libacao town* A 44-year-old resident of Altavas town but works in Roxas City, Capiz* A 30-year-old overseas Filipino worker from Banga townMeanwhile, the provincial government of Aklan is pursuing the accreditation process of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) as a testing laboratory for COVID-19.center_img Police personnel implement border checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan on May 17. The province is now free from coronavirus disease after all of its seven confirmed cases have fully recovered. KALIBO, Aklan – Although this province is now free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after all its seven infected residents have fully recovered, Gov. Florencio Miraflores said they will still enforce strict measures.   BY JUN AGUIRRE AND BOY RYAN ZABAL Miraflores assured suspected and probable patients who will be found out positive for the virus will be immediately given necessary interventions. The following are Aklan’s confirmed cases that have fully recovered.Here’s a brief description of the seven COVID-19 survivors in this province* A 37-year-old doctor from Malay townlast_img read more

Stephen J. LaPille Jr., age 83

first_imgStephen J. LaPille Jr., age 83 of Metamora, IN passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Batesville, IN.  Born October 28, 1933 in Cincinnati, OH he was the son of the late Stephen Sr. & Lucille (Adams) LaPille.  He served his country in the US Air Force during Korea with the 123rd Radar Early Warning Unit.Mr. LaPille is survived by his wife Betsy (Kemper) LaPille, his children Stephanie Ivy, Lisa Osbourne, Timothy LaPille & Christopher LaPille.  He will also be missed by 3 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Stephen LaPille III, brothers Ronald LaPille and Patrick LaPille.Private services at the convenience of the family will be held with Meyers Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to SPCA of Brookville or SE Indiana YMCA.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Kids’ Night is Saturday at Cottage Grove Speedway

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – After a busy weekend for the Marvin Smith Memorial Grove Classic, Cottage Grove Speedway returns for racing on Saturday, June 4. The event is billed as Kids’ Night, which means young fans ages 12 and under get in to the grandstand for free.There is also going to be a bike giveaway during intermission with several bikes for all different ages.  Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are on the evening’s card.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

UPDATE: Police need help locating Hope woman

first_imgOriginal Story: The Hope Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Donna Mitchell, 57, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans with a flower decal on the pant leg. She is believed to be driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and the front bumper is hanging by a coat hanger with Indiana license plate 902QAK.  Her family indicates that she left Hope on Tuesday to visit a friend in Letts and would have taken the back roads to get there.  Donna is missing from Hope and was last seen on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm. She is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance. If you have any information on Donna Mitchell, contact the Hope Police Department at 812-546-4015 or 911. Update: 2.17.2020The Hope Police Department is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Donna MitchellPolice are asking anyone with cameras that face the road along County Line Road, 700 South, and 60 South West in Decatur County please contact them to view any video that may help in our investigation.If you have any information regarding Donna Mitchell contact us at 812-546-4015 or your local law enforcement agency. The Silver Alert remains in effect.-0- Hope, IN—Update: 3.12.2020It has been a month since Donna Mitchell has gone missing. The Hope Police Department has interviewed many people, have searched every conceivable route from Hartsville to Letts as well as an aerial search complements of the Indiana State Police and still no leads.She was last confirmed at the Brown Bottle liquor store in Hartsville around 8:00 pm on the night she went missing, February 11. She was documented by video walking out the door and has not been seen since.As police continue to investigate, they are asking anyone with any information to please come forward-no matter how significant or insignificant you think your information is.   HPD also asks that property owners between Hartsville and Letts search your property for anything that may have been missed. last_img read more

Hazard ruled out of Spanish Super Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed injured forward Eden Hazard will miss the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Hazard has not featured for Real since suffering an ankle problem on November 26 in a Champions League match against Paris St Germain. The 28-year-old Belgium international will not travel to next week’s four-team tournament in the Middle East in order to continue his rehabilitation. Zidane, whose team return to LaLiga action against Getafe today (Saturday) following the winter break, expects the former Chelsea player’s recovery to be a gradual process. “He’s 100 per cent out of the Super Cup,” Zidane said of Hazard at his pre-match press conference. “He’s not travelling and at the moment he’s in a normal process of recovery. “I hope that just after the Super Cup, bit by bit, we could see him with us again.” Real, who on Wednesday face Copa del Rey holders Valencia in the semi-finals of the Super Cup in Jeddah, suffered a dip in form prior to Christmas, recording three successive draws, including a goalless El Clasico against Barcelona. The dropped points caused Los Blancos to fall two points behind table-topping champions Barca. Despite lifting the Club World Cup, Real endured an underwhelming 2018-19 season under three different managers. Zidane, who returned to the club for a second spell in March, insists it would not be failure to end the current campaign without silverware. “Failure is to not try, not compete and not give everything. I think that’s failure,” said the Frenchman. “For me, the important thing is every day to train to your maximum, give everything in every game out on the pitch and then we’ll see. “There’s one team that can win the Champions League, one team that can win the league, and the rest are rubbish? No, it’s not like that.”Tags: PSGReal MadridSpanish Super CupZinedine Zidanelast_img read more