Attending the workshop will be representatives from the 15 participating teams of the U-20 Women’s World Cup including PNG. The workshop will involve meetings with the media, team services, marketing and venue managers including visits to the match venues, training sites and hotels. Meetings with the media will involve discussions around how operations will work on the match days while the meeting with the marketing team will involve speaking with potential national supporters and the requirements with regard to branding and marketing. The workshop is also for the team representatives to see the facilities they will be playing in as well as being informed of what they are to expect when they come with their teams in November. The workshop will run on August 31 from 10:00am -11:30am at the Stanley Hotel.Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said the workshop is the time for team representatives to learn about the country they will play in.He said with less than 80 days to go, the preparation is ramping up to ensure that everything is set for the World Cup.“We’ve recruited team liaison officers to assist the teams during their stay because most of the teams coming do not speak English as their first language. They will also be attending the workshop and will get to meet with the teams that they will be attached with,” said Marten. Marten said preparation has picked up momentum with the various functional areas within the LOC. The security team are ironing out their plan for the stadiums, hotels and teams, the transportation team are working on ensuring the teams get to their match and training venues on time, the medical team are finalising their medical plans while logistics is ensuring that the infrastructural materials are delivered to the venues in time for preparation,” said Marten.He said while preparation is progressing well there is room for all stakeholders, from the government and private sector to come on board to support this historic event. “PNG is already making history by hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and this tournament will definitely put PNG on the world map as well as inspire women and girls in Papua New Guinea to excel in their chosen field,” said Marten.
Passengers from the ocean liner Celebrity Mercury were robbed at gunpoint en route to a famed tourist spot on the Caribbean island of St Kitts on Sunday (GMT-4).16 adults and one child were passengers on board a bus on the ship-sponsored outing, ‘Essential St Kitts’, and were on the way to Brimstone Hill Fortress when the bus stopped due to a tree blocking the road, Cruise Critic reported.As the bus driver exited the vehicle to move the tree, two armed men entered the bus and robbed the tourists of their wallets, cameras and jewellery.Celebrity Cruises assured that none of the passengers were harmed physically and that all seventeen passengers have since returned to the ship where they are receiving support. While Celebrity will still dock at St Kitts, the cruise line confirmed that the excursion ‘Essential St Kitts’ has been cancelled indefinitely, “pending the outcome of an investigation”. “We will work closely with law enforcement and government officials, which are taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone in St Kitts, including visitors,” Celebrity reportedly said in a statement. Local police are investigating the matter, but said in a statement that with over 500,000 cruise passengers safely disembarking in St Kitts last year, they are “committed to root out and expose the persons responsible”.”We deeply regret any type of incident that might tarnish our visitors’ experience.” According to the news source, as a direct result of the incident, the 17 November port call for the Grand Princess has been cancelled and replaced with St John’s, Antigua. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
Share30TweetShare3Email33 SharesFebruary 9, 2016; TimeOne way Bernie Sanders might particularly resonate with young Black and Hispanic women is by emphasizing his stance on the relief of student loan debt. A just-released study of 2007–2008 graduates from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) shows that women pay off their student debts at a slower rate than men, and for African American or Hispanic women, the differences between their payoff rates and those of white or Asian American women are even more significantly.This, if you have not yet figured it out, infuriatingly correlates to gender and race gaps in salaries. According to the study, a year after graduating, women are paid about 82 cents on the male salary dollar while Black and Hispanic women make about 64 percent and 56 percent, respectively, of the salaries of white men.The data also shows that 53 percent of women—compared to 39 percent of men—are repaying their loans at a rate higher than they can afford. “The gap in debt repayment may also make it more difficult for women to take risks that could pay off in the long run, like changing job sectors or starting a business,” the AAUW wrote in the report.—Ruth McCambridgeShare30TweetShare3Email33 Shares