Salt Cay sending SOS messages wicked waves battering hurricane weary island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalt Cay, Turks and Caicos, March 5, 2018 – Salt Cay residents say their battered dock is being decimated by and onslaught of violent waves created by what is nicknamed, a ‘windmageddon’; the high winds are causing serious waves action across the Caribbean.#MagneticMedia was contacted by residents who say they need help, desperately and quickly and, on Facebook, have tagged government ministers and the Premier for help. “Salt Cay is under emergency conditions again. We have extremely limited communications, luckily the internet connection works at my house (the only spot on the island for whatever reason) so that we can get word out. Many people are gathered here to try to get in touch with Digicel to help with communications. Please contact Digicel and let them know we need communications restored to the island and upgraded to insure our safety.”We contacted Digicel, it s public relations officer, Romell Williams confirmed that they were already working on restoring services and by the time our six minute cell phone conversation was done, Williams said the problem was fixed for Salt Cay residents.Flow is currently looking into what is happening with its system on the tiny island.  The telecommunications issues are but one challenge for islanders who are desperately seeking attention in the aftermath of two monster, historic hurricanes.  Today, the issue are the huge swells, further corroding the coastline defenses and damaging weakened structures.“Debbie’s Cafe is falling into the harbor because the seawall is gone, the harbor is rapidly filling with sand. The #SaltCayHarbor is the island’s lifeline. We needed help after the hurricanes, now it is extremely critical.  We expect the high seas to continue for at least the next 24 hours. Water is flowing over onto Victoria Street. I am unable to get photos out but would someone please alert the government that things have now reached critical levels for the Salt Cay Harbor.”Magnetic Media has reached out to the Member of Parliament or the district, who is also the Minister of Health and Human Services, Edwin Astwood.  There had been no reply as yet up to news publication time.  The #BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology today issued a three-day marine and public weather forecast for The #Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands which says:GENERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE NORTH TO ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY MEANWHILE HAZARDOUS BOATING AND BEACHING CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST AS EXTREMELY LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN THE ATLANTIC CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE ISLANDSSPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS ARE URGED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND BEACHGOERS ARE TO REMAIN OUT OF THE WATER DUE TO DANGEROUS SURF, STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND LARGE BREAKING WAVES AT NORTH AND EAST COAST SHORELINES MOTORIST SHOULD AVOID TRAVERSING THE GLASS WINDOW BRIDGE ON ELEUTHERA AND ALSO TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST ROADS PARTICULARLY IN THE EASTERN MOST ISLANDSFOR ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND LESS BREEZY WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A FEW BRIEF PASSING LIGHT SHOWERS TODAY PARTLY CLOUDY AND COOL TONIGHT.Residents of Salt Cay shared these photographs online. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Six Senses Resort and Spa returns for another try at Salt Cay, Cabinet considers the concept Severe Weather alert for Bimini in The Bahamas, tornado and waterspouts possible Scary! Residents across Bahamas and Turks and Caicos report feeling Haiti earthquake tonight Related Items:#BahamasDepartmentofMeteorology, #SaltCay, #windmageddonlast_img read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be honoured at upcoming IGLTA conference in

first_img TORONTO — In 1984, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) held its first convention in San Francisco with the mission to expand LGBTQ tourism globally and be a resource for queer travellers — and the agents, tour operators, hotels and tourism bureaus eager to attract them.For the 35th anniversary, the Annual Global Convention will be in Toronto on May 9-12 with the main programming unfolding at the host hotel, the Westin Harbour Castle. Off-site parties are also planned at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Fairmont Royal York and Casa Loma.Attendees can expect a gathering of leaders in LGBTQ-welcoming travel who are coming to Toronto to share ideas, discuss trends and make connections that will help grow business. The IGLTA committee promises an opportunity for both established travel professionals and newcomers to the LGBTQ market to benefit from three days of educational sessions and networking events.“Supporting LGBTQ travel carries both social and economic benefits for the travel industry,” says John Tanzella, President/CEO, IGLTA when asked about the importance of learning about LGBT travel. “The LGBTQ community travels often so it’s a lucrative segment, but they’re also savvy and loyal, rewarding businesses that understand their needs and connect with them in an authentic way. We’ve seen time and again how destinations and travel businesses that welcome all travellers come out ahead of those that do not.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA major highlight of this year’s conference will be the Voyage fundraising event presented by Disney Destinations at the Fairmont Royal York on the Friday. It will include a silent auction, cocktails, a networking dinner and the IGLTA Honors, presented with the support of Visit Philadelphia, which celebrates those who have improved the global landscape of LGBTQ tourism. Among this year’s recipients is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who’s being honoured for advancing LGBTQ travel worldwide. It has yet to be confirmed whether he will accept his award in person; in the event that he is unable to attend, Randy Boissonnault, Prime Minister Trudeau’s LGBTQ2 Liaison, will accept on his behalf.The Voyage event will also be attended by well known Canadian athletes, including Olympic gold medal winner Mark Tewksbury, as well as the cast of the Toronto-filmed Queer as Folk. IGLTA convention registration is not required to attend Voyage and tickets can be purchased at iglta.org/convention/rsvp/voyage/.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaRegistration for Annual Global Convention is open up until the start of the conference with a new pass allowing participants to register for just the Friday. For more, visit iglta.org/convention. Tags: LGBT Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Michael Smith center_img Share Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be honoured at upcoming IGLTA conference in Toronto Friday, April 20, 2018 last_img read more

Maritime Travel named one of Canadas Top 25 Best Employers

first_imgMaritime Travel named one of Canada’s Top 25 Best Employers Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Tags: Aon Canada, Awards, Halifax, Maritime Travel Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> HALIFAX — Congratulations are in order for Maritime Travel, which was just named one of the Top 25 Best Employers in Canada for 2019 by Aon Canada.Revealed in Aon’s annual study, the results are based on the opinions of more than 200,000 employees across approximately 240 different Canadian organizations from every sector. Organizations that scored in the top 25% and have more than 400 permanent Canadian employees achieved Platinum Level.Maritime Travel is the only Atlantic Canada-based company to win the Platinum award.“Our travel counsellors are among the best and most knowledgeable in the business,” said Chairman and CEO Rob Dexter. “They are our strength. To know they are among the most highly engaged workforces in the country is particularly rewarding.”The primary requirement for being recognized as a Best Employer is creating and sustaining highly engaged employees, something that’s measured by asking employees at participating organizations directly through a survey. According to Aon’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthOther benchmarks include employee’s perceptions of senior leadership, people-manager effectiveness, enabling employee productivity, and valuing and appreciating employees.The Best Employers study is now entering its 20th year. Posted bylast_img read more