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Police seek details on body armour present in districts

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has written to all districts seeking details regarding the body armours present with them and their condition.The law enforcement agency also asked their officers for the future requirement of these armours in the next five years. Sources told Millennium Post that a letter was written from a unit in Delhi Police to all districts, other units, battalions in which the subject was the requirement of body armours by State/UT police forces in the next five years. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”It is stated that a letter received Government of India, MHA, Police Modernization Division in which Under Secretary of the Government of India has directed to say that Government of India is working towards increasing the soldier protection level and decreasing end article weight,” sources said quoting the letter. Sources further added that plans are going on to set up a manufacturing unit for lightweight armour materials in India for which five years projections of the number of units of BP jackets, vest, helmets, vehicles and helicopter required for the forces. The projections would be factored for finalizing the production capacity and estimating the investment required in this regard. “In view of the above, it is therefore requested keeping in view of the operational requirement is required to the production plan in the country to produce lightweight armour material that operational requirement of items for the period of next five years in the prescribed format, furnish to this office for persual of MHA,” sources further said quoting the letter content.last_img read more

Emirates posts significant drop in profits at 237 million

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Middle East’s biggest airline, Emirates, says profits were down almost 70% in the past fiscal year, reaching lows of $237 million, compared to last year’s whopping $762 million.The Dubai-based airline’s parent company Emirates Group also posted lower profits at $631 million, down 44% from last year.Still, Emirates Group noted a record year for revenue at nearly $30 billion. Revenue for the airline was slightly up at $26.7 billion.The company said on Thursday that operating costs had increased substantially as it footed its biggest-ever fuel bill at more than $8 billion on the back of oil prices that climbed 25% higher over the last year.The company also says a strengthened U.S. dollar, lower airfreight demand and weakened travel demand contributed to eroded 2018-19 earnings.The Associated Press read more

Ban pays tribute after Polish leader and dozens of others are killed

Lech Kaczynski, who had served as President since 2005, died alongside his wife Maria and more than 90 others when their plane crashed as it approached an airport in the Russian city of Smolensk. Media reports say Poland’s army chief, its central bank governor and many leading parliamentarians and historians are also among the dead. The Polish delegation had been travelling to Russia to attend a memorial event for the massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces during World War II. “On behalf of the United Nations, the Secretary-General expresses his deep and heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Poland and to the families of those who perished,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General said President Kaczynski had served his country and people with distinction and conviction, and was deservedly respected internationally. That he died en route to an event marking a new level of reconciliation between Poland and Russia is particularly poignant.” 10 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his shock and sadness after learning of today’s plane crash in western Russia that has killed the Polish President, his wife and many senior Government officials. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.47 points to 15,219.84.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 117.06 points to 21,730.49.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 3.79 points to 2,480.92.The Nasdaq composite index was up 16.66 points to 6,428.83.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.87 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.96 cents US.

Labour TD fully cooperating in Garda probe as 4yearold knocked down

first_imgGARDAI ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in which a Labour TD was driving a car and a four-year-old boy was knocked down.The accident is believed to have happened when the boy was walking across a pedestrian crossing with grandfather, who was not injured, on the Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin at around 3pm.The boy was taken by taxi to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin where he was treated for minor injuries and discharged  a short time later.A spokesperson for the Labour party has confirmed to the TheJournal.ie that the Labour TD and former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Michael Conaghan was involved in the road accident. They added:Michael was the driver of the car at the time and is fully cooperating with the garda investigation into the matter.Read: Elderly pedestrian knocked down by bus in Cork >last_img read more

Awful dump tackle on Brian ODriscoll goes unpunished

first_imgMAURO BERGAMASCO WAS extremely lucky not to see yellow or red following a gruesome dump tackle on Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll.The Zebre flanker zeroed in on the Blues’ captain at the end of the first-half, in the Pro12 win over Zebre, and lifted him shoulder high before tipping him into the turf.The Italian then compounded matters by holding O’Driscoll’s head on the ground for several seconds as the Irishman reacted angrily. O’Driscoll complained to referee Neil Paterson and his touch judges but the foul play was not spotted by any of the officials.O’Driscoll was out of the game for six months with a dislocated shoulder following a tip tackle by All Blacks Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga in 2005. He was able to finish the half on this occasion and returned to the field for the final 40 minutes.YouTube credit: RaboDirectPRO12O’Driscoll was certainly clear of mind in the second-half as he set up Isa Nacewa for a try with a wonderful, flicked pass:YouTube credit: RaboDirectPRO12Pro12 latest: Sexton provides the spark but ‘zebras’ claw Leinster back‘Kearney could have been killed’ – Neil Francis on O’Connell’s head kicklast_img read more

Starbucks introduces a larger Trenta drink size

first_imgIf you enjoy purchasing the largest cup you can get from convenience stores and drive-thru windows, Starbucks would like to have your attention for a moment. For those who enjoy Starbucks on the go, the Seattle-based company is unveiling a new “Trenta” size cup to satisfy your enormous thirst for its caffeine-laden goodness.Sizing-up the new cup, the Trenta contains 7 more ounces than the current “Venti” 24-ounce cup and will cost about 50 cents more per beverage. The only catch is the Trenta cup is reserved for cold based beverages only like iced-teas, iced-coffees, and lemonade drinks. Probably a wise move by Starbuck’s, considering dumping a 31-ounce cup of hot Joe in your lap would result is a very substantial skin graft.The new Trenta size drinks will become available starting on Tuesday in 14 states including Alabama, Arizona, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, New Mexico, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Nevada. California will get the new Trenta on February 1st, while the rest of the nation should see the 31-ounce cup by May 3rd.Read more at Timelast_img read more

Rovers boss praises Harrison Reid

first_imgBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has heaped praises on Harrison Reed, after the midfielders impressive performance against West Bromwich Albion.Mowbray insists it wasn’t just his stunning goal which earned Rovers a point that caught the eye, but his all-action display in the middle of the park.Since moving to Lancashire on a season-long loan from Southampton, the 23-year-old has primarily been asked to fulfil the duties of a winger, largely due to the fine form of midfield duo Richie Smallwood and Corry Evans.However, the Blackburn Rovers manager boss insists he now faces a dilemma on his hands after Reed’s dazzling display in midfield.Asked to sum up Reed’s contribution at The Hawthorns, Mowbray said, according to the club’s official website:“Immense!Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers - Premier LeagueForgotten football stars – Morten Gamst Pedersen Boro Tanchev – August 25, 2019 Here is another forgotten football star we are going to talk about – the former Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen.“He’s been fantastic playing in a wide position, working like a trojan, running forward, blocking off the wide play, helping his full-back, in to out, in to out, and yet playing centre-mid today, it shows you where his true position really is on the pitch.“And yet when I’ve got (Corry) Evans and (Richie) Smallwood playing centre-mid for the last 18 months it’s really difficult to put Harrison Reed in there and leave one of them out every week.“So we’ll find a position for Harrison. He’s a fantastic player, but beyond his playing ability, his personality fits in amazingly well with our group.“The lads love him to bits and I think he’s settled in well, so let’s wait and see.“It was a fantastic performance again – an immense performance from Reed today – and he topped it off with a great goal.”last_img read more

San Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September

first_imgSan Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September Posted: September 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: firefighter, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park recently announced that they are offering free admission to firefighters in September.According to their website, San Diego Zoo Safari Park is partnering with California Coast Credit Union to make admission free for firefighters through the month of September, as a part of their Firefighter Appreciation Month.“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park would like to thank our hard-working firefighters who help to protect people, animals, and structures across our region. We are grateful for their commitment to our safety!” San Diego Zoo Safari Park said.To learn more, visit: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/firefighters September 1, 2018last_img read more

Health Shield acquires Medex Protect

first_imgHealth cash plan provider Health Shield has acquired specialist private medical insurance (PMI) excess and shortfall protection organisation Medex Protect.As a result of the acquisition, Health Shield will be able to add a complementary bolt-on service to its existing range of products, to enable clients to receive refunds for the excess they pay on their PMI policy and provide reimbursements, up to policy limits, for shortfalls when a hospital or consultant charges over and above private medical insurers’ guidelines.The acquisition will allow Health Shield to extend the availability of standalone PMI excess cover to more organisations, and Medex Protect will be able to add to its skills base and distribution channels.Medex Protect employees will relocate from their current site in Wilmslow, Cheshire to join Health Shield staff in Crewe after Christmas. Medex Protect will adopt the Health Shield branding in due course.The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Jonathan Burton (pictured), chief executive officer at Health Shield, said: “Medex Protect is a well-respected organisation with a product that represents a perfect fit for Health Shield. [While] health cash plans provide valuable PMI excess cover, we appreciate that not every [organisation] wants a cash plan but they still want to cover their PMI excess. This deal will allow us to help them do just that.”Jason Dunks, director at Medex Protect, added: “Medex Protect has built a strong name for itself in the intermediary market thanks to our great service and unique proposition. We provide extra protection and peace of mind for clients; in turn giving intermediaries the support to enhance PMI retention levels in light of the ongoing increases in [insurance premium tax] rates.“Joining with Health Shield will bring significant strategic opportunities and enable the small team at Medex Protect and our proposition to be an integral part of a growing, innovative employee wellbeing business.”last_img read more

EV fueling stations now on Google Maps

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Having an electric can can be a challenge for the owners. Unless you have spent a fair amount of time doing the research and making calls, getting your charge on when you are away from home can present more than a modest challenge. The bottom line is that, for now at least, electric car owners have to deal with an infrastructure problem that is not faced by their fossil-fuel powered counterparts. Explore further Citation: EV fueling stations now on Google Maps (2011, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ev-fueling-stations-google.html Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Even now, as electric cars become mass-market items and the stations that will power them become increasingly more common, finding the power stations is not exactly an easy task. Google is hoping to make a small contribution that will make the life of an electric car owner a bit less like a research project, and a bit more like getting from point A to B without stress. They are adding the locations of electric vehicle (EV) fueling stations to their maps. That way whether you need a quick fill up, or you are planning a cross-country road trip, you will be able to find what you need without having to know where it is already.Data on the charging stations is being provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This data is expected to add an estimated 7,000 alternative fueling stations in the U.S., to Google Maps, along with 600 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) locations.Users who wish to find EV fueling stations in their area must simply type in the words “ev charging station” and then click on search. They will then be presented with a map of the area with the charging stations highlighted for easy access.last_img read more

Google launches Datally data saving app for Android

first_imgGoogle launches Datally data saving app for Android by Martin Brinkmann on November 30, 2017 in Google Android – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 5 commentsGoogle launched its new data saving app Datally: mobile data-saving & WiFi app for the Android operating system today.Datally requires a device running Android 5.0 or higher, and is available globally. While Google hopes that Datally will help Android users save data when using mobile data connections, it is not a compression or proxy type of solution.Datally is an analytics application that supports some features — blocking of data use by certain applications in real-time and connecting to suggested public WiFi networks — that help save mobile data.The company ran a limited beta test of the app earlier this year and notes that users saved about 30% of mobile data on average when using the application.DatallySo, it is not an extension of Data Saver for Chrome on Android for instance. Google designed Datally with three core things in mind:Help Android users better understand data usage.Help Android users better control data.Save data.Datally keeps track of mobile data that is used on the Android device it runs on. It records the data and which program uses the data, and provides users with information on that.Google added a Data Saver feature to Datally that utilizes public wireless networks. If enabled, Data Saver will block background data usage and monitor it in real-time at the same time.The app displays a bubble in the notification area of the device that informs you about the apps that used mobile data, and lists an option right there to turn it off.Datally informs you about public WiFi networks on top of that and helps you locate those to use WiFi instead of mobile data.The last option does not pick up public wireless networks that the phone’s sensors pick up, but suggests publicly known wireless networks. The closest in my case was 300 meters away from my location, the farthest away 1 kilometer. You can get directions to those which will open Google Maps on the device. You can rate wireless networks from within the application, and it appears that Google uses the information when it makes recommendations to users.Setup is not super straightforward unfortunately. Datally requires permissions to the phone, SMS and location. If you deny these, it won’t run.It also needs access to certain other features on the device before you can make use of its full functionality.Closing WordsDatally is an analytics and data saving application for Android. It displays information on mobile data use to you when you run it, and may be used to control the mobile data use of applications, and to find and connect to public wireless networks.Now You: What’s your free mobile data quota?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 9 votes Software Name DatallyOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.freighter Advertisementlast_img read more

Can This AIPowered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism

first_imgThe way people talk, text, even post on social media can give doctors clues about whether or not they’re at risk of suicide. With the right AI, of course. “We’re trying to bring the lab to the participants where they are,” says Anderson, pointing out that most autism research has been conducted in white, socioeconomically advantaged populations. Meanwhile, children of color are typically diagnosed with autism one to two years after their white peers. “Addressing these health disparities starts with having better data,” says Anderson. That’s where Chatterbaby comes in. In order to use the app, parents have to sign a research consent form. That allows UCLA to collect and store deidentified audio files recorded through the app on its HIPAA-compliant servers. Users are also asked to fill out surveys that help identify infants more likely to be developmentally divergent. Behaviors like gaze aversion and head-banging can provide clues. And because of genetic contributions, having a first-degree relative on the autism spectrum also increases those chances.These surveys will be administered every year until the child turns six. Online screening tools are also available through the app for kids older than two, so concerned parents can follow up with their pediatricians. And all of Chatterbaby’s content will be availble in both English and Spanish. Anderson’s team plans to combine all this data with the audio files to build a machine learning model capable of predicting different kinds of autism from cries alone. When “time is brain,” AI gets stroke patients in front of specialists sooner. When Ariana Anderson had her first child, she was as clueless as any new parent about how to interpret her infant’s cries. Every wail, every sob sounded an urgent alarm to her postpartum brain. But by the time Anderson’s third kid came along, the UCLA computational neuropsychologist realized she had become fluent in baby. Her ear had learned which sounds meant “feed me!” which ones were “change me!” and which ones signaled something more serious: pain. Anderson wondered if she could train an algorithm to do the same thing.Five years, thousands of howls, and more than 1,700 babies later, Anderson’s AI-powered translator is here. Called Chatterbaby, the free app analyzes changes in frequency and patterns in the sound to silence ratio to tell parents why their kiddo is crying. For now, the app’s got a pretty limited vocabulary—it can pick out hungry from fussy from pained. But the more people use it, the more it will be able to say about what’s going on in the infant brain.You see, Chatterbaby isn’t just an app designed to help parents, be they deaf, or new, or just overwhelmed and underslept. It’s also a massive data-collecting tool to see if irregularities in cry patterns could carry signals about autism—and perhaps one day, diagnose it.The seeds of neurodiversity are sown from the first moments a child’s brain begins developing. But it often takes years for children who fall along different parts of the autism spectrum to be identified, especially in communities historically disenfranchised by the medical research establishment. While everyone is different, doctors and educators agree that the earlier kids can be encouraged and accommodated according to their unique needs, the more they’ll thrive in a neurotypical world. Facial recognition software is helping doctors crack cases of rare genetic disease. It’s an ambitious goal. Autism researchers like Stephen Sheinkopf, a psychologist at the Brown University Center for the Study of Children at Risk, have shown there are strong neurological clues embedded in cries, particularly in acoustic features like pitch, energy, and resonance, which can be visualized and quantified through specialized software. But those clues probably aren’t enough to piece together a diagnosis, he says. More likely will be a combination of vocal, behavioral, and other kinds of physiological data all feeding into one model. “That’s where AI and machine learning can have really great value, in integrating these disparate pieces of information that might otherwise be hard to make sense of,” he says.But even if you could do it, Sheinkopf cautions against the efficacy of pushing an autism diagnosis into infancy, when the specifics of a child’s abilities and challenges are still far from known. “Misidentifying false positives is not risk-free,” he says. “We’re talking about changing a way a parent thinks about their child and interacts with them, which in and of itself can influence their development.” With research about how to best help neurodiverse kids flourish already lagging far behind the field of AI-based autism detection, and access to the resources that are available unequally distributed through society, algorithms won’t be enough to democratize good outcomes. But they might be a start.The Algorithm Will See You Nowlast_img read more

In 2014 oddsmakers expected Costa Rica would not score a single goal

first_imgIn preparing for the 2018 World Cup, we came across this Tico Times story published just before the 2014 tournament in Brazil. It’s a good reminder that miracles do happen. This year, Costa Rica’s chances to bring home the World Cup are 250 to one, according to ESPN and the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.The odds are not in Costa Rica’s favor at the 2014 World Cup. That’s actually putting it lightly. Bookmakers consider the odds probable that Costa Rica goes scoreless in all of the team’s three group stage matches.But damn these haters, after seeing Netherlands bash World Cup defending champions Spain on Friday, Costa Rica has to be salivating at the opportunity to pull off its own stunner(s). Plus, the Ticos have have done it before during their magical run to the last-16 in Italy 1990. Costa Rica shocked the masses in its first World Cup ever by notching upset victories over Scotland and Sweden and advancing to the Round of 16 (where Czechoslovakia knocked out La Sele, 4-1).Still, in Brazil 2014, the top two teams qualifying from the region — Costa Rica and the U.S. — face a monumental task to do as much as even qualify for the knockout stage in the World Cup, according to a number of prognosticators.A Tico Times’ compilation of seven oddsmakers gave Costa Rica only a 16 percent chance to qualify out of its group that has former World Cup winners Uruguay, Italy and England. The U.S. has slightly better odds, at 33 percent, to advance out of a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Oddsmakers gave the team a 1 percent chance of winning the tournament. Costa Rica’s chances are virtually zero.In fact, the Ticos’ odds are so poor that the consensus among bookmakers is that the team will lose all three of their matches. Another bet asks which Costa Rican will lead the team in goals. The top option: “No goalscorer.” Joel Campbell is second.  If Costa Rica does manage a win or even a tie, there’s plenty of money to be made by those who support La Sele.Here is what La Sele is up against. The Tico Times’ survey included four media outlets: 538, Bloomberg, The Economist and SBNation. Multinational bank Goldman Sachs was also included. Two old-school style oddsmakers – sports betting businesses – also were featured in the analysis. The graphics show each team’s odds at the start of the tournament (obviously, Spain’s chances have since decreased, while the Dutch are rising).Qualification Learn About TableauIn the opening round of the World Cup, eight groups of four teams will play a round-robin. Two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout round: a single-elimination tournament that determines the champion.One of the biggest things hurting Costa Rica and the U.S. is that fierce group. As The New York Times points out, Costa Rica drew the sixth toughest draw of the 32 World Cup teams.  The U.S. drew the 12th toughest draw. Mexico, the last team to qualify from the region, lucked out with the most favorable draw of any World Cup team.As for the tournament’s eventual champion, host Brazil is the clear favorite. The country’s odds range from 45 percent to 21 percent. Argentina, Spain and Germany are the squads most likely to challenge Brazil for the title. At least until Friday afternoon, when the Netherlands demolished Spain, 5-1, in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final.While Costa Rica’s odds are low, at least The Ticos don’t endure the nasty wagers that English bookmakers make about England — the World Cup’s most pessimistic country. One bet asks if Uruguay’s Luis Suárez will outscore the entire England team (7/2 odds). Another wonders if England will be eliminated on penalty kicks (8/1), something the country has made a habit of doing in important matches. And then there’s: Will an English player cry when the team is eliminated (2/5)? That one includes the following fine print: “Must be real tears.”Of course, those “real tears” could fall right as a result of Costa Rica. The Ticos won’t have time for sympathy when they meet the English in the teams’ final group stage match on June 24 in Belo Horizonte. They have World Cup supremacy to overthrow.MORE STRANGE PROP BETSWill a player fail a drug test during the tournament?Which will be the first match to score 0-0?Who will referee the World Cup final?What company sponsored the jerseys of the winning team? (Lotto has the lowest odds. The sportswear manufacturer is sponsoring one team — Costa Rica) Related posts:Can Costa Rica defy the odds and conquer Group D (or at least score a goal)? Seriously? Winless England predicted by oddsmakers to beat Costa Rica The Sloth Kong dance Underdogs no more: Costa Rica seen as favorites against Greece Learn About Tableaucenter_img Champion Facebook Commentslast_img read more

French farmers turn back trucks with foreign meat cheese

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARIS (AP) — French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border on Monday, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.An Associated Press photographer at the German frontier saw farmers stopping refrigerated trucks to verify their contents on Monday, and one of the protest’s organizers said 300 trucks had been turned back since the morning. Other vehicles were allowed to cross freely. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist French farmers control trucks at the French-German border on the Rhine bridge in Strasbourg, eastern France, in order to stop importation of foreign meat and milk products in France, Monday, July 27, 2015. French farmers angry over low prices are massed on the German and Spanish borders, looking for trucks carrying foreign meat and milk products. The government last week offered a 600 million euro ($654 million) agricultural plan to back loans and delay tax payments for farmers, but they say it is not enough. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz) 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Police in France tend to avoid intervening in peaceful protests, and French President Francois Hollande on Monday said he backed the farmers and called for a high-level meeting of European agricultural officials.“Between now and then, we will continue to pressure, so that the farmers are certain, protests or not, that we are at their side,” he said.German Agriculture Ministry spokesman Jens Urban declined to comment on the protest but said he didn’t think it was leading to a total stoppage of German agricultural exports to France.The farmers also blocked the Spanish and German border highways on Sunday as part of an ongoing protest against low prices caused by cheap imports and pressure from grocery chains that have put about 10 percent of livestock farms on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the government.“French agriculture is suffocating and no one realizes it and no one says anything,” Franck Sander, president of the main farmers’ federation in the Bas-Rhin region, told France-Info radio.The French government last week offered a 600-million euro ($654 million) agricultural plan to back loans and delay tax payments for farmers, who say that is not enough. France cannot give direct financial aid under EU rules.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Australian travel indu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAustralian travel industry pioneer and owner of the APT Group family of brands Geoff McGeary OAM has been honoured for his contribution to the country’s tourism industry, receiving the coveted Australian Tourism Legend award at the 2015 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.The Australian Tourism Legend award recognises the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to the Australian tourism industry. It was the final of 27 awards to be announced at the event, held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre on Friday 5 February 2016.Geoff McGeary was moved to receive the accolade: “The Australian tourism industry is the best in the world – we get to work with outstanding people and product in the most stunning destinations. So to be recognised as having made a leading contribution, when the standard of what we collectively deliver is so high, is an absolute honour. I’m incredibly thankful.”APT was originally founded as De Luxe Motors in 1927 by Geoff’s father Bill McGeary almost 90 years ago, Geoff joined the company more than 50 years ago when it was still a school bus company based in Bayside, Victoria.In 1964 he took a group of Melbourne students on a camping trip to Central Australia. In those days, the roads were dirt, they travelled in the 2WD school bus and accommodation options barely existed. On that trip Geoff found his calling, seeing an opportunity to evolve the bus company, and the spirit of a new travel company APT was born.Through the APT Group, Geoff has also built successful brands in Travelmarvel and Botanica World Discoveries, both of which offer significant touring portfolios in Australia.Congratulating Geoff on his award, APT Group Managing Director Chris Hall said, “Geoff McGeary is an inspiration, not only to the people within our business, but also to his industry colleagues here in Australia and across the globe.“He is always looking for the next travel innovation, always wanting to find the next exciting destination or format. At the same time, for more than 50 years Geoff has been a passionate advocate for Australian tourism. He is proud of the portfolio we operate here at home, as we all are, and rightly so. On behalf of everyone at the APT Group I would like to say huge congratulations. This is an honour that is much deserved,” he said.This is the second award Geoff McGeary has received from the Australian travel industry in the past six months. In November 2015, he was awarded the Tourism Ministers Perpetual Trophy for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the Northern Territory tourism industry at the Brolga Awards.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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