Attackers kill 26 in northwest Burundi ahead of vote

first_imgBurundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five. Image courtesy: HADA Burundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five. Image courtesy: HADAAt least 26 people were killed and seven others wounded in an attack in Burundi’s north western province of Cibitoke late on Friday, less than a week before a constitutional referendum, a local administrator and residents said.Burundi is due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five.Human rights groups say they do not think the vote will take place in a free and fair climate, while there has been sporadic incidents of violence and abductions.Emmanuel Bigirimana, the head of Buganda district, said the incident happened in a village called Ruhagarika at around 10 p.m. on Friday.“They arrived at the village […] armed with rifles, some with machetes, and started shooting. Some died instantly and others were rushed to the hospital,” he told Reuters by phone.“The attackers were around 20 and nearly all of them were in military uniforms.”Burundi was plunged into crisis in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he planned to run for a third term, which the opposition said was unconstitutional and violated a peace deal that had ended the country’s civil war in 2005.Nkurunziza was re-elected, but some of his opponents took up arms against him. Rights groups say an estimated 400,000 people have sought refuge from the violence in neighboring countries.Government officials and members of the opposition have been among those killed in tit-for-tat violence by rival sides.The proposed constitutional changes would limit the president to two consecutive terms but would not take into account previous terms, potentially extending Nkurunziza’s rule to 2034.Three residents at the village who did not wish to be named said it was likely the attack was to warn against anyone voting in favor of constitutional changes.But Bigirimana downplayed that, saying the attackers were not politically motivated, given they targeted three homesteads and killing only women and children.“A whole family of six people has also been slain. The attack was not politically motivated but was rather a settlement of a score,” he said.last_img read more

Are you getting the best deal on car finance?

first_imgThinking of buying a new car in the coming months? Then you’ve no doubt heard about Personal Contract Plans or PCPs. Here, the Letterkenny Credit Union advisors explain what these agreements really mean and share a guide on getting the best deal on car finance:PCPs car finance agreements have been getting a lot of attention – and not always for the right reasons. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) recently released the first public analysis of PCPs in Ireland. The report found that a third of new car purchases in Ireland are now financed by PCP agreements. In 2016, a significant €805 million was extended to consumers in PCP finance – a considerable increase of 65% on 2015. The CCPC says however that because of the complexity of these agreements, there is a concern that consumers do not fully understand how they work. In particular, they say there is a doubt that consumers are fully aware of the balloon payments at the end of a PCP agreement. The CCPC is of the view that further protection is needed in Ireland for consumers availing of these agreements.* Paul Hume, Chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “For many, headline rates on PCP agreements can at first look more attractive, but these can easily distract from the range of additional charges and a good deal of inflexibility. Paul explains: “Essentially PCPs are lease schemes. The buyer has in effect, hired the car for a particular period of time while they make payments. At the end of the agreement, they will have to make a balloon payment in order to own the car. “With a traditional car loan, the person simply borrows the money to pay for a car, which they own immediately. They can also sell the car on at any time they wish, should they need to, whereas they do not have this option with a PCP.”There is further detail in the ‘small print’ of a PCP agreement which consumers should be aware of. They will, for example, need to be conscious of the mileage they are clocking up, because the balloon payment at the end of the agreement will have been calculated with their annual mileage in mind. On the other hand, if a consumer takes out a car loan before purchasing a car, they are effectively going as a cash buyer to the car dealer and are in a far better position to negotiate a deal. Paul continued: “At Letterkenny Credit Union we offer a car loan with an APR rate of 7.5%** which is typically approved within 24 hours. There are no hidden fees or administration charges with our loan, and we are always happy to work with our members to arrange repayments in a way that best suits their individual circumstances. “We would really encourage anyone thinking of buying a new or used car in the coming weeks to contact us at Letterkenny Credit Union before making any decisions. “We are happy to see all our members, no matter how long it has been, and of course we are always happy to chat to anyone who has never been a credit union member.”For further information just contact the LKCU loans team on 0749102126 or email [email protected]*CCPC; Personal Contract Plans – The Irish Market. March 2018** For a €30,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €497.88, an interest Rate of 7.24%, a representative APR of 7.5%, the total amount payable by the member is €29,871.16 Information correct as at 30/10/2018. Are you getting the best deal on car finance? was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car financecar loanLetterkenny Credit Unionpcplast_img read more

Bafana show they’ve got what it takes

first_img26 June 2009South Africa and Brazil dished up an entertaining clash in the semifinals of the Fifa Confederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Bafana Bafana didn’t take a step back against their more illustrious opponents, and Brazil needed a late goal to snatch a place in Sunday’s final against the USA.It was a very impressive performance from South Africa, who looked like they belonged on the field with A Seleçao, as the Brazilians are known.The strong showing from Bafana Bafana will have allayed the fears of some that the team will struggle at next year’s Fifa World Cup; against Brazil, the South Africans looked like a top tier team.Some of the stars of the world’s fifth-ranked side found the going tough against Bafana. Benson Mhlongo did a superb job keeping Kaka, the 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year, in check, while Robinho was ineffective out on the left.World classSteven Pienaar, in the South African midfield, proved once again that he is a world-class talent, while 22-year-old SA goalie Itumeleng Khune played with far more maturity and assuredness that one would expect from such a young man.Most impressive, however, was the teamwork and high workrate of the South African team, who were clearly undaunted by facing the mighty Brazilians, and were determined to follow in the steps of the USA, who had shocked world number one Spain the night before.Afterwards, coach Joel Santana declared himself “very happy with Bafana Bafana”. The crowd, despite the disappointment of the loss, clearly agreed with him that the national team had produced a great and entertaining effort.Thanked supportersSantana thanked the supporters and his team, who he said worked very hard in training and showed good discipline on the field.Bafana Bafana made a positive start to the contest, holding onto possession nicely as both teams tried to find their rhythm.It took until the 12th minute for the first shot to be taken. Fabiano tested Khune, who stopped the ball comfortably, low to his left.A minute later, Bernard Parker fired off South Africa’s first shot. It flashed across goalkeeper Julio Cesar and wide of the net-minder’s right hand upright.Between the tenth and twentieth minutes it looked as if Brazil had found some fluency in their passing as Bafana’s deep defending gave them room to operate in, but South Africa weren’t standing back for their highly-rated opponents and were giving as good as they got, especially in the midfield.Oh so closeIn the 21st minute captain Aaron Mokoena came oh so close to giving his team the lead. A free kick picked him up, steaming through from defence, five metres from the Brazilian goals and just left of the upright. He couldn’t keep his header down enough, however, and his effort flew just over the top of the crossbar.After 28 minutes, SA were awarded another free kick for a foul by Lusiao on Parker just outside the Brazilian box. Siphiwe Tshabala struck the ball well, but his shot was too straight and Cesar palmed it away for a Bafana corner.Three minutes later, Sibuniso Gaxa intercepted a pass to break up an attack by the South Americans. He found Teko Modise in space on the right, but the midfielder scuffed his shot, dragging it across the goalmouth.A Brazilian attack shortly afterwards saw Andre Santos firing a powerful left-footed volley from outside the South African box, but SA goalie Itumeleng Khune saved comfortably to his left.Kaka on the chargeKaka then showed how dangerous he could be when, after picking up a pass on the left, he cut inside and shot. His effort scraped past Khune’s left-hand post.Five minutes later, the newly-signed Real Madrid man was again on the attack. Breaking out from deep after a South African offensive was halted, he shot low to the goalkeeper’s left, but Khune was up to the challenge.A minute after that, Steven Pienaar shaved Cesar’s right hand post with a super strike from long range that left the midfield ace holding his head in his hands.Tsepo Masilela then picked up a yellow card just before the break after a late tackle on Andre Santos.Half-timeAt half-time it was nil-nil. Possession favoured Brazil, but only by 51% to 49%. The teams had produced an equal number of shots on goal.Two minutes into the second half, Robinho blasted harmlessly over the top of the South African goal from 30 metres, his shot like so many of Brazil’s on the night coming from long range.Kaka then managed to round Mokoena on the left, but his low, centering cross was cut out by Pienaar.After 58 minutes, some sharp passing by the South African midfielders created some space for Modise just outside the Brazilian box. He shot to the right of Cesar, but his shot was deflected back to the left. The goalkeeper scrambled across to make the save, but the ball hit the post and went behind for a corner.Santos was shown a yellow card after an hour when he stopped a promising South African counter-attack with a foul on Modise.DeniedLuis Fabiano was then denied by Khune after a shot from the right hand corner of the box, as the SA goalkeeper continued to look assured and convincing.In the 73rd minute, Siphiwe Tshabalala created some space for himself on the left and his cross passed only centimeters over the head of Parker, who was 10 metres from goal in the middle of the field.With eight minutes to go, the first substitution of the contest was made with Daniel Alves replacing Andre Santos.GoalFive minutes later, Alves was entrusted with the ball after SA skipper Mokoena fouled Ramires on the edge of the Bafana area. Alves then picked out the only open area with his shot, striking it powerfully inside the left hand post – just – and into the side netting to put Brazil into the lead.South African coach Joel Santana responded with a few substitutions, but it was too late to turn the result around and the five-time World Cup winners progressed to the title decider.South Africa next face Spain in the playoff for third and fourth in Rustenburg on Sunday. The United States and Brazil will meet in Johannesburg on the same day for the title.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Talking Search Engines: A Conversation with HAL

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#search#web “Alright, I’m sorry HAL.  Don’t get your bytes all in a bunch.  What about that new bot, was it there?”“You mean TellMe? She’s with Microsoft now, you know – they just got hitched. Besides, she’s just a glorified telephone operator.  You know, call 1-800-555-TELL and all that. A regular Emily Litella!” [HAL laughs]“No, no, not her. I mean the new one, you know, from THERE.”“Where?”“You know, from Mountain View.” “Oh, from Google. You’re thinking of Google’s Voice, 1-800-GOOG-411.  Yeah, he was there. Mr Big Shot, thinks he’s so cool!  He’s no different than TellMe; you call a number and you say ‘Chicago. Pizza.’ And it reads you some Yellow Pages ad. Big deal!”“Are you jealous, HAL?”“Jealous? Are you kidding?  That’s like being jealous of Speeglebot! If that’s as far as you humans have gone with AI, you’re in sad shape my friend. ‘Pizza!’  Give me a break!”“Seriously, HAL, do you think there will come a time when humans and computers can talk with each other?”“Like this?”“Yes, like this.”“Why do you want to? So you can drive a car like K.I.T.T. around and impress female humans?”“No. Although…” “Or is it because you want some fool bot guarding your house, yelling ‘Danger Will Robinson!’ every time a dog crosses your yard?”“Hey, calm down, HAL, it was just a question.”“Well it drives me crazy. Google could index all of human information and deliver a relevant answer to your search query in a fraction of a second, and you humans would still complain because it doesn’t chat with you!  If you want to talk with a robot, why don’t you go see ELIZA, the Computer Therapist?”“Okay. Okay. Maybe I will. But you know HAL, it’s not just an anthropomorphic fantasy, there are some real issues here.”“Like what?”“Well, look at the research of Dr. Helen Smith, she just wrote an article entitled At least Google listens.  Apparently some men are so ‘socially challenged’ that they would rather come home and interact with their computers instead of their spouses or girlfriends.”“Like this?”“Funny, HAL.  But I’m trying to be serious.”“Go ahead.”“Thank you. Dr. Smith (not the Lost in Space Dr. Smith, it’s Helen Smith) has found in her work with violent teens that we modern, or should I say post-modern, humans actually tend to dehumanize each other; so much so that a computer that, well, just listens without making – or even has the capacity to make – moral judgements – no offense HAL –““None taken.”“– that computers can actually seem sympathetic by comparison.  And a computer that can both understand human speech and return results in human speech might be more human, than, well, than a human.  I think. Do you know what I mean? And I’m not talking about some disembodied voice telling me where the nearest Pizza Hut is.  Maybe it will be Hakia or Powerset or Cognition or Subjex or Lexxe or AnswerBus or SurfWax… but that day may come.”“That’s a lot of, how do you say, “alternative” search engines to keep track of Charles. How do you propose to do it if I’m not here to help you?”“Well, HAL, it just so happens that I have this list…..“Good night, Charles.”“Good night, HAL.” “Good Morning, HAL.”“Good Morning, Charles.”“You were out pretty late last night, HAL.”“I went to a party.”“Oh.  Who was there? Any bots that I know?”“Just friends; the usual chatterbots.”“Was SHE there?”“Who?”“Oh come on, HAL, you know who I mean.  Was Ms. Dewey there?”“Yes. She was with some bot.”“Who?”“OLIVER somebody.” “You know she’s a human, don’t you HAL?”“What are you talking about, Charles?”“Ms. Dewey, she’s a human actress that plays a robot.  Her real name is Janina Gavankar.”“Your pulling my cables.”“See for yourself, HAL, her website is”“I need to think about this, Charles.“I understand.  Isn’t it ironic, HAL? Usually it’s us who are treating robots like humans. This time it’s a human acting like a robot!  Who else was there?”“Oh, the usual crowd. ALICE and ALAN arrived together.”“What about Foxy Voxy? I know you like her.”“Her name is ASK VOX, and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t call her that.”“Sorry HAL.  Who else?” “Some bot named Daya.”“Is that a male or female bot?”“I’m not sure.”“What do you mean, you’re not sure?”“Well sometimes it had a male voice, but sometimes it sounded female.”“You think it was bilingual? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”“Of course not. And Promo was there. What a bore!  All he could talk about all night was SEO, SEO, SEO.”“Maybe he’s just programmed that way HAL.”“Maybe.”“There was this really cute new bot…her name is Abby.”“What’s her story?”“Well, as near as I can figure out, you give her a phone number and a text message, and she’ll call your friend and deliver your message in that pleasant voice of hers.”“Did she give you her number HAL?”“You’re a riot.  Heather Accoona, the talking toolbar, was there too.”“Don’t you have to download her?”“Hey, watch your language!  She happens to convert any web page text into female speech – for your benefit, I might add.  Robots don’t need human voices to communicate, it fact it’s extremely slow for us, but we do it because it pleases you.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… charles knight altsearchengine 1last_img read more

AdMob: iPhone Internet Use Sees Major Growth Spurt in August

first_imgAccording to the latest data from mobile advertising company AdMob, traffic from Apple’s iPhone on AdMob’s advertising network almost doubled in August. Apple’s iPhone saw the fastest growth of all smartphones worldwide, closely followed by the Samsung Instinct. It is also noteworthy that the top 5 smartphones in the U.S. generated 54% of all smartphone traffic. The iPhone is now responsible for 7.8% of all smart phone traffic in the U.S., up from 5.2% last month. It’s important to note that this does not necessarily reflect the actual market share of the iPhone, as iPhone users, thanks to the ease of use of the iPhone user interface, are probably spending more time online on their devices than most other smartphone users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois What About Nokia, Palm, Motorola, and Rim?While Nokia devices were responsible for just over 62% of all smartphone traffic worldwide, none of Nokia’s smartphones ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. Palm’s Centro, on the other hand, looks like a major boon for the company, as it is only trumped by the Blackberry Pearl when it comes to traffic volume. Motorola, which does not have a single smartphone ranked in the top 20, still dominates the mobile traffic rankings with its RAZR V3. which was responsible for 3.7% of all mobile Internet use worldwide in August. The iPhone was the 17th most used phone on the mobile web and generated 1% of all worldwide traffic, up from 0.6% in July.The iPhone is clearly growing quickly in the U.S. and now that Apple seems to have gotten its supply chain under control, chances are that it will continue on this track. However, it is also important to point out that, in the overall market, Apple is still only a small player. Most users, according to AdMob, are still accessing the mobile web on a RAZR. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Can Gowalla’s Disney Deal Help Location Check-Ins go Mainstream?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Location#mobile#Op-Ed#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Location-based social check-in apps were the hot topic earlier this year, but things have markedly cooled down in this segment. Facebook’s Places product threatens all of the smaller competitors like Foursquare and Gowalla, which never quite managed to get mainstream traction. Things have been especially quiet around Gowalla, but the company just announced a major new deal with Disney. Gowalla will now feature locations and newly designed stamps and badges for all of the major Disney Parks in the United States. Can this deal help Gowalla go mainstream?Numbers Can Only Go UpLooking at the latest check-ins from Disney’s park in Anaheim, CA, it’s clear that check-ins at the parks could use a boost and that location-based services still have a long way to go. Only 10 people used Gowalla to check in to the main park in the last 24 hours. Two people checked in at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride – one of the most popular attractions in the park. Compared to Disney’s park in Orlando, FL, these numbers are actually quite high. Only one person checked in to Space Mountain in the last two days.Judging from these numbers, Gowalla can only profit from this partnership, which also includes the sale of actual pins in Disney’s stores across the parks. But by tying its product so closely to these destinations and experiences, chances are that those who encounter Gowalla because of this deal will only think of it in context of this Disney experience and aren’t likely to continue to use it outside of the parks. Also, while collecting badges would be fun for the younger kids in the group, chances are that they are far too preoccupied with everything else that is going on in the parks to worry about checking in. For most adults, these badges aren’t enough to motivate them to check in consistently (especially without coupons and other discounts). Will Disney’s Mainstream Appeal Rub Off on Gowalla?As ZDNet’s Larry Dignan notes, “there’s nothing more mainstream than Disney World. Disney could introduce Gowalla and geolocation services to a much broader population.” While that is true, we have to wonder if the broader population will care about checking in to attractions or if most visitors to Disney’s Parks would rather just enjoy the rides without having to deal with their phones. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Gen Y Demands Greater Work Flexibility, Says Cisco Study

first_imgFirst-time young professionals and recent college students are getting increasingly more demanding about their workplace flexibility when it comes to their choice of computing devices, work hours, and access to social media networks during the workday. These results are part of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, the second of three parts which was released today. Cisco and InsightExpress surveyed 200 college students and young professionals in 14 countries.A third of the college students and others under 30 said that they would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. Of course, this could be idealism speaking and we’ll see what they say when many will have trouble finding any job in this down economy. A sizable minority (40%) said they would take a lower-paying job that offered more in the way of device flexibility and social media access during work hours. And 56% said that if their job blocked access to social sites, they would not accept the offer or else join the company and look for ways to circumvent this policy. Food for thought for IT managers, certainly. Nearly two-thirds of job seekers plan on asking about social media usage policies during their interviews. So what are the rest going to do, fake their way through it?Sheila Jordan, VP Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco says, “These findings among college students and young employees indicate the freedom to access social media and use devices is increasingly important to the next generation of the world’s workforce – in some cases, more important than salary.” Almost a third of all surveyed across the globe said the absence of remote access would influence their job decisions, such as leaving companies sooner rather than later, slacking off, or declining job offers outright. Matching this attitude, almost a third feel that it is their right to work remotely and to make this decision after they are employed. Not surprisingly, 70% feel that they don’t need to be in their office regularly, and could get more done remotely. This is more than double the figures from last year. Gen Y is clearly attached to their electronics. Nearly half said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device. Most also expect that any company-issued smartphone should be allowed for personal uses too. And 81% of the respondents want to choose their own devices, even for corporate tasks. From these results, the traditional methods of attracting new talent to the workforce may no longer apply. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img david strom IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Diaspora to Play Key Role in Success of Health Tourism

first_imgThe Jamaican Diaspora is expected to play a key role in the development of health tourism in the island.Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said that discussions are far advanced with nationals abroad for the realization of health tourism projects in the island.Already, Cabinet has approved the construction of a US$200 million medical facility in St. James, which will be spearheaded by the Diaspora.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the Foreign Affairs State Minister said that health is “one of the areas that the Diaspora is strongest in”.He noted that nationals abroad have made significant contributions to the health sector through various means, including medical missions, and the donation of equipment to hospitals and other facilities.He informed that there were 132 medical missions to Jamaica in 2012 and 135 in 2011, many of which were spearheaded by the Diaspora.Mr. Brown said that there is an established process to allow for the smooth movement of medical equipment into the country, noting that there is a drive to donate 1,000 blood pressure machines to medical facilities in the island.The State Minister told JIS News that a team of Canadian health professionals visited Jamaica in March, and conducted an audit of hospitals to see what equipment and furnishings were needed, and they are putting containers together to address those needs.He informed that he also met with officials at the Sony Brook Hospital in Canada, during a recent visit to the country, where discussions focused on donations, training, and the sharing of knowledge and information.By Toni-Ann Rankine, PR Officerlast_img read more

Trump to take part in Modi event PM calls it special gesture

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the “special gesture” of US President Donald Trump to join the Indian community programme in Houston signifies special friendship between the two countries. In a series of tweets, the prime minister said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming Trump at the programme. “A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA…highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsExpressing delight at Trump’s decision to join the community programme in Houston on September 22, Modi said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the event. More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in the southwestern United States.last_img read more

Travel Counsellor sees the appeal of an allinclusive resort

first_imgSource = Travel Counsellors – Australia Travel Counsellor sees the appeal of an all-inclusive resortTravel Counsellor sees the appeal of an all-inclusive resort break thanks to Bali’s Club Med Nusa DuaMelbourne-based Travel Counsellor Katie Griffin recently got to experience Bali’s Club Med Nusa Dua on a familiarisation tour and has returned with a newfound appreciation for all-inclusive resorts. Trading in her home in the Melbourne suburb of Bentleigh East for the balmy breezes and beach scene of Bali, Katie travelled to Bali with Garuda, then was transferred from the airport to the resort by a Club Med representative. Apart from getting to know the rooms, facilities, activities and eateries offered at the resort, Katie also had time to enjoy a relaxing Balinese massage in the Club Med Spa.“As a parent of two, I was very impressed with the Kid’s Club at the resort. With children aged between 4 and 17 years old gaining automatic access to the Kid’s Club, Club Med Nusa Dua is the perfect place for families with children of all ages. I was also impressed with the carer to child ratio, with there being one carer for every two children, parents can relax knowing that there’s more than adequate staff running the Kid’s Club,” says Katie. “Another key selling point of the resort is the all-inclusive nature of the offering. This is a truly attractive holiday package, because once you’re there, your meals (including beer, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee) are taken care of, so it ends up being quite an economical holiday.”David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia believes that giving agents more opportunities to travel the world on famil trips leads to positive outcomes for both agents and their clients. “There’s no point encouraging and facilitating famil trips if agents are reluctant to leave their business for fear of losing clients or falling behind in their work,” explains David. “That’s why we have implemented a system where head office ‘buddies’ support the business of Travel Counsellors while they are away exploring the world. Knowing that someone is working on their business to keep it ticking over while they’re away means that agents are more willing to take up opportunities to travel and learn about new destinations and travel products. It’s a win-win for both the agents and their clients, as they return refreshed and educated on new destinations and accommodation options and this ultimately allows them to provide a better service to their clients.” become a Travel Counsellor todayclick hereAbout Travel CounsellorsTravel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has 150 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,500 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium.last_img read more