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Plan to shake up sex industry

first_imgStuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes –  including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industrylast_img read more

Familiaran: No more home quarantine

first_imgAccording to Familiaran, local authorities can’t be assured if those patients are really observing the proper protocols of home quarantine. There will be a greater chance that a patient may infect other members of the family, he added. BACOLOD City – Home quarantine will no longer be allowed for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patients in this city.  He said Mayor Evelio Leonardia is set to issue an executive order for this in the coming days. Familiaran added the local government also intends to transfer all close contacts of an infected patient spending quarantine in their homes to isolation facilities in the city. He, however, did not divulge the total number of COVID-19 patients and close contacts undergoing home quarantine.center_img The Department of Health allows patients deemed asymptomatic or with mild symptoms to quarantine at home, provided that they have their own room and bath and are monitored by barangay health workers./PN Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, also the co-chair of IATF-EID, said the dangerous thing about home quarantine is that COVID-19 is contagious. “All positive cases, whether asymptomatic or mild, should be placed in isolation facilities,” Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, reiterated. Citing the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus inside the same household, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently discouraged home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Hunters on Christmas break

first_imgThe Hunters spent this week training up at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.Hunters coach Michael Marum said the players will now go for a break with their families and return to camp in Port Moresby on January 2, 2017.Players started flying out today to their home provinces.Marum said the final 30-man squad will be named shortly after and will be announced once it is approved by Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League, Sandis Tsaka.last_img

Princess Cruises Continues Activation of MedallionClass Holidays

first_imgPrincess Cruises Continues Activation of MedallionClass HolidaysPrincess Cruises Continues Activation of MedallionClass Holidays on Six More Ships in 2020Princess Cruises announced today the expansion of its MedallionClass Holidays to six additional ships in 2020 – commencing with Ruby Princess (Jan. 27), Grand Princess (March 29), Enchanted Princess (June 15), Emerald Princess (Aug. 16), Coral Princess (Oct. 16), and Island Princess (Dec. 20) – bringing the enhanced and personalised cruise holiday experience to Australia, New Zealand and a World Cruise for the first time.Ruby Princess will be the first homeported ship in Australia to offer the MedallionClass experience sailing on a number of itineraries to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. “We can’t wait to introduce a holiday set to revolutionise the travel experience direct from our door step,” said Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison.  “Australian guests eager to experience MedallionClass before it reaches Australia can book fly-cruise itineraries to Alaska, the Baltic and the Caribbean on ten other ships in the Princess fleet,” added Mr Allison.MedallionClass Holidays are currently available on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, with Crown Princess starting July 24 and Sky Princess beginning October 12, 2019 when the newest ship in the Princess fleet departs the shipyard as the first to be built from the ground up with the Ocean Guest Experience Platform. By the end of 2020, guests sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, California Coast and on the World Cruise will have the elevated guest experience powered by the OceanMedallion.“Our guests who have experienced MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess have enthusiastically embraced the OceanMedallion. We are thrilled with the response and are working to extend Princess MedallionClass to more guests around the world,” added Princess Cruises President, Jan Swartz. “Princess Cruises is passionately committed to giving all our guests the opportunity for a more personalised and simplified vacation experience,” added Ms Swartz.The award-winning OceanMedallion is a complimentary wearable device that elevates the guest experience by enhancing guest-crew interactions, eliminating friction points and enabling interactive entertainment to deliver a high level of service and personalised attention on a large scale.Princess MedallionClass Holidays are generating high guest satisfaction scores, thanks to a portfolio of experiences specifically designed to save precious time and enhance their cruise holiday, including: Expedited Arrival – From curbside to poolside in a breeze: Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile enjoy a streamlined and expedited check-in process that gets their holiday started even sooner. Personalisation starts pre-cruise as guests become OceanReady before arriving at the port.On-Demand Services – Food, beverage, retail order and hospitality services delivered to your location: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks, food and retail items like sunscreen with OceanNow and have them delivered directly anywhere on board, including to their stateroom.Family and Friends Locator – Finding travel companions and directional ship information: Accessible on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to easily locate and chat with friends and family on board, as well as enables point-to-point wayfinding throughout the ship. OceanCompass guides guests throughout their journey, providing directional information so they can seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest.Other innovative features of the Princess MedallionClass experience include:Keyless stateroom entry: Access to staterooms is a seamless experience where each guest is securely validated as the door automatically unlocks. Personalised greetings, including loyalty level recognition and celebrations, welcome the guest on their door portal.Interactive voyage timeline: Available now on ship portals, JourneyView is an interactive timeline that lets guests scroll through all of the events available on board during their voyage.Wager-based gaming: On smart devices via Ocean Casin and on select portals, guests can wager real money on games including slots, poker, bingo, roulette, keno and lottery from anywhere on board.Interactive game play: On portals located shipwide and using smart devices with PlayOcean, guests can enjoy a new level of fun with interactive games, a digital scavenger hunt, customisable avatars and more. PlayOcean also transforms guests’ mobile devices into game controllers for interactive gaming on the massive Movies Under the Stars screen.For more information or to book visit princess.com, call 13 24 88 or contact your local travel agent. Source = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more