Silversea Expeditions is pleased to announce that, for the month of February, new bookings to the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer will include complimentary flights for Australian guests. Silversea clients will have access to round-trip Economy Class flights or Business Class upgrades from select gateway cities in Australia.Silversea Expeditions invites guests to experience a unique opportunity to view the ancient wonders and thundering waterfalls of the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer on 10-day voyages travelling between Darwin and Broome. The Kimberley has experienced the wettest December on record, with Broome recording 410mm of rain in December (a 47% increase on the previous record from 1970), which is seven times greater than the normal rainfall of 58mm.For the duration of Silversea’s expedition cruises in the Kimberley from March to May 2017, the famous Kimberley coast waterfalls, including King George River and Falls and Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls). The twin cascades of King George Falls are among Australia’s highest, plunging over 80 metres. At Talbot Bay, depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, guests can experience an exhilarating Zodiac ride to the “Horizontal Falls”.“The freshly refurbished Silver Discoverer is the epitome of casual elegance and sophistication, making it the perfect platform for exploring the untamed landscapes of the Kimberley. With a team of 11 experts hand-picked for their expertise and passion for the region guiding travellers throughout the voyage, this truly will be a unique adventure”.Amber Wilson, MD Asia PacificThese voyages feature itineraries which include 10-day sea explorations of coast, imposing rock formations and deep gorges departing from Broome and Darwin. While in the Kimberley region, guests can: witness the tidal changes and semi-submerged world of Montgomery Reef; discover ancient and mysterious rock art; spot the white-bellied sea eagle, osprey, brahminy kite or peregrine falcon; view King George’s towering twin falls; and photograph the dramatic tiger-striped Bungle Bungle Range from above.Departure dates for Silversea Expeditions’ Kimberley 2017 voyages include: 6 April, 16 April, 26 April, 6 May and 17 May.The new programme offers guests a choice of any of the following flight options aboard a Silversea partner airline flight added to the already incredible voyage: an Economy Class air round-trip from capital cities within Australia; an option to upgrade to Business Class for just AU$1995 per person from Eastern seaboard or $1500 per person ex Perth.Guests can also take advantage of a number of added benefits when booking an air and cruise package through Silversea including: round the clock support in the case of disruptions; applicable transfers to the ship; fare protection as well as flexible payment and flight options.All-inclusive cruise package fares including flights are per person starting from AU$12,550 based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite for 16 April 2017 departure. Not available in conjunction with Silver Select offer. Silversea Expeditions’ fares include: all shore Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader, all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals, complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits, Wi-Fi for all guests and all gratuities. These voyages are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Employers had trouble filling 435,000 jobs in first quarter: CFIB Report finds ‘wide variations’ by industry, but smaller firms typically hit harder by job vacancies Quebec led all other provinces in terms of its vacancy rate, which rose 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter to 4.1 per cent. British Columbia and Ontario were next closest, at 3.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively.CFIB vice-president and chief economist Ted Mallett said the performance of Quebec’s economy has been “fairly middling” in past decades. A more stable fiscal picture and the absence of a constitutional crisis, however, have created a more favourable business climate and a tighter labour market.“Part of it is just the business owners themselves learning how to manage this new kind of condition that they never had to deal with before,” Mallett said. “That’s why we’re seeing this kind of big shift. And it takes time to change a business practice and business structure.”The CFIB’s findings come as the Canadian economy is on a roll when it comes to employment data. Statistics Canada reported last week that the unemployment rate in May fell to 5.4 per cent, the lowest it has been since at least 1976, which followed the economy to add about 107,000 jobs in April.In addition to geography and sector, the CFIB said drivers of vacancies are chiefly determined by future forecasts, growth intentions, business size and firm-specific job characteristics.Mallett said vacancy rates are quite often structural, with small firms typically having higher rates than bigger ones.“And that’s not really surprising, because when a micro firm is missing a particular person, the fit of that person matters a whole lot to the success of that business,” Mallett said.Construction and personal services, the CFIB report said, are sectors with “a high proportion of micro businesses, which structurally tend to struggle more with vacancies.”• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: GeoffZochodne 4 Comments There were approximately 435,000 private-sector jobs that employers had trouble filling during the first quarter of 2019, reaching another new high, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.CFIB reported Wednesday that Canada’s private-sector job vacancy rate reached 3.3 per cent for the first three months of the year, up from 3.2 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2018.By CFIB’s count, positions vacant for at least four months increased by nearly 13,000 over the last quarter of 2018. The fourth-quarter vacancy rate and vacancies had also been revised upward because of “stronger-than-expected” expansion in payroll employment. More Facebook Recommended For YouGoogle not biased against conservatives -execEuro and bond yields fall on report that ECB might amend inflation goalClimate fears lift Greens’ chances of running GermanyNorway’s Aker Energy IPO may be in late 2019 or 2020 -Aker CEOIron ore market regains composure, futures curve may be too pricey: Russell Geoff Zochodne ← Previous Next → Share this storyEmployers had trouble filling 435,000 jobs in first quarter: CFIB Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: Featured Stories advertisement What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Both the CFIB’s vacancy rate and number of empty jobs for the first quarter were new highs, topping previous highs reached last year. Yet compared with Q1 2018, the rate for the first quarter of this year was up only 0.2 percentage points, suggesting a slight slowdown.“Although the national vacancy rate appears to be steadying, there are wide variations by industry,” the CFIB’s Help Wanted report stated.Vacancies in the construction sector, for example, “are substantially higher than average, reaching 4.9 per cent in Q1 — equalling pre-financial crisis levels of 2007,” the report said. Job surge helps push Canada’s unemployment rate to lowest in over 40 years Unemployment is at record low, so why are Canadians so worried about job insecurity, recession and cost of living? No easy solutions for Albertans facing long-term unemployment as recovery stalls Most sectors saw their vacancy rates rise, with the exception of oil and gas, manufacturing, finance-insurance-real estate and information-arts-culture industries, which saw no change.The CFIB’s findings were based on 2,376 responses from business owners and operators, who were asked how many people they employ and how many jobs had gone unfilled for at least four months as a result of being unable to find suitable employees. The vacancy rates are defined as total vacancies, divided by the amount of total employment and vacancies, the report said.… when a micro firm is missing a particular person, the fit of that person matters a whole lot to the success of that businessTed Mallett, CFIB chief economist June 13, 20197:00 AM EDTLast UpdatedJune 13, 20191:22 PM EDT Filed under News Economy Reddit Join the conversation → Comment Both the CFIB’s vacancy rate and number of empty jobs for the first quarter were new highs, topping previous highs reached last year.Getty Images Twitter Email