(PhysOrg.com) — As anyone who has ever used a Windows based computer for any length of time knows, the longer you have it, the slower it goes; this is because of the accumulation of data files and entries in system logs; information that in many cases isn’t really necessary. Thus, our computers slow down due to the accumulation of “waste.” Now, two computer scientists from Johns Hopkins University have published a paper on arXiv, where they argue that data waste management on computer systems could, and should be handled similarly to the way physical-world waste is managed. More information: The Life and Death of Unwanted Bits: Towards Proactive Waste Data Management in Digital Ecosystems, Ragib Hasan, Randal Burns, arXiv:1106.6062v2 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1106.6062AbstractOur everyday data processing activities create massive amounts of data. Like physical waste and trash, unwanted and unused data also pollutes the digital environment by degrading the performance and capacity of storage systems and requiring costly disposal. In this paper, we propose using the lessons from real life waste management in handling waste data. We show the impact of waste data on the performance and operational costs of our computing systems. To allow better waste data management, we define a waste hierarchy for digital objects and provide insights into how to identify and categorize waste data. Finally, we introduce novel ways of reusing, reducing, and recycling data and software to minimize the impact of data wastage. Citation: Computer scientists say it’s time to start looking at treatment of data waste (2011, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-scientists-treatment.html Explore further E-waste trade ban won’t end environmental threat © 2010 PhysOrg.com In their paper, Ragib Hasan and Randal Burns pick up where computer scientists at Cornel University left off after discovering in 1999 that up to 80% of files written to the hard drive by the Windows NT operating system were deleted within five seconds of being created.Hasan and Burns analyzed three computers: a MacBook laptop, a desktop running Ubuntu Linux and a Fedora Linux fileserver in the University Library (Linux is a variant of the Unix operating system used primarily at educational and research institutions). Their intent was to find out what percentage of the files on each of the computers had not been accessed since their creation. They found that the percentages for each were: MacBook: 20.6, Desktop: 47.4 and Server: 57.1 and that the percentage of disk space used for each was 98.5, 38.1 and 99.5 respectively; clearly indicating that a large number of files using a lot of disk space had never been used again once being created. This is clearly an inefficient use of resources.It is for this reason that the duo suggest a new approach be used for data waste, one that takes advantage of the research already done with physical waste; specifically, they suggest a pyramid approach be used, similar to the one put in place by physical waste management companies. At the bottom of the new pyramid would be the worst case scenarios, then moving up, the next best and so on till reaching the top, and that they be labeled as such: Dispose, Recover, Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, with zero data waste being the optimal goal.In this case, Dispose is just that, erasing the data, Recover refers to extracting usable components, Recycle would be refurbishing component for reuse, and Reuse would be using those recoverable components in another way, and Reduce, the ultimate goal would be creating software that doesn’t create waste data in the first place.Besides slowing computers down due to I/O bottlenecks, data waste can also contribute to faster burnout times for flash technology, which have a limited number of lifetime write/rewrites before dying, something the authors point out, will likely become more important as such technology is increasingly being used in hand-held computing devices. 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.
© 2013 Phys.org 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. More information: www.zsw-bw.de/uploads/media/pi … hiumbatterien_EN.pdf (Phys.org) —Officials at Germany’s Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, (ZSW) have issued a press release describing improvements they’ve made to lithium-ion batteries. They claim their improvements allow a single battery to be recharged up to 10,000 times while still retaining 85 percent of its charging capacity. Such a battery, if used in an electric car, they note, would allow its owner to recharge the battery every day for 27.4 years. Citation: ZSW engineers build lithium-ion battery able to last for 27 years (2013, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-zsw-lithium-ion-battery-years.html Besides the initial high cost of car batteries for electric vehicles, one of the main factors preventing further adoption of electric vehicles is the knowledge that the batteries will need to be replaced after just eight to ten years of use (and in some cases as few as just 3). Batteries that could last 25 or 30 years would likely outlive many of the other cars’ parts, or the car itself, and if not too expensive, could finally give car buyers a compelling reason to switch from those that still rely on gasoline.ZSW’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to most in the auto industry—the company published a paper in Journal of Power Sources last year describing ongoing research into electrode manufacturing process improvements that they claimed could dramatically improve the longevity of lithium-ion batteries. They noted then that electrode thickness changes, how much the electrodes compact during use and the type of conducting agent used in their construction when engineered in a new way, could help such batteries endure more recharging.The newly redesigned batteries have approximately four times the density of current batteries (1,100 Watts per kilogram) and have been designed for use in storing power created by wind and solar farms and also in automotive vehicles.ZSW doesn’t say in its press release when they expect to deliver their new battery to manufacturers for use in actual cars or alternative storage devices. This likely means the company is still testing its concept to ensure that not only will the batteries hold up to claims of longevity but are safe in other ways as well. The company also noted that it has designed the new cell type itself as well as developing the manufacturing process used to make the battery. They’ve also made several prototype batteries in the 18650 format. Explore further Credit: ZSW Understanding the life of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles
Citation: Lunar rock samples reveal variations in water concentrations (2014, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-lunar-samples-reveal-variations.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers studying rocks returned from the moon by Apollo 17 astronauts has found that rocks found in different locations have different amounts of water in them. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes their findings and offer possible explanations for the concentration differences. Secondary electron image of pits left by ion microprobe analyses of a heterogeneous apatite grain in Apollo sample 14321, 1047. Water has now been detected in apatite in many different lunar rock types. Credit: K.L. Robinson, HIGP. Optical micrograph of pyroclastic glass beads in Apollo sample 74220, 383, the famous “orange soil”. Water was first detected by Saal et al., 2008 in glass beads similar to these. Credit: G.J. Taylor, HIGP More information: Heterogeneous distribution of water in the Moon, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2173AbstractInitial analyses of lunar samples returned by the Apollo missions indicated that the Moon was essentially devoid of water. However, improved analytical techniques have revealed that pyroclastic glass beads in Apollo samples contain measurable amounts of water. Taking into account volatile loss during eruption of the glass beads onto the surface, the pre-eruption magma could have contained water on the order of 100 ppm by weight, concentrations that are similar to the mantle sources of mid-ocean ridge basalts on Earth. Lava flows from vast basaltic plains—the lunar maria—also contain appreciable amounts of water, as shown by analyses of apatite in mare basalt samples. In contrast, apatite in most non-mare rocks contains much less water than the mare basalts and glass beads. The hydrogen isotopic composition of lunar samples is relatively similar to that of the Earth’s interior, but the deuterium to hydrogen ratios obtained from lunar samples seem to have a larger range than found in Earth’s mantle. Thus, measurements of water concentration and hydrogen isotopic composition suggest that water is heterogeneously distributed in the Moon and varies in isotopic composition. The variability in the Moon’s water may reflect heterogeneity in accretion processes, redistribution during differentiation or later additions by volatile-rich impactors. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Digging deep in search of water on the moon Journal information: Nature Geoscience It was just six years ago that scientists learned that there was water on the moon, prior to that, conventional wisdom suggested the moon was not only barren, but completely dry. That discovery led to more research which revealed that not only is there water on the moon, but it’s actually widespread—sealed inside of rocks, but present nonetheless. In this new effort, the research team reports that in studying the findings of several other teams analyzing the rocks since water was first found in them, they’ve discovered that some of the rocks have more water sealed inside of them than others—the difference appears to be related to where on the moon the rocks were found. This suggests, the team reports, that some parts of the moon are wetter than others. The new research team also found that the chemical composition of the water was different depending on the rock source as well.The findings have led the researchers to consider how differing water concentrations relate to theories regarding the origin of the moon. Most scientists believe the moon came to exist approximately four and half billion years ago when a collision occurred between Earth and another planet. The general consensus is that some of the moon came from Earth, some from the other planet and the rest from other bodies such as comets and asteroids that subsequently struck the moon. Water on the moon could therefore have come from the Earth, the other planet or comets. Intriguingly, the researchers have found that the chemical makeup of water samples in some of the rocks (volcanic glass) is similar to magma samples that once resided in Earth’s mantle. Others, on the other hand, were found to be much drier. The researchers conclude that the formation of the moon appears to have been a far more complex series of events than theories have suggested. 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.
The colours that ruled Day 1 seemed to have stayed on through most of the collections witnessed on 27 March as well.The day kicked off with Myoho by Kiran & Meghna, Prama by Pratima Pandey and Vaishali S. My Village by Rimzim Dadu and Kallol Datta’s 1955 came next followed by Anand Bhushan, Nachiket Barve, Amit GT, Charu Parashar, Ashima-Leena, Malini Ramani, Nikasha and finally the new wunderkind of Indian fashion – Rahul Mishra.Malini Ramani’s explosive collection of glam blacks accentuated with silvers, golds, pinks and reds and Nikasha’s pretty pastels for Bibi got our attention on Day 2.
Kolkata: Private investment is required to restore the heritage assets here, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said. Fortunately the private sector is coming forward to save many such sites of heritage, Bucknell told reporters after unveiling of the restored RNM Galleria by a heritage conservationist in the city last evening. Stating that the city has rich associations in so many places, Bucknell said he would certainly work towards drawing the attention of the private sector to support the cause. “I am very supportive to various organisations working with this objective”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Observing that there are not just buildings retaining British or European architectural style, he talked about some of the lesser known terracota temples in different parts of Bengal. He said one should keep in mind that architecturally preserved places could draw more visitors from outside and not just Britishers. “I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic building (RNM Galleria) where restoration took five long years with private investment. It is a labour of love,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The building was constructed in 1910 and restored in the past five years. Referring to the ‘Danish Tavern’ restored in Serampore and serving customers as a cafeteria, he said “such social models may make an impact on heritage restoration. If you can’t generate income you can’t preserve.” US Consul General Craig L Hall said Kolkata remained special because of its rich US connections “having one of America’s oldest diplomatic posts in the city as President George Washington nominated the first American Consul to Kolkata in 1792. Kolkata has also been a very enriching place and “we have so many common interests of things in which we work together – from culture to science,” he said. The RNM Galleria will promote performing art, house The Calcutta Heritage and Art Club and a Cafe Galleria 1910 on its different floors.
Works of artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and India comprise the travelling exhibition underway at the India International Centre here. The series of uncanny artworks seem to tell a story. An anti-clock wise tour of the gallery indicates an evolution, a moving forward of time.Organised by Perve Galeria with support of the Portugal Embassy, the exhibition Lusophonies/Lusofonias display both modern and contemporary art by different generations of the Portuguese speaking countries or Lusophones which include Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and certain parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artworks in the exhibition have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, related to African roots. A troika of oxymoronic images, two from India and one from Africa, serves as a prologue to the collection which manifests the cross-cultural developments that followed the colonization across continents and the struggle against it.“The origin of this collection was the need to reflect on how lusophone countries saw and see Lusophonie, a plural and dialectical vision, full of discrepancies, ambiguities and mutual contamination about culture, society, and even about a common language,” says Nunes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show has been chronologically divided into three sections: ‘Colonialism’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Miscegenation and Diaspora.’ Moving from one period to another in the anthology portrays a clear evolution from the “tendency to use art as a revolutionary discourse” in colonies to the establishment of sovereign political regimes after independence.“In Portugal, the freedom of speech that followed several decades of repression was a symptom of the artistic development,” says Nunes. The final part of the Lusophonies exhibition represents the artistic development that has occurred over time extending up to the present, not only in the lusophone world, but also in the countries where artists today work about Lusophonie and African influence issues. Representation from India includes two photographs by Subodh Kerkar and a set of pots or ‘matkas’ usually used by women in Indian villages to carry water.Closing this chapter of exhibition, which speaks majorly of the African influence, is a box of postcard sized artworks, some of them suspended in the air through strings around it, by Nobel Laureate author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The exhibition is set to be on display till February 15.
Balurghat: Most of the well-known eateries running in Balurghat have no ‘Food Safety Licences’.The matter came to light following joint drives conducted by the officials of the concerned district Food Safety Department and Balurghat Civic Body over the past two days.It may be mentioned that the state Urban Development department has instructed all civic bodies to conduct raids at restaurants and eateries after a racket selling rotten and stale meat was unearthed in Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe concerned officials have asked the owners of the restaurants and eateries to follow the food safety norms strictly, failing which they will close down the establishments.During the drives, the officials found that the hotels and restaurants are being run flouting the mentioned norms. In most of the restaurants, the kitchens are being run in unhygienic conditions. However, no stale and rotten meat was found stored in the freezers. Civic officials said the former Left board was largely responsible for the menace of flouting the food safety measures by the owners of those eateries and running their establishments without any hindrance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a civic official, the erstwhile Left board had only distributed registrations to the owners of those establishments for Rs 100 to start their trades.District Food Safety Department official, Biswajit Manna said: “It is unfortunate that most reputed hotels and restaurants in town have no proper infrastructure. The kitchens are unhygienic. The establishments have no Food Safety Licenses too. We have instructed to follow the rules and regulations immediately.” The chairman of Balurghat Municipality, Rajen Shill echoed Manna and said: “We will monitor the situation. Several drives will also be conducted at the eateries in Balurghat in future. We have talked to the officials of district Food Safety Department regarding the matter.”The officials said the raids will be held everyday and restaurants found not following the norms will be booked.It may be mentioned that in Birbhum district, the civic officials have collected food samples from several restaurants and sent them to the laboratories for analysis.
Kolkata: Ten policemen, including an additional superintendent of police (ASP), were injured when BJP supporters beat them up at Chowringhee in Kharagpur on Monday afternoon.The injured policemen were taken to hospital where they were treated. The police have started an inquiry.Some trucks were carrying BJP supporters to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting at Midnapore College. The supporters asked the police to clear the traffic jam as they were getting late.When police failed to clear the jam, the BJP supporters got down from the truck and beat up the policeman on duty. They also beat up three police officers who came to his rescue. Later, a large contingent of policemen appeared on the scene and brought the situation under control.Calling the incident “unfortunate”, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said action would be taken against the party workers involved in the matter.
If you love apples, so also love the humble banana. Eating a banana daily is likely to boost eye health and prevent vision-related diseases, a study has found.Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid – a compound that turns fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow and are converted into vitamin A, important precursors for eye health — in the liver.According to previous research, foods containing high levels of carotenoids also protect against chronic diseases, including certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study showed that banana rich in provitamin A carotenoids may offer a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency — important for sight.To combat vitamin A deficiency, researchers have been investigating methods to boost carotenoids in bananas. Cara L Mortimer and other researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Australia studied two banana varieties to find out why they make very different amounts of carotenoids. They found that the pale yellow, low-carotenoid cavendish variety produces more of an enzyme that breaks down carotenoids. In addition, another variety stashes its carotenoids in microscopic sacs during ripening, shifting the chemical equilibrium in the fruit so it can make even higher levels of these substances. The findings, published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, can someday help in the development of banana varieties with enhanced health benefits.Bananas are ideal food for young children and families for many regions of the world, because of their sweetness, texture, portion size, familiarity, availability, convenience, versatility and cost.
Bolpur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed to launch a massive campaign to inform the farmers that the state government will pay their entire premium of crop insurance. Banerjee was addressing the administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium here on Wednesday afternoon.The decision to pay the crop insurance was taken a few days ago, after the Chief Minister found that the Centre is taking the credit of paying the premium of crop insurance for Bengal farmers, by paying only 20% of the amount. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUtilising the situation, the state BJP was telling farmers that the Centre was paying their crop insurance premium. “We pay 80% of the premium and Centre pays only 20%. Give advertisement in newspapers, go to the farmers and tell them the actual story. We do not want Centre’s help. We will pay the entire amount,” Banerjee said. Banerjee expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the district administration to procure paddy directly from the farmers. District Magistrate Moumita Godara informed the Chief Minister that the district administration has procured 1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy against the target of 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee asked the district administration to start disbursing cheques among the farmers directly from January 5, under the “Give your paddy and take your cheque” scheme. The state government will open an additional 2,000 centres so that the farmers won’t have to travel far to sell their paddy. She asked the district administration to take stringent measures against errant drivers. Speed should be restricted on some stretches of highways and police vigil should be intensified, she said. She asked the district administration to implement ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ programme seriously. “It is often seen that various types of crimes along with incidents of reckless driving take place during late night and early hours and police vigil in the vulnerable areas should be intensified,” she said. Banerjee said she had the information that often some truck drivers ask the khalasis to drive the vehicle while they take rest. “Conduct surprise checks and taken stringent action against the khalasis,” she said, adding: “Ensure that drunken driving is totally stopped and ensure that no one talks on cell phone while driving as well.” She asked the people’s representatives to go to the people to oversee the distribution of rice at Rs 2/kg under Khadya Sathi project and distribution of houses under Bangla Abas Yojana.
Kolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.
Kolkata: Primary autopsy reports of Class X student, who was found dead inside her school washroom on Friday, confirmed suicide.Police said the primary report mentioned hypoxia or lack of oxygen supply to the brain and body as the cause of death of the student of GD Birla Centre for Education in south Kolkata. The cut mark on her wrist was a second injury, which according to doctors was “self-implicating”. Doctors suspected that the girl died because of the polythene packet that she had tied up with strings, used to bind practical notebooks, to cover her head. The autopsy was done at SSKM hospital on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Police also confirmed that the girl had suicidal tendency. Even earlier, she had attempted to take the extreme step at home. “So far, investigation reveals that it was a case of suicide. While examining her mother, we found out that she had made similar attempts at home earlier,” said an investigating official. Bright, meritorious and trained in self-defence, she was always among the top five rank holders. Police said she had attended five periods before her death and behaved normally. Before leaving her classroom, she had told her friends that she would go to the sick room. However, CCTV footage showed that she instead went to the washroom with a few things in her hand. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “She was missing for 40 minutes and was later found unconscious inside the washroom. Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, which very well-planned. She had spoken to her father before school and had asked him to get biryani from Hyderabad, when he returned from there,” said an investigating official. Her three-page suicide note had no overwriting and was flawless, said police. She also described how she was dying and that no one should be held responsible for her death. “She hasn’t held anyone responsible for her death in her suicide note. But her writing shows how upset she was and had a lot of hidden pain. She hasn’t addressed anyone in specific in her suicide note. She also thanked her parents for doing their best in her life. But has mentioned about some strange dark side of her life, which isn’t clear,” said police. Police suspected she might have consumed something before wrapping her head with a polythine, so that no one could hear her screams. However, that will be cleared in the detailed autopsy report. Police also suspected that she had learnt the procedure by watching web series or movies. “She was academically brilliant and would complete her syllabus much in advance. Her mother said she had wanted an admission in the Indian Statistical Institute in future and would often talk about it,” said police. Police are now examining her laptops and mobile phones. Chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ananya Chakraborti, met the school authorities Saturday. “The school authorities are very shocked since they never found anything abnormal in her. But after the incident when they spoke to her mother, she apparently revealed that the girl had attempted suicide even before. Her parents didn’t inform the school authorities about it, otherwise they would have paid more attention and such an incident could have been averted,” Chakraborti said.Several guardians believed that lack of CCTV cameras inside washrooms make it easy for students to do anything secretly. An attendant outside the washroom could have avoided this incident in particular, they added. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. It should be probed from all possible angle, be it any loophole on part of the school authorities, the education system or domestic environment,” said Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Facing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.
In an effort to be more accessible, more transparent and more “in your face,” entrepreneurs are looking to live webcams to broadcast their business. Check out how these four companies are leveraging the power of streaming footage–and learn how you can, too.Beachwood BBQThe idea: Live snapshots in 15-minute intervals of the restaurant’s beer menusWithin a year of opening in 2006, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, Calif., had upped its beer list significantly. But it became quite a chore for co-founders Gabriel Gordon, 31, and Lena Perelman, 32, to update the list online. The website often went untouched for weeks, Gordon says, which was bad for customers who arrived expecting a specific beer on tap.The byproduct: There are certainly no more disappointed customers, Gordon says. And in addition to increasing page hits, it’s helped boost the restaurant’s sales, too, from $635,000 in 2007 to about $1.4 million last year.The unexpected: Gordon says, “There are people on the East Coast who’ve written saying they check [the Hopcam] every day.”Lisa P. MaxwellThe idea: Live feeds (with chat capabilities) on the company’s 32 employeesAndrew Miller, 42, knew Lisa P. Maxwell’s website needed reviving to fit the Chicago creative marketing agency’s buzzworthy style. Miller says, “The sense of transparency and open honesty really appealed to me.”The byproduct: In the first month after the application went live last fall, there were about six blog posts about it daily, Miller says. The 7-year-old company works to get buzz for its clients, so it’s more convincing “to a client when we can say we’ve also done it for ourselves.”The unexpected: Miller says the innovation did present some issues, including inappropriate messages and personal chat.Sugar Hooker EntertainmentThe idea: Live, weekly TV shows onlineWhen Jerra Spence, 29, launched Sugar Hooker Entertainment in 2004, it quickly transformed into a fully integrated, multiplatform lifestyle brand for teenage girls. She says, “Instead of it being all about commerce, it ended up being all about community.” And that’s where the weekly girl culture variety show came in. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 12, 2009 40%of SMBs Plan to Add Customer reviews to their websites this year; 26% plan to incorporate video.(Source: The Kelsey Group)The byproduct: Since launching SHE TV through Stickam.com in October, the site has attracted more than 37,000 weekly viewers. “It’s grown my e-commerce sales significantly,” Spence says–to nearly $2 million last year.The unexpected: With the success of the variety show spawning others, she says, “I think it’s going to end up being an almost 24-hour entertainment channel.”DogtopiaThe idea: Real-time footage of dog day-care franchise facilitiesEver since Amy Nichols, 35, opened her first Dogtopia center in 2002, she wanted customers to be able to easily check on their pooches. “When I had to kennel my dog, I felt really guilty,” she says. So through OnlineDoggy.com, a provider of pet-care webcam systems, Nichols launched the webcam feature in 2005.The byproduct: “Customers love it, and it’s a big selling point,” Nichols says. While the system can be expensive upfront, “it only takes one [happy] customer for the franchisee to realize the value.”The unexpected: The live webcams double as security cameras and training tools. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »
2 min read Google Inc launched an email service called “Inbox” on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at [email protected] to get an invitation.For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones.”Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters,” the company said in a blog post.Google said Inbox displays real-time updates to emails – for example, showing the delivery status of items bought online.It also shows reminders in a more accessible way that allows users to more easily keep track of chores and appointments.The company said the new application also enhances features that are already available in Gmail that allow users to view purchases and bank account statements grouped together.Google’s shares were up 1.7 percent at $547.33 in early afternoon trading Nasdaq.(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr) This story originally appeared on Reuters October 23, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 27, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Another day, another warning of potential password pitfalls. Is it just us or do the days of handwritten letters and carrier pigeons seem to be increasingly appealing?We recently wrote about the fact that people are still using terrible passwords. The passwords themselves are just the beginning. A new infographic compiled by password-management firm Meldium shows some interesting (read: frightening) statistics on how our online behavior is leaving us vulnerable to cyberthieves.Related: Does President Obama’s Bid to Bolster Cyber Security Go Far Enough?Did you know, for instance, that 90 percent of employee passwords can be cracked in six hours? That’s less than a full work day! Moreover, nearly two-thirds of people use the same password for their many different accounts. Imagine if whomever you shared your Seamless account password with also had your online banking password. Not a pleasant thought.The infographic below offers a look at the common ways of keeping track of various passwords, and how often people forget the magic word or phrase for a site.Click to EnlargeRelated: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Register Now »
This story originally appeared on Business Insider Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. April 27, 2015 After months of waiting, Apple’s debut smartwatch is finally here. The Cupertino company has eschewed its usual bombastic launches in favour of a pre-order system that has produced excellent sales, but also widespread confusion among customers about the availability of the device.Retail chief Angela Ahrendts acknowledged in a leaked video that staff have been “bombarded with questions” by customers as to when and where the device is actually on sale. The answer? Right now — but only online, with no official Apple Stores keeping the Watch in stock for the foreseeable future.To mark today’s launch, Apple has released three new adverts, highlighting the various ways the Apple Watch can be used by ordinary people. The ads, which we first saw on The Verge, are called “Rise,” “Up,” and “Us.”Rise looks at people starting their day aided by the Apple smartwatch — using it as an alarm, talking to one another, checking in to their flights, taking directions and phone calls, and of course, using it as a watch. It highlights little functionality that a customer wouldn’t get on their iPhone, but presents it in a more accessible fashion.”Up” puts the focus on its health features. We see people using timers for exercise, listening to music, and the device’s health-tracking and target-setting functionality.Also included is its “time to stand” feature that encourages the user to stand up after a period inactivity. Apple CEO Tim Cook has described sitting as the “new cancer,” and according to Wired, it is now common to see Apple employees randomly standing up in meetings because their Watch told them to.The last advert, “Us,” looks closely at the human aspect of the Apple Watch and how it can help people keep in touch. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch as its “most personal device ever,” and the ad explores this angle — showing off its ability to share doodles, 3D emojis and your heartbeat, as well as its uses for messaging, payments and unlocking hotel rooms. 2 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now
This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Ray Tomlinson, the man credited with founding email, has passed away at the age of 74, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the report, Tomlinson died of a heart attack.Tomlinson was a part a team of computer programmers at research and design company Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies) in Cambridge, Mass., and had begun experimenting with internal messaging in 1971. Tomlinson had an idea to send a text message between computers using a new network (and a predeccesor to the Internet) called Arpanet, routing it using an “@” symbol.He recalled the first email sent in an interview with NPR from 2009: “The keyboards were about 10 feet apart … I could wheel my chair from one to the other and type a message on one, and then go to the other, and then see what I had tried to send.”By the 1980s government and military personnel were actively using the system. And by the 1990s email had become one of two pillars of the budding consumer Internet, alongside the World Wide Web.Tomlinson was subsequently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.Tomlinson told NPR that he had a feeling that what he had discovered with the “@” symbol would have some impact.“What I didn’t imagine was how quickly that would happen,” he said. March 7, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Jaguar Land Rover launched a technology business on Monday which aims to create apps for services such as car-sharing, the latest automaker to explore ways of tapping demand for cheaper and greener ways of making short journeys.The InMotion venture will begin testing products including car-sharing in North America, Europe and Asia from next month before broader testing by the public.Automakers are trying to appeal to younger consumers in major global cities who are less likely to buy a car and have been attracted by new services such as car club Zipcar and ride-service Uber.Britain-based JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, hopes the wholly-owned subsidiary will draw in new customers.”With the development of new apps and on-demand services, InMotion provides us with an opportunity to provide engaging and invaluable experiences to both new and existing customers globally,” Group Strategy Director Adrian Hallmark said.A number of automakers have sought to tap into demand for short-term car use including BMW, which operates its DriveNow car club in a number of cities, and Toyota which has a scheme renting cars from dealerships.(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Mark Potter) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 11, 2016 Register Now »
November 25, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The world of technology is in constant motion. Video games launch every few days, social media apps come out with weekly updates and Apple manages to pump out a new, slimmer phone every September.Our society is inundated with technological progress, and there are no signs that it is slowing down. In this age of fast innovation, everyone is a witness, but certain demographics are more influenced than others by the vast changes our technology is experiencing.Generation Zers are often the first adopters of up-and-coming technology, while also being vocal about the tsunami of new inventions. Here are six reasons why Gen Z has the potential to shape the tech world.1. Enormous consumption.It’s no secret that today’s society hinges on a consumerist culture that devours products and services of all types. Gen Z stands at the forefront of this mass of hungry buyers.With 35.5 percent of Gen Zers admitting to spending an average of six to 10 hours per day on their mobile devices, it’s no wonder that new technology is developing so quickly. Combine this insatiable appetite for new goods with the tech industry’s propensity for sending forth new gadgets with lightning speed and you have our current situation.Consumer expectancy drives tech companies to constantly innovate, and constant innovation is what makes consumers expectant. It’s a continuous cycle in which each side feeds and shapes the other. As consumption burgeons, tech industries are encouraged to work at even greater speeds.Related: 5 Truths About Gen-Z Businesses That Want a Future Need to Know2. Instant demand.As a society, we have become accustomed to instant gratification. Goods and services are almost immediately available and in constant supply, so we as consumers have grown used to instant demand.Services such as Netflix, Hulu and VIDGO all offer content streaming, but the success of these services is not due solely to the popularity of digital streaming. The instantaneous nature of the new services is also attractive to consumers. In fact, according to Nielsen, 40 percent of Gen Zers plan to drop traditional pay TV service in favor of online-only options.Instant demand can shape the habits of the tech world by further encouraging businesses to act quickly and publicize their newest products as soon as consumers tire of the old ones.Related: Are You Ready for Gen Z?3. Social media influence.In our society, the Internet and social media pervade everything. Anyone can voice their opinions through these media outlets, and their availability only makes them more popular. A quick perusal of the internet and social media will turn up opinions and commentary on virtually any topic people are willing to talk about.Gen Z is especially susceptible to the ideas spread on social media, with 42 percent reporting that what they read on social platforms directly influences how they feel and think.With Gen Z consumers thoroughly discussing everything there is to know about modern technology, tech companies are more driven to innovate and give the people of the internet more to talk about.Related: The Thrill of Working at a Startup Holds Little Appeal for Gen Z4. Independent coders.Most of today’s consumers possess the power to voice their opinions to tech companies, and this can be a powerful way of getting their attention. What is less commonly recognized is the capacity of today’s consumers to create on their own.With a wealth of information easily accessible on the internet, ordinary people willing to learn can follow in the footsteps of tech giants with ingenuity and determination.As an example, many young people have learned how to create smartphone apps and websites, and have succeeded in marketing the products of their labor to much larger, better-equipped tech companies. Although programming remains a largely independent sphere, and does not have a significant presence in the classroom, earlier this year President Obama promised $4 billion of funding toward computer science in U.S. classrooms.These changes, and the presence of websites like code.org, certainly strengthen the ability of individuals to innovate in programming.5. Instant gratification.Most of the technology on the market falls under the category of smartphones, tablets and laptops. The demographic most associated with smartphones and communications technology is Gen Z.No other age group in our society uses social media, the internet and text messaging as frequently as Generation Z. A case study conducted by Tech.co found that 13 percent of all Gen Zers check their phone every few seconds, and as much as 14 percent uses their phones for more than 12 hours a day.It is for these reasons that they are the target market for most tech companies; the whims and desires of Gen Z shape the tech world much more than those of other age groups.As time progresses, tech companies are recognizing the trends in the desires of Gen Z and ultimately becoming more beholden to their cravings for new features, bigger screens, thinner phones and other innovations.6. Generational divide.Opinions on the usefulness and appropriateness of different technologies vary from age group to age group. While older consumers tend to view the new technology with a degree of skepticism, younger generations are much more welcoming of technological innovation.In a study surveying a thousand people between the ages 14 and 69, Gen Zers overwhelmingly answered that 13 was an appropriate age to get a first smartphone; older generations more often suggested that 18 was a better age.The generational divide in opinions on technology’s place in our lives can certainly influence the habits of tech companies.With Gen Z the most frequent consumers of up-and-coming tech, the tech world is more inclined to create new products aimed at the younger generations.
Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (Americas, APAC and EMEA), Application Development status, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2024.ICRWorld’s Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.The report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Get a Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3243466?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Product Segment Analysis• Authentication Packaging Technology• Track and Trace Packaging TechnologyGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Application Segment Analysis• Food & Beverages• Pharmaceutical & Healthcare• Industrial & Automotive• Consumer Electronics• Cosmetics & Personal Care• Clothing & ApparelGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Regional Segment Analysis• USA• Europe• Japan• China• India• South East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our report:• Avery Dennison• Sun Chemical• DNP• NHK SPRING• Flint Group• Toppan• 3M• Essentra• Alien Technology Corp• Zebra Technologies• KURZ• OpSec Security• Lipeng• Shiner• Taibao• Invengo• De La Rue• Schreiner ProSecureTable of ContentChapter 1 About the Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Industry1.1 Industry Definition and Types1.2 Main Market Activities1.3 Similar Industries1.4 Industry at a GlanceChapter 2 World Market Competition Landscape2.1 Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Markets by Regions2.2 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market by Types2.3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market by Applications2.4 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market AnalysisChapter 3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market share3.1 Major Production Market share by Players3.2 Major Revenue (M USD) Market share by Players3.3 Major Production Market share by Regions in 2019, through 20243.4 Major Revenue (M USD) Market share By Regions in 2019, through 2024Chapter 4 Supply Chain Analysis4.1 Industry Supply chain Analysis4.2 Raw material Market Analysis4.3 Manufacturing Equipment Suppliers Analysis4.4 Production Process Analysis4.5 Production Cost Structure Benchmarks4.6 End users Market AnalysisChapter 5 Company Profiles5.1 Avery Dennison5.2 Sun Chemical5.3 DNP5.4 NHK SPRING5.5 Flint Group5.6 Toppan5.7 3MChapter 6 Globalisation & Trade6.1 Business Locations6.2 Supply channels6.3 Marketing strategy6.4 Barriers to EntryChapter 7 Distributors and Customers7.1 Major Distributors and contact information by Regions7.2 Major Customers and contact information by RegionsChapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major Countries8.1 USA8.2 Germany8.3 China8.4 Japan8.5 IndiaChapter 9 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Forecast through 20249.1 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Demand by Regions Forecast through 20249.2 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Price(by Regions, Types, Applications)Analysis Forecast through 20249.3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Revenue (M USD)(by Regions, Types, Applications) Forecast through 20249.4 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market AnalysisChapter 10 Key success factors and Market OverviewTable of Content• Chapter 1 About the Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Industry• Chapter 2 World Market Competition Landscape• Chapter 3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market share• Chapter 4 Supply Chain Analysis• Chapter 5 Company Profiles• Chapter 6 Globalisation & Trade• Chapter 7 Distributors and Customers• Chapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major Countries• Chapter 9 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Forecast through 2024• Chapter 10 Key success factors and Market OverviewAvail Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3243466?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail [email protected]
The Global Critical Care diagnostics Market is projected to reach USD 1.4 billion by 2025 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 6.0% during forecast period 2018-2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Critical Care diagnostics market based on North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW . It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Get a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2908316?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Critical Care diagnostics industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Abbott Laboratories, Alere, Inc. , Beckman Coulter, Inc., Becton Dickinson and Company, Bayer AG , Siemens Healthineers , F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.The research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Critical Care diagnostics market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Critical Care diagnostics industry has achieved extensive growth since 2018 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2908316?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail [email protected] Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
One of the largest producers of aluminum in the world, Norsk Hydro, was hit by a cyber attack in the company’s IT system on Monday evening affecting major parts of its smelting operations. The attack which escalated overnight and which is still ongoing has caused the company to resort to manual operations at its smelting facilities. The company’s website is currently down and it is posting updates to Facebook. Hydro said that IT systems in most business areas are impacted. According to a statement to BBC, Hydro said that the digital systems at its smelting plants were programmed to ensure machinery worked efficiently. However, these systems had to be turned off. The company is unsure what type of cyber attack it is facing or who is responsible. “We are working to contain and neutralize the attack. It is too early to assess the full impact of the situation. It is too early to assess the impact on customers. We have established a dialogue with all relevant authorities”, the firm updated on their Facebook post. “They are much more reliant today on computerised systems than they were some years ago. But they have the option of reverting back to methods that are not as computerised, so we are able to continue production”, a Hydro spokesperson told BBC. According to Reuters, “The company shut several metal extrusion plants, which transform aluminum ingots into components for car makers, builders, and other industries, while its giant smelters in countries including Norway, Qatar and Brazil were being operated manually.” A Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) spokesperson said, “We are helping Norsk Hydro with the handling of the situation, and sharing this information with other sectors in Norway and with our international partners.” Hydro is arranging a press meeting on Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 at 14:00:00 GMT where it will inform everyone about the cyber-attack. We will keep you updated as and when updates to this story is announced. In the meantime, you can check out Norsk Hydro’s Facebook wall for updates. Read Next 5 nation joint Activity Alert Report finds most threat actors use publicly available tools for cyber attacks How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attack Microsoft claims it halted Russian spearphishing cyberattacks
This Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year Travelweek Group Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Margaritaville Currently in soft opening and on track for completion in March 2018, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman features a ‘casual-luxe’ design inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffet. As part of the resort’s soft opening phase, its four pools, retail store, watersports desk, lobby bar, coffee shop, bar & grill and signature restaurant are all currently open. Upon completion, it will also feature flexible meeting and function space, a fitness centre and the Banana Wind Café.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor reservations contact [email protected] Agent accreditation is required at time of booking. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Posted by GRAND CAYMAN — As a huge thank you to its retail partners, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman has announced that it is offering travel agents two-night complimentary stays for two through December 2018.The offer, says the resort, will allow agents to learn more about the new full-service destination beach resort, which was recently added to Grand Cayman’s growing hospitality lineup.Agents looking to extend their trip can enjoy a special rate of US$189+ per night between now and April 1, or $139+ per night between April 2-Dec. 20 with resort fees waived. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Competition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry Share Travelweek Group OTTAWA — After an investigation, Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued a press release advising that it has taken action to strengthen competition and innovation in Canada’s travel industry.As per the release, Softvoyage will not enforce several types of exclusionary and restrictive contract terms in its contracts.John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, stated: “We commend Softvoyage for its collaboration in resolving our concerns. We believe that today’s agreement will promote greater competition and innovation in the travel industry, resulting in better choices for Canadian travellers.”To read the full press release go to canada.ca/en/competition-bureau/news/2018/01/competition_bureautakesactiontostrengthencompetitionandinnovatio.html. Thursday, January 18, 2018 Posted by Tags: Softvoyage << Previous PostNext Post >>
Kids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises’ latest promotion Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 12, 2019 MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises is making family travel much more affordable with a new kids fly free promotion.The limited-time offer allows children 12 and under to fly free when booking a cruise vacation with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises.Applicable on new individual bookings made between April 10-20, 2019, the offer is valid on any six-night (or longer) sailing in a balcony stateroom or above, for departures between April and August 2019. There is a maximum of two children aged 12 or younger when sharing a stateroom with two adults.Free air will be in the form of an air credit.“With so many different destinations and onboard activities, a cruise is the ultimate choice when booking a family vacation,” said Nathalie Tanious, senior vice president, commercial, TravelBrands. “We wanted Canadian families to enjoy summer break and decided that this offer for kids to fly free would be the best way to make a splash.”Cruise line partners include: Azamara Club Cruises; Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises; Costa Cruises; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; MSC Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; and Royal Caribbean International.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTravel agents can visit travelbrandsaccess.com to make qualifying cruise bookings for their clients.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 NEW YORK — As recent numbers show, tourism in Israel is on the uptick, with a total of 1.9 million visitors in 2019 so far compared to 1.75 million during the same period last year.This past May alone, says the Israel Ministry of Tourism, 440,000 tourists arrived in Israel, marking an increase of 11.3% over the previous year and a 26.8% increase when compared to May 2017.“The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.This momentum can be attributed to numerous new developments and offerings, including:• Renovations at Dan Caesarea: After eight months of renovations, the Dan Caesarea Hotel has reopened. The hotel underwent a NIS80 million renovation to attract a younger generation, upgrading 116 rooms and suites, the lobby, dining room, event halls, spa, children’s club and public areas.• Six new hotels from Jordache Enterprises Group: The Group is expanding its hotel business in Israel with six new hotels this year, which include three 4- and 5-star properties under the Herbert Samuel brand: the 162-room Milos Dead Sea Hotel; the 110-room Opera Tel Aviv Hotel; and the 30-room Boutique Tel Aviv Hotel. In addition, the Setai hotel brand will open three hotels with a five-star rating.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back• 11 new hotels from Isrotel: Isrotel announced plans to open 11 hotels in Israel, eight of which will be built by 2022. Five hotels will be in Tel Aviv, with others being built in Eilat, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert.• Expansion of Ben-Gurion Airport: Israel’s Transportation Ministry approved a NIS3 billion expansion plan of the airport, which includes expanding Terminal 3 by 80,000 square metres. In addition, a fifth passenger concourse will be built to accommodate additional aircraft. The expansion will allow the airport to accommodate up to 30 million additional passengers a year.• New interactive map: The Israel Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new interactive map of Israel that displays thousands of items of information, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, hiking routes and other accommodation options. The site is translated into 11 languages. • New app for the visually impaired: The Tower of David Museum and the Center for the Blind in Israel have partnered to launch a mobile app that provides guided tours and routes for the visually impaired to experience Old City Jerusalem. The app provides descriptions of sites and encourages the listener to physically interact with the area through touch.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFor more information go to www.israel.travel. Israel tourism numbers on the rise ahead of planned airport expansion << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Israel
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Facebook Comments Related posts:Forget Lollapalooza; this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago is way better Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new album Q&A with Robyn Hitchcock: He began in the punk era but landed in Nashville Pop icon Prince dead at 57 The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline Chicago’sLollapalooza festival, it was announced last Wednesday, as the alternative rock greats complete work on their first album in five years.The July 28-31 festival in Chicago, which is marking its 25th anniversary, also said that Radiohead would perform, in the latest date for the acclaimed British arthouse rockers whose small arena tour sold out within minutes.See: Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new albumRed Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis last month told a radio station that the band had written “two dozen songs” and was “in the home stretch” of selecting and recording them for the new album.Band members have said they were in the studio with longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich as well as Danger Mouse, a diverse producer with a background in hip-hop who worked on the latest albums by Adele and U2. Lana Del Rey attends her “Freak” music video premiere at The Wiltern on Feb. 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope/AFPThe album, whose release date and title have not been revealed, will be the first since the Chili Peppers’ 2011 “I’m With You,” which brought in new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.The Chili Peppers emerged in 1980s Los Angeles as they brought funk elements into punk rock.Each of the band’s albums has entered the top five on the U.S. chart since “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” which came out in 1991 during a surge of interest for music outside the pop mainstream.Lollapalooza was launched that year by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who envisioned a traveling festival to celebrate music and alternative culture.The festival declined as fans increasingly found it too commercialized, but was reborn in 2005 as an annual event in Chicago’s Grant Park.Lollapalooza has since expanded internationally, with editions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Germany, with a Colombian version to debut in October.For the 25th anniversary, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days in Chicago, one day longer than usual.Other performers include LCD Soundsystem, the influential New York electronic act that is reuniting for April’s Coachella festival in California, as well as rappers J. Cole and Future, the wildly popular Lana Del Rey, and many others.
Brazil has a large and influential expatriate Syrian community, mostly in Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city.The first Syrian immigrants arrived toward the end of the 18th century and established themselves in business, medicine and academics.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision?
MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Police say a grenade attack on an army outpost in the southern Philippines has wounded at least 37 people who were watching a nearby circus performance.Police Senior Inspector Romeo Abler says a man hurled the grenade toward the outpost but it hit a protective net and bounced toward dozens of villagers watching a nearby circus late Saturday in Paquibato district in Davao city’s rural outskirts. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Abler told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that 37 villagers were wounded by the powerful blast and a stampede that followed. At least three were in serious condition in a hospital.Communist guerrillas are active in the remote region but an investigation has not yet clearly pinpointed who may have carried out the attack, according to Abler.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share The vital role family plays in society Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments Share “He challenged his father’s regime,” she said.Seif al-Islam, 40, was arrested by Libyan rebels last November, weeks after they captured and killed his father. Held in a Libyan jail, the younger Gadhafi is now caught in a legal tug of war.The International Criminal Court wants him in the dock in the Hague on charges of crimes against humanity for alleged involvement in attacks on civilians during the uprising against his father. Libyan authorities say they will try him for torturing and killing rebels and have refused to hand him over to ICC representatives. His international defense team has said there is no way he can receive a fair trial in Libya. The ICC refused to comment on Weinerman’s efforts.Weinerman said the international community, especially the U.N. Security Council and the same NATO countries that gave military muscle to Libya’s rebels, are responsible for Seif al-Islam’s safety, and called on them to do more to get him into ICC custody. He would likely face the death penalty if convicted in Libya.Weinerman, who appeared in a number of popular Israeli TV shows in the 1990s, also said he should be treated as a prisoner of war because he was arrested on the battlefield. Weinerman’s campaign is remarkable both because of the serious allegations against Seif al-Islam_ he faces murder charges inside Libya and an international war crimes indictment _ and the taboo nature of their relationship. Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels last October, was a staunch opponent of Israel, and contacts between citizens of the two countries, much less romances, are extremely rare.In an interview, Weinerman described Seif al-Islam as “very calm and quiet, polite, a real gentleman.” She said she was introduced to him by mutual friends in London in 2005, and that their relationship was romantic. She would not elaborate.“He has a great sense of humor and we always had laughs together,” she said.She said she has never visited Libya but said to have met other members of the Gadhafi family. She did not provide names and declined to show The Associated Press any photos, correspondence or other mementos from their time together.Weinerman’s purported romance with Gadhafi first appeared in European tabloids in 2006. But only this month did she go public, hoping to draw attention to his plight.She said that Seif al-Islam was a moderating influence on his father, and that he introduced “some reforms to Libya and he wanted to bring so many more.” Sponsored Stories Libyan officials said last month that Seif al-Islam’s trial would begin in September.The online petition, which aims to collect 50,000 signatures, accuses the ICC of prosecutorial misconduct and says Seif al-Islam “has been the victim of a mass media campaign to implicate his guilt for crimes that he has not committed and for which there is no substantive evidence.”___Associated Press writers David Stringer in London and Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.___On the Web:The petition can be found at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG14272.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation _Nooruddin Turabi, former Taliban justice minister._Jahangirwal, a special assistant to Taliban leader, Mullah Omar._Qutub, a Taliban leader._Abdul Salaam, former Taliban governor of Baghlan province._Maulvi Matiullah, the Taliban’s director of the customs house in Kabul._Mahamad, the Taliban’s former governor of Kunduz province._Sayed Saduddin Agha, a former Taliban commander._Allah Dad, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of communication.The ninth prisoner released was Anwarul Haq Mujahid, the son of the late Mohammad Yunus Khalis, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He has joined his family in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a cousin and family friend who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.Afghan officials are still hoping for the release of the Taliban’s former deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was captured in Pakistan in 2010. Baradar was reportedly conducting talks with the Afghan government that were kept secret from the Pakistanis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Some members of the peace council suggested that Pakistan’s religious and political leadership might be having a change of heart _ in part because of violence committed by Pakistan’s branch of the Taliban movement.“This is the first time that we really saw some changing of the minds while we were speaking,” said Qayumuddin Kashaf, a member of peace council and head of the top religious council in Afghanistan. He said that in the past, Pakistani religious leaders insisted that insurgents were waging a holy war in Afghanistan. “Now we see some changing of the mindset because the security situation in Pakistan is very bad if not worse than Afghanistan.”Others in Kabul believe, however, that Pakistan may simply be playing a waiting game, trying to appease Afghanistan with small gestures until international troops leave Afghanistan and the Taliban can try to mount a comeback.Despite the prisoner release, the peace process still has little traction and has experienced many setbacks, including the assassination of Rabbani’s father in September 2011. Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president and the first leader of the peace council, was killed in his Kabul home by a suicide bomber posing as an emissary from the Taliban. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A top Afghan peace mediator hailed Pakistan’s recent decision to free nine members of the Taliban who favor negotiations, saying Saturday it was a sign Islamabad is willing to help bring the militant group to the table and end Afghanistan’s 11-year-old war.The cooperation of Pakistan, which has longstanding ties to the Taliban, is seen as key to jumpstarting the stalled Afghan peace process. The Afghan and U.S. governments accuse Islamabad of backing insurgents _ an allegation Pakistan denies _ and say many militant leaders are hiding in the country. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories It’s unclear whether the Taliban are interested in negotiating peace, but the insurgent group welcomed the release of the prisoners. “Without a doubt, releasing prisoners fosters confidence between two neighboring countries and their nations,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement issued Friday.During the delegation’s trip, both countries appealed to the Taliban to join the peace process and sever ties with al-Qaida and other international terror networks. They said Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States would provide safe passage to members of the Taliban who want to talk with negotiators.They agreed to work with the international community to remove prospective Taliban negotiators from the U.N. sanctions list so they can participate in any peace talks. The sanctions include a travel ban, arms embargo and assets freeze.Afghanistan and Pakistan also agreed to hold a conference of religious leaders and scholars from Islamic countries to address violence in the name of Islam, council members said.The peace council did not identify the prisoners who were freed, but an Afghan official familiar with the peace process gave The Associated Press a list of eight. They were: Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Afghanistan needs Pakistan’s help in reaching out to top Taliban leaders, but still insists that peace talks be led by Afghans, saying it will fight those who try to interfere.Salahuddin Rabbani, the head of the High Peace Council who led a delegation to Islamabad this week, said Pakistan’s prisoner release marked a shift in the neighboring country’s policy. In the past, the Pakistanis have arrested Taliban figures interested in peace talks with the Afghan government, he said, but now the government is releasing them and pledging to give them safe passage to negotiations.“It seems that Pakistani officials have realized that a close cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan can be effective for the peace initiative,” Rabbani said. “Of course, this is a vision we have been insisting on for a long time.”Rabbani, whose delegation spent four days in Islamabad this week meeting with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders, said Pakistan has pledged to release additional Taliban prisoners who will be allowed to stay in Pakistan, return to Afghanistan or seek residence in a third country. While nothing can guarantee they won’t rejoin Taliban fighters, Rabbani said he was confident that they would continue to cooperate with the peace council. “We will be in contact with those released,” he said. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! 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New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories MADRID (AP) – Spanish King Juan Carlos has used his annual Christmas address to the nation to express sympathy for millions of Spaniards who have lost their jobs amid the nation’s economic crisis and have little relief in sight.The 75-year-old monarch says a big effort is needed to jumpstart the Spanish economy because “we cannot accept as normal the anguish of the millions of Spaniards who do not have work.” Spain has an unemployment rate of 26 percent, and joblessness is more than twice that for Spaniards under age 25.Juan Carlos spoke Tuesday night. He did not mention scandals that have hit Spanish royalty hard. Juan Carlos received huge criticism last year after going on an elephant hunting trip just as Spain’s economy was teetering on the verge of collapse.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d258/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have today called for comment on Jetset Travelworld’s proposed acquisition of Stella Travel Services Holdings.The Commission issued a statement this morning seeking “further information on certain competition issues which have arisen from the ACCC’s market inquiries to date”.According to the release, the ACCC invites submissions from the market by 12 August 2010, which will result in their final decision being deferred to 2 September 2010.The Statement of Issues is available on www.accc.gov.au/mergersregister.Submissions can be sent to the ACCC at: [email protected]
Liberal Party MP’s and India’s High Commissioner to Australia were supportive of the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) goals at the association’s launch this week.The AITTC was introduced in November 2012 as an Australian-based association, formed to augment and guide bilateral tourist traffic movement between the two countries.The council’s membership comprises a diverse variety of travel industry constituents including hotels, travel agents, airlines, tour operators, media professionals and tourism bodies.Dr Geoffrey Lee MP Parramatta, David Elliott MP Baulkham Hills and India’s High Commissioner to Australia Biren Nanda expressed encouragement and necessity for a group such as the AITTC to assist in establishing lasting bonds between India and Australia’s tourism industry.“Developing this kind of network is so important to the future of a healthy and developing relationship with India and its emergent tourism market,” Dr Lee said.The AITTC has two founding members based in Mumbai and Delhi, a growing list of members and contacts in Australia and the support of tourism bodies such as Destination NSW and Tourism Australia.“We will provide a platform to connect, communicate and collaborate,” AITTC founder Sandip Hor said.David Elliot MP Baulkham Hills relayed the NSW Premier’s thoughts regarding the new tie-up. “The Premier says the door is open for Indian businesses and professionals to come to Australia and succeed and a direct aviation link with India is worth pursuing,” Mr Elliot said.Air India had plans to place Boeing Dreamliners on a direct service between the two countries last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T New council established to guide tourist traffic between Aus, India.
Source = LocSoc New app launched to help travellers localize and socializeEver wondered which club or bar to go to when traveling to a different country; or even in your city on a weekend of fun? Want to meet new people who you share common interests with, or that are going to the same party as you? Too shy to speak to that beautiful girl or guy right next to you?Then, LocSoc is the app for you, to Localize and Socialize with the hottest people in the hottest spots! LocSoc is the innovative smartphone application that instantly allows you to find the trendiest people and establishments not only near you but anywhere around the world, through intelligent geo location.The social life of its users is boosted thanks to the integration of a multi-search system composed of filters for “users” and “spots”. For users: communities can be built through an affinity to tastes and identities such as age group, look, and sexual orientation or by ethnicity.For spots: it gives you the ability to search for places frequently attended by the community of your preference via filters such as popularity, type of music, type of customers and proximity.Another special feature about LocSoc is that it allows the users to check-in to a place they’re at or to a spot they are going to, up to one month ahead allowing the user to utilize it as a vibrant social events calendar. This gives the user a platform to share their social interests and join the type of crowd they prefer.After creating their dedicated profile, the user can access all of the various spots and get in touch with other members through an integrated chat system. Users can choose the level of confidentiality of their profile by allowing who they want to be visible to on the network.The application will be free to download for everyone, with all ‘elite’ options unlocked for the first month of usage. Upon completion of the month, the elite options will be locked. Users can then continue using the free version or upgrade back to elite.LocSoc is translated in 24 languages and it has listed more than 60,000 bars and clubs in over 120 countries.In addition, a tutorial video is available for users to familiarize themselves with the functionalities of the application. Learn more here
Travelex has launched the world’s first travel aggregator that looks beyond flights and accommodation to provide holidaymakers with a breakdown of the true cost of a holiday from flights, accommodation, spending money, and currency exchange considerations.In partnership with Skyscanner, the Luxury for Less by Travelextravel search engine uses hotel and flight data, figures on average spend, and the foreign exchange rates to help Australians book a luxury holiday without the deluxe price tag.Daniel Simone, head of retail Australia and New Zealand, says: “the travel engine brings together the world’s hottest destinations under one roof to help Australians discover the best luxury locations for less.Helping travellers make their money go further, the site also provides top travel tips, research and booking tools, and hacks including the best times to fly when considering weather, local events, and currency exchange fluctuations.”To navigate the site all users have to do is enter their takeoff location, preferred travel dates, budget, and number of travellers and Travelex will do the rest. Inspired Travellers can then book their trip and manage their currency exchange needs through the travel engine.Australians love to travel abroad with the travel industry experiencing a significant growth over the past five years. This has heightened demand for industry services including online travel booking services.“As Aussie’s become more comfortable researching and booking travel online, people have become hungry for more easily accessible travel tools and resources,” says Simone.Travelex asked 2,000 people globally about their favourite jet-setting hot spots to develop the engine and bring users affordable luxury locations.“From beach getaways to penthouse living to Michelin star meals, luxury means different things to different people. Whether you want to live it up in Thailand or explore the Himalayas, the Luxury for Less travel engine will show you how to have an A-list experience on a budget. The opportunities are endless if you have the right information at your fingertips,” adds Simone.Top five places to get the most bang for your buck this winter1. LondonFrom quaint Georgian squares to the beautiful winding alleyways, there’s more to London than Big Ben and The London Eye. This city has such diverse wonders, from Borough Market to the West End theatre district, sat side-by-side with grand architecture old and new, that every trip brings new finds.The foreign exchange rate has fallen by $22.35% in the last 12 months. This means you’ll get $233 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)There are 605 Michelin star restaurants in London (Source: Michelin)The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $7 (Source: Numbeo)2. PhuketThailand’s biggest island is low cost and high in luxury whether you’re in a spa or high-end nightclub. Phuket has some of the world’s best diving spots too.The local currency has fallen by 5.9% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $59 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)The average 5* hotel costs $52 per night (Source: Skyscanner)The average temperature in July is 25°C3. BaliIs there a single more idyllic tropical paradise than Bali with its stunning landscape overlooked by volcanoes? The Indonesian Island isn’t just about unforgettable diving sports and dolphin watching, either; its fascinating history and the fine local craft scene are there to be explored.The local currency has fallen by 2.3% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $23 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)The average 5* hotel costs $108 per night (Source: Skyscanner)The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $15.53 (Source: Numbeo)4. LisbonIn one reasonably priced package, the Portuguese capital offers a city break, beach holiday and cultural expedition – plus some of Europe’s best seafood.The foreign exchange rate has fallen by 5.47% in the past 12 months. This means you’ll get $43 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)There are 24 Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon (Source: Michelin)The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $3.12 (Source: Numbeo)5. PragueThe Czech capital offers more for your money than most European cities, but as well as having a thriving nightlife it’s a forgotten cultural delight, with grand churches, the world’s oldest working astronomical clock and the Mozart puppet opera, of course.The average 5* hotel costs $101 per night (Source: SkycannerThere are 31 Michelin star restaurants in Prague (Source; Michelin)The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $2.89 (Source: Numbeo)https://www.travelex.com.au/travelex-hub/travel-inspiration/luxury-for-lessSource = Travelex
A Huge Thank You for Your SupportA Huge Thank You for Your Support Raising Emergency Funds for LombokWe far exceeded our fundraising expectations thanks to your generosity! The total raised through on and offline donations now stands at an impressive US$11,673. We have been overwhelmed by the support shown from our partners, colleagues and members of the community. Your donations have made an immediate positive impact on the ground in Lombok, with emergency aid provided to those most in need.With the funds raised we have been able to purchase:Eight portable generators, eight water pumps; water filters; hoses; eight large water storage tanks and a good amount of tarpaulin.Alongside our partner TUGU Hotels, we have worked around the clock to transport emergency equipment using Destination Asia vans. The first generators were purchased on 9 August, with our teams delivering them in Lombok into the early hours of Sunday 12 August.Thanks to your donations, we were able to set up four fully operational emergency stations in Lombok. Plans are in place to make delivery of a further eight water tanks, four generators, four water pumps plus extra hoses and water filters on Wednesday 15. As a long standing member of the community and with so many colleagues, friends and family affected by the earthquake, we would once again like to thank everyone for their generous support.Source = Destination Asia
The Kolkata wing of SKAL will host the SKAL National Congress 2018. SKAL Kolkata will host it’s very first SKAL National Congress 2018 event in Kolkata from – August 17-19, 2018. The event will take place in Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences. SKAL Kolkata is one of the oldest club which was formed on April 30, 1954 and is one of the Active SKAL Clubs in India having 150+ members who are from top management of some of the leading organisations of the tourism industry in Kolkata constituting travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines.Speaking on the occasion, Sanjeev Mehra, Secretary remarked, “We want to create awareness to work together to enhance our vision, maximise networking opportunities and develop a responsible tourism industry. We want to focus our efforts on the National Congress 2018 in Kolkata for which we hope to welcome 600-750 members.”There will be networking sessions and conferences for the members in the event. The objective of the club is to promote West Bengal as a MICE and tourism destination, bringing all the Skalleagues across all regions from India and abroad under one umbrella. This is an opportunity to ensure that the travel industry grows strong and becomes more proactive in this sector by inviting Foreign Direct Investments.
U.S. Bancorp and the PNC Financial Services Group Inc., reported Friday morning that net income at both banks is down from the previous year, and the results for mortgage banking revenues at both banks followed right along, according to Q4 earnings statements for both banks released on Friday.U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement showed that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $1,476 million, or $0.80 per share, down 0.8 percent from $1,488 million, or $0.79 per share reported in the fourth quarter of 2014 and down 0.9 percent from $1.489 million in the third quarter of 2015.The bank’s said that their fourth quarter earnings decrease is credited to a “higher provision for credit losses, lower noninterest income, impacted by the 2014 Nuveen gain, partially offset by increases in payments-related revenue and trust and investment management fees and the gain on the sale of a Health Savings Account deposit portfolio, along with an increase in net interest income primarily driven by growth in earning assets.”U.S. Bancorp Chairman, President and CEO Richard K. Davis noted, “U.S. Bancorp delivered a remarkable performance in 2015; a year underscored by persistent and historically low interest rates, modest economic growth, and increasing regulatory requirements. More than any year in recent history, 2015 required strong management focus as we balanced decisions on operating efficiencies with opportunities for investing in future growth and addressing our customers’ needs. U.S. Bancorp rose to that challenge, delivering record net income and diluted EPS for the year and continuing with industry-leading performance metrics.”Average total loans grew 4.2 percent, or $10.3 billion year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015 to reach $256.7 billion, with residential mortgages contributing 2.1 percent to this growth, according to the statement. Residential mortgages totaled 53.0 billion, up from 51.8 billion in the previous quarter and 51.9 billion last year.Despite the increase in loan volume, however, mortgage banking revenue for U.S. Bancorp totaled $211 million in Q4, down over-the-quarter from $2.24 million and over-the-year from $235 million. The decline in mortgage banking revenue was primarily due to “an unfavorable change in the valuation of mortgage servicing rights, net of hedging activities,” according to the statement. Overall noninterest income was down by $30 million over-the-year for U.S. Bancorp (from $2.370 billion down to $2.340 billion), though it did increase over-the-quarter by $14 million.”As we look to 2016, we are well positioned to continue providing quality products and services to our customers and exceptional value to our shareholders from a position of strength and stability that our stakeholders have come to expect from U.S. Bancorp,” Davis said.U.S. BancorpPNC’s 2015 net income total was $4.1 billion, or $7.39 per share, down from 2014’s profits of $4.2 billion, or $7.30 share, according to the bank’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. In addition, 2015 fourth quarter earnings were $1.0 billion, or $1.87 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, or $1.90 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and $1.1 billion, or $1.84 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.The institution stated that its fourth quarter results reflect “revenue growth over the third quarter in both net interest income and fee income, a continued focus on disciplined expense management, and higher loans and deposits.”Residential mortgage banking noninterest income decreased $12 million primarily as a result of lower loan sales revenue, the statement showed. Residential mortgages totaled $113 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from last quarter’s number of $125 million and last year’s number of $135 million. Mortgage loans declined despite an increase in total loans PNC by $1.7 billion as of December 31, 2015 compared with September 30, 2015.“PNC delivered consistent, quality results and advanced our strategic priorities in 2015,” said William S. Demchak, Chairman, President and CEO. “We increased fee income, reduced expenses and managed a strong balance sheet that will benefit from rising interest rates heading into 2016. Our strong capital position enabled us to increase the amount of capital returned to shareholders in 2015. We’re positioned to continue to drive long-term value through our execution in 2016 and beyond.”PNCClick here to view U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement.Click here to view PNC’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. Share
Where the Housing Market Is Headed With the economy on cruise control and a solid labor market, it would seem like ideal conditions for brisk home sales. The fly in that ointment is that there just aren’t enough homes for sale to drive sales totals higher.That, however, could change by the end of this year. Such is the perspective of Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors. Yun presented his 2018 midyear forecast during the 2018 REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, where he said that, despite headwinds, a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales is likely ahead. Home sales rates cooled noticeably last year. According to NAR, after accelerating 3.8 percent in 2016, existing home sales rose only 1.1 percent to 5.5 million in 2017. Yun said he expects that rate to bump to almost 2 percent this year and then turn into 5.7 million home sales next year.“Overall fundamentals remain solid, driven by a growing economy and steady job creation, which will sustain home sales in 2018 slightly above last year’s pace,” Yun said. “The worsening housing shortage means home prices are primed to rise further this year too, hindering affordability conditions for homebuyers in markets across the country.”Until then, the widespread shortage of homes for sale is the major factor limiting sales, Yun said. Home sales have risen modestly since the start of the year, but without more supply to satisfy demand and alleviate the upward pressure on prices, contract activity is likely to remain flat and will more or less continue sideways through the end of the year. According to NAR, total housing inventory at the end of March was 1.67 million existing homes available for sale. That’s 7.2 percent lower than a year ago when there were 1.8 million. Inventory has trended steadily downwards for the past five years, Yun said, and the country is “experiencing the lowest inventory levels in a generation.” Unsold inventory, he said, is at a 3.6-month supply, which is down from 3.8 months a year ago.Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, who also spoke at the expo, said there are 250,000 fewer starter homes (those priced under $200,000) now than there were two years ago. The shortage has pitted millennials, boomers, and inventors against each other for a smaller pool of affordable inventory.“There is reason for optimism ahead though,” Hale said. “We are starting to see new listings grow in recent months; the inventory shortage isn’t over, it took us years to get into an inventory rut, so it’s going to take us years to get out of it, but we do see signs of a turnaround.”While consumer optimism for finding a home is waning, Hale said buyers aren’t giving up their dreams. “Buyers know it’s tough,” she said. “Thirty-five percent of shoppers anticipate a lot of competition, but they remain optimistic, and more than 70 percent expect to close in 2018.” in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Share
Share From new technology and recognition to the latest people movements. Catch the latest buzz from the industry in this weekly update.Florida-based Black Knight, Inc. has introduced LoanSphere Servicing Digital, a new solution to help mortgage servicers deepen customer relationships and increase retention. LoanSphere Servicing Digital delivers detailed, timely, and highly personalized information to customers about the value of their homes and how much wealth can be built from these real estate assets. A consumer-centric solution, this interactive tool gives customers the ability to easily perform tasks and find information related to their mortgages, while providing a platform for continual engagement between servicers and their customers. “Our goal with LoanSphere Servicing Digital is to give our servicing clients an engaging, consumer-centric tool for customer retention,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO of Black Knight. “For many people, a house is the single greatest asset they’ll ever own. With that in mind, and employing a ‘design thinking’ approach, we’ve developed a solution that lets our clients provide their customers with ongoing, detailed information about their loans and homes, as well as the tools to help manage the wealth they have built in their homes.”___________________________________________________________________________________Hyland, a Cleveland-based content services provider, released the latest version of OnBase, a single enterprise information platform for managing content, processes, and cases. By empowering organizations to create more personalized user experiences—including improved mobility and enhanced integrations with core business applications–OnBase 18 streamlines access to critical information, delivering content on demand and eliminating information silos across the enterprise. The new release brings more than 3,100 customer-driven enhancements to the low-code OnBase platform, which provides content management, case management, business process management, records management, and capture capabilities in the cloud or on premises. “OnBase 18 exemplifies Hyland’s focus on empowering our customers to create forward-looking, future-ready solutions,” said Bill Priemer, President, and CEO at Hyland. “This platform reflects a shift in our industry, as customers increasingly demand more intuitive and user-centric services that simplify content usage by all parties–users, systems, and applications. We’ve listened closely to our customers and examined all areas of the product to make significant enhancements that will benefit every industry we serve.”___________________________________________________________________________________Nela Richardson, who served as Redfin’s first Chief Economist, has left the company after four years. The announcement came last Wednesday, with Redfin releasing a statement of confirmation to MReport. “Redfin loved every minute of the four years that Nela worked with us, and we’re sad to see her go,” Redfin stated. “At the same time, we support Nela in pursuing the next challenge in her career and wish her all the success in the world. We thank Nela for her many contributions to Redfin and for her continued friendship in the years to come.” Richardson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and previously served as the Senior Economist for Bloomberg Government. In the initial press release announcing her hire, Redfin detailed the duties of her role to include continuing to “lead and contribute to national housing market and policy conversations with special attention to the consumer experience.” Richardson led the Redfin team of economists and data scientists responsible for providing industry reports.___________________________________________________________________________________St. Louis-based independent mortgage lender, Cornerstone Mortgage has been named a 2018 top workplace in Missouri by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The division of Guild Mortgage was ranked eleventh in the midsize company category and featured among the top workplaces for the seventh consecutive year on this list. Cornerstone said that it also earned the Ethics Award for receiving the highest score based on responses to the survey question, “This company operates by strong values and ethics. “Teamwork and employee satisfaction are extremely important to our culture of customer service, so we are proud to once again be recognized as a Top Workplace,” said Angi Stevenson, President, and CEO of Cornerstone. “The passion and dedication of our employees have helped us continue to grow as we provide an ever-expanding array of mortgage options to more homebuyers in the Midwest. Their continued satisfaction with leadership and trust in the future of the company as part of Guild provide a solid foundation for continued growth throughout the region.” July 4, 2018 655 Views Eye on the Industry: Updates on Black Knight, Hyland, and More in Daily Dose, Featured, News Black Knight Cornerstone Mortgage HOUSING Hyland loan OnBase Originators Redfin Servicers technology 2018-07-04 Radhika Ojha
Michael Johnson, newly appointed ceo for Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia, has been spending his first few weeks in the role holding discussions with key contacts in the hotel industry. Last Thursday night [30 May 2019], along with Dr Adele Lausberg, TAA’s National Policy and Research Adviser, he celebrated hotel history with the Hilton team at the Marble Bar in Sydney as the renowned hotel group marked 100 years.Michael (left) is pictured at the event with Heidi Kunkel, Vice President of Operations – Hilton and Ronald van Weezel, GM of Hilton Sydney. australiaHiltonhotelsTAATourism Accommodation Australia
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2) Play actionIf Arizona is in third-and-short, they can run the ball for the first down. This eats clock with a fresh set of downs, keeping Manning on the sideline. It also gives great credibility to a Drew Stanton play fake. Denver’s defense is good when they can create situations that force you to be one-dimensional. If you have the option to run or pass, it minimizes the effectiveness of their playmakers. To win, Stanton will need every advantage possible. The uselessness of a third-and-9 play fake will only make it easier to bring him down.Manning is in a similar situation. Todd Bowles wants to bring the house. The success of a third-and-long blitz could pay huge dividends against Denver. A third-and-short blitz that gets telegraphed to Manning will lead to extra point attempts. In order to take advantage of Bowles’ skill as a defensive play-caller, the play fake has to be removed as a strong weapon. The key, therefore, is to eliminate four and five-yard gains on first down.3) Hit ManningDon’t jump offsides. The Denver crowd is great at staying quiet. It’s so easy for the defenders to hear Manning, making it easier to jump offsides because of his outstanding cadence. Every pass-rusher for Arizona must know that a sack is nice, but hitting Manning is the key. Even if he completes a big pass play, he must have to get up off the ground after the throw. Consistent hits force him off his spot. If his back foot plants with minimal pressure, the Cards lose. Sacking Manning wins the game for Arizona. Hitting Manning gives Arizona the chance to win. Giving Manning time to throw means wait for Sunday Night Football to see if Cincinnati will remain as the only unbeaten. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I’m spending my Sunday watching college football!Obviously, that may sound confusing but I’ll be traveling to Southern California and watching ASU all day Saturday, so I’ll miss the games. Give me the third-greatest invention of all-time (the DVR), and I’ll be watching all these great games that I’ll miss.Nationally, all eyes are on the SEC West this weekend. #6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State, #3 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss, and #15 LSU is at #5 Auburn. That’s an amazing schedule for the entire country. In the SEC West, that’s just a normal gameday. Locally, all three teams in this state have or have had huge road games against “ranked” opponents. Each game has a national stage feel to it but each team has a different role on the stage. Arizona was the opening act against Oregon. We looked at them Wednesday and they actually did a few of the things we discussed in their win. Thursday, ASU was the focus for their road game versus USC. Today, we wonder how can the Cardinals come home from Denver undefeated.OWN THE STAGEArizona needed a win to get the stage door open on the national stage. Arizona State needs to beat USC just to keep from being pushed off the stage. The Cardinals are already on the stage as one of two remaining unbeaten teams, but this is the opportunity to get the nation to flood the theater to see the Cardinals on stage. Here’s what I hope to see for the Cards to be 4-0:1) Win first downThis is not offense or defense specific, it’s both. Arizona can’t win if Peyton Manning is in third-and-short. Arizona can’t eat the clock on offense if it’s in third-and-long. Third-down conversions will be a huge stat in this game, as will time of possession — two stats that often go hand-in-hand. It’s too simple to just look at third-down conversions because they’re normally a product of gaining good yards on first down. Which leads to… Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) scores a touchdown as Denver Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson (47) defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) The Arizona Cardinals promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday and released tight end Joseph Fauria.5-foot-eight, 198-pound Williams played in five December games for the Cards last season and recorded 246 rushing yards on 53 carries for a 4.6 yard average. He’s been playing on the Cardinals practice squad since September 5 when he was cut from the active roster. Fauria played the past two seasons and the 2015 preseason with the Detroit Lions and did not play last week for the Cardinals in their game against the New Orleans Saints. He has 24 receptions and 287 yards for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
Top Stories — NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) January 3, 2017Leone, 24, spent the last two seasons with the Lions, for whom he punted 216 times with an average of 49.4 yards per kick and a net average of 39.11. He was also the team’s kicker, converting on 65-of-90 field goal attempts.Leone played his college football for the University of Houston Cougars. In 2013 he was a FWAA Second team All-American as well as a Ray Guy Award semifinalist. He went undrafted in 2014 before signing with the Baltimore Ravens. He appeared in three preseason games before being waived in late August.In Jan. 2015, Leone signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was released on May.This past season for the Cardinals, Wile avearaged 43.7 yards per kick, with a net of 37.5 yards, while Drew Butler posted averages of 42.2 and 35.6, respectively. Ryan Quigley averaged 41.6 yards per kick, with a net of 37.2.Even if the Cardinals do bring Leone in, that does not necessarily mean Wile is out. On Monday, while cleaning out his locker, Wile said he would keep working and assume he would be back, as he is under contract for 2017.“They just want me to come in and work and I’m just going to go in like I have to earn the job every day,” he said. “That’s kind of the plan, and head back to train with some guys back in San Diego this offseason. I’m just excited for next season.” #BCLions release punter Richie Leone so that he can sign with the #Cardinals. Will receive a significant signing bonus. #NFL #CFL— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) January 3, 2017 Came down to Cardinals and Eagles for Richie Leone. He cancelled tryout in K.C today because of flu. Signs with Arizona #BCLions . B.C. Lions’ Richie Leone attempts a field goal against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a Canadian Football League game in Regina, Saskatchewan, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Mark Taylor/The Canadian Press via AP) 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals used three different punters in 2016, with Matt Wile getting the nod for the final three games.Now, however, it appears they may be looking into another option. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Good competition. Both men have been practicing very well the last couple of days,” Holcomb said. “It’s an ongoing process, it’s a constant rotation.”Benwikere played 34 snaps on defense to Taylor’s 55 Sunday in a 16-14 loss to Chicago, though many of those were in the interior as a fifth or sixth defensive back.It’s possible he could continue to earn more snaps in that role if Taylor continues seeing most of the snaps at corner.EXTRA POINT— Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, on the mobility and arm strength that Rosen brings to the table: “You do so many drills during the day or during the week of, you’re not just sitting back there dropping, sitting in the pocket. You got to be able to move, you got to know when you can step up, when you can flush, what are the certain looks, where are the hot answers when things break down. I think as we’ve all seen in the short amount of time he’s been with us that he can throw on the run and get out of certain things and make some plays with his feet.” He remembers the early days, when the first thing he’d do upon hearing a play-call was double-check where he was supposed to line up or where a hole might open up.“I was so worried about, alright, don’t forget that. This is your move. This is what you got,” he said.“Now I hear a play, I already know what I got, I’m already looking at the defense. I’m all about the defense now. It’s slowed it down for me tremendously.”Cornerback competition on the radarNew coaching staff, new year, same microscope on the Cardinals’ cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.Jamar Taylor, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a trade this offseason, began the year as Arizona’s starter. But on Sunday, he was lifted in the fourth quarter for Wilks-taught defensive back Bene Benwikere.Benwikere played for Wilks from 2014-16 after he was the Carolina Panthers’ fifth-round pick in 2014. He’s since bounced around, playing for the Dallas Cowboys last season.Wilks said Sunday that inserting Benwikere at corner was about searching for a spark and this week reiterated the competition is open. Defensive coordinator Al Holcomb said the call is Wilks’ to make, but did say Thursday that a competition is taking place. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, left, wraps up Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Forget for a second about starting running back David Johnson’s exit from the field during a crucial 3rd-and-2 situation on Sunday against the Bears.There’s a reason it’s Edmonds, the fourth-round pick out of Fordham, who is backing up Johnson at all. The Cardinals think he’s more than prepared.Related LinksArians on TD Fantasy Podcast: Cards are improperly using David JohnsonBehind Enemy Lines: Division-rival Seahawks prepare to visit CardinalsCardinals LBs Bucannon, Reddick continue to work as snaps dwindlePreparation has Cardinals QB Josh Rosen confident heading into first startCardinals offensive coodinator Mike McCoy has praised Edmonds’ pass-protection abilities with his 5-foot-9, 205-pound frame.Edmonds has rushed 10 times for 39 yards and caught all nine targets thrown his way for 39 more yards.He’s made the transition to the league easy on himself.“It was film study for me,” he said. “Really just paying attention to small little details, find ways to memorize, OK, how do I know this pressure is coming? I was always taught in college: prepare for the worst and react to the easy.“I look at a full play that I’m trying to study and let it go — so I try not to think about it. And then I rewind it. And then I’ll try to break it down, step-by-step, what I have to do, what my job is, where my eyes and O-line are on that look.”Edmonds said he’s grown immensely in how fast he’s able to process information, even comparing earlier parts of training camp with Week 1 of the regular season. 4 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Typical NFL quarterback he is, Josh Rosen is supposed to be the most confident. As a rookie now tasked with leading the Arizona Cardinals, he is not supposed to show weakness.“Fake it ’til you make it,” he’s said since being drafted No. 10 overall.Subtly, he broke that rule about carrying all the confidence in the world by complimenting rookie running back Chase Edmonds.“I think he’s smarter than all of us,” Rosen said Wednesday, speaking of his fellow Cardinals rookies. “He’s the one fixing a lot of protections.”
Go back to the e-newsletterCelebrity Cruises has just announced its latest modern luxury experiential offering: the addition of Xcelerate – cutting-edge, high-speed internet capability – across its entire fleet. Xcelerate will make it easier for guests to stay connected while on holiday, with higher-speed internet at sea that will allow for faster web browsing, accelerated page loads, and more dependable video streaming capabilities.Xcelerate provides the type of Wi-Fi access that modern luxury travellers have come to expect. With the improved capability, guests on Celebrity’s ships now will be able to access, with ease, some of their favourite technology for staying connected, such as Facebook, FaceTime, Skype, YouTube, Netflix and more, with ease.“Xcelerate is going to give our digitally connected guests a new opportunity to share their amazing travel experiences with the world in real time, whether docked in Europe’s sought-after ports-of-call or gliding through the ocean on all of our large ships, anywhere in the world,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises CEO and President. “We know that this is what our guests expect – it’s what we expect when we travel, too – and we are thrilled to be answering that expectation with Xcelerate, which offers some of the fastest access at sea.”Xcelerate is available on Celebrity Reflection, and soon will roll out to the remainder of the premium cruise line’s large ships. (Celebrity Xpedition, the 100-guest ship sailing year-round in the Galápagos Islands, is not scheduled to receive Xcelerate.)Xcelerate is yet another incentive for travellers to take advantage of Celebrity’s signature ‘Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!‘ offer, which includes the opportunity to enjoy free unlimited streaming internet onboard. Guests who book an oceanview or higher stateroom and ‘Go Big’ can enjoy a free perk from the choice of Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet packages, gratuities or US$150 (per first two passengers) to spend onboard. Passengers can even choose to upgrade and ‘Go Better’ to get their choice of two perks, or ‘Go Best’ and get all four perks, plus a Premium beverage package upgrade. Most of Celebrity’s 2017-18 sailings are eligible for ‘Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!’.New bookings in Oceanview staterooms and above made by 1 May 2016 will also receive a free upgrade from Celebrity’s standard Go Big price tier (that makes you eligible for one complimentary onboard extra) to the superior Go Better package that gives guests a choice of two complimentary extras on their cruise. New Suite Class bookings will receive all four extras for free.Celebrity offers numerous Xcelerate packages, all of which can be pre-booked before departure or purchased onboard for the same rate. Xcelerate’s streaming features are well-suited to the unlimited package, which starts at US$140 per person for five to nine days and US$199 per person for 10 plus days.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterHyatt Hotels Corporation has announced two new hotel developments in Los Cabos and Mexico City under the Park Hyatt brand. These two properties mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza.“We are excited to announce the introduction of the Park Hyatt brand in Mexico,” said Pat McCudden, senior vice president of capital strategy, real estate and development for Hyatt. “Park Hyatt hotels and resorts are masters of detail, and we expect Park Hyatt Los Cabos and Park Hyatt Mexico City will deliver understated elegance and intuitive refinement for guests with an appreciation for world-class architecture, design and cuisine.”Park Hyatt Los Cabos will be located in a 10-hectare site within Cabo del Sol, a golf resort community that stretches along three kilometres of beach in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 162 guestrooms and 28 Park Hyatt Residences.Park Hyatt Mexico City will be developed through a joint venture agreement with Grupo Sordo Madaleno, and will be part of a mixed use development in the heart of the Polanco neighborhood. Featuring 155 guestrooms and 23-unit Park Hyatt Residences, the hotel is expected to open in early 2021 and will be located on the upscale Campos Eliseos Street overlooking the iconic Chapultepec Park. Many of Mexico City’s most important cultural and entertainment attractions will be within a short distance from the hotel.Go back to the e-newsletter
Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has said it hopes to secure new flights to Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia.Tony Hallwood, the airport’s commercial director, will be attending this week’s Routes Europe 2009 conference in Prague in order for LBIA to gain new European routes.More than 650 delegates will attend the event, including as many as 75 airlines and up to 200 airports.Mr Hallwood said that he was confident the LBIA would be in a position to announce the launch of new routes later this year.”With strong support from the business community across the Yorkshire region, we are already stimulating significant interest in what Leeds, Bradford and the wider Yorkshire region can offer to a range of European airlines,” he commented.Mr Hallwood will meet with a number of cheap flights carriers and scheduled service airlines in the hope that they will be encouraged to launch new business and leisure flights from LBIA.Pakistan International Airlines recently increased its number of flights to Islamabad from the airport from two to three times a week.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLeeds Bradford nominated for ‘Best Airport’ awardLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has been nominated for a prestigious travel industry award.Extra weekly flight to Islamabad from Leeds Bradford to be introducedPakistan International Airlines will increase its number of flights to Islamabad from Leeds Bradford International Airport.Rhodes flights added at Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Rhodes have been announced by low-cost airline Jet2.
Block Island / Facebook Of course, much of the hotel’s original charm has remained intact, such as the breathtaking water views and sweeping front porch. Have you visited Block Island before? If so, we’d love to hear all about your stay! For more information, you can visit the official website by clicking here.Address: 32 Dodge Street, New Shoreham, RI, 02807 Block Island / Facebook The boutique hotel company Lark Hotels has completely renovated the Surf Hotel into a chic and romantic coastal accommodation. The renovation includes 31 beautiful rooms, a waterfront patio, new restaurant, and a coffee bar.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWith lush-green mountains towering over 13,000 feet and a sub-tropical climate weather, Taiwan offers a variety of incredible natural resources. Recently named by Lonely Planet as one of the “Top 10 Best Countries to Visit in 2012,” the island is progressively transforming itself into a “Nature Wonderland” for international travelers to enjoy. In March, Taiwan will host two popular green events; the International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12, and Yilan Green Exposition in Yilan from March 31 – May 20, to demonstrate its commitment to eco-tourism.“Taiwan’s mission to provide green sustainable living has been recognized by our international peers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Los Angeles. “Our island is considered a ‘green trendsetter’ because of our continuous effort to develop impactful events focusing on green living. To us, this style of living is the only way to preserve Taiwan’s natural treasures, and a healthy sustainable environment for our people and travelers.”The Taiwan International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12 is considered the most popular horticultural event for the past 10 years because the county has consistently produced 40% of all orchids grown in Taiwan. Tainan’s rich botanical resources for cultivating orchids has secured the island as the world’s largest orchid exporter, and recognized by orchid collectors worldwide as the “Orchid Kingdom.” And with an expected attendance of over 3,000 international floral exporters and buyers at the show, the “Orchid Kingdom” plans to unveil its newly developed breeds – Phalaenopsis and Oncidium (Dancing Lady Orchid) – for the world to admire.In continuation of its commitment to green living, the island is hosting the 13th annual Yilan Green Expo from March 31 – May 20. Lasting two months, the popular expo plans to incorporate the “Organic” concept into three key exhibit areas – Garden, Food & Lifestyle and Farm.In the Garden area, visitors will learn the importance of how and which of the Five Chinese natural elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth – define their personality. Then, the fun will begin when they let their defined personalities guide them to experience and enjoy a variety of food, music and gardening throughout the expo.For the interactive visitors, the Food & Lifestyle area will provide demonstrations on how to save food during the cooking process. In addition, visitors can roll-up their sleeves to learn how to grow an organic family garden through recycling kitchen waste.As for visitors interested in learning about how the traditional Taiwanese farmers lived, enjoyed and maintained a true healthy sustainable green lifestyle, the Farm area will include a traditional farmstead mansion, a terraced field and a rice paddy field specifically designed and built for the expo to educate local and international visitors on the various aspects of farm life.www.go2taiwan.net
Boulder, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineInnovative jewelry designer Todd Reed invites you to witness the process of creation at his brand new studio cum showroom, opening in early December at the east end of Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Famed for questioning traditional conventions of beauty, Reed uses recycled gold and raw, uncut diamonds to deliver stunningly unique pieces of fine art jewelry.His new luxury studio space, minimalist modern in design and over 5,000 square feet in size, boasts a public showroom, a jeweler workspace behind a wall of water and a lounge. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed as if you were entering a friend’s perfectly appointed home—with warmth and refreshments. A collection of high-karat gold pieces will be on display, and if you’re interested in looking at the more expensive items, you’ll be able to do so in the comfort of a private viewing area.Self-trained metalsmith Todd Reed founded his company in 1992 and remains involved in all steps of the design and production process. He stays true to his values by using recycled materials, sourcing high-quality gems from reputable distributors, handcrafting all jewelry 100 percent on-site and designing pieces that challenge traditional perceptions of beauty.Now, by opening his studio to the public, he plans to share his design vision and philosophy with visitors and the local Boulder community alike. Reed will be available on-site to work with customers, whether you’ve got your eye on a ready-made piece or prefer to have one personally customized.The recipient of jewelry design awards from the American Gem Trade Association, Veranda magazine, Town & Country and others, Todd Reed jewelry is considered more art than accessory, an expression of individuality and true beauty. Reed says, “My work continues to grow as I grow, and I am still inspired by most everything. Beauty and nature are endless inspiration.” Now you can watch the celebrated atelier in action and be inspired to add one (or more) of Reed’s wearable, literally one-of-a-kind works of art to your personal collection.www.toddreed.com
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2018 6:17 am PDT FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Shakira performs at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Spanish prosecutors charged the Colombian singer with tax evasion on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira MADRID — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.The charges Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.Prosecutors in Barcelona say her travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.The Colombian singer officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015.A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial.Shakira’s representatives said they had no immediate comment.The Associated Press
ELLENVILLE, N.Y. — A fire at a used car dealership in upstate New York has totally destroyed the set for a new HBO miniseries starring Mark Ruffalo and Rosie O’Donnell.The upcoming series “I Know This Much is True” had been filming at the Ellenville dealership and in nearby Poughkeepsie and Ulster for about a month before the fire broke out early Thursday morning.Chris Busby, the general manager of 613 Automotive Group, told the Poughkeepsie Journal it was a “huge loss” for both the dealership and HBO. He said there were no injuries, but about a dozen vehicles HBO was using to film at the site were destroyed.The series is based on 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb and follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers portrayed by Ruffalo.___Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.comThe Associated Press Upstate NY dealership fire destroys HBO miniseries set by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 6:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2019 12:06 am PDT IN THE NEWS: U.S. BORDER PATROL CALLS ANTI-MIGRANT POSTS “INAPPROPRIATE”CLINT, Texas (AP) — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol says any employee who has violated agency standards about what they can and can’t say online will held accountable for their posts. The statement comes as ProPublica came out with a report yesterday about what has been posted in a closed Facebook group for agents and employees. The posts featured sexism and comments that betrayed indifference to migrants who have tried trying to get into the U.S. from Mexico. There were also doctored images of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a Democrat. The Border Patrol chief says such posts _ even if made in a private online group _ are “completely inappropriate.”IN THE NEWS: GEORGIA AGENCY SHUT DOWN SOME COURT websiteS AFTER CYBERATTACKATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state agency is the latest government entity to fall victim to a cyberattack. The Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts says it had to shut down some of its websites because of the electronic incursion. It is unclear how many Georgia courts are affected _ or to what degree their operations are impaired. News outlets report the hackers infected the agency’s computers with malware _ and demanded a ransom to release the computers from the grip of the attack. For now, an agency spokesman says officials have “quarantined our servers and shut off our network to the outside.” The agency’s website was offline yesterday.ON THE WEB: HOLIDAY AIR TRAVEL ADVISORYCYBERSPACE (AP) — Worried about facing huge crowds if you’re travelling by air for the Fourth of July? The TSA says you shouldn’t be. The head of the agency says travellers should see only a slight boost in checkpoint wait times over the four-day holiday weekend. And the TSA says that prediction takes into account the diversion of about 350 workers to the U.S.-Mexico border. Some of those being redeployed to the border are screeners. But TSA chair David Pekoske says the border deployment has not had a measurable impact on airport wait times so far. TSA expects to screen about 12.1 million people between Wednesday and Sunday for the July 4 holiday period.___Online:TSA site: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG16531.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> AM Prep-Cyber Corner
State Rep. Jason Sheppard this week introduced legislation to increase the fines for drivers who text while driving.Sheppard’s plan increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500.“When we get behind the wheel, we are responsible for our actions,” Sheppard said. “It’s my belief if drivers face higher fines for texting and driving, they may think twice before texting so they keep their focus where it should be – on the road.”Sheppard noted the recent case of a distracted driver involved in a crash on U.S. 23 in Monroe County, killing a mother and her daughter. The driver was charged with one count of reckless driving causing death.“Statistics are telling us that more people are not driving responsibly. If you’re the driver, set a good example by making the best choice for you and everyone on the road by putting the phone down and being responsible,” Sheppard said. “No text message is worth someone’s life.”The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.House Bill 4199 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.### Categories: News,Sheppard News 15Feb Rep. Sheppard’s plan increases penalties for texting while driving
Share180TweetShareEmail180 Shares November 9, 2014; Eagle-TribuneNPQ has written repeatedly about the proliferation of fundraising scams that use veterans or first responders as bait. These programs deplorably exploit not only the veterans but the public with some of the most outrageous preying on older and more vulnerable givers.Today, on Veterans Day, you will undoubtedly read many heartwarming stories about the efforts of local nonprofits reaching out to veterans—not just the post-9/11 veterans that have captured the attention of the American public in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but older veterans as well. In Lawrence, Massachusetts, for example, the New England Veterans Liberty House is helping 91-year-old Herman Bazin, a veteran of the Normandy invasion, with home repairs delivered by volunteers and with services through Meals on Wheels and the Veterans Administration. A little disconcerting is information from the organization’s 2013 Form 990 indicating that NEVLH hired a firm called All Pro Productions to conduct telephone-based fundraising. The firm raised $301,600 in gross receipts, retained $244,093 as the fundraiser’s fee (80.9 percent), and delivered $57,507 to the nonprofit, and NEVLH’s 990 reports spending $8,618 on “veterans assistance.”All Pro’s keeping more than four of every five dollars raised for the veterans nonprofit is a bit worse than what was revealed in 2013 in a report of the Massachusetts Attorney General on telemarketing, in which the firm raised money for the Ware Police Union, keeping more than two-thirds, and the Lunenberg Police Relief Association, retaining more than 70 percent as its fee. Apparently, All Pro Productions, founded by former New England Patriots lineman Fred Smerlas in 1995, has encountered criticism before for its telemarketing tactics, including one report in which All Pro’s telemarketers allegedly identified themselves as firefighters in their fundraising campaign for Professional Firefighters of Hudson Local 3154. An All Pro telemarketing campaign for the Ipswich firefighters union apparently also delivered only about 30 cents on the dollar to the union.On Veterans Day, we’re concerned about fundraising for veterans nonprofits of all kinds, small like NEVLH and large too. According to the Massachusetts AG’s report, All Pro Productions raised $955,198 for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, but kept around 76 percent and delivered 26 percent to NEPV. PVA isn’t unhappy with All Pro Productions, indicating that it calls on All Pro year-round rather than for one-time telemarketing extravaganzas. It may be that for the New England Veterans Liberty House, turning to All Pro Productions for its fundraising in 2013 was worth the cost, as 2013 appears to have been the nonprofit’s first full year of operations. Perhaps NEVLH anticipates that with the fundraising grounding of year one, All Pro’s efforts in 2014 will prove more lucrative and the nonprofit will be able to keep a much larger share of the total. Or, as with the scandalous telemarketing numbers generated for Viet Now that led to a Supreme Court ruling, NEVLH justifies its low take from the telemarketing as more than fundraising, as education for the public about the needs of veterans in the Lawrence area.There are probably plenty of explanations that might be ginned up by All Pro Productions and others to explain and justify NEVLH’s take of less than 20 cents on each dollar raised from donors. Somehow, when fundraising for veterans on Veterans Day, those explanations don’t seem particularly persuasive—even if NEVLH volunteers are helping WWII vet Herman Bazin with needed home repairs.—Rick CohenShare180TweetShareEmail180 Shares