Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Touch Football ACT Super League finals. Men’sBelconnen Phoenix 10 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 3Women’s Tuggeranong Vikings 12 defeated Belconnen Phoenix 7Stay tuned to www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus for all of the highlights from the finals. Related LinksACT Super League
Ben G. Robinson/FacebookCharleston Southern’s football program has a ton of players suspended.Charleston Southern appears to have 30-plus players suspended for spending money on school supplies that was given to them to buy books – and only books.Ben Robinson, a CSU running back, posted this on Facebook, saying he and some of his teammates used leftover money to buy things like pencils, binders and electronics.From Charleston Southern running back Ben Robinson’s Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/mXpov7b4ec— Ariya Massoudi (@AriyaMassoudi) September 9, 2016The NCAA rulebook states that schools can give money to players for books, but only for the exact amount needed.Other CSU players posted messages, too.Frank Cirone, a CSU offensive lineman, says he and the rest of the offensive line have been suspended. He says everyone will have to pay back the money they spent on non-book items.Wow. Per Charleston Southern Offensive Lineman Frank Cirone, the entire offensive line is suspended vs. FSU. pic.twitter.com/g6uCqfFRR0— Ariya Massoudi (@AriyaMassoudi) September 9, 2016And here’s one from a CSU wide receiver.More insight from Charleston Southern Wide Receiver Colton Korn’s Facebook post. pic.twitter.com/CGn1Jo7NER— Ariya Massoudi (@AriyaMassoudi) September 9, 2016Many are now blasting the school (for not making the players aware of the rule) and the NCAA (for the rule itself) on Twitter.This is upsetting on many levels. https://t.co/Tf5RGxj2YU— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) September 9, 2016Maybe if books weren’t marked up 1000000% they wouldn’t need all that “book money” anyway! Sorry I’m still bitter from college. ?— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) September 9, 20161 book was so expensive I went to prof/asked if it was possible to pass w/o book. Said yes but highest was C. Took my C & kept it movin. ??— Sam Steele Ponder (@sam_ponder) September 9, 2016If true, NCAA should quickly and publicly state no suspensions are warranted in this case, ending this nonsense. https://t.co/dAI8idM3oL— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) September 9, 2016Charleston Southern has not yet decided when all of the players will be sitting, but it won’t be all at once. They’re set to play No. 3 Florida State tomorrow.Still up for decision who will be suspended and when. Coach will sit vs. Albany State. Assistant will sit this weekend vs. FSU (more…)— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) September 9, 2016It is not determined whether some suspensions for kids will be served this weekend or vs. Monmouth September 24th.— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) September 9, 2016So there you have it. It’ll be interesting who sits and who plays this weekend. Either way, CSU will be depleted. Was already missing…— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) September 9, 2016…top 2 QB’s, running back, and kick returner. This isn’t going to make that situation better.— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) September 9, 2016Charleston Southern and Florida State are set to kick off 12:30 p.m. E.T. tomorrow.
The Football Association (FA) has charged Huddersfield Town with misconduct after the club wore a fake kit as part of a marketing stunt in pre-season.Huddersfield created a social media storm when they released the design for a new home shirt sporting a giant sash emblazoned with the name of betting agency Paddy Power.The Championship club confirmed the controversial strip to be a hoax after donning it in a pre-season match against Rochdale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Paddy Power said in a statement at the time: “Shirt sponsorship in football has gone too far.“We accept that there is a role for sponsors around football, but the shirt should be sacred.“So we are calling on other sponsors to join the ‘Save Our Shirt’ campaign, and give something back to the fans. As a sponsor, we know our place, and it’s not on your shirt.”Huddersfield director Sean Jarvis added: “It’s been an interesting 48 hours since we revealed the fake kit. We’ve come under a lot of criticism, but I’m delighted now we’ve revealed the real kit.”I have to thank a number of people, including Paddy Power to help make it possible. We’re looking forward to getting the kit on sale.”When I first saw it, it was a bit weird because you’re used to seeing sponsors on kits. But our fan-base love it, and for me that’s what it’s all about. We take pride in the kit and the blue and white stripes that we wear – it looks fantastic.”Now we’ve got a kit everyone’s proud of people are talking about Huddersfield Town. Maybe initially for the wrong reasons but now for the right reasons.”We’ve certainly caused a stir with it, I think people are looking at it and taking note. We love the ‘Save our Shirts’ campaign and we’re looking forward to the next 12 months.”While that stance has been applauded by some, authorities in English football have taken a dim view of the Terrier’s actions.An FA statement read: “Huddersfield Town FC has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Kit and Advertising Regulations.”It is alleged that playing kit worn by its first team during a pre-season friendly against Rochdale AFC on 17 July 2019 was in breach of FA Regulation C.2(i).”The club has until 16 August 2019 to provide a response.”The Paddy Power logo on the shirt worn against Rochdale appeared to exceed the maximum coverage permitted by the FA.Huddersfield later released their real home kit, which does not feature a sponsor’s logo.Jan Siewert’s side were relegated from the Premier League last season and lost their Championship opener at home Derby County on Monday.
The Government is implementing a street light energy saving initiative, with the commencement of a pilot project, to be undertaken in three parishes over the next six months. The initiative, being jointly implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, and United States-based technology and engineering solutions firm, Green Energy RG LLC, is aimed at significantly reducing the cost to the budget to maintain the country’s approximately 93,000 street lights, which totals upwards of $2 billion per annum. Project activities got underway in Osbourne Store, Clarendon, on Tuesday (January 8), with the installation of the first set of solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) fixtures in that community. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, whose Ministry has portfolio responsibility for street lights, and Green RG Principals, Managing Director, Alfred Hyre, and President of Green RG Caribbean Limited, Jonathan Burke, were among the officials on hand to witness the installations. [RELATED: Cabinet Approves Measures to Reduce Street Light Bill] Addressing the launch of the project, Mr. Arscott announced that the pilot phase will see some 5,000 LED panels being installed in Clarendon as well as sections of St. Catherine and Kingston and St. Andrew. Additionally, he said the phase will also see the Ministry’s offices at Hagley Park Road in Kingston, being retrofitted with energy saving solutions. “Today, we are going to put up 10 of these lights (in Osbourne Store) and we hope to be able to proceed to install lights all over Clarendon and then into other parts of Jamaica. We hope that we will be able to complete the programme…by midyear, and then we can evaluate the results and determine where we go from there,” he said. For his part, Mr. Hyre said his company is “very excited’ to be partnering with the Ministry to implement the project. “We are very excited about this technology. It’s proven technology that I think is going to do everything and more than everyone expects it to do,” he said. The installation of the LED fixtures, which is being done at no cost to the government, is being facilitated by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and Green Energy RG, which was signed in 2011. The MoU made provisions for the testing and implementation of alternative energy technology solutions for local government facilities, and comes in the wake of a recently completed energy audit of the Ministry’s offices as well as public spaces under its purview. Cabinet recently approved measures aimed reducing electricity costs to the State for the island’s street lights. These include: the introduction of policy standards on the type and characteristics of street lights, to enable the use of the most energy and cost efficient units. Implementation of this policy will be underpinned by the requisite regulations, which are expected to yield significant savings. Additionally, Cabinet also gave authorization for the exploration of what it deemed feasible options for the introduction of LED street lights on a wide scale islandwide.
In a show of support for Nova Scotia’s troops in Afghanistan, Premier Rodney MacDonald presented Rear Admiral Dean McFadden, commander of Joint Atlantic Task Force and Maritime Forces Atlantic, with tokens of thanks for the troops. The presentation followed a cabinet briefing, today, Aug. 30, on the Afghanistan situation. The rear admiral was joined by Brig.-Gen. Richard Parsons, commander, land forces Atlantic area, and Col. Douglas Neill, commander Maritime air component (Atlantic). The premier praised Nova Scotia’s longstanding positive relationship with the Canadian Forces, the military’s positive contribution to Nova Scotia’s society and economy, and then moved to talk about the Nova Scotians currently deployed in Afghanistan. “We want to tell the troops in Afghanistan that we are proud of them, and wish them success in their mission and a safe return to their homes in Nova Scotia,” said Premier MacDonald. The premier’s concern for the troops’ welfare and communicating this message was clearly the purpose of the meeting. “Our hearts go out to the brave Nova Scotians entwined in this conflict,” said the premier. The gift packages, wrapped in Nova Scotia tartan, contain several small Nova Scotia-related items. As a constant reminder to the troops each package contains a camouflage-green T-shirt with words and flag identifying the wearer as a Nova Scotian.
TORONTO – The country’s chief public health officer is urging her fellow doctors to answer questions from concerned parents about vaccinating their children to head off the spread of measles.Dr. Theresa Tam says that some parents have come to fear the prevention of measles more than the disease itself, citing seeds of doubt planted by “misleading, or worse, entirely false information” online.In a lengthy statement Tuesday, Tam says health care providers on the front lines of the battle between truth and misinformation need to help parents navigate fact from fiction.So far, 17 cases of measles have been identified in Metro Vancouver and linked to French schools in an outbreak that started three weeks ago.Wrapped up in the outbreak is an anti-vaccination movement with proponents known as anti-vaxxers, who argue the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine causes autism even in the face of science that has debunked the claim.Last week, Health Canada issued an advisory warning about “false claims” around homeopathic remedies, known as nosodes, as an alternative to vaccines.Tam says she plans to work with partners and stakeholders to address misinformation around vaccines, adding children’s health is a shared priority.“How we talk to parents who have questions about vaccines can have a direct effect on improving their confidence and supporting them in getting their children vaccinated,” Tam says in her statement.“I urge my fellow health care provider colleagues to take the time to answer the questions of concerned parents, and in turn, I urge parents and guardians to ask questions and seek out trusted and reliable sources of information to help guide them.”The public health agency’s most recent vaccination report says that the incidence of measles has almost reached zero as a result of the measles vaccine.As of 2015, the most recent figures available, the health agency says about 89 per cent of Canadian children received the recommended dose of the measles vaccine by age two, and 86 per cent had received the recommended dose by age seven.However, the report warned that outbreaks stemming from people bringing the disease into the country continue to take place, highlighting the need to “remain vigilant until measles is eradicated worldwide.”Measles is one of the most contagious diseases and can spread to others four days before and four days after the appearance of a rash. The disease most often spreads before people even know they are sick.There is no cure for measles, but most people fully recover within two or three weeks.For children, the effects of the disease can be worse. Tam, in her statement, talks about parents who in the past few weeks have spoken of the difficult recoveries that took weeks or months, the permanent disabilities some children face and, in some cases, deaths.“I am very concerned to see vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly those as serious and highly contagious as measles, making a comeback in Canada and around the globe. From my perspective, even one child dying of measles is unacceptable,” says Tam, as a pediatric infectious disease specialist.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fire Department attended a fire on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. With a quick response, no one was injured and the fire was contained to the garage.The call was received at 1 pm by the DC Fire Department, one apparatus, three support vehicles and 9 Firefighters were dispatched to the fire that took place on the 1200 block of 117th Avenue, Fire Chief Shorty Smith shared.The fire was contained and the homeowners did have insurance, the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time and remains under investigation. As the temperatures were very cold, Chief Smith shares that fires can burn a little slower when they meet open air yet the test is keeping the fire hoses from freezing.This was a successful event as the fire was confined to the garage and no damage was done to the home.
HALIFAX — The wary skepticism that Canada’s big banks have for the cryptocurrency industry was on full display Friday when a Nova Scotia judge issued an order for the eventual disbursement of more than $30 million in bank drafts tied to the QuadrigaCX insolvency case.Lawyers for the Bank of Montreal and the court-appointed monitor overseeing the case, Ernst and Young, said the banks are uncomfortable handling money from the cryptocurrency world, saying the uncertain origin of the funds raises concerns about possible money laundering. An insider’s view of the Quadriga meltdown: ‘It’s all kind of really suspicious’ Quadriga’s late founder used to store clients’ Bitcoin passwords on paper so they wouldn’t get lost Monitor found more than $900,000 in Quadriga cryptocurrency — and then half of it disappeared At the conclusion of the hearing, Justice Michael Wood of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court issued an order that will eventually see the money deposited in a Royal Bank account, which Ernst and Young will use to pay for the ongoing court proceedings.As well, the money could also be used to partially compensate 115,000 users of the QuadrigaCX exchange who are owed $260 million following the demise of the virtual operation on Jan. 28 amid a swirl of controversy.The case attracted international headlines last month when the company revealed its CEO and sole director, Gerald Cotten of Halifax, had died suddenly on Dec. 9 while travelling in India, leaving his company without access to about $190 million in Bitcoins and other cryptocurrency.According to the CEO’s widow, Jennifer Robertson, Cotten was the only member of the QuadrigaCX team who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to access the company’s cryptocurrency reserves.
With an advocate for street children in Guatemala scheduled to go on trial today on charges of defamation, the top United Nations human rights official today voiced serious concern about the right to freedom of expression in that country.According to a statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, the proceedings against Bruce Harris appeared to be the result of an overly restrictive interpretation of the right to freedom of expression in the country. Mr. Harris is the regional director of Casa Alianza, an organization that works throughout Central America in defence of street children.The High Commissioner, joined by UN human rights experts dealing with the sale of children and the independence of the judiciary, as well as the UN’s special envoy on human rights defenders, urged Guatemala to implement international obligations to protect freedom of expression.Mrs. Robinson also indicated that she knows Mr. Harris personally, and that she has high regard for his commitment to action on behalf of children.The case against Mr. Harris was opened in 1997 following a press conference at which he named an individual allegedly involved in the trafficking of Guatemalan and Mexican babies for adoption in other countries.The individual, who at the time was married to the President of the Supreme Court, brought defamation charges against Mr. Harris. The head of Casa Alianza argued that, as the Guatemalan Constitution protected freedom of expression, a civil court should resolve the case.In 1999 the country’s Constitutional Court, however, ruled that only journalists have freedom of expression, and ordered Mr. Harris to be tried by a criminal court.
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,065.55 up 69.21 points):Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 21 cents, or 1.14 per cent, at $18.65 on 8.65 million shares. Eight institutional investors are objecting to the decision to pay co-chairman John Thornton a signing bonus pegged at $11.9 million on top of his regular compensation. The investors said they will vote against both the executive compensation resolution and the election of the compensation committee at Barrick’s annual meeting next week.Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:BNC). Drug developer. Up 3.5 cents, or 14.89 per cent, at 27 cents on 8.34 million shares. Fonds de solidarite FTQ, one of the company’s largest shareholders, has sold its entire stake in the firm. The labour-sponsored investment fund held about six million shares in Bioniche which represents about a 5.7 per cent stake in the company.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.08 per cent, at $11.81 on 6.44 million shares. The gold sector is on the mend, rising 1.42 per cent to end the day at 191.85 points after double-digit losses earlier in the week as the price of the bullion fell.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Up 39 cents, or 5.60 per cent, at $7.35 on 4.84 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.37 per cent, at $5.45 on 4.78 million shares.Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX:DNA). Down two cents, or 2.86 per cent, at 68 cents on 4.47 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (939.07 up 6.13 points):Brilliant Resources Inc. (TSXV:BLT). Mine explorer. Up a penny, or 25 per cent, at five cents on 3.66 million shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSX:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down six cents, or 5.77 per cent, at 98 cents on 3.42 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 39 cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $14.19 on 3.56 million shares. Retailer Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) has selected BlackBerry smartphones for its employees to use as their primary business device. Canadian Tire’s stock was up 19 cents, or 0.26 per cent, at $73.05 on 113,702 shares.TransForce (TSX:TFI). Transportation. Down 47 cents, or 2.35 per cent, at $19.53 on 1.24 million shares. The trucking company posted weaker results in the first quarter as energy sector revenues dropped 24 per cent and margins plummeted. Profits fell 37 per cent to $18.9 million compared with the prior year. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 5:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeacher testifies in Kescia Branche’s murder trialJune 7, 2018In “Court”Brazilian teen tattooed with ‘I’m a thief’ over bike theft accusationsJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Gang raped teen names three persons, identifies female co – worker as facilitatorFebruary 24, 2015In “Crime” (Sky News) A 17-year-old who is accused of carrying out more than 30 murders has been arrested by police in Colombia.The teenage suspect – known only by his nickname ‘Frijolito’ – was held in the city of Cali in the South American country.Police describe him as a “highly dangerous criminal” and said he was caught after a four-month manhunt.Cali Police Chief Hugo Casas said: “He is only 17 years old and has committed more than 30 homicides.“He is really a dangerous person, it was good to get him and let’s say the city is free of a person who could continue doing these deeds outside authority.”Officers claim ‘Frijolito’ – which means ‘Little Bean’ – started killing people at around the age of 12.They allege he was head of a gang of drug traffickers and assassins who ruthlessly terrorised the city in the south of the country.It is believed that Frijolito’s last criminal act was a double murder at a shopping centre.The teen is being held at a juvenile detention centre until he turns 18 when he will be moved to an adult prison.
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City of San Diego’s new water meter testing equipment Posted: April 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom April 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The City of San Diego will introduce new water meter testing equipment with a demonstration for local news media to show how it works and its various features.City staff provided a step-by-step presentation of how a water meter is tested to determine if it is working correctly.The new water meter calibration equipment is an upgrade that more accurately determines water flow and allows for adjustments for multiple meters and different sizes. The new equipment was purchased and installed following concerns by customers about water meter readings.Deputy Director of the City Utilities Department, Tom Howard, was in studio Tuesday morning to tell us more about it. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Need to knowEmployers are under pressure to devise engaging pensions communication strategies.At retirement, guidance is lacking.Employees must take responsibility for keeping informed about their retirement options. Larger employers are in the midst of re-enrolling employees into their workplace pension scheme and working hard to devise and develop communication strategies that re-engage staff in their retirement plans.Engaging staff in pensions is a daunting task for even the most proactive of employers, hence why pensions providers, industry bodies, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and employers themselves have been under increased pressure to think of innovative ways in which to engage employees since the introduction of auto-enrolment in October 2012.Ken Lawrie, head of reward for Easyjet, which won the award for Best Pensions communications at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016, says: “The root cause of employers’ difficulties [in engaging with employees about pensions] is the amount of change being introduced in such a short period of time.“[Legislative] changes are difficult to communicate and I don’t feel that there has been a lot of [TPR] guidance available [to help keep employees informed].”The disappearance of workplace financial advice funded by the commission brokers previously earned on group pensions has only exacerbated the issue. Commission was banned with effect from April 2015 under the retail distribution review (RDR).Employers have therefore been tasked with condensing legislative changes into manageable chunks of information that employees with any level of pensions nous can understand, and in a multitude of formats to optimise staff access. Targeted messages for different populations of employees are also key.Lawrie believes that graphics and bite-sized chunks of information are highly effective in engaging employees, rather than text-heavy literature, such as pension scheme annual statements.And he should know. Around 99.9% of Easyjet’s 6,500 UK staff are enrolled in the employer’s group personal pension (GPP) scheme, despite the fact that 90% of staff work in the sky and are therefore relatively difficult to communicate with. “This is why we focused on digital [strategies] first and then different messages for different groups of employees,” says Lawrie.Self-help tools available for employers to use to engage employees currently include robo-advice, animated video and pension scheme members’ guides.But Lawrie believes that support for employees approaching retirement is lacking. For example, there is a stark lack of guidance relating to the logistics surrounding flexible drawdown since the abolition of compulsory annuitisation, which took effect in April 2015.However, at-retirement guidance is equally challenging for employers to tackle because of the way in which employees can retire at different times. This has been the case since the removal of the default retirement age in 2011.Employees now have the option to remain in work for longer, which has been welcomed by staff facing a shortfall in their retirement income.But regardless of how much guidance is available, employees must take responsibility for keeping informed about their retirement options, as well as their auto-enrolment pension scheme, because they have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that they are ready and able to retire comfortably.“[Ensuring sufficient retirement income levels] can only ever be the responsibility of individual employees and employers try to facilitate that,” says Lawrie.But he calls for The Pensions Regulator to sanction less change. “The volume of change makes it difficult for employees to keep up,” he says.
3 Comments Tags Internet Services Tech Industry Share your voice Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. James Martin/CNET Twitter said Thursday it removed 4,779 accounts linked to the Iranian government and will add more data from account takedowns to a public database. That includes content from four fake accounts that Twitter removed that were tied to a Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency along with the takedowns of 130 accounts tied to Spain and Venezuela. The company released the database in October 2018, and it contains more than 30 million tweets and 1 terabyte of media.”By making this data open and accessible, we seek to empower researchers, journalists, governments, and members of the public to deepen their understanding of critical issues impacting the integrity of public conversation online, particularly around elections,” Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth said in a blog post.Roth doesn’t say in the post how the company determined that the thousands of accounts were tied to the Iranian government. CNET reached out to the Iranian government in an e-mail but didn’t receive a response. Twitter
Trying to capitalise on the lean air travel season of August and September, India’s airlines have cut prices by up to 30 percent for the months.The price reduction, which has lead to an airfare war, the Mint noted, was started by Jet Airways on Wednesday. Soon GoAir and IndiGo have matched up the price to Jet Airways’ offer.With booking period mostly confined to July 29, Jet Airways indicated the travel period could be anytime after Aug. 15. Indigo noted that the travel offer would be applicable to flights between Aug. 9 and Sept. 30.A quick search on travel portal Cleartrip revealed the cheapest fare from Bengaluru to New Delhi was priced at Rs. 2,499 on a Jet Airways flight. Indigo’s fare was Rs. 2,537 and Go Air charged Rs. 3,393, which remained the least charged by the airline.The cheapest fare for Delhi-Mumbai travel during the two-month period across all the three airlines hovered between Rs. 2,681 to Rs. 2,688. Including free meals, Jet Airways priced its tickets Rs. 80 more. Fares for the same route booked a week in advance in 2015 was charged anywhere between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000, according to the news daily.Indigo said on Thursday that the company would open fares from as cheap as Rs. 1,005 starting July 27 to July 29.International RouteJet Airways said in a note that its offer was also applicable to international routes. “Book your travel across India, to Europe, North America, Asia or the Gulf and enjoy up to 30% off on flights,” it said.It highlighted that 68 destinations, including both in India and outside, was up for grabs with this discount.A non-stop New Delhi-London route on Jet Airways was priced at Rs. 20,189, the cheapest by an Indian carrier.
The cash-starved Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) group may get interim liquidity relief from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) as the latter has proposed to pay some of its dues in partial payments. The cash is expected to enable the beleaguered IL&FS to ease the liquidity crunch faced by the company and enable it to complete projects.It is to be noted that IL&FS and its group companies have proceeded loans for key infra projects to NHAI, which are stalled due to cash shortage at the group. One of the major projects include the Rs5,000 crore worth of Zojila tunnel and Z-Morh tunnel near Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.Indian Express reported by quoting a former board member of the IL&FS group that NHAI due to the company stands at around Rs 15,000-16,000 crore. “Usually, NHAI does not make payments unless 100 percent of the work is completed,” the official further added. The English daily based on its sources reported that NHAI may provide short-term relief to the infra company by making some payments for the portion of the completed project. The payments will be made after an independent evaluation at the ground level.The government has ensured all the possible help to the newly-inducted board of the IL&FS. Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said that the centre is open to suggestions from the new management. He added that “It is not our work to stall road projects. Our work is to complete projects in time within the ambit of rules and regulations. If any company or any contractor, facing obstacles comes we will try to find out a solution.”The IL&FS has secured the construction, operation, and maintenance contract of the 14-km long two-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel with Parallel Escape (Egress) Tunnel. The ambitious project of the Narendra Modi government is planned to be built over seven years at a whopping estimated cost of Rs 4,899 Crore. PM Modi laid the foundation stone to this project in the month of May.
American Idol premiered in 2002 and it has been running (mostly) on and off since then. The show gave birth to a number of other similar shows, each with its own unique twist: The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and most recently, The Masked Singer. One of the most appealing things about these shows to the people who watch them is that they can call in and vote for the performer(s) that they like the best. Before the show, a toll-free number is assigned to each performer, and the shows’ producers tally that information to pick or help pick a winner.Tenth season American Idol tour, Scotty McCreery performing with Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart and Pia Toscano. Photo by Michael Tanne – CC BY-SA 2.0Though this type of program has been running in the United States for close to two decades now, there is a much older version of this show which has run in Europe since 1956.This is Eurovision, which began in Western Europe. In more recent years Eurovision has made headlines in the USA not only because these types of shows are more popular, but because of both national rivalries and controversial decisions on the coveted top prize.Eurovision Song Contest 1965When the show first aired, American music in the form of rock and roll was just getting popular, but a variety of acts were featured, and the people who decided the winners were men and (some) women who worked in the music industry in some way.That changed in 1997 when viewers began calling in to vote for the person they liked best. For Eurovision and other TV programs, this was a relatively new thing, but for some European countries it was “old hat” — sort of.Abba Eurovision. Photo credit OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP/Getty ImagesUntil 1989-90, Europe was truly divided in two: Western Europe aligned with the United States, and Eastern Europe, aligned with the Soviet Union (USSR). In 1977, the Soviets, seeing the popularity of Eurovision, decided to start their own show, “Intervision”, to appeal to those in the Eastern Bloc.The show was essentially like Eurovision, but with state-approved performers singing/performing state-approved songs. Lyrics and jokes belittling the state or those in power were forbidden, and any dancing had to be pretty tame – perhaps not to excite the workers too much!International Radio and Television Organisation (OIRT, Intervision) logo in 1970-1980’s.Oddly enough, in a part of the world that hadn’t held free elections for ages, Intervision allowed viewers to vote for their favorites from the first day, something Eurovision did not do for a long time. There was only one hitch…phones were a rare commodity during those days in the Eastern Bloc and USSR.So, another method for voting had to be used. Ballots mailed in would take too long, and people might lose interest. Plus, there was virtually no trust in paper ballots anywhere. Eventually, the directors of the show, along with the state power authorities (meaning utilities, not those in “power”) came up with an interesting work-around.Participation since 1977. Photo by Alex Great -CC BY-SA 3.0In the last segment of the show, and when the host told them to, people who wanted to vote for that act would run to their light switches and turn on the lights. At the power authority, consumption graphs listed by times would show increases in power use – and thereby, the winner!Read another story from us: The Touching Letters Jim Henson Wrote to his Children and Friends Before he DiedSome pop-culture historians point out that at the time, the communist version was way more democratic than that in the West, and perhaps “voting by light-switch” did work. Others point out that the show required people to sit in the dark waiting to vote for an act they may have liked better than some truly awful ones. No one is quite sure if the system worked as designed, and either way, Intervision went the way of the dodo in 1980, after only four years on the air.
Earlier this month, iqlusion, an infrastructure provider for next-generation cryptocurrency technologies, announced the release of Abscissa 0.1, a security-oriented microframework for building Rust applications. Yesterday, the team announced the release of Abscissa 0.2. Tony Arcieri, the co-founder of iqlusion, wrote in a blog post, “After releasing v0.1, we’ve spent the past few weeks further polishing it up in tandem with this blog post, and just released a follow-up v0.2.” After developing a lot of Rust applications ranging from CLI to network services and managing a lot of the same copy/paste boilerplate, iqlusion decided to create the Abscissa framework. It aims to maximize functionality while minimizing the number of dependencies. What features does Abscissa come with? Command-line option parsing Abscissa comes with simple declarative option parser, which is based on the gumdrop crate. The option parser encompasses several improvements to provide better UX and tighter integration with the other parts of the framework, for example, overriding configuration settings using command-line options. Uses component architecture It uses a component architecture for extensibility, with a minimalist implementation and still is able to offer features like calculating dependency ordering and providing hooks into the application lifecycle. Configuration Allows simple parsing of Tom’s Obvious, Minimal Language (TOML) configurations to serde-parsed configuration types that can be dynamically updated at runtime. Error handling Abscissa has a generic ‘Error’ type based on the ‘failure’ crate and a unified error-handling subsystem. Logging It uses the ‘log’ crate to provide application-level logging. Secrets management The optional ‘secrets’ module contains a ‘Secret’ type that derives serde’s Deserialize, which can be used for representing secret values parsed from configuration files or elsewhere. Terminal interactions It supports colored terminal output and is useful for Cargo-like status messages with easy-to-use macros. Read the official announcement for more details on Abscissa. You can also check out its GitHub repository. Read Next Introducing Ballista, a distributed compute platform based on Kubernetes and Rust Fastly CTO Tyler McMullen on Lucet and the future of WebAssembly and Rust [Interview] Rust 1.36.0 releases with a stabilized ‘Future’ trait, NLL for Rust 2015, and more
Tags: Avalon Waterways, Cosmos, Monograms, Promotions Posted by Share Globus opens the books on 2018 tours with EBBs, air credits << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The Globus family of brands is kicking off the launch of its 2018 product today with early booking bonuses valid for 2018 trips booked by Sept. 12. 2017.The discounts comprise a 10% saving on all Globus Europe, South America and North America product (excluding Globus Escapes), while Cosmos clients get a $50 saving on value-priced Africa and South America guided tours. There’s also a 5% discount on all Globus Africa product when booked between now and May 1, 2018.Plus when the Globus family air desk books the air with LATAM on any South America tour of five nights or longer offered by Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways, clients will receive an air credit worth up to $500, or a $200 air credit when using any other carrier.Air-inclusive bookings at Globus and sister companies Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways are up over 20% year over year.The company says it offers competitive fares with a selection of sked carriers and guaranteed pricing once under deposit, and will also handle sked changes on a travel agent’s (and their clients’) behalf. “It just makes your life so much easier,” says Stéphanie Bishop, managing director/Canada for the Globus family.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe company offers two options for flight bookings. Flex Air uses contracts with multiple air vendors and flexibility for any air changes, subject to airline-imposed fees. Flex Air is commissionable at 5% and there’s no service charge. The Instant Purchase Air option is non-commissionable and subject to a fee between $50 and $80 per person but features more affordable fares.Both fare types include airport transfers on Globus family product published/brochure dates.“We can also deal with stopover requests, upgrades, deviations and even requests outside of 330 days prior to departure,” says Bishop, adding “all in all, for ease of transaction and time efficiency, our air desk is more and more the go-to option of choice for agents.”For details see agentlingo.ca or the 2017 Agent Guide. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Travelweek Group