Woman Suffers LifeThreatening Injuries After Being Struck By Semi

first_imgThis is a developing story- Updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A woman suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a semi-truck on the Seward Highway just outside of Girdwood at mile 93 Monday night. According to Girdwood Fire Department the crash occurred around 11:19 pm prompting the closure of the highway until 3:20 am, Tuesday.Anchorage Police Department said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.last_img

The Economist Seeks Termination of Printing Agreement with Quebecor World

first_imgThe Economist is looking to terminate its contract with commercial printer Quebecor World, but says it is open to discussing how to continue the relationship, according to a statement filed jointly by the companies. Quebecor World filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.According to a court filing, The Economist wants to terminate its print agreement at the expiration of the initial term in September. The printing agreement would continue to be valid until then. The Economist argues that it is being harmed by some of the automatic legal protection that the printer has received under its bankruptcy agreeement. According to the filing, the magazine “is not seeking to enforce a monetary claim against the debtors of their estates. The Economist merely seeks to exercise its contractual right to terminate the printing agreement.” “We understand and respect the decision taken by The Economist and we will continue to provide them with the top quality product and service they expect,” Quebecor World Magazine Group president Doron Grosman said in the joint statement. “We will also work with them in the coming months to prolong and extend our mutually beneficial partnership.”A Quebecor spokesperson could not immediately be reached for further comment.In the court filing, The Economist does not say why it is seeking a termination of the printing agreement. A spokesperson for The Economist declined to comment.Quebecor World, one of the world’s largest printers, announced its bankruptcy filing in January and its entering into a $1 billion financing deal with Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to help finance the company’s operating needs. Earlier this week, the ailing printer said that, under bankruptcy protection, it would delay the release and filing of its 2007 financial statements until the end of April.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Last Day Of School Officially Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — As its meeting tonight, the Wilmington School Committee approved Thursday, June 21, 2018 as the last (180th) day of school for Wilmington Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.“It’s been a trying year with the snow, and rain & wind storms,” said Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. “We have had 7 inclement days. The first one was October 30, then three in January, and three in March.”“Even with seven inclement days, we’re still in pretty good shape,” noted Ruggiero.Ruggiero pointed out that many school districts that started school after Labor Day was running into scheduling issues, including extending the school days, losing a day during April vacation, and/or going to school on some Saturdays.The last day of school will be an early release day for all grades.As a reminder, as the School Committee previously approved in February, the first day of the 2018-2019 school year for grades 1-12 will be Tuesday, August 28, 2018.Kindergarteners will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Last Day Of School Officially AnnouncedIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Last Day Of School Officially AnnouncedIn “Education”NAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”last_img read more

Economic Output Shrinks for October amid Clamor for Rate Cut

first_imgIndia’s industrial output for October suffered a three-year low, even as inflation reduced, bringing back the clamor for a rate cut. ReutersThe industrial output unexpectedly shrunk by 4.2% year-on-year, due to a fall in manufacturing and capital goods output, states government data.Analysts point to the continuing weak growth while inflation pressure falls, and termed the drop a ‘one-off’ instance.Falling fuel and food prices have helped retail inflation drop to 4.38%; the trajectory of the retail inflation determines the RBI interest rate policy.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank would consult with the government for an appropriate time to ensure that the economy is within a medium-term inflation target of 2-6%. ReutersFebruary would see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley present his budget, where the onus on a rate cut would be further reinforced to aid economic growth and to reduce the fiscal deficit.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone becomes Indias most trusted female actor in Bollywood

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramDeepika Padukone has bagged yet another feather in her cap as she emerged as India’s most trusted female actor from Bollywood. According to TRA, when it comes to endorsements, Deepika is the most trusted female actress and the testimony of the same are the quality endorsements that the actress does.Being the most trusted female actress of Bollywood, Deepika tops yet another list which proves that the actress is surely one of the leading ladies of Bollywood.After making a strikingly impressive outing at the Met Gala 2019, Deepika dazzled at the red carpet of Cannes 2019 with a spectrum of silhouettes that got the world swooning.Deepika commands the title of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being one of the highest paid actresses.After bringing to screen the courage and valour of Rani Padmini, Deepika is also with personifying another tale of bravery and human spirit with Malti, an acid attack survivor. Drawing instances from the life of Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak is a story of the strength and integrity of a woman. Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, the film is all set to release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more

WATCH Turner Reports Initiative Has Provided Housing For More Than 500 Homeless

first_imgPhoto by Davis Land | Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.During a press conference held at City Hall, Turner specified that 548 “chronically homeless individuals” have been housed between March and August of 2017.The Mayor noted nonetheless that, according to the estimates he has received, there are still about 1,100 homeless individuals that don’t go to shelters in Houston.Turner also addressed the homelessness that could impact Houston because of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and demanded help from the federal government and the state government.“We haven’t yet seen the effect of Harvey, but if help doesn’t come from the state [of Texas] and from the feds in a much greater level than what is currently coming you are going to see it,” the mayor emphasized as he explained that many Houstonians are living in very poor conditions because of the damage sustained by their homes and they might resort to being homeless in the coming weeks and months.“The number one concern from Hurricane Harvey now is housing,” stressed Turner, while detailing he has sent a letter to state officials asking them to “advance funding” of up to $200 million while the City waits for funds coming from the federal government. Sharelast_img read more

Is dark matter made of axions

first_img Citation: Is dark matter made of axions? (2008, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-dark-axions.html Explore further Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson Aaron Chou and William Wester run their Fermilab experiment looking for axions. Photo Credit: Femilab 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.center_img Wester, a scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, worked closely with Aaron Chou, now at New York University, and a group of scientists from Fermilab and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to design an experiment to test the existence of axion-like particles within a certain range. Their results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Search for Axionlike Particles Using a Variable-Baseline Photon-Regeneration Technique.”Axions are hypothetical particles that have a small mass in the milli-electronvolt (eV) range, making them 500 million times lighter than an electron. Additionally, an axion should have no spin. “Normally,” Chou points out, “we can only detect these kinds of particles with telescopes, looking out into space. And then it is only an indirect detection.” The idea was to create conditions allowing them to detect particles in the milli-eV range during a lab experiment.“For particles that interact strongly enough for us to detect, there are constraints on where they could exist or not,” Chou continues. “For the specific region of our experiment, no one would have thought to look into it without the PVLAS experiment.”Wester explains that the PVLAS collaboration did an experiment in which a signal that could have been an axion was detected. “We wanted to see if we could get the same results,” he says. The PVLAS experimenters eventually ruled out the signal after Wester and Chou started to work with their peers on this experiment. However, there were still some innovations that encouraged the Fermilab group to move forward.“We set things up a little differently,” Wester says. He points out that the Tevatron magnets used in the Fermilab experiment were stronger and better suited for experiments in the milli-eV range than those used in previous experiments. With the magnetic field in place, a laser was aimed down the middle. A “wall” was placed in the middle of the magnetic field as well. The magnetic field would possibly change some of the photons from the laser into axions. The wall would stop the photons, but the axions would emerge on the other side. “There were four different configurations,” Wester continues. “We also had the blocking mechanism placed off to the side to change the effective length of the magnetic field. We also did it with two different polarizations, vertical and horizontal.”Wester says that, unfortunately, the experiment found “no evidence of new particles.” But, he insists, “It turns out we’re able to exclude any possible particle of this type a little more stringently. It extended the region to be excluded.”Chou thinks that maybe, with a stronger magnetic field, it might be worth re-exploring this region. “The effect we are looking for gets stronger as the magnetic field does.”Both scientists are interested in the future possibilities. “There is a proposal out there that involves putting very precisely controlled optical cavities before and after the wall, and using stronger and longer magnets,” Wester explains.Chou also points out that the data from the Fermilab experiment is still being examined. “There is speculation about particles called chameleons, which take on the properties of their environments.” These chameleon particles would have a small mass in low energy density, and large mass in environments of high energy density. “We are continuing analysis to see if maybe we can find a chameleon particle.”In the search for dark matter particles, Wester is optimistic about the role he and his colleagues are playing. “We did a serious measurement and excluded a region,” he says. “If our small experiment helps heighten awareness and leads to more experimental efforts, even using other techniques as well, it will be a huge benefit that we have done this.”Find out more about the Fermi Lab experiment by visiting gammev.fnal.gov .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the mysteries of our universe is that of dark energy and matter. Scientists all over the world are attempting to discover what particles make up dark energy and matter. “Axions are one of the particles considered for dark matter,” William Wester tells PhysOrg.com. “We were hoping to get a signal proving that they exist with this experiment.”last_img read more

A cultural bowl

first_imgFestivities are in the air, with the seventh weekend of Dilli Haat Utsav geared up. The flagship tourism promotion festival of Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, has successfully reached its 7th weekend. Dilli Haat Utsav began on 13 September and is scheduled to continue in the same spirit  31 March.Lively evenings full of fun, frolic and entertainment are being offered with an exclusive journey to cultural territories. Artists from institutions like Hindi Academy, Punjabi Academy, Sahitya Kala Parishad etc are showcasing their talent at Dilli Haats every weekend. This series of festival is marked by unique music and dance performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This weekend’s schedule focuses on artistic diversity of the country, and promises a cocktail of different and unique cultures of India. Artists from every nook and corner of the city have been invited to present their talent and captivate the audience with a joyful evening full of divergent artistic expressions.Dilli Haats are now coming out as the new cultural joints in Delhi. Festivities and celebrations rarely end here. Local as well as international tourists are offered a lively and active hangout offering window to whole of India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso new and seasoned artists have been given an organised platform to perform. Dilli Haat Utsav offers them a systematic space to gather fans and make a name for themselves. The initiative aims to strengthen options for cultural delights in the city. People are offered with an alternative arena for spending time and discovering India’s crafts, culture and cuisine.Dilli Haats offers food from diverse Indian cuisines under one roof and at economical prices. Take a nibble from Manipur, taste Punjab and head Mumbai for some Vada Pao. Dilli Haats’  huge footfall has also contributed in increasing sales of handicraft and handloom artists. Craftsmen from around the country have put up stalls to directly link with buyers and sell their product without the involvement of any middlemen.Where : Dilli Haat (INA, Pitampura, Janakpuri) When: 1 and 2 Novemberlast_img read more

Things not to eat before going to bed

first_imgOne should eat carefully to stay fit and fabulous but keeping a check on your diet before going to bed needs extra attention as some food items have the tendency to disturb your sleep if taken regularly.Chocolate: Dark chocolate is considered to be healthy for containing magnesium and antioxidants, but it also contains caffeine, which could keep you awake. So one should avoid it specially during night time as it may create hindrance in your sound sleep. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNut Butter: Nut butter is a healthy source of fat. Also, it may help in losing weight but fats digest slow and may remain present in your stomach all night if consumed in large quantities, hence, may lead to disturbed sleep. So keep high fat foods like (nuts, cheese, cream sauces) relatively low at night.Chilies and spicy foods: Chilies are healthy if made with the right mix of ingredients, but they are spicy, and may end up causing heartburn, if consumed late in the night and may result in killing your sleep. Heavily spiced foods should be avoided at night because if your sleep is disturbed, your health will deteriorate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGreasy or fat-filled foods: Greasy, heavy, fatty foods would make your stomach overwork throughout night, resulting in disturbed sleep and making you sluggish next morning. So fast food, nuts, ice cream, or super cheesy foods should be avoided before bed. Chinese Food: This is another food item that is important to avoid during night as the MSG (Monosodium Glutamate, flavour enhancer) found in Chinese food works in a similar manner as the caffeine would do in the body, making it really difficult to fall asleep.  Milk: Though we consider milk to be a rich source of protein and calcium, it may kill your sleep if you drink it before bed because of its lactose content that can create digestive issues in many individuals. Especially if you are lactose intolerant, you should avoid it.Red meat and other non-veg items: Eating red meats and other non veg items in large amounts at night will remain in your digestive system for long time and it will make it hard for you to get sound sleep while you’re digesting. So red meat and eating a large portion of chicken or pork may affect you the worst leading to troubled sleep along with weight gain.Celery: Celery is a vegetable that acts as a diuretic in the body, which results in making you pee a lot. Hence you should avoid taking celery at night.Rice: If large amounts of rice is consumed at night, it encourages your body to store excess fat that it doesn’t need and make it harder to lose weight. It can also lead to water retention.last_img read more

Winter brunch with an Italian twist

first_imgWith the arrival of winter, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel in the national Capital is all set and delighted to welcome its guests to experience traditional Southern Italian cuisine created exclusively by Italian Chef Luigi Ferraro under the guidance of the Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi.Laying emphasis on the authenticity of hearty Italian dishes, Sorrento offers a family style Italian feast for its patrons. Alfresco seating arrangement in addition to soothing music and the goodness of Italian flavours, this feast at Sorrento will take their diners to a journey through the streets of Italy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith an exquisite arrangement of buffet and table services, the Italian brunch offers a selection of classic Italian dishes served in family style. One would notice a variety of Italian dishes ranging from Neapolitan Pizzas, homemade style Pastas, and Risottos with choice of grilled meats or seafood. An Antipasti counter offers Seasonal Grilled Vegetable Salad with Parmesan flakes. One could also find an array of an exotic cheese selection including Parmesan, Asiago, Fontal, Gorgonzola, Pecorino, Provolone, and Taleggio. Cold cuts comprising Italian cured meat sliced live-Parma ham, Coppa, Mortadella, Seafood Salad, Baked Sardines with Chili and Parmesan, Classic Caesar Salad, Sicilian Shrimp Salad, Octopus Carpaccio and lot more are some of the other lip-smacking options to go for. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCicchetti, which are basically small side dishes, also offers Bruschetta with choices of seasonal tomato, basil, Rocket salad, Roast Chicken, wild mushroom and Parmesan snow. Spiedini preparations deserve a mention too as it provides foodies with free range of Chicken, Peruvian Chili and Romesco Sauce, spicy Lamb Piccata, wild mushroom, Coriander pesto, Heirloom peppers stuffed goat cheese and Focaccia Farcita.The menu also consists of some scrumptious desserts in the Dolce Section, which include Tiramisu, Pastiera Napoletana, Cannoli, Panna cotta, Fresh Fig and Ricotta Crostata, Genoise, Zuccotto, Chocolate Praline Tart, Tarte au Citron and Gorgonzola Mascarpone delight, among others. The menu is clubbed with an extensive selection of in-house beverages as well.last_img read more

Sunwings new Cancun flights out of Kelowna start Nov 6

first_imgTags: New Routes, Sunwing Share Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has added a second weekly sun flight out of Kelowna, B.C., offering service to Cancun on Sundays from Nov. 6 to April 9. Sunwing is also bringing back its Varadero flight out of Kelowna for the 2016/17 season.“Our sunshine flights have been departing from Kelowna since 2010, and we’re delighted to be offering our customers direct access to two of our most popular vacation destinations for the first time this coming winter,” said Sunwing Vacations’ President, Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.Properties on offer include Relax Resorts, SplashWorld Resorts (with free access to an onsite or nearby waterpark) and SMILE Resorts with their Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free deals, complimentary kids clubs, teen pricing and no supplement for single parents.One of the tour operator’s exclusive Sunwing Selection resorts, Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun, offers meet and greets with Nickelodeon cartoon favourites including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. An onsite spa, varied activity program and range of land and water sports are also available.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionA week at Sensatori Azul Riviera Cancun is available from $1,275 plus $415 taxes per person based on two people sharing a Luxury Jacuzzi Ocean View Suite on an all-inclusive basis and departing from Kelowna on Nov. 6.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing’s new Cancun flights out of Kelowna start Nov. 6 Travelweek Group last_img read more

An agents survival guide for Black Friday sales strategies and opportunities

first_img Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Tags: Feature Story Kathryn Folliott << Previous PostNext Post >> Share This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — Heading into high season for winter getaways, and with spring and summer vacations on the horizon, Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions are well-timed for the travel industry. But do Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep travel agents in the loop?As the industry gears up for this year’s edition of Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) madness, a $16 billion phenomenon, we spoke to several suppliers including tour operators, hoteliers and cruise lines about their late November sales strategies, and how agents can best take advantage of all the deals out there – and minimize the chances of their clients booking the big discounts direct.In the space of just a few years, consumer awareness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the Canadian marketplace has gone from non-existent, to “it’s a U.S. thing”, to bona fide bookings motivator.And while Cyber Monday started out as the online bookend to the bricks-and-mortar retail frenzy known as Black Friday, most companies are now fully onboard both bandwagons, whether they’re storefronts or web-based.Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager/Canada for the Globus family of brands including Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways, says the company ran a sale on a limited range of product to test the waters last year and was pleasantly surprised to see how good the uptake was. The company plans to expand its Black Friday and Cyber Monday product range this year with an even more meaningful offer.Geske suggests that agents send a ‘teaser’ email to their client list with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that catch their eye. “Alert them to the fact that there will definitely be some tempting offers out there, but very time limited in nature,” says Geske.The timing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is perfect for agents, adds Jeff Element, President, The Travel Corporation (TTC) Canada. “November is an ideal month to get clients thinking about booking their summer 2018 Europe trips, while there is more availability for departures compared to after the New Year, where space starts gets more limited,” says Element.Black Friday/Cyber Monday is also “a massive sales opportunity for agents to surpass their 2017 sales target”, and earn some extra commission just in time for the holiday season, he adds.Not surprisingly, the most popular trips with preferred summer departures dates are the first to fly off the shelves. Last year TTC found that offering a shorter Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotional offer was more effective, since clients were looking for deals specifically from Friday to Monday and were most inclined to make their travel decisions and book their vacations during the four-day window. This year, however, TTC is extending its offer. “We found that clients are shopping around more since there is an increasing amount of travel deals in the Canadian marketplace … so this year our Black Friday/Cyber Monday [offer] will be a few days longer to give clients every opportunity to finalize their vacation plans and book their holidays.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesBoth Contiki and Trafalgar had Black Friday promotions last year and received a significant number of bookings, with bookings up by double-digits, says Element.Back when Black Friday was truly a one-day event, when bricks-and-mortar stores opened their doors in the wee hours of the morning to a stampede of shoppers intent on nabbing a $99 flatscreen TV, the spur-of-the-moment buying window was part of the fun.That’s still true for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But now that retailers selling truly big-ticket items, like vacations, are getting in on the game, the buying window is slowly but surely getting longer.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is now marketing ‘Cyber Week’ specials. “Last year we hosted a Mystery Deal that ran for an entire week. It exceeded all expectations and set us on an incredible track for solid bookings throughout 2017,” said Kelly Poling, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.Poling says Karisma is using the same week-long format this year, “knowing that consumers are excited by both the competitive price point and surprise and delight element.”Whether it’s for a day or a week, not only can the ‘buy, buy, buy’ frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday put clients in the mood to book, it can also motivate clients to splurge on their travel plans.Pamela Lassers, Director, Media Relations, for luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, says A&K’s Cyber Monday promotions have been very successful at encouraging aspirational travellers to book a trip not typically within their budget, just because the deals are so good. That works in A&K’s favour.Says Lassers: “We typically sell out of the destinations featured. Last year the places that sold out first were Botswana, Egypt, Jordan and Russia.Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are compelling promotions for travel advisors to forward to prospective clients interested in one of the featured destinations, Lassers adds. Sometimes, timing is everything. “They have time to think about it … and then the deadline entices them to make a commitment before they get wrapped up with preparations for Christmas and New Year’s.”Do Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions attract new customers? Katie Marshall, spokesperson for Adventure Canada, says the sales both bring in new business, and reward returning passengers. “Our experience shows a 50/50 split,” she says. Adventure Canada started its Black Friday sale a few years ago, and last year’s sale was the best yet for bookings.No matter what Adventure Canada is offering for the annual November blow-out, “we make sure to release the information to our agent network up to two weeks prior to Black Friday,” says Marshall. “We suggest to our agents to share this information on social media, storefronts, website, etc. over that period of time, in order to provide time for the consumer to mull over the investment.”Thompson Seattle’s General Manager Amanda Parsons says agent bookings account for about 25% of the hotel’s business. For Parsons, taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is about building guest loyalty: “We know that if they come once, our hope is that we will gain a fan for life. You can buy electronics and appliances on Black Friday / Cyber Monday. Why not add a really cool vacation to the mix?”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAttracting new guests also figures into the equation for The Hollywood Roosevelt, says Director of Sales, Kendall Viola, another newcomer to the Black Friday / Cyber Monday phenomenon. “The biggest shopping day of the year provides a platform for our iconic hotel to showcase its amenities and packages to a large audience, who may or may not be familiar with the urban resort.”Just how global Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become is evident from the November deals from The Peninsula Hotels, applicable not just at the company’s U.S. properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills, but also its Paris hotel as well.Cruise lines are in on the game too. The deals time well as a lead-in to the cruise industry’s Wave season specials in the new year. “Travel agents have a unique opportunity to leverage these Black Friday promotions to kick-start interest and finalize bookings as they close out the year,” says Joe Jiffo, Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises North America. MSC Cruises’ deals include discounts worth more than 50% off select sailings and the cruise line is looking to ramp up its presence in the North American market.The days leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the time for agents to gather all of the key details and begin promoting savings on their websites, e-blasts and social media, says Jiffo. “Travel agents today have the added benefit of social media to directly reach consumers to keep pace with B2C deals. Consumers looking to travel rely heavily on online platforms like social media for advice, behind-the-scenes insight and fast correspondence. Agents should continue to take advantage of this public, wide-reaching platform to be the source of news when it comes to deals so travellers are encouraged to get in touch directly to learn more.”A list of all the travel industry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be found here. The list will be updated daily leading up to Black Friday (Nov. 24) and through until Cyber Monday (Nov. 27).This is a feature story from the November 23rd, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. An agent’s survival guide for Black Friday: sales strategies and opportunities Posted by About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019last_img read more

Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media are expand

first_imgSmithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media are expanding the distribution of Smithsonian Channel in Asia-Pacific, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East and Africa.Blue Ant Media will operate the network’s HD and 4K SVOD platforms, free-to-air and pay TV linear television services and branded programming blocks in these territories.The agreement combines Smithsonian Channel’s brand and programming with Blue Ant Media’s affiliate sales, marketing and operations presence, and marks the latest partnership between the two companies.Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant have previously worked together to launch the Smithsonian Channel in Canada and on their joint venture, Love Nature 4K, which is available via linear TV and to stream in 60-plus countries.“Blue Ant Media is uniquely positioned to seamlessly facilitate Smithsonian Channel’s entry into new territories in Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Tom Hayden, president of Smithsonian Networks. “We are very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Blue Ant Media in expanding the brand’s global presence.”Blue Ant Media’s CEO, kids and global networks, Ward Platt, said: “The Smithsonian Channel is an iconic brand committed to extraordinary factual storytelling through documentaries and series covering science, nature, culture, history, air and spacecraft, stemming from the Smithsonian Institute’s impressive 130-plus year history as a cultural hub.”“Blue Ant Media has a suite of global brands, with great programming, that are rapidly growing in popularity all over the world, and a strong team on the ground in multiple territories internationally, which will see Smithsonian Channel grow its footprint even further in markets such as South East Asia, India, China, Japan, Australia, Middle East and Africa.”Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution, while Blue Ant Media is a privately held content producer, distributor and channel operator.last_img read more

A disabled artistactivists project to make visi

first_imgA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme.Liz Crow’s We Are Figures project has seen her sculpt 650 figures out of river mud, one for every UK constituency and each linked to an individual story about a victim of austerity.And on Saturday (2 May), We Are Figures was in Witney, a constituency that is not only represented by the prime minister, but was also home to Mark Wood.Wood starved to death four months after he was found fit for work, and subsequently had his out-of-work disability benefits and housing benefit removed. Among those visiting the travelling exhibition of clay figures were members of the local Green party, of which Wood had been a member.At one point, there were UKIP, Green and Labour supporters in the We Are Figures van discussing the austerity stories at the same time.Lizzy Maries, a tour guide on the We Are Figures tour, said: “There was a lot of empathy. These were real stories that have happened to real people and that resonated with a lot of people.”She said that all of the visitors to the van in Witney – including Conservative party members – were “really respectful” to the project.She said: “So far, nobody has wanted to argue with us and say, ‘It’s not true, it’s all lies,’ although a lot of people do say, ‘We need austerity.’”Maries said she believed the exhibition would make some people think again about who they vote for.But she said that We Are Figures was not just about the election. “It’s also about keeping an eye on the people around you. It’s about the society we live in. It is about us as people creating a society that supports one another.“I definitely think that for a few people it will make them think. I also hope it will make them think past the election.”Pictured: The We Are Figures van outside David Cameron’s constituency office in Witneylast_img read more

Cannabis Professionals Are Tackling the Industrys Big Issues

first_img Add to Queue Cynthia Salarizadeh 4 min read Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 The responsible professionals building the cannabis industry are not dodging the social issues inherent with the normalization of marijuana. The cannabis industry has been described as the “Wild West” but the fact is cannabis, and the products supporting its use, create opportunities for mainstream businesses in Canada and the US. Altria and Constellation Brands are two examples of the big brands jumping into cannabis with billions of dollars to spend on bringing new vaping, edible and paraphernalia products to market.While most of the news and discussion about cannabis focuses on consumables, the responsible professionals building the cannabis industry are anticipating social issues that arise with normalization and proactively developing solutions.Related: NFL Considers Options for Medical Use of MarijuanaSmoke gets in my eyes.Cannabis vaping and use of e-cigarettes are increasing and people who vape (and smoke) are getting push back from people who don’t. It ranges from being sent outside to enjoy their vape to dirty looks on the street when they exhale. At the same time, adults are allowed to choose for themselves whether to vape e-cigarettes or cannabis starting at ages 18 and 21, respectively.One company believes vaping does not have to impact the environment or other people. PHILTER™Labs, Inc is giving responsible adults the choice to vape in a traditional manner and to filter emission clouds based on a particular environment. Philter recently debuted the world’s first 4” x ½” dual-function filter developed by medical device experts with more than 20 years of experience. Philter’s first-of-a-kind technology lets responsible adults partake in universally acceptable vaping behavior.Personal rights and personal choice to vape or not to vape are essential in a polite society.Related: Harvest Buys Verano to Solidify Market Position Post-Prohibition (Whenever That Happens)Mother Nature thanks you.As a fast-growing channel for both the cannabis and nicotine markets, the vape market creates mountains of waste. From the consumer-focused packaging, to the vaporizer battery and pods, the amount of refuse generated is profound. Cannabis activist Katie Stone, says “Responsible recycling is necessary in the cannabis industry and, frankly it’s the right thing to do.”What works in other industries can be used as a blueprints for similar cannabis recycling programs. TerraCycle, known for recycling the unrecyclable, is geared to putting an end to the waste, one cartridge, vape pen, childproof bag at a time. Unfortunately, it is illegal to re-use the cannabis-holding portions of vape pens, however the materials that make up a vape pen — from plastics to electronics and batteries — can be recycled.Related: We Need to Clear the Smoke About Cannabis in the WorkplaceSexist advertising doesn’t cut it.As this newly legal industry develops, please don’t think that it will accept girls in thongs and half shirts in our advertising (as the beer industry did in the 90s ), or women in skin tight dresses at our trade shows (as auto shows still do) or women objectified in any other form.Organizations are being created daily to promote women in this industry. Kyra Reed, leader of Women Entrepreneurs in Cannabis, started a movement three years ago with the sole purpose to support women in this industry. The momentum of her #BetterTogether movement hasn’t slowed down.Related: We Have a Problem: The Cannabis Industry Is Losing Women LeadersLearning from the past.The cannabis industry has been compared to the wine/beer industry, but we’re smart enough today to learn from the past and make the future better. Cannabis and ancillary businesses are not just looking for opportunities to provide what the Wild West provided-gold and the pick and shovel, they are looking to the future to solve what happens after the entire industry regulates. Social Entrepreneurship Founder and CEO –shares Cannabis Professionals Are Tackling the Industry’s Big Issues Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 26, 2019 Next Article Subscribe Now Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: The Cannabiz Agency | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Bitcoin fever hits US real estate market

View of a beach from a condo building in Florida, where bitcoin fever has hit the real estate market © 2018 AFP As of the end of last year, the digital currency was listed as a way to pay for some 75 properties for sale, especially in south Florida and California, according to the real estate firm Redfin.”Bitcoin accepted” is a message now seen in the description of homes for sale in the Miami area.One seller is going even farther, saying he will take only bitcoin (33 of them to be exact) for his half-million-dollar downtown condo in the Florida metropolis.Bitcoin has been on a roller coaster ride of late, shooting up to nearly $20,000 a piece in mid-December and then dropping sharply around Christmas. It started the year at around $14,000.Its use in real estate transactions is novel, and agents are wary because of its high volatility.”I’d be blown away if a year from now we see hundreds of real estate transactions in bitcoins,” said Jay Parker, Florida CEO for the Douglas Elliman brokerage agency.Still, such transactions can be useful for foreigners who want to invest in the United States and cannot otherwise do so, said economist and bitcoin expert Charles Evans of Barry University. “This seems to be driven by international investors who are circumventing inefficient banking and currency controls at home, and by US cryptocurrency enthusiasts,” Evans told AFP.”The governments in those countries restrict the amount of money that their residents are allowed to transfer abroad through the banking system. Bitcoin enables individuals there to bypass such restrictions,” he added.This could be a draw for investors, who even before the bitcoin rage were already hot on the real estate market in south Florida.Nearly half of all foreign buyers of property in south Florida are from Latin America.According to the National Association of Realtors, over the past five years, investors from Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina—in that order—have led purchases in this part of the state.Money laundering?Bitcoin offers another advantage for some foreign investors: it lets them dodge US economic sanctions.Evans cited the example of Venezuela, which imposes strict currency controls and is enduring runaway inflation that surpassed 2,600 percent in 2017.What is more, many senior officials in the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro have been hit by sanctions imposed by Washington, which considers his administration a dictatorship.Evans said there is also a lot of interest in bitcoin among Iranians, whom he described as “doubly hit” with restrictions in Iran and international sanctions.It is an open secret that money laundering fuels the real estate market in south Florida. But instead of hiding the practice, bitcoin could have the opposite effect.The crypto currency “is a terrible medium for large-scale money laundering, because all bitcoin transactions are recorded in the publicly available transaction record known at the Blockchain,” said Evans.Although bitcoin has been associated with the drug trade and cyber attacks, Blockchain “leaves a lot of fingerprints,” former Florida representative Jose Felix Diaz told Politico.”So if you’re using it for illegitimate reasons, the state and the federal government should have every tool at their disposal to go after you,” Diaz said.Last year, Diaz sponsored a bill-turned-law that includes bitcoin in Florida’s laws for fighting money laundering.Real estate agent Parker also said money laundering via bitcoin is far from posing a risk because “the beneficial owners of the real estate are always going to be able to be traced.”Parker said the fad of doing real estate deals in bitcoin could be as volatile as the currency itself.”I think it’s a gimmick. There’s not much risk. The only risk is if the currency crashes before you can liquidate it,” said Parker.”I think the people that are using bitcoins to try to market their properties are doing it with the very purpose of getting you to write about it, getting their properties exposure,” said Parker. Citation: Bitcoin fever hits US real estate market (2018, January 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-bitcoin-fever-real-estate.html Explore further Bitcoin fever has hit the US real estate market, especially that of Florida, offering foreign investors a way to dodge currency controls at home and US economic sanctions. 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. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs read more

Vietnam could give tech companies one year to obey cyberlaw

first_imgThe bill would require tech companies to store data in Vietnam, and remove ‘toxic content’ from websites and hand over user information if asked by the government to do so Explore further Vietnam rolls out web monitor to control ‘false information’ Vietnam may give internet companies like Google and Facebook one year to comply with a controversial cybersecurity law, according to a draft decree that outlines how the draconian bill could be implemented. © 2018 AFPcenter_img The cybersecurity bill, which observers say mimic China’s repressive web control tools, is set to come into effect in January despite drawing sharp criticism from the US, the EU and internet freedom advocates.The bill would require tech companies to store data in the country, and remove “toxic content” from websites and hand over user information if asked by the government to do so.Critics of the bill say it will be a chokehold on criticism in the one-party state where activists are routinely jailed and all independent media are banned.According to a draft decree on how the law may be implemented, published by the Ministry of Public Security Friday, companies offering internet services in Vietnam may be given 12 months to comply.”Enterprises… must archive data (and) set up branches or representative offices in Vietnam,” the decree said.It did not outline the punishment for failing to comply, but any country in breach of the law could be barred from offering its services in Vietnam.An enterprise can mean internet service providers, e-commerce sites, online payment firms and social networks.The draft decree added that companies must store user data in the country for at least 36 months.Personal data required to be stored includes everything from a user’s name to passport number, medical records, credit card information and biometric data.Google declined to comment Saturday, while Facebook did not immediately respond to a request from AFP.The public has two months to provide feedback on the decree, in line with Vietnamese law, though public comments have not traditionally led to dramatic alterations to proposed bills.The law was passed by Vietnam’s rubber-stamp parliament in June, part of a broader crackdown on internet freedoms that has sparked outcry from the country’s activists.This week, the government said it had set up a web monitoring unit that can scan up to 100 million items per day to sniff out “false information”. A few days later officials said 3,000 sites featuring “inappropriate content” had been blocked. With 53 million users, Facebook is by far the leading site in Vietnam, a country of 93 million.It is a crucial platform for activists—and many have been jailed based on Facebook posts—but also a leading site for business owners.Any efforts to block access to the site are likely to spark widespread opposition across the country. Citation: Vietnam could give tech companies one year to obey cyberlaw (2018, November 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-vietnam-tech-companies-year-cyberlaw.html 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.last_img read more

Building trust in artificial intelligence

first_img Citation: Building trust in artificial intelligence (2019, July 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-artificial-intelligence.html From telecommunications to road traffic, from healthcare to the workplace—digital technology is now an intrinsic part of almost every area of life. Yet how can we ensure that developments in this field, especially those that rely on artificial intelligence (AI), meet all our ethical, legal and technological concerns? In a project led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, and with the participation of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne are drawing up an inspection catalog for the certification of AI applications. They have now published a white paper presenting the philosophical, ethical, legal and technological issues involved. Artificial intelligence is changing our society, our economy and our everyday lives in fundamental ways. And in doing so, it is creating some exciting opportunities in how we live and work together. For example, it already helps doctors to better evaluate x-rays, which often leads to a more accurate diagnosis. It is the basis of chatbots that provide helpful answers to people looking for advice on, for example, insurance. And, before too long, it will be enabling cars to become more and more autonomous. Current forecasts indicate that the number of AI applications is set to increase exponentially over the coming years. McKinsey, for example, projects additional global growth from AI of up to 13 billion U.S. dollars by 2030.At the same time, it is clear that we need to ensure that our use of AI and the opportunities it brings remains in harmony with the views and values of our society. Acting under the aegis of Kompetenzplattform KI.NRW, an AI competence platform in the state of the North Rhine-Westphalia, an interdisciplinary team has come together to develop a certification process for AI applications to be carried out by accredited examiners. This will confirm compliance with a certified quality standard that, in turn, will enable technology companies to verifiably design AI applications that are technically reliable and ethically acceptable.”The purpose of the certification is to help establish quality standards for AI made in Europe, to ensure a responsible approach to this technology and to promote fair competition between the various players,” says Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, director of Fraunhofer IAIS and professor of computer science at the University of Bonn.Focusing on the human aspectArtificial intelligence has the potential to enlarge our capabilities and provide us with new knowledge. However, once we begin to base our decisions on machine learning that is either fully or partially automated, we will face a host of new challenges. The technical feasibility of such applications is a one consideration. First and foremost, however, we must resolve the basic philosophical, ethical and legal issues. To ensure that the needs of people are firmly embedded at the center of development of this technology, close dialog between the fields of information technology, philosophy and law is necessary. The team of experts has now published a white paper in which they detail their interdisciplinary approach to the certification process. For example, they explain the ethical principles involved. “Anyone using AI should be able to act properly in accordance with their moral convictions, and nobody should be curtailed in their rights, freedom or autonomy,” says Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel, professor of philosophy at the University of Bonn. Legal questions have also been addressed. “For example, we need to determine how AI applications can be made to conform to the basic values and principles of a state governed by the rule of law and subject to the principles of freedom,” explains Prof. Frauke Rostalski, professor of law at the University of Cologne.Priorities for building trust in the use of AIThis interdisciplinary approach has identified a number of ethical, legal and technological issues of relevance to the use of AI. These are all examined in the white paper. The criteria employed in a certification process should include fairness, transparency, autonomy, control, data protection, safety, security and reliability. Recommendations of the EU thus also serve as orientation for the KI.NRW certification project.The certification process will revolve around questions such as: Does the AI application respect the laws and values of society? Does the user retain full and effective autonomy over the application? Does the application treat all participants in a fair manner? Does the application function and make decisions in a way that are transparent and comprehensible? Is the application reliable and robust? Is it secure against attacks, accidents and errors? Does the application protect the private realm and other sensitive information?Building in checks and controls at the design stageAccording to the white paper, it must be determined during the initial design process whether the application is ethically and legally permissible—and if so, which checks and controls must be formulated to govern this process. One necessary criterion is to ensure that use of the application does not compromise anyone using it in their ability to make a moral decision—as if the option existed to decline the use of AI—and that their rights and freedoms are not curtailed in any way.Transparency is another important criterion: the experts emphasize that information on correct use of the application should be readily available, and the results determined through the use of AI in the application must be fully interpretable, traceable and reproducible by the user. Conflicting interests, such as transparency and the nondisclosure of trade secrets, must be balanced against one another.The plan is to publish an initial version of the inspection catalog by the beginning of 2020 and then begin with the certification of AI applications. This project also involves the participation of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), which has extensive experience in the development of secure IT standards. This know-how will feed into the certification process. Finally, given that AI is constantly evolving, the inspection catalog itself will be a “living document” in need of continual updating. More information: White paper: www.iais.fraunhofer.de/ki-zertifizierungCompetence platform KI.NRW: www.ki.nrwAI certification project: www.iais.fraunhofer.de/ki-zertifizierung Explore furthercenter_img Provided by University of Bonn Credit: CC0 Public Domain Artificial intelligence in Australia needs to get ethical, so we have a plan 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.last_img read more

Womens panel files case against Devikulam MLA for remarks against IAS officer

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL environmental issues COMMENT crime against women crime, law and justice SHARE The CPI(M) MLA was making disparaging comments against the officer for her attempt to stop an allegedly illegal construction in ecologically sensitive Munnar The Kerala Women’s Commission on Monday registered a case against CPI(M) legislator S Rajendran for his remarks against Devikulam Sub-Collector Renu Raj.The Devikulam lawmaker had made the remark on February 8 after the young IAS officer tried to stop the unauthorised construction of a shopping complex in the tourist town of Munnar in Idukki district.Commission sources said the case was registered on the basis of media reports about the MLA’s purported remarks against the official.Television channels had aired visuals showing the legislator making the disparaging comments that the sub-collector lacked brains, had no powers to intervene in the construction as building rules comes under the panchayat.“She doesn’t have brains. She studied only to become a collector. Such people will have only so much brains. Should she not study the sketch, plans. A collector cannot intervene in a panchayat construction,” the MLA had reportedly said on Friday after revenue officials tried to stop the construction.Illegal constructionRaj, who was appointed as the Devikulam sub-collector in November last year, on Sunday said a memo had been issued to the panchayat on February 6 to stop the illegal construction.But the work was still going on.The Kerala High Court had in a 2010 judgement said for any new construction in Munnar, a no-objection certificate had to be obtained.No NoC was obtained when the construction work of the four-storeyed shopping complex was taken up, she said. center_img Kerala February 11, 2019 civil and public service Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more