Jakarta: At least one person died and several were injured after a powerful undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s heavily populated Java island, triggering a brief tsunami warning, officials said Saturday. The 6.9 magnitude quake on Friday evening sent residents fleeing to higher ground, while many in the capital Jakarta ran into the streets. Officials from Indonesia’s national disaster agency warned the quake could generate a tsunami as high as three metres (10 feet), but it was lifted several hours later. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US On Saturday, authorities said a panicked 48-year-old woman had died of a heart attack as the strong quake rocked the region. Four more people were injured and over 1,000 evacuated to temporary shelters, said officials, including residents of neighbouring Sumatra island. More than 100 buildings were damaged, with some 34 houses destroyed, the agency added. “There was thundering noise — it sounded like a plane overhead — and I was just so scared that I ran,” said 69-year-old Isah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, at an evacuation shelter in Pandeglang at the southwest end of Java. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In December, the area was hit by a volcano-sparked tsunami that killed over 400 people. Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people, with another thousand declared missing. On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the Indian Ocean region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.
Realtors who sell Canadian resort properties say the low loonie is spurring interest from American buyers who are looking to pick up cheap vacation homes north of the border.[np_storybar title=”A look at Canadian vacation property in U.S. funds” link=””] Realtors in Canadian resort towns say the low Canadian dollar is spurring interest from American buyers who are looking to pick up cheap vacation property north of the border. Here are some listings in Canmore, Alta., and Whistler, B.C., along with the conversion to U.S. funds.Canmore: — A 1,400-square-foot unit with two bedrooms, three baths and a wraparound corner deck. $549,800. About US$379,000. — A 1,600-square-foot home with three bedrooms, three baths, a stone fireplace and south-facing windows with “stunning views.” $799,900. About US$551,389. — A 3,075-square-foot, half-duplex with three bedrooms, three baths, “soaring” vaulted ceilings and two fireplaces. About $1.2 million. About US$825,800.Whistler: — A 550-square-foot fully furnished condo with one bedroom and two baths. $425,000. About US$293,000. — A 786-square-foot condo with two bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. $715,000. About US$493,000. — A 1,660-square-foot condo with two bedrooms, two baths and a wood-burning fireplace. About $1.1 million. About US$792,720.Source: MLS listings [/np_storybar]“We’re thanking our lucky stars,” said Brad Hawker from Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty in Canmore, Alta.While the housing market in Calgary — 130 kilometres to the east –is suffering due to plummeting oil prices, that hasn’t been the case in Canmore with a less-than 70-cent Canadian dollar.In the mountain town just minutes from Banff, an 1,100-square-foot condo boasting two bedrooms, two baths and beautiful views is listed at $429,000. But when you factor in the exchange, that’s only about US$296,000.Hawker said he’s fielded a number of inquiries from both the United States and the United Kingdom. He’s also seen interest from Asia and Europe.“I don’t think it’s going to be a huge flood of people immediately but it’s started,” he said.“It takes a while. People don’t just arrive and come for a holiday and then buy something if they’ve never been here before. Usually they have to come back a second time, and that’s something I expect we’ll see over the next six to 18 months.”Hawker said tourism is booming in the area.“Business has not been this good for 25 years. It’s incredible.”Prices and demand remain high in the ski-resort town of Whistler, B.C.One property — a 3,400-square-foot luxury home with five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, cherry floors and custom totem poles — is listed for more than $4.2 million. That’s about US$2.9 million.How franchises can negotiate to make up for the low loonieWhy saving 10% of your income is no longer enough to ensure a comfortable retirementChristopher Wetaski, who is with ReMax Sea to Sky Real Estate in Whistler, says he is also seeing an increase in American clients and expects he’ll see more as people begin to realize the power of the U.S. dollar.“It just takes a little while for them to realize what the value is. When they show up in Whistler and start spending money and realize it’s a deal — if they happen to be in the market — they kind of clue in.”With the dollar close to par in the recent past, the number of Americans buying property in Whistler had been on the decline over the last five or six years — dropping to five per cent of all sales from a peak of 20 per cent.Wetaski said the strength of the U.S. dollar is likely to push prices up and flush out more inventory.And not all of the extra business will be from south of the border.“Some of our buyers are also from Hong Kong,” said Wetaski, who added they’ll be coming to Canada next month.“You get Americans, Canadians, British, French, all living in Hong Kong making American dollars, and they like to come to Whistler during Chinese New Year. They’ll probably be looking at real estate as well so that should be a good year for that.” The Canadian Press read more
A wet and windy Friday the 13th is in store for any bikers headed to Port Dover today.While the winds shouldn’t be quite as strong as they were yesterday afternoon when waves were being driven well onto the shore of Lake Erie, it’s not been a great year for biking enthusiasts to participate in the traditional event.Between 150 and 200 bikes were in town for the last Friday the 13th in March, when despite the sun, temperatures were also in the single digits with some snow still on the ground. The Friday the 13th before that was in the deep freeze of February.While the imported palm trees on the Port Dover beach are still doing their best to remind visitors of more tropical conditions today, most biking enthusiasts may just decide to leave their rides at home.The only Friday the 13th next year comes in May. read more
BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia has praised China for boosting the Balkan nation’s military with drones and other equipment amid Western fears that the arms buildup could threaten fragile peace in the region.A Defence Ministry statement issued Tuesday after a visit by a high-ranking Chinese military delegation praised Beijing for economic and military support.Serbian officials say China has agreed the sale of armed drones, marking the first export of Chinese remotely piloted aircraft to a European country.Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin says the delivery expected in the coming months “will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past.”Serbia was at war with its neighbours in the 1990s. It has already been boosting its armed forces with Russian equipment.The Associated Press read more
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General “condemns the reported attack” and “reiterates his call on the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.”“Such attacks, if deliberate, may amount to war crimes,” said the spokesman in the statement. “Those responsible for these acts must be brought to justice,” he added in the statement.The attack, which reportedly left several children dead, comes a day after Mr. Ban’s spokesperson issued a statement saying the UN chief was appalled by reports of attacks that killed students and teachers in a school complex in Haas village, Idlib governorate, Syria on 26 October. In the statement he called for immediate and impartial investigation of that and other similar attacks against civilians in Syria. read more
With nickel prices hitting new highs, Falconbridge has announced a major investment programme for its nickel installations in Northern Quebec, at the Raglan mine in Nunavik Territory. The company is launching two important studies for Raglan’s expansion. The first will focus on developing new ore reserves to replace those depleted since the mine’s opening in 1997. This investment will likely reach nearly C$240 million over six years.The second study is to support the expansion of nickel ore production from 1 Mt to 1.3 Mt/y as early as 2009. This 30% increase, requiring an additional investment of roughly C$250 million, would create 50 additional jobs and increase the value of annual royalties Falconbridge pays to local Inuit communities. On April 7, 2006, Falconbridge presented a C$9.3 million cheque to the Makivik Corp covering the payment of the first royalties as part of the Raglan Agreement.This amount is in addition to the nearly C$200 million in equipment and upgrades Falconbridge has invested at the Raglan mine in the past two years. The initial investment in the construction of Raglan was in excess of $600 million.Falconbridge also announced the start of major renovations to its Deception Bay loading dock. The C$50 million investment will extend the dock’s service life and support the production increases.“These studies will enable Raglan to expand production while maintaining the flow of benefits to local Inuit communities, and also respecting the environment”, stated Ian Pearce, Chief Operating Officer of Falconbridge. “Falconbridge has strong roots in the immense Abitib Temiscamingue region of Quebec, through its predecessor company Noranda. Over the past 75 years we have made every effort to combine economic and community benefits in all our projects, while continuously improving our environmental performance. In recent years, Quebec has demonstrated its unequivocal support for the mining sector and is today one of the world’s most attractive jurisdictions for our industry.”Inaugurated in 1997, Falconbridge’s nickel complex at Raglan comprises 3 underground mines, 1 open-pit mine, as well as a concentrator. The site enjoys year-round road connections to a landing strip at Donaldson and to harbour facilities at Deception Bay. read more
TODAY, AROUND 2,000 people congregated in Dublin city centre to protest at the treatment of debate around homophobia on RTE.This was sparked by RTE’s redaction of comments made by Rory O’Neill, also known as performer and gay activist Panti Bliss, on The Saturday Night Show on 11 January, around defining homophobia in modern Ireland. The broadcaster later issued an apology and – it emerged today in several Sunday newspapers, and RTÉ’s news bulletins themselves – paid out over €80,000 to members of the Iona Institute Catholic lobbying group.Last night, the Brendan O’Connor-hosted Saturday Night Show held a debate on homophobia but that didn’t prevent today’s protest, organised by LGBT Noise and attended by other groups and individuals who support equal rights for gay people, from going ahead.It also didn’t prevent O’Neill – in full regalia as alter-ego Panti Bliss – from making an oration last night at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on how it feels to be subject to prejudice because of one’s sexuality on a daily basis. The speech came after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre.Watch here to see why the audience at the Abbey gave Panti a standing ovation: via Rory O’Neill/YoutubeVideo made with the help of Conor Horgan, Caroline Campbell, Nicky Gogan and Ailish Bracken. With thanks to cast and crew at the Abbey Theatre.RTE removes part of Saturday Night Show over ‘legal issues’> read more
The ‘People’s Referendum’, an unofficial Border poll, held in the electoral districts of Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and Upper Creggan, Co Louth on 25th May 2013. Community group United Ireland – You Decide asked residents to have their unofficial say on the issue, pointing out that he Good Friday Agreement contains a provision for an official Border poll if “sufficient demand” for one exists. LAST SATURDAY,over 1,000 people Crossmaglen in County Armagh and the Creggan Upper district electoral area in County Louth came out to vote on the question of Irish unity.Presiding Officer Michael Halpenny a barrister formerly of SIPTU announced the result shortly after 10pm on Saturday night. There was a 42 per cent turnout with 93 per cent voting in favour of unity.Having watched individuals and families arriving with their polling cards in hand throughout the day we knew that our initiative was a victory for grassroots democracy. The first voter was at the polling at one minute past seven in the morning just as the polling stations opened. The people of our community were, for the first time in history, actually having their say on this issue.An inclusive debateUnited Ireland – You Decide was an initiative of a local community group prompted by the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and our own daily struggles with the reality of living with partition. We set out to have an inclusive debate and were happy that those who are opposed to Unity also participated in the vote. We also wanted to raise awareness of the provision for a Border Poll in the Good Friday Agreement.Under the Good Friday Agreement the British Secretary of State has the power to make an order to direct the holding of a poll on Irish unity. This is to be done where there is a ‘demonstrable demand’ for a united Ireland.This initiative was about letting the people of this border community have their say in a way that is positive, open and democratic.We had no say about the original decisionWhen the British Government partitioned Ireland the people of Crossmaglen and Creggan Upper had no say, nor did any of the people of Ireland. The arbitrary nature of this unnatural partition is highlighted by the fact on that the 1925 Boundary Commission report, proposed including the Crossmaglen district electoral area as well as much of South Armagh, south and west Fermanagh, West Tyrone and parts of Derry in the new Free State.This report was never implemented because it would have undermined the viability of the northern state.Instead, northern constituencies were gerrymandered and unionists were given extra votes on the basis of property ownership — all in an effort to suppress the significant nationalist population.This process saw communities divided and towns and villages such as our own allocated arbitrarily to either side of the border. This is why we argue so strongly that now — more than 90 years later — it is time to listen to the people. It is time we had our say.The unionist community must be at the centre of the debateThis is an issue that all political parties — north and south — must engage with. South Armagh was the birthplace of Frank Aiken one of the founding members of Fianna Fáil and the area elected Michael Collins as MP in 1921.Those parties who have walked away from us in the past must re-engage now. We welcomed the willingness of members of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to engage with our group.We want to ensure that there is also a dialogue with unionists. The unionist community must be at the centre of the debate about the kind of Ireland we want.We believe that it is time to look towards an Ireland that is based on equality, where discrimination and sectarianism are things of the past. We believe a new Ireland can and must be built on a foundation of unity between orange and green.I have lived with partition all my lifeWe have lived with partition for a long time — for all of my life and for all of my parents lives. But I don’t want partition to be a determining factor in my son’s life. I don’t want partition to dictate what schools he goes to, what friends he makes or his ability to secure employment when he grows up.Partition has undermined economic development north and south, but in particular it has stunted economic development in border areas such as our own. A United Ireland with 6.4 million citizens, consumers and tax-payers will be economically stronger and will offer a better basis for recovery and the creation of prosperity.There can be no doubt but that a united Ireland would be economically stronger and that communities such as ours would at last have the opportunity to prosper.I believe that the people of Ireland have the right to independence and self-determination. As such we proudly advocated a Yes vote in this referendum but we also want to hear and understand the perspective of those people who voted No on Saturday.It is time to let the people have their say on the question of Irish Unity. I hope that other areas will follow our example and hold people’s referenda on the question of Irish Unity. Emma McArdle was raised and spent most of her life living outside of Cullaville in South Armagh. She currently lives in Sheelagh in North Louth with her husband and baby son. She is Chairperson of “United Ireland – You Decide” a community group which organised a People’s Referendum on Irish Unity in Crossmaglen and Creggan Upper. read more
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 22, 2016 – No stone unturned in the murder investigation of 26 year old Sorineida Arias and others was the promise of the Governor in a media statement issued by his office, yesterday. His Excellency Peter Beckingham said that he has met with Edwin Hernandez of the Dominican Consulate and assured him that there is no problem with the Dominican Community holding demonstrations, and that he is satisfied that the incident was isolated. “I was grateful for the reassurances of the DR community that any gatherings should be peaceful, and that they regretted the isolated attacks on the police by a small number of their group.” Confidence was again expressed in the Commissioner and his team to solve the crimes, and next week when the National Security Council meets, there will be heavy discussion on, as H.E. put it, ‘options to strengthen security measures.’ read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 10, 2018 – Kingston – Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is keeping its commitment to the Jamaican people to create new jobs and reduce unemployment.“I am pleased to report that an additional 43,000 persons have been employed over the past two years and the unemployment rate, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, has fallen from 12.9 per cent in October 2016 to 10.4 per cent in October 2017,” he noted.“This is significant progress,” he said, while opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in Parliament on Thursday (March 8).He said that emphasis will be placed on increasing training to meet the need for skilled labour, which will help to lower the unemployment rate even further. He noted that the ultimate goal is to steadily increase the proportion of higher-paying jobs.The Finance Minister said there was need to accelerate the pace of human development and training for the population. He informed that the United Nations projects a decline in Jamaica’s working-age population by 2030, and labour shortages could become an obstacle to faster growth.“What this means is that the medium- and long-term prosperity of Jamaica requires that we urgently accelerate our strategy of focused human resource development and training programmes to increase productivity. We have a lot of work to do,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Shaw told the House that gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated to have increased by 0.9 per cent for 2017/18, with the period highlighted by record-breaking growth in tourist arrivals, a construction boom, historically high job creation, a fast-growing stock market, positive business confidence, and the strongest economic buffers in decades.He noted, however, that the growth was not as high as projected, due mainly to the negative effects of unexpectedly high rainfall on agriculture and delays in restarting the production of bauxite and alumina.“Without these issues, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) estimates that economic growth would have been between two per cent and 2.5 per cent. This is still not enough, and we still have important work to do,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that the economy has to be restructured so as to reduce the country’s vulnerability to weather-related events. He said the time has come to review the methodology of how economic growth is measured and to ensure that it is in line with international standards.Release: JIS Related Items: read more
EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene police school resource officer fatally shot a 44-year-old man who was armed with a handgun Wednesday afternoon near Churchill High School, police said.An initial investigation indicated that the officer stopped the man as he rode a mini-motorcycle along a road near the school, acting police Capt. Scott Fellman said.At some point after pulling over the motorcycle, the officer called for aid from other officers and ordered a lockdown at the school, Fellman said. A call of “shots fired” came a short time later, The Register-Guard reported.The officer did not suffer any “significant injuries,” Fellman said.The dead man was not immediately identified.Police did not identify the officer by name but the newspaper said Officer Aaron Johns is assigned to the school.Churchill High junior Austin Fisher, 16, told the newspaper he was about to exit a nearby school building when a teacher ran toward him in the hall. Fisher said he looked out a window and saw Johns with his gun drawn.“I watched him kind of put his gun down on the ground, then go to a car in front of him and put his head down,” Fisher said. He characterized Johns as “a good guy who’s always out there looking out for the safety of the school.” read more
SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police responded to Sawgrass Mills Mall after, they said, a firework went off in the shopping center, triggering panic among shoppers, Sunday afternoon.According to Sunrise Police, the firework was set off somewhere inside the shopping center, giving some people the impression that shots were fired.In a tweet, officials said they received calls about a possible active shooter, but that was never the case. The false alarm comes a week after a similar incident at Aventura Mall and earlier this fall at Westland Mall. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sunrise Police Department initially received calls regarding a possible active shooter at the Sawgrass Mills… https://t.co/abHAl6oJ3X— Sunrise Police FL (@SunrisePoliceFL) December 31, 2017Videos posted to social media captured shoppers running out of the mall.The mall was reopened shortly after. read more
Some of the most disruptive startups didn’t just change an industry – they changed how we live. There’s a wave of new companies who hope to change peoples’ habits and become the next Uber, Facebook or Airbnb.Related: Change Habits, Change Your IndustryImage credit: Cover BlogCompany: Cover – www.paywithcover.comCo-founders: Andrew Cove and Mark EgermanFounded: 2013The shift: From waiting for the check to walking out the door right after a meal.The concept: Those who check in at more than 80 partner restaurants in the New York and Brooklyn area can inform their server that they’re paying with the Cover app. When they’re finished, diners won’t need to wait for the check, they can simply walk out of the restaurant. The app will even split a big group’s bill and automatically calculate the tip. (The experience must be working — restaurateurs find that patrons using Cover spend more and tip more than the average customer.) Image credit: KognitoCompany: Kognito – www.kognito.comFounded: 2003 Co-founders: Ron Goldman, CEO, and Glenn Albright, Ph.D., director of applied researchThe shift: From avoiding discussing pressing issues (such as: chronic disease, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse) to effectively addressing them with patients or loved ones.The concept: Kognito Conversation Platform is a virtual practice environment for conversing that uses a methodology based on neuroscience, social cognition and game mechanics. Learners engage in role-play with emotionally responsive virtual humans that respond like real humans.Kognito has partnered with divisions of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, American Academy of Pediatrics, universities and hospitals. For example, one simulation is geared toward college students to learn how to approach and connect with a fellow student exhibiting signs of psychological distress.Here is a recent trailer Kognito developed for a childhood obesity app:Change Talk: Childhood Obesity (full version) from Kognito on Vimeo. Image credit: DrivescribeCompany: Drivescribe – www.drivescribe.comFounded: 2012Founder: Mike MoenThe shift: From distracted driving to safe driving.The concept: Minneapolis-based Drive Power launched this mobile app that acts as a digital driving coach to keep drivers’ eyes on the road – and not on their cell phone, compact mirror or breakfast burrito. To eliminate potentially deadly distractions, it blocks all texts and calls during your ride and alerts you if you need to slow down.Those who drive safely earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards from iTunes or Starbucks, or for retail products and discounts from merchants like Amazon, JCrew, and Nike. Image credit: iDoneThisCompany: iDoneThis – www.idonethis.comCo-Founder: Walter Chen, Rodrigo Guzman, and Jae KwonFounded: 2011The shift: From planning what you’ll do to celebrating what you’ve actually accomplished.The concept: With this management tool, staffers can reply to an evening email reminder with what they did that day, including even the smallest tasks. The next day, everyone on the team gets a digest with what everyone got done. The act of recording what you achieve, reflecting upon it — and then in the team context, sharing and communicating about it — is powerful, according to Chen, and can boost productivity. In fact, Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile analyzed more than 12,000 employee diary entries, and found that the number one motivator was not financial gain, but the ‘power of small wins.’ In other words, employees are highly motivated to do their best when they know they’re making progress toward a meaningful goal.Related: Change Habits, Change Your Industry: Understanding the Science of Behavior ChangeThe Next Big Thing: Embeddable Tech?Dropbox Users: Your Life Just Got Easier April 25, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now » read more
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read October 8, 2014 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nowadays you can create your own website in a few afternoons in front of your computer. But will the final product be a website someone will actually want to use? That’s another story.Web publishing tools like WordPress and the like require a bit of technical know-how and special care to ensure all your content fits into their unique parameters and templates. Once you’re done, you’re still probably not sure what you’ve come up with is right for the audience you’re trying to attract.The alternative, of course, is hiring a web designer. Designers can create unique sites designed specifically for your content and needs, but that comes at a price, and often means you need to keep that designer on payroll to update things when you need them.Now, one company is working to change all that with a web builder called The Grid that creates a beautiful customized site aimed at your audience in just a few minutes.Related: Now Evernote Wants to Help Organize Your Physical Life, Too“The idea is really simple. You just throw in anything: an image, video, product, text and it outputs an elegant easy to update website,” says founder and CEO Dan Tocchini.Design-wise your site visitors won’t be able to tell you didn’t spend big bucks (or lots of time) on creating it. Using The Grid, colors can be customized to match the images you use, text can be layered over a photo and face detection ensures that that text never covers up the subject of your picture. Sites created using The Grid look good and are responsive, so they’ll look great in any size web browser or on mobile phones. They’re also optimized for specific needs, such as driving the maximum amount of product sales.The best part, according to Tocchini? You can create one in just a few minutes.“It’s an easy to update as a social network profile, as easy to customize as Instagram,” he says.Related: This App Wants to Help Get Rid of Your Parking TicketsA browser extension allows you to share content from the web — like a review of your awesome new product, or a tweet praising your customer support — in just a few clicks. You can even build your site from your phone. Everything is automatically formatted, based on a template designed by Medium’s first designer, Leigh Taylor. If you decide you want a few looks, it’s as easy as just clicking on a new template design, just like you’re throwing a new filter on a photo.Sites built using The Grid are constantly A/B tested, and change slightly to improve performance. Hosting is handled by The Grid, with everything running for $25 per month.After building the technology for several years, Tocchni and his team — which includes ex-Google AdSense products director Brian Axe — are launching a crowdfunding campaign today to complete the process. Some of the early backers will be locked into a reduced $8 per month rate and will receive a NFC-enabled key ring that allows them to tap on phones to load up their site, similar to a digital business card. The Grid is expected to launch officially in spring 2015.Related: Move Over, Facebook. Here Comes a Social Network for Rich People. read more
2 min read December 11, 2015 Enroll Now for Free You’ve heard about some airlines banning hoverboards over fears about fires from the lithium-ion batteries they carry. Now add CES to that list.The Consumer Technology Association said it is banning the use of the season’s hottest tech toy during its January 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.The association wrote the following on its conference website: “Wheeled transport devices (with or without motors) are not permitted at any CES venue. This includes hoverboards, skateboards, uniwheels and all similar products.”It’s causing quite an uproar on Twitter, given that CES is considered the biggest electronics and technology show in the country.Booooooooooooooo! CES officially bans hoverboards https://t.co/wWVkXNjdvq via @verge— Cyrus Sanati (@BeyondBlunt) December 11, 2015The toys have also been banned after a barrage of reports citing serious injuries. On Friday, Sky News reported that a teenager riding a hoverboard had been killed after crashing into a bus.On Thursday, Delta Air Lines banned hoverboards in carry-on and checked baggage, citing the product’s fire hazard risk. British Airways and JetBlue, among others, also bar the devices from flights.Federal safety regulators have also stepped up an investigation of the hoverboards following reports of fires and explosions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission told NBC News it received “at least 10” reports of hoverboard fires and that that number is increasing daily.— CNBC’s Ritika Shah contributed to this report. This story originally appeared on CNBC This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now read more
Fund will be depleted over next 10-15 years, says TICO-commissioned report TORONTO — If the Ontario travel industry’s Compensation Fund continues to be depleted at the current rate, it will not be able to sustain itself in 10-15 years, says a new Deloitte report.The report, which was commissioned by TICO’s CEO Richard Smart to determine appropriate Fund levels, found that the current model coupled with the size of losses is resulting in a year-over-year loss. The Fund is financed by the Ontario travel industry and administered by TICO.“This study contains a detailed description of methodology, analysis and observations. The findings of this report were integral to the recommendations made by TICO during the comprehensive review of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05,” said Smart.The purpose of the Fund is to protect consumers who purchase travel services from Ontario-registered retailers in the event that travel services cannot be provided due to financial failure or insolvency of a Registrant. Approximately 75% of the Fund’s yearly revenues come from contributions made by Registrants by way of registration and renewal fees.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn contrast, the Quebec Travel Compensation fund uses a consumer-pay model that charges consumers $1 per $1,000 of sales. TICO has proposed a similar model that would begin at $1 per $1,000 of sales, and then once the target fund level is reached, fees would then be adjusted and approved by TICO’s Board of directors to a level that would ensure the Fund is maintained and not grown to excess.Deloitte has backed this proposal, saying that the funding and replenishment needed to achieve a target fund size of $50 million should be financed through a Consumer Protection Fee (CPF). If a CPF is not implemented, there will likely be a gap in coverage for consumers and it would take longer to reach the target fund level.Other key findings in the report include:CATOTICO submitted a request to wholesale Registrants that are members of the Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) to complete a Deloitte study survey. In addition to responses from a Consumer Research Survey, Deloitte found that consumers are likely to accept an increased fee of $1 per $1,000 in sales for expanded coverage, and that over 90% of bookings are made by credit card. Plus, on average, consumers have taken 2.6 pleasure trips in 12 months.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Two risks were identified has having a potential ‘high’ impact on the health of the travel industry: acts of terrorism and exchange rates. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> 1 2Next Travelweek Group Tags: TICO Tweet read more
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has unveiled a cheeky new ‘brand promise’, one made in response to recent headlines about some of Canada’s airlines.“The recently announced intent to acquire Air Transat by Air Canada, as well as the sale of WestJet to Onex, will only reduce competition and increase prices further,” said Canada Jetlines in an official statement. “Consumers are rightfully frustrated and fed up.”So ahead of its commercial launch on Dec. 17, the ultra low-cost carrier announced a “playfully provocative” brand identity that includes the tagline, “Flying sucks less when you pay less.”A new logo incorporates a face with a knowing smirk created from an upside-down plane. It includes an additional suite of expressive faces to capture every emotion of travel.Working with Cossette, Jetlines says its new ‘identity system’ will cover every touchpoint of the brand experience, from the livery to uniforms, to signature luggage and humourous airsickness bags.“Jetlines is fighting for Canadians by creating competition and rebelling against Canadian ultra high airfares. Our new brand promise and design reflect our core philosophy of pushing back against the status quo and giving Canadian travellers a brand that empowers them to make their own decisions,” said Javier Suarez, CEO. “I would like to thank the entire Jetlines commercial team for building such a strong brand identity that reflects our passion and values, as well as extend my most sincere gratitude to our partner, Cossette, for all of their hard work and raw talent that has brought us here today.” Posted by Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Travelweek Group Tags: Jetlines Canada Jetlines rolls out “playfully provocative” brand identity read more
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Nicosia aims to use all the diplomatic means at its disposal so that Turkey can be convinced that the situation it is creating by drilling in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone is not sustainable, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Sunday.Speaking at a memorial service for an Eoka hero, Prodromou said the focus of Monday’s visit by Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis, would be reaffirming Nicosia and Athens common course on the Cyprus issue.It was particularly important as it would be Mitsotakis’ first visit as PM and coincides with a critical period when it comes to the challenges Cyprus and Greece are both facing, he said.The Greek PM will be accompanied by the foreign and energy ministers, and the government spokesman.“Greece’s position like that of the Greek Cypriot side, is ever in favour of a solution of the Cyprus problem through negotiations, in accordance with UN resolutions and on the basis of EU principles and international law,” said the spokesman.The focus now would be how to handle “the daily actions and approaches of the Turkish side”.Prodromou said it was no coincidence that President Nicos Anastasiades was seeking to resume the talks, “unfortunately without any response from the Turkish side, for two years now.Asked about possible timetables for a new process, the spokesman said it was not an issue of timetables but of political will.“If there is a political will from Turkey, the time will be shortened. What is constantly lacking is Turkey’s political will,” he said.Prodromou said the period from August 9 until the UN General Assembly in September in New York when the leaders are expected to meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “will be decisive”.Asked whether Guterres’ special envoy Jane Holl Lute would visit Cyprus during this period, Prodromou said “most likely”.“We hear daily from the Turkish side and from the occupied areas, unfortunately, that negotiations cannot start from where we left off [in Crans-Montana]. This is because they are pursuing another solution and they are not saying it.”“Our aim is to use all the diplomatic means by which Turkey can be persuaded to realise that this state of affairs, which it tries to create arbitrarily, is no longer sustainable and that is finding itself in deeper isolation in the region,” he added.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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