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Treaty celebrations held in Lower Fort Garry

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Lower Fort Garry national historic site in Manitoba is hosting a week of celebrations commemorating the making of Treaty 1.APTN National News reporter Amy Stretten has this story.last_img

Habitat for Humanity helps out BC First Nation

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first_imgAPTN National NewsWith an undisputed housing crisis on many First Nations some leaders are seeking out new innovative ways to meet the needs of their people.Enter Habitat for Humanity. This non-profit has a new national program designed to help put First Nation families i homes.In British Columbia Habitat has partnered with the Tsawassenn First nation to build up to eight houses.Habitat will build the house and the families will pay back the cost of construction interest free based on a cap of 30 per cent of their monthly earnings.Tswawassenn’s chief is excited because she believes the partnership will help build capacity in her community.The First Nation currently has a subdivision ready for 30 homes.last_img read more

Vancouver queer festival features two spirit films and actors

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first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe 28th annual queer festival which showcases films around the world is about to roll into Vancouver.This year a spotlight will shine on Indigenous two spirit films and some top Canadian talent.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Treaty 6 in Alberta celebrates 140th anniversary

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first_imgChris StewartAPTN National News140 years ago, Treaty 6 was signed.50 First nations from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are part of it.On Friday, the city of Edmonton marked the anniversary of the historic signing.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Moroccan Cleric Says Extramarital Sex Causes Uterus Cancer

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Rabat – Moroccan cleric, Sheikh Abderahman Sekkach, has stirred up debate once again after claiming that women who have extramarital sex would inevitably have “uterus cancer.”“Sex out of wedlock causes uterus cancers,” Essekach said Jan. 19 on the Moroccan private radio channel Chada FM.The cleric argued that during her first sexual intercourse, the woman’s vagina inscribes the “code” of her husband’s sperm. Therefore, in case of extramarital relationships, this “code” would not be recognized, and the wife would inevitably contract a uterus cancer. To support his arguments, Sekkach declared that this “extraordinary discovery” was made by “Western scientists.” According to Sekkach, “Western scientists” have shown that the “idda,” the “mourning” period that a Muslim woman must observe after the death of her spouse or after a divorce before contracting a new marriage, corresponds to the time required for the vagina to erase the “code” of the former husband.“What Western scientists have just discovered, the prophet already knew about it 14 centuries ago. He knew that the uterus needed these 4 months and 10 days to change the sperm code. How did he [know], if it is not the divine miracle?” he said.The cleric’s comments sparked arguments on social media. Moroccan sociologist and feminist activist Soumaya Naamane Guessous expressed her outrage in a long post published on her Facebook page in which she insisted on the “danger” of such remarks.“These broadcasts are an insult to Moroccans intelligence and to their dignity. I am ashamed! They are dangerous because they dull listeners who number in the thousands and even millions,” she wrote.“Is it normal in 21st-century Morocco … to allow this kind of idiocy? Is it acceptable for radio station managers to give the antenna to such ignorant [people] to inform and guide our people. Do these officials listen to these programs, as some of them are progressive?” Guesous continued.In 2016, the Moroccan High Authority of Audiovisual Communication “severely punished” Chada FM officials after Sekkach claimed that women “have no right to leave their homes, nor the right to work,” and that women’s main place remains at home.“When a woman enjoys food, clothes, a house and a husband, she must stay at home. Otherwise, she becomes a sinner before God. These sentences are not of my own invention, they are directly taken from the holy Qur’an,” Sekkach added.Following these comments, the HACA issued a press release stating that Chada FM’s guest and broadcasters violated Articles 3 and 8 of Law 77.03 related to audiovisual communication, which state that Moroccan audiovisual communication is free, and the exercise of this freedom must be “applied with respect and human dignity … audiovisual communication operators must promote a culture of gender equality and combat all forms of discrimination, especially those that degrade the image of the woman.” read more

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena further remanded

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Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasun Palisena were today ordered to be further remanded until November 21 in the treasury bond scam.Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were in remand till today over the scam. When the case was heard today the Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered that Aloysius and Kasun Palihena be further remanded till November 21. (Colombo Gazette)

Harvard economist suspended for unwelcome sexual conduct

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University has suspended a well-known economist after an investigation found he engaged in “unwelcome sexual conduct” toward several people.Claudine Gay, a Harvard dean, said in an email to the economics department Wednesday that the review found Roland Fryer Jr. created a “hostile work environment” over several years.Gay says Fryer will be placed on administrative leave for two years.Fryer was accused last year of talking about sex, making inappropriate comments and objectifying women in his research lab.He called those allegations “patently false” and denied ever discriminating against or harassing anyone in his lab.Fryer was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2011 and was the first African American to win a prestigious award given to a top economist under 40 in 2015.Fryer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.___This story has been updated to correct a reference to Fryer not offering comment, instead of Friday.The Associated Press read more

UN weapons inspectors to enter Iraq on 18 November Commission chief says

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Following the adoption of a milestone resolution aimed at garnering Iraq’s compliance with Security Council requirements, including the dismantling of all weapons of mass destruction, the head of the United Nations arms inspectors today said they would arrive in the country in 10 days.”We are planning to go to Baghdad on Monday the 18th of this month,” Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), told reporters following the Council’s meeting,Mr. Blix said he was “very pleased” with the fact that the Security Council had acted unanimously, adding, “that strengthens our mandate very much.”The Council President, Ambassador Zhang Yishan of China, said that by unanimously adopting its resolution today, the Council had sent a “very clear” message to Iraq. “I think it’s a message of peace, a message of goodwill, a message of hope,” he said. “Now the ball is in the hands of the Iraqi Government, and we hope that Iraq will comply fully and unconditionally with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.”In his remarks to the press, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan also voiced hope that Iraq would “seize this opportunity” to meet the Council’s demands. He added that he has appealed to all governments with influence to remain engaged and urge Iraq to comply. “I am particularly looking to the contribution of the Arab League States who were very instrumental in helping Iraq to change its position [on the return of weapons inspectors], and I hope they will remain engaged to get the message across that it not enough to let the inspectors come in – it is a good beginning – but what is important is performance.” The Secretary-General said he was “very, very pleased” with the end result of intensive Council deliberations. “I think the Security Council took its time, acted patiently, and in the end we have an optimal decision and result,” he said.Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States, which cosponsored the resolution along with the United Kingdom, also welcomed the text’s unanimous adoption, saying this “sends a very strong and important message to the Government of Iraq that the Council and the international community are united in their demand that they comply with their disarmament obligation, and that if they do not do so they will face serious consequences.”The next steps, he added, related to the implementation of the “enhanced inspection regime” with regard to weapons of mass destruction.British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock said the resolution’s three crucial characteristics are “clarity, force and unanimity,” sending an “immensely powerful” message to Baghdad. Implementation would now begin, he agreed, noting that the inspectors had the Council’s full support.The resolution, in sum, represented a last chance, Ambassador Greenstock said. “The opportunity is there, and the opportunity is final, and we now look to the implementation by Iraq of what we are asking them – in binding terms – to do.””Today, the Security Council’s role has been strengthened,” said Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France. “The UN role has been strengthened.” “All in all, it is a great success – and a success for everybody,” he said. “Now comes the time for implementing this resolution,” he added, voicing hope for full compliance with the Council’s demands.Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico welcomed the fact that the resolution contained a “two-step” process for Council action on Iraq. Voicing satisfaction with the text, he said, “we hope it really provides a crucial, peaceful opportunity to achieve the disarmament of Iraq.” read more

Loonie falls amid weak US economic data BoC paper on monetary policy

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TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was ended lower Thursday amid a round of disappointing U.S. economic reports and a commentary on monetary policy from the Bank of Canada.The loonie fell 0.19 of a cent to 98.12 cents US.Bob Gorman, a senior portfolio strategist with TD Wealth, said the loonie is on a downwards trajectory.“We feel the loonie will likely lose some altitude, reflecting some lower economic growth we see south of the border, Canada’s trade numbers … (and not) a lot of support from commodities,” he said.“The force of gravity will assert itself on the loonie going forward. We’ll see ourselves move something closer to fair value … probably bringing the loonie to the low 90s.”In the U.S., the Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose by 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, the most since late March.Although the U.S. has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November, many of the job gains have come from fewer layoffs — not increased hiring.Meanwhile, U.S. inflation numbers also fell last month as a result of dropping gasoline prices. The consumer price index was down 0.4 per cent in April from March, while overall prices in the 12 months ended in April were up just 1.1 per cent — the smallest yearly increase in 2 1/2 years.The rate is still below the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two per cent inflation target, which it wants to meet before ending its program of quantitative easing.U.S. housing starts came in weaker than expected, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 in April. But applications for building permits rose 14.3 per cent to a rate of 1.02 million, the highest since June 2008.Meanwhile, a Bank of Canada research paper said slashing interest rates and flooding markets with money through quantitative easing and other extraordinary measures appear to have worked.But as central banks start pulling back their stimulative measures, the paper voiced concerns that the damage left behind in some sectors might become more apparent.Commodities also ended the day mixed, as the June crude contract jumped 86 cents to US$95.16 a barrel, while July copper was up three cents at US$3.29 a pound. June gold bullion dropped $9.30 to US$1,386.90 an ounce.Overseas markets were subdued after the European Union statistics office reported that nine of the 17 countries that use the euro are in recession, including France. The combined economy of the 17 countries shrank by 0.2 per cent in the first three months of 2013 compared to the prior quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2013 9:07 am MDT Loonie falls amid weak U.S. economic data, BoC paper on monetary policy read more

Councils ordered to send highrise cladding for urgent fire tests after Glenfell

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first_imgMelted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fire The DCLG later confirmed that the polyethylene filling between the two Reynobond aluminum panels did not pass building regulations for tower blocks over 59ft (18m) and a flame retardant material should have been used instead. Melted cladding seen on the Glenfell Tower following the fireCredit:Julian Simmonds  DCLG permanent secretary Melanie Dawes said the government wanted to address public concern about ‘potential flaws’ in the cladding on Grenfell Tower.“While the exact reasons for the speed of the spread of fire have yet to be determined, we have concluded that there are additional tests that can be undertaken with regard to the cladding,” she said.“We are therefore asking local authorities and other registered providers of social housing to identify whether any panels used in new build or refurbishment are a particular type of cladding made of ACM.” It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation Downing Street confirmed that several London boroughs had come together in a Gold Command structure to coordinate assistance to those affected by the disaster. The move came after Theresa May said that initial support on the ground was “not good enough”. Councils across Britain have been ordered to send samples of cladding on the outside of tower blocks so they can undergo rigorous testing to make sure they are safe following the fire at Grenfell Tower. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to local authorities telling them they must check materials used on the outside of their high-rises urgently.Councils with properties more than 59ft (18m) high with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding must supply samples of the panels to DCLG for fire safety tests to establish whether the material in their core is combustible. The first testing is expected to begin on Tuesday. Former minister and ex-firefighter  Mike Penning MP said: “People have been calling, I think probably rightly, for sprinklers to be installed for many, many years under many different governments.” Asked whether the Prime Minister had considered resigning following criticism of her own performance, a spokeswoman said: “These are incredibly challenging times, with a couple of terrible incidents in a week and she is leading the country through this difficult time.”Following reports that some families had been offered alternative accommodation as far away as Preston, a Number 10 spokeswoman said Mrs May stood by her promise that all those affected will be rehoused within three weeks either in Kensington and Chelsea or a neighbouring borough, unless they want to move elsewhere.It is understood that some families have asked to be rehoused outside the area in order to be near relatives.The Downing Street spokeswoman rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for empty homes near the fire scene to be requisitioned to house families, saying: “We do not support proposals to seize private property. Our focus is on rehousing people as soon as we can.” Last week it emerged that contractors had used a more flammable type of material for the outer layer of the cladding, which Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, said was banned in Britain. The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding Credit:Andy Radin EPA The government is concerned that other tower blocks are covered in cladding  However John Cowley, managing director of CEP Architectural Facades, which provided the rainscreen panels for Grenfell Tower’s sub-contractor Harley Facades Ltd, said that was untrue.  “Reynobond PE is not banned in the UK. Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures.”The Grenfell Tower disaster has highlighted serious concerns over fire safety in tower blocks, with many asking whether sprinklers would have helped to save lives.The 24-storey tower was built without sprinklers in 1974, with regulations in England only requiring them in high-rise residential buildings since 2007.A public inquiry will look at whether sprinklers should be retrofitted to older tower blocks, and why Kensington and Chelsea failed fit the devices even though it had millions of pounds in its reserves. It emerged that contractors had not chosen a fire retardant cladding for the outer layer of the insulation Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

PS Vita launches December 17 in Japan battery life and data plan

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first_imgSony has used the Tokyo Game Show 2011 (TGS) to reveal the final release date for the PS Vita in Japan. If you live in Sony’s home territory you can expect to pick one up on December 17. That’s if you can brave the expected queues and midnight launch, of course.The price of the hardware has been set at around $390 for the 3G version and $325 for the WiFi-only model. Don’t expect those prices to be as high when the Vita launches in the U.S. though, I’d guess at $300/$350 if I was pushed for a prediction. Unfortunately, the only time frame we have for a U.S. and European launch is early 2012.The cost of the Vita doesn’t end after that initial purchase if you choose the 3G option, and Sony has teamed up with network operator NTT DoCoMo to provide a 3G service. It seems this service will be offered in the form of  “prepaid data plans.”Vita owners in Japan will have the option to purchase either a 20 or 100 hour allotment of time, which I believe translates into data time somehow. Now this is just my interpretation of the summary in the image below, but it seems the 20 hour plan gives access speeds of 128kbps down and 64kbps up. The 100 hour plan has two options based on speed. You can have 100 hours at 128kbps/64kbps as with the 20 hour plan, or you can take advantage of a faster 14Mbps/5.7Mbps connection, but are limited to just 3 hours. The cost? $13 for 20 hours or $64 for 100 hours. If you choose the super-fast 3 hour option that’s some seriously expensive data.As an incentive for early adopters, Sony is bundling 100 hours free time with the first 500,000 PS Vita 3G sales. Hopefully a similar offer will be made in the U.S. and across Europe.As for games, it looks like the Vita is going to have a pretty good selection of popular titles on offer with 28 available at launch. Stand out games include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Everybody’s Golf Next, Ridge Racer, Katamari Damacy, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend. You can view the full list of launch and upcoming titles in the Sony press release (link below).With the launch confirmed, Sony has also released the final specs of the PS Vita, which basically confirm what we already knew. The important hardware features include a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM, and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU. Powering that hardware and 5-inch screen will be a 2200mA Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which is expected to only give you 3-5 hours between charges for games and 5 hours for video playback. Still, that’s quite respectable considering the components and display, and charging from an empty battery takes 2 hours 40 minutes.Finally, during the press conference detailing the launch, Sony revealed it has sold 71.4 million PSPs since it debuted back in 2004. The younger PS3 has achieved 51.8 million. Will the PS Vita ever reach such heights in the face of competition from smartphones as well as the, admittedly struggling 3DS?More at Joystiq and the Sony press releaselast_img read more

Stylianos Pattakos dies

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stylianos Pattakos, one of three military chiefs who brought down democratic rule in Greece back in 1967, has reportedly died in his home in Athens after a stroke. Pattakos had been the victim of a burglary last Thursday, with three armed robbers breaking into his house in Athens and stealing jewellery and medals while he was asleep.The junta’s interior minister, who would have turned 104 next month was born on 8 November 1912, in the village of Agia Paraskevi in Crete. After the return of democratic rule in Greece, Pattakos and the other three leaders of the coup were sentenced to death for high treason but their sentences were later converted to life imprisonment.Makarezos and Pattakos were freed for health reasons and put under house arrest in the 1990s until their deaths.The latter, who showed no regret for his actions during the junta is going to be buried in his place of birth today or tomorrow according to AFP sources.last_img read more

Jeff Jarrett headed to the WWE Hall of Fame, Videos following WWE RAW from…

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first_img Now Playing Up Next Al79 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions February 20, 2018 at 7:19 am Cesaro Videos Articles Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) They must be getting real desperate for HOF inductees. To put Jarrett in!! He has pissed on anything WWE for years. The WWE is probably after something Jarrett owns. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Brian Farmer Videos Articles This is probably another case of Triple H doing a masterful job of mending fences that Vince McMahon tore down, peed on, and lit on fire. Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 February 20, 2018 at 9:57 am February 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Hugger1 Twitter Seth Rollins Google+ Comments are closed. Jim Bilbee Jeff Jarrett headed to the WWE Hall of FameWWE has released the official introduction video for Jeff Jarrett being announced as the next inductee into the Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame this April in New Orleans.Jarrett spoke at length with NBC Sports about the induction and his reaction.You can check out the full video below.Videos following WWE RAW from PhoenixWWE uploaded the following videos following last night’s RAW in Phoenix. Guess one way to get into HOF is get drunk, make a complete ass of yourself and go into rehab. Now Playing Up Next I guess Vince has finally forgiven him for asking to get paid for that one PPV in 1999 (which he worked without a contract). That was Vince’s oversight by the way. But the WWE has managed to spin it into being Jarrett’s fault over the last 18 years. Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte February 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articleslast_img read more

6 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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first_imgOctober 7, 2013 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Austin Startup Week kicks off with a battle of the bands, the Shutdown threatens to thwart D.C.-area businesses, great minds connect at the Inc. 500|5000 awards, students party hard at College Fest… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Austin Startup Week: Kick off the Austin Startup Week with a battle of the bands competition hosted by the Austin Technology Council on Oc. 7. For the rest of the time, discussions dubbed “Co-Founders Wanted” and “Intro to the Austin Startup Scene,” among others, offer to keep you in the know and networked up the wazoo. (Austin, Texas, Oct. 7 – 11)2. Shutdown continues: The U.S. federal government shutdown heads into its second week. Small businesses continue to feel the burn. (Oct. 1 – present) Surveys sink: And if last week was any indication, government surveys, upon which many business owners have come to rely for a gauge on the U.S. economy, will also be delayed. Last week, two surveys on construction spending and manufactured goods and the monthly jobs report were delayed. This week, four more surveys will get sidetracked. Private companies shelve workers too: Though not a federal agency, Lockheed Martin plans to furlough about 3,000 employees this week due to the government shutdown. Various other defense contractors including United Technologies also said they’d furlough workers if the shutdown continued.3. Create a power partnership: Join the Impact HUB for a free introductory workshop, the first in a four-part series, aimed at helping you build “a more effective and satisfying” business partnership. (San Francisco, Oct. 8)4. Get down to business at Inc. 500|5000: Check out the Inc. 500|5000 conference and awards ceremony where the “brightest, most successful” business minds come together to celebrate achievements in private enterprise. This three-day event also features high-level keynote speakers and networking opportunities. (Washington D.C., Oct. 10 – 12)5. Tap the college market: Join the party or the exhibition at College Fest, which claims to be the “most attended back-to-school even in New England.” With more than 17,000 students in attendance, brands are lining up to put their products in the hands of this sought after demographic. (Boston, Mass., Oct. 12-13)6. Meet up with tech treps in NYC: Meet, mingle and make lasting relationships with some of Silicon Alley’s leading entrepreneurs at the NY Tech Meetup, for a night of live demos and networking. Aimed at promoting the NY tech scene and innovative, sustainable businesses, this event is a bargain at $10 a head. (New York, Oct. 8) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Remember Where You Parked With the Google Maps App

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first_imgApril 27, 2017 Ever have a mini panic attack because you couldn’t remember where you parked your car? You may never have to live through that frustrating situation again, thanks to Google.The company on Tuesday introduced a new Google Maps feature for iOS and Android that will help you remember where you parked. On Android (pictured above), tap the blue dot and press “Save your parking” to add your spot to the map. From there, you’ll see a label on the map identifying where you left your car. You can tap that label to add additional details like the exact spot number, an image of your parking spot and the amount of time before the meter expires. The app will even give you a reminder 15 minutes before your meter expires, if you enter this information. You can also send your parking location to friends.The experience is similar on iOS: just tap the blue dot and select “Set as parking location.” From there, you can tap on the parking label to share it with friends or view photos of your parking area.Google Maps for iOS also offers an automatic parking detection feature that should make things even easier, should you choose to set it up. Connect the app to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth and your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle, Google Maps Product Manager Jeff Albertson explained in a blog post.The update comes after Google in January introduced a new beta Maps feature that gives you a heads up about the parking situation near your destination, so you can be mentally prepared if parking is limited. The Google-owned traffic and navigation app Waze, meanwhile, has a “where to park” feature that can help you locate a spot, as well as a “where I parked” option. Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on PCMag 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 2 min readlast_img read more

TTF Wealthy visitors should get to pay for quicker processing

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first_imgThe Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) has recommended that wealthy tourists coming to Australia be able to pay to avoid Australia’s customs and immigration lines. “This could include shorter turnaround for the approval process and a VIP experience on arrival in Australia, This is whilst in Dubai, tourists can pay AUD $95 to expedite the customs and border process. “Premium processing is a great opportunity to deliver a quicker process for visitors willing to pay more,” TTF chief executive Ken Morrison said. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The plan follows on from similar schemes from around the world which allow preferential treatment for those who pay to be expedited through border points. Mr Morrison said that the government should build on the success of the three year, triple entry visas for Chinese businesspeople by extending the same right to Chinese leisure travellers.  Qantas also allows preferential treatment for diplomatic, first or business class passengers “This doesn’t reduce the level of scrutiny, just speeds up the process for application and once they get here.” For instance, the UK system allows visitors to pay a fee to skip the lines at the UK’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Under a proposal by the forum, wealthy tourists from Asia and other places around the word would be able to access user pays premium visitor model, the Herald Sun reported.last_img read more

Odishas Kalinga Studio to resume shooting films by September

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first_imgThe newly-appointed Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC) Chairman Kuna Tripathy announced the shooting of films would resume in Kalinga Studio by September this year.Tripathy met Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, and discussed with him various developmental issues related to Odia film industry.Tripathy stated, “I want to make sure that the renovation work of the studio to be completed by September so that the film shooting can restart. The CM has agreed to this proposal and he also wanted that the shooting to regain momentum at the studio.”Kalinga Studio, the only movie-making facility in Bhubaneswar, has been lying defunct since it had suffered major damage during 1999 super cyclone. However, the state government did not make any effort to revive the studio.Tripathy said that the development and renovation work of the Kalinga Studio is ongoing. Along with that, the aspect of the development of tourism is also under process. “We are planning to renovate some of the old film halls along with many new Cineplex,” said Tripathy.Tripathy further cited that the Chief Minister will soon declare the development of film policy for the state.last_img read more

Belmond has announced the latest developments for

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first_imgBelmond has announced the latest developments for its properties, with some of the major updates including:Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressIn 2016, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will embark on a journey to Berlin, with the new route linking three European capital cities: London, Paris and Berlin.The inaugural departure will leave from London on 2 June 2016.Eagle Island reopens in November The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana will reopen in November, with all lodges now featuring plunge pools and outdoor decks overlooking the delta. A new restaurant and camp fire area complete the renovation.Belmond Eagle Island Lodge can be coupled with the Belmond Khawi River Lodge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Chobe National Park.Christmas journeys on board British Pullman and Belmond Northern BelleBelmond’s two luxury trains will this year be home to Christmas festivities with the British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle hosting journeys to Christmas markets and cathedral cities in winter.Belmond Grand Hibernian launches grand tours of Ireland Guests can now book their place aboard the upcoming Belmond Grand Hibernian, the first luxury train to tour Ireland.A four night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey travels to Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport while the two night ‘Realms of Giants’ travels to Dublin, Belfast and Portrush.For more information visit www.belmond.com.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMr Antonio Calce, Chief Executive Officer of Corum, has personally become a shareholder of Montres Corum SARL. This is an important milestone in the implementation of the new Corum strategy which started in 2005 for the redevelopment of the Brand.This again illustrates the long-term oriented vision and commitment of Antonio Calce together with the Severin Wunderman Trust, to achieve the objectives of growth in partnership with the distributors of the brand.Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum declared: “This is a process that started a long time ago and is just another step to my commitment to the Corum brand. I trust in the brand and its ability to push itself to the highest level in the watch making industry.”Richard E. Tomlin Jr., President and Trustee of Corum stated: “I am very pleased to welcome Antonio Calce as a partner of Corum. He has proved his unique skills and expertise in both watch making and entrepreneurial leadership. I am convinced that this strengthening of our partnership will enable the Brand to achieve even higher level of success.”www.corum.chlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – The Latest on CBS investigation i

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on CBS investigation into personal misconduct claims after a New Yorker article detailed sexual harassment allegations against its CEO, Les Moonves (all times local):7:20 p.m.New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow says six women who accuse CBS Corp.’s chief executive officer Les Moonves of sexual misconduct had to overcome their fears of retaliation in order to tell their stories.Farrow says he spent eight months investigating the story published in the New Yorker on Friday.Six women who had professional dealings with Moonves say he sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s. Four of them described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings.Farrow told The Associated Press that the story is “an opportunity to look at how our most important corporate institutions treat vulnerable people coming forward with these kinds of charges.”___6 p.m.The New Yorker is reporting that six women who had professional dealings with the CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, say he sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s.The article says that four of the women described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings. It says two said that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers.The article is written by Ronan Farrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning story for the same magazine uncovering many of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey WeinsteinMoonves acknowledges to the New Yorker that were times decades ago when he may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. But he says, “Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely.”___4:20 p.m.CBS says independent members of its board of directors are investigating personal misconduct claims after reports that the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.The media company says it takes all allegations of personal misconduct seriously. It says the independent directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the upcoming New Yorker article.Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors worried that Moonves might be forced to step down. They closed down 6 per cent, the company’s worst one-day loss in more than six years. The Latest: New Yorker writer says women feared retaliation by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2018 4:27 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more