Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsA hereditary chief in British Columbia says people standing in the way of the LNG pipeline need to step aside and let the project get up and running.“I’m just getting tired of hearing about it,” she says. “I’m just waiting for the shovel to get into the ground , let’s get on with our lives,” says Helen Michelle.Michelle has been a hereditary chief for 43 years.When the Coastal GasLink pipeline project was proposed in 2012, she says she made sure to participate in the consultation.“Our elders told us that when you have opportunity with good business we are not prejudice,” she said. “If there is opportunity, work with them and this is the first opportunity we have ever had to work with a company, and they worked directly with us.”The pipeline will run 670 kilometres from Dawson Creek, B.C. to a processing plant in Kitimat on the coast. There, the fractured gas will be liquefied and shipped to Asian markets.190 kilometres of the pipeline will run through the Wet’suwet’en’s traditional lands.Michelle grew up fishing and picking berries in the area.She says she isn’t worried about damage to her territory.But there are now two camps that have been set up within the territory to stop the pipeline.In that territory, there are six different First Nations. Michelle is from the Skin Tyee Nation.She says the pipeline will benefit her people.“We as a small band are really struggling and we want better education and economic development for our young generation and also we have housing problems,” she says.Michelle says negotiations with Coastal GasLink have been going on with elders and elected council for years.She says the deal they signed with the company is good.“This talk with Coastal GasLink didn’t start yesterday, it’s been years in progress. We supported it,” she says.“We walked the line where Coastal GasLink was going to go, we were on the ground.”The pipeline has the backing of elected leadership – but five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs don’t want the project and say the band council doesn’t have the jurisdiction to give consent.Michelle doesn’t agree.“Myself and my hereditary chiefs and my elders and our community we worked with our young chief, and we worked with him to make this happen.”Michelle says if the pipeline doesn’t go through, millions of dollars and many jobs will be lost for the Wet’suwet’en Nation.At the moment, the gate Unist’ot’en camp on the Morice River Road bridge is still in place despite an interim injunction announced Friday by a B.C. judge. Access past the gate would allow the company to start work on a section of the pipeline.A new checkpoint was built 20 kilometres down the road by another clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation that is currently blocking access to the Unist’ot’en firstname.lastname@example.org@laurie_hamelin
HALIFAX – Halifax has submitted its pitch to lure online retail giant Amazon to the city, but even the bid’s biggest proponent admits it’s a long shot.Mayor Mike Savage would not reveal specifics about the city’s submission for the company’s new headquarters, but said Halifax’s quality of life was emphasized.“If Amazon wants to give employees a city that they can fall in love with, I think Halifax is that city,” said Savage in an interview ahead of Thursday’s deadline for proposals.“If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can offer, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player. But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a number of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to make.”More than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada have expressed interest in pursuing the project, and Savage conceded Halifax’s bid is a “long shot.”But he said regardless of whether Halifax wins, the effort has positioned the city to attract other tech businesses.“The city has been growing for a number of years now. We’ve become a tech hub. We could not have bid on this five years ago. But now we have so many companies in that sector that have proven that you can make a living in Halifax,” said Savage.Amazon announced last month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend US$5 billion to build the new headquarters for as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Savage said he’s aware Halifax does not meet all the requirements, but said that doesn’t mean the city is not a “serious competitor.”Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, have expressed interest in pursuing the project, but it is unclear how many will submit a bid by Thursday.Amazon has said it will make a final decision on the second headquarters next year.
These areas will get generally less than 50 mm (2 inches) of rainfall through Sunday. Even as Sri Lanka looks to recover from heavy rain this week a potential cyclone is likely to affect the country next week.A newly formed depression and second brewing tropical threat will combine to threaten parts of India and Sri Lanka with flooding and mudslides into next week, accuweather reported. While this first tropical threat sits over the Arabian Sea early next week, a new threat will approach Sri Lanka and eastern India.Tropical development is possible as early as Thursday or Friday near the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.This potential cyclone will then have an opportunity to organize further and strengthen as it crosses the southern Bay of Bengal this weekend. This includes areas from Puducherry, Madurai and Kochi southward. Rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) will be common with local amounts reaching 200 mm (8 inches).There will be a high risk for local flash flooding along with an elevated risk for mudslides.Lighter rainfall will expand farther north and impact locations from Chennai to Benaluru, Coimbatore and Kozhikode. Eastern India will be at risk for impacts from the tropical cyclone as early as Monday night, with areas from Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh at highest risk for flooding and damaging winds.Depending on the exact track, flooding rainfall could extend inland across southern India or spread northward into Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Orissa later week. (Colombo Gazette) The seventh Bay of Bengal depression of the season developed near Sri Lanka on Wednesday and has produced rounds of heavy rainfall across the country and neighboring parts of southern India since early in the week. A slow track to the west will take the depression south of India before it turns northward and moves off the coast of western India into early next week. This track will result in daily downpours across Sri Lanka and southern India through at least Saturday.The heaviest rain is expected across Sri Lanka and southern and central Tamil Nadu as well as southern Kerala in India.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie up as Fed chief stands behind central bank’s low-interest rate policies by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 8:45 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday as positive U.S. housing data and rising optimism in the durability of stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve helped traders put aside worries about the inconclusive results of Italy’s election.The loonie rose 0.32 of a cent to 97.75 cents US.The greenback weakened as traders also took in a second day of Congressional testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. He sought to reassure Congress members that the central bank has a handle on the risks of the central bank’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds.As he did on Tuesday, Bernanke expressed confidence that the central bank’s low-rate policies currently pose little risk of causing runaway inflation or a stock market bubble.Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors said a measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than two and a half years. Its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 4.5 per cent last month to 105.9.Sales of previously occupied homes ticked up in January after rising to their highest level in five years in 2012.The eurozone government crisis continued to be in focus after the centre-left alliance led by Pier Luigi Bersani narrowly won the lower house in Italy’s elections, but failed to gain control of the upper house. It’s not clear what kind of coalition can be formed to give Italy a government that can pass legislation and carry on with the financial reform that markets have demanded.The turmoil over the election results is already making itself felt in borrowing costs for Italy.The country sold €4 billion in 10-year bonds at a yield of 4.83 per cent, way up from 4.17 per cent last month. The yield on five-year bonds rose to 3.59 per cent from 2.94 per cent, as €2.5 billion was auctioned.Bond interest costs are a key measure of Europe’s effort to keep its debt problems in check. Higher rates mean more skepticism about an indebted country’s ability to pay.On commodity markets, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early losses and edged up 13 cents to US$92.76 a barrel.Prices moved to positive territory after data for the week ended Feb. 22 showed a rise in inventories of 1.1 million barrels, much less than the build of 2.6 million barrels that analysts expected.April gold on the Nymex fell $19.80 to US$1,595.70 an ounce while May copper was down two cents at US$3.57 a pound.
Win shareJacksonEveryone else > 3/4100%32.3% 2/3 – 3/450%9.3% < 2/30%0.4% With Phil Jackson returning to the NBA as president of the New York Knicks — his first front-office job — there’s one move he can make to greatly improve the Knicks’ chances at success: Hire himself as coach.I’m not saying that the Knicks’ players are a perfect match for Jackson’s “triangle” offense, or that I have any insight into his coaching shortlist — except that any name on that list other than his will be less likely to win championships.To illustrate, let’s take a quick look at some of Jackson’s accomplishments:I know “count the rings” is a controversial argument, but Jackson has won a lot of championships. This graph also doubles as a good reason why he should return to coaching: He’s fallen behind the rest of the NBA. Time to catch up!Though already a Hall of Famer and widely regarded as one of the best coaches in NBA history, Jackson still sometimes gets criticized for having won his 11 rings exclusively with some of the best players in history: First Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (and later Dennis Rodman) with the Chicago Bulls, then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal (and later Pau Gasol) with the Los Angeles Lakers.Of course, if he had taken over last year’s Lakers squad — with Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash — and trounced everyone on his way to a 12th trophy, he would have faced the same criticism. It’s ridiculous: Take any player who Jackson won a championship with, and he has won at least five more without them. The reverse isn’t even close. Among Jackson’s regular starters, Rodman had two championships without him, and Shaq had one. That’s it.But the point that Jackson’s teams were all very strong, while mostly true, misses a critical point: They won more championships than even incredibly strong teams are expected to.Jackson’s teams won more than 75 percent of their games in the regular season six times, and each time won the NBA championship. Since the introduction of the 3-point shot (1979-80), 31 non-Jackson-coached teams have won more than 75 percent of their games, and only 10 won the title.But maybe his top teams are just better than the rest of the NBA’s top teams. So let’s look at the next step down: Jackson’s teams won between two-thirds and three-fourths of their games in the regular season 10 times, winning five championships (50 percent). The rest of the NBA has done the same just 10 of 108 times (9.3 percent).None of Jackson’s four teams who failed to win two-thirds of their games ever won a championship. But of the 765 other teams in that category, only three ever did. To summarize: One reason Jackson’s consistently great teams may have done so well relative to their records is that their records more accurately reflect their strength, more so than the random NBA team that runs well for a year or so. But Jackson’s dynastic teams do even better in the playoffs than other dynasties.For example, the average Phil Jackson team saw its win-rate drop by about 4 percent in the playoffs (against much stronger competition) compared with the regular season (against average competition). The league dropped, on average, by 11 percent. Gregg Popovich is notorious for resting starters and otherwise not taking the regular season seriously, and even his San Antonio Spurs see a 9.5 percent drop. To find any dynasty nearly as consistent as Jackson’s, you have to go back to the 1980s. Pat Riley’s Lakers’ win rate dropped only 5 percent (though if you add in Riley’s years with the Knicks and the Miami Heat, his average jumps back to 10 percent).Even if Jackson had nothing to do with his teams’ strength in general, his ability to keep them performing their best or even better in the playoffs is remarkable. Given the extreme rarity of clutch-like effects in sports, is it more likely that two to three different teams independently possessed this quality, and Jackson just happened to coach them? Or did Jackson’s coaching instill this quality?
Source: FacebookA GROUP OF men in Limerick have turned an old trailer into a mobile pub – complete with Guinness and Heineken on tap, tea and sandwiches.The Mobile Pub was the creation of artist Mick Fortune and his partner Aileen Lambert, who focus on community art projects.They bought a mobile windows showroom… Source: Facebook… and got a Men’s Shed group in Limerick’s Southill on board. They then refurbished it completely to look like a snug. Source: Facebook Source: Facebook“The idea was in the back of our heads since 2001,” says Mick. “But I thought it’d never work, what with the logistics for the license.”He put in a proposal for Limerick City of Culture 2014, and it was accepted. Since January they have been working on the mobile pub. Source: Facebook Source: Facebook Source: FacebookThe pub – called MEET, the Mobile Irish Pub – is now touring local events. “There are sandwiches, tea and biscuits, proper Guinness and Heineken on tap – for free for the hour and a half event,” Mick says.It’s about community, groups getting involved and investing thought into how the pub could be used. Rural culture.The Mobile Pub is running for the month of July, and will end on the August Bank Holiday weekend.What’s yours? Source: Facebook- Reporting by Valerie LoftusMore: Guy pours a beer using nothing but his forehead>
Facebook launches ‘community help’ feature to aid people dealing with disasters or tragedies The feature, which will be initially launched in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Saudi Arabia, is a continuation of the site’s ‘safety check’ application. http://jrnl.ie/3229343 Source: Shutterstock/David M GFACEBOOK HAS UPDATED its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters.A new “Community Help” feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit.“In times of crisis, connecting is more important than ever,” Gleit said.Facebook launched Safety Check in 2014 as a way for members of the social network to let family or friends easily see whether they are unharmed after disastrous events.Community Help now lets people find, or give, assistance such as food, shelter or transportation in the aftermath of a crisis.“Safety Check has been activated hundreds of times, but we know we can do more to empower the community to help one another,” Gleit said.The feature was inspired by Facebook members using groups or posts at the social network to organise aid for people after disasters such as flooding in Chennai, India, in late 2015.Community Help is being added to Safety Check initially in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Saudi Arabia and will be expanded as it is refined, according to Facebook.Safety Check is activated after Facebook receives alerts from global crisis reporting agencies and posts regarding the incidents spike at the social network. If an incident is a natural or accidental disaster, the Community Help tool will be triggered, Gleit said.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do’ – The trouble of keeping kids safe onlineRead: The company making lots of money out of the chaos Trump’s tweets cause in the corporate world Share4 Tweet Email 4 Comments Feb 8th 2017, 4:43 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By AFP 4,841 Views Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 4:43 PM
File Photo Image: Shutterstock/EddieCloud Share300 Tweet Email11 Image: Shutterstock/EddieCloud https://jrnl.ie/4565841 By Conor McCrave Mar 28th 2019, 6:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 39,787 Views File Photo 35 Comments IF YOU’RE PLANNING a trip through Kildare this weekend you should be warned traffic diversions come into effect along the M7 from 9pm on Friday night. Traffic will be restricted to one lane between 9pm on Friday and motorists will be diverted onto new slip roads to facilitate the demolition of an existing overbridge on the motorway. During the peak travel times of 6am and 10pm on Saturday and Sunday, traffic will return to using two lanes but a speed limit of 25km/h will be in force in some parts. The diversions come as part of the M7 upgrade project which will expand the road from two lanes to three lanes in a bid to ease congestion. In a statement, Gardaí said: “As part of the M7 upgrade project it is necessary to demolish an existing overbridge to facilitate the ongoing construction of the new Osberstown Interchange Junction 9a between junctions 9 (Naas North) and Junction 10 (Naas South). This will affect traffic in both directions.“Traffic will be directed around the area of the works via the newly constructed off/on slips of this new interchange. A cautionary speed limit of 25km/h will be in place through the new roundabout.“Before 6am on Monday 1 April the demolition works will have been completed and traffic will return to the current mainline.”. The latest phase is expected to be completed in April with the project completed in full by early 2020. Kildare County Council apologised to motorists and said “any inconvenience caused to the public is regretted”. Delays expected along M7 as diversions kick in this weekend The speed limit will be reduced to 25km/hr in some parts. Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 6:59 PM
In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted to move forward with a proposed tobacco tax. Borough staff now will draft an ordinance for the Assembly to consider at a later meeting.The proposal calls for the borough to work with the City of Ketchikan on a tax that would be similar throughout the community. The suggested tax is $3 per pack of cigarettes, or 75 percent of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. Tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes, also would be taxed at a similar rate.Assembly Members Glen Thompson, Mike Painter and Jim Van Horne opposed the measure, while John Harrington, Alan Bailey, Bill Rotecki and Todd Phillips voted in favor.Bailey says he supports the proposed tobacco tax, because he believes it will help discourage people from taking up the habit.“This is a simple question for me. Can I make a decision that will help assist the lives of youth? Not a problem. You bet. Yes. And if that upsets some people who believe this is excessive, I can live with that,” Bailey says.Painter argued that the tobacco tax is all about money, and has nothing to do with promoting health.“People that are addicted to tobacco, whether it’s chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigs, are an easy mark for you revenue hunters. Call it what you want to, this, in my opinion, if it passes, this is extortion. Because the revenue is not going toward the problem.”The tobacco tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million a year. The proposal calls for 15 percent of that, or about $180,000, to be designated for smoking cessation programs. The rest would be split between the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, based on population.Earlier in the meeting, Thompson tried to amend the motion to put the issue in front of the voters. He says the public should have a direct say in a new tax.“I think it’s incumbent upon us to give the folks a bite at the apple, because they’re going to look at it as a sales tax. And they like to approve it when we pass taxes on them. And I trust the voters.”That motion failed 3-4. Painter and Van Horne joined Thompson in voting yes.Also Monday, the Assembly considered a proposal to legalize fireworks within the borough. The City of Ketchikan allows some fireworks, and the borough currently doesn’t allow any. Enforcement, though, is light.There was public comment for and against that proposal. Van Abbott says he’d like fireworks to remain illegal, and for the borough to enforce that rule. Abbott says the residue from fireworks is dangerous, and could be getting into residents’ water systems.“Twenty to thirty percent of the powders and the accelerants contained in these aerial shells and rockets does not ignite, and falls to the earth and more likely than not, onto our neighbors’ roofs.”Many residents in the borough use roof-catchment systems to collect drinking water. Abbot says the chemicals in fireworks include heavy metals that can harm children, especially.Don Westlund, who proposed the motion for Assembly consideration, pointed out that fireworks are easily purchased through the Internet, and the borough doesn’t get any sales tax revenue that way.There also was discussion of the effect of fireworks on animals, and Assembly members talked about how to better enforce the current ban. In the end, though, members referred the issue to the city-borough Cooperative Relations Committee for further discussion.
A gillnetter fishes in Frederick Sound near Petersburg. (Photo courtesy of Cindi Lagoudakis)Changes to fisheries for crab, shrimp and other shellfish will be first on the agenda for a meeting of the Board of Fish in Sitka in January.Listen nowThe Board decides changes to commercial, sport and personal-use fisheries around the state. Proposals to change fisheries in Southeast Alaska come before the board every three years. This winter the meeting is January 11th through the 23rd and will include both shellfish and finfish proposals.Glenn Haight is executive director for the board. He said for the past two board cycles, Southeast finfish and shellfish meetings have been separate.“So for instance three years ago we had the shellfish meeting in Wrangell and the finfish meeting in Sitka and it just, in Wrangell the Board went through the shellfish proposal really fast,” Haight said. “I mean it was a quick meeting. In reviewing that, of course with budget issues, we thought it might make sense to bring ‘em together and save some money and bring all the same folks together at one time.”With that said, the nine-day meeting will be split into two sessions. In late December the board released a meeting agenda and road map for addressing the more than 150 proposed changes. Shellfish proposals, public testimony and deliberation by the board will be in session one, January 11th through the 14th. Finfish, which includes salmon and herring, will be addressed with a new round of public testimony and deliberations January 15th through the 23rd.“We always will do public testimony before board meetings,” Haight explained. “In this case we are going have two separate sets of public testimony. So if you’re just focused on finfish for instance, coming the 15th is great, you don’t need to be there on the 11th to give your public testimony. We will do public testimony again on the 15th.”Shellfish proposals this year include changes to Dungeness, Tanner and king crab fisheries along with shrimp and dive fisheries. The finfish meeting will include competing proposals over the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, along with plans for curtailing the region’s catch of king salmon.Other proposals would address changes for black cod, ling cod and rockfish, allocation of hatchery salmon and proposed new fisheries for squid and dogfish.The deadline for written comments on proposals is Thursday December 28th.
Hyderabad: With Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao having laid the foundation stone for the new Secretariat and Legislature complexes on Thursday, the state government has put the process of shifting all offices out of the present Secretariat complex on fast-track mode. The process of shifting would begin in a week’s time. KCR performed special puja at both the venues amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by pandits and laid the first brick as a mark of beginning of the construction work. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us State ministers, TRS senior leaders KT Rama Rao and Harish Rao were also present. Interestingly, several officials were seen greeting Harish Rao. Sources said that the CMO (Chief Minister’s Office), GAD and office of the Chief Secretary and Finance department will be shifted to BRK Bhavan which is adjacent to the Secretariat. The staff of secretariat will be shifted to their respective HoDs (Heads of the Departments) offices located in different parts of the city. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Chief Secretary will hold coordination meetings with all secretaries every week to streamline the administration post the shifting of the offices. While the new Secretariat complex will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore by demolishing existing structures near Hussainsagar, the Legislature complex will come up at Errum Manzil, a family palace built by Nawab Fakrul Mulk, a noble of the erstwhile Hyderabad state. Advertise With Us The legal heirs of Fakrul Mulk have appealed to KCR not to demolish the historical and heritage structure, built over 150 years ago. Members of Fakhrul Mulk Legal Heirs’ Association have urged KCR to spare the structure so that it can be preserved for posterity. Association’s Secretary and Fakhrul Mulk’s great-grandson Sahafath Ali Khan, who is also a celebrity hunter, differed with the view that the building is in dilapidated condition. He suggested that the state government preserve the heritage structure to receive foreign dignitaries visiting Hyderabad. “It can be built on the lines of Hyderabad House in New Delhi,” he said. In the past Errum Manzil used to host royal banquets and received Viceroys and Governor Generals. The legal heirs of Fakhrul Mulk said if the building was demolished Hyderabad would lose another key heritage structure. The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other opposition parties are opposing construction of new Secretariat and Legislature, saying this would put unnecessary burden on state exchequer as the existing structures are sound and stable. Police detained a group of BJP leaders and activists planning for a march to Secretariat to stage a protest. BJP’s Hyderabad unit president Ramachandra Rao was among those detained. Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao was kept under house arrest to prevent him from organising any protest. The building, located in the heart of the city, currently houses the office of Roads and Buildings Department.
‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Game of Thrones is almost done, yet thousands of fans are enraged about the show’s final episodes. However, they’re not the only ones with mixed feelings: Interview footage of Game of Thrones stars reveals that they might not be happy with the series’ final moments as well.Following the premiere of “The Bells,” Game of Thrones received a lot of negative feedback for poor storytelling and character development. Earlier this week, an annoyed fan started a Change.org petition to re-do Season 8, and so far, it has generated more than 500,000 signatures. Even though some actors have defended the series’ showrunners, this YouTube video, which shows interviews with Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and other Iron Throne contenders, could be telling a different story, Men’s Health reported.“Have you shot your final scenes yet? And, are you happy with how things ended?” An Entertainment Tonight reporter asked Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jacob Anderson in a brief clip. Clarke looks like she’s about to crack up and she didn’t say “yes” to the question. She then replies in a funny tone, “Best season ever!”In another exclusive chat, Harington described Game of Thrones’ season finale as “disappointing.” Then he quickly says with a smile, “Epic…I don’t know, one of those ones.” The interviewer looked a little shocked, because clearly, she was expecting another answer there.The cherry on top of the cake is Peter Dinklage’s interview with Entertainment Tonight producer Lauren Zima. Dinklage, in a stern tone, said, “There are no better writers in television than D. B. Weiss and David Benioff. They ended it brilliantly, better than I could have imagined, and you people are in for it.” He then appears to roll his eyes before the tape cuts out. So many questions here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>There is one more episode of Game of Thrones left, so it will be interesting to see how the series finale goes down on Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Urge HBO to Re-Do Season 8 in New Petition‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Pilou Asbæk Claps Back at Season 8 Critics
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief The new 2018 MacBook Air includes pretty much everything shoppers have been asking for. It has a much sharper Retina display. The bezels around that screen are no longer laughably large. And this machine has a fast 8th-generation Intel CPU.Apple also includes a Touch ID sensor for quickly logging in (though there’s no Face ID) and a larger touchpad in a design that’s significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.But there’s one very large fly in the ointment here, and that’s the price. The $1,199 cost is $200 more than the previous MacBook Air. This could put off would-be upgraders and especially those shoppers Apple is trying to woo from Windows.MORE: MacBook Air 2018 Hands-on – Pros and Cons“It has great specs, but the price is too high to be the entry-level product in the line,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “At $1,199 to start, the new MacBook Air is going to cannibalize a lot of MacBook Pro sales without getting many entry-level buyers to trade up.” How the 2018 MacBook Air measures upDuring Apple’s launch event, CEO Tim Cook said that 51 percent of Mac buyers worldwide are new to the Mac. But when they see the price of the new MacBook Air, they may take another look at their Windows ultraportable options, as a lot of those systems are significantly cheaper than what Apple’s offering while providing better specs.Take the Dell XPS 13, which costs $1,099 for a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That’s double the storage of the MacBook Air, which costs $1,399 if you want to jump from the base 128GB to 256GB.Granted, that above Dell configuration includes a 1080p display, which is lower resolution than the Retina panel on the 2018 MacBook Air (2560 x 1600 pixels). The XPS 13 with a 4K panel costs $1,759, but that also comes with 16GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor. You also get touch functionality, which the MacBook Air lacks. The MacBook Air isn’t available with a Core i7 chip.MORE: Which MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. ProMicrosoft’s sleek Surface Laptop 2 starts at $999 for a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. So that’s $200 less than the MacBook Air. And, again, the Surface Laptop includes a touchscreen display, and it’s pretty crisp at 2256 x 1504 pixels.The new MacBook Air “is likely to disappoint many buyers who were hoping for a new $999 laptop from Apple,” said Tom Mainelli, program vice president of devices at market research firm IDC. “Apple is making it clear that even its entry-level Mac notebook isn’t going to compete on price.”HP sells the premium Spectre 13t for $1,099, which offers double the storage of the MacBook Air at 256GB for $100 less. And if you want a 4K screen, it costs just $50 more than the new Air at $1,249.MORE: Best Ultrabooks – MacBook Air AlternativesThe Apple premium argumentApple is obviously counting on the unique appeal of its Macs, which promises ease of use, generally better security than Windows and tight integration with iCloud and iPhones, to justify the premium. And that strategy may very well be successful, especially for those who have been turned off by the MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,299 but really costs $1,799 if you want a modern processor.”Much better screen, smaller bezels, faster performance and Type C ports. [The new MacBook Air] looks and feels a lot like the MacBook Pro, which will make a lot of people very happy,” said Mainelli.The good news — sort of — is that Apple is keeping the old MacBook Air around at $999. But this machine’s 5th-generation Core processor, 1440 x 900-pixel screen and thick bezels make it feel like a relic. The only things going for it really are the full-size USB ports and comfier old-school keyboard.“The average price last quarter of a MacBook Air was $807,” said Baker, adding that there’s a real mismatch between current buyers and prospective ones for the new Air. “Which is why it appears [Apple is] going to keep selling the old MacBook Air.”OutlookSo, yeah, you can still get a cheap MacBook Air, but it’s not one that stacks up well against the Windows competition.The bottom line is this. 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Transat forges ahead with hotel plans while prioritizing expansion for its TDC network Share This story originally ran in the August 2, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — Back when wholesalers began investing heavily in B2C marketing and distribution, there was tremendous pressure on tour operators to ‘go direct’.And tour operators did, even if marketing straight to the consumer – not even with a website in some cases, not back then, but just with a 1-800 number – raised the ire of loyal travel agent partners and, in some cases, was reason enough for many agents to strike a company off their sell list for a while. Now, of course, using both B2B and B2C marketing strategies is the new normal.At Transat, “retail travel is in our DNA”, says Joe Adamo, Transat’s Chief Distribution Officer and President, TDC.Indeed Transat’s principal founder, Jean-Marc Eustache, got his start in the tourism industry in 1977 at Tourbec, a travel agency specializing in youth and student tourism, before founding Trafic Voyages, the basis for the creation of Transat.Annick Guérard, Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, says that while Transat has always had a multi-channel distribution channel, “85% of what we do is B2B”.She adds: “With time we saw that distribution from B2B was not moving down that fast. In focus groups people tell us that they’re overwhelmed with information. They need to be guided. Booking travel is an agent’s métier and people are saying, ‘I’m going to pay you to make this booking because it’s valuable to me’.”Adamo adds: “People said, bricks-and-mortar is dying. And we said, no, wait. The role of the travel agent will evolve. Travel agents are the highest touch distribution channels and high-touch works for us. Agents can talk about our differentiators.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesWith 450 retail locations now for Transat Distribution Canada (TDC), and growing, Transat is heavily invested in travel retail as a means of distribution.Nathalie Boyer, General Manager of TDC, says the retail division is looking to shore up in markets where Transat could use more growth. “We are always on the lookout for new options, in markets where it makes sense for us to be present, either with affiliates/members, company-owned agencies or external agents. We will increase our presence in some markets.”From the sounds of things TDC is on the expansion trail, with announcements about future prospects “upcoming”, adds Boyer.Transat Agent@Home is growing too. “Obviously, the business of external agents has been growing quickly, and will still be in the upcoming years, globally in the market, as well as in our own network,” says Boyer. “That is why we have made some improvements to our reservation platform, as well as to our pay grid, just to name a few, to make sure they are better aligned with the different realities of our markets in Canada.”Asked how critical vertical integration continues to be for Transat, Boyer says the company continues to implement its vision of multichannel and global distribution: “Direct distribution remains a very important part of our business, and is one of the focus of our newest strategic plan.”Of course a big part of Transat’s vertically integrated game plan is its new hotel division. Following the sale of its 35% minority interest in Ocean Hotels in fall 2017, Transat announced plans to operate some 5,000 owned or managed hotel rooms within seven years.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Transat was able to tap into the knowledge and experience of its top TDC agents earlier this year at its Bravo Club Excellence conference in Riviera Maya, asking agents for their input as the company ramps up its resort plans.“For us, the possibility to discuss the hotel experience with these top travel agents was a great opportunity,” says Boyer. “We acknowledge the fact that they are travel experts and we value their opinion. They are our eyes and our ears when it comes to what the traveller wants.”The hotel division brainstorming session included tapping agents’ ideas about what defines the DNA “of a unique 5-star guest experience”, said Boyer. Sounds like the new Transat resorts will be no slouch in the luxury department.Agents were also asked about key differentiators for specific customer segments, like families and couples.In an interview with Travelweek’s sister publication, Montreal-based Profession Voyages, Transat’s Hotel Division President, Jordi Solé, says the focus for the new hotels will be on all-inclusive five-star properties “that will make their mark on products and services”.Adds Solé: “We want to establish ourselves in our main destinations: Cancun and Riviera Maya in Mexico, Punta Cana in the D.R., Montego Bay in Jamaica and Havana and Varadero in Cuba. We have a target of 5,000 rooms, either owned or managed, by 2024.”Solé also says that Transat wants to sign a first hotel project this year, “which could be inaugurated in 2020, and marketed in 2019.” Travelweek Group Friday, August 10, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: B2B, B2C, TDC, Transat Posted by
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Some 400,000 people live within the city’s official municipal limits, but these have been effectively wiped out by urban and suburban sprawl that swell the population to 3 million. That’s almost a third of the country’s population, and encompasses almost half its Jews.Some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Gaza, Tel Aviv is often accusingly taunted by some Israelis as a “bubble,” disconnected from the rest of the country and indifferent to the suffering of about 1 million people in the south who have regularly faced the threat of rockets fired from Gaza.“The people of Tel Aviv are now feeling a little bit of what the people in the south have been feeling for the last years, and that’s not a bad thing,” said Itai Madhalla, a 31-year-old investment manager.Later Friday, Gaza militants escalated their fire even more by targeting, also for the first time, the city of Jerusalem.Despite the general mood of calm and steely resolve, some in Tel Aviv admitted to being shaken.“I am not afraid of being hit, but I just don’t want to be alone when the alarm goes off,” said Rebecca Mandel, a 28-year-old PR consultant.Some hotels reported cancellations from overseas. Dani Tamari, the manager of a boutique hotel in downtown Tel Aviv, said that after the first attack Thursday evening guests were offered free shots at the hotel bar and massages to calm frayed nerves. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories People parked their cars on the side of the Ayalon intercity highway, taking cover against concrete walls. Later, nightlife raged on.On Friday morning, rockets were fired for a second day, catching Israelis lounging in their favorite cafes and restaurants.“Everybody just got up and went inside, there was no panic, and when it was over they went back to their plates,” said Rina Kol, a schoolteacher dining near Tel Aviv’s largest open-air market.Shortly after the siren sounded, an explosion sounded in the distance. Israeli authorities would not disclose the landing site so as not to help Gaza rocket launchers improve their aim.Within minutes, though, customers crowded the cafes again to enjoy a mild, sunny fall day and leisurely sip their espressos. Street musicians picked up their instruments and shoppers made last-minute purchases before the start of the Jewish Sabbath.City Hall announced it was opening all municipal bomb shelters to the public.Eytan Schwartz, a spokesman for the mayor, said it was telling that a local entrepreneur was already developing a smartphone app that locates the closest shelter.“The legacy of this country is that we will not let terror paralyze us. In Tel Aviv, that means we won’t let it stop us from going to restaurants and coffee shops,” he said. “Part of the legacy in this city is that the show must go on.” Comments Share Sponsored Stories “Attacking Tel Aviv is seen as crossing a red line,” said Steven Reiter, U.S.-born banker who lives in the posh north of the city.Violence is not unprecedented here. Tel Aviv did witness battles during Israel’s 1948 war of independence _ when it was a far cry from the city of today. It was also hit by Saddam Hussein’s Scud missiles in the 1991 Gulf War. And about a decade ago it suffered an onslaught of Palestinian suicide bombings.But Gaza militants have waited a long time to target the city with their arsenal of Iranian-made long-range missiles. With Israel starting an offensive Wednesday against them, the militants had an excuse.Tel Avivians were caught by surprise Thursday when sirens wailed in the city for the first time in more than two decades _ exhibiting a paradox of moving on despite the outrage that seemed somehow of a peace with the lovingly nurtured image of the city.In high-rise office buildings, workers froze in silence for a few seconds before quickly and calmly walking down the stairwells to their buildings’ shelters. Some murmured “I don’t believe it” while reaching for their phones to call loved ones. Several mobile networks crashed from overload. Associated PressTEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Leehee Goldenberg was having lunch at an outdoor cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolis, when an air-raid siren wailed. She and other diners knew the drill: They dashed inside the coffee shop and kept away from the windows. Then, from a distance, came the boom. Minutes later, everyone was back outdoors, chatting loudly.“It’s kind of unbelievable,” said Goldenberg, a 31-year-old lawyer. “In Tel Aviv we always feel like we live in a different world.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The scenes of lively normalcy in Tel Aviv were surprising to foreigners and recent immigrants. On trendy Rothschild Boulevard, home to many of the boxy 1930s Bauhaus-style buildings that earned the city a rare UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site, stores and shops were bustling.“I come from a quiet country, and yesterday I heard sirens and had to run to a shelter for the first time in my life,” said Vivian Hamui, 21, who moved from Panama five months ago to study here. “I am still in shock at how Israelis take it _ look, that guy is just drinking coffee, that one is playing his guitar.”____Heller reported from Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter (at)aronhellerap(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) For Israelis, the targeting of Tel Aviv is a direct puncture of the bubble of normalcy they have built around the city. Whenever it occurs, the outrage expressed in the media and on the street is palpable, as if what is acceptable in the southern desert or even in Jerusalem is inconceivable in a place so painstakingly trying to be “normal.”The freewheeling seaside oasis has long served as an escape from the troubles of everyday Israel. But Israel’s financial and cultural center is also something more: a symbolic reflection of Israelis’ deep-rooted need to feel like the prosperous and progressive place many of the early Zionist founders hoped the country would become. Thanks partly to its vibrant nightlife and balmy climate, it’s also developed an international reputation as a fun place to visit. In a country where the religious population is growing, the city is overwhelmingly secular. And its tech industry is known as a hub of innovative companies on a world-beating scale.It is this notion of preciousness that created the widespread sense that the question of whether or not Israel escalates its offensive may actually rest on whether Hamas dares target the city. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center
0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away I’m not the only one to not know much about 6th roundpick Justin Bethel out of Presbyterian, but all you needto do is look at the YouTube video of him boxjumping 60 inches and you can tell the kid is a freakathlete that may be worth developing as a safety. Nothingwrong with grabbing San Diego State quarterback RyanLindley with their second sixth round pick, as he had alot of success in the Mountain West Conference and heck,someone needs to hold the clipboard. Boise State tackleNate Potter in the seventh round just adds more depth andcompetition on the offensive line, and we all know that isjust what they needed. So in a nutshell three offensive lineman were drafted,as well as a dominant wide receiver, two secondary playersand a quarterback. To win in this league you need to buildthrough the draft and on paper this looks like a soliddraft. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Not having a second-round pick hurt initially, especiallywhen you saw the run on offensive tackles in that round,but one tackle expected to go in that round fell to theCardinals in the fourth round and that was Bobby Massie ofMississippi. It’s hard not to love this pick, as Massie could start atright tackle immediately. Massie was highly productive ina conference that is dominated by pass rushers anddefensive line play — the SEC. I was actually hoping theywere going to draft him in the third round. I also like third-round pick Jamell Fleming ofOklahoma, especially when you figure he went up againstgreat receivers in the Big 12 and practiced againstwideout Ryan Broyles — who went to the Detroit Lions inthe second round — on a regular basis. Some of you mayremember Fleming returing a pick for an interception inthe Fiesta Bowl vs UConn last year. Arizona may have foundthe compliment to Patrick Peterson at the other cornerbackspot, or at least someone to push Greg Toler, who missedall of last season due to injury. I wasn’t in favor of getting a guard early,especially with all the talk of David DeCastro of Stanfordin the first round because Arizona spent free agent moneyon Darryn Colledge and Adam Snyder in the past two years.But nabbing depth with Senio Kelemente of Washington inthe 5th round was a nice get. Kelemente is versatile likeSnyder because he can play guard and tackle. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ It’s hard not to like what the Cardinals did in the NFLdraft. Michael Floyd was a need and a necessity as the Cardinalshave struggled with finding a #2 receiver ever since theydecided not to pay Anquan Boldin the money he wanted andshipped him to Baltimore. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet both failed to produce theway a second receiver should, and while you may think thatsome of that is on the quarterback, all you need to do islook at Larry Fitzgerald’s production to realize that goodreceivers find ways to make plays. So getting a solidphysical receiver in Floyd was crucial for the Cardinalsoffense.
In 1999, Warner got his first starting opportunity in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, and he didn’t take long to make the most of it. That year, Warner led the Rams to a 13-3 record, a Super Bowl title and snagged an MVP for himself in the process.With Warner at quarterback, the Rams had one of the best offenses in NFL history, dubbed ‘The Greatest Show on Turf.’ In that span, the quarterback won another MVP in 2001 and still holds several NFL records such as most passing yards in a Super Bowl (414 in Super Bowl XXXIV), being the fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards, and is the only quarterback to throw for over 14,000 yards with two teams.Hoge believes Warner’s ability to succeed in different places makes him deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame.“Won a Super Bowl, great story and then what he did in Arizona, I don’t need to tell you guys what he did there. It wasn’t just one environment.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share Warner had a long career that lasted for eleven seasons, five of which he spent with the Cardinals.He signed with Arizona in 2005 and after being in and out of the starting spot he eventually led the Cardinals to NFC West championships in 2008 and 2009, and in 2008 he took the team to Super Bowl XLIII.Even though the Cardinals lost that game to the Pittsburgh Steelers Warner played well, throwing for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.In his five seasons in Arizona, Warner threw for 15,843 yards, 100 touchdowns and completed 65.1 percent of his throws. His best year with the Cardinals was in 2008, when he passed for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns.But even though Warner had success in the Valley, he began his legacy before he first suited up for the Cardinals.An undrafted free agent from Northern Iowa in 1994, Warner took the long way to NFL stardom, a trip that had stops with the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers and even the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.Hoge says he saw Warner’s talent when he was calling Arena Football.“The first time I ever did an Arena Football game the Iowa Barnstormers, Kurt Warner was the quarterback,” Hoge said. “They were down at like the two yard line and his pass was off his back foot and he faded over in the corner. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh this guy never set his feet and threw the ball.’” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Merril Hoge, ESPN NFL analyst Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (13) throws a pass under pressure from the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 56-35. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been seven seasons since former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner took off his pads for the last time in 2009.For the third time, Warner has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday he believes Warner deserves to have his bust in Canton.“The way that he played, how he played, the length that he played, there’s no doubt he’s a Hall of Famer, no doubt,” Hoge said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Feeling hot: Chutney Mary, MayfairAfter 25 years in Chelsea, Chutney Mary has moved to Mayfair and raised the design bar for Indian restaurants in London. The menu is based around small plates, grills and slow-cooked dishes and the kitchen delivers some real treats: strawberry chutney is a snappy match for a kebab of guinea fowl infused with spices. Tasty Tapas: Barrafina, Covent GardenThis shiny corner venue with everything on view offers the same modus operandi as Sam and Eddie Hart’s Soho original – no reservations, counter seating, fast-paced tapas that come as and when. Ingredients are everything; simple cooking methods – plancha, josper, grill – demand the freshest produce and dishes are as lively and intriguing as ever. Individuality is the hallmark of the capital’s restaurant scene, with bold concepts, young talent and super-smart restaurant chains grabbing the headlines. So if you want the low down on where to eat in London read on for The Good Food Guide’s favourite new openings from the last 12 months.Indian Delight: Dishoom, King’s CrossThe lovechild of a Bombay brasserie and a ninteenth century London factory, the largest of this London group has been an enormous hit. Look past the faux industrial clichés of brick, wood, ducting and scaffolding to a kitchen that takes a casual and fun approach to eating, sending out a standout creamy black house dahl, chicken biryani and wafer-thin rommali roti. Natural beauty: Naughty Piglets, BrixtonWith its cookbook clutter, pig paraphernalia and low hanging filament light bulbs, Naughty Piglets delivers a warm welcome and an effortlessly cool, intimate setting in which to explore a wine list bursting with natural and organic options. From the short blackboard menu chef Joe Sharratt delivers the likes of burrata, peas and broad beans that are so fresh he sends a message that only tiptop produce is used. Spanish Flair: Social Wine and Tapas, MaryleboneThe fifth addition to Jason Atherton’s London-based Social portfolio is a smart-fronted, two-tiered wine and tapas bar. Wine takes centre stage (Laure Patry, Atherton’s charismatic chief sommelier manages the place) and the food is a freewheeling take on tapas, ballsy yet subtle, lots of chilli, garlic, spice and citrus, but with a Spanish backbone. Hello Kitty: Kitty Fisher’s, MayfairSo simple, so tiny, such delicious food in all its seasonal glory, sums up the appeal of this doll’s house of a restaurant in the heart of Shepherd’s Market. Relish the sparkling fresh simplicities of a pair of perfectly trimmed char-grilled lamb cutlets or a meaty piece of grilled lemon sole on the bone. Service is charming. Bohemian Brit: The Manor, ClaphamThe house style is unpolished, as is the bohemian (bordering on basic) interior. What dazzles is the pared-down, well-prepared food with its penchant for simplicity and a keen eye for the seasons. An assortment of small plates could bring smoked Kentish venison tartare with burnt apple and walnuts, and Cornish crab with charred celeriac, hazelnuts and buttermilk. Cool Britannia: Portland, FitzroviaIt’s all about new-Brit culinary cool at this compact and understated Fitzrovia venue. A concise menu has a sense of seasonality and dishes brim with stimulating, flavour-first gestures and flashes of brilliance, from an opening snack of sticky lamb ribs with black sesame, to a main course of Cornish cod with Fowey mussels, king cabbage, cider and brown butter.A French Affair: Brasserie Gustave, ChelseaTime was when all London restaurants aspired to be like Brasserie Gustave – serving classic French cuisine to a French-led international clientele. The truth is that it’s very hard indeed to get the cooking and the service comme il faut – but they manage it here, delivering everything from a well-risen goats’ cheese soufflé to an impressive tartare prepared at table. 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