Nova Scotians can help choose which lands should be protected as part of the province’s 12 per cent plan, now that details on nearly 220,000 hectares of land are available online. “Our province’s protected areas are places where families can experience natural habitats and enjoy outdoor recreation,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are encouraged by the high level of interest demonstrated so far, and we encourage Nova Scotians to visit the protected areas site and get involved in the selection process.” Comments will be incorporated into a draft plan, which will be released for provincewide consultation next year before final decisions are made. The province has a legislated goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. Written comments will be accepted until Dec. 1 at Department of Environment, Protected Areas Branch, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8 and by e-mail at email@example.com. A discussion paper titled Our Wild Spaces, photos and descriptions of review lands can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent/ .
VIENNA: UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano plans to step down early, in March of next year, because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over the past year, diplomats who follow his agency’s work said on Wednesday.Amano, a 72-year-old Japanese diplomat, was reappointed in 2017 to a third four-year term in charge of the International Atomic Energy Agency, until Nov. 30, 2021. The IAEA’s responsibilities include policing the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities under Tehran’s 2015 deal with world powers, which the United States quit last year. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHis departure raises the question of what future course the agency will take, though few expect its handling of Iran and other sensitive issues to change significantly. Amano has frequently emphasised that his agency’s work is technical rather than political, a reaction to the tenure of his predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei, who together with the IAEA was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize and clashed with US officials over Iran. Amano’s plan to leave in March leaves the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors time to pick a successor, who must also be approved by the agency’s General Conference, a meeting of all its member states.
Based on the interest expressed by the proponents, Staff prepared a proposal of zoning by-law amendments. Also while looking at changing the zoning by-laws for breweries, Staff also prepared a proposal for zoning by-laws surrounding the sale of cannabis.Based on these proposals, Council plans to seek feedback from the community in May before proceeding with any final decisions.The Cannabis Retail amendments proposed to the District of Taylor’s Zoning Bylaw are modelled closely after those adopted by the City of Fort St John.Currently, the District by-laws do not support the sale of cannabis.For more information on the proposal of zoning by-law amendments, you can visit the District of Taylor’s website. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting, on Monday, District of Taylor Council started to look at making amendments to zoning by-laws to support Micro Breweries, Craft Distilleries, and Cannabis Retail Uses.Recently, the District has been contacted by local business investors that are showing interest in developing a small scale craft brewery within the municipality.According to District Staff, after reviewing the District’s Zoning Bylaw, it was determined that the proposed use is not permitted in any of Taylor’s commercial zones.
New Delhi: Day after a 64-year-old Mumbai-based businessman was rescued from the clutches of his kidnappers from East Delhi area, the kidnappers, during the interrogation, revealed that they have committed the crime in the past with the same modus operandi.Police sources told Millennium Post that the interrogators are verifying their claims. “We have found that one of the accused had criminal records in the past,” said sources adding that they are tracking their past records. According to sources, the incident was reported on around 10:16 pm on Friday night. It is being suspected that man was honey trapped by a gang which comprised of 6 members including 4 women. The gang assumed that the ransom would be paid off easily as the victim might fear for his social reputation. However, the police team laid a trap and in a midnight operation, they rescued the businessman. Honey trap gangs using different modus operandi: From sending e-mails to offering lifts, the honey trap gangs had vast modus operandi to trap people. According to investigators, they randomly send e-mails and messages on social media accounts to different people. “The person who replied back to their email the criminals lured them and then trap them for extorting money,” said investigator adding that they also maintain registers containing details of the e-mails and social media account whom they have sent. In 2018, Delhi Police has arrested a gang of three African nationals, including a woman, for honey-trapping an east Delhi-based doctor through Facebook and duping him of Rs 40 lakh. The accused had introduced herself with a fake name of Sandra and posed as a British national after he accepted her request on Facebook. Initially, she started chatting with Vijay on Facebook to know more about India. She told him that she was unmarried and was interested in marrying an Indian man. Another investigator added that some gangs offer a lift in the vehicle and then threatened the victims to give money or they will falsely accused them in rape cases. Highly placed sources in the crime branch said that in some cases the accused also target a particular person. “The accused continuously monitors the person moves through the internet,” said investigator adding that they mostly target elderly person.
TORONTO — As a proposal to build a high tech neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront slowly progresses, policy-makers from the municipal and provincial governments are mulling new data legislation and frameworks to prepare for the age of so-called “smart cities”.The Quayside project, led by Alphabet Inc.-backed entity Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, has been a lightning rod for data and privacy concerns due to the vast amounts of information it could collect through phones, sensors and other devices used in neighbourhood.Those concerns were still lingering when the Ontario government quietly launched a three-phase consultation process earlier this month to develop a data strategy for the province that it hopes will create economic benefits and increase public trust and confidence.The province did not say if the Quayside project had spurred the consultation, but the process began with an online survey seeking feedback on at least one issue Sidewalk will encounter: who should control how businesses use public data and how government ministries should be allowed to share data.Following the survey, the government will begin province-wide roundtables in the spring and then refine and finalize a strategy in the fall. It is also considering the creation of a data task force.Meanwhile, at Toronto city hall on Tuesday, Coun. Joe Cressy successfully pushed for the city to host a consultation process and develop a digital infrastructure and smart city framework encompassing matters of privacy, transparency, equity and human rights and protecting public interests in cases where private ownership is involved.“Quayside is a very public example with Sidewalk Labs, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect…other developers to come forward with potentially positive proposals related to the use of sensors and data collection services in private development on public streets, but in the absence of the framework that could be harmful and misused,” Cressy told The Canadian Press.“Toronto may be late to the game on this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t engage now.”Cressy’s motion, which names Quayside as a potential use for a data policy, passed unanimously.Sidewalk has welcomed both Cressy’s motion and the provincial consultations.“This project has generated an active and healthy public discussion about data privacy, ownership, and governance in cities. We hope that our project will set a new standard for responsible data use, as articulated in our data proposals we released last year,” Sidewalk spokeswoman Keerthana Rang said.“We look forward to working closely with the city, the province and Waterfront Toronto on this important issue and the policies that follow.”When it comes to data in Quayside, Sidewalk has said it does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces and instead will relinquish control of it to an independent, yet-to-be-created Civic Data Trust.The trust would set the rules around data use, make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection and ensure that Sidewalk Labs does not receive any special status or rights when it comes to data access.Critics have said that questions remain about how the trust would work and the project itself continues to attract concerns over Sidewalk’s intended scope and its hope to pay for transit and underground infrastructure in return for a cut of developer fees and property taxes.Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian resigned from her consultancy role on the Quayside project last year amid concerns with whether Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs were committed to de-identifying they would collect at source.Cavoukian said she has since been informally providing guidance to Waterfront Toronto and through speaking with the organization on a regular basis, feels confident it will commit to de-identifying data.She commended Cressy on his motion, but expressed some concerns around two levels of government simultaneously looking at similar policies.“Control and running the policies and governance has to reside with one level of government and to me, the most likely level and the one that makes the most sense is the municipal level,” she said.Cavoukian said such policies are important because of the backlash the project has faced. Earlier this week, longtime Quayside critics Bianca Wylie and Saadia Muzaffar joined forces with about to create a petition called Block Sidewalk, calling for the end of the project.However, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, which has suggested the Toronto library handle data governance for projects including Quayside, supports the project as well as the municipal and provincial examinations of a potential data policy.“There is a lot of potential in smart cities technology, but there is also a lot of issues that need to be managed with data and placement and intellectual property,” said the board’s vice-president of public affairs Brian Kelcey.“This is a regulatory issue that really should be resolved sooner rather than later.”
“The rights of indigenous peoples and environmental rights are under attack in Brazil,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and on the environment, John Knox, in a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR).Francisco José Eguiguren Praeli, Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, also joined the condemnation.The experts noted that Brazil has seen the highest number of killings of environmental and land defenders of any country over the last 15 years, up to an average of about one every week. Indigenous peoples are especially at risk. The Congressional Investigative Commission’s report also questions the motives of the United Nations, accusing it of being a confederation of NGOs influencing Brazilian policy.the experts“Against this backdrop, Brazil should be strengthening institutional and legal protection for indigenous peoples, as well as people of African heritage and other communities who depend on their ancestral territory for their material and cultural existence,” the experts stated. “It is highly troubling that instead, Brazil is considering weakening those protections.” More specifically, the Congressional Investigative Commission’s report calls for stripping the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the body supporting indigenous peoples in the protection of their rights, of responsibility for the legal titling and demarcation of indigenous lands, after having already had its funding severely reduced. In addition, the report accuses the United Nations of being “a confederation of non-governmental organizations influencing Brazilian policy” through its agencies, the ILO Convention 169, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. RELATED: Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting toldAccording to the experts, the report states that the UN Declaration presents a grave threat to Brazil’s sovereignty, and encourages the Brazilian government to denounce ILO Convention 169, claiming it manipulates the establishment of non-existent indigenous peoples in order to expand indigenous lands in Brazil.“It’s really unfortunate that instead of exemplifying the principles enshrined in the Declaration, the Congressional Investigative Commission questions the motives behind it and those of the UN itself, and waters down any progress made so far,” they said. “Weakening such protections would be contrary to the general obligation of States not to regress in the level of their protections of human rights, including those dependent on a healthy environment,” they stressed. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
For the first time in seven years, the Ohio State men’s tennis team lost the Big Ten tournament title. But players said they’re using their championship-match loss to Illinois as motivation heading into the NCAA Championship. The No. 3-ranked Buckeyes will serve as host to the first and second rounds of the Division I NCAA Championships Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Blaz Rola said the Illinois loss was tough to take, but he hopes he can use his disappointment to help the team become NCAA Championships. “After the finals it hurt us, we put a lot of effort and work into it in the last two weeks,” Rola said. “Just trying to stay focused and in shape because we are going to play hopefully in Georgia.” The Buckeyes were selected as the overall No. 5 seed in the field of 64 and will welcome Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State to Columbus this weekend. Coach Ty Tucker said every team is going to be tough to beat. “The mindset is to get the doubles point and come out in the first sets of singles and try to establish a lead,” he said. Senior Chase Buchanan will compete doubles with Rola as the No. 1 seed. The duo is one of 32 doubles teams competing for the national championship title. “We play all the time together and try to help each other continue to grow,” Buchanan said. “We have a great relationship and we play together everyday.” Tucker said both players have been great team leaders and captains. “The good thing about it is they won two nationals in the fall and consistently got better over the last six months,” Tucker said. “To see our two top guys get together, play as a team together has been great.” Rola said hosting the tournament early on would give his team an advantage. “To have that home-court advantage heading into the NCAAs … and with the crowd support, it gives some confidence going into the Sweet 16, it’s really good,” Rola said. Buchanan said even though this is a very exciting time in his career, he is in no race to finish. “I also want to savor these last few weeks and try to enjoy it as much as possible, because there is really nothing like college tennis,” he said. “It’s so much fun and I hope to enjoy it.” OSU will play in the first round on Saturday against East Tennessee State at 1 p.m.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Have you ever wanted to “squeeze” or “squish” a baby animal? According to researchers, cute aggression thoughts can be triggered by these adorable creatures.Katherine Stavropoulos, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Laura Alba, a UC Riverside doctoral student, explored why people experience cute aggression urges and how they impact different parts of the brain. The UC Riverside team published their findings in the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience journal on Dec. 4.Stavropoulos first heard the term “cute aggression” after Yale University psychologists shared research related to the psychological condition in 2015, said a UC Riverside press release.“The Yale researchers initially found that people reported feeling cute aggression more in response to baby animals versus adult animals, Stavropoulos said in the press release. “But, even beyond that, people reported feeling cute aggression more in response to picture of human babies that had been digitally enhanced to appear more infantile, and therefore ‘more cute,’ by enlarging features like their eyes, cheeks, and foreheads.”To study cute aggression, Stavropoulos uses electrophysiology to measure surface-level electrical activity that stems from neurons in people’s brains. Stavropoulos then analyzed how external stimuli impacted neural responses. She hypothesized that cute aggression might correlate with the brain’s reward system, which deals with feelings of motivation, wanting, and emotional processing.Stavropoulos and Alba studied 54 participants who all agreed to wear caps with electrodes. Participants were asked to view 32 photographs organized into four categories: cute (enhanced) babies, less cute (non-enhanced) babies, cute (baby) animals, and less cute (adult) animals.The study’s results showed that participants reported more feelings of cute aggression (appraisal, overwhelmed, and caretaking) with baby animals. After observing the neural activity of participants, Stavropoulos found that the brain’s reward system and emotion system are involved when people experience cute aggression feelings.“There was an especially strong correlation between ratings of cute aggression experienced toward cute animals and the reward response in the brain toward cute animals,” Stavropoulos said in the press release. “This is an exciting finding, as it confirms our original hypothesis that the reward system is involved in people’s experiences of cute aggression.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s New Horizons Begins Countdown to Ultima ThuleMeet the People Who Plan to Colonize Mars in 2032Texas Coast Has More Ocean Trash Than Any Other Gulf State, Study Says
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – Andrew Mitchell is still delivering his opening statement in the ongoing SIPT trials and on Tuesday told judge and jury, Justice Paul Harrison that there are six standards his team will lay out as violated by the Mike Misick government regime. Mitchell’s statement which says, “We submit that those six identifiers of standards for a minister are the standards against which the Court will look to judge and consider the behavior of the ministers in their interaction with developers, and in relation to the sale of crown land.” Andrew Mitchell, who is lead prosecutor in the Helen Garlick investigation for the Crown, described the Ministers, attorneys and relatives as extra-ordinary citizens with an extra-ordinary responsibility to the residents of the TCI. “The importance of this part of the case is that these are not ordinary citizens being judged against ordinary allegations in a case of fraud, it is a question of judging them against the standard which they as ministers should have worked to.” The QC for the Crown also accused the former Premier of electioneering in 2003, of working to avoid bringing legislation requiring integrity and Mitchell mentioned, in his Tuesday presentation, the Opposition PDM. He, meaning Michael Misick, “said that a PNP Government would introduce integrity legislation if they won the election. This was we suggest an empty piece of electioneering. Despite being reminded of his pledge by the then opposition and the Governor it took until April 2008, when a Bill became an Ordinance, although Misick tried to delete any Integrity obligations on members on the basis that there was the Register of Members Interests Ordinance.” Nine are accused of corruption in the trial which is being held in a special courtroom at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex. Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, michael misick, Pdm, pnp, sipt trial Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite
KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:01 PM Delayed law aimed at preventing California wildfires 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For the past two years, state utility regulators have been trying to enforce senate bill 1028, which forces utility companies to provide protection plans and state who’s responsible.This comes on the heels of the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County… That may have been caused by an old transmission tower, owned by PG&E.Local attorneys are now taking action against the public utility companies to hold them accountable.Attorney Maria Severson, with Aguirre and Severson, says the bill enacted in 2016 has not had compliance or forced compliance on the utility providers. Posted: December 10, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom December 10, 2018
See at Amazon More Valentine’s Day An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Valentine’s Day heartbreaks: Tech that tested our love ESA honors Valentine’s Day with Earth hearts seen from space Last-minute gifts: Flowers, chocolates and more from Amazon in 2 hours $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $6 at Tidal Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 0 The Cheapskate See at Turo Google Doodle,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $155 at Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Rylo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy Post a comment $999 See it See It Tags Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Online Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Apple iPhone XS Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 7 Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Thursday’s animated Doodle taps a species that may make many of you more antsy than a first kiss.As Google points out, love comes in all shapes and sizes, and so does the romantic ritual of courtship. The subjects of the Doodle’s dance of love partner on wriggling, chomping a leaf and spinning a web to form their own heart — the symbol of their eternal devotion to each other.So, whatever form love takes in your life, happy Valentine’s Day! This Doodle might worm its way into your heart. Google On the prospect of falling in love, American songwriter and composer Cole Porter once reasoned, in one of his more famous songs, “Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it. Let’s fall in love.”Perhaps Google, which has recently shown affection for the animal kingdom on Valentine’s Day, had Porter’s sage words in mind when it designed its annual tribute to love. Last year, Google gave us the story of a pair of figure-skating grebes in love, and the year before we played an interactive video game featuring two lovestruck pangolins, scaly mammals native to Asia and Africa that look like a cross between armadillos and anteaters. $299 at Amazon
Related Stories Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines. Any expert opinion of whether this a camera? Perhaps @SingaporeAir could clarify how it is used? pic.twitter.com/vy0usqruZG— Vitaly Kamluk (@vkamluk) February 17, 2019 Online Security If the airlines of the future want to capture this kind of footage — no doubt after pulling some sort of “sorry, not sorry” when they eventually do activate the cameras — then have at it.But you can bet that the “original equipment manufacturers” who installed these cameras weren’t trying to meet a growing demand for seat-cam footage of tired plane passengers. We aren’t livestreamed entertainment in this grim, dystopian future: We are an audience to be marketed to, data to be mined and a captive set of eyeballs to be coerced. Will the cabin crew be taking notes about whether seat 64B is watching the safety demonstration? Will the cameras track our gaze to see if we’re watching in-flight commercials? And what happens if we turn away? Captive and captivating. Getty Images If Elon Musk is to be believed, the future of air travel involves superfast flights on Big F–king Rockets, taking us from London to Tokyo in 37 minutes of chrome-clad comfort. But we are disgusting monsters and that is not the future we deserve.In our timeline, the aircraft of the future will be a flying nightmare tube, full of belching human meat sacks crammed cheek by jowl into rows of seats that record our every movement.At least that’s the future that one Singapore Airlines passenger uncovered this week. Cameras are in our advertising billboards, in our smart home devices and on every second street corner, tracking our movements and slowly building up a picture of our lives in minute-by-minute real time. Add airplanes to the mix and you have a terrifying new way to calculate your social credit score. What happens on the way to Vegas doesn’t stay in the air. Air travel is changing. But it’s going to be damn hard to replace visions of Frank Sinatra singing “Come Fly With Me” with a 24-hour live stream of screaming children hurling box casserole into their seat-back camera. Singapore Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment. How I went dark in the surveillance state for 2 years In the future, not even your DNA will be sacred China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk But the reality is anything but. It’s all pre-teens opening plastic packets of candy to work noisily around their retainer-clad maws. It’s mouth-breathers hoiking their shoeless feet onto tray tables, wide-set passengers manspreading into your leg space, the smell of reheated stew served from a drum, the uneasy detente that follows 12 solid hours of silent fighting over an armrest.And oh, the vomiting. The last time I took an international flight, the girl in the row opposite me hurled within 20 minutes of take-off. Her poor mother quietly wiped hot sick off her inflight entertainment screen, perhaps wondering why she wasn’t on some better flight to meet a fellow named Armando in Aruba. Travel Privacy Government surveillance Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us. We would like to share that some of our newer inflight entertainment systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera embedded in the hardware. (1/2)— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) February 17, 2019 Comments inching closer to Black mirror every day.free idea: you’re in a big metal tube for 12 hours and the screen demands you must pay attention or you won’t get food https://t.co/JkozbkSNOF— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) February 19, 2019 48 Photos Share your voice Tags And I think we can all agree, if a camera is built into a device, it will always remain unused, always remain secure, and will never be used to capture footage.Which is lucky because next time I’m flying the 23 hours it takes to get from Sydney to literally anywhere, I want to rest assured that my metal hotbox of an airplane isn’t recording my dumb face as I horf down questionable casserole, snore my way through three Mission Impossible films and then quietly sweat through the incubation period of that particularly virulent strain of gastro I picked up on my last Tokyo stopover.Ever since the jet engine revolutionised flying in the ’60s, we’ve been sold an image of air travel as a high-flying world of luxury and dewy-faced women in pearls and twinsets staring wistfully out windows. Feast on so much aviation history at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Twitter user Vitaly Kamluk shared a photo of what looked like a camera installed directly beneath the inflight entertainment screen on a Singapore Airlines aircraft.Singapore Airlines replied that it was indeed a camera, embedded into the seat back by the original equipment manufacturers of the plane, but said the cameras had been disabled on its aircraft and “there are no plans to develop any features” using them. 25
With less than a month of session to go, the Parnell administration is in a similar spot with HB77 as it was last year: Opposition came out strong and fast, key senators are on the fence, and movement on the controversial permitting bill has stalled. You know a bill is in a tricky spot when even the lead advocate for compromise jokes about the legislation being cursed. Sen. Peter Micciche, a Republican from Soldotna, likened HB77 to a thirteenth floor on Wednesday. “Perhaps in the future, we’ll retire the number HB77 and just skip from 76 to 78. I think in some ways the number is somewhat damned,” Micciche told reporters.Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill was pitched as a way to make the permitting process more efficient, and it initially raced through the Legislature last spring. But tribal groups, fishing organizations, and environmental outfits came out hard against the bill, arguing it gave too much power to the Natural Resources commissioner and limited public involvement in the permitting process.So, the legislation was effectively put in time-out. It got locked up in a procedural committee, while public hearings were held and a compromise was brokered. Administration officials and Micciche – whose vote is needed for the bill to pass – set out to forge a new draft without some of the more contentious elements. And they hoped public sentiment might cool down in the meantime.That didn’t happen.“I didn’t expect cheers. I didn’t expect people to be thrilled with the outcome of the bill. I mean the bill is the bill,” says Micciche. “But what I did expect is a fair shake.”Since the new version of the bill was released two weeks ago, the Legislature has been inundated with phone calls, e-mails, letters, and petitions on HB77 from both sides. When all that testimony is printed out, you get a stack of papers six inches high – two inches in favor, and four against.With the bill being such a charged issue and with a few weeks left of session, the bill has stopped moving. Public testimony was extended, and hearings for amendments keep getting delayed.Some opponents think it’s past the point of compromise. Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat who serves on the Resources Committee, recently announced he would not be offering any amendments to the bill. He thinks it’s “too flawed to fix.” “I would like a great big stake driven into the heart of this bill,” French told reporters.Rick Halford, a former lawmaker who has come out as a prominent critic of the bill, says he too still has problems with the bill. He thinks some of the changes to the bill were “more in drafting style than substance.” He doesn’t see how the bill can be rewritten in the next month to satisfy his concerns.“When one of the topics of the bill is how to limit public participation at the administrative level, that makes it a pretty difficult bill to sell,” says Halford.And some of the interest groups on the fence see the bill facing an uphill battle.Jerry McCune is the president of United Fishermen of Alaska, a seafood industry group that has concerns with the bill. He says UFA is committed to working with the Legislature and the administration on the bill, but they’re not there yet.“In the short amount of time we have left, to digest any other particular changes and get it all figured out, I would say our membership probably wouldn’t support it at this time,” says McCune.McCune says part of the problem is that the bill is so complex, people have not had time to figure out if any of the tweaks to the bill are meaningful. Where the old version removed the right of individuals and groups to apply for water reservations to protect fish habitat, the new version does not exclude them but it does allow others to get “temporary use” access to a given stream until an application is approved. While 35 such applications are currently pending, the Department of Natural Resources has never granted a water reservation to an independent entity. The new version also sets up a mechanism whereby the Natural Resources commissioner can issue general permits for activities that would not cause “significant or irreparable harm to state land.” Those permits would allow users who want to engage in that activity to do so without submitting their own paperwork. While the previous version of the bill did not require public notice of those permits, the new version has a provision for a 30-day comment period. Much of the administrative language that existed in the previous bill exists in the current one.“People are just so mixed up and confused now and trying to keep up with all this that they could probably write it on one page, and some people are not going to support it at this point.”Even the administration officials pushing for the permitting overhaul see the massive scope as an obstacle at this point. Ed Fogels is a deputy commissioner with the Department of Natural Resources, and he was involved in drafting the bill.“One of the issues that’s going on here is this bill is very big and attempts to fix a lot of small problems within DNR statutes,” says Fogels. “So when you look at the bill in its entirety, it gets confusing. You can’t really understand it without sitting down with the bill, with the statute book, and reading through it.”Fogels thinks the new bill is responsive to the criticism DNR heard last year.“I do think the changes that were made were good, solid changes that address the majority of all the issues that we heard,” says Fogels.For his part, Micciche says some of the controversy may have been avoided if a different approach had been taken with the bill.“Pull it back, change the number, break it up, deal with one issue at a time. It’s not where we are today, but I think people have become so focused on the number, and they’ve been so stirred up by people that I don’t believe are looking at the issue rationally that’s it’s difficult for them to see the bill for what it is.”Micciche wants to see a few more changes to the bill before he’ll vote for it. But he thinks a lot of progress has been made, and he says he’s been getting as many e-mails in favor of the bill as he is getting against it. He’s also surprised by some of public outrage over the new version. Micciche says he’s been reaching out to some of the opponents who have sent him letters. He remembers one woman from Talkeetna.“She sent me one of those, ‘Nothing has changed; I still hate you’ e-mails,” says Micciche. “We talked through the bill and found a lot of common ground. And by the time we were through, and she saw the changes, and we talked about it, explained how code works and things that had been there since statehood, and things that were essentially codifying practices that had been done in the past. We had a pretty good conversation.”Micciche wishes he could have conversations like that with every opponent in the state. But there’s no way he can personally call thousands of people and walk them through the legislation. And with just a month left of session, a looming deadline only adds to an impossible task.
(Opening Statement) “I’m disappointed in how we played. I thought we did another horrendous job at the beginning of the game. I don’t know how many turnovers we ended up with. Seventeen, but we had 11-12 in the first half. And a couple of guys that probably played some of their best basketball, Cassius (Winston) played pretty well. Kenny Goins I thought did an excellent job. But we missed layups. We missed one-and-one three throws. I felt sorry for Foster (Loyer), he made 117 free throws in a row in high school and just didn’t work out tonight. But, a couple of plays we made and we had the ball with 30 seconds left and turned it over. And then we had a play called and we just didn’t execute as well, but the second half, I thought that Josh (Langford) played better. I thought we executed better. Now it’s a good team, good team, big team. And our number one key was not to get them to the foul line and we did a hell of a job. They shot 41 of them (free throws). And I can’t even blame the officials except – never understanding the breakaway, but other than that.” (On the team’s toughness) “I’m not pleased with the 17-rebound differential. That’s arguably a top-five offensive rebounding team every year. Every year. Players and jerseys change, the way they rebound doesn’t. We knew that. So, that’s a good litmus test for us, because if we don’t get better in that area, that’s really going to be an Achilles’ heel. You’ve got guys getting offensive rebounds off free throws. You’ve got long ones where our guards don’t account for their man. You’ve got some of them where guys get ‘big-boyed’. So, we’ve got to get better in that area for sure.”(On redshirt junior guard Ryan McMahon’s ability to reach the foul line) “Yeah, he’s got a hell of a coach drawing up some plays. But really, he’s savvy, Tim. He’s savvy. Give Michigan State credit, on the last one, (sophomore forward) Jordan (Nwora) got fouled because they didn’t put two guys on him. But, I thought Ryan did a really good job of using his eyes and acting like the ball was in the air and coming back to it, and CC (graduate guard Christen Cunningham) made a great pass. Being ball strong, not getting the ball deflected. Sometimes officials like to let you play a little bit until it’s an egregious foul, and Ryan was able to take the contact and go to the line. Believe me, we wanted the ball in his hands to ice the game.”(On driving to the basket and getting free throws) “Just being aggressive. Playing with one another, sharing the ball, landing in the lane, not jumping up to pass. All the fundamental things that are boring, that people don’t like to do, but we’re trying to continue to instill those. Toughness is seen in many different areas. You can be ball strong, and play through contact, and find the open man, good things can happen. We have talented enough players where we can stretch the defenses out. I think that’s a large part of it.” (On Foster coming in for Winston) “It’s hard for all the freshmen. Personally I think Foster (Loyer) will make 99 out of 100 free throws, unfortunately he just missed that one. Defensively he has a lot of work to do. The last thing I would expect is him to miss the free throw, and the kid had a lot of pressure on him and went up and missed the free throw. I missed one in high school myself so I understand how that is. I feel sorry for him. He is not a great free throw shooter, he’s a prolific free throw shooter. I think his record in the state is 117 or 138 in a row. It just wasn’t our night.” (On the absence of Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston and turnovers) “It’s their first true road game. They were in Las Vegas, just like we were in New York, and I understand they had more fans than anyone. It’s a tough challenge. We’ll have our first one coming up on Saturday. It’s been their Achilles’ heel to date. Knowing Coach (Tom) Izzo and how his teams improve, they’ll get that shored up. We weren’t coming in with a game plan to turn them over. We wanted to stay solid, stay within our gaps, make sure our ball-screen defense was good, try to double (Michigan State forward) Nick Ward when we could. There were just a few decisions they made, that without watching them on tape, some were errant passes, some of them were out of aggressiveness, but that’s sort of been their Achilles’ heel and it continued tonight.” (On the performance of graduate forward Akoy Agau) “(Redshirt junior center) Steve (Enoch) got taken out of the game a minute-and-a-half into it. We were going to play him in the first half and played a couple guys with two fouls. We were winning the whole half and just felt like, ‘Why go to the locker room with him having three?’ Akoy has really helped our team, he just has. He’s got such a poise about him. He doesn’t jump the highest, he’s not the best athlete. He’s older, but he’s really wise, he’s really poised, and he has a knack for tipping the ball, keeping it alive. Did a heck of a job on the offensive rebound that he got. It’s nice when guys like that that have given so much in college basketball, gotten hurt, haven’t always seen the fruit of their labor, sort of have the moment he’s had here over the last couple of weeks and hopefully, he can continue.” (On the turnover in the last minute of regulation) “I’ve got to take the blame for that, because I must not have done a good enough job in the timeout of telling them we had another timeout if he gets at all trapped, so I think I’ll take the blame for that one. I think he wished he would have had that back, but at the same time, I’ve got to do a better job.” (Gabe Brown, what you saw from him, those two shots obviously didn’t look like he hesitated. An important night for him?) “I really appreciate you guys, because I’m not really happy the way we played and instead of you guys jumping on me, you’re trying to find the silver lining and I appreciate that. I thought we did get something out of Gabe. I just thought that our freshmen did look like freshmen. And yet, there’s nothing like the good experience to go on the road and lose a tough game. When, as you say, the inches matter, usually that will make you make practices a little better in what you talk about, or film sessions on what you explain and what’s going to happen. I think that Gabe learned something. It’s not the offense of those guys. They have to learn how to guard some people and all of them struggled in that area. I don’t want to under shadow Goins and Kyle Ahrens played his tail off. He played more minutes than he’s ever played in his life. He played hard and Kenny was good. X played good. Xavier played very good. He just missed a layup. You’d have to be in a practice from all coaches. Whenever you do the layup line, which every coach does, every minute. Start every practice and every coach says ‘layups cost you guys games.’ But maybe I’ll just keep rewinding those things. Free throws cost you games. Those are things you have more control over and yet I thought Louisville was a very good team. I’ll be honest with you, when we were six down at halftime, I was surprised. Or whatever we were down. I didn’t think we played very good. I don’t know how he thought they played. He’s got a good team. He’s got a lot of people to bring in and got some size.” (On playing without Matt McQuaid and the effort by Cassius Winston) “I told Mark Dantonio all year that it’s really great of coaches, the way we say that ‘next man up’ all the time. I always say that if the man up was as good as the guy we lost, he’d have been a starter. So I’m not trying to fool anybody, McQuaid was our best defensive player by far. He’s played the most minutes on our team this year and it was a loss. Really his replacement did pretty well. What he did was he got hit in the last minute of the game against Texas – two minutes, a minute and a half – didn’t think anything of it, got hit in the thigh. And took a shower, no problems, took a bus ride, no problems, got in the plane and it must have bleeding. It must have been bruised bad and it swelled up and I’m sure then the altitude didn’t help it, because we were on a three-and-a-half-hour flight back, so he’s day-to-day. I think once the swelling he’ll be okay… there’s nothing wrong, it’s not a bone bruise or anything like that, but it just depends on how long the swelling stays in there to see if it atrophies or whatever. I don’t know, you can ask our medical people about that. I don’t feel like a very good coach right now, so I’m sure as hell not a very good medical guy.” (On his celebration and shimmy dance) “That was a great feeling. Got my family right behind the bench and that was for my daughter Hailee. We’ve got dance contests at home. I thought I’d show her what I got in public and that’s probably the last time I’ll ever do that. Just excited, I was excited for our fans because I know they came out in droves tonight. They were awesome down the stretch in some of those pressure free throws that Michigan State couldn’t quite get at the end and could ice the game possibly. Our crowd really helped us, they were awesome.”Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo (When Steven Enoch picked up some early fouls, they were using him only in limited minutes. Were you surprised at how effective Malik Williams and Akoy Agau were for them down low?) “I like Agau and Williams hit a couple of shots. I thought they were pretty effective. They did a pretty good job at clamping down on Nick (Ward). We did a poor job at getting him the ball early. We did a better job late. Those two guys got some experience. They’ve been around, and I thought they did a very good job. (Jordan) Nwora is a very good player, but those little guards gave us fits. Especially when Cassius went out. So, I should be more pleased by the way we handled them. I don’t know, when did he foul out. (4:01 left). That’s nine minutes of a game. That’s a lot to go ahead and behind and ahead and behind. It’s just a shame that we didn’t do the little things down the stretch. Maybe we could’ve won it. Maybe they would’ve countered. You’ve got a good team in Louisville and they did a good job. I feel like we didn’t play at all. I just didn’t think you saw us play as good as we can play. Maybe they didn’t play as well as they could play. We’ll learn from it. We’ll do what you said. We’ll try and use this as a teaching moment and see if we can get better because our road gets no easier. We still go home, then back on the road, in a day to Rutgers, then come home and play another game. We got a tough schedule ahead of us. We got to put this one behind us.” (On the closeness of the game) “Inches, inches. Poor Xavier (Tillman), who I thought played his tail off, why are you trying to dunk that? Just lay it in. It was a game of inches. Josh (Langford) had that rebound, if we just hold on to it. We had a timeout. We just did some things that weren’t good enough to win. It’s a game of inches, and we didn’t value the inches. Give them credit. They had some shots and some plays, and yet give us credit when Cassius (Winston) went out and we hung in there, trying to throw a couple of different lineups in there. And we needed an offensive lineup and we needed defensive lineup. Just made someone uncharacteristic, ridiculous plays. Following a guy 35-feet from the basket and things like that. You can’t do that if you’re going to win at this level, especially on the road against a good team. It is a good team. They should’ve beat Marquette and gave Tennessee a hell of a game. So it’s a very good basketball team. So are we. But, tonight we didn’t do the little things and as you said, maybe we’ll learn from it, maybe we won’t.” (On playing another overtime game) “Yeah, I specifically talked about it. I said, ‘How did you feel in the locker room at Barclays on Friday night? How’d you feel?’ We’re in the same exact position. That’s up to you; 50-50 balls, not zoning out, not getting lost, not losing your man off the ball, forgetting to block out, have no regrets. And I told them after the game ‘You don’t have to be perfect.’ I try to give them a thousand details when I’m sure a lot of them are swimming around their mind. They have to matter to you and without watching the film, I thought those details of small little things; an angle to the screen, coming to meet your pass; in winning time, we executed those things. But, I did specifically talk about how we felt in the locker room being in the same position we were last Friday night.” (On the importance of the victory) “That’s who I’m most happy for, the guys in the locker room. It’s so ironic, because in New York a few days ago, it was the exact same situation. We were winning the Marquette game 90 percent of the game, and it’s forced overtime and we lose. Here, we’re winning the game 95 percent of the game, it’s forced to overtime. We didn’t let those negative thoughts creep into our mind. I’m sure they were there. But, we were tough enough and showed the fortitude to get the job done against a really good team. As I said in postgame out on the court, it didn’t hurt one of the best point guards in the country was out. We found a way to win.” (On the game plan for Ryan McMahon, why was he so effective) “Nobody guarded him. Foster (Loyer) struggles to guard. Had some guys early that didn’t guard him. He had nine points, three 3s in the first half. We told them his range is unlimited, and three feet behind the NBA three and we just didn’t guard him. Give him credit he made them. Give us the blame we didn’t guard him.” (On the Louisville crowd) “No insult, great crowd, but not any different than any other Big Ten crowd that’s for sure. I didn’t think the crowd bothered our players, I thought our players bothered our players. We just did not look sharp, did not do the things we needed to do. The turnovers early were, again, kind of ridiculous, and that’s a shame because you can’t overcome that. On free throw shooting… that’s the difference in a game. There were a lot of reasons we lost the game. We need to take responsibility for them. When we did execute, I thought we got some good shots, some good plays. I thought Josh (Langford) played well the second half. We ran some things for him, got him some shots. Just didn’t play well enough to win.” Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack (Opening Statement) “Really tough game. Really, really, hard-fought game. You have so much respect for the opponent coming in—Final Fours, Hall of Fame coach, great players, system they believe in. They take in so much pride. Where we weren’t very good was on the glass. Where they weren’t very good was turning the ball over. It’s great to see us get to the foul line as often as we did against a big-time opponent. And here’s the thing: I don’t think certain players played very well for us. I don’t want to come out of this thinking or saying, ‘We played a perfect game,’ because we were far from perfect. We’re far from perfect. We have a lot of room to improve. Certain players have a lot of room to improve, and we expect them to. I do want to thank our crowd. It was awesome. I love the Louisville faithful—they wanted a game like this, wanted some good news around here and happy that we could deliver against a very, very, well-respected opponent and one of the best teams in the country.” Story Links Print Friendly Version
Tweet Posted by Monday, March 4, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group WestJet launches inaugural flight between Calgary and Atlanta Tags: New Routes, WestJet CALGARY — WestJet is now the only airline to connect Calgary to Atlanta with nonstop service, having launched its inaugural flight on March 3.The six times weekly service departs Calgary International Airport (YYC) at 9:55 a.m. and arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 4:08 p.m. It moves to daily service starting April 7.Atlanta is now the 65th destination that WestJet serves nonstop from Calgary. WestJet already serves more destinations with more nonstop flights from Calgary than any other airline.“Today’s flight between Calgary and Atlanta marks another significant milestone in WestJet’s continued investment into Alberta while supporting strong business and tourism ties,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are thrilled to offer our guests this service along with access to 111 unique routes between Atlanta and points across North America served by WestJet and our codeshare partner, Delta.”WestJet, via Delta, offers an extensive list of U.S. destinations including the southeastern United States and Gulf Coast, and cities such as Memphis, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., New Orleans, La., Savannah, Ga., Pensacola and Panama City, Fla.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaThe two carriers have signed a definitive agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer travellers an expanded network within Canada and the U.S., frequent flyer benefit reciprocity, lounge access and join corporate discounts. The proposed joint venture agreement is subject to regulatory approvals in the U.S. and Canada.
A list of Australia’s biggest stars will take the stage at the Opera House as part of Oprah’s two special episodes down under on 14 December. Russell Crowe, Bindi Irwin, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Olivia Newton-John are among the confirmed guests to appear across the two shows. Bon Jovi will perform some of their greatest hits and Jay Z will make a surprise appearance. Oprah’s camp said the two tapings will conclude with a one-time special musical treat from Australia’s John Foreman and his orchestra. A total of four shows will be produced in Australia, with two additional episodes to be comprised of footage filmed across Australia from both the audience and Oprah’s trips. Up to 6,000 audience members were selected out of the 350,000 requests for tickets to the tapings. The programmes are set to air in the US and on Channel Ten in Australia in January 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
NEW YORK — Whoopi Goldberg says she nearly died of pneumonia.Appearing Friday in a video that aired on ABC’s “The View,” Goldberg told the audience she had pneumonia in both lungs.Goldberg said: “I came very, very close to, ah, leaving the Earth.” She appeared in good condition but said she is still not moving around as fast as she’d like.The 63-year-old thanked the audience for their good wishes and says she can’t wait to return to “The View.”Goldberg has been absent from the talk show, which she co-hosts, since Feb. 6. She did not say when she’ll be back.The Associated Press Whoopi Goldberg says she nearly died from pneumonia by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2019 9:55 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this April 22, 2018 file photo, actress Whoopi Goldberg attends the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Broadway opening at the Lyric Theatre in New York. Goldberg says she nearly died of pneumonia. Appearing Friday, March 8, 2019, in a video on ABC’s “The View,” Goldberg told the audience she had pneumonia in both lungs and it was “septic.” Goldberg says “I came very, very close to, ah, leaving the Earth.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Mini buses carrying cancer patients to treatment facilities will be included in a special vehicle category to enable them to get to their destination faster, it emerged on Friday.Initially, a request was made for the six buses to be allowed to use the hard shoulder on motorways but both the police and the public works department rejected it citing safety issues.Public works department official Haris Christodoulou told the House transport committee said use of the emergency lane was prohibited everywhere in the world.Police representative Philippos Papaelia said he had given instructions to patrol cars and motorcyclists to escort the buses if they happened to be in the area.The six buses carry around 1,500 a year from around Cyprus to treatment centres in Nicosia.A solution to the problem was provided by the head of the road transport department, Sotiris Kolettas, who said the six buses can be included as special vehicles in class 90, to allow them to use a blue flashing light, like the one used by emergency services, to avoid traffic lights.Committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou gave the authorities 30 days to consult and resolve the matter.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A probe has been launched into a worker of the public works department, who, for the past five years, has allegedly spent most of his working hours out and about at the Larnaca seafront and brags that he is untouchable as his best friend is a political figure, it emerged on Thursday.According to reports in Greek Cypriot media, the man was seconded five years ago from Nicosia to Larnaca, but he rarely ever sets foot at his workplace, preferring to spend his time at the popular beachfront of Phinikoudes or at his wife’s business.The employee, usually shows up in the morning, and after drinking his coffee, he reportedly informs his colleagues he is busy and disappears for the rest of the day. Some days, the reports said, he doesn’t even show up for work citing official business of which his colleagues and his superiors have no knowledge and for which he does not provide information.The reports said the man often brags to his colleagues that he is untouchable as his best friend is a political figure, very close to a party leader.His Larnaca colleagues said they were forced to report the case to the media after their repeated complaints to their superiors in Nicosia fell on deaf ears, they said.The last straw, they said, was an incident between the man and a female colleague who had to work with him on a project. No information was provided as to what this incident entailed.The reports said the public works department launched a probe into the man’s conduct only after a newspaper contacted them and brought to their attention the Larnaca employees’ complaints.A meeting is to take place in Nicosia next week among heads of departments to discuss how to handle the case, the reports said.Officials at the public works department were not immediately available for a comment.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola