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Ridehailing subscriptions Are they worth it

first_imgNEW YORK — The start of a new year often coincides with a surge in monthly memberships to gyms.Ride-hailing services are hoping customers will think along the same lines about their transportation needs. Uber and Lyft recently launched subscription plans promising savings for those trips to the gym, to work or around town.The ride-hailing companies stand to gain by increasing customer loyalty in a competitive market and securing more predictable revenue at a time when both are heading into an initial public offering.But you should figure out if the numbers add up before committing to one ride provider.“I think both these things should come with the caveat, ‘buyer beware,’” said Keith Millhouse, a transportation consultant and principal at Millhouse Strategies.Millhouse called Uber’s subscription a “complete mystery,” and he said getting value out of Lyft’s plan was possible, but complicated. Others were more optimistic.“If (riders) know they’re going to be travelling enough or more than enough to take advantage of it, then by all means it’s an opportunity for them to save money,” said Steven Polzin, program director for mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida. “If you’re on the margins, or you’re an infrequent user, then you might not want to.”WHAT DO YOU GET WITH LYFT’S PLAN?Lyft’s All-Access Plan, available nationwide, costs $299 and allows you to take 30 trips valued at up to $15 over 30 days. If a ride goes over $15, you pay the difference. After the first 30 trips, you get 5 per cent off any additional rides.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LYFT’S PLAN?Riders who take very frequent trips in the $10-$15 range hit the sweet spot. Without the plan, 30 trips at $15 each would cost $450, so the plan could theoretically save you about $150. At $10 each, you would break even. But if your trips often cost less than $10, you may end up paying more for those trips than you would have without the pass.Another consideration is how many days you need transportation to work. Most full-time jobs include more than 20 work days per month, which means more than 40 trips.A 30-ride plan may appeal to those who occasionally work from home because the alternative — a monthly public transportation pass — often assumes five days of commuting per week so riders may be paying for trips they don’t take.“As more and more people have started telecommuting, all of a sudden those price points (for public transit passes) aren’t necessarily as attractive,” Polzin said.WHAT DO YOU GET WITH UBER’S PASS?Uber rolled out a subscription program called “Ride Pass” in five U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Austin and Orlando. It costs $14.99 in all of those cities except Los Angeles, where it costs $24.99. Uber says the monthly fee gives riders discounts up to 15 per cent on all rides and protection from surge pricing, which is higher pricing triggered by peaks in demand during rush hour, special events or bad weather.WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM UBER’S PASS?Uber has been hearing from riders that they want more consistent prices. For example, some customers find that their ride to work is cheaper than their ride home, so having the pass can protect riders from an unforeseen spike, an Uber spokesman said.The surge protection pricing could prove valuable if you frequently take Uber rides during peak times or at popular locations, say if you’re a bartender who works at a trendy night club that has a crush of demand for rides as partiers head home.“With surge protection, that could be a good deal,” Polzin said. “If you knew you were travelling in places and times where there’s surge pricing, you could save real money real fast.”WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES TO SUBSCRIPTIONS?With Uber’s pass, you don’t get to see the price of your desired routes until you pay the fee, and some reviewers on Reddit and Twitter said they got the pass and then paid what they considered to be higher rates for rides.Uber says that should not be happening, and if it is, riders should write to customer support. The company is using the pilot to collect feedback from riders before rolling it out in more cities.Other Uber riders complained that the discounts amounted to pennies on short rides and $1 on a ride worth $60.“Savings are, on average, 15 per cent to 20 per cent, but can vary depending on how busy it is,” said Michael Amodeo, spokesman for Uber, in an email. “For example, savings will typically be higher during commuting hours or nights and weekends when more people are opening up (and using) our app.”For Lyft’s plan, there’s a specific set of riders who would benefit, but if riders don’t use all of their 30 trips in 30 days, they lose them.“Like most of these platforms, they are a bigger benefit to companies when consumers don’t fully take advantage of them,” said Mike Ramsey, senior research director, automotive and smart mobility, at Gartner. “It’s like a gym membership — the gym would be unbearable if everyone used it. Nonetheless, some people take great advantage of very low cost subscriptions.”“In many cases, however, the economic advantage just doesn’t pencil out,” Ramsey said.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oppn not celebrating sanctioning of Azhar as they may have to pay

first_imgNew Delhi: Describing the UN designating JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist as a great diplomatic victory for India, the BJP on Thursday said opposition parties are reluctant to celebrate the achievement because they feel they may have to pay political price for it. The UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him. Senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that the current dispensation succeeded in an attempt the country has been making for the last 10 years, “but then they (opposition) says ‘this is trivial, what is big in it’.” Addressing a press conference at the party office, he said there was a tradition in the country to speak in one voice on issues such as external affairs and national security but there has been a departure from it in the last few years. Emphasising that the labelling of Azhar as a global terrorist is a “great diplomatic achievement for India”, the finance minister said, “If India wins, Indians win, but there are friends in opposition who are not celebrating it as they may have to pay a political price for it.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was accompanying Jaitley at the press conference, attributed the success of sanctioning of JeM chief to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Terrorism shall not be tolerated and this declaration from the UN is noteworthy. It is the result of persistent measures taken by the external affairs ministry, under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said.last_img read more

UN agricultural agency aiding Peruvian alpaca farmers

5 February 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is rushing veterinary care to the rural population in the Peruvian Andes, where the Government has declared a state of emergency after two weeks of heavy rains. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is rushing veterinary care to the rural population in the Peruvian Andes, where the Government has declared a state of emergency after two weeks of heavy rains.Livestock farmers in the central and southern regions of Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Puno and Cusco are in a serious crisis, according to FAO, as the rains threatened their means of livelihood. On Monday, Peru’s Civil Defence announced that some 37,000 people have been affected. The FAO Emergency Rehabilitation and Coordination Unit, working with the regional Peruvian government, has issued a call to all organizations involved in the region for immediate support and development of activities to promote the agricultural sector. Among its projects in the areas, FAO is providing emergency veterinary kits for the treatment and prevention of bronchial pneumonia in baby alpacas in the communities of Arequipa, Puno and Cusco. These areas, home to alpaqueros – smallholders whose livelihoods depend completely on raising alpacas – are most vulnerable to damage from heavy rains and snowfall in areas over 4,000 metres above sea level. Alpacas provide both meat and wool for the farmers in the region, and their survival is linked to keeping their herds alive. According to the FAO, there are approximately 40,000 alpacas in need of urgent attention in the Canchis province of Cusco. FAO is coordinating with communities, local and regional governments in Peru, as well as Spanish and European Union aid and humanitarian agencies, to distribute the kits. FAO’s work has also helped local communities acquire skills in emergency preparedness.In 2008, the Peruvian Government declared a state of emergency when an unseasonable cold spell, known locally as “El friaje,” threatened 11 of the country’s 25 provinces. read more

Argentine soccer star joins team of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today unveiled Argentine soccer genius Lionel Messi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Barcelona, where he plays club football.The FC Barçelona forward and current FIFA World Player of the Year will work with UNICEF on a series of events to highlight the challenges faced by vulnerable children around the world and supporting children’s rights, the agency said.“It is a pleasure to welcome Lionel Messi as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” said the agency’s Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “He is a football superstar who can help shine a spotlight on the most vulnerable and invisible children.”While his accomplishments as a player are well known to football fans, UNICEF said it is his determination to use his fame to help children that has led to his appointment, especially through his foundation which supports access for at-risk youth to education and health care in Argentina.“Football has given me a lot of joy and opportunities and I feel grateful to UNICEF for this chance to give support to children,” said Mr. Messi. “I hope that in my role as a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF I will be able to support children who need our help.”The appointment of Mr. Messi is the latest development in the collaboration between FC Barçelona, the current European champions, and UNICEF, which already includes the emblazoning of the agency’s logo on the team’s shirt and club support for UNICEF programmes in Africa.Mr. Messi, who won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing as part of the Argentine team, joins a star-studded line-up of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors along with fellow footballer David Beckham, actor Orlando Bloom, musician Shakira Mebarak, and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. 11 March 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today unveiled Argentine soccer genius Lionel Messi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Barcelona, where he plays club football. read more

Mother details horrific story of daughters rape at the hands of

…Police continuing investigationsThree members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) stationed at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara are now in hot water for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl.The incident reportedly occurred on Friday evening after the teen was forcefully taken to the barracks by two of the three men in a vehicle bearing GDF plates.Based on reports received, the teenager left her mother’s Timehri home about 21:00hrs with the intention of going by her grandmother to spend the night.Her grandmother resides in the squatting area behind the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. However, as the teen solicited public transportation, a GDF vehicle reportedly stopped and offered her a lift, but she refused.Soon after, “a tall red one” exited the vehicle and approached the young lady, leading her to believe that he wanted to talk, but instead, he grabbed and dragged her into the vehicle, the teen’s mother said detailing the series of events leading up to the tragedy.The young lady was carrying a phone, but the men were not aware of that, so she stashed it. They reportedly took her to a house in close proximity to the base where they locked her in.According to the teens mother “after she get locked in… she contact me and tell me to come save she that she just get kidnap by two GDF boys and they lock she in a room… she tell me that after they carry she in the house, she could hear other voices and then the place went silent.”Without hesitation, the mother said she contacted her aunt and they went to the Timehri Police Station and explained the situation.The Police, along with the teen’s mother and aunt, immediately went in search of her. “She called back and give we some direction, but as soon as she was about to give me more information, someone entered.”“We tried calling her back, but the calls went to voicemail,” the mother stated. It was during this time, the teenager confirmed that one of the men raped her after which he left.As soon as he left, the violated teen collected her phone and contacted her mother, but while doing so, another rank came in and allegedly told her “if you want we loose you, you got to put away the phone”.While this was happening, the Police were still searching for leads and even went to the base to enquire. The mother claimed when she asked to speak with the officer on duty, the rank at the gate told her that he could take her, but insisted only she will be allowed to see him.This, she claimed, did not sound right and, as such, she related it to the Police ranks who were with her and they too thought something was amiss.Nevertheless, as they patrolled the area, they received another call from the teenager who informed them that the men had dropped her off where they had collected her.“She tell us that they took a short cut, because they know we de searching the area…As we head down the hill, we see the soldier vehicle going up, but decide not to follow them and rushed to meh daughter.”The teenager then related to the Police what had transpired and she was taken to the hospital where she was examined and doctors confirmed that she had sexual intercourse.The matter was reported to the official at the base on Saturday morning, and with the assistance of a relative of the Guyana Police Force, the teenager positively identified two men after which a third was implicated.The mother is holding out that the ranks of the GDF and the Guyana Police Force are supposed to protect the citizens of Guyana and not to bring harm to them. She is calling on the hierarchy of the Force to investigate the matter thoroughly, so that justice can be given to the teenager. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer GDF soldier charged with rape gets bailMarch 18, 2017In “Court”GDF Captain remanded for murdering loverApril 6, 2018In “Court”Mother cries for justice almost 1 year after son’s deathMay 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

You dont lose the Opposition you lose the Government says Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader briefs Western Diplomats on no-confidence voteDecember 28, 2018In “latest news”Opposition’s no-confidence motion against Govt set for December 21December 13, 2018In “latest news”34 as majority over 65 Parliamentarians is “utter stupidity” –JagdeoDecember 31, 2018In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“You don’t lose the Opposition, you lose the Government.”These are the words of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as he spoke on the no-confidence motion which is expected to be debated in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018.Outlining his perception of the chances of a Government Minister from the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/ AFC) voting in tandem with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) being 50/50, Jagdeo also said that there are Members of Parliament (MP’s) who are displeased with how the incumbent Administration is governing and that displeasure might be reflected on the day of the vote.APNU/AFC holds sway in the National Assembly because they control the majority by 1 vote with 33 members, while the Opposition has 32 members. Therefore, for the no-confidence motion to succeed, the Opposition would need a vote from the other side of the House, or Government MPs would have to abstain from voting.According to Jagdeo, even though the no-confidence motion is usually a rudimentary procedure in other countries, in Guyana he said that it becomes complicated because the process under the APNU/AFC has become a political one.The Opposition Leader said that based on information that he has already received, the APNU/AFC plans to install persons within the gallery of Parliament and should one of their members vote in support of the motion, there would be disruptions by the installed persons or by the governing MPs themselves to have the vote staved.He also spoke of Government using paid protesters to disrupt the proceedings, pointing to an effort to ensure that all of the Opposition MPs are not present for the debate and subsequent vote.Jagdeo indicated that he is bringing all of these issues to the attention of the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland so “that he cannot claim that he is not aware.”Moreover, the Opposition Leader said that if the Speaker allows the National Assembly to be disrupted and it leads to the vote being staved or the Assembly being broken up, then it would suggest collusion on his part.He made it clear from international precedents that if one person from the other side of the House votes in favour of the motion then motion would be passed.“We intend to ask the diplomatic corps to also observe the vote. Obviously they will be looking at the video feed and some might be physically present” Jagdeo said during a press briefing on Monday.Moreover, he noted that his Party intends to write the Commissioner of Police to ensure that law and order and protection for MP’s are secured.The Opposition Leader reiterated his earlier position that their impetus for advancing the no-confidence motion is premised on the APNU/AFC’s track record for the time that they spent in office.Noting that 5 months from now would make 5 years under the current Government, Jagdeo said that they have broken every promise they made in their manifesto to the electorate.“They have managed the affairs of this country in a manner that harms large amounts of people. They have lost thousands of jobs. We are heavily dependent on borrowing large sums of money…They have become the most corrupt government in our entire history, we have evidence to prove that” said Jagdeo.He had also said that Guyanese made it clear at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), where the PPP/C came out victorious with a whopping 45,000 votes more than the Government, that electorates are unhappy with the direction and policies of this Government.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader, while outlining that his Party would have preferred an earlier date for the debate of the motion, noted that the actions of Government to shy away from the conventional norm that gives the motion prominence, resulting in it being placed after the presentation of the 2019 Budget, means that it falls right into the festivities of Christmas.He noted that this festive season is usually a time when “we should be coming together as Guyanese.”As such, he proposed that Government bring the motion on January 3, 2019 in a effort not to cause any disruptions for the festive season. read more

Firefox Beta for Android gets UI overhaul performance increase

first_imgThe mobile browser used to be so very limited, destroying the functionality of most websites and leaving these empty shells that only allowed you to scrape content off of them. With technologies like HTML5 growing in popularity, and the hardware inside the average smartphone putting the laptop I had a few years ago to shame, it only makes sense that the browser would take advantage of this brave new world and offer a better mobile browsing experience. Mozilla, once the scrappy underdog in a world dominated by Internet Explorer, has completely revamped the UI and performance of their Firefox Beta for Android in an attempt to grab some of that all important mobile browser market share.The Firefox for Android project has had a long and visible evolution. At one time called Fennec, the open source browser project has been around since the Nexus One. As it slowly adapted to the mobile ecosystem, Fennec grew into Firefox, and with its latest update exists to provide a fast and powerful mobile browser for nearly every Android device out there. The new Firefox Beta supports everything from Android 2.2 all the way up, and works on both phones and tablets.The new UI has been optimized for Android 4.0 devices, allowing for a software menu button in the to corner of the device when it is appropriate. The biggest change you will see in the UI is a more standard navigation system. Gone are the days where you access more tabs in Firefox by swiping to the right, and accessing navigation tools be swiping to the left. All of that has been replaced, tucked away either in the Menu function or in the tabbed interface, which allows you to quickly switch between tabs. Everything about the UI is rounded corners, in fact you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful of sharp edges in the whole Firefox Beta UI.The biggest improvement in Firefox Beta is the performance. Firefox Beta now uses hardware acceleration so the app loads websites very fast, and quickly refreshes when you switch back and forth between tabs. Panning and zooming are incredibly smooth as well, due to the hardware acceleration. If you are a Firefox user on any of your other devices, you can use Firefox Sync to access your tabs on those other devices. Also added to this version of Firefox Beta are the new Add-Ons section.While it is empty now, Mozilla has made it possible for plugin-style supplements to Firefox to be written by developers. This is the very same feature that helped Firefox for the PC gain so many followers early on. Using this, any developer can write and add-on for Firefox Beta ans submit it to Mozilla to add to this repository.Firefox Beta is available in the Google Play Store for any Android device 2.2 and higher.last_img read more

Season 2 of The Handmaids Tale Is Just as Hard and Necessary

first_img The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale followed the book pretty closely. It expanded a few characters, and changed some things, just like any series adaptation of a 300-page book should. At least one character who is unquestionably dead in the book is now alive. Minor characters became more important. The presence of a resistance was fleshed out a little more. But for the most part, the series followed the book. Right up until the very end, when Offred/June is shoved into a black van, not knowing whether she’s headed towards salvation or death. Now we have an answer.The book ends with an academic epilogue from the perspective of a far-future researcher studying the Gilead age. The Hulu series probably won’t do that. It’s a great ending for a book meant to sit with you long after you read it. It’s a bad ending for a TV show hoping to offer some kind of closure when it eventually ends. The book, and as a result the first season, never tells you where Offred’s going. Whether she escaped or put in greater danger. In the show, the answer is both. For refusing to stone Janine, Offred and the other handmaids were taken to the abandoned Fenway Park. They are made to think they’re about to be hanged for their refusal to participate in the system. When that’s revealed to be a particularly cruel form of psychological torture, the physical punishment begins. They are made to hold rocks, arms outstretched, in the pouring rain. Then Aunt Lydia finds out Offred’s pregnant.Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Ipsita Paul, Alana Pancyr (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2018 Hulu)Pregnancy in the world of The Handmaid’s Tale is a blessing and a curse. Mostly a curse. You’re put under even more strict surveillance. Any hope you might have had of escaping is gone. You’re are bound to your house even more than usual. But you’re treated better. Your abusers are more careful with you. You get better food. Offred even feels freer to tell Serena exactly what she thinks of her, knowing she can’t hurt a pregnant woman. That privilege can also be turned against you, as we learn when Aunt Lydia allows only Offred to eat while the rest of the hungry women have to watch.For the first two episodes that appeared on Hulu this week, Offred spends most of her time in hiding. After Serena and Commander Waterford rescue her from the Handmaids’ punishment, they take her to have an ultrasound. That’s her chance to escape. A medical assistant calls her by her true name, June, and slips her a key. She’s given a way out, escaping in a meat truck and eventually ending up in the abandoned offices of the Boston Globe. This is where the influence of the modern world becomes devastatingly clear. Remember, the book was written in 1985. The first season stayed pretty close to the book. The reason it felt as timely and relevant as it did was because Margaret Atwood is a great writer. Gilead was really a few steps away from the world she saw around her in the mid-’80s. We haven’t really evolved much since then. There’s still rampant misogyny and sexism. We still live in a largely patriarchal society. If anything, it’s gotten worse. That misogyny now has a louder microphone and a bigger platform. In January 2017, it entered the White House.Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2018 Hulu)That’s something the showrunners of The Handmaid’s Tale couldn’t have predicted when they were making the first season. The second was made in that world and two episodes in, we’re already seeing the benefit. The world where Gilead supplanted the United States is not that far removed from the one we currently live in. There’s an unmistakable effort to undermine public trust in the free press. Journalists doing their jobs are met with vitriol and accusations of fake news. If they are women, it’s likely they have received rape and death threats. What June finds in the Boston Globe, a wall riddled with bullet holes where journalists were executed, isn’t that much of a leap.In expanding the world of the show beyond what was depicted in the book, The Handmaid’s Tale has drawn extensively from the world we live in today. That’s what makes it so difficult to watch. Like the first season, these episodes will destroy you. That’s also why you need to watch. The flashback sequences are just as well done and scary as the scenes in Gilead. They put to rest any notion that this is just a silly sci-fi show, that this could never happen in real life. They show you exactly how this could happen in real life. It doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a slow erosion of freedoms, a series of concessions and succumbing to social pressures. When June’s daughter has a fever of 101 degrees, she’s immediately sent to the hospital. When June picks her up, she’s interrogated by the nurse. She’s judged for having a job, for working instead of being at home with her daughter. That’s before the attack on Congress. Because Gilead would never have risen if their patriarchal attitudes weren’t already prevalent in society.Alexis Bledel (Photo by George Kraychyk – © 2017 Hulu)Gilead didn’t happen on its own. It took inaction, indifference and even quiet support from the privileged. We really see this happen in Emily/Ofglen’s flashbacks. She was a professor of microbiology. The changes in society start out subtle, and not all that different from our world. She corrects a male student on a minor point, and offers to send him some reading material. He’s clearly taken aback, offended that this woman professor would dare try to teach him something. Later, another student of hers sees a photo of her wife on her phone. In the next scene, Emily’s boss tells her he’s cutting her teaching hours. It’s societal pressure, rather than outright discrimination. In a way, it’s worse because it’s even harder to fight. She only realizes how bad things have gotten when her boss, a gay man, is hung on campus with a homophobic slur written below his body. Students are shocked by the site, but given what society becomes, not enough to actually do anything about it.Alexis Bledel’s Emily was probably the best surprise of season one. A much smaller role in the book, her expanded role, and heartbreaking story made her a fan favorite. That’s still the case so far in season two. Through her, we get to experience the colonies, and what it’s like to be an Unwoman. They’re slaves, doing hard manual labor in an irradiated hellscape. They work until they die of radiation poisoning. Between her and June, we get to see two sides of Rebellion. June’s acts are much more symbolic. She builds a memorial to the slaughtered Boston Globe journalists. She has sex, on top and not for procreation, and enjoys it. She cuts her own ear to rid herself of Gilead’s ID tag. She says “fuck” a lot. In season one, she used her influence on Commander Waterford to retrieve a Resistance package full of written accounts of the abuses handmaids suffer. (Speaking of which, whatever happened to that? Hopefully, that storyline comes back this season.)Elizabeth Moss (Photo courtesy of Hulu)Emily’s rebellions are a bit more direct. She has a body count that has already grown in season two. When she finds out one of the new Unwomen used to be a Commander’s wife, she pretends to befriend her. It’s not too long before it’s revealed that Emily secretly poisoned her. The Commander’s ex-wife may have it hard now, but there are some things you can’t forgive. Holding another woman down while your husband assaults her is one of those things.In moving on from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale has already found its own voice as a TV series. The pace is purposefully slow, allowing you to take in all the horrors of the world. To really make you feel as though Gilead could actually happen. The camera work is uncomfortably close, putting you in the clothes of the handmaids and the unwomen. We’ll spend the next 11 Wednesdays in a state of fear and despair, but this series is worth it. It’s a horrifying world that we can’t look away from. We shouldn’t. We should recognize the parallels in our own world.If you think I’m being overly bleak, taking this made up science fiction show too seriously, maybe this is why. This week, news broke that Charlie Rose, who lost his job after 11 women accused him of sexual harassment, pitched a show where he would interview other men affected by the Me Too movement. Because they’re the ones whose stories need to be told. That’s some Gilead-sounding shit right there. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Mae Young Classic gets new names confirmed Look back at Charlotte Flairs

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE.com is reporting that Tegan Nox, Deonna Purrazzo, Jessica Elaban and Reina Gonzalez will all be taking part in the upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament this year.Nox signed with WWE last summer and suffered an ACL injury during training that kept her out of action for 10 months. As reported earlier, Purrazzo reported as a new recruit to the Performance Center this week after pulling out of a scheduled booking for ALL IN.Elaban and Gonzalez have been actively wrestling at NXT live events. The new names join former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn, Io Shirai, former “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Kacy Catanzaro as the latest names to be announced for the tournament.WWE tapes the tournament on August 8 and 9 at Full Sail University.Look back at Charlotte Flair’s NXT debutWWE has uploaded a look back at Charlotte Flair’s debut in NXT from 2013. Pinterestcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Google+last_img read more

Flights resume after 24hour halt disrupts life for Big South

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -Flights resumed to South Caicos today after a near 24 hour halt to service brought on by airline company, InterCaribbean Airways.The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority said in a statement issued to media only moments ago that the island of South Caicos is a priority and its airport is undergoing a significant upgrade which called for radio services to pilots at the site to be paused.Well, aeronautical radio services for the all clear for landings are now re-instated and InterCaribbean Airways flights are now resumed according to the regular schedule.South Caicos lost significant flight connection to Provo and Grand Turk on Tuesday when InterCaribbean Airways decided to stop service into the fishing capital, which is now also home to at least two resorts.  It had some of the candidates talking, in fact outraged at the decision by the domestic airline and the seemingly sluggish pace by officials to see the service restored.  A Former MP, South Caicos native and running independent for the seat is McAllister Hanchell, who with former Premier Michael Missick today issued comment which said in part:“This is a serious blow to South Caicos and the people of South Caicos that depend on regular schedule flight to get food, service, workers and tourist in and out of the Island.  In fact, even the regular weekly visit by the bank was disrupted today.  We understand that the issues are between the Airline and the Airports Authority.  We call on both parties to put ego and differences aside in the interest of the people of South Caicos in particular and the wider public in general and resume schedule flights immediately.” InterCaribbean Airways yesterday explained that it has been asked to perform flyovers to alert contractors on the air strip that they want to come in for a landing; the airline refused to do it citing it is dangerous and illegal.  PDM Candidate, Keno Forbes said the disruption was unprofessional and unacceptable.“There are elderly folks with doctor’s appointments, there are people with connecting flights, there are tourist on the island that had to make connecting flights to get back to their home, and they have all had to pay additional funds and take a boat ride to get back to Provo. This type of behavior is not acceptable.” The Airports Authority also explained, “risk assessments were completed, mitigations implemented, and regulatory approval was obtained prior to the start of works.”  ICA had said the fly-overs, which were requested by the Airports Authority were unauthorized.center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Jogger not one to run away from a fight

first_imgPriscilla Dang was matter-of-fact in recounting her decision to fight off two teenagers who allegedly accosted her, one of whom swatted her butt, as she was jogging along the Padden Parkway path.The 23-year-old Vancouver woman has taken martial arts classes since she was 5, has three brothers and has always felt compelled to stand up for herself.“I hate when men think they can do that stuff,” Dang said on Thursday. “There was no question.”Standing a wiry 5 feet 4 inches tall, she said she works out almost every day in addition to her regular Wushu martial arts training in Clackamas, Ore., so she knew she could take them on.“They messed with the wrong person,” she said.To read more and comment on this story, read our original post.last_img

PETA offers 5K reward to help catch shore birds killer

first_imgLONG BEACH — PETA is offering $5,000 for help in catching whoever drove into a flock of shore birds on the beach in southwest Washington and killed 92 of them.KING-TV reports the dead Sandpiper-type shorebirds called dunlin were found Thursday north of the Cranberry beach approach on Long Beach.Wildlife Center of the North Coast said the trauma the birds suffered is consistent with a collision with a motor vehicle.Seabirds and shorebirds are protected under state law. It is illegal to harm or kill them.Fish and Wildlife Police say a vehicle has to be travelling considerably faster than the posted 25 mph speed in order to hit these types of birds. Dunlins are able to reach speeds of 110 mph.last_img

TMU demands merger of TSRTC with govt

first_imgSecunderabad: Members of TSRTC Employees’ Union (TMU) on Friday staged a dharna in Jubilee Bus Station demanding the merger of the corporation in the state government, job security for conductors and solving other problems.Union president S Babu, who attended the programme as the chief guest, accused the TMU of failing to solve the problems faced by the employees. He listed problems of the employees, such as denying benefits to retired staff, ineffective rendering of CCS, neglecting RTC Hospital in Tarnaka and pending of wage revision for 28 months. Babu also pointed out that the government’s indifference to the losses caused due to rising diesel prices during the last four years show the lack of commitment. Hence, he wanted RTC to be merged in the government. He also demanded immediate wage revision, which has been pending since April 1, 2017.last_img read more

Housewife beaten injured for opposing drinking wine

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationMiscreants have beaten up a housewife in Sirajganj as she did not allow them drinking local wine at her house.The victim is Parbaty Rani Oraon, 42, wife of a certain Anil Chandra Oraon.The incident took place at Khirsin village of Deshigram union in Tarash upazila of the district on Monday night.The victim has filed a complaint in writing to Tarash police station on Tuesday.According to the complaint, Biresh Chandra Oraon, Malin Chandra Oraon, Kamal Chandra Singh, Paltu Singh, Brajendra Nath Singh, Sujjal Oraon, Mithun Oraon and Ranjit Singh went to Anil’s home with local wine.As Anil was not at home at that time, they asked his wife to make sitting arrangements for them. As she refused, they beat her up.Tarash police station officer-in-charge Mustafizur Rahman said they will take necessary action after investigating the matter.last_img read more

Ambulances Treat Asthma Attacks In Houston School Zones Costing Millions

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X HISD elementary schools without a full time nurse have higher rates of asthma attacks, according to a new study from Rice University.Almost every other day, an emergency ambulance rushes to a Houston school zone to treat a child suffering an asthma attack that’s gone out of control.That’s according to a new study from Rice University. The lead researcher spotted another trend from 10 years’ worth of data.“One difference that comes out is a higher percentage of those schools do not have a nurse,” said Loren Raun, an assistant research professor at Rice and the chief environmental science officer for the city of Houston.Not all elementary schools in HISD have a full-time nurse. IN 2013, nursing students from Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing taught pre-K students about nutrition and digestion at Whidby Elementary School.Raun said that those ambulances go to certain school zones more than others: more areas on the east side of town, more elementary schools and more places with poverty. Black children made up the largest percentage of ambulance-treated asthma cases, followed by Hispanic students.Raud added that using ambulances to treat asthma adds up to millions of dollars, with each trip to the hospital costing about $10,000.“And that doesn’t include the cost for a lost day of work for the caregiver who has to be home to take care of the child. And it doesn’t take into account lost school days and so that’s an underestimated cost,” she said.Those lost school days cost students with asthma, who can fall behind in school. 00:00 /01:06 Share Listenlast_img read more

Vishing The Latest and Greatest Security Concern

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 20, 2008 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read By Paul KorzeniowskiCybercriminals have become quite adept at taking advantage of the latest technology. Their latest foray centers on leveraging the significant acceptance of Voice over IP (VoIP) to steal personal information.Unfortunately, as new communications options emerge to help small and midsize businesses improve productivity, these same enhancements can be used to exploit them and their customers. Because of its simplicity, its clean integration with IP networks, and potential cost savings, VoIP has become a staple in many small and midsize enterprises. Now, it’s poised to play the same role in cybercrimes.The crooks’ latest ploy is a variation of phishing, which has become a significant problem in the last few years. With phishing, a criminal sends an e-mail and pretends to be a bank, a credit card company, or a major online merchant, such as Amazon. The e-mail outlines a problem with the person’s account and asks the individual to click on a link to verify his or her account information. The user is then directed to a fake site that collects the login and password information and uses it to perpetrate identity theft.Criminals are Shifting GearsSince this phenomenon arose a few years ago, the affected companies, as well as leading security firms, have tried to educate users about the dangers of clicking on e-mail links asking for personal data. With that message starting to take hold, the criminals have shifted gears, with a new technique dubbed “vishing” (VoIP phishing). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center concentrating on Internet-related criminal complaints, has recently seen a growing number of incidents of vishing.Vishing operates like phishing and tries to persuade consumers to divulge their personal information by claiming that their accounts have been suspended, tampered with, deactivated, or terminated. A couple of variations on the scam have arisen. The first mixes phishing and vishing. The recipient receives an e-mail message but is instructed to call rather than click on a link to verify personal data. In another scenario, text messages are sent to cell phones claiming the recipient’s on-line bank account has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their online bank account by using the link provided.In other cases, crooks create fully functional PBXs using low cost PCs and inexpensive voice software. The perpetrators use dialers and bulk-rate VoIP services to flood an area with automated telephone calls, either reaching consumers or leaving voice mail messages. Recipients are directed to contact their banks, credit card companies, or merchants to verify their personal data.The IC3 noted that crooks have even gone so far that upon calling the telephone number, victims hear greetings, such as “Welcome to the Bank of … .” They then are asked to enter their personal data in order to resolve the pending problems. To add to the seeming authenticity, some fraudulent e-mails claim that the company would never contact customers to obtain the personal data by other means, such as e-mail, mail, and instant messenger, because voice messages are the most secure method of communication. These e-mails further warn recipients not to provide sensitive information when requested in an e-mail and not to click on embedded links, claiming they could contain malicious software aimed at capturing login credentials.Scams Focused on Smaller BusinessesAnother problem is cybercriminals have shifted their focus. Traditionally, their scams concentrated on the nation’s largest companies. After they’ve received their hundredth PayPal phishing notification, consumers don’t even bother opening up such items before hitting the Delete button. In response, the crooks have turned their attention to small and midsized businesses. For instance, regional bank Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Inc. was targeted for a vishing scam.At the moment, the criminals seem to be ahead of law enforcement. The IC3 admitted that, “Due to rapidly evolving criminal methodologies, it is impossible to include every scenario.” The government agency suggests that consumers use legitimate telephone numbers to contact the supposed company whenever they receive something asking for their account data. Having been funneled through numerous voice-activated screens through the years, I’m skeptical about consumers’ willingness to take that extra step and the ability of the company to handle such calls expeditiously.Consequently, vishing is a security issue that small and midsize companies have to be aware of because it could affect their customers and their business. All companies, especially those doing a lot of business on the Internet, need to notify consumers about such problems and be prepared to handle such inquiries, if they should arise. How much awareness do you have of vishing? How much of a threat do you think it poses to your business? Do you feel obliged to tell your customers about it?Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek.last_img read more

Saving battery on AMOLED devices

first_imgSaving battery on AMOLED devices by Martin Brinkmann on June 13, 2017 in Google Android – 5 commentsAMOLED Wallpapers HD is a free application for Android that provides you with specially crafted wallpapers for AMOLED displays.AMOLED, Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode, is a display technology that uses self-illuminating diodes. This is different from LCD displays, which use a backlight instead.AMOLED displays are integrated into most Samsung devices, Google devices, as well as devices by manufacturers such as BlackBerry, Motorola and OnePlus.One advantage that AMOLED devices have is that battery can be saved depending on the colors on the screen. Senk9 published an analysis of the power efficiency of AMOLED devices back in 2015, and concluded that the power consumption of an AMOLED screen displaying black, was less than half of the power consumption of an AMOLED screen displaying white.This finding has been confirmed in other studies, for instance one on GreenBot in 2014, and Anandtech in 2014.Black is good in regards to battery savings, as diodes don’t have to light up at all to display black (in contrast to LED displays).While you can go ahead and set the wallpaper and lockscreen image of an AMOLED device to black, most users probably prefer better looking wallpapers. This is where apps like AMOLED Wallpapers HD come into play, as they provide plenty of those.AMOLED Wallpapers HDAMOLED Wallpapers HD is a wallpaper application for Android. It provides you with a large collection of wallpaper images optimized for AMOLED displays.You will notice that most wallpapers feature lots of black and not a lot of white. Not all wallpapers are designed with battery savings in mind, but picking a predominantly black wallpaper image will have that effect.The application lists several wallpaper categories that you can filter wallpapers by. This includes, among others editor’s picks, anime and cartoon, nature, videogames, and a special Samsung Galaxy S8 category. Depending on what you select, wallpapers may be more or less on the black side of the color spectrum.A tap on a wallpaper opens it in a preview. The two options that you have at this point are to download it, and to set it as the wallpaper.One usability issue that you may encounter on the wallpaper profile page is that there is no clear option to return to the wallpaper listing. You have to tap on the back button of the mobile device to go back.VerdictIf you want to save battery on your AMOLED device but don’t want to set the wallpaper and lockscreen to black, you may find candidates that you find more suitable when you run AMOLED Wallpapers HD. Some of the wallpapers are very bright and not designed for power savings however, so keep that in mind when you are selecting one.Now You: Which power saving tricks or apps do you use?  Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name AMOLED Wallpapers HDOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mundopepone.mundopepone Advertisementlast_img read more

Big brand name AIR MILES and now the TDC sales academy Transats

first_img As host agencies battle it out for new members, every perk is a big advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.Transat’s Agent@home has the strength of the Transat brand name, plus this past summer Transat Distribution Canada announced it was upping the ante in its partnership with AIR MILES, signing a deal that includes extra AIR MILES benefits for customers who book travel with TDC.Agents interested in joining a host agency, or switching host agencies, are attracted by the AIR MILES redemptions program and the new business it brings, says TDC.Transat Distribution Canada is looking to grow its Agent@home program and recently announced yet another incentive to agents who join.TDC says travel agents and home-based agents who want to move over to TDC’s Agent@Home program can sign up for the TDC Sales Academy, taking place April 27 – May 4, 2018 at the all-inclusive Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana.Registration for the Academy opens this month.Agents will receive intensive sales training from special guest speaker Michael Vickers, along with dedicated training on Sun Destinations, Europe, Cruise and Luxury products from over 20 preferred partners and professional coaches, according to TDC.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The format includes hands-on business building workshops, site inspections of Transat’s key hotels and resorts and special events. Home-based agents get the opportunity to network with other TDC colleagues as well as with top suppliers.“They will have access to state-of-the-art training from professional coaches and our top suppliers,” said Susan Bowman, Exec VP Marketing, TDC. “At TDC, we know that education is an integral part of our travel professional’s success. Understanding all of our products thoroughly enables them to better serve their customers and exceed their expectations.”The TDC Agent@home program offers advantages for agents looking to go home based including the exclusive ability to offer and redeem Air Miles Reward Miles, as well as best-in-class marketing and systems support, she added.The 2017 Sales Academy attracted 150 delegates, a mix of junior and senior travel agents from across Canada who worked with preferred suppliers and training coaches for an intense, boot-camp- type training for a week.Transat Travel home-based agent Wayne Arsenault said the Academy was an opportunity to learn, meet new people, network with other agents, suppliers and corporate employees.“There were people from across Canada, from all walks of life, ages and years of experience. For me as a newer agent, I found this invaluable as there were so many points of view and a great variety of business backgrounds all sharing our ideas,” said Arsenault. “The participation from Michael Vickers sharing his techniques with us was irreplaceable, providing many unique ideas to touch clients. His lessons were straightforward and quite profound, I learned a lot about how to interact with clients from his sessions.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckArsenault has his own takeaways from the week-long training:Listen for cues. “You will be able to customize according to the client’s buying style. Ask, so that you know you have listened and heard what you think you heard.”Use social media for maximum reach and presenceKnow what is available, keep up- to- date, there is something for each client.Be unique/different in how you interact with your client.The content for TDC’s training academies is determined by feedback the company receives from its network of 450 agencies and 3,650 travel consultants across Canada. For more details see transatagentathome.com. Tags: Transat Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Big brand name, AIR MILES and now the TDC sales academy: Transat’s Agent@home woos newcomers Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

Cashed up Aussies gear up for US travel

first_imgAussies continue to flock to US shores Destinations beware: more than 90 per cent of Aussies plan to spend any extra windfall from recent interest rate cuts on vacations, a survey by Australian travel website Wotif has found.Additionally, with the Australian dollar still on parity with the greenback, the United States continues to figure highly in Aussie travelers’ overseas travel plans.According to the survey, joining the US among the top spots for Australians to spend budget bonuses this year are Thailand, New Zealand, Bali and Fiji. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img

SP Fitch Issue Stable Outlooks for Fay Servicing

first_img Share in Servicing “”Fay Servicing””:http://www.fayservicing.com/index.php, a Chicago-based special servicer, has earned stable outlooks from both “”S&P””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us and “”Fitch Ratings””:https://www.fitchratings.com/web/en/dynamic/fitch-home.jsp.[IMAGE]From Fitch, Fay Servicing received Residential Subprime and Special Servicer Ratings of RPS3 and RSS3, respectively, with an “”Outlook Stable”” judgment. [COLUMN_BREAK]””The rating actions are based on Fay’s robust single point of contact (SPOC) model and integrated servicing technology,”” Fitch said in its ratings release. “”The ratings also incorporate Fitch’s overall concerns for the U.S. residential servicing industry which include the ability to maintain high performance standards while addressing the rising cost of servicing and changes to industry practices, mandated by regulators and other parties.””Meanwhile, S&P granted Fay Servicing a Residential Mortgage Subprime and Special Servicing Rating of average with a “”Stable Outlook.””””We are proud to have received these ratings especially at a time when the U.S. servicing industry continues to evolve in order to successfully face a variety of challenges associated with added regulations and changing market conditions,”” said Fay Servicing CEO Ed Fay. “”These results validate that we’ve built a strong foundation for future growth, including securitizations, and that we will continue to responsibly and effectively serve homeowners, lenders and investors for years to come.”” S&P, Fitch Issue Stable Outlooks for Fay Servicingcenter_img December 12, 2013 428 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-12 Tory Barringerlast_img read more