Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/EliteMixtapesFive-star point guard Trevon Dural is a top 10 player in the 2017 class, and has the offer sheet to prove it. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, and numerous others are after the explosive guard out of St. Benedict’s Prep. At the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte, Duval showed off his superior athleticism, with a monster dunk on a very unlucky defender. Lesson to all defenders: if Duval blows by his man and you’re late on rotating over to protect the rim, you may just want to let him have the two points.[Bleacher Report]
MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. is beginning to recover from a turbulent end to 2017 and deep winter freeze that curtailed its service, the railroad’s interim CEO said Wednesday.Jean-Jacques Ruest told an investor conference Wednesday that February was among the worst months in the company’s history as volume decreased and costs rose.But train speeds have picked up and the railway is moving more freight which will help customer service and satisfaction, he said.“So all these things are saying that the month of March is slightly better,” he told the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference in New York.“It will not be enough to cover the month of January and February. But we’re heading in that direction.”The Montreal-based railway hasn’t changed its guidance for the year because Ruest says there is still time to catch up.The company has apologized for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and said it’s mobilizing more train cars and workers to clear the backlog.CN Rail announced Wednesday that it plans to manage congestion in Western Canada by temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars to gain fluidity and speed, particularly between Edmonton and Winnipeg.That includes controlling the flow of empty rail cars into Western Canada, managing flow for frac sand orders to avoid further congestion and returning empty propane cars from short-term staging locations.Ruest said extreme winter weather starting in December isn’t alone to blame.He said CN Rail entered the challenging winter season a spent force after experiencing 14 per cent revenue ton mile growth in the first nine months of 2017.“We entered the fourth quarter without really any gasoline left in the tank. So the last two months of the year we were sort of flat. And we’ve been flat since then.”Ruest said he expects the transportation sector, including trucking, will face capacity pressure from increased volume growth.CN Rail is spending an extra $500 million this year, half of which will be used to upgrade its network and increase transit times between Chicago and the Canadian west coast.The work to add more sidings and double tracks in spots will start in April and be completed by November.It has ordered new locomotives and will have an extra 130 leased units within weeks.It is also hiring 2,000 workers, including hundreds of conductors.Ruest said that by the fourth quarter, CN should be back to where it was 12 to 18 months ago.Ruest was appointed earlier this month to take over from Luc Jobin, who was dismissed after about two years as CEO.The 23-year veteran CN Rail executive said the company’s board plans to take its time conducting a global search from within the rail industry and manufacturing world to lead the country’s largest railway.“The search will be very wide and the board is not putting themselves on any clock,” he told analysts.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)
NEW 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 Press
EDMONTON, A.B. — New numbers show Alberta’s economy continues to dig itself out of the deep hole caused by crashing oil prices as Premier Rachel Notley’s government both spends and saves more.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is on track for a $9.1-billion deficit when the budget year ends March 31. That’s $1.4 billion lower than the deficit expected when Ceci tabled this year’s budget last spring.Ceci notes forecasts also point to an economic rebound as production goes up and unemployment falls. The house resumes sitting March 8. Ceci is to bring in the 2018-19 budget later in the spring. “Nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were created over the last year and Alberta’s GDP growth led the country at 4.5 percent in 2017,” Ceci said in a statement Wednesday after releasing the third-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget. “We will continue to work hard to ensure this recovery reaches all Albertans.”The province is expected to take in an extra $1.9 billion this year on $46.9 billion in revenue – mainly due to higher than expected oil revenue and returns on investments. Spending is also rising to $55.9 billion – about $1 billion more than projected at budget – to cover increases in services for children, people with disabilities, and for employment and income supports.The debt is going to hit almost $42 billion this year. Debt payments will be $1.4 billion. Alberta will bring in $883 million from crude oil royalties, almost double what it had expected, although revenue from bitumen royalties will be $2.4 billion – about $188 million less than projected.Oil revenues were hampered this year by the price discount Alberta’s blended bitumen sells at compared with the benchmark North American West Texas Intermediate price. The discount is tied mainly to pipeline bottlenecks that drive up the price of getting Alberta’s heavy oil to U.S. refineries and ports.The NDP has been running high deficits throughout its term in government. The government says slashing budgets and jobs would only worsen the situation and kill an economic recovery.The province has been saving money by negotiating contracts with zero pay increases for teachers and nurses and other health professionals,. It has also axed redundant agencies and committees and consolidated other programs and services.Alberta has been hit with multiple credit downgrades, however, which have increased the cost of borrowing. Ceci has promised to present a more detailed plan to get the budget back in balance by 2023.
Manchester (United Kingdom): Manchester City hope Saturday’s meeting with Watford can offer them the same sort of impetus their opponents provided for Premier League title rivals Liverpool. City manager Pep Guardiola has seen his side hit a downturn in their attacking form in recent weeks despite overtaking Liverpool and returning to the top of the table. The last three City games have seen them score just two goals, including a goalless League Cup final appearance against a Chelsea team they had defeated 6-0 just two weeks prior. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The run hardly represents a major concern, with City having won the cup final on penalties and their next two league games by 1-0 scorelines. But as a general indicator of form, City’s previously prolific goalscoring feats – which had produced 50 goals in the opening 13 games of 2019 – have dried up alarmingly. Watford, who were beaten 5-0 by a Liverpool team that had gone through a similarly barren spell immediately prior to their meeting, might be just the right opponents for City this weekend as they aim to maintain their one-point lead over Liverpool. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Yet Guardiola must also have been alarmed by a growing injury list which includes Kevin De Bruyne after last weekend’s victory at Bournemouth. The Belgian midfielder suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half and City were economical with the facts surrounding the problem immediately after the game, other than Guardiola confirming he will be sidelined for a period of time. De Bruyne’s absence will add to the mounting frustrations for the 27-year-old, who started 36 of City’s 38 league games last season. De Bruyne will have played in just seven of City’s 30 league games this term if, as expected, he misses out against Watford. Two knee injuries have taken their toll on De Bruyne this season although, even when he has enjoyed extended periods in the first team, he has appeared short of the form that made him one of the league’s most effective players last season. De Bruyne’s lack of cutting edge was hardly a problem for City over the opening weeks of the new year, but his side have found it more difficult to wear teams down in recent games. The fact the Belgian played so much over the summer, with his team reaching the latter stages of the World Cup, has been cited by both player and manager as a reason for his lack of fitness and form. And City’s gruelling schedule, as they continue to compete for four trophies, has clearly impacted upon, not only De Bruyne but a number of other players, with Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte also suffering recent injuries. Speaking earlier this month, before his latest setback, De Bruyne conceded that those absences have affected him. “Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover,” he said. “But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I’ve been away. “I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”
Tezpur (Assam): A Muslim man was allegedly beaten up and forced to eat pork by a group of people who were angry over his selling beef in Assam, police said Tuesday. Consumption of pork is a taboo among most Muslims.The victim, Shaukat Ali (48), was assaulted by a group of locals at Madhupur weekly market in Biswanath district on Sunday and required hospitalisation, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Raushan said. A video of the incident that has gone viral showed a dazed Ali surrounded by some people who angrily demanded to know from him where he came from and whether his name figured in the contentious National Register of Citizens that intends to weed out illegal migrants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAli, according to Raushan, was beaten up by locals not aligned to any fundamentalist organisation. Ali, who owns a food stall, claimed he was force-fed pork by the assailants, but police did not confirm it. “We have also heard about that. It is a matter of investigation. It is only after that has been done that I will be able to tell,” the SP said. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned. Ali claimed he had been selling beef at the market for over three decades and never faced such a situation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe group also beat up 42-year-old Kamal Thapa, the contractor of the market, for allowing Ali to sell beef dishes. Cow slaughter and consumption of beef is not banned in the state but the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950, permits the slaughter of only cattle above 14 years of age after due certification by a veterinary officer. The Sunday’s incident came to light when a video shot by one among the group of assailants went viral on social media. A case was registered with the Biswanath Chariali police station on the complaint of the victim’s brother Sahabuddin Ali on Monday evening.
New 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.
Hollywood- The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, becoming the first film from a black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. The film from British director Steve McQueen is based on the memoirs of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is tricked and sold into bondage in Louisiana in an unflinching account of pre-Civil War slavery in America.Space adventure “Gravity” and AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” won early Oscars, but suspense remained as the show moved towards its climax and the best picture award. At the halfway point, “Gravity” had won five awards, all in technical categories, “Dallas Buyers Club” took two and “12 Years a Slave” earned a key acting prize at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.The other main frontrunner, 1970s crime caper “American Hustle,” was so far empty-handed, but the lead acting prizes, best director, screenplay awards and the coveted best picture prize were yet to be announced.As widely expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender woman suffering from AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” on Hollywood’s biggest night.The actor and rock musician used his acceptance speech to send a topical message to people in troubled Ukraine and anti-government protesters in Venezuela.“To all the dreamers out there… in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight,” Leto said.“Dallas Buyers Club” also won the make-up and hairstyling award.Lupita Nyong’o won the best supporting actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” earning a standing ovation as she took the stage.A tearful Nyong’o paid tribute to her slave character Patsey, saying: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.”“Gravity,” from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, won awards for visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography and film editing.Going into the evening, “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and “American Hustle” were frontrunners for the top prize, best picture.The ceremony got underway after storm clouds lifted, allowing stars to hit the pre-show red carpet.Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor, up for best actor for “12 Years a Slave,” was among the A-listers who strutted their stuff, as did his co-star Nyong’o, stunning in pale blue Prada.“It’s quite a surreal moment,” Ejiofor told CNN, adding that “it would be amazing” to win. But he stressed: “One of the proudest things… is that people have received the film in the spirit in which it was made.”On the acting front, Cate Blanchett is favorite for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Matthew McConaughey is widely fancied to strike Oscars gold for his portrayal of homophobic HIV-positive AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.”On the eve of Hollywood’s biggest night, “12 Years a Slave” scored a last-minute boost by winning best feature and best director for Briton Steve McQueen on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards.But experts agree that all bets are off for the big prize of the night, the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out at the end of the show.Host Ellen DeGeneres opened with a monologue making fun of the storms that hit California on the eve of the Oscars.“It’s been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining,” she said, addressing the global audience. “We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers,” she dead-panned.The 6,000 or so voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cast their ballots over 12 days starting on Valentine’s Day and ending on Tuesday.The best picture race is so close that the winner could come down to only a few votes, under the Academy’s preferential voting system. Under the rules, voters rank all nine nominated films.They are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Those with the least first-place votes are dropped, and their votes given to the next highest-ranked nominees. This continues until one movie has 50 percent plus one vote.Cuaron is the frontrunner for the best director prize, and his star Sandra Bullock earned high praise for her work in the spectacular space drama, prompting some to suggest she could cause an upset in the best actress race.The star-studded Oscars broadcast featured a performance by Irish rockers U2, playing their nominated song from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and Pink, who sang “Over the Rainbow” as part of a 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed reports that Nabil Fekir has until the New Year to decide whether or not he wishes to continue at the clubThe French forward was close to sealing a summer move to Liverpool before his medical results caused the deal to collapse.Fekir remained at Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but that has not stopped him from being linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Reports in the French media this week stated that Lyon would be holding a meeting with Fekir to discuss his future with just 18 months left on his contract.Now Aulas has confirmed the rumours and stated he wants a clear answer as to whether Fekir will commit his future to Lyon.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“For the moment, we haven’t really got into a real discussion, even though we met three weeks ago,” said Aulas, according to Sports Mole.“The sorting out of certain things regarding the question of his agent is underway.“The aim is to have a clear and precise position from him between now and the end of the year. Jean-Pierre Bernes is still his agent, but he might not be between now and the end of his contract.”Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between December 6, 2018 and December 12, 2018:Thursday, December 6NoneFriday, December 7NoneSaturday, December 8NoneSunday, December 9NoneMonday, December 10NoneTuesday, December 11Robert Jude Coppola (55, Billerica) was arrested for OUI Liquor (3rd Offense), Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle, Leaving Scene Of Property Damage (x2), Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, and Resisting Arrest. (11:21am)Michael Joseph Domenici (28, Malden) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Registration Revoked and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (1:02pm)Wednesday, December 12None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday requested two factions of Tablig Jamaat not to make any provocative comment against each other while delivering sermons or speaking at the Ijtema ground, reports UNB.”Huge plain clothes police will remain deployed at the Ijtema ground. If anyone makes any such comment, they will take action,” said the minister while attending a meeting at the regional office of Tongi City Corporation at noon on overall preparations of 54th Biswa Ijtema.Presided over by Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, the programme was attended by state minister for religious affairs lawyer Sheikh Abdullah, state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur city mayor Jahangir Alam, IGP Javed Patwary, RAB DG Benazir Ahmed, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner YM Belalur Rahman .Representatives from two disputing groups Tablig Jamaat, one led by Maulana Wasekh and the other by Moulana Zubair and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, attended the meeting.As part of the security, separate control rooms of RAB and police have been opened.Besides, 16,000 members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed and several layers security will be arranged on the occasion.Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, will be held for four days in a single phase from 15 February this time.
X The shelter housing people impacted by hurricane Harvey and set up at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center will not likely close this weekend, as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had indicated during the week.The American Red Cross is in charge of the GRB shelter and says that, as of Thursday night, it was still housing about 1,000 people.Almost 300 will be relocated to a renovated facility with dormitories that used to be a homeless shelter managed by Star of Hope and some of them started moving out on Friday morning.As for the approximately remaining 700 people, the City says it has a two-fold plan.They are looking for apartments and also for another shelter.“The key for us is making sure that we have a safe and secure place for people who are not able to be housed today and need to continue in a sheltering location, but until that is finalized, I’m not gonna provide details,” Tom McCasland, director of the City’s Department of Housing and Community Development told Houston Public Media (HPM).McCasland had no details on the timeline to empty the Convention Center either.Some people staying at the GRB told HPM they will go wherever the next designated shelter is because they have no other options, while others are trying to line up hotel rooms through government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:01 Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media This is how the interior of the George R. Brown Convention Center, located in downtown Houston, looked on Friday September 15th. The Red Cross said that at that point it was still housing about 1,000 people impacted by hurricane Harvey. Share
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 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group
Brazil Chile Colombia Mexico Peru Czech Republic Egypt Hungary Morocco Poland Russia S. Africa Turkey Europe, Middle East, Africa China India Indonesia Korea Malaysia Philippines Taiwan Thailand Asia Source: Bloomberg So, a rise in the Index implies an increase in the production of food, electricity, housing, and steel, and points to future global economic growth. As shown in the above chart, the BDI has doubled since early August and tripled year to date. A big slowdown in global economic activity doesn’t seem to be in the cards. A Good Story The facts, however, seldom present an obstacle that a good media story can’t overcome. Such was the case with the media-induced, emerging-market selloff ahead of the Fed’s anticipated “taper” announcement. The story—or at least a chapter from it—went something like this: Emerging markets are carrying big current account deficits… any twist of the Fed’s liquidity spigot will slow the flow of Western capital into emerging economies and aggravate the deficits… a rise in interest rates would ensue… higher rates will slow economic growth… better to sell emerging markets and their currencies ahead of these events. The sand in the ointment that lubricated the media jaws is that “emerging markets” is not a homogenized thing, but an array of countries with distinct economic and fiscal profiles. For a real-world perspective, let’s look at the 21 emerging markets as defined by the MSCI Market Index. Here they are, sorted by region, with countries that run a current account deficit shown in red, and those with a surplus shown in green: The skies were clear as we started final approach into Changi International Airport. Still several kilometers out in the Singapore Strait, dozens of container ships sat idle, tethered to the seabed, and seemed to stretch clear to Batam Island, part of the Indonesian archipelago. Each ship formed part of a nautical queue and waited its turn for cargo to be transshipped or offloaded at Singapore’s port terminals. Singapore is the world’s second-busiest port in terms of cargo tonnage, and number one for the transshipment of cargo. This volume of traffic and trade has turned the Singapore Strait into a major link in one of the world’s most strategic shipping lanes that connects the South China Sea with the Strait of Malacca, and all destinations west. The above anecdotal observation from my window seat aligns with recent action in the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). The BDI is an indirect measure of global supply and demand for shipping capacity. The index acts as a leading indicator in that it measures the demand for “dry” commodities (grain, coal, timber, ores) that are the raw materials used in intermediate and finished-goods manufacture. America’s Hmmm… I see a pattern here. The farther east you look, the greener it gets. It’s pretty obvious that most Asian markets were smeared as card-carrying members of the current-account-deficit club, a grossly inaccurate generalization. Indonesia, by the way, hiked interest rates in early September and revised its GDP estimate for 2013 lower to 6%, a growth rate that countries in the left and center columns of the table are yearning to achieve. Without Us, You’re Toast In 1965, Singapore, following a decade of strife to attain self-rule, became an independent nation. The thumb of British colonial occupation was lifted. The prognosis from the foreign press was immediate and unequivocal: Singapore was doomed. The only question was when. Britain had agreed to maintain its military bases in the country, the primary source of security and economic support for the fledgling country. The bases were a hundred-million-pound burden on the British treasury—closure was inevitable. A British withdrawal from Singapore was compared to the decline of the Roman Empire, where law and order collapsed as the Roman legions retreated and barbarians filled the vacuum. The latest round of emerging-market skepticism, concocted and perpetuated by an ill-informed Western media, embodies the nauseating ideal of Anglo-exceptionalism and is reminiscent of the “you can’t make it without us” conceit of the 20th century. Singapore is not an emerging market, of course, but it was, having clawed its way from backwater trading post in the hinterlands of the British Empire to today’s economic and financial powerhouse. Other Asian nations are following the path it trod, and intra-emerging-market export trends and demographics suggest that the region’s growth story is far from over.
Every week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Zibin Guo guides veterans in wheelchairs through slow-motion tai chi poses as a Bluetooth speaker plays soothing instrumental music.”Cloudy hands to the right, cloudy hands to the left,” he tells them. “Now we’re going to open your arms, grab the wheels and 180-degree turn.”The participants swivel about-face and continue to the next pose. Guo, a medical anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has modified his tai chi to work from a seated position. Even though many of the participants are not wheelchair-bound, using the mobile chairs makes it easier for them to get through a half-hour of movement.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has given $120,000 in grant money to Guo to spread his special wheelchair tai chi curriculum. He started in Chattanooga, and has expanded his class offerings to Murfreesboro.This idea of going beyond prescriptions — and especially beyond opioids — in dealing with different sorts of pain and trauma has become a focus of the VA nationally.In Tennessee, nearly a quarter of all VA patients with an active medical prescription were on opioids in 2012. That number is now down to 15 percent, but that’s still higher than in most other parts of the country.According to a national survey from 2015, nearly every VA hospital now offers some kind of alternative health treatment — like yoga, mindfulness and art therapy.Guo is teaching people in a half dozen VA hospitals in Florida, Texas, Utah and Arizona to use his version of tai chi. He believes the focus on breathing and mindfulness — paired with manageable physical activity — can help ease a variety of ailments.”When you have a good amount of body harmony, people tend to engage in proactive life,” he says, “so that helps with all kinds of symptoms.”In addition to making a vet feel better physically, the VA also hopes these alternative therapies might help ease symptoms of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.Thomas Sales, of Nashville, Tenn., says his latest panic attack caught him by surprise. “Night before last, when we had the thunderstorm,” he says. “The thunder is a big trigger for some people.”It’s been 25 years after Sales fought in the first Gulf War with the Navy Special Warfare Command, and he still has panic attacks regularly.”You’ll find yourself flashing back to being out there with the fellas, and you’ll just kind of snap,” he says. “And I found myself, for some reason, thinking about doing the breathing techniques [from tai chi], and doing the ‘heaven and earth,’ and then breathing deep and slow.”Sales says he knows it must look crazy to some people when he reaches to the sky and then sweeps his arms to the ground. There was a time when he would have agreed. Most of the patients in this class had some skepticism going into the tai chi program. But Vietnam veteran Jim Berry of Spring Hill, Tenn., says he’s now convinced of its value.”My daughter sent me a t-shirt that sums it up,” he says. “Tai chi is more than old folks chasing trees.”Berry credits meditation and tai chi with helping him quit smoking. “No cigarettes for three months now,” he says.Zarita Croney, a veteran with the National Guard, says tai chi has helped her with chemical dependency. She now makes the nearly two-hour drive from Hopkinsville, Ky., to Murfreesboro each week, and has reduced her use of pills for pain.”My whole life … revolved around, ‘Oh shoot, when can I take my next pill?’ ” Croney recalls. “I’ve gone from about 90 percent of my day being on my bed to being able to come out and be social.”The VA has been aggressively trying to wean vets off high-powered opioids — using prescription data as a key measurement to judge how its hospitals across the country are doing with that goal.The VA acknowledges that there’s little evidence at this point that tai chi or mindfulness therapy or acupuncture will ease PTSD or addiction, though recently there has been research into the quality of life benefits of tai chi among the elderly.But physicians say they suspect many of the opioisa aren’t always helping veterans either, and the drugs carry more risks.Aaron Grobengieser, who oversees alternative medicine at the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, says tai chi won’t replace medication. But it might help reduce prescriptions, and the agency plans to start measuring that.”I believe this is going to be an avenue,” he says, “to really help address that group of folks [who are] looking for ways to manage those types of conditions without popping another pill.”This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with Nashville Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.
When you’re thirsty, a swig of fresh water brings instant relief. But gulp down some salty sea water and you’ll still feel parched.That’s because your brain is trying to keep the concentration of salt in your body within a very narrow range, says Zachary Knight, an associate professor in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”If you experience, for example, a 10 percent change, you would be very sick,” he says. “A 20 percent change and you could die.”Knight and a team of researchers wanted to know how the brain keeps that from happening. They report the results of their search in an article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.”There has to be a mechanism for the brain to track how salty the solutions that you drink are and use that to fine-tune thirst,” Knight says. “But the mechanism was unknown.”So Knight’s team began studying brain cells known as thirst neurons.First, the team piped fresh water directly into the stomachs of some thirsty mice.”Within a minute or two, infusing water into the stomach rapidly turns off these thirst neurons in the brain,” says Chris Zimmerman, a graduate student in Knight’s lab who conducted the experiment. “And not only that,” Zimmerman says, “if we give [the mouse] access to water it doesn’t drink at all.”Next the team repeated the experiment, using salty water. And this time, the thirst neurons stayed on and the animals kept searching for fresh water that would reduce the concentration of salt in their bodies.More study revealed how the system works. Cells in the gut are constantly measuring saltiness and communicating that information to thirst neurons in the brain.”What’s really exciting about this is not only that we’ve discovered this new signal from the gut to the brain, but also that we’ve found that it has a really specific role in controlling our behavior,” Zimmerman says.A second study in Nature looks at a different system that also affects salt intake.”We wanted to know how sodium appetite is regulated by the brain,” says Yuki Oka, an assistant professor of biology at Caltech and an author of the study.The first thing Oka’s team did was use a technique called optogenetics to switch on the sodium appetite neurons.The effect on mice was immediate. “They pick up a piece of rock salt and then start eating it,” Oka says.When the team switched off the sodium appetite neurons, the animals stopped eating salt.But how does this system work when there’s no scientist flipping the switch?Previous research has shown that part of the answer involves cells that measure salt concentrations in the bloodstream.But Oka’s team figured that likely wasn’t the whole answer, because animals need only a tiny amount of sodium in their diet. So they need to stop eating salt long before concentrations in blood start rising.The scientists thought there must be a second “off switch” somewhere — one that could be flipped sooner.They found it in the animals’ taste buds.”When you put sodium-salt on top of the tongue, and then, when you taste it, that’s sufficient to suppress sodium appetite neurons,” Oka says. That’s how we know to stop eating salt before we’ve consumed a harmful dose.And sports drinks, the UCSF scientists explain, contain exactly the same concentration of sodium found in our bodies; that’s how the drinks replace sodium without triggering the brain’s “stop eating salt” response. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health have developed an iPad app that assists in colon cancer screening tests. The software puts some decision-making power into patients’ hands. It’s called mobile Patient Technology for Health – or mPATH-CRC for short. It lets patients “self-order” a colon cancer screening test while they’re in the waiting room. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but over one-third of those eligible to be screened don’t get the test.The National Cancer Institute has awarded $1.6 million in grant funds for further testing of the technology in clinics across North Carolina and Kentucky.Dr. David Miller is a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and a leading researcher on the study. “What this grant funding will let us do is figure out how to get this iPad intervention — which we know works, we know it doubles the chance that people will complete colon cancer screening tests — and actually get it put into routine use in primary care practices,” says Miller.Miller also says that the mPATH-CRC application is an extension, not a replacement, for a physician’s advice.
Enroll Now for $5 January 15, 2010 Jason Ankeny Magazine Contributor –shares Google Android OS Egnyte enables mobile entrepreneurs to do more without an office. Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Access to Files Across the Miles This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read Given that the whole raison d’être of mobile technology is doing stuff on the go, it’s no surprise to learn that half of small businesses regularly use smartphones to conduct business, according to a recent study conducted by Decision Analyst. Not only that, but a quarter of entrepreneurs tell the Arlington, Texas, market research firm they now use their smartphone more often than their computer. Whether your smartphone is an old-school BlackBerry device or a new-hotness touchscreen handset running on Google’s Android operating system, Egnyte enables you do even more away from the office. Its m-Drive user interface guarantees secure and ubiquitous remote access to all your business data, requiring no additional software purchase or installation on your phone.Egnyte’s on-demand server offers both Mac and PC users online file storage, file-sharing functionality and automatic backup in one solution–any data stored on the server is now accessible via BlackBerry and Android m-Drive user interfaces optimized for both keypads and touchscreens, giving businesses the tools to navigate folder hierarchies and open and share files.Egnyte introduced m-Drive in late 2008, when the firm launched Egnyte 2.0 for Apple’s iPhone, rolling out a series of file-sharing and document collaboration options, including colleague and client access to designated folders as well as e-mail attachments and version control for multiple-file iterations.A few more mobile innovations like this, and you’ll never have to return to the office again. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Growth Strategies Add to Queue
The Family of Agile Marketing Tools Helps Marketers Publish More Work, Complete Projects on Time and Prove Value to StakeholdersCoSchedule, the fastest-growing marketing platform on the Inc. 5000 list and recognized on Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Marketing Platforms, announced its new CoSchedule Marketing Suite . The Marketing Suite helps marketers stay focused, deliver projects on time and make their team happy.The strategic shift to build a unified marketing platform is the company’s direct response to marketers’ feedback and frustration with disconnected toolsets that cause marketing teams to waste time coordinating work rather than completing it.“We surveyed more than 3,000 marketers, and they unanimously shared the need to get more work done in less time,” said Garrett Moon, co-founder and CEO of CoSchedule. “The pressure for this productivity pushes them to adopt new technologies and processes. But in reality, we hear this only leads to siloed tools and teams. They’re frustrated. At CoSchedule, we call this ‘makeshift marketing.’ It’s the wasted effort marketers spend coordinating projects, managing spreadsheets and cobbling together single-function tools.”Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App InventoryThe CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together a work management, content marketing, social media management and digital asset management toolset built upon a marketing calendar foundation. This family of agile tools is designed to provide unprecedented visibility into marketing operations with a single source of truth for all marketing activities.“Our mission is to end makeshift marketing, so we decided to build a completely new way for marketers to work,” said Moon. “The CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together all the tools that marketers need on a daily basis and puts them in one place. It’s a monumental step and an exciting evolution for CoSchedule and our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data VisualizationCoSchedule’s Marketing Calendar is the cornerstone of the Marketing Suite. The platform includes four additional product offerings that build off the calendar.Content Organizer is content marketing software to drive strategy and growth.Social Organizer is social media management software to empower marketers with everything they need from publishing to measurement.Work Organizer is team collaboration software designed to help marketers manage and automate workflows.Asset Organizer is brand new digital asset management software designed to organize digital assets and share files with stakeholders.Promoting the value proposition “the only way to organize your marketing in one place,” CoSchedule saw it necessary to add new functionality into the platform to fulfill its promise. The Social Organizer includes all-new Social Conversations Inbox monitoring capabilities for engaging with followers, which makes the software a complete social media management solution. Asset Organizer is an entirely new product to the company as well, making the Marketing Suite a complete marketing project management solution.“Prior to CoSchedule, we were using tons of different tools,” said Sadie Rudolph, public relations director at Flint Group and long-time CoSchedule customer. “We were jumping from product to product and none of the things we were doing were working together. Because everything wasn’t in one place, I didn’t have a lot of visibility into what our team was working on.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person“The CoSchedule Marketing Suite lets us know what everyone is working on and when it’s going to get done, and it’s allowed us to consistently meet our deadlines,” said Rudolph. “Because we have visibility into every project, we’ve been able to drastically reduce wasted effort and produce more content.” Content Marketing PlatformsCoscheduleCoSchedule Marketing SuiteGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAmperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesNext ArticleConstant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:52 pmJune 28, 2019