Tory senators deny stalling private members bills on Indigenous rights

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative senators are being blamed for running out the parliamentary clock on a number of bills, including several aimed at advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples.But the Conservatives’ Senate whip says the Liberal government will have only itself to blame if the bills aren’t passed before Parliament breaks for the summer and the subsequent fall election.With only three sitting weeks left in the Senate calendar, Sen Don Plett says the priority has to be on government bills, not those introduced by individual MPs or senators.Among the bills the Conservatives are accused of stalling is one that would ensure all laws in Canada are “in harmony” with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Others in limbo include a bill on Indigenous languages and one that would add First Nations, Metis and Inuit representatives to the board that makes decisions on national historic sites and monuments.If the Trudeau government were serious about getting the private members’ bills passed, Plett says it should have taken them up as government bills.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

After Bursting Their Soccer Ball Tom Hanks Teaches Moroccan Boys Baseball

Tinejdad, Morocco- Hollywood Star Apologizes for Film Crew Accidentally Bursting Boys’Soccer Ball by Teaching All-American BaseballAmerican film star Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, known popularly as Tom Hanks, taught a handful of Moroccan boys how to play the national American game of baseball after “a production truck accidentally ran over their soccer ball and exploded it.”Half of dozen Moroccan boys were playing football (soccer) in the street in which the American actor was filming his upcoming film, A Hologram for the King, when one of the crew’s production trucks accidentally ran over the soccer ball. Touched by the sad look on the faces of the boys, Hanks, who happened to be nearby and heard the explosion of the ball, sent his assistant to buy six new soccer balls and gave them to the boys as an apology for the loss of their ball.According to Showbizspy, the American actor “handed each boy a new ball,” and then asked them, “Hey, do you guys ever play baseball?”When the boys answered that they did not know how, Hanks is reported to have said, “You show up here tomorrow.  I’m gonna teach you how to play a real sport!”The six Moroccan boys showed up the next morning on time to find that Hanks had bought bats, balls, and gloves for every one of them, and then he spent an hour teaching them to play the great American sport. Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

General Assembly stresses need to invest in disaster mitigation measures

“We need to take lessons from cities and countries that have shown how to reduce risk – as well from those less fortunate, whose examples of calamity should give us all pause for thought,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening the session, which brought together senior United Nations officials, civil society partners and city mayors. “Experience and common sense agree: we must invest today for a better tomorrow.”Mr. Ban recited the litany of natural disasters of the past year ­– earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, floods in Pakistan and Europe, wildfires in Russia and the United States, cyclones and tropical storms in Asia. “Barely a day went by without lives devastated, homes demolished, people displaced, and carefully cultivated hopes destroyed,” he said. “It was one of the deadliest years in more than a generation.”Noting that this year may prove to be just as costly, with severe floods in Australia and Brazil showing that no country or city, rich or poor, is immune to disaster, he stressed that all too often, poorer countries suffer disproportionately and have the biggest challenges in recovering.“Children are among the most vulnerable,” he declared. “Thousands died last year as earthquake, flood or hurricane reduced their schools to rubble. These deaths could have been prevented. Lives can be saved by advance planning – and by building schools, homes, hospitals, communities and cities to withstand hazards. Such measures to reduce risk will grow ever more important as our climate changes and extreme events become more frequent and intense.”Mr. Ban cited Australia as an example of the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction. The state of Queensland escaped relatively unscathed from one of the largest cyclones to hit the country in living memory, partly due to luck since the densest population areas were spared, but also thanks to the “key role” played by planning and preparedness. He also highlighted the UN global disaster risk reduction campaign that is already focusing on safer schools, hospitals and cities, with nearly 600 towns and cities from all regions committing to a 10-point checklist for making them more resilient. “But so much more needs to be done,” he stressed. “It will require courage, vision and leadership, and will need everyone’s participation and investment.”General Assembly President Joseph Deiss also underscored the enormous toll natural disasters can exact from developing countries. “Disaster risk reduction is crucial for protecting progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for achieving sustainable development,” he said, referring to the targets that seek eliminate extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality and lack of access to medical care and education, all by 2015.“By wiping out major development gains, such as school buildings, hospitals and energy grids, disasters perpetuate a cycle of underdevelopment, poverty and disempowerment.”Reducing vulnerabilities to natural hazards requires committed efforts by all stakeholders, from local governments and international financial institutions to civil society and the private sector, he added, citing rapid urbanization, ecosystem degradation and weak infrastructure among the factors further heightening vulnerability. In the last decade, the urban population in developing countries has risen by 77 per cent to nearly 2.6 billion people.Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström stressed the importance of early warning systems in reducing death tolls over the past 20 years, though not economic losses. “The number of lives lost proportionally over these last decades to what it used to be keeps going down, so early warning and preparedness work,” she told a news conference held on the sidelines of the Assembly meeting.She cited the Caribbean for “the development of much better early warning systems, very good planning for the hurricane season, where the public information starts rolling out,” where Governments and community organizations are prepared to evacuate people. “And that’s why we see much fewer lives lost, but the economic losses are going up,” she added.Mayors attending the meeting included Mawardy Nurdin from Banda Aceh, in the Indonesian province of Aceh which was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which killed scores of thousands of people there and in a dozen other countries that were hit by the mammoth waves.Many speakers referred to the ‘Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005 – 2015,’ which was adopted in January 2005, a month after the tsunami, by 168 countries attending the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan. The 10-year plan calls for putting disaster risk reduction at the centre of national policies, strengthening the capacity of disaster-prone countries to address risk, and investing heavily in disaster preparedness. 9 February 2011With earthquakes, heat waves, floods and snowstorms affecting 208 million people, killing nearly 300,000, and costing $110 billion in losses last year alone, the General Assembly today debated mitigation steps such as building safer schools, hospitals and cities to reduce the terrible toll. read more

Sustainable tourism must respect local cultures UN agency says

The Muscat Declaration on Built Environments for Sustainable Tourism (BEST), approved at a conference in Oman earlier this month, noted the “positive role that tourism can potentially play in the preservation and conservation of natural and cultural heritage” and it called on Governments, tourism authorities and the private sector to make sure that tourism had a positive impact on constructed areas.The conference of more than 200 government officials, tourism professionals, urban planners, architects and cultural site managers from 35 countries was sponsored earlier this month by the WTO and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”Tourism, if developed in a responsible, balanced and sustainable manner, can become a driving force for environmental protection, heritage conservation and cultural pride,” World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli told the conference.”Unplanned development, as we have seen too often in the past, means chaos and depletion of the fragile resources on which our industry relies,” he added.The declaration called for transparent, equitable and democratic planning and said builders of “ecological lodges” should use sustainable construction techniques, renewable sources of energy and local materials.Governments and the private sector should use “successful experiences available around the world to foster the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, monuments and ensembles for tourism purposes in a way that protects, enhances and respects the values carried by this heritage.”They should ensure that the sustainability of both the heritage and its new functions are properly addressed, and avoid transforming the heritage into an object of visits with only limited economic impact on its surroundings. read more

Security Council supports speedy UN assistance for Nepals peace process

The 15-member body said in a presidential statement that it fully backed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to send an initial assessment team and also an advance group of up to 60 to monitor the management of arms and armed personnel, as well as to give advice on next year’s planned elections. “The Security Council notes the request of the parties for United Nations assistance in implementing key aspects of the Agreement, in particular monitoring of arrangements relating to the management of arms and armed personnel of both sides and election monitoring. The Security Council agrees that the United Nations should respond positively and expeditiously to this request for assistance.”The statement read by Council President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar expresses support for the Secretary-General’s intention to send a technical assessment mission “with a view to proposing, following close consultations with the parties, a fully developed concept of UN operations, including a United Nations political mission to deliver the assistance requested, and to dispatch an advance deployment of essential personnel of up to 35 monitors and 25 electoral personnel.”On Wednesday, while briefing the Council, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative in the Himalayan country Ian Martin said that last week’s agreement represents “the most promising opportunity for the establishment of lasting peace and far-reaching reform.” Mr. Martin called on the Council to support Mr. Annan’s recommendations, adding that recent developments in Nepal represented “an opportunity” to be grasped. read more

Mattias Andersson – SG Flensburg fans player of the season

Bundesligaflensburg-handewittMattias Andersson After a phenomenal season with SG Flensburg-Handewitt, which saw the north-German club winning the Champions League, and also saving the most shots in the Bundesliga – more than any other keeper, the voters of the Flensburg homepage rightly chose Mattias Andersson as the team’s player of the season. The Swedish won 37,1% of the votes, and second came Thomas Mogensen with 22,9%, while third is Jim Gottfridsson with 9,1%. ← Previous Story PSG Handball goes to Doha for preparations! Next Story → Nenad Puljezevic joins Kadetten Schaffhausen read more

Bill Clinton set for Belfast visit in March

first_imgBILL CLINTON WILL travel to Belfast in March and will open a new department at Queen’s University that bears his name.The former US president will be in the city on 5 March with part of his travel plans to open the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s.Riddel Hall, the building that houses the leadership institute, was opened by former Irish President Mary McAleese in October 2012 but the institute was named in honour of Clinton last year. He will now attend to formally open the institute under his name.At the time of the announcement of the naming of the institute, Clinton described it as an “honour” and said that it “will prepare future business leaders for a time that requires economic innovation”.Speaking about Clinton’s upcoming visit, Queen’s acting Prof. James McElnay said that the work of the institute is based on the same ideals as the Clinton foundation: The aim of the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s is directly aligned to the goals of the Clinton Foundation. It provides a focus at the heart of the local business community, supporting economic growth and the ongoing development of the knowledge economy.Clinton and his wife Hillary have visited Northern Ireland many times and the former president’s most recent visit to Dublin was last October when he spoke at a Dinner organised by Philanthropy Ireland.The Clinton Foundation has not provided any further details on Clinton’s upcoming trip to Ireland.Read: Bill Clinton hopes the rest of the world can learn from Ireland >Read: Hillary Clinton leaves for Belfast to discuss peace process >last_img read more

Its official Porn may make you stupider

first_imgRESEARCHERS FOUND LESS grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study.The research, which appeared yesterday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink however, and the authors called for additional study on the topic.“Future studies should investigate the effects of pornography longitudinally or expose naive participants to pornography and investigate the causal effects over time,” said researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.The institute recruited 64 male subjects aged 21-45, “with a broad range of pornography consumption.”The men were not told initially that the research was monitoring their brains on porn, rather that it was “a scientific study including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements.”The men were told during a later phone interview that questions about pornography would be part of the research, and none dropped out.The men filled out surveys, describing how much porn they watched. Their responses averaged a little more than four hours per week.Their brains were scanned with MRI technology while they were shown sexually explicit images from porn websites, along with non-sexual images of people exercising.“Our findings indicated that gray matter volume of the right caudate of the striatum is smaller with higher pornography use,” said the study.Furthermore, when sexually explicit material was shown, the men’s MRIs showed diminished function in a part of the brain that processes motivation.But were men with smaller striatums seeking more porn, or did more porn make the brain smaller? Was it a consequence, or a precondition?“Individuals with lower striatum volume may need more external stimulation to experience pleasure and might therefore experience pornography consumption as more rewarding, which may in turn lead to” more porn watching, said the authors, concluding that more study is needed.- © AFP, 2014Read: Internet provider posts how-to video… and accidentally reveals porn historylast_img read more

Former police chief to hold investigation into 1982 murder of three RUC

first_img Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images 12,609 Views Friday 6 Sep 2019, 8:04 AM Sep 6th 2019, 8:04 AM Share2 Tweet Email 11 Comments Jon Boutcher Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Short URLcenter_img By Hayley Halpin Former police chief to hold investigation into 1982 murder of three RUC officers in Co Armagh Sergeant Sean Quinn and Constables Allan McCloy and Paul Hamilton were killed by a bomb. Jon Boutcher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FORMER PSNI CHIEF Jon Boutcher is to hold an investigation into the murder of three RUC officers in Co Armagh in 1982. Sergeant Sean Quinn and Constables Allan McCloy and Paul Hamilton were killed by a bomb, planted by the IRA, which exploded beneath their police car on 27 October 1982. The incident happened at Kinnego Embankment, Oxford Island.According to the BBC, the officers were investigating the report of a robbery in Lurgan near Belfast when the bomb exploded and sent their car 40 yards into a field.It is thought the officers died immediately.Boutcher, the lead of Operation Kevona, will leave the independent investigation at the request of PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne. “Following an independent review carried out at the request of my predecessor, Sir George Hamilton, outstanding investigative opportunities were identified in the murder of the three RUC officers,” Byrne said.“I have now asked for the assistance of Operation Kevona lead, Jon Boutcher, to head an external investigation team to carry out a separate independent investigation.” The investigation will form no part of Operation Kenova.The families of the three victims have asked for privacy at this time.last_img read more

Antipodes periodical launch dedicated to Tsaloumas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This month the Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne (GACLM) is set to launch issue 62 of the bilingual periodical Antipodes. Taking place at the Panarkadian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, ‘O Kolokotronis’ on Sunday 16 October, the periodical will be presented by academic, writer and publisher Helen Nickas.Circulating in the broader Australian community, as well as overseas for 43 years, this edition is being dedicated to the acclaimed and distinguished late poet, Dimitris Tsaloumas.The launch will also see the results of the Literary Competition 2016 announced, which included works in both Greek and English by writers of Greek origin residing in Australia.The GACLM was established in 1970 by a group of young, dedicated and visionary men and women who were passionate about the Greek language and culture. They have since continued to promote and support the creative endeavours of Greek Australian artists and writers.The launch will take place on Sunday 16 October at 570 Victoria St, North Melbourne, VIC at 3.00pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.last_img read more

Police move to clear rowdy protests in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND— Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.The number of arrests and injuries wasn’t immediately clear. A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a projectile. Eder Campuzano said later on Twitter he was “okay.”Demonstrators aligned with Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, gathered around mid-day in a riverfront park.Hundreds of demonstrators faced them from across the street, holding banners and signs with opposition messages such as “Alt right scum not welcome in Portland.” Some chanted “Nazis go home.”Officers stood in the middle of the four-lane boulevard, essentially forming a wall to keep the two sides separated.The counterprotesters were made up of a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, democratic socialists and other groups. They included people dressed as clowns and a brass band blaring music.The rally organized by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson was the third to roil Portland this summer. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counterprotester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture.last_img read more

Luis Enrique excited to play at mythical Wembley

first_imgLuis Enrique says Wembley Stadium is the perfect venue for him to make his debut as Spain manager.Spain will play England at Wembley on Saturday evening, as new Spain manager Luis Enrique is looking forward to making his debut in the ‘mythical’ stadium.“I like adrenalin so I love the prospect of playing England here at Wembley which is the perfect place,” Luis Enrique told reporters in the pre-match press conference.“I know there will be difficulties and challenges but it is just great to be here. I’m looking forward to training tonight and I’m looking forward to playing in this unique and mythical football stadium.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Enrique lavished praise on Sergio Ramos and hoped he could rely on his services in the future.“He (Ramos) is the captain because he is the most capped player in our national team,” Enrique said.“He has, of course, got a great personality and a great presence on the pitch. You’ve all seen Ramos competing, he is just a fantastic player and he is a great player on and off the pitch.“I’m delighted to have him and I hope he stays with us for many years and he keeps pushing his team-mates – on and off the pitch – to victory.”last_img read more

Construction work on Gentings Resorts World Las Vegas reaches 39th floor

first_imgIt added that total development and land costs currently sit at around US$1 billion, with the property on track to open by late 2020.Resorts World Las Vegas, being built on an 87-acre site at the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, will comprise more than 3,400 hotel rooms across three hotel towers and a gaming floor covering 100,000 square feet. The Chinese-themed resort will also boast a 30,000-square foot lake surrounded by a Chinese garden. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Malaysia’s Genting Group says that its US$4 billion Las Vegas integrated resort, Resorts World Las Vegas, is “progressing well” with construction having reached the 39th floor.In a trading update filed on Friday, Genting Group revealed that as of mid-November, concreting work had been completed up to Level 39 of the West Tower and Level 36 on the East Tower. Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

Target to invest billions to improve supply chain ramp up online growth

first_imgTarget Corp said on Wednesday it will invest $2-$2.5 billion annually starting 2017, mainly to upgrade its supply chain and technology infrastructure, as it races to reduce stock shortages and pushes for online growth.Target blamed its “incredibly complex supply chain” for unacceptable stock levels in 2015 that hurt sales growth at established stores. Now, among other initiatives, it is cutting the number of sizes and brands it stocks to address the problem.Ramping up online sales growth and fixing the supply chain are priorities in the turnaround plan presented by Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell in 2015 to revive the company after several years of sluggish growth.In 2016, Target will invest $1.8 billion primarily towards similar improvements, after investing about $1 billion in upgrading its supply network and technology in 2015, the company said on Wednesday.”We laid out a bold multi-year transformation agenda last March and we’ll be laser focused on those initiatives in 2016,” Cornell told a meeting of analysts in New York.Since taking over in July 2014, Cornell has narrowed the retailer’s focus to a handful of product categories where Target believed it has an edge on quality and price. He has pushed to revamp the retailer’s grocery business with newer offerings, driven online growth and overhauled Target’s archaic and complicated supply chain.He has also outlined cost savings plans, cut thousands of jobs and pulled out of Canada.His efforts have slowly started to pay off. Target’s stock shortages were 40 percent lower during the holiday season compared to last year, the company reported a better-than-expected comparable sales growth and a 34 percent increase in online sales growth.This year, Target will focus on improving sales online and on mobile, localise assortment in stores and open more smaller-format stores in urban markets, Cornell said.Target will also drive grocery sales by focusing more on in-house products, add more organic good and improve the freshness of its grocery selection, he said.The retailer also plans to grow its comparable sales by 3 percent or more annually starting next year and expects a majority of that growth to come from its existing stores and -online operations.For the current fiscal year ending January 2017, Target said it expected adjusted profit per share of between $5.20 to $5.40, compared with the market consensus for $5.16, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Total 2016 sales are expected to be 3-4 percent lower due to the sale of Target’s pharmacy business but comparable sales during the year will grow 1.5-2.5 percent.Target shares closed up 0.17 percent, at $81.10, after the company gave its outlook.last_img read more

New IGP for implementing govts Vision 2021 2041

first_imgThe newly-appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jabed Patwari addresses a press conference at the police headquarters on Thursday shortly after assuming office. Photo: Hasan RajaNewly-appointed Inspector General of Police Jabed Patwary on Thursday warned that they will show zero tolerance to militant activities and drug abuse, reports UNB.”The law enforcement agencies will go ahead in a planned way to keep the law-and-order situation under control, aiming to implement the government’s Vision 2021 and Vision 2041,” the IGP said while talking to reporters at the police headquarters.”The spread of militancy and drugs are the two big problems in the days to come. We’ll strengthen drive against militancy and control of drug is a challenge for us alongside militancy,” he said.The new IGP further said, “We’ll work maintaining coordination with other law enforcement agencies to protect our people, especially the youth, from the drug addiction.”Terming journalists as co-warriors of the police, he thanked both the print and electronic media for raising awareness against militancy across the country.About the involvement of police in crimes, Jabed Patwary said now the number of police is around 200,000 and most of them have the mentality to work for people but a handful of them involves in crimes. The department won’t take responsibility of anyone’s personal liability.The IGP said professionalism like increasing monitoring, accountability, using information and technology will be prioritised along with developing the standard of overall policing system.To ensure professionalism and standard of policing system, the law enforcers, mass media and the country’s people will have to work together, he said.The IGP said the police will remain active in fulfilling the expectations of people through their activities.About the upcoming parliamentary polls, the IGP said:”It’s the responsibility of the election commission to conduct the election. Our responsibility is to provide security for protecting public life and property. Police will perform its duty maintaining professionalism.”last_img read more

HP Spectre x360 Handson Crazy Angles Bonkers Battery Life

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Not to be outdone, the 15-inch model (November, $1,389) is said to be the world’s most powerful Spectre. Overall, it’s shaping up to be a great time to Spectre fan.DesignMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Whether it’s a traditional clamshell or a convertible, HP’s Spectres continue to be some of the prettiest laptops on the market. The ash gray and copper aluminum chassis is simply stunning and combined with their svelteness, they’re showstoppers. The new 13 and 15-inch x360s carry on that tradition of loveliness.However, in order to shake things up, HP literally cut some corners. A close examination of both systems reveals that the bottom corners have been lopped off. Aesthetically, it gives the laptops an edgy, geometric vibe that I’m digging, but HP snuck some functionality in by smuggling a USB Type-C port in the right edge. It’s an effective method of cable management that allowed me to transition between the convertible modes without disturbing the charging cable plugged in. And if that’s not enough, HP also plans to roll out the Spectre in a new color –– Poseidon Blue –– joining a growing list of premium laptops not afraid to play with color.At 2.9 pounds, 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.6-inches, the new 13-inch is a tad bigger and thicker than its predecessor (2.9 pounds, 12 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches). The new 15-inch (4.8 pounds, 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches) is just a tad heavier than its previous model.DisplayHP is offering two screen configurations for the 13-inch x360: full HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K (3840 x 2160). Meanwhile, the 15-inch will only be available in 4K. Since they’re convertibles, all of the Corning Gorilla Glass panels are touch-enabled. Unfortunately, thanks to the fairly darkened room and garish red lighting, I couldn’t gauge color or brightness, so we’ll have to wait until we get both systems in for review.MORE: Best HP LaptopsSpecsHP is positioning the 15-inch x360 as its most powerful Spectre ever, and I’m inclined to believe them. Equipped with an 8th Gen 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5-8565U processor with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and an optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, HP is targeting mobile and creative professionals. It’s not ready to play with the likes of the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 or the Dell XPS 15, but at $1,389, it’s a much more affordable option.The 13-inch laptop has identical specs to its big brother, but instead of a discrete GPU, you get an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. You’ll be able to do light photo and video-editing and some gaming, but not much.PrivacyBoth of the new Spectres have a bunch of features designed to keep your private information protected. There’s a privacy camera kill switch that will allow consumers to electronically disable the camera when it’s not being used. And in case you’re worried about Peeping Toms and Nosey Nellies reading your display, the laptops can be configured with HP Sure View, a privacy screen which severely limits the viewing angles. That means that unless you’re sitting directly in front of the display, it will be very difficult to see the display clearly.Battery LifeI’m skeptical about HP’s claim that the Spectre x360 13 has the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible. However, I’m willing and ready to be proven wrong. According to HP, the 13-inch Spectre x360 can last 22.5 hours on the Mobilemark testing.But the company provides more reasonable battery estimates on the system’s Best Buy datasheet, including 12 hours and 45 during mixed usage, 12 hours for video playback and 9 hours of wireless streaming. The 15-inch is estimated to last 17.5 hours on MobileMark, 16:15 for mixed usage, 14:30 of video playback and 9:30 of video streaming. To keep things in perspective, last year 13-inch Spectre x360 lasted 8:26 on our battery test, which consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. The Intel 8th Gen x360 15-inch endured for 8:41 while the Kaby Lake iteration tapped out after 5:20.Bottom LineHP knows how to tweak just enough make an already great laptop extraordinary. With just a color change and a seemingly small design and functionality implementation, the Spectre x360 has me excited. But I really want to see if HP can live up to its grandiose claims in terms of battery life and performance. If the hype passes muster, HP can position itself as the new king of convertibles in what is a very competitive market.Best 2-in-1s – Laptop/Tablet HybridsHP Laptops – Brand Review and RatingThe Best Laptops for Business and Productivitylast_img read more

Isla Holbox not included in Magic Town distinction for Cancun region

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The island of Holbox will not be included in the title of Magic Town this year, say officials, who point out the island lacks many of the necessary elements.Not having a hospital and being more than two hours away from an airport among other things, are important factors in being classified and promoted as a Magic Town.The Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA) continues with the work of updating island facilities including drilling wells and the rehabilitation of the hydraulic network in Holbox. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) projected the installation of five transformers, the replacement of blades and three short circuits, as well as the integral improvement to nine sectors as well.The National Commission of Protected Areas (Conanp) is working on the Management Program of the Yum Balam Protected Natural Area and the Study of Limit of Change, which will provide information on the capacities and load limits of the region.Isela Serrano, spokesperson for the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo, said that the qualifying applicants won’t be announced until April, with other destinations such as Puerto Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Calderitas also running for the state distinction.More than 124 applications were submitted for the Magic Town status for 2018, however, government officials report that only nine of the applications qualified for the distinction.Quintana Roo currently has three tourist destinations registered in the program which include Isla Mujeres, Tulum and Bacalar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Virgin Voyages Epic Sea Change 10 commission and elimination of NCFs

first_img Posted by Tags: Ancillary Fees, Commission, Virgin Voyages << Previous PostNext Post >> Virgin Voyages’ Epic Sea Change: 10% commission and elimination of NCFs Tuesday, January 29, 2019 center_img MIAMI — If we needed any proof that Virgin Voyages really does want to work with travel agents, here it is: the cruise line is offering a base commission of 10% and says it will eliminate non-commissionable fees (NCFs).The end of NCFs means agents can earn on everything, says Virgin. The cruise line’s first ship, the Scarlet Lady, sets sail in 2020 with three more ships on the way, all geared to an adults-only market. Agent registration opened Dec. 31, 2018 on, Virgin’s dedicated online platform for travel sellers.Virgin says its base ticket prices include all food, basic beverages, workout classes, gratuities and more, with 10% commission on the entire transaction.The cruise line says its sales strategy “was built from research conducted with travel professionals and potential Sailors with the specific aim of abolishing long-standing pain-points.”The company confirmed the elimination of NCFs and says it’s banishing nickel-and-diming from passengers.“You asked us to work with you to build a strong partnership, so we’re excited to announce one of the most rewarding travel partner programs ever created,” says Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages. “We are committed to delivering an ‘Epic Sea Change’ by getting rid of the things that annoy you and offering incredible value and experiences for your clients.”No part of a booking with Virgin Voyages is non-commissionable, so agents will earn across their client’s entire transaction, he added. This includes all add-ons like flights, hotel stays, voyage protection, ‘Shore Things’ (shore excursions), spa treatments, any premium package, ‘Sailor Loot’ (onboard credits) and even taxes and fees.“While the debate is often about this percent versus that one, the underlying issue travel professionals have is not being compensated for their hard work on the entire sale. With Virgin Voyages you will be,” says Stacy Shaw, Vice President of Sales for Virgin Voyages.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“With our combination of premium pricing that includes so much more, no NCFs and the ability to earn on everything you sell, total dollars earned on every sale with us will be more. Percentages don’t matter, total dollars do.”Consistent with its aim for no nickel and diming, Virgin Voyages unveiled further details on its value proposition for ‘Sailors’ (passengers) including abolishing a major pain point for consumers – gratuities.The base ticket fare for all Virgin Voyages sailings “will be incredible value for Sailors with all eateries, group fitness classes, basic beverages and now gratuities in the voyage fare,” says the company. “These things are always included and not tied to a short-term promotion.”With a more inclusive ‘Rebellious Luxe’ experience, agents have the opportunity to sell voyages based on the total value proposition rather than price and to reach a new client base, which translates to more commission earned.Continuing with the ‘Epic Sea Change’, Virgin Voyages also confirmed that it is eliminating penalties and change fees.Booking policies have been designed to appeal to passengers who are serious about sailing but also offer flexibility after booking.Passengers and agents can hold cabins for 24 hours with no money down. Once they’ve placed a 20% non-refundable deposit, they’ll have a grace period of seven days where they may change their mind for any reason at all. Passengers and agents may also change voyage dates and names on bookings without penalties or fees.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalVirgin Voyages is introducing a base commission of 10% on the entire transaction, with nothing held back or excluded.In addition, all agents or affiliated organizations can earn a ‘Red Hot Bonus’ paid annually on sailed revenue up to an additional six percent if they meet certain production thresholds.“We’re giving 10 a makeover. Our First Mates asked us for something simple and they’ll be able to earn more total dollars on every transaction with Virgin Voyages. So it simply isn’t the same old 10, we call that ‘The Perfect 10,’” said is currently registering travel agencies and individual travel sellers to do business with Virgin Voyages in advance of the company opening voyages for bookings on Feb. 14.Beginning Feb. 5, will offer all of the tools needed for agents to become immersed in everything Virgin Voyages has to offer including downloadable digital and in-store marketing materials, interactive learning materials and more.All individual agents who register to do business with Virgin Voyages before Feb. 14, will have the opportunity to enter to win afternoon tea with Sir Richard Branson. Agents must opt in to sweepstakes by 11:59 EST on Feb. 13 to qualify.Virgin Voyages will also host an immersive learning campaign beginning Feb. 6 called Cabin Fever, which will help agents learn about cabins and RockStar suites, a key product differentiator.Any agency or individual seeking assistance with registration from Virgin Voyages’ Sales Crew can reach out at or by call 1-833-VVSAILS. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more