APTN InFocus In this episode we’re putting the October 30th Nunavut territorial election in focus.It’s the fifth general election, since the territory was created in 1999.22 ridings are represented in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and right now, 71 candidates are on the last leg of their campaigning, hoping to win one of those seats in this consensus-style government.One member, is acclaimed. And that is in the riding and community of Kugluktuk, in Western Nunavut.With many different difficulties affecting Nunavut, we ask what issues are important to them and what they hope the next elected government will achieve.Guests on the show include APTN’s Kent Driscoll in Iqaluit, Nunatsiaq news editor, Jim Bell, Lindsey Qanguk and Helen Navalik Tologanak.You can subscribe to the InFocus audio podcast below.
8 June 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the commitment of South-East European leaders to regional cooperation and dialogue. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the commitment of South-East European leaders to regional cooperation and dialogue. At the opening of the fifth summit of heads of state of South-East Europe in Sibiu, Romania, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said that underlying the annual meetings is the leaders’ commitment to “dialogue, understanding, reconciliation and peace.” Organized by Romanian President Traian Basesc, five other leaders – of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – are participating in the two-day meeting with the theme “Cultural Diversity – a Bridge between Cultural Heritage and the Culture of the Future.” “Heritage is no longer understood solely as the built environment,” Mr. Matsuura said, appealing for the ratification of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. “It is seen to encompass all aspects of human creativity.” He added, “Drawing on this heritage, human creativity can invent new forms of expression that will become, in turn, the legacy for the future.” Mr. Matsuura expressed satisfaction that each of the four previous summits have contributed to supported regional cooperation and “has chosen culture as the foundation for such an endeavour.” The meeting’s participants have selected Greece as the site of next year’s summit, and later today, they are expected to adopt a final declaration.
Unlike previous occasions, television cameras and the international press were invited to witness the ceremony. “Today we are taking a step back to see how we can better address the challenges within our departments and among each other,” Mr. Ban told the assembled agency heads. “Today is also unusual in that we are gathered in front of television cameras, and we have invited the press. As you know, the compacts you have signed will all be published on our intranet site, iSeek. This means we are not only talking about transparency; we are practicing it.” He said the goals of each body will be especially critical this year, as the UN grapples with many interlinked challenges, from boosting the economic and social development of poor countries to combating climate change to improving staff security. “We confront problems that no senior manager or single department can solve alone. We have to work together as a team,” he added, stressing that making the process as public as possible plays a key role. Both the compacts and end-of-year results will be put online. In April, iSeek will publish the results for last year’s compacts and action plans. “This transparency and accountability are critical to our credibility,” Mr. Ban declared. “They demonstrate the progress we are making toward becoming a more performance-driven Organization that sets clear goals, establishes specific timeframes, communicates them widely and then reports the results openly. “We must also outline clear roles, responsibility and authority for all levels of staff. This is not a glamorous exercise, but it is critical. When colleagues understand their duties and how they will be evaluated, they can produce better results,” he said, stressing that the next crucial step is to look closely at what works, and fix what does not. Nineteen senior managers were present at the ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York while five others participated via video-conference. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who leads the Management Performance Board. 12 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted efforts to spread transparency and accountability throughout the United Nations system, signing compacts with his senior managers for performance goals and results that will be published on the Organization’s intranet site, iSeek.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related David Singh making his way out of the Court compoundA member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday morning, to answer to multiple charges of alleged fraud.Forty-two-year -old David Singh, a Constable attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), was charged with the offences and released on $40,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan following a not guilty plea by the accused.The first charge alleged that David Singh on January 26, 2017, at Penny Lane South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, falsely pretended to pay $6000 per day for a period of 40 days, for the hiring of a motor car from Virtual Complainant (VC), Troy Jacobs, knowing same to be false.Moreover, the accused between February 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, at Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, uplifted some $400, 000 on the account of Latchman Mohabir from Rabindra Harrichand, which he converted to his own use and benefit.Singh denied the allegations read to him by the Magistrate.Attorney Patrice Henry in bail application for his client, stated that the accused is not a flight risk and will return to court should bail be granted. He added that Singh had reimbursed both complainants in full, prior to Thursday’s court hearing.Prosecutor Arvin Moore did not object to bail, provided that same is granted in a substantial sum.Bail was set to the sum of $40,000; $15, 000 for the first charge and $25, 000 on the latter charge of fraudulent conversion.
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For information on Heidi Yewman’s book, visit Beyond the Bullet.On the one-year anniversary of the shooting of 19 people in a Tucson, Ariz., Safeway parking lot, about 30 people in Vancouver gathered to encourage gun safety and promote ways to prevent gun violence.The candlelight vigil was at St. Paul Lutheran Church and featured a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.Andrea Bannister of Vancouver said she was a 17-year-old junior at Columbine when that Colorado massacre left 15 dead and 21 injured.She said her best friend, Corey DePooter, died and her boyfriend, Austin Eubanks, was wounded. Both were in the library.Bannister said she wanted to see what was happening when shots rang out and a substitute teacher refused to let her leave the classroom.“He saved my life by not letting me go,” she said. The teacher later led students down a hallway, out an exit and over a chain-link fence and told students to “run like hell.”“It still affects my life today, and it always will,” Bannister said. “I still have nightmares. … I am not a victim, but I am a survivor, and I always will be.”The Vancouver event was one of 65 on Sunday in 22 states, said Heidi Yewman, a writer who lives in Salmon Creek. She is a former Littleton, Colo., student and her teacher and coach, Dave Sanders, died in the massacre.
Organizers of a Washougal High School 100th anniversary party are looking for more student and staff memories. Contribute yours online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BGNGB69 by Friday.The end of this school year marks a major milestone for Washougal High School: the 100th anniversary of the school’s first commencement.Washougal’s class of 1914 had just four students, and only three graduated from the school the following year. But they were the first of many to come as the school endured a drastic transformation over the following decades.A century later, Washougal High School remains relatively small, with a student population of about 900. Administrators expect about 180 of them to earn their diplomas in June.But the high school is in a completely different location, as 101-year-old Vernon Campen can tell you. The only surviving member of the class of 1931, Campen is the school’s oldest living alumnus, and he’s spent most of his life in Washougal, watching the place grow and change.In his school days, Washougal High School was located in a small brick building on the corner of Main and 24th streets downtown. It had no gym or cafeteria, and it eventually became the New Horizons Church after the new, larger campus on 39th Street was established in the late 1950s.
1. Food for the tableFrom squash to fresh cranberries, discover the right ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal during a special Harvest Farmers Market. The Vancouver Farmers Market will give the community local options for responsibly raised meat, winter produce, bread and other food for holiday dinners. The market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Call 360-737-8298 or visit www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com2. Dancing queenBroadway Across America brings ABBA’s songs to the stage in the classic show “Mamma Mia!” Set on a Greek island, Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but her mother, Donna, has never revealed his identity. So Sophie invites three men from her mother’s past to the wedding. The production begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25-29; 2 p.m. Nov. 29; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., Portland. Tickets are $39 to $101. Call 800-273-1530 or visit portland.broadway.com.3. Indoor excitementIt’s a day of family fun at the Firstenburg Community Center. All ages are encouraged to enjoy a free day of basketball, swimming, rock climbing, pickleball and more. The day of activities will end with a community movie night. “The Lego Movie,” rated G, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the gym with popcorn provided. Family Fun Day will run from noon to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. Admission is free. Call 360-487-7001 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec4. Holiday troupeThe Va Va Voom performance troupe will present its holiday show, featuring a variety of comedy, holiday songs and skits that highlight the mix-ups that happen around the holidays. Va Va Voom is a group of entertainers ages 50 and older. The group performs 2 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Tickets are $10. Visit www.vavavoomtroupe.com5. Shakespeare for everyoneHigh school students will bring works of Shakespeare to life during the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. The festival is a collaboration between Portland Playhouse and local high schools, with two school productions performed during each time slot: 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 22. During the 3 p.m. time slot, Fort Vancouver High School will perform “Much Ado About Nothing,” followed by Ridgefield High School performing “Macbeth.” High school students in the audience also will call out their reactions to the performances, mimicking the audiences that watched Shakespeare plays in Elizabethan England. The event is at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Tickets are $15. Call 503-488-5822 or visit www.portlandplayhouse.org/fall-festival
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Federal health officials said they would support a program of blood testing and health monitoring for residents who rely on drinking water contaminated by the use of firefighting foams at two closed bases outside of Philadelphia, Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) said last week.How the effort, estimated to cost $20 million to $30 million over five years, would be funded is still an open question, however. DOD has said federal law prohibits it from covering the cost. At a meeting involving officials from several federal agencies and lawmakers, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would work with Congress to obtain funding.Pennsylvania State Rep. Todd Stephens (R) said the agency representatives appeared to recognize the importance of health studies because similar contamination has been found in drinking water supplies near installations around the country, reported Philly.com.“One of the things that they acknowledged is that this is an exploding national issue,” Stephens said. “They really would like to ultimately conduct a national study.”Since 2014, nearly half of public drinking wells and dozens of private wells serving residents in Horsham, Warrington, and Warminster have been shut down as a result of contamination from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) stemming from the use of firefighting foam at two closed bases, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster.At a separate meeting, three Philadelphia-area congressmen met with Maureen Sullivan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment, safety and occupational health, to discuss their requests for the Navy and Air National Guard to provide additional funding to address the contamination. The lawmakers want the Navy to cover the cost of additional filtration systems on public and private wells, infrastructure improvements required to deliver drinking water from nearby water authorities and funding to offset water rate increases experienced by local customers, according to a press release.Reps. Brendan Boyle (D), Patrick Meehan (R) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R) also requested an update on the Pentagon’s plans for addressing firefighting foam contamination nationwide, as well as their legislation to clarify DOD’s authority to fund blood testing and health studies in affected communities.
Twitter Email These projects include ad-supported unscripted content, such as Lovato’s documentary. The platform will also push viewers toward YouTube Red’s scripted original series such as existing properties Step Up: High Water and The Karate Kid spinoff, Cobra Kai, and new creations from YouTube stars.As global head of original content for YouTube, Susanne Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter she is looking for breakthrough content.”It’s easier to support films the right way when they have a really loud and strong point of view,” said Daniels.Lovato and the other personalities lined up to participate in its upcoming slate of projects look to YouTube as a leader in the new frontier of internet-based video content alongside the likes of Netflix and Hulu, providing new opportunities for stars and YouTube alike.”YouTube is the O.G. of video content on the internet,” said Lovato. “When they came to me with the idea, I just couldn’t say no.”Demi Lovato Named Global Citizen Ambassador For Mental Health Facebook News Aiming for fresh cultural relevance, Lovato and YouTube execs look to the future for original contentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2017 – 1:30 pm As the Oct. 17 YouTube release of the documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” nears, YouTube’s 1.5 billion monthly visitors will get a glimpse of its upcoming original programming. Along with Lovato, fresh talent powering the online push will include Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Morgan Spurlock as well as upcoming projects with Katy Perry and Warren G. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 26, 2017 – 11:43 am Demi Lovato On Renewed Faith In Music, New Album YouTube Powers Ahead With Demi Lovato youtube-streaming-originals-powered-demi-lovato YouTube Streaming Originals Powered By Demi Lovato
Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, during discussions about the state operating budget in March 9, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)On Tuesday, House legislators moved $18,852,256 for a controversial road project in Anchorage opposed by community groups and the mayor’s administration, but long sought after by area businesses.Download AudioAccording to one of the amendment’s sponsors in House Finance, Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, the reason for moving the un-obligated funds for the Elmore Extension (also called the Bragaw Extension) into the capital budget is public safety, pointing out that trauma hospitals in the area say more road access is necessary to better treat emergency medical patients.“It’s a public safety discussion,” Pruitt said by phone Wednesday. “It’s about getting access to Providence Hospital, access to the Alaska Native Medical Center, which is the highest tier of trauma center in Alaska.”One of the strongest supporters of the project is the University of Alaska Anchorage. UA President Jim Johnsen wrote in a letter to Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, that the university is willing to receive the leftover funds in order to keep the project alive.“We believe there’s a big safety component to this,” Johnsen said, adding that other areas of support are for improved access to the university and surrounding neighborhoods.According to Johnsen’s April letter, the project still needs the State’s Department of Transportation to build the actual road and pay for maintenance in the future.“It would be critical for the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOTPF) to take full responsibility for project completion and, after completion, for DOTPF to be responsible for the maintenance of the northern access into the future,” Johnsen wrote.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said in December that the municipality no longer supports the Elmore Extension, and would like to see leftover funds re-applied to other projects, specifically improvements to the port.Making the $18.8 million a capital expense leaves open the question of how to pay for future upkeep, according to Myer Hutchinson, communications director for the municipality. And the city isn’t interested in footing the bill, he added.“We certainly won’t be spending any money maintaining a road we aren’t building, nor are required to maintain,” Hutchinson said.Support for the amendment was split eight to three along caucus lines, with the majority of votes in favor cast by lawmakers from districts outside Anchorage.Opposition to the project from local community councils and conservation groups has been fierce.Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, represents one of the districts in the vicinity. Even though construction is many steps away from breaking ground, he doesn’t believe it’s sensible to spend money on an unpopular project in the current fiscal environment.“It’s unwarranted to pursue the road,” Josephson said. “I think it’s especially true (when) the budget for the university itself has been slashed $50 million, and hundreds of professors and staff are going be thrown out of work.”Josephson said he plans to introduce amendments before the full House to reapply the funds elsewhere.
Warangal: With the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) authorising the State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to offer Aadhaar enrolment and updation services, the people now can register Aadhaar enrolment or update the details (date of birth, etc) of the existing ones and check status at the BSNL Customer Service Centres.Inaugurating the facility at BSNL Bhavan, near Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal on Thursday, the BSNL Principal General Manager K Narender said that they have started the Aadhaar services across the erstwhile Warangal district. The BSNL Customer Service Centre at Parkal has already commenced on August 19. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Aadhar services will also start functioning shortly at all the BSNL customer Service Centres of Warangal SSA – Kesamudram, Kazipet, Girmajipeta, KTB-Hanamkonda, Mahabubabad, Dornakal, Jangaon, Narsampet, Mulugu, Cherial, Wardhannapet, Station Ghanpur, Thorrur, Bhupalpally, Kamalapur, and Dornakal. New enrolment for Aadhaar card is done free of cost at the above BSNL Customer Service Centres and Rs 50 is being charged for other services such as address Update, photo/Biometric Update, Name/Gender/Date of Birth Update, Mobile/E-mail Update and Aadhar Download and Colour Print.
Manama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the USD 4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Sri Krishna temple in the Bahraini capital during his two-day visit to the Gulf nation. The facelift for the Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama will kick off later this year. The USD 4.2 million redevelopment project will be on a piece of land measuring 16,500 square feet and the new four-floor structure covering 45,000 square feet will have an overall height of 30 meters. Modi arrived here on Saturday, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with 1 crore Bharatiya Janata Party workers and volunteers.Twitter/BJPAn opinion poll conducted by Times Now and VMR, which involved 1,7000 respondents, shows a thumping majority for the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance, consolidated by the airstrikes in Balakot, Pakistan, post the Pulwama terror attack.The survey allocated 283 seats for the BJP-led NDA alliance way ahead of the 135 seats for Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). An interesting surge in the seat share of the BJP-led NDA has been possible due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to strike the Jaish-e-Mohammad training camps in Balakot, which has turned the wave in his favour. The regional parties are likely to get only 125 seats out of the total 543 seats.”The earlier opinion poll conducted in January allocated at least 50 seats less to the NDA. But post the air strikes, the BJP-led government has gained a considerable share in votes as well as seats from Congress,” the poll said.The vote percentage predicted for NDA is 40.1 followed by 30.6 per cent for UPA and 29.3 per cent for regional parties.How did Balakot strikes help BJP?The opinion polls conducted prior to the IAF strikes in Balakot allocated just 251 seats to NDA, at least 30 seats lesser than what they are likely to get now. On the other hand, Congress-led UPA was projected to win 147 seats whereas regional parties’ seat share stood at 144.The survey said that Balakot sir strikes have helped the migration of votes from both Congress and other opposition parties to BJP and its allies especially from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh where BJP had not done well in the recently concluded Assembly polls. The shift of vote share is essentially seen from low-income groups and scheduled caste/ tribe communities. The middle/higher income groups loyalties have predominantly remained with BJP and its allies. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:46Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Amit Shah: NDA will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi The NDA is expected to win 22 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 20 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan and 6 out of 11 seats in Chattisgarh.State wise seat sharesIn Uttar Pradesh, which has the largest seat share among all the states at 80, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party combine may prove to be a tough competitor to NDA gaining 36 seats still behind BJP led alliance (42 seats).In West Bengal, the BJP is projected to win at least 11 seats, making inroads whereas Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee ‘s Trinamool Congress will be way ahead at 31 seats. In Karnataka and Odisha, BJP is likely to emerge as the single largest party beating the regional parties such as Biju Janata Dal and JD-S-Congress alliance.BJP will gain ground in Maharashtra with 39 seats share whereas in Bihar its coalition with Janata Dal-United will defeat Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance.Down South, Congress-led alliance has some good news as its alliance United Democratic Front will gain a majority ( 16 out of 20 seats) and in Tamil Nadu, its alliance with DMK will gain 34 out of 39 seats.In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the regional parties will be clearly ahead of both Congress and BJP winning 17 and 22 seats, respectively.
By Brianna McAdoo, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Black Press came together to track the Midterm election results.On Tuesday November 6th, the dynamic duo, journalist and Black Broadway Podcast Founder and host Akil Wilson and AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor Micha Green, came together for “a national election night podcast” entitled “Voter Expression”.Hosts Akil Wilson and Micha Green and social media correspondent Malcolm Lemmons during the Voter Expression podcast at Big Chief in Northeast, D.C on Nov. 6. (Courtesy Photo)District of Columbia natives, Green and Wilson, have hosted and helped with several live video podcasts, including the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) podcast, #BridgeAllNight, in collaboration with the Washington Informer Bridge and the Black Broadway Podcast.Held at Big Chief, in the Ivy City neighborhood, the D.C. community communed over food from local catering company Eats by Renee, drinks, politics and the importance of voting. Throughout the night, audience members and the social media community, asked questions in person and online about issues pertaining to voting and how we one can become more informed about elections.Former professional athlete, author, entrepreneur and Players Point Podcast host Malcolm Lemmons served as the social media correspondent,The night started off with the podcasters discussing their predictions and updated for the local D.C., Maryland and Virginia elections. They conversed about several local issues and invited special guest speakers involved in area politics to join the conversation. Former Democratic Candidate for D.C’s City Council, Sheika Reid joined Green and Wilson on stage, discussing with them her unconventional journey into politics and ultimately what inspired her to become the change she wanted to see. Reid expressed the importance of having more events such as Voter Expression so millennials and younger generations can begin to involve themselves in more politics.CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor Micha Green at the Voter Experssion podcast at Big Chief in Northeast, D.C. on Nov. 6. (Courtesy Photo)The renowned Civil Rights leader, scholar and CEO of the National Newspaper Publisher Association, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. came to the podcast and shared where his hope lies for the future.“Our history is that we don’t allow threats, we don’t allow intimidation, we don’t allow fear tactics to keep us from doing our job…I’m so proud of our youth of today- Black youth,” Chavis said. “I think our youth of today are the most intelligent, most gifted, most talented generation of young people that we are blessed to witness. You just need our encouragement. That’s why I’m here; to encourage you and what you’re doing because we need a new generation of freedom fighters.”The night was full of great conversation, celebrations and when people were disappointed some hems and haws, as the winners of the midterm elections were announced on the news.Together this dynamic duo engaged with the D.C. community on why not only #BlackVotesMatter but #BlackPressMatters too.The event was live streamed on Black Press USA-NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Zero hour is approaching, and with the free Windows 10 upgrade offer set to expire at the end of the month Microsoft has unleashed a new weapon: a full-screen nag. Err, reminder.Microsoft has been much, much more careful in designing and delivering this particular nag screen. Not everyone who’s been avoiding the Windows 10 upgrade is going to see this new screen.For example, if you tried to upgrade before and it failed, you won’t see the full-screen nag. You also won’t see it if your computer is detected to be incompatible, if you declined the EULA after a successful install, or if you rolled back to your previous version of Windows after kicking the tires on Windows 10.Microsoft is also giving users the option to skip the upgrade. Sure, it’s not quite as prominently displayed as it could be — it’s tucked down in the corner as clickable text and not boxed on a button like the install and remind me later options — but at least it’s there this time. And, hey, at least they’re sorry to interrupt.It’s almost as if Microsoft decided to let their Canadian staff cook up a nice apologetic, polite screen for their final big upgrade push. The desire for a more tactful approach might have something to do with the lawsuit that they just paid $10,000 to settle.Whatever their motivation, they want you to know that Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows they’ve ever made and 300 million of your fellow PC users have already made the switch… and many of them actually chose to install it!
Unseeded Australian John Millman shocked the world by taking down 20-time major champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open last night, but in his post-match interview he had more pressing matters on his mind than reflecting on the greatest win of his career….his fantasy draft.Millman said he had a 7AM draft (who does that?), and had to decide between drafting Todd Gurley or Le’Veon Bell with the second pick. At least this guy has his priorities straight.Fresh off beating Roger Federer at 1AM ET, John Millman says he has a 7AM fantasy draft and is unsure if he should select Todd Gurley or Le’Veon Bell. pic.twitter.com/m8Wpg4XxFl— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) September 4, 2018
<< Previous PostNext Post >> PUERTO VALLARTA — The Travel Agent Next Door will be working with more storefront locations, with a formal announcement coming in the next four to six weeks. Sales for the host agency are up 53.7% year to date, and a new zero interest payment promotion should send that number even higher.Flemming Friisdahl, founder of The Travel Agent Next Door, had plenty of news to share at TTAND’s fifth annual travel agent conference, More U.Flemming Friisdahl, founder of TTAND, kicks off the host agency’s fifth annual conference in Puerto Vallarta, MexicoTop on the list was a new deferred payment program, tailored for The Travel Agent Next Door’s network of home-based agents.Expected to formally launch in July, the program will allow clients to ‘book now, pay later,’ with no additional cost to agents.“It’s very simple to understand,” Friisdahl told Travelweek during the conference, held at Mexico’s Iberostar Selection Playa Mita. “The simplicity is what I wanted — zero interest and you choose the terms.”The program will be based on a fee structure, rather than interest payments. Clients make equal payments over three, six or 12 months, with one transaction fee (based on the length of the payment period and total amount of the booking).“I’ve had agents come up to me and say this is a game changer for them, that this will make a big difference,” says Friisdahl. “If I can get someone going on a $10,000 or $15,000 trip and it’s only going to cost them $200 to finance it for 12 months … that’s going to go a long way to getting people to book.”It’s possible that suppliers may even supplement the client’s fee. “We’ve had many suppliers wanting to jump onboard and even help fund the program for us, because it’s such an inexpensive program,” he says. The Travel Agent Next Door’s zero interest promotion:3 months: $69.99 fee for <$5,000; $79.99 fee for >$5,0016 months: $99.99 fee for <$5,000; $159.99 fee for >$5,00112 months: $169.99 fee for <$5,000; $249.99 for >$5,001Shelley Cota, owner of Shelley’s Sun & Sand Travel in Lacombe, AB, and one of The Travel Agent Next Door’s top-performing agents over the past year, says this program will be helpful, particularly with former Sears Travel clients who had access to a similar program. “I know many of the past Sears [Travel] agents are thrilled about it,” she says.Cota believes this will increase the value of the business — and help agents get away from cheap sell-offs. “People are on a budget, so if you don’t have a huge credit card limit or you’ve spent your limit, this will give you an opportunity to [travel],” she says.“It might allow people to get to Sandals that couldn’t go before because … they can’t pay that 60 days out, so I think that part is going to help,” she says. “I can’t wait for it to be rolled out.”Cota has been in the travel business for 31 years, four of those with The Travel Agent Next Door (she’s been a top producer for the past three consecutive years). She focuses on destination weddings, seniors groups and adventure travel.TTAND launched new agent perks at its fifth annual conference“I get a lot of referrals; that’s what is building my business,” she says. “Being able to work from home now is definitely a big plus. People know if they phone me, I’m going to answer. If they have a problem, I’m going to be there. Finally, after four years of starting my own company and branding my own name, people understand now that I am competitive with the other markets.”Currently The Travel Agent Next Door has 380 primary agents like Cota, along with 37 staff members (about one staff member for every 10 agents). Friisdahl plans to continue adding agents — but only as long as he can continue calling every primary agent every six months and interview all new potential agents. “Whenever I can’t do that anymore, that’s when we need to stop,” he says, “if we can’t provide the service we started with.”His philosophy hasn’t changed about suppliers, either. “Less is more, it’s really that easy. It’s not about having the most suppliers, it’s about [having] the most effective.” Preferred suppliers represent 50% of TTAND’s business, while approved suppliers make up 30% and all others make up the remaining 20%.Other announcements at the conference included the development of The Travel Agent Next Door’s own learning library, expected to launch in about two months, as well as a new online client travel authorization form.“Part of our philosophy is to work smarter, not harder — that’s the theme of this conference, more life/work balance,” says Shean Carmichael, The Travel Agent Next Door’s Marketing and Communications Manager. His team provides deep-link marketing for agents, so social media, blogs, videos and email campaigns are all driving traffic directly to an agent’s website.Flemming Friisdahl, founder of TTAND, at a give-back volunteer day for agents sponsored by TravelBrands, at La Casa Clu, MexicoAs part of those efforts to work smarter, not harder, The Travel Agent Next Door has launched an online client travel authorization form, where agents can verify a client’s name, passport information, insurance information and credit card authorization, which automatically self-saves in the client’s profile.“That’s going to be a huge time saver, and also helps make sure the agents are protected, that the client has signed an insurance waiver,” says Friisdahl.This capability was built in-house, thanks to a team of three developers working in The Travel Agent Next Door’s office in India (along with four accounting staff). With its overseas office, The Travel Agent Next Door can post commission overnight, which is a bonus for agents.“We haven’t reduced our staff in Canada at all and we don’t intend to,” says Friisdahl. But having in-house developers provides The Travel Agent Next Door with the ability to customize its offerings (including the upcoming learning library). Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Posted by About Latest Posts Vawn HimmelsbachContributor at TravelweekVawn Himmelsbach has been writing about travel for more than a decade for media outlets such as CBC.ca, Metro News, Flare, Sweet Travel, PlanetEye Traveler and Hotelier, among others. She is co-founder of Chic Savvy Travels, a travel website for women, has contributed to a guidebook on China, and has been published in a book of non-fiction, called Emails from India. She has spent more than three years working and traveling abroad in Asia and Latin America. 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Clients Can Follow The Royals on their Down under ItineraryClients Can Follow The Royals on their Down under Itinerary with these TripsStop everything – The Royals are here and Meghan is pregnant! His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex are undertaking a three-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga surrounding this year’s Invictus Games. The games are a Paralympics-style event for wounded or injured armed service veterans founded by Prince Harry in 2014 which this year is being hosted in Sydney.During their three-week working holiday the newly-weds will be visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo and Fraser Island in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua in New Zealand – the couple’s first major overseas tour, sure to further boost Australia’s credentials.Not only will this their travels show off Australia to the world, but it reiterates that some of the best travel opportunities are available right in our own backyard. Ripe for clients are these incredible trips to follow in the royal footsteps!During their trip down-under, Meghan and Harry will spend five days in Sydney experiencing some of the best attractions Sydney has to offer including a visit to Taronga Zoo and a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Harry at least, in order to fly the Invictus games flag proudly atop our world-renowned monument. Clients can explore the best of Sydney on AAT Kings Sydney In Style full day trip that takes them through majestic Sydney harbour, the historic Rocks district and the glorious white sand of Bondi beach before a delicious sit down dinner at the Sydney Tower Restaurant with revolving panoramic views of the CBD. Expert local guides will unveil a whole other side to this beautiful city through their fascinating storytelling.Melbourne is widely considered the culture capital of Australia, bursting with amazing restaurants, café’s, art galleries, museums and fashion houses. If that isn’t enough it is also just a short trip away from world renowned natural wonders, wildlife and premium wine regions. With only one day to fit everything in, the duke and duchess may be missing out, but your clients don’t have to. Inspiring Journeys Victoria’s Hidden Gems will take them on a luxurious seven day jaunt through Melbourne and the highlights of Victoria including The Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles, the eclectic village of Daylesford, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Jack Rabbit Vineyard – complete with an exclusive lunch and wine tasting.Only a few hours from Brisbane off the coast of Hervey Bay is Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand bar island. This stunning natural wonder is also World Heritage Listed and for good reason, as this hot spot is an unspoiled island paradise. The royals will spend a day here visiting a completed Queen’s Canopy project, which aims to restore rainforest across the Commonwealth. Clients can “casually” run into Harry and Meghan with AAT Kings Tropical Islands & Rainforest trip leaving on the 18th of October, with seats still available!Our cousins across the water also receive the royal treatment as they host the pair from the 28th to the 31st of October before they fly back home. During their stay the royals are set to explore Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua which clients can do to on Inspiring Journeys Inspiring New Zealand. Unlike the royals, your clients’ trip won’t be cut short due to royal engagement so they can explore stunning New Zealand for the full 10 days and have truly authentic encounters, such as meeting the local Maori community at Whakawerawera Living Village. Source = The Travel Corporation
Idea Money, the digital wallet service from Idea Cellular has announced an exclusive partnership with OYO to offer standardised affordable stays through its Retailer Assisted Model (RAM) via Idea Money retailers. The partnership is aimed at supporting Idea Money customers with limited or no internet access, to book hotels online with OYO at their nearest Idea Money Retail store.This partnership will allow users to seamlessly book an OYO across 200 cities in India for their leisure, pilgrimage and business travel needs. Idea’s network together with OYO’s network spread ensures that this collaboration benefits both retailers and end customers.The Idea Money RAM will enable Idea Money retailers to access OYO and assist customers in viewing, selecting and book hotels online at a pocketfriendly cost. Additionally, Idea Money through its RAM and network will enable OYO to extend its standardised offerings to Tier 3 and Tier 4 markets.Commenting on the partnership, Sudhakar Ramasubramanian, Designate CEO, Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank, said, “We are happy to partner with OYO and add yet another service offering to our portfolio under the Idea Money RAM. This partnership is aimed at simplifying the hotel booking process for our customers and bring more online services to our offline customers.”Abhinav Sinha, COO, OYO, said, “Our network is spread across 200 cities including all major metros, regional commercial hubs, leisure destinations, and key pilgrimage towns, serving a variety of travel needs. With this partnership with Idea Money, we will further extend our offerings to the offline customer base in Tier 3 and 4 towns.”