first_imgThe Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.“Canada is concerned about the potential transboundary impacts of oil and gas exploration and development planned for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain,” says a letter from Environment Canada to the Alaska office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.Yukon and the Northwest Territories have submitted similar concerns as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump drafts plans to study the environmental impact of selling exploration leases on the ecologically rich plain.“Much of the wildlife that inhabits the … refuge is shared with Canada,” says the N.W.T.’s letter to the U.S.. “The conservation of these transboundary shared resources is very important to Indigenous groups.”The Porcupine herd is one of the few remaining healthy caribou populations in the North and a crucial resource for Indigenous people.Canada says the caribou are covered by one of four different international agreements — including two over polar bears and one for migratory birds — that commit the U.S. to preserve the area. At least three diplomatic notes have passed between the two countries over the issue.Canada wants assurances from the U.S. about the content of the environmental study. The N.W.T. is asking that hearings be held in Canadian Indigenous communities that depend on the herd.It’ll be tough, said Bobbi Jo Greenland Morgan, head of the Gwich’In Tribal Council.“We’re not dealing with the same government we’ve been dealing with for the past 30 years,” she said.In December, the U.S. released a draft environmental impact study proposal for the lease sale with a public comment period until Feb. 11.The stakes are high for the narrow strip of land along the central Alaskan coast. The Porcupine herd numbers 218,000 and is growing. Greenland Morgan said the animals are a regular source of food for her people.“We probably have (caribou) at least once or twice a week.”Adult caribou can co-exist with development, but scientists have shown they avoid any disturbance on their calving grounds.   “Canada is particularly concerned that oil and gas exploration and development will negatively affect the long-term reproductive success of the Porcupine caribou herd,” says the federal letter.The U.S. is aware of that possibility.“Potential impacts, particularly those relating to changes in calving distribution and calf survival, are expected to be more intense for the (Porcupine herd) because of their lack of previous exposure to oil field development,” says the draft plan.It also points out the herd’s importance to Canadian First Nations and acknowledges they take about 85 per cent of the annual harvest.  “These Canadian communities would be among the most likely to experience potential indirect impacts.”Craig Machtans of the Canadian Wildlife Service represents Canada on an international committee that manages the Porcupine herd. He said he has a good relationship with his counterpart in Alaska.“He does keep me informed,” Machtans said.But the ties aren’t what they were.The U.S. representative used to come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The current member is from the Department of the Interior.“He has a different mandate,” said Machtans. “I’m not sure it’s the same relationship.”Officials at Global Affairs Canada say the U.S. is living up to the agreement on the Porcupine herd. American officials were not available for comment due to a partial government shutdown in that country.Machtans said Canada has no special status as the U.S. considers public input on the draft.“We’re not in the inner circle,” he said. “We’re participating as members of the public.” International law professor Michael Byers said the U.S. may have already broken a clause in the agreement that commits both parties to consulting the other before a final decision is made on anything that affects the herd’s future.“There’s an obligation to consult that isn’t being implemented right now,” Byers said.He noted that the U.S. has already said it intends to sell the leases this year.Greenland Morgan said her people have been fighting for decades to keep the Porcupine calving grounds free of development — but this time feels different.“We’ve always had to do this,” she said. “But with the Trump administration, it’s been more challenging.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange closed higher Thursday despite a pullback on Wall Street amid a round of disappointing reports that suggested the U.S. economy is not recovering as much as some would like to believe.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,507.60 +33.95 0.27%S&P 500 — 1,650.47 -8.31 -0.50%Dow — 15,233.22 -42.47 -0.28%Nasdaq — 3,465.24 -6.38 -0.18%The S&P/TSX composite index rose 33.95 points to 12,507.60, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.19 of a cent to 98.12 cents US.It was a different story on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones index retreated 42.47 points to 15,233.22 and the S&P 500 fell 8.31 points to 1,650.47. The Nasdaq dipped 6.38 points to 3,465.24.The declines came after a reported speech by John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, who said the U.S. central bank will consider stopping its monthly US$85- billion bond purchases if the economy continues to improve.The indexes were also driven down by a flurry of weaker-than-expected figures.The U.S. Labor Department reported the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose by 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, the most since late March. The jump comes after applications fell to a five-year low. The U.S. economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month since November but most of the job gains have come from fewer layoffs — not increased hiring.“It does reflect a confluence of factors and some of it’s the system drag we’ve been looking for and you’re seeing creeping into the economy,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist with TD Wealth Management.“It isn’t the end of the world, but I do think it brings people back to the reality of the situation — that we have below average growth, not horrific but not great. And I think the market is reacting in a very muted fashion.”Meanwhile, U.S. officials also reported that inflation fell last month as a result of a 8.1% drop in gasoline prices. The consumer price index was down 0.4% in April from March. For the 12 months that ended in April, overall prices rose 1.1% — the smallest year-over-year increase in 2 1/2 years.The rate is still below the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two% inflation target, which it says it needs to meet before ending quantative easing.Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said U.S. builders started housing construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 in April, a 16.5% drop from the March pace of 1.02 million. But applications for building permits rose 14.3% to a rate of 1.02 million, the highest in five years.In corporate news, the world’s largest retailer reported its first-quarter profit rose 1.1% as it struggled with a sales slump. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. blamed a payroll tax increase, delayed tax refunds and bad weather for the profit and sales results that missed Wall Street expectations. It also offered a profit outlook that came in below analysts’ projections. Its shares were down nearly two%, or $1.36, at US$78.50.Gorman said Wal-Mart’s dismal earnings may be showing the effects of increased Social Security taxes that kicked in earlier this year, resulting in consumers having less money for discretionary spending.In Toronto, the industrials sector was the leading advancer, up by 1.21% as shares by flight simulator and training company CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE) closed above its 52-week high by gaining more than six%, or 66 cents, to $11.26.The Montreal-based company reported it earned $43.8 million or 17 cents per share for the period ended March 31, down from $53.2 million, or 21 cents per share a year ago. However, excluding $10.1 million of restructuring, integration and acquisition costs, it earned $53.9 million or 21 cents per share. Revenue in what was the company’s fourth quarter grew to $587.9 million from $506.7 million last year.Telus (TSX:T) announced that it was prepared to buy small wireless carrier Mobilicity as part of a $380-million deal. The purchase is subject to various conditions, including approval by the Competition Bureau and Industry Canada and by Mobilicity’s debtholders. Telus shares climbing more than one%, or 39 cents, to $37.34Commodity prices also showed some small gains. The June crude contract jumped 86 cents to US$95.16 a barrel, while July copper was up three cents at US$3.29 a pound. But June gold bullion dropped $9.30 to US$1,386.90 an ounce.What investors were watching today:ON DECK FRIDAYTelus throws Mobilicity a lifeline with $380-million dealGold is tanking again, but Soros at least saw it comingToday’s ugly data is raising questions about strength of U.S. economy At BlackBerry Live, rumours of possible phablet steal showECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (April): Economists expect no increase from the month before, 0.6% rise year over year Wholesale trade (March): Economists expect 0.4% rise UNITED STATES9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (May): Economists expect a reading of 78, up from last month 10 a.m.Leading indicators (April): Economists expect a rise of 0.2% read more

One year after Za’atari camp was carved out of the desert in northern Jordan to host refugees fleeing Syria, the United Nations children’s fund said today that while the makeshift city has reached zero maternal mortality, it grapples with educating tens of thousands of eligible children. “Last year when the camp opened on 29 July 2012, it was nowhere in the desert. There was absolutely nothing,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Communications Officer in Jordan, Mark Vergara, told UN Radio. Housing more than 120,000 – half of them children – the site has become the fourth largest city in Jordan and is also the world’s second largest refugee camp behind Dadaab in eastern Kenya. The camp has made progress. It has three “very well provided” hospitals, Mr. Vergara said, resulting in better health care for the refugees than the general population. “Mortality rates are lower than outside of the camp,” Mr. Vergara said. He noted that while food, water and sanitation remain key priorities at the camp, a major challenge is education for the 30,000 children that are able to go to school. “Only 12,000 are registered,” Mr. Vergara said. He added that financial strains necessitating children to work and concerns of insecurity are also challenges to school attendance. “Parents are reluctant to let the child – especially the daughters – walk through the camp to school. We have created some assembly points to escort the children. It’s not really dangerous, but more cases of harassment,” he added. Lack of electricity in schools, particularly combined with hot temperatures and the holy-month of Ramadan when fasting is obligatory, has also dulled attendance. In addition, students follow a Jordanian curriculum in the camp, which also adds to the overall challenges. “But it’s very important that these children as much as possible do go to school because even if the war stops today, which of course is unlikely, unfortunately, it will take years to rebuild Syria. And of course, who will rebuild Syria but the kids who are now in host countries in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and of course, in Jordan,” Mr. Vergara said. UNICEF is due to start a massive back-to-school campaign next month working with communities, parents and religious leaders in the camp to get children into classrooms and have them stay there. Following a visit to the region earlier in the month, Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said without a political solution to the conflict in Syria, the country faces “a generation of angry, illiterate adults.” Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. Mr. Vergara said one of the challenges facing the UN agency and its partners in the camp is how to plan for its future; the camp has already been in use longer than originally expected. “Life is not perfect in Za’atari,” he said. “If you ask people around the camp the only thing they want to do is go back to Syria and nothing can replace home. But at the end of the day, they are here because they have no alternative.” UNICEF in Jordan has appealed for $115 million towards the end of 2013 to assist the needs of the refugees. A bit over half of that amount has been funded, according to the UN agency. “That is not bad, but the question now is not 2013, it is about 2014 maybe 2015,” Mr. Vergara said. “How much of this is sustainable? It is a very expensive operation and people are still coming in. It really depends on what happens on the other side of the border.” read more

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN AND all-time top goalscorer Robbie Keane spent St Patrick’s Day in Mexico as LA Galaxy prepare for tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final with Club Tijuana.And Keane, whose side bring a 1-0 into the second leg, produced a piece of brilliance during training at Estadio Caliente with a curling trick shot:Source: LA GalaxyWhile it brings new meaning to the cockney phrase “on the shopping trolley”, he will have to do better to beat this effort from last year: Source: HighlightsHere’s our SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Team of the WeekPetr Cech showcases crazy new goalkeeping drilllast_img read more

first_img 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History It’s summertime, and while most of our favorite shows are on hiatus, one is just coming back. AMC’s Preacher had its third season premiere last night. Rather than a fast-paced, violent action-based episode, this premiere threw us right into the thick of the story. It also let us know exactly what kind of show it still is. This episode opens with a contorting naked man. He’s standing in front of an old woman, who appears to be conducting him. We learn it’s a sobering ritual. The old woman is Madame L’Angelle, and she’s just about the creepiest old lady you’ve ever seen. Nothing really feels right about this place, and it looks like L’Angelle’s daughter agrees. She’s caught looking at a piece of paper that she quickly hides from view. She goes as far as eating it so her mother won’t see it. It doesn’t work. L’Angelle cuts open her stomach to see what she’s hiding. It’s a photo of Jesse as a baby. L’Angelle’s daughter is Jesse’s mother, and she begs L’Angelle to leave Jesse alone.That was all in the past, we come to realize. In the present, our heroes are in the same terrible predicament we last saw them in. Tulip is dying, close to dead. Jesse stopped Cassidy from turning her into a vampire to save her, and Cassidy hates him for it. Now, Jesse’s forced to come back to Angelville and give his grandma his blood so she’ll save Tulip. So how is it possible that Tulip can still be saved? It turns out she’s in purgatory. We already saw what Hell looks like in this world, and Purgatory is just as darkly funny. Jesse and Cassidy may be at their gloomiest, but this show hasn’t lost its sense of humor. Where Hell was a repetitive bureaucracy, Purgatory is a cheap sitcom. Tulip relives her father coming home from prison, getting a job and falling back into murder and crime. It’s clearly a traumatic memory, but it’s treated with a lightness that reflects how Tulip has hardened herself to it. That lightness makes the scene all the more unsettling for us. For Tulip, there is still pain, but she’s somewhat numb to it. That’s why this is Purgatory, and not Hell for her.Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) (Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)L’Angelle sends Jesse and Cassidy off to get ingredients for the spell to bring Tulip back. If you were missing the over-the-top violence of this show, this is where the episode starts to deliver. It’s nothing as wild as the shootout between the Saint of Killers and the police that opened last week’s episode, but it’s pretty fun nonetheless. To get the final ingredient needed to wake Tulip, Jesse has to talk to another Angelville resident: Jody, Madame L’Angelle’s enforcer who killed Jesse’s father. They go get the ingredient from a rival gang, and it’s cartoonishly funny how the bodies rain down from the sky. Back in Angelville, we get a much more serious fight scene. Jody makes Jesse fight for the stuff that will save Tulip’s life. It’s a bloody, evenly matched fight, but the stakes are higher than in the scene before it. Jesse almost wins when he puts Jody’s face through the truck window. Then, a few headbutts later, Jesse’s on the ground. L’Angelle stops the fight just before Jody puts a truck on Jesse’s head.With everything they need, Jesse, Cassidy, and L’Angelle set about bringing Tulip back. Just in time too. Her Purgatory’s just about run its course. CPS is busting down the cheap sitcom set door, and the little girl version of Tulip tells the adult one she needs to go. (And in a suddenly deep voice, reminds her she’s just a reenactor. She works here. I’ll admit, that made me jump a little.) Through a combination of Cassidy playing her favorite song, and Jesse whispering in her ear, Tulip is able to figure out how to escape Purgatory. Inserting a key into the cat clock in the wall, she suddenly finds herself on a forest path. There, she meets God. Remember God? From last season? It turned out He was the gimp dog Jesse walked away from in the first episode. Well, He’s here, still wearing that suit. He has a message for Tulip. An important task she must fulfill. His eyes glow red, and the scene becomes just a little scary for a second. He screams “Get Those…” and then Tulip wakes up. Of course.Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionIn past seasons, the first episode has always made the biggest impression. It’s usually been the fastest, most bonkers, silly-violent episode of the season. That wasn’t the case here. It’s probably better for it. In each of the last two seasons, the first episode made us think we were getting a different type of show. They always felt more like the comic: violent, irreverent and blindingly fast. While the violence and irreverence remained, both the first and second seasons took things slow. The road trip aspect of the comics was gone. Instead, the show forced us to steep in this scary, funny, dangerous, disgusting world. It’s a great show in its own right, it just isn’t the Preacher comics, and it’s not what either of the past two season premieres made it out to be.This season, we’re already into the thick of things. We spend almost the whole episode in Angelville. We’re introduced to characters who will become very important as the series goes on. The show doesn’t spend any time on the other loose plot threads. Hitler is still out there somewhere. As is Herr Starr. We’ll deal with that some other week. This episode focused on what was important: Saving Tulip and establishing Angelville. It did both jobs remarkably well. It also set a few interesting dynamics up for the rest of the season to play with. Madame L’Angelle thanked Cassidy for bringing Jesse back to her, promising a favor at some point in the future. I’m going to bet there’ll be a lot of drama, probably involving Tulip, around how he uses that favor. Then there’s Tulip’s mission from God. She was pulled out too early to hear the whole thing, but she’ll be searching for whatever “those” are.Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and Gran’ma (Betty Buckley) (Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Finally, there was Jesse’s last exchange with his grandma. He’s grateful that she saved Tulip, but he knows he’s gotten himself back into a deep mess. He even contemplates killing her to get out of the deal. But she reminds him she’s thought of that. They both know that wouldn’t end well for Jesse. For now, he’s stuck in Angelville. We’ll just have to wait and see what that entails.While I miss the ridiculous action Preacher started its seasons within the past, this slow open fits the show much better. It leans into the horror right away, where past seasons would save that for later episodes. From moment one, it puts us in a strange and unfamiliar place. It disturbs us and tries to make us laugh at the same time. Which just makes everything that much more upsetting. That’s Preacher’s strong suit. It’s not the comics. It’s something else. Opening with an episode like this shows us that it’s finally comfortable with that fact. There’s still room for over-the-top violence and offensive gross-out humor. But that’ll come when the story is ready for it. Preacher the TV show has found its own identity. That could lead to an exciting season. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department conducted a warrant search of a massage business Tuesday afternoon in downtown Vancouver.Investigators were looking into forgery allegations related to the licensing documents of the massage therapists who work at 218 W. 13th St., according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. No arrests were made. People who walked by the business had also complained about possible illegal activity and said they didn’t believe the massage therapists were properly licensed, Kapp said.Police said the name of the business is Nancy’s Studio. That name is not on the building, which bears signs advertising massage and spa services. According to Columbian archives, Nancy’s Studio was issued a license by the city for beauty services and back and foot massage in December.A sign on the business’s mailbox said that the business was seeking licensed massage therapists. Previously, in June 2012, the address was licensed for a business called Foot Massage, which listed services including reflexology and foot massage.A business at that address appears on a sexually oriented website that contains client reviews detailing sexual services allegedly provided for “tips.”last_img read more

first_imgIf you have any information about the mystery caller, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I’m upset, really. You got kids all over the place, you got people around here, you got neighbors,” said one man. “People just do weird stuff, you know? Just to scare people.”The incident happens one day after students were evacuated from Florida Career College, also in Lauderdale Lakes, after, officials said, a bomb threat was called in through Crime Stoppers.Those evacuations follow another bomb threat that, authorities said, was made at Westside Regional Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.Surveillance cameras at the hospital captured a man who, officials believe, is the one who made the anonymous calls.Parents arriving to the schools to pick up their kids on Thursday said they began to receive notifications that the bomb threat was unfounded.Authorities gave the all clear just after 1 p.m.Students who were not picked up by their parents were escorted back to class. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Classes have resumed at three schools in Lauderdale Lakes, Thursday, hours after they were evacuated in what authorities said is the third bomb threat in Broward County this week.The three schools evacuated Thursday share the same complex: Boyd Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Oriole Elementary School.Each school in the complex set up specific staging areas for their evacuations: Oriole Elementary students were evacuated to a field south of the school, Lauderdale Lakes Middle students went to the Westminster Academy Athletic Complex to the west of the school, and Boyd Anderson High students were taken to the school’s football field and bleachers.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the threat was called in through Crime Stoppers.Thousands of students were removed while police investigated.Boyd Anderson High is located at 3050 N.W. 41st St., while Lauderdale Lakes Middle is at 3911 N.W. 30th Ave. Oriole Elementary is at 3081 NW 39th St. in Fort Lauderdale.Residents who live in apartment complexes nearby were unable to return home due to the threats. last_img read more

first_img2019 marks the passing of 100 years since the Bentley brothers first began selling French cars in a small suburb of northwest London. The company has come a long way since, solidifying its reputation as makers of some of the most desirable luxury cars in the world. To mark its centenary, Bentley has revived the Flying Spur badge to create what it believes is “the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.” It’ll serve as a rival to the Porsche Panameras and Mercedes-AMG S63s of this world and “pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” according to a statement released Tuesday. It’s so special, Bentley says, that the company even designed a new emblem for it. Enlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s body panels are made entirely of aluminum. Bentley Rather than borrowing underpinnings from elsewhere in the family, the new Bentley Flying Spur is built on a brand-new platform. The all-aluminum bodywork is bold and confident in its styling, with numerous cues borrowed from the Continental GT. The giant grille, muscular lines and aforementioned Flying B mascot (electronically deployed and illuminated, naturally) are obvious highlights, but the car is littered with exquisite details that shows a lot of time and energy has been spent making it special.We suspect it’s possible to own this car for many months and still be discovering new trinkets, details and flourishes. Highlights, and there are many, include the cut-crystal effect detailing on the LED matrix headlights, the three-dimensional diamond quilted leather or wood door inserts, and the diamond knurling on the interior air vents. These, we’re told, required a new software algorithm to be invented in order to facilitate their layout on the complex curves on the ducts. All of this is, of course, totally unnecessary, but very beautiful all the same. The new Bentley Flying Spur is a large car, measuring 208.8 inches in length and 77.3 inches in width. It tips the scales at 5,371 pounds, making it as heavy as the company’s Bentayga SUV. Thankfully it’s blessed with an abundance of power from a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, W12 engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for a sports car-baiting 3.7-second acceleration time to 60 miles per hour. How it also manages a 207-mph top speed — that’s well north of what your average Lamborghini Huracan can manage — is anyone’s guess. 12 Photos Bentley Porsche Lamborghini Power is sent to all four wheels via the same eight-speed, ZF-sourced, dual-clutch transmission Bentley uses in the Continental GT. Those of you brave enough to seek the Flying Spur’s top speed will find it in sixth gear, with seventh and eighth, the overdrive gears, reserved for obtaining the best economy. That figure is currently unconfirmed, but expect a fuel tank large enough for a 500-mile range.Unlike the previous Flying Spur, which used a fixed, 40:60 front/rear power split, the new transmission is a clutched system, which sends most of the engine’s torque to the rear axle. This, Bentley is keen to point out, gives the front end a much lighter feel, one that is eager to change direction “almost at the speed of thought.” Of course, slippery conditions underfoot will cause drive to be sent to the front axle on demand, delivering fully automatic active all-wheel drive when circumstances dictate.Various drive modes are available. Comfort and Bentley modes send up to 354 pound-feet of torque to the front axle to facilitate greater traction and all-weather drivability, while in Sport, front axle torque is limited to 206 pound-feet. The remainder is sent to the rear wheels in a manner that will allow quite un-Bentley-like angles of slip in what essentially amounts to a drift mode. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s face is reminiscent of the Continental GT. Bentley At the car’s unveiling, Bentley’s designers were keen to recount tales of the Flying Spur pulling off Ken Block-spec backward-entry powerslides, tires fully lit through the snow and ice phase of its testing. The system purportedly gives you enough leeway to showboat spectacularly, though not enough rope to hang yourself should you run out of talent.The Flying Spur should also acquit itself well in driving situations that don’t call for tire smoke. This new model features electronic all-wheel steering, which serves the purpose of improving stability at highway speeds, as well as increasing maneuverability in tight spots. Around town, the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the fronts, effectively reducing the wheelbase. At highway speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts, providing more confidence when moving quickly. We can’t tell you about ride comfort at this stage, but this is a Bentley, so the smart money is on it being buttery smooth, particularly in light of the fact it uses continuously regulated three-chamber air springs. A quartet of ride height sensors continuously measure the distance between the axle and the body. If any part of the car is higher or lower than it should be, the air volume in the springs is corrected in order to restore the normal ride height. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageDiamond-quilted leather and three-dimensional wood door inserts highlight the Flying Spur’s cabin. Bentley This works in conjunction with Bentley Dynamic Ride System — a 48-volt system that controls an actuator unit, that alters the stiffness of the antiroll bars to help keep the car flat through bends.Of course, there will be many owners who may never actually get to drive the Flying Spur, preferring instead to be driven. Those who do ride as passengers certainly won’t consider themselves to be missing out. The wheelbase is a handy 125.8 inches, so there’s plenty of room front and rear. Inside, you’ll find an abundance of the latest technology, all of which is stunningly well-integrated. The main feature is a 12.3-inch display in the center of the dashboard which, like the display in the latest Continental GT, rotates to reveal driver gauges or a blank panel that allows the dashboard to flow uninterrupted across the full length of the cabin. Unlike early versions of the Continental GT, the Flying Spur can now be driven with that blank plate on show — ideal for those who don’t wish to be too distracted by screens.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageRear seat passengers will surely have an abundance of legroom. Bentley Those that do want to bask in tech are in for a treat. The highlight is an all-new, 5-inch Touch Screen Remote that lives atop the transmission tunnel in the rear cabin. This can be removed at the touch of a button and allows rear occupants to control a great number of the Flying Spur’s systems. Whether it’s the rear seat massage function, climate control, mood lighting or remotely deploying the Flying B mascot.Three audio systems are on offer, including a standard 10-speaker, 650-watt, entry-level model, and a Bang & Olufsen 1,500-watt, 16-speaker setup with illuminated grilles. But if you want to push the boat out, there’s also a Naim for Bentley 2,200-watt, 19-speaker setup with active bass transducers built into the front seats, allowing you to literally feel the bass through your backside.The whole thing feels exceptionally well put together, as you’d expect from Bentley, and we expect it’ll be a stunningly effective alternative to the typical GTs and high-performance SUVs of this world. All signs point to Bentley having created a spectacular 100th birthday present to itself, and to anyone else blessed enough to be able to afford one.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe first Flying Spur deliveries will take place in early 2020. Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside More From Roadshow Bentley’s new Flying Spur is ‘the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built’ Luxury cars Sedans Bentley Tags Comment 1 Share your voice Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocratlast_img read more

first_imgJust give up. AI’s got you beat. Getty Images An artificial intelligence algorithm is putting humans to shame by solving a Rubik’s Cube in just over a second. The algorithm, called DeepCubeA, was created by researchers at University of California, Irvine. The results are described in a study published Monday in Nature Machine Intelligence. The algorithm was presented with 10 billion combinations for the cube. The goal was to decode them all in 30 moves, which exceeds or is equal to human performance. DeepCubeA was then tested on 1,000 combinations and solved them all, doing so in the least number of moves around 60% of the time.Pierre Baldi, an author of the study and professor of computer science at UCI, told The BBC the algorithm “learned on its own.” He added that he believed the “AI’s form of reasoning is completely different from a human’s.”The authors also discussed their research in a paper published last June, which described a machine that could solve a Rubik’s Cube without algorithms created by human beings.They’re not the only ones who’ve looked for shortcuts to solving the complex puzzle. Last year, an MIT robotics student and a software developer built a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds. And for anyone looking for an easy way out, there’s a self-solving Rubik’s Cube that’ll spare you plenty of time and stress.  Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 1:59 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy $999 $520 at HP See it Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Now playing: Watch this: $999 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54)center_img The Cheapskate $999 Toys and Tabletop Games,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon $155 at Google Express 7 Post a comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon $999 Tags See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Watch this Rubik’s Cube solve itself Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rentallast_img read more

first_imgIndian stock markets ended lower on Tuesday on account of profit-booking after rallying for two straight sessions. The BSE Sensex closed 88 points down at 28,064, while the broader NSE Nifty edged 30 points lower to end the day at 8,642.Top Sensex losers were Sun Pharma, Tata Motors, TCS, Wipro and HDFC, while index stocks that gained included Cipla, Adani Ports, State Bank of India (SBI), Tata Steel and Larsen & Toubro (L&T).Infosys closed at Rs. 1,050.95, down 1.16 percent from its previous close, on the BSE. The fall was on expected lines after the company informed in a media statement on August 13 that it would ramp down 3,000 employees after one of its clients, Royal Bank of Scotland, scrapped plans to list its UK standalone bank, Williams & Glyn (W&G). “Infosys has been a W&G program technology partner for Consulting, Application Delivery and Testing services, and subsequent to this decision, will carry out an orderly ramp-down of about 3,000 persons, primarily in India, over the next few months,” the company had said in its August 13 statement.The fall in Infosys share price also impacted other stocks and the BSE Information Technology sectoral index, which dropped 1.31 percent.Among other news that impacted the markets was the spike in wholesale inflation for July to 3.55 percent (provisional). Prices of food items rose at an even faster clip and was not on expected lines, according to an analyst.”The hardening of WPI inflation exceeded expectations. The surprise, yet again, came from high food prices, which pushed up inflation of primary articles and manufactured products. In the short term, we are seeing two major disturbing trends. Pulses inflation which had started to soften for the past couple of months has climbed back in July 16,” Anand Rathi Institutional Research said in a note on Tuesday.L&T lines up projects for NagpurEngineering and construction company L&T signed an agreement with the Maharashtra government to undertake a slew of projects in Nagpur under the “smart city” project.”The scope of work in Phase 1 will cover laying of 1,200 km of optical fiber network backbone, creating 136 City wifi hotspots at key locations, establishing 100 digital interactive kiosks and developing city surveillance systems with 3,800 IP based cameras,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The L&T stock ended at Rs. 1,505.45, up 1.15 percent from its previous close.last_img read more

first_img Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The archives of the late evangelist Billy Graham will be moved from their location in Illinois to the library named after him in North Carolina.The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced the decision about the transfer of the evangelist’s papers and the association’s archives on Thursday (March 28).“This is part of our continuing consolidation in Billy Graham’s hometown,” said evangelist Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the BGEA and son of Billy Graham.“Some 214,000 people visited the Billy Graham Library here in Charlotte last year alone, and it makes sense for my father’s archives to be housed and maintained here for visiting scholars to conduct research, and for our guests to see when they come visit our ministry headquarters, the Library and my parents’ gravesites.”Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, on the campus of Wheaton College, where they met and courted. RNS file photoThe Billy Graham Center was dedicated in 1980 at Wheaton College, the older evangelist’s alma mater in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Ill.The Billy Graham Center Archives and the rest of the center are housed in an on-campus building that bears the evangelist’s name. The archives include materials in addition to those related to Graham, who died last year, and the center serves as a networking hub for evangelism and missions for churches, ministries and scholars.At the time the center was dedicated, the BGEA was located in Minneapolis. After the association announced the relocation of its headquarters to Charlotte in 2001, it began to consolidate its operations on a 63-acre campus that now includes the 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library.The BGEA said records that will be moved after June 1 include sermon transcripts, personal correspondence, and radio and TV recordings.Wheaton College acknowledged the BGEA’s request in a statement.“College leaders are in communication with the BGEA regarding its planned consolidation,” the statement reads. “Wheaton College affirms its longstanding respect for the BGEA and looks forward to continuing the positive relationship that the College and the BGEA have enjoyed for decades.”The school said the evangelistic vision of Graham, who was also a longtime trustee of the college, continues through programs and events of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center.“More than 19,000 scholars, journalist and other researchers have spent 67,000 hours in the Billy Graham Center Archives since it opened, producing dozens of books, articles and papers annually,” it said.The center will continue to house other archives including those of evangelist Billy Sunday and evangelical organizations such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Lausanne Movement.A webpage of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center Archives lists a wide range of resources about Graham and his association. It also includes links to oral histories of Wheaton alumni who recalled his personality and preaching style during their college days.Billy Graham speaks during the Billy Graham Crusade at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York City on June 25, 2005. RNS photo by John O’Boyle/ The Star-LedgerRELATED: Timeline of the life of Billy GrahamThe most recent blog post about the Billy Graham Library’s archive collection is a reposting of an article from Wheaton’s From the Vault blog that included images of a yellowed, creased 1941 sermon by Graham and a newspaper article from the same year about his appointment as the pastor of a local church.Messiah College history professor John Fea expressed concern about future access to the elder evangelist’s archives and said its move could represent “a larger manifestation of evangelical anti-intellectualism.“By taking the papers away from Wheaton, where access is open, Franklin Graham and the BGEA can now control access and can thus control the narrative of his father’s life in terms of who gets to read them,” Fea told Religion News Service. “Evangelicals must come face to face with both the good side and bad side of their history by taking an honest look at people like Billy Graham. I am not sure this will happen in Charlotte. The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte is not a library.”Asked what will be publicly accessible after the transfer, BGEA Executive Vice President Ken Barun told RNS that final decisions will be made over the next several weeks.“Discussions are continuing between BGEA and Wheaton College about the transfer of archives, including decisions on the breadth and scope of the collection, future accessibility and online opportunities for research,” he said. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen News Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagsarchives Billy Graham Billy Graham Center Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Billy Graham Library Franklin Graham homepage featured,You may also like Share This!center_img Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Judge vacates former youth minister’s sex abuse convictions  Share This! Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Opinion By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

first_imgWENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOConnie De La Rosa holds baby Angel in the NICU at University Hospital. She’s the first participant in a new study of Family Nurture Intervention.Each year, 1 in 10 babies born in the U.S. spends time in the NICU, the neonatal intensive care unit. Years later, many of these children have developmental, learning or behavioral problems, including autism.A new study is designed to determine if different kinds of nurturing in the first few months of life could improve outcomes. San Antonio mothers and babies are taking part in the research. Baby Angel came into the world early, 11 weeks early to be exact, weighing less than four pounds.“He was so tiny and had all these wires on him and I was scared to hurt him,” said Angel’s mother Connie De La Rosa.De La Rosa spends as much time as she can with her son in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of San Antonio’s University Hospital.WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOBaby Angel was born 11 weeks early. He’s spending time in University Hospital’s NICU until he’s ready to go home.Umber Darilek , RN, said there’s no playbook for mothers of tiny, sometimes sick babies.  No book to read, no real world advice from your grandmother on how to cope.“We see moms looking terrified,” Darilek commented. “A lot of women don’t know how to approach their babies, especially when there are tubes and lines coming out of all directions.”That’s why Martha Welch, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York is studying an intervention called Family Nurture. Welch believes early physical trauma and a potential lack of emotional connection between mother and baby may set up these young patients for difficulties later.“They’re isolated,” Welch stated. “They’re not having social involvement. We think they are being adversely conditioned to human contact because so much of the contact is challenging. It’s tubes and IVs and skin pricks. Pre-term infants have a higher rate of risk for developmental problems including autism.”Welch says early in life, when babies cuddle in their mother’s arms, or nurse, or have eye contact, they develop a bond at the visceral level, in the autonomic nervous system that’s responsible for what we call “gut feelings.” That means later in life, you may feel calmer just by being around your mother.To help establish that connection in the NICU, nurture specialists help new moms with skin-to-skin holding, comforting touch, scent exchange, eye contact and vocal soothing.“We did a very successful first trial with amazing outcomes, totally different from the usual outcomes for pre-term infants in terms of cognition, language, risk for autism, behavior,” Welch said.Now, University Hospital is taking a page from Columbia’s playbook, conducting a family nurturing study of its own to try and replicate positive results for NICU babies.“It was like a light bulb. It was like ‘wow,’” said neonatologist Alice Gong, MD, of UT Health San Antonio.Gong said during her three decades of dealing with mother-baby interaction, she has witnessed the temper tantrums and intestinal issues that often plague NICU babies for years.“They’ve been sheltering their baby for so long,” Gong said of the new mothers. “They’re so scared they are going to die that they pretty much don’t mother them the same way they do their other children.”Gong is recruiting 50 moms and babies for her study. De La Rosa is the first.“She told me that I would help my baby connect,” De La Rosa commented. “I hold him skin to skin, talk to my baby, show him emotions. Now mommy instincts are kicking in.”Welch said science backs up her early positive results. By 18 months, one in four NICU babies has behaviors that fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. With Family Nurture Intervention, that number decreased to one in ten. The ultimate goal of these studies is to change the culture in NICUs around the country. Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. Sharelast_img read more

first_img More information: Nvidia blog © 2010 PhysOrg.com Nvidia releases the Kal-El quad-core mobile chip Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Nvidia shows off Kal-El — new quad-core processing chip (2011, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-nvidia-kal-el-quad-core-chip.html (PhysOrg.com) — Nvidia, well known for its graphics chips, has made a pretty big statement by releasing a video on Youtube showing the capabilities of its new quad-core processing chip for smartphones and tablets. In the video, a ball, lit from within, moves around a virtual environment, shining its light on the other elements in its surroundings, demonstrating a step up in visual representation of real-time light imagery. Most video games use canned lighting, which means the game only has to show what has already been calculated. With the new chip in place, currently known as the Kal-El (Superman’s real name) the light projected is calculated and displayed (on moving objects yet) as the game is in play, something that requires incredible amounts of calculation at incredible speeds. The chip accomplishes this feat via its new quad-core (four processing units in a single component) processing chip. Uploaded prior to the upcoming Computex trade show in Taiwan this week, the video demo of Glowball, as Nvidia has named the video game, shows that Nvidia is now to be considered a major player in the development of cutting edge ARM processors (the 32 bit RISC processors developed by Arm Holding that have come to dominate the mobile or embedded electronics market) moving into direct competition with such big names as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. It also sheds some light, if you will, on the direction mobile applications are heading. While it’s not known just how much money Nvidia has invested in developing its impressive new chip, it’s safe to say that it was considerably more than it ever has for its graphics chips; a move that demonstrates just how lucrative the mobile market has become.At the trade show, Nvidia demonstrated what a step up the new quad-core chip is by pushing a button on the demo pad that dropped the demo play to dual-core mode; a move that resulted in stilted jerky game movement. If all goes according to plan, Kal-El powered tablets (running on Google Android of course) are expected to be on the market by September, followed shortly thereafter by quad-core smartphones, making them the only such choice for consumers until the competition catches up.last_img read more

first_imgSource = Roomsxml roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Dealswww.roomsxml.comThe jobs of these people are to protect our borders. It’s not 1974 and we are handing out flowers in FijiAgents should learn from the perception of our border forcesI’m in the middle of a fairly heavy period of travel. Home after a week in India and no sooner are three loads of washing dry that they are back in the suitcase and I’m back in a window seat.I could organise my trips myself, but I regularly lean on agents for advice, support or to book some more of the intricate routes. I don’t need to tell you it’s worth it every time.I do love coming home because everything is moderated, reasonable, orderly, organised and reliable. No Alarms and no surprises.There is always that mild stress of coming back through an airport, collecting the duty free, doing the passport thing, getting the bags and getting out. I just want to get out. Home is just steps away. The fresh Melbourne air always puts a smile on my freezing face as I walk to the taxi. We live in the lucky country.If it’s good, I am through in half an hour.  If it’s bad,  I know I’ve just been unlucky, had my bag pulled and spend another 20 minutes as someone asks to see my lipstick (seriously, it was for my daughter).I travel enough to have had  “that” person and “that” experience on “that” day at an airport. Whether it be harassment, I’ve been racially profiled,  made to wait, the ugly stares, the power trip, the suggestion a bribe might fix it all. Whatever. Australian customs are good. Sure I have waited but I’ve never had a bad experience in Australia. In India, the Ukraine, Dubai and Heathrow I’ve had some shockers.So I was surprised to see this article in Fairfax – http://www.theage.com.au/comment/i-still-call-australia–groan-20170714-gxbaox.htmlSome poor soul re-entering the country had to wait in a line. The article and typically extreme views of commentary drove home the lack of understanding so many people have about the mechanics of travel. Let’s put that in perspective.What do you “really” know about what your doctor does? Your lawyer? Your account? Do you really get it? Have you ever walked in their shoes? What is their they like. But does it stop you complaining or thinking you are an expert? Do we know about the mechanics of anything apart from what we do?The jobs of these people are to protect our borders. Whether it be from disease, illegal immigrants or drugs they are the last line of defense. Every day they sit on their backsides in a cubicle and deal with thousands of grumpy passengers who have not had enough sleep asking  impertinent questions, giving them grief, one after the other on the way back from a holiday who just want to get their dried mushrooms to that loved one.That would get really annoying. The same conversation over and over. They are not ambassadors for our country, it’s not 1974 and we are handing out flowers in Fiji, it is an important job that protects the integrity of our country. It’s law enforcement and a bloody important job.Time and time again, as I’m sticking up for travel agents, I’m astounded by the naïveté when it comes to the value an agent offers. Whether it’s a tighter itinerary, a better hotel or some inside knowledge on a destination, I don’ need to tell you.But the border farce article drive home that we need to sell that value better. It highlights the need for education in what we do to continually let people know about the importance of the people and travel. What you can get more website and what you will not, what you can get from a person and more.For years I have been banging on that agents do not do this enough.These people in customs don’t have the chance to explain that to every traveller because every traveller is exhausted, stinky, on a different time zone and regretting the fourth red that was meant to numb the pain for 14 hours of economy travel. Travel agents do have the opportunity to build in those messages at every touch point.So when you have at the moment, take the time to walk a mile in your customers moccasins and get a sense of what you need to convey to ensure that people understand the amazing Value the travel agents offer. learn more about roomsXML.com herelast_img read more

first_img Several years after the Great Recession, taxpayers remain on the hook for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the federal government is still trying to determine a way to make the GSEs self-sustaining—without increasing the risk for another bailout.That’s the gist of a policy analysis out this week from the Congressional Budget Office, an independent nonpartisan agency tasked with reviewing the impacts of congressional legislation.The CBO went with an illustrative outlook that focused less on any wish to restructure the housing market and more on what it would look like to shore up Fannie and Freddie.So, what did the options look like?Under one policy, the federal government could allow the GSEs to keep to $50 billion of its profits over the next decade.If needed, the government could step in to buy more senior preferred stock from Fannie and Freddie to ensure the two companies maintain a positive net worth, the CBO said.They could also raise their income with returns secured by investing these profits in Treasury securities, according to the report.All of this would increase the federal government’s explicit backstop relative to the GSEs’ retained earnings, reduce the likelihood that Treasury would need to buy additional shares of preferred stock in the future, and result in a budgetary cost of about $10 billion.Under an administration treatment, the CBO said these policy options went as high as $85 billion over 10 years.Members of Congress have floated a number of legislative bills intended to restructure the GSEs and their role in the U.S. housing market, but as yet Fannie and Freddie remain in federal conservatorship.Click here to view the complete report from the CBO. Bailouts Congressional Budget Office Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2016-10-21 Ryan Schuette October 21, 2016 845 Views More GSE Capital, Less Chance of a Bailoutcenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

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