Back to the Beaches for Nova Scotia Lifeguards

first_imgWarm weather means busy beaches and Nova Scotia’s lifeguards will be supervising swimmers starting Saturday, June 29. “Nova Scotians enjoy our many beautiful beaches knowing that there are highly trained lifeguards,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. “I encourage everyone to have fun at our beaches while staying safe.” The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service provides 82 lifeguards to supervise 23 beaches in 12 counties. Last summer, more than 370,000 people visited the beaches and more than 150 rescues took place. “We are hoping for another safe season, but are preparing staff for any incident that could occur,” said Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Director, Paul D’Eon. “All beachgoers are urged to swim between the red and yellow flags that designate the supervised area.” The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service and the Nova Scotia Branch of the Lifesaving Society supervise select beaches. They also guard some federal and municipal beaches. A complete list is available at . The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service also helps government test water quality to ensure the safety of all swimmers.last_img read more

Grande Prairie to allow backyard hens just weeks after Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — While Fort St. John City Council voted against allowing residents to raise backyard hens earlier this year, their cohorts in Grande Prairie voted the opposite, allowing the Swan City’s residents to begin a one year trial program.According to the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie Council vote in favour 5-3 of amending the Animals and Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw to allow backyard hens. The amendment means that 15 livestock exemption permits will be handed out for a one-year trial period. City staff will be collecting data on the trial run before coming back to present to council in six months’ time.Just two weeks before Grande Prairie voted in favour of allowing backyard hens, Fort St. John city council effectively ruled against the practice. Mayor Lori Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. With files from Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune: read more

UPDATE Dust Advisory in Fort St John no longer in effect

first_imgUPDATE: Environment Canada has lifted the Dust Advisory in Fort St. John.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Dust Advisory has been issued for Fort St. John today.Environment Canada issued the advisory due to high levels of road dust in the air. Dust levels have increased due to higher traffic volumes and winter traction material on dry road surfaces. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations. Environment Canada previously issued a Dust Advisory in the Energetic City last week, which was lifted over the weekend. The current advisory was issued late Wednesday.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.Although the current dust concentration in Fort St. John below the Provincial objective, the forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at read more

PotashCorp backs off bigger stake in Israeli company and could end up

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 6:09 am MDT PotashCorp backs off bigger stake in Israeli company and could end up exiting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PotashCorp. of Saskatchewan Inc. could end up exiting its position in Israel Chemicals Ltd. if there’s no chance of getting a bigger stake in the Middle Eastern company.The Saskatoon fertilizer giant said Thursday that it’s setting aside for now attempts to acquire a controlling stake in the Israeli company — an issue that has generated much controversy in the country.Chief financial officer Wayne Brownlee said that PotashCorp wants a deal that’s in the company’s best interests.“I would reiterate if we get to the point in time where we believe that there’s not a transaction that’s possible in the long-term best interests of the company, then we would exit the stock,” Brownlee told financial analysts.“That remains to be the case,” he said on a conference call, after PotashCorp reported a higher first-quarter profit of $556 million.CEO Bill Doyle said PotashCorp’s 14 per cent stake in Israel Chemical Ltd. is a “tremendous” investment and the company looks forward to further opportunities that could become available.Israel Chemicals Ltd. mines potash from the Dead Sea and the Negev desert, as well as in Spain and England. Such an acquisition could help lower delivery costs in global markets such as Asia.Doyle said it’s important to be able to deliver potash economically.“When you have a real good look at this business, you understand the importance of low-cost delivered supply. That should give you a good indication of why we think its advantageous for our stakeholders over the long term,” he said.There has been significant opposition to a foreign takeover of the Israeli company, including from some senior ministers in Israel’s new coalition government, formed in March.PotashCorp (TSX:POT) had itself been the target of a foreign takeover by BHP Billiton, an British-Australian mining giant that later withdrew after Ottawa moved to block the deal amid intense political lobbying by political leaders in Saskatchewan and others.“While we continue to believe that such a transaction would be of tremendous benefit to stakeholders of both companies and the State of Israel, there must be receptivity to foreign investment and certainty in the rules that govern such investment,” Doyle said earlier in a statement.Desjardins Securities analyst John Hughes said PotashCorp’s decision to abandon attempts at gaining a controlling stake in the Israeli company was sound.“We believe management listened to the many concerned shareholders who openly expressed reservations in connection with foreign investment risk associated with ICL,” Hughes said in a research note.“We view this change in strategy as a significant positive event,” Hughes said.Doyle also said a return to strong global growth in 2014 will mean an increase in demand for potash to grow food.“Clearly, India needs more potash,” he said. “There’s huge growth ahead in China.”Growth is also anticipated in Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, as well as Central and South America, Doyle added.In its financial results, PotashCorp said its profit for the quarter amounted to 63 cents per diluted share, ahead of analyst estimates and up from $491 million or 56 cents per share diluted in the same quarter of 2012.However, the company’s guidance for the second quarter is estimated at 70 to 85 cents per share — which was below the consensus estimate of 89 cents per share — and its 2013 guidance remains between $2.75 and $3.25 per share.The global economic slowdown had caused some buyers to delay purchases or draw down inventories, but PotashCorp has said it expects demand to return.Shares in PotashCorp were up 2.7 per cent, or $1.09, to $41.73 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

GPF rank charged with illegal possession of AK47

The rank attached to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was yesterday charged with the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-six year-old Shavon Marks on February 28, 2017 was allegedly in possession of one AK-47 assault rifle and 40 live rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm license.Police prosecutor related that on the day in question, ranks received reports that the accused was planning to sell a firearm. As such, a sting operation was reportedly set up. Shortly after, Marks was seen handing over a package to an individual outside of the Tactical Services Unit headquarters at Eve Leary, and the man drove away shortly after.Police reportedly followed the vehicle and subsequently intercepted it, retrieving the firearm and ammunition. Marks was later arrested and charged with the offense.The Magistrate denied bail to the accused and he was remanded to prison. He is expected to reappear on March 22, 2017 when the matter is set to continue. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice rank charged with illegal possession of AK 47 rile, ammoJune 11, 2015In “Crime”Ak-47 trio remanded for unlicenced possession of guns, ammunitionJanuary 27, 2017In “Court”Five years jail for ex- policeman charged with illegal possession of gun, ammoApril 30, 2015In “Crime” read more

Going deeper Stillwater platinumpalladium mine orders a third Kiruna electric hauler

first_imgStillwater Mining Co (SMC) has tentatively placed an order for a third Kiruna K635ED electric hauler to meet increased production as the company initiates its next development phase – extending its underground electric truck ramp haulage system from 1,067 m above sea level (asl) down to 762 m (asl) – its next development phase to extract ore at lower levels. SMC took delivery of the first two units early last year when it opted for a dedicated ramp below the mine’s shaft bottom (International Mining, September 2011, pp8-18).In four development phases over the next five years Stillwater plans to deepen its electric truck haulage operation by a further 457 m taking it to an elevation of 609 m (asl). In addition to the two 35 t capacity Kiruna trucks already deleivered, ABB also supplied plans and specifications for 1,707 m of overhead trolley line in phase 1, which will increase to approximately 3,660 m over phases 1-4 by 2015. SMC undertook a feasibility study into all of its options in deepening the mine which included: extending the existing shaft using conveyors, expanding its current fleet of diesel trucks as well as the electric ‘trolley’ trucks. The electric trucks were chosen and the reasons are fully explained in the International Mining magazine article.last_img read more

Ariane 5 le cinquantième lancement de la fusée reporté

first_imgAriane 5 : le cinquantième lancement de la fusée reportéGuyane – Prévu ce vendredi à 19 heures (23h en France) sur la base de Kourou, le cinquantième tir d’une fusée de type Ariane 5 a été reporté en raison d’un problème technique.Jean-Yves Le Gall, président d’Arianespace, a annoncé le report du lancement de la fusée Ariane 5 prévu ce soir. Cette décision a été prise suite à la découverte d’un problème sur un sous-système de pressurisation, lors de la phase de préparation du lanceur. “Si nous avons le lanceur le plus sûr du monde, c’est parce que nous savons prendre ce genre de décisions” a souligné Jean-Yves Le Gall.Pour son cinquantième vol, la fusée doit placer en orbite le satellite de télécommunications ASTRA-3B, et le satellite militaire allemand COMSATBw-2. Le vol a été reporté de plusieurs jours et sa date précise sera annoncée en début de semaine.Pour l’heure, le lanceur est de retour dans le bâtiment d’assemblage afin que les techniciens tentent de comprendre ce qui se passe.Le tir, d’abord prévu dans la nuit du 24 au 25 mars, a déjà été reporté de deux jours pour des vérifications complémentaires concernant des composants électroniques qui avaient révélé des dysfonctionnements lors de leur passage en usine, en Europe.Le 26 mars 2010 à 18:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

I told Ancelotti to join Napoli says former Milan general manager

first_imgFormer Milan general manager Ariedo Braida has revealed that he advised Carlo Ancelotti to grab the Napoli job.Braida worked alongside Ancelotti at Milan from 2001 – 2009, during which time the Rossoneri won a Scudetto and two Champions Leagues, and the 72-year-old – now Barcelona’s international sporting advisor – believes the Coach and Napoli are a perfect match, according to Football Italia.“Donnarumma to Barca? Absolutely not, we have two great goalkeepers and we are happy with them,” he told Sport from the Football Leader summit.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both Cillessen and Ter Stegen are starters for their national teams and had great seasons. We don’t need another goalkeeper,” he continued.“Rafinha to Inter? Anything is possible in the transfer market. Negotiations never end in football…“Ancelotti to Napoli? It didn’t surprise me. He’s my friend and I told him they were the right club for him and that he was the right man for them.”last_img read more

Sheriff answers criticism of response to report of missing couple

first_imgClark County Sheriff Garry Lucas defended his department’s actions Monday against criticism from the family of John and Pat Norvell that it responded lackadaisically to information that the couple was missing.The fact that the missing 63-year-olds made no phone calls or registered any kind of bank activity indicated something was amiss, Lucas said, but there was nowhere for searchers to even begin to look for the Norvells, who got stuck in the snow and spent four days last week trapped on a secluded forest road near Mount St. Helens. One of the Norvell’s three children, Leanne Sosa, nonetheless said the detective she spoke with Friday “just wasn’t real responsive.”“If we would have had a little more information about where they were going or what they were doing, we would have had a direction to head,” Lucas said. “It is not unusual for people to go to the beach or Seattle without telling somebody.”Lucas pointed out that people in vehicles can cover a lot of ground in 24 hours. That the Norvells, who live in Salmon Creek, were missing about two days before a missing persons report was filed only expanded the search field.“Let’s say that we would put an airplane in the air, the vehicle was covered beneath 6 inches to 2 feet of snow,” Lucas said. “Given the weather conditions, even if we knew where they were going, in that particular instance, we probably wouldn’t have seen them from the air.”last_img read more

Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait

first_imgNEW HAVEN, Conn. — Connecticut police released thousands of pages Friday from their investigation into the Newtown massacre, providing the most detailed and disturbing picture yet of the rampage and Adam Lanza’s fascination with murder, while also depicting school employees’ brave and clear-headed attempts to protect the children.Included in the file were photographs of the home the 20-year-old Lanza shared with his mother. They show numerous rounds of ammunition, gun magazines, shot-up paper targets, gun cases, shooting earplugs and a gun safe with a rifle in it.A former teacher of Lanza’s was quoted as telling investigators that Lanza exhibited anti-social behavior, rarely interacted with other students and obsessed in writings “about battles, destruction and war.”“In all my years of experience, I have known (redacted) grade boys to talk about things like this, but Adam’s level of violence was disturbing,” the teacher told investigators. The teacher added: “Adam’s creative writing was so graphic that it could not be shared.”The documents’ release marks the end of the investigation into the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.last_img read more

Atkins elected to replace Lucas as Clark County sheriff

first_imgElection results in state and Clark County races can be found at trumped idealism in the race for Clark County sheriff. Retired sheriff’s commander Chuck Atkins, a Republican, received 55.8 percent of the vote to nonpartisan Shane Gardner’s 44 percent, according to early election returns. “I’m very happy,” Atkins said Tuesday night. “The people are saying they’re ready to follow me. I need to buck up, get in there and do the right things.”Gardner, a sergeant who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 16 years, positioned himself as a candidate with new ideas. He focused on community-based policing, improvements to mental health and building partnerships with nonprofit groups.While the social service sector supported Gardner, more traditional bastions of law enforcement backed Atkins. Undersheriff Joe Dunegan, Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik, Corrections Chief Ric Bishop and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs all endorsed Atkins, who worked for the sheriff’s office for 35 years.last_img read more

Colorados legal weed market 700 million in sales last year 1 billion

first_imgWASHINGTON – Legal marijuana was a $700 million dollar industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently released tax data from the state’s Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for purely recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue, with an additional $13 million collected in licenses and fees.The total economic impact of the state’s marijuana industry is likely greater, as these figures don’t include retail sales of products related to marijuana, like pipes and bongs, and they don’t account for increased tourist spending in other segments of Colorado’s economy, like hotels and restaurants.With a full year of data to work with, the state has a clearer picture of what to expect from its marijuana market going forward. Total marijuana tax revenues are now expected to climb to $94 million annually by 2016, according to the latest projections. This would equate to a $1 billion dollar retail market.The revenue figures are high enough that Colorado now finds itself in the enviable situation of having to figure out what to do with all that money. And it’s catching the attention of other states, like Vermont, now considering legalization.But Colorado’s pot businesses aren’t necessarily rolling in dough. Marijuana growers and retailers aren’t eligible for the wide variety of tax deductions available to other businesses, which could take a huge bite out of their profits. Banks are also hesitant to do business with the marijuana industry for fear of a federal crackdown, which makes legal weed a de-facto cash-only proposition, with all of the risks and dangers that entails.last_img read more

Freedom fighter Shahidul Haque Mama dies

first_imgShahidul HaqueValiant Freedom Fighter and commander of Liberation War time guerilla group Mama Bahini, Shahidul Haque Mama died at Al Waker Hospital in Doha, Qatar, last night. He was 67.“He suffered a cardiac arrest on a Qatar Airlines flight from Dhaka to Stockholm on April 28 and was taken to the hospital once the flight landed. Haque was immediately put on life support and breathed his last there around 12 am on Friday,” Mohammad Harunur Rashid Jamaddar, his brother-in-law, told BSS.Haque is survived by wife Syeda Aktarunnesa, son Syed Khalid Bin Haque Shuvo and daughter Syeda Shayla Haque.Rashid said the family is trying to take the body back to Sweden.Haque played an important role in freeing Mirpur of Dhaka city from the occupation of Biharis, the cohorts of the anti-liberation forces, on 31 Jan in 1971.Mama Bahini, the fearless guerrilla group, was constituted under his leadership during the war of liberation to free Mirpur and Mohammadpur areas of Dhaka city from the occupation forces.Haque was the second witness of the war crime case against Abdul Quader Molla, the butcher of Mirpur.He gave sensational but true revelations to the International Crimes Tribunal for passing their verdict of capital punishment for Quader Molla.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of valiant freedom fighter Shahidul Haque.In a condolence message, the prime minister recalled with profound respect the contributions of Shahidul Haque to the great Liberation War.Sheikh Hasina said he played an important role in the anti-autocracy movement and building public opinion for the trial of war criminals.The prime minister prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.last_img read more

HC rejects plea seeking panel to probe fictitious cases

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Sunday turned down the petition filed seeking formation of an independent probe panel to look into the ‘fictitious’ cases filed against leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties, reports UNB.A one-man bench of justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukdar rejected the petition after hearing on it.On 22 November, the High Court fixed Sunday to pass its order over the writ petition.The High Court delivered a split order on the petition on 9 October.The senior member of the two-member HC bench, justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, passed an interim order and issued a rule over the matter while junior member justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the writ.Following the split order, the matter was sent to chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who assigned the new bench to dispose it of.Senior lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and lawyer M Masud Rana stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin and assistant attorney general Helena Begum stood for the state.In the rule, justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury wanted to know why the filing of ‘fictitious’ cases intentionally against the petitioners and leaders and activists of different political parties should not be declared ultra vires and why directives should not be given to take action against those involved in filing these cases.At the same time, the inspector general of police was asked to take steps to monitor and investigate the cases and submit a report before the court in affidavit within 60 days.On 23 September, former Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, lawyer Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition.According to the writ petition, law enforcers filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists between 1 and 20 September.last_img read more

Britains antiEU Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

first_imgStanding with his fellow MEPs, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks to members of the media at a post-European Parliament election press call in London, on 27 May 2019. Anti-EU populist Nigel Farage`s Brexit Party triumphed in European Parliament elections that Britain was never meant to hold, while the ruling Conservatives suffered a historic blow. Photo: AFPAnti-EU populist Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party triumphed early Monday in European Parliament elections that Britain was never meant to hold, while the ruling Conservatives suffered a historic blow.But the polls exposed the divisions that remain three years after Britons voted to leave the European Union, with the pro-EU Liberal Democrats and Greens also making huge gains.Sunday’s election was held against the backdrop of political disarray in Britain that saw prime minister Theresa May last week announce her resignation after failing to deliver Brexit on time.Farage only registered his party in February but with most results declared, it won 28 out of 73 available seats with almost 32 per cent of the vote.Much of this support was at the expense of May’s Conservative party, which slumped to nine per cent of the vote, apparently its worst electoral performance since 1832.But the main opposition Labour party, which has been accused of a confusing position on Brexit, also took a hit with its vote share falling to around 14 per cent.Farage, the lead campaigner in the 2016 referendum to leave the EU, said his party should now have a say in any new Brexit negotiations with Brussels.And he warned that failure to leave the EU on 31 October — the latest Brexit deadline — would see his party replicate its victory in a general election.”We are getting ready for it,” he warned in Southampton as ballots were being counted in his South East region.However, he acknowledged the result reflected a split in nationwide opinion similar to that expressed when Britons voted by 52 to 48 per cent to leave the EU.The Liberal Democrats, who want another referendum with the goal of reversing Brexit, came second with around 20 percent of the vote and 15 MEPs, while the similarly pro-European Greens were on 12 per cent.Main parties hitBritain had planned to leave the EU on 29 March and these European elections were never meant to happen, but parliament’s inability to agree on how to leave has left the country in limbo.Farage said his party won with “a big, simple message, which is we’ve been badly let down by two parties who have broken their promises”.May’s bickering Conservative party — now in the throes of a leadership contest involving much of her current cabinet — had been braced for poor results and barely bothered to campaign.But foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said there was an “existential risk to our party unless we now come together and get Brexit done”.The result for Labour meanwhile triggered a fresh bout of arguing within the party over its strategy, which backs Brexit but holds open the option of a new vote.”This issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said afterwards.Several of his close allies went further, however, including his finance spokesman John McDonnell, who said the party “can’t hide from hit we took last night.”Now we face prospect of Brexiteer extremist as Tory leader & threat of no deal, we must unite our party & country by taking issue back to people in a public vote,” he said on Twitter.No-deal pressure The Conservatives must now decide what they intend to do about the long-suffering EU withdrawal deal May reached with Brussels last year.Parliament has rejected the pact, intended to smooth Britain’s exit, three times and was on course to do so again before May announced she would quit.The EU refuses to re-open the deal, and Conservative leadership favourites such as Boris Johnson have raised the prospect of leaving with no agreement in October.”No one sensible would aim exclusively for a no-deal outcome,” Johnson wrote in Monday’s Daily Telegraph, but added: “No one responsible would take no-deal off the table.”Some analysts think the results from the European elections will force the other UK leadership hopefuls to adopt the same tough line.”Any swing away from the Conservative Party is being interpreted by pretty much all the party leadership candidates as a push toward a harder, serious, no-deal Brexit,” University of Bedfordshire professor Stephen Barber told AFP.However, parliament has voted repeatedly against a “no deal” Brexit, fearing the economic impact.And May’s finance minister Philip Hammond warned on Sunday he might even be prepared to take the drastic step of voting to bring down a future Conservative government in order to avoid this situation.last_img

Painkillers in pregnancy wont cause asthma in kids

first_imgTaking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increase in the risk of asthma in children, finds a study of nearly 500,000 women. Although women taking paracetamol during pregnancy are more likely to have children with asthma, painkillers are not the cause of the risk. Rather it could be the result of chronic pain that the women suffer from, say researchers. “Our interpretation of this is that it’s less likely that drugs are responsible for the asthma. It seems another factor that we have not measured is linked to use of these drugs and asthma risk,” said lead author Seif Shaheen, Professor at the Queen Mary University of London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For example, women who are taking prescribed painkillers are likely to suffer from chronic pain,” Shaheen said. The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, found the risk of asthma in kids was similar when women had been prescribed opioids such, as codeine and tramadol or migraine medication. The increase in risk for asthma at five years of age was 50 per cent for paracetamol, 42 per cent for codeine and 48 per cent for migraine medication. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveElaborating more on the recently conducted study, Shaheen said, “Severe pain, and the stress that it causes, have profound effects on the body, including on levels of some hormones, and there is evidence for a link between high levels of mothers’ stress in pregnancy and increased risk of asthma in the offspring.” For the study, the team examined 492,999 mothers and their children. They looked at the data on prescriptions for different types of painkillers during pregnancy and compared it with the rate of asthma diagnosis in children. Researchers say results should give women reassurance to take painkillers during pregnancy when prescribed by a doctor, and that managing chronic pain during pregnancy is important.last_img read more

Ford Files a Patent to Turn SelfDriving Cars Into Movie Theaters

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals How great would it be if you could watch your favorite film while commuting to work?It’s not that far-fetched a fantasy. One of the top car manufacturers is already considering the idea — Ford recently filed a patent for an “autonomous vehicle entertainment system” that would let people watch videos on the go, according to The Next Web.  Related: Government Tells Google Its A.I. Could Be Considered a Legal DriverBefore you start questioning how one would watch a film and drive at the same time, the patent is intended for self-driving cars only.Just like in-flight entertainment, once the car was in self-drive mode, passengers would be able to turn the projector screen on using flat-panel displays and watch the latest flick.If at any time the driver needs to actually, you know, drive, the screen will rescind into the car’s roof while a secondary display allows passengers in the back to continue watching interrupted.Related: There Will Be 20 Million Self-Driving Cars On the Road by 2025Still, the invention brings into question how reliable self-driving cars really are. Would you be comfortable kicking back with The Fast and the Furious while your car speeds down the highway?Of course, with any patent, there’s no guarantee this will ever be a reality. However, it would make the trip to visit grandma a bit more bearable if it ever does become a Ford feature.  March 9, 2016 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Caribbean hoteliers expect a positive tourism performance in 2017

first_imgIn 2016, Caribbean Tourism fared well and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead in 2017.Announcing the results of the second annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Industry Performance and Outlook Study, Director General and CEO of CHTA, Frank Comito stated, “More than four out of five (81%) hoteliers have an encouraging outlook for tourism in 2017.”Comito explained that the survey conducted by CHTA was undertaken in order to assist the organisation in gaining a better understanding of the state of the tourism economy, its outlook and the degree to which a number of factors impact or may affect the tourism industry.Administered during the first two weeks of this year, the survey polled a representative sampling of hotels throughout the Caribbean of varying sizes and categories. They also evaluated their 2016 performance and 2017 expectations for factors in areas such as employment levels, revenue, profits, capital spending, room occupancy and rates, each forming the basis for assessing the state of the tourism economy.Despite unanticipated factors, the profitability picture improved over the previous year, with 78% of respondents reporting a net profit in 2016. Looking ahead, in 2017 more than two-thirds (67%) anticipate an increase in revenue and 56% expect a slight improvement in profits.About 55% of hotels also increased capital expenditures in 2016, with a quarter of those investing more than 10% over what they did in 2015. “This is a positive sign and an indication of long-term confidence by Caribbean hoteliers in the industry,” added Comito.last_img read more

Going to Scotland v Ireland or England in Glasgow

first_imgGoing to Scotland v. Ireland or England in Glasgow in November? Need somewhere to eat and drink before or after the game? We’ve got some ideas for you.Glasgow is smiles better, as they say. There’s always loads going on, there’s lots of pubs, the nightlife is amazing, and the locals are welcoming – yes, really! And when there’s a Scotland match on, the place is jumping.Whether you donning your kilt in support of The Tartan Army at the forthcoming fixtures being played at Celtic Park, or singing for Ireland or England, we’ve got some great ideas where to go for a pre-match meal or shandy or two, and for a pint and some nosh post-final whistle, and where to make a night of it. Here’s our pick of the best bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés and clubs in Glasgow’s City Centre and East End.Got any good Glasgow tips for food, drink or dancing ’til dawn? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page.1. Coia’s CafeCoias opened for business in 1928, making it quite the institution among Glasgow’s Dennistoun community. It is rated as one of the best Italians in the city, with wonderfully friendly staff serving up steak and plates of pizza, as well as some old school ice-cream sundaes. And if you don’t have time to sit in, its attached deli and take-away doing pasta and pizzas as well as (arguably!) the best fish and chips in Glasgow.2. Dennistoun Bar-B-QueWith its minimal interiors and vintage notice board, this gourmet burger joint describes itself as a ‘typical Texan Dive’. The meat that makes its burgers is smoked in-house and these primate patties are accompanied by various homemade sides and toppings from mac and cheese to huge bags of seasoned fries. They also serve rather good ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches – yes, a meat lover’s heaven. Saying that, their veggie burger is pretty darn tasty too. 7. WEST BreweryHoused in the magnificent Templeton building – modelled on Doge’s Palace in Venice – WEST brewery’s restaurant serves up tasty German cuisine alongside their own artisan lagers and wheat beers. Their chefs are award-winning, as are the beers and is located in Glasgow Green, one of the nicest parts of the city.8. The Pot StillNo trip to Glasgow is complete without a wee dram in this traditional Scottish pub, stocked with over 300 different whiskies, displayed proudly behind its ornate bar. Given its location near Glasgow’s best theatres it’s a haunt for actors, and theatre-goers alike, along with whisky aficionados, hard-bitten journalists, hard-drinking regulars, and enthusiastic tourists. It really is a quintessentially Glaswegian experience. 4. McChuillsCeltic season ticket holder David Barrett believes it is ‘quite possibly the coolest pub in the town if you’re into good music’. Handily located 15 minutes from Celtic Park, this pub is known for its lively atmosphere before matches, having plenty of space under its low-lying arch roof for fans to have a drink before kick-off.5. The Duchess of Duke StreetThis welcoming gastropub is a new addition to the many trendy bars and restaurants popping up along Glasgow’s once gloomy Duke Street. Its tastefully decorated interiors and fine selection of drinks and deli-style sharing platters make it a great stop if you’re in a group needing to fuel yourself for the day ahead.6. The Vintage at DrygateA curling free kick away from Glasgow’s gothic Necropolis, Drygate is the UK’s first ‘experiential brewery’. Pull up a bench in the beer hall, take the Glasgae air on the ‘beer terrace’ and line your stomach with a sharing platter, which includes some more adventurous options like octopus pastrami. Wash this lot down with a beer from one of their 24 rotating taps and 200 bottles. Get 15% off food on match days if you book in advance, either online or by phone if you mention the exclusive discount code ‘Skyscanner’. 9. Flat 0/1Relive your student years in this unique bar and venue, styled to look like a university flat with its retro TVs, double bed, bath tub chairs hanging from the ceiling and a host of other pieces of quirky furniture and décor. Enjoy a white Russian and some good music in this ultra-hipster hangout. Singing Oasis and putting traffic cones on statues on your way home is optional.10. Sub ClubGlasgow’s nightlife really is buzzing, with a whole host of different late-night bars and nightclubs, playing everything from 80s to reggae to hardstyle, but none quite have the acclaim of the legendary, infamous (etc etc) Sub Club. This basement club attracts some of the world’s most-respected DJs and is continuously voted as one of the best clubs in the world (let alone Glasgow). 2014 is a big year for the club, as trusted Subculture residents, Harri & Domenic are celebrating 20 years in the house, and Sensu, their monthly residents, are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. Despite its popularity and loyal clientele, its drink prices remain reasonable and is always busy. Fixtures:Scotland v. Ireland, European Championship Qualifying – Group D – Friday 14 November, 7.45pmInternational Friendly, Scotland v. England Tuesday 18 November 8pmMore info:Find out more and get tickets for Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers on the Scottish FA official websiteMore about Glasgow:11 best things to see and do in GlasgowNeed somewhere to stay after the footie? Find a hotel in Glasgow. And if you haven’t booked your transport yet, find the best price on flights to Glasgow on Skyscanner.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. BlackfriarsLocated in Glasgow’s trendy Merchant City, Blackfriars stands out among other bars in the area for its staggering selection of craft beers and real ales (that are poured straight from the cask) with staff that are happy to give you advice on what to try. Their straight-up pub grub is spot-on too, so if you like your proper beer, and you need filling up, make it a pit-stop on you way to the game. 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