Spain Arrests 12 in Pornographic Network Exploiting Moroccan Children

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – The nightmare has ended for the Moroccan children. Spanish authorities have dismantled a child pornography network exploiting minors, including Moroccan children, in the production of pornographic images and videos.After months of investigations, Spanish police have arrested 12 people. The 12 were behind a network that produced and distributed pornographic films of minors via the internet. More than one million child pornography films were seized.A joint statement from the Spanish Civil Guard and the Catalan police, broadcast on Wednesday, June 20, reports that “a large part of the child pornographic material broadcast was produced by the criminal network itself, through the sexual exploitation of minors in a situation of socioeconomic precariousness, originating from the cities of Barcelona, Tortosa, Valencia and Morocco.” The videos of 80 minors, filmed during trips between 2000 and 2015 were also exploited by a criminal gang in Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and France.The investigation was launched when the Directorate-General for the Protection of Children and Adolescents noticed a suspicious case at the Tortosa Education Center in north-east Spain. The manager contacted the police, who discovered a residence prepared for the recording of child pornography videos. read more

AU Commission President Faki Mahamet Encourages Morocco-Algeria Dialogue

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – Mahamat also reaffirmed the AU’s support for any initiative to promote the revival of regional cooperation.“The President of the Commission has welcomed the will expressed by the King of Morocco, and reaffirmed the support of the African Union for any initiative likely to promote the revival of regional cooperation,” said Mahamat’s statement in response to King Mohammed VI’s Royal Speech on the 43rd anniversary of the Green March.In his speech to the nation, the sovereign said that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with Algeria and proposed the setting up of a joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation in order to settle the differences impeding the development of bilateral relations between the two countries. Morocco and Algeria share the world’s longest closed land border, and relations have suffered from their differing positions on the Western Sahara conflict.Several Arab, African, and European countries have commended the royal initiative to open new perspectives for peace, stability, and development in the Maghreb. read more

BlackBerry Ltd unveils BlackBerry Radar tracking system at trucking show

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry has unveiled a tracking system intended to help trucking companies and car fleet operators improve delivery times, reduce theft and lower costs.Dubbed BlackBerry Radar, the device can monitor location, temperature, humidity and cargo, all in an effort to help companies optimize how they use their trailers and shipping containers.BlackBerry Radar, which operates on cloud-based software, can be used to alert users when a trailer door opens or closes, or inform warehouse workers when a trailer is approaching.BlackBerry Ltd’s hardware business may soon be goneFacebook dropping BlackBerry support in latest blow to smartphone makerThe Waterloo, Ont.-based company says the encrypted information provided by the tracking system should help workers make profitable decisions.BlackBerry revealed the new product at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.It has partnered with a number of companies for a pilot program and expects to have the device available to the public this summer.The announcement comes a day before the company is due to release its fourth quarter and annual earnings reports Friday.Some industry watchers have been speculating BlackBerry may withdraw from the smartphone hardware business if sales for its newest device, the Priv, have faltered since its November 2015 launch. read more

WatchMexico wont ratify new NAFTA if US keeps tariffs on steel and

October 7, 2019 0 Comments

“Now that we have concluded our NAFTA negotiation with the United States, we believe it is all the more reason for the U.S. administration to lift its tariffs,” Austen said Sunday, although he did not say specifically whether the issue would lead to a delay in ratification.If the tariffs aren’t lifted, de la Mora suggested Mexico is fine with the current version of NAFTA that remains in force.“We hope to have this new agreement in place. But in the absence of the new agreement, we know that NAFTA is good enough,” she said.Mexico would prefer the updated agreement “for the relations we have with the U.S. and Canada but we are OK with the current NAFTA.”Mexican senators, who were in Ottawa the past week to conference with their Canadian parliamentary counterparts, echoed de la Mora’s assessment.“We are going to approve it, but right now our government is trying to deal with this (the tariffs),” Sen. Antares Guadalupe said in an interview.“We’re not in a rush. Trade right now, it’s working,” she added. “We have many things to do but we want to take it slowly because it is very important to have it in a very good way for Mexico.”Sen. Hector Vasconcelos, the head of the Mexican Senate’s foreign-affairs committee, said the ratification of the new agreement is also subject to the domestic political situations in all three countries. That includes the ongoing turmoil in the Trump administration and Canada’s legislative clock, which will see the House of Commons adjourn in June until after the October federal election.Asked what happens if the new agreement is not ratified, Vasconcelos laughed.“Life goes on, I assure you,” he said, referring to the current NAFTA. “It’s good enough and we will try to get it better. That’s what we are going to do. We have to discuss a lot in Mexico.” Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo OTTAWA — Mexico’s Congress will be asked to approve a major labour-reform bill this spring as a necessary step to ratifying the new North American free-trade pact later this autumn, say Mexican officials.But unless the Trump administration lifts the punishing tariffs it has imposed on Mexican steel and aluminum imports — duties it also imposed on Canada — Mexico is prepared to keep the status quo with the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.The push to improve workers’ rights in Mexico was a key priority for Canada and the United States during the rocky NAFTA renegotiation because they wanted to level the playing field between their workers and lower-paid Mexican workers, especially in the auto sector.When Mexico and the U.S. reached their surprise bilateral agreement last August, forcing the Trudeau government to quickly forge a deal with the Trump administration, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland lauded Mexico for making labour concessions. Not ratifying NAFTA will be a ‘catastrophe,’ U.S. trade czar says, as U.S. works to lift metals tariffs Canada won’t ratify new NAFTA until steel and aluminum tariffs lifted, warns key U.S. Senator Mexico threw Canada ‘under the bus’ with bilateral trade deal with U.S., Liberal MP tells Mexican minister But a senior trade official in the new government of socialist reformer Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested in an interview it wasn’t a huge sacrifice because elevating the status of country’s workers was a key plank in the platform that brought their Morena party to power.Lopez Obrador made it clear in his election campaign that he wanted to strengthen the rights of workers and labour unions, which made a good fit with Canada’s bargaining position, Luz Maria de la Mora, Mexico’s deputy trade minister, said in an interview.“With the agreement or without the agreement, this is something central to President Lopez Obrador — strengthening workers’ rights and strengthening trade deals in Mexico,” said de la Mora.She said the new government wants a package of labour reform ratified in Mexico’s Congress before its April 30 adjournment “so we can reflect the commitments that we’ve made under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement in domestic legislation.”That means the new agreement will be sent to the Mexican Congress for ratification after it reconvenes in Sept. 1, she said.But that won’t happen unless the United States lifts its so-called section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, said de la Mora.With the agreement or without the agreement, this is something central to President Lopez Obrador — strengthening workers’ rights and strengthening trade deals in MexicoLuz Maria de la Mora, Mexico’s deputy trade minister U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum from Mexico and Canada, using the controversial national-security clause in U.S. trade law — “Section 232,” as it’s called in shorthand — that both countries say was illegal.Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau recently told Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, during a public panel in Washington that the tariffs are “a serious impediment to us moving forward on what is the best trade deal in the world.”On Nov. 30, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who was on his last day in office, signed the new trade agreement. It now faces ratification by the legislatures of all three countries.Trudeau spoke to Trump on Thursday and “raised the issue of steel and aluminum tariffs and expressed the need for the removal of tariffs,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.Canada has been clear from the outset that the tariffs “are illegal and unjustified,” said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Freeland.Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has made it clear that elevating the status of the country’s workers was a key plank in the platform that brought his party to power. read more

ExJPMorgan execs regulators pressed about 62B trading loss

October 4, 2019 0 Comments

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 5:02 pm MDT Ex-JPMorgan execs, regulators pressed about $6.2B trading loss AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Two former high-ranking executives at JPMorgan Chase faced tough questions from senators Friday about why the bank played down risks and hid losses from regulators when it was losing billions of dollars.The hearing was held a day after the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations issued a scathing report that ascribed widespread blame for $6.2 billion in trading losses to key executives at the nation’s biggest bank.Douglas Braunstein, the former chief financial officer, and Ina Drew, the former chief investment officer overseeing trading strategy, were pressed to explain why bank executives gave federal examiners in April information that significantly understated losses for the first quarter of 2012.“The number I reported (to the regulators) was the number that was given to me,” said Drew, who resigned last spring after the losses became public.Drew blamed the losses on executives under her watch who failed to control risks out of the London office. She said that undermined her oversight and kept her from preventing the losses.The report also suggested that CEO Jamie Dimon was aware of the losses in April, even while he played them down publicly. And Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the panel, implied that Dimon set a precedent at the bank for withholding information.Dimon acknowledged in May 2012 that the firm had lost $2 billion on risky trades out of its London office. The losses have since been revised to more than $6 billion.After reading the report and hearing executives testify that they didn’t know who was responsible for informing regulators, members of the panel questioned whether the nation’s biggest bank had become too large to manage.The “trading culture at JPMorgan … piled on risk, hid losses, disregarded risk limits, manipulated risk models, dodged oversight and misinformed the public,” Levin said Friday at the hearing.New York-based JPMorgan acknowledges that it made mistakes but rejects any assertions that it concealed losses or risks.The bank said in a statement Friday, “We have made regrettable errors and overhauled our risk policies to correct these mistakes, but senior executives always provided information to regulators and the public that they believed to be accurate.”Dimon was not a witness at Friday’s hearing.In April, news reports said a trader in JPMorgan’s London office known as “the whale” had taken huge risks that were roiling the markets. Dimon immediately dismissed the reports as a “tempest in a teapot” during a conference call with analysts.But Dimon acknowledged the losses a month later. And he told a separate Senate committee in June that the bank showed “bad judgment,” was “stupid” and “took far too much risk.” He also had his compensation last year reduced by 50 per cent, as did Braunstein.After the trading loss came to light, Drew resigned after 30 years with the firm and voluntarily paid back two years of salary.Drew said Friday that while she doesn’t believe she bore personal responsibility for the losses, she decided to step down to make it easier for JPMorgan “to move beyond these issues.” Her comments were her first public remarks since leaving the firm.Braunstein acknowledged that risk models for the trading operation were changed in a way that was improper early last year. The changes made the bank’s trading losses appear smaller than they were.The loss came less than four years after the 2008 financial crisis and hurt the reputation of a bank that had come through the crisis known for taking fewer risks than its competitors. Three employees in the London office were fired — two senior managers and a trader. It also led to Drew’s resignation.The subcommittee report was also critical of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, JPMorgan’s primary regulator. It said the Treasury agency failed to investigate the trading even when the London operation repeatedly blew through pre-set risk limits and it failed to notice when the unit didn’t submit required reports for several months.The agency acknowledged that there were shortcomings in its oversight of JPMorgan.“There were red flags that we failed to notice and act upon,” Comptroller Thomas Curry testified at Friday’s hearing. read more

Apple cofounder is bringing us an even nerdier Comic Con

October 3, 2019 0 Comments

Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier ‘Comic Con’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak smiles while interviewed in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Wozniak is helping to create the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, which will be held from March 18-20, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SAN FRANCISCO – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley.The convergence will occur March 18-20 in San Jose, California, with the debut of Silicon Valley Comic Con. It’s a new twist on an idea that has brought together fans of science fiction, fantasy and superheroes at packed shows held around the world for years.“I don’t like doing the same thing as everyone else,” Wozniak told The Associated Press Wednesday. So he teamed with four other partners to try something slightly different.Throwing technology into the mix should ratchet up the nerd vibe that ripples through all Comic Cons. A sold-out crowd of about 30,000 engineers, entrepreneurs and pop-culture connoisseurs is expected to swarm into the Silicon Valley event.The agenda includes a panel devoted to the quantum realm and an “app alley” featuring products from technology startups. The marquee attractions on the entertainment side include William Shatner from the original “Star Trek” and “Back To The Future” stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.Wozniak, 65, is confident the hybrid convention will be a hit.“The emotions we have for technology now are the same as we get for movies, celebrities and the whole pop culture side of our lives,” he said.That veneration of technology helped turn Wozniak’s late partner, Steve Jobs, into an icon — and his October 2011 death into a worldwide wake.Wozniak himself has become better known through recent movies that retold the story of Jobs and Apple, as well as his guest appearances on TV shows such as “Dancing With The Stars” and “The Big Bang Theory.” He now works at a Silicon Valley startup, Primary Data, and also spends about a third of the year on the road, mostly giving speeches and making other public appearances.“Everyone I go in the world, people just say, ‘Thank you, thank you,’ even if they don’t happen to own an Apple product,” Wozniak said. “They are just saying thank you for being a part of it all and want to show their love.”Silicon Valley Comic Con is the first major event that Wozniak has backed since the early 1980s. While on leave from Apple following an airplane crash, he financed the US Festivals, a pair of three-day concerts held in the southern California desert. The events, which featured top acts such as The Police, The Talking Heads, The Clash, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac, drew massive crowds yet still managed to lose about $26 million, according to Wozniak.He said that won’t happen at Silicon Valley Comic Con, which has already sold enough tickets to turn a profit. Some tickets, which cost from $25 to $99, are still available, though a sold-out crowd of about 30,000 people is expected.“Ever since starting Apple, I have had the mentality that you should make a profit,” Wozniak said. “That was Steve Jobs’ big role (at Apple). He believed you start a company to make a profit because that is the only way you are going to go on to build other great things.”Jobs frowned upon Wozniak’s involvement in the US Festivals and probably wouldn’t have thought much of Silicon Valley Comic Con, according to Wozniak.“He would have been at it in his very early days, but people change and personalities settle in,” Wozniak said. “He became more of the businessman taking the world forward with things like the Apple computer.”Although Apple hasn’t introduced another hit product since Jobs’ death, Wozniak doesn’t believe the company has lost the “innovation magic” that hatched the iPod, iPhone and iPad during the final decade of its late CEO’s tenure.“Apple is in great shape to innovate for the next 200 years, just with their cash (totalling $216 billion),” he said. “That buys a lot of failure. One of the things about innovation is you have to risk failure.”Wozniak is hoping Silicon Valley Comic Con inspires some of the engineers and other entrepreneurs in attendance to gamble on ideas that may seem a little kooky.“A lot of science fiction starts out as a dream in your head where you go, ‘Wow, that would be cool,’ and then you have the actual technology people turn it into reality,” Wozniak said. “That is the process of creation.”___Online: by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 7:00 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Opinion Peyton Mannings numbers dont make him the greatest quarterback in NFL

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws the ball during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 5 in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals, 41-20.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen Peyton Manning broke the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown record last week with the 509th of his illustrious career, many wondered if the former Colt and current Bronco is now officially the greatest quarterback in the NFL’s history.He very well could be, but, in my opinion, breaking that record does not change a single thing.The man whose record Manning just topped? Brett Favre.Favre — even while he held the record — was rarely in the conversation surrounding who the best quarterback ever is.And the man Favre grabbed the record from back in 2007? Dan Marino. Marino, again, a great quarterback, but not easily classified as the greatest.The reason for those two not being the top quarterbacks of all time, even while each holding the career passing touchdowns and yardage records, is simple — championships.And it is the same reason why I believe Manning — for now, at least — stacks up a rung short of the top.Between Manning, Favre and Marino — the three greatest quarterbacks ever if you go by their individual passing yards and touchdowns — there are only two championship rings. Favre won one in a 20-year career, Manning has won one in a 17-year career and Marino never won a Super Bowl in 17 seasons.Manning is 11-12 in the playoffs. He has won 70 percent of his regular season games, but holds a losing record when it really counts.That is something that cannot be overlooked.Now, of course, wins and losses are team accomplishments and it is not fair to put it all on the quarterback. But Manning’s game has taken a step down in the postseason, beyond losing more games.In his career in the regular season, Manning has thrown 0.43 interceptions for every touchdown pass. Come playoff time, that number soars up to 0.65.In Super Bowls, Manning has thrown more picks than touchdowns. He averages more than two passing touchdowns per game in his career in the regular season, but has never thrown more than one in each of his three Super Bowl appearances.Heck, even in 2006 — the year Manning won his only ring — he threw seven interceptions compared to three touchdowns in the playoffs. That’s not simply just a step down for a great, that’s downright lousy.Karl Malone might have more points than Michael Jordan, but no one will ever mistake the Mailman for being in the discussion for the greatest basketball player ever.That is for the most part because Malone never won a championship, while Jordan elevated his already-phenomenal regular season play in the playoffs. By the end of Jordan’s career, he was six-for-six in the NBA Finals.Similarly, Joe Montana, a great regular season quarterback in his own right, stepped it up to another level when it really mattered. In four Super Bowl appearances, Montana never lost — and never threw an interception.Regular season statistics are great, but, at the end of the day, teams are after the pursuit of the gold. If Manning can add another championship before his career ends — which is rapidly approaching — the book can certainly be reopened.But for now, Manning’s accolades are not enough to lift him into the greatest ever until he can prove to have something different than the regular season wonders before him. read more

The Honeycomb Statue Lands on Googles Lawn

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgToday, Google rolled its latest statue, Honeycomb, out onto its lawn, joining Google’s growing number of dessert statues. Justin Mattson, a developer advocate at Google, tweeted the above picture with the message, “Honeycomb arrives. I think we’re getting more fanciful with these things.” They even incorporated the little Android robot in this statue, but I seriously fear for his safety up against that giant bee. AdChoices广告Google’s lawn is starting to look like a little dessert party! I have one thing to say: Nom nom nom.last_img read more

Dennis Rodmans gifts for Kim Jongun include Trumps book and a mermaid

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Jun 15th 2017, 8:29 AM Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 8:29 AM Source: Kim Kwang Hyon/APDENNIS RODMAN HAS delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea — sort of.The former NBA player gave the country’s sports minister a copy of Trump’s book The Art of the Deal today, a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.It wasn’t signed by Trump, who was Rodman’s boss for two seasons of the Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show. Rodman has said his visit has nothing to do with the White House.While his previous visits in 2013 and 2014 often drew controversy, Rodman has said this week he’s just here to meet old friends and have a good time. He and his small entourage have been spending time with young North Korean basketball players and visiting local sights.He watched a North Korean men’s basketball team and met Sports Minister Kim Il Guk. Along with the Trump book, other gifts he presented for Kim Jong-un include a copy of Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection, a mermaid puzzle, two sets of soap and two autographed jerseys. Rodman poses with North Korean Olympic athletes Source: Kim Kwang HyonRodman also met North Korean Olympic athletes, including judo gold medalist An Kum Ae.“All of you guys should be proud of yourselves, because, you know, a lot of people don’t give you guys credit, because this is such a small country, and not many people from North Korea can compete around the world,” Rodman said.He continued: “But for you guys to come back here in your country, with a medal, that says a lot about North Korea, because people don’t really take North Korea so seriously about sports or anything like that.”‘An old friend’ Rodman, one of the only Westerners to have personally met Kim Jong-un, has been criticised for a previous trip where he sang Happy Birthday to Kim and suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologised.The sports minister made clear Rodman is viewed fondly in Pyongyang.“In the past, our respected supreme leader met you several times and he used his precious time to watch the basketball match with the players you brought here. In the past he met you, so our people all know you well,” Kim Il Guk told Rodman. “And also we feel that you are an old friend.”No role in student’s release Rodman’s arrival on Tuesday came just hours after the North decided to release Otto Warmbier, an American university student who had been imprisoned for 15 years with hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda banner.Warmbier, who had been confined for 17 months, apparently fell into a coma not long after his confinement began and Pyongyang issued a statement today saying it decided to let him go for “humanitarian reasons”. Otto Warmbier Source: Kim Kwang Hyon/APOfficials in Washington and Pyongyang said Rodman played no role in the release. Behind-the-scenes discussions regarding Warmbier had been underway well before his visit.The 22-year-old Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea’s Supreme Court in March 2016. He got 15 years in prison with hard labour for subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal the propaganda banner.His father, Fred Warmbier, told Fox News his son was “terrorised and brutalised” and has been in a coma for more than a year.The report of Warmbier’s release on the North’s official Korean Central News Agency made no mention of Warmbier’s health. Although US citizens are not banned from visiting North Korea, the US State Department strongly advises against it.With Warmbier’s release, three other Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea.Read: US student who fell into coma while imprisoned in North Korea returned homeRead: Dennis Rodman thinks Trump is ‘pretty happy’ he’s going back to North Korea Share45 Tweet Email 14 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dennis Rodman’s gifts for Kim Jong-un include Trump’s book and a mermaid puzzle He also gave a copy of Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection, two sets of soap and two autographed jerseys. 16,628 Views By Associated Presslast_img read more

Spirit Airlines encourages travelers to demand their money back

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIRAMAR, Fla., July 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For decades, the major airlines have been playing a psychological trick on their passengers. They charge people very high airfares, and then tell them they are giving away different items and services for “free.” In reality those airlines are forcing all of their customers to pay for those items upfront with bundled, all-inclusive fares. Spirit Airlines wants air travelers to know they’ve been bundled by other airlines and is giving travelers a way to fight back.Every product or service on an airline has a built-in cost: Agents handling bags and printing boarding passes, the cost of beverages, food, and magazines and stocking these items on planes, and the extra costs in fuel for the added weight of carry-on bags and in-flight entertainment systems, just to name a few. Many consumers don’t realize that airlines pass those costs on to their customers and, even if the product or service isn’t used, the airline still financially benefits.“Bundling is a practice that, at best, is less-than-transparent,” said Spirit’s President and CEO Ben Baldanza. “When airlines tell their customers the item or service is free, it just isn’t true. We feel air travelers should only have to pay for what they want or need – not be forced to pay for everything an airline may offer. We did the math on all those unused items and it adds up to billions of customer dollars.”At Spirit, customers pay for their seat and a personal item to get them from point A to point B. Spirit calls this their Bare Fare®. If you want other options they are available, but Spirit puts you in charge by allowing you to pay only for what you want, not what you don’t. This is called Frill Control®. This unbundled approach allows Spirit customers to pay the lowest total price for air travel. According to the Department of Transportation, Spirit’s fares are 40 percent less than other airlines, on average. Even after adding optional items Spirit’s total price is still 30 – 35 percent lower, making Spirit the smart choice for air travel.To understand the impact of airline bundling, Spirit conducted a nationwide study of air travelers regarding their most recent flight. The survey reveals that many passengers skip the complimentary services that they paid for in a bundled price. For example, one in four (25%) passengers didn’t bring a “complimentary” carry-on bag, but likely had to pony up as much as $35 within their ticket price for that amenity. In some cases, customers lost that money because the overhead bin space was full, and they were forced to have their bag checked. With 586 million travelers on major airlines in 2014, Spirit estimates customers spent more than $5 billion on carry-on bags that they didn’t use.It may seem small, but the costs for those “free” snacks add up too. Twenty percent of passengers skipped the complimentary snacks, but may have been charged up to $3.50 for each one. That’s approximately $410 million of unused snacks that airlines benefited from by charging their customers in the price of their ticket.To help air travelers understand this long-held less-than-transparent practice, Spirit has introduced a vigilante lawyer team called “The Unbundlers” dedicated to getting air travelers their money back. The fictitious, but hilariously-truthful duo encourages travelers who have been bundled to directly calculate how much money they lost as a result of not checking a bag, passing on ‘free’ soda, or not using various other products and services. They can demand their money back by posting a message on Twitter to the offending airline. You can see The Unbundlers in action at“It’s a fun way to point out a serious issue,” said Baldanza. “At Spirit we pride ourselves on being very upfront and honest about what you get – and what you don’t – when you purchase tickets on our airline. All airlines should be as transparent with their customers and should let them know exactly what they’re paying for.”Other results of the survey, conducted by Toluna Research for Spirit Airlines:25% of air travelers did not bring a carry-on20% skipped the snack (peanuts, chips, etc.)21% said no to coffee, tea, or soda40% didn’t read the in-flight magazine41% didn’t check-in with an agent52% didn’t use WiFi (however other surveys suggest WiFi usage is below 10%)It’s time to take a stand against being bundled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:spirit airlineslast_img read more

Mother killed in Clairemont area stabbing

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

If Worlds Premiere Sports Media Company Cant Sustain a Tennis Magazine Who

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe market for tennis magazines is pretty small. Now it’s even smaller.Tennis Week announced yesterday that it is going on print hiatus, shifting focus to its Web site. Not surprising, given the enormous challenges all magazine publishers are facing at the moment. That is, until you consider the magazine’s publisher: IMG.To the uninitiated, IMG is “the world’s premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company. We partner with the world’s leading marketers and media networks to help them grow their businesses through our event properties, media production and distribution, talent brands, sponsorship consulting, brand licensing, sponsorship sales and other services.” They’re also, like, the most powerful sports management firm in the world, with more than 60 offices in 30 countries representing more than 1,000 athletes and a client list that reads like a hall of fame.Check out IMG’s roster of tennis players alone: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, James Blake, Venus Williams.If they can’t sustain a tennis magazine, who can?Here’s the spin on Tennis Week from the top IMG executives:Brandusa Niro, SVP of IMG Publishing: “This is a timely evolution of the Tennis Week brand and a shift in format based on reader and viewer demand. We certainly respect the heritage of the Tennis Week print edition, but covering the game these days requires immediacy and urgency, and we must address the new media habits of tennis fans. They want instant news, they want video, and they want content that moves as fast as the game itself.”Lee Rosenbaum, VP: “If your beat is seasonal gardens, a magazine printed 6-8 times a year can do the job.  But for the fast news cycle of sports, the digital space is the answer. Both the consumer and advertising tennis marketplace made this decision for us—and it’s one we embrace as having considerable upside.  And as a company so committed to tennis, content and production, IMG is uniquely positioned to really grow in scope, scale and quality.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of July 22 2018

September 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, July 22, 2018:180885 — Pinto — 7 Allenhurst Way Wilmington180894 — Desantis — 14 Somerset Place Wilmington180942 — Shade Tree Removal Hearing — 33 Dadant180951 — Board of Appeals — Nouria Town Correia180958 — Planning Board — 220 Main Street180960 — Desantis — 14 Somerset Place Wilmington180961 — Gauthier Estate Wilmington180964 — Bid — Lawrence St Sidewalk Installation180976 — Conservation Commission — 23 Pinewood Road180977 — Conservation Commission — 15 Floradale Avenue180978 — Conservation Commission — 95 Glen Road180979 — Conservation Commission — 2 Sequoia Drive180981 — Conservation Commission — 9-11 Sewell Road180982 — Conservation Commission — 18 Seneca Lane180983 — Conservation Commission — 205 Salem Street180984 — Conservation Commission — 458 Main Street180985 — Conservation Commission — Clifton Street180988 — Board of Health — Section 8 and 22180992 — Valenti — Main St Wilmington(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Berkowitz kills controversial road project

September 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe letter from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken came out late Friday afternoon.A contentious road project in the municipality of Anchorage is being dealt a fatal blow.In a  letter sent out just ahead of the weekend to State’s Commissioner of Transportation, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz withdrew the city’s support for the Northern Access Project, also known as the Bragaw or Elmore Extension.“We made the decision because in this time of fiscal austerity at the state level, there needs to be a distinction between wants and needs,” Berkowitz said by phone.Citing funding contingencies and complex designs that could put the municipality on the hook paying the cost for construction overages, Berkowitz is asking the Legislature to re-appropriate the $15-17 million balance of funds left to pay for the project. He wants the remainder to go to the Port of Anchorage Modernization Project.“The port is the most pressing need that we have here in Anchorage, and in fact it’s one of the most pressing needs in the state,” Berkowitz said. “80-90 percent of the goods in all Alaska cross through that port, and we’re one seismic event away from a disaster.”The Northern Access Project faced major opposition from community and environmental groups, as well as criticism over its costs, which were conservatively estimated at about $20 million for a two-lane road seven-tenths of a mile long.Though the letter is a serious blow to the project, Berkowitz hesitated characterizing it as “dead.”“I’ve spent enough time around Juneau to know that every project becomes its own Lazarus after a while,” Berkowitz said. “It just means that for the time being we’re not going to be proceeding with it.”Supporters of the project, including area hospitals and the University of Alaska Anchorage, say the road extension is necessary to accommodate increasing traffic into the U-Med District.last_img read more

Orthodox Christmas in Sitka

September 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgJanuary 6, 2017 is Christmas Eve in Orthodox Christian parishes across Alaska. Orthodox faithful will go from house to house on foot, in cars or on snow machines, singing carols and sharing food behind a shiny, spinning pinwheel which represents the Star of Bethlehem.Listen nowAlthough most Orthodox Christmas traditions were brought intentionally to Alaska by the Russians during the colonial era, the spinning star was not one of them.The Reverend Michael Oleksa is the parish priest in Sitka, and a leading historian of Orthodox Christianity in the state. He says why Alaskan Orthodox follow a spinning star remains a mystery.OLEKSA: “Starring began in what at the time was the Austro-Hungarian Empire — not Russia at all — where the Orthodox Church was forbidden. Catholicism was allowed, but not Orthodoxy. So the peasants in those mountains developed a series of folk customs, including following a star — a pinwheel-shaped device — usually just mounted on a stationary pole or stick and carried from house to house. And like the Magi following the star to Bethlehem, the carolers followed the star. In one county — just one that I know of — in the region around the western Ukraine, the city of Ternopil, they spin the stars. So somehow that tradition — not just the singing and following the star — but the spinning of the star lept from western Ukraine to Alaska, 100-150 years ago. We don’t know how they did that. Because in between the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine and northern Slovakia and eastern Romania — between there and here — no one would have heard anything about starring. It would be unknown in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Maybe Kiev, because it’s the capital of Ukraine, and the Ukraine has adopted it as a national custom. But 12 time zones away and nothing in between, how did starring come to Alaska? Who brought it here? And the answer to that is we have no idea.”last_img read more

Smart HiMirror Is Your Outspoken Skincare Therapist

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Not you, teeming with wrinkles, red spots, and dark circles.The interactive HiMirror smart mirror uses a built-in camera to analyze skin, track skincare goals, and record the results of various products.It also reveals all your imperfections: exposed pores, dark spots, fine lines, roughness.A harsh critic, the tablet-like device—available in Mini and Plus—promises a “revolutionary new approach” to the daily beauty routine.On display at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the HiMirror has received a lot of attention, perhaps for its confidence-diminishing rating system, which scores your skin on a scale from one (worst) to 100 (best).(CNET reporter Ashlee Clark-Thompson earned a 24.5 for dark circles, while The Verge’s Ashley Carman snagged ratings “within the 90s, not to brag or anything.”)“More than just a mirror, HiMirror helps you assess your skin’s condition,” according to the product page, “so that you can effectively and efficiently target problem areas and move toward your beauty goals.”Users can sync skin analysis results—including monthly historical pictures and solution data—with a smartphone, allowing access to beauty advice “anytime, anywhere.” The companion app also highlights climate and UV index reports.The 14-inch touchscreen allows users to go beyond the looking glass with an integrated “entertainment center,” where you’ll find news stories, weather forecasts, makeup tutorials, and streaming music.Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, meanwhile, can provide hands-free information while you contour; wave your hands at the screen or point the remote control to complete tasks, as well.LED lights adorn each side of the mirror to simulate various scenarios: a sunset view, standing outside on a sunny day, working in a brightly lit office, shopping at the mall or supermarket, and spending the evening at a restaurant or party venue.“These settings help you apply your makeup appropriately for the occasion and location,” the HiMirror website said.Customers can order the original smart mirror for $199 direct from HiMirror. Or, splurge on the increased capacity of the Plus ($269) or Alexa capabilities of the Plus+ ($299). The award-winning HiMirror Mini is expected to hit U.S. shelves this summer.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag. Stay on target Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 last_img read more

Mamata calls for steps to bring down ATC loss below 10 percent

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for necessary steps to bring down the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (ATC) loss, that the state Power department incurs, to below 10 percent.The Chief Minister held a review meeting to take stock of the power sector in the state. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister, along with senior officials of the department, was present in the meeting.Banerjee has also set up a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De. The committee will look into the steps needed to be taken to bring down the ATC loss. It will be holding review meetings every month. At present, the ATC loss stands at 28 percent and the Chief Minister has directed to bring it below 10 percent. Sources said that the Chief Minister had discussed about the issue in details with the state Power minister and the concerned officials in Thursday’s meeting.Sources said it has been clearly stated that it will be the responsibility of the department to make up the loss. The Chief Minister will also be holding review meetings in this connection every two to three months.Soon after getting the direction of the Chief Minister, the officials of the department have started taking necessary steps to check ATC loss.It may be recalled that the state Power department has initiated steps to check power theft, by using aerial bunched (AB) cable for overhead wiring. Hundred places have been identified where AB cable will be used.It will help in checking ATC loss and the quality of power supply will also get improved. Steps have also been taken for underground laying of cables and it has already been implemented in Nabadwip and Bolpur. The same will be carried out in many other cities.Till March, the total number of commercial consumers was 15.93 lakh. It was 8.88 lakh in 2011. The number of consumers for agricultural purpose has increased to 2.86 lakh, which was 1.44 lakh in 2011.The number of industrial consumers was 1 lakh which was 78,074 till March 2011.last_img read more

Motorists could face a fine of £2500 for not signalling even if

August 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIf you are a driver then you will know just how important it is to abide by the Highway Code – and that includes signalling to other road users. But did you know that by failing to signal to pedestrians could land you with quite a hefty fine – up to £2,500. And that’s on top of nine points and a potential disqualification for leaving your fellow road users in harm’s way. According to a new report by Select Car Leasing, many drivers are confused about whether they’re even supposed to signal for people on foot or not. However, failing to indicate before manoeuvring not just leaves other road users at risk of an accident – but could also cost you your licence. Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img It doesn’t matter if there are other cars or not (Image: iStockphoto) While there’s no specific motoring offence for failing to signal your intentions to a pedestrian, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention in the event of an incident. The Highway Code states that, ‘signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians’. It also says that ‘signalling does not give you priority’. Read MoreWatch as cage fighter chokes police officer while shouting: ‘I’ll rip your head off’   “If you fail to indicate for a pedestrian, and it ends up with someone being hurt, you can be prosecuted, fined and even have your licence taken off you,” said James O’Malley, at Select Car Leasing. “If a pedestrian is already half way across the road you’re trying to turn in to, they have priority and you need to wait for them to cross.”  Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. And refusing to do so could cost you. “Failing to do so may mean a motorist falls below the threshold of being a careful, competent driver and they could be hit with a ‘driving without due care and attention’ charge, or in rarer circumstances even ‘dangerous driving’,” added motoring lawyer Emma Patterson. A driving without due care and attention charge could result in a fine of up to £2,500, depending on the nature of the incident. Police search for missing woman While there’s no specific motoring offence for failing to signal your intentions to a pedestrian, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention in the event of an incident (Getty Images) When letting someone go could be just as dangerous Emma added that flashing for someone to go could be equally as dangerous. “In some ways, an over eagerness to signal can be just as bad as failing to signal,” she added. “You’ll typically get a driver flashing their lights or physically indicating that it’s okay for someone to make their manoeuvre. “But you might then get a motorcyclist, who’s filtering through traffic, oblivious to the signal and who’s then put in harm’s way. It’s a scenario we deal with regularly.” A further report by Select Car Leasing found that many motorists were unaware that swearing at other road users could also land them with a fine, reports The Mirror. Read MoreWatch as taxi mounts pavement to avoid bin lorry on North Staffordshire street – narrowly missing pedestrians   Under the Crime and Disorder Act, both swearing and performing rude gestures, such as sticking your middle finger up whilst driving are classed as ‘disorderly behaviour’ . If you’re behind the wheel and get caught flipping someone off you could be slapped with a £1,000 fine, depending on the severity of the road rage. Giving in to road rage can land drivers with a fine due to ‘not being fully in control of a vehicle’. And if road rage engulfs you whilst you’re behind the wheel of vehicle designed to carry eight or more passengers, that fine will be increased to £2,500. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

WestJet brings back popular HamiltonVancouver route to meet demand

August 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWestJet brings back popular Hamilton-Vancouver route to meet demand Share Posted by Tags: WestJet Tuesday, November 8, 2016 center_img The Canadian Press CALGARY – In response to high demand, WestJet has announced it will once again launch service between Hamilton and Vancouver, commencing next spring.Four-time weekly service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Vancouver International Airport will kick off on April 30, moving to a daily flight from June 28-Sept. 7. It will return to four-time weekly flights until Oct. 27.“The people of the greater Hamilton area adore WestJet’s low fare, high care service as evidenced by the high demand we saw on the route this past summer,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “We heard the citizens of Hamilton and we want to thank them for their loyalty by bringing back even more nonstop service, giving them access to Vancouver’s 27 nonstop routes on approximately 63 daily departures.”Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport’s President and CEO, added: “Hamilton to Vancouver is one of the most requested services we receive from passengers in Hamilton and surrounding region, both for business and leisure. We are thrilled with today’s announcement and thank our longstanding partner, WestJet, for recognizing this need.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHamilton/Vancouver flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737NG aircraft featuring Plus, Canada’s only system-wide, premium economy seating. Introductory one-way fares start from $244.78. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Planet Home Lending Names Michael J Kula COO

August 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPlanet Home Lending Names Michael J. Kula COO April 30, 2018 548 Views in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing Sharecenter_img Company News Mike Kula Planet Home Lending 2018-04-30 David Wharton Planet Financial Group, LLC, a privately held mortgage lender and servicer headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut, has announced that Michael J. Kula has joined the company as COO.Kula’s experience includes three decades of extraordinary leadership and management positions in mortgage businesses globally, growth strategy, sales, operations, and executive management. Kula will be responsible for coordinating execution of the Planet strategy plans and initiatives across its diverse business lines.“The company is extraordinarily lucky to have someone with Kula’s wide-ranging experience across all facets of our business,” said Planet Home Lending CEO and President Michael Dubeck. “Kula’s diverse experience at the highest levels gives us an advantage few of our competitors can match.”Most recently, Kula was a division president at ServiceLink, a Black Knight Company, where he led the company’s title and origination businesses. His focus included optimizing the integration of acquisitions, enhancing business margins, improving customer service, and increasing operational productivity.Before ServiceLink, Kula was Global Managing Director of Mortgage Business Development at IBM. While there, he improved IBM’s global mortgage strategy by analyzing key market and client opportunities, further leveraging assets and analytics, providing consultative services, and expanding key industry relationships.During his three decades in the industry, he has worked with some of the industry leading firms in the business, including Bank of America, Wachovia (Wells Fargo), Washington Mutual, Mellon Mortgage (now JPMorgan Chase), and Lloyds Banking Group.Founded in 2007, Planet Home Lending is a privately held, national residential mortgage lender with multiple business channels uniquely positioned to provide competitive products and services. The company is an approved originator and servicer for FHA, VA, and USDA as well as a Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Seller/Servicer, and a full Ginnie Mae Issuer and approved sub-servicer.last_img read more