TORONTO – Uber drivers in Canada trying to work for more than 12 hours straight will soon be forced to take a six-hour break before they can hit the road again.The new policy being rolled out at the beginning of next week will be enforced through the company’s ride-hailing app, which will block drivers from accepting customers after a half a day of consecutive work.Uber Canada’s general manager Rob Khazzam said the introduction of the feature follows similar moves made by the company in other countries, as part of an effort to curb driver drowsiness and make the platform safer.According to research conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 26 per cent of all fatal and injury crashes are attributed to driver fatigue, and in 2006, as many as 167,000 Ontario drivers were involved in at least one crash due to fatigue or drowsiness.Similarly, an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia survey from 2014 found 30 per cent of respondents admitting to nodding off behind the wheel.Khazzam called Uber’s new feature “common sense.”“If you’re a rider, you don’t want to get into a car with a driver who has been driving more then 12 hours,” he said. “But positively on the drivers’ side, we continue to give them flexibility.”The feature does constitute a notable shift for Uber, which has long touted a hands-off approach with its employees, leaving work hours and locations up to the drivers to choose.But Khazzam said most Uber drivers won’t even encounter a block on accepting rides because the “vast majority” are behind the wheel for fewer than 15 hours a week.The forthcoming feature will allow drivers to check how much time they have before a mandatory break and will notify them when they have two hours, one hour and 30 minutes before they’ll have to rest.The app will not count periods when a driver is parked for more than one minute between trips — and doesn’t account for drivers who may also be working for a competitor like Lyft.Uber first experimented with stopping drivers from accepting fares after multiple consecutive hours in a handful of U.S. cities and Australia last fall. In January, it brought the feature to the U.K. and launched it nationally in the U.S. earlier this month.It comes on top of a separate 2017 initiative from the company that gave drivers access to data about their speeding and braking habits, in hopes of boosting safety.Though he couldn’t talk about any further safety features or policy changes that might be in the works, Khazzam said that “people should expect more from us on this front.”
Rabat – Paris Hilton was recently the subject of a prank in Dubai in which she was made to think a plane she was on was plunging into ocean in a nosedive.In the video of the prank that has since gone viral on YouTube and other social media platforms, the 34-year-old heiress was seen weeping and screaming as she thought the plane giving her a tour of Dubai was about to crash.The American actress threatened to take legal action against the Egyptian company of the show “Ramez in Control” that pranked her. Hilton claimed she was not aware of prank before taking part, but it has been reported that she might have been aware of the whole thing and agreed to go with it. Gossip website TMZ claim they have obtained a document prepared by the production company behind TV programme Ramez in Control.According to the document, the company offered nearly a million dollars to Paris Hilton to take part in the programme.The document states, “We will act as if something is going wrong and ask all passengers to jump off the plane!!! Of course everyone will panic, we’ll be having skydivers in disguise with us on board.”“We will monitor the funny reactions from our celebrity guest when they fear jumping off the plane,” the document added.TMZ went on to claim that the local authorities of Dubai were also aware of the prank show and promised to provide security.“Dubai official authorities are monitoring this show and providing us with security. If you want to make sure, you can contact the office of crown prince of Dubai, his majesty Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He himself will be supervising the progress of the project,” read the document.TMZ quoted sources claiming that the production company offered money “in the million dollar range” to US celebrities willing to participate in the prank show.
NEW YORK — A Trump administration appointee at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who came under fire after racist comments he wrote years ago resurfaced is leaving the agency.Eric Blankenstein was appointed in 2018 as CFPB’s director for supervision, enforcement and fair lending. It was the last part of his title that became a source of controversy after left-leaning activist groups uncovered blog posts Blankenstein had written a decade ago where he said most hate crimes were hoaxes and that using the n-word doesn’t mean someone is racist.The writings caused considerable controversy inside the bureau. CFPB employees, particularly those in the Office of Fair Lending, said they did not feel comfortable working with Blankenstein. In his defence, Blankenstein said the writings reflected “poor judgment” and did not reflect his views today.The Associated Press
“In its short existence, the peacebuilding architecture has shown its worth,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the informal consultation on the 2010 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture, held at UN Headquarters.Mr. Ban recalled that the leaders who established the UN Peacebuilding Commission at the 2005 World Summit had a very clear goal – to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace.“The new instruments were designed to bring all key stakeholders to the table, and to keep them engaged for as long as it took to set a country on the path towards peace and prosperity,” he stated.“As we look ahead, Member States must consider how to make the Commission’s impact even more tangible, especially at the country level.”The Commission currently has four countries on its agenda – Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic (CAR). Its efforts are supported by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, headed by Assistant-Secretary General Judy Cheng-Hopkins.In addition to support from the Commission, countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects.Mr. Ban told the gathering that the review that it should consider in what specific areas the Commission has made the most significant contribution, and how these results can be consolidated and applied to other countries. It should also examine how to redress any weaknesses and challenges that have emerged, as well as how the Commission can enhance its partnership and working methods with other actors.“Strengthening peacebuilding will better enable us to keep countries from relapsing into conflict, and sustain peace beyond the life of a peacekeeping mission,” said the Secretary-General.“It will help ensure that the enormous investments that Member States make in peacekeeping will achieve their intended result.”Mr. Ban urged the participants to explore how to promote national ownership; how to monitor progress; to how to better link security and development actors; how to strengthen mutual accountability between the countries emerging from conflict and their partners; and how to promote greater coherence and synergies between the different parts of the UN system and relevant outside actors. “The peacebuilding architecture is an invaluable platform; let us ensure it has the tools and political support to perform its vital functions,” he stated.General Assembly President Ali Treki noted that there have been gains in the countries on the Peacebuilding Commission’s agenda. “However, there is a general feeling that more should have been accomplished in the time so far, especially in terms of tangible results on the ground,” he said.“Too much time has been spent on procedure and process. I have heard from many of you that interest has faded and the performance and impact of the Commission have been mixed.”In addition to assessing the work of the Commission, he called on Member States to make concrete recommendations on how best to improve the Peacebuilding Commission to make it a “useful and central” body.“We must seize this opportunity to reform and strengthen the Commission, and more importantly to enable it to provide more effective and sustained support to countries emerging from conflict.” 17 February 2010The instruments used by the United Nations to support countries emerging from conflict to build lasting peace have proved invaluable since they were created over five years ago, Secretary-General said today, urging continued support and resources for this vital pillar of the world body’s work.
Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. (Colombo Gazette) The six Army officers arrested in the case over the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyhar were granted bail today.The six Army intelligence officers were granted bail by the Colombo High Court. An Army Major and two soldiers were arrested in February over the abduction and assault on Noyahr.Subsequently a few other soldiers were also arrested over the case.
Last month Anglo American formally submitted its intention to develop the Drayton mine extension project in Australia, the CEO of Anglo American’s Coal business, Seamus French, called on the New South Wales Government to uphold recent comments about planning system reform and provide certainty for the Drayton workforce.“Anglo American will develop a new project to provide employment and operational continuity for the Drayton workforce, address the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) October 2014 report and deliver world-class environmental management practices around rehabilitation, noise, dust, visual amenity, proximity to neighbours and equine health,” French said.“The new project has been reduced to the Blakefield and Whynot pits which provides a significant buffer between the Coolmore and Darley horse studs and the operation, the life of mine will be 15 years and the total tonnes produced will be 75 million.“The direct economic loss to the state of NSW of the concessions Anglo American has made to the Drayton South reserve, will be around $7 billion of coal revenue and a reduction in the life of the operation from 27 to 15 years, wiping out the associated State Government Royalties of approximately $360 million as well as significant wages and other benefits to suppliers and the local community.“As we make these further compromises, it is time for fair assessment that takes the broader community, economy, local business impacts and declining employment options into consideration.“Anglo American believes the projected $900 million in regional economic benefits to the Hunter Valley and to the State of NSW has been ignored by the PAC up until this point and immediate action is required to save the jobs of our workforce.“We will immediately begin work on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project to lodge early in the New Year, demonstrating the considerable economic and community benefits, leading environmental management practices, innovative progressive rehabilitation methods and elimination of any visual impacts.“We ask the PAC to complete a fair and balanced assessment of the Drayton mine extension project based on the scientific evidence we have repeatedly presented and the further significant concessions that have been provided by the company, employees and NSW taxpayers as part of the new plan.“We have fully addressed the PAC’s specific concerns regarding proximity to the horse studs by moving operations back behind the PAC-prescribed second ridgeline, which means the mine will be more than two kilometres from both Darley and Coolmore’s main operating areas and fully complies with the PAC’s boundary requirements.” French said.“The Government must play their part and provide an efficient approvals process to protect the future of 500 families and 140 local businesses that hang in the balance,” he said.“With the concessions made to date, the people of NSW are now essentially subsidising two horse stud operations that do not pay any taxes. This is not about Anglo American. It is the people of NSW who miss out on the significant community and state benefits that have been forgone to appease the two horse studs,” French said.He also said recent comments made by the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association, criticising the planning system for allowing proponents to make “numerous” attempts at projects were irrelevant.“Let’s not forget mining has been considered for this particular lease for more than seven decades, with exploration and drilling beginning in the 1940s long before the horse studs operated here,” he said.“To be clear, we still believe we submitted the right plan for review last time and the Department of Planning agreed and concluded in July 2014 that the project was in the public interest and should be approved.“Anglo American was obligated to develop a mine plan that maximised the true potential of this resource for all stakeholders and that’s what we did, but unfortunately the PAC disagreed.“The Drayton mine extension project will secure at least an annual $30 million in State Government Royalties, $90 million in wages, $70 million for local business and continuing support for the community.“This must be weighed against the significant concessions and subsidies already made to the two horse studs,” he said.“We remain committed to our core values of continuity, coexistence and community support. We have said since the beginning we are committed to working with the horse studs and we stand by this.“We are open and transparent, believe this mine should be developed and are totally satisfied that our operations will continue to make the Hunter Valley stronger and contribute to the taxpayers of NSW.“All we ask is if we have to provide the facts, those who seek to oppose us must do so as well, before more economic resources of the State are sterilised at the expense of the majority for the sake of a few.“We will progress the project proposal with urgency with the aim to secure approval in the first half of next year, and we will warmly welcome the Government’s speedy consideration of the EIS,” he said.
5. Blink Source: Doctor WhoRegarded by many as the best episode since the shows return, one watch and you will understand why. While it features very little of the Doctor himself, a young Carey Mulligan stars and the episode introduces one of the most terrifying creatures of the series, the Weeping Angels. You may never feel comfortable around statues again. 6. The Fires of Pompeii Source: TheTARDISGuy203The Doctor arrives in Pompeii on the eve of… well you can guess. Bad timing mate. But is there something more sinister at foot than just the mother of all volcanoes? Features latest Doctor, Peter Capaldi and future companion Karen Gillan. 10. Hide Source: VERITASERUMUKIf horror films are your thing, this is the episode for you. It’s 1974 and a huge manor house is being investigated by ghost hunters. Throw in two love stories and it has something for everyone, especially Dougray Scott fans.6 reasons it’s completely ok to watch and enjoy I’m a Celeb…>9 ludicrous notes from network execs to television writers> 7. Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead Source: VERITASERUMUKAnother two parter, while visiting the biggest library in the universe the Doctor meets the mysterious River Song who seems to know him very well indeed. That’s the awkward thing about being a time traveller. You will most certainly be afraid of your shadow after watching. You’re welcome. 3. The Girl In The Fireplace Source: VERITASERUMUKHere we have a love story involving 18th century France, a spaceship, clockwork robots and a horse. Do you really need another reason to watch this? Yes? OK then, you’ll learn why you should always bring a banana to a party. As if you didn’t know already. 8. The Doctor’s Wife Source: BBC AmericaYou know how lots of men are in love with their car/motorbike/TV/some other inanimate object and it would probably be their dream woman if it came to life? Yeah well that kinda happens. Michael Sheen’s voice also has a starring role in the episode– not as the Doctor’s wife obviously. DOCTOR WHO MARKS its 50th anniversary today with a special episode broadcasting on BBC One at 7.50pm.Who cares? Well, all of the Whovians do (yes, that’s a thing).So you’ve no idea who Doctor Who is and what area of medicine he specialises in, but you want to give it a go and it seems like a LOT of work.These ten episode picks are pretty much stand alone and won’t ruin any major story arcs– they can be enjoyed alone as simply great moments of television.1. Rose Source: VERITASERUMUKYou have to start somewhere, so why not the beginning. This is the first episode of the Dr. Who revival and will give you an introduction to the world of the Doctor, but more importantly to Rose, aka Billie ‘Because We Want To’ Piper. It will also help you acknowledge that this show is just as much about the companion as it is the Doctor. 9. The Girl Who Waited Source: VERITASERUMUKTravelling across space and time and still making it back in time for dinner? Sounds like a great life doesn’t it? This episode displays the downside to being a companion, and how life with the Doctor can cause insanity and force you to make some horrible decisions. 2. School Reunion Source: Doctor WhoThis episode contains a bridge between old Who and new Who. Wait, what, who? It features the return of Sarah Jane Smith, one of the companions from the original series, as well as K9, the now extremely dated robot dog. Still not sold? Giles from Buffy is in it, and he’s the creepiest headmaster you’ll ever see. 4. Human Nature/The Family of Blood Source: Lyndon ColemanIn this two part episode, the Doctor believes he is human (long story, but not important) and a teacher in an elite boy’s boarding school in 1913. Only his companion, the underrated Martha, knows his true identity and when the safety of the world is threatened by maniac scarecrows the Doctor must choose between love and his true identity. Tough break.
IRELAND CENTRE BRIAN O’DRISCOLL is raring to go ahead of his final Six Nations tournament and the injury news is extremely positive for his coach.O’Driscoll faced the press this afternoon at Carton House and insisted he will not allow emotion to get in the way of what he confirmed was definitely his final Six Nations. While Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be pleased to hear that his midfield general is focused on going out in a blaze of glory, the positive injury news will hearten him more.All 34 players named in the Irish squad for home clashes with Scotland and Wales have reported fit for duty. All trained today, including Jonny Sexton and his freshly stitched head. The out-half had a run-in with a Samoan knee in Racing Métro’s weekend win over Toulouse. Gordon D’Arcy, Eoin Reddan and Peter O’Mahony were on a reduced training schedule last week but have returned to full drills.Ireland team manager Mick Kearney revealed that Tommy Bowe and Donnacha Ryan have both been asked to prove themselves with Ulster and Munster, respectively, in the Pro12. The duo may return to the Ireland squad for the away trip to Twickenham.O’Driscoll confirmed, perhaps for the final time, that this Six Nations will indeed be his last. He said: I was really unsure last year and there were strange emotions but it is nice knowing that you can empty the tank in this Six Nations, knowing it will definitely be the last one.”“I had a really good week’s training last week,” he added. “Invariably, you are carrying something over from Rounds 5 and 6 of Europe and, in that weeks’ training, you don’t get out of it what [you want]. But I did a full weeks’ training and took part in what everyone else did. I’ve had a good weekend’s rest and I’m raring to go now.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Luke Fitzgerald: ‘I felt very unfulfilled with how my career had gone’Zebo and Marmion among 11 cut from Schmidt’s 6 Nations squad
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The official visit of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, to Australia appears to be pencilled in although no official statements have been issued by either side.Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to confirm if the visit has been finalised. The reply made it clear that any announcements regarding the visit will be made close to the date. “I am unable to confirm your enquiry because high-level visits to Australia are not confirmed or announced until just prior to the visit, at which time an announcement is made in Australia and in the visitors’ country,” a DFAT spokesperson said. Mr Gruevski’s Australian trip is programmed to take place at the end of October. Commenting on the ambiguous statement by DFAT, diplomatic sources noted that it appears that the visit has been finalised. “Otherwise they would have said that Mr Gruevski is not coming,” one source emphasised.The news of Gruevski’s visit have troubled Greek diplomats in different ways, as the FYROM PM is known for his recalcitrant approach to the name issue but moreover for his extreme nationalistic rhetoric against Greece.Mr Gruevski is expected to sign a bilateral Social Security agreement, similar to the one signed by the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis in 2007. Concerns have been raised in relation to which name the government of FYROM will be recognised in the agreement. Although DFAT has assured NKEE that the Australian position as far the name issue remains unchanged, the Gruevski visit could signal a dramatic shift. Australia officially recognises Greece’s neighbouring country with its United Nations (UN) sanctioned name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Greece and FYROM are currently in negotiations to resolve the long standing name dispute. Greece is refusing to accept the name “Republic of Macedonia” which the neighbouring country has adopted in its constitution.“I cannot imagine Gruevski coming all the way to Australia to sign an agreement under the UN sanctioned name,” a veteran Greek diplomat pointed out. The move would be considered a political fiasco in his country, the diplomat added as he has championed the hardline stance of FYROM towards Greece. It is indicative that after Greece vetoed FYROM’s ascension to NATO during the Bucharest Summit in April of 2008, Mr Gruevski has gone as far as comparing Greece to Nazi Germany. “The silence over similar obstacles and vetoes reminds me of another era, when Czechoslovakia was annexed and no European state found the courage to stand up to the Nazis, who later evolved into a monster,” Mr Gruevski had stated in January of 2009, referring to the European Union position regarding the Greek veto.Greek Australian circles have already expressed their concerns for the anticipated visit of Mr Gruevski and have decided to send letters to Australian politicians calling for the maintenance of the status quo as to the name issue. The president of the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC), Nikos Koukouvitakis, had recently underscored this need. “We want to make sure that Australia will not be changing its position on the issue.” Certain Greek-Australian leaders are even fearful that a possible surprise move could take place on the part of Australia, despite the continuous assurances to the contrary given by Australian politicians including the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during the pre-election campaign of 2007. For this reason they are pursuing meetings with senior government officials who will publicly and categorically lay these fears to rest.Some extreme elements within the Greek-Australian community have even suggested the undertaking of more dynamic action in response to Mr Gruevski’s visit. Up until now these voices have not gained ground in the debate with the more rational and cool approach prevailing. “If several hotheads attempt to organise demonstrations in order to ‘welcome’ Gruevski this will most certainly play in to the hands of Skopjans,” one Greek- Australian leader said speaking on the condition of anonymity.
On Friday 18 May, Neos Kosmos reported on Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s claims that she was threatened over taxi reforms.Throughout the reform process, Ms Allan revealed in a letter addressed to Greek Community of Melbourne president Bill Papastergiadis, that she had been consulting with a number of taxi licence holders, including representatives of the Greek community, but that some individuals and organisations had “made or incited threats of violence and vile abuse” against her and her family, and so would not be engaging further with them.In a letter to Neos Kosmos addressing Ms Allan’s claims, Liberal upper house MP David Davis interpreting her decision to step back from further engagement as “disengagement from and dismissal of a great number of honest hard-working taxi families”.This week the matter was raised in parliament amid a Public Accounts and Estimate Committee hearing into the state budget on Wednesday.Ms Allan accused the Coalition of fuelling the threats that were made against her and her family, and was quick to point out that Mr Davis didn’t take the opportunity in his letter to Neos Kosmos to condemn the abuse.“What you are doing is inciting vicious attacks against me and my family and I am quite happy to read into the record where people have been putting on Facebook that they are surprised that I haven’t been killed by now,” Ms Allan said.The online abuse in question has been made through a Facebook page run by Victorian Taxi and Hire Car Families, made up of former taxi and hire car licence owners and their families that have been impacted by the reforms in response to legalising ride-sharing service Uber.Labor backbencher and committee member Steve Dimopoulos revealed that he has also been the target of personal abuse from taxi licence owners.He backed up Ms Allan’s claims by reading out examples addressed to the Premier and Public Transport Minister.“Referring to the Premier, ‘the only time I would like him is with three bullets in his head and six feet under’,” Mr Dimopoulos read.“’The scarf around your neck’, referring to a picture of you minister [Ms Allan], ‘may prove to be quite useful’.”Outside the parliament, Mr Davis addressed the claims made against him, stating that he was in no way excusing the online threats, and that Ms Allan and the other MPs were simply trying to turn the attention from the real issue.“No public official supports the extreme end of social media but the claims by the minister are simply a deflection from the fact that she has not managed her portfolio properly,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The old saying “the coast is clear” will not apply to our weather this week. In fact, sunshine if any will be at a premium along the ocean beaches as a trough of low pressure dominates our weather pattern all week.Locally, that means varying amounts of marine low clouds and afternoon clearing. Highs will be less than 80 degrees most days. The last day with a high less than 80 degrees was July 17 with 76 degrees. So, a little break from the existing warm weather pattern as we slide through the end of July.At least no rain is in sight except for patchy drizzle here and there. We may end up the month with no measurable moisture.Highs on Saturday were ten degrees lower than Friday west of the mountains and those 100 degree readings on the east side were down in the 90s and dropping into the 80s. No complaints.Despite lower temperatures east of the mountains the fire danger remains high and, with the cooler marine push coming in, westerly winds will be gusty. Not good news for the big wildfire between Goldendale and Toppenish. An increased chance of thunderstorms may erupt in eastern Washington the next few days.
Junior NHS doctors who are members of the trade union the British Medical Association (BMA) have voted 82% in favour of improvements to their 2016 contract terms.The vote, which took place on Friday 14 June 2019, was open to all junior doctor BMA members in England, student members in their final or penultimate year of medical school, and junior doctor members in devolved nations who will be working in England from August 2019. At a turnout of 28.2% of the 41,116 eligible individuals, 9,449 voted in favour and 2,139 against the introduction of the new terms.The new terms will be introduced from August 2019, and will see a £90 million investment across four years, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2023, as well as an average pay rise of 2% each year during the same period.The deal, which was reached between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health and Social Care, also includes a pay increase of 37% of the employee’s basic hourly rate for night shifts ending between midnight and 4am. In addition, the pay enhancement rate for staff working one in two weekends will now be 15% of their basic salary, while those working one in three weekends will receive 10%. Changes to weekend and night shift pay will come into effect in December 2019.Among other provisions aiming to address rest and safety issues, junior doctors will work for a maximum of 72 hours within any consecutive 168-hour period, and those working night shifts of 12 hours or more will receive a third paid 30-minute break. The previous requirement of 46 hours of rest following three to four consecutive night shifts will now also be applied to any number of rostered night shifts.The improved terms will be ratified on 2 July 2019 at a meeting of the Junior Doctors Committee, and will bring to an end the ongoing dispute between the BMA and the government regarding the introduction of new contract terms in 2016.Danny Mortimer, chief executive at NHS Employers, said: “This deal is a positive one for the NHS, which sees additional investment from the government and NHS England alongside a number of improvements to the junior doctors contract which aim to improve the working lives of junior doctors.“We are glad that doctors have chosen to support the deal which, as well as a pay uplift, focuses on improving safe working and training. This agreement comes as a result of incredibly hard work on all sides to review and improve the contract, and to build a safe and constructive way forward for this crucial part of our workforce.”Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, chair of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, added: “This vote indicates that junior doctors recognise not only the major victories the BMA has secured, for example enhanced shared parental leave for trainees and extra funding for rest and fatigue facilities around the country, but that through a new collaborative, constructive negotiation process that has learned from the mistakes of the past, we have made major strides towards a better future for all junior doctors.“There is, of course, a great deal more that needs to be done to improve the wellbeing and working lives of junior doctors, and the Junior Doctors Committee will remain at the forefront of campaigns for a better funded, well-staffed and publicly run health service.”Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said: “I am delighted that we have successfully brought to an end the junior doctors dispute with this landmark agreement. Junior doctors overwhelmingly backed our multi-year deal, which recognises their dedication to patients and our nation’s health.“Improved working conditions and an 8.2% four year pay rise will give junior doctors and current medical students the support they fully deserve.”
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Posted by Travelweek Group Vision Travel’s global goals: “We believe there is strength in volume” Tags: Vision Travel Solutions Share Monday, November 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Hot on the trail of several major acquisitions in 2017, Vision Travel is still very much in growth mode and looking for more agencies. “We are looking for great travel companies to come onboard with us,” said Brian Roberston, President Ontario-West, ahead of the company’s ‘Power of Vision’ annual conference in Toronto.Vision’s President, Quebec-East, Joel Ostrov, adds: “We believe there is strength in volume.”The company made a number of high-profile moves in September, including the acquisition of Travel Sensations Downtown in Toronto and WD World Travel in Vancouver.This past spring Vision Travel announced its merger with Direct Travel Inc., one of the top travel management companies in the U.S.And just a few weeks ago Vision Travel and Direct Travel said they planned to build on their merger by joining forces with travel management company ATPI to form Direct ATPI Global Travel.Together Vision Travel, Direct Travel and ATPI represent over $7 billion in sales, with 160+ locations in more than 50 countries and over 4,500 team members worldwide.Through it all Vision Travel continues to operate under its existing brand in Canada.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe company is on track to hit the $1 billion mark in this market by the end of 2018. “We had a strategic plan to grow into a $1 billion company,” said Robertson. Right now in Canada Vision Travel is at the $800 million mark.Roberston said Vision started looking at acquisitions in the U.S., which led to the Direct Travel merger. “We started having discussions with TMCs and it all happened very organically,” he said. Added Ostrov: “We said to Direct, ‘We’re the biggest in Canada, you’re one of the biggest in the U.S. Why don’t we get together?”The April 2017 deal with Direct was a perfect match, says Roberston. “At the end of the day, we wanted the right fit. That was Direct. They were the most like us. They have a regional management structure, just like us. Their business is made up corporate, leisure and meetings, just like us. They also specialize in mid-market companies, and that’s our specialty as well.”Vision’s business mix these days is two-thirds corporate and one-third leisure and meetings. The company has 16 locations across Canada and is part of the Virtuoso network. When it merged with Direct its footprint grew to 60 locations worldwide, and the ATPI merger took that even further with 160 locations worldwide.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”More than 400 attendees including Vision employees, management and partner suppliers were on hand for the ‘Power of Vision’ conference at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. “Our ‘Connections’ theme is very appropriate. We’re bringing together our top performers and partners,” said Roberston.Vision Travel started in 1953 and now counts some 725 employees. The company has had a “great year” in 2017, in fact one of its best ever, says Ostrov.As recovery efforts continue in the Caribbean following the devastation caused by hurricanes, Vision Travel Foundation, the charitable arm of Vision Travel Solutions, is making a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross. Robertston and Ostrov announced the donation this past weekend at the Power of Vision conference.
Posted by Share MIAMI – Travel agents have the chance to win a quarter of a million dollars plus precious diamonds as part of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ rewards program.Described as its “largest to date” giveaway, the $250,000 cash and diamond prize is “one of the many ways we are committed to showing our appreciation for the travel agent community,” said Kelly Poling, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. The program and prize, which began in 2014 and increases in value each year, is presented by the owners of El Dorado Spa Resorts, Generations Resorts, and Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma.The prize will be announced during the 11th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant Sales & Marketing Forum Awards, taking place Dec. 5-8 at El Dorado Royale in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.In addition to the $250,000 cash prize, two diamonds will be raffled off during the gala dinner. Each diamond-level GIVC member in attendance will be eligible to win one diamond, and all agents who qualify for the cash prize will qualify for the other. Agents must meet a selection of requirements for the cash giveaway, including increasing their overall business by 20% from the previous year, and maintaining diamond-level GIVC agent status in 2017 and 2018, amongst others.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant Program was launched in 2008 for an elite group of travel agents. These agents receive such benefits as marketing tools, added incentives to offer clients and, most notably, the industry’s highest commission rates, while their clients are privy to exclusive deals, on-property VIP recognition and more.Karisma also notes that despite new industry standards, it continues to allocate the highest commission percentages to travel agent partners on behalf of all Gourmet Inclusive brands. Canadian agents specifically receive $250 in Karisma Canada Cash per booking (excluding Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana).For more information or to register as a GI Rewards Agent, go to karismatravelagents.com. Travelweek Group Tags: Giveaway, Karisma Hotels & Resorts Monday, May 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Cash & diamonds: Karisma’s biggest ever giveaway for agents
Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He says the victims were mostly senior citizens, although one was a 13-year-old boy.The rescue took hours in the rough terrain. Many of the injured were flown by helicopter to Durango and Mazatlan hospitals.The accident came four weeks to the day after a bus fell off a cliff in Nayarit state, killing 24 people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day DURGANO, Mexico (AP) – Mexican authorities say 11 people have died from a bus plunging into a ravine while headed to the Pacific resort of Mazatlan.Durango state government Secretary Jaime Fernandez Saracho says the bus fell about 150 feet from a mountainous road known as the “Devil’s Backbone.” Twenty-two other passengers have injuries.Fernandez says Friday’s early morning accident could have been caused by fog and the driver not knowing the road. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home
Sizing Up the Originations Market Refinance Originations 2016-11-30 MirashaBrown in Daily Dose, News, Origination November 30, 2016 596 Views United States home refinance originations have experienced a 16 percent increase in the third quarter of 2016. According to the Q3 2016 U.S. Residential Property Loan Origination Report created by ATTOM Data Solutions, more than 1.9 million loans began with U.S. residential properties in Q3, which boils down to 1 in every 4 units.Over 800,000 refinance loans secured by U.S. residential properties were originated in Q3 2016, which is a 7 percent increase from Q2 and a 16 percent increase from 2015. Refinance originations accounted for 45.7 percent of all loan originations in the third quarter, which is up 42.1 percent in the previous quarter and up from 39.5 percent a year ago.Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM, explained the increase in home refinance originations and how the recent presidential election may have been a factor in homeowners deciding on securing low interest rates.“The nominal increase in overall originations compared to a year ago masks divergent refinance and purchase loan origination trends during the quarter,” Blomquist said. “Refinance originations increased 16 percent compared to a year ago while purchase originations were down 11 percent and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) originations were down 6 percent. Uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the presidential election may have kept some would-be homebuyers on the sidelines while the prospect of rising interest rates following the election may have prompted many homeowners to refinance to lock in low interest rates.”There were 101 metropolitan areas with at least 1,000 loan originations in Q3 2016. Cities with the biggest year-over-year increase in refinance originations were Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California (74 percent); San Diego, California (73 percent); San Jose, California (65 percent); Honolulu, Hawaii (64 percent); and Provo-Orem, Utah (63 percent). Other metro areas with a year-over-year increase of at least 50 percent were Seattle, Washington (56 percent); Portland, Oregon (up 54 percent); Boulder, Colorado (up 53 percent); Madison, Wisconsin (52 percent); and Phoenix, Arizona (51 percent).Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, described the spike in homeowners who were refinancing in the Seattle market.“Even before the election, we were seeing an increase in refinance activity in the Seattle area in anticipation of rising mortgage rates,” Gardner said. “The rapid rise in rates following the election only made this increase in refinance activity more dramatic.”Gardner continued, “But mortgage rates aren’t the only thing driving these refinances. Rising home prices in Seattle have allowed some of those who were paying Private Mortgage Insurance to refinance to a loan without it. It also allowed for cash-out refinancing for those who prefer to improve their homes rather than move. This is a popular option in Seattle where the number of homes for sale is at historic lows.”ATTOM collects the data found in the report from publicly recorded mortgages and deeds of trust in more than 950 counties, which is more than 80 percent of the nation’s population.To view the full report, click HERE. Share
accessible travelCaledonian SleeperHighlandsrailScotlandsleeper Available to book from 2 June 2019, the £150m fleet of new Caledonian Sleeper trains was officially unveiled on 28 April 2019, delivering guests to Scotland from London Euston. The Caledonian Sleeper is now fitted with ensuite facilities in the Club Room and Caledonia Double accommodation options, as well as handcrafted Glencraft mattresses on all beds, including in the twin bunk and single bed Classic Room. Other features include complimentary sleep kit, Wi-Fi and Room Service. Travellers can journey on the Caledonia Sleeper trains from London to destinations including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness. Please note, current trains will still operate on Highlander routes between Aberdeen/Inverness/Fort William and London Euston until early July 2019.The Caledonia Sleeper trains also offer Accessible Rooms, created to give guests peace of mind while ensuring a complete Caledonian Sleeper experience. The Accessible Double Room has direct wheelchair access to the Club Car through a wheelchair accessible gangway, and the Club Car also has dedicated wheelchair space. Each room is spacious and wheelchair friendly, with two alarms installed to ensure maximum peace of mind and a lower sink and larger table than in other rooms. Immediately outside each room is an accessible toilet.
Top Stories On my list of concerns with this football team headinginto the bye week, Kevin Kolb’s play ranks 5th. Theoffensive line has done a less-than-stellar job inprotecting Kolb. He was sacked four times against theVikings, and was hit six more. There’s already been ashuffle at right tackle with Jeremy Bridges replacingBrandon Keith. At left tackle, Levi Brown is, well, he’sLevi Brown. On defense, the pass rush from outside linebackers hasbeen virtually non-existent. Veterans Joey Porter andClark Haggans have combined for one quarterback sack thisseason. They’ve been able to hold off youngsters O’BrienSchofield and Sam Acho on the depth chart despite littleproduction.And the pass coverage, for the most part, has been bad aswell. It’s not that evident on the stat sheet fromSunday, mostly because Donovan McNabb isn’t very good, andthe Vikings ran the ball on nearly 64% of their offensivesnaps. Both A.J. Jefferson (who was actually pretty goodon Sunday) and Patrick Peterson have been picked on, andthe safeties have lagged in coverage all season.And there’s also that issue of number two wide receiver.Andre Roberts has been a disappointment so far, and EarlyDoucet has been okay. But neither is a big enough threatto dissuade opposing defenses from bracketing LarryFitzgerald. Fitz has more catches through five games thisyear (28) than last (26), but has been targeted 11 lesstimes. This is simply because he’s rarely open because ofthe defense’s attention to him. Without question, the rumors about where Kevin Kolb wouldland to play quarterback in 2011 were the most prevalentduring the offseason and NFL lockout. Of course, mostpeople knew that Kolb would end up in Arizona, and he did.We know that the Cardinals gave up a lot to get him. Wealso know that the Cardinals rewarded Kolb with a heftycontract that guarantees him $21 million.This decision split Cardinal fans into two differentcategories; those who though Kolb was the answer, andthose who thought the price the Cardinals paid in thetrade and the contract was entirely too steep for a playerwho had seven career NFL starts heading into the season. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation After a 1-4 start including Sunday’s 34-10 loss atMinnesota (and the Kolb era), and the number of fansheaping on criticism on Kolb, blaming him for the dismalshowing and calling for his ouster is growing by theminute.The question is, why?I nearly fell off my chair on Sunday following theCardinals’ ugly 34-10 loss to the previously winlessMinnesota Vikings, when a caller phoned into “CardinalTalk” with Jon Bloom and Rob Fredrickson, and suggestedthat Richard Bartel is the answer for the Cardinals at QB.Huh?Look, I’m the first to admit that Kolb has been average atbest. He was good against Carolina, decent againstWashington and the Giants and bad against Seattle andMinnesota.But if you’re arguing that Kolb’s not the answer becausehe doesn’t have the experience at this level, you can’t,in the next breath, suggest that a guy who has thrown atotal of 34 garbage-time passes in the NFL is.And don’t throw the “Bartel was awesome in the preseason”argument at me either. So was Max Hall. The NFLpreseason is nearly meaningless—it’s a dressed-uppractice. Seattle’s Charlie Whitehurst was the league’stop rated passer in the preseason. To quote Forrest Gump,“that’s all I have to say about that”. I won’t sit here and say everything’s fine with theArizona Cardinals and that it’s early, there’s a lot offootball left, and they play in the worst division in theNFL. From what I’ve seen through five games, I can’tpaint that picture with any kind of conscience. This is a below-average football team at best. But theblame shouldn’t be pointed solely in the direction of thequarterback. No, this 1-4 start has been a total team effort.