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Calgary child care rate among highest in the country

first_imgThose looking to become parents in Calgary may want to save their pennies in preparation for the child care costs.According to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Calgary has the highest median rates for pre-school child care in the country outside Ontario.Parents can expect to pay about $1,000 a month, which is the eighth highest in the country.The report also shows rates are going up at a higher pace than inflation, having risen eight per cent in the past three years.Toronto has the highest rates in the country, while Montreal has the lowest.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks edge mostly higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are edging mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street as banks and communications companies post gains.Losses in health care and energy companies held the early gains in check on Monday.Bank of America rose 1.7% and Facebook added 1%.Anadarko said it would consider a buyout offer from Occidental Petroleum. Occidental lost 2%.The S&P 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,943.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed at 26,540. The Nasdaq climbed 12 points, or 0.2%, to 8,159.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.52%.The Associated Press read more

Youth University launches research prize for grad students

Sierra Holtzheuser, Kate Cassidy and Ashley MillerEach year, 6,000 youngsters come to the Brock campus to participate in Youth University programs. Behind the fun of those programs is a commitment by Youth University to program design, teaching and research focused on the social, emotional and academic development of Ontario youth.Youth University has taken another step in its research mandate by establishing two new research prizes for Brock graduate students presenting at the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.Ashley Miller and Sierra Holtzheuser, both master’s students in Child and Youth Studies, were the inaugural winners of the $200 prizes. The competition was open to conference presenters whose projects explore issues pertaining to youth development and education.Kate Cassidy, director of Youth University and a PhD candidate in Brock’s Educational Studies program, says the awards are based on Youth University’s overall philosophy on the development of the whole child.“I’m so pleased that we have established two awards to support graduate students at Brock who are as committed as we are to helping children, adolescents and teenagers learn and grow as unique individuals,” says Cassidy.“At the heart of our program are key values of developing the character, curiosity and sense of community that are necessary to develop strong, happy youth ready to meet their potential and contribute to the world in a positive way. The projects that Ashley and Sierra are pursuing are great examples of the kind of graduate research here at Brock that closely aligns to our mandate.”Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, oversaw the adjudication process for the prizes at this year’s conference.“This is the first research prize competition to be associated with our conference and Youth University is to be congratulated for its leadership and, more importantly, for recognizing the conference as a showcase of graduate research,” he says. “We look forward to announcing many more winners of Youth University prizes in the future.”The conference was Holtzheuser’s first experience giving a conference presentation about her research.“It is so important to have an opportunity to gain conference experience and help build your confidence and comfort as part of presentation skills,” she says. “I was thrilled to win. I believe that prizes such as this will help to raise the calibre of presentations.”Miller and Holtzheuser are conducting Niagara-based research with a specific focus on children with, or at-risk for, learning disabilities. Miller is examining the significance of developing and implementing self-advocacy programs to enhance the social and emotional development of children who struggle with learning. Holtzheuser is investigating the efficacy of a literacy program, entitled Reading Rocks Junior, designed for supporting children at-risk for learning disabilities.“The Niagara focus of their projects connects to Youth University programming that places a particular emphasis on supporting lifelong learning within our community,” adds Cassidy. “Recent studies show that Niagara is below the Canadian average for students who go on to pursue post-secondary studies.“We hope to help change this by applying research to our practice and development of innovative enrichment initiatives,” she says. “We look to Brock graduate students to help us support and encourage Niagara youth as a way of leading them on to university, college or apprenticeship programs.” read more

Cressida Bonas Its incredibly frustrating to be pigeonholed as Prince Harrys ex

first_imgShe is said to have split with Prince Harry amid frustrations about life in the public eye, and the impact it had on her career as a fledgling actress.Appearing on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the role new role, at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, she was asked by interviewer Emma Barnett whether the publicity she received while dating the Prince gave her an insight into “being defined by a much more famous man”. “Yeah, I think it’s that thing of being pigeonholed,” she said. “Especially in this country, I find people are very quick to put you in a box or put you in a corner and think ‘oh well you’re that so you must be this’. Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry in 2014 Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas in Mrs OrwellCredit:PA Cressida Bonas, the actress, has spoken of her frustration at being “pigeonholed” as Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, despite forging a career of her own.Bonas, who dated Prince Harry from 2012 to 2014, said she had found people “very quick” to put her in a box, admitting it is “incredibly frustrating” to be defined by her relationship to a man.An actress, she is now playing Sonia Brownell, a literary editor remembered as the second wife of George Orwell and custodian of his estate. “It’s about making a stand and saying no this is who I am and this is what I want to do.”She added: “It’s the same with Sonia, but obviously in a completely different context.“I think if Sonia were in today’s world she’d be celebrated because she’s very ambitious, very modern, but at that time, in that world, it was a man’s world.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry, who is now dating actress Meghan Marklecenter_img Prince Harry, who is now dating actress Meghan Markle Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas in Mrs Orwell “It’s incredibly frustrating, especially in the industry that I’m in. But, you know, it is the way it is. The Telegraph awarded the play three stars, noting Bonas has “mastered the arts of playing a slightly bored, glacial, but perhaps secretly ravishingly hot, upper-crust English rose”.She has previously starred in An Evening With Lucian Freud on stage, and is due to appear in film Tulip Fever alongside Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne. Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry in 2014last_img read more

Hungarian easy job with Slovakia

← Previous Story Joachim Boldsen about EHF EURO 2012: “Everything except the Final is disaster” Next Story → Army of 1500 Slovenians ready for Serbia! (VIDEO) The first test match between Hungary and Slovakia 33:24 (17:14) gave a lot of reasons for joy to home team.  Hungary plays very well in the last two months from the “Nation Cup” in Serbia. Lajos Mocsai doesn’t put pressure on the players for EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, because the main goal, Olympic Qualification is already achieved with seventh place at WCh in Sweden last January. Veszprém, 2500 spectators. HUNGARY – SLOVAKIA 33–24 (17–14) SLOVAKIA: Stochl – Urban 1, Valo 1, Kukucka, Petro 1, RABEK 8, M. Stranovsky 5 (2). Cs: Putera (kapus), Kopco 3, Mikaci, Tarhai 2, Duris, Antl 2 (2), Kasagranda 1, Szabó P., Hruscak. : Heister Zoltán Results 6. p.: 1–4. 11. p.: 5–5. 13. p.: 5–7. 15. p.: 8–7. 18. p.: 11–8. 42. p.: 23–19. 57. p.: 31–23y HUNGARY: FAZEKAS – Iváncsik T. 2, Mocsai 2 (1), Schuch 1, Ilyés 2, Zubai Sz. 2, IVÁNCSIK G. 5. Cs: TATAI (kapus), CSÁSZÁR 4, Harsányi 1 (1), Nagy K., Krivokapics 1, PUTICS 3, VADKERTI 4, Laluska, Katzirz 1, Szöllősi Sz. 2, Ancsin 2, Grebenár 1. : Mocsai Lajos 7 meters: 3/2, ill. 4/4 Exclusion: 8, ill. 8 perc read more

Kenny says vote on Seanad likely in late 2013

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said it is likely the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad will be held in the latter half of next year.Speaking in the Dáil yesterday he said, “We have not made a decision on this, but I would envisage that it would be held in the latter half of 2013.”Kenny said he does not intend to publish any documentation relating to the abolition of the Seanad until he is satisfied that it is all in place.He said it would be advisable to hold the referendum after Ireland’s EU Presidency which runs from 1 January to the end of June 2013.“The Ministers will be attending Presidency meetings during that period and I do not think it would be practical to divert the attention of the Oireachtas for three or four weeks on the issue of any referendum,” he said.He also said there were articles of the Constitution that need to be amended which contain reference to the Seanad and “it must be provided that there are no unintended consequences of such an amendment”.Responding to the Taoiseach’s comments Socialist Party TD Joe Higgans said Kenny was a “recent convert to the abolition of the Seanad”.“Some of us have expressed the view for decades that it is thoroughly undemocratic and a rotten elitist borough which should go,” he said.Kenny said this period of government will see “more referendums put to the people than in the lifetime of many previous governments”.“It is about having an effective, clear strategy and allowing the [constitutional] convention to be effective in doing its work,” he added.Read: Group’s Seanad paper hopes to stimulate debate on possible reforms>last_img read more

Le virus Duqu inquiète les internautes

first_imgLe virus Duqu inquiète les internautesUn virus baptisé Duqu a été détecté en France. Bien que son nom prête à sourire, la menace est bien réelle car ce petit programme peut récupérer de nombreuses données sur votre ordinateur.L’entreprise Symantec, spécialisée dans la sécurité informatique avec sa suite de logiciels Norton, a annoncé avoir repéré un virus, baptisé Duqu, dans 8 pays, dont la France. Ce programme malveillant a été analysé et contient de nombreuses traces d’un ancien virus, Stuxnet. Ce dernier a touché et mis à mal des systèmes industriels, principalement en Iran. À lire aussiFlame, un nouveau virus destructeurDuqu lui, même s’il partage une grande partie du code source, cherche plutôt à récupérer de nombreuses données utilisateurs, afin de préparer par la suite une attaque de plus grande ampleur rapporte l’AFP. Il s’insinue dans les ordinateurs à cause d’un faille de sécurité du système d’exploitation Windows, précisément dans la gestion des polices par le logiciel de traitement de texte Word.La vulnérabilité est jugée très inquiétante et Microsoft a rapidement réagi en annonçant la mise à disposition prochaine d’un patch qui résoudra le problème. En attendant, l’entreprise tente comme elle le peut de colmater les brèches et propose un correctif sur son site internet. En attendant, Symantec se montre alarmiste et indique déjà avoir reçu des rapports sur une contamination par Duqu dans d’autres pays comme le Royaume-Uni, l’Autriche, la Hongrie et l’Indonésie.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 15:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Prothèses PIP le contrôle de qualité pointé du doigt

first_imgProthèses PIP : le contrôle de qualité pointé du doigtDepuis quelques jours, le scandale des implants mammaires PIP a pris un nouvel aspect tandis que quatre femmes ont annoncé leur intention de poursuivre l’organisme allemand chargé de certifier la qualité de ces implants.   Mardi, le fondateur de la société PIP, Jean-Claude Mas a reconnu par la voix de son avocat avoir utilisé un gel de silicone inadapté à la fabrication d’implant mammaire. Mais si l’homme est aujourd’hui accusé de “tromperie aggravée et d’escroquerie” notamment, il n’est pas le seul à être mis en cause. Certaines porteuses de prothèses PIP ont ainsi annoncé qu’elles comptaient également poursuivre l’organisme allemand chargé de la certification des prothèses mammaires PIP, le TÜV Rheinland. Pourtant, la société qui devait effectuer chaque année un audit de la société varoise, avait elle-même porté plainte dès le 10 février contre PIP auprès du parquet de Marseille, selon un communiqué publié à cette date et relayé par l’AFP. “Les experts du TÜV Rheinland ont été trompés manifestement en totalité et constamment par l’entreprise PIP, au détriment des femmes concernées”, avait déclaré l’organisme allemand. Outre le TÜV Rheinland, l’avocat des quatre femmes Me Laurent Gaudon met également en cause les chirurgiens esthétiques pour “manquement au devoir d’information”. Selon lui,ils auraient dû fournir à leurs patientes une liste des avantages comparatifs des différentes marques de prothèses. “Ils ne pouvaient ignorer que ces prothèses étaient fragiles”, a-t-il déclaré. Une accusation qui s’ajoute aux plaintes de nombreuses porteuses PIP, estimant avoir manqué d’informations quant aux risques qu’elles encouraient. L’Afssaps ne sera pas poursuivi À lire aussiImplants mammaires : l’Afssaps suspend l’utilisation d’une marque Pour sa part, Jean-Luc Roffé, président d’honneur du Syndicat national de chirurgie plastique reconstructrice et esthétique a en revanche protesté sur : “on ne peut pas demander aux chirurgiens de tester les produits à chaque fois. Ils sont obligés de faire confiance”. Quant à l’Afssaps, Me Gaudon a précisé qu’il ne poursuivrait pas l’agence des produits de santé car selon lui, elle “n’avait pas les moyens de déceler que TÜV n’était pas sérieux”. “L’entreprise PIP pratiquait des fabrications en désaccord total avec leur dossier de mise sur le marché, alors que leur documentation sur les lots fabriqués était conforme. Donc il y avait falsification de la documentation, ce qui rend évidemment les audits très difficiles”, a souligné mercredi sur TF1/LCI Jean-Claude Ghislain, directeur de l’évaluation des dispositifs médicaux à l’Afssaps.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 15:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Daves World of Wonder 1800 Shipwrecked beer

first_img Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 28, 2018 Dave Scott August 28, 2018 Dave’s World of Wonder: 1800 Shipwrecked beer Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOn this week’s World of Wonder, Dave Scott brings us a special story of this golden treasure once lost, now brought back to life last_img read more

New San Diego City Council Members sworn in at inauguration ceremony

first_img Posted: December 10, 2018 December 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The newly elected San Diego City Council members from districts 2, 4 and 8, as well as re-elected District 6 City Councilman Chris Cate, were sworn in Monday.Outgoing council members Lorie Zapf and David Alvarez gave parting remarks at the ceremony where incoming members Jennifer Campbell, Monica Montgomery and Vivian Moreno were officially welcomed to the 72nd City Council. Outgoing District 4 City Council President Myrtle Cole did not attend.Campbell, a physician and a Democrat who defeated Zapf, a Republican, in District 2 with nearly 58 percent of the vote, compared the job of a council member to her work as a family doctor.“Each profession is focused on preventing and solving problems,” she said. “In both, we listen to your problem, we learn the history of it, we make a diagnosis and provide a pathway to a cure. And that is how I will serve as District 2’s representative in City Hall.”Campbell flipping Zapf’s seat gives Democrats a 6-3 supermajority on the technically nonpartisan council for at least the next two years.“When we work together and we focus less on politics and focus more on the priorities of our communities, there is no challenge too great or obstacle too high that we cannot overcome,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.Montgomery, a civil rights attorney, ousted Cole in District 4 by painting the incumbent as a City Hall insider out of touch with her own district. Montgomery finished with 57.7 percent of the vote and received the biggest applause, by far, of the four council members taking the oath of office.“My prayer is that I never lose sight of the community that sent me to City Hall to do one job, and that is to advocate for you,” Montgomery said. “On November 6, 2018, District 4 said `no more’ … No more giving away of our community resources to special interests, no more back-door deals to decide our community’s fate, no more supporting leaders who abandon our community and no more leaving out children behind.”Despite being a Democrat, Cole was Faulconer’s closest left-of-center ally on the council over the last two years.Moreno replaced her boss, the termed-out David Alvarez, in District 8. While she is expected by some City Hall observers to tread largely the same path as Alvarez did in his time on the council, her election signifies the first time in city history that a majority of the council members are women.“This is an historic day for our city,” said Councilwoman Barbara Bry. “We have five women — five strong women from diverse backgrounds are going to constitute a majority of our San Diego City Council.”Moreno finished with 50.9 percent of the vote, 549 votes ahead of San Ysidro school board member Antonio Martinez.“People want to know that City Hall is working for them, not for outside interests or those with their own agenda,” Moreno said. “They want to know that their elected officials listen to them and do all they can to help. To the communities of District 8, I promise to bring City Hall to you.”Campbell, Montgomery and Moreno cast their first vote Monday afternoon to appoint District 2 Councilwoman Georgette Gomez as the next council president. While rumors had previously swirled that Bry, the council’s president pro tem, might challenge Gomez for the presidency, the council ultimately voted unanimously, 9-0, in favor of Gomez.“As a council member, I worked to include the voices that are oftentimes not heard,” Gomez said. “I will continue to do so as council president. … I look forward to leading the 72nd City Council and developing stronger relationships with my colleagues.” KUSI Newsroom Thank you to my colleagues on the Council for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead as the next Council President. We will work toward creating a government that is equitable, inclusive, transparent, & accountable. This is a great opportunity & honor. Let’s get to work.— CM Georgette Gómez (@GGomezD9) December 10, 2018center_img Updated: 4:36 PM KUSI Newsroom, Congratulations to @GGomezD9 on becoming the next Council President.— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) December 11, 2018 New San Diego City Council Members sworn in at inauguration ceremonylast_img

Teen injured in fall from Camasarea rope swing

first_imgA 13-year-old boy suffered head injuries Friday when he fell from a rope swing over a creek in Camas, the Camas-Washougal Fire Department reported.The teen fell 10 to 15 feet from the swing in a steep forested canyon near Dahlia Street in Camas. He also suffered facial injuries in the fall, the department said in a bulletin Saturday.Crews were dispatched to the scene at 3:15 p.m. and found the teen was conscious and alert but in danger of becoming hypothermic.With assistance from Vancouver Fire Department, the Camas-Washougal crews used a rescue litter to move the teen out of the canyon. He was eventually transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for further evaluation.The teen’s name and condition were not available Saturday.The bulletin from the department included a reminder that, despite warming days, local waters remain significantly colder and currents swifter than many might expect.“Forested canyons in the area may provide a cool respite from heat, but access is typically very slippery and one wrong step can mean the difference between fun and tragedy,” the bulletin added. “Use all available safety devices when on the local waterways, and when exploring local forests and canyons stay out of unsafe areas and always let a responsible person know where you’ll be and when you plan to return.”Mark Bowder: 360-735-4512;; read more

Canadas new nationwide EV tax credit bumped sales by 30 report says

first_img2:30 Electric Cars Car Culture 1 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 59 Photos Five more things you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet… Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Enlarge ImageElectric cars are getting more popular in America’s neighbor-to-the-north, thanks to a new country-wide EV tax credit. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Here at Roadshow, we talk a lot about EV sales in the US and how various state and federal tax incentives have affected them. Well, guess what, champ — Canada has EV tax incentives too, and we’ll be damned if theirs aren’t working like a dream.What kind of dream? How about the kind where they spur a 30% increase in sales across the whole of the country? Nice, right? Well, it didn’t happen overnight, and there’s a bit of a story behind how it came about, according to a report published Monday by Green Car Reports.See, Ontario had an EV tax credit for a while, but when a new conservative provincial government was elected, it chose to kill the extremely generous $14,000 (that’s Canadian dollars) credit for new EV purchases. That could have been a massive hit to alternative fuel vehicles because the bulk of Canada’s electric vehicle sales happened in Ontario.Well, the folks over in Ottawa — that’s the capital of Canada, ya hoser — decided that it didn’t like that move and opted to instate a $5,000 electric vehicle credit across the whole of the Great White North. That credit and its subsequent 30% bump in sales will go a ways towards helping Canada achieve its goal of 100% electric vehicle sales by 2040.”Through these efforts, the Government of Canada is encouraging the use of zero-emission vehicles and making this clean technology more affordable to Canadians, while promoting a cleaner environment and better quality of life,” said the Transport Ministry, in a statement.The level of EV adoption in Canada currently sits at around 3% of the total number of vehicles, but as the cars get better, cheaper and more suited for Canada’s climate; we’d expect to see that number start to climb pretty quickly. 2018 Nissan Leaf: Long-term EV wrap-up Tags More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Study Intersections With Traffic Lights Are Nine Times More Dangerous

first_imgA steady stream of traffic moves through the intersection of FM 1960 and Jones Road in northwest Harris County.Intersections with traffic lights are nine times more likely to have fatal car crashes with pedestrians and cyclists compared to intersections with stop signs. That’s according to a new report just published by Rice University’s Kinder Institute.Research fellow Yujie Hu explains to Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin that the study used crash records collected from the Texas Department of Transportation from 2010 to 2016.And we consider what the City of Houston has done to address dangerous intersections as we talk with Jeffrey Weatherford, deputy director of Transportation and Drainage Operations for the city.  Sharelast_img read more

New Doom contains old Doom levels and textures as easter eggs

first_imgid Software has been showing us quite a bit of Doom gameplay lately. First we had the multiplayer beta, and now we’re getting extensive gameplay videos of the single-player experience as the release day draw ever closer. The game looks great, plays fast, and thankfully has a ton of options to tweak to your liking. But it also has a very cool easter egg buried throughout the single player missions.In the video below, Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin from id Software demonstrate how each mission in the game will have a hidden lever. Pulling the lever opens a door somewhere else in the level giving access to a new area. The cool thing about these areas are that they use original Doom level textures and follow the layout of those original levels, too.You can see one of the original Doom level reveals in this video:As well as unlocking these areas, you also unlock the full old Doom level they are taken from to access and play from the menu. However, while the level may look like the old one, the enemies they contain and the weapons you use are from new Doom. If that’s not to your liking then it’s not exactly hard to go play any of the old Doom games on a service such as Steam.Finding all the level unlocks is apparently going to be very tough, but I’m sure dedicated players will make short work of locating them all and creating a guide. And we don’t have to wait long before that happens as Doom is set to release on May 13.last_img read more

Masonic Lodge helps out the aged of Ladysmith

first_imgThe Masonic Lodge will be having a bowls fun day at Klipbank Bowling Club on June 16 to also raise funds for the senior citizens. If anyone wants to join in, they can contact Paddy on 0366374774 for more information.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Klipriver County Lodge 2401 Masonic Charity held a fund-raiser at De Franca’s Spar over the weekend to help out the old age home.Members took to the Spar parking lot with their gas cooker and gazebo to sell hamburgers in order to raise funds which will be donated to the senior citizens of the town.Many people satisfied their early-morning hunger and supported a good cause at the same time.Also read: Ladysmith bikers show their love for the agedAlso read: Bikers make a potjie to support old age homelast_img read more

Tiger axes more routes

first_imgTiger Airways has announced the suspension of four more routes as it looks to restore reliability and “improve punctuality” by simplifying its Australian network. From 1 August 2011, the airline will no longer operate its Melbourne to Mackay and Melbourne to Rockhampton services as well as its Brisbane to Sydney and Sydney to Sunshine Coast routes, with affected passengers to be provided with full refunds.The latest changes follow the announcement by Tiger last week that the low-cost carrier would be axing its services from Avalon to Adelaide, Brisbane and Gold Coast as it relocates one of its aircraft to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.          “We know that our customers expect an on-time flight as well as a great fare from Tiger Airways,” Tiger Airways Australia chief executive Crawford Rix said. “These network changes will both streamline and simplify our Australian operations, enabling us to focus on combining our low fares with improved punctuality.”Without crew bases in New South Wales and Queensland, and with flights to Mackay and Rockhampton negatively affected in recent months by rising oil prices and natural disasters, Tiger has admitted that operating punctual flights had been more challenging than it had anticipated.“The changes that we are making to our flying programme will enable as to improve punctuality across our network and we are hopeful that as we grow the airline we will be able to restore services on the affected routes in the near future,” Mr Rix said.Spanning every state and territory, Tiger will continue to operate 14 routes across Australia. Tiger wants to ‘streamline and simplify’ its Australian operations Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H.last_img read more

Jetstar in court over discrimination case

first_imgJetstar is appearing in a Federal court this week, in a matter concerning passenger Sheila King who is seeking a declaration that the airlines two’s wheelchair policy is discriminatory.Ms King claims that Jetstar’s policy contravenes the Disability Discrimination Act, since she was denied access to a flight in 2008 on the basis that the flight already had two passengers needing wheelchair assistance.As a result of a motor accident, Ms King, who is 75 years old has post –polio syndrome and a crushed vertebrae.Ms King said she is not seeking financial compensation, rather is fighting this case to ensure Australian’s living with a disability are treated the same as everyone else.”I deserve to be treated the same as any other Australian, not made to be felt like a second class citizen.” Ms King said.“This fight is for all Australians living with a disability.”Redfern Legal Centre chief executive Joanna Shulman said, Australia is the only country which limits the number of passengers with disabilities travelling on the same aircraft at the same time.”People with Disabilities are entitled to enjoy equality of access to air travel, in order to ensure they are able to participate fully in society”, Ms Shulman said.Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM has raised serious concerns about Jetstar’s policy at a Senate Estimates Hearing last week and has requested for tougher regulation. Jetstar in court over discrimination case Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Brisbanes TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel rated one of the citys best

first_imgSource = TRYP by Wyndham Brisbane’s TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel rated one of the city’s bestBrisbane’s TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel rated one of the city’s bestGuests have rated TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, Brisbane among the city’s best in the recently announced 2017 Guest Review Awards.Featuring striking original murals and artworks by acclaimed artists Beastman, Rone, Numskull and Fintan Magee, the 65-room boutique hotel notched an average review score of 9.3 out of 10 based on customer feedback in six categories, including cleanliness, comfort, location, facilities, staff and value for money.As well as this impressive accolade, 100 percent of TRYP Fortitude Valley guests said their expectations of the hotel were met or exceeded.“There is nothing more inspiring than hearing positive feedback from our guests, which is what makes this award from all the more special,” said Hotel Manager Kim Knowles.“The Guest Review Awards are based entirely on what our guests think of us and receiving such a high score reinforces our commitment to creating personalised and memorable experiences for all of our guests.”To be recognised with a Guest Review Award, properties must receive an average score of 8.0 or higher based on at least five reviews.Feedback on the online platform complimented TRYP Fortitude Valley’s fun and friendly staff, vibrant decor and excellent location on Constance Street.Nestled amid the city’s vibrant cultural precinct, close to iconic bars, restaurants, galleries and other attractions, the hotel’s stylish and well-appointed rooms are adorned with street art and boast coffee pod machines, interactive Lifestyle panel televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi.The hotel also offers excellent service and impressive facilities including an onsite gym, meeting room, UP on Constance rooftop bar and ground floor burger restaurant, Chur.TRYP Fortitude Valley has received numerous accolades, including nods to its architecture and interior design from the Australian Institute of Architects, as well as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Travellers’ Choice Award in 2017.More information on TRYP Fortitude Valley is available at www.trypbrisbane.comlast_img read more

Connecting Education to Affordable Housing

first_img 23 days ago 208 Views 2019 Housing Market Affordable Housing 2019-07-10 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img Connecting Education to Affordable Housing Although home values have risen in recent years, Zillow reports that the average home in 36 of the nation’s 50 largest metros are affordable to households that an average income associated with only a high school diploma. The report also reveals that median-price homes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, may not require income associated to a high school diploma to be affordable. Nine additional metros, including some of the priciest markets in the nation, have income levels that are close to an associate’s degree, and puts people in homeownership levels in Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Portland, Oregon; Riverside, California; Sacramento, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Washington, D.C. With mortgage rates falling to multi-year lows, monthly payments are lower for those who can afford a down payment. Down payments, though, remains a challenge as home prices have grown faster than incomes over the past several years. A recent report by Zillow found that buyers need 1.5 year longer to save for a 20% down payment on the average-priced home than 30 years prior. First-time buyers are especially challenged in this area, as Zillow data shows that 46% of a typical down payment comes from the savings for first-time buyers, compared to 35% for repeat buyers. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported in May that the price of a home remains the biggest hurdle to homeownership, as 46% of potential home buyers are having trouble finding an affordable home. According to the report, the share of buyers who consider high prices the biggest hurdle fell 5 points when compared to 2018. The amount of people who couldn’t find a home in the proper neighborhood fell 2 points and there was no change for people who couldn’t find home with features they want.”The influx of highly educated workers into already-expensive metros with stagnant or slow-growing inventory has made it difficult for those with less education and earning potential to enter those markets,” said Skylar Olsen, Director of Economic Research at Zillow. “There can also be considerable variation within metros. While a bachelor’s degree may be enough to afford a mortgage on the typical home in the San Diego (California) metro at large, it’s likely to be insufficient in pricey areas like La Jolla (California). And that’s only after scraping together a sizable down payment, which is a huge hurdle for most buyers.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Radisson Blu Plaza Syd

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRadisson Blu Plaza Sydney has collaborated with Australian lifestyle brand Papinelle to design an exclusive new range of luxury sleepwear for the hotel’s guests.For women, Papinelle has created a pure silk set of pyjamas in rich navy colouring with a soft sheen and luxurious feel. A soft premium pima cotton has been used for the pants and shirt combination which will ensure comfort and style for Radisson Blu Sydney’s male guests.In celebration of the completion of the hotel’s $12M redesign which finishes in July, the limited-edition range of pyjamas will be included for all guests who book the hotel’s Celebrations Package in July. They will also be available as a gift to guests who enjoy multiple stays at the property.Papinelle, which was established in 2003 by Renae James out of Paddington Markets, is now a global brand with three signature stores in Australia and representation in over 180 boutiques worldwide. Its sleepwear has a strong celebrity following with it being worn by the likes of Katy Perry, Carey Mulligan, Paris Hilton and Sienna Miller.This is the first time Papinelle has collaborated on designing a sleepwear range for a hotel in Australia.“When Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney approached us regarding a partnership we immediately recognised it as a great opportunity. With the hotel’s new interiors featuring rich materials such as velvet, brass accents and Italian wallpaper we were in design heaven at Papinelle creating an exclusive range which is beautiful, comfortable to wear and matches the luxuriousness of the rooms,” said founder Renae James.Radisson Blu General Manager, Peter Tudehope said, “We are excited by this opportunity to form an exclusive partnership with Papinelle to enhance the guest experience at the hotel and reinforce our five-star positioning in the Sydney market.”The celebrations package costs from $380 per night. To take advantage of this offer, guests need to book during the month of July for stays between 1 July and 30 December 2016.  The package includes full buffet breakfast in the Lady Fairfax room, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bottle of French Champagne on arrival, 1pm late checkout, upgrade to a Premier Room and a pair of exclusive Papinelle Pyjamas.LATTE was treated to a pair of the new silk pyjamas by Papinelle. Not only are they soft, comfortable and like sleeping in a heavenly embrace, but they are richly luxuriant in their quality and make every bedtime a ritual.For more about the future of Radisson Blu, read our interview with Andreas Flaig, Executive President Development for Asia Pacific, of Radisson Blu’s parent company, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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