Taxi drivers petition city for level playing field with ride sharing companies

first_imgAround 300 Calgary cab drivers have signed a letter to the city, asking for ride sharing companies to be subject to the same rules and regulations as taxis.The petition says more and more cab drivers are being forced to give up on mortgage payments and file for bankruptcy as they struggle to make ends meet.Taxi driver Syed Hussain said one example is vehicle inspections: taxis must go in every six months, but for Uber drivers, it’s once every year.“When we renew our taxi badge, we pay $175, the Uber guys they pay $15,” he said.Hussain said added costs mean taxi drivers often work 12 hours a day, seven days a week.“We have over 2,000 drivers and they are suffering unbelievably,” he said.“There are double standards. Two laws: one for the tax industry and one for the sharing companies like Uber or Lyft or whatever, and that is not fair.”Meanwhile Clement Gulston, who drives for both ride-sharing companies Uber and Cowboy Taxi, argues he pays just as much as a taxi driver, maybe even more, as 25 per cent of fares go to the company to cover costs.“Their (taxi) system is outdated. Checker has apps, do you know that? Associated has (an) app, do you know that? Calgary City Cab has app? Have you ever tried to use their app, have you ever talked to anybody who tried to use their app? If you use any one of these apps, you’re not connected instantly with the driver,” he said.Gulston says he works for two companies driving four cars, not because he needs the money, but because he’s taking advantage of good opportunities. Should rideshare drivers (Uber, Lyft) face the same regulations as cab drivers?YesNoVoteView Results Take Our Polllast_img read more

Husky awaits explosion investigation results before restarting asphalt refinery

first_imgCALGARY – Two months after fire and explosions ripped through its recently purchased asphalt refinery in Superior, Wis., Husky Energy Inc. says it still doesn’t know when it will be able to restart the facility.Spokesman Mel Duvall says investigations are continuing into the cause of the April 26 incident in which 11 people were injured and nearby homes evacuated while plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.He says the Calgary-based company won’t be able to fully assess damage and map out a recovery plan until the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completes its determination of cause.Husky bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana for about $570 million in a deal that closed in November.According to a website update posted Monday, cleanup efforts have progressed to the point that the off-site incident command centre has been moved onto refinery property. It says about 400 employees and contractors are supporting daily operations.As of last Friday, Husky says it has received some 3,300 claims from local businesses and residents who incurred expenses or suffered losses during the incident, of which about 2,700 have been resolved.“We do have insurance, both on the assets and business interruption, and we have made alternate arrangements to continue supplying customers. No employees have been laid off,” said Duvall in an email.“We may be able to provide an update (on costs) on our second-quarter conference call later this month.”He said all of the injured people have been released from hospital.On the website, Husky says it expects to be able to bring in trucks later this month to remove stored asphalt inventory.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

California smuggler of erectile dysfunction drug gets prison

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California man who smuggled $11 million worth of erectile dysfunction drugs into the U.S. from China has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for conspiracy and smuggling contraband.Prosecutors say the drugs sold by 41-year-old John Lee of Walnut were dangerous black-market creations falsely advertised as herbal remedies and some customers suffered permanent injuries.Lee also was ordered Monday to pay $550,000 in restitution to victims.Prosecutors say from 2011 to 2017, Lee illegally imported powdered tadalafil — the active ingredient in the prescription drug Cialis.Lee made 5 1/2 million pills, some containing 14 times the level of the drug found in Cialis.He pleaded guilty in February. More than a dozen other associates and companies have pleaded guilty to conspiring with Lee.The Associated Press read more

Past experience helping Driss Guessous produce on court for Ohio State mens

Redshirt-freshman Driss Guessous (4) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDriss Guessous went from redshirting his first year at Ohio State to starting every match and becoming one of the most influential players on the men’s volleyball team the next and is far from your average freshman athlete.That’s because when it comes to experience, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Guessous’ coach Pete Hanson said his rivals anyone.“Driss is a great athlete, but all of his experience is one of the reasons why he is having such a successful freshman year. He has played some great volleyball and is drawing from those experiences,” Hanson said.Guessous started playing volleyball during his freshman year of high school at Loyola in Pasadena, Calif., where he was named a 2012 first-team All-American and led the team to a state title. The past two summers, he has played with the USA Volleyball and the Junior National Team, competed at the Federation Internationale De Volleyball and played in the Men’s U-21 World Championship in Turkey with Buckeye teammate and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy.As an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Guessous said it has been a difficult adjustment from last season to find the time to stay on track with his schoolwork while traveling with the team.“The hardest transition for me is trying to balance school and volleyball. Being a physics major and having to travel to matches all over the Midwest can be quite the challenge, but it keeps me focused on what my goals are and what I want to take away from college — a great education and, hopefully, a national championship,” Guessous said.The Buckeyes have the 15th-best hitting percentage in the nation at .287, led by Guessous, who is ranked No. 1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and fourth in the country for his hitting percentage of .446.“Driss is our most consistent attacker. If we ever get into an offensive slump, we know that he has the ability to get us out of it,” redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said.“Driss is one of our best offense weapons. He’s consistently killing balls for us,” Henchy said.Hanson said for one player to be successful on the court, the whole team must work together. But when it comes to Guessous, he works hand-in-hand with freshman setter Christy Blough, to get set up for a kill.“We have a setter who really understands that finding a way to get Driss the ball can really help the offense. Christy has really embraced that and does a good job of assisting Driss in a lot of opportunities,” Hanson said.Beyond his contributions to the Buckeye offense, Guessous is a main contributor to the defense as well. He is ranked sixth in the conference in blocks per set with a .94 average. His position as middle blocker entails a lot, Hanson said.“There is a lot of responsibility on a middle blocker from a blocking perspective, and as an attacker, to make some pretty instantaneous judgments, and being aware of everyone’s positioning on the court and the position of the ball,” Hanson said.As Guessous’ familiarity with the team increases, he also will grow as a player, Hanson said.“The more and more Driss and the passers and setters play together, the quicker and smarter his decisions will become,” Hanson said. “That will help him to continue to be more and more effective.”After falling to No. 15 IPFW Wednesday 3-2, the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 12 Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. in Columbus.Guessous said he is always looking to improve and understand that he has a lot to learn during these next few years as a Buckeye.“I want to get better at all facets of the sport. That’s the best part about playing volleyball — no matter how good I am, I can always can be better. That is why I love the sport. I crave the challenge and that is what keeps me going,” Guessous said. read more

Swimmers told to avoid seals after man left with infected bite in

Animal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance seals are wild and should not be approachedCredit:David Rose Animal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance seals are wild and should not be approached 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. Seal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance the animals are wild and should not be approached.  Swimmers have been told to steer clear of seals after a man was left with an infected bite which could have led to an amputation.The marine wildlife volunteer, known only as Richard, was left with a 3 inch wide wound after helping the pup who had been fighting with another seal.He was bitten on Saturday when the injured seal was relayed to him by a police officer who picked it up after the scrap had ended on Caister beach in Norfolk.There were fears he could develop ‘seal fingers’, an infection caused from seal bites which can lead to a contamination of open wounds and eventually amputation if not treated.The bite takes between a few hours and four days to become infected but an antibiotic called Tetracycline is known to be an effective treatment.However, Richard, who volunteers for wildlife charity Seals and Shore, was taken to A&E where he was given antibiotics for the bite on his left arm, so did not require an operation.It comes only days after a wild seal was filmed swimming up to kiss swimmers at a beach further down the east coast in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. A spokesperson for British Divers Marine Life Rescue warned that the disturbance of seals in their natural habitats is becoming more commonplace.They said: “People are getting too close to seals and touching them. They are wild animals which can bite so the best advice for people going to the beach who spot them is to leave them alone. The disturbance of seals is becoming more and more common. ” Other wildlife groups are calling for more protection for seals as disturbances can lead to chronic stress, which can lead to breeding failure and the death of seal pups.Andy Ottaway, Campaigns Director for the Seal Action Group, is urging the public to stay at least 100 metres away from the animals in order to avoid any more incidents. read more

Rockwell Automation and Gekko to collaborate on mining software technology

first_imgGekko Systems and Rockwell Automation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop software solutions that will assist mining customers across the globe to account for metal content in the various stages of ore processing plants and provide the analytical capability to audit and improve operating performance.Rockwell Automation and Gekko have worked together collaboratively over 15 years and bring together Gekko’s deep knowledge and experience in mineral processing solutions and operations with Rockwell Automation’s global leadership in automation.“It is exciting for Gekko Systems to be associated with Rockwell Automation in what we believe to be a significant opportunity to assist the mining industry to make sense from valuable data that is often lost or not easily accessible for analysis.” said Gekko’s Global Mining and Processing Services Manager, Renaldo Maras.The metallurgical accounting program is in development and pilot stage.“We are delighted to have the opportunity to help co-develop this Connected Mine software solution with Gekko Systems. This is the culmination of our ongoing 15 plus year relationship and the exploitation of technology and industry trends towards the Industrial Internet of Things. This is a solution that ultimately will help benefit our respective clients,” said Steve Simpkin, Gekko Account Manager, Rockwell Automation.Left to right in the picture, Peter Morell, Business Manager, Rockwell Automation; Renaldo Maras, Global Mining & Processing Services Manager, Gekko; Andrew Edmondson, Group Manager – Sales & Commercial, Gekko; Michael Pantaleano, Business Manager, Rockwell Automationlast_img read more

LetsCatchup rolls out alumnireferral network to help jobseekers in India

first_imgThere is no shortage of recruitment platforms on the web. But looking for a job is still a nightmare; employers too, are flooded with resumes and finding the right talent at the right time is a dream shot. While multiple social and referral hiring companies are trying to solve this problem, a Singapore based startup LetsCatchup is changing the Indian recruitment Industry by leveraging the power of alumni networks.The company is backed by Asia’s No.1 business accelerator JFDI Asia, which has invested around $200, 000 in cash and support. The startup went through a rigorous four-month accelerator program; concluded with a grand demo day last month, which was attended by over 100 investor groups from South East Asia.”We have worked with over 50 startups in last 5 years;LetsCatchup has checked all the boxes for building a successful company. With an experienced team and unique business proposition, they clearly excelled in our program.” said, ChiKai Huang, JFDI program Manager.Conventional recruitment portals are mostly job listings based, where hundreds of job seekers compete for one post. This also troubles the employers with huge time and money spent on shortlisting of candidates. LetsCatchup solves this problem with their unique referral-matching engine, explained Vinay Pahlajani, CEO of LetsCATCHUP:”Job seekers spend lot of time in finding the right connections and opportunities. We have developed an engine, which automatically sends them matching opportunities from companies where their peers or seniors are working. They don’t have to visit multiple job boards, if there is a matching job- it will come directly to their inbox.”LetsCATCHUP directly connects job seekers with Industry Insiders to get career advice and job referrals. Every application goes through an internal connection, which ensures faster and better response; at the same time the employers get short-listed and verified resumes through existing employees.The platform leverages college alumni communities to maintain the quality of referrals and is only open for graduates of selected premier Indian Colleges like IIT’s and IIM’s right now. “We are adding new colleges with invitations only; there are 131 colleges in our waitlist already and we plan to open the network by end of this year. Going forward, we’ll expand to company and Industry based networks,” added co-founder, Ruchin Chaudhary.last_img read more

ExIPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment

first_imgIPS Sanjiv Bhatt (2L) poses with his wife Shweta (2R), daughter Aakashi (L), and son Shantanu (R) after receiving the 5th Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in Ahmedabad on December 31, 2012. Bhatt was honoured for his accomplishment for standing against communal forces to ensure the protection of vulnerable and insecure minorities.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer have been sentenced to life imprisonment by Gujarat’s Jamnagar Sessions Court after finding them guilty over a custodial death case.The verdict was given out by Judge DM Vyas after finding the accused Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer Pravinsinh Zala guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 302 for the custodial death of Prabhudas Madhavji Vaishnani.The incident dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police at Jamnagar. He had arrested nearly 130 people in connection with communal violence in Jamjodhpur town at the time of BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra.Prabhudas, who was released nine days later, died at a hospital due to renal failure allegedly due to custodial torture.last_img read more

State Panel Says Galveston Pension Underfunded For 17 Years

first_img Share Photo via FlickrA state pension review panel says Galveston has been underfunding the city’s police pension for the past 17 years.A Texas Pension Review Board report released last week also says the Galveston fund is facing “significant financial stress” and that current police officers are contributing more to the plan than they will ultimately receive.The Galveston County Daily News reports the fund is facing $29 million in unfunded liabilities.The board says the fund is plagued by inadequate contributions, poor investment returns, increased payments to beneficiaries and uneven ratio of those paying into the plan versus those receiving from it.Deputy City Manager Dan Buckley disputes that the city owes any money toward the fund.The board found that the plan was nearly fully funded in 2000 but now is only 42 percent funded.___Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.comlast_img read more

New Book Tells The Story Of Developing An Artificial Heart

first_img X 00:00 /08:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In a story she says is “as much about innovation as it is about medicine,” Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz has a new book called Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart.In it, she follows a nearly 50-year saga of research and roadblocks, focused on the work of Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute as he strives to develop a fully-functioning artificial heart with the help of various associates, a project that is still ongoing though hopefully nearing some kind of completion soon.We talk with Swartz about the book and why this story piqued her interest.center_img Terry Vine/Texas Heart InstituteDr. Bud Frazier holds up an artificial heart. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Flexible Polymer Transistors Printed Using Ultraviolet Light

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Study results pave the way to programmable electronic inks The procedure for creating UV-printed polymer transistors. (a) A PEDOT-coated mold is placed in contact with the pre-polymer-coated flexible substrate (b) They are illuminated with UV light (c) Upon removing the mold, PEDOT source-drain layers are transferred onto the substrate (d) Active and dielectric layers are “spin coated” on top of the source-drain layers (e) and (f) Using a PEDOT-coated glass substrate, the self-aligning gate layer is contact-printed on the dielectric layer. Image by Hong Lee, © American Institute of Physics (PhysOrg.com) — Computer and television displays made using flexible, bendable polymer materials are technologies of the future, promising roll-up computer monitors and other innovations. Scientists are making progress toward bringing these technologies into our homes and offices. A research group at Seoul National University in Korea recently created a flexible polymer transistor that is printed using a simple process involving ultraviolet (UV) light, described in the November 20 online edition of Applied Physics Letters. Creating transistors in this way is an important avenue toward flexible electronics, as transistors form the basis of most modern electronic devices. Computer processing chips, for example, consist of more than 200 million transistors.”Our printing method is low-cost and could be scaled to the manufacturing level — a requirement for most technologies,” said Hong Lee, the paper’s corresponding author, to PhysOrg.com. “It performs as well as non-flexible polymer transistors and better than similar transistors produced by other research groups.”The researchers started with a commercially available polymer mold etched with a “source-drain” pattern, forming locations for two of the three electric terminals that make up a transistor: the source, drain, and gate. They then coated the mold with a very thin layer (just 100 nanometers) of a conducting polymer material, known in abbreviated form as PEDOT.Next they coated a flexible substrate — a surface on which to build the transistor — with a “pre-polymer” liquid layer. The pre-polymer is key to the process because it hardens and binds to the PEDOT layer when illuminated with UV light.Applying no pressure, the researchers brought the mold and the substrate into contact and exposed them to UV light for 20 minutes. When the mold was removed, the researchers saw that the PEDOT on the mold’s raised areas had been transferred to the substrate, forming the transistor’s source and drain.But unlike ink deposited onto paper by a stamp, in which the paper’s surface remains flat, the substrate underwent topological changes caused by the physical bonding between the pre-polymer and the PEDOT under the UV light during the hardening process. Where the raised parts of the mold met the substrate, the substrate’s surface developed “low” areas. And across from the mold’s low areas, the substrate developed a raised mound between the source and drain, which acts as a channel between them.The substrate was coated with two additional polymers, an “active” current-carrying layer and a dielectric, a material used in transistors to control the flow of current.Finally, the substrate was flipped over and put in contact with PEDOT-coated glass. PEDOT “ink” was transferred to the substrate’s raised area, completing the four-layer printed transistor structure.This method departs from the inkjet-style approaches commonly used to print polymer transistors, in which a printer head moves back and forth across the substrate, depositing the polymer layers in tiny droplets. Inkjet printing has been successful, but ensuring the overall transistor pattern is properly aligned before the ink is dispensed can be difficult. The UV method does not require this step because the formation of the raised mound after the mold and substrate are combined and illuminated acts as a self-alignment mechanism.Citation: Applied Physics Letters 93, 203308 ( 2008) link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203308/1Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Flexible Polymer Transistors ‘Printed’ Using Ultraviolet Light (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-flexible-polymer-transistors-ultraviolet.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

To the hills we say

first_imgNestled between the hills, Arunachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise. Long trails, waterfalls, fantastic architecture, the state is something to behold. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Sonam Chambey was in Delhi recently and we caught up with him for a candid conversation and he explained why Arunachal must top our list of next holiday destinations and also what lies next on the to-do list. Here are excerpts of the interview.What steps have you taken to increase tourism footfall in Arunachal Pradesh? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The only way to improve tourist footfall is to increase awareness of the destination among the potential tourists. Arunachal Tourism has been making consistent efforts in marketing and promotion by way of participation in major travel fairs, ads in popular magazines etc.Furthermore, to make the stay of the tourists in the state more enjoyable and memorable one, efforts are being made to popularize unique tourism products such as rural/tribal way of life, kiwi farm and apple/orange orchard tours etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhich places/activities are you promoting within the state?Arunachal Pradesh is a destination, which has something to offer for everyone!  Adventure seekers- white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, river crossing, mountain biking etc. A treasure trove of culture and heritage- distinct culture and traditions of more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub- tribes. Spiritual destination with 400-year-old second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, Hindu pilgrimage such as Parasharam kund, Bhismaknagar and Malinithan With 82% forest cover teeming with life, a bio-diversity hotspot with unique flora and fauna is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Niche products such as angling, bird watching, and wellness are also being promoted. We are also planning to sell the state as a destination for creative people- writers, painters, lyricist etcWhat is the kind of tourist footfall seen over the years? Does AP see many foreign tourists as compared to Indians?Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as a favoured destination for tourists. We are witnessing steady flow of both foreign and domestic tourists and the footfall has been increasing over the years. The percentage increase is very encouraging.What kind of development are you looking in for in the state to make travel easier for the tourists?Massive infrastructural development projects such as the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Railways, Airports etc are making rapid progress and will be commissioned shortly. With completion of these projects, travel for tourists will ease to a great extent. Large number of hotels, home stays have come up and many more are coming up to address the accommodation demands of the tourists.You conducted the International Tourism Mart, in January this year; can you tell us the purpose behind it and the response you got from the mart?The ITM in January was held in Guwahati in which Arunachal tourism also participated. It has been a revolutionary initiative of the ministry of tourism. This has put the entire region on global focus as a tourist destination. Arunachal Tourism in particular has reaped a lot of benefits from ITM. The state tour operators have had excellent networking sessions with both domestic as well international buyers and I am certain that this season will see them getting increased business.Arunachal Pradesh was awarded the most favourite upcoming tourist destination by a popular magazine recently; can you tell us what makes AP a unique tourist destination?Arunachal is the largest state in North East India. The geographical diversity of the state with the foothills, hills and the mountains and its distinct flora and fauna, coupled with as many as 26 different tribes, each with separate culture and history makes it a unique destination. With options from adrenaline rushed adventure to relaxed holidaying in the lap of pristine nature, tourists coming to Arunachal are guaranteed a wholesome and a unique experience.last_img read more

60 years of IndoFrench alliance

first_imgTo celebrate 60 Years of Alliance Francaise de Delhi, a 3-day festival would be hosted which would have have an exhibition of photography, round table, musical performances, DJ night and performance by well known artist Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The first day of the event includes Kal Aaj Kal (Round Table around Indo – French Cultural Cooperation) at 4:30PM followed by the inauguration of a photography exhibition titled ‘The surface of Things’ by Uzma Mohsin, Srinivas Kuruganti, Sukanya Ghosh and Edson Dias. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the second day of the programme, one may find solace in the mesmerising performance of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at 7PM, while the final day hosts a variety of events. At 11AM the Video Games Space would be inaugurated for gaming enthusiasts. In the afternoon one could take out some time to attend a play by L’Avare by Moliere.The evening on Saturday will host a concert by Jean Du Voyage (French Electronic Music) followed by the most awaited DJ night – Jean Du Voyage feat. DJ RoliWhen: November 24-26Where: Alliance FrancaiseTiming: Day1- 4PM onwards; Day 2- 7PM; Day 3-11AM onwardslast_img read more

KMC looking to boost filtered water supply in Tollygunj Jadavpur

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking a slew of measures for improving the supply of filtered water in Tollygunj and Jadavpur areas and at the same time, minimising the use of groundwater through big diameter tubewell.”Our emphasis will be to overhaul the supply of filtered water in parts of Tollygunj, Jadavpur and Garia, where the pressure of water is relatively low in comparison to other parts of the city. We have taken up several projects and most of them will be completed in a year,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseElaborating on the steps taken in this regard, a senior official of the Water Supply department said that a 1,000 mm dedicated pipeline is being laid from James Long Sarani to Deshapran Sasmal Road for transportation of treated surface water from Garden Reach Waterworks. The capacity of Bansdroni Booster Pumping Station reservoir has been increased by an additional 1.2 million gallon by constructing a new reservoir. “We will soon complete laying of 1,000 mm diameter dedicated pipeline at Raja Rammohan Roy Road in Behala, to feed the new reservoir,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe construction of a small booster pumping station at Bangur Park in ward 93 and Babubagan in ward 92 has already started. A reservoir with additional capacity of 2 million gallon is being constructed inside the campus of Anandapur Booster Pumping Station to improve water supply in the adjacent areas. The Water Supply department has also taken up projects to reduce exploitation of groundwater with big diameter tubewells and to ensure supply of treated surface water. A booster pumping station of 3.2 million gallon capacity is coming up at Subhash Pally in ward 111, while another reservoir of 0.25 million capacity is being set up near the Japan Consulate office in ward 97. “Four small booster pumping stations with reservoir are being constructed at Panchannagram in ward 107, Kayasthapara in ward 106, Panchasayar in ward 109 and Achena Park in ward 101. We are hopeful of reducing groundwater extraction considerably once these projects are completed,” the official added. Some works have already been taken up in other parts of the city for minimising groundwater extraction that includes construction of an underground reservoir cum booster pumping station of 3 million gallon capacity at Shakuntala Park, which is expected to be completed by October 2019. Soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata in December last year, Firhad Hakim has stressed upon stopping extraction of ground water totally in the city. He has already held a meeting with the state Water Resources Investigation department and will soon come out with a scientific action plan. Hakim, who placed the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal, has proposed an allocation of Rs 406.89 crore for development of water supply.last_img read more

New to market Zurich Travel Insurance now available

first_img Posted by Friday, January 25, 2019 TORONTO — Zurich Insurance has launched Zurich Travel Insurance for Canadians travelling out-of-country. Coverages are available for emergency medical and dental care, trip cancellation and interruption, baggage loss and damage, flight and travel accident and 24/7 travel assistance services, says Zurich.“Our commitment to the travel sector has grown along with the rise in international travel for Canadians,” said Saad Mered, CEO of Zurich Canada. “We are excited to bring new capabilities to Zurich Canada, strengthening our core offerings to help meet the growing demand for convenient, customized and compliant travel protection plans.”Zurich Canada’s Vice President of Travel, Accident & Sickness John Thain says: “Canadians’ health insurance does not follow them across the border, so they need travel protection plans with medical coverage they can count on.  Our new proposition was designed to help travellers close this coverage gap.”In addition to the medical, trip cancelation, and baggage coverages, the new proposition includes access to Zurich Travel Assist, a 24/7 travel assistance service administered by Toronto-based Zurich subsidiary World Travel Protection. For more than 25 years, World Travel Protection has provided medical, travel and security assistance services, complete with a mobile app, to over 3.8 million travellers.In Canada, Zurich Canada is underwritten by Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Canadian Branch) and is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a Switzerland-based global insurance provider with subsidiaries licensed to provide travel protection in multiple geographies around the world. In 2017, Zurich acquired Cover-More Group Limited, a specialist global travel insurance and medical assistance provider based in Australia. Other Zurich travel subsidiaries include U.S.-based Travelex, and Latin American brands Travel Ace and Universal Assistance.More information is at https://www.zurichcanada.com/en-ca/industries/travel. Share Tags: Travel Insurance, Zurich Canada, Zurich Travel Insurancecenter_img New to market: Zurich Travel Insurance now available << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

Royal visit Will and Kate to see Australias attractions

first_imgThe couple will then head to Brisbane for a day before heading to the Royal Air Force base in Amberley and then going to Uluru and Yulara in the Northern Territory. Northern Territory (NT) Tourism Minister, Matt Conlan said that the royal visit will be a boon for the local economy. Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as their baby George, will begin their Australian tour by visiting the Sydney Opera House and George will have an enclosure in Taronga Zoo named after him, the ABC reported.They will then head to Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters, attend the Royal Easter Show and watch lifesavers on Manly Beach. “We predict the royal visit will provide us with a wealth of material and opportunity to tap into our key market of the United Kingdom and entice more Brits to holiday in the Northern Territory,” he said. The NT has also committed AUD $ 8 million to market the royal visit to build on the 35,000 visitors it gets each year from Britain.  The royal visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will allow Australia to use their star power to advertise its attractions and unique culture. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

Gatvelcom everything your travel needs

first_imgGatvel.com Gatvel.comdiscover more hereSource = Gatvel.com Gatvel.comGatvel.com, everything your travel needsGatvel.com is the world’s first travel website that offers travellers a full range of travelling-related services and also the first marketplace platform for the travel business industry. Travellers will be able to plan and book their flights, hotels, tours, local transportation, travel guide and things to do directly in one website – Gatvel.com. Our vision is to be the world’s leading travel website, so that travelling can be more affordable, accessible, and enjoyable to travellers around the world.Started off since 2015, Gatvel.com currently has over 200 Travel Service Providers as their business partners, offering 1,000 different kinds of products and services, and constantly growing. Right now, we are offering special holiday activities in Malaysia, but in the future, we will add in more fun and informative features, and also to expand our travel platform concept into Asian countries, and later on, worldwide recognition.In addition to a wide selection of tour packages, hotel accommodations and flight bookings for the travellers, the wanderlust will be able to share all kinds of travel guides and the destination information, so that travellers can save time while gather some fast facts and general information. The main selling point in Gatvel.com is that we offer comprehensive and best price guarantee travelling products, effective solution and smart traveller experiences. Gatvel.com tends to shape travel trends globally and create a brand new travel ecosystem, make travelling simple, easy and affordable for everyone. Furthermore, our customer service & IT support will assist you when you have any questions or inquiries.Why Gatvel.com was created Gatvel.com was created to solve seamless traveller’s problem. Travellers will always have an issue when it comes to travel booking. Travellers spend an average 3-4 weeks to pre-plan their holiday trip, and have to browse up to average 38 different websites just to compare the prices, or to make their hotel booking, gather information on local transport, tours, and destination guides, and so much more travelling issues.Gatvel.com was created to help travellers to plan their holidays all under one roof. Gatvel.com can be seen as the Google Traveller version, where we offer travel features such as pre-planning, in-destination, travel info, booking and travel intelligence features. As such, travellers will be able to save time, save money, hassle-free and become efficient, quality, and intelligent travellers while planning for your holiday. Travellers no longer need to visit so many websites, or download hundreds of travel apps as they travel. All they need to do is go onto Gatvel.com and get all the travelling products and services they need.Gatvel.comThe Founders Lawrence Koh and Joanne Tan are the founders of Gatvel.com. Both young, energetic and passionate entrepreneurs aim to uplift Gatvel.com to become the world’s most intelligent travel website. With their rich experiences in travel business and economy, strategic business expansion, they are confident that their big dream will be realistic.How did Lawrence come up with the name ‘Gatvel’? “Because I like to travel together with my family and friends, and connect to all the travellers in the world. ‘Gat’ was originally twisted from the words ‘toGETher’ and ‘vel’ is from the words ‘travel’,” explained Lawrence. “The uniqueness of Gatvel is that we are building the next generation of travel solutions, 1 step ahead among others. Gatvel.com will evolve by itself along the way.”Future Plan In the future, Gatvel.com users can also share their reviews and travelling experiences on any products or services we have in our website, and also to blog about their travel experiences, as we allow all global travellers to stay connected using our social features. In terms of business expansion, we will add in more travelling features, ie. creating mobile app, user personal planner and the booking information, navigation, and so much more interesting and interactive features within the travel community. From the aspects of tourism business, Gatvel.com creates the marketing platform for input intelligent solutions, boost the global tourism and the resilience of economies, and also allow the Travel Service Providers to have marketing and branding exposure on their travel-related products and services.In such way, the travellers are empowered with travelling information such as the estimated price, places to go, things to do, other user’s experience, and other relevant information.Message from Founders Lawrence Koh: “I started Gatvel because I found there are so many webs & apps solutions and none of them can provide me seamless and efficient travel experiences. Why do we need to download thousands of different apps when we have different travel destinations? I am creating a solution which is, not only to provide everything your travel needs, but also a travel community where travellers could connect and share their travel experiences. I want to help travellers to get affordable, real scoop and smart travel experience everywhere the travellers go. I also want to help travel operators to have this channel to explore their business into international markets.If you find Gatvel is an ideal solution for you, I would deeply appreciate it if you can write a review, leave any message, or share any of your holiday experiences on a trip either positive or negative. Millions of travellers rely on the authentic opinion they find at Gatvel.com and would love to hear what you have to say. If you have any new idea or comment want to share with Gatvel, please do not hesitate to write in to me anytime. Our team would like to hear from you!”Joanne Tan: “Technology change human behaviour. In a business, if you don’t keep up with technology, it equals to “nothing”. When technology meets travel, this is how I create Gatvel, a hybrid intelligent travel solution that I am presenting to you. We know your problems and needs during your travel and we solve it for you one by one with multiple solutions, we know travel service providers’ problems and we solve it for them one by one with multiple solutions, not only that, but we will go way beyond that.We also like sharing, not sharing personal daily activity only, but we want to share the technology and the world to you. If you think that we are amazing and we are able to help you in your travel journey, do come and join our community, you will be one of it to make Gatvel a success.” ###last_img read more

East African countries commit to advance regional tourism cooperation

first_imgThe first UNWTO East Africa Tourism Development Forum brought together Tourism Ministers and representatives from East Africa and the Vanilla Islands to explore areas of further regional cooperation.In an effort to unlock the tourism potential of East Africa, the first UNWTO East Africa Tourism Development Forum gathered regional tourism leaders and stakeholders to identify opportunities to maximise sustainable tourism development through regional collaboration.Opening the Forum, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto said, “Tourism is a critical component of the East African economy and an important part of our common destiny. Our biggest challenge is to work together to improve every aspect of the experience we offer to our visitors, from their arrival at the airport, their movement within and across our countries, the accommodation and facilities that we offer, and the affordability across all income brackets. We are better, stronger and more attractive together than individually. This Forum presents an opportunity to compare notes on our experiences, programmes and aspirations in the development of tourism in our region.”“UNWTO maintains great confidence in the East African Community’s ability to position itself as a leading tourism destination, by delivering one compelling, highly competitive offering. In this context, I wish to welcome the recent introduction of the East Africa Tourist Visa, which allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, boosting regional tourism  and creating opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of multiple destinations in the region,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Kenya said, “By pulling and working together to address issues of competitiveness, positioning our destination globally and responding to environmental challenges, we can ensure that East African and indeed the whole African continent get its fair share of tourist arrivals. Most importantly, we need to remember that we are not competitors. We are one people with a common destiny. Let us rise up to this challenge.”Alongside Kandie, the African Tourism Ministers of Seychelles, Sudan and Uganda, as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism of Tanzania also participated in the Forum. They were joined by high-level representatives for the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the East Africa Community (EAC), the International Air transport Association (IATA), and Kenya Airways. Forum participants stressed the need to put in place joint institutional frameworks and policy measures to spur further tourism growth throughout East Africa, including establishing a positive narrative of East-Africa as a destination, and developing regional policies in the areas of marketing and promotion, product development and travel facilitation (visa facilitation and connectivity).In a Ministerial meeting held on the occasion of the Forum, a future common East African Tourism Agenda was outlined. The Agenda will include agreements on regional priorities and concrete actions for cooperation. The Ministers also agreed to work towards further mainstreaming tourism in the agenda of the African Union stressing that the sector can make a key contribution to the peace and development objectives of Africa.last_img read more

Mortgage Payments Unaffordable in Most US Markets

first_img Affordability HOUSING mortgage Mortgage Payments Zillow 2017-06-12 Aly J. Yale Mortgage Payments Unaffordable in Most U.S. Markets June 12, 2017 535 Views Today’s ever-increasing home prices have made their mark: Buying a home is now unaffordable in more than half of the nation’s biggest markets. And in California? The straits are even more dire.According a new analysis from Zillow, the median price of homes for sale is historically higher than average in the majority of America’s largest metros, meaning buyers need to devote a larger-than-expected share of income toward mortgage payments and, more significantly, down payments.“One reason this home shopping season is so difficult for buyers is that the homes available for sale are generally more expensive than the median home value of all homes in the same market,” Zillow reported. “As home prices recovered and surpassed the peak values reached during the housing bubble, concerns about housing affordability also returned, despite low mortgage rates keeping monthly payments relatively affordable. The large down payments that come with high prices are a significant barrier to homeownership, and the monthly payments are taking up a larger share of income as well.”According to Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist, the market’s low inventory means affordability will only continue to drop.“Homes have gotten so expensive in many major cities that even with low mortgage rates, monthly costs for homes that are currently for sale are starting to be unaffordable,” Gudell said. “Down payments are a top concern for today’s homebuyers, but the reality is that monthly costs are becoming unaffordable as well. Low inventory is pushing sticker prices higher, and when mortgage rates start to rise, monthly payments will be driven further into unaffordable territory.”California has been hit particularly hard by rising home prices; buyers in its six largest markets currently have unaffordable mortgage payments. In Los Angeles, the average home requires 46.8 percent of the area’s median income. Before the crisis, it was 35 percent.Still, there are a few markets where homes are more affordable than in years past. In Cleveland, Ohio, for example, pre-crisis homes required 20 percent of the area’s median income; now, they require just 12.7 percent. Home prices are also more affordable in Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; St. Louis; and Cincinnati.View the full analysis at Zillow.com.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies Sharelast_img read more