Gurugram: In a tragic incident in Gurgaon, one residential society in Sector-84a person tasked for maintenance of the lifts died during his duty.The deceased has been identified as Anup aged 24 years. The fact that how painful the death would have been for Anup could be gauged from the fact that it occurred in the eighteen floors. According to Gurugram police, Anup while maintaining the lifts got stuck in the wires and got crushed. He died on the spot. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarFollowing the tragic incident, a case under Section-304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered against the management of the Alpha one builders. “We have registered the case under the following sections and begun our investigations in the mater. The main reason for the death has been attributed to the faulty equipment that resulted in the accident,” said a senior official from Gurgram police. The incident has once again reflected the faulty lifts that are posing risks to the people who are maintaining it as well as the residents. Prior to this incident, life in a residential society in Golf Course extension road got stuck for 45 minutes. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceMost of the residents have addressed the concerns to the Chief Minister using various platforms. Having unable to find an effective solution most of the resident bodies have also written to the Prime Minister Office for intervention. There are over 20 societies that have formally registered their complaints against the builder with the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). Meanwhile, certain resident bodies have taken the task of maintenance from the builders. The resident bodies however claim that there is no support from the strong builder lobby as they do not forego the heavy maintenance fee that is being obtained from the residents.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court appointed environment watchdog EPCA has urged the apex court to remove the cap imposed on the number of auto-rickshaw permits issued in Delhi. Environment think tanks welcomed the suggestion as this would make the better public transport system.EPCA officials noted that Delhi’s transport system need a boost and this step would mean that public transport system will become better which the EPCA earlier suggested as one of the most important ways to curb the city pollution. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Why are these vehicles, that were initially restricted for fouling up the air, coming back without fetters on their numbers to reduce pollution? While this might sound like an oxymoron to some, this is actually a unique case in which the technology clean up has converged with mobility solution to set the next generation roadmap for intermediate public transport in Delhi and other Indian cities. Circumstances have changed considerably since 1997 when these vehicles were powered by extremely polluting two-stroke engines or small diesel engines that made a cap on their numbers necessary. The autos were also moved to run on CNG,” observed Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2018-19, around 32.5 lakh cars and 70.8 lakh two-wheelers are registered in the city. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of cars has increased by roughly 1 lakh and two-wheelers by over 4.7 lakh. At the same time, the number of registered taxis has reduced marginally, from 1,18,308 to 1,18,060; while auto-rickshaw growth has been capped at 1,00,000. This, combined with the insufficiency of public buses, gives no alternative but to use personal vehicles, which is apparent from the exponential growth in this segment. EPCA, in its report, noted that it is “important that there is a balance in the supply of all kinds of para-transit so that there is a viable mode of public transport for all sections of society.”
“Malaria has affected a lot of children throughout the world but mainly in Africa, so we’re excited to be a part of something that can save lives,” John Starks, former star and current Alumni Relations and Fan Development Adviser of the New York Knicks, one of the sponsors of “Dunk Malaria,” said at a press conference at UN Headquarters.The United Nations programme on Sport for Development and Peace and the non-governmental organization Hedge Funds vs. Malaria are teaming up with the Knicks at the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden in New York, where fans can try their skills with a basket passed around the arena, learn about the disease and find out how to donate toward prevention of the disease.“Sport is a universal language,” said Djibril Diallo Director of the New York Office of the UN sports programme. “At its best, sport can bring people together non matter what their origin or their background.”Speaking of the Knicks and the UN Office, Lance Laifer, founder of the Hedge Funds vs. Malaria, said: “We’re bringing two great institutions of New York together to fight a disease that is killing millions of children under the age of five every year.”The three speakers stressed that prevention of malaria could be as cheap as buying treated nets for children to sleep under at night.“I think it should keep every person who is living and breathing up at night, knowing that there are defenceless kids that are dying in the numbers that they are dying from a completely preventable and eradicable disease,” he added.
User experience and integration are the focus of XACT 1.8, the latest release of RungePincockMinarco’s (RPM) short term mine scheduling application. RPM states: “XACT has become the software of choice for short term mine planners across all commodities globally. In XACT 1.8, the focus is on usability and integration to ensure that planners can spend their time getting the best schedule for their mine.” Similar to the latest release of XPAC, RPM’s long term mine scheduling software, XACT now has a much deeper level of integration with Maptek’s popular geological design package, Vulcan.“In XACT 1.8 there is a real focus on the user experience,” said Paul Beesley, RPM Chief Technology Officer. “Take the XACT Gantt chart for example, which is the heart of the application. XACT 1.8 sees a number of new features added to the user interface to make this tool even more spatially aware and intelligent. This is a key difference between XACT and other applications, particularly tools like Excel and Project which have no spatial connection which is critical to short term planning success.” In terms of the Vulcan integration he adds: “This is the integration of the two market leaders in this space. Vulcan is used across commodities around the world, as is XACT. Users have been asking for a more seamless integration of these two leading products and with XACT 1.8 we have delivered this for them.”The integration improvements aren’t limited to design. XACT 1.8 expands on the popular workgroups functionally which allows multiple users to work on the same planning model at the same time across an operation. “Since we introduced this feature, it has been extremely popular with our users. The ability to tear down the planning silos and allow planners across production departments to work collaboratively on the same model has seen a major impact on productivity but more importantly, better short term plans being produced. In XACT 1.8, we have expanded this functionally introducing more features designed to make planning collaboration seamless.” This collaboration also stretches across planning horizons with a deeper level of schedule integration between medium and long term scheduling applications such as XPAC. “It’s no secret that to get the best planning results, you need to have a seamless flow across your planning horizons. This deeper integration ensures our clients can use the functionality that has been specifically designed for the horizon they work in, but without doing so in isolation and sacrificing planning collaboration.”XACT 1.8 is also the first release of XACT that elevates short term planning into the enterprise. Utilising standard SAP production management, XACT for Enterprise “integrates marketing, maintenance and production planning seamlessly.” Extending this integration to include fleet management systems, XACT for Enterprise enables all mining functions to “finally use a single source of the truth across the enterprise” and allow deep analysis of plan and actual production, per shift and per machine. RPM believes that this integration delivers a real evolution to the way in which planners interact with the entire mining operation and introduces an entire new level of collaboration across departments. These integration and user interface improvements are designed to do one thing as Beesley explains: “In recent times mine planners have had to spend too much time as data managers, instead of using information to deliver the best mine plans. With XACT 1.8, we are putting the power back into the hands of the planners enabling them to do what they do best – engineer the best planning outcome for their mine.” XACT 1.8 is available as an upgrade for all existing users with valid maintenance contracts.
Protesters clash with police in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) INSIDE THE KIEV mayor’s office today, a group of protesters prepared food, while doctors treated the wounded and several young activists lay sprawled asleep on the floor.The words “Revolution headquarters” have been spray-painted in black across the building, one of several in the centre of the Ukraine capital that have been taken over by protesters.They occupied the mayor’s office on Sunday after more than 100,000 people gathered to vent their fury at President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to scrap a deal with the European Union in favour of closer relations with Russia.“This is a place to have a rest, to eat and to get your strength back,” said Pyotr, a 17-year-old with dark circles round his eyes.Protesters resting in the Kiev City Council building today. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) Tatyana, 55, had come with her 16-year-old daughter, Yulia, who was playing truant from school.Sitting at the entrance to the building, the two women were making placards for the demonstrators and writing down the contact details of volunteers.“I will stay here till the end”“People are signing up. They are offering their services,” said Tatyana, saying that she had drawn up a list of 1,000 people’s contact details, including doctors.“I will stay here till the end. We went back home for a couple of hours and then came back. We need to change things. I can’t go to work or stay at home, it’s impossible!” she said, adding that she felt “ashamed” of Yanukovych.Protesters in Kiev on Sunday (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) On Saturday, riot police violently evicted protesters camping on Independence Square, injuring dozens. Nearly 200 were wounded yesterday in more violent clashes in central Kiev.Tatiana said she was shocked by the violence and now wanted the president to stand down and for early elections to take place, while she had initially just wanted to protest against the decision to scrap the signing of an Association Agreement with the European Union.“Tomorrow I’ll come back here”Some protesters had travelled from other Ukrainian cities, such as Vassen, 30, who had arrived the previous morning from Ivano-Frankivsk, in Western Ukraine.“I came to change things and make them better,” he said, visibly exhausted after spending the night on Independence Square.Protesters cover an entrance to the Cabinet of Ministers with a huge EU flag in Kiev today. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) In the main room of the mayor’s office, dozens of activists slept on the floor while doctors tended to the wounded.“With all this tear-gas, a lot of them are complaining of sore eyes,” said Vladimir, an anaesthetist who was working as a volunteer.“Today is my rest day at the hospital, but maybe tomorrow I’ll take a day off or even maybe two to come back here,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Clashes rage as 100,00 Ukrainians protest in Kiev > Read: Jailed Ukranian opposition leader goes on hunger strike as protests continue >
AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA’S complaints unit opened files on 1,197 issues raised by members of the public last year.Detailed in the force’s annual report, 42 of these were referred on to GSOC.Just more than 500 complaints were referred from GSOC to the garda commissioner for investigation.Other issues raised in the Internal Affairs section of today’s report explains that two people died while in garda custody last year.Read this section of the report here [PDF] >One of these was a 61-year-old man who was found unconscious behind Buncrana Garda Station in Co Donegal in November last year. The matter is currently being investigated by GSOC.“On arriving at the garda station, gardaí noticed that Mr Lynch was experiencing difficulty breathing and an ambulance was called. Garda members commenced CPR assisted by members of the fire brigade,” the report reads.Mr. Lynch subsequently experienced further difficulties, stopped breathing and passed away.Also under investigation by GSOC is the death of an intoxicated 22-year-old male who was arrested for public order offences in Waterford.He was found “unresponsive in his cell” in Dungarvan.Details of monetary sanctions, cautions, warnings and reprimands which can be imposed on officers were also included in the report.Just one member of the force was sacked, another resigned as an alternative to dismissal, while the service of a member of the Garda Reserve was “dispensed”.A total of 153 gardaí were disciplined, and €60,920 of monetary penalties imposed.Garda Reserve, Probationer Gardaí, and Student Gardaí are not include in these figures.Also in today’s report:Gardaí seized €32 million worth of drugs in 12 months >Air pistols and shotguns were the most seized firearms last year >Martin who? Callinan isn’t mentioned in opening of annual garda report >
https://jrnl.ie/3099075 By Darragh Peter Murphy Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 9:40 AM European Investment Bank to invest €100 million in UCC and €70 million in Trinity The developments will support hundreds of jobs and focus on improved student accommodation and research facilities. THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT Bank has announced it is investing €100 million in Cork, as part of a €241 million development for UCC.The UCC development will support over 500 new jobs during construction, it said in a statement.UCC President Dr Michael Murphy said the €100 million loan would fuel the most exciting phase of the university’s expansion to date. The project involves The Quad in UCC Image: Shutterstock The Quad in UCC Nov 24th 2016, 9:40 AM 12,901 Views Short URL 39 Comments Image: Shutterstock €64 million for student accommodation€37 million for a new Cork University Dental School, research centre and hospital€27 million to fund western campus development, including sports facilities and the Cork Science and Innovation ParkStudent ICT services, including a new student hubThe European Investment Bank is the EU’s non-profit long-term lending institution, established in 1958. It is the world’s largest public investment bank, and concentrates on funding projectst that further EU policy goals.“This is the largest investment in capital projects at UCC in our history,” Murphy said.The scale and ambition of the infrastructural developments align directly to key focus areas for the future, namely enhancing student experience and building on our innovation and health agenda and facilities.“This investment by the EIB will have enormous impact not only for University College Cork, but for education and research nationally and internationally,” he added.“The European Investment Bank funding is a real expression of confidence and support in UCC, its staff and students and will greatly assist the University in further improving its teaching and research facilities.” The Quad in UCC. Source: ShutterstockThe FarmMore than €60 million will be invested in student accommodation, with additional capital expenditure of several million on a new student hub and student services from ICT to UCC Campus facilities upgrades, extensions and refurbishments.Health and innovation projects will see the largest infrastructural developments such as the relocation of the Cork University Dental School, and a new clinical medical school.Andrew McDowell, the (Irish) vice-president of the European Investment Bank said:This will transform education and student facilities for future generations and ensure Cork’s role as one of Ireland’s leading research centres for years to come, as well as creating jobs and training opportunities during construction.The UCC development will include the relocation of The Farm sports facilities to an adjacent site, to allow for the construction of the Cork Science and Innovation Park.The total development programme is valued at €241 million, with EIB providing €100 million finance. UCC will access the rest of the funding through capital grants, borrowings and philanthropy.Separately, the EIB also announced a €70 million loan for campus development at Trinity College Dublin this week. All told, the EIB agreed €200 million backing for school investment last month. Trinity College Dublin. Source: ShutterstockOisín HouseTrinity College Dublin said it would spend the €70 million loan on the new Trinity Business School, currently under construction, as well as the development of campus student accommodation at Oisín House, and new premises for Trinity’s Institute of Population Health in Tallaght.“We are investing in educational and research facilities for the benefit of all our students and staff,” Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin said.This week Trinity joined the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Europe’s leading network of research intensive universities whose main focus is to build on the research and educational strengths of all its partners.“Due to the current lack of funding of higher education in Ireland, the financing EIB has provided to Trinity has been crucial in our maintaining current and future standards.Without such support, quite frankly we would not have been able to progress with important flagship projects such as the Trinity Business School and Oisín House.The new student accommodation will cater for 250 students, the TCD statemetn said. It will also include a new student health service, disability service and sports facilities.This is the second EIB loan to Trinity – in 2008 it received a €75 million loan, the first Irish university to do so.In the last five years the EIB has provided more than €7 billion for investment in universities across Europe, including €512 million in Ireland.It said that Ireland is the fifth largest country of operation for European Investment Bank support for universities.Read: Senior UCC lecturer takes legal action after failing to be shortlisted for jobsRead: Social media can bring out the worst in public mourning, says an expert on digital griefRead: Row over naming UCC building after professor who made ‘racist and misogynistic’ comments Share75 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Consumers on Tuesday welcomed the cut announced in petrol prices by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC), the first reduction in rates in over five months but anticipate further hike in fuel prices in the coming days. IOC, the country’s biggest refiner, said on Monday (September 30) it would cut petrol prices by 4.8 percent following an appreciation of the rupee and softening global in gasoline prices during the second half of September. IOC however raised diesel prices by 1.1 percent to reduce its revenue losses as Indian refiners sell the fuel at state-set low prices. The consumers lauded the reduction in the petrol price but expressed their fear of a hike in future, while accusing the government of whimsical fuel pricing.
Dhawan scored his 16th ODI ton in Mohali.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIn what is a massive setback to Virat Kohli-led Indian team, opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s World Cup campaign, at least the next three weeks, due to a thumb injury. Dhawan had scored a brilliant century against Australia in men in blue’s last game and has looked in superb form. He also has a superb record in ICC tournaments.India have, till now, played just two matches in the World Cup and have seven more games remaining in the league round. With Dhawan out of the event, India will have to look for a different opening partner for Rohit Sharma. The most likely candidate is KL Rahul who has batted at no. 4 position so far in the event.The injury to the left-hander also means that another spot will open up in India’s batting order. There is a possibility of someone like Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik being brought into the middle order to fill the void. As Dhawan’s replacement, Rishabh Pant or Ambati Rayudu may be sent to England. One things is certain, the loss of the Delhi-based opener is nearly impossible to make up for.
Six Bangladesh nationals, including two siblings, were killed after a gas cylinder exploded in their room in Ha’il, a city in north-western Saudi Arabia early Wednesday.Three of the deceased are Md Sohel Rana, 30, son of a certain Sirajul Islam of Sreepur village in Chauddagram upazila of Cumilla and Emranul Haque Sohel, 34, and his brother Imamul Haque Munna, 22, sons of one Abdul Haque of Basantapur village in the upazila.Of the other unidentified deceased, one is from Feni and the rest two from Noakhali, reports UNB.Families of the victims said the Bangladeshi workers went to sleep in their room on Tuesday night as usual, and the gas cylinder went off in the early hours of Wednesday, killing them on the spot.
resident Donald Trump. Photo–AFPPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that there is no need for FBI involvement in the scandal threatening to derail his pick for a coveted place on the US Supreme Court.“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters at the White House.Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation’s top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers almost four decades ago.Trump repeated earlier statements that he is in favor of allowing the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.The duelling testimony had been expected to take place Monday in a piece of blockbuster Washington theatre, putting both Trump’s bid to tilt the Supreme Court to the right and political momentum ahead of November midterm congressional elections into play.However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford’s presence was not confirmed.“We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three or four times by email, and we’ve not heard from them, so it kind of raises the question do they want to, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?” he told political blog hughhewitt.com.Through her lawyers, Ford said Tuesday night that she wants the FBI to investigate before she testifies, The New York Times reported.She said this should be the first step before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.” Ford thus all but ruled out testifying Monday.Kavanaugh has strongly denied the incident in which Ford says he pinned her down and covered her mouth while trying to undress her when he was 17 and she 15.• ‘Speak up and speak out’Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him “outstanding.”He added that Kavanaugh was “anxious” to answer the accusations against him, while acknowledging that the testimony would hold up his confirmation.“We will delay the process until it’s finished out,” Trump said. “We want to get to the bottom of everything. We want everybody to be able to speak up and speak out.”Debra Katz, a lawyer for Ford—who only came forward publicly on Sunday after trying to keep her name hidden for more than a month—had said earlier she was ready to speak under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Expectations of a showdown have led to comparisons with the lurid and high-stakes 1991 Senate hearing on Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court justice accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant, Anita Hill.Thomas was eventually confirmed to the court.On Monday, the FBI explained that it had been made aware of the allegation against Kavanaugh, but said it had not taken action because it did not involve “any potential federal crime.”“The FBI’s role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.”The agency’s exhaustive background checks into Kavanaugh, as a Supreme Court nominee, were aimed at checking “whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States,” the FBI said.
Proxy servers are used as intermediaries between a client and a website or online service. By routing traffic through a proxy server, users can disguise their geographic location and their IP address. Reverse proxies, in particular, can be configured to provide a greater level of control and abstraction, thereby ensuring the flow of traffic between clients and servers remains smooth. This makes them a popular tool for individuals who want to stay hidden online, but they are also widely used in enterprise settings, where they can improve security, allow tasks to be carried out anonymously, and control the way employees are able to use the internet. What is a Reverse Proxy? A reverse proxy server is a type of proxy server that usually exists behind the firewall of a private network. It directs any client requests to the appropriate server on the backend. Reverse proxies are also used as a means of caching common content and compressing inbound and outbound data, resulting in a faster and smoother flow of traffic between clients and servers. Furthermore, the reverse proxy can handle other tasks, such as SSL encryption, further reducing the load on web servers. There is a multitude of scenarios and use cases in which having a reverse proxy can make all the difference to the speed and security of your corporate network. By providing you with a point at which you can inspect traffic and route it to the appropriate server, or even transform the request, a reverse proxy can be used to achieve a variety of different goals. Load Balancing to route incoming HTTP requests This is probably the most familiar use of reverse proxies for many users. Load balancing involves the proxy server being configured to route incoming HTTP requests to a set of identical servers. By spreading incoming requests across these servers, the reverse proxies are able to balance out the load, therefore sharing it amongst them equally. The most common scenario in which load balancing is employed is when you have a website that requires multiple servers. This happens due to the volume of requests, which are too much for one server to handle efficiently. By balancing the load across multiple servers, you can also move away from an architecture that features a single point of failure. Usually, the servers will all be hosting the same content, but there are also situations in which the reverse proxy will also be retrieving specific information from one of a number of different servers. Provide security by monitoring and logging traffic By acting as the mediator between clients and your system’s backend, a reverse proxy server can hide the overall structure of your backend servers. This is because the reverse proxy will capture any requests that would otherwise go to those servers and handle them securely. A reverse proxy can also improve security by providing businesses with a point at which they can monitor and log traffic flowing through their network. A common use case in which a reverse proxy is used to bolster the security of a network would be the use of a reverse proxy as an SSL gateway. This allows you to communicate using HTTP behind the firewall without compromising your security. It also saves you the trouble of having to configure security for each server behind the firewall individually. A rotating residential proxy, also known as a backconnect proxy, is a type of proxy that frequently changes the IP addresses and connections that the user uses. This allows users to hide their identity and generate a large number of requests without setting alarms off. A reverse rotating residential proxy can be used to improve the security of a corporate network or website. This is because the servers in question will display the information for the proxy server while keeping their own information hidden from potential attackers. No need to install certificates on your backend servers with SSL Termination SSL termination process occurs when an SSL connection server ends, or when the traffic shifts between encrypted and unencrypted requests. By using a reverse proxy to handle any incoming HTTPS connections, you can have the proxy server decrypt the request, and then pass on the unencrypted request to the appropriate server. Taking this approach offers practical benefits. For example, it eliminates the need to install certificates on your backend servers. It also provides you with a single configuration point for managing SSL/TLS. Removing the need for your web servers to undertake this decryption means that you are also reducing the processing load on the server. Serve static content on behalf of backend servers Some reverse proxy servers can be configured to also act as web servers. Websites contain a mixture of dynamic content, which changes over time, and static content, which always remains the same. If you can configure your reverse proxy server to serve up static content on behalf of backend servers, you can greatly reduce the load, freeing up more power for dynamic content rendering. Alternatively, a reverse proxy can be configured to behave like a cache. This allows it to store and serve content that is frequently requested, thereby further reducing the load on backend servers. URL Rewriting before they go on to the backend servers Anything that a business can do to easily to improve their SEO score is worth considering. Without an investment in your SEO, your business or website will remain invisible to search engine users. With URL rewriting, you can compensate for any legacy systems you use, which produce URLs that are less than ideal for SEO. With a reverse proxy server, the URLs can be automatically reformatted before they are passed on to the backend servers. Combine Different Websites into a Single URL Space It is often desirable for a business to adopt a distributed architecture whereby different functions are handled by different components. With a reverse proxy, it is easy to route a single URL to a multitude of components. To anyone who uses your URL, it will simply appear as if they are moving to another page on the website. In fact, each page within that URL might actually be connecting to a completely different backend service. This is an approach that is widely used for web service APIs. To sum up, the primary function of a reverse proxy is load balancing, ensuring that no individual backend server becomes inundated with more traffic or requests than it can handle. However, there are a number of other scenarios in which a reverse proxy can potentially offer enormous benefits. About the author Harold Kilpatrick is a cybersecurity consultant and a freelance blogger. He’s currently working on a cybersecurity campaign to raise awareness around the threats that businesses can face online. Read Next HAProxy introduces stick tables for server persistence, threat detection, and collecting metrics How to Configure Squid Proxy Server Acting as a proxy (HttpProxyModule)
Friday, August 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO – It’s another year of solid H1 growth, says IATA’s Air Passenger Market Analysis for June, but upward momentum has slowed in light of extremist attacks and moderate economic growth.According to the report, industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 6.0% year-on-year in the first half of 2016, slightly up from the 5.9% increase in the same period in 2015. Annual growth in RPKs ticked up to 5.2% in June, from an upwardly-revised 4.8% in May.However, IATA notes that over the past few months, there are ongoing signs that passenger growth has shifted down a gear.The market has grown at an annualized rate of around 3.5% since the start of the year, the weakest showing since 2011.The slow-down can be attributed partly to the ongoing impacts of recent high-profile terrorist attacks, which have impacted international European traffic in particular.Typically, the impact of such events is transitory, but the repeated natured of recent events suggests that the effects may be longer-lasting this time.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”In addition, the increasingly uncertain global economic climate continues to affect passenger demand.As a result, the largest international carrier regions have lost momentum. The upward trend in Europe’s seasonally-adjusted traffic has paused in recent months, and traffic grew by just 2.1% year-on-year in June.Uncertainly following the Brexit vote in the UK is also expected to hit European airlines and markets the hardest in the coming months.Meanwhile, international traffic flown by Asia Pacific airlines grew by 8.2% year-on-year in June. However, most of this growth relates to the strong upward trend in seasonally-adjusted traffic seen in the final months of 2015 and into 2016.The trend has flattened since, with June passenger volumes barely higher than in February.This could be a sign of Asian passengers being putt off by terrorism in Europe; passenger traffic on the Europe-Asia route fell by 2.6% year-on-year in May.The good news is, the trend in other regions is picking up. All segment-based passenger routes to and from the Middle East saw solid gains during the first five months of 2016.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAnd having trended down since July 2015, North American carriers’ international traffic has also picked up in recent months; seasonally-adjusted volumes have risen by 2.1% since March, an annualized rate of over 8%. Travelweek Group Global passenger market has grown, says IATA report, but expect things to slow down Posted by Share
First guests check into Hotel X Toronto Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 Posted by Share Tags: Toronto TORONTO — Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection has welcomed its first guests as the first step in its soft opening phase.The luxury hotel just inside the Princes’ Gates in Toronto’s lakefront Exhibition Place location, has 404 lakefront rooms and suites now open, with a plan to have amenities and public areas open in phases in the upcoming months.When all is said and done the development aims to be Toronto’s first lakefront urban oasis, with four indoor tennis courts, two outdoor pools, two cinemas, four food and beverage outlets, and TEN X TORONTO, the largest hotel athletic and wellness facility in Canada.Library Hotel Collection President Henry Kallan says Hotel X Toronto is the result of years of hard work, vision and the goal of creating something totally unique. “We were inspired by this site and the vibrant city of Toronto to think beyond anything that exists in hospitality today. Hotel X Toronto sits on nine-acres of waterfront land and yet it is just minutes from the downtown core. The idea of an urban oasis with all the amenities of a luxury resort grew from there.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksKallan says the hotel will offer current guests a number of courtesies until the hotel is fully operational, including free continental breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese served in the Library Club Lounge.The food and beverage outlets are not yet open however the hotel is offering complimentary transportation to numerous local restaurants. Guests also have access to Starbucks, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.All current guests also get complimentary valet parking until self-parking is available.Food and beverage outlets in the hotel will begin to open in late March and meeting spaces will be open for bookings as of early April. TEN X TORONTO will be available to hotel guests in mid-April and open for private membership in the beginning of May. The spa is slated to open in fall 2018, while the TEN X TORONTO rooftop pool prepares to open in summer 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >>
According to the Ministry of Indian Railways, a series of new cross-border railways are being planned to connect India with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and a series of studies have already been conducted into the new lines.The most challenging of these projects would be to Bhutan as the country does not currently have any railway lines. But according to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), the feasibility studies have already been conducted for the project. Bhutan borders the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.For Nepal, work is already underway on an 18.6 km cross-border railway line connecting the Indian city of Jogbani, in the state of Bihar, with the Nepalese city of Biratnagar.The most extensive connectivity is likely to be between India and Bangladesh. NFP is planning a new cross-border link to Bangladesh from Agartala. This will form part of the Trans-Asian Railway network and will significantly reduce the overland travelling time between northeast India and the rest of the country.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — When CBC president Catherine Tait compared Netflix’s presence in Canada to cultural imperialism at a conference last week, some audience members could be heard laughing and expressing disagreement.But around the tables of the three-day Prime Time event in Ottawa, many industry members agreed with her, says “Corner Gas” co-executive producer Virginia Thompson.“I’d say she’s bang on. I think she’s absolutely right,” said Thompson, co-founder of Toronto-based Verite Films, who was at the conference.“We’re now dealing with global players having free access to our country, our market, our audiences. They’re bringing the world’s best programming to us, so it’s a gift. But on the other hand, there also has to be a commitment to local programming … from the voices of the country in which Netflix is playing in.”Thompson is among several Canadian producers who say they support Tait’s comments, which were made on a panel last Thursday and criticized by some as being “tone deaf” for drawing parallels between Netflix programming and the colonialism of the British and French empires.Tait, who did not respond to a request for comment, also said Canadians should be “mindful” of how they respond to foreign companies entering the market here.“I think what she means, and what is correct in what she said, is that all of the big internet companies that have come in have (done so) in a new a way that is different than in the past culturally,” said Brad E. Danks, a Vancouver-based producer and CEO of OUTtv, who was in the audience for Tait’s panel.“And because of the scale and the scope of it, it’s not something that we’ve contended with before. In the past, American content, other content came in through Canadian services, and now with the internet, things arrive without any sort of regulation.”Vancouver-based producer and filmmaker David Paperny noted Netflix is “probably the most dominant cultural force globally” in terms of TV and film viewing around the world.“So the question I guess that Catherine Tait raised is…. Should they be regulated, as Canadian broadcasters are, to support Canadian content?” said Paperny, who got an Oscar nomination in 1994 for the documentary “The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter.”Thompson and Paperny said they appreciate that Netflix is making content in Canada and acknowledged that foreign streaming services are helping Canadian projects reach a wider audience.The rest of the world is now watching and “loving” “Corner Gas” thanks to its presence on Amazon Prime Video Direct outside of Canada (inside Canada, it’s on Bell Media properties), Thompson noted.And several CBC shows — including “Schitt’s Creek,” “Kim’s Convenience,” “Alias Grace” and “Anne with an E” — have received international buzz thanks to their presence on Netflix.But Netflix so far hasn’t fallen under federal regulations that require the country’s broadcasting companies to pay into the Canada Media Fund for the creation of homegrown programming, which is defined as being “Canadian” if it meets six out of 10 criteria in a points system.The California-based company has argued it shouldn’t be forced to pay into such funds, pointing to its 2017 pledge to spend $500 million over five years to fund original content made in Canada, a number it recently said it will “significantly exceed.”Because it’s a foreign digital company, Netflix also isn’t required to collect or remit federal or provincial sales tax.“They need to be regulated akin to and similar to what goes on in the system,” said Danks. “Netflix is probably a broadcaster and as such should have the same obligations as a broadcaster.”Paperny agreed, noting that while Netflix is benefiting from Canadian tax credit opportunities, the content it’s creating here isn’t necessarily originating from this country.The company is also likely taking away viewers from the country’s broadcasters and thereby reducing their advertising revenue, he added.Paperny would like to see Netflix do what he’s done with shows including “Yukon Gold” and “Chopped Canada,” and make homegrown cultural products that reflect “Canada back to itself.”“Could Netflix support more of that? Sure. Will Canadians watch it? Sure. And would people around the world watch it, like they’re watching ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Kim’s Convenience’ on Netflix? Sure they would,” Paperny said. “So I think it would be great to see Netflix step up and support more Canadian content.”Thompson wants to see Netflix commit to the same level of local programming here that it’s pledged to create in Europe, with the Canadian voice reflected on its services and celebrated worldwide.“I’m seeing Americans discussing what fun Canadian comedy is and seeing it as distinct. So we just have to wake up and smell the coffee and wake up and go, ‘Just like Italy or Spain or Belgium or Germany or the United Kingdom, we as Canadians have a voice, we have a culture, we are distinct,’” Thompson said.“And like everybody else we should have our place and our local voice being a Canadian voice on the world platform. And if we don’t demand that voice and that investment, then we will have no voice in the world.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 12:50 pm PDT CBC president Catherine Tait speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. When Tait compared Netflix’s presence in Canada to cultural imperialism at a conference last week, some audience members could be heard laughing and expressing disagreement.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Canadian producers say there’s a downside to ‘dominant cultural force’ of Netflix
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