Arsenal have reportedly made the first step towards signing Luis Enrique as their next manager as they have already made contact with his agent, following Wenger’s resignation admission.The Gunners have not looked for a new coach since back in 1996, but is seems they will have to do so now after Friday’s groundbreaking announcement. Guillem Balague, a famous pundit and Spanish journalist, has claimed that Luis Enrique, who has been retired since leaving Camp Nou a year ago, would be more than interested in taking over Arsenal.Even though it has not been announced officially yet, representatives of the Spaniard have been talking with the Gunners and they might be into kickstarting a new era for the North London side, according to SportMole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This comes after Arsenal’s poor exhibition of the past few seasons, which is the main reason for his upcoming retirement.Juventus current head coach Massimiliano Allegri is also a target for Arsenal, but CEO Ivan Gazidis is not that keen on the option.
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The Internazionale Milan footballer says the team is not happy after drawing 0-0 with Sassuolo and will look to get three points to their Torino visit.Internazionale Milan and Sassuolo drew 0-0 last weekend in the Italian Lega Serie A.And now, they are getting ready to play against Torino on Sunday.For Inter’s player Danilo D’Ambrosio, this is the perfect time to recover some points.“We’ll arrive in Turin still slightly irate because we should have won against Sassuolo, irrespective of whether we were playing in front of a full crowd or not,” he told the Inter’s official website.“Now, we absolutely have to recover the points we lost. The Granata are a tough side to face and play a game that they stick to whether they’re at home or on the road.”“They have several excellent strikers capable of playing international football, while their midfield is a complete one with many players who know Serie A well,” he added.“Therefore, they’re a difficult side to face.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Nerazzurri are currently in the third position of the league table with 40 points.They are seven points behind second-place Napoli.And 16 points behind leaders Juventus.“For us, there is a difference finishing third as opposed to fourth,” D’Ambrosio explained.“When we talk about qualifying for the Champions League, we’re thinking about the top three. That said, trying to overtake Napoli should be our mentality from now until the end of the season.”“Confidence comes from winning – the more you win, the more confident you are. This team are prepared to play in three competitions – there’s no doubt about that,” he explained.“We want to go all the way in the Coppa Italia and Europa League.”
.Calling prime minister Narendra Modi a “travelling salesman” and his economic policies a “disaster”, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy on Friday said that “three Modis are looting the country”.Speaking during the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, Roy, without naming anyone, said that the only person who had gained from Bharatiya Janata Party’s economic policies is “one Mota Bhai”.”Just like a hawker and a travelling salesman he is going to places, but he is not working. He is roaming around and giving speeches,” he said.”He (Modi) went to West Bengal just like that and addressed a meeting, (but) did not announce any schemes. He has got a habit of roaming,” he said.The prime minister during his 16 July visit to West Bengal had stated that the West Bengal government allegedly had nexus with “all-pervading syndicates”.”I will tell you about the Modi syndicate. There is Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, and Bade (big) Modi, whose name I am not taking, are looting the country,” the Trinamool leader said.Roy said that Modi had lowered the stature of the prime minister’s post and political discourse so much that even the ‘pandal’ fell in West Bengal. He was referring to the canopy collapse during Modi’s Midnapore rally.”The BJP’s economic policies have created a disaster, brought down the GDP, created unemployment. It has led to various scams. Banks are in horrible condition. The only one who has gained from his policies is one ‘Mota Bhai’,” he said.Roy, a former Minister of State for Urban Development during the Manmohan Singh government, also said that people are living in fear during the BJP-led rule.”We are living in an atmosphere of fear. Between 1 May and 10 July, 81 people have been murdered in more than 10 states. Muslims have been lynched in the name of cow protection.”The BJP says that it wants ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India), but in fact, they want a ‘Muslim-mukt Bharat’ (Muslim-free India). We want a ‘Bhay-mukt Bharat’ (India free of fear). The TMC wants a society where the mind is free and the head is held high,” the TMC leader said quoting Rabindranath Tagore.
Share Rep. Al Green’s YouTube ChannelU.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, speaking in favor of impeachment of President Trump from the floor of Congress on May 17, 2017.U.S. Rep. Al Green still calls Jose Escobar one of his constituents, even though Escobar was deported after what he thought would be a routine check-in with immigration authorities.That’s why Green, a Houston Democrat, flew to El Salvador on Saturday to meet with Escobar in the hopes it will call attention to the plight of families separated by deportation. Another 200,000 people could be forced to return there because President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would end a temporary visa program for Salvadorans.Green and Escobar met in a small room at the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital. They were accompanied by Jose’s wife, Rose Escobar, who has remained in Texas with the couple’s two children, as well as an off-duty Houston police officer whose airfare was paid for by Green.Green, a fierce critic of Trump who last year introduced articles of impeachment against him, told Escobar he was committed to “doing everything we can to get you back with your family.”Speaking to The Associated Press before the trip, Green said he felt obligated to try to help Escobar, who was deported in March despite not having a criminal record, according to his family. Escobar’s immigration court appeals have failed, though his attorneys are looking for new ways to petition on his behalf.“If not for his place of birth, we would call him an American citizen who is all of the right things,” Green said. “This is the kind of citizen that we would admire.”El Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries in North America, an impoverished nation of 6.4 million people with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. The State Department warns people against visiting due to the country’s rampant murders, rapes and other violent crimes.The meeting took place in the same airport where Escobar called his wife last March to tell her he had been deported.Escobar’s family settled in the U.S. in 2001 with temporary protected status, which was granted to Salvadorans who were victims of earthquakes that year. The program for El Salvador was extended by two presidential administrations, but the Trump administration announced in January that it would end it in September 2019, saying the problems that made temporary visas necessary no longer existed.Escobar, 32, settled in Houston at the age of 15. Only around the time he married his wife in 2006 did they realize he was in the U.S. illegally because his family hadn’t received the paperwork necessary for him to renew his visa.An immigration judge ordered his deportation in 2006, and he was arrested in 2011 and detained for several months. After an intense lobbying campaign, ICE’s Houston field office director released Escobar in January 2012.Shortly after taking office in January 2017, Trump signed an executive order widening the categories of immigrants without legal status who could be subject to deportation. Escobar went to an ICE office the next month to check in under the terms of his order and was detained until his March deportation, his wife said.ICE confirmed in a statement that it deported Escobar and that his release in 2012 was so “he could get his affairs in order prior to his removal.”Escobar now lives with relatives in a town that’s about a three-hour drive from San Salvador. He worries about the gang members who control the streets and often accost people who have recently returned from the U.S.Before the meeting, Rose Escobar talked about how their children were learning to cope. She said their 3-year-old daughter, Carmen, stopped speaking for several weeks after Jose was deported, which a doctor told her could have been caused by the trauma of the deportation.Their 8-year-old son, Walter, has slowly come to understand what happened. But shortly after Hurricane Harvey in August, she got a call from the school saying that he had broken down crying. The teacher who consoled him was herself protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program shielding young immigrants from deportation that the Trump administration has planned to end in March.Rose said she worries about Jose, who the rest of the family calls before dinner every night and before the children go to bed.In Texas, Jose had worked his way from being a painter on a construction crew to a crew supervisor. He wore a suit and did most of his work on a laptop, which he brought with him to the check-in last February.Now, he works as a laborer whenever a job is available, often lifting heavy stones and putting them into place for houses and buildings. He stays in his room most of the time.“All of your sacrifices that you make for so many years, you see them taken away from you,” he said Saturday. “After deportation, all of that is gone.”Rose Escobar is a hospital receptionist and relies on savings that are slowly dwindling. She questions whether anyone who has spent years in the United States could handle returning to El Salvador.“For someone in Jose’s case, can they adjust over there?” Rose said. “No. It’s almost been a year, and he’s still in his room, and it breaks my heart.”
FLICKR.COM/SAFARI_VACATIONA judge has denied bond for an 18-year-old Houston man accused of fatally shooting an 8-year-old boy who was in a car with his younger sister when they were caught in a drive-by shooting that police believe was gang related.Devonte Lockett was arrested last week and charged with murder for the slaying of Tristian Hutchins. He died March 28, four weeks after he was shot. His 5-year-old sister was wounded in the leg.Witnesses told police Lockett was firing from the passenger seat of a vehicle. Houston officials had pleaded for help finding the gunman and police say others are being sought.Lockett’s bond request was denied Saturday. He’s scheduled for another court appearance Monday.Records show he has a previous arrest for carrying a handgun in a vehicle.#BREAKING: Devonte Lockett, 18, now officially charged w murder. Police say he shot and killed Tristian Hutchins, 8, during a drive-by shooting. #abc13 pic.twitter.com/t0nk6vf5Ed— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) April 6, 2018 Share
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Despite its deep roots in traditional science fiction and drama, Doctor Who actually takes many of its cues from American buddy comedies of yore.By pairing childhood frenemies the Doctor and the Master—two contrasting personalities—the show creates a particular on-screen dynamic: good vs. evil, light vs. dark, clever vs. cleverer.Both renegade aliens mad with power, the two Time Lords use their gift—the ability to travel through space and time—in very different ways.Driven insane at a young age after looking into the Untempered Schism on Gallifrey, the Master, hell bent on controlling the universe and making the Doctor suffer, flees his home planet in a stolen TARDIS.“The pleasure of seeing the human race exterminated, Doctor,” Roger Delgado’s Master said in the 1972 episode “The Sea Devils.” “The human race of which you are so fond. Believe me that’ll be a reward in itself.”IncarnationsFirst portrayed by Delgado in 1971’s “Terror of the Autons,” the character arrives on Earth to wreak havoc but finds himself stranded on the planet, where he becomes a recurring pain in the Doctor’s arse.Just like the show’s regenerating titular character, the Master has been played by multiple actors over nearly five decades. Delgado (pictured) originated the part, which he reprised in many Third Doctor serials until his death in 1973. Peter Pratt took over in late 1976, and was succeeded by Geoffrey Beevers (1981) and Anthony Ainley (1981-89).Gordon Tipple and Eric Roberts stepped into the role for the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, playing “the old Master” and “the Master,” respectively. Since the program’s reboot in 2005, the mischievous Time Lord has been personified by Derek Jacobi and John Simm.In 2007, camouflaged as a human named Yana, the Master returns to his true identity (in the form of Jacobi). But when he is fatally wounded, the Master crawls into the Doctor’s TARDIS and regenerates into a younger body (Simm). Transported back to earth, he takes on the alias of “Harold Saxon,” Minister of Defence of Great Britain—soon to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.During a two-part special broadcast on Christmas 2009 and New Year’s 2010, the Master gets revenge on Gallifrean Lord President Rassilon, who he blames for his troubles, but manages to send Rassilon, Gallifrey, and himself “back into [the] hell” of the final day of the Time War.The botched resurrection leads to a welcome surprise gender-bending twist: Michelle Gomez appeared in the eighth series as Missy (pictured), a mysterious “woman in the shop” who brings Clara and the Eleventh Doctor together. She is later unveiled as a new, female incarnation of the Master: “Well, couldn’t very well keep calling myself ‘The Master,’ now could I?” she groans in “Dark Water.”Gomez decked out in Missy’s steampunk Mary Poppins costume, and a sly smile recently confirmed her return to the show’s 10th season, scheduled for April 15.TARDISWhile the Doctor’s TARDIS is stuck in the shape of a 1960s London police box, his counterpart’s ship has shape-shifted into dozens of disguises. These disguises include a horsebox, a white cupboard, a red rocket, a grandfather clock, a police box, a plant, a column, a fireplace, and a Concord.
Is your gaming PC getting a bit long in the tooth? Fear not, there’s never been a better time to upgrade. If your budget is tight, this PC-console hybrid from Dell is the perfect way to play PC games without straining your wallet. With a streamlined design and custom interface, this consolized gaming rig makes PC gaming both affordable and simple.Alienware Alpha consolized gaming PC for $399.99 (List price: $549.99) So, what are the specs like for this mini gaming rig? It sports a fourth generation dual-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i3-4170T CPU, a custom-built discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5, 4GB of DDR3L RAM (1600MHz), a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. Plug in a your favorite 360 or Xbox One controller, and navigate around using Alienware’s custom 10-foot interface called “HiveMind” — just like a real console. After all, the biggest difference here is the Alpha can handle general purpose computing as well. At its core, this is still just a PC running Windows 10 Home (64-bit), so you can browse around, check email, and get work done as well if you so choose. This is far from a high-end gaming rig, but it’s definitely a worthwhile investment for gamers on a strict budget. It’s smaller and lighter than an Xbox One, and the selection of games is much, much wider. Factor in Steam sales and Humble Bundles, and you’ll continue to save money in the long run. Considering just how affordable this consolized PC is, even high-end gamers should consider this as an excellent secondary machine. Not only will it run plenty of games locally, but Steam in-home streaming gives you even more options. You can keep your main gaming rig in the den, and seamlessly stream it out to the big screen in the living room.While this model lists for $549.99, Dell is selling it directly for $399.99. Just add it to your cart, and you’ll save a total of $150. Shipping is free as well, so don’t hesitate to get a gaming PC of your very own.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at email@example.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.
Losing control or feeling in your limbs is one of the most traumatic and emotionally draining injuries people can suffer. For years the holy grail of cybernetics research has been giving people back control over their own bodies, and we’ve taken yet another big step towards making that vision a reality.Nathan Copeland has been a quadriplegic since suffering a spinal cord injury in a crash ten years ago. A research group at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center thought that Copeland might be a good fit for radical new technology — a series of chips implanted directly into the brain that would allow him to feel with a robotic arm. While similar techniques have allowed other patients to remotely control a prosthetic arm, this is the first time that a patient has been able to both send signals with implants and receive touch-based feedback that mimics our own natural senses.The study that resulted, published in Science Translational Medicine, details the system the researchers used. Essentially two arrays of electrodes were implanted in Copeland’s brain and connected to a receiver attached to his skull. One of them is wired — literally — into Copeland’s motor cortex. This set allows him to send signals to a computer and then to a separate robotic arm just by thinking about it. With training Copeland has been able to pick up objects and use the prosthetic fingers with fine motor control.Even so, the team realized that one of the most important parts of using our hands is the feeling we get back when we interact with other things. When we grip a glass, we can tell how much force we’re using based on the sense of pressure we get from the glass. Without that, it’s much harder to be precise. So the team worked on rigging up a second array of prosthetics that connected to Copeland’s sensory cortex. With these, the team could not just pick up signals from the brain, but send them back as well.Like many of these sorts of procedures, it took months before Copeland saw the full effects. The brain is, as you might suspect, a really sensitive organ and it won’t just accept random jolts of electricity as anything in particular. So the team worked to gradually figure out the right level of power they needed to apply to make it work. And even then, it’s not quite perfect. Copeland says that some of the artificial fingers aren’t quite as sensitive as the others — suggesting that the placement of the electrodes is ever-so-slightly off. But still, the effects are stunning.Plus, right now we can’t work these devices directly into a patient’s existing physiology. All of this tech is external, connecting to a separate robotic arm — not the patient’s original, natural one. As such, it’s far from a perfect solution, but it’s one of the biggest and most important steps we’ve taken towards having perfect prosthetic replacements for our actual limbs.In the video Copeland references Star Wars, saying, “Luke Skywalker got his hand chopped off, and the next day he has a robot one. And they’re pricking it, and he’s like, ‘Yeah I can feel it. Good to go’ and he doesn’t even miss a beat… That could be someone else not that far in the future.”
Men’s health affects baby’s health too Human Rights Watch director Jose Miguel Vivanco says in a letter sent to Humala on Thursday that security forces have an obligation to protect protesters, even during violent demonstrations.Officials say the latest bloodshed occurred late Wednesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to pain LIMA, Peru (AP) – A Peruvian farmer has been killed and four others wounded in the latest confrontation between police and villagers over a mining project that the protesters fear endangers their water supply.The bloodshed coincides with a call by Human Rights Watch for Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to avoid any indiscriminate use of lethal force by security officers. Police gunshots appear to have killed at least 15 civilians during social protests over the past year. How men can have a healthy 2019
Sabre collaborates with Serko to develop the next generation corporate online booking toolSabre collaborates with Serko to develop the next generation corporate online booking toolSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, and Serko Ltd. (SKO.NZ), a leader in online travel booking and expense management, today announced an agreement to develop the next generation of Sabre Online. Sabre Online is Sabre’s corporate online booking tool for small and mid-sized businesses in Australia and New Zealand. The relationship serves as a launch pad for the next generation of Sabre Online, while simultaneously expanding Serko’s market footprint.The new version of Sabre Online, under the same name, will combine Sabre’s end-to-end offering with Serko’s established cloud-based booking platform. This provides existing Sabre Online customers with the ability to combine add-ons from Serko, such as Expense Management, whilst also providing a more scalable online booking tool with the unique ability to upgrade to a premium offering.Darrin Grafton, Serko, CEO, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for both Serko and Sabre. It gives Sabre access to a broader corporate online booking portfolio and gives Serko access to a market of mid-sized organisations, which is growing faster than any other market. Additionally, both Sabre and Serko’s Travel Management Company (TMC) customers will have access to a wider range of corporate travel solutions while enjoying the operational benefits of using a single underlying booking platform.”Richard Morgan, regional director, Sabre Travel Network South Pacific, said: “By harnessing both Sabre’s and Serko’s expertise and technologies, this relationship will enable both companies to create a unique user experience that allows agents to include add-ons from Serko based on corporate customer needs. This ensures that we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers, and provide our TMC and corporate customers with a unique competitive advantage.”Roshan Mendis, senior vice president, Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific, added that: “With corporate travel in the Asia Pacific region on an accelerated growth trajectory, corporate travel management companies are now required to achieve tighter cost control but withoutcompromising the comfort of travellers. As a highly respected company in the market, Serko’s solutions for corporate travel in Australia and New Zealand perfectly complement Sabre’s. Our relationship demonstrates how innovation and technology can play an enabling role, ensuring that corporate travellers are having more of their personal preferences met.”Upgrade of existing Sabre Online customers onto the new version of Sabre Online will commence in Q3, 2016 and is expected to be completed before the end of the calendar year. Sabre Online customers should contact their Travel Management Companies for more information about migration plans.About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.About Serko Serko is Australasia’s leading online travel booking and expense management company for businesses and is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (SKO.NZ). Headquartered in Auckland New Zealand, Serko has offices in Sydney Australia, Xi’an City China and Gurgaon, India, and employs more than 130 people worldwide. Serko Online is an integrated Online Booking Tool (OBT) used by administrators and travellers to book flights, accommodation and car hire from the broadest possible set of travel providers. The OBT ensures that travel bookings comply with corporate travel management policy without limiting the user’s choice of travel provider.Source = Sabre
Morningstar Credit Ratings Renewals SFR Securitizations Single-Family Rental 2016-03-01 Scott_Morgan Rents Increasing Faster for Renewals on Single-Family Rental Properties Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Managers of properties in single-family rental (SFR) securitizations have been steadily increasing rents more for renewals than for new tenants for vacant properties over the past two years, a new report by Morningstar Credit Ratings has found.According to Morningstar’s 28-month-long analysis of single-family rental securitizations, rents in Q4 of 2015 dropped for new tenants (after almost half a year of remaining flat), while at the same time rents for existing tenants has increased gradually and steadily since at least July of 2014.While both categories show increases since the summer of 2014, renewals rents have tended to go up by a steady 3 to 4 percent, while vacant property rents were a little less consistent. A graph shows that more than 80 percent of renewal properties showed increased rents at the end of January, compared to 60 percent of vacant properties hoping to lure a tenant. In July, both types of properties were about even at just under 80 percent, according to the report.Length of vacancy is a big factor in allowing property managers to increase rental rates. The longer a property remains vacant, the more likely a property manager is to shift the focus from optimizing the rent to simply getting the property occupied, the report found. Therefore, where tenants are in place, it’s easier to ask for more money.“One of the most basic, but important, concepts in single-family rentals is simply to keep properties occupied and, as a result, cash flowing,” the report stated. “It is in the interest of single-family rental securitizations for property managers to keep properties occupied by maintaining high renewal rates.”There also appears to be some seasonality to the rental increases. Larger increases in renewal properties occur more often in fall months and larger vacant-to-occupied increases happen more in summertime.According to Morningstar, school systems have a lot to do with this seasonality. Property managers stress the importance that tenants place on their preferred school districts, and that new tenants are willing to absorb higher rental rates in the summer in order to be settled in time for the new school year. Meanwhile, renewal tenants will pay higher rental rates in the fall to meet their desire to stay in a chosen school district, the report found. March 1, 2016 639 Views
RelatedFlight demand ‘moving in the right direction’Flight demand ‘moving in the right direction’IATA reports increased demand for international flightsIATA reports increased demand for international flightsSlight increase in demand for flights during 2008There was a 1.6 percent increase in the demand for flights from passengers over the course of 2008 Demand for international flights in March increased by 10.3 percent compared to the same month last year, figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have revealed.This is a marked improvement from the increase of nine percent recorded between February and the same month in 2009, although this is likely to be because March last year was the low point for international air travel during the recession.Giovanni Bisignani, the IATA’s director general and chief executive officer, said although the “pace of the upturn is strong”, the effects of the recession are yet to come to an end.”The industry has lost two years of growth, and passenger and freight markets are still one percent below early 2008 highs,” he explained.”Nonetheless, the pace of improvement, based on an improving global economic situation, is much faster than anybody would have expected even six months ago.”Last week, the IATA said that the disruption caused by the volcanic ash over much of northern Europe has cost airlines $1.7 billion (£1.12 billion).ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
1. Holographic airport staffAn inanely smiling staff member called Angela scolding you not to carry liquids in your hand luggage on an endlessly repeating loop possibly isn’t appreciated as you queue for security, chewing your hands because your flight leaves in 17 minutes. But holographic staff members – you may have met them at an airport near you – aren’t technically holograms, but actually projections on a human-shaped screen. Be pleasant, give them a smile in return, or even blow them a kiss: they are only doing their jobs.2. X-rated scanners‘Full body scanners may not be here to stay. In a move that will please opponents of the controversial security measure, Manchester airport is set to KO its ‘naked’ scanners after a trial of their use finishes next month. The machines, which display x-ray-style images, will be replaced by ‘next generation’ ‘privacy-friendly’ scanners, at least until the European Commission approves the full monty machines for permanent use.3. Self-service bag tagOf course, you can print your own boarding pass, or you have to if you’re flying Ryanair (unless you want to pay a lot for the airline to print them for you). Now passengers will be able to use kiosks to print out their own baggage tags before dropping them off where they will be scanned and checked for weight. This should in theory save you time in the check-in hall. Then you see the queue for the bag drop-off…4. Facial recognition scansSmile for the camera please! We are well used to getting snapped as we head to security, and not just because we’re heading for the pages of Heat. But there’s more to it than taking pretty pictures of our mugs. Scanners verify a person’s ID using face recognition technology, preventing misdemeanours like people swapping tickets to avoid immigration checks. This could also be used to target potential customers with advertising for say, duty free offers. Very Minority Report! “Good morning Mr Anderton…”5. iPads for pilotsAmerican Airlines are replacing paper manuals in passenger plane cockpits. This isn’t because they’re trying to be cool, it makes good business sense. Previously, pilots had to carry 35 pounds of printed manuals and other paper work every time they flew. Now it has all been put into the super lightweight iPad. The weight reduction will save American 1.2 million dollars in jet fuel every year. Some airlines have demanded overweight cabin crew shift the pounds for the same reason.6. Plane catapultsAirbus aims to imitate technology used by fighter jets by using rolling platforms to tow planes across the runway and then catapult them into the sky. This will help reduce required fuel, thus saving money, and being better for the environment. It would also allow a steeper climb from airports, so planes reach cruising altitude faster, and reduce noise pollution. Other benefits include shortening runways up to a third, minimising land use and increasing airport capacity with the possibility of ‘micro-airports’ being built closer to cities.7. Mobile phones as boarding passesJapan Airlines are now using Near Field Communication (NFC) scanners to use passengers ‘mobile phones as boarding passes rather than the traditional paper print-out. For now, this is only on domestic routes where lower security is required but it is a step in the right direction with other airlines considering following suit. Whatever next, self-scan security? Are you carrying liquids? Yes/No? No! That’s not a bottle of vodka in my pocket, honest!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related66% favour airport body scanners says Skyscanner66% favour airport body scanners says SkyscannerThe truth about ‘annoying’ airport security protocols…You’ll have a more pleasant and seamless airport experience if you understand the reasons behind the rules.Banned on board: Christmas gifts you can’t take on a flightTis the season to visit a Christmas market, call on far-flung relatives, or maybe even fly somewhere a little bit warmer. But, you might want to make sure that cabin baggage restrictions and customs regulations don’t ruin Christmas. Here’s a complete guide to what Christmas items are banned on board…
08Jun Northern caucus successful in closing school funding gap Categories: Chatfield News The Michigan House’s Northern Michigan Caucus today declared victory in its efforts to close the school funding gap that has left rural schools at a disadvantage compared to the richer school districts in more populated areas.State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the caucus, said legislators from Northern Michigan continually pressured school budget negotiators to retain the so-called 2X school funding formula that gives smaller districts more money to make up for past financial inequities. He said the caucus sent a letter urging state Rep. Tim Kelly, of Saginaw Township, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, to reinstate the additional funding. A House-Senate conference committee today restored the 2X formula.“We did not let up in our efforts to restore the 2X formula so rural districts, which have traditionally been underfunded, can continue to close the money gap that exists,” said Cole, of Mancelona.State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as speaker pro tempore, said he signed the letter because without the added funds, the gap just gets bigger.“While we are thankful that the committee originally increased spending for students across the state – which is the most money ever appropriated for K-12 education in Michigan’s history – it did nothing to bring northern students in line with students to the south,” Chatfield said. “Restoration of the funding formula to help smaller schools is a great step forward.”State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, said she is concerned the state is moving backwards in its efforts to bridge the chasm between wealthy and poorer districts.“The gap was just starting to close, thanks to the actions of the Legislature since 2011, but Northern Michigan children are still hundreds of dollars per student behind their peers in the south.” Allor said.State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, said he hopes the funding formula that favors smaller districts continues in future budgets.“This additional money going to smaller districts has been included in more recent state budgets, but it has still not achieved total equality for children in small districts,” VanSingel said. “We must continue this formula of school spending until the playing field is even.”State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, voted in favor of the House school budget when it came before the legislators, but was hesitant because 2X funding was not included in the draft.“This inequity has existed for decades and I was deeply concerned when the formula was not in the original House budget,” Rendon said. “I voted yes on the budget with confidence that the funds would be restored in negotiations between the House and Senate.”State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, also applauded restoration of the additional funds.“Inequitable funding results in an inequitable education, and that is simply not acceptable,” Hoitenga said. “Our students deserve the same learning opportunities as those in wealthier district do.”State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the Upper Peninsula has been shortchanged on a regular basis, and said he won’t stand for inequity in school appropriations.“The U.P. has been operating school districts on a shoestring budget, compared to districts in Detroit and Lansing and Grand Rapids,” LaFave said. “We deserve, and demand, additional money that should have been allocated years ago.”#####
08Oct Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on first responder protection legislation – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. playpause Categories: Audio,Iden Audio,News – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. playpause – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Rep. Iden talks about a three-bill package, including his HB 4591, that would make it felony for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of a police, fire, corrections and emergency medical service departments. The legislation will be before the full House this coming week. Anyone found guilty could serve up to two years incarceration. Mark Barnes, fire chief for the Charter Township of Oshtemo, and Jed Wild, lead training officer for the Covert Township Fire Department, testified in support of the legislation in the House Law and Justice Committee. playpause
Friday, June 88:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Pink Elephant, 207 S. State St. in Hart;10 to 11 a.m. at Good Stuffs, 111 S. Hancock St. in Pentwater; and11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brown Bear, 147 N. Michigan Ave. in Shelby. Monday, June 119 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Cafe, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Area Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Court House in the Board of Commissioners Room, 800 10th in Baldwin. State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant announces his office hours for the month of April.“It is my top priority to listen to the questions and concerns that residents may have regarding state government,” VanSingel said. “I encourage everyone to attend office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, June 49 to 10 a.m. at Moon Dance Café, 7143 W. 48th St. in Fremont;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cronk’s Oakridge Restaurant, 9103 Mason Drive in Newaygo; andNoon to 1 p.m. at The Depot Restaurant, 22 W. Main St. in Grant. Categories: VanSingel News 22May Rep. VanSingel invites residents to June office hours No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov.###
State Rep. Roger Hauck today announced traffic safety improvements requested for Isabella Road at M-20 (Pickard) have been approved by state transportation officials.Rep. Hauck worked with Union Township to submit a request to the Michigan Department of Transportation for a left turn traffic light signal at the intersection.Hauck, who worked at Delfield Manufacturing prior to his legislative duties in Lansing, commented that leaving the facility without a green arrow designated for the left turn lane was dangerous for drivers. The improvements to the intersection will help with roadway safety.“This traffic light is important for the safety of Union Township drivers, and I look forward to seeing improvements to the intersection in the next few months,” said Hauck, of Union Township. “Adding a left turn signal will help reduce the number of car accidents and will better protect our families.”Construction for the light will begin in the coming months and is planned to be completed this summer.### 25Apr Rep. Hauck helps Union Township secure safety improvements to intersection Categories: Hauck News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 24, 2014; USA TodayJust before Christmas, the sad news of the struggles of Iowa’s nonprofit health insurance cooperative—CoOportunity Health—led to the company’s takeover by the state’s health insurance division. According to USA Today, signs of the cooperative’s financial troubles didn’t really come to public attention until October, when CoOportunity withdrew from a state program that uses federal Medicaid money to pay private insurance premiums for low-income Iowans. The official explanation for the takeover—and the likely end of CoOportunity as a going concern—was a lack of cash and assets, reportedly only $17 million despite the cooperative’s 120,000 members in Iowa and Nebraska.Martin Hickey, the chairman of the National Alliance of State Health Co-ops, told the Omaha World-Herald that CoOportunity’s problems were not shared by other health insurance cooperatives. As paraphrased by the World-Herald, Hickey indicated that CoOportunity was hurt because of its success in attracting members, implying that it signed up more members than it anticipated but was unable to could raise the capital assets to cover their needs. Because of “extremely high healthcare utilization,” CoOportunity reportedly lost $45.7 million in the first 10 months of 2014. Though it received “solvency” and operating funds from the federal government to deal with the high utilization issue, the feds ended solvency payments to CoOportunity and other nonprofit insurers in December. Facing further restrictions in access to operating funding due to changes in the federal spending bill approved last month, CoOportunity was stuck.Critics have jumped on the Iowa news to eviscerate nonprofits, cooperatives, and the Affordable Care Act. Investors Business Daily’s headline was “Obamacare Co-op Hits Skids.” Fox News headlined the CoOportunity Health issue as evidence of the continuing “Obamacare woes” and quoted a nearly chortling Drew Klein, director of the Iowa chapter of Americans for Prosperity, who said, “Here in Iowa, we were promised more [choices] and lower premiums, yet now we learn that one of two [companies] responsible for providing affordable insurance can’t provide what the law promises.”Though no fan of the Affordable Care Act, Tim Worstall weighed in in Forbes to proclaim this as evidence of the “failure of the cooperative model…a certain romanticism about cooperatives.”“They’re really not very suited to an industry that has large capital requirements,” Worstall wrote, “because neither the consumers (customers) or the workers, the people who, dependent upon flavor of co-op, own it, have much if any capital to put into a capital intensive business.”It might be useful to actually look at what actually happened with CoOportunity and determine to what extent its problems are indicative of a deeper issue with health insurance cooperatives in the Affordable Care Act or with cooperatives per se. In Iowa, other than CoOportunity, there was only one other health insurance provider offering insurance to Iowans through the Healthcare.gov exchange: Coventry Healthcare, owned by Aetna. Undoubtedly having tired of their treatment by the big health insurance companies, Iowans (and Nebraskans) flocked toward the consumer-run, nonprofit alternative with more fervor than CoOportunity’s founders and managers ever expected. Add to that the restrictions that CoOportunity faced in its use of the capital loan it received at its outset from the federal government—documented here, along with the efforts of the cooperatives to find resources and adopt strategies with more flexibility—and the challenges of an undercapitalized, oversubscribed, completely new health insurer aren’t difficult to imagine.While some of the nonprofit cooperatives have done spectacularly, particularly in Kentucky and Maine, others have had difficulties in maintaining required capital ratios. The federal government recently made “solvency funding” loans to a handful of health insurance cooperatives, including those in New York ($90.7 million), Wisconsin ($51.2 million), and Connecticut ($48.4 million), as well as to CoOportunity, serving Iowa and Nebraska ($32.7 million)—and roughly $65 million apiece for the Kentucky Health Cooperative and Maine Community Health Options. Why would the successful CO-OPs in Kentucky and Maine, having captured over 80 percent of the sign-ups on those states’ exchanges in the first year of the ACA, need solvency help? Because they are new entities, a year or two old, and trying to get to a steady state of financial performance and results. Remember, they are competing against huge behemoth private insurers that are many decades old, and the CO-OPs are not only new, but offering different and more responsive services to customers than their calcified competition.Worstall is correct about the capital generating limitations of cooperatives in capital-intensive industries such as healthcare, but he and many others miss the point about the nonprofit insurance CO-OPs. They weren’t originally part of the Affordable Care Act; they were a last-minute deal concocted to placate centrist Democrats who wanted to see some sort of alternative to the big insurers offered but also to avoid ticking off conservative Republicans who were dead set against the “public option”—that is, government-provided insurance. Despite CoOportunity’s demise, the other nonprofit insurance cooperatives are braving the health sector’s financial shoals to offer alternatives to the Coventry/Aetna offerings of the world, providing a competition yardstick that is compelling the big companies to suddenly rebrand themselves as less costly, simpler, and more straightforward in their offerings.Notwithstanding CoOportunity Health’s troubles, these brand new nonprofit health insurance cooperatives in other states, like Kentucky’s, run by the indomitable Janie Miller, might find their marks, survive, and stabilize during their first few years of operation and become viable business operations. But that doesn’t obviate the real answer that, as retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin noted, President Obama and Congress failed to pursue during the first two years of the Obama administration—that is, to have included the public option in the Affordable Care Act legislation when Obama and the Democrat “had the votes.”—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Blinkx subsidiary Burst Media is launching 12 digital video channels from food to gardening and gossip as it boosts its online presence.Blinx acquired online video provider Burst Media in April 2011 and this move will allow Blinkx to integrate its premium video content with Burst’s 150 million monthly unique users.The channels, which also include health and celebrity sites, will also include video content from partners including Reuters, Howcast, Celeb TV and TVGuide and brands will be able to advertise around the content.Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, Blinkx, said: “The launch of the video channels represents a significant milestone in the progression of Burst’s new publisher strategy following its acquisition by Blinkx in April 2011. The ability to integrate Blinkx’s premium video content with Burst’s reach of 150 million monthly uniques and 35 billion page views per month is an enormous opportunity – one that gives us the potential to create personalised, online television that is watched by hundreds of millions of users – a combination that’s a win-win-win proposition for users, publishers and advertisers.”
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has launched a free app to allow customers to watch movies and live TV from smartphones, tablets and Samsung smart TVs. The mmTV.pl app includes almost five hundred movies on both a free and a pay-per-view basis and TV channels including TVP1, TVP 2, Discovery and TLC.Viewers will also be able to access specific programmes on-demand on their mobile device, dependent on the digital TV package they subscribe to.