Huawei Honor Holly 4 review: Good battery life, but misses out on the X factor

first_imgHuawei sub-brand Honor has seen a pretty good response in the Indian market. One of the reasons being that the Honor brand has produced quality smartphones that work well on design and hardware in the ever so popular mid-range segment. The Holly series since its inception has been the brand’s budget offering. The newest Holly 4 changes things a little as it crosses the Rs 10,000 mark. At Rs 11,999, the phone will be going up against the likes of the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 to name a few.The Holly 4 highlights a metal finish, sturdy build, HD display, fingerprint sensor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 among other things that should satisfy budget phone users, and particularly Honor fans. But seeing as how competitive this segment has become in the recent years, we take a look at whether the specs justifies the price and whether the Holly 4 delivers what one expects from a smartphone in this segment today.Design and build qualityThe Holly series from Huawei sub-brand Honor has never been known for bringing good looking phones. Since the original Honor Holly, the company has never pushed design as a major highlight. It was more about offering decent specs at a budget price. However, the price of each successive Holly smartphone has been increasing with the Holly 4 now crossing the Rs 10,000 mark. But the design still looks familiar and dated.The front looks identical to the Holly 3 with a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display and bezels on the top, bottom and sides. You see the Honor logo on the chin, the earpiece on the top with the front camera on its right and the ambient light sensor on the left. The back looks different from the patterned rear of the Holly 3. The newest phone goes for a smooth metal-like look. Only the back isn’t one complete finish. There is a plastic outer casing and an inner metal panel where the camera, fingerprint sensor and the Honor logo can be found. The division doesn’t give it a uniform feel to it, but it looks a lot more appealing than the patterned Holly 3.advertisementThe Honor Holly 4’s design looks familiar and datedThe Holly 4 feels smooth to hold and is quite lightweight making it easy to carry around. The power button on the right is patterned to differentiate it from the volume controls just above. There are two speakers on the bottom with a microUSB port in between. Overall it’s a compact phone that feels solid rather than flimsy when you hold it.DisplayThe Honor Holly 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution. This isn’t a bright display, but you get the colours and sharpness. The app icons look good although some of them can look washed out a little. Thanks to EMUI 5, the display is largely filled with blues and whites which gives it a pleasing look.At its maximum brightness level, the Holly 4 still feels dull and doesn’t have the best visibility under bright sunlight. Watching videos on YouTube or other streaming platforms won’t give you accurate colours, but if you aren’t the nitpicking types then it won’t bother you all the much. The display will not disappoint under dim lights or absolute darkness as well.The Holly 4 feels a little lacking in display mostly because we’re now spoiled by the likes of Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4, which offer Full HD resolution. Bumping the phone to a Full HD display would have definitely earned some brownie points considering the price segment. SoftwareHuawei’s custom EMUI operating system has largely been met with negative reviews. Despite the company’s claims that its OS gets simpler and more user friendly with successive version, EMUI is still far from great. The Holly 4 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. In my experience with the device, I found the UI pretty sticky.The phone misses on that fluidity one expects when navigating through the phone. Scrolling through web pages or social media sites feels slow and isn’t as responsive to touch as I would have liked. The UI is not as smooth and responsive to the touch as you would want and there are visible lags when opening and closing apps, which can get frustrating. There’s also a lot of bloatware, which will definitely put you off if you’re looking for a more pure Android experience.EMUI 5.1 is built on blues and whites, which is what you’ll see when you look at the display. There are a number of features that come with the skin including an option to switch to an app drawer, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor that can be assigned to snap pictures, take calls, stop and alarm and more. It is also more tuned to differentiate between intentional and unintentional touches when it’s in your pocket or bag. You also get some smart options like motion control and voice control all of which can be found in Setting under ‘Smart Assistance’. I don’t mind these customisations and gestures as it makes the UI a lot more easier to use. advertisementDespite all the added customisations and features that EMUI 5 brings to the table, it still feels too cluttered and confusing to navigate compared to the more stock Android phones like the Moto G5. But if you’re a fan of Huawei’s skin then you can give the Holly 4 a look. It is also worth noting that Honor’s own 6X and 8 are priced close to the Holly 4, which provide a little more than what the latter offers.Performance and battery lifeThe Honor Holly 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with an onboard storage of 32GB, but you’ll actually get roughly 23GB to play with. The device also supports a microSD card of up to 128GB.There are a few performance-related issues that can annoy you here. First of, the fingerprint reader isn’t the quickest of them out there. It is slower and less accurate than what you would expect from a fingerprint sensor in 2017. Browsing intensive websites or apps can get choppy and can start lagging quite a bit. This wouldn’t bother users if it was priced in the entry-level segment, but it is competing against the likes of Moto G5 at just above the Rs 10,000 mark so you expect it to deliver on performance. The phone performs just fine for you basic daily usage like making calls or messaging.There were also a few occasions when apps crashed for no good reason. Playing graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 will not be a smooth experience as you’ll face a lot of stuttering. The phone also starts heating up just a couple of minutes into such games. But 2D games like Super Mario Run work just fine. Gaming and video experience are let down further by poor speaker performance, which is a real shame as the Holly 4 has two of them. The bottom speakers aren’t loud enough even at the highest levels. The sound gets muddled and unclear when set on loud.Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone userA 3020mAh battery is housed inside the Holly 4 that promises up to 10 hours of 4G browsing and 12 hours of HD video playback. I found the battery to last for about 9-10 hours of usage that included 4G voice calls, music playback and videos on YouTube, and a couple of low graphic-intensive games. The battery might not sound exciting on paper, but you won’t be disappointed here. The phone should easily take you through the day and you’ll only need to charge it again before you hit the bed at night. There’s a microUSB port that will let you charge the device from zero to full in about 2 hours. Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone user.advertisementCameraIt’s getting harder and harder these days to say that budget smartphones can only offer little when it comes to photography. Cameras in a smartphone have become as much of a selling point as the design, if not more. So manufacturers should be paying more attention to the camera. But the Holly 4 is an example of the company taking the optics for granted, which is quite disappointing.The Holly 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Outdoor images captured by the rear camera were quite saturated. The reds were too red and the greens were too green. Indoor, the camera couldn’t get accurate whites of the walls and photos captured were noisy and dull even under good lighting. That’s disappointing since there are a number of budget phones today that have improved their camera game. XPreviousNextThere’s not a lot to brag about when it comes to the front camera as well. Selfies taken were average at best. The colours felt dull and faded, and you shouldn’t expect crisp and accurate selfies here. Most of the times the selfies will come out shaky, and you’ll find yourself having to take multiple shots to pick the clearest photo.Should you buy it?It’s becoming difficult for the Holly series to find a place in the competitive budget market. Initially, the original Honor Holly came with decent budget specs starting at Rs 8,000. But the Honor Holly 4 at Rs 11,999 feels like it’s still stuck in the past. You can now get far superior phones at Rs 12,000 like the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 that offer consumers something more. In fact, Honor’s own 6X from earlier this year can now be bought at Rs 11,999 (32GB), which features a 1080p display, dual rear cameras and a Kirin 655 processor.That’s not to say the Holly 4 isn’t without its merits. It’s got a compact yet firm build, dual speakers on the bottom, a decent 720p display and a lightweight design. But the Holly 4 doesn’t have a defining feature, something worth boasting about. Honor would have had a better chance in the offline market if the Holly 4 stayed under the Rs 10,000 price bracket.For Honor fans, the Holly 4 can be an attractive buy. Go for it if you want a phone that doesn’t quit on you before the day ends. There are some neat customisations and features that come with EMUI 5.1 that may please some. At this price, the Holly 4 is not a bad choice, but it’s also not the best you can get.Honor Holly 46.5/10Good stuffGood build qualityImpressive battery and standby timeDecent HD displayBad stuffPerformance lags and stuttersUnderwhelming camerasPoor dual speakerslast_img read more

TFA MEMBERS RECEIVE 2007 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS AWARDS SHORTLISTING

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to congratulate two of the hardest working members of our community on being short-listed in the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) 27th Annual Sports Awards.Respected Referee Luke Mc Kenzie has been nominated for Official of the Year, whilst outgoing Federation of International Touch (FIT) President Cary Thompson has been recognised in the Volunteer of the Year category for 2007.Both gentlemen have impressed the voting panel with their record of service and quality contributions to our game.In a “New media” format, the Top three nominees were announced yesterday live on the CAS website in 18 different Gold and Silver Award categories, with both Cary and Luke snaring a spot in the final three in their respective areas of expertise.On Wednesday 20 February, the winners will be announced on the CAS Australian Sports Awards website at www.australiansportsawards.com.au and at www.sbs.com.au and will include video interviews and presentations of the Awards to each of the category winners.Cary has been nominated alongside Greg Mc Lennan (Life Saving) and Robert Middleton (Lawn Bowls) who both have an impressive catalogue of service to their respective sports.Luke will be up against some tough opposition in his category with Tammy Ogston, who refereed the Women’s Football World Cup final in 2007, and Barbara Morgan, who was the Chief Referee at the 2007 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships and other International events standing between Luke and the coveted award.Luke’s nomination is even more metorious when you consider that officials of the ilk of National Rugby League  Telstra Grand Final Referee Tony Archer were overlooked for the finalist stage of this category.Luke was honoured, but shocked with the news of his shortlisting this morning.“It’s great – you don’t chase recognition, but it’s nice to think you’ve made a worthwhile contribution and it is appreciated. I’m a bit stunned really and very grateful for the nomination,” Mc Kenzie said.Touch Football Australia has a fine history in the event with  teams, coaches, officials and administrators being nominated for the awards in previous years.Cary’s nomination in the Volunteer of the Year category is back to back recognition for the sport in this area.Cathy Gray, TFA’s Director of Elite Programs, was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category last year, whilst in a major coup for the sport, Touch Football Australia,under the direction of Information Technology guru Jon Pratt, collected the Information Technology Award at last year’s ceremony.Luke and Cary have good reason to be optimistic about their chances of claiming the top award when their catelogue of achievements is examined.Luke Mc Kenzie achieved a life long ambition when he officiated in the 2007 FIT World Cup Women’s Open Final in Stellenbosch in January. Mc Kenzie is highly respected in Australian Touch circles for his tireless voluntary service to the game.In 2007, Luke travelled to over 20 tournaments around the nation to officiate, coach, deliver courses, and mentor fellow referees of all levels and abilities.Luke took on Volunteer Administration duties for the “Southern Suns” NTL Permit and has done an exceptional job to ensure the Suns have been at the forefront of development efforts in NSW. He was awarded the 2007 NSWTA “Rod Wise” Medal for Volunteer of the Year and is the President of his local affiliate Wagga, of which he’s been a board member of for 9 years.Luke is a wonderful role model  who has the respect and admiration of many, his passion for officiating and voluntary administration is exemplary and his recognition in this way is fitting.Mr. Cary Thompson has made a monumental contribution to the sport of Touch Football.The President of FIT since 1991, Mr. Thompson has been a prime mover in the development of the sport that now has 33 full time member nations globally.Cary has an illustrious record in sports administration. He has been awarded 9 Life memberships of various Touch Football Associations, including TFA and the NSWTA, of which he was a founding member. He has assisted in the constitutional framework of 10 associations.He has also authored 13 publications on the sport and written 30 educational articles.He has held numerous honorary positions at all levels including Director of the TFA Board, Chairman of TFA Selectors, and National Coaching Director. He has been awarded the ASC “Excellence in Touch” (1988) The “Unice Gill Coach Education Award” (1998) Australian Government – “Sports Australia Award” (2001) and the Touch Football Australia “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2007).Mr. Thompson has shown outstanding leadership and administrative skills in his 36-year association with the game and the sport is well established at all levels due largely to his unstinting commitment and passion.The modest Thompson deflected the recognition and thanked those people he has serves so dilligently in his life long association with the game.“It’s a lovely honour… but I feel that I’ve just done what anyone would do; and it’s always been about doing things to help people enjoy our sport better so this is more for them than me, but it’s great for the game to be acknowledged,” Mr. Thompson saidTouch Football Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire heaped praise on the duo, citing their contributions as indicitive of the quality of the Volunteer army in our game.“Both these gentleman have contributed so much to the game and it is typical of the quality of people we have working in our affiliates. Luke has been unstinting in his dual roles as referee and administrator, and Cary is one of the true legends of our game. His time, energy, expertise, and passion for the sport from grass root to International has been outstanding and the recognition is overdue,” Mr. Maguire said.The Touch Football community congratulates both these fine ambassadors of the sport on their nomination and short listing and wish them the very best for their future.Check out all the nominees in all the categories by visiting the CAS Sports Awards website at:  www.australiansportsawards.com.aulast_img read more

Report: AC Milan 2 SPAL 1

first_imgGonzalo Higuain scored for the first time in 10 matches as AC Milan ended their winless run by beating SPAL 2-1 in Serie A to ease the pressure on coach Gennaro Gattuso.There had been reports in Italy that Gattuso could be sacked if Milan failed to gain a positive result against SPAL, having overseen a run of five games without a win in all competitions.SPAL appeared to have a chance of extending that streak to six when former Rossoneri academy product Andrea Petagna put them ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Samu Castillejo levelled in style before Higuain finally found the net and completed the turnaround for Milan, who, despite losing Suso to a late red card, moved into fifth, a point behind fourth-placed Lazio in the race to secure Champions League football.Milan found no reward for a sustained spell of early pressure, Alessio Romagnoli correctly flagged for offside as he found the net before then finding himself at fault as SPAL broke the deadlock.Romagnoli was cleverly turned by ex-Milan striker Petagna, whose low effort deflected off the centre-back and into the bottom-left corner.However, the visitors’ lead lasted just three minutes as Lorenzo Dickmann failed to control Filippo Costa’s poor clearance and Castillejo pounced to rifle a volley into the top-right corner.Tiemoue Bakayoko blazed over with the goal at his mercy as a gilt-edged opportunity to complete the turnaround went begging amid more haphazard SPAL defending.Yet they finally paid the price as Higuain silenced his critics, goalkeeper Alfred Gomis getting both hands to his effort but unable to keep it out after Hakan Calhanoglu had knocked the ball into the path of the former Napoli and Real Madrid forward.Calhanoglu and Bakayoko each had chances to make it 3-1 before Thiago Cionek went close for SPAL, with Suso’s second yellow card for an ill-advised foul on Mirko Valdifior then setting up a nervy finish that would have ended in heartbreak had Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma not produced a stunning diving save to deny Mohamed Fares.#MilanSpal pic.twitter.com/CZblowv4vB— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Still more questions than answers for MilanHiguain’s winner should serve to buy Gattuso more time given Milan’s decent position in the table, however, this was far from a convincing performance and the fact the Rossoneri were clinging on at the end spoke volumes about the work they still have to do.Higuain ends his droughtThe emotion on Higuain’s face was clear for all to see as his close-range effort proved too strong for Gomis to handle. Higuain warmly embraced Gattuso, with the goal extremely significant for both men as the malaise around Milan was lifted somewhat.Suso sees redThe composure Milan needed to see out the win did not come from Suso, who only served to amplify the tension around San Siro with his rash foul.Key Opta Facts31 – Gonzalo #Higuain has found the net 31 Serie A shots after his previous one (in October against Sampdoria). Awakening. #MilanSPAL pic.twitter.com/qz4Y0QBVyU— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 29, 2018- SPAL are winless in their last 10 Serie A games (5D 5L) for their first time since May 1964.- Higuain has scored all of his last five Serie A goals at San Siro.- AC Milan ended a drought of 394 minutes when they scored their first goal.- With six goals, Petagna has already scored his most in a single Italian top-flight campaign.What’s next?Gattuso will have until January 12 to get his side ready for a Coppa Italia trip to Sampdoria before contesting the Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus and then returning to league action at Genoa on January 21, a day after SPAL host Bologna. read morelast_img read more

Industry minister to meet General Motors CEO on Oshawa plant closure

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s industry minister will meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Monday to urge her to find a solution for the auto giant’s soon-to-be-shuttered plant in Oshawa. Ont.A spokeswoman for Navdeep Bains says he will sit down with Barra at the International Auto Show in Detroit.Dani Keenan says he intends to discuss any possible options for keeping the factory open.Their meeting comes after GM’s announcement last fall that it plans to close the factory at the end of this year — a move that will put more than 2,500 employees out of work.At the time of the announcement, provincial and federal leaders alike conceded the futility of trying to persuade the automaker to keep its Oshawa plant running beyond the end of 2019.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told Barra that he was deeply disappointed about the closure and insisted his government would do everything possible to help laid-off auto employees and their families.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senator Lynn Beyak continues to defend comments about residential schools

first_imgAPTN National NewsSenator Lynn Beyak says her removal from the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples committee for complimenting the work of nurses and teachers who did an “abundance of good” in residential schools is a serious threat against freedom of speech.“For me to lose my position on the Aboriginal Peoples Committee for complimenting the work of nurses, teachers, foster families and legions of other decent, caring Canadians – along with highlighting inspiring stories spoken by Aboriginal people themselves – is a serious threat to freedom of speech,” said the Conservative senator in a statement Thursday, a day after she was removed on the committee.Beyak sparked outrage when she spoke in the Senate on March 7 to defend the good work of residential schools that forced over 100,000 Indigenous children into schools where it’s documented many suffered sexual assaults, physical abuse for speaking their language and death.This is a portion of what Beyak said in the Senate: “I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants — perhaps some of us here in this chamber — whose remarkable works, good deeds and historical tales in the residential schools go unacknowledged for the most part and are overshadowed by negative reports. Obviously, the negative issues must be addressed, but it is unfortunate that they are sometimes magnified and considered more newsworthy than the abundance of good.”The public outcry was immediate and eventually led to her removal from the committee as Beyak refused to apologize.But on Thursday, Beyak said she was speaking on behalf of Canadians.“This is a responsibility I take very seriously,” said Beyak in the statement. “Since the announcement regarding my removal from the Aboriginal Peoples Committee yesterday, public and other support has been building and is truly inspiring. ”She said “political correctness” is getting in the way of “thoughtful conversation” needed to improve the country.“Too often, on a broad range of issues, a vocal minority cries foul and offence whenever a point of view is raised that does not align with their own,” said Beyak. “Meanwhile the silent majority, who are contributing to this country by working, building and selling things, taking care of their parents and children, are left thinking they are alone.”She said she will continue to represent these Canadians on Parliament Hill.Jake Enwright, a spokesperson for interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, said Wednesday Beyak’s position doesn’t represent the Conservative party.“Ms. Ambrose has been clear that Sen. Beyak’s views do not reflect the Conservative party’s position on residential schools,” Enwright said.Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission spent six years examining the legacy of the government-funded, church-operated schools, infamous hotbeds of abuse and mistreatment that operated from the 1870s to 1996.The Conservatives were in power in 2008 when the federal government delivered an abject apology in the House of Commons to families and survivors, a fact not lost on Enwright.“It was Prime Minister Stephen Harper who made an historic apology to the victims of residential schools and launched the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” he said.Earlier this week, Sen. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, who sits on the Aboriginal People’s committee, said she was, “shocked and dismayed” by her Senate colleague’s remarks.She said she would boycott the committee’s meetings as long as Beyak remained a member.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism arts to be announced

NEW YORK — The newest winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts are set to be revealed.This year’s honorees will be announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.The journalism awards will recognize exceptional work in 2018 by U.S. newspapers, magazines and online outlets. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism, commentary and cartoons.Arts prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.The first journalism prizes were awarded in 1917, and they have come to be considered the field’s most prestigious honour in the U.S.The contest was established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.Winners of the public service award receive a gold medal. The other awards carry a prize of $15,000 each.The Associated Press

Brutality against children cannot be the new normal stresses UNICEF

“Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds,” said Manuel Fontaine, the Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, in a news release Thursday. “As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.” According to UNICEF, children have become frontline targets, used as human shields, killed, maimed and recruited to fight in conflicts around the world. Sexual violence, forced marriage, abduction and enslavement have become “standard tactics,” in conflicts from Iraq, Syria and Yemen, to Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar, said the UN agency. In addition to the physical trauma children have had to suffer, far too many children have been subjected to the psychosocial trauma in having to witnesses shocking and widespread violence. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and many children have died as a result of lack of health care, medicines or access to food and water, because these services and were damaged or destroyed in fighting. In some contexts, children abducted by extremist groups experience abuse yet again upon release when they are detained by security forces, added UNICEF.In the news release, the UN agency underscored the need of all parties to conflict to abide by their obligations under international law to immediately end violations against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.UNICEF also called on all States with influence over parties to conflict “to use that influence to protect children.”VIDEO: The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, urges intensified efforts to end violations and attacks against children trapped in conflict zones. read more

Two arrested in west London antiterror raid

first_imgBoth suspects, from London, are in custody following a pre-planned raid on a west London address on Thursday by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.Another man, aged 19, was arrested in south-east London on suspicion of a religiously aggravated offence in a separate matter and remains in custody, police said.Officers searched addresses and vehicles in west and south-east London and the Thames Valley area following the arrests. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.A 19-year-old was detained on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts and a 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism and failure to disclose information regarding an act of terrorism, Scotland Yard said.The older man was also held on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism relating to a separate investigation by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Traffic Chief warns motorists CCTV cameras are operational

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDrunk driving, speeding account for 75% of road fatalities for first quarterApril 29, 2019In “latest news”‘You will be prosecuted’ – Traffic Chief warns drivers with ‘coloured lights’July 8, 2019In “latest news”Acting Traffic Chief warns ranks to be professionalAugust 10, 2015In “Business” Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden IslesAll of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at key city intersections are functioning says Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles who warns that drivers will continue to be prosecuted.Isles, during a recent interview at Eve Leary, said that despite some misconceptions, “all the cameras are working” and are constantly monitored and the subsequent images stored.He also confirmed that there are, and continue to be, successful prosecutions of errant motorists who commit traffic offences.“Footage from some of these cameras has led to convictions in hundreds of careless driving and dangerous driving cases.” The CCTV usage has also boosted crime-fighting efforts by enabling law enforcement ranks to track and intercept criminals.Installed over seven years ago and constantly upgraded, the closed-circuit camera system was initiated under the PPP/C administration. At least 130 cameras were installed initially.According to a DPI release, the government has also started a Citizens Security Programme (CSP), funded with support from the Inter-American Development Bank. Phase Two of the CSP will see an “emergency smart street safe city proposal” that will see the installation of over 100 CCTV cameras in and around the city, where over 50 per cent of crimes are committed.The proposal also includes the construction of a command centre, where the footage would be monitored day and night. read more

Buy This Comic America 1

first_imgToday is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is America #1 from Marvel Comics, writer Gabby Rivera, and artist Joe Quinones.via Marvel ComicsAmerica #1(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Joe QuinonesAt last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series!Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez!America has always been incontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college!She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that’s begun worshipping her exploits!There is something about reading America #1 that feels like a big deal. When I say this, I don’t mean it in the sense that the Marvel universe is going to change as a result of this book, or that it seems to be setting up more for the Marvel universe as a whole. It is hard to read this first issue and not compare it to the Ms. Marvel series that focuses on Kamala Khan as the titular character. Both of these books are super enjoyable comics, by writers hailing from outside of comics, with fan-favorite artists, starring young women of color. However, where Ms. Marvel deals with Kamala and her journey from zero to hero, America hones in on the woman that can punch holes in reality, who she is, and what makes her human. It approaches the character with a mindset that I wish we saw more of because there is obviously so much love and respect for the character put into this book.via Marvel ComicsWriter Gabby Rivera is known best for her work on Young Adult novels, with America being her first work on a comic book. Marvel has been on a roll lately with recruiting writers from outside the industry to launch/relaunch characters, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther, Roxane Gay on World of Wakanda, G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel, and Saladin Ahmed on the upcoming Black Bolt series, to name a few. It shows that Marvel has a dedication to diversity both on and off the page, as the work is given to women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people of diverse religion backgrounds as opposed to the same pool of talent in the comics industry that has been stagnating for years. It also adds another layer of authenticity to the character, as Rivera has talked in great detail about the fact that her Queer/Latina heritage and culture has had a major impact on how America Chavez is written. The character has been something of an enigma since her first appearance in Vengeance over seven years ago, never really getting her own personality and defined powers until the Young Avengers run by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Now, she is the headstrong young woman headlining the only Marvel Comics’ series to star a queer lead, until the new Ice-Man series launches in the near furture. Despite it being Rivera’s first work on a comic book, she clearly is having a lot of fun jumping headfirst into the Marvel Universe, quickly exploring the huge cast of characters and the lore of it all.Joe Quinones is an artist that I have been following since his work on Green Lantern for Wednesday Comics back in 2009, so it is great seeing him on a Marvel title starring a character that I am so attached to. Quinones’ is a the closest thing we have to a modern-day Kevin Maguire, constantly giving the reader/audience so much personality in his characters, being able to show the tiniest expressions that make them feel that much more nuanced. Every face is distinct but familiar, making everyone, even small characters, feels like someone you could pass on the street, which quickly creates a small world and cast all for this book. One of my favorite things about Quinones’ work is how it adapts to the creative team, constantly feeling different depending on the inker and colorist, despite being recognizably his work. His art is just so much fun, and in my opinion, underrated. The most recent Howard the Duck series that he did with writer Chip Zdarsky were some of the best books that Marvel was putting out (seriously, read them!), and it is nice to see that Marvel is giving Quinones the spotlight that his art deserves. Rivera and Quinones really have something special here with this book and this character, so I can’t recommend this first issue enough. America #1 is available today in stores and on Comixology.com.via Marvel Comics3/1/17 Releases – In addition to America #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading if you are not already.AmeriKarate #1 from writers Corey Kalman and Brockton McKinney, artist Devin Roth, and Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint. Read my review here.Shade, The Changing Girl #6 from writer Cecil Castellucci, artist Marley Zarcone, and DC Comics’ Young Animal imprint.Paper Girls #12 from writer Brian  K. Vaughan, artist Cliff Chiang, colorist Matt Wilson, and Image Comics.last_img read more

Spotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music

first_img Spotify is taking personalized playlists to the next level with a new feature: You’ll soon be able to block music artists that you don’t like on the streaming service.This “block button,” which will let you mute artists’ songs on curated playlists, including global charts, Discover Weekly, and Daily Mixes, is reportedly being tested by Spotify, Thurrott reported. Spotify did not announce a release date for the blocking feature yet.Blocking music artists is easy with the new feature: First, go to the Spotify app on your smartphone. Next, find the artist you want to block, go to the “…” menu on their page, and click “Don’t play this artist.” Spotify will then remove them from your personal library and automatically curated playlists. Once you choose to mute an artist, you’ll have to manually turn the blocking feature off to hear their tunes again.Most Spotify users will have to wait for the blocking feature though: Thurrott said the blocking feature is only available for some Spotify account holders that are part of the streaming service’s beta program for iOS. The new feature isn’t available on Spotify’s desktop or web platforms at this time.Visit Spotify’s Help Page for more tips on how to personalize your playlists, track recommendations, and more.More on Geek.com:Queen’s Brian May Pens Musical Tribute to New Horizons Space Probe15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music LoversThis Cool Music Video Was Made With 2,250 Printed Photos Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Economic study shows San Diego Airport contributes 12 billion to region annually

first_imgEconomic study shows San Diego Airport contributes $12 billion to region annually Posted: September 18, 2018 The growth in economic impact is largely due to the airport’s increase in passenger traffic. In 2012, the airport accommodated nearly 17.3 million passengers, which grew to nearly 22 million in 2017 passengers. Business and leisure visitors spend money while visiting the region, thereby helping support additional economic impacts.  According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, visitors arriving by air spend an average of $835 per person per trip.  In 2017, it is estimated that more than 5.9 million visitors to the region spent nearly $5 billion in the regional economy. The full Economic Impact Study is available online here. SAN DIEGO – September 18, 2018 – A new Economic Impact Study completed for San Diego International Airport (SAN) indicates a dramatic increase in regional employment, payroll and economic impact as a result of the airport. The study quantifies the airport’s total economic contributions to the region at nearly $12 billion annually. “This study highlights the airport’s role as far more than a vital transportation resource for the San Diego region,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President/CEO.  “SAN is a regional asset that is also a major economic driver and job creator, constantly looking at ways to improve the passenger experience and help the region become increasingly global.” SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego International Airport contributes nearly $12 billion annually to the region’s economy, according to a study released Tuesday.The study compared 2017 economic data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the San Diego Tourism Authority, the Airport Authority and on- site airport tenants to measure the direct and indirect economic impacts generated by SAN, formerly known as Lindbergh Field.Airport-supported employment has increased by 31 percent since the study was last done in 2013, and SAN now supports 5.7 percent of people employed in the San Diego region. The nearly 118,000 residents in the area employed directly or indirectly due to activities at the airport, as of 2017, accounted for $3.9 billion in annual payroll and $11.7 billion in annual economic output, the study found.“This study highlights the airport’s role as far more than a vital transportation resource for the San Diego region,” said Airport Authority President and CEO Kimberly Becker.  “SAN is a regional asset that is also a major economic driver and job creator, constantly looking at ways to improve the passenger experience and help the region become increasingly global.”Since the last study, the airport has expanded its second terminal and added a rental car center, Terminal 2 parking plaza, international arrivals facility and an on-airport roadway.In addition to its supported employment, the airport’s passenger traffic has increased 27.2 percent since 2013, from 17.3 million passengers to 22 million last year. With the increased traffic and 21 passenger airlines serving San Diego International, it is “the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the United States,” according to the study.The official press release from the San Diego International Airport is below: Total employment supported by the airport has increased by 31 percent over the past five years.  In 2017 nearly 118,000 residents in the region were employed directly or indirectly due to the activities at SAN, generating nearly $3.9 billion in total annual payroll. Of total employment in San Diego County, SAN supports 5.7 percent of people employed in the region. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:49 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter The study measures the direct and indirect economic impacts generated by SAN. To do so, the study compared 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, San Diego Tourism Authority, Airport Authority and on-airport tenants. KUSI Newsroom, September 18, 2018 The study was last conducted in 2013 using data from 2012.  Since then, the airport has undertaken a number of construction projects to make travel easier and more efficient. Projects include: The Green Build Terminal 2 Expansion, Rental Car Center, Terminal 2 Parking Plaza, International Arrivals facility, and the on-airport roadway.last_img read more

Dont give up on Team Indus their journey to the moon is

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/21:17Loaded: 0%00:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-21:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close A bunch of ambitious entrepreneurs came together with Rahul Narayan to form a company that’s now Team Indus – and proudly holds the title of being India’s first private aerospace start-up. Aiming for space and beyond in literal sense, theirs has been a challenging journey. Rahul Narayan, CEO, Team Indus, sat down with International Business Times India’s Executive Editor, Danish Manzoor, to talk about his bitter-sweet experiences thus far.The latest episode of BizTalk entails how Team Indus fought through the hurdles of an impossible dream of landing on the moon in 2011 to ” the 80 percent (completion) of what we had planned at that time,” as Narayan put it, during the interview. Taking India to the moon and beyond From winning the $1 million milestone prize (Google Lunar Xprize) in 2015 to bagging the ISRO contract in 2016, Narayan shared the start-up’s “fair share of ups and downs till about 2014.” Now, Team Indus is determined and closer than ever to fulfill its mission to land on the moon.Narayan also expressed the start-up’s long-term goal to actively participate in “colonizing and commercializing payload delivery to the moon”.Team Indus, based out of Bengaluru, has so far raised $35 million and requires another $35 million to achieve the set deadline of March 2018 for its moon mission. Their first unmanned moon landing mission is expected to cost $65-70 million (approx. Rs 500 crore), and the team already has a 600 kg spacecraft which will carry about 60 kg of payload to the moon.Team Indus is backed by some well-known Indian investors, including Nandan Nilekani, co-founder Infosys, Rajiv Mody, CMD and CEO of Sasken Communication Technologies, Subrata Mitra and Shekhar Kirani, partners, Accel Partners and Sharad Sharma, co-founder, iSpirit. Narayan also shared some interesting personal stories about some investors of Team Indus on BizTalk.To know more about all the action at Team Indus watch this episode of BizTalk.last_img read more

Vodafone Idea names Ravinder Takkar as CEO after Balesh Sharma steps down

first_img Are British telecoms a good investment? Vodafone Idea said on Monday Ravinder Takkar, who is Vodafone Group’s representative in India, take charge as the new MD and CEO of the group with immediate effect. The announcement came after CEO Balesh Sharma stepped down citing personal reasonsTakkar has been a part of Vodafone Group since 1994. He was the CEO of Vodafone Romania for three years and headed Vodafone Partner Markets in London. He was also a board member of Vodafone Idea and Indus Towers prior to his current appointment. vodafone idea mergerReuters/file photoSharma was the man behind the integration of the two major telecom brands. He has been the CEO of Vodafone Idea since the companies merged. Vodafone Idea has been struggling with depleting sales in the Indian market due to the stiff competition by Reliance Jio. The company has been witnessing consecutive losses for the last three quarters due to the tariff war.A LiveMint report states that the company has completed 11 out of 22 network integration circles and hopes to complete the remaining by June 2020. Amid the price war unleashed by Jio’s entry in 2016, the two telecommunication majors merged in 2017 to withstand the pressure. The regulatory process was completed in August 2018. Though the merger was successfully completed, the integration wasn’t, and the company continued to lose subscribers every month. Balesh Sharma, former CEO of Vodafone IdeaWikimedia CommonsAccording to reports by LiveMint, the subscriber base decreased fro 334.1 million in March quarter to 320 million in the June quarter. Vodafone Idea also witnessed a revenue fall of about 4.3 percent to Rs 11,269.9 crore in the June quarter. Though the company saw a rise in data usage on its network with the growth in the 4G subscriptions, the telecom giant reported a loss of Rs 4,873.9 crore in the June quarter with overall debt pegged at Rs 1.2 trillion as of June 30. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

5 Plugins to Make You More Productive This Year

first_img At one time or another, you’ve looked at the clock at the end of the day and wondered where the day went. You didn’t get a chance to finish this project, write that blog post or respond to those emails.Instead of doing something about it, you might have gone to bed hoping to be more productive the next day.After some extensive research, I’ve realized there’s no way to magically acquire productivity, especially not overnight. To drive more results, you just have to use the time you have more effectively.Crossing tasks off your to-do list happens more quickly when you eliminate distractions, busywork and interruptions. Luckily, there are tools designed to help you do just that. Here are five plugins designed to keep you focused and productive: Related: 44 Apps That Turn Your Smartphone Into a Productivity Powerhouse (Infographic)1. PasswordBox. You probably know people who are insanely organized. Their spreadsheets are color coded and they have folders for their iPhone apps. Everything they do follows a system. But for most people, things are a little messier, especially when it comes to passwords. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a dozen logins for various sites. Some are scribbled on Post-its or copy and pasted into Evernote. Not surprisingly, people waste a lot of time digging around for the right password. This is where PasswordBox comes in.This plugin automatically stores your username and password when you log in to a site. Logging in to webpages and retrieving your passwords is quick and seamless. Just make sure to choose a master password that’s easy to remember. 2. Pocket. Say you’re working on a blog post and take a quick break to scan your LinkedIn feed. Chances are, you’ll click on a catchy headline and spend a few minutes reading the article. The problem is, you probably won’t stop at one article. Before you know it you’ve spent 45 minutes jumping from articles to videos and SlideShares. Instead of falling down into the rabbit hole when you’re in the middle of a work task, save content for reading later.The app Pocket makes this easy. Unlike browser bookmark tools, there’s no dropdown menu or folder to choose from. Just click the Pocket icon once and the webpage is saved to your queue.Now, go ahead and finish that code you were cranking on or the brilliant email you were almost ready to send. The insightful article about the future of BitCoin will be waiting for you when you’re done. (Confession:  I don’t always read everything I put in my Pocket queue but that doesn’t make the plugin any less useful.)Related: One Way to Beat Bad Online Habits and Be More Productive3. Inbox Pause.The typical employee checks email 36 times an hour, according to Atlassian. Switching gears that often makes it nearly impossible to get anything done. The same report said it takes people about 16 minutes to refocus after checking email.To check tasks off your to-do list, think outside the inbox.Inbox Pause does exactly what its name sounds like. If you’re about to dedicate an hour or two to heads-down work (and aren’t expecting any important messages), use this app to temporarily turn off incoming email. By pausing your inbox flow, you won’t be tempted to check it constantly because new emails won’t be delivered until you click Inbox Pause again. Boom. You have a child-proof inbox. 4. StayFocusd.Even when you’re in your most productive mode, you’re not immune to distractions like checking BuzzFeed and social media. Unless you have superhuman willpower, the only way to really avoid this time suck is to take those sites out of the equation.StayFocusd locks you out of distracting sites making it easier to focus on the task at hand. The app lets you set a time limit on how long you want to be blocked from Facebook or the number of minutes you want to spend on the site before you’re blocked. With no addicting sites to turn to, you can spend your time getting stuff done. 5. Sidekick.Being productive isn’t just about saving time. It’s also about optimizing the time you have. Sidekick, developed by a team at my company, HubSpot, is an email productivity tool that helps you take the guesswork out of emailing. Say you email a client or colleague and don’t hear back for a few days. Is that person ignoring you?Did he or she open it and then forget to respond? Did it go to a junk folder? Knowing how or when to follow up with the person is tough when you don’t have any context. Sidekick notifies you in real time when a contact opens your email or clicks on a link in that email. You don’t have to wonder if your message ended up in a spam folder and more important, you’ll know better when to reach out. So instead of taking a shot in the dark, start sending timely, relevant emails with Sidekick.Distractions like social media and email are here to stay. If you want to grow your career and your business, it’s on you to create an environment of productivity. These plugins merely scratch the surface on ways you can do that. What tools do you use to optimize your time at work?   Related: Stay on Top of Things With These 5 Helpful Apps 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free January 16, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Bombing victim 8 loved playing with siblings friends

first_imgNo related posts. BOSTON, Massachusetts – The text messages, too horrible to believe, came as Christina and James Keefe sat with their grown sons at a restaurant in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. The young men had just run in the Boston Marathon, and were shaken but relieved to have escaped a horrific double-bombing.Sneaking glances under the table, James Keefe read the desperate, curt missives from friends and neighbors: Eight-year-old Martin Richard, son of their neighbors and friends, Bill and Denise Richard, had been killed by the bomb that detonated near the marathon’s finish line.His mother and his younger sister, Jane, were also seriously hurt.Local news reports said Denise underwent emergency surgery, and Jane – who friends said is 6 or 7 years old – suffered a grievous injury to her leg.In a statement Tuesday, Bill Richard said: “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover.”Christina Keefe described her family as friendly with the Richard family, who live near them in the Ashmont section of Dorchester.“He was so polite, composed, older than his years really,” Christina Keefe said of Martin on Tuesday morning. “I can see him now, holding his mom’s arm as she took them on their walks around the neighborhood.”The Dorchester Reporter, a community paper, said Martin’s parents “are known and respected as civic leaders. … The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann’s parish in Neponset.”Bill Richard is vice president of an environmental testing company called EST Associates. He also volunteered extensively in the St. Mark’s Area Main Street group, a community effort to restore the main street businesses of Peabody Square.Both Denise and Bill Richard are runners, but contrary to initial reports, Bill Richard did not run in the marathon on Monday. Instead, the family went to the finish line to watch together, as they had done for the last several years, friends said. In addition to Martin and Jane, the couple has an older son, Henry, friends said.The Ashmont neighborhood is one of restored Victorians, mostly younger families and leafy backyards. “Every Friday night, one of those backyards would be hosting an impromptu neighborhood party, with all the children running in the back,” Christina Keefe said.Family friends who live near the Richard family told stories of singing Irish songs with them in their kitchen late into the night, of the entire family pitching in for every volunteer effort: decorating the float for the Dorchester Day Parade, helping at the neighborhood chili cook-off, and collecting trash in the annual Boston Shines cleanup project.“You have family you are born with. And these are the family you chose,” said one friend who asked not to be named. “What can I say? Everything about them is kindness … and life.”Keefe described Denise as a devoted mom, frequently walking with her children through the neighborhood. She has a happy, full-throated laugh that often alerted neighbors she was nearby. Martin, she said, was regularly seen throwing a ball in his family’s yard on Carruth Street, or a friends’ yard nearby, or playing with his siblings.“The neighborhood is reeling,” Keefe said, imagining the scene just before the bombing as Martin, Henry and Jane cheered on marathon runners, a rite of passage for generations of Boston children.“Knowing Denise, she probably had some posters for them to hold up” as runners came by, Keefe said. “It’s all just so awful.”© The Washington Post, 2013 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

ASIA DMC prevails at World Travel Awards

first_imgASIA DMC showcases the “Spirit of Travel” at ITB BerlinASIA DMC prevails at World Travel AwardsThe 25th World Travel Awards Gala, held in Hong Kong on 3rd September, recognized ASIA DMC triumphant in six categories, including “Asia’s Leading Management Company and also including five accolades as leading management company (DMC) in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. The accolade marks the second-consecutive year that ASIA DMC winning these prestigious titles being a major milestone for the company as ASIA DMC celebrates its 21 years of business.To coincide with the celebrations, ASIA DMC shall officially launch its first Carbon offset product, which will add further value to partners and clients by making practical efforts to reduce the impacts of tourism in each destination. The volume of carbon that clients are creating, measuring aspects like room nights and travel, will be calculated and identify the neutralise cost. Each purchase of this carbon offset product will be attributed to local projects in our destinations to counteract the emissions that cannot be avoided causing during the trips.“The idea for this product is to showcase the sustainable way that we provide travel – not only as a measure to decrease our carbon emissions but to meet the growing demand from travellers to travel in a responsible way” commented Andre van der Marck, Managing Director of ASIA DMC Thailand. Once it is launched, this product will also create funding for other projects that responsibly promote environmental as well as economic development and ASIA DMC will be the first company of its kind to offer this kind of product. “Travel is not necessary to cost the Earth; we just need to think of innovative ways to create memorable experiences.” Andre added.“In fact, the new carbon offset product is not the first initiative that ASIA DMC has established to combine memorable travel with a sustainable attitude. Several initiatives have been undertaken by the work of the HG Foundation, our CSR arm, which provides environmental and social benefits to communities across Southeast Asia.” Gerben Bloemendaal, Managing Director of ASIA DMC Myanmar added. For example, in line with the “Roots and Fruits” campaign, we’ve actually got 7 reforestation sites in Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Nhatrang,… where we can take clients and they get the option to plant a fruit tree to neutralise their carbon footprints. This creates a concrete experience that promotes sustainable travel and tourism while also creating micro-economies in destinations.This responsible development oriented carbon offset product is a further movement to demonstrate the company’s on-going commitment to environmental and social sustainability across its business. About ASIA DMCASIA DMC is an international award winning Destination Management Company (DMC) specialising in Southeast Asia and solely dedicated to B2B trade. Founded in 1997 in Hanoi where the company is headquartered, ASIA DMC welcomes guests to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia where it operates offices led by highly experienced international and local native-speaking professionals. International guests from around the world include agency clients from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Australia and New Zealand, making ASIA DMC a continental service provider for global businesses ranging from special interest groups, set departure groups and tailor-made trips for high-end experiential and independent private travel. ASIA DMC showcases responsible travel experiences and solutions with creativity, passion, in-depth local knowledge and expertise. Product and corporate focus is dedicated to the celebration of Asia in an extremely trade and customer centric way that also serves to protect the local people, culture and environment by working closely with its in-house HG Foundation which leads numerous community and environmental initiatives around the region.Source = ASIA DMClast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Karlos Dansby, Cardinals Linebacker Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The football world is still reacting to the seemingly unbelievable stories of bullying within the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week and the Dolphins have indefinitely suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito as the league looks into allegations that include racial slurs and threats of violence against the second-year player.Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby has an interesting perspective, as he spent the last three seasons in Miami before re-signing with his original team in the offseason. While many in the NFL community are wondering why Martin didn’t stand up for himself and “handle the situation like a man,” Dansby says the Stanford grad did exactly the right thing.“It could have went in entirely the wrong way if Jonathan handled it himself,” Dansby told Burns and Gambo Tuesday on Arizona Sports 620. “Some guys, the stuff that was said to him, he might try to kill you, man.”The league is looking into a voicemail left by Incognito to Martin that ended with, “f— you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”Dansby believes a confrontation would have turned an ugly situation even uglier.“He didn’t want to go there, he didn’t want to throw his future and his career away, so that’s the best way he can do it,” Dansby said. “If he would have confronted Richie about it, it probably would have went there.”Dansby, who was a teammate of Incognito’s from 2010 to 2012 and Martin’s last year, says he doesn’t know if the eight-year veteran will ever play in the league again. “I don’t know if guys would embrace that,” he said. “That crossed the line on so many different levels. I don’t know if guys are going to embrace it.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Asked specifically if he could accept Incognito as a teammate with the Cardinals, Dansby said it would be difficult. “That’s out of my control, I’d never be able to look at him the same.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Sofitel Sydney Wentw

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has created an enchanting fairy-tale high tea for barre ballerinas and high tea lovers, in partnership with Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, available from today until 31 January 2016.David McAllister’s Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Sydney Opera House from 25 November.Available at Sofitel’s Soiree Bar from $59 per person, thanks to a new partnership with designer Christina Re, vintage inspired signature tea-ware will display the home-made creations in shades of blush, pink berry and ivory and adorned in 24 carat gold finishes.Sweet treats include delicate fairy bread sandwiches; pastel macarons; cheese cakes; warm, freshly baked scones with jam and cream; chocolate tartlets and the icing on the cake a ‘spindle in a glass’ consisting of a spindle shaped chocolate with pink fairy floss.A Sofitel ‘My Bed’ will also be unveiled in the hotel lobby – encrusted with roses, show costumes and screening exclusive behind the scenes footage of the ballet.Clients can extend the fairy-tale experience and book Sofitel’s exclusive Sleeping Beauty package for the school holidays. The package includes overnight accommodation in a classic room, breakfast for two at Garden Court Restaurant, tickets for two for the Sleeping Beauty inspired High Tea and a Sofitel pyjama and sleeping mask for some extra beauty sleep.The deal is available to book now with stay dates from 17 December until 31 January 2016 from $483*** per nightGo back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Shop owner charged after years of stealing electricity

first_imgPolice charged a 39-year-old owner of a convenience store in Limassol after the electricity authority (EAC) reported that he had used €33,000 worth of electricity over 7.5 years without paying for it.The EAC had discovered the ‘theft’ in October last year and reported the man to police on Tuesday.They told police he had allegedly tampered with the meter, which was made to indicate a lower consumption between April 2011 and October 2018.Police arrested the man on Tuesday. He was charged and released to be summoned to court at a later date. You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more