Norwegian Cruise Lines Income Rises in First Quarter

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has delivered record first quarter of 2019 earnings, reporting a net income of USD 118.2 million compared to USD 103.2 million in the prior year. Revenue increased 8.5% to USD 1.4 billion compared to USD 1.3 billion in 2018. These increases were primarily attributed to the addition of Norwegian Bliss to the fleet, along with strong growth in organic pricing across all core markets and robust onboard spending.Gross Yield increased 2.8%. Net Yield increased 4.1% on a Constant Currency basis and 3.2% on an as reported basis.“We were pleased to enter the year in a record booked position, which when combined with a solid WAVE season and record results for the first quarter, paved the way for an increase to our full year adjusted EPS outlook that now exceeds the high-end of our previous guidance range, and would result in yet another year of double-digit adjusted EPS growth,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, said.“Our modest in-year capacity growth of less than 3%, coupled with continued robust global demand for our portfolio of brands allowed us to focus on driving pricing as evidenced by our first quarter topline beat, our record wave season pricing and higher net yield growth expectations for the remainder of the year.”The company expects to generate record full year earnings in 2019 and has increased its Net Yield growth and adjusted EPS outlook above the high-end of the previous guidance range. 2019 full year Net Yield growth guidance on a Constant Currency basis increased 50 basis points from the prior guidance to 3.5% to 4.5%.“The strong demand environment we have been experiencing for some time is continuing throughout 2019 and into 2020,” said Mark A. Kempa, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.“We remain confident in our outlook to achieve our Full Speed Ahead 2020 targets and have opportunistically executed USD 200 million in share repurchases in the quarter, bringing our total shareholder capital returns to USD 600 million over the last four quarters.”last_img read more

Phase One of Fair Auto Insurance Implemented

first_img These reforms are based on the recommendations of the independent auto insurance review and cost analysis from the Utility and Review Board. The fair auto insurance reforms are a major change in the auto insurance program in Nova Scotia. To allow the insurance industry enough time to prepare new products and processes and train staff, the reforms are being implemented in two phases. Work is already underway to implement reforms planned for phase two, which go into effect April 1, 2013. The phase two reforms will help people injured in automobile collisions access treatment quickly for minor injuries, allow drivers involved in a collision to deal with their own insurer for property damages, and give Nova Scotians a choice to buy an optional full-tort product for minor injuries. For more information on the fair automobile insurance reform package, visit www.gov.ns.ca/finance . The province’s consumer-friendly auto insurance reforms, effective April 1, ensure all drivers in Nova Scotia enjoy greater benefits and will not face premium increases if they cover damage costs themselves. These reforms are part of the first phase of the fair auto insurance package announced last fall. “We are following through with our commitment to implement reforms that balance fairness, stability and affordability to provide Nova Scotia drivers with the best possible coverage,” said Graham Steele, Minister responsible for the Insurance Act. The province’s phase one reforms will: enhance mandatory benefits for all drivers under section B including medical, rehabilitation, funeral, death and loss-of-income benefits ensure automobile insurers cannot increase premiums for collisions when no claim is made and the driver covers the cost of damages themselves provide assistance to volunteer fire departments for the costs incurred when responding to collisions through a levy paid by the insurance industry establish periodic reviews to ensure automobile law in Nova Scotia is always up-to-datelast_img read more

India keeps close watch as Pak deploys fighter jets to Skardu near

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan has been trying to make a big issue out of India’s decision of scrapping Article 370 and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.Amid the ongoing tensions with Pakistan over the abrogation of the Article 370, Pakistani forces have started moving equipment to their forward bases close to Ladakh. “Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas,” government sources told ANI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sources said the equipment moved to the forward operating base could be support equipment for fighter aircraft operations. Pakistanis are most likely to move in their JF-17 fighter planes to the Skardu air field, they said. The Indian intelligence agencies along with the Air Force and Army are keeping a close watch on the movement of the Pakistani Air Force as they can see almost the entire length and breadth of Pakistan.The Pakistanis use an older version of the C-130 transport aircraft supplied by the Americans a long time ago and one of their military rulers Gen Zia Ul Haq was also killed in power when the C-130 in which he was travelling crashed in August 1988 due to a bomb explosion. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Sources said the Pakistan Air Force was planning to conduct an exercise of its Air Force and Army elements and the move of shifting planes to the forward base could also be a part of it.Skardu is a forward operating base of the Pakistan Air Force and it uses it to support its Army operations on the border with India. Pakistan has been trying to make a big issue out of India’s decision of scrapping Article 370 and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.(Inputs from Dnaindia.com)last_img read more

Montreal cyclists upset after being banned from cemetery atop Mount Royal

first_imgMONTREAL – The historic cemetery atop Montreal’s Mount Royal offers a tranquil space for the dead to rest — but management says the living aren’t being granted the same courtesy thanks to speeding cyclists who are soon to lose their privileges.The 166-year-old non-profit that manages the cemetery recently announced it would ban bicycles from the picturesque spot as of Aug. 1., citing “flagrant disregard of the safety of pedestrians and of the character of the cemetery” by certain cyclists who use the sacred ground for “high speed training and other aggressive sports.”In a statement on its website, cemetery management said it had sought to avoid a ban by repeatedly bringing up its concerns with cycling groups.“We regret that these efforts have been unsuccessful and that we now must in the interest of safety proceed to a prohibition on cyclists, as we have previously indicated would be the consequence of failure to respect the rules,” the statement read.But the news isn’t sitting well with some of the city’s cyclists, who said they’re being punished for the bad actions of a small group.As the cemetery buzzed with cars, electric scooters, dog walkers and picnickers enjoying the perfect Saturday weather, some cyclists who paused from their training wondered why they were being singled out.“I find the cars much more dangerous than the cyclists,” said Therese Ryan, a local cyclist who has been coming to the cemetery for 25 years.She pinned the problem on a small number of elite cycling clubs, who train in large groups and at high speeds.But she said it’s unfair to ban regular riders from a “famous and lovely spot” that is beloved by all Montrealers, especially since the cemetery’s winding hills and leafy pathways are one of the few spaces where average riders can train without many cars whizzing by.Patrick Prevost, a nearby resident who rides over the mountain on a near-daily basis, agreed.“It’s pretty much the only green spot we have (to cycle) within the city limits,” he said as he paused on his ride. “It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s fun to be here and there’s not many cars.”Prevost said he would be in favour of adding speed bumps and signs to slow down the truly fast riders, but argued the vast majority of cyclists are respectful.“The cemetery should be available to everybody: runners, bikers, walkers whatever, as long as everybody respects everybody, and I think everybody does respect the grounds.”But two other cyclists who rode through the cemetery on Saturday said they believed the ban was the right call, even though they were sad to lose one of their favourite spots.Lyne Raymond and Chantal Bergeron, who rode up the mountain together, said even they sometimes feel intimidated by the groups of competitive cyclists who blow by them at high speed.“They don’t stop, they’re cycling very fast, they’re not respectful of those (who are) in the cemetery to be there to take time with their family,” Bergeron said.Raymond agreed, noting that a high-speed cyclist had almost forced her off the path that very morning.“It’s very sad, but I understand the decision,” she said.last_img read more

Jackson Browne Supports Safety Harbor Kids

first_imgMalibu nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids, is preparing for another big year of events to benefit orphans, foster and homeless children.Supported by corporations including Duke’s Restaurant, Houlihan Lokey and Pepperdine University Guardian Scholarship program among others, the charity has a unique approach to helping children, providing direct education on a one on one basis at special events.Upcoming events include an Etiquette and Manners Brunch at Duke’s in Malibu, a Polo Fundraiser, a concert, and their 7th annual holiday party. With their direct approach and broad scope, the Malibu charity has attracted music and celebrity supporters locally and nationally.“I’ve supported SHK for several years… I really value the work they do,” says singer/songwriter/activist Jackson Browne presenting the Volunteer of the Year award to community leader, Patricia Tackett at the last event. Other attendees included actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and Miss California.To join visit www.SafetyHarborKids.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

George W Bush Welcomes Invictus Flag

first_imgThe Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover and taking place from May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, this week was honored to deliver the Invictus Games Flag that will fly over the Games in Orlando to President George W. Bush, the Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Invictus Games, at an event at the Bush Institute in Dallas.The Invictus Games Flag will be on display at the Bush Presidential Library & Museum until May 3, 2016.“I am honored to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Invictus Games,” said President Bush, who then outlined the goals of the Invictus Games Policy Symposium on Invisible Wounds Presented by the Bush Institute, which is being held at Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “Using our platform at the Invictus Games, we are going to discuss how best to help our service men and women recover from the invisible wounds of war. We intend to call attention to the stigmas associated with these wounds so that they can overcome them and continue to contribute mightily to our country.”“We are truly honored to have President George W. Bush serving as the Honorary Chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016,” said David Coker, president of the Invictus Games 2016 Organizing Committee. “President Bush has dedicated himself to honoring and serving our wounded, ill and injured military personnel and his support of the Games and our competitors is immeasurable.”This is the second U.S. stop the Invictus Games Flag will make on its way to Orlando. Previously, it was at the Intrepid Museum in New York City. Captain Reynolds recently received the Invictus Games Flag from Invictus Games Foundation Patron Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace in London.“It was a privilege and honor to present the Invictus Games Flag to President Bush,” said Captain Reynolds. “Our team is training hard to represent the United States of America and we are very appreciative of all the support President Bush has given us on our journeys to recovery and to the Invictus Games.”“I’m looking forward to see you all again next month in Orlando. It’s going to be awesome,” President Bush told the competitors.Captain Reynolds ultimately lost his left leg above the knee after an IED in Iraq and endured 26 surgeries. Since his injury, Captain Reynolds has become a husband, a father to four, earned a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Health, embarked on a career with Deloitte and become a world class adaptive sports athlete.The Invictus Games Flag tour is symbolic of the journey the men and women competing in the games followed in their recoveries, and will travel all the way to Orlando for the Games. The goal of the tour is to encourage support and participation in the Invictus Games 2016 but also educate audiences about the power of sports in recovery and to honor the brave sacrifices of all our service members and their families. The Games are a phenomenal chance to support men and women in uniform who will showcase true spirit and determination while being part of a unique, action-packed sporting event.On May 8th, the Bush Institute will present the Invictus Games Policy Symposium on Invisible Wounds, an international conversation to address the invisible wounds of war, specifically traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and other psychological health issues. In preparation for next month’s event, today the Bush Institute released several interactive communications pieces here.Building on its sponsorship of the inaugural games in London in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover continues its partnership with Invictus Games as Presenting Partner for Orlando 2016. The official flag vehicle, the specially commissioned Jaguar F-PACE, delivered the Invictus Games Flag and US Team Captain Will Reynolds and Ken Fisher to the Bush Institute. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover will sponsor the U.S. and UK Teams competing in Orlando.Fans can go here to purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.The Invictus Games Flag is emblazoned with “I AM.”I AM is the symbolic representation of the Invictus Games. It is inspired by the final two lines of a poem – ‘Invictus’ – by William Ernest Henley:I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.The speaker in the poem proclaims his strength in the face of adversity. In the same way, I AM reflects and defines the core purpose of the Invictus Games: to provide a platform for personal achievement and not be defined by wounds or injury, and to prove that I AM.Thousands of friends, family and fans will come together for an unforgettable four days of competition and celebrate the accomplishments, victories and unbreakable spirits of more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations.last_img read more

Canadian auto sales continue strong start with recordbreaking February

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales continue to defy expectations this year as February saw record sales for the month.The consulting firm says, combined with a record result in January, sales in the first two months 2018 were up 3.8 per cent compared with the same period in 2017.February sales on their own climbed two per cent with a total of 125,530 vehicles sold, up from the previous record of 123,033 in the same month last year.The overall increase came as the split between passenger cars and light trucks continued to grow.Car sales dropped six per cent compared with a year ago, while light truck sales rose 5.6 per cent compared with February 2017.FCA remained the volume leader for February with 18,831 vehicles sold with Ford 330 behind.last_img read more

Enhance Energy adds pipeline partner to build Alberta carbon capture project

first_imgCALGARY – The proponent of a project to use carbon dioxide captured at two industrial plants in Alberta to boost oil well production has enlisted a pipeline partner to build, own and operate most of the infrastructure.Calgary-based Enhance Energy Inc. and Wolf Midstream say they will work together on the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line project designed to capture CO2 from the Sturgeon Refinery and Nutrien Ltd.’s Redwater fertilizer plant, both located northeast of Edmonton.The construction of the CO2 capture equipment and a 240-kilometre pipeline is to be funded by Wolf, in part through investments made by its financial partner, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, of up to $305 million.Enhance is to own and operate an oilfield near Clive, Alta., into which the CO2 will be injected to keep it out of the atmosphere, where it is linked to global warming, and permit greater recoveries of crude.The partners say the project can also draw on government funding originally promised in 2009, including $63 million from Ottawa and $223 million in construction funding from Alberta.CO2 flow rates are expected to start at 800 tonnes per day in the fourth quarter of 2019 and increase to 4,400 tonnes per day by the end of 2019.“Carbon capture and storage is already established as a viable emission reduction strategy for Alberta industries and we believe it has great potential to become much more widely applied,” said Wolf CEO Gord Salahor in a news release.“The ACTL is a desirable infrastructure asset for Wolf because it represents the core of an expandable network capable of facilitating many carbon mitigation options for emitters over the long term.”Earlier this year, Wolf bought an oil storage terminal and the half of the northern Alberta Access Pipeline it didn’t already own for $1.6 billion from MEG Energy Corp.last_img read more

India looks to revive historic maritime ties with Sri Lanka

The scheme is at the conceptual stage as of now, he said. The Cuttack Museum in Odisha is the only maritime museum in the country so far, Sharma said. (Colombo Gazette) Other countries include Vietnam and Mauritius as well, the IANS news agency reported. To another query from Biju Janata Dal member B. Mahtab on the national maritime museum, the minister said: “We are in the process of setting up more maritime museums.” The minister said that both the ASI and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts are working with 39 countries on this issue along with departments concerned in China.Congress member K.V. Thomas said Kerala has considerable maritime history and thus there is scope for tie-ups between Kerala and the countries in the Gulf region as also Europe. Sharma said Kerala is part of the project for which Rs 15 crore has already been sanctioned.The minister said the project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean world, collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula to the Southeast Asian archipelago.To a supplementary from Sugata Bose (Trinamool Congress) on whether there has been any hurdle to the project from any of the 39 countries, Sharma said India has already started working with Qatar and China. The Indian Government said it is trying to revive the historic maritime cultural and economic ties with 39 countries, including Sri Lanka, under a new initiative called ‘Mausam’.“Our country has taken a big initiative in the form of this ‘Mausam’ project. It is our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to establish this link between 39 countries, of which China is an important and integral part. We (two countries) are working on this project. China is definitely an integral part of this project,” Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha. Among others, Bharatiya Janata Party member Dushyant Singh wanted to know whether the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has approached its Chinese counterpart. read more

SecretaryGeneral stresses importance of biodiversity to human health

“Unfortunately, our actions run the risk of taking humanity down this path,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his office today to mark the start of the First International Conference on the Importance of Biodiversity to Human Health in Galway, Ireland.“Over the last 50 years, pollution, climate change, degradation of habitats and the overexploitation of natural resources led to more rapid losses of biological diversity than at any other time in human history,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also noted that it was important for conference participants to put forward recommendations to guide the international community towards achieving truly sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set up by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.This set of eight goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by 2015. “The Goals embody the hopes of all people for a world without hunger and poverty, where all live in freedom, with dignity and equity. Biodiversity is crucial to those hopes, especially in the area of health,” the Secretary-General’s statement also said. read more

Dustin Brown scores in overtime Los Angeles as Kings beat Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER — Dustin Brown scored 53 seconds into overtime, helping the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.Alex Iafallo scored for the Kings in regulation.Markus Granlund tied the game for the Canucks with under four minutes to go in the third.Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings (9-14-1) and Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 for the Canucks (11-13-3).Iafallo was first to find the back of the net 10:45 into the second period.The Kings left-winger collected a pass from Brown high in the face-off circle and sailed a slapshot past Markstrom for his fifth goal of the season.It seemed as though his goal would be the only one of the game until late in the third when Granlund tied things up for Vancouver.With less than four minutes to go in the game, the Canucks centre deflected the puck in past Petersen, tying the score 1-1 for his fifth goal of the season.Veteran goalie Jonathan Quick return to L.A.’s lineup as Petersen’s backup. The 32-year-old has struggled with a lower-body injury this season and missed the Kings last 12 games.Meanwhile, the Canucks got an offensive force back in the form of Brock Boeser. The right-winger has been out since early November, missing 11 games with a lower-body injury.Boeser got a backhander that rang off the post in the second period, but the 21-year-old couldn’t add to the 11 points he’s amassed so far this season.Tuesday night also marked Kings head coach Willie Desjardins’s first return to Rogers Arena. The former Canucks bench boss was fired at the end of the 2016-2017 campaign.He took over as the Kings’ head coach after the club turfed John Stevens earlier in November.Desjardins received a mix of cheers and jeers from the crowd as his face was flashed on the big screen before the game.One hockey fan may have been the biggest winner of the night. The Canucks 50/50 jackpot hit a record-breaking $1,413,630 giving the winner a more than $700,000 prize.Vancouver continues its five-game homestand on Thursday, hosting the Vegas Golden Knights.Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press read more

Elderly and disabled at risk in inadequate housing human rights watchdog finds

Disabled older people are being let down and this is a stark reminder that urgent action is needed,  which is the least they deserve in a compassionate society.George McNamara, director of policy and public affairs at Independent Age The report’s executive summary, seen by the Telegraph, said that some people were forced into “eating, sleeping and bathing in one room” and to rely on family members to carry them between rooms and up stairs.Local authorities told the Commission that developers are “reluctant to build accessible houses, as they see them as less profitable”, and often failed to comply with accessibility standards. “The Government’s drive to increase house building is very welcome, but clearly there is much more to do for those with these special requirements.”Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said councils needed “greater planning powers and resources to hold developers to account”. “Housing is too often unavailable, unaffordable, and not appropriate for everyone that needs it. This includes the availability of homes suitable for older people and people in vulnerable circumstances,” she said.A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Our new planning rules make clear that councils must take the needs of elderly and disabled people into account when planning new homes in their area.“We’re also providing councils with almost £1 billion over the next two years to adapt properties for disabled and older people so they can live independently and safely.” Despite this, just three per cent of councils took enforcement action against developers who failed to meet these standards, the Commission found.  The report also said that people were forced to wait an average of 22 weeks between application and the installation of home adaptations necessary to live safely and independently, with some waiting for more than a year.The Commission’s report said that better housing would help ease the health and social care crisis as it found that poor housing led to an “increased need for social care” and “avoidable hospital admissions”.Responding to the report, charities warned that the lack of suitable housing was exacerbating the NHS crisis as elderly and disabled people were forced to stay in hospital for longer due to a lack of safe accommodation.Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said: “Providing accessible homes must be seen as core to reducing pressure on social care and the NHS.  “Disabled older people are being let down and this is a stark reminder that urgent action is needed,  which is the least they deserve in a compassionate society.”Rob Wilson, former Government minister for civil society, said: “This isn’t a new problem, but this is a timely report and reminder that disabled people face enormous challenges with getting appropriate housing.”Almost every local authority area faces the same difficulty in getting enough wheelchair accessible houses built. Britain’s planning rules are fueling a housing “crisis” for the elderly and disabled which is forcing the frail to live in dangerous conditions, a leaked report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission seen by the Telegraph has found.The Commission’s report, due to be released next month, found a “severe shortage of accessible and adaptable housing” with only seven per cent of homes in England offering minimal accessibility features.It warns that local councils are failing to build enough accessible homes to meet demand and were not taking action against developers who failed to comply with regulations. The Commission, a human rights watchdog, said that at least ten per cent of all future housing should be built with a growing elderly and disabled population in mind and that local authorities must reduce the bureaucratic hurdles for adapting homes.The report comes at a time of a growing social care crisis in Britain with many elderly and frail people stuck in hospitals, unable to be discharged due to inadequate housing. At the same time, younger Britons are struggling to get on to the housing ladder with older people unable to downsize due to a lack of suitable properties.Following an inquiry into the state of housing for disabled people in Britain, the Commission reported that the “acute housing crisis“ was leaving elderly and disabled people in unsafe homes and leading to accidents and hospital admissions. “If these recommendations are implemented they will help many more older and disabled people to receive care and support at home.”She added: “It’s vital that we build safe, accessible, high quality homes that work for all generations and that don’t undermine our ability to stay independent as we get older.”George McNamara, director of policy and public affairs at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: “These are some of the most vulnerable people but they’re forgotten when it comes to housing policy. They are being discriminated against by a system that doesn’t work for them.”This issue is only going to become more important as our population ages and people have a greater need for specialist housing that addresses all their health and care needs.  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. read more

Freedom credit and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgCommittees: FOI – The Freedom of Information Bill reaches committee stage at 4.15pm in Committee Room 1 and with lots of criticism of it over the weekend this one will be closely watched by media and transparency activisits.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilChildren’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald takes questions on her portfolio at 2pm.After Leaders’ Questions, the Taoiseach takes questions on his own portfolio from around 3.36pm.After that it’s the Order of Business. Then TDs discuss Topical Issues.Discussion of the second stage of the Finance Bill – which gives effect to Budget 2014 tax measures – continues and is due to conclude at 7.30pm when a final vote is held.If there’s time the Local Government Bill – which overhauls local authorities in Ireland – will be discussed as well.After Fianna Fáil’s private members’ motion the Dáil adjourns at 9pm. Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators begin their week by discussing everything and anything during the Order of Business at 2.30pm. Senators discuss on Science Week with Minister of State Sean Sherlock at 3.45pm.After that, it’s Matters on the Adjournment. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye oncenter_img Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The burning issues of the day are likely to be raised with Taoiseach Enda Kenny when opposition leaders quiz him at 3.15pm.Dáil: Lending – A Fianna Fáil private members’ motion on access to credit will ensure the thorny issue of the banks and their lending practices are discussed at length by TDs at 7.30pm. Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Environment Committee is taking submissions from various bodies on the Maritime Area and Foreshore Amendment Bill at 12.45pm in Committee Room 4. This complex piece of law aims to align the foreshore consent system with the planning system and devolve more powers to local authorities.The Jobs Committee discusses the progress made with Microfinance Ireland – a scheme set up to help small businesses access credit – with representatives from the scheme at 1.30pm in Committee Room 2.The EU Affairs Committee hears from Barbara Nolan from the European Commission in Ireland on its work programme for 2014 at 2pm in Committee Room 1.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

Unlock all Angry Birds levels with a line of JavaScript

first_imgIn its quest to dominate every platform known to mankind, Rovio finally delivered a Web version of Angry Birds. While it was unveiled at Google I/O and announced as a Google Chrome Web app, Angry Birds for Chrome is not-so-subtly hiding the same secret so many other “Chrome Apps” hide. It’s not Chrome-specific — it is, for the most part, a big, shiny favicon for your Chrome new tab page and a URL.Just type http://chrome.angrybirds.com into any modern browser and the game should load just fine. Performance in Internet Explorer 9 is particularly good, and audio was both clearer and louder than in other browsers. Firefox 4 and Opera 11.10 worked nicely, too, though there was some intermittent sluggishness on my laptop while playing the HD versions.There’s something else worth knowing, too. Chances are good that you’ve already played (and possibly beaten) Angry Birds on at least one other platform already. Suppose, then, that you want to play a specific level and just aren’t interested in plodding through all the levels in sequence one more time. Why not just unlock all the levels by pasting a line of JavaScript code into your address bar?To unlock all levels in Angry Birds Web use:javascript: var i = 0; while (i<=69) { localStorage.setItem(‘level_star_’+i,’3’); i++; } window.location.reload(); To revert use:javascript: var i = 1; while (i<=69) { localStorage.setItem(‘level_star_’+i,’-1′); i++; } window.location.reload(); It only makes sense that a new era in Web-based gaming would lead to a new era in Konami codes, and that’s exactly what you’ve got here. The JavaScript reaches into the HTML5 localStorage used by Angry Birds and fiddles with the bits which tell the game which levels you’ve opened up.last_img read more

Fourth shark attack in six months at Great Barrier Reef

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share76 Tweet Email4 A MAN HAS been bitten on the leg by a shark in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, authorities said today, the fourth such attack in six months at the popular tourist site.Paramedics were called to a diving pontoon at Hardy Reef off the Queensland coast just after midday local time after the man, aged in his 20s, was bitten on his thigh.His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and he was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital in a stable condition, Queensland ambulance and rescue authorities said.It is the fourth shark attack — including one fatality — in six months in the Whitsunday Islands region.A 33-year-old man died in November after his legs and arm were mauled. In September, a woman and a 12-year-old girl were bitten and seriously hurt by sharks within 24 hours of each other in the same area.Authorities had set out baited lines to capture and kill several sharks after the September attacks.Australia has one of the world’s highest incidences of shark attacks, but fatalities remain rare.Shark attacks are considered to be uncommon in the Whitsundays, a collection of spectacular tropical islands and popular tourist destination at the heart of the Barrier Reef.© – AFP 2019 Mar 25th 2019, 10:52 AM 19,376 Views Image: Shutterstock Fourth shark attack in six months at Great Barrier Reef A man in his 20s was bitten on his thigh in the latest attack. Monday 25 Mar 2019, 10:52 AM By AFP Image: Shutterstock 30 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4559292 Short URLlast_img read more

Schmeichel Pogba hasnt won a war at Man United

first_imgManchester United great Peter Schmeichel insists Paul Pogba mustn’t be allowed to think he’s bigger than the club and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extract the Frenchman’s full potentialAfter being left out of Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s debut at Cardiff City.The World Cup winner responded with an incisive display that saw him provide two assists as United stormed to a convincing 5-1 win.But Schmeichel cautioned United against allowing Pogba to think he’s bigger than them.“Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.“There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.“I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.“He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.“We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.“It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”Night, Reds ❤️ #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dXl0HGR3FD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018However, the former Danish goalkeeper expects old United team-mate Solskjaer to be the man to get Pogba to perform to his expected levels.“Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.“He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.“I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.”last_img read more

MADORE VIDEO The personal assistant

first_imgVisit columbian.com weekdays for more snippets of the interview with David Madore.Wednesday: Madore on Leavitt’s expected re-election announcementThursday: Madore on his first 40 days in officeFriday: C-Tran compensation and public vs. private compensationMonday: A look at the county’s Public Information Officer programTuesday: Ways to save moneyIn part six, the last part of a wide ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he speaks his decision to bring a personal assistant in to help him. He is paying the assistant out of his own pocket but it created an initial stir because it had not been done before.Watch the accompanying video for more information.last_img read more

Veterans service members receive Thanksgiving baskets from United Way

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a day of giving back to men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces, just in time for Thanksgiving, and it was all thanks to a dedicated South Florida organization.United Way of Broward County gave out more than 500 Thanksgiving baskets to military veterans and active service members as part of the Mission United program, Saturday.Each basket included canned and package foods, trimmings, and a Publix gift card. The $65 value is meant to serve four to five people.The baskets were handed out “drive-thru” style today at the United Way of Broward County’s parking lot.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Facebook pages get facelift with new page layout design

first_img Comment Facebook 1 Facebook’s layout has shifted from three columns to two and removed a lot of clutter. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET If you think your Facebook page looks a bit different today, you’re not alone.The social networking giant appears to have rolled out a new page design on Tuesday, eschewing the previous three-column layout for one that incorporates only two. On the right is static information about the page, while the left side contains the feed of recent posts.Facebook tinkers with its design from time to time, but this is a pretty radical departure from the site’s previous appearance. In addition to the column change, the content on pages appears less cluttered, with plenty of eye-appealing white space and an increased emphasis on thumbnail images. It wasn’t immediately clear how widespread this rollout is or how different types of pages will see a face-lift.  Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Internet Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

TSRTC staff goes on mass hunger strike

first_imgDharna Chowk: The TSRTC Employees Union (EU) organised a mass hunger strike programme demanding that the State government address various issues and the merger of RTC in government at the dharna chowk here on Friday. President of EU S Babu, general secretary of the union Raji Reddy and large number of RTC employees participated in the hunger strike. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Raji Reddy demanded the State Transport Minister to respond to their issues. “It is unfortunate that the Minister who does not give appointments to employees to discuss their issues is in the state of Telangana which was formed after an intense agitation,” he said. Expressing his concern over the mismanagement of TSRTC, Raji Reddy questioned as to why the government has not appointed a Managing Director on a permanent basis till now. Absence of a permanent MD has resulted in the failure of administration, he said. Stating that rising diesel prices have imposed an additional burden of up to Rs 65 crore on the TSRTC, he demanded that the state government bear the additional burden to save RTC from losses. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He also demanded a tax holiday on all motor vehicle taxes for four years in order to save the RTC. He demanded the state government to remove the rental buses and purchase new vehicles. The hunger strike continued up to 5 pm and union leaders submitted a memorandum to government officials. Vice-president of EU CH Narsaiah, deputy general secretary Venkanna, union leader Ahmed Ali, state secretaries Gopal, Kalidas, Ram Reddy, Jakaraiah, president of Greater Hyderabad EU Mallesh, union members from various depots across the state and others participated in the hunger strike.last_img read more