The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming met in London today to film two public service messages on illegal wildlife products.The messages focus on reducing demand for both rhino horn and ivory and will air globally, with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam, later this year as part of WildAid’s demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife Collaboration.The Duke of Cambridge said, “At the root of the illegal wildlife trade is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction.”The ivory trade claims the lives of an estimated 25,000 elephants annually and according to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, as of September 5 at least 618 rhinos were killed for their horns in 2013, which may break last year’s record of 668 poached rhinos later this month.“When I learned of the current poaching levels in Africa, I immediately agreed to help get this message out,” said David Beckham. “It is shocking to think that we could lose these animals from the wild in our lifetimes.”Following a respite in the 1990s, demand for rhino horn is rising with booming economies in Vietnam and China. In China a “one off” legal sale of ivory in 2009 has stimulated a renewed market triggering increased poaching in Africa. Recent surveys indicate a large portion of China’s population is unaware of the death toll to create these products, yet a greater number of residents support government enforced bans. (Read the ivory and rhino horn surveys.)“We must reduce demand if we are going to save these animals,” said former NBA Star Yao Ming, an iconic figure in China. “We made tremendous progress reducing demand for shark fin soup through a similar campaign and a government ban at banquets is also helping. Traders say shark fin demand has been cut by 50% or more. I hope we can do the same for ivory and rhino horn.”Yao spearheaded the shark fin initiative with WildAid and launched the “Say No to Ivory and Rhino Horn” campaign earlier this year in partnership with WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants. He is returning to Africa tomorrow to finish filming “The End of the Wild”, a documentary scheduled for release in 2014.“The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham are both highly respected in Asia, where the word needs to go out. Bringing them together with Yao underlines the need for a global effort to end demand for these products and support conservation efforts on the ground,” said Peter Knights, WildAid Executive Director. “This trade not only threatens these iconic animals with ruthless slaughter, it undermines African economies and tourism revenues while fueling corruption and funding organized crime and even terrorist activity.”WildAid is the only organization to solely focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products. Working with hundreds of Asian and Western celebrities and business leaders, including Jackie Chan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson. WildAid’s public service messages and educational initiatives reach hundreds of millions of people a week in China alone through donated media space. For more information, visit www.wildaid.org.
NEW YORK — Pinterest plans to raise about $1.5 billion in its initial public offering of shares.The digital scrapbooking site said in a regulatory filing Monday that it will put about 86.3 million shares up for sale at a price between $15 and $17 each. Pinterest is offering 75 million Class A shares.Pinterest claims more than 250 million active monthly users and more than 2 billion monthly searches.The platform allows people to search for and “pin” images that interest them, whether it’s fashion, sports, pets or travel.The San Francisco company had revenue of $756 million last year, a 60 per cent bump from 2017.Pinterest’s stock will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the “PINS” ticker symbol.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Hydro One says it is reviewing its executive compensation arrangements at the urging of the Ontario Liberal government.The move comes weeks after Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford said he would fire the CEO and board of directors at the partially privatized utility if his party is elected on June 7.However, CEO Mayo Schmidt, who earned a $6.2-million salary last year, would be entitled to at least $10.7 million in severance if he were to be removed from his job by the board of directors, according to the company’s annual shareholders report released on March 29.Hydro One’s review of executive compensation was announced by Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault in a statement Monday after markets closed.Board chair David Denison says in a separate statement that the government told Hydro One it would vote against compensation changes, and he adds that the utility will consult with shareholders and get “additional independent advice” on executive compensation.Thibeault says the government only found out about the compensation changes in the release of Hydro One’s management information circular in March.“We believe in a stable solution that exercises our authority as the largest shareholder,” Thibeault said in his statement. “Our government continues to focus on fairness. We are urging the board do the same when designing an executive compensation program that is fair for the people of Ontario.”Thibeault then took aim at the PC leader.“While Doug Ford would take an erratic and reckless approach and fire Hydro One’s Board — which would absolutely do nothing to reduce customer rates, but would almost certainly risk the market value of Hydro One upon which so many people rely — we believe in a stable solution that exercises our authority as the largest shareholder.”Ford called it a “weak response” from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.“(It’s) only coming now because she and her millionaires’ club have been exposed just before the election,” he said in a statement Monday.“If the government truly had any respect for taxpayers, Kathleen Wynne would fire the $6-million man and the entire board at Hydro One, just like she said she had the authority to do.”
Crucially, national and European legislators must ensure they support technological progress through clear and joined-up policy measures, as well as incentives to drive the market for the lowest carbon cars. CARS21 called for a new approach to policy-making based on proper impact assessments, consistent policy objectives, technology-neutrality, cost effectiveness, thorough consultations, lead-time needs and affordability. 2. The high-level CARS21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century) report was published in October 2005. Set up by Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, the group published 18 recommendations, including principles for better regulation. In the UK, diesel car sales are already far lower than in other European states. This is partly because diesel is more expensive at the pump and partly because the UK government applies disincentives like the three per cent surcharge on company car drivers’ tax liability. While new diesel sales hit 50.3 per cent over the first nine months of the year across Europe, in the UK penetration reached just 37.9 per cent. He added, ‘The dark side of Euro 5 and 6 limits is the impact on CO2 reduction targets. We should therefore re-affirm the importance of proper impact assessments on all new legislation, one of the key recommendations made by the high-level CARS212 group in its report last year. We must also make it clear that factors outside the motor industry’s control may continue to skew the progress we have made on bringing cleaner models and new technologies to market.’ New diesel cars could rise in price by up to 900 Euro (around £600), according to experts in Europe. That’s because air quality limits in forthcoming Euro 5 and 6 emission standards1, supported by a vote in the European Parliament this week, could add significant cost to diesel models. For example, to meet Euro 5 particulate limits, even the smallest car would require the addition of a particulate trap to the exhaust system. If diesel cars are more expensive they will be less attractive to buyers. More consumers will be tempted by petrol variants which can be up to 30 per cent worse for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The move threatens to halt what the European Commission recently described as the ‘significant progress’ made by car makers in cutting CO2 output since 1998. Estimates suggest the resultant CO2 penalty could be as high as six per cent. Please note:1. Euro 5 timeline – 1 September 2009 (new types), 1 January 2011 (all new cars registered).Euro 6 timeline – 1 September 2014 (new types), 1 September 2015 (all new cars registered). ‘Urban air quality problems are not caused by new cars’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Today’s models are around 95 per cent cleaner on things like diesel particulates than models sold just 15 years ago. The truth is that air quality problems come from older and poorly maintained vehicles and by poor traffic management. Across Europe, trade associations are making the case for an integrated approach in driving down CO2 from new cars. Car makers have embraced their responsibility to deliver cleaner technologies, but other parties including fuel companies, drivers, and NGOs also have a role to play too. Membership of the high-level CARS21 group included representatives from the automobile industry, European Commissioners, national government representatives (UK – Margaret Beckett, secretary of state for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), trade unions, NGOs and vehicle users.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
“Industry continues to face challenging market conditions, but positive trends in the fleet and business sectors suggest that negative impacts can be minimised. Strengthening business and consumer confidence remains industry’s priority. A clear and consistent approach to CO2 based taxation and improved access to affordable credit are essential elements in sustaining recovery in the new car market.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car market rises in February, ahead of key March market· New car market climbed 26.4% in February to 68,686 units.· Private buyers lead growth with business demand also strengthening.· Scrappage scheme accounted for 19.6% of the February new car market.· Government urged to defer new car VED rise and boost business confidence post-scrappage. “Scrappage has generated eight consecutive months of growth in the new car market and we expect its benefits to stretch beyond the scheme’s closure later this month,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.
Demand on emergency services is risingCredit:Andrew Fox As the health system extends practice hours across the country, it must not lose sight of the need to get the basics rightMeg Hillier, chairman the Committee of Public Accounts The changes will also mean that GPs will lose funding if they continue to regularly close during office hours.Theresa May had already signalled such a move, amid warnings that poor access to GPs is fuelling pressures on Accident & Emergency departments.Last month a report by the National Audit Office found that almost half of GP practices are not open full time – with one in five regularly closing by 3pm.Yet the vast majority of GPs are claiming extra funds for “extended access” – with around £15,000 paid out per practice in 2015/16.Under the new terms, family doctors will lose access to such funding, unless they also provide a full service on week days.The deal will also see a pay uplift of 1 per cent for GPs. 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. MPs said that practices needed to “get the basics right”Credit:PA GPs will be given extra cash to help identify overseas patients as part of a crackdown on “health tourism”.Family doctors will be required to establish whether or not patients are eligible for free care, and to pass details to hospitals before any treatment is booked, under changes to the GP contract.The British Medical Association has repeatedly insisted that doctors should not be treated as “border guards”.Last night the union said new deal agreed with the Government – which asks patients to “self-declare” their residency status – meant GPs would avoid such duties.Meanwhile, GP practices will be paid an extra £5m annually, to support “any workload implications” of the requirement to pass information on, the union said.On Monday the Health Secretary announced that every hospital will have to charge overseas patients “upfront” unless they can prove they are eligible for non-urgent care. The law will be changed from April.Today Mr Hunt said changes to the contracts for family doctors recognised the fact that GPs are a “gateway” to to other health services.”We’ve made it clear that overseas visitors are welcome to use our NHS – but only if they make a fair and proportionate contribution to it, just as the British taxpayer does,” Mr Hunt said.”These changes are about making sure the primary care system plays a full and proper role in ensuring any appropriate costs are identified and recovered.” Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chairman, said: “I am pleased to say we have reached an agreement which we believe offers important and significant improvements to the contract.“Claiming back funding from overseas countries for hospital services when their citizens use the NHS is nothing new and has been common practice for many years. We have ensured that the minor changes this year will allow overseas patients who hold an EHIC card or S1 form to self-declare at registration so that reception staff do not become border guards, and that practices are reimbursed for associated administration.“But claiming back funding from overseas countries for hospital services will generate relatively small amounts of extra money and will not address the incredible funding pressure on GP services.”
We’ve seen GoPro cameras used in all sorts of extreme sports videos. They are usually worn on a helmet, or are placed on a car or surfboard, for example. They’re the gadgets responsible for making you feel like you’re the one doing the surfing, snowboarding, or skydiving. Field and Stream’s Chad Love started thinking that it’d be pretty neat to attach one of the cameras to a hunting dog. Lo and behold, there was already a YouTube video from the perspective of Sugar the hunting dog swimming through water to retrieve his owner’s game.This Golden Retriever is seriously impressive. She swims great distances and at incredibly fast speeds to snag the floating duck her master just shot from the air. The lightweight camera captures the video clearly, and besides a few splashes of water on the lens, you can really get a feel for what the pup is experiencing. The sound of Sugar’s swimming, and her shaking the water out of her fur afterwards is also pretty clear and adds to the feel of the video.Some YouTube commenters were concerned that the dog would be freezing in that cold water, but it turns out her owner also designs the Sugar Coat, a wind-and-waterproof doggie jacket made to protect Retrievers while they’re hunting in the water.Though I’m not necessarily promoting hunting, this video does show true sportsmanship, or sportsdogship if you will.Read more at Field and Stream
Apple prévoirait la sortie de l’iPad 3 pour début 2012 Selon le Wall Street Journal, le géant américain Apple prévoit de débuter les premiers essais de la troisième et nouvelle version de l’iPad en octobre. La tablette tactile pourrait ainsi être commercialisée “début 2012”.L’iPhone 5 n’est pas le seul dispositif Apple à faire l’objet de toutes les rumeurs. C’est également le cas de l’iPad 3. La semaine dernière, des sources taïwanaises affirmaient que la nouvelle tablette tactile ne pourrait sortir avant 2012, en raison de problèmes techniques liées à la conception de l’écran plus compliquée que prévue. Vendredi, le Wall street journal a ainsi semblé confirmer ces informations, en citant l’un des fournisseurs d’Apple.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le groupe “travaille avec des fournisseurs de composants et son usine d’assemblage en Asie sur des essais de production pour sa prochaine génération d’iPad à partir d’octobre”, a précisé le quotidien économique. Selon le fameux fournisseur, Apple, qui se fournit auprès de différentes entreprises, aurait alors commandé des pièces pour “environ 1,5 millions d’iPad 3 au quatrième trimestre”. Des composants qui seront assemblés par la compagnie taïwanaise Hon Hai Precision Industry, note l’AFP.Si ce planning s’avère juste, les premiers tests commenceraient donc dès octobre, pour une commercialisation prévue “début 2012”, toujours d’après le Wall street journal. Le 22 août 2011 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Google+ I think this may be the wrong move for WWE. It’s too many established indie/TNA stars too fast. NXT should be where new talent is made, but that seems to be second to stocking the roster with established talent from TNA/ROH. I always think about what Paul Heyman said about ROH when he was asked about what he would have done if he had taken over the reigns. He said that he would bring in one established name and use that person to help build up all the new and up-coming talent that were already there. Once you bring in two, three, four or more, it becomes about those guys and the new talent pretty much become jobbers to the established stars.WWE is grabbing some great talent, but now those names will take up a large portion of the NXT TV time, and when any of them get called up to the main roster, there is only a set amount of TV time and space on the main roster and cuts to people who have been there a while, or those who were never given a real chance to shine are going to end up happening. Balor, Joe, Aries, Styles, Rude, Storm, Anderson & Gallows and even The Dudleys are all great signings, but with them all in… someone’s going to go out. I fear this is the end for a lot of guys like Fandango (just repackage him, he’s talented), Sandow (what the hell did he do to always get buried), Darren Young, Adam Rose. Even some of the NXT call-ups have fallen to the way-side which is sad to see the transition isn’t as easy as they hoped. The Good: WWE and NXT are going to have one of the most talented rosters to dateThe Bad: A lot of guys we have always pulled for to get that break (Ryder) are just going to play second fiddle to these guys, or they are going to get their walking papers. April 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE has posted an interview with former TNA star Eric Young talking about making his debut at the NXT TV tapings for the WWE Network on Thursday night in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University. You can check out the clip below. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Twitter Comments are closed. Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Don’t write TNA off just yet, When all WWE’s big names jumped ship to WCW it ended up creating stars like “The Rock” and “D-X” not saying that will happen for TNA…but it might? Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte TNA is finished. They’re 15 minutes of fame is almost up to the point where no one will even care much less remember them and this is coming from a guy who wanted them to be better than WWE seeing as WWE has gotten bad from 2014-2015 and 2016 ain’t seemingly no better. Unless TNA gets more big superstars,have more tv time like WWE and make yearly video games (like WWE too) they cannot hope to survive. April 29, 2016 at 3:11 am April 29, 2016 at 10:34 am Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It dknight xs Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Cameron Huff April 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Mat Thompson Very happy to see these great TNA orignals come to NXT. i hope to see roode soon in WWE ring justice Velvet Sky Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions
Vancouver’s Uptown Village is, quite literally, on the rise.Peppered among the historic single-family homes in the Hough and Arnada neighborhoods, five multi-story apartment complexes will soon augment Vancouver’s skyline. Two — a complex at 1510 C St., with 18 total units, and a complex at 513 E. 16th St. with 48 total units — are already open. Another 233 apartments and live-work units, apartments that include a business front, will open in the coming months.And with the construction and pending population growth in Vancouver’s downtown come the usual struggle of a growing city: With more people comes more activity, and that means more traffic and cars parked on the street.“I am all for growth, the betterment of the community, the city,” said Richard McShan, Arnada’s representative on the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance. “But you don’t better a community by pulling from your neighborhoods.”The city of Vancouver requires developers to calculate the number of trips the building is expected to generate, said Ryan Lapossa, streets and transportation manager for the city. That means people going to and from work, mail delivery to the building, garbage pickup and a slew of other visits that may happen at the complex.Apartments trend lower, averaging 6.6 trips per day compared with 10 for single family homes, because garbage collection, deliveries and other services need only visit the complex once rather than visiting each individual home. And the city assumes downtown apartments generate less traffic because people are more likely to walk or bike to shopping or work, or use public transportation.
Busy holiday weekend Six islands represented by Six Beauties in Miss Teen TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Oct 2015 – Since yesterday, the Caribbean Governance-Training Institute in collaboration with TCI Financial Services Commission began providing directors of Caribbean organizations with the latest tools, they say will help them excel in the boardroom. Upon completion of the program participants will be eligible to write a qualifying examination that will earn them the designation, “Chartered Director” (C.Dir).The 3-day event wraps up October 8th, and is being held at Blue Haven Resort and Marina. Recommended for you Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Related Items:Blue Haven Resort, chartered director, financial services certification Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Naresh Goyal of Jet AirwaysReutersIn a major development, Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has agreed to step down as the chairman of the beleaguered airline. After months of deliberation, the exit of Naresh Goyal would allow the board to go ahead with the debt restructuring plan of the cash-strapped airline.According to Reuters, Goyal’s decision to step down as chairman comes a day after an urgent meeting of lenders with Goyal and Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas. The parties discussed various issues between two promoters as well as lenders and Etihad.As per the plan, a part of debt would be converted to long term equity-like instruments. Moreover, rescheduling of loans is also on cards which would help the debt-laden airline to repay its past loans.The plan also includes an allotment of 11.4 crore shares to the lenders which would eventually make them the largest shareholder. During the meeting, Goyal, who holds 51 per cent stake in the airline, proposed to step down to save one of India’s biggest private airlines. A Jet Airways passenger plane (Reuters)Reuters/Punit Paranjpe/FilesMeanwhile, Eithad, which owns a minority stake of 24 per cent in Jet Airways, continues to be reluctant on infusing funding of about Rs 7 billion to the airline. Since last few months, Jet Airways is burdened with a billion dollars in debt.The airline has defaulted on its loan repayments multiple times recently. As a result, it hasn’t paid its paid pilots, leasing firms and suppliers for months. The non-payment of debt has forced the lessors to ground more than a dozen of its planes this month. In fact in a filing to the exchanges earlier today, Jet informed that six additional aircraft has been grounded for the same reason.Bloomberg has reported the representatives from Jet Airways and Etihad was told by the lenders that they would need to inject equity to maintain their shareholding and stabilize its operations. But minority stakeholder, Etihad proposed stringent terms and conditions which were not acceptable to lenders; the discussion is yet to reach a conclusion.It is to be noted that the debt restructuring plan is still at a nascent stage and would need the consent of at least 66 per cent of the lenders before State Bank of India led consortium can do something substantial.
Among those who agree with a modest appraisal of the USA Freedom Act are privacy activists. While calling it landmark legislation, they also lament its limits.“No one should mistake this bill for comprehensive reform,” said Jameel Jaffer, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “The bill leaves many of the government’s most intrusive and overbroad surveillance powers untouched, and it makes only very modest adjustments to disclosure and transparency requirements___EDITOR’S NOTE — Ken Dilanian has covered intelligence issues since 2012.Follow Ken Dilanian on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KenDilanianAPAn AP News AnalysisCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The existence of the program, in place since shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was perhaps the most startling secret revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, because it so directly affected the privacy of Americans. It was the first Snowden disclosure published by the journalists with whom he shared documents, and it landed with a thunderclap.But in the two years since Snowden took up exile in Russia to avoid prosecution in the U.S., his documents have fueled dozens of revelations of NSA surveillance operations, disclosing how the agency seeks to exploit Internet communications. None of those programs are affected by the law President Barack Obama signed Tuesday night.“It’s being talked about like it’s the Declaration of Independence or something,” said Robert Deitz, a former NSA lawyer. “These adjustments are marginal.”Most of the Snowden disclosures have shed light on the NSA’s basic mission of gathering foreign “signals intelligence,” but the way the agency does its job in the Internet age by necessity involves exploiting weaknesses in the same technology the rest of us use. And it also means the NSA “inadvertently” collects the content of a lot of American communications. Exactly how much is unknown and perhaps unknowable. But the government is allowed under certain circumstances to search that data, none of which was obtained with a specific, individual warrant. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober NSA leaders, meanwhile, are shedding few tears over losing the authority to collect Americans’ phone records, former officials say. Independent reviews of the program found that it wasn’t a critical tool, and former NSA officials revealed that some inside the agency had wanted to abandon it. The only reason the NSA didn’t propose keeping the records with the phone companies years ago, former Director Keith Alexander has said, is that no one wanted to seek legislation from Congress while the program remained a secret.Searches of phone company records under the USA Freedom Act may not work as swiftly as the current system, but the NSA will also gain access to mobile phone records it doesn’t now collect under the program.“The damage that’s been done to our intelligence capabilities is modest,” said Stewart Baker, a former NSA general counsel.Indeed, he and other analysts said, other fallout from the Snowden leaks has played a stronger role in hemming in the NSA than anything Congress has done. The Obama administration curbed some foreign surveillance; foreign governments and technology companies are less eager to cooperate, and Apple and Google have begun encrypting mobile data, making it more difficult for governments to eavesdrop. WASHINGTON (AP) — The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it’s practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal counterterrorism program that some NSA officials wanted to jettison anyway.After a six-month transition, the new law will end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, moving instead to a system of case-by-case searches of records held by phone companies. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories FILE – In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. While the new surveillance law stands as the most significant curb on the government’s investigative authorities since 9/11, it’s all but inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona And Snowden has not been the only source of disclosures about government surveillance.This week, The Associated Press reported that the FBI has been flying spy planes over American cities. And in January, the Drug Enforcement Administration formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the U.S. to foreign countries, a program it discontinued in 2013. It is unclear exactly how the information collected in those efforts has been used.Some members of Congress have expressed fierce opposition to the way the intelligence community currently handles the private data it collects on Americans, especially the private information collected from U.S. technology companies under the PRISM program, also revealed by Snowden.“Under current law, the government can search the database on a fishing expedition and get those communications created under this program, including searching information about a U.S. citizen,” Rep. Ted Poe, a Texas Republican and former judge, said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in April. “This can be done without a warrant. That seems to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution to me.”But efforts to address that issue in this week’s USA Freedom Act went nowhere — because they had no chance of passing. Unlike the phone records program, the PRISM collection has proven instrumental in foiling terrorist plots, and lawmakers are loath to tinker with it. The Obama administration earlier this year tightened some rules on how data on Americans is handled, but rejected more rigorous procedures recommended by a presidential task force on surveillance.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Despite facing constant strikes over pay and job security disputes, Qantas is still the favoured domestic airline when it comes to customer service, receiving up to 87 percent in a satisfaction report.Leading the pack in the Roy Morgan quarterly Domestic Airline Satisfaction survey, the flag carrier topped the list and was followed closely by Virgin Australia, sitting at 81 percent.Roy Morgan Research international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello said Qantas is still the clear favourite down under, although she was keen to see how the carrier would perform in the next three months as industrial action picks up.“The satisfaction rating for Virgin Australia fell amongst both its leisure and business customers after their reservation and check-in system failed in late September 2010, affecting approximately 50,000 customers,” Ms Janiello said.“Although Virgin Australia’s satisfaction has rebounded in the last quarter, it is still lower than it was before the incident.”For the three months to July, Qantas’ subsidiary Jetstar received up to 66 percent ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied customers while Tiger’s grounding saw the carrier hit an all time low at 37 percent.Ms Janiello added that she was concerned that the Singapore-based carrier could see it customer satisfaction fall further.
Victoria Beckham hosts exclusive British Airways cocktail party in SingaporeBritish style icon Victoria Beckham tonight hosted an exclusive British Airways cocktail party to celebrate Singapore Fashion Week, while also taking the opportunity to share her travel tips with the audience and discuss how she balances her busy schedule as a mother and businesswoman.The singer-turned-fashion designer attended the event for a selection of VIP British Airways guests at the renowned Flutes restaurant, which is housed at the National Museum of Singapore. Victoria was wearing a dress from her autumn/winter 2015 ready-to-wear collection.Victoria spoke of juggling her time as a mum of four with the demands of life as an international businesswoman and global brand. She discussed travelling the world with her family and shared that as soon as she gets on board she changes into something comfortable so she can relax and enjoy catching up on films. Dark sunglasses and a lot of water are her travel essentials.The renowned designer revealed that the White Cube gallery and the V&A are among her favourite spots in London, the city she chose as the location of her flagship Mayfair boutique.Victoria Beckham said: “I’ve been flying with British Airways since I was a child. I have some very fond travel memories associated with the airline and it was great to relive them this evening.“David and I love visiting Asia and I feel at home every time I return to Singapore. I always find the fashion here incredibly exciting and inspiring, and it was an honour to show my collection over the weekend.”Victoria Beckham also shared insights into how she prepares for long-haul flights: “I travel a lot with my job and charity work for UNAIDs so I have my on board routine perfected. Flying is my opportunity to disconnect and catch up on work and sleep. Once I’ve boarded the plane, I kick off my heels and change into something comfortable and sit back to unwind.”Robert Williams, British Airways regional general manager, South East Asia, said: “Victoria Beckham is the epitome of British sophistication and it has been wonderful to have her here with us this evening. We always look forward to welcoming her on our flights.”Source = British Airways
Etihad Airways and flybuys, one of Australia’s most popular loyalty programs, today launched an innovative partnership which enables flybuys members to turn everyday shopping into international flights with the World’s Leading Airline.flybuys members will be able to collect flybuys points when booking Etihad Airways flights and enjoy exclusive access to airfare deals to more than 100 destinations worldwide.In a world first, flybuys members who link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account will also earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles when they spend at any Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor stores nationwide.Tier Miles count towards elite Etihad Guest status, which affords top tier members benefits such as priority check-in and airport lounge access when flying with Etihad Airways and its partner airlines.To earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles, flybuys members must link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account.Members will earn one Etihad Guest Tier Mile (up to a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month) for every AUD 1 spent at any Coles Supermarkets and selected partners and, at the same time, collect flybuys points.flybuys members can also convert their flybuys points to Etihad Guest miles, giving them access to flight rewards and upgrades.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “The launch today of the partnership with flybuys is exciting news for millions of flybuys members.“Now they will be able to turn their weekly shopping at Coles and other selected stores into travel to exciting destinations worldwide.“Together, we are offering flybuys members the unique ability to earn Tier Miles in the Etihad Guest program and, as a result, to enjoy the exclusive benefits we offer our most valuable frequent flyers.”Adam Story, Coles General Manager flybuys said: “flybuys is thrilled to be partnering with Etihad Airways.“We are proud to be offering our members the opportunity to collect flybuys points quicker and redeem them on exciting rewards like international travel.“flybuys members will also benefit with access to exclusive discounts on Etihad Airways and members will be able to accelerate their status within the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program by shopping at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor.”To celebrate the partnership launch:Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members up to 25 per cent off all Etihad Airways Economy and Business Class fares (excluding Breaking Deals) to anywhere on the airline’s global network. This applies to bookings made by 3 November for travel until 4 December 2015. At the same time, until 31 December, flybuys members will collect five flybuys points per AUD 1 spent on Etihad Airways flights, by booking through the flybuys ‘My Offers’ page. Etihad Guest members will also be able to earn Etihad Guest reward miles on the same flights.Linked program members will be able to earn three Etihad Guest Tier Miles for every AUD 1 they spend in Coles, Coles Online, Coles Express, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor (capped at a maximum of 5,000 Tier Miles per month) until December 31, 2015. This will normally be one Etihad Guest Tier Mile for every AUD 1 they spend (capped at a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month).Linked program members will have the chance to win one of 25 prizes of round trip Economy Class flights for two to an overseas destination of their choice on the Etihad Airways’ network.Other prizes include 10 sets of two tickets to an A-League game at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium or AAMI Stadium during the 2015/16 season.Throughout the year, flybuys and Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members other benefits including bonus flybuys points for flight purchases, discounts on air travel and stopover packages.Terms and conditions apply. Learn more hereSource = Etihad Airways
Coral Expeditions continues fleet growth David Li PhotographyCoral Expeditions continues fleet growthAustralia’s pioneering expedition cruise line, Coral Expeditions, continues to expand their Australian-flagged fleet announcing the order of a fifth ship, Coral Geographer, to be delivered in December 2020.The new build, which is currently under construction at VARD Shipyard, will be a sister ship to the company’s recently launched Coral Adventurer, which arrived in home waters in Darwin, Australia, earlier this month.The 120-passenger Coral Geographer will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications as the Coral Adventurer. However, in response to market demand, the new ship will have an increased proportion of bridge deck suites – up from two to six large suites – all featuring horizon bathtubs.The new ship order further extends the growth plans of the company and the modernisation of the fleet towards 2021. The fleet is designed for exploration with small passenger numbers, world leading proprietary expedition capabilities, and ability to access the farthest regions of the world with comfort and ease.“We’ve witnessed significant demand for our unique style of expedition cruising, and the business has confidence to order a fifth ship only weeks after launching Coral Adventurer,” says Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expeditions.“We are confident in the ongoing strength of the expedition sector along with the vessel’s size, her design and her capabilities. She represents the perfect balance between being large enough for ocean voyaging yet having a small and intimate ship feel to maximise our guest experience. We classify ourselves as a “true expedition” operator and are one of a small fraternity of global operators with the experience and focus to understand and deliver this style of adventure,” said Mr Fifield.In a first for Coral Expeditions and drawing on the company’s pioneering tradition, in her maiden season the Coral Geographer will embark on an expedition series exploring the “Small Islands of the Indian Ocean”.In January 2021, Coral Geographer will set sail on her inaugural voyage over 25-nights from Singapore to the Seychelles including the islands of Sumatra, Sri Lanka and numerous remote atolls of the Maldives before ending in the Seychelles.Her second sailing will be over 15-nights from the Seychelles to Mauritius, featuring an extensive exploration of the remote coastline of northern Madagascar, Reunion Island, and Aldabra atoll, named by David Attenborough as “one of the wonders of the world” and as a “crown jewel” of the Indian Ocean.The third voyage will see her complete an epic traverse of the Indian Ocean from Mauritius back home to Fremantle, Australia. This voyage is being planned as a 25-30 night research exploration and in conjunction with partners focused on scientific and natural environment content. Guest numbers will be strictly limited on this voyage.Voyages 1 and 2 of the Coral Geographer maiden series are open for bookings from this week, whilst Voyage 3 across the Indian Ocean is open to expressions of interest at this time from individuals and associations.Celebrating 35 years of history in expedition cruising excellence in 2020, Coral Geographer will join the existing fleet, which at present includes the 120-guest Coral Adventurer and the 72-guestCoral Discoverer. The company also operates the 46-guest Coral Expeditions I, and 42-guest Coral Expeditions II.According to Mr Fifield, construction is currently well progressed and running on schedule, with all milestones on track for a December 2020 delivery. The inaugural series of three voyages will set sail from Singapore on January 6th, 2021 and the Coral Geographer will arrive home to Australian waters in Fremantle in late March 2021.For bookings and further information, please visit www.coralexpeditions.com, email email@example.com or phone 1800 079 545.Source = Coral Expeditions
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