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January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall alert for the B.C. South Peace.According to Environment Canada, A low-pressure centre will move into the central interior tonight, bringing precipitation to the B.C. South Peace, with Rain expected to begin late Thursday evening and change to snow overnight.The highest snowfall amounts are expected near Tumbler Ridge where 15 cm of snow is forecast by Friday afternoon while Dawson Creek and Chetwynd can expect about 5 cm of snow.- Advertisement -Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.For up-to-date road conditions, be sure to visit drivebc.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Peninsula Taxi Association is thefirst taxi association to use electronicpayments.(Image: Toyota South Africa) Johannesburg’s mayoral committeemember for transport, RehanaMoosajee, said that it was a veryemotional day when the City ofJohannesburg was handing overRea Vaya, the city’s rapid bus transitsystem, to PioTrans, a bus companycomprising former taxi operators.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ghaalid BehardienPeninsula Taxi Association: Spokesperson+27 21 447 4088/8404Ray MaotaThe Peninsula Taxi Association (PTA) has introduced a smart card electronic payment system to 42 taxis on one of its routes in Western Cape, making it the first minibus taxi organisation in South Africa to use electronic payments.It recently introduced the Tap-I-Fare card payment system and distributed 5 000 cards to passengers – they can also be used on Cape Town’s MyCiTi and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus services.Ghaalid Behardien, the association’s spokesperson, said: “As the most progressive taxi association in the country, it was always the vision of the PTA to look ahead and pre-empt the ever-changing needs of the commuter.“This meant that changes had to be made to keep up with the times, and this card payment system was but one option that was explored.”Pilot projectThe PTA has a fleet of 250 vehicles with 100 members and has introduced the card payment method in 42 taxis on the route from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront. The association also operates in the Cape Flats, southern suburbs, Atlantic Seaboard and the west coast.The 42 taxis each have a wireless handheld device in which the cards are swiped as payment – but passengers with no cards can still use cash. The Tap-I-Fare card allows the user to pay for any number of passengers accompanying them.The pre-paid card concept is similar to pre-paid airtime for cellphones and eliminates the need to carry cash. The project is supported by Absa, one of South Africa’s big four banks. The issuer may charge a fee for the card and a fee for loading money onto it.DiscountsThe banking group issued 5 000 cards and will soon issue another 5 000.The first 1 000 people to buy the cards will pay R10 (US$1), while others will get them for R20 ($3).A minibus taxi from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront costs R4 (52 US cents) but for those using the card it will cost R3.50 (45 US cents), giving them more than 10% discount.Behardien said: “The association had been investigating alternative payment options for a few years already and many companies had previously approached them to enter into partnership but after extensive investigations, this initiative with Absa was the best option.”Taxi owners become bus and airline operatorsThe minibus taxi industry has come a long way since its early days of unregulated business used mostly by black people. It can now also be counted in the airline and bus operator sectors.In early 2011, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele handed over the running of Rea Vaya, the City of Johannesburg’s bus rapid transit system, to taxi operators. Ndebele passed the reins to PioTrans, a bus company comprising former taxi operators. The system was previously run by bus company Clidet.Taxi operators from two minibus taxi associations – Greater Johannesburg Taxi Council and Top Six Management – own a 66.7% stake in Rea Vaya through PioTrans. The City of Joburg and other stakeholders own the remaining 33.3%.The contract to run the rapid bus transit system will run for 12 years.Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for transport, Rehana Moosajee, said at the handover: “There is a lot of emotion in this moment, as it has not been an easy road, and people have paid with their very lives on this project.“I hope that the values of humility, service and your pioneering spirit will continue longer than the 12 years of your contract … I have found the most humbling, challenging and exciting part of the project learning at the feet of the taxi operators.”In the same year, the South African National Taxi Council launched Santaco Airlines. It operates out of Lanseria Airport, to the northwest of Johannesburg, and offers flights between Lanseria; Bhisho, in Eastern Cape; and Cape Town.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Twilio offers a variety of usages including notifications, phone polls, call forwarding, voice transcription and triaging. If a client needs a reminder during the holidays you can automate a message and pre-program it to call them on a specific date. If you want to remain available in case of an emergency, you can forward a list of pre-determined numbers to your mobile while leaving the rest in voicemail. And if you’re looking to create a simple directory, you can use Twilio to create a list of people, options or customer service contacts. In late September ReadWriteWeb covered Buzzeromatic’s latest Twilio-based door application. In this case, users can grant timed building access to visitors by programming the door buzzer with a password. Rather than waiting for deliveries, Twilio ensures that you’re warm at home when deliveries arrive to your building entryway. At this early stage, we know we’re just scratching the surface on all of Twilio’s capabilities. If you’ve hacked together a cool application or holiday game plan using Twilio or a similar service, let us know in the comments below. Related Posts Holidays can be a tough time for those of us with startup companies. While the rest of the world is carving turkeys, lighting Menorahs and singing carols, we’re sneaking moments away from family to check our messages. You’ve created your vacation responses, forwarded your phone to voice mail and emailed your emergency contacts to clients. But a good business person makes sure services run smoothly, even during the holidays. Twilio may be one company that can help. Twilio is a web-service API that allows businesses to build their own customizable phones services and communications apps. Hosted on Amazon Web Services, Twilio’s infrastructure grows depending on customer demand. The company’s per-call pricing model is affordable and after watching CEO Jeff Lawson demo the service, we were surprised to see how user-friendly it truly is. At this week’sSF New Tech Event, Lawson was given 5 minutes to set up a conference call. After 10 lines of code he had a call-in number, mute settings, admin prompts and more than 50 members of the audience calling in during his live demo. After seeing the audience respond to the service, we realized that Twilio would be a great for putting your company on holiday autopilot. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArnautovic agent: West Ham should accept lucky China offerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic wants to move to China.That is according to his agent and brother, Danijel.West Ham have received a £35million bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club for the Austrian. And Danijel says the club should accept after paying 20m to sign his brother from Stoke City in the summer of 2017.He said: “West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market.”They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award.”Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.”He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants. It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.”He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.”Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game. He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change.”Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal scrape past Vitoria thanks to Nicolas Pepe late heroicsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has announced himself at Arsenal after scoring two goals to clinch a 3-2 win over Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday.Unai Emery threw Pepe on with fifteen minutes remaining with his side behind 2-1 in North London.Gabriel Martinelli cancelled out former Spurs’ winger Marcus Edwards’ opening goal, but Bruno Duarte restored the visitors lead before the half-time whistle.After losing to Sheffield United on Monday night, banners reading ‘Emery Out’ could be seen around the Emirates.An equally maligned Pepe, who became the club’s record-signing in the summer, was called up to replace Alexandre Lacazette.He delivered for his manager, scoring two breathtaking free-kicks to win Arsenal the game.Speaking after the game, Emery lauded his side’s fighting spirit.”Our aim in this competition is to top the group. Each match is a chance to use different players and grow experience and little by little get better. We didn’t play like we wanted but we showed good spirit. It’s a good victory.”We have more information for the away game and for different players it was good to play tonight.”Some players need experience and playing sometimes under pressure at this level and the first half we didn’t play or control the match as we wanted and we were losing so with the substitutions we wanted to take control and impose more. We didn’t play offensively like we wanted but again the players showed good spirit to come back after the first half.”On match-winner Pepe, Emery added: “It’s important for Pepe. He can gain confidence from tonight. When he scores it’s good for him and the team. He’s getting better and he helped us tonight to win this match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRoy Williams is pumped up.DURHAM, NC – MARCH 03: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to the Sweet 16 after an impressive victory over Arkansas, and it’s safe to assume that head coach Roy Williams is pumped up. In case you aren’t convinced, check out the below video, released by UNC after the contest. Williams joined the team’s dance party following the win, and screamed loudly in celebration with his players. He also debuted some kind of ridiculous skip-dance as he entered the locker room.UNC gets the winner of Wisconsin vs. Oregon next Thursday. Either way, it should be a great game.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, on Saturday told a Delhi court that he was willing to join the probe into the AgustaWestland chopper scam case, while seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued against him. Puri told special judge Arvind Kumar that he wrote some e-mails to the Enforcement Directorate expressing his desire to join the investigation but the agency did not respond. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You issued NBW against him (Puri) because he was not joining the investigation. But now ED is not calling him to join the investigation. We need court’s directions to stay the NBW,” Puri’s advocate Vijay Aggarwal told the court. The court was also informed by Puri that he has got interim protection from arrested in the case by the Delhi High Court. However, the ED opposed the application saying its sole purpose was to create confusion. “We are opposing the stay on NBW. This is just to create confusion by filing multiple applications. Ratul Puri e-mailed on August 15 to join the probe. Now we will take our call… We called him regularly to join the investigation but he did not come,” the agency said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The court has fixed August 19 as the next date for hearing further arguments on the application. The ED said that it will file a detailed reply to the application on the next date of hearing. The court had earlier issued NBW against Puri while noting the ED’s submissions that the businessman might try to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses “as he already did earlier”. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary, AgustaWestland. The deal was scrapped by the NDA government in 2014 over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks for securing the deal. According to the ED, the proceeds of the crime have been deposited in the accounts of different companies owned by Puri and he is a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by the other accused and to determine last-mile connectivity of the proceeds.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGot Your 6 today announced five new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.The projects range from FOX’s new drama, “The Gifted,” Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying,” and National Geographic’s historical drama, “The Long Road Home,” about the 1st Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad on “Black Sunday.”The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Disjointed” — Cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) employs her newly graduated son and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. The security guard, Carter, is a U.S. Army veteran focusing on successfully reintegrating into civilian society, while grappling with survivor’s guilt and PTSD. Carter is written with great humor, creativity, and care, particularly when it comes to his animated, introspective spoken-word poetry pieces. Chuck Lorre Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Netflix“The Gifted” — Set in the “X-Men” universe, family adventure series “The Gifted” tells the story of a suburban couple whose lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Writer Melinda Hsu Taylor attended Got Your 6’s Vetfronts event in 2013 and has written veteran characters into her shows ever since. In one of the series’ flashback scenes, the character “Thunderbird,” a U.S. Marine Corps veteran (and mutant), utilizes the skills he learned in the Corps to protect other mutants from a pipe bomb thrown at them while raising funds for Team Rubicon, a Got Your 6 partner and veteran-led disaster relief organization. 20th Century Fox Television, Marvel Television“Last Flag Flying” — Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, Marine Corps veterans Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. The film follows the men on their journey, realizing along the way the enormity of their shared experience in Vietnam and grappling with its consequences. These veterans are represented as diverse and human, neither heroes nor broken. Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, Big Indie Pictures, Cinetic Media, Detour Filmproduction“The Long Road Home” — Based on Martha Raddatz’s bestseller, “The Long Road Home,” is an eight-part mini-series that chronicles the events of April 4, 2004, when a platoon was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in an attack that came to be known as “Black Sunday.” The series follows the lives of those affected by the events of that day, telling their varied and human stories with kindness and care. Phoenix Pictures, Finngate Television, Fuzzy Door, National Geographic“Returning the Favor” — Host Mike Rowe travels the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities, and gives back to those who pay it forward. In the pilot episode, he visits a garage in Indiana to surprise Jason, a former Army engineer, who runs a therapeutic motorcycle-building program for veterans. The episode showcases Jason and his efforts, along with those veterans making use of the program. The veterans profiled are strong and impressive, thoughtful, and, most importantly, human. mikeroweWORKS Productions, Hudsun MediaSince the launch of the 6 Certified program, 65 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” FOX’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Charlie Ebersol, Chairman and Founder, The Company; Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, senior historian and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HISTORY®/A+E Networks; Rory Brosius, Vice President, ScoutComms; Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, Director of Human Resources, DreamWorks Animation; Marjorie Williams, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Endemol Shine North America; Matt Mabe, Director of Strategic Operations, TAPS Red Team; and Bill Rausch, Executive Director, Got Your 6.Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran organization that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The organization believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase “comic con.”The panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without permission, though they didn’t do so willfully. The panel awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they’d sought.“From the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks,” the San Diego Comic Convention said in a statement. “Today we obtained a verdict that will allow us to achieve this.”Utah co-founder Dan Farr told Salt Lake City TV station KUTV they plan to appeal.Lawyers for the well-known San Diego convention argued during the trial that the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their reputation built over years of hard work, Salt Lake City-based newspaper The Deseret News reported .“This case is about stealing, taking something that is not yours, something you have no right to. It’s about right, and it’s about wrong,” Callie Bjurstrom, an attorney for San Diego Comic-Con International, said during closing arguments.The event that’s considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit filed a trademark violation lawsuit against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention in 2014. Their request for $12 million in damages included a $9 million advertising campaign to clear up any confusion.Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of “comic book convention” and used by 140 events around the country.Salt Lake organizers saw dozens of unaffiliated events using the term and genuinely thought it was usable when they named their event in 2013, co-founder Bryan Brandenburg testified.The Utah convention hasn’t hurt the thriving San Diego brand, and less than 1 per cent of San Diego Comic-Con attendees have been confused about whether the two events are affiliated, Salt Lake Comic Con attorney Michael Katz argued.“From the standpoint of people out there, comic con is generic,” he said.Salt Lake Comic Con has made nearly $3 million since it started in 2013.Deliberations began Thursday afternoon, the eighth day of the trial. The panel was reduced to six people when one woman was excused because a wildfire was burning near her home.Since its start in 1970, San Diego has grown into the Holy Grail of pop culture conventions with attendance of more than 135,000, drawing self-described geeks as well as Hollywood studios and actors looking to create buzz for upcoming projects.Salt Lake Comic Con, meanwhile, has quickly grown to attract more than 120,000 people as well as celebrity appearance from the likes of John Cusack and “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.last_img read more