Dear Editor,It is no surprise the government arrested with the mini buses so called union to increase twenty dollars on each passenger thus creating more hardship on the working class. Whilst in reality the average man would end up paying at least one hundred and twenty dollars more a day.Some people have to use three or four means of transportation in order to reach either to work or home, especially those living in New schemes and those who living in the West and East Bank of Demerara and East Bank Essequibo which causes their travelling expense to be more. With the increase, no doubt the short drop cars would also increase their fares which are already above the average presently.There are some buses that work long distance and their fares are rounded off to the closest hundred, do you believe the will let it remains the same? Given the culture of the operators, I know they will not and they will see to increase it more that the agreed twenty dollars and they would cite the distance to suck the blood out of people.Editor, to polish the increase off and defend their actions, the mini buses make a lot of promises about regulations for the buses and they believe that the travelling public are morons. They take it ob their own to increase fares before and also make similar promises but the situation remains the same in terms of overloading, appearances, attitudes towards commuters etc.There is also the headache of travelling in buses that the seat seems to be made of iron which causes tremendous discomfort when you seated and the buses goes over bumps, holes etc.Some buses causes’ material and physical damages to you because of some piece of dangerous iron or welding not look after or some bolts are extra-long and they don’t see the need to modify/rectify it. Like the mini buses, the union collect huge amount of money and not paying taxes on it.I’ve said before, there’s too many buses in the road and there will always be a fight down amongst one another to make more trips. Some only gets to make two trips and with the increase, we the commuters would actually pay for them not doing a proper day work. Instead of the union see to put a limit of buses to work a zone, they seek to pressure the public.It’s real hardship for us. They only sit back and use situations to seek increase in fares while majority or working people’s salary are the same for years whilst they increase at least three times already.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bates
zoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is planning to cut its shipbuilding activities as the company decided to cease taking orders for large passenger ships, Nikkei newspaper cited undisclosed sources.The company reportedly opted for the move amid a plunge of 80 percent in new shipbuilding orders so far this year.Nikkei further reported that MHI would spin off its design and development division and share shipyards with other shipbuilders.After experiencing cost overruns in its cruise ship sector, the company decided to review its future position in the cruise shipbuilding industry, The Financial Times earlier said.MHI booked additional extraordinary loss of JPY 50.8 billion (USD 457.1 million) in its cruise ship business for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 due to the delay in delivery of German-based cruise line Aida Cruises’ two new cruise ships AIDAprima and AIDAperla, ordered from the shipbuilder in November 2011.The additional amount pushed MHI’s overall extraordinary losses throughout fiscal year 2015 to JPY 103.9 billion.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has been selected to equip the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled offshore construction vessel, being built at the Cosco shipyard in China, with propulsion machinery.Ordered by Belgian ship operator Dredging International (DEME), the vessel will feature Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engines, an LNGPac fuel storage, supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.The 210-metre-long vessel, the Orion, will be powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel electric propulsion engines, and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wärtsilä will also supply two custom made retractable thrusters, four underwater demountable thrusters, the Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system, as well as commissioning, site supervision and extended project management services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter part of 2017.“The decision to utilise clean burning LNG fuel represents our commitment to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for our operations. Wärtsilä has extensive experience and vast technological know-how in this field, which is why we have selected them as our partner in this project,” Jan Gabriel, Head of newbuilding and conversion department at DEME, said.Scheduled to be delivered to its owners in 2018, the Orion will undertake operations involving the installation of offshore windfarms in locations around the world.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo revealed that Isco turned down the opportunity to skipper the side in their disastrous 3-0 home defeat to CSKA MoscowIn the absence of Sergio Ramos on Wednesday night, Marcelo captained Real in his first appearance for the club since November 27.But the Brazilian’s return from injury proved to be a forgettable one with Real suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to CSKA at the Santiago Bernabeu.In the 74th minute of the game, Marcelo was substituted for Dani Carvajal and immediately offered the captain’s armband to Isco.However, the Spain international instead turned down the honour and insisted that Marcelo give the armband to Carvajal instead.“I tried to give the armband to Isco [when I came off for Dani Carvajal],” said Marcelo, according to AS.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“But he told me that I had to give it to Carvajal. I don’t know what the reason for that was.”Isco then later went to confront the discontent Real supporters at the Bernabeu after their biggest European home defeat.“I didn’t see Isco’s reaction,” added Marcelo.“But I don’t think it was against the fans. We’re here to give our all for this club. We’re really hurting, but all we can do is recover and focus on the weekend.”Isco made his second start in Real’s past three games on Wednesday after previously struggling to get back into the team.
Sports Cars Coupes Hatchbacks Auto Tech Chevrolet This sounds like simple, smart bundling of two existing technologies — GPS and nose lift — to ultimately create a much more user-friendly product. Improbably enough, it’s safe to say this front lift tech is yet another reason why we’re incredibly eager to drive this new mid-engined C8 Corvette. We just hope the feature isn’t terribly expensive, or annoyingly bundled into expensive option packages on higher trims. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Will it scrape? Not by the high-tech hairs of its chinny chin chin. Chevrolet Of all the high-performance features on supercars and sports cars, nose-lift mechanisms are among our very favorite, and the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is promising a game-changing one. Admittedly, that may sound like a strange thing to get excited about in a high-powered sports car. However, this traditionally simple technology, which temporarily raises the front end of low-riding vehicles to clear objects like speed bumps and driveway aprons, can be a lifesaver (or at least the savior of front splitters, oil pans and embarrassing scraping noises). Simply put, a nose-lift feature makes living with a low-slung sports car like this sub-$60,000 Corvette much easier on a daily basis.In the mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray’s case, the hydraulic front-lift feature is activated by pushing a switch on the center console adjacent to the gearshift buttons.So what makes the new C8 Corvette’s nose lift so different? In a word, GPS. The Corvette’s optional new front-lift mechanism, which raises the pointy end of the Vette by 1.6 inches in under 3 seconds, can be programmed to remember the GPS locations of up to 1,000 different obstacles, so it can automatically stand the chassis up on its tip-toes when approaching them. The C8 will offer a hydraulics-based front-end suspension lift. Chevrolet Once an obstacle is programmed in, all you as the driver have to do is slow down as you approach them — the system works at speeds of up to 24 mph. That means if you live in a subdivision that’s littered with speed bumps or your driveway is a ski slope (like mine!), this Corvette has you covered. Of course, the nose lift feature can still be manually raised and lowered whether you max out those 1,000 GPS locations or not, but assuming this feature works well, the convenience factor could be off the charts. Check out this tech in action in the General Motors’ video below (that voiceover sounds suspiciously like Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, by the way). 55 Photos Tags 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette: 11 key facts about the mid-engine Stingray 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray vs. C7, Ford GT and Porsche 911 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants, report says 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Share your voice 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Chevrolet READ MORE ABOUT THE MID-ENGINE 2020 CHEVY CORVETTE 0 Post a comment More From Roadshow
A man was killed while another injured when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw in Dakpara, Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 52, son of Sohrab Hossain of West Rabishur.The accident took place around 11:45 pm when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw carrying Shafiqul and his wife Saima, leaving them injured, said Shaker Mohammad Zibaiyer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mitford Hospital where the doctors declared Shafiqul dead.
Share Charlie RiedelChurch members gather to pray around flood victim Carlos Ochoa during Sunday service in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Humble, Texas. The church building was flooded with two feet of water from Hurricane Harvey prompting services to be held in the parking lot for about 2,000 people.Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, warning that more flooding was coming, while a nearby city that lost its drinking water system struggled to restore service and officials kept watch on a crippled chemical plant that’s already triggered explosions.Nine days after Harvey ripped its way across Texas, areas of west Houston braced for more water — not from the storm but from controlled releases to relieve swollen reservoirs. Crews were urging residents whose homes had already taken on water to flee, and that they were shutting off power in some areas.“If you have water in your homes, I have issued a mandatory evacuation for them because it’s dangerous for those who are choosing to live there,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“But also, it’s very, very dangerous for our public responders, first responders, who are needing to be out there, trying to provide protection to them,” he added.Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, population almost 120,000, worked to repair their water treatment plant, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps halted. The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps, and an ExxonMobil team built and installed a temporary intake pipe to try to refill a city reservoir. Exxon has a refinery and chemical plants in Beaumont.In Crosby, outside of Houston, authorities continued to monitor the Arkema plant where three trailers of highly unstable compounds ignited in recent days, sending up thick black smoke and tall flames. A Harris County fire marshal spokeswoman said there were no active fires at the facility, but six more trailers were being watched.Elsewhere, people buried the dead and took steps toward recovery. Friends and family gathered Saturday in Tyler to remember a former high school football and track coach whose body was found Aug. 28.Harvey is blamed for at least 44 deaths. Fire officials in the community of New Waverly, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Houston, said a 6-month-old was missing and presumed dead after being ripped out of its parents’ arms and swept away by floodwaters, the Houston Chronicle reported.Houston’s school district said up to 12,000 students would be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings. Harvey flooding is believed to have damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes the nation’s fourth-largest city.Kim Martinez, 28, waited for insurance adjusters to come to her Southbelt/Ellington neighborhood, a devastated middle-class area of southeast Houston.“You can be prepared for anything but not a monster storm like Harvey,” said her mother, Maria Martinez, 63.Not everyone was able to think about rebuilding yet.About 200 people waved signs and shouted as they rallied Saturday outside a still-flooded subdivision in the western suburb of Katy, demanding to know when they can return home. Turner has warned residents that their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of ongoing releases of water from two reservoirs protecting downtown. About 4,700 dwellings are in the area affected by Turner’s evacuation order, but hundreds have refused to leave.The school district assessed its own losses. Twenty-two of its 245 schools had extensive damage that will keep them closed for months. Though school is set to start Sept. 11, more delays could come.President Donald Trump made his second visit to the devastated region Saturday. He and first lady Melania Trump met with evacuees sheltering at the NRG Center in Houston, where they spent time with children and helped to serve food. Later, they helped load trucks with relief supplies at a suburban church. They also visited Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage.About 1,000 evacuees remained at the George R. Brown Convention Center, down from a peak of about 10,000.Trump has asked lawmakers for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts — a request expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, which returns to work Tuesday after its summer break. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called that a simple “down payment” on recovery funding he expects to soar past $120 billion.Harvey came ashore Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered for days off the coast as a tropical storm. The storm brought five straight days of rain totaling close to 52 inches (1.3 meters) in one location, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S.Another storm churned far out over the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma was on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this week. The Category 2 storm was moving northwest at nearly 13 mph (20 kph). No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.___Associated Press writers Jeff Amy and Johnny Clark in Beaumont, Texas; Frank Bajak, Jason Dearen, Elliot Spagat and Tamara Lush in Houston; Adam Kealoha Causey in Dallas; and Tammy Webber in Chicago contributed.
Share LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUTThe gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church last year told a military judge in 2012 that he “would never allow myself to hurt someone” again while confessing to abusing his stepson.The Air Force on Thursday released hundreds of court documents about former airman Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed more than two dozen people during a rampage in Sutherland Springs, Texas.Five years earlier, Kelley was convicted of assaulting family members while serving in the Air Force. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement and given a bad conduct discharge.Kelley told the judge he had a problem controlling emotions and that “seems to cause a lot of problems in my life.” His ex-wife wrote that Kelley choked her and pointed a gun at her twice.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaBrent Smith, PhD, teaches executives in Rice University’s new Leadership Accelerator. 00:00 /04:01 X Listen Share Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has launched a leadership accelerator, a four-day program that teaches executives to become better leaders.“The value of leadership education is to prepare people for a set of responsibilities that they’re generally not prepared for, honestly,” said the course’s instructor, management professor and senior associate dean of executive education at Rice Business Brent Smith.The program includes four “building blocks”: leading oneself, leading others, leading the team and leading the enterprise.Smith said people are often looking for a simple recipe to improve their leadership skills. But it’s not that simple.“I can’t define leadership,” he said. “It’s not something that I’ve ever attempted to do in my two decades being a professor. Because as soon as I define leadership at a general enough level to apply to a large population of leaders, it’s so general that it’s meaningless.”Instead, Smith tells his executive students to understand the context of what they are leading.“The people that you lead and what are their expectations,” he said. “The outcomes that you’re expected to accomplish and how those might be different from the outcomes that you were expected to accomplish six months ago; strategy and how it might have changed in your organization; culture and what you’re trying to reinforce.”Smith said studies consistently show bad leaders are unable to understand emotions, whether in themselves or others. They are insensitive or intimidating in their management style, don’t adapt to different people or the circumstance they are in, and don’t take responsibility for their team’s performance.The first Leadership Accelerator course is fully booked and starts on Monday, June 17. The next one will be offered in The Woodlands Oct. 7 through 10.The one after that takes place at Rice Nov. 4 through 7.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Smith.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 26, 2018 Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Woodbine Racetrack served as a fitting locale for Sunwing’s 2018 Every Step of the Way Tour, which made its Toronto stop last night as part of a coast-to-coast road trip across 21 cities.The tour operator has raced out of the gates in 2018 with new brochures and an array of special offers and products in a wide range of sun-soaked destinations. And as the name of the tour suggests, Sunwing is assuring agents that it will help ensure a seamless travel experience for their clients ‘every step of the way’.Supporting Sunwing in this endeavour are the 85+ suppliers who were in attendance at last night’s show. These included the company’s ‘Gold’ partners, including: AMResorts; Barcelo Hotels & Resorts; Be Live Resorts; Melia Cuba International; Playa Hotels & Resorts; Oasis Hotels & Resorts; Sandos Hotels & Resorts; and Seadust Cancun Family Resort. ‘Platinum’ partners RIU Hotels & Resorts and Blue Diamond Resorts were also on hand to not only lend its support but also share what’s new at their respective properties.Over the course of the tour, which spans from Stoney Creek, Ontario to Coquitlam, B.C., over 5,000 agents learned firsthand what Sunwing has in store for 2018/2019. Here are a few highlights:Sunwing Brochure 2018/2019:Features over 50 of the most popular destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from 33 gateways coast to coastNew resorts include Royalton Antigua, Royalton Cancun Resort and Spa, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, Grand Memories Punta Cana, and PlayaBachata ResortNew destinations include Antigua, Playa Mujeres and Riviera Diamante in Mexico, as well as BonaireExclusive perks for families include unlimited access to waterparks, and Kids Stay Play and Eat FRE dealsCouples perks include unlimited à la carte dining and spa discountsMore news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNew Signature Collection by Sunwing brochure:Evolution of previous Signature Vacations’ collection of resortsBrochure features six leading resort chains: RIU Hotels & Resorts; Karisma Resorts; Jewel Resorts; Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts; Hard Rock Hotels; Krystal Hotels and ResortsIncludes Jewels Resorts in Jamaica for the first timeNew hotel openings include: Riu Dunamar; Riu Palace Costa Mujeres; Riu Palace Baja California; Riu Santa Fe; Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos; and Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta and Sensatori Azul Beach Resort Jamaica Off to the races! Sunwing shares what’s new on ‘Every Step of the Way’ tour Tags: Sunwing Sunwing app:Allows travellers to call home to Canada for free, plan their next vacation, book excursions, confirm flights, gain exclusive deals on local attractions and moreGroups:The 2018-2019 Groups Guide is what Lorraine Brisbois, Corporate Manager, Sunwing Travel Group, refers to as “your Bible to Groups”Brisbois also notes that “destination weddings continue to soar”, but that the company has also seen a rise in groups celebrating vow renewals and anniversariesGroups Plus Premium promotion: once a minimum of 10 adults book together, the 8th person travels freeGroup discounts are also available now on Sunwing Experiences; private tours available for groups of 12 or more and the 21st adult travels freeGroup pricing is also available for cruise packages with MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Marella Cruises where bookings of a minimum eight double cabins will have the 16th adult travel for freeSTARmillionaire promotion is returning, whereby agents can qualify for booking a group of 10 adults or more between March 28-Aug. 28, 2018More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJSunwing Experiences:For the first time ever, Sunwing will now offer agents the chance to earn STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash on Sunwing Experiences bookings across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central AmericaAgents will be able to book and earn commission and rewards points as these excursions can now be added as standalone purchases, regardless of which tour operator the vacation package was booked withSunwing Experiences bookings are confirmed under the category ‘Activities’ on SIREV and will soon be available on Amadeus Tours, Galileo Vacations, and Sabre VacationsClients benefit from pre-paying in Canadian dollarsNew cruises:New cruise brochure features fly & cruise packages departing form Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and VancouverAll packages include roundtrip flights on Sunwing Airlines with transfers include between the airport and the ship’s portCruise lines offered include MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella CruisesDomestic flights:Sunwing’s popular summer flight service resumes for its 13th consecutive seasonDaily flights are available between Toronto-Vancouver (May 15-Sept. 5, 2018), and Toronto-St. John’s (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018, Monday-Friday)Twice weekly flights to Gander on Tuesdays and Fridays (June 15-Sept. 4, 2018)Weekly Wednesday flights to Stephenville (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018)Sunwingagents.ca:Agents will soon be able to book via the platform and collect STAR points from anywhere in the world (more details to come)