NEW DELHI: Two days after the Delhi High Court directed a stay on further sealing at Mayapuri till the next hearing, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Wednesday observed that after assessing law and order situation any further sealing will happen. The DPCC also said that they will follow HC and NGT order on the matter. “DPCC is committed to enforcing all directions of NGT and Judicial Courts and taking effective steps for controlling pollution in Delhi,” noted a statement.”The sealing operations were hampered by the outbreak of violence. SDM Delhi Cantt. and DC West Zone (SDMC)/ Nodal Officer STF have informed that further decision on sealing operations may be taken after assessing the law and order situation,” a DPCC press statement noted. It added that five teams for undertaking the sealing operations on were constituted, consisting of officials from Revenue Department, MCD, Delhi Police and DPCC. “DPCC has issued directions to SDMC, DSIIDC, Delhi Police and Divisional Commissioner to take necessary action to remove encroachments and to close illegal dismantling unit immediately so as to comply with directions of NGT,” it noted. It added that In compliance of the directions passed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) DPCC had issued an order constituting Special Task Force (STF) headed by Deputy Commissioner, West Zone of South DMC. “Nodal officer of the survey team was SDM , Delhi Cantt. As per the survey, 85 to 95 % occupiers were found engaged in commercial activity and it was observed that illegal activities were taking place on public land or roads, directly or indirectly in connivance of the occupiers thereby causing health hazard and extreme pollution in the area,” noted the statement. DPCC has issued closure directions and got physically sealed 24 industrial units out of total 47 which were operating without valid consent to operate from DPCC, irrespective of the fact whether they were involved in illegal vehicle scrapping inside or outside their premises. Clashes broke out between locals in Delhi’s Mayapuri and police officials during a drive to seal illegal scrap factories following an NGT order on Sunday.
TORONTO — Canadian Netflix users stream an average of about an hour a day, watch another half hour’s worth of content online, and catch another hour and a half of broadcast TV, suggests a study.Most Netflix customers are not so-called cord cutters — a term to describe consumers who have cancelled their cable or satellite plan in favour of other content options — according to the report by the Media Technology Monitor, based on surveys with thousands of Canadians.[np_storybar title=”Q&A: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on international growth and writing big cheques” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/24/netflix-stock-skyrockets-as-ceo-hastings-writes-big-cheques/”%5D It’s been an interesting couple of years for Reed Hastings.The chief executive of Netflix Inc. has seen shares of his video streaming company rise to all time highs and plummet quickly. Netflix has gone international, expanding into 40 countries, but suffered a public relations backlash for a failed attempt to spin off its legacy DVD-by mail service from its video streaming business.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]In fact, Netflix users were found to be more likely than other consumers to shell out for a premium TV package, even while paying $8 a month for the streaming service.MTM estimated that about one in five anglophones were subscribing to Netflix in the fall, while only about five per cent of francophones had the digital service. Users were watching an average of 6.4 hours of Netflix content per week, according to the report.Netflix subscribers appeared to be watching less TV on cable and satellite, tuning in for about 11.3 hours per week compared to the 14.9 hours that non-users were watching. But when adding their Netflix streams and other TV content viewed online, they watched an average of more than 22 hours a week, well above the almost 16 hours for non-Netflix users.While 31% of anglophone consumers said they pay extra for a premium TV package, the figure was 36% among Netflix subscribers.The report also suggests that while most Netflix users are gadget lovers, they don’t do much viewing on smaller screens.Just under half of Netflix subscribers said they owned a tablet and 81% had a smartphone. Still, when asked what devices they used to watch Netflix, 83% said a TV, 47% said a computer, only 20% said a tablet and 16% sometimes watched on a smartphone.In terms of how Netflix viewers divvied up their 6.4 hours a week of viewing, the report suggests that about two-thirds of the time was on TV sets, 27 per cent on computers, and four per cent each on tablets and smartphones.As for demographics, 29% of consumers aged 18 to 34 said they were Netflix users, closely followed by 27% of those aged 35 to 49. Only 14% of consumers aged 50 to 64 and four per cent of those 65 and older had bought into Netflix.Parents were also identified as big subscribers of Netflix. Almost one in three households with children under 12 were estimated to have a Netflix subscription, while the figure was 36% in homes where teenagers lived.
1Patriots2017Titans77.2%Jaguars71.0%54.8%? 21Bills1990Dolphins64.4Raiders61.639.7✓ Generic Team’s Chances Note that the Pats’ situation this year — with several upsets leading to easier-than-expected playoff matchups — is a pretty common thread across all of these smooth-sailing runs from the past. Being lucky enough to face a low-seeded opponent in one or both conference playoff games is a major advantage, and it’s no coincidence that eight of the nine teams below New England on the list above went on to represent their conference in the Super Bowl.In these topsy-turvy AFC playoffs, that’s not exactly guaranteed for the Pats, despite their seemingly straightforward path to Minneapolis. Jacksonville was one of the most inconsistent teams in football this season, so it’s difficult to predict which version of the Jags will show up Sunday. If it’s the one that torched the Steelers for 45 points last weekend, New England’s relatively unimpressive defense could be in real trouble.But the odds are that Brady, Belichick and company will punch that return ticket to the Super Bowl. And if they do, they can be thankful that one of the softest playoff red carpets ever was rolled out in front of them. The generic team has an Elo rating of 1646, which is used to generate probabilities against each opponent.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 2Eagles2004Vikings75.6Falcons72.254.6✓ 15Saints2009Cardinals69.4Vikings60.942.3✓ 7Patriots2011Broncos81.4Ravens57.046.4✓ 9Giants2000Eagles67.2Vikings66.044.3✓ 20Patriots2012Texans64.7Ravens61.439.7 23Bills1991Chiefs62.4Broncos63.339.5✓ 3Bears2006Seahawks74.6Saints72.754.2✓ 12Jaguars1999Dolphins74.1Titans58.343.2 The Patriots’ Super Bowl cakewalkThe teams with the easiest roads to the Super Bowl, based on how their opponents would have fared against a generic conference finalist 1990-2017 Game No. 1Game No. 2 25Dolphins1992Chargers62.6Bills61.338.4 17Eagles2002Falcons70.9Buccaneers57.941.0 22Steelers2001Ravens61.9Patriots63.839.5 16Eagles2003Packers59.9Panthers69.841.8 11Steelers1994Browns65.0Chargers66.643.3 5Steelers1995Bills74.2Colts69.951.9✓ 14Bears2010Seahawks84.3Packers50.842.8 18Seahawks2014Panthers70.5Packers57.540.5✓ 19Redskins1991Falcons67.7Lions59.640.4✓ 10Patriots2016Texans76.2Steelers56.943.4✓ 13Vikings1998Cardinals80.2Falcons53.743.1 On Sunday, the New England Patriots will make their 12th AFC Championship Game appearance under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the legendary coach/QB combo will be gunning for a record eighth Super Bowl appearance together against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cut through all the drama, the speculation about Brady getting old and questions about the Pats’ defense, and it has been a pretty vintage championship-caliber season in Foxborough: another year, another seemingly effortless trip to the Super Bowl.They’ve had a little help, though. According to our Elo ratings, which estimate a team’s strength at any given moment, the Pats will have faced the easiest pair of opponents of any conference title-game participant with a first-round bye since 1990 (when the NFL established its current playoff structure). Given who they’ve played, it would have been much more surprising for New England to not make the Super Bowl than to return to it for a third time in four seasons.For one thing, the AFC was exceptionally weak this year. In inter-conference play during the regular season, NFC teams went 41-23 against their AFC counterparts, which was the second-best record for one conference against the other in a season since 1990. (Only the 2004 season, in which the AFC went 44-20 against the NFC, saw a wider split.) As a result, the AFC playoff field contained only two teams with more than 10 regular-season wins, as opposed to five in the NFC. That meant a path was already forming for the top-seeded Pats to sail through to another Super Bowl.Then a few key upsets boosted New England’s advantage. First, the Tennessee Titans toppled the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card game, setting up a huge divisional-round mismatch at Gillette Stadium. According to Elo, the Pats were favored by 12, since Tennessee rated at 1499 — below the league average rating of 1505 — even after knocking off K.C. That made it the third-most lopsided divisional matchup since 1990, trailing only the Pats vs. the Tim Tebow Broncos in the 2011 season and Minnesota vs. Arizona in 1998. The Titans hung with the Pats for about a quarter, but New England eventually dropped 35 unanswered points on Tennessee and rolled to victory.The next day, another upset further cleared the way for New England. The Jaguars went into Heinz Field and took a quick 28-7 lead over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers, then hung on for a 45-42 win. Elo had only given the Jags a 24 percent chance of winning — even lower than Tennessee’s chances at Kansas City — and it still only ranks Jacksonville as the 12th-best team in football, below five teams that were knocked out of the playoffs and three that didn’t even make it to the playoffs.Just like that, the two AFC teams Elo thought had the best chance of beating the Pats going into the playoffs — the Chiefs and the Steelers — were gone, and in their place were a below-average team and another that doesn’t rate much higher. According to Elo, New England is a 10-point favorite to beat Jacksonville, with an 81 percent chance of winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy yet again.If we multiply together the Patriots’ pregame odds of beating the Titans (85 percent) with that of the Jaguars (81 percent), we could say they had a staggering 69 percent chance of making the Super Bowl before they ever played a game. (This is assuming we’d somehow know that both of their opponents would pull off the upsets they did.) That’s easily the best number for any conference title-game participant since 1990.Of course, some of that is also because the Patriots are a very good team; they went into the playoffs with the sixth-best Elo of any Pats season since the Brady Era began in 2001. We shouldn’t penalize them for being so darned good that they created some of their own easy path. There’s an easy fix for this, though. We can swap out the Patriots’ Elo ratings for a generic rating of 1646, which represents the average for all conference title-game teams since 1990, and then recalculate the odds of reaching the Super Bowl against the opponents a team faced.For our generic NFL “final four” team, that requires multiplying together a 77 percent chance against the Titans and a 71 percent chance against the Jaguars, which gives a 55 percent Super Bowl probability. In other words, that number represents the relative ease of any good team making it through the Pats’ specific path to the Super Bowl — and it’s the easiest of any championship-game entrant since 1990. 4Patriots1996Steelers68.7Jaguars77.853.4✓ 24Cowboys1995Eagles70.6Packers54.638.5✓ 8Bills1993Raiders73.8Chiefs61.145.1✓ TeamSeasonOpponentWin %OpponentWin %Super Bowl %Made SB? 6Packers2007Seahawks68.6Giants67.746.5
It is the question that annoyed Marco Pierre White so much he banned it from his restaurants – a hovering waiter asking, “are enjoying your meal, sir?”And, after what happened at south Wales curry house, it is easy to see why.When David Evans, from south Wales, and his wife Michelle gave an honest opinion to that polite enquiry they had no idea what was to come next.”Tough and rubbery,” they said.The next thing Mr Evans knew was a raging head chef had stormed out of his kitchen and thrown chilli powder in his eyes, leaving the 46-year-old pipe-fitter sick in pain.Mr Evans had to be rushed to hospital and have drips flush wash through his eyes. “When our mains came and the meat was like what I can only describe as rubber, we told the young waiter when he came and asked us ‘how is your food?’ that the meat was very tough and rubbery.”To cut a long story short the chef came to our table he was extremely rude and aggressive and accused us of not wanting to pay for our food.”We said we would eat the rest of our food but the meat was really not eatable.”He started swearing at me so David said ‘there’s no need to swear at my wife’. The chef caused quite a scene and was shouting and swearing so David walked back to the kitchen door with him asking for an apology.”The chef came to the door with a large bowl of chilli powder which he threw at David’s face. The couple are parents of West End singer Sophie Evans, 23, who was runner-up in the 2010 series Over the Rainbow which aimed to find a new star for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wizard of Oz – and she went on to play Dorothy.Mother-of-two Mrs Evans said her husband is having specialist check-ups and is taking steroid eye drops to suppress his body’s severe reaction to the chilli.Meanwhile, chef Kamrul Islam, 46, has said he threw chilli into Mr Evans’s face because he feared he was about to be punched.Father-of-one Mr Islam said: “I ran into the kitchen to get away from him but he followed me. I was frightened and grabbed a handful of chilli just in case I needed to defend myself.”I was frightened and threw it at him. Chilli will burn but it is not life-threatening. I’ve been running this restaurant here for 18 years and I’ve never had to do anything like this. I’m very upset by it all.” “He instantly thought he had been blinded and didn’t know what he’d thrown at him, he was shaking in chock, hanging on to the counter being sick thinking he was going to go blind.”It was horrific. He said he’s never had so much pain in his life and was extremely distressed.”Not one member of staff came to him to help or even ask if he was okay.”We were in the toilet splashing water on his eyes until the police and ambulance came he was treated straight away in A&E. ” David Evans in hospital with drips in his eyes after having the chilli thrown at himCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE It was horrific. He said he’s never had so much pain in his life and was extremely distressedMichelle Evans The couple were taken from Prince of Bengal in Tonypandy, Rhondda, South Wales, to hospital for treatment.Mrs Evans, of Tonypandy, said: “David had numerous eye washes through a drip into his eyes in A&E as his eyes were extremely red and sore and the pH level was way off what it should have been and the doctor said if he wasn’t treated it was very dangerous for him.”The chilli had even burnt the skin on David’s hands and chest where the chilli had fallen down his shirt.”He has to be on medication for his eyes until the doctor can see an improvement. We can’t believe this has happened and have since read some bad reviews about this man.”We want everyone to be aware of this and what has happened and are taking it further with the police.” 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. David after having the chilli thrown in his eyesCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE It was all seen on our CCTV and I’m happy for the police to see it. I was defending myselfHead chef Kamrul Islam The moment the chilli powder is thrownCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE His wife Michelle, a 47-year-old college tutor, described what happened.”What was meant to be a quick meal out with David turned out to be one of the most frightening times we’ve had,” she said. “We had our starter which wasn’t very good but we ate it and didn’t tell the waiter. What was meant to be a quick meal out with David turned out to be one of the most frightening times we’ve hadMichelle Evans Bangladeshi-born Mr Islam – known as Kam to all his regular customers – said one of his staff had told him the customer had complained about the food.He said: “I said I would reduce the bill which came to £82. I just wanted to get away. I went back into the kitchen where the husband followed me.”It was self-defence and that is why I did what I did. “I’ve never had trouble like this. All the people around here are very nice and I get on with people. I feel I am respected here and have a lot of good customers and friends.”It was all seen on our CCTV and I’m happy for the police to see it. I was defending myself.”Mr Islam said he was arrested at his restaurant but did not need to go to the police station.He said: “I’m happy to talk to the police about it. I believe in the justice system. I have spoken to my barrister and given him all the information – he told me that I was acting in self-defence.”South Wales Police confirmed officers are investigating an incident on the evening of Saturday, Jan 21.A spokesman said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and has been bailed until Jan 31, pending further inquiries.” David with his wife MichelleCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE
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Good news, air travelers: it’s now easier to hide your shame. The Transportational Security Administration this week showed of a new, more modest version of its controversial full-body scanners in that bastion of good taste, Las Vegas.The TSA finally answered the massive negative backlash over intrusive body scanners by updating the devices to feature more generic images of the person being scanned. Once in the scanner, the device’s display offers what ABC describes as a “generic, chalk-like outline of a body.” Any perceived “threat” will appear as a red box located on the outline in the position it appears on the traveler’s body.The new scanner software is currently being tested at Vegas’s McCarren Airport. Further tests will occur at Atlanta’s Hartford Jackson and Washington’s Reagan airports. If the tests prove successful, it will be tolled out to all millimeter wave machine scanners–that’s 239 of the 500 machines currently deployed in the US.
Les antibiotiques seraient sans effet sur la sinusite Bien que souvent prescrits en cas de sinusite, les antibiotiques sont sans effet contre la plupart des cas, révèle une étude publiée hier dans le Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Si la sinusite est une affection fréquente, il semblerait que l’on emploie parfois de mauvaises méthodes pour la traiter. C’est du moins ce que révèle la nouvelle étude de chercheurs américains qui se sont intéressés à l’efficacité des antibiotiques sur la maladie. En effet, aux Etats-Unis, une ordonnance sur cinq prescrivant des antibiotiques est destinée à traiter des sinusites. Pour mener leurs recherches, les chercheurs ont donc comparé les résultats obtenus par traitement antibiotique en cas de sinusite à ceux obtenus chez des patients sous placebo.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Le résultat est sans appel indique le Dr Jay Piccirillo, professeur d’otorhinolaryngologie à la faculté de médecine de l’Université Washington à St Louis : “les personnes souffrant de sinusite ne se sentent pas mieux ou ne ressentent pas moins de symptômes quand ils prennent des antibiotiques”. Ainsi, selon ce principal responsable de l’essai clinique paru dans le JAMA, “l’étude menée avec 166 adultes montre l’inutilité des antibiotiques pour traiter une sinusite courante [souvent d’origine virale], la plupart des malades guérissent d’eux-mêmes”.Etant donné la résistance croissante des antibiotiques résultant de leur usage excessif, il était important de savoir si ces médicaments sont ou non efficaces contre la sinusite, soulignent les auteurs de l’étude. En conséquence, “nous pensons que les antibiotiques sont trop prescrits par les médecins généralistes”, souligne la Dr Jane Garbutt, professeur associé de médecine à la faculté de Médecine de l’Université Washington et co-auteur de l’étude cité par l’AFP.Le 15 février 2012 à 13:03 • Maxime Lambert
Politicians across the nation are targeting what is expected to be the largest generation of voters in the country: millennials.On Monday, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat, joined forces at Washington State University Vancouver to continue the trend. Several local candidates were also in attendance. “If you don’t engage and you don’t cast a ballot in elections, you let all of us pick for you, every time,” Wyman told students. “You let your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles pick for you. … Old people vote at a really high rate.” An estimated 30 million millennials, who are between the ages of 18 and 34, didn’t vote in the U.S. in 2012, according to Rock the Vote, a nonprofit aimed at engaging young voters.In the primary election, Wyman told the students, only 31 percent of voters bothered to cast their ballot. And that was the second-best voter turnout in the U.S.The state with the best voter turnout in that election?“Oregon,” Wyman said, looking at Brown. “Not that we’re competitive. But we’re going to beat them in the general.” Washington is expecting a 62 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 4 general election.Wyman and Brown later faced off in a trivia contest. There were a few softball questions, including: How many secretaries of state has Washington had? Wyman nailed that: She’s the state’s 15th.Another question: Which Washington ballot measure would extend background checks for gun sales?“What is Initiative 594?” Wyman said. Sarah Dorsch, a 25-year-old WSUV junior studying anthropology, said the event helped put a few faces to names she’s seen before. Editorial board meetingAfter the trivia showdown, Wyman spoke with The Columbian’s editorial board on a wide range of topics. The secretary of state expects the home-rule charter and county commissioner race to boost voter turnout in Clark County. She said county charters can be “empowering for the citizens,” but added they also can bring unintended consequences. Wyman also pointed out the 4th Congressional District race, in which two Republicans are vying for the same congressional seat for the first time in the state’s history. She said that’s proof the top-two primary system is working the way it was intended.
Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018 Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase RelatedPosts Load More The Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) has announced that foreign visitation to Japan in 2018 broke all previous records with 31.19 million visitors.The figure represents an 8% increase on the 28.69 million people to visit Japan in 2017. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Tadashi Kaneko, Director of Global Strategy Headquarters, held a press briefing on Friday, stating, “We suffered two disasters in September 2018. The first was Typhoon 21 that hit the Kansai region and the second was the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake.“Of course, these each had a great impact and visitation to Japan from overseas was down in September. However, with the combined total of the other months where numbers exceeded those of previous years, we managed to reach a new record.”The government has set a new target for visitors to Japan of over 40 million in 2020, with the nation set to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.Courtesy of Japan National Tourist OrganizationThe market would need to increase by an average of 13.2％ in each of the next two years to do so, but Kaneko stated he was confident Japan could reach its goal.“We have enhanced our digital marketing such as the Japan Official Travel App and we will coordinate promotions with the local areas to attract visitors to regional locations,” he said.After 2020, the World Expo is confirmed for 2025 and there are hopes that IR facilities will be opening in Osaka prefecture’s Osaka city and Wakayama city in 2024. The support of JNTO will become critical moving forward in developing new appealing attractions and realizing the goal of making Japan a global travel destination.
He was registered as a state fisheries lobbyist as recently as last year. On Friday, the 55-year-old Juneau fisherman told CoastAlaska that he didn’t think he was over the line and intended to contest the charge. Alaska Department of Public Safety hasn’t released any details on the incident beyond what’s listed in the troopers log. A seiner hauls in hatchery-produced chum salmon in Crawfish Inlet in 2018. (Photo courtesy of NSRAA) Bob Thorstenson Jr., a former executive director of Southeast Alaska Seiners Association, was commercial fishing Sunday in Crawfish Inlet when wildlife troopers say he came within 200 yards of a stream. If convicted of the misdemeanor, Thorstenson faces up to a $15,000 fine, a year imprisonment plus the gross value of the catch — estimated to be around $50,000. “The vast majority of the run is sitting in salt water in basically one giant school,” the Sitka-based fisheries manager said Thursday. “And anybody coming in there with a seine could easily mop up 90% of the run for the year for that stream.” “You know, Bob has always been a highliner, as fishermen go, he’s a very good fisherman,” said Susan Doherty, who succeeded him as executive director of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association in 2016. “But more than that … he’s really been a longtime kind of visionary of looking out for the best interests of — especially the seine fleet — in Southeast.” Editors Note: This story has been updated to include comment from Thorstenson and correct that he’s been a legal Alaska resident since 2003. A fishing industry lobbyist has had his 41-ton salmon catch confiscated for allegedly fishing in closed waters near Sitka. Pink salmon run in a two-year cycle meaning a seine net could virtually wipe out an odd- or even-year run, he added. The seine fleet was predominately targeting hatchery chum salmon. Coonradt says most of the confiscated fish were these hatchery fish. The 83,282 pounds of chum seized from the F/V Magnus Martens were turned over to a seafood processor. In 2010, he was cited for allegedly commercial fishing without a permit off Baranof Island. He’s the son of the late Robert Thorstenson, one of the founders of Icicle Seafoods. In fishing industry circles Bob Thorstenson is a household name. It’s not the first time Thorstenson had run afoul of fishing regulations. Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Eric Coonradt told CoastAlaska that drought conditions have made the native pink salmon especially vulnerable near freshwater streams.
2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage ClassicHarley-DavidsonUS motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is recalling about 251,000 vehicles from the model years 2008 through 2011 because their brakes might fail.Nearly 175,000 of those affected motorcycles were sold in the US.According to the US government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the two-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”If the DOT 4 brake fluid is not flushed for a prolonged period of time, a braking issue may develop, the NHTSA said in a report.The NHTSA began investigating the problem in July 2016 after getting 43 complaints that included three reports of crashes.This isn’t the first time the Milwaukee-based company has recalled its motorcycles. Last year, it pulled back 57,000 units manufactured between July 2016 and May 2017 over possible oil leaks.Over 30 different models with ABS are affected, include the Road King, Road Glide, Electra Glide and Street Glide. Some police-spec models are also included in the recall.Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will flush the entire brake system with new Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid free of charge.The recall officially begins on February 12. Owners with questions may call Harley-Davidson at 800-258-2464.
Set different virtual desktop wallpapers on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on August 25, 2016 in Software – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 4 commentsMicrosoft implemented native virtual desktop support in the company’s Windows 10 operating system that allows users to use multiple virtual desktops to divide programs on to them.The feature is not entirely new though, not even on Windows, as Microsoft offered a program called Virtual Desktop Manager for its Windows XP operating system.The functionality has not changed much since then, and the core difference is that the new implementation is native which means that users don’t have to install software to use virtual desktops on their computer.But the native implementation is rather limited when it comes to what you can do with it. You cannot set different wallpapers for each desktop for instance, and there is no option to select to load a different desktop on system start.Virtual Desktop EnhancerVirtual Desktop Enhancer is a free program for Windows 10 that extends the functionality of Microsoft’s virtual desktop implementation. It leaves the core functionality untouched, but adds features to it that users may find useful.Some of the features become available right away. You may use the keyboard shortcuts ALT-0 to ALT-9 for instance to switch between virtual desktops.While Windows 10 supports shortcuts by default, it does not switch with shortcuts to open a particular virtual desktop right away.Windows-Tab opens Task View that you may use to switch between virtual desktops.Windows-Ctrl-Left and Windows-Ctrl-Right switches to the previous or next virtual desktop.Windows-Ctrl-D creates a new virtual desktopWindows-Ctrl-F4 closes the active virtual desktopSo, the new Alt-key combination enables you to switch between desktops quickly, which is beneficial if you use more than two. The shortcut is easier to use also on top of that, so that it may work out better for you even if you only use one or two.Another feature that the program adds to Windows 10 is that it displays the number of the active virtual desktop in its icon. You may need to configure Windows to display that icon at all times though before that becomes useful.The two features that are not available right away are setting different desktop wallpapers for each virtual desktop, and selecting the start desktop that gets loaded when you boot Windows.Both options are only configurable in the settings file that sits in the program’s root directory. Open it in a plain text editor, and edit the features under General or Wallpapers.To switch the desktop that gets loaded on start, simply change the number after DefaultDesktop= to its number.Wallpapers are a different beast though. You may add solid colors using hex codes by using this format: 0xFF0000You may also add paths instead that point to local images which will then be loaded as the wallpaper for the selected virtual desktop.The program is offered as an exe file that you can run, or as an AutoHotkey script that you may run if you have the software installed on your device.You may check out the official thread on Reddit for further guidance and direct feedback.|Closing WordsIf you work with Windows 10’s native virtual desktop feature, you may find Virtual Desktop Enhancer useful as it adds several to the bare bones functionality of the feature.Some users may prefer third-party alternatives that offer better functionality than Windows 10’s native integration. There is nSpaces for instance which offers features such as password protection, Dexpot, and a whole array of other virtual desktop managers.Now You: Do you use virtual desktops?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 8 votes Software Name Virtual Desktop EnhancerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category PersonalizationLanding Page https://github.com/sdias/win-10-virtual-desktop-enhancer/releases Advertisement
Monday, July 15, 2019 Share Posted by TORONTO — The new air passenger bill of rights, the first phase coming into effect today, relies on some level of common sense on the part of both passengers and airlines. Is that a pipe dream?Transport Minister Marc Garneau spoke this morning about the air passenger bill of rights, which many airlines are still fighting. With the first phase, starting today, travellers can receive up to $2,400 if bumped from a flight and up to $2,100 for lost or damaged luggage. For tarmac delays, planes must return to the gate after no more than three hours and 45 minutes.Says Garneau: “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control, and what is not within the airline’s control. And that obviously people recognize that some things are not within the airline’s control.”Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include IATA with its 290 member airlines, have stated in a court filing with the Federal Court of Appeal that required payments under the new air passenger bill of rights violate international standards and should be rendered invalid.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNot surprisingly, just as airlines are arguing that the regulations go too far, air passenger rights groups say the regulations don’t go far enough.The new rules take effect in a two-phase rollout. Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and other payments for cancelled flights will take effect in December.In matters of dispute, says Garneau, “in the majority of cases, we hope that the airlines will recognize that they have not lived up to their obligations when somebody has purchased a ticket.”With an overbooked flight, for example, under the new rules, Garneau said: “We hope that if an overbooking situation occurs, that the problem will be resolved in terms of a cheque being provided to the person who was denied boarding, within 48 hours, if not immediately. So that’s very quick compared to before.”He added: “In other cases, when passengers feel their rights have not been respected, they have up to a year to decide to write to the airline [to ask for compensation]. If the airline says ‘I don’t agree’, the passenger still has the option to go to the Canadian Transportation Agency [to submit their grievance].”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGarneau said: “I believe the vast majority of non-respect passenger rights will be dealt with quickly by the airlines.” << Previous PostNext Post >> “We believe we have made it very clear what is within the airline’s control”: Garneau With file from The Canadian Press Tags: Bill of Rights, IATA Travelweek Group
Virgin Australia partners with V8 Supercars Virgin Australia announced today it will become the official domestic airline of the V8 Supercars in a partnership that will see the airline transport V8 Supercar staff, a majority of the teams and offer fans great savings on flights and holiday packages to events.With 15 V8 Supercar events around Australia and one in New Zealand, fans will have access to a range of fantastic value domestic deals and tailor made packages specific for the events with Virgin Australia as the new official domestic airline.Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial, Liz Savage, commented on the partnership as a unique opportunity, stating that Virgin Australia was proud to be the official airline. “With the convenience of more flights, more often, we can help fans reach their favourite race track destination all over the country,” Ms Savage said. V8 Supercar CEO David Malone also stated in a media release that is was a fantastic arrangement for V8 Supercars and fans, elevating the sport in Australia as it brings “fans closer to the race, with Virgin Australia delivering great value and service to our loyal fan base.”“This is the first step in what we hope to be a long association with Virgin Australia which is a perfect fit with our international carrier Etihad who have been with us for the past year,” Mr Malone concluded.Currently with 16 events scheduled on the calendar, the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship will take place at cities mainly around Australia including Adelaide, Melbourne, Philip Island, Bathurst, Gold Coast, Darwin and more. V8 packages are being offered by Blue Holidays including airfares, accommodation and tickets, and along with Virgin Australia’s daily services to each city from key ports in Australia, will enable V8 Supercar fans from around the country to travel to their favourite track. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals made a move Sunday, signing defensive tackle Iosia Iosia.The 24-year-old 6-foot-5, 297-pound Iosia entered the 2016-17 NFL season with the Tennesee Titans as a rookie free agent out of West Texas A&M. In his 21 games over two seasons, he had 86 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.In his last season with the team, he earned second-team all-conference honors.Iosia was released by the Titans on May 16. Top Stories
Fiji Airways has signed on as the Official Airline of the Fiji International in a three-year sponsorship deal, which will take the professional golf tournament to new heights. The new partnership between Fiji’s National Airline and the Fiji International was announced at the 2015 Fiji Tourism Expo in Nadi today.Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Board Director said: “The Fiji International boasts a fantastic global television platform which reaches our key markets. We see this partnership as an investment in Fiji itself with golf tourism now on the rise as a result of the Fiji International”.He added, “We see the potential in tapping into the ever growing global golf tourism market and now that Fiji is considered a golf destination, we will use this partnership in our marketing and PR efforts to boost our profile in key markets like Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Asia. To all the participants – the golfers, officials, volunteers, media personnel and fans planning to visit Fiji to be part of the Fiji International, we can’t wait to welcome you to our home”Fiji Airways and the Fiji International team will be working together to maximise exposure for Golf Tourism in Fiji by leveraging the partnership to ensure that certain key performance indicators are achieved through increased inbound golf tourism to Fiji.The deal means that Fiji Airways will be the Official Airline of the Fiji International 2015 which will be held at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from October 15th – 18th.Fiji Airways is the latest in a string of partners to support the Fijian Government’s drive to increase golf tourism through the Fiji International including the InterContinental Fiji Golf & Spa Resort, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, Coca-Cola, and Total.
Go back to the e-newsletterSingapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 from the manufacturer’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. The airline is the world’s first to take delivery of Boeing’s newest aircraft variant, which is due to enter commercial service next month.The aircraft – the first of 49 787-10s that SIA has on firm order – was formally delivered at a ceremony this week in North Charleston (evening of 25 March 2018) attended by SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. Also in attendance were Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Mr Kevin McAllister, Rolls-Royce director customers and services – civil aerospace Mr Dominic Horwood, some 3000 Boeing employees as well as invited guests.“It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations,” said Mr Goh at the delivery event.“The delivery of the first 787-10 underscores our longstanding commitment to operate a modern fleet, and marks the start of a new chapter in our shared story with Boeing.”Mr McAllister added: “This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading carriers. And we are honoured by Singapore Airlines’ partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner.”SIA’s 787-10s will be used for flights up to eight hours. Osaka and Perth will be the first scheduled destinations to be served by the new aircraft, from May 2018. Prior to the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.The 787-10s will feature SIA’s new regional cabin products, configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The new products will be unveiled at an arrival ceremony in Singapore on 28 March 2018, after the aircraft’s delivery flight from North Charleston via Osaka. The guest of honour for this event will be Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport.Constructed using lightweight composite materials, the 68-metre 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft. With exceptional operating efficiency and advanced technology, the newest addition to the airline’s fleet is designed to offer a more tranquil cabin experience. Customers can look forward to customisable lighting preferences with large electronically dimmable windows, cleaner air, and a quieter and smoother ride.SIA is the largest customer for the 787-10. Low-cost subsidiary Scoot is already an operator of both 787-8s and 787-9s, making SIA the first airline group in the world to operate all three variants of Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft.In addition to the 49 firm-ordered 787-10s, SIA has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.Go back to the e-newsletter
Legislation that would allow schools to switch to year-round academic calendars passed the House Wednesday with the support of Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo. The bill garnered bipartisan support, and would set aside grant funding to at-risk schools wishing to adopt the non-traditional, balanced calendar.“The current school calendar is successful in many situations, but this legislation could give certain school districts another option to improve their academic environments based on the individual needs of the students,” said Rep. Bumstead.In the common format, summer break is approximately twelve weeks, which has some educators concerned about children forgetting information learned during the year. Although school would be year-round, day count requirements remain the same and breaks are added evenly across the calendar.“It’s not for everyone, but we want to make the option available in the best interest of our kids.”Expenses identified with implementing the balanced calendar include adjusting teachers’ contracts and renovating classrooms to accommodate the heat of Michigan’s summer months.HB 4892 now goes to the Senate for consideration.### 07Mar Bumstead supports bill giving schools balanced calendar option Categories: News
Representative celebrating ‘Get Caught Blue-Handed Day’ Oct. 4State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, will visit local businesses and encourage residents to buy local on Saturday, Oct. 4, in celebration of the Buy Nearby campaign’s annual “Get Caught Blue-Handed Day.”“Supporting local businesses keeps hard-earned money in Michigan,” Bumstead said. “Making a real effort to buy local food and local goods will improve our economy, encourage economic growth, provide more jobs and help ensure bright futures for all Michiganders.”The Buy Nearby campaign and their mascot—a big, blue, Michigan-shaped shopping bag called the Buy Nearby Guy—travels across the state sharing the benefits of buying local with citizens everywhere and on social media.Rep. Bumstead joins a particular annual effort on Oct. 4, asking residents to buy local as often as possible and “Get Caught Blue-Handed.”“Small businesses are crucial to our local economies, so buying local is the least we can do to keep our communities thriving,” Bumstead said. “When half of every dollar spent in Michigan shops return to the state’s economy and 17 percent of Michigan’s labor income comes from retail alone, it’s easy to justify shopping local.”According to recent reports from Buy Nearby, if residents chose to solely shop locally, Michigan would gain 75,000 jobs in 2015 and would see a $9 million increase in economic activity, including $2 million more in wages from the new jobs created.### Categories: News 24Sep Bumstead lauds Buy Nearby, encourages residents to buy local
Categories: Roberts News ### Lawmaker: We must continue to focus on solutionsRep. Brett Roberts, R-Eaton Township, today released the following statement about the 2015-16 House Republican Caucus Action Plan:“I had the honor and privilege to be part of the policy workgroup that put together a great set of goals and objectives for the next two years. House Republicans have done a fantastic job of making the tough, correct decisions to help turn our state around during the past four years, and I look forward to being part of Michigan’s solution.“The Legislature has addressed many issues which have plagued our state for too long, and if we continue to focus on those difficult issues we can ensure a continued recovery and a stronger future for our state.“As a sixth-generation farmer, I know the importance of our farmers and rural communities, and I’m glad our Action Plan focuses on making sure our rural communities continue to recover and thrive.”Roberts is the vice chair for Regulatory Reform and also serves on the Workforce and Talent Development, Agriculture and Energy Policy committees. The House Republican Action Plan for the 98th Legislature can be viewed at http://gophouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ActionPlan_2015.pdf 05Feb Roberts applauds ‘Action Plan’ for 2015-16 legislative term