California may limit liability of selfdriving carmakers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers from lawsuits in cases where vehicles haven’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications.That could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries and deaths caused by defective autonomous vehicles, said Armand Feliciano, vice-president for the Association of California Insurance Companies. For instance, manufacturers might avoid liability if the tires on self-driving cars are slightly underinflated or even if the oil hasn’t been changed as regularly as manufacturers suggest, he said.“When is the last time you followed everything that is listed in your car manual?” Feliciano said.The California DMV declined to comment on its proposed regulations because they’re still being finalized.PAVING THE WAY FOR AUTONOMOUS CARSDetermining liability for self-driving cars is just one of the many hurdles that still must be addressed as dozens of automakers and technology companies expand their tests of robotic vehicles cruising public roads scattered across the U.S. Some of these companies are hoping to deploy their self-driving vehicles in ride-hailing services and eventually sell them to consumers within the next few years.As biggest testing ground for self-driving cars, California is being viewed as a bellwether for how other states might sculpt their regulations down the road.The section addressing the limits of automakers’ liability adopts much of the wording proposed in an April 24 letter to the DMV from Paul Hemmersbaugh, formerly chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and now chief counsel for the General Motors division overseeing self-driving cars.Consumer Watchdog, an activist group frequently critical of business interests, believes Hemmersbaugh plied the connections he made at the California DMV while working at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to insert the clause that could make it easier for self-driving carmakers to avoid liability.“It is the result of the ongoing and troubling federal revolving door between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the auto industry,” Consumer Watchdog officials wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to the DMV and the head of the transportation overseeing the agency.“MORAL HAZARD”Under current law, automakers can still be held liable for faulty equipment or other flaws in vehicles that require a human driver, even if the owners haven’t followed all the maintenance instructions.That would change if the DMV’s proposed regulations go on the books as is, warned the Consumer Attorneys of California, a professional association of trial lawyers.“This language creates a dangerous ‘moral hazard’ where manufacturers are encouraged to create unreasonable or impossible maintenance specifications to shift the burden onto (self-driving car) consumers or the public at large for technological failures,” the trade group wrote in its Oct. 25 comments to the DMV.GM spokeswoman Laura Toole lauded the “transparency” of the DMV’s process. Dozens of parties also submitted comments and recommendations, leaving it to the DMV’s staff to decide which to include in the agency’s proposed rules, she said.RULES FOR ROBOTSIn his April 24 letter, Hemmersbaugh linked his recommendations to concerns that self-driving carmakers might be held responsible for all vehicle problems “without taking into account the acts of intervening parties and other factors that contributed to an incident.”Self-driving cars are being touted as safer alternative to vehicles operated by humans who get drunk or distracted. But accidents are still bound to happen, and some are likely to be caused by equipment defects, said Jacqueline Serna, legislative attorney for the Consumer Attorneys of California. And when that happens, she said, it should be left to the courts to draw the lines of liability.“The courts have dealt with new technology in the past and they are equipped to do it again,” Serna said.The issue could end up in court if the DMV doesn’t revise the current wording of its regulations. Consumer Watchdog says it will sue if the current regulations are approved and insurance trade groups say they may take legal action, too.last_img read more

India reduces visa fees for Lankans applying via eTV

The High Commission of India hopes that more Sri Lankan nationals will avail of the opportunity to visit India using the e-Tourist Visa. There is no change in the fee for other visas. (Colombo Gazette) The India, High Commission in Sri Lanka announced today that the visa fees for Sri Lankan nationals applying for e-Tourist Visa (e-TV), which was introduced from 14 April 2015, has been reduced.Accordingly the new visa fee is only US$ 25 (plus bank charges of 2.5%), instead of US$ 60 (plus US$2 bank fee) charged earlier. read more

Saskatoon police investigate allegations of cellphone camera voyeurism in gas station bathroom

Saskatoon police say they’re working to get a search warrant to access the content of a cellphone that was allegedly hidden in the ceiling of a gas station’s washroom.According to police, on Sept. 1, a 29-year-old woman reported she saw the camera of a cellphone visible through a damaged ceiling tile in the washroom at a gas station in the 400 block of Circle Drive East. Police were called to the gas station around 12:10 p.m.In a media release, police said the woman told officers she believed a man in the gas station had recorded her, as well as four young females, while they were using the washroom. She also told police the man displayed “suspicious behaviour” before the females entered the room, police said in the release.Police arrested a 25-year-old Saskatoon resident who was inside the gas station, and seized his cellphone. The man was later released.A representative of Parkland Fuel Corporation, the company that owns Fas Gas Plus, which operates the gas station where the incident is alleged to have occurred, said in a statement that it is aware of the allegations. A spokesperson wrote Tuesday that the company “strongly condemn(s) this behaviour,” but cannot comment on the ongoing investigation. The company is co-operating with police and “can confirm the employee in question was immediately suspended by the retailer, pending the police investigation,” the spokesperson wrote.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The incident remains under investigation. read more

Guyana Consulate in TT providing assistance to floodaffected Guyanese – Greenidge

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, performing the duties of Prime Minister, today in the National Assembly.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, performing the duties of Prime Minister, today Wednesday) disclosed in the National Assembly, that Guyana’s consulate in Trinidad and Tobago is providing services to flood-affected Guyanese in that country.The minister was responding to a question posed by PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who claimed that Guyanese in the flood-affected Twin-Island are not receiving the necessary assistance they need, the DPI has reported.However, Minister Greenidge said the government, through its consulate office, is readily available and will be providing assistance to Guyanese there.Opposition PPP/C Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraMinister Greenidge noted between the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) and its Trinidadian counterpart, it was agreed that the CDC will be providing food items to those affected citizens, DPI said.He clarified that there is no neglect or abandonment of Government’s obligations to Guyanese in Trinidad and Tobago.According to DPI, the Minister reminded that a regional disaster response framework is in place which sees collaboration among the national authorities in the affected country, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other related agencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP’s Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce Canadian citizenship …following CJ’s rulingFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”2018 budget: Motion to cut $200M from Parliament Office passed despite fierce OppositionNovember 17, 2017In “latest news”No ‘business as usual’ once Parliament reconvenes – MPMarch 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

Asacha in line for production

first_imgTrans-Siberian Gold (TSG) recently held an annual general meeting, in which it was indicated that the appointment of Oleg Bagirov as the new Chief Executive and the potential consolidation of the company’s operations in Far East Russia represent a substantial step change in the company’s efforts to become a profitable gold producer by 2008.The sale of the company’s projects at Veduga and Bougnay, together with a project financing facility from Standard Bank, will provide the company with the necessary funding for the development of its Asacha gold project. This represents a positive milestone in the company’s objective of bringing the Asacha mine into production by 2008.Asacha is located in the oblast of Kamchatka, occupying a 1,000 km peninsular in the very far east of Russia. By road Asacha is some 150 km to the south of the port of Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsky, the regional capital. The first 90 km of the road is mostly paved, being the road to the Mutnovskaya geothermal power station. From the turn-off to the site is a 60 km long unpaved all-weather road that has been constructed by the company.TSG holds a 90.05% interest in Trevozhnoye Zarevo, which holds mining and exploration licences covering both the Asacha (24 km2) and Rodnikova (16 km2) deposits. The company has an obligation to acquire the remaining 9.95% of Trevozhnoye Zarevo for $1million pending a final decision by the board to proceed with the development of a mine at Asacha.The bankable feasibility study, completed in March 2004, was adjusted in 2005 to be in full compliance with Russian regulations and technical norms. Work has continued on engineering studies, site preparation and in completing construction of the access road, while discussions with banks and lending agencies on project finance have been ongoing. Extensional and regional exploration is also proceeding.The mine plan and design is based on ore extraction by underground mining methods only, using mechanized cut and fill, with the processing of the free-milling ore taking place in a conventional CIL plant. However, a study has now been completed which indicates that it is technically feasible to open pit the top portion of the orebody. Work will continue in this area, as extraction of the upper portion of the orebody should increase the mineable ore reserves and improve the safety and economics of the project.The current proposed scheme is for throughput of 200,000 t/y (mine/plant) producing 100,000 oz/y of gold and 180,000 oz/y of silver for a life of six-and-a-half years.In September TSG announced that it has agreed in principle to sell all of the company’s interests in its two wholly owned subsidiaries, GRK Amikan and AS Angarskaya Proizvodstvennaya Kompaniya (AS APK), to AngloGold Ashanti for a cash consideration of $40 million.Amikan holds the license for exploration and mineral extraction at the Veduga project, as well as an exploration license in respect of the 540km2 area surrounding Veduga. It has a book value of $22.9 million and made an operating loss of $1.8 million in 2005. AS APK holds the license for exploration and development of the Bogunay property. It has a book value of $2.4 million and made an operating loss of $116,000 in 2005. Both Veduga and Bogunay are located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, central Siberia.International Mining‘s November issue, due out shortly, features a major review of projects within the CIS.last_img read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies vampires and violence

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 64 per cent. Audience rating: 97 per cent want to see WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Populaire(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Gallic humour, brooding men, Mavis BeaconAvoid if: You type with one fingerI seriously hope that the star of Populaire progresses to typing with more than two fingers, because there’s something wrong if a typing champion doesn’t know their asdf from their qwerty. This seems somewhat overly-stylised as a film – although the dresses do make me swoon – and perhaps is a little simplistic in plot, but no doubt will be utterly charming. Mais oui. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: no score yet. Audience rating: 94 per cent want to seeByzantium(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Interview with a VampireAvoid if: Blood makes you queasy, you’re worried about ageingOur own lovely Saoirse Ronan plays a teenager who is 200 years old, with a mother (Gemma Arterton) who lives on human blood and is fond of brothels. Neil Jordan is the man behind the camera here, but this isn’t Interview With A Vampire part deux. Instead, we see Arterton and Ronan trying to stay safe in a coastal town, and find out more about their background through flashbacks. This looks intriguing but potentially confusing, if I’m honest. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 80 per cent. Audience rating: 70 per cent want to see The Purge(movieclipstrailers/YouTube)For fans of: Purging, violence, masksAvoid if: You’d rather a film about the Iron ThroneAn interesting premise here – that one day a year (called the Purge, naturally) all crime is legal, so that the rest of the year the country remains safe. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey (oh hi, fellow Game of Thrones fans) star as the parents in a family who think they’re safe, but of course find out they’re not after their son takes pity on a man attacked on the night of the Purge. Big mistake, dude.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #WATER: An average family of two adults and two children will pay €278 a year for water under new rates published today.2. #COURT: Alan Wilson has been found not guilty of the murder of Marioara Rostas. [RTÉ]3. #LIFE: Two Irish murderers who contested their imprisonment as a violation of their rights have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights.4. #GAZA: The Seanad has been recalled from their holidays to debate the spiraling situations in the Middle East and in Ukraine.5. #HACKED: Paddy Power is contacting customers who had an account with them in 2010 after a data breach was discovered.last_img read more

Lancement dune enquête sur la qualité de leau en France

first_imgLancement d’une enquête sur la qualité de l’eau en FranceUne importante enquête destinée à évaluer la qualité de l’eau en France est lancée par France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs. Il s’agit du deuxième volet de l’opération “Transparence”, qui s’était dans un premier temps intéressée au prix du service de l’eau.La vaste enquête que lance aujourd’hui France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs vise à évaluer la qualité de l’eau en France. Les résultats sont basés sur les informations fournies par les consommateurs. Ceux-ci doivent simplement témoigner de la façon dont les choses se passent sur leur lieu de résidence. Si le prix de l’eau intéressait le premier volet de l’opération “Transparence”, pour le second, c’est comment le consommateur est informé sur la qualité de l’eau qui importe. À lire aussiTabac, Apple et eau, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 maiY a-t-il un affichage en mairie, une synthèse annuelle jointe aux factures, une récupération des résultats des contrôles internes des opérateurs, etc. Telles sont les données qui seront relevées cette fois-ci. France libertés et 60 millions de consommateurs indiquent que les consommateurs deviendront ainsi des “lanceurs d’alerte”, qui permettront d’établir “une carte des dérogations faites aux limites de la qualité de l’eau en France”, qui permettent de “continuer à distribuer une eau ne respectant pas les normes sanitaires”. L’enquête souhaite également “pointer du doigt le manque de transparence sur cette question” et “la disparité des contrôles effectués sur le territoire”. Ils sont par exemple beaucoup plus fréquents dans les grandes villes.Pour mener cette enquête, “on a eu besoin de voir comment ça fonctionnait”, explique Emmanuel Poilane, directeur de France libertés, à l’AFP. Il explique que dans les départements sur lesquels on a eu des résultats, “il y avait beaucoup plus de dérogations qu’on ne le pensait”. A titre d’exemple, dans une commune, la quantité de bentazone (molécule présente dans un pesticide) avait été pendant 35 jours trois fois plus élevée que la dose journalière acceptable. Mais ce qui était dit aux consommateurs, c’est que “la teneur en pesticides n’a pas dépassé le seuil de réglementation”, selon M. Poilane. “C’est vraiment incohérent”, dit-il.Les résultats seront accessibles sur www.prixdeleau.fr et leur synthèse sera présentée en mars 2013, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’eau. Quelque 10 000 personnes avaient participé au premier volet de l’enquête sur le prix de l’eau, les deux associations organisatrices comptent donc avoir beaucoup de retour pour cette deuxième phase.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 13:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mahrez believes City are not invincible

first_imgThe Citizens’ footballer says his team should be focused because “anyone in the top four can still win the league”Manchester City and Liverpool are the only teams that have yet to lose in the English Premier League after 15 matches.And for Riyad Mahrez his team is not invincible and they have to keep focus.“Anyone in the top four can still win the league,” said Mahrez to ITV.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Nothing is done and we need to keep working very hard for each other and try to win every game.”“Now we need to focus every three days, and we need to be ready and at our top,” he explained.“You are not going to win every game 4-0 or 5-0, and going through these types of games makes you stronger.”“We created more chances and tried to kill the game but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it’s difficult, so we were very happy to win and get the three points,” he concluded.last_img read more

Goodbye American Business Media

first_img• I had a brief conversation with Wasch at the Saturday night dinner hosted by Glenn Hansen and the folks at BPAWW. There were perhaps 30 people at that dinner, which was a terrific networking event. But I was there in prior years when that BPA dinner was three times as large as it was in 2013. That dwindled group was somehow symbolic of the state of the ABM itself.• Back in the day, in the 1990s, the ABM event—then called the Spring Meeting—was a true annual gathering of anyone who mattered in the business-information space. It included all the big players of the big companies—mostly middle-aged men whose surnames were also their companies’ names. Everyone wore tuxes and gowns to a formal event on the Tuesday night. (One of those meetings, at the Greenbriar Resort in 2001, especially stands out.) Those executives were the core of the ABM, and there were enough of them to support a robust association. Some are still around, but not enough. It was left this year to Roger Friedman, whose father founded Lebhar-Friedman in 1925, to offer a final tribute to that old American Business Press.• Later, into the final years of the 1990s and the early 2000s, the ABM meetings were where operating executives and their private-equity backers converged to do deals. The brokerage firms would be there in force, hosting invitation-only dinners and sponsoring lavish cocktail parties and golf. This year, I saw one person from JEGI, and he might have been the only investment banker I saw, other than John Wickersham of Atwood Capital Partners, who noted from the stage that there were no private-equity firms there this year. Again, a barometer of the health of the association.• The ABM board members and senior staff were remarkably frank about the financial state of the association—one of the reasons for the merger with SIIA was a small cash reserve and a burn rate that might have jeopardized the association’s existence by the end of the year. It was striking. • I think what happened to the ABM was several things: 1. The disintermediation of marketing communications caused a flood of dollars into search, into lead-generation, and into marketers’ own Web efforts, and out of b-to-b media companies. 2. Spending on digital advertising doesn’t generate the same amount of revenue as print did. 3. Data providers and information companies became much more important, and they didn’t join ABM. 4. Digital-only startups proliferated and began achieving scale, and they also didn’t join ABM. 5. Technology media companies like Ziff Davis, IDG or UBM either stopped being involved in the association or they downsized themselves into oblivion.6. Traditional b-to-b media companies struggled through the recession and vast secular changes, and some opted not to be members of ABM—which as a staff-dependent organization charged relatively high dues. 7. As ABM revenue declined, so did its level of services, causing an acceleration of the pattern.• At any rate, here we were at ABM 2013, watching the last of the independent ABM conferences. Many sessions were strong, and told of the great amounts of innovation among ABM companies. Wickersham in particular offered one of the most insightful looks I’ve seen of what the traditional model of b-to-b media looked like, and what the advanced model needs to look like (see accompanying slides). The merger with the SIIA seemed promising to most people, and the larger association gives ABM members access to rich resources from like-minded companies. • One session perhaps summarized the conflict that the ABM of the last 10 years has faced. Rafat Ali, founder of Paidcontent.org and more recently of the b-to-b travel-industry site Skift, called out Northstar Travel Media by name, even as Northstar CEO Tom Kemp sat in the front of the room. Ali lit Northstar up, claiming that the company (and other traditional players in the space) are basically resting on their laurels, have an old-school approach to media, don’t link to other sources in stories, are not innovative, are afraid to take on major advertisers, and don’t have a cohesive view of the travel industry that includes air travel, hotels and destinations under a single umbrella.Ali described his own startup company as one that doesn’t sleep, that works on weekends, and doesn’t need to own the “story,” just the “conversation.” In response, Kemp sarcastically noted that it’s true Northstar has an “old-school” problem: It’s called revenue. In response to that, Ali tweeted that, “a 60mn company, with tiny margins, isn’t exactly a revenue behemoth in travel, for being decades old.”Goodbye, American Business Media.______________________________________________________________________Tony Silber is General Manager of FOLIO:. Follow him on Twitter: @TonySilber. The American Business Media Annual Conference last week in Jacksonville, Florida, was a really interesting one, for a whole lot of reasons. This year’s conference was certainly the last of a breed. With the ABM membership voting last week to approve a merger with the Software & Information Industry Association, the ABM is no more, at least as the 107-year-old independent entity it once was. Now, really, all is up in the air. Whether CEO Clark Pettit stays on board beyond the fall is an open question. Probably not. Same for CFO Todd Hittle. I’ll be following up in the days ahead with the SIIA chief, Ken Wasch, for answers on these and other questions. In the meantime, some observations: last_img read more

Google Pixel 3A Where is ATT

first_img5:04 Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL look familiar, but are more affordable Phones 27 Photos Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Share your voice 4G LTE AT&T Google T-Mobile Verizon Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) $219 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1 Google Pixelcenter_img Comment Google’s Pixel 3A XL. Juan Garzon/CNET With the launch of the Pixel 3A and 3A XL Google is finally taking its phones to other major carriers not named Verizon. T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular will all be selling the phones, plus the Pixel 3, on their respective websites and in their stores. (Google’s own Project Fi will also still offer the devices). One carrier who won’t be directly selling the devices: AT&T. As with other Pixel devices, unlocked versions of the 3A will work fine on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, something Google called out during its I/O keynote. The Google Play Store will still sell unlocked Pixels so prospective AT&T users should have no problems finding the phone. The question, however, is why AT&T isn’t selling Google’s latest when all of its rivals are.  How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone See it Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best News • Get a refurbished first-generation unlocked Google Pixel XL for $160 Tags Google goes ‘budget’ with Pixel 3A and 3A XL “To get the other carriers, Google likely needed to tell the other carriers it would ask AT&T last,” Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy, tells CNET. “It’s all negotiation at this point. AT&T carries many midrange phones from other makers and it’s not like consumers are picketing the company to carry Google Pixels.”AT&T declined to comment. Getting on to AT&T, which currently has nearly 94 million subscribers on it’s prepaid and postpaid wireless plans, would’ve been a big boost for Google as it looks to expand and grow its Pixel brand. While phones are available from a number of retailers, many people still buy their phones directly from wireless carriers.  Read more: Pixel 3 phones aren’t selling, and it’s probably Verizon’s fault”Google needs as much retail distribution as it can get, so this is a loss,” says Avi Greengart, lead analyst of Techsponential. “But to put it in context, a bigger issue is the fact that Google has not increased distribution to new markets outside the US.”Another possibility, Greengart notes, is that the two sides simply couldn’t come to an agreement in time for Tuesday’s announcement. He adds that it’s possible “AT&T could offer the Pixel line in the future.” Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Woman kills self after YSRCP TDP workers clash in Andhra Pradesh

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsTension prevailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Ongole after a woman worker of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) committed suicide, following a clash between the TDP and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) workers on Tuesday, June 25.The deceased, B. Padma (28), from Ongole’s Rudramambapuram village, was reportedly slapped by her rivals in the clash. Upset over the incident, she hanged herself to death in her house.Parts of the state have been witnessing clashes between YSRCP and TDP after the recent election. This incident is suspected to be a continuation of these clashes.Senior officials visited the village to review the situation after the recent incident. Additional forces were deployed to prevent any untoward event. Director General of Police Gautam Sawang asked the police force to be alert in view of the current post-poll clashes and upcoming local body elections.Around 25 incidents of violence were reported in the state on the day of the simultaneous elections to state Assembly and Lok Sabha, held on April 11. Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy took charge as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.TwitterA worker from the TDP and another of the YSRCP were killed in violence in Anantapur and Chitoor districts, while more than a dozen others including senior TDP leader and former Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao were injured in clashes at various places.Vindictive politics has been reported at the top level too, with Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy ordering the demolition of former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Praja Vedika’ building on Monday.last_img read more

This adorable lesbian couple accidentally surprised each other with a double proposal

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A lesbian couple who planned to surprise each other with a proposal accidentally planned it for the same day, and it was adorable.Tori and Berkley are a lesbian couple living in Texas and they have been together for over four years.  She then grabs a ring box and also gets on one kneeTori is also shocked and shouts: “What?! This is a joke! This is a set-up!”(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)They both look totally shocked and Tori starts over again and the pair tear up.Of course, they both said yes and a round of applause breaks out from their family and friends.Writing on Twitter about the adorable moment, Tori called her partner a “tricky girl” for pretending to hate Pictionary so she could carry out her own proposal.She wrote: “I PLANNED A PROPOSAL FOR MONTHS.. little did I know she planned one too!(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)“I love you so much.“Can’t wait to marry the sh*t out of you.”Berkley added: “After 4 LONG months of keeping this secret.. turns out Tori McKynzi Marie Monaco was keeping one too. I cannot wait to marry the woman of my dreams. I love you forever baby.”Watch the adorable proposal below:[embedded content]Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)Each of them decided that they wanted to propose, and so they decided that they would surprise each other.Little did they know that they decided to surprise each other on the same day, and it was all caught on video by their friends and family.The pair were playing a game of Pictionary with friends at home, which was part of Tori’s big plan.Berkley is drawing on the board while Tori guesses, and she’s already setting her partner up for the surprise as she shouts “marry”, “proposal” and “couple” amongst other guesses.(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)Halfway through when Berkley is facing the board, Tori gets onto one knee and holds up a ring box and waits for her lover to turn around.Berkley is totally in shock and freezes, and then a family friend goes “show her!”. Lesbian couple surprises each other with double proposal and it’s so cuteCouple adorably goes viral after proposing to each other at the same timeGuy accidentally sets up Snapchat group trying to pick up girls but hilariously backfiresPINK NEWS-last_img read more

Club Med launches new travel agent sales tools

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Club Med says it’s helping travel agents achieve their sales goals with advanced agent tools aimed at meeting client needs in a more personalized and experiential way.The all-inclusive pioneer has launched a sales kit focused on the main experiences to discover in Club Med resorts around the world. The marketing tools will allow agents to adopt a more experiential pitch and sell Club Med offers to more digitalized customers, according to the company, adding that the kit is aimed to familiarize agents with Club Med’s services and help reach sales goals.Essential in targeting a younger demographic, the sales kit is also instrumental in identifying key interests in a growing millennial market, says Club Med. “Digitalized and in search of transparency, this young generation aspires to be different and boasts a try-anything attitude.”Club Med’s offers include an extensive sports program with activities including flying trapeze, water skiing, and diving; a full range of childcare options with activities suitable for ages suitable for ages four months to 17 years; and dedicated spaces and services to relax and let go, with multiple adults-only areas such as Zen Oasis.Travel agents can explore the page https://en.clubmedagents.ca/training-tools-benefits/bucket-list-visionary/ to find training booklets and social media content. Share Thursday, July 5, 2018 center_img Club Med launches new travel agent sales tools Tags: Club Med << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

China stocks hit 7year high Europe muted ahead of Fed

first_imgThe big mover was the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China, which earlier jumped 2.8 percent to close at 4,657.60, the highest level since 2008.CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren’t allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are plowing the money back into the market, sending it higher, said Andrew Sullivan, a sales trader at Haitong Securities. They’re also betting that the economic stimulus that has powered the Chinese rally will continue after recent poor economic indicators such as a disappointing manufacturing index on Thursday. “Even when you’ve got bad news, stocks are going up anyway,” Sullivan said. “It is just pure liquidity, it’s not fundamental in any way.US ECONOMY: Global investors are awaiting a speech later Friday by Fed Chair Yellen on the outlook for the world’s biggest economy. Stock markets are hitting record highs as investors bet the U.S. central bank will delay raising interest rates based on mixed reports on the world’s biggest economy. Data out Thursday showed U.S. home sales in April slipped on tight supply while jobless benefit applications fell to a 15-year low.GOLDIN BOUNCE: A Chinese horse breeding, winemaking and financial conglomerate’s Hong Kong-listed units saw further fluctuations a day after they plunged more than 40 percent. Goldin Properties Holdings Ltd. jumped 6.3 percent while Goldin Financial Holdings Ltd. rebounded before sinking 3.1 percent in the final half hour of trading. Earlier this week, another Chinese firm, solar panel maker Hanergy, tumbled in Hong Kong for no apparent reason before being suspended. The volatility is partly a sign of the rising flow of money from mainland China after the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges opened a trading link last year. Trader Dudley Devine works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, May 21, 2015. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading. Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona KEEPING SCORE: Asian benchmarks ended mostly higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.3 percent to close at 20,264.41 and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.1 percent to 2,146.10. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 1.7 percent to 27,992.83. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was little changed at 5,660.70. Southeast Asian indexes were mixed.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude slipped 58 cents to $60.14 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.74 to close at $60.72 a barrel on Thursday.CURRENCIES: The dollar declined to 120.98 yen from 121.05 yen on Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1176 from $1.1110.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.KEEPING SCORE: European stocks were mixed in midday trading. France’s CAC 40 was down 0.1 percent to 5,142.77 and Germany’s DAX slipped 0.4 percent to 11,818.81. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 7,052.25. U.S. stocks were poised to open higher, with both the Dow and S&P 500 futures up 0.1 percent. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more