BUSY TIME FOR LEADERS OF THE SPORT

first_imgThe last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.last_img read more

5 days agoInter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.” last_img read more

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more

ICYMI on CraveTV Trump faces off against Justin Trudeau in OUR CARTOON

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In Sunday night’s episode of OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, the hilariously satirical animated comedy series from executive producer Stephen Colbert, Donald Trump attempted to compete with the charisma of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.In the series’ fifth episode, Trump hosted the Oscars® and prepared for a state dinner with Canada. Trump attempted to “win” the dinner and beat Justin Trudeau, but the Cartoon Prime Minister came prepared with a bone-breaking handshake, a musical performance, and more.New episodes of OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT stream Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CraveTV, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. Advertisement Characters shown in still from OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT: Cartoon Justin and Cartoon Donald. (Season 1, Episode 5, “State Dinner”). – Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME -Photo ID: OurCartoonPres_105_029 Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

TSX US markets up as oil hits threeyear high Loonie down

first_imgRising oil prices boosted Toronto’s main stock index Monday while rebounding tech stocks lifted markets south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79.23 points to 15,808.63, mainly on the back of climbing oil prices, which settled above US$70 per barrel for the first time in more than three years.The June crude contract soared US$1.01 to US$70.73 per barrel. It last closed above the US$70 mark on Nov. 26, 2014.The commodity prices rose due to concerns around global supply disruptions, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Those concerns include possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.“I think we’re seeing those supply concerns manifest in higher oil prices,” he said.That lifted the heavily-weighted energy sector on the TSX’s main index where shares gained an average of 0.21 per cent of their worth.U.S. indices also made gains, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 94.81 points to 24,357.32, the S&P 500 index up 9.21 points to 2,672.63 and the Nasdaq composite index up 55.59 points to 7,265.21.“The bigger impact on the U.S. markets is coming from the rebound in the technology sector,” Fehr said.A correction earlier in the year beat up the tech sector pretty badly, he said, and now some optimism has returned with recent earnings coming out. Apple Inc., specifically, served as a catalyst for the sector after reporting strong results earlier this month.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.74 cents US, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the June natural gas contract gained three cents to US$2.74 per mmBTU. The June gold contract fell 60 cents to US$1,314.10 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.08 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Fire risk forces Ford to recall FSeries pickup trucks

first_imgDETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire.The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.The company says in government documents posted Friday that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires.Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. There have been no reports of injuries.Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.The Associated Presslast_img

Need to keep composure under pressure Kohli

first_imgMumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli believes his side needs to keep a calm head during pressure situations and take on the half chances to secure victory in the remaining games of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. RCB were on Monday handed their seventh defeat in the ongoing IPL as Mumbai Indians beat them by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After winning the toss and opting to bowl, MI restricted the visitors to 171-7 and then chased down the runs in 19 overs. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli rued the fact that his bowlers didn’t perform well in the first six overs. “We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well.” RCB pacers once again came with a below par performance. In fact such was their performance that spinner Pawan Negi was preferred over the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini, to bowl the penultimate over of the match with MI needing 22 runs of the last two overs. However, the ploy didn’t work for the RCB as the left-arm spinner was taken for a toll with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya collecting two sixes and two fours to win the match for his team. Kohli though backed his decision to hand the ball to Negi in the penultimate over. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off.” The RCB skipper was also full of praise for England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who along with AB de Villiers (75 off 51), scored a superb fifty to propel the team to 171/7. Ali also picked up two wickets and kept his side in the hunt to secure their second win of the season.last_img read more

Sharon Stone appears with wide open cleavage at Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgSidi Ifni- Sharon Stone, the Hollywood star who attended the opening ceremony of the Marrakech Film Festival Friday night, appeared on stage boasting her cleavage. But unlike the past when such look used to stir controversy in Moroccan conservative society, the American actress’ look went unnoticed by Moroccan audience. The pictures taken of her during the festival made her appear as one of the sexiest women on the screen.Director Martin Scorsese, this year’s jury president, awarded the star a lifetime achievement prize.  Sharone Stone was among several foreign artists who are to be honored in this year’s edition of the festival. Wearing a long blue robe at the opening ceremony, more than a fair share of her cleavage stood out. Sharon prides herself on the best films she starred in and the numerous awards she has won worldwide, such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Martin Scorsese was honored to award Stone a prize on Friday night. Sharon expressed her passion for bridging cultures of the world and promoting tolerance, creativity and peace. ‘The Marrakech film festival has given us the opportunity to bring together cultures from around the world to show our creative spirit,” Sharon said.  “I’m grateful to receive this award, “she added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Liverpool lack of killer instinct – Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team’s lack of killer instinct contributed to their disappointing home loss to Chelsea.The Merseyside club were defeated 2-1 on home soil by Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup ending Liverpool’s run of eight consecutive victories across all competitions.Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds the lead with a lovely acrobatic effort but two goals in the space of 11 minutes, including a brilliant solo effort from Eden Hazard, ensured the Blues would advance to the fourth round draws which takes place on Saturday night.Despite being disappointed with the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt his team should have sealed the win, with Daniel Sturridge hitting the crossbar when the scores were tied at 1-1.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We had the chances to finish it,” Klopp said, according to Sky Sports, with Liverpool set to visit Stamford Bridge for a Premier League rematch on Saturday.”“We hit the crossbar and had a few interesting balls, but they scored twice and we scored only once.”“We knew how Chelsea wanted to play but we gave them too much space and weren’t compact enough. We still had the bigger chances in the first half.”“This is good preparation for Saturday but we have to defend better.”last_img read more

Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.last_img read more

Beverly Hills News Weekly to Relaunch as a Quarterly Glossy

first_imgA group of investors has acquired all rights and trademarks for the shuttered news weekly Beverly Hills 213 with plans to resurrect the title as a quarterly, glossy magazine by September.The new owners—Jim Couri, president of investment firm Couri Trading Company; Karl Sanford, a Southern California-based web developer; and Scams Inc., an investigative news website—will begin by relaunching BeverlyHills213.com within the next sixty days. According to Couri, who also founded Duty Free International, the new owners are expecting to double the site’s page views, which ranked at about a million per month before shutting down due to the previous owner’s illness.Print distribution, he says, was at about 60,000, delivered to hotel lobbies and homes in affluent cities in the area, including Beverly, Bel Air and Brentwood. According to Couri, the new distribution will expand to 70,000-75,000, with the goal of placing the magazine in “every hotel room in Beverly Hills.” Hotels that sign on will receive custom editions with their own ads featured on the back cover.In terms of content, Couri says the magazine will feature more celebrity coverage, interviews and, potentially, celebrity-written columns. “This is a great franchise based on the demographics,” says Couri. “The whole idea is we want to make something really special for the Beverly Hills area to not only enjoy reading but reading and keeping.”Part-owner Sanford will serve as chief operating officer, while former employees Arlene Walsh, a popular gossip columnist, Adam Albirght-Hanna, editor, and Anna Lozano, production manager and senior designer, will return to the publication.last_img read more

CarGurus 2nd annual autonomy survey finds people warming up to selfdriving cars

first_img Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe may not be technologically ready for self-driving cars, but people are warming up to the idea that they may someday be on our roads. Nick Miotke/Roadshow As a media outlet that covers a lot of self-driving car news, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the technical minutiae and the more business-driven aspects of that industry. It’s possible we might lose sight, at times, of just how the motoring public feels about autonomous vehicles, but thankfully the fine folks at CarGurus figured that they should find out.For its 2019 autonomous driving survey, CarGurus polled 1,146 car owners to see what their opinions on a potential autonomous future might be. This is the second time that CarGurus has conducted this survey, and the results are more than a little interesting.”Consumer sentiment around self-driving cars is changing fast, with enthusiasm rapidly replacing skepticism,” Madison Gross, director of customer insights at CarGurus, said in a statement Wednesday. “These benchmarked results demonstrate that today’s consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of either owning an autonomous vehicle, or having them on the road, and it will be fascinating to continue to monitor this perception shift.”Last year, just 21% of those polled said that they were excited about autonomous vehicles, but this year that number jumps all the way to 32%. Perhaps even more telling is that the number of people concerned about the advent of self-driving cars dropped by 10%, from 47% to 37%. Whether that’s due to more public testing, a perceived change in where the tech is now or just having had time to deal with the idea is unclear.Of the nearly 1,200 people polled, 29% said that they would trust Tesla to make a self-driving car. That number is more than triple that of the next-highest manufacturer, Toyota. Tesla led the pack in last year’s survey as well, and we imagine that a lot of that is down to the manufacturer’s image of cutting-edge and its use of terms like Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving.”Based on what we learned during Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day, autonomy is clearly on its agenda. However, unlike companies like Waymo that have documented countless miles of instrumented testing on public roads, Tesla has done very little beyond pulling data from its customer’s vehicles as those customers use Autopilot.Another big topic of Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day involved the company’s plans to launch a fleet of driverless taxis. Other ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber have also been investing vast amounts of time and money in self-driving car research in order to be the first to market with an autonomous cab; however according to CarGurus’ survey, only around 35% of people would be willing to hop in a driverless car from a ride-hailing service.CarGurus’ data was collected in March, well before Tesla went robotaxi-crazy during its autonomy presentation, so we would be interested to see if Tesla vowing to get into that field would sway that 35% number, given people’s trust in the brand to develop the technology.So, what is Roadshow’s takeaway from all of this? It’s that people are starting to warm to the idea of their cars doing all the work of driving. People’s opinions are softening as the technology becomes more advanced and more visible.Despite what Elon Musk says, we’re still a fair ways off from having fully driverless cars lurking all over our highways and byways, but it’s good to know that when they show up, people will seemingly be ready to accept them.cargurus-av-survey-infographic-r4Enlarge Image CarGurus Self-driving cars 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Elon Musk Tesla Self-driving cars Autonomous Vehicles Car Culturecenter_img Tags More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0last_img read more

2 missing in Sherpur boat capsize

first_imgTwo day labourers went missing as a boat capsized in the Old Brahmaputra river in Dakpara area of Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.They are Farid Hossain, 26, son of Yusuf Ali, and Shahidul Islam, 25, son of Bahadur Mia, residents of Mollapara village of the upazila.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said that the boat carrying 22 day labourers sank in the river due to stormy weather.Two of them went missing although the others managed to swim ashore.A diver team of Mymensingh Fire Service rushed to the spot around 10:00am on Friday and continued rescue operation till 2:00pm, but they couldn’t trace the missing, he added.last_img

PMO directives flouted buses still run on contract

first_img.Directives of the prime minister office to ensure discipline on Dhaka roads are being flouted. The authorities have made no visible progress in implementing these directives in nearly one month.The PMO, on 16 August, issued a 17-point directive, asking the authorities to take up certain measures, including keeping the doors of running buses closed and allowing passengers to alight and get down from the buses only at the bus stops.Transport sector experts said at least 7 of the directives could have been implemented promptly, but they were not.Moreover, transport workers are defying the decisions of owners’ association not to operate buses on contract basis to curb road accidents. Most of the buses of the capital are still plying on daily contract.PMO’s directives floutedOn Tuesday and Wednesday, gross violation of the directives were evident in at least eight areas of city.One of the directives was to display drivers’ and helpers’ names with pictures, the driving licence and mobile numbers at two prominent places on the bus. This reporter found no such display in at least 25 buses on Tuesday and Wednesday.The directive of keeping the doors of running buses closed and allowing passengers to get on and down from the buses only at the stoppages were also flouted. On Wednesday, the buses were seen stopping at and taking passengers from random places.Motorcyclists’ are also violating the directives. The riders were not wearing helmets as per the instruction. Moreover, this reporter found at least five foot over bridges in a dirty condition.Jaywalkers were also seen crossing the roads risking their lives.Chairman of center for urban studies Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, the government lacks the commitment to stop anarchy on the roads. The people also have a tendency to violate the law. Political resolve and commitment from the high-ups of the government is a must to bring discipline in our roads.Contract system is still in placeTransport sector experts said, contract-based driving is one of the main reasons of accidents on the city streets.Under contract system, drivers and conductors have to give the owners fixed amounts at the end of the day or shift, leading to frantic races to get more passengers.In face of countrywide protests by students demanding safe roads, the owners association on 8 August declared that no public transport would run on city roads on contract basis. The association also declared to rescind membership of the company if any owner of their company operates buses on contracts. But the decision is being defied as this reporter talked with drivers and conductors of at least 10 city buses who are still running on contract. Owners association revoked membership of 5 bus companies for running their bus on contract but they are still plying on the road as they still have their registration valid.Khandker Enayet Ullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, however, said they will stop contract system. It might take a little more time, but they will change the system.BUET’s accident research institutes’ former director Moazzem Hossain said, owners and workers are controlling the transport sector at their will. The government neither has the capacity nor the manpower to implement those directives.Concerted effort from political parties and general people is needed to establish rules in roads, he added.last_img read more

Youth found hanging in Digha hotel police begin murder case

first_imgKolkata: East Midnapore police have started a murder case in connection with a 30-year-old youth being found hanging from the ceiling fan inside a hotel in Digha.The family members of the victim, Abhijit Dutta, lodged a complaint at the local police station against Dr Sujay Dutta, his wife Payel and his cousin brother Tinku Mondal. Police have asked the trio not to go out of Digha for the sake of investigation.They were interrogated till late Friday night. Police are trying to ascertain if they were involved in the incident. A police picket has also been set up outside the hotel where the doctor and his family had been staying. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDutta, a resident of Howrah’s Liluah, drove to Digha in a car belonging to a Howrah-based doctor’s family. The doctor had engaged Dutta as the driver of the car around a week ago. According to the police, the doctor, his family members boarded a hotel at New Digha along with the victim. Police also came to know during investigation that all the three youths including the doctor consumed alcohol inside a room of the hotel till late Thursday night, while the doctor’s wife had been sleeping in an adjacent room. It was alleged that the victim tried to assault the woman. His body was found hanging from the ceiling of a room on Friday morning.last_img read more

The reason why you could face a fine for playing music too

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIf you like to have your music blasting in your car as you sing along, then things could be about to change. And that’s because a UK council has launched a trial that will give authorities the right to fine drivers for playing music too loudly. Bradford council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and it means locals – and visitors – could be slapped with a £100 penalty for anti-social vehicle use. Councillors on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee met at City Hall earlier this month, where they approved the implementation of the PSPO covering the whole of the district, reports The Mirror . It relates to a number of driving concerns – including causing a danger to other road users, playing loud music, shouting, swearing or making sexual suggestions from a motor vehicle. The move comes after a public consultation found two third of residents in Bradford felt unsafe on the roads, citing noise nuisance as a contributing problem. A further 76 per cent supported a PSPO to help reduce the anti-social behaviour in roads. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Image: Daily Mirror. What is a PSPO? A PSPO is an order that introduces rules to an area that are designed to keep residents safe – council enforcement officers and police officers are authorised to act on them for the purpose of maintaining peace. In this instance, the PSPO can be used to stop anti-social driving – or anything considered anti-social on the road, for example excessive wheel spinning and shouting from windows. The culprits can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. poll loadingDo you agree with fining drivers for playing music too loud?0+ VOTES SO FARYes, it’s a nuisanceNo, I should be allowed to play music in my own car Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I support the step that Bradford Council have approved in the use of Public Space Protection Orders, a move which I believe will help to tackle a number of anti-social behaviour and road safety related issues.” Council officers should be able to install the legal framework to get it up and running in the next three months.   Only the police have the powers to stop moving vehicles. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us    @SOTLive    or message us on    our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at    StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

Hotels facing US10000 fines for hidden resort fees

first_img Friday, September 15, 2017 Tags: Hawaii Hotels facing US$10,000 fines for hidden resort fees HONOLULU — Resort fees are now rampant in top tourism destinations like Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean, however a consumer protection agency in at least one state is pulling out all the stops to bring hidden fees to light, in a move that could drive a hidden fee crackdown in other destinations.The Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection says it’s investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees.Hawaii News Now reports that state and federal regulators are cracking down on hotels that charge resort fees without fully disclosing the charges to visitors.The resort fees cover costs of hotel amenities ranging from use of hotel gyms, telephone services, access to business centres and other amenities.Resort fees at Hawaii hotels typically range between US$10 and $40 a night and aren’t usually included in the standard room rate online.Stephen Levins, the Office of Consumer Protection’s executive director, says a hotel operator can be fined up to $10,000 per violation if the resort fees are found to be unfair or deceptive. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Some 24 of Hong Kong consumers use a TV box that

first_imgSome 24% of Hong Kong consumers use a TV box that can be used to stream pirated television and video content, according to research commissioned by CASBAA.The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia said that the surge in pirated TV boxes “poses a major threat to the subscription video industry,” with users able to use these ‘illicit streaming devices’ to access hundreds of thousands of pirated TV channels and VOD items – often after a one-time payment.The research, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of CASBAA, found that of the 24% of consumers who purchased one of these streaming devices 49% claimed that they had cancelled all or some of their legal pay TV services.Some 26% said that they cancelled their subscription to local pay television services as a direct consequence of owning illicit streaming device, while 19% said that they had cancelled a specific part of their traditional cable TV bundle or packages after purchasing such a device. Some 21% said they had cancelled an international subscription service.Among the most popular illegal streaming pirate TV boxes for Hong Kong consumers were BossTV (9%), Ubox (7%), EVPad (6%), Lingcod (5%), and Magic Box (4%), which come pre-loaded with applications that, according to CASBAA, allow ‘plug-and-play’ access to pirated content.“The damage that content theft does to the creative industries is without dispute. However, the damage done to consumers themselves, because of the nexus between content piracy and malware, is only beginning to be recognised,” said Neil Gane, the managing director of CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy.“The piracy ecosystem is a hotbed for malware, whether purchasing illicit streaming device from Sham Shui Po’s Golden Arcade or downloading content from infamous torrent sites. Unfortunately the appetite for free or paying cheap subscription rates for stolen content, blinkers some consumers from the real risks of malicious malware infection such as spyware.”CASBAA CEO, Louis Boswell, added: “The illicit streaming device (ISD) ecosystem is impacting all businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate content. ISD piracy is also organised crime, pure and simple, with crime syndicates making substantial illicit revenues from the provision of illegally re-transmitted TV channels and the sale of such ISDs.”last_img read more