Families who rely on court-ordered child and spousal support payments now have easier access to information on their case files online. People using the Maintenance Enforcement Program Online service will be able to connect to their accounts using their phones or tablets. Clients of the program will also be able to get immediate and accurate information about enforcement actions, money collected and still owed and other case updates. The new service launched today, June 28, also allows clients to print documentation on payments received and owing, as well as connecting more easily with their program caseworkers. They can also subscribe to payment notifications online. “We have made a lot of progress strengthening the Maintenance Enforcement Program for families through legislation, technology and staff training and hiring” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “This represents another step forward in improving service to our clients.” The new service will also help staff manage cases better and make more timely enforcement decisions. It will support better oversight for cases so staff can identify people who owe money and ensure payment timelines outlined in departmental policy are met. The program collects and distributes approximately $230,000 a day or $5 million a month to families enrolled in the program. This improved access to information using mobile devices is part of government’s overall strategy to increase the effectiveness of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. Over the past year, program staff have initiated more than 30,000 enforcement actions, an increase of 29 per cent from the previous year. Outstanding payments are down 10 per cent from May 31, 2018, and now stands at $56.8 million, the lowest level in a decade. For more information on the Maintenance Enforcement Program, visit https://mep.novascotia.ca/ .
New Delhi: The government will launch a technology solution next month to enable detection of lost or stolen mobile phones that are operating in the country, an official said.The tracking system would make the detection of stolen mobile phones possible even if the SIM card is removed or the unique code IMEI number is changed, the official revealed. The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) is ready with the technology and the service is expected to be launched in August. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”C-DoT is ready with the technology. The telecom department will approach the minister for its launch after the Parliament session. It should be launched in the next month,” a DoT official said. The ongoing Parliament session will run till July 26. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had assigned the mobile phone tracking project “Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)” aimed at bringing down counterfeit cellphones and discouraging theft to C-DoT in July 2017. The government has proposed to allocate Rs 15 crore for setting up CEIR in the country that will bring down the number of counterfeit handsets and discourage theft. The CEIR system will block all services on stolen or lost mobile phones on any network even if the SIM card is removed or IMEI number of the handset is changed.
Islamabad/Doha: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday expressed willingness to travel to Pakistan and meet Prime Minister Imran Khan if he invites them for negotiations to end the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan, according to a media report. The statement by the Taliban came hours after Khan returned to Islamabad after his maiden official visit to the US where he discussed the Afghan peace process with President Donald Trump on Monday and agreed to work together to end to the conflict. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the meeting, Trump said that Pakistan would help the US “extricate” itself from Afghanistan, adding there was “tremendous potential” in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad. Interestingly, Khan was accompanied by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed during the talks at the White House. Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar’s capital Doha, told the BBC Urdu that if Prime Minister Khan extended a formal invitation, they will accept it. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We frequently visit countries in the region and would surely go to Pakistan, too, which is our Muslim neighbour, if there is a formal invitation from Islamabad,” he said. Media reports say the US is negotiating for a deal by September 1 that would see international forces pull out of Afghanistan in return for Taliban security guarantees, including a pledge that Afghanistan will not become a safe haven for terror groups. Before Khan’s visit to Washington, representatives of China, Russia, the US and Pakistan held consultation on the Afghan peace process in Beijing on July 10-11. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently holding talks with the Taliban to work out an agreement for withdrawal of the US troops and participation of the rebel group in the Afghan government, attended the meeting. The four countries had jointly urged the Taliban to immediately agree to a ceasefire and begin direct negotiations with the Afghanistan government to end the violence in the war-torn country. In a joint statement, they said the negotiations should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” and produce a peace framework as soon as possible. “This framework should guarantee the orderly and responsible transition of the security situation and detail an agreement on a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” the statement said. The Taliban leadership has divided the process of peace negotiations into internal and external phases, which include talks with the Afghan government and the US-led foreign forces present in the country, the spokesperson added. Earlier in June, Islamabad urged all sides to move towards a political solution for lingering conflict in Afghanistan in an attempt to reaffirm commitment to the Afghan peace deal. On his way back to Pakistan, Prime Minister Khan stopped over at Doha and held talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. While in the US, Khan said he plans to meet with the Taliban to persuade them to hold negotiations with the government in Afghanistan. While delivering a public talk at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, Khan noted that for the first time in the 18-year Afghan conflict, Pakistan and the US were working together to advance peace efforts in the neighboring country. Khan spoke a day after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House where the two leaders agreed to work together to end to the conflict. “Now, when I go back after meeting President Trump I will meet the Taliban and I will try my best to get them to talk to the Afghan government so that the elections in Afghanistan must be inclusive where the Taliban also participate in it,” he said. The Taliban is strongly opposed to engaging in any formal intra-Afghan negotiations, involving the Kabul government, until securing a peace deal with the US. Khan said that a Taliban delegation had wanted to meet him a few months back but he had to cancel the meeting because of objections from the Afghan government. He said he has now spoken to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani about his possible upcoming meeting with the insurgent group, the Voice of America quoted the Pakistani prime minister as saying. Afghan leaders have consistently accused Pakistan of covertly backing the Taliban-led violent insurgency in their country, charges Pakistani officials have rejected. American and Taliban officials in their months-long talks are said to have come close to concluding an agreement toward ending the Afghan war. The proposed truce would require the insurgents to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a base for international terrorists in exchange for US troops leaving the country. The Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war in Afghanistan where the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.
BEIJING, China – Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands.Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun’s goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020.Great Wall “has this intention,” said the public relations director for its Haval SUV brand, Zhao Lijia, when asked about a report by Automotive News that the Chinese automaker wants to buy Jeep. An employee of the press office for the company headquarters, who would give only his surname, Zhang, said, “Yes, we are interested in Jeep.”Zhao and Zhang said they had no other details when asked about a possible price. Zhao said it may take some time to assemble a formal bid.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company is for sale and cannot compete globally without a tie-up to a bigger partner due to the high costs of developing and marketing vehicles.In a statement Monday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it had not been approached by Great Wall.Marchionne said in April that Jeep and Chrysler’s Ram truck brand are strong enough to stand alone. The company spun off its Ferrari brand in 2015 into a separate business.Chinese companies in industries from autos to robots are spending billions of dollars to acquire brands and technology to strengthen their competitive position at home and speed their development.Great Wall Motors Ltd., headquartered in Baoding, southwest of Beijing, is one of a series of independent Chinese automakers that have grown up alongside state-owned giants such as Shanghai Automotive Industries.If it goes ahead with a Jeep bid, Great Wall could become the second Chinese automaker, after Geely Holding Group, to expand onto the global stage by acquiring an established foreign brand.Geely bought Sweden’s Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Co. in 2010 and has launched a third brand, Lynk & Co., as a partnership between Volvo and Geely’s Chinese brand.In June, Geely bought a 49.9 per cent stake in Malaysian automaker Proton and a controlling interest in British sports car maker Lotus.In 2011, a state-owned Chinese automaker, Dongfeng Motor Group, bought 14 per cent of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second-largest automaker.Great Wall sold just under 1.1 million SUVs last year, behind Jeep’s 1.4 million. Its revenue of 98.6 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) was a fraction of FCA’s global total of $118 billion (111 billion euros), but its $1.5 billion profit was almost equal to the Italian-U.S. automaker’s $1.8 billion.Great Wall also can draw on strong demand in China, the biggest auto market by units sold. Total SUV sales rose 16.8 per cent over a year earlier to 4.5 million in the six months ending in June.Great Wall emerged from a collective founded in the 1980s to repair and customize vehicles. Wei, then 26, took control in 1990 and shifted into auto manufacturing. The company launched its first sedan in 1993 but narrowed its focus a decade ago to SUVs.Wei said in February that the company’s “globalization strategy” included improving technology to meet U.S. safety standards. But he gave no indication when Haval might export to the United States or major European markets such as Germany.Great Wall shares rose 1.6 per cent in Hong Kong, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV gained 2.8 per cent in Milan.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting and AP Business Writer Colleen Barry contributed to this report.___Online:Great Wall Motors Co.: www.gwm-global.comFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV: www.fcagroup.com China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 4:08 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Total European new car registrations rose 3.1 per cent last month, mostly thanks to growth in the UK. According to latest figures released by ACEA*, the rise was caused ‘mainly by the exceptional result in the UK’ where registrations soared 25.4 per cent in September.So far this year the UK market has reported growth each month, bucking a downward trend across Europe. Total registrations in Europe fell 0.5 per cent from January to September, but in the UK the market has grown by 9.2 per cent. Registrations dropped by 1.4 per cent in Italy and 2.1 per cent in Germany over the same period.Following twelve months of growth the UK new car registrations are expected to ease in the final quarter of 2001. However total registrations, which stand at 1,962,700 units, are set to hit 2.3 million by the end of the year, and the market is still on course to beat the previous record of 2,300,944 units set in 1989.*ACEA – Association des Constructeurs EuropÃƒ©ens d’Automobiles is the European organisation that represents national automotive trade associations. If you need it, you can find the figures broken down by country on the ACEA website: www.acea.beClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Andrew Bynum, one of the key players in the mega-trade that involved three all-stars, said his left knee troubles have extended to his right knee, too , putting an even larger question mark over when he will actually play for the Philadelphia 76ers.Bynum — acquired by the Sixers in the four-team transaction that moved Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philly, Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, among other elements — has been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee, and his return has been pushed back three times since the beginning of training camp. The 76ers were hoping Bynum would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.That date is now in question because of issues with his left knee. Bynum says he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees.“I had a little bit of a setback,” Bynum said. “Just working through some issues with the right knee, I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don’t know what’s going on. The doctors are saying it’s a weakened cartilage state, so we kind of wait, I guess. We can’t do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.”Bynum did say he targeted Dec. 10 as a possibility, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated debut to anywhere from mid-to-late December to as late as mid-January.“It’s the same exact spot (as the right knee) with the cartilage,” Bynum said. “Just doing routine things and it started swelling up. No blunt-force injury or anything like that. It’s the same timetable still.”The Sixers entered Friday 4-4 without Bynum, including three straight losses at home.Bynum announced in May, while still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was going to Germany in September for the Orthokine blood-spinning treatment in his knees that other professional athletes have sought. The Sixers announced before training camp that Bynum needed to delay his return to allow the effects of the Orthokine treatment to work.The bone bruise in his right knee caused the Sixers to push the return date from training camp to the regular season and now possibly to midseason.But the Sixers are still looking long term with Bynum, who’s in the last year of his contract.“My main concern is Andrew’s health,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “My main concern is big picture. We want to have a long relationship with him.”
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Share817 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,826 Views Image: Shutterstock/Posonskyi Andrey https://jrnl.ie/3307300 Just fining people for wasting water won’t be enough says EU commissioner The issue of water charges will be back on the agenda in Leinster House this week. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 11:22 AM Mar 26th 2017, 11:22 AM Updated 11.22amTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER for the environment has cast doubt on plans that would see people penalised for wasting water in place of domestic water charges in every household.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen has indicated that the party would favour using existing legislation to introduce a fine on water wastage, while Minister Simon Coveney has also said that the EU has made its feelings on water wastage clear with “some consequences” required for those households.In a letter sent to Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, seen by RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, it is indicated that penalising water wastage wouldn’t be enough to comply with the EU’s directives on water.Vella said: “Penalising excessive use (as does the Irish Water Services Act 2007) is one way in which to apply the polluter pays principle.However, Article 9 of the Water Framework Directive requires not just the application of the polluter pays principle, but also establishment of a water pricing policy that recovers the costs for water services.The commissioner said that there was evidence to suggest that past water pricing policies in Ireland had been “ineffective” in providing the revenue to ensure the necessary level of investment in the water network and in providing the incentive for people to use water efficiently.Given Ireland’s non-compliance with directives on drinking water, the treatment of urban waste waters and the lack of progress in the first generation river basin management plans, an effective policy on water pricing is needed, he said.However, it is questionable whether abolishing domestic water charges and replacing them only with a system penalising the wasteful usage of water would be sufficient for providing solutions for all the above concerns highlighted by the Expert commission.“Extremely revealing”Brian Hayes MEP said in a statement that he had asked the European Commission if Fianna Fáil’s submission for proposing fines for the wilful abuse of water would comply with EU directives.Hayes said that Vella raised “serious doubts” about Fianna Fáil’s proposals in the letter.“It is time for the Commission to set out unequivocally what is and what is not legal in terms of the Water Framework Directive,” Hayes said.Sinn Féin spokesperson on water, Eoin Ó Broin described Vella’s comments as “extremely revealing”.He accused Fine Gael of orchestrating the release of the letter, and the said its contents confirms that Simon Coveney’s charge for excessive water use is a “Trojan horse for universal water chargers.“Commissioner Vella’s opposition to Fianna Fáil’s proposal to use the 2007 Water Services act as an alternative to Fine Gael’s excess water charge is extremely telling,” Ó Broin said.He says that the the Fianna Fáil proposal would not establish a reliable source of revenue to cover the cost of water services. If this is true of Fianna Fáils proposal it is also true of Fine Gael’s excess water chargeSolidarity-PBP TD Paul Murphy said Vella’s comments were “anything but respectful” and that its message fell into the category of “well they would say that, wouldn’t they?”“The real question here is whether Fianna Fail use this intervention from the Commission to justify backsliding from their recent position of opposition to any water charges,” Murphy said.The future of water chargesThis week, the special joint committee on the future funding of domestic water services will meet to address the option of wastage fines through existing taxation, and other potential options.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services had previously indicated that they are in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.Minister Simon Coveney had indicated that he would not introduce legislation to eliminate water charges.“I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” he told reporters last month.Last year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove the charges completely.“We have clear advice from Attorney General’s Office, I have legal advice from my own department and the expert commission’s advice that was very clear – and we have a European Commission that has shown flexibility and willingness to work with Ireland, but are also clear that there has to be some consequences for households wasting large amounts of water,” Coveney said.With the Oireachtas committee due to agree a motion to be voted on in the Dáil by 14 April, the issue of water charges could be set for a return to the top of the political agenda in the next few weeks.Read: Irish Water guilty of sewage pollution at four plants across the countryRead: So many questions… what’s happening with water charges? 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 20,000 people attended the Glendi Greek Festival in Adelaide last weekend to immerse themselves in Greek culture food and entertainment. The Glendi festival delivered a fine entertainment program, plenty of food and sweet stalls, rides for the kids, cultural exhibitions and much more. You can read a full report on the Glendi festival in this Saturday’s English edition of Neos Kosmos.
L’Elysée dément les accusations de téléchargement illégalEn fin de semaine dernière, un site recensant les téléchargements illégaux laissait apparaître l’étonnante et amusante présence d’adresses IP attribuées à l’Elysée. Une accusation vivement démentie par la présidence.Le palais de l’Elysée s’est-il rendu coupable de téléchargements illégaux quand le gouvernement met tout en oeuvre pour lutter contre le piratage des ouvres protégées par des droits d’auteurs ? C’est ce que le site YouHaveDownloaded laisse apparaître dans la longue liste d’adresses IP associées à des téléchargements illégaux qu’il a récemment publiée (voir notre article). À lire aussiTéléchargement illégal : le Japon tranche avec une loi ultra-repressiveFace à la polémique engendrée par cette révélation, la présidence n’a pas tardé à réagir, pour vivement la démentir. “Il n’y a pas eu de téléchargement illégal depuis le réseau de la présidence sur les derniers mois”, a affirmé au site 01.net la responsable du service de communication de l’Elysée. Celle-ci a précisé qu’une vérification avait été menée sur les adresses IP utilisées dans les locaux de la présidence de la république pour s’en assurer, et affirme qu’une analyse de la période antérieure est actuellement en cours.Comme l’a lui-même soulignéle responsable du site YouHaveDownloaded dans les colonnes du Nouvel Observateur, cette affaire tend plus à démontrer l’absence de fiabilité d’une adresse IP comme seule preuve justifiant le déclenchement de la riposte graduée mise en place par la Hadopi que la présence de pirates à l’Elysée. “Je pense qu’il s’agit d’une machine personnelle qui utilise l’adresse IP du palais, pas d’un ordinateur gouvernemental (…) Une adresse IP n’est pas une donnée fiable pour identifier un internaute. Celle-ci peut être usurpée ou détournée” expliquait-il.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambert
All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline and introduced memorable new characters like Ahsoka Tano and Cad Bane while fleshing out the arcs of existing characters like Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul. To celebrate a decade of Clone Wars, a special anniversary panel was held at San Diego Comic-Con full of retrospectives, candid stories from the cast and crew, and even a special announcement or two. Showrunner Dave Filoni was joined by producer Athena Portillo, composer Kevin Kiner, voice actress Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), and Anakin voice actor Matt Lanter. It was moderated by Amy Ratcliffe.The panel began with a video displaying footage from the Clone Wars movie and some of the show’s earliest episodes. Filoni explained that it was the first footage ever shown of the world his crew had built. George Lucas found out they didn’t have plans to show anything at Star Wars Celebration that year and encouraged them to reconsider so the crew cut the footage in a weekend.The audience was also shown concept art of the original Clone Wars team, which looked to bear more resemblance to what became the cast of Star Wars Rebels. Lucas saw the designs and demanded that Anakin, Obi-Wan, and company be included. This led to a discussion about the team that put together the show, from Filoni himself to CGCG, the animation studio in Taipei that handled animation duties for a good portion of the show. Filoni stated that, “There were no unimportant jobs on The Clone Wars. Everyone was vital to what we were doing.”The Clone Wars was anchored over its run by a passionate fanbase, which Filoni addressed. Any show with a big fanbase is going to have its fair share of detractors and criticisms on the internet. Filoni talked about how it’s hard for him to pay attention to the reactions and critiques of fans on the internet because by the time the episodes air, so much of the show is already done. He can’t do much about it at that point and therefore has to trust his instincts.One of the more interesting tidbits to come from the panel was something the crew says George Lucas stressed regarding one of the central themes of the show. Lucas stressed that the ongoing character struggles should be rooted in selflessness versus selfishness. That is, to him, the inherent struggle of the Force. After a eulogy of Ian Abercrombie, who voiced Palpatine until his passing, the subject of Season 5 came up. Apparently when the team crafted the break between Ahsoka and Anakin they didn’t know the show wouldn’t be coming back. The crew proceeded to heap praise upon Dave Filoni, who claimed that everything he knows about storytelling he learned from George Lucas.Leading up to its close, a great deal of art was displayed. The crew talked about the Finally, the subject of #SaveTheCloneWars came up. It proved a perfect segue into a nice surprise, that being the news that the show will be returning for a new season! 12 new episodes will be available on Disney’s streaming network at an undetermined date. Featuring the tagline, “A war left unfinished…until now.” it looks like the season will feature not only the reunion of Anakin and Ahsoka but also the much-anticipated Siege of Mandalore, certain to be an all-time great Star Wars story. We’ll have details as they come, but for now, the trailer has been made available online. Not nearly enough JarJar for our liking but we’re still pretty stoked. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
While the association said there are 8 titles that have never made the finalist list, award stalwarts New York, New Yorker and National Geographic lead in the number of nominations with 10, 10 and 7, respectively. Twenty magazines received multiple nominations. Close behind the leaders are Esquire, GQ and Wired with 6 each, and The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair with 5 each.New York, National Geographic and New Yorker are all up for general excellence awards—as are Architect, Garden & Gun, Military History, and Food Network Magazine, which are among the first-timers. New York is also up for magazine of the year. Also nominated are The Atlantic, Fast Company, Glamour and Men’s Health. The awards event will be held April 22 in New York at the Alice Tully Hall. For a full list of nominees, click here. MPA announced Wednesday the finalists for its 45th annual National Magazine Awards, or Ellies, as they’re commonly called. The New Yorker, New York and National Geographic lead in nominations.National Geographic and New York also lead in the Digital Ellies, which were announced last week. A total of 1,758 entries were received from 300 magazines competing for the 51 award slots, said the MPA.
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.Enlarge 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 Culture Tags More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0
Budget carrier IndiGo on Sunday admitted that it had not passed on all the benefits arising from lower fuel prices to passengers. The acknowledgment resulted from the concerns of rising airfares despite slump in oil prices.A slump in global crude oil prices over the last few weeks has boosted airlines, as aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices account for 40 percent of an airline’s operating costs. IndiGo President and Whole-Time Director Aditya Ghosh said the carrier continues to use lower ATF rates as an opportunity to reduce flight ticket rates and thereby increasing passenger numbers, Press Trust of India reports.He also admitted that the entire benefit from the lower fuel prices have not been passed on to the passengers.”If you look at the fourth quarter (January-March 2016), then fuel prices came down 29.5 percent whereas the average fares came down I think above 15.2 percent. So clearly, we are not passing on all to the customers, but of course the lower fuel prices and the lower average fares also has a positive effect on our load factors,” Ghosh was quoted by PTI as saying during a conference call last week when IndiGo’s Q4 results were announced.In addition, Ghosh said IndiGo was not driving down fares, but there was some amount of competition from other aircraft carriers such as Spicejet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Air India.There have been rising concerns that airlines are not passing on benefits to their passengers.According to reports, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked some airlines to provide details of the number of tickets they sells in the “highest fare bracket” and their share in the revenues earned.InterGlobe Aviation, which owns budget-carrier IndiGo, reported a 0.30 percent growth in net profit to Rs. 579 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2016, despite a 14.75 percent decline in aircraft fuel expenses. The net profit was Rs. 577.30 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks from the briefing room of the US State Department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSecretary of State Rex Tillerson promised Tuesday that the United States is not trying to topple Kim Jong-Un’s North Korean regime, but warned it must halt its nuclear missile program.Briefing reporters on diplomatic efforts to pressure Pyongyang, Tillerson said Washington would be willing to talk to the North if its leaders accept that they must disarm.“We don’t think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they’re going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive,” he warned.But he sought to reassure the isolated authoritarian regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a US attack.“We do not see a regime change. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula,” he promised.“We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel. And we’re trying to convey that to the North Koreans.“We are not your enemy. We’re not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.”US President Donald Trump has demanded that China, North Korea’s neighbor and biggest trade partner, rein in its nuclear ambitions—angrily tweeting over the weekend that Beijing is not doing enough.But here too, Tillerson was more diplomatic.“We certainly don’t blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea,” Washington’s top diplomat said.“Only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation, but we do believe China has a special and unique relationship, because of this significant economic activity, to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can.”Last week, Kim boasted that North Korea could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.Republican foreign policy hawk Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump is ready to launch a devastating military strike if diplomacy fails to stop the nuclear missile threat.
Jordan fans rushing to bash LeBron after Game 3 is the ultimate complimentLeBron James put up an awful 11-point performance in last night’s Game 3, Eastern conference Finals loss to the shorthanded Celtics, and his haters were quick to run to social media to scream from the Twitter mountaintops that Michael Jordan would never have had a similar game in the playoffs. Jordan actually did have bad playoff games, contrary to the laundered history being sold 20 years later.Colin thinks that the fan reflex of instantly comparing James to Jordan, even negatively, isn’t a slam, it’s the ultimate sign of respect. Even those that hate him can only compare him to the greatest basketball player of all-time. That never happened to Kobe or Duncan.What was LeBron’s issue last night? Who knows. In 20 years, no one will remember it, especially if the Cavs can mange to beat the Warriors to win their second straight title.The ultimate compliment is that you now, as fans, are acknowledging there is only one challenger to the greatest basketball player of all-time.” The Celtics shouldn’t pay Isaiah Thomas max moneyBoston point guard Isaiah Thomas is done for the playoffs after suffering a hip injury, and last night, in Game 3 without him, the Celtics played their best game of the Eastern Conference Finals.Colin doesn’t think the Celtics are a better team, right now, without him, but it’s been proven time and time again that small, ball-centric, point guards don’t win big in the playoffs. In Thomas’ case, he’s a score first point guard, who dribbles a ton, and is consistently exposed as defensive liability in the playoffs. Thomas’ story is worthy of a Hollywood movie script, but he’s not worth a max contract.According to Celtics insider Jackie MacMullen, Danny Ainge was willing to deal Thomas last year for a lottery pick. If Thomas could win titles, Ainge wouldn’t even consider the move. That speaks volumes.If Boston wants to keep hometown favorite Thomas, they will have to pay him max money a year from now. In today’s NBA, it’s not worth it. Option B is let him go, and end a five-year rebuild and start from scratch.“Last night, the Celtics were better without Isaiah Thomas.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 no-show; if the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas could be dealt; and why last night will ultimately be good for the Cavs.Cedric Ceballos – NBA Slam Dunk Champion and 11-year NBA veteran is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 letdown; why he thinks LeBron will bounce back in Game 4; and why the Celtics should trade Isaiah Thomas and draft Lonzo Ball.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s let down; why LeBron shrinking was embarrassing; why it’s a bad look for Kevin Durant to dismiss blowouts are bad for the NBA; and why NBA retraction would be good for the league.
OverallWeb ScorePhone ScoreAvg Call TimePhone NumberWeb Support AdvertisementWeb and Social Support (10/60)Before we launched our tech support investigation this year, MSI informed us that it had completely revamped its website:”In the past 12 months, we’ve updated our service support page to streamline quick information to our users,” an MSI representative told Laptop via email. “Our laptop FAQ page is also now more concise and easier to navigate.”While it’s true that the MSI website is prettier and has a better layout than before, it’s not really any more helpful — or functional. I tried to search all five questions on MSI’s website, and found answers for only three of them. Even then, those answers weren’t easy to find.When you search for answers through MSI’s default Service Portal, it always defaults to a product search. Naturally, if you’re searching for a tech support question, a product search will return zero results. It took me a minute to even notice that there were FAQ options off to the left side of the screen. Even then, the site defaulted back to the product search with each new question I asked, adding a tedious extra step to my investigation.When I finally found my way to the FAQ section, I learned that the search results weren’t optimized, either. I usually had to scroll halfway down any given page to find an appropriate article. Even when I found the correct article, there was a chance that the page wouldn’t load.To be fair, I eventually discovered straightforward, helpful FAQs for the webcam, sleep mode and fan questions. But the Windows update FAQ led to a broken link, while the mobile-app FAQ directed me to a very general YouTube video.There’s also a way to submit a tech support ticket to MSI through the website, but this process is more trouble than it’s worth. For a single question, you have to fill out a two-page form, on which you have to give your name, address, phone number, serial number, BIOS version and build of Windows. A technician will respond within 24 hours with an accurate answer, but the convoluted form seems to be making things easier for MSI, not the user.MSI claims that it offers “quick replies” via Facebook private messages, but in practice, I’ve never found that to work. Last year, I messaged the MSI page with a simple tech-support query and never received an answer.While I had initially chalked this up to a crossed wire somewhere, I was surprised to go through exactly the same experience this year. I sent a polite, concise message asking for help setting up the MSI Dragon Center mobile app … and waited. And waited. After about a week, I had to concede that MSI was simply not going to respond.Don’t bother looking for help on Twitter, either. MSI’s official Twitter page does not respond to tech support queries, directing users to call the company instead.Phone Support (20/40)What redeemed MSI last year was its phone support: quick, polite and, above all else, accurate. One MSI technician last year, in fact, gave me the best answer I ever got to an open-ended tech-support question.(I’d asked how to defend against the Spectre/Meltdown flaw, and with great honesty and humility, he admitted there was no perfect way and recommended a few potential workarounds. Many other companies claimed that their systems had perfect defenses against the flaw.)MSI phone support is still quick and fairly polite, but the accuracy has taken a nosedive since then. Of the three questions I asked, only one received an accurate answer from technicians. One rep found the correct answer during a tedious, 18-minute process, and the other whiffed a question completely.I first called MSI at 3:30 p.m. EDT on a Wednesday to ask how to disable Windows 10 updates. I spoke with Kien, who, like all MSI tech support personnel, was located in City of Industry, California. Having native English speakers in a North American call center is a big advantage by itself, and Kien’s knowledgeable response only made things easier. He led me right to Windows Administrative Tools, where he helped me work a little registry magic. The call took 4 minutes and 58 seconds, with less than a minute on hold.After my encounter with Kien, I had high hopes when I called MSI again at 10:45 a.m. EDT on a Thursday. This time, I spoke with Jose and asked him a brand-specific question: “How do I change the fan speed?”For those of you who don’t know, new MSI laptops have a built-in program called Dragon Center, which allows you to monitor CPU, GPU, memory and disk usage. The center has a few other tabs as well, which let you program voice commands, customize gaming modes and tune system options. One tuning option is, in these exact words, Fan Speed.MORE: Which MSI is Right For You?This is why I almost didn’t believe my ears when Jose told me that changing fan speed on an MSI notebook was impossible.With Dragon Center, not only can you set the fan speed to Auto, Basic or Cooler Boost; you can even set it to Advanced and then customize the fan speeds for both the CPU and GPU. Doing so is nearly trivial. But Jose insisted that it could not be done unless I wanted to install third-party firmware.He then gave me some (admittedly correct) information about how to check my BIOS version, since installing firmware for the incorrect BIOS can be disastrous. I was on hold for less than a minute, and the call overall took only 5 minutes and 26 seconds.The last call, which I made at 10:20 p.m. EDT on a Thursday night, was easily the longest, at 18 minutes and 21 seconds. This is partially because the fix involved installing a program and restarting my system a few times, but also partially because the tech support representative started off with the wrong answer.This time, I spoke with Tyler (and I got to the rep, once again, after less than a minute on hold). I asked him how to connect Dragon Center with the MSI mobile app. I confess that this is the one tech support question to which I did not know the answer in advance. That’s because there are about seven different MSI apps and the PC program does not tell you which one to install.Tyler first told me to install the MSI Notebook app, which was not correct. Once we found the proper app, he told me to install the proper program and scan a QR code in the Dragon Center PC program. However, I got an error message. Apparently, my version of Dragon Center (on a brand-new laptop) was out of date, and the program cannot update itself.After finding and installing the latest version of Dragon Center, I had to restart my computer, which wound up taking quite a long time; apparently, the program does elaborate things to a PC’s registry. At this point, Tyler informed me that he was on the night shift, and it might be easier if I just called him back with any further questions. I agreed and let him go.I have mixed feelings about Tyler shooing me away. I appreciate that the night shift has limited staff and that every minute he waited for my computer to restart, he was potentially missing out on helping another customer. And he was right: After the restart, I had no problem completing the connection. But I still think tech support reps should generally stay with customers until the repair is complete, unless a customer requests otherwise.WarrantyMSI notebooks come with a one-year warranty by default. Users can buy up to two years of additional coverage at $80 for one year or $140 for two years. All MSI warranties include one-time accidental-damage repair, but that does not cover the cost of sending a laptop to MSI. (The company, however, will pay for return shipping.) Users are also free to upgrade a laptop’s RAM or storage without voiding anything, provided they don’t damage a system’s internal workings.Bottom LineMSI produces high-quality gear at reasonable prices, but the company’s tech support has actually gotten worse. The website is a frustrating labyrinth, social media support is nonexistent, and phone support, while fast and courteous, was accurate only half the time.The good news is that if you have an MSI machine, you’re probably a PC gamer and therefore used to solving esoteric problems with a limited toolkit. This DIY attitude should serve you well, because you’re essentially flipping a coin if you hand the problem over to MSI. Sometimes you’ll get a quick, accurate answer — and sometimes, you’ll get something that’s vague, half-right or just flat-out wrong. At least you won’t spend very much time on the phone finding out which one is the case. For the past two years, MSI has come in last place in our Tech Support Showdown. It’s a poor showing, to be sure. While the company’s phone support has typically been both fast and accurate, its website has been almost impossible to navigate, and its social media support options have been limited. Tech Support ShowdownScorecard and WinnersAcerAppleAsusHP HuaweiDellLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsung 30/10010/6020/409:35888-447-6564Link MSI Tech Support The bad news is that MSI’s web and social support haven’t improved. The worse news is that the company’s phone support has gone downhill, too. While you can get ahold of an MSI representative on the phone quickly and easily, you’re not guaranteed to get a correct answer. That’s admittedly better than what you get on the company’s website, where you’re not guaranteed to get an answer at all.I tested MSI customer support by registering a GL63 8RD-066US laptop, then asking five questions, both by web and by phone. Three could apply to any Windows 10 machine: “How do I turn off forced updates?”, “How do I stop my computer from going to sleep?” and “How do I disable my webcam.” Two were specific to MSI: “How do I connect Dragon Center with the MSI mobile app?” and “How do I change the fan speed?”Web support proved disastrous, while phone support was a mixed bag. Like last year, if you have a tech question about an MSI machine, my recommendation is to let Reddit or the Tom’s Hardware forums handle it. 无法播放该视频文件。(错误代码: 102400) Phone Hours (PST): 5 am – 4 am, Mon – Fri by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. 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Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — For the vast majority of visitors to Kissimmee, it’s all about the theme parks, and Experience Kissimmee knows it.And because the days in this Florida favourite are filled to the brim with rides, attractions and plenty of sun, that’s all the more reason to prioritize a good night’s sleep with accommodation offering the ease and conveniences of home. Kissimmee has that too, with more than 22,000 vacation home rentals.For several years now Kissimmee has been touting its title as the Vacation Home Capital of the World (they even trademarked the slogan) and the message is resonating with the trade, says Denise Graham, Account Manager, Canada for Experience Kissimmee.Agents are booking the vacation home rentals and can earn commission on the bookings thanks to high participation in the program from Canadian tour operators. “All the tour operators offer them,” said Graham at last night’s Experience Kissimmee event, at The Ballroom in Toronto. Graham and the Experience Kissimmee team from VoX International hosted the event – complete with a pajama-party theme – along with partners from Kissimmee’s top theme parks and attractions.Flight Centre agents have a ball at the pajama-themed Experience Kissimmee event at The Ballroom in Toronto“We have vacation rentals that start at two bedrooms and go all the way up to 18 bedrooms,” says Graham. The larger options can accommodate everything from family reunions to small corporate groups to multigenerational vacations.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureKissimmee is coming off a great year, she added, with overnight stays up 17% for the destination in the most recent fiscal year. For this fiscal year, so far overnight stays are up close to 3%.For more details see experiencekissimmee.com. Tags: Events, Kissimmee << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 25, 2019 Vacation home rentals make an ideal base for busy Kissimmee getaways Posted by
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October 26, 2011 505 Views Freddie,Leadership Shakeup Underway for Freddie Mac in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing In a surprise move, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) announced a flurry of resignations for “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ over this year and the next, with “”CEO Ed Haldeman””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/haldeman.html, “”Chairman John Koskinen””:http://www.freddiemac.com/governance/bios/koskinen.html, and several other board members set to step down.[IMAGE]Other resigning officers include “”Laurence Hirsch””:http://www.freddiemac.com/governance/bios/hirsch.html, a board member who will not seek re-election, and “”Robert Glauber””:http://www.freddiemac.com/governance/bios/glauber.html, chairman of the GSE’s nomination and governance committee.The biggest news came with Haldeman’s decision to leave Freddie, which the FHFA referenced toward the end of a “”statement””:http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/22735/FRECH102611.pdf largely devoted to Koskinen and Glauber.The chief executive had previously notified the board of his intentions to resign as soon as Freddie’s directors cobble together a succession plan that it will begin “”shortly,”” according to the statement. There is no deadline for the succession plan.””Ed Haldeman has brought strong leadership to Freddie Mac,”” FHFA “”Acting Director Edward DeMarco””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=67 said in the statement. “”I appreciate his commitment to leadership stability during the upcoming transition.””Haldeman played an instrumental role in the history of the mortgage company, stepping into his role as CEO when the GSE transitioned into conservatorship at the height of the financial crisis. [COLUMN_BREAK]””_The Washington Post_””:http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/within-year-mortgage-firms-chief-executive-chairman-and-2-board-members-will-be-out/2011/10/26/gIQAt2dkJM_story.html reported that he grasped the reins immediately following the resignation of then-CEO David Moffett and the then-CFO’s suicide.The departure is likely to carry some heft in the markets, given the GSE’s role as a guarantor and owner of some $11 trillion in federally insured mortgages it shares with “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html.The chief regulator announced the other resignations, namely those for Koskinen and Glauber, as ones in line with corporate governance guidelines that mandate retirement for officers of a certain age.””John Koskinen and Robert Glauber have provided outstanding service to Freddie Mac and the country in their roles on the Freddie Mac board during this time of conservatorship,”” DeMarco added.He portrayed the legacies left behind by Koskinen and Glauber as ones reflective of “”a long record of public service and accomplishment”” during Freddie’s time of transition.Without referencing the others, he said that “”Christopher Lynch””:http://www.freddiemac.com/governance/bios/lynch.html, who heads up the GSE’s audit committee, will take the reins from Koskinen as Freddie’s new chairman come December.Freddie Mac said in a “”separate statement””:http://freddiemac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=12329&item=74461 that Hirsch cited personal and professional obligations for reasons why he will not seek re-election to the GSE’s board. Like Haldeman, the retiring director joined Freddie Mac at the height of the financial crisis, and leaves at a time when lawmakers and policymakers continue to float proposals about how best the federal government should wean the GSEs off taxpayer dollars.Without referencing his own leave-taking, Koskinen said in the statement that “”Larry has been an invaluable resource on Freddie Mac’s board of directors at a time when the company is playing a vital role providing liquidity and stability to a fragile housing finance market.””Spokespeople for neither the FHFA nor Freddie Mac could be immediately reached for comment. Share Company News Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Movers & Shakers Processing 2011-10-26 Ryan Schuette