NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street, although a decline in Boeing is pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a small loss.Boeing slumped 2.2 per cent in early trading Monday following reports that regulators are looking into safety issues surrounding the company’s 737 Max, which was in involved in two deadly crashes recently.Fidelity National Information Services rose 1.8 per cent after announcing that it would buy Worldpay, another online payments processor, for about $35 billion. Worldpay jumped 12 per cent.The S&P 500 index rose 4 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,826.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 32 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,819. The Nasdaq gained 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,701..The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Canadians are still on target for a record year of personal debt despite ending 2013 by making a small dent in the money they owe, says credit monitoring agency TransUnion.[np_storybar title=”Money hurdles for 2014: How to get out of debt ASAP” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/04/money-hurdles-for-2014-how-to-get-out-of-debt-asap/”%5DDebt is stressful but think of how awesome you’ll feel when you’ve got a plan to beat it, when you’re seeing it retreat, when you’re finally free and clear, when you’ve got all of that extra money. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]At the end of last year, Canadians owed a total of $27,368 on such things as lines of credit, credit cards and car loans, TransUnion said in a study released Wednesday.That’s down $117, or 0.42%, from $27,485 in the fourth quarter of 2012 — the highest level of non-mortgage debt on record.We’ve got to get this debt down and we can’t make it happen“We’ve been told over and over and over again from so many places that we’ve got to get this debt down and we can’t make it happen,” said Thomas Higgins, TransUnion’s vice-president of analytics and decision services.TransUnion is sticking by its prediction that average consumer’s total non-mortgage debt will hit an all-time high of $28,853 by the end of 2014.“There’s nothing to give us any indication that the debt levels are going to start to come down in any noticeable chunk,” Higgins said from Toronto. “Right now, we’re still trending in that direction (to higher debt), for sure.”Higgins said Canadians started to pile on debt in the years before the 2008 recession. He said he’d have to see Canadians’ personal debt being reduced consistently by $500 to $1,000 over four to six quarters before he would say “we’re sorting of heading somewhere.”In the last quarter of 2013, consumers’ credit card debt and debt on lines of credit were down a bit, Higgins said.But consumers spent a little less on holiday shopping only because they got “better deals” rather than consciously cutting spending, he said.The study also found that loan delinquencies in the quarter ended Dec. 31 were down, meaning that consumers were making minimum payments on their debts.“We may not be paying all of it, but we’re paying enough down so that you’re still in good standing.”But Higgins cautioned that if anything impacts the economy, the markets or interest rates, delinquency rates are usually impacted first.Meanwhile, the study also found that Vancouver residents experienced the biggest increase in consumer debt, hitting $41,077 at the end of last year, up seven% from $38,357 in 2012.On the other hand, those in Montreal managed to reduce their debt by 5.5% from $19,651 to an average of $18,563, the lowest among residents of all major Canadian cities.Higgins said Vancouver generally has higher incomes allowing consumers to take on more debt, while consumers in Montreal usually save to buy bigger items or pay with debit cards.In a report on Tuesday, Statistics Canada said Canadian families have become wealthier over the past several years, with net worth rising despite the well-documented growth in household debt and a setback from the recession.However, there were big differences across age groups, regions and family types and economists noted that the biggest single reason overall for the improvement was rising house prices, which are widely expected to moderate or even fall in the next few years.
Premjayantha said that news reports claiming Parliament will meet on Monday were misleading. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Susil Premjayantha says Parliament is unlikely to meet on Monday.He told reporters today that Parliament needs time to prepare to meet and there is not enough time to meet on Monday. President Maithripala Sirisena, last week, prorogued Parliament till November 16th after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked as Prime Minister and Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the new Prime Minister. Rajapaksa had said today that there was a likelihood that Parliament will be convened on Monday.However Premjayantha said that the news reports to that effect were misleading and that Parliament was most likely to meet on November 16th. He said that on November 16th the new Government will submit a vote on accounts in place of the budget for 2019. (Colombo Gazette)
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Wholesale trade numbersStatistics Canada will release wholesale trade data for May on Monday. The Canadian economy has been showing signs of picking up strength in recent months after a weak showing at the end of 2018 and the start of the year.New railway record?Canadian National Railway Co. releases second-quarter earnings results on Tuesday. The country’s largest railway said it was on track to move record quantities of western Canadian grain after transporting more than 2.3 million tonnes of grain in June.Rogers earningsRogers Communications Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The Toronto-based telecommunications and media company said it is confident its new device financing plans comply with federal codes after the regulator said it would submit questions to companies that had introduced such plans.Suncor updateSuncor Energy Inc. will host a conference call to discuss second quarter results on Thursday. CEO Mark Little told an audience at an energy conference in Calgary recently that despite higher oil prices, the company is more focused on share buybacks than it is on increased spending.George Weston’s turnaround planGeorge Weston Ltd. will hold a conference call to discuss its second-quarter results on Friday. Executives told shareholders in May that the company is starting to stabilize about a year into a multi-year transformation plan, and had won new business in its frozen division, mostly in doughnuts and pies. The Canadian Press
The announcement followed days of talks marked by progressively more optimistic predictions by Council members that agreement would be reached on the text.The President of the Security Council this morning said differences among its members were narrowing on the proposed resolution, which is cosponsored by the United States and the United Kingdom.”The different positions of the different sides are getting closer and we have made definite progress in drafting the text,” Zhang Yishan, the Deputy Permanent Representative of China, told reporters following a morning session of closed-door consultations.”If we can compare the differences of all sides to clouds, then I can say that the clouds are getting thinner and thinner,” he said. “If we continue to move along the right path we have been following over the past few days, the sunlight of unity is about to come.”Speaking of his own country’s position, he said that for China, it is crucial that the Security Council “speak with one voice.” Only by doing so “can we send a clear signal to Iraq.”The Council’s message should include two elements: that Baghdad must comply fully and unconditionally with the relevant UN resolutions, and that the whole issue of Iraq must be solved in a fair and comprehensive manner, Ambassador Zhang said.Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), told the press that a unanimously adopted resolution would send a stronger message than one subject to abstentions, “and in that sense would strengthen our hand.”Asked about the prospects for the return of inspectors to Iraq, Mr. Blix said, “we are confident that they will be back very soon.”Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to press questions earlier in the day, said that for the Council, the key issue is disarmament. “If Iraq cooperates and the inspectors can get that work done, I think the Council will be less inclined to think in terms of military action,” he said.
Serena Williams lost her No. 1 ranking at the U.S. Open Thursday. (Twitter)Serena Williams was knocked off the top spot after Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat her at the U.S. Open. Thursday night’s match caused Williams to lose her chance at making Grand Slam title history.USA Today reported Pliskova won in a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) upset.Williams told reporters she made many mistakes after the game at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I don’t think much went well today,” she said of losing to first-time major semifinalist Pliskova. “I made a lot of errors. I didn’t play as well as I’ve been playing.”The Guardian reported Williams went up against Simona Halep Wednesday, and though she defeated her in three sets, some wondered if the less than 22-hour turnaround caused Williams’ upset Thursday.But Williams dismissed those claims.“We play every single week,” she said. “I have been in Toronto or Montreal or Cincinnati where I play Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I mean, if I’m not used to playing this, and I really should think of something different. I’m not going to sit here and make an excuse because that’s not me.”A bad knee is to blame for her poor performance.Williams called her ailment “serious” and said it flared up “after the second or third round.” She declined to detail the diagnosis.“I wasn’t able to move the way I wanted to move,” Williams explained. “When you’re injured you’re thinking of other things when you should be just playing and thinking of your shots. My mind was just a little bit everywhere. But it was what it was.”“I don’t remember having seen her move so slowly ever,” her coach Patrick Mouratoglou told reporters. “As soon as she started, it was terrible.”The resulting defeat cost Williams her 23rd Grand Slam. She’ll continue to share the 22 record titles with Steffi Graff. The tennis stars will also share the 186-week record for the No. 1 world ranking. Williams will lose the top spot to Germany’s Angelique Kerber once the new rankings are revealed Sept. 12.
Atheists may struggle to see anything positive about religion because unemotional logic rules their brains, a new study suggests.Non-religious people are more likely to be analytical thinkers, researchers say, while those who are intensely religious will have a strong sense of morality.They also found that decreasing empathy among non-religious participants in the study corresponded to increasing dogmatism.It suggests militant atheists “may lack the insight to see anything positive about religion [as] they can only see that it contradicts their scientific, analytical thinking”. A Buddhist monk stands outside a temple Credit:Reuters But while the analytical left side of the brain appears to rule the non-religious dogmatist’s mind, the opposite is true for those with staunch religious beliefs.“It suggests that religious individuals may cling to certain beliefs, especially those which seem at odds with analytic reasoning, because those beliefs resonate with their moral sentiments,” said PhD student Jared Friedman, a co-author of the study.Anthony Jack, associate professor of philosophy and co-author of the research, added “emotional resonance helps religious people to feel more certain”.“The more moral correctness they see in something, the more it affirms their thinking,” he explains.“In contrast, moral concerns make nonreligious people feel less certain.” In both groups, higher critical reasoning skills were associated with lower levels of dogmatism. Pope Francis Credit:EPA However researchers warned that untempered empathy can be dangerous, Jack said: “Terrorists, within their bubble, believe it’s a highly moral thing they’re doing. They believe they are righting wrongs and protecting something sacred.”The majority of participants in the study identified as Christian or non-religious; Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim participants also took part.More than 900 people completed tests assessing dogmatism, empathetic concern, aspects of analytical reasoning, and prosocial intentions.The study by Case Western Reserve University was published in the Journal of Religion and Health. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Legendary Pokemon are currently unavailable in Pokemon Go, but one crafty trainer has modified the game client to make one other hidden Pokemon turn up: Ditto.Ditto is a shape-shifting transformation Pokemon, capable of copying an opponent’s creature down to the move set. It’s also currently the only non-legendary Pokemon unavailable in the game, joining the likes of legendaries Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and, of course, Mew.Why Ditto is so special is unclear, outside of its exclusive transformation ability, but there is a way to make it turn up in the game. For those tired of waiting to hear official news from Nintendo, this is a way to get a sneak peek.Youtuber FrozenAquaCat uploaded a video of his modified game and describes a bit of his tinker work in the video description. Weedle, a bug-type Pokemon, has a Pokedex number of 13. Incidentally, this coincides with his encounter ID, which is what the game client uses to tell your device which Pokemon you just discovered.The savvy trainer might realize that Ditto’s Pokedex number, and his encounter ID, just so happens to be 132. By modifying the Pokemon Go client, FrozenAquaCat was able to add the missing 2 to the ID, causing his next encounter with a Weedle to result in Ditto taking its place. Using the programming language Python, he was able to forcibly inject his code into the game using a technique that makes it playable on PC.Unfortunately, the game crashes if he attempts to throw a Pokeball at the Ditto, but we’re one step closer to making capturing Ditto a reality. Until then, we’ll just have to wait until someone figures out how to make Ditto just a tad less temperamental. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>
WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it.The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up.One allegation was that U.S. officials told the CIA to “stand down” and not go to the aid of the Americans. Top CIA and Defense and State Department officials have denied that.The testimony from the CIA officers and contractors who were in Libya on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, bolster those denials, but also shed light on what may have led to the delay of up to 30 minutes to respond, according to the varying accounts.None of those who testified said a quicker response would have saved the lives of Stevens and communications specialist Sean Smith at the temporary diplomatic facility.The senior CIA officers in charge in Libya that day told Congress of a chaotic scramble to aid Stevens and others who were in the outpost when it was attacked by militants on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Under-construction skyscrapers in Greater Noida (representational image).IANSHousing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (Hudco), a fully-owned Indian government company, will be hitting the capital markets with its Rs 1,200-crore initial public offering (IPO) next week. The 46-year-old company is issuing shares in the price band of Rs 56-60 per equity share.The public issue, comprising 204.1 million equity shares by way of stake dilution by the government, opens on May 8 and closes on May 11 (May 10 is a public holiday on account of Buddha Purnima).Since the public issue comprises stake dilution by existing investors, the company won’t receive any money from the IPO, which is part of the disinvestment programme for the current fiscal.Highlights of the issue and the company’s performance (courtesy: Motilal Oswal Securities):The company provides long term finance for construction of houses and to undertake housing and urban infrastructure development programmes.Hudco offers consultancy services, promotes research and studies and help propagate use of local building materials, cost-effective and innovative construction technologies.Its net profit for the three years has risen consistently, from Rs 734 crore in 2013-14, to Rs 768 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 810 crore in 2015-16.At the upper end of the price band of Rs 60, the company is valued at 1.4x FY16 P/B. Gross NPAs were at around 6.8 percent and net NPAs at 1.51 percent.The company is set to play vital role in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) under Housing for All (HFA) by 2022 and thus has bright prospects going forward.The migration from rural to urban India is leading to a shortage of housing and according to government data, the shortage in urban housing between FY 2012 and FY 2017 was estimated at close to 19 million dwellings.To reduce this shortage, the government has launched various schemes. Under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme, the government plans to build 20 million urban homes and 30 million rural homes by 2022.The credit-linked scheme under the urban programme, which offers 6.5 percent interest rate subsidy, has already started gaining traction and HUDCO is playing the key role of central nodal agency.Hudco’s outstanding loans (assets under management) stood at Rs 35,664.9 crore in FY16. Workers stand on a crane at the construction site of a residential complex in Mumbai, India, May 27, 2015.Reuters file
Share Morgan Lee/APFirearms salesman Nathan Williams at the Outdoorsman gun shop in Santa Fe, N.M., on Jan. 5. Since Donald Trump’s election, background checks have fallen three straight months from year-ago levels.Donald Trump won the backing of the National Rifle Association and many gun owners by opposing limits to the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. But since his election and in the early months of his presidency, Trump has not been good for the gun business.Shares of publicly traded firearms companies have fallen. The pro-gun president nicking the fortunes of the industry he vowed to protect may seem illogical on its face.But the slump makes complete sense when seen through unusual economics underlying the gun business. Most businesses are influenced by things such as interest rates and consumer confidence.In the gun industry, politics and fear matter. And they matter a lot. Over the last two years, there was plenty of both to go around amid terror attacks and school shootings. And, of course, there was the presidential race, which Hillary Clinton was heavily favored to win.Guns and ammunition sold fast. The FBI processed a record number of background checks on potential gun buyers in 2016. (Background checks are considered the best available proxy for gun purchases since overall sales numbers are not made public.)Analysts say when gun purchases quickly spike a clear connection can be made to fear, politics, or both. Sales jump when people are fearful for their personal safety following tragedies such as school shootings or domestic terror attacks. Buyers snap up firearms when politicians respond to those events by calling for stronger gun control. And sales are higher with a Democrat in the White House is in position to pick Supreme Court justices.Since Trump’s election, background checks have fallen three straight months from year-ago levels. And shops like Nova Firearms in McLean, Va., have detected a notable drop in sales of certain types of weapons such as AR-15 military-style semi-automatic rifles. During the heat of the campaign, says salesman Tom Jenkins, the shop couldn’t keep those weapons in stock. Customers were worried the rifles would be singled out for a ban by Hillary Clinton.“During the political crisis we had dozens of them downstairs, and then there would be zero. And it would go again and then go again. And right up to the election, literally, brought them in, brought them up and sold them.”Since Trump’s victory those guns aren’t moving nearly as fast, says Jenkins, pointing to five AR-15 style weapons on a rack behind the counter of the shop. He says it’s a certain type of customer whose buying decisions are influenced by politics.“The hunter doesn’t care who’s president. The revolver shooter or the target shooter or the competition shooter really didn’t care who was president. It’s the self-defense market and the people think certain guns may be tied to politics.”Jenkins is an ex-cop, former military, a public radio fan, and one of those rare people who talks about Trump’s victory without glee or despair.“It was interesting because it was a shock for pretty much everybody, whether you’re on the conservative side or liberal side,” he says. “It was like, what’s going to happen now?”One answer to that question became apparent immediately. “What happened probably quicker than anything is that the gun-related stocks were in freefall,” says James Hardiman, an equity research analyst who follows the firearms industry for Wedbush Securities.On the day after the election shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger fell 14 percent. And the price of Smith & Wesson, which has since changed its name to the generic sounding American Outdoor Brands, fell 15 percent. Shares of both companies are still down, in contrast to the overall stock market, which has enjoyed big post-election gains. All of this points to that weird dynamic in the gun business.“I think people that follow this industry know this well, but maybe people that don’t, it’s a little counterintuitive, but generally Democrats are very good for gun sales,” Hardiman says.The fear that Democrats will make it a lot harder to buy guns has never been very likely, according to Hardiman. And the idea that they will ban guns altogether — he calls that pure fantasy.“Nonetheless it’s fantasy that has worked in the favor of the gun industry for quite some time,” he says.Those fears essentially melted away with Donald Trump’s victory.Over at Nova Firearms, Tom Jenkins says politics aren’t driving the business right now. Customers are choosy. The basics of supply and demand are at work.“And so for the first couple of months after the election no one’s in a hurry anymore,” he says.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Advertisement One of the more remarkable things about the Star Wars movies is how the characters are able to fluently speak and understand hundreds of languages across the various star systems. In a cut sketch from his SNL hosting gig this weekend, Charles Barkley played a character who couldn’t understand any of them in a scene from The Mos Eisley 5. During an exchange with Jabba the Hut, Barkley gets frustrated because he just doesn’t understand what the hell anyone is talking about. From the annoying R2-D2’s beeping to Chewbacca’s growling, Barkley can’t understand a damn thing, and doesn’t get how everyone understands each other.Barkley is funnier ripping Shaq off the cuff than he is in scripted comedy, but this is good for a laugh.
Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA suspected drink-driver was arrested after stopping for a nap – in front of a police post on the motorway. The Central Motorway Police Group said the motorist had been drinking heavily before pulling over to get some sleep on the M6 Northbound in Staffordshire in the early hours of this morning. The driver, perhaps unsurprisingly, was arrested. It is unclear where on the M6 in the county the incident took place at this stage. A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “Whilst driving on the M6 north in Staffordshire after drinking heavily, it’s is probably not the best plan to pull up in front of the motorway police post, and park up for a sleep. “You couldn’t make it up. One in the cells.” Read MoreArrest after man on monkey dust tries putting out lit cigarette with petrol pump
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The company also announced that the first skin cancer patients were recently treated using the FDA-cleared Axxent System, which has been available for the treatment of early stage breast cancer since 2005 and endometrial cancer since 2008. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with more than 1 million cases diagnosed annually and results in more than 10,000 deaths each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, if diagnosed and treated early, most cases of skin cancer can be cured. While melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancers, it accounts for less than 10 percent of all cases. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, represent the majority of all new cases. “I am very excited to be the principal investigator for the first clinical study utilizing Xoft’s Electronic Brachytherapy for surface treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers,” said Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., of Cancer Treatment Services of Arizona. “Since skin cancers usually present on areas exposed to the sun frequently, such as the face, head and neck, we have to consider both the eradication of the cancer as well as cosmetic outcomes when determining the best treatment option for the patient.”“Radiation therapy has been a common modality for the treatment of non-melanomatous skin cancers especially for elderly patients with lesions in cosmetically sensitive areas. There is also a wide variability in the radiation treatment for skin cancer in terms of the different radiation modalities and dose fractionation schemes. That is why I believe this is a particularly important prospective study which should help us gain a better understanding of the use of radiation therapy, specifically electronic brachytherapy, for the primary treatment of non-melanomatous skin cancer,” added Dr. Bhatnagar. The prospective study is designed to gather data to enable physicians to develop guidelines for treating skin cancer patients with Electronic Brachytherapy that will result in the best patient outcomes. Treatment options for non-melanoma skin cancer typically include several types of surgery, topical treatments and radiation therapy. The location of the cancer and the extent of the disease impacts which treatment option is best for each patient. Whether in combination with surgery or as a stand-alone treatment, Electronic Brachytherapy will enable clinicians to administer radiation therapy without the use of a radioactive isotope and in clinical settings where a shielded vault is not needed. As the radiation oncologist can remain at the patient’s side during treatment, the entire procedure can be visually monitored for the accurate delivery of treatment to the cancer site. “Given my recent clinical experience with High Dose Rate brachytherapy with an Ir-192 remote afterloader using the surface applicators for my skin cancer patients, I was particularly intrigued with the ability of electronic brachytherapy to provide a similar and possibly superior clinical outcome in a more patient friendly environment. The ability to treat with little impact on surrounding normal tissues should allow for an excellent cosmetic outcome as well as a high chance of treatment success with skin cancer. Therefore, this study is extremely vital and will help our field gain more credibility in the world of skin cancer including the dermatologists,” said Dr. Bhatnagar.Available for treatment of early stage breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and skin cancer, the Axxent eBx System is also FDA-cleared for IORT (intra-operative radiation therapy). As a platform technology, the Axxent System is designed to deliver non-radioactive therapy directly to cancer sites with minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Utilizing a proprietary miniaturized X-ray source and robotic controller, the system can be used to deliver radiation in minimally shielded therapeutic settings. Treatment can be performed without the need for a shielded room, allowing the radiation oncologist and other medical personnel to be present during treatment delivery and minimizing patient anxiety. 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Posted by Tags: Explor VR, Travelweek, Virtual Reality, Xplr VR Share Get your Explor VR Starter Kit with this week’s Travelweek magazine Wednesday, October 19, 2016 TORONTO — Virtual reality has finally arrived as an exciting new sales tool for travel agents with the much-anticipated launch of Explor VR – Travelweek’s brand new app-based virtual reality technology specially created for travel agents.Agents across Canada are urged to look for their Virtual Reality Starter Kit in the mail this week, delivered with their Oct. 20 issue of Travelweek magazine.“Travelweek is hoping this new sales tool will give agents a sense of the amazing potential of VR technology – as a tool to help close sales, as a tactic to grab attention, as a means to bring more foot traffic through your agency door, and much more,” says Devin Kinasz, Director of Digital Strategy, Travelweek. “Virtual reality technology can be used to engage and ‘wow’ clients, and we want agents to benefit from this technological development, bringing more to agents’ clients that online booking websites can’t.”Travelweek is sending out a free Virtual Reality Starter Kit as a gift, with the hope that agents will take the opportunity to learn about the new VR technology. The headsets are cardboard, modelled after Google Cardboard, Google’s entry-level VR viewers, for a basic introduction to the VR experience. Agents can also upgrade to a professional headset.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The free Explor VR app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. Once downloaded onto your smartphone, simply slip the phone into the headset, and put the headset on your head to start view different destinations in full virtual reality.“We’re trying to disseminate this technology to agents as quickly and as cheaply as possible,” said Kinasz. “The app is available to download for free. We are distributing headsets to 5,000 agencies across Canada for free. And we are selling professional upgraded headsets for $159. Clients will be blown away!”There are instructions on how to assemble and operate the Virtual Reality Starter Kit on the back of the box. There is also a wealth of additional information, training material, marketing collateral, videos and more on the website at XplrVR.com, which is where you can also order the upgraded professional headset. Agents can also sign up for webinars to learn more about the VR tool.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThere are about two dozen virtual reality experiences available in the Explor VR app, with more always being added. Make sure to check out ‘Experience India by G Adventures’ and ‘A Day in St. Pete Clearwater’.“This is only the very beginning of the relationship between the travel industry and virtual reality technology, and we hope travel agents support our effort to bring this exciting technology into agencies across Canada,” said Kinasz. “We truly believe agents can benefit from VR technology, most notably as a powerful sales tool, and hope they will let us help them take advantage of the future of travel marketing.”For more information, visit explorvr.com/. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. An international real estate company said they see tremendous potential for modern mixed-use buildings in many of the communities surrounding San José.Colliers International said on Tuesday that they were targeting four major areas surrounding the center of San José: Escazú to the west, Heredia to the northwest, Alajuela, further northwest, and neighborhoods east of San José where many of the largest universities reside.Federico Guardia from Colliers International said an increased number of mixed-use buildings will be a convenience for residents.“In New York, for example, it’s easy because you have delis and such nearby,” Guardia said in an interview. “But in San José it’s much more difficult.”Guardia said he imagines buildings where you have shops and dining on the first floor, offices on next levels, and apartments on the top floors.Colliers International saw Escazú as attractive because it offers a variety of dining and entertainment. The neighborhood appealed to both foreigners and Ticos. Guardia said they were trying to create a setting that would attract international corporations.In Heredia, Colliers said the high concentration of service companies made the neighborhood an ideal site for mixed use buildings. Heredia contains a number of large hotels, which Colliers said they imagine as part of a mixed use building.Colliers cited Alajuela’s Free Zones as making that neighborhood a region for development. A “Zona Franca,” as it’s known in Spanish, is a designated region of the country where international companies receive tax benefits. Companies such as Wal-Mart and Hewlett-Packard already reside in Alajuela.East of San José, in areas including San Pedro, Alameda and Desamparados, Colliers sees their development as being enticing to the large number of universities in the region. Two of the largest Costa Rican schools, University of Costa Rica and Universidad Latina are in the area.Guardia said the center of San José is not as attractive to real-estate developers, due to its lack of parking and open spaces.Colliers International is a subset of FirstService, an international real estate company based in Toronto, Canada. Facebook Comments
With nearly 80 percent of the airline’s revenue from Australia derived from trade, Emirates divisional senior vice president of commercial operations east Barry Brown said the scholarship will help “nurture” young talent and support the growth of the travel trade industry in the country. AFTA and Emirates will release further details shortly and the winner will be announced at the NTIA 2014 event. Jayson Westbury, AFTA and Barry Brown,Emirates at the AFTA NTIA evening Emirates and the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) have launched a new scholarship to assist and train up-and-coming travel agents. Additionally, the scholar will receive a Business Class trip for two to Dubai to meet key leaders at Emirates and experience a five night itinerary in the city as well as receive a trip to Melbourne to take in the Emirates Melbourne Cup. To enter, the travel agent will need to be employed by an AFTA member travel agency and will need to attend a judging interview and demonstrate a need for further education. The Emirates National Travel Consultant Scholarship will provide one recipient with a contribution of up to AU$10,000 towards an education course to build their career. Source = ETB News: NJ
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 10-16. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, NBC, 20.66 million.2. “NFL Pre-Game Show,” NBC, 14.22 million.3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.44 million.4. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.89 million.5. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.75 million.6. NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Detroit, ESPN, 10.5 million.7. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC, 10.15 million.8. NFL Football: L.A. Rams at Oakland, ESPN, 9.78 million.9. College Football: Ohio St. at TCU, ABC, 7.23 million.10. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Baltimore, NFLN, 7.06 million.11. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.55 million.12. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.36 million.13. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 6.234 million.14. “The Sustainer,” NFLN, 6.23 million.15. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.15 million.16. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.04 million.17. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.71 million.18. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.69 million.19. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.591 million.20. “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.586 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 10-16 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2018 1:16 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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