Moonlight Wins Best Picture In The Weirdest Way Possible

first_img Facebook Advertisement The presenters read “La La Land” right after Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical.“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” presenter Warren Beatty later added after the real winner was revealed.In a photo of Beatty with the envelope, it clearly shows him holding the one that says “Actress in a Leading Role.” It’s not clear how he got the wrong envelope.The envelope in Warren Beatty’s hands read “ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE” when announcing Best Picture. #Oscars https://t.co/j1KdSvyI98 pic.twitter.com/ciXOLdqaIy— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017It’s not clear how he got the wrong envelope.After the wrong cast took the stage, a producer for “La La Land” corrected things and said, “[Actually] ‘Moonlight’ is the winner … this is not a joke.”Host Jimmy Kimmel joked and said, “I blame Steve Harvey,” alluding to his gaff announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner years back.After the mistake, the crowd erupted in surprise and applause for “Moonlight.” Director and writer Barry Jenkins, the cast and crew then dashed on stage to accept the win..@BandryBarry on Best Picture for “Moonlight”: “Even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams.” https://t.co/PWdEQd5KwP pic.twitter.com/eEwIkI4ErW— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017“I have to say and it is true, it’s not fake,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been on the road with these guys for so long.”But in his excitement, he made sure to give the movie that was wrongfully announced its due.“I love ‘La La Land,’” he said. “Thank you to the academy, it is so humbling to be standing up there. … There was a time that I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn’t bring it to fruition. … Everybody behind me on this stage said, ‘No, that’s not acceptable,’ so I just wanna thank everyone behind me.’” Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The 89th Academy Awards was nothing but smooth sailing up until the final moments of the telecast. During the presentation for Best Picture, it was announced that La La Land won the Oscar for Best Picture. The problem was that Moonlight actually won.“Moonlight” just won best picture at the 2017 Oscars after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner.Watch moment Warren Beatty appears to take a second look inside envelope for Best Picture. #Oscars https://t.co/okqF3W9eBX pic.twitter.com/WtTf20ot4V— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017 Twitterlast_img read more

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Moroccans Not Allowed Driver Prevents 14 Year Old Girl from Entering

Rabat – 14-year-old Dounia finished her school day and headed to a bus station to go home. The Moroccan girl was prevented from taking the bus in Amsterdam for being Moroccan.Dounia was waiting for bus 38 in Amsterdam Noord, from Elzenhagen to Molenwijk, on November the 21st. The queue was long. The 14-year-old and an Egyptian schoolmate were waiting for their turn to enter the bus when its driver ordered her friend to wait outside.“At first he told my daughter’s friend that she has to wait outside. When my daughter tried to enter the bus, he blocked her too,” Dounia’s mother, Aicha Tapijt told Morocco World News.Dounia asked the driver the reason behind his request. “I would rather not have that kind of people on the bus,” he replied.The Netherlands-born girl proceeded to inquire as to what he meant. “Moroccans,” he answered. A Dutch passenger spoke against the driver’s discriminatory behavior and told him that she would get off the bus if the girls were not allowed in.Relentlessly, he let the two girls in and drove the bus to its destination.“My daughter didn’t have her phone with her. In the evening she told me about the incident.” Tapijt said.Furious, the mother contacted the bus company, GVB, to report the driver. “They did not answer me. The manager does not want to contact me and I can’t find his phone number.”Only when the story was reported by Dutch media did the GVB comment on the incident. “Nobody is allowed to be refused on board our vehicles because of their appearance,” the manager told the Amsterdam-based daily, Het Parool.He continued, saying that the company does not possess camera footage of the incident. “Camera images are erased after about 24 hours. Unfortunately, the report of this incident came in too late.”Tapijt reported the incident to the police, but they too couldn’t take action against the driver. “They told me that incident is not a crime and I can’t take legal action against the bus driver.”The mother reached out to the GVB’s customer service to file a complaint against the driver.  “We spoke to four bus drivers who were on duty around the time of the incident,” the customer service told her. However, according to the GVB, the drivers don’t match Dounia’s descriptions.But for Tapijt “finding him is very easy, because my daughter checked in the bus when she entered it. He was a blue eyed blond man, how hard is it for a man in Amsterdam to meet those description?”To this day, the mother continues reaching out to the authorities, hoping to identify the driver. “A man like him should be fired. The nature of his job requires him treat all passengers equally. How is my daughter any different?”Article 1 of the Dutch constitution states that “all persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted.”Tapijit sees that the Dutch Constitution seems only applicable to white Dutch. “The constitution seems to implicate that only white Dutch must be treated equally to each other. If you are an Arab, then that’s a different story.”“I face racial discrimination almost on a daily basis and I don’t want my daughter to be subjected to the same discriminatory behavior.”After being discriminated against, Dounia asked her mother whether there is “anything wrong with me.” “I told my daughter that she is like everyone else. I then decided to find the bus driver and make sure he is penalized for his actions,” Tapijit said. read more

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Gotabaya and six others ordered in court on September 07

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is investigating the allegations ans has submitted a report on the findings to the Attorney General. The Attorney General has advised that legal proceedings be filed and the FCID sought the intervention of the court to issue notice on Rajapaksa and six others. Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others have been ordered to appear in court on September 07.The Colombo Magistrate’s Court issued notice on Rajapaksa and six others over the case related to the misuse of public funds during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum. Earlier Rajapaksa had obtained a court order to prevent the FCID from arresting him in connection to the case. (Colombo Gazette)

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Special commission to be appointed to increase public sector salaries

The Government, based on the recommendation of the salaries commission will introduce a new salary structure to increase the salaries of the entire public sector servants and to remove the salary anomalies that exist in certain Government institutions including the CGR. (Colombo Gazette) The salaries commission will pay its attention and make an in-depth study on the provisions of the existing circulars dealing with the payments of salaries and other  allowances paid to public sector employees and will make its recommendations to the Government within the next two months. The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make the necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff and to do away the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions inclusive of the Ceylon Railway Department, the Finance Ministry said today.The Cabinet of Ministers had given approval to appoint the salaries commission on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera today. read more

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Facebook putting childrens lives at risk by reviving spurious MMR claims say

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. Royal College of GPs of their chairwoman Helen Stokes-LampardCredit:Grainge Photography/Royal College of GPs The report also claims, wrongly, that the MMR vaccine is responsible for massive global adverse reactions and has a poor safety record, an assertion contradicted by WHO research.Truth About Vaccines links Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV, to paralysis, deaths and adverse events. It is contradicted by official peer-reviewed studies showing no deaths have been linked to the vaccine. A study of 190,000 girls found rates of auto-immune responses were the same in the vaccinated as unvaccinated.Dr David Grimes, a Oxford University health specialist, said Facebook should establish a team of medical experts to review the sites.“If something is so obviously fake and people are undermining and causing damage to public health, they should not be allowed to do that,” he said. Truth About vaccines carries an alarmist report about a mother whose baby was injected with the MMR vaccine and died a minute later. There is no evidence the vaccine was to blame, but instead poor handling and refrigeration of it by medical staff is suspected and is under police investigation. It meant a “sizeable cohort of twenty-somethings” were unprotected from potentially life-threatening diseases with a surge of more 600 measles cases in England this year alone, a disease “we were on the brink of eradicating and which can have life-changing consequences,” she added.Measles cases in England are set to quadruple this year, fuelled by an anti-vaccine movement that, researchers say, has gained momentum through social media platforms such as Facebook.Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, demanded urgent action by Facebook, saying its own research, due later this year, showed parents were more likely to see negative and often-inaccurate messages about vaccinations on social media than positive ones. “The consequences of publishing misleading information is a genuine risk to the public’s health – you only have to look at the widespread panic and confusion that was caused by unfounded claims [by Dr Wakefield] linking the MMR vaccine to autism in the 1990s,” she said. Searches for “vaccinations”, “vaccination information” or “vaccines” or “MMR vaccine” on Facebook placed sites entitled Truth about Vaccines, National Vaccine Information Centre, Vaccine Information Network (VINE) and Vaccine Information Portal in the top five searches. All are anti-vaccination.On VINE, Robert F Kennedy, an anti-vaccination lawyer who has met and lobbied Donald Trump to set up an inquiry into vaccine safety, claims in a video that the “explosion” in child epidemics of autism, ADD, ADHD, arthritis, diabetes and auto-immune diseases is directly linked to vaccines.The site also makes the unfounded claim that the HPV vaccine is “destroying” the lives of little girls “and now boys” after the government’s recent announcement that the vaccine will be given to boys. Royal College of GPs of their chairwoman Helen Stokes-Lampard Searches for “vaccinations”, “vaccination information” or “vaccines” or “MMR vaccine” on Facebook placed sites that are anti-vaccination Searches for “vaccinations”, “vaccination information” or “vaccines” or “MMR vaccine” on Facebook placed sites that are anti-vaccinationCredit:AFP Facebook is putting children’s lives at risk by reviving spurious MMR claims, the UK’s top health chiefs have said.The anti-vaccination sites which promote the fake science that caused a surge in measles cases as well as conspiracy theories about other vaccines appear at the top of searches when parents use Facebook to find information about the MMR vaccine or other vaccinations.Andrew Wakefield, the discredited doctor behind the fraudulent research linking the MMR vaccine to autism, features prominently on the sites with his film Vaxxed in which he accuses the US government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of a cover-up over the risks.Unlike Google, which filters out anti-vaccination sites to promote guidance from the NHS, government or World Health Organisation, Facebook’s searches appear to be based solely on their most popular and active sites irrespective of whether they are peddling false information. The biggest anti-vaccination sites have more than 100,000 followers.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said it was “deeply concerning” that Facebook was carrying posts that spread “false and frankly dangerous ideas” about not just MMR but other vaccination programmes. read more

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Women and children among injured as Israel launches Operation Protective Edge

first_imgISRAELI WARPLANES POUNDED Gaza with more than 50 strikes early on Tuesday after Hamas militants fired scores of rockets over the border, dragging the two sides towards a major conflict.It was the most serious flare-up in and around the territory since November 2012 and came as Israel struggled to contain a wave of violence in Arab towns over the grisly murder of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists.In Gaza, medics said seven children and two women were among 17 people wounded. Two were in serious condition, an emergency services spokesman said.The Israeli military confirmed it had embarked upon an air campaign dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” aimed at reducing rocket fire on southern Israel. “Around 50 targets were hit, among them four houses belonging to militants, rocket launching sites and other terrorist infrastructure,” a spokesman said.”The objective of the operation is to hit Hamas and reduce the number of rockets fired at Israel.” So far, the rockets have caused only a handful of minor injuries on the Israeli side.Palestinian security sources put the number of air strikes at more than 70.Witnesses said several houses had been targeted, notably in the southern city of Khan Yunis.Israel’s Islamist foe Hamas warned that Israel had “crossed a red line” and would pay the price.“If this policy does not stop, we will respond by enlarging the radius of our targets to the point where the enemy will be surprised,” the group’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement. An Israeli military flare explodes over Gaza Strip. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe army said 81 rockets had struck southern Israel on Monday, around a third of them during a short period in the evening with another six hitting the south early on Tuesday .Sirens sounded in 10 towns, including as far away as Beit Shemesh, 80 km from the Gaza Strip, an army statement said.Around 16 rockets struck around the southern city of Beersheva, 40 km from Gaza and home to 200,000 people.Staged escalation All summer schools and camps were cancelled within a 40 kilometre (25 mile) radius of Gaza, except those being held in protected spaces, Israeli army radio reported.At a Monday meeting, the security cabinet gave the army the green light for a “staged escalation” in which the pressure on Hamas would be stepped up with every passing day, the radio said.Finance Minister Yair Lapid said the aim was to return calm to the south.“First and foremost, the aim is to calm the south and allow citizens living there to get up in the morning and be able to send their kids to summer school,” he told the radio.“It is exacting a price that is unacceptable from citizens of the south, but our aim is to find the most effective way to return calm to the south,” he said.“We will do this with strength and power but part of having power means you act in the right way and not just according to the voices shouting from the crowd,” he added, alluding to calls from cabinet hardliners for a full-scale ground assault on Gaza.Israel’s Channel 1 television showed footage Monday of dozens of tanks massing near the Gaza border, preparing for a possible offensive against the enclave. Israeli soldiers drive on an armored personal carrier near the Israel and Gaza border. Source: AP/Press Association Images“Hamas has crossed the red line, and unfortunately it will pay for it,” a senior official told the private Channel 10 television.A military spokesman confirmed early on Tuesday that reinforcements had been deployed near Gaza “in order to be ready for a ground attack, should it prove necessary,” adding that further reinforcements would be mobilised “within the coming days.”He said Hamas had 100,000 rockets at its disposal, some of which could reach Israel’s largest city Tel Aviv.Early on Monday, Israeli air strikes killed three Palestinian militants, one from Hamas and two from a smaller faction.Another five Hamas militants died and one was critically wounded when a tunnel collapsed near Rafah, on the Egypt border, with the armed wing blaming it on an Israeli air strike.But the Israeli army denied hitting the area and a spokesman described it as a “work accident” by militants mishandling explosives.The latest flare-up came a day after Israel arrested six Jewish extremists in connection with the killing of the Palestinian teenager.Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was kidnapped and burnt to death last Wednesday in a suspected revenge attack for last month’s abduction and murder of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank.Three of them have confessed, an official close to the investigation told AFP.The killing sparked five days of clashes in annexed east Jerusalem and Arab towns across Israel, with police making hundreds of arrests.© – AFP 2014Read: Hamas rocket barrages hit Israel as region teeters on brink of new conflict >Read: Hamas vows Israel will pay ‘a tremendous price’ after 7 militants are killed >last_img read more

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Baby Jesus stolen from lawn display

first_imgSheryl Black and her family woke to a surprise Christmas morning, one far less pleasant than gifts tucked beneath a tree: The Jesus figure had been swiped from its manger. Black, who spent the night at her parents’ home in Cascade Park, said the nativity scene was complete when the family returned shortly after 1 a.m. from a Christmas Eve service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. When they woke in the morning, its centerpiece was missing.“Every year, we put it out in the front yard,” Black said.Black said her parents have lived at the intersection of Southeast 125th Avenue and McGillivray Boulevard for 22 years. She said the manger scene has been a tradition for about 15 years. “It’s insane that someone would stoop so low to take baby Jesus,” Black said. “The meaning of Christmas and it’s gone.”last_img read more

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Weather Eye What season are we in with a high of 39

first_imgThe first couple days of winter have been kind of a trip, eh? Oh, did I say winter? I meant spring; at least that’s what the calendar shows me. We managed to get some snow in the higher elevations and a mix here at city levels at times for the fourth week in a row.My high temperature here in Salmon Creek on Wednesday was only 39 degrees, with rain and occasional wet snowflakes. The outlook at this late afternoon writing is that Clark County could see a brief shot of wet snow as the stationary weather front moves eastward.At 5 p.m. Wednesday, most locations in Clark County above 500 feet were getting some snow. This follows an unprecedented event over parts of Western Oregon. Eugene had over 7 inches of snow Wednesday in some areas. Snow fell steadily in Corvallis, as well, and Salem recorded measurable snow.Now, this all took place Wednesday with temperatures in the Puget Sound region bumping 50 degrees and parts of Eastern Oregon in the 60s. Go figure. And if there were any concerns with our local mountain snow pack, that is out the window, as over 2 feet of snow fell overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. .So, what’s next? The storm track stays mainly to our south, allowing us to be in a showery pattern and cool but increasing high temperatures, getting maybe somewhat back to seasonal normals. Saturday may be the driest day. Next week, the storm track moves north, and, yep, more rain.last_img read more

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JM Family Enterprises kicks off Habitat build in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A renowned car company based out of South Florida kicked off its first Habitat for Humanity build of the season in Pompano Beach, Saturday.For more than a decade, JM Family Enterprises and the nonprofit organization have partnered to build safe and affordable shelters for families in need.“Yeah, you know, JM Family gives back to the community. We support children and families, and this is really what we’re all about,” said Brent Burns, president of JM Family Enterprises. “We don’t just want it to be [about] giving our money. We want to give our time and our talent, too.”Future homeowner Karnese Wring expressed her gratitude to those helping her dream become a reality. “Today is good. It’s a beautiful day,” she said. “We’re out here. We’re building my home.”This year’s partnership is providing four homes to Pompano Beach residents.WSVN is proud to be a longtime sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. For more information, check out the links below:Habitat for Humanity of Broward(954) 396-3030www.habitatbroward.org Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami(305) 634-3628www.miamihabitat.orgCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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People on the Move 081208

first_imgHearst Digital Media ad product development director Toby Bodner is leaving the company to head up a business development role at About.com Health. No word yet from Hearst about a replacement.Woman’s Day has appointed Rachel Glickman general manager of Woman’s Day Digital. Glickman has held posts at a variety companies including Lotame Solutions, Inc., Fotolog, Inc., America Online and Time Warner Global Marketing. American Express Publishing’s Departures added three new sales positions: Mark Cooper, who most recently served as advertising director of Bon Appetit, was named vice president of advertising sales; Kathryn Banino Bano, formerly the ad director of Details, was appointed ad director; and Edward Cortese, fashion sales director of Robb Report, was named category manager. As some had anticipated it would, Condé Nast appointed Margaret Russell has been named editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, replacing longtime editor Paige Rense Noland, who is retiring. Most recently, Russell served as vice president and editor-in-chief of brand content at Hachette’s Elle Decor.In a reorganization of its editorial operation, Advertising Age promoted executive editor Abbey Klaassen to editor, managing editor Judann Pollack was promoted to executive editor and assistant managing editor Ken Wheaton was named managing editor.Larry Silvey has been named editorial director emeritus of the Advanstar Automotive Group. The group’s longtime editorial director is leaving to become the new chair of the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.Rodale named Diane Salvatore editor-in-chief of Prevention, effective August 9. Previously, Salvatore was the editor-in-chief of Ladies’ Home Journal.last_img read more

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Parnell Wont Pull California Appointee From Pipeline Assessment Board

first_imgThe State Assessment Review Board has a vague and unassuming name. But it has a very specific and very important job – assessing the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The board has come under scrutiny after its chair was dismissed, and now Democrats in the Alaska Senate want Sean Parnell to withdraw the name of one of his board appointees because of residency issues. But APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the governor is backing his nominee.The governor chose Dennis Mandell of Salinas, California, to serve on the State Assessment Review Board earlier this year. The board gets the final say on the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for tax purposes, and appointees require legislative approval because it is a quasi-judicial body.During a floor speech on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Hollis French said he would not give that approval because he thinks Mandell’s appointment violates Alaska statute. “It says that a person appointed to a board or commission of state government shall be and have been before the last general election a registered voter in the state,” said French. “Boom! I mean it’s clear.”The Senate Minority Caucus also sent a letter to the governor calling for Mandell’s withdrawal on Monday, and it comes on the heels of an Anchorage Daily News story highlighting his California residency.While Mandell could not be reached for comment, his board application notes that he worked for the now-defunct oil company Arco for nearly two decades. He last lived in Alaska 15 years ago, and he is registered as a California voter.French was emphatic that Mandell’s residency was grounds for withdrawal, acting out what he would do if he were in Parnell’s situation.FRENCH: ‘Whoops! I appointed a Californian to a board. I’ve got to fix that. I’m going to withdraw the nomination.’”Sharon Leighow, a spokesperson for the governor, says that Parnell has no intention of pulling Mandell from consideration. In an e-mailed statement, she wrote that the governor is complying with the constitutional requirements for boards and appointments, but she did not address the statutory requirements.Parnell’s choices for the State Assessment Review Board have also been criticized because his appointees have a background in the oil industry, and they come after the firing of Marty McGee. McGee was a long-time member of the assessment board who consistently advocated for a higher valuation of the pipeline, and he’s accused the Parnell administration of “stacking” the board with oil industry veterans.In addition to Mandell, the governor appointed Bernard Washington, of Anchorage, to the board. Washington has served as the chief financial officer of Alaska Public Media, the parent company of KSKA, KAKM and the Alaska Public Radio Network, since 2010. Prior to that, he worked for ConocoPhillips.For his part, Washington doesn’t think that residency should be a factor if a person is otherwise qualified. He believes the State Assessment Review Board should have a diverse makeup, with members who have had experience with the oil industry and members who have worked outside it. “You get a better discussion because you have different points of view,” said Washington in an interview.Washington thinks that in the past, the State Assessment Review Board has been influenced by “politics, which shouldn’t enter into it.” He says he would bring a more quantitative approach.“What I’d like to see is have a methodology that’s reproducible, that anybody – any rational person – can follow and understand, ‘Oh, that’s how they got to that number.’ And it makes sense,” said Washington. “Which means the method has longevity — not the value, because the value’s going to change every year depending on the economic circumstances.”Washington also says he’s still studying the Alaska Supreme Court decision that was issued last month on pipeline valuation, and that he still has some questions on how the pipeline’s maximum capacity factored into its assessment. The Supreme Court ruled that the pipeline was worth $10 billion during the 2006 tax year, rejecting the argument from oil companies that it was worth just $850 million. For every billion dollars the pipeline is worth, municipalities along its route collect about $20 million in property taxes.In 2013, the State Assessment Review Board determined the pipeline was worth $12 billion, while the Alaska Department of Revenue put the number at $7 billion.The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to interview both board appointees on Thursday. The Legislature will vote on board appointments on April 11.last_img read more

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Bangladesh election crucial for India too

first_imgSheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi. Photo: The Hindu Business LineIndia will be closely watching political events centring Bangladesh’s upcoming general elections as it is crucial for the next-door neighbour India as well.This was said in an opinion piece of Tamil Nadu-based The Hindu Business Line.Its author journalist Pratim Ranjan Bose observed that ‘after a 10-year long stability’, India-Bangladesh relations are facing fresh uncertainties as Bangladesh heads for general elections later this year.He also claimed that though India and other global powers welcomed Awami League’s win in the last elections in January 2014 ‘under controversial circumstances’ as a viable alternative to instability, the upcoming elections may not be a repeat of the 2014 editions.However, many of the western countries and Bangladesh’s development partners had obvious reservations about the 2014 elections while India’s the then foreign secretary Sujatha Singh supported the elections boycotted by main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.“While Delhi maintains a status quo on Hasina; it is now imperative for her to ‘win’ in an election where all parties participate to come back to power for the third term,” reads the article published on Thursday. It said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is ‘suffering from serious anti-incumbency, owing to poor governance and unabated corruption’ and it will be difficult for the government to win in participatory polls.The article, however, said that the government’s core support base of 35-37 per cent voters appears to be intact.“And, it might be difficult for the (Awami) League to win a bipolar contest, which has been the norm in Bangladesh so far. Bangladesh’s record of political vengeance might lead to serious instability in the region; which is not in India’s interests,” it observed.Referring to India’s investment in Bangladesh, the Business Line journalist said that Bangladesh is an important player in India’s ‘Act East’ agenda.“In the last four years since Narendra Modi became prime minister, India has committed close to $9 billion as credit and aid, and $2 billion for the Rampal power project on soft terms. This is over and above the $1 billion loan and aid offered in 2010,” the article mentioned.It said Bangladesh is crucial to India from the security perspective.“Many analysts attribute this hectic diplomatic activity to the China factor. To its credit, New Delhi breached China’s grip over the Bangladeshi army last year by entering into its first-ever defence deals. But, this is just a part of the story. Bangladesh is extremely important to India from the security perspective,” the journalist went on to say.Mentioning that Bangladesh shares a 4,100-km porous land border with Eastern and North- Eastern India, he said a volatile Bangladesh can create instability in various parts of India.The article said prime minister Sheikh Hasina deserves credit for ‘clamping down on cross-border terrorist activities.’“To cut a long story short, India regards Hasina a key player for maintaining peace and boosting development in the region and is keen to protect the bilateral relationship from domestic political upheavals,” it reads.It added that though the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is determined to participate in the 2018 polls, many believe the leadership crisis may limit its electoral prospects.“Not a single anti-India movement was attributed to them in the last five years. Their protests remained peaceful even in the face of serious provocations from the Awami League,” it reads.The article concludes with the question: “… has the BNP really changed?”last_img read more

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American Public Media Renames A Prairie Home Companion As Live From Here

first_img Share Photo provided by American Public Media (APM)Chris Thile is the current host of ‘Live from Here.’American Public Media (APM) is renaming the classic radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’The show’s new name is ‘Live from Here.’According to APM, the new name of the show –which is hosted by Chris Thile– “captures the energy and enthusiasm on which the show is built.”APM also said ‘Live from Here’ is a nod to how audiences listen to the show, meaning they can do it anywhere and everywhere thanks to new technologies.Image provided by American Public Media (APM)American Public Media (APM) is renaming the radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ to ‘Live from Here.’Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) recently terminated its contracts with Garrison Keillor, creator of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ after it said it had received multiple allegations of improper conduct by Keillor, according to the Associated Press (AP).MPR has declined to give any details except to say the allegations involved treatment of one woman who had worked with Keillor when he was still with the show.Keillor has said he accidentally touched a woman’s bare back while trying to console her.last_img read more

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4 powerful custom visuals in Power BI Why When and How to

first_imgPower BI report authors and BI teams are well-served to remain conscience of both the advantages and limitations of custom visuals. For example, when several measures or dimension columns need to be displayed within the same visual, custom visuals such as the Impact Bubble Chart and the Dot Plot by Maq Software may exclusively address this need. In many other scenarios, a trade-off or compromise must be made between the incremental features provided by a custom visual and the rich controls built into a standard Power BI visual. In this tutorial, we show how to add a custom visual to Power BI and explore 4 powerful custom visuals, and the distinct scenarios and features they support. The Power BI tutorial is taken from Mastering Microsoft Power BI. Learn more – read the book here. Custom visuals available in AppSource and within the integrated custom visuals store for Power BI Desktop are all approved for running in browsers and on mobile devices via the Power BI mobile apps. A subset of these visuals have been certified by Microsoft and support additional Power BI features such as email subscriptions and export to PowerPoint. Additionally, certified custom visuals have met a set of code requirements and have passed strict security tests. The list of certified custom visuals and additional details on the certification process is available here. Adding a custom visual Custom visuals can be added to Power BI reports by either downloading .pbiviz files from Microsoft AppSource or via the integrated Office Store of custom visuals in Power BI Desktop. Utilizing AppSource requires the additional step of downloading the file; however, it can be more difficult to find the appropriate visual as the visuals are not categorized. However, AppSource provides a link to download a sample Power BI report (.pbix file) to learn how the visual is used, such as how it uses field inputs and formatting options. Additionally, AppSource includes a short video tutorial on building report visualizations with the custom visual. The following image reflects Microsoft AppSource filtered by the Power BI visuals Add-ins category: The following link filters AppSource to the Power BI custom visuals per the preceding image: http://bit.ly/2BIZZbZ. The search bar at the top and the vertical scrollbar on the right can be used to browse and identify custom visuals to download. Each custom visual tile in AppSource includes a Get it now link which, if clicked, presents the option to download either the custom visual itself (.pbiviz file) or the sample report for the custom visual (.pbix file). Clicking anywhere else in the tile other than Get it now prompts a window with a detailed overview of the visual, a video tutorial, and customer reviews. To add custom visuals directly to Power BI reports, click the Import from store option via the ellipsis of the Visulaizations pane, as per the following image: If a custom visual (.pbiviz file) has been downloaded from AppSource, the Import from file option can be used to import this custom visual to the report. Additionally, both the Import from store and Import from file options are available as icons on the Home tab of the Report view in Power BI Desktop. Selecting Import from store launches an MS Office Store window of Power BI Custom Visuals. Unlike AppSource, the visuals are assigned to categories such as KPIs, Maps, and Advanced Analytics, making it easy to browse and compare related visuals. More importantly, utilizing the integrated Custom Visuals store avoids the need to manage .pbiviz files and allows report authors to remain focused on report development. As an alternative to the VISUALIZATIONS pane, the From Marketplace and From File icons on the Home tab of the Report view can also be used to add a custom visual. Clicking the From Marketplace icon in the follow image launches the same MS Office Store window of Power BI Custom visuals as selecting Import from store via the VISUALIZATIONS pane: In the following image, the KPIs category of Custom visuals is selected from within the MS Office store: The Add button will directly add the custom visual as a new icon in the Visualizations pane. Selecting the custom visual icon will provide a description of the custom visual and any customer reviews. The Power BI team regularly features new custom visuals in the blog post and video associated with the monthly update to Power BI Desktop. The visual categories, customer reviews, and supporting documentation and sample reports all assist report authors in choosing the appropriate visual and using it correctly. Organizations can also upload custom visuals to the Power BI service via the organization visuals page of the Power BI Admin portal. Once uploaded, these visuals are exposed to report authors in the MY ORGANIZATION tab of the custom visuals MARKETPLACE as per the following example: This feature can help both organizations and report authors simplify their use of custom visuals by defining and exposing a particular set of approved custom visuals. For example, a policy could define that new Power BI reports must only utilize standard and organizational custom visuals. The list of organizational custom visuals could potentially only include a subset of the visuals which have been certified by Microsoft. Alternatively, an approval process could be implemented so that the use case for a custom visual would have to be proven or validated prior to adding this visual to the list of organizational custom visuals. Power KPI visual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are often prominently featured in Power BI dashboards and in the top left area of Power BI report pages, given their ability to quickly convey important insights. Unlike card and gauge visuals which only display a single metric or a single metric relative to a target respectively, KPI visuals support trend, variance, and conditional formatting logic. For example, without analyzing any other visuals, a user could be drawn to a red KPI indicator symbol and immediately understand the significance of a variance to a target value as well as the recent performance of the KPI metric. For some users, particularly executives and senior managers, a few KPI visuals may represent their only exposure to an overall Power BI solution, and this experience will largely define their impression of Power BI’s capabilities and the Power BI project. Given their power and important use cases, report authors should become familiar with both the standard KPI visual and the most robust custom KPI visuals such as the Power KPI Matrix, the Dual KPI, and the Power KPI. Each of these three visuals have been developed by Microsoft and provide additional options for displaying more data and customizing the formatting and layout. The Power KPI Matrix supports scorecard layouts in which many metrics can be displayed as rows or columns against a set of dimension categories such as Operational and Financial. The Dual KPI, which was featured in the Microsoft Power BI Cookbook (https://www.packtpub.com/big-data-and-business-intelligence/microsoft-power-bi-cookbook), is a good choice for displaying two closely related metrics such as the volume of customer service calls and the average waiting time for customer service calls. One significant limitation of custom KPI visuals is that data alerts cannot be configured on the dashboard tiles reflecting these visuals in the Power BI service. Data alerts are currently exclusive to the standard card, gauge, and KPI visuals. In the following Power KPI visual, Internet Net Sales is compared to Plan, and the prior year Internet Net Sales and Year-over-Year Growth percent metrics are included to support the context: The Internet Net Sales measure is formatted as a solid, green line whereas the Internet Sales Plan and Internet Net Sales (PY) measures are formatted with Dotted and Dot-dashed line styles respectively. To avoid clutter, the Y-Axis has been removed and the Label Density property of the Data labels formatting card has been set to 50 percent. This level of detail (three measures with variances) and formatting makes the Power KPI one of the richest visuals in Power BI. The Power KPI provides many options for report authors to include additional data and to customize the formatting logic and layout. Perhaps its best feature, however, is the Auto Scale property, which is enabled by default under the Layout formatting card. For example, in the following image, the Power KPI visual has been pinned to a Power BI dashboard and resized to the smallest tile size possible: As per the preceding dashboard tile, the less critical data elements such as July through August and the year-over- year % metric were removed. This auto scaling preserved space for the KPI symbol, the axis value (2017-Nov), and the actual value ($296K). With Auto Scale, a large Power KPI custom visual can be used to provide granular details in a report and then re-used in a more compact format as a tile in a Power BI dashboard. Another advantage of the Power KPI is that minimal customization of the data model is required. The following image displays the dimension column and measures of the data model mapped to the field inputs of the aforementioned Power KPI visual: The Sales and Margin Plan data is available at the monthly grain and thus the Calendar Yr-Mo column is used as the Axis input. In other scenarios, a Date column would be used for the Axis input provided that the actual and target measures both support this grain. The order of the measures used in the Values field input is interpreted by the visual as the actual value, the target value, and the secondary value. In this example, Internet Net Sales is the first or top measure in the Values field and thus is used as the actual value (for example, $296K for November). A secondary value as the third measure in the Values input (Internet Net Sales (PY)) is not required if the intent is to only display the actual value versus its target. The KPI Indicator Value and Second KPI Indicator Value fields are also optional. If left blank, the Power KPI visual will automatically calculate these two values as the percentage difference between the actual value and the target value, and the actual value and the secondary value respectively. In this example, these two calculations are already included as measures in the data model and thus applying the Internet Net Sales Var to Plan % and Internet Net Sales (YOY %) measures to these fields further clarifies how the visual is being used. If the metric being used as the actual value is truly a critical measure (for example, revenue or count of customers) to the organization or the primary user, it’s almost certainly appropriate that related target and variance measures are built into the Power BI dataset. In many cases, these additional measures will be used independently in their own visuals and reports. Additionally, if a target value is not readily available, such as the preceding example with the Internet Net Sales Plan, BI teams can work with stakeholders on the proper logic to apply to a target measure, for example, 10 percent greater than the previous year. The only customization required is the KPI Indicator Index field. The result of the expression used for this field must correspond to one of five whole numbers (1-5) and thus one of the five available KPI Indicators. In the following example, the KPI Indicators KPI 1 and KPI 2 have been customized to display a green caret up icon and a red caret down icon respectively: Many different KPI Indicator symbols are available including up and down arrows, flags, stars, and exclamation marks. These different symbols can be formatted and then displayed dynamically based on the KPI Indicator Index field expression. In this example, a KPI index measure was created to return the value 1 or 2 based on the positive or negative value of the Internet Net Sales Var to Plan % measure respectively: Internet Net Sales vs Plan Index = IF([Internet Net Sales Var to Plan %] > 0,1,2) Given the positive 4.6 percent variance for November of 2017, the value 1 is returned by the index expression and the green caret up symbol for KPI 1 is displayed. With five available KPI Indicators and their associated symbols, it’s possible to embed much more elaborate logic such as five index conditions (for example, poor, below average, average, above average, good) and five corresponding KPI indicators. Four different layouts (Top, Left, Bottom, and Right) are available to display the values relative to the line chart. In the preceding example, the Top layout is chosen as this results in the last value of the Axis input (2017-Nov) to be displayed in the top left corner of the visual. Like the standard line chart visual in Power BI Desktop, the line style (for example, Dotted, Solid, Dashed), color, and thickness can all be customized to help distinguish the different series. Chiclet Slicer The standard slicer visual can display the items of a source column as a list or as a dropdown. Additionally, if presented as a list, the slicer can optionally be displayed horizontally rather than vertically. The custom Chiclet Slicer, developed by Microsoft, allows report authors to take even greater control over the format of slicers to further improve the self-service experience in Power BI reports. In the following example, a Chiclet Slicer has been formatted to display calendar months horizontally as three columns: Additionally, a dark green color is defined as the Selected Color property under the Chiclets formatting card to clearly identify the current selections (May and June). The Padding and Outline Style properties, also available under the Chiclets card, are set to 1 and Square respectively, to obtain a simple and compact layout. Like the slicer controls in Microsoft Excel, Chiclet Slicers also support cross highlighting. To enable cross highlighting, specify a measure which references a fact table as the Values input field to the Chiclet Slicer. For example, with the Internet Net Sales measure set as the Values input of the Chiclet Slicer, a user selection on a bar representing a product in a separate visual would update the Chiclet Slicer to indicate the calendar months without Internet Sales for the given product. The Disabled Color property can be set to control the formatting of these unrelated items. Chiclet Slicers also support images. In the following example, one row is used to display four countries via their national flags: For this visual, the Padding and Outline Style properties under the Chiclets formatting card are set to 2 and Cut respectively. Like the Calendar Month slicer, a dark green color is configured as the Selected Color property helping to identify the country or countries selected—Canada, in this example. The Chiclet Slicer contains three input field wells—Category, Values, and Image. All three input field wells must have a value to display the images. The Category input contains the names of the items to be displayed within the Chiclets. The Image input takes a column with URL links corresponding to images for the given category values. In this example, the Sales Territory Country column is used as the Category input and the Internet Net Sales measure is used as the Values input to support cross highlighting. The Sales Territory URL column, which is set as an Image URL data category, is used as the Image input. For example, the following Sales Territory URL value is associated with the United States: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/u/us.gif. A standard slicer visual can also display images when the data category of the field used is set as Image URL. However, the standard slicer is limited to only one input field and thus cannot also display a text column associated with the image. Additionally, the standard slicer lacks the richer cross-highlighting and formatting controls of the Chiclet Slicer. Impact Bubble Chart One of the limitations with standard Power BI visuals is the number of distinct measures that can be represented graphically. For example, the standard scatter chart visual is limited to three primary measures (X-AXIS, Y-AXIS, and SIZE), and a fourth measure can be used for color saturation. The Impact Bubble Chart custom visual, released in August of 2017, supports five measures by including a left and right bar input for each bubble. In the following visual, the left and right bars of the Impact Bubble Chart are used to visually indicate the distribution of AdWorks Net Sales between Online and Reseller Sales channels: The Impact Bubble Chart supports five input field wells: X-AXIS, Y-AXIS, SIZE, LEFT BAR, and RIGHT BAR. In this example, the following five measures are used for each of these fields respectively: AdWorks Net Sales, AdWorks Net Margin %, AdWorks Net Sales (YTD), Internet Net Sales, and Reseller Net Sales. The length of the left bar indicates that Australia’s sales are almost exclusively derived from online sales. Likewise, the length of the right bar illustrates that Canada’s sales are almost wholly obtained via Reseller Sales. These graphical insights per item would not be possible for the standard Power BI scatter chart. Specifically, the Internet Net Sales and Reseller Net Sales measures could only be added as Tooltips, thus requiring the user to hover over each individual bubble. In its current release, the Impact Bubble Chart does not support the formatting of data labels, a legend, or the axis titles. Therefore, a supporting text box can be created to advise the user of the additional measures represented. In the top right corner of this visual, a text box is set against the background to associate measures to the two bars and the size of the bubbles. Dot Plot by Maq Software Just as the Impact Bubble Chart supports additional measures, the Dot Plot by Maq Software allows for the visualization of up to four distinct dimension columns. With three Axis fields and a Legend field, a measure can be plotted to a more granular level than any other standard or custom visual currently available to Power BI. Additionally, a rich set of formatting controls are available to customize the Dot Plot’s appearance, such as orientation (horizontal or vertical), and whether the Axis categories should be split or stacked. In the following visual, each bubble represents the internet sales for a specific grouping of the following dimension columns: Sales Territory Country, Product Subcategory, Promotion Type, and Customer History Segment: For example, one bubble represents the Internet Sales for the Road Bikes Product Subcategory within the United States Sales Territory Country, which is associated with the volume discount promotion type and the first year Customer History Segment. In this visual, the Customer History Segment column is used as the legend and thus the color of each bubble is automatically formatted to one of the three customer history segments. In the preceding example, the Orientation property is set to Horizontal and the Split labels property under the Axis category formatting card is enabled. The Split labels formatting causes the Sales Territory Country column to be displayed on the opposite axis of the Product Subcategory column. Disabling this property results in the two columns being displayed as a hierarchy on the same axis with the child column (Product Subcategory) positioned inside the parent column (Sales Territory Country). Despite its power in visualizing many dimension columns and its extensive formatting features, data labels are currently not supported. Therefore, when the maximum of four dimension columns are used, such as in the previous example, it’s necessary to hover over the individual bubbles to determine which specific grouping the bubble represents, such as in the following example: With this, you can easily extend solutions beyond the capabilities of Power BI’s standard visuals and support specific and unique, complex use-cases. If you found this tutorial useful, do check out the book Mastering Microsoft Power BI and develop visually rich, immersive, and interactive Power BI reports and dashboards. Read Next: Building a Microsoft Power BI Data Model How to build a live interactive visual dashboard in Power BI with Azure Stream How to use M functions within Microsoft Power BI for querying data “Tableau is the most powerful and secure end-to-end analytics platform”: An interview with Joshua Milliganlast_img read more

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Good Neighbor Award Winners Announced

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Realtor Association Service Providers 2011-11-03 Abby Gregory “”REALTOR Magazine””:realtormag.realtor.org/ has announced this year’s winners of the publication’s “”Good Neighbor Awards””:http://realtormag.realtor.org/good-neighbor-awards/article/2011/11/2011-good-neighbor-winners-announced program, targeting Realtors whose commitment to community development sets them apart. Annually, REALTOR honors five individuals for their volunteer work and achievements in community improvement, and the magazine’s elite list focuses on those in the real estate industry who stand out as key leaders in all aspects of their lives, both personal and professional.[IMAGE]The 2011 Good Neighbor Awards recipients include “”Edina Realty’s””:www.edinarealty.com/ LeRoy J. Bendickson for his commitment to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Minnesota; “”Alain Pinel Realtors””:www.apr.com/’ Marta Karpiel for her work with Freedom Fields USA; “”Vito Anthony Homes””:www.vitoanthony.com/’ Vito. A Pampalona for his efforts on behalf of the Yellow Ribbon Fund; “”Wright Kingdom’s””:www.wkre.com/ Judy Pitt for her service to Kazi Yake; and “”Shaffer and Associates””:wshaffer.com/’ Wayne J. Shaffer for his support of St. Francis Catholic Kitchen, Siena House Maternity Home, and Jesus Mary Joseph Home.The president of the “”National Association of Realtors””:www.realtor.org/, Ron Phipps, said of the annual list, “”The realtors acknowledged through the Good Neighbor Awards program have graciously sacrificed personal time, money and effort to help improve the quality of life for others. Despite tough economic times these five winners have remained devoted to helping others whether in their own neighborhood or across the globe. I am proud to help them grow their efforts so they can continue the good work they do.””Phipps, broker and president for Rhode Island-based Phipps Realty, has previously been honored among recipients of the Good Neighbor Awards for his work with the Tomorrow Fund. Created in 2000, the program gives winners a $10,000 grant for the charity of their choice, as well as a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card.Bendickson earned his spot on this year’s roster thanks to his avid participation in the “”National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s””::www.nationalmssociety.org/ bike race to raise money for the organization; during 2011,[COLUMN_BREAK]Bendickson’s “”Real Estate Riders”” included 250 bikers, for a total donation of $146,000, and since he began coordinating his statewide team, Bendickson’s efforts have added up to nearly $1 million in support for the philanthropy.””Freedom Fields USA””:www.ffusa.org/ has a new fundraising tool thanks to Karpiel’s commitment to the group; she developed an initiative that lets donors select a precise, mapped location where they’d like to see their money used to eliminate landmines within Cambodia’s borders. Freedom Fields USA believes that Karpiel’s map tool has accounted for more than $250,000 in funding, and additionally, she was active in helping the organization snag a $50,000 grant from the U.S. State Department.Vietnam veteran Pampalona gives back at the “”Walter Reed Army Medical Center””:www.wramc.amedd.army.mil, where he created a multimedia center for patients and their families that provides books, videos, audio tapes, and snacks. Working with the “”Yellow Ribbon Fund””:www.yellowribbonfund.com/ since 2003, Pampalona has raised or donated around $500,000 to support veterans in need, and he is the national chair of the Yellow Ribbon Fund Ambassador program.””Kazi Yake””:https://sites.google.com/a/kaziyake.org/www/, which means His Works when translated, was founded by Pitt in 2008 to facilitate the advancement of clean water and hygiene initiatives for Kenya. Her passion grew out of years of mission trips to the country, and Pitt now leads teams of volunteers in Kenya twice a year, installing water filters, training midwives, and teaching farmers enhanced crop yield measures. Pitt is also working toward building a medical clinic, and she plans to move to Kenya permanently to continue her efforts full time.Serving the disadvantaged in Santa Cruz, California, Shaffer is the co-founder and president of “”St. Francis Catholic Kitchen””:www.stfrancissoupkitchen.org/, and he is also responsible for co-founding “”Jesus Mary Joseph Home””:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jesus-Mary-Joseph-Home/139950827506?sk=wall, as well as being the sole founder for “”Siena House Maternity Home””:www.sienahouse.org/. Shaffer’s philanthropic pursuits provide shelter, emergency medical care, housing, and food for the homeless and others in need.Five relators were named among Good Neighbor Award honorable mentions, including “”Coldwell Banker Riviera Real Estate’s””:www.rivierarealty.com/ Robin Bahr for her commitment to “”Patti’s Prom Project””:www.facebook.com/pages/Pattis-Prom-Project…/357223938727; “”Marron Gildea Realtors””:www.marron-gildea.com/’ Elizabeth Fernandez for her work for “”Glen Rock Poverty Awareness Project””:www.causes.com/causes/237534-glen-rock-poverty-awareness-project; “”CMK and Associates””:cmkandassociates.com/’ Chrisitan C. Klueg for his efforts for The Pink Chicken; “”Star One Realtors””:www.starone.com/’ Mark Meinhardt for his service to “”Sophie’s Angel Run””:www.sophiesangelrun.org/; and “”Reecer Properties””:www.reecerproperties.com/’ Lynn H. Reecer for her support of “”Aboite New Trails””:www.aboitenewtrails.com/ant/events/. Each honorable mention award winner will receive $2,500 grants for their philanthropic organizations, as well as a $1,000 Lowe’s gift card.center_img Good Neighbor Award Winners Announced November 3, 2011 466 Views last_img read more

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Travellers Choice Managing Director Christian Hun

first_imgTravellers Choice Managing Director, Christian Hunter, says the new strategic partnership with Zenith payments – collectively known as TC Pay –says the new payment solutions – collectively known as TC Pay – will make it easier for Travellers Choice members to process a range of business transactions, while at the same time safeguarding their businesses from risk.“One of the problems travel agents currently face is that they do not know the merchant fee until a customer’s card details are entered into the system,” says Hunter. “Our members can now quote the fee up front, secure in the knowledge that the price is accurate and that their business is protected against chargebacks.“This really is a win-win arrangement for both our members and their customers.”Under the new partnership, all Travellers Choice members have immediate access to a group level credit card merchant facility, with no application or ongoing monthly fees.The merchant facility is common-rated at a flat 1.5% for all Australian-issued Visa and MasterCard credit cards, regardless of whether they are gold, platinum, corporate or frequent flyer aligned. The fee is also inclusive of the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS), providing users with protection against consumer debit and credit card chargebacks resulting from supplier insolvency.Zenith Payments is also providing Travellers Choice members with two additional payment solutions, including:· an exclusive layby solution (offered through Zenith Payments’ TravelPay brand) that, unlike standard layby arrangements, can be used to cover all components of a customer’s trip and delivers funds into an agent’s account within one business day (rather than the standard 3-5 days), ensuring timely payment of suppliers· a B2B payment portal, which Travellers Choice agents can use from 1 January 2019 to settle payment of everyday overheads – from utilities such as rent, power and phone bills, to the ATO – using a company credit card.Hunter says that the B2B payment portal will provide members with valuable loyalty points including earning Qantas Business Rewards.“We estimate the value of the reward points will not only offset the cost of the facility but enable an average member to earn multiple business class return airfares to Europe each year.”IMAGE:Travellers Choice Managing Director Christian Hunter agents b2bmemberspayment solutionsTravellers ChoiceZenithlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Given the mutual knowledge of the two coaching staffs and styles, another facet is added to the matchup, as the Colts head coach went on to note.“He’s got familiarity with us and we’ve got it with him, so I guess it’s a level playing field,” Pagano told reporters.Arians, as a one-time interim head coach, has intimate knowledge of the Colts’ ways, though only spending one season with the organization.Once the reunions are over on Sunday, however, it’s no holds barred. Arians told reporters Monday that he would “hide his emotions” well. And Luck reflected a similar sentiment.“I think once warm-up sort of gets going and the ball is snapped, it won’t be too hard for either side to take the emotions out of it and realize it’s a big game,” he said. “There’s a lot at stake.”Both the Cardinals (6-4) and Colts (7-3) are in the heat of playoff contention as they anticipate Sunday’s 2:10 p.m. MDT kickoff. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now, on Sunday, Pagano and the Colts are set to visit Arians’ new stomping grounds at University of Phoenix Stadium. And it’s going to be emotional for both sides. “It’ll be great to see B.A., Jerraud Powers, a bunch of the coaches,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck explained. Among the other reunions taking place Sunday, the Colts will see former offensive line coach, and current Cardinals offensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin on the opposite sideline. “I was hoping (the game) would never be on the schedule because too many emotional ties to what happened last year to have to play them,” Arians said Monday. “I’m just glad we are playing here and not there. That would really be tough to walk into that stadium.”Pagano, himself, weighed in on the game, cutting a similar outlook to Arians’ take.“Obviously there’s history there, but he’s exactly right,” he said while talking about Sunday’s game on a conference call with reporters. Pagano went on to talk about how deserving he felt Arians was of a coaching job prior to this season, making the matchup incredibly unique. “I think everyone in the coaching profession knows that was long overdue,” Pagano said of Arians’ hiring. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories If you aren’t familiar with the Bruce Arians-Chuck Pagano-Indianapolis Colts narrative of last season, you must have been living under a rock. And, if you’ve since surfaced from beneath that rock and need a refresher, here’s a brief summary: Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia last September. Interim head coach, and now Arizona Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians led the Colts on a 12-game tear through the regular season under the ‘Chuck Strong’ motto as more than 20 players, and two cheerleaders, shaved their heads in Pagano’s support. Pagano returned as head coach on Christmas Eve and, following the Colts’ 11-5 season, Arians got his first head coaching post in Glendale, after earning the AP Coach of the Year award.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAsia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced a series of international exhibitors are returning to showcase at the 2019 event.Those include the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Dubai Business Events & Convention Bureau (DBE), both identifying the opportunity to connect with the richest pool of quality international buyers attending AIME in many years.This notable return to AIME comes as a result of the refreshed vision, which has overhauled the way that exhibitors take part in the event, sharpening the focus to a positive return on investment through rigorous curation of the buyer program and format that meetings are delivered.“The interest that we’ve received from both international and regional exhibitors has been monumental. Whilst they span very different industries, they are all signing up for the same reason: to meet and connect with more quality buyers from across APAC who are ready to do business,” said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events.DBE last attended AIME in 2015, with Thailand last attending in 2017. TCEB is using the 2019 event as a major platform to meet with new and existing clients, maximise networking, as well as launch a global rewards program for event buyers.Other international exhibitors attending the 2019 event include Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia, the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, set to reveal a new rewards campaign, and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB), who will be showcasing their new Banc of California Stadium and highly anticipated renovation of the LA Convention Centre.With only three months to go before the industry event opens, AIME 2019 has already confirmed quality buyers from across 32 different countries, with 48% having never attended AIME before and 65% originating from outside of Australia.Running from 18–20 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2019 MICE calendar and is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.For more details or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit aime.com.au.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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