WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The White House says the U.S. will host a delegation from China led by Vice Premier Liu He for meetings beginning April 3.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also said Saturday that President Donald Trump is sending U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing next week to continue trade negotiations with China. They will be joined by deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior Trump administration officials.China’s commerce ministry has said Lighthizer and Mnuchin will be in China on Thursday and Friday for the eighth round of trade negotiations.The trade dispute began last year after the U.S. made several complaints, including that China was stealing U.S. trade secrets and was forcing companies to give them technology to access its market.The Associated Press
23 March 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today condemned the hijacking and abduction in Sudan’s North Darfur state of a team of engineers with the country’s State Water Corporation and called for the immediate release of the four men and their equipment. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today condemned the hijacking and abduction in Sudan’s North Darfur state of a team of engineers with the country’s State Water Corporation and called for the immediate release of the four men and their equipment.In a statement issued in Khartoum, UNICEF Representative Ted Chaiban said it was unacceptable that the employees of the State Water Corporation should be targeted in this way. The corporation is UNICEF’s main counterpart in providing water and sanitation services across northern Sudan, including Darfur, and Mr. Chaiban called it “a valued partner” of the agency.“This incident underlines that it is not only UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are vulnerable to such banditry,” he said. “Many humanitarian services are provided by technical staff from government departments and they too are at risk of such attacks. This cannot be condoned, and we demand that all such workers are allowed to operate with safety and security in the Darfur region.”Unidentified gunmen hijacked the corporation team on Thursday night in Um Tajok in North Darfur, and the team’s four drivers, its vehicles and its drilling rig remain missing today.Banditry has become increasingly frequent in Darfur, where in the past five years more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced from their homes because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen.A hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force known as UNAMID is being deployed to the region to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering, but the mission is still lacking key capacities and remains far short of the 26,000 uniformed personnel expected when it reaches full capacity.
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 12:08 pm MDT Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a statement on jobs and economic outlook, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Fed promises ‘patient’ approach in determining when to raise interest rates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be “patient” in deciding when to do so.That was the message sent Wednesday as the Fed ended a meeting amid heightened expectation about a forthcoming rate increase. At a news conference afterward, Chair Janet Yellen said she foresaw no rate hike in the first quarter of 2015.The Fed said in a statement that a “patient” approach to raising rates is consistent with its previous guidance that it would keep its key rate near zero for a “considerable time.”Yellen said the strength of U.S. economic data and the level of inflation, not a calendar date, will dictate when it raises rates. At a time of global economic turmoil and collapsing oil prices, she stressed that the Fed was making no policy changes.“The Fed is sending the message that the broader U.S. economy is on the path toward healing,” said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities. “They don’t know how fast it will heal, but it’s on the mend.”The Fed chair said she’s prepared to let the U.S. unemployment rate fall from its current 5.8 per cent to exceptionally low levels because doing so could help cause inflation to rise closer to the Fed’s 2 per cent target.Uncertainty about when the economy will fully heal from the ravages of the Great Recession, which officially ended 5 1/2 years ago, is why the Fed’s policy statements remain vague, Ricchiuto added.“There was no signal that rates are on the cusp of liftoff,” noted Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank.Stock investors cheered the Fed’s message. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had been up about 160 points before the Fed issued its statement, roared higher to close up 280 points. The stock market tends to applaud low rates because they make it easier for individuals and businesses to borrow and spend, and they cause many investors to shift money into stocks in search of higher returns.Most economists think the Fed’s first rate increase will occur in June as long as its inflation outlook doesn’t remain persistently below its target rate of 2 per cent. In an updated economic forecast Wednesday, the Fed lowered its inflation forecast for next year to between 1 per cent and 1.6 per cent.Energy prices have plunged since the Fed last met in October, with oil reaching a five-year low. That price drop is reducing inflation further below the Fed’s 2 per cent target, which could heighten the pressure to delay a rate hike until inflation rebounds. On Wednesday, the government said consumer prices rose just 1.3 per cent in November compared with 12 months ago.But Yellen noted that oil price spikes in the past had only temporarily raised inflation and suggested that a corresponding drop will likely also have only a “transitory” effect on inflation.She was more optimistic about the benefits of lower oil prices for the U.S. economy.“The decline we have seen … is likely to be on net a positive,” Yellen said. “It’s something that’s certainly good for families, for households. It’s putting more money in their pockets… It’s like a tax cut that boosts their spending power.”The Fed’s statement was approved on a 7-3 vote. The three dissents reflected the sharp divisions inside the Fed as it transitions from an extended period of ultra-low rates to a period in which it will start to raise rates. The Fed has not raised rates in more than eight years.The dissents included Presidents Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed and Charles Plosser of the Philadelphia Fed, who have long stressed the need for the Fed to prevent high inflation over the need to maximize employment.But Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Fed’s Minneapolis regional bank, also dissented for a different reason. He thinks the Fed needs to do more to boost inflation to its 2 per cent target level.The Fed’s decision to say both that it will be “patient” about a rate hike and that this is consistent with rates staying ultra-low for a “considerable time” was a surprise. Most economists had expected its statement to drop “considerable time” in favour of saying only that the Fed would be “patient” in assessing the economy’s ability to withstand higher rates.Since the Fed’s last meeting, the job market and other sectors of the economy have strengthened. Employers added 321,000 jobs in November, sustaining the healthiest year for job growth since 1999. The current 5.8 per cent unemployment rate is close to the 5.2 per cent to 5.5 per cent range that the central bank considers maximum employment.The Fed’s key short-term rate has been at a record low near zero since December 2008. When the Fed does begin raising rates, the expectation is that it will do so gradually and leave consumer and corporate loan rates at historically low levels for a while.In October, the Fed ended its bond buying program, which had been intended to keep down long-term borrowing rates. The bond purchases boosted the Fed’s investment holdings to close to $4.5 trillion — more than four times its level when the financial crisis hit in the fall of 2008.___AP Economics Writers Josh Boak and Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says key development issues such as tackling food security and fighting poverty, as well as the crisis in Syria, will feature high on his agenda at the United Nations. “As Deputy Secretary-General I will of course focus on what the SG [Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] wants me to work with. But I will probably focus most on two areas: development – and we face some very serious challenges in this area – and secondly, political issues,” Mr. Eliasson said in an interview with the UN News Centre. “On development, it’s such a wide range of areas, but the most urgent […] issue is the food security crisis,” he added. “We are expecting price increases of food all over the world in the next 4-5 months.” The veteran Swedish diplomat, who took up his post in July, is no stranger to the Organization, having served in a number of UN positions, including Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, President of the General Assembly and Special Envoy for Darfur. “The United Nations has always been very close to my heart,” said Mr. Eliasson. “I believe in the values and principles of the United Nations. We are often criticized but I think we are a reflection of the world as it is and not as we want it to be – but we have to bridge that gap, make sure the world becomes more of what we want it to be.” Among the areas where there is still much work to be done, the Deputy Secretary-General cited the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development’ that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. Last month Mr. Ban announced the members of a high-level panel he set up to present recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core. There were many crises to deal with on the political front, Mr. Eliasson noted. “The most dramatic one, the most internationally recognized one is, of course, Syria, where we are dealing with very serious matters, providing hopefully a peaceful alternative to the horrible fighting that goes on now, and the suffering that goes on now, with huge humanitarian consequences.” Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. Over the past month, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo. Other issues of concern, he said, include the tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel, along with the conflict in northern Mali.
Agriculture and construction will be worst affected In the ILO report, heat stress is defined as generally occurring at above 35 degrees Celsius, in places where there is high humidity.Our latest report shows that 80 million jobs could be lost as a result of heat stress caused by global warming. Here’s what you need to know. pic.twitter.com/JOtAwdGRnD— ILO (@ilo) July 1, 2019 Excess heat at work is an occupational health risk and in extreme cases can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal, the UN agency explains.With some 940 million people active in agriculture around the world, farmers are set to be worst hit by rising temperatures, according to the ILO data, which indicates that the sector will be responsible for 60 per cent of global working hours lost from heat stress, by 2030. Construction will also be “severely impacted”, with an estimated 19 per cent of global working hours lost at the end of the next decade, ILO says. Other at-risk sectors include refuse collection, emergency services, transport, tourism and sports, with southern Asian and western African States suffering the biggest productivity losses, equivalent to approximately five per cent of working hours by 2030.“The impact of heat stress on labour productivity is a serious consequence of climate change, which adds to other adverse impacts such as changing rain patterns, raising sea levels and loss of biodiversity,” Ms. Saget explained. Underlining how communities in the world’s poorest regions will suffer the most significant economic losses because they often lack the resources to adapt to increased heat, the ILO official insisted that this would lead to “more inequality between low and high-income countries and worsening working conditions for the most vulnerable, as well as displacement of people”.The economic losses of heat stress will therefore reinforce already existing economic disadvantage, in particular the higher rates of working poverty, informal and vulnerable employment, subsistence agriculture, and a lack of social protection, Ms. Saget added.To adapt to this new reality, ILO is calling for urgent measures by Governments, employers and workers, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable.These include adequate infrastructure and improved early warning systems for extreme weather events, and improved implementation of international labour standards in occupational safety and health to help tackle heat-related hazards. Highlighting that the world’s poorest countries will be worst affected, particularly in West Africa and South-East Asia, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that the lost output will be equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs – or 2.2 per cent of total working hours worldwide – during 2030.The total cost of these losses will be $2.4 trillion every year, ILO’s Working On A Warmer Planet report maintains, based on a global temperature rise of only 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.“The impact of heat stress on labour productivity is a serious consequence of climate change,” said Catherine Saget, Chief of Unit in the ILO’s Research department and one of the main authors of the report. “We can expect to see more inequality between low and high-income countries and worsening working conditions for the most vulnerable.”
Families of victims clamoured to have the veteran – known only as Soldier F – stripped of his anonymity, granted 20 years ago over concern of possible reprisals. The soldier, a grandfather in his 70s, was told yesterday he will be charged with the murder of two protesters who were shot and killed in Londonderry 47 years ago. Prosecutors in Northern Ireland said a further 16 veterans implicated in Bloody Sunday would not be charged due to ‘insufficient’ evidence. But they now face a separate, lengthy… The prosecution of a former paratrooper for murder on Bloody Sunday provoked a storm of protest last night over fears he cannot get a fair trial and warnings of further legal actions against veterans.
Forecasts for windy conditions has led organizers to close the Vancouver Farmers Market on Sunday. The National Weather Service is forecasting south to southwest winds of 14-18 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. The chance of rain is 100%.Next weekend will be the final weekend of the season for the market. The downtown location will be open Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, and on Saturday at the east location, with special Halloween festivities on Saturday. For more information on the market, go to www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
County commissioner: Clark County commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart invites voters to meet her for coffee and cookies from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at di Tazza coffee house and bakery, 2011 S.E. 192nd Ave. Stewart, who is running as a Republican, will discuss local issues.
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A water leak in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has led to the closure of G Concourse in Terminal 4.A total of four gates have been impacted.The H Concourse had been closed, but it has since reopened.Passengers are being asked to use security checkpoints in Terminal 3 and walk over through the terminal.The cause of the leak is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Miramar Police officers will deliver the toys to children in need just in time for Christmas.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thank you Sunbeam Properties & The Miramar Park of Commerce for bringing the “Polar Express” to #MiramarPD today. All donated toys will go to Operation Blue Squad, benefiting needy children in our community. #HolidaySpirit pic.twitter.com/BBEoTqBPrc— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) December 5, 2017WSVN’s parent company, Sunbeam Properties and Development, organized the toy drive, collecting donations from more than 60 tenants in the Miramar Park of Commerce.“We’re really excited to be a part of this community and have the ability to share some joy,” said Sunbeam Properties spokesperson Maridee Bell. “Over the top. There’s nothing better than this.” MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Santa and his helpers spread some joy in South Florida, as the Polar Express rolled through Miramar, Tuesday.While the iconic train did not pull into the Miramar Police Department building, a white pickup truck, labeled “Polar Express,” captured the spirit of the season in its place.Officers joined Kris Kringle, Mrs. Claus, elves and even the Grinch in unloading cardboard boxes filled with dozens of toys.
(Editor’s Note: Wilmington’s Lou Cimaglia was finalist for the award in 2016.)SALEM, MA — Below is an announcement from Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts:Congressman Seth Moulton is proud to announce the fourth annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award, to be given to an individual in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings.The annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award will be given to a resident of the Sixth Congressional District who best exemplifies his commitment to service. Fill out this brief form to describe the nominee and how he or she lives the ideals and commitment to community espoused by the Professor Gomes. A panel of judges will carefully review the entries before making a final selection.Nominations will be accepted through August 19, 2019. Finalists will be notified in advance of the award presentation in early September. The location is North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a Day of Service. All nominators and nominees are invited to participate in the Day of Service.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Government”
Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Today, the team at Elastic announced that the core security features of the Elastic Stack are now free. They also announced about releasing Elastic Stack versions 6.8.0 and 7.1.0 and the alpha release of Elastic Cloud on Kubernetestoday. With the free core security features, users can now define roles that protect index and cluster level access, encrypt network traffic, create and manage users, and fully secure Kibana with Spaces. The team had opened the code for these features last year and has finally made them free today which means the users can now run a fully secure cluster. Release of Elastic Stack versions 6.8.0 and 7.1.0 The team also made an announcement about releasing versions 6.8.0 and 7.1.0 of the Elastic Stack, today. These versions do not contain new features but they make the core security features free in the default distribution of the Elastic Stack. The core security features include TLS for encrypted communications, file and native realm to create and manage users, and role-based access control to control user access to cluster APIs and indexes. The features also include allowing multi-tenancy for Kibana with security for Kibana Spaces. Previously, these core security features required a paid gold subscription, however, now, they are free as a part of the basic tier. Alpha release of Elastic Cloud on Kubernetes The team has also announced the alpha release of Elastic Cloud on Kubernetes (ECK) which is the official Kubernetes Operator for Elasticsearch and Kibana. It is a new product based on the Kubernetes Operator pattern that lets users manage, provision, and operate Elasticsearch clusters on Kubernetes. It is designed for automating and simplifying how Elasticsearch is deployed and operated in Kubernetes. It also provides an official way for orchestrating Elasticsearch on Kubernetes and provides a SaaS-like experience for Elastic products and solutions on Kubernetes. The team has moved the core security features into the default distribution of Elastic Stack to ensure that all clusters launched and managed by ECK are secured by default at creation time. The clusters that are deployed via ECK include free features and tier capabilities such as Kibana Spaces, frozen indices for dense storage, Canvas, Elastic Maps, and more. Users can now monitor Kubernetes logs and infrastructure with the help of Elastic Logs and Elastic Infrastructure apps. Few users think that security shouldn’t be an added feature, it should be inbuilt. A user commented on HackerNews, “Security shouldn’t be treated as a bonus feature.” Another user commented, “Security should almost always be a baseline requirement before something goes up for public sale.” Few others are happy about this news. A user commented, “I know it’s hard to make a buck with an open source business model but deciding to charge more for security-related features is always so frustrating to me. It leads to a culture of insecure deployments in environments when the business is trying to save money. Differentiate on storage or number of cores or something, anything but auth/security. I’m glad they’ve finally reversed this.” To know more about this news, check out the blog post by Elastic. Read Next Elasticsearch 7.0 rc1 releases with new allocation and security features Elastic Stack 6.7 releases with Elastic Maps, Elastic Update and much more! AWS announces Open Distro for Elasticsearch licensed under Apache 2.0
Google has introduced an extension of OpenCensus called the OpenCensus Web which is a library for collecting application performance and behavior monitoring data of web pages. This library focuses on the frontend web application code that executes in the browser allowing it to collect user-side performance data. It is still in alpha stage with the API subject to change. This is great news for websites that are heavy by nature, such as media-driven pages like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon, and WebApps. OpenCensus Web interacts with three application components, the Frontend web server, the Browser JS, and the OpenCensus Agent. The agent receives traces from the frontend web server proxy endpoint or directly from the browser JS, and exports them to a trace backend. Features of OpenCensus Web OpenCensus Web traces spans for initial load including server-side HTML rendering The OpenCensus Web spans also includes detailed annotations for DOM load events as well as network events It automatically traces all the click events as long as the click is done in a DOM element and it is not disabled OC Web traces route transitions between the different sections of your page by monkey-patching the History API It allows users to create custom spans for their web application for tasks or code involved in user interaction It performs automatic spans for HTTP requests and browser performance data OC web relates user interactions back to the initial page load tracing. Along with this release, the OpenCensus family of projects is merging with OpenTracing into OpenTelemetry. This means all of the OpenCensus community will be moving over to OpenTelemetry, Google and Omnition included. OpenCensus Web’s functionality will be migrated into OpenTelemetry JS once this project is ready. Omnition founder wrote on Hacker News, “Although Google will be heavily involved in both the client libraries and agent development, Omnition, Microsoft, and others will also be major contributors.” Another comment on Hacker News, explains the merger more in detail. “OpenCensus is a Google project to standardize metrics and distributed tracing. It’s an API spec and libraries for various languages with varying backend support. OpenTracing is a CNCF project as an API for distributed tracing with a separate project called OpenMetrics for the metrics API. Neither include libraries and rely on the community to provide them. The industry decided for once that we don’t need all this competing work and is consolidating everything into OpenTelemetry that combines an API for tracing and metrics along with libraries. Logs (the 3rd part of observability) are in the planning phase. OpenCensus Web is bringing the tracing/metrics part to your frontend JS so you can measure how your webapp works in addition to your backend apps and services.” By September 2019, OpenTelemetry plans to reach parity with existing projects for C#, Golang, Java, NodeJS, and Python. When each language reaches parity, the corresponding OpenTracing and OpenCensus projects will be sunset (old projects will be frozen, but the new project will continue to support existing instrumentation for two years, via a backwards compatibility bridge). Read more on the OpenTelemetry roadmap. Public reaction for OpenCensus Web has been positive. People have expressed their opinions on a Hacker News thread. “This is great, as the title says, this means that web applications can now have tracing across the whole stack, all within the same platform.” “I am also glad to know that the merge between OpenTracing and OpenCensus is still going well. I started adding telemetry to the projects I maintain in my current job and so far it has been very helpful to detect not only bottlenecks in the operations but also sudden spikes in the network traffic since we depend on so many 3rd-party web API that we have no control over. Thank you OpenCensus team for providing me with the tools to learn more.” For more information about OpenCensus Web, visit Google’s blog. Read Next CNCF Sandbox, the home for evolving cloud-native projects, accepts Google’s OpenMetrics Project Google open sources ClusterFuzz, a scalable fuzzing tool Google open sources its robots.txt parser to make Robots Exclusion Protocol an official internet standard
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by Thursday, January 26, 2017 DUBLIN — Less than two months after its official launch, Ryanair Holidays has officially suspended service due to “illegal screenscraping and mis-selling of flights” by its software provider.According to TravelMole, the suspension is temporary and will hopefully be lifted by the end of February.In an official statement, the low-cost airline said: “Ryanair today confirmed it has temporarily suspended its Holidays service, and terminated its agreement with the software provider who was found to be unlawfully scraping Ryanair’s low fares.“All existing Ryanair Holidays bookings are secure and Ryanair is currently finalizing an agreement with a new software provider, who it expects to appoint shortly.”The airline also issued an apology to its customers for “any inconvenience caused” but also re-emphasized that it will “not allow any third party software provider to ‘screenscrape’ and unlawfully re-sell Ryanair’s low fares.”Spain-based Logitravel, the software provider in question, confirmed that Ryanair terminated their agreement, reports TraveMole, but also denied it had used screenscraping.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRyanair Holidays first launched on Dec. 1, 2016 with the promise of offering flights, accommodation and transfer packages on its website. It was launched in partnership with Logitravel and World2Meet in the U.K., Ireland and Germany, with plans to debut in other markets this year. Ryanair Holidays suspends service following illegal screenscraping
in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Economy Remains Stable in the Midst of Global Implications Economic growth is expected to move upward in the fourth quarter following a disappointing third quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group.The research shows that economic growth for all of 2015 is projected to reach 2.2 percent, with another increase in 2016 to 2.4 percent. The ESR Group attributes the growth spurt to solid consumer spending growth, an uptick in construction activity, and growing home sales and prices. These positive economic conditions should offset global headwinds.However, Fannie Mae reported that a strong U.S. dollar and weak global growth will likely continue to place negative pressure on manufacturing and exports in the near term.“We see consumer spending as the biggest driver of growth moving into 2016, backed by positive fundamentals including an improving labor market and household net worth,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist.He continued, “An uptick in average hourly earnings and low unemployment numbers in the October jobs report are contributing to a positive outlook for consumer spending. In addition, recent data suggesting that consumers are becoming more comfortable using their credit cards and that banks are loosening lending standards amid rising demand for consumer loans bodes well for future growth.”In terms of the housing market, Fannie Mae says that “recent housing and mortgage news has been mixed.”Housing starts rebounded in September to more than 1.2 million units, following two months of declines, the report showed. Meanwhile permits and new home sales both decreased in September. Existing home sales did well in September, almost returning to July’s expansion best, while pending home sales fell.“Despite mixed housing and mortgage market data, our forecast for housing activity is little changed over the past several months,” Duncan noted. “The supply of existing homes remains lean amid slowing new single-family construction, putting significant upward pressure on home prices. While this helps boost home equity, it hurts affordability, especially for potential first-time homebuyers.””Meanwhile, we expect mortgage rates to rise only gradually through next year, and an improving income trend should help support affordability. We foresee total home sales improving further in 2016, albeit at less than half of the 8.0 percent increase expected this year,” he said.Click here to view the full report. November 19, 2015 452 Views Economic Growth Fannie Mae Global Risks 2015-11-19 Staff Writer Share
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, became law this morning when Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4059 during a bill signing ceremony.HB 4059, now Public Act 219, allows for retired teachers to maintain their retirement benefits if they return to the classroom as substitute teachers and teach classes that are on the ‘critical shortage’ subject list.“I am very happy that this common-sense bill has been signed into law, allowing our talented retired educators to help out when needed,” said Rep. Hughes. “I thank Gov. Snyder for signing this bill so quickly after Senate and House approval.”Many of the superintendents from Rep. Hughes’ legislative district joined her for the bill signing and are very appreciative of the new law.“This legislation will permit schools to utilize, when needed, the talents of retired educators for classrooms and other educational positions,” said Dr. John Severson, superintendent of Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. “Such flexibility for schools will further allow teaching and learning to continue at high levels when the regular teacher or educator is in professional development sessions, attending to other duties within the school system, or when there are immediate needs that cannot be filled.”PA 219 has benefits beyond the classroom as well.“It is almost daily that a principal has to cover a class because there are not enough substitute teachers available to meet the demand,” said Bob Szymoniak, superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools. “When that happens, the building and ultimately the children suffer because of the vacuum in leadership this situation creates. Principals need to be principals every day and this bill will help make sure that happens.“Who better to substitute teach than retired teachers who already understand building routines, emergency procedures and have a track record for proven teaching experience?” added Szymoniak. “This bill is a huge win for the kids in our state.”Greg Helmer, superintendent of Mona Shores Public Schools, pointed to Rep. Hughes’ determination to helping all students in Michigan.“I appreciate Rep. Hughes’ relentless passion and leadership to help districts get the best people in front of our students,” he said. “This law will help local districts fill hard-to-fill position with very qualified, certified teachers who have retired and have proven themselves in front of our kids.”Without Hughes’ legislation, retired teachers would experience a stoppage of their retirement benefits if they returned to a school district in an instructional capacity. PA 219 stipulates that the retired teacher can return to the school in which they retired in a substitute teaching capacity without losing their retirement benefits, so long as they earn no more than one-third of their average final average compensation. Additionally, retired teachers can return to the classroom in a critical shortage area and work for up to three years without losing their retirement benefits.“This legislation makes it easier for everyone – the teachers, the school districts and primarily our kids – to make sure qualified instructors are helping our kids learn for their future success in life,” said Rep. HughesThe legislation replaced Public Act 464 of 2012, which allowed for retirees to retain their benefits while providing services, but expired on July 1, 2014. PA 219 will sunset on July 1, 2018.“I’m so appreciative of the leadership Holly Hughes has provided on this issue,” said Szymoniak. “She has been very thorough and conscientious in the development of the critical shortage bill, having visited not only my school district but many others while seeking input and guidance.” 16Dec Rep. Hughes bill helps school districts address substitute shortage Categories: Hughes News,News
Categories: Maturen News People deserve to know how tax dollars are being spentState Rep. David Maturen, of Vicksburg, today applauded a policy change that gives the public easy access to how their tax dollars are being spent at the Michigan House of Representatives.The policy change will make public the salaries of representatives and their staff members, a move Maturen says will lead to a more accountable government.“People I talk to here in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties want to know how their tax dollars are being spent, and we’ve been listening,” Maturen said. “Now anyone will be able to go online and see where the money they entrust to us is being spent. This is a step in the right direction for a state government that is more transparent and accountable to the public.”An online database with information about salaries and benefits of House employees can be found at house.mi.gov/FinancialsEmployee.asp.### 23Jan Rep. Maturen lauds increased transparency for Michigan House
20Sep Lower proposes solution to Sandhill crane overpopulation State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a House resolution encouraging the Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval establishing a Sandhill crane hunting season.Michigan is home to an increasing number of Sandhill cranes, with an estimated 23,082 reported in a 2015 population survey. Over the past 10 years, the population has grown an average of 9.4 percent annually, creating a conflict with Michigan farmers as the species feed on seeds of germinating corn during their spring migratory season. The number of nuisance permits issued to farmers to eradicate Sandhill cranes from their crops has increased from 13 to 85 in just seven years.“The cranes killed under these permits are a wasted resource, as the meat is not harvested,” Lower said. “Allowing the hunt of Sandhill cranes would both help control the damage they cause and offer hunters an opportunity to harvest exceptional game meat.”The representative stated Sandhill cranes are already hunted in Minnesota, Tennessee and Kentucky when they migrate beyond Michigan’s borders and are classified as game meat under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916.“The population continues to grow even as the number of issued nuisance permits increases,” Lower said. “Overpopulation and continued damage to crops is a real concern. A hunting season will benefit farmers, hunters and the growing Sandhill crane population.”The resolution was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.### Categories: Lower News