City tax rates rising this year due to overall property value drop

first_imgLooking at tax rates, Joy showed that residential tax rates as budgeted will be increasing from $4.76 to $4.86 per $1,000 to make up for the drop in home values. In fact, tax rates for all property types will be increasing this year to make up for the drop in residential properties, save for Utilities properties, which are subject to a rate of $40 per $1,000 assessed value. Major industrial property owners will pay $26.97, light industrial owners will pay $24.64, businesses will pay $13.67, recreational properties will pay $10.24, while farm owners will pay $1.45.Joy said that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.Joy also looked at how recommendations on the 2009 Hamilton Report that examined the City’s tax rates would apply to the City today. That report observed that the City’s light industrial tax ratio was high, and that the tax ratio on businesses was near the top, though within a reasonable range. The ratio of taxes paid by heavy industry was found to be in the mid-range with other cities in B.C.Joy said that the 2009 report recommended lowering the business tax ratio from 2.97 to 2.7 over four years, and to lower the light industry ratio from 5.56 to 3.0 over three years, with the cost of those reductions to be made up by residential owners. However, Joy noted that residents would currently pay between $11 and $42 extra per year to make up for the drop in revenue from commercial and industrial owners. He added that the report was written nearly ten years ago, during a time of economic prosperity, while the local economy is currently on the tail end of a steep recession.Mayor Lori Ackerman mentioned the possibility of having some of the City’s Peace River Agreement annual grant money used to make up for the shortfall, since the terms of the agreement are different than the former FairShare agreement with the Province. Councillors Bolin and Evans said they weren’t opposed to the possibility. City Manager Dianne Hunter said that the City’s current policy of how much of the Peace River Agreement money is allocated to operating and capital costs would best be discussed ahead of the 2019 budget. Council voted in favour of a resolution to review the PRA’s allocation policy and how it would impact the 5-year financial plan. Meanwhile, the City’s Budget Bylaw is due to be passed at the next Council meeting in early May. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John is one step closer to officially setting municipal tax rates for this fiscal year after the 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw passed first three readings at Monday’s council meeting.The City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation of this year’s tax rate review at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Since 2013, Joy showed that the City’s revenues from residential property taxes have decreased from 45.6 percent to 42.1 percent. In that same timeframe, revenue from businesses has increased from 47.2 percent to almost 60 percent. Major and light industrial taxes combined represent less than 4.5 percent of revenues, down from nearly 6.5 percent in 2013.Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion. last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief kicks off firstever visit to Asia

11 June 2007United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today embarked on his first mission to Asia since taking office in March. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, will stop in the Republic of Korea and Japan.Tomorrow in Seoul, Mr. Holmes will open the regional meeting of the Donor Support Group for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Also while in the Republic of Korea’s capital, he is scheduled to meet with Government authorities and representatives of Korean non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in emergency relief operations. He will also give a lecture at Kyung Hee University on 13 June.During a two-day visit to Tokyo from 14 to 15 June, Mr. Holmes will hold discussions with Japanese Government ministers and senior officials including Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and current President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.He also plans to confer with a group of Japanese parliamentarians on diplomatic affairs and human security, and will also meet with UN representatives based in Japan. Also on his agenda is an address at the Japan Foundation to academics, students, NGOs and private sector representatives.The focus of Mr. Holmes’ trip will be on bolstering humanitarian partnerships and he will hold strategic and policy discussions in both countries on natural disaster management, climate change and its implications for humanitarian aid and disaster risk reductions, among other issues, according to OCHA.Both the Republic of Korea and Japan are important donors to humanitarian operations and in have contributed to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a landmark resource which rapidly provides funds following disasters and finances underfunded emergencies. read more

TREB wins extension days before deadline to publish home sales data online

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 8:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TREB wins extension days before deadline to publish home sales data online TORONTO – A Federal Court judge has decided the Toronto Real Estate Board doesn’t have to comply with a Competition Tribunal ruling that would allow its realtor members to post home-sales data online — for now.Judge Mary J.L. Gleason made the order on Wednesday, days before TREB’s Aug. 3 deadline to make sales figures, pending sales and broker commissions more widely available.Several realtors have said the data release would enable consumers to be better informed and make better choices when buying or selling a home.Gleason said TREB shouldn’t have to change its practices until the court can hear its pending motion for a longer-term stay, one that would remain in effect until a ruling on the board’s appeal of the Competition Tribunal’s ruling.TREB CEO John DiMichele said in a statement that this temporary stay provides it with breathing room until its motion can be heard.It’s unclear when Gleason will make a decision on the longer-term stay. She said next week’s compliance deadline would lapse before the court could consider the motion.On June 3, the Competition Tribunal ruled TREB must loosen its restrictions on making home-sales data available online. The tribunal gave the board 60 days to comply with the ruling.The tribunal had determined in an April decision that TREB stifled competition and digital innovation by preventing its realtor members from posting this information on their websites.In July, TREB appealed the tribunal’s decision and asked for a stay, arguing the ruling violates the privacy of homebuyers and sellers.The case has been ongoing since 2011, when the competition commissioner filed an application with the tribunal challenging restrictions that TREB imposed on its members.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly attributed a comment by John DiMichele to Mary Gallagher. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Notre Dame in 2nd round of

OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies Oldboy and Kill Your Darlings

first_imgWHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Oldboy(TheHour/YouTube)For fans of: Thrillers, violence, intrigueAvoid if: You think the original is always best(Yes, the above video is an interview with Spike Lee about the film, as it was nigh on impossible to find a version that wasn’t NSFW. If you’d like to watch it though, click here. Like we said: NSFW.) This is a remake of the Korean film, considered a masterpiece by its fans… but viewers of the new version of the thriller, which stars Josh Brolin as a man who escapes from solitary confinement, aren’t rating it too high. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 75 per cent. Audience rating: 74 per centFrozen(disneyanimation/YouTube)For fans of: Funny snowmen, comedyAvoid if: You think winter isn’t funnyWhen a kingdom gets trapped in an eternal winter, who’s going to save it from destruction? This animated film looks pretty hilarious, and with Kristen Bell as a kooky princess and Josh Gad voicing a gas snowman, it should be a rather funny watch indeed. Kill Your Darlings(movieclips trailers/YouTube)For fans of: The Beat Generation, Kerouac, GinsbergAvoid if: Daniel is forever Harry in your eyesDaniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg – he being the Beat Generation icon – in this film that looks at the poet’s time at Columbia University and how he got caught up in a murder investigation. Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs can also be found in this intriguing film. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 43 per cent. Audience rating: 47 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 85 per cent. Audience rating: 91 per centlast_img read more

Wetherspoons has confirmed plans to open a pub in Waterford City

first_imgWetherspoon’s has confirmed plans to open a pub in Waterford City The pub chain currently operates five pubs in Ireland, four in Dublin and one in Cork. Nov 29th 2016, 2:18 PM By DailyEdge.ie 31 Comments 13,310 Views Short URL Source: Allsopp IrelandPUB CHAIN JD Wetherspoon’s looks set to be expanding its empire in Ireland, having received conditional approval to open a premises in Waterford City.The pub giant submitted a planning application to Waterford City and County Council to develop a premises at two adjoining buildings situated on 17-18 Broad Street and 7-9 Arundel Square, Waterford, and received conditional approval to follow through with the development.The application mentions plans of amalgamating the buildings and building a new “customer garden area” on the first floor. Share132 Tweet Email center_img Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 2:18 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In a statement to DailyEdge.ie, Wetherspoon’s confirmed their intentions to open a pub in Waterford City, but noted that “the site still needs a licence”.Likewise, they could not confirm when we can expect the pub to be open.JD Wetherspoon’s, which is renowned for its low-cost alcohol prices, currently operates five branches in the Republic of Ireland – four in Dublin and one in Cork.In addition to the proposed pub in Waterford City, there are currently plans afoot to open a branch on Dublin’s Camden Street.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on DailyEdge.ieRead: Here’s how to watch the Late Late Toy Show from anywhere in the worldRead: The last person alive born in the 1800s celebrates her birthday today Add us: dailyedge http://jrnl.ie/3109336 last_img read more

La sonde Dawn livre la première photo de la face sombre de

first_imgLa sonde Dawn livre la première photo de la face sombre de l’astéroïde VestaLe 16 juillet dernier, la sonde Dawn de la Nasa s’est placée en orbite autour de l’astéroïde Vesta, un corps qui avec un diamètre de 530 kilomètres, est le deuxième objet le plus massif de la ceinture d’astéroïdes située entre Mars et Jupiter. Quelques jours plus tard, Dawn a pris sa toute première photo de la face sombre de Vesta.Le 23 juillet, la sonde Dawn a pris la toute première photo de la face cachée de Vesta, le deuxième plus gros corps de la ceinture d’astéroïdes. Cette image, publiée sur le site Internet de la Nasa, a été prise à une distance de 5.200 kilomètres. L’hémisphère nord de Vestaest en plein hiver,sonpôle nord est donc dans l’ombre en ce moment. Grâce à cette première photo de la face sombre de l’astéroïde, l’Agence spatiale américaine entend déterminerl’importance descaractéristiques distinctssur l’image, comme les larges rainuresou les crêtes qui s’étendent surde vastes distancesautour de Vesta, explique le communiqué de la Nasa.La sonde Dawn doit rester en orbite autour de l’astéroïde pendant un an. Elle prendra d’autres images, sous plusieurs angles, afin de permettre aux scientifiques de réaliser des cartes topographiques de Vesta. Dans quelques mois, la sonde s’approchera encore plus de l’objet, à 200 kilomètres seulement, pour prendre des mesures et des photos plus précises de la surface de l’astéroïde. Une fois cette mission achevée, Dawn se dirigera vers sa seconde destination, Cérès, l’objet le plus massif de la ceinture d’astéroïdes. Elle devrait l’atteindre en 2015. Si la Nasa s’intéresse tant à ses deux corps, c’est parce que situés entre Mars et Jupiter, Vesta et Cérès pourraient offrir de nouvelles données aux scientifiques quant à la façon dont ils se sont développés, et celle dont le système solaire s’est formé voilà 4,6 milliards d’années.Le 1 août 2011 à 17:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BPLs theft total continues to rise now at 7M

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#BPLTheftTotalRisesTo$7Mcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12th 2017: Bahamas Power and Light’s theft toll continues to mount, with the latest figure coming in at $7M. Reports say forensic accountants have uncovered “much more missing money than anyone originally thought”. The latest development comes after senior members of staff were placed on leave last week.Works Minister, Desmond Bannister is assuring this move does  not mean that persons sent on leave are culpable of anything, however, deemed the action necessary for the auditors to have free movement and full access to all the BPL files without interference. Though no official word has been released on the exact figure, the minister has assured the public that the final tally will be revealed in due course. He says he is unsure how long the investigation will take, but added that no time limits were placed on the investigation. Reports say auditors from Ernst and Young were flown in from the US to conduct the investigation.last_img read more

San Diego Swift Water Rescue teams will not be deployed to Houston

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 123 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 8:30 p.m. — San Diego’s swift water rescues teams will not be deployed to Houston to assist in the aftermath of the storm.San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy released a statement Wednesday night saying representatives from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) held a conference call with fire agency chief officers representing all of the CalOES designated and available swift water rescue teams.”CalOES informed those on the conference call that they had not received, nor do they anticipate receiving an EMAC request from the State of Texas for more than two of the CalOES sponsored swift water rescue teams. The CalOES sponsored San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Swiftwater Rescue Team is not one of the two teams that have been identified to deploy if, in fact, CalOES receives a formal request from another state for assistance,” Chief Fennessy said.”For decades, SDFD has actively participated in local, statewide and federal mutual aid. It’s important to note that the fire chief of any department retains the authority to approve or disapprove mutual aid requests. I am prepared to honor and approve federal or state emergency mutual aid resource requests for assistance to any of the areas impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, it is my sworn duty to NOT honor or approve any outside agency mutual aid request for resources if doing so would cause the department to unreasonably deplete its resources, facilities, and/or services which would then represent an unacceptable risk to the residents and visitors of the City of San Diego,” Chief Fennessy added.11:00 a.m. — A San Diego Lifeguard Swift Water Rescue team — at the center of a dispute over San Diego’s emergency response to Hurricane Harvey — will likely be sent Wednesday to aid the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the storm’s devastation, officials said.Lifeguard Sgt. Ed Harris, the head of the lifeguards union in San Diego and a former interim city councilman, had accused the fire chief of blocking the team’s deployment, but the chief said Tuesday that assistance from the lifeguards had not been requested.That changed later Tuesday.President Trump visited Texas (Tuesday) afternoon, and shortly thereafter there was a call for the deployment of 100 swift water rescue teams from around the country to help with recovery efforts,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said Tuesday night. “(The California Office of Emergency Services) is still waiting for the formal request but expects to order its 13 swift water rescue teams, including one based in San Diego, to head to Texas.”That team will be led by a SDFRD battalion chief and consist of two addition Fire-Rescue personnel and 11 lifeguards.In an open letter to Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and in a news conference early Tuesday, Harris accused SDFRD chief Brian Fennessy of blocking the lifeguard team’s deployment after the lifeguards packed and readied several boats as Harvey approached the Gulf Coast.”We are sickened that Chief Brian Fennessy has blocked our response,” Harris wrote in the letter also addressed to Houston’s mayor and residents. Fennessy responded with a news conference of his own at which he explained that San Diego already sent rescuers — Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8, which specializes in large-scale urban disasters — and deployment decisions were being made by FEMA and state emergency services offices.”There is a system that provides the resources during these types of disasters,” he said. “I can’t just send them down there because they want to go.”Harvey, now a tropical storm, first made landfall Friday over Texas. Flooding from the rain has displaced thousands, caused at least 30 confirmed or suspected deaths and dropped more rain than any previous storm in U.S. history, with more than 50 inches in some areas. It moved back over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall again this morning in Louisiana. Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017center_img Show Caption Hide Caption San Diego Swift Water Rescue teams will not be deployed to Houston to assist in storm aftermath Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 8 in transit just outside of San Antonio. Eager to join the rescue effort. So proud of you all! pic.twitter.com/xfZHXo4eT4— Chief Brian Fennessy (@SDFDChief) August 29, 2017Harris said in his letter that even when asked to stand down Saturday, his team remained prepared.”Our team stayed packed and readied more boats and asked to go,” Harris wrote in the letter he released Monday night. “We have plenty of staff to send, but we are blocked.”Fennessy said he was “profoundly, profoundly disappointed in lifeguard Sgt. Harris,” who he accused of lying about the response and “politicizing his own agenda.”The dispute was not the first time Harris has squared off publicly with the fire chief and the fire department. Earlier this year the lifeguard union, which is part of Teamsters Local 911, filed a grievance in opposition to the change in dispatching procedure for inland water rescues. And last month Harris filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego accusing Fennessy of “purposefully and recklessly manipulating public-safety data and procedures in order to rationalize an expansion of the fire department’s personnel.”City officials countered that reassigning calls to the SDFRD dispatch instead of lifeguard dispatch was a necessary move because the lifeguards’ system, which only allows for two calls to be answered at a time, tended to be quickly overwhelmed, forcing some 911 calls to go unanswered during high-volume periods, such as in severe storm conditions. last_img read more

Richard Kiel towering actor who played 007 nemesis Jaws has died

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor best known for portraying the James Bond villain Jaws, has died in Fresno, Calif. He was 74.Kiel died Wednesday at St. Agnes Medical Center, Kelley Sanchez, director of communications, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.Kiel played the hulking, metal-mouthed Bond villain in “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.”Kiel was also well-known for playing Adam Sandler’s boss in the 1990s comedy “Happy Gilmore.”Sanchez declined to give a cause of death.In a statement posted to Facebook, the Kiel family said in part: “Though most people knew of him through his screen persona, those who were close to him knew what a kind and generous soul he was. His family was the most important thing in his life and we are happy that his last days were spent surrounded by family and close friends. Though his passing was somewhat unexpected, his health had been declining in recent years. It is nice to think that he can, once again, stand tall over us all.”last_img read more

FEMA Disaster Assistance Team On Kenai Peninsula Until Saturday

first_imgAlaskans have until February 28 to apply for the Alaska Individual Assistance program online atReady.Alaska.gov or call 855-445-7131. FEMA representatives will help individuals apply for disaster assistance and offer advice on appealing eligibility decisions. The temporary office is located at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, ending March 2. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A FEMA disaster survivor assistance team is available for the next couple of days on the Kenai Peninsula to help residents who were affected by the November 30 earthquake.last_img read more

Kiplinger Launches Content Channel to Attract HighCPM Audience Segment

first_imgPersonal finance brand, Kiplinger, has launched a new channel on its site called Wealth Creation that offers service-oriented content for consumers and financial planning professionals. The channel will combine existing content with new content produced by a stable of high-profile contributors, but the endgame is to build a community of professional financial advisor readers that advertisers will pay high CMPs to reach. Advertisers willing to pay CPMs of $50 to $100 to reach that market, says Harbrecht. That sign-in function is key—in Kiplinger’s case, users can sign in via email, LinkedIn or Facebook—because it provides the brand with a much more monetizable audience. At the login stage, visitors are prompted to check whether they’re a financial planner or advisor or neither. That information is collected into a database that Kiplinger can sell against. “The audience has to be modest, but it doesn’t have to be huge,” says Harbrecht.center_img The channel launched early June and has so far collected 2,500 registrations, without any promotion. To begin ad sales in earnest, Harbrecht says they’ll need to hit 15,000 to 20,000 registrations. “There’s a clear monetization strategy here,” says Doug Harbrecht, director of new media for Kiplinger Washington Editors. “The holy grail in the personal finance space is reaching financial planners and financial professionals for our advertisers.” Kiplinger partnered with Vestorly, an aggregation platform that automates content collection and allows users to sign in and organize content into a personalized library.last_img read more

The Simpsons pays tribute to Minecraft with inevitable couch gag

first_imgIn typical Notch fashion, he didn’t seem particularly pleased — at first — about the tribute when he made his feelings known on Twitter:The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag. I’m not sure how I feel about it.— Markus Persson (@notch) April 7, 2014Then, perhaps, realizing he should probably be grateful to be recognized and respected by a franchise that has been (and will probably always be) more successful than Minecraft isn’t the worst thing to have happen to you:I STILL feel a bit like it’s just this small game I made at home. It’s so weird to have all these things happen. <3— Markus Persson (@notch) April 7, 2014Though somewhat short, the couch gag was on target, from walking through the famed Springfield Tire Fire, to Moe showing up at the end as Minecraft’s creeper — a nod to the character’s status as a creep. Of course, he exploded and took the Simpsons family with him, which isn’t exactly a thing Moe does on the show. Last night while you were watching Wrestlemania XXX and the premier of Game of Thrones season four, The Simpsons paid tribute to Minecraft with a couch gag that, somehow, hadn’t yet happened until now. Normally, when The Simpsons pays tribute to a phenomenon, the couch gag lasts longer than the usual length, but this time around the staff managed to give Minecraft its proper due without overextending the length of the intro.The intro was redone in the style of Minecraft, complete with the stiff character animations, though it didn’t appear to be animated within Mojang’s engine — unlike the famous World of Warcraft episode of South Park. Check out the clip below.last_img read more

What Shoppers Are Searching for This BacktoSchool Season According to Google

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Culottes are hot, but high-waisted shorts are definitely not.So says new research conducted by Google as the retail industry enters the ever-critical back-to-school shopping season — the second most lucrative moment on retailers’ calendars after Black Friday.Google has honed in on long-term trends that continue to rise (jelly shoes and kimono jackets) and fall (paracord bracelets and anything seersucker), as well as the evolving ways in which shopping is playing out in today’s omnichannel landscape.Shopping timelines are changing, for instance, as consumers tend to search for back-to-school products earlier online, while waiting later to pull the actual trigger. Eighty percent of shopping takes place in a span of just two weeks and among three retailers, Google said, typically closer to the start of the school year.Related: 8 Trends That Food Franchises Are Watching Right NowAnd mobile, of course, continues to grow. “Last summer, about 40 percent of back-to-school searches were done on mobile devices, and already this year, mobile share is topping 50 percent,” Google said.Google’s own YouTube has also emerged as a critical back-to-school shopping vehicle for 18 to 24-year-olds — 22 percent of whom said they “go to YouTube to find out what’s cool to purchase.” To target millennials, for instance, it might be wise to embrace the concept of an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) — a wildly prevalent video category on YouTube that currently accounts for 1.3 million search results.At the same time that it revealed these findings, Google announced new updates to help make shopping easier on mobile devices — including its long-rumored ‘buy button,’ (which the search giant is referring to in slightly flowerier language: ‘Purchases on Google.’)While a dozen major merchants are currently piloting the feature, which enables users to purchase items directly from ads displayed in Google search results, Google told Entrepreneur that it ultimately plans to roll out the feature to “retailers of all sizes.”Related: Get Ready for ‘Buy’ Buttons in Google Search Results 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 15, 2015last_img read more

Navaratri festival in Silom Road

first_imgSAWASDEE: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… You can read full article here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2018/01/navaratri-festival-in-silom-road.html eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Gay Asian experience: Why it is now the hottest gay travel trendThailand Tourism Festival 2018 opens to great fanfareBangkok’s Gay Go-Go Bars Navaratri festival in Silom RoadNavaratri นวราตรี is a Hindu festival that is held in September or October. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NavaratriIn Bangkok, the festival takes place in Silom road around Sri Maha Mariamman Temple = Wat Prasri Maha Umathewee วัดพระศรีมหาอุมาเทวี = Wat Kaek Silom วัดแขกสีลม.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman_Temple,_Bangkokfrom: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adam_jones/11706754174/I was unaware of this festival until recently, when Thai friends told me about it. The celebrations take place in the evening and part of Silom Road and Narathiwat-Ratchanakarin Road are blocked for traffic.The procession passes, but I’m too far away to have a good view, and some people are sprinkled with colorful powder, and Ilast_img read more

One year on Best Western® kicking goals

first_imgBest Western Plus Lake Kawana HotelOne year on, Best Western® kicking goalsAnniversary of changeover to property-direct modelTwelve months on, Best Western Australasia is marking the milestone of a successful first year since the transition to a Property Direct Relationship (PDR) for properties in Australia and New Zealand, implemented 1 June 2018.Consistent with Best Western International’s experience in other markets, the move to the PDR structure has been delivering solid results and increasing benefits for hotels.The well-known brand has signed on six new hotels since the changeover, with a solid pipeline of new recruits to join in the coming twelve months. Room revenue has grown 8% year on year, and the revenue contributions of the organisation’s award-winning loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, have almost doubled.Managing Director Graham Perry says it’s been an incredibly busy, challenging and rewarding year since the changeover.“June 1 was really the beginning of a new era,” says Perry. “Since that time, we’ve essentially reviewed and refined everything we do in our Australasian operations, looking at how we can do things better.”“As a team, we’ve articulated our three key strategic goals, and are working relentlessly to achieve these, namely: to build scale with new hotels across our 13 brands, grow our direct business via Best Western Rewards and continue to drive an appropriate return on investment (ROI) for our hoteliers.”“We’ve been very single minded in our pursuit of mission of ‘enhancing brand equity and increasing customer value’ and our vision of ‘leading the industry in superior customer care’, for our hotels and importantly our guests.”“Internally, we’ve strengthened our team, recruiting strong talent to complement our existing team members, providing us the optimal blend of corporate memory and new energy and ideas, across Sales & Marketing, Revenue Optimisation and Hotel Support. We’ve recommitted to New Zealand by recruiting a Regional Manager, New Zealand and the Pacific based in Auckland.”“Collectively, the team’s changes have enabled us to reinvigorate our performance, facilitating greater creativity, innovation and improved project management as we look to implement new initiatives to deliver more business and an even greater ROI to our hotels.”“We’ve also spent the year looking outward, as well as inward, seeking to raise our profile to permit us a seat at the table for discussions on industry issues like skills shortages, OTA matters including rate parity and ensuring there’s a level playing field.”“I am confident that we have come through the transition of the last 12 months stronger, and well positioned for growth and success throughout the rest of this year and into the next, with a team that is committed to our hotels’ success.”“I believe that we’re truly on the road to making Best Western ‘The Place to Be’.”About Best Western® Hotels & ResortsBest Western Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hotel brand headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with a global network of over 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide*, including 105 hotels across Australasia.Best Western offers 13 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market. Best Western branded hotels include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, GLō®, AidenSM, SadieSM, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, Best Western now also offers WorldHotels® brands. Completing its portfolio, Best Western offers  SureStay®,  SureStay Plus®, and SureStay Collection® franchises**.Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 61 of the brand’s Australasian hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, 19 being recognised as TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winners, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-midscale and midscale hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honouring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category.Nearly 40 million travellers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide.* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.**All Best Western and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.Source = Best Western Hotels & Resorts Australasialast_img read more

Ellie Mae Passes New Milestone

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Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all… Put on your captain’s cap and get ready to discover new lands, as Skyscanner tracks the maiden voyages of Erikson and Columbus to the New World.Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus were the first, or among the first, Europeans to set foot on North American land.Erikson arrived in North America about half a millennium earlier than Columbus, but the news of his discovery did not spread throughout Europe as Columbus’ would.Leif Erikson Day (9th October) is held on the same date in 1825 that the first round of Scandinavian immigrants arrived in New York.Columbus Day (12th October) is celebrated in the US on the second Monday of October each year, to commemorate his reaching the Americas on October 12, 1492.IcelandLeif Erikson was born in Iceland around 960, and from Reykjavik, day and overnight trips are offered to see the Erikson family farmhouse, a ship replica and other key Viking spots in the western countryside. Back in Reykjavik, the Saga Museum and Viking Village bring the people and events of so many centuries ago back to life. And no Viking history trip would be complete without a stay at the Hotel Leifur Eiríksson, conveniently located in the heart of the Icelandic capital.Find cheap flights to ReykjavikTrondheim, NorwayLeif was invited to meet with the king in the former Norwegian capital around 1000, and ended up staying there for a short while. A statue and plaque near the waterfront are dedicated to Erikson. The city is also full of other remnants of its Viking past, including Nidaros Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and a tall pillar with a figure of King Olav on top. It was from Trondheim that Erikson began heading straight west, with a stop first in Greenland.Find cheap flights to OsloGreenlandErik the Red, Erikson’s father, was the first European to find and live in Greenland, and that is where Erikson spent his childhood and finally set off on his voyage towards the unknown lands to the west. You too can set sail in the waters around Greenland on a multi-city sightseeing cruise that hits all the main ports. Inland excursions are available as well, including one to the Narsarsuaq region, where, along with many other Vikings relics in the area, a bronze statue of Erikson stands prominently on a grassy hillside.Find cheap flights to GreenlandBaffin Island, Nunavut, CanadaHeading west from Greenland, Erikson’s first encounter with the rest of North America was on the shores of Baffin Island. His exact landing point is unknown, but you can explore the island yourself, as this vast arctic wonderland provides the opportunity to participate in plenty of exciting activities, such as wildlife viewing excursions, travelling through an untouched landscape of snow, ice, sea and glaciers, and a chance to witness the mystical Northern Lights.Find cheap flights to CanadaNewfoundland, CanadaErikson and his group, coming south from Baffin Island (after a stop in Labrador), found a more friendly climate and lusher landscape in the northern part of Newfoundland, called L’Anse aux Meadows (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and decided to winter there. 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