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Nathan Lyon equals Dennis Lillees Test record

first_imgLondon: Nathan Lyon has equalled Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee’s record of 355 Test wickets and in the process is now the country’s third highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game. Lyon on Thursday registered figures of 3/68 that helped him reach the tally. He is still a fair distance away from reaching the second spot which is held by Glenn McGrath with 563 wickets. Shane Warne is the all-time highest wicket taker with a whopping 708 scalps. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lyon got to the mark in 88 matches, 18 more than Lillee who played the last of his 70 Tests in 1984. Lyon however said after Day 1’s play at Lord’s that he feels awkward being in such prestigious company. “I really struggle to see myself up with the likes of Warne, McGrath, Lillee, it doesn’t sit well with me,” Lyon said. “In my eyes those guys are true legends of the game and I’m just some bloke trying to bowl off-breaks and trying to make Australian fans proud of the Australian cricket team.”last_img read more


Rogers Media buys podcast company Pacific Content

first_imgRogers Media is expanding its stake in the podcast market, as the company announced Wednesday that it has purchased the Vancouver-based podcast company Pacific Content.“Podcasting is a big part of the future of audio,” Julie Adam, the senior vice-president of Rogers Radio, said in a statement.According to Canadian Podcast Listener from May 2018, 26 per cent of Canadians listen to podcasts once a month, while 18 per cent listen weekly.Last year, Rogers launched the Frequency Podcast Network, featuring shows such as The Big Story and Moms in the Middle — the latter co-hosted by Melanie Ng, one of the faces of Breakfast Television in Toronto.Pacific Content, which produces original and award-winning podcasts across North America, was the first branded content podcast business to launch globally. It is now one of the largest on the continent.“We have found an incredibly smart, bold and collaborative partner in Rogers Media,” Steve Pratt, the vice-president of Pacific Content, said.“Both Rogers Media and Pacific Content share a strong passion in driving forward the future of both audio and branded content.”Along with expanding its podcast market, Rogers currently owns 56 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations across the country, as well as digital websites.Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.last_img read more


Italy must urgently act to end violence against women UN rights expert

Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, wrapped up a 12-day visit to the Mediterranean country during which she focused on instances of violence against women in four specific areas – the home, the community, violence perpetrated or condoned by the state, and violence in the transnational context. During the visit, Ms. Manjoo met survivors of domestic violence in various anti-violence shelters located in the country’s major cities, such as Rome, Milan, Bologna and Naples. Her trip also included stops in camps for Roma and Sinti communities as well as detention centres for irregular migrants.“Most manifestations of violence are under-reported in the context of a family-oriented and patriarchal society where domestic violence is not always perceived as a crime, there is economic dependency, and there are perceptions that the state response to such complaints will not be appropriate or helpful,” Ms. Manjoo noted. She also added that a fragmented legal framework, inadequate investigation of and punishment for perpetrators, and poor compensation for women victims of violence, also contributes to the silencing and invisibility surrounding this issue as do systemic, structural inequalities and discrimination which ultimately facilitate violence against women. Despite the multiple forms of violence and discrimination faced by minority women in both private and public sectors, Ms. Manjoo emphasized that Italy retains a vast amount of expertise regarding the provision of legal, social, psychological and economic assistance to women victims of violence and that such a framework should not be lost in the tenuous economic climate. “I call on all relevant stakeholders to take on the responsibility at this crucial time to promote human rights for all, and most importantly, to keep the issue of violence against women on the national agenda,” said Ms. Manjoo. The expert will present the findings of her mission to Italy at the June 2012 session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. 27 January 2012Italy must do more to protect women from violence and urgently address the underlying structural causes of gender inequality and discrimination, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned after visiting the country. read more


Want to earn big bucks Forget that English degree Workopolis report suggests

TORONTO — If you want to improve your odds of getting a high-paying job after finishing your education, forget that English degree.[np_storybar title=”The 10 most endangered jobs of 2014: Mail carrier, newspaper reporter, lumberjack” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/15/the-10-most-endangered-jobs-of-2014-mail-carrier-newspaper-reporter-lumberjack/”%5D If your job is closely associated with paper, you may want to reconsider your career path.That’s according to a new report by CareerCast, which ranks the top professions with the worst projected growth outlook. [/np_storybar]A new report by Workopolis suggests that nursing and pharmacy students are most likely to land employment in their field after graduation.The study, which analyzed more than seven million resumes on the job search website, found that 97% of those who studied nursing, whether it was at the bachelor, masters or PhD level, are working in jobs related to their education.Other degrees that showed the highest return included pharmacy (94%); computer science (91%); engineering (90%) and human resources (88%).Although health care jobs may be the most plentiful, the study also looked at data from Statistics Canada and found that engineering jobs were the highest-paying.Engineering graduates, on average, earned $76,000 as a starting salary, followed by healthcare graduates with $69,600; computer science graduates with $68,000 and law and math graduates with $67,600.Tara Talbot, vice-president of human resources at Workopolis, says students need to follow their passions but should also be aware that their choice of study could affect how easy or difficult it will be to get a job.“It’s an awareness,” Talbot says. “You want people to follow their passion, dig into something that energizes them. But I think they need to have a good sense of where that could lead.”She says that it’s no wonder the jobs in highest demand are skilled positions in the health industry, given the age of the Baby Boom generation.“With engineering, math and the financial field, those degrees tend to have a much more direct link to a career path.”But Talbot adds that it’s also important to keep in mind that along with hard skills — like a specific degree or ability to operate certain programs and equipment — employers also value graduates with “soft skills” such as communication, teamwork and problem solving abilities.“What I believe is that employers may not look just for someone with a degree in engineering,” said Talbot. “They look for people who have critical thinking skills, communicate well, and can problem solve. Often you get those through an education system… but also through experience.”Meanwhile, the study also suggests that Canadians are more educated now than they were in 2000, even though the majority say their degrees are not relevant to their current jobs.Workopolis found that 16% more people list a bachelor’s degree as their top level of education on their resumes in 2014, compared with resumes in 2000. Forty-three% more Canadians have master’s degrees listed on their resumes versus those in 2000, while 25% have listed a PhD than 14 years ago.Despite spending longer in school, 73% of those who recently answered a poll on the job site say their degrees are not related to their jobs. While more than half (56%) believe they’re overeducated for their position.More than 3,600 people participated in the poll, which was up on the job site from May 15 to June 2.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“The Canadian Press read more


April 2016 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for April 2016 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 60,755 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


Mens soccer shoots at capturing another Big Ten win versus Rutgers

At 1-5, it is going to be an uphill battle for the team to get back to where they would like to be. However, the players are locked in and ready to fight back to the high level they feel they are capable of. The Buckeyes will look to regroup on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they take on Rutgers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Health has been a big issue for the Buckeyes this season.   The upcoming stretch will be very important for Ohio State, as four of their next five games will be played at home. “We have to win from now on,” said sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed. “Next game is pretty crucial. Right now we are 1-1 in the Big Ten and we are looking to be 2-1.” Siegfried was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his first collegiate shutout vs. Northwestern. “We shot ourselves in the foot. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was going on but some we had some individual mistakes that lead straight to their goals,” said Danny Jensen, Ohio State senior forward. “We had four critical mistakes in the first half and they didn’t have any.” Rutgers comes into the game with a record of 0-5. Buckeyes goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, a redshirt freshman out of Granville, Ohio, has made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals, good for a .615 save percentage. Rutgers goalkeeper David Greczek, a senior out of Fairfield, New Jersey, has made 26 saves on the season while allowing 14 goals. Greczek has a career .744 save percentage. “It’s time for this group of players to put wins together and start climbing back toward .500 and building confidence,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We need to settle in on our best lineup and hopefully keep everybody healthy enough to play.” That record is deceiving, however, as Rutgers has faced some stiff competition thus far. Three of its five games have come against ranked opponents, receiving losses against No. 7 Creighton, No. 20 Denver, and No. 4 Maryland, whom they took to double overtime before losing 2-1. Despite having the advantage in shots at 12-7 and the advantage in corner kicks at 8-1, the team would glance up at the scoreboard at the final buzzer that read 4-2 Nittany Lions. Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOutplaying them in the box score, down big on the scoreboard. That was the story for the Ohio State men’s soccer team last Tuesday against Penn State. The Scarlet Knights face a similar issue to the Buckeyes: scoring. “The key to success last year was that we were able to play the same group of guys for 13, 14 games in a row with no injury problems whereas this year we have been riddled with injury problems,” Bluem said. Sunday’s game will feature a matchup of two goalies on the opposite ends of the age spectrum. Against Northwestern, OSU lost one of their captains, senior defender Tyler Kidwell, after going down with an apparent knee injury when making contact with a Wildcat.  Kidwell did not play against Penn State, but coach Bluem said he is hoping he will be able to return to action against Rutgers. Through their first five games, Rutgers has scored only one goal, the equalizer against Maryland coming from junior forward Dante Perez. read more


Charity asks for help in mapping Irelands defibrillators

first_imgA NATIONWIDE hunt is underway as a charity looks to make a comprehensive map of defibrillators in Ireland.Currently there is no database for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the country, but Helping Hearts, a charity that trains the public in CPR and AED use, is looking to change that.The crowdsourced campaign will be run through the charity’s Facebook and Twitter pages and those who respond can win prizes.The plan is to turn the information into an interactive online registry, that would enable emergency responders and bystanders with smartphones to quickly locate the nearest devices.Helping Hearts founder Joan Addley says that the contest is the best way to expand the charity’s knowledge.“Helping Hearts is in the process of developing a mobile app that will show the location of each AED in our database on a single map. That’s where we need help from the public. We want to extend our database to include every know AED location in the Republic of Ireland, and we believe this contest will facilitate just that.”The competition begins on 27 September.Read: 19 lives saved since introduction of defibrillators at Dublin AirportRead: Government says it can’t remove VAT on defibrillatorsRead: EC says Ireland is free to give grants for defibrillatorslast_img read more


AMD teases Trinity processor on stage at Computex

first_imgAMD has been impressing us lately with its low power, high performance Advanced Processing Units (APU). These chips combine the CPU and GPU to provide a highly efficient, performance processor that can easily outshine Intel’s current range of Atom chips while at the same time providing a solid desktop solution.Until now, the APU we’ve been looking forward to is the A-Series Llano chips which are built on a 32nm process and aim to take on Intel’s low-end Core processors. Even though Llano is still a few months away, AMD has given a teaser to the next processor line it plans to launch on stage at Computex this week.In front of the Computex crowds, AMD senior vice president Rick Bergman pulled from his pocket a chip he called Trinity. There are very few details about what the processor contains, but we do know it is set to arrive next year and is built on the Bulldozer core. It also looks to be an AM3+ socket chip.The current Bulldozer chips run between 2 and 8 cores at speeds up to 3.8GHz before turbo mode is invoked. With Trinity arriving in 2012 we should expect at least 8 coresand similar speeds. There’s also speculation as to whether the Trinity name hints at a feature, such as the linking of three processing cores instead of the two current Bulldozer chips have.What’s clear however, is AMD remains totally focused on continuing to develop and roll out APU chips over the next couple of years. That’s a good thing as they are keeping Intel honest in the low-end and power efficient categories while building towards offering some competition in the desktop market too.Read more at Thinqlast_img read more


Tom Clonan Noirín OSullivans performance in recent days is simply not credible

first_imgTom Clonan: Noirín O’Sullivan’s performance in recent days is simply not credible The only response to this appalling breach of trust is for those in charge to consider their positions, writes Dr Tom Clonan. 215 Views Share Tweet Email6 By Tom Clonan Mar 28th 2017, 7:30 PM 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3311393 Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan PUBLIC TRUST IN the administration of justice and policing is crucial to a functioning democracy. In the developed world, there is an inviolable, almost sacred social contract that underpins the trust of the public in their police forces. In healthy parliamentary democracies, police forces are assigned a special status and role in society that accords them respect, authority and trust. Public trust however, must be earned and must never be taken for granted.An Garda Siochána came into being during Ireland’s violent and brutal Civil War. Its founding members – including my grandfather – gained the trust of the Irish people as unarmed, impartial and non-political servants of the people. This trust was gained incrementally, over time, during the febrile and tumultuous years that saw the foundation of the Irish state.Over time, the organisation of An Garda Siochána has developed in parallel with the evolution of the Irish Republic. During recent decades, the corporate culture and corporate evolution of An Garda Siochána has taken place in the pressure cooker of the Troubles and the threat posed to the security of the State by terrorist organisations such as the Provisional IRA and the Irish National Liberation Army.Unlike EU counterparts, An Garda Siochána also became – and remains – the primary and most powerful intelligence agency within the state. During this period, An Garda Siochána also became, of necessity perhaps, a highly political instrument and extension of government. It also became a highly politicised entity with promotion to the most senior ranks a matter of political discretion and affirmation.The lack of trustI served as an army officer in Oglaigh na hEireann – a sister organisation to our police force. I served alongside members of An Garda Siochána in Aid to the Civil Power Operations (ATCP Ops) or counter-terrorism operations during my service in the Defence Forces. In many respects, both organisations shared a common genesis in the War of Independence and Civil War. Both organisations shared a common culture of loyalty and uniformed service to the state.In recent years, in common with the patterns of a post-modern polity to be found throughout Europe, the Irish people have found serious flaws in the Catholic Church in Ireland, in her political systems, financial services and media. After the intellectual and ethical failures of the Celtic Tiger and austerity’ years, international measurements of public trust show that most Irish people simply no longer trust politicians, bankers or journalists.Despite these developments, our Defence Forces are probably one of the few organisations that still enjoy the trust of the Irish public. Irish citizens are aware of and recognise the contribution that, for example, the Irish Naval Service plays in the Mediterranean, rescuing thousands of refugees from drowning. Or the Army, serving in Syria on the Golan Heights. The public also recognise the vital air-ambulance work carried out by our Air Corps.The same cannot be said about An Garda Siochana however. Ordinary front line gardaí – the men and women who are the backbone of our policing and justice system – have in recent years come under increasingly hostile scrutiny over issues of ethical concern which flow from its most senior ranks. It is a corporate culture that is inherently secretive, unethical and inimical to meritocracy or organisational justice. This has been most recently underlined by the treatment of successive Garda whistleblowers.A cultural problem within the forceThere have been a plethora of Tribunals of Inquiry and Commissions of Investigation into An Garda Siochána of late that articulate and re-iterate these unpalatable truths over and over again. The Barr Tribunal, the Morris and Smithwick Tribunals, the Justice McEntee Report, the Justice Birmingham Report, the Guerin Report, the O’Higgins Report and the most recent Justice Charleton Disclosures Tribunal – all point to a force that is suffering a crisis of leadership and direction.There is only one positive aspect to most of these reports – and in most of the Garda Ombudsman and Garda Inspectorate Reports – in that it is generally acknowledged that most gardai are well intentioned and dedicated members of the force. However, they all point to a senior leadership team and a culture of political interference that is toxic to the public interest and corrosive to public trust in our policing structures.Take for example the recent breathalyser scandal. In the Defence Forces, any calibrated piece of equipment such as a breathalyser is routinely given a serial number and identified as an item of ‘ordnance’. The same goes for weapons, ammunition and other vital equipment such as radios or vehicles. Each item of ordnance is assigned to an account holder – an officer – who is responsible for everything that happens, or fails to happen, to that equipment. Each piece of equipment, each bullet, each weapon, each radio is accounted for digitally and in hard copy on paper – and in detail, irrespective of how busy the operational environment becomes. These accounting trails are audited regularly – both internally and externally by the Department of Defence and other government departments.Human error or malpractice?An Garda Siochana has exactly the same structures of accountability and responsibility for operational matters and equipment. There is no difference. Therefore, the recent wrongful conviction of 14,500 citizens under the Road Traffic Acts along with the false reporting of 937,000 breathalyser tests points to catastrophic systemic and systematic failures in management and leadership within the force. If these failures were simply a matter of human error on such a large scale and so consistently widespread, it speaks of levels of sheer incompetence that defy credibility and which in any other jurisdiction would be a resignation matter.If these issues arose as a consequence of malpractice – massaging and inflating figures in order to enhance promotion prospects in an era of ‘doing more for less’ within the public service – then they ought to be a matter for swift investigation and disciplinary action. That’s what would happen in a mature parliamentary democracy or in anther European jurisdiction perhaps. It is not clear, what will happen, if anything, in the current Irish context.In this context, Commissioner O’Sullivan’s performance in recent days is simply not credible. The Minister for Justice’s performance in successive Garda scandals is simply no longer credible. They appear to have lost the confidence of the opposition in government. They have most certainly lost the trust and confidence of the Irish people.As a consequence, ordinary gardai on the front line will have to bear the brunt of the failings of their most senior garda officers. These senior gardai along with the Minister for Justice and Taoiseach have taken the public’s trust in our police force and the administration of justice for granted. This is a grave political and ethical error on their part.The only remedy for this appalling breach of public trust is for those with overall command and political responsibility to consider their positions in the coming days.There should also be a fundamental root and branch review of an Garda Siochana along the lines of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland – also known as the Patton Commission. Established in 1998, the Patton Commission transformed the sectarian and corrupt Royal Ulster Constabulary into the Police Service of Northern Ireland in a review process that took just three years to conclude with the Police Acts (Northern Ireland) 2001 and 2003. By 2007, even Sinn Fein had expressed confidence in the new police service.Ireland needs without delay a similar radical transformation of an Garda Siochana. Irish citizens deserve a police force that they can trust. Frontline gardai deserve the trust and respect of the Irish public. This cannot be achieved with the current minister and commissioner in place.Read more from Tom:‘In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents’ > Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me – it punishes us Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:30 PMlast_img read more


21000 without electricity and fallen trees blocking roads as Storm Hannah batters

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4608760 As Status Yellow warning has now been issued for Dublin, coming into effect at 11pm and lasting until 10am tomorrow.A Status Yellow warning has also been issued for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford for between 11pm tonight and 10am tomorrow. According to the ESB, as of 11pm this evening around 21,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Kerry, Cork and Clare this evening as a result of the high winds. Earlier, around 10,000 customers were affected. “Gale force winds associated with Storm Hannah this evening have caused damage to the electricity network affecting approximately 10,000 homes, farms and businesses, predominantly in counties Kerry and Cork,” an ESB spokesperson said in an earlier update.  Friday 26 Apr 2019, 11:07 PM Storm Hannah is also causing widespread traffic disruptions in the affected areas. AA Roadwatch has advised people in Kerry and Clare not to travel during the period of the Status Red warning. In Kerry, a large number of fallen trees are blocking road. AA Roadwatch advises that “extreme caution” is needed while the Status Orange warning remains in place.There are also fallen trees and debris reported on road in Counties Cork, Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford.Keep an eye on the AA Roadwatch website for the latest details.  The Road Safety Authority has also issued advice to road users. People are told to check local and national weather forecasts and traffic updates before setting out on a journey.In extreme weather conditions it is best to avoid making a journey by road unless absolutely necessary. The golden driving rule, it says, is to “drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected”.The RNLI Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere was launched earlier this evening to assist a 33ft fishing vessel which had lost all power in Bere Haven Harbour in West Cork. The crew battled sea conditions to assist the vessel with a crew of two people onboard.Meanwhile, Bus Éireann said that services in Clare, Kerry, Limerick and other areas had been affected by the storm. A number of flights have also been cancelled at Cork, Kerry and Shannon Airports as a result of the storms.Aer Lingus flight EI723 from London to Cork tried in land in Cork earlier but was diverted to Dublin.  Apr 26th 2019, 8:41 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Headquarters crews now dealing with a tree down on wires in the Sunday’s Well area. Caution on approach as firefighters make the scene safe.#StormHannah pic.twitter.com/jIKDfxqGoa— Cork City Fire Brigade (@CorkCityFire) April 26, 2019 Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Source: Kerry County Council/Twitter Updated Apr 26th 2019, 11:07 PM 21,000 without electricity and fallen trees blocking roads as Storm Hannah batters the country Multiple weather warnings are in place. 58 Comments Share Tweet Email2 By Cormac Fitzgerald Source: Cork City Fire Brigade/Twitter Highest mean wind speeds recorded so far tonight Sherkin Island-91 km/h Mace Head (Galway)-89km/h Valentia-78km/h Shannon Airport-76 km/hr Highest gusts recorded so far tonight Mace Head 120km/hShannon Airport 119km/hSherkin Island 114 km/h Valentia (Kerry) 114 km/hr— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 26, 2019 CLOSE TO 21,000 homes and businesses are without power in the southwest as Storm Hannah hits the country.A Status Red wind warning was in place for Clare until 11pm, with the storm bringing winds with mean speeds of over 80km/h and violent gusts of 130 to 150 km/h.A Status Orange warning remains in place for Kerry, Galway, Cork and Limerick, with a further warning to kick in for counties Tipperary and Waterford later tonight. A red warning was in place for Kerry until 8pm this evening.  101,926 Views Tree completely blocking the R563 road between Milltown and Listry #StormHannah Pic: @MACMONAGLE pic.twitter.com/xeKeP1aAMW— Kerry County Council (@countykerry) April 26, 2019 With the storm continuing to track across other counties, further damage to the network can be expected. The damage is mainly attributable to trees falling on overhead lines as a result of the high winds, which have been recorded as in excess of 130 km/h.ESB said it had mobilised and is in the process of despatching repair crews to affected areas to make the electricity network safe, assess the damage caused and safely restore power as quickly and effectively as possible. You can check ESB Power Checker for the latest updates in your area. Traffic disruptions last_img read more


A big challenge for Mitsotakis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kyriakos Mitsotakis scored a significant victory on Sunday. The truth is that pundits thought him the outsider and had estimated the odds of him winning as very small. The election for a new leader at New Democracy, however, showed us two things. First, that being underestimated can be a huge advantage in politics and, second, that it is a mistake to underestimate how voters think.Mitsotakis’s candidacy drew the interest of people who are serious about politics but abhor petty party workings. It also drew the core of those who voted “yes” in July’s referendum over whether Greece should agree to another bailout deal with creditors or not. Many of those people would never vote for New Democracy and cast their July ballot with a heavy heart, but they understand the need for a strong opposition. Those two groups were, of course, joined by traditional supporters of the conservative party who were concerned about the party joining forces with leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Mitsotakis’s contender, Evangelos Meimarakis, did himself harm by giving the impression that he was not interested in reaching real consensus with the government but was engaging in tactical maneuvers instead.The new chief of New Democracy faces a lot of challenges ahead. He has already come under fire on numerous fronts and the blows will continue, both above and below the belt. So far he has shown that he can take it, but the higher you get, the more your true mettle is tested. While Mitsotakis can draw voters from the center and middle ground, he could just as easily lose support from a portion of New Democracy voters who consider him to represent the country’s political elite. In this respect, it is important that he was not elected in the well-heeled Athenian suburbs of Kifissia and Glyfada, but was in places like Thessaloniki and Kastoria.What Mitsotakis needs to do now is rid the party of the rot that has built up but without making its supporters feel that he is tearing it apart.His election, moreover, has been seen favorably abroad as the young politician is regarded as a credible alternative to the leftist-led government. The notion that Tsipras is the only game in town will gradually fade even though his honeymoon with Brussels will likely continue a while longer.Mitsotakis has taken on a huge responsibility. There is no doubt that he has the systematic approach, the knowledge and the sensibility required by the circumstances. He also scored a success that few thought he could achieve. Now he needs to win the support of voters beyond the party base and second, to brave the next few months, which promise to be very troubled indeed.last_img read more


Samsung Has a New Flip Phone and It Sells for 2700

first_img Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Samsung’s foldable tablet/smartphone hybrid won’t go on sale until early next year. They do, however, have another premium device that folds in half that available for purchase right now.Not thanks to a bendable display, mind you. No, this is an old-school foldable phone. This is the Samsung W2019, a ultra-high-end flipper that costs about 40 percent more than a 512GB iPhone Xs Max.Retail outlets in China were expecting it to come in more in the neighborhood of 9,999 CNY, Android Police reported. Instead it arrived priced at 18,999 CNY — which converts to about $2700 at today’s exchange rate.Photo Credit: SamsungWhat kind of hardware to you get when you shell out that much cash for a phone? For starters, you get not one but two 4.2 inch 1080p AMOLED displays. One on the outside that you can use smartphone-style when the W2019 is closed and one on the inside for when you want to T9 your friends because nostalgia is awesome even when you (grossly) overpay for it, apparently.You also get a Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM, which puts the W2019 on par with the Galaxy Note 9. It has the same dual 12MP camera setup as the Note, too.The W2019 is also much thicker and heavier than the Note. It weighs in at a hefty 257 grams. That’s drifting away from smartphone specs and into 7-inch tablet territory.A phone like this won’t probably attract many buyers in the U.S, but over in China there’s a decent amount of demand.Samsung has been selling W-series devices there since 2006. The company markets the phones as being “stately” and offering discerning consumers a “dignified” way to enjoy a premium experience without flaunting it.As much as you can not flaunt a phone that stands about 10 inches tall when you’ve got it flipped open, anyway.More on Geek.com:Samsung’s Foldable Phone Folds Out into a TabletSamsung Galaxy Note 9 Plays Fornite, Other ThingsSamsung’s Unbreakable Phone Display Passes Military Test Stay on targetlast_img read more


70 return to work early with workplace stress

first_imgNearly three-quarters (70%) of respondents return to work early when suffering with workplace stress, according to research by LV=.Its survey of 2,005 working-age adults found that 35% of this group return to work early because they are concerned about what colleagues might think and 38% do so because they feel guilty.The research also found:Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents have taken time off work due to stress in the last five years.16% continue to work after being diagnosed with workplace stress.More than half (56%) of respondents cite unrealistic deadlines and workloads as a key trigger for stress, with long working hours (53%) and a lack of support or training (44%) following close behind.54% of those who are absent from work due to stress do not reveal the real reason for their absence to colleagues. More than a third (38%) say that they conceal the real reason because they are worried about being seen as weak and 25% are too embarrassed to discuss the true reason for their absence with colleagues.Almost half (46%) of respondents in the private sector worry that taking time off for stress will affect their job security, while 51% of public sector respondents worry that colleagues will think they are faking it.Around a quarter (27%) of respondents would rely on state benefits if they are unable to work, 43% would use their savings, and 21% do not know what they would do if they went on long-term sick leave.Myles Rix (pictured), managing director of protection at LV=, said: “Many assume that mental illness will not affect them. However, it is clear that stress and related mental health issues affect nearly a quarter of the UK’s working population, and millions of people are putting their health at risk by returning to work too early, often for financial reasons.“A contingency plan such as income protection offers workers with severe mental health problems a financial safety net, which means they can focus on recovering without worrying about whether they can make ends meet.”last_img read more


GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Man In LifeThreatening Motorcycle Crash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Tom McLaren was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident while riding on Route 128 South in Woburn on Monday, July 30 around 8:40am.McLaren, who is married with two children, was transported to Lahey Clinic with a broken clavicle, broken ribs, broken bones in his race and skull, and a broken humerus. He remains heavily sedated with a breathing and lung tube, but continues to fight.Friends of the McLaren family recently established a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical expenses and lost wages. In less than one week, more than $20,000 has been raised from the site.To make a donation to the GoFundMe page, or learn more, click HERE.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”Wilmington Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8 To Benefit McLaren Family Following TragedyIn “Community”PHOTOS: Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren FamilyIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more


Look out OLED Hisense unveils dualLCD TV tech aimed at lower price

first_img 34 Photos Two panels = 100x better black levelsHisense, which uses the marketing term “ULED” on most of its TVs, first introduced ULED XD at CES in January, and when I saw it then I was immediately intrigued. So were TV makers, apparently, because Hisense says some of them visited its booth with testing materials to take notes.At a follow-up demo in a private room in New York’s Ace Hotel in May, executives walked me through the latest on XD. The basic idea is the same: bonding two LCD modules together improves the precision of standard LED local dimming. “This allows us to hit black levels that are 100x better than traditional LCD flagship models that are in the market today,” said Jim Ninesling, head of marketing for Hisense USA.screen-shot-2019-05-17-at-3-34-07-pmA cross-section of the ULED XD structure. Hisense The most effective picture quality enhancement for LED LCD TVs today, local dimming controls the illumination in different areas of the screen. So-equipped TVs, like the Vizio P-Series Quantum and Samsung Q9, typically have tens or hundreds of local dimming zones behind a single LCD module. They can get brighter than OLED TVs, but the dark areas of the image can’t get as deep, and they can suffer stray illumination, or blooming, around bright objects. That’s mainly because the dimming zones are relatively large compared to the tiny pixels. Here’s how ULED XD improves that local dimming arrangement, along with some of Hisense’s top-level specs and claims.ULED XD takes two LCD modules and precision-bonds them together. One module handles the luminance information (black and white only), while the second handles color.At CES and the demo I saw in May, the luminance module had HD (1,920×1,080) resolution, bonded to a 4K resolution color module.When ULED XD comes to market, both the luminance and color modules will be 4K (3,840×2,160) resolution.The luminance panel only lights up pixels that are active, so the effect according to Hisense is to deliver local dimming on the pixel level, with 8.3 million “zones” in the 4K version.ULED XD will also have standard local dimming (132 zones), and combined with the two-panel design, it achieves a native contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.The black level measurement on ULED XD is 0.00003 nits, according to Hisense. That’s lower than any LCD I’ve measured, albeit not as low as OLED (which is 0 nits). Hisense claims a peak light output over 1,000 nits, compared to about 850 nits on the brightest OLED I’ve measured.ULED XD will also have quantum dots for wide color (100% DCI P3 and 84% Rec 2020), and both panels have 120Hz native refresh rate.It will run the Android TV operating system and only be available in a 65-inch size at first.009-lg-oledb8pLG’s OLED B8 (pictured here) reached pricing as low as $2,100 in 2018. When ULED XD comes out in early 2020, it will be a “value” compared to OLED according to Hisense. Sarah Tew/CNET Demo time: ULED XD vs. OLEDHisense followed its information session with a side-by-side comparison. Engineers had set up a prototype 65-inch ULED XD TV — the version with the 1080p luminance module — next to the LG OLED65B8, an OLED TV that won CNET’s Editors’ Choice award in 2018. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow me to take any pictures.The footage was the montage from the new Spears and Munsil HDR benchmark disc, with languid scenes of landscapes, insects and other natural objects. In this controlled demo XD held up well to my eye, with exceedingly deep black levels and brighter highlights than the OLED set. I did notice a bit of blooming and stray illumination in the most demanding sequences, with objects against a completely black background, but it was minor.Moving off-angle I also noticed that the ULED XD didn’t keep its brightness and fidelity as well as the OLED set. I asked Chris Porter, director of product planning, for an explanation. “When you stack two VA panels, you compound your viewing angle issues. We know it’s important and it’s on our radar.”Of course a controlled demo of a prototype is no substitute for a real-world review in CNET’s TV lab, but ULED XD impressed me nonetheless. I’m excited to see more. Hisense says it should have a preproduction version of the shipping model (the one with the 4K luminance module) ready to show me in September or October, and it aims to bring a 65-inch production model to market “as early as possible” in 2020. A ‘value’ compared to OLED, coming in 2020Of course I asked about price. Although Ninesling admitted that it wasn’t set yet, he did say “We intend to present a value to consumer versus the retail price point of OLED TV with our XD technology.”Looking ahead, I expect LG’s cheapest 65-inch OLED TV in early 2020, the B9, to retail somewhere between $2,000 and $2,500. To be a “value” compared to that set, the ULED XD should cost less than $2,000 at 65 inches. That pits it against some of the best 2019 LCD TVs, including higher-end models from more-established brands like Samsung, Sony and Vizio. In that way Hisense faces a similar problem to the one it encountered asking five figures for its laser projectors: if you’ve heard of Hisense, chances are you associate it with cheap TVs, not high-performance flagship models that rival OLED.Those other TV makers could conceivably come up with their own dual-module technology as well, but Ninesling says it won’t be soon. “We’ve been working on this for years, and we know that we’re way out front. The precision bonding that has to take place to align two 4K modules is state-of-the-art factory technology.”Porter also mentioned the importance of Hisense’s proprietary processing. “You can’t split the image to a grayscale image and a color image in real-time with software only. It’s got to be hardware-driven. With our Hi-View Pro 3 chip, we’re able to control two cells, while every other chip on the market was designed for single-cell panels.”At its May event Hisense also showed off its lineup of 2019 TVs first announced at CES (see the gallery above), and many of them have similarly solid specifications at aggressive prices. The company is seriously courting US customers this year, and for videophiles looking for an alternative to OLED and local dimming LCD, ULED XD is worth keeping an eye on. If nothing else, it’s probably gonna be affordable a lot sooner than Samsung’s MicroLED. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice TVs 13:20center_img Hisense TVs hone Android TV, Roku, local dimming chops Hisense LG Samsung Sony Comments 7 The best TVs at CES 2019 A prototype ULED XD TV at the Hisense booth at CES in January. Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Hisense To get the best TV picture quality, contrast is king. Most of the highest-performance imaging technologies, from HDR to OLED to FALD, aim for brighter whites and darker blacks, which lend TV images the power and dynamism to approach real life.Now there’s a new tech in town. China-based TV maker Hisense says it has achieved the highest contrast ever in an LCD TV. Say hello to ULED XD.It uses a novel manufacturing process applied to existing LCD technology. Hisense takes two LCD modules — the sheets that contain the millions of tiny pixels that combine to create the picture on a TV — and bonds them together, one in front of the other, with an LED backlight shining through both. It’s like extra meat on an LCD sandwich.The promise is a display that can rival the perfect black levels of OLED, the best TV technology ever, and still deliver the brightness of LCD, without many of the issues that plague high-end local dimming LCD sets today. Most intriguing for middle-budget video-quality fans, however, is that Hisense aims to release a 65-inch ULED XD TV in the US next year, for a price that’s cheaper than OLED. Let’s dive in.last_img read more


Entrepreneurship took a beating due to demonetisation

first_imgHyderabad: Since its emergence on the global information technology map in late 1990s, Hyderabad grew as a key economic hub over the last two decades and is currently seen as one of the cities with best entrepreneurship and start-up eco-system in the country. However, entrepreneurship was impacted by various developments over last few years, especially demonetization in 2016 and introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime a year later. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Some firms had to shut the shop while others are running on losses. For instance, DataWind, low-cost tablet manufacturer, closed down two manufacturing facilities including one in Hyderabad. “Many MSME units suffered severe hardships, including shutdowns and employee layoffs, due to demonetisation and introduction of a flawed GST regime, agriculture sector is still feeling the effects of demonetization,” Murali Bukkapatnam, past president, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)-Hyderabad, told IANS. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “The manufacturing sector in India has witnessed the highest number of bankruptcies, despite the ‘Make-In-India’ push by the current government. I don’t think there is any country where behavioural economics has taken central stage to their economic policies. Lot of entrepreneurs in unorganized sectors, farm producers, MSME vendors to large MFG companies, weavers etc., got impacted adversely with these policies,” he said. Advertise With Us There are other issues as well impacting the businesses. “Manufacturing as a share of GDP has been stagnant through the life of the current government. The relatively high cost of power, land, and transport, along with steep port charges and shipping rates, combining with inefficiencies of the labour market, all of it made worse by an unrealistic exchange rate for the rupee, to limit manufacturing exports,” said Murali, also the founder and chairman of Volksy Technologies. From the point of view of financial reforms, the government must increase competition to public sector banks, bring back the Finance Resolution and Deposit Insurance bills, and take serious steps to improve governance in public sector banks, he said. According to Murali, other than reducing GST, removing “uncalled for and untimely” registration fee hikes, removing regulatory hurdles (inventing EV without arbitrary deadlines) are the remedies required for the ailing industry. With the traditional IT and ITES sector reaching a saturation point, the city in recent years started focusing on product development and innovation in emerging technologies. The formation of Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital in 2014 ended the uncertainty plaguing the city since 2009, when Telangana movement gathered the steam. The political stability, pro-industry policies of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government and the enabling environment for start-ups helped the city to regain its brand image. The IT/ITES exports continued to grow above the national average, clocking Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2018-19, a growth of 17 per cent over the previous fiscal. The exports have almost doubled since 2013-14. At the time of formation of Telangana, the government had set a target of Rs 1.20 lakh crore IT exports and eight lakh jobs in the sector. The industry currently employs 5.43 lakh people. Hyderabad, which is home to global giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Uber and Qualcomm, added 67,725 new jobs in 2018-19. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT, Industry and Commerce in the Telangana government, points out that Hyderabad is the only city where five most valued companies in the world have their largest presence outside the US. IT is the biggest but not the only sector as Hyderabad is also considered as the bulk drug capital of India, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the production in the country. Home to a large number of defence research laboratories, the city is also emerging as the aerospace and defence industry hub. The facilities which have come up here in recent times include those manufacturing cabins of the helicopters that fly the US President and F-16 fighter jets. Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture between Israel’s Rafael and Kalyani Strategic Systems, set up India’s first missile production facility in private sector. In 2017, Hyderabad achieved the distinction of becoming the first Indian city to host Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which was attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters from 150 countries. US President Donald Trump’s daughter and the White House advisor Ivanka Trump hogged the limelight at the global event organized by the US. The launch of T-Hub, the start-up incubator by Telangana government in 2015 marked a major initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. A brainchild of then Information Technology minister K. T. Rama Rao, it has so far supported more than a 1,000 domestic and international startups to scale. T-Hub, a joint initiative of Telangana government, Indian School of Business (ISB), International Institute of Information Technology (IIT) Hyderabad and Nalsar University of Law, forged partnership with various corporate and international organizational to build a stronger innovation ecosystem. T-Hub was followed by many other organizations like WE-Hub, India’s first state-led women entrepreneurs incubation programme and Research and Innovation circle of Hyderabad (RICH). Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) was also created and it launched initiatives like ‘Startup India Telangana Yatra’ with an attempt to promote entrepreneurship in Tier II and Tier III cities of the state. “Hyderabad has established itself as a thought leader by building a unique innovation ecosystem for India. The city has witnessed not only a steep rise in the number of startups but also in the funding scenario over the span of the last 5 years,” Ravi Narayan, CEO of T-Hub told IANS. “However, Hyderabad ranks 75th as a global startup destination whereas Bangalore ranks 11th, therefore a lot needs to be achieved. And this is where T-Hub with other players like TSIC, RICH, We-Hub in Hyderabad has set out an ambitious path towards transforming the city’s startup ecosystem,” he said. “Moreover, I feel, that the launch of T-Hub’s phase II which is expected in early next year will redefine the innovation ecosystem in India. It will provide a sneak peek into how Indian entrepreneurs, global corporate innovation teams, government agencies, mentors, investors, academia among others can collaborate to make Hyderabad the number one start-up destination in India,” said Ravi Narayan. Many startups incubated at T-Hub have created a niche for themselves. K.T. Rama Rao, who is currently working president of TRS, is confident that the day is not far when Hyderabad will have a unicorn of its own. The entrepreneurship eco-system is set to get further boost with the launch of T-Works, a prototyping and design centre, in next few months. It is expected to be one of the largest makerspaces in the world. “Hyderabad has always been positioned optimally to seed, nurture, and scale innovation with the presence of academia, industry, and unmatched entrepreneurial spirits of the people. IT Services dominated Hyderabad’s offering to global markets until recently, but this is now shifting rapidly. With the support of innovation hubs such as T-Hub and IIIT’s CIE, product startups are germinating at a fast pace,” said Sanjay Kuberkar,Co-founder and CEO at Schrocken Inc. “Several Deep Tech startups, comprising IoT, AI & ML, and Blockchain are in early stages of development. Existence of large global product companies serves are the source of inspiration and talent for these early-stage startups. At Schrocken, we have been able to attract talent from top product companies’ research and product divisions,” said Sanjay Kuberkar.last_img read more


2 more arrested over Nusrat murder

first_imgTwo more people have been arrested over murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, says Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).The arrested persons are Emran Hossain Mamun and Iftekhar Hossain Rana, says PBI.Mamun was arrested from Poduar Bazar area of Cumilla while Iftekhar from T&T Colony of Rangamati hill district, confirmed Chattogram PBI’s special police super Md Iqbal.A total of 21 people have so far been arrested by law enforcers over the murder. Earlier on Saturday, a Feni court granted a five-day remand  to Sonagazi upazila Awami League president Ruhul Amin over the murder.  On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district.Nusrat Jahan lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more


Trump Cuba Is Responsible For Attacks On US Personnel

first_imgPresident Donald Trump said Monday that he believes Cuba is responsible for unexplained, invisible attacks in Cuba that have harmed American government workers.Though Trump’s comments appeared to be a new allegation, it wasn’t clear whether he meant Cuba was behind the attacks or merely shared the onus because it failed to keep Americans safe on its soil. The United States has avoided casting blame on Cuban President Raul Castro’s government for the attacks that began last year and have eluded an FBI investigation.“I do believe Cuba’s responsible. I do believe that,” Trump said in a Rose Garden news conference. “And it’s a very unusual attack, as you know. But I do believe Cuba is responsible.”The president did not elaborate.There was no immediate reaction from Cuba’s embassy in Washington. Castro’s government has repeatedly denied both involvement in and knowledge of the attacks.Trump offered no new details about what type of weapon might have caused damage ranging from permanent hearing loss to mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion. The State Department has said that despite the lengthy investigation and FBI visits to the island, the U.S. still can’t identify either a culprit or a device.Trump’s ambiguous allegation against the Cubans was likely to increase tensions even further between the two former enemies. The U.S. and Cuba re-opened diplomatic relations in 2015 after a half-century of estrangement, but the attacks on Americans and steps taken by Washington in response have started to unravel those budding ties.The U.S. has not explicitly accused any actor of perpetrating the attacks, which in some cases involved mysterious, blaring sounds that led to investigators to consider whether a sonic weapon was involved.Still, the U.S. has pointed to Cuba’s tight control over security in Havana and its close surveillance of Americans working there are reasons to believe that Cuba might know more about what’s transpired than it has let on. The State Department has also said that no matter who is attacking Americans, it’s Cuba’s responsibility under international law to protect U.S. embassy workers.“We believe that the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said last week.The State Department has said 22 Americans are “medically confirmed” to be affected and that the number could grow. The symptoms and circumstances reported have varied widely, making some hard to tie conclusively to the attacks. The incidents began last year and are considered “ongoing,” with an attack reported as recently as late August.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP Sharelast_img read more


Now You Can Pay What You Want for Ashampoo Best Selling Software

first_imgWccftech Deals brings Pay What You Want offer on Ashampoo’s best-selling software bundle. Revamp your PC with 8 top-rated apps from the renowned developer. Beat the average price, get to the leadership and get a chance to win the giveaway. Head over to Wccftech Deals for more details.Pay What You Want: Ashampoo Best Selling Software Bundle1- Burning Studio 18Burn Music, Video, Photos & More with Greater Flexibility Than EverBurn data to CD, DVD or Blu-ray safely & with great flexibilityPick songs & transport to numerous presets for various radio models, letting you listen the way you wantMake & burn movies with first-rate scene transition & sound effects in a huge array of formatsCut movies quickly with feature assistanceTurn your photos into slideshows with music to capture the most memorable moments2- Backup Pro 10Reinforce Your Data’s Security with This Professional Backup ToolSupports all common storage types like hard disks, SSDs, flash, or network drivesExtensive cloud support includes backups of entire disks & works with Dropbox, Google Drive, & OneDriveOnly modified data is saved with each successive backup, preventing duplicatesAutomatic backups are performed securely in the backgroundBackups can be accessed as virtual drives in Windows Explorer making it easy to restore single files & foldersIn the event of a total system failure, Backup Pro can come to your aid with a rescue disc3- Music Studio 6Keep A Complete Music Studio On Your PCSmoothly burn & convert iTunes songsMix, cut, & edit up to three songs together ultra-preciselySplit up audio books or live concert recordings with smart splitting technologyCreate playlists for any deviceConvert sound with individual format & quality settingsRip audio discs with powerful automatic featuresEasily create & design individual covers with various template or use custom motivesConvert audio tracks from videos into single sound files4- Photo Commander 15Edit, Organize, & Optimize Your Digital Photo Library with Just a Few ClicksCustomize greeting cards, web albums, & calendars quickly & easilyTurn GPS data from JPG & RAW images into concrete locationsFilter photos by country, city, street, or even street numberUse design tools for maximum creativityCut out people & objects with easeOptimize your photos with over 60 stunning effectsMore include:5- Snap 9: Share What You’re Looking At On Your Screen & Improve Communication6- WinOptimizer 14: Clean Up Windows & Make It Run Faster & More Securely7- Privacy Protector: Combine the Best Security Tools with Extreme Usability8- UnInstaller 6: Keep Your System Running Lean by Identifying & Destroying Unwanted Leftover FilesOriginal value: $430 | Wccftech Deals: Pay What You Want at a minimum value of just $1 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more


Sunwing awarded entry into TSA Pre√ screening program

first_img Friday, January 27, 2017 Sunwing awarded entry into TSA Pre√ screening program Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Sunwing, TSA TORONTO — All systems are a go for Sunwing, which has just announced entry into the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA Pre✓.Available at 180 U.S. airports, travellers that are approved by the program depart through a dedicated screening lane and do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.According to TSA, in December alone, 97% of TSA Pre✓ passengers got through an expedited screening lane in less than five minutes. The program now has 30 airline partners.Sunwing passengers who are already members of a trusted traveller program such as Global Entry or NEXUS are already eligible to benefit from TSA Pre✓ screening when departing from any of the participating U.S. airports. Access to the program is simple: passengers present their NEXUS or Global Entry membership card at check-in and, once verified, will be provided with a boarding card that says they are TSA Pre✓-approved.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The airline is also in the process of upgrading its booking portal so that passengers can enter in their details ahead of their arrival at the airport further expedite the process.“Delivering an excellent customer experience is of paramount importance to us, and we are extremely pleased to be awarded entry into this program. We look forward to working with TSA in continuing to improve travellers’ experience in processing through security, while still maintaining their utmost safety.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more