MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_imgMuntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Kelly wary of ‘legend’ Boku in return fight to ONE

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kotetsu Boku is five years Kelly’s senior and has done what the Filipino hasn’tand that is to win the ONE World featherweight title.“Boku’s a legend, he’s a veteran fighter so come Saturday I’ll be wary of him,” said Kelly in Filipino Thursday at his hotel room in Holiday Inn. “Boku is a skillful fighter, but with his age he might tire faster than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We all know that when you age, you get winded quicker unlike those younger fighters and I think my training regimen in Baguio will give me the advantage in stamina against Boku.”Kelly, though, has been dormant for the past year after losing Narantungalag Jadambaa and he’s eager to erase his previous disappointments once he takes on Boku (25-11-2). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly talks to the media at his hotel room ahead of his ONE Championship fight against Kotetsu Boku on Saturday at Cotai Arena.MACAU—Eric Kelly has built himself an impressive mixed martial arts resume going 12-3 in his professional career and is often regarded as one of the most experienced Filipino fighters.And yet there is still someone who’s more seasoned than the 35-year-old from Baguio City.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet His loss against Jadambaa was his second straight, third overall, and going up against Boku is a task Kelly does not take lightly.“Well I hope I can do my best against Boku, I’ve prepared for him well,” said Kelly who doesn’t train under one stable. “I want to prove that even though there are younger fighters than I am I can still proudly represent the Philippines in MMA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Beside The Points For Thursday April 26 2018

Things That Caught My EyeDraft Day!It’s the first day of the NFL draft, meaning that enormous financial concerns are about to publicly gamble in prime time television, which is always pretty cool. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the top running back prospect in this year’s draft and will likely go very early in the evening. But a team betting on a workhorse running back isn’t always the sure bet it was once considered. From 2006 to 2015, there were only three running backs drafted in the top five, and to some extent they never really panned out for their teams. Since then, we’ve had the phenomenal Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott going each at 4th. Barkley could join them if he joins the Giants at No. 2 or Browns at No. 4. [FiveThirtyEight]‘The Blind Side’ is overIn the aftermath of “The Blind Side,” which extolled the virtues of the left tackle position and lead to a commensurate skyrocketing to the value of those players, teams appeared to undervalue guards compared to tackles. In the 32-team era, 62 tackles were drafted in the first round of the draft compared to 14 guards. That may be changing, since 2013 the total value of draft picks for left tackles has been essentially in free fall since the post-2006 highs. [FiveThirtyEight]Oldest sport adapts to new realitiesThe International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs the world of track and field, will implement new regulations regarding testosterone levels for elite female athletes. Most women have testosterone levels ranging from 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while most men have 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter. The regulations — which will undoubtably fuel controversy from literally every angle, and that’s okay — will impact women who have testosterone levels above 5.0 nanomoles per liter, and would require them to choose between hormone therapy, not competing internationally, or competing against men. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Winnipeg, city of miseryA new calculation for the quantified metropolitan sports misery score that counts not only the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL but also the MLS and Canadian Football League puts the Canadian city of Winnipeg over perennial sports drought cities like Cincinnati and Buffalo to have the most yearning-for-a-win fans. [The 10 and 3]Tsunami of corruptionA draft report published Wednesday by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis follows up on earlier investigations from the BBC and BuzzFeed to find evidence of match-fixing in the sport, particularly at lower levels. The report found 20 unnamed high-level players who lost at least one suspicious match from 2005 to 2008. [BuzzFeed]World Cup getting called from statesideFox Sports is rolling out details about its play calling teams for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the lack of an American presence at the cup — the United States failed to qualify — Fox elected to pare back its footprint in Russia proper and will have only one of five announced crews actually in Russia. [World Soccer Talk, The Associated Press]Big Number(s)161.4Looking at a stat called five-year approximate value, the hoarde of valuable draft picks held by the Cleveland Browns is truly formidable. Overall, the Browns have a total draft expected value of 161.4, which is head and shoulders above their nearest competitors, the Bills (124.3), Colts (122.1) and Broncos (116.4). The Browns are poised for a guaranteed consequential couple of days, for better or for worse. [The Washington Post]Leaks from Slack: neil:MLB Now talking about 8 teams currently being on pace for 100+ losses…. wonder how that compares to other seasons via something more rigorous like Elo?natesilver:we have two teams projected for 100+, and 2 more for 99plus one at 97 and one at 95seems like a lot for this early in the seasonneil:TankFest ’18Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThe past few weeks of the Overwatch League have been outstanding We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

Northern California wildfires leave 17 dead and hundreds looking for loved ones

first_img By JEFF CHIU and ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press  SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Hundreds more firefighters and law enforcement officials headed Tuesday to Northern California to battle wildfires that have killed at least 17 people, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who were unable to escape their burning home.  Authorities hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on the fires, which are among the deadliest in California history and are still burning completely uncontained.  “The weather has been working in our favor, but it doesn’t mean it will stay that way,” said Brad Alexander, a spokesman of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services.  The extra firefighters came from throughout California and Nevada. The extra law enforcement officers will help with evacuations and guard against looting, Alexander said.  At least 100 people have been injured and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed, according to authorities, who warned that all those figures were expected to climb in the coming days as more information is reported.  Among the dead were Charles and Sara Rippey, who were married for 75 years and lived at the Silverado Resort in Napa.  “The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other,” their daughter, Ruby Gibney told Oakland television station KTVU.  More than 400 miles away, flames imperiled parts of Southern California, too. Thousands of people were displaced by a wildfire that destroyed or damaged 24 structures, including homes. Hot, dry Santa Ana winds swept fire along brushy outskirts of Orange County suburbs and equestrian properties southeast of Los Angeles. More than a dozen schools were closed.  The blaze, which disrupted major commuter routes, spread over nearly a dozen square miles in less than 24 hours as a squadron of helicopters and airplanes bombarded it with water and retardant, and an army of firefighters grew to 1,100 by Tuesday morning.  At the other end of the state, residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. They recalled all the possessions that were lost.  “All that good stuff, I’m never going to see it again,” said Jeff Okrepkie, who fled his neighborhood in Santa Rosa knowing it was probably the last time he would see his home of the past five years standing.  His worst fears were confirmed Monday, when a friend sent him a photo of what was left: a smoldering heap of burnt metal and debris.  Some of the largest of the 14 blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) away.  Sonoma County said it has received about 200 missing-person reports as family and friends sought to locate loved ones. It’s possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply cannot be reached because of the widespread loss of cellphone service and other communications.  Much of the damage was in Santa Rosa, a far larger and more developed city than usually finds itself at the mercy of a wildfire. The city is home to 175,000 residents, including both the wine-country wealthy and the working class.  The flames were unforgiving to both groups. Hundreds of homes of all sizes were leveled by flames so hot they melted the glass off of cars and turned aluminum wheels into liquid.  Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry, who now runs an outdoor sporting goods store in Santa Rosa, was forced to flee in minutes along with his wife, two daughters and a son just over 2 weeks old.  “I can’t shake hearing people scream in terror as the flames barreled down on us,” Lowry said.  His family and another evacuating with them tried to take U.S. 101 to evacuate but found it blocked by flames, and had to take country roads to get to the family friends who took them in.  A 90-mile (145-kilometer) stretch of the highway is framed by the flames and a major concern overnight, said Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.  Highway 12, which winds through the heart of wine country, was also rendered unusable by the flames.  “Sonoma and Napa counties have been hit very hard,” Alexander said.  The flames forced authorities to focus primarily on getting people out safely, even if it meant abandoning structures to the fire.  Firefighters rushed to a state home for the severely disabled when flames reached one side of the center’s sprawling campus in the historic Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen.  Crews got the more than 200 people from the threatened buildings, one firefighter said, as flames closed within a few dozen feet.  Fires from ruptured gas lines dotted the smoky landscapes of blackened Santa Rosa hillsides. Fire trucks raced by smoldering roadside landscaping in search of higher priorities.  The flames were fickle in some corners of the city. One hillside home remained unscathed while a dozen surrounding it were destroyed.  Kim Hoe, a 33-year-old tech worker from Penang, Malaysia, was staying at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, which was gutted by flames. He said the power went out around 1 a.m., and he and his colleagues started packing up when someone knocked on the door and told them to run.  “We just had to run and run. It was full of smoke. We could barely breathe,” Hoe said.  Late Monday, flames began coming over a ridge in an area bordering Oakmont and Trione-Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Summer Black told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/2wLgBge ). Most of the Oakmont area was evacuated earlier in the day.  October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. What was unusual Sunday, however, was to have so many fires take off at the same time.  Other than the windy conditions that helped drive them all, there was no known connection between the fires, and no cause has been released for any of them.  ___  Knickmeyer reported from Sonoma, California. Associated Press writers Paul Elias, Jocelyn Gecker, Sudhin Thanawala, Juliet Williams, Janie McCauley and Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco, John Antczak and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles, Alina Hartounian in Phoenix and Martha Bellisle in Seattle also contributed to this report.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 9, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, Northern California wildfires leave 17 dead and hundreds looking for loved ones Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 9, 2017last_img read more

Sad news for some Redmi users as Xiaomi ends support What it

first_imgOne of the biggest strengths of Xiaomi is its continued support for ageing smartphones. The company has updated phones dating back five years old with the latest MIUI software. But it looks like Xiaomi has made a decision that won’t make many users happy.Owners of some older Redmi smartphones won’t be receiving future MIUI updates or any Global Beta, which puts an end to the software support once and for all. The announcement was made on the Mi Community forum, affecting users all across the globe including India.The affected Redmi models that won’t be receiving any future software updates from Xiaomi are:Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Xiaomi Redmi 3SXiaomi Redmi 3XXiaomi Redmi 4Xiaomi Redmi 4AXiaomi Redmi Note 3Xiaomi Redmi Pro Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closecenter_img Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 won’t receive future software updatesXiaomiIt’s worth noting that the Mi Community Admin who made the announcement on Indian board said the normal upgrade for other devices won’t be affected for the time being. This hints that Xiaomi might end support for other ageing Redmi phones soon, but for now, it has limited end of support towards the aforementioned seven models.What this also means is that all variants of Redmi Note 4 and other Redmi phones in the list won’t get rid of the ads in the interface. Xiaomi is said to eliminate them in MIUI 11 and the latest announcement doesn’t favour the seven Redmi phones the company launched years ago. Xiaomi Redmi 4 also won’t receive future MIUI updatesMi websiteOn the bright side, Redmi phones mentioned in the list will continue to receive normal security updates. But don’t hold on to these phones for long as the company might decide to end that support as well. The best way to stay up-to-date with the latest MIUI software is to upgrade to a newer phone and there are plenty of options from Redmi, such as Redmi Note 7-series and the upcoming Redmi 7.As for those who do not worry too much about the software updates or security updates, the phones won’t stop working. Users will still be able to use all the existing features in the phones even after the software support has been terminated.last_img read more

PEC Ebtedayee exams to begin 18 Nov

first_imgProthom Alo file PhotoThe primary education completion examinations will begin on 18 November, according to an official of the primary and mass education ministry. The official said the examinations will start at 10:30am instead of 11:00am, with duration of two and half hours.This decision was taken at a meeting of the steering committee on exams at the secretariat on Wednesday with primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman in the chair.The official said the exam papers will be evaluated in the respective upazilas. Earlier these were evaluated in different upazilas.In special cases, a candidate will be given an additional 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. The exams will end on 26 November.last_img read more

Group Claims Marijuana Laws Unfair

first_imgThe nation’s capital has made progress when it comes to cannabis, with the passing of Initiative 71, legalizing recreational marijuana use and possession. Even with the legislation, marijuana advocates contend that amendments are needed to make D.C. a “District of Cannabis.”There are factors that make D.C. cannabis laws restrictive. For instance, marijuana cannot be sold or purchased unless one has a medical card and is at a dispensary. In addition, local weed laws are not acknowledged on federal land, which accounts for 29 percent of the city’s total land area. Yet, D.C. marijuana advocates note one of the largest problems with the legislation is that it marginalizes an already disenfranchised group in the district.“The law’s not working for low-income people,” said Adam Eidinger, a White advocate in the fight for cannabis legalization instrumental in the passing of Initiative 71. He also co-founded DCMJ, a local marijuana advocacy group.Ras Fia, CEO and founder of Cannabis Alliance Networking Group, noted that low-income residents being negatively affected by the current marijuana legislation are disproportionately Black. “Since the passing of Initiative 71 there are a lot of benefits, but there are a lot of negatives. A lot of the African-American community is receiving the negative backlash because they live in public housing,” said Fia.Because the property is federally owned, those who live in public housing cannot legally consume cannabis in their homes, yet they also cannot go outside, because public smoking is illegal as well.Eidinger said that federal law and the many rules being enforced by the housing authority are stifling in general. “They’re basically trying to make public housing for sweet old grandmothers who don’t touch alcohol, cigarettes, or weed,” he said.Even with a medicinal card, those living in public housing are not afforded any of the privileges of card holders not living on federal land.A 53-year-old with fibromyalgia living in public housing in Southeast, who asked to be referred to as Cookie Brown for fear of repercussions, has been met with roadblocks as a medicinal marijuana user. “The medical program itself [laid out by the legislation] is not as beneficial as it could be for the patients. The dispensaries and the prices . . . It could be better laid out with the patients in mind. It’s more laid out for bureaucrats to get their cuts,” said Brown. “We’ve basically been threatened here, that if there are any activities that go on with marijuana that you can be evicted . . . No recourse. No appeal,” she said.To function, Brown said, she consumes marijuana in her apartment, but acknowledges the serious risk. “I absolutely feel unsafe with every jay I light,” she said.Brown and other advocates like Eidinger and Fia, argue there are other drugs authority figures should be more preoccupied with than marijuana. “Some officers realize there are other issues more important such as the opium epidemic and K2,” Fia said.He said he has noticed that depending on the geographical location in D.C., certain officers are more concerned about marijuana than others. “It seems as though in areas like Southeast, areas where individuals are not as financially blessed, it seems to me like there’s a police car at every other light . . . I live in Northeast. I see people smoking and Caucasians walk right past officers smoking and they don’t say anything . . . It all depends on where you are in the city,” said Fia.In 2011, prior to the passing of Initiative 71, there were about 5,700 marijuana arrests in the city. According to Eidinger, after the passing of Initiative 71, in 2015, marijuana arrests were reduced to 351. In 2016, the number rose to 654, 354 of those arrests being for public smoking.While arrest numbers are lower than they were prior to the passing of the current marijuana legislation, in 2017 people are still going to jail for cannabis use. Eidinger was arrested twice in April. He was arrested for giving marijuana away on April 20 – the internationally recognized marijuana-lovers’ holiday – and next on April 24th, with Fia, when smoking cannabis near the capitol as part of a religious ceremony.Eidinger, who has been arrested 21 times because of his marijuana advocacy, said he learned a lot in his most recent jail stint. “This time it just reaffirmed that jail and prison are set up to oppress African American people. I was the only White guy of the 80 guys in central cell block,” he said. “People are self-medicating with Molly and MDMA (ecstasy) not because of PTSD from war, but for what was seen in the hood.“The felons are our disenfranchised communities and I don’t think that’s what our founding fathers even intended . . . I’m aware of this issue as a White man. I’m painfully aware of it. My Jewish mother is livid that I voluntarily put myself in jail.”Eidinger continues to serve as an advocate because he contends there will be major improvement once there is true legalization.Cannabis is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, which includes substances like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Eidinger and Fia said they think marijuana laws will be reformed once the substance is rescheduled.During the January inauguration, Eidinger and other advocates were able to bring 10,000 people together from various backgrounds, by gifting them with free marijuana. “Trump supporters, religious people, all races… It was like such a diverse crowd and it wasn’t just Democrats or Republicans. All kinds of Americans. People put their politics aside for free weed,” Eidinger said.last_img read more

Salman clocks five years on Twitter

first_imgBollywood superstar Salman Khan has completed five years on micro-blogging site Twitter.With more than 11 million followers, the 49-year-old may be a little behind with the numbers when compared to the other two Khans – Shah Rukh and Aamir, who have over 12 million followers, but has always kept fans updated by interacting with them on regular basis.“5 yrs on twitter! Thx to arbaaz,” Salman tweeted on Monday. The Dabangg Khan completed five years on Monday. He was trending on Twitter by the keywords #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter.Salman, who made his Bollywood debut with 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi, also shares a fan following of more than 20 million on Facebook. The actor will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which he will star opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan.last_img read more

Train station near Disneyland Paris evacuated last night

first_img Friday, August 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Posted by Share PARIS – A train station close to Disneyland Paris was evacuated for two hours Thursday evening as bomb disposal teams were called in to examine a suspicious package.An Associated Press reporter witnessed how police and security staff of the SNCF, France’s national rail operator, sealed off Marne-la-Vallee train station, 25 kilometre (15 miles) east of the French capital.Thousands of travellers were later allowed to get back to the train station, yet the train traffic remained partially disrupted.Paris’ police confirmed there had been an intervention due to a “suspicious package” in the train station, but didn’t immediately provide any more details.Disneyland Paris said the park remained open to the public.Stations close to the site have been evacuated several times in recent weeks in what turned out to be false alarms amid a summer of tensions after a string of deadly extremist attacks.The park hosts about 15 million visitors a year, more than any attraction in Europe.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe French government held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss security measures, including a decision to increase the number of troops patrolling in sensitive sites of the Paris region as the new school year is about to start. Train station near Disneyland Paris evacuated last nightlast_img read more

Travellers airlines get a break with Canadas new Nov 9 passport eTA

first_img Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Travelweek Group Posted by OTTAWA — The federal government is extending its leniency period for the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement until Nov. 9.Starting Nov. 10 Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight to Canada. All visa-exempt travellers (except U.S. citizens) will need an eTA to board their flight.Canada introduced the eTA requirement in March 2016 for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada temporarily by air. eTA was a key commitment under the Canada U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan to develop a common approach to pre-screening air travellers coming to either country.A six-month leniency period was put in place so that travellers who are unfamiliar with eTA could still board their flight to Canada. The leniency period was set to end on Sept. 29.“In consultation with airline partners, we’re taking further steps to minimize any travel disruptions,” said John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “We are extending the leniency period and doing another major information blitz in Canada and abroad to encourage affected travellers, including dual Canadian citizens, to plan ahead and get the necessary travel documents before they book a flight to Canada.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, cannot apply for an eTA and will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight, starting Nov. 10. Travellers without a valid Canadian passport may experience delays.The government says applying for an eTA is a “simple online process” that costs $7. The government recommends travellers apply for an eTA before booking a flight to Canada.Here are a few quick facts about the program:eTA was implemented to improve the safety of Canadians by helping to identify those who are inadmissible and prevent them from travelling to Canada. eTAs also help facilitate travellers’ entry into Canada, since they have already been pre-screened under the eTA process.Close to two million eTAs have been issued since the application went live on Aug. 1, 2015. The Government of Canada website, Canada.ca/eTA, is the only valid site where travellers can apply for an eTA.An eTA is valid for five years or until the traveller’s passport expires, whichever comes first. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, cannot apply for an eTA and will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight, starting Nov. 10.Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA and, as usual, must show their valid permanent resident card when travelling to Canada.Citizens of the U.S. are exempt from the eTA requirement. U.S. lawful permanent residents need an eTA and must present a valid U.S. permanent resident card (Green Card) and a valid passport when they check-in for their flight to Canada.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travellers, airlines get a break with Canada’s new Nov. 9 passport, eTA deadlinelast_img read more

Flights diverted from Phoenix airport as strong storms hit the city

first_img Monday, July 17, 2017 Tags: Phoenix, Travel Alert Flights diverted from Phoenix airport as strong storms hit the city PHOENIX — Strong storm systems in Phoenix have caused major power outages, flooded part of a major highway and prompted air traffic controllers to divert some flights.The Arizona Republic reports that nearly 6,000 households lost power Saturday night in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. It wasn’t immediately clear when power would be restored.The Arizona Department of Transportation says flooding briefly closed a section of eastbound Interstate 10.Transportation officials advised drivers to slow down or avoid driving altogether.The storms also prompted air traffic controllers to divert some flights bound for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to airports in Mesa, Tucson and Las Vegas.A National Weather Service meteorologist says more storm systems are expected Monday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

Sandals debuts new OvertheWater wedding chapel in Ocho Rios

first_img TORONTO — Sandals has raised the bar once again in the destination wedding market with the unveiling of its newest Over-the-Water Serenity Chapel at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.Spanning 450 square feet, the new chapel in Ocho Rios accommodates 40 guests and features 360-degree, panoramic water views as well as a glass floor aisle that allows couples to truly walk on water on their special day.Plus, the bridal couple can decide on delicate décor details as part of Sandals’ Aisle to Isle wedding program.With the new chapel in Ocho Rios, Sandals now boasts a total of three Over-the-Water Chapels in its entire portfolio.To learn more call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283. Travelweek Group Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Posted by Tags: Ocho Rios, Openings & Renovations, Romance & Weddings, Sandals Resortscenter_img Share Sandals debuts new Over-the-Water wedding chapel in Ocho Rios << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canal Group has taken a majority stake in YouTube

first_imgCanal+ Group has taken a majority stake in YouTube comedy channel producer Studio Bagel as part of its new OTT initiative.Studio Bagel, founded in 2012, takes the best comedy content from YouTube and produces a number of channels incliuding Studio Bagel, Le Tutos and Le Dezapping. Taken together, the channels count about six million registered subscribers and over 40 million views per month.Studio Bagel founder and president Lorenzo Benedetti will continue to lead the company within the new Canal+ OTT division created in January under Manuel Alduy.Canal+ said the acquisition of a stake in Studio Bagel marked a new stage in its move into the OTT world. It said Studio Bagel provides a production structure adapted to new web content formats that will bring new talents who can create content for both the web and TV into the group.The move follows Canal+’ s launch of its CanalFactory network of YouTube channels last year and its acquisition of a minority stake in US web content creator Maker Studios.“We’re very pleased with this agreement with Canal+ Group, which will allow us to jump to a new essential stage in our development,” said Benedetti.“After having experienced rapid success, Studio Bagel wants to be able to allocate more resources to our numerous talents, as well as the possibility of developing new innovative TV and movie formats. In addition this agreement will allow us to benefit from the advertising sales expertise of Canal+.”last_img read more