Upset with the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC), the prime minister’s office (PMO) on Tuesday asked the Delhi government to take charge of Games Village preparations. This comes hours after Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper showed displeasure over the state of Games Village just a couple of days before the participating athletes were to arrive. The central government has asked the state government to fix the problems and make it Games-ready. Union Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar told Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to supervise Games Village preparations and made the Delhi government in-charge of its preparations. Earlier in the day, criticising preparations at the Games Village, Hooper said, “We are disappointed with the condition we find ourselves in. We came to know about this when we paid a visit. Cleanliness and hygiene are great concerns. Electricity and plumbing problems, if any, too need to be addressed. The Village is filthy. One can’t occupy the rooms. There is building dust and rubble and the toilets are not working.” Even New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie had raised an alarm suggesting that the Games be called off. “If the Village is not ready and the athletes can’t come, obviously the implications of that are that it’s not going to happen. In the timeframe that is left, unless there is tremendous effort and energy and problem-solving ability to get it done, I think it’s going to be extremely hard to get across the line,” Currie said.
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Jitender Bhargava’s book The Descent of Air India, was launched at the India Habitat Centre ( IHC) on Friday by TN Ninan, an eminent journalist and chairman of Business Standard along with PC Sen, former chairman and managing director of Indian Airlines.The book gives a detailed account of the manner in which the airline, Air India, was brought down. It is an insider’s tale of how an airline was allowed to fall apart by the very people who had been entrusted with its care. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bhargav, former executive director of Air India for 13 years, has not spared anyone in his indictment as he goes on to explain the details of the controversial aircraft acquisition deal, the botched up merger between Air India and Indian Airlines and the financial mismanagement which proved to be the airline’s doing. He brings out the role played by several of the airline’s leaders, ministers and other interested parties in the downfall. During the launch, Bhargav, said that he actually wanted to name the book ’Who destroyed Air India?’. However, he hasn’t shied from naming the people responsible for initiating the downfall of the airline. Several questions about the airlines were addressed by the author during the event.
Yesterday, the team at Digital Ocean, a fully managed and feature-rich database service provider, announced the ‘Managed Databases for PostgreSQL’ as a Valentine gift for the users. The new Managed Databases along with the PostgreSQL support will allow developers to quickly build a scalable, high-performance database cluster with less hassle. One of the interesting features of this new provision is that one need not know anything about the Linux operating system or specific DevOps maintenance tasks. Managed databases take care of some challenges including: Help to identify the optimal database infrastructure footprint Scale infrastructure while business and data requirements grow Help in designing and managing highly available infrastructure and failover processes Implement a complete and reliable backup and recovery strategy Aid in forecasting and maintaining operational infrastructure costs The team at Digital Ocean writes, “You’ll enjoy simple, predictable pricing that allows you to control your costs. Spin up a database node starting from $15 per month or high availability cluster from $50 per month. Backups are included for free with your service to keep things simple. Ingress bandwidth is always free, and egress fees ($0.01/GB per month) will be waived for 2019.” Benefits of Managed Databases A hassle-free database maintenance Managed databases save a lot of time. All the user has to do is, quickly deploy a database, and the databases handle the rest. Users do not have to worry about security patches to the OS or database engine–once a new version or patch is available, just a simple click can enable it. Highly secure and optimized for performance All data in these newly managed databases is encrypted at rest and in transit. One can use the Cloud Firewall to restrict connections to their respective database. The database runs on enterprise-class VM hardware with local SSD storage, thus, giving the user a lightning-fast performance. Easy scalability With Managed Databases, users can scale up at any time without impacting their application, virtually. One can spin up read-only nodes to scale read operations or remove compute overhead from reporting requirements. Automatic failovers If any issue occurs with the primary node, traffic will automatically get routed to the standby nodes. The team at Digital ocean recommends selecting a high-availability option to minimize the impact in case of a failure. Simple and reliable backup and recovery solution Backups are handled automatically and free of cost. Full backups are taken every day and write-ahead-logs are maintained to allow users to restore to any point-in-time during the retention period. To know more about these new Managed Databases, visit the Digital Ocean website. Read Next Microsoft Cloud services’ DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database records Google Cloud Firestore, the serverless, NoSQL document database, is now generally available 2018 is the year of graph databases. Here’s why.
Friday, October 28, 2016 Tags: WestJet, WestJet Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tweet TORONTO — WestJet and WestJet Vacations welcomed travel agents and travel industry partners to the fourth annual WestJet 2016 Travel Partner Awards, held last night in Toronto at the Four Seasons Hotel.Over 200 guests attended the cocktail party and gala, toasting their relationship with a WestJet Platinum cocktail – a mix of prosecco, grapefruit juice and blue curacao – which resembled the company’s trademark shade of blue, before a lavish dinner in the sparkling Aria Ballroom.WestJet’s Vice-President of Sales, Lyell Farquharson officially welcomed attendees and explained that the awards were “a way to recognize our partners in front of their peers. Many of our partners are growing along with us, and it’s great to see us growing together.”Hosted by WestJetters Tim Paul (Manager, Sales Strategy and Planning) and Matt Djorsev (Business Development), 13 awards were handed out based on sales criteria of the past year by travel partners.Interspersed with ticket giveaways to WestJet destinations and prizes from sponsors AMResorts, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts, hosts Tim and Matt entertained the crowd with jokes and a few self-deprecating comments, such as recent news that a WestJet airplane had to be diverted to Greenland last week.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFarquharson and Jane Clementino, WestJet’s Director of Agency Sales, handed out the following awards:Top Growth Canadian Tour Operator Sales – Voyzant Inc.Top Online Agency – Expedia.caTop Group Incentive Convention Sales – Uniglobe TravelTop Sales Barbados – Transat Travel Travel Distribution CentreTop US Agency – Travel LeadersWestJet Encore Top Sales – American Express Global Business TravelTop Sales AM Resorts – Ensemble Travel GroupWestJet Vacations Top Guest Count Growth – Redtag.caWestJet Vacations Top Revenue Growth – Flight Centre Travel GroupTop Sales Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts – Flight Centre Travel GroupTop Growth Travel Management Company – HRGTop Guest Count Growth – Travel Nation CanadaTop Revenue Growth – Merit TravelWestJet Airlines Ltd. Is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016 and was recognized by the Peter B. Gustavason School of Business at the University of Victoria as Canada’s most trusted airline this month. Waheeda Harris WestJet rolls out the blue carpet for travel agents About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018
Tags: Quebec, TRAVELSAVERS Posted by TRAVELSAVERS Quebec now includes over 40 locations Share Tuesday, November 15, 2016 MONTREAL — TRAVELSAVERS continues to rapidly expand in Quebec, with over 40 locations and many others planned for the province.The most recent additions to its Quebec network are: Les Collectionneur du Voyages (Montreal); Les Fou du Voyages (Ste-Julienne); Uniglobe Infinity (St-George de Beauce); Voyges Conceptour (Laval); Voyages Inter Pallas (Montreal); Voyages Le Connaisseur (Montreal); and Voyages Super Prix (Montreal).“We continue to see significant growth in Quebec and great interest from agencies there. Agency owners are keen to have access to our suite of programs, both corporate and leisure,” said Kathryn Mazza-Burney, Executive Vice President Sales, TRAVELSAVERS and The Affluent Traveler Collection.Johan Marjanek, Business Development Manager (BDM), Quebec at TRAVELSAVERS said the main differentiator agencies discover at TRAVELSAVERS is that the program can be customized for each agency based on their needs. “Also, the fact that we offer a dedicated BDM who will take the time to understand each of their needs and assist them in growing their business and building customized marketing plans.”More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe Quebec team is headed up by Johan Marjanek, Business Development Manager at TRAVELSAVERS Canada, along with Marylene Lupien, Business Analyst and Lydie Rauzon, Manager Special Projects, who is responsible for special projects & translation services.TRAVELSAVERS has rolled out translated versions of its award-winning direct mail program in Quebec. This includes multi-branded lifestyle direct mailers and individual supplier pieces. Complementing this, TRAVELSAVERS has introduced a fully-translated version of its customer loyalty program, Travel Club. The company’s internal extranet, sales and marketing communication and consumer site have also been translated.For more information about TRAVELSAVERS, contact Johan Marjanek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
AMSTERDAM — New research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel found that while more than one-third (37%) of European travellers are concerned about safety and security, their counterparts from other regions worry more: travellers from the Americas including Canada express that nearly half (47%) of the time they worry about safety and security, while Asia Pacific travellers worry the most (56%).“Despite recent terrorist attacks, business travellers say they’re more worried about other things – and that’s surprising,” said Simon Nowroz, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s chief marketing officer. “We found that, yes, the world seems scarier at times – but travellers believe they have more tools at their disposal to keep them informed and safe.”Terrorism ranks fifth (35%) among safety concerns, despite the high visibility of terrorist attacks. “Forgetting something needed for work” ranked higher (40%), as did “losing something important” (38%), “being robbed or attacked” (37%) and even “weather conditions” (37%).More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe CWT Connected Traveler survey of more than 1,900 individuals found that two-thirds (67%) of business travellers believe travel is safer today than in the past as they have more tools to mitigate safety concerns. Seven out of 10 travellers use at least one of their employer’s security protocols, such as traveler tracking or emergency contact profiles. And more than two-thirds (68%) buy travel insurance.One in five travellers said they have cancelled a trip due to concerns about their safety and security. And close to one-third (30%) say they’re worried about their health and wellbeing when it comes to travelling.Only 7% of Asia Pacific (APAC) travellers said they were “not concerned” about personal safety while traveling for business. That percentage rose to 12% for Americas travellers and 21% among Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) travellers. APAC travellers appear to be better prepared; according to the study, more than half (52%) of APAC travelers maintain an up-to-date emergency contact profile compared to 38% in the Americas and only 34% in EMEA.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAPAC travellers are also more likely to sign up for notifications of real-time risks (41%). Only 33% do in the Americas, while only 29% do from EMEA.“Today’s travellers are sophisticated,” said Nowroz. “They’re signing up for alerts, they’re paying attention to the news and they use the available tools at their disposal. So while travel may seem risky, they’re taking steps to stay safe.” Share What scares travellers? CWT’s fear factor survey goes worldwide << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Trend Watch Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Travelweek Group
March 10, 2003Plastering in the second floor units of the East Crescent Complex continues. Construction crew member Jeff Buderer. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] [from left] Alumnus Angus Gluck has returned to instruct construction crew members Jeffrey Manta and Jeff Buderer in the intrecacies of plaster. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] Angus uses a long trawel to smoothen out the second coat of plaster [brown coat] on the ceiling of Unit 10. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] This is a hard job on the neck and arms. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] The crew finished the ceiling of Unit 10 with what is called a sponge float finish. It can be left as is or is rough enough if a third coat is desired. [Photo & Text: sa] The south-east wall of Unit 8 has received a third and finish coat. A finer milled plaster was used to achieve a very smooth finish. [Photo & Text: sa]
State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, issued the following statement after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced it will raise the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192):“This is an outrageous move by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. Our state’s drivers – who pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation – deserve much, much better than this.“The MCCA fee increase – nearly 15 percent in a single year – reflects a serious problem. It’s become an annual slap in the face to Michigan drivers and continues to dangerously drain their pocketbooks. The annual per-vehicle fee has more than doubled within the last decade – making it tougher and tougher for drivers to afford the car insurance they are mandated to have through state law. It’s no wonder so many in our state are driving without insurance.“We need true transparency within the MCCA system to get a real understanding of why these increases are an annual occurrence. We need true transparency to understand whether fee increases are needed at all.“It’s time for a complete, systematic review of everything that goes into making Michigan’s car insurance system so expensive. That’s why the Michigan House created the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. We can’t continue to allow special interests to make big bucks at the expense of Michigan drivers and their families. We need reform. We need it now. And I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Legislature to make it happen.” Categories: News,Wozniak News 28Mar Rep. Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increase