first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  A reminder the City’s Annual Christmas Tree pick up is this Saturday, January 5th, 2019.If you are looking for ways to dispose of your real Christmas Tree, Saturday, January 5, 2019, Volunteers will be out collecting trees in city limits all day. The City asks that you have your tree out at your curb in an accessible spot by 8 am.For those that wish to drop of their own tree or require more time, you can do that at the Grounds Building; 9312 – 111 St from January 5-13th, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgKarachi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said Sunday. The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found, according to Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khan on Petroleum Nadeem Babar. Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Italy’s ENI and a couple other companies were involved in drilling an ultra-deep oil well. Babar told Geo News that the process of drilling up to more than 5,500 meters was completed on Kekra-1 (Indus G-Block) off Karachi coast. Babar said the office of DG Petroleum Concessions has been apprised of the results of drilling. He said that the cost of drilling project, which has now been abandoned, remained over USD 100 million. In March, Prime Minister Khan had said Pakistan would not need to import oil after reserves were found near Karachi coast. “We are hopeful of finding large reserves of gas and oil in the sea near Karachi. The nation should pray for this and I will soon share good news regarding this,” Khan had said. “God willing the reserves will be so large that we will not need to import any oil,” he said. Khan said he believes that if big oil reserves are discovered, most of Pakistan’s economic problems will be addressed and then there will be no stopping in the country’s progress. Around four months ago, Italian firm ENI, the operator of the Kekra-1 offshore block, started drilling in a joint venture with US firm ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas firm, and the Pakistan state-owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL). Each of the four firms has a 25 per cent participating interest in the block. The drilling was carried out in ultra-deep waters some 280 kilometres away from the Karachi coast. The well was spudded on January 13 this year, targeting a carbonate reservoir with a prognosed total depth of 5,660 metres. Some surveyors had found the block Indus-G’ similar to the Indian offshore Bombay High oilfield, which produces 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil, while others described it as similar to the ones in the oil- and gas-rich Kuwait, the Express Tribune reported. At the same time, officials say, oil and gas exploration and production is described as a high risk- high reward’ business and the failures should not be taken as a loss. “India found offshore reserves from its Bombay High well’ after 40 attempts,” the officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News. OGDCL spokesman Ahmed Lak said that Pakistan should continue its efforts to find hydrocarbon reserves because there was a large area where reserves had been predicted by experts. “US firm ExxonMobile has become a working partner in the block only because of encouraging data,” he said, adding that international researches had shown that hydrocarbon reserves were found in the sea facing the river basins. “Since Indus is an ancient river with a large basin, experts do not contest the views there is a huge pocket of hydrocarbon reserve in the Arabian Sea off Sindh,” Lak said. “Because the well remained dry, now it will be plugged and abandoned, said Lak. Currently, Pakistan meets only 15 per cent of its domestic petroleum needs with crude oil production of around 22 million tonnes; the other 85 per cent is met through imports.last_img read more

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“The Secretary-General commends the people and the Government of Morocco for the peaceful manner in which they have been conducting the national process of political reforms,” said statement released by a spokesperson. “In this regard, the Secretary-General welcomes the constitutional reforms announced by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on 17 June which will be submitted to a referendum on 1 July 2011,” it said. “The constructive role of all national stakeholders, in particular the youth is important, as it is for them to continue to engage in the ongoing process through dialogue and without violence.“The Secretary-General hopes the reform process will concretely respond to the legitimate aspirations of the people of Morocco.”Morocco’s constitutional reform plan follows months of unrest in many countries across North Africa and the Middle East. 22 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the constitutional reform proposals which the Moroccan Government will put to the country’s people at a referendum in July. read more

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On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 81.78 points to 15,694.52, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 23.23 points to 22,752.16. The S&P 500 index was down 6.58 points to 2,545.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 11.26 points to 6,574.10.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.70 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.69 cents US.The November crude contract was down $1.45 to US$49.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down five cents at US$2.87 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $2.00 to US$1,275.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.03 a pound. read more

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“When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life. On this International Women’s Day, I call on all of us to act with renewed urgency on that understanding,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in conjunction with the Day, which is observed on 8 March each year.During celebrations to mark the Day this year, the UN will focus on the theme “Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals.” The eight Millennium Goals – including the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women – were endorsed by all UN Member States and represent a new way of doing development business, Mr. Annan said.”In our work to reach those objectives, as the Millennium Declaration made clear, gender equality is not only a goal in its own right; it is critical to our ability to reach all the others,” underscored the Secretary-General. “Study after study has shown that there is no effective development strategy in which women do not play a central role.”Noting the benefits where women are involved, Mr. Annan said “all our work for development – from agriculture to health, from environmental protection to water resource management – must focus on the needs and priorities of women.”One such pressing priority is “placing women at the centre of our fight against HIV/AIDS,” the Secretary-General stressed, pointing out that “women now account for half of those infected with HIV worldwide.” read more

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina fired football coach Scottie Montgomery on Thursday, with the team 3-8 and assured its third straight losing season.Chancellor Cecil Staton announced the dismissal two days before the Pirates complete their season at North Carolina State. Defensive co-ordinator David Blackwell will be the interim head coach for that game and during the transition.Montgomery went just 9-26 with a 4-20 record in American Athletic Conference play. He lost six of his final seven games. It’s the least successful three-year period for the school since it won just eight games from 2003-05 under John Thompson and Skip Holtz.Montgomery is a 40-year-old former Duke and NFL receiver who came to East Carolina after a successful stint as Duke’s offensive co-ordinator.Under him, the Pirates lost 17 games by at least 20 points and were 0-5 against Top 25 opponents, losing those by an average of 40.6 points while never keeping it closer than 27.His teams lost to Championship Subdivision teams in each of the last two seasons, opening 2017 with a 34-14 loss to James Madison and losing to North Carolina A&T to start this year. Of his four wins in league play, three came against Connecticut — which went 7-29 during that span.But he did have two home victories over instate Atlantic Coast Conference schools — a 33-30 win over N.C. State in 2016 and a 41-19 rout of North Carolina in September.“As much as we would have liked the outcome to be different, the progress of a program is ultimately measured by its competitiveness, win total and championships,” Staton said in a statement.Complicating matters, East Carolina hasn’t had a full-time athletic director since March, when Jeff Compher resigned under pressure. Former Tennessee AD Dave Hart was hired as the university’s special adviser for athletics. His three-month extension in the position, designed to allow him time to evaluate the entire football season, expires Dec. 15.The school says its search for a new AD remains “ongoing in earnest” and that person will “finalize the hire” for the new coach.Montgomery was hired after the 2015 season to replace Ruffin McNeill, an ECU alumnus who was fired after a 5-7 finish followed three consecutive bowl appearances. He has since taken over the defence at No. 5 Oklahoma under coach Lincoln Riley, who was McNeill’s offensive co-ordinator at East Carolina.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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first_imgDespite the obvious benefits of wind power, there are still plenty of people who have one very superficial issue with it: the turbines. Many people view them as eyesores. So what if we turned trees into turbines, instead?That was the idea that one German man had. Architect Wolfgang Frey decided to attach small wind turbines to the tops of nearby trees so that they would better blend into the landscape.But while it looks good, the solution does pose a fairly significant problem, as the turbines saw a 30 percent power loss when moved to the treetops. Not exactly the most efficient solution. Still, for the small surrounding area, it’s enough to power all the nearby homes, Frey’s included. On a larger scale, though, treetop wind turbines probably aren’t the way to go.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

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73 WWE Smackdown Live Preview Styles vs English Open Challenge Asuka vs

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Google+ WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight in Omaha, Nebraska.Advertised for tonight is Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) opening the show after reuniting last Tuesday night where they are expected to address challenging The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules in two weeks.Also scheduled for the show is WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Aiden English, Jeff Hardy will be holding a special Independence Day United States Champion Open Challenge, Becky Lynch vs. Peyton Royce, Asuka vs. James Ellsworth and The New Day will be holding the First Annual Third of July Pancake Eating Contest.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown coverage tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT). Twittercenter_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmicklast_img read more

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Caribbean leads in murder rate linked to drug smuggling says Bahamas Natl

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 9, 2017 – Nassau – The Caribbean, as one of the world’s leading destinations is now also the world leader as a region, in its murder according to statistics from the United Nations.   The shocking reality of the transformation of the region in recent years came during presentation by the National Security Minister, Marvin Dames in the House of Assembly last week.  CARICOM has long been advocating for help in fending off the escalation in gun crimes, and Minister Dames explained in his contribution that the Caribbean Community Regional Task Force on Crime and Security commissioned a report on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the islands.  “The report noted that a major factor contributing to the surge in gun-related criminality in the region is the trafficking of narcotics, which has facilitated the availability of firearms.”  Dames reminded of the plan to quell crime from the Speech from the Throne which includes, for The Bahamas, the establishment of a Gun and Gangs Unit, the establishment of a DNA Lab, the detection of financial, commercial and cyber crimes and enhanced training across Law Enforcement Agencies.    The Minister said the Government is committed to deliver upon these commitments and shared that the Royal Bahamas Police has arrested over 269 people for an array of serious offenses ranging from murder to robbery between May and September 2017.  Police have seized over 125 illegal firearms and 5,316 rounds of ammunition and that during the same period, over 10,332 pounds of marijuana and 1,428 pounds of cocaine have been seized.    Search warrants for drug house number 120 within the four months, 1,186 people have been searched and of the 627 individuals arrested for drug related offenses, 528 have been charged and placed before the courts.  Minister Dames concluded in House presentation with admission that despite these efforts, there is much more work to be done to curb crime in the country.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Chievo legend criticized Gian Piero Ventura

first_imgAccording to Sergio Pellissier, the team “threw away a whole month” with the former Italy national team coachCoach Gian Piero Ventura managed Chievo Verona during only four matches in the Italian Lega Serie A.He then resigned after only getting one point in a 1-1 draw with Bologna.And now, Chievo legend Sergio Pellissier has come out to criticize the former manager.Juventus and Bayern Munich chasing Ibrahim Karamoko Taimoor Khan – June 26, 2019 Ibrahim Karamoko is getting a lot of attention from the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich following some excellent displays for Chievo Verona.Aged just…“If you come here and know that we’re bottom of the table with a three-point penalty, you must realize it’ll be a battle to the end,” Pellissier was quoted by Football Italia.“What irritated me was that we all worked so hard to understand his style of football, absorb and implement it.”“His approach was not something we were accustomed to at Chievo, but we tried our best,” he added.“Just as we were starting to get to grips with it, he walks away! That really angered me, because it was like throwing away a whole month.”last_img read more

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first_imgMelco International Development Ltd has revealed that it plans to complete upcoming renovation work to Nüwa hotel at City of Dreams in Macau before Chinese New Year in 2020.Releasing its 2018 Interim Report this week, Melco International Development – which holds a 51.3% stake in its casino arm Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd – also provided new details on the upcoming redevelopment of The Countdown Hotel ahead of its rebranding as Libertine. RelatedPosts Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul According to the report, the renovation of Nüwa will commence immediately after Chinese New Year in 2019 “with the rolling refurbishment of the hotel anticipated to conclude before the Chinese New Year in 2020.”Meanwhile, work on The Countdown hotel is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2019 with Melco describing the new Libertine as “a funky rebel branded hotel” that will complement the company’s City of Dreams portfolio with “guestrooms that are luxurious yet ultra-cool.”“Each of these hotels in City of Dreams will continue to offer guests premium and luxury experiences while retaining its own distinctive style and design and maintaining the same focus on quality and attention to detail,” Melco said.The company also provided an update on its Cyprus operations, where it is preparing to build the US$600 million City of Dreams Mediterranean. Having launched its temporary Cyprus Casino in Limassol in June, Melco said that three satellite casinos in Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos will commence operations before the end of 2018 with the fourth in Ayia Napa to launch in the spring of 2019.City of Dreams Mediterranean will be completed in 2021. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

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Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative Completed First LowIncome Housing Project

first_imgThe new apartments are available for residents who earn no more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Depending on income, size of family and the size of the apartment, rents will run from $684 a month to $1,150 per month. Clear Pointe Apartments, located on Redoubt Avenue, is a two-story, six-plex that includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Steven Rouse, executive director of KPHI spoke at the Kenai City Council meeting last night: “The building is up, and we have our first tenants in there who were able to get into this income restricted property. The young man broke down in tears today when he was talking about the hope that he has for a new life.” KPHI also announced that it has completed the transfer of land just east of Clear Pointe and has applied for a conditional use permit to begin building the first phase of Kenai Meadows, a six-unit senior housing project. Construction is expected to begin this June and be completed by February 2019. Development funding for Clear Pointe was provided through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s (AHFC’s) GOAL Program and by a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. The Land was donated from the City of Kenai for the project.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative announced on Wednesday, April 4, the completion of its first ‘low-income’ housing project in the City of Kenai. Council Member Tim Navarre: “I’m so glad that you came to us and asked for us to participate in this, and as you saw from the response, it’s a positive partnership for the City of Kenai. We get more out of it then the land that we put into it.”  Local businesses involved in the project include Bezeck, Durst Seiser Architects and Planners of Anchorage for design, Nelson Engineering of Kenai for civil and structural engineering, Central Alaska Engineering Company of Soldotna for mechanical and electrical engineering and Sundance Construction Company of Kasilof for construction.last_img read more

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Houston Runner Taking On A Half Marathon Makes You Half Crazy

first_imgCourtesy – Sandra RuizHouston runner Sandra Ruiz competes in the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon. 00:00 /01:53 Listen Xcenter_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonian Sandra Ruiz got inspired to become a runner several years ago when her daughter was on the cross country team. Now, she’s run more than 2,400 miles — in just the past year.Ruiz runs every day. She gets up in the morning at 4 a.m. to meet her friend at 4:30. They’re done running by 6 — just in time to go to work.She ran her first half marathon in 2014.“To which my kids said I was half crazy,” Ruiz said. “And I surprised them when I announced that I would run a full marathon the following year — proving that I was fully crazy.”Since then, Ruiz has run in five marathons and has qualified for both the Boston and New York City marathons.last_img read more

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Baltimore Police Issue New Use of Force Guidelines

first_imgA mural depicting Freddie Gray is seen past blighted row homes in Baltimore at the intersection where Gray was arrested. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The Baltimore Police Department on June 29 updated its use of force policy to mandate that officers immediately render aid if someone in custody complains of an injury a year after an arrestee suffered a critical spinal injury in a police van but was initially denied medical treatment.The new policy provides a complete overhaul of the old, which included very little information about what constitutes appropriate use of force. Instead, the policy largely focused on how to document incidents with supervisors.Police Commissioner Kevin Davis began the process of overhauling the policy last fall, after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from West Baltimore, died a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van. Six officers have been charged in his death and two acquitted. A third will be retried after a mistrial in December.At least twice during the 45-minute wagon ride from the site of his arrest to the police station where he arrived unconscious, Gray indicated that he wanted to go to a hospital, but the officers never called a medic because they did not believe he was really injured, but simply trying to avoid going to jail. The new policy leaves no wiggle room: If a prisoner says he is injured even if he shows no signs of distress, officers must take him to a hospital.The updated version, which is 14 pages rather than just six, includes sections on de-escalation tactics, and mandates that officers immediately render aid if someone is injured in police custody or complains of an injury.The department’s use of force policy is among many departmental updates to be rolled out this year, including bodyworn cameras and the launch of a new online platform that will ensure all officers read and understand general orders as they are issued and updated.According to the new rules, which will go into effect across the department July 1, officers must attempt to de-escalate a potentially violent situation before using force, if possible, employing tactics that include verbal persuasion and warnings. Additionally, the new policy specifies that officers may use force only if it is objectively reasonable, necessary and proportional to the circumstances.Unlike the previous policy, the new guideline instructs officers when they aren’t permitted to use such force: if a person’s actions only threaten property or themselves. The policy also prohibits chokeholds and requires officers to step in and prevent unnecessary or excessive uses of force by other officers.last_img read more

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Use of surname for males more than females may be sign of

first_img More information: Stav Atir et al. How gender determines the way we speak about professionals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1805284115AbstractGender inequality persists in many professions, particularly in high-status fields, such as science, technology, engineering, and math. We report evidence of a form of gender bias that may contribute to this state: gender influences the way that people speak about professionals. When discussing professionals or their work, it is common to refer to them by surname alone (e.g., “Darwin developed the theory of evolution”). We present evidence that people are more likely to refer to male than female professionals in this way. This gender bias emerges in archival data across domains; students reviewing professors online and pundits discussing politicians on the radio are more likely to use surname when speaking about a man (vs. a woman). Participants’ self-reported references also indicate a preference for using surname when speaking about male (vs. female) scientists, authors, and others. Finally, experimental evidence provides convergent evidence: participants writing about a fictional male scientist are more likely to refer to him by surname than participants writing about an otherwise identical female scientist. We find that, on average, people are over twice as likely to refer to male professionals by surname than female professionals. Critically, we identified consequences of this gender bias in speaking about professionals. Researchers referred to by surname are judged as more famous and eminent. They are consequently seen as higher status and more deserving of eminence-related benefits and awards. For instance, scientists referred to by surname were seen as 14% more deserving of a National Science Foundation career award. Citation: Use of surname for males more than females may be sign of unintentional bias (2018, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-surname-males-females-unintentional-bias.html Two researchers at Cornell University report that people are more likely to refer to men by surname only (last name) than women. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stav Atir and Melissa Ferguson suggest that such labeling may lead to unintentional bias. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences During the last presidential race in the U.S., the candidates from both major parties were given one-name monikers—doing so made referencing them easier. But notably, Hillary Clinton was called Hillary, while Donald Trump was called Trump. Why the difference? The researchers with this new effort wondered why as well, prompting them to look into the prevalence of men being referenced by surname versus women.Their study consisted of analyzing online reviews students gave for their professors and transcripts of political radio shows. They also asked volunteers to rewrite information from a blurb describing a fictional chemist.In all, the researchers looked at 5,000 professor reviews and more than 300 radio show transcripts counting the number of times a person was referenced by either their full name, or just their last name. They found that students were 55.9 percent more likely to refer to male professors by just their last name, compared to female professors. They also found that speakers on NPR political radio shows were twice as likely to do so. Intrigued, the researchers conducted an experiment in which they wrote an essay about a fictional chemist named either Douglas or Dolores Berson. They then gave the essays to 184 volunteers and asked them to rewrite it in their own words. Those asked to paraphrase the essay about Douglas were four times more likely to refer to him by his last name than were those writing about Dolores.The researchers conducted several other experiments aimed at trying to figure out why such differences exist—they found that volunteers felt that people referred to by just their last name were considered to be better known or more eminent than those referred to by both first and last name. They were not able to find any real reason that people seem more inclined to refer to men by their last names than women, but suggest it might indicate that a subtle form of bias exists in people’s minds. Researchers find a brain link between affective understanding and interpersonal attractioncenter_img Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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npm v6 is out

first_imgAfter the recent release of Node 10.0.0, npm have released version 6 in collaboration with node.js. npm v6 is a major update of the popular package manager for the JavaScript runtime environment Node.js. Typically, npm release their newer versions every year around spring time and following this pattern npm v6 was introduced as on April 26, 2018. This update introduces powerful security features for every developer who works with open source code. Built in security features npm v6 is the result of the collaboration between npm and their acquisition of the Node Security Platform. This introduces two new security features: npm registry Every user of the npm v6 Registry will begin receiving automatic warnings if the code used has a known security issue. npm will automatically review install requests against the NSP database and return a warning if the code contains a vulnerability. npm audit npm v6, has a new command, ‘npm audit’, which allows developers to recursively analyze their dependency trees to identify specific insecurities, following which developers can swap in a new version or find a safer alternate dependency. Both these security features are available free of charge to every npm user, with no purchase or registration required. These resources are open sourced to maximize the community benefit. By alerting the entire community to security vulnerabilities within a tool, npm can make JavaScript development safer for everyone. Additional Features Apart from the security features, there are also a large number of other performance updates: npm v6 is up to 17x faster than the npm of one year ago. npm ci is optimized to use npm within the continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflow almost 2x–3x faster. Webhooks are now configurable directly within the npm CLI. Easy verification of package with respect to tampering and corruption, with more visibly integrated metadata. Teams can now more easily share reproducible builds with automatic resolution of lockfile conflicts. Also checkout the release notes for npm v6 release, and the roadmap of the year ahead. Read Next Node 10.0.0 released, packed with exciting new featuresHow is Node.js Changing Web Development?How to deploy a Node.js application to the web using Herokulast_img read more

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Emirates Jetstar share codes

first_imgJetstar and Emirates have signed a new codeshare and frequent flyer agreement.  “This agreement will see us bring our extensive Asia Pacific network, consisting of some of the most popular leisure destinations, to the doorstep of Emirates passengers across the globe,” Jetstar Group chief commercial officer Lisa Brock said.  Jetstar passengers will also be able to travel to new destinations including Bali in Indonesia and Dundedin, New Zealand.  Source = ETB News: T.N. The codeshare flights joins 50 existing codeshare flights Qantas has with Emirates.  The new agreement means that Emirates Skywards passengers travelling on Jetstar will be able to earn ‘Miles’ (points) and they can also use these Miles on other Jetstar related flights.  “Working with Emirates, we have created a product and a network offering that will provide Emirates passengers with new holiday options throughout South East Asia including Bali, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and new destinations across Australia and New Zealand.”last_img read more

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Personal Travel Managers connect with worlds top luxury travel provid

first_imgTV personality Tom Williams takes time out from his MC duties at the Luxperience 2015 Gala Dinner to pose with TravelManagers’ delegates, Tanya Barker and Melanie WhytePersonal Travel Managers connect with world’s top luxury travel providersWhen close to 300 of the world’s luxury travel providers come together with more than 400 of Australia’s most high-end travel buyers for a fabulous showcase of worldwide luxury destinations, travel products and experiences, the outcome, known as Luxperience, is guaranteed to be fruitful.TravelManagers’ Melanie Whyte, representative for Devonport, Tasmania, was one of ten personal travel managers (PTMs) who attended the luxury business exchange for the first time this year, and she was suitably impressed.“I was quite unaware about what I was in for,” explains Whyte.  “Colleagues had mentioned that it was a worthwhile thing to do and I have to agree.  For me, the main highlight was the opportunity to network – I learned a lot about upsell options and new products on the market that I can’t wait to share with my clients.”Held in Sydney over three days, Luxperience 2015 has been described by its founder, Helen Logas, as “our most inspirational and productive to date, with numerous leads generated and key relationships fostered in face-to-face meetings.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says his company has a good number of  PTMs who specialise in selling luxury travel products to high-value clients.“We encourage our PTMs to attend Luxperience on a regular basis in order to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers.  Because we have such a strong, collaborative network of PTMs operating throughout Australia, they can also share new product developments and unique product information with colleagues who are unable to attend Luxperience in person.”Unfortunately, whilst those PTMs who are unable to attend Luxperience can be assured that they are keeping up to date with vital product knowledge, they do miss out on some of the other perks of attending Luxperience in person: such as attending the Gala dinner and having their photo taken with the evening’s MC, Tom Williams, who is perhaps best known as a long-time presenter on travel show, The Great Outdoors.Whyte and her colleague, Tanya Barker, representative for Narre Warren South, Victoria, were both happy to take advantage of this opportunity, but they are quick to point out that the main benefit of their time at Luxperience was in gaining a better understanding of high-end, luxury travel options in various parts of the world.“Networking with new wholesalers was very beneficial to my business,” confirms Barker.  “There were many luxury wholesalers from New Zealand and South America, but I’m looking forward to meeting a few more suppliers from Asia, Europe, the USA and Canada next time I attend.”Whyte says she expects her clients will also benefit from her Luxperience.“I learned about so many new products, plus the time I spent with tourism authorities has given me some great inside information for my clients – things I never knew existed.  Now I know exactly where to send them for Christmas lunch in Beverly Hills or for an amazing meal in Thailand.”With spaces at Luxperience strictly limited, Gazal says PTMs are generally only able to attend every two to three years, in order to ensure that colleagues also have an opportunity to attend.“This is the third year that TravelManagers has been involved with Luxperience, and it’s definitely something we are eager to continue supporting.  It’s the only global business exchange in Australia and New Zealand which connects experiential and luxury travel products directly with their major sellers in this market, so you can be sure we’ll be back in 2016.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Last season’s Cardinals finished the year winners in seven of their last nine games, leading many to label them one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL when the season concluded. Of course, that team failed to qualify for the playoffs, so there’s no way of knowing if the momentum would have carried them any further.But as Arians also said Monday, the Cardinals are like every other team still playing in that they have a 0-0 record. Though teams are seeded according to records, and Arizona’s sluggish finish negatively impacted them, each of the 12 teams still alive are all one loss away from seeing their season end.The goal for his team now is to make sure it doesn’t come Saturday in Carolina.Arians said the Panthers are playing “extremely hot right now, especially on defense,” and he’s absolutely correct. Though they finished the season with a 7-8-1 record, the Panthers, who had gone eight consecutive games without earning a win, emerged victorious in their last four.And Sunday, on the road in Atlanta, they smoked the Falcons 34-3 in a matchup that determined who would win the NFC South. But while the Panthers would appear to be playing better than Arizona heading into the postseason, once Saturday arrives none of that will matter. The offense’s struggles to move the ball or the defense’s sudden inability to tackle can become things of the past, relegated to being just a footnote to the team’s magical season. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Or, their recent problems could be the team’s undoing, ending a season that began with so much promise in a way no one had hoped for.With so much on the line, Arians said it’s important not to vary too much from a normal week of preparation. “You don’t change from what you did to get here,” he said. “Obviously it works, so you stay with the process. Everything fine tunes because one mistake now is the end of the season, and I think once you — as players and coaches — get a grasp of that, the better you are real quick.” – / 27 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — All things being equal, a team would rather enter the postseason riding a winning streak. It’s called “peaking at the right time,” and generally leads to confidence that a team could make a deep playoff run.The Arizona Cardinals, having lost their last two games and four of their last six, seem to be trending in the opposite direction. Cause for concern?“I would think you’d say that, but I don’t think there’s any concern because we’re in the playoffs and it don’t matter,” coach Bruce Arians said Monday.last_img read more

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