zoom More than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.“We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal.Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line’s Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia’s Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.
TORONTO – A Niagara man with a confirmed case of measles passed through Pearson Airport on Feb 22., according to Niagara Region Public Health.The health agency says the man contacted the infection while traveling in Cambodia and China before returning to Toronto.The virus was detected at the West Lincoln Memorial hospital emergency room in Grimsby on Feb. 27.Anyone who was at Pearson Airport on Feb 22. between the hours of 6:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus.The man traveled on Air Canada flight number 16 from Hong Kong which arrived at Terminal 1 at 6:20. He also flew on Cathay Pacific flight number 5249 at 11:20 a.m. which arrived in Hong Kong from Cambodia at 3 p.m.Anyone who may have come in to contact with the man is asked to watch for signs and symptoms of measles as they can flare up two to three weeks after the initial contraction.Public Health also recommends making sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.
Issa Rae and Paul Feig are looking for the next Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club and Empire Records.Rae and Deniese Davis of Color Creative are partnering with Feig and Laura Fischer of Powderkeg on a teen movie contest and are asking for submissions of feature film pitches for projects that exemplify the modern teen experience. READ MORESubmissions open July 15th.Deadline is August 9th.Click the pic below for additional information and/or to submit Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Issa Rae and Paul Feig LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement DUST OFF THOSE SCRIPTS! ISSA RAE AND PAUL FEIG ARE SEEKING PITCHES FOR THE NEXT GREAT TEEN MOVIEDo you have the next iconic teen comedy? If so, Issa Rae and Paul Feig want to hear from you!Rae and Feig’s production companies, Color Creative and Powderkeg, are teaming up to create a teen movie contest seeking the next great script. Rae and Color Creative’s Deniese Davis, along with Feig and Powderkeg’s Laura Fischer, want comedic scripts “that tells the teen experience in 2020,” according to the contest’s official brief. READ MOREISSA RAE, PAUL FEIG PARTNER FOR TEEN MOVIE CONTESTThrough their Color Creative and Powderkeg banners, the filmmakers are looking for pitches for features. Login/Register With: Twitter
Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – New law now prevents the government from including scholarship funding in investor development agreements… this coming out yesterday, again in the House of Assembly during the parliamentary question portion of debate. The Public Finance mechanism, explained the ministers prevents TCIG from brokering these extras. Also from the Q&A portion, it was revealed that the Police Force Cold Case Unit had been sleeping… with the loss of key personnel, the unit fell inactive. The Attorney General was responding and explained that Inspector Daniel Miller has now been tasked with reviewing the unresolved death files. There are 15 cases in the Turks and Caicos counted as unresolved… the oldest is from March 2004. Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Recommended for you Related Items:attorney general, police cold case unit
Kolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhkari will hold a meeting with the state government employees’ union at Trinamool Bhavan on Monday, to give a hearing to the demands and problems faced by them. Adhikari has recently been given the responsibility to look after the welfare of the government employees in the state, by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.It may be mentioned that BJP had taken a lead in 39 among the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, when it came to postal ballot voting. Trinamool managed a lead in two seats, while the Left Front had a lead in a solitary seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTrinamool was ahead in the Kolkata South and Raiganj parliamentary constituencies, while the Left lead was in the Jadavpur seat. The Jadavpur seat, however, was won by Trinamool candidate Mimi Chakraborty, while Left Front’s Bikash Bhattacharjee bagged the third spot. In the Lok Sabha results, Trinamool managed to win 22 seats against 18 won by the saffron party. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress secretary general and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has been looking after the welfare of the government employees till date. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The meeting has been called to apprise Suvendu Babu (Suvendu Adhikari) about various issues regarding the government employees,” said Soumya Biswas, convener of West Bengal Government Employees Federation. Chatterjee will also be present at the meeting. In a number of seats, BJP candidates were found to take huge leads in postal ballot results. Raju Bista from Darjeeling took a lead of 4,679 votes in postal ballot, in comparison to Trinamool candidate Amar Singh Rai. Bista got 5,410 votes against Rai’s 831. In Barrackpore, BJP’s Arjun Singh got 1,504 postal votes, against a meagre 267 managed by Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool. Sources in the state secretariat Nabanna said that resentment of state government employees over dearness allowance and dragging feet on effective implementation of the sixth pay commission in the state could have been “a factor”, as their votes comprise a part of the overall postal votes in each constituency.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » November 14, 2008 2 min read You may be perfectly happy with whatever web browser came with your smartphone, but you’re not necessarily restricted to using only that browser. Opera Mobile (opera.com) is available for phones running Windows Mobile and S60 operating systems. The program typically costs $24 (though the 9.5 Beta version was released as freeware). Opera Mobile 9.5 ups the ante with improved speeds, pan and zoom functions, and a revamped tabbed browsing experience. Opera Mini is already a popular choice for a browser that works on most cell phones and not just smartphones.Skyfire is also a compelling new contender in the mobile browser market. Its proxy technology makes it possible to closely replicate the look of a desktop browser on a mobile phone’s screen, and smart zooming features boost the usability of the application. The free application is particularly handy when it comes to rich media, such as online videos and audio, because Skyfire servers do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, so even hefty media files load quickly.In another sign of the ongoing battle to win over mobile web browsers, Mobile Firefox, or Fennec, recently debuted as the mobile counterpart to the popular full-size Firefox. Its free price tag and familiar features will appeal to Mozilla fans. Expect it to be an emerging heavyweight in the increasingly competitive mobile browser division.
3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 14, 2012 This story appears in the March 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The phone calls were driving Ray Chang crazy. His seven-employee company, Motorsport Lab, was hours into its first Groupon deal–a one-hour supercar driving session priced at $89, a whopping 82 percent discount–and the number of calls flooding the Boston office was out of control.”It was mayhem,” recalls Chang, whose company sells driving experiences in exotic cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis to New England- and Arizona-area marketing campaigns and events. “We were keeping track of all our appointments in Google Docs. When we sold 1,500 Groupons that first day, I thought, How are we going to make this work?”The answer came from a massage. Chang had booked one several weeks earlier using Genbook, a new cloud-based service that lets small businesses automate their client appointments. Merchants integrate Genbook’s BookNow button into their website, Facebook page or blog; the button links to a customized, real-time reservations page that features the business’s logo, contact information, consumer reviews and related information.With 48 hours remaining on his Groupon offer, Chang migrated the scheduling chores to Genbook. “The phone calls stopped, because 99 percent of the people could figure out everything they needed to know online,” he says. “It revolutionized everything we do. We don’t have to take credit card numbers and answer the same questions over the phone anymore, and customers can book anytime they want.”Motorsport Lab is just one of more than 5,000 North American small businesses implementing the online booking service. “Scheduling is the most critical task a business does day in and day out,” says Genbook founder and CEO Rody Moore, who started the San Francisco-based company in 2007. “Ten years ago, consumers felt put out if they had to book a flight or a restaurant reservation online. Now customers expect an online option.”In its startup incarnation, Genbook offered its platform to digital advertisers to help them manage media schedules across hundreds of websites. But in 2008 the company pivoted to its current, monthly subscription service and expanded its customer base. Chiropractors, massage therapists and other one-person operations made up the bulk of Genbook’s early adopters, but a growing number of larger businesses, such as spas, have since joined the platform. And their customers have embraced the service, too: An average of 500,000 appointments are being scheduled every month.”Scheduling is the most critical task a business does day in and day out.” –Rody Moore, GenbookThe booking service offers packages that cater to outfits of all sizes. Genbook Solo schedules one person’s clients for $19.95 per month; Genbook Standard manages an unlimited number of calendars for $39.95 per month. This year, the company–which has been bankrolled by $5.6 million from Neo Technology Ventures and Moore himself–launched an analytics dashboard to help merchants leverage “the massive amount of data generated through the act of making an appointment or reservation,” Moore says, adding that key metrics include customer preferences among services offered, sales trends and individual employee performance.Back at Motorsport Lab, Genbook has allowed Chang to fully automate the company’s scheduling and, as a result, shed staff and save $50,000 per year.”Genbook makes it so much easier to communicate accurate and up-to-date information about our business to people,” Chang says. “We still get a few calls with questions we can’t answer online, but Genbook handles just about everything else. To me, it’s a no-brainer.”