All set for Sigma Run

February 10, 2020

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first_imgThe 18th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run will bring New Kingston alive this morning when more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will turn out in support of the event’s 2016 charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island.The 5K road race has maintained its focus to unite Jamaicans to raise funds for one cause – charity. While numerous child and health-care facilities have benefited from over $160 million raised in its history, the 2016 charities have seen the largest monetary target yet – $50m.”We continue to welcome donations as we must ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary and life saving equipment and supplies,” Ingrid Card, vice-president of group marketing at Sagicor, said ahead of today’s event.Competitors will participate in a 6:45 a.m. warm-up session in Emancipation Park with Karelle Ashley of Jamfit, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:27 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. start time has been set for wheelchair and run categories, respectively. The walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.Participants have been urged to plan to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 a.m. start time to avoid road closures as well as to park and warm up for what is now largest road race in the Caribbean.last_img read more


Magazine Brands WellRepresented Among Webby Awards Finalists

September 14, 2019

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first_imgMagazine media brands are continuing to prove their digital worth. This year’s Webby Awards finalists were announced, and the top two nominees aren’t the digital natives you might expect. Vice tallied 16 nominations, more than anyone else in this year’s field. Not far behind is National Geographic, who is nominated for 14. Publishers—traditional and digital natives—are well represented across the board. The New York Times, for instance, racked up 10 nominations and the quickly emerging women’s lifestyle brand Refinery29 was close behind with eight nods. Other notables include Guardian News & Media, who also received eight nominations and The Onion picked up six.  Television also did well, which indicates legacy media brands are disrupting some of the disrupters. HBO received 10 nominations and another seven nominations went to CNN. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The Webby Awards. As one can imagine, the categories have changed quite a bit since the days of dial up. IDG and its now-defunct magazine, The Web, launched the first program with a mere $30,000 in seed money and a small panel of judges that later became founders of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). The program now receives nearly 15,000 entries from more than 70 countries worldwide and the corresponding event attracts celebrities and digital elites.last_img read more


The Wilmington Insider For October 16 2018

September 11, 2019

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, October 16, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 10 to 14 mph.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s Banda Room. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Community Meeting at 6:30pm at the Shawsheen Elementary School. The Wilmington community is invited to attend these meetings, including community members who may not have children in the school system, to offer feedback on the school district.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Special Mini-Horse Storytime at 10am. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. Trivia Tuesdays at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Powerful Tools at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


BMW 840i brings straight6 power to the flagship coupe and convertible

September 10, 2019

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first_img 0 2019 BMW M850i Convertible: Grand tourer with huge curb appeal BMW Sports Cars Convertibles Coupes Tags Review • 2019 BMW M850i Convertible review: A grand tourer you’ll just want to drive More about 2019 BMW M850i Convertible Preview • 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible first drive: Open-top hustler 56 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 BMW M850i Convertible: A grand tourer you’ll just… 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Enlarge ImageAside from 18-inch wheels, most people might have a hard time telling the 840i apart from its more expensive siblings — until they see the badges out back, of course. BMW When BMW introduced the four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, one trim level appeared that wasn’t present on the 8 Series’ two-door variants — the 840i, powered by an inline-six gas engine. Many figured that BMW would just announce other 840i variants at a later date, and what do you know, today is that later date.BMW on Wednesday announced two new trim levels for the BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, 840i and 840i xDrive. Both receive their power from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six gas engine, which produces 335 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 840i Coupe will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, while 840i xDrive Coupes will do the same sprint in 4.4 seconds. The convertibles are a few tenths slower. When wearing all-season tires, the top speed is limited to 130 mph, but summer tires will extend that to 155 mph.The 840i models lose only a bit of the aggression found on the sportier M850i and M8 variants. It’s still a stunning coupe, with standard LED headlights and curves galore. The straight-six Bimmers wear two trapezoidal exhaust tips out back to help differentiate models. The convertible rocks a fabric soft top that can raise and lower in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. 840i xDrive models receive standard rear-wheel steering, but that’s optional on the RWD 840i, which makes up for it by offering an M Sport differential that can’t be had on the AWD variants.bmw-840i-convertibleEnlarge ImageThe convertible looks just as sleek as the coupe. BMW There’s plenty of kit inside still, despite the 840i models technically being a tier below their siblings. Keyless access, ambient lighting, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display, automatic emergency braking and BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system are all standard. Safety-minded folks can opt for a bevy of active and passive safety systems including active lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. Production for the 840i and 840i xDrive commences in July, same as all other 8 Series variants, with the cars going on sale in September. The 840i Coupe starts at $88,895 including destination, while the 840i xDrive Coupe brings the price up to $91,795. Dropping the top costs even more, with the 840i Convertible commanding $98,395 and the 840i xDrive Convertible at $101,295. BMW Post a comment Share your voice 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe: Drives better than most, and smells better too 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille 6:56last_img read more


Malaysia tells Myanmar to stop the killing of Rohingya

September 3, 2019

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first_imgMalaysian prime minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar on Thursday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world’s Islamic countries to act to end an unfolding “humanitarian tragedy”.Malaysia has spoken out strongly against mostly Buddhist Myanmar over its treatment of its Rohingya minority, especially since October, when security forces launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine State on the Bangladesh border, where many Rohingya live.At least 86 people have been killed and an estimated 66,000 have fled into Bangladesh since nine Myanmar policemen were killed on 9 October in attacks on border posts the Myanmar government blamed on Rohingya supported by foreign militants.”The killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop,” Najib, the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called by Malaysia to discuss the Rohingya.”The persecution of your fellow men and women, simply on the grounds that they are Muslim, must stop,” he said.Refugees, residents and human rights groups say Myanmar forces have committed summary executions, raped women and burned homes.But the Myanmar government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has denied the accusations, saying many of the reports are fabricated. It insists the strife in Rakhine State is an internal matter.Najib, who joined protesters in Kuala Lumpur last month calling for foreign intervention to stop “genocide”, said Myanmar must act.”We call on the government of Myanmar to cease all discriminatory actions and attacks against the Rohingyas immediately, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” he said.Rohingya have faced discrimination in Myanmar for generations. They are not classified as a distinct group under citizenship law and are regarded instead as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, entitled only to limited rights.The violence in the north of Rakhine State since October is the most serious since communal clashes in 2012 in which hundreds of people were killed.’SAVE THEM’Malaysia summoned Myanmar’s ambassador last year to protest against the treatment of Rohingya, breaking a tradition of non-intervention by members of the Association of South East Asian Nations in each other’s affairs.Najib said it would be a disgrace if the Southeast Asian group did not live up to it principles and do its utmost to “avert the catastrophe that has been unfolding”.He told the fellow Muslim countries of the OIC they could not “stand by and do nothing”.”It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to save them from the humanitarian tragedy they are suffering,” he said.The OIC represents 57 states with a population of more than 1.6 billion people, and acts as the collective voice of the Muslim world.Najib called on Myanmar to provide unimpeded access for humanitarian aid to the affected areas and to facilitate the return of refugees.He said Malaysia would give 10 million ringgit ($2.25 million) for the humanitarian efforts, and send a food flotilla. No further details were made available.About 56,000 Rohingya live in Malaysia having fled and unrest and persecution in Myanmar.The OIC’s special envoy to Myanmar said this week the United Nations should intervene to avert genocide.OIC Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen said Myanmar must prevent “ongoing discrimination and the unwarranted systematic abuse against the Rohingya”.Malaysia’s top counter-terrorism official has said Myanmar faces a growing danger of attacks by foreign militants in support of Rohingyas.last_img read more


Thai navy divers widening passage in search for footballers lost in cave

September 3, 2019

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first_imgA helicopter transports heavy machinery that will be used to make a new entrance at the top of Tham Luang cave complex, as an ongoing search for members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach continues, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on 1 July 2018. Photo: ReutersRescuers in Thailand scrabbled to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside a flooded cave complex on Monday as the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a ninth day.The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared on June 23 during an outing to the Tham Luang cave, which runs for 10 kilometres (6 miles) beneath the mountains in northern Chiang Rai province.Aside from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and handprints on cave walls, there has been no trace of them found since.With the way out of the cave blocked by flood waters from the heavy rains, rescuers are hoping that the boys made it through to an elevated rock mound that cavers have nicknamed “Pattaya Beach” after one of Thailand’s best known tourist destinations.The search for the boys has gripped the nation, with news bulletins dominated by updates on progress made by a mammoth rescue effort involving more than 1,000 personnel.Divers from a Thai navy SEAL unit have been at the forefront of the search, supported by international rescue teams from the United States, Britain and Japan and elsewhere.”The SEAL unit last night reached the T-junction and today they will press ahead to the left, but one obstacle we’ve found is a very small hole which we need to widen so that people can go through,” Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn told reporters on Monday.”As of now we have not yet reached Pattaya Beach,” he said.He added that an operations centre has been set up in what rescuers call the cave’s third chamber, about 1.7 kilometres (a mile) from the cave’s entrance.Narongsak added that water from the flooded cave has receded in recent days, allowing rescue teams to gain ground.The seasonal rains have hampered an increasingly desperate search operation, with divers groping their way along the walls of the flooded cave, barely able to see in the muddy water.As part of the rescue effort, search parties have been lowered down shafts on the mountainside, but it was unclear what progress they had made.Doctors say the boys could survive for many days without food, but much would depend on whether they found water clean enough to drink.At Mae Sai Prasitsart school, where six of the missing boys studied, special prayers were held for the junior soccer team during the morning assembly on Monday.”I am really worried, but I am hopeful because my friend is strong,” Thanakorn Ingsilapakul, 15, told Reuters.last_img read more


Will Opportunity Zones Spur Houston Growth

September 2, 2019

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first_img 00:00 /13:00 Share Last year, the U.S. Treasury Department certified more than 100 communities in Harris County as “opportunity zones.” Those are areas designated as economically distressed where new investments might be eligible for federal tax incentives.The program was created by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.Gov. Greg Abbott submitted the state’s opportunity zone designations to the Treasury Department in March 2018. In a press release, Governor Abbott said:“This program will help highlight areas of Texas that are prime for business investment, and it will serve to bring more opportunities to hardworking families across the entire state. As we continue to recover after Harvey, these Opportunity Zone designations will also provide a much needed boost for local communities impacted by the storm.”But some Houston community members say they’re concerned about the potential negative impact such a designation could have on distressed, low-income areas.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston City Council Member Amanda Edwards.On Feb. 15, City Council Member Amanda Edwards is hosting a workshop for residents to learn about opportunity zones and how the program could affect their neighborhood.In the audio above, Edwards discusses her hopes and concerns regarding opportunity zones. And we hear from Assata Richards of the Sankofa Research Institute about her thoughts on the program. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


South Korea Is Building What Could Be the Future Standard in Wireless

August 30, 2019

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first_imgJanuary 22, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global How much would you pay for instant download ability?South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced plans to spend about $1.5 billion to build a national 5G wireless network to be commercially available by 2020. With the new 5G — which would be 1,000 times faster than most 4G LTE networks — users would be able download a full-length, 800-megabyte film in just one second. Yep, just one second. That’s it.Related: An Accelerated History of Internet Speed (Infographic)The country’s science ministry sees this plan as “preemptive,” noting in a statement on Wednesday, “Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology…and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years.”South Korea is home to tech heavy-hitters like Samsung and LG, and is known for not only being an interconnected nation, but having the fastest internet in the world. The 5G network would not only be a boon for country’s mobile and telecommunications industries. Apparently the faster internet speed would make it possible for travelers on 310 mph bullet trains to get access to their e-mail and preferred social media networks.When wireless reaches that speed in the U.S., well, watch out.Related: Gangnam: The Silicon Valley of South Korea  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more


TL Network agents reaping the benefits and getting the leads

August 19, 2019

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first_imgTL Network agents “reaping the benefits and getting the leads” TORONTO — TL Network agents came out in droves last night for the Toronto area Fall Regional and Regional Mixer, now branded as P.E.A.K. to emphasize TL Network’s four pillars for the annual multi-city events: Programmes, Education, Agents and Knowledge.The one-day Regionals, complimentary and open to all TL Network agents, draw front-line agents as well as owners and managers. The 2018 fall series kicked off earlier this week in Markham, ON and later head off to Edmonton (Oct. 23) and Vancouver (Oct. 25).Attendees can take advantage of practical training, program updates, networking and informative presentations. A supplier partner trade show and reception are followed by a sit-down dinner.Supplier-hosted seminars included ‘Maximize Your Membership’. Dozens of suppliers took part including sponsors NCL, Sunwing, Manulife, G Adventures, AmaWaterways, Globus family of brands, TravelBrands, Universal Orlando Resorts, TravelBound and WestJet Vacations.Attendees also heard about updates to TL Network’s most popular products including Agent Profiler, Leaders Edge, CruisePRO, Engagement, Hotel Programmes and the Learning Management System.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTL Network’s Vice President, Canada, Christine James, says Canadian membership is now just shy of 700 locations. And the list continues to grow. “Year to date we have added 28 new members,” says James.Sales are up too, because no matter what’s happening in the world, people are still travelling. “I’ve always said Canadians are pretty resilient,” says James. “We’re seeing really healthy growth year-over-year.”TL Network agents are “reaping the benefits and getting the leads” thanks to having their profiles posted on CanadianTravelAgents.ca, adds Travel Leaders Network President, Roger Block.CanadianTravelAgents.ca, TL Network’s mobile-friendly website for the Canadian market, launched in 2017. TL Network members can post their contact details and specialties on the site as part of TL Network’s Agent Profiler lead generation tool. There are now 600+ agent profiles on the site.Agent Profiler, with recent updates, is now more robust with better SEO to generate quality leads, adds Block. The close rate from consumers connecting with agents via Agent Profiler is 25%, with an average transaction of $5,000. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Friday, October 12, 2018 Tags: Technology, TLN, Travel Leaders Networklast_img read more