LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost has his starting quarterback for the 2018 season. Nebraska’s new head coach announced on Sunday morning that true freshman Adrian Martinez will be starting under center. Martinez becomes the first true freshman in program history to start the season opener.The Huskers, though, don’t have much depth behind the first-year QB.Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia is reportedly transferring out of the program after losing the starting quarterback competition. He’s one of a couple of QBs to leave Lincoln, Neb. this offseason/preseason.Frost said the following of his competition earlier this week.“It was close,” Frost told reporters. “We picked the guy that we felt would give us the best chance to win. It didn’t matter who we picked, we were going to be a playing a quarterback who hadn’t taken a live football snap in two years.”Nebraska does have another scholarship QB on its roster in UCF transfer Noah Vedral, but he’s ineligible to play this summer.Hopefully for the Huskers, Martinez can stay healthy.Nebraska starting a Freshman at QB named Martinez, and he’s a dual-threat from California.Feels like 2010 pic.twitter.com/KtkbAlEVum— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) August 26, 2018Nebraska is set to open its season on Saturday against Akron.
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TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Vehicles Asked to Remain Off RoadsFollowing Snowstorms The winter parking ban ended Monday, March 15, on provinciallyowned and maintained roads but drivers are asked to keep theirvehicles off the road during and after snowstorms. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is remindingdrivers that vehicles can be towed if they impede snowplows orwinter maintenance operations. The Motor Vehicle Act, Section 139, allows police officers anddepartment staff to tow vehicles at the owner’s expense. -30-
TORONTO — The man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sexual abuse scandal will now face close to a decade in prison after Ontario’s highest court found his original sentence was inadequate given the “staggering” magnitude of his crimes.Gordon Stuckless was sentenced in 2016 to 6.5 years behind bars — six after credit for his time on house arrest — for sexually abusing 18 boys over three decades.Stuckless, who used his job at the famed arena as well as his positions as an assistant teacher and volunteer coach to groom vulnerable boys, had pleaded guilty two years earlier to 100 charges. He was later found guilty of two more offences in connection with two of the boys.Some of his victims, now in their 40s and 50s, were angered by the sentence imposed by Ontario Superior Court Justice Mara Greene, saying it was too lenient in light of the lasting trauma caused by Stuckless’s actions.At the time, Greene said she considered the general range of penalties for that type of offence and took into account the outcome of Stuckless’s earlier conviction in a similar case.In a split decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario found the sentence delivered by Greene was “demonstrably unfit” and should be increased to 10 years, less six months for time served on house arrest.“Gordon Stuckless is a sexual predator. The magnitude of his offending is staggering. The harm that he has caused is incalculable,” wrote Justice Grant Huscroft, one of two judges to rule in favour of the increase.Greene erred in how she weighed Stuckless’s previous conviction in the late 1990s, which carried a sentence of six years less one for time served, Huscroft wrote.She considered that the facts in this case were not different enough to justify doubling the sentence, as the Crown sought, and believed a 12-year sentence would not reflect case law or account for Stuckless’s rehabilitation and his remorse, he said.“The sentencing judge appears to have overlooked the significant evolution in sentencing jurisprudence that has taken place since (the 1990s ruling),” the judge wrote.“The respondent avoided detection for much of his offending committed during the relevant period and so escaped punishment for that offending. He cannot now invoke his prior sentence, already served, in order to limit the sentence he receives for having committed the offences presently before the court, simply because these offences were committed during the same time frame.”Justice Sarah Pepall, who concurred with Huscroft, said Greene underestimated the gravity of Stuckless’s offences and the harm to his victims.“The conduct of the respondent called for an exemplary sentence. However, the sentence that was imposed on him was neither just nor appropriate, and certainly not exemplary,” she wrote.“I am not the first to say that offenders must understand that sexual abuse of children cannot be countenanced and I will not be the last. But an exemplary sentence may at least go some way to serve to deter others from embarking on vulturine predacious conduct comparable to that pursued by the respondent.”Justice Paul Rouleau, who dissented with his peers, said Greene’s decision showed “a full appreciation of the relevant sentencing principles, aggravating factors, personal circumstances, and relevant case law.”The case deals with abuse that took place between 1965 and 1985. Stuckless “positioned himself to have constant access to children,” according to an agreed statement of facts read at his trial.Court heard Stuckless had a pattern of befriending boys, most of them 11 or 12 years old but some as young as six, and luring them with gifts and outings. Sometimes he also earned the trust of their families.The abuse included fondling, masturbation, oral sex and in some cases, digital penetration, and often lasted years, the statement said.He told his victims that what they were doing was normal and at times used psychological and physical threats to ensure their silence, court heard.Stuckless testified at his trial that he was sexually abused when he was a boy and those experiences affected how he treated his victims.Stuckless previously pleaded guilty in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he worked as an equipment manager at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.He was sentenced to two years less a day in that case, but that was increased to six years on appeal, less a year for time served. He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
A Delhi mom dialled 911 last week after hearing a commotion in her garage.The woman thought she had a prowler on the property.“Officers arrived on the scene and could hear various noises coming from the garage,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Upon entering, they located the complainant’s two-year-old child. It was determined that the child entered the garage without the mother’s knowledge. Upon hearing the commotion she became alarmed and contacted police. The young child was removed from the garage and re-united with his mother.”The incident happened around 2 p.m. Feb. 4.
by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 12:58 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada Revenue Agency expects to track down $400M in tax crackdown OTTAWA – Canadian tax authorities expect to track down $400 million this year they say are owed as part of a campaign to crack down on tax evasion by big international companies and wealthy individuals, particularly those using offshore tax havens, a top official says.The Liberal government provided extra cash to the Canada Revenue Agency in last year’s budget to pursue wealthy tax cheats. The agency is “ahead of plan” in terms of hitting its target, says Ted Gallivan, assistant commissioner at CRA’s compliance programs branch.“I don’t think raising the revenue is going to be a challenge for us because we have a strong record of generating tax revenue by identifying non-compliance,” Gallivan said.The $400 million is a small fraction of the $13 billion CRA is expected to recover from its audits in this fiscal year, but it is expected to grow.The 2016 federal budget included $444.4 million over five years to help the agency crack down on wealthy tax cheats. The program is expected to garner $2.6 billion in extra tax revenue over that period.CRA also said there will also be additional assessments above the $2.6 billion for provincial tax, interest and penalties.The extra money in the budget has been used to hire staff and start building the information technology infrastructure to review large international transfers of money in real time.Gallivan says CRA has been careful in spending the extra money, adding to the ranks of auditors for large multinational companies, targeting promoters of illegal tax schemes and beefing up the criminal investigation teams with lawyers at the earliest stages.“It allowed us to ramp up the pressure in many areas without decreasing the pressure in other areas,” he said.University of Ottawa tax law professor Vern Krishna called the $400 million remarkable, but expressed skepticism regarding the figure, noting that the appeal process at CRA can take a long time.CRA said there will be appeals, litigation and collections issues that will result in some of the funds not making their way into federal coffers, but noted that the budget in 2016 also included money to enhance the CRA’s collection capacity.Gallivan said the agency is also reviewing its voluntary disclosure rules with an aim to tighten that program. The program can reduce penalties for those who notify authorities when they have failed to pay their taxes.CRA estimates the program will help identify $1 billion in income that might otherwise have been hidden this year.Gallivan noted the changes being looked at include whether to continue allowing Canadians to use the program more than once.“Should you really kind of have a second kick at the can?” Gallivan asked.“Somebody who does it twice, deliberately and with a lot of legal advice and thinking around it, that’s not really what we want.”He said the payment requirements when someone makes a disclosure under the program are also being reviewed.Public consultations on the changes are expected to start in the spring with recommendations seen ready for the fall.National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier accepted Thursday the recommendations regarding tax evasion in a report by the House of Commons finance committee.Among the recommendations in the report is a comprehensive review of the voluntary disclosure program and a review of guidelines used to determine whether to pursue litigation or seek a settlement with tax evaders.The report also recommended the minister strengthen protections for informants.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Canadian tax authorities were on track to recover $400 million this year.
The comforting chug of a steam train may be left in the past under government plans to crack down on coal, heritage railway operators have warned.As the country moves towards a carbon-neutral future, officials plan to shut down every coal plant in the UK by 2025.Members of the £400m steam train industry have said they face an “uncertain future” and have asked for government help, as they fear the coal price rises that will be caused by the plant shutdown will put them out of business.Conservative councillor Thomas Smith, who drives a steam train in Norfolk said: “Every railway enthusiast needs to write to their MP, and create a big stink.”Britain is burning so little coal now it’s almost all gone from electric generation, time to tackle coal abroad and oil fuels at home…”Graeme Bunker, who works on a steam train, added: “It’s the cost of fuel not the legislation. It also includes a lot of virtue signalling when their are much bigger issues to manage than folks with open fires in the shires. In cities I see the point, but in the country it won’t be popular.”Industry groups have said a drop in demand for coal could see supply drop in the same way, which has sparked fears that prices will rise.Ian Crowder, from Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, told the BBC: “It’s all very well the government gives us reassurances but those reassurances needs to be in legislation.”He said heritage railways were “an important tourism attraction for the UK” that bring in millions of visitors.The steam train worker added that the amount of coal used by steam trains is negligible in terms of the UK’s carbon footprint.He said: “It’s the law of unintended consequences: no-one including government wants railways to be affected but if other coal use disappears that would be the effect. UK currently uses 12m tonnes coal pa – railways use just 26,000 tonnes pa”.A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesman said: “Our policy of phasing out coal in our power system by 2025 will not restrict its use for heritage railways.”They will be able to continue to source coal either through domestic suppliers or imports.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The EPEXC-8X-12.3-25 explosion proof extension cord from Larson Electronics is designed to extend the reach of equipment in hazardous locations where power receptacles are not in close proximity to the work space. This explosion proof extension cord is 25 feet (7.6 m) long, providing ample length for movement in the work space. The cord is fitted with eight explosion proof twist-lock receptacles constructed of non-sparking aluminium for connection of equipment and is terminated with a 20-A explosion proof plug for safe and secure connection to a power receptacle. The cord, plug, and receptacles support a three-pole, two-wire design which works with most common explosion proof equipment. This explosion proof extension cord is Class 1 Division 1 Groups C, D and Class 2 Division 1 Groups E, F, and G rated, making it ideal for use in hazardous locations where flammable gases and vapours are present. The cord is oil, chemical and abrasion resistant for durability and the receptacles feature deep recessed contacts for protection against arcing and a powder coat finish for resistance against corrosion. This cord is ideal for connecting explosion proof lights, fans and blowers, and extending the range of portable power supplies and substations within the hazardous work area. “Larson offers a wide range of explosion proof extension cords with different lengths and connectors that are readily available in stock,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “We keep a large inventory of plugs, receptacles, and cords in order to custom build configurations for customers on demand.”
Serbia beat Denmark 23:22 (11:11) in front of 4000 fans in “Cair” hall in Nis in the match of Round 4 at WWCH 2013 Group B. After great battle in 60 minutes of the match, Denmark had a chance to score for a draw but Thorsgaard’s shot was saved by Serbian hero Katarina Tomasevic (15 saves). With this victory Serbian girls saved the hope for the second place in the group, while Denmark has a chance to win the group with a win over Brasil with two and more goals advantage…STATISTICSBrazil – Japan 24:20Algeria – China 25:27STANDINGS:Brazil 8Denmark 6Serbia 6Japan 2China 2Algeria 0 ← Previous Story HANDBALL WAR WITH 33 GOALS: France beat Montenegro! Next Story → WWCH 2013 (Day 7): “Old derby” Romania VS Hungary
Rumors that Howard Stern was set to move operations to iTunes as soon as his SiriusXM contract runs out at the end of this year proved to be little more than that. The self-proclaimed “king of all media” signed on for another five years with the satellite radio giant.Stern has been on Sirius since 2005, having signed onto the satellite radio provider over increasing frustration with FCC censorship during his time on terrestrial radio. The five-year contract was worth $500.AdChoices广告Stern announced that he would be staying with SiriusXM on his show earlier this morning. He called the new contract “very fair,” but didn’t reveal the actual price. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, SiriusXM’s CFO had told the press that the number would likely be lower than the past five year contract.For his part, Stern told his audience that this contract would be his last, “I can say with almost certainty that this is my final five years on radio.” Well, at least his got five years to go out with a bang.
It would be almost impossible to find a bigger discrepancy between philosophies on internet privacy and online identity than that espoused by Facebook and 4chan. There’s Facebook, which espouses a belief that there’s not only no such thing as privacy online, but there shouldn’t be. Then there’s 4chan, a totally anonymous internet forum that has evolved into an equally anonymous political activism / hacking group called, fittingly, Anonymous. 4chan is now speaking out against Facebook and its theories on privacy through the mouth of its founder, Christopher Poole, also known as moot. At last weekend’s South by Southwest exposition, Poole addressed a growing number of comments by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claiming that anonymity online was disreputable and ethical.AdChoices广告Here’s what Zuckerberg says: a single online identity (provided by Facebook) should drive the Internet. Doing anything else is unethical. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg has actually said “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”Needless to say, 4chan’s founder doesn’t see it the same way. In fact, he says that the push towards single identities online will bring about the end of an almost Rousseau-esque “age of innocence” for the Internet as we know it.According to Poole, being anonymous on the web is like being the new kid in a neighborhood: it lets you experiment, try out new things, be creative without being paralyzed by the threat of failure.“The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself,” he told the crowd. That’s a really good point, but Poole isn’t disregarding the importance of some form of real-world accountability either: he’s now promoting a new project called Canv.as that actually uses Facebook Connect to identify users to forum administrators, even if those users’ real-life identities is hidden from other forum goers. “You know that we know,” he said.Read more at Gearlog
E3 2012 has come to a close (and been completely drowned out by the fervor of an Apple event), and now it’s time to take a look back at what this year’s show had to offer. There were a number of sequels announced for major franchises like Halo, God of War, and Splinter Cell, but today let’s talk about the things everyone seems to be talking about — the games that really stood out, did something unique, or caught everyone off guard.Warning: Some trailers are not safe for work.The Last of UsDeveloper Naughty Dog showed extended gameplay of their post-apocalyptic The Last of Us during Sony’s keynote, and although the Uncharted pedigree is evident, the tone is shockingly different. Frustrated by trying to create sympathetic characters who also gun down other humans in level after level, Naughty Dog has created a desperate setting where violence is more contextually sound, and characters actually acknowledge it when it happens — the game’s AI companion, Ellie, is stunned when two enemies are hit by a molotov cocktail, and the final gunshot comes as a man begs for his life.The added emotional weight makes The Last of Us feel particularly brutal, even among players who are entirely familiar with video game violence. I’m curious whether the final game will have non-violent options, like sneaking around other scavengers or showing mercy to a disarmed foe. Presented with the subject of violence in an impactful way, will players have the option to turn away from it?Beyond: Two SoulsQuantic Dream made a big impression with Heavy Rain, their highly cinematic and emotionally gripping adventure title, and left gamers wondering what was next for the company’s brand of interactive storytelling. Beyond: Two Souls is a coming of age story about Jodie Holmes, played by actress Ellen Page, who is connected to a powerful, invisible spirit. Players will follow Jodie through 15 years of her life, at times taking control of the spirit to move objects around and possess enemies.Quantic Dream’s David Cage promised that Beyond would include more action and more direct control over characters than its quick-time -event-laden predecessors, and if he can deliver on that while still telling an intriguing story it will be something special.Zombie UNintendo had a lot to say about the merits of their Wii U controller and its integrated touchscreen, but the trailer for Ubisoft’s survival-horror FPS Zombie U was what really showed off the “second screen” potential. The game uses the smaller display for a wide variety of purposes, but perhaps the most intriguing one comes toward the end, when the player desperately types out PIN pad combinations on the controller itself. Using motion control to work machines made for some of the most immersive moments on the Wii (Metroid Prime 3 and Zach and Wiki are both good examples), so it’s good to see the Wii U following suit.Ubisoft has also announced an interesting, if somewhat hardcore feature: when you die, that character becomes a zombie and you respawn as someone new — if you want your equipment back, you’ve got to hunt down your former self.Star Wars 1313It would be easy to write off Star Wars 1313 as merely Uncharted set in the Star Wars universe. But then again, another way to phrase that is: “IT’S UNCHARTED SET IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE!”Also intriguing is that, unlike the vast majority of Star Wars games, 1313 doesn’t put players in the role of a Jedi, but instead casts them as a bounty hunter in the criminal underworld of Coruscant (At least, that’s what the developers are saying currently — chances that you’ll swing a lightsaber by the end are probably 50/50.) After so many Star Wars games over the years, it’s nice to see a fresh, more focused take on the universe.Watch DogsThe trailer for Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs is eye-catching on its visuals alone, its main character’s trench coat flapping realistically against an incredibly detailed Chicago backdrop. But it was the title’s hacking elements, where electronic systems and the “digital shadows” cast by individuals can be exploited to reach your goals, that made it one of the most talked about titles of E3.In the trailer, Watch Dogs shines when it fully capitalizes on the hacker theme, but starts to feel like just another Grand Theft Auto clone when it falls back on old habits. If the developers can wring enough out of their intriguing setup, and keep it from devolving into something more routine, they might have something special on their hands.SimCityHow do you refresh a game as old as SimCity? Maxis has definitely given the visual style a fresh coat of paint, with detailed model-like buildings and curving roads. But the stand-out feature announced at E3 was a new take on multiplayer virtual mayoring.When you create a new city, you’ll have the option to connect it to others, either by making it public or inviting friends. Connected cities are all part of the same region, and interact in a number of ways. Industrial-focused cities might help out the economy of those around it, for instance, but also cause pollution problems for other players. The various cities in a region can also work together to build large scale projects (an international airport, for instance) that benefit everyone.The developers have also created a new tool to provide players with useful data about what’s going on. Clearly, Maxis has learned lessons from the multiplayer building in games like Minecraft, and it might be just the spark SimCity needs.Anything we missed? Any games you are super excited about that were on display at E3 2012?
http://jrnl.ie/3213073 ‘Not in my name’: 30k sign Irish petition against Kenny visiting Trump on St Patrick’s Day>But at today’s press conference, he reiterated that he would not be cancelling the visit.“First of all, I think it is really important that I get to say face-to-face to the president the issues that are important to us,” said Kenny, adding that he disagreed with Trump’s latest immigration policy which has caused confusion and protests around the globe.“I don’t agree with it – I will obviously say that to the president and vice president when I meet with them.”Kenny explained that it has been tradition for the Taoiseach to travel to the White House for St Patrick’s Day. He said that it offers opportunities to speak to senators, congress people and mayors about issues that matter to the Irish. Enda Kenny and Theresa May say discussions were ‘constructive’ pic.twitter.com/6EuO8QuX3p— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) January 30, 2017 Image: Chris Bellew Fennell Photography During the press conference, Kenny also announced that the US pre-clearance policy at Dublin and Shannon airports will be reviewed. This afternoon it emerged that one person was turned away at Dublin Airport since Trump’s immigration ban.“I have asked for a complete review of pre-clearance facilities here in Ireland,” said Kenny.The Taoiseach pointed out that pre-clearance at Irish airports has been an enormous convenience in terms of efficiency and economics over the years.While he said he did not agree with Trump’s immigration policy, he said it was “important to keep contact very much alive” between the two countries. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Monday 30 Jan 2017, 7:41 PM 116 Comments I think it’s really important that I be able to say face-to-face to the President the issues that are of importance to us.I don’t want a situation where the 35 million Irish-Americans who sign on for connections with this country or the 50,000 undocumented Irish that are in the States are left without contact or connection. Both leaders said any manifestation of a hard border in the North would have “very negative consequences”.May and Kenny reiterated each other’s points about the border issue, stating they wanted it to be as “seamless”, “friction free” and as “trouble-free” as possible.Describing their earlier private discussion as “frank” and “constructive”, Kenny said both countries were in agreement that the trading ties between the two countries should be “recognised and facilitated” as negotiations go forward.He said this was an “absolute priority” for the Irish government. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with British Prime Minister Theresa May during their meeting at Government buildings today in Dublin. Source: Chris Bellew Fennell PhotographyRead: One person turned away at Dublin Airport since Trump’s travel ban> So I think it is more important now than ever before that we speak face-to-face with the American president and explain to him the issues and the matters of importance to us here. TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said he disagrees with US President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban and said he will tell him that to his face when he meets him during his St Patrick’s Day visit.In a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Government Buildings this afternoon, the Taoiseach said he intended to accept Trump’s invitation to the White House in March for various reasons.Pressure has been mounting on the Taoiseach over the weekend to snub the invitation, with over 30,000 people signing an online petition calling on him not to visit. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Image: Chris Bellew Fennell Photography Enda Kenny says he will tell Trump in person that he disagrees with his travel ban The UK Prime Minister Theresa May is in Dublin today to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny. We have had a great influence in the US over the years, we still have that influence and we intend to use it. Jan 30th 2017, 7:41 PM Enda Kenny says he does not agree with Trump’s immigration policy and he will tell Trump and Pence that when he meets them pic.twitter.com/6beODqpGCd— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) January 30, 2017 Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesNorthern IrelandIn relation to Brexit and Northern Ireland, May said they were both she and Kenny were “personally committed to strengthening the relationship” between Ireland and the UK.“I know for the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the ability to move freely across the border is an essential part of daily life, which is why the Taoiseach and I have both been clear that there will be no return to the borders of the past,” said the UK Prime Minister. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeOn her first visit to Dublin as UK prime minister, May was also asked about Donald Trump.While there have been calls for Kenny to boycott the St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House, May is feeling the heat over a planned trip by Trump to the UK announced for later this year.“The US is a close ally of the United Kingdom. We work together across many areas of mutual interest,” she said.Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the Trump invitation to be revoked. However, when asked about it today, May said:That invitation stands. Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share554 Tweet Email 18,527 Views
Let’s not beat around the tall grass. The next proper Pokemon game is almost assuredly coming to the Nintendo Switch. The mainline Pokemon RPGs always release on Nintendo handhelds, and the Switch is both a console and handheld in one.Employees at Game Freak, the creators of Pokemon, have alluded to major changes coming to the series. Nintendo already promised Pokemon for NX (Switch’s codename). GameStop accidentally mentioned a Pokemon game around the Switch unveiling in January. And before then a rumor from the folks who leaked the Switch in the first place stated that an enhanced port of the acclaimed 3DS games Pokemon Sun & Moon would arrive on Switch as Pokemon Stars.Need even more convincing? Game Freak is now hiring for position that might as well say, “Hey! Come work on Pokemon Switch!”Game Freak recently posted several job listings. These positions require workers to collaborate with programmers and make 3D models for “cartoon-like super deformed characters, monsters, and item models” for “a globally popular RPG.” Unless Game Freak is working on a secret Tembo the Badass Elephant RPG spin-off, this could only be talking about Pokemon. And since the listing specifies Wii U or PlayStation Vita-level graphical quality, it is very likely this game is for the Switch and not the technically weaker Nintendo 3DS.Rumors said a hypothetical Pokemon Stars could hit later this year, long enough to give Sun & Moon time to breathe while still raking in lucrative holiday sales. A new Pokemon game could certainly motivate Nintendo to double its Switch production. These new positions would only last until May 2018 at the latest, so maybe the game could still come out this holiday? Maybe Game Freak just needs some extra help turning the 800+ current Pokemon into high-definition 3D models? That’s just speculation. I’m no game developer.Imagine this, but in HD.However, as a game fan, the idea of the first true Pokemon game powered by a modern home console is incredibly exciting. If it’s based on Pokemon Sun & Moon, a generation people seemed to dig but I skipped in favor of waiting for a game like Pokemon Stars, even better. If Game Freak really is making Pokemon Switch, hopefully we’ll find out soon. When’s E3?Want to learn more?Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Or check out Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.View as: One Page Slides1. Pokemon GO Power Bank External Battery ChargerBuy Me Now2. Pokemon Gym BadgesBuy Me Now3. Pokemon Sheet Mask PackBuy Me Now4. LOZ 8box Diamond Block PokemonBuy Me Now5. Large Plush SnorlaxBuy Me Now ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target
We all strive to build a better world in any way we can. The smallest things can make the difference, even if we don’t think it’s enough. For Matt Miner and Eric Palicki, they strive to help just that bit. They push us into that better world with their new gorgeous anthology called All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World.This full-color comics anthology is filled with 25+ stories from incredible creators that will build not only our future but the future of comics as well. We had the opportunity to talk Matt and Eric about their the better world they want to build, their inspiration behind the anthology and more.Thank you guys so much for talking with Geek about this stellar anthology. Can you guys tell our readers a little bit about All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World?Matt: It’s an anthology full of stories told against the backdrop of a better future. So, think more Star Trek and less Mad Max – more “San Junipero” Black Mirror and less every other Black Mirror. We asked a metric ton of massively talented artist and writer friends if they wanted to be part and boom, we have a book that’s turning out amazing. We hope it’s a bright spot in an ocean of dark and dreary dystopian future fiction.Eric: Just to get in front of a big misconception, “a better future” doesn’t mean one free of conflict. Matt’s comparison to Star Trek is a good one: life on Earth is pretty great by the time of The Federation. That doesn’t mean you can’t find danger and crises lurking out in the vastness of space.“Everything I Own” by Lela Gwenn, Tony Gregori, and Josh JensenWhat’s the process like in putting a big anthology like this together? You’ve had killer success with This Nightmare Kills Fascists (which is also very stellar). Were you guys nervous about embarking on another Kickstarter together or was it “no guts, no glory”?Eric: Matt and I made a decision not to repeat any creators from TNKF here. First, we didn’t want to play favorites. Given the consistent quality of This Nightmare Kills Fascists, how could we invite some contributors but not all? Second, this speaks to the depth of talent among our friends and peers, including so many writers and artists I was eager to work with but whom we just couldn’t fit into TNKF. I’m particularly stoked to be collaborating on my story for AWEW with Eryk Donovan, whom I’ve wanted to work with for years.As for nervousness, I don’t think so. Matt and my combined history with Kickstarter is fairly positive. We’re partnered with a seasoned publisher in A Wave Blue World, and this creative lineup is a slam dunk.Matt: Thanks for the kind words. Eric and I kind of got tired of being told “no” by publishers when we just want to make comics. We decided to start doing these anthologies so we’d always have something cool in the works no matter how mean and rejection-ey publishers are being.What inspired you both to create All We Ever Wanted? Was it just in hopes to one day gain better world and understanding? Or something more? What do you want backers, readers and more to take from this anthology?Matt: Looking around at the state of the world, and of the US specifically, I find myself pretty down about where we are. We came so far, and now we’re slipping backward and it just kills me. I mean, we finally legalized same-sex marriage, and suddenly we have actual literal Nazis in the streets and I just can’t. I can’t.With All We Ever Wanted, I hoped to capture that sense of hope I’d get watching shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation. Like, there’s conflict and drama and lasers and fights. But, overall, things are much better, and people treat each other with kindness and respect. I hope readers find that same sense of comfort and peace reading this anthology.Eric: The original working title was “The Future is Unwritten,” a phrase credited to my favorite band, The Clash, and to Joe Strummer. I think it’s a perfect encapsulation of what the book means to me. This Nightmare Kills Fascists was intended to show all the scary places the world was headed — and the real world looked at our stories in TNKF and promptly uttered “Hold my beer” — so All We Ever Wanted is Intended to show how great the future could be if we get our heads out of our asses.“Owning up to the Past” by James Maddox, Gavin Smith, and Nick WentlandYou guys have a gorgeous and brilliant line-up of creators from all walks of comics. How was it working with each of the creators? Is it hard to juggle all the creators as just editors? Can you tell us a little bit about some of the stories they’ll bring to the anthology?Matt: With This Nightmare Kills Fascists, Eric and I took a crash course on managing anthology project. So, this time around we’re much more organized and better prepared for everything. It means keeping detailed spreadsheets with deadlines and contact info and where each project is in the stage of completion. Luckily my years and years of office work taught me how to track boring stuff in cells on a computer screen. We’re in good shape there.All the creators in the book are friends of myself, Eric, Tyler from A Wave Blue World, or all three of us. So it’s a very cool, smooth sailing kind of operation where folks are just stoked to be part of this really cool book.Eric: My confidence as an editor has grown since TNKF. I’ve gotten better at collaborating with the creators to make their stories, rather than just taking for granted that everything is perfect from the first draft. To my surprise and delight, our collaborators have been extremely receptive. We all agree the finished product will be better for it.I would have trouble choosing any one story to highlight. Lela Gwenn’s story with Tony Gregori, about reconnecting with humanity in the wake of Armageddon. Kay Honda’s story with Liana Kangas, about how A.I. will change relationship dynamics in the future, is just a couple scripts that stuck with me long after I first read them. Eliot Rahal just turned in an incredibly sweet story of a girl and her robot that will be drawn by Jason Copland.“The Pilot” by Dean TrippeWhat would your ideal “better world” involve? It can be serious, funny or a little mix of in-between. Matt: Truly, my “better world” is a much simpler world with a whole lot fewer people, a whole lot less prejudice, and a healthy respect for animals and the planet. Oh, and dogs. Tons and tons of dogs. It’d be cool if they could talk, too. Talking dogs. Maybe they form little dog street gangs based on their dominant breeds? Or maybe just tons of regular dogs.Eric: The great aspect of this theme is that everyone has a different vision of a better world. Mine differs from Matt’s. In that, I hope we lean more heavily into our technological advancements as a way of solving problems. Other than “how can I more efficiently kill my enemies?” which is how it seems to go most often. We’re *this close* to curing cancer and eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels and feeding the hungry. If only we gave those worthy goals the kind of resources normally reserved for building more efficient bombs.Can you let our readers know where to find you via social media? Besides All We Ever Wanted, do you guys have any other projects we should look out for?Matt: I’m at @MattMinerXVX on Twitter, and my other links are over on my website at mattminerxvx.com. I have a punk rock slasher horror comic with artist Clay McCormack out with Waxwork Comics titled POSER – it’s only available through the waxworkrecords.com website right now and comes with a siiiiick 7” record, but will be solicited to Diamond in July as a version without the record. I also have some new stuff happening with Black Mask very soon and some more super crazy band collaborations in the works!Eric: I’m @epalicki on Twitter, @Thepalicki on Instagram, and I maintain a website (badly) at ericpalicki.com. My last Black Mask series, NO ANGEL, will be collected in trade in the fall, and then I’ll be appearing in a number of anthologies over the next several months, before rolling out two new creator-owned series in early 2019.All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World carries ace comic talents from all across such as Tyler Chin-Tanner, Robbi Rodriquez, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Kay Honda, Liana Kangas, and much more. This anthology also gives backers fantastic rewards such as signed bookplates by Marie Enger, book packs including Matt Miner’s Poser and Eric Palicki’s No Angel and Fake Empire. If you missed out on The Nightmare Kills Fascists, here’s your chance to get both anthologies in one!Check out All We Ever Wanted: Stories of A Better World today on Kickstarter. Be sure to back this stellar anthology before July 4th!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket
TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFORTIS TCI PRESS RELEASEProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) – A leading commercial and industrial engineering solutions company, Leidos Engineering, LLC (Leidos), recently completed a Renewable Energy Infusion Study for FortisTCI (FTCI), the energy provider in the Turks and Caicos Islands. FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are now one step closer to understanding how and at what level we can integrate renewable energy into our electricity grid. We know that in the future renewable energy will play a role in the energy mix of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is important that these studies precede any implementation so that we can make the best decisions for our customers, for the Country and the Company. No new forms of generation should reduce the safety and reliability of service, or increase the cost”The study, commissioned in early 2014, was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that FortisTCI can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.The final report, completed in August 2014, focused on (non-base load) photovoltaic (PV), often referred to as solar, and wind distributed generation (DG) installations on Grand Turk and Providenciales. The study was limited to these two locations, as a result of the small size of the electricity systems on the other islands. The assessment included both utility scale as well as small capacity (for example, 3 kW) systems.In the report, Leidos has made a number of recommendations. They include: Setting the upper limit of renewable DG, to a maximum of 4.15 MW in Providenciales and 0.34 MW in Grand Turk. Setting infusion of renewables on each distribution feeder to no more than the feeder minimum load to avoid system voltage issues. Prohibit DG on Grace Bay feeder five because of its impact on operating voltages, unless there are additional system upgrades or improvements.These are just some of the recommendations made in the report. In addition, Leidos recommends, setting all consumer DG interfaced with the current grid, at existing individual demand (electricity consumption) or less.The study went on to reveal that it is possible to achieve higher DG penetration, but only with significant investment and upgrades. The report read, “additional analysis is recommended to confirm technically and economically: 1) Altering the generation dispatch and (or) increasing the spinning reserve to provide more margin for system contingencies with DG. 2) Add substation and (or) line regulation to provide more voltage control of the T&D system and take advantage of the available capacity.” Additionally, according to Leidos all DG installations should follow already established international interconnection standards set by professional associations such as, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Suggested standards include; IEEE 1547, IEEE 929 and UL1741.FortisTCI is now working to position itself to accept customer-owned solar energy on the electricity grid by themiddle of 2015. In order to achieve this goal, it will require FortisTCI and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government to work together to set proper interconnection and metering standards.Notes to Editors:1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. located in Newfoundland, Canada in August 2006. Turks and Caicos Utility Limited (TCU), which is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, was acquired by FTCI in August 2012. FTCI is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. Together the two companies serve approximately 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Utilities have an aggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 75 megawatts. Additional information on FortisTCI can be accessed at www.fortistci.com.2) Fortis is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets approaching $25 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding $4 billion. Its regulated utilities account for approximately 93% of total assets and serve more than 3 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation’s non-utility investment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada. For more information, visit www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017. AFPSeveral people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a “major incident”.The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain’s largest. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in “this terrible incident”. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked”.Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.”From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.”There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight. .It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block on Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants in recent months.One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims.”He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it’s a terrorist attack. He targeted Muslims this time,” the witness, identified only as Rayan, said.Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.’Deliberately swerved’Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.”A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house,” Versi told Reuters.”At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately,” he said, citing a witness at the scene.He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3.On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.She was also criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, and said on Saturday the response to the fire disaster had been “not good enough”.The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.A new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque’s website.
Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- ‘It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult,’ I thought to myself as I looked down at the pitiful drops of blood leaking from my finger. I’d already pricked two of my fingers for blood and had moved on to a third. Dean Street clinic in London slashes appointments from 350 a day to just 75HIV+ man tells how a home self-testing kit saved his lifeDean Street Express: We want people without symptoms to order home-testing kits from now onRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/my-first-home-testing-sti-kit/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An increasing number of people in London are being asked to order home-testing STI kits online (Photo – posed by model – bySuliman Sallehi | Pexels | Public Domain) ‘Maybe ordering a home-testing kit is the way forward?’ I thought. So, I thought I’d try it out. Logging on to the Dean Street website, it now suggests ordering a home-testing kit via Sexual Health London. You enter your details and it dispatches a kit.At each stage of the process, you receive an email or text message, letting you know you’re registered, the kit’s on its way, etc. You even get a message reminding you to set ten minutes aside to do your test and offering advice (‘Top tip: Keeping your hands warm will make taking blood samples easier’).The kit duly arrives and I get another message reminding me to do it. Opening it up, I’m surprised by the amount of equipment packed in the small box. It’s like assembling a Kinder Egg surprise without the chocolate treat (although they throw in a condom for good measure!).Swabs for throat and anus are straightforward. As is the urine sample. It’s the finger-prick blood test that proves more difficult.Bloody messMaybe I should have kept my hands in warm water for a few minutes rather than a cursory wave beneath the hot tap. Either way, getting sufficient blood from my fingers to fill the tiny test tube takes a good ten minutes in itself.I just about manage to hit the bare minimum required and hope it will suffice.I carefully place all the specimens back in their protective packaging and seal the box, which is free to send back to a laboratory. Posting it on the way to work, I pray it doesn’t get damaged in the post. I should get the results in around 3-6 days.Truth be told, the bloody mess of finger-pricking myself aside, this was fairly convenient. I didn’t have to travel anywhere and sit for ages in a waiting room. I just now have to wait a bit longer for the results.If anything comes back positive, I should be able to make an appointment with a clinic pretty quickly.What if I lived with my parents?That’s all fine and dandy for me, but as some have pointed out, home-testing won’t suit everyone.What if I shared my home with a partner but didn’t want them to know I was testing my sexual health? What about a young person living at home with their parents? The arrival of a small box in the post might prompt awkward questions (even though its packaging is very discreet). What if you don’t have symptoms but want to talk to someone about your concerns?No-one seems to be offering an easy solutions to these issues.A Dean Street spokesperson told us last week they it, along with other London clinics, now has targets to encourage people to home-test. Here in the UK, it’s going to be increasingly foisted upon us … whether we like it or not.If you’re a sexually active adult in London, you might want to check out the service. I’d be interested to know what others make of it. Not only will you helping ease the demand on appointments, but you might also get around to having tests that you’ve long put off because you simply haven’t found the time to go to a clinic.If you do, just make sure to warm your hands up well first!See alsoHow I let go of my issues with the ‘bitchy queens’ at the bar The instructions told me to keep my hand at waist level, to aid blood flow, and to massage the finger to ‘milk’ it for blood once pricked. But have you ever tried getting anything more than 3-4 drops from a finger-prick?This was my first experience of doing an sexual health home-testing kit. And it wasn’t going quite to plan.Fewer sexual health clinicsLast week, Gay Star News exclusively revealed that Dean Street Express in Soho, central London, was slashing the number of appointments it was offering from 350 a day to just 75. It already had 1,500 people apply daily for its limited appointment slots.Around five STI [Sexually Transmitted Infection] clinics in the UK capital have closed over the last two years. At least three of them directly linked to financial cutbacks. As clinics close, the demand on existing clinics rises.It had been getting increasingly difficult to get an appointment slot at Dean Street Express – the busiest sexual health clinic in Europe. In part, its popularity is due to the quick turnaround of results (you usually got a text message within 4-6 hours of visiting). Its location in the heart of Soho is another selling point.Dean Street Express in Soho, London (Photo: Pensons | Facebook)Sexually-active gay men are encouraged to get an STI check-up at least once a year. Or more often if they have lots of partners or engage in riskier sexual practices. It’s suggested those regularly having condomless sex with numerous partners have a full check-up every three months.This guidance has helped to drive down the HIV infection rate in London. Dean Street itself recorded a massive 80% drop in HIV infection rates in late 2017.Encouraging men on PrEP to get tested every three months is also helping to ensure that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are detected quickly.All well and good… except for the fact the UK is in the midst of an austerity drive. The NHS is on its knees.The move to home-testingSexual health services are funded by local authorities, and they have far less money to spend on providing testing for those without symptoms. This has led to Dean Street Express reorganizing its services.It now prioritizes seeing those with symptoms. It is forced to encourage anyone without symptoms to order a home-testing kit. People I’ve spoken to off the record tell me staff are deeply unhappy about this and wish they could do more – but their hands are tied.
How many plays do you expect your starters to be in for Saturday?“Depends how it goes. If it was as good as last week it will probably be the same. If it’s not, we’ll play a little bit longer. I don’t really have a snap count, really, for anybody this week. Just watch and see how they play and go from there.” A lot of linebackers are getting hurt around the league. When that happens, is it a cause for concern or just a crazy trend?“It’s just bad luck. It’s one of those things. It does cyclically go through positions, it’s funny, and then everybody’s looking for one and there’s none out there to find. So you’re going to have to create one. That happens a lot of times — guy that has multiple position flexibility, it’s really valuable.”Is the amount of depth on the roster a testament to the coaching staff’s ability to get young players up to speed?“I think, first of all it goes to Steve (Keim) and Terry (McDonough) for getting quality players. Then for the coaching staff to develop them. That’s one of the reasons we do the double practices in the heat of the spring so that those guys get all those reps and they’re not way, way behind when we come to training camp.” Do you think John Brown, given his speed, was overlooked because of his size?“You never know who had what grades on guys. I know that people say, ‘hey, you got my guy right before we were going to take him,’ yeah, really? I’ve been through this so many times with small school, smaller receivers that are fast. A lot of guys like them 6-2, 220 that can’t run. I like those little fast guys.Did you hear that from anybody this year about John Brown, that they were about to draft him before you did?“Yeah, about three or four. They’re all lying.”Are you interested in seeing how a player like Logan Thomas handles all the positive attention he’s been receiving since his preseason debut?“It would be nice if he were getting a lot of reps this week, but it’s not his turn. I really enjoy all the guys who said he stunk coming out and should play him at tight end. They’re eating a lot of crow this week, so that’s fun.” – / 37 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“I thought yesterday was another really, really fast, excellent practice. We stacked two. It’s a good challenge to see if we can do it three days in a row, going Cardinals against Cardinals. Tomorrow we’ll work a little bit against Minnesota because they are different and we want to give our guys a chance to perform better.
Go back to the enewsletterSouth Australian wholesaler Venture Far (was Venture Holidays) has just announced the appointment of liquidators and has ceased operations. In a statement, the company said:“Venture Far regrets to advise that after 39 years of operation we have appointed Liquidators and placed the company into liquidation. The costs and challenges of being a boutique wholesaler, operating in a high-price-drive, low-margin industry have proven to be too large to overcome.“Venture Far identified the need to adapt to the changing travel landscape and underwent major changes in 2017 including a total rebrand. While we saw improvements for these changes, it has proven not to be enough.“For Agent queries regarding your booking, please contact 1300 303 343 and select option 1. The Liquidators have maintained some reservations staff to assist with your enquiries. Sales, Marketing and Product areas have ceased immediately.”The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has responded, taking action to terminate the ATAS travel accredited status of The Trustee for Venture Holidays SA Unit Trust trading as Venture Far.“The circumstances of the bookings are yet to be known, however, any travel agents who have bookings with Venture Far and are participants in the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS) may be able to make a claim subject to participation commencement,” AFTA said in a statement.Travel agents and consumers impacted are advised to invoke a chargeback if payments were made by credit card.“They should also contact local Police to commence criminal charges against the principles, where payments and deposits had been paid for future travel that will now not be able to be taken,” AFTA said.Go back to the enewsletter
Categories: Maturen News State Rep. David Maturen, R-Brady Township, took the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. Accompanying Maturen is his daughter, Nicole, and his wife, Nancy. Maturen was elected last November as the state representative for the 63rd House District, which consists of parts of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. Residents are invited to contact Maturen and his staff by phone at (517) 373-1787, via email at DavidMaturen@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 15Jan Rep. Maturen takes oath of office in Lansing