Nothing to Laugh About 12 for NCC this weekend

first_imgThe twelfth edition of “Nothing to Laugh About” will be held at the National Cultural Centre from May 31 to June 3, with lots of laughter from the previous years.As usual, the franchise focuses on theatrical comedy production, comprising of satirical slapstick skits and stand-up comedy by some of the most seasoned actors in Guyana. This time around, the group has several surprises in store for those who attend the show.Nothing to Laugh About is dubbed one of the best in theatrical presentations and has only gotten better in the past years.From politics to religion to trending topics, NTLA has it all! No one will be spared from the caricature.The 12th edition of the show feature performances from local actors such as Michael “Credit” Ignatius, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Kirwyn “Sir Mars” Mars, Clemencio Goddette, Brian Goodman, Chris Gopaul, Leza “Radica” Singh, Simone Persaud, Mark “Chinee Man” Kazim, Zoya Moore, Ashley Alfred, Kijana Lewis, Ann-Marie Singh, Mark-Luke Edwards and Jermaine Grimmond.Tickets are available at the National Cultural Centre, KFC (Regent Street), Kirwyn Mars and other regular locations. The prices range from $1000 to $2500.However, this year, 10 lucky persons won two tickets, two family meal vouchers from KFC Guyana, one $15,000 voucher from MVP Sports and one Nothing to Laugh About hat and T-shirt.last_img read more

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Chef Kester Robinson

first_imgINSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF ASPIRING CHEFSAs a young boy growing up, Kester Robinson always knew he wanted to become a professional chef. Even though it was not very common at that time to have male chefs, Kester simply knew that was his dream and he loved doing it.Now Chef Kester hopes to share his skills and knowledge in the culinary industry to create inspiration and advance the skills of young aspiring chefs. Feeling the need to give back to society, Kester is giving free cooking classes to children who want to have a career as a professional chef or love the culinary arts.Kester said that the cooking classes, for him, is about sharing what the industry is about. It is about inspiring the children so that they know that being a chef is more about cooking. Most of the children who signed up for his classes are mostly interested in cooking and want to become chefs.He said that this is a great step, in terms of showing them how it is done professionally and giving them the experience where they can learn a variety of techniques, knife skills, plating and everything that’s going to better equip them for the working world as young aspiring professionals. The whole idea of the cooking classes is to advance their skills while learning as well, and giving them a change in their approach to cooking.Kester thinks that he is being called to Guyana for some reason and he feels that this is a time where he needs to make a contribution. He said, “Being a chef for so many years is a love and art for me and giving back is always something that I’ve always done throughout the years. So at this time, it’s no different time from any other time I would’ve contributed towards the local culinary industry but this time I’m taking an approach with the younger kids and moulding those minds”.Chef Kester revealed that he has always had a passion for cooking. Ever since he was a young boy, he always wanted to become a chef and from that, he continued to grow and was pushed to the right areas and worked hard. “Today I’m a pretty much a good chef, I would say.”“When I was a child, back in those days, a male being a chef was not something very common and I remember some persons were like, ‘Chef? Why you want to do girl work?’ and it could have demotivate you, discourage you, kind of, in those times, but it’s something that I had really loved and something that is inside of me so it changed nothing, I still wanted to be a chef.”At the age of fifteen, Kester started his first venture in baking and cake decorating. He did a course with the late cake decorating pioneer Debbie Mentore, where he acquired his techniques and skills which motivated him and began his baking career in high school.In the culinary world, Kester gets his inspiration from dedicated, hardworking chefs that are willing to make changes and deal with molecular gastronomy, which is the science of cooking. Kester’s favourite part in the culinary world is the reaction from the guests after serving something amazing. He enjoys baking and his favourite thing to bake is anything with chocolate, stating that it does wonders.His ultimate goal is to mould the minds of young aspiring chefs and change the perception of people that “being a chef is about being an early school leaver or you don’t really have that brain capacity so you just pick up something to cook”. He wants to change that perception in Guyana from “a hustler’s venture or a survival skill” and educate persons that chefs are actually educated and there are degree programmes that are available in cooking. He wants to achieve this goal by starting from the new generation of chefs, moulding them that it is a profession. “You can become a chef and you can love what you do and it doesn’t have to be a survival skill.”“You must love it [cooking]. It must be a passion and a burning desire to join the industry. It’s a very challenging industry at points but very rewarding and if you don’t love it, you’re gonna quit but if you love it, you’re gonna stay. The rewards are wonderful and once you put your passion and your art and your mind, body and soul towards it, trust me it’s going to reward you.”You can catch Chef Kester at Des Patisseries & The Pergola Smokehouse and Lounge located in the Courtyard Mall on Robb Street where there is always something special for you.last_img read more

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Ins, outs of Roth IRA withdrawal

first_imgA: You can put the money back but you can’t wait that long. Provided you follow the rules, money withdrawn from an IRA generally can be put back or “rolled over” into the same or another IRA, preserving its tax-favored status. But you must put the money back within 60 days. Also, you cannot do such an out-and-back-in rollover more than once every 12 months per IRA account. And you can’t put back money you withdraw as part of an IRA required minimum distribution. By taking advantage of the 60-day rule, however, it is possible to tap money in your IRA for short-term emergencies and still keep your retirement account fully funded. After 60 days, however, the withdrawal is considered permanent and the money can’t be put back. At least with a Roth IRA, withdrawals of direct contributions “are always tax-free and penalty free at any time and for any reason,” emphasized Ed Slott, a certified public accountant in Rockville Centre, N.Y. who publishes a newsletter on IRAs. Even so, if you don’t put the Roth IRA money back in time you will no longer have it growing potentially tax-free for your retirement. With a traditional deductible IRA, the consequences of blowing the 60-day deadline are more severe. All the money withdrawn would be subject to tax plus a possible 10 percent penalty for those under 59 and a half. The 60-day deadline also applies if your intent is simply to move your IRA from one custodian to another (for example, if switching brokers) and in doing so you come in possession of the money at any time. “Doing a 60-day rollover is like playing Russian roulette with your retirement savings,” Slott said. You can avoid this risk by doing a so-called direct trustee-to-trustee IRA transfer without you ever getting your hands on any of the money. Q: I have found that traditional IRA withdrawals add to my income, raising my tax bracket and causing some of my Social Security benefits to be taxed. Is this true also of supposedly tax-free Roth IRA withdrawals? A: Tax-free distributions from Roth IRAs are truly tax-free. They do not count as income and do not cause any of your other income to become taxable. Q: I work and my husband stays home. Can I make the maximum IRA contribution for him? He says he can contribute only what he would earn from work. A: For single people, what your husband says is true. But in the case of married couples who file a joint tax return, both husband and wife can make IRA contributions up to the personal maximum each even if one spouse has little or no earned income. The two IRA contributions added together cannot exceed the couple’s combined earned income. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A column on having a Roth IRA serve as an emergency fund has prompted questions about the idea and IRAs in general. A Roth IRA is a type of individual retirement account created by Congress 10 years ago. Unlike contributions to traditional IRAs, contributions to Roth IRAs are never tax deductible. But while withdrawals from traditional deductible IRAs are fully taxed, withdrawals from Roth IRAs are tax-free once you are 59 and a half and have had a Roth IRA five years. In addition – this is the how the emergency fund idea came about – you can always withdraw your direct Roth IRA contributions without taxes or penalties. Q: I had a temporary emergency and had to withdraw my 2007 Roth IRA contribution. Can I put the money back if I do it before April 15, 2008? last_img read more

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SETTING UP BANKS ‘COULD HELP SAVE RURAL POST OFFICES’ – TD

first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle is supporting movies for post offices to provide basic bank accounts at all its branches – helping many of the outlets to survive.A member of the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Deputy Pringle an IPU presentation to the committee on the need for the Financial Inclusion Strategy to include the Post Office network in the roll out of the Basic Payment Account.The Basic Payment Account is a means to ensure that everyone has access to a basic bank account. Said the Donegal politician: “With the Department of Social Protection intending to move to a direct payment method into bank accounts the Basic Payment Account operated through the Post Office network will give many financially excluded people access to an account that will continue to allow them to access their social welfare payment through their local post office.“Studies in the UK have shown that the lack of a bank account can cost people up to £1,000 per year in extra costs. The Department of Finance are piloting the implementation of the basic bank account at the minute and the Post Office is the perfect way to roll out this account.”He said that more than 17% of people in Ireland do not have a bank account and the government have decided to look at providing a basic account for citizens.Many people do not trust the banks and may not want an account or have easy access to banks. The Post Office is a trusted part of most communities and can provide the basic account in a way that will provide the easiest access for everyone and continue to allow people to get their payments in their local post office, said Pringle. He added: “This proposal would also help to ensure the continued operation of many rural post offices by growing the services that they can provide. The IPU have also proposed that the post office could provide car tax, draft the register of electors and take other local authority payments. The committee decided to call in the relevant departmental officials to ensure that the proposal is given serious consideration.” SETTING UP BANKS ‘COULD HELP SAVE RURAL POST OFFICES’ – TD was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostDeputy Thomas Pringlelast_img read more

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Liverpool transfer coup? ‘Perfect for the Reds’, but fans not sure about price

first_img Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with Liverpool Would you pay £35m for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?That’s how much the Arsenal midfielder could potentially cost Liverpool despite the fact the 23-year-old’s current deal at the Emirates expires at the end of next season.Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be a big admirer of the player, though Arsene Wenger wants him to stay.“We bought him when he was very young and built him up,” he said. “He has a great mentality and a good football brain and it would be big damage for us to lose this kind of player.”Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of online reaction from Liverpool fans… 1last_img

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Malibu Baywatch lifeguards keep swimmers safe at region’s most dangerous beaches

first_imgNine Baywatch rescue boats, employed by the world’s largest and most highly trained lifeguard service, ply 72 miles of California coast out to Catalina Island, rescuing swimmers, divers, fishermen, downed pilots and foundering vessels. When needed, they search for drowning victims. Working with beach-based lifeguard towers, each Baywatch boat is equipped to fight fires, rescue watercraft and provide a range of medical care. Of the 43 million beachgoers in 2005, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division – including 120 full-time lifeguards and 700 auxiliary summer hires – rescued 7,000 swimmers, prevented 721,000 water mishaps and provided 22,000 medical assists. Baywatch crews, two lifeguards to a boat, rescued 1,600 swimmers, prevented nearly 5,000 water mishaps and saved an estimated $50 million worth of boats from sinking. Only one swimmer drowned – when lifeguards were off duty. On a recent day last week, no one came close. “We’ve got a blitz at Tower 10 – we need to rip!” said Robinson, gunning twin 300-horsepower Cummins diesels as Baywatch Malibu raced at 32 knots to back up lifeguards scooping seven swimmers from a rip current. On a light day at Zuma last week, lifeguards rescued swimmers at an average rate of one every 10 minutes. On their worst day, lifeguards at Zuma rescued 437 swimmers – after which they lost count. Earlier in the day, Robinson and Barnett had readied their 32-foot cruiser from the base of Malibu Pier. Robinson, a 34-year lifeguard veteran with bright blue eyes and a leathery skipper’s tan, is considered one of the fleet’s finest watermen. The 52-year-old diver, surfer and marathon runner was awarded the lifeguard Medal of Valor in 1994 for paddling 1 1/2 miles off Malibu in 60 mph winds to rescue a swimmer who’d become separated from his kayak. Now he marvels at the catamaran sailor who went overboard this month two miles from the beach, only to watch his boat sail out of sight at the hands of an unskilled and inept crew. “We were soooo lucky to get that guy,” said Robinson. “Normally, a man overboard like that is a goner. It’s that kind of (rescue) that makes my day.” His deckhand, Barnett, prepares each medical, safety and rescue device as if lives depend on it – and they do. Even the engine gets the white-glove lookover. The 53-year-old ocean lifeguard specialist, father of two young boys, trains master swimmers and hardens his fingers playing classical guitar. Barnett dreamed of becoming a county lifeguard since his dad, an experienced scuba diver, drove him from Van Nuys to Zuma Beach and pointed out lifeguards as “real watermen.” “As a boy, I thought it was something I would never be able to do,” said Barnett, who has tattooed “ZUMA” between his shoulder blades. But the Taft High School graduate trained and trained. Ultra-lean, and sensitive to the cold, he forced himself to bear 50-degree water. He became a state lifeguard, then passed the rigorous county lifeguard test. Then he waited years to get aboard a Baywatch boat. “I was scared to death, very nervous, of failure,” he said of his early lifeguard experience. “I didn’t want anyone drowning in my water. “Nobody drowns in my water. If you care, you’re nervous. Nobody drowned in my water.” Both men pilot their green-and-white Baywatch cruiser from Malibu to Zuma, 11 miles up the coast, for a 10-hour shift without breaks. They motor past the backs of surfers at famous Surfrider Beach, where strong Santa Ana winds can quickly blow windsurfers out to sea. Past Cher’s Venetian-Gothic mansion, gleaming above zillion-dollar Malibu beach homes. Past seagulls and seals and back-flipping porpoises. Past where they once shadowed Tipper Gore, kayaking along Corral Beach, in the company of dour Secret Service men. And around Point Dume, where rocks have trapped fishermen at high tide and pinnacle shoals have been the bane of many a boat and diver. “We got a call for 15 divers in distress. I said `15 divers, c’mon!’,” said Robinson, squinting at the current swirling past the point. “When we got out here, they’re spread all over the ocean – they were a beginning dive class.” He’s rescued deer, spooked into the sea on swims to who-knows-where. He’s rescued pilots, or recovered what was left of them. During one Malibu fire, he rescued a man who ran into the ocean clutching a suitcase. During his Baywatch Malibu shift, his rescue boat rumbles off Zuma Beach, where dozens of buses unload day-camp kids, many of whom flock to the waves at Tower 7 – site of some of the worst rip currents. The muddy brown currents, acting like tentacles jutting through the surf, can quickly pull swimmers or boogie boarders into deep and dangerous waters. From the beach, dozens of lifeguards act like shepherds shooing swimmers away from the rips. From Baywatch hundreds of yards offshore, Robinson and Barnett scrutinize the lifeguards, as well as swimmers, for telltale signs of trouble. In recent years, they say, beachgoers – many of them immigrants – have not been taught to swim. See that kid floating beside his orange boogie board? Barnett asks. “If there’s a rip, there’s a problem.” See that boy hanging onto someone else’s boogie board? A potential problem, he says. That gaggle of smiling teens just inside the rip? Another problem. That kid doing a sidestroke in water over his head? A definite problem. Lifeguards say they wish to enact any rescues before they see signs of distress: Bodies in the water, too tired to wave. Elbows dragging, too weary to freestyle above the waves. Swimmers staring at the beach, their backs to the surf as it crashes above their heads. Mouths puckered into “fish lips” – last gasps before going under. “We want to be there before they’re in trouble, or have that look,” Barnett says. “It’s amazing. Some people just give up – no fight at all. “I saw one guy, his eyes just rolled into the back of his head, and he went down.” For lifeguards, personal hazards include searing sun that leads to skin cancer. Bobbing boats that lead to back problems. Weekend shifts of 22 hours that lead to fatigue. Or holes dug into the sand that lead to headlong falls. Robinson, during one rescue, tripped on a hole, toppled onto the sand, sprained his ankle, then rose to complete the rescue. “One of my scariest rescues was a 300-pound man,” said Nikki Hudson, a diminutive lifeguard and Lifeguard Division spokeswoman who swims out to greet the boat. “He refused to grab onto my rescue can. “He grabbed onto me.” As the day wears on, bodies become a blur along the beach. Rescue after rescue, “prevent” after “prevent,” lifeguards pull locals and tourists from or away from the treacherous summer rip currents. During one lifeguard “blitz,” six guards save nine swimmers at once. To complete the rescue, Robinson stands, his back to the helm, as he feathers two sets of throttles to back Baywatch Malibu toward the edge of the crashing surf. “Go ahead, Tom,” he says. Barnett, his broad back glistening, flies from the stern like Superman across the waves. Two grateful teens, not knowing quite what hit them, find themselves dripping inside a seatless Baywatch boat. “We were pulled, then we started laughing,” said Judith Morales, 16, of Mexico, sitting next to Marina Riesco of Spain. “I didn’t think we were too deep. “Then I said, `Oh my God.”‘ For the returning Baywatch Malibu, weary at the end of dozens of rescues, it’s all in a day’s work. And nothing at all like Hollywood. “You’d never see a man and woman in lifeguard uniforms, with their backs to the water, making out in their tower,” Barnett says. “You’d get fired for that. “I was like, `What the hell are they thinking?”‘ Robinson, still jubilant to be on the water after 34 years, says, “Yes, we’re at the beach, I love it, this is my job. How did I get picked to do this?” For lifeguards and swimmers alike, he says, “this is the best part of the day – going home.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU – A riptide roils off Zuma Beach as a boy cries for help before a thundering ocean south swell. A tower lifeguard leaps through the surf. And just past the breakers, Baywatch Malibu roars into action. “Hey, hey, hey, this guy needs help – he’s waving his arms,” says Tom Barnett, a county lifeguard aboard the famous Baywatch boat, before piercing the waves to reach the lad with a floating red “can.” In less than a minute, lifeguards hoist the boy through the stern of Baywatch Malibu. And in less time than the boy can say “thanks,” he is whisked to safer waters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2At the height of the heat wave at the height of summer, Los Angeles county lifeguards save dozens of swimmers each day at the region’s most dangerous beach. And beyond the surfline hovers Baywatch Malibu – the most famous lifeguard patrol on the planet and the last buffer against lethal riptides. “We’ve been insane busy, nonstop for the past week,” veteran Capt. Bill Robinson, head of Malibu lifeguard operations and skipper of Baywatch Malibu, said last week. “It’s crazy. “The happiest thing for us is that, at the end of the day, everyone goes home safely. It sounds corny, but it’s true. We want everyone to go home safely.” The real Baywatch Malibu is anything but the buxom hijinks of the late TV “Baywatch.” last_img
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Premier League stats of the weekend: Amazing Arsenal and Manchester United facts

first_img 1. Mark Noble became the first West Ham player to win 100 Premier League games for the club 12 12 12 2. Watford have used the most players in the Premier League this season (26), while Burnley have used the fewest in the competition in 2017-18 (18) 7. No team has gained more points from losing positions in the Premier League this season than Arsenal (10 – level with Man City) 3. Christian Benteke has failed to score with any of his 24 shots in the Premier League so far in 2017-18 10. Mohamed Salah has scored 19 goals in 24 apps for Liverpool this season (all competitions), as many as he netted for Roma last term in 41 games 12. Jose Mourinho has lost more matches in all competitions against Pep Guardiola than versus any other manager 9. Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last six Premier League starts against Liverpool 12 It’s been another fascinating weekend of action in the Premier League.The English top-flight is never short of talking points and it was no different in gameweek 16, as two of the country’s fiercest local derbies took place.Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.Tottenham boosted their top four hopes with a convincing win over Stoke as rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all dropped points.But what were the best facts and figures to come out of the 10 fixtures over Saturday and Sunday? Click the right arrow above to find out the top Premier League statistics… 6. Dwight Gayle has scored over a quarter of Newcastle United’s 101 league goals since the start of 2016-17 (26/101) 12 12 8. No player has scored more substitute goals for a single Premier League team than Olivier Giroud – level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd (17) 12 5. Harry Kane has now scored 50 goals for Tottenham Hotspur and England combined in 2017 12 12 12 11. Manchester City’s 46-point total after 16 games this season was enough to secure 8th position in the Premier League at the end of 2016-17 12 12 4. Wilfried Bony has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014 (also for Swansea City) last_img read more

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The Final Whistle podcast 29/08/2019

first_imgWhat’s it like to referee an All-Ireland senior football final?The last Sligoman to do it – Marty Duffy – shares his insights, and gives us a sense of what it might be like to be wearing David Gough’s shoes this week ahead of Sunday’s Dublin v Kerry showdown.Fermanagh’s new football manager Ryan ‘Ricey’ McMenamin outlines his plans for the Erne County – and how many sisters does it take to win a county final? Five is the answer….if you’re from Shamrock Gaels. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Final Whistle podcast 29/08/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Final Whistle is broadcast every Thursday on Ocean FM from 8-9pm.To contact the programme, email sport@oceanfm.ie.last_img read more

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Air France offshoot Joon set to launch

first_imgJoon’s cabin crew uniforms are aimed at younger passengers. Photo: Air France. The self-proclaimed Air France fashion statement aimed at Millennials, trendy offshoot Joon,  is due to  launch its first services December 1 before heading overseas in 2018The carrier will start flying to Barcelona, Spain , Berlin and Portugal’s Lisbon and Porto. Fares currently start at 49 euros, according to its website.It plans to start international services in Spring,  2018 to  Fortaleza in Brazil and Mahé in Seychelles.Joon’s launch earlier this year attracted some ridicule because of the way it has been marketed as an  uber cool concept to attract Millennials.“Joon is a fashion brand, a rooftop bar, an entertainment channel, a personal assistant … and Joon does flying too!” the airline’s marketing said earlier this year.Air France chief executive Franck Terner described it as a new model of airline “between a traditional and low-cost airline, a new travel experience for all customers”.Read our reviews of Air France.“Joon is one of our major projects as part of the strategic plan Trust Together and will be one of Air France’s priorities in its offensive to win back market share,’’ he said.“Joon will accelerate the group’s development and will be an integral part of the group’s network and portfolio of airlines: complementary and extremely powerful on departure from France.”Beaneath all the hyperbole, however, Joon is part of Air France’s strategy to cope with pressure from Gulf carriers as well as the expansion in Europe of long-haul, low-cost carriers such as Norwegian Air Shuttle and IAG’s LEVEL.The project, originally labelled Boost,  was made possible through a union agreement that will see Air France pilots at the controlsIt is headed by Jean-Michel Mathieu, a 48-year-old who has spent most of his career with Air France and Air France-KLM in areas including network, revenue management, digital services and customer relations.Neither Joon nor Air France have been big on details about the new carrier.Information released in September said the airline was due to kick off with 51 weekly flights to Barcelona, 37 to Berlin, 28 to Lisbon and three to Porto.The new intra-Europe services will use Airbus A320 family aircraft in a two-class configuration with in-seat power and entertainment streamed to personal devices.Business passengers get a 3-3 seating layout, free checked luggage, catering, entertainment and lounge access in most ports.Economy passengers will have to pay for checked luggage and food but receive some beverages. Checked luggage is not included in the lowest, non-changeable fare but is included in the standard and flex categoriesThe lowest fare produced by airline’s booking engine for a one-way economy trip from Paris to Barcelona on December 12 was 60 euros with the next offer jumping to 158 euros.Business class on the same day and route ranged between 490 and 620 euros one way.The French carrier plans to grow its workforce from 160 in 2017 to more 1000 in 2020 at which stage it expects to be flying 18 medium-haul A320/321 aircraft and 10 long-haul Airbus A340/A350s.last_img read more

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Johnson Controls Announces Integration of iotega Security and Automation Solution with Apple HomeKit

first_imgJohnson Controls recently announced that the DSC iotega wireless security and automation solution is adding support for Apple HomeKit, enabling consumers to manage not only their security system but also other home automation abilities using Apple’s Home app or Siri on their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The recently launched iotega system, from DSC, is an intuitive, wireless, and fully secure system, using encrypted, long-range wireless PowerG sensors, which reportedly provides homeowners and small businesses reliable security and home control.From a single app, consumers can arm and disarm their iotega system as well as perform other home control functions with iotega—turning on HomeKit-enabled lights, unlocking doors, setting the thermostat, raising and lowering window shades, and more. With support for Z-wave control features as well as Wi-Fi for cameras and touchscreens, iotega offers consumers freedom of choice with a myriad of home control devices.Johnson Controls continues to integrate with existing and new interactive partners to further enable iotega’s home automation capabilities. The iotega / Apple HomeKit integration will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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