New transportation pilot project rolling in C-K

first_imgTo help assist low-income – or rural-based – individuals facing transportation challenges, Family Service Kent has partnered with the municipality on a pilot project.The fee-for-service program, named adVANtage Transportation Service, was soft launched earlier this year and expanded to accept referrals from the general public last month. All fares are based on a passenger’s ability to pay, Family Service Kent stated in a media release.“The more barriers a person faces, the more likely they are to be excluded from activities and opportunities,” the organization stated. “Chatham-Kent, as a largely automobile-dependent rural community, presents some difficulties for residents who are non-drivers, who do not have a driver’s licence, who live in a low-income household, who are recent immigrants or refugees, and/or who have disabilities.”The program has one accessible vehicle that can hold two passengers in wheelchairs and seven walk-on passengers at the same time.Rates operate on a sliding scale and are determined by filling out an application and providing proof of combined gross household income.Eligible residents can use the service for a variety of needs, such as appointments or social activities. The project is for those up to 60 years of age, after which residents are served through the Community Home-Support Assisting People program.Through this project, which will last four years, the aim was to “reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for Chatham-Kent residents who do not currently qualify, or are presently underserved by, existing transit options in the municipality,” the organization stated.For more information, call 519-354-6221, ext. 275, or email [email protected] read more

SA, Africa’s prosperity ‘increasingly intertwined’

first_img4 August 2014South Africa’s prosperity is increasingly intertwined with that of the continent as a whole, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, noting that the rest of Africa accounted for over 15% of South Africa’s dividend receipts and over 20% of its exports in 2013.“Indeed, the narrowing of the current account deficit is due, in part, to the strong growth in dividends that our dynamic companies are receiving from their investments around the world, but particularly Africa,” Nene said during a lecture at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.With economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa expected to exceed 6% in 2014, and with Africa’s share of global foreign investment rising, South Africa is well positioned as a hub for international companies looking to expand into Africa.Nene said the government supported the expansion of South African firms into the rest of Africa, as this bolstered the continent’s growth prospects and fed back into the country. “It will provide tax revenue, profits and dividends into the receiving country and to South Africa.”He said South Africa offered a number of natural advantages as an African hub, including advanced financial, regulatory, tax and accounting standards, a modern telecommunications network, extensive economic infrastructure, and direct air connections to most major cities on the continent and abroad.While Nigeria’s economy had overtaken South Africa’s in overall size terms, South Africa remained far ahead in terms of per capita gross domestic droduct (GDP), or GDP relative to size of population.“Their success is fantastic for us. It brings new trade opportunities for our firms, opens up new markets, and contributes to the growth of the African economy.”To continue to attract big firms to the country, “we must take clear steps to improve the investment climate,” Nene said, adding the National Development Plan (NDP) was clear in its vision of modernising the country’s tax policy, creating more competition for goods and services, and establishing policy certainty and investment protection.“South Africa must stay ahead. We must work harder and smarter. We cannot rely on the star companies of yesterday if we want to win tomorrow,” Nene said.“Our compatriots in Africa have raised their game. They are implementing economic reforms, building infrastructure, educating their people, and building winning nations.”Source: read more

All Florida Airports closed in preparation for Hurricane Irma

first_img“It’s going to be very difficult to survive this if you’re in the Keys,” Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning during an interview with The Weather Channel. “I’m begging you to get out.” This image from FlightRadar24 shows, all Florida Airports are closed with no air traffic moving in or out of the state.  All Florida Airports are now closed as they await the arrival of destructive Hurricane Irma. With Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale being the 12th, 13th and 21st largest airports in the U.S. respectively, delays and cancellations are expected as a flow on effect for days after the airports re open.Air space closed around Florida Eerie scenes as flights are diverted around Hurricane Irma and Florida airports remain closed.The duration of any shutdown remains uncertain. American Airlines said ‘any timeline for resumption of flights will be governed by not only airport conditions, but also the ability of airport and airline staff to get to work’.Hurricane Irma has already flattened St Maarten’s Princes Juliana airport so the airports and airlines in Florida will take every precaution necessary to minimise damage and ensure everyone’s safety.Before the Florida Airports Closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. The airlines also wanted their aircraft out of the state to avoid the billions of dollars of damage that would likely be caused if fleet were left on the ground.  As this image from FlightRadar24 shows, airspace around Florida was, until Saturday, a hive of activity.Florida airports closed. evacuation of Florida airport before the airports shutBefore the Florida Airports closed, airlines put on extra flights to help evacuate people. This image shows the mass influx and out flux of aircraft before the closures.More than 75,000 people statewide have sought refuge atat over 400 shelters, mostly schools, community centres and churches. Many tourists who were unable to get out of Florida have also been forced to seek shelter as the hotels are at capacity.Already some 30,000 of 2 million Florida Power and Light (FPL) customers were without power the utility company said on its website. This map from FPL shows how widespread the outage is.florida airports closed and power cuts are widespread as shown on this map Power cuts are already widespread. The areas in Grey represent where there is currently no power, As precious preparation time ticked away and Irma inched closer to Florida, officials and meteorologists couldn’t be any clearer: get out of the Keys and other vulnerable areas, or risk being killed by the monster storm.last_img read more

Blockchain: Goodbye BlockChain. Hello Distributed Ledger Technology.

first_imgThere’s no question that Blockchain is near the top of over-hyped technologies.  A report by Forrester suggests renaming the technology instead to “distributed ledger technology (DLT)” to distance it from connotations that have been associated with the word “blockchain.”  It’s an attempt to escape “Blockchain Fatigue.”The word “blockchain” is popping up everywhere.  Blockchain, for example, is often used synonymously to mean “cryptocurrencies.” Further, the hype around the term “blockchain” has driven vendors to appropriate it and associate it with products that have nothing to do with blockchain, a practice known as “blockchain washing,” for example, the beverage company that renamed itself Long BlockChain Corp.Marsha Bennett, a Forrester analyst, said that “there are parallels with the Internet but what’s different is that, with the Internet, a single company like Amazon or eBay can aspire to do something and create a big change. Blockchain is different because if one company says ‘I’m going to do something,’ it doesn’t matter. This is an ecosystem play.”last_img read more

Yahoo’s Livestand Looks Really Nice, But It’s No Flipboard Killer

first_imgTags:#mobile#web#Yahoo Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Yahoo is getting super-serious about the role tablets will play in its future content strategy. On Tuesday, they launched IntoNow, an impressive social TV app for the iPad that marries the check-in functionality of GetGlue with the real-time content identification of Shazam. The next day, the company pushed out LiveStand, another iPad app, this one in the tradition of personalized news reading apps like Flipboard, Zite and AOL’s Editions.The app, which comes in advance of Google’s own rumored offering, is pretty well-designed. It has less content sources than many existing players, but what it does have is formatted very nicely. One of the first things you’ll notice about Livestand is that it’s built to support multiple users. For families who share an iPad or other tablet, that feature will be appreciated. An app that displays personalized content is only really useful to its original user, and lots of families share tablets. The feature won’t be necessary for everyone, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Pretty Layouts, But Limited Content to Fill Them Rather than being a direct copy of the much beloved Flipboard, Livestand crosses that popular app with something more like AOL’s Editions. It’s a personalized content app, but it doesn’t pull content from your friends on Twitter and Facebook, nor does it let you plug in any old RSS feed your heart could ever desire. Instead, Yahoo has launched with a list of content partners, whose articles and blog posts are formatted in an attractive, magazine-style layout. From that list, which is anchored heavily by Yahoo’s own content properties, you can pick and choose sources that suit your fancy. In putting it through its paces, we noticed a few minor areas that could use improvement. In some cases, the app only loads the first image in a given post. That’s unfortunate, because additional artwork could help make the lovely article detail pages look even lovelier. It’s downright unhelpful when the post we’re trying to read contains an infographic. We hesitate to be too harsh, though. The thing did just launch yesterday, and on the whole it’s pretty solid. For users who don’t necessarily want to trick their news-reading app out with any content source imaginable, Livestand is a worthwhile product. Users who are already happily settled in to an app like Flipboard, Zite or Pulse are probably going to stay there. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … john paul titlow The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

IRS Funding Maintained in 2017 Budget Bill

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportCongress and the White House have reached agreement on the Consolidated Appropriations Bill, 2017, which would provide federal government funding through September, including funding of the IRS. The budget bill, expected to receive broad support, is likely to be enacted by May 5, when the current one-week spending bill is set to expire.Under the fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus budget bill, funding for the IRS is set at $11.2 billion, thus freezing the IRS’s budget at FY 2016 levels. The bill maintains the current level of funding for Taxpayer Services at $2.1 billion, which includes the additional $290 million that was previously provided to improve customer service.“The Senate has been known for its bipartisanship and you’re seeing a perfect example of it on the spending bill that will be on the floor this week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a May 2 press briefing. “What we are doing this week is the beginning of a number of things that we’ll do on a bipartisan basis up to and including whatever infrastructure bill is ultimately submitted by the administration and processed by the Senate,” he added.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffText of Division E—Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017, Rules Committee Print 115-16last_img read more

Corini: ‘Brescia need a result’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Brescia boss Eugenio Corini notes that whilst today’s game against Hellas Verona is not decisive, they really do need a result. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. The Rondinelle sit 18th in the table with no wins from their last five games, narrowly losing to Inter in midweek, and Corini is under no illusions that they need to take something from the game against Verona. “There’s still bitterness over the defeat [to Inter], but like I said to the lads, it was a very good performance. However, we need to work on how to finish and how to defend. The performance, accompanied by improvements, can turn into results,” said the coach in his press conference. Both Brescia and Verona won promotion to Serie A last season, and Corini was full of praise for his opposite number. “I have decided my approach to the game, against a side that’s doing well. I congratulate [Verona boss Ivan] Juric on his work for this season. “Points are always imperative, then inside the game there are so many more moments to understand.”last_img read more

17 days agoAalesund coach Lars Bohinen dreams of Nottingham Forest job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aalesund coach Lars Bohinen dreams of Nottingham Forest jobby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAalesund coach Lars Bohinen admits he covets the Nottingham Forest job.The former Norway midfielder played for Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby in England. But it is Forest where Bohinen would like to return.”That’s the dream, yes,” he told VG.”It would have been most fun if I had the opportunity with Nottingham Forest. But then I must probably have to do a little more to prove myself than training Norwegian teams between the two top divisions.”I have a lot of different experience, but I’ve only worked as a football coach for seven years, so I got late into the job I like best.” last_img read more

Photo: 6 Years After Leaving Syracuse, Eric Devendorf Presented His Mother With His Diploma

first_imgOtto the Orange takes the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.last_img read more

Don’t Gamble with Your Education – Terrelonge

first_img The Minister was speaking at the awards ceremony for RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling prevention all-island jingle competition, held on February 27 at the organisation’s downtown Kingston offices. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is imploring adolescents to refrain from participating in underage gambling, as this may negatively impact their education. The duo of Jahiem Jackson and Ackeem Johnson from Gaynstead High School in Kingston received the second-place cash prize of $30,000, while grade-nine student of Ferncourt High School in St. Ann, Vernando Bailey, received the third-place prize of $20,000. The jingles will be professionally produced for airplay.Some $176,000 in cash prizes was awarded to shortlisted participants, as well as trophies and medals.The competition was open to school-based youth at the primary and secondary levels, who were asked to make submissions under the theme ‘Underage Gambling Will Lead to Disaster; Focus on Education and Be Your Own Master’.The annual initiative seeks to eliminate underage gambling by creating greater awareness about the consequences among stakeholders. It is illegal for persons under the age of 18 to gamble.RISE Life Management Services operates the only gambling-prevention, treatment research and responsible gaming programme in the Caribbean. “Your education is the best gift that you can give to yourselves not gambling…Your education is the one thing that will last for the rest of your life. So do not gamble with your education. If you do gamble, you are gambling with your education,” he said. center_img State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is imploring adolescents to refrain from participating in underage gambling, as this may negatively impact their education.“Your education is the best gift that you can give to yourselves not gambling…Your education is the one thing that will last for the rest of your life. So do not gamble with your education. If you do gamble, you are gambling with your education,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the awards ceremony for RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling prevention all-island jingle competition, held on February 27 at the organisation’s downtown Kingston offices.He noted that gambling can be a gateway to substance abuse, including alcohol and drugs, delinquency in school as well as other antisocial behaviours.Mr. Terrelonge also appealed to stakeholders in the betting and gaming industry to discourage children from gambling.“Don’t allow the young students to come into your institutions and gamble away their lunch money… . Don’t allow our children to gamble their education away,” he urged.He lauded RISE Life Management Services and its partners for staging the jingle competition, which seeks to create awareness about the dangers of indulging in underage gambling.The entity’s Executive Director, Sonita Abrahams Burrows, said that since 2017, 4,000 youth have been sensitised about the consequences of underage gambling.“This year, we have increased our target to some 16,000 students across Jamaica,” she noted.Grade-five student of Holy Family Primary School in Kingston, Malique Brown copped first place for his jingle, walking away with a cash prize of $50,000.Grade-five student of Holy Family Primary School in Kingston, Malique Brown, performs his winning entry in the RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling-prevention jingle competition, at the awards ceremony held on February 27 at the entity’s downtown Kingston offices. Malique reveived a cash prize of $50,000. Story Highlightslast_img read more