Province launching BC Bus North in northern B.C. to replace Greyhound on June 4th

first_imgThe BC Bus North program is being funded to the tune of approximately $2 million, and is being funded from BC Transit’s operating budget for 12 months. Trevena said that the Province will be continuing to hold dialogue with communities in order to come up with a permanent solution. One-way fares for the service will cost either $35 or $45 per route, depending on how far people are travelling. Buses will depart from Prince George for the Peace Region on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. The bus is scheduled to arrive in Dawson Creek at 2:55 p.m., and in Fort St. John at 4:30 p.m. Buses will depart Fort St. John for Prince George on Wednesdays and Thursday, leaving Fort St. John at 8:00 a.m., arriving in Prince George at 4:30 p.m. Buses bound for Fort Nelson will leave Dawson Creek at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, arriving in Fort Nelson at 2:40 p.m. that same afternoon.The full schedule can be found here: service will operate from existing BC Transit stops in communities that currently have bus service, and from other locations in smaller communities, similar to the former service provided by Greyhound. In Fort St. John, service will be provided from the BC Transit bus stop at the corner of 100th St. and 100th Ave., while in Taylor, buses will stop at the Esso gas station.Trevena said that travellers will need to book at least one day ahead of their trip using the program’s website: Bookings need to be made via credit card, but Pinkerton said that customers that don’t have a valid credit card can also phone the call centre to inquire about making other arrangements. Trevena said that the Province is looking at expanding payment methods, as well as possibly expanding service to other communities, in the coming weeks and months.Advertisement VICTORIA, B.C. – Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena announced today that the provincial government is launching an interim long-haul bus service to fill the gap Greyhound will leave behind when it is allowed to cease service to Northern B.C.June 4, just days after Greyhound discontinues the majority of its northern bus routes on June 1st. BC Bus North’s service will include two round-trips per week, between Prince George and both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Additionally, BC Bus North will offer one round-trip per week between the Dawson Creek/Fort St. John area and Fort Nelson.BC Bus North will be operated by Pacific Western Transportation using four highway coaches, equipped with luggage and washroom facilities.- Advertisement –Photo by Government of B.C./FlickrPhoto by Government of B.C./Flickr”BC Bus North will help make sure that people in the North, especially those in rural and remote communities, don’t feel stranded and isolated,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Once the service is up and running, we’re going to take the next step by working with northern communities to find a long-term solution that delivers a sustainable, affordable solution for these communities.”“We’re looking forward to delivering a long-haul service for the first time to connect people and communities in northern B.C.,” said Erinn Pinkerton, interim president and CEO, BC Transit. “Our team has been working hard to find ways to make this interim solution meet the needs of customers in the North.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Community devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blaze

first_imgThe community of Buncrana is left reeling this morning following a major fire which destroyed two iconic buildings on main street.John Barr’s drapery store and the Buncrana Plaza were gutted by flames in the fire which broke out after 9pm on Sunday night.Six fire units from Donegal and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service battled the blaze through the night, with over 60 fire fighters in action at its peak. The fire was eventually brought under control and the scene is blocked off today for examinations. No injuries were sustained in the incident.The scene of last night’s fire on Buncrana Main Street. Photo: Northwest NewspixCommenting today, Cllr Jack Murray of Inishowen MD said that the situation could have been much worse without the massive efforts of the fire service.Cllr Murray said: “I have to commend the fire fighters for all they did last night. I was at the scene at 8am this morning and there were fire fighters who were there since 9pm. If it wasn’t for them this would have been much worse.“The Plaza building goes so deep back down from the street that the fire nearly reached the Tyre Centre behind it. If that went up this would have been a much worse situation.” Local businesses and residents have been shocked to see the aftermath of the fire as two of Buncrana’s most well-known buildings lie in ruin today.Cllr Murray said: “The community is devastated. John Barr’s shop supplied nearly every school uniform in Inishowen. The Plaza is the centre of the town. Any community fundraiser, concert or gig would have been there and people all have fond memories of it.“When you walked into the plaza, the entrance was full of black and white photos of dances from the 50s and long ago. Generations of people enjoyed it.“From the plaza you can see a list of gigs they had planned. It’s vital to the community to have a venue like that.”The area remains closed off this Monday morning for safety precautions. Main Street in Buncrana is closed from West End to Market Square, Ferris Lane and all footpaths at Upper Main Street are closed.  Diversions are in place.Local residents were evacuated during the night due to airborne asbestos inhalation fears. Those residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.Some nearby businesses and residential properties were also without electricity this morning.The fire services and local authority are currently working to ensure the area is completely safe before diversions are lifted. Community devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blaze was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncrana main streetCllr Jack MurrayfireInishowenlast_img read more

Three Great New Walt Disney World Discounts Released Today

first_imgThe Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort25% Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside20% Share This!Save on your next Disney vacation ©DisneyThanks to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for the heads up on these new Disney discounts.Today, Disney announced three new specials that are available for travel to Walt Disney World for those traveling this winter/spring.The first is the “Family Time Package Offer” where a family of four can enjoy a 5-Day/4-Night Walt Disney World Vacation for as low as $1,714.This offer is available for stays for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights February 22 through March 3, 2016 and April 3 through May 26, 2016 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Additional great rates are also available for alternate lengths of stay, different resort hotels and party sizes for stays most nights February 22 through June 11, 2016.Guests can book this offer between December 28 through February 28, 2016. Exclusions include: 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms.The second discount is the “Kid Sized Walt Disney World Resort Getaway” where Guests with little ones can experience a 3-night, 2-day stay in a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort with theme park tickets for a family of 3 for just $908. Additional great rates are also available for alternate lengths of stay, different resort hotels and party sizes for stays most nights February 22 through June 11, 2016.Offer is valid for stays most nights Sunday through Thursday from April 14 through May 26, 2016. Book this offer by February 28, 2016.Exclusions include: Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Room, and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. The third offer is where Guests can save up to 25% on Rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this spring.This offer is available for stays most nights April 14 – June 11, 2016 when booked by March 31, 2016. There are also additional great rates available for stays most nights from February 22 through April 13, 2016.Plus, Guests can also receive 1 more ticket day FREE when they upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket.Exclusions include: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.The offer is broken into two waves. The first wave is currently being offered and includes larger discounts, up to 30%. The second wave discounts are only for stay dates from April 14 – June 11, 2016 and the discounts are a tad lower, up to 25%. The second wave booking begins February 29, 2016.The following pricing breakdown is Wave 1 and is for guests traveling from February 22 through June 11, 2016 who book by February 28, 2016. Select Disney Moderate ResortsSave up to 25% For Travel3/15/16-4/13/16For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Select Disney Value ResortsSave up to 20% Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo HouseDisney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani VillageDisney’s Beach Club VillasThe Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge15%20% Select Disney Deluxe ResortsSave up to 30% For Travel3/15/16-4/13/16For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard/Pool ViewDisney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney’s Polynesian Village ResortDisney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Yacht Club Resort25% Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo HouseDisney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani VillageDisney’s Beach Club VillasThe Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge15% Magic Your Way Package OfferGet one more ticket day FREE when you add minimum 4-day tickets! Select Disney Deluxe VillasSave up to 25%For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Resort CategoryResort Savings Disney’s All-Star Music ResortDisney’s All-Star Sports ResortDisney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites onlyDisney’s Pop Century Resort15%20% Select Disney Moderate ResortsSave up to 25%For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard/Pool ViewDisney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Polynesian Village ResortDisney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Yacht Club Resort25%30% Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View/Club Level RoomsDisney’s Beach Club ResortDisney’s Contemporary Resort15%20% Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside20%25% Disney’s BoardWalk VillasDisney’s Old Key West ResortDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaDisney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios Only25%30% Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort10%20% Select Disney Value ResortsSave up to 15%For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 The second chart is Wave 2. The booking window for Wave 2 begins February 29, 2016 and are for stays from April 14 – June 11, 2016. Select Disney Deluxe ResortsSave up to 25%For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 For Travel3/15/16-4/13/16For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Disney’s All-Star Movies ResortDisney’s All-Star Music ResortDisney’s All-Star Sports ResortDisney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites onlyDisney’s Pop Century Resort15% Select Disney Deluxe VillasSave up to 30% To book any of these great special offers, contact Disney or your travel agent for deals on your winter or spring vacation. For Travel3/15/16-4/13/16For Travel4/14/16-6/11/16 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa15%30% Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View/Club Level RoomsDisney’s Beach Club ResortDisney’s Contemporary Resort15% Resort CategoryResort Savings Magic Your Way Package OfferGet one more ticket day FREE when you add minimum 4-day tickets! The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort20%30% Disney’s BoardWalk VillasDisney’s Old Key West ResortDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaDisney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios Only25%last_img read more

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma receives the international Renaissance Woman of the Year Award 2012

first_imgBrand South Africa wishes to congratulate the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on receiving the International Renaissance Woman of the Year Award 2012.Dr Dlamini-Zuma’s accolade is a timely recognition of her outstanding leadership qualities that are deeply embedded in Ubuntu and her quest for the realisation of a better and united Africa.Said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola: “The award is a tribute to the tenacity and inspirational qualities of African women leadership. Undoubtedly in Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa, Africa and the world, have a principled and formidable leader worth emulating by all.”Note to EditorsBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.last_img read more

iPad for Business Round-Up: Adobe Photoshop Touch, Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile and More

first_imgThe iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.This week week we look at the newly released Adobe Photoshop Touch apps, a couple tools for managing your tasks and more.Adobe Photoshop Touch This week we took a look at nine applications for giving presentations on the iPad. So far it looks like Apple’s Keynote is the favorite among readers – what’s yours? klint finley The first of the the Photoshop Touch applications Adobe announced last month are now available: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. Watch for your design staff to start asking for iPads, if they haven’t already.Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As we reported, the popular task management application Remember the Milk released its iPad app this week. Our John Paul Titlow wrote “Owners of the WiFi-only iPad will appreciate the fact that the app works offline and will sync with Remember the Milk’s servers the next time you’re connected.”ShareTask Last week we mentioned that Oracle had released a tablet-optimized version of its Oracle Business Intelligence Suite. This week the company’s native iOS app Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile was approved and hit the App Store.Remember the Milk ShareTask is a more enterprise-y task management app for iOS. It syncs with your SharePoint installation to provide a mobile task list. If you want more SharePoint features on your iPad, be sure to check out our article “5 Apps That Bring SharePoint to the iPad.”iPad Apps for Giving Presentations Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Indiana Bill Would Eliminate Bonus Depreciation and Asset Expense Addbacks

first_imgLegislation was introduced in Indiana to eliminate income tax addbacks for federal bonus depreciation and portions of the asset expense deduction. The changes would apply to property placed in service after December 31, 2018.What are the Current Addbacks?Indiana requires taxpayers to addback federal bonus depreciation taken under IRC Sec. 168(k). Taxpayers must also addback their share of IRC Sec. 179 asset expense deduction amounts over Indiana’s $25,000 cap.S.B. 624, as introduced in the Indiana Senate on January 15, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

NAFTA glossary Talk trade like a boss with these negotiating terms

first_imgWASHINGTON – Negotiations start Wednesday for an update to the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement. This glossary of negotiating terms helps explain understand some of the underlying dynamics of these talks.Demandeur: The party requesting a negotiation. In this case, it’s the U.S. The demandeur is generally considered to have weaker leverage, but that weakness is mitigated here by the U.S.’s economic might, and by President Donald Trump’s efforts to re-establish leverage with the ultimate threat: ripping up the deal.Zone of possible agreement: Exactly what it sounds like. For example, say the U.S. wants Canada’s dairy industry opened 100 per cent to free-market competition, but would secretly settle for two per cent. And suppose Canada wants a zero per cent change, but would eventually settle for four per cent. That leaves an eventual zone of agreement between two and four per cent.Non-agreement alternative: Your power at the negotiating table is tied to what happens if you walk away. If your Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) is the status quo, and you’re happy with it, you have power. This is Canada and Mexico’s position. Trump has moved to scramble that rosy scenario by threatening the end of NAFTA.Fast track: Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress has power over international agreements. Because no country wants to negotiate with 535 amendment-adding American lawmakers, the U.S. political system has devised a compromise. It’s formally called Trade Promotion Authority — better known as “fast track.” Under a fast-track law, the White House handles negotiations with the foreigners. In exchange, lawmakers are guaranteed a role in shaping U.S. strategy, with regular consultations.Supply management: A system that protects a sector shielded from free trade, with import limits and price controls. Canada has such a system for dairy and poultry. The U.S. hates it. Recent trade deals have seen Canada open up the system slightly. Canada agreed to a 3.25 per cent opening in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for fear of a scary BATNA there: being shut out of a new global trade zone. It will now likely argue that, like the TPP, and like old milk, that offer is expired.Diafiltered milk: Supply management isn’t the main irritant listed by the U.S. dairy industry. It’s especially unhappy that Canadian producers get to profit from price controls, and then can sell skimmed-off diafiltered components for cheese-making at (lower) market prices, squeezing Americans out of this growing market. The Canadian government created a new category of dairy product for this purpose, Class 7. It became internationally famous when President Donald Trump complained about it.Rules of origin: Will be a big issue. It involves what percentage of a product is really North American, and therefore deserving of being traded without tariffs. Under NAFTA, a 62.5 per cent of car components must be North American to count as a domestic tariff-free product. The Trump team wants that raised. But key details still aren’t clear — including whether it will be designed to target Asia, or Canada and Mexico; how it will affect supply chains; and whether it will be calculated on the basis of where a piece gets assembled, or where its sub-components come from.De minimis: This old phrase from Latin, meaning “of minimal” concern, is now relevant in regard to an ultra-modern retail giant: EBay, too. The question is how much Canadians can spend on an online purchase from abroad, without paying a duty. Canada has one of the strictest de minimis thresholds in the world — it’s $20. The U.S. has it set at $800, and wants Canada to move that way. On the other side, bricks-and-mortar retailers in Canada are pleading with the Canadian government to keep a low threshold, arguing that the hunt for bargains abroad will damage jobs and businesses at home.Two-level bargaining: The idea that national negotiators are working on two levels: with the other country, and with domestic parties. These domestic actors can be silent allies: think good cop, bad cop. The good cop (the negotiator) says he or she can’t move, because the bad cops at home will fight any concession. The U.S. has notoriously powerful domestic actors — big business donors to Congress, and a Congress itself that can, in the end, block whatever deal it wants. The renowned academic who developed two-level theory, Robert Putnam, says this sometimes benefits the U.S., and sometimes hurts it: “(It’s) an unhappy and unique feature of our democracy,” he once wrote. “(It) increases the bargaining power of American negotiators, but it also reduces the scope for international co-operation.” Canada’s domestic actors include the provinces. At TPP talks, Canadian officials printed up a news story about provinces complaining about supply management changes to distribute it, and made sure other parties were aware the provinces were unhappy.last_img read more

These Players Crash the Wimbledon Party the Hard Way

Jimmy Wang doesn’t have Roger Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles; Wang doesn’t even have five wins in the Wimbledon main draw. But the Taiwanese tennis player has accomplished something Federer won’t ever touch: Five times over the past decade, Wang has qualified for Wimbledon.The four Grand Slam tournaments are the tentpoles of the tennis calendar, the times when casual fans notice the sport and its stars. Before each Grand Slam, there is another tournament, giving players whose ranking isn’t high enough to make it directly into the draw another way in. They play before tens or hundreds of spectators who usually get in free, not thousands of paying fans. Wimbledon’s qualifying tournament isn’t even at Wimbledon; it’s at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, another southwest London neighborhood 3 miles away.Most young players see qualifiers as a necessary but not fun rite of passage until they rise in the rankings and don’t need to get in the hard way. But some players, like Wang, find that injuries or other setbacks keep them on the sport’s periphery for most or all of their careers. Few keep coming back to qualifying tournaments for a decade. Still fewer are as successful as Wang at this second tier of Grand Slam tennis. They are the statistical outliers, the best strivers in major tennis. And they don’t all love the distinction.“This year, it feels great” to qualify, said Gilles Muller, a 31-year-old from Luxembourg, in an interview last week at Roehampton after qualifying for Wimbeldon, the fifth Grand Slam of his career, more than 10 years after the first time. Muller had to go through qualifying because he missed the last seven months of last year with an elbow injury, and his ranking slipped. “I hope it will be my last qualies,” he said.Repeatedly qualifying for Grand Slam tournaments, as Wang and a handful of others have done, is so rare because players who are good enough to qualify typically either don’t have to or are too good to have to keep doing it. Federer never qualified for a Grand Slam tournament. Neither did Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray did, once, and Novak Djokovic did three times. They last qualified in 2005, soon after each turned 18.Grand Slam qualifiers have to win three matches in a 128-player draw. The 16 who do usually are the ones whose rankings — based on the last 52 weeks of play — understate how good they are, perhaps because they missed time to injury or are too young to have played many events. Generally, their rankings will catch up with their level and they won’t need to qualify anymore.When it doesn’t, injury often is the reason. Wang had two surgeries after suffering an injury to his right wrist in 2006. He ended up missing three years at an age when most of his peers were climbing the rankings. “I almost stopped,” Wang said in an interview last week. “I realized life is short.”At age 29, he’s back to a level good enough to qualify, as he’s done for the past three years at Wimbledon. Wang has qualified for majors seven times overall, tied for 10th in the Open era, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract.After Wang’s win, well-wishers posed with him for dozens of photos — many of them next to the scoreboard, many selfies. One woman had been watching Wang try to qualify for Wimbledon since his very first successful attempt, in 2004. Wang said he was “very excited.” He had no idea this was No. 7 for him, but sees no shame in it. “One thousand players try to get into the top 100,” Wang said of pro tennis. “They have the same goal. They have the same dream.”Denis Kudla, one of the thousand, qualified later on Thursday, the fifth time he’d done so at a major. He is just 21 years old. “I’m proud of that,” Kudla said — it meant he’d earned his place. (He went on to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday against Marsel Ilhan.)Kudla’s fellow American, Ryan Harrison, qualified with a win on the adjacent court. Harrison was proud, too. He said he enjoyed the “fantastic” feeling of qualifying and going into a tournament on a three-match winning streak. However, he added, “I’m very determined for this to be my last qualifying.” Three years ago, he got his ranking high enough to enter Grand Slams directly. Since then, his ranking has slipped. “To say I can’t do it at 22, when I did it at 19, is kind of crazy,” he said.Harrison admires players like Wang but sets himself apart from them. “You have a ton of respect for those guys. I’ve always believed success is relative to your God-given ability,” Harrison said. On the other hand, he added, “I’ve always had a ton of belief in my ability.” (Harrison lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, after getting his usual tough draw.)He has a point about the top of the qualifying leaderboard. None of the nine Open-era players who qualified for more majors than Wang ever reached the top 25 in the rankings or played in a Grand Slam semifinal.If Wang doesn’t ever qualify for a Grand Slam again, he’ll hope it’s because he got his ranking into the top 100 and didn’t need to. He took the first step Monday: The five-time co-champion of Wimbledon’s annual pre-tournament tournament won just his fourth career main-draw match, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over Alejandro Gonzalez. read more