first_imgShare This!The super-popular Free Dining promotion is now available for Disney vacations during the following check-in dates:August 20 – September 29November 24 – 27December 7 – 23Qualifying vacations must be booked by July 7, 2018 and must include both a Disney resort hotel (exclusions below) and a Park Hopper ticket. Value and Moderate Resort stays include the Quick Service Dining Plan; Deluxe and Deluxe Villa stays include the Standard Dining Plan.As always, the Free Dining Plan promotion can not be combined with any other discount. So that means the hotel must be purchased at full price (a.k.a. rack rate).This promotion excludes the following room types and Disney Resort hotels: Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.Contact Disney or a qualified Travel Agent to reserve.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s newest airport will be a co-production between airlines and the government company behind the facility that could produce a global showcase for passenger-friendly technology.The greenfields Western Sydney airport is due to open in 2026 and memoranda of understanding between Qantas, Virgin Australia and the airport means the airlines will have a  say in the way it is built.READ: Qantas, American Airlines promise lower fares after joint venture approval. “The insights we’ll gain from working with the airlines help us build an airport that people will love using,” Western Sydney chief executive Graham Millet said.“Australian airlines have long been advocates of Western Sydney gaining its own airport. We look forward to working with them as we deliver jobs and opportunities to the region.”The MoU will see the company building the full-service international facility and the airlines collaborate on a variety of issues including passenger terminal and boarding, airport access, air freight and sustainability.It will also see them working together on technology and innovation opportunities, particularly around baggage handling, security and customer service.Although still seven years away, the new facility is expected to ride a wave of technological change sweeping airports as the aviation industry grapples with ways of boosting efficiency to cope with continuing growth.As Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce noted in a statement announcing the MoU’s: “It’s not often you get to help design an airport from scratch, so we’re really pleased to be part of it.“This a chance to create a great experience for passengers and a high level of efficiency for airlines, which helps us keep fares lower.”Virgin boss Paul Scurrah added: “Western Sydney has the unique opportunity to build a new airport from the ground up to meet the evolving needs of future passengers.“This agreement offers a chance to collaborate early in the planning phase. We’re looking forward to sharing our ideas to help make the airport a great experience and ensure it supports future operational requirements.”New technologies being adopted by the industry include radio frequency Identification (RFID) to better track baggage and the concept of One ID.One ID uses a single biometric identifier such as facial recognition to move passengers throughout the airport without the need to produce physical documents.By the time Western Sydney comes on stream, a passenger should be able to walk through most checks without stopping to produce identification.The exception is likely to be security but even that is expected to be more streamlined than the clunky process passengers endure today.last_img read more

first_imgDefender Winston Reid struck a goal in the final minute of injury time as the 78th ranked New Zealand drew 1-1 with the 34th ranked Slovakia, who are playing their first World Cup. Full coverage: World Cup 2010 Reid had earlier failed to stop Robert Vettek from scoring Slovakia’s first goal in a World Cup final in the 50th minute at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng near Rustenburg in South Africa.But Reid more than made up for it, striking the equaliser in the 93rd minute. [See photos of Reid’s goal]New Zealand who are appearing in a World Cup for the second time, qualified for South Africa after beating Bahrain 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.Goalkeeper Mark Paston saved a penalty in that match to save New Zealand’s day. Benefiting from the fact that Australia is considered an Asian nation, New Zealand topped the Oceania Football Confederation Group.Netherlands beat DenmarkGermany beat AustraliaParaguay hold Italy to a 1-1 drawJapan beat CameroonSlovakia is a surprise package at this World Cup. They sent the fancied Czech Republic out of competition in Group 3 qualifiers. They have in then a star mid-fielder in Marek Hamsik and the World Cup is a perfect stage for him to show his class. World Cup in picsAnd with a penchant for causing upsets, it would not be surprising if they make it to second round like Cameroon in 1982 and Ivory Coast in 2002.The other two teams in Group F, Italy and Paraguay, played a lackluster 1-1 draw on Monday night.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.” last_img read more

first_img A study is to be commissioned to examine the health profiles of staff who have reported being affected by air-quality issues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James. Story Highlights A study is to be commissioned to examine the health profiles of staff who have reported being affected by air-quality issues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (April 24), in which he provided an update on the measures being implemented by the Government to address the situation at the hospital.Dr. Tufton said the team undertaking the study will include external experts, who will analyse current complaints, symptoms and other data available at the staff clinic over the last two years.The Minister further informed that a “tracking arrangement” will be established “to look to the future to determine what impact, if any, these conditions would have had on staff”.This will involve an individual baseline occupational history and clinical examination of staff, which will serve as the initial step of a tracking survey of the staff over time.Additionally, there will be periodic assessments that are expected to take place over years that will be determined by the initial findings of the study.Incidence and rates of occurrence of outcomes tracked will also be compared to similar outcome data available for the general population.Implementation and activities under the study are expected to be done in phases, which will initially focus on better identifying the concerns and will involve engagement of stakeholders and key informants.These include representatives of relevant professional associations, such as medical, nursing, allied health professionals and unions.“We will continue to work with the staff at Cornwall Regional, with the citizens of St. James and its environs and with the Government’s support and endorsement to restore CRH to its rightful place,” the Minister asserted. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (April 24), in which he provided an update on the measures being implemented by the Government to address the situation at the hospital. Dr. Tufton said the team undertaking the study will include external experts, who will analyse current complaints, symptoms and other data available at the staff clinic over the last two years.last_img read more

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsAn NDP MP and St. Anne’s residential school survivors accused the federal government of stonewalling their testimony Monday.It happened at a rally and media conference in Ottawa.Survivors say the Independent Assessment Process has failed them.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta is setting aside close to $1.4 billion from climate levies to help industry reduce carbon emissions.The government says the funding, spread over seven years, will make it easier for industries to invest in new technologies, stay competitive, and create jobs.The oilsands industry will get $440 million to update and upgrade facilities so they can better meet new guidelines for large emitters, which the government says it will announce later this week.Industries of all kinds will be able to apply for a further $225 million for carbon reduction innovations, including $80 million to Emissions Reductions Alberta and $145 million for the Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework.A further $240 million will go to industrial energy efficiency, which will be available to a range of sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, and energy.The plan also sets aside $400 million in loan guarantees for climate reduction programs, reducing the cost and challenges for businesses to fund projects.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Some Calgary small business owners are still left in shock after hearing about the tax increases coming with the four-year budget plan released by city council Tuesday.The frustration has even reached social media with many users calling for Mayor Naheed Nenshi to step down because of the budget.Stephen Deere is the owner of Modern Steak in Kensington who didn’t go so far as to say the mayor should resign but believes a change in council is necessary.“We need some form of new blood. I think Nenshi is very much a sound bite, social media person, he puts out his two things, and people either love him or hate him for it. I think we need to go deeper beyond the soundbite and actually look at making a big picture, long-term decisions that are going to drive prosperity for all people in Calgary instead of just going back to taxation.”Deere said there is too much uncertainty regarding the tax increases and that it’s getting more difficult to operate his business as a result of the taxes, the recent recession on the price of oil.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business also chimed in on the budget saying the City’s spending is a big issue that needs to be addressed instead of continuous taxation.“I think what this requires is some remedial, going through the budget and finding those areas of saving because in the past we’ve suggested things that could be looked at and council doesn’t even consider those little things or the big things,” said Alberta Director Amber Ruddy who pointed out that a recent survey found that about 53 per cent of businesses are considering leaving Calgary as a result of the high level of property taxes.The move to change spending habits in council is being echoed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation with Alberta director Franco Terrazzano suggesting that the city eliminate their golden benefits.“That means the retirement bonuses that city employees. There’s over 200 City of Calgary employees that are set to receive three pensions from the City. Calgary is the only major city that gives two pensions to its mayor. Between 2007 and 2016 Calgary city council pensions cost taxpayers more than Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver combined.”Terrazzano doesn’t believe that a sudden change needs to happen as that outcome is ultimately up to voters in an election.last_img read more

first_imgThe following properties have been put under an evacuation order:  9911 265 Road, 7711 Old Fort Road, 7587 Old Fort Road, 7583 Old Fort Road, 6975 Old Fort Road, 9820 River Road and 9813 River Road.An Evacuation Order is put in place when there is an immediate danger to life safety.Activated tonight by PRRD and RCMP to assist with delivering a few more evacuation orders to Old Fort residents.https://t.co/jVOfzK21rf— North Peace SAR (@NorthPeaceSAR) October 7, 2018When an Evacuation Order is issued, people must leave the area immediately, follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded or canceled.This map shows all the properties that have been evacuated after the landslide.Community meetings held SaturdaySaturday afternoon Peace River Regional District Board Chair, Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Prince George, Peace River Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer hosted two meetings for residents of the Old Fort. UPDATE as of 9 p.m. – The PRRD has expanded the evacuation order to one more property.  The home at 6786 265 Road is also now under an evacuation order.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eight more properties have been placed under an evacuation order due to the Old Fort Landslide.The slide continues to grow with the latest assessment showing cracks have been discovered all the way down to the Peace River. At the meeting in Fort St. John residents expressed their frustrations with the lack of communication since the slide happened one week ago.  While many residents are still living in the Old Fort, others have left and are staying with family and friends in Fort St. John.Brad Sperling is the Chair of the Peace River Regional District, and the District is in charge of dealing with this emergency.  Chair Sperling expressed his frustration that even though the Regional District is in charge, they need to ask for permission from the Province before implementing anything.  “There’s a time-lapse because (Emergency Management B.C.) is not in the PRRD office with our people.   If our people ask for or have to decide something they have to pick up the phone and wait for the response from Emergency Management B.C.”Chair Sperling says the process has to change.  “The process has to change. If the Regional District issues a state of emergency, then Emergency Management B.C. should have personnel on site the next day.”center_img Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says he met with Mike Farnworth the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on Thursday and shared gave the minister an update on the situation and invited the Minister to visit the community.  MLA Davies says communication is still an issue. “We have a lot of questions, and the residents have a lot of questions.  There seems to be a communication breakdown, and we have to start improving that.”Water situationThe Peace River Regional District is working to provide potable water to residents of the Old Fort.  The company has started to deploy a water hose down the hill and will be setting up temporary barricades at the bottom and midpoint of the hill.The PRRD is asking that residents not to travel up and down the hill on quads or side by sides while the hose is deployed due to the safety risk to area residents and water company personnel.  For liability reasons and safety reasons, the water company has to stop work anytime someone heads up the hill, and it delays the work by at least 30 minutes.The hope is to have potable water available to the residents of the Old Fort by Sunday.During the meeting on Saturday in Fort St. John Chair Sperling said the PRRD would pay for the water needed by Old Fort residents after Emergency Management B.C. said it would be up to residents of the Old Fort to pay for the water.Alternate Road AccessThe Ministry of Transportation continues to look at alternate access to the Old Fort.  One option is no longer available due to the increased area covered under an evacuation order.  The second to build temporary bridges to a nearby island and then over to Site C is currently being investigated.  There is no timeline on when an alternative route to the community will be created.MLA Dan Davies also mentioned he has asked for permission to use the boat launch at Site C to help decrease the travel time to Fort St. John.  The MLA said he hopes to receive approval and have that in use this week.Gravel PitThe BC Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources has authorized the removal of material from the gravel pit located above the original slide to relieve the weight on top of the slide. This activity is under the direction of a professional geotechnical engineer who is monitoring it for any further movement.The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre has provided the site operator with an entry permit to conduct this work within the evacuation order area based on the conditions set by the Ministry and their geotechnical engineer.Community MeetingThere will be a community meeting on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Stonebridge Hotel.  MLA Davies says there will be an official from Emergency Management B.C. at the meeting. That person should have more information about the size of the slide and what will happen next.Residents of the Old Fort are welcome to attend the meeting in Fort St. John.  The meeting will also be streamed live on the Peace River Regional District’s website at www.prrd.bc.ca, and it will also be streamed live on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page.last_img read more