Month: August 2019

Discounted hotel rates and more for trade with Cayman Loves Agents

first_img Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Discounted hotel rates and more for trade with ‘Cayman Loves Agents’ Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — The Cayman Islands’ new ‘Cayman Loves Agents’ promotion comes with discounted resort rates for the travel trade as well as preferred pricing on watersports and local attractions.Agents can visit to learn more about the program and to see a list of participating hotels, resorts, watersports operators and attractions.“We truly value all of our industry relationships and understand that the travel agents, dive partners, wholesalers and airline partners that sell the Cayman Islands, need to experience it for themselves,” says Director of Tourism, Rosa Harris.“Not only do we want agents to have their own wonderful vacation, we also want them to see all the destination has to offer their clients, including a host of new hotel projects and expanded activity offerings, an ever-growing restaurant scene and airport upgrades.”Here’s a look at what’s available:HOTELS & RESORTSWestin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa: Lowest industry rates from now until Dec. 23, 2016.Marriott Resort Grand Cayman: Special industry rates between May 1 – July 31, Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, and Nov. 1 – Dec. 23, 2016.Grandview Condos on Grand Cayman: Book five nights and receive the 5th night free before Dec. 17, 2016. The deal also includes two complimentary passes to Stingray City.Le Soleil d’Or on Cayman Brac: 50% off best available rates for stays between May 1 – Oct. 31, 2016 (minimum three-night stay) with amenities including transfers to/from the resort, full American breakfast daily, pizza cooking class, private farm tour and more.Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Introductory offer for agents of 50% off the best available accommodation rate. July 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 booking window with Dec. 1 – 19, 2016 and Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017 travel window.Grand Cayman Holiday Inn Resort: Travel agents receive 50% off the Best Flex Rates this summer with travel until Sept. 30, 2016.Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Receive a 40% discount off room rates inclusive of resort fee and daily breakfast for two. Travel window until Dec. 16, 2016.Wyndham Reef Resort: Agents receive a 40% discount off all offered COMRAC rates based on availability.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemWATERSPORTSCayman Islands Boat Rentals: Exclusive 25% discount on boat charters, rentals and wave runner tours.Capt. Marvin’s Watersports: Discounted rates on Stingray City/snorkel and Turtle Farm/Town of Hell tours.Dive Tech: Dive-and-stay packages with their hotel partners the Holiday Inn Grand Caymanian or Lighthouse Point.Red Sail Sports: 20% off all watersports and activities including snorkel tours, diving, catamaran sails and more.ATTRACTIONSCayman Turtle Farm: Reduced entry fees for travel agents and their companions.Cayman Spirits Co: Take a free distillery tour and learn how rum is made in the Cayman Islands.Pedro St. James National Historic Site: Reduced entry fees for travel agents and their families into this unique monument to Cayman’s birthplace of democracy. Tags: Agent Rates, Cayman Islands Sharelast_img read more

European Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Boeing’s grounded airliners are likely to be parked longer now that European and Canadian regulators plan to conduct their own reviews of changes the company is making after two of the jets crashed.The Europeans and Canadians want to do more than simply take the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s word that alterations to a key flight-control system will make the 737 Max safer. Those reviews scramble an ambitious schedule set by Boeing and could undercut the FAA’s reputation around the world.Boeing hopes by Monday to finish an update to software that can automatically point the nose of the plane sharply downward in some circumstances to avoid an aerodynamic stall, according to two people briefed on FAA presentations to congressional committees.The FAA expects to certify Boeing’s modifications and plans for pilot training in April or May, one of the people said. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the briefings.But there are clear doubts about meeting that timetable. Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1 and suspend some routes that it flew with the plane before it was grounded around the world last week.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, which are slightly less dependent on the Max than Air Canada, are juggling their fleets to fill in for grounded planes, but those carriers have still cancelled some flights.By international agreement, planes must be certified in the country where they are built. Regulators around the world have almost always accepted that country’s decision.As a result, European airlines have flown Boeing jets with little independent review by the European Aviation Safety Agency, and U.S. airlines operate Airbus jets without a separate, lengthy certification process by the FAA.That practice is being frayed, however, in the face of growing questions about the FAA’s certification of the Max. Critics question whether the agency relied too much on Boeing to vouch for critical safety matters and whether it understood the significance of a new automated flight-control system on the Max.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe FAA let the Boeing Max keep flying after preliminary findings from the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air Max 8 in Indonesia pointed to flight-control problems linked to the failure of a sensor. Boeing went to work on upgrading the software to, among other things, rely on more than one sensor and limit the system’s power to point the plane’s nose down without direction from the pilots.The FAA’s assurance that the plane was still safe to fly was good enough for the rest of the world until an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 crashed. Satellite data suggests both planes had similar, erratic flight paths before crashing minutes after takeoff.Patrick Ky, the executive director of the European regulator, said his agency will look “very deeply, very closely” at the changes Boeing and the FAA suggest to fix the plane.“I can guarantee to you that on our side we will not allow the aircraft to fly if we have not found acceptable answers to all our questions, whatever the FAA does,” he said.The message was the same from Canada’s Transport minister, Marc Garneau.“When that software change is ready, which is a number of weeks, we will in Canada – even if it is certified by the FAA – we will do our own certification,” he said.Other countries could also conduct their own analysis of how much pilot training should be required on the Max. Ky noted that one Lion Air crew correctly disabled the plane’s malfunctioning flight-control system, but not the crew on the next flight, which crashed. He said pilots under stress might have forgotten details of a bulletin Boeing issued in November that reminded pilots about that procedure.The FAA’s handling of issues around the Max jet have damaged its standing among other aviation regulators, said James Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.The FAA will have to be more transparent about its investigation, and it should require that pilots train for the Max on flight simulators, Hall said, because “that is how pilots train today, not on iPads.”John Hansman, an aeronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and chairman of an FAA research and engineering advisory committee, said separate approvals by Canada and the Europeans will reassure the public because those countries are seen as having no vested interest in the plane.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“It’s unfortunate because it will probably cause a delay, but it may be the right thing in the long haul,” Hansman said. He expects that the FAA will wait until other regulators finish their reviews before letting the Max fly again.FAA spokesman Greg Martin would not comment on whether the agency’s reputation has been hurt by its approval of the Max, the crashes or the agency’s initial hesitation to ground the planes after the second crash.Meanwhile, the FAA is getting a new chief. The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump will nominate former Delta Air Lines executive and pilot Stephen Dickson to head the agency. Daniel Elwell has been acting administrator since January 2018.Boeing too is shifting personnel. This week, the company named the chief engineer of its commercial airplanes division to lead the company’s role in the investigations into the Oct. 29 crash of the Lion Air jet and the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash. The executive, John Hamilton, has experience in airplane design and regulatory standards.From 2013 until early 2016, Hamilton oversaw the use of Boeing employees to perform some safety-certification work on behalf of the FAA. That program has come under criticism from critics including members of Congress.The Justice Department is investigating the FAA’s oversight of Boeing, and a federal grand jury issued a subpoena to someone involved in the plane’s development. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao formally directed her agency’s inspector general to audit the FAA’s handling of that process. Congressional committees are looking into the matter as well.A Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on Max and aviation safety on March 27.The company declined to comment. The Max, the latest and most fuel-efficient version of the half-century-old 737, is Boeing’s bestselling plane, with more than 4,600 unfilled orders. Thursday, March 21, 2019 By: The Associated Press Tags: boeing, Canada, Europe European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jetlast_img read more

Are police using vehicles as taxis


Update Prominent businessmans son granted bail


In need of scrap metal to build a garage for puppies


first_imgRelated posts:Bailey bridge temporarily open route on San José’s Circunvalación Bridge inspections find faulty cement used on San José belt route President Arias Inagurates New Public Works Projects Unfinished Pedestrian Bridge Inaugurated Get ready, San José traffic is about to get a lot worse.Heavy rains on Tuesday forced the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) to close temporary bridges facilitating one of the capital’s most important highways, Route 39, also known as the Circunvalación, as a precautionary measure. The downpour Tuesday suddenly raised the level of the María Aguilar River, further eroding the earth supporting the Bailey bridges installed as a stopgap measure when a large section of the road fell away after previous storm on Aug. 25. That storm brought down trees and debris that blocked several culverts under the road, backing up the river and eating away at the side of the road.MOPT-CONAVI said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the section of the highway 250 meters toward Pavas from the Hatillo 8 stoplight would remain closed for at least two months, according to the daily La Nación and added that MOPT plans to erect an even longer Bailey bridge until new culverts can be installed as part of the permanent solution.Police have been coordinating traffic with detours at the Hatillo 8 intersection and the exit ramp toward Route 27 (San José-Caldera) with Route 39.La Nación reported that MOPT proposed expanding the circulation restrictions on vehicles to twice a week. Under the proposal, drivers would stay off the road once a week plus an additional day during rush hour. Such a move would require an executive order.The newspaper released a list of the proposed updated restrictions:License plates ending in 1 or 2, totally restricted Mondays and partially Fridays.License plates ending in 3 or 4, totally restricted Tuesdays and partially Mondays.License plates ending in 5 or 6, totally restricted Wednesdays and partially Tuesdays.License plates ending in 7 or 8, totally restricted Thursdays and partially Wednesdays.License plates ending in 9 or 0, totally restricted Fridays and partially Thursdays.News organizations reported that government employees would also start their day later, at 9 a.m., to try to ease congestion.Circunvalación is one of the busiest roads in Costa Rica with 60,000 drivers every day.Correction Thursday, Sept. 12, 9:57 a.m.: This post incorrectly stated that the first number of the license plate determined circulation restrictions. The last digit of the license plate indicates which days drivers have limited access to San José’s roads.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers submit antibullying bill

first_imgRelated posts:An average of 315 Costa Ricans commit suicide every year, report says University of Costa Rica calls for national mental health survey Media campaign seeks to raise awareness about mental health care Maternal exposure to antidepressant SSRIs linked to autism in children Legislators from three parties on Thursday submitted a draft aimed to prevent, respond to and eventually eradicate bullying in Costa Rican schools.Bill No. 19,399 was drafted by Humberto Vargas, William Alvarado and Gerardo Vargas from the Social Christian Unity Party, Fabricio Alvarado from the National Restoration Party and Lorelly Trejos from the National Liberation Party.The initiative establishes corrective actions including giving students demerits, sending notes to parents, and ordering mandatory psychological treatment for aggressors and victims.It also provides disciplinary sanctions for school administrative staff and educators – including dismissal – if an investigation determines that they failed to properly address a student’s complaint.Fabricio Alvarado said he expected schools to be open to implementing preventive measures and providing students with information regarding the severity of the problem in the country.“It’s not just about repressive actions, it’s also about psycho-social and educational measures. That’s why we are proposing three types of actions: verbal sanctions, written sanctions and then mandatory psychological treatment for both the aggressor and the victim,” Alvarado said during a public presentation of the bill at the Legislative Assembly on Thursday evening.Humberto Vargas said the Education Ministry (MEP) would be responsible for hiring specialized professionals for psychological treatment at public schools.According to MEP, so far this year more than 100 bullying complaints have been reported at schools across the country. The figure was disclosed earlier this week by health experts participating in the National Health Congress. Psychiatrist Virginia Rosabal said Monday at the congress that Costa Rica has registered 21 suicides attributed to bullying in the last five years.The bill now will be evaluated by the Assembly’s Technical Department and then will be sent for discussion in the Children and Adolescents Issues Commission. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Venezuela gives US 15 days on embassy staff cuts

first_imgRelated posts:Exiles in Costa Rica denounce alleged Venezuelan kidnapping plot Venezuela to demand mandatory visas for US citizens Venezuelan voters showed ‘overwhelming desire for change,’ says John Kerry Former Colombian, Bolivian leaders warn of looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela is giving the United States 15 days to present plans to slash the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez said Monday.The move came after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro lashed out Saturday at U.S. “conspiracies” against his socialist government and ordered his foreign ministry to reduce the number of officials at the U.S. Embassy from 100 to 17.Rodríguez told journalists she had a “cordial” meeting with the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas, Lee McClenny, to discuss the new measures.“Regarding the reduction to 17 staff, he was given a period of 15 days to present a plan,” the foreign minister said.She also said the government would in the coming hours publish its new visa requirement for U.S. visitors — another measure announced by Maduro.In a fiery speech Saturday that showed rising tensions between the two countries, Maduro said he was banning a list of U.S. “terrorists” from Venezuela, including former president George W. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, as well as Latino lawmakers Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.Calling for “equal terms between states,” he said the United States must not have more diplomats in Caracas than Venezuela has in Washington — 17. He also announced plans to charge U.S. citizens the same visa fee that Venezuelans pay to visit the United States.Tensions have been growing between the two countries since Maduro said on Feb. 12 that a U.S.-backed coup plot against him had been disrupted.The United States dismissed the claim as “baseless and false.”In the following days, Venezuelan security forces arrested the opposition mayor of Caracas on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government, a move condemned by Washington.Like his late mentor Hugo Chávez, Maduro regularly denounces alleged coup plots and assassination attempts against him.A fervent critic of “American imperialism,” he has had numerous diplomatic spats with the United States. The two countries have not sent ambassadors to each other’s capitals since 2010. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology

first_imgRelated posts:NASA selects Franklin Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket for $50 million contract Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015 Costa Rica in March will host the workshop on Human Space Technology of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The event will gather, for the first time in Latin America, some 200 attendants March 7-11.The event will include experts in space technologies, astronauts and cosmonauts and space agency officials from all over the world. They will discuss recent achievements and efforts in human space technology, scientific and research activities, education and international cooperation.Participation in the workshop is free, but it is restricted to people with a college degree and with previous experience or demonstrated interest in issues to be discussed, among them: national, regional and international space programs, microgravity science, education development, manned spaceflight and exploration, space industry and marketing; environmental issues and natural hazards; and low-cost experiments in elementary physics.Ticos or Costa Rica residents interested in presenting their research or scientific papers at the workshop must register and apply for an invitation at UNOOSA’s website by Sunday, Jan. 31. A panel of experts will select the candidates who will be part of the event, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San José.Experts from the Costa Rica-based Central American Aeronautics and Space Administration (ACAE), one of the local organizers, are hoping the workshop will allow participants to share their recent achievements and efforts in human space technology, their scientific and research experiences, as well as their experience in education promotion and international cooperation.Costa Rica in the aerospace industryUNOOSA selected Costa Rica to host the HST workshop following a proposal in 2014 presented by Tico scientist and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz.Chang’s company Ad Astra Rocket is also part of the organizing group, along with the Costa Rican government, ACAE and local NGO Estrategia Siglo XXI.Ad Astra Rocket currently develops various space technology projects for NASA, most notably the VASIMR engine, considered one of NASA’s top options for the first manned mission to Mars. The VASIMR plasma engine made headlines recently as the technology used by spacecraft in Ridley Scott’s latest film “The Martian.”ACAE experts are also working on space technology projects, including the launching of the first Central American satellite and a mission to send samples of the hardened forewings of Tico jewel scarabs to the International Space Station in order to evaluate the potential for replicating the material for coating satellites and other space equipment.Costa Rica in October was officially accepted as a full member country of the International Astronautical Federation. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

La Sele qualifies for quarterfinals with close victory over Bermuda

first_imgRelated posts:Going for Gold: ‘La Sele’ unveils special Gold Cup uniforms Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cup No Navas as Costa Rica names roster for Peru friendly Gold Cup roundup: USA, Mexico earn blowout wins in first games The Costa Rica men’s national soccer team earned a shaky 2-1 victory on Thursday over Bermuda, a result which qualifies La Sele to the 2019 Gold Cup quarterfinals. A goal in each half proved sufficient for the Ticos, who otherwise failed to impose themselves against the North Atlantic side. Mayron George pounced on a rebound to open scoring for Costa Rica in the 30th minute. It was the 25-year-old’s first goal with the national team, and one many games in the making for the striker, who in recent months has seen extended playing time. ¡GOOOL DE COSTA RICA!Mayron George abre la cuenta para #LaSele.Siga la copa:— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) June 21, 2019Elías Aguilar added a second for La Sele in the 54th minute. Left alone in the box after a pass from Bryan Oviedo, the 27-year-old took advantage of the space with a crossing effort that beat goalkeeper Dale Eve. ¡GOOOL DE COSTA RICA!Elías Aguilar define con calma y pone el 2-0 #LaSele.Siga la copa: (link:— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) June 21, 2019Bermuda didn’t go down quietly. The North Atlantic side struck back minutes later when Celso Borges conceded a penalty off a corner kick. Nahki Wells cooly covered from the spot. And in a game many predicated would be a blowout, La Sele couldn’t celebrate until the final whistle.Costa Rica’s goalkeeper, Leonel Moreira, found himself called into action throughout the night as Wells and Bermuda’s attack regularly created openings on the counterattack. But Moreira and Costa Rica were solid enough to earn the victory. Thursday’s Group B results eliminated Bermuda and Nicaragua, and they guarantee Costa Rica and Haiti spots in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. The two teams will meet Monday at Red Bull Arena to determine the group winners. Both sides are even at six points, but due to goal differential, a win or draw by La Sele on Monday will secure first place in Group B.Editor’s note: This story previously referred to Bermuda as in the Caribbean. We updated the story at 9:00 a.m. to indicate Bermuda is in the North Atlantic.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Presentation Advice that helped elect Bill Clinton

first_img“It’s About Relationships – Stupid”, is the title of one of my favourite presentation workshops. Some weeks into the campaign, he added the new word – “STUPID”. Spend the evening in conversation about the person across the table from you and you are much more likely to have a great evening, leading to another date. “It’s about the economy” A presentation is like a first date; spend the evening talking about yourself and how great you are, and you are unlikely to get a second date. My title wishes to have the same effect of helping people to focus and realise that when you present your first and most important requirement is to build a relationship with your audience, be they five or five hundred. “It’s about the economy – stupid” “It’s about relationships – stupid” I creatively swiped the message that Bill Clintons campaign manager James Carville wrote on the campaign headquarters whiteboard every morning, when Bill was running for the office of the President of America. OK, I got it – So how do I do that? The additional word stupid was added to help all the team focus on the core issue. On the other hand … If you want to win the election, talk about the economy, that’s the key message. Exactly the same rules apply if you wish to be a good and engaging speaker. Research your audience, talk about your understanding of their needs and how you can help them fulfil these needs. Do this and you have every likelihood of success, whether it’s to win agreement, sales or investment.By Executive Coach Andrew Keogh of Aristo.ielast_img read more

€1million in sales generated by Irish SMEs taking part in eBay pilot

first_imgeBay has announced that €1 million in sales has been generated by Irish businesses taking part in its Retail Expansion Programme, an initiative launched to support Irish SMEs. The programme, which commenced in March, was developed by eBay in partnership with Enterprise Ireland to support local Irish businesses reach new audiences in Ireland and around the world.More than 50 businesses in Ireland joined the pilot programme with many reporting an uplift in overall sales of between five and 20 per cent. One company, Monaghan Music & Piano Centre, which sells musical instruments and accessories on eBay, reported an increase in sales of 50 per cent.eBay’s Retail Expansion Programme sees experts from eBay provide support to SME’s around the country who wanted to start up or expand their online presence. Participants receive one-to-one support and take part in training programmes that cover eBay selling basics, digital upskilling, marketing and Search Engine Optimisation.UK and US biggest market for Retail Expansion Programme sellersSuch has been the success of the programme that one item has been sold on eBay every six minutes by sellers taking part in the scheme. The items span all categories on eBay including homeware, fashion, beauty, food and even pet accessories.Significantly, 54% of Retail Expansion sellers had never exported their products to overseas markets prior to joining the Retail Expansion Programme. And now, 80% of sellers are exporting to up to eleven different markets across the world. The UK is currently the largest market for sellers on the Retail Expansion Programme, followed by the US and Germany.Boosting the economyeBay Ireland’s site lead, Hazel Mitchell, said: “The Retail Expansion Programme has given Irish businesses the chance to reach a whole new customer base not just in Ireland, but globally.“Bricks and mortar businesses across Ireland are facing rising business costs due to inflation in commercial rates and insurance. It’s a tough market out there, but those taking part in the Retail Expansion Programme can attest to the fact that having a presence online can really boost sales and complement retail stores.“It’s fantastic to see the progress that those taking part in the programme have made in just four months, reaching the €1 million milestone so quickly. Not only does this impact their own businesses, but also provides a boost to the wider economy. Many of the sellers have indicated that they will need to increase staffing levels as a result of the programme, which is great for communities across Ireland.”Irish sellers confirm uplift in salesOne business that has benefitted from the eBay Retail Expansion Programme is K9Connectables, an Irish company specialising in unique interactive dog toys that stimulate the mind.Founder, James McIlvenna, said: “Since joining eBay’s Retail Expansion Programme we have noticed significantly more online interest and activity for our K9Connectables dog toy range, particularly from international markets. In just four months there has been an unbelievable 20% uplift in sales as a direct result of the programme and the support and direction we are receiving from the team at eBay.“The increase in sales is going to contribute to the overall long-term growth of our business and we are already looking at increasing production capacity and expanding our premises and warehouse space in Dublin. We are also anticipating having to employ more staff because of the huge demand from all over the world for our dog products; this has been such a positive move for K9Connectables and we are amazed by the results.”Another Irish business that has seen a positive impact from taking part in the programme is Machado Men’s Grooming, a grooming company based in Co Laois.Founder and CEO, Síle Headen, said: “eBay’s Retail Expansion Programme has opened up a whole new world and customer base for Machado Men’s Grooming. As a start-up company in rural Laois, we are delighted with the results in such a short space of time.“The support and direction we have received from the team at eBay over the past four months have been phenomenal and we are already planning our next business move, with expansion plans for eBay’s US market. The Retail Expansion Programme has helped future-proof our business and has contributed to the overall long-term growth of Machado Men’s Grooming.”About the Retail Expansion ProgrammeeBay, one of the world’s largest online marketplaces partnered with Enterprise Ireland, We are Dublin Town and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) earlier this year to launch the platform’s first national Retail Expansion Programme.Retail Expansion harnesses the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace to support and grow small businesses, strengthen local economies and foster vibrant community growth. Similar projects were first launched in select cities in 2018, including Akron, Ohio, Lansing, Michigan, and Wolverhampton.last_img read more

Virtual Data Room Technology Company Awarded Prestigious Customer Service Award

first_imgThe Virtual Data Room industry is growing and maturing. New people entering the arena are looking for industry leaders with innovative management. One such company that’s receiving recognition is Toronto-based Firmex.The firm won the coveted Gold Stevie Award in the all-important customer service category. The Stevie Awards are an annual event. The most recent was at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Over 700 executives from around the U.S. and the world were on hand to witness the ceremony. Over 2,700 different organizations had nominations, but only one could be the beat other leading companies from 47 different companies on route to the crown.SaaS technology providers are fighting hard for market share. One of the critical advantages of one company over another is customer service. Business customers don’t want to rely on sketchy partners. That’s even more true of companies handling financial compliance obligations. No one can afford to risk dealing with a service provider that is lighthearted about their commitment to providing support.What You Need to Know About VDRsVirtual Data Rooms are catching on fast as companies that need secure collaboration are proliferating. Fintech is pushing firms harder than ever, and VDRs come in handy when two or more parties need to review sensitive documents in a timely manner.Firmex is a proven provider for companies that perform due diligence regularly. They are adding 15,000 new Virtual Data Rooms each year, which is a testament to their infrastructure and personnel.A VDR allows all the people who “need to know” access to documentation. They can more easily facilitate any transaction, even large complex ones. They’re becoming a standard because the companies that use them reduce their overhead and expenses substantially.With audit trails in place, all parties can quickly see changes. That’s a crucial deal because it means that someone altering the documentation will alert everyone involved. Companies cannot take risks with big-dollar deals so that they will take every precaution possible.Manage the Process EffortlesslyVDRs allow customers to manage the entire process of due diligence in a secure environment. Firmex, as the leading provider, has a wide range of features that even the most demanding company appreciates. One thing that everyone acknowledges is ease of use, and that’s a significant benefit of using their platform.Communications between parties undergo radical streamlining, as well. No longer will there be the slightest bit of confusion about what they expect from whom. Instead, an easy to use control panel grants access to an overview of the process that keeps everyone firmly in the loop. If there are any questions for the provider, Firmex, and their staff of leading customer service reps will move towards a quick resolution.Award-Winning Service MattersFirmex is making a habit of winning Stevie Awards. They have four previous victories. The Stevie Awards pit companies all over the world against each other to decide who the best in every category that matters to customers.Some tech providers take advantage of the fact that things usually work right from a technical standpoint. However, customers often need support, even when the service is operating as usual. Firmex stands head and shoulders above their competitors in their willingness to go the extra mile.It’s those times when you have a question and want answers when you test support services. Rest assured that Firmex wins awards so often because of their commitment to providing excellent service. That’s the type of dedication that the Stevie Awards recognizes.If you haven’t invested in a VDR yet, it’s time to consider the option. Choosing Firmex as your tech partner is a rational decision. There’s no good reason to settle for anything less than the best when you can pick an Award-Winning provider to handle all your due diligence technology. Leave the heavy lifting to a motivated team of experienced individuals who earn customer trust every single day.Technology continues to evolve, and Firmex remains dedicated to keeping up with all major trends. Compliance is a serious issue, and companies cannot afford to take any risks. That’s why dealing with a Gold Stevie Award-winning firm is the answer that will yield fantastic results.last_img read more

Update At least two crocs still missing

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite At least two crocodiles are missing after N3TC officers stopped a truck carrying the reptiles on the N3 near the Winteron turn-off last night just after 6pm. The scene was only cleared after 10pm. The truck was carrying close to 3000 juvenile crocodiles when it was stopped and searched. The officers had spotted crocodiles peering out of the cargo hold as they drove past and it was stopped. As officers questioned the driver, they realised he had an expired permit to transport the crocs.Pandemonium then broke out as some of the truck’s cargo managed to break free.According to SPCA trainee inspector Kevin Khumalo, “One of the crocodiles was killed by a passing truck and two managed to escape into the night.”The crocodiles were being transported to Limpopo. However, because of the permit issue, KZN Wildlife officers instructed the driver to return the crocodiles to a farm near Pietermaritzburg. A count of the crocodiles still on the truck was carried out at the farm and it was determined that three were missing.“As one was confirmed dead, that leaves two missing,” said trainee inspector Khumalo.KZN Wildlife officers are in the area where the Nile crocodiles went missing and are attempting to locate them. The missing crocodiles are both 1-year-olds.last_img read more

8 injured as truck crushes car at Van Reenen

first_imgThe jaws of life had to be used to free 1 of the occupants of the car, as she was trapped under the truck. All patients were stabilised and transported to hospital for further treatment of injuries ranging from lacerations to broken bones.The driver of the Polo added that, “I just saw lights behind me and the next thing I knew the truck was on top of us! We are lucky to be alive!”The N3 was completely closed (north and southbound) for almost 5 hours due to the fact that the truck was across all the lanes. Clean-up operations began with both the truck and car being towed away. The Freightliner container is still to be “recovered”.Absorbent was used to clean up the oil spillage. By that time, the backlog of traffic had built up to almost 10km on both sides of the N3.N3TC made sure there were no glitches in the clean-up process, and Spill Tech cleared the roadway. 8 people were injured in a horrific crash on Van Reenen’s Pass last night (Friday) when a truck crushed a VW Polo, trapping 1 person in the mangled wreckage.It is alleged that the Polo and Freightliner truck were travelling southbound on the N3 towards Durban when the truck rear-ended the car, completely crushing and trapping the light motor vehicle under it.There were 4 occupants in the Polo, with the driver heroically freeing himself from the wreckage and flagging down another vehicle for help.The driver of the Polo commented that, “We are lucky no other vehicles or trucks crashed into us.”N3TC, Sharaj, Netcare, EMRS, RTI and Van Reenen SAPS responded to the scene. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Opel Adam wows its fans

first_imgThe brand new Opel Adam left “spectators” breathless as sales manager Righard Strydom demonstrated the capabilities of this brand new car at Anderson Motors this morning (Saturday).Excited motoring enthusiasts had the opportunity to go for a ride, free of charge, in this amazing automobile, plus ask all the questions they had about this new car on the market.The Adam’s self-parking display was mind-blowing!The demonstration was from 10am to 12pm.last_img

Update Public Safety boss shot atUpdate Public Safety boss shot at

first_imgThere was a drive-by shooting in which one shot was fired out of a vehicle (believed to be a Mercedes-Benz) from what is thought to be a rifle. The bullet shattered the back windscreen and came out through one of the side doors, missing the two people in the car. The occupants took cover and then called for help.The Ladysmith Dog Unit (K9), together with Public Safety, responded immediately. On arrival, the Mercedes was nowhere to be seen.Although not injured, the Public Safety boss and taxi boss were shaken up and in a state of shock.The Forensic Unit took photos of the VW before it was driven away from the scene.Click here for video: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Public Safety boss Patric Simelane (Executive Manager: Community Services) is unharmed after he was shot at while parked in the parking lot at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital this afternoon (Monday). It is said that the other occupant in the VW Jetta was a known taxi boss.last_img read more

Police conduct school awareness campaign

first_imgThe Ladysmith SAPS Social Crime Office and Ladysmith Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) conducted an awareness campaign at Mthandi Primary School today (Friday, February 6).The campaign addressed social ills such as substance abuse, sexual offences, theft and domestic violence.During the event, pamphlets were distributed to the approximately 300 learners who were educated.These school visits not only educate the children, but also aim to make our schools a safer place. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico’s Legal Services office faces $5 million in federal budget cuts next year, a reduction that officials say will force attorneys to drop thousands of civil cases in this U.S. territory where nearly half the people live in poverty.The budget cuts are occurring at a national level, but the 32 percent decrease announced for Puerto Rico is the largest compared to cuts facing U.S. states, executive director Charles Hey Maestre said Thursday. He added that the funds being cut represent a fourth of the organization’s budget. Every year, about 70,000 people call the Caribbean island’s legal services office seeking help. Last year, lawyers worked on 33,400 cases, including many about unlawful evictions and custody cases, Hey said.He estimates attorneys will have to drop at least 7,000 cases as a result of the looming cuts.Maricarmen Carrillo, a lawyer who works in the capital of San Juan, said the majority of her clients are women, especially those who have been victims of domestic violence. She worries that many will be left without an attorney and will not seek the help they need.Puerto Rico Legal Services operates on a $19 million budget, 78 percent of which comes from U.S. federal funds.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “The cuts are of such magnitude that if we don’t address them with funds from Puerto Rico or some other entity, all our services will be affected,” he said. “We are basically the law firm for Puerto Rico’s poor.”Puerto Rico Legal Services provides free legal aid to low-income Puerto Ricans seeking help in civil cases ranging from domestic violence to evictions to veteran issues.The cuts come as the Legal Services Corporation in Washington says it is struggling to operate this year on a $348 million budget, its lowest ever in inflation-adjusted dollars. President Jim Sandman said the Senate is expected to debate next month a proposal to further cut the budget to $402 million for fiscal year 2013.“The consequences have been devastating,” Sandman said, noting that officials expected to lay off more than 1,200 staffers and close at least 24 offices across the U.S.He said Puerto Rico ended up receiving the biggest cut because of a formula that distributes money based on the number of people living in poverty. The U.S. saw an overall increase in poverty while Puerto Rico reported an 8 percent drop even though it still has the highest percentage of people living in poverty _ roughly 45 percent of its nearly 4 million inhabitants. The island also has a nearly 15 percent unemployment rate, the highest compared with any U.S. state. Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

first_imgHAVANA (AP) – Power was restored to millions of people early Monday after a blackout that cut the lights in much of western Cuba, including the capital Havana.Electricity began to return to the capital at about 1 a.m. and the entire city was back online by morning.Cuba’s Ministry of Basic Industries said the problem occurred in a 220,000 volt transmission line that runs between the central cities of Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara, though the cause was not clear. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Cuba’s electric company warned Monday that further interruptions might occur at peak hours throughout the day, but that it hoped to have normal service restored by Tuesday.The power outage struck just after 8 p.m. Sunday during a sweltering late-summer night.The blackout affected communities from Pinar del Rio, in the west, to Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara in the center of the country. The grid came back online from east to west, with neighborhoods of Havana returning in stages early Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019center_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   last_img read more