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01-09-2008 07:14 PM

Mysql can’t create/write to mysql.pid

Ok. having some issues with getting Mysql up and running.
the system..
PII box with 512 ram
Fedora 7 (Moonshine)
Mysql-5.0.45-linux-i686 (that is the build I downloaded.

Everytime I try to run the mysqld_safe script I get
nohub: ignoring input and redirecting stderr to stdout
Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
STOPPING server from pid file /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid

Now after extensive searching through the data bases here I ended up in /var/log/mysqld.log.
Now I see when I started the server each time and what happened. Each time mysqld started, I get a database was not shut down properly, then a bunch a stuff about restoring half written pages, apply batch of log records, progress in percents followed by a bunch of numbers 3-99, apply batch completed (everything up till this point I am not too worried about because I think that the next 2 lines explains why the data base was not shut down properly.
[ERROR] /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld: can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 2)
[ERROR] Can’t start server; can’t create PID file no such file or directory.
mysqld ended

(I assume that the 080108 and time stamps were not important so have eliminated them.)

When I look for /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid it does not exist at all, nor does the directory /var/run/mysqld.

Now does this mean I missed something in the install process, or is there a setting somewhere that I have wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also I hope this was the right forum to put this in (it was either this one or the server forum, hopefully a mod will move if it should be in the server forum to prevent me from double posting. thanks.)

01-09-2008 07:52 PM

Here is the first 2 instances in the log.

080108 14:56:04 mysqld started
nohup: ignoring input
InnoDB: The first specified data file ./ibdata1 did not exist:
InnoDB: a new database to be created!
080108 14:56:04 InnoDB: Setting file ./ibdata1 size to 10 MB
InnoDB: Database physically writes the file full: wait.
080108 14:56:05 InnoDB: Log file ./ib_logfile0 did not exist: new to be created
InnoDB: Setting log file ./ib_logfile0 size to 5 MB
InnoDB: Database physically writes the file full: wait.
080108 14:56:05 InnoDB: Log file ./ib_logfile1 did not exist: new to be created
InnoDB: Setting log file ./ib_logfile1 size to 5 MB
InnoDB: Database physically writes the file full: wait.
InnoDB: Doublewrite buffer not found: creating new
InnoDB: Doublewrite buffer created
InnoDB: Creating foreign key constraint system tables
InnoDB: Foreign key constraint system tables created
080108 14:56:06 InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 0
080108 14:56:06 [ERROR] /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld: Can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 2)
080108 14:56:06 [ERROR] Can’t start server: can’t create PID file: No such file or directory
080108 14:56:06 mysqld ended

080108 15:00:32 mysqld started
nohup: ignoring input
080108 15:00:33 InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally!
InnoDB: Starting crash recovery.
InnoDB: Reading tablespace information from the .ibd files.
InnoDB: Restoring possible half-written data pages from the doublewrite
InnoDB: buffer.
080108 15:00:33 InnoDB: Starting log scan based on checkpoint at
InnoDB: log sequence number 0 36808.
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 43655
080108 15:00:33 InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database.
InnoDB: Progress in percents: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
InnoDB: Apply batch completed
080108 15:00:33 InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 43655
080108 15:00:33 [ERROR] /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld: Can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 2)
080108 15:00:33 [ERROR] Can’t start server: can’t create PID file: No such file or directory
080108 15:00:33 mysqld ended

and the last 2 incase that helps any.

080109 19:34:00 mysqld started
nohup: ignoring input
080109 19:34:01 InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally!
InnoDB: Starting crash recovery.
InnoDB: Reading tablespace information from the .ibd files.
InnoDB: Restoring possible half-written data pages from the doublewrite
InnoDB: buffer.
080109 19:34:01 InnoDB: Starting log scan based on checkpoint at
InnoDB: log sequence number 0 36808.
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 43655
080109 19:34:01 InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database.
InnoDB: Progress in percents: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
InnoDB: Apply batch completed
080109 19:34:01 InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 43655
080109 19:34:01 [ERROR] /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld: Can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 2)
080109 19:34:01 [ERROR] Can’t start server: can’t create PID file: No such file or directory
080109 19:34:01 mysqld ended

080109 19:59:02 mysqld started
nohup: ignoring input
080109 19:59:02 InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally!
InnoDB: Starting crash recovery.
InnoDB: Reading tablespace information from the .ibd files.
InnoDB: Restoring possible half-written data pages from the doublewrite
InnoDB: buffer.
080109 19:59:02 InnoDB: Starting log scan based on checkpoint at
InnoDB: log sequence number 0 36808.
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 43655
080109 19:59:02 InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database.
InnoDB: Progress in percents: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
InnoDB: Apply batch completed
080109 19:59:03 InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 43655
080109 19:59:03 [ERROR] /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld: Can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 2)
080109 19:59:03 [ERROR] Can’t start server: can’t create PID file: No such file or directory
080109 19:59:03 mysqld ended

01-09-2008 07:54 PM

Originally Posted by pickuprover (Post 3017295)

running as mysql as user (all the permissions seem to be with mysql user when I did a search on ownership)
I tried it with root and got the same message (thought I should get a permission denied when I tried to start it with root as mysql is the owner of the program and all files.)

No if you did it as root, you wont get permission denied, that don’t happen to root.

And I’m sorry, somehow I missed this when I first read it, but by all means if you don’t have the /var/run/mysqld directory, go ahead and create it, and make sure mysql.mysql owns it. That does in fact seem to be what its complaining about.

01-09-2008 08:03 PM

Thank-you, it is now up and running. yay. I was soo close to on my own, but thankfully there are forums out there. KnightHawk, I thank you very much.
I am so glad I switched to Linux, in less than a week since I downloaded it onto the old computer I feel like I know 20 times more about my operating system than I ever did with Windows. once again, thanks.

01-14-2008 08:58 PM

hi there! i’m a newbie in installing MySQL on a linux box. I can’t start my MySQL (Timeout error occurred trying to start MySQL Daemon. – i got this error) and when i look at the /var/log/mysqld.log i got the following error.

080115 10:22:22 mysqld started
080115 10:22:26 InnoDB: Started; log sequence number 0 43634
080115 10:22:26 [ERROR] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Can’t create/write to file ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid’ (Errcode: 13)
080115 10:22:26 [ERROR] Can’t start server: can’t create PID file: Permission denied
080115 10:22:26 mysqld ended

this is my /etc/my.cnf

[mysqld]
datadir=/var/lib/mysql
socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
# Default to using old password format for compatibility with mysql 3.x
# clients (those using the mysqlclient10 compatibility package).
old_passwords=1

[mysql.server]
user=mysql
basedir=/var/lib

[mysqld_safe]
err-log=/var/log/mysqld.log
pid-file=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid

thanks in advance!





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One-piece shower units are for room additions or new construction because they most often do not fit through existing doors.

One-piece showers are more economical and are ideal to add to a new home or bathroom addition.

What is ADA?

The American Disabilities Act resulted in ADA standards and guidelines for accessibility to places of public accomodation and commercial facilities by individuals with disablilities.

ADA Shower models include both ADA transfer showers and ADA roll in showers. All ADA Showers are ADA compliant when accessorized in according to ADA standards.

Accessible Showers offer the same easy access and accessories as ADA showers, however they are designed to fit in standard residential bathroom framing pockets, such as the the standard 5 ft tub/shower found in many North American homes.

Bathtubs for the elderly and disabled

Accessible and ADA Shower Pans

Many people will buy ADA compliant Handicap Access Shower Pans to provide a snap in solution for the shower base .

This barrier-free pan can be combined with ceramic tile walls for a beautiful custom accessible shower.

The handicap shower bases have slip resistant self-supporting pre-leveled bottom allowing you to do snap in style installation without any mud setting.

An ADA shower pan ensures ultra-low thresholds for easy access.

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You can shower in your own accessible shower.

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Course Offerings

The list of scheduled courses offered at IUPUI for a given term is typically released one month prior to the beginning of priority registration. Spring courses are available in October, Fall courses in late January or February, and Summer courses in December.

Viewing Course Offerings via One.IU:
A real-time display of course availability and the open or closed status of individual classes is publicly accessible from One.IU using two different search tools – the SIS Class Search and the iGPS Course Search. Both tools offer a variety of filtering options to narrow search results.

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  • 1. Navigate to: one.iu.edu .
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Elderly Couple Assaulted by Burglars – The New Indian Express #travel

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Elderly Couple Assaulted by Burglars

SRIKAKULAM:  The police arrested a six member gang Thursday, for attempting to burgle a house by threatening the occupants, an elderly couple, with a pistol in the town on November 14. The police recovered the country made pistol from the gang. The arrested persons have been identified as M Mohan Rao, J Ravi Kumar, M Gurunatha Rao, P Ramesh, M Ramayya and B Dhanunjaya Rao.

Revealing the arrests of the accused, Srikakulam deputy superintendent of police K Bhargava Naidu said that the accused broke into the house of retired employee V Chandrabushan Raju at Sayabula Thota area in the town on November 14 and tried to loot valuables after threatening them with the pistol.

Their attempt proved futile as neighbours rushed to the house after Raju shouted for help. However, the gang severely beat the elderly couple before fleeing from the house. During investigation, police came to know that Raju’s son died a few years ago and his daughter-in-law, Santhi, has been staying with her parents after the death of her husband.

However, Santhi’s brother B Dhanunjaya Rao decided to loot Raju’s house. To attempt the offence, he hired some criminals and gained entry into Raju’s house.

However, after the police took them into custody, one of the accused, Ramayya, jumped from the police jeep in a bid to escape and was severely injured. He was admitted to a hospital, the DSP said.

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Is it possible to book a cheap flight the same day

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is it possible to book a cheap flight the same day you want to leave?

Isn’t this called flying standby. I’ve never done it before but I’m pretty sure this is what stand-by is.

Standby is when you have an existing ticket for a different flight and then go to the gate of an earlier one so you can try to take any of their extra spots.

You might want to try and Priceline?

Standby is when you have an existing ticket for a different flight and then go to the gate of an earlier one so you can try to take any of their extra spots.

No, you can fly standby by having a cheaper, standby ticket, where you turn up for your booked flight but only get on if there are spaces not taken by passengers with regular tickets. If there aren’t spaces, you are bumped to the next flight and the same thing happens again.

Flying standby is an option. I’ve noticed you can sometimes get cheap last minute flights as airlines hate flying with empty seats, but with the whole American Airlines craziness going on at the moment I imagine every other airline is nicely full up and isn’t going to drop seat prices when they can get all the paniced AA customers who missed flights business.

posted by wwax at 8:24 AM on October 11, 2012

Ah, my bad.

Poster, please be aware – as I recently wasn’t – that airlines have a window before the flight where they won’t sell you tickets, for security reasons. When it came up, I was told 4 hours online, 2 hours in the airport, but I can’t find good documentation online – I would confirm with your intended airline as one of your pre-planning steps, here.

Yes, it is possible if the flight is quite empty and/or there is competition on the route. Otherwise, the last seats on the plane are generally expensive because they are catering to walk ons like you. The block of cheaper ones have typically been sold earlier – either very early on or in demand-based promotional activity designed to shift seats on a low-demand flight. Most airlines are – it goes without saying – good at optimising revenue per passenger or they tend to go out of business.

This is not the same as flying standby, which basically is the airline retaining the option to bump you off a full flight and onto a later one with availability.

posted by MuffinMan at 8:27 AM on October 11, 2012

Technically, about 24 hours before a flight, the seats get released and then are in control of the online system and the gate agent system. So you can’t get same-day flights on the phone, usually, or you can, for a crazy price, but you CAN get them online but, most easily, at the airport. It’s a crapshoot! Often you won’t see a price drop same-day online, but you might improve at the airport. (Just checked AA’s prices to Miami from NYC for today online; not great at all.) Or not!

Airlines don’t want to fly empty seats, but they also don’t want to set precedent where people wait until the very last minute to get a cheap seat.

Also, the funeral and medical emergencies crowd pay top dollar for last minute seats.

Orbitz right now show tix at $310 one way, from LaGuardia to SFO. That’s as good as you’re going to get.

I checked Priceline and US Airways has a round trip, returning a week from now, and it’s $675 RT, with a return next Thursday.

C’mon, that’s pretty damn good.

You want to search for Last minute airfare.

There are more if you Google. Looks like you can fly tomorrow into San Jose for $295.

Also, weekends are the best time to look for these kinds of deals, since business travelers tend to fill up the weekday travel slots.

We took our first anniversary trip via a last minute airfare. Just decided to wait and see what was cheap that weekend and boom, off we went.

Historically same day flights are the most expensive as the airlines know you want to fly. In business class their was a riddle; What’s the only thing that gets more expensive the closer it gets to its expiry date? An airline ticket.

My intro to econ prof also mentioned this. He said that he doesn’t understand why airlines don’t have an auction / standby section at the gate when flights leave. If there are free seats, whoever wants to pay the most get to go (this was in the days before Crazy Security).

But airlines don’t have that infrastructure, so I think the short answer is you gotta be bffs with a flight attendant . OTOH, kayak is showing $300 standby tickets for 4:25pm from jfk (the time is now 2:32) with one stop in philly. That seems pretty reasonable to me.

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Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled – Disabled World #flight #cheap

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Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled

Synopsis: Reviews and information on traveling with a disability in and around Europe including transport and accommodation

Main Document

Europe encompasses an area stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. Europe’s climate ranges from subtropical near the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to subarctic near the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean in the northern latitudes. There is much here for the traveler to enjoy, with a bewildering array of diversity and culture, cosmopolitan cities and spectacular scenery.

In recent years Europe has been making impressive strides toward opening its doors to everybody, including travelers with limited mobility. Its biggest cities offer the most accessible sightseeing opportunities for your time and money.

In London, taxis will whisk you between more wheelchair-ready sights than you’ve got time to see. Just a few hours away by train, Paris and Amsterdam are doing their best to catch up to London.

European air carriers have significantly different policies regarding people with disabilities than U.S. airlines. The European Commission recently drafted legislation that went into effect in 2006 to force airlines to meet the needs of people with disabilities. It’s worth looking into the differences between airlines you’re considering. Some airlines may require a doctor’s certificate for all independent air travel; others may require that you travel with a personal assistant.

Be sure to tell the airline if you need a wheelchair at airports, as they have wheelchairs and porters to push them. There’s no charge, but the porters will be grateful for tips. Be sure they make it a note in your reservation so it’s in their computer. Arrive at the airport well ahead of the earliest time they tell you to be there. At least an hour for domestic flights, two hours for international, and add 30 minutes to an hour to wait for someone to come with the wheelchair and any other hassles you may encounter.

A growing number of hotels have elevators and rooms with accessible bathrooms. Wheelchair Accessible Europe lists hotels throughout Europe offering accessible rooms (www.wheelchairaccessibleeurope.com).

The largest air travel hubs in Europe are, in order, London (LON: LCY, LHR, LGW, STN, LTN), Frankfurt (FRA, HHN), Paris (CDG), and Madrid (MAD) which in turn have connections to practically everywhere in Europe.

Dozens of budget airlines allow very cheap travel around Europe, often much cheaper than the train or even bus fares for the same journey. Currently the cheapest flights are offered by low cost airlines such as airBerlin, Centralwings, easyJet, HLX, Ryanair, SkyEurope Airlines and WizzAir, with the lowest fares usually found on routes which go to or from cities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

For travel to and around Europe on a budget you can find dramatically low fares by flying the airlines that cut the passenger perks. While you may not get a free cup of coffee on your flight, you will be happy knowing that you are paying the least amount possible to get from point A to point B. There are number of these airlines within Europe. Find the cheapest airfare to Europe by flying into a hub like London or Dublin then transferring to a flight on a no frills airline to your ultimate destination. This can give you the flexibility of stopping over in the hub city for no additional cost and save you a considerable amount of money over flying direct.

Especially in Western and Central Europe, the trains are fast, efficient and cost-competitive with flying. High-speed trains like the French TGV, the German ICE, the Spanish AVE and the cross-border Eurostar and Thalys services speed along at up to 320 km/h (200 mph) and, when taking into account travel time to the airport and back, are often faster than taking the plane.

There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement. Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty. Be careful: not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen treaty countries are members of the European Union.

There are no specific precautions required for staying healthy in Europe as most restaurants maintain high standards of hygiene and in the majority of countries tap water is safe to drink. However, for more precise details on these matters as well as for general information on emergency care, pharmaceutical regulations and dentistry standards etc, please consult the ‘Stay safe’ section on specific country articles.

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Discover Spas Near You with the Spafinder Wellness Gift Card #travel

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Skin Care: 4 Tips for Healthy Skin This Fall

I don’t know about you, but it seems any time the seasons change, so does my skin—and not always for the better: When the cooler temps of autumn come around, cue my seriously dry and dehydrated complexion. So suffice it to say when Pat Dutcher, spa director of SiSpa, located at Palm Beach Marriott S.

Read more Explore More Beauty & Grooming Nutrition 2015-11-26 09:41:15 Kate Phillips

3 Thanksgiving Hangover Cures to Curb Turkey Tiredness

Got a case of Turkey Day blues? Must be the tryptophan (or so the myth goes). To cure turkey overindulgence, sleepiness, and plain old heavy belly-ness, here are a few Thanksgiving hangover cures from culinary chef and holistic nutritionist Tricia Williams, founder of Food Matters NYC, diet coach, a.

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Shop Sales: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

The height of the holiday shopping season has begun, and the sales this year are superb. So skip the lines and skip the stress: Several resort spas and beauty brands are featuring Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and for a  majority of these promotions, all you have to do is click. Save y.

Read more Explore More Travel & Play Fitness 2015-11-17 14:02:38 Kate Phillips

Take a Hike: Top Hiking Trails to Explore This Fall Winter

You’ve heard the phrase, “take a hike”—and the fall and winter are excellent seasons for doing just that. Get amped to explore a few of the world’s top hiking trails, plus, the destinations that promote them. They’re perfect for providing invigorating exercise as the weather cools down. Ranch.

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Your Guide to a Stress-Free Season: 5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

by Dr. Mark Pirtle, Stress-Illness Specialist at Miraval Arizona Resort Spa While the holidays signify a joyous time of family togetherness and giving, we often find ourselves becoming stressed with the pressures of it all – from crowded shopping malls to an onslaught of holiday parties and.

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Child’s Play: Spa and Wellness for Kids

Who says the adults should have all the fun? Spas and wellness centers worldwide are incorporating healthier options specifically for children. We call it child’s play. The Virgin Active Health Clubs collection boasts nearly 100 clubs in the UK, and children of all ages are welcome with thei.

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Good Karma: Island Spa Catalina Supports Sports Community

This past summer marked the second-annual Community Open House and Appreciation Evening, hosted by Island Spa Catalina in support of its area Avalon High School Athletics. Approximately 200 local residents and visitors attended the evening event, where they enjoyed complimentary mini services such a.

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6 Simple Ways to Make Your Home More “Well”

When Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady put their $20-million, eco-friendly L.A. home on the market in early 2014, I immediately called my realtor and put a bid on it—nah, totally kidding of course, but a girl can dream, right? Yes, the nearly 14,000-square-foot house, once highlighted in Architectural D.

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Czech Republic Travel Coverage – The New York Times #cheapest #airfares

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Czech Republic Travel Coverage

Spring Symphonies in Prague

The 70th Annual Prague Spring International Music Festival runs through June 3, with more than 40 classical music concerts scheduled at 14 venues.

10 Hotels in Europe That Make You Feel at Home

More than just places to rest your head, these properties in Paris, Vienna and other cities offer a sense of community.

At the Prague Marathon, History Is a Spectator

To run through the city’s medieval streets and working-class neighborhoods, where dissidents had conspired against Communist rule, is to run through Czech history.

8 Trips Inspired by Oscar-Nominated Films

From Cambridge to the Czech Republic, suggestions for where to go for each of the movies that were nominated for best picture this year.

36 Hours in Prague

You could spend a weekend in the Czech capital visiting only those places that have opened in the past couple of years. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Beyond Goulash and Dumplings in Prague

For travelers who tire of local flavors in the Czech capital, new restaurants are serving global fare that can reset the palate.

As Prague Grows Up, a Food Scene Blossoms

Sketches of evolving restaurant trends in the Czech capital.

In Europe, Sharing Moments With History

From Versailles to Berlin, Prague to Paris, the author finds moments of connection in confrontations with the past.

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    Which Nursing Schools are in the Houston, TX Area? #which #nursing

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    Which Nursing Schools Are in the Houston, TX Area?

    Learn about nursing programs in Houston. Get information about programs available and admission requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

    Do you need to know what schools in Houston offer nursing programs? Here you can learn about schools in Houston that offer nursing programs and their courses and requirements.

    What You Need to Know

    A vocational nursing certificate program requires about one year of study, and completing it prepares you to take the practical nurse licensure examination. Associate’s degree programs are also available and prepare you for work as a registered nurse. Associate’s degree programs include general education classes alongside core nursing courses and take about two years to complete. Clinical experiences are an essential component of both certificate and associate’s degree programs in nursing.

    Bachelor’s degree programs are also available, and you can complete this program in four years. It prepares you for licensure as a registered nurse, and your coursework includes general education coursework, nursing skills classes and clinical experience.

    Certificate Programs in Houston, TX

    Houston Community College at Coleman College for Health Sciences

    At Houston Community College, nursing programs are offered through the Coleman College for Health Sciences. This program includes stand-alone courses in gerontology, nutrition and pediatric nursing. Sequences in vocational nurse training and nursing in health and illness are also required for graduation.

    • Program Name: Vocational Nursing Program
    • Program Length: 1 year, full-time
    • Tuition: $1,632 per year for in-district students, $3,360 for out-of-district students, $3,756 for out-of-state students (2015-16)
    • Requirements: High school diploma or GED
    • School Type: 2-year, public; 58,276 undergraduate students

    San Jacinto Community College – South Campus

    This program features classroom and clinical practice to prepare students for the licensure exam for vocational nursing. Some courses train students in a specific form of nursing, such as neonatal, pediatrics and surgery.

    • Program Name: Licensed Vocational Nurse Certificate of Technology
    • Program Length: 3 semesters, full-time
    • Tuition: $1,408 per year for residents in-district, $2,416 for residents out-of-district, $3,688 for non-residents (2015-2016)
    • Requirements: High school diploma or GED, acceptable placement test scores, successful physical examination results and minimum 2.25 college GPA
    • School Type: 2-year, public; 27,911 undergraduate students

    Associate Degree Programs in Houston, TX

    Houston Community College at Coleman College for Health Sciences

    • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science
    • Specialization Areas: Nursing or Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse
    • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
    • Tuition: $1,632 per year for in-district students, $3,360 per year for out-of-district students, $3,756 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
    • Requirements: Satisfactory HESI scores, TSI scores and pharmacology mathematics test scores, minimum GPA of 2.0, LVN licensure (for LVN-to-RN candidates only)
    • School Type: 2-year, public; 58,276 undergraduate students

    These 6-semester programs include more supporting scientific coursework than the certificate program, such as classes in anatomy and physiology, microbiology and human growth. Some general education courses are also required. Clinical training is part of the final five semesters of the nursing program, while the LVN-to-RN program incorporates clinical training into three of its six semesters.

    San Jacinto Community College – South Campus

    Another nursing degree option offered through San Jacinto Community College is the Nursing LVN-RN Mobility Associate of Applied Science. Students prepare to take the registered nursing licensure exam through clinical practice in hospitals and healthcare facilities in addition to classroom learning. Students must have completed a number of health science courses before they’ll be admitted to the LVN-RN program.

    • Program Name: Nursing LVN-RN Mobility Associate of Applied Science
    • Program Length: 3 semesters, full-time
    • Tuition: $1,408 per year for residents in-district, $2,416 for residents out-of-district, $3,688 for non-residents (2015-2016)
    • Prerequisites: Several courses in psychology, composition, mathematics, biology, dosage, health assessment, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology must be completed prior to admission
    • School Type: 2-year, public; 27,911 undergraduate students

    Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Houston

    Houston Baptist University

    At Houston Baptist University (HBU), you’ll prepare for a career in nursing through both clinical and administrative courses, as well as clinical experience. This curriculum offers experience observing flight teams and intensive care units. If you’re interested in graduate studies, you can earn a master’s degree in nursing from HBU. This university offers a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

    • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
    • Tuition: $29,800 per year (2015-2016)
    • Prerequisites: University undergraduate admission, minimum 3.0 GPA, no more than 2 ‘D’ or ‘F’ grades on transcripts, all nursing prerequisites completed with a ‘C’ grade or better, all university proficiencies completed, complete the HESI A2 exam, attend Nursing Information Session and meet with a nursing facility adviser
    • School Type: 4-year, private; approximately 3,128 students (2,288 undergraduates)

    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    At the Health Science Center at Houston, you have the option to pursue either a traditional or accelerated bachelor’s program. Options are also available if you are either an RN who wishes to pursue a bachelor’s degree or if you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. This school is comprised mostly of graduate students and offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is just 5-to-1.

    • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
    • Tuition: $6,846 for residents, $29,043 for non-residents (2015-16)
    • Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA in nursing course prerequisites and 3.0 GPA in science course prerequisites, official transcripts submission, at least 40 hours of program prerequisites with eight hours in science prerequisites and 75% score or better on HESI A2 exams
    • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 657 undergraduates and 3,899 graduate students

    To summarize the information here, there are at least four universities in Houston that offer nursing programs at various levels.

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    Keys Driving School in VA

    Driving is a risk-taking activity! Keys Driving School helps to eliminate the risk that’s involved in driving.

    “Keys Driving School” offers a protected and friendly environment and the experienced Keys Driving School staff is ready to provide you with superior training programs that are modified to meet your needs.
    “Keys Driving School” offers defensive and safe driving training. Ours instructors are always there to help improve your child’s driving skills, knowledge, and also teach them, how to prevent accidents and become a safe drive on the road.
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    There is one more benefit of learning driving from professional driving school that is, the driver will feel more confident after learning driving as he/she has learned it from the professional and confidence plays a vital role in driving any vehicle.

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    US credit card debt balloons to $917B: What it means #us

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    US credit card debt balloons to $917B: What it means

    While rising debt issuance usually points to a strong economy, danger could be lurking ahead.

    Last year, credit card debt in the U.S. surged by approximately $71 billion to $917.7 billion, according to a new study from CardHub.com. The research also found that most of the debt accrued in 2015 came in the fourth quarter, when Americans tacked on more than $52 billion.

    “With 7 of the past 10 quarters reflecting year-over-year regression in consumer performance, evidence is mounting to support the notion that credit card users are reverting to pre-downturn bad habits,” CardHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou said in a statement.

    Fourth-quarter credit card debt also grew at its largest pace since the Great Recession, CardHub also said.

    “It is something we need to keep an eye on if borrowing continues to grow rapidly,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director at Moody’s Analytics. He also said the implications of rising credit card debt would be similar to what happened in the recession, “when consumers became overly leveraged.”

    David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research, said “it’s usually a good sign when. credit card debt is rising” because it usually means consumers are spending more money.

    However, Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research, said this increase is “just a signal that there’s more people working,” adding that consumers are not necessarily taking on more debt.

    “The willingness of an individual to increase their leverage is the ultimate vote of confidence in the economy,” he said.

    The U.S. economy added 2.45 million jobs last year. In 2016, more than 400,000 positions have been created as of February, with the unemployment rate holding at 4.9, its lowest level in nearly eight years.

    Nonetheless, wage growth remains stagnant. U.S. workers earned 3 cents less an hour last month.

    “The drop in February [wages] was pretty sharp,” Santschi said. “The wage situation does not get as much attention as the headline number and the unemployment rate, but it’s evidence that the economy is basically flatlining.”

    U.S. equities are lower for 2016, with the Dow Jones industrial average and the S P 500 both down more than 2 percent, while the Nasdaq composite has dropped more than 6.5 percent.





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    Flight Center specializes in booking all varieties of air travel, from domestic and international flights, to first and business class airfares, to exotic airline tickets for round-the-world trips and complex itineraries – all at a great discount. If you need to fly, then look no further: You’ve come to the world’s best place to book your flights.

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    2015-2016 Academic Catalog (August 2015-July 2016)

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    Accreditation

    Concord University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 1-800-621-7440, ncahlc.org .

    Programmatic accreditations are held with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Council on Social Work Education. The Teacher Education Program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education. The University is a member of the National Association of Business Teacher Education.

    The Mission of Concord University

    The mission of Concord University is to provide a quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community.

    Concord University provides rigorous programs that prepare students to pursue various career options or graduate study. Concord s undergraduate and graduate programs lead students to assume leadership and professional roles in a multicultural society and prepare students to face the challenges of globalization. Concord is committed to serving a diverse student body including traditional, non-traditional, local, national and international students. While we incorporate a variety of educational approaches, our size and the caring dedication of our faculty, staff and administration are the principal assurances of a quality educational opportunity at Concord University.

    As a learning community, Concord University is committed to furthering knowledge through professional development activities and programs, through research, and through the application, publication and appreciation of scholarly efforts.

    The primary purpose of Concord s mission is academic; however, the service the University provides to the state, region and world goes beyond the classroom. Concord University contributes to the quality of cultural and economic life in southern West Virginia through collaboration with both public and private organizations and agencies and through extension of its support and assistance into the region it serves.

    Ultimately, Concord University measures its success by the fulfillment alumni find in their careers and throughout their lives.

    Educational Goals

    The educational programs of Concord University are designed to foster skills, knowledge, and attitudes applicable across a wide range of academic fields and professional careers in a culturally diverse, perpetually evolving global community.

    • The General Studies Program provides opportunities to begin developing skills needed to address complex issues, to build a foundational knowledge base for lifelong learning, and to cultivate attitudes that promote personal and societal well-being and experiential enrichment.
    • Building on the General Studies program, the baccalaureate degree programs provide opportunities for in-depth study in a student s chosen field(s).
    • Building on selected baccalaureate degree programs, the master s degree programs provide opportunities for highly specialized research and professional development.

    Skills: Proficiency in interpreting data, integrating information, formulating ideas, thinking critically, and communicating with others, as demonstrated by the following competencies:

    1. Effective inter-communication skills and literacy adapted as needed for the demands of various kinds of discourse:
      • listening and speaking
      • reading and writing
      • non-verbal communication
      • media and technological literacy
    2. An ability to employ appropriate observational, logical, analytical, computational, creative, and critical thinking skills in problem solving.
    3. An ability to employ appropriate methods and technologies for conducting empirical and scholarly research, to interpret research findings, and to use insights gained from such research as a basis for informed decision making.
    4. An ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate elements, information and ideas.
    5. An ability to evaluate elements, information, and ideas on the basis of appropriate criteria.
    6. An ability to apply and to transfer academic and experiential learning appropriately from one context to another.
    7. An ability to learn and work effectively both independently and collaboratively.

    Knowledge: Familiarity with principles underlying academic discourse in various fields, as demonstrated by the following capabilities:

    1. An ability to discern the reciprocal influences of environments, cultural beliefs and attitudes, and societal institutions and practices.
    2. An awareness of the fundamental characteristics and properties of the physical universe.
    3. An ability to interpret events and trends within historical contexts.
    4. Acquaintance with principles underlying languages, for example, linguistic, mathematical, and computer-language systems.
    5. A recognition of the complex interactions between organisms, including human beings, and their environments.
    6. An awareness of the aesthetic principles, methods, materials, and media employed in artistic performance and the creation of works of art and literature.
    7. Self-knowledge, including awareness of one s own competencies, deficiencies, and optimal individual learning-style(s).

    Attitudes: Tendencies conducive to self-knowledge, personal growth and development, and responsible citizenship as demonstrated by the following:

    1. Habitual reflection on ethical/moral implications of actions when weighing decisions and evaluating outcomes.
    2. Exercise of responsible leadership, including leadership by example, and of responsible followership.
    3. Respectful attentiveness to differing perspectives and willingness to engage in dialogue across differences in order to seek mutual understanding and equitable conflict resolution.
    4. Cultivation of and support for attitudes and practices that foster physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
    5. Appreciation for the creative process and for the rich diversity of artistic achievement.
    6. Commitment to social responsibility, including community service and civic engagement.
    7. Motivation to pursue lifelong learning and ongoing intellectual growth.

    Assessment

    Concord University faculty have developed programs to assess the academic achievement of the university s students. The assessment program is linked to the university s mission and educational goals. Assessment at Concord has two important roles: institutional quality and accountability. To analyze and improve the quality of Concord s education programs, the University uses various measures to assess student attainment. These assessment measures are used in the continuing evaluation of curricular and instructional decisions which are aimed at improving student learning outcomes. An integral part of the program is the assessment of student learning in the major and the general studies programs. However, Concord strives to involve all educational support areas in the assessment process. All programs assess the learning environment and what changes might be made to maximize the learning experience. Assessment of student learning is ultimately the systematic collection, analysis, and use of information to improve student learning outcomes.

    Amending Information

    While every effort is made to assure accuracy at the time of printing, Concord University reserves the right to delete, change, or amend the information in this Catalog as necessary. It is the student s responsibility to know and comply with current University policies. Licensure and accreditation regulations may require additional non-published admission requirements in some certificate programs, Candidates in these programs should check current admission requirements with the Division office administering these programs.





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    Catch the Water Bus: Taking the Scilly Isles Ferry… – The

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    Catch the Water Bus: Taking the Scilly Isles Ferry…

    In order to access the Isles of Scilly, you can take the Scilly Isles ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s island. The Scillonian III ferry is a much cheaper option than the helicopter or the plane, but admittedly is also rather less comfortable and spectacular (unless you’re afraid of heights that is or simply like the water).

    The ferry is the preferred option of celebrated author Michael Morpurgo, a self-declared lover of the Scilly Isles, as he likes to see the islands gradually approaching in the distance as the boat magically approaches his home from home.

    The ferry is also more reliable than the helicopter or light plane, given that the latter two may more often be cancelled in bad weather. However the ferry is also quite basic and can be crowded, so do not expect a fancy cruiser liner!

    Here are the details you will need to consider when deciding on whether to travel by boat to the islands:

    Prices

    Unless you are returning from the islands on the same day you depart from Penzance, then you will have to get two one way fares. The return prices only apply to day trips. This makes your journey rather more expensive, as no period or saver returns are offered, but it should still come out cheaper than the other modes of transport. (Please remember that this website is just a guide, and it is your responsibility to check for the latest updates with the ferry company ).

    The prices include a baggage allowance of 25kg per person. Freight such as bikes, canoes and camping gear must be booked before travelling and excess baggage costs ?3 per kilo.

    In order to get there and back you will need to book two single journeys per person, so be sure to double the figures you see listed below to arrive at your overall expense:

    • ?42.50 per adult
    • ?21.50 per child
    • ?11 for infants
    • ?12.50 for dogs

    Although it does not state this explicitly on the Scillonian III price list, the figures below must be assumed to be for each leg of the journey, so just double them to arrive at your total expense for a day trip. This will still be cheaper than buying two single journeys for different dates.

    • ?35 per adult
    • ?18 per child
    • ?9 per infant
    • ?25 per dog

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    By Paula Kerrigan. Dealnews.com August 5, 2014

    Sick of hearing about your work colleague’s exciting travel plans? Time to make them all jealous and book an exotic vacation of your own with one of this week’s best travel deals. You can book a flight on JetBlue for as little as $46.10, spend three nights in New Orleans ‘ French Quarter for $117, or even set off on a 6-night Far East vacation for two from $2,405.05. If you can’t decide where to start, we even found free travel eBooks to help you plan your dream getaway.

    Vendor:  JetBlue via DealBase

    Price:  From $46.10

    Lowest By:  $83

    Expires:  August 22

    Is It Worth It?:  Planning a trip in September or October? You won’t find cheaper flights than these 1-way fares from JetBlue. The best prices can be found on routes departing from Long Beach. Take a well-deserved break in San Francisco from $52.10 or visit our nation’s capital from $56.10.

    This price is valid on flights departing from Long Beach, CA (LGB) with arrival in Las Vegas, NV (LAS) on September 1; prices vary depending on the departure cities and dates chosen. A 14-day advance purchase may be required and blackout dates may apply. Book this travel deal by August 22 for travel September 16 through October 22.

    Vendor:  BookIt via ShermansTravel

    Price:  From $247

    Lowest By:  $33

    Expires:  August 5

    Is It Worth It?:  Stay on the Las Vegas Strip at the 43-story luxury Mandalay Bay Resort Casino for $82 per night. This deal includes $100 Restaurant.com credit so you can flit from buffet to buffet without ever putting your hand in your pocket. Plus you’ll get a Laughlin Nevada Tour, which passes through the Eldorado Valley on the way to Laughlin, where you’ll have six hours to explore the city and receive a free meal.

    This hotel has a TripAdvisor rating of 75% based on 6,919 reviews. Book this travel deal by August 5 for stays through December 31. To get this deal, click on “Check Rates” and select “Try Our Lowest Price Calendar”, then enter coupon code “MGM30” at final checkout. Select the Restaurant.com voucher under “BookIt.com Featured Activities Services”

    Vendor:  Trip Masters via Travelzoo

    Price:  From $2,405.05

    Lowest By:  $10,115

    Expires:  August 8

    Is It Worth It?:  Dreaming of taking a trip to Asia. Book this trip departing in October and save a massive $10,115 compared to booking it separately. Arrive in Tokyo, Japan. and spend three nights exploring the futuristic capital of the Land of the Rising Sun. Then head to the Chinese capital of Beijing to visit world wonders like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

    This price is based on departure from Chicago, IL, (ORD) with arrival in Tokyo, Japan, (NRT) on October 1; other departure cities are available for an additional cost. Some dates may be excluded and additional fees may apply. This travel deal ends August 8.

    Vendor:  BookIt via ShermansTravel

    Price:  From $117

    Lowest By:  $180

    Expires:  August 5

    Is It Worth It?:  This Editor’s Choice deal for a 3-night stay at this historic French Quarter hotel comes bundled with a $100 Restaurant.com credit and also includes daily breakfast. For just $39 per night, this is the best price we’ve seen for any New Orleans stay and currently the lowest price we could find by $180.

    Book this travel deal by August 5 for stays through September 30. To get this deal, scroll down to find this deal and click on “Check Rates”, thenselect “Try Our Lowest Price Calendar”. Enter coupon code “RMN15” at final checkout.

    Travel Kindle eBooks

    Vendor:  Amazon

    Price:  Free

    Lowest By:  At least $1

    Is It Worth It?:  Amazon has a selection of travel-related eBooks for sale at the moment, including The Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh   Kindle eBook  and Lynnette Hartwig’s Flying for First Timers   Kindle eBook. With savings of between $1 and $10, this is a great time to update your travel eBook collection.

    A Kindle, or Kindle-enabled device, is required to read these.

    Paula Kerrigan is the associate travel editor for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared:  http://dealnews.com/features/best-travel-deals/

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    Business interview: Sharon Munro, Barrhead Travel – The Scotsman #where #to

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    HOLIDAY companies have faced tough times during the recession but Sharon Munro, the boss of Glasgow-based Barrhead Travel, enjoys her job so much sometimes she pinches herself, writes Erikka Askeland.

    Munro, 39, has been with the company her father Bill founded in 1968 since she got her first part-time job there as a Saturday girl.

    In 2007 she led a management buy out in a succession plan that saw ownership of the group remain with the family. Under her stewardship, the company has seen dramatic growth and faced the challenges brought to the industry by internet booking and low-cost airlines head on.

    Next month the firm will open a flagship corporate travel boutique in Glasgow. The move comes as the company is bringing on board £14 million worth of corporate travel business.

    The group has also recently developed a customer management technology platform, dubbed Nevis. The platform has provided the company with a means of growing its franchises as it expands the management tools available to fanchisees. Nevis will also prove a beachhead into new markets – Munro has her sights set on licensing the technology to Australian firms as well as looking for acquisitions down under. “We think Nevis has got huge potential,” she says.

    But holidays are still the firm’s top priority. Barrhead’s expanding high street presence is an unusual facet of the company’s success, running contrary to the belief that traditional travel agents, where you sit in front of a desk flipping through a glossy brochure, are a thing of the past.

    She says: “People have been telling me for years that when the web came along that would be the end of the travel agent. Low cost carriers came along – again they said it was the end of the travel agent.

    “More of our business will be transacted online in the future. But there are a lot of products – cruising, long haul – that still need travel agents. We try to offer products that are unique, tours that are a wee bit different. Sometimes I pinch myself, it’s so exciting and no two days are the same.”

    Barrhead’s shops usually feature holiday themed fit outs and increasingly the latest technology to showcase dream holiday destinations.

    The firm recently upgraded its premises at Silverburn shopping centre, moving into a bigger shop unit, and Munro has plans to revamp Oswald Street in Glasgow at the end of the year.

    “We have point and click screens where you can watch a video about the destination, and iPads so customers can use them to browse. If customers want help they can get it, or if they want to book on the iPad they can. We are trying to reinvent ourselves all the time.”

    In December, Barrhead acquired Larbert-based The Cruise Specialist, making it the largest cruise retailer in the UK. Meanwhile, in April last year it opened up a call centre in Cumbria after Thomas Cook closed down its operation there.

    “We saw an opportunity to pick up some really good quality, experienced people who were knowledgeable about cruises. It takes a long time to train people on the knowledge of the different cruise ships and the different options,” she says.

    She agrees that Thomas Cook’s crisis has been Barrhead’s opportunity. The 172-year-old group recently announced it was cutting thousands of jobs after struggling with a slump in sales that has forced it to renegotiate bank loans and sell off planes and stores to lighten its debt load. But Munro is quick to say that she thinks very highly of the group’s new chief executive, Harriet Green.

    “Harriet is doing what she has to do to save the business. I think she’s done a great job. I feel for the people who have been made redundant, we have been very sad for them, but for us it has been an opportunity to take on new people. We will be taking on about 20 to 40 Thomas Cook people in the next few months.”

    Since Munro has taken the helm, the business has grown rapidly. In 2007, Barrhead had eight high street shops with a turnover of £68m. Munro says the firm is now on track for a turnover of £200m this year and has 52 stores, 27 of which are franchised operations.

    Dad Bill remains a shareholder and the chairman. Having a former chief executive as chairman can sometimes prove tricky to manage for any new boss with fresh ideas, let alone one who is also your father.

    “We’ve had our moments,” says Munro. “We are both very passionate about the business. He’s still involved in the strategy. It’s great to have him there, he’s got a wealth of knowledge. Sometimes when you are at the top of any business it can be quite lonely. I’m fortunate that I’ve got someone to talk to who has been there.

    “It’s my decision and he supports me, He challenges us, acts as a devil’s advocate and makes sure we know what we want to do.”

    But is she the boss? “Yes”, she says quietly. “I hate to say it but yes.”

    The family tradition that Munro continues to espouse is a healthy scepticism of debt. While Munro had bank backing behind the MBO, she says that’s now all paid back.

    A company like Barrhead – growing fast, investing in expansion and technology yet debt free – is probably just the sort that banks would lend to if it wanted to buy a fleet of aeroplanes or swallow a rival, but Munro is reticent.

    “The thing about us is we take the responsibility of having 750 employees very seriously. We will continue to grow and expand but we will do that in a controlled way.

    “We take calculated risks. We want to be here in another 20 years.”

    Born: 1972 in Glasgow

    Education: Laurel Bank School in Glasgow

    First job: I had a paper round while still at school, earning a penny a paper, and also was a Saturday girl at Barrhead Travel.

    Ambition while at school: To work with disabled or underprivileged children

    Car: Porsche Panamera

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    Best Days Of The Week To Book Airfare, From Jeanenne Tornatore

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    Best Days Of The Week To Book Airfare, From Jeanenne Tornatore (VIDEO)

    Orbitz Travel Expert Jeanenne Tornatore shared a few handy tips on when to book airfare for the cheapest rates possible.

    “When you’re looking at when to book, earlier in the week can be better, since a lot of airlines put their fare sales out earlier in the week,” she explained, suggesting Tuesday and Wednesday as the most cost-effective days to book flights.

    If you know you will be traveling during the busy summer season, Jeanenne recommends booking farther in advance, especially for popular destinations.

    “Fare prices go up as flights get fuller, and some of them will get booked to capacity during the busier summer months,” she told us.

    As far as specific time of day, Jeanenne told us that some people believe midnight is the best time, as some companies upload their most recent options at that time.

    “I personally don’t stay up that late!” she laughed, “but if you’re looking for a deal, try midnight.”

    For more of Jeanenne’s expert travel tips, view the slideshow below:

    Travel Tips From Jeanenne Tournatore

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  • College Visits and Tours for Families #planning #college #visits, #personal #assistant,

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    The professionals at Custom College Visits have the in-depth knowledge and experience to create amazing college road trip experiences for your family.

    Each custom designed itinerary includes all on-campus meetings and activities, as well as coordination of travel and hotel logistics.

    Itineraries are designed based on colleges that interest your teen and each trip is scheduled according to your preferred travel dates.

    Not sure what type of college will be the best fit for your teen?

    We will plan a multi-campus itinerary that will let you and your teen explore different types of colleges and universities all based on your teen’s specific educational interests and lifestyle preferences.

    Since 2009, Custom College Visits has been privileged to assist teens and families from around the world with their college tours.

    Summer college tours can be particularly challenging for parents or teens to organize.

    Call us +1 (650) 931-4515 or (800) 930-1701 for a free consultation.

    Please scroll down to read what parents say about our college road trip itineraries.

    “A friend who is a maven in finding outstanding resources, recommended Janice and Custom College Visits as we began the daunting college selection process. We worked with Janice on two fronts; to help create a list of colleges and to set-up meaningful colleges visits. The college visits were also a lot of fun for us as a family and very informative on so many levels. More importantly Janice helped make the college selection process manageable, not so daunting after all, and we felt no stone was left unturned in this important decision.

    Tracy P. Parent of a New York City high school Senior

    Thank you so much for planning such a wondrous experience for our son. The careful attention to detail was evident at every turn. Custom College Visits planning effort provided an appropriate path of discovery for our son and for us.

    Michael C. New Jersey parent of a high school Junior

    Hi Janice, Our trip was a thoroughly enjoyable family adventure! Thank you so much for the unique opportunities that you created for our daughter at each college. Meeting with a student at Harvard, was probably the most informative way to start the entire trip. She devoted a lot of time (in the rain) providing real college life details. She swiped us into dining halls, dorms & buildings that we might not have seen otherwise. The sophomore session at Princeton was wonderful! Thank you so much for everything that you did! We really were able to get the most out of each campus visit! Best, Julie

    Julie, Parent of a high school Junior in Southern California

    I found working with Custom College Visits a very positive experience. They were able to pinpoint colleges that were best suited for my daughter and the travel plans were well organized. In addition, they were able to set up an interview with a member of a college color guard, as my daughter had expressed interest in going to a school that had a color guard. I am very pleased with my experience with Custom College Visits, and would recommend them highly.

    Mark L. Parent of high school junior in Northern California

    Lili got accepted into her first choice school today (early decision): Boston University! She is thrilled beyond belief and relieved as well. We could not have done it without your help, it was invaluable. I think the High School Honors program she did there was probably very helpful and we would not have know about it without your forwarding the information to us. You rock! So, I am tipping my hat today to both you and Lili!

    Kim T. Parent of high school senior in Kansas

    I am happy to tell you that Nivi has been accepted early decision to Brown University. She is the first ivy leaguer in our family and we couldn’t be more proud! Her decision to apply was made easier because of the excellent experience she had during her customized tour via your company so thank you so much! We will be sure to recommend you to our friends here..

    Gayathri S. Parent of high school senior Chennai, India

    Thank you again for being so good at what you do. Our trip to the US was a huge success. I was on the verge of cancelling the trip but knew I couldn’t let my son down. That I even found you on the internet was a direct answer to my prayer for a miracle. The itinerary worked very well. I knew I was in good hands even before I boarded the plane to the U.S. and your attention to detail far exceeded my expectation.

    Egbe O. Parent of international high school student

    We had a wonderful trip to Philadelphia and Boston thanks to Janice Caine of Custom College Visits. She worked out an itinerary from start to finish. We visited 9 schools and it was as smooth as possible. Janice worked out tours and information sessions as well as meetings with tennis coaches.We have boy/girl twins and both were happy which is not an easy achievement. Not only did Janice work out the schedule but she recommended great schools in both towns. We would highly recommend her.

    Phil S. Parent of high school students SF Bay Area

    “Thank you SO MUCH for your involvement in the Splash Parents’ Program this weekend! I am just reviewing the feedback forms, and your presentation received rave reviews across the board; many parents cited it as the highlight of the program for them! Some verbatim quotes include: ‘The Planning and Preparing for College Visits was a great eye opener;’ Thank you for all the effort, energy, and enthusiasm you put into making the event such a success.”

    Marisa M. Coordinator, Splash Parents’ Program Stanford University

    Our college process was two-fold. It began with getting a jump start on the standardized testing, and not waiting until spring of junior year to focus. I believe our outcome was successful because we had a well-managed plan helped along by an expert, Janice Caine, of Custom College Visits.

    Lisa L. Parent of high school students SF Bay Area

    Happy New Year! Wanted to let you know that Charlie was accepted to Johns Hopkins Early Decision! Great news and very exciting all around. Thank you for all your help.

    Beth A. Parent of a high school senior. Massachusetts





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    Around the world – Share Your Views and Articles #cheap #travel

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    Around the World

    Around the World, as the name suggests, is a thematic guide to the latest developments and events happening across the world. In other words, it is a quick capsule of information and analysis on what’s happening across the globe. From news and events to weather and trends, one will find an interesting slideshow that can easily be viewed on mobile phones, tablets as well as on the web, and a concise article on a theme that’s relevant around the world.

    An amalgamation of maps, designs, and text, Around the World (ATW) is like a kaleidoscopic picture, which aims to provide a multi-faceted view of every topic. Thus, to make Around the World engaging for its readers. Interestingly, one can easily share the slideshows among friends on various social media platforms.

    It has now become a repertoire of many useful and exciting pieces of information. Several multifarious topics such as High-Speed Trains, Flying Medical Services, Elections, Democracies, Recent Epidemic Outbreaks, International Film Festivals, Sports Scandals, Top 2014 Events, etc. have been effectively covered so far. And, for more, do find out every week as to what’s happening and what’s trending on planet Earth, with Around the World from MapsofWorld.

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    Call the Philippines at Bargain Rates – OneSuite Cheap International Calls

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    Advantage of Travelling Around the World #cheap #car #rentals

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    Advantage of Travelling Around the World

    Travelling is a great thing to do, especially now. Summer is a good time of year to start a new adventure or see new parts of the world. But what exactly is travelling? Simply stated, travelling is a process of getting from one place to another.

    Most people travel as part of their daily routine, not only because it is enjoyable but also because it has a lot to offer. Are you familiar with the saying, “The world is a book; those who do not travel read only a page”?

    There are lots of places to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

    There are many advantages to travelling around the world. Here are a few to think about:

    You will enjoy the Adventure

    The reason why many people travel is because they love an adventure. There are several different types of adventures to choose from when you travel. An example of this is travelling to different beaches; some people enjoy diving while others prefer surfing.

    Wherever you will go, you will make memories of your adventure which will last a lifetime. You can relive the enjoyment again and again as you look back on the great adventure you had when travelling.

    You get to know different People and Places

    The world contains lots of countries and not all people are the same. When travelling, you get the opportunity to meet different people from different places. In life, one of the most important social skills we learn is how to interact and communicate with people who are different than we are.

    All people have their own way of communicating, and not all ways are effective. Some people tend to have problems expressing themselves because their social abilities are not developed. Travelling and interacting with a variety of people can help build or improve social skills with very little effort.

    Not only does travelling improve communication skills, it can actually boost self-confidence, since ideas and opinions are able to be more clearly expressed, shared and understood.

    Getting accustomed to different cultures

    Different cultures exist everywhere. As a traveler, it’s your duty to respect the culture of the people you visit. Some places have more modern cultures while others have traditional beliefs and customs.

    Experiencing different cultures can also be enlightening and educational; many travelers look for places to visit whose cultures are different from their own. Learning about other’s lives and customs deepens our understanding of ourselves and of our world. It teaches us respect and is humbling in many cases.

    Learning the culture of different peoples can reveal how people see themselves in a group. Culture may be defined as a total way of life, created by a group of people.  It is then passed down from one generation to the next.

    You tend to see different places that you haven’t seen before

    For many people, the main reason for travelling is to see the world. Travelling can be a dream come true! It allows you to have adventures in new places and see things you never thought possible.

    Relaxation

    Stress is a natural part of life; in fact it helps us to survive! But when we have too much stress in our lives, it can be dangerous to our health. Many things bring about stress: work, family, relationships, change in health. Even positive change brings on stress.

    There are lots of activities that can help reduce stress and tension. One way to reduce stress and anxiety is by relaxing or by doing activities you enjoy. Travelling can bring joy to life, especially in stressful times. It can be one of the best ways to remove stress, reduce tension and restore balance.

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    33 Amazing And Beautiful Places Around The World – Top Dreamer

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    33 Amazing And Beautiful Places Around The World

    If you love to travel and explore new places, then you should definitely check out the following photo collection. We have selected 33 Amazing and Beautiful Places from around the world. Check them out and get inspired where to go next. Try to travel as much as you can because travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich. Enjoy and stay up to date with us to find more amazing places for your bucket list!

    A dam in Rayong, Thailand.

    In the rainy season, the Dam is used to irrigate crops.

    Photo by Anan Charoenkal.

    Corkscrew Falls Hocking Hills State Park Ohio, USA Photo by Steve Perry

    Luoping, China by Rosanna Leung

    Maya Bay, Thailand

    Romanescu Park Craiova, Romania by Jikky Bravo

    Lake Louise Banff National Park Alberta Canada By Stanko Kolar

    Maldive Islands

    Eiffel Tower Paris, France By Darbare Eli

    Caracol Falls, Brasil

    Hasliberg, Switzerland

    Hiroshima Castle, Japan

    Limone Sul Garda, Italy

    South Korea

    Rock Islands, Palau

    Plitvice Lakes National Park, is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.

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    9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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    9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

    When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

    Work As An Au-pair

    An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

    When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

    I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

    Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

    Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

    After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

    Teach English

    This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

    If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

    Work on a Cruise Line

    This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

    Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

    Work as a Tour Guide

    Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

    I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

    Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

    I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

    Workaway

    You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

    Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

    I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

    If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

    If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

    Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

    I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

    Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

    People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

    I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.

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    A list of the best travel blogs and top travel bloggers

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    The Best Travel Blogs

    Below is a list of the best travel blogs online. We currently have 330 top travel blogs with a combined monthly audience of 2,757,214 people and 6,253,241 monthly page impressions.

    Our aim is to help you easily find the best travel blogs and quickly connect you with the top travel bloggers. Follow the three steps below to save days of work connecting with the best travel blogs.

    Contact the top bloggers below.

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    By using the three steps above you will save days of work finding the top travel blogs and communicating with each of the best travel bloggers individually. Step 2 is important to help us ensure you connect with the most suitable bloggers.

    How have we ranked the travel blogs below? The more information the blogger submits, the higher they will rank (so we can provide you with a more engaging service). If you need to see the blogs ranked by influence. then please register for the Konector Insight service.

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    e-file for Tax Professionals

    IRS will begin accepting individual tax returns electronically on January 23, 2017 for returns due by April 18, 2017.

    Any tax return preparer who anticipates preparing and filing 11 or more Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 1041 during a calendar year must use IRS e-file (unless the preparer or a particular return is administratively exempt from the e-file requirement or the return is filed by a preparer with an approved hardship waiver).

    Hot Topicfor e-file Providers

    Tax scammers work year-round; they don’t take the summer off. The IRS urges you to stay vigilant against calls and e-mails from scammers impersonating the IRS. This link provides several tips from the IRS to help you avoid being a victim.

    Become an Authorized e-file Provider
    The IRS e-file Application Process in three easy steps.

    e-Services
    Online e-services products are now available including the IRS Electronic e-file Application. E-services is a suite of web based products that allow tax professionals and payers to do business with the IRS electronically.

    Easy Steps to check your EFIN status
    Checking the EFIN status of your application to make sure the volume of returns e-filed matches your records should be part of your regular routine.

    E-file Security, Privacy and Business Standards Mandated as of January 1, 2010 .
    The IRS has mandated six (6) new security, privacy, and business standards to better serve taxpayers and protect their information collected, processed and stored by Online Providers of individual income tax returns. Compliance with these standards became mandatory January 1, 2010.

    E-file Providers Prohibited From Transmitting Returns Prior to Receiving Forms W-2, W-2G or 1099-R
    Authorized IRS e-file Providers are prohibited from submitting electronic returns to the IRS prior to the receipt of all Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R from the taxpayer.

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    Regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 7216, Disclosure or Use of Tax Information by Preparers of Returns, became effective January 1, 2009.

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    Electronic filing is available for Employment Taxes, Information Returns, Corporations, Partnerships, Estates Trusts as well as returns for Charities Non-Profits.

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    Certain large and mid-size corporations are required to electronically file their Forms 1120 and 1120-S. Other corporations may do so voluntarily. This page provides e-file information for corporations that prepare and transmit their own electronic corporate income tax returns and those that use the services of third party tax professionals.

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies – The Motley Fool

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies

    Orbitz, Southwest, and HomeAway earn top scores from employees for perks, CEO performance, and business outlook.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:55AM

    Hotels, booking and review sites, and a lone airline made the list of top travel-sector employers in the 2014 Glassdoor  Travel Industry Report Card. The career site compiled its list based on verified employee reviews submitted over the past 12 months, along with employee ratings of their companies’ CEOs and their opinions on whether business will improve, decline, or hold steady for the next six months.

    Top travel-workplace cultures

    Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW ) tops this year’s list. The travel-planning and booking site earned high ratings from its employees for CEO performance and a supportive, perk-heavy work environment — including, unsurprisingly, “a very liberal vacation policy.”

    Next on the list is Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV ). the only airline to place among the top 10. Along with Orbitz, Southwest also recently earned a spot on Glassdoor’s 2014 Best Places to Work, a list that includes companies from all sectors. One employee praised the “freedom to grow and develop as an individual.” And Southwest has a reputation for encouraging its employees to be creative.

    The hottest hotel brands for workers

    Four hotel brands made this year’s top 10. Privately held Omni Hotels rated fourth   and had the most positive business outlook ratings of the group — 88% of employees said they expect business to get better in the coming half-year.

    The other hotels on the list are Marriott International ‘s (NASDAQ:MAR ) Ritz-Carlton chain, and Canadian chains Fairmont Hotels Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels. Four Seasons has a long reputation for employee satisfaction, with a low turnover rate and 17 years on Fortune ‘s list of Best Companies to Work For.

    Vacation-rental company HomeAway (NASDAQ:AWAY ) surpassed rival Airbnb, which didn’t make the list, but it’s facing brand-new competition in the luxury segment from Four Seasons. The hotel chain announced its new Four Seasons Vacation Rental site this week, with a portfolio of upscale properties from the Gulf Coast to the Indian Ocean.

    The rest of the best

    Rounding out this year’s top travel companies to work for are timeshare operator Marriott Vacation Club, TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP ). a travel review and research company, and SeaWorld Entertainment   (NYSE:SEAS ) .

    SeaWorld has faced questions about its animal handling policies and employee safety practices since the release of the documentary film “Blackfish” in 2013. Despite protests by animal-welfare groups, an attempt in the California legislature to ban orca shows, and proposed legislation in the U.S. House to update marine-mammal standards of care, CEO Jim Atchison received the highest employee rating on the list.

    Source: glassdoor.com.

    Top-rated employers in a thriving industry

    These companies stand out not just for their reputation among their employees but for doing well despite a slow overall recovery. Travel and tourism is one of the brightest spots in the economy, with more than 19,200 jobs added in May alone.

    “Since losing nearly half a million jobs during the Great Recession, the travel industry has added 749,000 jobs and has outpaced job creation in the rest of the economy by 49%,” said David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, after the release of May job numbers. That’s good news for investors in the travel sector, and good news for workers who are looking for stability — especially if it comes with lots of vacation time.

    Warren Buffett’s biggest fear is about to come true

    Warren Buffett just called this emerging technology a “real threat” to his biggest cash-cow. While Buffett shakes in his billionaire-boots, only a few investors are embracing this new market which experts say will be worth over $2 trillion. It won’t be long before everyone on Wall Street wises up, that’s why The Motley Fool is releasing this timely investor alert. Click here  to learn more about what’s keeping Buffett up at night and the one public company we’re calling the “brains behind” the technology.

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    Enjoy the best mobile and tablet games on GameHouse! #find #plane

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    Free Online Games, Download Games, PC Games, Mac Games, and Mobile Games – It’s good to game!

    It’s good to game! That’s our motto at GameHouse, and we’re sure you ll agree. On GameHouse, you can find the hottest game releases, including all of your favorite download games and online games for both Windows and Mac, from the top game publishers of the world. So explore the site. You ll find free games in all of your favorite genres including Hidden Object, Puzzle, Time Management, Match 3 games and more.

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    Play Your Way at GameHouse.

    We want you to be able to play your games anywhere, anytime. That’s why we’re offering more and more games for mobile phones and tablets on GameHouse. Do you like to play games on your Android phone, iPhone, iPad or other tablets? GameHouse is the place to be! Enjoy our wide variety of games and get ready for hours of fun on your personal device! You can find our mobile games on our website, but also via the usual app store channels.

    Love to play online and download games as much as we do? Then you ll really love the budget-friendly memberships we created for game lovers like you. FunPass and FunTicket Duo are some of the best deals around. And you don’t have to choose a one-size-fits-all game plan either. At GameHouse, you call the shots.

    Game Lovers: Play the Way You Want.

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    The 8 Best Contract-Free or Prepaid Cell Phones to Buy in

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    The 8 Best Contract-Free or Prepaid Cell Phones to Buy in 2017

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    Motorola’s Moto E Android prepaid smartphone is a great option for users of Tracfone’s network. Running Android 4.4 on the 4.3-inch qHD display, the addition of Corning glass speaks to Motorola’s renowned excellent design that’s both stylish and functional. As an inexpensive device, there’s some tradeoff and that’s shown in the plastic material of the design, but the phone still looks like a device that’s far more expensive. On the rear of the device is the depressed Motorola “M” symbol, which serves as an additional grip point for a more comfortable hold.

    While the design may not feel like a million dollars, the included battery offers more than enough juice to get through a full day of average to above average use. The inclusion of a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1GB of RAM works perfectly well when opening and closing apps one at a time. Multitasking adds a little more of a challenge (apps take slightly longer to load), but for a very low price point, tradeoffs are bound to exist. Additionally, Motorola includes a five-megapixel camera that offers average quality, but works in a pinch.

    Continue to 3 of 8 below.

    LG’s Phoenix 2 is a surprisingly attractive and stylish smartphone with an eight-megapixel rear camera and five-megapixel front camera. The rear camera offers surprisingly good color reproduction and accuracy. Low-light shots are a little more difficult, but that’s something to be expected with an introductory smartphone offering. Still, there s the inclusion of 720p video recording at 30fps and a good level of detail with rear-camera photography.

    The sturdy design feels superb in the hand without feeling too plasticky or cheap like any number of prepaid devices in a similar price range. The five-inch 1280 x 720 LCD offers a display that’s sharper than most entry-level devices. Operating on AT T’s prepaid LTE network, there’s full support for all of AT T’s suites and offerings available to GoPhone devices. Additionally, there’s support for Bluetooth 4.1, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, which delivers better-than-average performance.

    The Phoenix 2 falters a little on battery life (it lasts just around four hours), which is likely due in part to the more demanding LTE data. The good news is the device offers removable batteries, so carrying a spare is a possibility.

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    Best Display: LG Volt 2

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    The LG Volt 2 offers a high quality five-inch, 1280 x 720p LCD display. It s supported by a measurement of 294 pixels per inch, on par with phones that are typically more expensive and feature-rich. The display also has excellent viewing angles and is bright enough to see in direct sunlight. Beyond the display, the Volt 2 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Adding additional memory is a snap with microSD card support for up to an additional 32GB of total memory.

    The phone has additional features such as Bluetooth 4.0, a loud earpiece volume and noise cancellation for easily holding conversations in a noisy environment. Real world performance is admirable for the price with app switching and multitasking working appropriately without much of a slowdown. As for battery life, the Volt 2 offers a battery that should support between five to six hours of talk time before needing a recharge. An eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and five-megapixel front-facing selfie camera support pictures and video capture.

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    Alcatel’s Big Easy is an excellent device that partners with Tracfone’s prepaid network for an inexpensive choice for senior citizens nationwide. Featuring a two-megapixel camera, MP3 player and 3G connectivity, the Big Easy is perfect for users who want something easy to use without paying an arm and a leg. Additionally, the entire bottom 2/3 of the device is nothing more than the large and easily pressed keypad, send and answer keys, as well as the four-way directional pad for navigating Alcatel’s menu system.

    While the large keypad may be the most immediate highlight, the Big Easy arrives out of the box with 800 minutes and one year of service. Additionally, Tracfone includes a car charger within the box adding a little extra value and peace of mind to current and future customers. At just 15 ounces, the Big Easy fits into a purse or pockets without feeling any extra weight.

    Runner-Up, Best Overall: ZTE Maven

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    Partnered with AT T’s 4G LTE network, the 4.71-ounce ZTE Maven is an outstanding choice for a prepaid device with fast streaming, downloading and surfing speeds. Featuring a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of memory, the Android Lollipop 5.1 device is a budget-friendly option that feels far more expensive than its price tag. The five-megapixel autofocus rear camera takes OK, if not outstanding, photos that are what to be expected at this price range. A 4.5-inch display is vibrant with easy-to-read text and works surprisingly well under direct sunlight.

    Right out of the box, some of the 8GB of memory is already chewed up by the operating system, so ZTE includes storage for a microSD card up to 32GB. The microSD card itself allows for additional storage of pictures and video that can easily take up quite a bit of room. ZTE Maven buyers will also find Android and Google functionality offering more than one million apps through Google’s Play Store. Additionally, the Maven includes a battery that offers up to 10 hours of talk time.

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    New York s DWI Guide #nys #dwi, #nyc #dui, #dwai #drugs,

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    What is the difference between the terms DWI, DWAI, DWI, OUI, etc.

    These terms are all acronyms that refer to the crime commonly known as drunk driving. Different states have different names for the crime. For example, in Oregon, the term driving under the influence of an intoxicant or DUII is used; Massachusetts and Maine call the charge operating under the influence or OUI; Florida, Connecticut and numerous other states use the term driving under the influence or DUI.

    Like many states, New York State law uses the terms driving while intoxicated(DWI) and aggravated driving while intoxicated (Aggravated DWI). New York also has a separate charge known as driving while ability impaired or DWAI. [Colorado is the only other state that uses the term DWAI.] More on those terms below.

    I just got arrested for a State of New York DWI / DWAI charge. What happens now?

    ISSUE ONE: The New York Implied Consent Proceeding: Your New York drivers license (or your right to drive in New York if you re not a New York licensed driver) was most likely revoked for a year or more if you refused a chemical (breath) test. You also face a $500 civil penalty. Read your paperwork carefully. It may be in your interest to challenge this revocation at a DMV hearing. Speak to your New York DWI hearing for more information.

    ISSUE TWO: The New York Aggravated DWI / DWI / DWAI Case: Separate from the implied consent license revocation proceeding is the charge for DWAI, DWI, or Aggravated DWI. You were probably charged with one of the following offenses:

    Driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by the consumption of alcohol. This offense is most commonly seen when a driver s BAC is between 0.05 and 0.07 percent.

    Driving while intoxicated; per se (Per Se DWI). Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while you have 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in your blood as shown by chemical analysis of your blood, breath, urine or saliva.

    Aggravated driving while intoxicated; per se (Aggravated DWI). Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while you have 0.18 percent or more by weight of alcohol in your blood as shown by chemical analysis of your blood, breath, urine or saliva.

    Aggravated driving while intoxicated; child in car (Aggravated DWI). Under New York law it is unlawful to driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age in your vehicle.

    Driving while intoxicated (DWI). Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.

    Driving while ability impaired by drugs. Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by the use of a drug.

    Driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or drugs. Under New York law, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or drugs.

    Important: The implied consent proceeding and the criminal DWI / DWAI case are completely separate from one another.

    Will my New York drivers license be revoked / suspended?

    RELATED TO ISSUE ONE ABOVE: Your New York drivers license (or your right to drive in New York state if you do not have a valid New York license) may be revoked under implied consent law for refusing a chemical test. New York s implied consent law does not suspend or revoke a driver s license if they fail a breath or blood test (though many other states do so).

    RELATED TO ISSUE TWO ABOVE: If you are convicted of the DWI or Aggravated DWI charge. you will also lose your license (or your right to drive in New York if you don t have a valid New York license) for a six months or more.

    A DWAI conviction will also result in a suspension or revocation of your license.

    Keep in mind that these conviction-based revocations are separate and distinct from the implied consent revocation. Talk to your NY DWI lawyer for possible suspension and revocation lengths for your situation.

    Also keep in mind that your license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons unrelated to a DWI / DWAI arrest e.g. excessive tickets, a hit and run conviction, etc.

    What happens if I get caught driving while my license is suspended / revoked?

    Aggravated unlicensed operation (AUO) of a motor vehicle should be avoided as it is a new crime. Most commonly, you ll face the charge of aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree. This charge is common after an alcohol related suspension / revocation. Penalties include fines and possible jail time.

    If you re on probation for a DWI / DWAI when you are arrested for unlicensed operation, you also face a probation violation hearing.

    If you re driving while intoxicated and driving after a revocation, you may face a charge of AUO in the first degree. This is a felony charge.

    I really need to drive. Will I be able to get a NY restricted / occupational / conditional permit / conditional / hardship license?

    If you’re serving a revocation, for a first DWI / DWAI conviction and you participate in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP), you may be able to obtain a conditional license. If you receive a New York conditional license, it is valid to drive only:

    • to and from work;
    • on the job (if driving is part of your job);
    • to and from a class at an accredited school, college, or university;
    • to transport your child to and from child care or school if necessary to maintain your employment;
    • to and from Drinking Driver Program classes and required evaluation or treatment;
    • to and from a state or county motor vehicle office for business related to your conditional license;
    • to and from court required probation activities;
    • to and from medical treatment for you or a family member;
    • during an additional three hour period each week .

    The State of New York does not issue conditional licenses to drive commercial motor vehicles.

    What is the New York State Drinking Driver Program (DDP)?

    The Drinking Driver Program (DDP) is a government program designed to reduce recidivism among persons convicted of DWI. During the introductory phase of the program, participants discuss the social, medical, legal, and driver safety problems caused by alcohol and other drug abuse. The program includes classroom education, screening, and sometimes evaluation and treatment.

    A DDP participant must attend seven weekly classroom sessions. Each session lasts two to three hours. If you satisfactorily complete the classroom sessions, your involvement in the DDP ends unless the program refers you for a formal evaluation and subsequent treatment. This referral may result from:

    • the results of a written self assessment;
    • two or more alcohol or drug-related driving convictions within the past 10 years;
    • an arrest for an alcohol or drug-related driving offense while enrolled in the DDP;
    • attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
    • a request by the student for help with a substance abuse problem, or an admission that the student is currently in treatment;

    If you are referred for evaluation, you may choose a treatment provider from a list supplied by the DDP. [Note: If you are not satisfied with the results of the evaluation, you may contact the DDP director and request a second evaluation. However, you must accept the findings of the second evaluation.]

    After the evaluation, you may be required to complete a substance abuse treatment program. If you fail to complete required evaluation and treatment, you will be dropped from the DDP and your conditional license will be revoked.

    You will receive a Notice of Completion when you have completed all the requirements of the DDP. A copy of your completion notice will be sent to the NYS DMV. Depending on your license status and driving record, your license will be restored or you will be eligible to apply for a new drivers license.

    Is a DWI offense in New York a misdemeanor or felony offense?

    In New York state, a DWI is usually a misdemeanor crime. However, if you have a prior DWI offense in the past 5 – 10 years, the offense may be a felony crime. Also, getting a DWI with a child under 15 years of age in the car results in a felony offense under Leandra s law. Refer to the table below for more information.

    DWAI offenses are generally infractions or misdemeanor offenses so long as the offense involves alcohol (and not drugs).

    What type of penalties might I face if I am convicted of a New York DWAI / DWI offense?

    Upon conviction of a New York DWI / DWAI offense, a defendant can receive a variety of penalties including substance abuse screening / treatment / education. A range of penalties is set forth below:


    NEW YORK STATE DWI AND DWAI PENALTY CHART





    05/09/2017

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    Croatia Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #bug

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    36 Hours in Split, Croatia

    Surrounded by mountains and sea, Split has it all: Roman ruins, trendy shops and fashionable restaurants.

    36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

    No longer just a stop on the way to the coast, Croatia’s capital has seen a surge in popularity, with lounges, bistros and chic designer ateliers in an Old World setting.

    In Varazdin, a Thriving Arts Scene Emerges

    A cultural explosion is taking place in castles and squares, in churches and a synagogue and along the ancient streets of Varazdin.

    10 Hotels in Europe That Make You Feel at Home

    More than just places to rest your head, these properties in Paris, Vienna and other cities offer a sense of community.

    A Bloody Night in Cres

    Eager to please my hosts, I didn’t hesitate when asked to help kill a lamb — or when presented with the surprising meal that followed the slaughter.

    Sipping the Pleasures of Istria

    On a trip around this Croatian peninsula, the author renews his romance with a regional wine and discovers another culinary product to savor: local olive oil.

    A Croatian Island’s Day in the Sun

    Home to opulent hotels, secluded coves and some of the sunniest weather in Europe, Hvar appears poised to gain even greater popularity.

    On Trails Less Traveled

    For those looking to walk some of Europe’s less celebrated regions, there are outfitters providing a path.

    36 Hours in Dubrovnik, Croatia

    With its medieval Old Town and bird’s-eye views of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is no longer anyone’s best-kept secret.

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    Compare the Best Travel Insurance* of December 2015. #tickets #cheap

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    Best Travel Insurance* of 2015

    Information verified correct on December 1st, 2015

    Looking for the best* value travel insurance policies of 2015? Compare products most popular with our users

    Going on a holiday? Looking for the best travel insurance* 2015? You’ve come to the right place. On this page you’ll find the most popular products of 2015*, along with tips on what to look for in a policy, deals, coupons and other travel insurance savings tips. Ready to get a policy now? Fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and start comparing policies. Want to know more about the best travel insurance* 2015? Keep on reading.

    Wha t are the most popular products of 2015?

    Australian consumers are pretty savvy when it comes to sniffing out a good deal and, judging by the fact you’re reading this, you’re one of them. One way of getting an idea of what is not only the best travel insurance* but the best* value travel insurance, is by looking at the most popular travel insurance policies on the market. Displayed below are the most popular policies with our users.

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    Cheap Flights to Florida – Find the Best Deals on Flights

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    Cheap Flights to Florida

    Best Time to Fly to Florida

    October through April is the peak tourist season for flights to southern Florida. Orlando’s theme parks are busy year-round, with the highest peaks coinciding with school vacations, including spring and summer breaks. Summer is the busy season in northern Florida. Florida remains a popular destination for spring-break vacations, and those weeks are busy as are long holiday weekends.

    Winter is the off season in northern Florida. If you don’t mind the hot and humid weather, cheap flights to Florida’s southern region are easily found in the summer.

    Why you should take a flight to Florida

    Before buying airline tickets to Florida decide what part of the state you want to explore: There’s so much to do in Florida, it’s hard to know where to begin. Book a Florida trip to the gulf side to see Clearwater Beach, Naples, and Sanibel Island – year-round destination spots with resorts, condos, golf courses and enough sand and sun to keep anyone happy. Mickey Mouse welcomes millions of tourists to his home in Orlando. and Daytona Beach traditionally serves as host to Spring-breakers. Further south, Florida flights drop travelers in Fort Lauderdale. West Palm Beach and Miami. where decadence and lavish lifestyles line the city centers. Simply put: Florida is a destination spot for anyone.

    Flights to Florida are easy to find, and savvy travelers will find cheap flights to Florida during the off season (usually the summer months). Sports fans booking Florida airline tickets will head straight to Jacksonville for Spring Training or down to Miami for a Dolphins game.

    Beach lovers on flights to Florida will find heaven in Miami and West Palm Beach. Pack the golf clubs on your trip to Florida – this state has some of the best courses in the nation. And if you’re a foodie you’re in luck: Florida is home to some of the finest restaurants in the nation with an eclectic mix of cuisine and dining options for any traveler on any budget.

    With so many options, it’s no wonder that your Florida flight takes you to one of the hottest destination spots for travelers.

    Getting around Florida

    A car is the best way to get around Florida. Although some cities have public transportation, you need to check that it goes where you want to go and at convenient times. Driving is generally the best way to go from town to town and across the state. Depending on the distance, flying from one city to another may be a better option.

    Florida is great for bicycling. Although biking in the cities isn’t recommended, there are bike paths along the coasts and long-distance trails in central Florida. Plus, Florida is flat: its highest point is 345 feet above sea level.

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    Cloud Computing Concerns – How Cloud Computing Works #how #the #cloud

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    How Cloud Computing Works

    Perhaps the biggest concerns about cloud computing are security and privacy. The idea of handing over important data to another company worries some people. Corporate executives might hesitate to take advantage of a cloud computing system because they can’t keep their company’s information under lock and key.

    The counterargument to this position is that the companies offering cloud computing services live and die by their reputations. It benefits these companies to have reliable security measures in place. Otherwise, the service would lose all its clients. It’s in their interest to employ the most advanced techniques to protect their clients’ data.

    Privacy is another matter. If a client can log in from any location to access data and applications, it’s possible the client’s privacy could be compromised. Cloud computing companies will need to find ways to protect client privacy. One way is to use authentication techniques such as user names and passwords. Another is to employ an authorization format — each user can access only the data and applications relevant to his or her job.

    Some questions regarding cloud computing are more philosophical. Does the user or company subscribing to the cloud computing service own the data? Does the cloud computing system, which provides the actual storage space, own it? Is it possible for a cloud computing company to deny a client access to that client’s data? Several companies, law firms and universities are debating these and other questions about the nature of cloud computing.

    How will cloud computing affect other industries? There’s a growing concern in the IT industry about how cloud computing could impact the business of computer maintenance and repair. If companies switch to using streamlined computer systems, they’ll have fewer IT needs. Some industry experts believe that the need for IT jobs will migrate to the back end of the cloud computing system.

    Another area of research in the computer science community is autonomic computing. An autonomic computing system is self-managing, which means the system monitors itself and takes measures to prevent or repair problems. Currently, autonomic computing is mostly theoretical. But, if autonomic computing becomes a reality, it could eliminate the need for many IT maintenance jobs.

    To learn more about cloud computing and other related topics, see the links on the next page.

    Private Eyes Are Watching You

    There are a few standard hacker tricks that could cause cloud computing companies major headaches. One of those is called key logging. A key logging program records keystrokes. If a hacker manages successfully to load a key logging program on a victim’s computer, he or she can study the keystrokes to discover user names and passwords. Of course, if the user’s computer is just a streamlined terminal, it might be impossible to install the program in the first place.

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    30/08/2017

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    Exclusive Resorts Introduces the Gateway Travel Card #chinese #travel #agency

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    Exclusive Resorts Introduces the Gateway Travel Card

    June 20, 2014

    Exclusive Resorts. the Denver-based private destination club, has unveiled the Gateway travel card, allowing its members to pre-purchase 21 or more days of travel while avoiding potential price hikes and surprise fees. The vacation days can be used over three years at any of Exclusive Resorts’ properties: over 300 privately owned two- to five-bedroom residences in 75 locations around the world.

    Holders of the Gateway card have easy access to travel planning services and on-site concierge and daily housekeeping services. Pricing is $1,550 per residence per night (for a minimum of $32,550), without membership costs or initiation fees. Cardholders can opt for premium upgrade packages to obtain custom experiences like VIP access to professional golf’s Masters Tournament or the Milan Fashion Week.

    Exclusive Resorts has also introduced the Gateway Escape card, which is good for three- to seven-day trips, at a fixed rate of $1,995 per night, as well as the Choice Membership option, offering rates starting from $1,430 per night and terms ranging from three to 10 years. (www.exclusiveresorts.com )

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    Colorado DUI – DWI Laws – Enforcement #colorado #dui, #colorado #dwi,

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    DUI DWI in Colorado

    Defining the Crime

    Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses, and both are based on the measurement of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the body.

    • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI).
    • Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI).

    Colorado BAC Limits

    Simply put, blood alcohol concentration is how much alcohol is pulsing through your blood after you drink.

    The legal limit BAC for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08%, while the limit for drivers under 21 years old is 0.02%.

    DWAI has a limit of 0.05%.

    Administrative Penalties

    In Colorado the Division of Motor Vehicles has the legal authority to suspend your license for DUI and DWAI regardless of any criminal charges you may face through the court s. These penalties, known as Administrative Penalties, can cause an automatic suspension of your driver’s license as well as fees and points depending on the offense.

    DWAI 1st Offense: 8 points toward license suspension; $200 to $500 fine; up to 180 days in jail; up to 48 hours community service.

    DUI 1st Offense: Administrative license revocation for 9 months; $600 to $1,000 fine; up to 1 year in jail; up to 96 hours community service; alcohol education.

    DUI/DWAI 1st offense under 21 years old: Drivers license suspended 3 months and 4 points added to driving record.

    The penalties increase substantially for repeated offenses and, in some cases, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car. The only way to challenge Administrative penalties is to request an alcohol hearing.

    Alcohol Hearings

    You have 7 days after receiving a revocation/suspension notice to request a hearing. You must go in person to the DMV to put in a request. You will also be required to turn over your license if you did not do so at the time of the violation. You may also be eligible for a temporary driving permit while you wait for your hearing. For more information about alcohol hearings please call Customer Service at (303) 205-5613 or the Department of Revenue’s Hearings Division at (303) 205-5606

    An Arrest

    • If you fail the roadside sobriety test, which could entail anything from standing on one leg while answering a barrage of questions to touching your nose and walking a straight line, you will be read your rights.
    • You will be handcuffed and taken to a city or county jail.
    • A tow truck will take your car and impound it.

    Criminal Penalties

    The CDOT offers a line item assessment in an informative brochure of what a DUI costs the individual charged with a first offense. The total comes to over $10,000 and includes lawyer fees, rising insurance rates, fees to get a license back, probation supervision fees, all the way down to the brain injury surcharge and court costs. This figure is based on the minimum fine. It is easy to see that drinking and driving is not worth any cost.

    Refusing a BAC Test

    Express Consent Law: By operating a motor vehicle in the state of Colorado you are automatically giving “express consent” or granting permission to be administered a chemical test by breath, blood, or urine to measure your blood alcohol content. If a law enforcement officer requires you to take a test because of suspected drinking and driving and you refuse, you will be required to have an Ignition Interlock for 2 years. As of January 1st 2014 refusing a chemical test automatically gets you a Persistent Drunk Driver designation.

    Zero Tolerance: Drivers under 21 years old with a BAC between 0.02% and 0.05% face automatic revocation of their license.

    Buy and Possess: If you are under 21 years old and get caught with alcohol in the vehicle, you will have your license revoked.

    For more information on DUIs and BAC consult the Colorado Driver Handbook or visit the Department of Transportation website.

    Ignition Interlock Device

    You may be allowed an early reinstatement after an Administrative license suspension by having a Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your vehicle. This can only be done after serving a portion of your suspension. The length of time depends on the type and number of violations. You must also:

    • Over 21 years old at the time of the violation.
    • Satisfied all requirements for reinstatement.
    • Completed at least 1 month of a a DUI conviction or Administrative driver’s license suspension. OR
    • Completed at least 2 months for a Refusal of a BAC test.

    The annual cost for an IID is about $1,000. The IID MUST be installed and maintained by a state approved vendor in order to be valid. If you wish to know if you may be eligible for an early reinstatement with an IID you can call Customer Service at (303) 205-5613.

    Driver’s License Reinstatement

    Once your suspension time is completed, with or without an IID, the DMV will send you a letter with steps to take to purchase an Unrestricted License. Before you are able to get a new license you must complete all the conditions of your suspension including all fees and program classes required. When you are eligible for a new license you will be required to fill out a Application for Reinstatement (Form DR 2870) and a Certification (Form DR 2598). You will also have to pay the $95 reinstatement fee and show proof of insurance (SR 22) for up to 3 years. The length a SR 22 is required will depend on the type and number of violations.

    Forms

    You must submit this form to the Division of Motor Vehicles when you apply to reinstate your CO driver s license after suspension for a DUI OR refusing a chemical test.





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    Southwest Airlines flights for $46, plus the week s best travel

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    By Paula Kerrigan. DealNews February 23, 2015

    With just two weeks to go before the hour “springs” forward and the winter is officially over, it’s a great time to book a spring vacation. Book a getaway with our best travel deals  of the week!

    Vendor:  Southwest Vacations

    Vendor:  DealBase

    Price:  From $45.60

    Lowest By:  $75

    Expires:  February 26

    Is It Worth It?:  If you’re planning on booking a domestic flight, make sure you check out our Editor’s Choice deal from Southwest. With flights on 100 routes nationwide, this sale has all-time low fares from just $46 1-way. Book flights to Nashville, New Orleans, Sacramento, and more.

    This price is valid on flights departing from Ontario, CA, (ONT) with arrival in Sacramento, CA, (SMF) on March 14. Book this travel deal by February 26 for travel from March 3 through June 3.

    Price:  From $238

    Lowest By:  $112

    Expires:  March 2

    Is It Worth It?:  Get away from it all with this Blue Mountain retreat in the slightly over-named Posh Boutique Hotel. This hotel is right next to the 250-room chateau-style Biltmore Estate, which is the largest privately owned house in the U.S. with 178,926 square feet. The adjacent Biltmore Village is filled with high-end art galleries and boutiques.

    Book this travel deal by April 10 for stays Sunday through Wednesday through July 31.

    Discount:  Up to $300 credit with extras

    Expires:  February 28

    Is It Worth It?:  Norwegian Cruise Line is offering an array of bonuses on cruises when you book by February 28. Bag $25 to $300 onboard credit on a cruise for two. Plus, get between 50% and 100% off third and fourth guest bookings. If you’re willing to splurge on an Oceanview Room or higher category, you can choose between an Unlimited Dining Package or a Unlimited Drinks Package for free. And if you’re really going all-out, book a Haven or Suite Room and receive all four of the bonus extras mentioned above.

    Book this travel deal by February 28.

    Vendor:  DestinationCoupons

    Lowest By:  $40

    Expires:  December 31

    Is It Worth It?:  Turn your vacations into a memorable experience with this tour of one of the top U.S. tourist attractions. This 14-hour tour begins with hotel pickup in a luxury mini coach. The tour has ample photo opportunities, including stops at the Hoover Dam, the Route 66 Train Museum, Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and Bright Angel Point. Plus you’ll get lunch and as much water as you need (it can get up to 100 degrees F in the summer, so you’ll need to hydrate!)

    Select “Click here for coupons” to see the coupon. Reservations are required; the coupon must be printed and presented at the start of your tour.

    Paula Kerrigan is a travel editor for DealNews. where this article first appeared. 

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    Health Information for Travelers to Israel, including the West Bank and

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    Vaccines and Medicines

    You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

    Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

    Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

    You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

    Although rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends this vaccine only for these groups:

    • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
    • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
    • People who are taking long trips or moving to remote areas in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza
    • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

    West Bank and Gaza: Although information on disease risks in these areas is lacking, travelers to these areas should strongly consider getting a typhoid vaccine. You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water. Typhoid vaccine is not necessarily recommended for travelers whose itineraries are limited to Israel.

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    MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND MANOR; NPI #1053388256 #npi #number,memorial #hospital #and #manor,hospital

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    How the 5 biggest online travel agencies are expanding beyond mobile

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    How the 5 biggest online travel agencies are expanding beyond mobile bookings

    April 14, 2014

    Kayak’s mobile app

    The next generation of mobile innovation for online travel agencies is moving away from transactions to influencing all parts of the travel experience, including loyalty programs, personalized messages and real-world sales.

    Mobile Marketer looked at the mobile offerings from five online travel brands: Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, Orbitz and Priceline. Although streamlining the mobile commerce experience is still a big priority for many, brands are also looking at how to leverage other mediums to gain market share.

    “We re actively thinking about ways to use mobile devices in the future of hotel travel,” said John Caine, chief product officer at Priceline, Norwalk, CT.

    “Can a phone unlock a door?” he said. “Do you need a concierge? One of the most exciting things about our space is the rapid pace of technical innovation. Every new technology brings an opportunity to innovate.”

    Here is a look at how all five brands are taking their mobile strategies to the next level, in alphabetical order.

    Similar to Starbucks and Sephora, Expedia is playing up content instead of commerce in its newest application revamp.

    Earlier this month, Expedia rolled out a new feature called Media Lounge within its app that recommends other travel-themed apps. Media Lounge is aimed at increasing app retention with more than aggressive mobile-only offers, which is a common tactic for most online travel marketers (see story ).

    The updated app

    The brand s iPhone and Android app is also set up so that consumers can view and share itineraries and opt-in for notifications specific to a trip, such as gate changes or delays.

    Moreover, Expedia has pulled its Expedia Rewards loyalty program into the app so that travelers can redeem points for making mobile bookings.

    Expedia s mobile Web site is more geared towards spurring quick transactions, but the site does include the itinerary features. There is also a mobile Web feature called Scratchpad that syncs up cross-screen searches so that consumers can save hotels and flights that can then be accessed on any device.

    Expedia is among a growing group of online travel brands that are leveraging Big Data to rethink the mobile and tablet traveling experiences. For instance, the company analyzes booking patterns to match travelers up to the best hotels and flights (see story ).

    Priceline acquired Kayak at the end of 2013 for $1.8 billion, which could reflect other consolidations to come as mobile becomes a bigger focus in the online travel space.

    Kayak continues to operate as an independent company, with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire apps as well as a mobile site.

    Similar to Expedia, Kayak also offers additional app features including flight trackers and a tool to manage itineraries.

    However, Kayak s app also pulls in some other interesting information into the app, such as baggage fees, weather and images of destinations. The paid version also includes maps of airport terminals.

    Kayak’s mobile app

    Kayak s mobile site is a streamlined version of the app, with the features primarily tailored towards consumers looking for flight, hotel or car information.

    We see heavy usage at home, suggesting mobile devices are replacing desktops and laptops roles in booking and planning travel, said Giorgos Zacharia, chief technology officer at Kayak, Stamford, CT.

    We re also seeing travelers use mobile devices more for last-minute bookings, one-way flights, short-haul flights and same-day hotel bookings, he said.

    With mobile becoming the primary way that some online travel agencies generate last-minute sales, it seems that many brands in this vertical are pouring significantly larger amounts of money into apps versus mobile sites as a way to bolster loyalty and retention.

    Kayak also recently launched a tablet Web site for a cleaner and more streamlined experience.

    Orbitz is aiming to differentiate its mobile services with a loyalty program that went into place last year. The Orbitz Rewards program places a bigger emphasis on mobile bookings than desktop by awarding consumers with additional points for booking from a smartphone or tablet.

    Additionally, members can view hotels in search results with their points already applied (see story ).

    When the program launched, a feature called Zap that Bag let consumers earn $25 in bonus points for sending in a mobile photo of a checked bag receipt.

    The Orbitz mobile app

    Similar to Expedia, Orbitz is also testing a set of tools that harnesses big data to improve mobile bookings. This set of tools includes heat maps and historical data.

    Orbitz has also put a team together that specifically looks at the mobile journey of travelers. This group is responsible for developing some of the non-commerce parts of travel, such as itinerary lookup, updates and alerts.

    We re looking at other opportunities to engage with consumers in-trip, starting with ignition around the actual flight experience, said Chris Brown, group vice president of mobile at Orbitz, Chicago.

    Priceline is betting more on connected devices and real-world transactions than other brands when it comes to differentiating its mobile strategy.

    Most recently, Priceline rolled out a partnership with Routehappy scores that pulls together different pieces of personal criteria to help consumers find the best flight (see story ).

    “In our quest to go where the customers are, we re heading into some pretty interesting new territory, including priceline.com s recently-announced debut on the GM in-dash console,” Mr. Caine said. “What s next? The wristwatch? The TV?”

    RouteHappy within the Priceline app

    Brett Keller, chief marketing officer at Priceline, Norwalk, CT, also sees a bigger opportunity for Priceline to influence real-world transactions, including on-site transactions at hotel check-ins (see story ).

    Priceline launched an in-car app with General Motors Chevrolet earlier this year. The app relies on voice recognition to walk consumers through the process of booking a hotel or flight (see story ).

    As marketers increasingly look to move towards more connected digital experiences, mobile plays a crucial role in how marketers will connect the real world to digital.

    Travelocity s mobile app and site are still largely focused on transactions, but also includes a few of the same features that the online travel agents do, such as travel planning and management.

    Additionally, the app includes a built-in camera that recognizes a credit card to speed up the transaction process and mobile-only deals.

    Travelocity’s mobile site

    Travelocity has also worked with responsive design quite a bit.

    In fact, the online travel agency claims that the bulk of mobile conversions have switched from iOS to Android as a result of going responsive (see story ).

    Final Take:

    Lauren Johnson is associate reporter at Mobile Marketer, New York

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    How to Get the Best Deal on Renting a Car #vietnam

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    How to Get the Best Deal on Renting a Car

    Smart shopping can uncover rental car bargains. (Photo: car image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com )

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    Items you will need

    • Computer with Internet connection
    • Telephone
    • Discount cards Organization membership cards

    Step 1

    Explore online travel sites and mega-search engines. Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity are just a few popular sites that allow you to compare rates on cars from multiple rental agencies. Search more than one site, as different sites offer specials at different times.

    Step 2

    Consider rolling your rental car into a vacation package. Many airlines, including juggernaut Southwest Airlines and legacy American Airlines, offer packages that include a flight, car rental and even hotel. Package savings can be significant.

    Step 3

    Know your discount eligibility. Car rental agencies frequently offer lower prices to military members, those who hold the rental company s preferred credit card, and members of organizations such as AAA, AARP or Veteran s Advantage. You may need to visit the rental agency s website or reserve by phone to get the discount.

    Step 4

    Consider bidding on a car rental. If you are not particular about the specific car that you get, bidding sites such as Priceline.com can save you as much as 50 per cent on the cost of the rental. Read the fine print before making a bid to make sure you are aware of the terms and conditions.

    Step 5

    Consider renting outside of the airport. If you need the car in a city with good public transportation, renting your car from a city location rather than the airport can save money. Just remember to factor in the cost of getting yourself and your luggage to and from the rental agency.

    Compare total costs, and also consider any limitations imposed by the car rental company. Some agencies limit the number of miles that you can drive per day. Some allow you to drive the car only within the state in which it was rented. Some require a surcharge for drivers below age 25, others charge per day for additional drivers. A promotional offer might provide a free GPS or other benefit. Select the options that you want for each rental you are considering and compare the total prices.

    Look into weekly rentals. Even if you only need the car for five or six days, ask for a quote at the weekly rate. Paying for a week and returning the car early may actually be cheaper than paying the daily rental fee.

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