Login/Register With: Twitter Buhagiar is forever cemented with Canadian cinema and the rock ‘n’ roll road films of Bruce McDonald. She portrayed memorable, independent and robust lead characters in Roadkill (1989) and Highway 61 (1991). Buhagiar became fascinated with the process of filmmaking and creating her own stories, beginning in 1993 with the short film, The Passion of Rita Camilleri (based on the tragic death of a close friend)Now, mere days after releasing her second feature film, It’s Hard to Be Human, Buhagiar leaves for Malta to begin shooting a third feature.Valerie talked to Original-Cin’s Thom Ernst about the root of her passion for filmmaking and It’s Hard to be Human. There is much to admire and muse about in Valerie Buhagiar’s ethereal, out-there latest film, It’s Hard to be Human. The film opens on the beat of emergency lights, pulsatingly illuminating bodies strewn across a damp road. A fatal accident has occurred, although how and why and who are not yet revealed.From there Buhagiar introduces Agnes (Nina Gilmour), a young waif-like teen caught in what seems to be scenes from her past and her present, living in a vortex between life and death. Agnes wakes to find herself in a pristine but (save for a few wandering souls and one dog) an abandoned hospital. The film weaves an intriguing narrative imagining what it’s like, as the title suggests, to be human in a world where God, if he exists, is an elusive parent and the Virgin Mary is a medicated out-patient. Nina Gilmour in a hospital/holding-area between life and death after a car accident in It’s Hard to be Human Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
See All The Apple Card is coming in August. Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET Apple Card will hit its summer launch date. During the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will begin offering its new card to users next month. “Thousands of Apple employees are using Apple Card every day in our beta test,” Cook said. “And we plan to begin the rollout of Apple Card in August,” though an exact release date was not given. First announced during the company’s March software and services event, Apple Card will be Apple’s entrance into the payments arena. The iPhone-maker has teamed up with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the new credit card, which will be available as a digital card in the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. A physical titanium card will also be available for use in places that don’t yet accept mobile payments. Unlike most other cash-back credit cards, Apple says it will offer users cash back daily through what it calls “Daily Cash.” Daily Cash will offer:1% when you use the titanium, physical Apple Card for a purchase2% on any purchase when you use the digital Apple Card through Apple Pay 3% when you use the digital Apple Card on purchases you make directly from Apple. This includes the Apple Store, iTunes and the App Store as well as subscriptions. Apple says the card will not have any annual fees, late fees or over-the-limit fees with the Wallet app offering ways to monitor your spending, check interest owed and make monthly payments. Although it is partnering with Goldman Sachs, Apple says the bank will “never share or sell your data to third parties for marketing or advertising.” And while you can track your spending habits in the Wallet app, Apple says that it won’t know or keep tabs on what you’re buying, where you’re making purchases or how much you’re spending. Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • 4 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Apple Card will launch in August Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Tags Comments
Kolkata: The state government has allotted land in Udayan Industrial Estate to set up the common facility centre for shoe-makers from Janbazar.The shoe-makers have been in the business at Janbazar since the time of Rani Rashmoni. Now, the initiative taken by the Mamata Banerjee government is going to help them increase production, besides making shoes based on “new designs” and as per the demand in the market.The shoe making industry at Janbazar in the central part of the city, once had a wide market with no competitors at least in the eastern parts of the country. Now, with the passage of time and no initiatives at the government level till the Mamata Banerjee government came in, Janbazar had started losing its hold on the country’s shoe making industry, despite having “incomparable” skill. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the change of guard in the state in 2011, one after the other sectors of the existing prospective Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises were identified and the shoe making industry at Janbazar is one of the same.Taking a major initiative, the state MSME department has chalked out a plan of action to extend infrastructure and training support to the people involved in the shoe making industry at Janbazar.As a part of developing infrastructure for the industry, the necessity of setting up a common facility centre Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedwas also felt. There will be a unit at the common facility centre, where finishing work of shoes of “new designs” can be done.An official of the state MSME department said: “A machine costs around Rs 15 lakh and it is not possible for a shoe-maker from Janbazar to go for such an investment. So, with the setting up of such machines, all the shoe-makers from the area can use the same to give finishing touches to their products. At the same time, there will also be storage space for both raw materials and finished goods in the common facility centre.” He said that the common facility centre is coming up on a plot allotted for the project in Udayan Industrial Estate.There are around 120 shoe manufacturing units at Janbazar and more than 1,200 direct and around 4,000 indirectly involved people are in them for their livelihood.The shoe-makers from the area were also taken to different places across the country, including Guwahati, Shillong and Kanpur to gain knowledge on the new methods and designs to make shoes. During the visit they also interacted with the traders there.It may be mentioned that Janbazar was once famous for pump shoes, grecian shoes and choti-juto (covered sandals with lace at the back). Ramakrishna Paramahansha used choti-juto made by the shoe-makers of Janbazar.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » March 16, 2016 The federal government and private partners still have lots of work to do to integrate drone aircraft into the national airspace system, but the process is moving faster than many skeptics thought possible, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said this week.Huerta joined several government and industry representatives Monday for a panel to discuss the future of unmanned aviation at SXSW Interactive. The FAA chief announced that his agency’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) registration system for private drone operators has seen the number of registrants swell from about 180,000 hobbyists in January to nearly 400,000 in mid-March.To put that in perspective, there are about 320,000 aircraft registered in the FAA’s decades-old manned registry, Huerta said.The FAA also released the Android version of its B4UFLY app, which drone pilots can use to determine if it’s safe to fly in specific locations. An iOS version of the app was already available, and Huerta said the FAA is now making its B4UFLY app available as an open-source platform “available to the public for innovators to build on.””Aviation and aerospace has always been about how do we innovate but also how do we collaborate,” he said. “Today, we’ve made progress on important rules, as well as with our No Drone Zone campaigns for the Pope’s visit and the Super Bowl, and with our micro-drone committee.”The FAA’s MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee is scheduled to deliver recommendations for regulating unmanned aircraft weighing under 55 pounds to the agency by April 1, he said. Huerta said the regulatory framework would be “technology neutral.” That is, it will be based on how aircraft “meet certain standards of performance” regardless of how they achieve those levels, rather than a traditional framework built solely around weight and technology specifications.”No single thing we’re doing constitutes a silver bullet. Rather, we’re creating a growing toolbox for integrating drones into the national airspace,” he said.Despite delays, Huerta said the FAA has achieved all of this in just six months since kicking off an aggressive new program to integrate drones into a regulatory framework, counter to predictions by skeptics that the process would be mired in “task force”-style bureaucratic meanderings for a much longer time.What does the future hold?The FAA chief was joined in a panel by representatives of NASA, Intel, PrecisionHawk, and Aerobo. All offered their takes on the many ways various industries and society itself could be changed by the maturation of commercial unmanned aircraft, and in particular by micro-drones. Predictions ranged from the reshaping of transport and delivery via autonomous aircraft to the potential rise of a brand-new speed sport, drone racing.Diana Marina Cooper of PrecisionHawk, a maker of remote sensing applications and data processing services used to map safe flying routes for drones, suggested “voting by drone” — cast a vote, send it off via drone — and pointed to the use of remote-controlled aircraft to inspect crops and gather agricultural data.Aerobo’s Jon Ollwerther described how his company is helping change the way news is gathered with its customized, flying media-gathering platforms. “What’s going to happen is that the extraordinary is going to become commonplace,” Ollwerther said. “Nobody thinks about an ambulance on the street today, but it was extraordinary thing 100, 150 years ago. Now we’re seeing people get used to having drones do media gathering, whereas it was a novelty just a few years ago.”Intel’s Jacqueline Lewis noted that drones were being pressed into search-and-rescue operations, “like when a hiker gets lost in the wilderness or after an avalanche.” She talked up Intel’s RealSense technology, which is being used to help drones avoid collisions, and which the chip giant demonstrated at CES earlier this year.Meanwhile, John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program, guessed that the development of new applications for micro-drones will flower in many different areas, seemingly all at once. “It won’t be a linear development for little drones, but an emergence. We’ll see many applications with true public benefit, in areas like safety, security, and health matters,” he said. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read
MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is offering the five Canada-based travel agents who sell the most nights to any of its Samana and Rio San Juan properties an all-expenses paid trip to the D.R.Agents must be registered with the brand’s travel partner loyalty program Bahia Principe Rewards to be eligible. All bookings to the brand’s four properties in Samana – Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa and Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo – as well as Grand Bahia Principe San Juan in Rio San Juan, will be eligible. The five agents who register the most room nights will win a seven-night complimentary stay, airfare and transfers included.Bahia Principe Rewards offers partners the information and tools necessary to best provide their clients with exceptionally planned vacations and the opportunity to experience happiness, says the company.In addition to this current promotion agents can also earn points year-round by completing online courses and booking hotel stays which can be redeemed for perks including complimentary stays, excursion discounts, spa treatments and more.Here’s a look at Bahia Principe’s offerings in the D.R.:Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado – the only hotel on the island Cayo Levantado, which can only be reached by the brand’s private ferry – is “the crown jewel” of the brand’s portfolio, with private beaches, swimming pools, whirlpools, six restaurants, four bars and nightly entertainment.Back on the mainland, the 149-room Luxury Bahia Principe Samana is an adults-only haven, says Bahia Principe. Named the No. 3 best all-inclusive in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor and No. 18 best in the world, the luxury property offers special amenities from butler service to wait service at the beach and pool.Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa boasts sweeping views of Samana’s multiple hills, small scenic towns, and Samana Bay. The 295-room property offers a variety of on-site experiences and is the ideal place for guests seeking a comprehensive and dynamic setting to disconnect and recharge in style, says Bahia Principe.The brand’s most family-centric property in the region, Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, is highlighted by Family Junior and Family Master suites that offer extra amenities for kids such as specialized bath kits and a minibar with juices, shakes, milk and soft drinks.Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, located on the northern coast of Dominican Republic, is a favorite among surfers. The 608-room Grand Bahia Principe San Juan offers the perfect formula for enjoying the essence of the Caribbean with a one-mile private beach made for unwinding in style, says the company.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureThe five prizes will be awarded to agents who sell the most room nights in December in the following order: Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (top seller), Luxury Bahia Principe Samana (2nd place), Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa (3rd), Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo (4th) and Grand Bahia Principe San Juan (5th). Agents must be based in Canada and sell a minimum of 20 nights to be eligible. To participate, all bookings must be made from now through Dec. 31, 2018, and submitted to Bahia Principe Rewards before Jan. 5, 2019.The travel window is from now through Oct. 31, 2019. Agents can enter bookings here and see their current ranking position and the time left to the end of the ranking at any time by accessing the promotions section of the Bahia Principe Rewards platform. The program will notify winners once all room nights registered by all participants have been reviewed after Jan. 5, 2019. For questions, agents are asked to visit the platform’s Contact Us section. Monday, December 10, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Win one of five trips to the D.R. with Bahia Principe Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Share Posted by
Tags: Spotlight, VIA Rail, VIA Rail Spotlight 2019 Business Class for leisure travel? Why not! With what the future holds for passenger train travel in Canada, savvy travelers will want to be front line and center. Starting in 2022, VIA Rail will start rolling out its brand new fleet all across the Québec City – Windsor Corridor. With a scheduled completion of 2024, VIA is on its way to leading Canadians toward a future that is greener, more accessible, and more efficient.Traveling in style Think Business Class is only for those work-related trips? Think again! With VIA Rail’s business class often available at a lower price point than economy class on a plane, weekend getaways just got that much more interesting. This is ‘’me time’’ at it’s best.No need to feel guilty while sipping a glass of wine and simply gazing out the window. Wait! Was that deer? VIA’s Business class has it all: access to lounges, wide and comfortable seats, exemplary costumer service, 3 course meal service with all the fixings…and yes, beautiful landscapes with the occasional wildlife. Travelweek Group Share VIA PreferenceTravelers also have access to one of the most generous rewards programs in the country, VIA Preference. Every dollar spent with VIA rewards the traveler with one point (at the minimum) and offers various advantages depending on the status of the member.For more information, visit: https://www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/getaways Monday, June 3, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>