The growth has been bolstered by what Considine calls a “soft rollout.”American Googlers were coming to the U.K. version in droves, she says, but the format wasn’t ideal for them There was opportunity to improve.Studying the patterns and conducting audience research, the U.S. site has changed obvious elements-pricing items in U.S. Dollars instead of British Pounds, for example-along with some more obscure features-“The word ‘flavor’ has a ‘u’ in the U.K., so we had to make sure we took that out,” Considine says.To this point, expansion plans have, of course, been based on market considerations, but location has been a factor as well. With an October launch in Australia-the third TechRadar site-the site’s network is now staffed 24 hours a day.Breaking stories originating in the U.K. will be passed off to TechRadar staff in San Francisco at around 7 p.m. GMT. In turn, the Australian staff will pick up where the San Francisco team left off when they go home at 7 p.m. PT, and so on.South America has been posited as the next market, although Considine could not confirm whether plans had advanced past the testing stage.PlayStation: The Official Magazine Shutting DownDespite the success of TechRadar, another Future property, Playstation: The Official Magazine, will shut down after the holiday issue is released this winter.An official statement will not be released.The shuttering of PTOM comes months after Future announced that it would also cease publication of Nintendo Power at the end of the year.”It’s not the space, I think that the space is amazing,” Considine says. “We’re just going through a console life-cycle change, so you’re really just seeing the space in general is evolving, and I actually think it’s only going to get better.”PTOM and Nintendo Power have been in publication since 1997 and 1988, respectively. PTOM has a circulation of 139,000, according to Future.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! It was a mixed week for Future plc who announced record growth for TechRadar’s U.S. website, while also revealing that it would close long-time gamer title, PlayStation: The Official Magazine.Just six months after its launch, Future’s U.S. incarnation of TechRadar.com reached 5.4 million unique visitors in September, surpassing the established U.K. site audience by more than 1 million. Although the size of the markets varies greatly, Rachelle Considine, Future U.S. COO, is happy with the results.”I don’t think we expected to grow this quickly,” she says.
Propelling the spread of facial recognition systems are huge leaps in artificial intelligence, the technology that seeks to give computers some of the ability, versatility and even creativity of human thinking. The biggest improvements have come through a specific area of AI called neural networks, inspired by the actual workings of human brain cells. Hardware and software improvements enabled an approach called deep learning — multiple layers of digital neurons that provide increasingly refined image analysis. Overall, it’s a profound change. Recognizing and interpreting human faces is so important to us that whole sections of our brains are devoted to it. As we teach computers those skills, our interactions with them become more convenient — less like submitting database commands and more like dealing with the natural world in which we evolved. On the flip side, facial recognition can undercut privacy as our anonymity evaporates. How neural networks work In a training phase, neural networks scrutinize vast numbers of images of faces, learning on their own what’s important in the recognition process. It’s more accurate than the old way, with programmers describing what eyes, noses and mouths look like. “Some layers capture color and texture and gradients,” said Amit Roy-Chowdhury, chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Riverside. “As you go deeper, they capture the shape of different parts of the object and ultimately the shape of the object itself.” This is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition.After training, neural networks create a stripped-down mathematical representation for each face. That representation can be compared rapidly with those of other faces, letting a facial recognition system decide if a person entering an office is on an authorized employee list or raise an alert when a potential shoplifter also appears on police arrest records. To work well, facial recognition systems need images with well-illuminated, clear faces that give a neural network detailed, accurate data. That’s why passport photos require even lighting, plain backgrounds, neutral expressions and subjects facing straight toward the camera. “You try to make your input as consistent as possible so your analysis can be easier,” said Raj Minhas, leader of Xerox’s PARC Interaction and Analytics Lab. Errors in the system Facial recognition systems are getting better, but can still return errors. False positives match a face when no match should exist, such as when a person’s image isn’t in the database. A false negative occurs when the system misses a match it should have made. Top-notch facial recognition systems today are 99.7 percent accurate with good lighting conditions, a 2018 study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found. One way to reduce errors is to tune the system by pushing some of the data apart to make it clearer for the neural net, reducing the likelihood of a false positive, said Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Savvides’ team is also blending modern AI with an older approach called correlation filters that allows neural networks to improve facial recognition accuracy when faces are obscured, poorly lit or facing away from the camera. Overall, Savvides’ team is able to reconstruct faces even when they’re looking away or obscured by breathing masks, he said. “We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability,” he said. Another way to improve facial recognition is to pair it with other attributes, such as fingerprints, voice prints and other biometric data, or factors such as passwords. That might not work well when a system is just scanning people walking into a store, but it’s pretty common for controlled situations where people are logging into a network. Artificial intelligence (AI) Laptops Tech Industry Security 16 Share your voice Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Comments Now playing: Watch this: Royal Caribbean Cruises has begun using facial recognition systems to speed passengers on their way through security and ID checks. Royal Caribbean Cruises You and your family are at the pier, giddy to board the massive cruise ship docked nearby. Ahead lies a week of sunny beaches, indulgent buffet feasts and lounging around doing absolutely nothing. And then you see the long lines for security, baggage and ID checks. It often takes 75 minutes for passengers to check in, but the Pool Deck looks a lifetime away. Royal Caribbean Cruises thinks it has the answer to getting passengers aboard faster: AI-powered facial recognition. In December, passengers started taking part in a pilot program at a company embarkation point in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Passengers take selfies with the company’s app, then at the port, an AI-powered database matches their faces. After a quick double-check, Royal Caribbean’s staff members direct guests to their cabins. The result: all-time high customer satisfaction. “We wanted to turn what was a cold transaction into a really welcoming moment,” said Jay Schneider, who runs the Miami company’s digital operations. The goal is to get passengers “from car to bar in 10 minutes.” Royal Caribbean Cruises is hardly alone. Facial recognition technology is used to spot friends on Facebook and unlock your iPhone. It’s been rolled out in airports, at cash registers and on home security systems. It may soon be inescapable. We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability. Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University 5:11 Tags “We call it irrefutable identity,” said Vishal Gupta, chief technology officer at Unisys, which sells biometric authentication technology to the US Customs and Border Protection agency, among other customers. Unisys’ facial recognition system alone is 99 percent accurate, but with an approach it calls fusion that blends in other biometric factors, the company reaches 99.9 percent or 99.99 percent accuracy. Facial recognition promises convenience, but it isn’t without concerns. Privacy advocates worry it will usher in an era of Big Brother monitoring or companies secretly tracking you. It also raises questions about AI bias; if you train a system using images of mostly white people, a common practice, the system might have difficulty recognizing people of color. Bias can creep into data sets in other ways, too, based on the data sets that are used to train the AI. If the photos used to train an AI show women cooking, the system might automatically conclude that women are likely to be in the kitchen. “There’s no good way to know your data set is biased until you notice it failing,” said Broad Daylight security consultant Nick Merrill. “And by the time a biased algorithm wreaks real-world havoc, it’s too late.” Still, many companies are thinking about how to use facial recognition to enhance the experience of their customers, visitors, patients and guests. They want facial recognition to make interactions easier, not creepy. Hello, hospital Northwell Health, which serves 3.5 million patients and is the largest health care provider in New York, is using a facial recognition program to streamline patient visits, reduce clerical errors and ultimately improve health. Its system, whose hardware and software are made by RightPatient, uses sophisticated cameras that photograph faces and irises of patients. When a patient arrives for a checkup, the receptionist’s computer confirms the patient’s identity and pulls up his or her chart for the doctor. If there’s no record, the patient is enrolled with an ID check. We’re literally putting a face with a name. Laura Semlies, vice president, Northwell Health The system offers a number of advantages besides a smoother arrival in an office with less fumbling for ID. It’s less susceptible to problems of duplicate records for the same patient. If you’re already in the system, it’ll recognize you even if you got married and changed your name. Identity theft — think people trying to snatch prescriptions — is reduced because you can’t fake a face. In emergencies like car accidents, the system would be able to identify an unconscious patient so that nurses and doctors could find medical histories and family contacts. “We’re literally putting a face with a name,” said Laura Semlies, vice president of digital patient experience. “It just makes for a better clinical relationship.” Biometric data is protected with encryption and is subject to the same strict privacy limits as other health data, she said. Only about 12,000 of Northwell’s 3.5 million patients are enrolled so far, but now the network is spreading it more broadly around its facilities. Facial recognition ahoy Royal Caribbean Cruises has twice as many passengers as Northwell has patients, and more of them, too, will see facial recognition as the program expands, project leader Schneider said. After finishing selfie and passport-scanning homework, passengers using the optional system can head to the port. As they arrive, passengers see a live view of themselves captured by cameras arrayed across the entrance. They’re arranged to avoid airport-style bottlenecks. Behind the scenes, a computer matches their faces to the ones on record. Once there’s a match, passengers see a green box around their faces on the screens. A human agent verifies the matches, greets the passengers by name and checks their passports. Royal Caribbean is required to have passenger photos, so the facial recognition system doesn’t significantly add to the data the company has. The company deletes passenger photos when the cruise ends, said Schneider, the cruise company’s digital chief. The result is a system that whisks passengers aboard and gets the holiday started more quickly than before. “Guests didn’t feel like they were on vacation until day 2,” Schneider said. “We wanted to give you that day back.” Originally published at 5:00 a.m. PT.
“Realising you are an overweight individual, in itself, is likely to be quite stressful and results in making healthy choices in your lifestyle more difficult. It is a tricky finding for doctors,” said Dr Eric Robinson from the University’s institute of psychology, health and society.The team found that those who identified themselves as being “overweight” were more likely to report overeating in response to stress and this predicted subsequent weight gain. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers looked at the lives of 14,000 adults in the US and Britain.They analysed data from time periods after the children had reached adulthood to find out their perception of their own weight —whether or not it was correct —and their subsequent weight gain over time. You would hope that making a person aware they are overweight would result in them being more likely to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose some weight.“What is important is to tackle stigma in society. People with a heavier body weight have body image challenges. That is not surprising given the way we talk about weight as a society,” Robinson added in a paper published in the International Journal of Obesity.There are ways of encouraging people to make healthy changes to their lifestyle that don’t portray obesity as a terrible thing, the authors concluded. IANS
If you missed the Azure announcements made at Microsoft Ignite 2018, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the biggest changes and improvements the Microsoft Azure team have made to their cloud offering. Infrastructure Improvements Azure’s new capabilities to deliver the best infrastructure for every workload include: 1. GPU enable and High-Performance VM To deliver the best infrastructure for every workload, Azure has announced the Preview of GPU-enabled and High-Performance Computing Virtual Machines. The two new N-series Virtual Machines have NVIDIA GPU capabilities. The first one is the NVv2 VMs and the second virtual machine is the NDv2 VMs. The two new H-series VMs are optimized for performance and cost and are aimed at HPC workloads like fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, energy exploration, weather forecasting, risk analysis, and more. The first VM is the HB VMs and the second VM is the HC VMs. 2. Networking Azure has announced the general availability of Azure Firewall and Virtual WAN. They have also announced the preview of Azure Front Door Service, ExpressRoute Global Reach, and ExpressRoute Direct. Azure Firewall has a built-in high availability and cloud scalability. The Virtual WAN will provide a simple, unified, global connectivity, and security platform to deploy large-scale branch connectivity. 3. Improved Disk storage Microsoft has expanded the portfolio of Azure Disk offerings to deploy any app in Azure, including those that are the most IO intensive. The new previews include the Ultra SSDs, Standard SSDs, Larger managed disk sizes – to help deal with data-intensive workloads. This will also ensure better availability, reliability, and latency as compared to standard SSDs 4. Hybrid Microsoft has announced new hybrid capabilities to manage data, create even more consistency, and secure hybrid environment. They have introduced the Azure Data Box edge, Windows Server 2019 and Azure stack. With AI enable edge computing capabilities, and OS that supports hybrid management and flexibility for deploying applications, Azure is causing waves in the developer community Built-in security & management For improved Security, Azure has announced new services for preview, like Confidential Computing DC VM series, Secure score, improved threat protection, and network map (preview). These will expand Azure security controls and services to protect network, applications, data, and identities. These services are enhanced by the unique intelligence that comes from the trillions of signals we collect in running first party services like Office 365 and Xbox. For better Management, Azure has announced the preview of Azure Blueprints. These blueprints make it easy to deploy and update Azure environments in a repeatable manner using composable artifacts such as policies, role-based access controls, and resource templates. Azure cost management in the Azure portal (preview) will help to access cost management from PowerBI or directly from your own custom applications. Migration To make the migration to the cloud less challenging, Azure has announced the support for Hyper-V assessments in Azure Migrate, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, which enables users to migrate SQL Servers to a fully managed Azure service. To help improve your migration experience, we are announcing that if you migrate Windows Server or SQL Server 2008/R2 to Azure, you will get three years of free extended security updates on those systems. This could save you some money when Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/ R2 end of support (EOS). Automated ML capability in Azure Machine Learning The problem of finding the best machine learning pipeline for a given dataset scales faster than the time available for data science projects. Azure’s Automated machine learning enables developers to access an automated service that identifies the best machine learning pipelines for their labelled data. Data scientists are empowered with a powerful productivity tool that also takes uncertainty into account, incorporating a probabilistic model to determine the best pipeline to try next. To follow more of the Azure buzz, head to Microsoft’s official Blog Read Next Microsoft’s Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs, now generally available Azure Functions 2.0 launches with better workload support for serverless Microsoft announces Azure DevOps, makes Azure pipelines available on GitHub Marketplace
Last week, the team at ParaSail, released a new version of the parallel programming language, ParaSail 8.0 (ParaSail stands for Parallel Specification and Implementation Language). This programming language is designed for supporting the development of inherently safe and parallel applications that can be mapped to multicore, heterogeneous, or distributed architectures. It provides support for both implicit and explicit parallelism. All the ParaSail expressions are defined to have parallel evaluation semantics. What’s new in ParaSail 8.0 Debugger This release comes with an interactive debugger that is automatically invoked when the interpreter encounters a precondition, assertion, or postcondition that fails at run-time. This release comes with fully analyzed pre- and postconditions that are checked at run-time. ParaSail LLVM-based Compiler This release comes with a translator that translates PSVM (ParaSail virtual machine) instructions to LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine) instructions, and from there to object code. Language design principles According to the new design principles, the language should be easy to read. The readability should be emphasized over symbols and should be similar to existing languages, mathematics, or logic. As the programs are usually scanned backward, so ending indicators should be as informative as starting indicators for composite constructs. For example, “end loop” or “end class Stack” rather than simply “end” or “}”. Parallelism should be built into the language so that resulting programs can easily take advantage of as many cores as are available on the host computer. Features that are error-prone or that can complicate the testing or proof process should be eliminated. Language-defined types and user-defined types should use the same syntax and have the same capabilities. All the modules should be generic templates or equivalent. The language should be safe and the compiler should detect all potential race conditions as well as all potential runtime errors. Enhanced ParaSail syntax In this release, the back-quote character followed by a parenthesized expression may now appear within a string literal. Also, the value of the expression is interpolated into the middle of the string, in place of the back-quoted expression. Reserved words A list of words is now reserved in ParaSail. Few words from this list are, abs, abstract, all, and, block, case, class, concurrent, const, continue, each, else, elsif, end, exit, extends. Object reference Now a reference to an existing object can be declared using the following syntax: object_reference_declaration ::= ’ref’ [ var_or_const ] identifier [’:’ type_specifier ] ’=>’ object_name ’;’ Deprecations ParaSail has removed a few of the features for ensuring safe parallelism: The global variables have been removed so that operations may only access variables passed as parameters. The parameter aliasing has been eliminated so that two parameters passed to the same operation don’t refer to the same object if one of the parameters is updatable within the operation. Pointers have been removed so that optional and expandable objects and generalized indexing can provide an approach that allows safe parallelization. Run-time exception handling has been eliminated so that it is possible for strong compile-time checking of preconditions and establish support for parallel event-handling. The global garbage-collected heap has been removed so that automatic storage management is provided. Explicit threads, lock/unlock, or signal/wait has been eliminated so that parallel activities are identified automatically by the compiler. Many users are not much happy with this news. Some are unhappy with the CSS and are asking the team to fix it. One of the comments on HackerNews reads, “Please fix the CSS: I have to scroll horizontally every single line. I stopped at the first one. Tested with Firefox and Chrome on Android. Firefox reader mode doesn’t work on that site.” Another user commented, “I was able to read it on my Android device in Chrome by using landscape mode. Until I scrolled down a little. Then a huge static navigation popup appeared taking up 40% of the screen!” Few others think that Fortran is better than ParaSail as it lets developers to name the loops. Some others are excited about pre/post conditions. One of the users commented, “Having built in pre/post conditions is pretty nice.” Read more about this news on ParaSail’s official website. Read Next Racket 7.2, a descendent of Scheme and Lisp, is now out! Typescript 3.3 is finally released! Announcing Julia v1.1 with better exception handling and other improvements
Sunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has extended its popular Zero Deposit promotion until Aug. 31 for now bookings with departures between Dec. 21, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.With the promo, travellers can now choose from a variety f vacations and book with no money down all summer long. In addition, they’ll benefit from Sunwing’s Price Drop Guarantee and early bird pricing. With Price Drop Guarantee, if the client’s vacation price drops outside of 21 days prior to the intended departure date, they will be entitled to claim up to $400 per person back. A $50 per person administration fee will be applied to all claims submitted.Included within the promotion are a host of Sunwing Selection resorts that are perfect for families and couples alike. A popular choice among families are Sunwing’s Smile Resorts, featuring Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals all year round, plus no single supplement for one-parent families.For more information go to sunwing.ca. Friday, July 22, 2016
Tags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Share TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
TravelBrands makes waves with fifth successful SeaU Posted by Tags: TravelBrands Travelweek Group Thursday, November 2, 2017 MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands’ fifth SeaU, taking place last week aboard Anthem of the Seas, treated some 150 travel agents, team members and suppliers to a week of prizes, speakers and raising awareness for hurricane relief.“This was our most action-packed SeaU to date,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands.DeMarinis added that while the group enjoyed their trip, “we felt that it was important to give back to the surrounding communities affected by recent natural disasters.” Through the generous contributions of travel agents, Royal Caribbean and TravelBrands, the group raised US$10,000 towards the hurricane relief fund.SeaU is filled with training sessions, workshops and seminars to give agents and partners all the tools necessary to make the best cruise sale, he said.Throughout the duration of the sailing, 10 suppliers presented their products to 125 travel agents in both English and French. Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises was the keynote speaker while Ron Petit from Royal Caribbean held a conference on Autism at Sea.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckMultiple prizes were awarded to agents throughout the sail. Radha Yipchuck of Titan Tours won back the value of her SeaU participation fee. Gisèle Boissonneault of Voyages Gaby won a cruise on the MSC Seaside. Manon Chartrand of Exotentik won a spot on the inaugural of the Norwegian Cruise Line Bliss and air for two. Janet Flegel of Celebration Travel and Mary Elsa May of itravel2000 each were rewarded a cruise for two including air on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.In addition to these winnings, each agent received 2,500 Access Loyalty Rewards points to be applied on their next five cruises booked through Encore Cruises.Anthem of the Seas departed from Cape Liberty and made stops in Nassau, Port Canaveral and CocoCay. During the port day at Port Canaveral, Universal Orlando hosted the agents in their theme parks. TravelBrands’ SeaU takes place every 18-24 months. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Intrepid releases annual ‘Not Hot List’ in response to overtourism Travelweek Group Friday, October 12, 2018 TORONTO — In an effort to raise awareness about overtourism, particularly in Asia where it has become a major issue, Intrepid Travel has released its annual ‘Not Hot List’ that focuses on lesser-known and more sustainable destinations to visit in 2019.Now in its second year, the list was developed in response to concerns about overtourism, and supports the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism.“Recently, we’ve seen a number of Asian countries take a proactive approach to combat overtourism. North Americans are increasingly concerned with overtourism and this is about encouraging them to step away from the familiar to approach this continent in the most ‘intrepid’ way possible,” said Intrepid Travel’s Regional Director for North America, Darshika Jones.Jones added that tourism can be a “potent force for good”, and that Intrepid believes that the broader the travel experience, the better. “As North American’s interest in travelling to Asia continues to grow, the more dispersal to lesser-known regions, the better,” she added.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaHere is the 2019 Not Hot List:The Similan Islands is the new Maya Bay: With Maya Bay no longer a travel option as of summer 2018, clients can still enjoy the warm waters of the Andaman Sea when visiting the Similan Islands. The islands combine rainforests and pristine beaches with a touch of history, having been made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. After being hit by the 2004 tsunami, the island of Khao Lak has since recovered. Intrepid’s ‘Cruising the Thai Islands’ adventure cruise is priced from $2,621 per person.Komodo is the new Ubud: Once considered the adventurous alternative to Seminyak, Ubud in Bali has flourished in popularity, which has put pressure on local infrastructure. Komodo is a viable alternative for clients willing to sail from Bali through the Indonesian archipelago. It’s a place where ancient tribes maintain their traditions in deep rainforest valleys, and where guests can snorkel coral reefs, walk across volcanic beaches and watch for legendary Komodo dragons. Intrepid’s ‘Komodo and Flores’ tour is priced from $1,890 per person.Bukhara is the new Angkor Wat: Uzbekistan’s fifth largest city, Bukhara, is a UNESCO World Heritage site; its entire old city centre has more than 5,000 years of human history. There are over 140 monuments and historical buildings to explore, including Po-i-Kalyan Mosque which, during its 1,300-year history, even survived assault from Genghis Khan. Intrepid’s ‘Uzbekistan Adventure’ is priced from $1,675 per person.Ladakh is the new Everest: While Nepal will always be a must-visit for adventurers, Ladakh, India is rising in popularity for its hiking and Himalayan views. Travellers can break up the hiking with river rafting and visits to remote villages, monasteries and religious sites, and also explore Delhi before or after their treks. Intrepid’s ‘India Himalaya: Bike, Hike and Raft in Ladakh’ tour is priced from $2,070 per person. Tags: Intrepid Group, Intrepid Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share
Friday, December 14, 2018 Earn 10% commission when booking on TravelCar’s agent platform Posted by Travelweek Group LOS ANGELES — TravelCar.com has launched a new incentive program for agents in both Canada and the U.S., just in time for the holidays.Travel agents who use TravelCar’s ‘Travel Agent Platform’ to book parking reservations for their clients will earn a 10% commission, plus be entered in a contest to win up to US$250 in Amazon gift cards.Reservations must be made between Dec. 14, 2018 and Jan. 7, 2019.The platform was launched in October as a way for agents to book parking at airports, seaports, train stations and city centres in more than 50 countries. The company has already partnered with more than 40 agencies in the U.S. and Canada.TravelCar’s parking network in the U.S. covers more than 50 cities, including 18 of the top 20 major airports with parking options at the top four airports in Canada.“We value our travel agent partners and wanted to create an incentive program for the holiday season that would let them know how much we appreciate their business,” said CEO and Co-Founder Ahmed Mhiri. “This is just the first of many incentive programs to come and we look forward to working with our current and future travel agent partners.”More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe contest is open to all travel agents and agencies based in the U.S. and Canada. Agents can sign up for access for free at join.travelcar.com and begin making reservations for clients. Share Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelCar << Previous PostNext Post >>
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The UK’s planned network of nearly 50 local TV stations starts to roll out today with the launch of Estuary TV in Grimsby.Comux, the infrastructure provider for the UK’s new terrestrial local TV services, will start to operate its Birmingham-based TV Network Operations Centre (NOC) with the channel launch. This centre will provide the infrastructure for local television companies to broadcast on Freeview, across the UK.Estuary TV is due to start broadcasting this evening on Channel 8, with 18 more UK stations due to go to air before the end of 2014 and an additional 28 set to launch in the second launch phase in 2014/15.“Today marks a real milestone in the UK broadcasting industry by bringing back true local TV. To deliver local TV to over 12 million homes we have built one of the most advanced transmission networks in the world with the operations centre based in Birmingham. We believe this model addresses the key challenge that local TV operators have faced in the past – the financial barrier to launching and successfully maintaining a local TV channel,” said Comux chief executive, Ed Hall.Comux said that the NOC launch took just 18 weeks and one day from the signing of the contract. In the past five weeks, it installed more than 18km of video cable and more than 6,000 metres of network cable that is able to send 385,000 data packets per second out of the NOC.