SELECTMEN NEWS Committee Created To Propose Changes To Annual Town Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Changes may be on the way for Annual Town Meeting, but not anytime in the immediate future.At Monday’s meeting, Selectman Mike McCoy asked his colleagues to put an article on this year’s Town Meeting warrant asking voters to change the dates of the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting. McCoy noted the recent Bylaw Review Committee, which he served on, was supportive of changing the date of Annual Town Meeting.Under McCoy’s proposal, the Town Election would fall on the third Saturday of March and the Town Meeting would fall on the fourth Saturday of March. McCoy felt turnout would increase with less conflicts predicted in late March as compared to early May, when First Communions, spring youth sports, and yard work are all in full swing.While his colleagues didn’t necessarily dismiss the idea, they opted not to support it. Instead, Selectmen unanimously agreed to form a Town Meeting Review Committee on the suggestion of Town Moderator Robert Peterson, Jr.“I have no opposition to moving Town Meeting… but I ask the board when moving the date, that you consider taking a holistic approach to the issue of Town Meeting,” Peterson told the board. “I do strongly suggest the Town consider doing some sort of Town Meeting Review Committee…. There are things we can look at to speed the process along, whether it be consent agendas or electronic voting…”“I think Mr. Peterson’s idea is a great idea,” responded Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “I’d rather a solution come from the community than this board. I don’t want to make a change now and then have to change it again next year. My preference is to start a committee as soon as possible and solicit feedback. There’s a lot of good in the survey we’ve conducted, but we have a lot of questions that we need to do some more digging on.”“I agree. Let’s have a review committee. But let’s add a caveat that they need to have something decided in time so we can put something on warrant for next year’s meeting. Let’s get it going now so it’s ready for next year’s warrant,” agreed Selectman Ed Loud.“I’d be inclined to develop a subcommittee and for them to come back and give us a report on which way to go,” concurred Selectman Kevin Caira.The makeup of the Committee is yet to be fleshed out, but it sounded like each Selectman will appoint three members to a 15-member committee.All Selectman also seemed unanimous in their desire to keep the Town Meeting on Saturday, as opposed to moving it to a weeknight or multiple weeknights.“I’m concerned about seniors, some of which are less likely to drive at night,” pointed out Selectman Greg Bendel, who was also cool to the idea of a March Town Meeting. “I worry about a March Meeting. We had 5-6 snow days at school last March. We’d still be running into winter weather. What would happen if Town Meeting were to get snowed out, which unfortunately is a possibility in New England in March.”“This is an impossible problem to try to solve. 23,000 people live in Wilmington,” added Selectman Eaton. “There’s always going to be a conflict… A lot of the themes I saw [in the town meeting survey] was that weeknights weren’t good for seniors, but weekends were tough for parents.”Town Manager Jeff Hull cautioned that moving the Town Meeting too early in the year would create issues for the town’s budget process.“The Governor doesn’t present his budget [which includes state aid, the town’s second largest revenue source] until the end of January. If we have a Town Meeting at the end of March, I have to present the budget to the Board of Selectmen at the end of December, well before the Governor’s,” explained Hull. “It just creates a greater level of uncertainty when putting the budget together.”“Clearly we had some past Town Meetings – like the new high school vote – where a significant amount of people showed up. To some measure, [attendance] is a function of what the topics are at the Town Meeting,” Hull later added. “When people really want to turn out – hockey rink, new High School, new Middle School — people turn out when there are issues that they want to be heard on. I’m not sure that any particular date is going to solicit a groundswell of interest.”Any date change would need Town Meeting approval and then require an act of the State Legislature.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen & Residents Are Ready To “Fix” Annual Town Meeting, Possibly Move It From Saturday To 2-3 WeeknightsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Clerk Concerned With Moving Town Meeting To March; Review Committee To Be Appointed SoonIn “Government”ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”last_img read more

Road block in protest at AL leader arrest

first_imgPro-AL transport workers block road near Hathazari bus stand protesting at arrest of a local Awami League leader on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloChittagong’s road communication with Rangamati and Khagrachhari was cut off as transport workers blocked the Hathazari road in Chittagong on Sunday protesting the arrest of a local Awami League (AL) leader.Police on Saturday late night arrested Ctg district (North) AL member and general secretary of northern district bus owners’ association, Manjurul Alam Chowdhury, after he shot a man in the leg at the Railway Officers club following an altercation.Kotwali police station officer in-charge (OC) Jasimuddin said Manjurul is still in custody following the incident as the victim is yet to file any complaint.The transport workers gathered at Hathazari bus stand area at around 9:00am in the morning as well as in the areas like Chittagong University gate no 1, Islamia Haat, Madan Haat, Jaamtal, Taria, and Nayahat, blocking the road communications of the port city.last_img read more

PM Hasina returns home

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Monday morning wrapping up her weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister, which departed Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:50pm (local time), landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am (BST).During her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina delivered the country statement at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in Bangla demanding immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN over settlement of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.On the sidelines of the UNGA sessions, the prime minister also attended a good number of high-level events and placed some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She also joined a welcome reception hosted by US president Donald Trump, while US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met her at her hotel suite in New York.Hasina also had bilateral meetings with world leaders and heads of international organisations, including Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, Dutch Queen Maxima and the OIC secretary general.During the tour, the prime minister received ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.Hasina also addressed a press conference and attended a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States.last_img read more

Ershads second namazejanaza held

first_imgHM Ershad.AFP file photoThe second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday morning, according to UNB.The janaza took place around 10:55am.His body will be taken to the party’s central office at Kakrail to allow Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes. After Asr prayers, the third janaza will be held at the Baitu lMukarram National Mosque.President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office and the party’s Kakrail central office till 18 July between 11:00am and 4:00pm, said party chairman’s press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.His body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds. He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.Ershad’s Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque.last_img read more

The Latina Wage Gap Is Bigger in Texas

first_imgMeenu Bhardwaj/SEIUA new report by the Economic Policy Institute shows Latinas would have to work all of 2017 and until November 1, 2018 to earn the same average wages as white men did in 2017 alone.That’s because nationwide, Hispanic women earn 54 cents for every dollar white men earn. However, in Texas, Latinas would have to work even longer.“Texas, sadly, is the third worst state for Latinas when it comes to the wage gap. They only make 44 cents to every dollar made by white non-Hispanic men,” said Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality at the National Women’s Law Center.By comparison, white women in Texas earn 73 cents for every dollar a white man earns. Raghu also said pay inequity hasn’t improved much over time.“The wage gap for Latinas has barely budged in about 30 years,” said Raghu. She said Latinas tend to be over-represented in low wage fields, and under-represented in high wage fields, which is partly because of educational attainment.But discrimination is also a factor. One study shows when you control for education, experience and location, Latinas still earn some 30% less than white men.COO of the progressive Center for Public Policy Priorities, Dr. Frances Deviney, said there are public policy solutions that can help lessen the wage gap for Latinas.“Some of them are based on educational attainment,” said Deviney, “making sure that we give every Texan the opportunity to access post-secondary education and making it affordable and high quality.” In 2013, some 19% of Latinas between ages 25-29 had completed a college degree nationwide, compared to 44% of white women, according to a 2015 government study. Deviney also said it’s important to pass laws, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, that ensure all people are being paid equal wages for the same type of work. Sharelast_img read more

Full Show Jazmine Barnes Case And New HSPVA Campus Opens Jan 7

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes a week ago. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez updates us on the latest in the case.Also this hour: Students at HISD’s Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts begin classes in their new downtown campus today. We take a tour of the facility. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from Texas A&M and the Meyerland Animal Clinic answers your pet care questions.And we discuss went wrong for the Texans in their playoff loss to the Colts — along with other developments in Houston sports.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum Screens Black Panther Film

first_imgOn Feb. 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is hosting a screening of the documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution. The film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. The screening will be followed by a discussion with a guest speaker. RSVP via Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution-tickets-31499296243 . The museum is located at 1601 East North Avenue, Baltimore, Md.last_img

Spotifys India Launch Hits Snag as Warner Music Sues

first_imgJust before Spotify’s public listing in April of 2018, the company announced that it had opened an office in Mumbai and hired 300 people, but it faces a steep challenge in India. In addition to the fierce competition from local streamers like Saavn and Gaana (which sources say Spotify had considered purchasing in the past), Spotify could be staring down a potentially slow conversion from free to premium, and large sections of the country have broadband difficulties; although Internet access is inexpensive in India, infrastructure is still developing in many areas. However, Spotify faced similar challenges in Indonesia and Africa, and launched in those territories anyway.India, a country with 1.33 billion people and dozens of dialects, consumes music in five languages including Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali. UPDATED: Spotify’s long-anticipated launch in India could be days away, but the Swedish company is taking its licensing negotiations with the three major music groups to the wire. While the streamer says it has closed licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music, it remains “far apart” from acceptable terms with Warner Music Group.As a workaround, Spotify is claiming a statutory license meant for TV and radio broadcasters; in response, Warner filed an injunction in India that aims to bar Spotify’s access to songs published by the major’s Warner/Chappell company, which holds the rights to more than 1 million songs. The dispute has become contentious as Spotify accused Warner of “abusive behavior” that harms “many non-Warner artists, labels and publishers.”In a statement to Variety, a Warner Music spokesperson says: “After months of negotiations, Spotify abruptly changed course and has falsely asserted a statutory license for our songwriters’ music publishing rights in India. We had no choice but to ask an Indian court for an injunction to prevent this. It’s our goal to hammer out a deal that works for everyone. We hope this is just a speed bump in the expansion of our long and successful global partnership.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A Spotify spokesperson responded: “Warner Music Group instructed Warner/Chappell Music to file for an injunction in an attempt to leverage WCM’s local Indian publishing rights, to extract concessions in WMG’s global renewal negotiations for musical recordings. WMG revoked a previously agreed upon publishing license for reasons wholly unrelated to Spotify’s launch in India. All other major labels and publishers have already agreed on economics and to license their music, and Spotify has also entered into a license with the local collecting society, while WCM remains the lone hold-out needed for a Spotify launch in India. WMG’s abusive behavior would harm many non-Warner artists, labels and publishers, and prevent Spotify from competing in the market, leaving us no choice but to file for a statutory license. This statutory license, which allows for application to internet-based services, prevents WMG’s abusive practices, while ensuring all rights holders are compensated fairly. Under the statutory license, Spotify will pay WCM and their rights holders rates that are in-line with the rates Spotify agreed to pay the leading Indian music entities. We will continue to assess our options at this stage.”Spotify’s launch in India, the world’s second most-populous country, has already been postponed at least twice, and the delay is not helping the company’s reputation on Wall Street; Spotify’s stock has dropped significantly, along with most major tech companies, since its its successful public listing last April. Warner has less than 5% market share in India, and the majors are significantly less dominant in that country than they are in most Western countries, although Warner/Chappell publishes songs on multiple labels. While the announcement in January that Spotify has inked a content deal with T-Series, the country’s leading music and film company, ensures that it will be rolling out with plenty of popular content, the importance of securing deals with the majors seems to be reflected in the strong language in its statement. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Researchers create onchip interference between pairs of photon sources

first_imgSchematic of device operation. Credit: Nature Photonics (2013) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.339 © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Nature Photonics More information: On-chip quantum interference between silicon photon-pair sources, Nature Photonics (2013) DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2013.339AbstractLarge-scale integrated quantum photonic technologies will require on-chip integration of identical photon sources with reconfigurable waveguide circuits. Relatively complex quantum circuits have been demonstrated already, but few studies acknowledge the pressing need to integrate photon sources and waveguide circuits together on-chip8, 9. A key step towards such large-scale quantum technologies is the integration of just two individual photon sources within a waveguide circuit, and the demonstration of high-visibility quantum interference between them. Here, we report a silicon-on-insulator device that combines two four-wave mixing sources in an interferometer with a reconfigurable phase shifter. We configured the device to create and manipulate two-colour (non-degenerate) or same-colour (degenerate) path-entangled or path-unentangled photon pairs. We observed up to 100.0 ± 0.4% visibility quantum interference on-chip, and up to 95 ± 4% off-chip. Our device removes the need for external photon sources, provides a path to increasing the complexity of quantum photonic circuits and is a first step towards fully integrated quantum technologies.center_img In the quest to create a truly useful quantum computer, researchers focus on single areas of research that in the end can hopefully be taken together to reach the ultimate goal. In this new effort, the researchers sought a way to allow for observation of quantum interference on a single chip, and report that they have succeeded by creating what some have described as the most complex quantum circuit ever made.To allow for observing quantum interference, scientists have discovered, two virtually identical photons are needed, which means they need to be produced from two identical photon sources—no easy feat, but not impossible as the researchers have proven.The researchers built a chip that is able to accept a laser beam pumped directly into it—that beam is used as the basis for forming photon pairs by means of interaction with a piece of silicon. The quantum light produced was then combined using a beam splitter (which was also integrated into the chip). The path length of the photon beams was controlled by modifying the temperature of the waveguides which allowed for observing two-photon quantum interference. The team reports observations of “up to 100 ± 0.4% visibility quantum interference on-chip up and up to 95 ± 4% off-chip.”The team suggests their apparatus (basically, a quantum system on a chip) makes unnecessary the need for external photon sources creating a path towards a true quantum computer. They also note that what they’ve created has been achieved without resorting to reinventing fabrication methods—their system can use methods very similar, they say, to those for other CMOS devices, making bulk production relatively easy. They also suggest their device could very well pave the way to multiple photon pair sources which if developed to work together could allow for the construction of highly efficient devices.The team next plans to scale up their chip to allow for adding quantum processing tasks. (Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from several countries has succeeded in creating a chip that allows for observation of the interference between silicon photon-pair sources. In their paper published in Nature Photonics, the team describes the nature of their chip, how it works and ways it might be used. Citation: Researchers create on-chip interference between pairs of photon sources (2014, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-on-chip-pairs-photon-sources.html On-chip quantum buffer realizedlast_img read more

Elon Musks Las Vegas Tunnel Plans Are Worrying Monorail Officials

first_img 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadget August 2, 2019 Planning documents, obtained by TechCrunch, are revealing much about how Elon Musk’s proposed Las Vegas loop would work. The Boring Company is charged with building three tunnels: one for pedestrians and two for passenger “sleds,” stretching across the Las Vegas Convention Center Campus. The two vehicle tunnels will be filled with a fleet of autonomous Tesla-based EVs that can carry up to 16 people at a time.There are concerns, however, that the tunneling work required to build Musk’s loop is running too close to the adjacent Las Vegas Monorail. As TechCrunch reports, Monorail officials have lobbied for more oversight and raised objections over tunnels running close to the Monorail’s support pillars. Given the tight tolerances involved, it’s likely that a small amount of disruption could shut the elevated railway down.The Las Vegas Convention Center is a sprawling complex with around 3.2 million square feet of exhibit space across its numerous halls. In short order, a new building, with an additional 1.4 million square feet of space will be added, with construction underway on Elvis Presley Boulevard. That expansion — dubbed “Phase Two,” is expected to open in 2023, followed by an expensive renovation of the existing buildings.If you wanted to talk from the front door of the South Hall to the new building, you’ll be traveling almost a full mile. That half-hour walk each way is hardly ideal for trade show visitors trying to cover so much ground in a short space of time. And so the organization began looking for people movers that could shrink that distance, with Musk’s loop standing out as an early contender.The plans suggest a route that runs from the Phase Two building, through the central parking lot of the LVCC, ending at the back of the South Hall. At ground level, small subway-like entrances would filter down to a mezzanine, below which you’d find the two platforms. What isn’t clear, right now, is how the pods would get out of each other’s way when they reach the terminus at each end with no turning space.At this point, the suggestion is that the self-driving passenger sleds will be based on Tesla’s electric vehicles. But according to comments made Boring Company official Jane Labanowski, these vehicles will have a human driver, or at least an operative. That’s likely to increase the price and cost of riding, at least if things don’t change between now and the proposed project deadline of January 2021.These preliminary documents are clearly not exhaustive architectural plans, and so we can’t draw too many conclusions from them. But, if the system is as simple as a manned Tesla vehicle running through a tunnel, then the finished project could be quite underwhelming. And expensive, compared to the cost of, say, simply marking one of the nearby roads exclusively for shuttle buses that go back and forth between the halls. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks across Stafford Borough and Uttoxeter this week

first_imgRoadworks in Newcastle Borough North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Roadworks in South Cheshire Roadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands A- S A34: Lane closure on A34 from Monkey Forest Island to M6 J14 Island from September 17 until October 8 Derrington: Roadworks and road closure on Long Lane between Dale Lane and Handfords Cottage from August 28 until November 19 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from September 24 until October 19 Gnosall: Multi-way traffic signals on Knightley Road in Gnosall from September 27 until October 4 Hyde Lea: Two way traffic control on Hyde Lea Bank from October 5 until October 10 Little Haywood: Stop/go boards on High Chase Rise from September 29 until October 3 Meaford: Multi-way traffic lights on Meaford Road from September 12 until September 25 at the roundabout of Meaford Road and Tower Road until October 1 Meaford: Two way signals on Rookery Lane from September 12 until October 1 Meaford: One lane closed on A34 on Stone Road in Meaford from October 2 until October 11 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on Common Lane in Meir Heath until October 1 Norbury: Roadworks and road closure on A519 from September 20 until October 24 Ranton: Stop/go boards on Brook Lane outside All Saints Church on October 4 Sandon: Roadworks and overnight closures at level crossing on B5066 Sandon Bank from September 29 until October 1 (Road closed from 10pm until 6am) Saverley Green: Multi-way traffic signals on Sandon Road from September 27 until October 1 Stafford Stafford: Temporary traffic lights on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Bridge Street from September 25 until October 3 Stafford: Burton Bank Lane Footway closed until October 18 (over M6). Stafford: Two way traffic signals on Lichfield Road near St Pauls Church on October 7 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Marston Road outside number 129 from September 29 until October 3. Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road outside number 32 from September 18 until October 1 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road adjacent to numbers 91 and 87 from September 27 until October 4 S (Continued) – W Stone: Roadworks and road closures at Aston Roundabout (A34/A51) from August 20 until November 2. Stone: Roadworks on Eccleshall Road between Walton and the M6 from September 20 until November 1 Stone: Temporary traffic lights on Eccleshall Road from October 1 until October 8 Stone: Carriageway incursion on Granville Square from October 3 until October 9 Woodseaves: Roadworks and road closure on A519 Newport Road from August 13 until October 22center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Borough from Monday October 1 until Sunday October 7 – with this list also including Uttoxeter for those who live, work and travel through the East Staffordshire town. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stafford Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 1 until October 4 Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeter A50 closed all weekendlast_img read more

Saint Lucia Tourism Authority revamps travel agent program

first_img Travelweek Group Friday, June 15, 2018 TORONTO – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has revamped its travel agent specialist program (SLEx), an online educational and loyalty program that’s open to agents in Canada.Mobile friendly and customizable, SLEx provides resources that will enable agents to better sell the destination in areas like Dive, Romance and Family Travel.Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate that unlocks features and benefits of being a Saint Lucia Expert. A combination of three status tiers will highlight the best producers and provide additional incentives and support to each tier.SLEx awards agents marketing credits based on room nights within the following tiers: Gold (50-149 room nights); Platinum (150-299 room nights); and Diamond (300+ room nights).Benefits include: three continuing education credits from ACTA or The Travel Institute; personalized certificate; and printable education packet.As an additional incentive, the top recording travel agents and their agencies will be awarded monthly prizes in the sum of US$250 cash for the agent, and $250 marketing credit for the agency (to go towards Saint Lucia business development). The new platform will allow agents to track their progress in real time.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamOther benefits of the program include:Lead generation via website inclusion by zip code, agency name and contact details;Customization of collateral including package flyers and social media resourcesSpecial recognition and awards;Discounted fams and agent rates with Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM);Special promotions and offers;Agent’s own SLEx e-newsletter templateSpecial recognition in SLTA press releases and stories ‘Tell us about your client’s vacation experience in Saint Lucia’;Invitation to attend THE PITON INSPIRO AwardsAn SLTA logo for business cards and websiteTravel agents can enroll in the program at http://edu.recommend.com/saintlucia. Current Saint Lucia Specialists are not required to retake the course but will benefit from the new resources and status. Posted by Saint Lucia Tourism Authority revamps travel agent programcenter_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has extended the av

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has extended the availability of its multiscreen TV app to enable viewing outside of the home via mobile networks.The Volia TV app enables viewing on up to two devices simultaneously. Viewers can now access content in any part of Ukraine, even when not attached to Volia’s network.Volia said it had simplified the registration process for the service. User can download the application and register immediately. The app is available via the Google Play store for Android 4.2 and above, and via the App Store for iOS 8.0 and above.Users of the app have 10 days to explore the service before they have to being paying for it.Volia marketing director Viktoria Tsomaya said that the service, which is being marketed under the slogan ‘Volia TV – TV that is always with you’, will give users an opportunity no longer to restrict their viwing to within the four walls of their apartment or house.last_img read more