As fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan left a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan dead in Jammu, the situation in Kashmir remained tense in the wake of killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail and his associate in an encounter.A BSF spokesman said Constable Bijender Bahadur was fired upon from Pakistani side around 12:20 a.m on the International Border in Jammu’s Arnia Sector.“Mr. Bahadur was on the duty at forward point along the fence when he sustained a bullet injury on left side of abdomen. He later succumbed,” said the BSF spokesman.Following the incident, the BSF said intermittent fire continued from both sides till morning, including mortar fire.A wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain constable, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, at the BSF headquarter in Paloura.Kashmir tenseIn the wake of killing of Pakistani militant Ismail, most schools and colleges in several Valley districts were closed as restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city to thwart any protests after Friday prayers.There were prohibitory orders under the police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal.No traffic was allowed. Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid were also disallowed. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who leads the prayers there, was placed under house arrest.Train service also remained suspended across Kashmir Valley.Meanwhile, the bodies of Ismail, mastermind behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, and his Pakistani associate Chota Qasim were laid to rest in a graveyard located in Baramulla’s sparsely populated hillside.The killings sparked sporadic protests in south Kashmir as protesters held funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants.A protest was also held in Kashmir University, where all exams being held on Friday were postponed.Encounter video goes viralA purported video of the Nowgam encounter, where these two militants were killed, went viral online on Friday.The video, wherein security personnel allegedly were placing feet on the bodies and pose for pictures, was also stopped by Facebook, according to the netizens.The Army has taken “cognizance of the video”.“The trampling of the bodies by the forces is condemnable. Only rogue forces disrespect the bodies,” said Dukhataran-e-Millat spokesman Nasreen.Meanwhile, separatists and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) paid tributes to the slain militants.
The Congress in Goa demanded on Saturday that the Election Commission of India (ECI) strike down an order issued by the State government on Friday appointing two key coalition leaders as Deputy Chief Ministers. “The order is in clear violation of the model code of conduct and as such this order should be immediately set aside by ECI and strict action should be taken against the officer concerned and the government of Goa…,” chief of the party’s communications department Trajano D’Mello said in his complaint to the Chief Clectoral Officer Kunal. “It is done solely for the purpose of attracting votes,” he told presspersons later.On March 20, days after BJP leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as Chief Minister, the Goa Governor issued an order appointing Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward party and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) as Deputy Chief Ministers at the behest of the Government.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It has been a testy PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series and the tension has escalated to the sidelines with the wives and girlfriends of both San Miguel and TNT side also getting into the action.Eyewitness accounts said that David Semerad’s fiancee Gwen Ruais and Troy Rosario’s wife Mich Rosario engaged in a shouting match after the Beermen’s 111-102 victory in Game 5 Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The parties were seated at the patron section of the venue while waiting for the players to come out from the dugout.The Big Dome’s security men were spotted trying to pacify the warring sides before the players helped out in escorting their partners to the exit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn a tweet on her personal account, Rosario explained her side, saying she was merely trying to pacify the situation.“I was trying to pacify the scene when she said to me, ‘Bye bye yaya!’ How can I calm down!!! I’m not the one who started this!!!” What ‘missteps’? ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Member of Parliament for South East St. Elizabeth, Richard Parchment, is calling for amendments to be made to the Noise Abatement Act, to extend the lock-off time for specific venues.“I think this Act should be reviewed to take into consideration certain venues, which could be classified as ‘designated venues’. It would seem that there is selective application of the law as certain events are allowed to go all night while others cannot go pass midnight,” Mr. Parchment said.He was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12.Under the Act, entertainment sessions must end at midnight on weekdays and at 2:00 a.m. on weekends.Mr. Parchment stated that the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has reported that it is being flooded with requests for extension of cut-off time for entertainment activities with most of these requests coming from his constituency. “South East St. Elizabeth has become the entertainment capital of Jamaica,” he stated.He informed that there is a new entertainment craze in South East St. Elizabeth called “night football and sound clash”.“At the most recent staging of this event…over 5,000 patrons attended and this is the usual turn out which makes this event a phenomenal success,” Mr. Parchment stated.He added that following on the success of the event, there will soon be a DJ/singer competition in which the winner will get a recording contract.A recording studio was also built to develop talent from the constituency and it is now up and running.The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment recently held consultations with stakeholders in the entertainment industry on a raft of issues, including the strengthening noise abatement while at the same time promoting entertainment.One of the proposals put forward is the creation of entertainment zones across the island.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter
England’s exploits in 2018 should go down as one of the nation’s greatest years in history, says Eric DierThe Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia for the first time since 1990 and only narrowly lost out to Croatia for a spot in final.However, on Sunday, England got their revenge by coming back from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley and book a place for June’s UEFA Nations League’s semi-finals.Aside from that, England also enjoyed memorable victories over Spain and Sweden this year.“2018 has been the best year I’ve experienced as an England player,” Dier told Standard Sport.“It has been very special with what happened at the World Cup and now beating Spain and Croatia. There hasn’t been a year like this for England in a long, long time.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are now going to play a second semi-final in the space of 12 months and it’s fantastic for us. The most important thing is we use that knowledge in the best possible way.”Gareth Southgate’s side head into the Nations League finals in Portugal this summer in search of the nation’s first major silverware since 1966.“Our aim has always been just to win this competition. We are really excited now,” added Dier.“We wanted to get through the group and it was an extremely difficult one against two top teams. now we want to win everything we are involved in.“Beating Croatia shows the progress we have made since July. We are constantly trying to improve, this is just another step along the way. But we know we can get even better.“We could have gone in two directions after the World Cup — we wanted to develop and build on it and I feel we have done that. At the same time, we have to continue to do this. Our potential is huge and it is up to us to fulfil it.”
(NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Chris GreccoIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley ZayaIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — This is the seventh in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Jack BoyleBeginning his baseball career on the small diamond at the North and ending it on the North’s Big diamond, Jack Boyle played all 10 years he was eligible for Wilmington Little League. From the Rookie Cyclones to the Senior Astros, Jack is the embodiment of a Little Leaguer, playing at all levels and on all fields.Although he might not have been the biggest or fastest player, that did not deter him from finding success. Over the course of his WLL career he played for his father every single season except one, where he played for Coach Fred Russell. Jack may be the ultimate coaches kid, but he is much more than that. He is an intelligent, versatile player who not only loved to play but spent hours watching and going to games. Over the years, Jack has developed into an outstanding defensive outfielder. However, whenever a need arose Jack would step in and play any position (excluding catcher). If a coach needed a position filled Jack eagerly volunteered and filled in. There was never a position he would not try for the good of the team. As he got older he became like a coach on the field but never lost the joy of just playing the game.Jack’s first season of WLL, Rookie Cyclones, he played for his father and Cliff Lord. When he hit the diamond it was not like it was the first time he played baseball. Jack had been playing catch, running bases and hitting since he was in diapers. He was fortunate to play every position for the Cyclones and turned an unassisted triple play while playing pitcher. It was his basic knowledge of the game that helped understand how to turn it. No one understood what happened and stood around not knowing what to do. Jack continued his career with the Rookie Avalanche, Single A Astros, and finally the AA Giants, before heading to the Majors.Jack was drafted by the Indians as an 11 year old and spent 2 seasons playing for Coach Fred Russell and coaches Jim Boyle and Joe Aucoin. A defensive stalwart, Jack played 2B and CF for the Indians. One highlight as a 11 year old, were all the walk off wins. Especially the walk off homerun hit by teammate Scott Edwards. A disappointing end to his first season was a first round loss to the Tigers. This helped motivate Jack into his final Major season. That final season brought several outstanding wins and was highlighted by a Web Gem catch in CF vs the Orioles. Helping the Indians advance to the Semifinals of the playoffs, an improvement from his first year, also stands out. Jack played on the Indians with future Wildcats Riley Zaya and Jarred Aucoin. He really enjoyed hanging out at Rotary and watching his friends play.After completing his Majors career, Jack went on to play four years on the big diamond. It was on the big diamond that he began to focus on becoming an outfielder. He was part of the first group of Juniors to play cross town games vs North Reading, Stoneham and Woburn. He enjoyed traveling to compete against a new set of opponents. Along with the spring teams, Jack played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was also a integral part of the first Wilmington Middle School team and helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. The highlight of his summer WLL career was playing on the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Jack’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past three years. He played four years on the WHS Varsity Golf team and two years on the WHS Basketball team.Jack’s family has been an essential part of his baseball career. His mother Kelli, enjoyed watching him play for his dad. Going to Rotary Park, sitting out on the picnic table in left center field, and watching the games is also another memory of hers. For father Jim, there are too many memories to mention however, getting the opportunity to coach Jack for ten years has to be his favorite.Jack will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall to study business, where he will be joining his sister Amanda.
Warning: This story discusses mind-altering substances and technology used to consume them. These substances are legal in some places but not in others. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — nothing here endorses illegal drug use. The company’s co-founder is an Apple alum. The flagship product is a $250 app-enabled smart device in an emerging category. The gadget’s silver-bodied design gives it the look of a striking statement piece for modern homes. It might sound like I’m describing Nest, but I’m really describing Firefly, a weed tech startup based in California. The product in question isn’t a smart thermostat that regulates the temperature in your home, but rather a smart vaporizer that regulates the temperature of cannabis with app-enabled precision. Available for preorder this weekend and expected to start shipping within the next month, it’s called the Firefly 2 Plus, and if the company’s nomenclature doesn’t betray its Apple influences, its talking points certainly will. “We want to be the vaporizer for all people,” says Walden Alexander, Firefly’s director of global sales and distribution, “the way the iPhone was the smartphone that bridged the gap between early adopters and mass adoption.” Boasting easier air intake, a modest boost to battery life and a lower price than the Firefly 2 that came before it, the nearly identical-looking Firefly 2 Plus is hardly a dramatic jump forward for the brand. It does, however join a growing field of high-end, handheld vaporizers that seek to leverage tech to deliver a better high — and to win customers at a time when the legalization movement appears primed to bring more of the mainstream into the fold. Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos 9 That’s where those app controls come in. With a full spectrum of temperature settings ranging from 200-500 degrees Fahrenheit that you adjust in 10-degree increments (a major upgrade from the six fixed settings of the previous gen), plus a “calibration” slider for more incremental adjustments that nudge the quality of your vapor toward either richer flavor or a smoother drag, Firefly’s app is simple and uncluttered. I appreciated the links to instructional videos in its Info section, too. It’s just a shame that there isn’t a temperature readout on the device itself, or the ability to cycle through that full range of temperature settings without the app — though, if your phone dies, there is a method to change between seven temperature presets that range from 250-480 degrees F. It’s not the most intuitive, though — you’ll hold the right button, then press the left button three times to enter a setting selection mode. While still holding the right button, tapping on the left button will cycle through the 7 presets, starting with the lowest.OutlookJust like the law, the market for marijuana tech is still evolving in the US, and we don’t yet know exactly what it’s final form will look like. It’s also unclear how high-end vaporizers that cost hundreds of dollars will fare against smaller vape pens made for use with disposable cannabis oil cartridges. Those are significantly less expensive than products like the Firefly 2 Plus, and their popularity is on the rise.If the Firefly 2 Plus wants to be the iPhone of vaporizers, then it might be an iPhone XS Max — big, expensive, impressive and more than a lot of people probably need or want to pay for. Still, you might have said something similar about Nest once upon a time. And look how that turned out.Originally published Apr. 20 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:30 p.m. PT: Corrected the description of the device’s temperature controls outside of the app, and the date of Firefly’s founding, which was in 2011 and not in 2012. 12 Photos A tipping point for pot?Alexander and I talked about the weed-tech business between bites at a popular spot for Nashville-style hot chicken near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Toward the end of our conversation, he unboxed a production model of the Firefly 2 Plus to show me the company’s newest hardware. It’s a good-looking gadget, and also longer and bulkier than most handheld vaporizers. Like other Firefly vapes, the 2 Plus features a magnetic lid with your choice of design. With the wood-grain pattern on Alexander’s 2 Plus, the thing looked a bit like a king-sized duck call as he brought it up to his lips to demonstrate how to hold and use it.Yes, I’ll admit that during all this I nervously glanced around the dining room for any local cops on a lunch break. Despite a long history as the nation’s top producer of hemp, the commonwealth of Kentucky is one of 18 states where both recreational and medicinal marijuana use is still prohibited by law. Kentucky also lists possession of drug paraphernalia as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. At the same time, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in Kentucky, and bongs, pipes and vaporizers are openly sold in stores across the state, typically with winking signs that read “for tobacco use only.” At any rate, we’re a long way from California. Meet the smart vapes: App-enabled vaporizers seek to cash in on cannabis Then again, maybe we’re closer than you might think. Earlier this year, legislators in Kentucky’s House of Representatives introduced a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in the state. Last month, that bill cleared the Judiciary Committee by a 16-1 vote. More recently, Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen offered up a plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.Along with record public support for legalized pot, which now includes a majority of Americans aged 55 and over, and a majority of Republicans too, headlines like that feed into a growing sense of marijuana momentum across the US. Mark Williams, the former Apple developer who co-founded Firefly in 2011 with business partner Sasha Robinson, himself a veteran of Microsoft, cites the 2018 midterm elections as a key inflection point. Statewide initiatives to legalize marijuana passed in Missouri, Utah and in Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize weed for recreational use.”It was the best day for cannabis in the history of cannabis,” Williams says. “All of a sudden we realized there was no going back.”Williams added that he’s heartened to see many of the Democratic candidates for president embracing legalization as part of their platforms. And while he “wouldn’t presume to speculate,” he adds that he could also envision President Donald Trump beating them to the punch.”If I were him, I would just wait until a few months before the election,” Williams said, “and, just by executive order, make it legal and take the issue away from the Democrats and say, ‘Ha! Now you don’t have that issue anymore.'” Each Firefly vaporizer comes with a magnetic lid in your choice of design, like the wood-grain pattern seen here. The lid’s circular window lets you see what you’re vaporizing as you vaporize it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET A high-tech highAt any rate, Williams and others I spoke with in the weed-tech industry expressed optimism that the US will see significant progress toward full legalization by next year’s November elections. Meanwhile, emerging cannabis subcategories like vape pens and oil concentrates, the latter of which Firefly vaporizers are compatible with, are already seeing steady growth, according to marijuana delivery service Eaze. Those are the tailwinds Firefly is trying to catch with the 2 Plus as its new flagship.Enlarge ImageFirefly’s app lets you set the temperature of the device from your phone, along with a calibration slider and the ability to choose which buttons — left, right, both or either — will trigger the device to heat up. Firefly screenshot by Ry Crist/CNET To that end, the new price of $250 is $80 less than before — priced to compete with vaporizers like the $275 DaVinci IQ, but still $80 more than its top competitor, the popular Pax 3, which is made by the same team behind Juul electronic cigarettes. Like Firefly, those app-enabled alternatives feature eye-catching designs, which isn’t an accident. Looks matter when you’re trying to capitalize on consumer curiosity and get people to splurge.Firefly hopes to stand out from the pack with its nifty magnetic lids, and with the fact that, unlike most vaporizers, it features a little window that lets you see what’s inside as you’re vaporizing it. Like the Firefly 2, the 2 Plus also employs a patented technique called “dynamic convection” that heats the device up to the selected temperature setting with each drag instead of preheating to the temperature setting at the start and then remaining there. It takes just a few seconds to heat up when you want to take a hit, but those seconds add up since you’re waiting with each hit. With most other vaporizers, you’ll wait 15 seconds or so when you first turn them on, and then drag at will until you’re done.With the Firefly, you just hold your finger against the touch-sensitive buttons on either side of the device, wait for the green light and take a hit. And, in a nice touch (no pun intended), the app lets you use either of those buttons, or both simultaneously, for heating the chamber. Just tell the app which option you want.The Firefly 2 Plus comes with a charging cradle. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Dynamic convection also makes it so the 2 Plus doesn’t need a power button, since it heats up with each button press and automatically cools down after each hit. When the battery needs recharging, you’ll dock the 2 Plus in a charging cradle that comes with the device. Firefly says that other benefits to dynamic convection include gentler heating, more accurate temperature control and less wasted vapor between hits. Meanwhile, the 2 Plus boasts a borosilicate glass bowl inside the device and glass piping to the mouthpiece, too. That’s a quality interior — though the exterior casing felt a bit more plasticky than some of us expected at first touch. With its extra size and angular bulk, a few of us also found it to be less comfortable to hold than other vaporizers.As for what makes the 2 Plus a “Plus,” Firefly’s team points to the device’s improved air-flow during drags as the most significant upgrade over the Firefly 2.”It’s easier to inhale,” Williams says. “You don’t have that immediate need to exhale. To use an analogy, you’d never take a swig of beer and spit half of it out. But that’s what people are doing with cannabis right now.”The key with any vaporizer is temperature control. In fact, the whole point of vaping is that you’re heating the active ingredients (terpenes and cannabinoids like THC and CBD) to their boiling point and releasing them as vapor, but not burning your bud the way an open flame will. Whether it’s basic conduction vapes or fancier convection vapes that heat more evenly, the idea is that you’re aiming for a Goldilocks temperature — hot, but not too hot. Weed tech 5:37 Smart Home Culture Marijuana tech is evolving On 420, say high to these gadgets for weed lovers Share your voice
Share your voice 1 Sci-Tech 12 Photos This is a full moon. A blue moon looks like a full moon. That’s it. NASA/Kim Shiflett I’m all for an exciting “blood moon” (aka: a total lunar eclipse) or even a just slightly interesting “supermoon” when the full moon looks a smidge bigger in the sky, but there is absolutely no reason to get excited about this Saturday’s “blue moon.”You may have seen other headlines declaring that this will be the last time this unique full moon will rise until 2021, but there’s actually nothing astronomical that sets a blue moon apart from any other full moon. According to the Library of Congress, a blue moon occurs when a particular season has four full moons rather than the typical three. When this happens, the third moon of the four is labeled a blue moon. It has nothing to do with the actual coloration of our natural satellite, or anything to do with space, for that matter. It’s just one of the naming conventions from the old Farmers’ Almanacs: the same as calling January’s full moon a “wolf moon” because wolves were often heard howling at winter moons long ago, apparently. That’s the most old school definition of a blue moon, a least. It’s also come to be defined as the second full moon that falls within the same calendar month. So if there’s a full moon on the first day of any month (except February), you’ll get a blue moon about four weeks later. Again, this newer definition really has nothing to do with the moon itself, which is just going about its normal orbiting business. Rather, a blue moon is dependent on the rather arbitrary calendar that we’ve all decided to use to keep track of our lives. So while blood moons aren’t actually bloody and supermoons are really more “kinda neat” than full-blown super, both are worth stepping outside to see. A blue moon, on the other hand, is really just the same as last month’s full moon. If you miss it, there’s a repeat showing four weeks later, just without the fancy title. Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos Tags Comment Space
Share Thursday, July 20, 2017 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> CDC warns of measles outbreak in Europe Tags: Europe ATLANTA — With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travellers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.More than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. In the past year, 35 people across Europe have died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization.Measles cases have been reported in 15 European countries in 2017: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, reports the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.CDC has issued travel health notices for five European countries with measles outbreaks since November 2016; the most recent was France on July 7. The others are Belgium, Germany, Italy and Romania.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe CDC recommends that anyone who isn’t protected against measles, either through vaccination or past infection, should get vaccinated, including before international travel. This simple step protects both travelers and people back home. Travellers should see their health care professional at least 4-6 weeks before any international travel. You may need this much time to complete a vaccine series, and your body needs time to build up immunity. Travelweek Group
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Snap a pic for a chance to win two tix to the U.S. with Collette MISSISSAUGA — Travel agents can test out their photography skills with Collette’s newly launched photo contest, which runs from now until Aug. 31.The contest aims to highlight America’s National Parks, and includes a grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in the U.S. Travel must be done by Nov. 30, 2017.Agents can submit a photo of themselves at or near any U.S. National Park to enter into the draw. They can also submit a photo of the park itself. Along with their photo, agents must describe why that park is special to them.“We recognize the commitment of our travel agents and want to reward them with a fun opportunity to win a chance to travel themselves,” said Doug Patterson, President of Collette Canada.To enter go to gocollette.com/nationalparks. Posted by Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Tags: Collette, Contests Share
Telekom Romania is using Zenterio OS to power a new series of set-top boxes (STBs) for its TV Interactiv IPTV service.Telekom Romania customers can now enjoy features like live TV, video-on-demand, network PVR, time-shifted TV, USB PVR on the new STBs.Zenterio OS is an independent operating system for interactive TV that is designed to give operators the flexibility to choose set-top boxes from any vendor.“Zenterio OS has been successfully powering our IPTV STBs for the last several years. Recently, we wanted to introduce a new STB hardware vendor and model to optimise hardware sourcing and leverage the harmonization strategy in Deutsche Telekom Group,” said Roxana Baias, marketing director at Telekom Romania.“Zenterio OS made the introduction of new set-top boxes efficient and smooth, without any requirement for software integration. As the expense of the porting was a fraction of a full end-to-end integration project, Zenterio’s solution resulted in an efficient way of using resources for Telekom Romania.”Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio, said: “Zenterio enables Telekom Romania to use the same STB models as its parent company, Deutsche Telekom Group. Taking advantage of the investments at the group level not only saves money, but also provides access to value generating technologies that will keep Telekom Romania’s offering ahead of the market.”