C is for copyright, D is for defects

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Legal aid: the right to choose

first_imgThere is an aspect of the current criminal legal aid proposals that ought to be brought to general attention. The proposal to deny the right of choice of lawyer runs contrary to government policy. On 29 March 2012 the prime minister announced that he intended to enshrine in law the ‘right to choose’. It was announced that this would be included in an existing white paper addressing open provision of public services. On the same day, the government published a press release headed: ‘The right to choose the best public service at the heart of radical reform programme’. David Cameron said then: ‘Nearly two years on from coming into office, brick by brick, edifice by edifice, we are slowly dismantling the big state structures we inherited from the last government. We are putting people in control, giving them the choices and chances that they get in almost every other area of life. ‘Open public services can only happen when citizens have a genuine right to choose, which is why as part of the next steps, today’s paper sets out how a right to choose could be enshrined in law and asks for people’s views on the impact that might have and what such legislation might look like. It is also why the government is launching an independent review to establish how choice can be extended fairly to the most disadvantaged in our society. Because public services aren’t truly open to all.’ The minister for government policy, Oliver Letwin, added: ‘The one-size-fits-all provision of the past, where people got what they were given unless they were wealthy enough to opt out is consigned to history. In a mature democracy such as ours, people must be given the right to choose the services they want and who to provide them.’ On 13 May 2013 I wrote to Letwin and Danny Alexander, the ministers spearheading these reforms, inviting them to explain how the current Ministry of Justice proposals could be compliant with government policy on choice. To date I have not had a reply. I feel that an answer may be forthcoming should the issue be raised more publicly. John Wesencraft, Crowe Humble Wesencraft, Newcastle upon Tynelast_img read more

PlayStation Plus Games For September 2020 Announced

first_imgIn September, PS4 players are in for another brilliant month with free copies of Street Fighter V and PUBG: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds up for grabs. PS Plus games always arrive on the first Tuesday of the month, which means you can expect to see the new titles arrive on 1st September. Remember that since March 2019 PS Plus games for PS3 and PS Vita are no longer added each month. EF Games will bring you news of the PlayStation Plus titles for October 2020 towards the end of September. Remember to make sure you’ve added these titles to your collection before the new games arrive. Street Fighter V (PS4)PUBG: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PS4) Leaving PS Plus on 1st September, 2020: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4)Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered (PS4)center_img Entering PS Plus on 1st September, 2020: Let us know what you think of the PS Plus games for August as well as your wishes for September via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to give us a Follow or a Like while you’re there! PS Plus surprised subscribers last month when they gave away Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered as one of the free titles. However that was overshadowed by Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, an unknown title that arrived on PS Plus the day it launched. Giving away an unknown game is a risky move but it seems the gamble paid off as Sony have just announced that it’s their most downloaded PS Plus game to date. To recap:last_img read more

Harper Welcomes ‘Wee Ginger Dug’ to Dumfries

first_img“I should also point out that Paul is not a member of the SNP or any other political party, and he is not associated with any official campaigns or organisations. His opinions are his and his alone. He speaks for no one but himself, and, of course, Ginger, the Wee Ginger Dug.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth of Scotland MSP Emma Harper welcomed political blogger, Paul Kavanagh, and his four legged friend ‘Ginger’ to Dumfries to celebrate ‘National Dog Day’ last Friday, and talk Scottish politics. “It was wonderful to have Paul and Ginger in Dumfries last Friday. It was a lovely event, and I was pleased that over 50 people came along to meet them. Joan McAlpine MSP added: “Beneath Paul’s wit and linguistic trickery, there lies an encyclopaedic knowledge of Scottish politics. He writes political satire in the best tradition. No punches are pulled, and strangely the humour is both brutal and subtle. Paul is always ready with a smart phrase that encapsulates both the absurdities we live through and the real hopes for change that have caught Scotland’s imagination. Paul runs the pro-independence blog ‘Wee Ginger Dug’, and was one of the most prominent writers to emerge from the pro-independence movement surrounding the 2014 referendum.center_img Ms Harper commented: “Paul explained he was a lifelong Labour supporter who is now convinced that independence is the best way to secure Scotland’s future. Born and raised in the East End of Glasgow he said his eyes were opened when he moved to Europe and saw how other countries, such as The Netherlands, had prospered. He spent much of his adult life in Spain where he edited an English language newspaper. He pointed to statements from a wide variety of leading Spanish politicians that showed Spain will not block an independent Scotland’s entry to the EU. It was a fascinating talk and the turnout was impressive, showing the level of interest in constitutional change.” Ms Harper welcomed Paul and Ginger to the Cairndale hotel on Friday night, along with Joan McAlpine MSP. “Paul is a well kent blogger, author & regular columnist in the National Newspaper. He writes under the nom de plume Wee Ginger Dug. His blog was one of the social media sensations of the Scottish Independence Referendum.last_img read more

U19/U16 Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Semi Final Schedule Released

first_imgThe U19/U16 Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Semi Finals schedule has now been confirmed. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Additional venues are also being used.The First Galway School to be involved will be Colaiste Einde who will face  St Oliver’s CC Drogheda in the Semi-Final of the Under 16 Boys C at Oblate Hall on January the 11th at 12.30.The following day, St Joseph’s the Bish will face St Malachy’s Belfast in the Under 16 Boys A Semi-Final at the same venue at 2pm.Finally on January the 12th, there is an All-Galway National Cup Semi-Final with St Pauls Oughterard taking on Colasite Einde in the Semi-Final of the Boys U19 B Cup at the Nuig Kingfisher with that game tipping off at 12Noon.The Schedule In Full Is….Schools Cup Semi Finals – OBLATE HALL SCHEDULESemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 10:30 U19A Girls Colaiste Chiarain Leixlip v Holy Faith ClontarfSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 12:00 U19B Girls Muckross Park v Ulidia IntegratedSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 14:00 U19A Boys St Malachy’s Belfast v Colaiste Chiarain LeixlipSemi Final Thursday 11th Jan 10:30 U19C Girls St Andrews Booterstown v Colaiste Pobail SetantaSemi Final Thursday 11th Jan 12:30 U16B Boys St Olivers CC Drogheda v Colaiste Einde GalwaySemi Final Thursday 11th Jan 14:00 U19C Boys St Brendans Belmullet v Colaiste na HinseSemi Final Friday 12th Jan 10:30 U16C Girls Old Bawn CS v St Colmcilles KnocklyonSemi Final Friday 12th Jan 12:30 U19B Girls Loreto Stephens Green v Scoil Ruain KillenauleSemi Final Friday 12th Jan 14:00 U16A Boys St Malachy’s Belfast v St Joseph’s BishSchools Cup Semi Finals – UL ARENA SCHEDULESemi Final Tuesday 9th Jan 10:30 U16C Boys CTI Clonmel v St Munchins LimerickSemi Final Tuesday 9th Jan 12:15 U16A Boys St Mary’s CBS The Green Tralee v SMGS BlarneySemi Final Tuesday 9th Jan 13:45 U16B Boys Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh v St Conleths DublinSemi Final Tuesday 9th Jan 15:30 U16A Girls St Angelas Cork v Crescent ComprehensiveSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 11:30 U19C Boys St Munchins Limerick v St Colmcilles KnocklyonSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 13:30 U16C Girls Jesus & Mary Gortnor Abbey v Colaiste Pobail SetantaSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 15:15 U19A Boys Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig v Templeogue CollegeSchools Cup Semi Finals Schedule – OTHER VENUES Semi Final Monday 18th Dec 13:00 U19B Boys  – UL ARENA – St Vincent’s Castleknock College v St Clements CollegeSemi Final Tuesday 19th Dec 12:00 U16C Boys  – National Basketball Arena – St Joes Derry v Sligo GrammarSemi Final Tuesday 19th Dec 13:30 U16A Girls  – National Basketball Arena – Colaise Choilmcille Ballyshannon v Scoil Chriost Ri PortlaoiseSemi Final Wednesday 10th Jan 13:00 U19A Girls  – Neptune Stadium – Christ King v Colaiste An Phiarsaigh Gleann MaghairSemi Final Thursday 11th Jan 12:00 U16B Girls  – Peacelink Clones – St Catherines VS, Killybegs v Muckross ParkSemi Final Thursday 11th Jan 13:45 U19C Girls  – Peacelink Clones – Colaiste na Carraige v Carrick on ShannonSemi Final Friday 12th Jan 12:00 U16B Girls  – Pres Tralee – Causeway Comprehensive v Pres TraleeSemi Final Friday 12th Jan 12:00 U19B Boys  – NUIG Kingfisher – St Pauls Oughterard v Colaiste Einde Galway The top teams in this year’s competition will battle it out for a place in the Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Final at the end of January in the National Basketball Arena.Semi finals will take place the week of January 8th – 12th, 2018, across two main venues: UL Arena, Limerick and Oblate Hall, Inchicore.last_img read more

Peaceful Easy Feeling For Four-Star O’Brien And Heffernan In Irish 1000 Guineas

first_imgPeaceful and Seamie Heffernan cross the line when winning the Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas (Group 1)The Curragh Racecourse.Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 13.06.2020 Meanwhile, the victory in the colours of the Coolmore partners brought up a world record 85th Group One for super sire Galileo, eclipsing the mark previously held by Danehill.There was disappointment though for the in-form Jessica Harrington-Shane Foley combination as Albigna, who went off the 6/5 favourite, failed to fire and ended up sixth.Another Harrington representative, Valeria Messalina made the early running but with Heffernan confident about his partner’s stamina, he was in the leader’s slipstream throughout.Having initially appeared a little keen, Albigna settled and was in a good position just one off the rail in fifth.Foley was sending out distress signals three furlongs from home however and Albigna’s trademark turn of foot failed to materialise.In the meantime, the bird had flown as Heffernan gave Peaceful the office and she accelerated clear without having to be over-exerted.It was a stunning performance from a filly having just her fourth race and an illustration once again of the depth of Irish racing that she would claim Classic success having won her maiden at the unusual Flat setting of Thurles.“I’m delighted” said O’Brien. “She’s very uncomplicated, handles fast ground. Seamus has been delighted with her all the time. He rides her in all her work. Everything has gone very smooth with her.“She will get further than a mile so a mile here on beautiful ground really suited her. It was a great ride, he was very confident she would get the trip well.“She could come back here to the Irish Oaks, she could go to the Coronation on Saturday. All the options are there. We’ll see how she comes out on Monday. She’s a lovely filly.“We’re so lucky that this is all happening here in Ireland, that John (Magnier) decided to base his family and everybody here. We’re so lucky with the stallions here, and the broodmare band here.“It’s a massive industry, a lot of people employed and a lot of people that it puts bread on the table for us all.“We’re just privileged to be a small part of it and be able to work with these horses.”The winning trainer’s son Donnacha is in the early months of his career having retired from the saddle as champion and he would have been delighted by the staying-on effort of Fancy Blue to take second, in what was a brilliant Oaks trial for her.O’Brien got on the board when recording a 1-2 in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for three-year-olds, Snow (5/1) only needing hands-and-heels encouragement from Heffernan to overcome the challenge of fellow Galileo offspring Salsa.Next up was Lancaster House (6/4), who saw off Speak In Colours to garner the Group 3 Coolmore Calyx Gladness Stakes for four-year-olds very easily.And the Ballydoyle duo rounded the fixture off when landing the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes for older fillies with the globe-trotting Magic Wand (4/5).There was some consolation for Harrington and Foley, who unleashed smart newcomer, Dickiedooda (5/2f) in the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden for juvenile fillies. It may be telling that this was the race that announced Albigna to the public 12 months ago and Dickiedooda was very professional, breaking smartly to lead all the way and prevail with plenty in hand.Elsewhere, the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ragusa Handicap provided a thrilling finish, with the lead changing three times inside the last furlong, five-pound claimer Gavin Ryan eliciting a last desperate thrust from Edification (14/1) to nail Tartlette by a neck and give Monasterevin handler Mark Fahey his first premier handicap.The opening EquiNectar Handicap over two miles went to Gavin Cromwell and the Get Round The Back Syndicate, whose Mutadaffeq (16/1) responded to a power-packed drive from Wayne Lordan to deny Jerandme by a nose in a head-bobber.The Kieran Cotter-trained top weight Strong Johnson (7/2f) justified market support to bag the Platinum Bloodstock & Eyrefield Handicap under the 2000 Guineas-winning jockey, Colin Keane.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The absence of crowds might have been unusual but it was a very familiar scene at the finish line as Peaceful (3/1) strode clear in splendid isolation to garner the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas.center_img It was a ninth victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien and a fourth for jockey Seamie Heffernan, the highlight of a stunning four-timer that also included the card’s two other pattern contests.last_img read more

Flying Southwest Airlines Like a Boss

first_imgBusiness Select fares are the most expensive fares, and they tend to be $20 or so more expensive than an Anytime fare. They are also fully refundable, and they additionally entitle you to one free drink and allow you to be one of the first 15 people on the plane. This early boarding perk is far more important on a Southwest flight because of their open seating policy, which I’ll explain in a bit more detail below.The easiest way to book is on Southwest’s web site. The booking screen looks like this:Booking on southwest.com is easy, and provides several options for sorting and comparing flightsAdditional verbiage you need to know when booking: understand the difference between “direct” and “nonstop” flights. “Nonstop” flights are just that, nonstop. Get on the plane, it flies to your destination, and you get off. “Direct” flights are the next best option — you will stay on the same plane for the duration of the trip, but you’ll have to stop one or more places along the way to drop off and pick up other passengers. Any other flight will require you to change planes to get to your destination, and the more planes you have to fly, the more opportunities there are for something to go wrong. Accordingly, nonstop and direct flights are usually preferable; you can sort the available flights from your search results to include only these flights by checking the box at the top of the result list. It bears mention (and this goes for most airlines, not just Southwest) that you can see significant differences in price depending upon what day and time you fly. Southwest makes it easy to see how things would change by shifting your day of travel in one direction or another — just click on the tab for the alternate day you’re considering, and you’ll see what the cost would be for you to fly in the day before or after. Sometimes, it can be so much cheaper that you can justify coming in a day earlier. For example, on a flight I recently booked, there was such a significant difference in price between flying in on Friday morning (our intended day) and Thursday night (the day we switched to) that it covered an extra hotel night and then some. Start your vacation earlier, for less cost. Tough to beat that!  Note: when booking, you’ll also be offered the option to purchase “Early Bird Check-in” for $15 per leg of your journey. I’ll explain that in more detail below, because it comes into play when talking about Southwest’s unique seating and check-in policies.Changes and CancellationsWhat if your plans change after you book?  As I mentioned above, Southwest will let you change to any other flight, without change fees or penalties, you’ll just need to pay the difference in fare. If the new flight is cheaper, you’ll get a cash refund if you booked a refundable ticket, or a credit for a future Southwest flight if not. For that reason, it usually makes sense to check back from time to time after you’ve booked your flight (especially during Southwest’s fare sales), and see if there have been any price drops that help you. My personal practice is to go ahead and book at the earliest possible opportunity, because there is absolutely no upside to waiting to see if the fare drops — if it does, I’ll just get a credit that I will inevitably use at some point, because I fly Southwest so frequently. If you expect this to be your only occasion to fly Southwest, however, a credit might not help you, so that’s something to keep in mind when deciding when to book.If you need to cancel entirely, what happens will be based upon what sort of ticket you purchased. If you have a Wanna Get Away ticket, you’ll get a credit to be used on a future Southwest flight. Any other ticket will give you the option of a credit or a cash refund.Boarding and FlyingCheck-In and SeatingChoose any seat! © Southwest Airlines Co.Unlike most airlines that assign you a seat for your flight, Southwest has open seating, which means that you can choose any open seat you like. Of course, this is subject to availability, so the earlier you get on the plane, the more selection you’re going to have. That’s part of the reason that the ability to be one of the first 15 people on the plane by virtue of buying a Business Select ticket is valuable — you will more or less have your choice of seats, and you won’t have to worry about overhead bin space running out for your carry-on baggage.There was a time when Southwest was known for its “cattle call” approach to seating, where the right to get on the plane first was awarded on a first come, first served basis, which in turn resulted in people lining up literally hours prior to their flight to make sure they got a decent seat. Thankfully, those days are gone. Now, you are given a boarding number when you check in, and that number determines when you get to board. You will be assigned a group — A, B or C — and a number one through sixty, and when your group is called, everyone lines up in order and that’s the order in which you board the flight. It’s slightly reminiscent of elementary school, but it actually works pretty well.Boarding PriorityThe letter and number on your boarding pass determines when you board. A1, baby!The boarding number you get is determined by when you check in. You are allowed to check in 24 hours prior to your flight time and boarding numbers are distributed in order starting at that time, so it is common that people will literally check in at the specific moment the clock switches and they are eligible to check-in to get the best number possible. The longer you wait after that check-in time, the higher your number and the later you’re going to get on the plane.It’s a very egalitarian system, but the reality is that not everyone wants to — or is even in a position to — stop what they are doing to check-in 24 hours on the nose before their flight, especially when you’re supposed to be on vacation having fun. Southwest has attempted to solve this quandary by offering Early Bird Check-In. For $15 per flight (from one destination to another, regardless of how many planes you have to board), you will be automatically checked in at the 24 hour mark, and will be in front of all of the people that are manually checking in at that time. Priority among Early Bird Check-In travelers appears to be determined based upon when you bought your ticket, with earlier purchasers getting better numbers.There are three other groups of travelers that board at a specific time — pre-board, families and A-list members. Pre-board passengers are travelers who need extra time and/or assistance to board the plane. They board before everyone else, but they are prohibited from sitting in the exit row seats, so don’t think you can pretend to need the extra time just so you can snag a prime seat — I see people try all the time, and it’s generally pretty awkward when they get bounced.Families are defined as any group including a child 6 or younger, and they board between the A & B groups (although if you all have A boarding passes, there is no need to wait to board, you can board as you normally would). My understanding is that there is some restriction upon how many people can board as a family, but in practice, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it enforced. I routinely see mammoth groups of people boarding during family boarding, especially on the family-heavy Orlando flights.  A-list members are members of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards (read: frequent flyer) program that have flown enough to achieve status. Once you hit a certain level, you get complimentary Early Bird Check-In as an A-List member; if that Early Bird Check-in doesn’t get you an A Group boarding pass, you’re permitted to board along with Family Boarding between the A & B Group.To summarize, here’s the boarding priority:Pre-BoardingBusiness Select CustomersEarly-Bird Check-in Customers (including A-List Members)Family Boarding and any A-List Members that did not get an “A” boarding passAny remaining Early-Bird Check-In CustomersEveryone else, in order of check-inA question I often see asked is “should I get Early Bird Check-in?” The answer, as is usually the case, is “it depends.” If you have a member of your party that is under the age of 6, there is little reason to pay for Early Bird Check-in — regardless of what your boarding number is, you’re only going to have 60-ish people in front of you, and you’ll still have no trouble finding seating together even for fairly large groups of people. If not and you care about sitting together, it’s probably worth considering if you can swing it financially. There are a large number of families on Orlando flights, and there is a very good chance that you’ll be behind every single one of them if you don’t have Early Bird.Good and Bad SeatsIf a tray table isn’t important to you, this exit row seat provides ample legroomMost of the seats on Southwest flights are essentially the same, so there isn’t a huge difference from one part of the plane to another apart from personal preference. There are, however, a few that are worthy of special note. On the positive side, the traditional exit row seating gives you the most legroom you can get without sacrificing a proper tray table; in my view, they are the prime seats in the plane, and I’m stunned that people don’t universally rush to them. Also in the exit row, Southwest planes have one (older planes) or two (newer planes) seats that have no seat in front of them at all. They offer more legroom than most people could ever need, but they come at the expense of a real tray table (your tray table instead flips out of the arm rest). Note that neither children under the age of 16 nor adults with mobility issues are permitted to sit in the exit rows.If legroom is the only thing you care about, the bulkhead (i.e., front) rows provide lots of legroom but you lose the real tray table AND the ability to store your stuff under the seat in front of you (because there is no seat in front of you). Realistically, however, the bulkhead seating tends to be occupied by pre-board passengers. Are you the sort of person that likes to get your drink on as quickly as possible? Southwest divides the cabin into 3 zones for drink service — rows 1 to 8, 9 to 16, and 17 to the back of the plane.  Flight attendants will start taking drink orders at the lowest row in their zone, and then work towards the rear of the plane, and drinks are distributed in the same order.  Accordingly, sitting in rows 1, 9 and 17 will ensure that you are served first!On the opposite end of the spectrum, I often see families rush to the very last row because it puts them close to the bathroom, and there is some logical appeal to that plan, but those are, by a wide margin, the absolute worst seats in the plane. In addition to getting served last, the seats in the last row do not recline at all but the seats in front of it do.  As a result, you could spend the entire flight gnawing on the headrest of the seat in front of you back there. If you want to be in the back of the plane for easy bathroom access, mazel tov, but pick the second or third row from the back — you’ll still be plenty close, but it won’t be as cramped. Also worthy of note are the seats in the middle of the plane just in front of the exit row — they do not recline either. They aren’t quite as jammed up as the last row, but they are still less than ideal and inferior to just about every other seat on the plane.There are no other differences between seats on Southwest planes that really matter, so it is just a matter of personal preference, like whether you care about having a wing obstructing your view or not. Yes, there are seats that some people would consider marginally better or worse — Seatguru.com is a great site to visit to thoroughly map out the pros and cons of every seat on a plane — but in my opinion, everything that will really move the needle for you on a Southwest plane is referenced above.  The In-Flight ExperienceOnce upon a time, airlines presented themselves as more than just a place to get from point A to point B. You were served a meal, there were in-flight movies, blankets, pillows, and the experience as a whole was far more posh. During that time, Southwest distinguished itself by eschewing any pretense and bragged about the fact that it was a no-frills experience in exchange for lower fares. You got a drink and a bag of peanuts, and that was it.© Southwest Airlines Co.As other carriers have stepped away from these old-school offerings and moved more towards a no-frills approach, Southwest has actually upped its game a bit. It’s still presented with little or no pomp and circumstance, but you’re now offered a grab bag (or box, actually) of different snacks on most flights (rather than strictly being limited to a single bag of peanuts), in addition to your beverages. Alcoholic beverages are available for sale for $5/each and can only be purchased using a credit card, so have that ready when they come around to take the order. Tipping is not expected, and you will be politely refused if you try to tip. The bigger change, however, is that most Southwest planes are equipped with WiFi (for a fee), and in addition to allowing you to get email and surf the web, it also allows Southwest to offer free television shows (including both live and on-demand offerings) and movies for rent, all of which is accessed through your own mobile device. It’s a great way to pass the time and/or keep your little ones occupied during the flight. Note, however, that to watch TV, you’ll need to have the Airtime Player app (iOS – Android) already on your phone or tablet, so make sure you add the app before you get on the plane. The in-flight WiFi is adequate for routine web surfing and email, but you should not expect it to work for data-intensive applications like Netflix or Pandora that stream large amounts of data.  Finally, while there are certainly no guarantees on this front, Southwest tends to have a more jovial, celebratory approach to flying, particularly on flights coming into Orlando that are full of people heading on vacation. Flight attendants have been know to try out their stand-up routines while delivering the safety information, and I’ve heard the Mickey Mouse theme song sung more than a few times during landing. Just run with it, you’re on vacation!Pro TipsAir travel is a heavily regulated activity, so the number of hacks and tricks available to you are somewhat limited. Nevertheless, I do want to close out with a couple of quick tips that I’ve adopted from several years of flying extensively on Southwest.  Without further ado:Make Yourself An Unattractive SeatmateNowadays, flights tend to be pretty full, but you will occasionally be on a flight that has empty seats, and your best case scenario is having one of those empty seats be next to you.  When trying to pick out a seats, every person getting on the plane is making an assessment of whether or not they want to spend the next couple of hours or so with you, so to the extent that you can dissuade them from joining you, the better your chances of having some breathing room on your flight.I’m not suggesting that you should make yourself a complete pariah, but there are plenty of little things that will encourage others to just move on rather than join you.  Setting your stuff on the seat next to you, others might assume someone else is there or even just be uncomfortable enough with the prospect of asking you to move your gear that they’ll move on to a less confrontational seat.  This is also not the time to showcase the pearly whites — cold and aloof will do well for you. Boarding time is also not a bad time to come down with a hacking (but ultimately harmless) cough that miraculously clears up after the plane takes off. Holding a motion sickness bag can also help deter would-be seatmates from joining you.You Don’t Need to Buy Early Bird Boarding For EveryoneWith that said — and I say this as a parent myself, so no offense intended to anyone out there — there are few things that will make you less likely to have a seatmate like having a child with you. Accordingly, if you have a child that is over the age of 6 (such that you can’t use family boarding), you might consider buying Early Bird boarding for just a portion of your party.  They will board first, armed with the powerful deterrent effect that only a child can bring, and you can be rest assured that no one is going to take the other seat in a row with your kid, and you’ll be able to join them without paying the premium for Early Bird boarding.The same thing works fine for adults — just have some in the party do the Early Bird, and they’ll save seats for the rest of the party. I do want you to advise you to be considerate and not have one person try to save several rows worth of seats, but you can save a seat or two per person without a lot of grief. I have no idea if Southwest has an official policy on this, but frankly, if you advise someone that you’re holding the seat for a family member or friend and they insist upon sitting in it anyway, it’s going to make for a pretty awkward flight; it’s therefore very unlikely that you’ll be unsuccessful when saving a seat.So, what other tips and tricks have you all picked up from flying Southwest?  Got any other questions?  Let me know in the comments! Share This!© Southwest Airlines Co.Many of you are close enough to Orlando to drive down when you visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando, but for the rest of us, flying is the only viable option. Southwest Airlines is Orlando International Airport’s largest carrier, and between that and the traffic I often see on Disney trip planning forums and Facebook groups, I know that many of you will be using Southwest to get to Orlando. As you may be aware,  however, Southwest operates a little differently than other airlines, and that can make flying with them a bit confusing to the uninitiated. I happen to fly on Southwest a ton — I am at their highest loyalty tier, in fact — and wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences about Southwest and how to get the most out of your travel experience with them.BookingFirst, the basics: Southwest fares fall into three categories:Wanna Get Away? Fares are the cheapest fares, and they are more likely to be available the earlier you book. You can sometimes find them close to your travel date, but if your goal is to pay as little as possible, booking at the earliest possible opportunity is going to get you the best prices as even the price of these fares tends to rise as you get closer to your departure date. They are nonrefundable, but you can cancel them and get a credit for a future flight or switch to another flight just by paying the difference in fare. These fares tend to be at most approximately 50% less than the refundable fares, but they can be even cheaper, particularly during fare sales. Anytime fares are fares that can be refunded for cash if your plans change and you need to cancel your flights. They are significantly more expensive than Wanna Get Away fares, and are the cheapest fares you are most likely to see if you’re booking within a week or so of departure.last_img read more

The Evolution of Asset Protection Analytics

first_imgLAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP: You do not want to miss this important discussion on the evolution of asset protection analytics!This upcoming webinar session will review the role of technology in driving change and provide insights into what the future is likely to hold in the world of profit protection analytics.During the session, which will be held March 30 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., industry veteran of 45 years and Sysrepublic client service consultant John Knowlton will discuss stages of data-centric evolution in the industry over the last several decades.  Sysrepublic CEO Nathan Smith will provide an overview of solutions in development that incorporate machine learning to support the loss prevention teams of tomorrow. Check out The Evolution of Asset Protection Analytics on our Events page to register.- Sponsor –   Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

The Eco-Technology Great Debates @ Intel Developer Forum 2008 San Francisco

first_img Attendees will learn about the pros and cons of high-density computing versus low-density computing and ready-to-use container data centers versus traditional brick and mortar data centers. There will also be a panel discussion on energy efficiency metrics, which will take a look at everything from chips to cooling systems and how they play a role in energy efficiency. Hank Lea and myself (Jason Davidson) will be covering the Eco-Technology debates at the Marriot Hotel in San Francisco on Monday, August 18th. We will also be hosting a blog talk radio show around this event at 5:15 PM. In my tenure at Intel, I have had the pleasure of walking into major companies, educational institutes, non-profits, and government agencies to talk technology with many great people. “How green is this solution” is a topic on many minds lately – no matter which topic of discussion. Being an engineer by trade and scientist by education, I will typically dive into the details of around each component’s power consumption and the discussion ends with some simple math multiplying a number of units by their thermal numbers. However, there is so much more to the overall impact, and as I walk in and out of these locations, I am always amazed at the number of larger issues with much larger impacts that are unresolved or overlooked. For more information on these items, here is a blog. The Eco-Technology Great Debates provide a unique and entertaining forum to expand your understanding of today’s most pressing data center and IT issues. Come hear industry leaders take up both sides of some of the hot topics facing the industry. The energy consumption of servers and data centers has doubled in the past five years and is expected to almost double again in the next five, costing about USD 7.4 billion annually.1 There is no single right answer on what to do about this critical situation. Take an active step in solving this challenge by attending *The Eco-Technology Great Debates* and IDF at a special money-saving price. Register for IDF now and enter promo code *CLOECOT* (admission to the Eco-Technology Great Debate and a 2-day pass to IDF) or enter promo code *CLTECOT*(admission to the Eco-Technology Great Debate and a full conference pass to IDF). The debate takes place at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel (located across the street from IDF). 1 [EPA Reports Significant Energy Efficiency Opportunities for U.S. Servers and Data Centers (August 2007).|http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0de87f2b4bcbe56e852572a000651fde/4be8c9799fbceb028525732c0053e1d5!OpenDocument]last_img read more

Roma work on Smalling deal

first_imgRoma have begun working on a permanent deal for Chris Smalling after the defender’s strong start on loan from Manchester United. Smalling is already a fans’ favourite at Roma, putting a muscle problem behind him to feature in all of the Giallorossi’s last five games. Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio and Il Tempo, sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is making plans to thrash out a permanent transfer in the coming weeks. The Englishman’s move to the Olimpico at the end of August was only a dry loan, although the Lupi paid United €3m to borrow him. Despite Roma’s chronic injury problems, he has forged a quick understanding with fellow new boy Gianluca Mancini at centre-back. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more