TORONTO – Ontario’s third cap-and-trade auction has sold out of all allowances.The September auction follows two similarly successful efforts in March and June, all of which are aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the province.The government puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit, and if they exceed those limits they must buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.The first auction in March brought in $472 million and the June results show the second auction brought in about $504 million.The government says the most recent auction brought in just shy of $526 million, bringing the total for the program to roughly $1.5 billion.Revenues are being put toward green projects including retrofitting homes and putting fuel-efficient school buses on the road.“Ontario needs a realistic approach to fighting climate change that balances affordability with action,” Environment Minister Chris Ballard said in a statement. “That’s why our plan, which puts a cap on the pollution businesses can release into the atmosphere and stimulates low-carbon choices, comes at the cheapest price possible for people and our economy.”The government said the auction saw 25,296,367 current allowances sell at a settlement price of $18.56 each, down slightly from the $18.72 per allowance recorded at the June auction.Sales of future vintage credits continued an upward trajectory established in the second auction.In addition to current allowances, bidders could also purchase credits for the year 2020. The government sold a quarter of future allowances at the first auction and roughly halt at the second, but said they sold out during the latest round of bidding.The latest auction results put the province on track for the $1.8 billion the Liberal government expects to come from the quarterly auctions in 2017. Earlier this year, the government revised its projections downward for subsequent years, saying it expects about $1.4 billion annually, assuming the auctions sell an average of 80 per cent of allowances.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Class of 2003 is celebrating its 15-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (downstairs).Tickets cost $5 at the door. Email any questions to KristieC@chchne.com.(Do you know of any other Wilmington High or Shawsheen Tech reunions coming up? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”WHS Class Of 1979 Announces 40th Reunion On September 21In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”
5 min read February 1, 2013 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. A failed congressional campaign inspired attorney Reshma Saujani to start Girls Who Code, a non-profit in New York that seeks to address the gender gap in technology.Saujani, an Indian-American child of political refugees, launched her underdog campaign in 2010, motivated by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run. While she didn’t win, the support she received from other women pushed her to “pay it forward.” During her campaign, she’d learned that job growth came from technology – but only a small, mostly male fraction of the U.S. work force could fill those jobs. “As a nation, we’re missing out not just on innovation, but the innovation of an entire gender,” she says. “Our country depends on teaching girls to get into these fields.”Taking her renewed passion for public service, Saujani last summer launched Girls Who Code, training underprivileged teenage girls in computer science. She recruited executives at Twitter, GE and eBay to support the program. This year, with a $435,000 grant by the Knight Foundation, she plans to expand Girls Who Code to three cities, and eventually launch Girls Who Code clubs in schools.Saujani was recently named a Next MAKER by Makers.com, which honors trailblazing women leaders across the globe, joining the ranks of Madeleine Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and her mentor, Clinton. She’s now a candidate for New York City Public Advocate, running on a platform focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.Edited interview excerpts follow.Entrepreneur: Will training and mentoring girls in tech have more of a social impact or economic impact?Saujani: They’re intertwined. If we teach a million girls to code by 2020, there will be a tangible change in the economic future – more jobs, less pay inequity. There’s an access issue in this country. In NYC, 76 percent of public school students don’t have access to a computer in school. So students are missing a fundamental language that we use in business. Socially, there is a huge impact. When girls build, they make things to improve their community.Entrepreneur: Do you know how to code?Saujani: I wish I did! I was always intimidated by math and science growing up and I still am now. I don’t want other girls to feel as I did. I wish I could build an app. Even as I run for office, it’d be great if I could make changes to my website myself. There’s a vulnerability that comes with not knowing. That is true for small-business owners as well. Think about the small family restaurant down the street — if everyone else is on Seamless and she’s not, how does she compete?Related: PopTech’s Andrew Zolli on Resilience and Solving World ProblemsEntrepreneur: Has the tech community been supportive of nurturing girls?Saujani: Yes. Both men and women have come out to support us. My relationship with the CEO of Twitter evolved because I reached out to the women of Twitter networking group. They helped recruit other female engineers and entrepreneurs to support us. Men support us because they have daughters, and they see that computer science education isn’t happening in school.Entrepreneur: Are young women less interested in becoming tech entrepreneurs than young men are? Is that a myth?Saujani: We make it true by saying it. If we encourage girls to take risks like we do for boys, there will be more gender parity in entrepreneurship. We have to start encouraging our girls to fail fast, fail hard and fail often. Girls Who Code is a natural place for this. I saw the confidence level in our girls enormously increase in the eight weeks of the program. In the beginning, they could hardly introduce themselves. By the end we had them making presentations in a room of 100 people and doing science fairs at the New York Stock Exchange. They were not the same girls they were when they started. We shouldn’t have a creative culture or society that makes it more acceptable for men to fail than women.Entrepreneur: Was it difficult to recover from your congressional race?Saujani: I gave myself two months to mourn it and ask questions of what went wrong during the campaign. Putting together a campaign is like starting a business — you learn about how to hire, how to run your budget, what your message is, what your mission is.Related: The ‘White African’ and Nairobi’s Tech HubEntrepreneur: Is failure now part of the zeitgeist of our culture?Saujani: The economy has changed so significantly that if you ask young people what they want to do, they want to become entrepreneurs. Failure is part of that. If you are passionate and smart and you have an idea and you fail, it doesn’t preclude you from doing anything else. Exploring these things is about finding your dharma and figuring out what you’re put on this earth to do.Entrepreneur: How do you find your dharma?Saujani: The best test: Do you bound out of bed in the morning? I don’t sleep enough, but I jump out of bed every morning. I love what I’m doing, I love Girls Who Code and I love running for office. I did not feel that way for most of my career. I was curled up in the fetal position for most of my career! What are you getting out of your work? What are you losing? Do the cost benefit analysis of sticking with something that you don’t love, and see if it’s worth it to you. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Monday, February 12, 2018 Share Posted by Playacar Palace shows off its complete transformation MIAMI — Palace Resorts’ Playacar Palace, the brand’s luxury retreat in Playa del Carmen, has reopened following an extensive US$14 million multi-phase renovation.The latest refurbishment marks the hotel’s second phase of renovations since it opened its doors in December 2005.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsThe transformation “was designed to elevate the resort to the highest possible luxury standards”, says Palace Resorts.Renovation details include upgrades to guest rooms, lobby, front desk, restaurants, and lounge areas.Each of the 201 rooms boasts new décor, installation of modern furnishings, enhanced showers and vanity areas, top-of-the-line Lavazza coffee makers and advanced jets added to the in-room double whirlpool tubs.The property’s existing ‘Walk Out’ suites now feature a private terrace which adds to the romantic ambiance.Suite access is now available via wearable tech wristbands, allowing guests to open the door to their suites with a wave of the hand.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsKeeping the keyless addition consistent, by downloading the Palace Resorts app via their mobile phone (available in the App Store and Google Play), guests can also open their room doors with their phones.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTechnological upgrades were also made to the property’s AC systems, featuring new hydraulic systems to ensure the resort meets eco-friendly standards.“As a brand, we are always looking to reinvent ourselves and elevate each part of any guests experience. It’s not only about being better but also about offering our guests a completely unique experience, while offering the highest quality of standards,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.“The renovations to Playacar Palace are only one of the many ways, our brand continues to evolve and stay ahead of the most demanded trendy in the luxury all-inclusive We are proud to open our doors to the newly-revamped Playacar Palace.”Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsThe property’s main restaurant, Café del Mar, now has new furniture and reupholstery. The venue now features a cold show cooking area where guests can see chefs artistic plating-style each dish as it receives its final touches before making its way to the table.The Italian cuisine restaurant formerly known as Terraza has reopened as Bocelli, sporting a new style and menu, that’s in line with the brand’s look and feel. The newly released menu features some premium quality Certified Angus Beef cuts in tasteful signature dishes such as Controfilleto e Formaggio, Ribeye con Grani di Pepe and the ever-popular Petit Filet. To accompany these flavorful dishes will be the brand’s own pasta which is created by an expert team of chefs in-house. Antonio Bachour’s decadent desserts are also now part of the offerings at Bocelli.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsLast but not least, Momo, known for its traditional oriental cuisine, features a new menu built to create a culinary sharing experience for the whole dining party. Featuring items such as Maki sushi, Nigiri, Special Sushi Cakes, Temaki and more. Antonio Bachour’s new desserts will be included throughout the property’s new culinary upgrades at each restaurant.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemGuests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to what Palace Resorts says is the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 resort credit – which can be used on spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, wedding packages, and off-site excursions and tours.Photo courtesy of Palace Resorts Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Palace Resorts
KISSIMMEE — Kissimmee, Florida can never be considered a land that’s far, far away from Canada, but to a die-hard Star Wars fan it comes pretty darn close.Ahead of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, Kissimmee – known as the Vacation Capital of the World – has rounded up the top 5 galaxy-themed rooms that channels ‘The Force’ in every way. Not only are they located just minutes from Galaxy’s Edge, they’re also all commissionable for travel agents.1. Battle Pod Bunk Beds. Spanning 3,374 square feet, this out-of-this-world villa boasts five bedrooms, private pool, spillover spa, custom theatre with 120-inch projection screen and, oh yes, a Star Wars Battle Pod arcade. Here, guests can ride the vehicles and live out their fantasies of destroying the Empire’s Battle Fleet.2. The Storm Trooper Home Theatre. This mega-mansion transports guests straight to the galaxy with a tricked-out Storm Trooper-themed theatre that seats eight. After watching the entire Star Wars series from beginning to end, guests can also enjoy a pool, outdoor dinning set, sun loungers, pool table and a neon black-light games room filled with multi arcade games.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July3. The Classic Quote Twin Room. The entire universe is in one bedroom at this high-end villa located less than 10 minutes from Walt Disney World. There are three children’s themed bedrooms – Star Wars, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Pokemon – not to mention a private outdoor pool deck and spa, restaurant/bar, fitness centre and a waterpark, all located at the Encore Club.4. The Millennium Falcon Suite. At this newly furnished vacation home, your bedroom doubles as the entrance to the Millennium Falcon! Guests can also enjoy a pool area that overlooks a Jack Niklaus golf course, outdoor dining area, private theatre, games room and a second-floor loft area with pool table at this upscale five-bedroom villa.5. The Dark Side Arcade. With over 7,500 square feet, this amazing villa is a dream come true for movie fans. Guests can play classic arcade games alongside Darth Vader, Darth Sidious and Yoda in a super-cool arcade worthy of Luke Skywalker himself. This home can accommodate up to five families and also features an infinity pool and multiple living spaces.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backKissimmee’s tourism authority, Experience Kissimmee, is represented in Canada by VoX International. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Share Tags: Star Wars Travelweek Group These are the most outrageous Star Wars-themed rooms in Kissimmee for die-hard fans << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by