In an effort to bring holiday cheer to single mothers and their children with autism who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams and his wife Amy hosted a special holiday event Saturday, Dec. 22 at Distilled in New York City.Deron and Amy Williams and Family with Autism Speaks President Liz FeldCredit/Copyright: Danielle Rabin, Rubenstein CommunicationsIn partnership with the Williams’s Point of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and their families, and Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, more than 30 New York families enjoyed a festive holiday celebration. The event was catered by renowned chef Shane Lyons, who donated his time and made the afternoon extra special. The families were also gifted with toys, some of which were featured on the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids and the Ten Toys That Speak to Autism.Deron Willaims Signs Basketballs for Autism SpeaksCredit/Copyright: Danielle Rabin, Rubenstein Communications“This is exactly what the Point of Hope Foundation is all about – bringing smiles to the faces of those who need our assistance while having a great time,” said Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. “We are excited to team up with Autism Speaks to brighten the holiday season for families, particularly following the hurricane.”“It’s wonderful to celebrate the holidays with families from our community,” Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks said. “And we are so excited to join Point of Hope and our friend Deron Williams to celebrate each other in such a meaningful way. On a day like today, we’re all one family.”FreshDirect also participated in the event by donating family meal packages, including fresh produce, and family style prepared turkey dinners to all the families attending.“We want to do everything we can to help our community recover from the hurricane’s aftermath,” said Jason Ackerman, CEO of FreshDirect. “That’s why we’re honored to partner with the Williams’ Point of Hope Foundation and Autism Speaks to bring fresh and healthy food to all the families in need as they rebuild during this difficult time, especially during the holidays.”
CenturyLink customers started experiencing outages early Thursday. James Martin/CNET A nationwide outage for CenturyLink customers, including those trying to reach 911 emergency service, dragged on for the better part of two days before its resolution late Friday.The outage hit customers of CenturyLink, a phone, internet and TV service provider, in areas including Idaho, New Mexico and Minnesota. The company’s site lists residential services in 35 states.It also affected 911 service across the country, prompting nationwide alerts to cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it’s launching an investigation into the disruptions. As of about 6 p.m. PT on Friday, the problem seemed to have been resolved. CenturyLink said in a tweet that “all consumer services impacted by this event, including voice and 911, have been restored” and that any latency issues would be cleared within a few hours. CenturyLink has been dealing with a network event. All consumer services impacted by this event, including voice and 911, have been restored. Any latency issues will clear in the next few hours.— CenturyLink (@CenturyLink) December 29, 2018 Restoring impacted services for our customers is very important to us. We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.— CenturyLink (@CenturyLink) December 28, 2018 32 A company representative confirmed that efforts continue.As of Friday afternoon, the company said on Twitter that it’s “made progress in restoring services across the network in the last several hours. We are focused on resolving remaining issues.”The FCC steps inFCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the disruption of service “particularly troubling” in its “breadth and duration.” The effect on people’s ability to reach 911 emergency services is “completely unacceptable,” Pai said in a statement. He added that he has been in contact with CenturyLink to emphasize the urgency of restoring service and that he would be monitoring progress closely. CenturyLink has not yet given any indication what caused the problems.DownDetector reported initial signs of the outage around 1 a.m. PT Thursday.”Our network is experiencing a disruption affecting customer services,” CenturyLink tweeted Thursday morning. “We know how important services are to our customers and are working to restore services as quickly as possible.”On Friday morning, the Louisiana-based company tweeted that it was continuing to experience disruptions. It earlier expected to restore operations by Friday. Internet CenturyLink didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the FCC’s investigation. Originally published Dec. 27 at 1:47 p.m. PT.Updated Dec. 28 at 9:09 a.m. and 2:03 p.m. PT: Added company comment about progress toward restoring service and added FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s comment.Updated Dec. 29 at 4:57 a.m. PT: Added CenturyLink’s statement that service has been restored,CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. The nationwide @CenturyLink service outage and the delay in restoring critical 911 capabilities is unacceptable. I have spoken to CenturyLink to express my concerns and have directed the @FCC’s public safety staff to launch an investigation. My statement below. #publicsafety pic.twitter.com/HgQas1xtyB— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) December 28, 2018 Comments Share your voice Tags
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 11, 2014 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. On Wednesday, Intel quietly hosted its annual development conference in San Francisco. We may have been distracted by the Apple Event going nearby – all those glowing photos of the new iPhones and iWatch (sorry, Apple Watch) – but Intel showcased some pretty neat stuff as well.The most intriguing: A connected wheelchair, designed by a team of the company’s engineering interns and currently being developed by Intel’s Internet of Things department.Related: 5 Quotes About Meaning That Will Frame How You Define EntrepreneurshipThe device collects health data from the user, including heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, according to the Verge. In addition, the chair allows users to quickly and efficiently evaluate the wheelchair accessibility of new locations.Physicist Stephen Hawking, whose life story will soon be brought to the silver screen in the biopic drama The Theory of Everything, showcases the connected wheelchair in an Intel video.“I am the guy who made black holes cool,” he says, before speaking about how Intel’s connected wheelchair is just one example of “how science and technology can help people with disabilities.”Related: Samsung Snaps Up Smart-Home Startup SmartThings”I’ve lived my life on the edge pushing the boundaries of not just science but what my body can do. Medicine can’t cure me, so I rely on technology,” Hawkings says. “This is a great example of how technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future.”Watch the video below.
Transat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by Tags: Transat MONTREAL — Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion is back, featuring exclusive advantages and value-added extras on fall and winter Sun vacations.Now in its second year, the promotion applies to bookings made by June 30, 2017 for travel between Nov.1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.Clients who book any South package with Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion will pay a deposit of only $100 and benefit from:Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee on all-inclusive packages (if a package becomes available at a lower price than the one paid, the difference will be refunded up to $400 per adult)The option to modify their travel dates up to three hours before departureAn upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packagesA $50 future travel vouchersAlso as part of the promotion, cruise enthusiasts and clients who book a South or Duo package will receive a $50 future travel voucher and only pay a deposit of $100.“Canadians often have the impression that it’s better to wait until the last minute to buy their South packages in order to take advantage of the best rates,” said Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “But by booking now, they will be guaranteed to have the dates, hotel and destination they want, all while benefiting from our Price Drop Guarantee.”More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAs for travel agents, they can earn at least 10x Bonbon rewards for every individual or group booking, and 12x Bonbon rewards for packages to Bahia Principe, AMResorts and Meliá Cuba hotels.Transat’s new Sun brochure is expected to drop in June, featuring all the details of its 2017-18 South program. Share Travelweek Group