SpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.
File photo of LightningFour people were killed in lightning strikes in three districts — Mymensingh, Bogura and Sunamganj — on Wednesday, reports UNB.In Mymensingh, two people died after being hit by lightning while catching fish in two separate beels — one at Kolakanda village in Muktagachha upazila and the other at Nattakuri village in Sadar upazila.In Bogura, a farmer, Zahidul Islam, 46, was hit by a thunderbolt around 10:00am while harvesting paddy in a field near his house at Dhulaori village in Dhunat upazila, leaving him dead on the spot.In Sunamganj, a farmer was severely injured after he was struck by lightning while threshing his paddy at Anandapur village in Shalla upazila at noon.Later, he was rushed to Dirai Upazila Health Complex where he succumbed to his injuries.
Citation: Waiting periods reduce deaths from guns, study suggests (2017, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-periods-deaths-guns.html Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Harvard Business School has found evidence that they claim shows gun deaths decline when states enact waiting period laws. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Michael Luca, Deepak Malhotra and Christopher Poliquin describe their study and discuss their results. More information: Michael Luca et al. Handgun waiting periods reduce gun deaths, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1619896114AbstractHandgun waiting periods are laws that impose a delay between the initiation of a purchase and final acquisition of a firearm. We show that waiting periods, which create a “cooling off” period among buyers, significantly reduce the incidence of gun violence. We estimate the impact of waiting periods on gun deaths, exploiting all changes to state-level policies in the Unites States since 1970. We find that waiting periods reduce gun homicides by roughly 17%. We provide further support for the causal impact of waiting periods on homicides by exploiting a natural experiment resulting from a federal law in 1994 that imposed a temporary waiting period on a subset of states. Gun laws requiring domestic abusers to surrender firearms could save lives There is no debate regarding the numbers of people that are killed each year in the United States from bullet wounds—good records exist. The average is now up to 33,000 each year. What remains up for debate is what to do about it. Some individuals and groups have proposed enacting laws restricting gun sales, while others vehemently object to any such restrictions, citing their right to bear arms as spelled out in the Constitution. Somewhere in the middle, there are possible ways to reduce gun violence by enacting less restrictive laws. One such approach is to mandate that anyone buying a gun must wait a specified number of days after the purchase before taking possession of it. The idea is that a waiting period reduces murders and suicides because it gives those gun buyers time to cool off and think a little bit more about their plans before obtaining a gun. Unfortunately, evidence of whether this actually happens has been scant because the U.S. government has enacted laws disallowing the government from funding studies seeking answers to such questions. In this new effort, the researchers circumvented that problem by asking for and receiving funding directly through their own institution.The study consisted of two parts: The first looked at differences in gun death rates between states that had waiting periods and those that did not over the period between 1970 and 2014. The second part consisted of looking at changes in gun death rates in states that enacted waiting periods after passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1994, which essentially forced all states to enact waiting periods.Results from the first part of the study showed on average 17 percent fewer gun-related deaths for states with a waiting period (and approximately 10 percent fewer gun-related suicides). Results from the second part of the study nearly mirrored the first—the trio found that gun-related homicide deaths following passage of the Brady Bill dropped on average 17 percent while gun-related suicides dropped approximately 6 percent.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that if the U.S. were to implement a nationwide waiting period for gun purchases, the country as a whole could reduce annual gun deaths by approximately 1,700 a year. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Air Canada’s new nonstop services to add seats on Dallas route Friday, March 10, 2017 VANCOUVER — The new Air Canada nonstop daily flight out of Vancouver to Dallas will see more than 500 new seats per week added into the U.S. destination as Air Canada deploys Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft carrying 75 passengers with 10 business class seats.VisitDallas’ VP Tourism Mark Thompson said he is hopeful there will be a further increase into Dallas as Air Canada has announced it will begin another direct daily flight out of Montreal beginning in May. The two new flights will join existing service out of Toronto. The Vancouver route started Feb. 5.“Toronto has always been a very strong market,” he said. “We are excited to be working with Air Canada – we are impressed with the airline and its staff.”In 2015 some 264,000 visitors from Canada came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Thompson said 2016 figures are being tallied but they are expected to show a moderate increase while 2017 still remains in question and he is hopeful the city can remain its market numbers.He said the negativity surrounding the immigrations ban is expected to deter some travellers. At the same time, the U.S. exchange rate is also a disadvantage.In B.C. Air Canada is coming into the market with a price point that is slightly above Alaska Airlines’ price from YVR. From now until through May, the pricing on the Air Canada flights is approximately $465, which compares to Alaska Airlines flights (which have a Seattle layover) priced at $432 for a similar period. The Air Canada flight takes four hours, while the Alaska Airlines flight takes six and a half hours.Dallas has been a draw for business travellers and conventions but the leisure travel market is the sector where the city is seeing growth, said Thompson. Individuals coming to the city for business or conventions are adding extra days to explore city attractions plus the pure leisure travel sector is also growing fast.VisitDallas can provide travel agents with commissionable product ranging from excursions to hotels for those agents looking to provide tag-on sales to a conference or business traveller or assemble package information for a leisure traveller. “There are some existing products that have worked very well across the board for travel agents. The most important is the CityPASS program,” Thompson said. CityPASS has been a “powerhouse” for sales for agents as it provides entry to four of the city’s top attractions and offers clients a 40% discount on admission prices.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe tourism board’s website, visitdallas.com, also has itineraries available for travel agents planning client holidays or special-interest vacations and these can be combined into a fly-drive vacation, said Thompson. If information is not available on the website, the tourism board has individuals who will work with agents. “There are some fantastic resources available online and if it isn’t there, we are just a click away,” said Thompson.Thompson said VisitDallas has hosted fams to the city out of Western Canada in the anticipation of the Air Canada flight start-up. He is hoping to launch more fams in 2017. “We have identified some agents (during the three-day visit to Vancouver) that would be a good match to showcase Dallas,” he said, adding that the bureau’s marketing initiative includes reaching out to agents plus trade and consumer media to create more interest in the city. Those agents selling into the Dallas/Fort Worth market and wanting more information regarding fam trips should contact the VisitDallas office.Thompson said the biggest attraction for Canadians coming to Dallas currently is shopping. “Shopping is tax-free for international visitors. It is a very robust program,” he said, adding that it offsets the exchange rate.A second major draw is the city’s sporting events. “The sports situation is fantastic. We are home to six professional teams,” he said with the Dallas Cowboys a strong draw.Family travel is also popular, as Dallas is known for providing a wide range of price-point accommodation and delivering a “high-value” vacation experience. The Dallas downtown area has been undergoing a revitalization and densification with many new residents moving into the area. The result, says Thompson, is a resurgence in the restaurant scene with up to 90 new restaurants opened as of January 2017.Dallas is “stellar” on all levels when it comes to hotel properties and can offer a range of price points from economy to super-luxury, adds Thompson. “The room rates are much lower than what you would normally find in a major market,” he said, especially for many of the higher end brand name hotels.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”With growing leisure travel and densification downtown, the hotel industry is also undergoing change. “We are experiencing a large boom in hotel building and growth,” he said. One showcase property is The Statler, formerly the Statler Hilton, which has been dormant for 15-20 years and has reopened after a long renovation and rebuild.“It was the first property that the founder of the chain, Hilton, put his name on,” said Thompson. When it opened in 1956, it was the premier place to stay in the American Southwest and it became an icon as it embodied the first modern hotel design. It closed in 2001. “It was also the hotel where Tina Turner left her husband, Ike,” he said, providing a historical note. “It has gone through a full restoration and is beautiful.” The property is expected to open later this year.The Lorenzo Hotel (formerly the Plaza Hotel), the property that Turner went to after leaving Ike, has also undergone a $35 million renovation and opened in February. “It is a smaller property but it has great price points and it is very attractive for business travellers,” said Thompson.The arts and culture scene is also popular with the Dallas Museum of Art from March into July hosting a show that is being billed as the largest exhibition of Mexican art since 1954 with many works of Mexico’s major artists on display. The exhibit explores 50 years of modern art Mexican art.Of course, an ageless draw to Dallas has become the long-running TV show of the same name, which aired from 1978 to 1991. “It has left a fantastic legacy,” said Thompson. The Southfork Ranch, made famous by the show’s Ewing family, is now a special events venue and meeting destination with daily tours ensuring its status as a popular tourist haunt. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Jean Sorensen Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Texas