first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Web browsers and iPhone hacked at contest (2010, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-web-browsers-iphone-hacked-contest.html This year’s winner, security analyst Charlie Miller, was awarded $10,000 and a MacBook for hacking into Apple’s Safari browser running on Snow Leopard on a MacBook Pro to which he had no physical access. Miller also successfully attacked Safari in the 2008 and 2009, and now works as principal security analyst with Independent Security Evaluators. While he gave no details, Miller said the attack was triggered by the target computer visiting a specifically designed malicious website. The exploit, written in only a week, was reliable, and the user had no idea the computer was being attacked.The $15,000 second prize winners were Ralf Philipp Weinmann from the University of Luxembourg and Vincenzo Iozzo of Zynamics, who successfully attacked the iPhone. This exploit also featured a website with malicious code that enabled the hackers to lift the SMS database from the phone in around 20 seconds. They were even able to read text messages that had been deleted and upload them to their own server. They could also have exfiltrated the email database, phone list, photographs, and music files. Weinmann said they took two weeks to find the vulnerability and write the exploit, and while the attack crashed the browser, he said with a little more work they could have avoided that. Other successful hackers at the event attacked Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.2, both running on 64-bit Windows 7. The attack on IE 8 by Peter Vreugdenhil, a security researcher from the Netherlands, bypassed both ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) and DEP (Data Execution Prevention), which are both designed to stop attacks on the browser. The exploit won him $10,000. The Firefox hack, by Nils (no surname given), chief researcher with MWR InfoSecurity in the UK, also won $10,000 for an attack that bypassed ASLR and DEP. The attack allowed him to run the Windows calculator, but he said he could have started any process. In both exploits the browsers visited malicious websites.Pwn2Own is sponsored by Tipping Point’s Zero Day Initiative, which gives vendors details of the attacks to allow them to patch the vulnerabilities. Pwn2Own is run as part of the CanSecWest security show in Vancouver, Canada. (PhysOrg.com) — Hackers had a field day on the first day of the Pwn2Own contest, successfully attacking Safari, iPhone, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. The Pwn2Own contest is an annual event that encourages security specialists to win hardware by successfully attacking it. Hackers register the attack has run by having the exploit code read a particular file on the system. Winners receive cash prizes as well as the hardware. PWN2OWN Hacker Contest Targets Smartphones 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.last_img read more

first_img 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. Explore further According to the press release, the Armada 628 can deliver dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low-power, long battery life smartphones and tablets.The Armada 628 is also the first to incorporate a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design with three ARM cores and six additional processing engines, totaling nine dedicated core functions. An Armada-equipped smartphone would be able to play 10 hours straight of 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music on a single charge.Some of the key features of the tri-core processor include:• Up to 1.5 GHz for the two main cores and 624 MHz for the third low power core• 1 MB System Level 2 Cache• 1080p dual stream 3D video applications (30 FPS, multi-format)• Ability to project images on multiple simultaneous displays: 2 LCD’s, 1 HDMI, 1 EPD controller• Peripherals supports: USB 3.0 Superspeed Client, MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, HDMI with integrated PHY, UniPro, Slimbus, SPMIThe Armada 628 is the first mobile CPU to offer USB 3.0. The CPU is compatible with RIM OS, Android, Linux, Windows Mobile, and full Adobe Flash. According to Marvell the CPU is currently available for sampling to customers but there is no word yet on when we can expect it to be incorporated into smartphones or tablets in the U.S. market. Intel Launches New Low-Power Moorestown Chip For Smartphones (w/ Video) (PhysOrg.com) — In a press release this morning Marvell announced the world’s first “ultra-low power, ultra-high performance” 1.5 GHz three-core processor that is the “first to feature 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on mobile devices.”center_img More information: Press release Citation: Marvell announces first triple-core 1.5 GHz mobile processor (2010, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-marvell-triple-core-ghz-mobile-processor.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

first_imgObservers generally say that eventually all cars will use some form of electric engine and that means recharging. The more charging opportunity, the more confident customers will be about EV adoptions. While Qualcomm is throwing its competitive hat into the ring with its new charging system, the company does not deny that this is no magic bullet if there is no adequate transport system to accommodate wide deployment. Wireless recharging points embedded in roads to give electric vehicles complete autonomy would be the next phase, allowing drivers to drive and charge at the same time. Qualcomm says pads buried in the motorway can allow EVs to travel longer distances, have smaller batteries, and weigh less. According to Tech-On, the frequency range used for power transmission is 20k-140kHz. The power to be transmitted is 3kW for single phase, 7kW for three phases and 18kW or higher in the case of rapid charging. A home could be set up with the single phase 3kW IPT for charging a car overnight.Many product debuts at CES are regularly criticized by viewers as disappearing into vapor once the show draws to a close, but Qualcomm’s system is scheduled for a more aggressive debut, in the form of a field test in 50 EVs over a two-year trial period.Wireless recharging points will be rolled out across London this year to put the charging system to the test. The testing is supported by Transport for London and Mayor Boris Johnson. The Mayor has showed strong support in promoting EVs. In 2009 he pledged that every Londoner will be no more than one mile from an electric car charge point by 2015. Electric cars get charged wirelessly in London (w/ Video) Explore further The “Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC)” technology demonstrated at CES works with a transmitter pad placed near the car’s vehicle pad, which is connected to the car’s battery. Once the car is parked over that pad, the car starts charging. A controller turns alternating current into direct current. An in-car display tells when the car is lined up and when charging has started.The system uses magnetic resonance to couple power from the Base Charging Unit (BCU) to the Vehicle Charging Unit (VCU). “The system works on the principle of a magnetic resistance similar to charging an electric toothbrush,” said Qualcomm’s Joe Barret, a Qualcomm executive. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Qualcomm has demonstrated its new wireless power transmission system for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The system, including one pad for power transmitting, another for power-receiving, and control unit, uses the inductive transfer method to charge an EV. The chip-maker’s technology, Inductive Power Transfer (IPT), has a technology history that rests with the company that it acquired in November, HaloIPT. The latter, which made a name for itself in developing wireless charging technology for EVs, was a spinoff from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. 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. Citation: Qualcomm’s HaloIPT tech brings wireless charging for EVs (2012, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-qualcomm-haloipt-tech-wireless-evs.html More information: All images courtesy TechOn.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) — In a tale worthy of Sherlock Holmes, scientists in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, UK have solved a biochemical mystery that had previously proven elusive for 70 years: How the fungus Talaromyces stipitatus produces stipitatic acid (6), which is a tropolone, one of an atypical group of fungal natural products – that is, small molecules produced by genetically encoded pathways – with a seven-carbon ring. (Most natural products, such as cholesterol or phenylalanine, have five or six carbons in rings.) The researchers used a two-part biosynthetic approach – gene deletion and alternate genetic expression – to investigate the molecular pathway in question. Professor Russell J. Cox, Postgraduate student Jack Davison and other researchers engaged in the study faced several long-standing obstacles to showing that 3-methylorcinaldehyde is the direct product of a fungal nonreducing polyketide synthase (NR-PKS) which most likely appends the methyl group from S-adenosyl methionine during biosynthesis of the tetraketide, and which uses a reductive release mechanism to produce the observed aldehyde. “Gene knockouts have been one of the most useful tools in the toolkit of the biosynthetic chemist,” Cox tells Phys.org, “but knockouts can’t answer complex questions like these. We now make extensive use of heterologous expression – that is, moving the gene to a ‘clean’ host and switching it on.”The scientists then monitor the host organism for the production of new compounds which we isolate and identify. The chemical structure of the new compound tells them a great deal about the chemistry which must have been used to make it. “In this case,” Cox continues, “we showed that the TropA gene encodes a polyketide synthase which makes 3-methylorcinaldehyde. Expression also allows us to do more complex experiments – for example, by truncating or mutating the gene – and in this way we discovered the reductive release mechanism and the fact that the programmed methylation occurs during chain extension rather than after chain-building and ring formation.”Tropolone biosynthesis was one of the longest-standing problems in the field of biosynthesis and some of the most distinguished organic chemists of the last century were fascinated by it, but progress had been very limited. “We realized that combining chemical knowledge with genome sequence data could give us the start we needed,” Cox explains. “We already knew a lot about polyketide biosynthesis in fungi, and this allowed us to narrow down the potential genes involved to just four. We then used chemical knowledge to narrow this further to a single gene cluster.” Proof then came from the knockout and expression studies. Explore further Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Genetic, molecular, and biochemical basis of fungal tropolone biosynthesis, PNAS May 15, 2012 vol. 109 no. 20 7642-7647, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201469109 Involvement of tspks1 (tropA) in the biosynthesis of methylorcinaldehyde and tropolones in T. stipitatus. PKS domains: SAT, starter unit acyl transferase; KAS, ketosynthase; AT, acyl transferase; PT, product template; ACP, acyl carrier protein; CMeT, C-methyl transferase; R, acyl CoA thiolester reductase. HPLC analysis of tspks1 KO: (A) UV chromatogram at 260 nm for WT T. stipitatus; (B) UV chromatogram at 260 nm for T. stipitatus tspks1 KO. HPLC analysis of tspks1 expression in A. oryzae: (C) UV chromatogram at 293 nm for untransformed A. oryzae; (D) UV chromatogram at 293 nm for A. oryzae expressing aspks1; (E) UV chromatogram at 293 nm for A. oryzae expressing tspks1. Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201469109 Looking ahead, the team is currently working on systematic methods to express many genes in fungi. “At present this is easy in bacteria, because in bacteria a single promoter can switch on lots of genes in parallel,” notes Cox. “In fungi, however, each gene needs its own promoter, so this has limited progress. In collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol we’re developing systems which can express a dozen or so fungal genes in parallel. This will allow the researchers to investigate much more complex systems in the future.In addition, Cox adds, “I do believe that computational biology and chemistry will eventually provide answers to complex questions like this – but at the moment, while computational methods allow us to formulate good questions, lab work is still needed to find the answers. We’re working in an area with very many unknowns, so it’s difficult for computational methods which rely on current knowledge to act predictively with any accuracy. In fact,” notes Cox, “this is a powerful reason why fundamental discoveries are still so important: they’ll form the basis for future predictions.”Cox points out that he and his team will also continue to study the TropB-D enzymes in vitro. “Chemical methods of classical enzymology will allow us to determine their precise mechanisms.”Cox also articulates how comparing the T. stipitatus tropolone biosynthetic cluster with other known gene clusters allows clarification of important steps during the biosynthesis of other fungal compounds, including the xenovulenes, citrinin, sepedonin, sclerotiorin, and asperfuranone. “Fungal genomes generally are much bigger than their bacterial counterparts by roughly 10 times, and they contain many more genes and gene clusters encoding the biosynthesis of complex compounds” he explains. “Barely any of the known fungal gene clusters have been linked to the molecules they must encode. Our work now allows the understanding of a set of genes which encodes the biosynthesis of polyketides followed by oxidative modifications and these occur frequently in fungi. Until now these clusters were mysterious, but now we can – at least partially – begin to understand what they may do. Secondly, knowledge of the gene clusters will allow us to go hunting for new clusters more effectively.” For example, puberulic acid is a potent antimalarial compound, but its gene cluster is unknown – and the team predicts that the cluster should be very similar to the T. stipitatus tropolone gene cluster.In terms of other research and applications that might benefit from their findings, Cox says that understanding biosynthetic pathways is a key strand of the new science of Synthetic Biology. “One can think of the gene clusters and biosynthetic enzymes they encode as building blocks of new biological entities. In the future,” he concludes, “it will be possible to combine the genetic and chemical knowledge of biosynthetic pathways to produce bioactive compounds – such as drugs and agrochemicals – using biology rather than chemistry. This offers huge advantages in terms of sustainability.” Citation: Friendly Fungi: Elucidating the fungal biosynthesis of stipitatic acid (2012, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-friendly-fungi-elucidating-fungal-biosynthesis.html How tropolones synthesized in fungi: 70-year-old chemical mystery solved 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.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing (2012, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-princeton-geoscientists-greenland-ice-sheet.html More information: Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time, Published online before print November 19, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206785109 (PDF)AbstractThe melting of polar ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level rise. Early estimates of the mass lost from the Greenland ice cap, based on satellite gravity data collected by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, have widely varied. Although the continentally and decadally averaged estimated trends have now more or less converged, to this date, there has been little clarity on the detailed spatial distribution of Greenland’s mass loss and how the geographical pattern has varied on relatively shorter time scales. Here, we present a spatially and temporally resolved estimation of the ice mass change over Greenland between April of 2002 and August of 2011. Although the total mass loss trend has remained linear, actively changing areas of mass loss were concentrated on the southeastern and northwestern coasts, with ice mass in the center of Greenland steadily increasing over the decade. The two used data from the twin satellites used in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that orbit in tandem over the Earth. As they pass over the planet they measure very small differences in gravity between the two that correspond to the amount of mass below. In looking at data recorded during the period August 2002 to 2011, they were able to measure the changes in mass of the ice sheet that covers Greenland, which is second only to Antarctica in size.The two found that by analyzing GRACE data very closely they could actually pinpoint the parts of the ice sheet that were changing and by how much. They noted for example, that for the year 2003 to 2004, the bulk of melting occurred along the eastern coast of the island nation, whereas over the following year it was centered in the northeast. Surprisingly, they found that even as the ice sheet as a whole was losing mass, some mass was gained in central Greenland. It’s not known why this has happened, but it’s possibly due to higher amounts of snowfall that might have occurred.The melting of the polar ice sheets is believed to be associated with rising global temperatures, which in turn is believed by most scientists to be the result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due mainly to human pollutants. As the ice sheets melt, global sea levels rise. By studying melting rates, scientists are able to provide better estimates on how much the sea will rise and when. Current estimates put sea level rise at 0.1 inches per year. Using the numbers from their study, the researchers estimate that sea levels will rise 2.4 inches over the next century from just the melting that is occurring in Greenland. They also note that based on current numbers, it would take approximately 13,000 years for all of the ice in Greenland to melt. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Isua Supracrustal Belt Isua, south-west Greenland. Credit: University of Washington. Enhanced melting of Northern Greenland in a warm climatecenter_img (Phys.org)—Princeton geoscientists Christopher Harig and Frederik Simons have been applying new methods to study the amount of ice melt in the Greenland ice sheet. They report in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the rate is approximately 200 billion tons annually and is rising at a rate of approximately 9 billion tons per year. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

first_img(Phys.org) —The market for thin, flexible, printed electronic circuits is potentially huge. Although tremendous advances have been made in printing organic semiconductors like thin-film transistors (TFTs), one of their present limitations is a relatively high operating voltage requirement. 3D printed lithium-ion batteries with acceptable single-cell potentials (~3V) have been previously demonstrated, at least on small scales. The main concerns though, are that even with hermetic packaging, the raw materials for these cells still pose inherent safety and reliability risks. For wearable devices, which are a major application for flexible printed devices, a more versatile technology has been sought. A new study in Applied Physics Letters describes recent experiments with a different battery chemistry—Zn-MnO2. Using special fabrication techniques, a 10-cell series configuration of the battery was able to generate peak voltages of 14 volts, and a capacity of up to 0.8 mA h. © 2013 Phys.org The main incentive to developing printed thin-film batteries is that they would be able to be fabricated on the same production line as the rest of a printed electronic device. Much research has gone into reducing the relatively high potential (10-30V) of solution-phase printed organic TFTs. The fact remains that a lot of the traditional problems of these devices like low mobility, large channel lengths, drain-source shorting, and thick dielectric layers, go away when higher voltages are used. The ability to now make high-potential batteries based on alkaline chemistry, like the Zn-MnO2, removes many of the traditional concerns with lithium batteries.Alkaline batteries are generally less expensive than lithium batteries, and their environmentally friendly raw materials do not need to be hermetically sealed. The cells are printed on commercially available polyvivyl alcohol/cellulose(PAC) membranes. The 100um thick membrane also serves as a separator and a substrate for the Zn and MnO2 electrodes. A hydrophobic fluoropolymer solution (Teflon AF) is printed between the electrodes to reduce electrolyte migration and conduction between neighboring electrodes of different cells. The anode and cathode are printed from solution-based inks composed of conductive additives and binder materials. The cells were connected with a printed silver-based ink.The anode and cathode footprint of the battery, as well as their separation distance, is 1 cm2. The open circuit potential of 14 V is limited mainly by self-discharge of the MnO2 electrode during processing, particularly as a result of the multiple baking steps needed to evaporate solvents. The battery was tested by discharging through a 100 kΩ resistive load. After 7.5 hours, the potential dropped to 10V, which was what was used for the conservatively-set 0.8 mA h capacity.To further characterize their battery, a technique known as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to determine the ohmic resistance (1.20 Ω), and the charge transfer resistance (0.8 Ω). These values are low enough for the individual cells that they do not cause major impedance losses when assembled into a 10-cell device. The researchers also gave the battery a real-word test to demonstrate its performance within an actual printed circuit. They used a ring oscillator circuit made from five simple inverting gates connected head-to-tail. The frequency of an output tap on this circuit depends on supply voltage and delay through the circuit. The ring oscillator test circuit only drew a very low current and the resulting waveform peaked at 13 V on each 10 ms cycle. After 20 minutes of use, no changes in the open circuit potential were detectable, suggesting that simple circuits could be powered for an extended duration. More complex circuits may likely draw much more power than a ring oscillator, but the new Zn-MnO2 battery looks like it will be a good alternative to lithium for many foreseable printed device applications. Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Citation: Physicists develop flexible multicell Zn-MnO2 battery for printed electronics (2013, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-physicists-flexible-multicell-zn-mno2-battery.html Explore furthercenter_img Printed Flexible Zn-Mno2 Battery. Credit: A. Gaikwad et. al. Applied Physics Letters Vol 102 Issue 23 More information: A flexible high potential printed battery for powering printed electronics, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 233302 (2013); dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4810974 AbstractMechanically flexible arrays of alkaline electrochemical cells fabricated using stencil printing onto fibrous substrates are shown to provide the necessary performance characteristics for driving ink-jet printed circuits. Due to the dimensions and material set currently required for reliable low-temperature print processing of electronic devices, a battery potential greater than that sourced by single cells is typically needed. The developed battery is a series interconnected array of 10 low resistance Zn-MnO2 alkaline cells, giving an open circuit potential of 14 V. This flexible battery is used to power an ink-jet printed 5-stage complementary ring oscillator based on organic semiconductors. 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first_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week – Observation of elusive antiparticle, mystery on Titan and reversing memory loss from Alzheimer’s (2014, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-week-elusive-antiparticle-mystery.html Explore further Princeton University scientists used scanning-tunneling microscope to show the atomic structure of an one-atom-wide iron wire on a lead surface. The zoomed-in portion of the image depicts the quantum probability of the wire containing an elusive particle called the Majorana fermion. Importantly, the image pinpoints the particle to the end of the wire, which is where it had been predicted to be over years of theoretical calculations. Credit: Yazdani Lab, Princeton University In other astrophysics news, researchers here on Earth were able to watch as a mysterious feature evolved in a Titan sea courtesy of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The bright object seen on Saturn’s moon was observed to be changing over time. Researchers aren’t sure what it is, but suspect it could be bubbles, waves, suspended solids or something forming beneath the surface.In more practical news, officials have announced that the first floating solar farm in the UK has come to life in Berkshire—the farm won’t take up valuable farmland and is the first of many to come. In related news, a team of researchers has come up with what they are calling the world’s first “solar battery” that runs on light and air—it’s a solar cell that stores its own power.There was also some good news for millions of people the world over as a team of researchers has been attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction with encouraging results. A drug normally used for another purpose was found to burn fat in liver cells, a precursor to the disease. Also, another team in Denmark has found a new material that steals oxygen from the air—one teaspoon can hold a whole roomful of oxygen, perhaps doing away with oxygen tanks for those with lung impairments, offering a new lease on life.And finally in some truly exciting medical news, a team of researchers has demonstrated a way to reverse memory loss due to Alzheimer’s for the first time ever—it involves a 36-point therapeutic program that involves a wide array of therapies ranging from diet changes, to brain stimulation and pharmaceuticals. It’s the first study to show that such memory loss does not have to be permanent.center_img (Phys.org) —It was another interesting week in pure physics research as a team in India revisited superposition with a proposed resolution of the double-slit experiment paradox using Feynman path integral formalism—they’re looking to resolve a discrepancy with the Schrödinger wavefunction. Meanwhile, another team at Princeton has observed the Majorana fermion, an elusive particle that is its own antiparticle—a possible step toward the creation of computers based on quantum mechanics. Not to be outdone, yet another team has found a Higgs-gravity connection that may leave traces in white dwarfs—the Higgs boson experiments conducted in 2012, it turns out, might just play a major role in finally understanding the nature of gravity via an investigation into the connection between the coupling of spacetime curvature and the Higgs field. A Higgs-gravity connection may leave traces in white dwarfs 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.last_img read more

first_img Cats have a reputation as being stand-offish and somewhat distant—some have suggested they only hang around their owners because of the easy meals. But they may actually like their owners more than their reputation suggests, the researchers with this new effort found. They point out that cats may simply be misunderstood, noting that recent research has found that cats have complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities. They suggest further that the commonly held belief that cats are less reactive to social stimuli might be due to a lack of knowledge regarding the things that cats actually find stimulating.To assess the degree to which cats like (or are stimulated by) certain things, the researchers tested reactions from two groups of 19 cats each—those living with people and those living in a shelter. The cats were kept sequestered for two and a half hours and were then watched as they were presented with three items from one of four category types: food, scent, toy and human interaction. The researchers mixed up the stimuli for the different cats to get a better read on which they found the most stimulating. The degree of preference for any one stimulus was judged by which stimulus the cat went for first and how and for how long it interacted with it.The researchers report that they found clear variability among the cats regardless of home type, but overall social interaction with humans was the stimulus most preferred—half of the cats chose interacting with a human above anything else offered, which included food—they spent on average 65 percent of their time interacting with a person. This, the researchers suggest, shows that cats really do like being around their human owners, despite how they might behave around them. Cat experiment suggests they remember in ways similar to humans and dogs Citation: Cats found to like humans more than thought (2017, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-cats-humans-thought.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Oregon State University and Monmouth University has conducted experiments with cats, and has found that they appear to like humans more than expected. In their paper published in the journal Behavioral Processes, Kristyn Vitale Shreve, Lindsay Mehrkam and Monique Udell describe their experiments and their plans for conducting additional experiments to better understand cat motivations.center_img Journal information: Behavioural Processes © 2017 Phys.org More information: Kristyn R. Vitale Shreve et al, Social interaction, food, scent or toys? A formal assessment of domestic pet and shelter cat ( Felis silvestris catus ) preferences, Behavioural Processes (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.03.016AbstractDomestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) engage in a variety of relationships with humans and can be conditioned to engage in numerous behaviors using Pavlovian and operant methods Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem solving abilities. Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part, to a lack of knowledge of what stimuli cats prefer, and thus may be most motivated to work for. The current study investigated domestic cat preferences at the individual and population level using a free operant preference assessment. Adult cats from two populations (pet and shelter) were presented with three stimuli within each of the following four categories: human social interaction, food, toy, and scent. Proportion of time interacting with each stimulus was recorded. The single most-preferred stimulus from each of the four categories were simultaneously presented in a final session to determine each cat’s most-preferred stimulus overall. Although there was clear individual variability in cat preference, social interaction with humans was the most-preferred stimulus category for the majority of cats, followed by food. This was true for cats in both the pet and shelter population. Future research can examine the use of preferred stimuli as enrichment in applied settings and assess individual cats’ motivation to work for their most-preferred stimulus as a measure of reinforcer efficacy. 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.last_img read more

first_img‘Pre-booking has started for Passport at Amazon and BlackBerry exclusive stores from Monday itself. Customers pre-booking at Amazon.in would receive a gift card worth Rs 5,000. It will be be available across stores from 10 October for Rs 49,990,’ BlackBerry India Managing Director Sunil Lalvani said at the launch event.BlackBerry Passport has 4.5 LCD touch screen and comes with a three row qwerty keypad which also has capacitative touch features embedded in it. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash‘The keypad can be used for typing as well as navigation by swiping fingers on it for functions like delete, moving predictive words function up and down etc,’ Lalvani said. BlackBerry Passport comes with 3450 mAh non-removable battery which company said will support up to 14 hours of talktime in 2G network and video playback of up to 11 hours. The square-shaped handset has 13 megapixel main camera and 2 megapixel front camera. The internal storage capacity of the phone is 32 GB and supports 128 GB of external storage. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsBlackBerry has targeted professionals who have heavy typing requirement through Passport. The phones total length is about 5-inch and width is about 3.5 inch. Though BlackBerry Passport is completely different in terms of design, it may see tough competition from premium smartphones like iPhone 5S, Sony Xperia Z3, HTC M8 etc.Another tough competition for the phone could be Samsung Note 4, which is yet to be launched in India.Before Passport, the company’s most expensive smartphone was Blackberry Q10 launched for about Rs 45,000 in June last year. The handset is now available in the market at around Rs 19,000 — less than half its launch price. The company had to reduce price of its handsets as there was a huge inventory pile up due to less of demand of BlackBerry phones sold at premium price. Lalvani said the price of BlackBerry Passport is going to stay because of its high quality components and specifications.‘We launched Z3 in June and there is no price change till date. We are getting good response. We had two price revisions of Z10 over period of 18 months. Its not a secret. We had to write down some inventory and we are now coming out of it. Passport is competitively and aggressively priced because of its specification,’ Lalvani said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The alumni of 1993 batch of IIT Kharagpur have joined hands with their alma mater to set up six Distinguished Chair Professorships in AI and Machine Learning in memory of their martyred batch mate. Ajay Kumar Singh, an IPS officer, had laid down his life during an operation against insurgents near Ranchi in 2000.IIT KGP Director Prof Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said on his Facebook page, “A Truly KGP-ian way to remember a martyred batch mate who had dedicated his life in Service of the Nation and performed the highest sacrifice. Let us use this to build a new initiative to touch the lives of the People of India. Thanks 1993 team. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIIT KGP is already in the process of setting up a Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and researchers in several departments in the institute are working on product development or applications related to AI.The campaign for Chair Professorships in AI was led by Neeraj Mendiratta and created buzz among his batch mates across the globe with around hundred alumni having donated close to Rs 75 Lakh, an IIT KGP statement said.Of the total amount, a sum of Rs 36 Lakh will be contributed towards the Ajay Kumar Singh Chair Professorships in AI and the remaining for endowment in the name of the batch. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe alumni are aiming to reach Rs 50 Lakh figure for the endowment which will give them a classroom at IIT KGP named after their batch.Dean of Alumni Affairs, Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay said, “I am overwhelmed with the initiative of IIT KGP alumni to give back to their alma mater. We just need to create avenues which the alumni would find worthwhile and beneficial for country and they would generously contribute towards it.” The Chair Professorships will be for two years duration for existing and new teachers including visiting and adjunct faculty in Artificial Intelligence starting from academic year 2018-19. The support will be in the form of a top-up salary which will be Rs 25,000 every month.”We, the batch mates of Ajay, fondly remember him as a braveheart . We wanted to commemorate his name in association with an initiative like excellence in teaching and research in the area of machine learning which can do wonders for India,” batch mate Paresh Krishnakant Joshi said.He expressed hope that through this initiative, IIT KGP would be able to promote AI teaching and in a way that it could be simplified and mass marketed.AI and Machine Learning has become the next big thing in the 21st century impacting healthcare, electronics and communication, space technology, transport, automobiles and even home appliances.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Adam Burakowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in India said Poland’s GDP grew by 4.2 percent in 2017 which was considerably higher than the EU average growth of 2.4 percent.Other EU countries account for 75 percent of Poland’s total exports. However, Poland has growing trade links with non European countries. Poland has been steadily improving its position in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rank and it has climbed from 74th position in 2012 to 24th position in 2017. With regard to the labour force, 43 percent of Poles attain a tertiary education degree and 90 percent of adults attain at least upper secondary education. The unemployment rate is low in Poland. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights He was speaking on a theme “Doing Business with Poland” organised by the Merchant Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Tuesday afternoon. Mohan Goenka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Kolkata was present and spoke on the occasion. Arun Kumar Garodia, Regional Chairman, Eastern Region, EEPC India was also present and addressed the gathering. Burakowski stated that Poland is an attractive investment destination on account of its strategic location and economic stability, attractive labour market with increasing labour productivity, mature business environment, variety of manufacturing sectors, dense network of suppliers, thriving services sector and presence of industrial clusters and investment support ecosystem comprising 14 Special Economic Zones and local tax relief. The 14 SEZs in Poland had received investments of $27 billion by 2016 and 2,87,000 jobs had been created. Burakowski added that about 121 Indian companies operate in Poland. Indian investments in Poland amount to $3 billion and include Videocon, TCS, Infosys, HCL Technologies and Wipro among others.last_img read more

first_imgSinger Miley Cyrus has been reportedly ignoring her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger’s phone calls since he returned from his spring break in Cabo.“Patrick has been trying to reach Miley since he’s been back, calling her over and over and she hasn’t been answering his calls,” eonline.com quoted a source as saying.“He’s very upset and is doing everything he can to try resolve things. Patrick is extremely frustrated because he’s been actively trying to be very good and to make this relationship work,” the source added.Patrick was photographed getting cozy with a bikini girl during his vacation. He denied rumours that he cheated on Miley Cyrus.“Omg. It’s one of my best friends girlfriend… Would NEVER do anything against my GF… Girls have guy friends and guys have friends that are girls,” he said speaking against the rumours sparked by their pictures.last_img read more

first_imgThe 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway continued to remain closed for traffic for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday due to landslides triggered by heavy rain, leaving over 700 Kashmir-bound trucks and light passenger vehicles stranded.Authorities have not allowed any fresh movement of traffic from Jammu to Srinagar or from the other side, a senior traffic police officer said.”Road has been washed away at several places due to massive landslides triggered by continuous rainfall in the state. A large stretch of road has been washed away at several places,” the officer said. There have been fresh landslides at three different places in Ramban district, he said. The highway was closed on April 1 due to landslides triggered by heavy rains at different places, he said.The men and machines of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are working to clear the highway of landslides and make it motorable, he said.last_img read more

first_imgMela Khushiyon Ka is therefore a spiritual tadka as laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body, boosts energy and diminishes pain. Being held at a time when the country is in the midst of spring, the three-day festival of holistic healing, cultural performances, mela is taking place at Zorba the Buddha and is on till Sunday.  In addition to cultural performances, fire-walk, joyous therapeutic dance, soulful Baul songs and Bhangra, there are some impromptu ‘pop-up’ events like performers drumming, flute, jamming, dance, poetry to promote bonhomie and bonding. All this leads to an amalgamation of a holistic expression of an individual through the medium of creativity. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The highlight of the cultural event is the presence and participation of Shivani Sur, who comes from a family of musicians, whose talent was discovered at the tender age of three when she started imitating her father’s singing in Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. She is the third generation of her musician family. All this comes with the buzz and colours of wellness and happiness amidst the calm and serenity of healing workshops, yoga and meditation. The mela have a healing circle where healers will offer a wide variety of healing modalities such as Ayurveda, Tarot, Numerology, Aura Reading, Vaastu, Angel Card Reading, food stalls, art creations besides many more, in interactive personal sessions.Housing around twenty stalls, the mela showcases a wide variety of eclectic wares such as organic food, exotic tea blends, chutneys from the hills of Kumaon, Ayurveda products, fashion and style paraphernalia, books, music and more.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A 35-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a private bus near Chiriamore at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday.Police said the incident took place when the woman was taking her child to her school on Tuesday morning. The seven-year-old child also received injuries and is admitted to hospital.A police officer said the victim, Nitu Gupta, was a local resident. Police came to know after speaking to locals that the accident took place because two buses were racing between each other to get more passengers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the buses failed to control the speed and hit the woman while she was crossing the road. Locals took the woman to a hospital where she was declaredbrought dead.The offending bus was seized but the driver had managed to flee.In two road accidents in Birbhum, one was killed when a motorbike collided head on with a truck at Mohammad Bazar.The road remained close after the accident. In another road accident in Birbhum, a toto collided head on with a truck at Abdarpur and it claimed the life of one person, who was travelingin the toto.The driver of the toto also received severe injuries.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced the formation of an expert committee to look into different issues and problems pertaining to the tea industry. The committee will be handing over its recommendations and a report within three months. She also stated that the Land department will be soon preparing a law for distributing land rights to tea garden workers.The Chief Minister, while on a tour of North Bengal districts, held a meeting with different operating tea unions of the gardens at Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat in the Jalpaiguri district on Thursday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLater, addressing a Press conference, she stated: “There are problems ailing the tea industry but we will have to find a permanent solution to the problems. We have constituted an expert committee with the Chief Secretary at the helm. The committee will submit a report within three months. The Land Reforms department will formulate a law for distributing pattas (land right documents) to tea garden workers.”She stated that there is exploitation in the tea gardens. “Some gardens declare lockouts as per their convenience. We will cancel lease of such tea gardens and will initiate criminal cases against the management not paying PF and gratuity of the workers,” retorted the Chief Minister. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPReacting to an ongoing agitation by the Joint Forum of Tea, a conglomeration of 26 tea unions demanding minimum wages for tea workers, Banerjee stated: “They only know how to call bandhs. Our government has been sincerely working for the workers. We have spent more than Rs 1,000 crore for the tea workers since 2011.”Adding to this, Malay Ghatak, minister in charge of the Labour department, stated: “During the Left Front regime, daily wages were hiked by Rs 1 and Rs 2. We incremented daily wages by Rs 37.50. At present, the daily wage cash component is Rs 159.” The Chief Minister stated that the government is negotiating with the management for a minimum daily wage of Rs 176. Another round of talks of the minimum wage committee will be held on Friday at Uttar Kanya to decide on the minimum wage issue, stated the Chief Minister.There are 2,72,000 workers in the tea gardens of West Bengal and another 8 lakh non-workers who live in the tea gardens.”We are extending different social security programmes in the tea gardens. For the nonworkers we have decided to impart skill development training. Tea tourism will be promoted as an alternative” said the Chief Minister.She added that relief is being provided to the workers in closed tea gardens, including free electricity and free drinking water, along with 35 kg of rice at Rs 2 per kg.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Dental Association’s (IDA) Kolkata and the Suburban branch have started one month-long oral cancer awareness camps at 10 different places to impart knowledge on how to check oral cancer and other ailments.The IDA has already been observing ‘Oral Cancer Awareness Month’ which will continue till February 4. One of the main objectives of the programme is to ensure that people become aware on how to prevent various oral diseases. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Republic Day celebrations turned out to be a platform for the IDA to send across a message to various sections of society. Free oral health care and cancer screening camps were held at 10 different places —Berhampore, Bhangarh, Anandapalit, Hooghly, Beniapukur, Daspur, Mandarmani, Budge Budge, Tangra and Mourigram on the Republic Day. Various kits were provided to people for free and demonstrations were done illustrating the easy methods for detection and prevention of oral cancer. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that the Bengal chapter of the IDA has already taken up an elaborate programme vowing to fight against deadly diseases like cancer. Various branches of the IDA are organising camps at regular intervals. Dr Raju Biswas, president, IDA Kolkata and the suburban Branch, who is also the secretary of Bengal chapter of the organisation said: “With the alarming increase in tobacco consumption in the past few decades, the oral cancer has become most potential threat to mankind. The procedure to check the disease is simple but most people are not familiar with the facts. We hope to educate them with the pre-cancerous symptoms through these oral health care camps”. Dr Mousum Mondal , secretary, IDA Kolkata and suburban branch stated: “Health is a birthright for all the citizens. We hope to provide better healthcare facilities to all strata through one month-long dental and oral health care camps. We have successfully reached out to almost 1000 people on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day, teaching them ways to detect and prevent oral cancer.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate two-day-long Mati Utsav from Tarakeswar in Hooghly on February 22.Banerjee is also expected to felicitate farmers with Mati Samman award for their extraordinary achievements in the agriculture sector. Banerjee will be giving the award after inaugurating the Mati Utsav at Baliguri area of Tarakeswar on Friday. Following the inauguration, the festival will be celebrated in all the districts. Hundreds of farmers from the districts will join the festival in their Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Boserespective districts. Banerjee had initiated this programme marking the growth of the agriculture sector in the state. Initially, it used to take place on Lalbaba Ashram Ground in Pangarh. She has been organising the programme for the past several years. The preparation of the Utsav has already started in all the districts and steps have been taken to make necessary arrangements as thousands of people will be visiting Mati Utsav not only in Hooghly but also in other districts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the state Agriculture department, there will be stalls in the festival so that the farmers would get to know about different modern techniques of farming from the outlets. There will be a separate platform where they can discuss about the problems they usually face during farming. There will be experts and officials of the state Agriculture department who could provide guidelines to the farmers. The knowledge-sharing programme with the experts will help to develop new ideas for farming. There will be further discussions on different aspects of Mati Utsav in the districts. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several initiatives for the benefit of farmers to ensure that they incur profit. Prodded by the Chief Minister, state Agriculture department has started a host of new schemes and the annual income of the farmers in the state has gone up three times than what had been in the past. All the district administrations have been working on a war footing to put in place necessary arrangements ahead of official inauguration by Banerjee. State Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee who is an MLA from Rampurhat in Birbhum said that the Mati Utsav will be celebrated across the state after the Chief Minister inaugurates the festival in Hooghly. The programme is extremely beneficial for the farmers as they get a platform to interact with the department officials. It will be celebrated in Suri, the district headquarter of Birbhum.last_img read more

first_img“Fashion is not art. Fashion isn’t even culture. Fashion is advertising, and advertising is money. And for every dollar you earn, someone has to pay.” – Gia Carangi With stunning beauty, dark hair and standing 5’8’’ tall, Philadelphia-born Gia Carangi swiftly nabbed the best modeling contracts possible–with Armani, Versace, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Diane Von Furstenberg; the list goes on.Carangi not only had a six-figure annual salary at 18, but she was also revolutionizing the world of fashion itself. Critics and historians will bill her as the first modern supermodel.Portait of Gia Carangi. Photo by Getty ImagesBesides the tremendous success at such a young age, Gia Carangi was also quick to face her own downfall. Hooked on drugs, meddled in one scandal after another, she became someone whom nobody was willing to work with. No rehab program was able to help her in the end.Gia did not have the easiest character, nor the perfect childhood–perhaps one of the reasons she was so prone to addictions. Her family home was torn apart by quarrels between her parents. A divorce was set in place, after which Gia lived with her dad, and her two brothers stayed with the mother.In her early teenage days, Gia avidly started to search for her own identity, having already tasted the first substances which would later cause her so much harm, and having been profoundly influenced by idols such as David Bowie. Her talent was there all along, her natural way to attract attention even without trying to do anything special.She was still only a teenager when she got a contract at one of the top modeling agencies in New York and moved there. The agency was in the hands of the iconic Wilhelmina Cooper, the woman said to have become like a second mother to Gia.Wilhelmina Cooper in a photograph by Edgar de Evia. Photo by D C McJonathan CC BY-SA 2.5The young model would storm into shooting sets, grasping a cigarette tightly and displaying her classic arrogant attitude which came with little-to-no makeup and androgynous outfits. Nothing was particularly extravagant about her clothes. Gia also came out as the first openly gay model.“She was 19 years old. I had never met a lesbian before that,” recalled makeup artist and Gia’s love interest Sandy Linter for V Magazine in 2014. The two of them are best noted for posing naked next to a metal fence in 1978. That was still from Gia’s early days as a model.For fashion icon and celebrated creator of the wrap dress–Diane von Furstenberg, Carangi appeared as the model promoting her entire product line. Diane’s claims are more proof at what an enchanting effect Gia had on people. “I was excited to see Gia. I had a girl’s crush on her,” she is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.A regular to the legendary hangout Studio 54 and an ardent fan of the newly emerging pop stars such as Blondie, Gia made an appearance in the video of the band’s 1979 hit “Atomic”. For a moment it seemed, her possibilities were endless.Crowd Standing in Front of Studio 54However, that same spirit that pushed Gia to become the world’s highest-paid model also pushed her on a path towards ultimate self-destruction. Things starting going downhill.Word spread quickly, how after attending very expensive photoshoots, Gia would hurry down to Manhattan bars where drugs were easily available.Wilhelmina’s death in 1980 was not helpful either. The event pushed the supermodel even more into the bleak world of her addictions. Combined with her outbursts of erratic behavior, modeling agencies found it harder and harder to work with her.One episode involved shooting for Vogue when Gia used the window to escape from the camera of renowned photographer Richard Avedon. The magazine’s management gave her another try, though everyone was enraged at her.Gia Carangi. Photo by Getty ImagesWhen the photographs were released they revealed the extent of Gia’s addiction. She had marks left by needles all over her arms. It was immediately felt that Gia Carangi’s drug use was very serious and was not going to stop.In 1981, her addiction brought Carangi to the surgical table. She had picked up a severe infection from injecting too many needles. She was also detained for driving under the influence around the same time.Early in 1982, photographer and close friend Francesco Scavullo improvised for what would be her last cover shot for Cosmopolitan magazine. Gia’s posture and dress for those images are noticeably unusual, with her hands weirdly taken aback and her face somewhat angled–everything to conceal the traces of the ravaging addiction.The end came in the fall of 1986 when Carangi was brought to the hospital in terrible condition; her career and bank account long ruined by now. Medical examination showed that she had visible traces of rape and battery.For a while, she had been homeless and sleeping on the streets. Carangi died on November 26 that autumn. The reason cited for her death was AIDS-related health complications.Read another story from us: Edie Sedgwick – Warhol’s muse, she was a troubled rich girl who inspired other artists and impressed everyone elseTwo decades later, a young and aspiring actress, Angelina Jolie, took on the role of Gia and delivered a stunning performance. “I’d like to date Gia. I’d want to be her lover,” Jolie told The New York Times in 1997 after confessing that initially, she had not been comfortable with taking the role. Gia is now perhaps best remembered ro this movie starring Jolie.last_img read more

first_imgJust about everyone is familiar with literature’s favorite little brown monkey, Curious George, and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. What most people don’t know is that George rescued his creators during the Nazi advance in World War II. Hans Reyersbach and his wife, Margarete Waldstein, were German artists, both from Hamburg. They met just before Margarete left for art school and reconnected in Rio de Janeiro in 1935.A few months later they married in Brazil, changed their surname to Rey, and left for a honeymoon in Paris. The couple were so infatuated with the City of Light, they decided to stay.The White House 2003 Christmas decoration using Curious George as the theme with the Barbara Bush portrait.Hans had grown up near Hagenbeck Zoo where he spent time sketching the animals and dabbling in illustrations, which were seen by a French publisher who contracted with Hans to write a children’s book.Raffy and the Nine Monkeys was published, and Curious George was born. Margarete, who was now known as Margret, did most of the writing while her husband did most of the illustrations.H.A. Rey Photo by Elsa Dorfman CC By 2.5The public was so responsive that the Reys were hired to write a book featuring just Curious George who, according to the New York Times had originally been named FiFi.They were given an advance from the expected profits and settled in to write more books. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before the Nazis began their terrifying march to occupy Paris.Margret and H.A. ReyThe Reys waited so long to escape, most of the transportation had already left. Hans put together two bicycles from parts he was able to find; Margret packed their papers and manuscripts, warm coats and some food, and, before dawn on June 14, 1940, the two took off riding south. It was imperative that they flee the Nazis as they were German Jews and would most certainly have been sent to death camps.They rode for four days, sleeping in barns until they reached Orléans where they picked up a train packed with refugees to Lisbon, Portugal.The conductors, hearing the German couple’s accents, believed them to be German spies, but after an examination of their belongings produced the manuscript for Curious George, they let them go on their way.Lisbon, Portugal.After waiting a few months for passage to Brazil, they were able to move on to New York City in October of 1940 and, finally, in 1963, made their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Had they not received an advance on their book, and had they not carried the manuscript with them, the escape would have been impossible.While in New York, the couple befriended Grace Hogarth, a book editor from Houghton Mifflin out of Boston, long known as publishers of textbooks, educational materials, and books for children. According to nytimes.com, she encouraged Rey to change the monkey’s name from FiFi to Curious George.Curious George. Photo by Pima County CC BY SA 3.0In 1941, Curious George was published and the series has become a worldwide phenomenon. Although it has been 78 years since the first book was published, Curious George has never gone out of print. It has been translated into 21 languages, and the Reys published six more Curious George books.They also published several children’s books about the constellations in space, French children’s songs, a story of a traveling penguin named White Black, and other children’s topics.Hans died in August of 1977. After his death, Margaret became a Professor of Creative Writing at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and continued work on projects featuring Curious George.In 1989, she created the Curious George Foundation to prevent cruelty to animals and to aid children in need. She donated generously to the Boston Public Library and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.Read another story from us: During WWII Parts of a “Fake Paris” were Built to Confuse Nazi AircraftMargret died in December 1996, and her will designated the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as the owners of the Reys’ literary collections. Their personal papers are held by the University of Oregon.last_img read more

first_imgDonald Trump was elected President last night, and Colin says it all boils down to authenticity and relatability to regular Americans, and distrust of the media and political class. Last night was a loud rejection of the out of touch. Blue team out, red team in. Let’s work together.“The blue team’s out, the red team’s in, because they were more relatable in the suburbs and rural America. Is Trump a concern? I think our republic is built to withstand Trump. What our republic is not built to withstand is a media that the American citizens don’t trust. And oh, boy, you do not. That was middle finger to the American media. To the American establishment. To the political system.”Michael Jordan may be considered the best basketball player ever, but Colin thinks LeBron is the most complete player ever. He scores, passes, rebounds, unites teammates, and there has never been another player with his skill set. Including MJ.“Most of you will not consider him the best player, but he’s easily the most complete.”The latest College Football Playoff rankings were released last night, and Colin thinks the rankings are far too driven by agendas and biases. Vegas also releases its own rankings, which are based on unbiased analysis, not alliances and politics. The best example of the discrepancy in the rankings is LSU, which is ranked 24th in the CFP poll and 9th in the Vegas poll. LSU has close losses to Auburn, Wisconsin and Alabama, and can play with anyone. Colin trusts Vegas, not the committee.“Be authentic. Be authentic. Be trustable. Committee out, Vegas in.”Guests:Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach joins the show to discuss his time with Jim Harbaugh, why his enthusiasm is absolutely sincere, why playing Jared Goff if he hasn’t earned it could create a locker room rift, and why NFL teams should vote “yes” on Proposition F, and use the fade pattern.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to defend Washington being ranked #4 in the latest CFP poll, why the playoff committee is a sham, why winning should matter in the process, and his Almost Upset Pick of the Week, which may or may not happen.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Colin’s contention that LeBron is the most complete player ever, if Klay Thompson is the odd man out in Golden State, and the reaction to the result of the presidential election in the NBA.Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund and U.S. Soccer midfielder joins the show to look ahead to the USMNT showdown with Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, how he deals with the expectations being heaped on him as the future of U.S. soccer, and whether the MLS will be viewed as an elite professional league.last_img read more

first_imgSome coaches almost act like players when their team scores a touchdown. That’s not Bill Belichick’s style. The G.O.A.T. agreed to was mic’d up for the Pats, 31-17 win over the Packers, and barely emoted to any of New England’s four touchdowns, including two fourth quarter scores that put the game out of reach. There’s acting like you’ve been there before, then there’s acting like you’re in a library, like this:Proof that Belichick is one of the most HYPE coaches in the game 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/K656goVygV— NFL Provider (@NflProvider) November 8, 2018 While Belichick’s body language after each score was indistinguishable from watching warmups, he did go off on a group of officials for not doing their jobs to his satisfaction. It has the feel of a dad scolding a bunch of 5 year-olds.Belichick vs the Refs pic.twitter.com/T5AEOZ9rQ7— Drew ❄️🎄 (@NewEnglandDrew2) November 7, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 24, 2014 For all its good, sometimes advances in technology can create new forms of paranoia. Take drones for example. They can be used for taking selfies (“dronies”) or walking the dog, or perhaps someday to deliver goods to-door-door. On the flip side, they can and have been used by the military to spy on and attack people.For those who fear being targeted by anyone — military, private organization or civilian — with a drone, there’s one startup that wants to ease your anxieties. Enter: Domestic Drone Countermeasures (DDC). The group has a Kickstarter page where it describes the threat drones pose and the solution the company has developed.”Drones are becoming more capable all the time and this is why it’s alarming,” the Oregon-based startup says. “They fly with payloads like still cameras, video cameras, infrared detectors, thermal detectors, among other things, and they are already being used for surveillance.Related: This Tiny, Whip-Tailed Robot Can Administer Meds Anywhere In the Body”In the past year,” the company continues, “we developed hardware that can detect drones and have filed patents to safeguard our technology.”The anti-drone system consists of three boxes: a primary command and control module and two detection sensor nodes. Basically, these boxes use a simple Wi-Fi connection to create a mesh grid network that can detect drones flying nearby. When a drone is detected, the system can either sound an alarm or send a notification to a mobile device.For a look at how it works, here’s a video:Related: A ‘Smart’ Cup That Knows What You’re Drinking — And Counts the CaloriesThe command and control module can communicate with nodes up to 200 feet away, the company says. The nodes can usually detect drones within 50 feet in all directions. So, the more nodes that are installed in an area, the larger the detection grid becomes. The DDC’s anti-drone system is not equipped to counter military drones, which “fly too high and are too sophisticated,” the company says. “Our intent is to keep your privacy safe from your neighbors and people you may not know who are flying small drones near your home or office. The Personal Drone Detection Systems are intended to counter small, personal drones with cameras and other sensors that are not being regulated.”The DDC’s Kickstarter page is aiming to raise $8,500 over the next 21 days. So far, backers have pledged only about $1,400. DDC says it aims to start shipping the system by May 2015.Related: A Venture Capital Firm Just Named an Algorithm to Its Board of Directors 3 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. UPDATE: The launch has been postponed — again. SpaceX says it is now scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, at 6:03 p.m. ET.Trailblazing tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has something to prove. Earlier this month, Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket and attempted to land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic ocean. The 14-story-tall rocket took off without a hitch, but it botched its landing, bouncing off the deck of the barge.”Close, but no cigar,” is how Musk described the failed landing. And for any entrepreneur worth his salt, “close” simply isn’t good enough.SpaceX will try again today. At 6:10 p.m. EST, a new Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Like last time, the rocket will soar up into space, then use GPS tracking to land itself smoothly on the platform.In case you’re not familiar, SpaceX is a company Musk founded in 2002 to “revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”Related: Google, Fidelity Invest $1 Billion in SpaceX to Spread Internet Access Across the GlobeIn addition to launching and hopefully landing the rocket, it will carry the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) “Deep Space Climate Observatory.” The instrument will detach once the pair reach space. It will be used to monitor solar winds generated by the sun that can cause disruption of telecommunications and GPS on Earth.You can watch the launch event right here at 6:10 p.m.:Related: Elon Musk to Build ‘Hyperloop’ Track, Likely in Texas Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » February 8, 2015last_img read more

first_img Microphone Native Resolution Ports (excluding USB) Touchpad Size 21955 0 6000 12000 18000 24000 30000 36000 Secondary Hard Drive Type Dual 512GB Optical Drive Speed Advertisement 8GB 1920×1080 Operating System Optical Drive RAM None 16285 Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she’s reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget. Windows 10 Pro Ports (excluding USB) 4.8 pounds 15.6 Hard Drive Speed Ethernet 4.1 x 2.5 inches Review Hard Drive Type NVMe PCIe SSD 16735 Size Ports (excluding USB) Warranty/Support CPU Highest Available Resolution USB Ports Sherri L. Smith, on n/a Author Bio Mini DisplayPort Kensington Lock n/a Bluetooth 5.0 15238 Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Size 1 year limited warranty Secondary Hard Drive Size Wi-Fi Model Thunderbolt 3 www.acer.com Sherri L. Smith, Company Website Display Size Ports (excluding USB) 1920 x 1080 32GB Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU 4 Ports (excluding USB) Ports (excluding USB) HDMI 2.0 Headphone 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Port RoyalBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.3GTA V (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Hard Drive SpeedHitman (1920 x 1080 on Ultra with DirectX 12)JetstreamMetro Last Light (high, 1080p)Middle Earth: Shadow of WarRise of the Tomb Raider (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p, Highest, DX12)SteamVR Performance Test Specifications 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor Killer(R) Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter Mobile Broadband 14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches Video Memory Wrestling legend Ric Flair famously said, “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.” I’m not sure if Acer has beaten this proverbial man yet, but with the Predator Triton 500, it’s definitely a contender. This $2,999 gaming laptop impresses with its slim and light chassis, and packs a serious punch with a slew of powerful components, including an 8th Gen Intel processor and one of Nvidia’s new RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics. However, below-average battery life and a relatively dim display shows Acer has a bit more work to do before it can make our list of best gaming laptops.article continued below Acer Predator Triton 500 Price and Configurations I had a great time reviewing the top-of-line, $2,999 Acer Predator Triton 500, which has a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 32GB of RAM, dual 512GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM. The $2,499 middle child just halves the RAM and storage. The $1,799 base model offers a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512 NVMe PCIe SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM. Design I don’t know if it’s the glowing Transformers-esque Acer Predator logo in the center of the black aluminum lid or the Triton’s overall slim frame, but I had the distinct feeling that the laptop was going to transmogrify at any minute. The Triton’s all-aluminum chassis alone doesn’t make much of an impression, but it’s the little things – like the turquoise-lined vents and ports – that make you appreciate this rig. I would advise that you keep a cleaning cloth handy, as the onyx metal is a fingerprint magnet. Acer continues the flourish peekaboo game on the interior of the notebook, lining specific keys in a semi-transparent plastic that serves to enhance the teal backlighting. The touchpad also has a bit of flair, thanks to its chrome edges and the triangle-shaped vents at the top of the deck, which give the laptop a playful look. The Turbo button above the F1 and F2 keys hints at the power within. As 15-inch systems go, the 4.8-pound, 14.1 x 10 x 0.7-inch Triton 500 is a middleweight. The MSI GS75 Stealth (15.6 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches) is a tad heavier at 5 pounds, while the Razer Blade 15 (14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) is lighter. Ports Slim but packed, the Triton 500 – with its plethora of ports – is just waiting to be transformed into a mobile battlestation. On the right, you have a couple of USB 3.1 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a mini DisplayPort 1.4 and a Kensington lock. That’s enough to hook up a few monitors and a mouse or two, but you have another USB 3.1 port on the left alongside an HDMI 2.0 port, Ethernet and jacks for a headphone, microphone and power. Display The Triton 500’s 15.6-inch screen offers fairly rich color that’s held back by a rather dim display. I saw various-sized globules of crimson red blood spurt out of a man’s chest as he was propelled backwards through a window during the “Shaft” trailer. Details were so clear that I could see the glass as it splintered into shards. The view was just as nice (and bloody) during my “Battlefield V” playthrough. I stopped to admire the delicate snowflakes dancing in the jet-black sky and lighting up the iridescent green of the aurora borealis before I made my way towards my objective. Sneaking quietly toward the enemy base, I took out a guard with a throwing knife; his blood turned the snow-covered ground dark red. Details on the display were so clear, I could see the glass as it splintered into shards. The notebook’s panel reproduced 117 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is above our 100-percent minimum, but below the 138-percent premium gaming average. The Razer Blade 15 and MSI GS65 Stealth reached 149 and 161 percent, respectively. MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful Screens I could already tell the screen was a little on the dim side, so I wasn’t surprised to see that its 277-nit result failed to match the 281-nit average. The Predator Triton 500 is better in this respect than the Blade 15 (262 nits), but doesn’t beat the Stealth (339 nits). Audio Positioned on the bottom-front lip of the laptop, the Triton 500’s speakers are small but loud. Combined with the preinstalled Waves MaxxAudio and Acer TrueHarmony software, the notebook managed to fill our lab with loud, albeit somewhat crowded, audio. Listening to the Cardi B and Bruno Mars homage to ‘90’s R&B tune “Please Me,” I appreciated the volume, but was disappointed by the keyboards and synthesizers, which sounded distorted, and the barely-there low-end was also a letdown. Cardi’s and Mars’ vocals were clear, but sounded a bit flat. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming This is one of the few times I recommend playing around with the audio presets (Gaming General, Gaming FPS, Gaming Sports, Movies, Music and Voice). The Music preset is an absolute must when streaming music. When I started playing “Battlefield V,” the Gaming FPS setting put slightly more focus on sound effects, which made the gunfire and explosions of battle ring a bit more true. However, the violin accompaniment sounded distant. Keyboard and Touchpad It’s not a mechanical keyboard, but the Triton’s keys felt great when I typed. The deep, 1.7-millimeter key travel (1.5 mm is minimum) combined with the 70 grams of actuation (60 g minimum) felt like bouncing on a set of firm, rebounding mattresses. I hit 75 words per minute on the 10FastFingers typing test, which is higher than my usual 70 wpm. The 4.1 x 2.5-inch touchpad offers swift, smooth, multi-gesture action including pinch-zoom, three-finger tap, and four-finger swipe. The bottom corners of the touchpad deliver springy feedback, with a nice click. PredatorSense Out of the box, the Triton 500’s default keyboard color is teal, but with Acer’s PredatorSense software, you can spice things up. In the lighting selections, you can switch up key color with one of the nine basic colors, or get more exotic with the other 16.8 million hues that are available. You also have nine effects to play around with, including Breathing, Zoom, Meteor and Twinkling. In addition to creating a color cavalcade, PredatorSense also allows you to check system diagnostics, overclock the graphics card, toggle fan speed, choose audio presets, and create custom profiles for all of your games. You can also access a number of apps,including XSplit Gamecaster and Nvidia GeForce Experience. Gaming, Graphics and VR Acer’s the latest PC maker to join the RTX bandwagon. The company has outfitted the Triton 500, a pretty slim laptop, with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, one of the most powerful graphics-processing units available to a mobile system. In addition to high frame rates, the powerful new RTX cards have Nvidia’s new Ray Tracing and DLSS technologies, which mimic how light behaves in real life, making for realistic reflections and prettier graphics overall. The Triton 500 was on a par with its peers during the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” test, scoring 62 frames per second on Very High at 1080. That’s a frame below the 63-fps, premium- gaming category average, but was also in the range of the Razer Blade 15 (60 fps, RTX 2070 Max-Q) and the MSI Stealth (65 fps, RTX 2080 Max-Q) which have RTX 2070 and 2080 Max-Q GPUs. Engaging the Triton 500’s Turbo feature essentially overclocks the laptop, giving the graphics a serious boost. With this feature on, the frame rate increased to 69 fps. The Turbo bump wasn’t as substantial on our “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” benchmark, as the laptop notched 68 fps, compared with the 66 fps it scored without the feature enabled. Still, both scores bested the 54-fps average and the Stealth’s 65 fps. Engaging the Triton 500’s Turbo feature essentially overclocks the laptop, giving the graphics a serious boost. When we ran the “Hitman” test, the Triton 500 delivered 86 fps on its normal setting, which was below the 96-fps average, the Blade 15 and the Stealth. With Turbo enabled, the rate rose to 90 fps. “Grand Theft Auto V” delivered one of the bigger jumps in performance; the Triton produced 60 fps on Normal and 82 fps on Turbo, enough to beat the 76 fps posted by the Blade 15, the category average, and the 77 fps achieved by the Stealth. During the “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” benchmark, the Triton 500 reached 80 fps, which was below the 87-fps average and the Blade 15’s 91 fps; Turbo Mode notched 102 fps. MORE: The Best Gaming Laptops Just because it’s not as powerful as a full 2080 GPU, the Triton 500 is fully capable of supporting either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The laptop maxed out the SteamVR Performance test, scoring 11, matching the Stealth and Blade 15. Performance The Triton 500 is also a force to be reckoned with on the multimedia front,thanks to its 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 32GB of RAM. The notebook chewed through 35 tabs of Google Chrome, some of which were running Twitch streams, Tweetdeck and YouTube videos while I watched an episode of “The Dragon Prince” on Netflix. When we ran the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the laptop notched 21,290, which is just short of the premium gaming laptop average. Armed with their own 8750H CPUs, the Blade and the Stealth reached 20,437 and 20,843, respectively. On the Excel productivity test, the Triton 500 matched up 65,000 names and addresses in 45 seconds, matching the Blade 15 and barely missing the 42-second average. The Stealth was only a second faster, at 44 seconds. MORE: Laptops with the Best Productivity Performance During the File Transfer Test, the Triton 500’s dual 512GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration duplicated 4.97GB of mixed-media files in a blink-and-you’ll miss-it 3 seconds. That translates to a blistering transfer rate of 1696.4 megabytes, which destroyed the 642.1 average as well as the GS75 Stealth’s 848 MBps and Blade 15’s 636.22 MBps, which both have 512GB SSDs. Battery Life Gaming laptops aren’t known for their battery endurance, and the Triton 500 won’t help change that image. The laptop lasted only 3 hours and 4 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves Wi-Fi web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness. That runtime is below the 3 hour, 20 minute premium gaming laptop average — but not by much. The Acer outlasted the Stealth’s 2 hours and 29 minutes, but not the Blade 15’s impressive run of 5 hours and 2 minutes. Heat In an attempt to keep the Triton 500’s components from overheating, Acer utilizes a three-fan system coupled with five heat pipes. The fans employ the company’s 4th generation AeroBlade system, which Acer claims increases airflow by 45 percent. However, despite all of Acer’s work, they’re still fighting against a fundamental problem — moving enough air to its components in a slim, confined space. The end results were mixed. I spent 15 minutes gunning down enemy combatants in “Battlefield V.” When I was done, I checked the Triton 500’s touchpad, which hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit – slightly below our 95-degree comfort threshold). The center of the keyboard and the system’s undercarriage reached 107 and 125 degrees, respectively. The undercarriage hit 120 degrees. The fans were fairly quiet in normal mode, which is to be expected from a Max-Q system. But once you hit the Turbo button to overclock the GPU, the fans get loud. I used it in our open office layout and heard several comments about the noise. After a lengthy cool-down session, we ran the test again, only this time using a 15-minute, fullscreen HD video. The touchpad, middle and bottom measured 86, 91 and 101 degrees, respectively. Webcam Integrated webcams are a game of visual roulette — you’ll either get good color or detail — rarely can you get both. In the case of the Triton 500, you’ll see accurate color, as evidenced by my test shots. Despite the fluorescent lighting, my brown skin looked nice, and the Triton even managed to capture my hair’s orange roots. On the detail front, the webcam did a fairly decent job of capturing the crisscross pattern in my cream sweater, but the edges of the storage case looked fuzzy. Software and Warranty In addition to PredatorSense, Acer preinstalled its Care software so you can check system diagnostics, delete junk files, and give your drive a tuneup now and then. The company included a few helpful, third-party apps specific to gaming such as Killer Control Center, with which you can set network bandwidth prioritization. Nvidia’s GeForce Experience offers a suite of apps designed to achieve optimal gaming performance such as Whisper Mode and Battery Optimization, while XSplit Gamecaster is on hand to let you livestream your exploits. Other third-party apps include Amazon, Netflix, Plex, CyberLink PowerDirector and CyberLink PhotoDirector. You also get a slew of Windows 10 bloatware, such as “Candy Crush Soda Saga,” “Candy Crush Friends Saga” and “Township.” For three grand, Acer should apply a lighter touch here. The Acer Predator Triton 500 ships with a one-year limited warranty. See how Acer fared in our annual Tech Support Showdown, Best and Worst Brands and Best and Worst Gaming Brands. Bottom Line From the alluring Acer Swift 7 to the aggressive svelteness of the Predator Triton 500, Acer may have the thin-and-light game on lock. For $2,999, gamers get a seriously portable system that offers a great mix of graphics and overall power. And thanks to the Turbo option, you can squeeze even more power out of the GPU — if you don’t mind the loud whirring from the fans. But for several hundred dollars cheaper, you can get the $2,649 Advanced Model of the Razer Blade 15, which isn’t as powerful as the Triton 500, but is slimmer, with longer battery life and a better display; it also comes in a stunning Mercury White aluminum chassis. However, if you want serious power in a nice portable design, the Acer Predator Triton should be at the top of your list. 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first_imgTweak the Windows 10 Taskbar by Martin Brinkmann on September 10, 2016 in Software – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 35 commentsYou may tweak the Windows 10 taskbar to change or remove functionality using a program called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.The Windows 10 Taskbar offers nearly identical functionality as the taskbar in Windows 7. As you may know, Microsoft made several important changes to the taskbar behavior when it launched Windows 7.One primary change was the ability to pin programs and other files to the taskbar.Programs were created shortly after the introduction of the new taskbar to customize it further. One program that did the job well was 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.Initially designed for Windows 7, the program’s author updated it regularly to make sure it stayed compatible with newer versions of Windows.Since taskbar functionality itself remained more or less identical in newer versions to that of Windows 7, most functionality that the program offered could also be made available for Windows 8 and now also Windows 10.Tweak the Windows 10 TaskbarThe latest version of the program is fully compatible with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version, and previous versions of Windows 10.You may install the program or select to run it as a portable application instead. When you run it, all customization options that it makes available are displayed on a single page.Below is an overview of what the program supports right now in its latest version:Right-click behavior: display jump lists (default), or displayed the standard window menu.Middle-click behavior: open a new program instance (default), or “switch to”, “minimize” or “close”.Drop program on taskbar: pin to the taskbar (default), open with.Hover over icon: show thumbnail preview (default), or “list”, “show tooltip”, or do nothing.Thumbnails: drag to reorder, and “left click on the active thumbnail minimizes the window”.Pinned items: Remove extra gap between items, and open with double-click.Grouping: Group by application ID (default), or don’t group.Options for don’t group: place new items next to existing ones, don’t group pinned items, drag within/between groups using right mouse button.Combining: Use taskbar settings (default), or combined grouped buttons, or “don’t combine grouped buttons”.Decombine: Active group, on mouse however.Left-click on combined items: open thumbnail preview (default), cycle through windows, or “open last window if inactive, otheerwise open thumbnail previewMouse Wheel behavior: Cycle between taskbar buttons and/or skip minimized windows.Minimize/restore when mouse is over: taskbar buttons, thumbnails.Control volume when mouse is over: taskbar, notification area.Double-click/middle-click on empty space: do nothing (default), perform various actions such as opening task manager, Ctrl-Alt-Tab, Toggle mute, show desktop.Other options: hide the start button, hide the “show desktop” button”, “display seconds on the tray clock”, reserve empty space on taskbar.As you can see, there is a lot to customize when it comes to the program. You may use it to disable the jump list feature for instance, change middle click behavior to close instead of open new instance, or disable the displaying of thumbnails when you hover over open programs in the taskbar.Closing Words7+ Taskbar Tweaker is a handy program for all versions of Windows starting with Windows 7. It is fully compatible with the most recent release version of Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system.If you want to tweak the Windows 10 taskbar, this is the program that you may want to try first for that purpose.Now You: Have you pinned programs to your taskbar?SummaryArticle NameTweak the Windows 10 TaskbarDescriptionYou may tweak the Windows 10 taskbar to change or remove functionality using a program called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDNS66 Host-based Blocker for Android by Martin Brinkmann on October 25, 2016 in Google Android – 16 commentsDNS66 is a host-based blocker for Android devices that is easy to setup and does not require root or special permissions.Setting up proper blocking on Android devices is not as easy as it sounds. Solutions that don’t require root are often limited when it comes to functionality.DNS66 is a free application for Android that changes that. Basically, what it does is establish a virtual VPN connection to gain control over the network traffic. It uses filter lists to block connections to blacklisted sites, and won’t interfere with any site that is not blacklisted.It is also offering to use free no-logging DNS servers on top of all that, but supports the default DNS server the device is configured to use as well if that is preferred.DNS66DNS66’s source is provided on GitHub, and the application itself on F-Droid but not on Google Play. F-Droid is an app marketplace for free and open source applications.To install DNS66, install F-Droid first on your Android device if you have not done so already. Once done, use the app to install DNS66 on the device to get started (by searching for it on F-Droid).The app displays a couple of tutorial screens on first start that provide you with the most important information on its uses. You may do the following when the tutorial ends:Select DNS Servers and either enable or disable custom servers, or use of DNS servers the app ships with completely. The servers the app ships with are no-logging DNS servers operated by the German Chaos Computer Club and others.Open the Domain Filters listing and enable or disable the filter lists that you want to use. A couple of lists like the MVPS Hosts file or Peter Lowe’s Ad server list are selected by default. You may add custom lists by specifying a URL or host. Also, you may choose to deny, allow or ignore those.You need to tap on the refresh button in the main interface once. This downloads the latest filter lists to the local device. Once done, long-tap on the start button to start the service.You will get the usual DNS connection query by Android which you need to accept. Once that is out of the way, you can verify that DNS66 is up and running by opening the notification area on your Android device.You should see that the device is connected to a VPN using DNS66, and that DNS66 is running as well. Test this by visiting Internet sites. You should not see ads or other elements that you have selected for blocking in the application.CaveatsThere are a couple of caveats currently. First, it is difficult to whitelist sites. As a webmaster, I’d like to encourage you to whitelist sites that you visit regularly to make sure they are around for a long time.Second, the app does not support automatic updates currently. This means that you will need to tap on the refresh button regularly to load the latest filter definitions. Also, IPv6 servers and host files containing just host names are not supported just yet.Closing WordsDNS66 is an easy to use blocking solution for Android device. It is easy to set up filtering and most of it is automated after the initial setup. The app could use better whitelisting, and some improvements in regards to the caveats listed above.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 18 votes Software Name DNS66Operating System AndroidSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page https://github.com/julian-klode/dns66 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWindows Server 2019: removed and deprecated features by Martin Brinkmann on March 07, 2019 in Windows – 5 commentsEvery new Windows 10 or Windows Server release makes changes to existing features. Some of these features are removed entirely from new versions of the operating systems, others may be deprecated.Deprecation means that the feature remains available in the release but is not developed actively anymore. Microsoft may release security updates for it if it becomes necessary, but it won’t release feature updates for deprecated products anymore.Windows Server 2019 is no exception to the rule. Note that the list that follows is subject to change.Windows Server 2019: removed and deprecated featuresThe following features are removed in Windows Server 2019.Distributable Scan Management (SCM), also known as Business Scanning — removed because of a lack of devices that support the feature (Microsoft states none support it).Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) — used to interaction between iSNS servers and clients. Microsoft suggests to use Server Message Block (SMB 3.0) instead.The following features change significantlyPrint Components (Server Core) — Microsoft enabled Print Components on Windows Server 2016 by default. In Windows Server 2019, Print Components are disabled by default in Server Core installations. Admins may install the component using the PowerShell cmdlet Install-WindowsFeature Print-Server.Remote Desktop Connection Broker and Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (Server Core) — these roles require Server with Desktop Experience in Windows Server 2019 to be consistent with the requirement of Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH).Deprecated features in Windows Server 2019The following features are deprecated in Windows Server 2019 (no longer developed):Key Storage Drive in Hyper-V — Generation 2 virtual machines with TPM devices offer a more secure solution. Microsoft.Trusted Platform Module (TPM) management console — The information is available under Device Security in the Windows Defender Security Center.Host Guardian Service Active Directory attestation mode — Microsoft added a new simpler mode called host key attestation and compatible with Active Directory based attestation. This doc offers additional information.OneSync service — the Outlook application takes over the syncing of Mail, Calendar and People apps data.Remote Differential Compression API support — this enabled remote source data syncing with compression technologies. No Microsoft product uses the technology currently.WFP lightweight filter switch extension — allowed developers to create network packet filtering extensions for Hyper-V virtual switches. Microsoft recommends that administrators create full filtering extensions instead.Now You:SummaryArticle NameWindows Server 2019: removed and deprecated featuresDescriptionFind out which components and features are removed or deprecated (no longer developed) in Windows Server 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHow to preview Prints in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2019 in Firefox – 9 commentsFirefox does not display a print preview when you print a webpage in the browser and use the Ctrl-P shortcut to start the process.No print preview is displayed when you use Ctrl-P to print the active page and the print dialog that opens has no option to display a preview or enable previews for print jobs in Firefox.Firefox does support previews of prints but it may not be clear to users who use Ctrl-P exclusively to print content. You find the option in the menu bar  but since Mozilla made the decision to hide it by default, it is not something that most Firefox users use or are even aware of.You need to press the Alt-key on the keyboard to display the menu. Select File > Print Preview to display a preview of the printed page to check it out before you print it.Print Preview unlocks certain options that you don’t get when you select Print. You may change the scaling, enable “simplify page” if available, and check out how each printed page would look like; the latter enables you to exclude certain pages from the printout if they are not needed.There does not seem to be an option to map the Ctrl-P shortcut to Print Preview; all extensions that supported the changing of keyboard shortcuts, e.g. Customizable Shortcuts or Menu Wizard are not available anymore. Keyboard shortcut extensions are still available, but they are fairly limited in comparison to classic extensions.InconsistencySelecting Print from the main Firefox menu opens the Print Preview immediately. Firefox supports a print toolbar icon that users may add to the toolbar; it may come as a surprise that activating the print button launches the print preview while using the keyboard shortcut does not.Here is how you add the print button to the Firefox toolbar:Click on the Menu button and select Customize.Locate the Print button on the page that opens and drag & drop it on the toolbar of the browser.That’s all there is to it. A click on the print button opens print preview in Firefox.To sum it up: if you want to preview prints you either need to use Print from the main Firefox menu, use the Print button, or use Print Preview from the Firefox menu.To sum it up:Ctrl-P — Print dialog without preview.Menu > Print — Print dialog without preview.Menu > Print Preview — Print PreviewMain Menu > Print — Print PreviewPrint button — Print PreviewThe Firefox add-on Print Preview adds more options. You may use it to enable keyboard shortcuts or a context menu entry to display the print preview.The majority of web browsers displays a print preview when users use the Ctrl-P shortcut to indicate an intent to print the page.Now You: Do you print webpages?SummaryArticle NameHow to preview Prints in FirefoxDescriptionFind out how to display print previews in the Firefox web browser when you want to print webpages in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The lyrics of the reworked I Still Call Australia Home(ophobic) take aim at the politicians leading the way on marriage equality in the country, and the pretty poor job that they are doing.He sings: “I’m always travelling but wherever I stay, people love Aussies and they generally say, they think we’re kind, fun and funny, tall, tanned and toned… and a little bit racist, and a little bit homophobic.”He goes on to look at the “upside” of the vote.“At least we’ll know how many Aussies are bigoted c**ts. Yay, stats!”He continued to sing: “Some day, we’ll all be together once more, once they do their bloody jobs and just change the f***ing law.He also takes aims at religious critics of same-sex marriage: “Your attempt to keep Australia in the past will be a failure, because most of Australia ain’t homophobic.”A postal vote on same-sex marriage will go ahead unless a lawsuit in the High Court is successful.It comes after a lawmaker in the majority Liberal Party failed to pass a Parliamentary vote. Lawmakers then attempted and failed to revive a plebiscite bill in the Senate.Many feared that the postal vote would become a “hate speech bonanza” as the vote is being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, rather than the Australian Electoral Commission.This means that the vote is not subject to the Commonwealth Electoral Act’s prohibition on the use of any malicious or deceptive material.Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann is putting forward legislation which will force the Bureau to abide by the Commonwealth Electoral Act, which prohibits the use of any malicious or deceptive material.Labor’s legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus suggested Labor’s support for the special law, saying “our inclination is to make sure that this is a respectful debate”.However, Dreyfus said that the party would need to see the legislation before supporting it.“If the government won’t stand up to the disrespectful and misleading and offensive things that have already been said – we gave Malcolm Turnbull an opportunity in the Parliament last week to condemn for example Bronwyn Bishop’s appalling comments.“He didn’t. If the government won’t do that, perhaps we do need to look at other measures,” Dreyfus added.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesAustralian opposition to back plan to enforce campaign laws on same-sex marriage voteAn anti-gay politician just became the Deputy Prime Minister of AustraliaPINK NEWS- Comedian Tim Minchin has rewritten an iconic song about Australia to launch an attack on “homophobic politicians” who are preventing the legalisation of same-sex marriage.Minchin, who is well known for his musical comedy numbers released the biting ballad which is based on the 1980 hit I Still Call Australia Home by Peter Allen.last_img read more

first_imgTeacher suspended for educating students about LGBT peopleTrans author: ‘A lot of gay men are gay men as a consolation prize because they couldn’t be women’Two-thirds of black LGBT people face racism within LGBT communityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-trans-female-jews-making-video-teaching-wear-tefillin/ Women praying in Tefillin In addition to featuring diverse Jews, the video will also talk about other differences in Tefillin practice. For instance, they will show a Jew who wraps Tefillin according to Sephardic rather than Ashkenazic customs, and one who is left-handed and thus wraps on the left arm instead of the right.‘My instinct was that this was going to strike a chord within a small subset of the Jewish community: the part of the community that is interested in laying tefillin but not the Orthodox,’ Putterman said.And indeed, many non-Orthodox synagogues now encourage both men and women to use Tefillin.Reaching goalsIn only eight days, Putterman’s campaign surpassed their fundraising goal thanks to more than 100 donors.With the money, Putterman plans to hire a professional crew to shoot and edit the video, which she hopes to release in September. Additionally, she hopes to launch a website that will feature the personal stories of the 10 diverse Jews in the video.‘I’ve been a feminist activist my whole life, and I’ve done a lot of research around these issues and writing about it,’ Putterman said. ‘But there’s something so profoundly satisfying about this visual imagery of non-cisgender men wearing this stuff, and not just wearing it but engaged in the practice.’Learn more about All Gender Wrap in the video below:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Consisting of a set of small, black boxes with tiny Torah scrolls inside and leather straps, Tefillin is customarily only worn by men—but that is changing.Women and TefillinWhen Rachel Putterman, a 52-year-old woman, enrolled in Rabbinical school, she couldn’t quite get the hang of how to put on Tefillin. She turned to YouTube only to discover low-quality videos solely featuring men.‘It was just upsetting to me that there was nobody that looked like me. It seemed like a glaring gap,’ Putterman told Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).So, Putterman, who formerly worked as a public interest lawyer, decided to start an IndieGoGo campaign to create an educational video featuring people of all genders.The project will aptly be titled All Genders Wrap.The videoPutterman is directing All Genders Wrap and it is being produced by fellow Hebrew College rabbinical student Gita Karasov. The video will include 10 diverse Jews—including men, women, trans, and non-binary people—of different ethnic and racial backgrounds.‘I want to make a statement to counter what you see when you go on YouTube, that there are people of all genders engaged in practice,’ Putterman said.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Tefillin, a prayer object typically worn by Orthodox Jews, can be a strange thing to learn how to properly wear. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Move or die, t*anny f*ck,’ the black spray paint read.What happened?This vandalism came just weeks after Abel began to medically transition.Abel’s wife, Liz, told The Gainesville Sun how the couple was ‘startled’ upon being woken by deputies who discovered the graffiti on Friday, 7 September.Additionally, Liz noted that someone issued a similar threat on a sticky note to them the day before.‘Thursday morning we found a little post-it note that said move or die that’s all it said. By 3 am the next morning they hadn’t even given us a chance to move, our garage door had been spay painted move or die,’ Liz Abel said.‘[Alecia] only recently came out as a trans woman a few months ago and this situation is very surprising considering we haven’t been out and about and we don’t really bother anybody it’s very shocking.’Newberry, Florida is located west of Gainesville. The population of the town is only about 6,000.Supportive neighborsThe Abel family, luckily, has seen the support of fellow Newberry residents. Neighbors have been offering to paint over the graffiti and even to install a security camera in the couple’s home. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/alecia-abel-florida-garage-vandalized-trans/ The threatening graffiti on the garage door of Liz and Alecia Abel’s home Alecia Abel, a trans woman living in the small town of Newberry, Florida, recently had her garage vandalized with a threat and a slur.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… One resident, a fellow trans woman named Melina Farley-Barrat, organized a protest of trans violence.‘It’s about changing the culture, people like us who have the ability to show up and be present and say I’m here and I count and I matter,’ Farley-Barrat told WCJB. ‘That’s important for those that just don’t understand to be able to learn from and if we don’t do that then the culture doesn’t change.’‘It’s just really sad and frustrating it angers me, I mean the whole move or die. I was born at Shands I graduated from Newberry high where one of my kids goes today. This is as much my town as anyone else.’In light of this incident, a transgender support group called Tranquility has begun to meet. The group meets every fourth Monday at the Health Street Station in Newberry.The mayor of Newberry even called the couple personally to apologize for the vandalism.‘When I called them, first and foremost, I wanted to know that they were safe. I have respect for [the sheriff’s office] but I wanted to be sure they were taking the threat seriously and everything that could be done to ensure their safety was being done,’ Mayor Jordan Marlowe reportedly said.Anything else?As for Liz and Alecia Abel, the couple says they have no intention of moving.‘I’m not going to move because of this,’ Liz stated. ‘If we move, this is not why.’The Newberry police department is still searching for the perpetrators.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_imgWitnesses to the accident said that the driver of the SUV appeared distracted and failed to stop. He invaded an oncoming lane, which is when he collided with the black jeep.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The mishap occurred at the intersection of 4th street north and 50th where emergency personnel arrived to attend to the injured. All three involved in the two-car collision received only minor injuries and did not require hospitalization. Cozumel, Q.R. — A distracted driver left three with minor injuries on Cozumel after failing to stop at a sign. center_img The collision occurred Tuesday morning at Colonia 10 de Abril when the driver of a silver SUV failed to stop, hitting an oncoming vehicle. last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Soundcenter_img StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, November 26. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:08Volunteers out to catch speeding motoristsResidents headed out to tackle speeding in their neighbourhood earlier. Members of the Penkhull Community Speedwatch group were on Queen’s Road to monitor drivers.PC Barry Joynson, who regularly supports the volunteers, said: “That is one of the roads local residents have raised concerns over excess speed. As well as Princes Road, Newcastle lane, Trent Valley Road, Hartshill Road, and Harpfields Road.”20:38Police are currently at the scene of a collision involving a truck and a car. The force was called out to Stanley Matthews Way near the bet365 Stadium.Police at the scene of a collision on Stanley Matthews WayOfficers are currently organising recovery of the vehicles. 16:57An unusual fire todayEmergency services were called to a bus stop – to deal with a suitcase on fire. The incident in Goldenhill also resulted in one man being checked by paramedics. Full story here. 13:29Traffic released on the #M6 northbound between J10 and J10A #Willenhall #Wolverhampton following a collision involving a van that has overturned. 1 lane remains closed, long delays on approach to the incident. Consider alternative routes— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) November 26, 201813:25A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:13A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 12:331 lane has re-opened, 3 remain blocked on the #M6 northbound between J10 and J10A #Willenhall #Wolverhampton following a collision involving a van that has overturned. Delays building. take care on approach pic.twitter.com/PjJKzoEsB4— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) November 26, 201812:12 A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 10:55Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes. 10:45One lane closed and queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) closed. Between Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. 10:09Heavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 09:44Queuing traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout.09:44Middlewich Road in Sandbach is now open again— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) November 26, 201808:59Due to essential statutory maintenance work the main entrance to A&E at Royal Stoke will be closed overnight from 7pm on Thursday 29 November 2018 until 6am the next day. Signed diversions for alternative access will be in place. *Ambulance arrivals will be unaffected* pic.twitter.com/axufwEHFjr— UHNM NHS Trust �� (@UHNM_NHS) November 26, 201808:44A53 Elder Road busy but moving at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 08:35 Queuing traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is seven minutes. 08:34Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is 11 minutes.08:10Slow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Bypass into town from A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge) to A518 / B5030 (McDonalds roundabout, Spath). In the roadworks area.Due to road closed on A522.07:40There is a road closure on Middlewich Road, Sandbach between Crewe Road and Park Lane whilst officers deal with a collision. There is no access via Platt Avenue— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) November 26, 201807:40Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:40Usual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 07:35A533 Middlewich Road in both directions closed, heavy traffic due to accident from Crewe Road to Park Lane.Affecting traffic between Sandbach and Elworth. 07:31A50 Victoria Road busy but moving at A5007 City Road. 07:25Usual slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:08A53 Leek New Road busy but moving at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. 07:08Traffic heavier than normal on A50 Through The Roadworks at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. 07:08Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a recent cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, the rand weakened to over R14 to the dollar, which will have an impact on December’s fuel prices.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith motorists should brace themselves for a massive petrol hike this December.Data indicates that motorists can expect an increase of 74 cents for 95 petrol, and 75 cents for 93 petrol.Diesel is expected to increase by 63 cents.Also read: Update: Petrol price to increase this coming WednesdayAccording to the Automobile Association (AA), the situation will be exacerbated by ongoing political uncertainty in the country, with the ANC’s elective conference in December increasing the volatility of the local currency.last_img read more

first_imgA rondavel in the backyard of a home in Hope Street, Van Riebeeck Park area, has been totally destroyed in a fire.Tables, as well as garden and household equipment, went up in flames.Firefighters rushed to the scene and immediately set about dousing the fierce inferno.No one was injured. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | November 21, 2008 Siemens Offers Modular Building Solutions with Imaging Equipment Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more November 21, 2008 – In close collaboration with MedBuild, a specialized healthcare division of Modular Space Corp. (ModSpace), Siemens Healthcare offers modular construction solutions together with its first-class imaging equipment tailored to the customers space, needs and budget to help generate faster ROI with new imaging equipment and to improve the patient experience. Modular building solutions aims to provide healthcare facilities the space they need to enhance their capabilities and patient care, while reducing construction timelines and costs. Siemens and MedBuild will be showcasing a building solution, including the Siemens MAGNETOM ESSENZA MRI system at this year’s RSNA in Chicago, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. MedBuild will introduce a new product line of imaging buildings designed to fast track the acquisition of new imaging equipment, and they will also exhibit a full size 14-foot x 50-foot prototype building at the MedBuild Booth #7000 in Hall B (North Building).For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more last_img read more

first_img News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more The Ambra Health mobile app provides medical image access across Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ 21 locations. Related Content Technology | November 03, 2011 Brit Systems Offers Remote Image Viewing on Web, iPad News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Device App Viewing in Radiology Mo… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 22, 2019 Philips Lumify Earns U.S. Army Airworthiness Certification Philips announced that Philips Lumify, a point-of-care ultrasound device, has earned the U.S. Army Airworthiness… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more center_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more New tools for Brit Systems’ WebWorks pure browser-based viewer and DoctorWorks iPad viewer help clinicians access images anywhere, anytime.  BRIT’s development team strives to enhance a physician’s lifestyle with access to images from any Internet browser or iPad application.  The new WebWorks tools include: Cine cardiac ultrasounds and optional MPR capabilities; and transferring measurements from the image viewer directly into report forms.  DoctorWorks 1.1 for the iPad features the simultaneous viewing of two studies and the addition of a timeline of studies on both the study information screen and the viewing screen. DoctorWorks is available from the  iTunes App Store. For more information: www.brit.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more last_img read more

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | July 10, 2012 Radiation Exposure From Medical Imaging Has Increased, Even at HMOs For patients in integrated healthcare systems, exposure doubled from 1996 to 2010, UCSF study finds Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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July 10, 2012 — A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) shows that medical imaging is increasing even in health maintenance organization systems (HMOs), which don’t have a financial incentive to conduct them.Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study is the first to look at how radiation exposure has grown within large integrated healthcare systems. Earlier studies have shown an increase in the public’s exposure to radiation because of medical imaging at “fee-for-service” hospitals and clinics, which make more money the more scans they do. Some experts had speculated that radiation exposures would be different in the closed, integrated healthcare system world, where the same financial incentives do not exist. All the clinical operations fall under the same umbrella as the insurance and payment operations in these systems, and if anything, more medical scans would seem to be financially discouraged.“You would have imagined that the rate of increase would be lower,” said Rebecca Smith-Bindman, M.D., a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at UCSF. “Our results showed very similar growth in imaging within these integrated settings as has been shown outside of these settings.”The work showed a dramatic increase in imaging rates and a doubling in the proportion of patients who incurred high and very high radiation exposures from 1996 to 2010, paralleling the rise in the fee-for-service world. The number of ultrasound examinations doubled, the number of computed tomography (CT) scans tripled, and the number of magnetic resonance images (MRI) quadrupled. The analysis also showed enormous variation from system to system, with some types of imaging being done five to 10 times more often in one system compared to the others. This is significant, Smith-Bindman said, because on the national level, a lot of hope for countering the rise in imaging rates and radiation exposure has been pegged to removing financial incentives by changing the fee structure of radiological exams and capping reimbursements, as Medicare has already done.The new study suggests it may not be so simple. The same drivers of imaging are important in all healthcare systems.Millions of Patients at Six Large SystemsThe rise in radiation exposure due to medical imaging is a cause for public concern because of cancer risk. Imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation (such as CT scans) have the potential to cause cancers to form, and because of the increased use of these techniques over the last two decades, some estimates predict that 2 percent of all future cancers will result from current imaging use.In their study, Smith-Bindman and her colleagues examined the health records of millions of patients in several Western and Midwestern states who participate in six large integrated healthcare systems. This was the first major study to look at how radiation exposure has increased within these private systems. The collaborating healthcare systems are all part of a consortium of 19 HMOs across the United States and in Israel called the HMO Research Network, which has made a commitment to conduct research to improve the healthcare they provide to their members.To the researches’ surprise, for patients in these systems, just as in the rest of the U.S. population, the average amount of radiation has increased over the last two decades. The new study showed a doubling in imaging rates, and by 2010, for every 100 adult patients, around 20 CTs were performed. Older patients underwent even more CT scans. For every 100 patients age 65 to 75, around 35 CTs were obtained. In addition, a significant number of individuals in these systems undergo repeated testing, so they are accumulating doses that are in the range where cancer is a real concern, said Smith-Bindman.”A recent report in The Lancet showed a direct association between exposure to CT and cancer risk in children,” said Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., a biostatistician with the Group Health Research Institute who co-led the study. “In our study cohort, 10-20 percent of children who underwent a single head CT received radiation doses in the range found to triple the risk of brain cancer or leukemia in The Lancet study.”In this study, nearly 3 percent of patients, and 4 percent of patients who underwent any imaging, received very high doses of radiation — above the limit of what is allowed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for people who work at nuclear power plants and double what the more stringent European regulators allow.“It’s not just that we’re doing more advanced imaging tests, but we are also doing these tests in such a way that the tests deliver higher – and more variable – doses of radiation,” Smith-Bindman said. “I am concerned that physicians have lowered their threshold for advanced imaging so much that it is now used even when they may not believe it is necessary or will really change their management of the patient.”What Patients Themselves Can DoTo address the problem, says Smith-Bindman, both doctors and patients need to change expectations and practice. Patients need to engage their doctors in the decision-making process and insist on the necessity and safety of all radiological scans they undergo. Advanced imaging is an outstanding resource when used as needed, but the need for the scan has to be balanced against the potential risk.Patients need to discuss with their doctors when imaging is necessary and when it can be deferred or may not be necessary, she said. Every examination that delivers a relatively high dose of radiation, such as CT, needs to be very specifically justified. In addition, she added, facilities must begin to monitor patient doses and protect them against unnecessary or repeated scans, or doses that are higher than they need to be.“It is only by measuring the doses that they deliver to their patients that clinicians can begin to do everything in their power to keep those doses as low as possible,” Smith-Bindman said. “The National Quality Forum has endorsed a measure of CT quality that facilities can follow to try to understand how their doses have changed over time and how they compare with other facilities. If facilities began to follow this quality measure, they would quickly learn how they are doing and would be able to lower the doses they use.” She added that patients need to be empowered to monitor their own doses and to check if the place where they obtain their CT scan has complied with this measure so they can make better informed choices about whether to get imaging and where to go to get it. Smith-Bindman is organizing a large virtual meeting to be held February 2013 that is targeted to patients, technologists, medical physicists and radiologists, as well as administrators and referring physicians, to improve their knowledge of radiation-related issues. The meeting will help CT facilities adopt strategies to lower the doses they use and will offer participants the ability to upload a sample of CT data and receive an “instant audit” of how they are doing when compared with other facilities. More information is available at http://rorl.ucsf.edu/Symposium.html.For more information: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  “Embolizing the left gastric artery may be a potential bariatric treatment for weight loss and an alternative to other invasive procedures,” Oklu said. “This is an important data point in the development of a new clinical tool for the treatment of obesity.” Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Oklu pointed out that left gastric artery embolization performed by an interventional radiologist is low risk when compared to more invasive weight loss interventions, such as gastric bypass and laparoscopic approaches. A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The researchers found that patients who underwent left gastric artery embolization lost an average of 7.9 percent of their body weight within three months of the procedure. Weight loss within the control group was 1.2 percent during the same time frame. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  In the retrospective study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, researchers reviewed the records of patients who underwent transarterial embolization for upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. The study group included 14 patients who underwent embolization of the left gastric artery, which supplies blood to the part of the stomach where the hormone ghrelin is predominantly produced. Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more center_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more The study also included a review of the records of 18 age-matched control patients who were treated for upper GI bleeding with transarterial embolization of a different upper gastrointestinal artery. The study group included eight men and six women with a median age of 66.1 years. The control group included eight men and 10 women with a median age of 63.5 years. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more “The effect of left gastric artery embolization will need to be studied in larger populations and eventually in prospective trials,” he added. Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Results of the study, which offer a potential avenue for obesity research, will be presented at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013). Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content “Ghrelin is the only hormone known to stimulate the appetite, so it is an intriguing potential target for combating obesity,” Rahmi Oklu, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School and senior researcher. “Animal studies have shown that when this artery is blocked, blood levels of ghrelin decrease and weight loss occurs.” Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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first_img March 19, 2014 — Hokkaido University and Hitachi Ltd. completed construction of facilities incorporating the Probeat-RT Proton Beam Therapy System within the Hokkaido University Hospital. Hokkaido University and Hitachi had been jointly developing the Probeat–RT. The project was awarded a grant in 2010 under the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (the “FIRST Program”), a national project sponsored by the Japanese government. The University plans to begin treatments using the newly constructed facilities March 19, 2014.The FIRST Program is a major research support structure established as part of a Japanese government initiative to promote science and technology. 30 out of 565 applicant “Core Researchers and Projects” were awarded grants based on their notable potential in the advancement of Japanese science and technology in March 2010. Hokkaido University’s “Advanced Radiation Therapy Project Real-time Tumor-tracking with Molecular Imaging Technique” project was awarded a FIRST grant following an application by Hiroki Shirato, department of radiation medicine, Graduate School of Medicine. This was the only application accepted in the field of radiation therapy. The goal of “Advanced Radiation Therapy Project Real-time Tumor-tracking with Molecular Imaging Technique” is to develop a treatment system that can dramatically reduce the irradiation of normal tissue, in a compact, low-cost system that demonstrates international competitiveness. This goal is achieved by combining the Real-time Tumor –tracking Radiation Therapy developed by Hokkaido University through X-ray therapy with Hitachi’s spot scanning proton beam irradiation technology. In this way, Hokkaido University and Hitachi will offer a proton beam therapy system that can accurately irradiate a tumor that moves due to respiration, for example in the lung and liver.At the recently completed facility, Hokkaido University will provide treatment using spot scanning irradiation technology from Hitachi and strive to quickly develop a treatment system that incorporates its own moving tumor tracking irradiation technology. Hitachi has already applied for approval for manufacture and sales of the treatment system combining spot scanning irradiation and Real-time Tumor-tracking Radiation Therapy. It hopes to receive approval and begin treatments in the first half of FY 2014.By merging technologies and expertise, the system reduces the size of the gantry, the irradiation nozzle and the accelerator. In this approach, they have created a treatment system that is easy to use and more compact overall. In comparison to the Probeat-III Proton Beam Therapy System, which was released previously by Hitachi, the circumference of the accelerator has been reduced to 18 m from the original 23 m; the gantry, which had a maximum external length of 11 m and an internal diameter of 3.5 m, has been reduced in size to a maximum external length of 9 m and an internal diameter of 2.5 m. The installation area required for the system as a whole has been reduced by approximately 30 percent.In “Real-time Tumor Tracking Radiation Therapy,” gold markers are inserted in the proximity of the tumor, and a computed tomography (CT) system is used to identify the marker positions in relation to the tumor core. Using an X-ray fluoroscopy system from two directions, this technology automatically pinpoints the gold markers positions on a fluoroscopy image using pattern recognition, and repeatedly calculates the spatial position at regular intervals. The treatment beam only irradiates the targeted tumor when the gold markers are located within a few millimeters of the planned positions. As this operation is performed at high speed, it is possible to irradiate tumors with a high degree of accuracy, even when they move within the body, for example due to the patient’s respiration. Compared to conventional methods that irradiate the entire area in which the tumor might migrate, this system reduces the irradiation volume by 50-75 percent, allowing a reduction in the irradiation of normal tissue.Hitachi’s Spot scanning irradiation technology uses a constant, narrow beam, repeatedly turning this beam on and off at high speed as it progressively changes location. In this way, the beams can be targeted with high precision according to the shape of the tumors, even if those shapes are extremely complex, thus minimizing the impact on normal tissue.For more information: www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp, www.hitachi.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 19, 2014 Hokkaido University, Hitachi Develop Proton Beam Therapy System News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Contentlast_img read more

first_img May 8, 2015 — Neurosurgeons at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) are using Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets used in gaming to be transported inside their patients’ brains. The UCLA Department of Neurosurgery is collaborating with Surgical Theater LLC to integrate the Oculus Rift with Surgical Theater’s 3-D surgery navigation device called SNAP.The navigation virtual reality scene is built based on patients’ specific computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, providing the potential for the surgeon to enter the virtual brain, examine the brain tumor or aneurysm, and plan the surgical strategy and operative steps. This promises to improve precision and surgical outcomes while decreasing surgical time.Neil Martin, M.D., chairman of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, premiered the Oculus Surgical Theater at the 2015 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting May 2-6 in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Oculus Rift technology is being used in the medical arena—for brain surgery.Over the last several months, Martin and his team have been employing Oculus Surgical Theater, which combines a 3-D virtual reality surgical navigation with the Oculus Rift headset. The system features accurate stereoscopic 3-D views as well as excellent depth, scale and parallax of the brain. Martin enters and interacts within the anatomy of the brain to see not only the brain tumor or aneurysm, but also every connected vessel and structure.“Using the Oculus Surgical Theater is an immersive experience; you are standing there and facing the tumor, moving your head so you can see behind, to the left and right, so you can see the vessel that is covering the tumor from a certain angle or direction,” he said. “The virtual experience is similar to touring a house; after a few minutes of ‘being there,’ your memory is equipped so you know exactly where the front door, back door and garage are. It translates to superior situational awareness and navigation capabilities inside the patient’s brain.”This innovative visual representation of a patient’s brain is potentially key to ensuring a successful surgery before the first incision is even made. By employing this technology, surgeons will be able to examine the best ways to protect and preserve areas that control motor and language function, depending on the location of the tumor or aneurysm. The Oculus Surgical Theater is expected to improve microsurgery, such as when Martin is operating through a microscope and a keyhole, dime-sized incision on structures that are often only just a few millimeters in size.Research on virtual reality conducted at Stanford University found that the brain absorbed spatial details 33 percent more effectively in immersive VR than from video alone. Much like how a professional athlete practices to increase their performance, the Oculus Surgical Theater gives surgeons the ability to virtually plan a surgery tactic on brain tissue and blood vessels that look just like those inside the brain, all while building a strong foundation of situational awareness and memory for the surgeon.“Every patient is unique, so being able to virtually see and study the structure of each individual brain tumor, or aneurysm, prior to and during surgery will increase our confidence and precision during the most complex neurosurgical procedures. I believe it will decrease operative time, and improve surgical outcomes for our patients,” Martin said.The Oculus Surgical Theater is under final testing at UCLA and will be evaluated in surgeries in the coming weeks.For more information: www.neurosurgery.ucla.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more News | May 08, 2015 UCLA Neurosurgeons Stepping Inside Patients’ Brains Using 3-D Virtual Reality Gaming Technology Technology enables surgical theater 3-D surgery navigation Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more last_img read more

first_img Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Breast Imaging | November 04, 2015 High-grade DCIS Detection Rates Increase in Older Women Detection rate of high-grade DCIS showed a statistically significant increase with age, with a maximum rate at the oldest assessed age group of 65 to 69 years News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. November 4, 2015 — The mammography detection rate of an early-stage but potentially invasive type of breast cancer rises with age, according to a large new study from Germany published online in the journal Radiology.Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of breast cancer confined to the milk ducts, is a common finding on mammography. DCIS treatment, usually in the form of surgery and radiation therapy, is controversial because some types of screening-detected DCIS may never progress to become clinically symptomatic during the patient’s remaining lifetime, and treatment can result in significant costs and potential complications for the patient.DCIS is graded based on how the cancer cells from biopsy samples look under the microscope. While high-grade, intermediate-grade and low-grade DCIS can all develop into invasive cancer if left untreated, high-grade DCIS develops faster and becomes a more aggressive, invasive cancer. Research has shown that the interval between DCIS detection and the occurrence of invasive cancer averages five years in high-grade cases.For the retrospective study, researchers divided 733,905 women aged 50 to 69 years participating for the first time in a screening program into five-year age groups. The researchers then determined DCIS detection rates for distinguishing high-grade, intermediate-grade and low-grade DCIS.Of the 733,905 women, 989, or 1.35 percent, had graded DCIS diagnosis, including 419 with high-grade DCIS, 388 with intermediate-grade DCIS and 182 with low-grade DCIS.Total DCIS detection rates increased with age, mostly due to a rise of high- and intermediate-grade DCIS.”The detection rate of high-grade DCIS in our collective showed a statistically significant increase with age, with a maximum rate at the oldest assessed age group of 65 to 69 years,” said the study’s lead author, Stefanie Weigel, M.D., from the University Hospital Muenster in Muenster, Germany.The findings underscore the need for more research on the effectiveness of standard DCIS therapy in women older than age 60, a group for which there are scant data, according to Weigel. The possibility of DCIS-related overdiagnosis must be balanced against the robust evidence that high-grade DCIS is more likely to recur and to progress to invasive carcinoma, she said.”Adequate therapy of non-symptomatic high-grade DCIS detected at screening needs further evaluation, as there is the chance to prevent aggressive invasive breast cancer, which could be life-threatening even in older age groups,” Weigel said. “In terms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, there is need for more detailed prognostic characterization of DCIS lesions and weighting them in the context of age.”The results also provide more information to consider in the debate over screening in older women. The American Cancer Society advises women to get annual screening for as long as they are healthy, while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends women stop annual screening at age 74. The USPSTF based its decision on a lack of evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening mammography in women ages 75 and older.”The discussion about upper age limits and minimal intervals in mammography screening should be focused on effectiveness of detection of invasive cancers,” Weigel said.For more information: http://pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more last_img read more

first_imgNews | Women’s Health | April 08, 2016 More Guidelines Needed for Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Following Chemo and Surgery Study reveals wide variability in treatment practices following neoadjuvant chemotherapy News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more April 8, 2016 — Wide variability exists in radiation treatment decisions following neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and surgery for breast cancer, according to a review of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z1071 prospective trial. ACOSOG is now part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.A multi-center phase II trial, ACOSOG Z1071 evaluated the false negative rate of sentinel lymph node (SLN) surgery after NAC (chemotherapy delivered prior to treatment to shrink the tumor) in 701 breast cancer patients with initial node-positive disease who met all eligibility requirements; all eligible patients also underwent SLN surgery followed by completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Six hundred eighty-five (685) patients enrolled in Z1071 were eligible for the current analysis, which sought to evaluate the variability of practice patterns following NAC.The study, “Patterns of Local-Regional Management Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer: Results From ACOSOG Z1071 (Alliance),” was published in the March edition of International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal). Study authors focused primarily on surgical approaches, use of reconstruction after mastectomy, and use of post-mastectomy and regional nodal irradiation, nodal status and response to NAC.After receiving chemotherapy, 401 (58.5 percent) patients remained node-positive while 284 (41.5 percent) changed to node-negative. Of 401 node-positive patients, mastectomy was performed in 148 (36.9 percent), mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in 107 (26.7 percent) and breast-conserving surgery (BCS) in 146 patients (36.4 percent). In women undergoing reconstruction, bilateral mastectomy rates were higher than in those who did not have reconstruction (66.5 percent versus 32.2 percent, respectively, P<.0001).Most patients received RT, regardless of the surgical treatment of the primary tumor following NAC. Post-mastectomy RT was more frequently omitted after reconstruction than mastectomy (23.9 percent vs 12.1 percent, respectively, P=.002) and was omitted in 19 of 107 patients (17.8 percent) with residual node-positive disease in the reconstruction group.The use of internal mammary RT was low, between 7.8 percent and 11.2 percent, and did not differ with surgical approaches. The rate for supraclavicular RT ranged from 46.6 percent to 52.2 percent, and was omitted in 193 node-positive patients (47.3 percent). Some of the observed variations reflect ongoing unresolved controversies in the field of radiation therapy.In patients who converted to node-negative following NAC, and were treated with breast conserving surgery and radiation, regional nodal radiation was employed in approximately half the patients and omitted in half, reflecting the need for more guidance, an issue that is currently being addressed in a randomized national trial, NRG-B51.“Patient and physician treatment decisions have been impacted by the increasing use of NAC,” said Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., interim director Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and department chair of Radiation Oncology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, lead author of the study. Haffty is also immediate past chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). “This study revealed wide variability in practice, particularly regarding administration of radiation therapy and field design following NAC and surgery for breast cancer.”“Discussion and collaboration among all of the members of a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists is important for optimal management,” Haffty said. “Patients should be made aware that there are various approaches to local-regional management of breast cancer after neoadjuvant systemic therapy.”“The study also emphasizes the importance of the ongoing national clinical trials regarding local-regional management of breast cancer after NAC,” he said. “Specifically, the NRG B51 trial and the Alliance A011202 trial both address important aspects of local-regional treatment and will help to provide guidance on how to best approach local-regional management after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.”For more information: www.redjournal.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

first_imgToday, the Tor Project launched its annual end-of-year crowdfunding campaign ‘Strength in Numbers’ and it’s receiving support from Firefox maker Mozilla. The Tor network disguises a users identity by moving their traffic across different Tor servers, and encrypting that traffic so it isn’t traced back to them, thus “ensuring privacy and online freedom”. Started back in 2016, Tor’s Crowdfunding campaigns allow the community to realize the opportunity that Tor promises. Their vision to deliver significant advancements in the hidden services field aims to draw contributions from donors, further facilitating their participation in shaping the evolution of hidden services. Tor announced that Mozilla will match donations up to a total of $500,000. This means a significant portion of the donations Tor receives during this campaign will be automatically be doubled. This is not the first time that Mozilla, Tor’s long term ally, has supported its network. Its partnership with Tor helped the organization raise over $400,000 from a similar campaign. Mozilla’s support has been beneficial to Tor, who began soliciting ‘crowdfunded’ donations in 2015 to offset its reliance on government grants. 2018 has been a busy year for the Tor network who have always aimed to take a stand against restrictive online practices and foster privacy and online freedom to its users. In wake of the same, they build the Tor Browser 8 based on Firefox’s 2017 Quantum structure and the Tor Browser for Android  to reach out to users in nations that have tightened restrictions on free expression and accessing the open web and not much freedom is provided to its citizens. Looks like Mozilla has given them a good head start to continue their work in 2019. Tor plans to do the following in 2019 with community support: Improve the capacity, modularization, and scalability of the Tor network Make improvements and integrations into other privacy and circumvention tools easier and reliable Better test  and design solutions around internet censorship Strengthen the development of Tor Browser for Android And much more! You can head over to Tor’s official Blog to know more about this news. Read Next Tor Project gets its first official mobile browser for Android, the privacy friendly Tor Browser Tor Browser 8.0 powered by Firefox 60 ESR releasedlast_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, February 6, 2017 Tags: Qatar Airways DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar Airways has launched the world’s longest scheduled commercial airline route with the arrival of its flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.The Gulf carrier said flight QR920 touched down in Auckland early on Monday after covering a distance of 14,535 kilometres, or 9,032 miles.That is the furthest distance between any two cities linked by direct flights.Qatar Airways’ rival Emirates previously held the record for its route between Dubai and Auckland. That route is more than 300 kilometres shorter.So how long do you think you would be on the plane for? Source: The Associated Press Can you guess the length of the new world’s longest route?last_img read more

first_img TORONTO — Intrepid Travel is taking 10% off more than 1,000 small-group tours in 100 countries for its Canadian clients.Tours on offer include everything from best-selling itineraries like Best of Morocco, Vietnam Express Southbound and Everest Base Camp to brand-new 2018 tours like the 10-day Iran Real Food Adventure and Azores and Portugal. The sale also includes Intrepid Travel’s specialty tour ranges like Family, Cycling, Sailing and Wildlife.The discount is open to Canadian and U.S. travellers who book a trip – with a $400 deposit – from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, 2017, for tour departures between Nov. 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.“With over 1,000 trips on offer we are confident agents across Canada will be able to find the perfect tour for their clients,” said Leigh Barnes, Intrepid Travel’s Director for North America. “Whether Canadians are looking for a winter escape to Central America or a far-flung adventure in Asia or Africa, we hope travellers and agents take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the world for less.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaFor more information on the terms of the discount visit intrepidtravel.com/ca/10-off-sale. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bycenter_img 1,000+ winter departures on sale with Intrepid Travel Tags: Intrepid Travel, Promotions Tuesday, September 19, 2017 last_img read more

first_imgResults from the 2011 Census showed that 15,898 U.S. citizens live in Costa Rica, according to numbers released by the National Statistics and Census Institute.U.S. expats make up 4.1 percent of the 385,899 foreigners living here. The majority of foreigners come from Nicaragua, accounting for 74 percent of immigrants in the country. The number of Nicaraguans in Costa Rica increased from 226,374 in 2000 to 287,766 in 2011. Colombians are second at 4.3 percent, followed by U.S. citizens. The Colombian population saw a massive leap from 5,898 in 2000 to 16,514 in 2011.During the last census in 2000, the number of U.S. citizens in the country totaled 9,511. The foreign population makes up 9 percent of the 4.3 million people living in the country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgSmashburger pejibaye. When Smashburger, a U.S. “fast-casual” restaurant chain, opened its first store in Central America in December, at the newly constructed Lincoln Plaza in Moravia, San José, I was really looking forward to it.Many of the items were said to be reminiscent of the Smashburger joints in the States, but there had also been some local adaptations. New items included the “Costa Rica” meat or chicken burger with refried beans, chorizo and Turrialba cheese.There was also the fried pejibaye (peach palm) side dish, breaded and served with a cilantro mayonnaise. Hand-spun milkshakes, the classic Smashfries (seasoned with olive oil, rosemary and garlic) and other familiar fare are still part of the selection.In my first visit to the establishment, I was excited to try several menu items. It was a hard decision, but I finally settled for the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, Smashfries and a chocolate milkshake. And of course, I could not leave without tasting something local, the fried pejibayes! The burger was good, though the BBQ sauce was too spicy for my taste. The bun and the “Haystack” onion rings inside were very tasty. The beef used for the patties tasted fresh, however, the side dishes I could have done without. Both the Smashfries and pejibayes were over-seasoned. For a pejibaye lover such as myself, the heavily breaded crust was a turnoff and the dipping sauce was only okay.My dining companion was also left wanting. She had the Mushroom Swiss burger, Portobello mushroom fries and iced tea. The burger was smothered in a thick coat of mayonnaise and the Portobello mushroom fries were over-breaded and served a harsh, radish dipping sauce.Perhaps the most disappointing was the “ice tea bar.” We both tried two flavors of iced tea, and they tasted like water with a drop of mystery flavor.Thankfully, our server was accommodating. She noticed we were not touching the Portobello fries’ dipping sauce and offered us another flavor without extra charge. She answered all of our questions about the menu, though she seemed unsure of the food preparation process. Still, she tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible.Despite the disappointments, there is one thing that will bring me back to Smashburger – the Häagen-Dazs milkshakes. They are smooth and delicious. In addition, the waiter provides an extra portion of the shake in an additional container.Smashburger offers only an a la carte menu, so if you wish to buy a burger, fries and drink, each has to be ordered separately and this can get pricy. Hamburgers alone cost $7 while each side is approximately $3. Milkshakes and individual wine bottles are $5 each. Facebook Comments No related posts. Rebecca Aguilarlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. NEW YORK — What is the true practical use of a breakup book? When an important relationship ends, you imagine you are in a completely singular situation, that no one else has endured quite the exact exquisitely painful situation that you are currently muddling through. You intuitively believe that your feelings are unique, sui generis, but it is somehow reassuring or uplifting to stumble on evidence that they are not. The pleasure of listening to certain songs or reading certain books is that, after an obligatory and useful period of disorienting isolation, they welcome you back into the human circle. It is oddly reassuring to see that you are not unique, i.e., alone, that this same tragedy has befallen other people, and they have mysteriously survived. (As Shakespeare put it: “Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not from love.”)What follows is my list of the three all-time best breakup books:“In Love,” by Alfred HayesThe New York Review of Books is reissuing this lost masterpiece of breakup literature, originally published in 1953, and when I came across it, I thought to myself, “How have I made it this far in life without reading this book?” A man who read it said to me, “It’s great isn’t it? I’ll never date again.” Both of which seem to me completely reasonable responses to “In Love.” It’s a ruthlessly observant novel with heart-stoppingly good sentences. (It’s impossible not to be seduced by passages like: “The only thing we haven’t lost, I thought, is the ability to suffer. We’re fine at suffering. But it’s such noiseless suffering. We never disturb the neighbors with it. We collapse, but we collapse in the most disciplined way. That’s us. That’s certainly us. The disciplined collapsers.”)The whole book is the moody monologue of a man sitting at a bar telling a woman about a bruising affair that has haunted him. (One of the clever and elegant things about it is that the elegy for the lost affair is also the preamble for a new one; it’s both a fierce indictment of love and the chatting up of a pretty woman.) In the affair that obsesses the man, he was evasive, uncommitted, ironic. But when the woman in question runs off with a rich man and marries him, he is lost: “It was becoming painful to think. There seemed to be inside me whole areas I had to be careful of. I could feel my mind, like a paw, wince away from certain sharp recollections. I contained, evidently, a number of wounded ideas.”Hayes’ description of a failed trip the two lovers took to the Jersey Shore is one of the greatest scenes of romantic alienation ever written. He pinpoints the desperate desire for love and the recognition that it is slipping away with magnificent precision: It is one of the most confusing states two people can encounter, and to see it rendered in words is rare and lovely.“Light Years,” by James SalterIn this painfully beautiful book, Salter somehow manages to capture the lushness of a thriving marriage and its simultaneous decline. (“Life is weather. Life is meals. Lunches on a blue checked cloth on which salt has spilled. The smell of tobacco. Brie, yellow apples, wood-handled knives.”) He conjures the gorgeousness of daily life, the rhythms of love, of a worn and comfortable familiarity along with the wordless restlessness, the growing discontents. (” . . . and he reads to them, as he does every night, as if watering them, as if turning the earth at their feet.”) Somehow we see in this elaborately complex portrait of domestic life both the greatness and transcendent possibility of family, and the crashing insufficiency of it, which is an astonishing, nearly impossible literary feat. The book is ultimately about how happiness and restlessness collide, about the ends entwined in beginnings, the imperceptible changes of heart, the nascent elegies embedded in our warmest, safest, happiest moments. If the real question we want answered in breakup novels is how a vivid, pressing love fades, this book comes closer than any other I have ever read to answering it.“The End of the Affair,” by Graham GreeneIn this classic of the genre, Greene captures the mood of natural malice that occurs post-love: “This is a record of hate far more than of love,” he writes. His main character, Bendrix, is not afraid to express his untrammeled rage for his ex-flame: “Nothing would have delighted me more than to hear that she was sick, unhappy, dying.”The novel, like all of Greene’s, mingles a perfectly crafted story with existential musing. His mistress writes in her journal: “Sometimes after a day when we have made love many times, I wonder whether it isn’t possible to come to an end of sex, and know that he is wondering too and is afraid of that point where the desert begins. What do we do in the desert if we lose each other? How does one go on living after that?”Here as elsewhere, Greene takes as his subject the mysteries of sexual involvement: “The act of sex may be nothing, but when you reach my age you learn that at any time it may prove to be everything.”Other great breakup literature, should one need more, would include several stories from John Updike’s “Licks of Love,” Richard Ford’s “Independence Day,” certain poems of Robert Lowell’s, and the first dazzlingly ironic chapter of Mary McCarthy’s “The Company She Keeps.”—Roiphe, a journalism professor at New York University, is the author most recently of “Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages” and “In Praise of Messy Lives.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgCosta Rica will host the first Central American Franchise Summit on May 14 at the Radisson Hotel, west of the capital.The meeting aims to promote franchising business models both locally and internationally, according to Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce (CCCR).“As part of our promotional work, we have gathered some of the most recognized professionals in the field who will be sharing their knowledge and experience with entrepreneurs interested in developing this type of business,” CCCR’s National Franchise Center Executive Director Karol Fallas said.The summit will include four keynote discussions with franchising experts including Donald Boroian, CEO and founder of the U.S. company Francorp. Networking opportunities also will be available with 200 business representatives, Fallas said.Those interested in attending can contact the National Franchise Center at: 2221-0005, Ext. 121.A report by the CCCR last September said franchise-sector companies have created 27,000 direct jobs in Costa Rica. Of them 21,381 correspond to international franchises and 5,622 are local businesses. Facebook Comments Related posts:Starbucks’ most expensive coffee is from Costa Rica Second Starbucks announced for Costa Rica, will open in November Starbucks buys coffee farm in Costa Rica First Starbucks to open in Costa Rica on June 20last_img read more

first_imgHold the guac! That side of guacamole could get a lot more expensive now that Costa Rica has decided to temporarily ban avocado imports from nine countries, including the world’s largest producer of avocados, Mexico.Costa Rica produces only a small percentage of the avocados its population consumes, and one local producer predicted prices could rise as much as 25 percent.A virus called “sunblotch” affecting avocado crops around the world — especially the coveted Hass variety — drove the country’s Plant Health Services to close Costa Rica’s borders to imports of the fruit on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Livestock and Agriculture Ministry.Along with Mexico, avocados from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, South Africa, Venezuela and the U.S. state of Florida have also been temporarily blocked.Officials said the virus could do serious damage to the country’s roughly 900 small avocado producers if the plague finds its way in. The virus reduces the quantity and quality of avocados, affecting the tree’s leaves and deforming the fruit with yellow stains.As of April, sunblotch had not reached Costa Rica.The decision to block avocado imports from Mexico could leave many suppliers scrambling. Mexico is the world’s largest producer of avocados and the single biggest exporter of avocados to Costa Rica.Mexico was responsible for more than 80 percent of the 12,563 metric tons of avocados imported in 2014, according to figures from Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office.Costa Rica’s annual avocado production tops out at just 2,000 metric tons, according to the agriculture ministry.Carlos Gamboa, manager of APACO, an avocado growers cooperative in the Los Santos area south of San José, told The Tico Times that he expected prices for avocados to jump as high as 25 percent as importers look to more distant sources, like Chile, Peru or California to fill demand.Avocados have become part of the basic Costa Rican diet during the last several decades, Gamboa said, so given high demand, it’s likely supply will be quickly replaced.He said he was pleased with the government’s decision to ban imports from sunblotch-infected regions.“We’re very satisfied to see the Costa Rican government taking steps to protect domestic production,” Gamboa said.Plant Health Services Director Francisco Dall´Anese has been in dialogue with his Mexican peers to find an alternative to safely allow Mexican avocados back into Costa Rica without risking the country’s domestic production. The agency said in a statement that it’s working to establish import protocols for the other affected countries. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s avocado ban turns into a food fight Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organizationlast_img read more

first_imgThe wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — the Mexican drug lord who was recaptured earlier this year, months after his escape from a maximum-security prison — says she now fears for his life.“They want to make him pay for his escape,” 26-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are. They are there with him, watching him in his cell.“They are right there, all day long, calling attendance. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom.”In the interview — her first-ever public comments about her marriage, according to the Times — Coronel said that she’s only seen her husband once since he was imprisoned again, a visit that lasted just 15 minutes.She said he was “completely shackled, handcuffed,” at the time, and guards at the facility stayed close by.She also claimed that Guzmán was “slowly being tortured” and that his blood pressure was high.“I am afraid for his life,” she said.The interview with Coronel aired on Telemundo and was the basis for the Times story, a collaborative project with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California at Berkeley.Guzmán was captured in early January, about six months after he had tunneled out of Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1, which is also known as Altiplano prison.Before his capture, however, he was interviewed by actor Sean Penn, a meeting that led to a piece published in Rolling Stone.See: ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and actress Kate del Castillo talked of ‘dream’ meeting in textsWatch the Telemundo interview with El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, in Spanish:Guzmán had escaped the federal facility outside of Mexico City in July 2015, slipping out through a hole in the floor of his cell. Now that he’s back in custody, authorities in Mexico have begun the extradition process to the U.S.“I will follow to wherever he is,” Coronel said. “I am in love with him. He is the father of my children.”Coronel, a former beauty queen, and Guzmán are the parents of twin girls.The pair married in 2007, on the day Coronel turned 18, according to the Times report. Guzmán is 32 years older than Coronel, his third wife.“I would say what won me over was his way of talking, how he treated me, the way we began to get along — first as friends and from that came everything else,” Coronel said. “He tends to win over people by his manner of being, of acting, the way he treats people in general.”© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over meeting with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Mexico captures fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, says President Peña Nieto Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua Mexico drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán back in jail, betrayed by biopic bidlast_img read more

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ____Dsquared2The Dsquared2 man is a creature of the night.Even after dark he wears his “easy rider” shades, and his style is strictly black.The transgressive 2013 summer menswear collection presented Tuesday by the fun-loving Canadian designing twins Dean and Dan Caten came as a surprise after four days of preview showings characterized by a sporty but conservative look.High-top animal print shoes with black soles and metal tongues as large as shin guards, abundant use of metal chains and tight-fitting leather scuba jackets all contributed to a very dark look. The only bright light in the collection was a series of white embroidered or studded shirts.Like many designers showing their summer collections during this round of menswear, the Cates paired Bermuda shorts with jackets for a contemporary suit look. But the DSquared version has a panel across the front, making it the only wraparound Bermuda for men seen to date, and not only in Milan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The myriad of big and brightly colored weekend bags, in materials ranging from simple canvas to precious crocodile, and the abundance of loafers, sneakers and running shoes, show that the designers are into the good life.Shorts-short as well as knee length are the stars of the season, moving between resort and workplace with incredible ease.The blazer also makes a huge comeback, cut close to the body, colorful and worn with a pair of shorts or a trouser cropped at the ankle. Lightweight coats are another summer favorite.Although some designers threw in a tie for old times sake, the more popular piece to go under a suit was a white open-collared shirt or a classic polo shirt.This round, designers used organza and other see-through materials-usually relegated to womenswear for special transparency on pullovers and patterned jackets.But no matter what the style, summer 2013 is all about color, from red to green to yellow to deep blue. Different colors may appear in the same outfit, such as a green lapel on a yellow jacket or blue pockets on a red coat.Even minimalist designer Jil Sander chose to mark her return to the eponymous label she left eight years ago with a collection dipped in color. And that should say it all. Top Stories Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Quick workouts for men Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ___ARMANIFor next summer, Giorgio Armani is back to doing what he does best _ tailoring gorgeous jackets.Indeed, it all started with a jacket for the Milanese designer who turns 79 next month. The first was lining-less, but it wasn’t long before an Armani suit was a wardrobe must and an Armani tuxedo a red carpet favorite.The Armani show on Tuesday was an ode to the jacket, from soft cardigan cuts to blazers and more structured city jackets, all in super-refined lightweight fabrics.The overall look was of a well put-together man whose cut of clothes is casual. A cardigan jacket could be worn with a pair of pleated trousers, while a navy suit had Bermuda shorts but also a shirt and tie.The season’s silhouette is comfy and slightly elongated. The jacket has four or six buttons and the shoulder is unpadded. The pleated trousers are soft around the hips and brush the ankle.The latest leather jacket _ either bomber or blazer _ is made of leather worked to look like seersucker, a tribute to Italian craftsmanship.Armani is not in the habit of following the pack. While most of Milan is screaming color, Armani quietly stuck to his longtime favorites: sandy beige, pebble gray, coffee brown and ink blue. AP Fashion WriterMILAN (AP) – Casual and colorful is the message sent out by designers of menswear for summer 2013.After four days of preview shows ending Tuesday, it is clear that the Italian designers _ and others showing in Milan _ want to project good vibes for next summer, despite European economic gloom.The current round of menswear had a happy feel to it, whether it was offering suits with Bermuda shorts for the office or a fuchsia summer raincoat to outshine even the darkest cloud.last_img read more

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Hans Kristian Rausing was arrested in connection to suspected drug crimes and police want to question him about the circumstances of his wife’s death. He is currently receiving medical treatment in a London hospital. Police have not indicated that Eva Rausing’s death was a result of foul play or that a crime was committed.Liz Brewer, a friend of Eva Rausing, told Sky News that Rausing’s problem had been “pushed under the carpet” for too long.“She was totally addicted, obviously, and was trying to get off it,” she said.It has become common for celebrities like Elton John and Eric Clapton to use their fundraising power to help anti-addiction charities after they get off drugs, but experts say it is not unusual for people like the Rausings to work hard to help anti-addiction groups even as they struggle, sometimes unsuccessfully, to get clean.In Eva Rausing’s case, she served as a trustee of the anti-addiction charities Chemical Dependency Center and Clouds beginning in the late 1990s, long before her embassy arrest. Those organizations merged with Action on Addiction, a charity supported by Eva Rausing until her death that also has a strong link to the royal family: the former Kate Middleton is a patron. CEO Neil Barton said that over the years, the Rausings contributed tens of millions of pounds to the anti-addiction crusade, remaining committed even after Eva Rausing stepped down as a trustee. He said he never discussed Rausing’s addiction with her.“I didn’t want to go there unless she wanted to talk about it,” he said, describing Rausing as a charming woman with an easy smile. “I don’t remember ever having that sort of conversation with her, but it was understood that that was partly why she was interested.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The money came from his family’s development of a better milk carton _ one that could be packed and shipped like bricks, easing the distribution of milk and juices throughout the world.The Rausings married shortly after they met in the 1980s and raised four children from their London base in an exclusive section of the Chelsea neighborhood.Before the embassy arrest, Eva Rausing’s good looks and beautiful clothes _ along with her husband and his friendly, bear-like countenance _ had made the Rausings welcome participants on the London philanthropic scene. She was on several charity boards, focusing on those that helped fight drug addiction, but also serving on Prince Charles’ Foundation for the Built Environment.Charles, no stranger to second chances, stood behind her after the embassy scandal, backing a decision to keep her on board as a trustee. A spokeswoman, who declined to be identified because of palace policy, said Charles, who was able to rebuild his life after his failed marriage to the late Princess Diana, believes people can recover from serious missteps.But evidence suggests that Eva Rausing’s drug use only intensified in the years since the embassy arrest. Recent photographs showed that Eva Rausing had become quite gaunt, and her once stocky husband also recently appeared thin and furtive, bearing only a slight resemblance to his former self, when he would attend galas looking like an elegant, bearded, tuxedoed European swain from an earlier era. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressLONDON (AP) – When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security, then face an airport-style metal detector so she and her handbag could be scanned for weapons and contraband.The wealthy American didn’t leave her stash at home. She tried to pass the security scan with small amounts of crack cocaine, heroin and a banned stimulant in her purse. Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The subsequent arrest led police to search the multimillion-dollar property she shared with her husband, Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing. Police found still more drugs, including a sizeable amount of cocaine.Charges were dropped in exchange for a formal police warning, but the arrest made public what close family and friends already knew: The golden couple, with untold riches, were deeply mired in drug addiction even as they gave millions to numerous anti-addiction charities.Their sad tale reached its climax this week when the 48-year-old Eva Rausing was found dead in their home and her husband arrested for questioning about drug use and placed in hospital care. The cause of Eva Rausing’s death has not yet been established.Drugs. A scourge for the poor, for the middle class and even for the super-rich, those who, like the Rausings, measure their net worth in the billions.“Addiction doesn’t know any class boundaries,” said Amanda Thomson, spokeswoman for Action on Addiction, one of many charities the Rausings supported even as they swooned toward drugged-out oblivion.Eva Rausing was born into a wealthy American family headed by former Pepsi executive Tom Kemeny, and her husband was an heir to the formidable Tetra Pak fortune _ his father and his family have a spot on Britain’s “Rich List” with a net worth estimated at 4.3 billion pounds ($6.7 billion). Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

first_imgA man who answered the phone at the hospital’s administrative office said he did not know whether Xi was being treated there. But he dismissed reports on Xi’s condition as guesswork.“I can say that these can definitely be only rumors. Information about the leaders’ health is a big secret, known only to people at the highest levels,” said the man, who refused to give his name because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.The silence on Xi isn’t unusual, since China’s top leaders live and work in isolation and information about leading personnel is only released after it has been carefully molded for positive effect. While the ruling party has become more sensitive to public opinion over nationalism and social unrest, it reverts to its roots as a clandestine organization when it comes to the leaders’ private lives.But the leader-in-waiting’s sudden disappearance on the eve of his ascension comes during a year full of unforeseen political developments that had already threatened hopes for a smooth party leadership transition.Most notably, the case of Bo Xilai, one of China’s most charismatic and ambitious politicians who fell from power in March, remains unsettled. Bo’s downfall sparked a dramatic scandal that led to his wife’s conviction for murdering a British businessman. Sponsored Stories If Xi’s absence were to linger, it might also disrupt plans for the party congress _widely expected in late October _ where Xi is to succeed Hu as party leader. The dates for the congress, held once every five years, were expected to be announced following a meeting of the 25-member Politburo this month, but it may be delayed if Xi remains out of action.It isn’t clear what would happen if Xi was indisposed for long. The party has never institutionalized its succession process, and the formula by which Xi was picked as Hu’s successor five years ago remains a mystery to insiders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – New rumors about health problems facing China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping swirled Thursday as the government continued to stonewall on commenting on his condition or whereabouts 12 days after he dropped from sight.Official media mentioned Xi for the first time since his last appearance on Sept. 1, but the brief, obscure report failed to explain the extended absence that has sparked the rumors. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The reports said Xi, President Hu Jintao and other top officials had expressed their condolences “through various means” for the death of 102-year-old former general Huang Rong last week. The Guangxi Daily newspaper reported no other details. Identical reports were carried on the websites of the Communist Party and the official Xinhua News Agency.China’s vice president, Xi is due to take over as Communist Party head later this year and as president next year as the country transitions to a new generation of leaders. His prolonged and unexplained disappearance has sparked rumors and raised questions about the stability of the succession process.For a fourth consecutive day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei refused to offer any information on Xi.Early rumors said Xi, 59, threw his back out swimming or pulled a muscle playing football. As the days passed, the speculation escalated to more serious conditions, including a heart attack, stroke, or emergency surgery.And on Thursday, Hong Kong’s Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said a small cancerous growth had been discovered on Xi’s liver on Sept. 2 and that he had undergone surgery to remove it this week at the elite military 301 Hospital in Beijing. The center said he was expected to reappear in public next week.last_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories The cause of the crash was unclear.Another Black Eagles pilot died in 2006 when his plane crashed during an air show. In June this year, the Black Eagles team won an award for best overall flying at an air show in England.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s air force says a pilot on its aerobatic team was killed Thursday when his jet crashed during training.The T-50B aircraft hit a mountain in Hoengseong shortly after taking off, the air force said. The plane is a trainer jet flown by the military’s Black Eagles aerobatic team. Hoengseong is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Seoul.Military officials found a parachute near the crash site but the pilot apparently failed to escape, the air force said. Authorities found the body of the air force captain inside the cockpit. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The vital role family plays in society Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The plane took off Saturday afternoon from Grenoble’s airport and quickly disappeared off the radar. Charlot said the weather was clear, and an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the crash.The crash caused a small fire that extinguished itself even before responders arrived on the scene. No one was hurt on the ground.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix PARIS (AP) – A Moroccan family of five returning home died Saturday when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport near the French Alps, officials said.The twin-engine plane hit a hill and crashed in a forest in an uninhabited area outside Grenoble, a city that is the gateway to the Alpine resorts in southeastern France.Bruno Charlot, a local government official, said all five aboard died. The pilot was flying his wife and their three children home to Morocco, apparently after a vacation in France. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories last_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober But Malinowski called the human rights progress “very fragile” and said the U.S. is looking for positive steps from Vietnam in the weeks ahead on releasing political prisoners and in how its security forces deal with critics of the Communist government.Vietnam has yet to meet requirements for TPP on labor standards, including the right to form independent unions that can bargain collectively, Malinowski said. But he said he was “fairly confident” it would happen because the benefits of TPP membership outweigh the risks to Vietnam’s government.Malinowski called it a critical moment in the U.S.-Vietnam relationship.“Absent TPP, I think we have very little chance of keeping this very fragile progress in Vietnam going. With it, I think we’ve got a chance,” he said.Malinowski returned this week from human rights discussions with Vietnamese officials. He met with two political prisoners, activists and minority religious leaders.Former enemies U.S. and Vietnam have deepened ties as they find common cause in countering a rising China, but there is opposition in Congress to full normalization when there is repression and restrictions on religious freedom. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Vietnam’s desire to be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact is the best leverage Washington has to press for improved human rights there, a senior U.S. official said.Tom Malinowski, the State Department’s point man on human rights, told reporters that Vietnam has shown greater restraint in arrests and prosecution of dissent this year as deliberations on the 12-nation pact enter their closing stages. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Malinowski said there are just over 100 “prisoners of conscience” in Vietnam today, down from more than 160 in 2013. Convictions have dropped from 61 in 2013, to none so far this year, he said, but added that activists still face harassment, threats and beatings.Vietnam’s ambassador to the U.S., Pham Quang Vinh, told a Washington think tank in March that everyone is equal under the law in Vietnam and there are no prisoners of conscience.John Sifton, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said there have been limited improvements in Vietnam, but it remains a one-party state where critics are thrown in jail. He said three bloggers were convicted in February under an article of the criminal code used to punish freedom of expression.Sifton agreed that TPP does offer leverage to Washington to seek improvements in human rights, but he contended that some of trade benefits should be withheld until Vietnam follows through on prospective reforms and demonstrates, for example, it is allowing labor unions to operate freely.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Officials say no one was on board when it lost power, and rangers escorted one visitor from the observation level to the ground by the stairs.The monument was closed on Thursday and Friday morning after an electrical problem caused a power failure.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says the Washington Monument is temporarily closed again after another power failure.The agency announced Monday that the monument was closed Monday morning after the elevator lost power around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the park service, said in an email Monday afternoon that the monument will remain closed until at least Thursday. He says technicians are repairing a mechanical alignment issue with the elevator, which may have been caused by the repeated shutting down of the elevator last week.center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_imgIn this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the “Today” show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal was born to two parents who say they are white, but she chooses instead to self-identify as black. Her ability to think she has a choice shows a new fluidity in race in a diversifying America, a place where the rigid racial structures that defined most of this country’s history seems, for some, to be falling to the wayside. (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “There really is no biological basis to race, but what I’m saying is that in our society the everyday person tends to think race must have some link to ancestry,” Khanna said. “So we expect that when people self-identify with a particular group they must have some ancestral link to that group.”In the past, race was determined mostly by what other people thought a person was. For example, the Census Bureau’s enumerators would determine on their own what a person’s race was, and classify them as such. By the 1960s and 1970s, census officials were allowing people to self-identify.Currently, the Census Bureau allows people to choose a racial category, or even multiple categories, to which they think they belong. The census identifies races as white; black or African-American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and “some other race” for those claiming more than one race. There is also a Hispanic ethnic category.People have been using that freedom since the early 2000s to move back and forth. They switched between races, moved from multiple races to a single race or back, or decided to add or drop Hispanic ethnicity from their identifiers on census forms. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Last year, a study showed that 1 in 16 people — or approximately 9.8 million of 162 million — who responded to both the 2000 and 2010 censuses gave different answers when it came to race and ethnicity. In addition, in the 2010 census, more than 21.7 million — at least 1 in 14 — went beyond the standard labels and wrote in such terms as “Arab,” ”Haitian,” ”Mexican” and “multiracial.”Dolezal, 37, said Tuesday that published accounts described her first as “transracial,” then “biracial,” then as “a black woman.” ”I never corrected that,” she conceded, adding that “it’s more complex than being true or false in that particular instance.”She and her parents have disagreed about her backstory. Dolezal says she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon. Her mother told Fox News on Tuesday that’s not true.Dolezal has gotten support from some in the black community, who say she should be allowed to self-identify as she pleases. However, other African-Americans say she is “passing” — a term mainly used to describe blacks who looked white enough to deny their African ancestry — and should not claim a racial identity that she cannot prove. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Her parents identified her as white with a trace of Native American heritage, and her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, has said Rachel began to “disguise herself” as black after her parents adopted four black children more than a decade ago.Dolezal isn’t the first person to make this type of change. Millions of Americans changed racial or ethnic identities between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, even though their choices may have contradicted what their skin color appeared to be, or who their parents said they are.“It forces us to really question whether or not this biological basis for identity is a smart path to continue down in the future,” said Camille Gear Rich, a University of Southern California law and sociology professor who writes about elective race choices.Americans have become comfortable with people self-identifying their race, Rich said, “but often that invocation of identity based on a biological claim isn’t backed up by anything else after the claim is made.”In the United States, there is an expectation that people would have a biological connection to a racial or an ethnic identity they are claiming, said Nikki Khanna, a University of Vermont sociology professor. She co-authored a 2010 study that found increasing numbers of biracial adults were choosing to self-identify as multiracial or black instead of white. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America, as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of this country’s history seem, for some, to be softening.Dolezal resigned as the leader of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington, branch after questions surfaced about her racial identity. When asked directly on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday whether she is “an African-American woman,” Dolezal replied, “I identify as black.” She isn’t the only person who has faced that accusation. An opponent of Houston Community College trustee Dave Wilson complained that campaign mailings Wilson sent to voters in the predominantly black district implied Wilson, who is white, was black. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts faced questions about her Native American ancestry during her last election after being listed as such in several law school directories.Some people have used their ability to self-identify as another race simply to get access to resources aimed at minorities, Rich said, but “race is something that is a social contract and it is not something that you just passively inhabit.”That’s why Rich said she isn’t comfortable with people announcing themselves as a member of a community. “There might be some spaces in which Rachel gets to be a black person, but I want to be very careful about any context in which she is taking away resources from people who have come from a more subordinated experience,” she said.___Jesse J. Holland covers race, ethnicity and demographics for The Associated Press. Contact him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jessejholland. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice One Phoenix volunteer from the Red Cross was already sent to Kauai, Ha., and remains there.Five more Arizonans are in California to help with problems caused by wildfires. There are currently 49 volunteers from Arizona dispatched to aid in disaster relief in California, Hawaii and Louisiana, according to the Red Cross. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The Red Cross has rescinded travel plans for two Phoenix-area volunteers who were set to deploy to Hawaii.Diane Garcia and Dan Crane expected to leave for the islands Saturday morning but will no longer travel due to the weakening threat from Hurricane Lester. Hawaii was taken off hurricane watch early Friday as Lester’s projected path swung north of the islands, reports the Star-Advertiser.Hawaii already was on alert with Hurricane Madeline threatening it earlier this week. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Kaly Sun, right, removes boards from her restaurant in Pahoa, Hawaii after Tropical Storm Madeline moved through the area, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The tropical storm left parts of Hawaii’s Big Island soggy but intact as residents of the island state prepare for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather. Hurricane Lester remains on track to impact the islands this weekend, but possibly after being downgraded to a tropical storm. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Heads of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) and the Cairns Mayor announced yesterday that Cairns is actively rethinking, repositing and redeveloping efforts to strengthen its already recovering tourism.On a Sydney day that ended in wet woollen coats, TTNQ Chairman William Calderwood rubbed in Cairns’ 28 degree weather as he outlined the region’s growth and development.“Cairns punches above its weight,” Mr Calderwood said.“It has infrastructure and services far above what you’d expect for its size and population.”Cairns, once the second most popular tourist destination in Australia, saw tourism numbers drop over the last eighteen months due largely to the global financial crisis and a downturn in aviation capacity.“We’re moving beyond that – we have a new spring in our step,” TTNQ chief executive Rob Gaison said.Efforts to recapture lost tourism numbers have seen Cairns open its tourism scope beyond the leisure market while improving infrastructure and marketing, Mr Gaison told e-Travel Blackboard.The completion of Cairn’s domestic terminal in late August will bring a 20 per cent boost in aviation capacity, adding 345 000 seats.“We’re dependent on air travel…87 per cent of interstate visitors [to Cairns] travel by air,” Mr Gaison said.Plans to expand beyond leisure tourism into medical, educational and sports tourism have seen TTNQ work closely with Cairns Council as infrastructure to feed into these markets is developed.Cairns Mayor Val Schier also announced plans to: establish a cultural precinct; improve the cruise terminal; and build Australia’s first museum devoted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living culture.TTNQ have also worked actively on developing a destination rich website featuring feeds from live web cams.“We have found that 80 per cent of consumers research destinations and we needed to be in that space…We want to make people choose us,” Mr Gaison said.Cairns recorded a six per cent growth in the year ending March 2010, the best performing region in Australia. Rob Gaison, William Calderwood, Val Schierlast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M The possibility of Etihad Airways flying ex Perth is ‘on the radar’ according to the airline’s National Sales Manager, advising CEO James Hogan had discussed probability of operations in a recent meeting.National Sales Manager, Industry, Wayne Borland, speaking at the recent Travelscene NCC conference stated that with recent expansions to its extensive global network, and with new code share flights from Australia, Perth was “still on the list”.As the world’s fastest growing commercial airline, Mr Borland said the company expected to double its size by 2020 with 150 aircraft.“It’s remarkable to see what we’ve achieved in 7 years.  We currently have 70 aircraft in fleet, 100 on firm order and 105 options to convert within the next 10 years,” Mr Borland said.Etihad has also been inducted into the growing Quantum programme, allowing Travelscene members to now earn reward points when selling airfares.“As a preferred supplier, we are very happy with how the relationship is developing and the people who are representing your interest and bringing it back to us – from our end it makes a difference because we’re seeing results,” Mr Borland said, speaking of the airline’s relationship with Travelscene.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Boosting its corporate appeal, Virgin Australia has unveiled new kerbside valet parking at Brisbane’s domestic terminal.Launched yesterday, the new seven day weekly service will open half an hour before the first flight and after the last service and is part of the airline’s commitment to its guests, according to Virgin Australia group executive product and guest services Martin Daley.“The Premium Valet offering is designed to provide frequent and valued customers with a streamlined, hassle-free experience,” Mr Daley said. “All guests have the convenience of leaving their car with an attendant before stepping into an exclusive reception area. “A dedicated check-in desk will be available for guests with carry-on baggage only.”The new car parking service in Brisbane starts from AU$55 for up to 14 hours and $65 for up to 24 hours.As well as the new valet parking, the airline also announced a new concierge service at Hold Coast and Canberra airports, expansion and upgrade at its Sydney and Melbourne domestic hubs and a new Gold Coast lounge.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government’s new strategy to grow the NSW visitor economy has been applauded by Inland NSW Tourism, who believe the transformation to be one from ‘government handouts’ to a more collaborative government-industry partnership. Destination campaign aims to double overnight visitor expenditure.  “The current NSW Government has implemented a series of significant changes to the funding process, which rightly demands greater collaboration and more rigour and measurability to gain government support,” Inland NSW Tourism chairman Rodger Powell said. Further details surrounding the campaign will be unveiled in the lead up to its 2014 release. “The broader strategic approach to destination management and an insistence on quantifiable metrics mean the return on investment of government and industry funds will far surpass anything achieved previously within NSW.” According to Inland NSW Tourism chief executive Graham Perry, the application reflects the outcome of a comprehensive collaborative approach to destination management. Part of a ‘contestable’ funding pool of AU$3.5 million for various projects across NSW, the grant is to be matched by industry investment, which will see the Outback campaign grow to almost AU$800,000 in value. The funding will be used by Inland NSW Tourism for a major destination appeal campaign, to be rolled out across the NSW Outback region in 2014. Source = ETB News: L.B. Inland NSW Tourism have been granted almost AU$400,000 to help fund their Outback Campaign, under the NSW Government’s Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF). “This destination appeal campaign – the first of many, we hope – will help as we strive to achieve the goal we share with Destination NSW, which is namely to double overnight visitation expenditure by 2020,” Mr Perry said.last_img read more

first_imgtigerair’s available seat kilometres increased 20 percent, revenue passenger kilometres rose 23.8 percent and revenue load factor jumped 3.1 percentage points for the month of September 2013. The overall yield for September Financial Year 2014 to date was positive in comparison to 2013. Virgin’s domestic operations saw an increase of 2.2 percent last month, while available seat kilometres rose by 6 percent, compared to September 2012. The increase in tigerair’s available seat kilometres has been driven by further improvements in aircraft utilisation, with a stable 11-aircraft fleet since the prior corresponding period. International passenger numbers for Virgin Australia rose 5.2 percent in September 2013, while revenue load factors increased 1.4 percent, compared to the same period last year. Virgin Australia and tigerair have posted positive operating results for the month of September. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_imgSydney’s popularity as a global tourist destination is being mirrored online, with the city’s Facebook and Google+ pages both having reached one million followers, Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souris said today. “People love to share photos of their favourite Sydney locations and activities, and we are in awe every week at how stunning the images are,” Ms Chipchase said. “Sydney.com and Visitnsw.com were also ranked sixth on the list of top 20 websites in the travel and accommodation categories for Australia,” she said. Source = Destination NSW “The pages showcase tips for visitors on where to stay, what to see and things to do in Sydney. They also include information about the best deals on accommodation, attractions, tours and restaurants, as well as useful tips that can help visitors plan the perfect trip. The achievement makes Sydney the first Australian city to reach one million Facebook fans, and the first to reach the milestone for both Facebook and Google+ simultaneously. Destination NSW analytics show the two websites recorded more than 10.1 million visits and delivered over 2.6 million leads to the NSW tourism industry this financial year to date, from July 2013 to January 2014.center_img “We hope by experiencing a taste of Sydney online, people will plan an actual visit, and share their own experiences with the Facebook and Google+ communities.” “Destination NSW’s websites Sydney.com and Visitnsw.com are now ranked first among Australia’s State Tourism Organisation websites and the Tourism Australia website, attracting 51 per cent of all website traffic in this sector as at December 2013. “More than 80 million international and domestic overnight and domestic day trip tourists visited NSW in the year ending September 2013, and this was worth more than $27 billion to the state’s economy. Over 37 per cent of these visitors came to Sydney,” he said. Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, said it was easy to see the enthusiasm for Sydney in the comments and posts on the pages. “Sydney’s social media channels, which are managed and promoted by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, are central to engagement strategies with domestic and international visitors, our stakeholders and industry, and help position Sydney and NSW as Australia’s premier tourist and events destination,” Mr Souris said.last_img read more

first_imgKey representatives of the Australian business events industry are in attendance at the 2014 China Incentive, Business Travel and Meeting (CIBTM) Exhibition in Beijing, from 17 to 19 September 2014.Business Events Australia and a delegation of seven vendors will showcase how Australia inspires great business outcomes by positioning the country at the global forefront of destination choices, incentive programs, event spaces and food and wine experiences.“CIBTM is a fantastic opportunity to highlight Australia’s corporate meeting and incentive offering to one of our most important markets and we are working hard and investing significantly to further strengthen our reputation as an incentive destination of choice for business events groups from China,” Business Events Australia general manager Penny Lion said.“China’s population is increasingly sophisticated and well-travelled so it’s important that we inspire CIBTM’s delegates.Our own research has shown that Australia ranks highly with the international MICE market in areas including cultural heritage and activities, world-class beauty and natural environments, local cuisine and wine, hospitality and as a safe destination and we hope to showcase how Australia can go above and beyond for their clients and businesses.”Australia benefits from an established reputation in China as an appropriate market to handle large incentive bookings, hosting major incentive groups last year.Business Events Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign will also be present, showcasing the country’s exceptional food and wine experiences.The industry partners joining Business Events Australia at CIBTM 2014 represent an impressive range of MICE products, services and experiences available in Australia, including: Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, Business Events Sydney, Gold Coast Business Events, Northern Territory Convention Bureau, Palazzo Versace and Royale Limousines.Source = ETB News: Jessica Handysidelast_img read more

first_imgBrand new airport opens in OmanSalalah Airport – Oman’s newest – opens in Oman’s southern Dhofar region in time to service the Salalah Tourism Festival. The airport will cater to the two million annual local, regional & international visitors.Known as the ‘Eden at the edge of the desert’, Salalah is one of Oman’s best kept secrets. The charming and historic coastal city is famed for its mild temperatures, untouched beaches and the finest frankincense in the world.From June to August the Summer ‘Khareef’ (monsoon) season cools the air and turns the countryside  a lush, emerald green – a phenomenon totally unique across all of Arabia – bringing thousands of visitors to the region seeking the lush coolness of this ancient city.The Salalah Tourism Festival takes place during the Khareef from 23 July to 31 August. The festival attracts local and foreign tourists seeking milder summer weather with average daytime temperatures of only 29 degrees.“Salalah’s vibrant culture reflects an historical association with Zanzibar – once a colony of Oman. Beautiful hotels, colourful souks, and a stunning natural backdrop make Salalah one of Oman’s favourite cities for travellers”, says Sultanate of Oman Tourism Country Manager Australia & New Zealand, Mona Tannous.“Tourism infrastructure development in Oman continues to surprise and delight visitors looking to explore the country beyond the traditionally popular places within easy reach of Muscat. We are thrilled about this brand new airport from where visitors will discover a treasured corner of Oman. Facing south over the Arabian sea, well known hotel chains such as Alila, Anantara, Club Med and several others have earmarked their slice of heaven in this southern region”, concluded Ms Tannous.Oman Air operates eight services a day between Muscat and Salalah, increasing to 13 a day during the Khareef season. There are also daily, direct Oman Air services to/from neighbouring Dubai.Qatar Airways flies directly from Doha to Salalah daily which can be booked as part of the affordable oneworld Visit Middle East airpass. Tourism OmanSource = Oman Tourismlast_img read more

first_imgAccorHotels principally creates wealth in its host countriesThe Group contributes €22 billion to world GDP, which is the equivalent of a country like Cyprus. This contribution encompasses the value added directly by the Group, plus the value generated by the activities of its suppliers, by household consumption and by public spending.The economic impacts from the Group’s activities correlate with its local presence. France, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Brazil, for example, enjoy substantial portions of this wealth. This said, in emerging countries like India and Ivory Coast, where the Group has a smaller presence, a very large share of their contributions to GDP remains firmly rooted in the host country (close to 90%).In Asia Pacific*, close to 56,000 direct jobs and about 250,500 indirect and induced jobs are sustained by the activity of AccorHotels. According to the study, every €1.00 in revenue that AccorHotels generates in Asia Pacific* contributes globally to €1.75 of GDP, and Asia Pacific* therefore represents about 20% of the Group’s contribution to worldwide GDP (€22bn).*For the purpose of this study, Asia Pacific countries cover Australia, China, India, Indonesia and ThailandOutlookThis study underscores the fact that the Group’s value creation drive is firmly rooted in local communities, and that it thus needs to continuously step up its economic and social responsibility in its host countries.To that end, in 2014, AccorHotels updated its Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Charter and appointed a Committee to supervise observance and to enhance responsibility in the areas of management ethics, integrity and legal compliance.This footprint also sheds light on the deep interconnections between the Group, its stakeholders and its host countries. AccorHotels’ role as business partner and customer entails substantial responsibility.This has led it to set up monitoring mechanisms throughout its value chain and, in particular, to develop joint innovation initiatives with its key partners in order to improve the sector’s practices.AccorHotels will use these findings to fine-tune the new chapter in PLANET 21, its sustainable development program, which it will be presenting in the second quarter of this year. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, has published the findings from its first socio-economic footprint study.This study is embedded in the Group’s corporate social responsibility drive, and its goal is to quantify and analyze its activity’s ripple effects throughout the worldwide and local economies.The findings from this impact map will help the Group to home in on more effective levers to:Strengthen the positive impacts in the communities around its hotels;Limit any negative impacts that may arise from its development.Two key findings: AccorHotels sustains around 880,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced)Over and above the jobs revolving directly around its core business, the Group’s activity has created or supports some700,000 indirect and induced jobs around the globe, in three main sectors: corporate services (laundry, cleaning, security), agriculture (as a result of its F&B activity) and public services (education, healthcare and transportation).Study findings suggest that every job created in an AccorHotels brand supports more than four other jobs around the world.last_img read more

first_imgSource = Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes its Maldives debutMövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes its Maldives debutMӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale brand within the AccorHotels Group, has raised its first flag in the Maldives, opening the doors to Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives on a private island in the Noonu Atoll.The resort, which is just 45 minutes by sea plane from the capital, Malé, features 105 villas and suites comprising 72 overwater pool villas, 30 beach pool suites and three beach spa pool residences, each with their own private plunge pool – perfect for adventure-seeking families and honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway. The resort will also be accessible by a 15-minute speedboat ride from the new airport on Maafaru island in Noonu atoll, which will in early 2019.Showcasing the culinary expertise for which the Mӧvenpick brand is renowned, the property features four dining experiences including the market-style all-day diner, ONU Marché Restaurant and bar, with buffet and à la carte dishes made from locally-sourced produce; Mövenpick Coffee & Wine Lounge, serving a range of signature Mӧvenpick coffees, chocolates, ice-creams and wines; as well as the trendy pool-side restaurant Latitude 5.5, with breathtaking ocean views. Seafood lovers can relish the vast selection of fresh catches at the overwater Bodumas Seafood Restaurant, which overlooks the Indian Ocean and is the place to admire stunning sunsets. Mӧvenpick Chocolate Hour, a key brand signature, will also be staged in the resort lobby daily, offering guests the chance to taste complimentary chocolate, presented in novel ways.“Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru is one of the few properties located in the Noonu Atoll house reef, home to some of the most beautiful diving spots in the Maldives and offering guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in this vibrant and unspoiled marine life,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer, Upper Northeast & Southeast Asia and The Maldives for AccorHotels.Ideal for guests with young children, the resort features a Mӧvenpick Little Birds Club, offering a range of signature activities for all the family, as well as babysitting services.The property also plays host to a range of exciting onsite facilities including a diving centre that organises snorkelling, house reef explorations and cruises; a tennis court; state-of-the-art gym; water sports centre; and the Sun Spa by Esthederm, which offers a wide range of signature facials and massage treatments to rejuvenate the soul and body.Another stand-out feature is the exclusive beach pool spa residence with a spacious living area with resort views – the ideal venue for small weddings and private gatherings of up to 20 guests.“As the first Mӧvenpick property in the Maldives, the brand has been able to take a unique approach to sustainable development through the resort’s built-in solar panels, in-house water production and plant desalination to minimise its ecological impact on the environment,” said General Manager Michael Melzer.From November 1 until December 23, 2018, guests can book a room stay with breakfast for two starting from US$577 per night. For bookings of three nights or more, they receive a $100 resort credit, valid for food and beverage, spa treatments, water sports and diving, plus 20% off at the Diving and Water Sports Centre, with a free room upgrade subject to availability. For more information visit https://www.movenpick.com/kuredhivaruPart of AccorHotels, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has more than 80 properties in 24 countries and is the most Green Globe certified hotel brand in the world. The opening of Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives adds to AccorHotels’ growing portfolio in The Maldives with Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, and the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo set to open in December this year.About MövenpickMövenpick Hotels & Resorts makes moments by doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Providing an upscale, relaxed and uncomplicated guest experience, Mövenpick recognises that small gestures make a big difference. Whether it is chocolate hour every afternoon, customised sleep technology to ensure a restful night or specially created fun and healthy kids’ menus, Mövenpick creates a human and warm environment for guests, business partners and employees. Committed to sustainable practices and caring for its local communities, Mövenpick is the most Green Globe certified hotel brand in the world. Founded in Switzerland in 1973, but with a heritage of food and beverage excellence stretching back to the 1940s, Mövenpick holds a growing portfolio of more than 80 hotels in 24 countries. Mövenpick is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travellers to feel welcome at more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.movenpick.com | accorhotels.comlast_img read more

first_imgPrincess Cruises Continues Activation of MedallionClass HolidaysPrincess Cruises Continues Activation of MedallionClass Holidays on Six More Ships in 2020Princess Cruises announced today the expansion of its MedallionClass Holidays to six additional ships in 2020 – commencing with Ruby Princess (Jan. 27), Grand Princess (March 29), Enchanted Princess (June 15), Emerald Princess (Aug. 16), Coral Princess (Oct. 16), and Island Princess (Dec. 20) – bringing the enhanced and personalised cruise holiday experience to Australia, New Zealand and a World Cruise for the first time.Ruby Princess will be the first homeported ship in Australia to offer the MedallionClass experience sailing on a number of itineraries to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. “We can’t wait to introduce a holiday set to revolutionise the travel experience direct from our door step,” said Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison.  “Australian guests eager to experience MedallionClass before it reaches Australia can book fly-cruise itineraries to Alaska, the Baltic and the Caribbean on ten other ships in the Princess fleet,” added Mr Allison.MedallionClass Holidays are currently available on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, with Crown Princess starting July 24 and Sky Princess beginning October 12, 2019 when the newest ship in the Princess fleet departs the shipyard as the first to be built from the ground up with the Ocean Guest Experience Platform. By the end of 2020, guests sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, California Coast and on the World Cruise will have the elevated guest experience powered by the OceanMedallion.“Our guests who have experienced MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess have enthusiastically embraced the OceanMedallion. We are thrilled with the response and are working to extend Princess MedallionClass to more guests around the world,” added Princess Cruises President, Jan Swartz. “Princess Cruises is passionately committed to giving all our guests the opportunity for a more personalised and simplified vacation experience,” added Ms Swartz.The award-winning OceanMedallion is a complimentary wearable device that elevates the guest experience by enhancing guest-crew interactions, eliminating friction points and enabling interactive entertainment to deliver a high level of service and personalised attention on a large scale.Princess MedallionClass Holidays are generating high guest satisfaction scores, thanks to a portfolio of experiences specifically designed to save precious time and enhance their cruise holiday, including: Expedited Arrival – From curbside to poolside in a breeze: Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile enjoy a streamlined and expedited check-in process that gets their holiday started even sooner. Personalisation starts pre-cruise as guests become OceanReady before arriving at the port.On-Demand Services – Food, beverage, retail order and hospitality services delivered to your location: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks, food and retail items like sunscreen with OceanNow and have them delivered directly anywhere on board, including to their stateroom.Family and Friends Locator – Finding travel companions and directional ship information: Accessible on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to easily locate and chat with friends and family on board, as well as enables point-to-point wayfinding throughout the ship. OceanCompass guides guests throughout their journey, providing directional information so they can seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest.Other innovative features of the Princess MedallionClass experience include:Keyless stateroom entry: Access to staterooms is a seamless experience where each guest is securely validated as the door automatically unlocks. Personalised greetings, including loyalty level recognition and celebrations, welcome the guest on their door portal.Interactive voyage timeline: Available now on ship portals, JourneyView is an interactive timeline that lets guests scroll through all of the events available on board during their voyage.Wager-based gaming: On smart devices via Ocean Casin and on select portals, guests can wager real money on games including slots, poker, bingo, roulette, keno and lottery from anywhere on board.Interactive game play: On portals located shipwide and using smart devices with PlayOcean, guests can enjoy a new level of fun with interactive games, a digital scavenger hunt, customisable avatars and more. PlayOcean also transforms guests’ mobile devices into game controllers for interactive gaming on the massive Movies Under the Stars screen.For more information or to book visit princess.com, call 13 24 88 or contact your local travel agent. Source = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

first_imgNYC & Company joined with Heritage of Pride, organisers of NYC Pride to formally announce the two-year countdown to WorldPride 2019. Set to take place in New York City in June 2019, the global celebration of Pride will coincide with the historic 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement making it a year to underscore New York City’s progress and resilience as a global LGBTQ capital.A new invitational campaign, titled ‘One World, One Pride, One New York City– Unite in 2019’ was launched in New York City.Mayor Bill de Blasio, said, “As a city with such a rich history of fighting inequality and an unwavering dedication to social progress, we are thrilled to host WorldPride 2019. I can think of no better time to celebrate the LGBTQ community than on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall—a seminal moment in the struggle for inclusion and human rights that has reverberated across the country for decades.Fred Dixon, NYC & Company President and CEO, said, “New York City is one of the world’s most iconic LGBTQ destinations, and we look forward to taking the baton from Madrid as we begin the two-year countdown to WorldPride 2019. To have this extraordinary event in New York City coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall makes it that much more meaningful as we welcome the world and celebrate the continued progress of our city’s LGBTQ community.”During the 2019 WorldPride celebration in New York City, NYC Pride will feature its own ‘Millions of Moments of Pride’ campaign. The initiative is based on the premise that everyone remembers their first Pride and everyone has their own unique Pride story to share.last_img read more

first_imgFor the ease of Indian tourists, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board has introduced a new Multiple Entry E-visa (MEV) scheme which will allow Indian national residing abroad (except Singapore) to spend up to 30 days in Malaysia per visit and valid for three months effective from August 2018 till July 31, 2018.The visa fee will cost Rs 1000 and the applications will take 48 hours to process.India ranks among the top six tourists generating market for Malaysia with a total of 638,578 Indian visitors recorded in 2016. The initiative comes on the part of Malaysian Government to motivate Indian tourists to visit Malaysia as a preferred tourist destination, eyeing on reaching a goal of 1 billion tourists by the end of 2017.last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Company News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Service Providers 2011-08-05 Abby Gregory August 5, 2011 432 Views Share BAC Going after GSE Practicescenter_img The government sponsored enterprises are feeling the heat from “”Bank of America (BAC)””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/fan. A recent filing from BAC targets “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, stating that the “”criteria by which the GSEs are ultimately willing to resolve claims have become more rigid over time.””[IMAGE]BAC claims that the GSEs “”more rigid”” practices could result in critical losses on mortgage bonds, leading to damages that “”may materially change in the future based on factors outside our control.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]By the numbers, BAC sold an estimated $1.1 trillion in mortgage loans to Fannie and Freddie between 2004 and 2008, and during the second quarter of this year, approximately $121 billion of the GSE-owned loans were in default or more than 180 days in arrears.The company says it is fielding and estimated $27.7 billion in claims and that, at that rate, BAC is on track for a 30 percent net loss. BAC’s earning filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second quarter confirm the bank’s statements.Market watchers were caught off guard by BAC’s renewed dispute with the GSEs, since much recent press has been focused on the bank’s issues with private buyers like PIMCO. Analyst Chris Mutascio, who works for “”Stifel Nicolaus””:http://www.stifel.com/framesetURL.asp?URL=/homepageFrameset.asp, noted in a report released this week that an additional $48 billion in mortgage losses has been priced in within the market, representing a total above and beyond the amount BAC has reserved against.Neither GSE has commented publicly on the issues with BAC, nor is any statement is anticipated in the near future. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMMI Takes Manhattan September 7, 2011 428 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-07 Abby Gregory On of the country’s largest independent mortgage companies, “”Mortgage Master, Inc.””:http://www.mortgagemasterinc.com/, has opened its first office in Manhattan. MMI cites the city’s relatively resilient housing market as the catalyst behind its recent expansion in New York.[IMAGE]The Manhattan branch will serve the Tri-State area, which includes Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, and Massachusetts-based MMI holds licenses in all three states. Additionally, the company is licensed in more than 20 states nationwide and boasts bricks-and-mortar locations in nine of the 20 operating areas. MMI estimates that it sells approximately $6 billion in loans annually, and the financial entity also has a strong presence in the refinancing sector.[COLUMN_BREAK]Commenting on the move, MMI’s Manhattan leader, Marc Kunen, said, “”The Manhattan housing market has been remarkably resilient. Establishing a foothold in the city will allow us to compete as one of the lowest cost providers and avail those savings to our customers.””Kunen elaborated on his optimistic approach, adding, “”There are an awful lot of people poised to buy right now.”” Kunen recently joined MMI to open its latest office, and he was previously with GFI Mortgage Bankers as a managing director for the entity’s Manhattan branch, helping grow GFI’s residential mortgage division to a $200 million enterprise.MMI’s CEO, Leif Thomsen, also weighed in on the company’s newly opened location, stating, “”Our company has been successful because we open offices in markets like Manhattan where we know we are dealing with a stable, reliable community of borrowers. The housing market is growing in the Metropolitan area, and we want to contribute to that growth by offering low cost loans to the community.””MMI’s Manhattan office boasts a tony address, located at 590 Madison Avenue, and its corporate headquarters remain in Walpole, Massachusetts. Also of note, MMI employs more originators named to the annual Top 200 loan officer list than any other U.S. lender, in terms of dollar volume.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

first_img Personal income rose $42.3 billion in July but consumer spending increased $46.0 billion, the “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ reported Thursday. The increase in income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 0.3 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô topped expectations of a 0.3 percent boost, and the 0.04 percent increase in spending also met economist expectations.[IMAGE]The Mr. Micawber-like report (“”Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery,”” per Charles Dickens) meant personal savings dropped in July.Disposable personal income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô essentially after-tax income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $39.9 billion in July. Personal savings fell $9.9 billion.Personal savings as a percentage of disposable (after tax) income fell to 4.2 percent in July from 4.3 percent in June. With continuing low interest rates, personal interest payments (non-mortgage interest) fell to $169.3 billion in June from $173.0 billion in May.The originally reported $61.8 billion increase in personal income for June was revised downward to $46.1 billion and the originally reported $1.3 billion drop [COLUMN_BREAK]in spending was revised upward to show June spending flat to May.Wages and salaries grew just $16.3 billion in July, down from the $29.2 billion increase in June. Transfer payments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô predominantly unemployment insurance, Social Security and Medicare ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $10.3 billion in July after increasing $3.8 billion in June. Medicare payments rose $6.9 billion while Social Security payments fell $2.5 billion and unemployment insurance benefits dropped $0.2 billion. The drop in Social Security payments resulted from the calendar: July 1 fell on a Sunday, accelerating July payments into June.The drop in unemployment insurance payments was the seventh consecutive monthly decline ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reflecting congressional mandated reductions.The increase in personal consumption was split between goods (up $26.0 billion) and services (up $20.1 billion). The increased spending on goods though was heavily weighted to non-durable goods suggesting consumers might be reluctant to spend on higher ticket items which are often financed through borrowing. Personal interest payments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô non-mortgage interest payments by households ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $3.5 billion in July, the first month-month increase since March.The Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô often considered the Federal Reserve’s favored measure of inflation ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was unchanged in July and dropped to 1.3 percent above its year ago level. In June, the Index the year-year increase was 1.5 percent. The “”core”” PCE Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô excluding food and energy ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was also unchanged in July and was up 1.6 percent in the last year, compared with a 1.8 percent year-year increase in June. in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Spending Growth Tops Income Expectations In July August 30, 2012 420 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-30 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

first_img April 4, 2013 493 Views Ocwen Completes Purchase of Nation’s Biggest Reverse Mortgage Lender Share Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Ocwen Reverse Mortgage Service Providers 2013-04-04 Tory Barringercenter_img in Origination “”Ocwen Financial Corporation””:http://www.ocwen.com/index announced the closing of its deal to acquire the country’s largest reverse mortgage lender.[IMAGE]The Atlanta-based financial services holding company announced in October it had entered into an agreement with “”Genworth Financial Corporation””:https://www.genworth.com/#tab1-tab to purchase “”Liberty Home Equity Solutions””:http://libertyhomeequity.com/, at the time known as Genworth Financial Home Equity Access. The purchase price was approximately $22 million.[COLUMN_BREAK]Ocwen CEO Ron Faris expressed his excitement in the company’s third-quarter earnings report, saying the deal “”positions [Ocwen] well in a market with enormous future growth potential.””He maintained that outlook in the company’s recent announcement.””Liberty is the industry leader in helping seniors secure their retirement with strong customer-service and superior quality. We believe this promising market offers enormous long-term growth potential, and this purchase positions Ocwen to capture that growth,”” Faris said.””We are very excited to complete this transaction and become a part of one of the largest mortgage servicing and origination companies in the industry,”” said Pete Engelken, president of Sacramento-based Liberty. “”Together we will be able to help even more seniors with home equity retirement income solutions, including FHA [Federal Housing Administration] and proprietary products.””last_img read more

first_img January 12, 2015 470 Views Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices Home Values Recovery 2015-01-12 Tory Barringer Home Price Recovery Lagging Among Lower Housing Tiers The housing sector’s recovery continues to march forward, but more evidence suggests it’s mostly the top tier of the market that’s seeing all the benefits.Taking data from its monthly home price tracker, Black Knight Financial Services found in its latest report that while high-value properties in the country’s hardest-hit states have made solid strides in recovering to their pre-crisis peaks, low-value homes are still struggling to make progress.”We looked at [Home Price Index] appreciation from pre-crisis peaks to today in the 10 states currently trailing the further behind their pre-crisis housing maximums,” said Trey Barnes, SVP of loan data products at Black Knight. “The data showed a clear difference in the levels of recovery among home price tiers.”One of the best examples of Black Knight’s findings is Nevada, which suffered more than most states in the crash and is still 39 percent off its pre-crisis peak. According to the company, properties in the lowest 20 percent of the state’s housing market are down 47 percent from their peaks compared to 36 percent for the highest tier.California is even worse: Properties in the Golden State’s highest level are about 3 percent from their previous highs, while those at the bottom are still off by nearly one-third.Most of the difference in performance comes back to the fact that higher-value homes already had an advantage when the recovery started: They weren’t hit as badly when prices turned south, according to Barnes.”In many cases, these disparities between price tiers can be attributed to the fact that during the bubble, lower-tier properties appreciated at much higher rates than higher-valued properties and likewise fell harder and further when the bubble broke,” he said.Price recovery isn’t the only area in which the lower-tier market has struggled.Last week, CoreLogic revealed that while improvements in home equity have pushed nearly nine in 10 properties out of underwater status, most of those gains have been at the high end of the market, with 94 percent of homes valued at more than $200,000 in positive equity. By comparison, 95 percent of properties below that line are right-side up on their loan.Meanwhile, Zillow reported in November that the inventory of for-sale homes in the most affordable price tier was up only 68.3 percent over the year. That compares to an increase of 82.2 percent in the highest tier.”Even as conditions improve for buyers overall, it remains a tough row to hoe for first-time buyers and lower-income buyers, especially compared to their more well-off contemporaries,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe one-month countdown until the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule is implemented is in full effect. This checklist of the critical items you will need to will not only ensure compliance, but more importantly deliver the electronic evidence when the Consumer Financial Protection  Bureau (CFPB) comes knocking on your door asking you to prove what you said you did to prevent paying fines that could run up to $1 million dollars a day per infraction!It’s déjà vu’ all over again. I remember in 2010 when the last major RESPA overhaul occurred and the response by everyone, (Lender, LOS providers, DocPrep companies, Title system vendors) was to build a GFE/TIL calculator; however, no one stood behind them and rep and warranted their accuracy.Now fast forward to 2015 with TRID and you have the same parties building Closing Collaboration Portals (so far I’ve counted twelve) to support the online exchange of fee data prior to closing to ensure more accurate disclosures. The key issue again is who is offering a solution that has all the required steps, features and functions needed to ensure a complete and compliant process (not just the LE and CD) and rep & warrants it to protect the creditor (lender) against future compliance risk, audits or legal challenges.Clinging to the old paper process is just not going to cut it anymoreSo much focus has been on the forms, specifically the CD and the three-day delivery requirement but implementing a true compliant process requires confirmation and tracking of the following critical milestone events.Tim AndersonApplication• Intent to proceed• Three-day delivery of the initial disclosure package, (not just the LE)• Changed circumstances and re-disclosure (s)Pre-closing• Three-day delivery of final closing disclosure (CD)• Why just the one form and not all like we do with the initial disclosures?• Show receipt of deliveryElectronic evidence• RESPA reconciliation to verify tolerance and other compliance checks• Date & time stamp audit trail of all consumer communications• Record retention requirement of three years on LE and five years on CDImplementing a full electronic (eSign, eDisclosure) process from loan application to closing is the only way to truly be and ensure compliance. There is a reason why the CFPB and now FHFA is standardizing on the MISMO 3.3 data spec and that is because they are moving to support a full automated audit of the data file for compliance and not wading through hundreds of pages of the paper file to verify compliance.Additional To DosTechnology Vendors – of course you’ve been working with your technology vendors over the past several months to understand the changes made to their software and how to use the new functionality. However, some lenders that I’ve talked to eased up working with their vendors because they now had more time. Not a good idea.Training – not only should you be working with your technology vendors to get trained on their software, but you should be training your own people on the new process. A lot of your staff will be involved with TRID in some form or another; make sure they all understand processes, policies and procedures.Test, Test, and Test Again – you can’t do enough testing. Try to see where their might be holes in your own processes and ensure the right staff has tested and understands how to apply technology that is affected by TRID.Keep a Watchful Eye – After October 3, there will be a lot going on internally. Just make sure you observe how things are progressing and make necessary improvements or corrections along the way.Fines – Sure. The CFPB says it will be lenient regarding TRID violations at first, but you want TRID compliance adherence to be air tight from the get go.Going Digital – only way to truly ensure data and document compliance and integrityIf this reg does not get people to move to and support a full eMortgage process, I don’t know what will. I guess when the CFPB starts auditing for QM, ATR and TRID in earnest and begin accessing large fines for non-compliance, maybe then the origination side, like the servicing side of the business will wake up and finally change the way they do business.Editor’s note: Portions of Tim’s response appear in the September issue of MReport. To view his response and additional responses from Black Knight Financial Services, NetDirector, ARMCO, Pavaso, Mid America Mortgage, and IDS click here. September 7, 2015 661 Views Countdown to TRID–The Final Implementation Checklist in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule 2015-09-07 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Hold Harmless Grace Period TRID U.S. House of Representatives 2015-10-07 Staff Writer The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bipartisan bill (303-121) that will provide a “hold harmless” grace period for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule, which went into effect October 3.The Homebuyers Assistance Act (H.R. 3192) provides the mortgage industry with a grace period through February 1, 2016, by protecting them from enforcement actions if they make a good faith effort to comply with the TRID regulation.The Act passed through the House Financial Services Committee last week.”This bipartisan bill provides certainty to businesses that are trying to comply with the rule as well as an opportunity to work out any implementation issues that come up,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “There is no reason that CFPB regulations should prevent homebuyers from being able to buy and close on a home.”He added, “Owning a home has always been an important part of the American Dream, and government should never stop people from reaching that goal. Representative French Hill’s leadership on this bill means many Americans will be that much closer to achieving their American Dream.”The White House threatened to veto the Homebuyers Assistance Act on Tuesday, according to a Statement of Administrative Policy.”The CFPB has already clearly stated that initial examinations will evaluate good faith efforts by lenders,” the White House wrote. “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3192, as it would unnecessarily delay implementation of important consumer protections designed to eradicate opaque lending practices that contribute to risky mortgages, hurt homeowners by removing the private right of action for violations, and undercut the Nation’s financial stability. If the President were presented with H.R. 3192, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.””Without this bill, homebuyers could encounter delays and difficulties when they try to close on their homes. Buying a home is stressful enough, and bureaucratic delays should not add to their stress.”—Jeb HensarlingThe Credit Union National Association (CUNA) expressed their gratitude and support for the bill as credit union navigate the new TRID guidelines.“This legislation is important for credit unions as they work in good faith to comply with the TRID rule, which became effective October 3,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA chief advocacy officer. “CUNA and other stakeholders repeatedly asked the CFPB to provide a formal hold-harmless period to ensure the rule has minimal impact on consumers and residential home mortgage closings. We thank the House for their quick action on this important issue and urge the Senate to do the same.”Rep. French Hill (R-Arkansas), sponsor of the bill, noted that the legislation was brought about to allow for more clarity on the CFPB’s TRID rule and that “the stories he and his colleagues have heard regarding efforts to comply, and lingering uncertainty on several aspects of the rule.”In addition, co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) stated, “the bill would help ensure access to mortgage credit during the hold-harmless period because it would allow small lenders to work toward full compliance without penalty.”On Tuesday, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler stated his support for the new legislation in a letter and urged lawmakers to do the same.Thaler posed the issue of despite both the National Credit Union Association’s (NCUA’s) and the CFPB’s efforts to consider credit unions’ good faith efforts toward TRID, there are “unresolved ambiguities” within the regulation.“We thank Reps. French Hill (R-Arkansas) and Brad Sherman (D-California) for their leadership in introducing H.R. 3192 and shepherding it through the House,” Thaler said. “This legislation will erase all doubt and allow mortgage lenders to comply without fear of enforcement actions. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress to help advance the legislation. ”Click here to view to view final vote results. Out of the 303 who voted in favor of the bill, 239 were Republicans and 64 were Democrats. All 121 who voted nay were Democrats; 10 representatives (seven Republicans, three Democrats) did not vote. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img House Passes TRID Grace Period Bill October 7, 2015 728 Views last_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share November 29, 2016 759 Views Case-Shiller Home Price Index Home Price Recovery Home Prices 2016-11-29 Seth Welborncenter_img Home Prices Cross a ‘Largely Symbolic’ Threshold The September numbers from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices look impressive on the surface, surpassing peak 2006 numbers. But U.S. home prices remain still about 20 percent below that pre-recession peak, if you factor in inflation.Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, in fact, said that “crossing this threshold is largely symbolic.”Still, the numbers from September are up, and for the 53rd straight month. According to the index, home prices climbed 5.5 percent compared to a year ago, and 5.1 percent from August. Seattle and Portland led the way, each gaining 11 percent year-over-year. Twelve cities reported greater price increases in the year ending in September versus the year ending in August.The new peak, said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones, “will be seen as marking a shift from the housing recovery to the hoped-for start of a new advance.”Miami, Tampa, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, which experienced the biggest booms, remain well below their all-time highs, Blitzer said.“Other housing indicators are also giving positive signals,” he said. “Sales of existing and new homes are rising and housing starts at an annual rate of 1.3 million units are at a post-recession peak.”For McLaughlin, the index numbers are more ambiguous.“Home prices reaching their nominal pre-recession peaks brings mixed news for the housing market,” McLaughlin said. “It’s good news for homeowners who are no longer underwater, but not so great news for homebuyers who have seen prices outpace incomes for most of the housing market recovery.”McLaughlin called the housing recovery “uneven,” pointing out that markets that reached their pre-recession peaks are almost all in the South or West.”And within those markets,” he said, “it’s mostly high-end homes that have surpassed the peak.”According to the index, while most markets between Dallas and Seattle climbed 8 percent or higher since last year, markets between Cleveland and Boston climbed an average of about 4 percent. New York, though up since last year, showed the lowest annual price gains at just under 2 percent.Click here to view the complete Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for September.last_img read more

first_imgThirty-year Mortgage Rates Jump 11 Points 2017-03-13 Rachel Williams March 13, 2017 516 Views in Data, Headlinescenter_img Share According to the most recent Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, average 30-year fixed mortgage rates have reached their highest mark in 2017.”The 10-year Treasury yield rose about 10 basis points this week,” said Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac Chief Economist, for the week ending March 9. “For the first time in weeks, the 30-year mortgage rate moved with treasury yields and jumped 11 basis points to 4.21 percent. The strength of Friday’s employment report and the outcome of next week’s FOMC meeting are likely to set the direction of next week’s survey rate.”Current rates are as follows:30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.21 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending March 9, 2017, up from last week when it averaged 4.10 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.68 percent.15-year FRM this week averaged 3.42 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.32 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.96 percent.5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.23 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.14 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.92 percent.Freddie Mac makes home ownership possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since its creation by Congress in 1970, this organization has made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide.last_img read more

first_img Share May 24, 2019 505 Views in Headlines, News Blue Sage, developers of the browser-based lending technology designed to provide borrowers with a digital mortgage experience, and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), a private mortgage insurer, announced the availability of MGIC’s mortgage insurance rate quotes and delegated MI service ordering through the Blue Sage Digital Lending Platform.Through this technology integration, loan originators can select MI products and order MGIC rate quotes or delegated MI without leaving the platform, improving the speed and accuracy of ordering MGIC MI.This partnership with MGIC is another step forward in the Wisconsin-based Blue Sage’s vision to provide an end-to-end, cloud-based digital mortgage experience capable of handling any business channel, from retail to wholesale, correspondent and even consumer direct. The integration was made possible through Blue Sage’s unique application programming interfaces (APIs), which provide seamless interoperability between the platform and third-party systems.”We’re proud to partner with MGIC, which shares our vision to streamline the mortgage insurance process for lenders and consumers,” said Joe Langner, CEO of Blue Sage. “Our automated integration with MGIC significantly reduces time and effort involved in ordering insurance, regardless of a lender’s channel of business. Through partnerships such as these, Blue Sage continues to modernize mortgage lending in the cloud in ways that other platforms simply cannot match.””We are excited to be working with Blue Sage to bring the newest MGIC offerings to our mutual customers,” said Margaret Crowley, VP of Marketing and Customer Experience at MGIC. “As we continue to define new ways of supporting the private mortgage insurance needs of our customers, partners like Blue Sage are creating platforms that support continuous innovation.”center_img New Technology Integration Announced for Lenders cloud technology Lending Servicing 2019-05-24 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

first_imgappointmentsAvis Budgetdrive Avis Budget Group has appointed Tom Mooney as Managing Director for the Pacific Region, effective 1 October 2018 and based in Sydney. Tom will lead Avis Budget Group operations and activities in the Pacific Region, ensuring customer excellence, continued upward trajectory growth, employee engagement and overseeing the many mobility initiatives across the region. He will oversee all Pacific regional brands: Avis, Budget, Apex and Show Group.As a well-known name in the travel and mobility industry, Tom is a seasoned leader with an outstanding track record for driving growth and strategic execution. He joins Avis Budget Group from his previous role as CEO at Thrifty Car Rental in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, Tom has held several C-suite positions in start-ups and Global corporations alike, such as IAG, NRMA and First Data Corporation.Mark Servodidio, President, International, Avis Budget Group, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tom to the team, especially during this exciting time as we continue to break new ground in the mobility space. With a first-class career history and extensive industry credentials, we are confident Tom will make a big impact, bringing Australia, New Zealand and Singapore into a united region, transforming the business and taking Pacific’s performance to the next level.”last_img read more

first_imgAIME 2019Knowledge ProgramMelbourne Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 has reimagined how delegates experience the event with a refreshed Knowledge Program, elevating the educational content to focus on idea sharing that draws the community together to challenge the status quo.The comprehensive program includes streams for varying levels of experience and seniority and will, for the first time, see both buyers and exhibitors able to attend sessions together – allowing further opportunity for buyers and exhibitors to connect.The Monday program will ensure participants have a connected learning journey focused on a number of topics, including thought-provoking plenary talks designed to challenge thinking, intensive skill based workshops with AIME’s first Hackathon and collaborative case study based workshops.ICCA’s integral Business Exchange will now be anchored at AIME, and the organisation will also deliver sessions debating a number of topics, including the role and relevance of professional conference organisers (PCOs).Furthermore, SITE will present results from an industry-wide survey of the incentive travel industry.Other dynamic sessions include the invitation only Leaders Forum for c-suite executive, to MEA’s two-day event management workshop program open to current students and the broader AIME community.Hosted by renowned community builder and entrepreneur, Fabian Pfortmüller, who has dedicated his career to understanding communities, believes the open-source framework will help the business event industry from across the Asia Pacific region grow.Sponsored by Melbourne Convention Bureau, AIME’s Knowledge Program has been created with input from key partners such as Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA).“We believe that education is fuel for economic growth. We understand the value in knowledge sharing and we are thrilled to be able to provide more opportunities to forge new connections and share industry experience. We want people to leave AIME and not only be able to measure a positive return on investment, but also having upskilled their professional and personal development,” said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events.Full Knowledge Program details will be available in November 2018. AIME is the first business event to kick off 2019 proceedings globally and will be running 18–20 February 2019.For more details or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit aime.com.au.last_img read more

first_imgMeetings, conferences, Incentive travel and events, all the latest MICE news wrapped up in one weekly feature.This is the latest news that you need to know for the MICE sector.Feed Your Passions at Festivals, Events and More in Singapore throughout 2019Singapore’s 2019 calendar is filled with possibilities forvisitors of all passions to indulge to their hearts’ content. Whether you’re aFoodie, Explorer, Culture Shaper, Action Seeker, Socialiser or Collector, thereis an exciting and diverse line-up of activities in 2019 to enjoy with thosewho share your passions. Among the highlights are notable international events suchas The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which will be held in Asia for thefirst time; the return of the most anticipated circus act Cirque du Soleil witha new show Kurios; new edition of the visually arresting Rainforest Lumina atthe Singapore Zoo; Disney events featuring Pixar as part of the third year ofpartnership with the Singapore Tourism Board; and art events such as theSingapore Biennale and the inaugural Southeast Asia (S.E.A.) Focus; theSingapore Bicentennial celebrations featuring a slew of events lined up such asthe Fort Canning Park experiential showcase, through the year to commemorateSingapore’s 200 years of history.Adventure Conference to be held in QueenstownNew Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown has won a bid tohost the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will attract leadingtourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. The winningbid was presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from theUniversity of Otago, Queenstown Resort College and the Otago PolytechnicInstitute of Sport and Adventure. Houge Mackenzie said Queenstown’s reputation as an adventuretourism hub made it a stand-out choice for the Adventure Tourism ResearchAssociation (ATRA). “Thanks to the support of Tourism New Zealand’s ConferenceAssistance Programme, we have been able to bring a landmark event for tourismresearch to New Zealand,” she saidTourism Australia invites you to join them at IMEX AmericaSecureyour spot on the Australia stand at USA’s largest meetings industry tradeshow, IMEX America. By joining Tourism Australia on the Australia stand youwill have the opportunity to do business, network and develop your relationshipwith international buyers. In 2018 more than 70 business leads were generatedat the show. IMEX America will be held from 10 – 12 September 2019 at the SandsExpo Convention Centre in Las Vegas. IMEX USAMICE NewsQueenstownSingapore Tourism BoardTourism Australialast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Ryan Williams, getting back on the practice field Thursday at University of Phoenix Stadium was a very important step.After all, given that he’s missed the last few weeks due to injury and, in the process, may have lost his hold on a roster spot, playing is now of the utmost importance. And he expects to play Saturday when the Cardinals take on the San Diego Chargers in the team’s third preseason game of the season. Thus, Williams is most definitely behind.“Every evaluation for him is critical for him now,” Arians said before Williams got back on the field Thursday. “He’s missed so much that I want to see how he does in practice before I put him in a game. “Hopefully he’ll do as well as I think he will and be able to get out there and play full speed, get tackled.”Williams did not do as much Thursday as he wanted to, but did get a chance to shake off some of the rust he’s built up by sitting on the sidelines. Where that leaves him for Saturday depends on how he feels over the next couple days, but for now Williams is confident he’ll be ready to go and be effective when on the field.Asked if he’s confident his leg will allow him to show what he can do, Williams’ response was pretty straightforward.“Yeah.” – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I will be out there,” he said. “I don’t know how many reps I’ll get, but I’ll be out there.“Hopefully I can get some plays and get in the end zone.”Williams has dealt with his fair share of injuries, as a ruptured patella tendon cost him his rookie season in 2011 and then a shoulder injury forced him to miss the final 11 games in 2012. Though talented, he does not have enough on film to allow a new coach like Bruce Arians to feel comfortable without seeing what the player can do first-hand. And that’s why Williams understands the importance of the next few weeks.“I have about two weeks left — well, a week and a half left — to kind of erase the past couple weeks that I haven’t been out here,” he said. “If everything works well, then it will. But that’s what I’m hoping for, that’s what I’m shooting for.”And likely what the coaching staff needs to see, especially given the depth at the running back position. Because along with Williams, the Cardinals have Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, though only Mendenhall has experienced any kind of success in the NFL. All have shown flashes of ability, and all have been healthy enough to get a good amount of work in this training camp. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer celebrates after the Cardinals defeated the Cleveland Browns 34-20 in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   “[Bruce Arians] had a frank conversation with us,” defensive lineman Frostee Rucker said of what happened in the locker room at halftime. “He had a frank conversation with us about how we were playing in the first half. Obviously, we weren’t playing up to our standard and we had to turn that around quick. He barks and we listen.”“The first half (we were) sluggish,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t our type of football. We got a mouthful from B.A. at halftime and a lot of guys stepped up in the second half and we started making plays.”The Cardinals forced a Browns punt on the opening possession of the second half, then went on to score a touchdown four plays into their first drive of the third quarter. After forcing another punt the next time Cleveland had the ball, the Cardinals needed just four plays to score again, retaking a lead they would never relinquish.To say a 34-20 game was a rout would be inaccurate, but the Cardinals really dominated the second half. The Browns tallied just 98 yards of net offense over the final two quarters, with the Cardinals forcing a pair of turnovers. The defense harassed and battered McCown while being stout against the run, and ended the only two drives that saw the Browns cross into Arizona territory with turnovers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But something changed for them at halftime, and as the team reaches the midway point of its season, there is a hope — maybe even a belief — that what you saw in the second half is more indicative of what kind of team the Cardinals really are.“Six and two is not bad in the NFL,” Mathieu said. “Those two losses are games that we felt like we were in control of, and at some point in the game, we had an opportunity to win.“Going forward, we need to start fast, play consistent for four quarters and win the turnover battle with these teams coming up on our schedule.” – / 18center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Through 30 minutes of football Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals trailed the Cleveland Browns by a score of 20-10 and looked rather poor in the process.Though they had gained 225 net yards, the Cardinals lost a pair of fumbles and seemed to have no answer for the Josh McCown-led Browns offense.When play resumed, as the picture quality on TV looked worse for many viewers around the Valley, the team itself looked better. Much, much better. Top Stories LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Arizona also did not punt in the second half, scoring on five of seven possessions (with the final one being a pair of kneel downs as time expired).“We just pulled our heads out,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said of what changed. “We played pretty crappy in the first half. First good drive started off, and it was just play after play after play not executing. Coach, we got in the locker room, he was pretty upset as he should have been. We were able to play much better defense. Came out third quarter, got a stop. We were able to make some plays down the field, got it going. It was great to see Troy (Niklas) in there a couple of times and started rolling from there.”What exactly Arians said will not be known by the public, nor is it likely fit for public consumption. Suffice to say whatever it was, it achieved the desired result. However, the third-year coach downplayed what he told the team.“Oh yeah,” he said when asked if too much is being made of it. “It wasn’t even close to when I was young.”If there is something to take away from the game besides Arians’ apparent way with words, it is that the Cardinals are definitely better than the Browns. Their records a good judge of their talent, the road team found a way to struggle for most of 30 minutes and overcome a quartet of turnovers to win rather comfortably. It’s not exactly a recipe for consistent success, but in this case, the effort allowed the Cardinals to reach their bye week with a 6-2 record and a lead in the NFC West. To some, needing to flip the proverbial switch in order to win could be considered a bad thing; to others, the ability to do exactly that could be seen as a positive. Then again, when a deficit seems to be more about what a team is doing to itself rather than what is being done to it, perhaps it makes sense that things could quickly and easily turn around.“It’s very hard to flip it,” Arians said. “When you look at the tape, it was just a few plays in the first half. The turnover where we gave the ball on the 9-yard line. We gave up two great plays. We hold them to a 3rd-and-9 and we gave up a post pattern. We had good pressure. We fumbled the ball going in for a touchdown, but there were a lot of really good things in the first half. It was just a few plays like a 50-yard pass on an easy slant route to a running back, where you cannot give up inside leverage and bite on that fake and miss a tackle. It should have been a 10-yard gain at the worst and it was a 50-yard gain, so there were a few plays.“It wasn’t a lackluster performance. It was just a few plays.”The Cardinals have lost two games this season. There was a common thread throughout them, and that was turnovers along with penalties and missed opportunities inside the red zone. Sunday in Cleveland, Arizona seemed to be on its way to suffering a third defeat to a team that it probably should have beaten because of, well, turnovers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgFor over 87 years, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has been a classic landmark of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It has been revered as a destination for the discerning traveller, as well as a favourite haunt for the most prominent residents of New York City. Writer/Director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s / Crazy About Tiffany’s documentary) signed on to tell the story of The Carlyle through a 90-minute documentary. In production for the past three years, Last Night at The Carlyle will offer an exclusive peek into the renowned hotel and is set to be released in the northern spring of 2017.The documentary will explore the history of this Manhattan mainstay since its completion in 1930 and will feature many loyal guests, celebrities and residents to find out how they define its intangible draw. Additionally, the film will highlight tales from the tenured staff, who will share their affinity for the hotel and what is truly behind its legendary service and reputation.Well-known names featured in the film include Woody Allen, George Clooney, Elaine Stritch, Anjelica Huston, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Lenny Kravitz and Naomi Campbell, to name a few. Over 100 personalities and regulars have been interviewed to discover their best stories and unique insight to this legendary address. Additionally, hotel associates who are famous in their own right – from Hector Ruiz, the discreet hotel ambassador to Tommy Rowles, the well-known Bemelmans bartender for over 50 years – have also shared their experiences about the beloved property.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIn a move to bring the vessels in line with Scenic Diamond and Scenic Emerald, Scenic is trimming capacity on eight of its European river cruise ships and upgrading onboard experiences for 2019.The Australian-owned luxury cruise operator has unveiled plans to slice up to six staterooms on eight of its so-called “Space Ships”, enabling it to increase the size of some existing staterooms and introduce two new 47m² Royal Owners suites.Scenic Royal Owners SuiteVessels to go under the knife include Scenic Amber, Crystal, Jade, Jasper, Jewel, Opal, Ruby and Pearl, all of which operate on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.Passenger capacity will dip on Scenic Ruby and Pearl from 167 to 161, and will drop from 169 to 165 guests on the remainder of the fleet. The number of crew aboard the ships will remain unchanged.Scenic’s three-seat Salt Therapy Lounge.The size of the ships’ wellness centres will be boosted to include a Salt Therapy Lounge (which is unique to Scenic), along with a gym, hairdresser and massage room. The Salt Lounge is a humidity- and temperature-controlled room crafted from salt bricks that create a microclimate of a natural salt mine, said to have curative effects. The facility will feature three lounge chairs divided by curtains for privacy, low-level lighting and calming music. The Salt Therapy Lounge is available to guests to use as they desire.Scenic Diamond and Emerald, which sail on France’s Rhône and Saône rivers, underwent the same redesign last year.The bathroom in Scenic’s Royal Owners SuiteA spokesperson for Scenic told LATTE the upheaval will be carried out over the European winter when the ships are all in dry dock and will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.“[There will be] no interruptions to the cruise season at all,” the Scenic spokesperson said.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_img RelatedAirports are ‘the new real estate’Spurred by liberalisation, international airline investment strategy is increasingly becoming a game of real estate.BMI branches expand in different directionsThe bmibaby low cost branch of the business has this week announced new flight routes from Manchester Airport.Open Skies opens new chapter in transatlantic competitionA historic corner has been turned in transatlantic aviation, with the EU-US Open Skies agreement now operative. A leading Indian airline is reportedly taking a new approach to securing highly coveted landing spots at west London hub Heathrow.Jet Airways has been alerted to the holding of 11 per cent of Heathrow landing slots by British Midland (BMI) and is reportedly seeking a takeover of the airline in order to cement its London footing.Jet Airways, the largest domestic airline in India, was claimed by the Sunday Telegraph to have approached BMI chairman Sir Michale Bishop with a view to buying out his 51 per cent stake in the firm.An aviation consultant told the Times of India: “Sir Michael Bishop owns 51 per cent stake in UK carrier British Midland (BMI). BMI has control over 11 per cent slots in Heathrow and Jet Airways has approached Sir Bishop for controlling stakes in the carrier. In some ways, it’s a repetition of the Air Sahara buyout. We are looking at gaining slots in major airports during peak hours by buying stakes in airlines that are rich in this aspect.”Competition for a BMI buyout could be high, with Heathrow transatlantic flyers BA and Virgin Atlantic already voicing an interest, alongside Lufthansa – already nearly a 30 per cent stake-holder in the firm.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgMore Brits are booking flights to destinations that offer value-for-money as well as warmth, the latest currency trend from the International Currency Exchange (ICE) has revealed.According to the ICE’s monthly report, the Thai baht has broken into the top three foreign currencies bought by British travellers, while the East Caribbean dollar made the list for the first time.The Brazilian real jumped to seventh position, experiencing an increase in orders of 85 percent.While destinations offering guaranteed sun are proving popular, a number of people appear to have been booking flights to Czech and Swiss ski resorts, with both the koruna and Swiss franc remaining in the lists top ten.Andrew Hamilton, ICE’s head of marketing, said it was a “big surprise” that the Thai baht had managed to push ahead of the Australian dollar.”Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico, as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real,” he said.The top two currencies bought by UK travellers in February were the euro and the US dollar, while the New Zealand dollar and Polish zloty were the eighth and ninth most popular.Last month the ICE said that Russia, Mexico and Brazil were the destinations where British holidaymakers are able to get better value for their sterling.Related Reading: Don’t Ignore the Eurozone ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand is Brits’ third most popular holiday destinationThailand has remained the third most popular holiday destination for Brits, research from the ICE has revealed.More Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers.last_img read more

first_imgFlight comparison company Skyscanner today launches cheap flights into space. While excitement is building about the increasingly imminent prospect of space tourism following Virgin Galactic’s successful test flights in March, the prohibitive $200,000 price tag makes this a final frontier too far for many would be astronauts. “Virgin Galactic is doing a brilliant job of creating excitement and raising awareness that space tourism is a real possibility, but this is not a one rocket space race by any means and space travel doesn’t have to cost the earth,” said Skyscanner co-founder Barry Smith. “The no frills model has transformed air travel over the last decade so it’s no surprise a low cost contender has emerged to make this market more accessible to all.”Low cost space travel venture Copenhagen Suborbitals – based in Denmark – is taking a no-frills approach in order to bring the cost of space travel back down to earth. Prices per trip have not been finalised but are anticipated to substantially undercut the Virgin Galactic fare. There will be no in-flight service, no baggage allowance and no seating – passengers will have to stand throughout the duration of the space flight, although ‘buttock and arm pit support’ will be available.“We’d like to call this company the Ryanair of space travel but we can’t – you don’t have to pay extra for check-in baggage. In fact you can’t take any baggage at all,” said Barry Smith. RelatedSpace cowboys: 5 ways to be an astronautReach the final frontier, with five space-faring companies offering blast-off for ordinary earthlingsRyanair to launch new Plus and Irish Gold luxury class flight servicesRyanair to launch new Plus and Irish Gold luxury class flight servicesThe future of travel: Gareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO predictsDeep-sea tourism, the rise of peer to peer travel, flying cars and why teleportation would kill Skyscanner (but he’s not worrying).center_img He concludes: “It’s one small click for the user, but one giant leap for us as a company, opening up opportunities for our business to boldly go into some exciting new market niches. It’s even possible we may seem some interest from forlorn former Concorde passengers who miss the view on flights from London to New York. Although the flights are currently starting from a barge in the Baltic Sea, and I’m not actually sure where they’re landing, so that may not be ideal for them.”Copenhagen Suborbitals is planning a test flight in June of this year, powering a spacecraft into a suborbital trajectory. Budding astronauts can follow progress as the company launches a series of rockets to validate and test performance before launching humans into space.For further information view our low cost space flights and fares pagesPictures from: Copenhagen SuborbitalsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 12. Newlands, Cape Town, South AfricaCapacity: 25,000Another belter to add to the bucket-list, Newlands sits in the shadow of South Africa’s Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak and is currently home to the Cape Cobras. During international cricket matches the crowd comes alive, and those lucky enough to bag a spot on a grassy knoll (those that have survived the stadium’s 1990s facelift) bask in the sunshine and soak it all in. Since the first Test match was played here in 1889 – when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs – the ground has hosted more than 50 Tests, of which South Africa have won 18. 7. MCG, Melbourne, AustraliaCapacity: 96,000Every Boxing Day almost 100,000 Aussies pack-up their Christmas BBQ left-overs and head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the traditional Test – it’s livelier than the office Christmas party (unless Gary goes heavy on the snowballs again) especially in the infamous Bay 13, directly opposite the members area. 160 years of cricket at this hallowed ground has given fans a roaring roster of stellar sporting moments, including Trevor Chappell’s controversial underarm delivery and the 1992 Cricket World Cup final between Pakistan and England, which saw almost 87,000 spectators in attendance. With tons of bars and cafés spread out all over the ground, huge crowds don’t necessarily mean you’ll be queuing for your schooner of VB all afternoon.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/ysciqBUhkco8. HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, IndiaCapacity: 25,000Barely a decade old, this cricket ground in the hometown of the Dalai Lama has to be one of the world’s most picturesque, sitting almost 5,000ft above sea level at the foot of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The stadium is home to the Himachal Pradesh cricket team and hosts a number of Indian Premier League matches – during which the Kings XI Punjab take up residence and the ground is packed with raucous supporters. Although there have only been two One Day Internationals played here (India vs. England 2013, India vs. West Indies 2014) the success of the IPL matches is encouraging and we may see more taking place in the future. It is a truly unique venue (imagine coming into bowl from the Himalaya End) with plenty of stunning scenery to keep you captivated during the breaks. 9. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, IndiaCapacity: 66,000Dubbed ‘cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’, Eden Gardens is one of India’s premier sporting venues and one of cricket’s most iconic grounds. The Bengal cricket team currently call Eden Garden home, as do the IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders. Since construction was completed on it in 1864, the stadium has become famous not only for what happens on the pitch, but for the passion of the cricket fans who come to scream their lungs out and cheer on their team from the stands – despite officially holding 66,000 spectators, there have been occasions when the ground held more than 100,000 extremely vocal supporters. Tragically, Eden Gardens is also well known for the riots that occurred during the late 1960s and again in 1999, after Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar collided with India’s Sachin Tendulkar impeding his play – spectators were evicted and the match continued in front of empty stands.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/l3AB6uEYkBs10. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, IndiaCapacity: 40,000It may not be pretty to look at – the Stadium End resembles a shopping centre multi-story car park – but this concrete jungle is the second oldest international cricket stadium (built in 1883) still in use in India and has witnessed plenty of cricketing history in the making. Home of the Delhi Daredevils, the India national cricket team has also not been beaten here for more than 20 years. Their success is largely down to the support they get from the home crowd, a huge jumble of noise, colour and sound that hardly ever fails to intimidate opposing teams. However, England don’t fare too badly here; of only six games won by visiting teams at Feroz, England have won three.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/CHSE2t_naZw11. Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri LankaCapacity: 35,000Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, overlooking the 16th century Dutch fort in the south western city of Galle, this cricket ground gives HPCA a run for its money in the picturesque pitches stake. Also known as The Esplanade, it was originally built as a race course in 1876 – the first permanent pavilion wasn’t erected until 1892. However, the original stadium was almost completely destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and has undergone extensive reconstruction over the last decade. But this doesn’t seem to have killed the stadium’s spirit, as the carnival atmosphere spreads through the crowds on big match days, particularly when the Barmy Army are over to join in the fun. Looking for more cricket stuff to read during a tea break? Check out Skyscanner’s centre for all things cricket this summer, including behind-the-scenes videos of the grounds and guides on where to eat and drink if you’re visiting any of them.Enter your email address and win flights with Skyscanner’s cricket counterEvery 4 scored by England during the Ashes will be equal to four miles – watch Skyscanner’s cricket counter rack up the miles and you could be jetting off.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.center_img This summer, cricket fans will be eagerlywatching the age old rivalry between England and our southern hemisphere offspring, Australia, unfold in a number of different stadiums across the country, each with their own unique character and personality.Which one bowls you over?Can’t afford to get to The Ashes or take the time off work to travel across the country to catch a match? Check out these belters – with interesting facts and videos, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in the stands, pint in hand, with the British summer sunshine beating down on your furrowed brow as you anxiously watch your team bring in the boundaries. Here’s your chance to nosey around 12 of the world’s most famous cricket grounds.First up, five top cricket grounds in the UK:1. Lord’s, LondonCapacity: 28,000A respectable listicle about the world’s best cricket stadiums has to start with the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, and this iconic ground gets our top spot. Built in 1814 and named after Thomas Lord, the owner of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the time, Lord’s is home for Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the European Cricket Council – MCC own and house the Ashes Urn on this hallowed turf. In its 201 year history, there have been more than 100 Test matches played here. Some of the legends of Lord’s include Graham Gooch, the highest Test run scorer at the ground with 2,015 runs, and bowler Ian Botham and his 69 wickets. Although it may be too traditional for some cricket fans, the atmosphere in this ground is truly unique during Test matches, particularly in the morning of the first Test of the summer, before everyone heads to the Lord’s Tavern for lunch and one of their British beef burgers. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of cricket, the architectural features of the stadium are worth a peek: from the Victorian pavilion to the Honours Board, and not forgetting the Old Father Time weather vane, there’s plenty of Instagram action to be had on a tea break.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/u_cyAFfzX3I2. Headingley, LeedsCapacity: 17,000Next door to Headingley Rugby Stadium, this is the epicentre of sport in Leeds. Yorkshire County Cricket Club have called Headingly home for more than 120 years and the ground has seen many spectacular sporting moments, including two triple centuries from ‘the Don’ Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman, and Botham’s legendary match-saving performance in the third Test at the Ashes in 1981. Yorkshire can also be proud of their very own Geoffrey Boycott, who scored his 100th century right here. If you think all cricket crowds are mild-mannered and beyond hooting and hollering, think again! Supporters in the Western Terrace would fit in at Wembley during an FA Cup final – well known for their enthusiastic cheering, families are best to sit elsewhere. Although it’s not the prettiest stadium, the club have recently unveiled the ‘Headingley Masterplan’, a huge renovation project to bring permanent floodlight pylons, a rebuild of the North/South Stand to increase capacity to 20,000, plus much more over the next 20 years. If you are planning a trip to Headingley for the cricket, or the rugby, then check out our article on the ten best places to eat and drink in the suburbs of Leeds.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/XYLXV_AZTKg3. Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonCapacity: 20,000Not as old as Lord’s, but every bit as legendary, the Ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl) was built in 2001 and is the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club. Something of a newbie on the cricket circuit, the stadium has already begun creating a reputation for itself as a regular fixture on England’s white-ball schedule and host of the inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka in 2011. Off the M27 in the leafy Hampshire suburbs of Southampton, it’s a great ground to spend a warm summer’s day sipping ice cold beers in their stylish stands, admiring the perfectly circular pitch. In case you have a few too many, there’s also now a 171-bedroom Hilton hotel, with spa and steak restaurant, just opened at the ground, so you’ve not got far to fall and the end of the day. 4. Edgbaston, BirminghamCapacity: 25,000The second biggest cricketing venue in the UK (after Lord’s) Edgbaston is Warwickshire County Club’s turf and is also regularly used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. When England comes to play the turnout is terrific; Birmingham’s cricket fans and local Asian communities flock here when India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka show for a match. The stands were packed that legendary day back in 2005 when Edgbaston hosted the epic second Test at the Ashes and England became the first team to hit 400 runs in a first day of Test cricket against Australia since 1938. Another highlight in the ground’s 133 year history is Brian Lara’s world-record first-class score of 501 not out. This classic English cricket ground is moving with the times, installing extra seating for the third Test Match of this year’s Ashes Series. Oh, and there’s great news if you hate rain, Edgbaston is the least disrupted by downpours out of all of England’s Test Grounds, losing less than 90 minutes per play compared with over 8 hours on other pitches. For more information on where to head after the cricket, read our article about the best eats in Edgbaston.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/C6QWit03wAA?list=PLTvNBKePIlLHf4nvJbVzAm2zixAjXTTMr5. The Oval, LondonCapacity: 23,500Another big-hitter in the south-east of England, The Oval was built in 1845 to house Surrey County Cricket Club and was the first ground to host international Test cricket in 1880. It’s also considered the birthplace of the Ashes, as it was after a game played here against Australia in 1882, which they won by seven runs within two days, that a sports newspaper printed a mock-obituary for English cricket, leading to the creation of the Ashes urn. With such a long and rich history in Test cricket, the atmosphere here on major Test match days is something to be relished: gates open at 4:30pm and close of play is scheduled for 9:30pm, between which times the Pimms pours from the bar next to Hobbs Gates and hungry fans ravish greasy parcels of fish and chips or pulled pork rolls. Floodlights were only recently installed, but the original gas-lamps that used to light late play still stand – the Oval was the first sports arena to acquire such lamps in 1889.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/vFlwL-PAW6INow for the rest of the world:6. SCG, Sydney, AustraliaCapacity: 44,000One of the world’s cricketing cathedrals, Sydney Cricket Ground’s Ladies’ Pavilion, with its mint green tiled roof, is an iconic spot to watch your club score a century. The Australian ground was built in 1848 and is home to New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Sixers. It’s also where Sir Don recorded his highest first-class score of 452 not out – he’s such a star of the stadium (and the sport) that they named a stand after him in 2014. In 2007 it was the setting for the fifth Ashes Test match where Australia triumphed in a 10-wicket win to become the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes Series whitewash. RelatedSkyscanner’s summer of cricket guideCricket fans, we’ve got England player interviews, videos inside the world’s top grounds, flight giveaways and much more!10 post-cricket eats in and around EdgbastonThe best bars and restaurants for anyone looking for a cricket day feast in and around Edgbaston.WIN flights with Skyscanner’s cricket counterEnter your email address for your chance to win flights!last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – JetSuite Air, the private jet charter company flying a fleet of brand-new Embraer Pheonom 100s, is to be featured on the May 31 episode of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, in the episode, newest Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky surprises her suitor by flying him on one of JetSuite’s private jets for a special date in Las Vegas.JetSuite flies a fleet of brand-new Phenom 100s. The aircraft seats seats four people in BMW-designed comfort and has the largest baggage compartment in its category. For a preview of the jet that The Bachelorette chose for her dream date, go to www.jetsuite.com.ABOUT JETSUITE JetSuite offers the new Phenom in a jet card program. The company currently operates a fleet of seven Phenom 100s and will double the fleet by the end of the year. The company has committed to 70 of the brand new aircraft which can provide nonstop service for up to four passengers, their luggage, pets, golf bags, skis and snowboards throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Baja, Mexico, and one-stop service to all points west of the Mississippi river. JetSuite currently has five base airports within its “Suite Spot” markets, at Long Beach, Hawthorne (western Los Angeles) and Oakland, CA, Henderson, NV (Las Vegas) and Scottsdale, AZ (Phoenix). In 2010, the company will add additional bases in the southwest U.S. For more information on JetSuite, please visit www.jetsuite.com or call (866) 779-7770.last_img read more

first_imgPURCHASE, N.Y. – Eos Airlines, the “uncrowded, uncompromising” choice for transatlantic travel, is offering travelers an opportunity to enjoy a flight between New York and London with their spouse, companion or colleague flying free. Guests who book one round-trip companion fare ticket priced at $4,999 between March 5 and March 14, 2008 will receive a second round-trip ticket for a spouse, colleague or friend, free of charge. This companion fare is available for travel beginning March 18, 2008 and must be completed by January 7, 2009 (terms and conditions apply).Eos is the “Uncrowded, Uncompromising” choice for travel between New York and London and is ideal for traveling with companions or colleagues. Eos’ unique and spacious cabin configuration – 48 “suites” on planes originally designed to hold 220 seats – allows Guests to enjoy face-to-face gourmet dining. Each suite offers individual aisle access (your travel companion won’t wake you up!) and 21 square feet of personal space. To reserve tickets for this companion offer, please call (800) 598-2169 or visit www.eosairlines.com.About Eos AirlinesEos provides single-class premium service in a class by itself – “Eos Class.” Eos was named 2007 “Best Long-Haul Business Airline” at the Business Travel World Awards based on the strength of its dedicated employees, operational excellence and “uncrowded” guest experience. Eos flies the world’s only 757s outfitted with just 48 “suites,” each of which houses an award-winning 6’6” fully-horizontal flat-bed and provides 21 square feet of personal space with unobstructed aisle access for every guest. Eos offers several flights per week between New York ’s JFK Airport and London ’s Stansted Airport and recently announced flights from Newark , N.J. beginning May (tickets on sale now) plus service from London to Dubai commencing July. Eos takes responsibility for the complete end-to-end experience of its guests. For more information, visit www.eosairlines.com or call (800) 598-2169.last_img read more