Fanfare greets furry foursome Giant panda family makes its Calgary Zoo debut

first_imgCALGARY – Two giant panda cubs were in a playful mood Monday as the Calgary Zoo introduced them and their parents to the general public.Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue — meaning Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy — could be seen wrestling and rolling about their nearly 2,000 square-metre, indoor-outdoor habitat. After ambling over rocks by a small waterfall, one of the youngsters went inside to curl up by the glass and take a snooze.Their father Da Mao, or First of Mao, was in the indoor part of the Panda Passage exhibit lazily lounging on a log and munching on a stalk of bamboo. Their mother Er Shun, or Double Smoothness, was out of view.Dozens of people were lined up around midday just as the exhibit opened its doors.The furry foursome was shipped to Calgary from Toronto earlier this spring and spent about a month in quarantine.The two adults are on loan from China to Canadian zoos as part of a 10-year deal signed in 2012. The cubs were born in Toronto in 2015.The price tag to have them in Calgary was around $30 million, including $14.4 million for the exhibit itself. Expanded parking lots, washrooms and restaurants were also required to accommodate more visitors.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 asking for federal funding. He said Monday he’s happy everything worked out, even though Ottawa didn’t chip in.“In the end, private sponsors plus the government of Alberta and the City of Calgary were able to make this happen and we know the economic impact will be huge.”Nenshi said he’s expecting the zoo to have its best year ever in 2018.“But it’s also a great opportunity for Calgarians to unite about something that just makes us all feel good,” he said. “After a tough couple of years, it’s important to have some feel-good things going on.”Each of the critters eats 40 kilograms of bamboo a day, which is shipped twice weekly from China through a partnership between the zoo and Hainan Airlines.Zoo president and CEO Clement Lanthier said he’s hopeful Er Shun may have more cubs while in Calgary. Female pandas are only receptive to breeding two days a year and the zoo is looking at artificially inseminating her. Er Shun has been trained to present her front leg so that blood samples can be taken to monitor her hormone levels.“Stay tuned. We will monitor everything but I think our chances are fairly good,” said Lanthier. “The science of breeding pandas has been evolving dramatically in the past 10 years and that is the reason why they changed the status of the panda from endangered to vulnerable, because of the success of the captive breeding program.”The adult pandas are to remain in Calgary for the next five years, while the cubs are to return to China in the next 18 months or so.Lanthier said he hopes people drawn to the zoo by the high-profile visitors will end up learning something about species closer to home that are in trouble, such as the whooping crane, sage grouse and black-footed ferret.“We’re planning to use the rock-star status of the panda to attract people in a conversation to talk about the less charismatic endangered species of Western Canada, mostly.”last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Province releases review of hydraulic fracturing in BC

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has released a review of hydraulic fracturing.  The report, prepared by a three-member panel makes 97 recommendations the focus on environmental impacts and knowledge gaps about the industry.The report focused on four main areas, water quality, water quantity, induced seismicity, and fugitive emissions.   The panel also reviewed how hydraulic fracturing impacts human health, impacts on environmental health, and cumulative effects of the process. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources says they will take a phased approach to implement the scientific panel’s 97 recommendations. In May of 2019, the Province will release its short-term plan and in December the long-term plan.Read the full report below.The Province says they have already started to make changes to now the OGC regulates dams and water storage, new regulations for orphaned well sites and instructing the OGC to work more with Treaty 8 members.last_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Brock Homecoming weekend all about community

It’s the biggest weekend of the year at Brock University and the entire Niagara community is invited.The University’s annual Homecoming celebration takes place from Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 17 with festivities happening both on campus and off.From sporting events to reunions to campus tours, high-tech demos, Grape and Wine Festival events and the Terry Fox Run, Brock Homecoming offers something for everyone.“Homecoming weekend is the premier alumni event of the year,” said Shelley Huxley, Director, Alumni Relations. “This weekend provides activities and events for our alumni, their families and the broader community. It is a terrific display of Badger pride and spirit to kick off the academic year.”Two highlights this year are the 50-year class reunion for the Class of 1967 — the first graduating class to celebrate a half-century reunion at Brock, as well as an Alumni Recognition of Excellence event, where eight distinguished alumni will be recognized for their outstanding contributions in their fields of work.A full list of Homecoming weekend events can be found on the Brock University website, and all events are open to the media. Here are some of the major Homecoming events scheduled for this year:Grape Stomp — Friday, Sept. 15, NoonBrock’s annual Grape Stomp has been called one of the Top 10 best Canadian university traditions. Nearly 1,000 students are expected to take part in the messy grape-stomping party in Brock’s Jublilee Courtyard.Tailgate Party / Steel Blade Classic — Friday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m. / 7 p.m.Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting the annual Homecoming Tailgate Party featuring a beer tent, barbecue, music and family-friendly events.From there, the party moves indoors when the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team hosts the Guelph Gryphons in the annual Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre. A post-game Alumni Pub Night will be held at Mansion House.Reunions — Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16Among the reunions being held throughout the weekend are: Class of 2007, 2012 and 2016; 25- and 50-year reunions; Sport Management, Political Science, and Rec and Leisure; and Badgers reunions for hockey and fencing.SESQUI Virtual Reality Experience — Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sesqui, in collaboration with the Brock University Library Makerspace, will be bringing a virtual reality experience to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The VR experience features five-minute stories about Canadians who are shaping their world through creativity. The Makerspace will also be showcasing some of the emerging technologies available in Brock’s library such as 3D printing, robotics and circuitry.Brock Badgers five-pack — Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.In addition to the Steel Blade Classic hockey game Friday night, there will be a full slate of Brock Badgers home games taking place Saturday. Men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby and men’s lacrosse are all in action.Alumni Recognition Reception — Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.The 2017 Distinguished Alumna and Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award winners will be celebrated during an afternoon reception. Among the recipients this year are Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry (BA ’00) who served as CEO of the recent North American Indigenous Games in Toronto; Jeff Dykeman (BSM ’05) former Chief Business Officer for PGA Canada; and Lilian Tomovich (BA ’89) Chief Experience and Marketing Officer for MGM International.Educate Your Senses — Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival by hosting its popular Educate Your Senses wine and cheese seminars during homecoming weekend. Hosted by CCOVI instructor Christopher Waters, the seminars will introduce attendees to some of Niagara’s top winemakers, including alumni of Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program, as they share the experiences and stories behind their wines.Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Alumni Social — Saturday, Sept. 16, 5 to 7 p.m.The first-ever Brock VIP experience at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Experience local wine while enjoying Montebello Park in a private area away from the crowds. The event is open to Brock alumni, staff, faculty and community friends.St. Catharines Terry Fox Run — Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.For the first time, Brock University is hosting the St. Catharines Terry Fox Run on its main campus. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. The event is open to everyone in the community. Advance registration can be done online, including for anyone interested in joining the Brock University team. read more

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2019-10-02

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Baseball Home runs propel Ohio State to 94 win against Toledo

Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler (10) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State, once again, showed its ability to hit for power as the team recorded its fifth multiple-home run game at home this season to bury Toledo. Ohio State (14-11) defeated Toledo (9-13) 9-4. The Buckeyes were able to claim seven of nine games in its homestand and launched 12 home runs in the process. In the previous eight games, Ohio State had hit .327 and scored an average of seven runs a game. The Buckeyes were able to carry their offensive success into Wednesday’s game. Ohio State produced nine hits and two home runs in its win.With two men on base, freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo battled at the plate with two outs in the second inning. On the eighth pitch of the at bat, Dezenzo hit an opposite-field home run to put Ohio State up four runs. “With every at bat he’s growing as a player,” head coach Greg Beals said. Dezenzo hit four home runs during the homestand, giving him five this season. The nine-game homestand allowed two other Buckeyes to excel at the plate. The outfielder duo of junior right fielder Dominic Canzone and senior left fielder Brady Cherry has been a staple for the Ohio State offense. “Those are the guys we need to be productive for this offense to really be clicking,” Beals said.Canzone hit .345 through the first eight home games this season. He added three hits in five at bats against Toledo. The co-captain finished with four RBI. Cherry has also enjoyed hitting at Bill Davis Stadium. Cherry had hit .469 and recorded nine RBI heading into Wednesday’s contest. He finished with  one hit in three at bats against Toledo. Ohio State threatened first after a pair of hits put runners in scoring position in the first inning. After an error at first base and a wild pitch, the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead. This would end the day for freshman pitcher Jamie Myers, who was only able to record two outs in his second start of the season. Myers has struggled this season with nine walks allowed to only seven strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched. Beals anticipated the Rockets would use a whole-staff approach to the ball game. “I don’t know how long [Myers] would have gone, but we strung together quality at bats and put pressure on him.” Beals said. Before the conclusion of the game, Toledo would rotate through a total of eight pitchers. A pair of hits and a hit batsman loaded the bases with no outs for the Rockets in the second inning. Junior pitcher Jake Vance was able to respond with two consecutive strikeouts, but a hit to center field by redshirt senior center fielder Brad Boss brought in two runs to tie the game. Vance would go on to have his longest outing of the season with six innings pitched. His previous high came on March 12, where he went 5.1 innings against Wofford. “I needed that,” Vance said. “I’ve been trying to work on getting my innings up a little bit.”Vance finished with six strikeouts, tying his season high, and two earned runs in his second win of the season.  Beals emphasized the importance of getting that quality start and how it protected the bullpen moving into this weekend. “The guys that pitched tonight are all guys we wanted to get work in order to be ready for the weekend,” Beals said. “We didn’t tax ourselves at all leading into the weekend.” Canzone’s second hit of the game brought home freshman outfielder Nolan Clegg to give Ohio State the 3-2 lead after two innings. Dezenzo would complete the second-inning scoring with a three-run blast to right field. With the score at 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Canzone launched a deep home run over the right field wall to add two more runs. This was Canzone’s team-high seventh home run of the season. Toledo was able to add two more runs, but it never threatened to make the game close. “Right now, I think we are clicking on all cylinders, at least for tonight,” Canzone said. Ohio State will hit the road again to open Big Ten play. The Buckeyes will play a three-game series against Rutgers starting at 2 p.m Friday. read more

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2019-09-28

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Could Camilla become Queen after all Clarence House quietly removes statement about

first_imgThe decision, announced in 2005 before the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles, has not officially changed since then, even as the public attitude to the marriage has softened. A redesign of the couple’s official website has seen the explicit statement about… The palace has always insisted that the Duchess will be styled Princess Consort when the time comes, indicating that she would eschew the title of Queen normally expected for the wife of a King. Clarence House has inspired speculation that the Duchess of Cornwall could be given the title of Queen when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne, as staff quietly remove a statement about her future name from its website.last_img read more

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2019-09-25

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50 billion instant messages expected to be sent each day in 2014

first_imgINSTANT MESSAGING APPS like WhatsApp, Snapchat and iMessage are expected to overtake traditional text messaging according to a new report.Accounting firm Deloitte predicts that that instant messaging services will carry 50 billion messages per day globally in 2014, more than twice the number of text messages sent, The Guardian reports.While instant messaging is expected to grow this year, SMS messages will continue to generate more revenue. Deloitte estimates as the market will generate more than $100 billion a year to operators, and predicts that SMS will generate more revenue until 2018.A similar trend is also happening in Ireland as SMS messaging continues to fall and data usage rises. A recent report from ComReg found that the total number of messages sent in Ireland fell to 2.28 billion between July to September 2013, down 25.1 per cent during the same period in 2012.Data volumes rose to over 10,500 terabytes during Q3 2013, increasing by 39.7 per cent in a year. It’s estimated that there are more than 5.6 million mobile phone subscriptions, and that industry revenues were worth €897.7 million.Read: Explainer: Why are the major social media sites trying to break into mobile messaging? >Read: 10 messaging apps that are worth downloading >last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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OConnell and DArcy return to Ireland team ahead of Wales clash

first_imgIreland: R Kearney; A Trimble, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, D Kearney; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, M Ross, D Toner, P O’Connell (capt.); P O’Mahony, C Henry, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, M Moore, D Tuohy, T O’Donnell, I Boss, P Jackson, F McFadden. Munster confirm Rob Penney departureToulon sign James O’Connor on one-year deal IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has made two changes to the team that beat Scotland as he prepares for Saturday’s clash with Wales in the Six Nations.Paul O’Connell has recovered from the chest infection that saw him withdraw at a late stage from the victory over the Scots last weekend, while Gordon D’Arcy comes into the team at inside centre in place of Luke Marshall.The Ulsterman is back with his province instead, having been named as a replacement for their clash with the Ospreys tomorrow night at Ravenhill, while Dan Tuohy drops to the Ireland bench to accommodate the returning O’Connell. In turn, Iain Henderson slips out of the match day squad.D’Arcy will win his 77th Irish cap on Saturday, once again linking up with Brian O’Driscoll. The Leinster centre had been ruled out of selection contention for the Scotland clash due to a stomach bug during the build-up. His defensive strength will be needed against Wales’ powerful midfield.Otherwise, Schmidt has opted for continuity following last weekend’s 28-6 success as he backs his side to maintain winning momentum.last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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The Sims 4 Get Famous Lets You Become a Virtual Celebrity

first_img Fascinated by the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Now, there’s a way to experience what it’s like to be famous (minus all of the baggage), thanks to The Sims 4: Get Famous. This substantive update allows players to experience the virtual lifestyles of the rich and famous.The Sims 4: Get Famous is the game’s sixth expansion pack and it is certainly the biggest one yet. Centering on a celebrity lifestyle, users have new tools and features to facilitate this process. Not only can players have their Sims work at an actual movie studio with props and costumes, they can even make them internet famous by uploading videos and music. The road to fame isn’t entirely paved with good deeds, however. While Sims can be good samaritans beloved by all, they can also gain fame through notorious means. Get Famous does a fantastic job of capturing what it’s like being famous in the modern era.The three most important things about Get Famous is gaining fame, acting, and the new setting. Gaining fame is an open-ended progression system that’s all about perks, quirks, and reputation. Acting is an active experience. It’s similar to having a job in the base game. However, it isn’t a nine to five type of gig and is more involved than a typical job. The new setting is heavily based on Southern California. Specifically, Los Angeles. It contains suburbs, a bustling downtown area, and even the Hollywood Hills. Every new component is methodically fused into the existing The Sims framework.There are already things in The Sims 4 which can help players become famous. For example, if one’s Sim is an astronaut, writes best-selling novels, or creates masterpiece paintings, they can become famous. There’s a great deal of cross-pack functionality. A lot of previously released and upcoming content is well integrated into the fame system. There are nearly 300 different interactions tied in from past packs that help you to tell your own story about becoming famous.As a Sim’s celebrity level increases, life changes. In some ways it becomes easier. Sims will have less issues with money, get free products, and generally get treated with more respect by other Sims. On the other hand, they’ll have specific challenges associated with being famous. This includes crazed fans, paparazzi, shady associates, and more. Gaining fame allows players to purchase new perks. These let users craft their own unique rags-to-riches story. Celebrities go from one star to A-list five star status. If you have 10 A-list celebrities, they will all feel different due to the perks you add.The flip side of perks are quirks. As a Sim gets more famous, they’ll develop certain idiosyncrasies. For example, they may become addicted to social media. If they don’t check their phone regularly, their stats will get lower. Some Sims may develop an aversion to being touched, or become “juice fanatics.” All of these quirks are something players have to deal with or attempt to fix.A Sim’s reputation depends on how other Sims feel about them. If your digital celebrity gives money to charity or makes inspirational speeches, they will gain positive reputation. If they drink too much juice (alcohol) or get into fights, they will gain bad reputation. Characters can have high fame and high reputation or high fame and low reputation. Either path will gain fame for a Sim, but it’ll affect how the world views them.While the expansion offers players various options around fame, they do not have to opt into it. Even if their Sim is already doing things to make them famous, players can simply choose not to go down that track. They’re free to turn off all of those features. With that said, they’re still free to use any and all of the tools and props from the pack in their game.As a celebrity, a Sim will have to deal with “stans,” paparazzi, and bouncers. They can schmooze them or convince them to do what they want. Celebrity Sims can try to bribe paparazzi or bouncers, but if the bribe is too little they’ll take your Sim’s money and laugh. Sims can physically fight annoying paparazzi or uncooperative bouncers, but this will of course affect their reputation.Players can make exclusive clubs for their celebrity Sim. These have private back rooms that only Sims with a certain celebrity level can enter. If one’s Sim is super famous, you can purchase a perk called “Squad” that lets them bring their entourage into any club. You can get lower-level celebrities in too. If your Sim is one of the lower-level celebrities invited by a more well-known Sim, they’ll be seen as a poser for getting into these areas.One of the more interesting aspects about Get Famous is becoming an influencer. A Sim can gain the same level of fame that an actor can by producing and uploading videos and music to places like “Simstigram.” They can also get famous from streaming video games. This skill is about being media savvy. You’ll have to research trends, upgrade camera and lighting equipment, do post-processing to get the quality of videos up, and release content to earn followers and gain fame. Gaining fame in this manner should be pretty meta for real-life influencers who decide to stream their playthrough of the expansion.Music and video production are both pretty involved processes. For video production, you can record yourself with a camera that has a lighting attachment. You can even use a camera drone which follows your Sim around. For music production, you can choose a beat and can then layer sounds on top of it. You can upload both and promote them through social media to gain followers. You can also take tracks to clubs and have them bump your tunes or even get the music played on the radio.Acting is a full ten level active career that also has full ten level skills associated with it. It’s different from other careers in the game since it is an agent-based career. All other careers in the game are nine to five, Monday through Friday jobs. This obviously wouldn’t work or feel legit for an acting career. For acting, you join the career and then get an agency to represent you. At low levels, you don’t have access to the best agencies. Agencies tell you what gigs are available. There are around 30 total gigs. These start with low-end commercials. As you gain fame, you’ll work your way up to TV shows, and eventually star in full-length feature films.Objects associated with an acting career include green screens that come with different backgrounds. There’s a special effects machine you can set up either inside or outside. This machine spews rain, snow, ash or even money. Different cameras include dolly cameras that go back and forth on a track, stationary cameras that rotate, go up and down, and focus in on the action. There’s also a hair and makeup chair and wardrobe fitting pedestal where you can get into costume. You can also use these objects at home.The world of Del Sol Valley has four distinct neighborhoods. Three of these are fully editable. Players can place buildings wherever they wish and can change the terrain to their liking. The starter neighborhood is for up-and-comers. It isn’t fancy, but it’s a place to sleep at night. The downtown area is the most active part of the world, full of museums and clubs. The third area, “Pinnacles,” is for Sims who’ve made it into the big leagues. They live in the hills where they can look down upon lesser Sims. The fourth neighborhood is the movie studio where a Sim goes to get their acting on.Along with Get Famous, there are a ton of free updates that go to all players even if they didn’t purchase the expansion. There’s a new half wall used for acting stages, a new first-person mode, and terrain tools. The latter gives players the ability to make hills and buildings with different foundation heights. There’s also a new “name your own career” feature. Currently, if you do not have one of the in-game careers, the game labels you as unemployed — even if you make millions selling paintings or are a stay-at-home parent. You can now register a new career and add a description to it.Like I said in the intro, The Sims 4: Get Famous is a really cool way of experiencing the life of a celebrity but without all the nonsense that comes with it. Despite the fact I’ve never played a single The Sims game, I’m actually very interested in trying out this expansion pack. Based on what I saw, this expansion is perfect for current players and newcomers like myself. I’ll just have to clear some of my schedule because Get Famous is going to be one hell of a time sink.The Sims 4: Get Famous is available on November 16 for PC and Mac.More on Geek.com:These Are the Games You Should Check Out This Month11 Games to Play When You’re Finished With ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’The Deadliest Assassins in Video Games Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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2019-09-20

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Tinypass Gets Bigger With Swishu Acquisition

first_imgTinypass, a Web monetization solution provider, is expanding into the fulfillment space by acquiring startup Swishu. Tinypass was founded in 2011, and its clients include Hearst Magazine brands, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, as well as independent sites like Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish. The company offers a slew of commerce and digital content solutions; but CEO, Trevor Kaufman, says there was a clear demand for paid content and digital fulfillment services.”It’s something our clients have been asking for,” he says. “Most publishers we talk to are frustrated with their ability to solve their print subscriber base, that’s not the problem we’re looking to solve. We’re much more focused on the fact that banner ads alone are not going to sustain premium publishing. But if we’re just focusing on the website we are potentially leaving them [publishers] with a headache for managing their legacy subscriber base.”Managing that subscriber base is where Swishu comes in. The startup offers paywall solutions for publishers, radio stations and bloggers, plus extras like subscriber database integrations and real-time analytics. In addition to the technology, Kaufman says human capital was an important factor in the acquisition. While he would not disclose specifics, he indicates the transaction included cash and equity, plus Tinypass is bringing in the entire Swishu team of five, including its founder, Nathan Goulding, who will now serve as vice president of product engineering.Tinypass and Swishu will be maintained as two separate products for now, but Kaufman contends that the plan is to bring them together as quickly as possible. “We are maintaining the code bases separately so we don’t disrupt our clients,” he says. “The Swishu staff will be focused on how to bring the code base together so we have one product.” Kaufman also suggests that the company is working on several other innovations that go beyond the current suite of monetization tools publishers have at their disposal.”Right now there is a tremendous amount of activity in display and not much after that,” he quips. “What we’re focused on is being a one-stop shop for publishers. We are trying to develop a way to reward readers. There’s a rich functionality in that vision, and we think that’s going to put a lot of money in publishers’ pockets.”Kaufman is referring to an exchange system where readers can be rewarded for social shares, registrations, ad views and other standard practices in content consumption. It’s currently in development. “This a frontier that not a lot of publishers have been able to experiment with, there’s so much opportunity we’re seeing on the publisher side,” Kaufman says.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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Govt moving toward banning liquor tweets CM YS Jagan

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has tweeted that he had promised to wipe away the tears of his sisters, and hence the government would move towards putting ban on alcohol. In the Twitter message, CM tweeted, ‘With alcohol, the human relationships are getting ruined, and I have promised to wipe away all tears of my sisters. Moving towards the ban, we are acting harshly over the belt shops. We have passed a law to hand over the responsibility of liquor sales to the government. With this, the belt shops will be closed completely in the villages.’ Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us మద్యంతో మానవ సంబంధాలు నాశనమైపోతున్నాయని, అక్కచెల్లెమ్మల కన్నీళ్లు తుడుస్తానని మాట ఇచ్చాను. నిషేధం దిశగా అడుగులేస్తూ బెల్టుషాపుల పట్ల కఠినంగా వ్యవహరిస్తున్నాం. మద్యం అమ్మకాల బాధ్యతను ప్రభుత్వానికే అప్పగిస్తూ చట్టాన్ని తెచ్చాం. తద్వారా గ్రామాల్లో బెల్టుషాపులు పూర్తిగా మూతబడతాయి.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) July 25, 2019 AP CM YS Jagan Key Decision On Liquor Ban | hmtv Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us 00:11/08:02 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×AP CM YS Jagan Key Decision On Liquor Ban | hmtv00:00/01:19 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

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2019-09-06

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256 officials promoted to deputy secretaries

first_imgThe government has promoted 256 senior assistant secretaries to deputy secretaries and 574 assistant professors to associate professors, according to UNB.The public administration ministry and education ministry have issued separate notifications in this regard.Those promoted in the civil administration are currently posted in different districts as additional deputy commissioners and in different ministries and organisations.last_img

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2019-09-03

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Cyclone Fani may hit Bangladesh Saturday morning

first_img.Cyclonic storm Fani may hit Bangladesh on Saturday morning, state minister for disaster and relief Enamur Rahman quoted a Met official as saying.The state minister held a meeting with Met officials at the conference room of his ministry on Wednesday afternoon.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Enamur Rahman said the cyclone may hit Khulna, Satkhira and Mongla on Saturday morning.  He said the ministry has opened control rooms in 19 coastal districts and 56,000 volunteers have been kept standby.As part of the preparations, 200 mts rice, 41,000 packets dry food and cash Tk 500,000 have been sent to the deputy commissioners of the each 19 districts, he said.Meanwhile, authorities in Chattogram have taken all necessary preparations as the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area.Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No. 4.Chattogram district disaster management committee held a meeting on Wednesday to take all the necessary preparations to face the cyclone.The authorities have taken decisions to open cyclone centres and control rooms and keep medical team standby to fight the cyclone.Water transports from Chattogram to Sandwip and Hatia have been suspended due to the cyclone.Acting district commissioner Delwar Hossain said 2,739 cyclone centres have been prepared to face Fani.  Chattogram’s civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique told Prothom Alo that 284 medical teams have been kept standby to fight ‘Fani’. The storm was centred at 6:00pm Wednesday about 1205 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 1160 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 1060 km southwest of Mongla Port and 1070 km southwest of Payra Port, said a special weather bulletin here this noon.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north or northwesterly direction.Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 160 kph, rising to 180 kph in gusts or squalls, the bulletin said, adding that sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution so that they can take shelter within short notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Women found to be more susceptible to contagious yawning than men

first_img More information: Ivan Norscia et al. more than : gender bias supports the empathic nature of yawn contagion in , Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150459AbstractPsychological, clinical and neurobiological findings endorse that empathic abilities are more developed in women than in men. Because there is growing evidence that yawn contagion is an empathy-based phenomenon, we expect that the female bias in the empathic abilities reflects on a gender skew in the responsiveness to others’ yawns. We verified this assumption by applying a linear model on a dataset gathered during a 5 year period of naturalistic observations on humans. Gender, age and social bond were included in the analysis as fixed factors. The social bond and the receiver’s gender remained in the best model. The rates of contagion were significantly lower between acquaintances than between friends and family members, and significantly higher in women than in men. These results not only confirm that yawn contagion is sensitive to social closeness, but also that the phenomenon is affected by the same gender bias affecting empathy. The sex skew, also found in other non-human species, fits with the female social roles which are likely to require higher empathic abilities (e.g. parental care, group cohesion maintenance, social mediation). The fact that female influence in social dynamics also relies on face-to-face emotional exchange raises concerns on the negative repercussions of having women’s facial expressions forcibly concealed. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Università di Pisa, in Italy has found via observational study, that women are on average twice as likely to yawn after seeing someone else yawn, than are men. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science the team describes how they carried out their five year study of yawing habits in people and what they learned as a result. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further Credit: Petr Kratochvil / public domain Citation: Women found to be more susceptible to contagious yawning than men (2016, February 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-women-susceptible-contagious-men.htmlcenter_img Psychopaths may not yawn along with you Everyone knows that yawning is contagious—one person yawning spontaneously can cause another person in the vicinity to yawn even if they are not tired or sleepy. Scientists still do not know why this happens, but it has also been documented in other animals—dogs for example have been seen to yawn after viewing a human being yawn. In this new effort, the researchers found that there is a gender difference in contagious yawning, and they suggest it is related to empathy.The study consisted of the three researchers noting yawning occurrences in the people around them as they lived their daily lives; whether at work, on a train, or sitting next to a family member—every yawn and the contagion it caused was duly noted and added to a database—all told they recorded 1,461 instances of contagious yawning. After five years, the researchers looked at the data and found confirmation of some prior findings, e.g. that yawning contagion becomes more likely when the people involved have closer social bonds—seeing a friend yawn, for example, is more likely to cause mimicking yawns than seeing a stranger do it. But they also found something that had not been noted before, namely, that women are much more susceptible to yawning contagion than are men.The researchers theorize that the difference between genders is tied to empathic abilities—women, they say, are naturally more inclined to empathize with others, especially those that are close to them. Some have suggested that contagious yawning is based on empathy—seeing someone else yawn causes other people to “feel” their tiredness, which causes them to yawn in return. If women are more empathetic, the researchers point out, it stands to reason that they would be more susceptible to empathetic based human behaviors such as yawning. © 2016 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

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2019-08-31

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Bookmarks Organizer for Firefox

first_imgBookmarks Organizer for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 20, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 68 commentsBookmarks Organizer is a free browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that checks the status of bookmarks to reveal dead, duplicate or redirecting bookmarks.If you use bookmarks in your web browser of choice, you will eventually run into issues with bookmarks. Bookmarks may point to sites that are not online anymore, may be redirected to different sites entirely, or may be dupes because you added a bookmark multiple times.No browser ships with bookmark management options that take these issues into account. Once added, bookmarks are static content that is never changed by the web browser. Users may edit bookmarks, or remove them, but that is a manual process.While that may work if you have a dozen or so bookmarks in the browser, it won’t work if you have hundreds, thousands, or more.Bookmarks OrganizerBookmarks Organizer has been created by Sören Hentzschel, a long-standing member of the Firefox community. Ghacks users may know him from this site, as he chimes in regularly when it comes to Firefox topics, and his own German Firefox blog is referenced here regularly as well.When it comes to add-ons, Sören is best known probably for New Tab Override, an add-on that enables you to modify the new tab page of the web browser.Bookmarks Organizer fills a gap when it comes to the management of bookmarks in the Firefox web browser. While Firefox users could make use of add-ons in the past that assisted them when it came to checking bookmarks — Check Places or 404 Bookmarks come to mind — but they may not work already anymore, may stop working once Mozilla makes the switch to WebExtensions with the release of Firefox 57, or don’t offer the functionality that Bookmarks Organizer offers.Bookmarks Organizer is future proof, it works with all versions of Firefox from 52 on, and will continue to work when Mozilla releases Firefox 57.The extension adds an icon to the Firefox address bar that you may click on to bring up its interface. If you prefer the keyboard, you can open the interface with Ctrl-Shift-L (Mac OS X Cmd-Shift-L).You may select one of the available scan options then — check for broken bookmarks, duplicates or missing bookmark names — and hit the check bookmarks button afterwards to run the scan.Note that you can launch the program or run tests directly by entering the following terms in the Firefox address bar:bookmarks organizer — opens the main interfacebookmarks duplicates — runs a scan for duplicate bookmarksbookmarks empty-names  runs a scan for bookmarks with empty namesbookmarks errors — scans for erroneous bookmarksbookmarks redirects — scans for bookmarks that redirect to another URIScans are quite fast, and the extension highlights the number of checked bookmarks, total bookmarks, and bookmarks with errors or warnings.All bookmarks with errors or warnings are listed in the interface. You may use filter options at the top to display only those with errors (more serious) or warnings, or search for specific bookmarks using names or URLs.Options are listed at the top to correct all redirects or delete all broken bookmarks right away. It is better usually to go through the listing manually once before you hit the process all buttons to make sure there are not any false positives.The bookmarks listing is divided by folder and location. You find the bookmarks menu and bookmarks toolbar listed there for instance separately. Redirects are highlighted right away, so that you know where a bookmark link is redirect to.You may edit, delete, or correct redirects individually as well by hovering over an entry.Sören plans to add support for additional features in the future. This includes whitelist support to exclude bookmarks from scans, bookmark folder features, e.g. scans for empty folders, and more.Closing WordsBookmarks Organizer is an excellent add-on for the Firefox web browser that scans for dead and redirecting bookmarks, as well as empty name bookmarks currently. Scans are fast, and users have options to deal with all errors and issues with a single click, or by going through the results manually to verify the findings, and process bookmarks individually.Now You: How do you manage bookmarksSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 15 votes Software Name Bookmarks OrganizerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/bookmarks-organizer/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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2019-08-29

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ACR and SIR Launch Interventional Radiology Registry

first_img Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more 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 Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical March 1, 2017 — Through participation in the new Interventional Radiology (IR) Registry, interventional radiologists can take steps to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients undergoing image-guided interventional procedures.The new registry, a collaboration of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), will provide comparative benchmark data at the national, regional and practice level to identify areas for improvement within the specialty. “Patients will benefit from the IR Registry, as interventional radiologists will be able to compare performance benchmarks and gain the knowledge needed to support highly informed decision-making and to facilitate patient safety and quality improvement efforts,” said ACR Chief Executive Officer William T. Thorwarth Jr., M.D., FACR. “This new registry will provide interventional radiologists with the evidence needed to prove what we intuitively know — that the care we provide is clinically effective, carries a low complication rate and reduces hospital stays, saving money on the front end and returning patients to productive pursuits at work or in the home,” said SIR President Charles E. Ray Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FSIR, “In short, this registry is the gateway we need to show that interventional radiology is often the patient’s best option.” The IR Registry will allow participants to fulfill reporting requirements for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program, including the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and gain credits toward Maintenance of Certification Part IV from the American Board of Radiology.The registry measures topics such as:The assessment of risk factors prior to difficult central venous access procedures;Appropriate venous access for tunneled hemodialysis catheters;Uterine artery embolization technique;The rate of early peristomal infection following fluoroscopically-guided gastrostomy tube placement; andThe rate of percutaneous nephrostomy tube replacement within 30 days secondary to dislodgement.The Interventional Radiology Registry is part of the ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR), an umbrella for multiple databases that compile data to allow radiology facilities to compare themselves to other facilities regionally and nationally according to facility type.Additional interventional radiology resources may be found in the new ACR-SIR IR C-Suite Toolkit.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | March 01, 2017 ACR and SIR Launch Interventional Radiology Registry Database will allow interventional radiologists to compare practice performance to regional and national benchmarks News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more center_img VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

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2019-08-27

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Debut for Star Wars Galaxys Edge May 31 at Disneyland Aug 29

first_img BURBANK — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open ahead of schedule at Disneyland Park in California on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29.Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.On opening day for Phase One, guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu where guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.Phase Two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which Disney promises will be “the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined”, which will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance “and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality”.The decision to open the new attractions in phases was made “in light of tremendous demand”.The depth of storytelling is part of the total immersion that will distinguish the two, 14-acre lands – the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansions ever in a Disney park – from any other themed land in history.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upDisney says the new lands build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production, including the Star Wars franchise. The work on Star Wars dates back to 1987, when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland Park in California.Here’s a look at the highlights… Tags: Disney, Openings & Renovations, Star Wars Travelweek Group Friday, March 8, 2019 Opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places guests right in the middle of the Rebellion and gives them an active role in the fight against the First Order, including a faceoff with Kylo Ren. Their journey takes them inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.What does Blue Milk actually taste like? That question and more will be answered when guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experience the new land’s expansive array of food and beverages. Guests will walk through a bustling street market, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of uniquely flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.Oga’s Cantina offers exotic beverages served in unique vessels and spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex reinvents himself as the cantina’s DJ.Ogas CantinaA multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar will beckon guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wraps.Ronto RoastersThe lively market of Black Spire Outpost includes merchant shops and stalls filled with authentic Star Wars creations. At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests will have the opportunity to customize and craft their very own lightsabers. Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find a selection of rare items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. The Black Spire Outpost market will also feature the Creature Stall. Guests will also find the Toydarian Toymaker.Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land within a Disney park designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which debuted last year and offers interactive adventures and experiences that bring surrounding environments to life at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. When guests use the app, it will provide new opportunities for them to engage with the land, such as translating a galactic language, learning what’s hidden inside crates and containers, or accomplishing certain tasks by participating in missions. Guests also can use the Play Disney Parks app to interact with a variety of elements in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, such as droids, ships, media screens, door panels and antenna arrays. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Set to open at Disneyland Resort on May 31 and at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will take guests into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They will take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through space. Share Debut for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge May 31 at Disneyland, Aug. 29 at WDW Posted bylast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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SwissBelinn Airport Surabaya celebrates Grand opening

first_imgSwiss-Belhotel International, the award-winning global hotel chain and hospitality management group, will hold the official launch of its latest 3-star property in Indonesia, the Swiss-Belinn Airport Surabaya, with a Grand Opening Ceremony on 9th September 2017.With invited members of the press in attendance, the opening ceremony was marked by the ribbon-cutting and inscription signing by the Regent of Sidoarjo, Bapak H. Saiful Ilah S.H, M.Hum, accompanied by Matthew Faull, Swiss-Belhotel International Executive Director, and Emmanuel Guillard, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development at Swiss-Belhotel International and General Manager Nungrudin Sukmawati.Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President at Swiss-Belhotel International highlights how important the hotel’s strategic location is, just 2 km from Djuanda International Airport.“Swiss-Belinn Airport, Surabaya is all about ease of travel, particulary for business travellers and visitors who want the convenience of staying close to the airport. The hotel boasts seven meeting rooms, all fully equipped to cater for small to medium corporate events and special occasions. Smart rooms and efficient but friendly service creates the perfect combination for today’s travel-savvy guests looking for a modern-day city hotel.”Swiss-Belinn Airport, Surabaya features 120 Deluxe and 9 Grand Deluxe rooms and 4 Suites with bathtubs. Ranging from 24-48 sqm, each room and suite comes with all modern conveniences, including WiFi access, laptop-sized in-room safes, mini refrigerators and 40”LCD TV with cable channels. The hotel also offers all-day lobby dining and lounging at BaReLo™, as well as a BBQ area in the hotel’s spacious outdoor area and 24-hour room service. There is also a swimming pool and gym, in-room massage and laundry service, with parking and a valet parking service too.Home to Indonesia’s largest Chinatown district and a thriving Arab quarter, Surabaya is known locally as the City of Heroes. It was the seat of independence that gave rise to the birth of the nation and remains an important business and trade hub in Southeast Asia.Source = Swiss-Belhotel International Swiss-Belinn Airport Surabaya celebrates Grand openingSwiss-Belinn Airport Surabaya celebrates Grand openinglast_img read more

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2019-08-17

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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Darnell Dockett is a character.He tweets while being pulled over by the police, about hispet alligator and, well, anything else that’s on his mind.He’s funny, confusing and, sometimes, frustrating. But he’s not James Harrison. Harrison, of course, is the Steelers linebacker who, amongother things, voiced his displeasure for NFLCommissioner Roger Goodell and complained about how hisQB, Ben Roethlisberger, basically lost Super Bowl XLV afew months back. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Comments   Share   In the words of Chad Ochocinco, child please.Harrison’s statements are moronic at best, disturbing atworst. Still, one of the things that separates Dockettfrom Harrison is the fact that Nine-O never backs downfrom his comments. While he may not care what you thinkabout him or what he said, he is at least willing to ownup to the fact that those are actually his words.Harrison, on the other hand, is not. He came out later andclaimed he was misquoted, or hacked, or whatever. It’s anempty statement, really, because there is no doubt he saidwhat he was quoted as saying.Darnell Dockett and James Harrison. While both players saydumb things, the Cardinal has always come across asplayful. Harrison? He just comes across as a guy wholacking a clue. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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2019-08-11

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• How much are the Bears worth Teams 245 billi

first_img• How much are the Bears worth? Team’s $2.45 billion is 8th in NFL (Chicago Tribune)This is the 18th year that Forbes has compiled valuations of NFL teams. Some teams consistently rank high up the list (Cowboys ranked first the last 9 consecutive years), while the Bears are ranked at 8th.• In defense of Jay Cutler, sort of, after up-and-down game (Chicago Sun-Times)But I actually thought he played fairly well in the season opener. Can you say that after a quarterback tosses a game-changing pass to the other team? We can debate the question forever, and Cutler probably will never get the benefit of the doubt in these situations. But he played the prudent game that the new coaching staff wanted him to play, the way the ghost of coaching staffs past wanted him to play.• First-and-10: Bears must improve their pass rush (Chicago Sun-Times)There are some positives to draw from, but the Bears’ pass rush isn’t one of them. It was nonexistent. It’s one aspect that has to improve considerably, at individual and team levels, against the Arizona Cardinals and beyond. The Bears didn’t get one hit on Rodgers. • Deadly turnover far from the whole Jay Cutler story in Bears loss (CSNChicago.com)The pass that Jay Cutler threw to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews in the Bears’ 31-23 loss last Sunday rightly has drawn arguably as much scrutiny as any interception Cutler has thrown in his years as Bears quarterback. There have been more bewildering jaw-droppers, but this was supposed to have been an improved model Cutler with the support of a run game and a more efficient offensive philosophy under coordinator Adam Gase.Tuesday, September 15• Bears re-sign Sam Acho, place Cornelius Washington on IR (ESPN.com)The Bears terminated Acho’s contract last Saturday due to a non-football illness, but a roster spot opened up after Washington suffered a season-ending injury in the Bears’ 31-23 loss to Green Bay.• John Fox ‘didn’t dislike’ Bears throwing four times on goal line (ESPN.com)Down 24-16, the Bears had first-and-goal at Green Bay’s 6-yard line, but failed to score as four straight Jay Cutler passes fell incomplete.• Jay Cutler has team’s support despite late pick against Packers (ESPN.com)“I think he did a tremendous job of managing our game, getting us in the right position, making the right calls, and protecting the ball for us,” Chicago Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod said. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   All week long, we’ll get you ready for the Cardinals-Bears showdown by taking you to Chicago and letting you know what’s going on with the opposition. It’s Behind Enemy Lines: Week 2.Friday, September 18• Jay Cutler doesn’t expect to take many chances with Patrick Peterson (ESPN.com)“You look at him – he’s 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and then he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash,” Cutler said. “You see him jam guys and then run with anybody on the field. He’s got unbelievable ball skills. He’s a guy you have to be aware of and you have to know where he is at. He’s not a guy you really want to take a lot of chances with.”• Bears linebacker Sam Acho on facing ex-team: Let’s freaking go (ESPN.com)The former Cardinals starting outside linebacker is finally over a rough stretch that derailed a promising start to the preseason. Several weeks ago Acho contracted a non-football related illness that knocked him out of commission and off the roster for Week 1 — the Chicago Bears cut Acho the day before their 31-23 loss to Green Bay.• Pernell McPhee misses practice with wrist, knee injuries (ESPN.com)One of the Bears’ best pass-rushers went backward on the injury report as outside linebacker Pernell McPhee missed Thursday’s practice with wrist and knee injuries. • Kyle Long and Vladimir Ducasse overcome language barrier on right side of offensive line (ESPN.com)“He’s a Haitian guy, so he has an extremely thick accent,” Long said with a chuckle. “I’m not quite sure what the accent is. None of us have really figured it out. There’s literally a language barrier at first. He’d be making calls to me, and I’d be like, ‘Dude, I don’t understand what you are saying.’ We had to come up with our own words and stuff.”• Three things Bears are watching in Cardinals prep (Chicago Sun-Times)Antrel Rolle thinks the Bears remind him of the Cardinals, his former team.But which ones? The Cardinals were 5-11 in his first two seasons before going 8-8 and then, in 2008, turning a 9-7 record into a Super Bowl appearance.• Bears waive third-string QB Fales (ChicagoBears.com)Selected in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of San Jose State, he spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad. Fales was promoted to the 53-man roster last Dec. 13, but he did not appear in a game.• Real Talk: After Bears’ season-opening loss, why the mood at Halas Hall can be justifiably upbeat (Chicago Tribune)After sinking to humiliating depths nine months ago, the Chicago Bears are a bona fide football team again. That much is certain after a season-opening 31-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in which Aaron Rodgers actually had to work for his three touchdown passes. There’s no such thing as a moral victory in the NFL. But the Bears certainly came away from Sunday’s defeat with reasons to be encouraged. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling One down, 15 to go for the Arizona Cardinals.Bruce Arians’ team started the season in convincing fashion with a 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.But the Cards won’t have the luxury of playing at home, where they’ve won six straight openers, in Week 2. They’re off to Chicago to take on the new-look Bears at Soldier Field Sunday.Part of that new look for the Bears is on the sideline, as John Fox takes over for Marc Trestman as Chicago’s new head coach. The Bears dropped their opener, 31-23, to the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Despite the loss, there is plenty of optimism about the direction the team is taking. They played a good game against one of the NFC’s top teams and Fox has led two franchises — Carolina and Denver — to Super Bowl appearances. • Bears linebacker Sam Acho on facing ex-team: Let’s freaking go (ESPN.com)Former Cardinals starting outside linebacker Sam Acho just recently re-signed with Chicago where he’s become more of a special teams guy. This piece is book-ended with Acho reflecting on his time in Arizona.• Pernell McPhee held out of practice with a wrist and knee injury (Windy City Gridiron)Of course no specifics were offered up except a wrist and knee injury, but starting outside linebacker Pernell McPhee went from “limited” Wednesday to “did not practice” Thursday.• Jay Cutler hopes healthy WRs add new dimension (Chicago Sun-Times)This is the first time in six weeks the entire receiving unit has been healthy and Jay Cutler things it’s going to be a huge difference-maker. The guy he’s most excited about? Alshon Jeffery who they are hoping could loosen up the Bears’ rush.• Vic Fangio knows Bears’ enemies, but themselves? (Chicago Sun-Times)He knows the Cardinals — “You can definitely tell in meetings for sure,” inside linebacker Shea McClellin said — and he’s trying to ensure the Bears do, too.They’ve been watching last year’s Cardinals-49ers games for perspective. • ‘State of Jay Cutler’ still a question for Bears going into Week 2 (CSNChicago.com)Against that backdrop came the first game for Cutler under the new scheme – and mindset – for the offense, and for him. With time to assess, the overall reveals some major progress in the development of Cutler, yet at the same time a sign of steps still needed to be taken.• Go Figure: Will Jay Cutler’s streak of Week 2 magic continue? (Chicago Tribune)4-2: Cutler’s record as a Bear in Week 2 games. Last season, Cutler aided a rally from 17-0 down in the second quarter and threw four TD passes (three to Brandon Marshall) to land a 28-20 upset of the 49ers. In 2013, Cutler led a 10-play, 66-yard scoring drive on the Bears’ final possession against the Vikings, throwing a 16-yard TD to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left to produce a 31-30 win.• Vladimir Ducasse’s journey from Haiti to Halas Hall (Chicago Sun-Times)Ducasse didn’t see a football until high school. He was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His mother died when he was 5. At 14, and with his family seeking a better life for him, he was sent to Stamford, Conn., to live with his brother, aunt and uncle. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Bears OLB Jared Allen has options in Vic Fangio’s defense (Chicago Sun-Times)Jared Allen still loves to plant his hand in the grass. It still feels right after months of learning how to play in an upright two-point stance in coordinator Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.• Bears forming an identity, but what exactly is it? (CSNChicago.com)The mid-1980’s Bears had their identity; very, very good, and they annihilated people physically. The early 1970’s Bears theirs; not very good at all and seemed at times to play for the annihilation as much as the scoreboard, although there wasn’t always a lot of point playing for the latter. The 1940’s Bears were the Monsters of the Midway.Wednesday, September 16• Bears begin prepping to host Cardinals (ChicagoBears.com)Three days after their season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals.• Kyle Long says Matt Forte earned the nickname ‘workhorse’ (ESPN.com)Forte’s offensive output in Week 1 offset concerns that his production would fall off the proverbial cliff once he turned 30.Forte carried the ball 24 times for 141 yards and one touchdown, to the surprise of almost no one inside the Bears’ locker room. • Alshon Jeffery is questionable with hamstring injury (Chicago Sun-Times)Jeffery is now dealing with a hamstring injury after a strained calf issue for the past couple of weeks. He was held out of practice because of the injury and is now questionable for Sunday. His calf injury is also still listed.Thursday, September 17• Cardinals’ Bruce Arians: Bears’ Jay Cutler ‘might be most misunderstood quarterback in the league’ (ESPN.com)It didn’t take long for Jay Cutler to like Bruce Arians.The two met when Arians interviewed with the Chicago Bears in early January 2013, soon after Lovie Smith was fired, and they instantly clicked.• Alshon Jeffery participates fully in practice, Pernell McPhee (wrist) limited (ESPN.com)The biggest injury development on Wednesday for the Chicago Bears was that wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson had full participation in practice, according to head coach John Fox.• Brian Urlacher might have extended his career under John Fox(ESPN.com)Brian Urlacher said Tuesday he might have kept playing for the Bears if John Fox had replaced Lovie Smith after the 2012 regular season.“I would have wanted to play more because of Coach Fox,” Urlacher said on “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. 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