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first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s landmark twins study has revealed surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space, the US space agency said. The Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, provides the first integrated biomolecular view into how the human body responds to the spaceflight environment. It serves as a genomic stepping stone to better understand how to maintain crew health during human expeditions to the Moon and Mars, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRetired NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark, participated in the investigation, conducted by NASA’s Human Research Program and encompasses work from 10 research teams. Mark provided a baseline for observation on Earth, and Scott provided a comparable test case during the 340 days he spent in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Scott became the first American astronaut to spend nearly a year in space. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The Twins Study has been an important step towards understanding epigenetics and gene expression in human spaceflight,” said J D Polk, chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters. “Thanks to the twin brothers and a cadre of investigators who worked tirelessly together, the valuable data gathered from the Twins Study has helped inform the need for personalised medicine and its role in keeping astronauts healthy during deep space exploration, as NASA goes forward to the Moon and journeys onward to Mars,” Polk said in a statement. Key results from the NASA Twins Study, published in the journal Science, include findings related to gene expression changes, immune system response, and telomere dynamics. Other changes noted include broken chromosomes rearranging themselves in chromosomal inversions, and a change in cognitive function. Many of the findings are consistent with data collected in previous studies, and other research in progress, NASA said. The telomeres in Scott’s white blood cells, which are biomarkers of ageing at the end of chromosomes, were unexpectedly longer in space then shorter after his return to Earth with average telomere length returning to normal six months later. In contrast, his brother’s telomeres remained stable throughout the entire period, the study found. A second key finding is that Scott’s immune system responded appropriately in space. For example, the flu vaccine administered in space worked exactly as it does on Earth, the US space agency said. A fully functioning immune system during long-duration space missions is critical to protecting astronaut health from opportunistic microbes in the spacecraft environment. A third significant finding, NASA said, is the variability in gene expression, which reflects how a body reacts to its environment and will help inform how gene expression is related to health risks associated with spaceflight. While in space, researchers observed changes in the expression of Scott’s genes, with the majority returning to normal after six months on Earth. However, a small percentage of genes related to the immune system and DNA repair did not return to baseline after his return to Earth. The study identified key genes to target for use in monitoring the health of future astronauts and potentially developing personalised countermeasures.last_img read more


In his latest report on the work of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Mr. Ban writes that while an increase in violence was anticipated during the redeployment of the United States military from cities on 30 June, a “relative calm” was achieved and the Iraqi security forces have succeeded in assuming security responsibilities in critical parts of the country.“I am hopeful that this is a trend that bodes well for the future of Iraq,” he states. At the same time, the Secretary-General says that he is concerned about the relationship between the Federal Government in Baghdad and the leadership of the Iraqi Kurdistan region. He urges the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament to reconsider the provisions in the draft Kurdistan regional constitution, which could have the potential to aggravate tensions and affect ongoing discussions on the disputed boundaries.Mr. Ban also calls for an end to provocative statements, including those which pre-judge in any way the future of areas such as Kirkuk, and to any unilateral actions on the ground which the other side is likely to see as hostile in intent.“The process for discussing disputed internal boundaries is in the early stages, but I expect and hope that the political will displayed by both sides will remain and that all parties will continue to work together to positively affect the situation on the ground and ensure that progress through dialogue continues,” he writes.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban says it is encouraging that in the lead-up to the national election, Iraq national institutions – especially the Electoral Commission – have developed their own expertise in carrying out election activities. “As we move closer to the parliamentary elections, the challenge will be to maintain the transparency and independence of the Electoral Commission while establishing a strong platform from which to ensure that there is acceptance of the election results.”The national voter registration exercise will be a critical element in the successful implementation of the January parliamentary elections as well as possible district and sub-district elections later in 2010, he adds. In addition, he urged the Iraqi Council of Representatives to proceed with the adoption of an inclusive electoral law without delay so as not to jeopardize the delivery of the elections. “Now is the time for political leaders to demonstrate statesmanship, rising beyond their differences and narrow interests, and prove to the Iraqi people that sovereignty comes with responsibility and accountability in visible progress towards a return to normalcy in the daily lives of Iraqis and the functioning of a viable State,” he says. It is also “potentially a time of opportunity” regarding the Iraq’s recovery and development, he notes, citing momentum across the Government to tackle some of the country’s most entrenched socio-economic issues: unemployment, dilapidated infrastructure, corruption and poverty.Mr. Ban adds that economic revival must also be strategically geared towards addressing inequalities through greater investment in social services, social protection and the realization of fundamental human rights for every Iraqi. 3 August 2009Iraq is entering a crucial transition period, highlighted by its increased responsibility for its security and the national elections planned for next January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. read more


Blazenko LackovicRK Vardar Croatian NT legend Blazenko Lackovic (34) talks with Macedonian champions RK Vardar Skopje, writes Balkan-Handball.com. HSV’s left back will leave Germany after 10 fantastic years in which he played for SG Flensburg and HSV Handball. The biggest trophy came last season, when HSV Handball won VELUX EHF Champions League in Cologne. Lackovic was previously linked with the move to Hungarian PICK Szeged, but it seems that Skopje’s option is now much more realistic. He spent last weekend in Skopje, where he talked with the club’s officials – boss Sergei Samsonenkom.Croatian player who won gold medals with his NT at WCh 2003 and Olympic Games 2004.Vardar have already bought Sergei Gorbok on the left back position. Macedonian team have aslso Filip Lazarov, Ilija Abutovic and Aleksey Rastvortsev on this position. ← Previous Story SIMULATION OF EHF CL TOP 16 DRAW: The most interesting way to “Lanxess Arena” Next Story → Rajko Prodanovic returns to Pick Szeged! read more


first_img Posted: May 11, 2018 Ed Lenderman May 11, 2018 USS Dewey and USS Sterett return home after three-month deployment Ed Lenderman, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) returned to San Diego following a 90-day deployment to the East Sea, Philippine Sea, and Western Pacific, May 11.While deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet, the ships and crews, assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, joined the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) enhancing the capabilities of the “Up-Gunned ESG.”Dewey and Sterett operated together to bring additional weapons capabilities to the traditional ESG. While on station, they joined the Wasp ESG for integrated operations in support of the Amphibious Readiness Group.Under the operational control of U.S. 7th Fleet, Dewey conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities. Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, Det. 2 was embarked on Dewey during the deployment and helped complete multi-warfare missions, including search and rescue operations and high-end maritime warfare scenarios.Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission ships with air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities, designed to operate independently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups or amphibious ready groups.Dewey and Sterett are homeported in San Diego and are part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Updated: 5:44 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


first_imgThree people were injured in a T-bone collision Tuesday evening in Ridgefield. The crash was reported at 6:22 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast 29th Avenue and Northeast 199th Street. A man was driving Honda CRV cab south on 29th Avenue with a passenger and stopped at the intersection. Thinking it was a four-way stop, he continued on the roadway into the path of an eastbound Honda Odyssey, said Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger. Both drivers and the passenger were transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center with minor injuries, Rothenberger said. The passenger was taking the cab to Legacy when the collision occurred. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The intersection was the site of a July car crash that killed a 17-year-old Skyview High School student. Note: In an earlier story officials reported that one person was injured and described the collision as head-on. After the vehicles collided, they apparently came to rest facing each other.last_img read more


first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police rounded up several horses that escaped from a ranch in Southwest Miami-Dade, but one of them had to be put down after it was struck by a pickup truck.The truck’s driver, Joseph Purvis, said he just couldn’t avoid the horses in the area of Southwest 117th Avenue, near 66th Street, Saturday night.“I did my best to stop,” said Purvis.7News cameras captured a Miami-Dade Police officer tending to the severely injured horse.“I was just driving down 117th Avenue, and all of a sudden I saw a bunch of horses,” said Purvis. “I slammed on my brakes, and apparently one didn’t make it. I hit it, and I feel horrible.”Officers walked some of the horses back to an area a few blocks away from the scene of the crash.Purvis was not hurt. He said he’s now thinking about having his truck repaired. “I don’t know how I’m going to go about fixing it, but we’ll see what happens,” he said.The horses’ owners, the First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake, issued a statement Sunday evening confirming the animals escaped from Circle C Youth Ranch and that the injured horse was euthanized. It reads in part, “We are saddened by the incident this morning and the loss of one of our horses. We love our animals and they are a special part of our ministry. Circle C Youth Ranch has been ministering boys and girls in our community for over 50 years, this is the first time that we experience a loss like this. We are thankful that no persons were hurt in this incident.”The rest of the escaped horses were brought back to their pasture safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgLast summer, Lane (then working with Newsweek and The Daily Beast) was named in a $100 million lawsuit by AVT Inc., a company that Lane alleged in his book called “The Zeroes” paid former baseball star Lenny Dykstra to shill its stock on “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer’s website TheStreet.com. That suit was dismissed with prejudice, which means AVT can never file it again and Lane didn’t have to file a response. Forbes Media today announced that Randall Lane will take over Forbes magazine as editor, “responsible for the editorial content development and meticulous editing that continues to differentiate Forbes in print.” Lane [pictured], who worked at Forbes from 1991 to 1997 in the roles of staff writer, reporter and Washington Bureau Chief, most recently served as editor-at-large at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He starts after Labor Day, reporting to chief product officer Lewis D’Vorkin. “Randall enthusiastically ‘gets’ the unique, positive role that Forbes magazine will play in this turbulent era for media,” said Forbes editor-in-chief and chairman Steve Forbes in a statement. “While many moan about the decline of print, Randall understands the great opportunities Forbes magazine offers by working hand in glove with Forbes.com.”It’s been a lively few years for Lane, who was co-founder and president of Doubledown Media, an aggressive startup publisher targeting the Wall Street elite with titles such as Dealmaker, Trader Monthly and The Cigar Report, that folded in 2009 after creditor HSBC ceased to provide working capital due to the trifecta of “media depression, Wall Street implosion and the credit slowdown.” last_img read more


first_imgLate in February, SiriusXM parent company Liberty Media proposed an infusion of $1.159 billion into a reorganized iHeartMedia that would see it acquiring 40% in New Common Shares, 20% to be held by SiriusXM and 20% by Liberty Media. The proposed restructure, which would include a new nine-member board to directors, of which Colorado-based Liberty would hold four seats, would be subject to approval of a Chapter 11 plan by all parties.Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart’s outdoor advertising division, would be spun off as part of the proposed reorganization. The term sheet calls for “consummation” to be completed by December 21, 2018. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 UPDATED: The company’s bankruptcy talks were extended yet again on Wednesday — the deadline is now 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 14.iHeartMedia filed a document with the Security and Exchange Commission early today that gives the company and its lenders a 24-hour extension to work out an agreement over its $20 billion in debt. This is the company’s third extension since March 1.IHeart is saddled with nearly $20 billion in debt as a legacy of its leveraged buyout in 2008. Of that, approximately $8.4 billion comes due in 2019, and the company has no obvious way to repay it.Negotiations have been underway for several months but the two sides have been unable to come to terms on a final plan for the restructure. iHeart missed a $106 million interest payment on February 1, which set off a 30-day deadline before a default; it missed another interest deadline on March 1.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


first_img Scientists striving to put a human face on the robot generation Social Robotics has its roots in the mid-20th century work of William Grey Walter, a neurophysiologist and roboticist who constructed autonomous electronic robots to demonstrate that complex behavior could arise from robust connectivity between just a few neurons. As robots became more sophisticated and animations more realistic, it was found that our empathy for these human analogues grew with their similarity to ourselves. But there’s a catch: As robots become increasingly humanoid in appearance and behavior past a certain point, a phenomenon known as the uncanny valley emerges. A phrase introduced in 1970 by robotics professor Masahiro Mori, the uncanny valley is best described as the reaction we have to robotic appearance or behavior when it is perceived as almost human. The gap between barely human and fully human leaves us feeling uneasy as a result of the way evolution has shaped our brains when perceiving familiarity – especially that of anthropomorphic forms. As Mori wrote in his original paper about a prosthetic hand that is lifelike o the eye but not to the touch (and as translated by Karl F. MacDorman and Takashi Minato), “In mathematical terms, strangeness can be represented by negative familiarity, so the prosthetic hand is at the bottom of the valley. So in this case, the appearance is quite human like, but the familiarity is negative. This is the uncanny valley.This experience of strangeness or even revulsion in turn prevents us from experiencing empathy for the robot or animation – and empathy is essential for optimal human/robot social interactions. In terms of robot behavior, this means that social robots must successfully operate with the complex web of societal rules that humans learn primarily through implicit experience rather than explicit programming. At a recent New York Academy of Sciences event, Familiar but Strange: Exploring our Relationships with Robots, two exceptional speakers – roboticist extraordinaire Heather Knight and motion capture, computer vision and animation wizard Christoph Bregler – explored this mysterious space in considerable depth. (PhysOrg.com) — From science fiction and academia through assembly lines and telemedicine, robots have become both conceptually and physically ubiquitous. Technologically, robotics technology has advanced dramatically since the time of their namesake introduction in R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), a 1920 Czech-language science fiction (which nonetheless was conceptually quite visionary, since the robots it depicted were biological, and therefore essentially synthetic humans) in which robot was the English version of robota, meaning forced labor, in turn derived from rab, or slave. Today’s virtual and physical robots, however – imbued with artificial intelligence, artificial muscles, vision and pattern recognition, speech recognition and synthesis, sensors and actuators, and increasingly sophisticated interactivity – seem to be approaching those envisioned in Isaac Asimov’s seminal work I, Robot (but still from their human-level-and-beyond artificial intelligence, and certainly nowhere near the living robots envisioned in R.U.R.) That said, however, something’s still glaringly missing – namely, the ability to seamlessly interact with humans and other robots in a spontaneous, natural way that does not rely exclusively on specific preprogrammed behaviors. This is far more difficult than it seems, owing largely to the challenge of computationally emulating evolutionarily-determined perceptually-and emotionally-mediated contextual engagement. Enter Social Robotics: the effort to make robots more…well, sociable. Geminoid Research. Copyright © Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR Explore further “Hollywood robots were previously played by human actors,” Bregler notes, commenting on the film AI: Artificial Intelligence. “Over the last 10 years, however, there’s been a huge revolution in Hollywood.” Today those same Hollywood robots would be played by virtual robots due to advances in animation, special effects, and live action – and, he adds, “Everything changes every year.”For Bregler, the uncanny valley is also evident in motion capture as applied to virtual actors, such as the animated characters in Final Fantasy which have achieved astounding realism as stationary images – but all familiarity is lost once there’s facial movement. Due to technological limitations, body and face motion capture cannot reproduce subtle small-scale movements that communicate essential real-world information. Without these present, viewers immediately enter the uncanny valley.Bregler points out another problem with virtual characters: There’s no weight or force in their virtual body or captured movements. “When you do animation, there are reverse kinematics – a bit like a puppet.” In other words, the force is externally applied rather than being an intrinsic component of the character’s physicality. This was perfectly fine with the aliens in Avatar, Bregler illustrates, but if the same performance was applied to people, the illusion would have dissolved – and the same holds true for more ephemeral issues, such as the way evolution has enabled us to tell, for example, if someone may be lying from facial, gestural and tonal cues we may not be explicitly aware of (familiarity) until they’re absent (uncanny valley). Surprisingly, even higher primates have an uncanny valley regarding others of their species.Moreover, he adds that “The uncanny valley is now a common problem everywhere – In the game industry, in the motion capture industry – and while there are movies that dance around the uncanny valley, others fall right into it.” Bregler sees The Incredibles, which was hand-animated, as being in the former category – but the precisely motion captured Polar Express in the latter.“We’re not there yet with primary human motion and behavior,” he explains. “We’re also very far away from being able to simulate the human brain – even the spinal cord. We need a shortcut.” “As we go about designing our future,” Knight says, “some of the things I think about are creating intelligent machines, building relatable robotic characters, and creating companions that can exist and help us in our everyday lives.” Knight sees the integration of robotics and theater and a key pathway to that future.”Robots and theater have a long history together,” Knight points out – a history beyond the legacy of R.U.R. “Artists tend to use the medium of their times – and right now, that medium is technology.” Moreover, she observes, making robots responsive to their audience, as well as applying physical theater techniques through gestural communications, allows emotion to infuse the entire robotic form. Knight illustrates this point with the example of look-step-reach-grab behavior: Even without a word being spoken, every such sequence and its associated timing profile embodies and communicates a robust amount of specific but distinct intentional, emotional and cognitive meaning.However, Knight – whose previous work includes robotics and instrumentation at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs, field applications and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics, as well as being an alumnus of MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group – cautions that it’s not a matter of simply taking existing templates already successful in acting and embedding them in robots. “I think actual collaboration – the procedural knowledge of working with performance, performers and directors – is really important, because not everything can be codified in words.”When discussing the uncanny valley, Knight cites how culture influences not only how we react to a robot perceived as being almost human, but also the way we represent robots and other technology in the world, as well as how we select the types of robotic research we fund and pursue. “I think that if we create modern narratives, perhaps we can reshape some of the current emphasis of where we’re going with technology.”Chris Bregler, Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYU’s Courant Institute and director of the NYU Movement Lab, inhabits the world of animation and entertainment, focusing on Hollywood robots – virtual characters and actors without physical embodiment. Conducting interdisciplinary research in the virtual world of motion capture, animation, computer vision, graphics, statistical learning, gaming, biomedical applications, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence – work that has resulted in numerous publications, patents, and awards from the National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Packard Foundation, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Google, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and other sources – he has a visually demonstrable take on the uncanny valley. The Uncanny Valley. Courtesy: Masahiro Mori, Karl F. MacDorman, Takashi Minatocenter_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. Citation: Social robotics: Beyond the uncanny valley (2011, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-social-robotics-uncanny-valley.html More information: Masahiro Mori, The Uncanny Valley. Energy, 7(4), pp. 33-35, 1970, Translated by Karl F. MacDorman and Takashi MinatoToward Social Mechanisms of Android Science, Vancouver, Canada, 26 July 2006Heather Knight, Eight Lessons Learned about Non-verbal Interactions through Robot Theater. SOCIAL ROBOTICS: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 7072/2011, 42-51, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-25504-5_5Heather Knight: Silicon-based comedy. TED Initiatives, TED Women, December 2010Christoph Bregler, Next Generation Motion Capture: From the Silver Screen to the Stadium. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, March 2-3, 2011Christoph Bregler et al., Squidball: An Experiment in Large-Scale Motion Capture and Game Design. Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2005, Volume 3814/2005, 23-33, DOI: 10.1007/11590323_3 Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. 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. Heather Knight – currently conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute – approaches social robotics in innovative ways. Founder of Marilyn Monrobot Labs in New York City, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art, one of her more engaging projects is the integration of robot design and theater – as demonstrated by her creation and production of Robot Film Festival, which took place in New York City on July 16-17, 2010. (The next Robot Film Festival is scheduled for 2012; submissions will be accepted for consideration starting in January.) Final Fantasy image. 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first_imgWhen Bob Stoops was hired as the Oklahoma Sooners head coach in 1999, the program was a mess. Since then, he’s won a national title and built the Sooners back into a perennial Top 10 team. But, in recent years, it seems like the Sooners are always knocking on the door, but just can’t break through.Stoops appears to have lost some of the edge he had during his early years in Norman, and has transitioned into the less enjoyable task of maintaining a self-perpetuating college football heavyweight. The recent Sooners teams have more memorable losses than big wins, and the nickname “Big Game” Bob has become more of a ready Twitter punchline after disappointing losses than a genuine term of endearment.Today in The Herd, Colin shared Pat Riley’s philosophy that after 10 years in the same professional environment, even coaching, people should change jobs. Riley theorizes that over time, voices go stale, complacency sets in, and the best thing for both sides to get out of the rut is to part ways. Right now, even though Stoops and the Sooners are a perennial top 10 team, they’re stuck in neutral.“Bob Stoops is a great coach. 18 years at Oklahoma. 9 Big-12 titles. But, he’s lost some energy. He’s lost a little focus. He’s gotten very comfortable. Same athletic director. Same President. His job’s never in doubt. And, he’s a human being.” Advertisement When Les Miles gets the axe at LSU at the end of the year, or sooner, he’ll vacate the best job in the nation in terms of built in geographic recruiting advantages. It’s not even close. Why not step in if you’re Stoops?“He should take that LSU job. Nick Saban has told allies that the school that can get the most pure talent in America is LSU. Not Alabama, not Ohio State, not USC. Because Louisiana itself has 30 division one players. but unlike most of the SEC, you can also get Texas. You can go into Texas, and Louisiana and Alabama , and Mississippi, and Georgia and Florida.”Bob Stoops is still a great coach, he just needs a change of scenery. He could be beloved by an LSU fan base that has been craving a high scoring offense after years of Les Miles’ “3-yards and a cloud of dust 2.0.” Or, he can stay at Oklahoma and be maligned by a fanbase that isn’t happy with the recent status quo.If Oklahoma loses to Ohio State at home on Saturday, they’ll have dropped their second big game in three weeks. Fans and media will be calling for his head.Head down to the blue bayou, Bob, and get your swagger back. An endless cycle of NFL talent will usually do that.last_img read more


first_imgThe road is blocked between A and B For the latest traffic and travel news visit our dedicated channel here. For live travel and weather updates from across the region you can also access our daily live news service here. 11:00Road reopenedRoad cleared and traffic easing, accident cleared on A500 D Road Northbound between Reginald Mitchell Way (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). 10:23Unclear how many vehicles involvedIt is unclear how many vehicles were involved in some way as sources differ. West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to a four vehicle accident while traffic data company INRIX states the accident involved three vehicles.Eyewitnesses have also claimed as many as six vehicles are involved.10:18No serious injuries – one man in his 40s assessed at sceneA spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called to an RTC on the A500 at 8.58 this morning to reports of a four car RTC.“One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended.“There was one person who wanted an assessment, a man in his 40s who was discharged at the scene.”10:15Ambulance service called just before 9amWest Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called just before 9am.09:59Three vehicles involvedTraffic data company INRIX reports three vehicles are involved in the accident UPDATE: This accident has now cleared. The D-road is blocked following an accident this morning. The crash which involves a number of vehicles,including at least one car and a lorry, has taken place near the junction with Reginald Mitchell Way (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off) on the westbound A500 towards the A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Congestion is reported back to Wolstanton Retail Park. No one was serious injured in the accident – which took place shortly before 9am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to an RTC on the A500 at 8.58 this morning to reports of a four car RTC. “One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended. “There was one person who wanted an assessment, a man in his 40s who was discharged at the scene.” It is unclear how many vehicles were involved in some way as sources differ. West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to a four vehicle accident while traffic data company INRIX states the accident involved three vehicles. Eyewitnesses have also claimed as many as six vehicles are involved. We’ll bring you updates on this on the live feed below. Read MoreMet Office Weather Warning in force as ‘Beast from the East’ brings snow and icelast_img read more


first_img Posted by Share Tags: London LONDON — Visitors to London can get access to more than 60 attractions using just their smartphone with the new mobile version of the popular London Pass sightseeing card.Developed for iPhone and Android, the mobile London Pass downloads straight to the traveller’s smartphone, syncing with a dedicated app and bespoke operating software to function as an entry ticket at sites such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.Instead of presenting a ticket or physical London Pass, visitors scan a QR code contained in the mobile pass to gain admittance at each attraction.The London Pass app becomes an effective mobile guidebook, providing full details of each attraction.  Users also get insights into 15 different areas of the city, as well as suggested themed attraction combinations for visitors, for example, families looking for a child-friendly day out.The app also offers a full map of the London Underground system, a map of key public bus services in the city, a detailed layout of attraction locations in central London and also a map of the hop on, hop off bus routes included with the London Pass.  Information on climate, public holidays and money and direct links to emergency and other useful numbers are also provided.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsLondon Pass users save money on attraction admissions plus they get access to exclusive offers, such as discounts for top theatre shows, dining cruises, helicopter tours and day trips out of the city to popular spots such as Stonehenge and Bath.More than three million visitors have purchased the London Pass since its launch in 1999. The London Pass is priced from £59 per adult and £39 per child for a one-day pass.  Two-, three-, six- and 10-day versions are available.  See londonpass.com. Travelweek Group center_img Friday, September 2, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> London Pass now available in mobile-friendly applast_img read more


first_imgTags: A321neoLRs, Air Transat Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Having an elephant in the room can be a bit distracting, but for Transat it was all “business as usual” at yesterday’s Sun 2019-20 launch in Toronto.Addressing recent headlines about a possible buyout of Transat, Joe Adamo, Chief Distribution Office & President of Transat Distribution Canada, remained mostly tight-lipped.“I know what you know, well, maybe a little more but not by much,” he joked. “What I can tell you is that these are uncertain times but for the most part very exciting times. The expression ‘It’s business as usual’ gets a little tired but never have there been truer words said.”On the fact that two potential buyers have now put in offers – Air Canada back in mid-May, and most recently Groupe Mach earlier this week – Adamo said the attention has been flattering.“It’s kind of nice to feel wanted – the more, the merrier!” he said. “We’ll see where all this goes. I’m confident a strong and prosperous future awaits our clients and our partners.”Gilles Ringwald, VP Commercial, Air TransatWhen asked whether airfare hikes could result from a possible buyout, Gilles Ringwald, Vice President Commercial of Air Transat, told Travelweek that it was “useless” to speculate on such matters at this time.“As you know, there’s a deadline of end of June, so we’re waiting for the end of talks with Air Canada to see what we’ll be doing next,” he said. “First let’s see what will happen, let’s wait until the end of June and then we’ll comment.”All acquisition talks aside, Transat is focusing its efforts on the upcoming Winter 2019-2020 season, which Ringwald said will be spurred by the recent introduction of the new A321neoLRs. The company has ordered 15 to be delivered by 2021; its first one debuted in May, with the second aircraft being delivered by end of June.“This new aircraft is a game changer for us because it allows us to fly long distances but with a limited capacity of 200 seats,” he said. “Our European program starts in May and ends in October, peaking from mid-June to mid-September, with May and October being weaker months. Today, we fly with the Airbus A330, which are big birds and are good for the peak season. But during the shoulder season, it’s very difficult to fill them and make money off of them.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesWith the new A321neoLRs, Ringwald added, Transat will be able to fly point to point, “from London to Toronto and then Toronto to Cancun, or Toronto to Cartagena,” with the same aircraft and, possibly, with the same crew.“It’s very cost-efficient for us, plus it’s a new engine. In terms of fuel consumption, it uses 35% less fuel than other aircraft,” said Ringwald.The new aircraft will also help Transat expand its reach, both down South and to Europe, said Nicole Bursey, Commercial Director. She told Travelweek that the planes will give the company the opportunity “to do some new things,” like a direct flight from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, for example.“This would have been very difficult with our current fleet,” she said, “and is a real example of what our new fleet will allow us to do.”Other routes that will benefit from the new aircraft include Toronto to Italy (Rome), a destination that will be offered for the first time in the winter, as well as increased capacity to the Caribbean during shoulder season.“We’ve traditionally looked at winter as for the Caribbean and summer as for the South,” added Bursey. “What we’re finding is that Canadian travel patterns are changing a little bit, so it’s not such a drastic change from season to season.”This, of course, translates into more year-round bookings for the company, and according to Bursey, Transat is having a “really good summer” and is already on track for a successful winter 2020.” With bookings up, the company wanted to thank those on the frontlines – travel agents – for their continued support.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“Today is just a celebration to thank the agents for everything they’ve done for us this season, plus for upcoming bookings,” said Bursey. “Transat has been around for 30 years now, and we’ve always been a huge supporter of the retail community, and vice versa. We’re very lucky.”Here are some key takeaways from the launch:• Notable routes for winter 2019-202 include: Montreal-New Orleans (a new destination for Transat); Barcelona and Rome until mid-January from Toronto; and Madrid and Malaga year round from Montreal• Transat’s Sun program includes 32 destinations in Mexico, South America, Central America, USA and the Caribbean, plus 700 hotels featured in its brochure and online, mostly all-inclusive and 25 of which are new• A wide range of other vacation options include à la carte hotels, guided tours, Duo packages that combine two regions in one trip, and condominium, house and apartment rentals in Europe and the South that can compete with Airbnb• This winter there will be 73 all-in-one cruise packages in the Caribbean, South and Central America, including New Orleans from Montreal (new) and Fort Lauderdale from Vancouver• Transat’s Early Booking Promotion applies to any South, Duo or Europe package booked by June 30, plus new for this year, clients get a chance to win their vacation for a value of up to $5,000• Cruise clients who book 120 days prior to departure can save $300 per couple• Transat has just completed its Ontario Training Academies, which saw over 1,000 travel agents in attendance; they then moved to Halifax before heading to Quebec next week and out West the week after• NEW PROMOTION: Transat is offering a free open bar aboard the Norwegian Epic sailing in the Western Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona, for departures on June 9, 16 and 23, 2019To read more about Transat’s winter 2019-2020 program, read our previous coverage here: http://www.travelweek.ca/news/here-is-everywhere-air-transat-will-fly-to-in-winter-2019-2020/center_img From acquisition talks to game-changing aircraft, Transat covers it all at Sun launch Friday, June 7, 2019 Sharelast_img read more


first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/28f8e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Australia’s only national cruise retailer Cruiseabout has confirmed plans to open more than 10 new stores during the next financial year.Cruiseabout brand leader Joell Ogilvie said the exact store locations haven’t been confirmed but would include new shop fronts in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and a few spots across South East Queensland.“At this stage we’re looking at opening most of the new stores in the first half of the 2010/2011 financial year, which will significantly expand our retail footprint across Australia,” Joell said. “The expansion will provide a massive boost for consumers as we’ll be able to offer a significantly larger pool of dedicated and specialist cruise experts across Australia. “Cruise is a rapidly growing sector of the travel industry with the number of Australian travellers taking domestic and international cruises skyrocketing every year. “By strengthening the Cruiseabout brand we’ll be able to better service this broadening market with more cruise deals and a bigger team of consultants.”Over the next few years, cruise capacity and the selection of cruise itineraries with domestic departures will increase with three new ships set to homeport in Australia during the 2011/2012 summer.“New ships to homeport at our shores in 2011 include Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Radiance of the Seas and a yet to be named ship from Holland America Line. “The new QM2, which has started taking registrations for interest from customers, is circumnavigating Australia in 2012,” she said.“These new ships will add to the likes of some of the superliners already gracing our shores including Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Rhapsody of Seas and Holland America Line’s Volendam which are in Australia for the summer cruise season, Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess and Sun Princess. “And in addition P&O’s fleet of three ships that home port here all year round will be boosted by a fourth vessel, Pacific Pearl, in December 2010.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more


first_imgAs challenging as 2014 was for Fiji in general, the tourism industry finished with success as Fiji’s annual Visitor Arrival number reached a new high of 692,630.Visitor arrival numbers confirmed by the Bureau of Statistics show a significant increase of 5.3 per cent in visitor numbers from Fiji’s major key markets.This reflected the efforts of the Tourism Fiji team in offshore offices, as well as the Nadi-based head office.The most significant increases from specific markets are arrivals from New Zealand, which exponentially grew from 15,729 to 123,968, followed closely by Australia which saw a growth from 9,066 to 349,217.These are new records for both our traditional source markets, equating to an average daily arrival of 340 and 95 respectively.Other key markets which saw a healthy growth in visitor arrival numbers are the USA, China, Continental Europe and South Korea.Tourism Fiji acting chief executive officer Wayne Deed, said that the industry ended 2014 on an all-time high.“Challenging targets have been set for 2015 which the team here at Tourism Fiji have embraced and are already implementing through the activities in various markets. The key in ensuring we continuously meet our targets lies in the spirit of working together, which our team are great at doing. I have no doubt that 2015 will prove to be another fantastic year,” Mr Deed said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires According to NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, USC quarterback Matt Barkley made quite a first impression with the Cardinals’ Combine contingent. This week in Indy always spawns several rumors. One such rumor has the Cardinals being very interested in Barkley. I’ve been told this exact same piece of information from a few different sources. According to one source, the Cardinals were extremely impressed with the USC quarterback during his interview this week.Barkley at No. 7 seemed plausible following his 2011 campaign with the Trojans. As a junior, the Orange County native led USC to a 10-2 record and threw for 3,528 yards and a Pac-12 record 39 touchdowns. However during the Trojans’ disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2012, Barkley saw his numbers (3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions) and his draft stock steadily decline.To make matters worse, Barkley suffered a season-ending separated right shoulder in a late-season loss to rival UCLA. The injury kept Barkley out of USC’s bowl game and prevented him from throwing for teams in Indianapolis this week.While Barkley appears to be making the most out of his Combine experience, the former Trojan likely still has some work to do at USC’s Pro Day on March 27.Although it’s not terribly surprising that Barkley reportedly said all the right things during his Combine interview with Arizona, the question still remains: Can the Cardinals afford to take a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick in a year where the draft class isn’t full of elite talent at the position? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While most updated mock drafts have the Arizona Cardinals taking offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan), offensive tackle Luke Joekel (Texas A&M) or guard Chance Warmack (Alabama) with the No. 7 overall pick in April’s draft, it seems another prospect might have done enough in the interview process to pique the interest of Steve Keim and Co. at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_imgTeam Defense. @Kam_Chancellor @Earl_Thomas @52Mack_ @Mathieu_Era 💪💪💪 #SNF pic.twitter.com/QdzbHQZF8Z— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson were in Los Angeles on Tuesday to film the opening for Sunday Night Football.The 2015 All-Pro defenders were joined by fellow players such as the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown of the Steelers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.The Cardinals are slated to appear on SNF twice this season, starting with a Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots in Glendale. Their second appearance will be another home game against NFC West rival Seattle in Week 7. .@DangeRussWilson @RealPeterson21 and @Mathieu_Era heading to set for the #SNF Open Shoot. pic.twitter.com/t0B8eVLbVS— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact .@RealPeterson21 📸📸📸 pic.twitter.com/LVqFEK2ZOQ— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Today in LA: @RealPeterson21 & @carrieunderwood on set of 2016 open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football pic.twitter.com/V7fuSn5aLX— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) June 21, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo P2 & Badger = 🏆🏅🎖 pic.twitter.com/k3PnlqHAQ5— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) June 21, 2016 Comments   Share   NBC’s SundayNightFootball w new @carrieunderwood open in ’16. @Mathieu_Era & @RealPeterson21 will be in it pic.twitter.com/IUPe1MhCUt— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) June 21, 2016last_img read more


first_imgCorrection: The link and picture originally supplied in this post to the travel company 33 Degrees Worldwide (www.33degrees.com.au) was an error. 33 Degrees Worldwide is not affiliated with the company 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours (www.33degrees.travel) or any information mentioned in this article. 33 Degrees Worldwide is an Australian-owned boutique marketing consultancy and travel agency, founded in 2002 by Julie Hall-Clarke. 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours is a new tour company founded by Brett Dudley in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this misinformation may have caused our readers and the companies mentioned. If you have any queries or questions about 33 Degrees Worldwide please visit www.33degrees.com.au. For questions or queries about 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours, please visit www.33degrees.travelGo back to the e-newsletter On Wednesday 17 February, founder and chairman of the ecruising group of companies, Brett Dudley, hosted 80 industry, media and Loyalty Club members at a cocktail function at The Bathers’ Pavilion to launch Australia’s newest travel company, 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours .Derived from ecruising’s cruise and land tours, incorporating luxurious travel experiences around the world, these itineraries have out-grown the ecruising travel brand.Mr Dudley commented, “We decided to create a unique and separate company epitomising what they mean – amazing experiences, luxury and effortless travel.”He told his guests, “Ecruising’s cruise tours grew at such a speed that it was necessary to create a company dedicated to these immersive high-end packages and build a team of dedicated handpicked travel professionals who, with their extensive knowledge, will offer a concierge style of service to our 33 Degrees customers”.Mr Dudley added, “The range of tours visit some of the most remote and interesting places on Earth and may incorporate private jets,  exclusive use of small resorts and luxury ships by guests of 33 Degrees who are always accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and fully escorted by one of our experienced Tour Hosts.”Go back to the e-newsletterCorrection: The link and picture originally supplied in this post to the travel company 33 Degrees Worldwide (www.33degrees.com.au) was an error. 33 Degrees Worldwide is not affiliated with the company 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours (www.33degrees.travel) or any information mentioned in this article. 33 Degrees Worldwide is an Australian-owned boutique marketing consultancy and travel agency, founded in 2002 by Julie Hall-Clarke. 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours is a new tour company founded by Brett Dudley in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this misinformation may have caused our readers and the companies mentioned. If you have any queries or questions about 33 Degrees Worldwide please visit www.33degrees.com.au. For questions or queries about 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours, please visit www.33degrees.travellast_img read more


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