Bopanna Shapovalov advance to Montreal Masters semifinal

first_imgMontreal: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov progressed to the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the ATP Montreal Masters here after receiving walkover from their opponents. The Indo-Canadian got a walkover in their quarterfinal clash against France’s Benoit Paire and Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Bopanna and Shapovalov will now face the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof in the semifinal. The unseeded duo of Bopanna and Shapovalov had knocked out the fourth seed French pair of Nichola Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin before defeating Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the round of 16.last_img read more

More Celebrities Announced For WE Day California

first_imgMore artists have been announced for next week’s WE Day California.Announced today, Paula Abdul, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Laverne Cox, Evan Goldberg, Jessie J, Xzibit and more will be joining Alessia Cara, Lily Collins, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Miss Piggy along with other Muppets, Lilly Singh and other previously announced presenters, speakers and performers for WE Day California on April 27, 2017 at The “Fabulous” Forum.WE Day, an international series of inspiring stadium-sized educational events, supported by National Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever, will bring together 16,000 students, inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers to celebrate the students commitment to taking action on local and global societal issues such as bullying, clean water and poverty.“I am so thrilled to join We Day again. It is always such an honor to appear in solidarity with teens, and to be able to share a stage with so many incredible voices united,” said actress and activist, Rowan Blanchard.The full list of speakers, performers and presenters announced to date is available on the WE Day California event page.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools, providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns. The program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning, develop life skills for success beyond the classroom and become change-makers in their communities.In the 2015/2016 school year, students and teachers from across California participated in remarkable social change. Over 875,000 youth were inspired to take steps to improve the world through WE Schools, raising more than $825,500 in support of local and global organizations.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and teachers, thanks to the generous support of National Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever. The Allstate Foundation believes good starts young, and is committed to empowering America’s youth with the strength, confidence and leadership skills to step us as leaders and achieve success in their lives. Unilever is committed to creating a bright future for tomorrow’s leaders by encouraging everyone to take small steps toward making sustainable living commonplace.WE Day is supported by Co-Chairs Stephanie Argyros, President and CEO, Argyros Group; Stephanie Swedlove and Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Participant Media and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation; Mike Cahill, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, City National Bank; and Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers.Anyone can find their place with WE and commit to making a change in the world. The first step is to take the WE Pledge at WE.org. By taking the pledge, participants are joining the WE Community and making a commitment to live WE every day. For every pledge taken on WE.org, $10 will be donated to local and global programs.last_img read more

Casablanca Airport French national arrested in possession of tear gas bombs

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- According to the Moroccan daily Almassae, the police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Thursday a French national in possession of tear gas bombs and electric shock weapons.The same source added that the French national, resident of Marrakech, managed to bypass security measures successfully before he was arrested by the national customs during a routine luggage screening.The bag of the suspects contained handcuffs, tear gas bombs, electric shock weapons, a cell phone equipped with electric shock and a shooting target carrying traces of bullets. The French national has been handed over to the police criminal division for further investigations.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

How AP collected parsed data on Chinas investor immigrants

by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 9:43 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How AP collected, parsed data on China’s investor immigrants BEIJING, China – At least two dozen countries offer a new home to people willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business, real estate or government bonds. And there’s no bigger market for many of them than China.By The Associated Press’ count, more than 100,000 Chinese have spent at least $24 billion in the last decade to buy residency through investment visa programs.The AP obtained the numbers of Chinese visa recipients from programs in 13 countries. To estimate total investments, the AP multiplied the yearly number of Chinese investors, excluding family members, by the minimum investment required by each country. Most of the countries in AP’s survey did not provide an official estimate of Chinese investment.The annual investment totals were converted into dollars based on the average exchange rate for that calendar year. They are not adjusted for inflation, and they don’t include investments that may have exceeded the minimum requirements or fees paid to agents and lawyers.Not all countries gave the same figures. In some cases, the AP estimated how many Chinese visa recipients were investors rather than family members with the help of government data or experts on investment migration. ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-In this May 7, 2017 photo, a man talks with representatives at an exhibitor booth at the Invest in America Summit held at a hotel in Beijing. The number of Chinese using investment migration programs worldwide tripled between 2010 and 2015, the AP found among the countries in its survey. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) read more

L Arbre de vie du Bahreïn mystère de la nature

first_imgL’ “Arbre de vie” du Bahreïn, mystère de la natureIl est l’un des phénomènes les plus remarquables au monde : “l’Arbre de vie” du Bahrein s’élève fièrement au milieu du désert, à des kilomètres des sources d’eau et des zones de végétations. Comment fait-il pour survivre ? La question se pose depuis plusieurs années déjà.Pour les habitants du Bahreïn, pays situé sur un archipel du golfe Persique au Moyen-Orient, ce n’est pas juste “un arbre”. Vieux de 400 ans et mesurant près de 10 mètres de haut, “l’Arbre de vie” se dresse seul au milieu du désert, à environ deux kilomètres de Jebel Dukhan, le point le plus élevé du pays. Sa survie miraculeuse au milieu de nulle-part et dans des conditions aussi difficiles pousse la population du Bahreïn à penser qu’il s’agit-là de l’unique vestige du mythique jardin d’Eden. Et pour cause ? Sa source d’eau demeure toujours un mystère. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Les biologistes et scientifiques qui sont venus examiner l’arbre sont restés perplexes. Et malgré plusieurs théories, son existence et sa survie dans le désert sont toujours une énigme. Ainsi, certains pensent que les racines de cet arbre, baptisé Sharajat-al-Hayat, s’étendent très loin mais surtout dans les profondeurs, où des sources d’eau encore inconnues viendraient l’alimenter. Mais jusqu’ici personne n’a pu prouver cette hypothèse.Alors que les habitants du Bahreïn pensent avoir trouvé l’endroit où se situait le jardin d’Eden, les bédouins – nomades de culture arabe vivant dans des régions désertiques du Moyen-Orient – sont convaincus que cet arbre légendaire a été béni par Enki, un dieu de la mythologie sumérienne, associé avant tout à l’eau.Le Sharajat-al-Hayat est l’une des “attractions” les plus célèbres du Bahreïn. Les touristes se bousculent pour admirer ce mystère de la nature. Mais ces dernières années, ces visites, non surveillées, manquent parfois de respect. Arrivés au pied de l’arbre, plusieurs reporters ont été déçus en découvrant que certains visiteurs gravaient leur nom sur le tronc. Pire, des bombes de peinture sont utilisées pour taguer l’arbre. Autre constat : certaines branches, abaissées, laissent penser que plusieurs personnes ont grimpé sur l’arbre… Triste spectacle pour un phénomène de la nature aussi remarquable, qui devrait, au contraire, être préservé.Le 17 février 2011 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Press Talk And the best of stupid stuff is …

first_imgLou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. Wow! Where the heck did that year go?One minute you’re writing about stupid stuff in January, and the next minute it’s December … and you’re still writing about stupid stuff.What the …And because this is not only the season to be jolly but also the season to create lists, I shall continue with my tradition of a list of “top stupid stuff.”Now a real list of top stories from 2016 will appear Sunday in The Columbian. And I should add none of the stories on my list made that Top 10 list. Hey, don’t blame me!My list of stupid stuff is more, ah, surreal. No kidding! So here’s the Top 5.#5 The Moeller run. The only thing more secure than state Rep. Jim Moeller’s seat was his unflinching optimism and the glowing smile he always wore.The ultra-liberal Democrat had found a home in an ultra-liberal district. What’s not to smile about, right? But then he went and spoiled it all by saying something stupid like … “I’m going to run against U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.”last_img read more

Weather Eye February temperatures below normal rainfall above average

first_img Thank goodness we had a break in the weather action Saturday. The storm that brought snow to the coast Friday and left Vancouver unscathed is well into California.Another low pressure system was forecast to bring us chilly rain today and snow in the foothills and above. As the new week progresses, the snow level gradually climbs up to above the mountain passes. The ski areas will have lots of fresh powder though the week.It appears that March will come in as a lamb this Wednesday with no weather events. How about that? Spring officially arrives on March 1 for us weather and climate folks. Doesn’t that have a nice sound to it, spring? Especially after snow, potholes, ice, rain and more potholes?February has followed suit after December and January with temperatures averaging below normal. The average mean temperature so far is 41 degrees, 2.4 degrees below average. Rainfall is incredible at 10.02 inches, 6.61 inches above average. February will go in the record books as a cold, wet month.It looks like highs this week will run below the average of 53 degrees. Realize the average high and low this week is 53 and 36. No problem getting the 36 or colder but that 53 degrees will be a challenge. Usually we get a few days in February in the 60s. Not so this year. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Napoli confirms interest in Krunic

first_imgEmpoli president Fabrizio Corsi has talked about how the Italian Lega Serie A squad wants to buy Rade Krunic and Hamed TraoreThere have been many rumors about Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli wanting to acquire the services of Rade Krunic and Hamed Traore from Empoli.And today Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss, as quoted by Football Italia, to confirm the interest for those two players.“[Napoli director of sports Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Krunic and we have talked about him, exchanging opinions,” Corsi said.Transfer: Africa Cup of Nations winner joins Milan George Patchias – August 5, 2019 AC Milan has signed Algerian star Ismael Bennacer.The African Cup of Nations winner and a key member of the Algerian national team has completed…“He knows how to value individual players.”“We also talked about Traore, who was born in 2000 and already has so much character on the field,” he added.“I think Ismael Bennacer can do great things, as he is like Lucas Torreira, but with more quality.”last_img read more

Man hospitalized after being run over during argument

first_img August 4, 2018 Posted: August 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:33 AM Man hospitalized after being run over during argumentcenter_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was hospitalized in San Diego Saturday morning after being seriously injured when he laid down in front of his friend’s car during an argument and was run over, authorities said Saturday.The incident occurred at 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 5800 block of Market Street in the Emerald Hills neighborhood, according to Officer John Buttle with the San Diego Police Department.The victim argued with his friend and in an attempt to get his friend’s attention, he laid down in the street in front of a car the suspect was driving and was run over, Buttle said.A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident and the suspect got out of the car and took the friend’s cell phone and told the 911 operator the victim had laid down intentionally in front of his car, then the suspect drove away from the scene, said Buttle.The victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but not life- threatening injuries, he said.The suspect’s vehicle is a 2001 burgundy Mazda 4-door with California license plate number 7XNW211. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry

first_imgThe Senate Labor and Commerce Committee fields calls from constituents regarding Marijuana Control Board nominee Vivian Stiver, Feb. 12, 2019. From left to right: Sens. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, and Chris Birch, R-Fairbanks. (Gavel Alaska cropped video still)Alaska’s marijuana industry flooded the phone lines during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday to oppose Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s appointment of Vivian Stiver to a state board that regulates marijuana. Stiver is a a former Fairbanks city councilwoman who was a vocal critic of marijuana businesses in Fairbanks. She would replace Fairbanks cannabis business owner Brandon Emmett on the state’s Marijuana Control Board. Dunleavy recently declined to reappoint Emmett to another term.Critical testimony — mostly from cannabis industry business owners and workers — was intense, with more than 50 callers and more than 20 emails warning the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee that appointing someone hostile to the industry would take the state backward.“Gov. Dunleavy, when he was a senator, was one of our strongest opponents,” Fairbanks marijuana business owner Cole Hollister said. “I believe that in removing one of our biggest voices in Brandon Emmett from the board and appointing Vivian Stiver, he’s spoken loud and clear of his intentions toward the industry.”Others warned that efforts to turn back the clock on marijuana would bolster the state’s black market.Joshua Tobin described himself as a “20-year veteran” of the marijuana industry. But he said when cannabis was legalized in 2016, he got on board.“When legalization came around, I wasn’t for it, but it happened,” Tobin said. “And I felt like I made a deal with the state: You give me a license, I pay taxes and we follow the rules. Appointing a prohibitionist to the board that dictates the rules wasn’t part of the deal.”Stiver’s supporters included Anchorage Republican activist Judy Eledge. She told the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee that Stiver would be a skeptical counterweight on the five-person board that regulates commercial marijuana in the state.“Alaskans may have voted to legalize marijuana, but many Alaskans did not,” Eledge said. “We have grave concerns about the laws and its effects on Alaskans. It is gravely important to us that the board controlling marijuana has at least a balance of people on the board from both sides.”In her remarks to the committee, Stiver distanced herself from her past as a marijuana critic.“I am not a prohibitionist.” she said. “I absolutely did have a position. I expected our (Fairbanks) city and borough to be ready for the industry, and they were not.”Stiver said she learned a lot about the industry since 2017, when she launched an unsuccessful voter initiative to ban commercial cannabis activity in Fairbanks.“I also respect the fact that people who do this trust me because they had financial interests,” she added. “They had money laid out, and I do understand that.”Public testimony will continue for Dunleavy’s second nominee: Alaska Wildlife Trooper Christopher Jaime. The Soldotna-based lieutenant’s nomination has been less controversial. Both nominations will require a confirmation by lawmakers.Their appointments replace two of the three members that recently supported onsite consumption by a 3-2 vote.The Marijuana Control Board is slated to convene a three-day meeting on Feb. 20-22 in Juneau.last_img read more

Dish Network Battle Gizmodo Losses Take Toll on Univision Q4 Earnings

first_img Popular on Variety Impacted by its ongoing dispute with Dish Network, increased expenses and impairment losses, U.S. Hispanic media giant Univision reported an 8.9% decline in fourth-quarter total revenue to $688.5 million from $755.5 million in the year prior.In comparing the full year of 2018 with the previous year, total revenue fell 7.6% to $2,713.8 million from $2,937.3 million. Total core revenue dipped 5.4% to $2,674.2 million from $2,827.3 million.Last year, the Company began the process of selling its discontinued English-language digital businesses, including the Gizmodo Media Group, The Onion and Fusion Digital. According to Univision, the loss from the Gizmodo group in the quarter was $32.5 million compared to $3.0 million for the year-ago period. The Wall Street Journal reported that Univision has written down the value of those digital assets to $15 million, down from $135 million. “Univision serves a unique audience,” said Vince Sadusky, CEO of Univision. “Hispanic America is driving population and GDP growth and will continue to do so for decades,” he said, adding: “Our strategic focus on serving this core audience has recently resulted in viewership growth, as from the third to fourth quarter, we saw increases in our primetime ratings in all key demographics at a time when all other major networks experienced declines.”Sadusky, in his second earnings call since taking over the helm from Randy Falco, cited the “gangbuster ratings” of its “Dancing with the Stars” adaptation, “Mira Quien Baila” which scored highest among the 18-24 demo.Sadusky stressed that Univision was focusing on reinforcing its core business, and hailed its long-time programming supplier, Mexico’s Televisa, for reinvigorating its programming. Company has also turned to more acquisitions of canned shows and formats, more soccer content, live shows and local news to bolster its programming.Operating expenses rose due to its newly acquired UEFA soccer rights, more Mexican soccer league matches and a higher Televisa licensing fee. Direct operating expenses jumped 11% to $287.6 million, with selling, general and administrative expenses increasing 11 percent to $176.5 million.Sadusky concurred with Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson’s comments a day earlier that the contract dispute talks between the two companies remained at a stalemate.“We continue to have discussions with Dish. It’s clear that not doing a deal for both companies is harmful to both companies. It’s just down to a matter of value,” said Sadusky who observed that subscribers have been migrating to Dish’s rival companies.“Our other partners that are paying us a fair amount, we have a good relationship with and believe continue to benefit from the migration of Dish viewers,” he said. Dish’s satellite service subs fell below the 10 million mark for the first time in 15 years, which it partly attributed to its Univision and HBO blackouts.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Square Enix sells Chocobo and Bahamut flavor burgers at Paris Games Week

first_imgThe one thing you can always rely on at a games convention (other than catching con flu) is that the food available on the show floor is terrible. Greasy, expensive, terrible. However, at Paris Games Week, which runs until Sunday, Square Enix has done the delicious unthinkable: they’ve been selling Final Fantasy XV burgers in either Chocobo or Bahamut flavor.The Chocobo’rger is just the Final Fantasy way of saying chicken, while the Bahamut Burger is the more common beef burger. And attendees who tried the burgers are reporting they are not terrible, which makes a nice change.The burgers are served with a side of potato wedges and the game promotion was added at every opportunity. The food came in a Final Fantasy XV branded brown paper bag, the included towels were branded, and a couple of Final Fantasy postcards were also thrown in showing off the new game’s art. If you needed something to drink then the Japanese soft drink called Ramune lemonade (complete with marble) was also being sold alongside the more common soft drinks (Coca-Cola) and iced tea. For dessert there’s cookies or donuts (branding not confirmed).If the food was good and the promotion worthwhile, I can see Square Enix repeating this at other conventions. Whether the food will be up to the same standard depends on who they partner with in the location the next convention is held. Clearly this time they chose a good burger partner in Paris.If you’re at Paris Games Week and have tasted one of these burgers, write us a quick review in the comments below. Are they better than your typical fast food burgers? Is Chocobo really as succulent a meat as I imagine it to be?last_img read more

The Best Marvel Mobile Games for Hours of Heroic Fun

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target It feels like all the Marvel mobile games are heading to space with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 storming its way through theaters this season. I’m not saying that most of these games were not already fun when they first released, but when the like of Rocket, Groot and Mantis show up; you know it’s going to be a party.Here is a look at some of the most fun to play Marvel games to hit your favorite mobile devices.Photo courtesy of ComicgamersassembleMARVEL: Puzzle QuestA few of you may remember the original Puzzle Quest that released on the PSP back in 2007. It blended your run of the mill Bejeweled bar game with RPG elements. This was a pretty cool concept at the time. Marvel was smart enough to use these elements to their advantage and combined their classic stories and characters with the match-three game type. The game is simple enough to follow: collect classic comic covers and characters. It’s a real treat! It’s not all Iron Mans and Storms either. For instance, I just unlocked Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur then added them to my roster. Adding these types of characters makes the experience much more rewarding and encourages players to learn more about the Marvel universe while playing a simple bar game. There are two main modes, story and multiplayer, where you fight against other players teams controlled by AI. Beating your friends as never been this rewarding! (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of ApkdlmodMARVEL: Future FightThis is the ultimate Marvel beat em up game fans have been asking for. Move around many different levels and tap enemies to pummel. Your character has a list of special abilities and moves he can use that recharge over time. But you are not alone in this fight. Up to three heroes can go on a mission at a time, and the more you use each character, the more you can level up their star rating. Attaching gear and claiming gifts will give your heroes major advantages for leveling. Skill sets and attacks are fun to perform, and there is a mediocre story to tie it all together. Luckily, Marvel has been supporting this one a bit more and has been giving Future Fight updates with each release of the studio’s films, supplying many more adventures. I don’t see this one going anywhere for a while. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of AndroidcentralSpider-Man UnlimitedGameloft presents Marvel’s answer to killing off Temple Run. Join Spider-Man as he swings through the cell shaded streets of New York batting off the members of the Sinister Six. This is your typical Temple Run-style game with a few more punches. That’s right. In the middle of all your running and dodging, you can punch, kick and web up enemies to keep your combo going. As simplistic as this game is, it’s still a lot of mindless fun, and the cell shading is a nice touch. You’ll meet some fellow heroes along the way that will aid Spider-Man in his journey. Of course, Peter finds time to crack wise with each member he finds and is actually pretty humorous. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of VulcanpostMARVEL: Tsum TsumDon’t count out the adorably cute and fuzzy Tsum-Tsum brand just yet! There awkward looking bodies stack up well in puzzle type games such as this one. Marvel Tsum Tsum is almost a connect the dots type game of sorts. Many different Marvel characters fall into a pod of sorts, and it is up to you to drag your finger over the ones creating in a row. It sounds simple enough, but when there is a single War Machine in the way of your Hulk streak, it can drive one to Hulk smash! This is the perfect mobile Marvel game for players who don’t want all the weight that comes with games like Puzzle Quest and just want to jump in toss fuzzy characters around for a bit. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Zen PinballPinball games are some of my absolute favorites. Especially when your balls represent different Marvel characters! Play on animated boards such as the S.H.I.E.L.D. carrier, Avengers Tower and so much more. This was the one game that did cost actual currency. That is because each board you collect will run you a buck. Not bad if all you like to do is beat high scores in pinball all day. The purchasable boards range from Ghost Rider to Moon Knight. There are special challenges throughout each board and the animations included with them are a lot of fun to see activated. If only we could get real pinball machines based on these concepts! (iTunes – Google Play)Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Contest of ChampionsThe Collector is on another mission to add the galaxies mightiest heroes to his ultimate collection. This time around it’s to have them battle it out in a contest of champions. You the player have been chosen to represent earth during this mighty battle. The concept behind Champions is pretty simple. Win and you shall be granted unlimited power. Loose and you’ll become part of the Collectors…well you know. This game is Marvels answer to Injustice’s mobile game. A tap away “beat em up” for the ages. With every fight you come closer and closer to unlocking more crystals that contain characters. Pulling off moves is a cinch. Tap for light attacks, hold and wait for the right moment to pull off heavy attacks. The game flows nicely on current mobile devices and has been getting updates regularly with new Marvel characters. Time to head to the Battlerealm to catch ’em all! (iTunes – Google Play)last_img read more

Has CM Mamatas US visit been scrapped under MEA pressure

first_imgKolkata: Mystery has deepened on what prompted Ramakrishna Math and Mission to cancel the scheduled visit of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Chicago. Banerjee was scheduled to visit Chicago to attend a programme of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission on August 26 to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the historic Parliament of World’s Religions that had catapulted Vivekananda to the world stage… and to a permanent place in global history. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAlthough the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago mentioned in a letter to the Chief Minister that the programme has been cancelled due to the death of Assistant General Secretary Swami Abhiramananda and other “unforeseen difficulties”, it is not clear to many how his death in Howrah could be the reason behind cancelling the programme in Chicago.According to sources, Ramakrishna Math and Mission succumbed to the pressure of the Ministry of External Affairs as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is himself visiting Chicago to attend a programme on the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions that has been arranged by a Hindu organisation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the letter to the Chief Minister dated June 11, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago President Swami Ishatmananda stated, “We are thankful that you accepted our invitation to attend our programme celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Parliament of World’s Religions, which was to be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on August 26.”Explaining the reason behind cancellation of the programme, Swami Ishatmananda maintained in the letter, “We are sorry to inform you that due to the sudden demise of Swami Abhiramananda, Assistant General Secretary, Trustee of Ramakrishna Mission and member of the Governing Body of Ramakrishna Mission, as well as unforeseen difficulties, we have had to cancel the August 26 programme. We remain ever thankful for your support and regret any inconvenience this may cause you.” It may be mentioned that the body of Swami Abhiramananda was found in the river Hooghly near a ghat at Belur in Howrah on June 8.The Chief Minister’s scheduled visits to China and Chicago were cancelled within a gap of a few days and it prompted political observers to suspect that the developments are not just mere coincidences. Instead, they are conjecturing that there is a “strong enough political reason” behind the cancellation of Banerjee’s trip to Chicago as her visit was scheduled within a few days of Modi’s visit.Interestingly, the Chief Minister’s visit to China had to be cancelled just a few hours ahead of the journey on Friday as “the political meetings at appropriate level” could not be confirmed.This happened despite the fact that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a couple of months ago recommended that Banerjee lead a delegation to China under the Union Government’s Exchange Programme with the Communist Party of China’s International Department.So political experts are considering “negligence” in the Centre’s part for “lack of confirmation of the meeting at the appropriate level”.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister’s Chicago trip has been cancelled when her government has decided to take up character building programmes in schools as a part of the celebration of 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago.A programme will also be organised at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in which 1 lakh students and youths will be participating.last_img read more

Use findstr on Windows to find text in files and command outputs

first_imgUse findstr on Windows to find text in files and command outputs by Martin Brinkmann on May 04, 2018 in Tutorials – Last Update: August 07, 2018 – 19 commentsIf you want to find specific text in files, in a command line output or elsewhere, you may use the findstr command on Windows to do so.Findstr is a built-in tool of the Windows operating system that you may run from the command line to find text in files or in command line outputs.You can use the application to filter command line outputs, search individual files or entire directory structures for files with matching text.Run findstr /? from the command line to display all parameters and options that “Find String” supports.Third-party tools like Notepad++, GGRep, or Everything support finding text in files as well.Using findstrYou can run findstr from the command line or batch files. Open a new command line prompt by tapping on the Windows-key, typing cmd.exe and selecting the result.Useful parameters:/? — display the help text/S — searches the directory and all subdirectories/I — search is not case sensitive/R — use search strings as regular expressions/B — matches patterns at the beginning of lines/P — skip files with non-printable characters/V — print only lines that contain a match/N — print the line numberHere is a list of examples that you may find useful:ipconfig | findstr “192.168” — The command runs ipconfig and returns any result that matches 192.168. Any other result is ignored.netstat | findstr “123.123.123.13” — Runs the netstat command and returns any result that matches the string (in this case the IP address).findstr /c:”windows 10″ windows.txt — Searches the document windows.txt for the string “windows 10″findstr “windows 10” windows txt — Searches for “windows” or “10” in the file.findstr “windows” c:\documents\*.* — Searches any file under c:\documents for the string “windows”.findstr /s /i Windows *.* — Searches every file in the current directory and all subdirectories for the word Windows ignoring letter case.findstr /b /n /r /c:”^ *FOR” *.bas– Returns any line that begins with FOR that are preceded by zero or more spaces. Prints the line number as well.Findstr is a powerful command that you may use to search for strings in files or to filter command line output. You may use it to scan entire directory structures or drives for files that match the selected string or part of it, and to find specified text in command line outputs quickly.Advanced options include returning content that is found at the beginning or end of lines, using regular expressions, or using wildcards.Closing wordsFindstr’s main advantage is that it is a built-in tool that you can run on any Windows machine. It is useful to find text in files quickly but works as a tool to filter the output of command line tools as well.Now you: which program do you use to find text in files?SummaryArticle NameUse findstr on Windows to find text in files and command outputsDescriptionIf you want to find specific text in files, in a command line output or elsewhere, you may use the findstr command on Windows to do so.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Conrad Hotels Resorts debuts in Hangzhou

first_imgConrad Hotels & Resorts debuts in HangzhouConrad Hotels & Resorts debuts in HangzhouHilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Conrad Hangzhou, a 50-story, 324-room state-of-the-art hotel that provides easy access to the city’s downtown recreational and cultural attractions. With Li’Anrestaurant sitting on the 50th floor, Conrad Hangzhou features the tallest restaurant in Hangzhou and provides unparalleled views over the fast-developing high-tech city. As part of the Raffles City Hangzhou complex, the hotel is set to serve business and leisure travelers with a best-in-class experience in a world of style.“We are thrilled to present Conrad Hangzhou as the optimal choice for travelers as we support Hangzhou’s rapidly growing industries, and fulfill demand for business destinations,” said Qian Jin, area president for Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “The opening of this property demonstrates our commitment to growing our presence across China with a well-rounded luxury portfolio. Conrad Hangzhou will consistently deliver intuitive service and inspired experiences to elevate the journeys of discerning global travelers.”Conrad Hangzhou enjoys a unique location in the emerging Qianjiang New Town Central Business District. The hotel is within easy walking distance to government offices, major corporate offices and shopping malls. It is just 100 meters from Jiangjin station for a quick link to the Hangzhou East Railway Station, an important transportation hub in Hangzhou, and 20 kilometers from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International airport.“Reflective of the brand’s modern, stylish and dynamic luxury ethos, Conrad Hangzhou is ideal for travelers that seek an unrivaled retreat underscored by superior service and hospitality,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “The hotel’s proximity to the Central Business District as well as multiple dining, shopping and entertainment venues make Conrad Hangzhou a natural choice for business and leisure travelers alike.”Designed by renowned Dutch Architect UN Studio, the hotel features two distinct towers, each soaring 50 stories high – an iconic structure and landmark that has helped shape the landscape of the city. The stunning curvature of the exterior is inspired by Hangzhou’s tidal bore, a world-renown natural phenomenon of rapid rising tides that occurs once a year.Guests will find sleek interiors and unique artwork at every turn. The hotel design, inspired by “Lunar Corona,” was conceptualized drawing inspirations from the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake, a historic, garden style park. The “Lunar Corona” theme is brought to life with warm and spacious décor featured throughout hotel’s lobbies, lounges and guestrooms. The banquet spaces are designed to reflect a shimmering sunset over the lake, while the meeting area reflects mountains on the water, all expressing a peaceful environment for both business and leisure.EXCEPTIONAL DININGConrad Hangzhou offers exceptional dining experiences through its three restaurants and  lobby lounge featuring inspired settings, diverse menus and panoramic views of the city. Traditional meets modern at Li’An restaurant, the tallest restaurant in Hangzhou that sits on 50th floor of the hotel, serving Chinese delicacies in a distinctive setting. Inspired by the weeping willows of the West Lake, Blue Willow is an upscale all-day brasserie with live stations, a selection of pastries and elegant buffets. Uka is the hotel’s destination restaurant, providing guests a sensory food journey with its bar, sushi bar and Teppanyaki station, while also inviting them  to a modern space to socialize, escape and celebrate. Luxurious tea lounge by day and elegant bar by night, JINoffers guests a place to relax and reenergize throughout the day.SOPHISTICATED AMENITIESConrad Hangzhou offers a sophisticated destination with 324 Digital Key-enabled guestrooms, including 25 suites, with panoramic views overlooking Qiantang River and the iconic West Lake.Guests have a variety of wellness options, including a 24-hour fitness center with Life Fitness®equipment and free weights, heated indoor pool and whirlpool, a spa featuring seven treatment rooms and two couples rooms and luxurious spa products including Valmont from Switzerland and American brand, June Jacobs.MODERN SPACES & SMART MEETINGSFeaturing a total of 1,604 square meters of meeting space, Conrad Hangzhou is an ideal venue for weddings, business meetings and other social gatherings. The stunning pillar-less Grand Ballroom, measuring 800 square meters, can accommodate up to 650 guests in a theatre setting. The eight flexible meeting rooms are equipped with advanced audio-visual and technical facilities, and beautiful views over the bustling city.Conrad Hangzhou is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 world-class brands. Members who book directly through the preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Hilton Honors Points and money to book a stay, free standard Wi-Fi and an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else.To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 Points per night – up to a maximum of 3,000 Hilton Honors Points – for bookings from February to June2019, when booking directly with Hilton.Conrad Hangzhou is located at 228 Xinye Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, just 20 kilometers from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.conradhangzhou.conradhotels.com or call +86 571 56966666. The property is owned by CapitaLand Group and managed by Hilton. Source = Hiltonlast_img read more

TreadRight FoundationTTCUNTWO

first_imgTreadRight FoundationTTCUNTWO Pictured: Cordula Wohlmuther, UNWTO Head of Institutional Relations and Resource Mobilization/IY2017; TTC CEO Brett Tollman; Miranda Tollman; and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTOThe Travel Corporation (TTC) has become a Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).The United Nations 70th General Assembly designated 2017 as the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, with the aim to support changes in policies, business practices, and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.Over the years, TTC – in partnership with its TreadRight Foundation – has supported more than 40 sustainability projects in nearly as many destinations across the globe, to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership, and support for communities. “We were eager and honoured to support the UNWTO in this latest initiative because we recognise that our sector has a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to drive sustainable development around the world,” said TTC chief executive Brett Tollman.“In 2017, we look forward to helping mobilise industry stakeholders and educate policy-makers as well as the general public about the value of tourism to bring about positive change.”This year the global UN system, and global community at large, will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:      Inclusive and sustainable economic growthSocial inclusiveness, employment and poverty reductionResource efficiency, environmental protection and climate changeCultural values, diversity and heritageMutual understanding, peace and securityA full program of activities was unveiled by the UNWTO on January 18, 2017 on the occasion of the Opening of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development in Madrid, Spain at UNWTO Headquarters.TTC joins several other travel and tourism organisations from around the world as the first sponsors to join the UNWTO to support the program of activities recently unveiled at the opening of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development in Madrid.last_img read more

Restaurant review Andria steak grill restaurant Paphos

first_imgI always thought steak houses were dominated by men, men eating nothing but meat. So it was a relief upon stepping into Andria steak & grill restaurant that women were also seated at tables celebrating with their menfolk.Chef Stelios Nicolaides and his brother Marios first opened 15 years ago in Coral bay as a snack bar and slowly developed into this meat lover’s destination. It’s a restaurant of quiet ambition set on land that belonged to their grandfather and although most would now hardly believe that this busy tourist strip was once just one large vineyard there is land that has been set aside to supply the restaurant with all its fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits so Stelios can boast the only regular purchases made for the restaurant are ketchup, mayonnaise and beef. In addition of course there is also a very good selection of fish and chicken dishes as an option.Two friends who relish nothing better than sinking their teeth into good quality beef joined me to test drive some of the popular dishes on the menu. We began with an amuse bouche which here was very good: served in little glass dishes packed full of flavours and it worked well in awakening any recalcitrant taste buds. There is a daily blackboard of ‘specials’ and these include steaks, chicken, fish and prawn dishes plus a range of cocktails (do bust out and savour the Porn star beverage) then there is also a selection of imported flavoured ciders.We started with a delicious plate of Carpaccio accompanied with very tasty rounds of Bruschetta plus a basket of homemade bread, there followed a refreshing dish of salmon Ceviche which again came laden with flavour, then it was on to the main course. Stelios believes that if one is serving the very best beef then this has to be accompanied by the very best sauces, and when I asked him what he loved cooking most I wasn’t surprised when he said it was his home made sauces. We all agreed that this love was indeed reflected in the perfectly cooked fillet steak served with a really excellent mushroom sauce. Chef’s other sauces include a Blue cheese, pepper and a zinging garlic sauce to partner your Rib eye, steak Rossini, T bone, fillet or Chateau Briand.The blackboard menu offered a new one to me and when I asked what a Tomahawk steak was a few minutes later Stelios arrived at our table sporting a wooden board on which rested the bone Rib Steak weighing in at 1.2kg and cut from the fore-rib with the entire rib bone left. The long bone is then French trimmed, leaving a rather amazing presentation – as it is bone in Rib steak it has quite a large amount of inter-muscular fat which gives it stacks of flavour when cooked.The resting period is vital for steaks and the Tomahawk requires at least 10-15 minutes to allow heat from the bone to re distribute across the meat so one is delivered of a lovely succulent juicy steak, which although quite expensive coming in at twice or triple the cost of a boneless rib eye there seems to be a good number of devotees out there who make a regular pilgrimage to Andria for this somewhat ‘primal’ feast.The question would then be after consuming this would a pudding be out of the question? Sad then if you miss out on the crème brulee or the cheesecake served with fresh fruits and last week I was treated to chef’s very own home grown blackberries which was a real treat. Okay this is not a ‘cheap’ dinner but again here the motto is indeed true. You do get what you pay for, and at Andria it will always be quality and great flavours with every bite.VITAL STATISTICSSPECIALTY Steaks/Surf and Turf/chicken and fish/grilled prawnsWHERE Andria steak& grill restaurant, Coral Bay, PaphosCONTACT-26 622622 or 99 545556, www.andriarestaurant.co.ukHOW MUCH from €30 upwards depending on the cut of meat etc.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The power of art in a public space

first_imgTwo sculptures have become synonymous with Paphos, being photographed hundreds of thousands of times and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Little Fisher Boy and Sol Alter, a homage to Aphrodite, have taken on a life of their own.“I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide I would make a sculpture, I have been doing this for many years as well as painting. But because these pieces are public art my name has become known,” says the artist behind them Yiota Ioannidou.The sculptures were part of the town’s European Capital of Culture 2017 programme, “signs in time and space.”Another of her sculptures is found in Argaka and honours rural mothers. It is a legacy of a local man, following the premature death of his wife in a car accident.Yiota herself is modest, engaging and hugely likeable, but like most artists she has her insecurities. And she said she by agreeing to such public sculptures she took a chance with her career as she didn’t know what the outcome would be. “This is my way to communicate with people. Even if they don’t know who am, I or what I look like they know somebody did this. When I see people take pictures of my sculptures, this is my energy and my payment back.”Although the two sculptures, that draw hundreds of visitors every day, have now been in place for two years, she still likes to see people looking at them.Yiota is adamant that a sculpture can’t be put just anywhere, and that the place around it makes it important, especially in the case of public art. “I have to feel it. Public art is more important than the art we show in galleries and museums. With public art, you go close to the people and bring art to them, this is powerful.”Born in Paphos, Yiota studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and returned to Paphos, which she loves. She loosely quotes Cavafy, an Egyptian Greek poet, ‘wherever you go, the place will follow you’. She believes going abroad is temporary and returning to the place that you were born, to your roots, is the only way for art to flourish.“If you take inspiration from your roots it can’t be otherwise. You can see European art for example, but you are a Mediterranean person that lives in Cyprus, with the mentality of a Cypriot and the connections. This is where you have to start to search for yourself in your art.”Yiota’s motivation is not money, but her legacy. Everyone wants to leave something, this is very important and maybe selfish, she said. “Do you want a small place in the history of art, or do you want to just sell art. I want the former,” she said.At the age of five or six while work was being undertaken at her family home, Yiota became fascinated with the stone being used to make a wall and asked if she could have one of them and to borrow some tools. He mother allowed it, and Yiota sculpted a face onto the stone, which has been kept by her sister. “I saw them hitting the stone and it looked easy, before that I thought stone was stiff and strong but it wasn’t and I saw you could work on it.”This was her first sculpture and by the age of ten Yiota was helping her father, a teacher, and painted sets for his school productions. “He was very conservative but, in this area, he was open minded, and he pushed and helped me to follow my dream.”She said the work of an artist is to be able to create the moment they are experiencing but as people looking at it are experiencing their own feelings and emotions the important thing is to make them feel something. This is a big responsibility as artist has, she said.Yiota takes inspiration from everything around her and observes the smallest of details that may pass the rest of us by. Most are in nature; tiny things from a seed up to something on a larger scale. She also relies on “feelings” she gets from people and uses them to create some of her work. Recently, she approached a woman she didn’t know as she liked her face and shape, and persuaded her to pose for her at her studio. “She posed very well, it was perfect”.Art is always important and each work is a continuation of the previous one. Each artist does one thing in their life but accomplishes it in many ways and tries it many times, Yiota said, adding that her art hasn’t changed that much as she’s the same person. “Projects you have done 20 years apart are basically the same projects, only in a different way, it’s like a signature. The idea is about giving yourself time to get deeper, to learn. “Artists should use experiences to create something, but she thinks that some young artists have lost their way, and are too influenced by European modern art.They have to find themselves and accept themselves, she said.She reflects that if an artist manages to produce a picture that nothing, no machine can make, they feel as if they are marking their moment in time. And then they are happy, it’s a difficult thing, she said.“Art is my oxygen, it’s my life. I can’t live without art. To find a solution for small problems in the studio every day. This is my therapy. It is classic for artists, it is normal.”You May LikeKey SmartThis is The Evolution of Keychains. 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Police investigating case of kidnap in the Philippines

first_imgPolice are investigating a case concerning the abduction of a Chinese businessman in the Philippines who lives permanently in Limassol.The man was released by his abductors after his wife paid ransom. A person is wanted in connection with the case.Reports said the businessman left last week on a business trip to the Philippines. After the man arrived there, a person from the same country went to the Chinese businessman’s home in Limassol and told his wife her husband had been abducted. He reportedly requested €6m to set him free.The man was released after his family gave the abductors around €600,000. He is to return to Cyprus on Saturday.The case was reported to the police by his lawyer. You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more