51 Million Tourists Visited Morocco in JanuaryJune 2018

Rabat – Approximately 5.1 million tourists visited Morocco in the first six months of 2018, up 10 percent from the same period in 2017.According to statistics from Morocco’s Tourism Observatory, the number of foreign tourist arrivals increased by 10 percent from the same period in 2017, while the arrival of Moroccans living abroad increased by 1 percent.Morocco registered a notable increase in the rate of tourist arrivals from Italy, up 18 percent; Germany, up 13 percent; France, up 10 percent; Holland, up 8 percent; the United Kingdom, up 7 percent; and Spain, up 6 percent. In overnight stays, Morocco’s hotels and guest house registered an increase of 10 percent in the first half of 2018, with an increase of 13 percent for non-resident tourists and 3 percent for residents.Marrakech and Agadir recorded 56 percent and 55 percent, respectively, increases in overnight stays. Casablanca also showed a notable increase of 56 percent in overnight stays.The country’s overall occupancy rate of classified hotels reached 44 percent. Revenue generated from non-resident tourists in Morocco increased by 15.2 percent to reach MAD 31.2 billion at the end of June, up from MAD 27 billion a year earlier.Read also: Morocco Aims to Double the Number of Indian Tourists in 2019Chinese tourists increase to 120,000 An increasing number of Chinese tourists have visited Morocco since they were exempted from applying for visas in June 2016. Chinese passport holders are entitled to 90-day visas on arrival in Morocco.The Chinese People’s Daily noted that, since the start of visa exemption, Morocco has received a large number of Chinese tourists in all seasons. The newspaper added that, especially in the summer, “we can see the Chinese everywhere” across Morocco from north to south.According to the newspaper, approximately 120,000 Chinese tourists visited Morocco in the first five months of 2018. In 2017, 107,500 Chinese tourists arrived in Morocco, compared with 43,000 in 2016.The tourism sector is one of Morocco’s economic pillars, and the government aims to make the kingdom one of the top 20 destinations worldwide for China’s 500,000 tourists by 2020. read more

Nalaka Godahewa arrested by the FCID

He was asked to appear to respond to allegations over financial irregularities said to have taken place at the Securities and Exchange Commission when he was the chairman. (Colombo Gazette) Former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Nalaka Godahewa was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Godahewa was arrested after he arrived at the FCID to make a statement this morning.

Police digest Stolen gun found in Simcoe

A handgun that was reported stolen last year near Toronto turned up in a bush in Simcoe this weekend.Norfolk OPP were notified of the firearm over the noon hour Sunday.Police report a man was renovating a business on Sydenham Street when he came across the gun in bushes nearby.Police report the firearm was reported stolen in York Region in 2018.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Failure to yieldA Haldimand man was charged following a collision last week east of Simcoe.The crash occurred at the corner of Blue Line Road and Townsend Road 13.Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, a Jeep eastbound on Townsend Road 13 turned south onto Blue Line Road. As it did so, it collided with a north bound vehicle. No injuries were reported.A 26-year-old Haldimand man has been charged with failure to yield to oncoming traffic.Stolen vehicle abandoned near BostonA vehicle abandoned along the roadway this weekend with its doors open and engine running turned out to be stolen.The white 2001 Chevrolet Suburban was located along Townsend Road 3 near Boston around 5 p.m. Friday.Police were told two suspects were seen fleeing from the vehicle to an awaiting black Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade reportedly left the area at a high rate of speed.Police later determined that the Suburban was reported stolen from an address in Haldimand County.Anyone with information related to the theft is encouraged to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Helmet, impaired charges for motorcyclistA Haldimand man was charged with several offences after he was thrown from a motorcycle in Fisherville.Haldimand paramedics were alerted to a man apparently injured in a motorcycle crash on Erie Avenue around 6 p.m. Friday. He was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries.Following an investigation, Haldimand OPP charged a 36-year-old Fisherville man with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and failure to wear a helmet.The accused will answer the charge in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.Shoplifting charge in SimcoeTwo Norfolk residents face theft charges following an incident in Simcoe last week.Friday around 9:30 p.m., the Real Canadian Superstore on the Queensway East in Simcoe reported that a woman left the store without paying for merchandise.The woman reportedly got into a vehicle that left the scene.Police patrolling the area located the woman and took her into custody. The driver of the vehicle was also charged.A 50-year-old woman has been charged with theft under $5,000 and failure to comply with a probation order.A 53-year-old man has been charged with failure to comply with a probation order.Deer collisions in NorfolkDeer are out and about and on the move now that spring has arrived.Police report there have been several collisions in Norfolk in recent days involving deer.Norfolk OPP remind motorists it is never a good idea to crank the steering wheel in a bid to avoid deer on the road. Doing so could put motorists into the path of oncoming traffic or into the ditch and into a tree or hydro pole.“If you suddenly have deer in your path, we encourage drivers to stay in control, reduce as much speed as possible and – whatever you do – steer straight,” Staff Sgt. John Fashing, operations manager for the Norfolk OPP, said Monday in a news release.“Don’t veer for deer. By changing your direction quickly, you increase the risk of losing control, running off the roadway and rolling your vehicle. This increases the likelihood of sustaining greater damage to your vehicle and serious injury.”The best advice according to the OPP is to drive the posted speed limit, be vigilant and assume in rural areas that deer are somewhere near the roadway and could dart across at any time. read more

Calgary business woman wants money back after event cancelled without notice

clubcurvalicious.com by Crystal Laderas Posted Oct 16, 2016 12:24 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 9:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary business woman wants money back after event cancelled without notice A Calgary business woman claims a cross-Canada event meant to celebrate plus sized women was cancelled without notice.Leanne Bailey says she paid $500 to get her jewellery business a spot as a vendor at Curvalicious Canada’s model search for a 2016 calendar, but she couldn’t get a hold of the organizer leading up to this weekend’s scheduled event in Calgary. She started calling hotels in Edmonton and Vancouver where other events were booked, and they all told her they were dropped because there was no contact with the organizer.“It’s just a shame,” Bailey says, “it will be really heartbreaking for the women who did go, I believe it was in Sudbury, where they did go and stood in front of the cameras. For one Curvalicious site, [it] has interviews posted where these ladies talked about their personal feelings and those videos are posted.”Curvalicious founder Tracey Crosson says she spent thousands on advertising and other expenses in several Canadian cities, but the plans fell through because of a separate business deal.“I had a very toxic video supplier that stole money from me and caused massive ripples in this project,” she says. “We are continuing our best to keep everyone in the loop and we’re in the middle of getting legal representation and it takes a while to do that.”Crosson says she couldn’t reply to messages because she’s been busy with lawyers as she pursues a civil lawsuit, however vendors or models who want a refund can send her an email. She says participants will still be able to send their auditions electronically.Bailey believes it would have been a good initiative for women if the events carried through as planned. read more

Modern Greek wont be reinstated parents told

first_imgModern Greek has taken another blow this week, with the decision that Wales Street Primary School, in Melbourne’s inner north, will not reinstate the language as part of its Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program. The decision was made by staff, supported by school council and the parent community was informed.Angelo Dritsas, from the Bring Back Greek Campaign, told Neos Kosmos that the school’s principal, Christopher Sexton, and School Council President, Angela White, had told a meeting on Thursday that the program would not be continued. “We were completely unsuccessful,” he said. At the meeting on Thursday, Theo Markos from the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), the local state member, Fiona Richardson, and a representative from the Department of Education met with Mr Sexton and Ms White, as well as the school’s assistant principal and two parents. “Essentially, they’re not willing to budge,” Mr Dritsas said. Mr Sexton told Neos Kosmos the decision was made last year to reduce the school’s LOTE program from three languages (Greek, Mandarin and Italian) to one (Italian). “The decision was made by staff, supported by school council and the parent community was informed,” he said. “School Council and the principal agreed to review this decision in 2010.” He said the school had been consulting with the school community this year. “Feedback from staff and students with regard to the current Italian program has been extremely positive,” Mr Sexton said. “Data is showing that students are more engaged in the LOTE program with staff reporting significantly less instances of disruptive behaviour from students. “Moving to a single LOTE has improved timetabling of the curriculum which is in turn enabling more learning time for the students.” But Mr Dritsas said timetabling and lack of school facilities were poor excuses. “My response to that was, ‘you’re not trying hard enough’,” Mr Dritsas said.Mr Dritsas said there was “some talk” of seeking legal action, perhaps taking the case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). “It is Theo Markos’ intention to write to the Education Minister, seeking a meeting with her and asking her to intervene” he said. “And essentially that’s all we can do at the moment.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Achilleas Youth raises 4000 for Ark of the World

first_imgAfter seeing 200 people attend their High Tea for Ark of the World on 30 June, AHEPA’s Achilleas Youth has officially announced that $4,000 was raised at the event held at St Haralambos Church Hall in Templestowe, Melbourne. The money raised brings the AHEPA tally to $80,000; $74,000 of which was donated directly to the Omonia orphanage in June. All funds will finance the purchase of much-needed supplies and also urgent maintenance repairs around the institution. The Achilleas Youth thanks all members and the public for their dedication and generous support Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Téléphone mobile une étude rassurante sur le risque de tumeur cérébrale

first_imgTéléphone mobile : une étude rassurante sur le risque de tumeur cérébraleUne nouvelle étude portant sur une population de 1.000 enfants et adolescents, suggère qu’il n’existe pas de lien direct entre le développement de cancer et l’utilisation répétée d’un téléphone cellulaire. Les résultat sont publiés dans le Journal of the National Cancer Institute.Les enfants et adolescents utilisant régulièrement un téléphone portable ne seraient pas plus exposés au développement de tumeurs cérébrales que ceux qui n’en utilisent pas régulièrement. Telles sont les conclusions d’une étude publiée le 28 juillet en ligne, par le Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI).Pour conduire leurs recherches, le Dr Martin Röösli et son équipe de l’Institut de santé publique et tropicale de Bâle en Suisse, ont étudié les dossiers médicaux d’enfants âgés de 7 à 19 ans et vivant en Norvège, au Danemark, en Suède et en Suisse. Entre 2004 et 2008, les chercheurs ont ainsi réalisé des entretiens avec 352 jeunes malades atteints de tumeurs au cerveau, mais aussi avec 646 autres jeunes qui ont servi de sujets contrôle. Pour les deux groupes, ils ont alors procédé de la même manière en cherchant à évaluer leur fréquence d’usage du téléphone mobile pendant l’entretien et grâce aux relevés des opérateurs. C’est en réalité la première fois qu’une étude comparative de la sorte est conduite.Pas d’association causale ?Au final, l’étude a alors montré que 75,3 % des sujets malades et 72,1 % des contrôles ont dit avoir téléphoné avec un mobile plus de 20 fois avant le diagnostic de cancer, et 55 % des cas contre 51 % des contrôles ont fait état d’un usage régulier de portable. De même, les jeunes qui utilisaient leur mobile depuis plus de 5 ans n’ont pas présenté de risque plus élevé de cancer comparé à ceux qui n’en avaient jamais utilisé. “Les données actuelles ne vont pas dans le sens d’une relation causale entre l’utilisation des téléphones portables et les tumeurs cérébrales”, commentent les auteurs. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosPar ailleurs, l’étude n’a pas montré de conséquences notables quant à la concentration des radiations due à un placement du téléphone sur un seul côté de la tête. Les résultats montrent ainsi une “absence de relation exposition-réponse soit en termes de quantité de l’utilisation du téléphone mobile soit par la localisation de la tumeur au cerveau, plaide contre une association causale”, cite 20minutes.fr.  Des résultats qui doivent être approfondisSi leur étude se veut rassurante, les auteurs insistent toutefois sur la nécessité de poursuivre les recherches. “Nous ne pouvons pas éliminer la possibilité que le portable n’ait pas une minime influence dans l’augmentation des risques, et nous soulignons l’importance de futures études”, précisent-ils. Une étude récente de l’International Agency for Research on Cancer suggérait en effet un résultat contradictoire, indiquant que les téléphones portables étaient “peut-être cancérigènes pour les humains”. Les scientifiques recommandent donc aux parents des jeunes enfants de conserver une attitude prudente.  Le 30 juillet 2011 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une expertise pour restaurer les espèces après lincendie du parc de La

first_imgUne expertise pour restaurer les espèces après l’incendie du parc de La RéunionMercredi, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé qu’elle comptait lancer une expertise destinée à évaluer les mesures à prendre pour restaurer les espèces du Parc national de La Réunion ravagé par les flammes depuis plus d’une semaine. Depuis le départ de l’incendie mardi dernier, quelque 2.850 hectares du Parc national de La Réunion ont été détruits par les flammes, selon le dernier bilan de la préfecture. Un véritable désastre écologique pour ce sanctuaire sauvage qui recouvre environ 40% du territoire du département et qui abrite une forêt tropicale et une faune exceptionnelle aujourd’hui sérieusement menacées. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousTandis que l’incendie a cessé d’évoluer grâce à l’intervention de plus d’un millier d’hommes qui tentent d’éteindre complètement les feux, le gouvernement réfléchit aujourd’hui à l’action post-incendie à mener pour limiter les dégâts. Mercredi, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a ainsi fait part de son intention de lancer une expertise portant sur les mesures de restauration du Parc. Parmi les inquiétudes, figure notamment le danger que représentent les espèces envahissantes. Sur France Info, la ministre a expliqué : “quand il y a le feu dans une région comme celle-là, ce sont les espèces endémiques, les espèces spécifiques à la région qui sont fragiles […] Ces espèces très particulières sont celles qui disparaissent et derrière, il y a un risque qu’elles soient remplacées par des espèces envahissantes qui ont beaucoup moins de qualité, beaucoup moins d’intérêt du point de vue environnemental.” Néanmoins, aucun détail supplémentaire n’a été révélé sur l’expertise. Le Parc national de La Réunion a été classé en 2010 au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité de l’UNESCO et compterait plus de 230 espèces endémiques.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 20:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Notre Dames 180000 Bees Survive Cathedral Fire

first_img The approximately 180,000 bees that live on the roof of Notre Dame survived the fire that ravaged the iconic cathedral’s ancient wooden roof, the beekeeper said.Officials initially thought the bees, which have lived in three hives on Notre Dame’s roof since 2013 as part of a Paris-wide effort to help prevent bee die-off, perished, but they clung to life and protected their queen.“It’s a big day. I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn’t burn,” Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press on Friday. “Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep.” NYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry TerminalTruck Crashes While Hauling 130 Million Bees Stay on target The three beehives were located on the first floor on a roof over the sacristy, just beneath the rose window. Each hive housed 60,000 bees.Geant told CNN the hives were not touched by the blaze because they are located about 98 feet (30 meters) below the main roof where the fire spread. But while the hives are safe, Geant said he still needs to inspect the site.Bees don’t have lungs and they can’t die from smoke inhalation — but they can die from excessive heat, Geant told the AP. European bees also don’t abandon their hives when facing danger — they “gorge themselves on honey” and “protect their queen,” he said. If the wax protecting the hives melted, however, the bees would have perishedGeant told CNN he wouldn’t be able tell whether all of the bees are alive but he’s confident the hives were safe because bees have been spotted buzzing in and out.“Thank goodness the flames didn’t touch them,” he said. “It’s a miracle!”More on Geek.com:3D Laser Scans Could Be Crucial in Notre Dame Cathedral RestorationThank DJI Drones for Helping Notre Dame FirefightersGet ‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ for Free to Help Notre Damelast_img read more

County leaders review priorities for 2012

first_imgNo real surprises were in store for Clark County commissioners Friday when they met with Administrator Bill Barron and senior staffers for an annual retreat.The three-hour meeting at Legacy Salmon Creek was for commissioners, who set county policy, to give Barron guidance on what should be the priorities for 2012.Budget Director Jim Dickman called the general fund budget “stable but still fragile.” He said that since the county remains behind the national average in economic recovery, he predicts a flat revenue forecast for the 2013-14 budget.The county’s general fund budget, projected at $280 million for two years, has been cut by $62 million since the 2007-08 budget.Expenses were further decreased by reducing the hours and pay of about 200 employees after 270 positions were cut. Most employees started paying 7 percent of their health insurance premiums this month, which will save the county $1.6 million.Those savings mean the county’s not in a position to have to do layoffs, said Deputy Administrator Glenn Olson.Olson has been leading an effort to bring costs in line with revenues, which have slowed permanently.The money the county lost with the repeal of the state motor vehicle excise tax a decade ago was masked by the housing boom; when the housing market crashed, the reality of county revenues settled in, Olson said.last_img read more

Wynn Resorts hires three new female directors more to come

first_imgWynn Resorts has announced the appointment of three new independent directors which it says will diversify the gender, skills and experience of the board.Betsy Atkins, Dee Dee Myers and Wendy Webbas were appointed following a “lengthy search” by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and officially approved at an in-person meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Load More RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Notably, the news comes just a day after the company’s largest shareholder, Elaine Wynn, wrote a letter to the board calling for current members to either step aside or welcome multiple newly elected directors to restore its reputation.“I am focused on maximizing the value of the company,” Elaine Wynn said in her letter. “I am also the company’s co-founder, with an interest in fully restoring its reputation and in transforming it into a corporate governance leader.“To achieve these goals, I believe that the company’s governance structure needs to be reformed and that the board of directors needs to be reconstituted. This should be done immediately and certainly before any material decisions are made that could affect the long-term interests of the shareholders.”Wynn Resorts said that the appointment of Atkins, Myers and Webbas lifts its ratio of women on the board to 36%.“We are pleased to welcome Betsy, Dee Dee and Wendy to the Wynn Resorts Board of Directors following a thorough search process that included input from shareholders and an independent executive search firm,” said D. Boone Wayson, Chairman of the Wynn Resorts Board of Directors. “We are confident that their extensive and wide-ranging expertize will provide fresh and valuable perspectives to support the company’s leadership team and business strategy.“To be clear, this is the first step in our effort to refresh the board. We intend to add additional new directors in the coming months. The board is committed to enhancing value for our shareholders, delivering superior experiences for customers and creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all of the company’s employees.”CEO Matt Maddox added, “These appointments signify a turning point for us and I look forward to working with each of our new directors as we usher in a new era at Wynn.”last_img read more

Miami worker falls from side of parking garage

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A worker in Miami has been rushed to the hospital after falling 30 feet, Wednesday morning.According to Miami Fire Rescue, the 35-year-old worker was on the side of a parking garage near Northeast Second Avenue and 24th Street, trying to remove a sign when fell to the ground.Fire rescue crews believe the worker’s harness failed.The unidentified worker was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert. The extent of his injuries is unknown, but he was alert and speaking to officials at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

People on the Move

first_img Kim Stavers was named editor. Jamila Robinson has been named senior digital editor, and Emily DeRuy has been tapped to cover education and early childhood. ALM has hired Debra S. Mason to be its chief financial officer. Mason had been a senior executive at Ipsos most recently. Caitlin Graf has been named vice president, communications, at The Nation. She had been publicity director there. Greg Daugherty has been named education editor at Money. He had been executive editor at Consumer Reports. Jada Graves has been named managing editor, BrandFuse, at U.S. News & World Report. Most recently, she had been careers project manager there. Hearst Magazines Digital Media has hired Brooke Siegel as director of editorial operations. Siegel had been the editor in chief at DailyWorth.com, Inc. since September 2014 and before that, was a senior editor at Google from April 2014 through September 2014. Amanda Reid was named social media and Web producer. As senior digital editor, Robinson will be responsible for Next America’s digital growth strategy. She joins from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. DeRuy previously reported on education and politics for Fusion, the ABC News-Univision joint venture. Her work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the CQ Researcher, among other outlets. SUP has announced that Andrew Mencinsky is their new sales and marketing manager. He comes to SUP with experience in both standup paddling and business. Mencinsky got into standup paddling on the ground floor, starting SEA Paddle NYC in 2006 and running it until 2013. Lynn Lieu was named managing editor. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: John Prideaux has been named U.S. editor at The Economist. Previously, he had been Washington correspondent there.  Aaron Carrera was named General Manager. Mashable has named Juana Summers as politics editor. She had been a congressional reporter for NPR News previously. TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s GrindTV has brought on several new staffers as part of a brand overhaul: National Journal is folding its print magazine, and laying off some of the staff associated with it, but the brand’s Next America project—a digital enterprise—isn’t under the same financial pressure. In fact, it’s expanding.last_img read more

Alaskas oil production prospects

first_imgCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. David Houseknecht, USGS Geologist North Slope oil and gas activity as of Oct. 2018. (Image courtesy Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas)Is the North Slope seeing a resurgence in oil production? What about offshore? There’s a lot of industry excitement over promising new prospects, so what will it take to translate that into new oil flowing through the trans-Alaska Pipeline? And could lower per barrel oil prices cool off the hot talk? Looking at the possible oil industry renaissance is our discussion on the next Talk of Alaska.HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Joe Marushack, President, ConocoPhillips AlaskaJim Beckham, Deputy Director of the Division of Oil and Gaslast_img read more

MS Dhonis stern message to overseas stars ahead of IPL final with

first_imgChennai Super Kings just know how to get the job done in crunch situations, and once again it came to the fore in the clash against the Delhi Capitals. The young Delhi team were not allowed to get off the blocks as MS Dhoni was on the money with his bowling and fielding changes and then his openers in Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson got the job done with the bat.However, despite a convincing win, the skipper was not very happy with the openers for not getting the job done and getting out at a time when they should have stayed put to take the side over the line. Speaking at the end of the match, Dhoni said that although he will take the win in his stride, he wants the openers to finish the job once set.’Different captains have different views’ File picture of MS DhoniIANS”I would have preferred the openers to get a few more runs because, in knockout games, there’s no reason to go after the bowlers when the RRR is below six. If the openers had stayed and done the finishing after the hard yards. Why not stay till the end and get the runs under your belt (from the openers)? That would have been better, different captains have different views about that, but I’m happy to take the win anyway,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.Faf du Plessis, who was once again brilliant in a crunch game, conceded after the match that as a team they had the confidence of winning crucial games and hence, it was his responsibility to take care of the powerplay overs.  Shane WatsonIANS”We have a lot of confidence as a team to win a lot of big games – so we draw confidence from that. From the previous games, the guys were playing some great shots up front. But it wasn’t the same kind of wicket. We also know the strength of ours is getting those partnerships – even if we go 3-4 overs without runs, we have a great lower and middle order to bring us back,” du Plessis said after the match.With the now final at stake, Chennai Super Kings will take on the Mumbai Indians, a side which has beaten them in all the three matches so far this season. Both sides have won three titles so far, both sides know each other like the back of their palms, and both sides know how to react to pressure scenarios. It all promises to be a cracking final episode of this enthralling season.last_img read more

Avatar may soon be keeping your safe in the skies

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Lie detection is coming to a whole new level. Soon we will not have to rely on the work of individual agents to figure out who is just trying to get on a plane and who is a criminal mastermind in the making. 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. 3-D avatar may help doctors improve care Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a deception detection machine that will eventually be put into airports. The machine, which hast been dubbed the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time, or Avatar for short, is about the size of an standard ATM.Avatar’s job to is to see the things that the border agents can’t. The Avatar machine features a high definition camera equipped with infrared sensors and a microphone. This set is designed to capture and measure the facial expressions and voice of the subject. The machine looks at facial features, with a specific emphasis on the eyes. The infrared sensors are designed to detect eye dilation and movement, two signs of untruthfulness, while the microphone assesses not only what is said, but how it is said.The accuracy of the scans could, of course, be effected by a number of medical conditions, prescription drugs that effect the users sensitivity to light and a number of other factors, so it will have to be paired with a human agent to ensure accuracy.The Avatar machine is currently in its testing phase. The project will require some fine tuning, and possibly a new version of the prototype before you see it in an air port near you. Avatar is part of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Border Security and Immigration project. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Avatar may soon be keeping your safe in the skies (2011, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-avatar-safe.htmllast_img read more

NET 5 arriving in 2020

first_imgYesterday, on the first day of Microsoft Build 2019, the team behind .NET Core announced that .NET Core 3.0 will be .NET 5, which will also be the next big release in the .NET family. Now there will be just one .NET going forward, and users will be able to use it to target   Linux, macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS and WebAssembly and much more. .NET Core team will also introduce new .NET APIs, runtime capabilities and language features as part of .NET 5 along with the first preview, which is expected in November 2020. .NET 5 takes .NET Core and the best of Mono, runtime for .NET Core, to create a single platform that you can use for all your modern .NET code. This release will be supported with future updates to Visual Studio 2019, Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio for Mac. What is expected in .NET 5? Switch build in runtimes .NET Core has two main runtimes, namely, Mono which is the original cross-platform implementation of .NET and CoreCLR which is primarily targeted at supporting cloud applications, including the largest services at Microsoft. Both runtimes have a lot of similarities, so, the team has decided to make CoreCLR and Mono drop-in replacements for one another. The team plans to make it easier for users to choose between the different runtime options. .NET 5 applications In this release, all the .NET 5 applications will be using the CoreFX framework which will work smoothly with Xamarin and client-side Blazor workloads. These .NET 5 applications will be buildable with the .NET CLI, which will ensure that users have common command-line tooling across projects. Naming The team thought of simplifying the naming as there is only one .NET going forward, so there is no need of clarifying term like “Core”. According to the team, .NET 5 is a shorter name and also communicates that it has uniform capabilities and behaviors. Others ways in which .NET 5 project will improve are: This release will produce a single .NET runtime and framework which has a uniform runtime behaviour and developer experiences and can be used everywhere. This release will also expand the capabilities of .NET by reflecting the best of .NET Core, .NET Framework, Xamarin and Mono. It will also help in building projects out of a single code-base that developers can work on and expand together. Also, the code and project files will look and feel the same no matter which type of app is getting built. Users will continue to get access to the same runtime, API and language capabilities with each app. Users will now have more choice for runtime experiences. This release will come with Java interoperability for all the platforms. In this release, Objective-C and Swift interoperability will be supported on multiple operating systems. What won’t change? NET Core will continue to be open source and community-oriented on GitHub. It will still have cross-platform implementation. This release will also support platform-specific capabilities, such as Windows Forms and WPF on Windows, etc. It will support side-by-side installation and provide high performance. It will also support small project files (SDK-style) and command-line interface (CLI). A glimpse at the future roadmap Image source: Microsoft The blog reads, “The .NET 5 project is an important and exciting new direction for .NET. You will see .NET become simpler but also have a broader and more expansive capability and utility. All new development and feature capabilities will be part of .NET 5, including new C# versions. We see a bright future ahead in which you can use the same.” To know more about this news, check out Microsoft’s blog post. Read Next Fedora 31 will now come with Mono 5 to offer open-source .NET support .NET 4.5 Parallel Extensions – Async .NET 4.5 Extension Methods on IQueryablelast_img read more

Tourico Holidays partners with loveholidays

first_imgTourico Holidays partners with loveholidaysTourico Holidays partners with loveholidaysTourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today announced a new distribution partnership with loveholidays, the fastest growing online travel agency in the UK. The London-based travel company specializing in matching consumers with their dream holidays will now be able to offer Tourico’s vast inventory of hotels in the United States and the Caribbean as demand for each region grows. Tourico also provides loveholidays with hotels in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico.According to Tourico’s latest data, United Kingdom hotel bookings to the United States surged by more than 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. During that same time, UK bookings to Caribbean countries like Aruba (+93 percent), Barbados (+79 percent), Dominican Republic (+85 percent), Jamaica (+118 percent), Bermuda (+111 percent), and Turks and Caicos (+76 percent), also significantly increased.Tourico Holidays has nearly 30,000 hotels contracted in the United States and over 1,000 more in Caribbean countries. The company’s remarkable buying power enables the wholesaler to secure industry-leading pricing that it can pass on to its distribution clients, like loveholidays. Tourico also pre-purchases large hotel room blocks, offering clients “ExclusiveDeals” that guarantee discounted rates of up to 60 percent off retail.“We’ve seen a healthy demand for transatlantic trips from our customers, and by integrating Tourico’s massive portfolio of U.S. and Caribbean hotels, we’re better positioned for fulfillment,” said Theo Demetriou, the Purchasing Director for loveholidays. “The new partnership will help loveholidays grow incrementally, in a sustainable manner, while continuing to put our customers first.”loveholidays – which was recently recognized by The Sunday Times as the second fastest-growing private company in the UK – allows travelers to find and compare holiday trips without having to enter specifics, like dates or destination. The proprietary online search platform enables consumers to search by what matters – including by budget, star rating, temperature, and TripAdvisor ratings. The company also provides flexible payment options, in a bid to make holidays more affordable for everyone.“loveholidays is the perfect example of how a growing travel business can be nimble and resourceful to capitalize on shifts in the marketplace,” said Emma Weber, the Director of Sales in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia for Tourico Holidays. “They recognized that UK travelers were seeking U.S. and Caribbean vacations, so they quickly engaged with Tourico, and now they’re delivering thousands of hotel options at prices you can’t find anywhere else.”About Tourico HolidaysTourico Holidays is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.About loveholidaysLaunched in 2012, loveholidays is the fastest growing online travel agency in the UK, offering a wide range of holidays to short and long-haul destinations. loveholidays is an ABTA member and provides ATOL protection to customers as well as a price match guarantee. The company’s current ATOL license is for 400,000 passengers making it the 9th largest travel agent in the UK.Source = Tourico Holidayslast_img read more

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