KEANU REEVES BREAKS SILENCE ON TOY STORY 4 ROLE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Keanu Reeves has finally spoken about his mysterious role in Toy Story 4.Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise, divulged during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month that The Matrix actor has a “great part” in the upcoming movie. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement While Keanu has yet to confirm exactly which character he will voice, in a recent interview with reporters at Collider.com, he opened up about how the producers approached him.“I got a call – which was really cool – out the blue from the lovely people at Pixar and the creators of this number, this edition, or continuation of the story,” he told the film publication. “They pitched the character to me and then we spoke and they allowed me to kind of riff on it.”Keanu went on to explain that he has done four recording sessions for Toy Story 4 to date. And even though details about the project remain under wraps, in his late-night TV chat, Tim indicated that the 54-year-old star’s character would be rather intense.“New guys are in it. Keanu Reeves has got a great part in it. Little inside story, even the fun, gentle guy that he is, even he said, ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that,” the Last Man Standing actor commented.A sequel to the third instalment, which was released in 2010, Toy Story 4 will follow Buzz and cowboy Woody, as voiced by Tom Hanks, as they meet a new toy called “Forky” and embark on a road trip.Josh Cooley is directing from a script penned by Stephany Folsom, with other members of the voice cast including Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Joan Cusack.Keanu was most recently seen onscreen in sci-fi movie Replicas and is currently in the pre-production phases of drama The Starling and sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted Face the Music, in which he will reprise his role as Theodore “Ted” Logan from the 1989 flick Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.Toy Story 4 is set to hit cinemas in June 2019. Facebooklast_img read more

Morocco Praises Measures Taken by Saudi Arabia to Ensure Safety, Comfort…

Rabat – Morocco praises, once again, the measures taken by Saudi Arabia, on instructions from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Ibn Abdelaziz, to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims in order to perform the ritual of Hajj in the best conditions, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.As part of preparations by Saudi Arabia for the organization of the annual Hajj season (2016), and while recognizing the constant efforts of the Saudi authorities to develop and improve the services relating to the fulfillment of this religious duty by Muslims around the world, the Kingdom of Morocco praises the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims in order to perform the rituals of Hajj in the best conditions, said the Ministry in a statement on Thursday.While emphasizing the need to comply with the rules established by the Saudi authorities in this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco calls for ensuring that this pillar of Islam stays away from any attempt of politicization and from anything that is likely to affect the atmosphere of meditation that should prevail on such occasions, the statement concluded. With MAP read more

Benefits and drawbacks of bioenergy must be considered UN experts say

The report from UN-Energy, an inter-agency body established to coordinate the world body’s work in the realm of energy, is entitled “Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Decision Makers” and was funded by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The study is the first of its kind to examine the issue of bioenergy through the lens of nine issues, including poverty, health, food security, agriculture, climate change, finance and trade. “We tried to create the framework to discuss it really all together because they need to be seen together,” Gustavo Best, Vice Chair of UN-Energy, said at a press briefing for the report’s launch in New York.Bioenergy is produced from biofuels – solid fuels, biogas, liquid fuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel – which come from crops such as sugar cane and beet, maize and energy grass or from fuel wood, charcoal, agricultural wastes and by-products, forestry residues, livestock manure and others.The report underscores the many benefits that bioenergy provides in reducing poverty, improving access to energy and promoting rural development.A surge in oil prices has lead some of the world’s poorest countries to spend six times as much on petroleum as they do on health care, and thus bioenergy “can create a lot of opportunities,” Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of FAO, told reporters at the briefing.“In this report, we provide a framework for the worldwide use of bioenergy, not only for the developed and industrialized world, for mitigation of climate change, but also for the poorest people to get access to a modern form of electricity.”However, it warns that “unless new policies are enacted to protect threatened lands, secure socially acceptable land use, and steer bioenergy development in a sustainable direction overall, the environmental and social damage could in some cases outweigh the benefits.”In the realm of food security, for example, price increases in major biofuel sources such as sugar, palm oil and soybeans could drive up the prices of basic foods.These detrimental possibilities must be weighed against the tremendous benefits bioenergy stands to offer, Mr. Best observed.“The biofuel market offers a new and fast-growing opportunity for agricultural producers and could contribute significantly to higher incomes and could support higher productivity growth in agriculture with positive implications for food availability, sustainability and access,” he said.Bioenergy could potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives annually. In developing countries, the “kitchen killer” – or smoke inhalation from cooking with fuels such as coal and biomass, or wood, dung and crop residues – claims more lives annually than does malaria.At the national level, suggestions made to decision makers include creating bioenergy policies that take into account availability, access, stability and utilization. It also recommends that governments weigh the economic and social costs of subsidizing bioenergy sources, in particular, liquid biofuels.Meanwhile, the study proposes at the global level that signatories to the Conventions on Biological Diversity and on Combating Desertification consider opportunities for the sustainable cultivation and utilization of energy crops. It also suggests that greater emphasis is placed on promoting research on the social, scientific, technological, economic, policy and environmental facets of bioenergy development.Today’s report release coincided with the Commission on Sustainable Development – with long-term energy solutions, together with the interlinked issues of climate change, industrial development and air pollution, at the core of its agenda – which is in the midst of its two-week session. 8 May 2007As the demand for biofuels surges with over one billion people living without access to electricity, a new United Nations report released today cautions that the world’s energy needs must be met in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. read more

UN agency calls on Thailand to release nearly 150 Lao refugees after

20 August 2007Voicing relief that 149 Hmong refugees from Laos held in a detention centre in Thailand had ended a hunger strike, the United Nations refugee agency today called on the Thai Government to release them, all recognized refugees. Voicing relief that 149 Hmong refugees from Laos held in a detention centre in Thailand had ended a hunger strike, the United Nations refugee agency today called on the Thai Government to release them, all recognized refugees. “We are alarmed and deeply concerned about the steadily deteriorating detention conditions of the refugees over the last weeks,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Director Janet Lim said. “They are being held in truly inhumane conditions – including innocent children – confined to two small cells into which daylight does not even shine and they are not allowed to leave,” she added. They also have no water source other than a tap in the cells. The Lao Hmong began their strike on Thursday at the Nong Khai Immigration Detention Centre in a protest over the deteriorating conditions under which they have been held since early December. After a UNHCR team visited and counseled them on Sunday evening, they began taking food again. Among the 149 recognized refugees are 90 children, including some babies born in the centre which is run by the Thai Immigration Ministry. “There is absolutely no reason for these 149 people to be detained, especially as other countries have come forward and offered them resettlement places if they are only allowed to leave Thailand,” Ms. Lim said. “They have committed no crime; on the contrary, they have been recognized as refugees in need of international protection. It is particularly disturbing to us that young children and babies are being subjected to these deplorable conditions.” The group was rounded up for deportation in Bangkok in November. After UNHCR intervened, the deportation was called off and the group was transferred to the Nong Khai detention centre on the border with Laos. Thai authorities attempted to deport them in January 2007, but backed down when the refugees put up fierce resistance. Since then, UNHCR has been urging the authorities to release them. “We appreciate the assurances given by the Thai Government that these 149 will not be deported, but now we need to move forward to end their detention, particularly as there is a solution at hand,” Ms. Lim said. UNHCR is also concerned about conditions faced by other asylum seekers and refugees in detention in Thailand, particularly as children are also in custody.The agency continues to urge the Thai Government to conclude its discussions on a screening mechanism which meets international standards that would allow the proper identification of different needs and claims concerning all asylum seekers on its territory. read more

UN official pledges support to tackle copyright challenges for the visually impaired

“Let me assure you that this is a priority area for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),” Director General Francis Gurry told participants at a conference in New Delhi today.According to the agency, over 314 million blind or visually impaired people worldwide stand to benefit from a more flexible copyright regime adapted to current technological realities.Individuals with reading impairment often need to convert information into Braille, large print, audio, electronic and other formats using assistive technologies. It is estimated that only 5 per cent of published books in developed countries are converted into formats accessible to the reading impaired. In India this number is even lower, at only 0.5 per cent, impeding educational and employment opportunities for the country’s nearly 70 million reading impaired citizens.“While, today, sighted individuals enjoy unprecedented access to copyright-protected content, in some contexts, social, economic, technological and legal factors, including the operation of copyright protection systems, can combine to seriously impede access to such works by the blind or other reading impaired persons,” WIPO stated in a news release.The agency added that the widespread use of digital technologies, in particular, has led to discussions on how to maintain a balance between the protection available to copyright owners, and the needs of specific user groups, such as reading impaired persons.Mr. Gurry noted that innovation and affordability are key considerations when addressing the specific requirements of the visually impaired in developing countries.He called for joining forces with UN partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to make best use of the expertise and skills that are available and move forward on these important questions. 11 November 2009The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with protecting intellectual property rights has pledged support for efforts to improve access to copyright-protected works for the world’s blind or visually impaired persons. read more

China reports stronger April trade growth but analysts say export figures distorted

China reports stronger April trade growth but analysts say export figures distorted AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2013 10:36 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China reported stronger April trade but analysts said export data were inflated and its shaky recovery might be weaker than it looks.Exports rose 14.7 per cent over a year earlier, up from March’s 10 per cent growth, customs data showed Wednesday. Imports gained 16.8 per cent, up from the previous month’s 14.1 per cent.That suggested the world’s second-largest economy might be improving after an unexpected decline in growth to 7.7 per cent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter’s 7.9 per cent.Analysts say, however, that Chinese export data are unreliable, possibly due to companies submitting inflated prices for their goods to evade capital controls and bring money into the country.“We believe the strong trade growth is not indicative of a growth recovery,” said Zhiwei Zhang of Nomura in a report.Chinese leaders are trying to nurture self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption instead of trade and investment, but consumer spending is growing slowly. That has forced Beijing to rely on state-led investment and bank lending to shore up the recovery, which analysts say could be vulnerable if exports or investment decline.The weaker-than-expected first quarter numbers prompted the World Bank and private sector analysts to trim forecasts for full-year growth, though to still robust levels of about 8 per cent.Louis Kuijs and Tiffany Qiu of RBS said that after factoring out irregularities, they estimated China’s exports rose only by about 5.7 per cent in April, about 9 percentage points lower than the reported level.In a positive sign for the economy, Kuijs and Qiu said they saw no obvious irregularities in import data and no reason to inflate the values of goods.“Reasonable import growth suggests domestic demand has held up better so far,” they said in a report.Surveys by HSBC Corp. and a Chinese industry group showed China’s manufacturing growth weakened in April. HSBC said new export orders fell for the first time this year.China’s export data have been under scrutiny since analysts pointed out last year that they failed to match up with its trading partners’ lower figures for purchases of Chinese goods.Wei Yao of Societe Generale cited the example of Taiwan, which reported a 2.7 per cent decline in April imports from China while Beijing said exports to the island rose 49.2 per cent — a gap of more than 50 percentage points.“We continue to notice glaring discrepancies between China and its trade partners’ data, and so again suggest caution in interpreting the report,” Yao said in a commentary.Last weekend, the Chinese foreign exchange regulator announced it will clamp down on “serious mismatches” between flows of money and goods to stop attempts to evade capital controls.After that takes effect, “trade growth will likely slow,” said Nomura’s Zhang.A Cabinet statement last month promised to improve the role of consumption as a driver of growth. It pledged changes in medical, pension and other policies but gave no details. Analysts say better funding for social programs will be required to free up household budgets for consumer spending.April’s stronger gains in imports compared with exports caused China’s reported global trade surplus to narrow by about 1 per cent, though to a still-wide $18.2 billion.China runs a deficit with most of its trading partners, which supply oil, other raw materials and industrial components, and makes up for it by running large surpluses with its U.S. and European export markets.China’s exports to Europe, hurt by the continent’s debt troubles, declined 6.5 per cent to $25.9 billion and the surplus with the 27-nation European Union narrowed by 32 per cent to $7.9 billion.Trade with some European countries suffered even bigger declines. Germany’s imports of Chinese goods fell 7.2 per cent and France’s by 6.7 per cent.Exports to the United States edged down by a fraction of 1 per cent to $28.1 billion while the trade gap with the U.S. narrowed by 13 per cent to $14.7 billion.___General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn read more

BM Granollers sign Serbian playmaker Vukasin Rakocija

← Previous Story Miracle in Georgia: Bahrain beat Denmark Next Story → STRUGA 2017: Besiktas beat Alingsas at derby of Day 1 One of the best Spanish teams BM Granollers Fraikin have found a “fuel” in Serbia – from where coming 21-years old playmaker Vukasin Rakocija. Rakocija was a member of the Serbian national team – generation 1996, but what put more lights on his career were performances at RK Spartak Vojput, one of the strongest Serbian teams, with whom young player participated at SEHA GAZPROM League in season 2015/2016.The contract is signed on two seasons with possibility of extension on a season more…PHOTO: SEHA read more

Government issues travel advice for Greece

first_imgThe Australian government has issued updated travel advice for those venturing to Greece via the Smart Traveller website.The instruction updated on Friday 12 February is encouraging travellers to check with their transport or tour provider for information on road disruptions, which are likely to result in blockages at ports and airports. According to the website, “farmers are currently conducting approximately 75 road blockages nationwide, including on the Athens to Thessaloniki national road, the Patras to Korinthos highway and entrance/exit junctions to the Attiki Odos near Vari”.The past few weeks have seen local farmers protesting against the government’s proposal to suspend subsidies, in addition to social security reforms which will result in a tax high and pension contributions.The website also advised travellers to “follow local media for latest information”, but reassured that the level of the advice has not changed and that Australians are advised to “exercise normal safety precautions in Greece”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les fleurs communiquent avec les bourdons par signaux électriques

first_imgLes fleurs communiquent avec les bourdons par signaux électriquesUne nouvelle étude parue vendredi dans la revue Science, explique comment les fleurs communiquent avec les bourdons au moyen de signaux électriques que les insectes se font un plaisir de recevoir. Les fleurs ont beau être silencieuses, cela ne signifie pas pour autant qu’elles négligent leur manière de communiquer. Couleur, forme, texture, parfum… Tout est bon pour signaler leur présence auprès des insectes pollinisateurs et d’autres espèces, y compris les humains. Toutefois, une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs de l’université de Bristol, met en évidence une stratégie insoupçonnée jusqu’à présent, à savoir l’utilisation des champs électriques naturels pour informer sur la qualité du nectar.Cette modalité est notamment perçue par les bourdons, Bombus terrestris, qui l’utilisent pour se déplacer et butiner au sein d’un massif. Il est reconnu depuis longtemps, que les insectes volants sont chargés positivement tandis que les fleurs présentent un potentiel électrique négatif. Cette différence de charge, a été expliquée pendant des décennies comme le facteur favorisant le transfert du pollen. La localisation, a quant à elle été mise de côté.Pour mettre en évidence cette réalité, les biologistes, ont tout d’abord effectué une série de mesure sur des pétunias placés avec des bourdons en liberté à l’intérieur d’une enceinte protégée. Leurs résultats, publiés aujourd’hui dans l’édition en ligne de la revue Science, indiquent que lorsqu’une fleur reçoit la visite d’un bourdon, celle-ci subit une décharge d’environ 25 millivolts pendant plus d’une minute. La modification du champ débute, même si le pollinisateur est en vol, par l’intermédiaire d’inductions électrostatiques. Une préférence pour les fleurs chargées électriquementÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans un second temps, les chercheurs ont tenté de savoir si la modification du champ électrique permettait d’indiquer aux autres insectes que la fleur avait déjà été butinée. Pour ce faire, des modèles artificielles ont été créés. Une partie des fausse fleurs contenaient du sucrose et présentaient une charge continue de 30 volt, les autres au contraire disposaient d’une solution amères et un potentiel électrique de 0 volt (relié à la terre). Placées indéfiniment dans l’enceinte avec les bourdons, les chercheurs ont observé une notable préférence des insectes pour le premier groupe dont davantage de fleurs se sont fait butiner. En revanche, lorsque les deux groupes étaient reliés à la terre, aucune différence n’a été relevée. Selon Daniel Robert, auteur principal de l’étude, la modification des champs électriques peut être considéré comme un “canal de communication qui informe les pollinisateurs sur l’état honnête du précieux nectar de la fleur”. Cité par la BBC, il conclut: “La co-évolution entre les fleurs et les pollinisateurs a une longue et bénéfique histoire, alors peut-être que ce n’est pas tout à fait surprenant que l’on découvre encore aujourd’hui comment leur communication est remarquablement sophistiquée”. Le 22 février 2013 à 13:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Black Panthers Big Day Black Widows Turn More Marvel Movie News

first_imgChris Evans & his #Avengers co-stars were seen on set today, and at one point, they were all seen joking around & laughing together. See all the new pics! https://t.co/Ry588kIULs— JustJared.com (@JustJared) January 10, 2018I wonder who said whatever’s making them all laugh so hard. I bet it was Ruffalo.Over in Sony’s MCU-adjacent Spider-Verse, the Venom movie is closer to being a reality. The film is currently on a break from shooting, and will resume at the end of the month. In the meantime, IGN got some behind-the-scenes details, including a first look as Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. He looks really great as the on-the-job reporter.Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Venom (via IGN)Though we won’t know for sure until we see a trailer, the photo is a promising sign that Hardy will make a believable Brock as well as a scary Venom. We know Hardy can do scary and intimidating, but it’s also important that he can play the anxious insecurity of Brock. Hardy’s a very talented actor, and there’s no doubt that he can do both. In this photo, Hardy looks very much like Eddie Brock, and not at all like Venom. That’s a very good thing.The film will adapt the “Lethal Protector” arc from the comics, following a reformed Eddie Brock living as a reporter in San Francisco. It’s set to hit theaters this year on October 5. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. @THR says @theblackpanther is @MarvelStudios best-selling movie in terms of presales after JUST 24 HOURS! Don’t I know it: I even tried!!!! #Throwback to a video I made last night. pic.twitter.com/aoJcdaqfhi— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 10, 2018What’s especially striking is how long it took. “Fifteen minutes later, I kid you not, 15 minutes later, I was trying to purchase tickets, and they were sold out. Sold out!” Nyong’o says in the video. Yeah, it turns out a ton of people want to see this movie.Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Avengers (Photo via Marvel)Looking beyond this year, Marvel announced another development that should mean exciting things for the future. They’re finally making that Black Widow movie we’ve been asking for since 2010. Ever since Scarlett Johansson debuted as the character in Iron Man 2, fans have been begging for her to get her own solo feature. Now, that’s one step closer to actually happening.Variety reports the Marvel studios has hired writer Jac Schaeffer to write the script. The movie is still very early in development, but hiring someone to write a script is the farthest Marvel has gotten with the project. Before making the decision, Marvel executives met with Johansson to hammer out exactly what they wanted to see from a Black Widow movie. Schaeffer has mostly written comedies in the past, meaning we should expect at least some humor, along with the expected spy action.There’s no expected release date yet, but it’s good news that we’re finally (probably) going to get a Black Widow movie. Until now, the closest we had were a couple good scenes in The Avengers and a decent arc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This also means Black Widow should be safe in Avengers: Infinity War. With so many actors’ contracts expiring after the Avengers 4, it’s thought that at least some of our heroes will die. It’s a nice comfort that Black Widow won’t be among them. We hope.Speaking of the next two Avengers movies, production continues on both, and a few actors have been spotted on set. JustJared published two set photos featuring Mark Ruffalo in full motion-capture gear, Chris Evans wearing his classic Captain America costume, and Paul Rudd in full Ant-Man gear. They’re just goofing around on set, so there’s no way to tell what’s going on in the scene they’re filming. They sure look like they’re having fun, though. We all knew 2018 would be a big year for Marvel, and it’s already starting incredibly strong. And we’re not even talking about Avengers: Infinity War yet. Black Panther released a new TV spot Monday night, featuring a ton of new footage and a song from Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. It was a fantastic trailer that somehow made the movie look even better than everything we’d seen before it. It was also the official announcement that tickets were on sale, and I guess it worked. The movie has already hit a major ticket sales record.Fandango announced that Black Panther pre-sold more tickets than any Marvel Studios film in history. The previous record holder was Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther surpassed its presale total in less than 24 hours. The news came from a tweet by Fandango Managing Editor, Erik Davis. Big news this morning – #BlackPanther sold more advance tickets on @Fandango in its first 24 hours than any other MCU movie, besting previous record holder Captain America: Civil War. Long live the King! pic.twitter.com/JL1c28AgWm— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) January 10, 2018Davis elaborated in a press release (per Variety), “Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. “It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started on Fandango late Monday.” It makes sense. How do you not rush to get tickets for this.With so many people buying their tickets early, it’s no surprise that many have had trouble finding a non sold out screening on opening day. What is surprising is that it’s even affected one of the stars of the movie. Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in the movie, says she couldn’t get a ticket after they sold out so fast. She posted a video to Twitter describing an ordeal that ‘s familiar to everyone trying to buy tickets to a popular movie when they go on sale: Fighting through site errors and server crashes only to find that they’re all sold out.last_img read more

Nicole Currans picture with Jay Z and Beyoncé blown out of proportion

first_imgBeyoncé’s publicist has spoken up and looks like Queen Bey is not happy with the behaviour of the fans over the Nicole Curran leaning incident. For the uninitiated, Beyoncé fans went on a rampage on social media as a picture of Golden State Warrior’s owner Joe Lacob’s wife Nicole Curran leaned over the songstress to speak to Jay Z during Game 3 at NBA finals.Yvette Noel Schure, Beyoncé’s publicist, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the unwanted viral picture with fans spewing hatred towards Curran. With a picture of Jay Z and Beyoncé performing, Schure captioned the image as, “I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love. Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful Beyhive. I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.” Beyonce’s publicist responds to the incidentInstagramA shaken Curran also spoke to ESPN’s senior writer Ramona Shelburne where she explained exactly what had happened. Curran stated that she is acquainted with Jay Z and Beyonce. In fact, she would often invite the superstar couple for games. Eventually, on Wednesday night as they did arrive, all Curran did was ask them for drinks. “Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warrior’s owner Joe Lacob, about the “incident ” with Beyoncé last night. She was in tears. Said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG account just to make it stop,” read Shelburne’s tweet.Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, about the “incident “ with Beyoncé last night. She was in tears. Said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG account just to make it stop.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019Ramona Shelburne’s tweetTwitterCurran said she had no idea anything was even amiss until she got home and started seeing texts from friends and checked her social media. She’s invited Jay Z and Beyoncé to the game 3-4 times before. Last night she says she asked if they wanted drinks. Beyoncé asked for water— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019Ramona Shelburne’s tweetTwitterCurran says Jay Z asked for a vodka soda. She asked if he wanted lime with that. But it was loud in Oracle and she couldn’t hear, so she leaned over. That’s where the photos of Beyoncé looking askance at her come from.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019Ramon Shelburne’s tweet continuesTwitterShe further explained, “Curran said she had no idea anything was even amiss until she got home and started seeing texts from friends and checked her social media. She’s invited Jay Z and Beyoncé to the game 3-4 times before. Last night she says she asked if they wanted drinks. Beyoncé asked for water”Curran says she then went to go get them those drinks. “There was no hostility. I was trying to be a good hostess,” she said. “I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.“— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019Ramona Shelburne’s tweetTwitter”Curran says Jay Z asked for a vodka soda. She asked if he wanted lime with that. But it was loud in Oracle and she couldn’t hear, so she leaned over. That’s where the photos of Beyoncé looking askance at her come from.” All Curran was trying to do was be a good host! “Curran says she then went to go get them those drinks. “There was no hostility. I was trying to be a good hostess,” she said. “I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this,” concludes her tweet. The irony is hard to miss. Anyway, things were unnecessarily blown out of proportion as Queen Bey’s fans continued to threaten and express hatred towards Nicole.So far neither Jay Z nor Beyoncé have commented on the incident.last_img read more

Photos New York Toy Fair 2019 Has Fortnite Superheroes Robots

first_imgStay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsToy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ Toys The young and young-at-heart gather this week at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for New York Toy Fair 2019, which showcase the latest and coolest toys and games.Major companies such as Hasbro, LEGO, Mezco, NECA, among others, are unveiling their newest offerings to more than 20,000 attendees. AI robots, STEM-focused toys, Fortnite, dinosaurs, and unicorns also take the spotlight in the toy industry’s biggest event of the year.Click through the slideshow below to see photos from New York Toy Fair 2019.View as: One Page Slides1/281. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesCuddle Team Leader from Fortnite at the Funko booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Feb. 16, 2019. 2. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA man takes a selfie with a giant Lego at the 2019 New York Toy Fair, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Feb. 16, 2019. 3. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele/ AFP / Getty ImagesAn exhibitor demonstrates Hanks Twisted Challenge at the Wicked Cool Toys booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair on Feb. 16, 2019 in New York City.4. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesAn exhibitor displays a Pokemon doll at the Wicked Cool Toys booth on Feb. 16, 2019 in New York City. 5. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesMindscope Twister Tubes are on display at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.6. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesAn exhibitor displays a Pokemon doll at the Wicked Cool Toys booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.7. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesAaron Muderick, CEO of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, demonstrates the Thinking Putty during the 2019 New York Toy Fair.8. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesLego Movie 2 toys featuring Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi is on display at the Lego booth during the 2019 New York Toy Fair.9. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesChildren at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.10. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA woman rides a PonyCycle ride-on unicorn during the 2019 New York Toy Fair.11. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.12. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAn attendee demonstrates Speed Stacks at 2019 New York Toy Fair.13. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesPeople visit the Lego booth at the 2019 New Toy Fair.14. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesToys at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.15. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImageA booth at 2019 New York Toy Fair.16. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAn attendee tries the the HEXBUG Ring Racer, a self-stabilizing remote controlled robot, at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.17. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesThe 2019 New York Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. 18. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.19. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.20. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesPlush toys on display at the TY booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.21. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.22. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesBaby dolls on display at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.23. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.24. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA doll displayed in a booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.25. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA doll at a booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.26. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesA unicorn doll is on display at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.27. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesDolls displayed at the TY booth at the 2019 New York Toy Fair. 28. New York Toy Fair 2019Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty ImagesToy cars at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.More on Geek.com:You’ll Have a Yabba Dabba Doo Time With the Lego FlintstonesLego Has New ‘Jurassic World’ Sets to Go With an Animated Series11 Coolest Remote-Controlled Toyslast_img read more

Pakistan wants normal ties with India Sharif

first_img“India is an important neighbour for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality,” Sharif told Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit during a meeting with him at PM’s House.Basit briefed him on the status of the Pakistan-India relations, according to an official statement.The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan wants good neighbourly relations with all countries of the region, it said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Prime Minister said it is important that two countries resolve all their outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir in order to have viable peace in the region.India cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan after Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatists just before the parleys in Islamabad August last year.Since then both countries have maintained that they are willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue provided the other side takes the initiative.last_img read more

Dakshinamoorthys immortal legacy

first_img“C. Dakshinamoorthy used to talk to the stone before he carved a beautiful shape out of it,” said P. Gnana, a leading painter and sculptor in Singapore, on the sidelines of the exhibition – ‘Poignance’ at the plush Art Spice gallery of The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa. The exhibition, which will go on till December 11, is a visual duet by the late National award-winner master-sculptor of India, C. Dakshinamoorthy and P.Gnana, who is inspired by the former. C. Dakshinamoorthy was born in 1943 in Tamil Nadu, India. Trained in the historic Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai (1960-1966), he was formerly the Head of the Department of Ceramics in the same college. In 1978, Dakshinamoorthy received the prestigious invitation to be a British Council Scholar, due to which he was schooled in Advanced Print-Making at the Croydon College of Design and Technology (the United Kingdom). It is significant to note that he had won the Indian National Award in 1985. He is now a legacy, who continues to create magic through his art that enchants the viewer.At the exhibition, one look at P. Gnana’s sculptures and you’ll know how influenced he is by the late artist and his ways of working. “He never outlined or did any drawing on the stone he was about to carve, instead, he straightaway used his grinding machine on the stone,” said Gnana while pondering over the sculptures by Dakshinamoorthy. While the late artist loved to carve out the shape of women in his sculptures and paintings, P.Gnana carves out cows and lovers to send out the message of peace and love.Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, ‘Poignance’ is a simple but soulful word, which aptly elucidates the very essence of the alluring collection in this significant showcase of sculptures and paintings by effervescent creators. This exhibition promises to connect the viewers to the deepest human chord of emotive capacity.Over finest wines and hors-d’oeuvres, Atul Vohra, Managing Partner, Transearch India amidst all the high profile personalities and dignitaries like artist Neeraj Gupta, social activist Parull Mahaajan, and artist Geeta Dass from Mumbai amongst others were present at the exhibition. “Both the artists have showcased their rarest collections that are so well appreciated nationally and internationally. They have achieved a style that is both ancient and modern at the same time. Dakshinamoorthy’s distortion of the human figure is influenced by tribal and folk art. He is well-known, for his charismatic granite sculptures of the female form, chiselled in an engaging, stylistic demeanour that is unquestionably cubist. Whereas the themes and subjects of P. Gnana paintings and sculptures are of a universal nature, it is something that comes uncultivated and straight from his heart”, said Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice.last_img read more

Odell Beckham is Russell Westbrook Freakishly talented and wont win you a

first_imgThe red-hot Giants lost to the Eagles last night and failed to clinch a playoff berth. The loss also handed the NFC East division title to the Cowboys. The Giant D is one of the best of the league, but Eli looked awful last night, and they force feed Odell Beckham regardless of the game situation. Colin thinks Beckham is possibly the most talented wide receiver in the NFL, but he would never build his team around him.Colin takes heat for being anti-Russell Westbrook, when he’s repeatedly said he would vote him MVP this year. It’s just a difference in philosophy on how you build a team to win a title. Millennials worship Beckham and Westbrook because they value highlights. Colin values players that win titles. Wide receivers, like ball-pounding point guards, don’t win titles alone. Just because he’s not on the bandwagon, people call him a hater. Grow up and move out of your parents basement.“Russell Westbrook is Odell Beckham. Unbelievably gifted. You ain’t winning titles with that.”One of Colin’s connected sources was breaking down some inside info with him about the NFL ratings, and it’s completely opposed to the narrative that was built in the media over the first half of the season, through the election. His source told him that with so many meaningful games this weekend, this season could finish as the most watched NFL season ever from November through the end of the year.The Trump election sucked oxygen out of the room, there’s been an 83% drop in daily fantasy participation in the last month, a host of other obstacles, and the NFL is still steamrolling. The media is underselling the popularity of the NFL. We can now say with unwavering certainty that it wasn’t Kaepernick, it was Trump. The NFL isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.“You can read what you want on social media, but this league’s going nowhere, and it’s going nowhere fast. It’s gonna be an incredible last couple months.”The USA Today asked high ranking executives from 12 NFL teams to name their MVP for the season, and the winner of the poll was Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has been tremendous, and is having one of the best rookie seasons ever, but he’s not close to Colin’s MVP.He’s not the first back to put up big numbers behind the Cowboys o-line. If you look around the league, Le’Veon Bell, Shady McCoy, and David Johnson have all arguably had better years. Zeke is great, but Colin thinks the importance of the running back position has diminished. A star back might touch the ball 20 times a game, compared to the quarterback who handles it on every play.“Running back? MVP? C’mon now.”Guests:Kenyon Martin – Former #1 overall draft pick and 15-year NBA veteran is in-studio to respond to George Karl’s comments about his upbringing, why he takes offense to the comments, why he thinks Karl went there, whether there is a disconnect between players and coaches, why good coaches take the time to get to know the players, and why he thinks Kevin Durant going to Golden State was the cowardly way out.Michael Lombardi – Fox Sports NFL Insider is in-studio to explain why he agrees with Colin that Zeke Elliott shouldn’t be the MVP, and why NFL execs will never give Dak Prescott credit. He also looks ahead to Week 16, and gives his impressions of the Giants’ offensive struggles last night against the Eagles.Cris Carter – FS1 NFL Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to stand up for Odell Beckham, explain why excessively targeting Beckham is okay because it’s the only way their offense can move the ball, why Zeke Elliott should be in the running for MVP, and how he would handle the Dallas quarterback situation down the stretch, now that they’ve secured the division.Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday co-host is in-studio to recall making his first Pro Bowl after throwing for 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns, the most money he ever made in a season as a player, if he thinks his game could translate to today’s version of the NFL, why he wasn’t big on studying film, why poise is the most important characteristic for a quarterback, and why Mean Joe Greene is the best player he ever played with.last_img read more

Radiology Leadership Institute Kicks Off Leadership Accelerator Series

first_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more August 18, 2015 — The Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) is launching the Leadership Accelerator Series. This new series uses the latest techniques and proven methodologies from leading institutions to offer attendees a total educational experience, complete with networking, peer learning and self-paced study — all without leaving home. Those who complete the series will earn the RLI Level II Leadership Proficiency Certificate.The comprehensive 12-week program combines the best of live, cohort-based webinars led by radiology experts with relevant articles, practical case studies, online modules, moderated discussion forums and self-paced weeks to help radiologists and allied professionals:Understand economic principles impacting healthcare financing and physician compensation;Harness the diverse, complex array of styles, goals and visions of their practices;Develop communication skills required for more effective clinical and non-clinical leadership; andSuccessfully nurture relationships with hospital and medical staff to ensure stability.For more information: www.radiologyleaders.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr News | Radiology Business | August 18, 2015 Radiology Leadership Institute Kicks Off Leadership Accelerator Series Twelve-week program will offer networking, webinars and case studies to help radiologists adjust to changing healthcare landscape Related Content Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. last_img read more

Do you write Python Code or Pythonic Code

first_imgIf you’re new to Programming, and Python in particular, you might have heard the term Pythonic being brought up at tech conferences, meetups and even at your own office. You might have also wondered why the term and whether they’re just talking about writing Python code. Here we’re going to understand what the term Pythonic means and why you should be interested in learning how to not just write Python code, rather write Pythonic code. What does Pythonic mean? When people talk about pythonic code, they mean that the code uses Python idioms well, that it’s natural or displays fluency in the language. In other words, it means the most widely adopted idioms that are adopted by the Python community. If someone said you are writing un-pythonic code, they might actually mean that you are attempting to write Java/ C++ code in Python, disregarding the Python idioms and performing a rough transcription rather than an idiomatic translation from the other language. Okay, now that you have a theoretical idea of what Pythonic (and unpythonic) means, let’s have a look at some Pythonic code in practice. Writing Pythonic Code Before we get into some examples, you might be wondering if there’s a defined way/method of writing Pythonic code. Well, there is, and it’s called PEP 8. It’s the official style guide for Python. Example #1 x=[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]result = []for idx in range(len(x));result.append(x[idx] * 2)resultOutput: [2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12] Consider the above code, where you’re trying to multiply some elements, “x” by 2. So, what we did here was, we created an empty list to store the results. We would then append the solution of the computation into the result. The result now contains a function which is 2 multiplied by each of the elements. Now, if you were to write the same code in a Pythonic way, you might want to simply use list comprehensions. Here’s how: x=[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6][(element * 2) for element in x]Output: [2, 4, 6, 8, 10] You might have noticed, we skipped the entire for loop! Example #2 Let’s make the previous example a bit more complex, and place a condition that the elements should be multiplied by 2 only if they are even. x=[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]result = []for idx in range(len(x));if x[idx] % 2 == 0;result.append(x[idx] * 2)else;result.append(x[idx])resultOutput: [1, 4, 3, 8, 5, 12, 7, 16, 9, 20] We’ve actually created an if else statement to solve this problem, but there is a simpler way of doing things the Pythonic way. [(element * 2 if element % 2 == 0 else element) for element in x]Output: [1, 4, 3, 8, 5, 12, 7, 16, 9, 20] If you notice what we’ve done here, apart from skipping multiple lines of code, is that we used the if-else statement in the same sentence. Now, if you wanted to perform filtering, you could do this: x=[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10][element * 2 for element in x if element % 2 == 0]Output: [4, 8, 12, 16, 20] What we’ve done here is put the if statement after the for declaration, and Voila! We’ve achieved filtering. If you’re using a nice IDE like Jupyter Notebooks or PyCharm, they will help you format your code as per the PEP 8 suggestions. Why should you write Pythonic code? Well firstly, you’re saving loads of time writing humongous piles of cowdung code, so you’re obviously becoming a smarter and more productive programmer. Python is a pretty slow language, and when you’re trying to do something in Python, which is acquired from another language like Java or C++, you’re going to worsen things. With idiomatic, Pythonic code, you’re improving the speed of your programs. Moreover, idiomatic code is far easier to comprehend and understand for other developers who are working on the same code. It helps a great deal when you’re trying to refactor someone else’s code. Fearing Pythonic idioms Well, I don’t mean the idioms themselves are scary. Rather, quite a few developers and organisations have begun discriminating on the basis of whether someone can or cannot write Pythonic code. This is wrong, because, at the end of the day, though the PEP 8 exists, the idea of the term Pythonic is different for different people. To some it might mean picking up a new style guide and improving the way you code. To others, it might mean being succinct and not repeating themselves. It’s time we stopped judging people on whether they can or can’t write Pythonic code and instead, we should appreciate when someone is able to present readable, easily maintainable and succinct code. If you find them writing a bit of clumsy code, you can choose to talk to them about improving their design considerations. And the world will be a better place! If you’re interested in learning how to write more succinct and concise Python code, check out these resources: Read Next: Learning Python Design Patterns – Second Edition Python Design Patterns [Video] Python Tips, Tricks and Techniques [Video]last_img read more

New Split flights ex Toronto boost Air Transats Croatia product

first_img Monday, October 1, 2018 Share Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Air Transat is adding Split, Croatia, to its transatlantic flight program starting in summer 2019.Clients will be able to start booking the Split flights shortly, says Transat, with details on Air Transat’s flight program for summer 2019 coming soon.Air Transat launched its Croatia service with Zagreb back in 2016. The new Split flights will see Air Transat offering a total of three direct flights from Toronto to Croatia, including two to Zagreb. Cconnecting flights are available from Montreal and Vancouver.The addition of the new Split flights are based on demand, says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat. “Tourism has seen incredible growth in the Balkan Peninsula … we’ve seen great interest in Croatia since we started flying there in 2016.”Adds Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism of Croatia: “Split will amaze Canadian travellers eager for something new. Not only does it boast a rich heritage, with a UNESCO‑declared historic centre that dates back to the Roman Empire, but its location makes it the perfect gateway to the islands of the Adriatic Sea and Eastern Europe.” Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Transat, Croatia New Split flights ex Toronto boost Air Transat’s Croatia productlast_img read more

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport recognised as best airport hotel

first_imgStamford Plaza Sydney Airport recognised as best airport hotelStamford Plaza Sydney Airport recognised as best airport hotelStamford Plaza Sydney Airport is honoured to be again awarded Best Airport Hotel – Australia/Pacific at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2017; winning the title for a fourth consecutive year.“It is such a privilege to again receive the top award for Airport hotels in the Australia/Pacific region, and the fact that these awards are based on travellers’ votes is even more humbling and rewarding for the team,” said Timothy Buckton, General Manager or Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport.“Winning this award for the fourth consecutive year, and for the fifth time in the past seven years, shows the ongoing processes and improvements the entire team at Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport has been implementing continue to create the best accommodation experiences for our guests. While we are all extremely proud of this achievement, the award is also a great motivator to continue offering our guests an exceptional experience.”Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport hotel first received this award in 2011, before being awarded consecutively in 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017. The hotel has also been the highest ranked Sydney Airport Hotel in the Skytrax World Airport Awards for seven consecutive years from 2011 – 2017.Stamford Plaza‘s spacious and comfortable accommodation rooms overlook Sydney Airport’s runways, ideal for plane spotting enthusiasts and the proximity makes it the perfect choice for business and leisure travellers alike to break a long-haul flight or to relax before a long drive home. The hotel features a dedicated conference floor with 11 meeting rooms able to accommodate meetings up to 400 delegates; with state of the art audiovisual through Staging Connections – also means Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport is a perfect conference hotel for delegates in Sydney, from interstate, or overseas.The Skytrax World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry voted by customers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. The 2017 Awards are based on 13.82 million airport survey questionnaires completed by 105 different nationalities of airline customers during the survey period. The Airport Hotel Awards are based on Guest surveys which assessed hotel standards to include:  Overall experience at the Hotel, Access to and from the Airport to Hotel, Friendly and professional Reception Service, Warmth and Friendliness of Hotel Staff, Treated as a valued customer, Cleanliness of Bedroom and bathroom, Bedroom enabled a good night’s sleep, In-room amenities, Leisure, Fitness and Spa facilities, Quality of Food, Quality of Restaurant Staff Service and Value for Money.Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport is the Sydney Airport precinct’s finest star rated hotel offering an ideal home for the frequent traveller, holiday maker or busy corporate executive who appreciates the close proximity to one of Australia’s largest travel hubs – Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International and Domestic Airport without compromising on style and quality. As partner of WORLDHOTELS, they share the commitment to defy ordinary, providing quality accommodation and incredible guest experiences.Stamford Hotels and Resorts . . . Exceptional in Every Sense Source = Stamford Hotels and Resorts – Stamford Plaza Sydney Airportlast_img read more

AVANI Hotels Resorts announces third property in Dubai

first_imgAVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences BedroomAVANI Hotels & Resorts announces third property in DubaiAVANI Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to its growing pipeline with the signing of AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences currently being developed in Dubai by ALFAHIM, one of the UAE’s largest conglomerates.Scheduled to open in 2020, the 48-storey new-build property will be the third AVANI in Dubai and will represent the launch of AVANI residences in the region. Offering great visibility for the brand, AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences will be located in a prime area of the city, directly overlooking the iconic Palm Jumeirah, adjacent to Dubai Marina and Media City and half an hour from Dubai International Airport, with many of Dubai’s other leading attractions and beaches close by.The new AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences will total 527 keys, comprising 263 AVANI Residences and 264 AVANI Serviced Apartments. The Residences, which will be marketed to investors as a sale and lease-back product, will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms, the latter offering an impressive 425 square metres of contemporary living space. Designed by AECOM, the suites and residences will offer floor-to-ceiling windows, interactive living and private terraces featuring sweeping views of The Palm or the city. The AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences range from 45-square-metre studios, up to 180-square-metre three-bedroom units. With the location in one of Dubai’s most sought after areas, AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences will cater to a mix of leisure, corporate and extended stay guests.Ownership at AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences would grant an exclusive residential access with attentive service details and modern amenities, in addition to upscale hotel facilities. For active residents, AVANIFIT will offer gym facilities as well as a lap pool and guided fit programme. Guests can re-energise at AVANISPA with its simple yet rejuvenating programme designed around four pillars of Boost, Balance, Calm, or Purify. Additional facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, a casual dining outlet and a bar connected to the swimming pool.“When it opens in 2020, the impressive AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences will be our third property in Dubai, signalling the brand’s steady growth in the region as well as around the world. Residence owners and guests will be able to enjoy AVANI, starting from the brand’s designed sleep satisfaction and curated honest food programme, to simply exploring the vibrant destination that is Dubai through our AVANIme lens that has been designed to interact with the new generation of travellers who are looking for a beyond the room experience,” said Alejandro Bernabe, Vice President AVANI Hotels & Resorts.Ahmed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, Chairman of ALFAHIM, said “Our wealth of experience in property development and premium hospitality combined with AVANI’s signature interiors and deluxe service will give this unique property a distinctive edge. Furthermore, in line with ALFAHIM’s customer-focused vision and promise for constant innovation, we are confident this development will be the pinnacle of upscale living spaces that is meticulously planned to fit the high demands of the market.”Launched by Minor Hotels in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts is an upscale, contemporary brand appealing to millennial minded travellers who appreciate quality and value. AVANI currently has 23 properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the UAE, Portugal, with the brand launching most recently in Australia, New Zealand and Laos.Source = AVANI Hotels & Resortslast_img read more