Google to buy Nest for 32 billion in cash

first_imgGOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will be buying smart thermostat company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.The company, which created the Nest thermostat and Protect smoke alarms, will continue to operate as normal and the deal is expected to close in the next few months.The co-founder and VP of Nest Labs, Matt Rodgers, said in a Q&A that users’ data will not be shared with Google and will only be used for the company’s products and services. Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change. Nest’s CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell said on the Nest blog that the deal will help it  ”fully realise our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster.”In a statement announcing the deal, the CEO of Google Larry Page said: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfil their dreams! The deal has not mentioned how the two companies will work together, although Google had been one of the company’s main investors since May 2011, having invested $100 million in Nest so far.Nest Labs specialises in creating smart objects for households. Its most famous product is the Nest thermostat, which learns your daily routine so it knows when to adjust the temperature in your house. It claims to save up to 20 per cent on heating bills and is available in the US, Canada and the UK. (Video: Nest/YouTube)Read: Gmail change will soon allow anyone on Google+ to email you >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >last_img read more

MidMarch to be the first test for state coffers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The inflexible payments Greece has to make to its creditors this year are set to peak in the summer. January is the easiest month, as the repayments due then amount to just 515 million euros, but the dues will increase almost every month that follows, reaching their highest in July and August, when 8.8 billion euros will have to be paid out in total.If Greece chooses to forfeit some of its obligations, it will be choosing the path of a partial or complete default, opening a new chapter in the history of its economy.In total the state’s 2015 dues add up to 22.5 billion euros and concern the repayment of bonds held by the European Central Bank, the repayment of International Monetary Fund loans, the payment of interest and bonds that were not included in Greece’s debt restructuring (private sector involvement, or PSI), as well as other loan obligations.This month Greece must disburse 515 million euros to the IMF and in interest payments. In February this will grow to 1.6 billion euros and in March to 2.5 billion. Finance Ministry officials say that it is from mid-March that the problems will start, as at the moment the country’s existing cash reserves amount to 1-2 billion euros and will suffice to cover requirements up to mid-March. Solutions such as a new extraordinary issue of treasury bills will then be examined.Once March is over, things will ease up briefly, as in April maturities add up to 615 million euros and in May to 1 billion. The problems will grow again in the summer, as Greece has to pay obligations of 2.6 billion euros in June, 5.1 billion in July and 3.7 billion in August. That is because two bonds held by the ECB, worth 3.5 billion and 3.2 billion euros, mature in July and August. If Athens has not reached an agreement with its creditors on the last inspection by then, payment will be impossible and other solutions must be found, ministry officials said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Eusebio Roma lacked the desire to win

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has criticised his team’s lack of desire to win in their 2-0 loss to Bologna.Bologna have only managed to secure a point in the last four fixtures without a single goal to their name but eased past Roma at the Dall’Ara this afternoon.“You all seem to think you know the answers, so maybe I should ask you questions? We always end up talking about numbers, statistics, but not the determination and fire in the belly,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia.“If you have 74 percent possession and lose 2-0, it means something is missing in your attitude. If you lose every duel with Bologna, then you weren’t determined enough.“I genuinely can’t tell you what system we’re going to use next time, because first and foremost I need to find the right men and then work around their characteristics.“I don’t think a tackle is a tactical issue, it’s about desire, timing and fire. You can’t teach that, I’ve been a player and I know what it means to be out there.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I am trying everything to shake them up. We missed goals from a couple of yards today. We had 280 crosses with only Edin Dzeko in the box, which is something I don’t want.“Perhaps the lads are so eager to score that they aren’t sharp enough in their choices. I have to change. I have to change. We lack defensive solidity and this brings us to embarrassing performances.“The thing that drives me crazy is that this season we had more time to work in pre-season training, yet the defensive moments we practiced over and over again weren’t there.“This is why I tried to change things. We’ve got seven games in a row coming up and I could change before because it didn’t matter how many players we changed, we were all working in the same direction.“If something doesn’t snap inside the players, then we’re going to struggle. We could just sit there in front of the goal and hope the right cross comes in, but that is not my philosophy of football.”last_img read more

Microsoft appears to dump Cortana in Skype for Amazons Alexa

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to…center_img Skype may soon have a new assistant. Getty Images As of April 30, the Cortana bot will no longer be a part of Skype. Skype users have reported seeing notifications saying the Cortana bot, the chatbot version of Microsoft’s voice assistant, will no longer be available on the video app. Instead, Microsoft is advertising a new Amazon Alexa voice assistant integration, according to OnMSFT. “We are constantly evaluating and testing our products to ensure they offer the best and most productive experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “We are discontinuing the Cortana bot within Skype, but Cortana suggestions are still available.” A Microsoft spokesperson said Cortana’s exit and the Alexa promotion were unrelated. After the Cortana chat bot retires, Cortana suggestions will still be available in Skype. This means you’ll be able to access smart replies, emoticons, and other tools. Cortana was first added to Skype in 2014, letting people place calls with their voice. It was later brought to the Android and iOS versions of the app and then Skype for desktop. The Cortana bot let you do things like find information or set tasks while in Skype. Twitter user Florian Beaubois also spotted that Microsoft is offering 200 free minutes of communication to users who link their Skype and Amazon accounts. Originally published March at 9.31 a.m. PT.Update, at 12.07 p.m. PT: Adds response from Microsoft. Internet 4:33 Alexa Cortana Amazon Microsoft Skypelast_img read more

New Ecobee smart thermostat sensor leak on Lowes website

first_img Share your voice Ecobee may have a new smart thermostat right around the corner.  James Martin/CNET Ecobee appears to have a new smart thermostat on the horizon, at least according to a product page on Lowe’s website. Spotted by smart home blog Zatz Not Funny, the new Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control — apparently not following the company’s tradition of numerical successors to products — switches from plastic to a glass design, adds dual-band WiFi, support for Bluetooth and improves Amazon Alexa support to allow for calling, drop in and messaging. In addition to the updated Alexa support, a listing for the new product shown in Zatz’ screenshot includes a bullet point for “Spotify Connect”, suggesting that the thermostats will also be able to tap into Spotify, perhaps for those times where you want to listen to music through your thermostat. In addition to the new thermostat, a new SmartSensor also is in the works, with better battery life, range and occupancy detection according to the leak. More: In search of a smart thermostat? Here are our favorites.Lowe’s has since pulled the new thermostat and sensor from its site, though Zatz suggests that pricing will be similar to the Ecobee4, which first retailed for $249 when it launched in 2017.  Smart Thermostats Tags Post a comment 0 Lowe’s Rumors Ecobeelast_img read more

Federal Fisheries Money Heads to Senate

first_imgThe U.S. Senate is poised to pass a spending bill that includes more than $150 million for federal programs important to Alaska’s fishing industry and marine navigation.Download AudioIt includes $4 million for electronic monitors for the fishing fleet. Alaska fishermen on small boats have asked for cameras as a substitute for some of the human observers that record catch data. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her colleagues electronic monitors will allow the mission to continue while “recognizing that our small fishermen just simply cannot put another body on their boat as they’re out working.”The bill also includes $25 million for sonar mapping of coastlines, with an emphasis on the need for more data on the Bering Straits and the Arctic. It has $6 million for removing marine debris, especially debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami that washed up on federal land.The bill funding commerce, justice and science programs passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Both Alaska senators sit on that committee, and Murkowski sits on the subcommittee that drafted the bill.last_img read more

Rising seas peat may have caused Ice Age extinction event

first_imgA research paper published yesterday says large ice age mammals may have gone extinct in northern Alaska when grassland turned to peat and rising sea levels covered the Bering Land Bridge.Download AudioAlaska and California researchers studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison and woolly mammoths to determine why they died out.Lead author Daniel Mann says the Earth’s environment was much more unstable during the ice ages and flipped back and forth every few thousand years.He says during the times when grasslands were abundant large animals would have been attracted to northern Alaska.Mann says when the Earth’s large ice sheets collapsed at the end of the last ice age, the melt led sea water to rise, which cut off a migration route back to Asia.last_img read more

Yes Bank shares zoom nearly 30 on clean score in RBIs divergence

first_img Wells Fargo Outage Causes Website, App Errors Several brokerages have rerated the stock with a “buy” rating, according to the Live Mint. While Motilal Oswal has a target price of Rs 270, SBI Cap has a target price of Rs 315. The RBI divergence report shows that Yes Bank will keep on improving its retail franchise and in turn reduce concentration risks and capital consumption, JM Financial said. A watchman steps out of a Yes Bank branch in Mumbai, India, September 21, 2018REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasShares of Yes Bank surged nearly 30 percent after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cleared the lender of any disparity in reporting bad loans. Yes Bank said in an exchange filing on Wednesday that RBI’s risk assessment report for 2017-18 showed the Mumbai-based lender had complied with norms and had zero divergence in its asset classification. The shares rose 28.96 percent in early trade on Thursday, to hit Rs 218.Yes Bank investors, who took huge risk after the drubbing the stock got in the recent past, were in for a surprise on Thursday. The stock had a very turbulent phase through the fiscal year, falling 39 percent. The bank was hit badly by the uncertainty over Chairman Rana Kapoor’s tenure and the RBI stricture limiting his term last year. RBI’s order limiting his term to January 31 had dealt one of the biggest shocks to the lender’s stock. Following the central bank move, Yes Bank’s stock fell 39 percent, wiping out a staggering Rs 32,722 crore of the shareholder wealth. Reserve Bank of IndiaReutersHowever, the announcement of a new CEO in January changed the outlook. Now, the clean score in RBI divergence report has added another boost to the shares. “The report observes NIL divergences in the bank’s asset classification and provisioning from the RBI norms,” Yes Bank said in the filing. The RBI makes the divergence report after checking if lenders follows regulatory norms with respect to non-performing asset classification and provisioning. The difference between RBI’s inspection findings and the lender’s own appraisal is termed as divergence.What’s divergence report?RBI had found that Yes Bank’s divergence was too wide for comfort in the previous years. According to Bloomberg, Yes Bank’s divergence of bad loans was at Rs 4,176.70 crore during FY16. The same stood at Rs 6,355 crore, or three times the reported bad loan amount, in FY 17. This had led the central bank to initiate action against Yes Bank and curtail the CEO’s term.Yes Bank, one of India’s leading private banks, had a turbulent journey after the central bank move. India’s fifth largest private sector lender by assets has faced intense media scrutiny in the midst of multiple regulatory checks, senior level resignation and a stock price decline.Yes Bank shares rose 5 percent on January 15 after reports said Deutsche Bank boss Ravneet Gill was likely to become the embattled lender’s CEO. Gill will take over as CEO on March 1. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:45Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Globular proteins found to allow squid eyes to adjust for light distortion

first_img More information: Eye patches: Protein assembly of index-gradient squid lenses, Science (2017). … 1126/science.aal2674AbstractA parabolic relationship between lens radius and refractive index allows spherical lenses to avoid spherical aberration. We show that in squid, patchy colloidal physics resulted from an evolutionary radiation of globular S-crystallin proteins. Small-angle x-ray scattering experiments on lens tissue show colloidal gels of S-crystallins at all radial positions. Sparse lens materials form via low-valence linkages between disordered loops protruding from the protein surface. The loops are polydisperse and bind via a set of hydrogen bonds between disordered side chains. Peripheral lens regions with low particle valence form stable, volume-spanning gels at low density, whereas central regions with higher average valence gel at higher densities. The proteins demonstrate an evolved set of linkers for self-assembly of nanoparticles into volumetric materials. Explore further Optic lobe of giant squid found proportionally smaller than for other cephalopods (—A team of researchers with the University of Pennsylvania has uncovered the means by which squid eyes are able to adjust to underwater light distortion. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work analyzing squid eye parts under a microscope, what they found and then offer an explanation of the process involved in squid vision. Tobias Madl with Medical University of Graz in Austria offers an overview of how lenses work in general in a Perspective piece in the same journal issue, and outlines the work done in this new effort. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Prior work with squid had shown that their eyes are unique. The refractive index of each lens is greatest at its center and grows smaller toward the edges. This contrasts sharply with how glass lenses work—they have the same refractive index over their whole area—their shape focuses the light. The unique squid lens has clearly evolved to better handle the murky light available in the ocean, allowing the creatures to see much better than humans and many other sea creatures that have traditional lenses. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn how the squid eye is able to pull off this feat.The study consisted of cutting squid eyes and studying them layer by layer under a microscope and applying small-angle X-ray scattering to learn more about the way light behaved as it encountered each layer and part of a lens. The researchers found that the lens was made mostly of a protein gel in the S-crystalline family. They attribute changes in the refractive index to the arrangement of the crystalline molecules. They found that in the center of the lens, the molecules were bound together in relatively large structures. The structures grew smaller relative to their distance from the center. At the edges of the lens, the structures were made from just two molecules. This works for the squid, because the structures allow for bending light differently depending on which part of the lens is struck. The result is far more clarity under dim light conditions.center_img Citation: Globular proteins found to allow squid eyes to adjust for light distortion (2017, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 13, 2008 MEDRAD Multi Vendor Service Forms Alliance with Wetsco 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more November 13, 2008 – MEDRAD Inc., Multi Vendor Service said it will form a strategic alliance with Wetsco, a leader in the ultrasound transducer repair industry. By combining Wetsco’s repair and innovation capabilities with MVS’ sales infrastructure, customer care and repair facility, the two companies aim to offer a superior customer experience. Subsequent partnerships between MEDRAD and Westco will be announced in the future, according to the companies For more information;, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Everpopular London projects 40 million visitors by 2025

first_img Tweet Travelweek Group Tuesday, September 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Ever-popular London projects 40 million visitors by 2025center_img LONDON — Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply by 2025, with projections indicating that visitor numbers could top 40 million a year, an increase of 30% on current levels, with tourism spending projected to hit £22 billion a year, up 50%.The Mayor of London and London & Partners, which runs, has launched a “bold new vision” to bolster the capital’s status as a world-class tourist destination, while keeping an eye on over-tourism.The new Tourism Vision for London is backed by more than 100 industry partners and supported by the Mayor of London.The Tourism Vision states that the growth in visitor numbers is not a given with increasing competition from other destinations fighting to attract new visitors and other challenges such as continued access to talent, the supply of new hotel rooms and aviation capacity that could constrain growth.It recommends greater investment in pre-visit promotion to attract more first time visitors, boosting visitor numbers in off-peak periods and harnessing technology to allow visitors to make more of their visit and see more of the city.London & Partners’ findings coincide with data from Google that reveals the British capital is the most searched for global destination for city and short breaks.According to Google, London leads worldwide searches for city and short breaks ahead of Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, with the number of searches up by 17 per cent year-on-year. London also tops Google’s search rankings for global cities to fly to.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The Tourism Vision and this year’s Autumn Season, which shines a spotlight on the best events taking place across the capital in the months ahead, were launched by the Mayor of London Sadiq has created a series of films starring Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Londoners from across the capital as they explore the remarkable events that make London a must-see destination to visit this autumn. Watch now at“London is the world’s greatest city, so it comes as no surprise that we lead the way when it comes to international tourism,” said Khan. “Visitors to the capital bring huge benefits – the industry boosts London’s economy, as well as supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and showing the world that London is an open, welcoming and diverse city.“It’s important that all Londoners benefit from a growth in tourism. By inspiring visitors to come to our great city during quieter periods like autumn and to find hidden gems off the beaten track, we can ensure that the projected growth in visitor numbers is sustainable and that the tourism and cultural industries work for everyone.”“London’s Autumn Season will show visitors what it is like to explore the city like a Londoner, whether that’s finding the capital’s secret treasures or visiting its world-leading exhibitions and shows. More than ever it is vital to ensure that the capital extends a warm welcome to all guests of our incredible city.”More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyCulture, the arts, history and heritage are the number one reasons visitors come to London. As the capital launches The Autumn Season, additional data from Google shows that the city’s West End theatres form a big slice of online searches for culture in London.According to Google the musical Hamilton, which is a jewel in the crown of this year’s Autumn Season, is the most searched for UK musical globally this year.The Autumn Season will give people the chance to experience the city like a Londoner with the help of special guides including: vocalist and broadcaster Jumoké Fashola, author and fashion historian Amber Buchart, London events and culture vloggers Pete and Jens, and Blue Badge Tour Guide, David Mildon.China and India are likely to be the fastest growing markets for tourism in London, with visitor numbers from China growing by more than 100% by 2025 and India rising by 90%.The surge in visitors could be boosted in the short-term by currency fluctuations. Separate research from London & Partners shows that around two thirds of international visitors say they are more likely to visit London given more favourable currency rates.Visit London has published a new guide to some of London’s best ‘bits’, plus some valuable travel tips and quick facts condensed into one page. To view the guide, go to Posted by Tags: Britain, Londonlast_img read more

Cruise Strategies promotes Riviera River Cruises to Canadian market

first_img Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Cruise Strategies Ltd. has signed a new partnership with David Morris International (DMI) and Riviera River Cruises, a British company with offices in Fairfield, CT as the cruise company enters the Canadian market for the first time.“With the expertise of the DMI and Cruise Strategies teams we can now focus on bringing our product to North America,” said Ben Hitchcock, Riviera Cruises’ Director of Sales and Marketing.The company was established in 1984. In the last five years Riviera Cruises has introduced more than 100,000 people to river cruising in Europe, says Hitchcock.Riviera selected DMI exclusively to represent its cruise division in the North American market and DMI has in turn selected Cruise Strategies, headed up by President and CEO Vanessa Lee, as its Canadian partner.To meet the demands of its current market and to expand into North America, Riviera has added two new ships to its fleet in 2018 –MS Robert Burns and MS Douro Splendour – with two more vessels, MS George Eliot and MS William Wordsworth, on the way for 2019.“It is always a pleasure to work closely with our long-standing colleagues at DMI and to assist in their marketing efforts here in Canada. I am most impressed with the beautiful ships and the high standards onboard the Riviera River Cruises fleet and look forward to showcasing them to our Canadian partners,” says Lee.MS Charles Dickens – Deluxe Balcony SuiteThe cruise line currently has 11 river ships sailing throughout the heart of Europe. Unique eight to 15-day itineraries have been developed for all the major rivers: the Douro, Dutch Waterways, Rhône, Saône, Moselle, Rhine, Main and the Danube.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe fleet of five-star vessels is primarily Swiss built and operated with an English-speaking crew and has been characterized by the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising as “some of the finest river cruise ships to grace Europe’s waterways.”For onboard dining, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main dining room with flexible dining hours (dinner is served between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) so guests may come and go as they please, says Lee. Guests may also dine in the more casual Bistro for both lunch and dinner with seating for up to 30 guests. Reservations are requested but there is no additional charge.MS Robert Burns – BistroMore than 80% of the ships’ standard staterooms and superior suites have full or French balconies. Accommodations range from 161 to 312 square feet. Modern marble bathrooms offer Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, plush bathrobes and slippers. There are also hotel-style beds, crisp cotton linens and pillows, flat screen televisions, hairdryer, safe, telephone, complimentary WiFi and morning room service.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamRiviera Cruises sailings include guided tours and shore excursions. A custom tour program, ‘Personalize Your Vacation’, can be booked through the cruise director onboard. There are also 12 bikes onboard which are complimentary to all guests. The onboard currency is the euro and port charges are included in the price. Alcoholic beverages are not included; however, there are beverage packages available for pre-purchase that include wine and beer for lunch and dinner and range from US$79 (five-day cruise) to US$159 (eight-day cruise) per person.“The major point of differentiation is the value,” says David Morris. “For instance, a seven-night departure on the MS Emily Bronte in April 2019 is from just US$1,819 per person, commissionable to agents at 15%.”Each voyage also offers a limited number of rooms where there is no single supplement.For more information or to book, contact 1-888-838-8820 or see assistance with groups or for further information agents are asked to contact Cruise Strategies. Vanessa Lee can be reached at or call (416) 518-0262. Olga Sebestova is at or (416) 968-9797 or 1-877-768-9797. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, June 6, 2018 center_img Posted by Tags: Cruise Strategies Ltd., North America, Riviera River Cruises Cruise Strategies promotes Riviera River Cruises to Canadian marketlast_img read more

Reaction to criminal charges filed against Harvey

first_imgReaction to criminal charges filed against Harvey Weinstein Reaction to rape and other criminal charges filed in New York on Friday against Harvey Weinstein:“I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice. Because one win is a win for all of us.” — Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, to The Associated Press. In a tweet: “We got you, Harvey Weinstein, we got you.”“Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice” — Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, via Twitter. In another tweet: “What took you so long Harvey?”“What’s on the menu for #Weinstein @AsiaArgento” — Argento’s friend, chef Anthony Bourdain, with an image of a prison menu, via Twitter.“Toxic masculinity and misogyny can no longer be ignored or tolerated at the workplace or any other place in society. We stand with the brave women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. We hope their courage will continue to inspire others to break their silence.” — The Women’s March, in a statement.“#Justice…” — Weinstein accuser Mira Sorvino, via Twitter. In another tweet: “Sending love to all my sisters today who stood up against a monster… so many emotions… I am proud of and grateful to you all.”“Dear Mira, I know how hard it was for you and the other women to risk so much to come forward with the details of one of your worst experiences — but thank you thank you! Today is for you — and also for the young women who would surely have become his next victims #Justice” — Actress Mia Farrow, also the mother of investigative journalist Ronan Farrow who helped break Weinstein story, addressing Mira Sorvino on Twitter.“For every woman who spoke in this story, it’s an incredible and unexpected moment.” — Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Weinstein coverage in The New Yorker, on CNN.“For so long he had his own private system — fancy lawyers who paid to silence women, private investigators and spies. Now he answers to the same system as the rest of us.” — Investigative journalist Jodi Kantor, part of the team for The New York Times that broke the Weinstein story, via Twitter.“It’s been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp” — Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan, via Twitter.“This is an emotional moment. We are relieved and grateful that justice is coming, but we also mourn the cases where it didn’t.” — Carrie Goldberg, attorney for Weinstein accuser Lucia Evans, in a statement to The Associated Press.“Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood, and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about.” — Weinstein attorney Benjamin Brafman, to reporters outside the courthouse.“Today is a day I never thought I’d see when I came forward 22 months ago alone. Thank you for listening to women.” — Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who accused the late former Fox News chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, via Twitter.“You sorry, Harvey?” — Shout from a throng of media as Weinstein walked into courthouse in handcuffs.“Today a man whose actions were so egregious that they spawned a global reckoning has been taken into custody.” — Time’s Up, via Twitter. In second tweet: “Harvey Weinstein shattered the lives of an untold number of women. We stand with them, and remain in solidarity with women everywhere who have faced unsafe and abusive workplaces. We look forward to seeing justice prevail.”“I hope that he is made accountable in a criminal case and that one day he will truly understand what the impact of his behaviour has had on women, that has caused so many women unnecessary pain.” — Norwegian actress and Weinstein accuser Natassia Malthe, in a statement.“This is not a moment to revel in how the mighty have fallen but instead in how the silenced have spoken up, stood together and survived. Weinstein’s arrest, for the women who have accused him and others like them around the world, I’m sure feels like a moment of catharsis and it should serve as a cautionary tale for others like (Morgan) Freeman and every day people who toe the line between unacceptable and criminal behaviour.” — Activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, in a statement to CNN. by The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2018 10:57 am PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Ayia Napa on the up

first_imgBy Antonis Loizou FRICSAYIA NAPA is a very small municipality with approximately 2,700 locals and approximately 500,000 tourists during the summer season. While the source of these tourists has changed over the years, the reputation of the resort as drink fueled party place is now being turned around.Less than a third of the tourists who visit the island head to the Famagusta district and of those that do 60 per cent stay in Ayia Napaa.A new mayor was recently elected George Karoussos, a young man with several new ideas. Some examples are the following:l Outstanding Municipality debts have been substantially paid off and are on track for the balance.l Saved money from the economies were/are directed towards the local infrastructure.l Certain “crazy” ideas came up and it is interesting to record some of them since they are unique, catchy and low cost.(i) A sculpture park was set up along a footpath between the village/Marina hotel for approximately 1km on a straight line, with various young mainly artists expressing their art (subsidised by the Municipality/hotels) which is still expanding.(ii) The Bridge of Love was constructed two years ago which is a novel and romantic idea. A wooden bridge over a Byzantine water viaduct was constructed and the Municipality provides a lock with the lovers’ initials on who lock it on the bridge “locking thus their love for ever”!!(iii) A cactus garden is underway near the sculpture open for hoever wants to contribute their plants.(iv) An underwater theme park will be constructed at shallow depth so that children and others can have access from top with googles etc based on Greek mythology.(v) The placing of boards along the high streets with “recommended” prices regarding water, coffee sale prices etc, so tourists are not cheated by local restaurateurs, taxi drivers and othersl Attempt was made for the beach facilities to be run by the Municipality – excellent results since from the initial income of €300,000pa the municipality now is getting around €2m!l Lastly the Ayia Napa Marina seems to be on track. The local investor (Karamondanis) has managed to attract €200m in foreign investment to carry out this imaginative project.l New hotel projects and renovating existing ones are evident everywhere.We refer to this and other similar ideas and the anxiety of the mayors of the area to help themselves for the public/local benefit which at the end will help the local and by projection the Cyprus real estate. The Municipalities of Ayia Napa/Sotira/ Paralimni was up to recently (2009) a most popular holiday home resort mainly by the British and local market (Nicosia town’s people) and more recently by the Russian market.Regarding the real estate market and following the recession of the years 2013-2016, the market is fast improving and demand is forthcoming both from locals (mainly Nicosia) and from abroad. The British market is no longer with us and forms a small part of the market. Demand has reached a stage that the market is running out of stock, whereas it is notable the participation of foreign investors in developments.Available beach houses are few and far between and prices are in the range of €7,000-€8,000/m², whereas near the beach units are around €3,000/m². Resale apartments away from the beach at €1,200/m². Villas to let are now in top demand, ideally 3 bedroom with a pool with a letting rate of €2,000 per week can provide good rentals with an occupancy rate of 60%(+).n Antonis Loizou & Associates Ltd – Real Estate Valuers & Estate Agents,, May Like10gadgets.infoBest Wearable Tech Gadgets10gadgets.infoUndoOpoopa9 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate!OpoopaUndoStop Eating This12 Vegetables You Must Stop Eating Right NowStop Eating ThisUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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