Microsoft Compares Google to Spammers

first_img[W]e have been making steady, quiet progress on core search relevance. In October 2010 we released a series of big, noticeable improvements to Bing’s relevance. So big and noticeable that we are told Google took notice and began to worry. Then a short time later, here come the honeypot attacks. Mehdi called Google’s disclosure “feigned outrage” and took the opportunity to deny the charges. “We do not copy results from any of our competitors,” he wrote. “Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such activity is just insulting.”Google’s trap, Mehdi added, was similar to techniques employed by spammers. “Google engaged in a ‘honeypot’ attack to trick Bing. In simple terms, Google’s ‘experiment’ was rigged to manipulate Bing search results through a type of attack also known as ‘click fraud.’ That’s right, the same type of attack employed by spammers on the Web to trick consumers and produce bogus search results.”AdChoices广告 Why was Google making such a big fuss over accusations that Microsoft has pilfered its search results for Bing? Simple, says Microsoft–the company was worried about Bing’s success.Those of the thoughts that Bing SVP Yusuf Mehdi shared on his blog, suggesting that the timing of Google’s very public complaints may have been more than coincidence. Says Mehdi,last_img read more

Untethered iOS 5 and 501 jailbreak release is imminent

first_imgThe wait for an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak is almost over — at least for some of us. Developer pod2g has announced that the hack is ready, and only waiting on some final testing.pod2g has confirmed that the jailbreak is working on both iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 on the following devices: the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad, iPod touch 4th gen, and iPod touch 3rd gen. The Apple TV 2, running 4.4.3, is even included.iOS 5 jailbreaks have been available since the firmware was released, but they are tethered jailbreaks; this means that the device needs to be connected to a PC every time it reboots. The upcoming untethered jailbreak will remove that pesky requirement.Owners of the newest iOS devices will continue to be left in the dark. The A5 processor has proven to be nearly uncrackable; the chip is a major victory for Apple security. In previous years, new iOS devices were usually jailbroken within a month or two of being released. Despite being available since the iPad 2’s March launch, the A5 has only been cracked once: by Comex’s JailbreakMe web hack, which worked on older firmware for the iPad 2. It has long since been patched, and Comex has been hired by Apple. At this point, it’s possible that the A6 may arrive before another A5 exploit is revealed.pod2g hasn’t issued a release date for the jailbreak, but he cites today as a big testing day. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it within the next couple of days.via pod2g and iDownloadbloglast_img read more

De leau découverte sur la lune de Jupiter Europe

first_imgDe l’eau découverte sur la lune de Jupiter, EuropeDes données recueillies par la NASA grâce à la sonde Galileo permettent d’affirmer que la planète glacée Europe, satellite de Jupiter, contient bien de l’eau sous forme liquide.La planète Europe, une des lunes de Jupiter (le plus petit des satellites galiléen), possède une région très active. Dans cette zone, la glace qui recouvre le satellite, effectue d’importants échanges avec un océan qui se trouve juste au-dessous. C’est là une véritable découverte que viennent de faire les scientifiques de la NASA grâce à la sonde Galileo.Les résultats obtenus laissent ainsi penser qu’une vie serait possible ailleurs que sur Terre dans notre système solaire, indiquent les chercheurs dans la revue scientifique Nature qui publie leur étude. “Les données offrent des possibilités fascinantes” a indiqué Mary Voytek, qui est à la tête du programme d’astrobiologie de la Nasa. “Cependant, les scientifiques du monde entier vont vouloir voir de plus près nos analyses et réviser ces données avant que nous puissions complètement nous rendre compte de ce qu’impliquent de tels résultats”, a ajouté le spécialiste cité dans un communiqué de l’agence. D’autant que l’eau contenue dans l’océan d’Europe est présente en telle quantité qu’elle représente l’équivalent de tous les océans de la Terre réunis. Mais du fait de son éloignement par rapport au Soleil, la majeure partie visible est glacée, sur une profondeur estimée à plusieurs dizaines de kilomètres.Des échanges suffisants pour favoriser la vie À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est cette épaisse couche de glace qui faisait croire aux astronomes qu’il n’y avait rien d’autre que de la glace sur Europe. Mais l’inverse vient d’être démontré grâce aux images chaotiques capturées à la surface du satellite et un modèle développé par les chercheurs et basé sur des observations de la lune de Jupiter et de la Terre. Selon eux, ce modèle met clairement en évidence la présence d’échanges significatifs entre la glace et le lac sous-jacent. Des échanges en tout cas suffisants pour que la vie soit présente. Pour confirmer définitivement ces données, la NASA envisage donc d’envoyer sur place un engin tout spécialement conçu pour sonder la glace et qui pourra peut-être accéder à ces lacs enfouis et cachés à l’oeil du satellite.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Tick Debuts its Second Episode at SDCC

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Stay on target The Tick is returning to TV this August, and fans eager for a peek gathered for a panel at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. The panel reportedly kicked off with a premiere screening of the show’s second episode. (The first is already available on Amazon Prime.) IGN’s review of the episode says it’s much funnier than the pilot, though it hasn’t quite found its speed yet. The new series is going for a darker humor than what we’re used to for the character, but by all accounts, it appears to be working for it. This episode is reportedly sharp, funny, and its darker tone doesn’t take away from the humor.If you’re interested in the story, it’s all about The Tick trying to convince Arthur to become his superhero sidekick. There’s also some question about whether The Tick is actually real, or if he’s just a figment of Arthur’s imagination. That sounds like a strange choice, but IGN says the new series makes it work, and does some interesting things with the ambiguity. We’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.After the episode, the cast and crew of the new show came out onstage to talk about making the show. Tick creator Ben Edlund said now is the best possible time for a new iteration of The Tick given the popularity of superhero movies, CBR reports. “I think this is the time when the highest number of people will get the jokes; we’re all eating out of a huge bowl of cereal of the superhero mythos,” he said. If the pilot and that episode description makes this new series sound more Arthur-centric than the previous two, that’s by design. Edlund said he was interested in finding Arthur’s “psychological origin point,” noting that he wasn’t nearly as fleshed out in the other Tick incarnations.Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman (Photo via Amazon)Peter Serafinowicz also talked about how he approached the role of The Tick, describing the character as a “superhero toddler.” He also noted that despite the show’s dark humor, there is genuine heart and sentimentality in it. He also credited the late Adam West as a major inspiration for his performance. “A big part of what I love about this show is, particularly The Tick’s character is the embodiment of the pure essence of what it is to be a superhero. People don’t do it anymore. He has simple values. He wants to save people; he wants to eradicate evil. Anything beyond that, he kind of is confused with. I love that about him.”After a fan reportedly asked how this new series would be different from the previous live action one and the cartoon, Edlund said that they’re taking The Tick much more seriously, which is why it’s so funny. “Taking The Tick seriously was the funniest thing I could think to do, because that’s extra-absurd,” Edlund said.Executive Producer Barry Josephson stressed to the crowd that the entire show is Edlund’s vision, though you might notice a familiar name appear in the credits. Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick in the 2001 live action show, is listed as a producer. Apparently, Warburton was a big part of the deal that got Amazon to produce the new series. After playing the character 16 years ago, Warburton became such a fan; he wanted to make sure Edlund got to keep making The Tick in some form. This show exists largely because of him. Even when he isn’t donning the blue suit, Warburton is saving The City.Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman (Photo via Amazon)Speaking of The City, the cast mentioned that this iteration of it hasn’t seen a superhero for 15 years. Arthur and The Tick are the first, and Edlund promises that season two will bring a lot more heroes back to The City. As for classic Tick characters showing up, Edlund says we should definitely expect a few, especially if they appeared in the live action show. Edlund said many of the characters from the cartoon are owned by someone else, so it might take a while to figure out the legal stuff. Sadly, that probably means no Breadmaster for a while. Edlund did say he’d like to get the rights figured out and get back to The Tick’s roots.That said, the first season will reportedly feature a major character from both the cartoon and the 2001 series: The Terror. Other than that, they plan to introduce new characters during the first season, like Overkill and Miss Lint, and save most reinterpretations of older ones for the future.Brendan Hines (Photo via Amazon)All in all, even with a few changes, it’s shaping up to be The Tick we all know and love. Actor Valorie Curry says we can expect a more fleshed out Dot, who still acts as the voice of reason without being cynical or judgmental.We’ll also see Brendan Hines take on the Superman-like role of Superion, a benevolent, yet socially awkward Superhero whose reluctance to speak to the people he saves comes across as arrogance. Hines says it probably comes from a place of loneliness and isolation. Edlund agreed. “I think loneliness is a big quotient on the show,” he said. “So funny, loneliness!”We’ll all get to see how funny that loneliness is when the first six episode of The Tick season one arrive on Amazon on August 25.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Hulk Takes on One Punch Mans Saitama in ActionPacked Fan Animation

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img When you start naming off pretend matchups that you’d like to see happen between superheroes, isn’t the Hulk one of the first ones you go to? He’s huge and green, duh, and he likes to smash. Hulk smash, to be precise. So it’s not that big of a surprise that we may one day see a mashup where Hulk attempts to take down One Punch Man’s Saitama. That day is today. As you can imagine, it’s one knock-down, drag-out brawl, and it’s all created by a very talented fan.The YouTube clip via Zimaut Animation features Bruce Banner checking out Z City being an average, innocent, everyday citizen, before being attacked by a huge werewolf. Of course, he can’t stay Bruce forever, and Hulks out to take on the enemy. As the video’s description explains:“When Bruce Banner going abroad, he stumble upon a strong creature in Z city. Inevitably he give in to anger and turn into hulk. Losing control of himself now it’s up to Saitama, the Bald Cape Hero to tame the green beast.”So it goes, as Hulk takes on the werewolf as it essentially gets the snot beaten right out of it. It’s no match for our Hulk, but there’s still one person who hasn’t taken him on by that point in the video: Saitama. Hulk’s still upset from the fight, and he’s ready to challenge someone else. None other than Saitama, the One Punch Man, is hanging out around the way, and Hulk and One Punch Man are then locked into a duel. Unfortunately, that’s where the video clip ends.The crisp animation and excellent production value make this fan clip a must-watch, especially if you’ve ever hoped for the worlds of the Avengers and One Punch Man to collide. We’ll just be over here patiently waiting for Zimaut Animation’s next clip to be uploaded. Don’t mind us.last_img read more

Fort Myers students caught on camera giving lap dances in classroom

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) – Parents are outraged after students at a Fort Myers school were caught on camera giving lap dances inside of a classroom.In multiple videos shared with FOX 4, students at Success Academy were seen giving male students lap dances and “twerking,” all in the presence of school staff.One parent is outraged and wonders how administrators and staff let this happen.“This is like soft-core porn in a school,” said the parent, who wished to remain anonymous, to FOX 4. “This is supposed to be an alternative school, a school of discipline, a school of restorative justice and I don’t see any justice being restored.”The parent added that she is not the first person to tell school administrators and district officials of similar behavior at Success Academy.The owner of a convenience store across the street from the school says he’s noticed a problem with discipline, saying he’s called multiple times to report students skipping school and hiding behind his building.“When I call over there to talk to somebody about it, I never get any answers,” he said. FOX 4 reached out to the Lee County School District, and a spokesperson said they will take appropriate action.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Chamber comes out antiBegich Thats the US Chamber

first_imgThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the latest Outside group to launch campaign ads in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. The national business lobby has a 30-second video spot running this week that hits Sen. Mark Begich and supports one of his Republican challengers, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan.Anchorage Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Halcro immediately issued a statement to say the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a separate organization.“We just wanted to notify our members that these ads, which are identified as produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have no affiliation with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce,” Halcro said.Likewise, the Alaska Chamber of Commerce says it doesn’t endorse federal candidates. The Alaska Chamber, though, IS a member of the U.S. Chamber. President Rachael Petro says the U.S. group notified her of the ad but says the Alaska Chamber had no input.“We just have no opinion on this topic and we have nothing to do with those ads,” Petro said.The  ad includes footage of a sunrise or sunset that appears to be shot in Alaska, although, oddly, the speeded-up video shows a sun moving the wrong way through sky –from the right side of the frame to the left.Sullivan’s older brother, Frank Sullivan, who runs the Ohio company that makes Rust-Oleum and other coatings, sits on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber.Watch the video here.last_img read more

Alaska Republicans sue to loosen rules on campaign contributions

first_imgRepublicans in Alaska are suing in federal court to overturn the state’s strict limits on donations to political candidates and groups. The lawsuit challenges the state’s $500 annual cap on individuals’ donations to candidates and as three other contribution limits.The briefs in the case rely on two recent Supreme Court rulings, including the 2010 Citizens United decision.Nathaniel Herz, a reporter Alaska Dispatch News filed a story on the lawsuit earlier this week. He says Alaska has some of the most restrictive contribution limits in the country.Download AudioNathaniel Herz is a reporter with Alaska Dispatch News.last_img

Vijays Thalapathy 63 to have positive impact on football sports in Tamil

first_imgA collage of Vijay’s pictures (Thalapathy 63) taken when he attended a wedding.Vijay Twitter Fans PageVijay’s movies are often peppered with messages of love, humanism and people’s responsibilities, while also dealing with serious issues bothering the society and to the growth of the country. Going a step ahead, the actor’s next film is expecting to do wonders for the football sports, which have negligible interest in the India in general and Tamil Nadu in particular.India is a cricket-crazy country and it is not surprise to see it to be the most-loved sport in Tamil Nadu. Now, Vijay’s upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63, is expected to leave a positive impact on the football sports. In actor G Gnanasambandam’s words, the interest around the game among people would increase in Tamil Nadu after the release of the upcoming Kollywood flick.G Gnanasambandam, who plays the role of Nayanthara’s father in the film, says that the craze around football among Tamil youths would increase manifold. One expects the movie to highlight the difficulties of the sports faced in the country and how lack of encouragement and infrastructure for the football have failed to attract the youths towards it.As per the rumours, Vijay will be enacting the role of a former footballer and present coach of the Tamil Nadu football team. Indhuja will be seen as the captain of the team which aims to win a national level tournament.Atlee Kumar’s film has Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu and many others in the supporting roles. The film has AR Rahman’s music, GK Vishnu’s cinematography and Ruben’s editing.Meanwhile, the last schedule of shooting of the Vijay-starrer has commenced on the specially-erected stadium sets in Chennai.last_img read more

Samantha Akkineni and Nandini Reddy to team up for the third time

first_imgSamantha Akkineni from Oh Baby!PR HandoutSamantha Akkineni is reportedly going to team up with Nandini Reddy for the third time. The duo’s recent project together, Oh Baby!, is still running successfully at the box office.According to the sources, Nandini narrated a storyline to Samantha on the sets of Oh Baby! and the actress asked her to get the script ready. Nandini and Samantha have previously worked together in Jabardasth and Oh Baby!Oh Baby’s success has helped Nandini fetch a food number of offers. A film under her direction hit the screens after three years. Samantha also gave the best performance of her career in the film. The third actor-director collaboration is going to be a thriller and Nandini is pretty excited to take this project on floors. Before this happens, she has a film with Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt under Vyjayanthi Cinemas.Nandini got the chance to direct Oh Baby! while she was working on this project. She kept the project aside for Oh Baby!. She will soon begin working on the pending project. An official confirmation is awaited.The director also made an Amazon Original series called Gangstars last years with Jagapathi Babu, Navdeep, Shweta Basu Prasad and others. The web series failed in attracting a good number of audience. It is the first Telugu web series that streamed on Amazon.last_img read more

Three Little Known Bills with A Huge Impact on DC Residents

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterMuch like Black Friday the day after Christmas the last legislative session of the D.C. Council seemed like a jam packed nerve racking blitz to get to the finish line. But instead of a sale, Council members and the residents were hoping major legislation was passed before the end of the year.This year there has been plenty of historical bills passed. But some lesser known fights that have a large impact on the city and Washingtonians, were battled and won. The AFRO wanted to highlight just a few in bills that may have slipped under the radar but are no less important to the betterment of our government.Caption: The District of Columbia City Council are working on public restroom, wage garnishments and formerly incarcerated citizens voting rights. (Courtesy Photo)The Public Restroom Facilities Installment and Promotions ACT of 2017It’s biology. Sooner or later everyone has to go. However finding public restrooms can be a huge hassle, and private restrooms are even harder to procure. That’s why the Public Restroom Facilities Installment and Promotion Act of 2017, (B22-0223) which was just passed in the last legislative meeting of the year is a huge win for the city.Currently the Department of Human Services offers a list of public restrooms in or near downtown.All seven of them.For context, according to data from the D.C. Metrorail, the average number of weekday passengers is about 620,000.Under the bill several department agencies have to work together to build at least 10 public restrooms in the D.C. area. That may not sound like a lot but it’s a huge difference when the distance between you and the effects of your coffee is 7 train stops to your job.The bill also calls for the Mayor’s office to provide incentives that would encourage private companies to allow the public to use their bathroom. Cause we all just can’t run to our gym or the National Mall when nature calls.The Wage Garnishment Fairness Amendment Act of 2017This bill (B22-0752) offers relief for workers at or below the District’s minimum wage. Steered by the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, it requires more notification from creditors that wages are going to be garnished and also better opens to appeal.According to a wage garnishment report created by ADP, about 1 in 10 of workers between 35 – 45 are impacted by wage garnishment in 2013. About 5 % of workers earning between $25,000 and $40,000 were impacted. The main reasons for garnishment are child support, tax liens, student loans and consumer debt.Voting Rights According to the National Conference of State Legislatures 14 states and the District of Columbia are among the areas that only revoke voting rights during the time of a felons incarcerations.Once incarcerated inmates are free their rights are automatically reinstated. However because so many other states don’t reinstate voting rights, the laws can get muddled. This new act provides much needed notifications for people eligible for vote.The Voting Rights Notification Act of 2017  (B22-0312) is going to be a game changer as 2020 elections roll around. This bill introduced by Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety lets former federal inmates know of their voting eligibility.According to the National Reentry Resource Center, in 2016 about 6 million people were prohibited from voting due to laws impacting convicted felons.  As we have seen in places all over the country during midterm elections, where a few hundred key votes are critical to a win by one party or another, having an informed voting public is an essential for everyone.If your Christmas list had an active Council jotted down this year you can rest easy. Let’s see what next year brings.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Stalin for becoming new DMK president

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday congratulated M K Stalin for becoming the president of DMK.In a tweet, the Trinamool Congress supremo stated: “Congratulations and best wishes to @mkstalin for being elected President of the DMK @arivalayam.” The highest post of the party became vacant with the death of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi. He had passed away on August 7. On the day Karunanidhi passed away, the Bengal Chief Minister had tweeted: “Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss.” Banerjee had also gone to Chennai to pay homage to Karunanidhi on the day he had passed away. It may be mentioned that Stalin had supported the move of Banerjee to bring together all the anti-BJP political parties under one umbrella for a one-to-one fight in the forthcoming general elections in 2019.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg publishes Facebook manifesto for safeguarding against political interference

first_imgToday (September 14), Mark Zuckerberg published a long and detailed post on Facebook outlining the challenges the platform faces in terms of misinformation and election interference. With the U.S. midterms coming up in November, it would appear that Zuckerberg is keen to reassert his authority and demonstrate to the world that he has a grip on the big issues. Covering fake accounts, ad transparency, and election interference, Zuckerberg goes into detail about the problems Facebook has faced and the actions its taking to solve them. For example: Zuckerberg says Facebook has “removed a billion fake accounts” in the months between October 2017 and March 2018. It’s done this, Zuckerberg explains, using machine learning tools and doubling the size of its safety and security team from 10,000 employees to 20,000. Facebook is tackling misinformation in a number of ways – on the one hand its reducing the economic incentives (so, sites that push misinformation are blocked from promoting their content), but also having a team of ‘fact-checkers’ from the International Fact Checking Network. “Posts that are rated as false are demoted and lose on average 80% of their future views” Zuckerberg writes. Zuckerberg claims that “Facebook now has a higher standard of ad transparency than has ever existed with TV or newspaper ads.” In terms of political campaigning, for example, it’s now possible to see when political ads are paid for by third parties. Furthermore, he also explains that you now need to verify your identity to run political campaigns in the U.S. This should, in theory, prevent international interference in other countries’ campaigns and political discourse. Is Facebook saying “we’re well prepared” or “we need your help?” The most curious thing about Zuckerberg’s ‘manifesto’ is that, for all of its bullishness, it does also detail Facebook’s weaknesses. On the one hand he details how the organization is taking real and practical steps to solve huge problems, but within just a few paragraphs he hints at the limitations and weaknesses of Facebook’s community standards, and the difficulty of crafting a policy. He wants us to know that Facebook knows exactly what its doing, but he also wants us to know that it needs everyone’s help. “Preventing election interference is bigger than any single organization” Zuckerberg goes on to write, before explaining how Facebook needs to be part of a joined up approach involving the tech industry, media and government. It’s hard to disagree with that point, but to the rhetorical move from we’re deleting billions of fake accounts with machine learning to “we’re all in this together” (a phrase Zuckerberg actually writes) does seem a little odd. The confused media reaction to Zuckerberg’s post It would seem that the media is a little confused about what to take from Zuckerberg’s post too: on the one hand, some outlets, like The New York Times and The Hill, take Zuckerberg’s assertions at face value, citing his point that Facebook is now “better prepared to fight election interference”. Others, however, like The Next Web and Business Insider focus on Facebook’s limitations, and Zuckerberg’s plea for support. We may have to wait for the next instalment of Zuckerberg’s dispatches to get a bit more detail on how Facebook is going to handle ongoing political crises – but it’s safe to say it doesn’t look like there are going to be any more radical changes soon.Read next Facebook, Twitter open up at Senate Intelligence hearing, committee does ‘homework’ this time Four 2018 Facebook patents to battle fake news and improve news feed Facebook, Twitter takes down hundreds of fake accounts with ties to Russia and Iran, suspected to influence the US midterm electionslast_img read more

Irish eyes are smiling… at you

first_imgIreland is one of the top ten most welcoming countries in the world, according to new research.The World Economic Forum issued a competitiveness report and revealed Ireland to be the ninth most welcoming nation, with Iceland taking out top honours.In 2008, Lonely Planet ranked Ireland as the world’s friendliest country in their Blue List.Fáilte Ireland carried out a survey among tourists to Ireland, with almost 99 percent of respondents claiming their holiday in Ireland either matched or exceeded expectations.Those surveyed highlighted Ireland’s suitability as a touring destination, the opportunity to engage with friendly and hospitable people and value for money as other encouraging factors for travel.87 percent of respondents from Australia and developing markets said that the Irish people and scenery were the main reasons that their expectations were exceeded.Over 95 percent of all those surveyed claimed Ireland was a ‘safe and secure destination’.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Ireland in top ten most welcoming countries to visit.last_img read more

Tourism New Zealand to focus on offpeak tourists

first_imgNew Zealand Tourism is launching its annual campaign three months early, in an attempt to switch its focus to off-peak promotions, since during summer, visitor numbers swell over.The tourism NZ’s new 100% Pure campaign will be launched on July 1, which is aimed at smoothing the peaks and troughs in tourism as visitor numbers are set to hit a record high of 3 million for the year.The tourism body said it had boosted its spending on promoting the shoulder months from 12% of its total budget last year to 80% this year because hotels in many places had become so crowded last summer, the country risked losing tourists elsewhere.The head of AUT’s New Zealand Tourism Research Institute Simon Milne said attracting off-peak visitors was the right move but it needed to be properly managed“We are trying to get the Chinese market to become higher yield and more focussed on the free and independent travel dimension. That’s great but it does mean that we are encouraging these visitors to get out in rental cars, go into areas that have not had a lot of exposure to these markets in the past,” he said.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe new Rolls-Royce Ghost has received the prestigious “red dot: best of the best” award for the very highest level of design. The red dot award recognizes unusually high quality and groundbreaking design. The Rolls‑Royce Ghost has a unique character expressed by an exclusive, unmistakable appearance whose design reinterprets the classic values of the brand in a modern style for the 21st century.Speaking on the news of this prestigious award, Chief Designer Ian Cameron passed credit to his design team. “This is a tremendous accolade for the entire Rolls-Royce design team”, said Ian Cameron. “As a designer the challenge lies in translating ideas into a medium which others can see, touch and feel. We are very proud of what we have achieved with Ghost and are delighted to have been recognized with this very special award.”Ghost’s flowing lines are dominated by its majestic ‘Yacht Line’ styling. Large, uninterrupted surfaces flow between finely sculpted horizontal lines that provide definition, highlighting the solid, luxurious and supreme character of the vehicle. Powerful shoulders and flanks draw in sharply as they flow from the rear wings to the taillights. While incorporating classic Rolls-Royce design cues – the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail – Ghost exudes an informal aura. Contemporary touches include self-righting wheel centers and the Xenon headlamps that frame the latest evolution of the Rolls-Royce grille. Here the sides of the intake have been curved inwards and the vanes set back into the opening. “We wanted this to be less reminiscent of the traditional Parthenon style and more like a jet intake,” says Cameron, which, along with touches such as the optional chromed exhausts, hint at a more dynamic nature of the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever built.The red dot award is one of the most important awards in the world for product design. It was first awarded in 1955 and recognizes outstanding design work in a wide range of categories including not only automobiles, architecture, household and home electronics but also fashion, life science and medicine. Previous winners include the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, which was acknowledged for outstanding design quality in 2008.www.rolls-roycemotorcars.comlast_img read more

Rolling in the deep HBO film looks at roller skat

first_imgRolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture NEW YORK — First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating.Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.The two women may have come for a funeral but they found something else entirely.Two young African-American skaters told them skating wasn’t dead — it just went underground. Winkler and Brown decided to go find it.Five years and 500 hours of footage later, they’ve emerged with the HBO film “United Skates,” a fascinating look at the rich African-American subculture of roller skating, which is in danger of dying out.Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press This image released b HBO shows a scene from the documentary “United Skates,” premiering Feb. 18, 2019 on HBO. (HBO via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 8:39 am PDTlast_img read more

Actor died of a heart attack

first_imgEighty-three-year-old actor and director Nicos Siafkalis, whose body was found on Tuesday morning on a beach in Polis Chrysochous, died of a heart attack, it was announced on Wednesday.The post-mortem on Siafkalis’ body was carried out by state pathologist Eleni Antoniou.A search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday evening to locate the 83-year-old, who was reported by his son as missing after hours of not being able to reach him, after Siafkalis had gone fishing in the morning.His body was finally located by a tourist on Tuesday morning on a beach in Polis Chrysochous, 10 to 15 kilometres from where his car was found.The ministry of education announced on Tuesday that the upcoming International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama will be held in his memory. The ministry also said his funeral will be covered by state funds.Most of Siafkalis’ life was devoted to the reorganisation of the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Seminar hears how cervical cancer could be prevented

first_imgNew cases of cervical cancer in Cyprus could be cut by increased use of vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and Pap smears, speakers told a seminar in Nicosia.Around 40 new cases of cervical cancer – which is one of the most common types of cancer in women – are recorded each year in Cyprus.“Cervical cancer is a real problem in our country, but now it is possible to prevent it,” Director of the Department of Pathology and Oncology at the Cyprus Centre for Oncology Dr Dimitris Papamichail told the lecture organised by the Cyprus paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics societies.He added that the treatment of cervical cancer is very difficult not only from a medical but also from a psychological aspect, both for patients and their families.Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dr Vassiliki Papaveangelou, stressed the importance of prevention through HPV vaccination, which she said can prevent up to 90 per cent of cases of cervical and vulvar cancer, 85 per cent of cases of cancer of the vagina and 95 per cent of cases of rectal cancer.Referring to her long experience with vaccines against HPV and their proven efficacy and safety, she said that it explains why they are unreservedly recommended by all international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency.University of Athens Professor of Ostetrics and Gynaecology Dr Efthymios Deligeoroglu said there is a very high incidence of HPV worldwide and in Cyprus, especially among young people.He also said that the Pap smear test is a very useful tool for doctors, although he said the test cannot lead to the elimination of cervical cancer because many women neglect to have themselves examined and because precancerous lesions are not treated promptly.Cyprus cancer patients’ association Pasykaf estimates that around 5,000 girls aged 12 and 13 have so far been given the free HPV vaccine in schools. This number corresponds to almost 60 per cent of female high school pupils who responded to the health ministry’s offer of a free vaccine. This was the first year the vaccine was administered to pupils aged between 12 and 13 in all schools, state and private. The goal is to increase the response rate to 80 per cent and to expand the programme to include male pupils as well.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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