Short circuit Tokyo unveils chatty roboteers for 2020 Olympics

first_imgTokyo: Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan’s cutting-edge technology. Billed as distant relations to beeping Star Wars drone R2D2, Toyota unveiled its human support (HSR) and delivery support robots (DSR), which are set to act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks for disabled fans at next year’s Olympics. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open In an Olympic first, the waist-high, robotic “volunteers” will breezily introduce themselves to customers, who can then place orders on a tablet. “Hello, everyone. I’m a lifestyle support robot,” the fully rotating HSR said in a demonstration. “I’ll fetch things for you. I also have an extendable arm that can pick things up if you drop them,” it added. In reality, the DSR “deli-bot” — with its built-in drinks tray — rather more closely resembles a moving dustbin with blinking lights, but Toyota insisted the technology would ensure a more comfortable Games experience for wheelchair users. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery “It will be much easier and more convenient to interact with robots,” Minoru Yamauchi, general manager of the 2020 robot development department, told AFP. “In the run-up to the Olympics we will work on other useful functions that they can carry out.” Toyota are currently planning to deploy 16 units of each droid at the 2020 Olympics. Games organisers also unveiled a Panasonic-developed exoskeleton suit to help with a range of Olympic-related chores, such as delivering or loading heavy baggage brought to Japan by athletes and officials. – Science fiction – =================== “We want to go beyond the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in terms of legacy,” said Hideyo Hirata, deputy executive director of technology services for the 2020 Games. “Often robots have not been seen as our friends,” he added, invoking dystopian science fiction. “But in Japan, people actually want to know how robots can help with and be part of our daily lives.” Driverless cars, facial recognition and ultra high-definition TV are just a few of the other ways Japan Inc. hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology. The last time Japan hosted the Olympics, in 1964, it launched the iconic bullet train — a sleek symbol of the country’s recovery from World War II. This time around there is speculation a flying car will be used to light the Olympic flame, although 2020 organisers are keen to stress the practical use of technology. Panasonic’s powered body suit went on sale last year at a cost of a little over USD 6,000 each, with more than 200 units already ordered. They have attracted interest in the farming sector, but similar products have been used for years in hospitals, helping caregivers lift injured or elderly patients. “Japan has a shrinking population, and an ageing one,” said Panasonic’s Yoshifumi Uchida. “We want to contribute to a society where people are not concerned about age or gender difference. These products are designed to help create a better future.”last_img read more

Buckeyes fend off comeback attempts defeat Ohio 7969

Junior forward, Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball for Ohio State. OSU won against Ohio, 79-69, Nov. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor Following a 19-year hiatus, the Ohio State men’s basketball team held on to beat in-state rival Ohio University Tuesday, 79-69.The Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0) started fast, scoring the first nine points of the game and making their first three shots. The Bobcats did not get on the board until junior guard Stevie Taylor connected on a jumper more than five minutes into the game.A total of 55 fouls were called over the course of the game, causing play to be disjointed at times. OSU finished 38 of 51 from the free throw line on the night, attempting seven more free throws than field goal attempts. The 38 made free throws tied a school record, set in 1968.The heavy amount of foul calls could be the result of a new rule implemented for the 2013-14 season by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, who voted to pass a new stipulation banning any hand or forearm contact by a defensive player. OSU coach Thad Matta said the change is something his team needs to continue to adjust to.“I (said) at the beginning of the season it was going to be a little bit different and I think we got to continue to adjust,” Matta said after the win.Senior guard Aaron Craft agreed, and said it was tough to get into a flow in the game.“We kind of came into this year having an understanding, that’s how games are going to be called … a lot of fouls, a lot of stoppage in play,” Craft said. “It really just makes you focus. You have to refocus every time the ball stops.”Four Buckeyes scored in double figures, led by Craft with 18. Junior center Amir Williams recorded his first double-double of his career, scoring 14 points and snatching 10 rebounds. Junior forward Sam Thompson scored 12 points, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross added 10.The Buckeyes led, 40-28, at halftime, partly because they shot 15 of 20 from the free throw line.While the Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 17 in the first half, the Bobcats cut it to five after junior forward Maurice Ndour put back a miss with just less than four minutes to go.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the corner, though, with 1:55 on the clock to extend OSU’s lead to 10. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-0) fired right back, as senior guard Nick Kellogg answered with a three of his own, keeping the Bobcat fans into the game. Kellogg and Taylor finished with 21 points each.“We’ve been in tight situations before. They had momentum, they had courage. They thought they were going to win the game,” Smith Jr. said. “For some teams, they might have panicked, but for us, I wouldn’t expect us to panic at all. We’ve been at every spectrum of the basketball game. We’ve been in tight situations.”Playing a team who would not back down like Ohio is an experience Smith Jr. said will help the team later in the season, including Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Marquette to battle the No. 17 Golden Eagles.“It’s definitely going to keep us on our toes. Marquette is a very good basketball team,” Smith Jr. said. “(It’s) another humbling experience, no matter who you play, you gotta show up every game now, if you want to win games at this level.”Craft found the ball in his hands as the game clock wound down, making enough free throws to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.“Having them come back the way they did, making big play after big play down the stretch, and us having to come back and make a big play on our own, that’s something that’s really going to help us later on,” Craft said. “It’s games like this that really help us later on.”Matta agreed with Craft, adding that his players had “a little bit of a dazed look” in their eyes in the second half while facing the relentless Bobcats. The Buckeyes responded well though, which Matta said is a positive moving forward.“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be, and maybe it was a little too easy early (on),” Matta said. “But I thought down the the stretch we made some big plays.”OSU travels to Milwaukee Saturday to take on the Golden Eagles. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Weipa bauxite mine wins award

first_imgComalco’s bauxite mine at Weipa in Queensland has won the Australian minerals industry’s highest accolade – the 2006 MINEX Award – the National Minerals Industry Safety and Health Excellence Award. At the Awards dinner on October 23, Minerals Council of Australia MCA Chief Executive Mitchell H Hooke said the Australian minerals industry was committed to continuous improvement in achieving its goal of an industry free of fatalities, injury and disease. “We will not rest until we have achieved our goal of zero harm in the workplace and communities in which we operate,” he said.The industry considers there is no greater stewardship responsibility than the safety and health of its people. “In the past decade the industry has improved out of sight, from having one of the worst industrial safety records in Australia to having one of the best. But there is no salvation for the individual or their loved ones in improved industrial safety statistics if that individual is harmed in the workplace. The MINEX awards are a recognition of the industry’s commitment to excellence in sharing health and safety results and testament to its number one priority of zero harm in the workplace and the communities in which we operate, Hooke said.”In 2006, the MINEX Awards were realigned to use Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development, as their guiding principles for assessment. “Weipa has integrated safety and health into all aspects of its operation,” Hooke said. “Its operations represent a step change in industry leading practice focused on a continuous improvement loop, that is integrated into a long term strategy for the site. Through its leadership, culture and stakeholder awareness, Weipa, across all levels of the operation and community, demonstrates its maturity and passion for safety and health. Its business integrated approach with active and ongoing continuous improvement represents industry leading practice.”A Highly Commended Award was presented to BMA’s Norwich Park Mine in Queensland. Norwich Park has been mining coal near Dysart in Queensland since 1979. It was recognized for strong leadership and commitment to achieving outstanding safety results and culture throughout its operation, and the consistent and disciplined application of a risk management process for all activities.The judges also commended Iluka’s Narngulu Processing Plant, near Geraldton in Western Australia for its leadership, which is actively and systematically seeking to achieve a strong safety culture, strengthened by a high level of commitment at all levels of its operation.last_img read more

Australian newspaper apologises after photoshopping image of Boston bombing victim

first_imgTHE EDITOR OF The Daily Telegraph in Australia has issued an apology after a photoshopped image was used to illustrate a story about the resignation of a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.The composite image of SMH columnist Mike Carlton was made using part of a photo of Boston bombing victim James Costello, along with Carlton’s face and an Arab headdress.Carlton is depicted staggering away from a war zone scene under the headlines ‘Imploding. Always’ and ‘Mad Mike Goes to War’.Carlton resigned from the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday night after he was told he was being suspended for using “inappropriate” and “offensive” language towards readers.The Twitter account @TheMurdochTimes was among the first to highlight the use of the Boston image in the Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph’s double page spread about Carlton’s resignation had already resulted in a strong reaction on social media, reports The Guardian.Daily Telegraph editor Paul Whittaker issued a statement from the paper’s Twitter account: James Costello pictured at a Boston rehabilitation hospital in May 2013 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRead: The Telegraph hastily change unfortunate front page headline-photo combo> The photoshopped image was an amalgam of different images put together during the art production process. I was unaware that particular image had been partially used. It is an inadvertent but regrettable mistake for which The Daily Telegraph apologises unreservedly.last_img read more

Mars un robot sauteur pour explorer la planète rouge

first_imgMars : un robot sauteur pour explorer la planète rouge ?Imaginez un robot à pattes en train de bondir sur Mars. C’est ce qui semble avoir inspiré une équipe de techniciens britanniques qui développent actuellement un concept de robot “bondissant” capable de se déplacer rapidement à la surface de la planète rouge. Et si les robots envoyés sur Mars perdaient leurs roues ? Des chercheurs britanniques, membres de la Leicester University et de l’entreprise spatiale Astrium, tentent de mettre au point un robot sauteur, qui soit capable de se poser à n’importe quel endroit sur Mars. En effet, pour le moment, les véhicules se déplacent à l’aide de roues mais celles-ci sont souvent entravées par le sable, le terrain accidenté ou encore les rochers. C’est pourquoi les scientifiques ont tenté d’imaginer une autre forme d’engin qui pourrait survoler ces obstacles et atterrir sur une surface plate et sûre. Dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, ils présentent ainsi un étonnant projet de robot-sauteur. Selon la description faite, l’engin qui pèserait tout de même plus d’une tonne, serait capable d’effectuer des bonds de 800 mètres ou plus à la surface de la planète rouge. Un robot propulsé par une fusée thermique Pour cela, le véhicule serait propulsé par une fusée thermique à radio-isotopes qui utiliserait des matériaux naturellement présents sur Mars pour fonctionner, comme le dioxyde de carbone. Comme l’ont expliqué les chercheurs, le gaz pourrait être extrait de l’air martien, puis comprimé et liquéfié. Introduit dans un chambre et exposé à une chaleur intense venant d’une source radioactive, le CO2 se dilaterait alors de façon explosive à travers un injecteur.”La source d’alimentation à radio-isotopes chauffe le condensateur thermique, situé au coeur du véhicule. À son tour, celui-ci active les propulseurs permettant au robot d’effectuer une forte poussée”, expliquent les chercheurs, repris par RedOrbit. L’équipe a attentivement étudié la thermodynamique, le transfert de chaleur et rigoureusement sélectionné certains matériaux pour le robot. Ils ont avant tout cherché à créer un design viable tout en évaluant soigneusement les risques liés à la mission. Ceci leur a permis de développer plusieurs modèles afin d’évaluer les limites des performances thermodynamiques ou encore de déterminer la distance idéale d’un bond. “Le propulseur thermique à radio-isotopes représente l’un des aspects les plus inédits du projet. Il sera donc bien sûr évalué comme un risque technique pour le développement. La conclusion importante reste que la conception de la technologie thermofluide semble assez robuste”, ont conclu les auteurs qui ont passé ces trois dernières années à peaufiner leur projet.Le problème des jambesLes supports du robot ont représenté un véritable défi pour les techniciens. Hautes de quatre mètres, elles ont nécessité une attention toute particulière. Actuellement, les véhicules utilisent des matériaux en forme d’alvéoles pour atténuer l’impact au moment de l’atterrissage. En revanche, ce robot aura besoin d’un matériau de réduction des impacts renouvelables et résistant pour supporter les nombreux atterrissages. Les chercheurs se sont ainsi tournés vers “un système magnétique enseigné dans la plupart des écoles”, selon Mike Williams d’Astrium. “Lorsque vous lâchez un aimant le long d’un tube de cuivre, il tombe très doucement car lors de la chute, l’aimant crée des courants de Foucault qui génèrent un champ magnétique inversé. Nous allons utiliser ce procédé, sans aucun fluides, ce qui signifie que l’appareil ne sera sensible ni à l’environnement, ni aux basses températures”, avance-t-il.Un robot autonome et constructibleÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’idée de ce nouveau type de robot date en vérité de 2010, mais le projet apparait de plus en plus réalisable. “L’avantage de cette approche, c’est que le robot a la possibilité de traverser des terrains accidentés mais aussi d’augmenter sa mobilité. Il peut ainsi parcourir de plus grandes distances que les robots actuels, qui restent tout de même de véritables succès”, détaille Hugo Williams du Leicester’s Space Research Center cité par BBC. Le seul problème sur lequel les concepteurs travaillent encore reste la production de la substance permettant la propulsion du robot. Le système qui collecte et comprime le CO2 met plusieurs semaines à fournir une quantité utilisable de propulsif. Selon les scientifiques, ce temps devra ainsi être drastiquement réduit avant que le robot puisse être développé.”Il est difficile de dire où va mener l’étude du robot-sauteur. Mais il est important de se rappeler que la raison pour laquelle nous faisons ce genre de recherche n’est pas nécessairement de définir un concept pour une mission mais de développer des technologies qui peuvent servir à d’autres types de missions spatiales ou même faire l’objet d’application ici sur Terre”, a conclu Hugo Williams.  Le 26 septembre 2013 à 19:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Protest of In God We Trust display proposal planned

first_imgA group plans to rally outside the Clark County Public Service Center on Tuesday morning to protest a proposal to display the words “In God We Trust” in the county’s main public hearing room.Clark County councilors are scheduled to consider the proposal during their regular Tuesday meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the public service center. Opponents say they’ll begin gathering outside the building at 9 a.m.“We just felt that it was important to push back on that,” said Karen Hengerer, who opposes the idea and has helped organize the gathering. Hengerer said she and others consider the proposal an affront on religious freedom, and “freedom from religion.”The idea was floated by Councilor Tom Mielke, who has characterized the move as a way to honor a long-standing tradition in the United States. “In God We Trust” has officially been the national motto since 1956.Clark County would be only the second local jurisdiction in Washington to display the motto in its public chamber, according to In God We Trust-America, Inc., an organization that advocates for putting the phrase in public buildings. The other is Pierce County, where leaders voted to display the motto last year.last_img read more

PM leaves for Paris to attend One Planet Summit

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Paris on Monday morning on a three-day official visit to attend ‘One Planet Summit’, reports news agency UNB.An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:20am.During her visit, the prime minister will hold a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron.French president Macron, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kimand, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will address the ecological emergency for planet by calling together in Paris international leaders and committed citizens from around the world.A main focus of this event will be on determining how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate common efforts to fight climate change.The prime minister is scheduled to reach Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris at 7:30 pm (local time) on Monday.Bangladesh ambassador to France Kazi Imtiaz Hossain will receive the Prime Minister at the airport.From the airport, Sheikh Hasina in a ceremonial motorcade will be taken to Intercontinental Paris Le Grand (Opera) where she will be staying during the visit.At the conference, the prime minister and other global leaders will discuss seven specific issues, including carbon neutral alliance, alliance on boycotting coal, climate funding, said the foreign minister.He hoped that the global leaders will make new commitments during the conference on climate issues.The prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with French President on Tuesday morning which will help strengthen the relations and expand the areas of cooperation between the two countries. Hasina visited France in 1999 and 2011.She will also join lunch to be hosted by French President for the heads of state and government, co-organisers and VIPs of the Summit at Elysee Palace.On Tuesday evening, the prime minister will attend the High Level Segment of the One Planet Summit at La Seine Musicale. After returning from the Summit, the PM will join a community event at her place of residence.The prime minister is scheduled to return home on 14 December.last_img read more

CM launches blistering attack on BJP govt calls for its ouster

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre, for its attempts to create divisions among people and gave the call for its ouster in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”Do not support those who are trying to divide the country. You should vote for change. We want a new government at the Centre. Have faith in Trinamool Congress as we are always with the people,” Banerjee said, addressing a public distribution programme at Sripur, Jamuria, in West Burdwan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said that the saffron party is trying to create violence and disturbance at different places in the country. “I will not let them create rift among the people for votes. We do not do so. Bengal is a place where people of all religions live in peace and harmony. People here are of different caste and creed but we celebrate all festivals together. This is the culture of Bengal,” she reiterated. She alleged that BJP is trying to bring in people from the neighbouring Jharkhand in an effort to create divisions among people. “People sporting saffron clothes on their foreheads are entering Bengal and trying to create disturbance. We have a cordial relationship with Jharkhand. It is our neighbouring state. If Bengal lives well then Jharkhand should also do so,” she maintained. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes significance, with Jamuria sharing its boundary with Jharkhand. It may be mentioned that in her efforts to garner support against BJP, Banerjee has already given the call for a mammoth rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19, where around 20 parties opposing BJP will be joining. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also touched upon the development work of her government and shared some of her future plans for further development. She launched a slew of new projects for the district and handed over government benefits to hundreds of beneficiaries. Following the public distribution programme, Banerjee held an administrative review meeting for East and West Burdwan districts with district and state officials and took stock of the development work.last_img read more

The Ghost of the Green Lady Haunts this Spectacular French Chateau

first_imgThe famous Château de Brissac, an impressive example of Renaissance French architecture in France’s Loire Valley, attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, there is one frightening resident of the castle that few tourists wish to see. According to local rumor, the castle is haunted by the ghost of Charlotte de Brézé, a beautiful young woman who was brutally murdered by her husband in the 15th century.Today, many local residents believe that she still occupies the iconic chapel tower, tormenting the castle’s residents and visitors. Her mutilated corpse is reported to be a horrifying sight.Château de Brissac by Octave de Rochebrune (1888).According to Le Figaro, the Château de Brissac is one of the Loire region’s most impressive treasures. Originally built as a fortress in the 11th century by the dukes of Anjou, it was later pulled down and rebuilt in a decadent Renaissance style by the new royal favorite Charles II de Cossé, the first Duke of Brissac.The result was an enormous fairytale castle that dominated the region and added considerable prestige to the reputations of Charles and his descendants.East and north elevations. Photo by Wladyslaw Sojka CC BY-SA 3.0However, despite these expensive 17th century renovations, the castle still guards many secrets from its medieval past. Just 150 years before Charles took possession of the estate, it had been the site of a shocking and grisly double murder that left a permanent stain on the castle’s history.In 1462, the castle was in the possession of Jacques de Brézé, seneschal of Normandy and a favored noble in the court of King Charles VII. The king decided for his illegitimate daughter Charlotte, the product of his infamous union with the courtesan Agnes Sorel, to marry Jacques de Brézé, in recognition of his loyal service. According to royal historian Kathleen Wellman, despite the circumstances of Charlotte’s birth, she was a particular favorite of both the king and the queen, Marie of Anjou. The match was regarded as politically expedient for all concerned.East elevation. Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0Unfortunately, this arranged marriage was not successful. Charlotte had sophisticated tastes and was used to life at court. A drafty castle in the countryside didn’t suit her, and she immediately took a dislike to the boorish character of her husband. He spent long days in the countryside, hunting and tending to his estates, and had little time for the refined, courtly pleasures that Charlotte was accustomed to.Before long, according to local rumor, she had embarked upon an affair with a man named Pierre de Lavergne. Pierre was a huntsman in the retinue of her husband and is reported to have been handsome and cultivated. He lavished attention and affection on the unhappy Charlotte, and they soon became entangled in a passionate love affair.Château de Brissac.One night, after a long day of hunting and feasting, Jacques returned to the castle only to find his wife in bed with her lover. In a fit of rage, he killed them both. The precise circumstances of their deaths are the subject of some speculation. Some sources report that he dealt 100 blows to each of them with his hunting axe, while others suggest that he killed Pierre immediately and then strangled his unfortunate wife. Their bodies were never recovered.This was not the end, however, to Jacques’ misery. According to the story, he moved away from the castle soon after Charlotte’s death, apparently plagued by the incessant wailing of her ghost that haunted the castle.South elevation. Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0The ghost of Charlotte de Brézé has reportedly remained in the tower of the castle chapel ever since the fateful night of her murder. While the spirit of her lover appears to have moved on rather quickly, Charlotte herself has haunted the rooms of the castle for centuries, striking fear into the hearts of visitors.According to ghost-hunter Wesley McDermont, she is often seen floating through the castle wearing a green dress, earning her the nickname of the ‘Green Lady’. Her face is a shocking and ugly sight to behold, with large gaping holes in place of her eyes.Read another story from us: The World’s Most Famous Ghost has been Sighted in Some Amazing PlacesUnless her restless spirit is avenged, the unhappy ghost of Charlotte de Brézé appears destined to remain in the Château de Brissac, wailing in a high-pitched voice, lamenting the death of her lover and cursing her murderous husband.last_img read more

Art world descends on Cuba for a month amid surging interest

first_img Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system HAVANA (AP) — A surge in interest in all things Cuban is extending to paintings and sculpture, with U.S. art collectors and dealers descending on Havana for a monthlong exhibition amid expectations that art prices will rise because of the detente between the former Cold War rivals.The event known as the Biennial, or the Bienal in Spanish, was opening Friday with works by artists from 40 countries at museums, galleries and outdoor spaces around Cuba’s capital. But most of the attention is on the works of native-born artists, especially for the legions of foreign collectors and dealers who have been filling hotels and restaurants in recent days. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img He sees that changing fast.“You’re getting a lot of collectors who are running to Cuba to buy art,” Farber said. “It’s the biggest opportunity for an art collector to start a collection.”Art critic Rafael Acosta de Arriva agreed.“It’s going to be a moment of major effervescence,” he said. “It’s good to note that the Bienal is not put together to promote the commerce of art but to explore artistic themes. But the collectors tend to take advantage of this great moment and a lot of buying and selling gets done.”More than 1,200 people have formally signed up to participate in Biennial events, which run through June 22, said Jorge Fernandez, one of the organizers. There are at least 1,000 more who will take part in workshops and other events without bothering to get accredited, he said.“Cuban art has had major recognition,” Cernuda said. “What’s different now is there will be U.S. tourists, nurtured during events like the Bienal.”___Associated Press writers Ben Fox and Beth Harpaz contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It is taking place at a historic moment in U.S.-Cuba relations. In December, President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro announced that they would move toward restoring the diplomatic relations that were broken off in 1961.While the decades-long U.S. economic embargo remains in place and general tourism is still illegal, the Obama administration has eased restrictions on travel and commerce. Cuban officials say the number of U.S. visitors — both legal and otherwise — was up by more than 30 percent in the first four months of the year.That is carrying over into the Biennial, said Alberto Magnan, a Cuban-American gallery owner from New York who represents artists taking part in the exhibition.“The energy is better than I’ve seen in any of the Biennials,” said Magnan, who attended five of the previous exhibitions. “I’ve seen more U.S. collectors than I’ve ever seen and it hasn’t even begun yet. Times are changing and I believe that with the new Obama policy it’s changing faster than we think.”Even under the embargo, it’s legal for U.S. citizens to purchase Cuban art, though works cannot be directly commissioned by a U.S. buyer and cannot have been financed by the Cuban government. Some collectors have taken advantage of that loophole, though prices remain relatively low, according to Howard Farber, a resident of New York and Miami Beach whose foundation publishes the online Cuban Art News magazine. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement People sit on deck chairs on an artificial beach as a bride and groom ride a classic American convertible car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, May 21, 2015. The artificial beach is part of a collective artistic intervention named Sponsored Stories last_img read more

RCI Pacific Announces Go Green 2012 Award Winners

first_img RCI, the global leader in holiday exchange,announced the winners of its innovative “Go Green Awards” for its affiliated resorts in thePacific region at the recent Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC)conference. This award is a reflection of RCI’s ongoing commitment to environmental and socialstewardship.New Zealand’s Club Paihia took top honours, winning the grand prize two years running. Theresort significantly improved an already impressive array of green accomplishments, includingongoing refurbishments, cost-effective sustainable practices, continued care for an adjacentnative wildlife habitat and an evident enviro-friendly supply chain of management.Runners-up Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Torquay and The Pines Resort in Wanaka,New Zealand, shared similarities including a modified setting where both finalists arestrategically working toward becoming models of in-town sustainability within resortcommunities. To recognise their commitment to sustainable environmental practices, each of thefinalists received cash donations to further expand their environmental programs.Dr. David Weaver, professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, acted as adjudicatoragain this year, assessing resorts on a combination of energy use, waste disposal and reduction,supply chain and water management, facility design, and community and guest engagement – a“best practice” self-assessment process, similar to the top green awards and certificationscurrently in circulation within the tourism industry.“The three impressive finalists selected this year all reflect the triple challenge of (a) managing‘inherited’ properties that were not originally built with sustainability in mind, (b) coping withtricky climate and topography conditions and (c) meeting customer and owner expectations ofcomfort and amenity,” explained Dr. Weaver.According to Dr. Weaver, practices such as recycling and linen re-use programs, bothinnovations two decades ago, are now the norm and taken for granted. He believes it’s the newinitiatives such as refurbishment strategies and educating stakeholders about the personal andglobal benefits of sustainable practices that are crucial. “Differentiating your property now isabout going the extra mile to help the community and the environment through outreach todifferent stakeholder groups,” added Dr. Weaver.With eco-holidaying and green-tourism steadily evolving into mainstream travel, RCI Pacificsaw an opportunity three years ago to pioneer the first timeshare ‘Go Green’ program in thePacific and for RCI worldwide. “Recognising a growing ‘green conscious’ member base allowed us to champion a green message in line with our corporate social responsibility,” said CharisseCox, managing director of RCI Pacific.“By actively engaging affiliated resorts within the exchange network to embrace sustainablepractices and to demonstrate a commitment to incorporating green measures into all facets ofdaily resort operations, we are seeing resorts capitalise on the social and economic benefit tobusiness and to their respective communities,” said Cox.As the coveted RCI ‘Go Green Award’ program continues to grow and gain support regionally, ithas also expanded on an RCI global level. North America and Europe have both modelled theirGreen Award programs after the successful Pacific initiative and recently announced their GreenAward winners. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Martyn Rix (CEO of Monad Pacific Management), the management company for Club Paihia. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Stephen Goy (Operations Manager Monad Pacific Management), the management company for The Pines Resort. Charisse Cox (Managing Director RCI Pacific) & Barry Robinson (Managing Director and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific). Source = RCIlast_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals offensive lineman Daryn Colledge announced onTwitter Tuesday that he is undergoing elbow surgery.Ladies and gentleman the day has arrived, elbow surgeryyeah!! I’ll be off my game for a few days. But I’ll seey’all on the other side.— Daryn Colledge(@DarynColledge71) January 17, 2012 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away We’re not sure which elbow is being operated on or whatexactly the problem is to begin with, but Colledge’soptimism would lead one to believe it’s nothing tooserious. Colledge signed with the Cardinals last offseason afterspending the first five seasons of his NFL career with theGreen Bay Packers.He started all 16 games for the Cardinals at left guard,and helped pave the way for Beanie Wells to become theteam’s first 1,000 yard rusher since Edgerrin Jameseclipsed the mark in 2007. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMary Saunders from Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau was in Sydney this week to share details about the return of BOLD Holidays, a festivity that kicks off on 15 November with the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration.BOLD sees the City of Beverly Hills transform into a colourful wonderland during the holiday season. Displays include an array of sparkling lights on Rodeo Drive, interactive décor in Beverly Canon Gardens, LED icicles suspended over North Beverly Drive, vibrantly illuminated columns and obelisks on South Beverly and North Canon Drives, and a vivid BOLD sign and bright lotus flowers, located in beautiful Beverly Gardens Park.Saunders, VP Business Development for BHCVB said the event will run in the evening through until 22 December on Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s BOLD will see shopping hours extended and there will be live entertainment and performances, art installations and activities for the whole family to enjoy.Participation is free (unless noted).Highlights of BOLD include:ALEXA MEADE HOLIDAY POP-UP (15 NOV – 23 DEC)Beginning November 15, interactive artist Alexa Meade returns to Beverly Hills to create a unique holiday pop-up experience. Visitors will be invited to step into two-dimensional paintings and interact with the installations by donning hand-painted attire and accessories, providing guests with fun, colourful and memorable photo opportunities. Special appearances will be made by the artist on select dates throughout the season.BOLD RIDES (17, 24 NOV & 1, 8 DEC)Be our guest for an exciting ride around town in a luxury or exotic automobile provided by Midway Car Rental, such as a Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari California, to experience some of the city’s holiday lights.AWE-INSPIRING MOTORCYCLE COACHES MAKE THEIR DEBUT (14, 15, 21, 22 DEC)Beverly Hills has partnered with motorcycle coach company, QuinCoach, to debut several new models on the West Coast as part of BOLD Holidays, including one covered in 50,000 crystals. These custom designed coaches will provide an unforgettable experience for the whole family.LIVE HOLIDAY MUSIC IN BEVERLY CANON GARDENS (16, 23, 30 NOV & 7, 14, 21 DEC )Families and friends will get into the holiday spirit when they visit Beverly Canon Gardens’ central courtyard on Friday evenings during BOLD Holidays to hear live holiday music by various artists in a festive setting.BOLD HOLIDAYS ART WALKS (30 NOV & 7 DEC)Join knowledgeable art curators as they guide patrons to select art galleries in the city. Walks will begin with a meet and greet at TASCHEN Books and conclude with a visit to the Alexa Meade Holiday Pop-Up. This week’s event was held at O Bar & Dining, atop Australia Square in Sydney, and saw a group of 50 invited guests, including Signature Media, treated to champagne and canapes. Joining Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau hosting the event was Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and United Airlines.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterA luxury family holiday is now even easier at Nanuku Auberge Resort (Pacific Harbour, Fiji) with the launch of Nanuku’s new babysitting, accommodation and dining benefits.The resort is now including complimentary babysitting for every child under six, who will be allocated a dedicated Nanny for the entire duration of their stay, newborns included. Children aged six to 14 years will be allocated a Nanny or Buddy (iTokani in Fijian) per family during their stay (extended from 12 years old).Young, wild and freeChildren up to eight years stay, play and eat for free (extended from six years old). Children nine to 14 years pay only 50% of the normal children’s meal plans (extended from 12 years old).General Manager Sascha Hemmann comments, “Our vision is to ensure families are completely supported at Nanuku – to savour precious time together and also treat exhausted parents to well-earned rest and relaxation.”“We understand the vital importance of unplugging families from the daily grind and to immerse them in ‘nature’s playground’. To help them rediscover mother nature and enjoy the way previous generations grew up – outdoors, uninhibited and free – this is the spirit of Fiji and Nanuku,” Hemmann said.Nanuku’s Lailai Adventure Club is no ordinary kids’ club. Rather, children are completely immersed in nature, mindfulness, education and traditional experiences chaperoned by their nannies and buddies. Optional daily programs include cultural activities, traditional cooking, dancing, moonlight cinema nights, water sports, sandcastle building, zip lining, crab racing, volleyball, rock climbing, crafts at Cakava Creative Workshop and more.Nanuku’s on-site Marine Scientist educates children about conserving the local ecosystem with activities such as coral planting to build up the local reef, as well as mangrove tree planting to improve water quality.Parents have the opportunity for rest and relaxation or to engage in Nanuku’s 50+ land/sea adventures, either alone, or as a family with the support of their nannies and buddies, when desired.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Armed robbers get away with €40000

first_imgArmed robbers got away with €40,000 in Paphos shortly after midnight.According to police, the owner of a kebab shop on Neophytou Nicolaides avenue closed the business and was about to leave in his car when two hooded men appeared. One of them fired a shot in the air while they grabbed the bag with the money.The shop owner said he fought with the attackers and was slightly injured.The thieves left in a Mazda 323 which had been reported stolen.Another robbery happened in Mesoyi around 10pm on Wednesday. A resident told police he heard a bang outside his house. When he opened the door, two unknown persons hit him with a wooden object before stealing €2,000. They fled in an unknown direction.You May LikeNutrition Expert7 Best Painkillers You Can Make at HomeNutrition ExpertUndoTopixQuiz: Can You Identify All These Historical Objects?TopixUndoUnlocked Smartphones | Search AdsSearch For The Best Deals On Unlocked SmartphonesUnlocked Smartphones | Search AdsUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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