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Islamorada: A Slice of Paradise

first_imgExcluding Hawaii, the Florida Keys is the answer for those seeking a truly tropical escape without leaving the country, offering tourists year-round sunshine and easy access. Islamorada is indeed a far cry from the trollop-fest of South Beach, yet conveniently only a two hour drive south of Miami and half way along the road to Key West. Once on the Key, a sharp turn off US Route 1 suddenly catapults you into a lush and hushed enclave of greenery that is the Moorings Village Resort.The 18-acre property, purchased years ago and still run today by a welcoming French couple, includes a sexy, 1000-foot, palm-strewn beach and 18 cottages that serve as individual accommodations. With white wooden porches and colored shutters, the cottages evoke colonial Caribbean architecture at its best and range in size from one to three bedrooms, but even the smaller bungalows can fit extra guests on sleeper sofas. Prices fluctuate hugely throughout the year, June to November being Hurricane Season and therefore a bit of a no-go.For lunch and dinner, hop across the road to the opposite coast of the Isla to either Pierre’s restaurant for well made cocktails and a schmoozy dinner or to laid back Morada Bay Beach Café. Whether it’s a mahi mahi sandwich with string fries or a grilled grouper with curried rice, here anything fish based is highly advisable. As for breakfast – you can jolly well make it yourself in your room’s own kitchen – the only pickle we would have to pick with the hotel is the lack of an on site restaurant, however they do provide complimentary kayaks and bicycles – possibly to better pursue alternate dining options with.The resort brochure points out that the Moorings Village is a place where ‘you can do a lot, or if you choose, nothing at all’. The ‘doing a lot’ might entail use of the hotels tennis courts, lap pool, fitness center and spa, but if you crave a little more stimulation just scoot over to the Whale Harbor Marina at the tip of Islamorada where water sport haven awaits; from jet ski to kite surfing to hand gliding. The Most Jaw-Dropping Natural Swimming Holes in the United States The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Sushi at Home 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention last_img read more

Patients suffer as 20K resident doctors strike work in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 20,000 resident doctors in the national capital on Monday went on mass strike while raising concerns for their security and demanding stringent law and in solidarity with their West Bengal counterparts, leading to postponement of over 4,000 surgeries across Delhi government and civic body-run hospitals, and also left thousands of patients in the lurch with OPD functions being hit.Doctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital were on strike on Monday. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkFifty-eight-year old Kripa Kaur was at the emergency ward in Safdarjung hospital waiting to undergo surgery but the doctors strike left her waiting for second days. Her relatives are puzzled too as the chaos in the hospital after the doctors strike is too hard for them to bear. This is the second day of the doctors strike at Safdarjung hospital and the patients are left with no other option than to suffer. “Is this a hospital? for the past two days our patient has not been attended in the Intensive Cardiac- Care Unit. I just want to know what our fault is. Why are we ignored by the doctors,” said Gurmeet Kaur, sister in law of Kripa Kaur. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsKripa is not alone; there are hundreds of patients who are bearing the brunt of the doctors strike which has entered its second day. Another seriously injured patient Nadeem, 21, has been denied on Monday for any medical treatment at Lok Nayak hospital emergency ward. “I am seriously injured, as I have been stabbed. The police brought me to his hospital but security at the emergency gate did not allow me to go inside the casualty ward,” said patient Nadeem. However, after the Millennium Post intervention, he has given a preliminary treatment at the hospital. However, the patient at the emergency wards at GTB hospital, Mohammed Abraak, who had fractured right upper limb, faces the consequence of the strike. “My operation was scheduled for Monday but It has been postponed,” said Abraak. Another patient at the same ward, Vipin Kumar Dubey, 25, an cab driver, met with an accident and received multiple fractured at his right upper and lower limp, waiting doctors while alleging that doctors have stopped coming to our wards, only nursing staff come to give medicine.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral urges Lebanese leaders to work for national interest

16 November 2007Lebanon’s leaders must place the national interest above their personal and sectarian interests as the country prepares to elect a new president before a constitutional deadline later this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the country. Mr. Ban told reporters in Beirut that the whole world was watching Lebanon, adding that it was imperative that the Parliament be convened to elect a president.He also reiterated that the election, which is supposed to take place by 24 November, must be held on time, in accordance with the constitution and without any foreign interference.Earlier today the Secretary-General held talks with Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir at the residence of the Maronite Church leader. UN spokesperson Michele Montas said the two men discussed the current situation in Lebanon and Mr. Ban commended the Patriarch’s efforts to seek a solution to the political crisis.Mr. Ban also held discussions with Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), on recent press reports concerning the mission’s continuing presence in the country.The Secretary-General emphasized that UNIFIL will stay in Lebanon as long as is necessary and that the international community remained fully behind the mission and its mandate.In addition to those meetings, Mr. Ban also held talks with other Lebanese leaders, including representatives of the so-called 14 March coalition, Walid Jumblatt, the former president Amine Gemayel, Suleiman Franjieh, Samir Geagea and Mohammad Fneish.Lebanon is the latest stop on an international trip that has recently taken the Secretary-General to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Antarctica, Spain and Tunisia. He now returns to Spain to participate in tomorrow’s launch of the fourth and final report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). read more

Muslim Ministers demand arrest of aggressive monk

Hizbullah also warned that Muslim leaders will not be able to control Muslim youth if Islam continues to be disrespected in the country.Buddha Sasana Affairs and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Government is looking to resolve the recent issues through dialogue.He said that President Maithripala Sirisena had a discussion with religious leaders this week in an attempt to ensure religious unity. Muslim Ministers today demanded the arrest of a Buddhist monk who had disrespected Islam.Minister Rishad Bathiudeen told Parliament that a police complaint was filed against the monk. He accused some Muslim Ministers of attempting to incite more racial hatred instead of attempting to resolve the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He said that a joint letter by Muslim Parliamentarians raising concerns over threats being faced by Muslims in the country was sent to the President and Prime Minister.He said the Bodu Bala Sena continues to make statements disrespectful to Islam and action must be taken against them. State Minister M. L. A. M. Hizbullah also questioned what action will be taken against the monk. Rajapakshe said that when an attempt is being made to resolve the issue, representatives of the public must support such attempts. However he said the monk continues to be part of discussions being held by the Government with no legal action being taken against him. read more

Justin Upton Lifts Braves Past the Phillies in Debut

New addition left fielder Justin Upton proved to Atlanta Braves fans why the team traded for him during the offseason. Upton homered in his debut to lift the Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5.“Everything kind of fell into place tonight,” said Upton, whose solo home run came in the fifth inning after the Phillies cut the lead to 4-3. “It was great that the guys came out swinging the bats well. I was able to contribute and we got a W at the same time. You can’t beat that night.”The sellout crowd of 51,456 at Turner Field saw the high-powered offense of the Braves cripple Phillies ace Cole Hamels for five innings.  Before Monday’s game, the Braves had only been able to hit three home runs off of Hamels in 43 innings pitched against them in seven starts, but managed to tie that mark over five innings.“They’re going to hit a lot of home runs,” Hamels said. “Obviously, to keep them from hitting home runs you have to keep the ball down. I wasn’t able to do that.”Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including the first of the three Braves home runs. New addition Dan Uggla homered as well.For Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, it was nice to see that his team was able to hit the ball out of the park, but it did not come as a surprise. The Braves led the National League with 49 homers during Grapefruit League play.Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, whose record was 153-6 before Monday’s game when his team scored four our more runs while he was in the game, started off solid, but gradually declined. He was charged with three runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Hudson gave up a home run in the fourth to Chase Utley in the fourth inning.However, he got a lift from left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan, who pitched 1-2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and one walk. Avilan’s performance earned him the win and Hudson the no-decision.With the amount of batting power in the Braves lineup, they draw very few walks, but have a high strikeout count. During spring training they had the fewest walks, with 73, but had the seventh highest number of strikeouts with 252. They struck out eight times Monday night.“We’ve got a lot of power, and we’re not trying to hold back,” Uggla said. “If it cost us some strikeouts in situations, then that’s what it’s going to have to take.”B.J. Upton had a quiet night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout. Jason Heyward accounted for one run and had one walk and strikeout a piece.The Braves will face the Phillies again on Wednesday with hopes they can keep the momentum going into this fresh season.“Hopefully this is just the beginning,” Freeman said. “We’ve got a very balanced lineup one through eight, so it’s going to be tough for pitchers to get through us.” read more

Superior Industries launches new track mounted radial stacking conveyor

first_imgSuperior Industries, an American manufacturer of conveyor systems and components, reveals its newest conveyor design to the market. Known as the GeotrekTM conveyor, the track mounted radial stacker can be directly linked with portable crushing and screening equipment in applications that require material stockpiling. Equipped with independent hydraulic cylinders at both the head and tail ends of the conveyor, the unit can also be used as a mobile transfer or link conveyor. Other common applications include bulk material loading to ships, barges and trucks.For smooth and steady handling during travel, Superior engineers equipped the unit with proportional track drive controls. The technology allows for smoother, steadier travel when the tracks are engaged. Each Geotrek conveyor also features the company’s patented powerfold design. During unfolding, the stacker’s hydraulic cylinders retract, protecting the cylinder rods from damaging dust and debris during operation. The new track mounted stacker also comes equipped with a remote control to operate the unit’s belt and tracks.To date, Superior has engineered and manufactured a pair of 1.07 m wide by 24.4 m long Geotrek conveyors. The units are self-contained, each equipped with a diesel engine to supply hydraulic power to the tracks, drive, raise and fold functions.last_img read more

Zotac unveils a palmsized AMD Brazospowered ZBOX miniPC

first_imgWith the growing popularity of the tablet I hear more people say that the PC is dead or dying, but I care to disagree. If anything the PC is expanding its reach in different guises. Many people still want a big monitor at home, but without the big, noisy PC box that accompanies it, so instead they opt for a tiny mini-ITX PC. The same is true of those wanting a HTPC–they want the performance without the size and noise. Often, you can even attach to the case to the back of a monitor hiding it from view completely.Zotac, most well-known for their motherboards and preconfigured mini-ITX + processor boards, has today unveiled a couple of new tiny PCs. They are called the ZBOX nano AD10 and the AD10 Plus.The difference between the two machines is the Plus model ships with 2GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive where as the non-Plus doesn’t. As the AD10 can take up to 4GB RAM and the hard drive included is only a 5400rpm unit, it may be worth opting for the non-Plus model and selecting (faster) components yourself. An SSD would help speed things up and cut noise too.Zotac’s focus with the AD10 is minimizing the size while maximixing performance. The case measures just 127 x 127 x 45mm, but inside you’ll find an AMD Brazos E-350 APU running at 1.6GHz. As it’s an APU you also get a DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0-compatible Radeon 6310 GPU on-board, making for a system that’s more than capable of handling HD content, web browsing, and most games.Other features include a HDMI port, eSATA, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, Ehternet, WiFi (n/g/b), 8-channel audio, and a 6-in-1 card reader. For an OS you have a choice of Windows or Linux, but you need to buy or download that yourself.The ZBOX isn’t a new name for Zotac as it has been using the brand for its mini-PCs since last year. However, the AD10 is a new, even smaller nano version that doesn’t include an optical drive and in so doing saves on space.Although Zotac hasn’t released prices yet for the AD10 and Plus model, we can take a stab at predicting them. The standard ZBOX PCs start at around $255, so we’d be surprised if the barebones AD10 had an RRP above that. As for the Plus model, anything above $300 would be too much and I’d opt to build myself.Read more at Zotaclast_img read more

Last Day to Apply for SOY Scholarship is Nov 15 2013

first_imgASA is currently offering a $5,000 scholarship to one high school senior who wishes to pursue agriculture as a degree at any accredited college or university. The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) scholarship is for the 2014/2015 school year, and applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current ASA member, as well as meet other GPA and academic requirements.The SOY Scholarship is sponsored by BASF Corporation, and the last day to apply is by midnight on Nov. 15, 2013.The scholarship recipient will be selected in December and awarded at Commodity Classic during the ASA Awards Banquet. For specific requirements and to apply online, visit soygrowers.com/award-programs/soy-scholarship/, and for questions, please contact Kathie Mullen, ASA Project Coordinator, at 1-800-688-7692 ext. 1302, or kmullen@soy.org.last_img read more

Success Dragon eyes blockchain as Macau gaming machine revenue falls

first_img Alphaslot partners with Synergy Blue to explore gaming Innovation with blockchain technology RelatedPosts Load More Losses narrow for Success Dragon despite FY19 revenue declinecenter_img Macau electronic gaming machine service provider Success Dragon has stated its intention to explore opportunities in blockchain following a 25.7% decrease in revenue in the 12 months to 31 March 2018.In its FY18 results announcement on Wednesday, Success Dragon revealed revenue of just HK$112.4 million for the year, down from HK$151.2 million in 2017, including an 18.2% decline in its “Outsourced Business Process Management” segment for electronic gaming machines to HK$107 million. The segment comprised more than 95% of all revenue.In response to the decline, the company said it was now looking at blockchain as a potential opportunity to expand its interests and open new revenue channels.“In particular, the group will leverage on its experience and know-how in the existing businesses to capture market opportunities in technology-related sectors,” Success Dragon said. “In the normal course of our Outsourced Business Process Management, we have encountered the possibilities of applying blockchain technologies to complement or expand our business operations, in view to improve not only their operational efficiency but also increasing the scope of business.“This led us to engaging resource in identifying and evaluating emerging ‘fintech’ opportunities across the industries we have serviced. In particular, we found that blockchain outside of cryptocurrency application has potential in addressing the requests we have received.“To better position ourselves to capture these potential opportunities, in the near future, the company wishes to form strategic partnership with and invest tactically into leading ‘fintech’ companies and to realign our resources in rebuilding our information technology services business. Given the high scalability of the technology involved, venturing into ‘fintech’ will likely strengthen our local presence while expanding our regional and global footprint in order to deliver strong and sustainable returns to the shareholders of the company.”Despite falling revenues, Success Dragon managed to narrow its losses in FY18 from HK$156.2 million last year to HK$131.6 million this time around, due primarily to a decrease in operating and administrative expenses.Nevertheless, its “Outsourced Business Process Management” saw its loss grow from HK$7 million last year to HK$11.6 million, due mainly to “the heavy operating cost and worse performance of one of the operation outlets located at the Landmark Macau. As a result, the management of the group decided to cease such operation at the Landmark Macau during the year.”Success Dragon was also forced to cease the provision of management services to the racing business in Vietnam in June 2017 due to regulatory changes. Casinos can innovate – and win new fanslast_img read more

Lovelyz First 2018 Single That Day Celebrates Sweet And Sour

first_img J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour News Twitter BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Stunning and graceful, the eight ladies suggest dark memories they can leave behind, so long as bubbly charm triumphs over hatePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 25, 2018 – 3:46 pm Formed in 2014, the eight women comprising Lovelyz are considered emblems of light-hearted, girlish style in K-pop. “That Day,” the lead single from their latest EP, Heal, deals with the aftermath of a possibly poisonous breakup in shining style. The visual style for the dynamic video was described by Billboard as “pastels and rainbows.” BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTS Announce New Full-Length Album For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Whatever passions moved beneath the surface for the band members, it all comes together in their work on Heal. The themes of reunion and letting sour memories fade lend a courageous irony to their charming glamour, representing their inner choice to move ahead and to rise.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” Prev Next GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” Lovelyz: First 2018 Single “That Day” Celebrates Sweet And Sour More K-Pop BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images During an April 22 interview, the group confirmed that Heal represented a collaborative labor of love of sorts.”I worked on this album with other composers,” said group leader Baby Soul about her songwriting. “I wrote the song, erased it, wrote it, erased it, and repeated that.” NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP https://twitter.com/woollim_ent/status/985895658367336448 BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainmentcenter_img Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” lovelyz-first-2018-single-day-celebrates-sweet-and-sour Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Email TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Is BTS Coming To Your Town? J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Facebook last_img read more

Teslas autonomous robotaxi fleet might be closer than you think

first_imgEnlarge ImageImagine looking at a pair of Model 3 headlights coming towards you on a road with nobody behind the wheel. Weird, right? Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day was a lot of things. It was a shockingly deep dive into hardware architecture, it was a lesson on training a neural network, and most importantly, it was a look at Tesla’s plans to have a massive fleet of “robotaxis” operating in the US.The idea that we, as a society, could go from having no genuinely Level 5 autonomous cars on the road, let alone available for public use, to having more than a million of them in just a few short years sounds like science fiction, but if Tesla CEO Elon Musk has his way, it won’t be.Musk’s roadmap to having his autonomous taxi fleet is surprisingly direct and well underway. The first big hurdle for any manufacturer attempting something on this scale would be hardware. Tesla gets around that by having installed its self-driving hardware in cars since 2016 — it’s the same hardware that makes Navigate on Autopilot work so well. Tesla Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 9:50 Musk predicts 1 million Tesla robotaxis on the road next… Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Share your voice 9 Photos More From Roadshow The way that a Tesla robotaxi fleet would work, according to Musk, is that Tesla owners could opt into having their car become part of Tesla’s taxi fleet when they weren’t using it. The car would then drive off and do ride-hailing stuff while its owner sat at work or home binge-watching TV.Tesla would charge users for their rides, obviously, and then would take a cut of the car’s earnings off the top. The rest would go to the vehicle owner. In areas where there weren’t enough vehicle owners willing to let their vehicles join the fleet, Tesla would have its own self-managed fleet in place, likely made up of off-lease cars that it’s no longer letting customers buy.All of this would be controlled through the Tesla app, and we get the feeling that, apart from the lack of a driver — and a driver’s penchant for too many air fresheners and awkward conversation — it would feel like a standard ride-hailing service.Musk plans to have Tesla’s full self-driving capability “feature complete” by the end of 2019, with it being ready for unsupervised use by Q2 of 2020 and — this is the big one — 1 million robotaxis on the road testing without passengers by the end of 2020, pending regulatory approval.So what will the economics of this all look like when Musk flips the robotaxi switch? According to his presentation, the yearly income from an autonomous taxi would be around $30,000 gross. Even if you take into account things like wear and tear, and the usage of consumables (which, as we’ve covered before, isn’t much), that’s still a tidy little sum per annum.So, what do you think — will we soon see Tesla’s robotaxis zipping around our city streets? Or is this a case of Musk mucking up his timeline, and robotaxis are still a long way off? Let us know in the comments section.center_img Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 2 Elon Musk Tesla Self-driving cars Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Commentslast_img read more

Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

first_imgofficials closed the Seward Highway for more than an hour about a half mile on either side of the intersection with Exit Glacier Road. Despite the distance, crowds parked and walked as far as they could, standing across the road from the airport, hoping to get a look of the president when he landed. Overhead a military helicopter circled, then circled again.. leading the crowd to speculate that the president was on board the craft. Security seemed somewhat understated.. two sawhorses blocked the highway and two security guards waved people to one side of the road.  One, dressed in blue, had the words Secret Service on his vest, the other, dressed in brown, wore a six pointed gold star on his.  He glanced as this reporter walked by.“Stay on the other side of the street, please. What have you got there?” he said, looking at my shotgun microphone. ” I’m a reporter, I’m taping the helicopter.”  “Okay,” he said.The three Osprey’s military aircraft sent in for security purposes flew in, looking like science fiction come to life.. wings tips at right angles and rotor blades whirling, as they landed one by one in advance of the president.Despite the wait, Seward folks were standing proud, eager to see Obama if they could.  Comments heard from the crowd reflected a generally positive attitude toward the president’s visit.“I’m just glad that the president’s going to be here. I think it is very exciting. I’m glad to see that everybody’s out and in a good mood and that it’s a beautiful day, very excited.” said a man named Jim. “I’m super excited. This is the neatest thing that has happened to Seward in like a million years. It’s just cool. And it’s a beautiful day and a I mean, what better way to welcome the president, ” said a woman who would not give her name.Two members of the environmental group Alaska Rising Tide, handed out free t-shirts and commented to this reporter about their displeasure at the president’s go ahead for Shell drilling in the Chukchi, but they seemed to be the only ones present critical of the presideBut Obama’s plan to tape a reality show with a British outdoorsman while in Seward drew some amused comments.“You guys know who Bear Grylls even is?  Some guy from Alabama, my friend Tammy had to tell me who he even is.” “Is that for real?” “He’s tapingwith him, here , in your town.” “There are enough people here who know the real thing so they don’t need to give it to amateurs. ”“What’s he going to do, eat a piece of grass? Yeah, they’re going to have a helicopter standing by.” ” You can melt snow to make water if you need to, it’s so tough.”“I think it’s going to be pretty interesting to see President Obama go out there. I’d like to see his wilderness skills. Can he find a blackberry instead of just tweet from one?”After more than an hour, the big, historic, moment finally came.. and cheers went up. A line of black, annonymous looking SUV s could be seen in procession along Airport Road, followed by official cars with red and whites flashing.And just like that, the motorcade flashed by and was gone in less than a minute. Choppers dance with the landing area ahead of the president’s arrival. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.Crowds lined the Seward Highway below the city’s Airport this [tuesday] morning, in anticipation of a glimpse of President Obama’s arrival. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a glimpse was about all they got. Crowds lined the Seward Highway below the city’s airport Tuesday morning, in anticipation of a glimpse of President Obama’s arrival. A glimpse was about all they got.Download AudioIn Seward, people line up for a glimpse of the presidential motorcade. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.last_img read more

Sony gives up on the PS Vita

first_imgJust last month, Sony said that a PS Vita sequel was unlikely given that there’s no market for the device. If that didn’t spell doom for the somewhat forgotten handheld, this almost certainly does: Sony is ceasing all first party development for the PS Vita.In an interview, Sony Computer Entertainment SVP Masayasu Ito stated that first-party studios have no Vita games in development, and that the company is shifting focus to the PS4. He did state, though, that third parties are “working very hard” on the PS Vita, which was positioned as a way to assuage the fears of Vita fans — no, no, it’s okay, third parties are going ham on your platform. Sony’s new strategy — aside from letting others go ham in Sony’s stead — is targeting a younger audience. Ito said the Vita’s demographic is skewing younger nowadays, and the company will attempt to capitalize on that trend, with new hardware colors.Of course, it’s not exactly a surprise that Sony is focusing its development resources on the PS4 — the most popular gaming console on the market — instead of its also-ran handheld that, despite great hardware, began life with a very steep climb over the competition provided by Nintendo and, most importantly, mobile gaming. Considering Nintendo is finally getting in on mobile gaming, it’s likely just a matter of time before portable gaming shifts to mobile, and the once great bastion of handheld consoles are a thing of the past. Although, you know, touchscreens don’t make for the best gaming experiences, so handheld consoles will have a market until smartphone makers figure out what to do about that.AdChoices广告Update, 10/29: Sony later clarified, and said they were no longer developing triple-A games for their handheld, which you can decide if that can be classified as giving up.last_img read more

Watch This ToiletCleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for You

first_imgStay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels No one wants to spend more time cleaning, and that’s why robot vacuums have been hot items the last few years. But a new robot is set to make your life 100 times better, by doing the dirty work  — in the bathroom —for you.Altan Robotech‘s Giddell Toilet Cleaning Robot (now available on Amazon for $500) is billed as the world’s first portable toilet-cleaning robot.<br /><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The battery-powered Giddell sits on top of the bowl (after raising all lids) and features a telescopic arm equipped with a brush and advanced sensors with “115 sophisticated, heavy-duty mechanisms” that let it adapt to any toilet’s curvature.The robot takes five minutes to make your toilet bowl sparkling clean, is programmed to detect and safely navigate around unexpected obstacles.According to Altan Robotech, the heavy-duty plastic housing is durable, electrically safe, and able to withstand the acidic environment in most toilets.Thanks to its cordless design, this toilet-scrubbing robot is also portable, so you can carry it to any toilet in your home. When not in use, it sits in a charging station.More on Geek.com:Robot Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus RoombaThis Robot Cowboy Is Helping Make Cattle Herding SaferThis Electronic Glove Can Give Robots a Sense of Touchlast_img read more

Whats trending in the brunch scene

first_imgWhether celebrating a birthday, recovering from last nights festivities or simply enjoying the sunshine, millennials are driving brunch innovations. Experts list down some trends: -Breakfast bowl power-packed with nutrients: Rising popularity of healthy breakfast bowls featured by celebrities on social media has kept the millennials hooked. The popularity of pretty granola bowls and vegan breakfast on social media handles has promoted healthy living among Indians. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Seafood offerings: Seafood is increasingly becoming popular in brunch dishes. From lobsters to crabs, customers are willing to try new and different seafood. -Upgrading the beverage scenario: Brunch cocktails used to be predictable. With the evolving trend, exotic cocktails have made their way into a brunch spread. Today’s brunch cocktails are made with spirits, small-batch mixers, exotic culinary ingredients, and fresh, and house-made garnishes. It not only makes a visual splash, but they make it easier to loosen up and decide what to order after sharing a communal sip with friends. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Go the local way: Following the sustainable and healthy way, consumers have become conscious about what they are eat and how are the ingredients sourced. People are adopting farm to table philosophy for a healthy experience. The naturally organic ingredients are free from pesticides, enriching natural nutrients and colours. -For the sweet tooth: Adding ice creams and chocolate desserts, along with interesting and unique ingredients, can make one’s brunch brighter. From chocolate to peanut butter or opting from wide-range of refreshing desserts, they are a perfect companion during a brunch experience.last_img read more

Lady Gaga Saga Ends Pop star confirmed for Nov 3 in Costa

first_imgNo related posts. A poker face no more. Superstar Lady Gaga will present her glitzy show for the first time in Costa Rica.The performance will take place on Nov. 3, a Saturday, at the National Stadium in La Sabana, west of San José. Tickets go on sale for the general public Aug. 20.The tour stop was posted simultaneously on Lady Gaga’s Facebook page and on the Facebook page of Costa Rican promoters RPMTV. The announcement came after months of speculation, and will be the pop sensation’s only stop in Central America.At the beginning of June, the Costa Rican Sports Institute announced that the National Stadium had been reserved for Lady Gaga for either November 2, 3 or 4. RPMTV would not confirm the concert date. Still, this seemed to all-but-confirm Lady Gaga’s arrival to the isthmus.But earlier this month, when Lady Gaga announced her Latin America tour, Costa Rica was not included on the list, giving Tico fans a reason to fret. Last week, RPMTV, put up a countdown on their Facebook page that ended Monday morning when – after a brief delay – the San José concert spot was made official.The flashy singer and dancer best-known for her outlandish outfits (i.e.: she once wore a suit made of meat) and chart-topping hits like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” has garnered millions of fans worldwide. The Grammy-winner is the most popular Twitter user with almost 28 million followers.The “Born This Way” tour includes shows in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Producers hope to attract fans from the rest of Central America to the Costa Rica show. The year-old stadium has a capacity of 35,000. Tickets will not be cheap.The cheapest go for ₡28,000 ($56), while grandstand VIP tickets cost ₡92,000 ($184). Tickets will have a service charge between $10 and $20 depending on the location in the stadium.English glam rock group The Darkness and DJ Lady Starlight will open for Lady Gaga. The Darkness scored a hit in the United States with the song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” in 2003 before breaking up in 2006. The group reunited in 2011 and began appearing in a bizarre Super Bowl commercial at the beginning of this year. DJ Starlight is a Manhattan-based friend of Lady Gaga.Lady Gaga’s tour began on April 27, in Seoul, South Korea. She will complete the European leg before heading to Mexico City. The tour has not been without controversy. Due to the concert’s raunchy production, demonstrators have protested outside performances, and a show in Indonesia had to be cancelled despite tens of thousands of tickets sold.Prices (include service charge):The Pit – VIP: ₡102,000 ($204)Grandstand – East/West: ₡87,000 ($174)The Pit – Regular: ₡36,000 ($72)Grandstand – South: ₡33,000 ($66) Presale: Credomatic cardholders will have access to a presale from Friday until Sunday at 3 p.m.General Public Sale: Tickets go on sale for the general public on Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.Tickets are available through www.laboleteria.co.cr. Call 2549-5030 for more information on ticket point of sales. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Fire in Kandahar Avenue

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A fire gutted an outbuilding at the back of a shop in Kandahar Avenue this afternoon (Thursday).The one-room building, which was being rented out to tenants, was completely destroyed and all their belongings were lost in the blaze.Firefighters successfully extinguished the flames and are still at the scene, dampening the area.Nobody was injured.The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.last_img

Klein Peet loses the battle against cancer

first_imgPeet Barnard died on Saturday afternoon (at about 3.45pm) after a long battle against cancer.The brave 10-year-old was diagnosed with cancer early last year. Initially detected in his liver, kidneys and pancreas, the disease later spread to his brain, rendering him completely blind and bed-ridden. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Klein Peet, as he is affectionately known to those dearest to him, recently had a good spell, where he was feeling better and was full of smiles and chatter. However, he was rushed to Grey’s Hospital on April 2 and was admitted in a critical condition.He was sent home, as there was nothing that the doctors could do for him. He sadly died this afternoon. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and the community at large who rallied to his support wherever they could.He will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of everyone in Ladysmith. Rest in peace, Klein Peet…last_img read more

Vision for the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 now a reality

first_imgThe tourism industries of SPTO member countries will benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) through the promotion of the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 (CPTY). This was announced by President Xi Jinping on Friday when he met with Pacific Island Country Leaders from Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, PNG, Cook Islands, FSM and Vanuatu, before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).“With the full support of SPTO member countries at the Council of Tourism Ministers meeting in Samoa in October this year, CPTY 2019 will not be a concept or vision anymore but a reality. We are extremely grateful to the President Xi Jinping, Government and people of the People’s Republic of China for this great opportunity and we are very excited for 2019. CPTY 2019 will celebrate and mark the opening of the door of cooperation between China and the Pacific in the tourism sector, connect people in the tourism industry in China and the region as well as increase awareness and understanding of the Pacific Island destinations in the Chinese market and vice versa” said SPTO CEO, Chris Cocker.SPTO also recognises the pertinent need to improve air access from China into the Pacific; the need to train the Pacific to be China Ready; the need to train the Chinese tourism counterparts to be Pacific Ready; and the need to sustainably develop and promote the Pacific to niche market segments in the Chinese market and finally to integrate culture in the Pacific and China as an important component of the CPTY 2019 celebration and promotion.“In 2018, an estimated 140 million Chinese visitors have travelled the globe. Today China is the world’s largest source market of outbound tourists and strategically for SPTO and its member countries, this means better access to the Pacific Islands where tourism has greatly expanded since the early 90’s and China has emerged as not only the region’s but also the world’s fastest growing source market; and the top spender in international tourism since 2012” said Mr Cocker.Cocker added that the China market is the 6th largest tourism source market for the Pacific and accounts for 6.7% of the total market share. In spite of its modest contribution to the overall region, China as a market has been the key driver of tourism growth in the Pacific over the past 5 years. In 2017, an estimated 143,014 Chinese travellers visited our region” said Mr Cocker.The proposed activities for the CPTY 2019 program have been the topic of ongoing discussion between the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Culture & Tourism and SPTO. This was one of the key agenda discussed when SPTO and some of its member countries attended the China International Travel Mart (CITM) last week from the 16th to 18th November in Shanghai, China.ABOUT CPTY 2019SPTO developed a concept in 2016 to organize the China Pacific Tourism Year (CPTY) in 2019 and implement the China Pacific Tourism Development Initiatives (CPTDI) 2019-2023 as a result of SPTO’s attendance at Belt & Road Forum in China, 2016. The CPTY and the CPTDI will be requested to be funded under the China Belt and Road Initiative funding. The SPTO Board and COM endorsed the both proposals in 2016 and have further discussed the concept with China since 2016.The goals of CPTY is to celebrate the close relationship between China and the Pacific Islands, recognise the importance of the China market for the Pacific’s tourism industry and maximize on the opportunities the Chinese niche market segments will offer to the Pacific people. The CPTY will focus on a key priority under the BRI, which is People-to-People Connectivity.About SPTOEstablished in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 18 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia,Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation enlists a private sector membership base.For further information, please contact:Alisi Lutu, Marketing ManagerSouth Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)Email: alutu@spto.org or +679 3304177The post Vision for the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 now a reality appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more