Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno

first_img Thursday, September 1, 2016 MIAMI — Carnival Imagination is scheduled to go into dry dock Sept. 4 – 25 for an extensive multimillion dollar renovation aimed at upgrading the ship’s food and beverage concepts.The new spaces will be added over the course of the three weeks. Following its makeover Carnival Imagination will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, California.The new additions will include:Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries Travelweek Group RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole with Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beersCherry On Top with bins of bulk candy, fun gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more Posted by Alchemy Bar, a  ‘cocktail pharmacy’-themed lounge where mixologists ‘prescribe’ concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil DropMore news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno Carnival Imagination already offers a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot Twister slide, the Serenity adults-only retreat and the Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.“Carnival Imagination provides a convenient, value-packed West Coast cruise option and with these new enhancements we’re making this fantastic ship even better,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canada Jetlines stages inair protest against lack of airline competition

first_img Share Canada Jetlines stages in-air protest against lack of airline competition << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, July 25, 2019 center_img VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines is standing its ground against what it says is decreased airline competition by staging a protest – in the sky.Using four planes and 18 skydivers, Jetlines’ airborne protest was staged to rally Canadians, investors and the Competition Bureau around the idea of increased competition and decreased airfares.In an official YouTube video of the publicity stunt, Javier Suarez, Jetlines’ CEO, says, “Flights in Canada are a rip-off because Canada is controlled by two airlines and the Competition Bureau is doing nothing to stop them.”He adds: “We are Jetlines, Canada’s first ultra-low-fare airline and we’re here today to send the duopoly a message in the place they believe they own: the sky.”Skydivers are then seen jumping out of a plane and holding up signs that read, “We want fair airfare now”, “Canada needs more airlines” and “Down with the duopoly.”The video then encourages viewers to go to Jetlines’ website at fightback.jetlines.ca to sign an online petition that the carrier says will be presented to the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn an official release, Jetlines writes: “While several airlines have attempted to enter the Canadian market, the duopoly has pushed them out with short-term match-pricing at prices below their avoidable costs…The Competition Bureau is currently investigating WestJet and their subsidiary new airline for ‘predatory pricing’ to undercut new entrants. Under Canada’s competition laws, predatory pricing occurs when an incumbent with market power sets its prices below avoidable costs.”Suarez, who is urging consumers to show their support for more competition, says that Canada is the only developed country without a ULCC due to the fact that two high-cost airlines control approximately 85% of the domestic market.The low-cost carrier (LCC) versus ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) designation may be a matter of degrees, but Swoop, in the market for more than a year now, certainly bills itself as a ULCC, as does Flair, while Air Canada Rouge is typically positioned as more of a LCC.“We know Canadians are fed up as there are between five and six million passenger trips per year by land over to the U.S. each year to fly on U.S. low-cost carriers, based out of northern U.S. airports, that in many cases only operate from those airports due to the robust Canadian passenger traffic,” he says.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsCanada Jetlines is scheduled to launch on Dec. 17 as ‘Canada’s first true Ultra-Low Cost Carrier airline’, with plans to operate flights across Canada to destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean with an Airbus A320 fleet. Tags: Canada Jetlines Travelweek Group last_img read more

Whats new In 2018

first_imgWhat’s new In 2018?Take a moment to reflect… which adventures in Asia await you in 2018?Wendy Wu Tours are excited to announce the launch of their brand new 2018-19 tour collections and brochures – which are packed full of new and inspiring experiences that will help bring your Asia holiday to life.Known as Australia’s leading Asia specialists with over 23 years’ experience, Wendy Wu Tours provides excellent-value and culturally immersive packages to suit all your holiday dreams.With the award-winning Wendy Wu Tours, the possibilities are endless. They are the Asia experts and have one simple goal – to give you the trip of a lifetime!Better yet, to celebrate the launch of their new 2018-19 range of tours, they have two cracking not-to-be-missed offers across many of their most popular destinations!For more information, call Wendy Wu Tours today: 1300 318 203PARTNER FLIES FREEIf you and your partner are looking to travel to Asia in 2018, then don’t miss out on Wendy Wu Tours Partner Flies FREE option!Solo Travellers Save 50% Off Single SupplementsIf you’re a solo traveller SAVE 50% OFF single supplements on a huge range of Wendy Wu Tours’ best-selling tours.Source = Wendy Wu Tourslast_img read more

November 28 2011Here are just the first few Thank

first_imgNovember 28, 2011Here are just the first few Thanksgiving photos. We are waiting for more to come in.As in previous years a sumptuous and delicious feast came together through everyones effort.It was lovely to see this group of alumni visiting. [from left] Maggie, past manager of agriculture with Brendon, who used to work in utilities, at the head of the table Tucker Zenski, past member of the foundry crew, Melissa worked in construction, Katie worked in agriculture and Jenn was part of the planning team.Family members and friends came for the day and some for the weekend. Here are Kitty and Rusty, the parents of our AIS expert, Travis Neal, and two grandsons.Paolo Soleri came up for the afternoon and here is Dave Tollas making a toast.last_img read more

Discount 49 36 34

first_imgDiscount-49%-36%-34% Looking at this table, emerging market stocks might seem like a no-brainer. But let’s be honest…• You should have to pay more for U.S. stocks…After all, the United States is still the most powerful and stable economy on the planet. And investors pay premiums for safety.Emerging markets, on the other hand, are far less stable.China, the world’s biggest emerging market, is a communist country. Brazil, another huge emerging market, has had five currency crises in the last eight decades.In short, emerging market stocks come with heavy baggage. Because of these risks, many investors want to “be paid extra” for owning emerging markets. ​They want better returns or higher yields.With this in mind, you have to ask yourself: Are emerging market stocks worth the risk?• Emerging market economies are growing rapidly…According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emerging markets grew 4.1% last year. For perspective, the U.S. economy grew 1.6%.This year, the IMF expects emerging markets to grow 4.5%. It expects the U.S. economy to grow 2.3%.For 2018, the IMF projects that emerging markets will grow 4.8%, compared to 2% for the U.S. economy.In other words, emerging market stocks are cheap and offer more growth potential. This is what every investor looks for.But this has been true about emerging markets for years. And yet, they’ve basically done nothing while U.S. stocks have soared to record highs.What would make this time any different?• Commodity prices have taken off…Palladium is up 14% this year. Silver’s up 12%. Copper has gained 9%.Keep in mind, commodities have been falling for the better part of the last six years. The Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM), which tracks 22 commodities, declined 58% between April 2011 and last January. Since then, it’s up 21%.This has given emerging market stocks a huge boost.You see, countries like Brazil, Russia, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia export far more commodities than they import.When commodities rise, these exporters make more money. Their economies grow faster. Their stock markets climb higher.Higher commodity prices could be the catalyst that emerging market stocks have been waiting for. But that doesn’t mean you should blindly invest in them.Tomorrow, we’ll tell you what we don’t like about emerging market stocks.At the end of that issue, you’ll know whether emerging market stocks deserve a spot in your portfolio.Chart of the Day: How “Broad” Is Your Exposure?China is driving the rally in emerging market stocks.Earlier we told you that China is the biggest emerging market economy. It’s also by far the largest holding in EEM. It makes up 26% of the index. It has more impact on the fund than India, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico combined.The chart below shows the performance of the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI), which tracks large Chinese stocks, since last April. If it looks familiar, it’s because FXI has moved almost in lockstep with EEM over the same period.This is important to understand.You see, a lot of investors buy emerging market ETFs thinking they’re getting broad emerging market exposure. But many of these funds are heavily concentrated in big countries like China.In short, if you own EEM, you’d better be bullish on China.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaFebruary 16, 2017We want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. EEM1.3411.871.31 S&P 5002.6518.681.97center_img Emerging market stocks have been “dead money” for almost a decade.Emerging markets are countries that are on their way to becoming “developed” like the United States or Germany. Brazil, Russia, India, and China—the so-called “BRIC” countries—are the biggest emerging markets.More than 80% of the world’s population lives in these countries. Since 2008, these economies have accounted for 80% of the growth in global economic trade and output.You would think this would have made them great investments. But emerging markets have actually been a horrible investment lately…Take a look at the chart below.It shows how the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks more than 800 emerging market stocks, performed from 2007 through 2015. You can see that it went nowhere.You would have actually lost about 0.15% of your money if you held EEM over this period, and that includes dividends.• Because of this, many investors have given up on emerging market stocks…But that could soon change.Last year, EEM gained 8.6%. It was its first annual gain since 2012.This year, it’s already up 10%. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 4% gain.More importantly, it looks like EEM just “broke out.” Below, you can see it recently bucked a downtrend it’d been stuck in since early September.• This is good news for emerging market stocks…As we often point out, stocks usually keep rising after a breakout like this.And that’s exactly what EEM’s done. It’s rallied about 6% since piercing its downtrend.It’s now at the highest level since July 2015.Of course, you probably want to know if emerging market stocks will keep rising.Over the next couple days, we’re going to try to answer that question.We’ll dive deep into the fundamentals of emerging market stocks. We’ll look at the good and the bad. By the end, you’ll know if emerging market stocks are right for you.Let’s start with what we like about them…• Emerging market stocks are much cheaper than U.S. stocks…You can see this in the table below.This table compares EEM with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks companies in the S&P 500.EEM’s price-to-book (P/B) ratio is 49% lower than SPY’s P/B ratio. Its forward price-to-earnings (forward P/E) ratio is 36% lower. It’s also 34% cheaper according to the price-to-sales (P/S) ratio. Price/Book(P/B) Forward Price/Earnings(Forward P/E)Price/Sales(P/S) last_img read more

Rice scientists make first nanoscale pH meter

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice scientists make first nanoscale pH meter Tiny, high-resolution sensors could probe living cells, tissues HOUSTON — (June 29, 2006) — Using unique nanoparticles that convert laser light into useful information, Rice University scientists have created the world’s first nano-sized pH meter.The discovery, which appears online this week in the jour nal Nano Letters, present s biologists with the first potential means of measuring accurate pH changes over a wide pH range in real-time inside living tissue and cells.“Almost every biologist I speak with comes up with one or two things they’d like to measure with this,” said lead researcher Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of chemistry and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP).For example, pH may be useful in determining whether or not some cancer tumors are malignant. With current methods, a piece of the tumor would need to be physically removed via biopsy – a painful and invasive procedure – and visually evaluated under a microscope. Halas said LANP’s new nano-pH meter could be used instead as an “optical biopsy” to measure the pH inside the tumor with nothing more invasive than an injection.Halas’s LANP team created the pH sensor using nanoshells, optically tuned nanoparticles invented by Halas. Each nanoshell contains a tiny core of non-conducting silica that’s covered by a thin shell of metal, usually gold. Many times smaller than living cells, nanoshells can be produced with great precision and the metal shells can be tuned to absorb or scatter specific wavelengths of light.To form the pH sensor, Halas’ team coated the nanoshells with pH-sensitive molecules called paramercaptobenzoic acid, or pMBA. When placed in solutions of varying acidity and illuminated, the nanoshell-molecule device provides small but easily detectable changes in the properties of the scattered light that, when “decoded,” can be used to determine the pH of the nanodevice’s local environment to remarkably high accuracy. Inspired by techniques normally applied to image recognition, the team formulated an efficient statistical learning procedure to produce the device output, achieving an average accuracy of 0.1 pH units.The term “pH”   was coined by the Danish chemist Søren Sørensen in 1909 as a convenient way of expressing a solution’s acidity. pH ranges from one – the most acidic – to 14 – the most alkaline.Co-authors on the paper include postdoctoral researchers Sandra Bishnoi, now an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Muhammed Gheith; graduate students Christopher Rozell and Carly Levin; Bruce Johnson, distinguished faculty fellow of chemistry and executive director of the Rice Quantum Institute; and Don Johnson, J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Statistics.The research was supported by the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Keck Foundation, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and by Texas Instruments. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice lab synthesizes new cancer fighter

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0620_CANCER-1-WEB-276pv25.jpgA schematic shows the synthesized anti-cancer agent Thailanstatin A. The Rice University lab of synthetic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has synthesized the molecule found in bacteria native to Thailand. (Credit: Nicolaou Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0620_CANCER-3-WEB-2gvtqs8.jpgK.C. Nicolaou (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Share4Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice lab synthesizes new cancer fighterThailanstatin A disrupts disease by inhibiting DNA-editing machinery HOUSTON – (June 20, 2016) – Rice University scientists have synthesized a novel anti-cancer agent, Thailanstatin A, which was originally isolated from a bacterial species collected in Thailand.Thailanstatin A fights cancer by inhibiting the spliceosome, the machinery in the cell that edits messenger RNA after transcription from DNA but before its translation into proteins.Rice synthetic chemist K.C. Nicolaou and his group reported their success in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Nicolaou and his colleagues specialize in the synthesis of potential therapeutic agents that are found in nature but in amounts too small for thorough biological evaluation or clinical use. He is best known for the total synthesis of paclitaxel, a drug commonly used to treat a number of cancers.The researchers explained that the spliceosome, a complex of proteins and ribonucleoproteins that regulate DNA splicing, is more active and displays higher mutation rates in cancer cells than in healthy cells, which makes it a valid target for investigation.“This cellular machinery edits mRNA as it emerges from the transcription of DNA through site-specific removal of introns (noncoding regions of DNA) and splicing the remaining exon (coding) sequences prior to translation,” Nicolaou said. “Thailanstatin A interferes with this mechanism.”He said the synthesis of Thailanstatin A, first isolated from burkholderia thailandensis bacteria, opens the way to construct and test variations of the molecule. “These studies will be directed toward optimization of the pharmacological properties of this new natural product as part of a drug discovery and development program targeting new therapies for cancer,” Nicolaou said.The program can take two directions, he said: one directed toward high-potency compounds that could be used as payloads for antibody drug conjugates and the other toward selective agents that can kill cancer cells with minimal damage to healthy cells.The first paradigm is currently a frontier approach for the development of targeted and personalized cancer therapies, while the second represents a more traditional approach that could also lead to powerful anti-cancer drugs, Nicolaou said. “Thailanstatin A exhibits just the right potency to be diverted to either approach through a reiterative molecular design, chemical synthesis and biological evaluation process,” he said.“We’re excited about this new molecule and its analogs because of their unique biological properties and the prospects of working collaboratively with industrial and academic partners to advance them toward the clinic,” Nicolaou said.Co-authors of the paper are graduate student Derek Rhoades and postdoctoral researchers Manjunath Lamani, Manas Pattanayak and Mothish Kumar.The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.6b04781.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:K.C. Nicolaou Group: http://nicolaou.rice.eduRice University Department of Chemistry: https://chemistry.rice.edu/Images for download:center_img AddThislast_img read more

Facebooks Content Moderation Rules Are Both Careful and Shocking

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 The rules for dealing with violent and disturbing images often require moderators to ask whether they are ‘newsworthy’ or ‘raise awareness.’ May 22, 2017 Image credit: JaysonPhotography / Shutterstock.com Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Nina Zipkin 3 min readcenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Next Article There is no doubt that it takes a huge effort to moderate all the content that gets uploaded to Facebook. But over the past few months, the social giant has shown signs of strain.Back in August, shortly after the company fired a team of human editors overseeing the Trending section of the site in favor of an algorithm, a false news story found its way to the top of the queue.In February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a wide-ranging open letter on his Facebook page about the direction he hopes to take the company, touching on the need for more vigilance in the face of “fake news” and also a stronger infrastructure to handle the raft of content that is posted by users on a daily basis.Related: After Murder, Facebook to Hire 3,000 People to Review Videos“There are billions of posts, comments and messages across our services each day, and since it’s impossible to review all of them, we review content once it is reported to us,” Zuckerberg wrote. “There have been terribly tragic events — like suicides, some live streamed — that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner. There are cases of bullying and harassment every day, that our team must be alerted to before we can help out. These stories show we must find a way to do more.”This spring, after a murder in Cleveland was livestreamed on the platform, Zuckerberg announced that over the course of the year, 3,000 people would be hired to better tackle and improve that review process.But now, an investigation conducted by the Guardian has identified some of the standards that Facebook operates from when it comes to moderating content, and they are perhaps more confusing than you might expect.Related: Facebook Wants to Help You Spot Bogus News StoriesWith regard to the videos of violent deaths or suicides, they are designated as disturbing content, but the reasoning Facebook has for not necessarily taking them down is because they can build awareness about mental illness, according to The Guardian’s findings.Specifically in cases of suicide, documents that The Guardian has been privy to explain that the current company dictate is “to remove them once there’s no longer an opportunity to help the person. We also need to consider newsworthiness, and there may be particular moments or public events that are part of a broader public conversation that warrant leaving up.”When it comes to violent language, a call to action to harm the president would be taken down because he is a head of state, but directions about how to snap a woman’s neck would be allowed to remain on the site because it is not “regarded as credible threats.”Related: Facebook Pledges to ‘Do Better’ After Posting of Murder VideoFor instances of animal abuse and graphic violence, those images and videos are also designated as disturbing, but are allowed if they are being used to educate and raise awareness, but they are not if there is an element of “sadism and celebration.” For images or photos pertaining to child abuse, that rule is also applied.According to the Guardian, moderators often have seconds to make a determination about how to characterize or whether to remove the content.It’s clear that Zuckerberg and his team have a daunting task in front of them, so Facebook’s rules will need to constantly evolve to meet the challenge. –shares Facebook Facebook’s Content Moderation Rules Are Both Careful and Shockinglast_img read more

Arvind Kejriwal flags off first train under Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:00 IST Kejriwal and Sisodia, along with their families, will accompany pilgrims on the second trip on July 20. (Photo: ANI)Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday flagged off the first train under the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra scheme from the Safdarjung railway station here.Under the religious pilgrimage scheme, fully funded by the Delhi government, the train will ferry 1,000 senior citizens on the Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib tour circuit. The government will bear the entire expenditure, including travel, accommodation, meals and other arrangements.The Mukhayamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana covers five routes of religious importance – Delhi-Mathura-Vrindavan-Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Delhi, Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Neelkanth-Delhi, Delhi-Ajmer-Pushkar-Delhi, Delhi-Amritsar-Bagha Border-Anandpur Sahib-Delhi and Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Jammu-Delhi.In his address, Kejriwal said it was the Delhi government’s vision to ensure that every senior citizen in Delhi gets an opportunity to go on at least one “tirth yatra” in their lifetime.A statement released here said a total of 1,000 senior citizens boarded the train for the first ‘tirth yatra’ and they have been booked in 17 AC coaches of the train.Two government volunteers have been stationed in every coach for any kind of support and a medical team is present on the train as well, it said.The first train will be back in Delhi on the morning of July 16. Kejriwal and Sisodia, along with their families, will accompany pilgrims on the second trip on July 20, the statement said.Also Read | Delhi CM directs officials to resolve waterlogging complaints within 30 minutesAlso Watch | School education cannot be taken over by private sector: Prof RS BawaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KejriwalFollow Train Arvind Kejriwal flags off first train under Mukhyamantri Tirth YatraUnder the religious pilgrimage scheme, fully funded by the Delhi government, the train will ferry 1,000 senior citizens on the Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Anandpur Sahib tour circuit. The government will bear the entire expenditure, including travel, accommodation, meals and other arrangements.advertisementlast_img read more