Chinas movie firm ties up with Warner Bros to make films

first_imgFrom K J M Varma Beijing, Sep 20 (PTI) With its film industry raking up huge profits, China is looking to foray into Hollywood as a Chinese firm has tied up with Warner Bros to make movies in English and Mandarin for domestic and international markets. China Media Capital (CMC) and Warner Bros Entertainment are teaming up on a joint venture, Flagship Entertainment Group Limited, to develop Chinese and English-language movies for the international market, the two firms announced. As a concrete move in China-US cultural exchange and cooperation, the announcement is made days ahead of the scheduled state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States from September 22 to 25. “This partnership with Hollywoods most iconic studio will bring Warner Bros deep experience in creative storytelling and unparallelled expertise in producing global titles to Chinas film industry,” Li Ruigang, Founding Chairman of CMC said. Targeting at the rapidly growing market for premium content and the increasing demand for high-quality Chinese language movies around the world, the new entity will combine the expertise of Hollywoods largest studio with Chinas preeminent investment and operational platform. “We look forward to working with CMC in this exciting new venture, as we gain additional insight into the Chinese film industry,” said Warner Bros Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “Warner Bros has a long history of making great movies, and we are excited to share that expertise with our colleagues in China. The countrys incredibly rich history and culture provide a huge trove of great stories, and we want to help tell those stories for new generations of filmgoers, in China and around the world,” he said. Flagship plans to develop, invest in, acquire and produce a range of Chinese-language and global tent poles, for distribution throughout China and around the world. The first titles bearing the new imprint could be released as early as 2016, state run Xinhua news agency reported. Flagship Entertainment will be owned 51 per cent by CMC, with Hong Kong Broadcaster TVB holding 10 per cent of the CMC-led consortium, and 49 per cent by Warner Bros. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing and Los Angeles, Flagship will have full access to the well-established legal and financial systems in Hong Kong and Hollywood, as well as a wealth of filmmaking talent stemming from the long-standing film, television and creative industries of these regions. Chinese film industry has raked-up USD 4.82 billion box office revenue last year making it the next biggest film industry next to Hollywood. Seeing that potential, the Chinese film industry too has struck chord with Bollywood to make joint productions as some of the Indian films like superstar Aamir Khans “PK” crossed USD 100 million at the box office. There are currently four India-China productions in the pipeline. PTI KJV JCHadvertisementlast_img read more

Don’t get stiffed: How to ask for milestone payments

first_imgNeed help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.If you’ve ever had trouble getting paid, give yourself more security with milestone payments.A milestone payment is simply a certain % of the fee of a project that the client pays over the course of the project rather than paying 100% at the end. One rough example of a milestone payment system would be if a client payed you 30% upfront, 30% after the first draft is submitted, and 40% at project completion.Here’s how and why they work:Milestone payments protect freelancers1. They ensure some payment if project gets dropped. If you’re working on a 4-month project and the client drops off the face of the planet at month 3, milestone payments ensure that you’ve at least got the payment from month 1 and 2.2. They guarantee that you learn that the client is a non-payer earlier in the project. If your client doesn’t pay at the first milestone a third of the way through a project, try to stop work on the project as soon as possible in order to cut your loses. Sometimes you’ll continue to work, with faith that the client will come through, but you should never deliver a final project if a milestone payment was missed.3. They help steady your cash flow so you budget more easily. Breaking out your payments smooths out the “feast or famine” cycle most freelancers experience. Makes it a lot easier to pay your rent.4. They force you to structure the project and break it into smaller pieces, and see if you’re on track for project completion. If you come to the midway milestone point and find that you’ve spent far longer working than you estimated or are nowhere near a halfway point, it’s possible that the client didn’t communicate the original scope of the project clearly. Discuss this scope creep with your client and suggest that you either return to the original project objectives or negotiate a new contract for the remainder of the work.Milestone payments are good for employersHigh-quality clients attract and keep high-quality freelancers and agencies by promising milestone payments.Any relationship is a risk. As an employer, you don’t want a freelancer to run away with 30% of the project fee and not finish the project. But it’s unreasonable to ask the freelancer to bear 100% of the risk. As long as your payment is tied to deliverables (if possible, in the clients’ hands), the client should feel more comfortable.How milestone payments work1: Figure out whether or not milestone payments make sense for your projectA milestone can be associated with either a task or a phase.If you base payments off of task milestones, this means your client would pay when certain sub-projects or drafts are submitted. Good for clearly-defined projects with clear timetable.If you base payments off of phase or time milestones, your client would pay you at a set time period (after a month or after a quarter, etc.). Good for “soft skill” projects without physical deliverables and ongoing projects.The choice largely depends on the type of project you’re doing.Milestone payments are most commonly used for projects with set product and time goals that last longer than 2 weeks. Ongoing contracts (where you get paid an hourly fee, not a project fee) can also use milestone payments, though these are often time-based payments and not tied to project goal completions. If you have a short project that lasts less than 2 weeks, it may not make sense to break out payments. However, some freelancers still require a deposit on contract-signing.2: Put your payment schedule in the proposalYou must include a payment schedule in your project proposal. If you usually require milestone payments, you may also have mentioned this (verbally or in email) during your initial meetings with a client.Submit a proposal (as usual) to the client with key deliverables broken out in a timeline.For example:Contract agreement: May 2014First draft due: June 15, 2014Second draft due: August 1, 2014Final due: September 1, 2014″[Client] will pay a deposit of $500.00 upon contract agreement. After which [Client] will pay 50% of remaining balance ($1,250.00) upon completion of the second draft, and the remaining 50% ($1,250.00) upon completion of project.”3. Negotiate the payment schedule with clientsChances are that your client is used to a payment schedule and won’t reject the concept of staggered payments. They may ask for fewer payments or try to get a larger percentage of the project payed later. This is reasonable self-interest (they’re protecting themselves against you leaving them) and your negotiation should be the process of you both carrying an appropriate amount of risk.A way to ensure that milestone payments happen in your favor is to have a strong reputation for reliability — this is where referrals from previous clients, testimonials, your client list, and social proof come in handy.But what happens when clients don’t want to pay on a schedule, and want to wait until the work is complete?Explain that this practice is common with independent contractors, and that this ensures that contractors are not abandoned by clients.Share previous experience with clients that has reinforced the need for this provision.Drop the client. If you get weird feelings about them and they don’t want to pay in stages, this might be the type of client who is going to run away with ¾ of the project for free. Listen to your gut.4. Put the payment schedule in your contractTry using our Contract Creator and plugging in your schedule on the Payments tab.Freelancers, do you use milestone payments?last_img read more

Latest On Injury Status Of Nebraska Starting QB Adrian Martinez

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezAdrian Martinez dazzled for much of his first-career start against Colorado last weekend. Nebraska’s true freshman quarterback threw for nearly 200 yards and rushed for more than 100 yards before getting hurt. The Huskers lost their starting QB late in the fourth quarter of the close loss to the Buffaloes.What is Martinez’ status moving forward? Here is the latest injury update for the Huskers’ quarterback.Martinez is questionable for today. Scott Frost has said all week that they were taking things day by day with the former four-star recruit.The quarterback continues to be evaluated. Frost added this week that a decision on his status for Saturday could be made “two minutes” before kickoff.“Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez ‘2 minutes before kickoff.’ Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be ‘strictly physical,’” Sam McKewon tweeted.Scott Frost said he might make a decision on Adrian Martinez “2 minutes before kickoff.” Said Martinez will warm up at the very least. Said decision to play or not play Martinez will be “strictly physical.” #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 13, 2018Martinez is the only scholarship quarterback on the Nebraska roster this season. The Huskers were forced to play a walk-on when he went down against Colorado last weekend.We’re only a couple of hours away from kickoff in Lincoln, Neb. More updates on the status of Martinez will likely be released this morning.QB Adrian Martinez one of the first Huskers in the Unity Walk:— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) September 15, 2018However, as Frost said earlier in the week, it doesn’t look like a final decision on Martinez will be made until right before kickoff. Martinez will likely warm up with the Huskers and see if he can go. There’s no need for Nebraska to make a decision one way or another until then.Stay tuned.last_img read more

With two more journalists killed in Somalia UN urges decisive action to

“The violent events of the last days show how vulnerable freedom of expression remains in Somalia,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Eric Laroche said in a statement strongly condemning the murders. “The Transitional Federal Government is responsible for ending impunity for attacks on journalists by conducting prompt and impartial investigations and preventing any form of harassment of the media,” he added, calling on all authorities and other groups in the faction-ridden country to respect the right of all to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information through any media. HornAfrik Radio journalist Mahad Ahmed Elmi was gunned down by four unknown men on Saturday and Ali Iman Sharmarke, founder and chairman of HornAfrik, was reportedly killed in his car by a remotely detonated device as he returned from his colleague’s funeral. Two other journalists travelling in Mr. Sharmarke’s car escaped with injuries. Mr. Sharmarke was a Somali-Canadian who returned to Mogadishu nine years ago to establish and manage the media group, which works regularly with the UN on AIDS and mine awareness, child soldier recruitment and other programmes. Both victims were respected figures among Somali journalists who strive to keep alive freedom of information and principles of impartial and accurate reporting in the country, which has seen a resurgence of violence since the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) drove Islamist groups out of Mogadishu, the capital, last December. A third journalist, Abdihakim Omar Jimale, from Radio Mogadishu, was also the victim of an assassination attempt on Friday evening and is still under medical supervision for his injuries. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the crimes, the most recent in a spate of attacks against the media which brings to six the number of journalists killed this year in a country that has had no functioning central government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991. On Friday morning nine journalists and other workers of Radio Shabelle were seized for several hours without court order by a senior police officer who was looking for the journalist who had just broadcast a report about a security-related event the night before. The journalist, Mohamed Abdi Farah ‘Afgoye,’ has been in hiding since and fears for his life. The same radio station had been threatened a few days before by a foreign diplomat whose threats were recorded and broadcast by the station.Meanwhile, in a closed meeting today, the Security Council was briefed by François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, on recent developments in the country.Last week, Mr. Fall called on the TFG to invite opposition groups to join the reconciliation meeting taking place in Mogadishu. “We would like to see the stakeholders who renounce violence inside and outside the country take part in this process,” he said in an address to the National Reconciliation Congress. He also urged participants to discuss all outstanding issues, including power-sharing and disarmament. 13 August 2007A senior United Nations official has called for decisive action to ensure the freedom and safety of the media in Somalia following the weekend killing of two prominent journalists in the strife-torn Horn of Africa country. read more

Congolese rebel leader makes first appearance at International Criminal Court

Judges at the ICC, which sits in The Hague, verified Mr. Ngudjolo Chui’s identity and had the full arrest warrant read out to him, four days after he was arrested by authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and handed over to the court.The ICC is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow to determine whether to join the charges against Mr. Ngudjolo Chui with the charges against Germain Katanga, another indictee before the tribunal.Currently a colonel in the DRC’s national armed forces, Mr. Ngudjolo Chui is a former commander of the rebel National Integrationalist Front (FNI), and he faces three counts of crimes against humanity and six of war crimes.He is alleged to have played a key role in designing and carrying out a deadly attack on the village of Bogoro, in the north-eastern DRC province of Ituri, in February 2003.The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.The situation in the DRC is one of four situations currently under investigation by the ICC Prosecutor. The others are the Darfur region of Sudan, the Central African Republic and Uganda. 11 February 2008The former Congolese rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui today made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he is facing nine counts of war crimes that include allegations of sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers. read more

UN releases latest edition of its annual Yearbook

The 1,757-page publication promotes “an informed understanding of the work and purposes of the United Nations among the peoples of the world [and] contributes to building support for peace, development, human rights and the rule of law for all,” according to a foreword by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The volume, which indexes all votes by all major UN bodies, including the Security Council, is divided into 33 chapters and covers the main global political, economic, social and legal developments during the year.During 2008, the UN marked the 60th anniversary of its peacekeeping operations, and the publication highlights a wide range of conflicts where UN peacekeepers have operated, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Sudan.The Yearbook also recounts how in 2008 the Human Rights Council took its first step in examining the human rights record of all Member States every four years, and how, in a year when the global financial crisis threatened to bring the world economy to the brink of recession, the General Assembly held a high-level event to help ensure that efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remained on track.Responses to challenges such as the food security crisis, climate change, natural disasters, piracy and terrorism are also recounted in the publication. read more

Snapchat pills warning as police say drug dealers use famous brands to entice

A police force has warned the public of taking illegal drugs with catchy names after two people were left in hospital after taking “Snapchat pills”.The warning comes less than two weeks after two people died and more than a dozen were taken to hospital after falling ill at a festival on the south coast.Illicit drug makers often press pills into shapes resembling famous logos or brands, making potentially deadly substances appear innocuous or attractive to young people.”We want to remind the public about the dangers of drugs,” West Yorkshire Police said on Twitter.”Drugs are often given catchy names to appeal to young people. We had an incident involving 2 females in hospital after taking ‘Snapchat pills’.”Any person offered drugs refuse & report via 101 or crime stoppers 0800 555111.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The pair were among 15 revellers admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital from the event that night, with organisers issuing a warning of a “high strength or bad batch” of drugs.The second day of the festival, which Craig David and Sean Paul were due to headline, was cancelled as a “safety precaution”. Mr Cowan, also known as Tommy Bakeer, who is understood to have a one-year-old son, was described as a “caring father”. No images have been released of the Snapchat pills, although there have been cases of illegal drugs being manufactured as small yellow, brick-shaped tablets bearing the mobile app’s logo.Tommy Cowan, 20, and Georgia Jones, 18, both from Havant in Hampshire, died after attending Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth on May 26.Ms Jones, a carer for people with learning and physical difficulties, was described by her family as a “very strong-willed and opinionated young lady”. Georgia Jones died after taking two pills at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth We want to remind the public about the dangers of drugs. Drugs are often given catchy names to appeal to young people. We had an incident involving 2 females in hospital after taking ‘Snapchat pills‘. Any person offered drugs refuse & report via 101 or crime stoppers 0800555111.— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) June 5, 2018 Georgia Jones died after taking two pills at the Mutiny Festival in PortsmouthCredit:Facebook read more

10 minutes of Portal 2 from PAX East 2011

first_imgOne of the most widely anticipated games of 2011 is the next entry in the Portal series: Portal 2. Valve have certainly been teasing us with reminders it is coming in the form of a Valentine’s Day gift buyer’s guide last month, and video footage of it being played last year in both single-player and co-op form.The wait is nearly over, though, with the official release date set as April 21. Console gamers as well as PC and Mac owners will all get to play it on the same day. However, PC gamers will have an extra feature in the form of the ability to generate their own content for the game.For now, sit back and enjoy this 10 minute video which shows you the first few minutes of the game and introduces new character Cave Johnson, CEO of Aperture Science who is sure to add something different to the experience.The footage was shown at the recent PAX East 2011 event in Boston. It demonstrates a clear leap forward in the graphics being used in the game, and no doubt has evolved the mechanics beyond what the original offered.I was actually in two minds about watching this, as it does form a bit of a spoiler for the start of the game. But it really doesn’t give too much away and has a very funny moment where you are asked to respond by saying “yes” that is worth watching.Read more at Piki Geeklast_img read more

March will start with sleet and snow

first_img 26,552 Views Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL THE FIRST DAY of March will see sleet and snow, according to Met Éireann.The weather service says that this week will be mostly cold, damp and windy. Tomorrow will see scattered heavy showers, prolonged in northern areas. Highest temperatures will reach 7 to 9 degrees, but will feel colder due to wind chill from fresh to strong northwesterly winds.Tomorrow night will be cold with showers for a time, but will become mainly dry, with frost developing as temperatures fall to between -1 and + 2 degrees Celsius. Rain will spread in the southwest and south later in the night.Wednesday will see rain spreading northwards during the day falling as sleet in midland and northern areas with “possibly some snow on higher ground in northern and northwestern areas in the evening”.Thursday will be mostly cloudy with rain or showers in most areas at times, with temperatures staying settled.The weekend will continue to be cold and unsettled with further rain or showers at times.Read: Man (70s) dies after being crushed by digger at his home in Co Clare 14 Comments Feb 27th 2017, 7:50 PM Image: By Paul Hosford Monday 27 Feb 2017, 7:50 PM March will start with sleet and snow The weekend will continue to be cold and unsettled with further rain or showers at times. Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Agent Wesley Sneijder open to Galatasaray return

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s agent revealed his client would be very keen to discuss a return to GalatasarayAfter leaving Ligue 1 team OGC Nice in 2018, Sneijder has been playing his club football with Al-Gharafa in Qatar.The Dutch midfielder is contracted to Al-Gharafa until June 2019 and has been linked with a return to Galatasaray.But Sneijder’s agent, Guido Albers, announced they’ve received no offer from the Turkish club despite what reports have suggested.Although he did add that Sneijder would be up for a return to Turkey.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“If Galatasaray wants Sneijder, then we are ready to talk,” Albers told Radyospor.“A transfer in January will be difficult and Wesley has a contract for six months. In the summer, he is free of transfer and I do not have a Galatasaray offer at the moment, but if they are interested, I’m sure Wesley wants to return.”Sneijder managed 45 goals and 44 assists in 175 appearances for Galatasaray between 2012 to 2017 and won the Süper Lig twice along with the Turkish Cup three times.The former Netherlands international has also played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.last_img read more

More San Diego accidents involving dockless scooters

first_img April 1, 2019 Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, Updated: 3:28 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: April 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Is it the fault of the machine or the operator?Two people seriously injured on the Mission Beach Boardwalk over the weekend have residents concerned about dockless scooters.This comes after a man died from crashing his scooter in Downtown two weeks ago.*DISCLAIMER*Ashlie Rodriguez mistook the location of Reuben Rodriguez’ scooter crash (Logan Heights). More San Diego accidents involving dockless scooterslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Royal Mail to discuss health and wellbeing at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Dr Shaun Davies (pictured), global director of safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability at postal organisation Royal Mail Group, will discuss why employers should integrate a health and wellbeing strategy with business strategy at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, ‘Managing health and wellbeing at work’, will form part of the health and wellbeing conference stream on Tuesday 10 October. Davies will present the session alongside Gareth Mullen, head of safety, health, wellbeing and security, retail and group services at Thames Water, and Sharron Pommells, people operations director at Virgin.During the session, Davies will discuss why it is important that employers integrate a health and wellbeing strategy into an organisation’s daily decision making and business operations, rather than having health and wellbeing initiatives as an add on to existing working practices.He will also explore how an integrated approach to health and wellbeing can play a vital role in an organisation’s talent attraction and retention strategy, as well as the impact on productivity and engagement.Davies will also speak about the broader benefits of integrating health and wellbeing into an organisation’s business strategy, for example its role in supporting an ageing population. Protecting the health of employees can impact how competitive and successful an organisation can be.Davies said: “[Employers] have got to have [health and wellbeing] as an integral part of [the] business and the operations rather than it being an afterthought or an add on.“Organisations need to be effective, productive and profitable, so […] not only does [a wellbeing strategy] mean that [employers] get good-quality, fit, healthy, well people, but through a wellbeing strategy, [employers] can keep them that way, which is good for them and good for business.“If [employers] don’t protect and value [their] asset, [their] people, […] then [they] really run the risk of putting [themselves] out of business or out of competition by not having the right sort of people.“The thing for me is about moving health and wellbeing up the agenda. It’s not [about] fresh fruit and water coolers, it’s a lot more than that. People need to understand that and think about the business benefits of a wellbeing strategy at work.”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Project outside FE Warren AFB to Shorten Commute for Airmen

first_imgState and local funds will be used to support a mixed-use development near the southern border of F.E. Warren AFB in southeast Wyoming designed to improve the quality of life for hundreds of personnel. Last month the State Loan and Investment Board approved $4.3 million in grants and loans to the city of Cheyenne to extend12,000 linear-feet of water main and 11,400 linear-feet of sewer main, and complete minor road improvements, reported the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.Balfour Beatty will develop the residential portion of the project, which calls for building “attractive, affordable housing” for about 600 personnel who live across the Colorado border due to the lack of housing closer to F.E. Warren. The housing initially would be dedicated to service members but it could be opened to the general public if occupancy goals are not fulfilled, said Dale Steenbergen, president and CEO of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.Coldwell Banker Real Estate will be responsible for the commercial portion of the project in conjunction with the city. The first two phases will require private investment estimated at $95.6 million, with plans for a third phase still under discussion. “This is a great opportunity for a public-private partnership,” said Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr.Wyoming Tribune Eagle photo by Jacob Byk Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Google Doodle takes you on Apollo 11s mission to the moon

first_img Apollo took us to the moon in 1969. Why haven’t we gone back? Google re-creates Apollo 11 cockpit in AR for 50th anniversary Apollo missions took humans to the moon — and my dad helped Tags Your Google search is about to take you on a journey few of us have made — to the moon.To mark the 50th anniversary this week of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission — the first time humans set foot on the lunar surface — Google is launching an animated video Doodle on Thursday that will let you experience the journey to the moon and back. But you won’t be going alone: Michael Collins, Apollo 11’s command module pilot, will be your co-pilot and narrator on the trip.For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup. They’ve also reminded us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Few events in human history are as noteworthy as the achievement of Apollo 11. 35 Photos Apollo 11 moon landing highlights from CBS News 3:31 Three and a half hours later, the Eagle was depressurized in preparation for Armstrong and Aldrin to begin their two-and-a-half-hour EVA (extravehicular activity), during which Armstrong uttered his famous line: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The crew would return to Earth on July 24, and ever since then, we’ve been benefiting from the technologies created and modernized to help them, including global communications, weather forecasting, transportation and, yes, computers.For more fun and information, check out early storyboard sketches by artist Pedro Vergani and a behind-the-scenes video of the Doodle. So strap in and enjoy the trip. Google marks the 50th anniversary of historic moon landing with an animated video Doodle. Google Apollo 11 moon landing: Neil Armstrong’s defining moment Share your voice To the Moon Related stories 0 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Online Google Doodle NASA Space This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon. Post a comment It was 50 years ago this week that Collins circled the moon in the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made the first crewed landing on the moon. Their monumental achievement was the result of almost a decade of work by hundreds of thousands of people trying to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s.Apollo 11 arrived at the moon on July 19, 1969, after a 240,000-mile journey. Google During the four-and-a-half-minute video Doodle, which is gradually rolling out around the world, Collins walks you through key moments of the mission, starting with the Apollo 11 launch.The trio’s journey began on July 16, 1969, as their Saturn V rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Three days later, after traveling more than 240,000 miles, Collins parked the command module in a lunar orbit 60 miles above the moon, and Armstrong and Aldrin prepared for their descent to the moon’s surface the next day.The lunar module’s 13-minute descent was beset by challenges, including a target landing site strewn with boulders, low fuel and a repeating computer program alarm code that nearly aborted the landing. After landing the LM — known as the Eagle on the Apollo 11 mission — Armstrong responded to capsule communicator (CapCom) Charles Duke with the famous phrase: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”As those words landed back on Earth, cheers broke out around NASA and among hundreds of millions of people around the world watching on TV. Amid the applause, Duke told Armstrong: “Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot. … Be advised there’s lots of smiling faces in this room, and all over the world.””There are two of them up here,” Armstrong responded. Not to be forgotten, high above them in his lunar orbit, Collins chimed in with, “And don’t forget one in the command module.” Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Woman kidnap Hyderabad police announce cash reward of Rs 1 lakh

first_imgThe city police announced Rs 1 lakh cash reward to each who will provide information about the accused Ravi Sekhar who kidnapped the B Pharmacy student a week ago in Hayath Nagar. A week after the kidnap, the police were unable to trace the accused. So far, the photo and name of the accused were known. Soni, a B Pharmacy student was kidnapped on July 29 by the accused who met the girl’s family at their hotel and assured to provide the job offer. He then took them in a car and escaped with the girl by deceiving the girl’s father.last_img

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MRI Study Finds Specific Cardiovascular Risk Factors May Predict Alzheimers Disease

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 04, 2015 MRI Study Finds Specific Cardiovascular Risk Factors May Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Results show alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and obesity lower gray matter volume in different parts of the brain Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more August 4, 2015 — A new study based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans indicates that specific cardiovascular risk factors are associated with smaller regional brain volumes, which may be early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Those factors include alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes. The study was published online in the journal Radiology.“We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive impairment,” said Kevin S. King, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “But our findings give us a more concrete idea about the relationship between specific vascular risk factors and brain health.”Prior studies have linked cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive decline, but the new study focused on specific risk factors and examined three main brain regions, including the hippocampus, precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex. Because of each region’s connection to memory retrieval, gray matter volume loss in these areas may be a predictor of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.In the new study, King and colleagues analyzed results from 1,629 individuals in the Dallas Heart Study (DHS) and divided the participants into two age groups. There were 805 participants under age 50, and 824 age 50 and older. The researchers evaluated the participants’ data from the initial baseline visit, which included laboratory and clinical analysis, and the follow-up visit seven years later consisting of a brain MRI scan and cognitive test, measuring mild cognitive impairment and preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.By comparing the initial visit, which identified cardiovascular risk factors, to the MRI results and cognitive scores, the team distinguished the specific risk factors of alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and obesity and their relationship to smaller volumes in the three targeted regions of the brain. The results confirmed that lower cognitive test scores correlated with lower brain volumes in each area.The study found alcohol use and diabetes were associated with smaller total brain volume, while smoking and obesity were linked with reduced volumes of the posterior cingulate cortex (the area of the brain connected with memory retrieval as well as emotional and social behavior). In addition, lower hippocampal mass was linked to both alcohol consumption and smoking, whereas alcohol use, obesity and high fasting blood glucose numbers correlated with reduced precuneus size.The findings also suggest that diminished hippocampal and precuneus volumes may be early risk indicators for cognitive decline in patients age 50 and older, while smaller posterior cingulate volumes are better predictors in patients under 50.King believes that additional studies could better identify the impact of specific cardiovascular risk factors on the brain and improve patient understanding of brain diseases.“We currently do not have effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, so the focus is on prevention,” he said. “In the future, we may be able to provide patients with useful and actionable information about the impact different risk factors may be having on their brain health during routine clinical imaging. And since no special imaging equipment is needed, there is a great potential to provide this service at many centers across the country.” For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Bahia Principe brings back twoweek Happiness Sale

first_imgTags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Promotions MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has launched a new two-week sales campaign to encourage travellers to ‘experience happiness’ in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica.Featuring exclusive discounts and special offers, the ‘Happiness Sale’ will earn Bahia Principe Rewards point multipliers for agents who are enrolled in the brand’s newly revamped travel agent loyalty program.The sale is valid on travel through Dec. 22, 2018 (restrictions on number of children and room categories apply). Guests can book stays from now through April 17, 2018.As part of the campaign, discounts of up to 55% off per booking are available at dozens of Bahia Principe properties, including family-friendly resorts like Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana, where up to two kids can say free.“Whether you are trying to beat the weather or looking for a quick weekend getaway, the Happiness Sale facilitates travel for families, groups and couples by providing all-inclusive experiences in the Caribbean at an affordable price point,” said Helen Montijano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongFor more information go to Thursday, April 5, 2018 Share Bahia Principe brings back two-week Happiness Salecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Staging Connections finalists in the 2012 Meetings Events Austr

first_imgThe Staging Connections team are thrilled to be chosen as finalists across four state offices in the 2012 Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards.Entering the category of Technical & Creative Production > $5M for four state-based offices in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, all four offices will now go on as finalists to the state awards, and then if they win, will go head to head for the national title.For the first time in 2013, Staging Connections entered the category of Technical & Creative Production >$5M for the Western Australia branch. Their finalist nomination is a credit to the investment the organisation and the Staging Connections team have made in this growing marketplace. Talking today about the finalists, Tony Chamberlain, Managing Director of Staging Connections said, “We are all so thrilled with four offices receiving the finalist status, especially Western Australia where we have made an investment in growing this office to support the industry. “Making it through as a finalist in four states is a real testament to the passion, hard work and continued commitment of everyone at Staging Connections to creating great events.“It is extremely important that as a leader in the events industry, Staging Connections deliver creative, professional results that achieve our clients’ objectives whilst surpassing their expectations,” said Mr Chamberlain. Defending their title as previous national winners for the past two years, the Staging Connections Queensland team are on their way to entering the MEA Hall of Fame if they are lucky enough to be awarded the state award and then in fact take home the national award this year. The events professionals at Staging Connections will be waiting with bated breath for the Awards Nights in each state, when the state winners of the MEA Industry Awards will be announced. Source = Staging Connectionslast_img read more

Windstar Cruises has announced its first Australia

first_imgWindstar Cruises has announced its first Australia and New Zealand-intensive itineraries, with sailings for the 2020/2021 winter/spring season onboard the newly-reimagined Star Breeze.The elegant, all-suite ship with balcony and ocean views, carries 312 guests, and Windstar’s team of travel experts have scouted and hand-picked the perfect ports for these first immersive itineraries to Australia and New Zealand.“Our cruises in Australia will deliver both the wild and sophisticated sides, exploring remote reaches like Middle Percy Island, as well as offering an overnight in cosmopolitan Sydney with time to see the famous sites there including the UNESCO Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach,” says Melissa Witsoe, Product Manager. “Cairns to Melbourne is really rare as an itinerary — it’s a unique offering in the cruise world, and one of the ways Windstar will approach sailing in this region differently.”Windstar’s long-waited return to New Zealand cruising includes a round trip Auckland sailing. “It’s incredibly comprehensive taking in both North and South Islands, all the major cities and quaint port towns,” says Witsoe. Guests will enjoy overnights in Wellington and Christchurch, plus scenic fjord cruising and visits to smaller places like Art Deco-inspired Napier, a jumping-off spot for the much-lauded wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Other shore excursion highlights include the chance to experience an authentic Hāngi meal and Maori show of traditional song and dance in Rotorua in the Hells Gate region, while in Dunedin, a wildlife cruise includes a farm visit with local Kiwi characters who are at the forefront of local conservation efforts.For guests seeking the best of both worlds, Star Breeze will offer two cruises visiting a mix of both countries with sightings of kiwis, koalas, and kangaroos in store when sailing between Auckland and Sydney. This cruise takes in classic locations like Melbourne with an overnight, and small ports like Phillip Island with its hidden harbour, where guests can witness the region’s rare penguins in their natural habitat. A postcard-worthy excursion includes a high-speed Catamaran cruise to Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Islands National Park for lazy hours on a beach considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful.The Australia and New Zealand cruises will be the second region where Windstar launches its award-winning Signature Expeditions, a program of intimate, expedition-style adventures and active enrichment, with kayaks and Zodiacs launched right from the ship in remote bays and hidden harbours. The rugged coastlines of the region will provide the perfect backdrop for the adventurous Signature Expeditions, which are currently available on Windstar’s Alaska itineraries. A team of onboard expedition leaders sail on the cruise from beginning to end, providing in depth insight and sharing an academic understanding of the destination, while guiding optional shore excursions. For example, in Tasmania, expedition leaders will show guests the beauty of Freycinet National Park, one of the island’s most spectacular locations, on a guided hike to scenic Wineglass Bay.“We’ve had a tremendous focus on adding new destinations in recent years, with an 85 percent increase in new ports of call,” says Windstar President John Delaney. “Announcing cruises to an entirely new continent on small ship voyages, as only Windstar does them, is a major move for the company and exciting news for our guests who are seeking out new places to explore.” Bookings are now open for Windstar’s Australia and New Zealand sailings in 2020 and 2021 with a total of nine departure dates available. Six new cruises Down Under set sail aboard Star Breeze and run from November 2020 through February 2021 beginning at $4,599 per guest, double occupancy. australiaboutique cruisecruiseNew Zealand 2020/2021Windstar Cruiseslast_img read more