What we learned about the Raiders on Thursday

first_imgALAMEDA — Of the Raiders’ next six games, no opponent currently owns a winning record.That group includes the Chargers twice, Seahawks, Colts, 49ers and Cardinals.Despite an abysmal 0-3 start, the Raiders have a chance to go on a run and make everyone forget about the Khalil Mack trade and the slow start and everything else that doomed the start of Jon Gruden’s second go-around in Oakland.That stretch starts Sunday in Carson, California with a 1:05 p.m. PST kickoff with the Chargers (2-2). …last_img read more

Evolutionists Finally Figure Out the Eye – Well, Partly

first_imgAs if tackling Darwin’s worst nightmare with gusto, evolutionary biologists published a paper in Current Biology1 about the evolution of the eye – at least the lens.  Though the paper is restricted to a discussion of genes involved in making the crystallin proteins that make up the lens, EurekAlert announced this as “Insight into our sight,” linking this paper to one of evolution’s biggest challenges:The evolution of complex and physiologically remarkable structures such as the vertebrate eye has long been a focus of intrigue and theorizing by biologists.  In work reported this week in Current Biology, the evolutionary history of a critical eye protein has revealed a previously unrecognized relationship between certain components of vertebrate eyes and those of the more primitive light-sensing systems of invertebrates.  The findings help clarify our conceptual framework for understanding how the vertebrate eye, as we know it, has emerged over evolutionary time….    Fish, frogs, birds and mammals all experience image-forming vision, thanks to the fact that their eyes all express crystallins and form a lens; however, the vertebrates’ nearest invertebrate relatives, such as sea squirts, have only simple eyes that detect light but are incapable of forming an image.  This has lead to the view that the lens evolved within the vertebrates early in vertebrate evolution, and it raises a long-standing question in evolutionary biology: How could a complex organ with such special physical properties have evolved? (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The upshot of the paper by Shimeld et al. is that sea squirts have a gene that is similar to the one that codes for crystallin in the eyes of vertebrates.  In the sea squirt, it is only expressed in the palps and otoliths, near the ocellus that senses light without forming an image.  Since the same regulatory circuits that control the gene in the sea squirt also controls the gene that builds a lens in vertebrate eyes, the authors conclude that this gene must have been co-opted by the common ancestor of vertebrates to build a crystallin lens.  From the abstract,The conservation of the regulatory hierarchy controlling beta-crystallin expression between organisms with and without a lens shows that the evolutionary origin of the lens was based on co-option of pre-existing regulatory circuits controlling the expression of a key structural gene in a primitive light-sensing system.The team took the same regulatory genes that control crystallin production in the sea squirt and transferred them to a frog.  Those regulatory circuits were used by the frog to build its visual system, including the lens.  This was enough for EurekAlert to nearly declare that the problem of eye evolution, if not solved, is well on the way:This strongly suggests that prior to the evolution of the lens, there was a regulatory link between two tiers of genes: those that would later become responsible for controlling lens development, and those that would help give the lens its special physical properties.  This combination of genes appears to have then been co-opted in an early vertebrate during the evolution of its visual system, giving rise to the lens.Presumably, after a working lens emerged, the rest was just fine-tuning.1Shimeld et al., “Urochordate Beta-Crystallin and the Evolutionary Origin of the Vertebrate Eye Lens,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 18, 20 September 2005, pages 1684-1689.Let us hope the highly-complex DNA-snipping protein emerged simultaneously (08/28/2003) to keep the lens from becoming opaque out of the factory, as well as mechanisms for stacking the crystallin cells and making them interlock, and supplying them with nutrients from the edges without blocking the light, rewiring the brain to receive and process the new sensory data, and a dozen other things that would make expression of raw crystallin useless to the unidentified, mythical “early vertebrate” that first decided to co-opt sea squirt technology.A programmer wrote in and observed, “I can take code that performs the same or similar function and use it in a completely different program.  Sometimes I have to change things a little to make it work, sometimes virtually no changes are required.  That is economy of effort.”  Reusability does not demonstrate common ancestry without assuming it, nor does it explain the origin of the crystallin protein and the genes that regulate its expression.  He continued, “I can take 2 bicycle fenders, hammer them into one and make it into a motorcycle fender, but that doesn’t explain how the bicycle got to be a bicycle or how it got fenders.”Co-option is just a fancy word for the Tinker Bell theory of evolution.  Evolution is a tinkerer, they tell us.  She cobs existing parts to build new things.  Aside from the gratuitous personification fallacy this commits, the idea requires that Tinker Bell be blind, dumb and indifferent.  In Darwinese, there is no teleology: Tinker Bell is not trying to invent an image-forming lens.  She flits from sea squirt to sea squirt with her mutation wand, zapping various individuals recklessly and carelessly.  It’s a lottery which sea squirt will find some benefit in the damage instead of dying from the genetic bomb.  Remember, no functional advantage, no natural selection – except the negative kind (Yikes! Eliminate this mutation before it kills us!).    Can we get real?  One girder hanging over the canyon does not make a bridge (05/22/2002 commentary).  There is no smoothly graded sequence of transitional forms.  Whenever an organism is suggested as a primitive ancestor, as in the case of the box jellyfish (see 05/13/2005 entry), closer inspection shows the organism has eyes perfectly suited for its habitat and lifestyle.  Each visual system is too different from those of other organisms, and too complex to imagine having evolved on its own.  So the follow-up question to the EurekAlert Darwinist propaganda celebration is, where are science reporters exercising freedom of the press, freedom of conscience and critical thinking skills?  Keep reading.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Graça Machel returns to work ‘inspired by Madiba’

first_img27 June 2014 Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, is to resume her work as a global advocate for women’s and children’s rights following a six-month period of mourning for her late husband, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Friday. Machel will welcome over 1 000 international delegates at a meeting of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Organisation in Johannesburg on Monday. Machel chairs the forum, and is also an African ambassador for Unicef’s A Promise Renewed, an initiative that supports the UN’s Every Woman Every Child movement. In a statement issued by the foundation, Machel said that Mandela’s death in December had robbed South Africa of the father of its democracy, and the world of an internationally respected icon – while she had lost “my best friend, beloved husband, and guide. “I was fortunate that in Madiba I found a soul mate and a fellow advocate for children and women’s rights,” Machel said. “I am inspired by his rich legacy that promotes justice, compassion, and solidarity. “Children were very dear to Madiba, and his last wish was to build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. This is my dream too, and I wish it can be realised in my lifetime.” Her other priority, she said, was to continue to advocate “for an expanded space for women in Africa to access better opportunities in economic, political and social spheres. I will work with others to protect the rights of children, fight for an end to child marriage, ensure we continue to make progress on child survival and development, as well as promote the attainment of quality education for all children”. Machel said she had been deeply touched and comforted by the affection shown towards her and her family through Mandela’s illness, his death and their bereavement. “I would like to thank our family, friends, and the people throughout the world who gave me love and support during these difficult times.” The Mandela foundation added that while Machel had officially come out of mourning, she continued to grieve the passing of Mandela “and will issue no further statements or accept interviews with regard to her private and family life”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Vodafone Forced to Send Pro-Government Text Messages in Egypt

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#web audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Telecommunications company Vodafone says that it has been forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country’s recent protests.In a short press statement released today, the network said that the Egyptian government had invoked emergency powers to instruct the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send scripted messages to subscribers.These messages included statements like “The Armed Forces asks Egypt’s honest and loyal men to confront the traitors and criminals and protect our people and honor and our precious Egypt.”“These messages are not scripted by any of the mobile network operators and we do not have the ability to respond to the authorities on their content,” says the company. Vodafone claims it has protested the Egyptian government’s demands and regards these messages as “unacceptable.” “We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator,” today’s statement reads.The company has come under fire for its role in the week-long Internet blackout. center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet

first_img“We want to tell everyone in China that Chinese people have a Zou Shiming who brought back the belt from Las Vegas and kept it here, so that everyone will say, ‘If Zou Shiming can, so can other Chinese’.”Weight of historyWith the end of his boxing career in sight — he declined to say when he would retire — the affable Zou is turning his hand to promotion and mentoring the next generation.He turned professional with US promoters Top Rank, whose founder and chief executive Bob Arum had his eye on the lucrative China market, and was under the tutelage of respected American trainer Freddie Roach.But Zou is promoting himself for the July 28 fight, while insisting he will work with Top Rank again.ADVERTISEMENT He chose China for his first title defence in order to promote the sport in the country, partnering with Chinese companies such as Alisports which is part of e-commerce giant Alibaba.“It was significant that I won the belt in Las Vegas, the boxing temple. I want to bring this glory and passion, as well as the boxing culture, to China,” he said.“It would be significant to defend it in China. I don’t just want to bring the belt from the highest temple, I also want to guard it in China and keep it in China.”The weight of history is against Zou.Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong banned the sport as too violent, and it only returned to the public consciousness in 1979 when Muhammad Ali visited China at the invitation of then-leader Deng Xiaoping.Zou won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, then gold at the Beijing Games four years later, before successfully defending his title at the London games in 2012 to put boxing back on the map in China.Add three amateur world titles and it’s easy to see why, if anyone can make boxing big in China, Zou can.He may train boxers after he retires.“I know this business back to front: not just the training, but also their minds, their injuries, their illness and their promotion,” he said.“I know how to deal with pressure.” Cristiano Ronaldo expecting fourth child with girlfriend Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hard goodbyeSo why are there no other Chinese boxers even close to matching Zou?Unlike other countries, where boxers usually turn professional after a good Olympics, China’s Soviet-style sports authorities are reluctant to relinquish control of their amateurs.And a good amateur does not necessarily become a successful professional because the styles are so different, according to Zou.Zou knows he does not have many fights left.“I don’t want to say goodbye. But the hardest part for an athlete to face is injuries and age,” he said.“Maybe tomorrow I will say I can’t fight anymore.“But as long as I can, I will not say goodbye to boxing because I’d hate to part with it.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments Chinese boxer Zou Shiming trains in a gym in Shanghai on July 12, 2017.He is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTHe is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland.The 36-year-old defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the first time next week when he faces Japan’s Sho Kimura in Shanghai, and is targeting a fourth-round knockout.ADVERTISEMENT After a brilliant amateur career Zou turned professional in 2013 — at the relatively late age of 31 — and last November won the world title in Las Vegas to improve to a pro record of 9-1 with two KOs.Now he wants to harness his fame to put boxing on a par at home with more popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“In the West they already have a long history of boxing and everyone of all ages watch, but in China this is still something we have to work hard on,” he told AFP in an interview at his sweltering gym in Shanghai.“The attention it gets here is not like some of our more conventional sports such as badminton and table tennis that lots of kids practise and play. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State as Efficient as You can be at Pitt

first_imgThis week we get to look at one of the all-time great drive charts of the Mike Gundy era. Oklahoma State literally scored 7 points per drive in its first seven drive on Saturday at Heinz Field. Let’s dive into the numbers.OSU Drive ChartIt’s so … beautiful. TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, Half.OSU’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.00Points per drive (defense): 1.17Yards per play: 9.4Third-down conversions: 10/14 (71%)Average starting field position: own 28-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/4Points off turnovers: 7Time of possession: 28:28Oklahoma State has been at 9+ yards per play in two of its first three games (amazingly, the USA game was not one of those). On the points per drive numbers, we don’t count defensive TDs as drives so OSU’s number would be 52 points divided by 13 offensive drives (we do count end-of-half drives, and if you watched the end of the first half of the USC-Texas game, you know why).One other point, OSU has led for 89 percent of game time so far this year. In three games so far this year #okstate has been …Down: 0 min. 0 sec.Tied: 11 min. 29 sec.Leading: 168 min 31 sec.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2017Now let’s look at Pittsburgh’s less-than-stellar drive charts.Pittsburgh Drive ChartOklahoma State’s defense has been so good at limiting teams early in games this year. Combine that with a quick-strike offense, and you start tilting the momentum in your direction early and often.Pitt’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.17Points per drive (defense): 4.00Yards per play: 5.7Third-down conversions: 5/15 (33%)Average starting field position: own 29-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/2Points off turnovers: 7Time of possession: 31:32I think it’s also worth pointing out that OSU’s defense is averaging more than a half point scored per drive it faces as it has had two pick-6s and a fumble recovery for a TD so far this year. That’s pretty impressive for a D that nearly everyone had written off as “ave-ruj” before the season started.Touchdowns scored this season:Florida’s offense: 2#OKstate’s defense: 3— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 18, 2017 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Music beyond boundaries

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is organising an event Music Without Boundaries by Delhi’s biggest and one of the most well-known choirs, the Capital City Minstrels on May 6 at its premises. The choir will be conducted by Carolin Remy. The concert celebrates 20 years of their existence. This time around, the audience will get to enjoy arrangements. As the title of the concert suggests, the repertoire will include a diverse range of music, keeping true to CCM’s dedication to music which has traces of Carnatic music. The singers will be supported by the well known Nise Meruno on Piano and Suchet Malhotra, with an array of percussion sounds adding special flavour. CCM is comprised of people from all walks of life. Different languages are spoken by various choir members. But the language that unites us all is music. A long-time member of ours, Tapas Bhardwaj is a visually challenged student and has earned the confidence and stage presence with his many performances on stage with CCM. Originating in 1994, the choir recently had celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over these two decades CCM has performed in more than 200 concerts at prestigious venues around the capital. The choir has also established strong cultural links with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, the Austrian, Italian and Vatican Embassies and regularly performs for important events at these places. CCM’s repertoire spans a wide range; from the earliest choral music to the entire spectrum of western classical music, and opera to ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, rock, pop, jazz as well as Indian music arranged for choir performances. So mark the dates!last_img read more

Eight killed in two separate road mishaps in Hooghly district

first_imgChuchura(WB): At least eight persons were killed in two separate road mishaps in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, police said Saturday. Five persons were killed when a car ploughed into a Durga puja immersion procession at Dumurdaha in the district Friday night, the police said. Hooghly Rural, Superintendent of Police, Sukesh Jain said two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. In the second incident, three persons were killed when a truck hit an e-rickshaw at Chuchura Friday night, they said.last_img read more

BroadbandEnable Your Car

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 1, 2005 Now that cellular networks are starting to achieve broadband speeds in major markets, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the faster data speeds on their mobile phones. But there’s no reason you need to be limited to your phone. Why not bring your laptop or PDA to the party? Assorted hardware devices let you capture data over broadband cellular connections.For example, OmniWav Mobile’s MBR-1100 is an in-vehicle system that lets you connect any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled device to the internet. The vehicle broadband package costs $979, and the data service contract through Verizon Wireless is about $80 for unlimited use. Its range extends up to 300 feet, so you can still get online outside your car. A portable package version is also available so you can connect at your hotel, at a trade show or at a customer’s site.For a less expensive alternative, check out Novatel’s Merlin V620 Wireless PC Card Modem, which runs about $100 with a service plan. It also works with Verizon’s EV-DO network and will keep your laptop connected on the go. Generally, data speeds aren’t quite up to your office broadband line, but they’re sufficient for use on the road. Check provider websites to see if these services are available in your area yet. As broadband network rollouts continue, expect the number of similar solutions and providers to grow. This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Record numbers of LA arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels

first_imgTags: Los Angeles LOS ANGELES —L.A. Tourism wants 50 million visitors by the year 2020 and it’s well on its way to that goal, with 48.3 million visitors in 2017 – a new tourism milestone for the seventh consecutive year.The 2017 record figure is 1 million visitors higher than 2016’s total, an increase of 2.2%, driven by an all-time high 41.2 million domestic visitors.International visitation overall grew 0.9% to a record 7.1 million visitors, outperforming both its projected forecast and inbound travel to the U.S. as a whole in 2017.International markets recording significant gains for Los Angeles in 2017 included Canada with its highest visitor total ever at 747,000, a 5.5% year-over-year increase).L.A. Tourism recently launched ‘L.A.’ Insider’, a new specialist training program now available as an online training tool that’s both mobile and tablet-friendly. The specialist program is the first of its kind for L.A. Tourism and is designed to help Canadian and U.S. travel trade better sell the city.There’s plenty of hotel news coming out of L.A., with recent openings in 2017 and more new hotels to come in 2018. Here’s a look at the newest offerings:CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. The hotel has 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about three kilometres south of Los Angeles International Airport.cambriahotelsandsuites.comDream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel has debuted in the heart of Hollywood, at Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-storey boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area.dreamhotels.comKimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) – Opened in August 2017, Kimpton Everly Hotel features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast.everlyhotelhollywood.comFreehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-storey building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or ‘poshtels’) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge.thefreehand.comH Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms.Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa is sporting a recent renovation that transformed its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa has expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. hotelfigueroa.comHotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in 2017. The 18-storey Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a US$1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property is at the heart of downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties.ihg.com/hotelindigoInterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a ‘sky lobby’ on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 square feet of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project that also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas.ihg.comThe Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The hotel has 286 guestrooms with two Penthouse Suites that all feature panoramic Hollywood Hills views.jeremyhotel.comLa Peer (West Hollywood) – Opening in January 2018, La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness centre and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat.lapeerhotel.comNobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) – Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms.nobuhotels.comNomad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, has opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel. The NoMad has been redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-storey hotel has some 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angelesProper Hotels (Downtown) – Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-storey property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms and has plans to open in mid-2018.properhotel.com/downtown-laSheraton Gateway Los Angeles (LAX) – The hotel completed its second phase of multi-million dollar renovation with sophisticated upgrades to their 802 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel lobby area and Sheraton Club. In addition, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel invested $3.5 million dollars to enhance its 38 versatile meeting and function rooms totaling in 50,000 square-feet of distinctive event space.sheratonlax.comWaldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand is on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 storeys tall and features 170 rooms.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.comWestdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Making its debut last month as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach boasts 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness centre and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation.westdrift.com/More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information, go to discoverlosangeles.com. Posted by Share Monday, February 26, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Record numbers of L.A. arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Oasis of the Seas sailing cut short after Norovirus outbreak

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Oasis of the Seas sailing cut short after Norovirus outbreak By: The Associated Press Tags: Oasia of the Seas, RC, Royal Caribbean International, Sick Share MIAMI — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.Passengers took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting they were forced to stay onboard after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, for what was supposed to be a day of excursions.Torres says returning a day early gives the cruise line “more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship” before it sails again. Friday, January 11, 2019 last_img read more

Bali in Aus demand

first_imgTripAdvisor has revealed the most popular travel destinations Australians are researching online, with Bali topping the list as the most sought after holiday escape.Internationally, Bali is the standout winner with the region of Seminyak taking the number one spot and neighbouring cities Kuta, Ubud, Legian and Nusa Dua all appearing in the top 20 destinations.Although Bali is one of the closest international hotspots, distance is not an issue as New York, Paris and London all ranked within the top five most-researched destinations.The interest in the Olympics and Paralympics could have helped London secure the fifth spot, according to TripAdvisor.   The only New Zealand city to make this list was the resort village of Queenstown, coming in at 17.Melbourne beat out Sydney as the most searched city in Australia, while Queensland recorded the highest number of destinations researched online. Australia’s wine regions have begun to intrigue domestic travellers with two NSW Hunter Valley towns – Cessnock and Pokolbin – ranking in the top 20 and Western Australia’s Margaret River making the list. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Resort Pool in Kuta, Balilast_img read more

Rep Runestad votes to protect Michigans children

first_img Categories: News,Runestad News Landmark bipartisan plan recently approved by state HouseState Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, recently voted to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents.“Although the moral and administrative failure at Michigan State affected hundreds of girls and young women, sexual misconduct goes beyond what Larry Nassar did. It’s a problem at our colleges, our neighborhoods and within families,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “That must stop. With the overwhelming bipartisan support in the state House, we’re sending the message this abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated.”Runestad voted in support of the multi-bill plan, citing the specific need for expanding the criminal and civil statute of limitations, better information and specific consent for invasive medical procedures and stronger penalties against child pornography offenders.“As a father, of course I want to protect my children from all of the crimes committed by Nassar and see him punished for it, but we also have to give victims the opportunity to come forward to report and help prosecute these crimes,” Runestad said. “This plan will make it almost impossible for another Nassar-like violation no matter where it may occur. This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole addresses the problem of illegal sexual behavior in our society. I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of so many, especially the determined and courageous efforts of Nassar’s victims.”The legislation has advanced to the Senate for its consideration and Runestad has pledged to continue his support.“As long as I’m in the state Legislature, we’ll continue to push for eliminating sexual assault wherever it may occur in Michigan,” Runestad said.##### 29May Rep. Runestad votes to protect Michigan’s childrenlast_img read more