Weekend Pick: Boats and Brews Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia, Jan. 10

first_imgThere’s one big thing I’ve learned from all the kayaking trips I’ve been on: the post-paddle social hour may be just as fun as the rapids themselves. Come see what I mean this Saturday, January 10, at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond for the Boats and Brews Film Festival.Thanks to all the hard work of Coastals Paddling Club, the Film Festival has become an annual staple for Virginia paddlers. Only the best films could convince these river rats to gather on dry land, so there’s no doubt that the night will be a winner. Coastals is kicking it up a notch this year by partnering with Hardywood Brewery to add some delicious local beer to the mix. Boats and brews – an alliteration for the ages.Hardywood BreweryThe fantastic set of films that Coastals has chosen are set to hit the screen at 7 PM that evening, but show up early to enjoy Hardywood drinks, food courtesy of Richmond’s best food trucks, music from the Nobile Brothers, and boating exhibitors like Appomattox River Co., Riverside Outfitters, and the James River Outdoors Coalition. Word on the street is that some of these groups may even be giving out door prizes… as if you needed more incentive!All proceeds from the event will benefit the James River Outdoors Coalition. Plus, an additional throw-rope competition during the festival will help out the development of Charlottesville’s new Rivanna Whitewater Park!This is the perfect time to make new friends for all those spring river trips you know you’re dying to take, or to see what your water buddies look like in real clothes. Join your fellow paddlers at the Boats and Brews Film Festival to kick back with good drinks, great films, and even better people.last_img read more

Financial organizations fight patent trolls

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Roy UrricoFinancial services organizations are continuing to urge Congress to pass legislation that combats patent abuse. They’re claiming demand letters from so-called “patent trolls” signify a great and growing threat to financial service organizations.NAFCU, CUNA, the Independent Community Bankers of America, the American Bankers Association, the American Insurance Association, The Clearing House, Financial Services Roundtable, NACHA and The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies have asked Congress to adopt needed legislation to stop abusive practices from law firms representing patent assertion entities. continue reading »last_img read more

Google funds projects to find, fight new pathogens

first_imgOct 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The philanthropic arm of the Internet search company Google today announced it is awarding more than $14 million for various projects aiming to prevent the next pandemic by detecting new pathogens and disease outbreaks in Africa and Southeast Asia.The awards by Google.org are going to six different initiatives aiming to “identify hot spots where new diseases may emerge, detect new pathogens circulating in animal and human populations, and respond to disease outbreaks before they become global crises,” the company said in a news release.”Business as usual won’t stop the next AIDS or SARS,” Dr. Larry Brilliant, Google.org executive director, said in the news release. “The teams we’re funding today are on the frontiers of digital and genetic early detection technology. We hope that their work, with partners across environmental, animal, and human health boundaries, will help solve centuries-old problems and save millions of lives.”The statement said three of the grants are for efforts to use mapping and weather and climate data to help predict where and when disease outbreaks will occur:The Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Mass., will receive $2 million to support satellite mapping of forests to improve monitoring of forest loss and settlement expansion in tropical countries.Columbia University International Research Institute for Climate and Society will get $900,000 to improve the use of forecasts, rainfall data, and other climate information in East Africa and to link weather and climate experts to health specialists.University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., is awarded $900,000 to develop a system for using weather projections to inform and target responses to disease threats in West Africa.”For Rift Valley fever and malaria, long-term weather forecasts and deforestation maps can show us where to look for outbreaks, up to six months in advance,” said Frank Rijsberman, director of the grant program for Google.org.The other three grants, the company said, are for projects designed to detect early signals of possible epidemics through blood sampling, molecular diagnostics, mining of digital data, and other surveillance efforts:The Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI) will receive $5.5 million for collecting and analyzing blood samples from humans and animals in hot spots in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Malaysia, Lao PDR, and Madagascar. The grant will be matched by the Skoll Foundation. Dr. Nathan Wolfe, GVFI’s founder and director, said the project’s aim is to monitor the movement of viruses from animals into people.Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York City, is awarded $2.5 million to support research to speed the discovery of new pathogens and promote rapid regional responses to outbreaks by establishing molecular diagnostics in hot spot countries, including Sierra Leone and Bangladesh. Columbia’s Dr. Ian Lipkin and colleagues already have discovered more than 75 viruses.Children’s Hospital Corp., in Boston, will receive $3 million to combine the online disease-detection efforts of HealthMap with ProMED-mail’s global network of human, animal, and ecosystem health specialists who report disease outbreaks. The project will assess emerging-disease reporting systems, expand networks in Africa and Southeast Asia, and develop news tools to improve outbreak detection.See also: Oct 21 Google releasehttp://www.google.com/intl/en/press/pressrel/20081021_googleorg.htmlJuly 21 CIDRAP News story describing HealthMap and other nontraditional disease-monitoring initiatives: “More efforts look outside the box for outbreak signals”last_img read more

Record tourist year: 102 million overnight stays last year

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system) from January to the end of December 2017, there were 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). These are certainly historical tourist results for Croatia-Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić are satisfied with these results, and in 2018 they announce a stronger development of year-round tourism based on sustainable development and destination management.”Tourism results in 2017, and especially during the pre- and post-season, are the best indicator of how key positive strides can be made in the short term. That is why our intention in 2018 is to continue with improvements in order to further position Croatia as a year-round destination, thus enabling more competitive business of entrepreneurs in tourism, further investments, better conditions for tourism workers and further stimulate the entire Croatian economy. With key legislative changes, and through other programs and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, I believe that 2018 will be very successful and that we will create new foundations for further development of Croatian tourism”Minister Cappelli pointed out.During 2018, the Croatian Tourist Board will carry out a series of activities aimed at even more efficient promotion in various markets around the world, and improving cooperation with partners in foreign emitting markets, said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić and stressed the importance of maintaining positive trends in this. years ” The emphasis will be on further expanding the program and introducing new airlines. I am sure that the Croatian tourism sector, which is getting richer and more competitive every year, will once again make its immeasurable contribution. Namely, today Croatia is a very interesting and popular destination, both for tourists and businesses, and in order to maintain their interest we must maintain a positive atmosphere and growth trends.” concluded director Staničić and added that the Croatian tourist offer, this year, will be presented at 26 tourist ones.Of this number, there will be appearances at 9 specialized fairs that include nautical, congress and camping offer, while a new visual concept and a new creative solution of the CNTB stand will be presented for the first time at ITB Berlin in March. In order to achieve even better results in certain markets, it is planned to expand the current network of representative offices with new offices in China – Shanghai, South Korea – Seoul, USA – Los Angeles and Italy – Rome.Photo: MINTA record year in arrivals and overnight staysIn the period from January to December, foreign tourists made 16,5 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 89,8 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists made 12 million overnight stays and grew by 14 percent. . In the period from January to the end of December, most overnight stays were realized in Wife (28 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (19 million overnight stays) and in Kvarner (18,6 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County (13,7 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8,5 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 7,1 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 3,2 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 2,3 million overnight stays .2 million overnight stays (+15 percent) were realized on the continent, and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac County (576 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (322 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (188 thousand overnight stays).Germany remains the main emitting market During the twelve months, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (20,7 million overnight stays), Slovenian (10,1 million overnight stays), Austria (7,6 million overnight stays), Poland (6,3 million overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (5,4 million overnight stays). Outside European countries, most overnight stays were made by guests from United States of America (1,4 million overnight stays), Australia (667 thousand overnight stays), South Korea (533 thousand overnight stays), Canada (415 thousand overnight stays) and Kine (237 thousand overnight stays).Top destinations per night are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Medulin and Umag. Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in household facilities (35 million overnight stays), hotels (25 million overnight stays) and camps (19 million overnight stays), while 3,2 million overnight stays were realized in nautical charter during twelve months.Related list:TOURISM REVENUES INCREASE 10 PERCENTlast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti ‘disappointed’ by Arsenal decision to hire Mikel Arteta

first_img Comment Arteta is set to land the Arsenal job (Picture: Getty)According to Italian journalist Fabio Santini, talking to 7 Gold’s Il Processo show, Ancelotti had agreed in principle to take over at the Emirates only for Arsenal chiefs to pull back and instead appoint Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe was left ‘disappointed’ by the decision because the Premier League giants were his ‘first choice’ for a new job following his sacking by Serie A side Napoli.It will be Ancelotti’s second spell in English football after a successful two-year stint with Chelsea where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe has delivered league titles in England, Italy, Germany and France and is a three-times Champions League winner, lifting Europe’s biggest trophy twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.Arteta, meanwhile, will take charge of a club for the first time.He has served under Pep Guardiola as Manchester City assistant manager since 2016 but is set to return to Arsenal – the club he captained during a five-year stint as a player.Will Mikel Arteta be successful at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Ancelotti is expected to take charge at Everton (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly ‘disappointed’ to miss out on the Arsenal job to Mikel Arteta after holding what he believed to be successful talks with the Gunners.The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan manager is now set to take over as Everton’s full-time manager and both he and Arteta could be in their respective dugouts for the Premier League meeting between the two clubs this weekend.However, Ancelotti was hoping to find himself in the away dressing room at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime rather than coaching the home side. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 3:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Carlo Ancelotti ‘disappointed’ by Arsenal decision to hire Mikel Artetalast_img read more

The riverfront apartment with the happily ever after

first_imgEuropean appliances adorn the designer kitchen that features a marble island bench and looks across a dining and lounge area that flows to the large entertaining deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The pool in the Aquila complexNew Farm holds a special place in the hearts of Robert and Leiza Clark, the owners of this rare luxury apartment with extraordinary views of the Brisbane River.It’s the suburb they lived in as newlyweds 25 years ago.“We lived in New Farm when we first got married and then moved to a larger block to have children, but we’ve always dreamt on getting get back on the river,” Mrs Clark said.“The community of New Farm is great, it’s close to James Street, it’s not out of control busy and we’re within walking distance of everything including the idyllic Howard Smith Wharves.” Before they moved to the 418sq m apartment in 2015 they spent their weekends maintaining a large property in Norman Park, all the while yearning for a Brisbane River property.“We sold our house quicker than we thought and it was actually an acquaintance of ours that owned this property and told us we could move in until we found something we wanted in New Farm,” Mrs Clark said.“We looked around New Farm for a solid six months but just couldn’t find anything that matched it and so we approached the owners with an offer to buy this apartment off them.” Close to the Clarks’ apartment is a shared gym, a 20m heated pool and private pontoon. Mrs Clark said the family had celebrated significant birthdays and hosted Riverfire parties in their home but it was now time to downside.“We’re not sure where we’ll go but we do a lot more travelling now, and while we really love the Aquila we’re excited to move on to the next stage of our lives, and so are the girls,” she said.“We’re considering other options, whether it’s coastal or downsizing in Brisbane or having a drop pad in the city that we can stay in when we’re not travelling to other places.“This property is rare and irreplaceable and we’re sure someone will value it as much as we do.” For the past four years the Clarks and their two daughters, now 19 and 22, have cherished their centrally located four-bedroom home. It’s at street level but high above the river and just one of 10 units in the prestigious Aquila development.“It really feels like we’re at one with nature and the river because we’re not so high up and we can see the river rather than staring at the sky,” Mrs Clark said.“There’s no better view of Brisbane, with one whole wall of the building glass, it’s very unique. So is the fact that everyone in this building is owner-occupiers.” With smart wiring throughout, luxury inclusions include fully automated lights, music, blinds and security, as well as a storage room with wine racks, a wine fridge, three secure car parks and a grand hallway the length of the property. Larger than the average house, two rooms with balconies and ensuites are located towards the rear of the property. The opulent master bedroom with a private balcony sits pride of place overlooking the river and has a walk-in robe and ensuite with Statuario marble and a freestanding bath.last_img read more

Fugro in further cost-cutting push after ‘tough first half’

first_imgFugro continues to implement cost reduction and performance improvement measures to counter the continued challenging market conditions. In the first half of 2017, the company’s headcount was reduced by 178 employees to 10,352 and third party expenses were further reduced by 9.6%. In addition, capex continues to be curtailed strongly.Additional measures being taken to restore profitability include improving terms and conditions and early termination of vessel charter agreements. Fugro will also retire two older vessels in the second half of the year.Furthermore, the company concluded that the acquisition of the REM Etive vessel, following the award of two multi-year inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contracts earlier in the year, is at significantly more beneficial financial conditions than charter renewal.Other measures include down-manning of vessels and vessel support enabled by standardization and application of new technologies, further FTE reduction and more flexible staffing to deal with seasonality.Another measure will be further streamlining of the organization by standardizing work processes, further reducing the number of legal entities and consolidation of support functions into shared service centers.In total, cost savings and performance improvement measures are expected to result in an annualized contribution to EBITDA of EUR 50 to 70 million, most of which will be realized in the coming 12 months.Fugro’s net debt increased from EUR 351.1 million at year-end 2016 to EUR 433.5 million, partly as a result of the seasonal increase in working capital.For the full year 2017, Fugro anticipates a decrease in revenue, however less severe than during the first half. This expectation is supported by a bottoming out of Fugro’s backlog since mid-2016.Capex is expected to be around EUR 100 million.Offshore Energy Today Staff After experiencing a tough first half of the year, the Dutch geotechnical, survey, subsea and geoscience services provider, Fugro, has made plans to further cut costs to counter the continued challenging market conditions. In its Thursday report for the first half of the year, Fugro said it reduced its net result for the period to EUR 96.4 million ($114.2M) from EUR 202.1 million ($239.4M) in the first half of 2016.The company’s revenues for the first half of 2017 declined by 14.5% to EUR 774.3 million from EUR 904.9 million in the same period of 2016.Year-on-year revenue decline on a currency comparable basis reflected ongoing underinvestment in the offshore oil and gas market but the decline was less than during the last two years.According to the company, additional measures are being implemented to streamline business processes and further reduce cost, in order to restore profitability.Backlog for the next 12 months is bottoming out with a decrease of 5.5% on a currency comparable basis compared to a year ago and 2.4% compared to the end of March.Paul van Riel, Fugro CEO, commented: “The offshore oil and gas market continued to decline resulting in a tough first half of 2017. Marine site characterization activities performed below last year mainly due to pricing pressure, and currently utilization at Seabed Geosolutions is low. The marine asset integrity business showed an improved performance at close to break-even level.”However, Riel sees more stable environment looking ahead: “We are seeing early signs of moving into a more stable environment. The marine site characterization and marine asset integrity backlog, excluding construction and installation activities, is growing, supported by signals of increased tender activity. The pipeline of potential projects for Seabed Geosolutions is solid.“In order to restore profitability we are implementing additional measures, including significant cost savings, adjusting pricing strategies and focusing on innovative, higher margin services. This will already start to contribute to improved performance in the second half of this year.” Further cost-cutting measureslast_img read more

Negros Occ. not ready for ‘Balik Probinsya’ scheme

first_img“We need to establish more jobs first for Negrenses from the National Capital Region (NCR) who will be repatriated back to the province as part of the program,” Lacson told DYHB RMN-Bacolod in a radio interview Friday morning.He pointed out that more jobs should be made in the province which would be made available for returning Negrenses, aside from the agricultural and business process outsourcing sector.Following the program’s establishment earlier this month, over 33,000 residents in Metro Manila signed up for the program, which aims to decongest the NCR.Under Executive Order No. 114, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the program aims to ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth; provide adequate social services; and promote full employment, industrialization and an improved quality of life in rural areas.The program is also part of the ongoing efforts by the government to stop the coronavirus pandemic./PN BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental is not yet ready for the “Balik Probinsya” program of the government which is aimed at decongesting the National Capital Region and promotes more robust regional development.Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the provincial government needs at least two years of preparation to fully implement the program.last_img read more

Six points separate top three drivers as West Liberty show is next for Deery Series

first_imgSpectator admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and teens, and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. The Saturday show will be the 498th in series history. The tour headlines opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway on Sept. 2 before wrapping up its 33rd season at 34 Raceway in West Burlington on Sept. 21 and at Davenport Speedway on Sept. 28. Justin Kay has owned West Liberty Raceway, winning eight of the 14 Deery events held there since 2013. Consistent Andy Eckrich has four top-five finishes through the first seven events of the season and brings the series point lead to town. Joel Callahan and Matt Ryan have each won once and sit four and six points out of first, respectively.center_img The Saturday, Aug. 24 IMCA Late Model tour feature pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.  WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The points race going into the night is every bit as close as the racing will be when the Deery Brothers Summer Series travels to West Liberty Raceway this weekend. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 318; 2. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 314; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 312; 4. Curt Martin, Independence, 289; 5. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 285; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 273; 8. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 271; 9. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 249; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 217; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, 200; 12. Brian Harris, Davenport, 196; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 191; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo, 185; 15. Eric Pollard, Peosta, 163; 16. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 160; 17. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 154; 18. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 139; 19. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 137; 20. Terry Neal, Ely, 117.last_img read more

Curacao goalie dies after cardiac arrest

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Curacao reserve goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday in Haiti while on international duty. Pieter, 31, felt unwell and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, where the Curacao team are staying ahead of Tuesday’s CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti. Haiti sports minister Edwin Charles announced on Twitter that Pieter had suffered a “cardiac arrest” and died. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football expressed its sadness for Pieter’s sudden death and announced in a statement that Tuesday’s encounter between Haiti and Curacao will go ahead, with the Curacao players eager to play “as a tribute to their teammate.” A minute’s silence will be observed before the game as “the entire Confederation pays its respect to Jairzinho for his contributions to the game.” Pieter, who played for Curacao’s first division side SV Vesta, was on the bench in Sunday’s 1-0 home triumph over Haiti. Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who plays for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC, posted a video on Twitter showing the Curacao squad gathered around for a minute’s silence at the team’s hotel on Monday evening.Tags: CONCACAF Nations LeagueCuracaoJairzinho PieterSV Vestalast_img read more