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Mark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson top Forbes list of highest paid actorsMark Wahlberg Dwayne Johnson top Forbes list of highest paid actors

first_imgThat’s way behind the top-paid stars: Transformers: The Last Knight’s Mark Wahlberg leads the way with $68 million, followed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at $65 million and Vin Diesel at $54.5 million. Who needs Oscars? Mark Wahlberg evidently earned a substantial paycheque from Transformers: The Last Knight in order to top the list of highest paid stars. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES – BAY FILMS) Advertisement Don’t feel sorry for them or anything, but most of the actors and actresses confirmed for TIFF 2017 so far are lagging behind their counterparts when it comes to earnings.A list of the highest paid male and female stars released by Forbes on Tuesday revealed Emma Stone was the highest ranked of TIFF attendees at No. 15, with gross earnings of $26 million (all figures U.S.) between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.Another TIFF guest, Jennifer Lawrence, was at No. 17 with $24 million and Matt Damon clocked in at No. 19 with $21 million. Forbes also made note of the continuing pay gap between males and females in Hollywood, with the top 10 actors earning $488.5 million, nearly three times the $172.5-million total of the top 10 women.A couple of Canadian celebs, the Ryans Reynolds and Gosling, were newcomers to the list this year with Gosling making $29 million on the strength of La La Land, and Reynolds making a likely Deadpool-fuelled $21.5 million.Meanwhile, three Bollywood superstars, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, rounded out the Top 10.The full list of the top 20 is below:1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million5. Jackie Chan, $49 million6. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million7. Tom Cruise, $43 million8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million9. Salman Khan, $37 million10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million11. Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million12. Tom Hanks, $31 million13. Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million14. Ryan Gosling, $29 million15. Emma Stone, $26 million16. Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million17. Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million18. Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million19. Matt Damon, $21 million20. Jeremy Renner, $19 millionBy Debra Yeo With files from Forbes.com Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian men climb back into World Rugby top 20 after World CupCanadian men climb back into World Rugby top 20 after World Cup

The Canadian Press In the wake of its World Cup qualification, Canada has moved back into the top 20 of the World Rugby rankings.The Canadian men climbed one spot to No. 20 at the expense of Spain, which fell to No. 21 after losing 28-10 to No. 16 Samoa.The top seven were unchanged with No. 1 New Zealand ahead of Ireland, Wales, England, South Africa, Australia and Scotland. Fiji jumped two places to No. 8 after upsetting France 21-14.France and Argentina dropped one spot to No. 9 and 10, respectively.Canada was ranked 23rd in the world when it opened play Nov. 11 in a four-team repechage in Marseille, France. Kingsley Jones’ team went on to beat Kenya, Germany and Hong Kong to secure the 20th and last berth at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.The Canadian men were ranked 18th when they faced Ireland, then ranked No. 6, in their opening match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Canada was trounced 50-7, the first of four straight losses at the tournament. read more

What Its Like To Be A Woman At The Sloan Sports AnalyticsWhat Its Like To Be A Woman At The Sloan Sports Analytics

Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/womenatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When FiveThirtyEight offered me the opportunity to attend last week’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I jumped at the chance to geek out on two of my favorite subjects — sports and data.But my heart sank a little when I saw that only one of 30 speakers listed on the preliminary agenda was a woman. (The final speaker count was 22 women and 131 men.) I’ve been to other sausage fests, and they can operate like insular clubs that leave women feeling like outsiders.This year’s conference seemed promising, though. While the honorary executive board was all men, the conference chair was event co-founder Jessica Gelman, a former professional basketball player and the current vice president of customer marketing and strategy at the Kraft Sports Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The other women on the agenda were all-stars, too — like Amy Brooks, executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department; Heidi Pellerano, senior vice president at Wasserman Media Group; Stefanie Francis, co-founder of Navigate Research; and Elyse Guilfoyle, a senior industry analyst at Google.But there weren’t many women on stage or in the crowd. Only one of the 23 people attached to a finalist research paper was a woman, and one of her male colleagues presented the paper. Pellerano and Francis’s presentation on how Hispanic fans consume sports and Guilfoyle’s talk about ticket purchasing analytics were some of the only times that women were in the spotlight.Despite more than 3,000 people at the event, there was never a line at the women’s restroom. Gelman estimates that about 85 percent of attendees were men. That was true of the FiveThirtyEight delegation, too — I was the only woman from our team to attend, and the gender imbalance of our office is something we’ve noticed and that senior members of FiveThirtyEight are working on.When you feel like an outsider, it’s natural to seek out your own, and as I walked through the hallways, I found myself exchanging friendly head nods with the few other women I passed. It reminded me of that little wave that motorcyclists sometimes give each other out on the road, and I started asking these compatriots what they thought of the conference and what it was like to be so outnumbered by men.One of the first women I approached turned out to be Leigh Castergine, who is suing her former employer, Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon, for gender discrimination (the lawsuit alleges that he fired her for being pregnant out of wedlock). She said she had lots to say but couldn’t talk until the lawsuit was resolved. The Mets deny the allegations.Attendee Valerie Laird, a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s business school, told me that she’d agonized over what to wear. “I want to be taken seriously, but I want to look nice,” she said. Was it better to wear a dress or pants? If she made herself look attractive, would she be taken less seriously, or would she worry that men were approaching her because they wanted her number? Laird’s friend Jessica Edwards told me that considerations about how to dress were part of the ongoing fight for respect. “Guys don’t take you seriously in sports,” she said. “It’s so frustrating because this is what I want to do with my life.”One student who requested anonymity told me that she struggled with what name to put on her conference badge and her résumé. She has always gone by a nickname that’s a diminutive of her already very feminine name. She was there to network, and she worried that hiring managers, who often make quick judgments about candidates, might too easily dismiss or stereotype her based on her nickname.Two other young women who didn’t identify themselves (I’ll call them Jane and Jill) laughed when I asked whether they would mind telling me what it was like to attend Sloan as a woman. “We’ve been talking about this a lot,” Jane said. Like me, they’d noticed that many of the women on stage were there as moderators, rather than speakers. “We would prefer to see more women who are actually talking about their experience as the expert, versus facilitating the conversation,” Jill said.This difference between being the moderator and the expert reminded me of a recent New York Times piece by Sheryl Sandberg that observed that women often do more than their fair share of the unheralded but important tasks around the office — things like organizing and preparing. Moderating is difficult to do well (you have to herd the speakers into serving the audience instead of themselves), but praise about a panel typically focuses on what the speakers said, rather than the moderator’s performance.Yet everyone I spoke to agreed that a session specifically on women’s sports wasn’t the answer. During an informal discussion about women in the industry, Gelman said the decision not to hold such a panel was deliberate.Segregating sports by gender just amplifies inequalities. “We want to integrate and show how women are actively part of the conversation and not just a side part,” Danielle Russell, one of the conference’s student leaders, told me.Jane and Jill, whom I caught coming out of the negotiating panel, had some suggestions on how to achieve that goal. “They could have talked about Brittney Griner’s salary or about deals they’ve done that are related to that,” Jill said, referring to the former Baylor star who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.It’s not surprising that the conference focused primarily on the NFL, MLB and NBA, considering the amount of money they generate relative to other sports. But these are also sports with large disparities between male and female opportunities, observed Alison Mehlsak and Melissa Jenkins, graduate students at the University of Virginia’s business school. Creating some panels focused on sports that are more accessible to women could help, they told me. “Sports like tennis and golf, and events like the Olympics, offer rich opportunities to include women in the conversation,” Mehlsak said. As my FiveThirtyEight colleague Allison McCann recently pointed out, women’s sports are the next frontier in sports analytics.The lack of women at Sloan isn’t entirely the organizers’ fault. Professional sports is a male-dominated industry — one that ignores women at its own peril. Women now make up nearly half of the Super Bowl audience, and the latest Nielsen stats show that they represent at least a third of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL audience. The Sloan conference wields a heavy influence, and its organizers have an opportunity to make a difference by seeking out more women’s voices and inviting them into the fold. read more

Remote isolation of electronic devices in bulk handlingRemote isolation of electronic devices in bulk handling

first_imgSafeguarding REMSAFE, a remote isolation system for electronic devices to improve operational safety, will be installed at an unnamed Western Australian company’s iron mines. The system is designed to quickly and safely de-energise and isolate bulk handling plant and equipment from all motive energy sources, to ensure that the equipment cannot be moved or restarted while a worker is in the process of repairing or maintaining the equipment.The system isolates heavy mining plant in around three minutes, compared to the traditional manual process which can take up to 90 minutes at each instance of repair or maintenance.REMSAFE is therefore expected to increase operation efficiencies with reduced downtime and deliver cost savings by making the need for electricians to manually operate isolators redundant.The system improves safety and reduces the chance of electrical discharge or arc flash.Michael Lane, Managing Director of REMSAFE, commented that there is a “growing need for Western Australia’s major iron ore companies to improve production efficiencies and commit to an enhanced safety solution”.The system, which has already been used at operations run by BHP-Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Fortescue Metals Group, can be used for electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or kinetic energy devices in isolation or in combination.The REMSAFE remote isolation system is designed to achieve up to SIL3/CAT4, the highest possible rating for machine safety. It meets or exceeds the Australian and International Standards for machinery and conveyor safety.REMSAFE combines a safety-rated programmable logic controller, built-in redundancy and interlocks to ensure that energy sources are isolated at two independent points on command. Isolation is verified using both automated and manual ‘try-steps.’ The status of the isolation and the health of the system are continuously monitored and displayed using indicator lights, HMI and SCADA transparent to both the operator and the Control Room. The system is failsafe.last_img read more

WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – DEFENSIVE PLAYERWORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – DEFENSIVE PLAYER

← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – GOALKEEPER Next Story → Faruk Vražalić to HBW Balingen  Loading …Here are the nominations (CLICK AND VOTE):BEST LEFT WING 2014BEST LEFT BACK 2014BEST PLAYMAKER 2014BEST RIGHT BACK 2014BEST RIGHT WING 2014BEST LINE-PLAYER 2014BEST GOALKEEPER 2014BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014VOTE UNTIL DECEMBER 4! WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – DEFENSIVE PLAYER Tobbias Karlsson Viran Morros Gedeon Guardiola Timuszin SchuchView Results Gedeon GuardiolaTimusch SchuchTobbias KarlssonViran Morros read more

An Irishman is now Australias middleweight boxing championAn Irishman is now Australias middleweight boxing champion

first_imgHogan in action during the 2010 Irish nationals, where he was beaten by Ken Egan (INPHO/James Crombie)The fight was broadcast live across Australia on Fox Sports but Hogan, 28, insisted he would not be fazed by the hype.“I have fought on TV before as an amateur for Ireland and my last fight with Carroll was also actually shown on TV. I loved it each time, and I feel the big stage brings out the best in me.”Tony McCoy booked for two rides today — but he only needs one win for the magic 4000 IRISH BOXER DENNIS Hogan is middleweight champion of Australia after he beat Nathan ‘King’ Carroll.‘Hurricane’ Hogan, who is now unbeaten in 16 bouts, won a unanimous decision 97-93, 98-92, 99-93 on Thursday night in Brisbane.The Kildare man, who is a former Irish amateur international, has taken Australia by storm since turning professional three years agoNow his whirlwind career looks set to gather significant pace after he swept to the pugilistic pinnacle of Oz .Hogan and Carroll previously fought for a Queensland title 18 months ago with Hogan emerging victorious by way of TKO.But despite that triumph, he went into tonight’s contest as underdog against a vastly improved Carroll, who KOd his way to the national title in March.last_img read more

Subscribe to Office 365 get 12 months Xbox Live Gold for freeSubscribe to Office 365 get 12 months Xbox Live Gold for free

first_imgMicrosoft has just announced a sweet new promotion for families and students. If you sign up for a new Office 365 subscription, you’ll also score yourself twelve free months of Xbox Live Gold access.Live Gold usually costs around $50 per year (though you can often find a deal if you scour the web). An Office 365 Home Premium subscription is just $10 per month, so you’re essentially getting almost half your money back. If you’re willing to pay for a full year, you actually do hit the 50% mark since Microsoft reduces the Office 365 subscription to $99 when you pay up front. Eligible students can also opt for the four-year subscription — which costs just $79 for the duration.There are a couple of catches, as there always are with offers like this one. First, you’ve got to activate your Office 365 subscription by September 28. Second, you have to redeem your Xbox Live Gold code by October 31, 2014. You also need to live somewhere other than the United States.38 regions are eligible for the promo, including Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Russia. If you’re an Office user, own an Xbox 360, and live in one of the countries listed on this page, there’s really no reason not to take advantage of the offer.Even if you already have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, it’s probably still worth picking up Office 365. At $10 a month it’s not a big recurring expense, and you’ll be able to tack on your new Live Gold code when your current term runs out (assuming that happens before October 2014).You’ll also get access to Microsoft’s new mobile Office apps, which is another nice bonus. And while you need Microsoft’s console to enjoy Xbox Live, you don’t need one of its phones to use Office — iPhones and iPads have Office 365 apps, too.Still not sold? Don’t forget Microsoft also recently announced that it would be giving away two free games every month to Gold subscribers.last_img read more

HandsOn Need for Speed Payback Has Cars Characters and Casino PunsHandsOn Need for Speed Payback Has Cars Characters and Casino Puns

first_imgStay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Once upon a time there was a video game called Burnout Paradise, a brilliant and innovative open-world reinvention of the chaotic racing franchise. It was the last true Burnout game ever released, but when publisher EA instead unleashed the team at Criterion Games on the Need for Speed franchise, the Burnout Paradise legacy carried on a little longer in thrilling open-world racers Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.However, after some staff reorganization, the Need for Speed games from successor studio Ghost Games just couldn’t do it anymore for old Burnout die-hards like me. Meanwhile, the biggest rival racing games like Forza were leaning more towards their realistic sim elements. So after the less-than-stellar reception to 2015’s would-be reboot simply titled Need for Speed, the developers took a year off and used the extra time to make some big improvements.Need for Speed: Payback isn’t definitely not a racing sim. The developers prefer to call it an “action-driving game” as opposed to just a racing game, or a “CARPG” even. Not only that, it may even be the beginning of a whole new dramatic universe of Need for Speed games. What does that all even mean? I recently got to go hands on with Need for Speed: Payback to find out.Need for Speed: Payback puts a huge emphasis on its narrative. Right from the start players hop between different, diverse members of a quippy, Fast and Furious-esque racing gang. Ghost Games wants Payback to be the first of many adventures with these characters (portrayed via motion-capture and not the live-action actors of previous games), and at the very least they’re more charming than anyone from the recent inexplicable Need for Speed movie (which the developers don’t talk about).Although I played for over an hour, I only saw the beginning of Payback’s actual story, a story that should last nearly 20 hours. When a big score goes awry, you must reunite your crew and get revenge against criminal syndicate The House, who of course always win. That’s just the first of many casino puns you’ll hear in the Las Vegas-inspired Fortune Valley city Payback takes place in. I nearly lost it when my boss told me, “I decide when the cards fall.”The focus on story also gives Payback a justification for big, action-packed, spectacle driving gameplay set pieces. An early mission has you competing in a race, but your ranking doesn’t actually matter because soon enough you peel away from the pack to simply steal the car you’re driving and evade the cops by making sick jumps. Another mission has you winning a race that was supposed to be fixed, incurring the wrath of the fixers. Not all of these missions are as ridiculous as others, but there will be a handful of large-scale “blockbuster” missions that reminded me of Grand Theft Auto V’s acclaimed heists.The story also leaves plenty of room for nonlinear exploration. You can just drive all around taking on new races, missions, cop chases, and other events. Bet on yourself to earn extra cash if you win a race, although you can’t be corrupt and purposefully lose to also make money. The Autolog social network returns to let you interact with friends, but unlike the last Need for Speed, you can thankfully play Payback offline. The arcade-style “casual competitive” gameplay has an excellent sense of gorgeous speed on PlayStation 4 Pro, teetering on the right side of “just out of control.” It takes skill but you don’t need to buy a racing wheel or spend hours tweaking your friction coefficient to have fun.That said, Payback does have plenty of customization options, even if I was able to jump in and have fun without engaging with them. As a “CARPG” you can collect and upgrade different rides across different classes like race, drag, and drift using scrap metal. This is presented through an accessible card-based interface. There are also a handful of legendary “derelict” cars that are initially garbage but can become some of the best vehicles in the game with enough work. Fortunately the microtransactions only offer cosmetics and not stat-increasing parts, which we cleared up after an initial misunderstanding conflating loot boxes with the unrelated “bait crate” cop missions.This is also perhaps the impressive world featured in a Need for Speed game. No longer confined to just urban streets, Fortune Valley has several different outdoor biomes for varied off-road racing. Ride out of the city and into the mountains. It feels like Forza Horizon. There’s also a full day and night cycle, not perpetual gray rain. Again, this was a benefit of taking a year off and really letting the Frostbite engine technology mature.But while the racing shows promise, it’s Need for Speed: Payback’s story that gives the game its silly but distinct identity. And that’s definitely by design. I talked to the game’s executive producer Marcus Nilsson who said the goal of Payback wasn’t just to fix the last game’s issues but also present a clear path forward for the franchise. The extra motivation a story inspires in a player might be the thing to keep them invested in these racing games over others.I also asked if previous Need for Speed characters, like the infamous Razor Callahan, might make an appearance if Payback really is doubling down on Fast and Furious-style extended lore. For what it’s worth, Nilsson’s answer didn’t dash my dreams.Need for Speed: Payback arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC November 10. Do it for la familia.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Fowler slams totally unacceptable Salah diving debateFowler slams totally unacceptable Salah diving debate

first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence over the “hostile” diving debate and suggested he’s being singled out as a foreign player.Due to his apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge, Salah has faced plenty of backlash over the last few weeks.Unlike fellow Reds legend John Aldridge, however, Fowler reckons Salah is within his rights to go down to the ground when touched.“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote in the Daily Mirror.“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David ­Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and­ possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally ­unacceptable.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.He added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit ­theatrically, ­sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s ­almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise, he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah was this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he ­converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is a former striker, who scored 183 goals in 369 games across two separate spells for Liverpool.The 43-year-old won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in his time at Anfield and is considered a “god” among the supporters.last_img read more

Quader hints at cabinet reshuffleQuader hints at cabinet reshuffle

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader meets an Australian delegation at his secretariat office on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday hinted at a possible reshuffle in the cabinet.The ruling party spokesperson dropped the hint in response to a volley of questions from reporters after a meeting of the minister with an Australian delegation at Bangladesh Secretariat.“It’s the discretion of the prime minister whether there will be any change in the cabinet. However, a reshuffle may be made in the cabinet. But I cannot say when it will happen,” said Quader.When his attention was drawn to a hearsay that a new post of deputy prime minister could be created, the minister said, “It is a mere rumour.”He claimed that he knew nothing about creation of such post.last_img read more

AFRO Community ConnectionsAFRO Community Connections

first_imgLexington Market Saturday Concert SeriesLexington Market continues its free Saturday afternoon concert series with live performances on the Market’s Arcade stage in April. Upcoming concerts feature The Rise Band and Show on April 13, Bushmasters featuring Gary Brown, April 20, and the Jazz Caravan, April 27. All concerts take place 12 noon to 2 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. More information is available at http://www.lexingtonmarket.com  or on the Market’s Facebook page. Health and Wellness Expo: ‘I Dare You to Trust God with Your Health’Union Bethel AME Church and the Patapsco River (MD) Chapter, the Links are hosting a health fair featuring Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, on April 12 from 9 a.m. to3 p.m. at 8615 Church Lane. There will be giveaways, makeovers, workshops, a youth corner, cooking demos and more. Admission is FREE. Blackout Poetry Celebrate National Poetry Month.  Create your own poem! No writing required. Instead of starting with a blank page, start with a page full of words and cross out the ones you don’t want. Visit the library anytime in April to create your Blackout Poem. adults and seniors are welcome. The Southeast Anchor Library is located at 3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224. Visit https://calendar.prattlibrary.org/calendar to see more events at the Pratt Library. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s):Boots Riley & Mickalene ThomasOn April 24, from 6:00 pm to 10 p.m, come to The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, to  hear critically acclaimed rapper, activist, and writer/director of Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley, in conversation with internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas. They will discuss how ongoing systemic injustices inspire and influence their work, as well as the broader role of the arts in spurring dialogue, understanding, and, ultimately, change. Talk starts at 7 p.m. First come, first served. Auditorium seating is limited. Overflow viewing will be available at locations throughout the Museum. Before and after the talk, enjoy free admission to Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s. Catch free screenings of Sorry to Bother You at the BMA on April 13 and April 17. Visit https://www.artbma.org for more information. Bmorenews Community AwardsCome out an celebrate 15 remarkable individuals who make Baltimore special! The celebration is on April 13, 12 noon to 1:30pm at Easterwood Park Recreation, 1530 North Bentalou Street , Baltimore, MD 21216. For more information visit bmorenews.com or call 443.858.2684. RSVP on Eventbrite. Lexington Market Health and Wellness DaysLexington Market’s Health and Wellness Days initiative, in partnership with University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, continues this spring with a focus on job skills and training on April 17. The series culminates in an employment fair on Wednesday, May 15. Classes will cover resume writing, email correspondence, interviewing skills, job searching techniques, and dressing for success with information on interview clothing resources available. The free community health and wellness fairs take place the third Wednesday of every month year-round in the Market Arcade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available at http://www.lexingtonmarket.com or on the Market’s Facebook page. Computer Classes for Ages 7-9: 2nd Grade – 4th Grade Home School 2019 Orleans Street Branch, Pratt Center for Technology , 1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21231 are having classes for homeschooled students (Pre-K – 8th grades). Learn the basic components of the computer, develop writing skills using  Microsoft Word. Use interactive programs and websites to enhance language, critical thinking, and logic. Registration Information: To register call 410-545-0735. More dates available April 9 through June 11, from 9:00am to 5:00pmlast_img read more

Review Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Is Bloody AwesomeReview Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Is Bloody Awesome

first_img These Are the Games You Should Check Out in June 2019These Smaller Titles From E3 2018 Deserve Your Attention After four years in development, Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally available to the public. It’s surreal, especially for someone like myself who has watched and covered the title since its announcement. Even after playing for a full week, I still cannot believe it is a tangible thing. But the Metroidvania, or rather, Iga-vania game is very real and very awesome. Comparisons to Castlevania are inevitable so I won’t even try to gloss over that in this review. In fact, I’ll just flat out say it: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the best Castlevania not named Castlevania.Bloodstained has all of the essentials: A large interconnected map, a variety of unique enemies, deep combat and RPG mechanics, and a spooky gothic setting. It is the quintessential Metroidvania game. This may be off-putting on its face considering the glut of similar titles in the market. However, Bloodstained delivers an expert-level experience that reminds us why this genre is still so popular. Though not wildly original, one cannot deny the craftsmanship on display. This makes the crowdfunded project even more impressive.Players take on the role of a Shardbinder named Miriam. She has the ability to absorb shards from slain demons in order to utilize their powers. However, the more shards she ingests, the closer she gets to becoming a demon herself. The story is not exactly the highpoint of Bloodstained. The plot mostly serves as a way to get you from one boss fight to another. This is perfectly fine since the real draw is exploring the massive castle and unlocking new abilities.From the jump, Miriam has access to a variety of weapons. These include katanas, greatswords, whips, spears, knives, and even boots. Every weapon handles differently, so you’ll want to experiment with all of them to find the right one for you. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, knives allow for quick attacks but deliver low damage. Greatswords deal large damage but take longer to strike. I personally liked katanas and straight swords since they dealt decent damage, but the choice is yours.Augmenting Miriam’s combat skills are the aforementioned shards. Killing enemies will sometimes net shards to equip and use. Some shards let you shoot fire or energy from your hand. Others offer passive abilities like additional defense. My personal favorite shards summon demons to fight by your side. Things can get challenging, so having support comes in handy. You can carry as many shards as you want, even multiples of the same type. However, this will make Miriam turn demonic quicker. You’ll need to have a decent amount of shards on hand but not so many that it’ll negatively impact Miriam. It’s a fine balance that adds a layer of depth to gameplay.You’ll gather items from chests and defeated foes which you can use to craft items at your safehouse. If you have the right ingredients, you can craft weapons, armor, accessories, and food. Food is especially useful since new dishes offer permanent stat boosts. You can also enhance shards or sell them. Selling shards gives you a decent amount of money and prevents Miriam from turning demonic. If you aren’t fond of crafting, you’ll rejoice knowing it isn’t essential. You can get through the entire game without crafting a single thing. I would advise hitting up the item shop to stock up on health and ether potions and to sell excess shards.You’ll find a number of townsfolk in and around the safehouse. They task you with defeating a certain number of demons or with gathering specific items. Like crafting, it isn’t necessary to complete side missions. They do, however, net you weapons and items, so it’s not a complete waste of time. Plus, you’ll kill the requisite number of demons along your journey, so you may as well initiate the associated sidequests and nab yourself some goodies.Bloodstained‘s intricately designed map is a true highlight. Each section contains a myriad of paths to take. Most roads lead you towards the next portion of the map. Others loop back around to previously explored areas. Most sections contain hidden rooms containing treasure chests or permanent stat boosts. There are a healthy amount of save and fast travel rooms. The fast travel rooms are extremely useful for revisiting earlier sections. Despite the gargantuan map size, it never feels overwhelming. Exploring the map is enjoyable and something you can easily sink many hours into.Bloodstained is one of the best looking titles of its kind. Every character and enemy comes to life via beautifully rendered cell shaded graphics. The gothic backgrounds look equally gorgeous. The art team poured an impressive amount of detail into every location, giving each a distinct feel. Aside from some less-than-stellar in-game cinemas, Bloodstained never fails to impress visually.I understand some players experienced a number of bugs and glitches. The biggest being a bug that all but broke the game. That’s disappointing, especially if you’re a backer who has waited years to play. I never once ran into any of the problems detailed by others. Besides some relatively slow load times, I haven’t faced any performance issues on my PS4 Pro. It runs exceptionally well, especially for a crowd funded title. I am of course speaking for myself here. Hopefully, the development team can iron out the big issues so everyone can enjoy Bloodstained as intended.Though not revolutionary, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delivers on its promise of being a Castlevania spiritual successor. Even in an age of countless Metroidvania titles, it stands above the crowd. This is not surprising given the man behind the project. The game comes out at a time when Castlevania enjoys renewed interest thanks to the Netflix animated series and the recently released Castlevania Anniversary Collection. Will Bloodstained spur Konami into releasing a new Castlevania? We can’t say, but Bloodstained filling that void isn’t something I’ll complain about.Get ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ at AmazonMore on Geek.com:‘Samurai Shodown’ Is One of 2019’s Best Fighting GamesHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hungry for More‘Super Mario Bros.’ Battle Royale Is The Final Form of Video Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | October 29, 2008 | Richard R. Rogoski Teleradiology’s Growth Comes of Age Teleradiology’s growth garners both praise and blame. PreviousNext Greg Rose, M.D., says NightRays is increasing its staff of specialized radiologists to cover the increasing demand for specialty reads. The rising tide of teleradiology services is being heralded by some as a breakthrough in radiology that will ultimately improve the quality of healthcare and provide new jobs for U.S. radiologists. Others, however, place part of the blame for a shortage of radiologists on the growth of teleradiology. And the use of foreign-based teleradiologists to do preliminary reads at lower costs has raised concerns over the quality of these reads and whether U.S.-based radiology service providers or the healthcare organizations that contract for these services can be held liable for reading or diagnostic errors.It will take years before all the clinical and legal questions are answered. But the one thing that everyone does agree on is that teleradiology will continue to reshape the radiological landscape.Growing trendsThe healthcare profession, in general, has been slower than corporate America in adopting more efficient and cost-effective IT solutions. But with the growing acceptance of RIS/PACS, radiologists now have more options in how they can collect, store, read and exchange images. Teleradiology became a logical and natural progression in the use of this new technology. “All teleradiology is saying is that we can apply Internet and bandwidth technology to solve the problems of efficiencies, quality and costs,” indicated Scott Seidelman, president and CEO of Cleveland, OH-based Franklin and Seidelman Subspecialty Radiology (F&S).Arl Van Moore, M.D., president of Charlotte Radiology in Charlotte, NC, and the current president of the American College of Radiology (ACR), says higher bandwidths and increased CPU power, especially, have been driving teleradiology. “About five years ago it became more affordable and more acceptable,” said Dr. Moore.According to Dr. Moore, every radiological subspecialty is growing under teleradiology with the exception of digital mammography, which requires extremely high bandwidths to accommodate the larger images.Interestingly, Seidelman believes that to a large extent, radiologists themselves are driving the growth of teleradiology subspecialties. “Radiology is moving toward individual body parts, paralleling what’s going on in surgery, for example,” he said.With referring physicians wanting more complete and detailed images from a variety of scanner types, there is a growing demand for specialty radiologists who, for example, can read and interpret breast, neuro or cardiovascular images, Seidelman says.But according to a 2006 study conducted by F&S, 23.4 percent of radiologists who responded said subspecialty coverage was less than adequate given the requests from referring physicians. “They aren’t getting the specificity and depth of report they want,” noted Seidelman.A field in transitionIt has been reported by a number of research groups and publications that the demand for imaging procedures is outpacing the number of radiologists by 3 to 1 and predictions indicate a 140 percent increase in annual imaging procedures for Medicare patients by 2020. Additionally, it is estimated that up to 20 percent of the U.S. image interpretation business — worth up to $15 billion per year — will soon be provided through teleradiology.The inability to find enough qualified, specialized, on-site radiologists has forced many hospitals and radiology groups to rely on teleradiologists.To meet this growing demand, radiology service providers like Bellaire, TX-based NightRays are beefing up their teleradiology staff. “While NightRays is a 24-hour general teleradiology service that offers preliminary, final and ‘pre/fin’ reports, we have found the need to continue to increase our radiologist staffing with special expertise to cover the increasing requests for breast MR, MSK, peds, neuro and mammo studies,” said Greg Rose, M.D., Ph.D., NightRays’ president and CEO.There are still opportunities for general radiologists, but with the field subspecializing as much as it is, many radiologists are finding greater personal and professional satisfaction working as a teleradiology specialist. “If you’re a neuroradiologist, you don’t want to go to a rural hospital and read musculoskeletal images,” Seidelman said.But this could further erode the quality of healthcare offered in rural areas, says James Backstrom, M.D., chief medical officer of Pittsburgh, PA-based Foundation Radiology Group. “As the pool of radiologists gets less and less, rural areas, especially, will get less qualified radiologists,” he noted.But while there might be fewer on-site radiologists in these areas, there are still qualified teleradiologists available when needed — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, says Dr. Rose. “Because subspecialists would rather read more of their subspecialty, they are attracted to teleradiology where they can fill their day with such interpretations from a variety of facilities. Together, this has allowed the smaller and/or rural general radiology practices to bring subspecialty radiology to their facilities through teleradiology. Indeed, there are reports of a worsening radiologist shortage, but this seems to be mostly due to new radiologists being progressively less attracted to on-site, rural positions. The number of radiologists moving to teleradiology seems to be increasing. Perhaps this evolving manpower issue will drive the staffing of fewer on-site radiologists and allow more work to be done by teleradiology services which can be more efficient in the face of increasing study volumes.”As the line between traditional radiology and teleradiology disappears, radiologists are presented with more options. Among these, according to Dr. Rose, is the conversion of hospital radiologists to teleradiologists. Driving this particular movement are three major factors, he notes: lifestyle, politics and finance. “Lifestyle changes are profound with teleradiology. No driving to and from work, live anywhere you want, your own office with your own stuff, generally more flexible schedule, personal matters can be more easily attended to, and usually an efficient reading system. “Indeed, hospital politics are a necessary evil, but it seems most radiologists don’t want to deal with them. A teleradiology company generally manages the whole practice and the radiologist just reads the cases. They are generally not involved in contract negotiations, equipment purchase, HR issues, billing matters or legal issues. It has been termed a ‘clean radiology job,’” said Dr. Rose.He added, “Financial pressures from the DRA (Deficit Reduction Act) have driven down reimbursements for various studies. On-site radiologists report more ‘non-revenue generating’ activities and feel bogged down by inefficiencies due to being on-site.”Still, Dr. Rose believes that a balance between on-site radiologists and teleradiologists can be achieved. “I think radiology would have been a combination of on-site and off-site manpower from the start if we could have done it,” he said. “Indeed, the ACR is likely evaluating how they can be of service in guiding the redistribution of on-site and off-site reads in a fashion that preserves the quality, integrity and spirit of this great specialty.”Safeguarding qualityReports show that the DRA has eliminated up to 30 percent of federal reimbursements for readings, prompting some traditional radiology groups to increase procedure volume or to add teleradiology services to bolster their bottom lines.But reduced reimbursements are also exacerbating the current shortage of radiologists, which, says Dr. Backstrom, will get worse.In an effort to educate the public and Congress about the role of radiologists and the need for adequate reimbursements, the ACR is rolling out a nationwide branding campaign called the “Face of Radiology.”Interestingly, this campaign does not target teleradiology companies that try to cut costs by using foreign-based readers, but self-referring physicians — those specialists who own their own imaging equipment and may not be ACR-accredited.Shawn Farley, public relations manager for the ACR, says self-referrals are one reason cited for the increased number of imaging tests ordered. And too many unnecessary tests expose patients to unnecessary levels of radiation, he says.Plus, non-radiologist physicians who read their own images may not know how to interpret them correctly, thereby increasing the risk of errors, Farley says.He also points out that from 1998-2005, the non-radiologists’ share of in-office MRI and CT imaging doubled and tripled respectively. These physicians also received more than double the amount of Medicare dollars paid to radiologists during the same period, translating to approximately $4 billion.When the campaign’s launch was announced, Dr. Moore stated: “It is important that radiologists make their role in patient care known so that patients are aware of radiology’s tremendous contribution to their well-being, and can choose to receive care from the physicians most qualified to provide it.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Greg Rose, M.D., says NightRays is increasing its staff of specialized radiologists to cover the increasing demand for specialty reads. Greg Rose, M.D., says NightRays is increasing its staff of specialized radiologists to cover the increasing demand for specialty reads.last_img read more

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first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems December 10, 2008 – Nearly nine in 10 hospital executives believe the current economic crisis will impact their facilities more heavily than the downturn of 2001-2002, according to a survey released yesterday by CSC titled, “Treatment Plan: Hospitals Respond to the Economic Crisis.” The impact is already being felt and 55 percent of hospitals have seen cuts in revenue from Medicaid payments and many are beginning to prepare for increases in uncompensated care.With the economy weighing heavily, 74 percent of hospitals surveyed have begun implementing changes to respond to the crisis, while 20 percent are in the planning stages of responding. Some of these changes have been made to capital investments. The survey showed 60 percent of respondents are delaying or deferring future construction, 55 percent report delaying or deferring future information technology (IT) projects, and 38 percent have postponed IT expansions already underway. “The economic environment, exacerbated by the credit crisis, has put the healthcare industry in uncharted waters,” said Deward Watts, president of CSC’s Global Healthcare Sector. “The industry’s quick response to this challenge is encouraging, but tough times lie ahead. Hospitals that address changing patient demands and shifting reimbursement cycles will be better positioned to mitigate the downturn.”The study indicates 15 percent of hospitals surveyed have accelerated IT projects in hopes that the effective use of information will help deal with new patient demands and changing reimbursement cycles while concurrently improving the quality of care. At the same time, 75 percent claim that they will be cutting costs, while 59 percent will be taking the downturn as an opportunity to tighten up their revenue cycle management. Only 43 percent plan to lay-off staff, 21 percent anticipate cutting services and fewer than four percent see the need to close facilities.One of the largest factors expected to affect hospitals and health networks is the manner in which patients pursue care. Increased cost of living, tightening credit and the job market are creating a “perfect storm” where the uninsured patient base rises and insured patients look for a greater “bang for their buck.” Of the hospital executives surveyed, 67 percent expect to see an increase in emergency department visits, while 58 percent expect to see fewer routine checkups. Half of the executives interviewed expect to see fewer patients coming back for follow-up care. CSC conducted 54 interviews with hospital and health network executives during the latter half of November, with 94 percent at the C-level. Nearly 50 percent were chief executive officers, chief financial officers or chief operating officers. CSC’s Global Healthcare Sector, which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world, is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.For more information: www.csc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | December 09, 2008 Survey Shows 74 Percent of Hospitals Are Taking Measures To Avoid Fiscal Crisis News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… 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 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read morelast_img read more

Airport police arrest Tico with more than a kilo of cocaineAirport police arrest Tico with more than a kilo of cocaine

first_imgRelated posts:Mexico to purge corrupt cops in violent state Israeli tourist caught smuggling cocaine at Costa Rica airport Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chief Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia Drug Control Police arrested a Costa Rican tourist at Juan Santamaría International Airport attempting to fly to Madrid, Spain with more than 1 kilogram of cocaine in his suitcase Monday, according to the Public Security Ministry (MSP).The 38-year-old suspect, identified by his last name, Araya, tried to smuggle 1,180 grams of cocaine in two packages hidden in his luggage. Araya, from Los Ángeles de San Rafael in Heredia, did not have any priors, according to MSP.Araya is the 16th drug smuggler nabbed at Juan Santamaría International Airport so far this year. The vast majority of the alleged smugglers were international tourists: eight from Guatemala, two from the Netherlands, and one each from Nicaragua, Mexico, Israel and Italy.Araya was the second Costa Rican arrested with drugs at the airport this year.Airport authorities have seized a total of 10.9 kilograms of cocaine so far in 2015, along with €85,415 and $102,333 in cash, according to MSP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

This week in the Peace Corps A Costa Rican Country ChristmasThis week in the Peace Corps A Costa Rican Country Christmas

first_imgOn Dec. 26, 2016, I woke up relieved. I had made it through my very first Christmas away from home. I remember reassuring myself that my second year of service would be different; I would make it home to spend the holidays with friends and family.I would break out my winter boots, frolic in the snow, and snuggle up next to the fire with my dogs and a massive cup of hot cocoa. Holiday tunes would ring out in the background. Oh, how glorious it would be. Tilyian’s dog, Maple, waiting for her back in the US. (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)But, when the final quarter of my Peace Corps service began filling up with new projects, community invitations, and events, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to swing a trip home in December.After accepting that I would be spending Christmas again in my site – a rural community of 200 people – I did my best to do it differently this time around.This year, I was determined to bring a little taste of my own culture and tradition to Costa Rica to make the holidays feel a little more like home. I needed the essentials: Christmas cookies, Christmas music (we would listen to “Feliz Navidad” on repeat if need be), and presents for my host family.Those people who have shown me nothing but kindness acceptance and allowed me to live in their home for the past 19 months. Christmas cookies and presents! (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)Since Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 24 here in Costa Rica, my 12-year-old host niece, Fabiola, and I spent the day before making over 80 Christmas cookies so the children could decorate and eat them the following day at the community party.While you might think 80 cookies doesn’t sound like that many, it can be. All I had was cookie cutters made from cans and masking tape and a portable oven that fits 5 to 6 cookies at a time. It took us almost 6 hours. Making Christmas cookies (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)While we were making cookies, my host dad went out into the woods to cut down our annual Christmas tree. It really a tree, but a very thick, bushy branch chopped down from a large pine tree. After returning with the “tree,” he and my host mom set up the creche, a nativity scene that almost every house displays in or outside of their home.Baby Jesus is not placed in the manger until Christmas Day – the day that he was born – which I learned my first year here after purchasing my host mother a new baby Jesus. I thought the first one had been lost. It was not.On the morning of Christmas Eve (“Nochebuena”) per tradition – a pig was killed. Then the men of the family began roasting the pork and the pig’s skin to make “chicharrones,” a traditional Costa Rican dish.Meanwhile, the ladies boiled up yucca, a favorite root vegetable here, and plantains – enough food to last everyone through the night. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. we feasted on chicharrones, yucca, and plantains, decorated Christmas cookies, sang karaoke, and danced. Christmas lunch (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)When I woke up on Dec. 26, 2017, it wasn’t the feeling of relief that I had experienced my first year; but pure appreciation, gratitude, and happiness. It turns out I was home for the holidays this year, and I spent it surrounded by the people I love, doing what we love to do: laughing, eating, singing, and dancing. Karaoke Christmas in Costa Rica (Photo courtesy of Peace Corps Costa Rica)I sat down on Christmas morning, still in my pijamas and exchanged presents with my host family. What I thought I was missing last year was here all along: the feeling of family and togetherness that makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Comments Related posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Moving Out in Costa Rica This week in the Peace Corps: Jumpstarting English with Peace Corps Volunteers This week in the Peace Corps: Camp GLOW empowering young women worldwide This week in the Peace Corps: A volunteer’s time in Talamancalast_img read more

Hilton Partners with OSK Property and Employees Provident FundHilton Partners with OSK Property and Employees Provident Fund

first_imgHilton Melbourne SquareHilton Partners with OSK Property and Employees Provident Fund Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of Hilton Melbourne Square. Hilton Melbourne Square will be a major meetings and events hotel and will join the recent signing of Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, reinforcing Hilton’s push to strengthen its presence in the Melbourne market.Hilton will manage the 600-room hotel under a management agreement with Yarra Park City, the joint venture company between OSK Property and EPF, and is slated to open in early 2023, with construction to commence 2020.Located in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, on the corner of Power and Kavanagh Streets, the new-build hotel is part of a $2.8 billion mixed-use development comprising of residential, commercial, speciality retail and 3,700 square meters of open space parkland.Hilton Melbourne Square is ideally located in close proximity to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Arts Centre. The hotel is also a short walk across the river to the Docklands precinct, Southern Cross Station and Melbourne’s central business and shopping districts.“Having recently signed Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, we are thrilled to have now signed another Hilton Hotels & Resorts property with Hilton Melbourne Square, this time a major meetings and events property,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton.“Melbourne is an extremely important market and with two new Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties joining our existing DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Flinders Street, we look forward to welcoming both business and leisure guests to all three unique properties.”Comprised of 600 spacious rooms, including 28 suites and one Presidential Suite, Hilton Melbourne Square will feature an Executive Lounge, four food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop bar and an All Day Dining restaurant, a fitness centre, an indoor pool and extensive meeting and event spaces totalling over 2,800sqm, including a 1,140sqm ballroom and a 840sqm junior ballroom.Tan Sri Ong Leong Huat, Chairman, OSK Property, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Hilton on this landmark hotel. This new hotel will offer extensive, state of the art convention facilities capable of hosting the world’s largest conventions in addition to capitalising upon a very robust local demand for function facilities.”Tan Sri Ong added, “Hilton has an exceptional reputation in the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions space and we are excited and confident to have Hilton driving this business within our new facility, together with 600 cutting edge hotel rooms. Hilton Melbourne Square is a superb complement to the broader Melbourne Square mixed-use precinct.”“Hilton Melbourne Square is an exciting addition to our Melbourne and wider Australasia portfolio and we are extremely pleased to be working with both OSK Property and EPF to bring our world-renown Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to Melbourne’s Southbank area.” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton.Hilton Melbourne Square will join 27 hotels presently operating under the Hilton portfolio throughout Australasia.About HiltonHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 89 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.About Hilton Hotels & ResortsFor 100 years, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. With more than 585 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com, and learn more by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/hhr and following Hilton Hotels & Resorts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.About Employees Provident Fund MalaysiaThe Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is Malaysia’s premier retirement savings fund to help its members achieve adequate savings for a comfortable retirement. This is in line with EPF’s vision to help members achieve a better future and the mission to safeguard members’ savings and deliver excellent services. The EPF has evolved significantly from transaction-centric to a professional fund management organisation with a strong focus on retirement security. The EPF is guided by a robust and professional governance framework when making investment decisions. It continues to play a catalytic role in the nation’s economic growth and seeks to cultivate a savings and investment culture among its members to improve the country’s financial literacy level. For more information, please visit our website www.kwsp.gov.myAbout OSK PropertyOSK Group is a conglomerate with a solid business track record of over 50 years. The Group has diversified business interests in property development and investment, construction, industries, hospitality, and financial services, where it holds a strategic stake in RHB Bank, the fourth largest banking group in Malaysia. OSK Group has over 2,000 employees across its business operations in Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia. Its main holding company, OSK Holdings Berhad, is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. OSK Property, which is the Group’s property development and investment business, is one of the leading property groups in Malaysia. A multi-award winning developer known for its bold designs and solid reputation, OSK Property has delivered a broad range of properties across Malaysia, from large-scale townships to urban high-rise buildings, and has a portfolio of investment assets in hotels, retail and commercial office properties. For more information, please visit our website www.oskgroup.com.Source = Hiltonlast_img read more

I expect the Cards will talk to free agents Kwon AI expect the Cards will talk to free agents Kwon A

first_imgI expect the Cards will talk to free agents Kwon Alexander, CJ Mosley, KJ Wright, Landon Collins, Jordan Hicks and Brandon Marshall. I would put best odds of landing one of them on Marshall.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) March 5, 2019 Haason Reddick is a first-round talent but a work-in-progress as a linebacker.Deone Bucannon might be on his way out as he enters free agency just a few years removed from being dubbed the first $LB.The most reliable linebacker from the Arizona Cardinals’ 3-13 season, Josh Bynes, was released this week despite entering 2019 on a reasonable contract while coming off a thumb injury didn’t seem too serious. He certainly didn’t see it coming. Funny how this business works, STILL don’t understand it but APPRECIATE everything the @AZCardinals has done for me and my family the last two seasons! Nothing but love for my guys there, CAN’T WAIT (Bart Scotts Voice) for new opportunity! #justanotherTestimonytothegame!— Josh Bynes (@bynestime56) March 6, 2019Are the Cardinals that ready to shed any ounce of success from the one-year era of former head coach Steve Wilks? Do they simply want to go in a new direction with Vance Joseph’s 3-4 defense replacing Wilks’ 4-3?Related LinksGambo’s 4 free agent WRs the Cardinals are expected to considerKyler Murray’s high school coach believes in QB’s reserved leadershipTeams are asking, but no indication Cardinals are shopping Josh RosenEither way, the Cardinals need more production out of the linebacker position, which was a turnstile last year. Safety Antoine Bethea (120 tackles) led the team in tackles last season, followed by defacto linebacker Budda Baker (102), the undersized defensive back who played near the line.All of that will be answered in free agency and the draft, where the linebacker depth chart must be reshaped from the top-down.On Monday, negotiations with free agents can begin. And two days later, on March 13, the new league year begins with free agency starting at 1 p.m. MST.To prep for the action, here are six linebacker free agency targets who the Cardinals are expected to at least speak to, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. Most of them are top names, and it will be curious to see how Arizona spends at a position of need. 16 Comments   Share   Considering Arizona’s front office converted Bucannon from the safety spot he played in college, there’s a good chance the Cardinals see similarities — or at least versatility — if they were to spend on Collins. Price-wise, he could cost a bit.K.J. Wright (6-foot-4, 246 pounds)(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)Wright was often mentioned as one of the less-heralded pieces responsible for the Seattle Seahawks’ success dating back to Super Bowl XLVIII.But at nearly 30 years old and having missed all but five games last year due to a knee injury, one of the team’s better locker room presences is at risk of being spurned.Wright recorded at least 107 tackles in each of the four seasons before 2018 and would come at a more reasonable price for the Cardinals. Wright is coming off a four-year deal that paid him just south of $7 million annually.Jordan Hicks (6-foot-1, 236 pounds)(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)After suffering an Achilles injury in 2017, Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks returned to play 12 games last season, tallying career highs with 91 tackles and three sacks. From left to right, free agents Kwon Alexander, C.J. Mosley and Landon Collins. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kwon Alexander (6-foot-1, 227 pounds)(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Though he’s coming off an ACL tear in Week 7 of last season, Kwon Alexander has been one of the league’s most prolific tacklers over his four-year career.The 2015 fourth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished his second season with 145 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. His coverage abilities (six interceptions and 22 passes defensed) in 46 games from a middle linebacker spot is impressive.What’s not is his injury history and a suspension due to performance-enhancing substances that have kept the one-time Pro Bowler sidelined for 18 games during his four-year career..According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who joined Tampa radio station 95.3 WDAE on Tuesday, the Buccaneers have discussed re-signing Alexander long-term. Alexander would be a pricy addition and despite the injury will surpass a $10 million-per-year salary.C.J. Mosley (6-foot-2, 250 pounds)(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)An even higher-profile linebacker on the market, C.J. Mosley has four Pro Bowl seasons under his belt as one of the Baltimore Ravens’ most important players. While he proved his pass coverage skills well before that — Hicks posted career highs with five picks and 11 passes defense in 2016 — he graded out 10th in the NFL in run-defense during the 2018 season, per Pro Football Focus. PFF ranked Hicks as the top free agent linebacker ahead of Mosley, Wright and Alexander.Brandon Marshall (6-foot-1, 250 pounds)(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)Brandon Marshall would have no time fitting in with the Cardinals having played the last two seasons under head coach Vance Joseph, who is now Arizona’s defensive coordinator.It’s a matter of whether he’s healthy following ankle and knee issues that held him back in recent years. Marshall posted 106 tackles with 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble two seasons ago before recording just 42 tackles in 11 games this past year as a situational linebacker behind rookie Josey Jewell.Marshall will turn 30 by the first week of the season.Gambadoro is putting his money on the Cardinals landing someone more of Marshall’s pay-grade that the other, more pricey options. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Mosley has twice surpassed the 130-tackle mark in a season.He’s fought minor criticism of his pass-coverage with success. In 77 career games, he has six forced fumbles and fumble recoveries, 8.5 sacks, nine interceptions and 35 passes defensed.NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said the Ravens will make a “strong effort” re-sign Mosley as he was not franchise-tagged at a price of $15.4 million over next season.Landon Collins (6-foot, 200 pounds)(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)It raised eyebrows when the New York Giants elected to let Landon Collins hit free agency rather than using their franchise tag on him. He is one of three safeties in a decade to make the Pro Bowl in three of his first four NFL seasons.Now, you might wonder why he makes this list considering he’s listed as a safety. Well, that’s because his play in 2018 came under former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who deployed Collins in the box or at the line of scrimmage 549 snaps out of 804 total, according to Pro Football Focus. He only lined up deep 109 times.Collins led the Giants in tackles since he arrived in 2015 as a second-round pick out of Alabama and last year tallied 96 tackles. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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