UKs Eye in the Sky to Tackle Oil Spills Illegal Shipping

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license UK has unveiled the first images from a new satellite which can see through clouds and image the Earth round the clock to help stop oil spills and illegal shipping.NovaSAR-1, the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite made in the UK, can detect oil spills in the oceans, help spot suspicious shipping activity and monitor the effects of deforestation.“This ‘eye in the sky’ can capture an image a dozen times wider than the Strait of Dover and the data it provides can help crack problems from illegal shipping to alerting us to damaging pollution that needs to be countered,” Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said.NovaSAR-1 has 3 imaging modes that create images with higher definition for precision applications including monitoring disasters and deforestation, and it also has a maritime mode and AIS receiver.The satellite’s dedicated maritime mode allows it to monitor an area of ocean 400 km wide. This allows ships to be detected by radar and compared with their ship tracking data, with discrepancies between the two highlighting potentially illegal activity.Launched in September, the satellite tests a new platform for low-cost satellite imaging. The government invested GBP 21 million to assist the development of NovaSAR-1 and will benefit from access to its data, significantly boosting the UK’s Earth observation capabilities and providing data to start-ups at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Oxfordshire.last_img read more

AAP scheme to fund higher education of 100 Dalit students overseas

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Thursday launched a scheme to fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students overseas.The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided to provide financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh for a two-year course and up to Rs 20 lakh for a four-year course to the candidates. Meritorious students who have secured admission to M Phil, PhD, LLM, M.Tech and other higher education courses in foreign universities will be able to apply under the scheme, Delhi’s SC/ST minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe applicants should be residents of Delhi and their family income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum, he said. It’s happening for the first time in Delhi, Gautam added. Gautam said according to the proposal of the SC/ST Welfare Department, students will get the scholarship in the field of Engineering and Management; Pure Sciences and Applied Sciences; Agricultures Sciences and Medicine; International Commerce, Accounting and Finance; and Humanities and Social Science from accredited universities. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The students, below 30 years of age, with 55 per cent marks in Master Degree will be eligible for the Ph.D scholarship, while those with 55 per cent marks in Bachelors Degree will be eligible for the Master Degree,” he added. Gautam said after completion of the course, the candidate will have to submit the course completion certificate by the concerned Institution/University to the Secretary, Department for Welfare of SC/ST/OBC, Delhi. “The candidate also has to give an undertaking that he/she has not received any scholarship financial assistance from any government/other organisation including university/college for the same course he/she is applying under the scheme,” he said.last_img read more

Anonymous donor gives hundreds of indigenous works to BC museum

first_imgThe museum says in a news release that the donor was first inspired to start collecting after seeing totem poles in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1970s. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The Museum of Anthropology’s director, Anthony Shelton, says the artwork has been on a remarkable journey after originally being created in the northwest coast and is now back home in B.C. where it can be shared.By The Canadian Press Advertisement At more than 200 pieces, the museum says it’s believed to be the largest collection of northwest coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in decades. The donation includes rare historical works, carvings, jewelry, basketry and textiles by West Coast artists like Bill Reid, Charles Edenshaw and Isabel Rorick. Advertisement The art will be housed in a new Gallery of Northwest Coast masterworks, funded with a $3-million donation from Montreal charity the Doggone Foundation and a $500,000 grant from the federal government. Login/Register With: Facebook VANCOUVER — An extensive collection of indigenous art valued at about $7 million is being given to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia by an anonymous donor.last_img read more

Feds seek to delay human rights tribunal until fall

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was supposed to be a full two week of testimony at the Canada Human Rights Tribunal hearing a complaint that the federal government under funds First Nations children.But after a meeting behind closed doors for much of the day Tuesday lawyers appeared long enough to ask for a two-day adjournmentAt issue are thousands of documents held by the government as reported by APTN Monday.The problem is the feds didn’t offer them up. They were discovered through access to information.The government is expected to enter a motion Thursday asking that the tribunal be put off until the fall.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.AFrancis@aptn.caTwitter: @APTNAFrancislast_img

City crews conducting work ahead of repaving 100th and 100th intersection later

first_imgHe explained that crews will be filling in some of the larger ruts and potholes in the intersection that were caused by weathering and by emergency maintenance to repair a broken water main earlier this Spring.Harvey said that crews will also be repairing the manhole covers in the intersection by lifting them to the level of the pavement, since the covers have sunk in recent years.He said that the work is required to lift the manhole covers so that crews can resurface the entire intersection with a new layer of asphalt, adding that workers won’t need to close the entire intersection – like today – in order to accomplish the work.Though he was not able to provide an exact date for when the repaving work would start, Harvey did say that the project is scheduled to be done before the end of the summer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews with the City of Fort St. John have closed off the intersection of 100th St. and 100th Ave. today to conduct maintenance on the roads before the entire intersection gets repaved later this summer.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the intersection was closed at around 8:00 this morning and is scheduled to be reopened sometime later this evening.Detours have been set up on 99th and 101st Avenues, and on 98th and 102nd Streets so that motorists can get around the closed intersection.last_img read more

Ban calls for compliance with arms embargo in Côte dIvoire

“The Secretary-General demands full compliance with the arms embargo and warns both the supplier of this military equipment and Mr. Gbagbo that appropriate action will be taken in response to the violation,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued overnight.“If it is confirmed, this would be a direct violation of the arms embargo [imposed in 2004] by the Security Council,” the Secretary-General said late on Monday, while speaking to the press on a visit to Washington, D.C, adding that the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country – known as the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) – and the group of experts appointed by the Security Council to monitor the embargo, are trying to verify the facts. “This would be very dangerous in our own effort to resolve this issue peacefully.”Côte d’Ivoire has been caught in a political deadlock with growing reports of tension and violence – between rival groups as well as on UN peacekeepers – since Mr. Gbagbo refused to leave office after he was defeated by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara in a presidential election held last November, whose result was certified by the UN. The violation has been brought to the attention of the Security Council committee charged with the responsibility for sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire. Earlier Monday, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson told reporters that UNOCI had reported that a flight carrying some of the helicopter parts landed at the capital, Yamoussoukro. A team made up of members of the group of experts and an UNOCI official travelled to the city’s airport but was unable to verify the information and was forced to withdraw when they were fired upon by armed elements. Also on Monday, some media reports identified Belarus as the source of the helicopters and equipment. In a statement posted on the website of the country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York, the spokesperson from Belarus’ foreign ministry denied the reports, noting that “the Republic of Belarus has always regarded UN Security Council’s decisions very responsibly.” Last week, Mr. Ban reiterated his deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Côte d’Ivoire. Last year’s election was meant to be the culmination of efforts to reunify the country, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.Cote 28 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for full compliance with the United Nations arms embargo placed on Côte d’Ivoire after reports that attack helicopters have been provided to forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo. read more

New Canadian internet metering will cost average customer a lot more for

first_imgIn Canada, the internet is no longer all-you-can-eat, thanks to a new scheme called Usage-Based Billing (UBB), otherwise known as metered Internet billing. The idea might, on the surface of things, seem sound: you should pay for the bandwidth you use… no more, no less. Unfortunately, that’s just the way that incumbent carrier Bell Canada is selling UBB: in reality, what it means is that even modest Internet users will soon be paying several orders of magnitude more for every gig than they once were, and competitive ISPs who bring broadband down the last mile of copper to users homes are just as ticked off as customers.AdChoices广告For one Ontario-based ISP called TekSavvy, premium subscribers of their 5Mbps plan now have a usage cap of just 25GB, which is down substantially from the deals TekSavvy offered before (200GB and unlimited, respectively). Worse, for every gig over, it’ll cost CAN $1.90 in most of Canada and up to $2.35 per gig for the French-speaking part of Canada.Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? After all, an hour of Netflix chalks up a gig of bandwidth. But putting the likes of Netflix out of business is exactly the point, says TekSavvy, who note that Bell owns most of Canada’s television.“The ostensible, theoretical reason behind UBB is to conserve capacity, but that issue is very questionable,” noted the ISP’s CEO Rocky Gaudrault on TekSavvy’s news page. “One certain result though, is that Bell will make much more profit on its Internet service, and discourage Canadians from watching TV and movies on the internet instead of CTV, which Bell now owns.”In short, this isn’t just a cynical money grab on the part of the nation’s largest telecomms, it’s also an attempt by them to impede the adoption of streaming Internet media. Could UBB be any more scummy?Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Geek deal Save 30 percent off HP Pavilion dv6 Select Edition laptop

first_imgThe laptop PC market is a competitive one, especially if you look at 15.6-inch models. Every manufacturer has at least a handful of models in that size which vary significantly in features and price. As the world leader in computer sales, HP can’t afford to miss out on differentiating its products in price, features, or design.That’s where its Pavilion dv6 Select Edition comes in. Recently updated with the new Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the dv6 Select offers a slew of features, including Core i7 processors and a Blu-ray drive in a 15.6-inch package that weighs less than 6 lbs.With a limited-time 30-percent-off coupon, you can get a “base” model with a Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz dual-core processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM, and 640GB hard drive for only $629.99. The dv6 Select is even one of the few Sandy Bridge notebooks that has USB 3.0 on board.Our friends at LogicBuy tell us this coupon won’t last long though and should be expired by the end of the day, so don’t wait too long.Visit LogicBuy to get the HP Pavilion dv6 Select Edition laptop for $629.99.last_img read more

Icelands BDSM band among ten acts to qualify after first Eurovision semi

first_img Hatari of Iceland perform during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Image: Sebastian Scheiner via PA Images By Adam Daly Short URL Share15 Tweet Email 28 Comments Tuesday 14 May 2019, 11:13 PM Iceland’s Hataris have described themselves as “an anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-dystopian, performance art collective”. The group told Eurovision TV that they cannot change things, but can unveil the anomie of neoliberal society.“Hatari represent a considered reflection on hope and hopelessness, power and repression, of image, individualism, despotism, exposing the contradictions that arise when everyone is embedded within the same system and struggling to fight against it. We are Hatari. We are all Hatari.”The group has also claimed that their entry is a political statement against the Israeli government. A call for a boycott to the competition has been heard from pro-Palestine groups since it was announced the competition would be held in Tel Aviv. In Ireland, the call for a boycott has been led by protests from Irish-Palestinian solidarity groups campaigning against this year’s song contest. Earlier today, Galway City Council called on RTÉ to boycott this year’s Eurovision Song Contest “as long as its held in Israel”.  🇮🇸 BDSM, techno, performance artists Hatari sure know how to put on an incredible show!#DareToDream #Eurovision #ISL— Eurovision (@Eurovision) May 14, 2019 Source: Eurovision/Twittercenter_img THE FIRST ROUND of the Eurovision semi-finals have taken place in Tel Aviv with ten acts now through to Saturday’s final. Ireland’s hopeful, Sarah McTernan will perform at the second semi-final this Thursday along with the next batch of hopefuls.Tonight, 17 countries competed for a place in the final but only ten made it through.  43,022 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sebastian Scheiner via PA Images Greece – Katerine Duska with Better LoveBelarus –  ZENA with Like ItSerbia – Nevene Božović with KrunaCyprus – Tamta with Replay Estonia – Victor Crone with StormCzech Republic – Lake Malawi with Friend Of A FriendAustralia – Kate Miller-Heidke with Zero GravityIceland – Hatari with Hatrið mun sigraSan Marino – Serhat with Say Na Na NaSlovenia – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with Sebi May 14th 2019, 11:13 PM Hatari of Iceland perform during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Iceland’s BDSM band among ten acts to qualify after first Eurovision semi final Ireland will perform at the second semi-final this Thursday. last_img read more

Electric Ireland customers to see gas and electricity price hikes from next

first_img 31 Comments By Hayley Halpin Electric Ireland customers to see gas and electricity price hikes from next month The company is increasing its residential electricity prices and residential gas prices from 1 August. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,608 Views Image: potiros tanarm via Shutterstock ENERGY COMPANY ELECTRIC Ireland has announced today that it is increasing its residential electricity prices and residential gas prices from 1 August.The company said these increases are in direct response to sustained increases in wholesale energy prices.The supplier will increase its residential electricity prices by 6.2%, or €56.16 a year, and its gas prices by 8%, or €55.08 a year, based on typical residential electricity and gas customers usage.“Electic Ireland is absolutely committed to keeping prices as low as possible. It had been a very difficult decision to make, but the wholesale costs required to supply electricity and gas are continuing to rise,” Niall Dineen, head of residential markets at Electric Ireland said in a statement.In June, energy company Airtricity also announced that it is increasing its standard household energy prices from 14 July.A typical household dual fuel bill will increase by 8.9% on average per week or €140 per year. For single fuel customers, the standard price of electricity will increase by 6.4% per week or €58.76 per year while the standard price of gas will rise by 12.3% a week or €81.64 per year.Commenting on Electric Ireland’s announcement, Eoin Clarke, managing director of, said: “This spells bad news for cash-strapped consumers. Household energy prices rose across the board last winter, but today’s announcement – which comes hot on the heels of a price hike from SSE Airtricity – suggests that there’s still more to come.center_img Image: potiros tanarm via Shutterstock Jun 27th 2018, 4:08 PM Short URL Many of us are already stretched to the limit and simply cannot afford to pay through the nose for essentials like gas and electricity. This is why it’s crucial to make sure we’re all paying the lowest rate possible for our household energy, and this will help soften the impact of any hikes.“But little over one in 10 of us switch energy supplier each year. If you haven’t already shopped around then we would strongly urge you to do so now.”ConcernsSt Vincent De Paul (SVP) has said it is concerned over the impact these latest price increases will have on low-income, energy-poor households.“As weather patterns become more unpredictable, it is crucial that the government future-proofs supports and provides assurance for energy-poor, financially vulnerable customers,” Jennifer Thompson, social policy development officer at SVP said.“This will be particularly important in light of the trend of increasing wholesale prices.” Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 4:08 PM Share293 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation

first_img Posted: December 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- An Orange County pastor was arrested in Escondido on suspicion of child molestation, Fountain Valley police said today. John Rodgers McFarland, 56, was arrested Dec. 18 on charges stemming from the alleged abuse of at least one child, police said.Police executed search warrants at McFarland’s home, as well as current and previous churches where he was employed as head pastor, according to Fountain Valley police, who said there is evidence he may have additional victims in Orange County.McFarland has been the head pastor at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton since 2014. He was also a pastor at Surf City Church in Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2014, and served as head pastor at Fountain Valley United Methodist Church for 26 years from 1988 to 2014.McFarland is facing two felony charges of lewd acts upon a child that are alleged to have occurred in Escondido between July 26, 2012, and July 23, 2013, according to a criminal complaint from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office obtained by NBC San Diego.The victim was described in the complaint as a girl under the age of 14. McFarland has a court hearing scheduled at the Vista Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16.Police asked other victims or anyone else with potential information on crimes committed by McFarland to contact Fountain Valley police Detective Gloria Scott at (714) 593-4480. December 28, 2018 Updated: 6:27 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Share offers free meals for hungry kids

first_imgShare Inc., the primary provider of services to the hungry and homeless in Clark County, is hosting a summer meals program for children.Children age 18 and younger are eligible for free meals that will be served at selected elementary school sites. Breakfast is served at 8:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except July 5).The sites and dates are are:• Endeavor Elementary, 2701 N.E. Four Seasons Lane: June 28 to Aug. 13.• Silver Star Elementary, 10500 Northeast 86th Street: July 6 through July 30.• King Elementary, 4801 Idaho Street: Aug. 2 to 13.The Silver Star and King sites also will offer morning activities in between meals. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.Sign-up packets are available in the schools’ front offices, or call Tarinn Smith at 360-695-7658 ext. 3304.last_img read more

Sunday service held at Miami church ransacked by burglars

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida church is keeping the faith, days after, officials said, it was targeted by burglars.Members of the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, located near Northwest 51st Street and 17th Avenue in Miami, attended Sunday service, days after the devastating break-in. The thieves ransacked the house of worship and took off with thousands of dollars in equipment.The church’s pastor, Dr. W. Edward Mitchell Jr., said the congregation is ready to move forward. “I looked on the faces of the members this morning, and I’m reading shock on their faces,” he said. “There’s a lot of pastoral care and shepherd work that I have to do to help restore our church and our faith.”The Rev. W. Edward Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.The church has set up a GoFundMe page hoping the community will help them rebuild.If you have any information about the break-in, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Large gator spotted crossing Fort Myers street

first_imgA woman took cellphone video and posted it on Facebook. It has since been shared thousands of times.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) — A big alligator was spotted taken a leisurely stroll in Fort Myers.Drivers slowed down to make way for the scaly pedestrian as it crossed a street, Friday.last_img

University of Alaska Fairbanks removes Mississippi flag

first_imgThe state flag of Mississippi is unfurled against the front of the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson. Photo via NPR.The University of Alaska Fairbanks has removed a Mississippi flag from a 5-state display, citing the ongoing national discussion about Confederate imagery.Download AudioThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Chancellor Brian Rogers ordered the flag removed Monday morning.UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says there were no complaints about the flag in the Circle of Flags display in the school’s lower campus, but the chancellor decided to remove the Confederate imagery.This is the second Mississippi flag to be removed from display in Alaska. Last week, Mississippi’s flag, which features a Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner, was taken down from a main street in Juneau.last_img read more

Texas Senate Panel Advances 5000 Teacher Pay Raise Proposal

first_imgNelson said she would look into expanding the bill but stressed that money is limited.“This one bill is the bill we’re choosing to put out there first because it deals with who we think is the No. 1 factor, besides the parent, in our child’s education,” she said.But lawmakers did approve some changes Monday that would provide pay raises to charter school teachers — in addition to those at traditional school districts — and prevent school districts from decreasing teacher salaries in future years. They also approved a change that would cover requisite increases in teacher pension costs due to the pay raises, bringing the cost of the bill from $3.7 billion up to about $3.9 billion.Nelson also said multiple times that this bill would not preclude lawmakers from passing merit pay legislation, which would reward the state’s most effective educators with bonuses. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is expected to author a school finance bill that will include that policy proposal.Marianne Eckley, a Lewisville Independent School District kindergarten teacher, said a pay raise could help cut back the number of jobs she has to work. She said she works three jobs during the week and one job during the summer, and she doesn’t have time to go on vacation with her family.“My family gives up so much, and I would never give up the teaching profession, but it is very hard every year to commit, thinking I’m hurting my family and hurting my future,” she said.Some advocates told the Senate Finance Committee that they would prefer lawmakers give districts more control over how they use any additional funding instead of requiring across-the-board raises.Chandra Villanueva, policy analyst for left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, pointed out that some districts could instead prioritize that funding to recruit educators in subjects for which there is a shortage of teachers.A few times, Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, pressured critics of the bill to change their stances.Sitting in front of the panel of lawmakers, Christy Rome, who represents a coalition of property-wealthy school districts, said she appreciated the focus on teachers but would prefer more local control over how to use the money.Both Whitmire and Bettencourt said they were “disappointed” by Rome’s stance.“Y’all are not smart enough … to be for the bill,” Whitmire told her.Al Rodriguez, an Elgin ISD administrator, received a similar response for his hesitance on across-the-board raises.“I would urge you to try and find a way to be for it because this is probably going to be the best vehicle,” Whitmire told him.“If at the end of the day, that’s all there is, obviously we’d be for it,” Rodriguez responded.This article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: The Center for Public Policy Priorities has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, asked questions during a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the state Capitol on October 24, 2017.After a contentious three-hour public hearing Monday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers in the state.One of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities this legislative session, Senate Bill 3 is now eligible to be taken up by the full Senate, with a bipartisan group of more than 20 co-authors signed on.“It will provide an immediate financial boost for teachers, assist in retaining good teachers, and recruit the best and the brightest to this critical profession. I will be moving this bill to the floor and out of the Senate at the earliest possible date,” said Patrick in a statement Monday afternoon.Testimony on the legislation, authored by the Senate’s lead budget writer, Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, at times revealed a fracture in the education advocacy community, with administrators and school district advocates wanting more flexibility on how to use additional money and teachers supporting directed pay increases. Many teachers expressed their appreciation for the legislation while asking for it to be expanded to include librarians, school counselors and support staff. Sharelast_img read more

14 Hot Web Design Trends From 2015

first_img The loudest content medium out there has finally learned how to be quiet. In 2015, web design moved away from information overload to an aesthetic revolving around empty space and simplicity. Taking a cue from magazines, web pages are using large high-definition photographs and typography to lure in readers with eye-pleasing openers before revealing further content.Related: 25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and DesignersThis design is influenced by a new appeal to simplicity and by the need to cater to mobile web traffic, which is increasing every year. In the face of this push to cut away excess, here are 14 design trends that have reared their heads so far in 2015.1. MinimalismFrom simplifying logos and typefaces (here’s looking at you, Google) to cleaning up entire web pages, minimalism is the trend influencing all others. Websites are focusing more on their actual content and reducing all of the clutter around it. Footers, sidebars and borders are all disappearing, and even color palettes are being simplified as companies emphasize one dominant color in their visual design. StubHub’s logo change is a perfect example of this trend.Image credit: stubhub2. App-like menusDesigning with the mobile market in mind changes more than just aesthetics. It has impacted the way web illustrators think about organizing their content and how they let readers access it. Sticky menus and sidebars are falling out of favor to make room for content that readers actually want to see. These days, menus are at the top of the screen and are mostly hidden, noted by a single icon (often a stack of three lines called a “hamburger”) that when selected drops down or slides out into a more robust menu. Social media analytics company Unmetric has a beautifully simple example of this style of menu.Image credit: Unmetric3. Ghost buttonsWeb sites are moving away from loud, flashy buttons, and are embracing transparent buttons. Because they are less obtrusive, ghost buttons help sites highlight more of the content they want audiences to actually see instead of call-to-actions they would otherwise force users to click. Ghost buttons include only the outline of a button (no fill) along with a word or two in simple typography in the center. BigDrop, a web design firm, features a prominent ghost button on their landing page.Image credit: BigDrop4. The reign of the hero ImageAlready trending in 2014, the hero image hasn’t gone anywhere this year, but it has evolved. Last year, sites all over the web included the standard hero image: a high-definition (HD) picture featured prominently at the top of a website that stretched the entire width of a user’s browser window with only a few words of text overlaying it.This year the hero image has changed in a few remarkable ways. Some sites have taken the HD photo one step further and embedded HD video onto their landing page. Others pursued the opposite route: blurring the banner photo or removing it altogether in favor of a simple colored background to draw attention to the text. Spotify’s site shows a blend of these trends, offering an image on one half of the page but leaving plenty of white space for its heading and a pastel and ghost button to boot.Image credit: spotify5. Interesting typographyWhen the hero image became popular, designers began paying more attention to typography. Picking an engaging font is crucial to drawing a visitor’s attention when so much of the site’s content is simplified and reduced as an effect of minimalism. Ad agency RSQ uses custom typography on its website and features a powerful statement without any other distractions to spotlight its message to audiences.Image credit: RSQ6. Stock photos that don’t look like stock photosThe days of the generic stock photo are over (thank the photography gods); jaw-dropping visuals are in. With communities like 500px and Unsplash, finding high quality do-whatever-you-want-with-it photography is easier than ever. As a result, websites no longer look like the result of an uncoordinated stock photo shopping spree. Now, they actually feel genuine.Image credit:500px7. Single page designNobody wants to click through multiple pages anymore. Instead, users prefer to scroll through content on one long page. This trend too has its roots in mobile web surfing because it is far easier to scroll down with your thumb than it is to click through multiple pages and wait for each to load. This year has reinforced that concept, and while few websites are only a single page, most are reducing the number of pages they have and lengthening the content on each to be more mobile-friendly. Smartwater’s website uses scrolling to great effect by making the visitor scroll up rather than down to illustrate that their water is distilled from vapor.Related: The Key Elements of a Great Blog Design (Infographic)Image credit: Smartwater8. Parallax scrollingA way to make websites more engaging, parallax scrolling creates a three-dimensional illusion that draws audiences into a site’s content. Many brands now use parallax scrolling to create a more immersive effect for visitors. Dangers of Fracking uses this brilliantly as you follow a drop of rain from the clouds to the depths of the earth.Image credit: Dangers of Fracking9. Modular designCall it a grid, tiles or cards, each of these designs creates the same effect: organizing content in an efficient, aesthetically pleasing way. A single column of content is inefficient and less user-friendly by comparison. Modular design allows a page to show more content to users faster, in a way that makes more intuitive sense and creates a more visually engaging layout at the same time. On its homepage, The Next Web offers a textbook-perfect example of good modular design.Image credit: The Next Web10. The evolution of flat designFlat design made a huge impact on graphics last year, so much so that Google released its own version of flat design called material design. Material design employs the same aesthetic as flat design, focusing on simplicity and clean presentation, but Google’s design has more subtlety. Whereas flat design includes simple illustrations to create recognizable but minimalist two-dimensional content, material design uses gradients, slight animation and shadowing to add depth to the image. With most web designers in a minimalist mindset, material design won’t be going anywhere soon. Below is Material Design Blog’s landing page, which is a great example of how material design works for logos. Image credit: Material Design Blog11. Line iconsAlongside material design, line icons is the other movement finalizing the decline of skeuomorphism. Rather than an icon looking exactly like the object it represents (a design style that Apple popularized with its iOS icons), icons are created with simple lines and shapes that convey an action, object or thought we are all very familiar with. Many line icons have become universal in web design, such as the outline of a magnifying glass signaling the search function or the hamburger (three stacked lines) for a menu. Below are examples of line icons from OtherIcons.Image credit: OtherIconsb12. Google Maps integrationGoogle Maps is everyone’s go-to map service, and it is only getting better. With customizable options, more brands are integrating the service into their websites — a move that is long overdue. Companies can add Maps to their site and customize its colors to complement their preferred color scheme. For example, Airbnb uses Google Maps and customized markers to help users figure out where available rooms are and how much they cost so they can plan a getaway that fits their budget and style.Image credit: Airbnb13. Scalable vector graphics (SVG)When Apple released Retina display, designers were up in arms. Upset that their graphics and images suddenly looked pixelated with Retina’s higher resolution, designers were forced to adopt new methods that would allow their illustrations to look good on and be compatible with any device. Fortunately, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) rose to the challenge. SVG presents graphics as vectors, which allows them to scale with different resolutions. With SVG, images maintain their clarity and sharpness on all devices. Snap.svg, a Javascript SVG library, has many examples available, such as this one below.Image credit: Snap.svg14. Vertical split layoutsSplit screen layouts are popping up all over the web this year. With a vertical split layout, designers are able to present twice the content to users in a clean and simple format. Websites are divided in half widthwise, featuring two separate messages. The split screen is a great way to show equality between two things because standard web layouts dictate the most important things come first. Car maker Peugeot uses a vertical split layout on its homepage to blend the human element of the car with the car itself, suggestive of the relationship between driver and vehicle.Image credit: PeugeotNow that 2015 is coming to a close, which new trends will designers adopt in 2016?Related: Don’t Underestimate Sex When It Comes to Designing Your Website Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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Laser tag and race track to debut on NCLs new Norwegian Bliss

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Laser tag and race track to debut on NCL’s new Norwegian Bliss Monday, August 14, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line LAS VEGAS — New details have emerged about the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 16th ship that will sail to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera (select voyages) beginning in June 2018.Currently being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Germany and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018, the custom-built ship will boast many firsts at sea, including the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course. These exclusive details were announced earlier this week by Andy Stuart, NCL president and chief executive officer at Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date. We have elevated Norwegian Bliss’s onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest race track and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience,” said Stuart.The two-level electric-car race track – the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet – will feature four speed settings to accommodate novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour with a special ‘turbo boost’ available on each lap. The electric cars will run silent but the sounds of a race car engine will still be piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest to give racers a more authentic experience.The laser tag course, available both day and night, will be themed as an abandoned space station. Guests of all ages can go into stealth mode and compete against family and friends with state-of-the-art laser guns.To wind down, passengers can relax at the ship’s expansive pool and sundeck featuring two pools and six infinity hot tubs that scale the side of the ship. There’ll also be the Aqua Park with two multi-storey waterslides: the high-speed Ocean Loops free fall slide featuring two loops, and the tandem Aqua Racer, which will allow guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes.2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor younger guests, there’ll be the Kids’ Aqua Park, a watery wonderland of splash pads, water cannons, tipping buckets and slides, as well as the Splash Academy, the fleet’s award-winning complimentary youth program featuring age-appropriate supervised activities for kids aged three to 12. Teens aged 13 through 17 can also enjoy their own space aboard at Entourage, home to gaming stations, foosball, air hockey and a dance floor. Even the youngest of guests – ages six months to under three years old – will have a dedicated space onboard the Bliss at the fleet’s largest Guppies playroom.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionDining will be both vast and varied, with restaurants like Q, the all-new Texas Smokehouse, and Los Lobos, which will serve elevated Mexican cuisine. Also onboard will be Cagney’s Steakhouse, The A-List Bar, Le Bistro for French food, La Cucina for Tuscan cuisine, Ocean Blue for fresh seafood, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea, Teppanyaki for Japanese, the new Coco’s for à la carte dessert, and much more.Norwegian Bliss Architectural Rendering2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor Wellness options the Mandara Spa on deck 16 aft will offer 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and barber shop, fitness centre and themal suite. At the fitness centre, guests can use state-of-the-art TechnoGym cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as sign up for personal training and group fitness classes like TRX, Norwegian Fight Club and RYDE Cycle. Equally impressive will be the thermal suite where guests can enjoy the vitality pool and heated whirlpool, steam room, sauna, snow room and 17 heated stone loungers. Passes to the thermal suite will be available for purchase for a limited number of guests each sailing.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthDuring her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle where it will be the largest ship to ever seasonally homeport on the West Coast. A first for any ship on the West coast will be The Waterfront, a popular feature that debuted on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. This outdoor promenade will be home to al fresco dining, bars and lounge spaces with spectacular views of Alaska’s scenery and wildlife.As for nightlife, Norwegian Bliss will offer deck parties at Spice H2O and an expansive casino featuring hundreds of slot machines and table games. In a first for Norwegian, the casino will now offer a smoking and non-smoking casino to cater to all guest preferences. There’ll also be the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys musical production and two observation lounges from where guests can spot whales and watch the sunset.Accommodations onboard run the gamut, from luxury suites in The Haven by Norwegian, to Studio staterooms for solo travellers and new connecting staterooms for large groups and families.The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising. Norwegian Bliss will sail her inaugural Winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.last_img read more

Youll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up next

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 You’ll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up nextcenter_img DUBAI — Only in Dubai will you find the world’s tallest building, the world’s most luxurious hotel, and now…the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort.Launched by the Kleindienst Group, ‘The Floating Venice’ will essentially bring a Venice experience to the heart of the Middle East. Valued at US$680 million, this unique floating resort will be located in The World Islands, four kilometres offshore from Dubai, and have a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily.The Floating Venice gondola and Ca d’Oro view (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)Accommodations, restaurants and recreation will be split over four decks, one of which will be underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco, where they can check-in at the underwater lobby. Gondolas imported from Venice will transport guests to their cabins through winding canals; alternatively, guests can stroll through canal side walkways and across bridges to their awaiting cabins.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyUpon completion, there will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over four decks, including one that’s underwater that includes spectacular views of the coral reefs below. Other ultra-luxe amenities include 24 pools, some of which will have acrylic bases, over 400,000 square feet of corals, an on-site coral nursery, 12 floating beaches, 12 restaurants and bars, and the world’s first floating underwater spa.And to complement the wide range of artisanal shops and boutiques on site, there’ll also be traditional festivals like Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.The Floating Venice Arial Overview (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)“As a developer our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city. I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to enhance the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience,” said Josef Kleindienst, Chairman.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse. Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice is designed to have a lifespan of at least 100 years. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018 with completion by Q4 2020. Travelweek Group Tags: Dubailast_img read more

Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

first_imgWhen cornered in the past, the militants have used coordinated mass suicide car bombings and other scorched-earth tactics. The Observatory reported at least four suicide attacks Tuesday against Kurdish and allied forces in northern Syria. Initial reports said at least three Kurdish and allied fighters were killed.Syria’s official SANA news agency said two suicide bombings struck a roundabout in the northeastern city of Hassakeh, killing one person and wounding 13, including five children.Also Tuesday, a media arm of the Islamic State group in Iraq posted a video purporting to show the killing of over a dozen men it described as spies by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives, or firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them.___Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Nancy Benac in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories He urged Sunni Muslims to use the time of piety and dawn-to-dusk fasting as an occasion to wage jihad and seek martyrdom.“Attack them everywhere and shake the ground beneath them,” he said in the morale-boosting message, his voice rising. “If you lose territory, you will win it back and more in the future, God willing.”It was not immediately possible to verify the recording, but it resembled previous audio statements from the group.The capture of Ein Issa does not necessarily mean that the immediate next move by the Kurdish forces and their allies will be to march on Raqqa, but it appears to have unsettled some of the city’s IS-linked residents.The wives and children of IS fighters were leaving Raqqa in droves Tuesday in anticipation of a possible attack, while the militants have redeployed to positions to better defend the city, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group gets its information from a network of activists across Syria.Its director, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Associated Press that a band of about 20 IS fighters who had hidden in Ein Issa when the Kurdish troops stormed it have re-emerged, and battles were raging in the city. Other groups of IS fighters were also engaging the Kurds on the outskirts. He had no casualty figures and there was no immediate confirmation of continuing fighting. Comments   Share   Top Stories The U.S. has found a reliable partner in the YPG, which has been the main force battling the Islamic State group in Syria. The Kurds are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and deep conviction in their cause. They are backed by Arab tribesmen, Assyrian Christian gunmen and members of the rebel faction known as Burkan al-Furat — Arabic for the “Volcano of the Euphrates.”“They are a cohesive, well-trained and highly motivated force,” said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Washington-based expert on Kurdish affairs. “They are defending their homes and they know the terrain well, unlike the foreign fighters who have joined the IS.”By contrast, Iraqi government forces and allied Shiite militiamen have been slow in retaking IS-held territory. The Iraqis have also suffered occasional losses.The Iraqis drove IS fighters from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in April, but lost Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province west of Baghdad, last month. It was a repeat of the meltdown government forces suffered when IS militants swept across much of the nation’s north and west last summer.It was unclear whether the Syrian Kurds will try to push farther toward Raqqa. Despite the Kurds’ recent gains, the Islamic State militants still have another supply line from Turkey that runs through northwestern Syria to Raqqa. The first step toward capturing Ein Issa came Monday night when its “Brigade 93” — a Syrian army military base that had been captured by the IS — was taken over by the Kurdish forces, according to the observatory and Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali.“Ein Issa and dozens of villages around it are under our control,” said Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG. The next task is to reinforce and protect these areas because they know IS will strike back, he told AP.The Observatory said the YPG and its allies are also trying to gain control of a key highway linking Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, with the northeastern city of Hassakeh.The YPG’s official Facebook page said “dozens of Daesh mercenaries were killed” at the Brigade 93 base. The Observatory said the bodies of 26 IS fighters killed by airstrikes in Ein Issa were taken to Raqqa.“Operations will continue, but it is imperative that we first attempt to secure areas under our control,” said Nawaf Khalil, head of the Germany-based Kurdish Center for Studies. “Raqqa is a vast area, and attacking it will need a great deal of coordination with other groups and the international alliance.” BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa.The capture of Ein Issa came just hours after the Kurdish forces had overrun a nearby military base, increasing the pressure on the Islamic State group less than two weeks after it lost the strategically located town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, severing a vital supply line.center_img The advances by the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as in northern Iraq has been credited largely to a high level of coordination between the ground forces and the nearly year-old air campaign being led by Washington against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL in English and by its Arabic acronym, Daesh.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the success by the Kurds “an indication of how critically important it is for the United States to have a capable, willing and effective partner fighting ISIL on the ground.”That was why the U.S. was dedicating “significant resources” to building up opposition forces, he said. That work was “a more difficult task” in Syria than Iraq, but that “this is a pretty good illustration of why that very difficult work is important,” Earnest added.Ein Issa is only 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate that spans parts of Syria and Iraq.The recent battlefield setbacks for IS were mentioned in an audio message by the group’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.“God never gave the mujahedeen a promise of victory every time,” al-Adnani said in the message posted on social media, adding that the faithful “may lose a battle or battles and may lose towns and areas, but will never be defeated.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more