first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after the BJP released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday slammed the saffron party for not offering any relief to the traders. Speaking to the media, AAP’s New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Brijesh Goyal said the Bharatiya Janata Party, which “harassed the traders of Delhi through sealing has also not mentioned any relief from the sealing”. Goyal, who is also the convenor of the AAP’s trade and industry wing in Delhi, said that traders across the country and particularly in the national capital have suffered a lot in the last five years because of the BJP and its policies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The traders of Delhi are very unhappy with BJP and its manifesto. The traders will appeal to the people that they should not vote for the BJP. Through demonetisation, GST and sealing the BJP has destroyed trade in Delhi. In their manifesto, there was no mention how the traders will get any relief,” he added. The AAP leader said, “During the last five years of Modi government if there is one section of the society that has been completely ruined, it is the traders. Demonetisation led to the closure of thousands of factories in Delhi and the destruction of the MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) sector.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsBrajesh Goyal said the closure of factories and MSME establishments left lakhs of workers unemployed in Delhi. “When cash flow was obstructed for months together, a cash-dominated economy like that of India was paralysed due to demonetization, which led to mayhem among traders and workers,” the AAP leader said. While the traders were still reeling under the adverse impacts of demonetization, the Modi government dealt the next blow with the hasty implementation of GST without any proper preparation. “Even a year and a half after the GST implementation, some of its aspects whether it be revised returns, tax rates or SSL forms, E-way bills – these are such issues which are tormenting and bothering traders even today,” Goyal said. The national capital will go to the polls on May 12.last_img read more

VANCOUVER — Seabridge Gold Inc. and the Tahltan Nation have announced a co-operation and benefit-sharing agreement linked to the proposed KSM gold and copper mine in northwestern British Columbia.The announcement comes in a joint news release after the First Nation received a 77.8 per cent ratification vote from members, approving the benefits agreement.Seabridge CEO Rudi Fronk says the company believes the agreement provides a long-term, genuine partnership between the project and the Tahltan Nation.He says Seabridge has listened to the nation’s environmental, cultural and economic concerns, and the mine’s design addresses those issues.Tahltan president Chad Norman Day says their government has worked in partnership with Seabridge for more than a decade to move the project from the early exploration stage through to permitting.The mine, located about 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, has already received environmental approval from both the federal and provincial governments and is expected to operate for more than 50 years. Companies in this story:TSX:SEAThe Canadian Press read more

17 May 2007Though it has interviewed some 200 victims and witnesses of the post-election clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission there said today that Government cooperation with investigators has been tepid and many witnesses have been intimidated. The April human rights report by the UN Mission in the country (known as MONUC), says that, despite those obstacles, its special investigations team plans to conclude this month its probe into the March violence in the capital, Kinshasa, where hundreds were killed during fighting between Government forces and the guards of unsuccessful presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba.“The team’s work suffered from the refusal of the authorities to grant access to some important locations, such as the compound of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba and some military camps,” the report said. “Numerous incidents of intimidation by the intelligence services, police and military in the wake of the violence have also discouraged victims, witnesses, hospitals and medical centres staff and authorities from coming forward or speaking freely with the team,” it added.The Mission also found that police officers were involved in a large number of serious human rights violations, especially in the eastern Kasaï Province. Government troops were also found to have summarily executed civilians and to have engaged in other egregious human rights abuses.It said that members of other armed groups have continued to commit human rights abuses on the populations of North and South Kivu. In particular, reports of attacks by armed Rwandan Hutu militias on villages in area continued throughout the period in review, including allegations of executions, abductions and looting.Also in the Kivus, Mayi-Mayi militias were accused of multiple rapes, mutilations and killings, including the burning alive of three villagers in retaliation for the death of one of their number at the hands of Government forces.Yesterday, the UN Security Council extended the deployment of MONUC to help the DRC consolidate security in the wake of recent violence which follows the end of a six-year civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II. read more

Organized by the Holocaust and UN Outreach Programme of the world body’s Department of Public Information (DPI), the discussions commemorated the events of 9-10 November 1938, also known as the ‘night of broken glass,’ which signalled an escalation in violence towards Jews, ultimately leading to their mass murder during the Holocaust.On Wednesday, a roundtable discussion entitled ‘The Holocaust by Bullets: Uncovering the Reality of Genocide,’ examined the work done by Patrick Desbois, a French Catholic priest who has dedicated many years of his life investigating the truth about mass shootings that took place during the Holocaust. His latest research focuses on the fate of the Roma during World War II.Mr. Desbois also founded Yahad-In Unum, a research organization uncovering the mass executions of Jewish and Roma people in Eastern Europe between 1941 and 1944. The organization has identified over 800 extermination sites during the Holocaust so far, and recorded the testimony of more than 3,000 eyewitnesses to these crimes.“I commend Father Desbois and Yahad-In Unum for their tireless efforts to recover the dignity of the Jewish and Roma victims of this brutality,” the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and head of DPI, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, told the discussion participants in his opening remarks.“By identifying their unmarked mass graves, you have set history on its proper course. No longer will these mothers, fathers and children remain forgotten,” he added. “No longer silent, their bodies will remain testimony to the truth.”The event also covered global efforts to prevent genocide today. “My goal is to give back to families, Jewish communities, and to fight against Holocaust deniers,” Father Desbois told the attendees.Other speakers at Wednesday’s event included Gillian Kitley, a senior political affairs officer in the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. The Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN, Ambassador Martin Briens, also delivered a statement. On Thursday, a discussion on the history of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union during World War II, and Holocaust education in Russia today, took place with the participation of renowned historian Ilya Altman, who also co-founded the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Centre in Moscow.In the discussion, entitled ‘From Forgotten Memory to Nascent Remembrance: Holocaust History and Education in Russia Today,’ Mr. Altman and other historians examined how education and the preservation of memory of this event serve as vital links to prevent genocide in the future. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Sergey N. Karev, made an opening statement at the discussion, which also touched on efforts to counter Holocaust denial and recent attempts to glorify Nazi ideology.“Today the United Nations Holocaust Programme is working – through educational materials, commemorative events, film screenings and other initiatives – to encourage Holocaust education and remembrance to help prevent genocide and mass atrocities,” DPI’s Deputy Director of Partnerships and Public Engagement, Ramu Damodaran, who moderated the Thursday event, told attendees. “Education is an essential tool in defending and promoting human rights, and in combating violence and other atrocities.”The activities of the events’ organizer, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, include producing online and print educational materials, holding seminars and exhibitions, screening films and the holding the annual worldwide observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January each year. read more

They also include a new prayer entitled ‘a prayer for the nation’. It reads: ‘God of hope, in these times of change, unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom. Give us courage to overcome our fears, and help us to build a future, and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”Last month the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that he was preparing for five days of prayer after Brexit.He said he wants to pray in public with the leaders of the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches on the day after Britain leaves. Since the referendum, it has had the capacity to create awkward silences at dinner parties, the demise of even the strongest relationships and rifts across the family dinner table.However the Church of England has now proffered itself as the unlikely mediator amid Brexit discussions and division.As negotiations reach a pivotal point in parliament and Europe, churches yesterday[TUES] announced that they will host a weekend prayer to encourage people to “get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future”.The initiative, backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, will see churches across the country hosting informal café-style meetings over the weekend of March 30 to bring together people of all opinions and to encourage open discussion.Introductory notes for those taking part urge respect for the integrity of opposing views, and encouraging communities which feel the same about the issues to use their imagination to consider the viewpoints of those who feel differently.Resource packs include specially-chosen Bible passages and prompt questions to start conversations. Questions for those attending include: ‘What effect has Brexit had in your family relationships, friendships etc and if you disagreed, has it been possible to disagree well?’ and: ‘What are the three main things we have in common that we can build on for a better future as a community and as a nation?’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgFuelling nuclear reactors with uranium harvested from the ocean could become more feasible because of a material developed by a team led by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The combination of ORNL’s high-capacity reusable adsorbents and a Florida company’s high-surface-area polyethylene fibres creates a material that can rapidly, selectively and economically extract valuable and precious dissolved metals from water. The material, HiCap, vastly outperforms today’s best adsorbents, which perform surface retention of solid or gas molecules, atoms or ions. HiCap also effectively removes toxic metals from water, according to results verified by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “We have shown that our adsorbents can extract five to seven times more uranium at uptake rates seven times faster than the world’s best adsorbents,” said Chris Janke, one of the inventors and a member of ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division.Results were presented recently at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.HiCap effectively narrows the fiscal gap between what exists today and what is needed to economically extract some of the ocean’s estimated 4,500 Mt of uranium. Although dissolved uranium exists in concentrations of just 3.2 ppb billion, the sheer volume means there would be enough to fuel the world’s nuclear reactors for centuries.The goal of extracting uranium from the oceans began with research and development projects in the 1960s, with Japan conducting the majority of the work. Other countries pursuing this dream include Russia, China, Germany, Great Britain, India, South Korea, Turkey and the US. Many adsorbent materials have been developed and evaluated, but none has emerged as being economically viable.What sets the ORNL material apart is that the adsorbents are made from small diameter, round or non-round fibres with high surface areas and excellent mechanical properties. By tailoring the diameter and shape of the fibres, researchers can significantly increase surface area and adsorption capacity. This and ORNL’s patent pending technology to manufacture the adsorbent fibres results in a material able to selectively recover metals more quickly and with increased adsorption capacity, thereby dramatically increasing efficiency.“Our HiCap adsorbents are made by subjecting high-surface area polyethylene fibers to ionizing radiation, then reacting these pre-irradiated fibers with chemical compounds that have a high affinity for selected metals,” Janke said.After the processing, scientists can place HiCap adsorbents in water containing the targeted material, which is quickly and preferentially trapped. Scientists then remove the adsorbents from the water and the metals are readily extracted using a simple acid elution method. The adsorbent can then be regenerated and reused after being conditioned with potassium hydroxide.In a direct comparison to the current state-of-the-art adsorbent, HiCap provides significantly higher uranium adsorption capacity, faster uptake and higher selectivity, according to test results. Specifically, HiCap’s adsorption capacity is seven times higher (146 vs. 22 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent) in spiked solutions containing 6 ppm of uranium at 20oC. In seawater, HiCap’s adsorption capacity of 3.94 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent was more than five times higher than the world’s best at 0.74 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent. The numbers for selectivity showed HiCap to be seven times higher.“These results clearly demonstrate that higher surface area fibers translate to higher capacity,” Janke said.ORNL researchers conducted field tests of the material at the Marine Sciences Laboratory of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, Wash., and at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Broad Key Island in collaboration with the University of Miami.Other members of the team include Yatsandra Oyola, Sheng Dai, Richard Mayes, Tomonori Saito, Xiao-Guang Sun, Costas Tsouris of ORNL, and Jim Brang and Jeff Haggard of Hills Inc. of West Melbourne, Florida.last_img read more

first_imgAs cool as Glass may be for those who have been able to get their hands on it, there’s always been an unspoken understanding that the consumer version would be different. Thanks to a patent recently awarded to one of the industrial designers on the Glass team, we may have a better idea of what that final product could look like.Google certainly broke new ground with Glass, but not too many people would consider the current version ready for retail. It’s not particularly stylish, doesn’t work well for those with glasses, and there’s a bit of a battery problem that needs to be addressed, considering we’re expected to wear these face-computers all day long. According to the images in a patent awarded to Google’s Isabelle Olsson and Mitchell Heinrich, these are all issues that may be resolved in the next version.First up is the ability to use Glass with glasses. We’ve seen a few photos of Googlers dogfooding Glass with the frame embedded, but this is the first time we’ve seen the hardware split up across both sides of the frame. This design places the camera on one side and the display on the other, with a slightly thicker part on both sides that would likely mean larger batteries. The prism has an adjustable piece just like the current version of Glass, though it appears to be one solid piece instead of a physical hinge. This design would allow anyone who wears glasses to have their lenses installed and incorporate Glass into their every day lives.The second design looks more like the original Glass, which means it’s more for users without glasses. The wire frame wraps around the head like before, only now it looks like there may be an option for a second battery on the left side of the band to allow for extended battery life. Different sized bands can attach to the Glass unit, as described by the patent, to account for multiple head sizes. The Glass unit itself is adjustable in a new places with this model, flexing up and down as well and left and right. The earpiece and Glass mount are also on boom mounts, allowing them to extend and retract to create a more precise fit per user.Obviously, these patents are the furthest things from final designs that you can get, but it gives a clear picture of the direction Google is heading with Glass. There’s no expectation that we’ll see a consumer-ready Glass on shelves anytime soon, but we’re probably not too far off from Google showing off what they think is coming next for Glass.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Based on recent numbers released by the Department of Fish and Game, the run is still only about half over, meaning personal use and sport anglers should continue to see good catches on the Kenai through the weekend. According to Miller, Fish and Game say previous patterns suggest that this weekend will have a much higher number of reds and kings moving through as well as an influx of people on the river. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka: “Increasing the limits for sockeye salmon allows anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish to fill their freezer.” The Kasilof River personal use fishery is also good, according to an online fishing report released by the department. The ADF&G increased the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession; however, no more than two salmon per day and two in possession may be coho salmon, in all portions of the Kasilof River open to salmon fishing.center_img As of Sunday the beaches of the Kenai River, has seen nearly a quarter of a million sockeye swim upstream. Matt Miller, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Region II Management Coordinator: “Fishing on the Kenai River has been pretty tough so far, the water has been high. Hopefully as the river improves fishing will be more successful.”last_img read more

first_img $999 N/A iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Versus Stabilization on front camera iPhone XS Max Phase Rear camera Periscope 125mm f/3.4 (8-megapixel) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It No Huawei P30 Pro vs. iPhone XS Max camera comparison Share your voice P30 Pro Best Buy Telephoto lens 23 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Dual 12-megapixel 32-megapixel Mobile Optical image stabilization Yes, both rear cameras But the iPhone excels at portraitsEach phone has a dedicated portrait mode to blur the background behind your subject to make them stand out.On the iPhone, it uses both cameras to achieve the effect and you can change the blur level using a simulated f-stop slider between f/1.4 and f/16. There are also different lighting effects, including stage lighting and monochrome lighting.The P30 Pro’s portrait mode lets you choose different blur effects before you take the shot, like making the bokeh (or blur) different shapes. It also has its own version of stage lighting and a beauty mode where you can adjust the shape of your face, among other features. The default blur level is pretty subtle and you can’t adjust the level of blur after the shot has been taken if you use portrait mode.In the portrait above, the image from the P30 Pro looks much softer than that from the iPhone XS Max (yes, the white balance is a little cool on the iPhone shot, but you can make a quick adjustment in post-processing).Unlike the iPhone which can take portrait mode photos of any subject, the P30 Pro can only take portraits of people. I managed to trick it with a human sculpture, but if you want to capture flowers or pets with that blurred background effect, you’ll want to use aperture priority mode instead. This mode will also let you adjust the depth of field and point of focus after the shot has been taken.When you do use portrait mode, the iPhone captures more facial detail. Edge detection is good on both so neither really gets it wrong when it comes to identifying hair or where to start blurring the background, but faces on the iPhone XS Max generally look sharper and more in focus than the P30 Pro. Even if you use aperture priority mode with a shallow depth of field on the P30 Pro, it still doesn’t give as sharp a result as the iPhone’s portrait mode for faces. The P30 Pro also struggles with its portrait mode in low light situations (surprising given the camera’s strength in night mode as outlined below).While the P30 Pro has a manual mode (called Pro mode) in the default camera app that gives you control over exposure variables such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed, the iPhone doesn’t give you that same control in the standard app. Instead, you’ll need to use a third-party app.Get ready for your selfie closeup on the P30 ProWant to capture your visage in 32 megapixels? Get the P30 Pro. Apart from its over-the-top resolution, the front-facing camera captures more detail on photos than the iPhone. It also has a wider perspective to get more in the shot. Both selfie cameras have portrait mode as well and do a good job of identifying your face from the background.Smart HDR on the iPhone evens out shadows and highlights so the lighting looks less harsh on the iPhone, but I like the images from the P30 Pro more as they’re sharper and more vibrant.Note that there’s no autofocus on the P30 Pro’s selfie camera but I didn’t find it was a significant downside, even when filming video.Night mode on the P30 Pro is amazingSlide across on the main camera interface to night mode and you’ll capture details in the dark that you can hardly see with the naked eye — or the iPhone. Similar to Night Sight on Google Pixel phones, this mode lengthens the exposure time and reduces ISO to cut down on noise. It even produces a great result when you have a light source in the frame as it brightens the scene and makes for a more even exposure.The iPhone doesn’t look bad by comparison when there is a light source in the photo, but it just can’t keep up compared to what the P30 Pro produces. Images don’t look as sharp or as vibrant.When the lights get even lower, the iPhone XS Max does show a lot of noise and loses detail in the image, especially as the ISO climbs. As for flash photos, both do a good job. The iPhone XS Max definitely illuminates the scene more, but I prefer the look from the P30.Want the best video on a phone? That’s the iPhone XS MaxVideo has always been the iPhone’s strong point and it’s no different here. Where the P30 Pro excels in still images, the iPhone is ahead for video. The image on the P30 Pro can look oversaturated, especially on the red channel like you can see in the clips in the video on this page. Dynamic range on the video image is also not as wide as on the iPhone XS Max with some shadows appearing a little muddy.Here’s what else you need to know about video on both:Video stabilization: Optical image stabilization (OIS) is on the P30 Pro’s wide and periscope lens, but not on the ultra-wide lens. The iPhone has OIS on both lenses. Both perform well and motion is smooth. But you only get the benefit of electronic and optical stabilization on the P30 Pro when you shoot at 1080p.Low light recording: Both do well, but again the P30 Pro’s image looks overly saturated and red. It has more noise than the iPhone.Frame rates: Only the iPhone records in 4K at 60fps, while the P30 Pro is limited to 30fps at this resolution. The iPhone also has a mode called auto low light FPS which drops the frame rate automatically from 30 to 24fps to get a better exposure when the camera detects there isn’t enough light.Dual-view video: The P30 Pro lets you take video from the wide and telephoto lens at the same time.Audio quality: Both sound rich and full thanks to stereo microphones.Slow motion: Available at 240fps on both, but the iPhone is full HD while the P30 Pro is only 720p. It’s much smoother and more in focus on the iPhone at this resolution. You can also hit 960fps on the P30 Pro but at that setting, I could never get a usable video.So which phone has the best cameras?The P30 Pro is the clear winner for still images, especially at night and with zoom. But the iPhone excels with its portrait mode and is the winner for video recording. I like the selfies taken on both but think they pop just a bit more from the P30 Pro. If you’re a keen photographer you will be very happy with either phone and of course, selecting a phone is more than just choosing a camera. I found myself picking up the P30 Pro when I knew I was going to need a camera to take me from day to night with ease. But I did miss the simplicity of the iPhone XS Max. Apple’s phone is physically easier to photograph with as sometimes the curved edges on the P30 Pro meant I accidentally swiped to an incorrect setting, and the design is also more slippery when using without a case.Video correction: The labels for the selfie video are the wrong way around at 5:00. The iPhone XS Max is on the right, while the P30 Pro is on the left. See It Comments $999 Front camera resolution 7-megapixel Sprint Autofocus (rear camera) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro: Which camera is best? Yes (24/30/60 fps) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 16mm f/2.2 (20-megapixel) Boost Mobile 10 Stereo recording Video extended dynamic rangecenter_img Front camera type No Leica quad-camera Wide-angle lens Ultra-wide angle lens Landscapes, general photos and HDR are fantasticFor most photos in this category, the P30 Pro and iPhone are very close and you won’t be disappointed with either. Images are tack sharp and well exposed. Both have HDR modes to help boost dynamic range, called Smart HDR on the iPhone (toggle it from the settings menu) or HDR on the P30 Pro (find it in the More section within the camera app). Each does a good job of boosting the dynamic range that’s captured and avoids blown-out highlights and muddy shadows.Colors are true to life on both phones, with the exception of shooting on Master AI with the P30 Pro. This mode identifies what’s in the scene, then adjusts colors and brightness to enhance the image. It can recognize scenes like flowers, skies or trees. Blue skies look really blue, while greenery and foliage look extra vibrant. Photos look fantastic when shot in this mode, but they are more vivid and saturated than those from the iPhone XS Max which are more true to life. The white balance on the P30 Pro can also look a little warm or yellow compared to the same image taken on the iPhone, although it’s not consistent as to when this happens.A comparison between a still life taken on the P30 Pro and iPhone XS Max. One hundred % crop inset. Lexy Savvides/CNET As always, your mileage will vary depending on what screen you view on. If you’re reviewing on the phone screens themselves, images from the P30 pop and look more pleasing than the iPhone when compared side-by-side. When viewing on a computer screen, the images from the P30 Pro look more muted, but still more vivid than those from the iPhone XS Max.If you’re a fan of having an ultra-wide angle lens to capture sweeping landscapes, the P30 Pro can’t be beat in this respect. But do be aware that the photos taken with this lens can appear more saturated and vivid than those taken on the regular wide-angle lens, especially if you are using Master AI. You may want to turn off Master AI if you shoot frequently with this lens, if you’re not a fan of the saturation.p30-ultrawideTaken on the ultra-wide lens with Master AI turned on, the saturation is taken to the extreme. As pretty as this looks, the sky and water were not this blue in reality. Lexy Savvides/CNET The P30 Pro is the king of zoomThere’s no doubt about it. If you’ve heard anything about the P30 Pro’s camera it’s likely about that crazy periscope zoom lens that offers both 5x optical and a 10x hybrid zoom. (Typically, telephoto lenses can be bulky, so the P30 Pro turns the camera array sideways so a prism bounces the light onto the sensor, just like an actual periscope.)p30pro-zoom-exportA comparison between the different zoom levels on the P30 Pro. Lexy Savvides/CNET If that’s not enough, the P30 Pro can even go to 50x with digital zoom. You’ll really want to try using a tripod or some sort of stabilization here, unless you have the most stable arms, because that level of zoom really exacerbates any hand shake. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some of the 50x shots from the P30 Pro. Sure, they’re not crystal clear but being able to get this close and get a fairly usable shot in daylight is pretty incredible considering this is a phone, not a standalone digital camera. Stick to the 5x or 10x shots and you’ll be very impressed with the results.The iPhone’s 2x telephoto lens is no match for the P30 Pro. While the optical zoom at 2x looks sharp and offers a greater reach than the wide-angle lens, when you pinch in to 10x digital zoom to try catch up to the P30 Pro, the results are pretty muddy. TrueDepth 27mm f/2.2 Yes (30fps) See It Stereo recording Apple iPhone XS See it $999 Audio Now playing: Watch this: I took both these phones to some of San Francisco’s most scenic spots, including Coit Tower and North Beach, to see what they could capture, from portraits to landscapes and of course zoom.A note on the P30 Pro. Huawei’s phone isn’t officially sold in the US, due to political pressures, though it is available globally. You can find the Huawei P30 Pro on B&H and Amazon from third party sellers (buyer beware). We’ve included it in our camera showdown based on its prowess — this a phone that the likes of Samsung, Apple and Google will want to beat. We’ve also previously compared the P30 Pro camera to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. N/A Google Huawei Leica Samsung Apple See All 8:28 27mm f/1.6 (40-megapixel) 26mm f/1.8 4K video Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 51mm f/2.4 Contrast, phase Yes (1080/720p) iPhone XS Max vs. P30 Pro camera specs • Yes, except ultra-wide Yes, up to 30fps $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Time of flight camera The Huawei P30 Pro has the best camera of any Android phone, according to our testing. But how does it compare to Apple’s current flagship phone, the iPhone XS Max? With the P30 Pro’s Leica quad-camera array, it has the benefit of being able to see both really far into the distance with a 5x optical or 10x hybrid zoom, and see in the dark with its night mode. The iPhone XS Max only has two cameras at the back, a wide-angle and telephoto lens, but excels thanks to some computational photography tricks that are new to Apple phones. Apple f/2.0last_img read more

first_imgMadhapur: Accidents are waiting to happen in new locations here as civic body workers are not paying attention to the need for covering manholes. Sewer manholes are being left open in Arunodya Colony, near Dena Bank Madhapur. The situation spells trouble for locals and pedestrians. There is no warning sign to warn motorists and pedestrians at the spot. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Locals accuse that the manhole cover has been like that for at least a few months now and no safety measures have been taken to prevent it. A local resident shares, “This manhole has been open for the past six months. During the rain, the open manhole is not visible, due to which cars and bikes may get stuck in it. This is causing a serious threat to locals and pedestrians, if not solved at the earliest. Unfortunate incidents can happen anytime in this area.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s e-commerce giant Flipkart seems relentless in its efforts to ride big on the online shopping wave and the potential it holds for the start-ups. In a major move forward, the e-retailer is in advanced talks to raise $600-800 million.This will put the valuations of the company at $14-15 billion, sources told Live Mint.However, the latest round of funding is totally led by investments by the existing stakeholders, including US-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management and Qatar Investment Authority, the sources said.Co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal will turn billionaires with the new round of funding as they hold 7.5% stake each. The online retailer witnessed an exponential growth with its valuations spiralling to nearly $11.5 billion last year from $1 billion valuation in 2012. In 2014 alone, the company raised capital of around $2 billion.”Currently, there’s massive interest in Flipkart and in start-ups generally. Money is very easily available. But this isn’t going to last long, so Flipkart wants to ensure that even if things turn sour, they have enough in the bank to last them a long time,” sources added.Flipkart, which plans to double the Gross Merchandise Value of products it sells to $8 billion this year, is expected to invest fresh funds in technology to scale up the business and market share.According to a report by Morgan Stanley, Flipkart accounted for 44% of India’s e-commerce market share, followed by Delhi-based rival Snapdeal at 32%. Amazon, launched in India in 2013, stood at third place with just 15% market share, the Business Standard reported.Flipkart’s presence in the online market strengthened after acquiring Myntra in a $300-million deal last May. As Myntra had a strong presence in the fashion segment, its acquisition boosted Flipkart’s fashion offerings. Morgan Stanley’s report estimated the share of fashion segment at 30% of India’s e-commerce market.”For Flipkart, the key differentiator has been Myntra as it was a perfect acquisition target. Myntra is horizontal in the fashion space and a value-driven business,” said Mohit Bahl of KPMG India.On the other hand, Flipkart’s rival Snapdeal, which raised funds worth over $1 billion last year, is also in talks to raise capital. Snapdeal, which received $627 million from Japan’s SoftBank Group in November, is estimated to make more acquisitions worth $1 billion this year.Analysts say the Bengaluru-based Flipkart is the next big online business globally after China’s Alibaba Group, which is valued at more than $210 billion. Flipkart is expected to go for public listing within the next 18 months.last_img read more

first_imgA poster from the Telugu web series, The Grill.PR HandoutLeading entertainment streaming Viu is coming up with a new Telugu digital series, The Grill, which is absolutely for the millennial. The 10-episode series is conceptualised to hit the Telugu binge watching youngsters’ sweet spot. The series follows the life of Arjun, an engineering college fresher and four first-year engineering students, caught in a bitter rivalry between the juniors and seniors that divides their world. During his stint in college, he gets into many mad capers with his roomies. Each episode of The Grill, is full of life lessons that everyone can relate to like bro-code, breaking free, first taste of freedom, turning passion into a career, loving what you do, start-up culture, and embracing life in college.Vishal Maheshwari, country head- Viu India says, “At Viu, we believe in investing in stories that matter to our audiences. The Grill is perfect example of a day in a life of a typical Viu-er. Globally our goal is to invest in local talent in our originals and making it for a global audience. We are pleased youngsters Santosh, Viva, and Maira have delivered superb debut performances in The Grill. With its simulcast launch in all our 17 markets globally it’s a great start for any debutant.”Filled with Fun, drama, comedy, romance, and fights, every episode will get the viewers hooked to The Grill excitement.Directed by Sharan Kopishety of Telugu film Kirrak Party fame, Santosh Sobhan as Arjun, Viva Harsha as Ganesh, and Maira Doshi as Aaradhya has given their heart out performances alongside many other popular supporting talents in this unique college story.”The Telugu speaking states have a tradition of successful campus films, but there is a void of youthful content in the OTT space to resonate with the voice of the local Telugu consumers, therefore The Grill is relevant today.” Says Sharath Marrar, Producer, Northstar Entertainment banner, a well-known production house, and producers of hit films starring Pawan Kalyan, like Gopala Gopala, Sardar Gabbar Singh, and Katamarayudu.last_img read more

first_img( — A senior astronomer with the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Dr Seth Shostak, has reported in an article published online that perhaps we should be seeking alien “life forms” that are thinking machines instead of concentrating the search on biological life forms. © 2010 Explore further Too risky to phone ET? Too late — NASA’s tried it More information: What ET will look like and why should we care, Acta Astronautica, Volume 67, Issues 9-10, November-December 2010, Pages 1025-1029. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2010.06.028center_img Dr Shostak said current experiments aiming to locate extraterrestrial intelligence all assume it is most likely to be found on “habitable worlds” with liquid surface water and light gaseous atmospheres, in other words, worlds that could support life similar biochemically to that on Earth. The problem with this assumption is that the development of artificial intelligence may come soon after the invention of communication technologies, as it has for us, which means SETI’s targeted searches may be “chasing a very short-lived prey,” Dr Shostak said. We have a chance of detecting extraterrestrial intelligences once they invent radio and go on the air, but within a few hundred years they are likely to invent their thinking machine successors.Like many other researchers, Shostak is unconcerned about the kind of extraterrestrial intelligence we find, and therefore restricting the search to biological life forms is unnecessarily limiting. The odds of finding artificial intelligence are greater than finding intelligent biological life, he said, although the decoding of any messages from a sentient machine might be more difficult than signals from a biological source.SETI has been searching for radio signals from other planets and moons for 50 years, and its researchers have realized that as our technology is rapidly advancing, so might that of other civilizations, so we are searching for an evolutionary moving target.Dr Shostak suggested the search for artificial intelligence should focus for at least some of the time on places were matter and energy are plentiful, such as young, hot stars, or near the center of galaxies, since these places would be of more interest to intelligent machines, even though they would be inhospitable for biological life forms.The article was published online in Acta Astronautica on 7 July. Shostak also presented his ideas in Daejeon in the Republic of Korea in October 2009 at the 60th International Astronautical Congress. Citation: SETI may be looking in the wrong places: astronomer (2010, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img © 2015 Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Apollo-era lunar seismic data yields new lunar core model (2015, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from According to these measurements, the compressional sound velocity of FCC-phase iron is about 400 m/s lower than that of BCC-phase iron at the same density. The most significant finding from these results is that the Vp value proposed for the lunar core based on the Apollo seismic diagrams is significantly below the value for FCC iron.The researchers further studied the possibility of iron alloyed with nickel and other elements; its incorporation at 22 atomic percent increased density at the same pressure but did not change the compressional sound velocity of the material. Thus, the researchers conclude that the sound velocity proposed for the inner core is incompatible with a core of pure solid iron or any plausible iron alloys.The researchers propose that the current most plausible structure of the moon’s core comprises a pure iron solid inner core with a liquid iron/iron-sulphur outer core. “The temperatures characteristic of the moon’s interior point to the Fe-FeS system as the most probable explanation for a liquid iron alloy stable at the thermodynamic conditions of the moon’s core. To have a solid inner core, pure Fe has to be the solid phase coexisting with Fe-FeS melt at the liquidus,” they write.Pointing out that the temperature of the core provides further constraints, the researchers observe that the presence of partial melting at the bottom of the mantle means that temperatures at the core-mantle boundary must be 1,650° K. Furthermore, for the iron inner core to be at equilibrium with the outer liquidus, the sulphur content has to be below 37 atomic percent. These results are also consistent with an extinct lunar dynamo.Taking the mineral physical constraints into consideration, they provide an estimate of the sizes of the inner and outer lunar cores. From the data, the researchers obtain an inner core with a radius of ~245 to 250 kilometers and an outer core of ~85 to 80 kilometers in thickness. The results can also be extrapolated to the conditions of telluric planetary cores of Mars size which may one day be compared to actual seismic data from Mars, and the researchers note the applicability of their conclusions to other small telluric bodies. Is iron rain the reason why Earth and the moon are so different? This is a composite image of the lunar nearside taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in June 2009, note the presence of dark areas of maria on this side of the moon. Credit: NASA (—Like the solar system’s telluric planets, including Earth itself, the moon’s internal structure is composed of geoochemically distinct mantle, crust and core layers. The core is mostly iron; much of our understanding of its composition is derived from seismic data provided by the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package. More information: “Toward a mineral physics reference model for the Moon’s core.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print March 16, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1417490112AbstractThe physical properties of iron (Fe) at high pressure and high temperature are crucial for understanding the chemical composition, evolution, and dynamics of planetary interiors. Indeed, the inner structures of the telluric planets all share a similar layered nature: a central metallic core composed mostly of iron, surrounded by a silicate mantle, and a thin, chemically differentiated crust. To date, most studies of iron have focused on the hexagonal closed packed (hcp, or ε) phase, as ε-Fe is likely stable across the pressure and temperature conditions of Earth’s core. However, at the more moderate pressures characteristic of the cores of smaller planetary bodies, such as the Moon, Mercury, or Mars, iron takes on a face-centered cubic (fcc, or γ) structure. Here we present compressional and shear wave sound velocity and density measurements of γ-Fe at high pressures and high temperatures, which are needed to develop accurate seismic models of planetary interiors. Our results indicate that the seismic velocities proposed for the Moon’s inner core by a recent reanalysis of Apollo seismic data are well below those of γ-Fe. Our dataset thus provides strong constraints to seismic models of the lunar core and cores of small telluric planets. This allows us to propose a direct compositional and velocity model for the Moon’s core. At the massive pressures of Earth’s core, iron exists in a hexagonal closed packed phase (HCP), as the pressures are likely to be stable across temperature and pressure conditions. However, in less massive bodies such as the moon, Mercury and Mars, researchers believe that iron exhibits a face-centered cubic crystalline structure (FCC). However, a new analysis of the Apollo seismic data by a collaborative of researchers reveals that the seismic velocities suggested for the moon’s inner core are well below that of FCC-phase iron. They developed a dataset that provides strong constraints to existing seismic models of the moon and of small telluric planets allowing a direct compositional and velocity model of the moon’s core. They have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Similar structures, varying conditionsThat the solar system’s planetary bodies have similar compositions is unsurprising; however, differences in the bulk masses of planets and planetary satellites imply different pressure (P) and temperature (T) conditions at their cores. These variables produce liquid versus solid core differences as well as the varying crystalline structures of solid-phase cores. Although the Earth and the moon are the only bodies for which real seismic data exists, scientists believe that the lower T and P levels of bodies such as Mercury and Mars result in solid, mostly FCC-phase iron cores. The Apollo program returned core-reflection seismic data from the moon indicating the existence of a liquid outer core and a solid inner core. A determination of the precise structure and chemical composition of the moon’s core is essential for the constraint of lunar origin models, including the possibility that the moon once had an active dynamo. Reanalyzing the dataTo explore the Apollo data and set new constraints on its interpretation, the researchers carried out density and sound velocity measurements on body-centered cubic (BCC) and FCC iron at high pressure and temperature using X-ray scattering combined with X-ray diffraction measurements. This technique is useful for measurements on metallic samples compressed in a diamond anvil cell and, recently, for measurements under high P-T conditions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Biology Letters (—A pair of researchers with the University of Massachusetts has found that cane toads utilize sensory feedback to coordinate asymmetrical landings mid hop. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Suzanne Cox and Gary Gillis describe a series of experiments they carried out with cane toads and what they found out by doing so. Citation: Biologists discover cane toads have a heightened sense of balance to aid in landing (2016, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Sensory feedback and coordinating asymmetrical landing in toads, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0196AbstractCoordinated landing requires anticipating the timing and magnitude of impact, which in turn requires sensory input. To better understand how cane toads, well known for coordinated landing, prioritize visual versus vestibular feedback during hopping, we recorded forelimb joint angle patterns and electromyographic data from five animals hopping under two conditions that were designed to force animals to land with one forelimb well before the other. In one condition, landing asymmetry was due to mid-air rolling, created by an unstable takeoff surface. In this condition, visual, vestibular and proprioceptive information could be used to predict asymmetric landing. In the other, animals took off normally, but landed asymmetrically because of a sloped landing surface. In this condition, sensory feedback provided conflicting information, and only visual feedback could appropriately predict the asymmetrical landing. During the roll treatment, when all sensory feedback could be used to predict an asymmetrical landing, pre-landing forelimb muscle activity and movement began earlier in the limb that landed first. However, no such asymmetries in forelimb preparation were apparent during hops onto sloped landings when only visual information could be used to predict landing asymmetry. These data suggest that toads prioritize vestibular or proprioceptive information over visual feedback to coordinate landing. Common Indian Toad. Bufo melanostictus. Credit: L. Shyamal/Wikipedia © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Australian giant monitor lizards trained to avoid eating toxic toads Cane toads have made the news in recent years due to their ability to easily move into new territory and take over—they eat a wide variety of plants and animals making it easy to migrate, and causing them to be considered an invasive species in places like Australia. But, it seems they also have interesting hopping abilities. To learn more about how cane toads manage to have near perfect landings when they hop, the researchers obtained several specimens and brought them into the lab for testing.To get a true sense of how a toad responds while in the air to its circumstances, the researchers applied electromyography sensors to different parts of their bodies—such sensors allow for tracking muscle usage. The researchers set up several scenarios for the toads to see how their bodies responded to different conditions. Under “normal” conditions, they noted that the toads held their front arms and feet out in a typical landing position. But, when the toads were forced to hop off a weighted glass cylinder, the cylinder rolled, which caused the toad to have to twist as a reaction, the researchers found that the toads actually rotated in the air by moving one forelimb forward before the other—an adjustment that led to them being properly aligned as they met the ground. In another experiment, they forced the toads to land on an object with a 45 degree slopped surface and were surprised to note that the toads made no adjustments at all. This, the researchers suggest, likely means the toads are not relying on vision at all when figuring out how to move their bodies in preparation for landing. Instead, it appears they rely exclusively on their vestibular system, which involves an organ in the inner ear that in humans and some other animals, has been shown to be heavily involved in maintaining balance. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgThe Capital is soon going to witness a confluence of literature, art and music as it hosts the event titled Adabi Cocktail.  The event features a series of performances and exhibitions based on the works of the legendary poet Nida Fazli. Young singers like Jazim Sharma, Parul Mishra and Ghazal singer Malti Joshi will be rendering eight selected works of Nida Fazli. Renowned artist Geeta Das will be displaying some of her works based on the poems of Fazli. Noted theatre and film personality Padmashri Tom Alter will be reciting four poems of Nida Fazli. Atul Gangwar, the conceiver of the event and director of Sampresham Multimedia Pvt. Ltd, says, “While we do considerable work in the professional audio-visual realm. We also realise our duty in giving back to the field of creative art including literature, music and art. And hence from time to time we organise events that are purely creative in nature that explore new vistas to serve and benefit the larger interest of art and cultural promotion.” Mukesh Gupta, Chairman, Media & Culture, PHD Chamber of Commerce expresses his pleasure at being part of this creative venture and believes that the event will be a memorable event.Nida Fazli is a poet of various moods and to him the creative sentiment and inner urge are the sources of poetry. He thinks that the feeling of a poet is similar to an artist: like a painter or a musician.  He published his first collection of Urdu poetry in 1969. Childhood imagery persistently reflects in his poetry as elements of nostalgia. Primary themes which run through his poetry are contradictions in life, the search for purpose, nuances of human relationships, differences between practice and preaching, and the groping for that which is lost.  His celebrated lyrics were used in Aap to aise na the, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996) and Gudiya.His ghazals and other compositions are sung by notable artists of the day. The event  will be held on June 14 at Mavalankar Auditorium, Constitution Club in the presence of eminent personalities from the world of film, literature, art and industry.last_img read more

first_imgA trailer has been released for a Mel Gibson movie project: The Professor and the Madman. But it’s a trailer with a difference, in that a release date seems a long way off. Furthermore, Gibson himself isn’t happy with the production and sought to obtain the rights for himself. The story behind the dispute is as complex as the film’s subject matter. Based on Simon Winchester’s 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne, it reveals how asylum inmate Dr. W.C. Minor made sizeable contributions to the first Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in the late 19th century.Prof. James Murray was in charge of the project, following in the legendary footsteps of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who’d written A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. Gibson plays Murray and Sean Penn is Minor. The more eye-catching title is taken from the tome’s US/Canadian title.James Murray in the Scriptorium at Banbury RoadIn 1998 the New York Times wrote that “in a moment of insanity, Dr. Minor, an American and a veteran of the Civil War, had killed a man in London and been sentenced to Broadmoor. He remained there under guard for the next 37 years, until he was transferred to St. Elizabeths Hospital for the criminally insane in Washington. Even after Murray realized Minor’s true situation, he still regarded him as his most reliable source, a madman whose words were very much to be trusted.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe film is presented as a tale of friendship between two intelligent men in very different circumstances. Together they achieved something that went against the establishment and had a lasting effect on cultural life. Gibson sports a full-blooded Scottish accent, of the sort he cut his teeth on with Braveheart in 1995.Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Photo by Dan (mrpolyonymous on Flickr) CC BY 2.0Gibson and producer Bruce Davey had the book in their sights since its release and signed a deal in 2015. With director Farhad Safinia they partnered with Voltage Pictures. However, things turned sour after Gibson accused them of breaching the contract, instructing his lawyers to sue.In 2017 The Hollywood Reporter wrote “Gibson claims Voltage failed to live up to its end of their deal by failing to provide a budget, secure a completion bond, shoot ‘critical’ scenes in Oxford, execute Safinia’s directing deal and pay Icon (Gibson’s company) its producing fee, among a laundry list of other complaints that had the result of ‘eviscerating’ Gibson’s approval rights.”Gibson (right) on set with 20th Century Fox executive Scott Neeson. Photo by Scott Neeson CC BY-SA 3.0Originally lined up as director, Gibson wanted final say on the cut, something that didn’t happen. Safinia also took Voltage to court for defamation after they accused him and Gibson of unprofessional conduct.According to Digital Spy, “Voltage said that Safinia’s lawsuit was an attempt to ‘improperly coerce’ them to shoot expensive additional scenes” and launched their own case against the filmmakers.The article goes on to say the team were “wanting a scene shot in Oxford instead of the Trinity College in Ireland,” presumably for maximum authenticity. Unfortunately, “Voltage’s CEO Nicolas Chartier said that the change would cost $2.5 million for a movie that was already over budget.” The film cost $25 million overall.The Professor and the Madman gathered dust while real life dramas played out. In June 2018 Gibson and Icon’s hopes were dashed and Voltage began preparing the picture for release. Vertical Entertainment won U.S. distribution rights and Deadline reports that “A theatrical release is planned for the second quarter of this year.”Mel Gibson. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Natalie Dormer, Eddie Marsan, Jennifer Ehle and Steve Coogan are among the co-stars. Gibson will not be promoting the movie and the director credit goes to one P.B. Shemran. This appears to be a face-saving pseudonym.Read another story from us: Can You Dig It? New Shaft Movie Combines 3 Generations of the Iconic DetectiveSome question whether the film will receive a wide release. Ironically nothing is planned so far for the UK, where the famous dictionary took shape in the first place.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Etihad boss dismisses traditional airline alliances. After revealing Etihad Airways’ will post its “strongest ever first quarter results” this year, the airline’s president and chief executive James Hogan dismissed the relevance of legacy airline alliances.Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways’ successful business model has been proven to build passenger numbers and generate revenue and profit for all its partners.“The traditional airline alliances have evolved into slow-to-respond, bureaucratic organisations which struggle to deliver added value to their member airlines, many of which are no longer compatible with each other,” Mr Hogan said.Mr Hogan revealed that codeshare and equity partners contributed greatly to the airline’s financial success.“If we look at the consolidation currently occurring throughout the airline industry, we are also seeing more fragmentation within the alliances.“This is going to continue as members seek ways to operate profitably in a very competitive environment with high fuel costs and generally slower global economic growth,” Mr Hogan said.Etihad owns stakes in five different global carriers and saw two of its equity partners – airberlin and Air Seychelles – return to profitability in 2012, meaning all five airlines are now in the black.“It is easier, faster and far more cost effective to grow through one-on-one partnerships with established, respected carriers than it is to rely totally on our own resources, and to start from scratch in every market we serve,” Mr Hogan said.last_img read more

first_imgDubai, United Arab Emirates – Atlantis, The Palm will open this September as the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah – the first resort to open its doors on Dubai’s revolutionary island. Created by Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, the stunning new 1,539-room resort began accepting reservations February 1, 2008.With its enviable location atop the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, the opening of Atlantis, The Palm will be a landmark event, redefining tourism in Dubai as the first truly integrated entertainment resort. Reflecting Executive Chairman Sol Kerzner’s vision to transport guests into a dazzling, imaginative world, the resort will encompass a 46 hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at AQUAVENTURE, extensive fresh and salt-water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-aired marine habitat second only to Mother Nature, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a Spa and Fitness Club, and 5,600m² of meeting and function space.“This is an exciting time for Dubai and for Kerzner International.  With the introduction of a new world icon in The Palm Jumeirah and our position as the flagship resort of this icon, Atlantis, The Palm is situated as the new gateway to this incredible region.  Out of a vision that married the wonders of marine life with stunning elegance and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf alongside the most exciting water playground in this part of the world, we have developed an experience within Atlantis that is truly different than the existing pleasures of Dubai.   We’re very proud of the final product and cannot wait to share it in September when we open our doors,” shared Sol Kerzner, Executive Chairman, Kerzner International.WATER EXPERIENCES Water adventures, salt and fresh water attractions and an open-air marine habitat are the focal point of Atlantis, The Palm for both guests and visitors: -AQUAVENTURE – a water playground of over 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids, and the Mesopotamian-styled -Ziggurat temple reaching over 30 metres into the sky and featuring seven heart-pumping water slides – two of which catapult riders through shark-filled lagoons; -The Ambassador Lagoon – an 11 million litre marine habitat and underwater exhibit home to several hundred species of marine life, with a viewing panel looking right into the mystical ruins of Atlantis; -The Lost Chambers – bringing the myth of Atlantis to life through a maze of underground tunnels offering underwater views into the boulevards of the ruins of Atlantis; and, -Dolphin Bay – a 4.5 hectare state-of-the-art dolphin education and conservation centre allowing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled facility.In a tribute to the surrounding sea, designers and artists from around the world are creating the ultimate resort destination with a stunning array of sculptures, artwork, hand-painted murals, exquisite fountains and waterfalls and innovative design by some of the world’s most renowned designers including David Rockwell, Adam Tihany, Jeffrey Beers and Wilson and Associates.THE ROYAL TOWERS ACCOMMODATION Each of the 1,539 guestrooms and suites in the Royal Towers will feature private balconies and views over the Arabian Gulf or The Palm Jumeirah. With rates starting at $454 per night, guests may choose from a variety of accommodation including the indulgent: -Imperial Club – a ‘resort within a resort’ with over 150 rooms and suites, exclusive services and private club lounge; -Bridge Suite – spanning the Royal Towers, a private lift takes guests 22 storeys above Atlantis for heart-stopping views of The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai and The Arabian Gulf; -Lost Chambers Suites – each three stories high with mesmerising views directly into the Ambassador Lagoon from the master bedroom, these two suites located within the Lost Chambers create an illusion of being beneath the sea whilst looking directly into the heart of Atlantis.AWARD-WINNING CUISINE & DESIGNER SHOPPING With 17 restaurants, bars and lounges to suit every taste – sophisticated seafood, innovative sushi, quick bites and foods from around the world – the dining and entertainment at Atlantis will be as exciting and multi-faceted as the resort itself. Four famed celebrity chefs will debut at Atlantis, The Palm, making the resort the culinary destination in Dubai: -World-class master chef and sushi mogul Nobuyuki Matsuhisa opens Nobu with partner Robert DeNiro; -Two star Michelin chef Giorgio Locatelli, one of London’s most talked about Italian chefs, features Ronda Locatelli; -Parisian sensation and two star Michelin chef Michel Rostang debuts his French Brasserie; and, -Three star Michelin chef Santi Santamaria, known as ‘The Architect of Food,’ opens his first venture outside of Europe with Ossiano, a gourmet seafood restaurant.The specialty restaurants will be located along The Avenues, a sophisticated retail promenade also home to a nightclub and over two dozen shops featuring top names in fashion, design and local artistry.DESTINATION DISCOVERY From surreal sea life to heart-pounding water slides, even the youngest guest will be able to explore Atlantis and its deep connection to water and the ocean. Specialized programmes for toddlers to teenagers feature dedicated facilities and age-appropriate activities with the interactive Atlantis Kids Club (3 to 12 years) and Club Rush, a fully supervised ‘No Adults’ private club for teenagers and pre-teens. QuickZone will satisfy those looking for the ultimate gaming challenge on the latest SEGA equipment.Atlantis, The Palm is accessed by a six-lane underwater vehicle tunnel, which surfaces next to the resort. Alternately, guests may also choose to leave their cars at the base of the trunk in a secure, dedicated parking area, and board a monorail to be transported through the centre of The Palm Jumeirah directly to Atlantis, The Palm.Further information: visit http://www.atlantisthepalm.comAbout Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. This US$1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Dubai Government owned, Istithmar. Opening in September 2008, the resort will utilise the 46 hectares site with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang. Atlantis, The Palm will offer an unprecedented entertainment centre, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities. It will be home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with some 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.KERZNER INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LIMITED, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. Kerzner’s flagship brand is Atlantis, which includes Atlantis, Paradise Island, a 2,900-room ocean-themed destination resort in The Bahamas. This unique destination features a variety of accommodations, including the new resort The Cove Atlantis, all built around a 100-acre waterscape with over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Kerzner is extending its Atlantis brand globally with the development of Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort expected to open in September 2008 on The Palm, Jumeirah. Kerzner has also commenced construction of a 600-room, destination casino resort in Morocco that will open in 2009, which will be operated by Kerzner under a new brand that it will be introducing to the market. Kerzner also manages six luxury resort hotels under the One&Only brand. The resorts, featuring some of the top-rated properties in the world, are located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives and Dubai. Additional One&Only properties are currently in the development stages in South Africa, Zanzibar and Costa Rica. For more information concerning Kerzner and its operating subsidiaries, visit read more

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – AMC says it will open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theatre on April 18.Cinema operators are rushing to build theatres in the Gulf kingdom. The Saudi government in December said it would open the country to commercial movie theatres for the first time in more than 35 years. It’s part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform Saudi society. In June, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive.AMC’s first theatre will open in Riyadh. It plans to open up to 100 theatres by 2030.Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and information, Dr. Awwad Alawwad, hailed the first cinema operating license as “the opening of very significant opportunities for exhibitors.”AMC is the world’s largest exhibitor. It’s owned by the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. FILE – In this May 30, 2017 file photo, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Moscow’s Kremlin, Russia. AMC says it will open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater on April 18, 2018. Cinema operators are rushing to build theaters in the Gulf kingdom. The Saudi government in December said it would open the country to commercial movie theaters for the first time in more than 35 years. It’s part of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform Saudi society. In June, Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, pool, File) AMC to open Saudi Arabia’s first movie theatrecenter_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 1:05 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more