Cue sports league Cue Slam to finally take off in August

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 20 (PTI) After years of wait, India will finally stage a big ticket cue sports league in August. A senior official at Billiards and Snooker Federation of India confirmed to PTI that the league titled Cue Slam will finally take off next month. Both Indian, including 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani, and foreign players will be part of the venture, tentatively scheduled from August 19 to 25. The official launch will take place in Hyderabad next week. Cue Slam was supposed to take place in 2015 but the initiative had to be shelved indefinitely. As per the original plan, it was to be a six week tournament with the presence of eight teams. However, BSFI in collaboration with Sportzlive is going ahead with a week long affair for now with five teams in fray. The organisers are keeping only 6 Red snooker and pool event for the inaugural edition, leaving billiards for future editions. When asked about his thoughts on the league finally taking off, Indian great Advani said: “It is finally happening and it is something that our wonderful sport needed.” “I have always felt that cue sports is a very spectator friendly sport and it should be shown on Indian television a lot more, so that it catches up with the popularity of other sports. “I hope the league will grow and become bigger and better with each passing year,” said Advani, who won the Asian snooker title with Malkit Singh Laxman Rawat earlier this month. The league should keep the fans engaged with each contest not expected to last more than 10 minutes. It will also be shown live on a leading sports channel. “Having our sport shown live on television is something I have been talking about for a while. The other leagues that have taken place in India are all shown live and because of that the sports popularity has grown significantly. “I am pretty confident a lot more people will start following our game with the league being shown on television,” Advani added. PTI BS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Report: Bordeaux 0 Monaco 2

first_imgBordeaux 0 Monaco 2: No Falcao, no problem as Lemar breaks drought Iain Strachan 00:55 10/29/17 Thomas Lemar - cropped Getty Images Thomas Lemar scored in Ligue 1 for the first time this season as Monaco won 2-0 at Bordeaux to keep the pressure on Paris Saint-Germain. The absence of Radamel Falcao did not prevent Monaco from recording a second consecutive Ligue 1 victory, as goals from Keita Balde and Thomas Lemar secured a 2-0 win at Bordeaux on Saturday.Falcao is the league’s leading scorer with 13 goals from nine matches this season, but the Colombia international sat out the match at Stade Matmut-Atlantique due to a thigh strain.In his absence, Balde and Lemar netted twice in quick succession early in the second half as title-holders Monaco stayed second, still four points behind Paris Saint-Germain, who dispatched Nice 3-0 on Friday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The away team created the first clear chance of the game, with Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoit Costil called into action to parry away a fierce Fabinho effort from Jorge’s cutback. It took until the half-hour mark for Monaco to threaten again, Kamil Glik getting to Joao Moutinho’s free-kick first but seeing his header saved by Costil.Bordeaux were restricted to sporadic counter-attacks, Monaco defender Jemerson clearing confidently from Francois Kamano’s dangerous ball across the face of goal with a minute remaining in the opening period. Leonardo Jardim’s men eventually broke the deadlock in the 57th minute, when Jorge was fortunate to avoid giving away a foul before swinging a cross into the area from the left flank. Moutinho’s cushioned header fell perfectly into the path of Balde, who took the ball under control quickly and steered a tidy, low finish past the onrushing Costil. Lemar doubled the advantage eight minutes later, receiving the ball from Glik before cutting in the from left, beating the Bordeaux defence with ease and firing the ball beyond Costil, who should have done better, for his first strike of the league season. Alexandre Mendy twice went close to pulling one back for Bordeaux, the substitute firing wide of the near post from a tight angle before seeing a header cleared off the line by Jemerson.Monaco substitute Stevan Jovetic could have made it 3-0 soon after, with his curling effort from the top of the box sneaking just wide of the upright.VICTOIRRRREEEEE !!! Grosse performance collective des Rouge et Blanc57′ @keitabalde1465′ Lemar— AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) October 28, 2017last_img read more

‘De Gea’s the goalkeeper GOAT!’ – Fans laud Man Utd star

first_imgDavid de Gea put in an inspired performance on Sunday to lead Manchester United to a clean sheet and vital victory over Tottenham – and he had the Red Devils faithful falling over themselves to pay tribute.United took all three points in a tense top-six clash, with the only goal coming before half-time.Marcus Rashford took full advantage of a terrific Paul Pogba pass and converted past Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0, a strike which proved the only goal of the game at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? At the other end, however, De Gea had to be at his very best as Spain’s No. 1 was bombarded throughout the game by Spurs.No fewer than 11 shots on target were repelled by the goalkeeper, whose heroics helped United move level with Arsenal in fifth place and keep up their brilliant start to life under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.It was the most shots De Gea has stopped in a top-flight league match without conceding. And he took all the plaudits from observers for his latest match-winning display in a United shirt.RT if you believe De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the World 🌍 🧤— THE POWER MUFC 🇾🇪 (@EamonnPower23) 13 de enero de 2019The £18.9 million United spent on De Gea. Well worth it. #mufc— Aditya Rathod (@aditya_reds) 13 de enero de 2019How the Man Utd players greet David De Gea every training session— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) 13 de enero de 2019It wouldn’t take much for me to tattoo @D_DeGea’s beautiful face on my body right now… 🔥🔥🔥 #MUFC— Corey Andress (@EACoreySA) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea that was brilliant 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea my goat— Santan (@Santandave1) 13 de enero de 2019Goal – DE GEAAssist – DE GEAJoke! Only thing he’s not done so far though 😉#TOTMUN #FPL— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) 13 de enero de 2019David De Gea’s legs could save the UK from Brexit.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 13 de enero de 2019De Gea’s been better with his feet today than every Arsenal outfield player combined yesterday. #THFCvMUFC— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 13 de enero de 2019Where would we be without @D_DeGea 🙌🏽🙌🏽 @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 13, 2019Cracking game of football. Big win for @ManUtd and the difference in them post Mourinho says much. Having said that @SpursOfficial were terrific in the 2nd half and but for Spiderman in goal could well have won.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2019I did a #DeGea edit and he saved it.— Emilio Sansolini (@EmilioSansolini) January 13, 2019 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

UASC Exercises Final Option on HHI Boxships

first_imgMarch 10, 2014 zoom The United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) ordering spree has come to an end with a final order for one 18,000 TEU container vessel at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea.The company announced yesterday that the final option for additional boxship had been exercised, bringing the total order to 17 ships, including eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels. The order, worth over $2 billion for all 17 ships, is the largest in UASC’s history.These 18,000 TEU ships will be among the largest, most technologically advanced, and most environmentally-friendly container vessels ever built.UASC hosted a signing ceremony in Dubai, where the newbuilding contract was signed by His Excellency Salem Ali Al Zaabi, Chairman of the UASC Board of Directors, and by Mr. Y. J. Ji of HHI. The ceremony was also attended by representatives from UASC’s executive management and senior management from HHI.His Excellency Mr. Salem Ali Al Zaabi remarked, “With the exercising of this final purchase option for one 18,000 TEU vessel, UASC completes its current newbuilding order in full. Today thus marks another important milestone in UASC’s transformation and growth story. Among our other assets, these vessels and UASC’s enhanced partnership agreements enable the company to improve its competitiveness in the key trade lane between Asia and Europe where the 18,000 TEU vessels will be deployed.”“UASC is committed to improve its competitive position in all key trades in which it operates and especially in other key trades where the Company’s existing 13,500 TEU and under-construction 14,000 TEU vessels will be deployed. In an environment where fuel oil remains the largest cost driver in the industry, our cutting-edge vessel designs have been developed with a clear focus on improving cost efficiency and enhancing environmental friendliness. This brings a clear benefit to our customers and UASC is proud to be a leader in the industry in these respects. All of these new ships will enjoy the most advanced fuel economy in the industry including, among others, being delivered as ‘LNG ready’; a first in the industry for vessels of this size,” added Mr. Salem Ali Al Zaabi.The completion of this significant newbuilding order between UASC and HHI marks an important step in four decade-long relationship between the two companies.The 14,000 TEU and 18,000 TEU newbuildings are scheduled for delivery from late 2014 and from the first half of 2015, respectively.last_img read more

High air fares to weigh heavy on passenger traffic growth

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Expensive air fares as a result of capacity constraint and high fuel prices are expected to further decelerate India’s passenger growth numbers, experts opined. Even though, there has been a growth in passenger numbers on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the traffic on a sequential level has shown a negative trend. As per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data, on a YoY basis, growth rate in February stood at 5.62 per cent to 1.13 crore, while it was 9.10 per cent in January and 11.03 per cent in December 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEven data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed a similar trend. The growth rate of India’s domestic air passenger volume — measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) — slowed in February to 10 per cent from a rise of 12.4 per cent in January. Industry observers blamed the downward sequential growth trend on high air fares. According to experts, since March 14, passengers had to shell out high fares as several airlines cancelled operations for a number of reasons, including grounding of Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring this period, some sectors continued to see a rise of more than 100 per cent in case of last minute bookings. “Indian aviation has seen a capacity constraint due to multiple reasons over last couple of months. The immediate impact of this reduction noted on fares was an average of 15-20 per cent hike in price,” said Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) of “While that acted as a deterrent for people who were looking to book air tickets in short notice, however, the traffic was not seen to be affected as the fares did moderate for people booking in advance,” Additionally, oil marketing companies increased the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) which is also expected to buoy air fares. “High ATF, grounding of several flights and a tough operating environment have further impacted the domestic sector crisis and will impact passenger growth for the month of March,” said Aloke Bajpai, CEO and Co-founder, ixigo. “However with unused Jet slots now being allocated to other airlines, an increase in capacity will help in normalisation of fares before the peak summer travel season.” In a recent note, ratings agency Fitch said that Indian aviation market has seen a sharp increase in airfares in the last few months due to tight supply, which has been worsened by the suspension of the 737 MAX aircraft. “Fitch expects the growth in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), which decelerated to 12.4 per cent in January (2018: 19.9 per cent), to weaken further until supply increases,” the rating agency said in a note. In addition, the note said that Jet Airways, which along with its subsidiary JetLite had the second-largest share of the domestic market until January, has been steadily losing market share as it has been forced to shrink its operating fleet due to financial troubles. “Market leader IndiGo cancelled around 30 flights per day (2 per cent of total) from around the middle of February until March, with industry participants highlighting pilot shortage as a key reason,” the note said. “SpiceJet was then forced to ground its 737 MAX jets, which form around 15 per cent of its fleet.”last_img read more

Rapper French Montana Returns to Perform in Morocco

Rabat- French Montana has returned to his native Morocco to host a party at Club 555 in Marrakech.Karim Kharbouch, known by his stage name French Montana, was born in Rabat, but left the country for the United States at age 13. He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records. The 30-year-old rapper trip to Morocco was filled with several cultural adventures and a performance at Club 555 in Marrakech. “This video will give you a small idea of how incredible it has been for me to come back home and share my music with my people,” he said. “I left Morocco when I was 13 and the first time ever going back was when I shot the FADER cover. Now, it’s amazing to see this much love from my people,” he concluded. Montana is said to be dating Khloe Kardashian, sister to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. He also appeared on several episodes of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Season 9.Montana has so far made sure to keep some secrecy on his alleged relationship with Khloe Kardashian.“I like to keep my private life private because that works with my sanity, but she’s a good, beautiful person,” he said in an interview with People Magazine.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UNbacked World Cup initiative scores goal for environment

“The German Local Organizing Committee has put down a clear and unequivocal environmental foundation from which future host countries can now build,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said of the so-called ‘Green Goal’ project set up by the Committee with UNEP cooperation. The report, launched at the Global Forum for Sport and the Environment in Lausanne, Switzerland, came just a day after the release of another study showing that UNEP-backed initiatives won a gold medal for the 2006 Winter Olympics with the Games in Torino, Italy, setting new records for offsetting global warming gas emissions. “Organizers of future FIFA World Cup events will now have to consider playing the environment up front as one of the leading strikers in their planning and policy strategies,” Mr. Steiner said, referring to the International Football Federation. “Otherwise, they risk own goals and off-sides from domestic and international public opinion.”The legacy report on ‘Green Goal’ highlights how, through a range of domestic measures including deploying renewable energy at venues and boosting the use of public and non-motorized transport by fans, significant greenhouse gas reductions were achieved.Apart from domestic measures, the organizers offset rises in emissions by supporting clean energy schemes in India and South Africa, host country for the 2010 Cup. These offsets saved an estimated 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the global atmosphere, over-compensating the additional emissions in Germany by 8,000 tonnes.The report shows that the amount of greenhouse gases saved by these combined actions more than compensated for the emissions generated, so much so that the flights to and from Germany by soccer stars like Brazil’s Ronaldino and England’s Rooney and FIFA officials were also offset.“UNEP has been proud to have been associated with the ‘Green Goal’ and not just for its achievement on climate but for its achievements in areas from waste avoidance to the harvesting of rainwater for pitches,” Mr. Steiner said. “We stand ready to assist the organizers of the 2010 tournament in South Africa score their own ‘Green Goals’ and in doing so send a clear signal to organizers of all mass audience events that environment deserves top billing, is no longer a support act but a big draw in its own right.” read more

Fed Chair Yellen says economic conditions falling into place for December rate

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Thursday that economic conditions appear to be improving enough for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks — as long as there are no major shocks that undermine confidence.Yellen said that even after the first rate hike, the Fed expects future rate increases will be at a gradual pace that will keep borrowing costs low for consumers and businesses.In testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen warned that waiting an extended period of time to start raising rates would carry risks.“Were the FOMC to delay the start … for too long,” she said, “we would likely end up having to tighten policy relatively abruptly to keep the economy from overshooting” the Fed’s goals for unemployment and inflation.“Such an abrupt tightening would risk disrupting financial markets and perhaps even inadvertently push the economy into a recession,” Yellen said.She also cited concerns by Fed critics that keeping rates exceptionally low for too long “could also encourage excessive risk taking and thus undermine financial stability.”Fed policymakers meet on Dec. 15-16. The Fed’s key short-term rate has been at a record low near zero for the past seven years.Many private economists are forecasting the first rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s policy panel, will be a modest quarter-point move, followed by four more quarter-point moves over the next year.“Between today and the next FOMC meeting, we will receive additional data that bear on the economic outlook. These data include a range of indicators regarding the labour market, inflation and economic activity,” Yellen told the JEC. “When my colleagues and I meet, we will assess all of the available data and their implications for the economic outlook in making our decision.”The Labor Department will release its November employment report on Friday. Analysts believe the data will be key in determining whether the Fed boosts rates this month.Asked about the upcoming unemployment report, Yellen said the Fed will be watching for “a continued solid trend of job creation” that would indicate the economy has good momentum going forward.Yellen repeated past comments that she believed two key factors keeping inflation below the Fed’s 2 per cent target — the rise in the value of the dollar and falling oil prices — were likely to fade over time.Private economists said Yellen’s remarks over the past two days sent a strong signal that the Fed is ready to start raising interest rates at its meeting this month.Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC, said he was looking for a rate hike “barring much weaker data over the next couple of weeks.”The Fed has left its target for the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge on overnight loans, near zero since December 2008. It has used ultra-low borrowing costs as a way to stimulate economic activity and fight the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Fed has not raised the funds rate since June 2006.Yellen said that the Fed currently anticipates that even after further improvements in the labour market and inflation, economic conditions are likely to warrant lower rates than normal “for some time.”She said that a Fed move to start raising rates will be a sign of “how far our economy has come in recovering from the effects of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. In that sense, it is a day that I expect we all are looking forward to.”Yellen spoke shortly after the European Central Bank announced that it was cutting a key interest rate and extending its stimulus program to enhance efforts to bolster the 19 European countries that use the euro currency. This action disappointed investors, who had been looking for stronger moves. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, to testify before the Joint Economic Committee. Yellen said that economic conditions are falling into place for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks , as long as there are no major shocks that undermine confidence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 3:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed Chair Yellen says economic conditions falling into place for December rate hike read more

From Halifax to Fredericton March madness continues for Brock Badgers

With the USPORTS men’s basketball national championships wrapped up in Halifax, Brock Sports is turning its attention to Fredericton, where the men’s hockey team is set to play in the University Cup National Championship. The Badgers basketball team finished its national championship run with a decisive 94-57 win over the Acadia Axemen in the consolation final Sunday, March 11. That came after a heartbreaking 78-76 loss to the eventual national champion Calgary Dinos in the quarter-finals and then an 81-65 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the consolation semifinals.The consolation title gave Brock a fifth-place finish in their first trip to the USPORTS National Championship since 2008.While the basketball team is headed west to go home, the men’s hockey team is packing up to head east to Fredericton, where the USPORTS U Cup National Championships will be hosted this week by the University of New Brunswick.Brock lost the OUA Queen’s Cup provincial championship game 5-1 to the McGill Redmen in front of a sold-out crowd at home Saturday night, but just getting to that game guaranteed them their first trip to the nationals in 10 years.After a media conference Wednesday, March 14, the tournament gets underway Thursday at 1 p.m. ADT (noon EST) with the Badgers, who drew the fourth seed, playing the fifth-seeded St. Francis Xavier in the quarter-finals.Unlike the basketball championships, there’s no consolation side of the U Cup hockey championships, so a Brock win would move them into the semifinal round Saturday while a loss would send them home.The bronze and gold medal games are scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ADT, respectively. The quarter-finals are all available to be streamed online at while the semifinals and championship game will be broadcast on Sportsnet. read more

Two Brock students named finalists in national research video contest

Body image research looking at negative perceptions and illness has earned two Brock University graduate students each a spot in the finals of a national research video contest.Candace Couse and Aly Bailey are among 25 finalists in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)’s The Storytellers video contest.In addition to each receiving a $3,000 prize, the Brock students will join 23 other finalists from universities across Canada at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 on May 28 in Regina, Sask., where they will give presentations before a panel of judges. Five students will then be chosen to present at SSHRC’s 2018 Impact Awards ceremony.The Storytellers contest challenges post-secondary students to share SSHRC-funded research, conducted by either themselves or their supervisor, in a three-minute video or 300-word submission to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting lives, the world and the future for the better.“As a researcher, finding an innovative way to share your project with a general audience is very important,” says Diane Dupont, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “SSHRC Storytellers has provided a national platform for students to share the importance of their work.“I am so proud of Candace and Aly for their success in this contest,” says Dupont. “To have not one, but two entries in the Top 25 shows that Brock graduate students are involved in exciting and globally relevant research and have the ability to translate that research into a form that brings to life the work for a non-technical audience.”Couse, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Humanities, researches visual representations of illness in the arts and medical sciences, looking at how Western understandings of death and dying confine people to narrow definitions of illness and health.“All bodies of all abilities are in constant states of degeneration and regeneration,” she says.Couse’s video opens by asking, “What does it mean to be sick?”, pointing out that illness can be marginalizing for people when the “sick” body is grounded in categories of malfunction and morality. “We come to think of the sick person as bad or heroic,” she says.“My research shows how visual representations of the sick body are produced by and co-produce our understanding of bodies and illness,” Couse says. “It’s a problem that causes real harm for sick people that can produce tension between self and body.”Bailey, a PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, also focuses on body image in her research in a program to transform people’s negative body perceptions. In Western societies, she says, most people are dissatisfied with their bodies.In her video, Bailey begins by introducing a character named ‘Rose’ who, heavily influenced by societal pressures, thinks she’s fat, ugly and hates her body. Viewers follow along as the woman learns about B.I.A.S., or Body Image Awareness Seminars, a SSHRC-funded positive body image program where researchers and participants work together to bring about body acceptance, appreciation and respect.“We don’t have to buy into societal pressures to change our bodies and conform to these ideas of what our bodies should be like; everybody can have a positive body image instead of living in this negative state,” says Bailey.She and Couse both praised The Storytellers contest for providing a platform to publicize their research.“It’s incredibly important for me to be able to reach many people about our B.I.A.S. program that promotes a positive body image movement,” says Bailey. “This (contest) is the perfect platform for that.”“My research has a lot to do with relational knowledge,” says Couse. “It’s important to get that research out there so people can interact with it and contribute to it.” read more

Report Wide receiver Trevon Grimes to transfer from Ohio State to Florida

Freshman wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) walks onto the field during the Ohio State vs. UNLV game on Sept. 23. Ohio State beat UNLV 54-21. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorFreshman wide receiver Trevon Grimes will move on from Ohio State before the completion of his first season with the program, according to a report by the Sun-Sentinel.The newspaper reported Friday the former four-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) will transfer to Florida. Grimes has been away from Ohio State since October when he left the team to deal with, what head coach Urban Meyer called, family health issues. On November 8, Meyer said he was taking classes in Florida and he expected Grimes would eventually rejoin the team.This season, Grimes had three catches for 20 yards. He caught one pass for eight yards against Army and had two catches for 12 yards against UNLV. Grimes was the 41st-ranked player in the 2017 class and the No. 6 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.An Ohio State spokesman was not able to confirm the report. read more

World record Daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydives from 242 miles above Earth

first_imgSKYDIVER FELIX BAUMGARTNER has made aviation history – setting a new world record for the highest ever skydive.The Austrian daredevil jumped from a record 24.2 miles above Earth – setting new world records for the fastest human freefall, the highest skydive and the highest manned flight in a balloon.The 43-year-old jumped after a 140-minute journey brought him from a base at Roswell, New Mexico to 128,000 feet above ground at about 7:10pm Irish time.He was in freefall for about four-and-a-half minutes before deploying a parachute and gliding to the ground – landing on his feet.A spokeswoman later added that Baumgartner had broken the sound barrier in his freefall back to Earth – becoming the first person ever to do so unaided.His capsule was being parachuted back to Earth, and carrying a trove of readings and data which engineers hope can eventually be used to ensure the safety of regular civilian spaceflight.Baumgartner, an Austrian daredevil and skydiver, had been preparing for the mission for years – and in July successfully jumped to Earth from 18 miles.Two attempts earlier this week had to be aborted due to inclement weather conditions, and today’s attempt was delayed for several hours as mild ground winds posed a risk to the balloon that was bringing the Austrian into the air.The mission director for the Red Bull Stratos project, Joseph Kittinger, held the previous record for the highest skydive, at 19 miles.last_img read more

MIT drug could kill nearly any viral infection

first_imgAntibiotics are wonderful things — in certain cases, of course. While they’re incredibly useful at combating harmful bacteria in our bodies, they are completely ineffective against viral infections. Even in the case of something as comparatively harmless as the common cold there’s not an antibiotic around that can stop it in its tracks.That’s how it’s been for decades, but now a group of MIT researchers has developed a new drug that may radically change the way viruses are treated. Dubbed DRACO (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers), the new antiviral agent seeks out RNA in cells that have been modified by a virus. While DRACO’s design allows it to penetrate any cells, the presence of virus-generated RNA makes the cells unique from any healthy cells found in humans or animals. If DRACO doesn’t see that modified RNA,  it leaves a cell alone — otherwise, it binds itself to the cell’s RNA and initiates the self-destruct sequence.So far, testing has been performed on cultured human and animal cells, and DRACO’s results were extremely positive against infections ranging from polio to various rhinoviruses. Live mice have also been tested,  and subjects that had been infected with the dreaded H1N1 influenza virus were completely cured following treatment with DRACO. Researchers have now begun testing on other viruses in mice.Along with its potent broad-spectrum offense against viruses, DRACO also offers another significant advantage over the handful of existing antiviral agents. Whereas its precursors are fairly susceptible to viral resistance, DRACO is not. Stanford professor of microbiology and immunology Karla Kirkegaard says that with DRACO “it’s hard to think of a simple pathway to drug resistance.”While it might not be as “Star Trek” cool as printable organs or an actual medical tricorder, there’s no denying DRACO’s awesome potential.More at MITlast_img read more

Nokia les premiers Windows Phone débarquent cette année

first_imgNokia : les premiers Windows Phone débarquent cette annéeD’après le vice-président de Nokia Europe, Victor Saeijs, les premiers Windows Phone de la marque seront lancés dès cette année, et dans six pays européens : l’Allemagne, l’Angleterre, l’Espagne, la France, l’Italie et les Pays-Bas.L’Europe occidentale sera privilégiée pour le lancement des Windows Phone de Nokia. Victor Saeijs, le vice-président de Nokia Europe le confirme en annonçant que les premiers modèles arriveraient au 4e trimestre en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Espagne, en France, en Italie et aux Pays-Bas, rapporte le site néerlandais All About Phones. La marque finlandaise jouissant d’une forte implantation sur le Vieux Continent, ce choix stratégique n’est pas surprenant.En revanche, rien n’a été annoncé pour la Finlande… ni pour les Etats-Unis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?PCInpact explique que les modèles en cours de développement ont des noms de code commençant par W, pour Windows. Les modèles W7 et W8 sont notamment des variantes des actuels X7 et X8.Si les smartphones sont bel et bien prévus pour cette année, en revanche aucune date précise concernant leur lancement n’a été annoncée. Par ailleurs, Victor Saeijs a confirmé avoir un prototype sur lui lorsqu’il faisait ces déclarations sur la sortie des Windows Phone. Mais le vice-président de Nokia Europe a refusé de le montrer au journaliste.Le 20 juin 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Can Disney make VR relevant The 359 Ep 510

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Daily Charge 4:25 Read Google Home Hub review See It See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Digital Media Tech Industry Mobile Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Sprint $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile 7 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Rylo See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Virtual Reality Disney Robots Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Disney’s plans for a second VR short film. The many work and companion robots shown at CES 2019.What Samsung may name its new foldable phone. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Your browser does not support the audio element. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Vijay Sethupathi to play lead heroines father in his 2nd Telugu film

first_imgVijay Sethupathi has two Telugu films in his kitty nowPR HandoutTamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called Makkal Selvan by his fans, is making his Telugu debut with Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. This film is the biopic of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who is said to be the first freedom fighter from the Telugu speaking people. Vijay will be seen playing the role of Raaja Paandi, a Tamil-speaking guy who is said to be someone like an assistant to Narasimha Reddy. While this is his first Telugu film, he had signed the second one a few months ago. This film is titled Uppena and marks the debut of Panja Vaishnav Tej, the younger brother of Panja Sai Dharam Tej, and nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Vaishnav will be seen playing a fisherman in this film which is going to be a commercial entertainer. Kriti Shetty, a Mangalore-based damsel, will make her debut as the leading lady.It is learnt that Vijay Sethupathi is going to play the father of the heroine. And this role is said to be an author-backed role which is going to be one of the highlights of the film. Sources have reported that Vijay was impressed with the script and immediately gave his nod to the film which is being bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in the next couple of months.Uppena is being directed by Buchhi Babu Sana, who is a debutante. Babu has assisted director Sukumar for many films and has become popular after writing dialogues for Rangasthalam with three more assistants. Launched a couple of months ago at a star-studded event, Uppena is touted to be a romantic drama.Vijay Sethupathi has bagged consecutive hits like Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, 96, Petta and Super Deluxe in Tamil and now, the 41-year-old actor is looking for content-oriented films in other languages too.last_img read more

Call of Duty Mobile Gets Battle Royale Mode

first_img The upcoming mobile version of Call of Duty may be a smaller take on Activision’s huge military first-person shooter series, but it’s still getting the biggest mode around. Like last year’s Call of Duty Black Ops 4, the game will include its own battle royale mode where 100 players compete to be the last one standing. Battle royale shooters are huge on all platforms, including mobile, so it’s exciting, if expected, news.Solo, duo, and squad play are all available. Players can choose between six classes. There’s a new “dog tag retrieval” revival system. And you can play in either first- or third-person. For more on Call of Duty Mobile’s battle royale mode, read Activision’s blog. And for more on Call of Duty Mobile in general, keep reading this story.AdChoices广告Activision may not have as much as it used to, whether it’s blockbuster franchises like Destiny or the 800 employees it unceremoniously laid off. But it still has Call of Duty, dammit. While not quite as monolithic as it used to be, the military shooter franchise is still pretty freaking huge on consoles and PC. But millions upon million of people also play games (and spend money) on their phones. Activision should know this, it spent six billion dollars on the Candy Crash creators King. So now Call of Duty: Mobile is gunning for all the money.Developed with help from massive Chinese conglomerate Tencent, Call of Duty: Mobile is a free-to-play take on Call of Duty’s popular online multiplayer modes. It brings together elements from previous games set in the modern, non-WWII era. That includes guns from Modern Warfare as well as specific maps like the classic Nuketown from Black Ops. We’re curious to see how Call of Duty’s famously tight gun-feel works on a touch screen though.Like the recent Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Mobile doesn’t seem to have a single-player campaign. However, its multiplayer offerings, at least right now, also seem limited to standard modes like Team Deathmatch and Frontline. So it also probably won’t have the new “Blackout” battle royale mode, which seems like a missed opportunity since Fortnite and PUBG have managed to work well on mobile.Call of Duty: Mobile goes into beta this summer with a full launch hopefully not too long after. You can pre-register now for more updates. And pour one out for Gameloft’s Modern Combat, the Call of Duty clone that pretty much had the space all to itself on mobile for years until now.For more on mobile gaming here’s why no matter what happens with Activision Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo Immortal we still lose, and read our thoughts on mobile gaming in general right now after playing augmented reality Angry Birds on new iPhones. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

Recap Multivehicle accident on A500

first_img Video will play in  Share this video What to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Thursday April 26 We have no further information on the nature of the accident at this stage – although INRIX reports a large piece of plastic was reported on the carriageway just prior to the crash. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.10:22Lanes reopenedThe lanes have reopened.09:56Recovery at sceneRecovery work is understood to be ongoing.09:52Oil spillage adding to delaysA500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:45Lane still shutOne lane is still shut on the A500, INRIX reports.09:22What we knowAt least three vehicles are involved in the accident on the northbound carriageway near Talke RoundaboutThe accident took place at around 8.30am.Police and paramedics are at the sceneOne woman is being assessed by ambulance crewsOne lane remains closed09:17Accident involves three vehicles, ambulance service confirmA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles.“One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.”09:14One woman being assessed by paramedicsOne woman is being assessed by paramedics at the scene09:10Ambulance service at sceneWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they were called by the police at 8.37am.09:01Location of the accidentThe accident has taken place near the junction with the A34.The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)08:53Plastic may have caused accidentTraffic data company INRIX reports the accident may have been caused by a large piece of plastic obstructing part of the road which was reported a few minutes earlier. Although we have no confirmation of that at this stage.08:52Emergency services at scene Police are currently at the scenecenter_img Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comOne lane was blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident on the A500 this morning. The crash was reported to involve at least three vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the D Road A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Lane one (of two) was blocked, according to INRIX, a traffic data company, and traffic was queuing as a result. The accident involved at least three vehicles, most of them understood to be cars. Police were at the scene of the accident. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 8.30am, with the lanes clearing by shortly before 10am. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had assessed one woman after being called to the accident by Staffordshire Police. A spokesman said: “We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles. “One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.” Traffic England also shows traffic moving slowly in the area. Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Puerto Rico amends laws after US ruling on gay marriage

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said that while it was not immediately clear whether the ruling also meant that gay couples in Puerto Rico could now adopt, he said he would accept and support the change.Miranda praised the Supreme Court ruling as “a huge step in the quest for equal rights. You cannot deny people the right to love.”All U.S. Supreme Court rulings apply in the U.S. territory.Several gay couples in Puerto Rico previously had filed a lawsuit challenging local laws including those that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages. The island’s Justice Department originally fought the lawsuit but announced earlier this year it would no longer defend the laws. The case then was put on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling.Supporters of the ruling gathered at the seaside Capitol building to celebrate, while religious leaders across the island rejected it.Monsignor Daniel Fernandez, Catholic bishop of the northern city of Arecibo, said he would continue to protect the institution of marriage as it is meant to be: “By nature, marriage exists and can only exist between a man and a woman,” he said.Garcia acknowledged opponents in a statement, saying, “I ask all of those who are people of faith like me to understand that no one is allowed to impose their religious beliefs on others.” ErrorOK ErrorOK Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of people in Puerto Rico celebrated Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow gay marriage as authorities rushed to approve legislation extending marriage rights in the socially conservative U.S. territory.Just hours after the court’s decision, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order requiring government agencies to become compliant with the ruling within 15 days. As a result, the island’s Health Department and other agencies are expected to begin issuing marriage licenses by early next month.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Some lamented that Puerto Rico did not take the initiative to allow gay marriage, and they asked the government to ensure that other marginalized groups including transgender people also receive equal treatment.“It’s time to truly make Puerto Rico into a more fair and equal society, and not depend on decisions from the outside to achieve this,” said Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for the group Heterosexuals in Favor of Equality.___Danica Coto on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ITCM to anchor Shanghai Business Events Week

first_imgShanghai will host IT&CM China 2011 Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The inaugural Shanghai Business Events Week has been boosted by the inclusion of IT&CM China, which will anchor the initiative taking place from 11 to 15 April this year. Launched by the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA), the project will bring together six MICE events under one umbrella and will highlight China’s increasingly popular status as a MICE destination. “China has positioned itself well on the international stage and is attracting demand through increased and suitable space and inventory combined with competitive rates,” Hilton Shanghai business development director Victor N de Vries said. “Outbound wise, China has an already large and growing footprint on world business.” IT&CM China 2011 is the 5th edition of the international MICE event that seeks to “Promote China to the World and the World to China”, and will be held from 13 to 15 April at ShanghaiMart Expo. Themed “China’s Next MICE Wave”, the event will feature more than 2,000 delegates from across China and 40 countries worldwide. Joining IT&CM at the Shanghai Business Events Week will be SMTA’s China (Shanghai) International Meetings & Conferences Forum, Global Business Travel Association’s Corporate Travel Expert Certification Course, ICCA’s Association Database Workshop, IMEX-MPI–IT&CM China’s Future Leaders Forum and the TTG China Travel Awards.last_img read more