Johnny Gimble Ricky Skaggs Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame

first_imgThree country legends get their due recognition among country music’s elitePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 3:10 pm On March 27 the Country Music Hall Of Fame announced its three 2018 selections for induction: Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West. All three musicians left an indelible mark on the music industry, even beyond their native country genres, and they have the pedigrees to prove it.Singer/songwriter West won Best Country & Western Vocal Performance — Female GRAMMY at the 7th GRAMMY Awards for her 1965 hit “Here Comes My Baby.” Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is still considered one of the leading ladies of country music.Swing fiddler Gimble, one of the most important fiddlers in the genre, earned his first GRAMMY win for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 36th GRAMMY Awards for “Red Wing” and his second and final career win in the same category at the 38th GRAMMYs for “Hightower.” https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/978657017329078272 Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame Skaggs is a man of many instruments, several genres, a composer, and producer, but first associations place him with a mandolin playing bluegrass. He’s won an impressive total of 14 career GRAMMYs for country and bluegrass. His most recent win was for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Love Remains.For these three country dynamos, the formal induction ceremony into the Country Hall in their honor will take place later this year.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Country Hall Of Fame To Add Gimble, Skaggs, West johnny-gimble-ricky-skaggs-dottie-west-selected-country-hall-fame News Facebook Email Twitter last_img read more

Robinhood may have stored your password in plaintext

first_img Equifax breach: You can now file a claim for your share of the $700M settlement John McAfee ‘released from confinement’ How to become a privacy ninja: Use these journalist tools NSA aims to up its cybersecurity game Now playing: Watch this: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images Robinhood warned its customers in an email Wednesday that their passwords may have been stored in plaintext. The stock trading service said it discovered the issue on Monday night, when it found “some user credentials” stored in readable formats on its internal systems.”Your Robinhood password may have been included,” Robinhood said in the email. “We resolved this issue, and after thorough review, found no evidence that this information was accessed by anyone outside of our response team.”Still, it recommends changing your password.A Robinhood spokesperson told CNET sister site ZDNet via phone that not all users were impacted, but did not say how many were. Passwords are now being hashed using the Bcrypt algorithm, according to a help page, ZDNet added. Share your voice Inside a password-free future Tags 2:46 Security on CNET null Computers Security 0last_img read more

BHU student shot dead inside campus by bikeborne assailants police arrests four

first_imgGaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.last_img read more

Recordsetting electric airplane exceeds 200mph w Video

first_img 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. Test pilot Yates is now the first person to ever fly an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour, in his test flight last week at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert. The plane that he flew is called the Long-ESA, (for Electric Speed and Altitude). The aircraft is a modified Long-EZ, serving as a development platform for a new electric aircraft system which will be utilized for a flight across the Atlantic later on. The transatlantic flight is scheduled for 2014. Explore further (Phys.org) — Last week’s record of the fastest ever manned electric aircraft was set by electric-vehicle record-setter Chip Yates. He already had credentials as holding the world record for fastest electric motorcycle going over 196 mph last year. As a test pilot this time around, Yates flew an electric airplane and achieved 202.6 mph in level flight. This topped the previous record of 175 mph last year by the electric aircraft Cri-Cri. The latter, flown by French pilot Hugues Duval, broke the record during the Paris Air Show. The aircraft was powered by a pair of 35-horsepower electric motors and a pair of lithium polymer batteries. World’s first aircraft with serial hybrid electric drive The electric Long-ESA, powered by a 258 horsepower electric motor, is being worked on by electric aerospace company Flight of the Century (FOTC), where Yates is CEO, as an R&D plane for development of the company’s “mid-air recharging technology.” The company team converted Burt Rutan’s Long-EZ airplane (Rutan is an aerospace engineer) for the trial flight. In a two-month workup at the FOTC site, the plane’s gasoline power was converted over to electric power. Just how much can an electric plane achieve? So far, engineers looking at the electric plane’s future in practical terms are concerned the most with range rather than speed, and news of speed records command less attention than longevity of flight. In recognition, Yates hopes his speed runs will help develop the technology needed for longer-endurance flights and more practical electric aircraft. Yesterday’s flight of the electric Long-ESA lasted only 16 minutes. There was a hitch when Yates realized that a battery had been run too low and he had to land sooner than expected. Long-ESA will be given a more capable battery pack as part of subsequent work. The company expects a top speed of 230 to 250 mph with the full-size battery pack in place in September.Yates, meanwhile, is bringing the Long-ESA to the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event, which runs July 23 to July 29, where the craft will go on display and where he will present his flight data. FOTC engineers worked on the test program to generate data, video and knowledge in time to share with attendees. After Oshkosh, the company intends to equip the Long-ESA with a custom designed lithium-ion series of battery packs and a front-mounted recharging probe to test mid-air tethering and battery jettison along with “rebalance” technologies. Beyond this test flight, the core mission behind FOTC is to extend the range and endurance of an electric-powered aircraft by replacing battery packs in flight using its mid-air refueling technique of “flying battery packs,” drones full of batteries, for various ground or ocean stations. A UAV would detach from the “mothership” once the batteries are depleted and fly down to a recharging station as a freshly charged battery pack is launched to dock with the aircraft. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Record-setting electric airplane exceeds 200-mph (w/ Video) (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-record-setting-electric-airplane-mph-video.html More information: www.flightofthecentury.com/last_img read more

Degree of devotion

first_imgSo what does this show explore? Well, the answer is a list of questions. What is devotion? Is it a mere a tool? Or a religious observation or worship?  Or an instant mantra to quell one’s innermost disquiet?  Or is it all a grand delusion and religious posturing? These are some of the ideas that this show explores through the works on display. Bajaj noted, ‘The art works in the show portray multidimensional elucidations of devotion and the way it transmutes individual entities. There are works that conjure up peace and spiritualism while others that invoke disquiet and action.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show opens today with the performances by Sweta Bhattad and leading puppeteer of India Dadi Pudumjee.This exhibition brings in an interesting exercise to examine the modern intellectual’s notion about devotion. The show has been in the making for the past one year and eminent group of artists contributed to make it so beautiful and absorbing.Curator Puri explains, ‘Great literature, art and cinema have always flourished in times of turmoil and strife. If censorship has imposed laws to stop the common man from protesting, art has provided the perfect platform for him/her to express angst through art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe art works by this fairly large and varied collection of artistes, depicts devotion the most basic and profound human emotion since the inception of the civilization, in multidimensional forms and renditions reflective of each individual entity and his/her leanings or preoccupations.The concept for this annual show on this open platform is reflective of the gallery’s own ethos and support to a diverse representation of art where the only limitation is the ideas that the artiste is able to dream up and the degree of their dedication and commitment to realise it.When: On till 15 January 2015 Where: Gallery Art Positive, Lado Sarai Timing: 10.30am – 7.30pmlast_img read more

FireEyes Global DNS Hijacking Campaign suspects Iranianbased group as the prime source

first_imgFireEye, a US cybersecurity firm, have disclosed details about their DNS hijacking campaign. In their recent report, the company shared that they have identified huge DNS hijacking affecting multiple domains belonging to government, telecommunications and internet infrastructure entities across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and North America. FireEye analysts believe an Iranian-based group is the source behind these attacks, although they do not have a definitive proof. The analysts also said that “they have been tracking this activity for several months, mapping and understanding the innovative tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) deployed by the attacker”. The FireEye Intelligence team has also identified an access from Iranian IPs to machines used to intercept, record and forward network traffic. The team also mentions that these IP addresses were previously observed during the response to an intrusion attributed to Iranian cyber espionage actors. The FireEye report highlights three different techniques used to conduct these attacks. Techniques to manipulate the DNS records and enable victim compromises 1. Altering DNS A Records Source: FireEye Here the attackers first logged into a proxy box used to conduct non-attributed browsing and as a jumpbox to other infrastructure. The attacker then logs into the DNS provider’s administration panel, utilising previously compromised credentials. Attackers change the DNS records for victim’s mail server in order to redirect it to their own mail server. They have used Let’s Encrypt certificates to support HTTPS traffic, and a load balancer to redirect victims back to the real email server after they’ve collected login credentials from victims on their shadow server. The username, password and domain credentials are harvested and stored. 2. Altering DNS NS Records Source: FireEye This technique is the same as the previous one. However, here the attacker exploits a previously compromised registrar or ccTLD. 3. A DNS Redirector Source: FireEye This technique is a conjunction of the previous two. The DNS Redirector is an attacker operations box which responds to DNS requests. Here, if the domain is from inside the company, OP2 responds with an attacker-controlled IP address, and the user is re-directed to the attacker-controlled infrastructure. Analysts said that a large number of organizations have been affected by this pattern of DNS record manipulation and fraudulent SSL certificates. These include telecoms and ISP providers, internet infrastructure providers, government and sensitive commercial entities. According to FireEye report, “While the precise mechanism by which the DNS records were changed is unknown, we believe that at least some records were changed by compromising a victim’s domain registrar account.” To know more about this news in detail, read the FireEye report. Read Next FireEye reports North Korean state sponsored hacking group, APT38 is targeting financial institutions Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Justice Department’s indictment report claims Chinese hackersbreached business and government networklast_img read more

Spotify files an EU antitrust complaint against Apple Apple says Spotifys aim

first_imgSpotify announced earlier this week that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), claiming that Apple’s rules on the App Store ‘limits choice’ and ‘ stifle innovation’ at the expense of user experience. Spotify states that Apple receives a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system from Spotify and other similar digital services. “If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do”, states Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify in a blog post. Ek mentions that in case Spotify decides not to use Apple’s payment system, then a series of technical and experience limited restrictions are applied by Apple. For instance, Customer communication on the app is restricted including its outreach efforts beyond the app. Also, they are not able to send emails to Apple customers in certain cases. Apart from that, Apple also blocks the experience enhancing upgrades on the app on a routine basis. Spotify is not the only one to have stood up against Apple tax. Many companies have chastised and spoken against Apple tax. For instance, companies like Netflix Inc. and video game makers Epic Games Inc. and Valve Corp also complained about the cost of Tax that Apple charges, last year. However, Spotify is the first company to file a complaint against Apple tax that is registered with the EU, a regulatory body that ensures fair competition across the market. Ek states that Spotify is not looking for any special treatment and wants Apple to treat them like other apps on the App Store, including  Uber or Deliveroo, who are neither imposed any Apple tax nor do these apps have the same restrictions as Spotify. Ek also mentioned a list of requests to bring about a change in rules laid out by Apple for the app store. These are as follows: Apps should compete fairly on the merits, and not based on who owns the App Store. All apps should be subject to the same fair set of restrictions (including Apple music). Consumers should be offered a real choice of payment systems. They should not be forced to use systems that have discriminatory tariffs associated with them like Apple’s. App stores should not dictate communications between different app services and users, by placing unfair restrictions on marketing. Spotify has also launched a separate ‘Time to Play Fair microsite’ that is dedicated to making users aware of Apple’s ‘anti-competitive behavior’.  The site illustrates the complaints by Spotify extensively. Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, and VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Spotify, confirmed that Spotify has submitted an “economic analysis” to the European Commission, that demonstrates how Apple’s policies have impacted its business. “We are confident that the evidence will show that even though we’ve been successful as a company, and have grown our business, we could have been even more successful if it were not for the restrictions that Apple has placed on our business,” said Guiterrez. Apple’s response to the complaint Apple has responded back to Spotify, addressing the claims of the complaint on a Press release published, yesterday. Apple states that Spotify wants to leverage all the benefits of the App Store without making any Contributions to Marketplace, and it wouldn’t be the business that it is today without the App Store. “We share Spotify’s love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world. Where we differ is how you achieve that goal. Underneath the rhetoric, Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work”, states Apple. It also states that the only contribution that it requires is for the digital goods and services that are purchased inside the app with their secure in-app purchase system. Apple agrees that the revenue share is 30 percent but it further states that this is only applicable for the first year of an annual subscription and then drops to 15 percent in the years after. “The only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every other app follows. Just this week, Spotify sued music creators after a decision.. required Spotify to increase its royalty payments. This isn’t just wrong, it represents a real, meaningful and damaging step backward for the music industry”, says Apple. Public reaction the news is varied with some sympathizing with Spotify, while others tweeting against Spotify and in support of Apple: Rene Ritchie, a Canadian blogger, Youtuber, and editor in chief of iMore, also posted a video on his YouTube channel, where he took a deep dive into the Spotify action against Apple in the EU, and called Spotify’s move as “kinda victimy”. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast services Spotify releases Chartify, a new data visualization library in python for easier chart creation Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineerlast_img read more

How to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores Tutorial

first_imgOpen Quantum Assembly Language (OpenQASM, pronounced open kazm) is a custom programming language designed specifically to minimally describe quantum circuits. In this tutorial, we will learn how to translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores with IBM QX. We will also look at representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. You will need a modern web browser and the ability to sign into IBM QX This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’ written by  Dr. Christine Corbett Moran. The book explores quantum computing by implementing quantum programs on IBM QX, helping you be at the forefront of the next revolution in computation. The Quantum Composer is a tool to specify quantum programs graphically, and many SDKs and APIs exist to write compute code to represent a quantum program in a modern language ( Python being a common choice). Like the Quantum Composer, OpenQASM a higher-level language for specifying quantum programs than computer code, but unlike the Quantum Composer, it is neither graphical nor user interface specific, so it can be much easier to specify longer programs that can be directly copied into the many quantum simulators or into IBM QX for use. The Quantum Composer can take as input, programs in OpenQASM, and translate them into the graphical view. Likewise, for every program specified in the Quantum Composer it is easy to access the equivalent in OpenQASM within the IBM QX user interface. OpenQASM is similar in syntax to C: Comments are one per line and begin with // White space isn’t important Case is important Every line in the program must end in a semicolon ; Additionally, the following points apply: Every program must begin with OPENQASM 2.0; (IBM QX at the time of writing uses version 2.0, but this can be updated to whichever version of OpenQASM you are using). When working with IBM QX, the include “qelib1.inc”; header must be given. Any other file can be included with the same syntax; what OpenQASM does is simply copies the content of the file at the location of include. The path to the file is a relative path from the current program. Reading and writing OpenQASM 2.0 programs for the IBM QX will involve the following operations: Include header include “qelib1.inc”; Declaring a quantum register (qregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) qreg qregname[k]; Referencing a quantum register qregname[i]; Declaring a classical register (cregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) creg cregname[k]; Referencing a classical register cregname[i]; One-qubit gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX h, t, tdg, s, sdg, x, y, z, id One-qubit gate action syntax gate q[i]; Two-qubit CNOT gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX cx Two-qubit CNOT gate action (control and target both qubits in a previously declared quantum register) cnot control, target; Measurement operations available measure, bloch Measurement operation action syntax measure q[i] -> c[j]; bloch q[i] -> c[j]; Barrier operation (args are a comma-separated list of qubits) barrier args; Primitive gates (OpenQASM standard but not used on IBM QX) CX, U We will now learn reading OpenQASM programs and translating them into quantum scores as well as translating quantum scores to OpenQASM programs. Note that i and j are integer counters, starting at 0, which specifies which qubit/bit in the quantum or classical register the program would like to reference; k is an integer counter greater than 0 which specifies the size of a classical or quantum register at declaration. Translating OpenQASM programs into quantum scores In this tutorial, we will translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores by hand to practice, reading OpenQASM code. OpenQASM to negate one qubit Consider the following program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[1];x q[0]; The following lines are the standard headers for working with IBM QX: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; Then the following line declares a quantum register of size one named q: qreg q[1]; Quantum registers are automatically initialized to contain |”0″>. Finally, the next line operates the X gate on the first (and only) qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: OpenQASM to apply gates to two qubits, and measure the first qubit Next, consider the OpenQASM program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[2];creg c[1];x q[0];y q[0];z q[0];s q[1];measure q[0] -> c[0]; The first two preceding lines are the standard header to declare a program and OpenQASM program and the standard import header to interface with the IBM QX. The next two lines declare a quantum register of two qubits initialized to |”00″> and a classical register of one bit initialized to 0: qreg q[2];creg c[1]; The next three lines apply gates, in order, to the first qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0];y q[0];z q[0]; The next line applies a gate to the second qubit in the q quantum register: s q[1]; And the final line measures the first qubit in the q quantum register and places the result in the first (and only) bit in the c classical register: measure q[0] -> c[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs Here is an example of writing an OpenQASM 2.0 program from a quantum score. I have broken it down into columns from top to bottom of the score for clarity and annotated these in the diagram by indicating column numbers in orange. Here’s the circuit illustrating the reversibility of quantum computations: Let’s dissect the OpenQASM that generates this circuit. The first lines are, as usual, the headers, indicating the code is OpenQASM and that we will be using the standard IBM QX header: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; The next lines declare a quantum register named q of 5 qubits  initialized to |”00000″> and a classical register name c of 5 bits initialized to 00000: // declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5]; The next lines will go column by column in the circuit diagram, creating the code for each column in order. We will start with the first column: The first column we can see only contains a CNOT gate, with its control qubit being the third qubit in the q quantum register, q[2] and the target qubit being the second qubit in the q quantum register, q[1]. Looking up the OpenQASM syntax for the CNOT gate in the table in the previous section, we see that it is cnot control, target; which means that the first column will be coded as: //column 1cx q[2],q[1]; Next, we will move to the second column, which has a number of gates specified. The code for the second column is: //column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4]; Each successive column should now be straightforward to encode from looking at the quantum score in OpenQASM. The full program is as follows: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;// declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5];//column 1cx q[2],q[1];//column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4];//column 3t q[2];z q[3];//column 4tdg q[2];z q[3];//column 5x q[1];h q[2];sdg q[3];y q[4];// column 6cx q[2],q[1];// column 7measure q[0] -> c[0];// column 8measure q[1] -> c[1];// column 9measure q[2] -> c[2];// column 10measure q[3] -> c[3];// column 11measure q[4] -> c[4]; The previous code exactly reproduced the quantum score as depicted, but we could make several quantum scores, which are equivalent (and thus several variations on the OpenQASM program that are equivalent), as we saw in previous sections. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind: Each column could be in any order, for example, column 3 could be: t q[2];z q[3]; Or it could be: z q[3];tdg q[2]; In addition, any gate operating on a qubit in any column where there is no gate in the previous column on the qubit can be moved to the previous column, without affecting the computation. In this article, we learned how to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores. We also looked at Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. If you want to learn other concepts and principles of Quantum Computing with IBM QX, be sure to check out the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’. Read Next Quantum computing, edge analytics, and meta-learning: key trends in data science and big data in 2019 Did quantum computing just take a quantum leap? A two-qubit chip by UK researchers makes quantum entanglement possible Quantum Computing is poised to take a quantum leap with industries and governments on its sidelast_img read more

AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand

first_imgTags: AMResorts, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MIAMI — AMResorts has launched a new wedding package specially designed for South Asian couples in search of fully personalized nuptials in Mexico and the Caribbean.According to the company, the rate of Indian weddings is growing 25% annually. With this in mind, the new ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ package – available at select properties – was launched to meet this increasing demand, featuring elements that include a one-hour Welcome Cocktail Party with a bar and hors d’oeuvres station, and a 1.5-hour Wedding Ceremony, complete with an elegant ‘Mandap’, beverage station and shoe check station for ceremonies held on the beach.Couples will also receive a four-hour ‘Sangeet & Mehndi’ private event, which includes an intimate stage area with coloured draping, food stations and tables, a ‘baraat’ (groom’s wedding procession), and a four-hour Dinner Reception featuring a stage area for the couple, buffet and dessert station, and a private bar with bartender.In addition to the private wedding events, couples booking the package will receive additional perks including: a dedicated on-site wedding coordinator who’s been certified in South Asian weddings; sparkling wine and fresh fruit for the wedding couple and their parents in suite (up to three rooms); and romantic turndown service the evening of the wedding.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerPlus, wedding couples are given a complimentary return stay on anniversary nights at Secrets, Dreams, and Now Resorts & Spas. Couples who stay five or more paid nights over their first anniversary date will receive two additional nights free.The ‘Dulha & Dulhan’ is priced at US$7,500, inclusive of four events for up to 50 guests. For more details go to SecretsResorts.com, BreathlessResorts.com, DreamsResorts.com and NowResorts.com. Posted bycenter_img AMResorts unveils new South Asian wedding package to meet increasing demand Travelweek Group Monday, March 13, 2017 last_img read more

Tampa Bay to get its first fivestar hotel

first_imgTampa Bay to get its first five-star hotel CLEARWATER BEACH — It looks like all systems are a go for a brand new JW Marriott in Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay’s first ever five-star hotel.The 166-room, 15-storey property, which will be managed by Marriott, will boast an infinity pool, outdoor decks and a Spa by JW. Other features include two restaurants, a 300-foot private beach as well as 36 fully furnished JW Marriott Residences – the first of their kind in the United States – on the four upper floors.Early last year, hotelier Uday Lele, whose DreamView Resort will be replaced by the US$120 million project, was in initial talks with Marriott International about the new property. At the time, Marriott could not confirm specific plans for Tampa Bay.That all changed on Monday when the company confirmed it had given Lele the green light to launch sales of the condos under the JW Marriott Name. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be priced from $550,000 to $1.3 million and, when rented out, will serve as suites for the hotel.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsConstruction could start as early as this fall after the existing hotel is razed, and will take approximately two years to complete.The new $100 million JM Marriott comes at a time of unprecedented hotel development in the Tampa Bay area. It recently welcomed two large resorts – Opal Sands and they Wyndham – in addition to 27 other bay area hotels that are under construction, adding a total of 4,000 rooms. Posted by Tuesday, April 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Marriott Interntaionallast_img read more

Rep Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services

first_img09Feb Rep. Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services Categories: Hornberger News Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service officesState Rep. Pamela Hornberger co-sponsored legislation introduced this week providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed.“We need to do more to connect our veterans here in Macomb County to the services and benefits they sacrificed so much to earn,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This legislation will make sure all military families have access to an expert in their community who can help them with benefit claims and make sure they’re getting all of the benefits they’re entitled.”Under the bill, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies the requirements outlined in the bill will be eligible to receive a $25,000 grant, plus additional funding based on the number of veterans in the county.In order to receive funds a county must:Maintain a county veteran service office;Have an accredited veterans benefit claims employee on staff;Provide at least 20 hours of service each month assisting veterans;Maintain the previous year’s county funding level for the veteran service office;Report to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Legislature regarding the amount of claims completed throughout the year.House Bill 5536 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###last_img read more

Rep Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan

first_img Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News House approves overhaul reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis announced.Afendoulis voted in favor of a plan that has features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“This historic reform has been over 40 years in the making, and I’m honored to have played a role in making sure it finally happened,” Afendoulis said. “The reality is that West Michigan families need more affordable car insurance rates, and that’s what this plan provides.“The reality also is that key players in the health care arena – hospitals, acute care facilities and insurers, among them – will be critical in the success of this reform and we have been encouraged by their willingness to participate in the solution,” Afendoulis said. “Change this big creates uncertainty and having so many at the table helps us ensure that we have created the best solution possible and that it will be implemented in the best manner possible.”Afendoulis has been a lead advocate for reforms and was also a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee – the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower personal injury protection rates for all Michigan drivers;Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies;Stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims; andCombats fraudulent claims to help lower costsThe sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration. 09May Rep. Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan driverslast_img read more

Polish cable operator Vectra has added three new c

first_imgPolish cable operator Vectra has added three new channels to its programming line-up.Movie channel Stopklatka TV will be available to all subscribers, while music channel Stars TV and lifestyle channel TVR Polska Telewizja will be available to Gold and Platinum package subscribers.Stopklatka TV is a new Polish movie channel and is also available on the country’s digital-terrestrial network.Vectra recently ceased broadcasting MTV channels MTV Dance, MTV Hits and MTV Rocks, while adding channels TVP Sport HD, Republika, TVP ABC and Polsat News HD.last_img

Black Mirror Netflix has acquired broadcast shows

first_imgBlack MirrorNetflix has acquired broadcast shows including The CW’s Jane the Virgin days after the streaming service confirmed it was to finance new episodes of dark British drama anthology Black Mirror.Comedy Jane the Virgin and CBS thriller drama Zoo are from CBS Studios International, while USA Network dystopian future drama Colony comes from Legendary Entertainment.This comes soon after Netflix bought ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, which was one of the biggest hits of the 2014-15 US broadcast season. The New York Times first reported the news, which is expected to be made official today.The deals follow Friday’s confirmation Netflix had commissioned Endemol Shine Group production company House of Tomorrow to produce twelve new episodes of Black Mirror.Netflix has rights to the show, which creator Charlie Brooker and his House of Tomorrow co-manager Annabel Jones will executive produce and showrun, in all territories outside the UK and Ireland, where “plans are still being determined”.In the UK, Channel 4 previously had the dark drama, which comprises standalone episodes that look at how technology and media impact peoples’ daily lives.News of the Netflix deal first surfaced this summer, and confusion how the series will be windowed has followed. Channel 4 is thought to have first-look rights in the territory.Premiere dates for the new season on Netflix will follow at a later date, with production beginning late this year.“It’s all very exciting – a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable,” said Brooker, who writes the show.“Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”last_img read more

The German competition watchdog the Bundeskartell

first_imgThe German competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the plan by commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content.The plan builds on the pair’s existing joint streaming platform, 7TV, extending the latter ‘s ad-supported service to include premium services Maxdome and Eurosport Player.The Bundeskartellamt approved the plan to “expand the 7TV joint video platform”. The regulator said that the extension of the cooperation between the pair to include Maxdome and Eurosport Player in the joint offering would not involve it gaining “a dominant market position”.Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt said that, while Maxdome provided a large and well-regarded video offering and Eurosport Player had achieved a significant profile through its rights to Bundesliga football, the presence of “strong competitors” such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple and Sky, as well as offerings from Germany’s public service broadcasters, meant that the paid video market was “rapidly expanding”.The Bundeskartellamt issued a caveat that its approval of the deal was restricted to the involvement of the existing parties. It said that an extension to include additional content or partners would necessitate a “new examination”.When the pair announced their plan, ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze issued an open invitation to commercial rival RTL and public broadcasters ARD and ZDF to “join us so we can have one German champion” SVOD platform.last_img read more