So apparently speed flying involves skiing off cliffs with a parachute on

first_imgIf you are looking for a reckless, yet picturesque way to spend your winter vacation, might I recommend speed flying? The sport harmoniously combines para-gliding and skiing in such a way that you might find yourself flung off a mountainside right past the “WARNING: CLIFF AHEAD” sign and then gliding just a few dozen feet in the air, through ravines and over otherwise deadly outcroppings.Did I mention how wonderful the Alps look as you parachute down them, looking for a marginally safe place to land?Learn more at read more

Google rémunère les internautes qui découvriront des failles dans Chrome

first_imgGoogle rémunère les internautes qui découvriront des failles dans ChromePour venir à bout de toutes les failles existant dans son navigateur Internet Chrome, Google a trouvé un excellent moyen de motiver sa communauté de développeurs : les rémunérer. Le géant de Mountain View promet en effet de jolies sommes à ceux qui découvriront une faille de sécurité dans la version open source de Chrome.”Quelques-uns des plus importants bugs de sécurité que nous avons corrigés nous ont été rapportés par des chercheurs extérieurs au projet Chromium” souligne sur le blog officiel de la version open source de Chrome, Chris Evans, membre de l’équipe sécurité de Chrome chez Google.Devant ce constat, le numéro 1 de la recherche sur Internet a décidé de mobiliser les développeurs externes : “Nous offrirons une récompense pour toutes les failles intéressantes et originales qui nous seront rapportées”.La somme versée à ceux qui découvriront de véritables failles de sécurité, variera en fonction de l’importance de ces bugs. Ainsi, 500 dollars seront accordés pour la découverte d’une faille “modeste” et les récompenses pourront atteindre 1.337 dollars dans le cas d’une faille jugée critique.”Plus il y aura de personnes qui analyseront le code et le comportement de Chromium, plus nos millions d’utilisateurs surferont en toute sécurité” souligne Google dont le programme est réservé aux personnes majeures n’étant pas ressortissantes d’un des pays mis sous embargo par les États-Unis comme c’est le cas de Cuba, de la Corée du Nord ou de l’Iran. Le 2 février 2010 à 16:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft gagne 5 dollars pour chaque vente de smartphone Android de HTC

first_imgMicrosoft gagne 5 dollars pour chaque vente de smartphone Android de HTCL’année dernière, HTC et Microsoft ont passé un accord après que la firme de Redmond a accusé le fabricant taïwanais de violer sa propriété intellectuelle avec ses smartphones Android. Un rapport publié par un analyste de Citigroup vient de révéler les détails de cet accord, qui rapporte plus d’argent à Microsoft que la vente de ses licences Windows Phone 7. Microsoft a accusé à plusieurs reprises certains fabricants de smartphones Android de violer ses brevets. Pour s’épargner des actions en justice, le géant de Redmond a donc proposé des accords amiables, et a ainsi signé un partenariat financier avec le constructeur taïwanais HTC. Un accord dont Walter Pritchard, analyste de Citigroup, dévoile les détails. Il révèle ainsi que Microsoft touche 5 dollars sur chaque vente de smartphone Android fabriqué par HTC, rapporte le site Business Mobile. Une compensation importante qui permet à la firme de Redmond de gagner plus d’argent avec ses terminaux Android qu’avec les licences de son propre système d’exploitation, Windows Phone 7. D’après les estimations du cabinet d’analyses Asymco, cet accord aurait en effet permis à Microsoft d’engranger quelque 150 millions de dollars, des revenus cinq fois plus importants que ceux générés par Windows Phone 7. Selon Citigroup, Microsoft n’a pas l’intention de s’arrêter en si bon chemin et entend obtenir des royalties encore plus élevées de la part d’autres constructeurs. Le prix pourrait en effet cette fois être compris entre 7,50 et 12,50 dollars par terminal Android. Pour Walter Pritchard, Android risque de faire l’objet de plusieurs plaintes dans les mois à venir. Or “Google a visiblement assez peu de propriété intellectuelle pour se défendre lui-même”, face aux accusations de violation de brevets, souligne-t-il.Le 30 mai 2011 à 19:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Neural Network Trained to Spot Spoilers

first_imgStay on target Researchers after my own heart have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows.A team from the University of California San Diego will present their findings at the upcoming Association for Computational Linguistics annual meeting in Italy.“Spoilers are everywhere on the Internet, and are very common on social media,” senior study author Ndapa Nakashole, computer science professor at UC San Diego, said in a statement. “As Internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one’s experience.”Amen!Some reviewers are kind enough to splash a spoiler-alert warning across their articles, before too much is revealed. But not everyone understands the crushing disappointment of prematurely knowing important plot details.The folks at UCSD do, though. So they invented SpoilerNet—a neural network that automatically detects spoilers.To train and test their system, the team collected more than 1.3 million book reviews annotated with spoiler tags from Amazon-owned social cataloging site Goodreads.SpoilerNet has a knack for spotting literary leaks, performing at an impressive rate of 89 to 92 percent accuracy.It did struggle, however, with a dataset of more than 16,000 single-sentence summaries of about 880 TV shows, detecting spoilers with only 74 to 80 percent accuracy.Most of the errors, according to UC San Diego, came from the system getting distracted by words—like “murder” or “killed”—that are usually loaded and revelatory.“To our knowledge, this is the first dataset with spoiler annotations at this scale and at such a fine-grained granularity,” PhD student and first author Mengting Wan said.Spoilers date back to the early days of the Internet, when online etiquette insisted they could and should be avoided—or at least marked by an obvious warning.But caution is often thrown to the wind, and many unwitting readers have had literature, films, and television programs “spoiled.”UC San Diego’s project is deeper than simply saving people from the threat of unwanted information. Researchers aim to better understand how people write spoilers, and what kind of linguistic patterns and common knowledge mark a sentence as such.Spoiler alert: Different users have different standards for tagging content; what’s important to one may be mundane to another. And that’s going to make calibrating a neural network quite challenging.Moving forward, the researchers expect their dataset could be used to train algorithms to detect spoilers on different platforms.More on Holland Reveals Major ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Death Spoiler to FansScientists Teach AI to Spot Far-Away Galaxy ClustersMIT Robot Learns to ID Objects by Sight, Touch McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Kick It Out backs investigation into homophobic chants

first_imgAnti-racism campaign group Kick It Out has revealed their support for an investigation after Nottingham Forest fans were caught chanting homophobic slurs.Nottingham Forest fans taunted Chelsea fans during Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third round victory for the home side at Stamford Bridge.Information about the incident was sent to the Football Association who will open up an investigation into the matter.According to Sky Sports, Kick It Out released a statement supporting the potential investigation saying: “We’ve received reports of alleged homophobic chanting by Nottingham Forest supporters at Chelsea during the FA Cup fixture,” Kick It Out said in a statement.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have passed those onto the FA and offered our support in any possible investigation.”This is happening a month after a Chelsea fan was fined £965 and banned for three years from football after he was found guilty of homophobic chants during the Blues’ 2-1 victory at the Falmer Stadium.last_img read more

Portland woman enters plea in robbery attempts

first_imgA Portland woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to a 30-minute spree of attempted gas station robberies in August.In an agreement with prosecutors, Catrina M. Jackson, 36, entered a Barr plea Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree theft. A Barr plea allows a defendant to plead to a substitute charge — even if it doesn’t describe the crime — to benefit from a prosecutor’s settlement offer.In exchange for her guilty plea, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn dropped two counts of second-degree attempted robbery.Jackson’s attorney, Shon Bogar, postponed sentencing to allow time for a presentence investigation by a Department of Corrections officer, who will recommend a sentence. Bogar said he wants the officer to consider results of a mental health evaluation of Jackson after her arrest.He said Jackson committed the crimes after going off of her mental health medications. She stated in a pretrial release form that she has schizophrenia. Court records also indicate she has a history of mental health problems and opiate and methamphetamine use.She had no felony history before her Thursday guilty plea and may be eligible for some first-time offender benefits, including serving community custody rather than jail time, Bogar said.Her next court hearing is set for Feb. 24.The first attempted robbery was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Snappy’s Gas and Groceries, 10512 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Jackson entered the store and told the clerk that she had a gun in the waistband of her pants.last_img read more

Police searching for man in shooting of pregnant woman in NWMD

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are stepping up their search for a shooter, two weeks after after, they said, a pregnant woman was shot in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, the shooting took place near Northwest 49th Street and 19th Avenue, Nov. 3.Detectives said the 20-year-old was shot several times in the upper part of her body, right in front of her home.Paramedics transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.Officials have not disclosed her identity.Police say Wayne Collier is wanted for the shooting. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man accused of punching stranger in head for no reason

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of punching a stranger in the back of the head for no apparent reason.Edward Colome, 19, faced a judge Tuesday, where he was charged with aggravated assault.Colome is accused of running up to the victim and punching him in the back of the head. The attack appeared to be unprovoked.It happened outside a CVS Pharmacy near Collins Avenue and Northeast 170th Street in Sunny Isles Beach.Colome later approached an officer and confessed to the attack.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Huffington Posts Huffington App Now Free

first_imgJoe Pompeo at Capital New York reports that Huffington Post has made its Huffington app, launched in June, free. The app’s single copy price was 99 cents, $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year and, at the time, reflected the you-don’t-get something-for-nothing mentality now so prevalent in digital content publishing—especially when producing a magazine app like this one is still far from efficient or low-cost.But, in hindsight, Huffington had clearly wrestled with whether to charge for the app or not. When Folio: first reported on the app’s coming launch, executive editor Tim O’Brien said the business model had yet to be determined—and this was only weeks out from its debut.SEE ALSO: Inside Huffington Post’s Weekly Magazine App Pompeo says the change in strategy was revealed during a company meeting yesterday, and the app is already listed as free in the App Store. All of this was underscored earlier this week when News Corp.’s The Daily axed 29 percent of its workforce, or 50 employees, and streamlined its content production.The changes at Huffington and The Daily highlight the difficulty publishers are having with nailing down a consistent business model for magazine apps. The technology is new and the products and the experience they offer are still new for consumers and that mix can bloom into a confusing array of strategies as publishers balance customer preferences with business realities. This can be especially frustrating as publishers also try to figure out how apps relate with and exist next to their traditional products. A Huffington spokesperson tells Pompeo that the decision to go free was triggered by the fact that The Huffington Post itself is free and the app’s paid model clashed with that. Perception goes a long way. In an earlier blog post, Penton Media senior vice president of strategy and business development Warren Bimblick sniffed out a pricing scheme that might have been a bit too perfunctory.last_img read more

Varuna Yagam conducted for bountiful rains in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: Varuna Yagam, to appease the Rain God, was conducted by the priests at the Kasi Annapurneswara Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam on Monday.Before the beginning of the Yagam, priests conducted a special puja and Abhishekam to the Lord Shiva. Earlier, the priests carried water from the river Godavari in a separate pot amid chanting of mantras. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Later, Varuna Yagam was conducted on the temple premises where a large number of devotees took part in the programme and offered special prayers. Meanwhile, the celestial wedding of Lord Rama with his consort Sita was performed at the Beda Mandapam. A number of couples attended the programme and offered prayers. During the wedding, the deities were attired in silk clothes and jewellery.last_img read more

Registration for nonballotee pilgrims begins Tuesday

first_imgHajj Pilgrims. UNB File PhotoThe final registration process of the pilgrims who will perform Hajj this year under private management will begin on Tuesday.Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) general secretary M Shahadat Hossain announced the schedule at a press briefing on Monday, reports UNB.The ending date of the registration however would be announced later, he said.The lowest package has been fixed at Tk 332,868, the HAAB general secretary told the newsmen.For the purpose of sacrificial animal, an additional sum of Tk 11,000 will be charged.Those who performed Hajj in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as those who got Saudi visas last year but did not perform Hajj were requested to submit 2,100 Saudi Riyals (Tk 46,935), if they want to perform Hajj this year.The aspiring pilgrims will have to pay the entire money to the Hajj agencies by 15 April.On 26 February, the cabinet approved the draft Hajj Package, 2018.Earlier on 22 February, the ministry published a list of serial numbers of Hajj pilgrims, who will be able to enrol in the final Hajj registration this year.The Hajj pilgrims have also been asked to submit scanned copies of their passports during the e-Hajj registration process, it added.According to the Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia, a total of 127,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh will be able to perform Hajj this year. Of them, 7,198 will perform Hajj under the government management and 120,000 under private management.The Hajj is likely to be held on 21 August this year subject to the moon sighting.last_img read more

CPIM suspends two secretariat members of Kolkata district committee

first_imgKolkata: The CPI(M) has suspended two secretariat members of the Kolkata district committee for not maintaining discipline of the party. The matter will be taken up by the party on November 15 and the matter is likely to be referred to the party’s Control Commission.It may be mentioned that CPI(M) had dropped Ritabrata Bandyopadhyay, party’s Rajya Sabha MP for flouting party discipline. Kaustab Chattopadhyay and Soumyajit Rajak are both secretariat members of the Kolkata district committee of the party. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere have been allegations of sexual harassment, expenditure disproportionate to the income and luxurious living against both of them. About six months ago, a video about the incident of alleged sexual harassment involving both of them went viral on social media. The matter had created a flutter in the party. Many of the victims had written to the senior party members demanding action against them. The party leaders also did not approve their style of living and both were cautioned. But they refused to obey and went ahead with their lifestyle. Finding no other option, the party suspended them for three months. Senior party leaders said action would be taken against them if found guilty.last_img read more

Marine Propeller Market Expected to Reach 5352 Million Globally by 2022

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Marine Propeller Market – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022, the marine propeller market was valued at $4,017 million in 2015, and is projected to reach $5,352 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2016 to 2022. Controllable pitch propeller segment is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest share of 53% in 2015, and is anticipated to maintain this trend.To view the report, visit the website propeller plays a vital role in the operation of ships as it propels the movement of the ship or boat across the water using the power generated and transmitted by the main engine of the ship. Growth in shipbuilding industry mostly in countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea majorly boosted the market growth. In addition, increase in requirement of resources such as coal, ore, and iron is fueling the growth in international seaborne trade, driving the marine propeller market. However, stringent environmental rules & regulations, huge capital investment required for setting up new manufacturing facilities, and volatile raw material prices hamper the market growth. Irrespective of these challenges, rise in usage of inland waterways is expected to create numerous opportunities for the market growth. In addition, advancement in technology (production of light weight marine propeller by using light weight material such as alloys of nickel, aluminum, and bronze) is expected to unfold business opportunities and boost the market growth.Propeller type segment is divided into controllable pitch propeller, fixed pitch propeller, and others (adjusted bolted propeller, and ducted propeller). In 2015, controllable pitch propeller accounted for the largest revenue, and is anticipated to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is attributed to higher propulsion efficiency, better maneuverability, and less wear & tear of blades as compared to others. Additionally, controllable pitch propeller segment is anticipated to witness highest growth rate among others, during the forecast period.By ship type, the market is categorized into cargo or container ship, tanker, bulk carrier, offshore vessel, passenger ship, and others (tugs & service ships). In 2015, cargo or container ship accounted for the largest market share due to rise in international seaborne trade of non-bulk cargo, such as vehicles, food products, and electronic items. Bulk carrier segment is anticipated to show highest growth rate among ship types, owing to rise in demand of resources such as ore, coal, grains, and other similar products (unpacked).Asia-Pacific accounted for majority of revenue in 2015, and is expected to maintain its dominance, followed by Europe and North America. This is attributed to the rise in shipbuilding industry of South Korea and China.Key findings of the Marine Propeller MarketIn 2015, controllable pitch propeller led the overall marine propeller market, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period.Cargo or container ship segment led the overall market in 2015, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.1% during (2016 2022).Bulk carrier segment is expected to grow at a remarkable CAGR of 5.6% during (2016 2022).Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest market share in 2015, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.0%.Key players in the marine propeller market are focused to expand their business operations in the emerging countries with new product launches as a preferred strategy. The major players profiled in this report include Rolls-Royce plc, Wrtsil, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., SCHOTTEL, Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH, VEEM LTD., SCHAFFRAN PROPELLER + SERVICE GMBH, NAKASHIMA PROPELLER Co., Ltd., Caterpillar Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Changzhou Chonghai Marine Propeller Co., Ltd, and Teignbridge Propellers International Limited.Do Enquiry for Sample Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:Dhananjay Potle5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free: +1-800-792-5285UK: + 44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: + 852-301-84916India (Pune): +91 20 66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Flash Sale on Wireless Bluetooth Earphones Includes QCY T1C Lenovo Air and

first_imgIf you’re looking for the best wireless Bluetooth earphones on the market, then you’re in luck. We have a range of different wireless Bluetooth headphones in store today which are available on sale for a limited time. Our list includes the Lenovo Air, QCY T1 Mini and many more. Check the list below for more details and choose the one that best fits your needs.Massive Sale On Wireless Bluetooth Earphones – Includes The QCY T1C Mini, Lenovo A1, And MoreWhile the options present are very appealing, both in terms of functionality and price, we would like to remind you that the wireless Bluetooth earphones are available on sale only for a limited time. if you fail to avail the offer, the discount would revert back to its original price. Now, let’s get down to the list.Alfawise V09 MiniMain Features:● HiFi sound and wireless music. Freely switch between Mono Mode / Stereo Mode● Innovative touch panel for controlling music, calls, and waking up Siri● Comfortable and sweatproof with soft ergonomic earpieces, great for sports● 2-in-1 storage case / 500mAh charging case. 5 charging times provided for longer battery life● Ultra mini and portable, no tangled cables● Bluetooth 4.2, faster, more power-saving audio streaming. Compatible with smartphones, tablets, PCsIf you’re interested in owning the Alfawise V09 Mini for yourself, be sure to note that the product is being offered at a good 16 percent discount. This makes the price come down to just $18.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo Air Main Features:● AI Chipset TechnologyEquipped with an AI chipset, which is small but provides superior performance on a long distance. It supports high-quality music transmission and low power consumption, further enhancing the endurance● True Wireless● Enjoy free music without wire limitation. No more worrying about cable bouncing tapping or rubbing while moving the head● Mono mode and stereo mode● Bluetooth V4.2 technology is faster than other devices, compatibility for iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones/tablets, Windows devices, and all popular Bluetooth devices● In-ear ControlIntuitive, easy access controls for freely switching songs, pause/play, and the built-in MIC for effortless call handling. Helping to avoid removing earbuds from the ear or dealing with tangled wires● Long Battery LifeThe Lenovo Air is one of the best in-ear earphones we have on the list in terms of its design. It’s compact, boasts a handful of features and a 400 mAh battery. if you’re excited to get your hands on it, the Lenovo Air is available at a massive 20 percent off. This makes the original price come down to just $54.99. Head over to this link to get it.Esonstyle S991The Esonstyle S991 is a pretty great option compared to its price. It supports all the features that you would want on a wireless Bluetooth headphone. In addition to this, it also includes Bluetooth 5.0 so you get better connectivity and sound quality. You can charge the case for extended battery life and also activate voice assistant and more.If you’re up to get the Esonstyle S991, it is available at a 9 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $23.99. Head over to this link to get it.QCY T1CMain Features:• Advanced Bluetooth 5.0 tech, lower consumption, support more stable and stronger signal transmission, no any voice delay while playing computer games• High-definition audio output brings you the crystal clear sound quality and 3D stereo music enjoyment• Binaural calling available, with real CVC6.0 noise-reduction and great background audio canceling, let you hear the voice more clearly, perfect for calling and answering• Ergonomic design to fit the contours of ears enjoy music without tenderness• One-button operation, just need to take them out of charging box that the headphones can connect with your devices automaticallyOur personal favorite, the QCY T1C is one of the finest looking earphones on the list. They are compact and easily pocketable when you’re traveling and also supports Bluetooth 5.0 for better connectivity and sound quality. The QCY T1C are available at an insane 25 percent discount, making the price come down to just $23.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lezii A1Main Features● Integrated body design, charging dock LED light circle and power indicator design● Type-C interface, support fast charge function, safer and more efficient● Bluetooth 5.0 design, Bluetooth connection distance of 40 meters, binaural HD call● Automatic pairing, touch control, high-definition HiFi sound qualityLezii A1 offers solid build quality and design if it entices you the product is available at a good 10 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $39.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on wireless Bluetooth earphones. If one of the products entice you, wait no further and take the opportunity. If you fail to do so, the discount would revert back to their original pricing model.There will be more deals tomorrow, folks so be sure to stick around. As for now, are you willing to get one of the wireless Bluetooth earphones from the list? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Auto Europes Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent program is back

first_img Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group Auto Europe’s ‘Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent’ program is back TORONTO — Following its success in its introductory year, Auto Europe’s ‘Drive Your Rewards Travel Agent’ rewards program has been renewed, offering agents the chance to earn even more valuable rewards.Agents can begin earning after only three completed bookings. Prizes range from gift cards to Maine Lobsters to airfare for two to Europe. New this year is the introduction of travel credits that can be used toward any Auto Europe service including hotel, airfare, chauffeur and airport transfers on any continent, as well as free day car rentals for every booking made.“We are thrilled with how the travel agent community responded to the Drive Your Rewards Program in 2016,” said Robert Ardino, Auto Europe’s Vice President of Sales. “Our goal with designing this program was to show our appreciation to agents that offer us repeat business. This year we will continue with that commitment and are even increasing the value of the rewards earned at each tier. We will also continue to track the qualifying bookings made by each agent, making the redemption process effortless for participants.”Agents can easily enroll in this free program by visiting As with last year, the program is open to Canadian and U.S. agents. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Auto Europe, Britain & Europelast_img read more

The Twitter12Pack of things that no one expected to see this

first_imgSeven of the eleven #Bama Defensive starters have scored a touchdown so far this year @247Sports #RollTide— BamaOnline (@BamaOnline247) October 17, 2016 Amid all the “Alabama is class above everybody” talk that’s going around… 72% of Tide’s offensive yardage comes from underclassmen— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 17, 20162 – A Samford player proposed to his girlfriend this weekend, and got a bunch of his teammates in on it, providing an unforgettable moment3 – Some experts thought Urban and Ohio State would get punched in the mouth by Wisconsin this weekend…but they didn’t expect a referee to deliver the punch (followed by a sideline penalty to boot)Urban Meyer just got hit in the face by the ref, which was a 15 yard interference penalty— Postgame Shotgun (@PostGameShotgun) October 16, 20164 – Remember that play from a few years ago where two Florida players ended up blocking one another? Well last night a Saints defensive player tackled another Saints defenderSaints defense looking strong in the second half. #robryaneffect #saints @mikefreemanNFL @TheSportsHernia— Tyler Williams (@therealtdiddy) October 16, 20165 – This is pretty wildKelly: “To be 2-5 and to outscore your opponents has got to be one of the craziest stats in America.”— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) October 16, 20166 – Major reason why PJ Fleck has Western Michigan undefeated right here…Western Michigan has lost 1 turnover at midway point. FBS single-season record for fewest turnovers is 8 (Clemson 1940, Navy 2015).— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) October 16, 20167 – Stand up if you had this laid out correctly before the beginning of the yearINDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL STANDINGS:Ball State 4-3Indiana 3-3Purdue 3-3Notre Dame 2-5— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) October 16, 20168 –  UCLA somehow punted the ball backwards on Saturday (and Jim Mora was clearly not happy about it)WE GOT A BACKWARDS PUNT IN PULLMAN— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) October 16, 2016 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix This weekend brought PLENTY of things that no one expected, so let’s get right to it.1 – All three of these involving Alabama are tough to wrap your head aroundAlabama’s secondary has scored as many touchdowns as Christian McCaffrey this season. That’s nuts.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 15, 2016 Jim Mora is not happy with his punter.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 16, 20169 – This referee just can’t turn down an opportunity to get in the pileLook at this ref mixing it up in the pile. He is really getting after it.— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) October 16, 201610 – This is unreal. UNREAL!Iowa piled up 303 RUSHING yards on first down vs #Purdue. Just rushing, and just on first down.— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) October 15, 201611 – Army’s punter thought it’d be a good idea to try and take off on 4th and 44…(H/T SB Nation)12 – Akron destroyed an oar before their game against PJ Fleck and Western Michigan trying to send some kind of message…but the Broncos were the ones sending a message to the tune of a 41-0 blowout.Akron burned and broke an oar to mock WMU’s ‘Row The Boat’ mantra. Akron lost by 41.— SmekiCZ (@CzInhalatort) October 15, 2016last_img read more

The most important assistant coaching hires of the 2018 season —

first_imgThis is the latest in a series examining the 15 most important assistant coaching hires of the 2018 season. Previous installments:No. 15: Rod Smith, IllinoisNo. 14: Matt Canada, MarylandNo. 13: Harlon Barnett, Florida StateNo. 12: Jerry Azzinaro, UCLANo. 11: Bob Shoop, Mississippi StateNo. 10: Clark Lea, Notre DameNo. 9: Bush Hamdan, WashingtonNo. 8: Herb Hand, TexasNo. 7: Tyson Helton, TennesseeNo. 6: Kendal Briles/Randy Clements, HoustonNo. 5: Ed Warinner, MichiganWho: James Cregg, LSUTitle: Offensive line coach AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Previous stop: Los Angeles Chargers offensive line coach (2017)Why he’s important: Another entry, another offensive line coach. Such is the importance of the position. It doesn’t matter what plans your coordinator has for his skill players if the linemen can’t block, and Steve Ensminger has a plan that Ed Orgeron can get an board with — and one that Orgeron needs to succeed.Joe Alleva named Orgeron LSU’s full-time head coach on the Dabo Swinney model: surround the head man with big-name coordinators, give said coordinators autonomy over their side of the ball, and let the head coach focus on recruiting and the big picture. Year 1 was not a picture-perfect example of that model, at least not on the offensive side of the ball. Matt Canada and Orgeron were not a fit, to say the least.But now Canada is in Maryland and Ensminger is back, this time as LSU’s full-time offensive coordinator. The plan is to attack defenses with a wide-open, straight-ahead attack. Ensminger is a person Orgeron is extremely comfortable with, as is Cregg. The pair worked together for the 2009 season at Tennessee and from 2010-13 at USC.“I wouldn’t have come back to college football to work for anybody else besides Coach O,” Cregg said in February.“I know firsthand the type coach he is and how he serves as a mentor to his players,” Orgeron said upon Cregg’s hiring. “He’s an outstanding recruiter that is going to develop our players both on and off the field. He will be a tremendous person to have in our program.”Despite LSU’s three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust reputation, LSU actually led the SEC in yards per play in 2016, the season in which Orgeron was bumped to interim head coach and Ensminger to offensive coordinator. The potential is there, but Cregg must replace the bulk of the offense line: LSU lost its starting center and both tackles from 2017.The Bayou Bengals open with Miami and then face Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi State all before the First Saturday in November showdown with Alabama in Baton Rouge. Cregg will need to have his rebuilt unit ready to play from Day 1.LSU hasn’t beaten Alabama since the infamous 9-6 Game of the Century in 2011. Though the Tigers haven’t won any less than eight games in the six seasons since, they haven’t finished in the top 10 in either poll or higher than a tie for second place in the SEC West.That isn’t good enough at LSU, a program that once (rightfully) saw itself as an equal to Alabama… and has since seen the Tide rack up four national titles while viewing the Tigers in the rearview mirror.LSU needs the Orgeron hire to work, and for it to work, Ensminger needs to fix the offense. Head coaches don’t often get three shots at an offensive coordinator in three years. And for the Ensminger hire to work, Cregg needs to be the right offensive line coach.last_img read more

Nick Saban to undergo hip surgery on Monday

first_imgSaban said the issue first appeared at the beginning of spring practice and worsened in the coming weeks. Swinging a golf club, Saban said, was not painful, but getting out of the cart was.“The only thing I hate about it is, I’ll have to not play golf for six weeks or so,” he told USA Today. “… But this is the best time for me to do it. I do a lot of speaking and evaluating and film work and stuff like that, but we’re not practicing. Other than playing golf, I probably wouldn’t be very active. So this is the best time, and then it gives me a lot of summer to get back in shape.”Saban keeps himself in excellent shape and operates at a level much younger than his 67 years of age might suggest, so fixing his hip should certainly allow him to keep coaching, in his words, for a lot of more years.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Nick Saban said after Alabama’s spring game last Saturday that his hip had been bothering him and he could undergo surgery to get it fixed.As anyone who knows the man knows, when Saban identifies a problem, he doesn’t wait around to fix it.Saban will undergo hip surgery on Monday, according to USA Today and ESPN. The surgery will take six-to-eight weeks to recover from, though it will not leave him completely immobilized. It will also allow him plenty of time to recover before practice begins for the future Hall of Fame coach’s 13th season as the Tide’s head coach and his 47th season in coaching.“I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach for one more year, I want to coach for a lot of more years,” he said at the time.last_img read more

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese reopens in Italy

first_imgNewerClausen appointed general manager at Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea OlderRyanair takes off for Beirut for first time Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese has re-opened following a complete redesign by French architect and interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel.Situated in a former 19th century Roman palazzo, Nuel has taken inspiration from the building’s original architecture as well as the landscaped gardens of the adjacent Villa Borghese to bring a fresh look with a nature-inspired colour palette for the city retreat.The 78-room hotel lies on a quaint street in the centre of the city, just moments from iconic landmarks including the Villa Medici, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.Edoardo Giuntoli, general manager explained: “In a city which is home to some of Europe’s most exciting historical buildings, it was essential for the new design to subtly incorporate Rome’s rich history along with Sofitel’s French elegance. “What we’ve created is a chic fusion of the Italian La Dolce Vita heritage with modern French Art de Vivre.”ADVERTISEMENTThe hotel’s Prestige Suites, some with private terraces, offer luxury amenities including leather key card holders, a choice of room fragrance and monogrammed pillowcases. Suite guests can also enjoy bespoke experiences, from touring Europe’s oldest apothecary to vintage Vespa rides to well-known movie locations. The crown jewel of the hotel situated on the seventh floor and offering panoramic views of the Eternal City is Settimo – an elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant with bold interiors and both indoor and outdoor seating.last_img read more