Lindblad to Order New Polar Expedition Cruise Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license US-based cruise company Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has revealed its plans to place an order for a new polar expedition ship.The vessel, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2021, will be the fourth polar vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.It will join the company’s National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, currently in operation, and the National Geographic Endurance, which is scheduled for delivery in early 2020.“We are extremely excited to announce the further expansion of our expedition fleet. This is the next step of our long-term growth strategy to capitalize on the expanding demand for high quality adventure travel,” Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said.The newbuilding would represent the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance.last_img read more

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Selena Gomez Announces Third Annual Charity Concert For UNICEF

first_imgActress, multiplatinum recording artist, and fashion designer Selena Gomez will host an exclusive one-night-only concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on the evening of Saturday, January 19 at Best Buy Theater in New York City (1515 Broadway at 44th Street).The concert marks the third annual Acoustic Charity Concert for Ms. Gomez, a UNICEF Ambassador and avid supporter of UNICEF programs that provide nutrition, clean water, medicine, education, and more to children worldwide.“Nothing is more important than helping children in need around the globe. I’m thankful that I can use my voice to bring awareness and much-needed funds to UNICEF so they can continue their critical work. Together, with my fans, we can save lives,” said Selena.Gomez was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in September 2009, and she has enthusiastically used her talents to advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children. In January 2012, she performed her second annual Acoustic Charity Concert, raising more than $200,000 for UNICEF programs worldwide.An active Ambassador, Ms. Gomez recently attended the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City where she auctioned off two backstage packages to the highest bidders, raising $40,000 for UNICEF.Individual tickets to the Selena Gomez Acoustic Charity Concert are $100 and will go on sale Friday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com. Fan Club members may purchase meet and greet packages beginning Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET at SelenaGomez.com.last_img read more

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Spring games nothing more than glorified practices

One of the hardest sporting events to draw conclusions from is a college football spring game.If a player breaks a 70-yard touchdown run or intercepts two passes, he’s pegged as a breakout star for the fall. Ohio State’s Spring Game was no different.Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenny Guiton was the media darling of the postgame interviews following his 167-yard, two-touchdown performance.In last year’s Spring Game, Terrelle Pryor’s strong performance riled up Buckeye fans, giving them dreams of the second coming of Troy Smith. Then the regular season commenced, and Pryor struggled through the year up until his MVP performance in the Rose Bowl.In Saturday’s game, there were times when Terrelle Pryor looked like Randall Cunningham, and then there were times when he channeled his inner Akili Smith. He was told not to scramble. Thus, it’s impossible to make sense of his performance at all.The defenses dominated the game for the most part. Ben Buchanan and Derek Erwin punted a combined 13 times. Tresselball in April anyone?The Spring Game is a lot like the NFL Draft. The beginning is filled with excitement and anticipation. But in the end, the game never measures up to the hype, and the media coverage is overblown.After the game, I hinted to junior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher that we in the media tend to put a lot of emphasis on the Spring Game, and he smiled in agreement.“Yes, you guys certainly do,” Sanzenbacher said.He added that the players are basically just trying to enjoy themselves during the game.“For us, it’s more fun than anything,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ve been working hard the past 14 days, too.”Usually a good indicator of how the game will go is to take note of the weather forecast. Last year, 95,722 watched the Gray defeat the Scarlet 23-3 in a game that featured a handful of exciting plays and essentially perfect spring weather.The best word to describe the weather on Saturday would be mediocre. It was going to rain at some point during the game, and it arrived at halftime. When the downpour was over, the stadium looked like a Jacksonville Jaguars home game as the announced crowd of 65,223 had mostly filed out.The excitement didn’t arrive until late in the fourth quarter, when Guiton threw a beauty of a pass to junior receiver Taurian Washington to put the Gray up for good, 17-14.All in all, the game was mundane, which describes plenty of OSU games in recent memory. But in reality, that’s probably how it should be. The only difference between a normal spring practice and the Spring Game for Tressel’s crew is that the Spring Game is played in the Horseshoe.That’s the point. This game doesn’t mean anything. It’s an overhyped scrimmage that the media has fallen in love with, and expects too much of.On the other hand, sports fans have spoken, and they want to see as much football as possible. Nothing says success like excess. read more

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Commentary New York Giants rough start hard to watch for lifelong fans

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (right) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Soldier Field Oct. 10. The Bears won, 27-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTTwelve dollars. That’s all I spent on a New York Giants football sweatshirt that I’m truthfully too scared to wear at the risk of being ridiculed. It’s hard enough being a fan of a football team in a different state, but it’s even harder when that team has yet to win one of its six games this season.I was born and raised in New Jersey, so being a New York Giants fan is all I’ve ever known. I was taught that the Giants are the best and that I’m supposed to hate the Philadelphia Eagles … which I do. Being a fan of the G-men has never been a problem until this season.Coach Tom Coughlin is 67 and is in his 10th year coaching the team. He’s one of the oldest NFL coaches ever, but after earning a pair of Super Bowl rings for the Giants, it doesn’t appear he’ll be going away anytime soon.The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six years (2008 and 2012). With a history like that, you would think that they would be a team to fear. This year, not so much. They’ve had their worst start to a season since 1976 and quarterback Eli Manning has had arguably the worst season of his career, currently leading the league in interceptions with 15. Ouch. That’s gotta be rough while his big brother Peyton and the Broncos are having an awesome season, winning their first six games and leading the league in total offense, passing yards and points scored.Since I’m a fan of Ohio State football as well, I can’t imagine how current Giant players, former Buckeyes Jonathan Hankins and Jim Cordle feel right now. Playing on the OSU football team has spoiled them into not really knowing what a losing consistently feels like. In Cordle’s five years at OSU (he redshirted in 2005), the team was a combined 54-10, and in Hankins’ three years, the Buckeyes were 30-8, including the 12 vacated wins in 2010.My goal is not to bash the team I’ve grown up watching, it’s to share a little bit of my disappointment OSU fans might not understand. This is the first time my friends who are Cleveland Browns (3-3) fans are laughing at me.In my mind, this season is over for the Giants. Will I still watch the games? Yes. Will I still have hope that they can win a game? Of course. Will I wear that $12 sweatshirt anytime soon? To be determined. But I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to come anywhere close to the playoffs at this point, so my heart is a little broken for them. read more

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Football Demetrius Knox signs with Seattle Seahawks as undrafted free agent

Ohio State redshirt senior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox (78) makes an “H” as he is taken off the field in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State offensive lineman Demetrius Knox signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent Saturday evening.Blessed to say I’m a Seahawk!— Demetrius Knox (@Meech_Dream14) April 27, 2019Following Malcolm Pridgeon, Knox is the second of Ohio State’s 2018 starting guards to sign with an NFL team following the draft.Former Ohio State guard-turned center Michael Jordan was drafted as the No. 136 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the draft. Knox started 12 games at the right guard position for Ohio State before having his senior season cut short with a foot injury suffered during a 62-39 win against Michigan in his final game at Ohio Stadium.Despite the injury keeping him out of Ohio State’s victories at the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl, Knox still participated at the Buckeye Pro Day in March.Knox won a starting position on the Buckeye front line after six games as a backup in 2017, and would go on to start 20 straight games before his injury.His 2018 campaign earned the Fort Worth, Texas native third-team All-Big Ten honors. read more

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Victorias Supreme Court in a twitter

first_imgVictoria’s Supreme Court is set to deliver all judgements via twitter in a bid to stop skewed information going to the public due to sensationalised headlines.Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren told ABC radio that “the courts are getting to a stage where they have had enough of the inappropriate criticism, the skewing of information in the media, and we really need to try and seize the day ourselves and give some information to the community”.“I’ve had a conversation about how we can have an anonymous judge blogging to reach out to the community, how we can use Twitter and how we can use our website in a much more effective way,” she said.“We may have someone tweeting from the Supreme Court. It will need to be done, probably, on an anonymous basis.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Wilfired Zaha returns to Ivory Coast national team

first_imgWith the international break around the corner, the Ivory Coast national team head coach Ibrahim Kamara named his 20-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Central African Republic.Among the names that draw the utmost attention is the one of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. The 25-year-old forward is thus approaching his first international cap since March.Crystal Palace felt free to express their pleasure with Zaha’s new international call-up via their official website.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.After flopping at Manchester United, the tricky winger has managed to revive his career at the Selhurst Park. Zaha featured in 6 Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the process.Although Roy Hodgson expects to see more from his attacker, Zaha’s performance hasn’t gone unnoticed back in his home county.The Elephants look to qualify for the final competition that will take place in Cameroon next summer. Kamara’s team managed to bounce back from a surprising 3-2 loss to Guinea by defeating Rwanda on the road by two goals to one.last_img read more

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The New Laptops

first_img Laptop computer screens that flip around to become tablet PCs could be an increasingly common sight near future. Convertibles, as they are called, are the newest and hottest – but not the only – offering in the increasingly diverse laptop market.A convertible is more than just a laptop with a swiveling screen. The screen also accepts input from a pen just like a PDA – Personal Digital Assistant – or dedicated tablet PC.Convertibles have given laptops a dual personality – use it normally or flip the screen around and snap it down on top of the keyboard to make a full-fledged table PC. Another cool feature: if you’re trying to show somebody what’s on the screen, you simply swivel it towards them – great for presentations. With all these cool features, why doesn’t everyone own a convertible? Price mostly – they can cost several hundred dollars more than a standard laptop. Experts predict this will change as more people buy them – economy of scale. On top of that, laptop prices have literally crashed in the last 5 years making them affordable replacements for desktops.Slate-style tablet laptops – the screen is fixed on top of the unit – are less popular, but widely praised by a select group of die hard scribblers. These units are akin to a PDA, only larger – the dimensions of a standard pad letter-sized of paper – and work in much the same manner. Table PCs have been around for about 15 years, but sales have always been just a few percent of the total laptop market. To type, you need an external keyboard. Most people prefer typing to writing and – even today – handwriting recognition software leaves something to be desired. Most require a new writing style or a “learning” process. Unlike underpowered PDAs, tablet PCs are full-fledged computers capable of running any Windows program. They also cost several hundred dollars less than convertibles and have been on the market longer. Lack of a swiveling screen makes them more robust and lighter, as well, according to proponents.Another segment in growth is that of the ruggedized laptops. They are attractive to anybody who’s ever dropped or banged an expensive laptop causing permanent damage. Ouch, and get out that wallet: just the screen alone could cost $1000 to replace. Explore further Full sized tablet PC – Motion Computing LE1600 8.5” x 11”, 3.13 lbs. Multi-mobile (M2) computing system makes Android, iOS apps sharable on multiple devices Terralogic Toughnote Series 3. It’s not your parent’s laptop: new models offer a wide range of different configurations for every need and taste.center_img Citation: The New Laptops (2006, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-01-laptops.html Rugged models tend to run a couple pounds heavier than normal laptops, but you can leave that protective carrying case at home. They resist shocks, water and dust and offer all the features a normal user would need. In fact, they are practically indestructible: Depending on the make & model, think 30 minutes of heavy rain, 40,000 feet of altitude, 40G shocks, dust storms, saltwater mist, 70 degrees centigrade, 95% condensing humidity and enough vibration to shake a truck apart. They even have nuclear battlefield models for the military designed to withstand the EMP – ElectroMagnetic Pulse – created by nuclear explosions. This pulse destroys unprotected electronics. IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet – a popular, light (3.5 lbs.) 12″ convertible. The SUV of notebooks is as heavy in the hands as on your pocketbook, however – models start around $3,000. Also, you should be prepared to accept last year’s technology at least – many still come standard with Pentium III processors and Windows 98SE.Manufacturing prices are dropping, however, and shipments of convertible, ruggedized and slate PCs may hit over 9 million units by 2008. That’s up 700 percent from the 1.2 million units expected to ship this year, according to a forecast by market researchers. Convertible notebooks are expected to make up the majority of those shipments. The projected number of convertibles and tablets is small compared with the overall number of notebooks – 62.5 million notebooks ship yearly, a number that is forecast by market analysts IDC to climb to 100.3 million in 2008. Microsoft, a major backer of tablets, is making the rounds with educators and developers to promote the benefits of tablet-based computing. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is currently available with the purchase of a tablet-style PC. Users can also get free upgrades at the Microsoft’s web site. The next Tablet OS version is slated to be part of the upcoming Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. The Premium version, which is based on Vista Home Basic, is similar to the Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP MCE) but adds features designed for tablet PCs such as improved handwriting recognition and ability to use a tablet’s stylus to pan through documents.Only time will tell if these new laptops will flourish like wireless networking or fade away like floppy disks. But in an increasingly tight high-tech market were margins are low and profits are down, expect PC makers to pull out all the stops. They will introduce new and interesting additions to their offerings in a bid to rise above the competition. Who knows? Maybe one day we will all own a rugged, convertible notebook.Before tossing your desktop to get a sexy, new convertible, remember: you will have to make some sacrifices: Greater expense, shorter useful life – the technology tends to be several months behind the most advanced desktops, virtually no upgrade path apart from more memory and lower overall performance – especially when it comes to games.But, hey, everyone loves a convertible, right?By Philip Dunn, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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