Ridiculed Minister Responds to Critics I Speak Perfect Darija

Rabat – After being ridiculed by news and social media for struggling to answer a question in parliament, Minister Delegate in Charge of Tourism Lamia Boutaleb has responded to her critics.“I would rather not dwell on this futile matter. It’s not something worth talking about. I hold a Moroccan Baccalaureat and I speak perfect Darija,” she told TelQuel. Boutaleb called on people to overcome the debate and pay attention to more important issues.The minister added that “it would be more constructive to not look back at this episode and talk about real issues and what we do for tourism” in the country. In a video that recently went viral, Boutaleb seemed unable to respond to a question in parliament about domestic tourism on Tuesday, stuttering and pausing during her three-minute answer. The session’s chairman and other MPs were seen laughing and smiling as she attempted to answer.The video sparked debate on social media. Some users questioning the minister’s qualifications, while others brought up about her language skills, speculating that she might not comfortable in Arabic.Prior to her unpleasant experience during the parliamentary session on Tuesday, Boutaleb had been relatively unknown.She had been successful in her professional career, working for the private bank group Wafabank and l’Office Chérifien de Phosphate (OCP) before co-founding Capital Trust Group. read more

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Macron Proffers French as NumberOne Language Unveils Worldwide Promotion

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to invest hundreds of millions of euros into promoting and exporting the French language worldwide.Addressing the vaulted Académie Française on International Francophonie Day, March 20, Macron declared French a “language of freedom,” adding that the government will sponsor additional French programs to sustain and further disseminate its education abroad. This is in contrast to the opinion of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who recently told the nation’s youth that “to master English is to better control one’s future” via Twitter. In the same tweet, Philippe also suggested state funding to defray the costs of English proficiency exams for France’s students.Nonetheless, Macron insists that English-language “domination is not inevitable” within the European Union and across the wider world. “It’s up to us to set some rules, to be present, and make French the language with which one has access to a number of opportunities.”The Macron government’s emissary for Francophone affairs Leïla Slimani was circumspect in her support. The Franco-Moroccan novelist insisted that she “had listened to all voices, even the most critical [ones]” and reiterated her position that there is no “hierarchy” of French speakers or writers.Read Also: French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to ‘Return African Heritage to Africa’French is the sixth most spoken language in the world and the vast majority of French speakers reside outside of France. Today, official “Francophonie” is a constellation of over 50 countries – from Morocco to Mauritius – where French is a national or significant language. Population experts estimate that, by 2050, 80 percent of French speakers will live in Africa.Macron sought to emphasize that France is a “country among others.” However, many people in France’s former colonies eye the Elysée leader’s new initiative with skepticism.Franco-Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou mounted a robust response to Macron’s mandate, noting that the French language was not historically associated with liberty for people in post-colonial countries. Last month in an open letter, Mabanckou noted that French has been a way for France to maintain undue influence in African affairs.“Unfortunately, la Francophonie is still seen as a continuation of France’s foreign policy in its former colonies.”Macron raised eyebrows last year when visiting Burkina Faso, regaling a room full of students with his ambitious, if not quixotic, pronouncement that French could become the “number-one language in Africa, maybe even the world.”Read Also: ‘Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem Is a Threat to Peace’: Emmanuel MacronOn the same trip, Macron claimed, “I am from a generation that doesn’t come to tell Africans what to do.” However, Mabanckou believes that the French president has not gone far enough in “provi[ng] to these young people that [he is] of another generation.”The Renaudot Prize-winning author explained that reinvigorating Francophonie would entail more than simply maintaining the currency of the French language abroad, and must come hand in hand with efforts to change attitudes in and open up France itself. read more

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Somalia UN envoy urges reconciliation during meetings in Mogadishu

In consultations earlier today with President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia François Lonsény Fall “urged them to work toward an agreement on a cessation of hostilities and to preserve the independence of the National Governance and Reconciliation Committee in order to achieve genuine and inclusive reconciliation,” according to a UN spokesperson.Mr. Fall also met with the chairman of the Reconciliation Committee to survey preparations for the delayed reconciliation congress.In all his meetings, Mr. Fall “stressed the Security Council’s concerns about the dire humanitarian situation,” spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.The envoy is scheduled to travel to the Somaliland and Puntland regions, where he will seek to obtain the release of two abducted aid workers. Meanwhile in Geneva, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said people displaced by the recent fighting in Somalia are gradually returning to parts of Mogadishu, but fear is preventing others from going back to areas where the military still has a strong presence.Agency spokesman William Spindler told reporters in Geneva today that families who used to live in neighbourhoods affected by the fighting are still reluctant to go back, mainly because of the reported presence of soldiers from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and allied Ethiopian troops. “Civilians fear that should they go back, they might be caught once more in the crossfire if the fighting resumes,” he said. “Our team reports that, even though fighting has ceased in Mogadishu, the situation remains very tense.”Some of the estimated 250,000 people who were internally displaced within the city by the previous conflicts that had been raging in Somalia since the central government collapsed in 1991 have not been able to return to their homes because their houses have been destroyed by mortar shelling, or because they can no longer access the place where they used to live because of insecurity. “Many of these people were living in former public buildings such as ministries or police stations, but the TFG recently announced that people had to vacate these buildings in the coming weeks,” Mr. Spindler said. “UNHCR is negotiating with the TFG to make sure that these people are relocated to other parts of Mogadishu where they can have access to basic services and infrastructure.”Meanwhile, UNHCR continues to deliver assistance to the numerous families who remain in Afgooye, 30 kilometres away. More than 40,000 people fled to the Afgooye area during March and April as heavy fighting raged in Mogadishu. In recent weeks, the agency has distributed relief items such as plastic sheeting, mattresses, blankets and jerry cans to some 50,000 people in and the area. “Assistance is also being provided to poor, rural residents of Afgooye, many of whom live in the same places as the displaced families who fled Mogadishu and it is extremely difficult to distinguish between them, as they are all equally in need,” Mr. Spindler said.According to data provided to UNHCR by a network of aid agencies, almost 400,000 people have fled Mogadishu since the beginning of February, when the last round of fighting began.People who have returned to Mogadishu mainly lack food, water and medicine. Mr. Spindler said the agency swill be appealing for more funds shortly to help Somalis displaced within the country and in surrounding countries. 11 May 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia today held meetings in the capital, Mogadishu, with top leaders, urging them to take measures aimed at promoting stability in the country, where relative calm has recently returned following the worst violence there in 16 years. read more

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With 300000 internally displaced Liberians home UNassisted programme ends

“Today, we are here to celebrate the fact that every Liberian IDP has now been provided with the assistance required to return home,” Jordan Ryan, Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Recovery and Governance, said at ceremonies in a former IDP camp 200 kilometers north of the capital, Monrovia, that included the symbolic destruction of an IDP camp hut. “This was made possible by building and managing camps, feeding, providing water and shelter, but most of all providing a refuge from the dangers of war that they fled from,” he added. At the end of Liberia’s civil war, there were 314,000 registered IDPs in the country, according to UNMIL. Since the return process began on November 2004, all those living in the country’s 35 IDP camps and spontaneous settlements have received their return assistance package made up of food rations, non-food items and a transportation allowance. Mr. Ryan reminded donors that the job of resettling the IDPs is not yet finished, however. “Getting back home is just the beginning of a long and difficult journey the IDPs and other members of the community will have to face as they reconstruct their lives, their communities, their country,” he said. He pledged the continued assistance of the UN in that effort, maintaining that the international community will work hard to support community-based recovery programmes, provide medical assistance and agricultural implements, and ensure that educational facilities are functional. Similarly, the country representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mengesha Kebede, called on donor countries to assist the UN “to fulfil its mandate and its commitment to Liberia.” read more

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UNESCO gives President Wade of Senegal the 2005 HouphouëtBoigny Peace prize

With eight national presidents in attendance, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, co- founder of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), today received the 2005 Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the jury president, former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel peace laureate Henry Kissinger.It is the second time the award, created in 1989, has gone to Africa. Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk won in 1991.The prize honours people and institutions which have contributed significantly to the promotion, research or safeguarding of peace while complying with the Charter of the United Nations and UNESCO’s constitution. It was named for the first president of Côte d’Ivoire, the late Félix Houphouët-Boigny.Born in 1926 in Saint-Louis du Sénégal, President Wade is a lawyer and former dean of the law faculty of the University of Dakar. He has served as Member of Parliament and as a Government minister and was elected to the presidency in March, 2000.Speakers lauded the role of President Wade in the management, prevention and mediation of conflicts in Africa and in contributing to the continent’s education, development and culture. “Since your entry into politics in 1974 […] that took you from the opposition to the leadership of your country, you have worked for the modernization of Senegal’s political life, by placing education and culture at the heart of public action. Under your guidance, Senegal has become a model in the domain (of Education for All), devoting almost 40 per cent of the national budget to education,” Mr. Matsuura said.“You have also breathed new life into the renaissance of the African continent, working side by side with your peers to construct the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), an innovative pact of solidarity and hope,” he added. Welcoming the awarding of the prize this year to a son of Africa, whose “political change was carried out in a climate of peace and cooperation” and “who has become an example for other countries in Africa and the world,” Mr. Kissinger said: “The prize is given to President Abdoulaye Wade for his contribution to democracy in his country and for his mediation in political crises and conflicts in Africa.”“This distinction is not for me alone,” President Wade said. “The man having been shaped by his cultural milieu, merit must be first attributed to my people; the Senegalese people who have inculcated in me their universal values of tolerance and peace.” Previous winners include Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat for 1993; King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US President Jimmy Carter for 1994, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and its High Commissioner, Sadako Ogata, for 1995 and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson for 2000. read more

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Minister admits to issues at Saskatchewan carboncapture facility

Minister admits to issues at Saskatchewan carbon-capture facility by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 3:50 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd admits the province’s much-touted carbon-capture facility isn’t going as well as planned.The goal was to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from the coal-fired Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan by one million tonnes annually.But the facility is only operating at about 40 per cent capacity and has only removed 400,000 tonnes.“Clearly that is not acceptable. The government simply is not of the view that that’s acceptable. We want to see much higher efficiency from this facility,” Boyd said Tuesday.“And as a result of that I believe that SaskPower officials are working very, very hard, the contractors are working very, very hard to increase that efficiency, to get it up to the levels that were anticipated at the beginning.”The $1.4 billion facility opened with much fanfare last October.Background notes prepared for the government show that officials knew about issues at the facility when the grand opening was held. The notes, obtained by the Opposition NDP and provided to media Tuesday, refer to concerns with the contractor, SNC Lavalin (TSX:SNC).One note says: “SNC has serious design issues with our plant that has caused millions of dollars of new contractors to fix, SNC has neither the will or the ability to fix some of these fundamental design issues.”SaskPower officials say they hope to have the facility operating at 100 per cent efficiency by the end of 2016.Opposition New Democrat Cathy Sproule says there are a lot of concerns.“I mean, we see these grandiose announcements and wondrous beasts that are producing 100 per cent capacity and now we see trouble with the construction contract. We see us paying large penalties to an Alberta-based oil company,” said Sproule.SaskPower has a deal to sell the captured CO2 to Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) to be used for enhanced oil recovery.The utility was supposed to start delivering the gas in April 2014, but construction delays meant the facility wasn’t ready until October that year. SaskPower ended up having to pay $12 million in penalties to Cenovus last year because the utility couldn’t deliver enough carbon dioxide.“I think there could have been more disclosure around that,” acknowledged Boyd.“We still believe that this facility is a good facility. We still believe that it’ll meet its targets going forward. Obviously there were some startup problems with respect to it.”SaskPower may owe Cenovus about $5 million this year as well. However, Boyd says that will be offset by $11 million that Cenovus is paying for the CO2. read more

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Mens Hockey No 2 Ohio States sevengame win streak snapped with 43

Ohio State senior forward Dakota Joshua (8) takes a shot against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-6-4, 12-4-3 Big Ten) saw its seven-game winning streak ended after Minnesota (12-14-4, 9-9-3 Big Ten) pulled out the 4-3 victory.Minnesota was consistently ahead of Ohio State throughout the match: every time Ohio State came within striking distance, the Golden Gophers countered to maintain the lead.The Buckeyes had a rough time going up against Minnesota in the beginning, but eventually found their stride in the third period where almost all of the action of the night took place. Junior forward Ronnie Hein said the team struggled to find momentum after going down early.“We know we’re a great hockey team and we’ve come from behind before,” Hein said. “Even when we were down one we weren’t worried about it. I thought we were actually playing pretty well before they had that first goal and then we shut down after that.”This weekend matchup against Minnesota was particularly special with it being Military Appreciation Weekend. To honor this, the Buckeyes wore jackets honoring United States troops and an induction ceremony for new Air Force members occurred in between the first and second period.“I think it’s pretty obvious,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re pretty thankful to be able to do what we do because of what they do.”Both teams began to pour on the points during the third period. It began when Minnesota junior defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored Minnesota’s third point midway through the period. Ohio State responded with a goal of their own only minutes later when junior forward Sam McCormick scored his first goal of the season, making the score 3-2. This was followed by a quick retaliation from Minnesota when sophomore forward Scott Reedy netted the Golden Gophers their fourth goal of the night. With only 3:35 left on the clock, freshman forward Quinn Preston cut the deficit to one when he sent a puck straight into the Golden Gophers’ net, bringing the game to 4-3.The Buckeyes pulled their goalie in the last remaining 30 seconds of the game but were unable to even the score, ending their seven-game win streak.Both teams played more aggressively in the second period than in the first. Midway through the period, Minnesota’s freshman forward Nathan Burke managed to advance its lead to 2-0. With 15.5 seconds left on the clock, Ohio State shortened the Golden Gophers’ lead when senior forward John Wiitala, assisted by junior defenseman Gordi Myer and junior forward Carson Meyer shot a puck straight past their defense, netting the Buckeyes their first point of the game.Ohio State only managed three shots on goal in the second period.The first period was relatively uneventful, with the only major highlight being Minnesota’s senior defenseman Jack Sadek putting the first goal on the scoreboard with 3:16 to go in the period. While Ohio State led in shots 7-5, Minnesota ended the period leading in points 1-0.“Probably playing our worst first two periods of the year,” Rohlik said. “That’s a start. We got our second shot-on-net in the second period right at the end when we scored the goal with 15 seconds to go.”No. 2 Ohio State plays Minnesota for a rematch in the Schottenstein Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. read more

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MORE PHOTOS – from Mondays Budget presentation in Parliament

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition walks out Parliament during Manickchand’s presentationApril 7, 2014In “Politics”Budget 2019 continues trend of massively increasing recurrent expenditures -JagdeoNovember 29, 2018In “latest news”Scores of persons, including Opposition MP’s protest Budget 2017 tax measuresDecember 5, 2016In “latest news” Some more photos captured by Dexter Ceres during Monday’s Budget 2018 presentation in the National Assembly

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Saeed Noori who killed Antonio Crocaris and injured others sentenced to 30

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Saeed Noori, 37, was jailed for at least 30 years on Thursday for mowing down 16 pedestrians at Melbourne’s busiest intersections before Christmas 2017.Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth on Thursday passed the sentence for the horror he caused at 4.40pm on 21 December, 2017, when he drove his mother’s car into the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets as dozens of people crossed the road.Despite saying “Allahu Akbar” (In Allah’s Name) following the incident, Noori was not charged with terrorism offences and pleaded guilty to one charge of murder, 11 charges of recklessly causing serious injury and five of reckless conduct that endangered life. A longtime user of ice, Noori had not used the drug for two days before the incident and had previously experienced drug-induced psychoses. He had also been diagnosed with mental health problems.Pedestrians struck by the Suzuki Vitara SUV that Noori was driving included international tourists and a four-year-old boy, all of them badly injured.Grandfather of three Antonio Crocaris, 83, was just one of the many people injured that day. However, unlike the others, his injuries proved fatal and he died in hospital just eight days later.Eye witnesses described chaos and flying bodies.Justice Hollingworth told Noori that “deliberately driving a vehicle into a crowd of people is a dreadful crime, one which undermines the rights of ordinary citizens in a civilised society to be able to go about their normal daily activities in public, without the fear of being harmed.”Noori, who will be released when he is over 60 years of age, kept his head and eyes downcast as judgment was being passed.“Your actions have indeed horrified and traumatised many people,” Justice Hollingworth said.“The offending was entirely unprovoked and displayed a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life. Whatever your motive was for committing these offences, it had nothing to do with the particular victims.”His mother collapsed after the sentence was passed.last_img read more

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LINRA recrute ses futurs ingénieurs et techniciens

first_imgL’INRA recrute ses futurs ingénieurs et techniciensL’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique lance sa vaste campagne de recrutement annuelle. Deuxième dans le monde dans les sciences de l’agriculture, il invite les candidats à s’inscrire entre le 23 février et le 27 mars.Attention, il ne reste plus que quelques jours pour déposer un dossier de candidature et peut-être rejoindre l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. Comme chaque année, l’INRA lance sa vaste campagne de recrutement dans le but de dénicher cette fois-ci 65 ingénieurs et cadres et 71 techniciens qui viendront renforcer les équipes du 1er institut en Europe et 2ème dans le monde spécialisé dans les sciences de l’agriculture. À lire aussiDes rongeurs maltraités et décapités dans les laboratoires d’une université anglaise”Jamais les curseurs de l’agriculture n’ont été autant et simultanément en mouvement. Le changement climatique nécessite d’adapter des cultures en même temps qu’il favorise l’émergence de nouvelles maladies ou nuisibles. La démographie mondiale augmente. Les ressources fossiles comme le pétrole diminuent en même temps que la surface globale des terres agricoles. Les pays en voie de développement changent leurs habitudes alimentaires et impactent de ce fait la demande agricole. L’Inra doit donc plus que jamais produire, en recrutant de nouveaux talents, des connaissances fondamentales et construire grâce à elles des innovations et des savoir-faire pour la société”, explique l’Institut dans un communiqué. Mais pour approfondir ces connaissances, tous les domaines doivent être explorés. Ainsi, les 136 postes proposés cette année couvrent des disciplines variées allant des sciences du vivant aux sciences chimiques en passant par les sciences humaines et sociales. De nombreux profils relatifs à des fonctions d’appui à la recherche sont aussi offerts dans l’administration, les ressources humaines, le secteur juridique, les statistiques et le calcul scientifique, la communication, la logistique et les services généraux, l’hygiène et la sécurité ou encore la gestion et le pilotage de projets, précise également l’INRA, soulignant que les 51 postes sont à pourvoir partout en France. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’INRA (lien non disponible).Le 7 mars 2012 à 20:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Geek Daily Deals Smash Bros Ultimate Hoverboards 4K Movies and More

first_imgRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum w/ Wi-Fi Connectivity for $450I bought this deal myself during Black Friday. Unless you want to spend $1000 on the newest i7 model, this is the best Roomba you can get. It features HEPA equivalent filtration, a brush bar that is identical to the pricier i7, room mapping, and app control.Get it on Amazon for $450 Hover-1 Liberty Hoverboard for $99This hoverboard sold for $99 on Black Friday and quickly sold out. You won’t find a cheaper UL-certified hoverboard.Get it at Walmart for $99 Get Three 4K UHD Movies for $39.99This is one of the best 4K UHD sales I’ve seen from Amazon. There are dozens of movies to choose from. I’ve included some of the best ones below but there are many more available. Make sure you pick movies that are more than $13 each, otherwise you might as well get those movie by themselves.A Quiet PlaceArrivalBaby DriverBourne Identity, Supremacy, and UltimatumBraveheartThe Fifth ElementFuryGet OutGladiatorInterstellarLeon The ProfessionalPredator (1987) SteelbookPrometheusThe RevenantSaving Private RyanSplitStarship TroopersStar Trek, Into Darkness, and BeyondAll Transformers Moviesmany more movies available Out Next Friday – Get $10 Amazon Credit When You Preorder Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo SwitchCan you believe that Smash is finally out next Friday? This is very likely going to be the most popular game of 2018. Not only do you guarantee yourself a copy on launch day when you preorder, you also get a bonus $10 Amazon credit you can spend on anything at Amazon.Get it on Amazon for $59.99Get the Smash themed Gamecube Controller for $29.99Get the Gamecube Controller Switch Adapter for $19.99 Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker for $79I bought an Instant Pot a few years ago during a Black Friday sale, and second to my microwave it’s my most used small appliance. I’ve cooked rice, created soups and stews, steamed dumplings, and braised ribs with it. The 6qt model was discounted on Black Friday but this is the first time I’ve seen the 8qt model discounted for this holiday season.Get it on Amazon for $79last_img read more

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Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson Were in the dystopia right now

first_img 0 Part of Fall, or Dodge in Hell feels like a nightmare critique of current life: a meme-destroyed America can no longer tell truth from fiction, and augmented reality glasses make reality bend even further. To battle the overbearing flow of information, everyone has personal editors that curate their feeds… which leads to more reality bubbles. Stephenson admits that our current reality has gotten stranger and darker than most science fiction: “People talk about dystopian fiction and dystopian writers. But we’re in the dystopia right now, because of what social media is doing to our civic institutions and our society.” But Fall goes further, spinning past that. A good half of the book takes place in a digital afterlife patterned on Forthrast’s fantasy online game worlds, and starts to become a sprawling fantasy novel. Biblical overtones abound, with angels, Adam and Eve, and a storyline that Stephenson says is inspired by Paradise Lost.  It’s not easy sailing. The book’s level of detail is often daunting. Some sections seem to last forever. I found myself glued to it all, though. And, weeks after I finished reading, the ideas are burning in my brain. Some chapters have ideas that could seed full novels of their own. 05-neal-stephenson-book-cnet-interviewThe inside cover of Fall, or Dodge in Hell, with a mysterious map. Sarah Tew/CNET The book has maps, by the way, a tip of the hat to sprawling epics like Lord of the Rings. “I’ve always loved fantasy and science fiction books with maps in them: you know, ever since Lord of the Rings, and Dune, and so on,” says Stephenson. “I’ve always wanted to do one of those. And the new twist, in this case, is that instead of the landscape being a fixed thing that’s always been there, it…kind of gets built out over time into a fully realized world.” While a digital version is far more portable, seeing the occasional maps pop up in the book (there’s a reason for them) makes the physical version worth it. And by the way, if you’re a frequent Stephenson reader, this book shares many familiar characters as other books: the Shaftoes and the Waterhouses of the Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon, and the ever-enigmatic character Enoch Root. Fall shares the same universe with those books and Reamde, but Stephenson says that this might be the end of that: “I mean, never say never. But right now, I would say it’s a cycle that I have written. I think we’ve kind of wound that up with this latest book.” Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher  See Fall, or Dodge in Hell at AmazonAbout CNET Book ClubThe Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodes Borne by Jeff VanderMeerWalkaway by Cory DoctorowArtemis by Andy WeirDown the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyTen Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierCNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide specialTeam Human by Douglas RushkoffJosh Frank on bringing the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dalí togetherTim Maughan asks, what if the internet dies? Blake Crouch messes with your memories in Recursion Subscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher Neal Stephenson’s latest book is intimidating. Sarah Tew/CNET If you’re looking for a long, dense, wild read this summer, here’s one that’s 880-plus pages. The weirdly named Fall, or Dodge in Hell is just waiting for you to arrive. Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher   Neal Stephenson, whose 1992 book Snow Crash defined virtual worlds and the “metaverse” as much as William Gibson’s Neuromancer did cyberspace, has written a number of amazing and challenging books: The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, Anathem, Seveneves. His latest book shares the same characters as Reamde, a 2011 book about online game worlds, gold farming and terror cells. But Fall also stands on its own. Richard Forthrast, a legendary game designer, dies and ends up having his brain scanned and uploaded. His consciousness lives on in a virtual afterlife. Meanwhile, the real world keeps going on…and getting increasingly strange. Stephenson is the master of long-scale science fiction: his book Anathem explored civilizations spanning eons, Seveneves starts in the present, and follows the survivors of the destruction of Earth over thousands of years. Fall, or Dodge in Hell starts about now, and moves forward about a hundred years… or more. I won’t spoil the rest. “It’s not a conscious thing,” Stephenson says about his recent trend toward time-spanning books. “I think it’s true of a lot of fantasy and science fiction that it’s all about world building. And a lot of the time, in many cases, those worlds span long periods of time.” We’re in the dystopia right now, because of what social media is doing to our civic institutions and our society. Neal Stephenson   Tags CNET Book Clubcenter_img Share your voice Post a comment Culturelast_img read more

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite is great till you start paying for it

first_img Comments More on Wizards Unite Dismissing a Confoundable to collect a Foundable. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET I love almost everything about playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In terms of animation, storyline and gameplay, it beats the sensation that was Pokemon Go every way but one. The game, codeveloped Niantic and WB Games, feels much richer, with more items to interact with and collect — wizards, magical potions and ye olde Inn. But after days of playing Wizards Unite, one fatal flaw became apparent. It’s too easy to cap all your free storage space when interacting with All the Things from this wild and wonderful world, not without paying for more at multiple steps along the way. I can’t free up space by using ingredients to brew potions because I lack required ingredients. And I can’t gather the necessary ingredients because I have no free space to store them. I can delete items to free up space, of course, and I can buy vault extensions to expand my capacity for $5 (you get 10 more spots for “spell energy”), but something feels off with the balance of the wizarding game, if playing for a handful of hours pushes me to make purchases to keep playing.I’m not against buying items. I’ve upgraded my bag and bought Pokeballs in Pokemon Go. I’ve purchased key lockers in Ingress too. And I don’t mind managing my inventory by ruthless pruning items to stay under a cap. But the range Harry Potter: Wizard Unite gives you to play before paying feels much smaller than in Pokemon Go and Ingress, Niantic’s first two games. News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime 17 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go That other Harry Potter gamehpwucappedI’ve run out of space. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET To be fair, microtransactions are often an issue with free-to-play games, with developers looking to find the right balance between letting gamers play and making money from their game. For example, the first Harry Potter mobile game — Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery — upset a lot of players when it launched with a “cash-hungry model” that turned off a lot of players.The Wizards Unite store, named Diagon Alley, offers everything from an Anti-Calamity Kit for $4.99 to Vault Extenders, starting at $2. Still, gaming wizards are willing to pay. According to market research firm SensorTower, over its first weekend, nearly 3 million players installed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android devices and spent $1.1 million. In comparison, SensorTower noted, 24 million players installed Pokemon Go during its first four days, racking up $28 million in player spending.  The firm projects the wizarding game will earn $10 million in its first 30 days. Pokemon Go collected $206 million in its first 30 days.Time to pay?Is the game interesting enough that I’ll pay to play? I’m not sure yet. For me, the richness of the game may work against it. I don’t really want to spend my time managing items and Foundables and Portkeys when I’d rather be doing what the game does best: playing.Originally published June 28, 2019.Update, June 29, July 3, July 4, 2019. Pokemon Go Harry Pottercenter_img Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: How to play the magical game available in nearly 150 countries Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Pokemon Go with magic wands Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings in $1M on opening weekend How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Share your voice Tags Mobile Pokemon Golast_img read more

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TCS still intent on buying Perot Systems Reports

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) may be back in the fray in its bid to buy Perot Systems, Dell Inc’s IT management business, according to media reports on Tuesday. TCS is reportedly one of four companies bidding for Perot Systems.On Monday, Re/code reported, citing sources, that France-based Atos – one of the four companies interested in the company – was close to buying Perot from Dell with an offer valued between $4.2 billion and $4.3 billion, and added that TCS had given up its bid after holding talks with Dell late last week. However, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter, that the Indian IT giant was among those bidding for the Plano, Texas-based firm.TCS has reportedly been in talks for Perot Systems since last year, and became a bidder again only in the last few days, according to Reuters. Dell had reportedly sought to make over $5 billion from the sale, the report said, adding that it was unlikely that Perot Systems – which was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion — would fetch that amount. The Economic Times first reported that TCS was still keen on buying Perot Systems.Perot Systems, which provides IT consulting to hospitals and government agencies, was founded by American billionaire and former US presidential candidate Ross Perot in 1988. Dell, which is now seeking to focus on cloud computing, business software and data management, is seeking to generate as much as $10 billion to reduce its debt burden with the sale of Perot Systems and other units, according to reports.Dell has also been in talks with private equity firms to sell Quest Software, which assists with IT management, and Sonic Wall, which is an e-mail encryption and data security provider. The combined value of these assets is estimated to be $4 billion.Dell is slated to buy EMC Corp by October 2016 in a $67 billion deal that is yet to be approved by EMC shareholders, The Economic Times reported.last_img read more

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Bank official vanishes with Tk 186b

first_img.A former bank official has made way with Tk 1.86 billion, deposits around 4,500 customers kept with two cooperatives.Khan Md Firoz Kabir, a former officer of Rupali Bank Limited, had registered those two companies — Chartered Credit Cooperative Limited and the Loyds Commerce and Investment Cooperative Society Limited — with the Department of Cooperatives. He was the managing director of both the companies.As many as 4,500 people, including former army officials, members of parliement, and several current and former government officials, were fooled by Firoz.Chartered Credit Cooperative Limited had deposits of more than Tk 1.34 billion while Loyds Commerce and Investment Cooperative Society Limited had Tk 520 million.The victims had kept their money at those two companies eyeing high profits.The depositors were provided regular interests for the first few months, but Firoz soon stopped paying them.The victims alleged that the responsible government departments did not take any action against illegal banking activities of the cooperatives.Such an investor is former secretary and former chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Abdul Malek Miah. He had an FDR (fixed deposit) of Tk 7 million with Chartered Credit Cooperative Limited.He was promised 12 per cent interest per month.Asked about the source of this money, Abdul Malek said it included his provident fund’s money after retirement and some money invested by his releatives.Prominent singer Nashid Kamal had kept Tk 140 million at Loyds Commerce and Investment Cooperative Society Limited.Her father, former chief justice Mustafa Kamal, had left her family the money. Nasheed Kamal told Prothom Alo, “Baba left the money for me and my siblings. But we cannot draw the money now as Firoz cannot be reached.”This correspondent found the offices of the companies in Motijheel under lock and key. Some of the depositors alleged that important documents had been removed from the office.The Department of Cooperatives sent a letter to the home ministry on 20 January restricting 12 top officials of the two cooperatives from leaving the country.However, the ministry says they only got passport details of six people. So, they cannot ascertain whether the rest have already gone abroad.Mili Rahman, wife of Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman, also invested money in the cooperatives. When asked, she said, “It is not important how much I had invested. Getting back the money is important. I have sought help from the Department of Cooperatives and the home ministry to get the money back, but to no avail.”Many of the victims seeking anonymity alleged that such incidents take place for lack of supervision on the Department of Cooperative’s part.In many cases, some of the officials have been involved with the fraudulent companies.According to the Cooperative Society Act, 75 per cent of the deposits can be given to the depositors as loans. However, someone who is not a member cannot take a loan.However, the management of the companies lent money to various non-members.According to the documents, Chartered Credit Cooperative Limited lent nearly Tk 1.40 billion to a number of individuals. A big chunk of that went to Firoz Kabir himself, his daughter Rezwana Kabir, brother Nawroj Kabir, sister-in-law Sabira Banu, brother-in-law Kazi Mafizul Islam, cousin Syed Anwarul Nafis, friend Azizur Rahman and his wife Sheli Rahman.Now the investors have formed a committee with 12 active members to recover the deposits. Former army official Syed Anwarul Zakir, also an uncle of Firoz Kabir, is the president of the committee.A number of members of the cooperatives have filed 18 cases against Firoz Kabir. He was once arrested but later got out on bail. Since then, he has gone into hiding.It was learned that Anwarul Zakir sent a letter to the Department of Cooperatives asking for assistance about Firoz’s bail and requested to suspend 18 cases on 4 August last year.He then said it was possible to recover money by opening the cooperatives again if Kabir was granted bail.Asked what did Kabir do with the money, Anwarul Zakir told Prothom Alo, “I am not sure about that as I do not have any documents with me right now.”“However, I know that he gave loans to several friends, relatives and companies,” he added.Department of Cooperatives director general Abdul Majid told Prothom Alo that the victims had kept their money as permanent deposits or FDR without following the rules set by the government.“All the depositors are well-educated. Why did they deposit so much money in these cooperatives?” he asked.”We have inquired about the cooperatives. Cases have been filed,” Abdul Majid continued, “Firoz Kabir was sent to jail. The members will not get back their money if Firoz stays in jail. Let’s see what can be done.”Bangladesh Bank executive director and spokesman Sirajul Islam said, “Some people are putting money in non-banking institutions for higher profits. There is no security in these firms.”“We have repeatedly warned the common people that investing money in non-banking institutions is illegal,” he added.Rural development and cooperatives department secretary Kamal Uddin Talukder said, “I am new in this ministry. Stern actions will be taken if any of the officials of the department are found guilty.”last_img read more

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first_imgPreviousNext FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Physics Professor Donald Umstadter and doctoral student Nathan Powers in the Diocles Extreme Light Laboratory. Nathan Powers, member of a research team that developed a laser-driven X-ray device, shows the accelerator used generate synchrotron X-rays.Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays.Although the high quality of synchrotron X-rays make them ideal for research ranging from the structure of matter to advanced medical images, access to the technology has been limited until now. Most traditional synchrotron X-ray devices are gigantic and costly, available only at a few sites around the world.As reported in this week’s issue of the top-ranked optics journal Nature Photonics, researchers at UNL’s Extreme Light Laboratory developed a novel method to generate research-quality X-rays using a “tabletop” laser.”Our hope is that this new technology will lead to applications that benefit both science and society,” said Nathan Powers, a Ph.D. student and first author of the journal article.Physics professor Donald Umstadter, director of the Extreme Light Laboratory, led the research project. He compared the synchrotron X-ray breakthrough to the development of personal computers, giving more people access to computing power once available only via large and costly mainframe computers. Shrinking components of advanced laser-based technology will increase the feasibility of producing high-quality X-rays in medical and university research laboratories, which in turn could lead to new applications for the X-rays.Because the new X-ray device could be small enough to fit in a hospital or on a truck, it could lead to more widespread applications for advanced X-ray technology, UNL scientists said. New applications might include Homeland Security detecting nuclear materials concealed within a shielded container; doctors finding cancerous tumors at earlier stages; or scientists studying extremely fast reactions that occur too rapidly for observation with conventional X-rays.Ever since synchrotron X-ray light sources were developed more than 60 years ago, they have grown in size. Some now equal the size of a college campus, with a cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. These huge machines continue to be built, most recently in Australia and Brazil.Like supercomputers, they provide scientists with the most advanced research capabilities, yet they are not feasible for most practical applications. Though synchrotron X-rays result in lower doses of radiation as well as high-quality images, the tens of thousands of compact X-ray devices currently in operation in hospitals or at ports worldwide produce lower quality X-rays.In traditional synchrotron machines, electrons are accelerated to extremely high energy and then made to change direction periodically, leading them to emit energy at X-ray wavelength. At the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, the electrons circle near the speed of light in a storage ring of 844 meters in circumference. Magnets are used to change the direction of the electrons and produce X-rays.Pursuing an alternative approach in the recent experiments, the UNL team replaced both the electron accelerator and the magnets with laser light. They first focused their laser beam onto a gas jet, creating a beam of relativistic electrons. They then focused another laser beam onto the accelerated electron beam. This rapidly vibrated the electrons, which in turn caused them to emit a bright burst of synchrotron X-rays—a process referred to as Compton scattering. Remarkably, the light’s photon energy was increased during this process by a million-fold. And yet, the combined length of the accelerator and synchrotron was less than the size of a dime.”The X-rays that were previously generated with compact lasers lacked several of the distinguishing characteristics of synchrotron light, such as a relatively pure and tunable color spectrum, ” Umstadter said. “Instead, those X-rays resembled the ‘white light’ emitted by the sun.”The new laser-driven device produces X-rays over a much larger range of photon energies, extending to the energy of nuclear gamma rays. Even fewer conventional synchrotron X-ray sources are capable of producing such high photon energy. Key to the breakthrough was finding a way to collide the two micro-thin beams—the scattering laser beam and the laser-accelerated electron beam.”Our aim and timing needed to be as good as that of two sharpshooters attempting to collide their bullets in midair,” Umstadter said. “Colliding our ‘bullets’ might have even been harder, since they travel at nearly the speed of light.” News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Feature | December 11, 2013 UNL Scientists Develop Novel X-ray Device Research-quality X-rays could have widespread applications Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 Targets include Tesla Model 3 Oracle Google Apple Microsoft

first_imgPwn2Own, run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative, is one of the industry’s toughest hacking contests. Started in 2007, Pwn2Own has become a platform for white hats to test their skills against various types of software and winners have been awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own Vancouver- Pwn2Own’s spring vulnerability research competition- will be conducted from March 20 to 22 at the CanSecWest conference. The contest has 5 categories, including web browsers, virtualization software, enterprise applications and server-side software. For the first time, the contest will feature an ‘Automotive’ category with the Tesla Model 3 chosen as a target by ZDI. Other targets include software products from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle and VMware. Let’s look into what’s in store for every category: #1 Automotive category: Tesla Model 3 “We develop our cars with the highest standards of safety in every respect, and our work with the security research community is invaluable to us”-David Lau, Vice President of Vehicle Software at Tesla Tesla has long involved itself with the hacker community since involvement since 2004 with its bug bounty program, that pays up to $15,000 for security exploits of its systems. In 2018 the company altered its warranty policy. The updated policy states that ‘as long as security exploits are found and reported within the limits outlined by the bug bounty program, the user’s warranty will remain intact.’ At Pwn2Own Vancouver, researchers will have 6 focal points to discover/ research vulnerabilities in the car. While prizes for every category vary from $35,000 to $300,000, the winning security researcher can walk away with their very own Model 3. Tesla’s line of action is an indication of its seriousness towards the security of its self-driving cars. #2 Virtualization Category The targets for virtualization category includes: Oracle VirtualBox VMware Workstation VMware ESXi Microsoft Hyper-V Client Microsoft leads the virtualization category with a $250,000 award for a successful Hyper-V Client guest-to-host escalation. VMware is a Pwn2Own sponsor for 2019, and the VMware ESXi along with VMware Workstation will serve as targets with awards of $150,000 and $70,000 respectively. Oracle VirtualBox is included in this category with a prize of $35,000. #3 Browser Category Within the browser category, we have: Google Chrome Microsoft Edge Apple Safari Mozilla Firefox We have seen a lot of web browsers getting hacked in 2018. It is great to see the biggest names in the tech industry coming forward to find vulnerabilities in their systems which can be saved from being exploited by malicious actors. A browser exploit for Firefox will be awarded $40,000. The award for exploiting Chrome is $80,000. Additionally, a contestant exploiting Edge with a Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) will be awarded with $80,000. Contestants exploiting Safari will be awarded $55,000 up to $65,000. #4 Enterprise Application Category The Enterprise Application Category has the following targets: Adobe Reader Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Outlook The products offered by Adobe and Microsoft are used by almost everyone on a daily basis. Finding out a security flaw in this category would therefore safeguard the millions using these products regularly.  A reader exploit will be awarded with $40,000, breaking into office is awarded at $60,000 and $100,000 for Outlook. #5 Server side Category The final category in this contest includes Microsoft Windows RDP as a target. A successful RDP exploit will award the contestant with $150,000. You can head over to Zero Day Initiatives official blog for more information on the contest, the rules, awards and much more. Read Next Microsoft urgently releases Out-of-Band patch for an active Internet Explorer remote code execution zero-day vulnerability NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release AI chipmaking startup ‘Graphcore’ raises $200m from BMW, Microsoft, Bosch, Delllast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCathay Pacific has unveiled a new lounge experience for passengers travelling from Vancouver International Airport from 4 May 2016. Located in the International Terminal, between departure gates D66 and D67, the new lounge adopts the airline’s contemporary and elegant design template, which has already been rolled out in Cathay Pacific lounges in Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and Haneda Airport.The new lounge measures 510 square metres, with a seating capacity of 108 people offering a supremely comfortable exclusive environment of understated luxury in which passengers can relax before their flight out of Vancouver.Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design firm led by Ilse Crawford, the new lounge features warm, natural materials like wood and stone, alongside softened acoustics and lighting, to create an environment that helps passengers feel relaxed by engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing as a core principle.“We aim to offer the very best traveller experience when flying Cathay Pacific and we believe this spectacular new lounge is a reflection of how important this market is to the airline,” says Nick Hays, Cathay Pacific’s Vice President Canada. “We hope our guests will enjoy taking in the iconic views of Vancouver’s coastal mountains as they say farewell to the city and use this space as a tranquil haven that sets the mood for their outbound flights to New York, Hong Kong, China or beyond to our global network.”Cherry wood walls and a limestone floor are framed with details such as glazed screens and green ceramic tiles in The Noodle Bar, bronze and brass highlights in the main entrance and bar area. An abundance of plants adds colour to the space and specially sourced artwork reflects the local culture of BC – giving the feel of a comfortable domestic space rather than a standard airline lounge.Natural sunlight filters through the windows; bespoke chairs and side tables with in-built lamps and sockets are placed by the glass so passengers can enjoy views of the airport runway and mountains beyond. Business travellers can take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lounge and three individual workstations with iMacs and printers in The Bureau.Dining is a focal part of the Cathay Pacific lounge experience and Vancouver’s lounge features the signature Noodle Bar, which offers a selection of soup including wonton noodle soup, dan dan noodle soup and authentic Hong Kong-style fish ball noodle soup. Another dining highlight is The Pantry, where passengers can enjoy cold cuts, a selection of cheese, salads, western hot food, fruits, desserts and tapas.The new lounge in Vancouver is designed to reflect the Cathay Pacific brand experience and to offer passengers both relaxation and enjoyment, whether they are returning home to Hong Kong or travelling beyond to China or Greater Asia.The lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers travelling on Cathay Pacific and members of the Marco Polo Club with Silver Card status or above and members of all tiers who earn lounge passes and/or their friends and family, including oneworld members with Sapphire status or above. The Cathay Pacific Lounge is open daily from 10.30am to 3.00pm and 8.00pm to 2.00am, but adjusted seasonally according to the Cathay Pacific flight schedule.With the opening of the new lounge, the previous Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge will close to passengers on 3 May, 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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