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Microsoft and NASA partner to create space lesson plans

first_img Post a comment Originally published June 21, 11:21 a.m. ESTUpdate, 4:34 p.m.: Adds comment from Karon Weber, Partner Director at the Microsoft Education Workshop;Update June 24: Adds photos from Microsoft Tags 4:19 0 Now playing: Watch this: Microsoft and NASA hope to inspire the “first generation of commercial space travelers.” Microsoft Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have joined forces to get students excited about space. The jointly created lesson plans, available online and geared toward middle school and high school students, use academic concepts and hands-on learning to inspire interest in the area. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing your own space station. The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, virtual reality experiences and data analysis lessons. Most of the courses require three or four 50-minute time commitments and can cost $2 to $3 per student. The partnership between the companies was a result of a meeting at the International Society for Technology Educators Conference last year, according to Karon Weber, Partner Director at the Microsoft Education Workshop. Weber added that the lesson plans are part of a larger collection by Microsoft to complement existing classroom standards. “We want to complement what [teachers] are already teaching,” said Weber. “We are seeing the opportunity…to model future jobs has been super effective.”astro-socksThrough one of the lessons students design and test sensor socks meant to pressure on an astronaut’s feet in space.  Microsoft In Analyzing the astronauts’ photos of Earth to predict climate change, students will learn the hexadecimal numbering system to find out how computers represent color. The course also creates exposure to machine learning and artificial intelligence modules by asking students to detect seasons from biome images. Students need Windows 10 and a Microsoft Office subscription to finish the class. Another lesson, Experiencing microgravity by understanding Newton’s 2nd and 3rd laws of motion, weighs objects on Earth, helping students learn the difference between mass and weight.Last year, Microsoft teamed with the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation, to bring similar lesson plans. “…I think this collection is so interesting because now we are celebrating the 50th history of the moon walk…and now that there’s this commercial space program, that possibility [of living in space] isn’t so far fetched,” adds Weber. NASA didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment on the lesson plans.  Everything we know about NASA’s Space Launch System Share your voice Sci-Tech NASA Space Microsoftlast_img read more

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Change on the horizon for Alaska ferry system

first_imgThe ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Change was the theme of the Alaska Marine Highway System presentation during Day 1 of Southeast Conference’s annual fall meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.Mike Neussl is the ferry system’s deputy commissioner, and he says change has been rather suddenly forced upon the system.“As long at the Legislature was willing to write those checks for $100-plus million a year to the Marine Highway System, that was all well and good and nobody complained much. Three years ago, when I said we need to raise rates and fix our tariff structure, because it’s got a bunch of anomalies in it, I kind of got that ‘Well, let’s not upset the apple cart.’ Now, I get questioned, how come I haven’t raised rates faster? It’s been kind of a total turnaround. And it’s all driven by the budget situation for the state.”The state is facing a huge budget deficit because of low oil prices, leading to low oil tax revenue. Every state agency had to cut spending this last budget cycle, and will have to again this coming fiscal year.The Alaska Marine Highway System is an expensive state service. Over the past 30 years, Neussl says, revenue from ferry fares hasn’t changed much, but costs have gone up, especially after the system added ships to the fleet.“We had a ship of nine ships, or eight ships. Now we have a fleet of 11 ships. More ships, more fuel, more crew. On the good side, more convenient schedules, more frequent service, more ability to use the marine highway system because we had more available, but on a down side, that all came with a cost. A pretty significant cost.”Neussl says the ferry system made some on-board service cuts, such as removing bars and gift shops, laying off some employees, etc., but it also reduced port calls.Some people in the audience weren’t happy about those reduced port calls, especially when smaller communities such as Kake will be without any service for about a month, when its ferry is due for maintenance.Others liked some ideas suggested by another speaker, Dave Kensinger, who uses the ferry system to deliver goods throughout Southeast.He agrees the Alaska Marine Highway System needs to change, but he had some more significant changes in mind.Kensinger says the first thing that needs to change is the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. He says it needs to lose the “advisory” part of its name and become a board that can make decisions. Kensinger says that was the original plan for the board when it was formed by the Legislature.“It passed both chambers, it was amazing. The Senate agreed, the House agreed. Both sides of the aisle. But then Gov. (Sarah) Palin, hadn’t really read the legislation, she was going to veto it because it was going to diminish the power of the governor. So, we made it an advisory board. I kind of sat back for 10 years to see how this was working and I hate to say it but it hasn’t worked.”The next thing Kensinger recommends is getting rid of almost all the mainliners, and seriously considering canceling the run to Bellingham, Washington.He says the priority should be providing transportation to people on islands with no road access. Kensinger says smaller ferries with consistent schedules can better serve all of Southeast, and it will be less expensive than the current system.He pointed to the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which serves Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island, as an example of how such a service can succeed.“By any standard of public transportation, the IFA is wildly successful. By providing consistent, daily, year-in-year-out service, the numbers that they carry and the cost that it costs them to carry those numbers, when you compare them to the Marine Highway System, are amazing. That’s what you need.”When asked for input, audience members supported the idea of smaller ferries providing consistent schedules. They also suggested ways to cut costs – such as removing food service – as well as ways to make the system more user friendly – such as providing wifi.The three-day Southeast Conference started Tuesday morning in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. On the schedule for Wednesday are presentations about the general regional economic outlook, and economic opportunities in the maritime industry and mining.Southeast Conference is the official regional economic development organization for Southeast Alaska. It formed in 1958 to facilitate the creation of a marine transportation system in Alaska’s Panhandle. Southeast Conference now has about 180 members, including the City of Prince Rupert.last_img read more

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No interim relief to Chidambaram in INX Media case

first_imgNew Delhi: In a setback to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, his petition challenging the Delhi High Court rejection of anticipatory bail has not been listed before a Supreme Court bench. A battery of lawyers for Chidambaram headed by senior advocate Kapil Sibal has been trying since morning to schedule the matter for hearing before an appropriate bench. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us Sibal appeared before a bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and said: “We had no choice. That is why we have come to this court here again.” Justice Ramana said some defect has been noticed in the petition. Sibal said they had cured the defect and urged the court to permit him to orally mention before the court and pleaded for listing of the matter as early as possible. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us “My client is not running away and Lookout Notice has been issued against him. He is ready to give an undertaking that he is not going anywhere,” Sibal said. Justice Ramana called the Registrar who informed the court that defects had been cured and after verification the petition would be listed. As Sibal insisted that the petition be heard, Justice Ramana refused saying that without listing the matter he could not hear it. Advertise With Us In the morning, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ramana refused to grant interim relief from arrest to Chidambaram and referred his plea for anticipatory bail in the INX media case to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that this was a case of “monumental money laundering”. At this, Sibal contested that at 2 a.m. a notice was pasted on the former Union Minister’s residence. Sibal said that on Tuesday they did approach the Chief Justice but could not get an urgent hearing. He said the documents related to the case were ready for urgent hearing. Chidambaram has challenged the Delhi High Court order which rejected his anticipatory bail plea on Tuesday. On January 25, the Delhi High Court reserved order on Chidambaram’s bail plea in the case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The agencies had opposed Chidambaram’s bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was necessary as he was evasive and had given false information during questioning. The ED and the CBI are probing how his son Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister. Karti Chidambaram was arrested on February 28, 2018 by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. His chartered accountant S. Bhaskararaman was also arrested and released on bail.last_img read more

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ACC working to implement govt agenda Fakhrul

first_imgPhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) works to implement the government’s agenda, reports UNB.”We think the ACC chairman’s remarks are the government’s versions. The ACC is working to implement the political agenda of the government,” Fakhrul said at a press conference at the BNP Naya Paltan central office.He said BNP thinks that the ACC chairman’s remarks are tantamount to an influence over the trial proceedings of cases especially those ones filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.On Thursday, ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood alleged the lawyers of Khaleda Zia are obstructing the trial proceedings.Pointing at Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage graft cases filed against the BNP chief, the ACC chairman said, “Our lawyer and director general told me the defense counsels seek unnecessary extension in some cases. The situation reached so bad that it is difficult for them to conduct the case.”Criticizing the ACC chairman, Fakhrul said though the ACC is supposed to be a neutral and independent body, its chairman’s recent remark is not only unfortunate, but also made them and the whole nation frustrated.”We’re worried over getting justice in cases filed by ACC against Khaleda Zia as the role of the ACC has merged with that of the government,” the BNP secretary general said.He said all lawyers of the ACC are supporters of Awami League, which proves that ACC is playing biased role and engaged in implementing the agenda of AL government.The ACC is moving ahead to implement AL government’s agenda to annihilate BNP and convict Khaleda in baseless cases, he said.BNP standing committee member barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, its vice chairmen Joynal Abed and Ahmed Azam Khan, Chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Khaleda’s lawyers Sanaullah Miah and Masud Ahmed were present.last_img read more

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Bomb strikes tourist bus in Egypt kills 4

first_imgSecurity forces stand near a tourist bus after a roadside bomb in an area near the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: APA roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide, officials said.The bus was travelling in the Marioutiyah area near the pyramids when the crude roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off, Egypt’s chief prosecutor Nabil Sadeq said in a statement. The blast wounded 11 other Vietnamese tourists as well as the Egyptian driver.The bus was carrying a total of 15 Vietnamese tourists, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It said that 10 were seriously injured.Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Tran Thanh Cong visited the scene of the attack and Al Haram Hospital, where the victims were being treated, the ministry said.Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists. However, this is the first attack to target foreign tourists in almost two years.The attack takes place as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.It will likely prompt authorities to further tighten security around churches and associated facilities ahead of the New year’s Eve celebrations and next month’s Christmas celebrations of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the dominant denomination among Egypt’s estimated 10 million Christians.Over the past two years, militant attacks against Christians in Egypt — usually targeting churches or buses carrying pilgrims to remote desert monasteries — have killed over a hundred people.last_img read more

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Preacher Gets the Whole Screwed Up Gang Back Together

first_img You know Preacher is approaching the end of the season because all the stories are starting to run right into each other. That means the show is finally getting back to that wild chaos that only it can do so well. Remember how we caught up with Arseface last week? This week, it’s Hitler’s turn. He’s been working as a sandwich artist (a hilarious history joke in itself) at an off-brand version of Subway. Huh, guess the real deal would be uncomfortable being portrayed as a company that would hire Adolf… sorry, David Hitler. It’s not all footlongs for the Fuhrer, though. He’s getting back to his old genocidal dictator business, starting with a small following of other strip mall employees. Not that he gets all that far. Just like with Eugene, The Saint of Killers shows up right away to drag him back to hell. No matter how much he refuses.But then it’s back to Angelville. This week, we pick up with Madame Boyd being laid to rest in the swamp. The sudden somber moment is a jarring shift from the comedy violence (involving a bloody soda fridge door) we just saw. Promisingly, the show doesn’t spend a ton of time on Jesse moping around. It’s time to run these plots into each other already. The Grail shows up at Angelville because Starr needs Jesse to overthrow Humperdoo, and Jesse needs The Grail to help pay down his debt. He’s not exactly thrilled to be working with them again, but what are you going to do? Also, this show loves humiliating Starr and I love it. While Starr is condescendingly listing what The Grail can offer Madame L’Angelle, she takes out her catheter tube and pisses on his shoes. No matter what Starr does, the show will never let him be cool and it’s perfect.Malcolm Barrett as Hoover (Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Complicating matters is Hoover, who’s still going after Cassidy. How he plans to do that is a fun surprise. It turns out there’s a church in New Orleans where a password in confession gets you access to a secret underground gym. Down there, Hoover finds a whole bunch of buff priests itching to go vampire hunting. The costume design is spectacular too. The gym is filled with the holiest eye-candy, like they put out a casting call for God’s own male strippers.What’s especially fun in this episode are the teases that precede each commercial break. The show makes some pretty big promises here, and they’re ones you actually believe the show can keep. In addition to the buff holy vampire hunters, Jesse sends Tulip off on what’s sure to be a fun adventure to watch. Initially, Starr asks Featherstone to go to Osaka, Japan to rob a soul warehouse. Jesse doesn’t trust that Featherstone can get the job done and asks Tulip to go instead. And this whole scene was introduced by the two women throwing down on the kitchen floor. The two of them stuck on an international heist sounds like some pretty great television. Like The Odd Couple, only with more sucker punching.Julie Ann Emery as Featherstone, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)It doesn’t get there quite as quick as I’d like. We have a whole scene of stalling while Jesse assures Tulip that she can do this, and that they have to work with The Grail if they want to escape Angelville. It was a low point of a thoroughly enjoyable episode, and it didn’t even tell us anything new. What made up for it was just how done Jesse and Tulip are with The Grail. When the organization was introduced last season, Jesse spent about half of it going along with Starr. Now, he’s forced to once again, but he no longer has any illusions about whether he can trust The Grail or not. He knows he can’t, and moreover, he knows all their ceremonies are really stupid. Jesse and Tulip making snide comments and rolling their eyes while Starr and Featherstone put together a complicated cover story makes for some good comedy. Same with Jesse laughing at Tulip when she has to wear a Grail uniform.We don’t get too far into their mission. There’s some light bickering on a plane over an inflight magazine, and Tulip generally experiencing the worst flight of her life. Still, it ends with some nice uneasy tension and some light horror. There are only three episodes left, it’s about time the stories started to ramp up. In the midst of all the comedy surrounding The Grail’s disgust with the L’Angelle family, Jesse’s grandma threatens to rip him apart if he doesn’t come back. The sudden shift in tone is effectively jarring, and casts an uneasy shadow over the rest of the episode. This was all mostly setup for next week’s heist, as well as Jesse and Starr’s assault on the Allfather. The episode ends with a couple of great cliffhangers. Starr seemingly hands Jesse over at gunpoint to the Allfather, and T.C. lets slip to Madame L’Angelle that Jesse’s trying to get the Genesis back. Yeah, she knows exactly what that is, and she definitely doesn’t want her grandson to have it. Then, the show makes us wait a week to find out where that leads. So yes, this was ultimately a setup episode. But it was a very good, enjoyable setup episode. That’s something Preacher hasn’t often been able to do.Pip Torrens as Herr Starr, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Betty Buckley as Gran’Ma (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Then there was Cassidy’s story, which finally did the thing we were more or less expecting it to do since this arc began. That Vampire society he was inducted into? The one that seemed too good to be true? Turns out it was. This episode really starts laying the creep factor on thick, which I would have appreciated earlier. I get that the last episode was about the seductive promise of the group for Cassidy. He’s shown a place where he’ll be safe and accepted. Where he can learn to do fun vampire stuff like fly, mesmerize and turn into an animal. But the creepy stuff starts abruptly here. That’s not a knock against this episode. It’s the first one to really nail the mix of seduction and suspect. It’s odd that little hints of what’s really going on wouldn’t have popped up sooner.That’s a serious nitpick, though because the episode handles it so well. Everyone starts talking about a new vampire’s day to fly. Not the kind of flying that Eccarius does. Cassidy is told, after he refuses to turn a willing young woman into a vampire, that the day after they’re turned, new vampires get on a plane and go on a mission. They create new societies and safe havens for vampires, and work toward a more accepting world. Yeah, everyone’s bullshit detector is going off at this point. Especially with the vague cult-like terms they use to describe it. Preacher gives us every reason to be suspicious, while also showing us why Cassidy buys into it so completely. For a vampire whose hated his own existence for years, who just had to kill his son after he became too evil, the idea of a world where he’d be safe is alluring. So too is the creation of a cabal of “good” vampires. Not to mention the flight and seduction powers. The show so effectively communicates how seductive Eccarius and his ideas are, that you dread the inevitable moment where it all turns out to be a facade. There is no airplane, and there are no missions. Eccarius takes new vampires out, drains their blood and chucks their bodies into the sunlight to be burned to dust. Cass won’t find out just yet, though. Eccarius has fully seduced him in every way at this point.We ship them! #Preacher pic.twitter.com/sh9ncurfpM— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) August 6, 2018For a setup episode, this spent pretty much its entire runtime in exactly the place we want Preacher to be. It’s that right balance of over-the-top violence, dark comedy and outright horror. The show doesn’t always strike it right but when it does, it’s a mix no other series can quite match. This was pretty much everything we could hope for from an episode like this. If you’re going to spend an hour setting all the dominoes up to fall, you want to make it fun to watch. It can’t all be anticipation-building. That’s something a lot of shows struggle with, especially Preacher at times. It helps that the dominoes this episode placed are all pretty huge. And with only three episodes left, they have to start falling fast. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Microsoft Finally Stops Selling Windows 7 and Windows 81

first_img Even though there’s plenty to like about Windows 10, some folks would still rather buy a Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately for those people, it’s about to get a lot harder to do that.Why? Because Microsoft has finally stopped selling Windows 7 (and Windows 8.1) licenses to computer manufacturers. This isn’t something that companies like Dell and HP didn’t see coming. Microsoft had set the date ages ago, and we’re past it now.The good news for any of you out there who are still trying to avoid Windows 10 and need to replace an or upgrade a machine is that this doesn’t mean all the remaining Windows 7 licenses are going to suddenly disappear. Plenty of retailers will have inventory on hand for quite some time.Some will still have brand new desktops and laptops available that ship with Windows 7. You may have to go looking for a system built for business environments, though, as most of the systems built for consumers have been shipping with Windows 10 since the second half of 2015.There is a downside to doing that. Systems built for the corporate world tend not to give you great bang for your buck, but if you’re dead set on avoiding Windows 10… well, there’s a good chance you’ll overpay for hardware at this point.On a good note, you won’t be at risk of running a computer that’s vulnerable to attack from the first day you fire it up. Extended support for Windows 7 doesn’t get cut off until January 2020, so you’ll receive critical updates for a little over three more years. The Windows Start Menu Will Soon Run in Its Own ProcessWindows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Brisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new look

first_imgBrisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new lookBrisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new look after extensive redesignBrisbane Marriott Hotel showcases its remarkable $20 million reimagined hotel today. The extensive redesign transformed the hotel’s 267 guest rooms and suites, Executive Lounge, two floors of event space and its signature restaurant, reinventing the experience of the legendary hotel. Offering travellers a warm welcome in one of the city’s most exciting locations, Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s updated look and feel is ideal for visitors who are accustomed to modern design, state-of-the-art facilities and warm, intuitive service.The hotel’s revitalisation together with the rebirth of the neighbouring Riverside Precinct, inclusive of Petrie’s Bight and Howard Smith Wharves, has established Brisbane Marriott as the city’s destination to stay in premium comfort with Brisbane’s newest entertainment precinct at its doorstep. Keeping up with its iconic reputation, the modernised rooms at Brisbane Marriott Hotel are complete with breathtaking views of either the Brisbane River, taking in the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or the River City skyline.“Brisbane Marriott Hotel is one of Marriott International’s most iconic properties in Australia. Perfectly positioned in the River City’s vibrant and creative CBD, Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s refreshed, modern look combined with the team’s intuitive hospitality make for a truly exceptional stay that showcases the brand’s hosting culture and commitment to elevating the guest experience,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International. “We are delighted to be working with our key partner, YTL Hotels, to shine a spotlight on the renewed Brisbane Marriott Hotel and Marriott brand here in Australia.”The hotel employed the expertise of Malaysian-based company Duoz Design to ensure the hotel embodied its Brisbane heritage in a modernised design. Careful consideration was given to the hotel’s unique natural and historic surroundings and these details were effortlessly incorporated into the new design to create a multi-dimensional sensory experience for guests.“From the ambient lighting used throughout the hotel, reminiscent of a balmy Brisbane evening, to the colour palette in the hotel rooms, every element was inspired by the Brisbane region,” Brisbane Marriott Hotel General Manager, John Douglas said. “We are proud to welcome guests to experience the reintroduction of this special hotel, made even more memorable as the hotel celebrates its 21st birthday.”Striking guestroom interiors are set in neutral tones that recall the surrounding nature, from the bark-toned headboard to the grey walls and deep earthy brown details that were inspired by Brisbane’s parks and forests. Textured soft furnishings contrast beautifully against historic marble, which has been restored and renewed in the new guestroom design.With the inventive spirit of the Marriott Hotels brand in mind, guestrooms are also fitted with the latest technology, including ASSO ABLOY Orion system, a technical inclusion that controls the lighting and air conditioning in each of the hotel’s rooms, elevating the guest experience. The addition of this advanced technology enables front desk staff to conveniently adjust lighting and air conditioning upon guest check-in to ensure a welcoming first impression.The hotel’s signature restaurant, Motion Dining, delivers creative dining concepts in a convivial space that has been redesigned to include an array of dining offerings and ambiances – diners can be seated at tables overlooking the Grill, sit at high tables in M Bar or enjoy alfresco dining overlooking the river on MDeck. Helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Peter Iwanczyk, Motion Dining’s menu proudly showcases the best locally-sourced ingredients, including some of the freshest Queensland prime steaks, oysters and Queensland’s finest seafood. The restaurant’s Friday and Saturday night seafood buffet successfully encompasses the essence of Queensland dining.Further cementing itself as Brisbane’s place for business and special gatherings, Brisbane Marriott now accommodates events of all occasions with 12 flexible spaces divided across two floors. Created to maximise space and possibilities, the hotel’s expert event team is on hand to spark creativity and create personalised experiences.To let the mind recharge at the beginning or end of a busy day, the hotel also showcases an outdoor pool, meanwhile there’s also a 24-hour gym complete with sweeping views of the Brisbane River and the Dome Spa Retreat.To celebrate Brisbane Marriott’s renewal, the hotel is offering guests two exclusive packages. The City View package offers a guest room with views of the Brisbane cityscape, buffet breakfast for two and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival, including hotel valet parking and a late check out from $259 twin share. The Executive City View package includes an executive city view guest room with access for two to the plush executive lounge. Guests will also enjoy buffet breakfast for two in Motion Dining along with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival. The convenience of valet parking and late check out is included from $404 twin share. Source = Brisbane Marriott Hotellast_img read more

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The Long Road to Puerto Ricos Recovery

first_img November 16, 2018 852 Views Share Ali Haralson Auction.com Banco Popular de Puerto Rico Clear Capital DIMONT Ed Delgado Fannie Mae Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions Freddie Mac Gilbert Garcia Group Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Hladik HMB Law Group Hope Now JGM Property Group NAHREP National General Lender Services Onorato & Federman Puerto Rico RES.NET Ricardo Rossello Rushmore Loan Management Services San Juan Steven Horne The Five Star PR18 Conference The Home Depot Renovation Services USRES Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Xome 2018-11-16 Radhika Ojha On Thursday, leading representatives from mortgage banks, servicers, suppliers, non-depository institutions, and government agencies engaged in a series of collaborative discussions focused on sustainable solutions for this island in recovery during The Five Star PR18 Conference (PR18) in San Juan.It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Maria left a trail of devastation to life and property in the island nation of Puerto Rico. But even now, its shadow looms with Puerto Rico’s government estimating the amount required to rebuild and restore the region at around $139 billion. Even more sobering are the death tolls for the storm that were raised from 62 to 2,975 according to a report commissioned by Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello and released in August 2018. “The People of Puerto Rico are not nameless, faceless statistics. They are our countrymen, with the same dreams, values, and aspirations. Our solemn duty as an industry and as a society is to help restore and revitalize an island that so many call home,” said Ed Delgado, President, and CEO of the Five Star Institute during his address at the conference.Some of the key topics discussed during this two-day summit included an overall “State of the Island,” a look at the policies and programs shaping the island’s recovery, an examination of Puerto Rico’s ongoing foreclosure crisis, borrower outreach options, a legal services update, and a breakdown of the unique property preservation challenges presented by Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. “Mainland firms are not familiar with Puerto Rico, and parties based in Puerto Rico need to work with mainland partners they can trust,” Steven Horne, Founding Member of HMB Law Group told DS News in its November feature story titled “Rebuilding Paradise”. “The beauty of the Five Star PR18 Conference is that it is the perfect time in the recovery process to build those relationships.” Supported by Auction.com and Co-supported by The Home Depot Renovation Services and RES.NET, PR18 featured representatives from industry-leading organizations. They included Banco Popular de Puerto Rico; Clear Capital; DIMONT; Fannie Mae; Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions; Freddie Mac; Gilbert Garcia Group; Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery; Hladik, Onorato & Federman;  HMB Law Group; HOPE NOW; JGM Property Group;  National General Lender Services; NAHREP, USRES; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; and Xome.At the crux of the conference were two key focus areas—proactive response and collaboration.“When crises happen, we must all react quickly and collaboratively to effect change,” said Ali Haralson, Chief Business Development Officer, Auction.com. “This proactive response is in line with the message of PR18: hope and restoration. By convening in Puerto Rico for this important summit, our industry leaders will be bringing visibility to the needs of the island and supporting relief and recovery efforts collectively.” The road to recovery for this paradise is a long one indeed but it is one that the industry is taking action to walk on to restore the island.Click here to read our November issue of DS News to learn more about how industry leaders are working to facilitate the process of rebuilding Puerto Rico.center_img The Long Road to Puerto Rico’s Recovery in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Media, News, Servicinglast_img read more

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