Tags TESS discoveries NASA’s planet finder discovers weird new world and 6 exploding stars NASA’s TESS planet hunter spots super-Earths around star that’s visible to naked eye null Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 2:02 TESS found TOI 270’s intriguing planets by looking for a dimming of the host star that indicates a planet passing around it. The planet closest to the star is about 25% bigger than Earth and is likely rocky. This “super-Earth” is called TOI 270 b. Don’t expect to send colonists there. NASA described it as “oven-hot” thanks to its proximity to its star. The other planets, TOI 270 c and TOI 270 d, are likely closer to gas-giant Neptune in makeup. “Planet c and d might best be described as mini-Neptunes, a type of planet not seen in our own solar system,” said NASA.Enlarge ImageThis NASA infographic shows how TOI 70’s planets compare to Earth. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger The exoplanets’ discovery is just the start. “TOI-270 will soon allow us to study this ‘missing link’ between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes, because here all of these types formed in the same system ” said Maximilian Günther, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday.TESS launched in 2018 and has been on a roll with exoplanet finds, including spotting a planet with three suns.Astronomers plan to take another look at TOI 270 after NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope launches, hopefully in 2021. TESS is great at spotting exoplanets of all kinds, but what we’re really excited about is finding planets that may have liquid water and could potentially support life. Don’t count TOI 270 out on that front. There may even be more planets in the system waiting to be discovered. NASA Space Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: TESS before launch. NASA NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) just scored another science triumph with the discovery of three fascinating planets hanging out at a nearby star. One is a super-Earth, slightly bigger than our own planet. The other two are Neptune-like exoplanets, the likes of which you won’t find in our own solar system.The star is known as “TESS Object of Interest 270,” or TOI 270 for short. Its more formal name is “UCAC4 191-004642,” but that’s a mouthful. The star is 40% smaller than our sun and is also about a third cooler. It hangs out 73 light-years away, which qualifies it as a neighbor. Sci-Tech Originally published July 29, 10:39 a.m. PT 27 Photos This satellite could find alien life
Kajal Aggarwal.PR HandoutActress Kajal Aggarwal is all set to become a global star with her upcoming flick which said to be a crossover film. She is going international with an opportunity to pair up with Jeffrey Gee Chin, who is popular in Hollywood for award-winning short film Lil Tokyo Reporter. This film will be made in three languages – English, Hindi and Telugu and Kajal will be playing the leading lady. While Jeffrey will be seen in the English version, Manchu Vishnu will be seen in the Telugu version. The shooting for the three languages will begin on July 15.The film is a relationship drama and will feature many prominent Hollywood actors in the English version and several Indian actors across the country for Hindi and Telugu versions. According to sources, the film is based on a true story. It is more about a couple who are injured in an accident and the changes in their life after that. Hunting for the lead actor of the Hindi version is still on and in addition to Kajal, the film will have one more heroine.An official confirmation from Kajal Aggarwal about this project is awaited. Further details of the film will be announced soon, The Times of India reported.Crossover films are becoming popular nowadays and this is going to be the second crossover film from the Telugu film industry. Anushka’s Nishabdam tops the list and the shooting of the film has been going on in Seattle. This film has Madhavan, Shalini Pandey, Anjali and others too in key roles.
APFlorida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he speaks during a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student is suspected of killing at least 17 people Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The shooting at a South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.Now he must decide whether to sign it. Scott has not said what he will do, and he plans to take up the issue Friday with relatives of 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.“I’m going to take the time and I’m going to read the bill and I’m going to talk to families,” he said.State lawmakers delivered the reform package Thursday. The governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns. It would also create a so-called guardian program enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.Other provisions would create new mental health programs for schools and establish an anonymous tip line where students and others could report threats to schools. The bill would also ban bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and seek to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.Scott has received top marks from the NRA in the past for supporting gun-rights measures, but he broke with the lobbying group after last month’s slayings, which reinvigorated the gun-control movement.The governor, who is expected to seek a U.S. Senate seat later this year, has called for raising the minimum age to purchase any type of gun, but he does not support arming teachers. Instead, he wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put at least one law enforcement officer in every school.The NRA opposes raising age limits to buy weapons or imposing new waiting periods. In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill “a display of bullying and coercion” that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.President Donald Trump congratulated Florida on the legislation, saying state lawmakers “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said the White House was working on a plan to ban bump stocks and that efforts to enhance background checks were “moving along well” in Congress.The Florida bill’s narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. Survivors were split as well.Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there was enough good in the bill that it should pass.“My precious daughter Meadow’s life was taken, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. But make no mistake: I’m a father, and I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission to make sure I’m the last dad to ever read a statement of this kind.”The Tampa Bay Times reported that officials in the state’s largest school districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties, have balked at the idea of arming employees and instead called for funding to support putting more police officers in schools.Florida’s teachers union asked Scott to veto $67 million set aside for the guardian program. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the funding.“If guns are the appropriate answer, then we owe it to our children to provide appropriate numbers of professional, trained law enforcement personnel … whose work assignment is to protect students and staff,” Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall said in a statement.Teachers in some states, including Texas, can carry concealed weapons if they have required training. At least eight states allow, or do not specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.Meanwhile, one student injured in the shooting was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened. A hospital spokeswoman said 15-year-old Anthony Borges’ condition became critical overnight.A family attorney did not immediately respond to a request for information. The student has filed notice that he will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.The suspect in the attack, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the massacre.His public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and sentence him to life in prison instead. Prosecutors have 45 days to decide. Share
CREDIT: Courtesy of HOOQ Popular on Variety Within some of the world’s most populous nations cooperation, rather than outright competition, may be the best route to success in the streaming video sector.That principal was neatly illustrated by the recent deal to integrate Asian OTT player HOOQ into the lineup of Indian OTT giant Hotstar. The “seamless” connection between Hotstar’s Premium tier and HOOQ has been live for a few days, and was unveiled officially on Monday.It is strictly a business deal based on mutual interest, and does not involve any equity investment. But, overnight, the move expanded the potential Indian audience for HOOQ by several multiples. And in a market like India, where all the pay platforms aggregate a largely similar roster of channels, HOOQ’s strength in localization of Hollywood content helps Hotstar cement its market lead. Together, they boast of being the “Home to Hollywood” in India. Whether, in the long run, the Chinese players will turn out to be collaborators, competitors or corporate investors, remains to be seen. For the moment, Bithos says: “We’ve learned a lot from them, such as the combination of (advertising-supported) and subscription video.” While HOOQ and regional rivals like Iflix, Viu, and Catchplay may be able to outsmart Netflix and Amazon, a more nuanced picture emerges with the giant Chinese video groups. They are not only geographically closer, they are culturally closer. And for iQIYI, Tencent Video and Youku, expansion outside China in the video sector, would logically follow their parent companies’ Southeast Asian and Indian land-grabs in sectors such as groceries, taxis and online ticketing. “Hollywood content needs to be appropriately localized. ‘Supergirl’ may never have screened in Kannada- or Telugu-language versions,” says HOOQ’s CEO Peter Bithos. “Localization is not just about sub-titling. Dubbing creates exposure at a different scale.”Hollywood content has been slowly but surely growing in India over the past decade. Accountancy firm Ernst & Young and trade association FICCI recently reported that Hollywood is now earning 13% of India’s theatrical box office, up from low single figures, a decade ago. That has been achieved by Hollywood distributors going further down the localization route than almost any of Indian cinema’s strictly regional film businesses had done ever before – and by Indian audiences’ increasing familiarity with overseas content, due to travel and the Internet.HOOQ’s India strategy emerges from a recent pivot, to focus entirely on the English-language sector in the world’s second most populous nation, and to take the linguistic localization effort further. “We are playing the OTT channel strategy in India,” says Bithos. HOOQ was already carried on Airtel and Vodafone, but Hotstar, backed by 21st Century Fox’s conventional pay-TV leader, has grown beyond all expectations, and now has over 150 million subscribers.Bithos also claims there is “almost no overlap” between its HOOQ’s 6,000 hours of Hollywood content, and Hotstar’s existing supply deals. Hotstar previously offered HBO Showtime and some of the Disney lineup. HOOQ brings with it swathes of Miramax, BBC, Starz, Endemol Shine, PVR, Turner, Mattel and Lionsgate content in addition to films and shows from HOOQ shareholders Warner Bros. and Sony.The two Hollywood majors bought in to a venture initially backed by Singaporean phones and TV group Singtel. They were last reported as having stakes of 17.5% each.While HOOQ is still at the loss-making, development stage, and could do with a couple more strategic investors, it represents a smartly differentiated play that contrasts with the strategies of the global players. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix and Amazon are both believed to be making only modest headway in the parts of East Asia situated between Australia (one of Netflix’s best international success stories) and Japan. With their model of monthly subscriptions and developed market price points, the pair are not as nimble or within financial reach of the region’s 1.8 billion population, as native Asian OTT services.“South East Asia takes a lot of innovation, you can’t just apply the made-in-California model,” says Bithos. HOOQ, for example, has struck co-op arrangements with dozens of telcos and payment facilitators in its other business in South East Asia, and offers single day, full access subscription for as little as $0.25 per day.The business plan in its four South East Asian territories – Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and, since 2016, Singapore – is distinct from its India strategy. It seeks OTT market leadership through localization and adaptation.The company claims to be the OTT leader in Indonesia and to offer “the best of local” film and episodic TV content. That has meant moves into original production, something it does not do in India. It has backed shows such as “On The Job” from The Philippines and movies such as “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” from Indonesia. Low-budget, telenovela-style series that run for hundreds of episodes are the staple in much of the Southeast Asia. “We aim to bring to market the golden age of TV. There was nothing like (a local equivalent of) ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Sopranos’, quality, binge-worthy content,” says Bithos.
Kolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students of NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for beating 16 puppies to death, have been released from jail custody after they submitted the bail bond at Sealdah court.It was learnt that they have gone back home as the NRS authorities have restricted their entry into the nursing hotel at the hospital. It may also be mentioned that some of the nursing students, who were staging a demonstration in solidarity with the two of their fellow students who had put forward certain demands including proper sterilisation of campus dogs, have gone back to their classes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to a senior official at the hospital, the two accused nursing students will not be allowed to attend classes or enter the hospital premises until the probe initiated against them is over. An investigation has also been pending against three other nursing students who are believed to have been indirectly involved in the incident. It may also be mentioned that the three-member committee, constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of the 16 puppies, had submitted a report to the hospital on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe report has been sent to the state Health department and senior officials are going through it. If the accused are proven guilty, stringent steps may be taken against those found to be involved in the killing of the puppies, an official said. The incident of beating 16 puppies to death had sparked massive outrage throughout the state and on various social media channels. Animal rights activists have demanded stern action against those involved in their killing. Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday had called up senior officials of NRS and asked them to immediately suspend the two nursing students, a hospital official said.
Kolkata: On the eve of the announcement of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to constitute the 17th Parliament, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a poem titled ‘Jaruri’ on Wednesday. In the poem, Banerjee has mentioned the recent incidents involving the Centre.Through the verses, she has repeatedly hinted at the emergency-like situation that has prevailed in the country throughout the tenure of the Modi government. In the poem, she has mentioned about note ban through the line-“Madhyo rate siddhanto- otao jaruri…” while also taking a dig at the meditation of Narendra Modi in a cave at Kedarnath through the line- “Ganatantra Guhae- otao jaruri.”
A view in vRealize Operations manager consists of the view type, subject, and data components: In this tutorial, the view is a trend view, which gets its data from the CPU Demand (%) metric. The subject is the object type, which a view is associated with. A view presents the data of the subject. For example, if the selected object is a host and you select the view named Host CPU Demand (%) Trend View, the result is a trend of the host’s CPU demand over a period of time. Today we will walk through the parts needed to define and build custom views in vRealize Operations manager, and learn to apply them to real work situations. This article is an excerpt from Mastering vRealize Operations Manager – Second Edition written by Spas Kaloferov, Scott Norris, Christopher Slater. Adding Name and description fields Although it might seem obvious, the first thing you need to define when creating a report is the name and description. Before you dismiss this requirement and simply enter My View or Scott’s Test, the name and description fields are very useful in defining the scope and target of the view. This is because many views are not really designed to be run/applied on the subject, but rather on one of its parents. This is especially true for lists and distributions, which we will cover below: What are different View types The presentation is the format the view is created in and how the information is displayed. The following types of views are available: List: A list view provides tabular data about specific objects in the environment that correspond to the selected view. Summary: A summary view presents tabular information about the current use of resources in the environment. Trend: A trend view uses historic data to generate trends and forecasts for resource use and availability in the environment. Distribution: A distribution view provides aggregated data about resource distribution in the monitored environment. Pie charts or bar charts are used to present the data. Text: A text view displays text that you provide when you create the view. Image: An image view allows you to insert a static image. List A list is one of the simplest presentation types to use and understand, and at the same time, is one of the most useful. A list provides a tabular layout of values for each data type, with the ability to provide an aggregation row such as sum or average at the end. Lists are the most useful presentation type for a large number of objects, and are able to provide information in the form of metrics and/or properties. Lists are also the most commonly used presentation when showing a collection of objects relative to its parent. An example of a list can be found in the following screenshot: List summary A summary is similar to a list, however the rows are the data types (rather than the objects) and the columns are aggregated values of all children of that subject type. Unlike a list, a summary field is compulsory, as the individual objects are not presented in the view. The summary view type is probably the least commonly used, but it is useful when you simply care about the end result and not the detail of how it was calculated. The following example shows Datastore Space Usage from the cluster level; information such as the average used GB across each Datastore can be displayed without the need to show each Datastore present in a list: Although it will be discussed in more detail in the next chapter, the availability of creating simple summary views of child resources has partially removed the need for creating super metrics for simply rolling up data to parent objects. Trend A trend view is a line graph representation of metrics showing historical data that can be used to generate trends and forecasts. Unlike some of the other presentation types, a trend can only show data from that subject type. As such, trend views do not filter up to parent objects. A trend view, in many ways, is similar to a standard metric chart widget with a set of combined preconfigured data types, with one major exception. The trend view has the ability to forecast data into the future for a specified period of time, as well as show the trend line for historical data for any object type. This allows the trend view to provide detailed and useful capacity planning data for any object in the vRealize Operations inventory. When selecting the data types to use in the view, it is recommended that, if multiple data types are used, that they support the same unit of measurement. Although this is not a requirement, views that have different unit types on the same scale are relatively hard to compare. An example of a trend view is shown as follows: Distribution A distribution view is a graphical representation of aggregated data which shows how resources fall within those aggregation groups. This essentially means that vRealize Operations finds a way of graphically representing a particular metric or property for a group of objects. In this example, it is the distribution of VM OS types in a given vSphere cluster. A distribution like a summary is very useful in displaying a small amount of information about a large number of objects. Distribution views can also be shown as bar charts. In this example, the distribution of Virtual Machine Memory Configuration Distribution is shown in a given vSphere cluster. This view can help spot virtual machines configured with a large amount of memory. An important point when creating distribution views is that the subject must be a child of the preview or target object. This means that you can only see a view for the distribution on one of the subject’s parent objects. Both visualization methods essentially group the subjects into buckets, with the number of buckets and their values based on the distribution type. The three distribution types are as follows: Dynamic distribution: vRealize Operations automatically determines how many buckets to create based on an interval, a min/max value, or a logarithmic equation. When dealing with varying data values, this is generally the recommended display. Manual distribution: Allows the administrator to manually set the range of each bucket in the display. Discrete distribution: Used for displaying exact values of objects rather than ranges. A discrete distribution is recommended if most objects only have a few possible values, such as properties or other binary values. Text and images The text and image views are used to insert static text or image content for the purpose of reports and dashboards. They allow an administrator to add context to a report in combination with the dynamic views that are inserted when the reports are generated. Adding Subjects to View Although the subjects are generally selected after the presentation, it makes sense to describe them first. The subject is the base object for which the view shows information. In other words, the subject is the object type that the data is coming from for the view. Any object type from any adapter can be selected. It is important to keep in mind that you may be designing a view for a parent object, however, the subject is actually the data of a child object. For example, if you wish to list all the Datastore free space in a vSphere Cluster itemized by Datastore, the subject will be a Datastore, not a Cluster Compute Resource. This is because although the list will always be viewed in the context of a cluster, the data listed is from Datastore objects themselves. When selecting a subject, an option is provided to select multiple object types. If this is done, only data that is common to both types will be available. Adding Data to View Data is the content that makes up the view based on the selected subject. The type of data that can be added and any additional options available depend on the select presentation type. An important feature with views is that they are able to display and filter based on properties, and not just standard metrics. This is particularly useful when filtering a list or distribution group. For example, the following screenshot shows badge information in a given vSphere Cluster, as long as they contain a vSphere tag of BackupProtectedVM. This allows a view to be filtered only to virtual machines that are deployed and managed by vRealize Automation: Adding Visibility layer One of the most useful features about views is that you have the ability to decide where they show up and where they can be linked from. The visibility layer defines where you can see a hyperlink to a view in vRealize Operations based on a series of checkboxes. The visibility step is broken into three categories, which are Availability, Further Analysis, and Blacklist, as shown in the following screenshot: Subsequently, you can also make the view available in a dashboard. To make this view available inside a dashboard, you can either edit an existing one or create a new dashboard by navigating to Home, Actions, then Create Dashboard. You can add the desired view within your dashboard configuration. Availability The availability checkboxes allow an administrator to devise how their view can be used and if there are cases where they wish to restrict its availability: Dashboard through the view widget: The view widget allows any created view to be displayed on a dashboard. This essentially allows an unlimited amount of data types to be displayed on the classic dashboards, with the flexibility of the different presentation types. Report template creation and modification: This setting allows views to be used in reports. If you are creating views explicitly to use in reports, ensure this box is checked. Details tab in the environment: The Details tab in the environment is the default location where administrators will use views. It is also the location where the Further Analysis links will take an administrator if selected. In most cases, it is recommended that this option be enabled, unless a view is not yet ready to be released to other users. Further Analysis The Further Analysis checkbox is a feature that allows an administrator to link views that they have created to the minor badges in the Object Analysis tab. Although this feature may seem comparatively small, it allows users to create relevant views for certain troubleshooting scenarios and link them directly to where administrators will be working. This allows administrators to leverage views more quickly for troubleshooting rather than simply jumping to the All Metrics tab and looking for dynamic threshold breaches. Blacklist The blacklist allows administrators to ensure that views cannot be used against certain object types. This is useful if you want to ensure that a view is only partially promoted up to a parent and not, for example, to a grandparent. How to Delete a View Views show up in multiple places. When you’re tempted to delete a view, ask yourself: Do I want to delete this entire view, or do I just want to no longer show it in one part of the UI? Don’t delete a view when you just want to hide it in one part of the UI. When you delete a view, areas in the UI that use the view are adjusted: Report templates: The view is removed from the report template Dashboards: The view widget displays the message The view does not exist Further Analysis panel of badges on the Analysis tab: The link to the view is removed Details > Views tab for the selected object: The view is removed from the list vRealize Operations will display a message informing you that deleting the view will modify the report templates that are using the view. Now, you have learned the new powerful features available in views and the different view presentation types. To know more about handling alerts and notifications in vRealize Operations, check out this book Mastering vRealize Operations Manager – Second Edition. 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On day 1 of AWS re:Invent 2018, the team at Amazon released AWS Amplify Console, a continuous deployment and hosting service for mobile web applications. The AWS Amplify Console helps in avoiding downtime during application deployment and simplifies the deployment of the application’s front end and backend. Features of AWS Amplify Console Simplified continuous workflows By connecting AWS Amplify Console to the code repository, the frontend and backend are deployed in a single workflow on every code commit. This lets the web application to get updated only after the deployment is successfully completed by eliminating inconsistencies between the application’s frontend and backend. Easy Access AWS Amplify Console makes the building, deploying, and hosting of mobile web applications easier. It also lets users access the features faster. Easy custom domain setup One can set up custom domains managed in Amazon Route 53 with a single click and also get a free HTTPS certificate. If one manages the domain in Amazon Route 53, the Amplify Console automatically connects the root, subdomains and branch subdomains. Globally available The apps are served via Amazon’s reliable content delivery network with 144 points of presence globally. Atomic deployments In AWS Amplify Console, the atomic deployments eliminate the maintenance windows and the scenarios where files fail to upload properly. Password protection The Amplify Console comes with a password to protect the web app and one easily work on new features without making them publicly accessible. Branch deployments With Amplify Console, one can work on new features without impacting the production. Also, the users can create branch deployments linked to each feature branch. Other features The Amplify Console automatically detects the front end build settings along with any backend functionality provisioned with the Amplify CLI when connected to a code repository. With AWS Amplify Console, users can easily manage the production and staging environments for front-end and backend by connecting new branches. With AWS Amplify Console, one get screenshots of the app, rendered on different mobile devices to highlight layout issues. Users can now set up rewrites and redirects to maintain SEO rankings. Users can build web apps with static and dynamic functionality. One can deploy SSGs (Service Selection Gateway) with free SSL on the AWS Amplify Console. Check out the official announcement to know more about AWS Amplify Console. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Snowball Edge comes with a GPU option and more computing power Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Store
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Princess Cruises Sale pricing for third, fourth passengers on select Princess sailings SANTA CLARITA — For all Ocean Medallion Caribbean cruises on Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing November 2017 – April 2018, Princess Cruises is offering discounted US$99 pricing for third and fourth passengers.The cruise line notes there is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms – interior, balcony and mini-suites, many with interconnecting options.New interactive games and family-friendly offerings onboard Ocean Medallion class ships will include Tagalong Sprint, which pits guests’ digital companions in a race across the ocean floor. Guests see who can speed across the finish line first.At the newly launched Camp Discovery youth center – created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications – Princess offers a wide selection of programs and activities where kids and teens will make memories and create keepsakes while sailing on the Caribbean-bound Regal Princess and Royal Princess.As part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program, there are three centre themes where kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities, including:The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed centre including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy centre is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.The Beach House, for ages 13-17 (formerly Remix): Offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a place for teens to hang out and socialize.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNew youth and teen centre programming includes MythBusters science activities with new hands-on challenges. In addition, new Camp Discovery offers destination-themed programs focusing on the Caribbean to immerse young cruisers into the culture, nature and customs of this region.Families will also enjoy lively concerts, sporting events and hit blockbuster films at Movies Under the Stars, a giant 300-square-foot poolside movie theatre complete with comfortable chaise lounges and cozy blankets. Travelweek Group Posted by Share Friday, July 7, 2017
Travelweek Group Share Posted by Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions Wednesday, June 5, 2019 MIAMI — U.S. cruise lines are consulting with lawyers to understand the impact of the Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba, handed down with just one day’s notice.The Trump administration has said it will allow anyone who has already paid for their trip to go ahead with it, but the process going forward for passengers isn’t clear.A Miami-based attorney who represents Carnival and three other major cruise lines says cruise lines carrying passengers booked before June 4 have been hoping that they could request specific federal permits to complete their trips to Cuba.“For now, it’s prohibited unless the cruise lines requests a specific license,” says Pedro Freyre. He said cruise lines had been trying to determine “if there’s any opening there to at least complete trips that have been booked and passengers that have made travel plans.”Norwegian Cruise Line says it is looking at the new rules and consulting with lawyers and trade experts.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba,” NCL said in a statement. “We will communicate to our guests and travel partners as additional information becomes available.”CLIA also issued a statement in response to the new regulations, saying that they affect nearly 800,000 passenger bookings that are currently scheduled or already underway.“Without warning, CLIA Cruise Line Members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from itineraries, effective immediately. Passenger bookings had been made under a general licence previously issued by the United States Government that authorized ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba. These travel restrictions effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States,” read the statement.CLIA’s Chairman, Adam Goldstein, added that the organization is “disappointed” that cruises will no longer be operating to Cuba. “While out of our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Trump administration’s new rules, announced yesterday and taking effect today, bans stops by cruise ships at Cuban ports, among other measures.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.While the doors to restoring U.S. tourism to Cuba were nudged open by then-President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has now walked back all of those first steps.Impacted U.S. cruise lines with Cuba on their itineraries include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises.With files from The Associated Press Tags: Trump << Previous PostNext Post >>