George RR Martin goes full mad Targaryen over Game of Thrones rumors

first_img 2 Comments MSI Wind 6:20 George R.R. Martin has set the internet alight in more ways than one. Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images The internet is ablaze with Game of Thrones rage — and George R.R. Martin is adding his own to the storm.The writer of the epic fantasy series has taken to his blog a la Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to address rumors he has been sitting on his long-awaited next books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring years ago is popping up everywhere,” he wrote on May 13.He cleared that up quickly, though: “The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.” Game of Thrones Rumors 38 Photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice He also addressed rumors that HBO and Game of Thrones TV series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted him to delay the novels.”Why would I sit for years on completed novels? … Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”There is no “deal” to hold back on the books.”Martin’s fifth and latest book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. He’s since released a few prequels in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but admitted finishing The Winds of Winter has been a bit of a struggle.Game of Thrones the TV series is currently sitting on a pyre in the seven kingdoms of the internet following a mixed response to the events in episode 5 of the final season, aired Sunday on HBO. A clinical psychologist analysed why the character arc of Daenerys Targaryen did not go down well, a fate which apparently many a subtle detail had foreshadowed in previous seasons. A record number of viewers took in the spectacle of the episode, which you can relive in our recap. Or not, depending on your own reaction to the episode. Review • MSI Wind Tags TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, rankedlast_img read more

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Baltimore Leaders Gather at White House to Discuss Social Change

first_imgCharlotte James of Baltimore’s Code in the Schools organization, speaks during a panel at the White House. (Image via YouTube)Some of Baltimore’s top leaders gathered at the White House June 6 for a panel discussion which analyzed social change in the city.Called “The Front Lines of Social Innovation: Models for Change from Baltimore City,” the event was streamed live from the White House and addressed the social plights that Baltimore is facing. Among those in attendance were Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh, Bishop Eugene Sutton, and Senator Ben Cardin. From its record-high homicide rate to dealing with the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, there are many aspects of Baltimore in need of social reform.Sarah Hemminger, a neuroscientist and CEO of Thread, a city non-profit which engages underperforming high school students, spoke about her mentoring program and the importance of lifting up Baltimore’s youth.“During times of division and strife in our city, we must rediscover the thing that is most important: one another,” said Hemminger. Thread helps teens in less-than-ideal social situations thrive academically. She mentors low-income and at-risk kids with low GPAs, and helps them to graduate high school and further their education. Her program has a graduation rate of over 90 percent. Through several heart-wrenching anecdotes, Hemminger shared how she not only touched her mentees lives, but how they have helped her to grow as well.The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, stressed the importance of healthcare to create social change. She talked about Vision for Baltimore, which allowed children to receive free eye exams and glasses. She also discussed her national campaign to help those with opioid and drug addiction.“More people die from overdose than die from homicide,” said Wen. “We believed that every resident could save a life.” The city’s health department has provided healthcare training to various members of the community to help with this issue. She also discussed racial disparities in health and how one of her programs that hires recently-released convicts helps with violence prevention.Other topics of discussion included adding coding and computer science to school curriculums, youth outreach, education, and more. After the speeches there was also a panel discussion in which a panel of experts discussed other steps Baltimore needs to make towards reform.“There are deep rooted problems of inequality, poverty and racism, but our residents feel the fierce urgency of now,” said Wen.last_img read more

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No need to go out of state bright career possible in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said that students no longer need to venture out of the state for higher studies and assured them of a bright career in the state itself.”Some of the students have a misconception that they will not be able to make it big in Bengal and have to have the stamp of foreign countries. Bengal has seen a sea change in the education scenario. As many as 18,000 students from other states have come to Bengal this year for higher studies. We have as many as 4.5 lakh seats in our colleges and universities. So, they should come out of the misconception that they will be unable to manage a good career here,” Chatterjee said, while distributing scholarships to 51 toppers of Madhyamik Examination 2018, across 23 districts of Bengal. This was done as a part of the Jahar Lal Chandra Merit Scholarship Programme of a well known jewellery group. A scholarship of Rs 50,000 each was handed over to the students. Chatterjee made it clear that clearance from the state government will be mandatory now for setting up schools. “We will cancel the affiliation of any school that will be found running without our clearance certificate,” he added. The Education minister also unveiled the government’s plan of setting up two new universities at North 24-Parganas and Nadia.last_img read more

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Food and hotel industry converge at AAHAR 2017

first_imgSouth Asia’s largest food and hospitality show AAHAR, now in its 32nd edition, will run from March 7–11 at Pragati Maidan. Aahar has become a well known and globally acclaimed brand over the years. The show is organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation with the active support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), along with leading trade associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAAHAR 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today at 10am. For the first time, three foreign Ministers will grace the occasion of the inaugural ceremony. These include: HE Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Federal Agriculture Minister, HE Edgar Vasquez, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Government of Peru, and HE Ewa Lech, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Republic of Poland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver 900 exhibitors are taking part in the fair covering an area of 60000 sq mtrs (Approx.), spread over 14 halls. Aahar has a significant foreign participation. As many as 72 foreign companies are participating in the fair – includeing USA, China, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, Oman, Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, Peru and Lebanon. ITPO has made a special provision in Aahar for promoting ‘New and Young Entrepreneurs’ by offering them space at 50 per cent of the normal tariff. The focus on new and young entrepreneurs will invigorate the youth to set up fresh innovative businesses. Around 60,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the fair. Around 300 renowned Chefs will participate in the Culinary Art Competition with live demonstrations.ITPO has begun work on its ambitious project of the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan as a world class Integrated Exhibition- cum-Convention Centre (IECC), to cater to the growing needs of the global exhibition and convention fraternity. AAHAR is a B2B show. Visiting hours are 10 am – 6 pm on all days. Visitor registration is required at site or online on the Mobile App.last_img read more

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React Native development tools Expo React Native CLI CocoaPods Tutorial

first_imgThere are a large number of React Native development tools. Expo, React Native CLI, CocoaPods being the more popular ones. As with any development tools, there is going to be a trade-off between flexibility and ease of use. I encourage you start by using Expo for your React Native development workflow unless you’re sure you’ll need access to the native code. This article is taken from the book React Native Cookbook, Second Edition by Dan Ward.  In this book, you will improve your React Native mobile development skills or transition from web development to mobile development. In this article, we will learn about the various React Native development tools- Expo, React Native CLI, CocoaPods. We will also learn how to setup Expo and React Native CLI Expo This was taken from the expo.io site: “Expo is a free and open source toolchain built around React Native to help you build native iOS and Android projects using JavaScript and React.” Expo is becoming an ecosystem of its own, and is made up of five interconnected tools: Expo CLI: The command-line interface for Expo. We’ll be using the Expo CLI to create, build, and serve apps. A list of all the commands supported by the CLI can be found in the official documentation at the following link: https://docs.expo.io/versions/latest/workflow/expo-cli Expo developer tools: This is a browser-based tool that automatically runs whenever an Expo app is started from the Terminal via the expo start command. It provides active logs for your in-development app, and quick access to running the app locally and sharing the app with other developers. Expo Client: An app for Android and iOS. This app allows you to run your React Native project within the Expo app on the device, without the need for installing it. This allows developers to hot reload on a real device, or share development code with anyone else without the need for installing it. Expo Snack: Hosted at https://snack.expo.io, this web app allows you to work on a React Native app in the browser, with a live preview of the code you’re working on. If you’ve ever used CodePen or JSFiddle, Snack is the same concept applied to React Native applications. Expo SDK: This is the SDK that houses a wonderful collection of JavaScript APIs that provide Native functionality not found in the base React Native package, including working with the device’s accelerometer, camera, notifications, geolocation, and many others. This SDK comes baked in with every new project created with Expo. These tools together make up the Expo workflow. With the Expo CLI, you can create and build new applications with Expo SDK support baked in. The XDE/CLI also provides a simple way to serve your in-development app by automatically pushing your code to Amazon S3 and generating a URL for the project. From there, the CLI generates a QR code linked to the hosted code. Open the Expo Client app on your iPhone or Android device, scan the QR code, and BOOM there’s your app, equipped with live/hot reload! And since the app is hosted on Amazon S3, you can even share the in-development app with other developers in real time. React Native CLI The original bootstrapping method for creating a new React Native app using the command is as follows: react-native init This is provided by the React Native CLI. You’ll likely only be using this method of bootstrapping a new app if you’re sure you’ll need access to the native layer of the app. In the React Native community, an app created with this method is said to be a pure React Native app, since all of the development and Native code files are exposed to the developer. While this provides the most freedom, it also forces the developer to maintain the native code. If you’re a JavaScript developer that’s jumped onto the React Native bandwagon because you intend on writing native applications solely with JavaScript, having to maintain the native code in a React Native project is probably the biggest disadvantage of this method. On the other hand, you’ll have access to third-party plugins when working on an app that’s been bootstrapped with the following command: react-native init Get direct access to the native portion of the code base. You’ll also be able to sidestep a few of the limitations in Expo currently, particularly the inability to use background audio or background GPS services. CocoaPods Once you begin working with apps that have components that use native code, you’re going to be using CocoaPods in your development as well. CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. It works nearly the same as npm, but manages open source dependencies for native iOS code instead of JavaScript code. We won’t be using CocoaPods much in this book, but React Native makes use of CocoaPods for some of its iOS integration, so having a basic understanding of the manager can be helpful. Just as the package.json file houses all of the packages for a JavaScript project managed with npm, CocoaPods uses a Podfile for listing a project’s iOS dependencies. Likewise, these dependencies can be installed using the command: pod install Ruby is required for CocoaPods to run. Run the command at the command line to verify Ruby is already installed: ruby -v If not, it can be installed with Homebrew with the command: brew install ruby Once Ruby has been installed, CocoaPods can be installed via the command: sudo gem install cocoapods If you encounter any issues while installing, you can read the official CocoaPods Getting Started guide at https://guides.cocoapods.org/using/getting-started.html. Planning your app and choosing your workflow When trying to choose which development workflow best fits your app’s needs, here are a few things you should consider: Will I need access to the native portion of the code base? Will I need any third-party packages in my app that are not supported by Expo? Will my app need to play audio while it is not in the foreground? Will my app need location services while it is not in the foreground? Will I need push notification support? Am I comfortable working, at least nominally, in Xcode and Android Studio? In my experience, Expo usually serves as the best starting place. It provides a lot of benefits to the development process, and gives you an escape hatch in the eject process if your app grows beyond the original requirements. I would recommend only starting development with the React Native CLI if you’re sure your app needs something that cannot be provided by an Expo app, or if you’re sure you will need to work on the Native code. I also recommend browsing the Native Directory hosted at http://native.directory. This site has a very large catalog of the third-party packages available for React Native development. Each package listed on the site has an estimated stability, popularity, and links to documentation. Arguably the best feature of the Native Directory, however, is the ability to filter packages by what kind of device/development they support, including iOS, Android, Expo, and web. This will help you narrow down your package choices and better indicate which workflow should be adopted for a given app. React Native CLI setup We’ll begin with the React Native CLI setup of our app, which will create a new pure React Native app, giving us access to all of the Native code, but also requiring that Xcode and Android Studio are installed. First, we’ll install all the dependencies needed for working with a pure React Native app, starting with the Homebrew (https://brew.sh/) package manager for macOS. As stated on the project’s home page, Homebrew can be easily installed from the Terminal via the following command: /usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)” Once Homebrew is installed, it can be used to install the dependencies needed for React Native development: Node.js and nodemon. If you’re a JavaScript developer, you’ve likely already got Node.js installed. You can check it’s installed via the following command: node -v This command will list the version of Node.js that’s installed, if any. Note that you will need Node.js version 8 or higher for React Native development. If Node.js is not already installed, you can install it with Hombrew via the following command: brew install node We also need the nodemon package, which React Native uses behind the scenes to enable things like live reload during development. Install nodemon with Homebrew via the following command: brew install watchman We’ll also of course need the React Native CLI for running the commands that bootstrap the React Native app. This can be installed globally with npm via the following command: npm install -g react-native-cli With the CLI installed, all it takes to create a new pure React Native app is the following: react-native init name-of-project This will create a new project in a new name-of-project directory. This project has all Native code exposed, and requires Xcode for running the iOS app and Android Studio for running the Android app. Luckily, installing Xcode for supporting iOS React Native development is a simple process. The first step is to download Xcode from the App Store and install it. The second step is to install the Xcode command-line tools. To do this, open Xcode, choose Preferences… from the Xcode menu, open the Locations panel, and install the most recent version from the Command Line Tools dropdown: Unfortunately, setting up Android Studio for supporting Android React Native development is not as cut and dry, and requires some very specific steps for installing it. Since this process is particularly involved, and since there is some likelihood that the process will have changed by the time you read this chapter, I recommend referring to the official documentation for in-depth, up-to-date instructions on installing all Android development dependencies. These instructions are hosted at the following URL: https://facebook.github.io/react-native/docs/getting-started.html#java-development-kit Now that all dependencies have been installed, we’re able to run our pure React Native project via the command line. The iOS app can be executed via the following: react-native run-ios And the Andriod app can be started with this: react-native run-android Each of these commands should start up the associated emulator for the correct platform, install our new app, and run the app within the emulator. If you have any trouble with either of these commands not behaving as expected, you might be able to find an answer in the React Native troubleshooting docs, hosted here: https://facebook.github.io/react-native/docs/troubleshooting.html#content Expo CLI setup The Expo CLI can be installed using the Terminal with npm via the following command: npm install -g expo The Expo CLI can be used to do all the great things the Expo GUI client can do. For all the commands that can be run with the CLI, check out the docs here: https://docs.expo.io/versions/latest/workflow/expo-cli If you liked this post, support the author by reading the book React Native Cookbook, Second Edition for enhancing your React Native mobile development skills. Read Next React Native 0.59 is now out with React Hooks, updated JavaScriptCore, and more! React Native community announce March updates, post sharing the roadmap for Q4 How to create a native mobile app with React Native [Tutorial]last_img read more

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The Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now floats as a hotel on the

first_img Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now floats as a hotel on the Persian Gulf The QE2, built by Cunard and put to sea in 1969, is the second ship the company named after the wife of King George VI, not the current British monarch – hence the number rather than the Roman numeral.The luxury ship travelled some 6 million miles in decades of service even as airlines came to dominate trans-Atlantic travel. It carried 2.5 million passengers and crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times. Britain requisitioned the ship as a troop carrier for the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn 2007, Cunard sold the QE2 to an arm of the state-run conglomerate Dubai World for 50 million pounds ($100 million). She arrived to Dubai’s Port Rashid the following year as part of a glitzy armada led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the height of the former British protectorate’s real-estate bubble.An economic crash left the QE2’s owners in debt for billions of dollars. Rumours circulated for years after that the ship could be sold. All the while, she sat mothballed at Port Rashid near Dubai’s historic downtown creek, a 149,000-ton reminder of the crash.Three years ago, the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. took over the project. It marks the first foray into hotels for the corporation, said Mustafa, who previously served as a managing director at the government-owned developer Nakheel and at the investment arm of Dubai World. He said the corporation planned to open other hotels in the future.The ship has been hooked up to Dubai’s power grid, but still floats in the Persian Gulf. An Associated Press team that visited the ship Tuesday could feel her list slightly while walking through portions of her completed passageways.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“She lists. She’s supposed to that, she’s a ship,” Mustafa said.Today, around seven of the QE2’s 13 decks are under operation, with 224 cabins available, Mustafa said. Prices will range from $150 a night in the simplest berthing to $15,000 a night for the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary suites, he said.A green-hued British pub and other restaurants will serve alcohol, a common practice across Dubai’s hotels. However, its nickel, quarter and dollar slot machines will remain turned off as gambling is illegal.The ship also will feature shops run by Dubai Duty Free, the government-run conglomerate that had $1.93 billion of sales in 2017, with 9.7 million cans of beer and 7.4 million bottles of liquor and wine sold.Workers hurried across the ship Tuesday to finish up work ahead of the hotel’s soft opening Wednesday. By October, Mustafa said the hotel hopes to have a grand opening with “600 to 800 rooms” ready.“If you want to come and have a sense of how it was during the ocean liner era but at the same time being a doorstep away from Dubai, this is the place you want to be,” he said. “We’re not a theme. We’re not a concept. This is what this ship was.” Share DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai, nearly a decade after completing its last ocean voyage.It’s been another long trip for the ship known as the QE2 to even open to the public, as Dubai’s financial meltdown and years of slow growth nearly sank the project and left the ship languishing at port. After initially planning to gut the vessel, Dubai’s government ultimately decided to restore the ship at a cost of over $100 million, down to replicating its 1960s carpeting, with work still underway.“It’s like walking into a time capsule – this is the ship in 1969. It’s a hotel and a museum,” said Hamza Mustafa, the CEO of Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp.’s investment arm. “We’ve put in 2.7 million man hours working on her … making sure that she can really shine.”“She’s going to live on for many more years now in her final home in Dubai,” he added. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jon GambrellSource: The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Trafalgar announces new Sales Manager – Manitoba and Saskatchewan

first_imgTags: CostSaver, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Sherridan Harris, Trafalgar Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Trafalgar announces new Sales Manager – Manitoba and Saskatchewan Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Trafalgar has welcomed aboard a new Sales Manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.Sherridan Harris, who brings with her over 20 years experience in sales and business development and six years in the travel industry, will be responsible for executing sales plans and developing strong relationships with agency partners in both provinces.“As a travel sales professional and a passionate traveller, a position with respected brands such as Trafalgar and CostSaver is truly a dream role,” said Harris.Anita Emilio, vice president of sales, Trafalgar Canada, is “thrilled” to have Harris join the “Trafalgar tribe”.“With her extensive background in business development in leisure and corporate travel as well as the hotel industry and life-long citizen of the prairies, we know she truly understands the area and the needs of the local travel agents,” said Emilio.Harris can be reached at Sherridan.Harris@TrafalgarTours.com or via telephone at 1-800-834-5677 ext. 8497606. Travelweek Group Tuesday, June 12, 2018 last_img read more

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