OAKLAND – Steph Curry was at it again, basking in yet another series-opening win at home on the Warriors’ projected path to their fifth straight NBA Finals.Game 2 will be tougher, right? The Portland Trail Blazers will adjust after their 22-point defeat? The Warriors won’t be strutting into a trap game, will they?“We understand what the drill is,” Curry responded after the 116-94 win that opened the Western Conference Finals.The Warriors are 14-4 in Game 2s since 2015. All but one have been …
19 October 2007Already famous for being one of the most beautiful tourist cities in the world, Cape Town has unveiled its ambition to become one of the best passenger cruise liner destinations in the world, in hopes of securing a slice of the lucrative US$29-billion global market.The city seeks to benchmark itself against the likes of Miami, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne and even Auckland, which have all developed as favoured cruise liner destinations.“The time could be ripe to re-establish Cape Town as one of the great passenger liner destinations of the world by promoting itself and the southern African region as a base for destination cruises,” said the city councillor in charge of economic development and tourism, Simon Grindrod.He said he was disappointed, however, that Cape Town and southern Africa had largely failed to benefit from the fact that cruise liner operators were seeking new destinations.Areas such as the east coast of Australia and New Zealand have become popular cruise liner destination bases, experiencing 28% annual growth between 2002 and 2004.The advantage of cruise liners, Grindrod said, was that they could berth at ports with limited landside facilities as they were basically equipped like floating resorts. In addition, approximately 50% of passengers expected to return to places that they have visited while on a cruise.“Given this position, areas which have previously been fairly inaccessible to this type of tourists as well as the traditional nodes could also benefit,” he said.Grindrod said that at present, Cape Town and Durban featured on the schedule of “round-the-world” cruises and vessels that are on appropriate repositioning cruises, but that this was a limited market.Multi-purpose terminalsCape Town has been perceived to have the perfect opportunity to develop a multi-use cruise liner terminal, though Grindrod said cruise liner terminals were not profitable investments on their own, but “given this position trend worldwide, would construct a multi-purpose use facility” that can be used as a cruise liner terminal as well as for other use.Durban is also planning to build a cruise liner terminal as part of the re-development of the Point.“If destination-based cruise liner business is to expand in this region, then terminals at the potential home-ports of Cape Town and Durban are probably essential,” he said.“It is stated that in the KwaZulu-Natal commissioned work that more than 85% of cruise passengers believe that cruising is an important vehicle for sampling destinations to which they may return.”Cape Town’s executive director for economics, social development and tourism, Mansoor Mohamed, said a major challenge was that a few major players dominated the industry.“We need to contact the cruise liner operations to market the region to these countries to assess what is required to induce them so that southern Africa can be included on their list of cruise destinations,” Mohamed said.“Our marketing bodies also need to be prominent at the relevant trade shows around the world to promote the region as a cruise liner destination.”The cruise liner industry is the fastest growing global tourism sector, and the average growth rate of the sector has been 8% per annum since 1980. Over 12-million people went cruising in 2006, and the number is expected to grow to 16-million by 2009.The industry is estimated to be worth about US$29-billion and it sustains approximately 559 000 jobs.Source: BuaNews
zoom Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC (LOOP) has completed the second very large crude carrier (VLCC) loading operation at its deepwater port, located 18 miles off the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.The vessel in question is the VLCC Nave Photon, which was chartered by Houston-based Shell Trading Company US, Reuters said citing sources close to the matter.AIS data from Marine Traffic shows that the 297,395 dwt unit departed the port on March 24. Reuters added that Nave Photon is taking the cargo to Asia.LOOP, the owner of the only U.S. crude oil deepwater port, loaded its first Supertanker, the Saudi Arabian-flagged very large crude carrier (VLCC) Shaden, in February.The VLCC, which was previously used at the facility for test loading of crude oil, left LOOP on February 18 carrying 2 million barrels of oil and is expected to arrive in Rizhao, China by mid-April.
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Unconscious bias has become a hot topic recently, with high profile incidents reported around the world. Researchers at Aalto University are exploring the causes of these biases in our neural wiring, and are developing techniques using MRI scanners that let us see the brain making assumptions in real time. The results show for the first time that the brain is not only unconsciously biased towards people based on appearance, but it also forms biases based on what we know about the person as well.Peoples’ brains are naturally biased towards other people who are the same as them – a behavioral trait scientists call ‘in-group favoritism’. The opposite trait is also true: people are often naturally biased against people who are not the same as them, called ‘out-group derogation’. Mamdooh Afdile – a filmmaker studying for a PhD in neuroscience at Aalto University – decided to use cinema to explore this.Afdile used the film Priest to create a 20-minute stimulus film version that explored biases in two social groupings: heterosexual and homosexual men. ‘If knowledge gained from our social environment can implicitly bias how we perceive each other, this should hold true to characters in movies as well,’ Afdile explained. To see if watching the movie biased the viewers subconsciously, Afdile flashed the face of the protagonist repeatedly for a brief duration of 40 milliseconds before and after showing the movie.Even though the viewer wouldn’t be able to notice being shown a person’s face – much less have time to recognize the person – their subconscious brain responded to the flashed face based on whether or not they had become biased. By using functional MRI, the researchers were able to detect how people’s biases could be changed.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsIn the beginning of the movie, the viewer gets the impression that the priest is heterosexual and falling in love with a woman. At the 10 minute mark, the viewer finds out the priest is in fact in love with another man. The study groups watching the film consisted of 14 homosexual and 15 heterosexual men, and the team measured the bias felt by each group towards the priest character when they thought he was straight, and when they knew he was gay.The social groupings were chosen by the researchers because, unlike race or gender, we cannot perceive another person’s sexual orientation just by looking at their face – so any bias response by the participants in the experiment toward the face presented to them would be dependent on what they came to know about the person. The subconscious response to the face of the protagonist after seeing the movie, compared to before seeing it, was significantly different between the two groups, and this result was not symmetrical. The results from the heterosexual group showed a very mild negative bias response, and interestingly those from the homosexual group showed a very strong response in brain regions associated with in-group, such as empathy and favoritism.These results are interesting for our understanding of unconscious bias because they demonstrate that the brain responds in a biased way to traits it can’t detect using our basic senses.’This study shows the brain can be biased based on learned knowledge and not only by external factors,’ explains. Mamdooh Afdile. By combining movies with subliminal measurement we can now investigate the subconscious brain in ways that were extremely difficult before.’ Source:https://www.aalto.fi/news/brain-scans-on-movie-watchers-reveal-how-we-judge-people
Madhya Pradesh: Congress leads in 113, BJP in 110 seats Madhya Pradesh COMMENT December 11, 2018 SHARE Exit polls predict a close race between the BJP and the Congress The BJP and the Congress are in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh as trends in all 230 Assembly seats show the opposition party having a slight edge over the ruling faction.The Congress was leading in 111 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in 106 constituencies.The latest leading position shows Congress at 111, BJP 106, BSP 5, Bahujan Sangharsh Dal 1, Gondvana Gantantra Party 2, Samajwadi Party 2 and Independents at 3 seats.The BJP under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking a fourth term in office while the Congress is making a determined bid to unseat him.The 2013 state Assembly’s partywise position was :- BJP-165, Congress-58, BSP-4 and Independents-3. COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL elections As many as 2,907 candidates were in fray for the November 28 assembly polls. File Photo – The Hindu RELATED Published on