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Joe Montana And Amgen Launch Breakaway From Heart Disease Campaign

first_imgAmgen has announced the launch of the Breakaway from Heart Disease campaign to help make heart health a priority.Joe and Jennifer MontanaHall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, the American Heart Association and Schwinn are joining forces with Amgen to urge Americans to learn more about their family history of heart disease and get active through cycling. Montana wants others to take charge of their heart health and make meaningful lifestyle changes – just like his family did.As a former professional athlete and a father of four, staying active and living a healthy lifestyle is important to Montana and his wife, Jennifer. Heart disease runs in Montana’s family, and Jennifer’s father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60. But, Montana didn’t know just how much his family history could impact his own heart health.“Being a lifelong athlete, I was surprised when my doctor diagnosed me with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are risk factors for heart disease,” said Montana. “Heart disease was admittedly never top of mind for me, but after learning that my family history can influence the future health of my own family, I joined Amgen for Breakaway from Heart Disease. I want to motivate others to get active and let them know that they, too, can work to reduce the risk of heart disease for their families.”Breakaway from Heart Disease is an easy and fun way for Americans to support heart health and ride toward a better future through a series of bike and spin events. The first event kicks off on May 15, 2016, in San Diego during the Amgen Tour of California – the country’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The Heart Health Tour continues across America with bike and spin events as part of the American Heart Association’s CycleNation, among other opportunities in select cities across the United States (U.S.). Visit www.BreakawayfromHeartDisease.com to find out more about what you can do today to help improve your heart health for tomorrow.“With more than 40 percent of U.S. adults projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease by 2030, heart disease continues to be a critical health concern for Americans,” said Raymond C. Jordan, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Amgen. “By joining leading organizations in a shared commitment, Breakaway from Heart Disease aims to encourage everyone to learn more about their family history of heart disease and get active through activities, such as cycling.”People can also join the ride virtually by uploading a cycling photo and pledging their miles to www.BreakawayfromHeartDisease.com using #HeartHealthTour. Each time a photo is submitted through the website, participants will be entered to win a set of Schwinn bikes, as well as trigger a $1 donation from Amgen to the American Heart Association.“While heart disease can run in your family, it is largely preventable through education, simple lifestyle changes, and action,” said Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O., cardiologist, and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. “That’s why American Heart Association’s CycleNation is excited to join Breakaway from Heart Disease to provide Americans with critical tools and information to help break the cycle of heart disease, and hopefully, improve their cardiovascular health 20 percent by 2020.”last_img read more

UNP says CEB made profits

“With heavy rain experienced even today at hydro catchment areas the CEB has been able to gain profits,” he said.Premadasa urged the CEB including Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi to take measures to reduce the electricity tariffs. (Colombo Gazette) Premadasa noted that the CEB had at one time claimed the use of fuel to produce electricity was costly and this was one reason the electricity tariffs had to be increased. However he says there was a 115 percent increase in the generation of hydro power during the first five months of this year and so electricity can be given to the consumer at a lower rate. The opposition United National Party (UNP) says the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had made profits during the first five months of this year and is in a position to reduce electricity tariffs.UNP MP Sajith Premadasa said that the CEB had made a profit of approximately Rs. 27 Billion from hydro power generated between January and May this year. read more

US House breaks with no new NAFTA tabled for ratification Now what

OTTAWA — The U.S. House of Representatives began its summer break today leaving the ratification of the new North American trade deal hanging, rekindling angst that a frustrated President Donald Trump will blow up the existing pact.Trade experts in Canada and the U.S. are divided on whether Trump may be driven to invoke the six-month notice period to withdraw from the current North American Free Trade Agreement — a threat he repeatedly made during the tense renegotiation of the pact that he pushed on Canada and Mexico.Mexico is the only country to give full legal approval to the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, when its Congress recently ratified the deal.But Canada is waiting to see what the U.S. Congress will do and with the Democrats controlling the lower House, no ratification bill was tabled there before lawmakers broke for their five-week summer recess on Friday — a scenario Trump and his cabinet worked hard to avoid.The Democrats want changes to the USMCA’s provisions on labour, environment, patent protection for drugs and enforcement, and have by all accounts working hard with Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer to move forward.But they haven’t reached an agreement that would persuade the Democrats to bring a bill forward in the House.That makes it all but certain that U.S. lawmakers won’t be in a position to take even the most tentative steps forward on the deal before the start of Canada’s federal election campaign, which is set to begin by mid-September at the latest.For some, that could mean fireworks for the Canadian campaign — ignited by a petulant Trump.Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer, said the Democrats are likely to want substantive changes that could leave the deal in limbo for many months. In the meantime, the Democrats will be sharpening their talking points on USMCA to use against Trump in the 2020 U.S. election, she said.And that could set Trump off, she said.“Trump was hoping that Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau would be able to assist him with getting the Democrats to pass the USMCA through Congress,” said Todgham Cherniak.“He might say that Prime Minister Trudeau was not effective in getting Congress to pass the USMCA prior to now. And if they don’t come back until September, and if the Democrats want to use this as a talking point in connection with the U.S. election, he might lash out at the Trudeau government.”Trudeau met Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill after his White House meeting with Trump last month. Trump, at the time, said he was pleased Trudeau would be talking to Democrats.Lawrence Herman, a Toronto international trade specialist, said it is unlikely Trump would pull the plug on the new NAFTA so close to his own election campaign because it would sow economic uncertainty that wouldn’t benefit him politically.“There is huge Republican and business antipathy to any move by Trump to notify NAFTA withdrawal, quite apart from the serious legal issues as to whether he could withdraw without Congressional approval,” said Herman.“As well, if as many experts believe, the U.S. is heading into a period of economic sluggishness, the threat of NAFTA withdrawal and the uncertainty that would unleash in the period leading up to the 2020 election would probably be a disincentive to Trump embarking on such a move.”Dan Ujczo, the Ohio-based trade specialist with the firm Dickinson Wright, said it is unlikely Trump would serve notice to withdraw, but even if he did, Congress or the courts could step in to delay that.“The NAFTA will be in place through 2019. It is unlikely that companies will face a scenario where neither the NAFTA nor USMCA is in place during 2020,” he said.“The question remains how much disruption will occur along the way. The president seems increasingly unwilling to threaten his greatest success — the economy — and that weighs in favour of no NAFTA withdrawal.”Adam Austen, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said the minister will continue to speak to members of Congress from both parties.“Our goal remains to move in tandem with the U.S.,” he said.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

UN agency says despite security concerns refugees still returning home to Iraq

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency is not encouraging Iraqis to return, but is facilitating convoys in cooperation with the Iraqi authorities for those who wish to return home. According to spokesman Kris Janowski, more than 350 Iraqis returned in June to Basra, in southern Iraq, in two separate convoys from Iran, bringing to some 11,500 the total number of returnees. Most have been coming from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Elsewhere in the region, 170 Palestinians who fled Iraq last year have now left the Jordanian border and returned to Baghdad, Mr. Janowski told a press briefing in Geneva. “The refugees said they had given up hope of finding a new home in the Middle East and preferred to return to Baghdad. UNHCR is providing all the returnees with transport assistance and various relief items,” he said. In Baghdad UNHCR is helping 450 Palestinian families with rental support, medical care and other relief items, and is relocating Palestinian families who had been forced out of their homes a year ago, the spokesman added. “Last year, we registered some 23,000 Palestinians in Baghdad but the total number in the Iraqi capital is estimated at around 30,000,” he said. read more

Laws must protect not reject says UNAIDS chief on Zero Discrimination Day

Through legal action by affected individual or organizations. While the dignity of every person is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “human rights violations are happening all over the world because of discriminatory laws and practices,” said  Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.“Laws should protect, not reject. Every person has an equal right to be treated with dignity and respect,” he declared.Last year at least 20 countries set travel restrictions against HIV-positive people; some 29 States required a husband or partner’s consent for a woman to access sexual and reproductive health services; 17 countries criminalized transgender people; and same-sex sexual relations were criminalized in at least 67 nations and territories worldwide.And that is just the tip of the iceberg.For certain groups, 59 countries instituted mandatory HIV testing for marriage, work or residence permits; 45 States imposed laws requiring parental consent for below-18-year-olds to access HIV testing services; and 33 countries imposed the death penalty for drug offences.But the news was not all bad. Last year some countries made landmark decisions to change discriminatory laws and bills.India’s Supreme Court struck down the section of its Penal Code that criminalized same-sex sexual relations; the Philippines lowered the age to 15 for voluntary HIV testing without the need of parental or guardian consent; and Malawi removed provisions from a draft bill that would have criminalized HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission.“All countries must carefully examine their laws and policies in order to ensure equality and protection for all people, without exception,” asserted Mr. Sidibé.,A discriminatory law may be amended or abolished: Through parliamentary processes and parliamentarian votes, which require awareness-raising among parliamentarians. Through a petition and request for a national vote or referendum. “Zero Discrimination Day is every day,” he said urging worldwide joint action to change discriminatory laws.UNAIDS has identified a range of laws that are discriminatory, impede access to health and social services, restrict freedom of movement and violate human rights.Combating discriminatory laws requires raising awareness and mobilizing action.On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is proposing specific actions that individuals, civil society organizations, parliamentarians and donor organizations can take to change these laws. They range from being an ally to someone affected by a discriminatory law to joining a non-governmental organization, tabling amendments to laws and calling for legislation reviews.As part of the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination, UNAIDS is actively working with United Nations partners, governments and civil society organizations to make the change. read more

Brock warns of fraudulent student job postings

When applying for a job, if something doesn’t feel right, it likely isn’t.That’s the message Brock’s Career Education is hoping to share with the student community after experiencing a rise in fraudulent job postings.The student-targeted scams have included attempts by scammers, posing as employers from legitimate organizations, to use students as pawns in fraudulent activity.In one recent incident, a student was ‘hired’ via email without any face-to-face interaction with the employer and was asked to cash a cheque as part of their new duties.“Thankfully, the bank caught the falsified cheque before it went through,” said Lisa Kuiper, who oversees employer development for Career Education. “But that doesn’t always happen.”There have been incidents in past years where students have cashed cheques after interactions with what turned out to be an illegitimate employer. The cheques bounce and students are left on the hook for sometimes thousands of dollars, she said.Some scams have also seen students providing detailed personal information as part of the application process, which is then used to steal their identity.While Brock vets employers before they’re permitted to post on the CareerZone job board, the fraudulent activity is taking place during subsequent steps in the recruitment process, beyond the actual job posting, where career staff are not directly involved. Students are also be targeted on external job boards.Fraudsters have been getting more creative with their tactics, making scams harder to identify.“We’ve seen them using the name of a real person working at a legitimate organization, but the contact information is different, or using an email address that looks legitimate but changes when you hit reply,” Kuiper said.To help students identify job scams they may encounter during their job search, Career Education has created a tip sheet that can be accessed on CareerZone and is linked from every job posting on the job board.“We want to educate our students to recognize inappropriate recruitment practices, equip them with resources to support their job search efforts and be available when they have questions or concerns,” said Stephanie Harper, Associate Director, Career Education.“These job scams are not isolated to Brock students; post-secondary institutions across the country are seeing the same issues on their campuses and we are working together through our network of career centre directors to keep informed of any illegitimate employer activity on our campuses.”When students see an employment listing that raises concerns, they’re encouraged to contact Career Education.“If they have questions about something they find on our job board or on another job board and they’re not sure if it’s legitimate, they can come to us,” Kuiper said. “We encourage that. We’re here to help.”The presence of fraudulent postings tends to come in waves and as the holiday season nears, with many students looking for part-time work, another influx has arrived.“It’s very frustrating,” Kuiper said. “They’re taking advantage of an audience that is eager to work and often less experienced in recruitment practices;they don’t think to question the process.”Her best advice: “Follow your gut.”“If something doesn’t feel right, don’t apply, don’t take anymore steps to communicate with the employer,” she said. “Come and talk to someone in Career Education and we’ll work with you to make sure it’s a legitimate opportunity.”When a posting is flagged as fraudulent, other Canadian universities are warned through a network of career centre directors.Additionally, the issue is brought to the attention of campus security, who follows up with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.“This way a trail is created,” Kuiper said, which allows the experts to attempt to track down those responsible.A full list of potential scams, as well as red flags and tips, is available on the CareerZone website.Students are encouraged to contact any member of the Career Education team or to stop by CareerZone (entrance from Market Hall) during business hours. read more

World Cup Anxiety Reaches Its Boiling Point For The USMNT

Since 1990, qualifying for the World Cup has seemed like a birthright for the U.S. men’s national team. In the three decades since it last failed to qualify for a World Cup (1986), all of England, France, Portugal, Uruguay and the Netherlands have missed the cut at least once. In fact, largely because of the comparatively easy qualification process for teams from this part of the world, only six countries have a longer active World Cup streak than the U.S.1Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Spain.That run may come to an end this year. After taking just 1 point from its last two matches, the U.S. is running dangerously close to being left at home when the World Cup convenes in Russia next year. What happens in the Americans’ high-stakes match against Panama in Orlando on Friday night will go a long way to determining that. Here are three three factors that will bring you up to speed on the match.1) Make no mistake — this one is really important.ESPN’s Soccer Power Index projects that if the USMNT can win, the side will have a 93 percent chance of making the tournament. But a loss cuts the U.S.’s chances down to 44 percent. Certainly defender Omar Gonzalez’s missed tackle was the biggest problem on this goal, but he was put in position to make this mistake because the U.S. midfield allowed a pass to be picked out under absolutely no pressure. The 4-4-2 formation gives the U.S. one fewer player to challenge opposition passers in midfield. What’s more, the U.S.’s back line has been shaky, which puts more pressure on the midfield to prevent the sort of attacking moves that can apply pressure on the defense.And in the last two games, the two center midfielders — first Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley, then Bradley and Kellyn Acosta — have been unable to disrupt opposing midfielders, who have connected on many direct forward passes. Against Costa Rica and Honduras, the U.S. conceded 21 direct attacking moves driven by long, forward passes through midfield.3I am defining direct attacks as attacking moves in which at least 60 percent of overall ball movement is directly toward goal and long forward passes as passes that travel at least 15 yards forward toward goal. In the four previous matches, the U.S. had conceded just 22 of these direct midfield attacks.The USMNT should be favored against Panama no matter the lineup, but a susceptibility to direct, central attacks doesn’t bode well. One or two good counterattacks could be enough to get Los Canaleros their result. The solution here could be some sort of single-striker system. By not playing two out-and-out-strikers, Arena would have flexibility to get another presser into midfield without limiting Pulisic positionally. Of course, this puts more of the burden on the 19-year-old to create goals by himself, but ultimately, what else is a superstar for if not that?Whatever he chooses, Arena needs to get this game right because a World Cup trip — as well as his legacy — may hang in the balance.Check out our latest club soccer predictions. In the home matches, Pulisic received 40 passes in the central area of the final third.2This refers to the area of the penalty box extended out to about 35 yards from goal. In the qualifiers on the road, he received just 11 in that area. At home, he has been free to drop back in buildup, receiving 30 passes in the defensive half, compared with 12 while away. Pulisic is distinctly a winger in away matches, with 63 percent of all his away receptions (40 out of 64) taking place in wide areas; in home matches, that figure is only 35 percent (43 out of 123).This is by design. With half the teams in the CONCACAF “Hex” qualifying group reaching the World Cup, a pattern of home wins and away draws is more than sufficient for a berth. In the recent away matches, the USMNT has taken a more conservative approach and kept Pulisic in his assigned position to protect the wing and offer a counterattacking outlet. Looking for wins at home, Arena has freed Pulisic to make plays either early in buildup (dropping back into the defensive half) or around the box (receiving passes in the center).The U.S.’s attack has thrived with such tactics, outscoring its opponents 8-2 in home matches. Even in the 0-2 loss to Costa Rica, the Americans led the expected goals tally 1.3 to 0.8, meaning that they had more opportunities despite the result. Panama was able to slow Pulisic down in its home fixture (a 1-1 draw), but he will be much harder to contain in a less tactically restricted role on Friday night — assuming that Arena and Pulisic continue this recent pattern.3) The U.S. needs to plug the holes in midfield.The U.S. lined up in a 4-4-2 formation in both of its last qualifying matches, with a pair of strikers in each (Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood vs. Costa Rica; Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris vs. Honduras). Two strikers, plus the use of Pulisic in a more aggressive role, should strengthen the attack, but Arena will need to tighten his midfield at the same time. The opening goal against Honduras shows why U.S. fans should be a little worried. Among the group of six in CONCACAF, Mexico has already punched its ticket to Russia, and Costa Rica needs only a single point from two matches to join El Tri. That leaves two remaining spots for the region: Third place gets the last automatic qualifier while fourth place will play in an inter-confederation playoff against either Australia or Syria. Panama is currently a point ahead of the U.S. in the table, and every team has two matches left to play. Here is how the result of this game will affect the various scenarios::A win for the U.S. against Panama would boost the Americans into the third guaranteed qualifying place with only a relatively easy trip to Trinidad and Tobago remaining. Any other result will leave the USMNT scoreboard-watching.If the two countries draw in Orlando, Panama will need only a win over an already qualified Costa Rica team to secure the third qualifying spot.A win for Panama would clinch World Cup qualification for Los Canaleros for the first time in their soccer history, leaving the U.S. sweating Honduras’s results in hope of landing in the fourth-place playoff.2) Home Pulisic is the best Pulisic.In such a huge match, the U.S. will be looking to its young superstar to step up. However, Christian Pulisic has been a very different kind of star in home and away matches. Since Bruce Arena took over for Jurgen Klinsmann, he has kept Pulisic on the wing in the team’s three away matches in CONCACAF qualifying (against Panama, Mexico and Honduras). But during the three qualifying home matches (against Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica), the Borussia Dortmund attacker has been free to roam infield in a free, creative role — and this has been true regardless of formation. In the three home matches, Pulisic had three goals and two assists. In the away matches, he had a clutch assist against Panama but has otherwise been kept off the scoresheet.Here’s a look at all of Pulisic’s pass receptions (home and away) in those six World Cup qualifying matches. read more

Tatran won in Skopje Hatalchik Good defense and individuals qualities

handballhandball matchTatran Presov ← Previous Story Headache for Ljubo Vranjes: Svan Hansen out for five weeks Next Story → BLOG FROM VESZPREM: Gossips, big stars and celebration Slovakian champion Tatran Presov won in Skopje against Vardar 37:34 at derby match of SEHA Gazprom South Stream League. Experienced coach Peter Hatalchik was happy about his team performance:– We start bad, as my team show big respect for Vardar. Our start was nervous and we did not realize some chances, but as match continues we became much better. First play good defense, than show individual player’s qualities. When Vardar start to catch us, we stay calm and keep our lead, said Peter Hatalcik, coach of Tatran.Dissapointed was RK Vardar’s coach Zoran Kastratovic:– I mention few days ago about Tatran strength and their good players. Negative trend continue for us on matches versus Tatran. We played good just in first 20 minutes. Than try to change defense zone, but was late to make reversals. Some of my players think that match is over when we lead 7-3. Start to shoot from every positions and situations. It is clear that we’re tired playing almost every three-four days, said Zoran Kastratovic, coach of Vardar.In next round Vardar travel to Novi Sad, and Tatran will host Lovcen. read more

iPhone Daylight Saving Shenanigans Are Back

first_imgThe iPhone 4 does a lot of things really well, so one might, perhaps, be able to forgive it for falling short at a few simple tasks. Perhaps, that is, if those tasks were quite so simple as making phone calls and telling the proper time. While most the rest of the country was springing ahead, Apple’s handset fell back an hour, assuring that users relying on the device as a handset were two hours late for work, instead of the customary one.The majority of the reports about the bug are coming via Twitter and other social networks. Apple has yet to actually comment on the issue. The company’s “magical” handsets have run into similar time keeping issues before, having failed to fall back an hour during the last time change.Thankfully, there’s an easy fix if you’re one of the affected–just restart the phone or put it into Airplane Mode and switch it back. The handset should correct itself from there.last_img read more

Halleys Comet debris rains down May 6 with Eta Aquarid meteor shower

first_imgEarthsky.org (site is down at the moment) walks us through the best way to find the Water Jar. First, look towards the east to find the baseball-diamond-shaped “Great Square of Pegasus” constellation. With the bottom star as home base, imagine a line from third base to first base, and double that line to find the star Sadal Melik. Then, look down and slightly left to find the Y-shaped Water Jar. This is the approximate spot where the meteors will appear to radiate from.You don’t need to know where the radiant point is to see the meteors, but it might help you spot a few more. Under the best conditions, you’d be likely to see up to 20 to 40 meteors per hour, and even higher numbers in the southern hemisphere. Unfortunately, for those of us in the northern part of North America, it may be pretty difficult to catch even a handful of the meteors. Apparently the point doesn’t get very high for anything north of 40-degrees latitude. For locations in the southern part of the country, there’s an expected rate of about 10 meteors per hour at 26-degrees north latitude.The timing is perfect for this shower since the moon will be waxing and will be nearly gone from the sky during the prime observing hours. You can use Google to find your exact location’s sunrise time by simply typing “sunrise” into Google search. The best time for viewing are the hours right before dawn. As always, it’s best if you can find a spot away from city lights.Read more at MSNBC Get your alarm clocks ready. The Earth’s skies will be brushed by meteors from Halley’s Comet Friday morning. Though you’ll still be able to see the meteors in the mornings before and after May 6th, early Friday is the peak time to see the “shooting stars.” The Eta Aquarid shower will produce 20 to 40 “shooting stars” per hour during the peak of the shower, and while it’s not the most spectacular meteor shower you’ll be able to see in your lifetime, it will be worth an early wakeup.Halley’s Comet, which takes about 75 years to orbit around the sun, is a ways away at the moment. In fact, it’s somewhere outside of our solar system past Neptune’s orbit. The last time we saw Halley’s Comet was 1986, and we won’t be seeing it again until the year 2061. Though it’ll be quite some time until we’re able to see Halley again, the Earth orbits three times a year through Halley’s tail, giving us three meteor showers: the Eta Aquarids, the Beta Aquarids, and the Orionids. The latter takes place in October, while the other two are both in May.The shower will be close to the Aquarius constellation, but more specifically will be coming from a Y-shaped group of stars called the “Water Jar,” which is part of the Aquarius constellation.last_img read more

AI Learns to Create Drugs From Scratch

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Artificial intelligence created at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has learned to design pharmaceutical drugs from scratch.The system, called Reinforcement Learning for Structural Evolution (ReLeaSE) is actually two neural networks—a teacher and a student.The teacher carries knowledge of chemical structures for some 1.7 million biologically active molecules. That information trickles down to the student, which proposes new medicine makeups.Think of it as learning a language: After the student masters the alphabet and its rules, they can create new words—or in this case, molecules.“If the new molecule is realistic and has the desired effect, the teacher approves,” according to ReLeaSE co-creator Alexander Tropsha, a member of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “If not, the teacher disapproves, forcing the student to avoid bad molecules and create good ones.”Pharmaceutical companies currently use virtual screening to sift through large chemical libraries and identify viable drug candidates.But, as the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy pointed out, this method works only for known chemicals. ReLeaSE can create and evaluate new molecules.“A scientist using virtual screening is like a customer ordering in a restaurant. What can be ordered is usually limited by the menu,” co-creator Olexandr Isayev said in a statement. “We want to give scientists a grocery store and a personal chef who can create any dish they want.”So far, the team (including Mariya Popova) has used ReLeaSE to design molecules with customized physical properties, like melting point and solubility in water. They also made great headway by generating new compounds with inhibitory activity against an enzyme associated with leukemia.“The ability of the algorithm to design new, and therefore immediately patentable, chemical entities with specific biological activities and optimal safety profiles should be highly attractive to an industry that is constantly searching for new approaches to shorten the time it takes to bring a new drug candidate to clinical trials,” Tropsha said.The University has applied to patent this technology, and published a proof-of-concept study in the journal Science Advances.AI is fascinating and the tech is always improving. Stay on top of it all here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Longview district seeks injunction against teachers strike

first_imgLONGVIEW — Conflict is escalating in the Longview teacher strike, as the district prepares to go to court to end the walkout and notified year-round classified employees that they are expected to report to work.“The district has been honoring the mediation process, and will continue to have trust and faith in it, but we also want to get the school year started,”  Rick Parrish, district spokesperson, said late Wednesday morning. “The disruption to parents, families, students and the community at large from this work stoppage has been significant.”The district announced plans Wednesday morning to file a motion in Cowlitz County Superior Court to order employees back to work. Teachers are expecting an injunction by Friday, said Ray Clift, president of the teachers’ union.Going to court has a recent precedent: The Kelso School District went to court to end a teachers strike in 2015.Parrish said the timeline for legal action will depend on the how quickly the judge is able to issue a ruling.“We are obviously hoping for an expeditious process. We hope to get on the judge’s calendar very quickly,” Parrish said.The district also sent a letter to its year-round employees Tuesday to notify them that they will no longer be allowed to use vacation or personal time while out on strike. The letter applies to classified employees such as maintenance workers, custodians, grounds workers and some secretaries.These employees are represented by the Service Employees International Union and the Longview Classified Public Education Association. Although their contracts are not under negotiation for pay raises, SEIU and LCPEA voted to strike in solidarity with the teachers’ union.last_img read more

What to expect at San Diego Padres Opening Day 2019

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres will open their 2019 season Thursday against the San Francisco Giants with events and pageantry in and around Petco Park.San Diego’s East Village Association will begin its free two-day Opening Day Block Party at 10 a.m., featuring live music, an interactive game zone, a micro-brew beer garden and more than 30 food trucks lining the streets adjacent to Petco Park.The party will continue until 2:30 p.m. and resume Friday at noon. The ninth annual block party will take place on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues.Petco Park gates will open at 10:30 a.m., allowing fans to watch both the Padres and the Giants take batting practice. Pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin at roughly 12:30 p.m., including a celebration of 2019 being the 50th anniversary of the Padres beginning play in the National League.Hall of Fame reliever Trevor Hoffman and Randy Jones, who in 1976 became the first Padre to win the Cy Young Award, will each throw a ceremonial first pitch.Pregame ceremonies will also include the unfurling of the Holiday Bowl Big Flag, held by sailors from numerous units stationed throughout San Diego. The Ceremonial Bell will be rung by a season ticket holder from 1969, the Padres first season in the National League.The national anthem will be sung by San Diego native Brian Justin Crum, who finished fourth in the 2016 season of “America’s Got Talent.” The anthem will be followed by a flyover by four F-18 Hornets from the VMFAT-101 Sharp Shooters stationed at MCAS Miramar.Navy Petty Officer First Class Yarrick Sharod Conner will perform “God Bless America” before the seventh inning stretch.The Metropolitan Transit System will boost trolley service on the Sycuan Green Line, the UC San Diego Blue Line and the Orange Line to better accommodate Opening Day’s sellout crowd.Trains will depart all stations every 15 minutes, while Green Line trains will depart every 7.5 minutes from SDCCU Stadium to Petco Park starting at 11 a.m. Blue Line trains heading to southern San Diego County after the game will depart every 7.5 minutes as well, beginning at 2:30 p.m.The signing of third baseman Manny Machado and debut of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. bring optimism for a better season after two last-place finishes in the past three seasons.Machado is a four-time all-star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner who signed a 10-year, $300 million contract on Feb. 21, the fourth largest deal in American sports history and the largest in team history.Tatis, who turned 20 Jan. 2, was tabbed as baseball’s second-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline and third by Baseball Prospectus. His father was a third baseman for five major league teams from 1997-2010.Eric Lauer will be the Padres starting pitcher, facing fellow left- hander Madison Bumgarner. Lauer was 6-7 with a 4.34 ERA as a rookie with the Padres last season. Bumgarner was 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA last season.Lauer will be making his first opening day start and Bumgarner his fifth.First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.KUSI’s Allie Wagner got a sneak peak of this year’s gameday giveaways including fanny packs, hawaiian shirts, bobbleheads and more! Posted: March 28, 2019 What to expect at San Diego Padres Opening Day 2019! March 28, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:57 AMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLater in the morning, KUSI’s Allie Wagner got an inside look at Petco Park’s new Compass Premier Club.Plus, Allie caught up with Padres legend Randy Jones before he throws out the first pitch at Opening Day!KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with sportswriter Bill Center about his memories of the Padres and how this season has more excitement than most. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Hip hip hooray it’s Padres Opening Day!! #padres #openingday #mlb #machado #sandiego #baseball @KUSINews @Padres pic.twitter.com/35wc3ifekC— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) March 28, 2019 Back from vacay, ready for some opening day #baseball Go @Padres!! @CarlosTVRadio is going brown and gold… what are your fav Padre colors? ???? We have a preview of all the fun ahead @PetcoPark Grab some ☕️ and join us ???? pic.twitter.com/mmiy9tUWUd— Lauren Phinney KUSI (@LaurenKUSI) March 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Cygnus Puts Ag Group on the Block

first_imgCygnus Business Media is putting its agriculture group up for sale, Folio: has learned. The group includes five tradeshows and two publications.Corporate Solutions, an acquisition advisory firm, has been retained to help secure a buyer.Cygnus CEO John French says in a statement that the sale will “provide us with an opportunity to improve our overall balance sheet and provide a substantial return to our ownership group.” The assets, he says, are profitable and the group is a “discrete business.” A sale would not adversely impact the other affinity groups within the company. The remainder of the company is not on the market.One obvious, but not confirmed, bidder would be Penton, which just spent $80 million on Farm Progress Companies last November.  UPDATE: According to French, Cygnus’s balance sheet is in good shape, but after increasing interest from other parties in buying the group, and a well-performing agriculture market, the time became right to sell.About 12 employees work in the group. “We’re still owned by banks and by that definition at some point we’ll have to sell the company,” he says. “My job has been to come in and take the company out of bankruptcy and improve value. And the ag group is the first manifestation of that value increase. I’ve had more calls about the ag group than any other in the company.”The decision to put it up for sale, says French, was all the easier in that the ag group is not core to the company’s affinity group structure. “We don’t have anything else around it,” he says.French declined to reveal pricing or revenue details, but said they’re seeking a very competitive bid or they’re not going to sell. “We’re going for a good market price, and if we don’t get it, then we’re not selling and it’s business as usual,” he says.last_img read more

Unalaska sculptor wins art award as she continues 40year career

first_imgSculptor Gert Svarny displays her artwork in her Unalaska home.(Laura Kraegel/KUCB)The Rasmuson Foundation has recognized Unalaska’s Gert Svarny as its Distinguished Artist of 2017. The award comes with a $40,000 grant so the 87-year-old sculptor can continue developing her craft.Listen nowIn Gert Svarny’s living room, tucked safely between a cushy armchair and a window looking out on the beach, sits one of her most recent sculptures.“Her name is Little Feather,” Svarny said. “In Unangam Tunuu, it’s Huqdun Angunaqdaayulu.”Little Feather is a young girl, carved from blue-grey soapstone. She’s wearing a traditional Unangan dress, trimmed with deep red ochre, and her hair is tied back in a long braid.Little Feather is one of Svarny’s most recent sculptures. The piece is made of soapstone and painted with ochre. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB)“She’s carrying a bag of ivory fish,” Svarny said. “She’s saying, ‘Mama! Mama! We’re going to eat tonight!”The little girl and her fish are in good company in Svarny’s home, surrounded by all kinds of artwork.Finely woven grass baskets that fit in the palm of your hand. Expressive wooden masks that depict hunters hard at work. And long-billed visors that celebrate the style of traditional Aleutian kayakers, warding the sun and spray from their eyes.“I think my inspiration comes from my people,” Svarny said. “They’re in my thoughts all the time.”But Svarny hasn’t always translated those thoughts into creative endeavors. She got into art later in life.“I was 50,” Svarny says. “51 or 52. Somewhere in there.”Art wasn’t on Svarny’s agenda, growing up in Unalaska in the 1930s. She spent her childhood outside, exploring the island with her three brothers and three sisters.“We always tried to get away from mom because she’d make us do chores,” Svarny laughed.Then life changed when she was 12-years-old. It was World War II, and the Unangan people were forced to evacuate their region.Svarny’s family was interned in southeast Alaska. Except for her father, who wasn’t Unangan and had to stay behind. She doesn’t talk much about that part of her life.Svarny carved this bentwood visor — and its ivory ornamentation — in the style of traditional Unangan kayakers. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB)“Had good times and bad times,” Svarny said. “Always homesick.”When Svarny eventually returned to Unalaska, she had a husband and four daughters. They moved into the same house she grew up in. And one day, the art came to her.“I found some bones on the beach and decided to see if I could do anything with them,” Svarny said.Svarny sat at her kitchen table with a melon baller and an X-Acto knife. She’d never taken a class, but she was able to shape one bone into a mask and the other into a small figure.“I just tried it,” Svarny said.More than that,Svarny loved it. She loved handling the materials. She loved bringing her ideas to life. And she loved the way sculpting brightened her mood on a bad day. But that doesn’t mean she felt confident in her work. Not right away.“There have been many times I’ve doubted myself, of course,” Svarny said. “I’d think, ‘Are you an artist? Can you call yourself an artist?’”It’s been almost 40 years since she shaped those first pieces of bone, and she’s come to think of herself as a sculptor.“But I’ve been thinking lately, “Boy, those rocks are getting heavy,” Svarny said. “Maybe I should start painting!’”All jokes aside, Svarny said she’s found her identity as an artist. Now, she wants to help other Unangan creatives do the same.“I’ve always thought that so many of our people are artistically inclined,” Svarny said. “But sometimes life gets in the way and they never pursue what they want to do.”Svarny teaches art to students at Unalaska’s Camp Qungaayux, and she’s brought up her own children and grandchildren with a love for the arts.“My granddaughter Laresa and I were talking, and we were saying that we had so many ideas we wanted to do,” Svarny said. “I said, ‘Laresa, I will never finish all my ideas. I’ll die before I finish all the things that I want to get done.’”But she’s not stopping anytime soon. In fact, Svarny said this time in her life may just be the most creative.“I love doing it,” Svarny said. “When I’m working, I’m happy.”last_img read more

Teslas delivery team gutted in recent job cuts

first_imgA Tesla car charges at a charging station in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017.Reuters/Thomas Peter [Representational Image]When Tesla Inc announced last month the second round of job cuts to rein in costs, one crucial department was particularly badly hit. The automaker more than halved the division that delivers its electric vehicles to North American customers, two of the laid-off workers said.Some 150 employees out of a team of about 230 were let go in January at the Las Vegas facility that gets tens of thousands of Model 3s into the hands of U.S. and Canadian buyers, they said, in a sign the company expected the pace of deliveries to significantly slow in the near term.The cuts, which have not been previously reported, could fuel investor worries that demand for the Model 3 in the United States has tailed off after a large tax break for consumers expired last year and the car remains too expensive for most consumers.Tesla has said its focus this quarter is on supplying cars to customers waiting in China and Europe.”There are not enough deliveries,” one of the former employees told Reuters. “You don’t need a team because there are not that many cars coming through.”Delivery of the Model 3 was the company’s key priority in the latter half of 2018, as Tesla tried to supply all buyers wanting the full benefit of the $7,500 U.S. tax credit before it was cut in half at year’s end.Model 3 is crucial to Tesla’s plans for long-term profitability. The company aims to post a profit in each quarter this year, based on the expectation that it will sell more Model 3s and continue to cut costs.Tesla declined to comment on the job reductions in the delivery team. The company still has an undisclosed number of delivery personnel attached to other locations.’EVERY BEING ON THE PLANET’Even before the paring back of the delivery team, investors questioned the level of demand for the Model 3 remaining after Tesla’s all-out push to supply buyers ahead of the tax credit cut.”Given the need for revenue to cover costs and generate cash, the financial community should be focused on the level of demand for Tesla vehicles – in particular, the Model 3,” wrote Barclays analyst Brian Johnson in January.The two former delivery workers said the 2018 sales push has left Tesla’s reservations list plucked clean of North American buyers willing to pay current prices of over $40,000 to get their hands on a Model 3.Chief Executive Elon Musk initially said in 2016 the car would start at $35,000 – which sparked a rush of reservations – but Tesla has yet to actually sell any cars at that price, despite two price cuts already this year.”We sold through just about every car we had on the ground and we called almost every being on the planet who had ever expressed desire to own a Tesla to let them know the tax credit was expiring,” said the other ex-employee.Tesla workers around the company were reassigned to pitch in, that source said.”They said, ‘Your job is off the table now, we have to get these cars delivered. Because if we don’t get these cars delivered, you don’t have a job tomorrow,'” the former employee said.HALF A MILLION BUYERSAt the Model 3 launch in July 2017, Musk said over half a million buyers had put down deposits on the new car. That helped send Tesla shares up almost 15 per cent over the following six weeks. Tesla Model 3 [Representational Image]Tesla MotorsThe company delivered 145,610 Model 3s in 2018, but all of them at prices far above $35,000. Musk said last week a $35,000 version that could be sold profitably was perhaps six months away. Even with two price cuts this year, the lowest price tag on a Model 3 is now $42,900.Musk maintains that Model 3 demand is “insanely high,” but his company has not released any figures to demonstrate that.Asked about the reservations list last week by analysts, outgoing Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja declined to disclose how many people remained, calling it “not relevant.”Musk has said Tesla has multiple ways of stoking demand, if it chose to, such as offering leases or boosting marketing efforts.The Model 3s now rolling out of Tesla’s Fremont, California factory is going to Chinese and European buyers, Tesla says.The two laid-off employees said delivery targets for North America – made up of mostly U.S. buyers – this quarter would be 55 per cent to 60 per cent of what they were in the last quarter of 2018.If Tesla does not cut prices soon, it risks losing potential customers – and ones already on its reservation list – to a slew of German and Asian competitors whose electric vehicles will hit the U.S. market this year. Each of the new entrant’s first 200,000 buyers will be eligible for a full federal subsidy.Having met that number already, the US tax credit for Tesla buyers drops in half to $3,750 for the first six months of 2019, then falls by half again in the second six months.Musk said last month his “rough guess” was that Tesla would begin building the $35,000 Model 3 in mid-2019.One of the sources said that could recharge U.S. demand: “If there was a Model 3 for $35,000 that was still a really good car, that blows away the competition, I could see demand going through the roof.”last_img read more

4 killed as bus knocks down autorickshaw

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least four people were killed and two others injured in yet another road accident in Ramgopalpur area of Gauripur upazila in Mymensingh on Tuesday afternoon.Two more persons lost lives in another road accident reported in Rajshahi on the day.In Gauripur, a bus hit an autorickshaw around 1:00pm, leaving four passengers of the autorickshaw dead on the spot, said Gauripur police station officer in-charge Delwar Hossain.The victims could not be named immediately. The two critically wounded persons were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.Up to 20 people lose lives in road accidents across the country every day, according to reports of the past one year, compiled by private organisations.last_img read more

Porto stun heavy favourites Bayern

first_imgGoal-scorer Ricardo Quaresma hailed Porto’s shock 3-1 quarterfinal, first-leg, win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as a night to remember to leave them on the verge of the semifinal. Porto carry a weighty advantage to Munich for Tuesday’s return leg while Bayern have only a glimmer of hope and must score at least twice. The hosts exploited early mistakes by Bayern’s Xabi Alonso and Dante to get a dream start with right winger Quaresma converting a penalty, then scoring Porto’s second goal in the opening ten minutes. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaBayern pulled one back through Thiago Alcantara with 28 minutes gone. But Porto captain Jackson Martinez, a surprise inclusion after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, added a third on 65 minutes for his 27th goal of the season. Martinez proved his fitness by pressing Bayern’s Alonso into an early mistake which led to Quaresma’s penalty after just three minutes, then sprinted around Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Porto’s third. “It’s a great win, but we know it doesn’t decide who will go through and we still have one more match to play, which will be much harder. These were a couple of difficult weeks for me, as I did not knew if I would be able to play, but I trained hard and everything went great,” Martinez said. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriPorto coach Julen Lopetegui got one over his former Barcelona teammate, Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola, but insists nothing is decided.  “Jackson indicated he was ok and we decided to take the risk. It will be a very difficult match, we are still halfway through this round, against one of the greatest teams in Bayern’s history, but we were great and this team has lots of ambition,” said the 48-year-old, who will be without suspended wing-backs Danilo and midfielder Alex Sandro in Munich.last_img read more

Two new routes for Air Canada with Mumbai Algiers flights

first_img Travelweek Group Share Two new routes for Air Canada with Mumbai, Algiers flights << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, June 30, 2017 center_img Tags: Air Canada Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada’s new nonstop Mumbai service is taking wing out of Toronto just a few hours after the airline’s new Algiers service marks its inaugural flight from Montreal.Starting July 1 the Mumbai route will operate four times weekly out of Toronto on B787-9 Dreamliners, while the Algiers flights, also four times weekly, will fly out of Montreal with Air Canada Rouge on B767-300ERs.The Mumbai flights are the only nonstops from Canada to India’s largest city. Flight AC046 departs Toronto Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:35 p.m., arriving in Mumbai the next day at 9:30 p.m. On the return leg, flight AC047 departs Mumbai at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Toronto the next day at 5:10 a.m.“Air Canada is always excited to launch a new route and this is particularly gratifying given Mumbai is India’s largest city and regarded as its financial, commercial and entertainment capital,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This flight is the third route we have started to India in less than two years, demonstrating our commitment to this vibrant market as well to our continuing international expansion strategy. This is the only nonstop service between Canada and Mumbai and positions Air Canada as offering the best coverage of any carrier operating between Canada and India.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWith the new Toronto-Mumbai route, Air Canada now offers three Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes between Canada and India, including year-round daily Toronto-Delhi service and seasonal Vancouver-Delhi service, which resumes in October and will be expanded to up to five times weekly this winter from three-times weekly last winter.The Dreamliners are flying with 30 International Business Class lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats, with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.With the addition of Algiers, Air Canada is expands its global reach from Montreal, reinforcing Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub for all of Eastern Canada and the North-Eastern U.S., said Smith.Building on Air Canada’s successful Montreal-Casablanca flights now operating on a year-round basis, the service to Algiers will be the only nonstop flight by a Canadian carrier between Montreal and the North African city, he added. It’s Air Canada’s second destination in Africa, making Air Canada one of a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”This new seasonal route will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 282-seat B767-300ER aircraft, featuring Economy, Preferred seating offering additional legroom and Premium Rouge with additional personal space and enhanced service.Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from Air Canada’s Montreal hub. Flight AC1920 departs Montreal at 6:50 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Algiers the next day at 7:40 a.m. Coming back, flight AC1921 leaves Algiers at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Montreal at 1:40 p.m.last_img read more

Santa Marina Resort Villas on the superchic Gre

first_imgSanta Marina Resort & Villas on the super-chic Greek island of Mykonos, has completed a three-year, multi-million-Euro refurbishment. Idyllically located on a secluded peninsula, just three kilometres from town, the privately owned resort has unrivalled views across the blue sea of the Aegean. In addition, the resort – which comprises 100 rooms and suites and 14 villas – has the only private sandy beach on the island.The refurbishment has seen the total transformation of all rooms and suites, with seven now having private pools with lush gardens and the rest offering private sea view terraces. The interior style by Argentinean designer Silvina Macipe Krontiras is graceful, giving a feeling of warmth, luxury and tranquillity punctuated with art and finishing touches inspired by seaside resort living.The addition of a large infinity pool and OASIS lounge for adults only with views of the bay gives the resort another dimension for those looking for a more relaxed vibe on the well-known party island. Furnished with comfortable sun loungers and an expansive sunken area with soft seating, it’s a great place to relax and sip a cocktail in the afternoon sun. The new area complements Santa Marina’s existing restaurant and bar, the Colonial Pool Restaurant and Bar which serves all-day Mediterranean cuisine. The second pool is ideal for families and has a nearby children’s Lappset playground.The resort is also the location of the world’s first Buddha Beach Bar. Offering exceptional Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine, as well as celebrated signature Buddha Bar specialties and cocktails, the scene constantly evolves throughout the day and night. During the season, there is a mix of famous chefs, mixologists and DJs, not just for hotel residents to enjoy but also guests from visiting yachts.The new Ginkgo Spa combines a serene aesthetic with flowing water to create a feeling of tranquillity. There are five large treatment rooms for therapists to deliver soul-enriching and body-pampering treatments with ESPA and Phytomer products, including a couple’s massage signature treatment. The new hammam is a highlight of the spa with its mosaic-tiled décor and specialist exfoliation and ancient cleansing rituals that utilise heat for therapeutic purposes. The relaxation area, encircled by shallow waters, long flowing curtains and plush beds, provides a quiet pre- and post-treatment sanctuary. Located within the spa is the new gym, which overlooks the infinity pool and comprises state of the art Technogym equipment.A major addition over the last three years to the hotel’s accommodation offering are 14 villas with pools, including three new villas as part of the extensive refurbishment. Ruby, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire, all with private pools, have been decorated in a similar bespoke style as the new rooms with an elegant and relaxing decor. The resort’s finest villa in terms of design, location and size is Villa Horizon (six bedrooms) – the ideal place for large families or a group of friends.The island of Mykonos, famous for its white-washed villages, cosmopolitan nightlife and sparkling blue sea, sits at the southern end of the Cyclades archipelago and is one of the smallest of the Greek islands. Now considered one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the country, Santa Marina Resort & Villas offers a total escape from the lively crowds and access to pristine sands, secluded coves and hidden bays which are waiting to be explored.last_img read more