20 Oct

Cox Kings shares plunge 5 pc after defaults on repayments

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Cox & Kings fell by 5 per cent Wednesday after the company said it has defaulted on its repayment obligations on commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore. The scrip declined 4.76 per cent to close at Rs 19 — its lower circuit limit and also its 52-week low — on the BSE. On the NSE, it fell by 4.98 per cent to Rs 19.05. The tours and travel company & Kings Tuesday said it has defaulted on its repayment obligations on commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore, while interest of Rs 41 lakh could not be paid timely on bonds worth Rs 50 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep This is the fourth instance within a span of just three weeks that the beleaguered firm has defaulted on meeting financial obligations. In a regulatory filing, the company said that it has defaulted on payment on unsecured commercial papers worth Rs 45 crore on July 16, 2019. In a separate filing, the company said it defaulted on July 15, 2019, towards paying interest of more than Rs 41 lakh during June 15 to July 15, 2019, on secured redeemable non-convertible bonds worth Rs 50 crore. “Whilst the company was making all efforts to make the interest payment on time, the same could not be paid due to cash flow mismatch. The company proposes to meet its obligations through a combination of internal accruals and monetisation of assets. The company is working towards plans to make good its obligations,” it said in the filing.last_img read more

15 Oct

Blake Lively Pokes Fun at Husband Ryan Reynolds in the Cutest Way

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Blake Lively loves her husband, Ryan Reynolds, but she also loves poking fun at him.The 29-year-old actress took to Instagram on Thursday to pay special tribute to “the most influential person in my life,” John Legend.last_img

15 Oct

Jerry OConnell loves North Bay talks new TV show Carter

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook O’Connell was born in Manhattan but seems Canadian because: he’s super nice, even while being interviewed on the phone at 1 a.m., his time; his favourite TV show is “Schitt’s Creek”; and when he’s not working in Canada, he’s working with Canadians.The 44-year-old made his film debut in 1986 as one of the young lads scrambling across railway tracks in Rob Reiner’s memorable feature “Stand By Me.” Among his co-stars: a young Kiefer Sutherland.O’Connell was in Toronto for three of his teen years shooting the CTV comedy “My Secret Identity.” He was cast opposite Second City veteran Derek McGrath, who, as O’Connell points out, is from the northern Ontario town of Porcupine, near Timmins.It was during those “My Secret Identity” years that O’Connell started identifying with the Canadian anthem. “You go to enough Leafs games, Jays games and Argo games, you pick it up.”He sang it loud and proud last fall with a children’s choir on the ice at an OHL North Bay Battalion game. “That night we went out after the game to a bar,” he says. “The whole crew was critiquing my performance of the national anthem. They said I was drowning out the kids.”Several years after “My Secret Identity,” O’Connell was cast alongside another Canadian, Jill Hennessy, on the U.S. network drama “Crossing Jordan.”“She was born in Edmonton and grew up in Ontario,” says O’Connell, who knows his Canadian towns, cities and actresses.After that series, about 10 years ago, O’Connell was cast in the short-lived U.S. sitcom “Carpoolers” which was created by Bruce McCulloch from “Kids in the Hall.”“I have Bruce McCulloch to thank for this job,” says O’Connell of “Carter.” According to the actor, McCulloch told “Carter” creator Garry Campbell (a former “Kids in the Hall” writer who also has worked on “Kim’s Convenience” and “Less than Kind”) that he should cast the American.“He said, ‘Jerry’s not that reliable but you’ll have fun working with him,”‘ suggests O’Connell. “I’m totally joking — that was a joke. He must have said something positive. I got hired.”O’Connell does squeeze in the occasional job on American soil. He’s in this week’s season finale of “The Big Bang Theory.” As Sheldon’s seldom-seen big brother Georgie, he’s among the guests at the wedding of characters Sheldon and Amy.His nine-year-old twin daughters — big “Young Sheldon” fans — are thrilled dad’s going to be on “Big Bang.” O’Connell is married to actress Rebecca Romijn, who brought the kids to Canada for a visit during the series shoot.O’Connell truly fell in love with North Bay, which, thanks to tax incentives, has become a thriving film and TV production site. He kept running into Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse and the cast of “Cardinal” while in North Bay, and advocates for a “Carter”-“Cardinal” crossover.“I really do feel like I have a job to do in letting people know that the north is gorgeous and everybody should come up there,” says O’Connell. “Not only is it a beautiful place to shoot, it’s a beautiful place to come visit.”He’s looking forward to returning to the city this week for a special premiere screening of “Carter.”“Everybody who works at Timmy Ho-Ho’s is going to be there. It’s going to be crazy.” How many American TV stars could come up to Canada and belt out our national anthem at a hockey game without a teleprompter?Jerry O’Connell performed the task — without missing a word — while working on his new series “Carter” in North Bay, Ont.If that doesn’t sound honourary Canadian enough, here’s the plot of “Carter,” which premieres Tuesday, May 15, on Bravo: a Canadian actor (O’Connell), who stars in a top-rated American detective series, heads back to his small town in Northern Ontario to escape the phoniness of Hollywood. He reunites with his old pals from high school (played by Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Kristian Bruun) and together they form a crime-solving team.center_img Actors Jerry O’Connell and Sydney Tamiia Poitier are shown in a scene from the television show “Carter.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

13 Oct

SaskPower makes agreement to buy more megawatts from Manitoba Hydro

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned electric utility has made an agreement to buy more hydroelectricty from Manitoba.A term sheet providing for a new long–term power sale has been signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower which will see up to 215 megawatts flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan beginning in 2022.SaskPower has two existing power purchase agreements with Manitoba Hydro that were made in 2015 and 2016, but the newest one announced Monday is the largest.SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh says in a news release that the clean, hydroelectric power represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching the utility’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.Marsh says it’s also reliable baseload electricity, which SaskPower will need as it adds more intermittent generation options like wind and solar.SaskPower says a final legal contract for the sale is expected to be concluded by mid-2019 and be in effect by 2022, and the purchase agreement would last up to 30 years.“Manitoba Hydro has been a valued neighbour and business partner over the years and this is a demonstration of that relationship,” Marsh said in the news release.The financial terms of the agreement are not being released.Both parties say the sale will partially rely on the capacity provided by a new transmission line planned for construction between Tantallon, Sask. and Birtle, Man. that was previously announced in 2015 and is expected to be in service by 2021.“Revenues from this sale will assist in keeping electricity rates affordable for our Manitoba customers, while helping SaskPower expand and diversify its renewable energy supply,” Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said in the utility’s own news release.In 2015, SaskPower signed a 25 megawatt agreement with Manitoba Hydro that lasts until 2022. A 20-year agreement for 100 megawatts was signed in 2016 and comes into effect in 2020.The deals are part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 involving up to 500 megawatts.last_img read more

12 Oct

Expectations High for Moroccan Team After World Cup Final Draw

Rabat – After a nearly 20-year absence, the Atlas Lions are heading back to the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia next summer. The Moroccan team was placed today in Group B along with its neighbor, Spain, as well as Portugal and Iran.The Moroccan team showed its great determination in the World Cup qualifiers against notable African opponents like Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali. The Moroccan team will have to keep up this determination when playing against the most toughest football teams in the world: La Roja (Spain), Portugal, and Iran.The Lions will play against Iran in their first match, which is scheduled to take place on June 15. Morocco’s first World Cup opponent team was ranked 32th in the recent FIFA ranking and has qualified for the World Cup five times (in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018). The Moroccan team has been hitting international headlines throughout the World Cup qualifiers, as they finished undefeated. The fabulous victory against Cote d’Ivoire in the last qualifier on November 11 proved the team’s great will to do better achievements in the tournament’s next phase.After Iran, Morocco will face Portugal on June 20, the third best team in November’s FIFA ranking. The team has made six appearances in the World Cup, in 1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, with the 2018 edition to be their seventh. The next battle for the Moroccan Lions will be against their neighboring team, La Roja. The Morocco-Spain match is scheduled to take place on June 25. The Spanish team is one of the most present teams at the World Cup finals, with 14 appearances out of the 20 tournaments. The Moroccan team has rejoined the heroes who returned to the World tournament for the first time since 1998. “Finally, Morocco will be in Spain’s way towards reaching the group of sixteen,” wrote Spanish news outlet Marca after the World Cup final draw, which placed the Moroccan team in the same group as the Spanish team was placed (Group B).Calling Morocco “one of the traditional powers of Africa, which in recent times had lost relevance,” the Spanish sports site noted that the team has now regained its prestige, owing to the work done by their French coach, Herve Renard.The Frenchman played an eminent role in the Moroccan team’s qualification. The team also called on the most skilfull Moroccan international and local footballers, who did their utmost to defend their Moroccan jersey during the World Cup qualifiers.“Footballers have already accustomed to the European elite as [Mehdi] Benatia (Juventus), Achraf [Hakimi] (Real Madrid), [Nordin] Amrabat (Leganes) or [Younes] Belhanda (Galatasaray) will make the African team a complicated opponent for Lopetegui,” wrote Marca, referring to Julen Lopetegui, a former Spanish footballer and current manager of Spanish national football team.Lopetegui said that Spain will face “one of the most toughest teams, including the Moroccan team who excluded the Ivorian team in the World Cup qualifiers.”These footballers are one of the best Moroccan players, who scored many goals and mezmorized their supporters with great performances during the qualifiers along with other footballers, including Hakim, Ziyech, Nabil Dirar, Faycal Fajr, and Khalid Boutaib. Mustapha Hadji, former Moroccan football legend and currently the team’s assistant coach, said that the Moroccan team was placed in a “deadly group.” Hadji, who was present during the Moscow’s draw, told Moroccan radio station Mars that “[the Moroccan team] has its say during the first match, we have to negotiate it,” adding that this match will “condition the remaining course of Morocco in the World Cup.”“After Iran, we will manage match by match,” said the former legend. “We have our chance, we have our card to play.”This will be the fifth time Morocco will participate in the World Cup, after previously playing in 1970, 1986, 1994, and 1998. read more

12 Oct

Top UN human rights official urges halt to Afghan executions

11 November 2008The United Nations human rights chief voiced her dismay today after several prisoners were put to death in Afghanistan in recent days and urged the Government to stop any further planned executions. Five convicted prisoners are known to have been executed – on orders signed by President Hamid Karzai – over the past four days in the country, which had observed a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 2004. “While recognizing the severity of the crimes with which these prisoners were charged, I am very concerned that the law enforcement and judicial systems in Afghanistan fall short of internationally accepted standards guaranteeing due process and fair trial,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Under these circumstances, there is a grave risk that there will be miscarriages of justice and that innocent people may be executed. The serious shortcomings in the police and judiciary have been well documented, and the Government has recognized this and committed itself to reform both branches of law enforcement.” The latest killings are the first State-implemented executions in Afghanistan since October 2007, when the Government carried out death sentences on 15 prisoners. Two months later, in December 2007, the General Assembly passed a resolution calling for a global moratorium on the death penalty.Ms. Pillay urged Mr. Karzai “to call a halt to any further executions and to rejoin the growing international consensus for a moratorium on the death penalty.” She also encouraged the Government to join the other 68 States that have acceded to the Additional Protocol II of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which requires the abolition of the death penalty. read more

6 Oct

Three UN peacekeepers wounded in Haiti mission beefs up street presence

Two of the Brazilian blue helmets were hit by gunfire as they patrolled a main avenue in the area and the third was shot manning a checkpoint yesterday. Today, peacekeepers exchanged fire with armed groups in the suburb of Cité Militaire.In February 2004, an insurgency forced Mr. Aristide, who had been elected President, to go into exile, and led to the establishment of MINUSTAH to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country. The mission helped organize presidential elections this past February, which were won by René Préval after a turbulent vote-counting period. Despite political progress, armed gangs continue to dominate poor neighbourhoods and to threaten stability. read more

4 Oct

Bombardier says Russian turmoil affecting business aircraft but not Q400 talks

Bombardier says Russian turmoil affecting business aircraft but not Q400 talks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 5:15 am MDT MONTREAL – Bombardier says a Russian economy weakened by Western sanctions is having an effect on business aircraft sales, but has not undermined negotiations to establish a turboprop manufacturing facility or threatened a large CSeries order from a Russian leasing company.“So far everything is still going, maybe except for business aircraft,” CEO Pierre Beaudoin said Thursday during a conference call to discuss second-quarter financial results.“The market is weak in Russia right now and you can imagine that if the economy slows down it has an effect, but I think it’s a situation that we need to follow very closely.”Bombardier reported that its overall revenues increased about nine per cent adjusting for currency to US$4.9 billion, but its net income decreased 14 per cent due to softness at its railway division.The Montreal train and plane maker, which keeps it books in U.S. dollars, earned $155 million or eight cents per share for the three months ended June 30. That compared to $180 million, or 10 cents per share, for the same quarter in 2013.Excluding items, adjusted net income was $192 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with $158 million, or nine cents per share, year-over-year.Analysts expected nine cents in adjusted earnings per share on $4.73 billion in revenues, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Beaudoin said negotiations continue with Rostec about setting up a Q400 assembly plant in Russia, with both sides motivated to find a solution.“Of course when and if we get to an agreement we will have to consider the overall environment and the sanctions at that time,” he said. “Today I don’t see that as a restriction but it’s a situation that evolves.”Beaudoin added that Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance’s firm order for 32 CS300 and options for 10 more aircraft is not compromised by the political situation in Russia since the larger CSeries plane isn’t scheduled to enter into service until later in 2016.Meanwhile, the aerospace manufacturer said it hopes to make up some lost flight hours caused by a two-month grounding of the commercial jet after flight tests resume “within weeks.” The test program requires 2,400 flight test hours, but Bombardier hopes to get credit for some of its ground testing.New engines have been installed on one flight test aircraft and Bombardier is reviewing a solution provided by Pratt & Whitney to resolve the engine mishap.“We still feel confident that we’re within the window that we gave you (for entry into service), which is the second half of 2015,” he told analysts.Beaudoin said customers have expressed confidence in the performance of the 110- to 160-seat CSeries plane despite being disappointed by the engine problem.Bombardier has used the lull in flight testing to install component and software updates and will fly in “normal mode” using its fly-by-wire computer system when flights resume.The aerospace division had revenues of $2.5 billion as it delivered 62 aircraft and received 48 net orders. That compared with compared with $2.3 billion in revenues for the same period last year when it delivered 47 planes and received 82 net orders.The German-based transportation division had US$2.4 billion of revenues, compared with $2.2 billion a year earlier, or up 6.3 per cent excluding currency impacts. It is continuing its restructuring, which involves reduction in jobs.Bombardier’s aerospace division announced the layoff of 1,800 employees, an organizational restructuring and the retirement of the division’s CEO last week. The aerospace division has been split into three units, each reporting to Beaudoin.The CEO said the change, which has been in the works for “quite some time”, will cut 15 per cent in overhead costs and make aerospace more profitable, agile, and flexible, while the separation of aerostructures will provide more transparency about its results.Beaudoin said a major change was warranted because he was dissatisfied with the division’s executive and wanted a more direct hands-on role to monitor heavy investments in aircraft development.He wouldn’t say if a specific event prompted the change, which included the departure of aerospace CEO Guy Hachey.“Mr. Hachey retired. That’s his own personal choice,” Beaudoin told reporters when pressed about the leadership change.He also wouldn’t categorically rule out further job cuts.“I will not speculate on that one. Our goal right now is for 1,800 and we want to make sure that our three new business units work adequately.”Analysts said the results were largely in-line with expectations, while the company used $424 million in free cash flow in the quarter, better than the $602 million forecast.“(The) free cash flow usage beat and stronger margins provide more confidence that stock is poised to bounce back in response to overly negative market sentiment,” wrote Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares lost four cents at C$3.63 in Thursday morning trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

4 Oct

Calgary luxury home market still in good shape

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email As nervous Calgarians wait to see what will happen to the economy, there are concerns what it will mean for the real estate sector.However, for the most part, people remain optimistic, especially in the luxury market.While homeowners aren’t necessarily being forced to sell, there will be a greater supply on the market.Sotheby’s Ross McCredie says the bottom line is people are still buying and selling.“We had a very strong market for about five years in Calgary with price increases as well as sales volume, so there’s a big pause right now, but, I think, for most people that live in Calgary right now, they’ve seen this movie before,” he said.He says clients still feel confident.McCredie suggested the only area at major risk in Calgary is the new homebuyers’ market, and people who bought homes over the last couple of years who may have over-leveraged themselves. Calgary luxury home market still in “good shape” by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2015 10:37 am MDT read more

2 Oct

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The exercise, which began at the end ofJune, is expected to take up to six months to complete.It “will help consolidate a unified database for the purposes of protection, identity management, documentation, provision of assistance, population statistics and ultimately solutions for an estimated 900,000 refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in successive waves of forced displacement,” Charlie Yaxley, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters on Friday in Geneva.Since August of last year, more than 720,000 have fled in what was one of the world’s largest and fastest growing refugee emergencies in decades.“The verification will play a key role in establishing refugees’ identities and their declared places of origin in Myanmar,” he continued. “It will help preserve their right to voluntarily return home, if and when they decide that the conditions are right to do so.”The verification will play a key role in establishing refugees’ identities – UNHCR’s Charlie YaxleyThe exercise will also help to boost accurate refugee data – supporting the Government and humanitarian partners to better understand their specific needs; plan, target and deliver protection and assistance; and avoid duplicating services.“Biometric data, including iris scans and fingerprints as well as photographs, are used in the exercise to confirm individual identities for all refugees over the age of 12,” Mr. Yaxley explained.The credit card-sized plastic IDs, issued jointly by the Bangladesh Government and UNHCR, contain a number of anti-fraud features.Since the start of exercise on 21 June, some 4,200 refugees have been verified – despite heavy monsoon rains in recent days – most attending their verification appointments, aware of the significance of having an identity card.In addition to providing laptops, servers, wireless routers, biometric hardware and printing equipment, UNHCR is also making available special biometric registration software.“Following his visit to Bangladesh this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said greater resources must be found to develop education, healthcare and infrastructure to build a more sustainable life for Rohingya refugees and their hosts,” said the spokesperson.Ten months into the Rohingya refugee crisis, the response continues to remain focused on addressing the massive humanitarian needs, and on mitigating the impact of monsoon rains in refugee settlements.To date, the UN’s Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh is only 26 per cent funded.“Additional international support is needed to step up the assistance from purely humanitarian and day-to-day support towards medium-term and developmental assistance” said Mr. Yaxley, echoing the High Commissioner’s message. read more

24 Sep

Michelin to buy mining conveyor major Fenner

first_imgMichelin today announced that it intends to acquire Fenner PLC. Headquartered in Hessle, United Kingdom, Fenner is a global leader in reinforced polymer technology with 2017 annual revenues of £655 million. It provides conveyor belt solutions and reinforced polymer products for the mining and general industrial markets. Fenner operates two divisions: (i) Engineered Conveyor Solutions (ECS), the second largest producer of heavy conveyor belts and a global player in the heavy and complex conveyor belt solution market and (ii) Advanced Engineered Products (AEP), a leading player in diversified polymer-engineered products. Fenner uses its expertise to identify, design and manufacture locally engineered and performance-critical polymer products for niche markets around the world.“For Michelin, this acquisition is in perfect strategic alignment with its ambition to leverage its expertise in high-technology materials.” The transaction is expected to deliver the following strategic benefits:Comprehensive solutions for mining customers: the acquisition will allow the Group to provide mining industry customers with a comprehensive offering, ranging from tires to conveyor belts with related services and solutions, and to enhance both companies’ geographic reach.Broadened high-tech materials expertise and innovation: driven by a strong innovation culture, Michelin and Fenner are technology leaders and have successfully developed premium product portfolios. The addition of Fenner’s polymer portfolio will help Michelin break into the reinforced polymer markets, notably in consumer goods, industrial devices and medical segments. Michelin is further developing its expertise in advanced materials and engineered products. Fenner will be the cornerstone of this process.“Michelin values the skills, experience and industry knowledge of the Fenner group’s management and employees. Mastering high-technology materials is key to creating value in the coming years. Fenner will enable Michelin to accelerate its growth in this area, and to strengthen its position as a key player in the recovering mining markets with a comprehensive offering”, said Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin.“We find the cultural fit and business opportunities excellent with Michelin. Both companies have innovation in their DNA and are customer solution oriented”, said Mark Abrahams, CEO of Fenner.Following an analysis and discussions with Fenner, Michelin has identified significant opportunities to achieve material cost savings, of which £30 million immediate annual synergies, unlock processing efficiencies and leverage R&D skills, with a view to delivering faster growth and creating significant value.The boards of both companies have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by Michelin. Each shareholder will receive 610 pence in cash for each Fenner PLC share, representing a 30.7% premium to Fenner’s share price of 467 pence at the close of business on 16 March 2018, the last business day before this announcement, valuing Fenner at approximatively £1.3 billion on an enterprise value basis. The acquisition is to be implemented by means of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement.last_img read more

24 Sep

Jacobs Engineering awarded Sirius materials handling EPC contract

first_imgJacobs Engineering Group has received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Sirius Minerals for its new materials handling facility (MHF) in Teesside, England. The MHF is being constructed as part of the company’s North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, which will supply a unique type of potash fertiliser.The MHF will crush the polyhalite ore from the mine near Whitby, England, and granulate it for use in agricultural equipment before sending it to the nearby dock for shipping. “As the EPC provider for Sirius Minerals’ materials handling facility, Jacobs is delivering more than a full life cycle solution on this project—we’re delivering a facility that is scalable and able to support changing agriculture needs,” said Jacobs Mining, Minerals and Technology Senior Vice President and General Manager Andrew Berryman. “From the run of mine stockpile to the final product loadout, the materials handling facility will contribute to local and global food supply.”Jacobs is designing the MHF to handle 7 Mt/y of granulated product in its first phase of development, with expansion considerations being developed into the design to support up to 20 Mt/y of the granulated product. In addition, the facility will also handle 3 Mt/y of coarse product.“Securing a partnership with a company the calibre of Jacobs is great for us and a testament to the world-class nature of this project,” said Sirius Minerals Chief Development Officer Simon Carter. “Their knowledge of EPC projects in the mining sector is hugely valuable, as is their experience of construction projects on Teesside.”Through the development of its North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, the world’s largest and highest-grade deposit, Sirius Minerals will become a leading global producer of polyhalite. At full production, the project will create over 1,000 direct jobs and many more indirectly, and has the potential to generate over £2 billion of annual exports for the UK.last_img read more

21 Sep

Todays Google Doodle is an Olympic game

first_imgDuring this Olympic season search engine Google has been doing a different Olympic themed Google Doodle every day. Today’s is different, Google has done it’s first Olympic game doodle.It’s pretty simple, you just have to jump the hurdles in the fastest time. Tap the left arrow key, followed by the right arrow key repeatedly as fast as possible to make your man run,  then press the space bar to jump over the hurdles. You’ll then be given a time and marked out of a possible three stars. You can also share your time on Google+.Of course, it’s not the first time Google have made their daily doodle into a game, back in 2010 many users swarmed the Google homepage just to play Pac Man, which was created to celebrate its 30th anniversary. It was so popular in fact, it was made playable forever.In May this year, Google recreated a Moog synthesizer to celebrate Dr Robert Moog’s 78th birthday. Users could create their own electronic music courtesy of Google and share their creations. It’s not just doodles that Google do though, ever tried typing “do a barrel roll” into Google?Google continues to amaze us with how much time and effort they put into their doodles. It will be interesting to see what kind of Olympic doodle they come up with next, whether it be another work of art, an animation, or game. In the meantime, I’m sure one of you can easily beat my rubbish 17 second score on today’s Google doodle.Post your scores in the comments and lets see who has the fastest fingers.via Googlelast_img read more

20 Sep

Germany Broke a Renewable Energy Record in April

first_img Germans have set their sights on powering their country from renewable sources exclusively by 2050. They’re already well on their way, and just over a week ago they celebrated a major milestone.According to an update from Patrick Graichen, director of the Agora Energiewende Initiative, 64% of the power consumed in Germany over the final weekend in April came from renewables. Sunny, breezy weather gave solar, and wind farms a big boost, and biomass and hydro plants also helped out.Just last year, deal weather conditions created a very brief window one afternoon where renewable energy met 87% of demand. There was a surplus of electricity as a result, which resulted in negative billing. Germans actually got paid to use electricity. The same thing happened again this year, and peak renewable production — which hit 85% — lasted several hours longer.In a post about this year’s record-breaking weekend, Graichen said that most of Germany’s coal plants weren’t operating on Sunday the 30th, and nuclear stations didn’t have to contribute much to the effort, either.That’s part of a larger trend: Germany plans to completely phase out nuclear power within five years. It doesn’t look like that will pose a problem given the country’s renewable energy capabilities — and the desire to generate 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2050.Fossil fuels and nuclear are being pushed aside elsewhere in the EU. Three years ago in Spain, for example, wind power became the country’s top energy source. Next door in Portugal they managed to run for three whole days last year without having to fire up its coal or natural gas plants. Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverThermal Battery Could Power Solar Systems Overnight Stay on targetlast_img read more

14 Sep

Minna Rhee Is Out at SourceMedia

first_imgA little over a month ago, CEO Doug Manoni informed staffers that he intended to step down and transition to executive chairman after eight years at the company helm. Minna RheeSourceMedia’s chief product and audience officer, Minna Rhee, has left the company after four-and-a-half years, a company spokeswoman confirmed to Folio:.Rhee joined SourceMedia late in 2103 as chief digital officer, at the time a new role created amid the company’s ambitious and subsequently well-documented digital expansion.She served for a time as chief digital and marketing officer, overseeing initiatives like the company’s relaunch of its digital platforms under a unified CMS before shifting to chief product and audience officer, her most recent title, around the time Matt Yorke was brought in from IDG as chief marketing officer, in January 2017.Representatives for SourceMedia didn’t go into detail on the circumstances surrounding Rhee’s departure, and Rhee declined to comment, but her name and title appear to have been removed from SourceMedia’s corporate homepage as well as the mastheads of its various brands, including The American Banker and Financial Planning, at some point over the last three weeks.last_img read more

1 Sep

March Madness FirstRound Upsets Leave Just 0036 of ESPN Users Brackets Perfect

first_imgMarch has again descended into madness — with first-round upsets in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament putting the hurt on millions of fans’ brackets from the get-go.After the first 16 games of the Round of 64 concluded on Thursday, just 6,306 brackets remained perfect in the ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge game. That’s 0.036% of the 17.3 million total brackets entered.The biggest bracket-busting upset: Arizona, the No. 4 seed in the South Region, was soundly defeated by No. 13 Buffalo — and Arizona had been picked to win the whole tournament by 4.9% of all ESPN bracket players. Only 10% picked a Buffalo win against the Arizona Wildcats.In addition, No. 11 Loyola-Chicago defeated No. 6 Miami on a buzzer-beater, also in the South Region. Just 36% of ESPN’s users predicted Miami would lose in the first round. ESPN is promoting its March Madness digital fan-engagement even though the sports programmer doesn’t have broadcast or media rights to the live games. Those are held jointly by CBS and Turner, which is carrying the games on TBS, TNT and TruTV. NCAA March Madness games also are available via streaming, mostly to authenticated pay-TV subscribers.Meanwhile, for the 2018 tourney, the University of Michigan has been most socially engaged team so far followed by West Virginia University, according to marketing-analytics firm 4C Insights. Michigan so far has had 323,847 engagement across Facebook and Twitter, followed by WVU (175,652), Duke University (172,676), Purdue University (135,051) and the University of Tennessee (130,377).Moving into the second round, according to ESPN, 47.5% of brackets correctly predicted an Alabama-Villanova matchup in the East Region; only 4.9% predict an upset by No. 9 Alabama over No. 1 seed Villanova.Also in the East Region, 41.3% of participants predict that No. 3 Texas Tech will beat No. 6 Florida in the Round of 32 and 26.2% pick Florida to prevail against Texas Tech.No. 5 Kentucky held off No. 12 Davidson to advance in the South Region, keeping title hopes for the Wildcats alive and the 2% of players who picked them to win it all. Kentucky is one of just 13 schools picked to win the title in more than 0.9% of brackets, and the only one of those that is not a top-four seed.Pictured above: Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) reaches for a loose ball during a first-round game against Buffalo in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, in Boise, Idaho. Buffalo won 89-68. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

27 Aug

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first_imgCase Study | June 10, 2013 | Intelerad Medical Systems Collaborative Environment Yields Decade of Success for Teleradiology Practice Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Mark Awh, M.D., president of RadsourceJune 11, 2013Watch the interview with RadsourceIntelerad’s industry-leading IntelePACS medical imaging solution creates a powerful competitive advantage for Radsource by enabling unrivaled quality, service and efficiency during a decade of explosive growth.About RadsourceRadsource is an innovative, highly specialized teleradiology practice that provides musculoskeletal and neurological MRI interpretation services. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, Radsource reads 140,000 studies annually for customers spanning more than 50 locations across the United States.Radsource is staffed by a nationally recognized team of 20 sub-specialized radiologists. Working remotely from various locations across the country, Radsource radiologists read and interpret studies in a highly collaborative environment enabled by Intelerad’s IntelePACS system.Focus on Quality and Service Drives 25 Percent Annual GrowthRadsource has developed a powerful competitive advantage that has driven 20 to 25 percent annual growth since the practice’s inception in 2001. This competitive advantage hinges on three important tenets: quality, service, and technology.From the beginning, Radsource has relied on technology from Intelerad to achieve the outstanding quality and service that differentiate the practice and drive its significant annual revenue growth. “The bottom line is that the Intelerad technology makes us better and faster,” says Mark Awh, M.D., Radsource president. “We have extreme reliability doing wide-area teleradiology across the country.”Collaboration among Partners Yields Clinical and Competitive AdvantageAll Radsource physicians use the IntelePACS integrated worklist and viewer. The intuitive, shared Intelerad Reporting Worklist optimally distributes the workload while providing the ability to collaborate on cases – thus leveraging all the expertise within the group to effect the highest quality interpretations.“When I have an interesting or challenging case, I can push a button and get opinions within minutes from multiple experts around the country,” says Awh. “That’s a really big clinical advantage for us.”Regular Interaction with Referring Physicians Improves Patient CareRadsource radiologists also utilize IntelePACS to collaborate on a daily basis with referring physicians. Using the many features of InteleViewer, radiologists and physicians in disparate locations can collaborate by viewing images simultaneously. Remote Radsource radiologists can even review cases in real-time, providing feedback during a patient’s MRI scan in order to direct the examination.“The ability to interact clinically while viewing the images is really an important part of building that client relationship,” Awh says. High levels of interaction among the radiologists, as well as with their referring physicians, are key contributors to the unparalleled quality and service for which Radsource is known. The end result is greatly enhanced patient care.Flexible, Collaborative Work Environment an Effective Recruiting ToolTo achieve such a high quality of service, Radsource relies heavily on its ability to attract top-notch talent. Michael Stadnick, M.D., Radsource medical director, cites the highly collaborative work environment, the expert specialization in sports orthopedics and neurological MRI imaging, and an ability to work from anywhere in the country as key factors in recruiting highly specialized experts to Radsource. “As a result of the technology that Intelerad provides, we are able to attract the best and the brightest in private practice as well as academics,” Stadnick says.Fast Learning Curve Enables Immediate ProductivityRadsource appreciates the fast learning curve and user-friendly, intuitive design of the Intelerad tool set. New members of the practice can be immediately productive. “We are able to install these tools remotely, and in a matter of days the radiologists become proficient,” says Awh. In regards to setting up new customer facilities, Radsource can get a new site ‘up and running’ sending cases to them very quickly –usually within days.Productivity and Efficiency Increase Revenues, Facilitate GrowthThe flexibility and versatility of InteleViewer dramatically increases productivity at Radsource. “We read studies that originate from numerous locations, using many different types of MRI technology,” notes Awh. “InteleViewer takes images from any site and makes them efficient to navigate.” This high productivity and efficiency have directly influenced the practice’s revenues and growth.A big component of the Radsource commitment to excellent service is report turnaround time; the practice promises to deliver reports within 24 hours, and in practice it is even faster. “We typically deliver reports in a few hours and STATs are handled within minutes, because of the Intelerad tools,” says Jeff Carden, chief operating officer of Radsource. The ability to provide same-day results with top quality and service has been a key factor for Radsource sports medicine clients treating high-profile athletes.Flexible Report Generation Options Satisfy Diverse Customer NeedsIntelePACS flexible reporting options have also been critical to the success and growth of the practice. The Intelerad Dictation and Transcription modules have helped Radsource generate reports that accommodate a wide range of needs across a diverse customer base in a highly efficient, yet customized way.A transition to Intelerad Multi-Method Reporting, which incorporates embedded voice recognition and structured reporting templates, is enhancing the efficiency of the reporting workflow, while fortifying the practice’s commitment to quality and service. “We’re able to turn around our reports even more quickly and with improved accuracy, I believe,” says Stadnick.Intelerad Solutions are Key to Service DeliveryThe strong relationship between Radsource and Intelerad spans nearly a decade. Radsource executives routinely recommend Intelerad technology to friends and colleagues, and they appreciate Intelerad’s willingness to understand and develop solutions for their business challenges. “Technology is key to how we deliver services,” Carden says, “and Intelerad has been the best technology partner we have, without a doubt.”Watch the interview with Dr. Awh and other members of the Radsource organization to learn how Intelerad can increase your productivity and improve your level of patient care. 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17 Aug

US carriers likely to fight for space at Haneda

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2500d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Late last week the governments of Japan and the United States inked a brand new open skies policy after long-spaning negotiations were launched in May, opening expansion opportunities at both Tokyo airports.Despite both Narita and Haneda being opened up, it looks like the battle for slots at Haneda will be the more important, as the new agreement sees guaranteed access to Tokyo’s Haneda airport for the first time in over 30.Previously closed to US carriers, the relaxing of restrictions around Haneda will make it a highly desirable airport in competition to the more expensive and densely packed Narita.Already Continental Airlines has indicated its interest, issuing a statement saying, “the new U.S.-Japan agreement establishes a fair opportunity for them to compete in all the important markets between the two countries.”Part of Star Alliance, Continental also sees the help of current Haneda operator ANA.last_img read more

12 Aug

Pictured Margan citrus curd granita vanilla and

first_imgPictured: Margan citrus curd, granita, vanilla and meringueIt may be Australia’s oldest wine region but the Hunter Valley has plenty of new stars and experiences blended with traditional favourites that continue to make this one of the country’s most visited tourism destinations.I recently visited during the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival  — a month long celebration each June that sees local restaurants and vignerons create a number of foodie-friendly activities to lure tourists to enjoy local produce around open fires.Some of this year’s events include a Hunter Valley Wine & Film Festival; a Vermouth Cocktail masterclass at Margan; Music in the Woods; long lunches, cabernet and chocolate classes and of course, numerous wine tasting activities. EXP RestaurantHunter ValleyHunter Valley Wine and Food FestivalMargan RestaurantPeppertree WinesUsher Tinkler Wines At just a little more than a two-hour drive from Sydney, or a faster chopper ride for the well-heeled, each time I visit I am reminded of what a special and accessible region the Hunter is for Sydney-siders and those visiting Sydney. In such a short time, the ‘big smoke’ is but a distant haze in your rear-view mirror and nothing but fields, vineyards, cows and wide-open spaces fill your periphery.Roaming the region are all sorts of travellers — couples having a romantic break; families having a weekend change-of-scene; groups of friends, both young and old, enjoying wine-tasting or a combination of other leisure activities and international visitors taking a Sydney side-trip.There is a definite mix of experiences in the region and it pays to check out a variety of eateries and cellar doors as there is a broad style to cater to all tastes. Peppertree Wines on Halls Road has a loyal following and a healthy wine club of devotees. On beautiful grounds, it’s a cosy place to stop and have a chat with the staff and also try the wines made by head winemaker, Gwyn Olsen who is making a number of wine styles, not just in the traditional Hunter classics of semillon, chardonnay and shiraz but with a beautifully balanced, food-versatile 2017 Limited Release Vermentino which we picked up to take a piece of the Hunter home with us.For a contemporary social cellar door experience, head to Usher Tinkler Wines and their Cellar and Salumi bar on McDonald’s Road. Cheese and salumi offerings at Usher Tinkler WinesWinemaker Usher Tinkler and his wife Ebony have created a relaxed and fun cellar door experience housed in the converted St Mark’s Anglican church that was built between 1900 and 1905. Inside, groups sit relaxed together at communal tables on mismatched chairs, a church pew or on Chesterfield couches. A large stag’s head keeps watch over the vinyl record turntable. A long bar counter features old barrel racks for its frame, backed by a white subway tiled wall and original stained-glass church windows — while large, new windows overlook the Hunter’s picturesque Brokeback mountains.Usher, former winemaker at Poole’s Rock, also makes wine for his family’s Tinkler Wines. But for his Usher Tinkler Wines brand, he and Ebony wanted to concentrate on wines that were “not too complicated”. Usher makes the Hunter’s only prosecco sparkling.  He was encouraged to experiment with it after Ebony returned from a trip to Italy, having grown very fond of the classic Italian aperitif, an Apperol Spritz.“So we grafted some semillon over to prosecco and started making it – and it worked. It has lots of nashi pear and fresh pear characters. I can’t believe more people here haven’t planted it,” said Usher.There is a $5 tasting fee per person, but it’s redeemable on any wine purchase. Tastings are open 10am until 5pm, and salumi and cheese plates are available from 10am until 2:30pm.  Usher and Ebony TinklerThe best-selling wines include the Nose to Tail, The Cow (a light, smooth shiraz pinot blend); the prosecco; and Usher’s ‘Mr T’s Rare Batch Fortified’ made from old barrels of liqueur verdelho barrel aged for 15 years with layers of creamy caramel and spice with each of the 3,000 bottles made a year labelled, bottled and wax-sealed by hand.“We don’t put our wines in shows. We’re trying to be really edgy and modern and not rely on that old-fashioned way of doing things. That’s what we’re trying to do here, just make interesting wines,” said Usher.The wines may be Usher’s department but it was Eboy’s brains behind the cellar door. Her contribution to the Hunter region was recognised in December when she won Marketer of the Year at the 2017 Australian Women in Wine awards.Foodies who want to get their hands dirty should head to a gnocchi-making class at local restaurant Il Cacciatore,  which has been serving northern Italian inspired cuisine for 25 years. These classes are held during the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival (a class takes place on 23 June).Our class was run by Noreen and also Nicole, who has worked at the restaurant for more than 20 years. There is always gnocchi on the menu at the restaurant so the staff were incredibly knowledgeable when sharing their tips for how to nail  your own potato gnocchi at home. Nicole leading a gnocchi-making class at Il Cacciatore.After we gave gnocchi-making our all, rolling our pillows of potato down the gnocchi paddle, we then watched while Nicole transformed our gnocchi into some of the classic dishes they serve at the restaurant including a tomato-based version with chorizo, zucchini and basil pesto; and a lemon butter based version with prawns and capers.Taking our aprons off, guests can relax, sip on local wines (we tried a David Hook Pinot Grigio and a Sangiovese made for the restaurant by First Creek Wines) while overlooking the vineyards and nearby accommodation at Hermitage Lodge, a 4.5 star accommodation option where you can arrange stay and dine packages with Il Cacciatore.Views from the balcony at Il CacciatoreDuring a meal shared with our fellow chefs for the afternoon, we all have the chance to enjoy our gnocchi efforts, which is of course given an expert’s touch in the kitchen and served alongside the signature Il Cacciatore salad with salad greens, balsamic figs, roasted walnuts and Hunter Valley fetta from Binnorie Dairy. With a swag of tourism awards, Margan Wines and Restaurant should be a must-stop for both food and wine lovers. It’s a bit further off the beaten track of the main action in Pokolbin, located in nearby Broke, but that only adds to its appeal. Margan is family-owned and operated by winemaker Andrew Margan and his wife Lisa. The pair were the true pioneers of the paddock-to-plate concept in the Hunter Valley, founding an impressive kitchen garden which today provides 90 per cent of the food for the restaurant’s menu.Head chef Thomas BoydThe winery has been operating for more than 20 years and the restaurant is in its 12th year.  Margan makes wines from grapes off their own vineyards in Broke and try to work within their terroir. They produce the Hunter’s only albarino, a white Spanish grape varietal; and they also produce their own vermouth.We took a tour of the one-acre kitchen garden with their passionate head chef Thomas Boyd. He genuinely enjoys showing visitors through the garden and discussing the Margan agri-dining concept using produce from their own vegetable garden, orchard, free range chickens, olive groves, bees and estate reared lambs.Margan is certified with Green Table Australia as well as the WFA Entwine program for their environmental sustainability initiatives.  Each year Margan host the 100-Metre-Meal where the food served has come from within 100 metres of your restaurant seat. New sommelier Lisa Sanders attends to our wines during the meal. Lisa has worked at some of Sydney’s best restaurants including Quay, Tetsuya and Catalina. When we dine, she provides an informed but relaxing intro to each of the wines served to us, including the Margan Non Vintage Sparkling Chardonnay; a Margan 2018 Albarino; a Margan 2016 Barbera and a Margan 2014 Botrytis Semillon.Margan Suffolk lamb, celeriac, kohlrabi, kale and potato.Throughout 2018, Margan has a number of cooking classes where attendees take a garden tour, cook and then dine. Sessions include Linguini with Truffle Butter Emulsion on 5 August; Cheese making on 9 September; whole suckling pig and butchery demo on 18 November; and tricks for the perfect Christmas feast on 9 December.For one of the best meals in the valley where you can literally sit back and watch the chef do all the work, a visit to EXP. at Oakvale Wines on Broke Road is highly recommended. Locals I spoke with had only high praise for chef Frank Fawkner and his EXP restaurant, and having visited for the first time, I was able to see what the fuss is all about.A Hunter-born local, Frank opened up the restaurant in March 2015 after working at fine-dining restaurant Muse, also in the Hunter Valley (which achieved two chef’s hats from The Sydney Morning Herald during his time as head chef). He also worked in London for Tom Aitken, becoming sous chef at Tom’s Kitchen.At EXP, Frank likes to use as much local produce as possible and serve seasonal food. The restaurant is small and cosy, with an open kitchen where guests can dine at the counter and watch Frank and his seamless team at work. Thick cedar slab tables, wall art, steel wine rack, crockery and serving dishes are all sourced from local artisans.EXP. chef and owner Frank Fawkner.The restaurant uses a lot of native ingredients and the food is delivered to tables with a full and thorough EXPlanation from Frank himself — a welcome interaction for the guests.Sourdough is served with cultured butter infused with hay; a Little Joe Wagyu brisket is slow roasted for two hours and served with celeriac, muntries and cavalo nero.Warm Shadows of Blue dessert, brioche and honey.Whatever you do, save room for the signature desserts. The ‘Warm Shadows of Blue’ sees a buttery soft brioche bun filled with a blue cheese sauce and topped with marigold ooze forth onto its base of local honey when pierced with a spoon — the flavours all harmonise perfectly. Meanwhile the Myrtle, made with myrtle gum, wattleseed, chocolate and caramel is Frank’s take on a Magnum ice cream, only somewhat more exotic with chocolate from the Daintree Rainforest and made with eucalyptus ice cream. And while we are still drooling over the sophisticated ‘magnum’, petit fours of salted caramel and a coconut rough arrive.For those who have never been before and those who are seasoned regulars, travellers can expect to uncover something new in a visit to the Hunter.    Travel Monitor stayed as guests at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort on Thompson’s Road. Upcoming 2018 Hunter Valley Events30 June until 22 JulySnow Time in the Gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens14 JulyHunter Valley Chocolate and Cheese Festival22 JulyWinery Running Festival28 September until 1 OctoberBalloon Aloft Hunter Valley Fiesta6 OctoberOpera in the Vineyards24 NovemberJazz in the Vineyards8 DecemberShania Twain performing at Hope Estatelast_img read more