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Transfer Talk: Rangers’ Bryan blow, Ntcham going nowhere

first_imgSteven Gerrard’s search for another defender looks set to continue.According to reports, Rangers have had a last-minute change of heart over their move for Man City youngster Kean Bryan.The Ibrox club were said to have offered Bryan a three-and-a-half year deal, worth around £2.5m, but apparently pulled the plug after the player’s medical.Rangers also had a £200k bid for Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty thrown out on Friday. Across Glasgow, Celtic midfield talisman Olivier Ntcham had been linked with a move to West Ham following his impressive showing against Rosenborg.The Hoops, however, are said to have no interest in letting the France Under 21 star leave Parkhead after one season.Elsewhere, Hibs are reportedly on the brink of signing winger Thomas Agyepong, while Aberdeen are apparently vying with Sunderland for Forest Green Rovers forward Christian Doidge.last_img read more

Holidays Around the Parks: Gingerbread Edition

first_imgOur final stop on this gingerbread house tour takes us to the Grand Floridian, which has been an annual tradition now since 1999. Unique to this gingerbread house is the fact that not only is it entirely made of gingerbread, but it also serves as a shop for gingerbread and other holiday goodies. Depending upon the time of your visit, you may be able to experience a gingerbread decorating seminar from one of the Walt Disney World chefs that helped create the masterpiece. Now we’ll travel to Bay Lake to visit the iconic gingerbread houses on our list.The Contemporary Resort’s Cinderella-inspired gingerbread house is featured in a new location this year, situated on the North end of the main concourse in front of the balcony overlooking the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella and Prince Charming are designed in the same style that the Frozen characters were in previous years. While this is somewhat out of the way for guests, it does provide more room to stand and enjoy the ambiance, rather than being in a busy thoroughfare as it was in years prior. As always, you they have gingerbread and gingerbread accessories for sale so you can take home some of the magic with you. Fitting in perfectly with the beach theme, this gingerbread house in the Beach Club lobby features a merry-go-round that could be found on any seaside boardwalk. Lilo and Stitch have decided to help decorate – or is it destroy, in Stitch’s case? Either way, I quite enjoy the character figures as they are intricately detailed and very colorful. I’d have to claim this as my favorite gingerbread house this year. Side bar: Disney, if you need help disposing of all that chocolate at the end of the season, Derek Burgan and I could probably help out with that. While our next stop on the Gingerbread House tour is not necessarily made of gingerbread, the Yacht Club has erected a train set in its lobby. One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Christmas was my grandfather’s train set that he would build in his dining room each year, adding more track, villages, and train cars as the years went on. If you look closely, you’ll notice some special details about this particular train setting. Characters from Frozen, Cars, and the Fab Five can be seen throughout the village, as well as signs promoting Cape May and Ship Shape, which are located within the resort itself. Share This!One of the most well-known traditions of Walt Disney World’s holiday offerings are the gingerbread houses located around the resorts. The oldest of such, the Grand Floridian gingerbread house, has been a staple of the resort’s decorations for nearly twenty years. In the following years, we’ve seen gingerbread creations added to the Contemporary and Beach Club resorts, as well as a location inside Epcot’s American Adventure – which, I believe, is the first such display inside a park. To begin our journey, we will start off with Epcot.In years past, this was the location for the Hanukkah storyteller during Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration. With the story of The Maccabees being told musically at a new outdoor location, we now have this massive gingerbread house, featuring a special appearance by Honest Abe himself. If my math is correct, it would take one person four score to consume this entire gingerbread National Mall.center_img **No Gingerbread Men were consumed in the baking of this article** As with every Disney creation, take time to admire the smaller details of the structure. You never know what familiar patterns or surprises you may find. Walking nextdoor to the Beach Club, we find our next gingerbread house…err, decoration. Made of gingerbread. I hope you have enjoyed our look at the gingerbread houses around Walt Disney World, and that you and your families have a wonderful Christmastime! The gingerbread houses will be on display until the end of the year, so if you have time to visit, it makes for a perfect family holiday outing.last_img read more

Ask It Results: 2018 Disney Trip

first_imgShare This!The best way to stave off the Disney post-vacation blues, they say, is to start planning your next Disney vacation. No matter who you are or where you are from, this year has had its share of interestingness and challenges. Perhaps the best way to get over the 2017 blues is to plan a 2018 vacation? With work schedules, finances, and the chaos of day-to-day life, sometimes it is hard to schedule a trip well in advance, but sometimes scheduling a vacation is the surest way to make sure you actually take that time off. To wrap up the year, we wanted you to let us know if you’ve got Disney vacation plans for next year. We asked you:Are you taking a Disney vacation in 2018?Here’s your results. No, not in 2018 (483 votes, 21%)As a local, I’m constantly reminding my daughter that most people do not go on a Disney vacation once a year, or even once every few years. We’re big fans of making sure that we respect that some people may be on their one and only trip to a Disney theme park, resort, or cruise. With the hype for Star Wars land coming in 2019, some people have mentioned that they’re skipping Disney this year so they can make sure to take a trip for that. Other people have mentioned that instead of Disney, this will be a Universal year for them. Whatever the reason, for some people, this isn’t a Disney year. (We thank you for following along with everything on TouringPlans even if it is a non-Disney year for you!)Maybe, still planning (542 votes, 24%)Friends of mine have worked for companies where vacation time is negotiated for the calendar year in the month of January. Everyone puts in their requests, seniority rules, and then you see what vacation times you happen to get. For people in those boats, it’s hard to plan a vacation in advance, not knowing if you’ll have time off. Things like finances can also come into play. Other people like waiting to see if there will be any special deals or last-minute bargains to make a Disney vacation happen. It can be quite a bit of anticipation waiting until the stars align so that you can push that Book Now button, can’t it?Yes, already booked (1229 votes, 55%)It should come as no surprise that people who are fans of a vacation planning site with a key focus on Disney would already have some sort of Disney vacation booked for next year. It is beautiful how diverse the trips booked happens to be. People are going on trips to international Disney parks (some, finishing up a goal of visiting all Disney parks worldwide). There’s people headed to Aulani — aloha to you all! You’ve got people booked on Adventures by Disney trips. (That’s on my bucket list to try!) There’s people setting sail on Disney Cruise Line–if you’re booked on the 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy next summer, look for me and the family there. And of course you’ve got plenty of trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the mix. Vacations are so important for health and wellbeing, and a beautiful ways to make memories with the ones you love. I’m so excited for everyone who has an upcoming trip, and if there’s anything we can do to help make your trip better, let us know in the comments.That’s it for 2017 and Ask It for this year. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get my bags packed–I’m off for a “Magic”-al trip for New Year’s! Make sure to follow along on Twitter to live vicariously through this bucket-list cruise. (Once we set sail, my family and I will have done a cruise on each of the four Disney ships in a single calendar year!) Assuming I don’t stay hidden away on Castaway Cay, Ask It will be back in 2018 with more questions for you all.Happy New Year!last_img read more

Qantas to look at Paris after conquering Perth-London non-stop

first_imgQF9 leaves Perth. Photo: Duncan Watkinson / Showcase Photographix. Qantas will decide on a Perth to Paris non-stop service for late 2019 by December after evaluating nine months of operations of the London non-stop flight.En route to London on the inaugural Perth to London flight on Saturday, the airline’s chief executive Alan Joyce told AirlineRatings.com that the Paris route – or another European destination such as Frankfurt – “would be evaluated against the success of the Perth to London service.”Read Natalie Richards” Economy Class ReviewAnd the signs look good.“The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received and the bookings we’ve seen coming in,” said Mr Joyce.“Bookings are particularly strong in premium classes and for the next month we have 90 percent load factor.”Read: Qantas Boeing 787 defeats the tyranny of distance.Mr Joyce added that the spread of bookings was about 60 per cent to or from Perth and 40 per cent to and from Melbourne and other ports.Qantas used newest 787 Dreamliner ‘Emily’ to operate the inaugural service, which features a livery based on the artwork Yam Dreaming by Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.But just in case of a technical glitch the airline had a plan B in the form of a second 787 ironically registered – VH-ZNB – sitting beside Emily at Perth Airport fueled up ready to go.However, it wasn’t needed and push back was at 6.49pm – a minute early.With Captain Jeff Foote, the pilot flying, taxi to runway 21 was effortless.And so was the take-off,  which was met with hundreds of flashes from cameras from the thousands of well-wishers in the viewing area below, as the Boeing 787-9 streaked past and into history.Throughout the cabin when the nose lifted signally flight there were cheers and clapping from the more than 220 passengers.Tropical Cyclone Marcos, off the West Australian coast, tried its best to disrupt the flight with some light bumps but it only delayed festivities for an hour allowing passengers to get a head start on their movie marathon.Qantas nonstop LondonThe route of the historic Perth-London flight. Photo: Geoffrey Thomas.The Boeing 787’s much touted turbulence suppression smoothed out the jolts.Once the seat belt sign was off the festivities kicked in.Champagne flowed as many forgot – for a few hours at least – the University of Sydney’s great work on how to survive a 17-hour flight.This was history.The media roamed the cabin talking with the many enthusiasts on the flight.There were a group of 6 who had flown to Melbourne to join QF9 at its origin.Led by Amity Travel’s Luke Chittock, they had snared their bookings when the flight was operating its previous scheduled to London via Dubai.Mr Chittock had the prized seat 1A and two of his fellow enthusiasts – Isabelle Chu and Brian Conway – had 2A and 3A.The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, took a back seat in 7F.A veteran of many inaugural flights, Mr Chittock said that the 787 flight “was the best.”“Everything about this flight has been brilliant,” said Mr Chittock.Qantas Perth London non-stopQantas CEO Alan Joyce (second from left) with Brian Conway, Isabelle Chu and Luke Chittock.Those thoughts were echoed by Mr McGowan.“This is an amazing flight and it’s great for WA and tourism to our state.”“We must maximize on the opportunities this flight provides to see our marvelous beautiful state,” said Mr McGowan.The Premier and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have a whirlwind round of engagements in London and Europe to promote WA tourism.Mr Papalia said that the non-stop London flight put Perth on the map with other countries such as China.“Now other destinations we are targeting are taking us seriously,” Mr Papalia said.Many passengers were on board because it was the first non-stop flight to London but those who were on by sheer chance, reveled in the steady stream of television cameras and photographers that passed by.Perth london nonstop QantasAirlineRatings editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas on the flight.British expat John Dewberry, who was travelling to visit family in the south of England, travelled with his wife Martina and children Isabel, 5, and Sam, 3, in economy.“I think we’re the only family on board, we’re probably the only ones mad enough,” he quipped at the start of the flight.Yet, just a few hours from the end, the children were rested and engrossed in children’s movie Coco.“Isabelle’s slept loads… it’s going quite well,” he said.“I think I prefer doing it this way, without a stop.“It’s a hassle having to get everything off and go around the airport to get back on again.”And that sentiment was broadly echoed throughout the cabin.Read: Qantas’ healthy soothing loungeTom Harris in row 42C, also in economy, said he didn’t miss the [Dubai] stop at all.“I could just stretch my legs walking around here in the cabin.“It was a very comfortable and enjoyable flight,” said Mr HarrisThe combination of the 787’s lower cabin altitude and higher humidity with the research done by University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre into foods and mood lighting appear to have won over passengers.CNN’s Richard Quest summed it up well.“Qantas have nailed ultra-long-haul flying by bringing science into the equation.”“This is superb.”Geoffrey Thomas travelled to London as a guest of Qantas.last_img read more

Scaling the Big Video Data Mountain

first_imgAt NABShow 2017, I had the pleasure of announcing the launch of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Cloud Systems (VCS ISTC) with Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Dave Andersen. In the last year and a half, much progress has been made in the center and I’ll highlight the work of this great team in my blog over the next few months.Scanner: Large Scale Offline Video Data ProcessingThe ability to process different types of “Big Data” has led to many new data analytics applications and new analytics platforms like Apache Hadoop* and Spark*. While these platforms scale well for many applications, they were not designed for the requirements of video data.To achieve throughput and efficiency, large video processing systems must scale across many compute nodes and enormous video datasets that are often stored in compressed format. These systems must support highly optimized video processing algorithms and enable execution on heterogeneous hardware platforms that accelerate those algorithms. Video datasets will soon reach exabyte sizes and running an image processing pipeline on that much data could take years on a single node system—even with the best hardware and algorithms. Addressing this scale of video processing will be critical to visual cloud applications like camera-based smart city traffic planning, virtual reality TV broadcasts, and video data mining in healthcare and sociology.In the VCS ISTC, the “Scanner” project begins to address this challenge. Scanner’s intent is to enable high productivity and high efficiency video processing on widely available cloud computing resources. Stanford professors Kayvon Fatahalian and Pat Hanrahan and their students, Alex Poms and Will Crichton, unveiled Scanner at SIGGRAPH 2018 and in the August 2018 ACM Transactions on Graphics.Scanner is able to take a video analytics task—for example, analyzing the contents of a large archive of TV news broadcasts—and scale it across thousands of cloud compute nodes. By scaling out, the time to complete a task like this can be reduced from days to minutes, and, by using cloud-based pre-emptible instances, the costs can be kept within budget.Scanner ProjectsScanner is already being used for projects at Stanford, University of Washington, Google, Facebook, and Intel. Facebook and Stanford, for example, are collaborating on using Scanner in the Surround 360 VR stitching pipeline. This application requires simultaneously accessing 14 input video streams and scheduling up to 44 computation graph operations. They ran a Scanner version of Surround 360 on a one minute sequence (28GB, 25k total frames) across 256 Intel® Xeon® processor cores on Google Cloud Platform.The Stanford team, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Stanford Journalism Program are using Scanner to analyze nearly a decade of 27/4 news video (200,000 hours) to understand the characteristics of people shown on news broadcasts (for example, their gender, what they look like, who they appear on screen with) and what contributors from different demographics are asked to talk about. They are asking questions like how much screen time do female panelists get when compared with male panelists.Researchers at the University of Washington are beginning to use Scanner to help scale the creation of content for their “Soccer on Your Tabletop” work. I have personally used Scanner to benchmark the costs and performance of video processing tasks on various types of cloud infrastructure.One of the beauties of Scanner is its reuse of existing visual computing and cloud technologies. Its innovation is in video scale out distribution across heterogeneous nodes and providing a Python* API to create scalable video processing pipelines. An example of this API is shown here. This code is a complete Scanner pipeline to draw bounding boxes around faces in a collection of videos.An Open Environment for Video ProcessingTo minimize reinvention, Scanner uses open video processing and analytics frameworks like OpenCV*, TensorFlow*, Caffe*, and FFMPEG*. With this approach, Scanner automatically picks up software optimizations for Intel® Xeon® processors in these software frameworks. For cloud infrastructure and orchestration, it uses Docker*, Kubernetes*, and GRPC*. Because Scanner is fully open source, users can extend however they would like. For example, Intel is incorporating our open source OpenVINOTM toolkit into Scanner.Scanner can be run locally on a single system or in a private cloud. It also runs in Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, and could be easily ported to other cloud platforms. It runs on both CPU and GPU instances.Learn MoreScanner is in its second release now, is quite stable, and well documented. The Scanner team is ready to engage new collaborators, contributors, and users in the evolution this exciting project. Check out the SIGGRAPH paper and the code and let us know what you think.REFERENCES:Scanner Paper: “Scanner: Efficient Video Analysis at Scale”, Alex Pom​s, Will Crichton, Pat Hanrahan, Kayvon Fatahalian, SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, BC. (Code)Scanner Code: https://github.com/scanner-research/scanner“Soccer on Your TableTop” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRGAB4QBS6UIntel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit and the open source Apache 2.0 version of OpenVINO™ toolkitlast_img read more