Rad Cam to be made into a cake

first_imgThe Radcliffe Camera is to be reproduced in cake form, the covered market’s famous cake shop announced this week. Shop owner Sally Davis said that the replica would be as detailed as possible, with every feature, down to the number of bars on the windows, duplicated in icing.“Attention to detail is everything”, Ms. Davis explained. Her staff photographed and made sketches of the building before beginning work on the project. The scale model will take over 80 hours to complete and is being made as a special commission.last_img

World Tourism Barometer: In 2019, there was a solid increase in international arrivals of 4 percent

first_imgUNWTO confidence index However, some large emerging markets, such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia, have reported reductions in tourism costs. China, the world’s largest outbound market, saw an 2019 percent increase in outbound travel in the first half of 14, although spending fell 4 percent. Responsible growth Predictions of international tourist arrivals Tourism provides “much needed opportunities” In 2019, 1,5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally. This is an increase of 4 percent compared to the previous year, and the same is projected for 2020, which confirms tourism as the leading economic sector, especially given the current uncertainties. This growth must be managed responsibly to make the most of the opportunities that tourism can create for communities around the world. Source / photo: World Tourism Organization Presenting the results, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that “in times of uncertainty and instability, tourism remains a reliable economic sector“. In light of the recently declining global economic prospects, international trade tensions, social unrest and geopolitical insecurity, “our sector is constantly surpassing the world economy and invites us not only to grow, but to grow for the betterHe added. Given the position of tourism as a top export sector and job creator, the UNWTO advocates the need for responsible growth. Tourism, therefore, has a place at the heart of global development policies and an opportunity to gain additional political recognition and make a real impact. You can find more about the world’s latest tourist barometer HERE. In 2019, the Middle East became the fastest growing region in terms of international tourist arrivals, growing almost twice the global average (+ 8%). Growth in Asia and the Pacific is somewhat slower, but it still showed above-average growth with 5 percent more international arrivals.center_img International tourist arrivals Europe, where growth has also been slower than in previous years (+ 4%), remains the leader in terms of international arrivals, recording 743 million international tourists last year (51% of the global market). The Americas (+ 2%) showed a mixed picture as many island destinations in the Caribbean accelerated their recovery after the 2017 hurricane, while arrivals in South America declined in part due to constant social and political turmoil. Limited data available for Africa (+ 4%) indicate a solid increase in North Africa (+ 9%), while arrivals in sub-Saharan Africa in 2019 grew somewhat more slowly (+ 1,5%). Spending in tourism remains high “The number of destinations earning a billion dollars or more from international tourism has almost doubled since 1998”, Adds Pololikashvili. “The challenge we face is to ensure that the benefits are shared as widely as possible and that no one is left behind. This year, the UNWTO is celebrating the Year of Tourism and Rural Development and we hope to witness positive changes in rural communities in our sector, job creation and opportunities, leading economic growth and preserving culture.” In the context of a global slowdown in economic growth, tourism consumption continued to grow, especially among the top ten consumers in the world. France reported the strongest increase in international tourism spending among the top ten world exit markets (+ 11%), while the United States (+ 6%) led in absolute growth, aided by a strong dollar. Looking ahead, growth is projected at 3 to 4 percent for 2020. This is a look that is reflected in the most current UNWTO confidence index, which shows cautious optimism: 47 percent of participants believe that tourism will achieve better results, and 43 percent believe that it will be at the same level as in 2019. Major sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, and cultural events, such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, are expected to have a positive impact on the sector. The Middle East is leading According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism figures and trends of the new decade, the latest tourism barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), last year was the tenth year in a row that growth was recorded. All regions recorded an increase in international arrivals in 2019. However, uncertainty over Brexit, the collapse of Thomas Cook, geopolitical and social tensions, and a slowdown in the global economy have contributed to slower growth in 2019 compared to exceptional rates in 2017 and 2018. This slowdown has affected mainly more advanced economies, in particular Europe, Asia and the Pacific.last_img read more

Computers ‘good judge of character’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Computers ‘good judge of character’ by: BBC News – January 14, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 149 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img What do your Facebook “likes” say about you?Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.By analysing “likes” on Facebook, a computer model deduced a person’s character on five key traits better than brothers, mothers and even some partners.The Cambridge team acknowledge that personality is more complex than this.But they say the results show computers can outpace humans.And the findings, in the journal PNAS, suggest some interesting associations – Facebook fans of Dr Who tend to be shy, while fans of Big Brother are conservative or conventional.Digital footprintThe University of Cambridge and Stanford University researchers had already said that Facebook “likes” could be used to predict a raft of personal information including sexual orientation and political leaning.In this study, they wanted to go a step further and pit man against machine to see which would perform better at making judgements about human character and personality.Dr Youyou Wu and her colleagues ran the data of 70,520 willing Facebook users through their computer system, which linked “likes” to five core personality traits:• agreeableness• conscientiousness• extraversion• neuroticism• opennessThe Facebook users completed a personality questionnaire and were asked to get their colleagues, friends and family to act as character witnesses by filling out a survey.The researchers then compared all the results to see how the computer model fared in summing up a person’s self-reported character.Given enough “likes”, the computers came closer to a person’s self-reported personality than even their closest allies.By looking at just 10 Facebook “likes”, the computer was able to outperform a work colleague.Analysing 70 “likes” let the machine rival a friend or flatmate.Using 150 “likes”, it trumped a family member, but not a partner – it took 300 likes to match or outdo their deductive power.Given that the average Facebook user had about 227 “likes” on their profile, this was ample for a computer to go on, said Dr Wu – a visiting intern at Facebook and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.“It may seem surprising because people are generally good at judging personality.“It’s intuitive to think that people close to us know us very well, so it’s even more impressive that computers are able to beat us at our game.”She said that people now spent a lot of time online, which gave computers the edge.“Friends and colleagues might only see us in a limited number of situations, so they have less information to go on.“Computers can access a lot of relevant information about us and have a huge memory capacity.“And they can make judgements in a consistent, systematic way, whereas humans may be biased.”Alan Redman, a chartered psychologist with a specialist interest in personality and psychometrics, said advertising companies already used our digital footprints to build a picture of who we were.And potential employers might want to check social media sites before seeing a candidate.“We do need to be careful,” he added.“We have little control over the data that is being collected about us.” Share Sharelast_img read more

2020-21 Premier League, La Liga, Serie A: DStv, GOtv present heart racing matches

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed three terrific seasons of football in the 2019-20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.All three leagues made a successful return from pandemic-enforced breaks and reminded us of how central football is to our lives. SuperSport is your #HomeOfFootball and the only place to enjoy truly unrivalled coverage of “The Beautiful Game” from all around the world.It’s also the only place to get English commentary on Spain’s La Liga.With a New Football Season for 2020-21 just around the corner, we take a closer look at the match-ups in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A which will get our blood pumping through another thrilling campaign of “The Beautiful Game”.Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City These two teams have dominated the Premier League in the past three seasons and there is no reason that should not continue to be the case. Liverpool’s incredible start to the 2019-20 campaign broke the spirit of Manchester City, but manager Pep Guardiola will be determined to return the Citizens back to the summit of the log and win his battle of wits against the Reds’ Jurgen Klopp.Manchester United v Leeds United Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years absence and if one were to ask any of their fans which matches they are most looking forward to, it will be the clashes with Manchester United in the Yorkshire v Lancashire (War of the Roses) rivalry. The last competitive meeting of the teams brought a shock 1-0 win for Leeds in an FA Cup clash back in January 2009 – you can bet fans of the Whites will still be rubbing that in the faces of their Red Devils counterparts. Chelsea v Arsenal Not only a London derby and the match-up for the FA Cup final earlier this month, but Chelsea and Arsenal are two teams managed by former players – Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta respectively – which are looking to step up toward Premier League title contention… or at least to be the ‘best of the rest’ behind the dominant pair of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Blues and the Gunners almost always produce dramatic clashes and their rivalry is set to run strong in the 2020-21 season.La Liga Barcelona v Real Madrid After Real Madrid dethroned Barcelona and ended the Catalan club’s recent dominance of La Liga, you can bet this rivalry will step up even further in 2020-21. The clubs’ fortunes will be very much dependent on their transfer market work in the offseason, with Barca in need of reinforcements to bolster a thin squad, while Real could do with some fresh legs to back up key players such as Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, who are all into their 30s. Los Blancos defeated Barca 2-0 in the last ‘El Clasico’ and the teams’ meetings will again be vital in determining the title race.Sevilla v Real Betis The Seville Derby, which brought back football to Spain post lockdown in June, remains an absolute highlight of the calendar, even though the clubs seem to be on very different trajectories. Sevilla have qualified for the UEFA Champions League under Julen Lopetegui and are angling to join Atletico Madrid as legitimate challengers to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Betis finished just five points above the relegation zone. Yet the good news for Los Verdiblancos is the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, with the Chilean hoping to restore the Beticos to a loftier position on the log.Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao The classic Basque Derby is set to be played at least three times in the 2020-21 season, as the two scheduled La Liga clashes between the teams will be joined by the Copa del Rey final – which has been delayed indefinitely in the hopes that it can be played in front of at least some fans, if not a full capacity, at Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville. Sociedad finished higher up the log (sixth to Athletic’s 11th) and took four points off their Basque rivals in league meetings last season, which will surely fire up Bilbao to hit back in 2020-21.Serie A Juventus v Atalanta While Juventus racked up a ninth straight Serie A title in 2019-20, they will be looking nervously over their shoulder at the growing strength of the chasing pack – especially Atalanta, whose relentlessly attacking style of football has propelled them into a position where they are considered legitimate challengers for next season’s title. “Juventus have the Scudetto, they’re not going to let it go. But we deserved to win when we last played against them [2-2 draw in July],” warned La Dea manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Internazionale v Milan The classic Inter v Milan rivalry is set to burn as bright as ever in the 2020-21 Serie A season, with the Nerazzurri looking to further strengthen and challenge Juventus for the title, while the Rossoneri have made a massive improvement under manager Stefano Pioli and their exciting young team will be eager to establish themselves as the best in the city of Milan. Inter have bossed the Derby della Madonnina in recent seasons (four straight Serie A wins through 2018-19 and 2019-20) but may find the going tougher this time around.Roma v Lazio The Derby della Capitale remains one of the most fiercely contested rivalries in Serie A, and has even more added spice now that Lazio have risen to become one of the leading teams – though the added burden of UEFA Champions League next season will further stretch a squad which had its depth found wanting post lockdown. Roma, meanwhile, seem uncertain of their identity under manager Paulo Fonseca, but have a promising crop of youngsters coming through, led by the outstanding Nicolo Zaniolo.Tags: DSTVGoTVLa LigaPremier LeagueSerie ASupersportlast_img read more

Bucs crush Mariners to win Admiral’s Cup

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Biocenter_img CASTINE — Defense was almost non-existent on Maine Maritime Academy’s Ritchie Field Saturday as the host Mariners and the visiting Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers combined for almost 1,200 yards of total offense.The Buccaneers went home with the Admiral’s Cup after trouncing the Mariners 52-18 in the 41st annual meeting of the two teams.The Buccaneers moved the ball almost at will, piling up 358 yards rushing and 394 yards passing for a total offense of 752 yards.The visitors jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first period, scoring on a 14-yard run by Stefan Gustafson, a 10-yard pass from John Trudel to Keith Caruso and a 36-yard pass from Mike Stanton to Jonathon Wright.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Mariners, who finished with 364 yards rushing but just 80 through the air, got on the scoreboard with a touchdown in the second quarter when quarterback Bradley Reed scored on a five-yard run.But the Buccaneers answered with three more touchdowns — a six-yard run by Trudel, a 12-yard pass from Trudel to Kevin Healy and a 33-yard pass from Stanton to E.J. Bennett.The Mariners added six more points in before halftime on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Reed to Ryan O’Neal.But the Buccaneers padded their lead in the third period with two more TDs on a 15-yard pass from Trudel to Healy and a 14-yard run by Austin Pierce.Maine Maritime capped its scoring with a 14-yard pass from Reed to Brian Bedard in the fourth quarter.Billy Wetherbee led the Mariner offense, rushing for 191 yards on 34 carries, and Joseph Dibiase had 94 yards rushing on 14 carries.Wetherbee was named New England Football Conference (NEFC) player of the week for his performance on Saturday and currently leads the conference in rushing with 359 yards in two games.For the Buccaneers, Stanton completed 22 of 28 passes for 357 yards, Trudel was three-for-four for 37 yards and Gustafson rushed for 201 yards on 20 carries.The Mariners will continue looking for their first win when they open NEFC play on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more