Face Up Architectural Record

first_imgThe issue Silverman refers to is Architectural Record’s annual Houses issue. AR’s main focus is commercial buildings. She says AR (which won the 2012 Grand Neal Award from American Business Media) does not often shoot its own covers, and this particular image sparked internal debate whether to include it or not, due to the “rougher” composition of the submitted photo.Silverman says the positives of the shot eventually outweighed the weaker points, “This photo had a lot going for it in terms of the starkness of the building—the crisp black and white of it with the hit of that magenta furniture, in opposition to the rough un-manicured California hillside. The Hollywood sign peeking out at the edge didn’t hurt, either.”The cover font, which Silverman describes as “bland industrial,” is used in-book as well. “As for headline placement, I wanted to both intensify the awkward cut-off composition, and also push it out of the way of the content of the photo,” she says. DESIGNER’S COMMENTS“What the crop on the photo of this modern house has going for it is the dynamic interplay of those positive/negative, nature/building shapes and bringing the eye right inside the oversized patio door. What the crop has working against it is the orphaned bit of the Hollywood sign. This awkward crop seems sloppy and also a bit forced—let the architecture stand on its own and let a caption (small on the cover or to keep it clean on the table of contents) give us the location. I wonder about the styling choice of what looks like a closed shade on the upper floor window, seems a bit contrived and dulls the glass. Everything else is pitch perfect.” Dave McKenna, art director, 5280 Magazine “The hoary old joke at art school is that good art should not match the couch. So I suppose we can award irony points to this cover. Intentional, I hope. Please? In the long tradition of nearly unreadable AR cover headlines, this one is at least clear of clutter or buzzing moiré background texture, and nicely under control. So no complaints there. But a cover image for houses of the year might want to be a stunning, or crazily, boldly out there piece of architecture, no? I’m afraid that the only thing I’ll remember from this cover is pink and black—poodle skirts, Elvis, Grease. The good thing is, I will remember it.”John Kehe, design director, Christian Science Monitor Have a unique “cover” story? Contact associate editor Stefanie Botelho at sbotelho@red7media.com.center_img MAGSTATSIssue: April 2012Frequency: MonthlyCirculation: about 90,000Launched: 1891Publisher: Mcgraw-HillGroup Design Director:Francesca Messina Art Director: Helene SilvermanEditor-in-Chief: Cathleen McGuigan While there may be a few exceptions, magenta is not a color typically seen on the cover of a b-to-b magazine. However, Architectural Record’s April issue takes full advantage of the unexpected hue. “Since we are not mainly a newsstand publication, we don’t need cover lines that sell the magazines,” says art director Helene Silverman. “The one cover line is all we need on this special issue, and right away I thought it would be a fun counter-intuitive move to echo the magenta, rather than let it remain the only bold color hit.”last_img read more

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14th Dubai Airshow takes off at World Central airport

first_img The 14th Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday (8 November), attracting in excess of 1,100 exhibitors from more than 60 countries and regions worldwide. Seven fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) put on a flying display to kick off the biennial show held at the Dubai World Centrals airport.Major aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing are in attendance with about one third of the exhibitors coming from the Middle East region. More than 160 military and civil aeroplanes will be on display throughout the five-day event while the airshow will also feature a 3D print pavilion and an exhibition by the newly formed UAE Space Agency.One of the highlights of the show will be the latest and newest aircraft showcased by Arab Gulf carriers. Experts say the Dubai Airshow plays an increasingly important role for the region to show off its fast-growing aviation industry, with the citys prime global location paramount to its popularity.I think its the geographic advantage exactly the same as the airlines have. It sits here in the middle of the world. It is the bridge between Asia and Africa, between Europe and Australasia. And so its there [that] the market in Dubai has grown, said Alan Peaford, editor-in-chief of the Arabian Aerospace magazine.The Dubai Airshow, first held in 1989, is considered to be the fastest-growing air show in the world. At the 2013 show, deals reached more than $20.6bn (£13.66bn) in total. This years event runs until 12 November and is expected to draw some 65,000 visitors from around the world. Closelast_img read more

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Malayali officer in Dubai Police reported missing is Keralas gold mafia responsible

first_imgA worker holds a 1kg gold bullion at Istanbul Gold Refinery (IGR) on January 13, 2015, in Istanbul.OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A Malayali officer in Dubai Police is missing since last week and it is being claimed that he may have been abducted by the gold mafia in Kerala. Muzaffar Ahmed hails from Arakkinar in Kozhikode district.According to reports, he is missing since he landed at Calicut International Airport on April 22. He had called his family on April 24 and told them that he will come home soon, but his phone has been switched off since then.After getting tensed over the situation, Muzaffar’s family members filed a missing person complaint with Maradu police on May 2. An investigation by the police revealed the gold smugglers link after they came to know that Muzaffar had been a courier for the smugglers.Muzaffar AhmedThe probe revealed that Muzaffar, who was working as a temporary employee of Dubai Police, had acted as a courier for the mafia and had smuggled gold for them in December 2018. However, after reaching Kerala, Muzaffar did not give the smuggled gold to the mafia and returned to Dubai after some days.According to reports, the gold mafia was waiting for Muzaffar to return to Kerala to avenge their lost gold. They abducted him when he finally returned last month.After tracking his mobile records, the police said that even after his abduction, he was in and around Kozhikode.last_img read more

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In the land of cards

first_imgOnce upon a time, there was a prince who was troubled with life’s confusions and the lack of solutions. He sets on a journey to a different land to know more about the world and to experience something new. Joining him on the knowledge quest is his friend, a merchant’s son. But fate had a different plan for the prince; a storm leaves his ship stranded in a strange island inhabited by card puppets. These card puppets have their own set of protocols that are at odds with the real world. The amused prince questions them, observes them and tries to understand how their world works, all along skeptical about changing his own beliefs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What happens when men are faced with the herculean inevitability called change?  The answers were the theme of this dance-drama, Land of Cards or Tasher Desh by Rabindranath Tagore.The play was beautifully directed and choreographed by Sushma Seth, depicting the clear message by Tagore that change is inevitable better to accept it as soon as it knocks on the door.  All the artistes lived up to their characters but the most amusing performance was the perfectly synchronised act by the small girls who played the cards.Questions and fears that infects a person’s mind were answered by lyrical dialogues of the play. It was amusing to see how each character perfectly portrayed the confusions and emotional turmoil that many of us go through, while accepting something new.The ending song of the dance drama was a joyous urge to dissolve all rules and formalities – like breaking a dam to usher in water, in this case, to you usher in freedom and new culture.last_img read more

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Man found dead inside warehouse water tank

first_imgKolkata: A man identified as Kushal Singh (37) was found dead inside a water tank at a warehouse on Belilious Road in Howrah on Monday morning. A source said Singh worked as a driver in Howrah. He belongs to Arrah district in Bihar and lived on Foreshore Road at Shibpur in Howrah. He also worked at a warehouse of a food wholesaler. According to a labourer of the warehouse, Singh came to work on Monday around 9 am. When he entered the warehouse, he saw water overflowing from the tank located on warehouse premises. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe went to check why the water was overflowing. Despite repeated attempts, Singh could not solve problem from outside and got into the 4ft deep water tank. When he went inside the tank, an official heard him calling for help. The official rushed and tried to pull him out but failed. Other labourers also tried but could not help him. Howrah police station and fire brigade were informed immediately. Later, Singh was pulled out in an unconscious state and was admitted to the Howrah District Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Sleuths are checking if Singh was pushed into the tank when he was standing near it. The police are checking if he was forced to get inside the tank. An unnatural death case has been lodged in this connection at the Howrah police station.last_img read more

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The Best Vista Notebooks

first_img Brought to you by PCWorld April 24, 2007 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Photograph: Robert CardinRight now could be a great time to splurge on a laptop, given that many come with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system to sweeten the deal. But is the new OS reason enough to jump now, or should you hang on to your trusty Windows XP laptop for a while longer?To find out, we rounded up 15 Vista-equipped laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Micro Express, and Toshiba, in two categories: desktop-replacement models powerful enough to serve as your Primary PC, and ultraportables weighing less than 5 pounds. We tested speed and battery life and carefully evaluated screens, keyboards, and other vital features.We ranked the best five notebooks in each category and awarded Best Buys to the $2301 HP Pavilion dv9000t, a desktop replacement, and the $2150 Dell XPS M1210, an ultraportable. The jazzed-up dv9000t is a snazzy multimedia laptop with a 17-inch screen and designer exterior, while the M1210 is Dell at its best in a 4.9-pound package complete with a dedicated entertainment interface, smoking speed, and great battery life.This roundup also marks the debut of WorldBench 6 Beta 2, the latest version of PC World’s test suite for computers. Our PC World Test Center team refreshed the benchmark with Vista support and expanded tests that give multicore systems a workout. We also improved our battery test with a new automated script that rotates simulated typing with full-screen DVD-quality videos. (In view of its various updates, of course, WorldBench 6 Beta 2 scores are not comparable to previous WorldBench 5 results.) Visit PC World Test Center InfoCenter for more information.So what can you expect from this first batch of Vista-enabled portables? Though graphically busy and a memory hog, Vista and its Aero 3D environment look great and run well on these suitably powerful laptops; most models in our roundup came with 2GB of memory. If you buy a Vista notebook now, however, you’ll encounter more problems with hardware and software compatibility than you would have with an early Windows XP laptop; for example, some docking stations currently disable Aero. But most sources of incompatibility are identical to those you’d run into with a Vista desktop PC, and they should soon fade as vendors update their drivers and software applications.While a few of the models here are XP-era laptops with an OS transplant, others are among the first notebook PCs to take advantage of some daring new Vista-inspired evolutionary advances. For example, though the Toshiba Port�g� R400-S4931 missed out on our chart due to limited performance and a hefty $3499 price tag, it and the $2199 Asus W5fe-2P025E were the only two models to implement Vista SideShow technology. SideShow-equipped laptops come with a small secondary screen in the lid or edge–a little like external displays on clamshell phones–that can display useful information (such as Outlook appointments) even when the notebook is turned off.The Port�g� R400-S4931, the Asus U1F, and the Fujitsu LifeBook P7230 all have vivid new LED-backlit screens that are noticeably brighter and easier to read than a standard fluorescent-backlit panel. The LED-backlit screens are also thinner and use about a third less power, making for lighter laptops with longer battery life. In another first, we formally tested a laptop–the Acer Aspire 9810-6829–with a mammoth 20.1-inch screen.Charts and Detailed ReviewsOur two charts cover the five best desktop replacements (or power laptops) and the five best ultaportable laptops. Our detailed reviews cover all 15 of the laptops we tested for this story: seven desktop replacements and eight ultraportables.Best Vista Desktop ReplacementsAside from the Acer, with its 20.1-inch display, each desktop replacement we tested had a 17-inch screen; and some came with TV tuners, HD DVD drives, Media Center remotes, and more.See our desktop replacements chart, the Top 5 Power Laptops, which includes these models:HP Pavilion dv9000tGateway NX860XLMicro Express NP5760Acer Aspire 9810-6829Toshiba Satellite P105-S6217Chart MissersAsus W2Pb-7M005CAcer Aspire 9300-5005Best Vista UltraportablesMost of the lightweight laptops we tested offer great battery life for the road; and some have bright LED-backlit screens, cellular broadband connectivity, or even Vista SideShow displays.See our chart, the Top 5 Ultraportable Laptops, which includes these model:Dell XPS M1210Lenovo ThinkPad X60 TabletAsus W5fe-2P025EHP Pavilion tx1000Fujitsu LifeBook P7230Chart MissersAcer U1FGateway NX100XToshiba Portege R400-S4931What’s Next for Laptops?Windows Vista may have brought some interesting features (such as Vista SideShow displays) to certain laptops, but a number of even more-exciting laptop changes are in store.By the time you read this, Intel is likely to have unveiled the fourth generation of its Centrino mobile platform, code-named Santa Rosa. In April, the company announced that this platform revision for premium business notebooks (with extra features such as Active Management Technology, for IT staffers who manage a multitude of notebooks) will be known as Centrino Pro; at press time, however, Intel hadn’t yet revealed the nomenclature that it intends to use for the consumer variant of the Santa Rosa platform.Santa Rosa will include mobile Intel 965PM or GM graphics chip sets (the latter with integrated GMA X3000 graphics) and an 800-MHz frontside bus (up from Centrino Duo’s 667-MHz bus) that can underclock during periods of low CPU use to save power. Also confirmed are DDR2-800 memory support, built-in draft-802.11n Wi-Fi with 802.11a/b/g backward compatibility, and a new CPU socket supporting a range of faster mobile processors expected to debut in the same time frame.Intel has said that its Turbo Memory technology, which uses Vista’s ReadyBoost feature and either 512MB or 1GB of NAND flash memory to speed up application launch times, will be an option rather than a requirement for Centrino laptops. Santa Rosa notebooks will probably also support not-yet-available hybrid hard drives that will be equipped with built-in flash memory.Flash memory-based solid-state drives constitute another replacement alternative for traditional hard disks, and 32GB versions have recently begun providing performance, power, and weight benefits to ultralight portables such as Sony’s VAIO UX and Fujitsu’s LifeBook P1610 and B6210.Meanwhile, AMD will soon launch its next-generation mobile platform, which includes the Hawk processor family (the first 65nm mobile part will appear in this family), and the recently announced M690 mobile chip set. The M690 chip set supports an ATI Radeon X1250 graphics option that can handle DVI or HDMI output and built-in ATI Avivo image and video enhancement, as well as third-party 802.11n Wi-Fi products and hybrid hard drives. The M690T variant will support 32MB of a local frame buffer technology that is touted to extended battery life by ensuring that the CPU remains in a low-power-state mode when appropriate.– Danny Allen Register Now »last_img read more

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When Is It a Good Idea to Change Your Companys Name

first_img Article originally published May 19, 2016How do you know when to put all of your weight behind a successful product?In 2013, MIT alums Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor launched a company called 6SensorLabs with the goal of making going out to eat easier and safer for their fellow food allergy sufferers. Three years later, the startup just raised $9.2 million in a Series A financing round and announced that it is changing its name from 6SensorLabs to Nima, the name of its first product. Nima is a portable sensor that tests whether food contains gluten within minutes.Related: Avoiding Gluten? Take This New Device Out to Dinner.”We feel like Nima is much more known to our consumers and for our potential customers. It’s more of our outward facing name,” Yates, the company’s co-founder and CEO, told Entrepreneur. “We wanted to streamline our efforts and really strengthen the brand by merging the two, our corporate identity with our first product. Nima means fair and equitable [in Persian]. It really stands for everything that we’re doing in regards to food transparency, giving everyone a chance of enjoying their meal and having that peace of mind.”Now available for purchase on the company’s website, Nima starter kits, which include the sensor, three one-time-use test capsules, a charging cable and carrying case, are priced at $279. Yates and her team are also currently developing tests for peanuts, tree nuts and milk. Nima also makes an accompanying iOS app that shares results with other users, searches for gluten-friendly restaurants and provides scores of restaurants based on reviews from diners. To date the company has raised $14 million from investors such as SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs and Nest founder Matt Rogers. Related: 7 Tips for Naming (or Re-Naming) Your CompanyYates says that while technology can be compelling, it can only take a company so far. “I recently went back to our original pitch deck. In order to develop something that’s new to the world, that’s a brand new product category, it takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of rigor. You have to make sure you’re making the right product for the consumer. [With technology], you have to really understand if it’s what people want.”Nima is one of many companies that have changed names to better align with customer name recognition. Canada’s Research in Motion rebranded as BlackBerry in 2013 to reflect its well-known mobile devices, while Apple Computer simply  became Apple in 2007. And back in 1958, Japanese electronics manufacturer Totsuko changed its named to Sony after the success of its first product, a megaphone. Listen Now January 26, 2017 How Success Happenscenter_img 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

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Best Western rewards loyalty members with 10 travel cards

first_img Travelweek Group Thursday, June 22, 2017 Share Tags: Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Promotions PHOENIX — Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ latest seasonal promotion encourages Best Western Rewards (BWR) members to ‘Go. Get. Rewarded.’Now through Sept. 4, 2017, BWR members will earn a US$10 Best Western Travel Card for each night at more than 4,200 Best Western branded hotels worldwide. In addition, AAA/CAA members will earn a $20 Best Western Travel Card for each night.With no limitation to the number of Best Western Travel Cards that each member can earn, members will be able to instantly redeem their Travel Cards and use it towards their next trip, gift it to a loved one, or stack up the rewards and use them for a special occasion.“As we prepare for the busy summer travel season, we are excited to help our loyal guests live out their ultimate vacation getaway, while also putting some money back into their pockets,” said Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “We listen to the voice of our customers and tailor our BWR program to provide the value and perks guests are looking for. This summer promotion is a great example of that as it helps alleviate the stress that can come with travel expenses. We look forward to seeing both leisure and business travellers at our properties this summer.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaBWR, which as recently refreshed, is the only loyalty program in the industry where points never expire. Reward redemption begins at a lower point level requirement relative to industry competitors, and free nights earned can be redeemed at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide, with no blackout dates. Additionally, members have access to special rates – up to 10% off on every night and free night redemptions count toward attaining elite tiers. Finally, members are able to earn gift cards from some of the most popular shopping, entertainment, gas, and airline partners.As part of the BWR refresh, members are given instant rewards and gratification on every stay. Additionally, the ‘Status Match…No Catch’ program allows members to instantly have their status matched with other hotel loyalty programs upon enrollment.In addition, elite members are given a choice of a “Thank You” gift or bonus points. Plus, they receive a 10% discount for all free night redemptions. Finally, Best Western hotels provide guaranteed free nights for Diamond and Diamond Select members at properties with availability.center_img Posted by Best Western rewards loyalty members with $10 travel cards << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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