When director Ken Rodgers decided to do a documentary looking back on the battles between late Raiders owner Al Davis and late NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, he decided he wanted to tell the stories from their perspectives. With both men having died years ago, Rodgers used deepfake technology to make modern science fiction versions of the two main characters and used them to narrate the documentary that is rich in historical footage of both Davis and Rozelle from their battles over the AFL-NFL merger and the Raiders move to Los Angeles.
Former San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski has sold his Willow Glen mansion in San Jose, Calif. for $3.6 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The former team captain who played with the Sharks for 13 seasons is now a member of the Dallas Stars.He’s leaving a 4,401 square foot five-bedroom, six-bath home with a wine cellar, pool and spa, sport court and putting green, among many other amenities. Pavelski purchased the custom built home in 2013 for $2.7 million. Janee Medved with …
Shaun Marsh hit a quick-fire 71 and Paul Valthaty smashed 46 runs as Kings XI Punjab spanked Rajasthan Royals by 48 runs to score their third consecutive win in the Indian Premier League in Mohali on Thursday. Score | PhotosPunjab top-order yet again put up a dominating show and helped the side post an imposing 195 for seven, highest total so far in the fourth edition, after being invited to bat.Apart from Marsh and Valthaty, skipper Adam Gilchrist (28) and Dinesh Karthik (21) did well for the Punjab on the batting-friendly PCA track.The hosts then restricted Rajasthan to 147 for seven and jumped to third place in the points table with six points from three wins in four matches.Punjab had beaten defending champions Chennai Super Kings and 2009 champions Deccan Chargers in their early outings.Rajasthan, the 2008 champions, suffered third consecutive defeat and slipped to fifth spot with five points.The visitors had done well by conceding just 26 runs in the last five overs of the Punjab innings but the total still proved way out of their reach as their batsmen let them down yet again.A good start was imperative to stand any chance in the contest but the Rajasthan openers — Rahul Dravid (8) and Swapnil Asnodkar (9) — failed to do the job.Big guns such as Shane Watson (24) and Ross Taylor (0) also failed to fire and credit goes to some very disciplined bowling by Punjab bowlers.Paceman Praveen Kumar (2/22) was very impressive in his opening spell as he bowled Asnodkar early in the innings and saw the back of the dangerous Watson in his last over.advertisementSpinner Piyush Chawla trapped big hitter Taylor for a duck and by the eighth over Rajasthan were out of the contest.Stuart Binny (30) and Ashok Menaria (34) later hit some lusty shots but their knocks only reduced the defeat margin.Earlier, Marsh anchored the Punjab innings after the openers — Gilchrist (28 off 16) and Valthaty (46 off 31) — provided a flying start by plundering 67 runs in 4.2 overs.Marsh was supported well by Karthik as the two raised 70 runs for the third wicket but the Australian left-hander could not provide the finishing touches as the hosts fell short of the 200-run mark.Marsh’s 42-ball innings was adorned with six fours and three sixes — all coming in a single over off Shane Warne.The hosts were cruising towards a 200-plus score at one stage as they were 169 for two in 15 overs but Rajasthan bowlers made a good comeback in the last five overs as they gave away just 26 runs and took five wickets.Australian pace duo of Shuan Tait (3/23) and Shane Watson (2/24) shared five wickets between them and bowled four of the last five overs.At the start, both Gilchrst and Valthaty were out off no balls in the first and second over respectively and Rajasthan paid a very heavy price for the two mistakes as the hosts went on to rattle up the fastest team-fifty and team-hundred.In three overs, Punjab had 52 runs on the board with Gilchrist and Valtahty hammering Siddharth Trivedi and Tait all around the park.Punjab skipper was the first to get reprieve as he was bowled off a no ball in the first over off Trivedi, who over-stepped. Then in the second over Tait had Valthaty caught at third slip but on a back foot no-ball.That proved very costly as Valthaty smashed Trivedi for three fours and two sixes in the next over.A bamboozled Shane Warne introduced himself in the attack but Gilchrist hardly gave any respect to his former Australian teammate as he smashed the leg-spinner for a six over mid-wicket and scored a four in the next ball.Shane Watson finally provided the visitors a breakthrough by dismissing Gilchrist but Marsh and Valthaty continued to punish the rival bowlers as Punjab raised the fastest team-hundred — in just 9.2 overs.The hundred came with Valthaty lofting Warne for a huge six on a short ball but the leg-spinner retaliated by having the danger-man caught at long-off on a miscued shot.Marsh too was in awesome touch and hit some classy boundaries and one such shot was a cover-drive off spinner Abhishek Raut. Marsh then hit Warne for three sixes in the 14th over and raised his fifty in the process.Karthik added salt to the woes of Rajasthan by hitting three consecutive boundaries off Trivedi in the next over.However, three quick wickets stopped the rot as Shaun Tait dismissed Karthik, Abhishek Nayar (1) was run out and Marsh got out while attempting another big shot.advertisement- With PTI inputs
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war READ: Pido Jarencio blasts officiating in NorthPort loss to Phoenix“Upon review of the February 27, 2019 game between NorthPort Batang Pier and Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA Technical Group had come to the conclusion and admits that the offensive foul called by referee Noy Guevarra against NorthPort’s Sean Anthony during the last 47.8 seconds of the fourth quarter of the game was a wrong call,” said the league in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPhoenix big man Justin Chua was credited with taking the charge and the Fuel Masters came away with an 98-96 victory after Jason Perkins’ free throws.Although Anthony kept his composure after the call, NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio fumed. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments READ: PBA: Phoenix leans on defense anew to turn back NorthPort“Referees don’t decide the game, you don’t call an offensive foul like that,” said and angry Jarencio after the match.“It was an unfortunate mistake by the referee in calling the offensive foul and we regret the wrong call made,” said the league. “Accordingly, the erring referee shall be meted the appropriate sanction.”The loss sent the Batang Pier to their third straight loss and a 2-3 record for the eighth seed while the Fuel Masters stayed at the second spot with a 6-1 card.“Rest assured that the PBA Technical Group holds impartiality, transparency, fairness and integrity as prime values in officiating and with only what is best for the league and its fans in mind,” added the league.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chicago Bulls stay hot after tough win over Grizzlies on the road MANILA, Philippines—The PBA Commissioner’s office on Thursday admitted that one of the referees made an incorrect decision in the final minute of the game between NorthPort and Phoenix in the Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sean Anthony made a three-pointer that could’ve broken the 96-all deadlock with 47.8 seconds left in the game but the field goal was canceled out after referee Noy Guevarra called an offensive foul against NorthPort’s forward, which made a huge impact in the game’s outcome.ADVERTISEMENT
MS Dhoni, Hardik PandyaTwitterChennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will be battling it out for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 title and it looks like MI’s power-hitter Hardik Pandya seems to have challenged his idol and CSK captain MS Dhoni in the tournament’s final on Sunday (May 12).The day when CSK displayed their ominous form and beat Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier, Pandya posted a tweet saying that he was all ready for the upcoming game for the IPL throne.Sharing a picture of him oozing with a badass personality, Hardik Pandya wrote on Twitter, “Ready for the battle royal” which sounded like a warning to MS Dhoni and his team to face him in the final.MI stunned a rampant Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier on Tuesday away from home. They won the match by six wickets and thus gained a direct entry into the final. Post the match, Pandya greeted Dhoni with a hand shake and even took to Twitter to heap praise on the captain cool and what he means to him in life. “My inspiration, my friend, my brother, my legend,” Pandya wrote on Twitter followed by a heart-shaped and helicopter emoji.Following Dhoni’s footsteps, Pandya seems to have mastered the signature helicopter shot and has executed in many innings hitting the ball out of the stadium. Pandya has been an influential figure this campaign for MI, who are looking to win a record fourth title. He has scored 393 runs, most of which came in the death overs that led MI to win the match or set a big total. He has also taken 14 wickets.Mumbai Indians were third on the league table going into their last group game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders, who needed to win that match to qualify for the Eliminator. But MI ended up romping to a 9-wicket win. Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya took a combined seven wickets as MI restricted KKR to 133. Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav then ensured that Mumbai chased the target down without much sweat.While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs.Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle.Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.(With IANS Inputs)
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Close what is article 370? The provision was incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet.IANSEven as the new BJP government explores all options to bring an end to the brutal cage match taking place in Kashmir, with the setting up of a Delimitation Commission as one of the prongs available on the table to correct the regional disparity, it is actively taking a view on the contentious Article 35A which prevents mobility and greater integration with the Union of India.In its election manifesto for the hustings that concluded recently, the BJP laid bare its thought process on the sensitive issue. The manifesto said: “In the last few years, we have made all necessary efforts to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir through decisive actions and firm policy. We are committed to overcoming all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all the regions of the state.”We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370. We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.”It is believed that several Kashmir experts familiar with the ongoing drift in the Valley have been used as a sounding board on this issue on Wednesday. While the Narendra Modi government failed to submit an affidavit stating its position on Article 35A in the Supreme Court, where a bunch of PILs have been pending since August 2014, two successive Attorneys General — Mukul Rohatgi and K.K. Venugopal — had sought successive extensions until Governor’s rule was imposed in J&K in June 2018.What then is this Article 35A which has everyone in a state of frenzy. Does it impact Kashmir Nationalism in any way? It is a provision incorporated in the Constitution, giving the J&K Legislature the right to decide who all are “permanent residents” of the state and confer on them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property in the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare.The provision mandates that no act of the legislature coming under it can be challenged for violating the Constitution or any other law of the land.It was incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet. The controversial Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 1954 followed the 1952 Delhi Agreement entered into between Nehru and the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Abdullah, which extended Indian citizenship to the “state subjects” of Jammu and Kashmir.The Presidential Order was issued under Article 370 (1) (d) of the Constitution. This provision allows the President to make certain “exceptions and modifications” to the Constitution for the benefit of “state subjects” of Jammu and Kashmir. Ergo, Article 35A was added to the Constitution as a testimony of the special consideration the Indian government accorded to the “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir.Significantly, the legislative or parliamentary route was bypassed with the Presidential Order which incorporated Article 35A into the Constitution. Article 368 (i) of the Constitution empowers only Parliament to amend the Constitution. Which begs the question whether this Presidential Order overwrote the Constitution?Since Article 35A was never debated and passed into law by Parliament, is it infructuous or null and void? A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in its March 1961 judgment in Puranlal Lakhanpal vs The President of India discusses the President’s powers under Article 370 to “modify” the Constitution. Though the court observes that the President may modify an existing provision in the Constitution under Article 370, the judgment is silent as to whether the President can, without the Parliament’s knowledge, introduce a new Article. This question thus remains open.A writ petition filed by NGO We the Citizens challenges the validity of both Article 35A and Article 370. It argues that four representatives from Kashmir were part of the Constituent Assembly involved in the drafting of the Constitution and the State of Jammu and Kashmir was never accorded any special status in the Constitution. Article 370 was only a “temporary provision” to help bring normality in Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen democracy in that state, it contends.The Constitution-makers did not intend Article 370 to be a tool to bring permanent amendments, like Article 35A, in the Constitution. The petition said Article 35A is against the “very spirit of oneness of India” as it creates a “class within a class of Indian citizens”. Restricting citizens from other states from getting employment or buying property within Jammu and Kashmir is a violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.In the long-running history over this disputed Article 35A, there have been many twists and turns. Moreover, it is well-known that Rohingya illegals secured PRCs in Mehbooba Mufti’s regime. In late November last year, the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik repealed the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, popularly known as the Roshni Act, because it had “failed to realise the desired objectives and there were also reports of misuse of some its provisions”.The Roshni Act envisaged the transfer of ownership rights of state land to its occupants, subject to the payment of a cost, as determined by the government. It was enacted by Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s government, and it set 1990 as the cutoff for encroachment on state land. The government’s target was to earn Rs 25,000 crore by transferring 20 lakh kanals of state land to existing occupants against payment at market rates.The government said the revenue generated would be spent on commissioning hydroelectric power projects, hence the name “Roshni”. The SAC has ordered the cancellation of all pending applications seeking vesting of ownership rights of state lands to their occupants. However, cases, where such rights have already been transferred, will hold.In 2005, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP-Congress government relaxed the cutoff year to 2004. During the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who replaced Sayeed as Chief Minister under a three-year rotation agreement, the cutoff was relaxed further to 2007. The government also gave ownership rights of agricultural land to farmers occupying it for free, charging them only Rs 100 per kanal as a documentation fee.Powerful vested interest hijacked the scheme. In 2014, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) estimated that against the targeted Rs 25,000 crore, only Rs 76 crore had been realised from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013, thus defeating the purpose of the legislation. The report blamed irregularities, including an arbitrary reduction in prices fixed by a standing committee, and said this was done to benefit politicians and affluent people.In February 2018, the PDP tried to unilaterally allow Gujjar-Bakarwal squatters on forest land to become de facto owners and ignored opposition from the BJP. In November 2018, the High Court restrained all beneficiaries of the Roshni scheme from selling or carrying out any other transaction in respect of the land transferred to them.A second petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir native Charu Wali Khanna has challenged Article 35A for protecting certain provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, which restrict the basic right to property if a native woman marries a man not holding a permanent resident certificate. “Her children are denied a permanent resident certificate, thereby considering them illegitimate,” the petition said.
Conversational AI is one of the most interesting applications of artificial intelligence in recent years. While the trend isn’t yet ubiquitous in the way that recommendation systems are (perhaps unsurprising), it has been successfully productized by a number of tech giants, in the form of Google Home and Amazon Echo (which is ‘powered by’ Alexa). The conversational AI arms race Arguably, 2018 has seen a bit of an arms race in conversational AI. As well as Google and Amazon, the likes of IBM, Microsoft, and Apple have wanted a piece of the action. Here are some of the new conversational AI tools and products these companies introduced this year: Google Google worked towards enhancing its conversational interface development platform, Dialogflow. In July, at the Google Cloud Next event, it announced several improvements and new capabilities to Dialogflow including Text to Speech via DeepMind’s WaveNet and Dialogflow Phone Gateway for telephony integration. It also launched a new product called Contact Center AI that comes with Dialogflow Enterprise Edition and additional capabilities to assist live agents and perform analytics. Google Assistant became better in having a back-and-forth conversation with the help of Continued Conversation, which was unveiled at the Google I/O conference. The assistant became multilingual in August, which means users can speak to it in more than one language at a time, without having to adjust their language settings. Users can enable this multilingual functionality by selecting two of the supported languages. Following the footsteps of Amazon, Google also launched its own smart display named Google Home Hub at the ‘Made by Google’ event held in October. Microsoft Microsoft’s in 2018 introduced and improved various bot-building tools for developers. In May, at the Build conference, Microsoft announced major updates in their conversational AI tools: Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Cognitive Services Language Understanding, and QnAMaker. To enable intelligent bots to learn from example interactions and handle common small talk, it launched new experimental projects from named Conversation Learner and Personality Chat. At Microsoft Ignite, Bot Framework SDK V4.0 was made generally available. Later in November, Microsoft announced the general availability of the Bot Framework Emulator V4 and Web Chat control. In May, to drive more research and development in its conversational AI products, Microsoft acquired Semantic Machines and established conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley. In November, the organization’s acquisition of Austin-based bot startup XOXCO was a clear indication that it wants to get serious about using artificial intelligence for conversational bots. Producing guidelines on developing ‘responsible’ conversational AI further confirmed Microsoft wants to play a big part in the future evolution of the area. Amazon Amazon with the aims to improve Alexa’s capabilities released Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) which consists of APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples using which developers can build new skills for Alexa. In September, it announced a preview of a new design language named Alexa Presentation Language (APL). With APL, developers can build visual skills that include graphics, images, slideshows, and video, and to customize them for different device types. Amazon’s smart speaker Echo Dot saw amazing success with becoming the best seller in smart speaker category on Amazon. At its 2018 hardware event in Seattle, Amazon announced the launch of redesigned Echo Dot and a new addition to Alexa-powered A/V device called Echo Plus. As well as the continuing success of Alexa and the Amazon Echo, Amazon’s decision to launch the Alexa Fellowship at a number of leading academic institutions also highlights that for the biggest companies conversational AI is as much about research and exploration as it is products. Like Microsoft, it appears that Amazon is well aware that conversational AI is an area only in its infancy, still in development – as much as great products, it requires clear thinking and cutting-edge insight to ensure that it develops in a way that is both safe and impactful. What’s next? This huge array of products is a result of advances in deep learning researches. Now conversational AI is not just limited to small tasks like setting an alarm or searching the best restaurant. We can have a back and forth conversation with the conversational agent. But, needless to say, it still needs more work. Conversational agents are yet to meet user expectations related to sensing and responding with emotion. In the coming years, we will see these systems understand and do a good job at generating natural language. They will be able to have reasonably natural conversations with humans in certain domains, grounded in context. Also, the continuous development in IoT will provide AI systems with more context. Read Next Apple has introduced Shortcuts for iOS 12 to automate your everyday tasks Microsoft amplifies focus on conversational AI: Acquires XOXCO; shares guide to developing responsible bots Amazon is supporting research into conversational AI with Alexa fellowships
Hudson Yards is to be the city’s newest neighbourhood and is currently the biggest residential development in U.S. history.The crown jewel of the development will be the Vessel, dubbed ‘NYC’s Eiffel Tower’ and made up of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs. It will be free to the public to use, but timed-ticketing will be in place to manage crowds.The development will also feature a Neiman Marcus shopping centre and an observation deck that will be the tallest in the city.St George WaterfrontCredit: The New York WheelStaten Island’s waterfront will be home to the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere. The New York Wheel will be built just to the north of the ballpark and will stand 630 feet tall. That’s 89 feet higher than the Singapore Flyer, the current record holder. It will be comprised of 36 capsules, each able to carry up to 40 passengers with a maximum capacity of 1,440 people per ride.The waterfront will also be home to Empire Outlets, a 340,000-square-foot retail complex featuring 100 designer outlet stores and a 190-room hotel.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAttractionsOpry City Stage, NYC.Opening early April, Gulliver’s Gate will be an interactive and immersive miniature world in the heart of Times Square. Located on 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, the attraction will feature more than 300 miniature buildings and 3-D printed replicas of some of the world’s biggest cities, including New York City.In July, the four-storey, 27,000-square-foot Opry City Stage will bring a taste of Nashville’s Southern culture and the famous Grand Ole Opry to Midtown. Located on Broadway between West 48th and 49th Streets, the venue will feature a restaurant, bar, listening room and live musical performances.This November, NFL Experience Times Square will bring the world of professional football to life. Including a 4D film with exclusive footage, interactive displays that dive into the NFL training regimen and game plan, physical challenges that allow guests to measure up against the pros, and championship memorabilia, the first-of-its-kind attraction will take fans from the stands to the field.Later this fall, National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey will transport visitors below the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where they can interact with virtual marine wildlife combined with new technologies to create a groundbreaking walk-through experience. The new experience will be located on West 43rd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square invites visitors to their New Year’s Eve countdown exhibit, featuring the original ball from the year 2007.Madame Tussauds New York recently unveiled an 18-foot-high interactive head of King Kong as part of its new permanent exhibit, KONG: Skull Island Experience.Events Red Hook will play host to the first ever ePrix race (think Formula One, but the cars are electric) in July.The city will be host to Ai Weiwei’s multipart Public Art Fund project ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’ exhbit that is running throughout the different boroughs until October.NYC will play host to WorldPride in 2019 on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Free WiFi, more transit, improved airports; Canada meets the ‘new’ NYC Tags: Airports, Museums, New York City, Theme Parks & Attractions Share TORONTO — NYC & Company kicked off a Canadian sales mission in Toronto with Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, presenting highlights of the “new” New York City including developments in hotels, attractions, dining, and retail. The three-city mission next heads to Quebec City and Montreal.“An ever-evolving destination with momentous developments from hotels to entertainment, we encourage Canadians to come and experience the ‘New’ New York City’ now,” said Dixon. “All are welcome, and we look forward to continuing to welcome Canadians to New York City in 2017 and the years to come.”NYC & Company recently announced a new international communications and marketing initiative, ‘New York City – Welcoming the World’. In Canada, this campaign will be a communications message, but will also be integrated into all in market sales efforts.So what’s ‘new’ about about New York City? Here are some of the developments that NYC-bound clients can look forward to:Hotel DevelopmentsLobby of the The Whitby. Credit: Firmdale Hotels.Open as of this past February, The Whitby is the city’s second hotel from Firmdale Hotels and is located just steps from Fifth Avenue’s luxury shops. The contemporary art-inspired property features 86 individually designed rooms, some with picturesque skyline views.The 612-room DoubleTree by Hilton New York City – Times Square West, which also opened in February, is one of the largest hotels to open in New York City in a number of years. The property features the 4,000-square-foot Lovage Rooftop and Indoor Lounge.Several new properties are expected to open in the coming months, including the Times Square EDITION Hotel (2017), LUMA Hotel Times Square (spring 2017), Embassy Suites New York – Midtown Manhattan (summer 2017) and Moxy Times Square (late summer 2017).InfrastrutureMonday saw the launch of a new ferry service that will connect all five bouroughs by water for the same price as the subway. The plan is to have 21 landings for the ferry giving visitos a scenic transit option.In February, more than 600 state-of-the-art LinkNYC kiosks were installed in NYC’s five boroughs, offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls, and device charging for visitors.Also in February, all 279 underground subway stations have free WiFi access, along with full celluar coverage from the major U.S. carriers.In January, the Second Avenue subway opened. The first major expansions to the subway system in more than 50 years, the newly extended Q line serves approximately 200,000 daily riders. The expansion includes an expanded 63rd Street station, along with new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets. When fully completed, the line will strech 8.5 miles alon Manhattan’s East Side, from Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan to 125th Street in Harlem.The New York Crossings Project started in January with the city’s most iconic tunnels, bridges and transportation hubs being outfitted with mult-coloured LED lighting that can be synced for events and holidays.LaGuardia Airport is currently being redesigned, to be opened in stages between 2018-2021.JFK is getting a $10 billion upgrade with a focus on expanding and connecting newer terminals, a complete redesign of the airport’s roadways, expanded parking lots, state-of-the-art security technology, world-class amentities and a new TWA Flight Center Hotel.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoHudson Yards Michael Smith Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>