Five Cays athlete and scholar gets a boost from Bugaloos

first_img Related Items:#Bugaloo’s, #La’ShanoPierre, #MichaelStolow, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2017 – Providenciales – La’Shano Pierre of Five Cays, Providenciales is doing the kinds of things we want to see more and more young men of this country or of any country doing.   Pierre, at just 17 is investing in and taking responsibility for his personal development through sports and tertiary level education.The former member of the Rising Stars basketball club and first year student at Manchester College in the UK, where he is studying Business Management,  is a stand out athlete and earned high grades and was therefore shocked when he was not among the 2017 Government scholarship winners.    Perplexed and gravely distressed, young #La’ShanoPierre was like Nehemiah of the Bible who appeared so downcast that the king was forced to ask his usually diligent server, what was wrong.Mike Stolow, owner and manager at Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl in Five Cays, similarly noticed the depressed demeanor of Pierre and he too asked his noble employee, what was wrong.   The discouraging news moved Mr. Stolow in a way that moved mountains for young La’Shano and what just moments before had seemed an insurmountable obstacle was erased by a caring heart, a kind question and a benevolent gift.“The owner always encouraged me to keep my head up and push forward to achieve my goals.   As we approached the beginning of the school year, I was certain that I would be selected to return to England, since my grades were very high.   However, I received the list of students chosen, and my name was not on it.   Needless to say, I was so despondent and it showed on my face when I arrived at work.   That’s when the owner pulled me aside and told me that Bugaloo’s would cover the cost of my next academic year.   He said he was proud of my academic achievements and my work ethics at #Bugaloo’s and I deserved to go.   This uplifted me in a way I will always remember,” said La’Shano, who had worked at the restaurant over his summer breaks.In a heartfelt story to #MagneticMedia, the young man sets the stage.    Pierre was born and raised in Five Cays and like so many others of his generation and community, loves the sport of basketball.Bugaloo’s was already an appreciated entity because it supported youth programs and sports development.“From a very young age my friends and I could always count on Bugaloo’s support and sponsorship at various basketball tournaments locally and abroad.   When I was unable to go to the YBOA basketball nationals, because of a lack of funds, Bugaloo’s stepped forward and sponsored me.   Throughout the years they have always kept in touch with us to make sure we were heading along the right path.    When I came home from studying abroad for the summer, they offered me a job so I could save money for my upcoming school year.”It turns out that this amazing report from La’shano was more than a story of a student who got a scholarship from a kind company, but a beacon of an example of how corporate TCI can be and has been actively involved in cultivating fine citizens by ensuring they are there to pick them up, even when they are let down.“Throughout my time at Bugaloos one of the things I valued the most was the positive mentoring sessions on life and business management, which really enhanced my knowledge helping me to reach my goal of becoming a future entrepreneur. I went from despair to joy because someone believed in a young man from Five Cays. I hope to be a role model for all the young men of Five Cays who are so often forgotten.”When the king helped Nehemiah, who was downcast and broken to fulfill his dream of leading the men of his nation in the rebuilding the wall of Israel, which was the heritage of their forefathers, it lead to a rebuilt people pulled from degradation and shame.Mike Stolow may not be a royalty as modern times would define it, but his king sized heart and his king sized gift to a young man on a mission to build his life as an example of what is possible, even out of Five Cays, is as regal and resplendent as it gets.“First of all, I would like to Thank God for his blessings upon my life, also I would like to thank my Family and friends and every member of the community for their support. The opportunity that Bugaloos has brought before me goes to show that no matter who you are once you are focused and determined opportunities will come your way.”La’Shano Pierre of Five Cays was sad because he had gotten some terrible news; but he cleaned himself up and mustered the courage to face the day.  Young La’Shano went to work, and through his grit, earned much more than a day’s pay, he earned the respect of this journalist, our organization and even more significantly at the time… the admiration of his mentor, employer and sponsor: #MichaelStolow who gave the kind of gift only a king could give.“I would once again like to thank the owner and the team at Bugaloos as well as the members of my community. Thank you for your support and the opportunity you have given me. I assure you that I won’t disappoint.”And as we pray for La’Shano, a budding Business Manager, to continue to do well at university in the United Kingdom, we are certain that just as he has promised, he will not disappoint. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

City and Regional Publisher SagaCity Media Acquires Sarasota Magazine

first_img Vogel declined to offer specifics on deal terms, but says, “We all think it was a fair price for a highly profitable asset and we intend to ratchet up our return on investment by launching significant digital assets by January 2016.” The 12-year-old SagaCity first launched Portland Monthly in 2003 and has since bought or launched its way across the country. The company also has titles in Seattle, Houston, Aspen, Vail and Park City.  Gulfshore group publisher Kelley Lavin, editorial director Pam Daniel and creative director Gigi Ortwein will remain on board after the deal. Vogel says that the rest of the employees will also stay and more positions will be added to the digital team. “We are also giving raises to about one-third of the staff to bring them to our Sagacity levels,” she adds. In 2012, Denton then sold his Gulfshore titles, including Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business and annual titles Gulfshore Life at Home and Forever Young, to Hadley Capital-backed Open Sky Media.  Denton then purchased Venice Magazine in mid-2014. Gulfshore Media has been through a couple of acquisitions in the last 11 years. Company founder Dan Denton sold the titles to CurtCo in 2004 and then bought them back six years later.  Terms of the deal were not released, but SagaCity will focus on expanding the digital platform for the Sarasota brands. Investments in responsive design, database technology, mobile and social media that the company has already made with its existing brands will be carried over to the Sarastota portfolio, Nicole Vogel, SagaCity’s president, tells Folio:.  SagaCity Media, a city and regional publisher based in Portland, Oregon, is set to announce today that it’s acquired the Sarasota magazine brands from Gulfshore Media. Included in the deal are the flagship Sarasota Magazine, Biz (941), SEE Sarasota, Sarasota Health and Venice Magazine.  The Sarasota deal marks the company’s second sizeable acquisition to date and brings the total title count to 82, says Vogel, which includes a significant number of custom publications.last_img read more

Why Resident Evil crushes every other video game movie

first_img Culture Video Games The spectacular gunplay of the movies matches some of the later, more action-packed games, but overall the tone is very different from the survival horror spirit of the games. “We’re not trying to look like a video game, which is a mistake some video game movies make,” says Anderson, who wrote all the films and directed four of them. A lot of filmmakers try and appeal to both markets and fail to get either, added film journalist Luke Owen, author of a book about video game movies, Lights, Camera, Game Over! He points to a first-person sequence in the movie version of Doom that mirrors the original gameplay.”It sounded great on paper — a literal adaptation of the game’s format — but in reality you’re not in control, so it’s not as satisfying,” he says.The Resident Evil films began with the 1996 hit game Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, which invented the survival horror genre and spawned a best-selling series of its own. “I love the game,” Anderson says. “Milla used to play it with her brother. Michelle Rodriguez was a big fan. When we come together to make one of these movies it’s always with a massive amount of passion from the people in front of the camera and behind the camera.” According to Box Office Mojo, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the top-grossing video game movie, raking in $166 million in theaters — but even that only just covered the film’s $115 million budget. Warcraft was infamously rescued from a dire US opening by success in China. Other big-budget adaptations like 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed couldn’t recoup even half their production costs during their theatrical runs, despite big names like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender on the marquee.Let’s face it, most video game movies tank because they’re just not very good. At the time The Final Chapter was released, Prince of Persia was the highest-rated video game adaptation on review aggregator Metacritic, but even that has a decidedly average Metascore of 50 — which beats the stale 2018 Tomb Raider reboot’s score of 48.resident-evil-stills-milla-jovovich-guns-corridor.jpgEnlarge Image2002’s “Resident Evil” set the template: Milla Jovovich, a big gun, beer and pizza. Screen Gems Could it be that the Resident Evil films are successful because they’re actually… good? They’re certainly a hell of a lot more fun than the trudgingly average likes of Max Payne or Need for Speed. Apart from a woeful nosedive in the incoherent fourth film (Resident Evil: Afterlife), the series genuinely gets bigger and better with every film, and the increasingly epic fifth and sixth films actually build the series to an unhinged crescendo.Jovovich describes Resident Evil as “perfect beer and pizza movies,” and she’s not wrong.Despite the financial risk of video game adaptations, Hollywood has plenty more in the pipeline. Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off and featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, will engage in some on-screen sleuthing this summer. We’ve also heard that a Resident Evil movie reboot will use the seventh game as “a touchstone.”Paul WS Anderson himself is developing a movie based on another Capcom game, Monster Hunter. Tom Hardy was set to star in a Splinter Cell flick. Movies are planned for Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Minecraft — even Tetris, for crying out loud.They can learn a lot from Resident Evil: Keep the budget under control. Welcome non-players. Remember the human element at the heart of the story.And get the beers and pizza in.This article was first published Feb. 1 2017, and updated Jan. 25, 2019 to reflect the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and further video game adaptations.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool. CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. 77 Photos Believe it or not, the first Resident Evil movie was something of a trendsetter. Today, hordes of zombies claw at the windows of the mainstream from The Walking Dead to World War Z, but back when the first Resident Evil flick hit, zombies had been shuffling around the straight-to-video bin for 20-odd years. That was 2002, the same year 28 Days Later came out. When Shaun of the Dead and a remake of Dawn of the Dead followed, the zombie genre was well and truly reanimated.Resident Evil movies distinguish themselves from the zombie horde with their technological themes. The all-encompassing Umbrella corporation that’s responsible for the zombie outbreak was a fictional precursor to Facebook, Google and other tech monoliths that have infiltrated our lives. Technological surveillance, one of the defining issues of our age, pervades the movies from the first film’s all-seeing video cameras to the later movies’ omniscient satellites.And with the characters Alice, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Rain Ocampo and Ada Wong, the films (and games) are refreshingly full of capable women. “Nobody in Hollywood was putting money behind female-driven action movies,” remembers Jovovich, who had created a new kind of action hero in The Fifth Element and paved the way for female-fronted action flicks from the Underworld series to the rebooted Ghostbusters.resident-evil-stills-jovovich-ruby-rose.jpgEnlarge ImageAli Larter, Milla Jovovich and Ruby Rose in the sixth movie, “The Final Chapter.” Ilze Kitshoff For gaming fans, familiar characters like Chris and Claire, Ada and Albert Wesker show up in later movies.”Over time the filmmakers realized they needed familiar faces to get the die-hard fans on board,” says Tamoor Hussain, news editor at CNET’s sister site GameSpot. Hussain points out that players will have spent hours, days or years immersed in locations like the Spencer Mansion, Raccoon City or Resident Evil 7’s Baker Estate, giving gamers a strong emotional connection to the source material.resident-evil-stills-apocalypse-nemesis.jpgEnlarge ImageThe Nemesis monster, which had a very different story in the movies than in the games. Screen Gems Hussain cites the unlikely redemption of the hulking Nemesis monster in the second film as a moment that could turn off gamers. The monster had a very different story in the movies than in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where he hunted protagonist Jill Valentine.”That damn monster terrorized me for upwards of 20 hours in the games,” he says. “I just refused to buy what the movie was selling me. He’s choked me to death too many times.”That reaction doesn’t surprise Owen.”I think it’s fair to say that most fans of the games aren’t overly fond of the films,” he says. “It’s rare to find any fans of video games who like the movie counterparts.”If you can’t rely on fans of the source material, it’s important for a film series to establish its own audience.”Creating an ongoing story that made audiences want to come back for more was a smart play,” Owen says. “The increasing box office revenue (give or take) between films shows they have created a fan base that want to see the next chapter of Alice’s adventure.”There are enough fans of the saga to ensure each of the sequels opened at No. 1 at the American box office. The series had rung up a running total of $1 billion and counting by the time The Final Chapter wrapped things up in 2017. That’s a long way off the kind of megabucks made by franchises with a similar number of sequels like the Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and the Furious movies, but it tops lesser franchises such as Saw, Paranormal Activity and American Pie. Heck, the Resident Evil series took more money than the six Jack Ryan movies up to that point, and some of them had Harrison Ford. 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 10 Filmmakers Enlarge ImageResident Evil: The Final Chapter ended the record-breaking series. Screen Gems Despite video games being a multi-billion dollar industry, they face a steep path to the big screen. Transferring them from console to theater is a huge financial gamble, and many video game movies tank at the box office.Unless they’re Resident Evil movies. Having cracked a record-breaking billion dollars at the box office, the six-film franchise is easily the longest-running, highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. As reports say Netflix is developing a new TV show based on the games, and the remade Resident Evil 2 game wins rave reviews and inspires nostalgic thinkpieces, we ask what’s behind the blazing success of the zombie-blasting, monster-mashing series. Considering the video game industry raked in $3 billion in the US alone in 2017, you’d think video game movies would be a sure thing. But bona fide hits that the Resident Evil movies are, it’s their relatively frugal budgets that guarantee a healthy profit.”We don’t have Harry Potter money,” laughs Milla Jovovich, who played the heavily armed lead character Alice in all six movies up to 2017’s The Final Chapter.In the first movie, Alice wakes up with no memory, letting the audience discover the world of the films through her eyes — almost like the character you play in a game. But writer, director and series mastermind Paul WS Anderson (who also happens to be married to Jovovich) deliberately avoided re-creating the game’s format or storyline on screen.”Imagine going in to see the first Alien — one of my favorite, favorite movies — and I tell you the order in which [the characters] die,” he says. We’re not trying to look like a video game. Paul WS Anderson, writer and director 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Crave Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Morning brief Emergency in Florida Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi ISL results

first_imgHere are some stories from International Business Times India to start your day with:1. Obama declares emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew arrives, having pummelled HaitiUS President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the coastal state of Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches its shores, having wreaked havoc in Haiti, where it has claimed hundreds of lives and caused huge damage to property. Read more…2. Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi hiding behind blood of soldiersFollowing the media flaying some members of the Opposition over their comments questioning the surgical strikes, internet and late night television news erupted with the news of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in political exploitation over the sacrifices of soldiers. Read more…3. This is what Pepsi and Coke have to say about study highlighting harmful toxins in PET bottlesLeading soft drink companies, including Pepsi and Coca Cola, have responded to claims that products in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles contain harmful toxins. Read more…4. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher to have a baby boyMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting their second baby any day now and although the couple has been quiet about the sex of baby no. 2, they did finally reveal it. Read more…5. ISL 2016: Marcelinho steals the show as Delhi Dynamos defeat Chennaiyin FCDelhi Dynamos played some wonderful football to pick up three points in their first Indian Super League 2016 match as they defeated defending champions Chennaiyin FC 3-1 at Chennai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. Marcelinho’s brace and Badara Badji’s headed goal proved to be enough as Dudu Omagbemi scored the solitary goal for the home team. Read more…last_img read more

Fashion guru at 18 social media Influencer of UAE at 30 How

first_imgNiki ShahPR HandoutNiki Shah started her own designer label at a young age of 18 with boutiques in India and Dubai. Soon she had a lot of fashion shows in her kitty. At 30, Niki Shah started blogging to set new fashion trends and became a social media sensation in UAE and India, promoting established and upcoming brands in fashion, travel and lifestyle.Niki Shah lives mostly in Dubai and calls it her home. She says that she grew up there looking and exploring every aspect of luxury that mankind has ever witnessed. Her blog Nikishah Dubai is reflection of the lifestyle that the city has to offer.Having lived in countries like India, Kenya and UAE she absorbed the essence of different cultures, nature and trends all her life. Her big success in India got her recognised as the new Youth Icon of Ahmedabad in 2010.She says, “I have dressed many celebrity customers and have participated in many international fashion shows, built a successful portfolio as a fashion designer. Now, I am a social media influencer and hence, I used both Fashion/Lifestyle knowledge and my Marketing Degree together to create a new avenue of Influencer/Blogger marketing based on strategic ideas to help promote not only well known brands but also help new and upcoming brands to promote their products in the most efficient way.”Niki says the she started blogging as a hobby which soon grew to become her identity. Somewhere between writing and styling up, social media is now fast becoming a profession for her. She has been fortunate enough to collaborate and create bespoke content and editorials for some of the world’s leading elite, fashion and beauty brands.At almost 30, she decided it is never too late to start anything new and explore other areas of the fashion industry and that is how she started writing fashion blogs and very soon, it turned into commercial blogging, converting it into a full-time career of being a lifestyle influencer through different social platforms.Her fashion blogs are a culmination of fashion content developed using all the technical knowledge of fashion studies, creating informative data base. She automatically creates trends which are relatable to most of the Asian women around the world and show how fashion can be worn without breaking the banks and cultural values.Niki puts it with pride, “My show wardrobe consists of more than 100 different brands and designers; I often love it how my followers and I connect on my social media platforms over our common love for footwear.” Not only this, she shares interesting, cost effective and yet, trending shopping tips everytime she is travelling to different countries like US, UK, Denmark and Turkey, etc. She connects with her women followers and reveals that make up is nothing more than grooming and one doesn’t need to layer up every other day in order to look well groomed. “Keeping it less with right amount is always enough!” She says. Niki adds further, “I also use the platform to share what I eat every day and how to maintain health when you are in a capital city of brunches!”Niki has worked with many brands conceptualizing their entire terms, marketing with her own elements and has built a successfully built her brand on social media. Social media can be utilised for spreading good ideas, branding with right informative approach on specialized subjects.last_img read more

Divideandconquer strategy key to fast protein folding

first_imgFor the fragments that contain stable hydrophobic contacts (which cause the protein to fold), the protein/computer enforces these contacts and adds more residues to enlarge these points. If new hydrophobic contacts are formed again, the process continues until no more contacts are found.“The protein doesn’t ‘know’ it has the right starting points at the early stages,” Dill explained. “It explores many possible avenues. But, we find that when the chain pieces have reached roughly the 16-to-24-mer stage, then the differences in free energy begin to become compelling, and structures begin to emerge fairly clearly.”In some cases, this zipping procedure alone is enough for a protein to reach its native form. For other cases, the ZA algorithm switches to the assembly procedure, combining two or more fragments to form additional structures until the native form is achieved. The ZA method was tested on nine small proteins, eight of which closely matched the experimental results of samples in the Protein Data Bank. The greatest sign that the ZA method is on the right track is its speed. For example, using ZA, protein G could fold in about 1 CPU year on a 2.8-Ghz Xeon Intel machine.“We don’t know exactly what the speed gain is,” Dill said. “Our largest protein studied is a 112-mer (subsequent to the PNAS paper). Currently the most extensive all-atom physical simulations on Folding@Home, with 100,000 processors, or IBM’s Blue Gene, built for this problem, are on smaller proteins, typically in the range of 20-40 amino acids long. However, those simulations are also more directed at physical questions of folding, rather than at protein structure prediction, so it’s hard to make a direct comparison.”Citation: Ozkan, S. Banu, Wu, G. Albert, Chodera, John D., and Dill, Ken A. “Protein folding by zipping and assembly.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 17, 2007, vol. 104, no. 29, 11987-11992.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Divide-and-conquer strategy key to fast protein folding (2007, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-08-divide-and-conquer-strategy-key-fast-protein.html Researchers have found that proteins may use a divide-and-conquer strategy to fold into their native states in mere microseconds. The physical strategy, called “zipping and assembly” (ZA), can increase the speed at which supercomputers predict protein folding structures, greatly increasing scientists’ understanding of these building blocks of life. Explore further Ribbon diagrams of nine protein structures: Protein Data Bank structures are in orange, while Zipping & Assembly structures are in blue. Credit: Ozkan, et al. ©2007 PNAS.center_img The scientists, Banu Ozkan, Albert Wu, John Chodera, and Ken Dill from the University of California at San Francisco, have published their research in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their results show that the ZA search strategy provides a physics-based model of protein folding that could lead to advances such as computer-based drug discovery and genetic engineering.“Our research has two significant points, I believe,” Dill told PhysOrg.com. “First, it shows that all-atom physical force fields are pretty good (but not perfect), and may be useful for protein structure prediction. And second, it proves that zipping and assembly is a highly efficient conformational search method, and supports the view that ZA may be the physical mechanism of protein folding.”Proteins, which consist of an unstructured linear chain of amino acids, can fold into complex 3D structures within microseconds. On the other hand, high-speed supercomputers might take tens of years to compute the correct structure due to the vast assortment of possible forms the protein could take. When folded incorrectly, proteins can cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and mad cow disease. How proteins fold so quickly is a mystery that researchers are approaching from many different angles, including, for example, physics-based force fields. By assigning force fields to different parts of the protein, computers can track the movement of each individual part.Using the ZA strategy, Ozkan, Wu, Chodera and Dill have sped up the rate at which computers using force fields can predict protein structures. In the ZA model, the first step that proteins (or computers) take is breaking the amino acid chain into 8-12 fragments to search for a very small fraction of favorable folding points (traditional methods usually search the entire chain).“The speed gain in our method comes from not exploring all possible folding routes, but instead from following only those routes that entail small conformational search steps,” Dill explained. “This reduces the search problem, in principle, from one that grows exponentially with the chain length to one that, instead, grows only as the first or second power of the chain length. While we haven’t actually proven that quantitatively, it is clear that the method is much faster than brute force Monte Carlo or molecular dynamics.” Parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more