Virtual Reality experiences becoming big part of tourism campaigns

first_img Share Friday, January 6, 2017 NEW YORK — One minute you’re looking at the bright lights of Las Vegas from 150 metres in the air. Then, you’re bouncing in a safari in an African jungle. Finally, you’re navigating the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb on a stunning spring day.And you haven’t even left your living room.Virtual reality, sometimes called VR, is a growing marketing tool for the tourism industry, giving potential travellers the chance to sample cities and special events from the comfort of home.Travelweek jumped onboard the trend early, launching the Xplr VR App, which gives agents access to the technology to showcases destinations in VR to their clients. For more information, visit xplrvr.comNick Mattera, senior director of digital engagement at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, says offering a VR experience for the city, with its impactful visual content, made sense.“Virtual reality has had a huge impact” on tourism, says Mattera. “When we first started doing it, we wanted to have a few of those ‘wow’ experiences, experiences that give people the opportunity to think a little differently about Las Vegas.”There are now 30 videos on the association’s VegasVR app — from the aforementioned helicopter ride, to a Richard Petty NASCAR driving experience, and hotel and restaurant tours.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemRobin Ritchie, an associate professor of marketing at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, says Las Vegas is the perfect destination for virtual reality due to its seemingly never-ending visuals.“It’s a very content-rich, dense environment where no matter where you look there’s something interesting to see,” he explains. “We’re not talking about every small town here, there and everywhere getting involved in VR. It’s about immersing yourself in an experience and knowing, ‘I have to go there.”’Ritchie mentions a few Canadian cities where VR would make sense as a promotional tool, including Banff and Jasper in Alberta, Whistler, B.C., and Vancouver.Destination British Columbia developed its own VR content back in 2014, which it calls “The Wild Within VR Experience.”“It’s hard to imagine what a trip to British Columbia might be like — the nature, the scenery, and the wildlife — so we felt using VR was a great way to do that,” says Maya Lange, vice president of global marketing at Destination British Columbia.“What compels people to want to visit British Columbia is nature. It’s (now) something that can be tangible and you can really give people the sense of what it’s like to stand in the middle of a huge forest. It’s a pretty powerful feeling.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsLange admits it’s hard to find a direct correlation between the VR experience and an impact on tourism numbers, but she says this year they hit five million international visitors for the first time.Ottawa is also expecting a big boost in tourism in 2017 as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. While VR will not be a part of any official Ottawa 2017 events, according to Ottawa Tourism, two museums have collaborated with Ottawa-based VR company SimWave to create high-tech content.At the Canada Science and Technology Museum patrons will be able to go “inside” an old steam locomotive and “drive” it. SimWave will also collaborate with the Canadian War Museum to create a Vimy Ridge experience — where patrons can interact with the environment and soldiers during battle — as part of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Virtual Reality experiences becoming big part of tourism campaignscenter_img By: Devin Kinasz << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Ryanair Holidays suspends service following illegal screenscraping

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by Thursday, January 26, 2017 DUBLIN — Less than two months after its official launch, Ryanair Holidays has officially suspended service due to “illegal screenscraping and mis-selling of flights” by its software provider.According to TravelMole, the suspension is temporary and will hopefully be lifted by the end of February.In an official statement, the low-cost airline said: “Ryanair today confirmed it has temporarily suspended its Holidays service, and terminated its agreement with the software provider who was found to be unlawfully scraping Ryanair’s low fares.“All existing Ryanair Holidays bookings are secure and Ryanair is currently finalizing an agreement with a new software provider, who it expects to appoint shortly.”The airline also issued an apology to its customers for “any inconvenience caused” but also re-emphasized that it will “not allow any third party software provider to ‘screenscrape’ and unlawfully re-sell Ryanair’s low fares.”Spain-based Logitravel, the software provider in question, confirmed that Ryanair terminated their agreement, reports TraveMole, but also denied it had used screenscraping.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRyanair Holidays first launched on Dec. 1, 2016 with the promise of offering flights, accommodation and transfer packages on its website. It was launched in partnership with Logitravel and World2Meet in the U.K., Ireland and Germany, with plans to debut in other markets this year. Ryanair Holidays suspends service following illegal screenscrapinglast_img read more

Transat AT selling Jonview Canada tour business for 44M

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. has signed a deal to sell its Jonview Canada tour business to Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. Ltd. for $44 million.Jonview Canada, the country’s leading incoming tour operator, sells tour packages for international visitors to Canada. The company employs 180 people in Toronto and Montreal, along with 120 seasonal guides, and brings in approximately 300,000 international visitors to Canada annually.The sale is subject to the approval of the Competition Bureau of Canada, and is expected to close on or around Nov. 30. The price will be adjusted at closing.According to Transat’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Marc Eustache, the sale is part of the company’s strategic refocusing around its leisure travel operations in Canada and development of its hotel division. “The sale of our Canadian incoming tour operator business will accelerate development of those key sectors,” he said.Hideo Hatano, Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., added: “The acquisition of Jonview Canada is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America, and bodes well for the development of this leading incoming tour operator, which has become a reference for Canada as a travel destination.” Travelweek Group Transat A.T. selling Jonview Canada tour business for $44M Tags: Transat Friday, October 27, 2017 last_img read more

Air Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan Aimia shareholders vote Jan

first_imgAir Canada gets regulatory OK to buy Aeroplan; Aimia shareholders vote Jan. 8 Share Wednesday, January 2, 2019 By: The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada MONTREAL — Air Canada’s acquisition of the Aeroplan loyalty program has received all required federal regulatory approvals ahead of a shareholders’ vote on a $450-million agreement reached by the airline in November.Shareholders of current Aeroplan owner Aimia Inc. are scheduled to vote on the cash deal on Jan. 8.Under their agreement, Air Canada will buy the Aeroplan business from Aimia for cash and also assume $1.9 billion of liabilities to points holders – partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will pay Air Canada about $1.2 billion in total. The banks and Visa have agreed to stay with the loyalty program until at least 2030.Aimia and the Montreal-based airline said Monday they’ve received required clearances under the Competition Act and Canada Transportation Act.last_img read more

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Anglers in Guanacaste Caribbean taking their pick

first_imgGuanacaste is once again the hotspot this week, with anglers pretty much picking and choosing what they want to catch. Lots of marlin and sails are available offshore, and schools of wahoo have been moving in and out of the area. Wahoo to 60 pounds have been hitting the decks of late. Inshore, the bite is strong for roosterfish, snapper and amberjack.In the Central Pacific region of Los Sueños and Quepos, things are a little slower. Boats out of Los Sueños are working hard to bring one or two sails up in the spread. A lot of boats are opting for the good bite on reefs for grouper and snapper. In Quepos, the sails’ bite is a little better but still nothing to jump up and down about, and a few tuna have been taking up the slack.Down south, there have been plenty of marlin, but a lack of anglers to chase them. John Bretza of Okuma Tackle had his son Zander took a 300-pound blue marlin offshore and a couple of nice roosterfish near the beach.On the Caribbean, boats are getting outside and finding tarpon bunched up between Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado. Boats have been hooking four to six per day. Inside, the snook bite continues to be good inside the Tortuguero river mouth and some snapper are hitting lures in the same area.    Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Quebec runaway train spotlights Wild Westera brake failures

first_imgNo related posts. Canada’s worst rail disaster since 1910 highlights a risk that has dogged railroads for more than a century: brake failures on runaway trains.Rail safety consultants say securing two types of brakes, air and hand, would have averted the July 6 wreck in Quebec that killed as many as 50 people. The head of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said an engineer failed to properly set the hand brakes on the train, whose 72 cars rolled from a parking spot into downtown Lac-Megantic.While braking technology has improved, the tools remain susceptible to human error and negligence, according to Mark Aldrich, author of “Death Rode the Rails: American Railroad Accidents and Safety, 1828-1965.” One of the earliest major incidents occurred in 1883 in California, after would-be robbers tampered with the brakes on a stationary train, causing it to plummet down the tracks, killing about 20 people.“There are endless wrecks because of bad brakes” combined with a failure of operator oversight, Aldrich said in a phone interview from Northampton, Massachusetts, in the United States, where he’s an economics professor at Smith College. “I’m sure that’s what they’re looking into in Quebec.”Edward Burkhardt, chief executive officer of Rail World Inc., owner of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, laid the blame for the crash on his own engineer for failing to properly apply hand brakes on the rail cars. The company’s inspection indicated the brakes were applied on the locomotives, though not on the rail cars, Burkhardt told reporters yesterday.Guy Farrell, a United Steelworkers union official, identified the engineer as Tom Harding of Farnham, Quebec. Farrell said Harding has been suspended with pay. Calls to a Tom Harding in Farnham weren’t answered.Many of the air brakes used on trains are based on the same design invented right after the U.S. Civil War and rely on compression systems to stop cars. For those that are parked, backup hand brakes are applied manually by the operator, by tightening each chain that pulls the brake shoes against the wheel.Police are investigating potential criminal acts or negligence in the crash, Surete du Quebec provincial police Inspector Michel Forget said at a press conference July 9, without providing further details. The train carrying crude oil incinerated about 30 buildings.About 50 people, many of whom were at a bar near the train tracks, are “probably dead,” Forget said. Twenty bodies have been recovered, he said Wednesday. If 50 people are confirmed dead, it would be the worst rail disaster in Canada since 1910 when a derailment in Spanish River, Ontario, killed 63 people.Anyone working on a railroad would have known to apply hand brakes to stop a shut-down train from moving on its own, said Les Hinds, a safety consultant with the National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators who has investigated more than 5,600 rail incidents.“There are hand brakes on each rail car, so they had the opportunity to protect that train to keep it from rolling,” said Hinds. Without brakes, the massive rail cars can catch the wind and start moving on their own, he said.“Once that train rolls, it’s a free runner and there’s nobody going to stop that train until it either meets a grade in front of itself, or it derails,” Hinds said.Regulations also specify engineers must apply sufficient hand brakes to pass a “push-pull” test that ensures parked trains don’t move, according to Luc Bourdon, director general of rail safety with Transport Canada. There’s no specific rules for the number and amount of hand brakes used, Bourdon said.In the past 10 years through the end of April, as many as 893 accidents were reported to the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration as being caused by human errors related to train brakes, according to the agency’s safety database. The most common brake-related accident cause was railroad employees failing to secure the hand brakes. The regulator requires accidents that meet a certain dollar amount threshold to be reported.In 2012, 247 train derailments were caused by human actions, including the failure to properly secure the train and use equipment properly, up from 234 in 2011, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Montreal, Maine & Atlantic has had accident rates that exceeded the national average in all except one of the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration.Over the last nine years, 33 percent of all train accidents in Canada involved a runaway train, according to data from TSB.The Canadian rail industry has been deregulating since the late 1990s, according to Robert Smith, the national legislative director for Teamsters Canada Rail Conference in Ottawa. The nation’s Railway Safety Act enabled each company to determine its own rulebook, which is audited by Transport Canada, he said.“With no regulations in Canada regarding security of trains, the risk obviously is at a higher level,” said Frank Wilner, a rail economist and author of a recent book about Amtrak, by e-mail.Burkhardt, chairman of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, said the company will stop leaving locomotives unattended overnight. Burkhardt, 74, who supports an expected push to tighten regulation, said Wednesday it’s “very questionable” whether the hand brakes were properly applied.“I think they failed to set the brakes in the first place.”With assistance from Angela Greiling Keane in Washington, Jennifer Surane in New York and Gerrit De Vynck in Toronto.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Coffee futures rise to 25month high on global deficit forecast

first_imgNEW YORK – Coffee futures rose to a 25-month high as concerns mounted that the global market will swing to a deficit after a drought in the first quarter ravaged crops in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer and exporter.In the year starting Oct. 1 in most countries, world production will trail demand by 7.1 million bags, Marex Spectron, a London-based brokerage, said in a report. That would mark the first shortfall in five years, U.S. government data show. Heavy rain this weekend may delay the harvest in some parts of Brazil, Commodity Weather Group said Wednesday.Through Wednesday, arabica futures surged 83 percent this year, the biggest gain among 24 raw materials tracked by the Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index. The rally may boost costs for the premium-quality beans at Starbucks Corp. and J.M. Smucker Co., the maker of Folgers, the best-selling brand in the U.S.“Concerns about the supply outlook are deepening,” Jack Scoville, a vice president for Price Futures Group in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “This problem is probably going to last more than one season.”Arabica coffee for May delivery climbed 2.9 percent to $2.079 a pound at 1:20 p.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. Earlier, the price reached $2.10, the highest for a most-active contract since Feb. 14, 2012. The commodity headed for the sixth straight gain, the longest rally in two months.Brazil’s crop prospects may suffer for “at least three years,” Judy Ganes-Chase, the president of J. Ganes Consulting in Panama City, Panama, said in an email. “The trees will not be able to immediately rehydrate after being starved of nourishment. Trees will also be more susceptible to disease, and there will be things that are not apparent now that will manifest down the line.”In 2013, futures dropped 23 percent, capping a three-year slump of 54 percent. The rout was the longest since since 1993 amid bumper crops in Brazil. That prompted many growers to curb investments and cut fertilizer use, while Central American harvests have been hampered by leaf-rust disease.“There’s no problem with physical availability in calendar year 2014, but significant risks threaten 2015-2016,” Marex said, citing an El Niño weather event that may soak Brazil by mid-year and leaf rust.Stockpiles of robusta coffee monitored by London’s NYSE Liffe have fallen to the lowest since at least 2002.Through Wednesday, robusta futures climbed 27 percent this year. The beans are used in instant coffee.The arabica premium to robusta has more than tripled this year and headed for the highest since March 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Commodity Weather Group, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said that a dry pattern starting in a week may reduce potential crop damage from rain in Brazil.In the previous two seasons, the accumulated global coffee surplus was 9.65 million bags, Marex said.A bag weighs 60 kilograms or 132 pounds.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Brazil coffee output set for worst slump since 1965 Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies ‘Black Heart’ in Brazil heat drives coffee turnaround New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rustlast_img read more

Myth and fact No Turrialba Volcano is not going to set off

first_imgTurrialba Volcano started its latestseries of eruptions this month and the internet has been spewing misinformation ever since.Rumors swirled about lava pooling at the volcano’s crater, misattributed photos from other volcanic eruptions sprouted on Facebook and WhatsApp, and word spread of a conspiracy to silence a group of Japanese geologists who warned that the “big one” was finally about to arrive. The Tico Times spoke with two volcano experts about Turrialba’s recent activity and debunked some of the most far-out rumors.A Facebook user identified as Alejandro Ramirez posted a message alleging that a group of “Japanese experts” had been kicked out of the country by Costa Rican authorities because they told the government that an upcoming eruption by Turrialba Volcano was going to set off a magnitude-8.5 earthquake. For reference, Chile’s devastating 2010 earthquake had a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale.Volcanologists María Martínez and Gino González both agreed that the claim was “impossible” and “absurd.”Yes, it is possible for a volcano to set off an earthquake. Magma inside the volcano can swell and crack the surrounding rock, or heated steam can build up pressure that is released suddenly, both possibly creating small earthquakes. Martínez, of National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, said quakes between a magnitude of 2 and 4 could happen as a result of activity inside the volcano, but Turrialba doesn’t have the potential to create something as dramatic as an 8.5-magnitude temblor.The volcanologists agreed that there isn’t enough magma inside Turrialba to cause something so destructive. The magnitude of an earthquake that size would “rip Costa Rica in two,” González joked.González of the Geophysical Research Center at the University of Costa Rica said rumors about lava in the crater, as another Facebook user claimed this week, are also untrue.But false alarms don’t mean people living here shouldn’t be prepared. Homes should be stocked with clean drinking water, non-perishable food that could last for three days, proper respiratory masks, batteries, a flashlight, a radio and a first aid kit in the event of an emergency, according to the National Emergency Commission. When cleaning ash, people should use damp cloths and water, not brooms. The commission also recommends having an escape route in mind.The commission also says people should wear long pants and shirtsleeves to protect their skin from ash. Martínez noted that fresh volcanic ash is abrasive, corrosive and acidic. She said people should not try to apply it to their skin for cosmetic or other reasons. Turrialba is not a cheap facial, people.That is not Turrialba…Besides rumors of impending doom, supposed photos of Turrialba Volcano have been circulating on social networks. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common misidentified eruptions posing as Turrialba:This is Russia’s Sarychev Volcano erupting in June 2009. Sarychev Volcano in Russia erupting in 2009 as photographed from the International Space Station. (Courtesy NASA)This is Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung photographed erupting in November 2013. Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupting in November 2013. Getty ImagesAnd this is Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano erupting on Feb. 26, 2015. Have a Costa Rica myth you want busted or a story you want fact-checked? Let us know at or on Facebook or Twitter. Facebook Comments Related posts:UPDATE: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts, forcing capital airport to temporarily close Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Turrialba Volcano vapor plumes are normal, experts saylast_img read more

Nüwiel announced as winners of the inaugural Velocity 2019 Smart Pedal Pitch

first_imgNüwiel has been announced as the winner of the Smart Pedal Pitch in Dublin. The Smart Pedal Pitch, which was hosted by Dublin City Council in conjunction with Cycle Industries Europe and European Cycling Federation, was a search for the most innovative cycle tech solutions coinciding with Velo-city 2019, the international cycling conference taking place in Dublin from June 25th-28th. The three finalists will pilot their solutions with Dublin City Council’s Smart City and Transport teams over the coming months.Jamie Cudden, Smart Cities Lead in Dublin City Council was delighted with the inaugural Smart Pedal Pitch which his team developed from an idea in partnership with Velo-City and the European Cycle Federation to celebrate the latest thinking in emerging cycle innovations.“This was a fantastic collaboration with the European Cycle Federation, Cycle Industries Europe, and Smart Dublin. We wanted to use Velo-City as a showcase for the latest global innovations in smart cycle tech and fortunately for us, the response was amazing. The international panel of judges was really impressed with the quality of the proposals and see a very promising future for many of the companies represented. We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with the three winning solutions and pilot their solutions here in Dublin.”Out of over 40 entries, the ten shortlisted companies had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a global cycling audience as well as an international panel of judges from the cycling and tech world, including Ryan Rzepecki, the founder of Jump Bikes. After judging and an audience vote, finalists were narrowed down to three and Nüwiel were announced as winners, along with first runner-up Umotional (Cyclers app) and second runner-up CYCL (WingLights).To win the Smart Pedal Pitch, each proposal had to address one of the following four areas; seeking better data, promoting safer cycling, cycle security, and intelligent transport systems on cycling. Nüwiel, is an electric assisted operated cargo trailer for Last Mile logistics that can be used either as a walker or can be attached to a bike to enable cleaner, greener deliveries in urban centres. Nüwiel is working with some leading brands such as IKEA and UPS.Head of business development at Nüwiel, Kajetan Berning stated, “We are thrilled with our win and the chance to collaborate with Smart Dublin by piloting our electric cargo trailers across the city to make urban transportation and logistics more efficient and Dublin more sustainable and livable for everyone.”Umotional (Cyclers app), the first runner-up and CYCL (WingLights), the second runner-up also demonstrated impressive solutions. Cyclers are the number one cycling app in Prague with over 50,000 users, leveraging AI to deliver better cycling experiences and engagement across the local cycling community. WingLights is an indicator light solution which has now sold over 80,000 units is helping to deliver safer cycling in cities.last_img read more

Dell WE Cities Index Ranks Dublin 30th out of 50 Global Cities

first_imgToday at the 10th annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit, Dell Technologies announced findings of the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index, ranking 50 global cities on their ability to foster growth for women entrepreneurs. Building on annual research since 2010, Dell Technologies ranks cities based on the impact of local policies, programs and characteristics in addition to national laws and customs to help improve support for women entrepreneurs and the overall economy. In the 2019 Index, Dublin ranked 30th out of 50 global cities, a jump of four places since the 2017 Index.Building on 10 years of research on women entrepreneurs, Dell Technologies partnered with IHS Markit to research and rank 50 cities on five important characteristics, including access to Capital, Technology, Talent, Culture and Markets. These pillars were organized into two groups — operating environment and enabling environment. The overall rating is based on 71 indicators; 45 of which have a gender-based component. Individual indicators were weighted based on four criteria: relevance, quality of underlying data, uniqueness in the index and gender component.All 50 cities made progress since 2017, however, some cities made bigger strides than others and the race to the top inevitably left some cities behind. Highlights include:– The San Francisco Bay Area outranked New York for the No. 1 spot this year, largely in part because the Bay Area is one of the best places for women to gain access to capital. It also moved from 6th place to 2nd place in Culture, illustrating that the number of role models and public dialogue around eliminating the ‘bro culture’ is making an impact.– Out of a total of 100 possible points, the No. 1 ranked San Francisco Bay Area scored only 63.7. That’s evidence that there is still much work to do to level the field for women – and validates the need for this kind of research and outreach to policymakers to move the needle for female founders.– Lack of funding, high-cost of living, low representation of women in leadership roles, and the lack of government-led policies that support women entrepreneurs were among the barriers, globally.– Thirty out of 50 cities improved on more than half of their indicators, with Latin America and Europe seeing the highest percentage of their cities move up.– The most-improved cities represent nearly every region, which indicates how broad-based the improvements have been around the world.– Mexico City had the greatest improvement ranking No. 45 in 2017, moving up to No. 29 this year. In particular, the city increased women in education, at top business schools and in its legislature, and also increased corporate vendor procurement programs and access to capital for women entrepreneurs via crowdfunding campaigns.2019 WE Cities Index Rankings:“When we invest in women, we invest in the future; communities prosper, economies thrive and the next generation leads with purpose,” said Karen Quintos, EVP and chief customer officer at Dell Technologies. “By arming city leaders and policymakers with actionable, data-driven research on the landscape for women entrepreneurs, we can collectively accelerate the success of women-owned businesses by removing financial, cultural and political barriers.”“When more women work, economies grow. Technology is helping to drive this progress as a gender-neutral enabler, and helps create a level playing field,” said Amit Midha, president of Asia Pacific & Japan, Global Digital Cities at Dell Technologies. “Whilst all cities in the Index have improved, the crucial factor is the consistency of this improvement across the different factors that impact women entrepreneurs’ success. The WE Cities Index helps Dell Technologies get closer to our customers and understand the landscape in each city so we are better able to help women entrepreneurs scale their businesses.”“The 2019 Dell WE Cities report is unique from other bodies of research in that it not only ranks 50 global cities on their ability to foster women entrepreneurs, it shows how the cities have improved from their 2017 benchmark,” said Karen Campbell, Consulting Associate Director, IHS Markit. “This year we can see some patterns emerging. Ranked cities have collectively made the most improvement in the Capital and Culture pillars, which shows the importance of measuring not just the operating environment but also enabling environment for women entrepreneurs. This data-driven approach shows where women entrepreneurs still face barriers in scaling their business.”The 2017 to 2019 WE Cities Index results highlight the successes and challenges that each city faces, and where cities can learn best practices from one another. These key learnings, if supported by local governments, can add up to big changes for women-owned businesses, globally.Based on the findings and comparison between the 2017-2019 indices, Dell Technologies has developed a set of WE Cities Policy Recommendations focused on three areas, including:– Access to and the development of financial and human capital.– Private and public sectors role in increasing access to local and global networks and markets.– How government and business leaders can help women entrepreneurs thrive in the changing face of technology.last_img read more

The Universe Speaks in Numbers How Modern Maths Reveals Natures Deepest Secrets

first_imgBy @SimonCocking review of The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets Hardcover by Graham Farmelo. Available from Amazon here.A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe – essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking’s words, to ‘know the mind of God’.One of the great mysteries of science is that underlying all the complexities of the universe is a harmonious order, whose existence Einstein described as ‘a miracle’. No less miraculous, the fundamental laws of the universe can be written in the language of advanced mathematics.Searching for these laws, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas without experiment as their guide. In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelodemonstrates how today’s greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment, through the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the contemporary physicists and mathematicians who are shedding fascinating light on each other’s disciplines. As Farmelo shows, this blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics is responsible for huge, redefining advances in our understanding of reality, space and time.‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’, my new book, is published today in the U.K. (in N America on May 28)— Graham Farmelo (@grahamfarmelo) May 2, 2019Review, How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest SecretsIn some ways this book feels like a labour of love, as the author reveals his deep and long held interest in the topics covered within these pages. The time frame covered is long, several hundred years, with a sad consideration of the period of the ‘divorce’ between physics and maths for several decades in the twentieth century. Ultimately, fortunately, they became reconciled again as both sides realised that the other group were achieving valuable insights that could help them with their own investigations too.Time and time again uncanny parallels emerged between the work of cutting edge physicists and pure mathematicians when it often became clear that they were trying to unravel the same problems, but from different starting points. Even more interesting, and challenging perhaps, often one side had developed usable tools up to one hundred years earlier, before the realisation of their application in other fields and disciplines.Einstein naturally looms large in this book, but even he found the implications of his own theories hard to accept. Being reluctant to accept that God could play dice, it would take several more decades before further leading thinkers such as Stephen Hawkings and others took Einstein’s concepts on blackholes and gravity to their logical conclusions. The recent, impressive photograph of a blackhole finally showed us something that could be seen, over hundred years after Einstein’s theories first put forward the concept that they could even exist.This is an important element to the book, that it often takes a long time for ideas to emerge, for tests to then be conceived to assess if they are accurate or not, and then for further time to assess what the implications of this are, and could be for us in the future too. As we move into an ever more instant and real time expectations time frame, Farmelo does an excellent job of reminding us that nature is only slowly yielding its answers to us. Understanding moves in fits and starts, there are periods of rapid innovation, followed by times of seemingly glacial innovation and progress.This book is an enjoyable and important book to help put together a big picture overview of where we have come from so far, why it took so long for us to progress, and where we might be heading in the future. Read it!First published in London 332 years ago today, Newton’s wondrous Principia, later described by Einstein as ‘the first comprehensive, workable system of theoretical physics’:— Graham Farmelo (@grahamfarmelo) July 5, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home The Universe Speaks in Numbers, reviewed If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more