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Morata must improve his fitness, says Conte

first_img0Shares0000Alvaro Morata made his Chelsea debut against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Photo/SKY SPORTSLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that new signing Alvaro Morata still needs time to get his fitness levels up to the required standard.The striker completed his £65m move from Real Madrid on July 21 and has only trained with the Blues for a week. Conte believes the 24-year-old still needs work on his physicals to slot into the Chelsea lineup. Conte told The Sun: “Morata is just starting to train with us. He has to improve his condition a lot to adapt quickly into our team.“He is working well but it has been only five days. Today, he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve.”The Spaniard may sit out Chelsea’s Community Shield fixture against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday as he focuses on improving his conditioning. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jumah boxes his way to victory in Denmark

first_imgHammersmith’s Deion Jumah continued a promising start to his professional career by beating Ukrainian Igor Pylypenko on points in Esbjerg, Denmark.Following an impressive recent debut, the 23-year-old cruiserweight controlled his second pro bout, winning all four rounds.Jumah, a product of the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Hill and a former ABA champion, was recently snapped up by Germany-based promoters Team Sauerland.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

In Praise of Fat

first_imgWell, great balls of fat.  Cells have spherical globs of lipid (fat) molecules that never had gotten much attention nor respect.  They have been called lipid droplets, oil bodies, fat globules and other names suggesting they were just the beer bellies of the cell.  Not any more.  Scientists have been taking a closer look at these globs and are finding them to be dynamic, functional sites of critical metabolic activity.  No longer are they bags of superfluous undesirable molecules: they have been promoted to essential organelles, named adiposomes.    Mary Beckman introduced two papers in Science with a summary of the new discoveries.1 Whatever their name, these intracellular blobs of triglycerides or cholesterol esters, encased in a thin phospholipid membrane, are catching the attention of more and more biologists.  It turns out these lively balls of fat have as many potential roles within cells and tissues as they have names.  Pockmarked with proteins with wide-ranging biochemical activities, they shuffle components around the cell, store energy in the form of neutral lipids, and possibly maintain the many membranes of the cell.  The particles could also be involved in lipid diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular trouble, and liver problems.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Beckman discussed several recent findings demonstrating what happens when fat regulation by adiposomes is disrupted.  Since there is still much to be learned about adiposomes, Beckman mainly teased the readers with the possibilities that lie ahead.  She quoted one biologist who called the biology of lipid droplets “immense and untapped.”    A Perspectives paper in the same issue by Stuart Smith introduced new findings about the machines that make fat.2  He summarized a paper by Maier, Jenni and Ban revealing, in unprecedented detail, the structure of mammalian Fatty Acid Synthase (FAS),3 and another by the same authors plus Leibundgut about the comparable FAS machine in fungi.4  The former looks somewhat like a flying saucer; the latter, like a wheel with spokes from the top, or a complex cage from the side.  The diagrams of these machines point out “active sites” and “reaction chambers” where complex molecules are assembled in a specific sequence.  The machines apparently have moving parts.  The conclusion of the mammalian FAS paper hints how everything must be done in order and with the right specifications:The overall architecture of mammalian FAS has been revealed by x-ray crystallography at intermediate resolution.  The dimeric [two-part] synthase adopts an asymmetric X-shaped conformation with two reaction chambers on each side formed by a full set of enzymatic domains required for fatty acid elongation, which are separated by considerable distances.  Substantial flexibility of the reaction chamber must accompany the handover of reaction intermediates during the FAS cycle, and further conformational transitions are required to explain the presence of alternative inter- and intrasubunit synthetic routes in FAS.  The results presented here provide a new structural basis to further experiments required for a detailed understanding of the complex mechanism of mammalian FAS.Even for the fungal machine, the authors spoke of the “remarkable architectural principles” it exemplifies.  It’s a whole new world of fat.  Let that go to your understanding, not to your waist.1Mary Beckman, “Great Balls of Fat,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1232 – 1234, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5765.1232.2Stuart Smith, “Architectural Options for a Fatty Acid Synthase,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1251 – 1252, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125411.3Timm Maier, Simon Jenni, Nenad Ban, “Architecture of Mammalian Fatty Acid Synthase at 4.5 � Resolution,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1258 – 1262, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123248.4Simon Jenni, Marc Leibundgut, Timm Maier, Nenad Ban, “Architecture of a Fungal Fatty Acid Synthase at 5 � Resolution,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1263 – 1267, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123251.The closer they look, the more wondrous the cell gets.  Who would have thought that blobs of fat would contain machinery with moving parts and reaction chambers?  Who would have imagined their surfaces would be covered with complex proteins that regulate the production inside?  Who would have realized that fat was so important, the cell had complex assembly plants to build it?  Fat is almost a mild cussword in our vocabulary, but it is another class of molecular building blocks we couldn’t live without.  Fats, sugars, proteins and nucleic acids all work together in life, from humans to lowly fungi.  Each class of molecules has immense variety, each is essential, and each is manufactured to spec by precision machinery.  What a wonderful post-Darwinian world.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Can Servers Save PC Manufacturers? Sadly, No

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Who is the most successful server manufacturer today? Viewed one way, the answer is “no one”. And that face is a dismal warning to traditional PC makers who are counting on servers to keep their businesses afloat as the PC market slowly disintegrates.Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu and Cisco sold the most servers during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released by IDC. But it’s the “other” category that’s scaring the pants off the others. That’s a throng of second-tier and “white box” server vendors who collectively sold 879,711 servers during the quarter. Number one HP, by contrast, sold 663,598.Look no further than IBM’s reported plans to sell off its low-end serve business to Lenovo — likely Big Blue’s attempt to escape an increasingly commoditized market while it still can.True, IBM, HP, and Dell still each pull in more revenue than the the $1.86 billion amassed by the “others” horde. But that’s cold comfort, given that low-cost unbranded servers are quickly eating into their markets. The commoditization trend is getting a hard push from companies like Google, Facebook and Rackspace, who are busily designing and building their own servers to power their huge data centers.Server manufacturers are trying to shield themselves with software, services and support, three defenses against the Mongol horde of white boxes. Arguably, though, that hasn’t worked for Big Blue, at least at the low end of PC-based servers. And there’s no particular reason to think it will save HP or Dell over the long term, either.On the surface, none of this will really disadvantage consumers or developers. It really doesn’t matter to end users whose name is on the boxes that power Netflix, Evernote, Apple’s iCloud, or Amazon. And there will always be a need for some sort of server, from somebody. In fact, commodization is an indirect but very real plus for users, since it lowers costs for Web providers, making possible  an increasing lineup of innovative, and often free, Web services.But it’s definitely bad news for the server makers themselves. This Has Been A Long Time ComingTraditional PC manufacturers like IBM, HP and Dell have taken one hit to their businesses after another over the past decade or so. Desktop PCs started declining in price with the rise of the Internet, reducing the need to upgrade PCs. Then laptops ate further into that market as they began to rival desktop power while offering mobility.Finally, tablets and smartphones tapped the cloud for computing and location, and far more cheaply, limiting the need for people to buy expensive laptops.That left PC-based servers — and that market is now under siege as well. The days of the mainframes came and went, and most server infrastructure now runs on the Xeon processor, Intel’s PC processor optimized for the enterprise. Traditional mainframe processors — IBM’s Power, Oracle’s Sparc — retreated to the ivory towers of research computing. Meanwhile, companies like former Taiwan motherboard makers Supermicro or Asus realized that they can assemble a notebook or server just as well as a Dell or HP, and for less.As prices of traditional PCs fell, hardware makers turned to new tactics, loading up new machines with “crapware” ranging from trial versions of AOL to antivirus programs to games. Consumers hated it, but the revenue crapware provided, directly or indirectly, helped keep hardware makers afloat.Unfortunately, there’s no way to duplicate that strategy in the server space. IT managers don’t want servers cluttered up with Adobe Flash, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Roxio Creator, or any of the other bloatware that Dell places on its PCs. They do, however, want some help just making sense of it all.Geek Squad On SteroidsEnter “solutions,” the jargon that dominates enterprise discussions. Suddenly, the PC turned server makers weren’t selling a PC, monitor and printer; they were packaging together a server, associated storage, a network switch, security, migration, and engineering services and support to tie it all together. Put extremely simplistically, an enterprise solution is everything that the Geek Squad offers, just scaled up by orders of magnitude.In 2012, for instance, Dell bought Clerity in order to help Dell Services “reduce the cost of transitioning business-critical applications and data from legacy computing systems and onto more modern architectures, including the cloud.” In the PC space, that’s called dumping the contents of Mom and Dad’s old PC onto a USB key and loading it into Google Drive.Then again, Dell’s enterprise “solutions” business climbed 4 percent last quarter, and pulled in $19.4 billion for its last fiscal year — about a third of its revenue. Cha-ching.The central idea of the enterprise solution isn’t the packaging. It’s the customization, and the investment. Hewlett-Packard, for example, offers a fairly substantive list of industry-specific solutions for aerospace, automotive, and media, among others, with each pitching an additional value-added service. This was a tactic the same companies never really deployed in the PC market, perhaps because they never saw the need — or couldn’t justify the investment — in designing PCs optimized for, say, tax professionals. Adding Value to a Commodity BusinessStill, the “other” category is compelling evidence that a sizeable portion of the market seems to be unwilling to pay hardware makers for their services. Instead, they’re pooling their resources. Massing and deploying large arrays of commodity hardware is the underlying principle behind everything from Hadoop — an open-source project for managing huge stores of data across distributed commodity servers — to the Open Compute Project. In that sense, the commodity server business is thriving.And the PC makers themselves are helping it along, believing they can surf the trend by offering software and services on top of commodity hardware.Dell’s Data Center Solutions business, for instance, is a small but growing custom solutions business within Dell’s larger server sales business. In January, Tracy Davis, the general manager of Dell DCS, attended the Open Compute Summit, whose principles include stripping the “vanity” logos from servers and replacing them with as much cost-optimized hardware as possible. Why would Dell participate in a forum seemingly designed to kill it off?Davis told me that Dell is able to engage — and sell — everything from engineering services to Dell’s ability to buy components all over the world. That’s a competitive offering, not necessarily reflected in the bottom line, that still adds value to Dell’s business versus a no-name, commodity server maker.The Writing Is On The WallIn some sense, things came to a head this week after CRN and other outlets reported that IBM was in talks with Lenovo to sell its low-end X86 server business for between $5 billion and $6 billion — an eerie parallel to the way Big Blue sold off its ThinkPad notebook business to Lenovo years ago. IBM hasn’t confirmed or denied the talks.“Assuming IBM divests [its] low end (low margin) x86 biz to Lenovo, HP and Dell should be concerned because Lenovo can make [money] and disrupt [the] space,” Matt Eastwood, an IDC server analyst, wrote on Twitter. The idea, Eastwood and others suggested, was that IBM couldn’t squeeze money from a commodity business. Lenovo can.But what’s the commodity? Generic servers? Not necessarily. Solutions Can Be Commodities, TooIBM’s highest-profile service is Watson, the natural-language technology that beat several past “Jeopardy” champions and is being used in financial services and to help treat cancer patients. Watson and other related services run on servers based on its Power chips, not x86. Yes, IBM deploys a whole slew of services on its line of x86 servers — but they’re awfully similar to what everyone else does, too.Eventually, companies like ARM say, we’ll all be running servers on the sort of low-power processors that power our cell phones, with the Web’s basic functions — serving up static Web pages, for example — running on cheap, purpose-built machines. These aren’t just commodity servers; these are commodity solutions. Meanwhile, companies like Google and Facebook are quietly building their own custom servers to fit their own, specialized needs.Here’s what IBM may be thinking. Since its highest-value, unique service offerings run on Power, they justify further investment. And if IBM can offer uniquely high-value services on top of the cheaper x86 boxes, then it should hold onto those, too. But if the company can’t see customers turning to IBM for those solutions — either now or in the future — then IBM’s justified for ditching them while the getting is good.IBM led the way in pulling away from the PC in 2004, a controversial move at the time that now seems more than justified. If IBM takes the same approach with its x86 server business, it may be a similar harbinger of doom for other makers of x86 servers.Image courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#servers center_img Related Posts markhachman Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Russian start-up 3D prints houses in 24 hours, raises $6 million for expansion

first_imgA couple weeks ago, Rusnano Sistema Sicar, a Russian private equity fund, announced that it will invest $6 million in Apis Cor, a startup originated from Siberia which has designed a 3D printing technology for the construction industry.The Apis Cor 3D printer is a mobile robot capable of constructing buildings using fine-grained fibre concrete with special additives. It can build walls in any design for buildings of up to three storeys in a very short time.According to the fund, this technology has no equivalent in the world. It “outperforms conventional [construction] technologies in terms of speed and ease of construction” at a “competitive cost.”“We expect the Apis Cor technology  to make cottage construction 19% cheaper than foam concrete houses as soon as next year, with a further potential cost reduction of up to 30%,” Rusnano Sistema Sicar stated.Apis Cor made the news last year when it printed a printed a 38 sq. m. house in the Moscow suburb of Stupino in just 24 hours at a cost of less than $10,000.See Also: Can wearables transform the construction industry?Preparing for international expansionBeyond the Russian market, the company targets Asia and the Middle East, where important state-sponsored construction programs have been launched, as well as the USA and Europe, where demand is high for original and highly complex architectural house and cottage designs.Apis Cor expects to generate several dozens of million US dollars in revenues next year with a fleet of dozens of 3D printers.“3D printing has enormous potential for the construction industry, with a projected share of up to 30% of the global low-rise cottages market, which is valued at $68 billion. (…) Apis Cor has the potential to become a leader in the 3D construction industry and claim first-mover premium in this fast-growing market,” said Sergey Dergach, CEO of Sistema Consult, a company acting as an investment adviser to Rusnano Sistema Sicar.Originated from Irkutsk, Apis Cor has offices in Moscow and San Francisco. Earlier this year, the startup received praise at several Russian startup contests and received a grant of 3 million rubles (approximately $50,000) from Skolkovo, the international tech hub under completion on the outskirts of Moscow.The First InvestmentApis Cor comes as the first portfolio company of Rusnano Sistema Sicar. This fund was established last year by Sistema, a diversified Russian corporation, and Rusnano, the state-backed nanotechnology investment corporation. The partners expect the fund to manage $100 million in assets, allocating cash funds progressively to finance the transactions. The fund is open to new investors.Rusnano Sistema Sicar seeks to invest in high tech companies at various stages of growth. It is seeking these investments in Russia and neighboring countries as well as in Europe and Israel.Rusnano Sistema Sicar targets a variety of sectors including:Information technologiesRobotics and on-board equipmentSoftware and cloud technologiesCommunication equipment and end-to-end solutionsRenewable sources of energy and energy saving technologiesMicroelectronicsAutomated control systemSpecial communications systemsSoftware for comprehensive security systems.This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a partner of ReadWrite covering the Eastern-European statup scene. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts center_img Tags:#3D#3d printing#apis cor#construction#construction tech#featured#funding raising#Rusnano Sistema Sicar#russian Adrien Henni Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

SPV to accelerate Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor

first_imgMumbai: The ambitious corridor between Mumbai and Nagpur is set to gain some momentum with the State government announcing the formation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the ₹45,000 crore project. The Public Works Department (PWD) has named the new company Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Express Way Limited for the augmentation of the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.The SPV will not only help speed up land acquisition but also generate better financing and operational control for contractors who have been leased large chunks of the project work, State government officials said on Tuesday. “The designation of the officials of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), which is the nodal agency, has also been altered accordingly,” said PWD Under Secretary, Avinash Dhondge.The SPV’s primary task would be to assist in acquisition of land which is underway in as many as 10 districts. So far, officials informed, 9,800 hectares has been acquired with a ‘consensus and negotiation’ based approach. The 700-kilometre long super communication expressway will be connected to 24 nodes, which will be developed as Smart Cities in future. The expressway, approximately costing ₹45,000 crore, will pass through 10 districts, and influence development in 14 others.The SPV’s announcement comes at a time when the government is under pressure over the death of a farmer from Dhule, who committed suicide over a faulty compensation. Dharma Patil consumed poison after he received ₹4 lakh for his five acres acquired for a thermal power plant. He had claimed a neighbouring farmer got ₹1.89 crore for land not even half the size as his.last_img read more

Gujarat’s onion farmers in tears as prices plunge

first_imgDharmendra Narshi Patel, a farmer from Kotda Sangani village in Rajkot district had tears in his eyes when he sold 3,590 kg of onion at the Agri Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Gondal on Christmas Day. For his entire lot of the vegetable fetched him only ₹1,974.50, or ₹0.55 per kg.Mr. Patel is not alone as thousands of garlic and onion farmers in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region find themselves in deep distress because of the steep drop in the prices of their produce. Gujarat is one of the top producers of garlic and onion with extensive sowing in Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, and Kutch districts.“We are forced to sell garlic from ₹20 to ₹80 per 20 kg in APMCs,” said Premjibhai Senjalia, a farmer from Rabarika village in Amreli district. “Average price is about ₹50-70 per 20 kg, that means ₹250 to ₹350 per quintal.” Due to the extremely low prices, Mr. Senjalia said he was yet to sell the approximately 50 quintals of garlic lying harvested in his house. “I had garlic in 10 bigha land and production is about 50 quintal. I have stocked it because there is no one willing to buy thanks to lower prices,” he said, adding that thousands of farmers in his district had also held back on selling their harvests.In most APMCs in the State such as the ones at Rajkot, Gondal, Mahuva and Jamnagar the prices of both the commodities have been hovering below ₹100 per 20 kg, pushing farmers into distress as they sell at a loss.“Across the region, garlic and onion growers are selling at a loss,” said Virji Thummar, a Congress legislator from Amreli district. “They don’t even realise their basic costs of labour and inputs,” he added.Bhikhabhai Markana, a farmer from Kalavad in Jamnagar district, harvested about 40 quintal of onion from his 2 bighas. He sold 23 quintals at the Rajkot AMPC at ₹40 per 20 kg, fetching him ₹200 per quintal.“My cost including labour, inputs like seed, fertiliser and irrigation is ₹12,000 for the two bighas of onion and I would sell the produce for about ₹8,000-10,000 at current market price,” he said, reflecting the plight of the region’s farmers.Sacks of unsold garlicBalubhai Ahir, a garlic grower from Khirsara village in Rajkot district, told The Hindu that more than two lakh sacks of garlic were lying in farmers’ houses in about a dozen villages in Jetpur taluka.“Not many farmers have sold the stock because of low price, they are not getting even peanuts,” said Mr. Ahir. “Average cost to grow garlic is ₹12,000 per bigha during its four-and-a-half month crop cycle and average yield is 7-8 quintal. If sold at current price of ₹70-80 per 20 kg…a farmer would realise about ₹2,500-3,200 per bigha, a loss of at least ₹8,000-9,000 per bigha.”last_img read more

Law limitations are said to be hurting Police investigations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 22, 2016 – Laws in the Turks and Caicos need to be swiftly amended if we are going to see more crimes solved.  For the second time in a week, there has been key reference made to the limitations in TCI Law which seems to inhibit Police; the old standards now in place are hurting investigations and helping criminals get away with murder and more.A media statement by the Commissioner of Police, James Smith yesterday listed where there are weaknesses. I quote him now:  “Keeping our borders secure is crucial, biometric information and the ability to easily take DNA samples will enhance our capabilities to solve crime and identify perpetrators, updated criminal evidence legislation, a change to the way we manage our roads, vehicles and driving licenses, along with a number of other legislative improvements that I have already discussed with government, should combine to significantly improve safety and security,” said James Smith, Police Commissioner.A week ago today, the Premier, Rufus Ewing addressed the same issue, and expressed that his government will make the changes in law once informed of what those changes need to be. “The police commissioner also mentioned this morning that we need some amendments to our laws, I said well if we need amendments to our laws to enable things like DNA and  DNA sampling or enlarged scale of DNA sampling then tell us what amendments we need.”But when Magnetic Media checked the media release from the June 30th National Security Council meeting it exposes that not only was there a presentation of laws that need desperate improvement, but that the Premier, Dr. Rufus Ewing was there, the Border Control Minister, Donhue Gardiner was there, that the Police Commissioner and his Deputy were there; that the Governor Peter Beckingham and his Deputy Governor was there and the Attorney General also made the roll call.  Everyone who could swiftly affect change in the laws of the land, was present and accounted for and the only question is now whether or not they will move expeditiously in order for the Turks and Caicos to see an end to reports where as much as 75% of crime goes unsolved.  Related Items:last_img read more

Country Music Mag No Depression Folds

first_imgNo Depression was first launched as a quarterly in September 1995 and switched to bi-monthly the following year. Despite the folding of the print version, Alden and Blackstock expect to expand the magazine’s presence online. The May-June issue of No Depression—its 75th—will be its last.The founders of the Seattle-based alternative country music magazine attribute the demise to declining advertising revenues. Those revenues, generated mostly by ads from indie country music labels, are down 30 to 40 percent, they say. The magazine’s financial downturn was “not looking like a storm that we could wait out,” co-founder Peter Blackstock said during a recent program on NPR. “Our concern was that (the ad dollars) had gone away and wasn’t coming back.”In the March-April issue, which is on newsstands now, the publishers in a note to readers indicated that ad revenue for that issue alone was down 36 percent from the same issue last year. “Unfortunately, the ad community that shares (No Depression’s) interest doesn’t have any money, and doesn’t look like its going to have any money in the foreseeable future,” co-founder Grant Alden said during the program.last_img read more

Northstar Adds Trade Shows to Travel Weekly

first_imgSecaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Media has added two trade show brands to its Travel Weekly magazine portfolio. The publisher today is expected to announce the acquisition of The Original Home Based Travel Agent Show and Conference from Real Trade Shows Inc.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Last year, Real Trade Shows produced a spring Home Based Travel Agent event in Chicago and another in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the fall. According to Northstar chairman and CEO Tom Kemp, revenues for the events were down about 15 percent last year after seeing growth of about 15 percent in 2008.“These events held up relatively well compared to the print revenues serving the industry,” Kemp wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.  “We believe strongly in the future of face-to-face in spite of some of the impact of the economic climate on shows this year. Face-to-face events don’t have some of the secular challenges with which b-to-b publishing have been dealing for the last several years.” Northstar also today is expected to announce the launch of Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld 2010, a show for travel agents who sell cruise vacations. It will be the first face-to-face event produced by the magazine.The spring Home Based Travel Agent and CruiseWorld events are scheduled for April 14 to 16 and will co-locate at Florida’s Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Kemp said he expects to announce a date/location for the fall Home Based Travel Agent event in the coming weeks.In addition to Travel Weekly, Northstar publishes a number of magazines including Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West.last_img read more