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News Article | May 11, 2017
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-- Per Missy Stagers,Broker Owner of M.Stagers Realty Partners in San Antonio,"Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio is not only home to the world famous Alamo, it's also a wonderful destination to experience plenty of culture, nature, fun, and so much more. When you visit this city, you'll be amazed at just how many things there are to see and do.San Antonio boasts a historic and eclectic environment, being located right on the peaceful San Antonio river.●Go to the missions. One of the most distinct things about San Antonio is its historic missions. These marvelous landmarks are living history and definitely worth the time to see.●Experience the Riverwalk. A very popular destination for locals and visitors alike is the Riverwalk. Restaurants, retail shops, and plenty more all await.●Visit the Japanese Tea Garden. It's two and one half mile stretch is quintessential San Antonio; so don't miss it.●Discover local entertainers. Go to Southtown on the first Friday of the month and be amazed by the diverse talent. You'll love the sights and sounds here and will definitely leave with some fond memories.●Get crazy at the Pearl Dance Hall Series. If you visit during the summer months of July and August, you can easily beat the heat by ducking inside. But be warned, the dance floor is just as hot.●Explore the Market Square at El Mercado. This historic and lively shopping district boasts merchants, exhibits, and so much more. It's one of the locals' favorites, making it a must.●Walk through the San Antonio Botanical Garden. For those who love the outdoors and the wonders of the natural world, there's nothing quite like the San Antonio Botanical Garden. It's huge, sprawling over 33 acres and has more than a few surprises.●The Alamo. Famous for the 13 day standoff during the spring month of March way back in 1836, The Alamo best represents the spirit of independence, when the territory broke away.●San Antonio Museum of Art. When it comes to the finer things in life, this destination is teeming with history and beauty. Discover artifacts, paintings, photographs, and plenty more. Also, you can visit the La Villita Historic Arts Village for even more treasures to discover.●Tower of the Americas. Erected for the 1968 World's Fair, this 750 foot landmark offers some of the most stunning views of the downtown area.Oh, and the largest SeaWorld park is located right here, in San Antonio. If you want to learn about conservation and experience some thrilling rides, this destination is a must.She has dedicated over two decades helping clients buy and sell property with over 3400 transactions and $550 million in sales. In addition, she has served her industry by being San Antonio Board of Realtors Chairman, Women's Council of Realtors Chairman, and various chairman positions on committees at the Texas Associate of Realtors. More information at https://mstagersrealtypartners.com/


Here is a sampling of what's new for summer family travel in San Antonio: Morgan's Inspiration Island, the world's first ultra-accessible splash park Excitement is peaking at the chance to enjoy the world's first ultra-accessible splash park, Morgan's Inspiration Island. Opening in time for summer vacation, Morgan's Inspiration Island will be a magical destination that inspires people with special needs to do things previously thought impossible such as a river boat adventure ride with twists and turns through a jungle where bird and animal sounds fill the air. The experience continues with five water play areas offering a variety of splash elements like raintrees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets. SeaWorld San Antonio unveils Wave Breaker™: The Rescue Coaster   Wildlife enthusiasts can see if they have what it takes to race into action with SeaWorld's animal rescue team on Wave Breaker™, a one-of-a kind coaster inspired by the award-winning Sea Rescue® program. Designed exclusively for SeaWorld San Antonio, Wave Breaker™ replicates the adrenaline rush of a watercraft rescue mission. It's more thrilling than a jet ski as riders hurdle 60 feet in the air over SeaWorld's lake. Six Flag Fiesta Texas celebrates 25 years with world's largest rocket blast water coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas, an adventure park themed around the distinct culture of Texas, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with world's largest rocket blast water coaster. Adrenaline junkies can get ready to ride the power of a storm with Thunder Rapids, a three-story, 942-foot-long roller coaster and water slide in one with lightning-fast uphill speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops. It's located in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas' free water park (included with admission). Witte Museum welcomes $100 million in renovations to include new Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery Hailed as an oasis where nature, science and culture meet, the Witte Museum just unveiled $100 million in renovations. One of the most notable additions is the new Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery. Adventurers can follow the large carnivorous Acrocanthosaurus as it leaves tracks along ancient Texas shorelines; explore predator and prey as a mosasaur hunts for dinner in the ancient seas; and behold the massive skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. In the new Dino Lab, Witte guests will discover what fossils uncover about the era when dinosaurs roamed Texas, compare the jaws and teeth of meat eaters with those of plant eaters, learn what ancient footprints say about dinosaur behavior and examine links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds. Majestic San Antonio Botanical Garden expands its scenic landscape The 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden is adding eight acres that will bring dramatic new opportunities for guests to explore nature and discover the value of plants, water, freshly grown food, and the outdoors. Major additions include a Welcome & Discovery Complex, Culinary Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, Family Adventure Garden and more. It's an ideal way for San Antonio visitors to connect with the beauty of the city's rich landscape. While in town, travelers can stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com. About Visit San Antonio: Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at VisitSanAntonio.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/worlds-first-ultra-accessible-splash-park-to-open-in-san-antonio-in-time-for-summer-vacations-300461708.html


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, NC, to feature hundreds of Chinese lanterns, authentic crafts, and exciting live shows beginning September 7, 2017. Tickets are on sale now for this spectacular event!


RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG) plans to release financial results for the first quarter of 2017 on May 2, 2017. The Company also announced that it will hold its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. Tredegar will webcast its annual meeting. To register to listen to the meeting and view the slide presentation, go to the Company’s website, www.tredegar.com, and select the “Webcast of Shareholders Meeting” link on the Presentations page of the Investors section of the website. A replay of the meeting will be available through August 17, 2017. Tredegar Corporation is a manufacturer of plastic films and aluminum extrusions. A global company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tredegar had 2016 sales of $828 million. With approximately 3,200 employees, the company operates manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.


News Article | February 8, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has three new welcome additions - Malayan tiger cubs. The three tigers were born on Friday and were unfortunately separated from their mum Cinta as the tigress' maternal instincts did not kick in. The maternal instincts not kicking in posed to be a threat for the three Malayan cubs and vets worried that they would be unable to survive as they could not stay warms without Cinta's body heat. Therefore, fearing a drop in the tigers' body temperature, the zoo took the call to take away the three cubs from the den. The tigress' maternal instincts not kicking in is not uncommon say the zoo staff who are caring for the three cubs in a nursery. "It's not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do. They can be aggressive and even harm or kill the cubs. Nursery staff is keeping them warm and feeding them every three hours," revealed Mike Dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator of the Malayan Tiger SSP. The three cubs will looked after in the zoo's nursery till they do not require care. Then the trio will be shifted to the Cat Canyon. The zoo authorities estimate that this process may happen by early spring. However, the three cubs will not be introduced again to their mum Cinta as she will not be able to recognize the tigers as being her own. This is because of the lengthy separation between the mother and the cubs. The cubs' mother Cinta is a three-year-old tigress and holds the distinction of being the second-most valuable female in the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, owing to her genes. The father of the cubs is 15-year-old Jalil, who is the third-most genetically valuable male of the species. In 2009, Jalil and the tigress Hutan gave birth to four male, which are now in other zoos. The combination of Jalil and Cinta gives the three cubs a terrific lineage. The cubs will contribute to a genetic diversity that is much required in the context of when they begin to breed. The breeding recommendations are usually given by the Malayan tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP manages the health of the species in the 28 authorized zoos that are enlisted to care for the Malayan tiger. The Malayan tiger is one of the most endangered species in the world with less than 500 estimated to remain. The destruction of their habitat and environment are to be blamed for the species' dwindling numbers. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | March 4, 2016
Site: www.nature.com

As political turmoil and conflict rock Ukraine, the country’s main scientific organization is in a bind. In January,  Parliament passed a law to modernize the ailing National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU). Yet an austerity budget imposed around the same time makes this impossible to achieve — at least this year. The resulting cuts to science funding threaten the jobs of young researchers in particular, who are best poised to revitalize the country’s failing economy. “We have an extraordinarily high number of potential young scientists who are ready to work for the welfare of the country,” says Liliya Hrynevych, who chairs the Ukrainian Parliament’s Committee on Science and Education and voted in favour of the modernizing law. “But without setting priorities for science and research, it will be impossible for Ukraine to become a strong and wealthy European nation.” The academy employs some 20,000 scientists across 120 research institutes. On 26 November, Parliament began to debate a “law of Ukraine on scientific and technical activity”, in an attempt to streamline and strengthen the organization, which was founded in the Soviet era. Long deemed outdated and resistant to modernization, the academy uses an opaque system to award funding, and many of its members are elderly, not least the 97-year-old metallurgist Boris Paton, who has run the NASU for decades. The law stipulates the creation of a science advisory council that includes foreign specialists, and an independent grant-giving agency. All NASU institutes will undergo an external evaluation to examine their productivity and efficiency, and overall, government science spending must increase from a current 0.3% of gross domestic product to at least 1.7% by fiscal year 2017 — near the European Union average. But before the law took effect, Ukraine passed its 2016 austerity budget, in the wake of widespread closure of mines and factories, inflation, debt and currency devaluation. The budget allocates a meagre 2.05 billion hryvnia (US$76 million) to the NASU — about 12% less than in 2015, continuing a trend of decline (see ‘Ailing academy’). The cutbacks are irreconcilable with the science law, says Hrynevych, who is campaigning in Parliament for a budget revision after the first quarter of 2016. The budget will leave the academy with scarcely enough to cover the scant salaries (about US$200 per month on average) paid to its administrative staff and scientists. “We won’t be able to buy any new equipment this year, and purchase of consumables will need to be reduced to a minimum,” says Anatoly Zagorodny, director of the Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kiev and a vice-president of the academy. The fresh cuts, he says, will also force institutes to reduce staff — in some circumstances, by more than one-third — and to discontinue many areas of research, even though science is crucial to economic recovery, he adds. Young scientists are the least protected by existing labour laws and so will feel the brunt of the job cuts, says Irina Yehorchenko, a research fellow at the NASU’s Institute of Mathematics in Kiev. She and some of her colleagues launched a petition in December calling on the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, to save Ukrainian science. “I, for one, might be able to find a postdoc position abroad,” says Oleksandr Skorokhod, a cell biologist at the NASU Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Kiev who is chair of the academy’s Council of Young Scientists. “But I’d much rather stay and try to change the bad state of affairs in my country.” Ukrainian science has struggled to recover from Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014. General consensus in the international community is that Crimea is still part of the Ukraine — the United Nations General Assembly declared invalid a March 2014 referendum in which voters in Crimea approved the peninsula’s secession from Ukraine. But all 22 Crimean institutes formerly run by the NASU are now under Russian control, and only a few of their 1,320 staff members have relocated to Ukraine-controlled territory. The academy lost access to its only research ship, the RV Professor Vodianytsky, three astronomical observatories in Nauchny, Katsiveli and Yevpatoria and the 204-year-old Nikitsky Botanical Garden near Yalta, on the Black Sea shore. The Ukrainian government, moreover, expects scientists in Ukraine to cut all ties with colleagues who stayed on the peninsula, says Hrynevych, because any collaboration would be viewed as legitimizing the Russian occupation. The armed conflict with pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine is also causing problems for scientists, especially in the country’s Donbas region. Some 12,000 scientists and university lecturers there — about 60% of the former staff of 26 research institutes and universities in the province — have moved to safe institutions in Kiev and elsewhere. But many evacuating scientists left behind equipment or lost irreplaceable research material. Marine, environmental and climate studies in the Black Sea region, mining-related geology and a variety of archaeological and historical research have all been hit hard, says Zagorodny.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

— TOUR TRAVEL by ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING and Runners Club Association invites people to the 7th edition of Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon, one of the highest level sports competitions and the largest running event in Transylvania. The Marathon will be organized in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on April 9, 2017. Participants can pick from several categories of races. The main objective of this event is to bring together professional or amateur runners from all over the world, becoming a mark of the European sport city Cluj-Napoca. The Marathon is organized annually by Runners Club Association, which seeks to extensively stimulate running as part of a healthy life. “The marathon is an important event for the city of Cluj-Napoca and for Transylvania, being a high technical competition that reunites athletes from Romania and from abroad. Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon is also a social event that brings together people of all ages who have a passion for sports. Cluj-Napoca deserves a marathon to define it as a European sports city and we hope that together with the running community to further develop the event, since it was designed from the very beginning to transform itself into a brand of our city and to become as famous as the other European marathons. This year we expect more than 5000 competitors to race in one of the four technical challenges - marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and a 10k cross - as well as at the two free races open to beginners: the kids’ cross and Crosul BT, a 5k cross”, declared Horatiu Morar, president at Runners Club Association. Tourists can profit from this occasion to discover the dynamic atmosphere and historical landmarks of Cluj-Napoca, such as Avram Iancu and Matei Corvin Squares, the “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden, the Transylvania Ethnographic Museum and The National Ethnographic Park “Romulus Vuia”, Lucian Blaga National Theater and Cluj-Napoca Central Park. More information about TOUR TRAVEL by ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING TOUR TRAVEL by ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING is a premier tour operator owned by ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING LTD, based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING LTD is a Romanian company which provides business and management consultancy to the highest quality standards. ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING LTD was founded in 2003 and since then has been dynamically involving by offering a wide range of services, from business and management consultancy to governmental, structural and international funds consultancy and feasibility studies. TOUR TRAVEL by ODAS GLOBAL CONSULTING mission statement is "to offer you and your family a safe and memorable experience, an unforgettable journey". For more information regarding this exclusive tour or to research tour options, you can always contact our professional team at: +40744 872 835 or office@discoveringtransylvania.ro. For more information, please visit http://www.discoveringtransylvania.ro


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

Virtual reality gear is still clunky and expensive, but hardware makers are taking small steps to fix at least one of those problems. Enter the MSI VR One backpack, which helps people to move around more easily in VR by untethering them from a stationary PC. Yes, it's still expensive at about $1,900 and it looks just a little silly. (OK, very silly.) Also, you may want to hold off before buying this backpack, since new wireless VR add-ons are expected to come out later this year. Also on the podcast, we hit on Verizon's latest 5G network trials and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's algorithm-powered drainage system. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. You can't look cool wearing a VR backpack (The 3:59, Ep. 183) Your browser does not support the audio element.


News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

On the occasion of this year's Art Basel in Miami Beach, the BMW Art Car by John Baldessari celebrated its world premiere on November 30. The 19th vehicle of the BMW Art Car Collection was designed by the American master of conceptual art and revealed in the presence of the artist himself, Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, and Jens Marquardt, Director BMW Motorsport, at the Botanical Garden of Miami Beach. John Baldessari's BMW M6 GTLM, a race car with a speed of up to 300 km/h, depending on the race track, and 585 hp, will be on public display until the closing of Art Basel. "Considering the car as an icon of contemporary life, my concept for the BMW Art Car turned out playfully satirical, but it also highlights some of the trademark ideas that I use. So you can say, the BMW Art Car is definitely a typical Baldessari and the fastest artwork I ever created!" - John Baldessari Following the 40-year tradition of BMW Art Cars, John Baldessari's "rolling sculpture" will then prove itself on the race track of Rolex 24 at DAYTONA on January 28 and 29, 2017. Bill Auberlen (US), Alexander Sims (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA) will take turns in driving the BMW Art Car next year. Since 1975, international artists, such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, have been creating BMW Art Cars on the basis of contemporary BMW automobiles. For further information, please visit: http://www.press.bmwgroup.com


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Fiona, a prematurely-born Nile hippo calf, is making excellent progress at her home at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden after the staff from a local children’s hospital stepped in to help. After her birth in January, Fiona wouldn’t take any milk, causing her to become severely dehydrated. The staff from the Vascular Access Team (VAT) from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital came to the zoo’s aid and administered specialist IVF equipment to help the little hippo survive. She is now gaining weight, walking and taking her milk

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