Monday, August 5, 2013

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Obama honors Giants on World Series win

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says the San Francisco Giants are making a "habit" of dropping in at the White House.

Obama welcomed the 2012 World Series champions Monday at a South Lawn ceremony honoring their victory and their community service work. The Giants swept the World Series in October, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after nearly being knocked out earlier in the playoffs.

The president says their second title in three seasons was because of stellar pitching, defense and timely hitting. But Obama didn't predict that finish. On the campaign trail last year, he anticipated a World Series between the White Sox and the Washington Nationals.

The crowd of well-wishers included Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

NOTES: Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans says the club will recall 1B Brett Pill and OF Roger Kieschnick on Tuesday, when the team opens a series at Philadelphia. To clear roster room, INF Tony Abreu was placed on the 15-day disabled list and OF Kensuke Tanaka was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.


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Amazon expansion to bring new jobs to Indianapolis

Amazon is expanding in Indianapolis.

It?s part of the company?s plans to add 5,000 across the country. Jeffersonville, Ind., is also part of the strategy, which also includes cities in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and South Carolina. The company needs to add jobs to sustain the growing need for fulfillment centers. It already employs about 20,000 workers in that area.

Amazon said the jobs pay 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs. The positions include benefits like health care, 401(k) plans and stock awards. Workers will pick, pack and ship orders to customers.

For more about the jobs, visit Amazon?s employment website.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

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The Staycation in Park Royal Penang

When you mentioned Park Royal Penang in Batu Ferringhi, many will tell you stories on the history of the hotel. While many locals still live in the past, the hotel has move on. In fact, the hotel has gone through a revamp with a huge renovation on their hotel rooms. The legacy remains with new directions.
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Penang has changed for good in the past few years. More places for good food and more hotels are opening on the island. To drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, it should take less than five hours drive (without speeding) with leisure speed and it will take an hour for a plane ride. We chose to drive because we wanted to travel freely on the island.
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It didn?t take us long to reach Park Royal Hotel. Even though the exterior looks the same but the interior is a world of its own. I always feel that hotel services in Malaysia fares poorer compare to our neighbours but in Park Royal Penang they proved me wrong. Doormen and front desk staffs were helpful and friendly.
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We got ourselves a beautiful seaview room. I love how the newly renovated hotel rooms. It looks like new!
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The swimming pools in Park Royal Penang must be mentioned. They have two swimming pools, one for the adults and one for the children.
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If you are bringing your kids for a staycation in Park Royal, they will love the children?s pool. It is like mini water theme park but it is always advisable parents or guardians should be around when the kids are playing in the pool
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If you are a beach person, just walk a few steps and you will be greeted by the beautiful Batu Ferrighi white sandy beach. Facing the Strait of Malacca, there are varieties of sports activities available.
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Having a brisk walk or even a jog at this beautiful beach during morning or evening is relaxing. Usually the sea water here is not that rough so swimming in the sea is consider safe. Jelly fish attacks are rare in Penang.
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If you don?t want to soak into the sea water, you can always sun bathing at the benches available exclusive for hotel guests.
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Breakfast in Parkroyal Penang was not disappointing as well. I thought it will be the same old typical ?Malaysia hotel breakfast? and I was wrong. They have local Penang food like char kuey teow and nasi lemak for breakfast.
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I stayed two nights in Parkroyal Penang and it was blissful. Due to Rachel?s pregnancy, we stayed in the hotel most of the time and we didn?t even make time for the Batu Ferringhi night market. Please don?t be fooled by the exterior and the history of the hotel as the rooms were renovated and rejuvenated. If you are planning to visit Penang for a staycation, ParkRoyal Penang Batu Ferringhi is an option for you.

Park Royal Penang ?Address:

Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-881 1133





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Symmetry is vital to the workings of our world from particles to wheels (Image: Sophie Chivet / Agence VU/Camera Press)

Discovering symmetry's unsung heroine is all part of a very wild ride through Dave Goldberg's book The Universe in the Rearview Mirror

"IF WE'RE trying to understand all that there is, we're going to have to dig a little bit deeper," says astrophysicist Dave Goldberg, laying out his ambition for this book. This ambition is nothing less than to illuminate the basis of modern physics and, arguably, the fulcrum of our knowledge of the world ? the idea of symmetry.

Symmetry is more than the aesthetic balance in colonnades and butterfly wings. In the much more general, physics sense, it can apply to time, space, electrical charge, spin, and even more abstruse properties of matter.

Loosely, symmetry means that when you change one thing, other things remain unchanged and still behave the same way. Rotate a square by 90 degrees, and it looks the same. A circle is more symmetrical, because it can be rotated by any angle and look the same. As well as rotation, symmetries include reflection, translation (shifting everything along in one direction) and translation in time (resetting the clocks). As Goldberg explains, symmetry is not just the reason why wheels work, but also why E = mc2, why atoms exist, and why the floor holds you up.

Emmy Noether's theorem may be the most profound idea in science (Image: Science Photo Library)

Symmetry's central position in modern physics stems from a stunning insight by a German mathematician called Emmy Noether. The daughter of Max Noether, a mathematics professor at the University of Erlangen, she chose to stay in the family business despite the resistance to women in the field. Working unpaid for much of her career, Noether surpassed her eminent father when, in 1915, she proved that every symmetry in nature leads to a conserved quantity.

Her work was inspired in part by Einstein's newly published general theory of relativity, an extension of his special theory.

It may sound obscure, but Noether's theorem is possibly the most profound idea in science. It tells us that because physics remains unchanged if you move a bit to the left or right, total momentum in the universe must remain unchanged. Because physics is the same today as it was yesterday, there is a conserved thing called energy. The idea of a link between time and energy is still startling today. And that is only the beginning. After Noether's work, fundamental physics became a search for symmetries.

Unsurprisingly, she was not always well treated by the mathematics establishment. Goldberg tells us how she found an ally in the mathematician David Hilbert, who recalled how "tradition, prejudice, external considerations, weighted the balance against her scientific merits and scientific greatness, by that time denied by no one".

When Noether was first denied a Privatdozent (a title conferring the right to lecture), Hilbert made a rousing but futile defence of her. "I do not see that the sex of the candidate is an argument against her admission," he said. "After all, we are a university, not a bathhouse."

Although Noether is well known among mathematicians today, having established much of the basis of modern algebra, she deserves wider fame. Goldberg is a cheerleader, considering her the star of his story. Even so, I was disappointed by how briefly she appears, and wanted more on how she proved her theorem.

Ancient symmetries

But Goldberg is a restless author and there is much to cover. And so we are off, discovering more of nature's strange and subtle symmetries. We learn how particle replacement symmetry and the quirks of quantum spin combine to nail together the periodic table ? and how physicists Chen Ning Yang and Robert Mills extended Noether's work to show that symmetries generate all the particles and forces in the universe.

We also discover that symmetries can break in interesting ways. Broken symmetries today hide the underlying simplicity of unified quantum fields, which would have been evident to a physicist lurking in the very hot early universe. The main object of fundamental physics is to reconstruct these ancient symmetries from our cooler perspective.

One slightly broken symmetry allowed matter to triumph over its evil twin, antimatter, in the early universe. Matter sprang from a hot bath of gamma radiation: our genesis is "much like [that of] The Incredible Hulk," says Goldberg. Clearly it helps to be on top of your comic books and speculative fiction, as Goldberg packs in sci-fi, superheroes and fantasy references.

On the whole, this tendency doesn't warrant the apologies that Goldberg makes, although the allusions sometimes seem forced. He describes, for example, how it is possible to detect neutrinos by "building giant detectors underground ? oddly reminiscent of the Dwarrowdelf in Middle Earth".

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